Edward Burns, in so many ways, became the heart of the film, MAN ON A LEDGE. He’s perfect as an NYPD cop assisting his fellow negotiator, Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) to get Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) off the ledge. In this interview, we talked about:
*** What made him want to join MAN ON A LEDGE
*** What attracted him to the character of Jack Dougherty? The character’s arc was written specifically for him
*** Striking a chemistry with Elizabeth Banks
*** As a director, how does he rate first-time feature film director Asger Leth?
*** Shooting and the production behind MAN ON A LEDGE
*** The immediacy of the film
*** What’s his biggest fear?
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Anthony Mackie is always a fun interview. Whether he’s promoting a sci-fi actioner like REAL STEEL or the new action drama MAN ON A LEDGE, Mackie has been honest and gregarious with his answers.
In MAN ON A LEDGE, the actor stars as Mike Ackerman, the former partner of the ex-cop now wanted fugitive Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington). In this interview, we talked about:
*** What attracted him to MAN ON A LEDGE
*** Working with first time feature director, Asger Leth who’s coming from the documentary world
*** His character, Mike Ackerman
*** His terrific career – what does he attribute that to?
*** The fascination of people looking at jumpers, why are they fascinated?
*** Our voyeuristic generation and the Kardashians!
*** What’s his biggest fear?
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Liam Neeson is back to save the world in “The Grey.” The unlikely action star reteams with his “A-Team” director, Joe Carnahan, for a high-concept movie that is quite deeper than your average run-of-the-mill popcorn flick.
Inspired by the short story “Ghost Walker” by Ian MacKenzie Jeffers, “The Grey” tells the tale of John Ottway (Neeson), a sharpshooter who has been hired by an Alaskan oil refinery to keep indigenous wild beasts from attacking oil workers during their shifts.
The film begins at the refinery where crude oil is broken into various elements for commercial use. Workers endure grueling five-week shifts then have about two weeks off for vacation. From the moment we hear Neeson’s narration in the beginning, we are sucked into the narrative of “The Grey.” Read More...
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I love "Hugo!" It was No. 2 on my Top 10 Best Movies of 2011 (check it out here). And the film led the 2012 Oscar nominations with 11 nods including Best Picture! Here's Martin Scorsese, Howard Shore (composer), and Graham King (Producer) talking about their nominations:
Statement from Martin Scorsese (Director/Producer):
“I am deeply honored to have been nominated by the Academy for my work on Hugo. Every picture is a challenge, and this one where I was working with 3D, HD and Sacha Baron Cohen for the first time was no exception. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you¹ve been recognized by the people in your industry. I congratulate my fellow nominees. It¹s an impressive list, and I¹m in excellent company.”
Statement from Howard Shore (Composer)
"It's always a thrill to work with Marty and Thelma and collaborating with them was a labor of love. It was inspiring to compose within the world of Hugo. It's a great honor to be nominated by the Academy."
Statements from Graham King (Producer):
“I am so incredibly proud of HUGO and I will be forever grateful to the Academy for acknowledging a film that defies all genres. Every single cast and crew member was not only committed, but challenged themselves and took their craft to a whole new level. I am thrilled that Marty has been commended for directing a film that was such new ground for him, yet based on a subject so dear to his heart.²”
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Sure, Spielberg was ignored in the Best Director category (check full Oscar nominations right here), but as a producer, he was awarded two nominations -- one for "War Horse" and the other for "The Help." Our friends at DreamWorks sent these statements:
From Steven Spielberg for “War Horse”:
“I am thrilled with our multiple nominations for "The Help" and "War Horse." It is the first time that I have experienced two Best Picture nominations in the same year. One is a high honor. Two is humbling but very exciting. It is a tribute to all those who joined with Stacey Snider and our DreamWorks Studios team to develop and make these two films with stories that we passionately felt we had to make.” - Steven Spielberg
From Producer Kathleen Kennedy for “War Horse”:
"We are thrilled for the nominations War Horse has received and most of all thankful to have been working under the leadership of Steven Spielberg whose moral clarity, vision and sensitive handling of the Great War might serve in some small way to raise awareness of war's pointlessness." - Kathleen Kennedy
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