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Karen Posada


2012/08/22 at 12:00am

First review of Pixar’s short "Partysaurus Rex’

First review of Pixar's short "Partysaurus Rex'

We had the opportunity to be the first to see Pixar’s short- 3D film ‘Partysaurus Rex’ which will premiere in theaters along with ‘Finding Nemo 3D’ on September 14th. What’s even better is that we got to see it at Pixar Studios in San Francisco, California where gigantic Lego statues of ‘Toy Story’ characters stood along with other statues from ‘Monsters Inc.’ and other cool things like the drape from ‘Brave’ among others and of course their trademark desk lamp and circus ball. We were taken to their own in house movie theater, where we had a short presentation by the director of the film Mark Walsh and producer Kim Adams. The constellations shone brightly in the movie theater’s ceiling before the red velvet curtain opened to reveal the screen.

‘Partysaurus Rex’ brings to life one of the most memorable characters from ‘Toy Story’, Rex (Wallace Shawn). We get to spend some time with another one of Pixar’s most famous movies and its characters: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato head, etc, but most of all Rex; who shows us another side of him where we get to meet a bunch of new, fun and wild bath time toys. Rex has always been portrayed as a nervous dinosaur, which is very cautious, but here Bonnie, his owner, takes him to her bath time where he gets to re-invent himself.

Pixar has done quite a lot of short-films; the latest one premiered with ‘Brave’ and was called ‘La Luna’ which was also made in 3D. I must highlight these are two very different short-films. ‘La Luna’ has a melancholic and soft tone to it, its characters mainly mumble and point. Pixar has a knack for being in tune with everything, and as ‘La Luna’ worked with ‘Brave’ and its theme so does ‘Partysaurus Rex’ with Nemo. This latest short-film is a rave party, that’s quite the opposite of ‘La Luna’ as it is loud, extravagant and extremely colorful.

This isn’t the first Pixar short-film on ‘Toy Story’ either, Pixar has a series of shorts called Toy Story Toons and this is actually the third episode in the series; the other shorts are: ‘Small Fry’ which was released in 2011 with ‘The Muppets’ when it was in theaters and made Buzz its main character. Another short was ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ which featured Ken and Barbie and was released in 2011 when ‘Cars 2’ hit theaters.
‘Partysaurus Rex’ left me wishing it were a full-length movie, because it was so much fun! It has upbeat music and wonderful animation accompanied by florescent colors. All of these elements are brought to an even higher level because of the 3D effects, which really takes full use of them. This short is a great way to get the audience in a water environment, ready and excited to watch ‘Finding Nemo 3D’.

Check out a preview clip:

Karen Posada


2010/10/02 at 12:00am

‘Tron: Legacy’: Exclusive First Review!

'Tron: Legacy': Exclusive First Review!

We received a 20 minute sneak peek of Disney’s Tron:Legacy practically two months before it hits theaters, the first half of the footage had been shown at Comic-Con this year but the rest was brand new; we also got an in-depth explanation on how the movie came about as well as how visual effects, gadgets, costumes, vehicles and concepts were created. This was such a big project for many reasons: not only does it follow the footsteps of a the much acclaimed film Tron from 1982 which became a cult classic that became part of our pop culture and it is is still mentioned up to this day and all the children from that time still hold it dearly for its ‘before its time’ visions”; this is the first film to use a Helmet Mounted Camera in live action which allows an actor to interact with other in a scene; it also is the first time in cinematic history in which a film features an actor playing opposite to his younger self (Jeff Bridges) thanks to the technology of Digital Domain and finally it’s 3D imaging was developed after Avatar came out meaning that it is the most advanced today.(Although the beginning when we are in the real world the film is in 2D but it switches to 3D when we enter the Grid-video game mode).

