At this year’s Comic-Con, I had the chance to sit down with director Chris Gorak for an exclusive interview about Summit’s upcoming sci-fi thriller, The Darkest Hour. While I could’ve posted the interview a lot sooner, I decided to wait until the studio released the cool looking trailer. Hopefully you’ve all had a chance to check it out. What’s important to know is the entire movie was filmed on location in Moscow, was filmed in 3D, and produced by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov.
During the interview, Gorak talks about bring at Comic-Con, filming in Moscow, the aliens and what happens to the humans that encounter them, editing, test screenings, and did they decide to explain the alien motivation for attacking Earth or did they go the route of revealing as little as possible. Hit the jump to watch. The Darkest Hour opens December 23rd.
At this year’s Comic-Con, I was able to talk with John Cho before the Total Recall panel in Hall H. Cho told me that he plays someone who works at Recall and he explains his bizarre look. He also said the Recall in director Len Wiseman’s film is a lot different than Paul Verhoeven’s, as Wiseman’s Recall is more of a “den of sin” and less of a business. In addition, Cho talked about American Reunion, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, and Star Trek 2. Regarding the Trek sequel , I asked if he knows when they might start filming and how often do people ask him about it? Hit the jump to watch.
At this year’s Comic-Con, I had the chance to sit down with Joel Kinnaman (The Killing, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Max Minghella (The Social Network) for an exclusive interview about Summit’s upcoming sci-fi thriller, The Darkest Hour. While I could’ve posted the interview a lot sooner, I decided to wait until the studio released the cool looking trailer. Hopefully you’ve all had a chance to check it out. What’s important to know is the entire movie was filmed on location in Moscow, was filmed in 3D, and produced by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov.
During the interview, Kinnaman and Minghella talked about being at Comic-Con and filming in Moscow during the heat wave and fire outbreaks. In addition, since both of them have worked for David Fincher, we talked about working for him and Kinnaman explains why his character was added to Fincher’s first Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie and how he’ll be in the two sequels. Hit the jump to watch. The Darkest Hour opens December 23rd.
As you probably know, Andrew Garfield was one of the highlights at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. From the actor’s heartfelt speech before The Amazing Spider-Man panel, to his affable and earnest demeanor during the actual panel (which Matt covered in detail in his write-up), it was obvious that the guy genuinely loves Spidey. Our partners at Omelete got the chance to catch up with Garfield on the red carpet at the Con, and in the brief conversation the actor talked about his childhood obsession with Spider-Man and what Sam Raimi’s trilogy of films mean to him.
Hit the jump to watch the interview, which is interspersed with footage from the film. And be sure to check out our Comic-Con interview with Garfield, Emma Stone and director Marc Webb here. The Amazing Spider-Man opens in 3D on July 3rd, 2012.
At this year’s Comic-Con, I had the chance to talk with Underworld: Awakening directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein. Here’s a few of the highlights:
- The Comic-Con trailer will not be shown anywhere else. They were committed to not show any Lycans at Comic-Con. But there will be Lycans in the sequel, including several kinds that have never been seen before.
- Stein twice teases a “very important new character that will turn everything upside-down.”
- They are halfway through the editing process, which includes 750-800 effects shots to render in 3D.
- There is a 7-minute car chase that took five days to shoot and two-and-a-half weeks to edit.
- Stein and Marlind have a unique working relationship. They switch roles every day: one person in charge, one person is the director’s “best buddy.”
- 3D changes how they film. Because of the camera size, it’s harder to throw the camera over your shoulder for an aggressive shot. But it has led Stein to pursue longer takes because the 3D looks better.
- The first trailer should be released soon.
Hit the jump to watch the full interview. You can also watch my interview with Underworld producer Len Wiseman here. We’re going to have a lot more Underworld coverage once the trailer is released. Underworld: Awakening hits theaters in January.
