Keanu Reeves Talks MAN OF TAI CHI, Making a Film in China, PASSENGERS, 47 RONIN, What He Collects, and More

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Opening this weekend in limited release is Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut Man of Tai Chi.  Set it modern day China, the pic follows the journey of a young martial artist (Tiger Hu Chen) whose unmatched Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club run by an unsavory businessman (Reeves) dead set on corrupting him.  Loaded with great fight scenes by the legendary Yuen Woo-Ping, Reeves’ directorial debut is a winner and I’m looking forward to what he does next.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer here.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival I landed an exclusive video interview with Reeves.  While I thought about posting it sooner, I wanted to wait until his film was going to be in theaters.  During the interview he talked about how the project came together, what it was like to make a movie in China where the government has script control, his thoughts on directing again, deleted scenes, what he collects, 47 Ronin, Passengers, whether he’ll ever attend Point Break Live, what he’s looking to do in the future, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux Talk BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, Exploring Aspects of Their Characters’ Love & Challenges of Intimate Sex Scenes

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Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux deliver heartbreaking performances in Blue Is the Warmest Color, an intimate tale of love and loss between two young women, each of whom belongs to a distinctly different social class.  The romantic drama directed by Abdellatif Kechiche is loosely adapted from French writer Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, Blue Angel.  Emma (Seydoux), a confident older art student, enters the teenage Adele’s (Exarchopoulos) life leading to an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction.  The film’s graphic sex scenes are beautifully lit and choreographed to reveal the intense and powerful love between them.

At the film’s recent press day in Los Angeles, Exarchopoulos and Seydoux talked about what inspired their performances, how they explored the different aspects of their characters’ love, Kechiche’s unconventional directing style involving hundreds of takes and spending many days on the same scene, the challenge of shooting intimate sex scenes surrounded by multiple cameras, their close friendship, and why they are proud of the film.  Seydoux also discussed her upcoming projects including Grand Central, Beauty and the Beast with Vincent Cassel, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Saint Laurent, a biopic about French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent starring Gaspard Ulliel.  Hit the jump to read the full interview. 

Jack Huston Talks KILL YOUR DARLINGS, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, AMERICAN HUSTLE, a Production of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN in London, and Much More

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Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. Hall, David CrossKyra SedgwickJennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen.  I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival.  In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or read all of our previous coverage.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival I landed an exclusive video interview with Jack Huston.  He talked about what it’s like to be part of a famous filmmaking family and still earn recognition on his own terms, the difficult process of shooting Kill Your Darlings that gives the movie an extra spark, how he prepared to play Kerouac at this stage in his life, his character’s arc on Boardwalk Empire, American Hustle and the unusual way they shot the film, upcoming projects including an Errol Flynn biopic and a production of Strangers on a Train in London, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Bill Condon Talks THE FIFTH ESTATE, His Never-Released Extended Cut of DREAMGIRLS, His Supercut of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate.  The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of highly controversial information leaks.  I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Condon has done a great job crafting a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing.  The Fifth Estate also stars Laura LinneyStanley TucciAnthony MackiePeter CapaldiAlicia Vikander, Dan Stevens, and Carice van Houten.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch these clips.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an extended video interview with Bill Condon.  During our wide ranging conversation he talked about the challenge of telling a story that’s still happening, balancing dramatization with facts, the level of interest in the film while it was in production, casting, his editing process, deleted scenes, and more.  In addition, Condon talked about his extended cut of Dreamgirls that he’d love to release (it’s never been seen), his supercut of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2, what drew him to A Slight Trick of the Mind and how tough was it to get Ian McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes, and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Daniel Bruhl Talks THE FIFTH ESTATE, RUSH, How INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Helped German Actors, Michael Winterbottom’s THE FACE OF AN ANGEL, More

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Opening this week is director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate.  The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of highly controversial information leaks.  I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Condon has done a great job crafting a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing.  The Fifth Estate also stars Laura LinneyStanley TucciAnthony MackiePeter CapaldiAlicia Vikander, Dan Stevens, and Carice van Houten.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch these clips.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an extended video interview with Bruhl.  He talked about what it’s been like having two high-profile projects at the Festival, the parallels between Fifth Estate and Rush and how they eschew the use of a “good guy vs. bad guy” narrative, trying to tell The Fifth Estate story in a realistic way without taking sides, his meeting with Daniel Domscheit-Berg, future projects like Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel, what to do in Berlin, and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Dan Stevens Talks THE FIFTH ESTATE, How His Career Has Changed Since DOWNTON ABBEY, What He Collects, Adam Wingard’s THE GUEST, and More

