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Opening in theaters in Los Angeles, New York, and Austin on May 24th, and nationally on June 14th is Before Midnight from director Richard Linklater (Bernie). The film is the third in a franchise that also features Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, and was co-written by Linklater and the film's stars Ethan Hawke (Sinister) and July Delpy (Broken Flowers).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with director Richard Linklater to talk about his work on Before Midnight. The acclaimed filmmaker discussed the new movie, creating an unexpected franchise, how the characters have grown over twenty-years, writing the film with Ethan Hawke and July Delpy, and if he would ever consider making a sequel to his beloved '1970s set high school film - Dazed and Confused.
When the Wolfpack returns to theaters for the third and final time on May 23rd with The Hangover Part III, they will get a chance to reunite with several characters not seen since the original film. One of those characters is actress Heather Graham’s stripper turned housewife Jade, as well as her baby (now toddler) Tyler – A.K.A. Carlos.
After being sidelined for The Hangover Part II, Graham returns to help the Wolfpack on their journey one more time in The Hangover Part III, which is being advertised as the conclusion to the epic series that has become the most successful comedy franchise of all time. Graham, who began he career as a teenager, has been appearing in films for almost 25-years and first gained attention for her role in the comedy License to Drive opposite Corey Feldman and the late Corey Haim. She would go on to appear in such films as Drugstore Cowboy, the Twin Peaks prequel – Fire Walk with Me, Six Degrees of Separation, and Swingers, before landing her breakout role as Rollergirl in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights. But it was playing Felicity Shagwell in the sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me that made Graham a household name. Since then the actress has appeared a string of successful films including Bowfinger, Anger Management, From Hell, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, and of course – The Hangover.
In The Hangover Part III, once again directed by Todd Philips, the Wolfpack comes to the aid of one of their own in the wake of a family tragedy when a personal crisis causes his friends and family to intervene in Alan’s (Zach Galifanakis) life. Doug (Justin Bartha), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Stu (Ed Helms) agree to take Alan to a wellness home for help but the road trip goes terribly wrong when a ghost from their past causes Doug to be kidnapped … and that ghost is named Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong)! Now, Phil, Stu, and Alan have to go on a manhunt to find the notorious Mr. Chow, who has just broken out of a Bangkok prison, in order to save Doug’s life. When the Wolfpack’s journey leads them back the where it all began … Las Vegas, they seek the help of Stu’s ex-wife, Jade, who is now remarried and no longer a stripper. Jade gives the boys important information that helps them track down Chow, and Alan has a chance to reconnect with Tyler (formally-Carlos), who has grown quite a bit since the last time he saw him. Throughout the course of the film, the three friends become closer than ever and Alan learns a lesson about life, love, friendship, and the meaning of true happiness.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the beautiful Heather Graham about The Hangover Part III while she was in Las Vegas (of course) promoting the film. The accomplished actress discussed the new movie, reuniting with the cast and crew for the final chapter, how Jade has changed since the first film, her complicated history with Stu, working with the same child actor that player Tyler/Carlos in the original movie, what Helms, Cooper, and Galifanakis are like off the set, collaborating with director Todd Philips, improvisation, if jade is actually an honorary member of the Wolfpack, not returning for The Hangover Part II, and what comedic legend is secretly a huge fan of The Hangover franchise.
Opening in theaters on June 7th is a new comedy from director Shawn Levy (Real Steel) entitled The Internship, which was written by Vince Vaughn (The Watch) and Jared Stern (Wreck-It Ralph), and based on a story by Vaughn. In addition to Vaughn, the film features his Wedding Crashers co-star Owen Wilson, as well as Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class), Max Minghella (The Ides of March), Aasif Mandvi (Movie 43), Dylan O'Brien (TV's Teen Wolf), Jessica Szohr (Love, Wedding, Marriage), Josh Gad (21), John Goodman (The Artist), and Will Ferrell (Casa de mi Padre).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to speak with Dylan O'Brien fittingly via Google Hangouts about his work on the Google themed film The Internship. The young actor discussed the new movie, acting opposite Vince Vaughn in a film that he helped write, how much freedom he had to improvise on set, his cool character, how it was tailor-made for him, as well as Vaughn and Wilson's hilarious on and off screen chemistry.
Actor Justin Bartha is the MVP of The Hangover film series! Remember, without Bartha’s character - Doug, and his friendship to Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms), as well as his marriage to Alan’s (Zach Galifanakis) sister, there would be no Wolfpack!