So for those that are not familiar with the first film Tron here’s a quick summary: Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is an enthusiastic software engineer who works for a company named ENCOM another programmer Ed Dillinger (David Warner) steals his work and presents it as his own and is able to get ahead this way; Kevin unsuccessfully tries to hack into the mainframe to prove Ed’s doings, but Ed has locked him out of with the Master Control Program (MCP). Ed wrongfully locks out another employee Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner – who continues with his role in Legacy) who mistakenly confesses to Ed about him working on a security program known as TRON that was created to monitor the MCP(a program that believes itself to be better than humans), the MCP manipulates Ed so that he can stop Alan’s program from monitoring it. Alan goes to Kevin(Without a promotion Kevin ends up opening a video game arcade) about the issue at the company, Kevin is able to break into ENCOM’s mainframe thanks to Lora Baines (Cindy Morgan) who developed a program that can digitalize real objects into the computer; once Kevin is digitalized he realizes that in this world the programs resemble their creators otherwise known as ‘users’ and his program is called ‘Clu’. His nemesis ‘program’ Sark (Ed) wants to eliminate Kevin and although it knows that he is a ‘user’ not a ‘program’ he forces him to play against another ‘program’ because of the battle between renouncing the belief of ‘users’ and joining the MCP instead, Kevin wins. Sark is disappointed and wants to kill him,  Kevin finally  meets Tron and when they are running away he realizes that being a ‘user’ gives him extra abilities the ‘programs’ don’t have. After an epic battle between Tron and the MCP and Sark he comes out victorious with Kevin’s help and Kevin comes back to the real world where he’s able to prove Ed’s lies thanks to his successful journey and he becomes the new CEO of ENCOM. 

So, Tron: Legacy continues with the story that had a supposed happy ending for Kevin being married with a son and had a major gaming corporation along with his best friend Alan. In this continuation it is revealed that Kevin kept on secretly teleporting himself back into the computer to the Grid from his basement lab and he disappeared completely without a trace.

Back in Digital Domain in Venice,Los Angeles they began our journey by showing us the trailer for Tron:Legacy in 3D, the 2D version of this same trailer is the one that is out to the public and shows that:  Alan who became a father figure for Sam(Garret Hedlund-Kevin’s son) pushes Sam to go to his father’s old video game arcade ‘Flynn’s’ because he got paged from his father’s old work number which has been disconnected for 20 years and he reveals that before his father disappeared he went to his house and told him “he had discovered something that would change everything: science, medicine, religion” and he goes on to reassure him that Kevin would have never walked away from that or from his son. Sam teases him telling him “Alan, you are acting like I’m going to find him sitting there working and just say ‘hey kiddo, lost track of time'”. Either way Alan gives him the keys to the arcade. At the dusty arcade behind a machine that reads ‘Encom TRON’ there’s a secret door behind it to a basement lab where Sam finds a computer that after stroking a few keys transports him into the Grid(the computer world). This is when the sci-fi action begins and we see a huge machine that looks like a polished version of a transformer and Sam seems to be in one of it’s compartments dressed in a light suit it, then quick flashes of different scenes begin to play. Such as one of someone of a lightcycle heading towards a city full of light, there’s another of Olivia Wilde’s character Quorra laying down on a couch with a light suit, followed by another one where a light disk is pointed at Sam; then an exciting scene of young Jeff Bridges as Clu, the light disk scene returns but this time is more of a synchronized battle, then there are glimpses of the siren-Gem (Beau Garrett) and Castor (Michael Sheen) followed by a futuristic car. Finally we get to a scene where Sam is walking in his light suit and in the background we hear him and his father greeting, then we get a close up of Jeff Bridges the way he looks today we go to a black screen and then a close up of the letters Tron Legacy in translucent blue in a background of lights that look like a city and moving clouds. We are left with a race scene between two light cycles a red one and a blue one, the red one crashes and disintegrates and Sam is on the blue one seeing what happens to the other one he says “whoa”.  

The 3D effects are flawless, it feels like we are in the Grid along side Sam. Everything is so crisp and clear, the colors really amplify the 3D effects. Even watching the trailer in 2D you will feel like the wind was knocked out of you and you want to understand more.  

With that said before we begin our SPOILER section let me explain that inside the Grid(the program world) ‘users’ have a light disc which stores all the data about their program selves and their essence and they can be used as a lethal weapons that when thrown will always return to them, also it can create vehicles around the ‘user’. If you don’t want to know more about the film just skip until the last two paragraphs…

So here’s a lengthy description of the six scenes we were shown which were explained by Joseph Kosinski (director), these scenes were in 2D and the surround sound hadn’t been implemented in yet.

1st scene-Sam’s apartment 
We are in a beaten down apartment where we only see a living room space with a fridge and a sofa, Alan(Bruce Boxleitner) is there with Sam(Garret Hedlund) and he begins to question him like a father would, asking him about his solitary life and if he’s taking care of himself, Sam retaliates telling him he can take care of himself that he’s grown up, while he takes off his shirt giving us his back to reveal bruises on his back, Sam explains he had a rough landing doing a triple axel(which we assume it was on a bike since he has a Ducati in his living room). Alan kind of rolls his eyes at Sam’s explanation and goes on to tell him how happy ENCOM is that he’s not involved in his father’s old business( which he obviously thinks Sam should be), he goes on to tell him that he received a page from his father’s old work number that has been disconnected for 20 years. Then Alan reveals that before his father disappeared he went to his house and told him “he had discovered something that would change everything: science, medicine, religion” and he goes on to reassure him that Kevin would have never walked away from that or from his son. Sam teases him telling him “Alan, you are acting like I’m going to find him sitting there working and just say ‘hey kiddo, lost track of time'”. Sam tells Alan he’s tired and smells as a hint that is time to leave, either way Alan gives him the keys to the arcade and leaves. Sam’s adorable boston terrier puppy gives him a worried look.

2nd scene –
The scenes cuts off to Sam on his bike arriving at ‘Flynn’s,’ Sam goes in reluctant and he finds everything covered in plastic with dust, he turns on the breakers for the machines and Journey’s “Separate Ways” begins to play while he makes his way around the place, he checks out the empty dusty office then goes to put a quarter in the ‘Tron’ machine, his quarter falls on the floor and he sees there’s tracks on the floor from the machine being moved, he goes on to move it and finds a staircase going to the basement. There he sees childhood drawings of his and pictures of him and his dad, he sits at his dad’s dusty touch screen computer and presses buttons which make a laser machine behind him turn on without him noticing and a flash of light occurs.

3rd scene –
Here he’s in a see-thru machine where some men are inspecting him and the other men that look like prisoners, some have odd appearances such as one that is missing half a face, the men conclude that Sam is not a robot because he doesn’t have a light disk. The men categorize the prisoners and decide who goes on or not, we don’t really know their criteria but it could be on whether they have a disk or no. Anyway the prisoner next to Sam is being led forcefully forward and he escapes and runs off into empty space and dies, Sam knows he’s next and he tries to struggle but then he gets sent into a chute. The chute places him in what  seems to be in a room full of light where out of the walls pop out 4 women dressed in sexy skin in white skin tight uniforms, even their hair is white, they begin to undress him and he’s confused but doesn’t struggle he just makes a joke when they cut off his clothes, he says that his clothes have zippers. They leave him in his boxers and then begin to dress him in a black skin tight uniform that has lights. They give him an identity disk and explained that everything he does gets recorded on it, he asks what he’s supposed to do as the women begin to retreat back into the walls, one stays behind to answer his question and she just says “you are supposed to survive”.

4th scene –
Dressed in his armor Sam gets lifted into a scene that looks like a futuristic version of the gladiator fights at the Coliseum in Rome, theres an entire audience(programs) watching different fights happening simultaneously in the same arena but in ‘glass’ rooms. Sam gets placed with a guy that looks like a samurai warrior, he’s astounded by him and says he thinks he has a figurine of him at home, the warrior ignores his chit-chat and removes his light disk from his back and throws it at Sam. Sam doesn’t understand what’s happening until his opponents second attempt breaks the floor underneath him and he almost falls through, Sam learns quickly and takes his own disk to execute the same technique and he successfully makes his opponent fall though a hole on the floor.