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Opening this week is director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate.  The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of highly controversial information leaks.  I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Condon has done a great job crafting a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing.  The Fifth Estate also stars Laura LinneyStanley TucciAnthony MackiePeter CapaldiAlicia Vikander, Dan Stevens, and Carice van Houten.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch these clips.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an extended video interview with Stevens.  He talked about his exit from Downton Abbey, how his career has changed since starring on the show, making The Fifth Estate, what changed during production, what he collects, how he got into acting, future projects like Scott Frank’s A Walk Among the Tombstones and Adam Wingard’s The Guest, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jacki Weaver and James Badge Dale Talk PARKLAND, Researching Their Roles, and More; Plus Weaver Tells a Great Story about Woody Allen

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Opening this weekend is writer-director Peter Landesman’s JFK assassination drama Parkland.  Produced by Tom Hanks, the pic revolves around the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the days surrounding President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.  Parkland Hospital is where Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby all died.  Rather than focusing on one person, the film looks beyond the assassination and even President Kennedy to examine the surrounding figures on that infamous day and their roles in one of the most important events in American history.   Parkland is loaded with a great cast featuring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob ThorntonJacki WeaverJames Badge Dale, Mark Duplass, Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Earle HaleyRon LivingstonColin HanksTom WellingJeremy Strong, and David Harbour.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

At the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed a video interview with Weaver and Badge Dale (they play Marguerite Oswald and Robert Oswald).  They talked about getting ready for the role, whether anything surprised them while researching the part, and more.  In addition, Weaver talks about how she was cast in Woody Allen‘s next film and I try to get Badge Dale to talk about Joe Carnahan‘s Stretch.  Hit the jump to watch.

Paul Giamatti Talks PARKLAND, DOWNTON ABBEY, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 and 3, the Sinister Six, and More

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Opening this weekend is writer-director Peter Landesman’s JFK assassination drama Parkland.  Produced by Tom Hanks, the pic revolves around the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the days surrounding President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.  Parkland Hospital is where Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby all died.  Rather than focusing on one person, the film looks beyond the assassination and even President Kennedy to examine the surrounding figures on that infamous day and their roles in one of the most important events in American history.   Parkland is loaded with a great cast featuring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob ThorntonJacki WeaverJames Badge Dale, Mark Duplass, Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Earle HaleyRon LivingstonColin HanksTom WellingJeremy Strong, and David Harbour.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

At the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed a video interview with Giamatti (who plays Abraham Zapruder).  He talked about getting ready for the role, whether anything surprised him while researching the part, how he’s changed as an actor, whether he gets residuals from the wine industry (for the Sideways fans), and more.  In addition, he talked about his surprise at the level of interest in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, how the sequel might be leading towards the Sinister Six, whether he is signed for Spider-Man 3 and 4, how he got involved in Downton Abbey, and more.  hit the jump to watch.

Dane Dehaan and Lars Ulrich Talk METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER, the IMAX Sound Mix, Choosing the Songs, What They Collect, and Much More

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Director Nimrod Antal’s (Predators) Metallica Through the Never opens this weekend in IMAX 3D.  The pic combines Metallica concert footage with a fictional narrative where Dane DeHaan plays a roadie who is sent on a mission through a “terrifying post-apocalyptic urban streetscape” during a concert.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

This year at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with DeHaan and Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich.  They talked about how the project came together, the IMAX sound mix, DeHaan’s approach to the unique material as an actor, how they chose the songs, what they collect, and much more.  In addition, DeHaan talks about the opportunity to play James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s LifeHit the jump to watch.

James Hetfield Talks METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER, the IMAX Sound Mix, What He Collects, Playing in Japan, SOUTH PARK, New Music, and More

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Director Nimrod Antal’s (Predators) Metallica Through the Never opens this weekend in IMAX 3D.  The pic combines Metallica concert footage with a fictional narrative where Dane DeHaan plays a roadie who is sent on a mission through a “terrifying post-apocalyptic urban streetscape” during a concert.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with Metallica’s lead singer and guitarist James Hetfield.  He talked about how the project came together, the amazing sound mix, his go-to karaoke song, what he collects, how he got involved in the South Park movie, have they ever thought about doing a full soundtrack for a film, what it’s like playing in Japan, the status of new music from the band, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple Talk HORNS, How They Prepare for a Role, What They Collect, and More

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Alexandre Aja’s (The Hills Have Eyes) new film Horns.  Based on the novel of the same name by Joe Hill, the pic centers on Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe), the main suspect in the rape and murder of his girlfriend.  He awakens one morning to find horns growing from his head, which have the ability to force confessions from strangers.  This aids him in his quest to find the real killer, and exact his revenge.  Horns also stars Juno Temple, Max Minghella, James RemarJoe Anderson and Kelli Garner.  I caught the world premiere here at TIFF, and am happy to report the film is really well done.  Aja has managed to craft a movie that mixes together a few genres–horror, comedy, love story–and results in something unique and cool.  Plus, the entire cast is great.  Click here to watch the first clip.

