Writer/director Wes Anderson has made a career of creating unique, eccentric and beloved films. Anderson first gained attention for his debut movie Bottle Rocket, and then earned critical acclaim for his next two films, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, the latter of which received an Academy Award-nomination foe Best Original Screenplay. He would eventually go on to make The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and The Darjeeling Limited. However, his next two films would once again earn him Academy Award-nominations, first for Best Animated Feature with Fantastic Mr. Fox, then again for Best Original Screenplay with Moonrise Kingdom. His latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens in theaters on March 7th.
Anderson is known for using certain actors over and over again, thus creating the “Wes Anderson Film Troupe.” Among the actors in Anderson’s ongoing ensemble include Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Seymour Cassell, Waris Ahluwalla, Alexandra Despot, all of which reunite for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Another performer who returns for his second Wes Anderson film is the equally eccentric Jeff Goldblum. The popular actor has a long and impressive resume of film work that includes Nashville, Annie Hall, The Big Chill, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Silverado, The Fly, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Jurassic Park, and Independence Day, as well as Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
In The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson’s usual group of actors are joined by Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Fisher Stevens, Saoirse Ronan, and Tony Revolori. The film follows the adventures of Gustave H (Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (Revolori and Abraham), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
I recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down (along with a few other members of the press) to talk with Wes Anderson and Jeff Goldblum about their work in The Grand Budapest Hotel. They both discussed their new film, Anderson’s quirky style of filmmaking, his ensemble of actors, use of music, why Goldblum likes working with the director, what the actor initially thought of the script, and what Anderson thought of the recent SNL sketch poking fun at his body of work.
One of the most anticipated new series being developed for NBC next season is Constantine, which is based on the popular DC Comics character created by Alan Moore (Watchmen). The pilot episode is about to go into production and is written and produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Daniel Cerone (TV's Dexter). The pilot will be shot by director Neil Marshall (Doomsday), and feature Matt Ryan (Layer Cake) as the title character, as well as the recently cast Harold Perrineau (Seeking Justice) as Manny, Lucy Griffiths (Winter's Tale) as Liv, and Charles Halford (HBO's True Detective) as Chas.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with David S. Goyer to talk about season two of his Starz series Da Vinci's Demons, and also discussed his work on Constantine. While we will run our interview with Goyer about Da Vinci's Demons closer to the season two premiere, we wanted to let you know now what he had to say about Constantine. The executive producer and writer discussed the pilot, when it will begin shooting, how it will be different from the Keanu Reeves film, sticking closer to the Alan Moore source material, if John Constantine will smoke, Matt Ryan, the rest of the recently cast ensemble, what DC characters might appear on the possible series, pilot director Neil Marshall, and the fact that it will be a VFX heavy show.
Together, Mr. Peabody & Sherman have hopped, skipped, and jumped through the ages, traveling through time itself to gab with the likes of Johannes Gutenberg, Genghis Khan, and Marie Antoinette.
This Friday, the world's smartest living creature and his adopted human son explore the circuits of time on the big screen for the first time in their fifty-five year history.
Peabody and his ward go all the way back to 1959, when Peabody's Improbable History was a recurring segment on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Using a device of Peabody's own invention, the WABAC machine, the duo went on educational jaunts throughout history, and their adventures influenced much of the time travel cinema of the last half-century.
Yet only now are they getting a movie of their own.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman isn't just a long overdue feature for a durable pair of pop culture artifacts, though. It's also the culmination of more than a decade of effort on the part of director Rob Minkoff.
Late last year, IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was invited to 20th Century Fox to get an early look at Mr. Peabody & Sherman. While there, he also had the opportunity to speak with Minkoff and Ty Burrell, the Modern Family star lending his voice to Mr. Peabody in the brilliant beagle's long-awaited theatrical debut.
Opening in theaters on March 7th is 300: Rise of an Empire, which is the sequel to the extremely popular 300. The new film was written by the original movie's director Zack Snyder (Man of Steel), and directed by Noam Murro (Smart People). 300: Rise of an Empire features returning stars Lena Headey (Dredd), David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), and Rodrigo Santoro (The Last Stand), as well as new cast members Sullivan Stapleton (Gangster Squad), Eva Green (Casino Royale), Callan Mulvey (The Hunter), and Jack O'Connell (Harry Brown).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with director Noam Murro, as well as franchise producer Mark Canton (Immortals) to talk about their work on 300: Rise of an Empire. The director and producer discussed their new movie, making a sequel, Zack Snyder's script based on an idea by comic book creator Frank Miller, why Snyder couldn't direct it, having Murro take over for him, casting Eva Green as the movie's villain, and a possible third film.
Available now on iTunes/VOD and opening in theaters on March 7th is the Spanish thriller Grand Piano from director Eugenio Mira (Agnosia) and producer Rodrigo Cortes (Buried). The film stars an excellent cast of American actors including Elijah Wood (Maniac), John Cusack (The Raven), Kelly Bishe (Argo), Don McManus (The Shawshank Redemption), Alex Winter (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure), and Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with director Eugenio Mira and Elijah Wood to talk about their work on Grand Piano. The talented filmmaker and popular actor discussed their new movie, its theme of isolation, stage fright, Wood's difficult technical performance, working with John Cusack, and why Philbrick was sitting so awkwardly close to them during the interview.
