X-Men Producer Lauren Shuler Donner On Deadpool and First Class Sequel


Producer Lauren Schuler Donner is one of the most successful and prolific producers in Hollywood, and this week she's promoting her most successful franchise to date - the X-Men's prequel First Class coming to DVD and Blu-ray September 9. CineMovie sat down with the producer from all-five X-Men movies and spin-offs (X-Men: Wolverine) who gave us the scoop on the sequel to First Class, Deadpool, and how she goes about finding a good project. And for those trying to break into the business, she breaks down what she looks for in a feature film script. Add a comment

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Interview: Marti Noxon On Being One of the Few Female Genre Screenwriters

Marti Noxon Interview

As one of the few successful female screenwriters in Hollywood, Marti Noxon doesn't mind being the go-to-gal for genre scripts, but the Fright Night and "Buffy the Vampire" writer remains "hopeful" that in the near future she'll be writing a lot more strong female leads in studio pictures that doesn't star Angelina Jolie.

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INTERVIEW: Steven Soderbergh on Killing Off Leading Lady in CONTAGION

Steven Soderbergh on set of Contagion

Steven Soderbergh has no problem killing off his A-list talent in the action-thriller CONTAGION. The influential filmmaker didn't have to do much convincing some of Hollywood's most in-demand actors to sign up for a small role in the multi-character story.

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Oscar Nominee: Nick Nolte's Sleepless Nights Over WARRIOR Role

Nick Nolte Interview for Warrior

Nick Nolte gave a heart-wrenching performance in Gavin O'Connor's WARRIOR and the Academy has acknowledged his work on the family drama with an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He told CineMovie last September  the role in WARRIOR  was a difficult one for him. 

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Shark Night 3D Director David Ellis Q&A

shark_night_3D_David_Ellis-setDirector and former stuntman David Ellis knows what scares people. The Snakes on the Plane and Final Destination director has taken on snakes, death, and now sharks in his latest horror thriller SHARK KNIGHT 3D.  The former stuntman played bait for the cameras in Deep Blue Sea (Samuel L. Jackson) and worked underwater in A Perfect Storm (George Clooney). In SHARK NIGHT 3D, David brings his knowledge of stunts, water, and shooting with 3D cameras which he is sharing with CineMovie in our Q&A with the director.

David Ellis spoke to CineMovie by telephone from the Boston set of R.I.P.P. where he is currently working as the stunt/action director. David Ellis started his career at nineteen as a stuntman in movies such as Bound For Glory (1976) and Scarface (1983), eventually becoming a stunt coordinator and action director.  He transitioned into the director's chair in 1995 with Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco and Final Destination 2 (2003). When not at the helm of a movie, David continues his work as a stunt director, "I love directing action."

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Francis Ford Coppola Bumbles His Way Towards Brilliance

For many years directors and studios have learned that if you want a public reaction, take your idea to Comic-Con. Good or bad, the reaction will be swift, strong and brutally honest as director Francis Ford Coppola found out.  T

Fans are passionate about their film and they never pull punches. That’s why studios spend big money to go to San Diego. A positive reaction will start a word of mouth campaign that money can’t buy and a negative reaction will give the studio time to create a fix.

In the past few years, many of Hollywood’s best directors have gone to Comic-Con to discuss new technologies, their latest films and the public’s attitude towards 3:D. James Cameron has embraced it; Peter Jackson sees its virtue, and many other directors are taking a wait and see posture. But one esteemed film maker, Francis Ford Coppola, is thinking completely out of the box.

When The Godfather director came to present his idea at the now famous Hall H his presentation was sloppy, erratic and full of apologies, but if you could look past the false starts, technical glitches and Val Kilmer trying to be witty, Coppola revealed a brilliant idea if only he can find a way to pull it off. His idea is centered on a film called Twixt starring Val Kilmer as a mystery writer who stumbles upon a local murder mystery through the town sheriff played by Bruce Dern.

Now I’m going to try my best to describe the project as I understand it. Francis Ford Coppola had a hard time explaining it and he is a genius. It all starts with the idea of making film a live interactive process. Coppola made a film and every scene and component of the film has been digitized and stored on a computer. Each scene is assigned a number and each numbered scene has a short and long version.  The director, like a VJ, can then choose the order of the scenes or the length of the scenes based on audience reaction. Also the film has a combination of 2D scenes and 3D scenes, also chosen by the director. So essentially, each version, each screening, would be a completely unique and different film.

Since he was having so much difficulty getting his computer images to display on our big screen it was hard for me to tell what was going on. But each screening would have a director at the controls and the music may or may not have to be live. Also, the narrator probably would have to be present. It’s hard to imagine and I can think of a lot of problems, but the idea is very cool and innovative. In the 80’s Mr. Coppola restored a 1927 silent film called Napoleon and his father Carmine Coppola wrote an original score and conducted a live orchestra beneath it. The event was only able to play in large cities and in large venues so very few saw it. But those who did see it said it was magnificent.

I thought that Mr. Coppola was very brave to show us his project before all the kinks had been worked out and I wish him well on his tour. Elle Fanning is also in the film as a ghostly looking teenager and Ben Chaplain plays a dream version of Edgar Allan Poe. I liked the look of the film and alternating between 2D and 3D is an interesting choice. I look forward to seeing the completed film. As Coppola says, “This is just the beginning.”

Melanie Wilson

Visit her blog at lamelbox.blogspot.com

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Director Marcus Nispel's Tips To Adapting A Movie

Director Marcus Nispel interview

CONAN THE BARBARIAN is director Marcus Nispel third reboot of a previous film. The Friday the 13th (2009) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) helmer was not looking to base the new film starring Jason Momoa on the Arnold Schwartenegger's Conan, but the original work of Robert E. Howard. So how do you stay faithful to graphic novels for a movie adaptation? The German director breaks down the elements and his approach to CONAN THE BARBARIAN.

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Spy Kids 4D Movie Premiere Video

Joel McHale, Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven at Spy Kids 4 premiere

Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Joel McHale and Mason Cook talk to CineMovie on the red carpet premiere in Los Angeles for the SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD 4D starring Jessica Alba and Jeremy Piven.

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