Exclusive: Composer Howard Shore Talks THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, ROSEWATER, MAPS TO THE STARS, SILENCE, and More

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Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore is among today’s most respected composers and conductors.  He’s been a frequent collaborator with David Cronenberg for 35 years and has scored nearly all his films since 1979 including 2014’s Maps to the Stars.  He’s also had a long-standing collaboration with director Martin Scorsese on films that include Gangs of New York, The Departed, The Aviator, and Hugo.  However, he is probably best known for his work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, including this year’s The Battle of the Five Armies.  Recently, he also composed the original music for director Jon Stewart’s biopic, Rosewater.

In an exclusive interview, Shore spoke about his creative partnerships with Cronenberg, Jackson, Scorsese and Stewart, his unique approach to composition and orchestration, the challenges of scoring an edgy drama compared to a large scale action movie set in a complex fantasy world, why he loves doing big epic films, his Canadian roots and early development as an artist, bringing Middle Earth to a worldwide audience by doing The Lord of the Rings scores live to projection with a symphony orchestra and chorus, and his upcoming projects:  Scorsese’s Silence and a concerto with classical guitarist Miloš.  Check out our interview after the jump:

Timothy Spall Talks MR. TURNER, Preparation for the Role, Painting Lessons, His Brush with Leukemia, and More

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Timothy Spall paints a fascinating portrait of J.M.W. Turner in the new biopic, Mr. Turner, written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mike Leigh and beautifully lensed by cinematographer Dick Pope.  The actor fully immerses himself in the role of the eccentric but brilliant English painter, water colorist and printmaker who elevated the art form of landscape painting in the 18th century.  Mr. Turner premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where Spall took the award for Best Actor and marks the seventh time in his career that he has collaborated with Leigh.  Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, and Paul Jesson also star.

At a recent roundtable interview, Spall talked about the challenge of playing the artist, his preparation for the role, the directing process with Leigh, their organic approach to building up the characters through improvisation, his painting lessons with British portraitist Tim Wright that helped him portray Turner convincingly, how he captured the extraordinary physicality of the character and used his voice to convey Turner’s implosive nature as well as his explosive expression when it came to his art, how his close brush with leukemia altered his outlook on life, and his upcoming TV mini-series, The Enfield Haunting.  Check out our interview after the jump:

Katherine Waterston Talks INHERENT VICE, Working With Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix, Referring to Pynchon’s Book During Shooting, More

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If Joaquin Phoenix‘s character Doc Sportello bears witness to the end of the 60′s in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film Inherent Vice, then Katherine Waterston‘s Shasta Fay Hepworth is what he bears witness to.  Aside from being the engine that sets the story in motion, she utterly embodies the change that occurred in the culture as free love gave way to greed and paranoia (Shasta herself being a victim of these things, not an avatar for them).  Along with a handful of other journalists, I recently had a chance to sit down with Waterston to discuss her role, and what it’s like working with such a singular director.

Hit the jump for our interview with Katherine Waterston.  Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th.  It also stars Josh BrolinOwen WilsonReese WitherspoonBenicio Del ToroEric RobertsMartin ShortSasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Shawn Levy Talk NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB, How to Do Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson Impressions, and More

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Ever wonder what it feels like for Owen Wilson to play Jedediah, the tiny cowboy from the Wild West Diorama?  I got a brief taste of it at the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb press day last weekend and it’s awkward to say the least.  In the franchise’s third installment, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) and the gang from the Natural History Museum must travel to London to try to figure out how to fix the tablet that brings the exhibits to life at night before it runs out of power.

