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Interview: Paolo Sorrentino on Il Divo

Il Divo UK poster

Paolo Sorrentino is the director of Il Divo, a new film that explores the extraordinary career former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti.

It spans the period since the seventh election of Andreotti (plyed by Toni Servillo) as Prime Minister of Italy in 1992, until the trial in which he was accused of collusion with the Mafia.

It has been a favourite on the festival circuit in the past year and was nominated for the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last May, where it was awarded the Prix du Jury.

I recently spoke with Paolo on the phone when the film screened at the Dublin Film Festival.

Listen to the interview here:

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

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

Il Divo is out at selected UK cinemas on Friday 20th March

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Paolo Sorrentino at the IMDb
> Official website for Il Divo
> Find out more about Giulio Andreotti at Wikipedia

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Interview: Guillermo Arriaga on The Burning Plain

Guillermo Arriaga

Guillermo Arriaga is a Mexican writer and director best known for his work on films such as Amores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) and Babel (2006).

His latest film is The Burning Plain which stars Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger as two women in different parts of America struggling to deal with their lives.

It also stars Danny PinoJennifer LawrenceJoaquim de AlmeidaJ.D. Pardo, Robin Tunney and Brett Cullen with cinematography by Robert Elswit.

I recently spoke with Guillermo in London about the film and we discussed his distinctive approach to narrative and other aspects of the movie.

Listen to the interview here:

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

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

The Burning Plain is out at UK cinemas on Friday 13th March

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> Guillermo Arriaga and The Burning Plain at the IMDb

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Interview: Emily Blunt & Rupert Friend on The Young Victoria

Emily Blunt (Queen Victoria) and Rupert Friend (Prince Albert) in The Young Victoria

The Young Victoria is a new film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée from a script by Julian Fellowes, which chronicles the early years of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) and her romance and marriage to Prince Albert (Rupert Friend).

I spoke to Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend in London recently about their roles in the film.

Listen to the interview here:

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

The Young Victoria is out at UK cinemas on Friday 6th March

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Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend at the IMDb
> Official UK site for The Young Victoria
> Find out more about the real Queen Victoria at Wikipedia

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Interview: John Patrick Shanley on Doubt

John Patrick Shanley

John Patrick Shanley is an award winning playwright who won an Oscar for his script for Moonstruck (1987) before going on to direct Joe Versus the Volcano (1990). 

In 2005, his play Doubt: A Parable won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Drama Desk Award and Tony Award for Best Play. 

Now Shanley has directed a film version called Doubt which stars Meryl StreepPhilip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.

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

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

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

Doubt is out at UK cinemas today

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John Patrick Shanley at the IMDb
Official UK site for Doubt

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Interview: John Lasseter on Bolt

 

He initially worked as an animator at Disney in the late 70s before going on to join the computer animation division of Lucasfilm‘s Industrial Light and Magic.

In 1986 the department was purchased by Apple founder Steve Jobs who renamed the new company Pixar (a fake Spanish word meaning ‘to make pixels’) and gave Lasseter the freedom to direct, produce and create models for a variety of projects, many of which were television commercials.

In the late 1980s Lasseter made several award winning shorts before going on to direct the groundbreaking Toy Story in 1995, the first feature-length computer animated film.

As the chief of Pixar’s creative department, Lasseter became the key figure behind an extraordinary run of critically acclaimed, blockbuster animated films.

He directed A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999) and Cars (2006) whilst also serving as executive producer on Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003) and The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007) and WALL-E (2008).

If the success of Pixar was not enough, his career reached a new plateau in early 2006 when Disney officially acquired Pixar, and promoted Lasseter to Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Feature Animation.

The first movie he has overseen for Disney is Bolt, the tale of a small white dog who, having spent his entire life acting in a TV series, thinks that he has super powers.

Directed by Chris Williams and Byron Howard, it was produced by Lasseter and I spoke to him in London recently about his career and the new film.

You can listen to the interview here:

You can also stream it here:

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

You can download it as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here

Bolt is out at UK cinemas on Friday 6th February

Download this interview as an MP3 file
John Lasseter at the IMDb
> Official UK site for Bolt
> Official Pixar site