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Interview: Bringing Up Bobby Writer-Director-Producer Famke Janssen

It isn’t easy to write, direct and produce your first feature, even if you’ve got dozens of acting credits to your name like Famke Janssen. The desire to get behind the lens has always been there, it was just a matter of the stars aligning and in the case of “Bringing Up Bobby,” they did.

The film stars Milla Jovovich as Olive, a single mother from the Ukraine trying to raise her son, Bobby (Spencer List), in a conservative Oklahoma town. She’s got the best intentions, but her con artist ways don’t exactly set a good example for Bobby. When her charm wears off and the string of crimes catches up to her, Olive must decide what’s best for Bobby, even if it means giving up what she loves most.

Turns out, Ava Moore plus Jean Grey doesn’t equal directorial debut. Janssen had her work cut out for her and needed to take this step by step, turning a visit to Oklahoma into a script, developing a visual styling plan, recruiting her cast and much more. In honor of “Bringing Up Bobby’s” debut at the Beekman Theatre in New York City on September 28th, Janssen took a break from her “Taken 2” press run to sit down and talk about her experience behind the lens, an experience that looks as though it’ll lead to a sophomore directorial effort.

Check out everything Janssen had to say about “Bringing Up Bobby,” “Taken 2” and her upcoming Netflix show, “Hemlock Grove” in the video interview below. Would you rather skip around? Scroll down to find a time and topic breakdown of the interview just below the video player.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

Nice play, Beautiful Creatures, but your first trailer just isn’t enough to crack the top three movie promos of the week, let alone outdo some impressive runners-up – The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyFrankenweenieThe Master and Hitchcock.

The Best Stuff

1. Taken 2 Clip: The chase scene is exciting, but it’s this clip of Kim following in her father’s footsteps that proves Taken 2 could really have quite a bit to offer by building off of its predecessor. Bryan Mills is clearly still on his game and his not-so-helpless-anymore daughter is willing to do whatever it takes to return the favor and bring him home. This clip is smart, action-packed and, thanks to how well we know these characters from round one, it’s exhilarating to see them back in action.

2. Les Misérables Featurette: I’ve never seen Les Misérables, know only the barebones about the story, and am merely mildly interested in movie musicals, but boy does this featurette appeal to the curious filmmaker in me. The look of the footage alone has this wonderfully authentic and raw feel to it, which perfectly completes the honesty of having the cast sing live. If the method is this impactful in a featurette imagine the effect it’ll have on the full feature.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

OMG! A new Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 trailer! Perhaps I should push the sarcasm aside because the new trailer for the final Twilight film actually isn’t all that bad. Sure, there’s brooding and some silly looking CGI, but there could be enough action inBreaking Dawn – Part 2 to satisfy the non-obsessed. Then again, some much more impressive marketing material did enter the ring this week.


The Best Stuff

1. Taken 2 Internet Trailer: Often we can’t help but want more, though in the case of a trailer for a thriller like Taken 2, a shorter running time can up the suspense tenfold. Since getting past the film’s very first trailer, which suggests Taken 2 is merely Taken all over again, the promotional campaign has dropped hints at nuances that imply there’s still life to this story, and this particularly gripping 90-second Internet trailer confirms it.

2. Seven Psychopaths TV Trailer: Apparently this is the week of the short trailer. Seven Psychopaths got a minute-long TV trailer that successfully squeezes in all of the plot basics, takes enough time to show off its famous faces, gives you a taste of the tone of the film and suggests that the movie could be a blast in less than half the amount of time of your average theatrical trailer.

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