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Indie Filmmaker Neil LaBute on His Return Behind the Camera With Thrillers House of Darkness & Out of the Blue

September 2022
Indie Filmmaker Neil LaBute on His Return Behind the Camera With Thrillers <I>House of Darkness</i> & <i>Out of the Blue</i>

It feels like we haven’t seen many movies from playwright-turned-filmmaker Neil LaBute in recent years. In fact, it’s been seven years since his last feature film, Dirty Weekend, which came after a fairly prolific run that began in 1997 with an adaptation of his own stage play, In the Company of Men. That was... »

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Barbarian Filmmaker Zach Cregger on How He Made One of the Year’s Craziest Horror Films With the Help of a Bulgarian Crew

September 2022
<i>Barbarian</i> Filmmaker Zach Cregger on How He Made One of the Year’s Craziest Horror Films With the Help of a Bulgarian Crew

Zach Cregger spent many years making the series The Whitest Kids U Know, writing and directing most of the episodes with the late Trevor Moore. The two of them also co-directed a few comedy features, but none of Cregger’s past work hinted at the horrors that lurk within his new movie Barbarian, which hits... »

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Summering Director James Ponsoldt on the Challenge of Capturing Elusive Female Friendships Among Tweens

September 2022
<i>Summering</i> Director James Ponsoldt on the Challenge of Capturing Elusive Female Friendships Among Tweens

Filmmaker James Ponsoldt cut his teeth in the world of independent filmmaking with a number of highly-regarded movies that premiered either at Sundance or SXSW, beginning with his 2006 debut, Off the Black, and continuing through Smashed in 2012, The Spectacular Now in 2013, and The End of the Tour in 2015. (Ponsoldt’s 2017... »

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Bullet Train Production Designer David Scheunemann on Researching Japan, His Core Creative Team, and How Covid Helped His Process

August 2022
<i>Bullet Train</i> Production Designer David Scheunemann on Researching Japan, His Core Creative Team, and How Covid Helped His Process

David Leitch‘s action-thriller Bullet Train has been in theaters for a few weeks now, and though the star-studded cast is likely what has been driving audiences to theaters, once audiences have seen the movie, they’re likely to appreciate the film’s marvelous production design as much as its talented ensemble. Production Designer David Scheunemann was... »

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Bodies Bodies Bodies Director Halina Reijn on Creating Real Terrors for Her Young Cast and How They Helped With the Lighting

August 2022
<i>Bodies Bodies Bodies</i> Director Halina Reijn on Creating Real Terrors for Her Young Cast and How They Helped With the Lighting

A24‘s Gen-Z horror film Bodies Bodies Bodies has now been in theaters for a few weeks, but there’s an amazing story behind how it came together under the direction of Halina Reijn. This is her second feature, but her first English-language film, as well as her first time working with a major American studio.... »

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Beast Director Baltasar Kormákur on Working With CG Lions in a Very Real African Environment

August 2022
<I>Beast</i> Director Baltasar Kormákur on Working With CG Lions in a Very Real African Environment

Director Baltasar Kormákur has been bouncing between making studio movies and films in his native Iceland for over 20 years, first breaking onto the scene with 101 Reykjavik back in 2000. Even once Hollywood came calling, Kormákur’s heart never strayed far from Iceland’s film business, and his early English-language film Contraband was actually a... »

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Composer Siddhartha Khosla on Scoring Emmy Nods in Three Different Categories for Only Murders in the Building and This Is Us

August 2022
Composer Siddhartha Khosla on Scoring Emmy Nods in Three Different Categories for <i>Only Murders in the Building</i> and <i>This Is Us</i>

Musician, songwriter, and composer Siddhartha Khosla earned his fourth Emmy nomination for his work on NBC’s acclaimed drama This Is Us this past year, and he also picked up two additional Emmy nominations for his main theme and score for Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building. If you’ve watched either show, then you’re abundantly... »

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Secret Headquarters Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman on Working With Jerry Bruckheimer and Prepping Kids for Action Scenes

August 2022
<I>Secret Headquarters</i> Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman on Working With Jerry Bruckheimer and Prepping Kids for Action Scenes

The new Paramount+ movie Secret Headquarters is a family adventure film that harks back to classic ’80s movies like The Goonies, albeit with a more modern superhero tinge. Walker Scobell (The Adam Project) stars as Charlie Kincaid, who is constantly trying to get the attention of his busy father (Owen Wilson). One day, Charlie’s father... »

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Bullet Train Stunt Coordinator and 2nd Unit Director Greg Rementer on Prepping the Star-Studded Cast for Crazy Fight Scenes

August 2022
<i>Bullet Train</i> Stunt Coordinator and 2nd Unit Director Greg Rementer on Prepping the Star-Studded Cast for Crazy Fight Scenes

David Leitch’s Bullet Train pulled into theaters this past weekend, pitting Brad Pitt against a cadre of assassins played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Joey King, and Bad Bunny, among others, all while riding a fast-moving train through Japan. As has become the norm with Leitch’s films, which include the first John Wick, Deadpool... »

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Emily the Criminal Director John Patton Ford on Researching Credit Card Fraud and Stopping L.A. Traffic With Aubrey Plaza

August 2022
<i>Emily the Criminal</i> Director John Patton Ford on Researching Credit Card Fraud and Stopping L.A. Traffic With Aubrey Plaza

The Sundance Film Festival frequently boasts exciting new discoveries, including many filmmakers who go on to make much bigger movies and enjoy long, fruitful careers. From Rian Johnson (Brick) to Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), the list is long. John Patton Ford came to Sundance this year with his own feature directorial debut, Emily the... »

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