THR's Sundance video diaries featuring the biggest names at this year's festival in Park City.
Videos by: J. Laski, R. Laski, J. Sargent, S. Wilson, S. Schillaci, C. Gill, M. Lizaso, V. Klaus, T. Gomet
The Cast of 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman'
Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood and their director Fredrik Bond on their romance about a guy that falls in love with a woman who's claimed by a organized crime boss. Shia reveals his hardest scene to film, what it was like filming in Romania and whether or not he took acid to get into character. The trio also share their best advice for surviving the Sundance Film Festival.
Nicole Kidman and the Cast and Director of 'Stoker'
Director Park Chan-Wook and his cast, Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode stop by our Sundance studio to talk about their new thriller. Mia plays the daughter of Nicole who becomes infatuated with her uncle (Matthew) after he comes to live with them. "As a filmmaker, I don't consider this a horror film. It's more of a thriller, but if the audience takes this thriller and considers it a horror, it would be the best situation" Park added.
Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, David Gordon Green ‘Prince Avalanche’
From THR's Sundance studio, Prince Avalanche writer, director and producer David Gordon Green introduces us to his remake of an Icelandic film about two road workers (Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch) who spend their summer away from their city lives.
“I met David at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 1999, he’s the real deal, he is an artist,” Rudd said about working with the director.
The Cast and Director of 'The East'
Zal Batmanglij directs Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard and Brit Marling in their movie about an ex-FBI agent (Brit) who works for a private firm that infiltrates an anarchist group led by Ellen and Alex's characters. "This woman from a pharmaceutical company was standing in the hall way and she was just crying and she grabbed my arm as I came out of the theater and was like 'I work for a pharmaceutical company and I've worked there for years and this film completely changed the way I see what my company is doing and what I'm doing and I don't know what I'm going to do next but thank-you for this movie'" Brit shared.
The Cast of the Comedy 'Hell Baby'
In a very enthusiastic interview Thomas Lennon, Paul Scheer, Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb and the cast of Robert Ben Garant's comedy introduce us to their new movie. "We've always loved horror movies and we thought what if we made a really great horror movie that is also funny. It is not a spoof, it is just a horror movie that happens to have the funniest people in the world in it" added Thomas. "IT was the best experience we've had making a movie."
Denis O'Hare and the Cast and Crew of 'C.O.G.'
"The film is based on a short story by David Sedaris it's a humorous but dark account of a time he spent in his twenties to go work an apple orchard in Oregon" said director Kyle Alvarez. The film starring Denis O'Hare, Toian Bellisario and Jonathan Groff from Forty Second Productions had it's Sundance premiere on January 20th.
The Cast and Crew of 'The Rambler'
Dermot Mulroney and Lindsay Pulsipher join director Calvin Reeder to talk about their movie about a mysterious man (Dermot) who goes on a journey to find his brother after being released from prison. Talking about getting a bigger audience for their independent movie Dermot added, "The only place for these films to go would be some art houses in two or three cities and that was it. What these guys did was figure out a way to make some money off of these movies, is video on demand, where as three years ago they would have never seen it."
James Franco 'Interior. Leather Bar.', 'kink'
Directors Christina Voros and Travis Matthews join James Franco to discuss their new movies premiering at Sundance.
"It is a great look into culture, leather bars in New York in the late 70's that is gone now," Franco said of Interior. Leather Bar., which he starred in, produced and co-directed with Matthews.
The Cast and Crew of 'Afternoon Delight'
Writer director Jill Soloway describes her new drama as a housewife who rescues a stripper. The all-star cast includes Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch, Kathryn Hahn and Juno Temple (playing the stripper). "We kind of ironically go to the strip club one night and I buy my beautiful wife (Hahn) this dance and this changes everything" Josh said about the start of the movie.
Matthew McConaughey's ‘Mud’
Director, writer Jeff Nichols, along with co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Tye Sheridan, stop by THR's video lounge to discuss Mud, about two boys that help a fugitive hide and eventually reunite him with his true love.
“I wanted to write a film about what it is like to get your heart broken and how you process that and how you deal with it," said Nichols. "And then you pair that with, I was thinking a lot about mentors at the time and what they mean in our lives and what they mean in our lives and how they deliver information to us when we need it.".
Kristen Bell, Liz W. Garcia ‘The Lifeguard’
Writer, director and producer Liz W. Garcia and Kristen Bell on their new drama and working within a tight filming schedule. The film is about a former reporter (Kristen Bell) who quits her job in New York and takes up a position as a lifeguard in her hometown and starts a dangerous relationship with a teenager.
Lake Bell on Her Directorial Debut 'In a World'
In a World is Lake Bell's directing, writing and producing debut, and tells the story of a female vocal coach pursuing her dream of becoming a voiceover star.
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater 'Before Midnight'
Julie Delpy, director Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke (via Skype) join our Sundance studio to talk about the third film in their series.
"Anyone who likes these characters, I think they will respond to the, let's call it brutal honesty of this film the truth we are kind of deal with here" added Richard about Ethan and Julie's characters.
THR's Live Google Hangout With 'Wikileaks' Filmmaker Alex Gibney
The Hollywood Reporter's Sundance Google Hangout series continues with documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney discussing his new documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.
THR’s Sundance Google Hangout with ‘The Look of Love’
Director Michael Winterbottom and co-star Tamsin Egerton join THR’s Sophie Schillaci for our Google + Hangout from the Sundance Film Festival.
