Guillermo del Toro Responds to ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Cancellation Rumors: ‘It’s Still Going’

by Matt Singer September 18, 2015 @ 12:02 PM
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Earlier this week reports began to surface in the wake of a Hollywood Reporter article that Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim 2 had been “halted indefinitely.” Sources inside Universal Studios told the paper that Pacific...

Roger Deakins on ‘Sicario,’ ‘Blade Runner’ and Why He Mostly Watches Old Movies

by Matt Singer September 17, 2015 @ 11:13 AM
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If you’ve watched a movie in the last 25 years and thought to yourself “God, this film looks great,” odds are it was shot by Roger Deakins. The master cinematographer of such modern classics as The Shawshank Redemption, No Country for Old Men, and Skyfall is considered the best director of photography working today by almost everyone on the planet (except the Academy, which has nominated him twelve different times but never given him an Oscar).

Roger Deakins on ‘Blade Runner 2’: ‘It’s an Entirely Separate Movie’

by Mike Sampson September 12, 2015 @ 10:00 AM
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Earlier this summer, it was announced that 12-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins would be working on Blade Runner 2, a comforting thought for those who were skeptical about a sequel. Whether the film is good or bad, necessary or not, we at least know that Blade Runner 2 will look fantastic. Though we know that Deakins will reunite with his Sicario and Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve for the film, we still don’t know much about what this new Blade Runner will be. Our own Matt Singer caught up with Deakins (who’s at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting Sicario) and asked Deakins about the film who said the sequel is “definitely going to happen” and is an “entirely separate movie” from the 1982 original.

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

by Matt Singer August 28, 2015 @ 10:38 AM
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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

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

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

by Matt Singer July 21, 2015 @ 10:55 AM
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.”