Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD beginning March 31st is the new science fiction adventure Interstellar, which was directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight). The movie was written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), and produced by Thomas Tull (Godzilla) and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. Interstellar stars Academy Award-winners Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules), Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore), and Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting), Academy Award-nominees Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and John Lithgow (Terms of Endearment), as well as David Oyelowo (Selma), Wes Bentley (After the Fall), William Devane (Marathon Man), and Topher Grace (The Double).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of traveling to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA and sitting down with Jonathan Nolan and Kip Thorne to talk about their work on Interstellar. The screenwriter and scientist discussed their recent film, how the Nolans got the idea for the project, Thorne's contributions to the film, and getting the science just right.
Opening in theaters soon is the new music documentary 808, which is about how the Roland TR-808 drum machine changed popular music. The film was directed by Alex Dunn (Art Market Review), and features interviews with Phil Collins, Lil Jon, Rick Rubin, Fatboy Slim, Pharrell Williams, and Adam Horovitz and Mike D of Beastie Boys.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with executive producer Alex Noyer (New York Influence City) to talk about his work on 808. The documentary producer discussed his new film, the origins of the project, securing interviews with legendary musicians, which musician he was unable to get, the importance of the Roland TR-808 drum machine, how Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" changed music, why Phil Collins loved using the TR-808, the genius of music producer Rick Rubin, and the significance of having Adam Horovitz and Mike D together publicly for the first time since Adam Yauch's death.
Available on VOD and iTunes March 26th, and opening in theaters on April 10th is the new action comedy Kill Me Three Times, which was directed by Kriv Stenders (Red Dog). The film stars Simon Pegg (Star Trek Into Darkness), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Luke Hemsworth (The Reckoning), Alice Braga (Predators), Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rose of an Empire), Callan Mulvey (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Bryan Brown (Cocktail).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of speaking with Luke Hemsworth and Alice Braga about their work on Kill Me Three Times. The two talented actors discussed their new film, its twists and turns, balancing comedy and action, and why they whispered their final lines in the movie.
Opening in theaters on March 27th is the new thriller The Barber, which was directed by first time feature filmmaker Basel Owies. The film stars Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs, The Hunt for Red October, Silverado), Chris Coy (Deliver Us from Evil), Kristen Hager (Wanted), and Stephen Tobolowsky (Memento).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently traveled to Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop in Los Angeles and had the honor of sitting down with the great Scott Glenn to talk about his work on The Barber. The veteran actor discussed his new film, creating his character, his acting process, and walking the fine line between good and evil.
Opening in theaters on June 5th is Insidious: Chapter 3, which is the third installment of the popular horror franchise produced by Jason Blum (The Lazarus Effect).
Insidious: Chapter 3 is directed by screenwriter/actor Leigh Whannell (Insidious: Chapter 2, Saw), who takes over directing duties from former director and now producer James Wan (Insidious: Chapter 2, Saw). The movie stars new cast members Dermot Mulroney (The Grey), and Stefanie Scott (Jem and the Holograms), while Whannell, Angus Sampson (The Mule), and Lin Shaye (The Signal) reprise their roles from the previous films as Specs, Tucker, and Elise Rainier, respectively.
The new movie is actually a prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family in the first two films. Insidious: Chapter 3 reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Shaye) reluctantly agreed to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
Last fall, I had the pleasure of visiting the Los Angeles set of Insidious: Chapter 3, along with a few other members of the press. We had a chance to speak with producer Jason Blum, director/screenwriter/actor Leigh Whannell, and actors Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, and Lin Shaye about their work on the upcoming film.
Virginia Madsen is one classy lady!
The veteran actress made her film debut in the early ‘80s movie Class, and went on to work with such iconic directors as David Lynch (Dune), Rob Reiner (Ghosts of Mississippi), and Francis Ford Coppola (The Rainmaker). But it was her role in Alexander Payne’s Sideways that earned her an Academy Award-nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Madsen would eventually work with legendary director Robert Altman on A Prairie Home Companion, and then appear in a string of high profile films including Firewall, The Astronaut Farmer, and The Number 23. Her latest film entitled Walter will open in theaters on March 13th.
Walter stars Andrew J. West (TV’s The Walking Dead) as the title character, a ticket-taker at the local cinema that believes he is the Son of God. He has agreed to decide the eternal fate of everyone he comes in to contact with. But when a ghost in purgatory (Justin Kirk) starts to haunt him, Walter begins to question everything he thought he understood about his world. Madsen plays Karen, Walter’s brokenhearted mother. In addition to West, Kirk and Madsen, the movie also features performances from Milo Ventimiglia (Wild Card), Neve Campbell (Wild Things), Peter Facinelli (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1), Jim Gaffigan (Three Kings), and William H. Macy (Rudderless), and was directed by first time feature filmmaker Anna Mastro.
I recently had the honor of speaking with the absolutely delightful Virginia Madsen about her work on Walter, as well as her memories of making Sideways and A Prairie Home Companion. The Oscar-nominated actress discussed Walter, how a first time filmmaker gets an Oscar-nominee to be in their movie, what she looks for when she is choosing projects, shooting her scenes with Andrew J. West, our shared experience on Sideways, working with the great Robert Altman on A Prairie Home Companion, and the truth about director Paul Thomas Anderson’s contributions to that film.
