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Interview: RIPD Press Conference with Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges

ripd-jeff-bridges-ryan-reynolds-600x400Sometimes you die and go to heaven, but sometimes you die and try to hang out on Earth.  That’s why there’s the Rest in Peace Department.  Based on Peter M. Lenkov’s graphic novel, R.I.P.D. stars Ryan Reynolds as Nick Walker, a top Boston detective who eats a bunch of bullets while on the job.  But, after passing on, rather than meeting his maker, he comes face to face with Proctor (Mary-Louise Parker) in the Rest in Peace Department. Nick is paired up with R.I.P.D. veteran and resident wise-cracker, Roy (Jeff Bridges), and the duo is tasked with tracking down the dead who refuse to leave Earth, known as Deados, and ensuring the afterlife and actual life remain separate.

Ahead of the film’s Friday, July 19th wide release, Reynolds and Bridges sat down for a press conference to discuss the details of joining the R.I.P.D..  Hit the jump to check out what the duo had to say about Reynolds’ mischievous childhood, the physical challenges of making the film, the lessons Bridges learned from his father, Lloyd Bridges, and loads more.

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Review: Safe House

Proper pacing is a wonderful thing, especially when you’ve got a movie about a hyper intelligent rogue CIA agent wreaking havoc with some potentially devastating information. Move too slowly and you run the risk of bogging moviegoers down with details that could ultimately become too cumbersome to sort out. Then again, move too quickly and you might not leave enough time for an audience to absorb all the necessary details. No, Safe House doesn’t nestle itself near the happy medium, rather veers towards the quicker side, but leaves just enough breathing room to give the story some weight and still solidify it as a thrill ride.

Working for the CIA sounds like a pretty cool gig, right? Well, apparently before you get to the secret agent stuff, you’ve got to babysit a safe house and Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) has been stuck with that dull duty one month too many. Meanwhile, the CIA’s most notorious traitor, Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), puts an end to his decade-long hideout and is sent to Matt’s Cape Town safe house.

Matt’s shocked and honored when one of the most brilliant and illusive men in the world is put under his care, but is caught even more off guard when his facility is ambushed by men after Frost. The two narrowly escape and it’s up to Matt to get Frost to a new secure location. However, Frost may be turned, but he still retains all the ability that made him one of the CIA’s best and his manipulation tactics slowly eat away at Matt’s steadfastness.

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Interview: Safe House Director Daniel Espinosa (One-on-One)

Had I seen the Swedish action film Snabba Cash before speaking to the film’s director Daniel Espinosa, I would have known what to expect from both him and his new film; Safe House is one heck of a wild ride. It stars Ryan Reynolds as Matt Weston, a young CIA agent stuck babysitting a safe house. Matt’s desperate to get out in the field as a case agent, but the problem is, they won’t hire him until he gets some experience and there’s no experience to be had in the safe house. Well, that is until Matt gets a high-level houseguest, the CIA’s most notorious traitor, Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington). However, even then, it’s Daniel Kiefer (Robert Patrick) and his men that take over. It isn’t until a group of armed men barrel into the safe house unleashing a barrage of bullets that Matt’s “experience” really begins, as now he’s the only one left to bring Frost safely into CIA custody.

You know the clichéd phrase, “you’ve got to see it to believe it?” That’s certainly the case with Safe House. It’s one thing to kick off the production with a solid script, but a guy like Espinosa is a necessity when it comes to bringing the piece to life the right way. As a director, Espinosa doesn’t hold back in the least, casting the roles as he sees fit, designing car chase sequences even though he doesn’t drive himself and even getting into the wheel well to catch the action.

His methods are both unique and fueled by passion, and that turns Safe Houseinto a thrilling and gripping ride, one you really do have to see to believe. Give the film a go for yourself when it arrives on February 10th and, in the meantime, get a taste of what it was like to bring David Guggenheim’s script to life straight from Espinosa himself in this video interview.

