Interview: David Lowery had to stop himself from giving up on his Sundance hit A Ghost Story

“I still am dumbfounded that I’m actually here talking about it,” director David Lowery told The A.V. Club when we spoke to him in New York last month about his new film A Ghost Story. Making the tiny project in lieu of taking a vacation after finishing his Disney remake Pete’s Dragon, Lowery wasn’t even sure he could pull it off.

A Ghost Story casts Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck as a couple unnerved by the strange noises in their home. When Affleck’s unnamed character dies, he returns as a ghost that looms in a white sheet—your typical Halloween-costume spirit. The image is absurd, yes, but Lowery imbues it with eeriness as his tale unfolds.

The A.V. Club: Why are you “dumbfounded” that you’re talking about this movie?

David Lowery: When we were making it, we weren’t sure if it would …

“I still am dumbfounded that I’m actually here talking about it,” director David Lowery told The A.V. Club when we spoke to him in New York last month about his new film A Ghost Story. Making the tiny project in lieu of taking a vacation after finishing his Disney remake Pete’s Dragon, Lowery wasn’t even sure he could pull it off.

A Ghost Story casts Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck as a couple unnerved by the strange noises in their home. When Affleck’s unnamed character dies, he returns as a ghost that looms in a white sheet—your typical Halloween-costume spirit. The image is absurd, yes, but Lowery imbues it with eeriness as his tale unfolds.

The A.V. Club: Why are you “dumbfounded” that you’re talking about this movie?

David Lowery: When we were making it, we weren’t sure if it would ...

Interview: Okja’s Tilda Swinton and Bong Joon-Ho crafted their greedy capitalist tale long before Trump’s presidency

This interview contains plot points of the film Okja.

Before The A.V. Club settled down to speak to Tilda Swinton and Bong Joon-Ho about their new film Okja, there was cooing. That’s because Swinton had just given this reporter permission to “cuddle” a rotund, pink, stuffed version of the eponymous super-pig—or one of her brethren—while conducting the interview at a New York hotel earlier this month.

Indeed, Okja herself is a remarkable, sweet creature—with the demeanor of a hyper-intelligent puppy—but the movie is more than a huggable romp. Rather, it’s about the villainy of a corporation willing to do anything for a buck. Swinton plays Lucy Mirando—as well as her twin sister, Nancy. Upon taking over her nasty father’s company, Lucy announces a contest called the Super Pig Project whereby piggies are sent to farmers around the world and the best …

This interview contains plot points of the film Okja.

Before The A.V. Club settled down to speak to Tilda Swinton and Bong Joon-Ho about their new film Okja, there was cooing. That’s because Swinton had just given this reporter permission to “cuddle” a rotund, pink, stuffed version of the eponymous super-pig—or one of her brethren—while conducting the interview at a New York hotel earlier this month.

Indeed, Okja herself is a remarkable, sweet creature—with the demeanor of a hyper-intelligent puppy—but the movie is more than a huggable romp. Rather, it’s about the villainy of a corporation willing to do anything for a buck. Swinton plays Lucy Mirando—as well as her twin sister, Nancy. Upon taking over her nasty father’s company, Lucy announces a contest called the Super Pig Project whereby piggies are sent to farmers around the world and the best ...

Newswire: Ansel Elgort pivots from getaway driver to John F. Kennedy for next movie

Baby Driver, Edgar Wright’s latest, marks a turning point in the career of one Ansel Elgort, establishing him as a star beyond the world of YA or EDM. (Yes, Elgort is also a budding pop star who has gone by DJ Ansolo.) But now he’s got another project in the works that should test his range as an actor. According to Deadline, he’s going to star as a pre-presidency John F. Kennedy in the WWII-set Mayday 109. The film, which is written by Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore, will tell the story of Kennedy’s military heroics after his Patrol Torpedo Craft was hit by a Japanese destroyer.

“We could not be more excited about Ansel coming aboard,” producer Basil Iwanyk said, per Deadline. “Not only is he a tremendous actor, he embodies the charisma, athleticism and looks of a young JFK. We love that this is …

Baby Driver, Edgar Wright’s latest, marks a turning point in the career of one Ansel Elgort, establishing him as a star beyond the world of YA or EDM. (Yes, Elgort is also a budding pop star who has gone by DJ Ansolo.) But now he’s got another project in the works that should test his range as an actor. According to Deadline, he’s going to star as a pre-presidency John F. Kennedy in the WWII-set Mayday 109. The film, which is written by Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore, will tell the story of Kennedy’s military heroics after his Patrol Torpedo Craft was hit by a Japanese destroyer.

“We could not be more excited about Ansel coming aboard,” producer Basil Iwanyk said, per Deadline. “Not only is he a tremendous actor, he embodies the charisma, athleticism and looks of a young JFK. We love that this is ...

Newswire: Stephen Colbert says Russian intelligence followed him during his trip

Stephen Colbert has returned to American shores after his jaunt to Russia, where he made a crack about mounting a presidential campaign and apparently was followed by intelligence personnel. “You know who did know I was in Russia? Russian intelligence,” he said during his monologue on The Late Show last night. “Hardcore fans, evidently. Followed me everywhere. Also got some attention from American intelligence. A couple of guys seemed to pop up wherever we went.”

