George Lopez and Luke Wilson on "HENRY POOLE IS HERE"

George Lopez and Luke Wilson on "HENRY POOLE IS HERE"
Radha Mitchell and Luke Wilson on "HENRY POOLE IS HERE"
  George Lopez and Luke Wilson on "HENRY POOLE IS HERE"

George Lopez, Luke Wilson, director Mark Pellington and their "Henry Poole is Here" co-stars talk to CineMovie.TV about their new film and their belief in divine interventions. "Henry Poole is Here" opens Friday, August 15. 

Scroll down to watch interview

Movie Synopsis: 

Luke Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums”, “Old School”), Academy Award® nominee Adriana Barraza (“Babel”) and Radha Mitchell (“Finding Neverland”) star in a modern day fable about the unexpected wonders of the everyday from director Mark Pellington (“U2 3D”, “The Mothman Prophecies”.  Henry Poole is Here tells the funny, poignant and uplifting story of a disillusioned man who attempts to hide from life in a rundown suburban tract home only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope.

Henry’s self-imposed exile is shattered when his nosy neighbor Esperanza (Adriana Barraza) discovers a mysterious stain on Henry’s stucco wall that is seen to have miraculous powers. She begins leading pilgrimages to the “holy site” and invites church officials, including her pastor, Father Salizar (George Lopez), to inspect the apparition.Although Henry remains skeptical, he finds himself gradually drawn back towards life, especially after his silent friendship with Millie brings him closer to Dawn. As news of the apparition spreads throughout the neighborhood and his feelings for Dawn grow, Henry realizes his plan to live out his days in quiet desperation is going to be much harder than he ever imagined.  

Running Time: 104 minutes                                                             MPAA Rating: PG

Add a comment

Cast Interviews & Movie Reviews: Next Day Air

"Scrubs" Donald Faison stars alongside Mike Epps, Mos Def, Wood Harris ("The Wire") and Debbie Allen in NEXT DAY AIR, a hilarious action comedy.  

When two small-time hoods (Mike Epps and Wood Harris) receive a package of grade-A cocaine meant for their wannabe gangster neighbor, they think they've hit the jackpot.  But when they try to cash in, it triggers a series of events that forever changes the lives of ten people. 

CineMovie sat down with the cast to ask what they would do if they received a package meant for someone else and why you should see this movie instead of the Hollywood summer blockbusters.

NEXT DAY AIR opens May 8th.






Add a comment

Bromance: Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna

Actors Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal star as brothers aspiring to be soccer players (Cursi) and a singer (Rudo) in RUDO Y CURSI (Tough and Corny) but off screen the real life buddies share many things including a partnership in a production company Canana Film.

In our interview with the stars, Deigo and Gael's kid each other about old age and a possible singing and soccer career with Maryl Celiz who sat down with the budding stars.  Director Carlos Cuaron also chimes in on the boy's new careers. 

RUDO Y CURSI opens in movie theaters May 8th.  Watch trailer.

Add a comment

Moises Arias in Beethoven's Big Break

Moises Arias in Beethoven's Big Break DVD

The unruly dog Beethoven is back for more canine fun in Beethoven’s Big Break and “Hannah Montana’s” Moises Arias is the new owner of the lovable pooch.  The fourteen year old actor broke into Hollywood in 2005 with roles on television’s “Everybody Hates Chris”, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and as a series regular on Disney Channel hits series “Hannah Montana” starring Miley Cyrus.   An appearance in Jack Black’s Nacho Libre also propelled the actor into the big time. 

The well-spoken young actor speaks to CineMovie by phone recounting his experience in shooting the sixth movie in the Beethoven saga.

Was this your first time acting with animals?
Yes, and it was harder.  Usually I run my lines with an actual person but having a dog co-star didn’t make it easy.  It was definitely a different experience.

How many dogs played Beethoven?
Beethoven's Big Break new DVD
There were three dogs for different purposes;  a St. Bernard for close-ups, a running dog, and a female dog with the puppies.  They were afraid a male dog would bite the puppies.

