Film News – Director Nisha Ganatra On Late Night + Star Wars

The comedy Late Night has, for the most part, been receiving very good reviews. Indeed, it looks like it will be one of the best comedic films of 2019 alongside other comedies that have come out this year such as Long Shot and Booksmart. The director of Late Night is Nisha Ganatra and, in an interview with Collider, she had the chance to speak about Late Night as well as her wish to direct a Star Wars movie.

Late Night

Nisha Ganatra had this to say on whether there was anything she learned from private screenings of Late Night before its release that changed the movie:

It’s a very talky script. People walk in and loudly announce who they are in a monologue. It was very challenging to direct and make this movie visual because, on the page, it was very just dialogue-driven.”

I had to really work hard to make it visual, and pull things out, and tell the story in the medium that it is. With every screening, Mindy was willing to lose a little bit more of the dialogue, realizing that audiences can follow along without being told as much as we think they need to be told.”

Audiences make big leaps, and you just want to be careful, in a movie, not to let them get ahead of you. This movie was fun, that way. The test screenings allowed me to take out some things that were said, that I don’t think needed saying.”

Star Wars

Nisha Ganatra also spoke about the other types of movies she would like to direct, one of which would be a film the in the Star Wars universe:

I’d love a crack at the Star Wars franchise, or the Jurassic Park franchise. I’d really like a crack at some amazing science fiction drama, like a Gattaca-type movie. That would be amazing.”

It’s so funny, there are all those things that you dream about, as a kid, and then, as you start working, as a woman in the industry, you’re like, ‘I guess I’m just not gonna get a chance to do those things.’ So, you focus on the independent films you can get made, but it’s been really exciting to do a movie [like Late Night].”

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Film News – Tom Hughes Discusses Red Joan

Tom Hughes has starred in a number of British films such as Cemetary Junction and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and TV shows including Victoria, The Game and Silk. He now has a leading role in Red Joan and, in an interview with Collider, Tom Hughes talked about this spy drama movie.

Red Joan

Here is what Tom Hughes had to say on what it was like to work with someone in Red Joan like Sophie Cookson while also working adjacent to Judi Dench:

I think Sophie is quite an astounding actor. She was great to work with. (Director) Trevor Nunn has worked with Judi Dench, many, many times, and he found it quite astonishing to direct Sophie. He’d be like, ‘God, it’s just like directing a young Judi.’ Even in their personalities, Sophie has a wicked playfulness, as a human, and she brought a real excitement to the scenes.”

It was rarely linear and it was rarely obvious, and that was exciting for me. When you’re playing a character like Leo, although he’s definitely had a very dark past, in terms of the pain that he’s gone through, and his anguish and all of that, that velocity has a firecracker element. You need to be with an actor that you can really bounce off, and it was great to have Sophie to work with.”

Someone asked me, ‘What’s it like to be in a film with Judi Dench, and not be in a film with her?,’ but for me, it was just a real pleasure to meet her and be able to talk to her. Sophie is the one creating the character with Judi, so that pressure fell on her.”

From the small amount of time that I spent with Judi, she was the most incredibly gracious and kind human being. She gave Sophie that strength. It was exciting actually to know that we were sharing that story with someone like Judi.

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Film News – Gugu Mbatha-Raw On Fast Color

One of the most promising actresses in the entertainment industry is Gugu Mbatha-Raw who has had roles in films such as Miss Sloane and the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. One of the latest movies she has a lead part in is Fast Color and, in an interview with Collider, she had the opportunity to speak about Fast Color.

Fast Color

Here is what Gugu Mbatha-Raw had to say on what her reaction was when Fast Color came her way and what spoke most to her about this indie superhero movie:

I read the script during the time that I was filming The Cloverfield Paradox. That movie was really intense, and all set in space and all shot on a soundstage, so it was all interiors with a lot of CGI special effects.”

It was big budget sci-fi. It was a very claustrophobic type of story for my character, so to be able to read something like Fast Color was just so refreshing. It was a very raw, authentic, grounded world, set in the desert. Having been on a soundstage, the idea of being out in a wide open space seemed really appealing.”

The idea that it was about three generations of women, and that it was focused on these intimate family relationships, was really intriguing to me. And also, the character of Ruth and the opening of the script totally hooked me in.”

The idea of seeing a woman on the run, who seems to be somewhat wild, in this fight or flight adrenaline zone, where you’re not sure if she’s criminal, what she’s done, who she’s running from, or what she’s running to, I just found her really intriguing, as a character, with the complex and fragile and tough, all at the same time.”

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Film News – Michael K. Williams Discusses ‘The Public’

Emilio Estevez has not been extremely active in the entertainment industry for quite a while but a film he wrote and directed called The Public is now out in U.S. cinemas. One of the stars of the film is Michael K. Williams and, in an interview with Collider, he was given the chance to speak about this movie.

The Public

Here is what Michael K. Williams said on whether he knew what The Public was all about when he was given the script for it:

I had no idea what it was, based on the title, The Public. After I read it, for me, it was about redemption. It was a very redeeming story for our homeless community, and it humanized them, in a way that I had never seen before. Then, simultaneously, it reminded me of how important and how vital the public library is to the community. I just fell in love with it. It was a very unique and different look at something that no one is really talking about.”

