Checkout my Google+ Hangout with filmmakers Todd Theman & Trica Grashaw as we discuss the evolution of their latest project, Little Black Lie, from inception to pre-production. I had them live in-studio for a spirited and informal chat about the perils, rewards and challenges of bringing Todd's singular vision to the big screen. Todd will star in the film as well as produce and direct from his own screenplay while Tricia will serve as producer and art director for the modestly budgeted independent feature. We've embedded the YouTube live stream of our Hangout here, or you can watch on our official Google+ event page.
Todd also had this to say about the making of the film: "In addition to the style of shooting, Tricia Grashaw and I have worked for over two years on subtly highlighting the 'modern fairy-tale' aspects of the story through casting, costuming, set dressing and location scouting. This attention to detail will only enhance the underlying themes of the story. When completed, all of these elements will be woven seamlessly together to create a funny, tragic, INTENSE work of narrative Art. Little Black Lie is a story whose time has come."Here is the teaser trailer for the film:And cast & crew interviews:
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Warner Bros.' The Great Gatsby has divided critics but opened strong, with a much better than expected $51.1 million. Solid support from the female audience and fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel propelled the film to an impressive second-place debut. Under the direction of visionary director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet), this big screen 3-D adaptation of the Roaring Twenties tale of wealth, excess, greed and deception boasts the major star power of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan and a soundtrack featuring some of the hottest contemporary artists. This was a perfectly counter-programmed release in the middle ground of the release schedule between the openings of last week's Iron Man 3 and the May 17 release of Star Trek Into Darkness.Obviously with a $174.1 million North American debut last weekend, Disney's Iron Man 3 was always a lock for first place with a second weekend gross of $72.472 million. With around 215 million North American bucks in the vault heading into the weekend, the film will bank nearly $285 million by Sunday night after just 10 days in domestic release and a worldwide total pushing toward the $1 billion mark with $949 million ($284.9M Dom/$664.1M) globally to date!Dropping way down from the top two films is Paramount's Michael Bay action film Pain & Gain which earned an even $5 million in its third weekend and a total to date of $41.6 million.
Lionsgate's Tyler Perry Presents: Peeples opened in fourth place with a gross of around $4.85 million. According to the studio, the marketing campaign’s primary target for the comedy is African American female movie-goers, mothers and their daughters (in celebration of this Sunday being Mother’s Day) and fans of the film’s producer, Tyler Perry.
The top 5 is rounded out by Warner Bros.' baseball drama 42 in its fifth week with a weekend gross of $4.65 million and a impressive domestic total to date of $84.7 million. Tom Cruise's Oblivion from Universal lands in sixth with $3.864 million and $81.6 million to date.
Look for the debut of Star Trek: Into Darkness this Friday as the summer movie season continues to march boldly on.
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We know the summer movie season is all about the big-budget blockbuters that hit the multi-plex every week, but there are also filmmakers out there working on smaller projects passionately endeavoring to bring their personal vision to the big screen. One of those filmmakers is New Orleans' own David DuBos. DuBos is a screenwriter (Writer’s Guild of America East member) and award-winning filmmaker whose work has appeared on Lifetime, Starz, and A & E among others. Currently, David is in production for his feature film directing debut, Bayou Tales which is currently filming in New Orleans. I sat down with him in this, the first installment of my Beyond the Box Office series on Google Hangouts for a lively discussion about his adventures in the indie film trade, filming in Louisiana, and of course summer movies.
David’s debut film, The Roommate, starred Bill Paxton and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It was eventually bought for distribution by Hemdale and released on home video/DVD as an omnibus film called Future Shock that also featured early work from filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In).His first screenwriting credit was Leprechaun 3, part of the successful franchise from Trimark. Released on home video in 1995, it became the highest selling straight to DVD film from that year. David's documentary Rodrigue: A Man and His Dog starred Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg as the voice of Tiffany, beloved pet of world-renowned cajun artist George Rodrigue. It aired on PBS. Other credits include Playback for producer Brad Krevoy and Cradle of Lies, a Lifetime Network movie, Doubting Thomas starring AnnaSophia Robb of Bridge to Terabithia.
Check out the teaser trailer for Bayou Tales here: