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Opening this weekend is director David Ayer’s (Harsh Times) police thriller End of Watch. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as two Los Angeles beat cops who find themselves marked for death after a routine traffic stop turns into an epic drug bust that interferes with a notorious cartel. Unlike Ayer’s previous films which focused on corrupt police officers, Gyllenhaal and Peña play honest cops trying to make a difference. In addition, most of the movie was filmed with handheld cameras, and Ayer’s POV shots put the audience right in the middle of the action. Trust me, End of Watch is definitely worth your time and the chemistry between Gyllenhaal and Peña is a lot of fun. For more on the film, here’s Matt’s review, my video interviews with Ayer and Gyllenhaal, twenty things to know from my set visit, and all our previous coverage. End of Watch also stars Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, America Ferrera, Cody Horn and Frank Grillo. Last week at the Toronto Film Festival I was able to speak with Michel Peña. We talked about premiering at TIFF, Comic-Con, did any of the training stay with him, how the role helped him as an actor, and more. Hit the jump to watch. Michael Pena: Comic-Con talk What does it mean to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Talks about his previous experiences with Crash. Does he feel like End of Watch helped him as an actor from the way he prepared for the role to actually making it Does any of the training for the role still remain with him today
Opening this weekend is director David Ayer’s (Harsh Times) police thriller End of Watch. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as two Los Angeles beat cops who find themselves marked for death after a routine traffic stop turns into an epic drug bust that interferes with a notorious cartel. Unlike Ayer’s previous films which focused on corrupt police officers, Gyllenhaal and Peña play honest cops trying to make a difference. In addition, most of the movie was filmed with handheld cameras, and Ayer’s POV shots put the audience right in the middle of the action. Trust me, End of Watch is definitely worth your time and the chemistry between Gyllenhaal and Peña is a lot of fun. For more on the film, here’s Matt’s review, my video interview with David Ayer, twenty things to know from my set visit, and all our previous coverage. End of Watch also stars Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, America Ferrera, Cody Horn and Frank Grillo. Last week at the Toronto Film Festival I was able to speak with Jake Gyllenhaal. During our fun exchange we talked about the unique camerawork in End of Watch, what he learned from making the movie, the training and short shooting schedule, why he missed Comic-Con, fashion week, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch. Jake Gyllenhaal: Lots of joking around from weight loss, fashion week, and why he missed the End of Watch comic-con panel Talks about the unique camerawork and what he learned from the process Talks about the training and the short shooting schedule
One of the many films to premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was The Place Beyond the Pines. Written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), the pic centers on a professional motorcycle rider turned bank robber (Ryan Gosling) and a rookie police officer (Bradley Cooper). Pines premiered to a rapturous response (read Matt’s glowing review here and here's two clips), and Focus quickly snapped it up for a planned 2013 release. The pic also stars Eva Mendes, Bruce Greenwood, Dane DeHaan, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn and Rose Byrne. The day after the premiere, I landed an extended video interview with Cianfrance. We talked about his first feature--Brother Tied--and if it'll ever be released, the genesis of The Place Beyond the Pines, premiering at TIFF, editing (he shot 400 hours of footage), deleted scenes, and more. In addition, Cianfrance talked about his HBO project Muscle, which is based on Samuel Fussell’s memoir Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder. Hit the jump to watch. Derek Cianfrance Time Index: Discusses his 1998 film Brother Tied and how he hopes one day to have the money to pay for the music licensing so that more people can see it. Calls it “naïve and ambitious”. 4:25 – Cianfrance begins talking about The Place Beyond the Pines. Confirms that he was working on the film before Blue Valentine and “wrote 37 drafts in 5 years with 2 different co-writers”. 7:05 – Talks about which scene in the movie required the most takes. Gives an example of a scene ...
One of the original 70s movie brats and a populist with a sneaky subversive streak responsible for a string of classics like Carrie, Scarface, and The Untouchables, Brian De Palma is one of those directors who never seems to get his due. Particularly when working in his personal brand of self-conscious thrillers, the filmmaker is almost destined to be equally revered and criticized for making tongue-in-cheek odes to stylized entertainment. Movies like Body Double, Raising Cain, or Femme Fatale are practically dark comedies when viewed in a certain way, while also being designed to operate as straightforward thrillers for audiences not interested in film-literate in-jokes. His latest thriller Passion stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace as a pair of manipulative advertising executives whose competitive work relationship escalates into a war of public humiliation. This being a De Palma movie, sexual mind games and violence are of course not far off. Almost inevitably, the film has premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival to an equal mix of praise from followers and condemnation from critics who just can’t seem to get past the sensationalism to see the knowing laughs. Collider recently got a chance to chat with the director about his latest film, the split reactions it caused, his controversial legacy, that long delayed Untouchables prequel Capone Rising (including who he was going to cast), and his upcoming feature with Jason Statham. Hit the jump for more. Collider: I haven’t seen Alain Corneau’s Love Crime which Passion is based on, but from what ...
