Jennifer Aniston Talks LIFE OF CRIME, Elmore Leonard, the Lack of Improv, the Way She Likes to Work, and More

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Life of CrimeDaniel Schecter’s adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch, is now playing on VOD and in theaters.  The film features younger versions of the Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson characters from another Leonard adaptation, Jackie Brown, with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) filling the roles this time around.  The story features Hawkes and Bey kidnapping the trophy wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a wealthy man (Tim Robbins) only to find out he doesn’t actually want her back.  The film also stars Mark Boone JuniorIsla FisherWill Forte.  Life of Crime is loaded with juicy characters and great dialogue, and it’s definitely worth checking out.  For more on the movie, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Jennifer Aniston.  She talked about making Life of Crime, how quickly she said yes to the project, the way she likes to work, the lack of improv on the film, how doing big Hollywood movies allows her the freedom to make independent movies, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Guillermo del Toro Talks THE STRAIN, the Learning Curve of TV, Casting David Bradley, Looking to Season 2, the Overall 5-Season Plan, and More

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From filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse, The Strain tells the story of an epic battle for survival between man and vampire.  When Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control in New York City, and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that is eerily similar to an ancient and evil strain of vampirism, they quickly realize that they are waging war for the fate of humanity itself.  The show also stars David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Kevin Durand, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown and Jack Kesy.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Guillermo del Toro talked about why he wanted to do a horror TV series, the idea of vampires as a predatory species, why he wanted to direct the pilot, supervising all of the visual and make-up effects on the series, why David Bradley was the right actor for Setrakian, how the events of Episode 8 will change the group dynamic, why he thinks they’ll need three to five seasons to tell this story, going forward in the story while they go back in the mythology, learning the medium of TV, and how excited he is to get to work on Season 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Director Roger Donaldson Talks THE NOVEMBER MAN, Reuniting with Pierce Brosnan, Filming in Belgrade, Delete Scenes, NO WAY OUT, Future Projects, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job, No Way Out) action thriller The November Man.  Based on Bill Granger’s novel There are No Spies from the bestselling November Man book series, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is lured out of retirement on a personal mission.  While on the assignment, he finds himself trying to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) while his former pupil (Luke Bracey) is trying to hunt him down.  The film also stars Eliza TaylorCaterina ScorsoneBill Smitrovich and Will Patton.  For more on The November Man, watch the trailer or check out all our previous coverage. 

At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Roger Donaldson.  He talked about making November Man, reuniting with Pierce Brosnan, how the film was originally set in Berlin before he decided on Belgrade, deleted scenes, what he values about test screenings, his evolution to digital filming, No Way Out, his approach to editing, future projects, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Dylan Everett Talks THE UNAUTHORIZED SAVED BY THE BELL STORY, Playing Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Loving the Wardrobe, and More

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The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story takes a nostalgic look back at the ‘90s TV show that changed the landscape of Saturday mornings.  Delving into the experiences of six unknown young actors who suddenly have the Hollywood spotlight shining brightly on them, it also exposes the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny while trying to maintain the squeaky clean image of their popular characters.  With casting done by the original series’ casting director, Robin Lippin, the movie stars Dylan Everett as Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Sam Kindseth as Dustin Diamond, Julian Works as Mario Lopez, Alyssa Lynch as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Tiera Skovbye as Elizabeth Berkley, and Taylor Russell McKenzie as Lark Voorhies.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Dylan Everett talked about how he came to be a part of the movie, not knowing that he had auditioned for the original series casting director, what he identified with in the script, the importance of finding who you are outside of the business, how nerve-wracking it was to make this, knowing that all of the original cast members are still around, wanting to get as close to Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s performance as possible, how much he loved the wardrobe, and just how much fun he had making the movie.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Writer/Directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer Talk THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD, Developing the Story for Over 10 Years, STILL ALICE, and More

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From filmmakers Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, The Last of Robin Hood tells the story of aspiring young actress Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning) and her liaison with swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline).  Their affair spanned the globe and was enabled by Beverly’s fame-obsessed mother, Florence (Susan Sarandon), until it all came crashing to an end in 1959, when it came to light.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, writer/directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer talked about what led them to this story, developing it for over 10 years, why they wanted to have Beverly’s involvement and blessing with the production, how special it was to develop a friendship with her, and why it was important to them not to be judgmental in telling this story.  They also talked about why their partnership works so well, how excited they are to take their next film, Still Alice, to the Toronto Film Festival, and their experience working with that cast, which includes Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo Talk AGENT CARTER, the Advantages of a Shorter Season, the Extent of Their Involvement with the Show, and More

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Though Marvel Studios’ first foray into television, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., was a bit of a misfire, hopes are high for the studio’s next series.  Based on the Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name, Agent Carter will follow the exploits of Hayley Atwell’s titular character in the year 1946—just after Cap’s disappearance from The First Avenger—as she is marginalized while working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) when the men return home from World War II.  It has a well-tested premise, a clear story trajectory, and most promisingly, the first season will consist of only eight episodes rather than trying to stretch the story out to 22 installments.

