Category Archives: Interviews

A hub for all of our interview segments.

“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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Up-and-Comers of the Month: “Black Panther” Stars Letitia Wright and Winston Duke on Joining the MCU and Working With Ryan Coogler

Black Panther QuadAs T’Challa’s brainiac sister and his rival-turned-ally, these two actors practically steal the movie from their more famous co-stars. Get to know them beyond their characters, who are both slated to return in Avengers: Infinity War.

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“The Boy Downstairs” Filmmaker Sophie Brooks on the Relationship Dramedy (Interview)

BoyDownstairs1The indie rom-com stars Zosia Mamet (HBO’s Girls) as a young woman who moves back to New York and inadvertently rents an apartment in the same building as her ex-boyfriend.

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Alex Ross Perry on “Golden Exits,” “Nostalgia,” “Christopher Robin” and Reuniting with Elisabeth Moss (Interview)

GoldenExitsNostalgiaThe filmmaker behind Listen Up, Phillip and Queen of Earth returns with his fifth feature as director and two upcoming films as a screenwriter.

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Sundance: “The Sessions” Filmmaker Ben Lewin on “The Catcher Was a Spy,” “Please Stand By” (Interview)

CatcherPleaseStandByThe Australian filmmaker returns with two very different movies, one a period spy-thriller starring Paul Rudd as Moe Berg, the other a more contemporary dramedy starring Dakota Fanning. The latter is now in theaters and On Demand.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Versace” Star Cody Fern on the Controversial FX Series and Wanting to Play Marilyn Manson

Cody Fern 5The fast-rising Australian actor discusses the audition process with Ryan Murphy, why he admires actors like Cilliany Murphy and Richard Jenkins, and why he’s wary of social media.

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David Wain and Producers Peter Pricipato, Jonathan Stern on “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” (Interview)

DavidWainFutileStupidGesture2The Netflix movie tells the story of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney (Will Forte), following the success of the magazine and how that transitioned into making movies like Animal House.

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“Black Lightning” Showrunner on Why He Didn’t Want to Tell an Origin Story

black lightning “I’m sure if I had done it in an origin story, you know what people would say? ‘Eh, it’s another fucking origin story,'” Salim Akil tells Tracking Board about his new CW superhero series.

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“Mom and Dad” Director Brian Taylor on His Unconventional Thriller Starring Nicolas Cage and That Fabled “Twisted Metal” Movie (Interview)

MomDadFeature2The co-creator of Crank and a director on the popular new Syfy show Happy! tells us what it takes to put together a movie with a premise that’s not the easiest to finance. Plus getting the most “crazy Nick” out of Nicolas Cage after working together on Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

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“The Polka King” Directors Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky on How Jack Black Created His Outlandish Real-Life Character (Interview)

PolkaKing1Black plays bandleader Jan Dewan, the “Polka King of Pennsylvania,” who conned his fans out of millions of dollars before being arrested for creating a Ponzi scheme. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.

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“The Commuter” Director Jaume Collet-Serra on the Complexities of his Fourth Liam Neeson Thriller (Interview)

commutercolletserra1How their earlier thriller Non-Stop led to them making another transportation thriller, and why Disney’s Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson is actually very different from Jumanji.

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“Call Me By Your Name” Director Luca Guadagnino on the Coming-of-Age Drama and His “Radical Feminist” Remake of “Suspiria” (Interview)

lucacmbyn2The Italian filmmaker who first received international attention for 2010’s I Am Love with Tilda Swinton, tackles André Aciman’s novel, working from a script by James Ivory.

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Willem Dafoe on His Oscar-Worthy Role in Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” (Interview)

WillemDafoeFloridaProject1Playing the manager of a run-down Orlando motel is the culmination of an amazing career of film roles for the twice Oscar-nominated actor.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: Paul Walter Hauser On His Scene-Stealing Turn in “I, Tonya” and Working With Margot Robbie

Shawn EckhardtThe actor opens up about his role as Shawn Eckhardt and what it’s like to be a bigger guy in Hollywood, as well as his recent experience on the set of Spike Lee’s Black Klansman.

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Producer Matt Tolmach on “Jumanji,” “Venom,” “Silver and Black” and More (Interview)

JumanjiMattTolmach1The former President of Columbia Pictures continues to work with Sony producing films like the holiday family action-adventure starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black.

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Actor Richard Jenkins on the Magic of Making “The Shape of Water” (Interview)

JenkinsShapeofWaterExcerptGuillermo del Toro’s fantasy might put Jenkins back in the Oscar race for his supporting role as the friend and neighbor of a mute woman, played by Sally Hawkins.

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“Bull Durham” Creator Ron Shelton Returns to Theaters with “Just Getting Started” (Interview)

RonSheltonJGSExcerptShelton’s new comedy stars Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones as rivals at a Palm Springs retirement resort.

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“Bull Durham” Creator Ron Shelton Returns to Theaters with “Just Getting Started” (Interview)

Shelton’s new comedy stars Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones as rivals at a Palm Springs retirement resort.

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Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA on Hip Hop, Poetry and His New Directorial Effort “Love Beats Rhymes” (Interview)

RZACommonLBR1A departure from his earlier martial arts film, the rapper-turned-filmmaker talks about switching gears for Azealia Banks’ acting debut.

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“Call Me By Your Name” Stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Timothée Chalamet on Their Busy Fall Seasons (Interview)

StuhlbargChalametCMBYNTwo actors, one a respected veteran, the other a newcomer, not only star in Luda Guadagnino’s acclaimed drama, but also in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and more.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Runaways” Star Allegra Acosta on Playing a Teenage Latina Superhero

runaways allegra acosta “The fact that I’m representing girls my age, the struggles we all go though daily, the way she changes over the season, it’s just beyond surreal and beyond amazing,” the Hulu and Marvel star tells Tracking Board.

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Lawrence Fishburne On Working with Richard Linklater on “Last Flag Flying” and Straddling Marvel and DC (Interview)

LawrenceFishburneLFF1TNThe veteran actor talks about his career, his new movie, and his forays into television with black-ish and Hannibal.

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Filmmaker Joe Lynch on the Catharsis of Making “Mayhem” (Interview)

MayhemTNThe action-comedy starring Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead is now playing on digital platforms.

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Richard Linklater Flies the Flag For a Sequel… That Isn’t Really a Sequel (Interview)

LinklaterLFFTNBryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell star in the road dramedy about three military men off to bury one of their sons who was killed in the Iraq War.

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Why the Series Premiere of “The Punisher” Is a Standalone Episode (SPOILERS)

the punisher “I just wanted to spend the first episode just with Frank, getting under the skin of this guy,” Steve Lightfoot told Tracking Board.

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Rob Reiner Talks “LBJ,” “Shock and Awe” and Current Politics (Interview)

LBJInterview1TN The director of A Few Good Men and Misery tackles more serious political fare in his latest films.

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“My Friend Dahmer” Director Marc Meyers on the Coming-of-Age of a Serial Killer (Interview)

MyFriendDahmerTNThe high school drama stars Ross Lynch as Dahmer during his senior year in high school, setting the stage for the murderer he would become.

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Up-and-Comers of the Month: “Florida Project” Stars Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite on Their Blessed Hollywood Journey

The past month has been a dark time for Hollywood, which is why we need feel-good stories like these two more than ever.

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Marc Forster on Making the More Personal Independent Drama “All I See is You” (Interview)

AllISeeIsYouBlakeTNBlake Lively and Jason Clarke star in the moody character-based film that shows off another side of the “World War Z” filmmaker.

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