The Iceman is a hitman movie. It's about a hitman and nothing else. Director and co-writer Ariel Vromen takes no chances on his film based on the life of mob enforcer Richard Kuklinski. The movie paints a two-dimensional character, and then wants credit for not making him one-dimensional. There's more effort put into developing the characters' era-appropriate facial hair than developing the story into anything more than a description of Kuklinski's actions. Only Michael Shannon's overpowering screen presence stops The Iceman from being the driest crime drama in recent memory. Richard Kuklinski (Shannon) was always a violent murderer. Mobster Roy Demeo (Ray Liotta) just gave Kuklinski a way to use his inherent tendencies to make some money. The story then plays like a recreation of real events from 1964 to 1982 rather than something resembling a dramatic arc. Kuklinski is fundamentally the same at the beginning of the movie as he is at the end of the movie. He was a killer with a code and a very short temper. Only his external circumstances changed, and not to the extent where he was forced to seriously reexamine his life. But The Iceman wants us to believe Kuklinski is a compelling figure because even though he may have killed over 100 people during his career as a hitman, he also loved his family. This is not a mind-blowing concept. We've all seen gangster movies, and the notion of a sociopath who loves his family isn't some mind-bending concept. The only difference between Kuklinski ...
Tickets for Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master should be good for two screenings. The movie is so damn dense that there's almost too much to digest on an initial viewing. Like his previous film, There Will Be Blood, The Master is hypnotic with its smooth, crisp cinematography and Jonny Greenwood's moaning, bluesy score. The story proceeds at a slow, methodical pace where the energy comes from the astonishing performances of lead actors Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. But the craft and talent of the project was never in doubt. What makes The Master such a challenge is in trying to untangle the twisted themes and symbols presented by the central conflict between a mad dog and his owner. Freddie Quell (Phoenix) is a disturbed sailor who wasn't quite right in the head even before he headed off to World War II. When he returns home, his violent temper and alcoholism stop him from keeping a job, and he ends up stowing away on a ship. On board he finds the charismatic and enigmatic Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman). Dodd is the founder of a new movement known as "The Cause", which demands its adherents to look into their past lives, free themselves from doubt, and submit to rigorous deconstructions of their identity so they can be free from emotional pain. Freddie is seduced by Dodd, and the two form the nominal bond of mentor and protégé, but what they truly have is a captivating clash of Apollonian and Dionysian personalities. The ...
At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I was able to speak with Max Minghella about starring in director George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March. Co-starring Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Jeffrey Wright, the pic takes place during the tension-filled days leading up to an all-important Ohio presidential primary where a press secretary (Gosling) finds himself in the middle of a scandal that could upend his candidate’s (Clooney) shot at winning. Loaded with great performances and a smart script, The Ides of March is really well done and definitely worth your time. During the interview, Minghella talked about how he got involved in the project, working with the great cast and for Clooney, karaoke, and what's the last video game he played, In addition, Minghella talked about director Chris Gorak's The Darkest Hour. Hit the jump to watch. Max Minghella How does he deal with doing press all day What's his karaoke song What's the last video game he's played How did he get cast in the film How was Clooney to work with Talks about The Darkest Hour and what it's about
At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I was able to speak with Ryan Gosling about starring in director George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March. Starring Clooney, Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright, the pic takes place during the tension-filled moments leading up to an all-important Ohio presidential primary where a press secretary (Gosling) finds himself in the middle of a scandal that could upend his candidates’ (Clooney) shot at winning. Loaded with great performances and a smart script, The Ides of March is really well done and definitely worth your time. During the interview, Gosling talked about how he got involved in the project, working with the great cast, filming in Ohio, what it’s like having two big films come out at the same time, and does he prefer the Clint Eastwood two-take method or the David Fincher way of doing things. In addition, Gosling talked about working with director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) again on The Place Beyond the Pines and what the film is about. Hit the jump to watch. Finally, if you missed my video interviews with Paul Giamatti and Jeffrey Wright, click the links. Ryan Gosling What's the last year or two been like as he's landed some very high profile jobs How did he get attached to Ides of March Working with Paul Giamatti and the rest of the cast Is he a fan of the Clint Eastwood ...
The dramedy 50/50, directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), is one of my favorite films of 2011. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston, the film is based on screenwriter Will Reiser’s real-life battle with cancer and focuses on the twists, turns, shock, sadness, and comedic relief that he experienced along the way. While all the performances are fantastic, Gordon-Levitt is operating on another level. I really believe he’s one of the best actors working in Hollywood. While at the Toronto Film Festival, I was able to speak with Gordon-Levitt about how he got involved in 50/50, if he'll ever host Saturday Night Live again and how he'll top his amazing opening number, if he prefers doing a few takes like Clint Eastwood or tons like David Fincher, what it means to be working with Steven Spielberg on Lincoln, and if he's seen a rough cut of Rian Johnson's Looper. In addition, while I knew he'd be guarded about The Dark Knight Rises, I was able to get a good answer on what it's like work with the IMAX cameras. Hit the jump to watch. Joseph Gordon-Levitt When is he going to host SNL again and how will he top the opening from his last time on the show What's his karaoke song What's the last video game he's played How did he get involved in 50/50 Does he prefer doing 2 takes like Clint Eastwood or 50 takes like David Fincher What does it mean to him to be working ...
At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I was able to speak with Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan about director Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher. The movie is based on the real-life story of Sam Childers (played by Butler), a former drug-dealer who turned his life around and now dedicates it to saving kidnapped and orphaned children in Sudan. Monaghan plays his wife Lynn. It’s a hell of a story and one that I’m glad got told. You can watch some clips here. During the interview, they talked about how they got involved in the project, what was it like to work for Marc Forster, and we had some fun talking about karaoke and video games. Butler revealed he has a thing for Galaga. Hit the jump to watch. Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan What's their karaoke songs What's the last video game they played. Butler explains that he has a arcade machine in his home How did they get involved in the project and the challenges of playing real people What was it like to work with director Marc Forster