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The Hateful Eight is Quentin Tarantino's next picture.

Mere days after QT himself reluctantly confirmed as much at Comic-Con, a very, very early teaser poster declares that his next western will indeed arrive next year.

This is only a little surprising because about seven months ago, after an early draft of his Hateful Eight script leaked among agency-types, Tarantino declared, "It’s not going to be the next thing I do. It’s my baby, and if the muse calls me later to do it, we’ll do it. I was thinking about the idea of maybe publishing it before I made it, but now that deal happens for sure, and I’m not doing it next."

By April, he appeared to have changed his mind altogether, staging a live-reading of the in-progress script and talking like The Hateful Eight was still on.  Then, a few weeks back, one of IAR's favorite actors jumped in, saying that the film will shoot early next year.

Now, this poster ccourtesy of Empire confirms not only that the film will hit in 2015, but also that it is indeed being shot in 70mm Super CinemaScope.

The film is a chronicle of the "steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group which includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere."

If the live-read cast stays in place (and we have reason to believe it will), then The Hateful Eight will star Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Amer Tamblyn, Bruce Dern, James Parks, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Denis Menochet, Zoe Bell, Dana Gourrier, and James Remar.

Movie News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:39:31 +0000
First Trailer for 'Into the Woods,' Disney's All-Star Musical Fairy Tale First Trailer for 'Into the Woods,' Disney's All-Star Musical Fairy Tale

Disney's teaser trailer for Into the Woods puts its best foot forward, introducing its remarkable ensemble cast and fairy tale trappings with panache.

And just to make sure we know how many talented people are in Into the Woods, the studio also dropped damn near a dozen pictures from the anticipated musical.

Described as "a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales," the movie follows a baker and his wife as they set out to break a witch's curse on them, a journey that leads them to run-ins with familiar fantasy figures like Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood.  Along the way, they learn some valuable lessons about living happily ever after.

James Corden (Begin Again) and Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) star as the couple, with Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) as the Witch, Johnny Depp (Transcendence) as the Big Bad Wolf, Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) as Cinderella, and Chris Pine (Star Trek) as her Prince Charming.  

Then there's also Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher), Christine Baranski (The Birdcage), Frances de la Tour (Hugo), Daniel Huttlestone (Les Miserables), Mackenzie Mauzy (Brother's Keeper), and Lilla Crawford making her film debut as Red Riding Hood.

The trailer, available in high definition at Apple, doesn't provide samples of the musical numbers in Into the Woods, but it trots out the exceedingly good-looking cast and spends a lot of time in the woods.

Rob Marshall, whose credits include Nine, Chicago, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directs from a screenplay by Tony Award winner James Lapine based on his popular stage play. 

Like the play, the movie boasts music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, who also contributed an all-new song to Into the Woods.

The film, which juggles a whole lot of discordant genre elements, opens in theaters on December 25th of this year, a release date it shares with Unbroken, Paddington, and even Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

Here are the eleven stills Disney just released, along with the official synopsis:

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

Movie News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:56:51 +0000
IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Jeff Fahey Talks 'Beneath,' 'Texas Rising' and the Legacy of 'Silverado' IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Jeff Fahey Talks 'Beneath,' 'Texas Rising' and the Legacy of 'Silverado'

There are certain actors who make every project they work on better just by being a part of them. For my money, Jeff Fahey is one of those actors!

He first appeared on the screen in one of the greatest Westerns ever made, Silverado, and later appeared in such popular films as The Lawnmower Man, White Hunter, Planet Terror, and Machete. But he is probably best known for his role as helicopter pilot Frank Lapidus on the beloved TV series Lost. He’ll soon return to the Western genre with his upcoming mini-series Texas Rising. But first, Fahey stars in the new horror/thriller Beneath, which is currently available on VOD and opens in theaters on August 1st. 

