Director David Mackenzie Talks STARRED UP, Full Cast and Crew Rehearsals, Shooting in Sequence, Filming in a Real Prison, Working with Jack O’Connell and More

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At this point, director David Mackenzie has eight feature films to his name, a BAFTA win and he snagged the Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas at the Berlin International Film Festival two times, but he’s still looking to keep things fresh and shake up his process a bit.  His latest film, Starred Up, features Jack O’Connell as Eric, an extremely violent 19-year-old kid who’s prematurely transferred to the same adult prison that his father’s in.

With Starred Up set to begin its limited theatrical run on August 27th in New York City, Mackenzie took the time to talk to us about some of the new methods he used while making it, namely shooting it in sequence and also filming the rehearsals, which didn’t just involve the cast, but the crew, too.  Hit the jump for more on that, Mackenzie’s experience shooting in a former prison, casting O’Connell, having two editors working on the cut while he was in production and more.  You can also click here to read about the Robert the Bruce movie he’s working on.

Bob Ladouceur & Terry Eidson Talk Bringing WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL to the Big Screen, Fact vs. Fiction, and Avoiding the Limelight

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There’s a strange duality inherent to When the Game Stands Tall.  Much of the film focuses on Head Coach Bob Ladouceur’s humble philosophy, which emphasizes avoiding the limelight that often comes from ‘winning’.  However isn’t the very act of making a movie glorifying humility intrinsically contradictory?  Doesn’t exalting humility somehow discredit the thought?  To be fair, Bob Ladouceur and Assistant Coach Terry Eidson seem well aware of such inconsistencies, both freely admitting that the accolades they’ve received for their admittedly exceptional work puts them ill at ease.  It’s ironic in that Ladouceur by placing teamwork and modesty above ‘winning’ led his high-school students to a record 151 consecutive football wins — which then prompted a book to be written about such an exceptional record — which now, of course, has drawn the attention of Hollywood to make a movie starring Jim Caviezel as him.  But as Ladouceur himself says – what was he supposed to do?  Say ‘No’?

In the following interview with Ladouceur & Eidson, the two men talk about watching their story told via film, reconciling their humble values with a film made about them and giving advice to Jim Caviezel & Michael Chiklis on how to play their roles (i.e. them).  Hit the jump to watch.

Kermit the Frog Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Wanting to Do 50 SHADES OF GREEN, Why He Isn’t in STAR WARS: EPISODE 7, Reading Rainbow, and More

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With director James Bobin’s Muppets Most Wanted now available on Blu-ray and DVD, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Kermit the Frog.  In the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.  The film stars Tina FeyRicky Gervais, Ty Burrell and features a ton of celebrity cameos.  For more on the film, check out all our previous coverage which features interviews and more.

During this new interview with Kermit, he talked about the biggest challenge making Muppets Most Wanted, the real reason he isn’t in Star Wars: Episode 7, how he’d like to make 50 Shades of Green, if it’s any easier being green after seeing Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy and Hulk in the Marvel movies, future Muppet TV specials or movies, if he might do another episode of Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch and click here to buy Muppets Most Wanted on Blu-ray.

Alexander Ludwig and Ser’Darius Blain Talk Drills, Tears & Tires in WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, VIKINGS Season 3, and More

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Based on the true story of the longest winning streak in high-school football, When The Game Stands Tall focuses on how the historic team deals with loss both professional and personal. Anchoring the team-side of the film, young actors Alexander Ludwig and Ser’Darius Blain do much of the emotional heavy lifting, Blain as a former star-player struggling to move on & Ludwig as the current running back whose personal life threatens to derail his high-school career. It’s a film with just as many tears as snaps – and both Ludwig & Blain are just as convincing in the hard-hitting football scenes as they are in the off-the-field personal drama.

In the following interview with Ludwig and Blain, the duo discuss getting to the heart of their many emotionally raw scenes, the intense football training process and their various upcoming projects (for Ludwig – the 3rd season of Vikings & for Blain – the docudrama Bolden, based on Jazz musician Buddy Bolden’s life). For the full interview, hit the jump. When the Game Stands Tall is currently in theaters everywhere.

