Q & A with Ed Harris


Ed Harris, 56, was born in New Jersey. Having attended Columbia University in New York, he then studied acting. He worked as a house painter and got small television and film roles, before being cast as John Glenn in The Right Stuff. He has been nominated for an Oscar four times: for Apollo 13, The Truman Show, Pollock - which he also directed - and The Hours. An established stage actor, Harris made his European debut in Ireland last year in Neil LaBute's Wrecks. The film Copying Beethoven, in which Harris plays the title role, is released on August 17. He has been married to the actor Amy Madigan since 1983. They have one daughter and live in Malibu.

(Source: The Guardian)

INTERVIEW: Director Greg Mottola on ‘Superbad’


More than a decade ago, Greg Mottola spent $30,000 and 17 days filming The Daytrippers, a small but smart story about a feuding family looking for a wayward spouse on a sudden, daylong road trip through New York City. The film, which was produced by Steven Soderbergh but was nevertheless rejected by Sundance, went on to win awards at Slamdance and Cannes and became a signature contribution to the ’90s era of independent cinema. It was Mottola’s first film. But then he disappeared from the feature world. 

 After a brief moment at the helm of Duplex (which was eventually directed into disaster by Danny DeVito), Mottola turned to television — good television, the kind made by Judd Apatow. Mottola worked on Apatow’s Undeclared, and that led to directing Arrested Development. And both led to Mottola’s film re-emergence with the Apatow-produced Superbad, starring Michael Cera (the lovable George Michael from Arrested Development) and written by Seth Rogen (of Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, Knocked Up, etc.) and Evan Goldberg. If Apatow’s ever-proliferating crew is like some kind of comedy Wu-Tang Clan, then Apatow is the RZA, Steve Carrell is Method Man, Paul Rudd is U-God, Seth Rogen must be ODB, and I guess that makes Greg Mottola one of the creative affiliates, maybe Cappadonna.  

Like The Daytrippers, Superbad is a small but smart story about a daylong adventure. But this time the setting is the unease of adolescence. In the tradition of American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused, Superbad is a momentary snapshot of youth, one day on the verge of adulthood and the anxiety that goes with it. 

(Source: LA Weekly)

An appreciation of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Raging Bull’


In the autumn of 1980, Martin Scorsese arranged a preview on the Paramount lot of his latest film, a drama about prize fighter Jake LaMotta. Afterwards cinematographer Michael Chapman and Paul Schrader, one of two credited writers on the film, strolled out to the car park and mulled over what they had just seen. 'Wow,' said Chapman after a while. 'Marty really fucked that one up, didn't he?' Schrader drew a breath. 'Yeah,' he agreed. 'I don't know what went wrong there.' 

The following year, Raging Bull won two Oscars, having been nominated for eight. The American Film Institute recently voted it the fourth greatest US film of all time, just behind Citizen Kane, The Godfather and Casablanca. Robert De Niro's ferocious portrayal of LaMotta is widely considered to be a benchmark in the history of screen performances, not to mention a textbook lesson in how method actors will go that extra mile - or, in the case of De Niro, who prepared for scenes as the overweight LaMotta by embarking on a culinary tour of Italy, several thousand extra miles.

And yet the initial reaction of Chapman and Schrader anticipated the mood among cinemagoers. Despite the esteem in which Raging Bull is now held, its initial release was hardly a cause for widespread celebration. 

(Source: The Guardian)

Defending Steven Spielberg and his talent


Steven Spielberg has been the center of much talk lately, little of it having to do with his filmmaking.  There is the controversy about his being the artistic director of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, something that Mia Farrow has blasted him for, even calling him the “Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing games.”  There is also much ballyhoo about the deal between his studio Dreamworks and Paramount.  Then there is the surprise in some quarters that Mr. Spielberg is making another Indiana Jones film, to be released 19 years after The Last Crusade and with a 65 year old Harrison Ford. 

All of these things are overshadowing the fact that the last decade of Spielberg’s filmmaking has been perhaps the richest and strongest period of his career. 

(Source: Movie City News)

Actress Julie Delpy segues into directing


French actress Julie Delpy had been acting for over a decade before most Americans were introduced to her in Richard Linklater's 1995 movie Before Sunrise with Ethan Hawke. Nine years later, the trio were reunited for the follow-up Before Sunset, which got Delpy and her collaborators an Oscar nomination for their script. At the time, Delpy was already writing regular screenplays and she finally got the chance to make one of them into a film. 2 Days in Paris deals with the relationship between a French-American couple, played by Delpy and former beau Adam Goldberg, and how it's put to the test when they spend two days in her native city of Paris, meeting her eccentric parents and encountering many of her ex-boyfriends. 

(Source: Comingsoon.net)

PROFILE: Director Matthew Vaughn on his fantasy epic ‘Stardust’


The last time ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! spoke to producer/director Matthew Vaughn, it was two years ago and he was inNew York City promoting his directorial debut, the Brit crime drama Layer Cake, which was playing at the Tribeca Film Festival. At the time, he had just been signed up to direct the third "X-Men" movie, but he also told us that he planned on tackling Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' fantasy novel Stardust sometime in the future.  

As these things happen, Vaughn ended up bailing on X-Men: The Last Stand--when we spoke with Neil Gaiman in San Diego, he told us that the script just wasn't there--but it probably was a good thing, because it allowed Vaughn to avoid the possibility of a sophomore slump while giving him a chance to show he's every bit as capable of directing a big fantasy epic as some of his peers with a movie that's every bit as wondrous as "The Chronicles of Narnia" or "The Lord of the Rings" in terms of scope and storytelling. 

(Source: Superherohype.com)

The guys who write movie taglines

For Hollywood writer Jason Byers, the 1998 movie Armageddon was his first big break. But he didn’t write the screenplay or contribute any dialogue. It was the taglines he wrote for the movie’s advertisements that established his career.  Byers, now 35, struck gold with five one-liners for the film’s ads, including “It’s time to kick some asteroid.” Ever since, he has been one of the most-sought-after movie tagline writers in Hollywood. 

(Source: Portfolio.com)

Ridley Scott discusses ‘Blade Runner’ and Monopoly (the board game)


"The Company," a three-episode miniseries (starring Michael Keaton, Alfred Molina and Chris O'Donnell) about the spies working in the heat of the Cold War, premieres tonight on TNT. Ridley Scott, one of the executive producers, is also the director of "Gladiator," "Alien" and the forthcoming "American Gangster," starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. And there's chat about a movie based on the board game Monopoly. 

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

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Reassessing the talent of Angelina Jolie


For those of us who are interested in the life and art of Angelina Jolie, and how they manage to co-exist, there are many standout moments in A Mighty Heart - Michael Winterbottom's film of the memoir by Mariane Pearl, whose husband, Daniel, a Wall Street Journal reporter, was kidnapped by Islamic extremists in the Pakistani city of Karachi, in 2002. His subsequent beheading was captured on video and broadcast over the internet.   

(Source: The Guardian UK)

Kevin Dillon of ‘Entourage’ is drama free in real life

Johnny Drama enjoys the life afforded him by his movie star brother Vincent Chase. In real life, actor Kevin Dillon can enjoy the perks of stardom too. At a party for HBO, Dillon scarfed down some lobster tails cooked to order on one of two poolside grills. “Lobster is my favorite thing to eat in the world,” he relished. “It was unbelievable.” Much looser and milder than the uptight character, Dillon shared his thoughts on Drama and the latest season of Entourage. 

(Source: Crave Online)

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