This film was a passion project for Emilio Estevez and Michael K. Williams had this to say on whether this took on a special meaning for everyone involved:

Absolutely! Our work hours, every day, were 7pm to 7am because we had to work around the library hours. Because of that, no one was really running back to their trailer, so for 12 hours, we would sit together, take naps together, eat together, and play chess together.”

No one left the library for 12 hours, until it was time to wrap. That gave me a sense of how the community that goes in there does that. I got a glimpse of how the lives of the people we were portraying in the movie really folds out, over the course of the day, just being at the public library.”

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Film News – Eva Green On Dumbo + Tim Burton

Eva Green has a had a very good career in the entertainment industry. She is well known for her role as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale and she has also had a consistent working relationship with Tim Burton.

Indeed, she has starred in Tim Burton films like Dark Shadows and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and she continues this collaboration with Dumbo, the live-action remake of the animated Disney classic. In an interview with Collider, she had the opportunity to speak about Dumbo.


Eva Green had this to say on whether starring in Dumbo was an immediate yes or if she had to take some time to think about it:

I was like, ‘I don’t know how I can say to Tim, ‘Is there a stunt person, or can you use somebody else’s body and put my head on it, digitally, afterwards?’’ I had a whole plan going on in my head. He was like, ‘No, just try it. It could help you to build the character.’ I was like, ‘Okay, I’ll try.’ I was sure that I would never be able to swing up high.”

That was a great thing, even for my own confidence, to think that you couldn’t do that, but then, actually, you can. It’s all the monkey talk, as they say. It’s just all of those demons in your head. You can overcome your fear.”

Eva Green also spoke about what it is like to work with Tim Burton:

Of course. He’s a genius. He’s a poet. He’s got a very specific universe, but it’s also such a hard job. There’s always tension on a movie set, most of the time.”

There’s always a problem, but it’s a beautiful job. There’s a lot of money involved. When you’re on a Tim Burton movie, even though the budget is gigantic and there is pressure, as actors, we don’t feel the pressure, which is wonderful.”

Tim is like a child. He’s so happy. He deeply loves what he does. It’s so wonderful to see him, just full of joy, really. It’s just nice to not have tension.”

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Film News – J.C. Chandor On Triple Frontier + Netflix

Recently, Ben Affleck spoke about Triple Frontier, a heist film in which he has a starring role in alongside Oscar Isaac. Now, J.C. Chandor, the director of this movie, has given an interview to Collider and he has discussed both Triple Frontier and Netflix.

Triple Frontier

Here is what J.C. Chandor had to say on how Triple Frontier changed as a result of early screenings:

It got tighter, which I think is so cool. It feathers right back into what you’re talking about. One of the things that Scott Stuber, who’s running this shop, and was my boss on this movie, one of the things he really stressed in a positive way for me was no matter how we’re delivering, this the two hour movie is not dead.”

It’s such an efficient, beautiful, well-timed – going back to Greek plays, most of them were somewhere between an hour and half and three hours long, in multi-parts. To tell a story over ten hours is fun, and there’s a lot of people doing it right now.”

Even in your home, as that filmmaker would say, as a TV movie, the two hour time table is something to believe in as a true storytelling technique. I was sort of imagining that I would have a little more freedom and willingness because of Netflix and because of the difference of the movie, to kind of let it wander the way some of my other films had.”

What I realized in the editing room, especially after the first screening we did, which was a mall in New Jersey, you know 400 people. It was a pretty brutal screening because halfway through it I realized that this is a freaking action, fun, adventure film that’s operating on two levels. It needs to be this tense, fun thrill ride.”


J.C. Chandor also spoke about whether he has heard about the whole thing with Netflix and the Oscars and if Netflix films should be eligible for these awards:

A little bit. I haven’t heard about this latest. These guys gave me a warning that a prominent member in the community has spoken out quite clearly on it […] My career, when I got my first chance to do this, was the first days of this world kind of changing. That movie was released day and date.”

Would I have loved that movie, for every person to come and get a babysitter and see it in a movie theater, yes. In the last 10 years or whatever, since that filmed played, the world just keeps changing. I think as storytellers, and as an industry, to sort of fully put your head in the sand is not really an option.”

For 800 bucks you can have a movie screen in your house and have any movie ever made delivered to it. To sort of deny that the market place has shifted, is a fool’s errand, just as an industry. That’s just my personal opinion about where we are.”

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Film News – Danny Elfman Discusses Dumbo

Recently, director Tim Burton spoke about his live-action remake of the Disney animated classic Dumbo. Now, composer Danny Elfman, a long-time collaborator with Tim Burton, has given an interview to Collider about Dumbo.


Danny Elfman said this on whether Tim Burton had a good sense of what he was doing with Dumbo when Elfman joined the project:

Yeah, he had a pretty good sense of what he was doing, but he didn’t have a good sense yet of the music. He usually evolves that, over the process. It all starts with a thing called the spotting session, where you sit down and go over the whole movie, and every cue gets a number and a name and a little bit about the cue.”

