Writer-Director Dan Gilroy Talks NIGHTCRAWLER, Deleted Scenes, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Weight Loss, Tim Burton’s SUPERMAN LIVES, and More

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One of my favorite movies of 2014 is opening this weekend: writer-director Dan Gilroy’s debut feature, Nightcrawler.  In the film, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a guy desperate to score a job.  While on the hunt, Lou stumbles across a “nightcrawler,” someone who captures footage of fires, murders and all sorts of chaos to sell to new stations and Lou comes to the conclusion that the gig is perfect for him.  While I’ve seen Gyllenhaal deliver some great performances End of Watch, Prisoners, Zodiac and Brokeback Mountain, his work in Nightcrawler takes him to the next level.  It’s easily one of my favorite performances of the year and absolutely worth a full price ticket to see this weekend when the film opens.  For more on the film, read Matt’s glowing review or watch the red band trailer.

During my exclusive video interview with Dan Gilroy he talked about casting Gyllenhaal, the actor’s weight loss, the positive reaction from critics, deleted scenes, the experience of making his directorial debut, where the idea came from, unproduced scripts, writing Superman Lives for Tim BurtonStan Lee’s The Annihilator, future projects and more.  Hit the jump to watch what he had to say.

Producer Basil Iwanyk Talks JOHN WICK, Script Changes, Keanu Reeves, GODS OF EGYPT, SICARIO, CIVILIAN, SPLINTER CELL, and More

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As I’ve said again and again, I absolutely loved John Wick.  Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and  David Leitch have crafted a fantastic action thriller that’s absolutely worth your time and money.  In the film, Keanu Reeves stars as an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.  Trust me, if you like action movies, this is a must see film.  For more on John Wick, watch this trailer, see Evan shoot people in the face, and here’s all our previous coverage.

At the New York City press day I landed an exclusive video interview with producer Basil Iwanyk.  He talked about how the project came together, how the script changed, casting Keanu Reeves, how Leitch and Stahelski came on board to direct their first movie, the role of a producer, shooting in NYC, Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, Civilian with Jackie Chan which he calls “Die Hard in a weapons convention,” the status of the Splinter Cell movie, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Christopher Meloni Talks WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, The Impact of MAN OF STEEL and Whether He’ll Return in a Future DC Film

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Christopher Meloni needs to stay far away from Eva Green.  Earlier this year in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, he co-starred opposite Green as a square-jawed detective easily corrupted by her ample charm.  Meloni now finds himself once again under the actress’s spell in the indie feature White Bird in A Blizzard.  In the Shailene Woodley headlined film, Meloni stars as Brock – the mild-mannered husband to Eva Green’s sultry Eve.  It’s a loveless marriage, Eve never hesitating to remind Brock just how worthless and disappointing a man he truly is.  When Eve suddenly disappears one morning, Brock naturally becomes a suspect in his wife’s vanishing. But could somebody so weak-willed be capable of such a monstrous act?  Meloni, sporting a burly mustache and some wretched polo shirts, counters his naturally intimidating appearance to fully embody Brock’s emasculated demeanor.  It’s a fine turn for the versatile actor – and between the dramatics of White Bird in A Blizzard and the comicality of his short-lived sitcom Surviving Jack, Meloni has proven himself to be as proficient in one genre as the next.

In the following interview with Christopher Meloni, he discusses coming up with the physical appearance for Brock, the parallels between his characters in White Bird in a Blizzard & Sin City and gaging his performance towards the heightened tone of filmmaker Gregg Araki (The Doom Generation).  In addition, Meloni talks about how his role in Man of Steel affected his career and whether we’ll ever see his character Colonel Harding in the DC Film-verse again.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Zach Galifianakis and Amy Ryan Talk BIRDMAN, Working with Director of Photography Emmanuel Lubezki, Michael Keaton, and More

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I love this time of year.  The weather starts to cool off, football games start to matter and Hollywood releases some incredible movies that will be in play during Award season.  That brings me to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s incredible new film, Birdman.  Made to look like one long shot, Birdman stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.  While some movies have incredible performances or a great script, Birdman is one of those rare films where everything across the board is memorable.  It’s absolutely one of my favorite films of 2014 and it should be seen as soon as possible.  Trust me, this is a special movie that you will want to see.  The film also stars Edward NortonNaomi WattsEmma StoneZach GalifianakisAndrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan.

