While speaking with Drew Pearce, it’s obvious he has no shortage of good memories from making his first feature film, Hotel Artemis. Having Jodie Foster star in the first movie you’ve directed should help make for a positive experience, but even when the Iron Man 3 co-writer talks about the most challenging days on set, he does so with enthusiasm.

Hotel Artemis is an original independent movie coming out during the crowded summer moviegoing season. For Pearce, he’s hoping some originality and personality will connect with moviegoers. He’s also hoping all the love that went into making his movie about a hospital for assassins shines through. As Pearce told us, “I always say the movie costs $14.5 million and $20 million in favors.”

If you haven’t yet, check out part one of our conversation with Pearce. Below, you can find part two of our Drew Pearce interview, in which he talks about his Marvel experience, nods to Casablanca and Mary Poppins, and more.

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Toni Collette Hereditary interview

Toni Collette was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in The Sixth Sense, and now she’s back in the horror genre with Hereditary, a film so scary it makes The Sixth Sense feel like an episode of Sesame Street. Hereditary is deeply disturbing, an unnerving, visceral piece of filmmaking that will freak you out and leave you profoundly shaken by the time it ends. Collette delivers an absolutely unreal performance in the film, playing a matriarch whose family becomes haunted when her character’s mother dies. She’s physical and raw and wounded and grieving and furious – it’s arguably the best work of her entire career.

You can read our full review of the film here, but I recently sat down with Collette at the film’s press junket in Beverly Hills to talk about whether this script intimidated her, what it was like working with first-time director Ari Aster, the scariest thing about this film for her, and more. Enjoy our full Toni Collette Hereditary interview below. Read More »

Drew Pearce interview

Drew Pearce‘s feature-length directorial debut, Hotel Artemis, is the sort of movie that’s a real breath of fresh air during the summer moviegoing season. It’s an original story, for starters, but it’s also a movie that relies more on its characters and all-star cast to generate spectacle than the set pieces. Jodie Foster playing a fast-talking, hard-drinking nurse tending to criminals and Jeff Goldblum as “The Wolf King of Los Angeles” has far more entertainment than watching a city get destroyed.

Pearce’s first movie isn’t heavy on action, but it is heavy on star power, in front of and behind the camera. The Iron Man 3 co-writer and the director of Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King couldn’t have assembled a better team for Hotel Artemis, including cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung, who shot OldboyThe Handmaiden, and most recently, It. Together, Pearce and Chung create a location full of color, history, and personality. Even with one primary location, never does Hotel Artemis feel claustrophobic or small in scale.

About a month ago, I had a chance to sit-down with Pearce for an extended interview covering his work with the DP, his influences, writing with Shane Black, and more.

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Gary Ross Ocean's 8 Interview

Gary Ross, director of Pleasantville and The Hunger Games, assembled a killer cast of kickass women to relaunch the Ocean’s 11 franchise. The result is Ocean’s 8, a new heist movie that doesn’t reboot the series, but rather branches off from it to create a whole new story. Ross and co-writer Olivia Milch took the world created by Steven Soderbergh in his Ocean‘s films, and rebranded it with a new perspective.

Below, Ross talks about the origin of Ocean’s 8, and how the impressive cast helped sell the studio on the concept.
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doug liman impulse interview

2008’s Jumper made money, but there was never a sequel, even though author Steven Gould continued writing novels. Jumper director Doug Liman decided to go back to this world by adapting the third novel, Impulse, for YouTube Premium.

Impulse stars Maddie Hasson as Henrietta, a high school student in a blended family. When the school jock Clay Boone (Tanner Stine) sexually assaults Henry, she teleports out of his car, crushing the car in the process and leaving Clay in a wheelchair. The town believes it was a hit and run, but as Henry continues to teleport, her stepsister Jenna (Sarah Desjardins) and classmate Townes Linderman (Daniel Maslany) try to help her figure out her powers.

Liman spoke with /Film this week about revisiting the world of his 2008 movie and how different he wanted Impulse to be. He also gave an update on his Edge of Tomorrow sequel, Live Die Repeat and Repeat. The first season of Impulse is available on YouTube Premium right now.

