Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner

Opening in theaters nationally on May 24th is the new drama What Maisie Knew, which is based on the popular book of the same name by Henry James. The film was helmed by the directorial team of Scott McGehee and David Siegel (Bee Season), and features an all-star cast that includes Academy Award-nominee Julianne Moore (The English Teacher), Alexander Skarsgard (Disconnect), Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder), and newcomer Onata Aprile

IAR's New York correspondent Dana Gardner recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Julianne Moore to talk about her work on What Maisie Knew. The Academy Award-nominated actress discussed her new movie, what attracts her to projects and ultimately drew her to this script, her complex character, playing a rockstar, working with young actress Onata Aprile, collaborating with directing team Scott McGehee and David Siegel, and what novel she would love to adapt into a film some day.

Opening in theaters nationally on May 24th is the new drama What Maisie Knew, which is based on the popular book of the same name by Henry James. The film was helmed by the directorial team of Scott McGehee and David Siegel (Bee Season), and features an all-star cast that includes Academy Award-nominee Julianne Moore (The English Teacher), Alexander Skarsgard (Disconnect), Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder), and newcomer Onata Aprile

IAR's New York correspondent Dana Gardner recently had the pleasure of sitting down with both Alexander Skarsgard and Onata Aprile to talk about their work on What Maisie KnewAprile discussed how she prepared for her role, improvising, learning her lines, and continuing acting as she gets older, while Skarsgard talked about what attracted him to the project, being a fan of Henry James' novel, the film's impressive cast, the importance of finding the right person to play Maisie, working with a child actress, playing a different character than his role on True Blood, and what he want's to be when he grows up. 

Opening in theaters on May 17th is the new comedic drama The English Teacher from first time feature film director Craig Zisk (TV's Weeds). The movie stars an excellent cast that includes Academy Award-nominee Julianne Moore (The Big Lebowski), Michael Angarano (The Brass Teapot), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror), Nathan Lane (The Producers), and Academy Award-nominee Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine).

IAR's New York Correspondent Dana Gardner recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Julianne Moore and Michael Angarano to talk about their work on The English Teacher. The Oscar-nominated actress and young actor discussed their new film, working with first time feature film director Craig Zisk, their three favorite writers, the teacher that inspired Moore to become an actress, and why Angarano was thrilled to work with co-stars Moore and Nathan Lane

Opening in theaters and VOD on March 29th is the new comedy/drama Family Weekend from director Benjamin Epps. The film features an excellent cast that includes Kristin Chenoweth (Hit and Run), Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises), Olesya Rulin (High School Musical), Joey King (Oz the Great and Powerful), and Academy Award-winner Shirley Jones (Elmer Gantry). 

IAR's New York Correspondent Dana Gardner recently had a chance to sit down with Kristin Chenoweth and Olesya Rulin to talk about their work on Family Weekend. Rulin discussed her recent birthday, playing a younger character, and training for her jump-roping scenes, Chenoweth talked about creating her complex character, and her respect for her co-star, while both actresses discussed their passions outside of acting. 

Tuesday, March 12th, Ang Lee’s visually breathtaking Life of Pi arrives on Blu-ray 3D, Bu-ray, and DVD with a number of special features that explore the making of this astonishing film. Life of Pi focuses of Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma), a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor — a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Life of Pi received the most awards for a single film at the Academy Awards this year including best director, cinematography, visual effects, and musical score. I recently had the chance to be amongst the first members of the press to speak with Ang Lee since his film won big at the Oscars. Lee was joined by Life of Pi’s editor, Tim Squyres (Gosford Park, The Ice Storm), and screenwriter, David Magee (Finding Neverland), at the Crosby Hotel in New York City to promote the Blu-ray/DVD release. The filmmakers presented deleted scenes that will be available on the Blu-ray/DVD and discussed the extensive pre-production process of the film.

