Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer and Phoebe Robinson headline the new Netflix original movie Ibiza. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions made the film from newcomer director Alex Richenbach. Well, newcomer by name. You’ve probably seen a lot of his work on Funny or Die and other web shorts.

Harper (Jacobs) gets sent on a business trip to Spain. Her friends (Bayer and Robinson) tag along and Harper falls for the DJ Leo (Richard Madden) at a rave. The trio get into trouble following Leo to his next gigs. Richenbach spoke with /Film by phone about directing Ibiza, which premieres on Netflix on Friday, May 25, 2018.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story - Ron Howard and George Lucas

Interviewing Ron Howard for Solo: A Star Wars Story was unlike any filmmaker interview I have done to date.

Usually, in my chats with directors, I talk a lot about development and intention. Yet this production was very different in that Howard came on as a replacement late into the production process. The script, casting, crew, and design of the movie had been already planned and partially executed. So I was curious how this film was uniquely different from the dozens of films he had made over his long illustrious career.

You can read our discussion below. It is spoiler-free – we have removed a spoiler-filled answer, which will be published the week after release.

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David Leitch interview

David Leitch, the co-founder of 87Eleven, has just finished directing (and co-directing) three of the most notable American action movies of the last few years. The former stuntman brings his eye for action and visually appealing worlds, as shown by Atomic Blonde and (his uncredited work on) John Wick, to Deadpool 2. Leitch not only takes the franchise’s action and scope to another level, but also adds a little more personality to Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) and friends, including newcomers Cable (Josh Brolin), Domino (Zazzie Beetz), and Russell (Julian Dennison).

Originally, Leitch was interested in developing the X-Force movie, but after a few weeks of working on his pitch, Deadpool 2 came his way. After a warm reception from audiences and critics, we had the opportunity to speak with Leitch on the movie’s opening day about crafting the sequel’s action, how the first movie influenced some of his choices, and one X-Men easter egg that was cut from the movie.

Below, check out our David Leitch interview, which contains a few spoilers.

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Fahrenheit 451 Trailer

Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon come hot off Black Panther and The Shape of Water, but you don’t need to leave the house to see their new movie. Fahrenheit 451 premieres on HBO this weekend, an adaptation of the Ray Bradbury classic. Ramin Bahrani adapted and directed the film.

Shannon plays Beatty and Jordan plays Montag, two “firemen” in a future where the government burns books. This future is more of an extension of our present than perhaps the Bradbury novel, as the firemen also deal with cloud uploads and screens connected to central networks. Bahrani spoke with /Film by phone about Fahrenheit 451 this week. The film premieres Saturday, May 19 at 8PM on HBO.

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simon pegg terminal interview

Simon Pegg‘s charisma helps subvert expectations in Vaughn Stein‘s directorial debut, Terminal, a twisty crime movie with a fairy tale aesthetic. The actor and writer completely plays against type with his performance as Bill, a dying man who ends up in a diner heavy on neon lighting with the mysterious Annie (Margot Robbie). For Pegg, Bill is a deeply stark contrast to his past characters.

Simon Pegg is currently shooting a movie in Los Angeles, titled Lost Transmissions, so we recently had the opportunity to sit down with him to discuss Terminal, which co-stars Mike Myers in a similarly unexpected role. When Myers was cast after Pegg signed up, the Shaun of the Dead star thought, “This is like comedy people suddenly going very dark.” In our full interview, Pegg also told us about acting with Myers, his work on major franchises, his thoughts on method acting, and making his directorial debut later this year.

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Mark and Jay Duplass have collaborated on shorts, feature films, television, and, by their account, some cheap childhood remakes of The Blob. (They just threw a beanbag down the stairs.) But they’ve crossed into an entirely new medium with their latest effort: a book, called Like Brothers.

Like Brothers is part memoir, part practical filmmaking guide, part soul-searching about The Karate Kid Part II. Flip to one page and you’ll get sincere advice on how to buy a camera when you’re flat broke. Flip to another and you’ll read a vivid recollection of Jay breaking the news about Santa to tiny Mark. Although it bounces between real-life moments and abstract musings, the book carries the distinctive Duplass voice throughout, making it an appropriate addition to their rapidly expanding resume.

