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"Just How Woke Will the Oscars Be? "
By Lynda Obst
, , Frank Bruni, Ross Douthat
The New York Times, March 4, 2018
The Times’s movie-mad columnists Frank Bruni and Ross Douthat met online with the Hollywood insider Lynda Obst... read more.

"What It Took to Succeed as a Woman Producer in the Hollywood Boys’ Club"
By Lynda Obst

The New Yorker, October 21, 2017
In the last week, as the Hollywood Hills began ringing with furious cries of “me, too,”... read more.

"7 Hollywood Gatekeepers on What They Look for in a Script"
By Stacey Wilson Hunt

Vulture, October 06, 2017
The day I went for my interview at the New York Times, I was 24, and not nervous enough given... read more.

"Why We Made "Good Girls Revolt": For Past and Future Generations of Women"
By Lynda Obst

The Huffington Post, November 13, 2015
The day I went for my interview at the New York Times, I was 24, and not nervous enough given... read more.

"A Week in the Life of Lynda Obst"
By Lynda Obst

The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2015
A Hollywood producer making a TV pilot bonds with a Teamster who won’t swear... read more.

"How to Survive Backstabbing"
By Lynda Obst

Harper's Bazaar, November, 2013
Getting stabbed in the bac can happen to anyone... read more.

"Old People and the Oscars: Is 'The Social Network' Doomed?"
By Lynda Obst

The Atlantic, February 24, 2011
How aging Academy members could affect this year's awards races... read more.

"Is China Killing American Comedies?"
By Lynda Obst

The Atlantic, Jan 5, 2011
Sure, everyone had a laugh at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association when it gave three Golden Globe nominations to... read more.

"In Hollywood, Autumn Is Oscar Season"
By Lynda Obst

The Atlantic , Nov 22, 2010
What happens at the start of Academy season is that first we notice a bunch of innocuous-looking mail from... read more.

"The Ronni Chasen Mystery: Making Sense of the Publicist's Murder"
By Lynda Obst

The Atlantic, Nov 17, 2010
Into any large dysfunctional family, occasionally tragedy strikes, even horror... read more.

"'Big Girls Don't Cry': How the 2008 Election Changed the World for Women"
By Lynda Obst

The Atlantic, Sep 27, 2010
For those of us who still can't get enough of the 2008 Presidential elections... read more.

"The Last of the Old-Style Hollywood Agents"
By Lynda Obst

The Atlantic, July 8, 2010
Ed Limato, a great Hollywood agent, passed away this weekend at 73, after a singular and stellar... read more.

"Hate Your Movie Choices? Blame the Recession"
By Lynda Obst

The Atlantic, May 7, 2010
With studios low on cash, the only way films get made is if they are based on comic books or viral YouTube videos... read more.

"In Defense of the Chick Flick"
By Lynda Obst

The Atlantic, April 1, 2010
Why are some female critics responding to Kathryn Bigelow's thrilling Oscar win for 'The Hurt Locker' by denouncing romantic comedies?... read more.

"What This Year's Oscars Mean for Hollywood"
By Lynda Obst

The Atlantic, March 8, 2010
'Avatar' didn't win Best Picture or Director, but it's changed the industry. Plus, there's a new hottest party in town... read more.

"Who Will Win Best Picture: Avatar or Hurt Locker?"
By Lynda Obst

The Atlantic, February 25, 2010
The biggest-grossing movie ever goes up against an indie. A Hollywood producer weighs each film's Oscars odds... read more.

"Other Oscar Races to Watch"
By Lynda Obst

The Atlantic, February 25, 2010
From Best Director to Best Screenplay, an insider predicts the winners—and offers her opinion on the biggest non-story of the awards season... read more.

"Making Sense of the Golden Globes"
By Lynda Obst

The Atlantic, January 18, 2010
Golden Globe weekend in Hollywood commences the awards season, so the stars, dresses, publicists and paparazzi come out Friday night and stay out until Sunday afternoon, by which time the nominees and presenters are either sitting... read more.

