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Interview: Chris Cornell on Casino Royale

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) 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

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Interesting Interviews

Citizen Trump

After recently discovering a video of Donald Trump discussing Citizen Kane (1941), it reminded me of an encounter I had once with his ex-wife in the South of France.

Just in case you haven’t seen the video with the property mogul and current Republican frontrunner, it was filmed by Errol Morris as part of a wider project that unfortunately never got made.

The prescience and irony is something to behold, especially if you know Citizen Kane well.

It also reminded of a strange incident during the 2007 Cannes film festival, when a friendly PR girl rang me and asked if I wanted to interview someone in a villa amongst the hills above the famous French town.

Not being too busy that night, I agreed, thinking ‘why not?’ and was intrigued as to who this person might be. A director? Producer? Actor?

As the taxi stopped outside the villa, you could almost feel the wealth and decadence in the air: palm trees peeking over walls, lights shooting into the sky and the noisy gaggle of Eurotrash inside.

My PR contact was waiting at the gates with two burly security guards hovering around her. I asked who my interviewee was, and she told me: “Ivana Trump. Donald’s ex-wife”.

Ah…, yes. I vaguely remembered her. She and her (then) husband Donald were quite the celebrity couple throughout the 1980s, widely covered in gossip columns and magazines (including this interesting piece in Spy magazine).

Donald was even referenced cryptically in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) and Ivana (post-divorce) even made an appearance in The First Wives Club (1996), with the memorable line: “Remember girls: don’t get mad, get everything.”

After being ushered inside the garden party, I was directed to a path where fellow journalists were gathered and minders made sure they never went near the real action of the party which was covered by a big tent. But I was still scrambling for questions to ask her as just 30 mins earlier I had been in a hotel bar drinking quite heavily.

Then, after a few minutes, she emerged with a handler whose role was unclear, and my short ‘interview’ began (after a female showbiz hack asked who would play her in a movie.

(I come in around the 1 minute mark!):

Nothing revelatory for sure and truth be told, at the time I was not aware that Ivana was a regular showbiz fixture at Cannes (sometimes charitable, often for lines of retail items) and afterwards it remained in my audio archives. After all it was only 1 question and unrelated to film!

However, after seeing her ex-husband Donald wax lyrical on YouTube about Orson Welles’ astonishing film debut, it took me back to Cannes 2007 and how the themes of Citizen Kane endure: money, fame, power and then what?

Like Kane, Donald has amassed a fortune, gone through divorce and is currently running for political office. What lies ahead for this loud, ambitious man who is dominating the Republican primaries?

Will it be The White House or a wrecked childhood nursery?

> Wikipedia on Ivana Trump, Donald Trump and Citizen Kane
> Roger Ebert’s review of Citizen Kane in 1998

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Interviews

Caroll Spinney on I Am Big Bird

Caroll Spinney has been the voice of the iconic Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for over 45 years and we recently spoke to him about his life and career.

Have a listen here:

You can also download this interview as a podcast on iTunes.

The Kickstarter funded documentary I Am Bird is available now on DVD or iTunes

> Official site, trailer and Facebook page for I Am Big Bird
> Find out more about Big Bird and Sesame Street at Wikipedia
> Buy I Am Big Bird from Amazon UK or I Am Big Bird on iTunes UK

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Documentaries Interviews Podcast

Interview: Alex Gibney on We Steal Secrets

Julian Assange in We Steal Secrets

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks is the new documentary from director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Darkside, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God) and explores the organization started in 2006 by Julian Assange.

It then charts the various people involved in the leaking of secret information, including hackers, journalists and activists who during 2009-2010, leaked information about the the Icelandic financial collapseSwiss banks evading tax and toxic-waste dumping.

It then focuses on the case of Bradley Manning, the army private who leaked an enormous amount of classified information about the Afghan and Iraq wars, as well as over 250,000 diplomatic cables.

Since the film premiered at Sundance in January, Manning has pleaded guilty and could face the death penalty, some Wikileaks supporters have taken issue with the film and Assange remains holed up in diplomatic limbo at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Added to this, another leak of seismic proportions rocked the US government in early June when a new whistle-blower named Edward Snowden released details of PRISM, a top-secret global spying program of unprecedented scope and size.

At the time of writing, Snowden is in diplomatic limbo at Moscow airport, but although some of the events and issues raised in the film are ongoing, there was much to chew on when I spoke with Gibney at the end of June.

Have a listen to the interview here:

You can also download the podcast via iTunes or get the MP3 directly.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks opens in the UK on Friday 12th July

> Alex Gibney on Twitter and the IMDb
> Get local showtimes via Google Movies
> Find out more about Wikileaks and Edward Snowden at Wikipedia

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Interview: Kleber Mendonca Filho on Neighbouring Sounds

A scene from Neighbouring Sounds

Neighbouring Sounds is the first full length feature from Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho and explores life in a middle-class neighbourhood in Recife, Brazil.

With its fine acting, steady pace and distinctive visual style, it is one of the most impressive films to emerge from South America in years.

I spoke with him recently about the film and you can listen to that here:

You can also download the podcast via iTunes or get the MP3 directly.

Neighbouring Sounds is out on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday 24th June

> Kleber Mendonca Filho at the IMDb
> Pre-order the DVD at Amazon UK

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Festivals Interviews Podcast

Interview: Caroline Bridges and Sameer Patel on BAFTA at Latitude

Two short films recently premiered at BAFTA in London as part of a project to support emerging talent.

Me and My Latitude is a collaboration between BAFTA and Festival Republic, organisers of Latitude, the yearly arts and music festival.

Last year two filmmakers were chosen to each make a short film about an artist preparing to perform at Latitude 2011, with the aim of reflecting the diversity and inventiveness of the UK arts scene.

