The Beekeeper (2024), with director David Ayer
Film Stories with Simon Brew
by Simon Brew
1M ago
In a brand new special episode of Film Stories, writer/producer/director David Ayer joins Simon for a chat. It's Ayer's new film The Beekeeper that's their prime focus: an old school action film with some honey in it as well. It's a tonal shift for Ayer, and also a rare film that he's directed but not written himself. As well as talking about that, a few words too on the media ecosystem following David Ayer's Suicide Squad experiences, and he opens up about the films that he's really keen to make next. Quite surprising choices... The Beekeeper lands in UK cinemas on January 12th. Hosted on ..read more
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In conversation with Catherine Hardwicke
Film Stories with Simon Brew
by Simon Brew
3M ago
It's a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, and joining Simon for a chat about her career is writer, director and production designer Catherine Hardwicke. The pair chat first and foremost about her latest film, the indie comedy Mafia Mamma! that's now available in the UK. They talk logistics, the challenges, and the joy that is Toni Collette. The conversation also covers Hardwicke's breakthrough film, Thirteen, and the independent movie landscape. Plus, a bit of casting, a bit of Twilight, and an insight into how she goes about making her films... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/priva ..read more
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Top Gun: Maverick (2022) and Greatest Days (2023)
Film Stories with Simon Brew
by Simon Brew
3M ago
It's a pair of summer movies in this episode of Film Stories, both of which were affected by the pandemic, one of which would fare a lot better than the other. The journey to 2022's Top Gun: Maverick was over a decade long, a sequel that stopped and started more than once. Tom Cruise eventually agreed to make the film though, with filming underway in 2018: yet circumstances would mean it'd be many years before audiences could clap their eyes on it. The idea of doing a movie based around the music of Take That looked to be a strong one, and Greatest Days was all set to film in 2020. Yet when ..read more
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The Incredible Hulk (2008) and Life (2017)
Film Stories with Simon Brew
by Simon Brew
4M ago
In this episode of Film Stories, a little bit of a Marvel misfire, and a film that was pitched by the owner of the company that made it. When Marvel first for into making films, it secured over $500m via a major loan to fund its plans. It was felt that a Hulk movie, The Incredible Hulk, was needed quickly to help pay things off. That and Iron Man thus went into production at the same time - and one would go a lot, lot smoother than the other. Life meanwhile is an often-overlooked sci-fi hit from 2017. Not only is it a good film, though, but it came together very, very quickly. And for writer ..read more
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In conversation with Joe Stephenson and Scott Chambers - Doctor Jekyll, Jurassic Island (!) and indie filmmaking
Film Stories with Simon Brew
by Simon Brew
4M ago
In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is chatting to director Joe Stephenson, and actor/producer Scott Chambers. It turns into quite a chat, only temporarily interrupted by a cup of coffee. Stephenson is the director of Doctor Jekyll, in which Chambers co-stars with Eddie Izzard. He talks about trying to get a sub-£1m film moving in the UK, and how it ended up getting a posh London premiere. He chats too about films such as Chicken and McKellen: Playing The Part. Scott Chambers chats too about his acting work in the film, but also we dig into his own secret identity, as the ..read more
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Goodfellas (1990), plus Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall
Film Stories with Simon Brew
by Simon Brew
8M ago
In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, we're digging into the story of a much-loved modern classic. Two films in 1990 arrived based around the story of real-life gangster Henry Hill. Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas though is something very special: Scorsese took a rare co-writing credit on the film, although at one stage, it was being suggested that Tom Cruise and Madonna take lead roles... In the second half of the episode, we're joined by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, chatting not just Indiana Jones, but also films such as Noises Off, Jurassic Park III and Alive. --- Find S ..read more
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Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and White House Down (2013)
Film Stories with Simon Brew
by Simon Brew
8M ago
In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of films that might just have had a bit of overlap to them! Olympus Has Fallen began life many years before it got to the screen, but it had an added advantage over its rival in that it had a movie star in place - and Gerard Butler wanted to up the violence quotient a little too. Sony meanwhile was spending a lot more money on a rival project, White House Down, that started filming last, but tried to release first. Turns out it had a bit of a film story of its own to it, too. --- Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast ca ..read more
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In conversation with James L Brooks
Film Stories with Simon Brew
by Simon Brew
9M ago
Hollywood royalty joins the Film Stories podcast for this special episode, as writer, producer and director James L Brooks. The starting point for the chat is a film that Brooks has produced, the long awaited screen adaptation of Judy Blume's Are You There God, It's Me Margaret. And then they get chatting about making movies, about the 1994 box office disappointment I'll Do Anything, a brief drive by As Good As It Gets, and a few hints as to the film he's workong on next. Are You There God, It's Me Margaret is in UK cinemas now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information ..read more
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Movie Geek Live: interviews from Film Stories live shows
Film Stories with Simon Brew
by Simon Brew
11M ago
In a bonus special episode of Film Stories, here's a collection of interviews from our live shows that take place around the UK. At each show, we talk to people in and around the world of film, and get their stories. In this collection: Oscar-winner Nina Hartstone on Bohemian Rhapsody, Cats, Cyborg Cop, and recreating a certain sound that I'm certainly not writing down here. Independent filmmaker Cassiah Joski-Jethi on her writing and directing work, watching Shrek a lot, and meeting Gurinder Chadha on a train. Children's TV legend Simon Hickson on his television work, and then his move into ..read more
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In conversation with Pen Densham and John Watson: Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves, Backdraft, Rocky II, The Dangerous Lives Of The Altar Boys and more
Film Stories with Simon Brew
by Simon Brew
1y ago
In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by writers and producers Pen Densham and John Watson. Their story covers a lot of short films, working with Sylvester Stallone to reshape the ending of Rocky II, and the writing and producing 1991's Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. That involved a battle of the Robin Hoods too, and they also had Backdraft in production at the same time. The pair tell their stories in this episode, and there's just time at the end for a quick venture into The Dangerous Lives Of The Altar Boys too... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more ..read more
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