A genius filmmakers has a brilliant idea. But there are problems: it’s going to cost untold millions of dollars to realize, and he has no clue how to make it happen. Enter a great producer.
This is what happened with Alfonso Cuaron‘s latest film, Gravity. From the outset, the small space-set movie was incredibly ambitious. No one knew exactly how to make it feel and look like the action was happening in space. So even with two A-list stars attached, the movie was a gamble. It took the watchful eye of a man Warner Bros. truly trusted. That man was David Heyman, the producer primarily responsible for bringing a little franchise called Harry Potter to the studio and making them billions. He’d previously worked with Cuaron on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and was Cuaron’s first phone call when looking for someone to help make his near impossible vision a reality.
/Film had the opportunity to speak to Heyman about this gargantuan task. We asked how Cuaron approached him, how he approached the studio, how you budget a film that is literally inventing technology and what one tiny change took two and half months right under the wire. Check it out below. Read More »
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A document recently leaked online detailing a version of the hit TV show Lost that never was. It details a show that’s much more episodic, less mythological and almost the exact opposite of the show that ran for six seasons on ABC. Dated May 5, 2004, four months before the first episode aired, some might look at this document and laugh. “Oh look, they really didn’t ever understand what this show is!”
However, we went to the source — show creator Damon Lindelof – who gave us the full details on this document.
This document outlines the version of Lost the network wanted, but one that Lindelof and J.J. Abrams didn’t. In going against this design, we were rewarded with one of the best and most polarizing TV shows of all time. Read More »
There really is no better title for the sequel to 2010′s Insidious than Insidious Chapter 2. Like a book filled with intense cliffhangers, the final moment of the first movie begged for more, and in this sequel we get that moment and so much more. This is the story of the Lambert family, including Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, and it picks up right at the end of the first film. But the sequel also delves into the past, helping to complete the puzzling and frightening story co-created by director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell. (The team that created not only Insidious, but Saw too.)
Back in July, before Wan got to work on Fast and Furious 7, I got to chat with the writer and director of Insidious Chapter 2. We discussed how the sequel goes deeper into this universe’s mythology, the choices made to get there, how footage from the first movie was incorporated, what they knew and didn’t know going into the sequel and much more.
Check it out below but beware. There are minor spoilers and the interview is best read after seeing the movie. Read More »
In part one of my interview with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, we talked about how The World’s End began. In part two, we’re going to talk about how it ends.
Hopefully, lots of you caught part three of the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy this past weekend. If you did, you might have walked out of the theater exhilarated, but filled with questions about some huge decisions the filmmakers made in the film’s final moments.
Well now, you can read – in their own words – why they made the decisions they did, how it all came about and what it means to them. Suffice to say, if you haven’t seen The World’s End, click “Bookmark” at the top of your browser and come back because there are major spoilers coming. If you have seen the film, let’s boo boo. Read More »
When Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost made Shaun of the Dead, they never could have foreseen this. To them, Shaun was merely a clever, fun manifestation of their love for zombie movies, and a way to make something outside of television. The group didn’t think anyone would even really see it. Instead, everyone saw it. The trio made a thematic sequel called Hot Fuzz, and now they’re completing one of the most unique and awesome trilogies ever with The World’s End.
The World’s End completes The Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy by taking ideas from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and giving them a mature, sci-fi spin. Pegg (who also co-wrote the script with Wright) stars as Gary King, a washed up cool guy who tricks his four former best friends (Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan) into heading to their hometown. There, they’ll attempt a feat of drinking called The Golden Mile: twelve pubs, twelve pints, one night. Along the way, the friends begin to realize something isn’t right with their hometown. What they’ll learn could change the world forever.
The World’s End is now playing so we sat down with the director and two stars to talk about the creation of the film. Before you see the movie, read part one of the interview below. Then come back Monday, after you’ve seen the film, for part two which delves deep into the world of spoilers. Read More »
Maybe you saw the trailer for Short Term 12, where someone called it “a shining example of what cinema is all about.” That was me, and I was not overstating the film’s quality. Destin Daniel Cretton‘s film about young people watching over troubled kids is simply that good. Maybe even better.
Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom) star as two young adults who put their own personal problems aside every morning when they go to a halfway house for despondent young kids called Short Term 12. Cretton not only creates rich, realistic characters in every single role, but they make you laugh one instant and cry the next, with the emotions never feeling forced or out of place. It’s about as great a movie as I can remember seeing in a long time.
Which meant I jumped at the chance to sit down and chat with the writer and director of the film. We talked about the pressures of the film’s praise, balancing tones, when he knew the film would all come together, his methods of filmmaking, a deleted scene that really moved him and the difficulties of being a writer/director.
Short Term 12 opens on a limited basis on August 23 and expands from there. Read our interview and seek it out. You will not be disappointed. Read More »
On October 24th and 25th, I visited the London set of the Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World. We’ll have more from that visit at a later time. Right now, the big mouse has given us the go-ahead to publish our on-set roundtable interview with Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. Read the interview after the jump.
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Every poster has a story. But in the case of Mondo, sometimes they release so many posters, we never really get to hear much about them.
Mondo was out in force at San Diego Comic-Con, releasing almost two dozen brand-new posters (including variants) over the course of four days. So when I got a chance to sat down with creative director Justin Ishmael, I decided to learn a bit more about the creation of some of those posters such as Martin Ansin‘s Conan the Barbarian, Ash Thorpe‘s Pacific Rim and William Stout‘s King Kong. Then, of course, we got around to talking about how the poster game itself is changing, their exciting relationship with Studio Ghibli, the likely location of the next Mondo Mystery Movie (along with a tease of the film), Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, new records…and toy prints?
Check out the full interview below. Read More »