Michelle Monaghan Talks FORT BLISS, Working With Director Claudia Myers, the Experience of TRUE DETECTIVE, Adam Sandler’s PIXELS, and More

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In the indie drama Fort Bliss, U.S. Army medic and single mother Maggie Swann (Michelle Monaghan) struggles to find her place in her five-year-old son’s life, after returning home from an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan.  When news of another deployment threatens the tentative bond she’s formed with her son, she’s forced to find a way to reconcile her duties as a mother with her obligations as a soldier.  Written, directed and produced by Claudia Myers, the film also stars Ron Livingston, Manolo Cardona, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber and Dash Mihok.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Michelle Monaghan talked about how she got involved with Fort Bliss, why she found the story so compelling, how intense the experience was, and how putting on the uniform really affected the way she carried herself.  She also talked about her experience on True Detective, and how excited she is about Pixels, with Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Liam Neeson Talks A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, Collaborating with Scott Frank, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Scott Frank‘s crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones.  The film stars Liam Neeson as a troubled ex-cop who investigates the kidnapping of a heroin drug lord’s wife, teaming up with a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) and his brother to hunt down the men responsible for the crime.  Unlike his Taken role where Neeson is nearly impossible to pin down, A Walk Among the Tombstones takes place in the real world, where the characters need to use their brains and not rely on an endless supply of bullets to get the job done.  Frank has a number of great credits as a screenwriter (Minority ReportOut of Sight), and he did great work directing The Lookout.  I’m happy to say I really enjoyed A Walk Among the Tombstones and definitely recommend checking it out this weekend.

During my video interview with Liam Neeson he talked about why he wanted to be part of A Walk Among the Tombstones, how his character can’t kick everyone’s ass like inTaken, how he collaborated with Scott Frank on the character, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Alba Rohrwacher and Director Saverio Costanzo Talk HUNGRY HEARTS, Incorporating Real-Life Experiences, the Awesome Opening Scene, and More

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At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with star Alba Rohrwacher and director Saverio Costanzo for their movie Hungry Hearts.  Also starring Adam Driver, the film is about a couple that meets, falls in love, has a child, and then covers what happens when they encounter a life or death circumstance.  While I’d love to go more into detail about what they encounter/have to deal with, I’m not sure how much the filmmakers want revealed, so I’ll just say some of the film plays out like a real-world horror film.

During the interview, Rohrwacher and Costanzo talked about the experience of going from the Venice Film Festival straight to TIFF, incorporating real-life experiences into the film, how the movie doesn’t judge specific lifestyles, how much of the script was set before filming, the awesome opening scene (which is an eight minute-long uninterrupted take), and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Eric Wareheim Talks TIM & ERIC’S BEDTIME STORIES, Using Comedy to Cope With the Horror of the World

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories.  I had seen Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim‘s previous show (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) and I’ve been fond of their humor for a long time, but I wasn’t sure if this was just going to be another extension of the Awesome Show aesthetic.  It isn’t.  Bedtime Stories is a much more cinematic effort, and it’s brutally dark (yet amazingly funny).  With guest stars ranging from Zach Galifianakis to Gillian Jacobs to Bob Odenkirk, the show has a lot of variety, but also retains Heidecker and Wareheim’s unique voice.  The three episodes I screened may not be for everybody, but those who connect with them will find them utterly sublime.

I recently hopped on the phone with Eric Wareheim to talk about the show, how it differs from Awesome Show, and the brutality of life itself.  Hit the jump to check it out.  Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories premieres tonight, September 18th at 12:15AM PT/ET (so technically tomorrow), on Adult Swim.

Jane Fonda Talks THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Working with the Cast and Director Shawn Levy, THE NEWSROOM, 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 Jane Fonda.  She talked about why she wanted to be involved in the project, what it was like collaborating with Shawn Levy, how she prepares for a role, if she’s streamlined her process, Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Maya Forbes Talks INFINITELY POLAR BEAR, Tackling the Issue of Mental Illness, Mark Ruffalo, the Difficulty of Getting Films Made as a Woman, and 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 Maya Forbes.  During the interview she talked about getting to be part of Sundance and TIFF, her first cut of the film and what she cut out, the subject matter and how there is an element of fortuitousness to the timing of the movie with mental illness being talked about in the media, putting together the financing, casting Mark Ruffalo, being truthful while also making an entertaining movie, when we’ll see a trailer, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Wilmer Valderrama and John Murdy Talk FROM DUSK TILL DAWN Maze at Universal Studios Hollywood’s HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

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Bringing together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, Halloween Horror Nights, held at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween and all things scary.  Featuring an all-new slate of seven film production quality mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Syfy’s Face Off, Dracula Untold and Clowns 3D with music by Slash), five frightful scare zones (The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mask-A-Raid, Dark Christmas and Skullz) and the fully re-imagined Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead experience, it will be more chilling, more terrorizing and more extreme than ever.

Collider was recently given the opportunity to tour the From Dusk Till Dawn maze, which brings many of the shows key visual moments to life.  Walking through each scene, accompanied by actor Wilmer Valderrama, who plays the show’s big bad villain, and HHN Creative Director John Murdy, it was clear how much time and thought was put into every little detail.  Check out what they had to say, and what you can expect from the maze itself, after the jump.

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.

Director Josh Boone Talks THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, the Extended Cut, Making the Material His Own, the Painful Writing Process, and PRETENDERS

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The Fault in Our Stars is far more than just YA-appeasing schmaltz, deftly weaving romanticism with deeper philosophic undercurrents.  Josh Boone’s sophomore effort (post Stuck in Love) is a fairly straight adaptation of John Green’s novel – and keeps with the book’s strange tonal feat at once both tragic yet uplifting.  It’s sort of the feel-good movie about dying young; but Boone’s deft touch with the material and the cast somehow makes the juxtaposing tones mesh.

In the following interview with Josh Boone in anticipation of film’s Blu-ray release, he discusses the Extended Cut of The Fault in Our Stars, why he’ll never write a novel, and injecting his authorial stamp onto the adaptation.  You can read Boone’s previous thoughts and comments on his upcoming adaptations of The Stand and Lestatright here.  For the full Fault in Our Stars interview, hit the jump.

Director Adam Wingard and Screenwriter Simon Barrett Talk THE GUEST, the Fallacy of Boring Art Films, and Their Quest to Evolve

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The Guest is easily one of the best times you’ll have in a theater this year.  It’s funny, full of action, smart, and extremely stylish.  Three years ago I wouldn’t have thought Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey would be a contender as an action star/serious badass, but I would have been wrong.  He’s on fire here (as you can probably tell by the film’s trailer).  So are director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S/2, You’re Next), who continue to mine the genre field and find interesting ways to make their material relatable and exciting.

I recently sat down with Wingard and Barrett to talk about the film.  I should note that I’ve interviewed the duo many times in the past, so I wanted to go a little bit off the beaten path with my questions here and focus solely on aspects of The Guest (and their career) that we hadn’t discussed before.  I also tried to dig a bit into what they’re next project is, but that question was answered far more successfully yesterday.  Hit the jump to check out the interview (and be sure to read Matt’s review).  The film also stars Maika MonroeLeland OrserSheila KelleyBrendan Meyer, and Lance Reddick.  The Guest opens in U.S. theaters tomorrow, September 17th.

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