"Oscar Weekend Buzz"
By Lynda Obst

The Atlantic, Feburary 21, 2009
Oscar weekend officially kicks off each year with the Uber-Agent parties on Friday night. There used to be three, but since the legendary Oscar party thrown by Ed Limato (for years of ICM, now of William Morris) has been wiped off the Friday itinerary... read more.

"A Diminished Oscar Season"
By Lynda Obst
The Atlantic, February 2009
Oscar time used to be much more fun, before the Academy criminalized Oscar parties. Well, actually it was campaigning for Oscars that became verboten. read more.

"Women of my generation have clearly lost their minds"
The Huffington Post, March 2008
Not that I can blame them, apparently being invisible and all. Now with Geraldine Ferrara making outrageous nut-jobber  remarks she doesn't even seem to understand, and realizing our tragic generation was once proud of her as a "pioneer", you can see how deluded we are as well. read more.

"The Projectionist, an Oscar Exchange"
By Lynda Obst and David Edelstein

New York Magazine, Feburary 19 - Feburary 25, 2008
As Oscar night approaches, David Edelstein and Hollywood producer Lynda Obst are discussing the race. Check back tonight for Obst's response, and on Friday morning for another round... read more.

"Chicks Behind the Flicks", November 2007
Ten of Hollywood's most powerful women sit down to discuss the state of the movie business -- why there aren't more female directors, why blowing things up is fun, and more. ... download pdf.

"Girls Don't Cry"
Elle, November 2007
Woman in Hollywood won't tell you it's easy: So much drama and tortured romance! Never enough action! But, they all agree, it's worth the fight. A discussion led by Lynda Obst... download pdf.

"The Women in Hollywood Roundtable"
Elle, November 2007
Ten of the most powerful women in Hollywood meet at the Beverly Hills Hotel and talk about the state of the business in 2007 ... read more.

"Chicks With Flicks"
By Lynda Obst

New York Magazine, June 2007
In this—the season of Knocked Up and Entourage—Hollywood has a little woman problem. One producer's lament for a lost Camelot.. read more.

"The Critic and the Producer, an Oscar Exchange"
By Lynda Obst and David Edelstein

New York Magazine, January 23 - Feburary 26, 2007
Hollywood producer Lynda Obst and New York film critic David Edelstein discuss the Oscar nominations by e-mail each year. read more.

"We Lost It at the Movies. How Hollywood freaked out over vanishing audiences – who've now magically reappeared – and why teenage boys are a studio's worst habit."
By Lynda Obst

New York Magazine, May 1, 2006
You may have heard that recently, the entire audience for movies disappeared. Poof. You can imagine that this was quite a blow to movie-industry types. This mysterious disaster seemed to last an eternity but actually endured nine months. Still, it was the cruelest of all of the binge-and-purge cycles I've seen in Hollywood.
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"New York's David Edelstein and Hollywood's Lynda Obst engage in their annual dissection of the Oscars."
By David Edelstein and Lynda Obst

New York Magazine, February 27, 2006
As a serious critic, I'm a little ashamed to kowtow to the awards-season frenzy that, in the words of my colleague Armond White, has "destroy[ed] film culture" by perennially brushing aside challenging fare in favor of excessively promoted consensus middlebrow beanbags. And yet I hunger for the latest Oscar dish.
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"Chatting About the Oscars - The post-Oscar hangover."
By David Edelstein and Lynda Obst, February 28, 2005
As a serious critic, I cannot say too many times how beneath me it is to comment on the Academy Awards. As I wrote in my hard-hitting book, When Awards Lie,... read more.

"Three movies and one nail-biting weekend; Open Wide How Hollywood Box Office Became a National Obsession"
The Los Angeles Times, November 28, 2004
REPORTERS Jonathan Bing and Dade Hayes had a nifty idea: Pick a summer weekend and watch the movies selected for release by the major studios duke it out. Looking for "a bruising one with a clear winner and loser," they selected July 4, 2003, the long weekend opener ... read more.

"Chatting About the Oscars Oscar's best and worst."
By David Edelstein and Lynda Obst, March 1, 2004
Once again, I'm delighted to be talking with you—a producer of $100 million movies and an accomplished writer and an A-list partygoer—about the year in film—at least, the year in film as viewed through the glamorously insular prism of the Academy Awards ... read more.