Like the mischievous Beethoven dog, were the dogs unruly on set or are they well trained? 
The dogs were well-behaved but there were times when the cookie treats didn’t work and they didn’t do as they were told.  It was fun to watch.

Which scene with the dog took the longest to shoot?
There was a scene where Beethoven jumps on me and licks my face.  They covered my cheek in chicken flavored baby food and we had to keep reshooting that scene over and over.  It was pretty disgusting having to do it multiple times.  

The classic Beethoven movies are out on DVD as well.  Have you seen any of the five previous Beethoven films?
I’ve seen two or three of them because I was curious to see what kind of tricks the dog did in those movies. 

"Hannah Montana" is more popular than ever.  How are things on set?
The show is great.  The scripts are still really funny.  We’re like family because we’ve been together for so long. We’re a lot older but not much else has changed.

Any plans to branch out like Miley Cyrus and take up singing or dancing?
My shower says no.  I can’t sing!  I am open to dancing.  I like hip hop but my passion is acting.  But I do plan on attending college as a back up plan.

What actors do you aspire to be like?
Will Smith.  He has done so much and I really like his choices.  Other actors I admire are Antonio Banderas and Brad Pitt. 

Do you hope to break out of the Disney type roles?
I really want to do drama.   That would be really challenging and something I’d have to work harder at than any other role.  I look forward to it. 

In addition, Moises eventually hopes to write and direct with his brother, citing the Coen brothers as their inspiration.  Moises Arias seems clear about his future and with three movies due out in 2009 (The Perfect Game with Cheech Marin, Hannah Montana movie, Astro Boy), this child actor is on the right track.  Catch Moises and his fury friend in Beethoven’s Big Break on DVD now. 

Add a comment

Yes Man Carrey

Jim Carrey as Carl in Yes Man

It’s no surprise Jim Carrey’s career has lasted through hits and misfires.  The energetic and positive funny man had the press and his fellow Yes Man co-stars (Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Danny Masterson) laughing and entertained throughout the press conference promoting his latest comedy Yes Man at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

In Yes Man, Jim is Carl, a negative person always saying no to life until he is forced into thinking as a yes man and agrees to everything.  Jim took this to heart in real life.  Jim Carrey took method acting one step forward with a leap off a bridge for a bungee jump scene in which he insisted on performing himself.

What was going through your mind when you were on that bridge?   

Jim:  Death.  Lots about death and lots of crossing over were actually going through my mind.  Prior to that I thought to myself, “They do this all the time.  They’ve got this down.” But when I stepped onto that bridge - that was intense enough. “What have I done?  Why am I doing here!”  Then when I got my feet up on the ledge, it literally felt like a freight train going through my veins and body until I jumped.  It was insane.  I actually had post traumatic stress for about a week after the jump.  I dreamt of hitting the ground.  Those people who do it all the time are addicted to that adrenaline rush like you would not believe.

John Michael Higgins
:  Can I ask a question?  You have a scene answering the cell phone while you’re hanging, did they reset the shot or was it all in one take?
Jim Carrey and John Higgans in Warner Bros. Yes Man

Jim:  I’m always trying to complicate things.  At the last second, I was like, “Well maybe I can get that in!”   So I made a styrofoam cell phone so it wouldn’t hit me in the lip, put it in my pocket, and gave it a shot.  And I did it.  Once I knew I was alive, I was fine. 

CineMovie:   Would you do it again?

Jim:  No, did that and crossed it off my list.  They didn’t want me to do it at all so I said I’m only going to do it once in my life so might as well get it on camera. 

In a separate press conference with Director Peyton Reed, Reed tells us he took every possible safety precaution that day for his star and moved the scene to the last day of shooting to satisfy the studio, producers, and insurance company who initially refused to grant Jim’s request to bungee jump himself.  Multiple cameras caught the one-time Jim jump and even Reed was surprised to see Jim have the presence of mind to finish the scene with him talking into a cell phone.

Jim took on other life threatening risks for Yes Man but his life was not in danger this time.