Beneath follows a crew of coal miners who become trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another. Fahey plays George Marsh, the leader of the miners whose daughter (Kelly Noonan) is trapped with them in the collapse. The film is directed by Ben Ketai (30 Days of Night: Dark Days), and is inspired by true events. In addition to Fahey and Noonan, the movie also features Joey Kern (Cabin Fever), Mark L. Young (We’re the Millers), Eric Etebari (The Lincoln Lawyer), and Brent Briscoe (The Dark Knight Rises).

I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with the great Jeff Fahey about Beneath, Texas Rising, and the legacy of Silverado. The veteran actor discussed his new movie, talking to real miners, why he doesn’t always research a role, director Ben Ketai, choosing projects, why Silverado is one of the great all-time Westerns, filming Texas Rising, and what he is most proud of in his career. 

Here is what Jeff Fahey had to say about Beneath, Texas Rising, and the legacy of Silverado:

IAR: To begin with, did you do any research for your role in Beneath

Jeff Fahey: Well Jami, it all happened so fast. I read the script and then I was on location on the set. But they had a miner who was a retired, an experienced miner that came in and talked to us for a couple hours the day before we started filming. I think some of the other actors had some time to do research on their own, but it was pretty much hand delivered to us with the sets, the director, his vision, the lighting, and the ensemble of the cast. Everybody got along great so we pretty much jumped in there and covered ourselves with dirt, and held our breath. 

Did you learn anything from the retired miner you spoke with that helped to inform your performance?

Fahey: I wouldn’t want to say no, but I can’t say yes to any specifics other than it’s nice to have somebody who has lived that life, not necessarily the experience of being trapped, but lived that life and talks to you for a little bit. I think you just get a sense of whom they are and you listen to the information, and then spin it into your own jazz. 

As a veteran actor who has been successfully working in the industry for several decades, do you feel at this point in your career that you need to do a lot of research for a role, or can you just read the script, understand it and know how to play any character?

Fahey: I think it’s different for every role and every story Jami, but some are delivered so well on paper. When it’s so well written like that, then you speak with the director and you can get a good sense of their vision. Then with your other actors you develop it along the way. But some were easier than others because it’s right there on paper, and also the interpretation of the director, but it’s different all the time Jami. It’s good to have the research certainly if you have the time. Other times it’s good to stay away from too much research and roll with it if you’re in the right environment. 

Do you feel like Beneath was “delivered well on paper” and what was director Ben Ketai’s vision for the project?

Fahey: It was definitely on paper and then the joy was that I never looked at it as though it was a horror film. It was a psychological drama to me and that Ben laid the other stuff in. But it’s hard to pinpoint that Jami, sometimes it just all roles together. You read it and then you step in there. I don’t know if you are an actor or have been, but when you step into the wardrobe and in front of a set like that you feel as though you’re in a cave. So the environment you’re in gives a lot of that to you. 

When you’re reading scripts and looking for projects to work on, what are you looking for? Is it all about the story and the character, or does the director, the cast, and where it will film play a part in your ultimate decision?

Fahey: I’m just moving through life. My life won’t be answered through films. It’ll be part of my life, but I don’t look for the answers in life through the films or plays that I do. I look for the adventure and the enjoyment of being part of the story. I just take them as they come. Grab ahold of some of them and move past some of the others, but its storytelling and some of them have an effect on people’s lives. All of them have an effect on me based on the people I’m working with, more so than the story that I’m involved in. There are times when the story changes your life a bit. But I would say sometimes it has more of an effect on the audience than it does on the individuals inside the story. That’s what I think. I can’t speak for anyone else. I just try to move and groove and grow along the way, and hopefully have some fun and run a little more.

Can I tell you which one of your films has had a lasting effect on my life?

Fahey: The Lawnmower Man!

No, but I do love that movie. In fact, I’ve told this before to your director Lawrence Kasdan, as well as your fellow cast member Kevin Kline. 

Fahey: Oh, Silverado!

Yes. I think Silverado is one of the five best Westerns ever made.

Fahey: Oh my God. Thank you brother, thank you. I’m down here in Mexico working on another Western right now. 

What movie are you working on?