Last week at the New York City press day I landed a video interview with Zach Galifianakis and Amy Ryan.  They talked about what it was like to work with Alejandro González Iñárritu and his amazing director of photography, Emmanuel Lubezki, if the script changed during production, working with Michael Keaton, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Chad Stahelski and David Leitch Talk JOHN WICK, the Changing Color Palette of the Film, the Action Set Pieces, the Keanu Reeves-Led JOHN RAIN TV Series, and More

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Now playing in theaters is John Wick.  As I’ve said again and again…I loved this movie.  In the film, Keanu Reeves stars as an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.  Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have crafted a fantastic action movie that’s absolutely worth your time and money.  While you might not know their names, you’ve definitely seen their awesome work in films like Speed RacerThe Bourne LegacyThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and tons of others.  On some of what I just mentioned they did the stunts, and on some they directed second unit (which means they directed a lot of the action).  In addition to the films I just mentioned, they run 87eleven, which is the premiere action design team in Hollywood.  When an actor needs to be trained for an action role, they get sent to 87eleven.  While this is their first feature film as directors, I’m beyond confident it won’t be the last.  Trust me.  See John Wick this weekend.

At the recent New York City press day I landed an extended video interview with Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.  They talked about how the finished film compares to what they envisioned, the changing color palette, deleted scenes, the great supporting cast, the different action set pieces, the status of their John Rain TV show with Keanu Reeves and how they want to up the level of what you can do with action on TV, what they did on the Wachowskis Jupiter Ascending, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch

Shailene Woodley and Gregg Araki Discuss the “Teenage Apocalypse” and the Adaptation Process of WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD

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Gregg Araki revisits the adolescent wasteland that defined his career in the mid 90s with his newest feature White Bird in a Blizzard. On the outset – the film feels at piece with Araki’s oeuvre (The Doom Generation, Nowhere, Totally F***ed Up) in that all focus on a dissatisfied youth (here played by Shailene Woodley) coming to terms with their place in a seemingly meaningless world. But there’s something darker and a bit more melancholy at play with Araki’s latest. The anarchic spirit of those earlier films has been replaced with a forlorn world-weary outlook. Woodley as Kat Connors isn’t the same unruly protagonist of Araki’s early work. Instead Kat’s a character desperately trying to regain any semblance of normalcy after her mother disappears one fateful morning. It’s a character intent on NOT rebelling, living in a self-imposed ignorance to the truth that is plainly in front of her.

In the following interview with Gregg Araki and Shailene Woodley, the duo discuss the process of adapting Laura Kasischke’s novel to the big-screen, working together to create many of White Bird in a Blizzard’s emotionally raw scenes and the movie’s place within Araki’s filmography. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Michael Keaton Talks BIRDMAN, Working with Alejandro González Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki, and More

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I love this time of year.  The weather starts to cool off.  Football games start to matter.  And Hollywood releases some incredible movies that will be in play during Award season.  Which brings me to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s incredible new film, Birdman.  Made to look like one long shot, Birdman stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.  While some movies have incredible performances or a great script, Birdman is one of those rare films where everything across the board is memorable.  It’s absolutely one of my favorite films of 2014 and it should be seen as soon as possible.  Trust me, this is a special movie that you want to see.  The film also stars Edward NortonNaomi WattsEmma StoneZach GalifianakisAndrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan.

