Peter Jackson Attracted By The Massive Cityscapes of ‘Mortal Engines’

After finishing up The Hobbit trilogy, filmmaker Peter Jackson has also spent time co-writing and producing the upcoming feature Mortal Engines. The post apocalyptic tale centers on scribe Philip Reeve’s young adult book series, and Jackson initially read the books for pleasure. After finishing the series, Jackson was determined to get these stories on the silver screen.

“These massive cities is something I’ve never seen before,” said Jackson. “How often do we go to the movies today and see things that we genuinely seen before in any form whatsoever and I’ve never seen a city the height of the Empire State Building and the length of 10 football films rumbling along the ground and chasing other smaller cities. That factor alone makes it visually appealing from a movie point of view.” 

Peter Jackson talks about what appealed to him about Philip Reeve’s vision of the future in Mortal Engines (click on the media bar to hear Jackson):

Mortal Engines opens nationwide December 14.

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Kevin Costner Discusses The “Difficult” Journey Of Shooting ‘Waterworld’

The 1995 feature Waterworld was maligned by critics and journalists even before it came out. Whether it was reports of a creative rift with director Kevin Reynolds (Costner eventually took over the reigns) or its escalating budget, the movie was doomed from the start.

Costner has always been a frank and insightful interviewee, and credit goes to him for sitting down with us and fellow media members at the Waterworld press junket back in 1995.

During the interview, Costner talked about the reports the film’s budget. “I’m a pretty fiscally oriented person,” said Costner. “I’ve made movies. I’ve financed movies with my own money. The notion of throwing around money, I don’t want to go into where it goes, that’s not an (modus operandi) for me. I’ve had to wear that yolk to of where the money went. The decisions that I make are always fiscally oriented and story oriented.?

Click on the media bar to hear Costner explain why Waterworld was a “difficult” film to make:

To hear more interviews from the Waterworld press junket, check out Matt and Greg Used to Interview Movie Stars., a podcast I co-host with Matt Levitz.

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‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse’ Spins A Web For Three Crimefighters

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse is an animated film that opens up a whole new world for the webslinger. Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) is not the only crimefighter in this world, as he ends up being a tutor to a new Spider-Man named Miles Morales (Shameik Moore). In this alternate universe, Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) is also part of the collection of Spider-Men (and women of course).

“I think the holidays are a great time for this movie,” said Johnson, best known for his work on the TV series New Girl. “It’s inspirational, It’s got a lot of heart to it. (And) It’s pretty funny.”

Click on the media bar to hear Johnson and Morales talk about “Spider Gwen”: 

Spider-Man Into The Spider-verse hits theaters December 14.

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Shay Mitchell Goes For The Scares With ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’

The Possession of Hannah Grace centers on Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell), a former cop whose life took a downward spiral after her partner’s death. She attempts to get her life back on track by taking a night shift job at the morgue, only to find a spirit haunting these very grounds. 

“People want to go and see scary films because it’s an experience,” said Mitchell. “You want to go to the theater with your friends, your family, or on a date and share in that excitement of you all don’t know what’s going to pop up next

Though Mitchell admits she isn’t a diehard fan of the genre, she was impressed by director Diederik Van Rooijen’s presentation (click on the media bar to hear Mitchell): 

The Possession of Hannah Graceco-starring Grey Damon, opens nationwide November 30.

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Richard E. Grant Takes Lee Israel Connection Off His Shelf With ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Richard E. Grant, who made an acclaimed debut over 30 years ago in Withnail & I, is still busier than ever, and now he’s front and center during awards season with his work as author Lee Israel’s (Melissa McCarthy) good friend Jack Hock in Can You Ever Forgive Me?. Hock, along with being a drinking buddy of Israel’s, ended be her fence during her run as a literary forger.

Grant’s own knowledge of Israel’s writing career, though slim, was actually right before his eyes. “I had one book on my shelf of Lee Israel’s biography of the actress from the 1940s Tallulah Bankhead,” said Grant. “So that was the only vague bell that it rang and the book was about an actress so that is what I remembered. I just remember the name. But I didn’t know the story about the forgery that she pulled off at all and I think it’s one of the great scams of all time – and she didn’t kill anybody. It’s a white collar crime, really.”

Click on the media bar to hear Grant talk about shooting one of the movie’s more emotional scenes with McCarthy:

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is directed by Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl).

 

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Hailee Steinfeld Gets “Back To Life” With Transformative Experience On ‘Bumblebee’

True Grit earned Hailee Steinfeld a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination and The Edge of Seventeen was roundly praised, and with Bumblebee she’s traversing relatively new ground. Though 2013’s sci-fi drama Ender’s Game was definitely underrated, it won’t garner the sizable audience that is destined to see Bumblebee.

The project centers on Charlie Watson (Steinfeld), a youth who finds the titular character in the junkyard. Set in 1987, this prequel is a coming of age story much like 2007’s Transformers. Click on the media bar to hear Steinfeld explain why doing Bumblebee was such a unique experience.

Bumblebee, co-starring John Cena and directed by Kubo and the Two Strings filmmaker Travis Knight, opens nationwide December 21. Steinfeld’s her new single “Back to Life” is also featured in the film.

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