Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Talk THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, THE DEPARTED, THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YORK, Jack Nicholson, and Much More

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Drawing a fully packed house, the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presented the prestigious Cinema Vanguard Award to legendary director Martin Scorsese and award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, on behalf of their working relationship.  Having collaborated together five times now, on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street, the two have brought some intriguing stories to the big screen, with the promise of exciting things still to come.  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what they had to say during the Q&A.

While there, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio talked about how they first came to work with each other, the experience of making Gangs of New York, how The Aviator came about, playing a real-life person versus a fictional character, what led them to make The Departed, the experience of making Shutter Island, how they almost made The Wolf of Wall Street first, and what took that film so long to get made.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Oprah Winfrey Talks Her Career, How THE COLOR PURPLE Changed Her Life, THE BUTLER, Refusing to Do PRISONERS, and More at SBIFF

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Drawing a fully packed house, the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presented the prestigious Montecito Award to hometown girl Oprah Winfrey this year, on behalf of her inspirational performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and as a celebration of her overall career.  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what she had to say during the Q&A.

While there, Oprah Winfrey, also known as the Queen of All Media, talked about being honored by the town she now resides in, how her experience on The Color Purple changed her life, why it had such deep meaning for her, her crazy journey to get that role, learning how to give herself over to a character, what made you want to get into producing, the disappointment she experienced with Beloved, wanting to only take acting roles in stories that having meaning and matter to her, why she felt she was poorly cast as the voice of Mother Goose in Charlotte’s Web, why she refused to do Prisoners, what made her say yes to The Butler, the types of roles she won’t do, and that she thinks she will do more films.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Brie Larson Talks SHORT TERM 12, Rupert Wyatt’s THE GAMBLER, Receiving the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Award, and More

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Actress Brie Larson has garnered quite a bit of recognition for her role in the indie drama Short Term 12, as Grace, a supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility who is learning to cope with pain of her own.  It’s no surprise that she was honored for her performance with a Virtuosos Award at SBIFF, and Collider was there to cover and attend the event, compiling the highlights of what she had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, Brie Larson talked about what it’s been like to be a part of awards season, how she approached bringing this character to life, the music that got her into the needed headspace, that this was one of the best experiences she’s ever had, playing the duality of emotions, and the response she’s gotten from people who have had similar experiences to the characters.  She also talked about her unusual character in Don Jon, how she’s currently working on a remake of The Gambler, which she says isn’t really a remake, and what it’s been like to work with director Rupert Wyatt on that film.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

Michael B. Jordan Talks FRUITVALE STATION, His Reaction to the Tragedy, ROCKY Spin-off CREED, and More at SBIFF 2014

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One of the most truly stand-out performances of 2013 was the one Michael B. Jordan gave in Fruitvale Station, as Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by a BART police officer at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland, California.  With an Independent Spirit Award nomination and the National Board of Review Award, it’s no surprised that he was honored for his performance with a Virtuosos Award at SBIFF.  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what he had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, Michael B. Jordan talked about how incredible the last year was for him, the pressure of bringing this real-life story to life, his personal reaction to the tragedy, the use of the real cell phone footage in the film, the most difficult scenes to shoot, what it was like to shoot where the real Oscar Grant was shot, and how the character has stayed with him.  He also talked about how amazing it is to be able to reunited with Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler to make Creed, the proposed spin-off of the Rocky franchise centered on Apollo Creed’s grandson.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Jared Leto Talks DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, Preparing for the Role, Staying in Character, and More at SBIFF 2014

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After taking a six-year break from acting to tour the world as the frontman for the band 30 Seconds to Mars, Jared Leto returned with his latest role as Rayon, a transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club, that has been earning him awards and acclaim.  He has an Oscar nomination for a Best Supporting Actor, and has already picked up a SAG Award, Critics’ Choice Award and Golden Globe, where he did get some criticism for joking during his acceptance speech.  That being considered, I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that he came under fire from a heckler who didn’t feel he deserved to be honored for his performance at the SBIFF Virtuosos Award, on account of him being a straight man portraying someone who is transgender, but he definitely handled it like a pro.

