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Interview with Pitbull about Men in Black 3

International superstar Pitbull owes his break in the movie business to his raw talent, his global status and his razor-sharp lyrics. Oh, and he also owes a debt to a teenage girl.
“It’s true,” laughs the 31-year-old rap star. “The Men In Black director, Barry Sonnenfeld, asked his daughter, ‘Do you know this Pitbull guy?’ and she was like, ‘What do you mean, do I know Pitbull? Are you crazy? You’ve got to work with that guy!’”
The music sensation smiles: “Barry’s daughter was a major player in this.”

Much to the delight of Chloe Sonnenfeld, and millions of fans around the world, Pitbull delivers the signature track for the blockbuster movie MIB 3, the latest installment in the billion-dollar franchise that sees Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones (and now Josh Brolin) protecting the earth from the scum of the universe. The song is called ‘Back In Time’ and it is a beat-laden slice of hip-hop infused with soulful groove and an uplifting, slick pop melody.
“I grew up loving the Men In Black movies and Will Smith is always someone that I’ve enjoyed watching,” continues Pitbull, who was born Armando Christian Pérez. “I’ve also admired what he’s done with his career, becoming one of the world’s biggest movie stars, but also an entrepreneur on the business side in Hollywood. So to be involved in Men In Black was a win-win situation.” Continue reading

Ciaran Hinds radio interview

It’s been a good month for the very lovely Northern Irish actor Ciaran Hinds. Not only is he the star of the recent Oscar-winning short film The Shore, but he also had big roles in the horror film The Woman in Black & the fantasy action flick Ghostrider 2: Spirit of Vengeance. Catching up with him for Spin 103.8’s We Love Movies, I get to hear about the appeal of horror, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, working with Harry Potter & getting punched by Nicolas Cage… Just click here listen!



With the first part of the final Twilight instalment hitting our cinemas this month, we caught up with Robert Pattinson to see how he was feeling now that Edward Cullen will no longer be a part of his life….

Are you sad that it’s all over now?
I don’t know yet. I feel like I have been in a whirlwind for so long that I don’t really know. I feel like I have been doing it for years constantly, even though I have done other movies in between, because whenever you do and promote or talk about another movie, you’re always talking about Twilight, so it is kind of constant. But I don’t know. Maybe in a year or so. I know when the last one has come out, it will be, but I know right now I have another year of basically doing Twilight stuff.

Do you look forward to the hype all being over and you can get back to doing other things?
Yeah, but it’s always a good thing to have a bit of hype, especially nowadays. But I don’t know. I will be interested to see how people perceive me in a couple of years, because it seems as though people have been talking about the same stuff about me for about three years now, so I am wondering how long that will go on for. But I don’t really know how to predict anything.

How did you prepare for Edward and Bella becoming parents in this film? Did you draw on anything from your own childhood?
Not really. No-one really knows how to be a father when you first begin – there’s no way to prepare for it. And it’s very easy to react to holding a baby, especially when the baby is looking like a newborn and you have just delivered it – it’s very simple, as it’s just crying in your hands, so you end up being very careful with it and stuff. But it is strange when Mackenzie (Foy) starts playing Renesmee, as you suddenly have to think, “My daughter is now 11. It’s two months after she is born and she can speak.” So that was a complicated thing to play. But it’s a fantasy movie, so I guess you just go along with it. It is the ultimate fantasty, I guess, to some people, that you can avoid all the annoying parts of having a kid, if they’re already fending for themselves. It’s like having a puppy. Just leave it alone and thank you very much.

Trust me, it’s nothing like having a puppy.
That’s what I keep saying in other interviews that, “It’s just like raising a dog, it’s the same thing, you’ve just got to leave it alone and tell it to go to the toilet outside.”

