Alfonso Cuaron Interview for “GRAVITY” 


Alfonso Cuaron is one of those rare directors who can jump from genre to genre and does not miss a beat! From drama with “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” to fantasy with “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (he changed the tone and course of the “Harry Potter” saga), to dystopian sci-fi thriller with “Children of Men,” Cuaron is consistent in becoming this generation’s cinematic storyteller. Now, with the upcoming “Gravity,” Cuaron challenges himself and his crew (and cast Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) to create a visually compelling movie that has a lot of emotional weight. But wait, there’s more, he teamed up with J.J. Abrams to come up with a new TV show that will blow your mind, the upcoming NBC series, “Believe.”

In this interview, we talked about:

*** How he broke technical and creative boundaries to create “Gravity”
*** It took him 4 ½ years to make the movie!
*** What was his interest in making “Gravity?”
*** The metaphorical possibilities of space – outer space is also the inner space of the characters
*** The film’s theme – you have to go through adversities to be reborn
*** The film’s central female character – rarely seen in this genre
*** Nurturing with Mother Earth in the background
*** Working with J.J. Abrams in NBC’s “Believe”

Have fun!



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Sal Mineo's Life as Seen Through James Franco's Eyes! 


Leave it to James Franco! The prolific actor/director has created a new feature film about the last day in the life of "Rebel Without A Cause" star Sal Mineo from a script by Stacey Miller.

The film is called "Sal" and is set to premiere on-demand on Oct. 22nd with a debut at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in Los Angeles on Nov. 1st. Val Lauren (who also appeared in Franco's "Interior. Leather Bar.") stars in the title role.

Franco stars as Milton Katselas in the movie. Katselas was an American director and producer, as well as a Hollywood acting instructor and coach.

Just in 2013 alone, Franco has made "As I Lay Dying," "Interior. Leather Bar," "Child of God," and "Venice 70: Future Reloaded." On top of that, the actor has also appeared in "Spring Breakers" (fantastic performance, I might add), "Oz The Great and Powerful," "This is the End," and "Palo Alto."

What a busy guy! Here's the trailer for "Sal," which incidentally, looks intriguing even with its own indie sensibilities.



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Movie Reviews -- "Rush" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2!" Which One is My Pick of the Week! 


Two big films this weekend, we have the Oscar-bait “Rush” and the animated sequel “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” In “Rush,” Thor aka Chris Hemsworth trades his hammer for a race car in director Ron Howard and scriptwriter Peter Morgan’s take on the real-life 1970s merciless Formula 1 rivalry between James Hunt (Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Olivia Wilde co-stars in this searing but engaging sports drama.

In “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” Bill Hader returns to voice the role of the genius inventor, Flint Lockwood. This time, he’s working for The Live Corp Company but he soon must leave his post because his infamous machine, the one who turned water into food in the first film, is now creating food-animal hybrids known as FOODIMALS! Also returning for the sequel are Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, and Neil Patrick Harris.

So which one is my pick of the week? Take a look:



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James Hetfield Talks About “Metallica: Through the Never” -- He Says They're a Boy Band Too!  


I thoroughly enjoyed talking to James Hetfield, lead singer, co-founder, main songwriter, and lyricist of the iconic American rock group Metallica. Fresh from the success of their thoroughly engaging documentary, “Some Kind of Monster,” they are back with the concert-documentary “Metallica: Through the Never,” with the title taken from the band’s 1991 self-titled album (interview video below).

Directed by Nimrod Antal (“Kontroll,” “Vacancy,” “Armored,” “Predators”), the quasi-narrative movie follows a young roadie named Trip (Dane DeHaan, the up and coming actor from “Chronicle,” “Lawless,” “Lincoln,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and his surreal adventure with footage from various Metallica concerts as a rockin’ backdrop.

Truth be told, forget about Justin Bieber or One Direction, this is the concert documentary to watch! Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo are members of a boy band, according to Hetfield.

In this fun interview, we talked about:

*** What’s the genesis of “Metallica: Through the Never”)
*** Working with Nimrod Antal
*** Working with Dane DeHaan
*** Who came up with the concept of the movie?
*** As a Filipino, I gave a shout-out to Hammett who is part of my race – that good, old Filipino gene
*** Yes, I can’t help but ask him about “twerking”
*** Will they visit Palm Springs for our annual Coachella Valley Music Festival?
*** What about the Palm Springs International Film Festival?



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Billy Bob Thornton Talks About “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” -- Why He Waited Years to Write and Direct This Movie? 


Billy Bob Thornton returns to the world of writing and directing with his new film “Jayne Mansfield’s Car.” Helping him is a great cast (I love the movie for its performances) featuring Kevin Bacon, Tippi Hedren, Ray Stevenson, John Hurt, Robert Patrick, Robert Duvall, Frances O’Connor, and Mr. Thornton himself playing the role of Skip Caldwell.

“Jayne Mansfield’s Car” is now out in limited release and on Video-On-Demand. In this interview, we talked about:

*** How personal and heartfelt was making “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” for him?
*** What made him want to do the movie as his first writing/directing/acting gig in over a decade? His last film where he wrote, directed, and acted (along with Laura Dern) was 2002’s “Daddy and Them.”
*** His directing style and why a movie like “Sling Blade” will not work for this generation.
*** The great performances in the movie
*** What attracted him to play Skip?
*** The film’s 60s setting
*** The film’s intricate balance between sad and funny…and yes, odd!
*** America’s love for muscle cars is featured prominently in the film. What’s his favorite car?



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