Wed August 27, 2014

Setting Your Movie In Boston? Bettah Get The Accent Right

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:10 am

The Hollywood movie about mobster Whitey Bulger has been filming in and around Boston for months, with a list of high-profile actors. That means getting Johnny Depp and the others to sound like they're from Boston. And as locals certainly know — getting that Boston accent right can make or break the movie.

Read more


Mon August 25, 2014
Movie Interviews

Longtime Friends Lithgow And Molina Play Longtime Couple In 'Love Is Strange'

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 5:53 pm

Alfred Molina (left) and John Lithgow play George and Ben in Love Is Strange, a film about two men who have shared four decades of their lives.
Clay Enos Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

When actors John Lithgow and Alfred Molina came by NPR's New York studios, they brought with them a loose, joking rapport — the shorthand of longtime friends. "Fred and I had known each other for 15-20 years," says Lithgow — who calls Molina "Fred."

"If anyone says, ... 'I know Alfred really well,' they're lying!" Molina tells NPR's Melissa Block.

"You can call him Freddie Teacups; that's his mob name," Lithgow says with a laugh.

Read more


Fri August 22, 2014

In Woody Allen's Latest, The 'Magic' Doesn't Pop

From left to right: Emma Stone, Woody Allen and Colin Firth.
Jack English Gravier Productions, Inc

Years ago, the former head of production at United Artists, Steven Bach, wrote that studios loved to work with Woody Allen. They knew they wouldn’t make a lot of money, but they’d come out OK. They could rely on Allen to shoot the script he said he would shoot, bring the film in on time and on budget, and the work always brought prestige.

You can see all that in Allen’s latest picture, Magic in the Moonlight.

Read more


Thu August 21, 2014

A Maverick Director, At Home On The Range

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 11:07 am

Robert Rodriguez ventures into Hollywood for the premiere of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Getty Images

Robert Rodriguez's newest film, Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, is about to hit theaters — it's a 3-D crime thriller based on Frank Miller's graphic novel series, laden with booze, broads and bullets.

But Rodriguez has also made comedic spaghetti Westerns, vampire flicks and four Spy Kids movies, about a young brother-sister duo of super sleuths — all from his home base in Austin, Texas.

He has been in and out of Hollywood recently, though, putting the finishing touches on Sin City 2.

Read more


Tue August 19, 2014

A Native American Story That Leaves 'Feathers Or Leather' Cliches Behind

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:55 pm

Chaske Spencer plays Virgil First Raise in the film adaptation of James Welch's Winter in the Blood.
KBD Photography Ranchwater Films

The new film Winter in the Blood is based on a landmark of literature from the American West: a novel, published to critical acclaim in 1974, about a 30-something American Indian man living in Montana. It was written by Native American author James Welch, and adapted for the screen, for the first time, by two non-Native Americans — twins Alex and Andrew Smith.

Read more