Kevin Costner Talks DRAFT DAY, Working with Ivan Reitman, His Western Trilogy, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Costner.   He talked about if he had any hesitation doing another sports movie, what it was like working with Reitman, if he likes to visit the editing room, and more about his western trilogy that he’s trying to put together (which he first told me about at CinemaCon).  Hit the jump to watch.

Terry Crews and Arian Foster Talk DRAFT DAY, Working with Costner and Reitman, Preparing for their Roles, EXPENDABLES 3, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Crews and Foster.   They talked about getting to work with Costner and Reitman, if they had to do any research for the role, not wanting to make a puff piece for the NFL, Crews’ Expendables 3 poster, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Anthony and Joe Russo Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Spoilers, Which Scenes Were Part of the “Reshoots”, the Post Credits Sequences, and More

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With Captain America: The Winter Solider currently the number one movie around the world, it’s finally time to share some of the filmmaker interviews that get into the spoilers of the film.  At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a regular TV interview with directors Joe and Anthony Russo where they talked about being comic book geeks, the difficulty of balancing the Marvel sequel’s action with the character moments, if they read the message boards or comments sections to get an idea of what the fans wanted to see, whether they fought over any ideas, Captain America 3, and more.  You can watch that interview right here.

However, the day after that interview, we sat down in their hotel room for an extended conversation that got into specific plot points from The Winter Soldier.  During this interview they talked about how much of the story came from Marvel, which scenes were “plussed,” Robert Redford’s role and developing his character, the mid-credits and post-credits scenes, deleted scenes, their first cut, a plot point involving Nick Fury, the exposition bunker scene, and a lot more.  If you loved Captain America: The Winter Solider, you’re going to enjoy hearing about how it all came together.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jennifer Garner Talks DRAFT DAY, Working with Kevin Costner, Cleveland Sports Fans, Jason Reitman’s PALE BLUE DOT, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Garner.  She talked about working with Costner, when she first realized Cleveland is a crazy sports town, what happened when Costner went to a baseball game in Cleveland, getting in trouble for what she said about Batman vs. Superman, and Jason Reitman’s Pale Blue Dot (previously called Men, Women and Children).  Hit the jump to watch.

Chris Evans Talks Directorial Debut 1:30 TRAIN, the Test Screening Process, Film Festivals, and More; Says He’ll Direct Another Film in August

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While Chris Evans is known for his work in front of the camera, in the near future we’re going to be able to see what he can do behind the camera.  Late last year, Evans directed his first movie, 1:30 Train, and he’s currently in post-production finishing it up.  The indie pic is about two people (played by Evans and Alice Eve) who meet in a train station and share a night of romantic adventures before the woman must catch the next train back to New York.

The day after I spoke to Evans about Captain America: The Winter Solider (watch that interview here), I landed a bit of time to talk about his directorial debut.  He talked about filming in New York City, where he’s at in the editing process, test screenings, how he initially envisioned using only a soundtrack but changed his mind and decided to use a score, if he should try and premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival or the Toronto International Film Festival, how he wants to direct his next film this August (after Avengers: Age of Ultron wraps), and what kinds of projects he wants to focus on.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Luke Evans Talks THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, THERE AND BACK AGAIN, His Desire to Direct, DRACULA: UNTOLD, THE CROW, and More

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With Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arriving on Blu-ray tomorrow, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Luke Evans (he plays Bard the Bowman).   As most of you know, the film continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves as they move forward on their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, all the while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) investigates a disturbing presence that may be returning to Middle Earth.  Smaug introduces a host of other new characters like the Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), and the elves Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), but the film also sees the return of Lord of the Rings favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom).

During the interview Evans talked about his experiences being part of The Hobbit movies, deleted scenes, doing additional photography for the Battle of the Five Armies (which takes place in The Hobbit: There and Back Again), having young fans recognize him, and more.  Evans also talked about Dracula: Untold, The Crow remake, his thoughts on an Immortals sequel, wanting to direct, and what props he’s kept.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Dwayne Johnson Talks HERCULES, Using Yak Hair, Working with Brett Ratner, Almost Getting Russell Crowe on Board, and More

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Last week at CinemaCon, I was able to participate in a great roundtable interview with Dwayne Johnson for his upcoming film Hercules.  Not to be confused with the Hercules movie that came out earlier this year, Brett Ratner’s take on the Greek legend is billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.”  The story takes place after Hercules’ famous 12 labors, and has him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.”  As you can see in the trailer, Johnson looks like he’s having a lot of fun in the role.  The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina ShaykHercules opens in 3D on July 25th.

