In July of last year, I visited the set of Terminator: Genisys. You can hear what I learned while on set here. While on set, we talked to the cast and crew of the new film. Over the next few days we’ll be running transcripts of these on set interviews. Today we begin with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who reprises his role as a T-800. But this is a T-800 like we’ve never seen before, in this new film set within a divergent timeline. Read the full Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator Genisys interview after the jump.
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On July 11th 2014, I traveled to New Orleans to visit the set of Terminator Genisys, the fifth installment of the Terminator film franchise. My visit to the set of McG‘s Terminator Salvation four years prior couldn’t have been more different than my experience on the latest installment.
Salvation director McG had talked up Jonathan Nolan’s script (right on the heels of The Dark Knight‘s release). He showed us a ton of practical creations designed by Stan Winston’s Legacy Effects; we explored gritty lived in sets made out of dilapidated buildings in Albuquerque, saw a room of cool concept art, and we watched Christian Bale film a “should have been” iconic scene. But of course, it wasn’t a remembered moment — because the film was widely panned by critics and fans alike.
On the other hand, my visit to the Terminator Genisys set could not have been more the opposite: the sound stages were lined wall to wall with giant green screens, we saw no endoskeletons, and we saw no animatronic puppets. Instead we watched Arnold Schwarzenegger walk across the set for a “walk and talk” scene late in the film. Instead of a full on-assault to convince us this was going to be cool, we were met with a low-key, more confident and assured presentation from everyone involved.
We know how Terminator Salvation turned out; will this be any different? I’ll be completely honest, I was way more impressed with what I saw on the set of Terminator Salvation, but that might be because the crew of Terminator Genisys seemed much more guarded — their plan not only involved this film, but a trilogy of movies. Despite being very cagey with details, all of the people we talked to seemed much more confident this time around. What I can tell you is what I learned while on set. Read out Terminator Genisys set visit after the jump.
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Walking onto the set of Insidious Chapter 3 is almost exactly like walking into the Further. That’s not just because, on day 25 of a 29 day shoot, they’re shooting scenes in the Further. It’s because first-time director Leigh Whannel likes a very quiet set and everything is kept incredibly dark. How dark is it? So dark, PAs walk around the stage with flashlight head attachments. So dark that even the dim monitors around which a small group of journalists huddles in far the corner are putting off too much light. A ceiling to floor curtain is dragged in front of us to just make sure things remain dark.
After writing and co-starring in the first two films, Whannel is doing both those jobs as well as directing Insidious Chapter 3. It’s a prequel to the first two, set three years before the first movie, and is described as an origin story for Elise, Lin Shaye’s character. She’ll be called in to help the Lambert family (Stefanie Scott and Dermot Mulroney) deal with some issues in the Further, the alternate plane of existence that’s home to some of the most terrible creatures imaginable. In Insidious Chapter 3, the main villain is described as “the physical manifestation of cancer” and he was the star of the brief, frightening scene we saw shot. It’s August 12, 2014 at Delfino Stages, about 20 miles outside of Los Angeles and this is our Insidious 3 set visit. Read More »
In June 2014, I visited the London set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Over the last couple months we have posted our on set interviews with Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, director Joss Whedon, and Chris Hemsworth. Today we’ve been given the green light to publish our interview with two more Avengers. This morning we posted our interview with Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner, and this post contains our interview with Captain America himself Chris Evans. Here is a short snippet from Evans explaining how Captain America has to really earn his spot on this team of superheroes:
With the second Captain America we really pushed the envelope in terms of what this guy is capable of which I was excited to see. Because in the first Captain America he’s just strong. In Avengers it was still, in my opinion, a little bit punch, punch, kick, kick. You just can’t be Jason Bourne. We gotta see this guy do stuff that’s like yeah, he deserves a spot on this squad. You know, in [Winter Soldier] he’s pinballing off of jets and doing unbelievable things. I don’t wanna take a step back so we gotta make sure that he’s continuing training. His fight style needs to advance a little bit. I don’t wanna go full Bruce Lee, but there needs to be more than just haymakers and fun kicks. There needs to be a consistent display of strength. Utilize your environment in a way that’s like, “that’s right he can pick up a motorcycle with one hand…” Let’s, let’s not forget that I can get punched by a human and get knocked down. It just doesn’t make sense to me. So that’s the only thing and that’s a tough thing to try to remember. You know, even in Avengers, you know, I punched a heavy bag across a room. If I hit a person he’s not getting back up. It’s just the way it’s gonna go, so we can’t do this any other way.
Read our whole Chris Evans Avengers 2 interview after the jump.
