Jami Philbrick

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At a very young age, actor Lucas Hedges has already worked with some of the best directors in Hollywood including Wes Anderson, Jason Reitman, and now Terry Gilliam

The son of director Peter Hedges (Pieces of April, The Odd Life of Timothy Green), Lucas first appeared in Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and later The Grand Budapest Hotel. He also appeared in Arthur Newman, before working with Reitman on Labor Day. He will soon be seen opposite Academy Award-nominee Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) in the Oscar-buzz worthy Kill the Messenger, which opens in theaters on October 10th. But first you can catch him in legendary filmmaker Terry Gilliam’s new movie The Zero Theorem, which also stars two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained) and opens in theaters on October 19th. 

The Zero Theorem follows a computer hacker named Qohen (Waltz) whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence. However, he continually finds his work interrupted by the Management (Matt Damon), who send a teenager (Hedges) and a lusty love interest (Melanie Thierry) to distract him. In addition to Waltz, Damon, Hedges, and Thierry, the film also stars David Thewlis (War Horse), Peter Stormare (Fargo), Ben Whishaw (Skyfall), and Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive, Snowpiercer). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Lucas Hedges about his work on The Zero Theorem and Kill the Messenger. The talented young actor discussed The Zero Theorem, his familiarity with Terry Gilliam’s previous films, how his father strongly suggested he except the role, if working with Wes Anderson prepared him for the Terry Gilliam experience, what it’s like as an actor on a Gilliam set, how Gilliam directs actors, what he learned from working with Christoph Waltz, Kill the Messenger, and acting opposite Jeremy Renner

Opening in theaters on October 17th is the new romantic drama The Best of Me, which is based on the novel by popular author Nicholas Sparks (Safe Haven). The film is directed by Michael Hoffman (Soapdish), and stars Michelle Monaghan (Fort Bliss), James Marsden (X-Men), Luke Bracey (The November Man), Liana Liberato (Erased), Jon Tenney (Green Lantern), and Gerald McRaney (The A-Team). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of traveling to the set of The Best of Me in Louisiana and sitting down with author Nicholas Sparks, as well as actors Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey, and Liana Liberato to talk about making the film. The author and actors discussed their upcoming film, adapting the novel into a screenplay, the complex plot, the excellent cast, what the actors learned from reading the book, working with director Michael Hoffman, and the scene that they were shooting that day. 

If you are a fan of actress Eliza Dushku then you won’t want to miss her latest film because it might be the last time you get to see her on screen for a while. 

Dushku is best known for her roles in the Joss Whedon produced series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Dollhouse, as well as films like True Lies, Bring It On, and Wrong Turn. But recently the 33 year-old decided to take a break from acting and attend college in Boston. Before her extended hiatus, the actress can be seen in the new film The Scribbler, which opens in theaters, VOD and iTunes on September 19th.

The film, which is based on the graphic novel by screenwriter Daniel Schaffer, revolves around a young woman named Suki (Katie Cassidy) who faces her destructive multiple personalities using an experimental new procedure known as "The Siamese Burn." Dushku plays Jennifer Silk, a police officer questioning Suki about a crime. In addition to Dushku and Cassidy, the movie also stars Garret Dillahunt (Looper), Michelle Trachtenberg (TV’s Gossip Girl), Sasha Grey (Would You Rather), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe), Billy Campbell (TV’s The Killing), and Michael Imperioli (The Call).  

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the absolutely delightful Eliza Dushku about her work on The Scribbler, as well as her decision to attend college. The fan favorite actress discussed her new film, why she wanted to join the production, choosing to play Silk instead of Suki, acting with Michael Imperioli, the movie’s impressive production value, the importance of graphic novel creator Daniel Schaffer also penning the screenplay, why she loves her fans, and putting her career on hold to attend college.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:56

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Justin Long Talks 'Tusk'

Opening in theaters on September 19th is the new horror comedy from fan favorite writer and director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Red State) called Tusk. The film features an all-star cast that includes Justin Long (Comet), Academy Award-nominee Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief), Ralph Garman (A Million Ways to Die in the West), and Ashley Greene (The Apparition), as well as veteran actor Michael Parks (Django Unchained), and Academy Award-nominee Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Justin Long to talk about his work on Tusk. The popular actors discussed his new film, its use of foreshadowing, his character's mustache, making his role vulnerable, and how his animal work in acting school prepared him to play a walrus. 