As the book drops this week, Mark took some time to chat with us about auteurs, iPhones, and the longest partnership of his life.

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To dig too deeply into a discussion of Tully, the third film from screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman (after Juno and Young Adult) is to risk taking the shine off the movie’s unique brand of intimate magic. Knowing this makes talking about some of the film’s most impressive and heart-breaking reveals all the more difficult, but it makes repeat viewings of Tully something quite special. The film stars Charlize Theron (following up her work with Reitman in Young Adult) as Marlo, a wife (to Ron Livingston) and mother of three, including a newborn. Being the primary parent in the household has not only drained Marlo of energy and deprived her of sleep, but also she has lost sight of the parts of herself that were special and interesting, as her days are taken over with routine.

Enter Tully (Mackenzie Davis, whose vibrancy practically jumps off the screen), a night nanny, hired by Margo’s well-off brother (Mark Duplass) to take responsibility of the infant while Margo gets a full night’s sleep. But Tully sees her job as not only taking care of the baby but taking care of Marlo’s needs as a human being, and the two form an instant bond as they discuss their lives. Marlo sees a lot of herself in Tully, and Tully views Margo’s life of stability — albeit a little boring — as something to aspire to and not avoid.

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If you binge watched all of Cobra Kai in the first day, you’ve surely got questions about that final reveal. So creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald agreed to talk spoilers as long as this interview ran after the premiere. If you haven’t made it through all 10 episodes yet that’s okay. Savor it, and we’ll save the spoiler talk for the end of this interview.

There’s plenty to talk about up front, just with the idea of revisiting The Karate Kid in this format. The YouTube Red original series picks up in present day with Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) down on his luck, living in the shadow of Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). When Johnny reopens Cobra Kai to start training a new generation of students, it reopens old wounds with Daniel, too.

The creators all have credentials when it comes to revisiting popular franchises and genres. Hurwitz and Schlossberg wrote and directed American Reunion. Heald wrote Hot Tub Time Machine, which time travels back to 1986 and features Zabka in a role. The trio spoke with /Film at length, so strap in for a deeb dive into the Karate Kid franchise then and now.

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Colony Season 3 Ryan Condal Interview

Hey, are you watching Colony? The USA Network sci-fi series is heading into its third season. It’s an alien invasion show but not about creatures attacking humans. Actually, the aliens, the Raps, get humans to do all their dirty work. It’s about the people living under Rap occupation, walled into the city of L.A.

Will (Josh Holloway) and Katie Bowman (Sarah Wayne Callies) were leaders of the resistance, often undercover working security for Raps. At the end of season two, they escaped the L.A. block with their family, and former collaborator Snyder (Peter Jacobson) tagging along. Resistance hero Broussard (Tory Kittles) stayed behind to fight.

Ryan Condal, who created Colony with Carlton Cuse and runs the show with Wes Tooke, spoke with /Film by phone ahead of the third season premiere (premiering May 2 and airing Wednesdays on USA). Condal talked about what’s ahead on Colony, but he also addressed some other projects he has in the works, like a Highlander reboot on the horizon, as well as a Conan streaming series for Amazon. Read More »

Cobra Kai Ralph Macchio Interview

Ralph Macchio is The Karate Kid. Having portrayed Daniel LaRusso in three movies, Macchio returns to his iconic role 30 years later in the YouTube Red original series Cobra Kai (available today). Now Johnny Lawrence, his bully from The Karate Kid played by William Zabka (who we also interviewed), wants to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo.

LaRusso is still profiting off his victory in the All Valley Karate Tournament. He advertises LaRusso Motors saying he kicks the competition and gives out bonzai trees with purchases. You can even see LaRusso Motors billboards around majors cities right now, all in an effort to promote Cobra Kai.

Macchio spoke with /Film by phone before the premiere of Cobra Kai. He caught us up on where Daniel LaRusso is 30 years later and reflected on some of the less talked about Karate Kid sequels. There are mild spoilers for the first two episodes, but still plenty to see in the first season. Read More »