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Interview: Noomi Rapace Talks 'Dead Man Down,' Her Violent '90s Influences & Working With Isabelle Huppert

  • March 6, 2013 4:32 PM
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As far as foreign actresses making the leap to American projects, Noomi Rapace, who made a splash worldwide in the Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (and its two subsequent films), has done quite well for herself. After introducing herself to domestic audiences with a supporting turn in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Homes: Game of Shadows," she went on to a high profile turn last summer in Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel/sequel/whatever "Prometheus," and will again be courting mainstream American super-stardom this weekend in "Dead Man Down," a surprisingly solid revenge movie from her "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director Niels Arden Oplev. We talked to her about what drew her to "Dead Man Down," what it was like working with Isabelle Huppert, and the violent '90s movies inspired her performance.

Interview: 'The Sweeney' Star Ray Winstone Talks Rappers, Filming Aronofsky's 'Noah' & How Much Fun He Had On 'Indiana Jones'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 2, 2013 1:20 PM
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Ray Winstone is one of those brilliant actors who has a chameleonic ability to totally lose himself in his characters (whether it’s the retired thief in Jonathan Glazer’s brilliant “Sexy Beast” or the Bostonian gangster in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed”), while remaining 100% Winstonian. In his new film, “The Sweeney,” an adaptation of a hugely influential '70s British cop series, Winstone plays Jack Regan, a morally nebulous leader of a crack crime force. We got to talk to the actor about adapting such an iconic series, what it was like working with British rapper Plan B, and how he goes about choosing his roles. We also bugged him about motion capture animation, the fate of Nick Cave’s “The Death of Bunny Munro,” what “Noah” was like, and if he had any dirt on filming the infamous “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (yes he was in that).

Director Park Chan-Wook Says Another English-Language Picture In The Works, 'Snowpiercer' Almost Finished & Talks His Dream Genres

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 28, 2013 12:32 PM
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While chatting with "Oldboy" director Park Chan-Wook about his upcoming, absolutely insane new thriller "Stoker" -- which I personally loved despite our review -- I had to ask him what was next. After becoming an established force in the South Korean film industry with his idiosyncratic, stylish genre films, lauded 'Vengeance' trilogy, and now making (incredibly weird) inroads in America, we were curious as to where his career was headed next. As it turns out, while he doesn't have his next project totally lined up, he did reveal that he has another American, English-Language feature in the works.

Mark Webber Talks 'The End of Love' & “Non-Traditional” Love Story Follow-Up 'The Fun In Forever' With Teresa Palmer

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 27, 2013 10:59 AM
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Post-production, festival attention, and eventual release are bound to alter a filmmaker's perspective on a film -- particularly so, if the work is an intensely personal document of fatherhood starring their real-life son. Actor/director Mark Webber has done just that though with Isaac Love -- two years old during filming -- for “The End of Love” (read our review) and a week before its theatrical opening, he chatted with us about the journey from Sundance, Isaac's performance, and his next directorial effort.

Interview: César Winner Matthias Schoenaerts Talks Oscar Nominated Short 'Death Of A Shadow'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2013 4:03 PM
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When we reached Matthias Schoenaerts by phone Friday afternoon, it was nearing 7 p.m. in Paris, and ceremonies for the César Awards were not too far from getting underway. But Schoenaerts remained unhurried. "I'm not at all dressed and ready and go. I just got out of the shower, and I like to take it easy and not rush anything," he said. But don't let his laid back attitude fool you. For anyone paying attention, the hard working actor's career has taken off like a rocket thanks to Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee "Bullhead" and this year's arthouse sensation "Rust And Bone" -- for which he would pick up a Best Newcomer award at the Césars later in the evening.

Berlin Interview: Jeremy Irons Talks 'Night Train To Lisbon,' 'Beautiful Creatures' And The Rationale Behind His Roles

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 22, 2013 10:58 AM
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A quick look through his back catalogue or a few minutes in his company will tell you that Jeremy Irons, despite his Best Actor Oscar (for his creepy, ambiguous Claus von Bulow in 1990’s “Reversal of Fortune”) and despite the many auteurs he has worked with in the past (David Cronenberg, Steven Soderbergh, Louis Malle, Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch etc), regards himself, first and foremost, as a jobbing actor. It’s not every esteemed and awarded star, after all, who boasts a U.S. indie, two lavish TV dramas, a small role in a would-be YA blockbuster, a lead in a European co-production and the voice of a bar rag in an episode of the “The Simpsons” as his credits in just the last 14 months or so.

Berlin Interview: Richard Linklater Talks Making ‘Before Midnight’ & The 14-Minute-Long Shot

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 21, 2013 1:01 PM
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With “Before Midnight” being readily clasped to the bosoms of audiences and critics alike at the Berlin International Film Festival, and having missed the talent when on their promotional rounds at Sundance last month (where the film was similarly well-received, our review is here), we jumped at the chance to sit down with the film’s co-creators last week. We ran our Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy interview earlier, but up next we have director Richard Linklater -- a filmmaker we’re quite the fan of and of whom we ran a retrospective last year -- talking about bottling the lightning of the beloved “Before Sunrise” not once, not twice, but now three times over.

Berlin Interview: Juliette Binoche On 'Camille Claudel' & Working With Haneke, Minghella, Carax & Kiarostami

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 20, 2013 4:47 PM
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Like most of director Bruno Dumont’s films, “Camille Claudel 1915” has proven divisive (you can read our take here), but one thing that critics on both sides of the fence are in unanimous agreement about is the quality of the central performance from Juliette Binoche. Economically contained and internalised, even when her Claudel is displaying some rare histrionics, Binoche invests the role with oceanic depths and undercurrents of conflicting emotion in a turn that in some ways can almost be seen as the stripped-away template for the kind of melancholic, tragic, tortured heroine with which she has made her name.

Interview: Oscar-Nominated ‘Redemption’ Directors Talk The Surprises & Complications Of Following NYC Canners

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 17, 2013 10:13 AM
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If you live in New York City, or have even visited the city, you’ve noticed them: people who dig through trash cans and garbage bags looking for cans that they can use to recycle for cash. They are a marginalized group, sometimes hauling hundreds of pounds of recyclables around. They're also the subject of a fascinating new HBO documentary short called “Redemption,” directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill, that is nominated for the Best Documentary Short Oscar next weekend.

Berlin Interview: Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy On Jesse And Celine & The Making Of Linklater’s ‘Before’ Trilogy

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 15, 2013 11:11 AM
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It will surprise no one who followed the film’s extremely positive reception at Sundance earlier this year, that Richard Linklater's “Before Midnight” (our review here) has been creating quite a stir on the other side of the pond following its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. With many of the journalists we met citing the film as one of their favorite of the festival so far, we got to sit down in a small group with stars and co-writers Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for what proved to be a fairly riotous interview, in which, while they both maintain repeatedly how unlike their onscreen counterparts they are, certainly the chemistry of old friends was there in spades.

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