Jennifer Garner Talks MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, Getting Cast on an Airplane, Jason Reitman’s Script, IMAGINE with Al Pacino, and More

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Now playing in limited release is director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) latest feature, Men, Women & Children.  Starring Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy GreerJ.K. SimmonsElena Kampouris, Timothée ChalametOlivia CrocicchiaDennis Haysbert, and the voice of  Emma Thompson, the drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  Loaded with great performances and a smart script, Men, Women & Children is able to tap into the zeitgeist of our tech-obsessed culture yet it doesn’t feel pedantic or forced.  It was definitely one of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  For more on Men, Women & Children, read Matt’s review, watch some clips or the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

While at TIFF, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jennifer Garner.  She talked about the cool way she was cast, how the film isn’t preachy and captures what’s going on right now, if the story/script changed during production, her great run of films at TIFF, working with Al Pacino in Imagined (which now might be called Danny Collins), and more.

Ellen Barkin and Method Man Talk THE COBBLER, Social Media, THE WIRE Legacy, and More

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One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was the latest from director Tom McCarthyThe Cobbler.  In the modern-day fairy tale, Adam Sandler plays a lonely cobbler in New York City who feels like his life is going nowhere until he discovers a family heirloom that literally gives him the ability to “walk in another man’s shoes,” and see the world differently. The fantastical aspect is a bit of a departure for McCarthy after helming films like The Station AgentThe Visitor, and Win Win, but he still keeps the film focused on the characters.  The Cobbler also stars Dustin HoffmanSteve BuscemiEllen Barkin,Melonie DiazMethod Man, and Dan Stevens.

Shortly after the world premiere I landed an exclusive interview with Ellen Barkin and Clifford Smith (Method Man).  They talked about how the project came together, changes during production, what it was like working with Thomas McCarthy, the way they like to prepare for a role/project, social media, the legacy of The Wire, if and when it’ll be available in HD, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say. 

Marton Csokas Talks THE EQUALIZER, Collaborating with Antoine Fuqua, His Character’s Tattoos, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS

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Now playing in theaters is director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer.  Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley BennettDavid Harbour, and Bill Pullman.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or click here for all our previous coverage which includes clips, on-set interviews, trailers, and more.

While at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an interview with Marton Csokas (he plays the main villain).  He talked about collaborating with Antoine Fuqua, how the tattoos helped inform who the character was (his character has a lot of them), what it meant to be part of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movies, and more.

Director Shawn Levy Talks THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Fidelity to the Book, Casting Adam Driver, Deleted Scenes, THE INTERNSHIP, and More

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While at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival I landed an awesome interview with director Shawn Levy for This is Where I Leave You.  As I’ve said many times, I really enjoyed the film due to the great performances and the very funny script.  The story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, which opens old wounds and reignites passions that have long been repressed.  This is Where I Leave You stars Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose Byrne, Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard.  For more on This is Where I Leave Youread Adam’s review or watch the trailer.

During the extended video interview Levy talked about how he was finally offered the project after chasing it for years, how he worked with author/screenwriter Jonathan Tropper to make the script more dramatic, how Warner Bros. let him pick the cast in exchange for keeping the budget down, what he had to do to get Adam Driver in the film, deleted scenes,  how he didn’t anticipate the Google tie-in backlash on The Internship and how he should have released the R-rated version, future projects, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Denzel Washington & Antoine Fuqua Talk THE EQUALIZER, Editing, What They Learned from the Test Screening Process, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer.  Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley BennettDavid Harbour, and Bill Pullman.  For more on the film, click here for all our previous coverage which includes clips, on-set interviews, trailers, and more.

While at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed a great interview with Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua.  They talked about what it meant to premiere at TIFF, how they create kick-ass action scenes, if Washington ever visited the editing room, what they learned from the test screening process, Washington’s reaction after seeing the film for the first time, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jonathan Tropper Talks THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, BANSHEE Season 3, His Project with Steve Carell, Wanting to Direct, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose Byrne, Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave Youread Adam’s review or watch the trailer.

Last week I landed an extended video interview with author Jonathan Tropper, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie.  He talked about the difficulty of bringing his novel to theaters, collaborating with Shawn Levy, the incredible cast, the project he’s working on with Steve Carell, his approach to writing novels and screenplays, wanting to direct, and more.  In addition, with Tropper hard at work on Banshee season 3 (he’s the showrunner), we talked about how filming has been going, what fans can expect in season 3, how the end of the season will feel like the end of The Empire Strikes Back in the sense that there are unresolved questions, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Simon Pegg and Director Peter Chelsom Talk HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, Script Changes, Guerilla-Style Filmmaking, TIFF, and More

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Now playing in limited release in North America is director Peter Chelsom’s dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  Led by a great performance by Pegg, the film’s definitely worth checking out.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno.  For more on Hector and the Search for Happiness, click here to watch the trailer, and here’s all our previous coverage.

Recently I landed an exclusive video interview with Simon Pegg and Peter Chelsom.  During our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about how they came to work together, how Pegg’s childhlike curiosity made him perfect to play Hector, the guerilla-style filmmaking they employed for some of the scenes, script changes, deleted scenes, future projects like Star Trek 3 and Mission Impossible: 5, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE COLLISION: Episode 103 – The Good, the Bad, and the Oscar Worthy of TIFF 2014

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This week on The Collision, we look back at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  We talk about the films we liked, the movies that surprised us, the ones that disappointed us, and the ones that have now entered the Oscar race.  This week, we had many recommendations because we saw so many movies we enjoyed this year at TIFF, so that’s why there’s nothing after the jump this week.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“TIFF 2014 Preview”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Alba Rohrwacher and Director Saverio Costanzo Talk HUNGRY HEARTS, Incorporating Real-Life Experiences, the Awesome Opening Scene, and More

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At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with star Alba Rohrwacher and director Saverio Costanzo for their movie Hungry Hearts.  Also starring Adam Driver, the film is about a couple that meets, falls in love, has a child, and then covers what happens when they encounter a life or death circumstance.  While I’d love to go more into detail about what they encounter/have to deal with, I’m not sure how much the filmmakers want revealed, so I’ll just say some of the film plays out like a real-world horror film.