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Talk LOVE IS STRANGE, Prepping Without Rehearsals, Props They’ve Kept from Past Films, INTERSTELLAR and More

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You’d think two prolific actors like John Lithgow and Alfred Molina would have worked together before.  The guys are good friends, but, it turns out, Love Is Strange is their very first movie together.  They play Ben and George, respectively.  They’ve been together for 39 years, but are only first making it official now.  But, as soon as they get married, the Catholic school where George works fires him leaving them no choice, but to sell their apartment and find a less expensive one.  However, until they find that new place, they need somewhere to stay and no one they know can accommodate them both, so Ben heads off to live with his nephew (Charlie Tahan) and his family in Brooklyn while George settles in with their former neighbors.

With Love Is Strange due for a limited release this weekend, we got the opportunity to sit down with Lithgow and Molina to talk about their experience making the film.  Hit the jump to hear about how they finally found a film to work on together, how they prepped for the movie without rehearsals, favorite props they’ve kept from previous films, Lithgow’s character in Interstellar and much more.

Chloe Moretz Talks IF I STAY, Working with Director R.J. Cutler, Her Love of BOYHOOD, THE FIFTH WAVE, and More

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Opening this weekend is director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay.  The movie stars Chloe Moretz as Mia Hall, a talented young musician who balances her aspirations of attending the Juilliard School with the budding romance of her devoted boyfriend Adam, played by Jamie Blackley. A tragic event puts those earthly concerns behind her as Mia must decide whether to fight for her life with Adam by her side, or give in to her new condition.  The film also stars Mireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha Hinds, and Stacy Keach.  For more on If I Stay, watch these clips, check out over 40 images, or click here for all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Chloe Moretz.  She talked about wanting to make a movie that girls her age could go see with their families, what it was like working with R.J. Cutler and what he brought to the material, the focus on music on set, her love of Boyhood and desire to see Guardians of the Galaxy, future projects like The Equalizer, Laggies, Dark Places, The Fifth Wave, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Thomas Carter Discusses WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, Studio Interference, Deleted Scenes and Choreography

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Filmmaker Thomas Carter has a penchant for sports-related entertainment. As an actor, early in his career, he starred on the basketball-centric TV show The White Shadow. He segued from actor to director on the show for its final season – and since then he has directed a number of television programs from Hill Street Blues to Miami Vice. He returned to the high school basketball film-genre with the Samuel L Jackson headlining Coach Carter – and this Friday, he shifts sports to high-school football with the release of When The Game Stands Tall. In talking with Carter though, he is quick to point out that it isn’t necessarily sports that drew him to these films, but the choreography inherent in such activities (Carter also directed the dance-centric films Swing Kids and Save the Last Dance).

In the following interview with Carter, the candid filmmaker discusses his love for choreography, the differences in shooting a basketball vs. a football game and the deleted moment(s) from When The Game Stands Tall he wished hadn’t been cut. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren Talk THE EXPENDABLES 3, Their Freedom to Blow Up Anything While Shooting, Deleted Scenes, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3.  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, The Expendables 3 has a crazy third act that’s easily the best action scene of the franchise.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Terry Crews  and Dolph Lundgren.  They talked about what they remember most about filming, making the movie in Bulgaria and how they could blow up anything, deleted scenes, Jason Statham‘s  on-set car accident, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jim Caviezel & Michael Chiklis Talk WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, Their Sports Backgrounds and the Insanity of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW

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Jim Caviezel & Michael Chiklis – an odd couple if ever there was one.  Caviezel has made a name for himself as a somber and understated actor, his work in The Thin Red Line and The Passion of the Christ compelling in that he never forces anything or goes for that “big” moment. Chiklis, a bundle of volatility, never holds anything back, perfectly encapsulated in his performance as Vic Mackey – one of the great antiheroes of the modern television landscape.  In When the Game Stands Tall, both actors are cast true to form: Caviezel as the quiet and introspective Coach Bob Ladouceur, Chiklis as his loudmouth Assistant Coach Terry Eidson. Together they form a compelling yin and yang, bouncing off each other naturally, many of the best moments in the film coming from their natural repartee.

In the following interview with both actors, they discuss their sports backgrounds, playing to type as the hothead & the introvert, and developing a thirty-one year friendship for the big-screen. In addition, Michael Chiklis touched upon his role and reaction to American Horror Story: Freak Show.  For the full interview, hit the jump.  When the Game Stands Tall opens this weekend.

