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Film Spotlight: The Filmmakers Behind the Killer Action-Thriller The Protégé 

August 20, 2021 | By
Film Spotlight: The Filmmakers Behind the Killer Action-Thriller <em>The Protégé</em> 

When her mentor is attacked, elite British assassin Anna (Maggie Q) returns to her childhood home in Da Nang to avenge him. But her mission is complicated by Rembrandt (Michael Keaton), a rival killer, in the Lionsgate release, The Protégé, opening in theaters on August 20. Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick also star.... »

Director Series: Coda’s Siân Heder on Making This Year’s Crowd-Pleasing Sundance Hit 

August 11, 2021 | By
Director Series: <em>Coda</em>’s Siân Heder on Making This Year’s Crowd-Pleasing Sundance Hit 

When Siân Heder’s Coda (an acronym for Child of Deaf Adults) premiered at this year’s virtual Sundance Film Festival, it took the venerable festival by storm, really blowing away everyone who saw it due to its originality and creative vision. When the awards were announced, Coda unsurprisingly ended up taking home not only the... »

Don’t Breathe 2‘s Rodo Sayagues & Fede Alvarez on Making a Horror Sequel During a Pandemic

August 9, 2021 | By
<em>Don’t Breathe 2</em>‘s Rodo Sayagues & Fede Alvarez on Making a Horror Sequel During a Pandemic

In 2016, director Fede Alvarez, who had previously worked with original director Sam Raimi to reinvent Evil Dead, directed an original R-rated horror movie called Don’t Breathe, about a group of young Detroit criminals who sneak into the home of a blind man (Stephen Lang) with the intentions to steal a fortune of money,... »

Film Spotlight: Settlers Director Wyatt Rockefeller on Putting Life on Mars

July 28, 2021 | By
Film Spotlight: <em>Settlers</em> Director Wyatt Rockefeller on Putting Life on Mars

Director Wyatt Rockefeller makes his feature film directorial debut with Settlers, a sci-fi thriller that was recently released by IFC Midnight after playing at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.  Despite being science fiction and actually taking place on a terraformed Mars, it’s a quieter character drama that stars Brooklyn Prince (The Florida Project) as... »

Director Kate Herron Reveals Secrets of the Loki Universe (Spoilers Ahead!!)

July 27, 2021 | By
Director Kate Herron Reveals Secrets of the <em>Loki</em> Universe (Spoilers Ahead!!)

Creator Michael Waldron has surpassed expectations with Loki, the 3rd original Marvel Studios series on Disney +.  The series picks up after Loki (Tom Hiddleston) mysteriously disappears with the Tesseract in 2012 during his engagement with the Avengers. He crashes in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia where he is tracked by the Minutemen (AKA variant... »

Carlos López Estrada: From Blindspotting to Summertime with Some Disney Animation in Between

July 7, 2021 | By
Carlos López Estrada: From <em>Blindspotting</em> to <em>Summertime</em> with Some Disney Animation in Between

Three years ago, Carlos López Estrada’s feature directorial debut, Blindspotting, opened the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, showcasing the talents of Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs and his collaborator Rafael Casal, in a film dealing with the gentrification and police discrimination that had plagued their hometown of Oakland, California.  Two years later, Estrada would be back at... »

Film Showcase: First Date Co-Director Manuel Crosby Explains the DIY Approach to His Action-Comedy

July 2, 2021 | By
Film Showcase: <em>First Date</em> Co-Director Manuel Crosby Explains the DIY Approach to His Action-Comedy

When you watch Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp’s debut film, First Date, you know you’re in for something special. While it has the indie DIY spirit that has led to some great filmmakers like Tarantino, Soderbergh, Robert Rodriguez, and many more, it also shows off the true spirit of collaboration when people making a... »

Director Series: Chris McKay Transitions to Full-Sized Living Actors for The Tomorrow War

June 29, 2021 | By
Director Series: Chris McKay Transitions to Full-Sized Living Actors for <em>The Tomorrow War</em>

Director Chris McKay cut his teeth in animation, spending the second half of the ‘00s, as editor, co-producer and co-director, doing stop-animation series for the Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” brand that culminated in the highly-popular Robot Chicken. In 2017, McKay directed The Lego Batman Movie, released by Warner Bros. Pictures, which was a much... »

Talking Werewolves Within with Director Josh Ruben

June 24, 2021 | By
Talking <em>Werewolves Within</em> with Director Josh Ruben

Like many filmmakers, Josh Ruben began his career as an actor, toiling on the circuit for many years before finally realizing that being able to write and direct were pretty useful skills if you want to make sure to always have acting work. Maybe that’s not how the actual transition happened, but Ruben has... »

Director Series: Jonathan Hensleigh on Creating The Ice Road’s Jaw-Dropping Action Scenes

June 23, 2021 | By
Director Series: Jonathan Hensleigh on Creating <em>The Ice Road</em>’s Jaw-Dropping Action Scenes

In the ‘90s, Jonathan Hensleigh was one of Hollywood’s go-to action screenwriters with the likes of Armageddon, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Jumanji on his resumé. In 2004, he took on directing with the Lionsgate film, The Punisher, which was followed in 2011 with the indie crime thriller, Kill the Irishman. Hensleigh’s latest... »