"That was the idea of the film: Can we get the audience to that point where they think, ‘Do it. Just do it,'?" Danny Boyle says about the most infamous moment in "127 Hours."
The Australian filmmaker talks about the tragic death that preceded his third "Mad Max" film.
Ron Howard says Steven Spielberg inspired a game-changing decision made on space drama "Apollo 13."
From a massive budget to Lee's formidable mad scientist, Dante shares memories from making the beloved sequel on its 30th anniversary.
The "Knives Out" director shares his memories and insights into some of the movies — and TV episodes — he’s directed over the course of his still-young career.
Oscar-winning filmmaker also shares rare behind-the-scenes stories about "The Terminator," "Titanic," "Aliens" and "Avatar" in our exclusive "Director's Reel" interview.
Many qualities bind the eclectic films of Danny Boyle: highly stylized aesthetics, great soundtracks, the introduction of future stars (Ewan McGregor, Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Dev Patel), and, perhaps above all, constant pulses of energy. Boyle had a heap of U.K. theater productions and TV movies to his credit when he attained international acclaim with the 1994 black comedy-thriller Shallow Grave. While the Hitchcockian murder tale (which Boyle admitted was “stolen from the Coen brothers'” breakout Blood Simple) put him on the map, it was the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting — about a group of heroin addicts living the high life in Edinburgh — that truly established the director’s style.
Paul Verhoeven is accustomed to pushing moviegoers out of their comfort zones. The Netherlands-born director has crafted some of Hollywood’s most provocative blockbusters, from RoboCop to Starship Troopers. Since premiering at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, Elle has received rave reviews as well as more measured reactions for its depiction of a woman who doesn’t exactly follow traditional societal norms.
It’s hard to say which is more impressive: how many great films Ron Howard has directed over the past three-plus decades, or how eclectic his filmography has been. He’s dabbled in the supernatural (Splash, Cocoon, Willow) and the historical (Far and Away, Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon). He’s directed a Best Picture-winning biopic (A Beautiful Mind) and a box office-reigning kiddie flick (How the Grinch Stole Christmas). He’s captured the American family in its everyday quirks (Parenthoood) and during extreme duress (Ransom). ...
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back reunites director Edward Zwick with the actor he describes as the “hardest-working man in show business” — Tom Cruise. Not that Zwick is a slouch in the work department either. For the past three decades, he’s balanced an extensive filmography with a prolific television career. We discussed nine of Zwick’s movies for our Yahoo Movies Director’s Reel, starting with 1986’s About Last Night and culminating in 2016’s Never Go Back, which continues the adventures of the ex-military officer.
While promoting his new Yoga Hosers, Kevin Smith came into our studios to shoot an episode of Director’s Reel — Yahoo Movies’ series where filmmakers talk us through their career highlights. But if you’re a fan of Smith you already know the man can outtalk the talkiest talkers in Talk Land, and we only slightly regret to tell you that our attempt at moving through the director’s filmography failed miserably.
How do you celebrate your 45th year as a feature filmmaker? Well, if you’re veteran Stephen Frears, the answer is obvious: Work with Meryl Streep. Florence Foster Jenkins, which opens on Aug. 12, represents the first collaboration between America’s most celebrated actress and England’s most versatile director. Since making his feature debut in 1971 with the Albert Finney crime drama, Gumshoe, Frears’s career has spanned four decades and multiple genres. ...
Talky but never boring. Cool but never pretentious. Personal but never exclusionary. Defiant but never disaffected. Funny but never too daffy. Always backed by a kick-ass soundtrack.
Spike Lee’s public persona — as an activist, as a provocateur, as a mouthpiece against injustice, and as New York’s No. 1 Knicks fan — sometimes threatens to overshadow his tremendous accomplishments as a filmmaker. Remarkably, Lee — who was awarded an honorary Oscar in November for his considerable career achievements — has never been nominated for a Best Director Academy Award, nor has ever had a Best Picture contender (he was nominated for Best Screenplay for Do the Right Thing, and for Best Documentary for 4 Little Girls). Lee has garnered his best reviews in years for his film, Chi-Raq (on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 26), a drama that remixes Aristophanes’s Lysistrata with modern-day gang warfare in Chicago.
The 68-year-old filmmaker has had a colorful filmmaking career in the past several decades, directing creatures and humans in such favorites as Gremlins (and its beloved sequel), Innerspace, The 'Burbs, Explorers, and Piranha.
Robert Rodriguez’s breakout story is the movie industry equivalent of a garage band getting signed on the strength of the lo-fi cassette recording. “I did it as a practice film,” he said of the $7,000-budgeted El Mariachi, the Mexican-set thriller he released in 1992. “I didn’t know it was ever going to be seen by people.” That “practice film,” as he calls it, made its way to festivals in Telluride, Toronto, Sundance and Berlin, putting Rodriguez firmly on the map.