Last week, we shared an enlightening roundtable video interview with the directors of some of this year’s awards contenders like Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell, and Steve McQueen. Today, THR has released a new roundtable interview this time focusing on producers, as Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor), David Heyman (Gravity), Dede Gardner (12 Years a Slave, World War Z), Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips), Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel), and Pam Williams (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) sat down for 50-minute discussion on all things moviemaking. The conversation covers a lot of ground, touching on why Wahlberg almost fired his agent over Fifty Shades of Grey, Roven showing Heath Ledger the IMAX prologue for The Dark Knight, Entourage salary disputes, horrible test scores for Boogie Nights, and so much more.
Hit the jump to watch the full conversation.
Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave received massive acclaimed when it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, and now the first featurette for the film has been released. The true story is based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated and married black man living in New York in 1841. Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade. The featurette contains plenty of new footage, and listened to the interviews, it looks like they’ve stayed pretty close to the source material. I read the book earlier this year, and found it to be revelatory and emotional, and I couldn’t understand why it’s not on middle school reading lists alongside Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It’s a powerful story, and it looks like it will be a powerful movie.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette. The film also stars Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt. 12 Years a Slave will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on October 18th.
Though the summer box office season is in full force this weekend with The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2 poised to make over $100 million each, I suspect it is Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life that will leave viewers the most awed. With spectacle ranging from sumptuous images of the beginning and end of the universe to brief glimpses of evolution on earth and even dinosaurs as well as touches of magical realism, this film is an epic tonal poem that left me speechless. My eyes ached because I didn’t want to blink for fear of missing even one moment. After the film, I stumbled out into the streets of Los Angeles and walked for eight miles, contemplating what I had just seen.
Earlier this week I was lucky enough to sit down with producers Bill Pohlad and Dede Gardner to discuss the Palme d’Or Winning film, which stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain. During our chat we discussed the film’s prolonged development, the editing process, Malick’s forthcoming companion piece Voyage of Time, and much more. Hit the jump for the full interview.
In 2008 I attended the Telluride film festival and found myself sitting next to film producer Bill Pohlad before a screening. I asked him what he was working on and he told me a bit about Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, which is finally coming out this Friday after a lengthy post-production process that ended with a Palme d’Or win at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. He also told me about a companion piece intended for IMAX. As I was talking to him as a film lover and not a journalist, I couldn’t report the story. Luckily, I was able to sit down with him (and Dede Gardner) today for the film’s press junket and finally get something on the record. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Brad Pitt and partner Dede Gardner have acquired the rights for the Tom Rachman novel The Imperfectionist under their Plan B production shingle. According to Deadline, the move comes as part of Plan B’s development deal with Reliance. The book depicts a behind-the-scenes look at an English-language newspaper based in Rome; Rachman wrote what he knows, as he spent time as an AP correspondent in Rome after graduating from the Columbia School of Journalism.
Hit the jump for a full synopsis of The Imperfectionist.