While the show doesn’t premiere until midseason on ABC, bridging the gap between the S.H.I.E.L.D. winter hiatus and spring premiere, Steve recently spoke with Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo in anticipation of the Blu-ray release of the Marvel film, and the two talked a bit about their involvement with the Agent Carter TV show.  They confirmed that they will direct episodes 2 and 3, discussed the advantages of a shorter episode order, and talked about how involved they will be with the series going forward.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

Kristen Connolly Talks HOUDINI, Researching the Relationship, Uncomfortable Corsets, THE WHISPERS, and More

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The two-night scripted mini-series Houdini (airing on History) is more than just the story of the world-renowned superstar who could defy death.  Harry Houdini (Adrien Brody) also engaged in espionage, battled spiritualists, encountered the greatest names of the era, performed some of the greatest feats ever seen, and was a loving husband to Bess (Kristen Connolly), his wife and right hand.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Kristen Connolly (who gives a terrific and emotionally layered performance, alongside powerhouse actor Adrien Brody) talked about how she came to be apart of Houdini, how she approached researching their relationship, finding her performance, how much the hair and make-up contributed, wearing such uncomfortable corsets, if she feels that Harry really valued Bess, and what it was like to work with Adrien Brody.  She also talked about signing on to do the upcoming ABC drama series The Whispers, about an unseen force that is manipulating children to act in favor of its cause.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

MACGRUBER 2 Update: Will Forte Talks Script Progress and Promises, “If Somebody Will Let Us Do It, Then We’ll Do It”

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Will Forte is asked about MacGruber 2 whenever he makes the press rounds to promote another movie.  Last we checked, Forte said he met with MacGruber director/co-writer Jorma Taccone and they hammered out “a really solid first act.”  At a junket for Forte’s new movie Life of Crime, Steve asked Forte straight up if the inquiries about a MacGruber sequel ever get old.  Forte responded graciously, saying “it is very exciting because it means that people liked the first MacGruber.”

Forte went on to provide a status update about where he and Taccone are in the script process and reiterated their commitment to making MacGruber 2—if somebody will fund it.  We’ll have the full Life of Crime interview up next week, but hit the jump for Forte’s  MacGruber 2 update.

Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Will Forte, and Director Daniel Schechter Talk LIFE OF CRIME, Their Chemistry Onscreen, Forte’s Giant Beard, and More

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Life of Crime is a wonderfully wicked tale filled with outrageously eccentric characters, sly comedy and surprising twists based on Elmore Leonard’s darkly funny novel, The Switch.  When a couple of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in this cool crime caper adapted for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter.  The film stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins and will be released in theaters and VOD on August 29th.

At the film’s recent press day, Schechter, Aniston, Hawkes, and Forte talked about making a film set in the 70s, what appealed to Schechter about Leonard’s The Switch and made it perfect for adapting to the screen, the brilliance of Leonard’s dialogue, Aniston’s duo role as actor and executive producer and her future plans to direct, how Hawkes found the right balance playing a lovable criminal, the chemistry between the actors, their preparation for the physical scenes, what they learned from each other, and Forte’s upcoming role in his new Fox TV series Last Man on Earth directed by Phil Lord and  Christopher Miller.  Check out the interview after the jump.

Luke Bracey Talks THE NOVEMBER MAN, Working With Pierce Brosnan and Roger Donaldson, the POINT BREAK Remake, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job, No Way Out) action thriller The November Man.  Based on Bill Granger’s novel There are No Spies from the bestselling November Man book series, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is lured out of retirement on a personal mission.  While on the assignment, he finds himself trying to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) while his former pupil (Luke Bracey) is trying to hunt him down.  The film also stars Eliza TaylorCaterina ScorsoneBill Smitrovich and Will Patton.  For more on The November Man, watch the trailer or check out all our previous coverage. 

A few days ago I landed an exclusive phone interview with Luke Bracey.  He talked about what the last year has been like, working with Roger Donaldson, getting to work with Pierce Brosnan  and the advice he gave him, Janusz Kaminski’s American Dream, the Point Break remake, playing Cobra Commander in G.I.  Joe: Retaliation, what he’s going to do after he wraps Point Break, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Dakota Fanning Talks THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD, Working with Kevin Kline, Her ‘Database’ of On Set Experiences, BRAIN ON FIRE and More

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Dakota Fanning’s been busy.  She’s been working steadily all her life, but in the past three years alone, she’s delivered Now Is Good, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Motel Life, Very Good Girls, Night Moves and now she’s got The Last of Robin Hood on the way, too.  She stars in that one as Beverly Aadland, the young actress who winds up catching the eye of superstar Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline).  Ultimately, she falls for him too and the two indulge in a passionate affair while Beverly’s mother, Florence (Susan Sarandon), tags along to supervise.