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INTERVIEW: Freddie Fox, The Three Musketeers

Taking on a classic like The Three Musketeers was never going to be an easy challenge, and Paul W.S. Anderson’s film is a mixed bag. However one of the film’s triumphs is a brilliantly funny and endearing turn as King Louis by young Freddie Fox, a relative unknown who managed to upstage his co-stars – including Orlando Bloom, Matthew MacFayden & Milla Jovovich. I caught up with the lovely young actor just before the film’s Irish premiere, & he spoke to me about working with the Resident Evil director, taking on a project with such a legacy & why all good roles have an element of comedy.

You’ve had a very fast initiation into Hollywood, jumping onto our screens in St.Trinians & now you’re suddenly working on this big budget action adventure alongside the likes of Christoph Waltz. Tell me how you got started in acting.
Yeah it’s been a bit of a sudden jerk for me. it’s not everyday you fall out of drama school & find yourself working with a hero & Oscar winner, it’s been a great experience & a great privilege. But I suppose I’ve always been surrounded with theatre all my life because of my family, so I was never green to the whole drama thing. Christmas charades were always very dramatic at home! But there was always a lot of raucous laughter in my home. Though it’s not as if I was tap-dancing out of the womb or anything, I think initially I was always drawn to other things, romantic things like fishing or being a director of photography, I wanted to be behind the camera for a bit. And I don’t know, it was the last few months of drama school when I tip-toed around to the other side of the lens & that’s where I feel most at home. Continue reading

Interview With Nicolas Winding Refn, Director of Drive

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting to Nicolas Winding Refn, director of the phenomenal Drive, & apart from being a brilliant director, the man is a completely quirky character. I’m actually a bit worried he’s going to go the way of his mentor Lars Von Trier – I found his appearance on BBC hilarious merely for the presenter’s panicked reactions, but I can see him going to extremes as his profile gets higher. Hey, it’ll be entertaining anyway.

Talking to him for We Love Movies, Refn spoke to me about his telepathic relationship with Ryan Gosling, his wide range of influences and why violence is like sex…

Sue Murphy, Sarina Bellissimo & I review Drive first, but if you don’t want to hear me gushing (again,) the interview starts at 8.44.
Don’t forget to check out the other podcasts for my reviews of Red State, The Debt, Melancholia, Warrior & more! Okay, shameless plugging over, here’s the interview:

The Inbetweeners on the Couch.

Entertainment, the studio behind The Inbetweeners Movie are somewhat notorious for never having press screenings in Ireland, or doing interviews for that matter, so I was lucky to be able to catch up with the stars if the film in London for a quick chat for Spin 103.8’s We Love Movies. Though the lads weren’t exactly chipper – meeting them the day of the première, it had just hit Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison that it was all over, so the interview turned into a very star-studded therapy session. The podcast will be up soon so tune in to hear about bringing the show to the big screen, ending on a high and, eh, getting critique on their masturbation faces…

INTERVIEW: CONOR HORGAN, director of One Hundred Mornings

Is there any room for civilized behaviour when the world is coming to an end? How long would it take for you to abandon rituals, to forget pleasantries, to abuse your power, and finally to turn on your neighbour, your friend, your lover? As Irish director Conor Horgan’s post-apocalyptic drama One Hundred Mornings is released, he talks to Roe McDermott about societal breakdowns, morality and why even at the end of the world we’ll be sleeping with the wrong people.

“I’m not one of these guys who walks up and down the street with a large sign saying ‘The End is Nigh!’, honestly” laughs Irish director Conor Horgan, “but it just does seem fairly obvious really that if you look at the challenges we’re facing and the level of activity we’re putting in to meet those challenges, there’s a rather large gap, and if that gap isn’t closed then things will probably not go well.”