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In June 2014, I visited the London set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Previously we posted our on set interviews with Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, director Joss Whedon, and Chris Hemsworth. Today we’ve been given the green light to publish our interview with two more Avengers. This post contains our interview with Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner. Here is a short snippet from Renner explaining how the action has evolved in this Avengers sequel:
There’s new tech and new costumes, there’s always new abilities, and new sort of things. For instance, if Hawkeye is a distance guy, what happens when it’s close quarters? We did a little of that in the first Avengers with having to use arrows in hands and having to do different things like that, be nimble and flying between people’s legs. You have to be clever with things, clever fighting to me is what I like to explore a little bit more with that as well. And then using each other, like if it was Cap, Widow, and I in a scene how we can use each other’s abilities as teamwork? He can toss me somewhere higher. That’s where these new characters are great, with Scarlet Witch you’ll find that her abilities are just being tapped into in this movie and what they can become, she’s still learning what they are, which is really cool. That to me as a nerdy, geeky dude about this world, that’s what I’m excited to kind of see what happens in the future because that can be quite fun.
Read our whole Jeremy Renner Avengers 2 interview after the jump.
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On June 12th 2014, I visited the London set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. In October, we posted our on set interviews with Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. and director Joss Whedon. Today we’ve been given the green light to publish our interview with another Avenger: Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. Here is a short snippet from Hemsworth explaining how the stakes in this film are more dire:
I think [Thor] openly admits, “I don’t think we’re going to win this one.” The threat is so great that I think all of them are sort of scratching their heads going, “Is this it?” rather than, “Okay, we have to kill this many things.” It’s just an onslaught and it doesn’t stop. It’s sort of an open sort of floodgate and what it could also set in motion is an even bigger threat. I think that’s what’s Thor’s kind of stuck on or where his is attention certainly is, an even bigger picture of Thor being from Asgard. He can just say, “Hang on, there’s a whole universe here which is signaling something else.”
Read our whole Chris Hemsworth Avengers 2 interview after the jump.
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We’ve all seen time travel, but we’ve never seen time travel the Michael Bay way. Bay is one of the producers of Project Almanac, a found-footage time travel movie described as Primer meets Chronicle. In the film, time travel is raw, gritty and painful. Bay’s time travel is pretty unique, and will be handled by the film’s director Dean Israelite.
“I’m South African, so I fly to South Africa all of the time and I’m totally f****d up after a twenty-four hour flight,” said the first time director. “And I haven’t time travelled. So If I’m f****d up just going on a plane, what are these characters going to feel like when they go back in time?”
He went on to describe how, in Project Almanac, time travel involves weightlessness, electromagnetic fields, and all sorts of environmental craziness. In short, this isn’t time travel you’re used to seeing in other films that may or many not have been set in this year.
But, to be frank, we didn’t see it either. Much of that time travel visualization will be done in post. When we visited the Atlanta, GA set of Project Almanac on July 1, 2013, Israelite was shooting the most important time-travel excursion of the film. In it, a tight-knit group of friends go to the bathroom during school and travel back in time to go Lollapalooza. Girls in bikinis and guys in chain mail, peacock feathers, leis, neon tank tops, beer hats, body paint, rainbow wigs and all the madness you’d expect at a music festival were on set. It was a crazy scene, one that plays a pivotal role in the January 31 film, and a great example of how Project Almanac is doing time travel in a very modern, 2015-ready way.
Below, read more of our Project Almanac set visit.
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Rewind the clock just over a year. It’s December 10, 2013 and /Film is on the set of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s The Interview. Everyone on set is upbeat, laughing, and more than willing to discuss that this film deals with some big issues. But no one has any idea what will transpire over the next 12 months, turning what should have been a simple, dirty comedy into a mass controversy and eventually a potential shift in the way studios look at movies.
On the set, we saw James Franco and Randall Park film what we didn’t at the time realize was a pivotal scene. It’s set in Kim Jong-Un’s tank where Dave Skylark (Franco) realizes Kim (Park) loves Katy Perry. We ran that article back in October along with an interview with Franco, Rogen and Goldberg. You can read each at those links. But much more happened on set besides that. We talked to the writer, producers, co-stars and more. It just so happens, as is the case with many set visits, lots of times some content feels superfluous.
However, now that The Interview is in theaters and on demand, we felt it might be worthwhile to dust off one of these interviews. A roundtable discussion myself and several journalists conducted with Randall Park, the actor who portrays Kim Jong-Un in the film. He spoke at length about the issues in playing a real person, his thoughts on Kim, what he thinks the dictator would think of the movie and much more. It’s a solid interview that’s even more interesting with the knowledge of what would happen in the next twelve months. Below, we invite you to read our on set Randall Park The Interview interview. Read More »
On June 12th 2014, I visited the London set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. In October, we posted our on set interviews with Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. Today we’ve been given the green light to publish our interview with Avengers series director Joss Whedon. Here is a short snippet from Joss explaining why he decided to come back for the sequel:
I didn’t actually want to make the film necessarily. I was ragged from the first one, and so I just turned off my brain. I was like, do not think of cool ideas for the next one. Just get through this. But after a few months when they talked about, um… This is now something that makes sense in my life; do I have anything to say? And so my agent calls, I was in London, and he called me and said there’s a deal that’s worth talking about- time to start to think about whether there’s a movie. And I’m going, all right. I went to a pub and sat down with my notebook, and about forty-five minutes later, my notebook was filled. And I texted my agent “yup” and I have so many things to say and I was kind of surprised. It took me unaware. It was very beautiful.
Read our whole Joss Whedon Avengers 2 set interview after the jump.
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