Director John Crowley Interview for “Closed Circuit” 


John Crowley (“Intermission,” “Boy A”) directs “Closed Circuit” from a script written by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises,” “Dirty Pretty Things”). The film gives us a rare glimpse inside the world of closed trials in the U.K. post 9/11 and 7/7. Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall star as ex-lovers who must team up for the defense of an international terrorist.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What inspired him to make “Closed Circuit”
*** The unusual closed-trial proceedings in the U.K.
*** The balance of being a taut thriller yet still entertaining
*** The film’s 70s political thriller roots
*** London plays another character in the film
*** The meaning of “Closed Circuit” the title



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"The Frozen Ground" and "The World's End" Movie Reviews 


This weekend at the box-office, it’s Nicolas Cage versus the end of the world! First, we have “The Frozen Ground,” starring Cage as an Alaska State Trooper out to get serial killer Robert Hansen (John Cusack). His one and only lead is an unreliable teenage prostitute played by Vanessa Hudgens. Based on true events, “The Frozen Ground” will be released in theaters and video-on-demand.

And also out is “The World’s End” from the Three Flavours Corneto trio of writer/director Edgar Wright, writer/actor Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost. This one’s about aliens, friendship, and drinking…lots of drinking! Is “The World’s End” as good as “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz?” Find out!



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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Interview for “The World’s End!” They Taught Me How to Drink!  


I love these two! Not only are they great comedic actors, they’re also fun to talk to! “The World’s End” inspired me to imbibe immediately after watching the film. So both Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were teasing me about my own pub crawl (okay, not too much of a crawl, I only visited one pub).

In the film directed by Edgar Wright (and co-written by Pegg and Wright), Pegg (Gary) and Frost (Andy), along with Paddy Considine (Steven), Martin Freeman (Oliver), and Eddie Marsan (Peter) try to relive their glory days by going on the Golden Mile – visiting twelve pubs culminating with The World’s End bar. They weren’t quite successful decades ago and this time, they want to finish it by hook or by crook even when they start noticing something odd about their old town of Newton Haven.

And let me tell ya, I love this movie – it’s funny with equal measures of thrills and drama. You will not be disappointed! “The World’s End” is definitely a great addition to their Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (which includes “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”).

In this interview, we talked about:

*** The film put me in a good mood to go on my own The Golden Mile
*** I wish I was drunk when I was watching the movie
*** The film perfectly blends humor and drama and it works!
***Their characters are much more layered this time
*** We should petition Cornetto Ice Cream to be here in America
*** What’s the secret to finishing The Golden Mile



Official Synopsis:

Official Synopsis

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King, a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub - The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.

Director -- Edgar Wright

Cast

Simon Pegg--Gary King
Nick Frost--Andy Knight
Rosamund Pike--Sam Chamberlain
Paddy Considine--Steven Prince
Martin Freeman--Oliver Chamberlain
Eddie Marsan--Peter Page

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Edgar Wright Interview for “The World’s End!’ He Teases Us About “Ant Man!” 


Edgar Wright reteams with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to create their third entry in their Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (which includes “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”) called “The World’s End.” I enjoyed this film and highly recommend it to fans and non-fans like! I love how the trio can find comedy amidst dramatic situations. And need I say that “The World’s End” is probably their film with the most dramatic weight. Yet, it’s pretty freaking funny!

In this interview, Wright and I talked about:

*** The film’s emotional territory
*** Why is it an accurate reflection of a drunken night
*** How did he get inspired into making “The World’s End?”
*** The film’s sociological science fiction roots
*** What clips did he show to inspire his cast and crew?
*** What can we expect from his upcoming “Ant-Man?”



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Explosive "Escape From Tomorrow" Gets Release Date Despite Disney Controversy 


Billed as guerilla filmmaking at its finest, the controversial "Escape From Tomorrow" gets a release date! The psychological thriller debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to glowing reviews. And now, we'll be able to see it in a limited theatrical release and video-on-demand on Oct. 11 according to Producers Distribution Agency.

Many folks were questioning whether the film will get released at all because writer/director Randy Moore used Disney World, almost like one of characters in the film, to tell the narrative. In the movie, a husband and father (played by Roy Abramsohn) learns that he lost his job on the eve of his family vacation in Disney World. There, he encounters two French girls which heighten his paranoid delusions.

"Escape From Tomorrow" was shot guerilla-style in Disney World, without the company's permission of course, which led many to question whether the film will be released at all!

But now it appears that Disney is not doing anything to stop the film's release. At least for now.

Here's the film's official summary:

An epic battle begins when a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses. Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasy land around him begins to haunt his subconscious. An idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist and darkly comic nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians. Chillingly shot in black and white, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW dissects the mythology of artificial perfection while subversively attacking our culture's obsession with mass entertainment.


Here's the complete cast:

Roy Abramsohn as Jim White, a middle-aged father of two
Elena Schuber as his wife, Emily
Katelynn Rodriguez as his daughter, Sarah
Jack Dalton as his son, Elliott
Alison Lees-Taylor as Other Woman
Annet Mahendru and Danielle Safady as the two French girls

And here are some videos associated with "Escape From Tomorrow." First, an official clip featuring Jim seeing the two French girls for the first time:



And here's a featurette -- Meet the Artists:



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