5th scene –
Sam is in a car called the Light Runner, its’ driver takes off a helmet to reveal that it is a woman named Quorra (Olivia Wilde). She explains that this powerful racing car which turns into a tough off-roader in the Outlands was created by his father and this is why is the only one that can perform outside of the Grid, but the farther it goes from it the more power it looses. They are being chased by lightcycles and Quorra is driving through sharp curves and small spaces in a rocky mountain at rapid speeds, she doesn’t seem worried at all while Sam does and he explores her with his sight. He begins to ask her questions and she just replies saying “Your questions will be answered Sam Flynn”.

6th scene- Safe House
Quorra guides Sam into a white room, where light seems to be reflected off the walls. It has a very zen look to it, Kevin(Jeff Bridges) is sitting in the far side of the room in a meditating position on a cushion. He doesn’t turn around when the two enter the room he just tells Quorra that he “dreamt of Tron last night” which seems like is not something common for him. She replies by letting him know there’s someone else there. Kevin gets up and sees his son, Kevin looks like a hippie dressed in white robes and bracelets made of lace with long grey hair and beard. Kevin is clearly surprised to see his son there, Sam’s tears begin to roll as they hug and greet each other. Sam begins to explain on how he got there, Kevin is crying and seems surprised to hear about the page Alan received. Kevin says something about them meeting later and walks away leaving Sam in Quorra’s company, he walks to a kind of balcony that has a panoramic view of the city from his rocky hide away place. Sam comments on the all white lightcycle that is in the living room and Quorra jokes saying it is vintage.

Later on a scene that they showed us repeatedly while they were going over how the E-motion Capture Technology works, was one where Castor (Michael Sheen) who owns the happening spot in the Grid called ‘Line Club'(which is in a tower that is 700 stories above ground) one of the sirens Gem (Beau Garrett) is with him, Clu(Jeff Bridges-younger self) comes to ask him for a light disk he’s accompanied by his main henchman Jarvis (James Frain). Castor is trying o bargain with him while trying to pretend to be fearless but once Clu sees his act Castor backs down and gives him what he wants, Clu hands him a drink he’s been stirring and walks away with the line “enjoy your drink”. Which obviously tells us this character, Clu, is the bad guy. The reason why this scene was shown repeatedly to us is because here we get to see the recreation of Jeff Bridges younger self, which was put together by a mold of his face which had 52 holes in it and it was used as a template for the facial marker dots tracked by four lipstick cameras attached a a helmet, a 3D version of Bridges was created by Digital Domain using pictures from when he was 30 and they put this together with the facial markers which fed Bridges facial expressions onto a computer and it came together as if he was doing his character Clu on screen. They showed us the end material then Bridges with the facial markers, then his body double, then his computerized self; pretty much the break down from the finished product.

Die hard fans might not be disappointed because this film from what we are told and got to see they really fought hard to keep to the original, such as having the Master Control Program desk and having the original writer/director of Tron Steven Lisberger be the producer of the sequel made it be true to previous film; Sean Bailey says in both films Tron is a way of life, for Kevin it is a marriage between analog(his son) and digital(his creation). In all this clips we can see how much work it was put into this sequel, Joseph Kosinski(director) who has a degree in architecture really worked every single detail to make this film about a digital world look real, from the atmosphere to the light and actors. He used people from different fields such as car designers such as Daniel Simon to create the real life vehicles not computer generations because he wanted to have CGI be reality. This is the first movie to make extensive use of self-illuminated costumes which were successfully created after long research and trial and error as we were told by Christine Bieselin Clark, the biggest challenge was making bulbs that could bend and wouldn’t break. She also created the helmets worn by the characters in the Grid, they were each designed to coordinate with the look each character had,there were no prop helmets. 