Caroline Bridges has made Knife Edge, which shows dance theatre company Lost Dog in action at the festival, whilst Sameer Patel has directed She Want Soul, a portrait of poet and writer Sabrina Mahfouz.

Both films screened last night at BAFTA’s Run Run Shaw Theatre in London and will also feature in the line-up for Latitude’s Film & Music Arena in 2012, which is partly programmed in partnership with BAFTA.

I spoke with Catherine and Sameer about their experiences making the films and you can listen to the interviews by clicking below:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Caroline_Bridges_and_Sameer_Patel_on_BAFTA_at_Latitude.mp3]

You can also download this interview as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here or get the MP3 directly here.

The Latitude Festival takes place from July 12th – 15th and the Orange British Film Academy Awards is on February 12th

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
BAFTA
> Latitude Festival
> Follow @BAFTA and @Latitude on Twitter

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Interviews Podcast

Billy Bob Thornton on Bad Santa

Back in 2004 I spoke with Billy Bob Thornton about his role in Terry Zwigoff’s comedy Bad Santa (2003).

The film was produced by the Coen brothers and Thornton played the title character with Tony Cox playing his partner in crime.

It was a year after the US release and the film has since gone on to become something of a cult favourite as an alternative to traditional Christmas movies like It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street.

For some reason, this interview never aired on radio back in 2004 but you can now listen to it here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Billy_Bob_Bob_Thornton_on_Bad_Santa.mp3]

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

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Buy Bad Santa on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon UK

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Interviews Podcast

Interview: Andrew Rossi on Page One: Inside the New York Times

Page One: Inside The New York Times is a new documentary about the challenges facing the famous US newspaper in the digital age.

Director Andrew Rossi was granted access to parts of the paper during an eventful year, which included the Wikileaks affair, US troops pulling out of Iraq, the decline of US print journalism and the rise of Twitter.

As newspapers go out of business, the film also focuses on two contrasting media reporters, David Carr and Brian Stelter, as they report on the emerging realities of the Internet era and the struggle news institutions, such as their own, face as traditional advertising revenues decline.

Andrew Rossi previously directed the HBO documentary Le Cirque: A Table In Heaven (2007) and was was also associate producer on Control Room (2004).

I spoke with him recently in London about his new film and you can listen to the interview by clicking below:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Andrew_Rossi_on_Page_One_Inside_The_New_York_Times.mp3]

You can also download this interview as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here or get the MP3 directly here.

Page One: Inside The New York Times is released by Dogwoof at selected cinemas on Friday 23rd September

> Get details of screenings in your local area
> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Official website
> Reviews of Page One at Metacritic
> Find out more about the New York Times at Wikipedia

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Interviews Podcast

Interviews: September 11th Movies

Since the events of September 11th 2001, several films have come out about the events of that day.

I’ve had the opportunity over the last few years to interview people directly connected with what happened and some key films related to it.

The first major release to deal specifically with 9/11 was United 93 (2006), which dramatised the events surrounding United Airlines Flight 93, after it was hijacked during the attacks.

That year I spoke with Ben Sliney, the FAA national operations manager – the man responsible for grounding all air traffic that day – who director Paul Greengrass hired in an advisory capacity before letting him play himself in the movie.

Later that summer I also spoke with Will Jimeno, the Port Authority Police officer who survived the World Trade Center attack and was buried under the rubble for a total of 13 hours, along with fellow officer John McLoughlin.

Their story was the basis for Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center (2006), which starred Nicolas Cage as McLoughlin and Michael Pena as Jimeno, and we spoke about the day, his long rehabilitation process and the movie.

Two years later James Marsh directed the documentary Man on Wire (2008) about Frenchman Philippe Petit, who conducted an illegal wire walk between the Twin Towers in August 1974.

I spoke with Philippe about his extraordinary act and the subsequent film, which went on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary.

You can listen to the interviews here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/September_11th_Interviews_Ben_Sliney_Will_Jimeno_and_Philippe_Petit.mp3]

You can also download our interview podcast via iTunes by clicking here.

Music Credits: ‘Dedication’ by John Powell from United 93; ‘Jimeno Sees Jesus’ and ‘Alison at the Spotlight’ from World Trade Center by Craig Armstrong; ‘Fish Beach’ by Michael Nyman from Drowning by Numbers; ‘Gymnopedie No. 1’ by Anne Queffélec and composed by Erik Satie

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Find out more about the September 11th attacks at Wikipedia

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DVD & Blu-ray Interviews Podcast

Interview: Duncan Kenworthy on The Eagle

The Eagle is a historical drama directed by Kevin MacDonald and adapted from Rosemary Sutcliff‘s 1954 historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth.

Set in Britain during 140 AD, it tells the story of a young Roman officer (Channing Tatum) and his slave (Jamie Bell), who venture to the North of England in order to find the eagle standard of an ill-fated legion who disappeared several years before.

Duncan Kenworthy has produced several British films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Lawn Dogs (1997), Notting Hill (1999) and Love Actually (2003) and he has wanted to make this film for a number of years.

I recently spoke with him about its development, the historical accuracy of the piece, choosing Kevin MacDonald as director and the current state of the British film industry after the closure of the UK Film Council.

Listen to the interview by clicking below:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Duncan_Kenworthy_on_The_Eagle.mp3]

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

The DVD and Blu-ray is out in the UK on Monday and includes the following extras:

  • Audio commentary with director Kevin MacDonald
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Eagle: The Making Of A Roman Epic
  • Pocket blu
  • The Eagle: Creating the Standard 45 Min Making Of Documentary

Universal Pictures release The Eagle on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 25th July

Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Buy The Eagle on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon UK
Official website
Find out more about Roman Britain at Wikipedia

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Interviews

Stanley Kubrick and The Tree of Life

Is a Stanley Kubrick quote from 1968 the best description of The Tree of Life?

There are more than a few interesting parallels between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Terrence Malick’s latest film.

