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2 posts tagged "Sam Rockwell"

A Night With The Psychopaths

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The film Seven Psychopaths is certainly a unique one—a neo-western, achingly funny comedy with about as much gore as the entire Hostel franchise. Director Martin McDonagh told Style.com at the film’s Cinema Society and Hugo Boss-hosted screening in New York last night, “I wanted to explore my love of American cinema and to question our fondness for violence and to question cinematic violence.” And how did he get such a strong ensemble cast? “I knew Colin Farrell from In Bruges. Sam Rockwell and Chris Walken and I did a play a few years ago, and Woody Harrelson I knew from ten years back from the bars of Dublin,” he said at the Chelsea Cinema as cast members including Rockwell, Walken, Michael Pitt, and Abbie Cornish (pictured) made their way down the red carpet. Castmate Amanda Warren revealed of the on-set experience, “They were all so funny, you knew when you were together on set you were going to get a real ab workout.”

Although knee-slapping gore fest Seven Psychopaths is certainly a conversation piece, with the general election just a few weeks away, politics were the topic of the evening at the No.8 after-party a few blocks away, where the cast members were joined by the likes of Gerard Butler, Mariska Hargitay, and Julian Schnabel. Scarlett Johansson, arm in arm with artist Domingo Zapata, received praise for her speech at the Democratic National Convention. “Thank you so much. I was scared,” she admitted. Blythe Danner, taking a break from canvassing in Pennsylvania to support her longtime friend Christopher Walken, sported a Vote for Obama pin. “I almost like politics better than acting,” said Danner.

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A Conversation With Moon‘s Duncan Jones

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“Yeah, that’s pretty much unavoidable,” admits Duncan Jones. “But on the other hand, I don’t mind.” The subject Jones is addressing is a surprisingly un-touchy one: The director is set to release his debut feature, a sci-fi flick about a man floating alone in space, and certain Major Tom allusions seem inevitable, given that Jones’ dad is one David Bowie. But Moon, starring Sam Rockwell, stands up to the “Space Oddity” comparisons that have run amok since the film screened at Sundance earlier this year. A taut thought experiment on the vanishing separation between technology and humanity, Moonis a far cry from the whiz-bang escapism of Star Trek, a movie Jones admits he enjoyed. For that matter, the film is also a far cry from the work Jones was previously best known for, the controversial “Fashion vs. Style” ad for French Connection in the U.K. Moon is, however, perfectly in keeping for a man whose college thesis was entitled “How to Kill Your Computer Friend: An Investigation of the Mind/Body Problem and How It Relates to the Hypothetical Creation of a Thinking Machine,” and whose dad is, well, David Bowie. Here, Jones talks to Style.com about Twitter, Helium 3, and a computer named Gerty.

On the surface, Moon is a movie about a guy who, at some uncertain point in the near future, is overseeing the mining of the moon for a source of green energy. But really, the film is a meditation on self. Which part of the story came to you first?
Really, the whole idea for the film came out of my wanting to work with Sam Rockwell. I met with him about three years ago to discuss another project, which was maybe too ambitious for a first feature, and as we were chatting we began talking about the kinds of movies we both loved. There was this period of science fiction filmmaking in the late seventies and early eighties—films like Outland, Silent Running, Ridley Scott’s Alien, where these blue-collar guys would be thrown into alien environments, and you’d watch them try to maintain their humanity. Or you’d see how their humanity starts to be eroded away. That was the kind of film both Sam and I wanted to make. So, I left that meeting and immediately began thinking about Moon.

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