Category Archives: Interviews

A hub for all of our interview segments.

Alexandre Philippe Explains How Doc “78/52” Delves So Deeply into Hitchcock’s “Psycho” Shower Scene

7852interviewTNFeaturing interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Elijah Wood, Peter Bogdanovich, Danny Elfman and a couple surprise guests.

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Simon Curtis Explores the History of Winnie the Pooh in “Goodbye Christopher Robin”

ChristopherRobinTN The director of My Week with Marilyn and Woman in Gold tells the story of A.A. Milne’s creation of the literary character with Domhnall Gleason, Margot Robbie, and newcomer Will Tilston.

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Filmmaker Angela Robinson Returns with Her Portrait of Wonder Woman Creator Professor William Marston

AngelaRobinsonTNThe prolific television director, producer (“The L Word”) takes on a passion project in telling the story of “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women,” starring Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall.

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“Una” Director Benedict Andrews Brings a Tough but Acclaimed Play to the Screen

UnaRay1TNThe intense drama starring Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed is based on David Harrower’s play Blackbird.

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“Brawl in Cell Block 99” Director S. Craig Zahler on Taking Vince Vaughn to a Different Place as an Actor

BrawlinCellBlockTNThe director of “Bone Tomahawk” and master of the slow build genre flick puts Vaughn into one of the most brutal prison movies imaginable, then uses him again for his third film “Dragged Across Concrete.”

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: Charlie Tahan on Channeling His Dark Side for “Super Dark Times”

Charlie TahanTahan may be young but he has already worked with acclaimed indie filmmakers such as Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine), Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange) and Todd Solondz (Wiener-Dog), so I think it’s a safe bet you’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the coming years.

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“Versailles” Infuses New Life into Season 2 with Help from Jessica Clark

palatine excerptThe Tracking Board sits down with producer Aude Albano and actor Jessica Clark to talk all things Versailles, which debuts its second season this weekend.

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Comic Creator Mark Millar on the Origins and Future of “Kingsman” and Millarworld

MarkMillarKingsman2TNWith new comics and a new deal with Netflix, the comic writer/creator finds himself shifting towards newer pastures while the spy action-comedy continues in capable hands.

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Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris on Recreating the “Battle of the Sexes”

The Oscar-nominated filmmakers of Little Miss Sunshine tackle the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) & Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell).

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Matthew Vaughn Returns for Second Dose of Spy Action with “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

KingsmanTN The director of KIck-Ass and X-Men: First Class explains why he decided to do a sequel and move the story to America with the Statesmen and a female villain, played by Julianne Moore.

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David Gordon Green’s “Stronger” Takes on a Personal True Story with Jake Gyllenhaal

The acclaimed indie filmmaker talks about the inspirational true story of Boston Marathon victim Jeff Bauman, directing Danny McBride’s Vice Principals and remaking Halloween.

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“Brad’s Status” Filmmaker Mike White Teams Up With Ben Stiller For a More Personal Film

BradsStatusTNThe acclaimed indie screenwriter behind School of Rock, The Good Girl and HBO’s Enlightened directs only his second feature which has Stiller’s character going through a mid-life crisis while touring colleges with his son.

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“It” Filmmakers Andy and Barbara Muschietti Write Their Terrifying Love Letter to Stephen King

itmovieTNThe brother and sister filmmaking team impressed Guillermo del Toro so much with their short Mama he helped them turn it into a feature. Now, they’ve been tasked with turning Stephen King’s popular 1986 novel into a movie that can scare a new generation of kids.

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“You’re the Worst” Showrunner on Whether Edgar and Lindsay Are the New Jimmy and Gretchen

ytw edgar and lindsay small “I don’t think they’re destined to be a great romance,” FXX showrunner Stephen Falk tells Tracking Board.

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“You’re the Worst” Showrunner: Season 4 Is the “Boy Loses Girl” Section of the Rom Com

you're the worst renewal small “We’re in ‘Rachel and Ross take a break.’ We’re in the troubled part,” showrunner Stephen Falk tells Tracking Board of the upcoming season.

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Chris, Eleanor Columbus’ Maiden Voyage Help First-Time Filmmakers Realize Their Vision

columbusAfter decades in the business making movies like Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire and the first two Harry Potters, the filmmaking vet is helping new filmmakers with films like The Witch and this year’s Patti Cake$.

