Interviews

Lake Bell on ‘No Escape,’ Throwing Children, and Directing ‘Big-Ass Movies’

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by Matt Singer 6 days ago
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No Escape, a disturbing action thriller, is a change of pace for Lake Bell, who’s best known for lighter fare. By her own admission, that’s by design. We talked about that, the shooting of the movie’s most memorable scene (where Owen Wilson throws the couple’s children from a hotel rooftop), and her desire to direct what she called “big-ass movies.”

Five Questions With ‘Mistress America’ Director Noah Baumbach

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by Matt Singer August 14, 2015 @ 9:28 AM
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It’s a year of milestones for filmmaker Noah Baumbach. 2015 marks 20 years since his debut film, Kicking and Screaming, and a decade since his breakout indie as a writer and director, the autobiographical The Squid and The Whale. 2015 is also the first time in Baumbach’s career he’s released two features in one calendar year; his last effort, the outstanding While We’re Young, opened in theaters in April. Four months later, Baumbach returns with Mistress America, a bubbly screwball comedy about a lonely college freshman named Tracy (Lola Kirke) whose depressing social life gets a serious shot in the arm after she meets her vivacious new stepsister Brooke (Greta Gerwig).

‘Pixels’ Star Adam Sandler Talks His Controversial Netflix Movie and Why He Won’t Return to Host SNL

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by Mike Sampson July 21, 2015 @ 1:16 PM
Adam Sandler doesn’t do many interviews. He’s completely sworn off print media (“I used to be misquoted all the time”) and appears on-camera only sparingly. I’ve been doing this job for over 14 years, and have never once interviewed the man. He’s traditionally been one of the few actors who didn’t need to talk to the press, and considering his prickly relationship with critics, likely didn’t walk to talk to them either. But, recently in New York, Sandler did agree to an on-camera interview to talk about his latest movie, Pixels, and to address the controversy surrounding his upcoming Netflix movie The Ridiculous Six.

Mark Neveldine on ‘The Vatican Tapes,’ Remaking ‘The Warriors,’ and the Future of Neveldine/Taylor

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by Matt Singer July 21, 2015 @ 10:55 AM
Lionsgate
Mark Neveldine is an action guy. Actually, he’s one of the best and most distinctive action guys working in Hollywood, with a frenetic but lucid style heavy on practical effects and dark humor, as anyone who’s seen films like Crank and Gamer can attest. When I talked to him over the phone yesterday, he said he was “really close” to figuring out his next directing gig, one he promised would “definitely be an in-camera action film.”

Chris Columbus Not Ready to Give Up on ‘Goonies’ and ‘Gremlins’ Reboots, Says Both Are in ‘Heavy Development’

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by Mike Sampson July 19, 2015 @ 11:10 AM
Warner Bros.
Reboots of Gremlins and Goonies have been in the works for so long, that we tend to tune out the myriad “updates” as they happen. Each movie has gone in and out of development hell so many times over the past few years — It’s finally happening!....Nevermind, it’s dead. — it’s very easy to wonder if either of these films will ever actually happen. We caught up with director Chris Columbus, the original writer of both films, and asked him straight up: Do you really think either of those movies are ever going to happen? And, as the Goonies would say, never say die.

Adam Sandler on ‘Ridiculous Six’ Native American Controversy: ‘It’s a Pro-Indian Movie’

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by Mike Sampson July 18, 2015 @ 8:23 PM
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In October of last year, Adam Sandler signed an exclusive deal with Netflix to star in and produce four films for the streaming service. Just a few months later, Sandler found himself embroiled in perhaps the biggest controversy of his career on the set of his first picture under that deal, The Ridiculous Six. Described as a “broad satire of Western movies,” the film’s content insulted a number of Native American actors working on the film, a dozen of whom promptly walked off set, along with the Native cultural advisor for the project. On Saturday, Sandler spoke about the dispute for the first time with us and said he hopes the offended actors will eventually realize that Ridiculous is a “pro-Indian” movie.

Tilda Swinton Explains Why She’s “Really, Really, Really Excited” to Star in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

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by Mike Sampson July 14, 2015 @ 1:23 PM
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We spoke to Tilda Swinton while she was doing press for Trainwreck (and we’ll have much more on that conversation later this week) who confirmed she is officially signed on and talked about what specifically about Doctor Strange has her “really, really, really excited” to be working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.