‘I Kill Giants’ Review: Madison Wolfe Powers Memorable And Enriching Tale

 

I Kill Giants, based on the comic book limited series from Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura, is a dark fantasy/coming-of-age drama that refuses to pull any punches, delivering a knockout story in the process. Spotlighting under the radar films is always a joy, and I Kill Giants snugly fits  into that category.

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CinemAddicts Episode 80: ‘Red Sparrow’ ‘Annihilation’ ‘Josie’ ‘I Kill Giants’

Great news with episode 80 on CinemAddicts, as Anderson Cowan is taking his movie Groupers on the road starting with a July 14 in Chicago! That bit of news is mentioned at the beginning of the show, Details on the rest of the program is below!!


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Vin Diesel Rocks “I Am Groot” Shirt At ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Premiere

Marvel's"Guardians of the Galaxy" European Premiere

The Guardians of the Galaxy press tour blitz continued last night in London, as actors Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and director James Gunn were on hand to celebrate its European premiere at the Empire Leicester Square.

Vin Diesel + Chris Pratt at Guardians of the Galaxy Europen premiere at the Empire Leicester Square (James Gillham/StingMedia.co.uk)
Vin Diesel + Chris Pratt at Guardians of the Galaxy Europen premiere at the Empire Leicester Square (James Gillham/StingMedia.co.uk)

Vin Diesel is no stranger to successful franchise flicks, thanks to his work on the Pitch Black and  Fast and Furious films. He has an inevitable hit on his hands with Guardians of the Galaxy, and this time out he explains why playing the mighty tree Groot was a therapeutic and gratifying experience.

Part of his inspiration for playing Groot came from his kids, who wanted him to play the role. Diesel may be known for his physical prowess, but Guardians of the Galaxy required him to flex his voice acting muscles. It’s a craft he developed while playing the lead voice in Brad Bird’s evocative animated feature The Iron Giant.

Click on the media bar below to hear Vin Diesel talk about the beauty of sharing his Guardians of the Galaxy experience with his children:

Directed by James Gunn (Super, Slither), Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1.

Jason Isaacs On “Rosemary’s Baby” And Its Seductive Power

 

Jason Isaacs, who starred in the excellent but short-lived NBC series Awake, returns to the network with the two part miniseries Rosemary’s Baby. Zoe Saldana plays Rosemary, the pregnant mother of a somewhat devilish child, and Suits actor Patrick J. Adams stars as Rosemary’s hubby Guy.

A huge part of Rosemary’s Baby deals with the young’s couple’s seduction into the world of Roman Castevet (Isaacs) and Margaux Castevet (Carole Bouqet), and during our brief interview Isaacs explained what specifically seduced him in taking this plum role.

The first part of the miniseries airs on NBC tonight (9 pm et/pt), with the concluding installment airing on May 15 (9 pm et/pt). Below is our interview with Isaacs, a forthright who talked about why it’s actually a great time to be working on (and watching) television:

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Whether it’s the Harry Potter films or even your work on the series Brotherhood, you bring a level of believability to each of your roles. Is there a certain approach you take to your craft?

I try not to suck, that’s the main thing. I look at the script and often there are jobs I’d like to take because they’re well written or it pays well. Or maybe it’s (located) somewhere interesting or it fits into my life plan.

Or I’ll look at the thing and say “I’m going to suck if I do this.” It’s either bad casting, it’s badly written, or I just don’t understand the character. If I don’t believe I’m the person walking in those shoes then the audience is never going to believe me. So maybe it’s just that I choose wisely.

For Rosemary’s Baby, was the Ira Levin novel important as a source? Did you take a look at Roman Polanski’s film version?

I’ve read the book and I’ve seen the film multiple times and the script was so different from that. It’s set in a different place and my character is so vastly different from the character in the Polanski film and the book that the source material was only useful in that I remembered how creepy it is and how brilliant the original premise is.

It was a combination of the script and (working with) Agnieszka Holland who I’m a huge fan of. She’s a brilliant filmmaker and a fantastic TV director. I knew she wouldn’t put up with any bulls**t. She doesn’t like sentimentality.

I liked the idea of the characters – Roman and Margaux Castevet are the ultimate in chic high society. They’re wealthy and glamorous and sexy and as someone who spends a lot of time around Hollywood I know how seductive and how tempting it is. How easy it is to dream of walking in other people’s shoes. So that always made sense to me, that Rosemary and her husband Guy would be seduced by all that.

