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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The Atlantic: You saw that the Academy Awards recently held up your 2001 acceptance speech as the Platonic ideal of an Oscar speech. Did you have a reaction?

Soderbergh: Shock and dismay. When that popped up and people started texting me about it, I said, “Oh, it’s too bad I’m not there to tell the story of how that took place.” Well. I was not sober at the time. And I had nothing prepared because I knew I wasn’t going to win [Best Director for Traffic]. I figured Ridley, Ang or Daldry would win. So I was hitting the bar pretty hard, having a great night, feeling super-relaxed because I don’t have to get up there. So the combination of a 0.4 blood alcohol level and lack of preparation resulted in me, in my state of drunkenness crossed with adrenaline surge. I was coherent enough to know that [if I tried to thank everyone], that way lies destruction. So I went the other way. There were some people who appreciated that, and there were some people who really wanted to hear their names said, and I had to apologize to them.
~ Steven Soderbergh

 

“I have made few films in a way. I never made action films. I never made science fiction films. I never made, really, very complicated settings, because I had modest ambitions. I knew they would never trust me to have the budget to do something different, so my mind is more focused on things I know. So they were always mental adventures I wanted to approach and share. Working for cinema with no – not only no money, but also no ambition for money. I was happy and proud [to receive the honorary Oscar] because of that, that [the Academy] could understand what kind of work I have done over 60 years. I stayed faithful to the ideal of sharing emotion, impressions, and mostly because I have so much empathy for other people that I approach people who are not really spoken about. I have 65 years of work in my bag, and when I put the bag down, what comes out? It’s really the desire of finding links and relationships with different kinds of people. I never made a film about the bourgeoisie, about rich people. about nobility. My choices have been to show people that are, in a way, more common and see that each of them has something special and interesting, rare and beautiful. It’s my natural way of looking at people. I didn’t fight my instincts. And maybe that has been appreciated in the famous circle of Hollywood.“

Agnes Varda