One of the more diverse and thereby surprising filmmakers working today isDavid Gordon Green. After receiving his share of acclaim early in his career with the indie films George Washington, All The Real Girls, and Undertow, Green has branched out and tried his hands at various genres. Whether he’s dabbling in political satire (Our Brand Is Crisis) or delving into the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman (Stronger), Green always seems to change it up with each successive film. His latest journey has led him to Halloween.
“The most intimidating part of tackling a franchise like Halloween is how to bring your own fingerprint to it,” said Green. “So many stories have been told of Michael Myers. So much mythology has evolved. How can I make something that feels intimate and epic. My goal was to strip it down to its core essence of evil, tell a story that felt personally self-indulgent and bring great collaborators on board.”
Click on the media bar to hear Green talk about Michael Myers’ transcendent appeal to moviegoers.
Produced by Jason Blum, co-written by Danny McBride (with music composed by Halloweenfilmmaker John Carpenter), Halloween opens nationwide October 19.
Gale Anne Hurd is one of Hollywood’s most successful producers, and her early career was marked with the success in producing The Terminator (and subsequently Terminator 2). Hurd also produced the underrated Brian De Palma thriller Raising Cainand, more recently, is an executive producer on the series Fear The Walking Dead.
Hurd’s early influences include a fellow female producer who also left her mark on the business. “When I first began in the film business, one of my closest friends and mentors was Debra Hill who co-wrote and produced Halloween,” said Hurd. “What really inspires me is back in a time when women weren’t really starring in films – Jamie Lee Curtis was the star of Halloween and she fought back. I love the fact that these kinds of films inspire young women to not give up their power, to fight back, and to not be taken advantage of.”
Hell Fest, headlined by Amy Forsyth (Rise), centers on a masked serial killer who terrorizes a group of friends and patrons at an amusement park. Click on the media bar to hear Hurd discuss the movie’s appeal.
Casey Affleck has collaborated with director David Lowery in the critically acclaimed films Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and A Ghost Story. The pair continue their work with The Old Man & The Gun, but this time out a huge focus of the film is its celebration of Robert Redford’s career. The true story centers on the life of career criminal Forrest Tucker (Redford), and the iconic actor said The Old Man & The Gun will be his last performance.
“I wouldn’t even begin to try to analyze or capture his career because it’s too long and there’s been too many great movies,” said Affleck. “I think this thing fits in with the spirit of what his career is and who he is as a person which is just incredibly charismatic and just genuinely decent all the way to the core. It feels like a Robert Redford movie through and through. If it is his last acting role, it’s a beautiful way to go out.”
Click on the media bar to hear Casey Affleck talk about playing Detective John Hunt in the flick (co-star Tika Sumpter, who plays his wife in the flick, is also heard on the clip):
The Old Man & The Gun opens nationwide September 28.
Filmmaker and scribe Dan Fogelman, as evidenced from his TV shows This Is Usand Galavant, doesn’t play it safe with his narratives. In exploring the human condition in all its triumphs and seemingly overwhelming tragedies, Fogelman has crafted dramas that, while some naysayers will say are manipulative tearjerkers, go deep into the heart of who we really are (or want to be).
His latest film Life Itself features a New York couple (Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde) whose relationship should be at an all-time high with their impending baby. Fogelman’s feature, like This Is Us, takes us on a non-linear journey of people whose lives may eventually intersect (Olivia Cooke plays the grown up daughter of the couple).
“I was just blown away by it,” said Wilde. “I was really just taken for the ride. “I was able to kind of remove myself from it and be swept away. I got emotional, but I really just felt happy to be a part of it. I felt really proud.”
Click on the media bar to hear Wilde talk about the interconnected spirit of Life Itself:
Based on John Bellairs‘ classic tale, The House With A Clock On Its Walls centers on Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who is sent to live with his Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) after losing his parents. Owen’s latest digs, however, is a house that has a ticking heart as well as practitioners of magic (Jonathan and his friends Mrs. Zimmerman, played by Cate Blanchett, have their share of skills).
“I am so excited,” said Blanchett about the film, which is directed by Death Wishfilmmaker Eli Roth. “Sometimes when you have a fabulous time on set you think ‘oh my God, maybe the movie won’t be so great.’ But we had such a great time filming it. It was so buoyant and there’s a lot of heart in the movie as well as a lot of scares and ridiculousness and the movie is good as well. I am very proud of it.”
Click on the media bar to hear Cate Blanchett talk about her son’s impressions of The House With A Clock In Its Walls production:
The House With A Clock In Its Walls opens nationwide September 21.
Ant-Man and the Wasp, which made over $617 million worldwide, is coming out on Blu-ray October 16 (it hits digital on October 2). As usual with Marvel titles, the extras on the disc are plentiful. Along with returnees Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, the movie co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Walton Goggins.
Special features on the Blu-ray include several making-of featurettes (“Back in the Ant Suit: Scott Lang,” “A Suit of Her Own: The Wasp,” Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank & Janet,” “Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank & Janet,” “Quantum Perspective: The VFX and Production Design of Ant-Man and The Wasp,” Gag Reel and Outtakes, and director’s intro by Peyton Reed. Fans of deleted scenes will be treated to two sequences (“Worlds Upon Worlds” has Janet taking Hank through the quantum realm and “Sonny’s on the Trail,” which contains an extra scene with Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) and his crew).
Digital exclusives include the featurettes “10 Years of Marvel Studios: The Art of the Marvel Cinematic Universe” and “Online Close-Up Magic University.
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