"Making a Film for Women Your Age"
The Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2004
There's nothing more fun than stumping the movie experts except watching an entire movie demographic do it. That's what happened when Nancy Meyers' hit Something's Gotta Give,... read more.

"Dear Mr. Valenti"
The Los Angeles Times, October 16, 2003
Dear Mr. Valenti: Your wisdom in guiding our industry has been, up to now, unparalleled. My respect for you is such that, even in the face of this insane new policy of eliminating our Oscar DVDs, I feel certain that you are merely misguided not malevolent... read more.

"TELEVISION/RADIO; The Seven-Script Itch"
The New York Times, June 1, 2003
IMAGINE your favorite Hollywood marriages: Burton and Taylor, Gable and Lombard. They led alluring lives; their weddings, affairs and divorces were breathlessly covered by Photoplay... read more.

"Two Critics and a Producer Chat About the Oscars" March 20, 2003
It feels strange to be nattering on about the Academy Awards given current events and the continued existence of a brutal and unscrupulous dictator who runs roughshod over the lives of innocents. But enough about Harvey Weinstein.... read more.

"Calling Susan Faludi"
The Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2002
Book review of "Women Who Run the Show: How a Brilliant and Creative New Generation of Women Stormed Hollywood, 1973-2000" by Mollie Gregory... read more.

"Oscars the Grouch", March 22, 2002 – March 24, 2002
Hi from Brooklyn, Lynda. Here in the East, winter has arrived, just in time for spring. It's unnerving—but normalcy, what's that? I have a sense that, reflecting the national mood as well as recent show-biz controversies... read more.

"Top Guns. Hollywood Execs are ready to serve Their Country. But How?", November 14, 2001
With any luck, this might be the last piece you have to read about Hollywood's Sunday brunch with Bush's consigliere, Karl Rove... read more.

"Slate Diaries - Friday", September 1, 2001
We are on split days—"splits" we call them—which means that we start shooting at around 2 p.m. and work until 2 a.m. This is my excuse for late filing, as our scene today, Ellen Barkin's last, has just begun... read more.

"Revenge of the "D" Girls"
The Nation, April 3, 2001

"Slate Diaries - Thursday", August 31, 2000
Sad to report that my psychotic optimism was short-lived. It barely lasted till I got to the set. The sun was brightest as I left the trailer, and we never got to shoot the wide shot... read more.

"Slate Diaries - Monday", August 28, 2000
It's Sunday night and I've canceled a first date to do yoga and start my "Diary," such is the glamorous life we movie producers live... read more.

"Slate Diaries - Tuesday", August 29, 2000
I'm driving to the set with my computer on my lap, heading for the bucolic farm in New Jersey that we scouted 10 times in perfect weather, and watching the skies nervously for any signs of sun... read more.

"Monster Mash; What Sort of Animal Makes Music Like This?"
The Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2000
Book review of "AMERICAN RHAPSODY" by Joe Eszterhas... read more.

"NO DUMMY; The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Player"
The Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2000
Book review of "WHERE DID I GO RIGHT?" by Bernie Brillstein... read more.

"Email Conversation: David Edelstein and Lynda Obst" March 20-24, 2000
Hi Lynda: I can already feel the disappointment settling in among our readers that my last name isn't Mendelsohn... read more.

"The Two Hollywoods; Hollywood Squares and Hipsters"
The New York Times, November 16, 1997
Life styles of the rich and famous versus the not so rich and famous... read more.

"Y'Alternative Hollywood"
The New York Times, October 9, 1997
WHILE dining at the Russian Tea Room during a business trip 10 years ago, I looked around and discovered the Fox Commissary... read more.

"The Reel Thing"
The Los Angeles Times, June 8, 1997
Book review of "REALITY AND DREAMS" by Muriel Spark... read more.

"Oscars for Doorstops"
The New York Times, May 18, 1997
Book review of "WITHOUT LYING DOWN: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood." By Cari Beauchamp... read more.