The day after the world premiere, I sat down with Radcliffe and Temple for an extended video interview.  They talked about how Horns can’t be pigeonholed into one genre, working with Aja, the way they prepare for a role, what they collect, how they’re both being offered cool projects, and more.  In addition, Radcliffe talked about how excited he is to work with James McAvoy on Frankenstein later this year.  Hit the jump to watch

Director Jonathan Sobol Talks THE ART OF THE STEAL, His Editing Process, Assembling the Cast, Premiering at TIFF, IRON BELLOW, and More

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Jonathan Sobol‘s The Art of the Steal.  Loaded with a great cast featuring Kurt RussellMatt DillonJay BaruchelTerence StampKatheryn WinnickJason Jones, and Chris Diamantopoulos, the film is about a small group that teams up to steal one of the most valuable books in the world.  While I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, I had a blast watching The Art of the Steal.  The pic is a fresh take on the heist genre, and it’s loaded with great dialogue and fun set pieces.  I’m not sure when it’s going to be released in America, but it’s definitely worth checking out down the road.

Shortly after the world premiere I landed an exclusive video interview with Jonathan Sobol.  He talked about being at TIFF, what the film is about, the cast, his editing process, deleted scenes, the short shooting schedule, what he collects, future projects (he’s developing a TV show called Iron Bellow which he describes as “Downton Abbey meets Deadwood on a boat”) and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Denis Villeneuve Talks PRISONERS, Working with Roger Deakins, His First Three-Hour-Plus Cut, Deleted Scenes, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Denis Villeneuve‘s (Incendies) Prisoners.  The film stars Hugh Jackman as a working-class father who sets out to track down the man he believes is responsible for kidnapping his daughter and her friend.  Along the way, he runs up against the big city detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) assigned to the case.  The pic, which was shot by cinematographer Roger Deakins, also stars Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, and Viola Davis.  For more on Prisoners, watch the trailer, five clips, or read Matt’s review

Last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an extended video interview with Villeneuve.   He talked about making a movie like this within the studio system, his first assembly cut being three-and-a-half hours, deleted scenes, what it was like to work with Roger Deakins, the challenge of balancing the thriller aspect of the story with the character focus and keeping the mystery compelling, and a lot more.  While Hollywood puts out a lot of mediocre movies, this is not one of them.  I definitely recommend checking it out this weekend.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Jay Baruchel Talks THE ART OF THE STEAL, the GOON Sequel, the Success of THIS IS THE END, Seeing a Rough Cut of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, More

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Jonathan Sobol‘s The Art of the Steal.  Loaded with a great cast featuring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Jason Jones, and Chris Diamantopoulos, the film is about a small group that teams up to steal one of the most valuable books in the world.  While I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, I had a blast watching The Art of the Steal.  The pic is a fresh take on the heist genre, and it’s loaded with great dialogue and fun set pieces.  While I’m not sure when it’s going to be released in America, it’s definitely worth checking out down the road.

Shortly after the premiere, I landed an extended video interview with Jay Baruchel.  During our wide-ranging conversation we talked about being at TIFF, what The Art of the Steal is about, what it was like for Baruchel to work with Kurt Russell and Terence Stamp, what he collects, the reception to This Is the End, the Goon sequel (and what it’s about), and more.  In addition, he talked about how he’d just seen the rough cut of How to Train Your Dragon 2, who he plays in the Robocop remake, and future projects like his pilot for ABC, and his comic book adaptation, Random Acts of Violence, which is in development.  Hit the jump to watch.

Ti West and Eli Roth Talk THE GREEN INFERNO and THE SACRAMENT, Theatrical Cuts vs. Extended Cuts, Their Thoughts on VOD, and More at TIFF

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Last week, at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with directors Ti West and Eli Roth.  West was in attendance for his film, The Sacrament, while Roth was there for The Green Inferno.  While I had a lot of questions about both films, since almost all of you won’t be able to see them before watching the interview, I decided to ask questions that wouldn’t spoil the films and instead focus on filmmaking.  During the interview, they talked about being at TIFF, what it was like showing the films for the first time to an audience, what the films are about, theatrical cuts vs. extended cuts, their thoughts on VOD, upcoming projects, why they both shot with the Cannon C300 camera, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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