A quick turn ’round the interview circuit:
In an earlier interview with Erik Davis at Cinematical, Eli Roth bashed After Dark Films’ controversial "Captivity" marketing campaign, mainly for the way it influenced his own. After Dark Films’ Courtney Solomon gets his own chance to speak up and defend the film (which is being finished up) here:
But at the end of the day, Captivity — as Roland [JoffÃ©] intended it to be in the first place — is about female empowerment. It’s a more realistic take on these types of things happening. Saw is Saw and Hostel is Hostel, but Captivity is a realistic take on something that unfortunately happens in this country an awful lot. That’s what Roland set out to do; he wanted to make a statement about something that happens and is quite terrifying in this country
You know, we haven’t seen the film either, so forgive us for being needlessly skeptical but… really? It’s about female empowerment? We hope it’s that shiny new version of empowerment being offered by "Death Proof" and "Hostel II" in which acts of horrific violence are followed by a turnaround that proves the female victims are also capable of horrific violence, but only because it’s sooo justified. Girl power!
Then again, this also doesn’t sound like much of a realistic depiction of what probably happens to the average person who goes missing, so who’s to say what’s on Mr. Solomon’s mind?
Q: What in your opinion, is the best book-to-film adaptation? â€”the jace
Adam Higginbotham has a fascinating interview with director Tony Kaye at the Telegraph in which he discusses his "American History X" fallings-out and legal battles (after struggles for control with New Line, he demanded the film be credited to "Humpty Dumpty"), Marlon Brando and more:
When I ask him if people now expect him to be mad, he thinks for a long time. ‘I don’t know, to be honest,’ he says finally. ‘I mean, I know I’m not.’
Danny aids the resurrection by mimicking his father’s deep, gruff baritone as he reels off one colourful anecdote after another. For starters, there’s the one about Jack Nicholson, who joined Huston at his home in Mexico to read the script for Prizzi’s Honor.
"Jack was walking around and reading it over and over again, and then finally went up to my father, saying, ‘John, I don’t get it. I just don’t get it.’ My father stared at him and said: [cue baritone] ‘It’s a comedy."’
+ Interview: After Dark Films’ Courtney Solomon Talks to Cinematical About ‘Captivity’ Controversy and Eli Roth’s Big … Mouth (Cinematical)
+ Chuck Palahniuk answers your questions about everything but his books (AV Club)
+ I did abominable things (Telegraph)
+ That’s one hell of a legacy, kid (Sydney Morning Herald)