‘The Handmaiden’ Director Park Chan-Wook Talks Visual Cinema

Opening stateside October 21, The Handmaiden is director Park chan-Wook’s (Lady Vengeance, Oldboy, Stoker) is a twist laden tale that’s based on the British novel Fingersmith. Director Park’s visual style has time and time again been compared to Alfred Hitchcock, but along with the “master of suspense,” Park is also a creative descendant of such masters as Brian De Palma, Michelango Antonioni, and Michael Powell. During the press conference, I asked director Park why most filmmakers are mainly plot driven and usually ignore the visual landscape of their movies.

For director Park’s comments (via a translator) to the question, please go to the jump.

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‘Amanda Knox’ Interview With Directors Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst

 

Directed by Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn, Amanda Knox centers on the woman who was accused of killing Meredith Kercher, her roommate while studying abroad in Italy, back in 2007. The murder investigation, led by prosecutor Giuliano Mignini, would also implicate her then Raffaelle Sollecito, and the pair initially were convicted and sent to prison. A full exoneration for Knox and Sollecito was handed down in 2015, but the case understandably lingers for all parties involved.

Due to time constraints, I only had six minutes with the filmmakers, and our brief chat can be found after the jump.

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Brian Tee Honored To Be Part of ‘Chicago Med’ Experience

Slowly but surely, Asian American representation is growing in television, and one would hope that the world of cinema will follow suit. As Master of None Emmy winner Alan Yang suggests, maybe more cameras and less violins would be a start. Thankfully, actors such as Brian Tee (Chicago Med) have found a footing in the entertainment industry. Check out our audio (found after the jump) of Tee discussing his thoughts on the lack of representation of Asian American actors in Film & TV.

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Milo Ventimiglia On Acting Process Behind ‘This Is Us’

This Is Us, the story of several people who share the same birthday, premieres tonight (NBC, 10/9c). To give any other plot details would be a disservice to the well written and acted program, and tonight’s pilot features wonderful, gut-wrenching work from Milo Ventimiglia. In the video below, I asked Ventimiglia about the challenge of working with such excellent yet oftentimes heartbreaking material.

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Sterling K. Brown Relates To ‘This Is Us’ Father And Son Journey

If you loved Sterling K. Brown’s Emmy winning work on The People v. O.J. Simpson, his latest show This Is Us premieres on NBC Tuesday, September 20 (10/9c). Co-starring Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore, the program centers on several people who share the same birthday. With Dan Fogelman, co-writer of Crazy, Stupid, Love and director/scribe of Danny Collins, serving as the showrunner, This Is Us will should hit on all creative cylinders. In the video below, Brown talks about how he personally relates to his character’s journey in This Is Us.

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VIDEO: Britt Robertson Talks Frosted Flakes And Balancing Priorities

In Mr. Church, Charlotte (Natalie Coughlin plays the younger version, Robertson plays Charlotte from teen years on) would rather eat Apple Jacks than scarf down Mr. Church’s (Eddie Murphy) cooking. The scent that comes out of the kitchen are hard to resist, and eventually Charlotte caves in to Mr. Church’s culinary concoctions. During my interview with Robertson, I asked her to name her favorite comfort food. Check out her response below.

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Movie Seen: ‘La Notte’ Playing At Laemmle’s Royal

 

Starting today, a new restoration of Michelangelo Antonioni’s La Notte has a one week exclusive run at Laemmle’s Royal. This is the film’s first major reissue since its 1961 release, so if you’re in need of a cinematic fix, head to West Los Angeles.

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Rockin’ Review: Split Enz, ‘True Colours’

The Rockin’ Review series continues with a flash back to 1980 with a band that seemed on the verge of big things, only to blow it all up and see part of the group achieve bigger things elsewhere. We’re talking about New Zealand modern rockers Split Enz, who saw the music world catch up to them around 1980 with the release of their ‘True Colours’ album.

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VIDEO: Britt Robertson Talks ‘Mr. Church’ And Building A Family

Britt Robertson, Eddie Murphy, and Natascha McElhone star in Mr. Church, a Los Angeles set drama about a kindhearted yet mysterious man (Eddie Murphy is Mr. Church) who impacts the lives of a single mother (McElhone) and her daughter (Robertson). The picture, another solid outing for filmmaker Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies, Breaker Morant), opens nationwide Friday. Click on my video interview with Robertson, which appears after the jump.

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Sullivan Stapleton Holds Firm “Grip” On Acting Process

Season two of Blindspot begins this Wednesday, September 14 on NBC (10/9c), and during our interview with cast member Sullivan Stapleton, he explains why being a crew member helped him prepare for the world of acting in film and television. Check out his answer after the jump.

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