DP/30 Archive for September, 2010

The King’s Speech actor Colin Firth

DP/30 chat with the title star of The King’s Speech, one of the hottest titles coming out of TIFF ’10.

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You Again director Andy Fickman

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DP/13 – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps actor Shia LaBeouf

It’s Shia. It’s iPhone. It’s not pretty. But worth watching for the Shia experience and some interesting insights into how he got into the WS2 role.

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DP/30 @ TIFF ’10: Henry’s Crime actors Keanu Reeves, James Caan, Vera Farmiga

DP/30 – The stars of the unexpected TIFF hit get together to chat with David Poland about making the film.

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DP/30: State of the Union – Christine Vachon, producer

The queen of Killer Films, Christine Vachon, sits on a corner in Toronto with David Poland and talks about the indie industry, where she’s at (including a 5-part mini-series for HBO, Todd Haynes’ Mildred Pierce) and where we all might be going. (Watch out for passing buses!).

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Catfish directors Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman, star Nev Schulman

DP/30 – The dynamic trio of filmmaker/subjects from the Sundance sensation Catfish talk with David Poland about how and why they made the film.

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Never Let Me Go, screenwriter Alex Garland & novelist Kazuo Ishiguro

DP/30 – A chat with the two wordsmiths behind Never Let Me Go, screenwriter Alex Garland & novelist Kazuo Ishiguro

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Never Let Me Go actors Carey Mulligan & Andrew Garfield

DP/30: Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield chat with David Poland about their new film (some spoilers)

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Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!

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Bright Star, director Jane Campion, actor Ben Whishaw (TIFF ’09)

The complete version of this interview got lost in the shuffle. Apologies. Never too late, I guess.

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Heartbreaker, director Pascal Chaumeil actors Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis

DP/30 chats up the director and 2 stars of this runaway French hit.

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Tamara Drewe, dir Stephen Frears

At 69, Stephen Frears is one of the oldest working directors and one of the most prolific of any age. This year, he decided to take on the adult graphic novel, Tamara Drewe. He’s making the fest circuit with the film, but took 30 minutes to chat with David Poland about the film and a life in cinema.

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EASY A, actor Emma Stone, director Will Gluck

In anticipation of their film’s launch at the Toronto Film Festival, director Will Gluck and budding superstar Emma Stone chat with David Poland. (DP/30 now in living color… and it streams!)

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“TIFF doesn’t make attendance numbers for its Lightbox screenings publicly available, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many filmgoers the Lightbox is attracting (or how much money it’s bringing in). But the King Street West venue hasn’t become a significant draw for film enthusiasts. The Lightbox’s attendance has plunged – 49,000 fewer visitors last year, a drop of 27 per cent, according to figures recently reported in the Toronto Star. Its gallery space – designed to showcase the visions of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers – saw most of its exhibitions staff quietly axed this past fall. And its marketing barely escapes the Lightbox’s walls. Unless you are a TIFF member or one of the city’s most avid filmgoers, you could walk by the Lightbox and remain blissfully unaware of a single thing that goes on inside. TIFF “still has a world-class brand,” said Barry Avrich, a filmmaker and former board member, “but it’s going to take some fresh vision from retail, consumer programming and marketing experts, given how the lines have become intensely blurred when it comes to how people watch film. They will have to experiment with programming to find the right blend of function and relevance.”
~ Globe & Mail Epic On State of Toronto Int’l (paywalled)

“I’m 87 years old… I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive… The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

“The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

“Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call… Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
~ Harry Dean Stanton