Jeremy Berlin

Pop Omnivore spoke with director Benh Zeitlin and co-producer Michael Gottwald about the myths and movie magic in their new award-winning film, Beasts of the Southern Wild. How did you choose aurochs—an extinct but real animal—to be the mythic creatures in your movie? Benh Zeitlin: They came from cave paintings I’d seen—Lascaux, Pech Merle, and...

In Beasts of the Southern Wild, real-world villains (terminal illness, indifferent authorities) and folkloric foes (an apocalyptic storm, a rampaging herd of mytho-prehistoric creatures) prove no match for a brave young girl, her dying father, and a ragtag bunch of bayou dwellers. There’s lots to love about this metaphysical flick and its magnetic 6-year-old heroine,...

The nominal star of The Grey, America’s top-grossing film, is Liam Neeson. The real stars are the hungry wolves that pursue him and his fellow plane-crash survivors through Alaska’s pristine wilderness. The CGI-enhanced wolves are big, smart, and scary. But is their behavior based in reality? To parse wolf fact from fiction, we caught up...

Apple co-founder and computer-age visionary Steve Jobs died this week after a long bout with cancer. It’s no overstatement to say that the 56-year-old Californian transformed how we live, from the way we communicate to the way we share and consume media. Jobs changed the world from Silicon Valley, whose fortunes and rise mirrored his...