Category: Interviews (Page 2 of 7)

Interview: Southland star Ben McKenzie talks ‘Batman: Year One’

Batman: Year One arrives October 18, 2011 as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Batman: Year One will also be available in a special download-for-purchase early window starting October 11 through iTunes, Xbox Live, Zune, VUDU HD Movies and Video Unlimited on the PlayStation Network & Sony Entertainment Network.

Following his initial recording session for Batman: Year One, McKenzie took some time to discuss the film, the character, Adam West and more.

What was your initial reaction to being offered the role of Batman?

BEN MCKENZIE: When I got the offer for Batman: Year One, I was very excited because I really like this particular take on Batman. It’s a darker take – a Frank Miller take – on the origin story. And I think it’s fun to play the character in a way that it is more reminiscent of his being a real vigilante. He’s a tough, tortured soul who is exacting revenge upon a criminal element that took something very important away from him. As an actor, this role gives you a little bit more backstory, so you have the chance to play him as a real person, albeit a person who is a little bit mentally unstable, perhaps, but heroic nonetheless. It’s exciting to get to play a character who is so specifically intense and unusual.


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‘All-Star Superman’ Interview with Grant Morrison

In All-Star Superman, the tenth DC Universe animated movie, the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation – which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms – revealing his secrets, confronting Lex Luthor, and attempting to ensure Earth’s safety before his own impending end.

Comics writer Grant Morrison took some time to answer a few questions last week about the film based on his award-winning comics series.


Find out what Mr. Morrison had to say, along with a clip from the movie, after the break.

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NPR Interviews Toy Story 3’s Director and Screenwriter

Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich and screenwriter Michael Arndt join NPR’s Terry Gross for a 37 minute discussion about the Toy Story trilogy, coming to DVD and Blu-ray Disc November 2.

“Ultimately, we wanted to treat this third film like the completion of a saga, as if we had been telling one grand story of the course of the three films,” Unkrich says. “So what we arrived at was that it was vital to have Andy grown up and be at that transition where the toys were no longer being needed or wanted or loved.”

Listen to the interview here.


‘Superman/Batman: Apocalypse’ Interview With Ed Asner

Seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner reprises his Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League role as Granny Goodness in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the ninth entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies coming September 28, 2010.

Asner took some time to answer a few questions following his latest recording session as Granny Goodness.

QUESTION: How does Granny Goodness compare to playing other female characters?

ED ASNER: I don’t think I have played any other female characters before (he laughs). But if I did, she’d have more balls than any of them. It’s become the fashion lately – there’s Brian Bedford in Stratford doing Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s play. What hasn’t been done enough is women playing men in as butch a manner as possible. That’s got to be even more fun. I’m talking somebody like Marjorie Main pulling it off.


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Interview with DreamWorks Animation’s Dan Satterthwaite

Dan Satterthwaite is currently working as Head of HR for DreamWorks and is responsible for developing and supporting the team behind their newest movie, How to Train Your Dragon, in theatres March 26. In an exclusive interview with MeetTheBoss TV Dan speaks about his challenges and how he overcomes them to keep a creative team motivated.

“It takes three to three and a half years to produce one of our films, and most of our artists spend anywhere from 18 months to 2 years within their particular department working on a project.” Dan continues “How do you keep them constantly inspired?”

Check out the complete interview over at MeetTheBoss TV. It’s an interesting look at a company’s inner-workings, which are usually hidden behind closed doors.


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