Director Patrick Osborne Talks FEAST, the Process of Pitching, Developing, and Producing a Short Film at Disney, Working with John Lasseter, and More

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The upcoming animated short film Feast, which will run in theaters with Big Hero 6, opening on November 7th, is the story of one man’s life, as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed through the meals that they share.  It’s a beautiful, funny, heart-warming story about love.

During a recent presentation and screening at Walt Disney Animation Studios, to showcase their latest short, director Patrick Osborne talked about how quickly Feast went from pitch to finished product, all with the guidance and support of John Lasseter.  During the interview, he discussed where this idea came from, making this as part of Disney’s shorts program, what the pitch process is like, creating the look of the food, developing a short versus a feature, what the lighting process is like, the must-have foods that he wanted to include, why he chose to make the human characters out of focus, the biggest challenges in coming up with the story, the most technically difficult scene, and collaborating with John Lasseter throughout the process.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Matthew Lillard Talks THE BRIDGE Season 2, His Favorite Aspect of the Character, the SCREAM TV Show, and More

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Season 2 of the FX crime thriller The Bridge has Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and her Mexican counterpart, Detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) teamed up again to when the body of a cartel member is found on U.S. soil.  Brutal crimes and dangerous enemies will see them pulled into a complex web of drug running, money laundering and police corruption.  The Bridge season 2 also stars Ted Levine, Matthew Lillard, Emily Rios, Thomas M. Wright, Annabeth Gish, Franka Potente, Nathan Phillips, Abraham Benrubi and Lyle Lovett.

During this interview about the series and his role on it, actor Matthew Lillard (who plays arrogant El Paso Times reporter Daniel Frye) talked about how he came to be a part of The Bridge, what’s in store for Daniel, how far he’s willing to go to find the truth, working with Emily Rios, his favorite aspect of his character, living in such a dark place this season, how much longer his character can dodge death, and having an open door to talk to the writers.  He also talked about what he’d like to do next, and his thoughts about Scream being turned into a TV series for MTV.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Mark Duplass Talks THE ONE I LOVE, Marketing the Movie While Keeping Its Twist Secret, How He Gets His Movies Off the Ground and More

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Think you need connections to make it in the film industry?  Not so says Mark Duplass, and he’s got the resume to prove it.  He made a short film for next to nothing and it got into Sundance, he followed that up with a $15,000 first feature, then he hit a point where he could get money to make his movies and now he’s able to finance them himself.  He’s a guy who started with nothing, worked his way up and truly earned the privilege to do whatever he wants.  And, best of all, even with that added freedom, he’s still churning out low budget, high quality productions that don’t lean on funds, but rather excel via clever concepts, strong storytelling and powerful performances, just like his latest, The One I Love.

Duplass executive produced and also stars in the film as Ethan, a guy who’s struggling with his marriage and opts to spend time at a secluded vacation home with his wife, Sophie (Elisabeth Moss), to try to rekindle what they’ve lost.  There’s so much more to it than that, but this is one that you’re better off going into knowing little to nothing about.  Hit the jump to read our spoiler free interview with Duplass and click here to check out what he told us about his upcoming Creep trilogy as well.

Director RJ Cutler and Author Gayle Forman Talk IF I STAY, the Emotional Response, and the Potential Sequel WHERE SHE WENT

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Based on the best-selling novel by Gayle Forman, If I Stay tells the story of Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl who is deciding whether to pursue her musical dreams as a cellist at Juilliard or follow a different path with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley), who’s on the verge of becoming a rock star.  When a tragic accident changes everything in an instant, Mia is caught between life and death with only one decision left to make.

At the conference at the film’s press day, director RJ Cutler and author Gayle Forman talked about what Chloe Grace Moretz brought to the role of Mia, what it took for her to pull off playing the cello, why audiences like emotionally moving experiences with books and movies, why this is more than just a young adult story, what it’s been like to see this novel brought to life, focusing the story on life instead of death, the role music plays, the importance of the parents, and whether the book’s sequel, Where She Went, might also get turned into a film.  Be sure to watch the trailer and check out our RJ Cutler and Gayle Forman interview after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Harry Lloyd and Katja Herbers Talk MANHATTAN, Learning about The Manhattan Project, What They’re Most Excited for Audiences to See, and More

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What happens if you round up the nation’s most brilliant scientific minds, seclude them in a makeshift city in the middle of the desert, and drown their lives in secrecy?  These are the questions addressed in Manhattan, the new historical drama from creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing).  Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project – the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb.  While the events of the show are based on history, Manhattan largely steers clear of iconic figures like J.  Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, and focuses instead on the interpersonal drama between fictitious characters as they contend with the costs of secrecy and isolation.

I recently visited the set in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the labs, homes, and barracks of Los Alamos have been recreated from the ground up.  While I was there I had the chance to sit down with Harry Lloyd and Katja Herbers.  They talked about what attracted them to the show, how much they knew about the history of the Manhattan Project growing up in Europe, what they’re most excited for people to see, and more.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.  Manhattan airs Sunday nights on WGN America.

