Category Archives: Interviews

A hub for all of our interview segments.

“The Rider” Filmmaker Chloé Zhao on Writing For and Working With Non-Actors (Interview)

TheRiderBOPZhao’s feature about a badly-injured cowboy, played by real-life cowboy Brady Jandreau, was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, and has played dozens of film festivals since its Cannes debut.

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“Chappaquiddick” Writers Taylor Allen, Andrew Logan on Separating Truth from Rumor (Interview)

ChappaquiddickWritersThe duo’s first produced screenplay unwraps the mystery surrounding a fateful night for Senator Ted Kennedy in 1969 that would affect the rest of his political career.

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“Rampage” Director Brad Peyton on Pairing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with Giant, Mutated Animals (Interview)

RampageDwayneGeorgeBased on the ‘80s arcade game, the filmmaker behind San Andreas continues his attempt at making “elevated genre” with one of the world’s biggest A-list stars.

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Tony Gilroy, Brad Anderson Discuss Their Political Thriller “Beirut” Starring Jon Hamm (Interview)

JonHammBeirut2The screenwriter and director of the period thriller talk about how Gilroy’s script, written 27 years ago, was revived and revised for modern audiences.

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“Sweet Country” Director Warwick Thornton On Documenting Australian History Through Indigenous Eyes (Interview)

SweetCountryUTR1The acclaimed award-winning Australian Western, co-starring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown, is finally released in the States after playing on the festival circuit.

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Writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods Make Noise With “A Quiet Place,” Years After All the Agencies Passed On Them

Beck and Woods A Quiet Place“There are certain set pieces that we have discarded in Microsoft Word documents on our computers dating back five years, so we certainly would be open to putting those into something new,” one of the writer says of a potential sequel.

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“The Endless” Filmmakers, Stars Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead on Making Micro-Budget Genre Films That Are Big on Ideas (Interview)

TheEndlessFeature2The filmmakers behind indie thrillers Spring and Resolution offer another quizzical mind-twisting thriller, one that has connections to their earlier work.

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Andrew Haigh, Charlie Plummer Explore Teen Struggles in Coming-of-Age Drama “Lean on Pete” (Interview)

CharliePlummerLeanOnPete4The filmmaker behind 45 Years and Weekend tells the story of a boy and the horse with whom he bonds, along with the young star of Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: Geraldine Viswanathan on Avoiding Racial Stereotypes and Why “Blockers” Wouldn’t Land If It Were About Boys

Geraldine ViswanathanThe rising Aussie actress talks about her new raunchy comedy, plus emojis, keg stands, inclusion riders and whether or not she reads her own reviews.

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“Pitch Perfect” Writer Kay Cannon on Making Her Hilarious Directorial Debut With “Blockers” (Interview)

KayCannonBlockers3The high concept comedy stars Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena as the parents of three teen girls planning to lose their virginity on prom night.

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“Chappaquiddick”: Filmmaker John Curran Explores the History and Mystery Behind Ted Kennedy’s 1969 Scandal (Interview)

Chappaquiddickstill2Starring Jason Clarke as the Massachusetts politician, whose car went off a bridge into the bay, killing Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara) and raising questions that affected the Kennedy family.

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“Outside In” Filmmaker Lynn Shelton Returns to the Big Screen After Four Years of Directing TV (Interview)

OutsideInBOPThe director of Humpday, You Sister’s Sister and more has been quite successful directing shows like Fresh Off the Boat, New Girl, and Netflix series Glow and Love.

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“Gemini” Filmmaker Aaron Katz Explores L.A. to Create Contemporary Noir (Interview)

LolaKirkeGemini2Winner of the John Cassavetes Award for Land Ho!, Katz’s new noir thriller stars Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle) as the personal assistant of a young starlet (Zoe Kravitz), who gets caught up in a murder mystery.

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“Isle of Dogs”: Renaissance Man Bob Balaban on Voicing a Dog in Wes Anderson’s Second Animated Film

BobBalabanIsleOfDogs2From Close Encounters of the Third Kind to Gosford Park, Balaban has experience on both sides of the camera, and Isle of Dogs is his third time working with Anderson.

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Joshua Leonard Returns to Low Budget Horror with Steven Soderbergh’s “Unsane” (Interview)

UnsaneJoshLeonard1The star of The Blair Witch Project and Humpday talks about woring on Soderbergh’s latest low-budget thriller, starring Claire Foy, his next film as director and even a possible Humpday sequel!