Colbert, of course, managed to spin this into a dig on the president before turning his attention to Trump fully. ”But it’s important to keep your eye on a comedian while he’s in Russia. Doing jokes,” he said. ”I could be giving state secrets to the Russians. Oh wait, someone’s already got that covered. My apologies.” Through the apparent jet lag, Colbert did, however, remark that “it is sincerely wonderful to be …

Stephen Colbert has returned to American shores after his jaunt to Russia, where he made a crack about mounting a presidential campaign and apparently was followed by intelligence personnel. “You know who did know I was in Russia? Russian intelligence,” he said during his monologue on The Late Show last night. “Hardcore fans, evidently. Followed me everywhere. Also got some attention from American intelligence. A couple of guys seemed to pop up wherever we went.”

Colbert, of course, managed to spin this into a dig on the president before turning his attention to Trump fully. ”But it’s important to keep your eye on a comedian while he’s in Russia. Doing jokes,” he said. ”I could be giving state secrets to the Russians. Oh wait, someone’s already got that covered. My apologies.” Through the apparent jet lag, Colbert did, however, remark that “it is sincerely wonderful to be ...

Newswire: Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Laura Harrier joins HBO’s Fahrenheit 451

It’s time to get familiar with the stars of Spider-Man: Homecoming, because it looks like they’re going to be popping up in a lot of intriguing projects. Case in point: Deadline reports that Laura Harrier—who plays Liz Allan, the object of Spidey’s affection in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie— has joined the cast of HBO Films’ Fahrenheit 451. Harrier will be taking on the role of pill and TV-addicted Millie, the wife of “fireman” Guy Montag (Michael B. Jordan). The cast for the project, which is set to be directed by 99 Homes’ Ramin Bahrani, also includes Michael Shannon and The Mummy’s Sofia Boutella. It’s unclear when the Ray Bradbury adaptation will hit screens, but reviving classic dystopias does seem to be all the rage these days.

[via Screenrant]

It’s time to get familiar with the stars of Spider-Man: Homecoming, because it looks like they’re going to be popping up in a lot of intriguing projects. Case in point: Deadline reports that Laura Harrier—who plays Liz Allan, the object of Spidey’s affection in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie— has joined the cast of HBO Films’ Fahrenheit 451. Harrier will be taking on the role of pill and TV-addicted Millie, the wife of “fireman” Guy Montag (Michael B. Jordan). The cast for the project, which is set to be directed by 99 Homes’ Ramin Bahrani, also includes Michael Shannon and The Mummy’s Sofia Boutella. It’s unclear when the Ray Bradbury adaptation will hit screens, but reviving classic dystopias does seem to be all the rage these days.

[via Screenrant]


Newswire: Jake Busey is his father’s son, even in The Predator

It’s common knowledge now that Shane Black’s The Predator will be something of a sequel rather than a complete overhaul of the franchise, and now we’ve got more details of how it will advance the previously established lore. Turns out, it involves a Busey family legacy. Jake Busey—son of Gary—recently told The Red Booth Show that he’s playing the son of his father’s character in Predator 2, Special Agent Peter Keyes. (Keyes met his demise in that movie.)

Busey the younger, of the From Dusk To Dawn series, relayed his conversation with Black. “He called me and he said ‘Hey, you wanna do this movie? We don’t have money for you but it’ll be a fun thing to come play and be your father’s son,’” he said. He also noted that he thinks the new movie would qualify as Predator …

It’s common knowledge now that Shane Black’s The Predator will be something of a sequel rather than a complete overhaul of the franchise, and now we’ve got more details of how it will advance the previously established lore. Turns out, it involves a Busey family legacy. Jake Busey—son of Gary—recently told The Red Booth Show that he’s playing the son of his father’s character in Predator 2, Special Agent Peter Keyes. (Keyes met his demise in that movie.)

Busey the younger, of the From Dusk To Dawn series, relayed his conversation with Black. “He called me and he said ‘Hey, you wanna do this movie? We don’t have money for you but it’ll be a fun thing to come play and be your father’s son,’” he said. He also noted that he thinks the new movie would qualify as Predator ...

Newswire: Josh Charles to play the Menendez brothers’ psychologist in Law And Order True Crime

The latest Law And Order spin-off—the one that appears to be attempting to move into Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story territory—is continuing to add to its cast. Law And Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders is already set to feature Edie Falco and Heather Graham. Now Entertainment Weekly reports that Josh Charles will play the murderous brothers’ psychologist Dr. Jerome Oziel. Charles is familiar with courtroom theatrics thanks to his Good Wife days, but this will be under very different circumstances.

Oziel is a crucial role, given that he was privy to the confessions of the brothers. According to the Los Angeles Times, Erik’s defense attorney Leslie Abramson said she would “attack [Oziel’s] credibility in every way known to man and God.”

The latest Law And Order spin-off—the one that appears to be attempting to move into Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story territory—is continuing to add to its cast. Law And Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders is already set to feature Edie Falco and Heather Graham. Now Entertainment Weekly reports that Josh Charles will play the murderous brothers’ psychologist Dr. Jerome Oziel. Charles is familiar with courtroom theatrics thanks to his Good Wife days, but this will be under very different circumstances.

Oziel is a crucial role, given that he was privy to the confessions of the brothers. According to the Los Angeles Times, Erik’s defense attorney Leslie Abramson said she would “attack [Oziel’s] credibility in every way known to man and God.”