Jim:  I had to learn Korean phonetically every day for four weeks with a Korean coach who literally is afraid to go back to Korea if I got it wrong.  He would tell me, “No!  No! No!  This is serious.  I will be hurt.” So I hope I got it right.  But he was on me and it took a while.  It was the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my life but I was dedicated. Very dedicated.

CineMovie:  Speaking of tough, what scene was the hardest to shoot or get through in the movie?

Bradley Cooper:  The scene that didn’t make it in the movie was the brawl at the bar.
Bradley Cooper, Jim Carrey, Danny Masterson in Yes Man

Jim:  [laughs] Our true punk nature came out.

Bradley:  [to Jim] You went for it.  There were a bunch of stunt guys and extras, and Jim just said,  “Let’s go for it.  Lets mess around a bit.”

Jim:  Let’s go melee!  Hockey fight!  C’mon!

Bradley:  And Jim’s energy was so high that it made you want to follow, so we went for it.  It started out as acting but then it got heated. Soon there was twelve guys beating the sh*# out of each other and Jim’s flying all over the place.  It was unbelievable. 

Jim:  At one point, I turned around and one girl was punching me in the head.  I also caught an elbow in the eye.

Bradley:  [to Jim] You cracked me in the nose. 

Jim:  I cracked my ribs in another bar scene. 

Zooey:  And you were amazingly good-natured about it.  I came in the next day and Jim would joke, “cracked rib” then laugh and you’d be like ‘Ow! ‘

Jim:  They had to move all the physical stuff to the end of the shoot because I had three fractured ribs. 

Zooey:  But that didn’t slow you down at all.

Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel in Yes Man

As Jim Carrey’s love interest, Zooey Deschanel avoided the rumbling and death defying acts but she did bring her own indie musical talents to the music and lyrics for her on screen music band with real act, the Von Iva’s from San Francisco.


Zooey:  I usually write alone so it was fun to write with other people and the Von Iva’s are so funny, talented and smart.  It was a fun process joining their band for a week.

Jim:  She blew us away with that stuff.  We weren’t expecting that. . .

Zooey:  Stop!

Jim:  We were on the set and we were like, “What?   This is fantastic.”  We loved it.

CineMovie:  Given the theme of the movie, would you consider yourselves yes people?

Danny:  I said no to Spiderman. So no!

John:   I say “yes” to everything.  Have you seen my resume?

[laughter from the room]

Jim:   I would say I am a yes man.

Bradley:  I have to admit that after seeing the film, I was suckered into the movie in the sense that it got me thinking “I have to change my life around.”

Zooey:  It’s exhausting to just say “yes” to everything for real even if it’s just for a day.

Bradley:  Have you tried it?

Zooey:  [guilty]  No!

CineMovie:  What’s the dumbest thing you’ve regretted saying “yes” to in the past?

Jim:  [in a low voice] The Majestic.

[room gasps]

Jim:   Sorry!

Danny:  Getting the Brazilian wax.  That hurt. 
Danny Masterson,  Jim Carrey in WB's Yes Man

Jim:   Looks good though.

Danny:  It’s really tight in there.

Jim:   And great  from what I’ve seen.

Zooey:  I accidentally entered a youth pageant when I was fourteen.  It’s a beauty pageant but without the beauty.  It was terrible.

Danny:   How did it happen accidentally?

Zooey:   I thought it was a talent show.  My choir teacher lead me on. 

Bradley:  I studied abroad and misread the form thinking 500 pounds was a lot of money to spend for six months there.  I was wrong and broke for the last three months.  I ate rice and oil for the remaining time.  I gained a lot of weight.
Jim:   I was eleven years old and joined the Sea Cadets which is like a military version of the Boy Scouts.  They shave your head and humiliate you but you know what, if I hadn’t done that I wouldn’t know that I’m a useless maggot.    So I’m glad.  Saying “yes” always leads to something good.

And it’s that positive thinking that will have moviegoers returning to see Jim Carrey get back to his comedic roots in Yes Man opening December 19. 

Watch Jim Carrey’s inspirational speech in Spanish.

