Scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy Reveals "127 Hours" Secrets! Check Out Our Interview! 

Simon Beaufoy won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire.” This year, he reteams with “Slumdog” director, Danny Boyle, for another thought-provoking and captivating film! I love this movie!

Based on the true story of Aron Ralston as chronicled in his book, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” “127 Hours” captured the harrowing tale of Ralston, trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah. We’ve all heard what happened next – Ralston resorted to cutting off his right arm to free himself.

Ralston’s tale was harrowing, but the film provided a smart, enjoyable, and entertaining experience.

In this interview, Beaufoy and I talked about:

• What went through his mind when Boyle asked him to co-write “127 Hours?”
• Is the film more like a celebration of life rather than a tale of personal triumph?
• Working with Boyle for the second time.
• Has Boyle whispered “28 Days Later” threequel yet?
• How Boyle planned in shooting “127 Hours” using two different cinematographers – and incorporating the film stocks to be used on the script.
• How did he envision writing the “cutting off the arm” scene?
• Was the planned scene more gory than the final cut?


“127 Hours” opens Friday, Nov. 5th, make sure to watch this fantastic film!

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Hilary Swank Talks About "Conviction!" 

I love Hilary Swank! The two-time Academy Award winner is a down-to-earth and sweet person! I interviewed her for “Amelia” last year, and this year, I chatted with her for her new film “Conviction.” Swank plays the true-life character of Betty Anne Waters, a working mother whose love for her wrongfully convicted brother is so deep that she will do anything to help set him free.

The ensemble cast is great headed by Swank and Sam Rockwell who plays her brother, Kenny. Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis, and Melissa Leo complete the cast.

In this interview, Swank and I talked about:

• What got her interested in the film both as an actress and as an executive producer?
• What’s her attraction to true-life stories?
• How did she prepare for the role?
• How did she pick the actors to work with?

Written by Pamela Gray and directed by Tony Goldwyn, “Conviction” is out in theaters right now.

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"For Colored Girls" Interview with Thandie Newton and Tessa Thompson 

"For Colored Girls" from writer/director Tyler Perry opens this Friday, Nov. 5th. Based on Ntozake Shange's play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," the film features a celebrated cast including Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, and Macy Gray.

"For Colored Girls" portrays each of the women in the collection of twenty poems and shines a light on the issues that impact "women in general and "women of color in particular."

In this interview, I talked to Tessa Thompson (Nyla/Purple) and Thandie Newton (Tangie/Orange) and we discussed:

*** What got them interested in making the film?
*** The significance of their names (each represents a color) and the title


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"Megamind" Movie Review! How Many Kisses do Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt Get? 

DreamWorks Animation’s “Megamind” continues the tradition started by Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and perfected by Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” All these films bend superhero notions and question the true meaning of being a hero and a villain.

The hero in “Megamind” is the film’s villain. Will Ferrell voices the lead role, a skinny blue-skinned alien with a very big head. His life-long archenemy is Metro Man (Brad Pitt channeling the commanding voice of George Clooney) who is really a Superman knockoff. Read More...

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Robert Zemeckis Said No to Directing "Superman?" Sour Grapes? 

We all know by now that Zack Snyder is going to direct the brand new "Superman" movie from producer Christopher Nolan.

We also knew about the array of directors being talked about to helm the Man of Steel film such as Darren Aronofsky (my personal choice), Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Liebesman, and Duncan Jones (See Who Wants to be the Next "Superman" director? Darren Aronofsky Maybe?).

But what we didn't know was that Robert Zemeckis was also once upon a time listed as one of the hopefuls. So when MTV News asked the "Back of the Future" director, he downplayed his rumor involvement. Of course!

His answer? "I passed on that faster than a speeding bullet." But obviously, he wasn't more powerful than a locomotive, er, Snyder to get the director part.

Zemeckis further elaborated, "When they asked if I wanted to make the, what is it, seventeenth version of 'Superman,' I said, 'No, I don't think so."

Check out the complete MTV News interview below:

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