In their different ways, both ask questions about the origins of human existence, contain astounding visuals courtesy of Douglas Trumbull, use a lot of classical music and have attracted rave reviews.

Both have also been incorrectly labelled as difficult, divisive films – 2001 was a major critical and financial success but because four prominent New York critics disliked it, was labelled as getting a ‘mixed’ response.

Malick’s latest film currently has outstanding critical scores on review aggregation sites like Metacritic (85), Rotten Tomatoes (85) and a very respectable IMDb rating of 7.9, despite some critics recycling the words ‘pretentious’ and ‘perfume ad’.

But after seeing Malick’s film I was immediately reminded of something Stanley Kubrick once said in a Playboy interview around the release of his sci-fi epic:

Playboy: If life is so purposeless, do you feel its worth living?

Kubrick: Yes, for those who manage somehow to cope with our mortality. The very meaninglessness of life forces a man to create his own meaning.

Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre (a keen enjoyment of living), their idealism – and their assumption of immortality.

As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But if he’s reasonably strong – and lucky – he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life’s élan (enthusiastic and assured vigour and liveliness).

Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaninglessness of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation. He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining.

The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death – however mutable man may be able to make them – our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfilment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

Stanley Kubrick in interview for Playboy, Stanley Kubrick Interviews, University Press of Mississippi, 2001, p.73

Is this not a near-perfect summary of The Tree of Life?

> My review of The Tree of Life
> Kubrick interview at Google Books
> The Tree of Life and 2001: A Space Odyssey at the IMDb

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Cinema Documentaries Interviews Podcast

Interview: Liz Garbus on Bobby Fischer Against The World

Bobby Fischer Against The World is a new documentary about the rise and fall of the legendary American chess player and his 1972 match with Boris Spassky.

The film explores Fischer’s rapid rise to national fame and the political significance of his clash with Spassky, which attracted global media coverage as a wider Cold War confrontation between America and Russia.

It then delves into the later years of his life as he effectively retired at the peak of his career and became a wandering enigma, exiled from his own country, making controversial statements after 9/11, before eventually retreating to Iceland where he died in 2008.

Directed by Liz Garbus, it premiered at Sundance earlier this year and mixes rare archive footage and photos, along with interviews from those close to Fischer as well as figures such as Gary Kasparov and Henry Kissinger.

I recently spoke to Liz in London at the offices at Dogwoof, who are releasing the film in the UK, and you can listen to the interview by clicking below:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Liz_Garbus_on_Bobby_Fischer_Against_The_World.mp3]

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

Dogwoof release Bobby Fischer Against The World at selected UK cinemas on July 15th

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Official website for Bobby Fischer Against The World
> Get updates for the film via Facebook and Twitter
> Find out which local cinemas are playing the film
> Follow Dogwoof on Twitter
> Find out more about Bobby Fischer at Wikipedia

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DVD & Blu-ray Interviews Podcast

Interview: Anthony Richmond on Nicolas Roeg

Cinematographer Anthony Richmond worked alongside director Nicolas Roeg on Don’t Look Now (1973) and The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976).

Don’t Look Now is an adaptation of the short story by Daphne du Maurier, and stars Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland as a married couple who travel to Venice only to haunted by the death of their recent daughter.

It recently topped Time Out’s list of the 100 best British films and remains a remarkably atmospheric drama with its brilliant editing, haunting visuals and great use of the wintry Italian locations.

The Man Who Fell To Earth is a cult adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel about a mysterious man (David Bowie) who seemingly arrives from another planet and builds a vast business empire before becoming a recluse.

An unusual and rewarding film, it has aged like a fine wine with an inventive approach to time and enduring exploration of the forces that shape modern society.

Both films are getting re-releases on Blu-ray and I recently spoke to Anthony about his work on what are now seminal films of the 1970s.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Anthony_Richmond_on_Nicolas_Roeg.mp3]

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

Optimum Home Entertainment release The Man Who Fell To Earth today on Blu-ray and Don’t Look Now is out on June 27th

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Buy The Man Who Fell To Earth on Blu-ray and pre-order Don’t Look Now from Amazon UK
> Anthony Richmond at the IMDb
> Nicolas Roeg at Wikipedia
> Review of The Man Who Fell To Earth Blu-ray

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Documentaries Interviews Podcast

Interview: Charles Ferguson on Inside Job

This week sees the UK release of Inside Job, a documentary which examines the global financial crisis.

Directed by Charles Ferguson it explores the deeply troubling relationship between financial and political elites which triggered the current recession.

Opening with a startling prologue about how Iceland’s economy was ruined, it sets up in microcosm the wider story of how, over a period of 30 years, successive governments have allowed large financial institutions to inflate an economic system until it eventually burst in the autumn of 2008.

One of the most important documentaries in years, it was the most critically acclaimed film at the Cannes film festival last May and has been nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar.

I spoke with director Charles Ferguson and producer Audrey Marrs at the London Film Festvial last October and we discussed how they made the film and the issues it raises.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here:

Or here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Charles_Ferguson_on_Inside_Job.mp3]

You can also download our interview podcast via iTunes by clicking here.

Inside Job opens in selected UK cinemas from Friday 18th February

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Full Inside Job review from the LFF
> Official site
> Detailed press notes for the film (essential reading)
> Reviews of the film at Cannes from MUBi and Metacritic
> Get local cinema listings for the film via Google or FindAnyFilm

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Cinema Interviews Podcast

Interview: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on Biutiful

In the latest drama from director Alejandro González Iñárritu, an underworld fixer in Barcelona struggles to deal with his family’s future and his own mortality.

Uxbal (Javier Bardem) oversees an illegal underground operation involving immigrant workers, drugs and construction, whilst also trying to be a good man to his estranged wife (Maricel Álvarez) and his two children (Hanaa Bouchaib and Guillermo Estrella).