Add a comment

Ex-Roomies Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow Reunite


Judd Apatow directs Adam Sandler in Funny People

Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler started out as stand up comics and roommates.  While funny man Adam Sandler's fame rose on Saturday Night Live which led to a successful movie career, Judd Apatow gave up on becoming a comedian and opted to become a writer on the Larry Sander's Show with Gary Shandling. 

Apatow struggled through some false starts until his writer-directorial film debut The 40 Year-Old Virgin became a break out hit and Knocked Up propelled him to the top along with his successful producing efforts (Pineapple Express, Superbad).   Now he's on the same A-List pool with his long-time friend Adam and they've teamed up for Apatow's third directorial effort in Funny People.  CineMovie sat down with the original funny people. 

Q:  With Judd knowing you so well, did he know how to motivate you?

Adam: Judd knows a lot about me and it did help.  He knows stories and used them to bring me to different places.  

Q:  Was the relationship between Seth's character and his roommates in the movie based on your experience living Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman star in Funny Peopletogether?

Judd:  Some of the texture of how the people communicate is.  Some of it's based on how we were as roommates, how we were with other roommates.  Like Seth's relationships, when you are first starting out, everyone's friends but you're mad when they start moving ahead of you.  So there's that subtle competition.  'How come they're getting better spots at the Improv.  How did he get that cheapy commercial?'

When I lived with Adam, I remember he got a commercial with Visa. . .

Adam:  . . . Mastercard

Judd:  . . .Mastercard and it was a big and very expensive commercial where Adam is shopping.  It's funny.  I can't say I didn't think, 'how come I can't be the Mastercard guy.  I can be the Visa card guy or the Discover Card guy.'

Adam:   And you stole an audition away from me with Jim Henson.

Judd:  That's right.  We all auditioned for Jim Henson who was doing a reality show where you drive around the country with your old video cameras...

Adam:  Around this time you said you didn't even want to be on camera anymore.  He was starting to say, 'maybe I'll be a writer' or something like that.  I didn't even know what he was talking about.   I was like 'What's a writer?'   But then we auditioned for Jim Henson and I was so cocky.   'I can't wait for that callback.'  And then Judd said they were interested in him and got a callback. 

Judd: But then ultimately I didn't get it.   Jim Henson said I lacked warmth. 

The competition wasn't just among friends.  Judd also recalled when they were roommates, Adam didn't like to hear about other stand-up comics.

Adam:  Now if I see someone (comic) else kill, I don't get jealous but twenty-years ago when I saw someone else I was like 'I gotta figure something out.'

Judd:  When we lived together, I would always try to show Adam other comedians I liked because I was such a fan. Because I wasn't such a good comic, I could be a fan.  And I said to Adam, 'hey, come see this guy Norm MacDonald.'  And he would just go, 'who cares.  Why would I want to see another comic?  I'm working on my act.'

Q:  How do you find doing stand-up now versus then? 

Adam:  Doing stand up when your 42 years old is a lot more pressure then when I was in my 20's.  I had a goal to become a movie star.  I was pretty crazy.  I don't know why.   I would go on stage - if I did great, 'Alright we're getting closer to what I need.'  When I did bad, I thought - 'people just don't understand how great I am.'   At 42, when you go on stage and say a joke and no one laughs - this is very humiliating.  I was too dumb when I was young to even notice what was good or bad.

Director Judd Apatow, Addam Sandler, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana on set of Funny PeopleFor the movie, Apatow had Sandler do stand-up using a lot of profanity but the guilt set in as a married father of two girls.

Adam:  I hadn't talked that filthy in front of people.  I've been around a long time.  People recognize me.  I go on stage, these nice people who know me as a certain type of person and then I'm on stage as filthy as can be.  Some people are into it.  Some people are, 'no, don't ruin it for us.'  Then I would drive home.  I have my two little kids sleeping and I felt like the biggest dirtiest human being.  I was mad at Apatow.  Why am I doing this movie? 