During the Q&A, Jared Leto talked about why he doesn’t like to watch the films he’s in, where he got inspiration from, why it was important to him to stay in character throughout the shoot, finding truth in his performance, whether he likes to use music to get into character, and how he feels the six years he took off from acting helped him with playing Rayon.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

David O. Russell Reflects on His Career and Talks the Importance of I HEART HUCKABEES, the Awards Process, NAILED, Delving into TV, and More at SBIFF

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David O. Russell is a filmmaker on fire, telling compelling stories about fascinating characters that are completely flawed and human.  With his last three films – The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle – receiving 25 Oscar nominations between them, and his actors giving star-making performances in their roles, it’s no surprise that he was recognized as the Outstanding Director of the Year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what he had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, writer/director David O. Russell talked about what this ride has been like for him, when and how he started making films, how he learned the craft of filmmaking, the affect Sundance had on him, how starting out with short films led to him making his first feature Spanking the Monkey, weaving spiritual insight with comedy, writing such strong female characters, why I Heart Huckabees was a transition film for him, why Nailed never got released, adding a sense of enchantment and romance to the stories he’s telling now, how blessed he feels to work with Jennifer Lawrence, what change means to him, and what’s drawn him to the longer storytelling format of television (he’s currently developing a 13-episode series for ABC).  Check out the in-depth interview after the jump. 

Jennifer Lawrence Talks SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE HUNGER GAMES, CATCHING FIRE, Her Early Work, Wanting to Direct, Oscar Nominations, and More

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Current Best Actress Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence was recognized as Outstanding Performer of the Year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).  Whether it was her memorable debut in The Poker House, her first Oscar-nominated role in Winter’s Bone, indies like The Beaver and Like Crazy, or her star-making turns in last year’s The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook (for which she has received her second Oscar nomination), the 22-year-old from Kentucky is proving herself to be one of Hollywood’s most talented young actors.  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what she had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, Jennifer Lawrence talked about what this past year has been like for her, how she got her start in acting, why she’s never taken any acting lessons, what the experience of making her first feature film The Poker House was like, what spoke to her about the character of Tiffany when she read the script for Silver Linings Playbook, why she doesn’t like to read her scenes ahead of time, working with Bradley Cooper again on the Depression-era drama Serena (due out in theaters in September), what made her hesitate about taking on the role of Katniss Everdeen for The Hunger Games franchise, what it was like to revisit the character for Catching Fire, what she learned from working with Jodie Foster on The Beaver, why she fought for the role of Ree in Winter’s Bone, her desire to direct, and the fact that she’s a bit less terrified of this award season.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

SBIFF 2013: Ann Dowd Talks COMPLIANCE, the Critical Acclaim for Her Performance, the Reaction to the Film, and More

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Based on true events, Compliance is a startling and stark film about a prank caller (Pat Healy) who convinces a fast food restaurant manager (Ann Dowd) to interrogate an innocent young employee (Dreama Walker), in a way that changes all of their lives, forever.  Recognized for her work in the small indie drama, Ann Dowd was honored with a Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the actress had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, Ann Dowd talked about how gratifying the response to the film has been, along with her work in it, why she felt she could bring something to this character, what it was like to work with co-star Pat Healy entirely over the phone, how protective she felt of Dreama Walker, and the horrifying experience of her first professional acting job.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

SBIFF 2013: Omar Sy Talks THE INTOUCHABLES, Getting Bigger Roles, and Preparing to Act in English

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Omar Sy is an award-winning French actor, comedian, comic writer and television personality, who is already starting to make a name for himself in America.  Honored for his performance as Driss, a young man from the projects who becomes a caretaker for a quadriplegic in The Intouchables, Sy was presented with a Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the actor had to say during the Q&A.

