Paul Rudd and Steve Carell Talk ANCHORMAN 2, Getting Back into Character, Keeping a Straight Face, a Deleted Musical Sequence, and More

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The News Team has re-assembled!  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is finally here, 9 years after the 4 buffoons of Channel 4 news first won us over.  The whole gang is back- Ron, Champ, Brian and Brick are causing the usual ruckus, but this time in New York City.  The film focuses on the start of the 24 hour news channel and the tabloidization of news, while tackling tough issues of racism, marital trouble and health.

At the press day for the film in NYC, I participated in a roundtable interview with Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd.  They talked about getting the old band back together, the nostalgic feeling of seeing themselves in costume, their admiration for Adam McKay and Will Ferrell [who co-wrote the script], how hard it was to keep a straight face on set, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for more. 

Adam McKay and Judd Apatow Talk ANCHORMAN 2, Avoiding Direct Callbacks to the Original, the Marketing Campaign, Cameos, and More

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is undoubtedly one of the most iconic, beloved, and—dare I say—legendary, comedies of the last 10 years.  And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for—Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is finally here.  This is a movie that needs no introduction; the characters are so well known that they can make appearances on actual local news stations in tiny towns across the country.  There is a new Ben and Jerry’s flavor dedicated to Ron Burgundy- Scotchy Scotch Scotch (butterscotch, not the alcohol)- and it is delicious. There is even a new phone game created by Funny Or Die, “Scotchy Scotch Toss” has players toss ice cubes into Ron Burgundy’s glass to win points and hang out with San Diego’s legendary anchorman.

At the press day for the film in New York, I got to participate in a roundtable interview with two of the creative forces behind the film, Adam McKay and Judd Apatow.  McKay directed and co-wrote the script with Will Ferrell, and Apatow produced.  The two answered questions about coming up with the storyline, avoiding direct callbacks to the first film, some of their comedic influences, the cameos in the gang fight, and more.  Hit the jump to read on.

Will Ferrell and David Koechner Talk ANCHORMAN 2, Battling the MPAA, the Marketing Campaign, Improvising, and More

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Ron Burgundy is back.  Not only does he have a new movie, but he is curling in Canada and reading the news in Bismarck, North Dakota. There is a new Ben and Jerry’s flavor dedicated to Ron Burgundy- Scotchy Scotch Scotch (butterscotch, not the alcohol)- and it is delicious. There is even a new phone game created by Funny Or Die, “Scotchy Scotch Toss” has players toss ice cubes into Ron Burgundy’s glass to win points and hang out with San Diego’s legendary anchorman.  Safe to say, Ron Burgundy is a class act.

At the New York City press day for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, I got to participate in a roundtable interview with the man behind that man, Will Ferrell, and co-star David Koechner (Champ Kind).  They answered questions about Ron’s multiple news and public appearances, the history between the writing team that is the magic behind the movies, the reason they never feel like they’re going “too far” on set, and the absurd unpredictability of catchphrases like “I love lamp” and “Milk was a bad choice.”  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson Talk DON JON, Creating Their Characters, Playing at Sundance and TIFF, What They Collect, and More

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way from the puppy-eyes of 10 Things I Hate About You, the soft-looking teen is long gone and replaced with a muscular, porn-obsessed skirt chaser in his latest film Don Jon, which JGL also wrote and directed.  He landed a not-too-shabby costar for this directing debut as well; Scarlett Johansson plays the woman who just might tame the beast (and if anyone could do it, I’d put money on ScarJo.)  The film also stars Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headley and Brie Larson.

At a recent press day in NYC, the two stars sat down for an exclusive interview with Collider to talk about about opening their film at both Sundance and TIFF (to rave reviews), creating their characters, and more.  Johansson even told me what she collects (snow globes), and suggested a collection for Gordon-Levitt to start.  Click after the jump to watch.

Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron and John D’Leo Talk THE FAMILY, Featuring the Veterans Having Scenes Together for the First Time

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In the new film The Family, (opening in theaters Friday, September 13th) director and screenwriter Luc Bresson brings to life a familiar family of mobsters and places them in witness protection in the middle of France.  Giovanni (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and two kids know they should be keeping a low profile but they can’t seem to forget their previous lives, resorting to much more violence than it seems would go so unnoticed.  The film packs some funny moments, particularly from Pfeiffer. The Family also stars Glee’s Dianna Agron and John D’Leo as the family’s ruthlessly brilliant children.

At the recent press conference for the film, a select group of reporters was able to ask questions of the impressive cast.  The young stars of course discussed the impact of working with two legends of the industry, and the veteran actors commended their young partners on their fresh perspective.  Pfeiffer and De Niro mentioned that they were thrilled to finally have scenes together, after starring in two films (Stardust and New Year’s Eve) that never let them appear onscreen at the same time.  De Niro talked about rewatching Goodfellas to prepare for the film (his gangster character watches it and has to critique the truthfulness of it without revealing his cover).  Click after the jump to read the entire press conference.

25 Things to Know about Blue Sky’s EPIC Blu-ray/DVD Release

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To celebrate the release of their latest film, Epic, on DVD and Blu-Ray, Blue Sky Studios recently held a press day at their studio headquarters in Greenwich, Connecticut.  A select group of reporters spent the day taking a tour of the studio and learning about the process of taking a film from initial concept through to finished product you watch on the big screen (or on Blu-Ray at home.)  The film stars the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, and many more.  Hit the jump for more about the animation process, interviews with director Chris Wedge, production designer Greg Couch and art director Mike Knapp and read 25 more Fun Facts you never knew about Epic and Blue Sky Studios!

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, and Producers Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick and Catherine Mann Talk THE GREAT GATSBY

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One of the most anticipated films of the summer is Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Debicki.  The film is an adaptation of the classic American novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald that has become English 101 in high schools the country wide.  The story of the enigmatic Gatsby and his quest to win over his one true love Daisy Buchanan comes to life in 3D this May with grandiose party scenes even Fitzgerald would have enjoyed.

At the recent press day for the film in New York, Collider was present as the director and stars DiCaprio, Maguire, Mulligan and Fisher, along with producers Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick and Catherine Mann (also the production designer and Luhrmann’s wife) held a press conference to speak about the film.  They revealed the literary influences behind many of the lines of dialogue, the surprising choice of a Jay-Z heavy soundtrack (he’s also an EP of the film) and the chemistry between the actors and director that led to the performances in the film.  Hit the jump to read our coverage of the press conference.

Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, and Jacqueline Evancho Talks THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

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In the new film directed by and starring Robert Redford, The Company You Keep, lawyer and single father Jim Grant (Redford) is living a quiet life in the suburbs when a housewife (Susan Sarandon) is arrested and revealed as part of a 1970’s radical gang, known as the Weather Underground.  Young and thirsty reporter Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) digs into her history and uncovers Grant’s secret- that he is in fact another member of the gang in hiding. Grant goes on the run across the country- closely followed by the FBI and a truth-hungry Shepard- to try and clear his name and win back his daughter.  Along the way, both men discover things they can’t outrun about the past and about themselves.  The film also stars Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Sam Elliot, Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Root and Jacqueline Evancho.

Collider was on hand at a press conference given by Redford, and co-stars Tucci, Marling and EvanchoRedford had a lot to say about his costars (upon all of whom he lavished extreme praise), the material upon which the screenplay is based and drawing from the story of Les Miserables when creating his character.  Redford was not shy to open up about his political beliefs regarding the radical movement, nor to buck talk of Academy Awards, claiming he is “not in that business,” but he did speak about his Sundance Institute, which is actually where he met Marling as she got her start in the industry.  The other actors also had nothing but admiration and praise for their leader and the rest of the all-star cast.  Click here to read more.

