On the day before a charity screening of Where the Wild Things Are, writer/director Spike Jonze, star Max Records, and star (and so much more) Catherine Keener sat down with us (and Adam Fendelman of HollywoodChicago.com) to discuss their highly anticipated and already controversial adaptation of the beloved Maurice Sendak classic. The lively conversation shot around the room with Jonze starting off by asking his interviewers questions and everyone becoming involved in what felt more like a discussion than a typical Q&A session. Jonze and Records sat on the couch together and worked off each other in what resembled a father-son dynamic and Keener is simply one of the most likable interview subjects you’ll ever meet. The whole thing wrapped up in a way-too-brief twenty minutes but covered why the book is still beloved today, the struggle in getting this unusual film to the big screen, and the unusual process it took to get it there.
SPIKE JONZE: (Pretending to be the interviewer.) What were you guys thinking making this movie? What made you want to adapt this book into a screenplay?
CATHERINE KEENER: What makes you want to write about this movie?
HollywoodChicago.com: Well, we write about all movies.
KEENER: This one in particular. Is there something about this movie specifically that you want to write about?
MovieRetriever: I think it's unbelievably ambitious and I think part of my job is to support movies this ambitious.
KEENER: That's great. I agree with that.
MovieRetriever: I think it's one of the best films, maybe THE best film, about how imagination can be used for more than escape. It can be used for coping – dealing with reality as much as fantasy. People make fantasy films all the time about kids...Read More
Michael Stuhlbarg is already well-known to the theater community, building an award-winning stage resume. He has appeared in a few small film and television roles, but he has what is easily his breakthrough role this month as Larry Gopnik, the lead in A Serious Man, the new film from the Coen brothers (Joel and Ethan). After his wife asks for a “Get” (a Jewish...Read More
Oscar-winning director Michael Moore is back with Capitalism: A Love Story, a film about the economic crisis currently facing our country. With a film that could be called a bookend to the twenty-year-old Roger & Me, Moore returns issues like unions, jobs, and brings the complexity of economic theory and the bailout to the multiplex. Moore sat down with us recently for a very exclusive...Read More
Jane Campion's Bright Star is a gorgeous, beautiful romance, a story of love between the legendary John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and his muse, Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). Co-starring Kerry Fox and Paul Schneider, Bright Star is a sumptuous period piece that doesn't feel like a costume drama. It is a timeless love story brought to life by an amazing screenplay by the...Read More
Mike Judge’s Extract, starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, and J.K. Simmons finds the man who wrote and directed Office Space and Beavis & Butthead Do America back in the world of hard work and immense stupidity. Soft-spoken, smiling, and very friendly, Mike Judge is just as cool as fans of his would think he is in person and his new film...Read More
It is incredibly rare to see a debut performer on the cover of Entertainment Weekly and before his movie has even hit theaters, but it is also incredibly rare to have a film with the buzz of District 9. If you haven’t heard it, you simply haven’t been paying attention.
Debut actor Sharlto Copley stars in District 9 as Wikus van der Merwe, the unlucky employee
Very few films with no star power from first-time directors have ever been preceded by the deafening buzz that is building around District 9. After a Comic-Con screening that had audience members and critics raving, articles started popping up in the New York Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and pretty much everywhere with any kind of movie coverage. The set-up for the film is simple – aliens...Read More