Chloë Grace Moretz Talks IF I STAY, Portraying Dark Characters, Playing the Cello, and Making Relationships Work

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Based on the best-selling novel by Gayle Forman, If I Stay tells the story of Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl who is deciding whether to pursue her musical dreams as a cellist at Juilliard or follow a different path with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley), who’s on the verge of becoming a rock star.  When a tragic accident changes everything in an instant, Mia is caught between life and death with only one decision left to make.

At the conference at the film’s press day, actress Chloë Grace Moretz talked about when she knew that she wanted to act for the rest of her life, what this journey has been like for her, why she finds herself drawn to dark and damaged characters, how much she had to practice the cello to look believable, how she deals with long distance relationships in her own life, bringing the relationship between Mia and Adam to life, her feelings on life after death, working with Stacy Keach, who plays her grandfather in the film, and whether she’s read the last Kick-Ass comic book.  Be sure to watch the trailer and check out our Chloë Grace Moretz interview after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Michael Graziadei Talks THE LOTTERY, Pushing Boundaries on Lifetime, His Work on YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and AMERICAN HORROR STORY, and More

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From executive producer/writer Timothy J. Sexton (Children of Men), the Lifetime drama series The Lottery is set in a dystopian future driven by a global fertility crisis, after women mysteriously stopped bearing children.  Dr. Alison Lennon (Marley Shelton) and her team have spent years researching to finally successfully fertilize 100 embryos that will be available to women through a national lottery conducted by the President of the United States (Yul Vazquez).  The show also stars Martin Donovan, Athena Karkanis, David Alpay and Shelley Conn.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Michael Graziadei (who plays Kyle, a recovering alcoholic and single father of one of the last children born in the country) talked about how he came to be a part of The Lottery, what appealed to him about this story, how exciting it is to be on a network that is pushing boundaries and taking risks in their storytelling, the successful blend of politics with science and humanity, the show’s take on future technology, how he approached playing and understanding this character, and working with this cast.  He also talked about what it was like to be a part of the first season of American Horror Story and work with Jessica Lange, and going through acting boot camp for the years that he was a part of the popular soap opera The Young and the Restless.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Showrunner Al Jean Talks THE SIMPSONS Marathon on FXX, Running Original Versions of the Episodes, the Show’s Evolution, the FUTURAMA Crossover, and More

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Starting on August 21st, every episode of The Simpsons will air in a 12-day marathon on FXX.  Whether you’re a fan who wants to relive the experience from the beginning, or you’ve never had the chance to check out the show before, you can experience every laugh, every guest appearance, and every classic moment.

During this recent interview to promote the upcoming marathon, executive producer/showrunner Al Jean talked about what it’s like to be involved with a show for so many years that they can have a 12-day marathon, that it’s not medically advisable to stay up to watch the entire marathon while it’s airing, that they’ll be running the original version of the episodes, as opposed to the shorter syndicated version, whether they’d ever do a movie sequel, how the show has evolved over the past 25 years, that there’s still a real life to the series, where The Simpsons fits into the television landscape as a whole, and pulling off The Simpsons/Futurama cross-over episode that will air in November on Fox.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Ivan Reitman Talks GHOSTBUSTERS 3, Bill Murray’s Reluctance, Why He Won’t Direct, 30th Anniversary GHOSTBUSTERS Blu-Ray, and More

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With Draft Day coming out on Blu-ray/DVD on September 2nd, Collider got on the phone with director Ivan Reitman to talk about why he was drawn to that film and the experience that he had working with Kevin Costner.  While we will run the full interview closer to the release date, we did want to share what he had to say about where things are at with Ghostbusters III, and the upcoming 30th anniversary Blu-ray for Ghostbusters I and II, out in September.  Sony will also be re-releasing the first Ghostbusters on August 29th in theaters in 4K.

During the interview, Reitman said that he’s met with director Paul Feig about doing a version that’s got “a very important female presence,” that the film was initially slowed down by Bill Murray’s reluctance to be involved, that he thinks there’s a great story and a great conceit that can be made with a new cast, why he ultimately decided not to direct it himself, and that the version that he was working on was the one with all of the original cast members.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Rob Brydon Talks THE TRIP TO ITALY, Riffing with Steve Coogan, What He’d Like to See in Future Films, and More

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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back at it in top form in The Trip to Italy - director Michael Winterbottom‘s follow up to the delightful 2010 film The Trip, which saw the comedic duo dining at the finest culinary establishments in the English countryside, trying to one-up each other’s impressions, and making absolute hilarity out of some of life’s bleakest subjects.  The sequel offers much of the same, but set against the backdrop of the stunning Italian countryside, and where the first film centered on Coogan’s malaise, it’s Brydon who steps into the spotlight now as he struggles with ambition, fidelity, and the ravages of time.

I recently jumped on the phone for an exclusive interview with Brydon.  He talked about the balance between scripting and improv, how he and Coogan work on set, watching their impressions go viral, what he’d like to see in future trips, whether he recommends the film or the series, and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.  The Trip to Italy opens today in limited release.

Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lenny Abrahamson and Jon Ronson Talk FRANK, Frank Sidebottom, Masks and More

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When you cast Michael Fassbender as your title character, the last thing you’d probably think to do is put a giant mask over his head so you can’t see his face throughout the film, but that’s exactly what director Lenny Abrahamson chose to do in his latest, Frank, and it pays off quite well.  Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, a guy who takes a risk and follows his dream of becoming a musician only to wind up in a remote cabin with an eccentric band called the Soronprfbs, led by a guy who sings with a mask on and never takes it off – ever.

With Frank making its way into theaters for an April 15th limited release, Abrahamson, Fassbender, Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and writer Jon Ronson all sat down for a press conference to discuss the unusual music featured in the film, performing with that head on, the connection to Frank Sidebottom and more.  Check it out after the jump.

Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Jason Statham, Kelsey Grammer, Ronda Rousey, Patrick Hughes, and More Talk THE EXPENDABLES 3

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Let me be very clear: press conferences for a film with the entire cast on hand are usually a waste of time.  All too often, the biggest star gets most of the questions and because it’s a press conference with numerous reporters asking questions, it’s hard to get into a rhythm with the talent.  But every once in awhile you get lucky, and that was the case the other day with The Expendables 3 cast and director Patrick Hughes in Los Angeles.  While the talent on stage almost equaled the amount of reporters in the room (I’m only slightly exaggerating), the entire event was filled with laughs, smart questions, and everyone on stage had a chance to shine, which is not terribly different from the movie they were there to promote.  Like I said on TwitterThe Expendables 3 is a lot of fun and my favorite of the series due in large part to Mel GibsonWesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas.  All three are awesome and Banderas steals every scene he’s in.  In addition to the new cast additions, The Expendables 3 has a crazy third act that’s easily the best action scene of the franchise.  If you liked the first two, you’ll love the third one.

During the press conference – which featured Sylvester Stallone, Gibson, Snipes, Kelsey Grammer, Jason StathamDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry Crews, Kellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor OrtizGlen Powell and Patrick Hughes – they talked about doing the stunts, future installments in the series, the Stallone vs. Gibson fight scene, Stallone’s thoughts on facing Sin City 2 at the box office, why Jackie Chan wasn’t in the movie, what went on between the takes, and so much more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the press conference.

Dane DeHaan and Jeff Baena Talk LIFE AFTER BETH, Their Own Zombie Apocalypse Survival Skills, Beth’s Stove, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 and More

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When you think about taking a grounded approach to bringing a zombie apocalypse to screen, you might go right to dark, gritty and super violent, but writer-director Jeff Baena took a different approach to it.  He strove to make his zombie apocalypse real not by upping the body count, but rather by highlighting interpersonal dynamics and specifically by focusing on what might happen if someone’s (Dane DeHaan) recently deceased girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) came back home in Life After Beth.

With the film making its way towards an August 15th limited release, Baena and DeHaan sat down to talk about developing the idea, its unique blend of comedy and drama, one very heavy stove, whether or not they could survive a zombie apocalypse themselves and more.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Tina Majorino Talks LEGENDS, How Rewrites Changed Her Character’s Backstory, Support from VERONICA MARS and NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Fans, and More

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The new TNT series Legends, based on the book by master spy novelist Robert Littell, follows Martin Odum (Sean Bean), an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations division, who has such an uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job that he begins to question whether he really is the man he believes himself to be.  The show also stars Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut, Tina Majorino, Steve Harris, Amber Valletta and Mason Cook.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Tina Majorino (who plays Maggie Harris, the newest member of the DCO team) talked about how she got involved with this show, that a different actor had originally been cast in Sean Bean’s role, how the rewrites of the original script changed the backstory of her character, how Maggie fits in with the team, and the research she did to get into the headspace of someone in this profession.  She also talked about how surreal and amazing it’s been to have such great fan support from her involvement with Veronica Mars and Napoleon Dynamite.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Franka Potente Talks THE BRIDGE Season 2, How She Joined the Show, Why Audiences Are Intrigued by Evil Characters, and More

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Season 2 of the FX crime thriller The Bridge has Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and her Mexican counterpart, Detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) teamed up again to when the body of a cartel member is found on U.S. soil.  Brutal crimes and dangerous enemies will see them pulled into a complex web of drug running, money laundering and police corruption.  This season also stars Ted Levine, Matthew Lillard, Emily Rios, Thomas M. Wright, Annabeth Gish, Franka Potente, Nathan Phillips, Abraham Benrubi and Lyle Lovett.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Franka Potente (who plays shunned Mennonite and ruthless cartel enforcer Eleanor Nacht) talked about how she came to be a part of The Bridge this season, that challenge of playing a character that you have to learn about as you go, why audiences are intrigued by characters who do bad things, how she tries to see all of her actions through her character’s eyes, and how much the wardrobe and tattoos informed her performance.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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