Interview: Chris Cornell on Casino Royale

An interview from 2006 with the late singer Chris Cornell about his song for Casino Royale, ‘You Know My Name’

With the sad news of his death yesterday aged 52, I was reminded of an interview I did in 2006 with the late Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell.

He was chosen to perform singing duties on that year’s Bond film, Casino Royale, which also saw a new actor cast as the iconic spy.

You could not wish to meet a nicer and more urbane rock star and my initial scepticism about a former grunge singer performing duties on a Bond film were immediately wiped away.

The subsequent doubts about the 007 reboot (a lot was riding on it at) were wiped away as Daniel Craig triumphed as the British secret agent and the film garnered rave reviews and a massive worldwide gross of $599m.

Listen to the interview here:

> Find out more about Casino Royale (2006)
> BBC News on Chris Cornell’s death, aged 52

Frank Darabont on The Shawshank Redemption

An archive interview with writer-director Frank Darabont about The Shawshank Redemption

Frank Darabont on The Shawshank Redemption

* A previously unpublished interview from the FILMdetail archives *

Back in 2004, I spoke with writer-director Frank Darabont about the 10th anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption (1994).

Whilst not an initial success, it gradually became one of the most beloved films of all time, consistently ranking at No. 1 on the Internet Movie Database.

Listen to the interview below, which was recorded in September 2014:

> Buy the film on Blu-ray or DVD at Amazon UK
> Find out more about The Shawshank Redemption at Wikipedia
> Frank Darabont at the IMDb
> WSJ article on how The Shawshank Redemption keeps making money

Interview: Joe Pilato on Day of the Dead

George A. Romero’s Day Of The Dead has recently been released on Blu-ray in a special two-disc 25th Anniversary edition and I recently spoke to one of its stars Joe Pilato about the film and the enduring legacy of the horror series.

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George A. Romero’s Day Of The Dead has recently been released on Blu-ray in a special two-disc 25th Anniversary edition and I recently spoke to one of its stars Joe Pilato about the film and the enduring legacy of the horror series.

The third instalment in Romero’s ongoing zombie saga sees the living dead take over the world and only small pockets of human resistance survive. One group of survivors, a motley crew of scientists and soldiers, are holed up in a 14-mile long underground missile silo where tensions begin to erupt as the zombie hoards surround them.

The bleakest and goriest of Romero’s zombie films to date, Day Of The Dead has often been overshadowed by its more illustrious predecessors, but in recent years it has found greater appreciation, with Tom Savini‘s ground breaking make-up effects and the social commentary on Reagan’s America becoming more apparent.

This Blu-ray edition features a restored presentation of the film, a new hi-def soundtrack, four alternate sleeves, a double-sided poster, a 24-page collector’s booklet ‘For Every Dawn There Is A Day’, plus a very special collector’s comic – ‘Day Of The Dead: Desertion’ – featuring a brand new ‘Bub’ storyline.

Two all-new documentaries were also commissioned for this release: In ‘Joe Of The Dead’ (directed by Calum Waddell) Joe talks about his career in movies – from his early appearance in the little-seen Pittsburgh horror outing ‘Effects’ (which also featured Romero regulars Tom Savini and John Harrison) to his small parts in ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ and ‘Knightriders’ and his work as Captain Rhodes in Day Of The Dead.

In ‘Travelogue of the Dead’ (directed by Naomi Holwill), we join Pilato as he travels across Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow in October 2009 celebrating the 25th anniversary of Day Of The Dead and witness him meeting the fans, reciting his most famous lines from the movie – live and on stage – and drinking with the best of them.

Calum Waddell also penned the ‘For Every Dawn There Is A Day’ collector’s booklet, which is an essay on the making of the movie that collects brand new interviews with Romero, Savini, editor Pasquale Buba, assistant director/composer John Harrison and actors Joe Pilato, Lori Cardille and Gary Steele.

I recently spoke to Joe about the film’s Blu-ray release and you can listen to the interview here:

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You can download this interview as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here

The two-disc 25th Anniversary Edition Day Of The Dead is out now on Blu-ray from Arrow Video

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> IMDb entry
> Pre-order the Blu-ray from Amazon UK

Interview: Kevin Sampson on Awaydays

An interview with author Kevin Sampson about Awaydays.

Awaydays

Kevin Sampson is a British writer best known for his novels Awaydays (1998) and Powder (1999).

Awaydays is now a film and the story, based on his Merseyside football-following youth, explores the relationship between two teenagers (Nicky Bell and Liam Boyle) in the late 1970s.

I recently spoke with Kevin in London about the film and you can listen to the interview here:

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You can download this interview as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here.

Awaydays is out now at selected UK cinemas

Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Awaydays at the IMDb
> Official site
Get local showtimes via Google Movies

Interview: Ben Barnes and Jessica Biel on Easy Virtue

Ben Barnes and Jessica Biel on Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue is a comedy based on Noel Coward’s play of the same name.

The story is about a glamorous American widow (Jessica Biel) who marries a young Englishman (Ben Barnes) in the South of France before going home to England to meet his parents (played by Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas).

It was previously made as a silent film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1928 but this version is directed by Stephan Elliott.

I spoke with Ben Barnes and Jessica Biel about the  film just after it had played at the London Film Festival last October and you can listen to the interview here:

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You can download this interview as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here.

Easy Virtue is out now on DVD in the UK and opens in selected US cinemas on Friday 22nd May

* Check out our interview with Colin Firth and director Stephan Elliot about the film *

Download this interview as an MP3 file
Easy Virtue at the IMDb
> Buy Easy Virtue on DVD at Amazon UK
> Find out more about Ben Barnes and Jessica Biel at Wikipedia
Get local showtimes via Google Movies