Scott Speedman Finds “The Captive” With Director Atom Egoyan

 

Scott Speedman (TV’s Last Resort, Dark Blue, Barney’s Version) returns to Atom Egoyan country with the psychological thriller The Captive (the pair previously worked on the 2008 feature Adoration).

Released exclusively on DirecTV last month and opening in New York December 12, The Captive centers on a landscaper named Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) who is haunted by the disappearance of his daughter. In the eight years since her abduction, Matthew and his wife Tina (Mireille Enos) understandably cling to their child’s memory, hoping that one day they’ll find a resolution to their tragedy.

Rosario Dawson and Scott Speedman are the dogged detectives who continue to search for the girl’s kidnapper (Lost actor Kevin Durand). With the use of his trademark (yet still fresh) non-linear narrative, Egoyan weaves a compelling tale of obsession, manipulation, and ultimate redemption.

During the interviews for The Captive, I asked Scott Speedman about the innovative creative spirit that drives Atom Egoyan.

He’s just not interested in telling simple, down the line, obvious stories. It’s a very challenging thing he does and I think that’s what sets him apart. He’s very brave in his choices. 

The Captive (A24 Films)

I also asked Scott Speedman about being selective over his movie and TV roles. He gives a pretty funny answer as he talks about his career:

The Captive, which also stars Alexia Fast (Manhattan) and Bruce Greenwood (Mao’s Last Dancer, Devil’s Knot), also opens in Los Angeles December 19.

Platformer “Flyhunter Origins” Debuts on Steam With 30% Discount

 

Flyhunter Origins from developers Steel Wool Games and Ripstone publishing came out on the PS Vita yesterday in the U.S. and today it’s available to download on PC and Mac for $6.99. (through December 17, Steam is offering 30% off the title)

Players will take on the role as the alien spaceship janitor Zak, a wannabe Flyhunter who must save Earth from a slew of insects that have escaped from the vessel. Since the Flyhunters are in cryo sleep, it’s up to Zak to hunt down the cargo and be the hero he’s probably always wanted to be.

The PC screenshots as well as the trailer (not to mention the affordable price point) makes Flyhunter Origins a promising game. I’m a big platformer fan, so I definitely have high expectations for Flyhunter Origins – a review of the title should be coming within the next few days so stay tuned!!

Flyhunter Origins - Steel Wool Games & Ripstone Publishing (PC screenshot)
Flyhunter Origins – Steel Wool Games & Ripstone Publishing (PC screenshot)

 

Flyhunter Origins - Steel Wool Games & Ripstone Publishing
Flyhunter Origins – Steel Wool Games & Ripstone Publishing

 

Flyhunter Origins - Steel Wool Games & Ripstone Publishing
Flyhunter Origins – Steel Wool Games & Ripstone Publishing

 

 

 

Joaquin Phoenix On Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inclusive” Nature

Joaquin Phoenix’s most frequent collaborations have come with director James Gray (The Immigrant, Two Lovers, The Yards, We Own The Night) and Inherent Vice marks his second cinematic experience with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (their first was the 2012 drama The Master).

During the interviews for Inherent Vice, Joaquin Phoenix talked about why he loves collaborating with Paul Thomas Anderson:

“He’s really inclusive and warm and thoughtful – He’s one of those people that makes you feel you’re important and you have value – even if you don’t. He deserves all the credit.”

Phoenix also added that Anderson’s approach to a scene isn’t based on rigid story structure, but instead the auteur enjoys exploring the creative avenues that each moment of film provides. Click on the media bar below to hear Phoenix’s full answer:

Co-starring Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, and Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice opens in limited release December 12 and nationwide January 9, 2015.

Inherent Vice - (Warner Bros. Pictures, CR: Wilson Webb)
Inherent Vice – (Warner Bros. Pictures, CR: Wilson Webb)

‘The Last Five Years’ Trailer Gets Musical With Anna Kendrick

 

Anna Kendrick’s musical talents are on full display with Pitch Perfect and the upcoming Into the Woods, and with director Richard LaGravenese’s “The Last Five Years,” she’s singing a few notes about love and marriage.

Based on the Jason Robert Brown musical, The Last Five Years centers on the up and down romance between a Jewish novelist (Jeremy Jordan) and a struggling actress (Anna Kendrick). Shot in just 21 days in New York City, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, the film is told almost entirely through song.

LaGravenese, who sees The Last Five Years as this generation’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, previously directed Beautiful Creatures, P.S. I Love You and Freedom Writers. He’s also a credited screenwriter for the upcoming WWII feature Unbroken and penned the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra.

The Last Five Years hits theaters and VOD on February 13.