Fahey: Texas Rising. It’s an eight-hour mini-series that Roland Joffe (There Be Dragons) is directing with Bill Paxton, and Ray Liotta. It’s set in the 1830’s. It’s great. I say that because we were just talking about Silverado the other day. 

Was Silverado your first movie? 

Fahey: Yeah, it was my first real movie after I did theater in New York. I had done some small independent student films, but that was the first big film I made. 

Finally, as you look back on your impressive career, is there any project in particular that you are especially proud of?

Fahey: I’m proud of all of them. I have to say that and I’m not dodging the answer. Sometimes they’re really wonderful films, and sometimes they’re as Robert Mitchum would say “Every once and a while we do a carpet commercial.” The good, bad or indifferent of what the project is, I’ve always walked out of each one of those projects having learned something. I’ve worked with so many wonderful people. If I come off a film and the movie itself didn’t work as a story, or the audience didn’t grab a hold of it, even possibly rejected it in a quite strong way, if I walked out of there having had a good work experience with people on the project than that’s the gift I can get out of it and hopefully the audience sometimes can get a good film. It’s always a work in progress for me. 

Beneath is currently available on VOD and opens in theaters on August 1st.  

Texas Rising is currently in production. 

Interviews Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:50:17 +0000
Don't Call It a Comeback: Great Trailer for 'Birdman' Starring Michael Keaton Don't Call It a Comeback: Great Trailer for 'Birdman' Starring Michael Keaton

Less than ten seconds into a new international trailer, Birdman went from a movie we here at IAR were pretty psyched about to one that we absolutely cannot wait to see.

Seriously, Birdman looks nuts.  But in the very best way.

Michael Keaton's been on a minor roll lately over the last several years, straight-up stealing The Other Guys and Toy Story 3 before proving the brightest spot in the RoboCop remake and Need for Speed.

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance finally gives him something to really chew on, though.  Keaton, best known for playing Batman about four Batmen ago, stars as Riggan Thompson, a washed up actor best known for playing a blockbuster superhero years ago.  As his grip on reality slowly but surely loosens, this onetime superstar attempts a big comeback by way of a Broadway show.  Leading up to opening night, Keaton's character must face his own ego in order to redeem himself professionally and personally.

His performance looks pretty incredible, an unhinged, exuberant blast of a hallucinatory meltdown.  But that's not all, either, because genius auteur Alejandro González Iñárritu has made his weirdest, possibly boldest work yet, a movie that the director constructed to feel like one uninterrupted take. 

The result looks marvelously bonkers, a hallucinatory and funny trip inside the mind of a man coming apart at the seams. Be warned, though, this trailer contains some saucy language.

This looks like a pretty huge change of pace for the Mexican-born director.  Iñárritu has tended to towards heavy material.He became a big deal around the world with Amores Perros in 2000, which he followed up with similarly interconnected and tragic dramas 21 Grams and Babel in 2003 and 2006. 

With his last film, 2010's Biutiful, Iñárritu didn't stick to the interconnected part, but did throw plenty of weighty drama into the mix (cancer, alcoholism, prostitution, slave labor, and bipolar disorder) as he directed Javier Bardem to an Oscar. 

His next movie, The Revenent, ought to be a return to solemn form, a western that's set to star Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Domnhall Gleeson.

But back to Birdman.  While it's obviously Keaton's show, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance also has room for some energetic performances from ringers like Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough, and Naomi Watts.

Later this month, Birdman will open the Venice Film Festival, positioning it very much as an early awards season contender for Keaton and Iñárritu.  It will then open in theaters on October 17th


Movie News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:24:15 +0000
Alex Kurtzman Taking over 'The Mummy' Re-Remake as Director Alex Kurtzman Taking over 'The Mummy' Re-Remake as Director

Will Alex Kurtzman be the director to finally a new take on The Mummy moving, kicking off a new age for the Universal Monsters?

It's only been a few months since Kurtzman and his longtime writing/producing partner Robert Orci parted ways. 

