"I went into this profession with nobody in the business and no real expectation that it would be an easy ride" - Adrien Brody
"I put 70 very good actresses on tape before I started talking to Aubrey" - Director Hal Hartley on Casting Aubrey Plaza
"In my life, there’s always been these periods, where, 'Oh my God, I’m never going to work again.' And then things come out of nowhere. Especially if you’ve already arranged to leave the business and take a trip" - Mary Louise Wilson
I always feel like I’m always a fight for everybody. Like, “Constance Zimmer? Constance Zimmer. Doesn’t she always play those bitchy women?” – Constance Zimmer Constance Zimmer stars alongside Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders and Kevin Corrigan in Results, writer/director Andrew Bujalski‘s film about two personal trainers whose lives are altered when a newly divorced and wealthy clients joins their gym. The film, which premiered at SXSW, also stars Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall and Brooklyn Decker and as Zimmer told me, “I can’t even believe I’m listed with the names that are in the movie.” Zimmer (House of Cards) ... Read more
Directed by Jay Dockendorf, Naz and Maalik tells the story of two closeted Muslim teens who have their day ruined by the FBI when their small-time scheming puts an agent on their trail. The film takes place an a single afternoon, and even though it’s set against the FBI story, the real beauty of the film is the relationship between the two main characters. A lot of the scenes have Curtiss Cook Jr (Maalik) and Kerwin Johnson Jr (Naz) just walking and talking, having seemingly random conversations and it’s just really nice to watch. Dockendorf wanted an atmosphere where the ... Read more
"Leave it at the door. Don't take it with you afterwards. It just ruins your day and it's really not meant to do that" - Jenna Ushkowitz on Auditions
"I find sometimes emotional scenes are not that difficult for me. I find a way of tricking myself to trick myself to make something happen." - Robert Duvall
Mary (Katharine Emmer) is a bored, depressed nanny who’s just been fired from her job, thanks to a terrible clown named Homer. Homer (The Walking Dead’s Josh McDermitt) is equally depressed and feels bad for what happened so he offers to help out by letting her crash at his friend’s place, where he’s house-sitting. The two strangers, realizing that they’re just treading water in both life and their careers, reluctantly try and help each other pull each one out of their emotional ruts. They’re both desperately looking for something and haven’t found that thing they think will make them happy. ... Read more
I dare you to watch Michael Showalter’s new film, 'Hello, My Name is Doris', and not completely be in love with Sally Field at the end of this charming film
Directed by Ondi Timoner, the doc follows the multi-hyphenate (comedian/actor/author/activist/rabble-rouser) into the second coming of his career, activism.
Directors Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck talk about their SXSW film, God Bless the Child and working with kids and 2 patients dogs.
I’m not the biggest fan of horror films but 'The Final Girls' totally won me over. OK, slayed me. I tried not to write that but couldn't help it.
While the South by Southwest Festival is known for its many film premieres, like many film festivals SXSW’s programming also includes industry panels. For actors, perhaps the most notable panel was one featuring casting directors describing what goes into making their decisions, from money paid to talent through the positives and negatives of discovering new talent on the Internet. The panel featured four prominent casting directors — Christian Kaplan from Fox, Joseph Middleton from Paramount, Paul Weber from Weber Casting, and Randi Hiller from Disney. Surprisingly, Middleton told an indie filmmaker in the audience who was working on a film ... Read more
The director and cast talk about their original idea for the web series, the challenges of moving from the web to a film and how Daniel Dae Kim got involved
Directed on a shoestring budget and taking a 1 1/2 to complete, the duo behind Sweaty Betty prove that with determination and will, you can do anything
After watching Tishuan Scott in writer/director Chris Eska‘s Civil War era film, The Retrieval, I’m not surprised that he won the Breakthrough Performance Award at 2013’s SXSW. The film is a story about, Will (Ashton Sanders), a 13 year-old boy and his uncle (Keston John), who are surviving by working with a white bounty hunter gang. They send the two to earn the trust of runaway slaves so they can lure them back to the South. But, when they are sent to find Nate (Scott), a fugitive freedman, things go wrong and Will and Nate find themselves on the run. ... Read more
James: "You know when a role’s yours"
Alex on his feature directing debut: "It’s a long time coming"
John on auditioning: "It’s terrible. It’s just the worst"
Patrick: "I’ve now done more movies than I’ve done theatre and that’s sort of in a weird way sad"