Tina Fey and Jason Bateman Talk THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Working with Director Shawn Levy, THE NEST, THE FAMILY FANG, and More

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Opening this weekend after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose Byrne,Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave Youread Adam’s review or watch the trailer.

A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman.  They talked about why they wanted to be involved in the project, what it was like collaborating with Shawn Levy, how Hollywood has moved away from making talking dramas, future projects like The Nest and The Family Fang, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Dan Stevens Talks A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, Scott Frank, THE GUEST, Being an Action Star, and More

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If you go to a movie theater this weekend, there’s a good chance you’re going to see Dan Stevens.  That’s because in a weird turn of events, he  has two films coming out this week, director Adam Wingard’s The Guest and director Scott Frank’s A Walk Among the Tombstones.  Both films are excellent and worth seeing, and Stevens is able to show that can lead an action movie (The Guest), and hold his own against Liam Neeson in a key supporting role (A Walk Among the Tombstones).  For more on The Guest, read Matt’s review.  For more on A Walk Among the Tombstones, click here for our previous coverage. 

During my recent video interview with Dan Stevens, he talked about Scott Frank’s script for Tombstones, his character, being an action star in The Guest, meeting Adam Wingard for the first time, future projects, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Rosamund Pike Talks HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, Working with Simon Pegg, the Film’s UK Response, David Fincher, and More

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Opening this weekend in North America is director Peter Chelsom’s dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno.  For more on Hector and the Search for Happiness, click here to watch the trailer, and here’s all our previous coverage.

Last week at the Toronto International Film festival I landed an exclusive interview with Rosamund Pike, who plays Hector’s wife.  She talked about being at TIFF, working with Pegg on The World’s End and then Hector, collaborating with Peter Chelsom, if there were script changes during production, if her process as an actor has changed, if she’s interested in playing a role on TV,  the experience of working with David Fincher on Gone Girl, and more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Mark Ruffalo Talks INFINITELY POLAR BEAR, Daydreaming About His Characters, Getting Nervous, STAR WARS, NOW YOU SEE ME 2, SPOTLIGHT & More

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One of the rare films to play at both Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear.  Based on her own childhood experiences, the film takes place in 1978 Boston and stars Mark Ruffalo as a manic-depressive father struggling to raise his young daughters while also trying to win back his wife (Zoe Saldana).  Loaded with fantastic performances and a great script that’s able to keep Ruffalo sympathetic even when he’s causing serious problems, Forbes’ debut feature really impressed me and you should look forward to seeing it for yourself next year in theaters.

Shortly after the TIFF premiere I landed an exclusive interview with Mark Ruffalo.  During our wide-ranging conversation, he talked about how he still gets nervous taking on roles, how he’s started pulling from dreams when putting together his characters, his preparation process for each part, how the project changed along the way, what the last few years have been like, his desire to be in Star Wars, the status of Now You See Me 2Thomas McCarthy‘s Catholic church sex scandal drama Spotlight, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to read or listen to what he had to say.

Director Liv Ullman Talks MISS JULIE, the Classic Appeal of the Story, the Cast, Financing Headaches, and More at TIFF

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie, a film adaptation of August Strindberg’s famous 19th Century play.  In the film, Jessica Chastain plays an aristocratic woman who strikes up a relationship with her father’s valet (Colin Farrell).  The film explores issues of power through the lenses of social class, gender, and family.  Unlike most modern movies, Miss Julie is deliberately paced and takes its time exploring the characters through long scenes filled with dialogue and emotion.  Those who choose to pay attention will be dazzled by the performances and absolutely transported back in time.

Shortly after the premiere, I landed an exclusive video interview with Liv Ullman.  She talked about the how Chastain, Farrell, and Morton approached their performances, the classic appeal of the story, her first cut and what she removed from the film, some of the lessons she’s learned over the course of her career, the incredible production design, how she shot most of the film in order, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Isao Takahata Talks THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, His Process, the Future of Studio Ghibli, the Popularity of Animation in Japan, and More

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One of my personal highlights from this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was getting to interview director Isao Takahata for his new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya.  If you’re not familiar with his name, Isao Takahata is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli along with Hayao Miyazaki, and he previously directed Only YesterdayPom PokoMy Neighbors the Yamadas, and the war-themed Grave of the Fireflies (which I can’t recommend enough).  In his latest movie, which is based on the folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, Takahata breaks away from Ghibli’s familiar animation style and tells a story that embraces the connection between nature and magic.  For more on the film, read Matt’s reviewThe Tale of Princess Kaguya will be released in North America on October 17.

During the interview Isao Takahata talked about how he picks his subject matter, how he decided on the look of the film and the style of animation, the storyboard process, why animated films are so popular in Japan with both adults and children, what he collects, the future of Studio Ghibli, his directorial process, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

DVD/Blu-Ray Deals: Marilyn Monroe, Ken Burns Documentaries, Marvel, HBO Gift Sets, and More

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Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. As always, only limited quantities available so act fast. Details below.

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Director Shawn Levy Talks THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Michael Giacchino, the Deleted Sex Scene Between Adam Driver and Connie Britton, and More

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Opening this weekend after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose Byrne,Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave Youread Adam’s review or watch the trailer.

