Around two years ago, a classic Hollywood pitch meeting was ending. In the Santa Monica offices of the now-defunct United Artists, a director with nothing more impressive than a low-budget documentary under his belt, a first-time screenwriter, a producer and an actor listened for a yes. "I would vouch for those two in the room with a very strong conviction," Philip Seymour Hoffman said of the writer and director. Friendship is rarely enough to get a movie made, but in what was to be one of several charmed moments in the life of "Capote," a key executive finally leaned forward, too - and spoke the yes they were waiting for. Christian Moerk reports (free NY Times subscription required to view entire article).