"We're doing it right now," barked Mark Duplass when I suggested that he should teach a class on how to get a film made in today's fractured system. Duplass has been writing, directing and producing a steady stream of movies since 2005 that includes 'Cyrus,' 'Jeff Who Lives at Home,' and this week's new release, 'The One I Love.' What's remarkable about this run is that his movies have never put up <i>huge</i> numbers at the box office -- the indie hit 'Safety Not Guaranteed' grossed just over $4 million in theaters -- yet his movies are profitable enough that he gets to keep making movies. What are Duplass' secrets? Here, Duplass breaks down, step by step, how to stay sustainable in today's Hollywood.
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Mark Duplass is an interesting fellow. It's not really accurate to describe him as "famous" -- even he admits that he can walk around unbothered pretty much everywhere, and that's exactly the way he likes it. It was only in 'Tammy' -- a movie that he has a lot of opinions on why it didn't work -- did he start to feel the pangs of fame. And he didn't like that feeling one bit and wants no part of your 'Guardians of the Galaxy' or Marvel or 'Star Wars' type movies. Well ... that is unless, of course, someone actually asked him to do one of those types of movies.
Marilyn Burns, best known for playing the role of Sally in Tobe Hooper's horror classic 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,' passed away in her home yesterday. She was 65. The best way to honor her memory is to share my interview with her, the last she ever participated in. Portions of this conversation will appear in our larger article on the anniversary of 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' (which is coming soon), but this format better shows off her wit and graciousness. It's a peek into the memories of a woman who was a key player in not just horror history, but movie history.
Armitage -- who kinda, sorta practices method acting; depending on your definition of method acting -- has the final chapter of 'The Hobbit' trilogy coming out this December, 'The Battle of Five Armies.' Here, Armitage, who plays the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, reflects on what he thinks the legacy of this trilogy will be in comparison to 'The Lord of the Rings.' Armitage also dares us to find him somewhere in 'Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace' -- a movie that he is in -- and gives us some clues on how to do so, but even he's not exactly sure if he's seen himself.
With the seventh and final season of FX's 'Sons of Anarchy' fast approaching, we thought we'd take the opportunity at Comic-Con 2014 to see what the cast and crew had to say of the final ride. Check out our chats with Katey Sagal, Theo Rossi, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera, executive producer Paris Barclay and creator Kurt Sutter!
'The Legend of Korra' has gone through a lot of changes, which coincidentally happens to be the subtitle for Book 3 -- as Korra adjusts to a world that lives in tandem with the spirits and Team Avatar looks to recruit more Airbenders, four new villains have emerged, and all the remaining episodes have ditched the TV medium to be aired online at Nick.com. Following the 'Legend of Korra' panel at Comic-Con 2014, we caught up with the faces (or, rather, the voices) of this series, Janet Varney (Korra) and David Faustino (Mako), to get a better idea of how these changes will impact the rest of the season, as well as the already-filmed Book 4.
It's kind of remarkable that Marvel Studios have already green-lit a sequel to 'Guardians of the Galaxy' -- a movie that, itself, doesn't come out for another few days. But this says less about Marvel's confidence that 'Guardians' will make money (and, let's not kid ourselves, it certainly will), but more about how the Guardians fit in with the larger story Marvel is trying to tell with the episodic nature of its films. And this episodic nature might just be what doomed Edgar Wright's version of 'Ant-Man' -- as opposed to it just being "too weird," which Marvel studio head Kevin Feige has denied.
Comic-Con 2014 marked the first time 'Ant-Man' star Paul Rudd attended the epic geek extravaganza, and he was pretty darn stoked about the whole experience, considering he's also joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following the big Marvel panel, the actor faced the press to talk about his experience becoming the size-shrinking superhero, when he goes into production, and the one thing his friends will never let him live down.
During Marvel Studio's big presentation at Comic-Con 2014, nearly the entire 'Avengers 2' cast came out on the Hall H stage to tease their next big battle and screen the first footage for the fans. But what the audience didn't see was all the post-action. The stars came out to chat with press about all things Ultron, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, the post-'Winter Soldier' S.H.I.E.L.D., and what each character is up to in this brave new world.
We know there are some who are still on the fence about the upcoming 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' film, but going by the awesome new footage we saw at Comic-Con 2014, this movie might surprise you. If you want to know more about the work that went into bringing your beloved childhood heroes back to the big screen, check out our interviews with star Megan Fox, director Jonathan Liebesman, and the producers, straight from San Diego.