Director Paul Weitz Talks ADMISSION, Turning the Book into a Script, Deleted Scenes, Lily Tomlin’s Tattoo Ideas, Writing for Woody Allen and More

by     Posted 1 year, 32 days ago

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Director Paul Weitz’s new film Admission turns an inside eye on a subject near and not-so-dear to many of us- the college admissions process.  At the heart of it is Portia Nathan (played by a more serious Tina Fey than we are used to seeing), a Princeton admissions officer whose world is suddenly thrown for a loop when a routine visit to an alternative school forces her to cross paths with a teacher (Paul Rudd) who thinks he may have found the son Portia gave up for adoption in college.  Portia finds herself bending the rules, both official college rules and rules she has imposed upon herself to help this boy (Nat Wolff) get into Princeton, while falling into an oddly sweet relationship with his teacher.  The film also stars a hilarious Lily Tomlin as Fey’s feminist, fire-breathing mother.

Recently I landed an exclusive interview with director Paul Weitz.  He talked about the process of turning this book into a script, working with stars Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Lily Tomlin, deleted scenes and Lily Tomlin’s outrageous tattoo ideas, working with his brother Chris Weitz and writing for Woody Allen in AntzClick after the jump to continue reading.

Nat Wolff Talks ADMISSION, Working with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, BEHAVING BADLY, and PALO ALTO

by     Posted 1 year, 33 days ago

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Paul Weitz’s new film Admission turns an inside eye on a subject near and not-so-dear to many of us—the college admissions process.  At the heart of it is Portia Nathan (played by a more serious Tina Fey than we are used to seeing), a Princeton admissions officer whose world is suddenly thrown for a loop when a routine visit to an alternative school forces her to cross paths with a teacher (Paul Rudd) who thinks he may have found the son Portia gave up for adoption in college.  Portia finds herself bending the rules, both official college rules and rules she has imposed upon herself to help this boy (Nat Wolff) get into Princeton, while falling into an oddly sweet relationship with his teacher.  The film also stars a hilarious Lily Tomlin as Fey’s feminist, fire-breathing mother.

At the press day for the film, Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) spoke to a small group of reporters about the film and the experience of making it.  He talked about working with Fey and Rudd, his “ghetto” audition tape, and preparing for the role.  He also gave the scoop on the other projects he’s worked on in the past year, which include Behaving Badly with Selena Gomez, and Palo Alto with James Franco, based on Franco’s short stories and in which Wolff says he plays a version of a young Franco.  Wolff also told us of a childhood acting lesson with his idol Dustin Hoffman and the advice the film vet gave to the aspiring actor.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Paul Rudd and Tina Fey Talk ADMISSION, Improv, the Comedy Community, Participating in a Live Reenactment of SIXTEEN CANDLES, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 39 days ago

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Paul Weitz’s new film Admission turns an inside eye on a subject near and not-so-dear to many of us- the college admissions process.  At the heart of it is Portia Nathan (played by a more serious Tina Fey than we are used to seeing), a Princeton admissions officer whose world is suddenly thrown for a loop when a routine visit to an alternative school forces her to cross paths with a teacher (Paul Rudd) who thinks he may have found the son Portia gave up for adoption in college.  Portia finds herself bending the rules, both official college rules and rules she has imposed upon herself to help this boy (Nat Wolff) get into Princeton, while falling into an oddly sweet relationship with his teacher.  The film also stars a hilarious Lily Tomlin as Fey’s feminist, fire-breathing mother.

At the press day for the film Admission, Collider was present as stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd spoke to a small group of reporters about the film and their experiences making it.  The two discussed meeting each other for the first time, working with director Paul Weitz and the atmosphere on set.  They also spoke about how improv influenced their acting, the comedy community, if it’s too soon for a 30 Rock reunion, and discussed a shared experience doing a live reenactment of Sixteen Candles that sounds too good to be true.

Barry Pepper Talks SNITCH, THE LONE RANGER, His Love of Westerns, and More

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Opening this weekend is Ric Roman Waugh’s new thriller Snitch, based on the true story of a man (played by Dwayne Johnson) whose son is wrongly accused of dealing drugs and is facing decades behind bars under the mandatory minimum sentencing laws.  Johnson strikes a deal—he will help lead to an arrest if his son can go free.  He soon finds himself caught up in a massive undercover mission helmed by agent Barry Pepper that could lead to the arrest of a Mexican Cartel drug lord—but at a potentially deadly cost.  The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Benjamin Bratt, Rafi Gavron, and Michael K. Williams.

