Interview: Danny McBride & Billy Crudup (“Alien Covenant)

Danny McBride & Billy Crudup are the pilot and Captain of the latest Alien ship – Alien Covenant.

I sat down with the lads to talk about:
* the excitement & nerves that come with being involved in such an iconic franchise
* finally getting to share the film with the fans
* what it’s like to be a part of Ridley Scott’s world
* entertaining themselves

“Alien: Covenant” is in Irish cinemas on Friday 12 May

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Interview: Jessica Chastain (“Miss Sloane”)

Jessica Chastain gives an outstanding performance, as the title character, in the political drama “Miss Sloane”.

I loved getting the chance to sit down and chat to the super talented, intelligent and lovely Jessica Chastain. We spoke about:

* how she gives such a flawless performance when there are so many lines to memorise
* why “House of Cards” was her go to show during filming
* whether or not Hollywood has lived up to her expectations
* how she is creating opportunities for more women to work in film
* how her self belief helped her live her dream.

“Miss Sloane” is in Irish cinemas on Friday 12th May.

 

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Interview: Cillian Murphy & Ben Wheatley (FREE FIRE)

Cillian Murphy stars in BenWheatley’s new, shootout film, “Free Fire”

I caught up with the duo to talk about Martin Scorsese being boss, summer camps and the happiest place on Earth.

“Free Fire” is in cinemas now.

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Interview: Patrick Stewart (LOGAN)

Hugh Jackman is back for his tenth and final time as Wolverine, in “Logan”. Joining him in his final journey, is Patrick Stewart, as Professor X/Charles.

One of the coolest moments of my career was getting to chat to this legend. We spoke about why he uses his voice for good, his most asked fan question, why he’s thankful to Seth McFarlane and Rocky Gervais, and what it’s like being a poo.

I was very sceptical going  into “Logan” seeing as I think the superhero genre has lost it’s way. The genre seems to be over the top, all about the action and has lost it’s heart. Not “Logan” though, it is full of heart and has a great story to tell – while also having the big action scenes. I absolutely LOVED this film! Go and see it. It is out in cinemas now.

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And the Oscar goes to – all the winners & highlights from the 2017 Academy Awards

Justin Timberlake kicked off the 89th Academy Awards in energetic style, getting the auditorium up on their feet, with his performance of “Can’t Stop the Feeling”.

Host Jimmy Kimmel took over with an opening monologue that was sharp and funny. He made political comments, attempted to put an end to his feud with “Matt Damon” and initiated a standing ovation for the “overrated” Meryl Streep.

Kimmel was great at moving the ceremony along with short sharp links.

There were lots of Trump mentions, his hilarious ongoing “feud” with Matt Damon was strong, and a few gimmicks were thrown in – candy dropping from the sky; a bunch of tourists walking into the auditorium; and celebs reading mean tweets.

While these “skits” were all amusing, this ceremony goes on forever, cutting them would be a start to shortening the ceremony’s running time (that said, I wonder if I feel that way because I am watching this at stupid o’clock. Would I feel differently if I was watching it at prime time?).

Who wants Candy?

The tour bus arrives

Mean Tweets Oscars Edition

Matt Damon Feud

 

 

Biggest News/Upset of the Night

Who would have thought that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway would have been the biggest news of the night?! Well, when Dunaway read out the wrong winner for Best Picture, that’s when they became the story of the night.

Dunaway announced that “La La Land” had won Best Picture. After the producers had made their acceptance speech, one of them read the envelope and noticed that it wasn’t their names they were reading, instead the award belonged to “Moonlight”!

In what was a very awkward moment, Beatty explained that they had read the wrong envelope. He was reading Emma Stone’s Best Actress envelope – hence the confusion.

Both the producers of Moonlight and La La Land handled the very uncomfortable incident with such graciousness.

Winners
Even though “La La Land”, did not win Best Picture it did walk away with the most statuettes – 7, includingBest Director for Damien Chazelle and Best Actress for Emma Stone.

Moonlight walked away with 3 awards, taking out the prestigious Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The other big winners of the night were Casey Affleck for Best Actor in a Lead Role and Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress.

Below is the full list of winners 

Best Picture- “Moonlight”

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Emma Stone, “La La Land”

First Oscar and 2nd nomination.

“To the women in this category, you are all so extraordinary and I look up to you and admire you more than I can put into words.

I realise that a moment like this is a huge confluence of luck and opportunity.”

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Casey Affleck, “Manchester By The Sea”

“That means so much to me. Thank you

One of the first people who taught me how to act was Denzel Washington and I just met him for the first time tonight … thank you.

Man I wish I had something bigger and more meaningful to day but I am proud to be a part of this community … and I am dumbfounded that I am included …”

Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

What a week it has been for Mahershala – he takes home the Oscar, the same week he takes home his new baby daughter. He thanked his wife who spent awards season in her third trimester – she was “a soldier during this process”.

He also thanked his teachers and professors who taught him that “it wasn’t about you, it’s about the characters. You’re a service to these characters.”

Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis, “Fences”

A beautiful speech from Viola. Jimmy Kimmel said about the speech, “I don’t know if anyone is going to be able to follow that speech … Viola Davis just got nominated for an Emmy for that speech!”

Viola spoke about unfulfilled potential, her appreciation for her life (“Thank God I became an artist. It’s the only profession that celebrates to live a life”), her parents, sisters, husband and daughter.

