Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
I’m certain J.J. Perry can kill me. Not just because he’s an intense, athletic man who worked as the stunt coordinator on John Wick: Chapter 2, a movie that is all about Keanu Reeves killing every single bad guy unfortunate enough to stand in the way of his fists and bullets. I know this because during the course of our interview, he tells me exactly how he’d kill me, using the objects in the room, if necessary.
I’m also certain that director Chad Stahelksi could kill me, but he’s a bit too polite, a bit too mild-mannered, to give me the gory details. After all, he was a stunt performer and stunt coordinator before he helmed both John Wick movies. He even worked as Keanu Reeves’ stunt double on The Matrix, laying the groundwork for their current collaboration.
John Wick: Chapter 2 is everything you want in a John Wick sequel: it’s crazier, funnier, bloodier, and more packed with bizarre, wonderful little details. And because we planned for this interview with Stahelski and Perry to go up after the film’s release, we were able to delve into all kinds of spoilers.
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John Wick: Chapter 2 isn’t a sequel that delivers more of the same. There are familiarities, but it’s more like the same engine in a slightly bigger, more stylish, and more aggressive car. The simplicity of the first movie remains, but the titular character finds himself in a larger and more dangerous world this time. The world, which takes a few ideas from Arthurian mythology, grows along with John Wick in the sequel.
Director Chad Stahelski, who co-directed the first movie with the uncredited David Leitch (Deadpool 2), shows audiences a different side of the character, while also delivering on the quality action sequences audiences now expect from a John Wick film. The director ups the stakes and increases the scale in the sequel without ever abandoning the titular character’s arc during all the beautifully orchestrated madness.
We recently spoke with the 87eleven co-founder at the press day for the sequel. We discussed finding the right story to tell, the film’s opening and closing action scenes, the influence of Buster Keaton, workshopping scenes with Keanu Reeves, and more with the filmmaker. Below, read our Chad Stahelski interview.
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While on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last year, we talked with Dave Bautista who returns as Drax The Destroyer in the sequel. We talked to Dave about how the process of applying his tattoos has completely changed, his relationship with Mantis in the new film, how Drax has changed since the first film, being more prominently used in the sequel, what it’s like working with Kurt Russell, his thoughts on the Escape From New York reboot and Drax’s sibling rivalry with Baby Groot. Read the full Dave Bautista Guardians 2 interview after the jump.
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In April 2016, I traveled to Atlanta to visit the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. While on set, a group of journalists including myself, sat down with writer/director James Gunn to talk about the highly anticipated Marvel sequel.
During the conversation, Gunn tries to clear up Kurt Russell‘s role in the film which they were being very vague about during our visit, talks about the 64-page treatment he wrote for the film and how that is different from the shooting draft, Nebula and Gamora’s relationship, shooting scenes in full screen IMAX, explaining Mantis’ role in this story, having no plan-B for Ego, his choice of songs for Awesome Mix Tape #2, the idea to feature Baby Groot in the movie instead of a fully regrown Groot, more information about the film’s villain Ayesha and her alien race.
Gunn also talks about his easter egg obsession, the evolution of Rocket and Groot’s relationship, why Quill was able to hold an Infinity Stone, pushing the weirdness to a new level, the creative freedom at Marvel, the possibility of doing another Guardians movie, the decision to set this film only a couple months after the events of the first film, Mantis’ relationship with Ego and the Guardians crew, the family theme at the core of the movie, the end credit tags, the trap of sequels and predicting the biggest surprise of this film. All this and more, in our roundtable James Gunn interview which you can read after the jump.
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While on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we talked with star Chris Pratt about the making of the galactic sequel.
During our sit down roundtable interview, Pratt talks about growing up loving Kurt Russell to acting alongside him in this film, asking him to be his dad in real life, the complicated relationship between Peter Quill and his father Ego, the evolution of Peter Quill, the result of having held an infinity stone, the music in the Awesome Mix volume 2, his relationship with Yondu, acting alongside the music which is played on set, making a more emotional film, Peter and Gamora’s will-they-won’t-they relationship, his new relationship with Mantis, the meaning behind the words on his t-shirt in the film, and much more. Read our entire Chris Pratt Guardians 2 interview now after the jump.
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In April 2016, I visited the Atlanta set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. While on set, we visited the art room, watched a sizzle reel and talked to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige in depth about the upcoming James Gunn-directed sequel. I am excited to finally present to you our full roundtable interview with Feige, which includes a lot of information on Guardians 2 and the future of the Marvel movie universe.
During our intervidw, Feige explains why Groot hasn’t gotten bigger, what baby Groot will sound like, the events that have happened between the last film and Vol 2, teases what role Kurt Russell‘s character Ego plays in the film, Yondu and The Ravenger’s expanded presence in the sequel, how the film’s bad guys (Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha and Chris Sullivan is Taserface) fit into the plot, how much of the galaxy we will see in Vol 2, will Thanos’ presence be felt, Mantis’s role in this story, how this film will play into Avengers: Infinity War, the involvement of Nova Corps, will this film be as crazy as the first movie, how did the story for Vol 2 come about, how does Quill’s Awesome Mix 2 music play into the sequel, the evolution of Marvel movie villains and addresses the #WheresBlackWidow backlash and how they promise their merchandise will be more inclusive and representative of the movies in the future. All this and more, read our entire Kevin Feige Guardians 2 interview after the jump.
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Yesterday I posted the first part of my chat with supervising sound editors Matthew Wood and Christopher Scarabosio, talking about some of the fun auditory Easter eggs you might have missed in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Today I bring you part two of that conversation, where they talk about the unofficial Lucasfilm Sound Group which ensures that all the sounds in the upcoming Star Wars movies are true to the Star Wars universe; their use of the Lucasfilm sound library; and the old-school techniques utilized to create some of the sounds for the new vehicles in the first Star Wars standalone film.
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Last week, I got an opportunity to chat with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story supervising sound editors Matthew Wood and Christopher Scarabosio about their work on the film. During the conversation, they revealed their secret voice cameos in the film and a bunch of auditory Rogue One Easter eggs that you probably missed, and much, much more.
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The Founder doesn’t resemble the often feel-good stories of some of John Lee Hancock‘s previous films, such as Saving Mr. Banks, The Rookie, or The Blind Side. At the end of the day, this is a story of the good guys losing. Depending on who you ask, there’s little that’s inspiring about Ray Kroc’s (Michael Keaton) success story.
The Founder is a biopic that doesn’t champion, idolize, or demonize its subject; it’s a warts-and-all portrait of an unimaginative but ambitious (or greedy) man with a hunger for success. He achieved the American dream by destroying Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac McDonald’s (John Carroll Lynch) dream. They’re the heroes of the story — always pure in their intentions — but they don’t come out on top.
In one thrilling sequence, Mac explains how McDonald’s got started over dinner. It’s a lengthy, dialogue-heavy scene that communicates history and backstory, helps strengthen Dick and Mac’s loving relationship, and moves along at such a fast pace. This scene, which was written by Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler), is where we began our recent conversation with Hancock.
Below, check out our John Lee Hancock interview.
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Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2017 by Angie Han
James Mangold‘s Logan is already looking like one of the most promising superhero movies of 2017, and that’s really saying something in a year that also brings Spider-Man: Homecoming, Justice League, and so many others. The day after 20th Century Fox screened the first act of the movie, I had the chance to sit down with Mangold. He discussed how “exciting” it was to make a comic book movie for adults, what it was like to shoot Hugh Jackman‘s very last scene as Wolverine, what makes Logan original, and more.
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