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Listen: Women & Hollywood Podcast #16: Paul Weitz on ‘Grandma’

Listen: Women & Hollywood Podcast #16: Paul Weitz on 'Grandma'

Director Paul Weitz is best known for his studio comedies: “American Pie,” “About a Boy,” “Little Fockers,” and the 2013 Tina Fey rom com “Admission.” But he chose to work outside of the studio system for his latest film, “Grandma,” to ensure that he could keep his intended star, Lily Tomlin, in the first starring film role of the comedienne’s 46-year career. In this road-trip-around-town movie, Tomlin plays a broke lesbian poet who attempts to gather the funds to pay for her teenage granddaughter’s (Julia Garner) abortion. 

Women & Hollywood talked to Weitz about going indie for “Grandma,” writing the film for Tomlin after meeting her on the set of “Admission” and the national legal scandal that made him attuned to women’s issues. 

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