With Night at the Museum 3 making its way into theaters on December 19th, I got the opportunity to sit down (or stand in my case) with Wilson, Stiller and director Shawn Levy.  After offering up some advice on how to hold my own at such a tiny size, they busted out some impressions and discussed the surprising The Cove reference in the film.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace Talk THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

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With the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, now in theaters, I got to sit down with Martin FreemanRichard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando BloomEvangeline Lilly and Lee Pace at the London press junket.  During the interviews they talked about what the world premiere after party was like, what they’d ask J. R. R. Tolkien about their characters and The Lord of the Rings universe, embarrassing moments from the set (which includes Martin Freeman telling a very funny story), deleted scenes and what might be on the extended edition Blu-ray, and more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay Talk WHITE COLLAR Series Finale, What This Show Meant to Them, What They Took Home from the Set, and More

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Created by Jeff Eastin, the USA Network series White Collar is coming to an end, after six seasons.  In the explosive series finale, “Au Revoir,” FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) gets involved in a dangerous con against the Pink Panthers, in order to help Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) pull off a risky heist.  Meanwhile, Neal has designed a new plan that will serve the interest of the Pink Panthers and himself, with his goal being to permanently rid himself of an ankle bracelet and free himself of his ties to the FBI.  And whether it’s all resolved in the end or not, it’s been a great ride, watching two very different men form a very unlikely friendship.

During this recent interview with press to talk about the series finale and what being a part of the show has meant to them, co-stars Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay talked about watching until the final second of the episode, whether they’re personally satisfied with the show’s ending, what it was like to do the last scenes of the last episode, what they took home from the set, why their characters had such a successful partnership, their favorite moments, what they’ll miss most, what they’ve learned from each other, whether there might ever be a movie, and what they’re looking to do, in the future.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Luke Evans Talks THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, What He Would Ask J. R. R. Tolkien, Embarrassing Moments on Set, Deleted Scenes, More

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As most of you know, the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is now in theaters.  Unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, the final chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Rings will absolutely love.  In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, the added ticket price is worth it for this movie.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard ArmitageEvangeline LillyLuke EvansBenedict CumberbatchStephen FryCate BlanchettIan HolmChristopher LeeHugo WeavingKen StottJames Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.

At last week’s London press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Luke Evans.  He talked about what he would ask J. R. R. Tolkien, deleted scenes and what might be included in the extended cut, embarrassing moments from the set, what it was like working with Peter Jackson and Martin Freeman, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch and make sure to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies this week.  It’s great.

Denis O’Hare Talks AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW, Pushing the Envelope, Where He Wants the Show to Go Next, and More

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The FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show follows a troupe of the strange and unusual in 1952, who are looking to survive as performers amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.  From the twisted minds of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the show stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare and Finn Wittrock.

During this interview with press to discuss his work on the popular series, actor Denis O’Hare (who plays a con artist named Stanley) talked about whether they can actually push the envelope of disturbing even further than they already have, the show’s portrayal of the gay community, coming up with his own backstory, what he’d like to see the show explore next, what his American Horror Story characters have in common and how they’re most different, and what scares people today.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale Talk ANNIE, the Fun Shoot, Collaborating with Will Gluck, the Songs, and More

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Opening this weekend is Will Gluck‘s modern reimagining of the Broadway classic Annie.  The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film also stars Rose ByrneBobby CannavaleAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas.  For more on Annie, watch the trailer or these five clips and eleven minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.

At the recent New York City press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale.  They talked about collaborating with Will Gluck, contemporizing the film, the new songs, if a lot of friends that wanted to visit them on the set, how much fun they had making the film, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Joss Whedon Talks Hesitation to Return, New Additions to the Team, Collaborating with Marvel, and More on the Set of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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When Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was filming in London last summer, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.   Like most Marvel set visits, they let us talk to the entire cast and watch filming.  While the production was guarded about what they were willing to tell us, we learned a ton of cool secrets behind what’s bound to be one of the biggest films of 2015.  In The Avengers sequel, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) from carrying out his sinister plan.  The film also stars  Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon Cheadle,Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson.

While on set, I participated in a great group interview with Joss Whedon.  He talked about how making The Avengers sequel was different from the first film, the look of the Vision, when he first started coming up with ideas for the sequel, the success of the Hulk in the first film, Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, James Spader, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Martin Freeman Talks THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, What He Would Ask J. R. R. Tolkien, Embarrassing Moments on Set, SHERLOCK, and More

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I love interviewing Martin Freeman.  Not only is he a very talented actor that’s always great in front of the camera; it’s also because no matter what you want to talk about, he always finds a way to work in funny stories that will make you laugh. My interview last week in London for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was no different.  Not only did he talk about what people say about him online, or what he’d ask J. R. R. Tolkien if he could travel back in time, he told an amazing R-rated story about the game he likes to play with his cast mates – specifically Aidan Turner.  Trust me, there is no way you watch this interview and not laugh out loud.  Hit the jump to watch.

Aaron Paul Talks EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, Working with Ridley Scott, the Parting of the Red Sea Sequence, Future Projects, and More

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Now playing in theaters around the world is Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.  As most of you know, the film is Scott’s take on the Bliblical story of Moses, with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses.  The film also stars John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.  For more on the film watch these clips or the trailer.

At the press junket in Paris I landed an exclusive video interview with Aaron Paul.  He talked about what it was like working for Ridley Scott, why he’ll always remember shooting the Red Sea sequence, deleted scenes, future projects, his wife’s charity, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Rebel Wilson and Dan Stevens Talk NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB, Larry Ben Stiller vs. Laaa Ben Stiller, PITCH PERFECT 2 and More

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In Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb all is well until Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) notices that the magical tablet that brings the exhibits to life at night is withering away.  Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) doesn’t know how to restore it, but he thinks his father might.  Trouble is, he’s on display in London, and that’s where franchise newcomers Rebel Wilson and Dan Stevens step in.  Wilson’s Tilly is the night guard on duty who’s got no clue what’s about to go down when Larry brings that tablet inside, like Sir Lancelot coming to life.  Stevens’ Lancelot is eager to help the Museum of Natural History gang save the day, but he also gets a bit distracted by his determination to find his Guinevere.

With Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb due in theaters on December 19th, I got the opportunity to sit down with Wilson and Stevens to discuss their experience making the film including how they shot a scene that takes place in an M.C. Escher lithograph, what it was like working with Ben Stiller as Larry vs. Ben Stiller as Laaa the caveman, Wilson’s high hopes for Pitch Perfect 2 and more.  Hit the jump to check it all out.

David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay Talk SELMA, Bringing Martin Luther King Jr. To Life On Screen, Their Most Memorable Scene, and More

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Selma is a beautifully designed film that not only hits you emotionally in the gut, but also makes you feel for the humanity that the Civil Rights movement was fighting for.  While Martin Luther King Jr. was just a man, he spoke for and to people willing to defy intimidation, face economic retaliation, and endure arrests and beatings, all in hopes of provoking a transformative confrontation that would give African Americans the basic rights that they so desperately wanted and deserved.  Expertly directed by Ava DuVernay, the film stars David Oyelowo (in an award-worthy performance as Dr. King), Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Andre Holland, Common, Giovanni Ribisi, Tessa Thompson, Dylan Baker, Alessandro Nivola and Omar Dorsey.

During a roundtable interview at the film’s press day, actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay talked about taking on someone so very well known, never hesitating in showing the violence and aggression that took place, the challenges of making Martin Luther King Jr. human, casting actors who best fit around David Oyelowo, making the dream to play Dr. King a reality, the most memorable scene they experienced together, what the prep work was like, having some of the real people around, and the flavor that being in the real locations added to the film.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Lorenzo Richelmy and Benedict Wong Talk MARCO POLO, the Ambitious Production, Most Memorable Moments, and More

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Based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s ornate court in 13th century China, the 10-episode Netflix original series Marco Polo is set in a world filled with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry.  Marco Polo (Lorenzo Richelmy) is a young Italian merchant who arrives in China with a father he barely knows, who then offers him to the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong) as a servant.  Captivated by the traveler’s way with words, Kublai Khan and Marco Polo develop a deep trust and bond that leads to many tales of adventure and legend.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, co-stars Lorenzo Richelmy and Benedict Wong talked about getting involved with this show, how beautiful and ambitious the production was, shooting an adventure while they were on their own adventure, taking on the title role of a show of this size and scope, their most memorable moments, and how the story really has no heroes or villains, only human beings facing each other.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

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