My Fun "Taking Woodstock" Interviews! From Emile Hirsch to Demetri Martin, See Many Secrets of the Film! Far Out! 


I had a fantastic time meeting the main cast of "Taking Woodstock." And the film is equally thought-provoking (I'll post my review very soon!).

Directed by Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") and based on a book by Elliot Tiber called "Taking Woodstock: A True Story of A Riot, A Concert, and A Life," the film is a bittersweet look at the event that changed pop culture forever.

So take a trip with "Taking Woodstock" when it opens this Friday, August 28.

Now, here are my interviews:

EMILE HIRSCH

The super-fantastic Emile Hirsch and I talked about:

WHY HE LOVES MY FIRST INTERVIEW WITH HIM FOR "MILK" (I'M PRETTY PROUD OF THAT :happy)
His character Billy
Working with Ang Lee
How he prepared for the role
AND HIS FULL-FRONTAL MALE NUDITY SCENE!



LIEV SCHREIBER

We talked about:

His character, Vilma, a drag queen activist who is also Eliott's angel
Working with Ang Lee



DEMETRI MARTIN

Demetri Martin is the crux of the film, and in our interview, we talked about:

His real-life character, Elliot Teichberg
Working with Ang Lee
Working with Liev Schreiber as Vilma, his drag queen angel
Hippies!



JONATHAN GROFF

I sat down with the super-sweet Jonathan. We talked about:

His involvement with the film
His real-life character, Michael Lang
The Michael Lang vibe
Working with Ang Lee
Woodstock and Stonewall



From Focus Features:

Taking Woodstock is the new film from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee and its a trip!

Based on the memoirs of Elliot Tiber, the comedy stars Demetri Martin as Elliot, who inadvertently played a role in making 1969s Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the famed happening it was. Featuring a standout ensemble cast, and songs from a score of 60s musical icons including The Grateful Dead, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and Country Joe and the Fish plus a new recording of Freedom from Richie Havens Taking Woodstock is a joyous voyage to a moment in time when everything seemed possible.

Working as an interior designer in Greenwich Village, Elliot feels empowered by the gay rights movement. But he is also still staked to the family business a dumpy Catskills motel called the El Monaco that is being run into the ground by his overbearing parents, Jake and Sonia Teichberg (Henry Goodman and Imelda Staunton). In the summer of 1969, Elliot has to move back upstate to the El Monaco in order to help save the motel from being taken over by the bank.

Upon hearing that a planned music and arts festival has lost its permit from the neighboring town of Wallkill, NY, Elliot calls producer Michael Lang (Jonathan Groff) at Woodstock Ventures to offer his familys motel to the promoters and generate some much-needed business. Elliot also introduces Lang to his neighbor Max Yasgur (Eugene Levy), who operates a 600-acre dairy farm down the road. Soon the Woodstock staff is moving into the El Monaco and half a million people are on their way to Yasgurs farm for 3 days of Peace & Music in White Lake.

With a little help from his friends, including theater troupe leader Devon (Dan Fogler), recently returned Vietnam veteran Billy (Emile Hirsch), and cross-dressing ex-Marine Vilma (Liev Schreiber) and with a little opposition from townspeople, including Billys brother Dan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life and popular culture forever.

A Focus Features presentation of an Ang Lee Film. Taking Woodstock. Demetri Martin, Dan Fogler, Henry Goodman, Jonathan Groff, Eugene Levy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Imelda Staunton. With Emile Hirsch and Liev Schreiber. Casting by Avy Kaufman, C.S.A. Costume Designer, Joseph G. Aulisi. Music Supervisor, Joe Boyd. Music by Danny Elfman. Editor, Tim Squyres, A.C.E. Production Designer, David Gropman. Director of Photography, Eric Gautier, AFC. Based on the Book by Elliot Tiber with Tom Monte. Executive Producer, Michael Hausman. Produced by James Schamus, Ang Lee, Celia Costas. Screenplay by James Schamus. Directed by Ang Lee. A Focus Features Release.

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