At this year’s Comic-Con, I got to speak with an actor whose work I really love: Guy Pearce. No matter the role, Pearce always delivers a great performance, and I really think he’s one of the best actors working in Hollywood. Anyway, Pearce was at Comic-Con to help promote director Troy Nixey’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. In the film, Pearce plays the father that doesn’t believe the creatures are real. For more on the movie, here’s our recap of the panel, the trailer, and my interview with Guillermo Del Toro and Katie Holmes from the L.A. Film Festival.
In addition to Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Pearce talked about what it’s like to work for Ridley Scott (he’s in Prometheus), Lockout, John Hillcoat’s Wettest Country in the World, Drake Doremus and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
At this year’s Comic-Con, I had the opportunity to sit down with director Len Wiseman to talk about producing Underworld: Awakening and directing the remake of Total Recall. While interviews at Comic-Con are usually a bit rushed, one of the reasons I’m excited to post this interview is that I had over twenty minutes to talk to Wiseman. During the extended conversation, we talked about being back at Comic-Con and what does he geek out over, why should fans be excited about the 4th installment of Underworld, how he got involved with Total Recall and the differences between his movie and the original. Trust me, I spent a huge amount of time asking him about Recall and if you’re curious about the remake, you’re going to learn a lot watching this interview. Some of the things he mentioned:
- They’re not going to Mars and it’s not going to be in 3D.
- Says the movie has a different tone than the original and when I asked if his movie would use any of the classic one-liners, he said, “they have them in different forms.”
- Regarding any Easter Eggs to connect it to original film, says the three-breasted woman will be in it and a few other surprises.
- I asked about big action sequences and he says they have a few of them. One of them is a huge hovercraft action scene that will take 15 days to shoot. Says it’s being done practically with limited CGI. Here’s a few photos from when they were filming it.
- The shoot is scheduled for 80 to 85 days. They started in May and it shoots until September.
- Asked if they are doing anything the he would categorize as “pushing the boundaries?” He says he thinks they are. They filmed a fight sequence using a bunch of super slider rigs that are usually used for car chases and football games. The cameras goes 35 mph and they covered the fight sequence like a car chase.
Hit the jump for the full interview.
by Jonah Posted: July 30th, 2011 at 6:49 pm
I know I’m not the only Collider writer to feel that if you’re missing out on FX’s Archer, you’re missing one of the most consistently funny shows on Television. If biting satire, political commentary, and cartoon nudity are things you enjoy, chances are high you already do enjoy FX’s brilliant Archer. The cast hit Comic-Con to promote the upcoming third season, and I got to sit down with stars H. Jon Benjamin (Voice of Sterling Archer), Amber Nash (Voice of HR Director Pam Poovey), Aisha Tyler (Voice of Agent Lana Kane), and Chris Parnell (Voice of Cyril Figgis). If the cast is to be believed, Season 3 will feature:
- “Operational fieldwork”
- “Terrible things”
Check all three video interviews after the jump.
At Comic-Con last weekend, I got to speak with director Ruben Fleischer who was there to promote his new comedy, 30 Minutes or Less. Here’s our recap of the panel and all our previous coverage. During the interview, Fleischer talked about being at Comic-Con, the difficulty in editing a film that has so much improv, deleted scenes and what will be on the DVD.
Of course with Fleischer getting ready to direct Gangster Squad (which is going to star Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Holt McCallany and Robert Patrick), we also talked about where and when they’re going to film, the incredible cast, his approach to the material, and the script. Finally, for all the Zombieland fans, we talked about if there will ever be a Zombieland 2. Hit the jump to read some of the highlights or watch the interview.
What hasn’t been explored in the post-apocalyptic genre before? Ponder that before you jump into another film in that genre and you will realize how hard writers and directors have to work to just make something memorable. Luckily for The Divide, making a memorable experience is something they have achieved. The question is, will you want to remember your experience? That’s exactly what I thought over after leaving the basement of a bar where the screening too place last Friday in San Diego. Hit the jump for my full review.
At this year’s Comic-Con, I got to talk to someone whose work I’ve loved for a very long time: Patrick Stewart. While many Star Trek fans debate which show was the best, I’ve always thought Star Trek: The Next Generation was the one that got everything right, and I’ve watched every episode at least a few times. Trust me, if you had seen my face while doing this interview, you’d have thought I’d won a million dollars.