A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with director Shawn Levy.  He discussed how he was able to get composer Michael Giacchino to score the film, the deleted sex scene between Adam Driver and Connie Britton and why he cut it out of the film, why it won’t be included on the Blu-ray, the toughest scene to shoot, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Director Susanne Bier Talk A SECOND CHANCE, Making the Scene Feel Authentic, Importance of Finding the Right Costume, and More

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Susanne Bier’s thriller A Second Chance.  The film was written by frequent Bier collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen and stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ulrich Thomsen, Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Lykke May Andersen.  Without giving too much away, A Second Chance asks how far you’d be willing to go when confronted with the unthinkable, and when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjust.  While I’d love to go into more detail about the story, I’m not sure what the filmmakers want revealed, so I’ll just say I really enjoyed the film and it’s something worth checking out when the film gets released.

Shortly after the TIFF world premiere, I sat down with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and director Susanne Bier.  They talked about wanting to work together for awhile, how they made the dialogue and situations feel real and authentic, the way they like to work, the importance of finding the right costume, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Corey Stoll and Adam Driver Talk THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Winning the Actor’s Lottery, and When Was the Last Time Driver Sang “Please Mr. Kennedy”?

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Opening this weekend after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast made up of Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose Byrne,Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave You, read Adam’s review or watch the trailer.

Last week at TIFF, I landed an exclusive video interview with co-stars Corey Stoll and Adam Driver.  They talked about why they wanted to be involved in the film, getting to work with such a great ensemble cast, how they like to prepare for a role, what it’s like winning the actor’s lottery (they’re both involved in a ton of exciting future projects like Ant-Man and Star Wars), and I asked Driver when was the last time he sang “Please Mr. Kennedy” from Inside Llewyn Davis.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace Talk THE DROP, Why They Wanted to Play These Characters, How They Like to Prepare for Roles, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Michaël R. Roskam’s (BullheadThe Drop.  In the film Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters.  The story kicks into gear when Hardy’s character rescues a pit bull puppy only to become the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner.  At the same time, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (played by James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld.  Mystic River and Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane penned the screenplay.  The impressive cast also includes Noomi RapaceMatthias Schoenaerts, John OrtizAnn Dowd, and James Frecheville.

Last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview withTom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.  They talked about why they wanted to play these characters, how they like to prepare for roles and how that preparation has changed, making sure to take risks while filming and discovering things on the day, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

DVD/Blu-Ray Deals: Marilyn Monroe, Ken Burns Documentaries, Marvel, HBO Gift Sets, and More

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Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below.  As always, only limited quantities available so act fast.  Details below.

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Adam Sandler and Thomas McCarthy Talk THE COBBLER, How They Ended up Working Together, PIXELS, the Video Games Involved, SPOTLIGHT, More

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Premiering at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was the latest from director Tom McCarthyThe Cobbler.  In the modern-day fairy tale, Adam Sandler plays a lonely cobbler in New York City who feels like his life is going nowhere until he discovers a family heirloom that literally gives him the ability to “walk in another man’s shoes,” and see the world differently. The fantastical aspect is a bit of a departure for McCarthy after helming films like The Station AgentThe Visitor, and Win Win, but he still keeps the film focused on the characters.  The Cobbler also stars Dustin HoffmanSteve BuscemiEllen Barkin,Melonie DiazMethod Man, and Dan Stevens.

Earlier today I landed an exclusive video interview with Adam Sandler and Thomas McCarthy.  They talked about how the project came together, changes during production, the way they like to prepare for a role/project, editing, extended cuts, and more.  In addition, we talked about Sandler’s next film, Pixels, McCarthy’s role, the video games involved, Peter Dinklage’s character, McCarthy’s next film, Spotlight, and how he’s going to be able to film at The Boston Globe and Fenway Park.  For those who don’t know, Spotlight focuses on the Globe journalists who uncovered the Catholic Church’s extensive cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts.  Hit the jump for what Sandler and McCarthy had to say.

Sir Ben Kingsley Talks LEARNING TO DRIVE, Wanting to do More Military Roles, Robert Zemeckis’ THE WALK, Ridley Scott’s EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, and More

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Isabel Coixet’s Learning to Drive.  The film stars Sir Ben Kingsley as a driving instructor who teaches a successful Manhattan writer (Patricia Clarkson) while both of their lives are going through dramatic changes.  While I expected the film to follow the conventional path of two people from different worlds falling in love, it was refreshing to see Coixet’s film focus on people just helping one another overcome difficult situations through friendship and support.  With a film like this everything rests on the actors, and Kingsley and Clarkson deliver honest and realistic performances.

Shortly after the premiere I landed an exclusive video interview with Sir Ben Kingsley.  He talked about what drew him to the project, how his process has changed over time, his approach to a performance once he meets his fellow actors, if he still gets nervous on set, and more.  In addition, he talked about Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, the King Tut miniseries he’s about to shoot, and his passion project he’s developing about the British Navy in World War I, Victoria Cross.  Hit the jump for what he had to say. 

Jeremy Irvine Talks THE REACH, Roland Emmerich’s STONEWALL, FALLEN, THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH, and MARY SHELLEY’S MONSTER

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A few days ago at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jeremy Irvine for his new cat-and-mouse thriller The Reach.  Directed by Jean-Baptiste Leonetti (Carré Blanc), the film features Michael Douglas as a wealthy businessman determined to kill big game in the Mojave Desert.  To help accomplish his goal, he hires a local guide (played by Irvine), but after a  tragic accident they quickly become adversaries, and the rest of the film is about which person will survive.

During the interview Jeremy Irvine talked about working with Douglas, the physically challenging shoot, the story, watching it for the first time with an audience, and more.  In addition, he also talked about shooting Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall (about the gay rights movement), his process as an actor, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, Fallen, Mary Shelley’s Monster with Sophie Turner, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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