What are the advantages of working within the mini-series format?

I think it’s a golden time for audiences, really. The old certainties have gone out the window and with such original and great material appearing both online and on pay cable, the networks are also swinging for the trees and becoming much more creative and are prepared to entertain things that they wouldn’t five years ago.

When you think of Bob Greenblatt and Jen Salke who run NBC – they’re right in the forefront of that with commissioning The Sound of Music and this two part miniseries. They’re taking big risks with the kind of TV shows that they make.

So it’s a great time to be a TV fan and it’s a great time to be a TV writer and actor. For so many years, what could happen in TV (is that) people would go “Here’s the new idea, here’s the pilot episode, now go off for 7 years and we’ll see how it goes.” You literally had no idea at all how long you’d be doing something or how good it would be.

With a miniseries, it’s written. I got to read this and go “this is a story with a beginning, middle and end.” I can enjoy the telling of it without wondering what the writers are going to come up with next week.

“Awake” lasted just one season but to me it was a creative success thanks to its ambitious scope and execution. How did you feel about the series as a whole?

That was another example of people who were running NBC being prepared to take a big time risk. With the new generation of people who are running broadcast networks now, they see the benefit in that and Bob Greenblatt running Showtime before brought that sensibility to that. I thought Awake was an insanely brilliant, reckless thing to make and all the more power to them for making it. The writing was so unusual and it engaged audiences on a level that most shows just don’t even begin to dream of. The fact that they played out the whole season was because they recognized it too. It’s maybe not the most common denominator television that gets gigantic ratings, but I loved every frame of it.

What is the key to successful collaboration?

You never know. Some people are incredibly collaborative some people are utterly dictatorial. Some people like nothing more than organically evolving a story and some people like actors to shut up and turn up. Obviously I’m not huge fan of those because I like getting involved. There is no way to predict how well the work will turn out.

There’s some weird showbiz axioms like if you’re really having a good time on set, it’ll turn out terrible. That’s such nonsense because the Harry Potter sets were the happiest places I’ve ever worked. Similarly, I’ve been in atmospheres where it feels awful, people are rude to each other, and there’s a nasty egomania on the set. But the work turns out brilliant too.

I haven’t learned anything. I’ve learned to get there. Maybe I’ve learned to hold back what I want to say for five seconds longer, but probably not.

Can you tell us about the six episode series “Dig,” which is set to shoot in Jerusalem?

It’s exciting because it’s written by Gideon Raff, the co-creator of Homeland and Tim Kring, who created Heroes. They’re two very different storytellers. (My character is) an FBI guy in Jerusalem who is trying to uncover this conspiracy to end the world. I thought it was all fantasy and then I talked to them and learned, in slow dawning horror, that most of what they are documenting is real. It makes me sleep less soundly in my bed. It’s like being a politician who’s being briefed on the real level of a terrorist threat.

Hopefully we’ll produce something worth watching and starting a conversation about. If the show what the script did to me, which is send people off to the internet to see which way the water is flowing, it’ll be great. The ideal project for me is one that is incredibly enjoyable to watch but starts conversations that last a lot longer than the credits.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer Gets Us Hooked On A Feeling

Like such super groups as The Defenders and the Squadron Supreme, the Guardians of the Galaxy has always taken a backseat to Marvel Universe’s super teams of The Avengers and the (uncanny) X-Men. Credit Marvel for hiring filmmaker James Gunn, who proved he can expertly blend tragedy, vigilantism, and kinetic action with his low budget superhero offering Super.

Guardians of the Galaxy, opening August 1, has Chris Pratt (Zero Dark Thirty) playing Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, an unpredictable (and from the looks of the trailer, extremely witty) space traveler whose discovery of a mysterious orb leads to his inevitable conflict with a world beating villain named Ronan (Lee Pace). Helping Star-Lord’s in his battle are fellow outsiders Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Baustista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).

The trailer is fantastic, and one of the many reasons why I’m pumped for the film is it’s shot by Ben Davis, a cinematographer who previously worked with director Matthew Vaughn on Layer Cake,Stardust, and Kick-Ass.

Check out the trailer, which features one of B.J. Thomas’ most popular tracks. From what I’ve seen from photos as well as this clip, I’m definitely (excuse the pun) “Hooked on a Feeling.”