From this clips it is easy to see that Hedlund’s character seems to grow as the film progresses, he goes from being a careless boy to a man that has to fight for his life and has to bring his father back into his reality; Hedlund seems to really adapt to the script even in parts where it must have been challenging to act in front of a blue screen. There wasn’t much of Bridges on the clips but just knowing that he played two different characters and is the only actor in history to play opposite his younger self, we can say that with that challenge and continuing on from a character her played 28 years ago he contributed a lot to this project which seems to fulfill the rumors of greatness. Sheen’s character is a flamboyant bar owner with an eccentric wardrobe, he wore heels the whole time he was in character, he seems to be fun and one of the few humorous things about the film. Wilde shows off the kick-ass moves she learned and apparently was such a natural that she was advised to continue with the training, there’s not much that we got to see from this ‘program’ that has apparently a humanity it’s trying to adjust to. The Director and producers made it clear that the most important thing of this film is to keep in mind that this is a father-son story, they wanted to make it so that it is easy to identify with the characters in this digital journey. This bond between this two characters is shaky because Kevin is made to choose between his son or his technology/his work; as Sean Bailey said “it is about finding humanity in this technology.” The first film was said to be ahead of its time and they wanted to make this one with the same purpose which seems that they easily accomplished. I parted Digital Domain with the thought of what the producers said “there might be a third one depending on the public’s response; maybe 20 years from now.”

Karen Posada


2010/10/01 at 12:00am

4 questions with Garrett Hedlund from ‘Tron: Legacy’

4 questions with Garrett Hedlund from 'Tron: Legacy'

I got an EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes look at the upcoming movie from Disney’s Tron: Legacy, the sequel of the very successful movie Tron in the early 80’s. This one is said to be just as big as Avatar! In my visit to Digital Domain in Los Angeles, the star of the movie Garrett Hedlund was kind enough to give us a private interview and tell me a bit about the movie as well as his future projects. With his charisma, modesty and good looks, he’s a young Bratt Pitt in the making, and Tron: Legacy will surely be what will launch him into stardom! (SBC): How do you feel about being involved in such a big project?

Garrett Hedlund (GH): Well, before I was part of the cast I met up with Sean Bailey (producer) and Joseph Kosinski (director) they showed me the footage of the film [they had shown at Comic-Con that year] and I was driven to take this adventure. You step in[to the project] uncertain then get driven by something no-one else has seen and by seeing the blockbuster material there’s fear and nerves come up, because you know this is a big vehicle that a mass amount of people are going to see you as and formulate opinions on whether they like you or not; is a big way of throwing yourself out there. This is such a fantastic team and a hard family to pull away from [he goes on to list the whole cast and crew].

SBC: Can you tell us a little bit about your character Sam Flynn and how you prepared for it and your favorite scene in the film?

GH: Well you start with the script, this character is far from who I was, I grew up in a little farm and this kid has all the money in the world and is haunted by his father’s disappearance. It has been 20 years and he’s turned his back in ENCOM(his father’s company)and is living an individual, secluded life. When someone is very rich it’s easy to make this person dislikable, with money comes a certain attitude. [You are] trying to bring empathy to somebody that has to deal with abandonment who is driven by adventure and accomplishing crazy feats and is also technologically driven and savvy. For this character the wheels are always turning, he’s always trying to figure something out. For me I’m always happy to let be-be. The only thing I can say about my favorite scene is?the light jet, look out for it! (Laughs)

SBC: Talk to us about your upcoming projects.

