When Marvel announced Joe and Anthony Russo would be directing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, reactions were mixed. Sure the pair had worked on some awesome TV shows like Arrested Development and Community, but movie-wise Welcome to Colinwood and You, Me and Dupree didn’t exactly scream “superhero.” Then we saw the new movie.
Instantly it was obvious the Russos were not only right for the job, but we want them back for Captain America 3. (And we’re likely having that wish granted.) In our full Russo Brothers interview, we talked about the intimidating nature of jumping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Easter Eggs, and using Captain America’s shield more, as well as all of the movies and filmmakers that influenced their work from DePalma to Frankenheimer. Also, did you notice the final shot of the movie is different in the trailer and the film? We talked about all of that and more our full interview with the total film geek directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Read More »
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Kevin Feige is the man with the plan. The president of Marvel Studios is the person most directly responsible for Marvel movies not only being good, but connecting with one another to tell one big story.
His latest success, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is now in theaters and breaking all kinds of box office records. The record-breaking is no surprise but it’s bad luck to say that a few weeks before release, which is when I sat down with Feige to talk all things Marvel.
We discussed a lot of things you’ve already read on the site. The Batman vs. Superman release date, the ending of the film, some of the new characters, the Doctor Strange director short list, the Avengers tower, but now this is the full interview. It has lots of new nuggets, including why Hawkeye isn’t in The Winter Soldier, that exciting name mentioned in the film, if the Netflix shows will tie into the MCU, Paul Bettany, discussion of the post credits scene and more.
Below, read our full Kevin Feige interview for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Read More »
This is the third and final part of our coverage from the set of 22 Jump Street. Read our full report here and interview with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller here.
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have become two of the most influential actors in Hollywood. They produce, they write, they receive Oscar nominations. Now they’re teaming up for the sequel to a film that helped give them many of those opportunities. We spoke to the pair on the New Orleans set of 22 Jump Street last November and the pair were incredibly excited to be there. After all, no one thought the first film would ever be a hit, let alone spawn a sequel that’s getting a competitive summer release.
In the interview, Tatum and Hill talked about the self-awareness of the sequel, the new level of action, the oddity of doing an interview for a movie while you’re still shooting it, college experiences, the pressure of doing a sequel and even a potential third film. Read the full 22 Jump Street set visit interview with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill below. Read More »
This is part two of our coverage from the set of 22 Jump Street. Read our full report here and check back soon for an interview with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.
November 2013 might not seem like a long time ago, but for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller the months between then and now are like a lifetime. At the time, they were hard at work shooting 22 Jump Street, the highly anticipated sequel to their surprise 2012 hit. Simultaneously, they were still approving shots for the yet-to-open The Lego Movie. In the interim, The Lego Movie became an international phenomenon, anointing the pair as Hollywood’s current “It” directors. (Now they’re rumored to be up for Ghostbusters 3.)
But six short months ago, Miller and Lord were simply worried about making their second live-action movie ever as funny as possible. Below, read a full interview the pair conducted with me and several other journalists from the set. We talk about the huge expectations of this sequel, the nature of sequels in general, celebrity cameos, the new cast and lots of bromance. Read More »
Even if you take away his two Muppet movies, writer/director James Bobin is a guy you want to talk to. He helped shape Sacha Baron Cohen’s legendary Da Ali G Show and the HBO show Flight of the Conchords, and is helming the next Disney Alice in Wonderland film, Alice Through the Looking Glass. He also helped bring The Muppets back to the big screen in the 2012 hit and co-wrote and directed this week’s hilarious sequel, Muppets Most Wanted. This James Bobin fellow has it going pretty well.
We were lucky enough to speak to Bobin and discussed a myriad of topics. In addition to an Alice tease, we discussed the self-referential nature of Muppets Most Wanted, having to change elements of the story when songs have already been finished, the canon of the Muppets, the rules for shooting and working with the Muppets, action sequences, dance and much more. If you’re a fan of the Muppets, or filmmaking in general, I think there’s a lot to learn here. Read our full interview below. Read More »
If you’ve got an hour to spare (and you know you do) then why not spend it with Alfonso Cuarón? The director recently sat down for a long talk on stage at BAFTA to give a detailed overview of his life and career. It’s as detailed a talk as one could expect to get in the space of an hour. The conversation is good both as an introduction to the director for people who have just found him via the Oscar-winning Gravity, and also a more intimate portrait for those who have been following him for many years.
Cuarón’s interests and great personality shine through his conversation, as he talks about the origins and casting of Gravity, his real thoughts about his film Great Expectations, and the early cinematic influences on his tastes and ambitions. Watch below. Read More »
“I interviewed Kermit the Frog.” That’s a sentence I’ll probably be bragging to my kids about when I’m old and gray. On the occasion of the Muppets latest film, Muppets Most Wanted, I sat down with the frog, myth and legend to discuss the sequel. We talked about his isolated role in the story, the incredible spot on casting of his doppelgänger Constantine as well as his co-stars including Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais.
But this is Kermit the effing Frog. A Hollywood icon. I also talked to him about his movie going habits, his thoughts on the current state of cinema and if he feels blockbusters will cripple the system. We talked about the on demand generation, his favorite films of 2013 as well as director James Bobin‘s next film, Alice in Wonderland 2.
We also talked about other roles Kermit has been up for, including potential roles as the Hulk or Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Universe and if he contacted J.J. Abrams about Star Wars Episode VII. It was an eclectic, 9 minute discussion which you can not only read, but listen to, in its entirety, below. Read More »
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Love it or hate it, for Need for Speed, director Scott Waugh had a vision. This is a video game adaptation, yes, but Waugh wanted to ground it in as much reality as possible. Everything had to be real. Every race, every stunt, every jump, every crash. It’s all practical. Then again, he was also beholden to the title “Need for Speed” and the film fulfills the name’s implied promise, giving audiences two hours of almost non-stop car craziness.
We spoke with Waugh, along with stunt coordinator Lance Gilbert, about balancing those expectations, the difficulties of filming, conceiving the racing sequences, casting Aaron Paul, working with super cars, the potential for sequels and more. Below, read our interview and then see Need for Speed which opens March 14. Read More »