As screenwriters, the duo contributed to Transformers, Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but they've now divvied up their franchise projects: Orci's set to make his directorial debut on Star Trek 3 while Kurtzman's sticking with Sony's Spider-franchises and The Mummy.

Back when they were still a pair, Kurtzman and Orci were producing this new The Mummy that Universal has been trying to get off the ground since 2012.  Between The Mummy and a Van Helsing project that had Tom Cruise attached to star, K&O were looking to create a Marvel Studios-style shared universe for the iconic monsters. 

With Orci out, we learned just weeks ago that now Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, the writer behind the studio's insanely lucrative Fast & Furious franchise, are the architects of this cinematic monsterverse.

And now Variety reports that Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct The Mummy.

Unlike Orci, Kurtzman has a directorial endeavor under his belt, having written and directed the 2012 melodrama People Like Us.  He's also set to direct the Spidey spinoff Venom, but when Sony announced Sinister Six for 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 for 2018, no mention of Venom was made, so that's probably a long way out (if it's even still happening).

Back in 2012, Len Wiseman was the first director on board The Mummy, but he jumped ship last year.  Mama helmer Andres Muschietti signed up last fall, but he kicked rocks several months back over creative differences.

And now Kurtzman's picking up the directorial baton on this new take, which has no relationship to either the Boris Karloff The Mummy nor Stephen Sommers's goofy, action-oriented movies starring Brendan Fraser.  This one, written by Prometheus co-scribe Jon Spaihts and produced by Morgan, takes place in the present day.

“We’re reaching into the deep roots of The Mummy, which at its beating heart is a horror movie and then an action movie, and putting it into a context that is real and emotional," Kurtzman said two years ago. "It’s still a four-quadrant film but as a lot of recent movies have proven, audiences are hungry for more than they used to be. You can still have a family movie, an action movie that’s more grounded than these used to be. Without saying too much, we’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Crichton’s books, and how he ground fantastical tales in modern-day science.”

Movie News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:53:13 +0000
Owen Wilson Gets Peed On In the 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' Trailer Owen Wilson Gets Peed On In the 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' Trailer

Have you ever wanted to see a monkey urinating on Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan?

If the answer is yes, then the first trailer for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is your jam.

Once again, Ben Stiller stars as Larry Daley, a security guard who discovered that the exhibits at New York's Museum of Natural History came to life every evening in 2006's Night at the Museum.

In this third and final installment,* the artifact that animates the exhibits is losing its magical power, sending Larry and his historical buddies on a wild adventure to unlock the mystery of the Golden Tablet of Pharaoh Ahkmenrah and save all the historical figures from becoming nothing more than lifeless recreations.

After the last sequel, 2009's Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, took Stiller and company to Washington D.C., Secret of the Tomb goes European, unleashing Larry's pals on London, inside and out of the British Museum.

"We have brought museums to life, but we have never really explored the idea of taking the magic into the world," director Shawn Levy said earlier this week. "This movie really goes beyond the museum walls. We are out in London, on a double-decker bus, in Trafalgar Square. It's a juicy idea we haven't explored."

"We go to the British Museum in the second half of the movie because that is where the answers lie. It's not because it felt like time to get on an airplane," swore Levy.

Unless you're into simian wetworks with teeny-tiny men, Stiller's relationship with his caveman doppleganger appears to be the highlight here.

Lancelot could also be a hoot.  Dan Stevens, best known as Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey, plays the knight, and according to Levy, his performance is a "comedic revelation."

He's not the only newcomer in this third round of fleeing from dinosaur skeletons.  Rebel Wilson shows up as a British security guard, while Ben Kingsley appears as the father of Ahkmenrah, played for the third time by Rami Malek

The cast this time mixes familiar and new franchise players, from Robin Williams on through Ricky Gervais, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs, Dick Van Dyke, Mizuo Peck, Rachael Harris, and Skylar Gisondo.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens on December 19th.

*"These remain the most successful movies that Ben and I have ever done," said Levy, who also has the all-star dramedy This Is Where I Leave You hitting this year.  "Ultimately, in some ways, this is about saying goodbye to a franchise which has been career defining for both of us."