Before Bartha appeared in The Hangover, the most successful comedy film of all-time, the actor participated in one of the most hated and critically bashed films of all-time, the “Bennifer” vehicle Gigli co-starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. However, his luck would soon change when he was cast opposite Nic Cage in the extremely popular adventure film National Treasure, which also spawned the equally successful sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets. But it was his role as Doug, the unsung hero of the Wolfpack, in The Hangover that made him a star. After appearing in the box office hit, yet critically disappointing follow-up - The Hangover Part II, Bartha starred on the short-lived NBC series The New Normal, which was unfortunately recently canceled. But now the Wolfpack is back with the highly anticipated final chapter to the beloved comedy series entitled The Hangover Part III, which opens in theaters on May 23rd.
In the new film, the Wolfpack comes to the aid of one of their own in the wake of a family tragedy when a personal crisis causes his friends and family to intervene in Alan’s life. Doug, Phil, and Stu agree to take Alan to a wellness home for help but the road trip goes terribly wrong when a ghost from their past causes Doug to be kidnapped … and that ghost is named Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong)! Now, Phil, Stu, and Alan have to go on a manhunt to find the notorious Mr. Chow, who has just broken out of a Bangkok prison, in order to save Doug’s life. The journey will bring new elements of the first film to light, reunite them with old friends like Black Doug (Mike Epps), Jade (Heather Graham), and baby Carlos, as well as bring them back to where it all began … Las Vegas! Throughout the course of the film, the three friends become closer than ever and Alan learns a lesson about life, love, friendship, and the meaning of true happiness.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Justin Bartha about The Hangover Part III while he was in Las Vegas (of course) promoting the film. The popular actor discussed the new movie, returning for the final chapter, criticisms of the second film, the new installment’s fresh format, Doug’s limited role in the Wolfpack, his empathy for Alan, Cooper, Helms, and Galifanakis’ on-screen chemistry, whether or not they actually like each other in real life, working with director Todd Phillips, and the film’s villain John Goodman, as well as the future of the National Treasure franchise and Bartha’s career.
Musician, activist, and adventurer Ziggy Marley may be the son of a musical legend, and the member of a reggae dynasty, but he is also paving a brand new trail for himself. Not with a guitar … but instead with a motorbike!
Marley, the oldest son of reggae icon Bob Marley and also leader of the musical group Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, is featured in the new documentary film - Marley African Road Trip, which became available on DVD May 7th. In 1980, Bob Marley traveled to South Africa with his family to perform a landmark concert to celebrate the independence of Zimbabwe. Thirty years later, Ziggy, along with his brothers Rohan and Robbie, return to South Africa on motorcycles and travel across the country to continue their father’s legacy and put on a concert in his name. The journey was captured and documented by filmmaker David Alexanian, best known for his road trip series - Long Way Round starring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, which featured the two friends’ motorcycle journey from London to New York.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with reggae royalty Ziggy Marley about Marley African Road Trip and his South African adventures. The musician turned adventurer discussed the new film, working with documentary director David Alexanian, having this part of his life filmed, his love for motorcycles, going on a road trip with his brothers, his journey across South Africa, continuing his father’s legacy, and how reggae music has changed over the years.
Noah Baumbach is one of the most interesting and creative writer/directors working in cinema today and his new film Frances Ha, which opens in theaters on May 17th, proves it!
Baumbach first gained attention as a writer and director in the mid-‘90s for a string of independent movies including Kicking and Screaming, Highball, and Mr. Jealousy. But it was his 2005 film The Squid and the Whale that earned him an Academy Award-nomination for Best Original Screenplay and put him on the map in Hollywood as an important filmmaker.
Since then, Baumbach has collaborated with equally eclectic filmmaker Wes Anderson to pen two of the director’s best movies, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, in addition to co-writing last summer’s hit family film Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted with director Eric Darnell. He also went on to make two more movies as a filmmaker including Margot at the Wedding with Nicole Kidman and Jack Black, as well as the critically acclaimed Greenberg starring Ben Stiller.
His new film, Frances Ha, features quirky young actress Greta Gerwig as a 27-year-old dancer named Frances who lives with her best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner). But when Sophie moves out in order to live with her new boyfriend, Frances’ world spins out of control and the young dancer is forced to figure out how to live her life without the constant companionship of her best friend. Baumbach co-wrote the screenplay with Gerwig, who gives an impressive and commanding performance. While the film was shot digitally in color, it was was converted to black-and-white to emulate other New York set movies by classic filmmakers like Woody Allen, and Jim Jarmusch.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with filmmaker Noah Baumbach to talk about his work on Frances Ha. The acclaimed writer and director discussed his new movie, the decision to shoot it digitally yet convert it to black-and-white, the affects that choice had on set, the intricate process of color conversion, and his friendship with mentor and legendary filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich.