During the interview, Rohrwacher and Costanzo talked about the experience of going from the Venice Film Festival straight to TIFF, incorporating real-life experiences into the film, how the movie doesn’t judge specific lifestyles, how much of the script was set before filming, the awesome opening scene (which is an eight minute-long uninterrupted take), and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Maya Forbes Talks INFINITELY POLAR BEAR, Tackling the Issue of Mental Illness, Mark Ruffalo, the Difficulty of Getting Films Made as a Woman, and More

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One of the rare films to play at both Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear.  Based on her own childhood experiences, the film takes place in 1978 Boston and stars Mark Ruffalo as a manic-depressive father struggling to raise his young daughters while also trying to win back his wife (Zoe Saldana).  Loaded with fantastic performances and a great script that’s able to keep Ruffalo sympathetic even when he’s causing serious problems, Forbes’ debut feature really impressed me, and you should look forward to seeing it for yourself next year in theaters.

Shortly after the TIFF premiere I landed an exclusive interview with Maya Forbes.  During the interview she talked about getting to be part of Sundance and TIFF, her first cut of the film and what she cut out, the subject matter and how there is an element of fortuitousness to the timing of the movie with mental illness being talked about in the media, putting together the financing, casting Mark Ruffalo, being truthful while also making an entertaining movie, when we’ll see a trailer, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Felicity Jones Talks THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Staying True to Real Life, Working with Jonah Hill on TRUE STORY, and More at TIFF 2014

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One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) The Theory of Everything.  The fantastic film is an adaptation of the Stephen Hawking memoir Travelling to Infinity, written by his wife Jane Hawking.  Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as Hawking, The Theory of Everything chronicles his budding relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wide (Felicity Jones), heartbreaking motor neuron disease diagnosis at the age of 21, and groundbreaking scientific work in the field of time.  Led by phenomenal performances by Redmayne and Jones, The Theory of Everything will definitely be a player in awards season and I strongly recommend seeing it for yourself when it opens November 7th.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

Shortly after the TIFF premiere I landed an exclusive video interview with Felicity Jones.  She talked her process in preparing for a role, how on set she could tell they were making something special, the way she got involved in the project, how Marsh’s background in documentaries helped everyone stay true to the real story, the May Ball and other U.K. idiosyncrasies, the competition for strong female roles and how TV is more progressive in some ways, what it was like to work with Jonah Hill in True Story, how she’s about to start filming A Monster Calls, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Tina Fey and Jason Bateman Talk THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Working with Director Shawn Levy, THE NEST, THE FAMILY FANG, and More

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Opening this weekend after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose Byrne,Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave Youread Adam’s review or watch the trailer.

A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman.  They talked about why they wanted to be involved in the project, what it was like collaborating with Shawn Levy, how Hollywood has moved away from making talking dramas, future projects like The Nest and The Family Fang, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Liv Ullman Talks MISS JULIE, the Classic Appeal of the Story, the Cast, Financing Headaches, and More at TIFF

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie, a film adaptation of August Strindberg’s famous 19th Century play.  In the film, Jessica Chastain plays an aristocratic woman who strikes up a relationship with her father’s valet (Colin Farrell).  The film explores issues of power through the lenses of social class, gender, and family.  Unlike most modern movies, Miss Julie is deliberately paced and takes its time exploring the characters through long scenes filled with dialogue and emotion.  Those who choose to pay attention will be dazzled by the performances and absolutely transported back in time.

Shortly after the premiere, I landed an exclusive video interview with Liv Ullman.  She talked about the how Chastain, Farrell, and Morton approached their performances, the classic appeal of the story, her first cut and what she removed from the film, some of the lessons she’s learned over the course of her career, the incredible production design, how she shot most of the film in order, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Isao Takahata Talks THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, His Process, the Future of Studio Ghibli, the Popularity of Animation in Japan, and More

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One of my personal highlights from this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was getting to interview director Isao Takahata for his new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya.  If you’re not familiar with his name, Isao Takahata is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli along with Hayao Miyazaki, and he previously directed Only YesterdayPom PokoMy Neighbors the Yamadas, and the war-themed Grave of the Fireflies (which I can’t recommend enough).  In his latest movie, which is based on the folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, Takahata breaks away from Ghibli’s familiar animation style and tells a story that embraces the connection between nature and magic.  For more on the film, read Matt’s reviewThe Tale of Princess Kaguya will be released in North America on October 17.

During the interview Isao Takahata talked about how he picks his subject matter, how he decided on the look of the film and the style of animation, the storyboard process, why animated films are so popular in Japan with both adults and children, what he collects, the future of Studio Ghibli, his directorial process, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Director Shawn Levy Talks THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Michael Giacchino, the Deleted Sex Scene Between Adam Driver and Connie Britton, and More

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Opening this weekend after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose Byrne,Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave Youread Adam’s review or watch the trailer.

A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with director Shawn Levy.  He discussed how he was able to get composer Michael Giacchino to score the film, the deleted sex scene between Adam Driver and Connie Britton and why he cut it out of the film, why it won’t be included on the Blu-ray, the toughest scene to shoot, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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