Notable for an outstanding lead performance from Bardem, the film powerfully explores the dark edges of a modern city and the lives of those who live in it.

It marks a break from Iñárritu’s triptych with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel) and I recently spoke with the director in London about his latest work.

You can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Alejandro_Gonzalez_Inarritu_on_Biutiful.mp3]

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

N.B. The title of the film refers to the orthographical spelling in Spanish of the English word beautiful as it would sound to native Spanish speakers.

Biutiful opens in the UK on Friday 28th January and is already in limited release in the US

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Official site
> LFF review of Biutiful
> Reviews of Biutiful at Metacritic
> Alejandro González Iñárritu at the IMDb

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Cinema Interviews Podcast

Interview: Ed Zwick on Love and Other Drugs

Love and Other Drugs is a new comedy drama set in the late 1990s, about a charming pharmaceutical rep (Jake Gyllenhaal) who falls an artist (Anne Hathaway) suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Directed by Ed Zwick, it is loosely based on the book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy and co-stars Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria and Josh Gad.

Zwick’s previous films have included Glory (1989), Legends of the Fall (1994), The Siege (1998), The Last Samurai (2003), Blood Diamond (2006), and Defiance (2008).

Along with his producing partner Marshall Herskovitz, he also created the TV shows Thirtysomething and My So-Called Life.

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

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Ed_Zwick_on_Love_and_Other_Drugs.mp3]

You can also listen to this interview as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here.

Love and Other Drugs is out at UK cinemas on Wednesday 29th December

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Love and Other Drugs official site
> Ed Zwick at the IMDB

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Cinema Interviews Podcast

Interview: Violante Placido on The American

The American is a new suspense thriller about a mysterious American named Jack (George Clooney) who arrives in a small Italian town after problems with a job in Sweden.

Whilst waiting for orders, he befriends a local priest (Paolo Bonacelli) and falls for for a local prostitute named Clara (Violante Placido), whilst taking on a new assignment to construct a new rifle for a professional assassin (Thekla Reuten).

Directed by Anton Corbijn, the film is a stylish, existential drama that harks back to the films of Jean-Pierre Melville, Michelangelo Antonioni and Sergio Leone.

I recently spoke with Violante Placido about her role the film and what it was like working with Corbijn and Clooney in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

You can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Violante_Placido_on_The_American.mp3]

You can also listen to this interview as a podcast via iTunes or by downloading the MP3.

The American is out at UK cinemas from Friday 26th November

> Violante Placido at the IMDb
> Official site for The American

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DVD & Blu-ray Interviews music Podcast

Interview: Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith on The Hammer and Tongs Collection

The directing and producing duo Hammer and Tongs (aka Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith) have a new DVD out which features their various music videos for artists such as Blur, R.E.M., Pulp and Vampire Weekend.

The collection also features various audio commentaries from band members featured in the collection, including Jarvis Cocker, Graham Coxon, Norman Cook and Ezra Koenig.

Garth and Nick first started making videos in the early 1990s for dance act SL2 and gradually began to make promos for acts including Pulp, Eels, Fatboy Slim, Supergrass, Blur, R.E.M., Beck and Vampire Weekend.

There are also various short films on the DVD that showcase their work from 1998 until 2009, including behind-the-scenes footage from the various videos and their two feature films so far, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and Son of Rambow (2008).

The tracklisting for the DVD is as follows:

  1. Blur: “Coffee & TV”
  2. Vampire Weekend: “A Punk”
  3. Vampire Weekend: “Cousins”
  4. Radiohead: “Nude”
  5. R.E.M.: “Imitation of Life”
  6. Pulp: “Help the Aged”
  7. Pulp: “A Little Soul”
  8. Supergrass: “Low C”
  9. Supergrass: “Pumping on Your Stereo”
  10. Bentley Rhythm Ace: “Bentley’s Gonna Sort You Out”
  11. Bentley Rhythm Ace: “Theme From Gutbuster”
  12. Badly Drawn Boy: “Disillusioned”
  13. Badly Drawn Boy: “Spitting in the Wind”
  14. Beck: “Lost Cause”
  15. The Wannadies: “Little by Little”
  16. The Wannadies: “Big Fan”
  17. The Wannadies: “Hit”
  18. Moloko: “Flipside”
  19. Fatboy Slim: “Right Here Right Now”
  20. Eels: “Cancer for the Cure”
  21. Eels: “Last Stop This Town”

I spoke with Garth and Nick recently at their offices in North London and you can listen to the interview here:

You can also subscribe to the interview podcast via iTunes by clicking here or by downloading the MP3.

The Hammer and Tongs Collection is out on Monday 22nd November from Optimum Home Entertainment

Buy the Hammer and Tongs Collection on DVD from Amazon UK
Tongsville – The official site for Hammer and Tongs

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Amusing Festivals Interviews

Errol Morris and Joyce McKinney at DOC NY 2010

Tabloid recently screened at the New York Documentary Film Festival and its subject Joyce McKinney joined director Errol Morris on stage.

One of the best documentaries of the year, it tells the story of McKinney and the tabloid feeding frenzy she was involved in back in the 1970s.

When it screened at this year’s London Film Festival the producer Mark Lipson hinted to the audience that Joyce was more than a little upset with how the film portrayed her.

It seemed there would be an ongoing rift until someone had the brilliant idea of reuniting Joyce and Morris on stage at the New York Documentary Festival last night.

The following video of their post-screening Q&A is priceless:

Notice how Joyce can’t stop talking, the look of bemused delight on Morris’ face and a hilarious climax provided by her dog.

There is also this video of McKinney after the screening:

I suspect that both with be included on the DVD extras.

As an aside, this website was one of many that received a comment threatening legal action against the London Film Festival, the filmmakers and anyone who didn’t take a basic description of the film down from their site.

Was Joyce doing blog searches and trying to ‘correct’ the image presented of her in the film?