Opening in theaters on September 19th is the new romantic comedy from veteran director Peter Chelsom entitled Hector and the Search for Happiness

Chelsom has helmed several successful films throughout his distinguished career including The Mighty, Serendipity, Shall We Dance?, and Hannah Montana: The Movie. He co-wrote Hector and the Search for Happiness with Tinker Lindsay and Maria von Heland, based on the novel of the same name by author Francois Lelord

The film revolves around Hector (Simon Pegg), a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. He tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), that he feels like a fraud because he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and a child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. In addition to Pegg and Pike, the film also stars Stellan Skarsgard (The Avengers), Jean Reno (Leon: The Professional), Toni Collette (In Her Shoes), and Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with director Peter Chelsom about his work on Hector and the Search for Happiness. The accomplished filmmaker discussed his latest movie, adapting the novel into a screenplay, what he’s learned about writing from the post-production process, why he couldn’t have directed this film ten years ago, working with Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike, why he needed to direct them both differently, and what Christopher Plummer is like on set. 

Opening in theaters on September 19th is the new horror comedy from fan favorite writer and director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Red State) called Tusk. The film features an all-star cast that includes Justin Long (Comet), Academy Award-nominee Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief), Ralph Garman (A Million Ways to Die in the West), and Ashley Greene (The Apparition), as well as veteran actor Michael Parks (Django Unchained), and Academy Award-nominee Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment to talk about their work on Tusk. The two talented actors discussed their new film, its unusual concept, the movie's different tones, its emotional core, watching Johnny Depp act, if the film could have worked with another animal, Ralph Garman's not so subtle name change, and how "walrus size" guilt motivated their character's actions. 

Former Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens has not one but two major movies opening this week!

The first is the new thriller The Guest from You’re Next writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard. The film, which opens in theaters on September 17th, follows a soldier named David (Stevens) that introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence. The Guest also stars Sheila Kelley (Matchstick Men), Leland Orser (Morning), and Lance Reddick (Oldboy). 

The second is the new crime drama A Walk Among the Tombstones, which opens in theaters on September 19th. The movie revolves around private investigator Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson), who is hired by a drug kingpin (Stevens) named Kenny Kristo to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. A Walk Among the Tombstones was written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout). As if that is not enough, Stevens will be seen later this year playing the iconic role of Sir Lancelot in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dan Stevens about his work on The Guest, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The talented English actor discussed The Guest, first reading the screenplay, its cinematic inspirations, his character, the filmmakers, Leland Orser, A Walk Among the Tombstones, director Scott Frank, Liam Neeson, having two films open in the same week, appearing in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tom, playing Sir Lancelot, and working with the sensational cast. 

Opening in theaters on September 19th is the new horror comedy from fan favorite writer and director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Red State) called Tusk. The film features an all-star cast that includes Justin Long (Comet), Academy Award-nominee Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief), Ralph Garman (A Million Ways to Die in the West), and Ashley Greene (The Apparition), as well as veteran actor Michael Parks (Django Unchained), and Academy Award-nominee Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with the always outspoken Kevin Smith to talk about his work on Tusk. The accomplished filmmaker discussed his new movie, being surprised by its positive reviews, why the film made Philbrick physically vomit, if that is the reaction Smith was looking for from his audience, directing Johnny Depp, how the movie star made the project better, and working with the rest of the film's excellent cast. 

Opening in New York and Los Angeles theaters, as well as VOD on September 19th is the new war drama Fort Bliss from director/writer Claudia Myers (Kettle of Fish). The film stars Michelle Monaghan (Machine Gun Preacher), Ron Livingston (Office Space), Emmanuelle Chriqui (A Short History of Decay), Pablo Schreiber (Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight), Dash Mihok (Silver Linings Playbook), Freddy Rodriguez (Planet Terror), and John Savage (The Deer Hunter). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Michelle Monaghan and Ron Livingston to talk about their work on Fort Bliss. The two talented actors discussed their new movie, Monaghan's research for her role, why it's difficult for soldiers to adapt to coming home, Livingston's complicated character, finding important film projects, and working with writer/director Claudia Myers

Opening in theaters on September 17th is the new thriller from director Adam Wingard (You're Next) and writer Simon Barrett (V/H/S) entitled The Guest. The film stars Dan Stevens (The Fifth Estate), Maika Monroe (At Any Price), Brendan Meyer (Tooth Fairy), Sheila Kelley (Matchstick Men), Leland Orser (Morning), Joel David Moore (Avatar), Ethan Embry (Eagle Eye), and Lance Reddick (Oldboy). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett to talk about their work on The Guest. The two filmmakers discussed their new movie, blending genres, their creative influences, casting Dan Stevens, working with veteran actor Leland Orser, Easter eggs, and creating one cinematic universe for all of their films.

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