Miranda Otto in 24: Legacy / Howard Gordon interview

When the final clock ticked away on 24: Live Another Day, I don’t think anybody believed that was the end of the 24 saga. Now the producers have created a new 24 series to begin a new day of real-time action with new characters in the world of CTU. Corey Hawkins plays Eric Carter, an Army Ranger on the run who turns to an old, retired CTU head (Miranda Otto), dragging her back into the fray too.

At an early screening of the first hour of 24: Legacy, we spoke with Howard Gordon, one of the original executive producers of 24. Some spoilers from the pilot follow, so if you don’t want to know about classic 24 characters who are referenced or what hour begins the day, here is your spoiler warning.  Read More »

Steven Knight Interview

Screenwriter Steven Knight‘s latest film, Allied, has shootouts, impeccable costumes, exotic locations, and two appealing movie stars, but there’s a fine conflict to go along with all the eye candy. Over 30 years ago, Knight was inspired to one day write about a Canadian intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) who learns his wife, a former French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard), might be a spy for the Germans.

Allied is based on a true story Knight was told in his 20s, but his version of the story plays out differently. Knight took the premise he heard, ran with it, and turned it into the movie we see today. His script ended up in the hands of director Robert Zemeckis, who crafted some top-notch sequences in the film we recently asked Knight about.

The screenwriter behind Eastern PromisesDirty Pretty ThingsPeaky Blinders, and next year’s Taboo took the time to discuss setting up challenges for himself, directing, rules, and some of Allied‘s standout scenes.

Below, read our Steven Knight interview.

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john-musker and ron clements interview

Directors John Musker and Ron Clements are the directors behind Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, The Great Mouse Detective, Treasure Planet, and Disney’s last hand-drawn animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. Over the past 20 years or so they’ve helped create some of the studio’s most iconic scenes.

Their latest is Moana, a large-scale musical they first started thinking about five years ago. Set on an island in Polynesia, the story follows Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) as she leaves her island, travels the Pacific Ocean, and goes on a spiritual journey with the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). They encounter all kinds of monsters, danger, and beauty on their adventure.

We recently discussed Moana‘s scope, the realm of monsters, how the story changed, Jemaine Clement, and more with the directors behind Disney’s latest animated picture, which features original tunes from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.

Below, read our John Musker and Ron Clements interview.

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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: David Heyman interview

David Heyman has been with the Harry Potter film franchise since its very beginning, producing all eight films released from 2001 through 2011. Now he’s back for the spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is slated to run for a total of five films. In an interview with /Film, Heyman discussed how the project got going, working with J.K. Rowling, the unusual new hero, and the scary appeal of Grindelwald. Plus, a minor update on his Willy Wonka movie. Read our Fantastic Beasts David Heyman interview below.

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David Yates interview / Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Director David Yates is already intimately familiar with the Harry Potter cinematic universe, having helmed four of the eight movies. But Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them offered him a chance to do something a little different within that universe — namely, design a whole new corner of that universe from the ground up. During a recent press day in New York, he spoke with /Film about his hesitation (or rather, lack thereof) to return to the Potterverse, his plans for the sequel, and the deleted Fantastic Beasts scenes we didn’t see in the theatrical cut. Read our full David Yates interview below.
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Arrival Trailer - Amy Adams

Arrival is one of 2016’s best movies, an intelligent and humane science fiction epic powered by big ideas that ultimately reveals a big, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt soul. And the soundtrack to those ideas, the key to that soul, comes courtesy of composer (and two-time Academy Award nominee) Jóhann Jóhannsson.

This is Jóhannsson’s third collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve, following Prisoners and Sicario, the latter of which earned him one of those Oscar nods. If there is any justice in this vast, infinite universe full of aliens that only linguists played by Amy Adams can learn to understand, he’ll have a third nomination early next year.

With Arrival in theaters today, I spoke with Jóhannsson about his creative process, developing a short hand with directors, and knowing when to utilize another artist’s music in place of your own.

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Luc Besson Valerian Interview

This morning, the trailer for Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City Of A Thousand Planets was released. The Fifth Element director’s return to sci-fi looks stunningly beautiful and wonderfully weird. If you haven’t watched the Valerian trailer yet, now’s your chance. Last week I had the opportunity to visit Wildfire Studios and talk to Besson about his upcoming film.

In my Luc Besson Valerian interview, the filmmaker tells us about how they secured the rights to an original Beatles song, the first time in 4 decades, how he brought this crazy vision to life, how he was able to bring 100 different fantastic looking alien creatures to life, the possibility of sequels, how much of this was adapted from the comic books, how he found the actors, his plans for the film’s score, explains some of the craziness going on in the teaser trailer, tells us about the very very elaborate backstory created for the movie’s story, world and aliens, the film’s runtime, if it will be good in 3D and the time-travel abilities of the spacecraft. All this and more, after the jump.

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Doctor Strange

It’s no surprise that Doctor Strange ends with text on the screen announcing that “Doctor Strange will return” as Kevin Feige and Benedict Cumberbatch have already confirmed that Steven Strange will join the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in Avengers: Infinity War. And if you’ve seen the Doctor Strange credits scenes, then you probably have some guesses as to how the Sorcerer Supreme will be involved in Marvel Studios’ epic crossover event film.

A couple of weeks back I talked with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige about Doctor Strange (you can read the first part of the interview here). I held back some more spoiler-y discussion for after the film’s opening weekend with Feige talking about how Doctor Strange will be involved in Infinity War and how the film sets up new dimensions to be explored in Infinity War and the yet-to-be-titled sequel Avengers 4. Hit the jump to see what Feige said about Doctor Strange in Infinity War and how the film might set up changes for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Jon Spaihts interview

2016 is a good year for screenwriter Jon Spaihts. After years of development, Spaihts’ first hot spec script, Passengers, finally got made and is coming to theaters before the year ends. On top of that, he co-wrote Marvel’s latest, Doctor Strange, with director Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.

The origin story shows Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) transformation from an arrogant, selfish surgeon to a powerful, compassionate sorcerer. Spaihts worked on the Doctor Strange script before Derrickson and Cargill conducted rewrites, but he was the first writer to board the project to help Derrickson and MarvelKevin Feige figure out how to best tell Stephen Strange’s trippy tale.

We recently spoke with Spaihts to discuss the challenges of writing an origin story, comic book conventions, his writing process, and more. Below, read our Jon Spaihts interview.

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Kevin Feige

There is almost no better interview in Hollywood than Marvel Studios’ head Kevin Feige. He’s the mastermind over the Marvel Cinematic Universe and always has the best responses, even if he sometimes slyly avoids giving a direct answer. I think only Damon Lindelof did this kind of interview better when he was showrunner of Lost.

I’ve always been very curious about the Marvel development process — the way a Marvel movie is put together as it seems so different from traditional movie-making. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is plotted over five years in advance, and each standalone film needs to fit into the larger progression of the story. At what point did Marvel even begin thinking of a Doctor Strange movie? How does a director pitch to get the job? At what point does someone like Dan Harmon become involved in the project?

Doctor Strange also introduces the idea of time manipulation to the MCU (Strange has a variety of otherworldly abilities in the comics, this being one of them). So the time travel paradox-obsessed part of me had to ask about the potential problems this might pose for the future of the MCU. All this and more, after the jump.

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