Winning this award makes Viola Davis the first Black woman in to win a Tony, Emmy and Oscar for acting.

Best Director – Damien Chapelle, “La La Land”
At 32 years old, Damien is the youngest person in history to win best director.

“This was a movie about love and I was lucky enough to fall in love while making it”

Achievement in Make Up and Hairstyling – “Suicide Squad”

Achievement in Costume Design – Colleen Atwood “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
What a talented woman – this is Colleen’s 4th Academy Award from 12 nominations!

Best Documentary Feature – “OJ: Made in America” Ezra Edelman & Caroline Waterlow
The fabulous “Hidden Figures” ladies, Jannelle Monae, Taraji P Henson and Octavia Spencer, presented this award. The highlight was the real Katherine Johnson taking to the stage.

Ezra dedicated the win to victims of police violence.

Achievement in Sound Editing – Sylvain Bellemare, “Arrival”

Achievement in Sound Mixing – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie & Peter Grace, “Hacksaw Ridge”
After 21 nominations, Kevin O’Connell has finally walked away with an Academy Award.

Best Foreign Language Film – “The Salesman”, Iran

Best Animated Short – “Piper”

Best Animated Feature Film – “Zootopia”

Achievement in Production Design & Set Decoration – David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, “La La Land” 

Achievement in Visual Effects – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones & Dan Lemmon, “The Jungle Book”

Achievement in Film Editing – John Gilbert, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Best Documentary Short Subject – “The White Helmets”

Best Live Action Short Film – “Sing”

Achievement in Cinematography – Linus Sandgren, “La La Land”

Best Original Score – “La La Land”, Justin Hurwitz 

Best Original Song -“City of Stars”, “La La Land” – Justin Hurwitz, Benj Hasek & Justin Paul

Best Original Screenplay – “Manchester By The Sea”, Kenneth Lonergan

Best Adapted Screenplay – “Moonlight”,  Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McCraney

Blue Ribbons
Many celebs were seen wearing a blue ribbon at the awards ceremony. This ribbon is support of a campaign by the American Civil Liberties Union. According to its website, the ACLU  “works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the constitution and laws of the United States”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Review: “Patriots Day”

“Patriots Day” is based on the true story of the horrific events that happened on 15th April 2013, at the Boston Marathon, and the law enforcements’ attempts to catch the two bombers.

I was very sceptical going into this film. I didn’t understand why this tragedy needed to be turned into a film. In my mind, film is a place we go to escape, to learn or to marvel. This was a tragedy that serves no entertainment purposes, and only having occurred less than 4 years ago, surely this was still too raw to break down and learn from? I couldn’t have been more wrong.

“Patriots Day” is a film that people need to see. As weird as it is to say, this film instils hope. The actions of the Boston people on that day and the weeks after, show how love will always trump hate.

From the very beginning, “Patriots Day” goes out of it’s way to humanise all involved, showing us what the ordinary things people were doing the day before, and hours leading up to the marathon. There was a real connection with the “characters” and there was no doubt that what we were watching was real.

It is very well made, with outstanding performances from the cast, including Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, Michelle Monaghan and JK Simmons.

The portrayal of the bombing was handled with sensitivity, not once did any scene feel sensationalised or done in a way to manipulate the viewer’s emotions. There was a very good mix of archival footage with scenes shot especially for the film. These were so seamless that, at times, it is difficult to differentiate between the two.

You will not watch this film to be entertained.  Given the subject matter, I felt sick watching it, but I was still enthralled and amazed at the city of Boston and the actions of the law enforcement officers. “Patriots Day” is more of a case study of how the law enforcement agencies captured the bombers. It also makes you thankful for the amazing men and women who put their own lives at risk, running into the danger zone, while we run from it, to save the lives of others.

The events that happened on 15th April 2013 were frightening, horrendous and came from a place of hate, but this film chooses to find a positive. You walk away feeling that while there is hate in the hearts of some, love will always reign supreme. As Mark Wahlberg’s character, Tommy Saunders, says, “love is the only thing they can’t touch and take from us.”  Patriot’s Day is an incredible film. This isn’t a film I would watch more than once, but it is a film I would recommend you see.

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Review: “Hidden Figures”

We all know that it was men that first walked on the moon, but how many of us know that if it were not for some extraordinary women, America may not have won the race to the moon? This is the tale of “Hidden Figures”. It is the true story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), phenomenal mathematicians who were crucial to NASA’s early space program.

Hidden Figures is an astonishing story. Here were three women who not only had to make it in a man’s world, but they had to fight even harder to have their voices heard because not only were they women, but they were black women living in a time of racism and segregation.

This film deserves to win big at the Oscars. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae give killer performances and are finely supported by Kevin Costner (it’s great to see him back), Mahershala Ali, “The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons and Kirsten Dunst.

“Hidden Figures” is outstanding! It never once manipulates the audiences’ emotions, but at the same time it has you feeling a range of emotions. You will be inspired, happy, cheering, and at other times you will be angry, sad and frustrated, but, ultimately you will be in awe of what these women were able to achieve! If these women could kick butt under such repressive circumstances, what excuse do we have for not  doing the same in our lives?

It is great to see that finally, Katherine G Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson are getting the recognition they deserve. They are hidden figures no more! Go see this film and walk away not afraid to dream big and to make it happen!

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