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Steven S. DeKnight Transitions from TV To Films with “Pacific Rim: Uprising” (Interview)

PacRimUprising4The creator of Starz’s Spartacus series and showrunner for the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix talks about following Guillermo del Toro on the giant robot (and monster) sequel.

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Director José Padilha Addresses his Controversial “7 Days in Entebbe” (Interview)

PadilhaEntebbe3The Brazilian filmmaker behind Elite Squad and Robocop goes back in time to document the ’77 Air France hijack that had many nations on edge.

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Rachel Israel on Her Daring Debut “Keep the Change,” An Unconventional Rom-Com Starring Neuro-Diverse Non-Actors (Interview)

KeepTheChange2The first-time filmmaker talks about crafting a film around her friend Brandon Polansky and working with him and Samantha Elisofon to tell a beautiful, crowd-pleasing film.

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The Ramsay Brothers Bring the Pain With Hitchcockian Thriller “Midnighters” (Interview)

Julius and Alston Ramsay Midnighters LAFFNine months after its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, IFC Midnight has unleashed the violent thriller, which has been well-received by genre fans and critics alike. After all, how many genre movies rate 92 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes?

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Daniel Brühl Talks about Recreating History in “7 Days in Entebbe” (Interview)

DanielBruhlEntebbe1Directed by José Padilha, the dramatic thriller recreates the hijacking of an Air France airplane in 1976 and the negotiations with Israel to free hundreds of hostages that led to a raid on the Uganda airport where the plane lands.

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Playwright Cory Finley Shifts to Features with “Thoroughbreds” (Interview)

ThoroughbredsChessThe psychological thriller starring Anya-Taylor Joy, Olivia Cooke and the late Anton Yelchin explores the relationship between two wealthy teenagers as they plot a murder.

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“The Strangers: Prey at Night” Director Johannes Roberts on the Trick to Making a Sequel 10 Years After the First Film

Johannes RobertsThe director talks about how John Carpenter influenced the film, which finds our old friends Dollface, Pin-Up Girl and Man in the Mask chasing a family (including Christina Hendricks as Mom) around an abandoned trailer park this time around.

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“Life Sentence” Creators on Landing Lucy Hale Post-“Pretty Little Liars”

life sentence “When we met her, she wasn’t actually looking to do another TV show right away,” co-creator and showrunner Erin Cardillo told Tracking Board ahead of the show’s premiere.

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“Gringo” Director Nash Edgerton on the Madcap Action-Comedy Starring David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron

GringoFeature2The Australian stuntman-turned-filmmaker returns with his second feature after making a bunch of hilarious shorts and performing stunts in some of the biggest action films.

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“Game Night” Screenwriter Mark Perez on How the High-Concept Comedy Came to Be (Interview)

GameNightPerez1The original writer of the New Line comedy talks to the Tracking Board about first getting work in Hollywood and developing Game Night from its inception.

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“UnReal” Showrunner Stacy Rukeyser on Running a Feminist Show at the Height of the #MeToo Movement

stacy rukeyserUnReal showrunner Stacy Rukeyser talks about taking over the show, and how Hillary Clinton and the Me Too movement play a part in season three.

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Filmmaker Duncan Jones Breaks His Silence on “Mute” (Interview)

DuncanJonesMute1The new sci-fi noir film by the director of Moon is set in the same world as his groundbreaking debut. It stars Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux.

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“The Lodgers” Director Brian O’Malley on the Eerie Irish Gothic Thriller (Interview)

TheLodgers3The director of Let Us Prey talks about his period ghost story starring Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner and Eugene Simon, and the difficulties of being a working director in Ireland.

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“Damnation” Creator Tony Tost on His Rise in Television (Interview)

damnationDamnation showrunner, Tony Tost, speaks with Tracking Board contributor Jeff Iblings about the inspiration for the series, getting his start as a screenwriter, and how to impress your showrunner.

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“Game Night” Directors Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley on Making the Comedy Thriller (Interview)

GameNight1The writers of Horrible Bosses and directors of the Vacation remake talk about trying to mix genres and how they cast some of the more unlikely roles like the one played by Jesse Plemons.

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