Movie News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:43:25 +0000
Prepare for 'Battle of the Five Armies' With New 'The Hobbit' Images Prepare for 'Battle of the Five Armies' With New 'The Hobbit' Images

A quintet of stills from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies show off one titular hobbit and two equally titular armies but contain zero battles.

That's okay, however, because an image of Smaug laying waste to Lake-Town ought to fulfill your appetite for destruction.

Of course, you've probably already seen Smaug in action thanks to the first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which Warner Bros. released just this week after a solid hyping at Comic-Con over the weekend.

Peter Jackson stormed San Diego for his last Hall H panel promoting a J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation.  The panel, moderated by Tolkien superfan Stephen Colbert, was full of insight and tantalizing details, as well as a surprising revelation or two from the ensemble cast.

A fiery teaser poster greased the way for Comic-Con and the trailer, marking the real kickoff to months of hype leading up to the climactic installment in The Hobbit trilogy, which hits theaters in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D, and HFR 3D on December 17th.

The sequel picks up where The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug left off.  Drawing from Tolkien's introductory Middle Earth text and the famous Appendices, The Battle of the Five Armies brings some Lord of the Rings-style epic warfare to a tale that's been more swashbuckling thus far.  With Smaug finally abandoning Erebor, armies from all corners of Middle Earth show up to get their greedy hands on the loot within the Lonely Mountain, setting the stage for an all-out slugfest.

Here's the official synopsis:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

Movie News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:15:04 +0000
Christopher Nolan's Sci-Fi Epic 'Interstellar' Unveils a Stunning Trailer Christopher Nolan's Sci-Fi Epic 'Interstellar' Unveils a Stunning Trailer

The full theatrical trailer for Interstellar aims to drop jaws and succeeds in spades.

Christopher Nolan's secretive sci-fi adventure looks just as awe-inspiring as you'd expect a Christopher Nolan sci-fi adventure to look. 

This trailer offers by far our most extensive look at Interstellar's sojourn of the cosmos, including a black hole and some alien vistas.  What's really surprising, though, is just how earnestly emotional this trailer is, declaring "Love is the one thing that transcends time and space."

And if some of the most mindbending space travel ever committed to film isn't your deal, then perhaps Michael Caine reciting Dylan Thomas will do the trick.

Nolan's first movie since finished up his Dark Knight trilogy, Interstellar takes place in the near future, when climate change and overpopulation have devastated Earth and corn is the only viable crop in this global dust bowl.  When even maize starts dying off, humanity must find a new planetary home, one where we can actually grow food.

Matthew McConaughey stars as Cooper, a pilot, engineer, and widowed father called upon to join the mission "to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage."  Unfortunately that means leaving his daughter and son behind in order to save the species.

In addition to McConaughey, the cast includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burnstyn, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Bill Irwin, Jon Lithgow, Wes Bentley, David Owyelowo, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, and even Matt Damon in a very small role.

To see the trailer in glorious high definition, head over to the official Interstellar site and enter the code 7201969 (the date of the Apollo 11 moon landing).

The film is inspired by the theories of Kip Thorne, an eminent theoretical physicist who is also acting as a consultant and executive producer on the film.  The cinematic implications of Thorne's work on astrophysics, gravitational physics, and wormholes originally caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who commissioned The Dark Knight scribe and Nolan sibling Jonathan Nolan to write a screenplay based around that work.

Spielberg's version never got off the ground, but Christopher Nolan picked up the astro-baton, rewriting the script and getting Warner Bros., Paramount, and Legendary to co-finance what appears to be his stab at a 2001-style exploration epic grounded in real science.

Nolan and his leading man made a surprise appearance at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend.  On stage in Hall H, Nolan discussed working with Thorne, saying, “For me, in working on the script, there were a lot of very intense conversations with somebody who is much better informed than me. It actually made my head hurt a bit. I actually said to Kip, ‘Well, I don’t want to understand this stuff too much, because I have to be able to explain it to the audience.’ He’s a very generous collaborator, and somebody who has spent an incredible amount of time thinking about these concepts.”