Quentin Tarantino made a name for himself with his 1992 debut, Reservoir Dogs and has continued to engage audiences with his unique writing and direction since. Opening Christmas Day is his latest film, Django Unchained, which stars Jamie Foxx (Ray, Miami Vice), Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Carnage), Leonardo Dicaprio (Inception, The Basketball Diaries), Kerry Washington (Ray, Last King of Scotland), and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, The Long Kiss Goodnight).

The film focuses on Django, played by Foxx, a slave living in the Deep South after having been separated from his wife Broomhilda, played by Washington. When Django is held for a slave auction, Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), a German bounty hunter who uses his former profession of a dentist as a cover, frees Django from his vicious masters and gives him the option of helping him hunt down and kill the Brittle Brothers, a ruthless gang of killers whom only Django has seen. In return, Schultz will free Django from slavery completely and help find and rescue Broomhilda from the charming but brutal Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), who owns Candyland, a plantation where male slaves are trained to fight for sport and female slaves are forced into prostitution.

A press conference was recently held in New York City in which filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, joined by Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, and Don Johnson discussed their new film, Django Unchained.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 10:44

IAR Press Conference Coverage: 'The Hobbit'

It’s been nine years since the last Lord of the Rings installment hit theaters but this Friday, December 14th we can finally return to Middle Earth with the debut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The film, directed by Peter Jackson, is the first part of trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth sixty years before The Lord of the Rings which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard, Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen Dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.

Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings, X-Men) returns as Gandalf the Grey with Martin Freeman (Hot Fuzz, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage (Captain America: The First Avenger, Robin Hood) as Thorin Oakenshield. Also returning to the cast are Elijah Wood as Frodo and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

At the New York City press day for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I was among the entertainment journalists lucky enough to speak with director Peter Jackson, producer Philippa Boyens, senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri, along with stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Freeman, Elijah Wood, and Andy Serkis.

Now playing in theaters and on VOD is Ward Roberts' gritty neo-Western, Dust Up. The film, which stars Christian Badami ("The Interior," Freeway Killer), Devin Barry (Little Big Top, Lo), Jeremiah Birkett (L.A. Confidential, Evan Almighty), and Amber Benson ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," The Crush) focuses on a former vigilante, who after embracing his peaceful nature, comes to the aid of a young mother in trouble with a cannibalistic drug lord. With tons of sex, drugs, violence, and over-the-top surrealist absurdity, Dust Up is a wild ride through the best parts of grindhouse cinema.

I recently had a chance to speak with writer/director, Ward Roberts about Dust Up. He discussed his influences, his love of westerns, comedic brutality, his beginnings, working with his cast, his love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and what he'd like to work on next.

Now playing in theaters is the new horror film, Greystone Park, directed by filmmaker, Sean Stone, who also happens to be the son of legendary director, Oliver Stone. The film is based on the true life experiences of Sean Stone and co-writer Alexander Wraith. They met at a dinner with Oliver Stone when Wall Street: Money Never Dies was being filmed in October 2009, where they started to discuss ghost stories. As a result, Sean and Alexander decided to visit an abandoned psychiatric hospital in New Jersey famous for its radical treatment of patients with mental illness to explore whether or not they believe in the supernatural. Once inside the institution they soon discovered that they were not alone.

I recently had a chance to discuss Greystone Park with Sean Stone.  He discussed the origin of the film, the real life hospital that this was based on, how his father inspired him as a director and his fear of Freddy Krueger.

Now playing in theaters is the anthology horror film, V/H/S, which centers on a group of misfits who burglarize a desolate house to acquire a rare VHS tape; however, they discover more footage than they bargained for. The film features a series of found-footage shorts written and directed by Joe Swanberg (Kissing on the Mouth, Nights and Weekends), Adam Wingard (Autoerotic), David Bruckner (The Signal), Ti West (The Innkeepers), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), and the directing quartet known as Radio Silence.

I recently had a chance to discuss the film, V/H/S, with Joe Swanberg who directed the segment, "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger," and starred in the segment, "Second Honeymoon". The director discussed where the anthology idea came from, working in a collaboration, and his philosophy on filmmaking.

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