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“Crown Heights” Director Matt Ruskin on How to Tell an Important True Story on a Limited Budget

crownheightsexcerptThe winner of this year’s Sundance Film Festival audience award stars Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta) as Colin Warner, a Brooklyn man who was convicted and jailed for 22 years on a murder charge based solely on an unreliable witness.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Patti Cake$” Scene-Stealer Siddharth Dhananjay on His Rise From Worldstar to Hollywood

Siddharth DhananjayThe rising star said Ed Harris gave him some great acting advice at the Sundance labs, and that he’d love to work with The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra.

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Director Ric Roman Waugh on “Shot Caller” and What Prison Does to a Man

rrwshotcallerexcerpt The filmmaker’s fourth movie continues to explore the themes established in his earlier films Felon and Snitch, with Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau playing a family man who is sent to prison for a deadly DUI and is transformed by his time behind bars.

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“Amazing Spider-Man” Director Marc Webb on Making His Smaller Film “The Only Living Boy in New York”

MarcWebbOLBExcerptAfter making two Amazing Spider-Man movies, the prolific music video director and (500) Days of Summer filmmaker is going back to the basics. “I think big studio movies can be made really beautifully, but it requires time and caretaking,” the director tells the Tracking Board.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Landline” Star Abby Quinn on Her First Sex Scene, Dancing on Camera and Working With Jenny Slate

Abby Quinn LandlineThe 21-year-old actress was just cast in the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, and she said she looks to Ellen Page and Shailene Woodley for inspiration.

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“Glow” Star Britney Young on Playing the Fan Favorite Carmen and Bringing Truth to Her Projects

Britney Young ExcerptOne of the biggest stand-outs of the new Netflix series GLOW is Britney Young who plays Carmen, aka Machu Picchu. Talking to the Tracking Board, Young explains the joy of playing Carmen, what a female-focused project like this means, and bringing truth to everything she does.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: Ryan Simpkins Poised for Breakout Summer Between “The House,” “Brigsby Bear”

Ryan Simpkins The HouseAfter playing the daughter of Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in the forthcoming New Line comedy, Simpkins will be seen playing Kyle Mooney’s sister in the Sundance sensation co-starring her Star Wars hero Mark Hamill.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Baywatch” Breakout Jon Bass on Singing Katy Perry in the Shower and Learning to Swim With Kelly Rohrbach

Jon Bass BaywatchBass plays lovable lifeguard Ronnie Greenbaum and the script puts his character through the ringer, dealing him one public embarrassment after the next. Bass makes the most of the comic opportunity, delivering some killer lines while holding his own against his muscled-up co-stars.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Sleight” Star Jacob Latimore Has More Tricks Up His Sleeve, Including Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit”

Jacob Latimore SleightSleight star Jacob Latimore may play a street-smart magician in J.D. Dillard’s impressive directorial debut, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. The charismatic 20-year-old is a multi-talent who got his start in the music business before discovering his passion for acting. A natural-born performer, Will Smith and Forest Whitaker helped prepare him for his biggest role yet.

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Denise Di Novi on Her Directorial Debut “Unforgettable,” Working with Tim Burton and the Looming Writers’ Strike

Denise Di Novi directing UnforgettableThe veteran producer talks about working with Tim Burton early in her career, WB’s commitment to diversity, the possibility of another writers’ strike and the collapse of exhibition windows.

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“Bone Collector” Author Jeffery Deaver on New Book “The Burial Hour,” His Stalker, and Which Oscar Winner Should Play Lincoln Rhyme Next

Jeffery Deaver The Burial Hour“I carry a gun from time to time… I’m less concerned about a terrorist attack by ISIS or Al Qaeda than the guy next to you in line who flips out when you bump into him and he spills his soda,” says the crime writer.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: Isabella Amara on Her Breakout Role in “Wilson,” Woody Harrelson’s College Advice and the Magic of Sundance

Isabella Amara WilsonThe 18-year-old actress tells the Tracking Board about the film’s audition process, her magical experience at Sundance and whether college is in her plans during this very exciting time in her life.

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Web Series Creator Ben Rodriguez Is Ready to Start a “Pushy Riot”

Ben Rodriguez ExcerptCristian Barros interviews Ben Rodriguez on the creation of his new digital series, Pushy Riots, a buddy adventure story with a unique voice. Rodriguez discusses why digital is the new platform for creators as well as the challenges it poses.

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The Tracking Board Interviews “Versailles” Creator David Wolstencroft

david wolstencroft excerptWith the Season One finale of Ovation’s new drama series Versailles fast approaching, The Tracking Board was able to speak with co-creator David Wolstencroft about the genesis of the series and what it’s like creating a show unlike any period drama you’ve seen before.

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