We'll see how Nolan realizes these concepts on regular-sized and IMAX screens (Nolan once again shot stretches of the film using IMAX cameras) when Interstellar arrives on November 7th.

Movie News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:40:49 +0000
IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Douglas Booth Talks 'Noah" Blu-ray/DVD and 'Jupiter Ascending' IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Douglas Booth Talks 'Noah

At age 22, actor Douglas Booth has already played Boy George (Worried About the Boy), and Romeo (Romeo & Juliet) on screen, as well as work with such visionary directors as Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) and the Wachowskis (The Matrix series). Jupiter Ascending, which he made with the Wachowskis, will be out early next year. But now you can see Booth in director Darren Aronofsky’s latest film Noah, which will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning July 29th. 

Noah is of course based on the classic story from the Bible. A man (Russell Crowe) is chosen by his world's creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world. Aronofsky’s mixes in big budget VFX to make Noah the Lord of the Rings version of the beloved Bible story. In addition to Crowe and Booth, the film also stars Ray Winstone (The Sweeney), Emma Watson (Harry Potter series), Logan Lerman (3:10 to Yuma), Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and Academy Award-winners Jennifer Connelly (Hulk) and Anthony Hopkins (Thor). 

I recently had a chance to speak with Douglas Booth about Noah, as well as Jupiter Ascending. The popular young actor discussed his latest movie, his initial reaction to the script, working with director Darren Aronofsky, the film’s visual effects, staying true to the beloved story, acting opposite Russell Crowe, Jupiter Ascending, his role, the basic plot, and working with the Wachowskis

Here is what Douglas Booth had to say about Noah and Jupiter Ascending:

IAR: To begin with, what was your initial reaction when you read the script for Noah, and what did you think about this new interpretation of the classic story that director Darren Aronofsky wanted to tell?

Douglas Booth: For me I’d never read anything like it. I think if I had read that script without someone as talented and such an incredible vision as Darren, without someone like that attached, it would’ve scared me. It was quite a task and quite a story to take on, but I think the whole way every member of the cast crafted his vision so strongly. We just followed it down to the last hour and I think it paid off. We have an incredible film.  

What I’ve always appreciated about Darren Aronofsky as a director is that he always takes a big swing and tries to do something different, rather than make the same film over and over again. Do you feel the same way about him as a filmmaker and what was it like working with him on this project?

Booth: Yeah, I mean he’s not scared of any challenge. He was in two minds. In one mind he was very consciously dealing with sensitive material and he was very, very respectful. He always does lots of research. But then there was another side of him that was of one thought. He knew what he wanted to make and he wasn’t going to settle for anything less. I think that’s apparent on screen and that’s why you see some bizarre things that you would never seen in any other normal blockbuster. I think it’s safe to say that it’s probably one of the most out there, studio blockbusters that there has been in a long time. There probably won’t be anything like it again for sometime.  

What was it like acting opposite Russell Crowe?

Booth: Amazing. I grew up watching Gladiator and all his films. It’s a bizarre thing when you start working with him because he’s someone who’s been in your consciousness for so long and I’m a big fan of his work. It becomes very normal very quickly. He’s very good at taking on the father figure role. We all came together as a family quite well. Russell brings a great intensity to his work and he elevates you as an actor. Just having the chance to play off of him and be elevated by him was great. 

One of the things that struck me most about the film was the “rock monsters,” or the fallen angels as they are referred to in the movie. When you saw the final version, what was your reaction to what Aronofsky did with those visual effects?

Booth: I loved it. I found them very moving in the aspects of the film. I think they took quite a few people by surprise and I think some people couldn’t get over. But I thought they added a beautiful element. It was so different from anything I’ve seen before. It’s something very different and something that comes from Darren’s mind, and his interpretation of something he’s read in the Bible. I was excited. I was intrigued to see how they would turn out because I saw lots of artwork when they were just creating them. They watched all these different videos about people with disabilities. They wanted to create angels that were stuck inside molten rocks so they watched videos of people with disabilities moving to see how they wanted to form these disabled angels that had fallen from grace. 