Danish actress Connie Nielsen first gained attention for her work in such films as The Devil’s Advocate, Permanent Midnight, and Rushmore, but it was her role as Lucilla in the Academy Award-winning film Gladiator that made her an international star. Since then she has gone on to appear in a string of popular films including One Hour Photo, The Hunted, and Basic, as well as an arc on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the critically acclaimed series Boss.
In fact, she has recently returned to TV with a role on the popular Fox series The Following starring Kevin Bacon. Nielsen plays the sinister Lily Gray, a deranged woman with alternative motives for serial killer/cult leader Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) and a vendetta against former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Bacon). However, she can also currently be seen on the big screen opposite Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner in the box office hit 3 Days to Kill, which is currently playing in theaters now.
The film, which was directed by McG (Terminator Salvation) and written by Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional), centers on a dying Secret Service Agent named Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). He is offered an experimental drug that could save his life by a mysterious operative (Amber Heard) in exchange for one last assignment. Nielson plays Renner’s ex-wife Kristin, who must learn to trust Ethan again.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Connie Nielsen about her work in 3 Days to Kill, as well as The Following. The talented actress discussed her new movie, collaborating with director McG, balancing action and drama in the same film, acting with the great Kevin Costner, The Following, not knowing her character’s motives, working with the actor who plays both of her twin sons, and what’s in store for her character the rest of the season.
The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards took place on Saturday, March 1st in Santa Monica, California. Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out awards to such films as 12 Years a Slave, Fruitvale Station, Mud, Nebraska, Short Term 12, Blue Is The Warmest Color, This Is Martin Bonner, and 20 Feet from Stardom, as well as actors Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), and director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave). The event aired on IFC and was hosted by Patton Oswalt (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick attended the 29th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards and was backstage when the winners spoke to the press. He had a chance to actually speak with such winners as Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o, Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan, Mud actress Reese Witherspoon, 20 Feet from Stardom subjects Darlene Love and Judith Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, director Steve McQueen, and 12 Years a Slave producer Brad Pitt. The talented winners discussed their films, roles, casts, directors, and winning a Film Independent Spirit Award.
And look for many of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Award winners to also receive Oscars at the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
Crispin Glover is one on the most fascinating and misunderstood actors of his generation.
The son of actor Bruce Glover (Diamonds Are Forever), he began his career at a young age appearing in such popular TV series as The Facts of Life, Happy Days, Hill Street Blues, and Family Ties, but his big break came when he played George McFly in Back to the Future. Since then, he has given riveting performances in a string of critically acclaimed and successful films like At Close Range, Wild at Heart, The Doors, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Dead Man, The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Charlie’s Angels, Willard, Beowulf, Alice in Wonderland, and Hot Tub Time Machine.
However, Glover is also an accomplished director having helmed the first two films of his It? trilogy, What Is It?, and It is Fine. Everything is Fine! But for better or worse, the actor may still be best known for his infamous and mysterious appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. Glover appeared on the show as his character from the film Rubin and Ed, which had not yet been released at that time, and attempted to karate-kick the talk show host. All that aside, Glover is a fascinating artist who’s career has spanned over thirty-years and now returns to the big screen with his new film The Bag Man, which opens in theaters on February 28th.
The Bag Man was co-written and directed by first time filmmaker David Grovic, and also stars John Cusack (The Raven), Dominic Purcell (Vikingdom), and two-time Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather Part II, Raging Bull). The film follows a criminal (Cusack) who bides his time at a seedy motel, waiting for his boss (De Niro) after killing several men and making away with a mystery bag. Glover plays the hotel desk clerk who interacts with Cusack’s character.
I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Crispin Glover about The Bag Man, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Alice in Wonderland: Into the Looking Glass, and his directorial work. Always an interesting interview, Glover candidly discussed his latest film, appearing in a movie with Robert De Niro, reuniting with John Cusack, working with director David Grovic, what he looks for from a director, choosing projects to act in, not appearing in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, wanting to be in Alice in Wonderland: Into the Looking Glass, his own directorial efforts, the It? trilogy, and directing and acting in a movie with his father.
Available beginning February 25th on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray is Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King, which is the latest short film from Marvel Studios. The movie was written and directed by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3), and ties up loose ends from both Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3. Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King stars Academy Award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley (Ender's Game) reprising his Iron Man 3 role as Trevor Slattery, as well as Scoot McNairy (Argo) as Jackson Norris, and Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back) reprising his Iron Man 2 role as Justin Hammer.
Thanks to our friends at Marvel Studios, IAR is proud to present red carpet interviews from the Los Angeles premiere of Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King featuring writer/director Drew Pearce, President of Production at Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, and Sir Ben Kingsley. They discussed the new short film, the Marvel One-Shot series, creating All Hail to the King, and why Kingsley wanted to reprise his role as Trevor Slattery.
Airing Sunday, March 2nd on ABC is the 86th Annual Academy Awards. The nominees for Best Motion Picture of the Year include American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick has has the opportunity to speak exclusively with several of the nominees over the last year about their Oscar-nominated work including Best Adapted Screenplay nominees Ethan Hawke, Julie Deply, and Richard Linklater (Before Midnight), Best Documentary Feature subjects Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill (20 Feet from Stardom), Best Actor in a Leading Role nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Best Actress in a Supporting Role nominee June Squibb (Nebraska), Best Directing nominee Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street), Best Actor in a Supporting Role nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Best Animated Feature Film of the Year directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (Frozen). The Oscar-nominees discussed their acclaimed work, their performances and/or films, their scripts, working with their directors and/or cast members, the success of their projects, and how it feels to be nominated for an Academy Award.