GH: Earlier this year I did this film Country Strong with Gwyneth Paltrow where we play country singers and have a loving relationship and I got to work with Tim McGraw who plays her husband and Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl. I got to do 6 months of prep for guitar because I had never played before and I would go into the studio every two week to chart the progression? Along the progression you sing ”Song of the Birds” amongst others and then you acquire the songs that your character is going to sing and you start working on those [continuously]. That’s why it was great working with Jeff Bridges for this film because he had already finished Crazy Heart before Tron:Legacy and I’d be in his trailer and he’s be strumming the guitar and playing the songs he played for that and he would try to show me but I couldn’t play or sing for the life of me. So that is a very affecting film [Country Strong], very sad, that’s what I like to do. I gravitate towards the sad; I like sad songs and sad films. This morning I just arrived from the film adaptation of On the Road the Jack Kerouac novel, so we are in the process of that right now, so now I head down to Mexico City.

SBC: Right off the top of your head your top 3 movies.

GH: Wow? Being There with Peter Sellers, Five Easy Pieces from Jack Nicholson, so many great ones, well the one that i’ve seen the most in the theater: I Am Sam with Sean Penn.

He says goodbye with a huge smile and humbleness in his eyes.

Karen Posada


2010/09/15 at 12:00am

Karen Posada reviews ‘Never Let Me Go’

Karen Posada reviews 'Never Let Me Go'

Never Let  Me Go‘ is based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, the drama is followed by a sci-fi twist that can be perceived as realistic. It is developed over three different chapters narrated by Kathy (Carey Mulligan), who tells the story retrospectively, which should give you a better sense of the story but still leaves some gaps in it. The film has a nostalgic feel all throughout, the characters are seen smiling on screen briefly; the pained feeling is always floating in the atmosphere. This thriller/drama is well done, but if it wasn’t for the ambiguity of key points to the movie it could have been better.You will be left with a hollow feeling after watching it and after being hit with a very strong closing line.

The story is set in England, it revolves around Kathy and her two childhood friends Ruth (Keira Knightley) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield), who grew up in a boarding school for special children called Hailsham. The school seems to be an orphanage as the only adults are the teachers better known as ‘guardians’, here the children are taught to take care of their bodies and obey all rules without questioning them. The children’s faith is revealed pretty early in the story and that is what sets the mood for the rest of the film. The love triangle that is formed and continues to follow the children into their adulthood is meant to be a strong aspect of the movie and although it is easy to sympathize with it, their naivety and innocence which brings them together takes away from the strength of this bond.

These three children are forced into companionship by their own loneliness and fear of a world that they don’t know. When at 18 they leave the premises of Hailsham knowing the purpose for their existence they try to explore the world around them and figure out where they came from. Kathy becomes isolated by the relationship between her friends and she suffers silently until she makes the decision to change her life, even if it is still within the realm of what she is allowed in the few opportunities they are given. When they reach adulthood they try to fix mistakes made in the past and try to change the path they were given.

Knightley’s casting as a secondary character was surprising, but by the nature of the character it is understood, she gives a good performance and even makes us pity her. Mulligan’s innocence is really convincing and her sweet and obedient attitude keep the mood of the movie steady and at some points you just want to shake her to give her some confidence. Garfield is just there, but he does play one of the strongest moments of the movie remarkably. For director Mark Romanek this is definitely a step up from One hour photo.

The movie questions ethics, humanity, relationships and how much we really understand about our own lives and our purpose on earth as well as our time in it. The story line is good but it is not strong enough to be convincing. It is worth a watch specially for the hopeless romantics, but it is also worth the wait on the DVD.

Karen Posada


2010/01/28 at 12:00am

‘Edge of Darkness’ movie review

'Edge of Darkness' movie review

Edge of Darkness‘ was directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) who also directed the English mini-series from the 80’s with the same title on which the movie is based on. Not being familiar with the mini-series I thought the previews had given too much away and I could guess the outcome of it. I was wrong. There are many surprising moments and twists that have you guessing and wanting to know more. The story unfolds nicely and though at times it is hard to understand Gibson’s mumbles as well Winstone’s english accent, I enjoyed the thrilling ride.

