John Wick 3 costume designer interview

The John Wick franchise isn’t just loaded with action – it’s dressed to the nines as well. Every character, from John Wick on down, is impeccably tailored, each with their own unique aesthetic. Those character looks come from franchise costume designer Luca Mosca, who continues his work in the latest entry, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

In our John Wick 3 costume designer interview below, Mosca breaks down the styles of several of the sequel’s key players, as well as revealing what it takes to keep everyone looking so fashionable while engaged in big fight scenes.

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mark dacascos interview

“What does your name mean?”

Those are the first words to come out of Mark Dacascos‘ mouth when he greets me during the John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum junket ahead of the third film’s theatrical release. I tell him it means “Forever precious” in Vietnamese, and he launches into an excited monologue about the importance of retaining one’s cultural roots, something he’s trying to teach his kids. It’s a fitting start to our conversation about his villain, Zero, in the upcoming action film sequel starring Keanu Reeves as the titular assassin.

The John Wick series has grown to become a bonafide cultural phenomenon for its blending of Hong Kong-influenced martial arts with rapid gunfire, in a new style that director Chad Stahelski has cheekily coined “gun-fu.” Stahelski has described the style to be a combination of “Japanese jiu-jitsu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, tactical 3-gun, and standing Judo” — a blending of rich and varied cultures, much like Dacascos’ own cultural identity.

Born to a Hawaiian father of Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese ancestry and a mother of Irish and Japanese ancestry, and trained in martial arts by his parents from a young age, Dacascos is the embodiment of the John Wick franchise’s cross-cultural mix. He’s starred in a number of martial arts film in his 34-year career, often as the one token Asian fighter. But in John Wick: Chapter 3, he’s not alone. His villainous assassin Zero has a whole entourage of fighters of Asian ethnicity, while the film features cameos from the Indonesian martial arts hit The Raid as well as Tiger Hu Chen from Reeves’ Man of Tai Chi.

/Film sat down with Dacascos to talk about everything from representation, to Iron Chef America, and how he improvised one of the funniest scenes in the John Wick franchise.

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Far From Home Spider-Man handshake

On the May 8, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by senior writer Ben Pearson to discuss visiting the set of Spider-Man: Far From Home and we will play interviews with stars Jon Favreau and Tom Holland.

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hateful eight netflix mini-series

A month ago, word arrived that an extended version of Quentin Tarantino‘s 2015 Western The Hateful Eight would be arriving on Netflix. Many (including this writer) assumed this was going to be the Roadshow Cut – a cut that played in limited theatrical release, and was never released on home video. But that’s not what happened.

Instead, The Hateful Eight arrived on Netflix broken into a miniseries, consisting of four episodes. How, and why, did this happen? And was Tarantino involved? It turns out he was. The filmmaker curated and oversaw the new miniseries cut himself.

Tarantino spoke to /Film exclusively about how the Hateful Eight Netflix miniseries came together. The filmmaker also spoke of a new director’s cut of another one of his films, and whether or not he’s going to make that rumored Star Trek movie.

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Slashfilm Daily 4-23 slice

On the April 23, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta gives his spoiler-free reaction to Avengers: Endgame and shares an interview with Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

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Amy Seimetz interview

The new version of Pet Sematary is a little more intimate than the average horror movie. Staying true to the spirit of Stephen King‘s book, there’s about as much drama as horror in Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer new version of the classic story. Especially in the first hour, the filmmakers take their time to make the Creed family a believable unit with both joy and pain in their lives.

Kolsch and Widmyer enlisted exceptional actors to bring these characters to life again, including actor, writer, and filmmaker, Amy Seimetz. Seimetz, who directed Sun Don’t Shine and co-created Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience, first read the book when she was eight years old, so you could say she’s been preparing for this role a long time. Recently, she told us about performing her favorite passage from the book, working with Ridley Scott, and her moving experience at a Childish Gambino concert.

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pet sematary deleted scenes

The ending of the new Pet Sematary is unapologetically dark – just like the novel of Stephen King’s novel, and the 1989 film adaptation from Mary Lambert. But the ending you now see in theaters wasn’t the original ending that was shot.

In a new, exclusive and spoiler-filled interview, Pet Sematary directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer broke down some of the details of the Pet Sematary alternate ending. In addition to that, the filmmakers told me about several Pet Sematary deleted scenes that will be resurrected from the cutting room floor to live again on the Blu-ray release.

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Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz Pet Sematary Interview

In Pet Sematary, Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz play Louis and Rachel Creed. The married couple uproots their family from Boston to rural Maine, hoping for a little peace and quiet. What they get is constant, abject terror. Clarke and Seimetz both bring a true down-to-earth quality to their characters in the new Stephen King adaptation, making the pair seem like a real married couple going through hell.

I spoke with the actors following the Pet Sematary premiere at SXSW and you can watch our interview below.

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Jeff Buhler interview

It’s no small feat to try to adapt the words of Stephen King. Many have tried, and many have failed – and failed spectacularly. When it came time to adapt King’s Pet Sematary to the screen for the first time, King took it upon himself to pen the script. Now, the 2019 Pet Sematary is in the hands of Jeff Buhler, the screenwriter behind The Midnight Meat Train and this year’s killer kid flick The Prodigy.

I spoke with Buhler about the major changes the script makes to King’s work, as well as the book elements that were essential to add into the film, including Pascow, Zelda and the Wendigo. I also asked him about two other horror scripts he had a hand in: the upcoming remakes of The Grudge and Jacob’s Ladder.

Potential spoilers follow.

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Jete Laurence Video Interview

Young actress Jeté Laurence had a difficult task ahead of her when she joined the Pet Sematary cast. Her character, Ellie Creed, goes through a lot over the course of the film, starting off as a sweet, innocent kid before dying, then coming back to life as an evil, undead killer. Despite her age, Laurence handled the task like a pro, delivering a remarkable, memorable performance. I had a chance to talk with Laurence after the Pet Sematary premiere at SXSW. Watch our Jeté Laurence video interview below. And beware of potential spoilers.

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