[via The DailyMUBI]

> New York Documentary Film Festival
> Follow DOC NY on Twitter
> Errol Morris
> My review of Tabloid at the London Film Festival
Reviews of Tabloid via MUBi

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Cinema Interviews Podcast

Interview: Jay Duplass on Cyrus

Cyrus is the latest film from Jay and Mark Duplass, a is a comedy-drama about a lonely divorcee (John C. Reilly) who finally meets the woman of his dreams (Marisa Tomei), only to discover that she has an over-protective son (Jonah Hill).

After breaking through on the US festival scene with low-budget films such as The Puffy Chair (2005) and Baghead (2008), the Duplass Brothers quickly became associated with the term ‘mumblecore‘.

It was a loose phrase used to describe a certain kind of US indie movie, often focusing on introspective twenty-somethings and shot on tiny budgets using documentary-style techniques.

Directors such as Andrew BujalskiLynn Shelton, Aaron Katz and Joe Swanberg all had the label applied to their films, which stood out from the increasingly expensive indie scene of the early and mid-2000s.

Since then, the genre has arguably been absorbed into the mainstream with Greenberg – the Ben Stiller comedy featuring mumblecore regular Greta Gerwig – and now Cyrus, which sees the Duplass Brothers take their style of filmmaking to the division of a major studio (Fox Searchlight).

I recently spoke with Jay Duplass in London about the new film, what the term mumblecore means to him now and the transition from ultra-low budget indies to the studio system.

Listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Jay_Duplass_on_Cyrus.mp3]

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

Cyrus opens at UK cinemas on Friday 10th September

> Official site for Cyrus
> Jay Duplass at the IMDb
New York Times article from 2007 on Mumblecore

[Photo: Chuck Zlotnick / © Fox Searchlight Pictures]

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Interviews Podcast

Interview: Harvey Pekar on American Splendor

Harvey Pekar, the underground author of the acclaimed comic book American Splendor, passed away earlier this week in Cleveland, Ohio.

Although he worked for almost 40 years as a file clerk in a hospital, he turned the everyday struggles of his life in to a distinctive series of books, which started in 1976 and were illustrated by artists such as Robert Crumb, Gary Dumm, Greg Budgett and Mark Zingarelli.

Back in December 2003 I spoke with Harvey in London when the film adaptation of American Splendor was released in UK cinemas.

Directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, it starred Paul Giamatti as Pekar, Hope Davis as his wife Joyce and featured an inventive mix of fiction, animation and documentary footage.

Critically acclaimed, it won a string of awards, including prizes at festivals such as Sundance and Cannes, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

We discussed various aspects of his life and career, including how started the comic book, the film adaptation, his feud in the late 1980s with David Letterman and the influences on his work.

You can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Harvey_Pekar_on_American_Splendor.mp3]

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

> Download the interview as an MP3 file
> American Splendor at the IMDb
> New York Times obituary
> Various Harvey Pekar links at MUBI
> Find out more about the American Splendor comic at Wikipedia

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Interview: Pierre Rissient on Breathless

Breathless (A Bout De Souffle) is being re-released in UK cinemas to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its original release.

One of the key films of the French New Wave, it is the story of Michel Poiccard (Jean-Paul Belmondo), a small-time criminal on the run, and Patricia Franchini (Jean Seberg), an American who sells the International Herald Tribune along the boulevards of Paris.

With its loose narrative, location shooting, improvised dialogue, jump cuts, deliberately mismatched shots and literary references, it remains a landmark film.

It gave French and European cinema a much needed shot of inspiration when it first came out in 1960, with audiences and critics responding to its energy and artistic verve.

Pierre Rissient was the assistant director on Breathless and for the past fifty years has been a key figure in the film world: a critic, publicist and consultant to film festivals, he has helped champion directors as diverse as Joseph Losey, Jules Dassin, Anthony Mann, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Zhang Yimou, Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Jane Campion and Abbas Kiarostami.

I recently spoke to Pierre about the re-release of Breathless and you can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Pierre_Rissient_on_Breathless.mp3]

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

Breathless is currently showing at selected UK cinemas and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13th

> Breathless at the IMDb
> NY Sun profile of Pierre Rissient from 2008
> Learn more about the French New Wave at Wikipedia
> Find out if a cinema near you is showing Breathless via Google Movies

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Interview: Craig McCall on Cameraman – The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff is a new documentary from director Craig McCall that explores the career of one of Britain’s most famous cinematographers.

With a career that spanned the development of cinema, taking in silent film and the advent of Technicolor he worked with luminaries such as Michael Powell, John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn.

On films such as A Matter of Life and Death (1946), Black Narcissus (1947), The Red Shoes (1948) and The African Queen (1951) he established himself as a world class talent and in 2001 he became the first cinematographer to receive an honorary, Lifetime Achievement Oscar® for:

“Exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences; and for outstanding services to the Academy.”

Director Craig McCall has been working on this documentary for several years, interviewing Jack himself (who passed away last year) and various admirers including Martin ScorseseThelma SchoonmakerKathleen ByronKim HunterMoira ShearerJohn MillsLauren BacallCharlton Heston and Kirk Douglas.

I spoke with Craig recently about the film and you can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Craig_McCall_on_Cameraman_The_Life_and_Work_of_Jack_Cardiff.mp3]

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

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff is out now in the UK and will be screening at the following cinemas:

  • Aldeburgh | Aldeburgh Cinema: Wednesday, 16 & Thursday, 17 June 2010
  • Bath | Little Theatre: Monday, 13 & Tuesday, 14 September 2010
  • Belfast | Queen’s Film Theatre: Tuesday, 8 June 2010
  • Cardiff | Chapter: Monday, 14 June & Thursday, 17 June 2010
  • Dartington | Barn: Tuesday, 13 July 2010
  • Derby | QUAD: Sunday, 27 June & Thursday, 1 July 2010
  • Dundee | DCA: Sunday, 4 & Monday, 5 July 2010
  • Glasgow | Film Theatre: Sunday, 6 & Monday, 7 June 2010
  • LondonRiverside Studios: Sunday, 25 July 2010
  • Sheffield | Showroom: Tuesday, 29 June – Thursday, 1 July 2010

The film will be released on DVD on July 19th from Optimum and you can pre-order it from Amazon here.