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Interview: Safe House’s Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds

When you’ve got heavy hitters like Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in the same movie, you’ve got know what you’re getting yourself into.

Washington plays rogue CIA agent Tobin Frost. After staying off the radar for nearly a decade, Frost pops up in Cape Town and is brought to Matt Weston’s (Reynolds) safe house for debriefing. Having merely babysat the facility month after month, Weston’s a bit of a rookie, so having a high profile criminal like Frost in his safe house, is an unnerving experience. And that’s before the mercenaries ambush the location, killing everyone inside and making Weston, Frost’s only chance of survival.

In honor of Safe House’s February 10th release, Washington and Reynolds came to New York City for a press conference. The duo discussed the entire process from studying up for their roles to shooting their particularly gritty fight sequences as well as a disturbing and very real waterboarding scene. Read about that and much more in the interview below.

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Interview: Safe House Director Daniel Espinosa (Press Conference)

According to Ryan Reynolds, “Daniel’s a guy you want to buy stock in,” and after seeing Safe House, I’d have to agree. Safe House is director Daniel Espinosa’s fourth feature, but his very first American film.

It stars Reynolds as Matt Weston, a young CIA agent assigned to a Cape Town safe house, which basically equates to a glorified babysitting job. He reports to his post, listens to some music, throws a ball against a wall and goes home. Sounds like a relaxing day, but not for a guy who’s itching to become a CIA case agent. No experience? No case agent gig. Matt’s luck changes, for better or worse, when the infamous CIA traitor Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) walks through his door. As if it weren’t enough pressure having Frost as his houseguest, Matt’s safe house is ambushed and he becomes the only person left that can bring Frost safely into custody.

After the release of Snabba Cash (Easy Money), scripts began to roll right in for Espinosa. While he knew Safe House was the one for him, it still needed about a year’s worth of work, however, soon enough, that load wasn’t entirely on him, as Washington and Reynolds boarded the project. Not a bad leading duo for your first American feature, huh?

With the February 10th release of Safe House right around the corner, Espinosa came to New York City for a press conference and dished on the details of the entire process from locking his leads, to working in Cape Town and more. Check it all out in the interview below.

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Review: Green Lantern

You know those ride simulators in arcades or even the ones like the Spider-Man ride in universal? They’re a blast, right? Then again, remove the vehicle that bumps along with the ride and watch that video in another location and it’s probably not particularly enjoyable anymore. Well, consider Green Lantern that displaced amusement park simulator video, tacky visuals, unconvincing and only capable of holding your attention for minutes at a time.

Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is your average guy. Actually, not really; he’s a test pilot who enjoys taking big risks, flying high and showing off his ego 24/7. Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), Hal’s crush, co-worker and the daughter of Carl Ferris (Jay O. Sanders), the big bossman at Ferris Air, is always on Hal’s case, but tolerates his bad attitude. However, when Hal takes it upon himself to show off at work, wrecking his plane and defaming Ferris Air’s latest stealth models in the process, Hal gets the boot.

Meanwhile, out in space, the caged monster Parallax consumes enough fear to break out of his prison and go after the individual who put him there, Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) of the Green Lantern Corps. After suffering a fatal wound, Abin Sur crash lands on Earth with just enough time to let his Green Lantern ring pick its new owner, Hal. Before he knows it, the power of the ring whisks Hal away to the home of the Green Lantern Corps, the planet Oa. There he gets some Corps 101 and physical training, but as the group’s first human member, the youngest race in the galaxy, Hal becomes wary of the ring’s selection process. Hal’s forced to decide whether or not he’s worthy of being a Green Lantern fast because Parallax is on the way.

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Interview: Buried Director Rodrigo Cortes

Rodrigo Cortes knew exactly what he was getting into when he agreed to direct Chris Sparling’s screenplay, Buried–an impossible challenge. Well, I should say a nearlyimpossible challenge because not only did Cortes manage to turn Sparling’s one-location story into a fantastic film, but a downright compelling one at that.