The reason Stewart was at his first Comic-Con is the movie Dorothy of Oz. In the upcoming animated film, Stewart will voice a character named Tugg (you can watch him talk about the character here). During the interview, Stewart talked about his love of animated films, making Dorothy of Oz, being at Comic-Con for the first time, how you can get him to record his voice for an answering machine message, when he looks back on his experience filming Star Trek: TNG what’s the one thing he remembers, has he seen X-Men: First Class and J.J. Abrams Star Trek, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Following the Allen Gregory panel (recap is here) that featured a 10-minute clip of the new Fox pilot, I got the opportunity to participate in a round table discussion with the producers and cast of the show. The footage gave solid confirmation that the collaboration between Jonah Hill (Superbad, Get Him to the Greek), French Stewart, (Third Rock from the Sun) Nat Faxon (Beerfest) and some seriously comedy-savvy producers is a winning combination. I love the retro animation style they went with, and some of the material is definitely going to push the boundaries of PC Television in ways we haven’t yet witnessed. Watching the footage made the interview even more exciting because it was apparent that they have something special on their hands. In two surprisingly intimate group interviews, I sat down with David A. Goodman (Family Guy), Jarrad Paul (Yes Man), Andrew Mogel (Yes Man), French Stewart (Richard, Allen’s father), Jonah Hill (Allen Gregory DeLongpre), and Nat Faxon (Jeremy, Richard’s life partner). The show follows Allen Gregory, a spoiled but adorable 7 year-old who is being raised by his father Richard and Jeremy, Richard’s neglected life-partner.
All the writers and actors were clearly excited about the project and answered everything with a level of refreshingly genuine enthusiasm. Hit the jump for more.
In the action drama Drive, actress Carey Mulligan plays Irene, the mother of a young son whose father (Oscar Isaacs) is in prison. One day, Driver (Ryan Gosling) meets Irene in an elevator ride at his apartment and he becomes transfixed. When trouble starts, Driver finds himself embroiled even further in Irene’s life.
Following the FilmDistrict Studio panel in Hall H at Comic-Con, Carey Mulligan sat down for a roundtable and talked about how Nicolas Refn was on her fantasy wish list of directors that she wanted to work with, the challenge of making a film where the dialogue has been stripped away, how she wishes she had more stunt work to do, and that she would love to play a butt-kicking heroine in an action movie, but preferably without a spandex costume. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
On the popular FX drama series Sons of Anarchy, the events at the end of Season 3 saw much of SAMCRO heading out for a 14-month prison sentence. Now, for Season 4, premiering on September 6th, the guys return to Charming and find it to be very different from the town that they left. With a new mayor and a new sheriff, the town has undergone some development that leaves the club less than happy with the new law enforcement in town.
Prior to their Comic-Con presentation in Hall H, actress Katey Sagal and show creator Kurt Sutter talked about the changes in Charming, the new additions to the cast (which includes Rockmond Dunbar, Ray McKinnon and Danny Trejo), how things have been for Gemma (Sagal) while the guys have been in prison, and the status of the relationship between Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Tara (Maggie Siff) when they’re reunited. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
When I sat down with Michael Pena at Comic-Con a few days ago, the first thing I told him was he needs to do more comedies. Trust me, after you guys see 30 Minutes or Less, you’re going to agree with me, because Pena steals every scene he’s in. While I thought Pena was awesome in Observe and Report and on the second season of Eastbound & Down, it’s his work as a hitman named Chango that proves he’s ready to carry a movie. Thankfully, when I brought up doing more comedies, Pena said that’s his plan. Which makes me very happy.
During the interview we also talked about how he prepares for doing comedies (explains how he looks at documentaries and real people for inspiration for his characters), what was it like to work with Eddie Murphy on Tower Heist, talks about End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal and describes their ride-along with a police officer where the perpetrator was shot in the face, Gangster Squad, and he also talks about working with director Ruben Fleischer on 30 Minutes or Less and then Fleischer crashes the interview. Hit the jump to watch.