John Lithgow to Completely Re-Record His Work for Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR; Says Original Story Was “Dismantled and Reimagined”

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We’ve had a new Pixar movie every year for eight years now, so when The Good Dinosaur was pushed back from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015, it was tough not to be both concerned and disappointed, especially considering what went down prior to that announcement.  Almost exactly a year ago, word got out that director Bob Peterson was removed from the project.  On top of that, Peterson’s co-director, Peter Sohn, didn’t even get the solo gig.  Instead, he’s overseeing it as part of the Pixar Brain Trust.

That’s not something you want to hear when it comes to an especially highly anticipated film.  However, while talking to John Lithgow today about his upcoming release, Love Is Strange, he assured us that The Good Dinosaur is in great shape.  Hit the jump to hear about how the delay affected Lithgow’s work on the film.

Kelsey Grammer and Randy Couture Talk THE EXPENDABLES 3, Filming in Bulgaria, Deleted Scenes, Unrated Cuts, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3.  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, The Expendables 3 has a crazy third act that’s easily the best action scene of the franchise.  I think the team kills over a thousand people.  It shows once again how the MPAA doesn’t care about violence when giving out ratings.  Only in America can a film like this get a PG-13.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Kelsey Grammer and Randy Couture.  They talked about what they remember most about filming, making the movie in Bulgaria, deleted scenes, how unrated or director cuts can radically change a movie, future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Phillip Noyce and Author Lois Lowry Discuss THE GIVER, the Adaptation Process and Unused Screenplays

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We live in an age of constant YA Film Adaptations. Chances are if there’s a book series aimed at the tweens, then there’s a corresponding film either made or being made. There’s a strange irony to the fact that The Giver (one of the first dystopian YA book series) struggled for over eighteen-years to make it to the big screen, its film adaptation only coming to fruition after a number of its imitators found huge financial dividends in theaters. This Friday, Lois Lowry’s award winning book finally hits the big-screen. Some of the details may be different – a couple characters have been aged up & a number of roles expanded upon – but tonally it feels of one with Lowry’s introspective and rather downbeat sci-fi tale.

In the following interview with Lowry and director Phillip Noyce, the duo discuss the feature’s fidelity to the source material, the adaptation process and the different screenplays that never came to be. Hit the jump, for the full interview.

Ronda Rousey and Wesley Snipes Talk EXPENDABLES 3, the PG-13 Rating, the Action Scenes and Designing the Fight Sequences, Future Projects, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3.  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, The Expendables 3 has a crazy third act that’s easily the best action scene of the franchise.  I think the team kills over a thousand people.  It shows once again how the MPAA doesn’t care about violence when giving out ratings.  Only in America can a film like this get a PG-13.

The other day I landed an exclusive video interview with Ronda Rousey and Wesley Snipes.  They talked about the specific challenges of the action scenes, designing the fight sequences with the stunt coordinator, the camaraderie on set among the large cast, being able to get a PG-13 rating, filming in Bulgaria, future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Brenton Thwaites & Odeya Rush Talk THE GIVER, THE SIGNAL & Ambiguous Endings

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Set in an undisclosed-future, a utopian society has found peace and stability through a systematic removal of everything that makes them individuals. The Giver, based on Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal winning book, details what the costs of such a ‘Hegelian’ vision of the future entails – sure there’s no war or violence or despair; but also no love or joy or emotion of any kind.  Like most YA novels/films, there’s, of course, a number of teens who rise up against their totalitarian elders, daring to challenge the status quo; but it’s a testament to Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush that they’re able to imbue these prototypical characters with surprising depth, an undercurrent of futile despair hanging off their every line.

In the following interview with Rush and Thwaites, the two young actors discuss the ‘daunting’ task of playing characters from such a beloved series, the differences in the film from their book counter-parts and using the script vs. the novel as a reference. In addition — Brenton Thwaites talked about the ambiguous ending of The Signal and the potential for a sequel. Hit the jump, for the full interview.

Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell Talk THE EXPENDABLES 3, Deleted Scenes, the First Day of Filming, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Patrick Hughes The Expendables 3.  Like I said on TwitterThe Expendables 3 is a lot of fun and my favorite of the series due in large part to Mel Gibson,Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas.  All three are awesome and Banderas steals every scene he’s in.  In addition to the new cast, 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.

The other day I landed an exclusive video interview with Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.  During the fun interview they talked about filming in Bulgaria, what they remember most about filming, the helicopter scene, deleted scenes, and more.  Hit the jump to watch and click here for all our Expendables 3 coverage.

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