While there, Omar Sy talked about why directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache had faith in his abilities when he didn’t even consider himself an actor, getting bigger roles each of the four times they’ve collaborated together, working with co-star François Cluzet, who he beat out for the César Award for Best Actor, and how he’s ready to work in English, but that he needs to work on it a bit more first.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

SBIFF 2013: Quvenzhané Wallis Talks BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, How Benh Zeitlin Helped with Her Performance, and More

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This year, Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest person ever to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination, for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild.  Recognized for her work as Hushpuppy, she was honored with a Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the actress had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, Quvenzhané Wallis talked about getting over her nerves for her audition, what she remembers most about the film’s shoot, how director Benh Zeitlin helped with her performance, what she most likes about her character, the relationship she has with movie dad Dwight Henry, how fun the experience of making 12 Years A Slave was, how she’d like to voice an animal in an animated film, that she would love to do a musical, and that the whole awards show experience can be a little bit cuckoo.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

SBIFF 2013: Eddie Redmayne Talks LES MISERABLES, the Crazy Audition Process, and His Vocal Performance

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Working for 10 years in film and theater, British actor Eddie Redmayne is currently receiving attention and acclaim for his work as Marius in the Academy Award-nominated musical Les Misérables.  Honored for that performance, he was presented with a Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), and Collider was there to cover and attend the event.

During the Q&A, the actor talked about what his crazy audition process was like, the ideas he had for his vocal performance, the thing he was most nervous about pulling off, working with co-stars Samantha Barks and Amanda Seyfried, who he’s learned the most from on set, and how the reaction they’ve gotten for the film is the greatest gift that he could ask for.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

SBIFF 2013: Elle Fanning Talks GINGER & ROSA, Getting a Feel for the 1960s, and Hopes to Do a Musical

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Ginger & Rosa (opening wide in March) looks at the lives of two teenage girls – inseparable friends Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) – growing up in 1960s London, and the pivotal event the comes to redefine their relationship as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms.  Recognized for her remarkable and emotionally moving work as Ginger, actress Elle Fanning was honored with a Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the actress had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, Elle Fanning talked about how excited she was to be recognized for her work in this film, how she was able to relate to this character, getting a feel for the 1960′s, how being involved with a story like this made her think about her own life, how incredible it was to work with work with Annette Bening, what she thought of her red hair, and how she would love to do a movie musical.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

SBIFF 2013: Ezra Miller Talks about THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, His Reaction When He First Read the Book, and More

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Actor Ezra Miller has rightfully earned a reputation for his willingness and ability to give fearless performances, including the one he gave as Patrick in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Recognized for his emotionally moving work in that film, he was honored with a Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the actor had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, Ezra Miller talked about how amazing it’s been that the film has been able to reach kids in the way that they’d hoped, his reaction when he first read the book at 14, how exciting it was to play a fully realized and confident gay character, the unfortunate reality of the American high school experience, the first time he saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and throwing out the choreography and doing the film’s fight scene for real.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Rooney Mara Talks at THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, the Sequels, David Fincher, and More at SBIFF

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In David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara tore up every second that she was on screen as the complicated and complex computer hacker Lisbeth Salander. For that Academy Award-nominated performance, she was honored with a Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the actress had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, Rooney Mara talked about what the whole award season experience has been like for her, how she felt like she didn’t get to know director David Fincher at all from the four days she worked on The Social Network, that she doesn’t know when the next films in the Millennium trilogy will start shooting but that she would love to do them simultaneously, and that if Fincher decided not to direct the other films, it would be hard without him but she would get through it with his blessing. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Andy Serkis Talks RISE OF THE APES, THE HOBBIT, Directing 2nd Unit, 3D, and More at SBIFF

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Although he is an accomplished stage and screen actor in his own right, Andy Serkis has become the go-to guy for motion capture performance. He was remarkable as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and as the title character in King Kong, but it was his work as the intelligent chimp Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes that earned him a Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the actor had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, Andy Serkis talked about how performance capture technology is just another form of acting, finding his inner ape to play Caesar and why that character is different from Kong, what it was like to revisit the character of Gollum for The Hobbit films, so many years later, how great it is to work on the live-action set this time, and the experience of working with all of the actors who are new to Middle Earth while also directing Second Unit. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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