During the extended interview Johnson talked about how the project came together, the tone (which he compares to Gladiator and 300), his look in the film and why he wanted it to stay under wraps during production, why he wanted Ratner to direct, how it’ll be PG-13 but they “pushed the limit,” why they filmed in Budapest, and so much more.  In addition, Johnson revealed they almost got Russell Crowe in the film but “we just couldn’t make the schedules align.”  Hit the jump for the interview.

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; Reveal They’ve Been Working on it Since Late 2013

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With Captain America: The Winter Solider the number one movie around the world, it’s finally time to share some of the filmmaker interviews that get into the spoilers of the film.  However, before jumping into what screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely said about the making of  Winter Soldier, I wanted to post what they had to say about Captain America 3.

As we reported a few weeks ago, Winter Solider directors Joe and Anthony Russo are returning to helm Captain America 3 and they’ve already got a release date: May 6, 2016.  At the recent junket they told me, “We’re just in the formative stages of it right now.  We just started breaking story with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and we’re just getting an idea of what we wanna do with it.”  They added it’s hard to work on the story “before the movie even comes out because you want to see what people respond to.”  Hit the jump for more.

Watch 7 Clips and 13 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from TRANSCENDENCE

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With Wally Pfister’s upcoming directorial debut Transcendence opening April 18th, Warner Bros. has provided us with seven clips and thirteen minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the movie.  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence.  Pfister has done excellent work as a cinematographer in recent years with films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Moneyball, but the big question is can he make the leap to the director’s chair.  So far the marketing materials have promised Transcendence is a smart, sci-fi-tinged thriller, and I’m very curious what audiences are going to think.

Hit the jump to watch the clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also stars Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr.

Anthony Mackie Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Signing a Multi-Picture Deal, Deleted Scenes, Wanting to Be in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON & More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ve been posting a new video interview for the film. In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike. The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. For more on the movie, here’s Matt’s review and all our previous coverage.

During my exclusive video interview with Mackie he talked about his reaction to The Winter Solider script, if he was on Twitter after the first press screening, if he was nervous signing a multi-picture deal with Marvel, the additional photography on Winter Solider, and deleted scenes.  He also pitches Marvel on why he should be in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Hit the jump to watch.

Watch a New Extended Look at GODZILLA

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released a new extended look at director Gareth Edwards highly anticipated Godzilla.  While the previous footage has teased a lot of the story and scope of the film, the new footage explains more of Bryan Cranston’s characters backstory and why he’s convinced the government is lying about what’s really happening.  Of course the footage also shows some amazing action set pieces and it continues to raise my anticipation for the film.  I really can’t wait to see the film next month.

Hit the jump to watch the new Godzilla extended trailer.  Godzilla also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Sebastian Stan Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Thoughts on the Script, Friends and Family Reaction to Him Being Cast, and More

by     Posted 11 days ago

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ve been posting a new video interview for the film. In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike. The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. For more on the movie, here’s Matt’s review and all our previous coverage.

During my exclusive video interview with Sebastian Stan he talked about his reaction to The Winter Solider script, if he was on Twitter after the first press screening, if he was nervous signing a multi-picture deal with Marvel, how his friends and family reacted to him being cast, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Reason 1285 Why Robert Downey Jr. Is Awesome: Invited a Bunch of Kids Over to Watch CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER on His Birthday

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If you’re Robert Downey Jr. and your birthday is the same day Captain America: The Winter Solider gets released, what do you do?  If you answered have a ton of kids over to watch the movie with you, congrats: you win.  Every time I think Downey can’t get any cooler, he does stuff like this.

While I know at some point he’s going to stop playing Tony Stark/Iron Man, I don’t know what Marvel is going to do.  He wholly embodies the character and he’s taken ownership of it completely.  I hope Downey continues to play Tony Stark for a very long time.  Hit the jump to check out a great photo of this very special Robert Downey Jr. Captain America: The Winter Soldier screening with a bunch of kids.

Samuel L. Jackson Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Nick Fury Kicking Ass, ROBOCOP, Matthew Vaughn’s THE SECRET SERVICE, and More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ve been posting a new video interview for the film.  In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.  For more on the movie, here’s Matt’s review and all our previous coverage.

During my exclusive video interview with Jackson he talked about his reaction to The Winter Solider script, finally getting a kick ass action scene for Nick Fury, if he read the reviews after the first press screening, Avengers: Age of Ultron, his role in the RoboCop remake, Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Ray Winstone Talks NOAH, Working with Darren Aronofsky, the Ark, THE GUNMAN with Sean Penn, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma Watson, Sir Anthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage30 imagesa featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Winstone.  He talked about working with Aronofsky, how he got involved in the project, what it was like seeing the Ark for the first time, how he likes to prepare for a role, working with Sean Penn in The Gunman, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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