Forty years later, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In finds respectability as a PBS special. The show’s creator, George Schlatter, tells Bill Newcott how NBC aired the series almost as an afterthought—and how the blackout comedy show ended up helping elect a president.
Before The Beatles seized center stage for their first movie, rock bands on film were usually used to provide background music for the real actors. That all changed with the triumphant opening chord of A Hard Day’s Night, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. A new Criterion Collection set presents a restored version of A Hard Day’ Night, and audio supervisor Giles Martin (the son of George Martin, who produced nearly all of the Fab Four’s albums) tells Bill Newcott how he struck a balance between pleasing movie audiences and pleasing the Beatles themselves.
The mesmerizing new drama Calvary opens with a quietly shocking confessional scene that resonates until the film’s final frame. Star Brendan Gleeson and writer/director John Michael McDonaugh tell Bill Newcott why you don’t need a fiery car crash to get your audience’s attention.
Actor Chadwick Boseman played Jackie Robinson in 42 and a young football star in Draft Day—but he confesses to Bill Newcott that neither role prepared him for the sheer physical stamina he’d need to play James Brown in Get on Up.
With his Oscar-winning film Once, writer/director John Carney made us all want to be street singers in Dublin. Now the Irish-born director’s new film, Begin Again, works the same magic for Manhattan. Carney tells Bill Newcott why he loves filming in New York…and why Kiera Knightly is a better singer than Marlon Brando (no surprise).
Two-time Oscar nominee Richard Linklater wrote a script about a boy’s childhood—then spent 12 years filming it. He tells Bill Newcott why the idea was “insane”…and why it was also the only way to tell the story.