Buried stars Ryan Reynolds as Paul Conroy, a truck driver hired to deliver supplies to people in need in Iraq. When his convoy is ambushed Paul is knocked unconscious, and when he comes to he finds himself buried underground in a coffin with just a cell phone and a lighter. Paul must break through the frustration and horror of his situation in order to use the few resources he has to give himself even the slightest chance of survival.

94 minutes in a box? Yes, it’s true. Buried has no flashbacks, no dream sequences and never cuts to any above ground locations; we can see what Paul Conroy can see and nothing more and that’s exactly how Cortes wanted it. So how did he pull it off? Hear all the details from Cortes himself in the video interview below.

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Interview: Buried Writer Chris Sparling

Even though Buried managed to make it to theaters, it’s still hard to believe anyone would consider making a feature film that takes place entirely in an underground coffin possible. However, not only was writer Chris Sparling up for the challenge, but he was so successful in his effort that he attracted the attention of director Rodrigo Cortes as well Ryan Reynolds.

Buried is Reynolds’ one-man show. He stars as Paul Conroy, a truck driver working in Iraq. He’s responsible for delivering supplies to helpless citizens, but his convoy is still subject to attack and sure enough they’re ambushed and during the firefight, Paul is knocked unconscious. When he finally wakes up, he’s in an even worse situation than he was before; Paul is buried in a coffin with just a Zippo lighter and a cell phone. Rightfully distraught, Paul’s only choice is to pull himself together and put his resources to use or to submit to his condition and remain in this underground nightmare.

I was fortunate enough to have some time to talk with Sparling, during which he told me all about the development of the idea, how he went about making the concept feel real and then handing his work over to Cortes and Reynolds. As an added bonus, Sparling threw in some information on his next feature film, another trapped story called ATM. Check it all out in the two videos below and be sure to catch Buried when it hits theaters locally on the 24th and then expands on October 8th.

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Review: Buried

On my way to check out Buried, I got caught in a downpour. I arrive drenched and undeniably uncomfortable, but the moment the film started, I immediately forgot about the small puddle in my shoes and the damp jeans clinging to my legs; all I could think about was how Paul Conroy’s situation was monumentally worse. You know how you remind yourself that somebody else out there has it worse, when you have to cope with less than ideal circumstances? From now, I’ll think of poor Paul.

Ryan Reynolds stars as Paul, a man who wakes up buried in a coffin. That’s all we know for the first few minutes of the film during which a pitch-black screen is consumed by desperate moans and heavy breathing. It isn’t until Paul locates a Zippo and eventually a cell phone that some light is shed on his situation.

Through desperate phone calls to useless operators, we learn Paul is employed by the company CRT as a truck driver assigned to deliver supplies to people in need in Iraq. When his convoy was ambushed, he watched his friends murdered until he was knocked unconscious. We meet Paul when he finally comes to, trapped in this underground nightmare. With every outgoing call comes more frustration and with every incoming one detailing the demands of his captor, more terror.

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Interview: Daniels and Stone on Paper Man

It isn’t easy to find somebody who can truly understand you. Everyone needs that one person with the ability to dispense appropriate advice, someone to spill secrets to, or perhaps, just someone to make you soup. So what happens when that individual is nowhere to be found and you’re desperate for comfort? In Richard Dunn’s (Jeff Daniels) case, you create an imaginary friend and, in Paper Man, that pretend pal is Captain Excellent (Ryan Reynolds).

How excellent is Captain Excellent? Excellent enough to make Daniel wish that if he had a make-believe buddy, he’d be just like him. “I wish he could be and look like Ryan Reynolds. That would be nice,” Daniels told ComingSoon.net. But there’s much more to Captain Excellent than his bold blond hair and colorful costume. Richard relies on the Captain for support, maybe even more so than on his wife Claire (Lisa Kudrow).

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