You can also subscribe to our interview podcast via iTunes or RSS feed and if you have any questions just email me at [email protected]

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> Official site
> Buy Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff on DVD from Amazon UK
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Interview: Riz Ahmed and Nigel Lindsay on Four Lions

Four Lions marks the feature film debut of Chris Morris as a director and it is the story of four suicide bombers in a Northern town struggling to plan an attack on the London marathon.

Omar (Riz Ahmed) is disillusioned with how Muslims are treated around the world and determined to lead some kind of attack on the West. His protege is Waj (Kayvan Novak) who is enthralled by the thought of doing something exciting. Meanwhile Barry (Nigel Lindsay) is a white Islamic convert who has issues with Omar, whilst Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) tries to experiment by strapping bombs to crows.

After pioneering work in radio (On the Hour, Blue Jam) and TV (The Day Today, Brass Eye) Morris has always had a sharp, satirical eye for how controversial subjects have been presented to the wider public.

With this film he tackles the issue of contemporary religious extremism by focusing on the naive ineptitude he encountered through his research in to the subject.

It might seem counter-intuitive to make light of a subject which continues to have such serious consequences, but as recent events in New York have proved, comic ineptitude can often be a feature of the attacks that don’t work.

In some ways this is a sister film to Armando Ianucci’s In the Loop – whereas that focused on the dark political comedy that lay behind the war on terror, this explores the farcical nature of terrorism on the front line.

I recently spoke with Riz Ahmed and Nigel Lindsay about the film, what it was like working with Morris and why it seems to have touched a nerve at the UK box office.

Listen to the interview by clicking here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Riz_Ahmed_and_Nigel_Lindsay_on_Four_Lions.mp3]

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

Four Lions is out now at UK cinemas

Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Riz Ahmed and Nigel Lindsay at the IMDb
Official site
> Find out if Four Lions is playing at a cinema near you via Find Any Film
Search local cinema listings at Google Movies

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Interview: Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas on American The Bill Hicks Story

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American: The Bill Hicks Story is a new documentary about the late comedian whose observations on politics, culture and society still resonate years after his untimely death in 1994.

Although he met with considerable acclaim on the comedy circuit, with an especially passionate following in the UK, Hicks’ stinging observations on issues such as US foreign policy, consumerism, religion, and abortion meant that he never really achieved the mainstream breakthrough of some of his contemporaries.

However, with the release of his work on albums such as Rant in E-Minor and Arizona Bay, he achieved a lasting posthumous success and a significant legacy as a truth-teller, which reached full circle when a second President Bush started another war in Iraq.

I recently spoke with Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas about Hicks, his impact as a comedian, how they tracked down a lot of the previously unseen footage and his appeal in the UK.

You can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Matt_Harlock_and_Paul_Thomas_on_American_The_Bill_Hicks_Story.mp3]

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

American: The Bill Hicks Story is out now in the UK and will be screening at the following cinemas:

  • London – Curzon Soho 14.05.10
  • London – Greenwich Picture House 14.05.10
  • London – Odeon Covent Garden 14.05.10
  • London – Ritzy Brixton 14.05.10
  • London – Screen on the Green 14.05.10
  • Glasgow – Glasgow Film Theatre 14.05.10
  • Edinburgh – Cameo 14.05.10
  • Dublin – Irish Film Institue 14.05.10
  • Cardiff – Chapter 14.05.10
  • Manchester – Printworks/Odeon 14.05.10
  • Bradford – Pictureville 21.05.10
  • Leicester – Phoenix 21.05.10
  • Manchester – Cornerhouse 21.05.10
  • Liverpool – FACT 28.05.10
  • Belfast – Queens Film Theatre 28.05.10
  • Derby – Quad 28.05.10
  • Coventry – Arts 11.06.10

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> IMDb entry
> Official site
> Find out which UK cinemas are showing it
> Search local cinema listings at Google Movies

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Interview: Joe Pilato on Day of the Dead

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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:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Joe_Pilato_on_Day_of_the_Dead.mp3]

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

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Interview: Jenny Agutter on The Railway Children

Adapted from E. Nesbit’s novel in 1970, The Railway Children quickly established itself as perennial favourite amongst family audiences.

It is the tale of a family who are forced to move from London to a house in Yorkshire after the father is imprisoned on a mysterious charge.

There the three children, Roberta (Jenny Agutter), Peter (Gary Warren) and Phyllis (Sally Thomsett), are entranced by the nearby railway and become friendly with the locals, such as the station porter (Bernard Cribbins) and the Old Gentleman (William Mervyn) who takes the 9:15 train.

Written and directed by Lionel Jeffries, it was a critical success on its initial release – receiving three BAFTA nominations – and has since become a much loved film through regular broadcasts on television.

It is getting re-released at UK cinemas this week on a newly remastered digital print and I spoke with Jenny Agutter recently about her role in the film and its enduring appeal.

You can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Jenny_Agutter_on_The_Railway_Children.mp3]

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

The Railway Children is out at selected UK cinemas from Friday 2nd April and is out on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday 3rd May

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> IMDb entry
> Get local showtimes via Google Movies
> Pre-order the DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon UK

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Interview: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire on Johnny Mad Dog

Johnny Mad Dog is a riveting and brutal examination of child soldiers in Africa which ranks amongst the best war films in recent memory.

Although nominally set in an unnamed African country, it was shot in Liberia – still recovering from a long civil war – and makes use of former child soldiers and documentary-style techniques to create a hellish recreation of a contemporary issue.