At the New York press day for the film, I was able to speak to Barry Pepper about his involvement in the film.  He talked about preparing for the role, then filled me in about his upcoming role in The Lone Ranger and working with Johnny Depp.  He also told me about an upcoming project focusing on the Civil War era, and his surprising alter ego as a blacksmith.

Jon Bernthal Talks SNITCH, Martin Scorsese’s THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, and Frank Darabont’s LOST ANGELS

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Opening this weekend is Ric Roman Waugh’s new thriller Snitch, based on the true story of a man (Dwayne Johnson) whose son is wrongly accused of dealing drugs and is facing decades behind bars under the mandatory minimum sentencing laws.  Johnson strikes a deal- he will help lead to an arrest if his son can go free.  He convinces a worker, ex-con Jon Bernthal, to make an introduction, and soon the two find themselves caught up in a massive undercover mission that could lead to the arrest of a Mexican Cartel drug lord- but at a potentially deadly cost.  The film also stars Barry Pepper, Benjamin Bratt, Rafi Gavron, and Michael K. Williams.

At the film’s press day in New York, I was able to sit down with Jon Bernthal. He told me about how he got involved in the project, about the intense action scenes in the film and about some deleted scenes that didn’t make the final cut. He also filled me in on working with Martin Scorsese on the upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street, and collaborating with Frank Darabont (creator of The Walking Dead) again on the new pilot Lost Angels.

Dwayne Johnson Talks SNITCH, FAST AND FURIOUS 6, PAIN & GAIN, G.I. JOE and HERCULES

by     Posted 1 year, 59 days ago

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Opening this week is Ric Roman Waugh’s new thriller Snitch, based on the true story of a man (played by Dwayne Johnson) whose son is wrongly accused of dealing drugs and is facing decades behind bars under the mandatory minimum sentencing laws.  Johnson strikes a deal—he will help lead to an arrest if his son can go free.  He soon finds himself caught up in a massive undercover mission that could lead to the arrest of a Mexican Cartel drug lord—but at a potentially deadly cost.  The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Barry Pepper, Benjamin Bratt, Rafi Gavron, and Michael K. Williams.

Recently I was able to speak to Mr. Johnson about the film Snitch in an exclusive interview.  As it turns out, he’s a big Collider fan, with a sweet spot for Steve!  He also told me about signing on to do the film and connecting with his character as a father who would also do anything for his kids.  I also got some details about Fast and Furious 6, and the scoop on upcoming films Pain and Gain, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and his passion project Hercules.  Click after the jump to see the whole interview.

Director Ric Roman Waugh Talks SNITCH, Working with Dwayne Johnson, Working as an Undercover Parole Officer and His Upcoming Project, CURRENCY

by     Posted 1 year, 60 days ago

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Opening this week is Ric Roman Waugh’s new thriller Snitch, based on the true story of a man (Dwayne Johnson) whose son is wrongly accused of dealing drugs and is facing decades behind bars under the mandatory minimum sentencing laws.  Johnson strikes a deal: he will help lead to an arrest if his son can go free.  He convinces one of his workers, an ex-con played by Jon Bernthal, to make an introduction and the two get caught up in a massive undercover mission that could lead to the arrest of a Mexican Cartel drug lord, but at a potentially deadly cost.  The film also stars Barry Pepper, Benjamin Bratt, Rafi Gavron, and Michael K. Williams as a frightening local drug dealer.

Recently, I was able to sit down for an exclusive interview with director Ric Roman Waugh.  Waugh told talked about working with Dwayne Johnson and the rest of his dream team ensemble, his days undercover as a parole officer to do research for his previous film Felon, why they chose Shreveport, Louisiana as the home for this film and how his background as a professional stuntman came into play.  He also gave me an inside scoop on his upcoming projects: a documentary about a Delta Force operator and the film Currency, which will take inspiration from the documentary and Waugh’s own experiences to tell the story of military vets coming home to an unwelcoming future. 

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