Judd:  The idea behind the way the stand-up would work, is that this man is ill and the way to avoid dealing with it is that he goes on stage and tells the dirtiest filthiest jokes.  So I pushed Adam much harder into the dirty area.  I like to make movies that have a hopeful message.  That shows some potential for redemption.  And in this movie, the point of it is that it's really hard for this guy, harder than most people, and you root for him to pull it off.  And I want you to care about him trying.

The role of George Simmons in Funny People is Adam Sandler's darkest role to date and he admits it was not enjoyable at times.

Adam:  Certain scenes were heavy.  Judd went through this stuff with his mom and me with my dad.  We saw first hand what goes on with poeple who are incredibly sick so I wasn't excited about that but it had to be done. 

Q:  Would you tackle another role like this?

Adam:  It was a lot of work this movie.  And when I finished it, I loved Apatow and we hugged.  And I was very relieved to take a break.  I don't know how these actors go movie to movie and lose their minds in their roles and have a real life.  I was happy to jump back into my real life with my kids and wife and work on that part.  When it comes down that road some day, if Judd thinks its right and someone else thinks it's right - I'll get back in it.  At night I'm not thinking I have to get there again.  I'm happy I got this one. 
On a lighter note, Sandler's next film Grown Ups brings together his comedian friends for more classic Sandler.   However, it's in Funny People that Adam Sandler the actor does some growing up and you can catch him along with a cast of Funny People (Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Eric Bana, and Apatow's real life wife Leslie Mann) starting July 31st. 

Adam Sandler, Leslie Mann, Seth Rogen star in Funny People


Add a comment

Rob Zombie On Halloween Movies: "I Don't Care For Them"

 Michael Myers in Halloween II

Musician and director Rob Zombie brings killer Michael Myers back to life on the big screen once again in HALLOWEEN II August 28th but it may surprise you to know the helmer has not watched any of previous films in the franchise except for the original.

CineMovie sat down in a one-on-one interview with the writer/director to discuss his new vision for the latest installment of the horror franchise and why he’s not a fan of the Halloween franchise.                 Watch Halloween II trailer

Q:  This is the 10th movie in the Halloween franchise....

Zombie: Is it really? 

Q:  Yes. 

Zombie:  Oh, god!  If I had known that.....

Q:  So how do you keep it fresh?

Zombie:  Well that's the trick.  I always say to myself, 'what has this character not done a million times?'  So for me, the biggest way to keep it fresh was the approach to it - the way the movie looks, the way the characters act, and making people see it a different way. 

You still have Michael Myers, a faceless killer that doesn't talk.  He's a tough character because you don't see his face hardly and he doesn't really talk so what the f%&#  you going to do with him after a while.  So it's the stuff that surrounds him that has to create the experience and make it different.  That's what I tried to do.

Michael Myers in Halloween II
Q:  Do you ever go back and watch the previous Halloween movies so as not to retread old ground?

Zombie:  No.  I avoid them at all cost.  I didn't like them then so I don't want to watch them now.  I like the first one, it's a classic.  The rest of them I don't care for them at all.

Q:  What do you think about Halloween's release date in August instead of October?

Zombie:  It is what it is.  Everyone's like 'why is it coming out in August and not Halloween' but I don't know.   It's not up to me. 

Q:  So you didn't have any input in that area?

Zombie:  No.  The executives deal with it.  The schedule was so crowded with films that they looked at the August 28th which looked light at the time.  I know Final Destination movie is coming out the same day.  You can move it to the next week, then something else will come up.  You can't win.  You just have to go for it.

Q:  And what's on the music front?

Zombie:  I have a new album that I finished before I did Halloween II.  So as soon as Halloween comes out, we start touring in October for the new record. 

Zombie plans to also take on another two films as a writer/director with The Haunted World of El Superbeasto based on his own comic book and Tyrannosaurus Rex set for 2011. 

For now, Halloween comes early this year starting August 28th in HALLOWEEN II.

Add a comment

Director Sam Mendes Interview

Director Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road, American Beauty, Road to Perdition) explores the comedic twists and emotional turns in one couple's journey across contemporary American in his new film, AWAY WE GO opening June 5th.  