It’s this scary reality that Horgan explores in his feature debut One Hundred Mornings, a slow-burning post-apocalyptic drama that’s sure to get people talking. Starring Ciaran McMenamin and Alex Reid, the film focuses on two young couples living together in a cabin on the outskirts of Dublin following a societal breakdown, the details of which are never divulged. But though his film focuses mainly on the individual’s reactions to a crisis, it’s clear that Horgan has given a lot of thought to the possible – and terrifyingly palpable – causes of such a disaster. Continue reading

A Knight with Danny McBride: Danny Boy comes to Dublin

To celebrate the release of Your Highness, the new comedy from the director of Pineapple Express, star Danny McBride came to Dublin for a special screening & Q&A in Cineworld. And the affable star even joined us for a drink after the screening, proving that his character Thadeous isn’t the only one who likes a laugh & a drink.

The actor, best known for his roles in Pineapple Express, Eastbound & Down and Tropic Thunder, revealed that the idea for Your Highness had come up during a game with friend and director David Gordon Green. “David & I went to film school together & one film nerd game we used to play was that one of us would come up with a title & the other would have to guess what the movie was about. So we were on the set of All the Real Girls and he said, ‘Okay,the film is Your Highness.’ So I was like ‘Okay, Your Highness is about a prince who gets stoned and fucks dragons’… & that was it! I mean, we’ve done that a million times & never once has it actually been made into a film where I get to kiss Natalie Portman!” Continue reading


Carmel Winters, the award-winning director of the hard-hitting Irish drama Snap talks to Roe McDermott about writing about kidnap, torture and abuse; working with the late Mick Lally on one of his last ever projects; and how in the past Irish film has sensationalized and simplified tales of abuse.

After winning best film and best director at the Dublin Film Critics’ Circle awards this year and screening to great acclaim at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2011, it’s fair to say that Carmel Winters’ first foray into filmmaking has been a raging success. Having previously written plays such as B for Baby for the Abbey Theatre, and teaching creative writing in both England and Ireland, the Cork native says her long years of writing experience prepared her well for directing her self-penned film. “All the defeat along the way, all the disasters and rejection and humiliations leave you quite bomb-proof!” she laughs.

Exploring the relationship between a caustic woman, her son and her father, Snap deals with very sensitive subject matter. When teenager Stephen kidnaps a toddler and is accused of torturing him, both his mother and the audience is forced to question what his motives are, what he’s capable of and what could have drove him towards committing such a horrific crime. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: NEIL MCCORMICK, Bono’s doppelganger

Neil McCormick’s unsuccessful quest for rock and roll fame has been immortalized in the comedy rock scene film Killing Bono. He talks to Roe McDermott about the differences between the film and real life, why Bono told McCormick to kill him and how naked women and goats played a part in his job interview for Hot Press

It almost seems redundant to say that the man who spent his life in Bono’s shadow is finally enjoying his time in the spotlight, but Neil McCormick is definitely enjoying having his life immortalized in the new comedy rock scene movie Killing Bono, which is based on his memoir I Was Bono’s Doppelgänger. Chatty, gregarious and quick to laugh, the former Hot Press writer is quick to tell me that Hot Press wasn’t always the incredibly glamorous machine it is today…Okay, glamorous might be pushing it, but at least we don’t use the office as a farmyard these days.

“I was very young and very cocky and I read Hot Press because I was in a band and it was the only thing that was there. And there was an ad looking for an art assistant and I went, not knowing what to expect. And you know, before you actually work in journalism, you assume from the outside that magazines are all produced in these wonderfully sophisticated, glamorous locations. But it was just a house on Mount Street, but what really threw me was that there was a goat in the hall tethered to a stairs. First and only time I encountered that at a job interview!”

A slightly dodgy house acting as the base for cutting-edge journalists headed by an editor with “the longest, most hippiest hair I’d ever seen” with a penchant for keeping goats handy? McCormick would have been forgiven for thinking that his initiation into Hot Press would involve some kind of ritual sacrifice. But apparently a secretary was merely babysitting the goat for a friend (obviously), and all that was needed to secure a job was a certain amount of bullshi…. chutzpah. Continue reading