A few weeks ago, I ran an extended interview with writer/director William Monahan for his directorial debut London Boulevard (now on VOD and in theaters this weekend in limited release). Starring Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Anna Friel, Jamie Bower, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone, Stephen Graham, Eddie Marsan, and Ben Chaplin, the film is about a man just released from prison (Farrell) who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star (Knightley) and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster (Winstone). During our wide ranging conversation, we covered everything from his thoughts on VOD and what changes were made to the film for its domestic release, the digital revolution, the crime genre, writing dialogue, and working with actors. In addition, he gave me updates on The Departed sequel/prequel, Sin City 2, The Gambler, Tripoli, Becket, Mojave (which might be his next film), and revealed there is another version of Kingdom of Heaven that no one has seen.
However, the same day we did that interview, I did another one with Monahan, except the second conversation included Colin Farrell. Rather than ask the same junket type questions, we spent a large portion of our time talking about what got them both into making movies, and their favorite actors and directors. After being movie nerds, we then talked about their first meeting, the script, how they found Farrell’s character, filming in London, and rehearsals. Additionally, Farrell talked a bit about Martin McDonagh‘s Seven Psychopaths and Total Recall. Hit the jump for more.
I’m writing to you this week in full “World Series Mode.” While there are plenty of things going on around the Midwest this time of year (homemade haunted houses are always a welcomed annual treat), a majority of my focus is on trying to will my beloved Cardinals to Fall Classic glory. Combine that with the fact that Batman: Arkham City is consistently calling my name and it’s a wonder that I’m even writing this right now. Hold on, what’s that, Arkham City? Okay, okay…I’ll be there in a second…
…In this week’s installment, you’ll find talk of Transformers 4 and Transformers 5 shooting back-to-back with Jason Statham potentially starring, a six-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises being attached to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol‘s IMAX release, interviews with director Paul W.S. Anderson and the cast of The Three Musketeers, David Fincher and Rooney Mara talking about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and William Monahan discussing projects including London Boulevard, The Departed sequel, Sin City 2 and more. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
Almost a year ago, I ran an extended interview with William Monahan for his directorial debut London Boulevard. Starring Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Anna Friel, Jamie Bower, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone, Stephen Graham, Eddie Marsan, and Ben Chaplin, the film is about a man just released from prison (Farrell) who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star (Knightley) and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster (Winstone). At the time, the movie was about to hit theaters in the United Kingdom, and our wide-ranging conversation covered the making of the film and all the other projects he was involved with. When I posted the interview, I said it was one of the best conversations I’ve ever had with any filmmaker.
However, with London Boulevard now available on VOD in the United States and hitting theaters November 11, I recently sat down with Monahan again and we have bested our last conversation. During our 45 minutes conversation we covered everything from his thoughts on VOD and what changes were made to the film, the digital revolution, the crime genre, writing dialogue, and working with actors. In addition, he gave me updates on The Departed sequel/prequel, Sin City 2, The Gambler, Tripoli, Becket, Mojave (which might be his next film), and revealed there is another version of Kingdom of Heaven that no one has seen. Hit the jump for more.
Opening this weekend is The Way Back and it’s the first film from director Peter Weir (Witness, Master And Commander, & Dead Poet’s Society) in seven years. Starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Mark Strong, Jim Sturgess, and Saoirse Ronan, the film is inspired by the true story of a group of “multi-national prisoners from a Siberian gulag in 1940 and their epic life affirming journey over thousands of miles across five hostile countries.” The film is based on Slavomir Rawicz’s acclaimed book, The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, as well as other real life accounts. You can watch seven clips from the film here.
Anyway, I recently got to do interviews for the film (here’s Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris & Peter Weir) and today I’ve got my full interview with Colin Farrell (I’d previously posted what he said about Total Recall and Fright Night). During the interview Farrell talked about how he got involved in The Way Back, what the last year has been like for him, his thoughts on the reviews of London Boulevard, and I also included what he said about Total Recall and Fright Night. Hit the jump to watch:
The trailer for London Boulevard starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley is now available online. Directed by Oscar-winning scribe William Monahan (The Departed), London Boulevard is based on the Ken Bruen book of the same name. Briefly, the film tells the story of an ex-con (Farrell) who falls hard for a young actress (Knightley) and finds himself in a messy situation with a gangster as a result. As for the trailer, I’m getting a Snatch vibe with a hint of romance from the two minutes on display. As a fan of Snatch, I think this is a good thing. As for something more contemporary, I would also compare the style and tone with what we’ve seen so far from Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie’s The Tourist. That said, I’m more intrigued by London Boulevard due to Farrell’s charisma beating out the general creepiness that Jolie totes around during the trailer for The Tourist.