Opening in theaters on March 20th is the new action drama The Gunman, which was directed by Pierre Morel (Taken, From Paris with Love). The film stars two-time Academy Award-winner Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River), Idris Elba (No Good Deed, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), Ray Winstone (The Sweeney, London Boulevard), and Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently attended the Los Angeles press conference for The Gunman and had the honor of speaking with Sean Penn about his work on the film. The two-time Oscar-winner discussed his new movie, his process as an actor, how its changed over the years, making a "geri-action" movie, how it's different from Taken, the film's real world political storyline, why he no longer worries about box office grosses, his love for acting and making movies, and his advise to anyone in the film industry.
In my time as Managing Editor of IAR, I’ve had the pleasure to check several illustrious names off of my “interview wish list,” including Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Bruce Willis, Mel Brooks, William Shatner, Adam West, Stan Lee, Mike Tyson, and Oscar the Grouch. But I can now cross off my wish list the name of one of the greatest screen actors of all time … Al Pacino!
It almost seems redundant to list Mr. Pacino’s incredible body of work, but here goes anyways. The Academy Award-winner made his screen debut in The Panic in Needle Park, but it was his iconic role as Michael Corleone in The Godfather that made him a household name. He would go on to appear in some of the best movies ever made including Serpico, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, …And Justice for All, Scarface, Sea of Love, Carlito’s Way, and Heat. The actor has won four Golden Globes Awards, two Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, and been nominated for eight Oscars, finally winning Best Actor in 1993 for his performance in Scent of a Woman. Pacino’s latest film Danny Collins, which is one of his best in recent years, opens in theaters on March 20th.
Danny Collins features Pacino as the title character, an aging rock star who decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year old letter written to him by John Lennon. After reevaluating his life, Collins attempts to reunite with his long lost son Tom (Bobby Cannavale), and Tom’s wife (Jennifer Garner) and daughter. The musician also befriends a hotel manager named Mary (Annette Bening), and soon begins writing new material that puts him at odds with his longtime manager (Christopher Plummer) and his fans. The film was written and directed by Dan Fogelman (Last Vegas).
I recently had the honor of sitting down with the great Al Pacino (along with a few other members of the press), to talk about his work on Danny Collins. The legendary actor spoke candidly about his new film, his process as an actor, how it’s changed over the years, what real life rock stars influenced his performance, and his signature role as Michael Corleone in The Godfather.
Disney just can’t let Frozen go!
The animated musical was a runaway hit for the studio, winning Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, as well as becoming the fifth biggest grossing movie of all time. After recently announcing development of Frozen 2, Disney has produced a brand new short film entitled Frozen Fever, which was released with Cinderella and is currently playing in theaters now.
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee once again direct Frozen Fever, with Peter Del Vecho producing. Voice actors Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad all reprise their roles from the original, while Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez composed a new song for the short. Frozen Fever takes place on Anna's (Menzel) birthday, as Elsa (Bell) and Kristoff (Groff) are determined to give her the best celebration ever. However, Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with co-director Chris Buck and producer Peter Del Vecho to talk about their work on Frozen Fever. The Oscar-winning director and producer discussed the new short, the incredible success of the original feature, their master plan for world domination, purposely having John Travolta mispronounce Idina Menzel’s name at the Academy Awards, revisiting the Frozen characters, the Lopez’s new song, and the cute new characters from Frozen Fever that might just appear in Frozen 2.
Appearing at Paleyfest 2015 in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 14th at the Dolby Theater was the cast of The Flash, which is based on characters created by DC Comics. In attendance were executive producers Andrew Kreisberg, and Greg Berlanti, as well as cast members Grant Gustin ("Barry Allen/The Flash"), Candice Patton ("Iris West"), Jesse L. Martin (Det. Joe West"), Carlos Valdes ("Cisco Ramon"), Danielle Panabaker ("Dr. Caitlin Snow"), Rick Cornett ("Det. Eddie Thawne"), and Tom Cavanagh ("Dr. Harrison Wells/Reverse-Flash").
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had the pleasure of attending the red carpet before the Paleyfest presentation at the Dolby Theater and spoke to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, as well as actors Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cornett, and Tom Cavanagh about their work on The Flash. The producer and actors discussed their hit series, researching the comic book source material, the actor's character arc, when Wally West will appear, the introduction of Firestorm, working with the great Victor Garber, if Cisco will become Vibe, Mark Hamill reprising his role as the Trickster, the brilliant casting of Prison Break's Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell as Captain Cold and Heat Wave, Arrow's Felicity Smoak (Emily Brit Rickards) and Ray Palmer's (Brandon Routh) upcoming visit to Central City, Eddie Thawne's secret connection to the Reverse-Flash, the inevitable confrontation between Barry Allen and Dr. Wells, and why Cavanagh is happy that he can finally tell people that Wells is the Reverse-Flash.