Based on the 2002 novel Johnny Chien Méchant by the US-based Congolese author Emmanuel Dongala, it brings to life the reality of a difficult and disturbing subject.

I recently spoke with director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire about the film and you can listen to the interview by clicking below:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Jean_Stephane_Sauvaire_on_Johnny_Mad_Dog.mp3]

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

Johnny Mad Dog is out now on DVD from Momentum

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> IMDb entry
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Interview: Anna Kendrick on Up in the Air

Up in the Air is a new film about a corporate downsizer named Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) whose job is to inform people that they no longer have theirs.

Employed by an Omaha based company, his life is spent flying around the US firing people in a smooth and efficient manner because bosses want to outsource this awkward process.

Free of human relationships, he has become attached to frequent flyer miles, a fellow air mile addict (Vera Farmiga) and the buzz of living out of a suitcase. But when his boss (Jason Bateman) partners him with a new recruit (Anna Kendrick) who advocates firing people via video-link, things begin to change.

Directed by Jason Reitman, it is a smart, funny and thoughtful adaptation of Walter Kim’s 2001 novel that explores the current recession, relationships and travel.

I spoke with Anna Kendrick in London recently and we talked about her role and her experiences making it.

You can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Anna_Kendrick_on_Up_in_the_Air.mp3]

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

Up in the Air is out at UK cinemas on Friday 15th January

> Download the interview as an MP3 file
> Official UK site
> Anna Kendrick at the IMDb
> Read my review of the film
> Buy more about author Walter Kirn and director Jason Reitman at Wikipedia

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Interview: Joe Penhall on The Road

Joe Penhall is the screenwriter of The Road, the new film adaptation of the best selling novel by Cormac McCarthy.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it depicts the journey of a father (Viggo Mortensen) and son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as they struggle to stay alive in an America which has descended into savagery after an unspecified environmental and social collapse.

Directed by John Hillcoat, who made the gritty Australian western The Proposition (2005), it premiered at the Venice film festival last September and is eagerly awaited by many as the book won the Pulitzer prize for fiction, was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey and went on to become an unlikely bestseller.

Joe came to prominence as a playwright with Blue/Orange and later penned the screenplay for Enduring Love (2004) before being given the onerous task of translating the horrors and emotions of the novel into a film.

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

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Joe_Penhall_on_The_Road.mp3]

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

The Road is out at UK cinemas on Friday

Download the interview as an MP3 file
Official UK site for The Road
Joe Penhall at the IMDb
> Read my review of the film
Find out more about Cormac McCarthy and the novel at Wikipedia

 

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James Cameron on 60 Minutes


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James Cameron was on 60 Minutes over the weekend where he discussed his career and the upcoming Avatar.

Look out for the bit around the 9 minute mark when he discusses The Terminator and the original studio’s choice for the main role.

“The head of Orion, who were gonna release the film, called me up and said, ‘Are you sitting down? I’ve cast this movie’. I was at a party, and it’s, ‘are you sitting down? It’s O.J. Simpson for the Terminator!’

And I said, ‘This is the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard,’ you know. I didn’t know O.J. Simpson, I had nothing against him personally. I didn’t know he was gonna go murder his wife later and become the real Terminator”

There are also some other web extra videos which didn’t make the broadcast edit.



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Interview: James Schamus on Taking Woodstock

James Schamus Taking Woodstock

Taking Woodstock is the latest film from director Ang Lee and is based on the memoir Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life by Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte.

James Schamus is a screenwriter and producer who has made many films with Lee including The Ice StormCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain.

He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Focus Features, the arthouse division of Universal Pictures which is one few remaining of its kind in Hollywood.

I spoke with James recently when Taking Woodstock screened at the London film festival last month and you can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/James_Schamus_on_Taking_Woodstock.mp3]

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

Taking Woodstock is out now at UK cinemas

Download the interview as an MP3 file
Official UK site for Taking Woodstock
> James Schamus at the IMDb
>Find out more about the 1969 Woodstock festival at Wikipedia

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Interview: Nicholas Jasenovec and Charlyne Yi on Paper Heart

Charlyne Yi and Nicholas Jasenovec

Paper Heart is a new film starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera as fictionalized versions of themselves in a “hybrid documentary” about love.

Directed by Nicholas Jasenovec, it also features Yi travelling across America asking various people about their experiences of love.

I spoke with Charlyne and Nicholas recently when the film screened at the London film festival last month and you can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Nicholas_Jasenovec_and_Charlyne_Yi_on_Paper_Heart.mp3]

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

Paper Heart is out at selected UK cinemas now

> Download the interview as an MP3 file
> Official site for Paper Heart
> Charlyne Yi and Nicholas Jasenovec at the IMDb
> Follow the movie on Twitter (@PaperHeartMovie)
> Find out more about Paper Heart at Wikipedia

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Stanley Kubrick in The New Yorker

Kubrick New Yorker profile

Audio recently surfaced online of Stanley Kubrick being interviewed by Jeremy Bernstein of The New Yorker in 1966 (listen to it here).

Sliated has some interesting PDF files which shed more light on the famous director who was then in the midst of filming 2001: A Space Odyssey.

One of them is a PDF of the final profile which ended up in the November 1966 issue.

But they also have an auction entry which shows the proofs of the profile with descriptions of the edits and annotations Kubrick wanted.