THR's Google Hangout with 'Running from Crazy'
THR's Google Hangout series continues with director Barbara Kopple along with Mariel and Langley Hemingway discussing the documentary Running from Crazy.
The Cast and Crew of ‘Breathe In’
Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan and Mackenzie Davis join their writer, director Drake Doremus to introduce their film about a family that is put to test after a foreign exchange student arrives.
On working with the director and improvising on camera, Guy Pearce said, “Even though I had trepidation about doing a improvised job because I had never done that before. Drake is good at making you feel safe and enthusiastic, you just think, OK I’m on board.”
‘Two Mothers’ Stars Naomi Watts and Anne Fontaine
Director Anne Fontaine, Naomi Watts, Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville talk of their unconventional love story about two best friends that fall in love with each others' sons.
“One of the beautiful things that drew me into the project was the relationship between the two women," Watts said. "It is so rare that you get a story that celebrates women in such a powerful way with their friendship."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tony Danza 'Don Jon's Addiction'
Don Jon's Addiction writer, director and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, joined by on-screen father Tony Danza, reveals what inspired his feature directorial debut.
"What I find often gets in the way of love is how people objectify each other and put expectations on each other that they've learned from different places," Gordon-Levitt said. "So the story centers on a relationship between a guy who watches too much porn and a girl who watches too many Hollywood romantic comedies."
The Cast of 'Touchy Feely'
Director Lynn Shelton is joined by her Touchy Feely cast, including Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Ellen Page and Josh Pais.
"50 percent of the directors in competition are women, and that's pretty awesome," said DeWitt. "So I think this is already my favorite Sundance."
Roger Corman, G.J. Echternkamp 'Virtually Heroes'
Director G.J. Echternkamp and producer Roger Corman on their video game style movie featuring Mark Hamill. "Mark Hamill is extremely nice, extremely sweet and he loves to tell stories and everyone wants to hear Star Wars stories and he will tell them. He has no problem telling them and he just holds court and everyone is like 'preach to us Luke'" G.J. said about his famous actor.
‘The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete’
Director George Tillman Jr., executive producer/composer Alicia Keys and actor Skylan Brooks discuss their film, based on two inner city kids who form a friendship after being abandoned by drug-addicted mothers.
Gael Garcia Bernal and Cast of 'Who is Dayani Cristal?'
Director Marc Silver, actor Gael Garcia Bernal and the producers of Who is Dayani Cristal? reveal the genesis behind their latest project.
“Once you start looking at migration, you are looking at many many other things around migration. This story is close to the U.S.-Mexico border but it speaks to global issues” said Marc of the documentary.
Jane Campion’s ‘Top of the Lake’
Holly Hunter and Elisabeth Moss join director Jane Campion to discuss their new Sundance Channel series about a pregnant 12-year-old daughter of a drug lord who goes missing.
“I got an email and it said Jane Campion and I said 'yup, I’m in,'“ Moss said about hearing of the role. “But then I read the scripts and they were amazing, so interesting and unique, and so I just wanted to do it."
The Cast of 'The Spectacular Now'
The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt is joined by his actors Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson ahead of their Sundance premiere in THR's video lounge.
Described as a "teen film for adults," Ponsoldt says the film is a "love story between complicated teenagers."
The Cast of ‘May in the Summer’
Writer, director and actress Cherien Dabis and co-star Bill Pullman reveal the challenges of filming in Jordan.
Cherien describes her movie as centering on “a bride to be who goes home to Jordan to reunite with her family and plan her summer wedding, and she finds herself confronted with a lot of family dysfunction...in the midst of all this dysfunction, she questions if she wants to go through with the wedding."
The Cast and Crew of 'Kill Your Darlings'
Director John Krokidas and his cast introduce audiences to their 1944-set drama about the murder of David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) by Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), bringing together poets Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster).
"When I started off writing this and going into production it was very much similar to Capote. It was a chapter in an artist's life that had a true story of murder which ultimately transformed that artist and caused him to create a great piece of work," Krokidas said.
Alexandra Pelosi, Jim McGreevey on ‘Fall to Grace’
Director Alexandra Pelosi and former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey speak about their Sundance premiere of Fall to Grace, which examines Jim’s work as a spiritual adviser to female prison inmates in the wake of a controversial exit from public office.
Sundance Channel's 'Rectify'
Sarah Barnett of the Sundance Channel and director Ray McKinnon reveal what drew them to their new TV series. On playing his character, Aden Young said: "I play Daniel Holden who is the man that was released from death row after 19 years and he has been greatly affected by his time there. Solitary confinement 23 hours a day and five stays of execution and it was an intriguing character and as Ray said, he was inspired to tell the story of the character. His first day, his first reaction and the series follows the days after his release."
THR's Sundance Google Hangout with Freida Mock and Anita Hill
The THR Sundance Hangouts kick off on 11:30 a.m. ET Friday, Jan. 18, with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock and Anita Hill discussing Anita, a documentary about attorney Hill’s infamous sexual harassment accusations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who at the time was a nominee for the high court. THR.com readers can be part of the Hangout by going to THR.com/Hangouts and filling out the participant form.
THR's Sundance Bash Celebrating Naomi Watts
The Hollywood Reporter on Friday raised a glass to Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible), toasting the star of the fest's Two Mothers.
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