Last week at the New York City press day I landed a video interview with Michael Keaton.  He talked about what it was like to work with Alejandro González Iñárritu and his amazing director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki, crafting his performance alongside the cinematography, how he immediately said yes to the project, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Alfie Allen Talks JOHN WICK, GAME OF THRONES, Comic-Con, Favorite TV Shows, and More

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As I’ve said again and again, I absolutely loved John Wick.  Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have crafted a fantastic action thriller that’s absolutely worth your time and money.  When I recently hosted a screening in NYC, there were plenty of laughs, gasps, and tons of applause during the incredible action set pieces.  In the film, Keanu Reeves stars as an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.  Trust me, if you like action movies, this is a must see film.  For more on John Wick, watch this trailer, see Evan shoot people in the face, and here’s all our previous coverage.

Last week in New York City I sat down with Alfie Allen for an extended interview.  In the film he’s the reason John Wick comes out of retirement.  Allen talked about how he got involved in the project, working with the other actors, his experiences at Comic-Con, Game of Thrones (he plays Theon Greyjoy), and more.  Hit the jump to watch and here’s my video interview with Keanu Reeves if you missed it.

Alex Ross Perry Talks LISTEN UP PHILIP, Working with a Bigger Budget, Making Movies on the East Coast, Why It’s Okay If You Can’t Relate to Philip and More

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You know what can happen when you take a film on the festival circuit?  You leave home for a bit and may fall out of touch with close friends.  That’s what happened to writer-director Alex Ross Perry and it made him wonder, what happens to those friends when he’s not around?  That’s a question he explores in his new film, Listen Up PhilipJason Schwartzman stars as the title character, a writer eagerly awaiting the release of his second novel who’s got the tendency to do what he wants and speak his mind at all times, even if it hurts others.

Some may describe Philip as an unlikable character, but Perry approaches it from a different perspective.  Whether or not you can relate to Philip, he hopes that the movie makes viewers wonder, where does that kind of behavior get you?  Hit the jump to hear about that, Perry’s thoughts on working with a bigger budget, whether or not he’d want to give a big budget studio film a go and loads more.  Listen Up Philip is currently playing in New York City and is due to expand on October 24th.

Keanu Reeves Talks JOHN WICK, the Action Sequences, if He’ll Direct Again, the JOHN RAIN TV Series, Eli Roth’s KNOCK KNOCK, and More

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As I’ve said again and again on Twitter and on the site, I absolutely loved John Wick.  Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have crafted a fantastic action thriller that’s absolutely worth your time and money.  When I recently hosted a screening in NYC, there were plenty of laughs, gasps, and tons of applause during the incredible action set pieces.  In the film, Keanu Reeves stars as an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.  Trust me, if you like action movies, this is a must see film.  For more on John Wick, watch this trailer, see Evan shoot people in the face, and here’s all our previous coverage.

Last week in New York City I sat down with Keanu Reeves for an extended interview.  He talked about how he got involved in the film, script changes, the challenge of shooting the various action sequences, the universal appeal of John Wick and the character motivation, if he’ll direct again, if he’d be willing to star in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, his hopes for the John Rain limited TV series that he’s also doing with Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, future projects including the courtroom drama The Whole Truth and the Eli Roth horror movie Knock Knockand more.  Hit the jump to watch.

MANHATTAN Creator Sam Shaw Talks Season 1, Future Plans for the Show, His Partnership with Tommy Schlamme, and Much More

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One of the best shows you’re not watching is WGN America’s Manhattan.  Created by Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing), Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project – the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb.  Over the first 13 episode season, the show explored the costs of secrecy and isolation as a result of building the “gadget,”  while also offering a fascinating look at the science involved in the design.  I’m a huge fan of this show and was very happy to learn it’s getting a second season.

With the first season ending Sunday night, I recently sat down with creator Sam Shaw for an extended video interview.  During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about how the show came together, his partnership with Tommy Schlamme (who directed the first two episodes), incorporating real figures into a world made up of fictitious characters, his long term plans for the show which include showing the repercussions of creating and using the bomb on the people that created it, the advantages of being picked up straight to series, the challenges of writing emotional, engaging stories, Easter eggs, teasing what he can for season 2, and so much more.  If you’re a fan of WGN America’s Manhattan, you’ll love this interview.  Hit the jump to watch.  Finally, if you haven’t seen Manhattan yet, WGN America is airing the entire 13-episode first season this Sunday starting at 8:00 a.m. PST.