Opening in theaters on May 17th is the new horror/thriller Black Rock, which was helmed by actress Katie Aselton (Jeff, Who Lives at Home) and written by her husband, director Mark Duplass (The Do-Deca-Pentathlon). In addition to Aselton, the film also stars actresses Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) and Lake Bell (What Happens in Vegas).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Katie Aselton and Lake Bell to talk about their work on Black Rock. The two filmmaker/actresses discussed their new film, it's resemblance to Deliverance, Bell's opportunity to play a supernaturally strong character, how Aselton broke the story with husband Mark Duplass, why the script doesn't feel like a normal Duplass Brothers movie, and what Bell learned from Aselton that she used when making her directorial debut In a World....
SPECIAL NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, this interview was rerecorded.
Opening in theaters on May 17th is the new action thriller Erased from director Philipp Stolzl (North Face). The film stars Aaron Eckhart (Olympus Has Fallen, The Dark Knight), Liana Liberato (Trespass), and Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Aaron Eckhart to talk about his work on Erased. The popular actor discussed his new film, being attracted to the action movie's family theme, playing a father on screen when he isn't one in real life, creating a father/daughter relationship with actress Liana Liberato, finally playing the lead in an action film, and the movie's old school espionage vibe.
Actor/comedian Craig Robinson is on the verge of becoming a very big star!
Robinson is currently starring on the final season of the hit NBC series The Office, and has not one, not two, but three major movies opening this summer. The actor, who is best known for his role in films like Pineapple Express, and Hot Tub Time Machine, will soon be seen in two different movies about the apocalypse that both open in June. First he’ll appear in Rapture-Palooza opposite Oscar-nominee Anna Kendrick (End of Watch), followed by This Is The End, which also stars James Franco (Oz the Great and Powerful) and is co-directed by Seth Rogen (The Guilt Trip). Not to mention that he’s about to begin filming Hot Tub Time Machine 2 with his good friend Rob Corddry. But before that, Robinson can be seen in his first starring role opposite Kerry Washington (Django Unchained) and David Alan Grier (Boomerang) in the new comedy Peeples, which opens in theaters on May 10th.
Peeples was written and directed by longtime screenwriter Tina Gordon Chism (Drumline), and is produced by multimedia mogul Tyler Perry (Tyler Perry’s Temptation). In the film, Robinson stars as Wade Walker, a kind but underachieving musical children’s therapist who unexpectedly meets the overbearing father (Grier) of his beautiful girlfriend, Grace (Washington), at their picturesque Hampton home. In addition to Robinson, Washington, and Greir the film also stars S. Epatha Merkerson (Lincoln), Kali Hawk (Bridesmaids), Ana Gasteyer (Mean Girls), and living legends Melvin Van Peebles (We the Party) and Diahann Carroll (Eve’s Bayou).
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Craig Robinson to discuss his work on Peeples, as well the status of Hot Tub Time Machine 2. The actor/comedian discussed his new film, how it felt to be number one on the call sheet, improvising with David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington’s comedic abilities, the art of comedy, Hollywood legends Diahann Carroll and Marvin Van Peebles, working with first time director Tina Gordon Chism, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, when it starts filming, and if actor John Cusack will return for the upcoming sequel.
Opening in theaters on May 10th is the new horror thriller Aftershock from Chilean director/oo-writer Nicolas Lopez (Promedio rojo) and co-writer/producer/actor Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds). In addition to Roth, the film also stars Andrea Osvart (Maternity Blues), Lorenza Izzo (The Green Inferno), Natasha Yarovenko (Captain Thunder), Nicholas Martinez (Que pena tu boda), Ariel Levy (Que pena tu vida), and Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of traveling to The World Famous Hollywood Magic Castle and sitting down with Andrea Osvart and Lorenza Izzo to talk about their work on Aftershock. The two beautiful actresses discussed their new film, the mood on set while filming, how Izzo lived through the actual earthquake that inspired many of the events in the film, the difficulty for her in reenacting that terrible moment from her life, the unspoken backstory between Osvart and Izzo's characters, acting in scenes with the movie's co-writer Eli Roth, and his awkward dancing sequence.