With The Last of Robin Hood making its way into select theaters on August 29th, we got the chance to sit down with Fanning and discuss how she’s been choosing her roles lately and what it was like jumping into this true story.  Hit the jump to catch what she said about working with Kline and Sarandon, honoring the truth to the situation while making the character her own, how having worked as a child actor helps her today, the book-to-film adaptation of Brain on Fire and more.

Director David Mackenzie Talks STARRED UP, Full Cast and Crew Rehearsals, Shooting in Sequence, Filming in a Real Prison, Working with Jack O’Connell and More

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At this point, director David Mackenzie has eight feature films to his name, a BAFTA win and he snagged the Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas at the Berlin International Film Festival two times, but he’s still looking to keep things fresh and shake up his process a bit.  His latest film, Starred Up, features Jack O’Connell as Eric, an extremely violent 19-year-old kid who’s prematurely transferred to the same adult prison that his father’s in.

With Starred Up set to begin its limited theatrical run on August 27th in New York City, Mackenzie took the time to talk to us about some of the new methods he used while making it, namely shooting it in sequence and also filming the rehearsals, which didn’t just involve the cast, but the crew, too.  Hit the jump for more on that, Mackenzie’s experience shooting in a former prison, casting O’Connell, having two editors working on the cut while he was in production and more.  You can also click here to read about the Robert the Bruce movie he’s working on.

CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 Directors Joe and Anthony Russo Talk Filming Dates, the Title, the Evolution of the Script, Marvel’s Involvement, Hawkeye, and More

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Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier was—and is—one of the biggest films of the year.  Though its status as the domestic box office champion of 2014 will be usurped, fittingly, by Guardians of the Galaxy, the Cap follow-up garnered positive reviews and an overall stellar reaction from fans in general.  As such, many were pleased to hear that The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo would be returning to helm the next sequel, Captain America 3.  Though the pic’s May 6, 2016 release date may feel far off, it’s actually on deck as the next Marvel Studios film to start production after Ant-Man.

Steve recently sat down with the Russo brothers in anticipation of the release of The Winter Soldier on Blu-ray, and during the course of their conversation the duo also talked fairly extensively about Captain America 3.  In addition to revealing that filming on Cap 3 begins in April in Atlanta, the Russo brothers also discussed how much of sequel’s story was dictated by Marvel beforehand, revealing that Kevin Feige offered up a concept that’s been in his head for a long time.  They also talked about the script’s evolution since February, Hawkeye’s involvement, when they’ll announce the title, delving further into the Winter Soldier character, envisioning the sequels as a two-part story, the return of Frank Grillo‘s Crossbones, and more.  Watch and read the interview after the jump.

Producers Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese Talk THE DIVIDE, the Season Finale, Re-Shooting The Pilot, SCANDAL, and More

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The WE TV drama series The Divide follows Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland), a whip-smart caseworker with a knack for getting herself in and out of trouble, and Adam Page (Damon Gupton), the youngest DA in the history of Philadelphia, both on opposite sides of a case where the outcome could either protect or destroy their reputations.  Created by Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese, the show also stars Nia Long, Paul Schneider, Joe Anderson and Clarke Peters.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producers Tony Goldwyn (who also directed the pilot) and Richard LaGravenese talked about how they came to be working together, what drew them to the themes of this story, their road to getting this show on the air, re-shooting the original pilot (that was shot for AMC, before moving to WE tv), setting up the show’s structure for future seasons, why it was so important to them to collaborate with the African American actors on their characters, and what they love about long-term storytelling on television.  LaGravenese also talked about the experience of shooting the feature film The Last 5 Years, with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, while Goldwyn talked about how exciting it is to be a part of a show like Scandal, that so many people talk about every week.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Bob Ladouceur & Terry Eidson Talk Bringing WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL to the Big Screen, Fact vs. Fiction, and Avoiding the Limelight

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There’s a strange duality inherent to When the Game Stands Tall.  Much of the film focuses on Head Coach Bob Ladouceur’s humble philosophy, which emphasizes avoiding the limelight that often comes from ‘winning’.  However isn’t the very act of making a movie glorifying humility intrinsically contradictory?  Doesn’t exalting humility somehow discredit the thought?  To be fair, Bob Ladouceur and Assistant Coach Terry Eidson seem well aware of such inconsistencies, both freely admitting that the accolades they’ve received for their admittedly exceptional work puts them ill at ease.  It’s ironic in that Ladouceur by placing teamwork and modesty above ‘winning’ led his high-school students to a record 151 consecutive football wins — which then prompted a book to be written about such an exceptional record — which now, of course, has drawn the attention of Hollywood to make a movie starring Jim Caviezel as him.  But as Ladouceur himself says – what was he supposed to do?  Say ‘No’?

In the following interview with Ladouceur & Eidson, the two men talk about watching their story told via film, reconciling their humble values with a film made about them and giving advice to Jim Caviezel & Michael Chiklis on how to play their roles (i.e. them).  Hit the jump to watch.

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