In addition to Farrell and Knightley, the film features a great supporting cast including the likes of Ray Winstone, Stephen Graham, Anna Friel, David Thewlis, Ben Chaplin, and Ophelia Lovibond. London Boulevard hits UK theaters on November 26th with a U.S. release set for February 2011. To check out the trailer, hit the jump.
While information regarding William Monahan’s London Boulevard (his directorial debut) has been sparse, I can report Monahan is done with the film and we’re very close to getting some new images and a trailer.
If you’re not familiar with London Boulevard, it’s about a man newly released from prison who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster (synopsis via IMDb). The film stars Keira Knightley, Colin Farrell, Jamie Campbell Bower, Stephen Graham, Anna Friel, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone, and Eddie Marsan.
Even though I can’t offer any new images today (hopefully soon), I can report Sergio Pizzorno (from the band Kasabian) has done the original score and the film will be released in the UK on November 26 and in the US in February. London Boulevard will be the first offering from Graham King and Bob Berney’s new distribution company, FilmDistrict. More after the jump.
While you may not recognize the name Graham King, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen some of the movies he’s produced like The Departed, The Aviator, Traffic, and Blood Diamond. Also, with over a dozen projects listed in development on IMDb, he’s clearly positioning himself as a producer to follow.
Anyway, since he produced Edge of Darkness (which opens tomorrow), I recently got to sit down with this busy producer and we discussed not only his latest project, but all the other thinsg he has in development like Dark Shadows, The Tourist, Rum Diaries, Rango, LondonBoulevard , The Town, and Mel Gibson’s Viking movie. Also, since he has such a great relationship with William Monahan, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, I asked how he manages to keep working with them. It’s a great interview so hit the jump to check it out:
A native of the United Kingdom, Graham King has emerged as a formidable producer of both major motion pictures and independent features. His independent production company, GK Films, launched in 2007 with business partner Tim Headington and the soon to be released period film The Young Victoria was the first film produced under this new banner.
Since then, GK Films completed shooting the thriller Edge of Darkness, based on the BBC mini-series of the same name and starring Mel Gibson, which will be released in January 2010. Other GK Films projects in various stages of production or development are The Tourist with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, Rum Diary starring Johnny Depp, the crime drama London Boulevard starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley, the children’s book adaptation The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Ben Affleck’s latest directorial feature The Town and the animated feature Rango, featuring the voice of Johnny Depp.
While doing press for The Young Victoria, the very busy producer talked about all of his current and upcoming projects. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Opening tomorrow is director Brad Silberling’s “Land of the Lost”. So to help promote the film, I recently interviewed Anna Friel as a reporter for our partner website Omelete. As most of you already know, Collider and Omelete are partners. That’s why you see both of our logos in the movie clips and video interviews.
During our interview, we talked about whether or not she was a fan of “Land of the Lost”, what did she think of the outfit she had to wear, making the movie, “Pushing Daisies”, what she has coming up and a lot more. The interview’s after the jump so take a look:
Opening this Friday is director Brad Silberling’s “Land of the Lost”. The film is based on the classic series by Sid & Marty Krofft and it stars Will Ferrell as Dr. Rick Marshall. Danny McBride, Anna Friel, and Jorma Taccone also star.
So to help promote the film, I recently interviewed Anna Friel as a reporter for our partner website Omelete. As most of you know, Collider and Omelete are partners. That’s why you see both of our logos in our movie clips and video interviews.
Anyway, in the next day or two I’ll have the full interview online, but here’s what Anna said about her next two film projects. She first talked about “The Details” – which will star James McAvoy and Elizabeth Banks. After that she talked about William Monahan’s directorial debut called “London Boulevard” where she’ll play Colin Farrell’s sister. See what she had to say after the jump: