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TIFF: 'Cloud Atlas' Press Conference, Highlights Include Wachowskis and Tykwer Talking the "mono-brow experience" [VIDEO]

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 12, 2012 at 2:24PM

Check out this video of the full-length TIFF "Cloud Atlas" press conference, including Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Tom Tykwer, and Lana and Andy Wachowski talking melding the high-brow and low-brow into their wildly epic film -- "the mono-brow experience."
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Cloud Atlas press conference

Check out this video of the full-length TIFF "Cloud Atlas" press conference, including Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Tom Tykwer, and Lana and Andy Wachowski talking melding the high-brow and low-brow into their wildly epic film -- "the mono-brow experience."

More notable quotables?

-Tom Hanks, after giving an articulate answer on the structure of the film's screenplay and its interweaving of multiple storylines: "It's all worth it, if only to see Hugh Grant as a cannibal."

-Lana Wachowski on the process of addressing her gender reassignment: "I did feel some responsibility to the GLBT people, and a lot of people have been asking me to be more public. But we love our anonymity, we love our privacy, we don't think celebrity does much to improve your life, it actually worsens your life. So it took a lot of time, it took a lot of years. And this movie, with this new sibling [Tom Tykwer], who loves to do press, our media whore brother over there... that was a middle of the road, it sort of did a lot of things [to help the process of going public]."

-Hugh Grant joking on breaking away from his Brit rom-com typecasting: "When offered these parts, I thought 'Yes! I can show people I've got more strings to my bow than just one!'... Everyone's talked about the nice atmosphere on the set. I tried to make it nastier. I kept telling the American set that the German set was much more interesting and moving much faster, and vice versa."

-The "awww" moment comes when Andy Wachowski says of Lana, "I just love her to bits."

This article is related to: Video, Toronto International Film Festival, Cloud Atlas, Tom Hanks, Tom Tykwer, Wachowskis


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.