Jennings Roth Cornet Biography

'Wreck-It Ralph' Interview: Director Rich Moore Talks the Secret World of Video Games

by Jennings Roth Cornet October 31, 2012 @ 12:00 PM
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'Wreck-It Ralph' has continuously dolling out new posters, trailers, commercials and the like for its upcoming November 2 theatrical release. It may seem like you've already experienced everything about this film, but there's still more of this "secret world of video games" to be had.
We had the opportunity to sit down with the film's director Rich Moore back during Comic-Con 2012 to talk about his latest project.

'The Expendables 2' Interview: Star Jean-Claude Van Damme!

by Jennings Roth Cornet August 17, 2012 @ 12:45 PM
A classic action film needs a classic villain, so for the second installment in his ‘Expendables’ franchise, Sylvester Stallone invited an iconic figure from the beloved ‘80s and ‘90s action films he is referring, Jean-Claude Van Damme, to join the fun as the central antagonist.

'The Expendables 2' Interview: Star Dolph Lundgren!

by Jennings Roth Cornet August 17, 2012 @ 9:39 AM
Fans of Sylvester Stallone’s shout-out to the beloved actioneers of the '80s and '90s, ‘The Expendables’, will remember Dolph Lundgren’s Gunnar Jensen as the good guy gone bad…and completely insane.
For the second installment in the franchise, 'The Expendables 2', Jensen’s crazy gets a bit more cuddly and a whole lot more interesting. Stallone incorporated an element from Lundgren’s own life into the story that revitalizes and expands Jenson’s role in the ‘Expendables’ universe.

Akiva Schaffer Interview: 'The Watch' Director Talks Aliens, 'MacGruber 2' and Life After SNL

by Jennings Roth Cornet July 25, 2012 @ 8:14 AM
Akiva Schaffer at the premiere of 'The Watch' Photo Credit: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages
This weekend Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Richard Ayoade and Jonah Hill are all that stands between us and a global apocalypse whose epicenter is suburban U.S.A., Costco, to be specific. So best stock up on your bulk items and close all accounts with your loved ones.
SNL’s Digital Shorts mastermind Akiva Schaffer directs the foursome in 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi comedy ‘The Watch,’ a film that  follows a neighborhood watch group as they attempt to stave off an alien invasion. We had the opportunity to speak with the director recently about transitioning away from his work on SNL, attempting to wrangle his cast and keeping a foothold in online comedy.

Comic-Con 2012 Interview: Director Neill Blomkamp Talks 'Elysium'

by Jennings Roth Cornet July 19, 2012 @ 12:45 PM
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Director Neill Blomkamp's feature film debut 'District 9' took Comic-Con by storm in 2009. A science-fiction offering that managed to deliver stunning effects, cultural relevance, an original story and a tragically beautiful character arc in one fell swoop, 'D 9' thrust Blomkamp onto the world stage in a significant way and was eventually nominated for an Academy Award.
His follow-up film, 'Elysium,' is easily one of the most highly anticipated films of next year. Matt Damon, Jodi Foster and 'District 9''s Sharlto Copley star in the film which is "set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of population reside on a ruined Earth. The story follows a man (Damon) who takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds."
We had the opportunity to sit down with Blomkamp at this year's Con to discuss the trend he sees in big Hollywood event films, what an actor's celebrity brings to a story and taking on politically charged cinema.

Comic-Con 2012: Five Things We Learned From the Cast of 'Django Unchained'

by Jennings Roth Cornet July 17, 2012 @ 12:27 PM
Weinstein Co.
As we mentioned in this weekend’s Comic Con panel coverage, director Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ is already stirring up a great amount of interest. The film follows Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave in the American South living two...

Comic-Con 2012 Interview: Emily Blunt Talks 'Looper'

by Jennings Roth Cornet July 17, 2012 @ 8:06 AM
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One of the films that most impressed the crowds at Comic-Con 2012 was the upcoming sci-fi-action-thriller 'Looper' starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. We sat down with Ms. Blunt right before she went on stage at Hall H to talk shooting shotguns, learning to love sci-fi and her upcoming film with Tom Cruise.

Alex Kurtzman Interview: Talking 'People Like Us' and the Secrets of 'Star Trek 2' and 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

by Jennings Roth Cornet June 28, 2012 @ 7:43 AM
Walt Disney Pictures
Alex Kurtzman has crafted a remarkable career as a genre film and television writer/producer. He and partner Roberto Orci have been attached to some of the most beloved science-fiction offerings of the last several years. From televisions ‘Fringe,’ to the wildly successful cinematic ‘Star Trek’ reboot (as well as the sequel that is currently in production), the pair has left a sizable imprint on the industry. As just one example of their upcoming projects, and prior the release of the first, the writing duo has been tapped to write ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.'
But roughly eight-years-ago the prolific geek and action-centric scribe felt the urge to explore the possibilities that a smaller, more intimate drama may offer. Inspired by events from his own life, Kurtzman began to draft a script for what became ‘People Like Us,’ the story of two siblings who grew up in different households, who live in vastly divergent worlds and yet come together and connect as adults.
With the film’s release this Friday, June 29th Kurtzman unveils his directorial debut, as well as a small piece of the most private corners of his own experience. It is a film one rarely sees these days. It invites the audience into a, dare I say it, adult conversation about the imperfect nature of relationships and the missteps that we often make that can still manage to bring us to something beautiful.
We had the opportunity to speak with Kurtzman recently about shifting gears for ‘People Like Us’, the movies he credits with changing his life and crafting large-scale event films in a post-Nolan Hollywood.

Timur Bekmambetov Interview: Creating Scary Vampires and an 'Abraham Lincoln' Sequel

by Jennings Roth Cornet June 22, 2012 @ 11:15 AM
20th Century Fox
This weekend the revisionist historical fantasy ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ comes stampeding into theatres (wait for it, that reference will make sense). The film imagines a world in which the 16th President witnessed his mother’s death at the hands of a ghastly (and frankly smarmy) vampire as a boy and, as such, as a man prevents the dissolution of the Union by day and wields an unholy axe in his fight against the slave-owning undead population of the South by night.
This strange brew was concocted from the minds of producer Tim Burton and scribe Seth Grahame Smith (who adapted his novel of the same name for the screen). Burton tapped visually innovative action-director Timur Bekmambetov (‘Wanted’) to helm the film whom he trusted to capture the style of the genre mash-up. We had the opportunity to speak to Bekmambetov about his take on Lincoln’s life as a filmmaker who hails from Russia, creating the look of his monsters and tone of his action and Lincoln for President in 2016.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Interview: Vampires, Superheroes and History Class

by Jennings Roth Cornet June 21, 2012 @ 8:03 AM
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ is one part fantasy/horror, one part imaginative historical biopic and one part period romance. Each of the characters must traverse the various aspects of the story throughout the course of the film. But there is one character that is living in the later two thirds of the formula (with zero interaction with the first) for the vast majority of the tale: Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Mary Todd Lincoln.
We had the opportunity to speak with the actress recently about essentially being in a period drama while her cast mates made an action film, playing a 19th century Hillary Clinton and what makes her vampires the vampiriest.