CineMovie and our Viviana Vigil is with the critically-acclaimed filmmaker in our one-to-one interview.  Kate Winslet's husband talks going green with this movie, the all-star cast (John Krasinsnki, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhall, Aliison Janney, Catherine O'Hara) and finding the right actors to play the lovable couple.

                              John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph Interview

Movie Synopsis:  

Exploring the comedic twists and emotional turns in one couple’s journey across contemporary America, Away We Go is the new movie from Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes, from the first original screenplay by novelists Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida, and featuring music by singer/songwriter Alexi Murdoch.

Longtime (and now thirtysomething) couple Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) are going to have a baby. The pregnancy progresses smoothly, but six months in, the pair is put off and put out by the cavalierly delivered news from Burt’s parents Jerry and Gloria (Jeff Daniels and Catherine O’Hara) that the eccentric elder Farlanders are moving out of Colorado – thereby eliminating the expectant couple’s main reason for living there.

So, where, and among whom of those closest to them, might Burt and Verona best put down roots to raise their impending bundle of joy? The couple embarks on an ambitious itinerary to visit friends and family, and to evaluate cities. The first stop on the grand tour is Phoenix, where the duo spends a day at the (dog) races with Verona’s irrepressible (and frequently inappropriate) former colleague Lily (Allison Janney) and her repressible family, including husband Lowell (Jim Gaffigan); then it’s Tucson, and a visit to the lovely Grace (Carmen Ejogo), Verona’s sister.

An intimate conversation with her sister, who is her lone living relative, gives Verona a refreshed perspective – which she will sorely need in Wisconsin, where Burt’s childhood “cousin” Ellen, now known as LN (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and her partner Roderick (Josh Hamilton) have Burt and Verona over to their home. After LN and Roderick elaborate on their intractable ideas for raising children and running a household, Burt and Verona bolt for Montreal and a warmer welcome from their former college classmates Tom (Chris Messina) and Munch (Melanie Lynskey).

Even though the latter’s house is full of children, comfort and joy, a night out for the four old friends provides a bracing reminder of how much it takes to sustain a relationship and a family. When an emergency phone call forces Burt and Verona into an unanticipated Miami detour to visit Burt’s brother Courtney (Paul Schneider), they realize that they must define home on their own terms.

A Focus Features presentation in association with Big Beach of an Edward Saxon/Big Beach production in association with Neal Street Productions. A Sam Mendes Film. Away We Go. John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney, Chris Messina, Catherine O’Hara, Paul Schneider. Casting by Ellen Lewis and Debra Zane, C.S.A. Music by Alexi Murdoch. Music Supervisor, Randall Poster. Costume Designer, John Dunn. Film Editor, Sarah Flack, A.C.E. Production Designer, Jess Gonchor. Director of Photography, Ellen Kuras, ASC. Executive Producers, Mari Jo Winkler-Iofredda, Pippa Harris. Produced by Edward Saxon, Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf. Written by Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida. Directed by Sam Mendes. A Focus Features Release.



Add a comment

New on DVD: Meet CORALINE's Maker


Designing Stop-Motion Animated Puppets

CORALINE, the first stop-motion feature film shot in stereoscopic 3D comes to DVD and Blu-Ray Tuesday, July 21st.  Henry Selick, director of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, worked on the film for over three years alongside a team of artists including Georgina Haynes, the Character Fabrication Supervisor on CORALINE.

Haynes, a veteran of stop-motion animation, worked on Tim Burton’s CORPSE BRIDE (first stop-motion film shot digitally) and MARS ATTACK!, and she takes CineMovie through the process of creating stop-motion animated puppets.

Q:  As the Character Fabrication Supervisor, what does your job entail? 

Haynes:  Character Fabrication Supervisor gathers together a team of people to work alongside the director and animators to fabricate the puppets off screen.  First a static puppet is made from illustrations and then the static finished puppet is passed on to the animators for movement.