Tom Riley, Laura Haddock, Blake Ritson and Gregg Chillin Talk DA VINCI’S DEMONS Season 3, Working with a New Showrunner, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and Much More

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Last week at New York Comic-Con, I landed an awesome extended video interview with Da Vinci’s Demons stars Tom RileyLaura HaddockBlake Ritson and Gregg Chillin.  While I’ve found group interviews to be sometimes difficult, the interview you’re about to watch is definitely one of my favorites.  As you’ll see, the four of them look and act like close friends and they were able to have a lot of fun with my questions while also teasing what’s to come on Da Vinci’s Demons season 3 (which they’re almost done filming).

During the interview they talked about working with a new showrunner, how the new season is more grounded and will be set in Florence more than previous seasons, collaborating with the writers, how the season starts and what it’s about, the way they like to work, how many takes they get to do, how much they like to know about future storylines, who ruins the most takes, and so much more.  In addition, while you might not have recognized her, Laura Haddock played Peter Quill’s mother in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy.  I jokingly asked the group if the success of the film has turned Haddock into a diva on set.  Hit the jump to watch what they had to say.

Donal Logue Talks GOTHAM, the Rumors He Was Going to Play Jim Gordon, What Drew Him to the Role, the Possibility of a TERRIERS Reunion, and More

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Last week at New York Comic-Con, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with Donal Logue for Gotham.  At the center of the show is Ben McKenzie as a young Detective Jim Gordon, who comes onto the force to work with veteran Harvey Bullock, played by Donal Logue.  The main antagonists that emerge are Jada Pinkett Smith as an original character, Fish Mooney, and Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepott, the man who becomes the Penguin.  Balancing out the cast are Erin Richards as Gordon’s mysterious fiancée Barbara Kean, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth.  While all shows take a bit of time to find a rhythm that works, Gotham is loaded with a talented cast and has The Mentalist and Rome alum Bruno Heller as the executive producer/writer, so I’m rooting for it.

During the interview, Logue talked about why he wanted to take on the role, the initial rumors that he was going to play Jim Gordon, what’s coming up on future episodes, the big challenges of making a TV show, if the Gotham scripts have a lot of rewrites, and the possibility of a Terriers reunion.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.  Gotham airs Monday nights on Fox.

Director Jake Paltrow Talks YOUNG ONES, the Challenges of Getting the Project Made, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, Future Projects, and More

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Now available on VOD and playing in select theaters is director Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones.  The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where water has become scarce and the only hope for a family becomes an irrigation pipeline that can revitalize their land.  This conflict sets off a battle between the family’s patriarch Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) and a young man (Nicholas Hoult) looking to romance Ernest’s daughter Mary (Elle Fanning).  The film also stars Kodi Smit McPhee as Shanon’s son.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

Last week in New York City I landed a great interview with Jake Paltrow.  He talked about the hurdles he encountered in getting Young Ones made, the way the script changed from inception to release, the challenges and “seduction” of the desert, putting the cast together, dealing with the subject of drought, directing episodes of Boardwalk Empire, what he’d like to do next, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Guillermo del Toro and Jorge Gutierrez Talk THE BOOK OF LIFE and PACIFIC RIM 2 and 3

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The Book of Life is a beautiful film – from the stunning visuals, to the clever use of pop songs, to the touching message at the film’s core, The Book of Life possess an  arnestness that sets it apart from today’s standard animated fare.  No doubt the film’s singular charm is due to the fourteen years of love and hard work director Jorge Gutierrez put into the project, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that producer Guillermo del Toro spent the last six years shepherding the film to it’s final form.

I recently sat down for an exclusive video interview with Jorge Gutierrez and Guillermo del Toro.  They talked about the long journey to the finished film, how the project changed along the way, bringing Mexican culture to a larger audience, and more.  Additionally, del Toro shared his plans for Pacific Rim 2 and 3.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

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