Ryan Fujitani for Rotten Tomatoes: I know the initial spark for The Truth came from Juliette Binoche, but what ultimately inspired you to make your first film outside of Japan?Hirokazu Koreeda: Well, in terms of your question about what finally persuaded me to make a film outside Japan and in France, I was able to meet with the French director François Ozon several times in Japan, and he was very positive and supportive and said that, There are a lot of people who like your films in France. I m sure if you make a film in France, it will be successful. I think his words really stayed with me and really helped to persuade me. Right before filming, I met with him to tell him that I was working with [Catherine] Deneuve, and he said, Everyone says that she s so difficult, but honestly, she s the kind of actress who really wants to serve the entire film. So you ll be fine. It was very persuasive and reassuring to have him talk to me that way.RT: On that note, it seems clear how Juliette Binoche became involved with the project, being that she met with you early on, and I read that you were eager to meet with Ethan Hawke for his part right after you won the Palme d Or last year for Shoplifters. But what was the process like for casting Catherine Deneuve?Koreeda: Let s see, I had the idea suddenly in 2015 on my way back from France to Japan on an Air France flight. I had written a Japanese play for an aging Japanese actress, and it suddenly occurred to me to completely rewrite it and set it in France. And I thought, Well, if Deneuve is the aging actress, Binoche is her daughter and Ethan Hawke is Binoche s husband. That s how I start my diary entry for that day. It happened in a flash on an Air France flight.And then I had, I would say, about a total of six hours of lengthy interviews with Deneuve, and then I processed all of that, what I got from her, into strengthening and developing her character in the script. But about half of those six hours was her talking about restaurants and movies.The Truth is in select theaters and available on VOD on July 3, 2020.Thumbnail image: Everett Collection, Focus Features, Cinema Service
Last week the yearly box office fell behind the past four years with a margin of 9.1% down from the record-breaking year of 2018. Well, like Jurassic World before it, never count out the nostalgia of new parents and never count out the box office when it comes to big spectacles like The Lion King. It just became the biggest July opener of all-time and this weekend’s top 10 represents one of the best July weekends in box office history.The Lion King of the Crop: 5 Million Grubbed Up(Photo by Disney)Tracking services hit it right on the nose as Lion King hauled in 5 million. That is the 9th highest opening weekend in film history and the best ever in the month of July beating the 2011 record set by the 9.1 million of the final Harry Potter chapter. Disney now owns 12 of the top 13 openings of all-time with that pesky Jurassic World stuck right in the middle of their cash buffet. None of those 12 other films grossed less than 0 million and The Lion King is not going anywhere anytime soon.Audiences appear to love it while critics are pretty split with a 55% on the Tomatometer. Even if they do have LARF (Live-Action-Reimagining-Fatigue) in a year that has already seen Dumbo (46%) and Aladdin (56%), these are the same critics who gave Jon Favreau’s CGI-enhanced remake of The Jungle Book a 94%. So it s still all in the execution. But it will be left up to moviegoers across the world to determine whether it can make the .347 billion necessary to earn a spot in the all-time top 10. After three days of domestic release and 10 globally, The Lion King has grossed 1 milli
Mark Ellis and the fam – this week it s film correspondent and expert Nikki Novak, critic Carlos Aguilar, and Pay or Wait writer Sharronda Williams – rev up their engines and drive straight into the biggest questions fans have about Fast Furious Presents: Hobbs Shaw. Can Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham s chemistry sustain a two-hour-and-sixteen-minute movie? How are new additions to the Fast universe Vanessa Kirby and Idris Elba? How s the action compare to other movies in the franchise? And WHAT ABOUT THOSE CAMEOS? As always, it s a spoiler-heavy discussion, so if you haven t seen Hobbs Shaw, better to do a sudden, screechy, slow-motion U-turn and get the hell outta here.Fast Furious Presents: Hobbs Shaw is in theaters now.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.