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Ronda Rousey signed on to star in Mile 22 over three years ago. The former MMA champion and current WWE star was going to star alongside Iko Uwais (The Raid) in a version of the story that was more of a straight-up martial arts movie, which director Peter Berg was only going to produce. After spending a while in development, though, Mile 22 went from a two-hander to an ensemble pic that’s directed by Berg and led by Mark Wahlberg, playing team leader Jimmy Silva.

Since she first signed on to the movie, Rousey has acted in movies like Furious 7 and The Expendables 3, but she has a much more substantial role in Berg’s movie compared to her previous work. If you’ve seen Rousey fight before, you know she has a presence and intensity just waiting to be unleashed on the big screen with the right role. Hopefully, that role is Sam Snow. Read on for our full Ronda Rousey Mile 22 interview from the film’s set.

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Cloak and Dagger Showrunner Interview

Marvel is slowly taking over all the television and streaming services. Launching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC made sense since Disney owns both Marvel and the network. Then Netflix became home to their more adult shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and The Punisher. Hulu got Marvel’s Runaways and now Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is premiering on Freeform.

Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Ty (Aubrey Joseph) are two teenagers from different backgrounds who discover they each have unique powers. Tandy can create daggers out of light, and Ty can teleport with his cloak. They both see into the Darkforce Dimension, too.

Joe Pokaski created Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger for television, coming from the team on Daredevil and working on Underground in-between. Pokaski spoke with /Film by phone about the modern day adaptation of Cloak & Dagger. Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger premieres June 7 on Freeform (read our rave review here).

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Pietro Scalia interview

Pietro Scalia‘s fingerprints are all over many, many great films. The Academy-award winning editor’s work on JFK is nothing short of masterful, and the same goes for his several collaborations with Ridley Scott. Throughout his career, Scalia has shown a wide range – he has cut together epic period pieces, documentaries, comic book movies, and dramas like Good Will Hunting. Most recently, he brought his talents to director Ron Howard‘s Solo: A Star Wars Story, which features a train robbery sequence that never loses momentum.

The action scene ranks amongst some of the franchise’s most thrilling action set pieces. Over 10 minutes, Scalia and the filmmakers keep cranking up the energy and suspense with the characters at the forefront of a sequence mammoth in scope.

Scalia recently spoke with us about editing the scene, the movie’s surprise cameo, and how one dramatic scene evolved through reshoots.

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American Animals Bart Layton interview

American Animals, the new heist movie from The Orchard, spends a lot of its runtime on the fun aspects of planning a heist: costumes, the getaway car, and generally getting sucked into the idea that these amateur thieves might actually be able to pull it off. But then it delivers a harsh dose of reality, providing a narrative whiplash that makes you stop and reconsider everything you’ve seen up until that point.

What really sets this film apart from its contemporaries, though, is the fact that while they’re played by a bunch of up-and-coming Hollywood actors, we also get to watch the actual thieves themselves in interviews in which they reckon with their actions. It’s a fascinating piece of storytelling, and though it’s based on a true story, the film is the brainchild of writer/director Bart Layton, who directed the compelling 2012 documentary The Imposter. I spoke with Layton about navigating that tricky tonal shift, bridging the gap between documentary and traditional filmmaking, his characters’ sense of entitlement, the fluidity of memory, and more.

Read our full Bart Layton American Animals interview below. Read More »

Upgrade trailer

Each year during Austin’s SXSW Film Festival, press attendees (like myself) must pick-and-choose amidst a Texas-sized whirlwind of conflicting screening times and maximum exhaustion. In 2018, that meant (excitedly) interviewing Upgrade writer/director Leigh Whannell alongside stars Logan Marshall-Green and Betty Gabriel instead of catching a buzzy midday showing…like it was even a hard choice? Upgrade won the Midnighters Audience Award and ended up being one of my festival highlights with good reason. Check out my glowing review.

When sitting down with three talented parties such as Whannell, Gabriel and Green, there’s never enough time to ask even half the questions you prepare, but that doesn’t stop an interviewer from trying. Whannell opened up about time-hop filmmaking on a budget, Gabriel exposed the mindset of her character, and Green permitted the same. There was plenty to be said about where society is headed and how Upgrade takes that into consideration along with sci-fi discussions about existing examples of cultural deconstruction. Ideas have to come from somewhere – social influences or past Hollywood classics.

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