Obviously this is a very beloved story that is incredibly important to a lot of people. Noah is an entertaining, action-packed movie, was there any concern while filming about straying too far from the source material?

Booth: When I was making the film I wasn’t nervous because we were under the protection of Darren Aronofsky and his vision. I didn’t come to make a religious film. I came to make a Darren Aronofsky film. I wasn’t worrying about that. I’m sure the studio was worrying about that, but that wasn’t my job. 

Finally, can you talk about your role in Jupiter Ascending?

Booth: I’m a part of this family that lives in space. They are an iconic family and they’re in this industry, which is all about harvesting… I still don’t know what I’m allowed to say. But basically my character is a bit of a playboy. Eddie Redmayne, Tuppence Middleton and I, we all are sort of vying for power because our mother has passed away. She has left her inheritance of this big company to herself, a reincarnation of herself. Her reincarnation comes around in the universe, which is Mila Kunis, and we all want a piece of her. So it’s basically us all vying for a piece of her. So I send Channing Tatum to go and get her.  

What was it like working with the Wachowskis siblings? That must’ve been an incredible experience for you. 

Booth: Amazing. I’m a huge fan of theirs and they’re just wonderful people and I do like working with them. Their minds are just so mindboggling. You ask them any question about anything in the film and they’ll give you a 40-minute synopsis of what it is and what role it has in their world that they’ve created. Their imagination is so vast and they’re always trying to do things people haven’t done before. It was fun to work with them every day. They get very excited on set. You know if you’re doing well because you just hear their excitement bubbling. They’re really good fun to work with. 

Noah will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning July 29th. 

Jupiter Ascending will open in theaters on February 6th, 2015.

Interviews Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:07:57 +0000
High-Veloctiy Trailer for Y.A. Adaptation 'The Maze Runner' High-Veloctiy Trailer for Y.A. Adaptation 'The Maze Runner'

If you've got a claustrophobic fear of being crushed between two giant stone blocks, you should probably skip the latest trailer for The Maze Runner.

Mostly it's running and Lord of the Flies-style power struggles between youngsters, but there's a moment in which the hero, played by Dylan O'Brien, squeezes between two huge walls, and that specific beat could cause some real anxiety.

This is the latest young adult series to get the franchise treatment, with 20th Century Fox hoping that The Maze Runner will lead to two or three more movies based on James Dashner's sequels The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure.

Another dystopian tale focused on teens, The Maze Runner follows Thomas, a young man who wakes up in an elevator with no memory leading up to that point.  He soon finds himself the Glade, a walled-in area where youngsters like him are inexplicably deposited every thirty days. 

Turns out the Glade is in the middle of a truly massive maze, and when its inhabitants aren't trying to make their little amnesiac community work, they're scrambling to avoid a gruesome fate from the dangerous creatures roaming the seemingly inescapable maze.  Thomas upsets the established order, though, courting danger from his fellow Gladers and the beasts within the maze.

This theatrical trailer, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, suggests that The Maze Runner could be a solid scifi thriller that sets itself apart from the glut of YA properties.

O'Brien has built up a fervent fanbase thanks to MTV's Teen Wolf series and he appeared in last summer's The Internship, but this marks his first test as a leading man.

He's got backup from Kaya Scodelario of Skins and Clash of the Titans, who plays Teresa, the first woman introduced the the Glades.  Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who played Jojeen Reed on Game of Thrones and voices Ferb on Phineas and Ferb, also lends support.

As you can see in the trailer, there's also a very different role for Will Poulter, best known for his comedic role in We're the Millers Poulter spoke to IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick in an exclusive interview at WonderCon earlier this summer.  See that interview by following this link.

Wes Ball, a veteran of visual effects and a graphic artist, makes his directorial debut on The Maze Runner, which opens nationwide on September 19th.

Here's the latest poster:

Movie News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:18:02 +0000