This is the story of a Boston police investigator in the quest to find out who brutally shot his daughter and the reason why. Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is a widowed parent who has a estranged relationship with his only daughter Emma (Bojana Novakovic), he seems to love her deeply but know very little about her life. Once she’ shot he’s got nothing to loose and decides to put justice in his own hands. On his road to finding his daughter’s killer he opens up a can of worms and finds himself in the middle of a big corporation/governmental plot. In this quest he ends up getting to know his daughter more than he did when she was alive and finds that her principals were just what he taught her. A professional killer (Ray Winstone) sent to kill Craven proves to be his only ‘friend’ through his dilemma, a character that complements him well. Craven states the premise of the movie perfectly ” you had better decide whether you are hanging on the cross or banging in the nails”, this is exactly what the film makes us think of as we are introduced to new settings and characters.

The one thing that bothered me about the film were the moments where Craven hallucinates hearing and seeing his daughter as a child and an adult, there was no need to play the crazy card; his irreparable pain was enough and his misplaced anger worked to show it. Craven acting as a superhero for the later part of the film would have bother me except that knowing he’s a father that finds himself on ‘the edge of darkness’ and his only purpose is to revenge his daughter’s death lets me accept his ‘superpowers’.

Gibson’s words from our interview resonated as the movie continued, I got the connection he made to Jacobean tragedies and this film and you will too. It is a film that does make you think about how much power the government and how little we may be able to do about it. For those that know the series they might not find it as appealing as they already expect the shocking moments but it may appeal to them to see it under a new light. At some points the thought provoking plot does get in the way of the action but the moments of surprise make it worth it.

Karen Posada


2010/01/21 at 12:00am

3 questions with Mel Gibson

3 questions with Mel Gibson (SBC) got a chance to talk to the actor, screenwriter, film director and producer Mel Gibson about his new film ‘The Edge of Darkness’; opening January 29th nationwide. He excitedly gave us the back story of the movie and also spoke to us about his upcoming projects.

ShowBizCafe: So Mel, how does it feel to be back in a starring role? We haven’t seen you in one since the movie ‘Signs’ in 2002. How is this role different from the other ones we’ve seen you in?

Mel Gibson: Wow 2002, that’s 8 years? Well it’s about 8 years different (laughs). Well if you haven’t been on the board for so long you make different choices, time informs that, so it’s different. [In this movie] the character is a blue collar cop who is dealing with the loss of a child and dealing with grief; he’s on the edge of a nervous breakdown. I guess I’ve been on similar territory before but this has a nice feel to it. I liked the original TV series when it was on during the 80’s, also done by the same director who decided to add something new to it. It’s kind of a harbinger; it gives a social warning of where we might be headed.

SBC: Talking about the director Martin Campbell who is behind both projects, what can people expect in the film and was there more pressure because of its association with the series?

M.G: Well it’s essentially the same, it’s a very human story involving heighten circumstances, it was changed according to the times. The original series was on during the coal miner strike, union stuff, and civil unrest; so he found a new backdrop for the movie. It resides in the healthy paranoia we all have perhaps, on what our leaders may be up to. [The script] reminded me of Jacobean tragedies from the 17th century, this film kind of has the look and feel of them, and I’ve always been a big fan of them so this was one of the things that attracted me to it. It’s about getting even, and everyone getting their justice served, nobody gets a free ride.

SBC: Are you working on any projects right now that we can look forward to seeing soon?

M.G.: Well I have 3 projects lined up – Am writing a story to be shot down in Mexico, which will be rearing its ugly head soon. I’ve also signed to work with Shane Black on his next directing effort. [Finally] I’m writing another story with Bill Monahan and Graham King who I worked with on ‘The Edge of Darkness’, I don’t think anyone has done the Viking movie right yet, I’ve seen plenty but none that do it for me; so I’m gonna make one that does it for me and everybody else, I’m gonna put the ‘V’ back in Viking. It’s the biggest punch in the balls you’ll ever get.

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