the endless interview

The Endless is Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s third movie. They star as Justin and Aaron Smith, two brothers returning to Camp Arcadia, the cult from which they escaped, to help Aaron get some closure. One there, they find themselves encountering a series of endless time loops.

The film has earned raves at Tribeca, Fantastic Fest and other prestigious film festivals, including one from /Film. Their previous films Spring and Resolution did well on the festival circuits as well. Moorhead and Benson spoke with /Film in Los Angeles about the themes of The Endless, including some spoilers we saved for the very bottom. The Endless opens in New York today and Los Angeles on April 13 before expanding further.

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Garry Shandling may be best known for The Larry Sanders Show, his landmark comedy about the world of late night talk shows. It was his second TV series, after the meta, fourth wall-breaking It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. Shandling was also a successful standup comic, guest host of The Tonight Show, and actor. To a younger generation, he was Senator Stern in Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Judd Apatow got his start on The Larry Sanders Show. Shandling picked him up from the short-lived The Ben Stiller Show, giving Apatow his first chance to direct television. After preparing Shandling’s memorial service following his death, Apatow decided to make a documentary about his mentor. The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling is a two-part HBO film covering Shandling’s life and career. Shandling kept personal diaries, which appear in the film.

Apatow spoke with /Film by phone this week and our conversation begins with Garry Shandling and branches outward, eventually touching on Apatow’s outspoken support of the #MeToo movement and his condemnation of Hollywood abusers. The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling premieres Monday, March 26 on HBO.

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barry review

Imagine you’re staring down the barrel of a gun, and the man pulling the trigger is the guy who played Stefon on Saturday Night Live. Of course in the world of Barry, no one knows Bill Hader from TV and he’s playing Barry, a professional hitman. On a job in L.A., Barry discovers an acting class taught by Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler) and decides he wants to give up the killing business to explore this new field. Suffice it to say, the hitman is not a business you leave by simply giving your two weeks notice.

Hader and Silicon Valley producer Alec Berg created Barry. They spoke with /Film about the dark, violent crime comedy. Barry premieres Sunday, March 25 on HBO after the season premiere of Silicon Valley.

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Krypton

Syfy’s new series Krypton takes a look at Superman’s home planet two centuries before the iconic superhero was even born. Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) is Kal-El’s grandfather, making him Jor-El’s dad. While the house of El feuds with houses of Zod and Val, time traveler Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) comes from the future to warn Seg that he has to persevere to ensure that Superman is born.

Man of Steel screenwriter David Goyer created Krypton, but Cameron Welsh is the showrunner. Welsh worked for Goyer on his Constantine series and had developed another show with Goyer. Welsh spoke with /Film by phone last week and there are some mild spoilers for the pilot in the discussion.

Krypton premieres Wednesday, March 21 on Syfy.

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die hard

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark film Die Hard. To children of the ‘80s, it feels like we’ve never not had Die Hard in our lives. New fans may not even realize how they’re still feeling the impact of Die Hard today.

/Film attended a 30th anniversary screening of Die Hard this week as part of Laemmle’s Anniversary Classics series. They screened a new 4K restoration of the film, which may have been sharper than the original film prints in 1988. Since most of the film is set at night in darkened building hallways, 4K makes sure every punch McClane throws lands clearly on a terrorists’ face.

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jessica jones season 2 krysten ritter

Jessica Jones is back. After defeating Kilgrave by outsmarting his mind control and teaming up with The Defenders, Jessica (Krysten Ritter) is back in the city and taking P.I. cases. The notoriety of her previous exploits brings in new customers, but also customers who expect her to use her super strength for petty revenge.

Meanwhile, Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) tries to investigate Jessica’s medical history and Jeri Hogarth (Carrie Anne Moss) needs Jessica’s help to fight for her law firm. Pretty soon, Jessica encounters Alisa Jones (Janet McTeer), whose strength surpasses her own.

/Film spoke with Jessica Jones creator and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg by phone this week. Our conversation contains some mild spoilers for the beginning of the season, but season 2 is now streaming on Netflix and ready for you to binge before or after you read our interview.

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The network that brought us Breaking Bad is now taking a bigger picture look at crime. Where the tale of Walter White was the saga of an individual crime empire, AMC’s McMafia looks at organized crime on a global scale.

Based on the book by Misha Glenny, the TV adaptation from Hossein Amini stars James Norton as a British businessman who becomes drawn into the eastern European and middle Eastern mobs with which his family had been connected in the past. Amini spoke with /Film, along with co-creator James Watkins, who directed all eight episodes of McMafia. McMafia premieres Monday, February 26 on AMC.

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the simpsons showrunner interview

Somehow, in 29 years of The Simpsons, I still have not run out of things to ask showrunner Al Jean. And this year, there have been some pretty monumental changes to address. Longtime composer Alf Clausen ended his run with season 28. The Disney acquisition of 20th Century Fox makesThe Simpsons now a Disney-produced show, even as their network, Fox, remains separate.

I caught up with Jean at the Fox party for the Television Critics Association. In addition to the big news, we also went over some specific risque lines and cameos from fan favorites Leon Kompowski and the Pin Pals. The Simpsons airs Sunday nights on Fox.

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Scott Adkins Interview

If you liked Scott Adkins as Kaecilius’ henchman in Doctor Strange or as Mitch Rapp’s training rival in American Assassin, you’ll be pleased to know there’s a whole host of movies in which Adkins really shows us his moves. Action fans may know him as Boyka in the Undisputed sequels or from his lead roles in the Ninja films or from movies like Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and Hard Target 2. If not, it’s time to change that…because he’s not slowing down.

Accident Man, Adkins’ latest starring vehicle, is his dream project. Based on the comic of the same name, Adkins co-wrote the screenplay and stars as Mike Fallon, a hitman who specializes in making his kills look like accidents. When his ex-girlfriend Beth turns up dead, Fallon goes up against his fellow hitmen, with the help of Beth’s girlfriend (Ashley Greene).

Adkins Skyped with /Film from his home in London to discuss Accident Man, as well as his experiences in Doctor Strange and American AssassinAccident Man is available on Blu-ray, DVD, digital and VOD on February 6, 2018.

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critters the new binge

Warner Brothers Digital’s Blue Ribbon Content announced a web series based on the horror-comedy Critters film franchise. Jordan Rubin will write and direct Critters: The New Binge for the digital platform that also has Daphne & Velma, Good Girls Get High, Golden Revenge and animated shows Vixen, The Ray and Constantine. 1986’s Critters was New Line Cinema’s answer to Gremlins, following a group of alien fur balls as they terrorized a family with their poison porcupine darts. Critters 2: The Main Course opened in 1988, but Critters 3 and 4 went straight to video.

Rubin spoke with /Film after Blue Ribbon Content’s presentation to the Television Critics Association. A writer on The Man Show and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Rubin co-wrote and directed the horror comedy Zombeavers in 2014. He’s just turned in the script for Critters: The New Binge, so hopefully, we’ll interview him again when the series drops online.

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