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Tribeca 2013 Interview: A Birder’s Guide to Everything’s Rob Meyer & Luke Matheny

Kodi-Smit-McPhee-A-Birders-Guide-to-EverythingWriter-director Rob Meyer and co-writer Luke Matheny’s “A Birder’s Guider to Everything” likely won’t incite a mainstream birding craze, but the pair does deliver a charming coming-of-age tale that’ll at least let you enjoy it vicariously through the film’s Young Birders Society.

Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alex Wolff and Michael Chen are David, Timmy, and Peter, the only members of their high school’s Young Birders Society. When David is convinced he spotted an extinct Labrador duck, the YBS vows to track it down before it flies off for good. With their classmate Ellen (Katie Chang) and her powerful camera lens in tow, the boys “borrow” Timmy’s cousin’s car and head off to a park in Connecticut in order to catch the duck in the flesh (or feathers), and become birding legends.

While celebrating the premiere of their very first feature film at the Tribeca Film Festival, Meyer and Matheny sat down to talk about the challenges of transitioning from short films, the honor and pressure of working with Sir Ben Kingsley, the infectious high spirits of their young cast, and more. Catch it all for yourself in the video interview below and hopefully we’ll see “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” back on the big screen soon as it continues its festival run.

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Tribeca 2013 Interview: A Birder’s Guide To Everything’s Alex Wolff, Katie Chang And Michael Chen

Birders-Guide-ThumbWant a good taste of what to expect from Rob Meyer’s Tribeca Film Festival entry “A Birder’s Guide to Everything?” Just check out this interview of Alex Wolff hamming it up, Michael Chen geeking out about his birding knowhow, and Katie Chang trying to keep them under control.

The film stars Kodi Smit-McPhee as David Portnoy. While he’s still feeling the effects of his mother’s passing, his father is preparing for his second wedding. David’s only outlet is his passion for birding so when he suspects he spotted an extinct Labrador duck, he and his Young Birders Society friends, Timmy and Peter (Alex Wolff and Michael Chen), take off on a road trip with Ellen and her top-notch photography gear in tow in order to intersect the duck’s migration and snap a picture before it’s gone for good.

After wrapping up a very important business call, the group dished on the audition process, their birding training, and most importantly (and amusingly), the slew of shenanigans that went on behind and in front of the camera, something that undoubtedly enhanced the on-screen group dynamic making the YBS an undeniably loveable bunch.

Check out the gang in action in the video interview below and see the film in full when it screens at Tribeca on Wednesday the 24th at 3pm or Friday the 26th at 6pm.

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Interview: ParaNorman Director Sam Fell And Writer-Director Chris Butler

It ain’t easy making a stop-motion animated feature. “ParaNorman” clocks in at 96 minutes. The best weeks of production for the “ParaNorman” team resulted in two minutes of footage. You only need to do some really simple math to figure out how big of an undertaking it is to make a stop-motion animation film and you only need to see the final product to know that in the case of “ParaNorman,” the work was well worth it.

On top of having to deal with bullies and typical pre-teen troubles, Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) also talks to the dead and the whole town knows it. Cool, right? Well, maybe if they actually believed he really was talking to the dead and not just out of his mind. When Norman’s Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) passes away, Norman’s the only one left who can talk to the dead and, therefore, is the only one capable of keeping the witch’s curse at bay.

In honor of the film’s August 17th release, director Sam Fell and writer-director Chris Butler sat down to run through the whole process from the pieces of Butler’s own childhood that influenced the story to the attention to detail that goes into creating even the tiniest prop, the use of 3D printers and more. Check it all out for yourself in the video interview below and be sure to catch “ParaNorman” in theaters this weekend.

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Review: ParaNorman

As a sucker for animated movies and horror films, hopes were high for “ParaNorman.” While the experience was primarily satisfying, those with a pension for horror suspecting this might bear a creep factor similar to “Coraline” beware; “ParaNorman” does boast downright incredible visuals, an engaging plot, charming characters and more, but it’s also quite juvenile.

Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) isn’t the most popular kid at school. It isn’t because he’s a nerd, isn’t a jock or even because he’s in a lame school club; Norman’s an outcast because he talks to the dead. While many folks pass away and make a B-line to the other side, those with unfinished business, like Norman’s grandmother (Elaine Stritch), hang around.

When Norman starts to have even stranger otherworldly visions, he comes to learn that it’s because the anniversary of the witch’s death is on the horizon. His uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) tells him that if someone doesn’t go to her grave and read from a particular book, the curse will come true. With the help of his sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick), buddy Neil (Tucker Albrizzi), Neil’s big brother Mitch (Casey Affleck), and Norman’s schoolyard nemesis Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Norman sets out to send a group of zombies back to their graves and put an end to this 300 year old curse for good.

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SDCC 2012: ParaNorman Panel Live Blog

Hello from Hall H! I’ve got my granola bars, a bottle of water, some Lifesavers and, most importantly, a seat, so we’re all set for a full day of coverage of some of the hottest TV and film properties San Diego Comic Con has to offer.

We’re kicking things off with the “ParaNorman” panel where stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Anna Kendrick are due to take the stage alongside writer-director Chris Butler, director Sam Fell and producer Travis Knight to discuss the Focus Features stop motion animated comedy thriller.

10:47 – Here we go! Dave Karger of Entertainment Weekly takes the stage and introduces a little clip showing off the RealD technology followed by a 3D presentation of the “ParaNorman” trailer.

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SDCC 2012: Perri And Melissa’s San Diego Comic Con Plans For Shockya.com!

We’re in the midst of yet another summer movie season and you know what that means; San Diego Comic Con is here to raise big screen anticipation even further, teasing fans with all the incredible action, stories and stars we’ve got to look forward to.

This time last year I was scrambling to put together a solo schedule for an event I’d never experience before, but this time around, not only am I heading to San Diego as a Comic Con veteran, but I won’t be going alone. Shockya.com will feature SDCC 2012 from both myself and Melissa Molina. Not only am I thrilled to have such a talented teammate, but we’re both very excited to bring you more coverage than ever!

What do you have to look forward to between the two of us? Here’s a brief breakdown of our plans …

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Interview: Let Me In Writer-Director Matt Reeves

It’s quite obvious that movies are being remade all the time and most of them turn out to be mere mad dashes for cash minus creativity. Now, not only is Matt Reeves up against the popular notion that most remakes are uncreative cop outs, but he’s working with material that just appeared on the big screen less than three years ago and, to top it all off, Let the Right One In is a downright fantastic film. However, when the opportunity to adapt John Lindqvist’s book yet again fell into his lap, Reeve’s attraction to the novel and the first film led him to forge ahead with his own version, Let Me In.

Reeve’s film sticks with the boy-meets-vampire story, but replaces the book and Let the Right One In’s Eli and Oskar with Abby and Owen (Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee). Owen’s a 12-year-old living with his mother in New Mexico in 1983. He’s quite small for his age and is constantly getting picked on by a group of bullies at school. His favorite time is the time he spends alone in his apartment complex courtyard in the blistering cold, but that’s only until Abby moves in. Their relationship develops much like any other pre-teens exploring their feelings for one another, but Owen soon comes to realize that Abby isn’t really a girl at all, she’s a vampire.

In honor of the film’s opening day, Reeves took the time to chat about his experience making the movie. Clearly today was a very busy day for the filmmaker, so we were a little short on time. I was only able to squeeze in two questions, but that’s really only because Reeves was packed with information on the project’s origin as well as his experience bringing Moretz and Smit-McPhee aboard. Check out the video interview below and be sure to catch Let Me In, which hits theaters today.

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