Last, but not least, there is a piece by Bernstein recalling the interview which include the following nuggets of information about the legendary director:

  • Kubrick had taken flying lessons but by the mid sixties never flew again as he considered it “too dangerous”.
  • For his move to England he transported his possessions in 140 Boy Scout foot lockers.
  • He considered leaving the USA during the Cuban missile crisis and booked a boat trip to Australia with his family – but cancelled when he discovered he would have to share a bathroom with a neighbouring cabin.
  • Before moving to St Albans Kubrick lived in a large apartment on Central Park West.
  • 2001 was shot at Elstree and during the filming Kubrick lived in a suite at the Dorchester Hotel.
  • Physics was the only course in high school in which he had gotten a decent grade.
  • Kubrick toyed with the idea of casting Jackie Mason (!) as the voice of HAL, although he may have been joking.
  • During one take of a scene when Keir Dullea (who played astronaut Dave Bowman) was talking to HAL he farted so loudly, it sounded like “a stupendous burst of machine gun fire”.
  • The interview was recorded on one of Kubrick’s tape recorders, upon which he did most of his screen writing.
  • When the film was first shown to the press and invited guests in New York Kubrick ran the projector himself and decided to cut around 17 minutes from this version.
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Interview: Jon Amiel on Creation

Creation UK poster

Creation is a new film which explores the life and discoveries of Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany) and the relationship with his wife, Emma (Jennifer Connelly).

Directed by Jon Amiel, it is was adapted for the screen by John Collee, based on Randal Keynes‘s biography of Darwin, Annie’s Box.

I recently spoke with Jon Amiel about the film and you can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Jon_Amiel_on_Creation.mp3]

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

Creation is out at UK cinemas from Friday 25th September

> Download the interview as an MP3 file
> Official site for Creation
> Jon Amiel at the IMDb
> Find out more about Charles Darwin at Wikipedia

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Donald Trump on Citizen Kane

This is footage from an Errol Morris project that didn’t work out in which Donald Trump discusses Citizen Kane.

According to Morris the project (entitled The Movie Movie) was based on the idea of taking Donald Trump, Mikhail Gorbachev and others and putting them in the movies they most admire.

As Morris says:

Isn’t it possible that in an alternative universe Donald Trump actually starred in Citizen Kane?

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Interview: Tom Hooper on The Damned United

Tom Hooper on the set of The Damned United

The Damned United is the film adaptation of David Peace‘s bestselling novel about football manager Brian Clough and his turbulent spell in charge of Leeds United during the 1970s.

It stars Michael Sheen as Clough, Timothy Spall as Peter TaylorColm Meaney as Don Revie and Jim Broadbent as Sam Longson.

Adapted by Peter Morgan and directed Tom Hooper (best known for his TV miniseries work on Longford and John Adams) it is out this week on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK and gets its North American premiere at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.

I spoke with Tom recently about the film and you can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Tom_Hooper_on_The_Damned_United.mp3]

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

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Buy The Damned United on DVD or Blu-ray Disc at Amazon UK
> Tom Hooper at the IMDb
> Official UK site
> Find out more about Brian Clough and David Peace’s novel at Wikipedia
> Check out our other DVD picks for this week (W/C Monday 31st August)

[Photo taken by Laurie Sparham © Courtesy of Sony Pictures, All Rights Reserved]

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Interview: Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal on The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker poster

The Hurt Locker is a new film which tells the story of a United States Army bomb squad in Baghdad during the Iraq War during 2004.

The script was written by Mark Boal, based on his experiences as a embedded journalist in Iraq and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

It stars Jeremy Renner as the team leader of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit and Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty as the troops assigned to cover him whilst he defuses the bombs that litter the city.

Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce and David Morse all feature in key supporting roles and the film was shot by cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, who also worked on United 93 and various Ken Loach films over the years.

After premièring at the Venice film festival last September the film has achieved enormous critical acclaim and is a likely contender at the Oscars next year.

I recently spoke to Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal in London about the film and you can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Kathryn_Bigelow_and_Mark_Boal_on_The_Hurt_Locker.mp3]

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

The Hurt Locker is out at UK cinemas from Friday 28th August

> Download this interview as an MP3 by clicking here
> Official UK site for The Hurt Locker
> Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal at the IMDb
> Read more reviews of The Hurt Locker at Metacritic
> Find out more about the Iraq War at Wikipedia

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Interview: Dave Gibbons on Watchmen

Dave Gibbons on Watchmen

Dave Gibbons is the illustrator of Watchmen, the landmark graphic novel written by Alan Moore, which was adapted for the big screen earlier this year by director Zack Snyder.

Set in an alternate-history 1985, the story follows a group of former vigilante superheroes as tensions heighten between the USA and Soviet Union, while an investigation of an apparent conspiracy against them uncovers something sinister.

Although Moore declined to be involved with the film, Dave was consulted on various aspects, visiting the set and seeing a rough cut.

He also produced the behind-the-scenes book ‘Watching the Watchmen‘ to tie in with the release back in March.

Now with the release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray he will be appearing this weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego, where there will be a screening of the ‘director’s cut’ (which won’t be available on DVD for a while), before flying back to London in order to curate a 3-D graffiti art installation on the Southbank next Tuesday (28th).

I spoke with him on the phone recently about the upcoming launch of the DVD, the legacy of the original 12-part graphic novel, the long journey to get it made into a film and the whole business with the squid.

Listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Dave_Gibbons_on_Watchmen.mp3]

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

Watchmen is out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 27th July from Paramount

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Find out more about Dave and his work at Wikipedia
> Buy Watchmen on Blu-ray or DVD at Amazon UK
> Check out more details of the 3-D art installation in London on Tuesday 28th July

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Interview: Lance Daly on Kisses

Shane Curry and Kelly O’Neill in Kisses

Lance Daly is the director of Kisses, a new film about two young children named Kylie (Kelly O’Neill) and Dylan (Shane Curry) who run away together to Dublin for one night.

Over the last year it has screened to considerable acclaim at various festivals around the world and I spoke with him recently about the film.

You can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Lance_Daly_on_Kisses.mp3]

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

Kisses is out at selected UK cinemas from Friday 17th July

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Lance Daly at the IMDb
> Official UK site
> Get showtimes via Google Movies

[Image courtesy of Optimum Releasing]

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