With Tim, it’s the fastest spotting sessions, in my life […] if it’s an hour and 45-minute movie, the spotting session will be two hours and 15 minutes. He adds about a half-hour. He doesn’t talk about it.”

He just says, ‘Okay, music here, and music here. We’re gonna keep that. We want that to soar. We want that to be sweet.’ He doesn’t verbalize, and that’s fine. Really, the more he verbalizes, it’s not gonna really help me. Telling me how he feels will help me, so that’s what he does. He’ll say, ‘I feel this way about this scene. I feel this way about that scene.’ Then, I start writing.”

And when I’m writing, I’ll write more than one option because I know Tim. If I play three things for him, it’ll help him focus and say, ‘Oh, no, that’s the wrong way to go. This is the right way to go.’ It’s through that kind of experimentation that I help him figure out what he is really looking for, musically, in the film.”

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Film News – Marc Maron On Joker

One of the movies coming out in 2019 that has a lot of buzz is Joker, a standalone DC film that stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, Batman’s greatest enemy. Marc Maron has a supporting role in this comic book movie and, in an interview in NME, he had the chance to discuss Joker.


Here is what Marc Maron had to say on filming Joker, what the movie focuses on and working with Robert De Niro:

I finished that a while ago, we’d just finished wrapping the third season of Glow, I did a week in New York and did a scene with Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix. I couldn’t believe it was happening, but once I got there I was like ‘Here we go. Let’s do the job’.”

I think it’s a very interesting approach to this world, I’ve been somewhat judgemental when it comes to comic book movies and I’ve got a little pushback in the press for being a hypocrite. Whatever I think, if you get a call and someone says, ‘Hey do you wanna do a scene with Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix?’ your principals fall to the wayside.”

If it’s relative to what I think of Marvel movies then it’s like, ‘Yeah, of course I’m gonna do that’. Oddly, it’s not that kind of movie. The approach that Todd Phillips has taken is more of an origin story and a character study of a mentally ill person that becomes The Joker.”

It’s more of an intimate and gritty movie with a very specific scope. It’s going to be really interesting to see how it comes out.”

It was great to meet him [Robert De Niro] and it was great to see him work […] He’s a nice guy and kinda shy, but it was a great experience and not too much of a mindfuck.”

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Film News – Tim Burton Discusses Dumbo

The reviews for Dumbo have recently come out and there has been a mixed response for this live-action remake of the Disney animated classic. Still, we all know that a hardcore group of Tim Burton fans will support the film no matter what the critical reception is given their love for his previous work in the film industry. During a conference at the film’s Los Angeles press junket, Tim Burton was given the chance to speak about Dumbo.


One of the topics of conservation was the thing that Tim Burton loves about the story of Dumbo:

I just liked the idea of a flying elephant that doesn’t quite fit into the world, and how somebody with a disadvantage makes it an advantage. It just felt very close to the way I felt about things. It was just a very pure, simple image. Like all of the old Disney fables, it has that simple symbolism for real emotions.”

Tim Burton also spoke about the things in the original Dumbo that he wanted to expand upon in his own live-action version:

I just like the fact that it’s obviously a very simple fable and story. At its heart, it’s about family. What I liked about it was the human parallel story. This character comes back from war, and he doesn’t have an arm, he doesn’t have a wife, and he doesn’t have a job.”

He’s trying to find his place in the world. It’s like that for all of the characters. Every character in it wants to be something. They’re like Dumbo, using disadvantage to advantage. So, there are lots of nice themes, but in a very simple framework.”

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Film News – Ben Affleck On Triple Frontier

Multiple delays and cast changes meant that Triple Frontier did not have the smoothest of productions. Still, as long as the film gets made to a good enough quality and is released in the end then all the struggles will have been worth it. Ben Affleck was part of the cast for this Netflix heist movie and, in an exclusive interview with Collider, he had the opportunity to talk about Triple Frontier.

Triple Frontier

Here is what Ben Affleck said on what it was about the script that made him want to be a part of Triple Frontier:

You know, it’s complex, and it doesn’t make easy judgements, and you keep calibrating your opinion of the characters as the movie goes on. That keeps changing. I thought that was really interesting. I thought it was a really good action script, but it was kind of character-based. It owed something to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which is one of my favorite movies.”

Ben Affleck also spoke about what it was like filming the heist scene for Triple Frontier:

Yeah, we rehearsed that [heist scene] more than anything else. They wanted to get a sense that we were professional soldiers from that. We really drilled every step because we wanted to look like we’ve done it before.”

“We wanted to look convincingly like Special Forces operators. We were lucky because Guy Norris helped us with that, as well as Nick John, the technical adviser. We just rehearsed it so much that it became second nature. It was just a function of putting in the time.”

I was dreading the heist because J.C. just had to make it all happen in the rain. From experience, I know what it’s like. The first take is fun, but by take 7 you’re standing there, your underwear is wet, you’re shivering between takes. Being wet can make almost any experience a little bit of a bummer.”

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