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INTERVIEW: ‘127 Hours’ director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy

Posted by · 12:31 pm · November 4th, 2010

Danny Boyle has been wanting to tell the story of Aron Ralston on celluloid for four years now. He met with the mountain climber in 2006 seeking permission, but at the time, Ralston was looking to convey the story in documentary form. “He didn’t want to make it as a feature with a major actor,” […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘Cold Weather’ director Aaron Katz

Posted by · 7:12 pm · November 3rd, 2010

When the director of a gentle indie character study—even one joshingly praised as “mumblecore with a plot” by certain critics—cheerfully tells you that his next project is more of a “werewolf buddy cop comedy,” you could be forgiven for expecting a thick veil of irony to cover the remark. But Aaron Katz, it turns out, […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘127 Hours’ star James Franco

Posted by · 10:29 am · October 26th, 2010

James Franco sits in one of the countless, nondescript rooms on the sixth floor of the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles remembering the time he first met mountain climber Aron Ralston in the same building, perhaps in a room not unlike this one. It wasn’t even a year ago — January, to be exact, […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ producer Bonnie Arnold

Posted by · 3:53 pm · October 15th, 2010

Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Bonnie Arnold was a product of the Watergate generation of journalists, fired up by the state of current political affairs. She sought her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and soon took off to grad school at Boston University, where some dabbling in broadcasting was enough to light a […]

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INTERVIEW: Peter Weir

Posted by · 10:49 am · September 7th, 2010

Telluride Film Festival For director Peter Weir, the pacing of his output has become almost as measured as his brand of cinema. The Australian has built a career around art house grandeur, but his work has slowed to a handful of films per decade, in stark contrast to the frequency of the 1970s and 1980s. […]

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INTERVIEW: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Tom Hooper

Posted by · 12:28 am · September 6th, 2010

Telluride Film Festival For actor Geoffrey Rush and director Tom Hooper, David Seidler’s script “The King’s Speech” came to them by serendipity. Still in stage play format, it arrived at Rush’s Melbourne residence with a note apologizing for a cold call avoiding the traditional agency pipeline. For Hooper, it came to him because his mother […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘Inception’ composer Hans Zimmer and ambient music designer Mel Wesson

Posted by · 6:36 pm · July 16th, 2010

From outside on 14th Street, Hans Zimmer’s Santa Monica offices reflect the typically sterile architecture of the city. Take a few steps in and you’re in the expected world of a musician: bays of dubbing equipment lining the walls, screening alcoves filled to the brim with technology, the usual trappings of a media artist…nothing out […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘Restrepo’ co-director Sebastian Junger

Posted by · 11:04 am · July 9th, 2010

It may have a hard time distracting audiences from shinier baubles on the summer-movie tree, but there are few films currently in theaters more invigorating and essential than “Restrepo.” An unprecedentedly first-hand war documentary, shot on the fly by a pair of filmmakers embedded in a U.S. Army unit stationed in Afghanistan’s perilous Korengal Valley, […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘Father of My Children’ director Mia Hansen-Løve

Posted by · 10:38 am · May 27th, 2010

As film critics continue to pick over the spoils of Cannes 2010, for regular cinemagoers, it can take an awfully long time for the movies in question to trickle down to them. Case in point: Mia Hansen-Løve’s remarkable sophomore feature “Father of My Children,” which impressed critics and won a special jury prize in the […]

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Interviews with the winners

Posted by · 10:25 am · March 8th, 2010

Before we close the book on 2009, here’s one last rundown of our interviews with this year’s Oscar recipients.  It was lovely to meet with them all as this was truly, for the most part, a season of camaraderie. “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos (Best Documentary Feature) “Crazy Heart” Jeff Bridges (Best Actor) Ryan Bingham and […]

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Interviews with the nominees

Posted by · 9:14 am · March 5th, 2010

As we head into the big weekend of this year’s hotly anticipated Academy Awards telecast, I thought I’d toss this list up once more, broken down by film. We’ve added to it a bit since the nominees were announced. And if you’d like to re-live the season so far, you can see how things have […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: Composer symposium, part two

Posted by · 1:22 pm · February 26th, 2010

I think everyone who has seen Pixar’s “Up” was utterly taken by the scene “Married Life,” where emotions ran high and three characters were built between images and music.  As Kris mentioned in this morning’s Oscar Guide, composer Michael Giacchino had the full aural attention of the audience for 10 minutes. Speaking to Giacchino, it’s […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: Composer symposium, part one

Posted by · 2:30 pm · February 25th, 2010

When you’re a film music composer as prolific as Hans Zimmer, unique soundtrack flavors can be a bit elusive. But with Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes,” Zimmer found them, pushing the boundaries of what’s acceptable with action film scores in the process. But the work isn’t without its inspirations. There seem to be bits of Danny […]

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INTERVIEW: Armando Iannucci

Posted by · 2:58 pm · February 23rd, 2010

He may currently be basking in the glow of a surprise Oscar nomination, but when I call him up at his London home, “In the Loop” writer-director Armando Iannucci is boasting about another achievement entirely. “Our family dog just gave birth to three puppies this afternoon,” he audibly beams, our opening pleasantries barely cooled. “They’re […]

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INTERVIEW: Geoffrey Fletcher

Posted by · 3:21 pm · February 19th, 2010

In a dimly lit backstage area of Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre, “Precious” screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher says his Oscar nomination is still setting in. “When I see in print somewhere that I’ve been nominated, it’s still a bit of a shock,” he says. And of course it would be. Two years ago Fletcher was standing in […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: The crafts of ‘Star Trek’

Posted by · 3:08 pm · February 18th, 2010

One of the year’s biggest blockbusters redefined a franchise and even made it palatable to those unfamiliar with or uninterested in its vibrant history. The film, of course, was “Star Trek,” and as below-the-line craftsmanship goes, it was one of the most impressive efforts of the year. Director J.J. Abrams’s mandate was “to renew and […]

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INTERVIEW: Neil Gaiman and Henry Selick

Posted by · 6:22 pm · February 16th, 2010

Intrepid publicists worked diligently last month to float the idea that Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” due to it’s healthy critics awards take, was in a position to upset the presumed frontrunner in the animated feature category: “Up.” Of course, at the time, no one in the media helping that story along bothered to point […]

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INTERVIEW: Louie Psihoyos

Posted by · 12:49 pm · February 15th, 2010

Louie Psihoyos is a vegetarian.  Go figure.  On the sunny afternoon of the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, we meet at a West Hollywood vegetarian cafe to discuss “The Cove,” the former National Geographic photographer’s first foray into the world of feature filmmaking, and a stand-out piece of activism that seems to galvanize most anyone who’s […]

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