Henry_Selick_directorSo I deal with Henry (Selick) and with the creative decisions such as costumes, color of paint, hair….  I also work closely with the director and animators with the kind of movements they want because each of the puppets have full metal skeleton inside called amatures.  So we have to build, design and engineer those from scratch.

Q:  Are the sets computer-generated or are they also built from scratch?

Haynes: They were all built by hand.  In fact, Coraline has very few computer-generated effects.  Some of the background skies were computer-generated but a lot of those were hand-painted as well.  Everything you’re seeing is made by a person. 

We did use computers and technology to help us in certain processes.  Coraline and many of the other puppets have replacement faces for their facial animations.  And the way it’s been done in the past is by hand sculpting each one of these faces but it limits the amounts of expressions and faces on a puppet.  On Coraline, we used a
Coraline_DVD_Skies3D printer, so we modeled the character in the computer almost as you would with a computer animated movie but we went in and added more detail, more in betweens that you would get in an animated feature.  And then we printed them all out on a machine (3D printer) much like an inkjet printer but it actually sprays out resin instead of a flat photograph.  And then we built it up into a 3D model.  Once all of those pieces are printed out, we hand painted every one of those.  So they still have that hands-on, sort of feel to them. 

Q:  Was CORALINE shot on 35 mm? 

Haynes:  No, this is all shot digitally.  We actually used the red camera which I think was initially used for medical use but it’s a very high definition camera. 

Q:  Is that what gives the film it’s look?

Haynes: It does make it crisper than 35mm but I think part of it was how it was designed - the colors, the fabric…  Coraline’s hair zings because it’s real hair and real lighting on it.  I don’t think the camera gives it the look completely.  I think it’s more the fact that everything was hand-made and a lot of thought went into the colors that were used to get that feel.

Q:  Did you have to design the puppets differently because of the 3D aspect?

Coraline_DVD_3DHaynes:  We didn’t really know initially because it was the first time a stop-motion animation was made in 3D.  So we were really doing a lot of tests and found out it didn’t really affect how we made the puppets.  The only things we had to be careful of were stripes and spots on the puppet’s costumes because if they were too intense, too diverse in color, it could jar the eye - make you feel a bit sick.   We used that a little bit on the mother when she gets into her checkered outfit… to sort of disturb the eye a little bit. 

Q: How many times did you have to go back to the drawing board or reshoot a scene?

It was a three year process and during the last year, the script changed because Selick was continuously working on the script. 

We didn’t have to reshoot.  The voices were recorded pre-animation.  Although after the first viewing of film, there was a question about the character of Wybee and how it related to the ghost children.  From that, we built a new puppet - the grandmother which you see at the end of the movie.   Just to make a little more sense.   We built that in 3 weeks where as Coraline took a year. 

Q:  What is your favorite scene from the movie?

Haynes:  I think the downstairs theater.  It’s the most controversial scene in the movie but I absolutely love it.  There’s not much clothing in that scene but the whole thing just makes me laugh.

Q:  And the hardest?

Haynes: Anything with the mother three - the last stage of the other mother when she turns into insects.  It took us the whole film to actually get the design because until we knew how the third act was going to play out, we could not design that character.  She came about the last year of filming.  She was a tricky one to make – she’s got four spindly legs, was semi-translucent, yet a hard-look to move.  She was a challenge.  

Q:  And everyone loves the bonus features on DVDs but do the b-roll crew ever interfere with the process when they’re present with their cameras?

Check out the CORALINE DVD Extras

Yes, it’s always a battle.  You always feel sorry for the people who are doing that because that’s the last thing you want – to have a camera shoved into your face while you’re trying to make all these puppets on the stressful deadline.  But these things are so fascinating that it needs to be done.

And we agree.  Thanks to Georgina and the creative team behind CORALINE who sacrificed their sanity for all the great extra features on the DVD and Blu-ray available July 21st.
CORALINE will be available for a Limited Time Only on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and 2-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD featuring 2-D and 3-D Versions of the Movie, Four pairs of 3-D glasses, plus a digital copy of the film on July 21st, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment .
Add a comment

Watch Interviews

Latest Trailers

Meanwhile On Instagram