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Peter Bogdanovich on his punchy, irreverent ensemble comedy ‘She's Funny That Way’

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Opening this weekend with a star-filled cast including Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Cybill Shepherd, Will Forte and more, "She's Funny That Way" is the latest comedy from renowned director Peter Bogdanovich.

Featuring the interconnected personal lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway production, in characteristic Bogdanovich fashion, he harkens back to comedies of old with meet-cutes galore and zany love tangles, but with thoroughly modern characters and situations.

It's his first film in 15 years. The 76-year-old director is best known for Oscar triumph “The Last Picture Show,” “What’s Up, Doc?” starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, and“Paper Moon” with O’Neal and daughter Tatem. Moreover, Bogdanovich is highly respected as a film historian and critic.

What does he think of the current state of Hollywood? Why does he think it is so important for filmmakers to know the history of the medium?


Peter Bogdanovich, Director and Co-Screenwriter, “She’s Funny That Way;” Oscar-nominated director and co-screenwriter of “The Last Picture Show” (1971)