Meet the Filmmaker
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Join filmmaker Alex Karpovsky ("The Hole Story") as he discusses his two latest films. "Rubberneck" is a slow- burning, character-driven thriller about a scientist who, after a weekend tryst with a coworker, develops unreciprocated desires that go awry. "Red Flag" reveals Karpovsky’s stellar comic chops in a close-to-the-bone comedy in which he plays an indie filmmaker who takes to the road with an old pal for a misbegotten adventure after being dumped.
Join Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Life as We Know it), Julianne Hough (Footloose, Rock of Ages) and author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Dear John) as they discuss their latest film, Safe Haven. A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.
Join Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lasse Hallström as he discusses "Safe Haven," the romantic thriller based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks. When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots and gets the courage to start a relationship. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she’s forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love.
Join us for a moderated discussion with cast members of the new NBC show, "Deception." In this suspenseful drama, Vivian Bowers, heir to the Bowers’ pharmaceutical empire, has been tabloid fodder for years. She’s wild, pretty, privileged—and now dead of an overdose at 32. No one is surprised, but for FBI agent Will Moreno (Alonzo), things don’t add up. He has a clever plan to get to the truth: her name is detective Joanna Locasto (Good), Vivian’s former best friend. It doesn’t take long before she begins to uncover dark secrets and clues about why Vivian’s life was very much in danger.
Join Academy Award nominated writer and director Dan Mazer (Borat, Brüno), Simon Baker (The Mentalist, The Devil Wears Prada) and Rafe Spall (The Life of Pi, Prometheus) as they discuss their new film, I Give it a Year. Starting where other romantic comedies finish, I Give it a Year follows the trials and tribulations of a pair of newlyweds, Josh (Spall) and Nat (Rose Byrne), during their turbulent first year as a married couple.
Join Oscar-winning filmmaker Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) as he discusses his Oscar-nominated film Les Misérables. Set in 19th-century France, the film tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption. Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for Cosette (Amanda Seyfried)—the young daughter of factory worker Fantine (Anne Hathaway)—their lives are changed forever.
Join Allen Hughes as he discusses his new crime thriller, "Broken City," starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film is the first Hughes has directed without his brother, Albert, and will be released January 18—exactly 20 years after the release of his critically acclaimed feature, "Menace II Society."
Join filmmaker Tom O’Brien as he discusses his new film, "Fairhaven." In the movie, Jon (O’Brien) is coping with life as a single man, trying to make it as a writer in his small hometown of Fairhaven, Massachusetts. When Jon’s oldest friend Dave (Chris Messina) arrives home for his estranged father’s funeral, Jon, Dave, and their divorced friend Sam (Rich Sommer) reacquaint themselves, pushing the limits of their friendship and uncovering secrets from the past.
Join filmmaker Roman Coppola and actor Jason Schwartzman as they discuss their film "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," a playful comedy of lost love, friendship, and revenge fantasies. Charles (Charlie Sheen) is a successful graphic designer with a seemingly perfect life. But when his true love Ivana ends their relationship, he falls apart and his loyal intimates—Kirby (Schwartzman), Saul (Bill Murray), and his sister (Patricia Arquette)—help him come to terms with a life without Ivana.
Join actor/musician Common, filmmaker Sheldon Candis, and newcomer Michael Rainey Jr. as they discuss their poignant and gritty coming-of-age story, "LUV." The film follows 11-year-old Woody Watson (Rainy Jr.) as he gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with his recently paroled uncle Vincent (Common). When Vincent finds himself pulled back into the violent world he’s trying to escape, Woody has to decide whether to follow his hero or become his own man.
Join director/writer/producer David Chase (The Sopranos) and actor John Magaro as they discuss their new film "Not Fade Away." It’s 1964. The Rolling Stones appear on TV, and three best friends from the New Jersey suburbs decide to form a rock band.
Join Bow Wow (host of "BET’s 106 and Park") and cast as they discuss their new film "Allegiance." After being granted a questionable transfer that will keep him stateside as his National Guard unit deploys for Iraq, Lieutenant Danny Sefton (Seth Gabel) becomes embroiled in a last-minute AWOL attempt by one of his soldiers (Bow Wow), forcing him to choose between his loyalties to the fleeing soldier, his unit, and his fiancée.
Join Oscar-winning director Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") as he discusses "Life of Pi," his groundbreaking movie event about a 16-year-old boy who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor—a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Join Ian McKellen (X-Men, The Lord of the Rings), Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), Richard Armitage (Captain America, Spooks) and Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Lord of the Rings) as they discuss their new film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Based on the J.R.R Tolkien classic, about a curious Hobbit called Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) who sets off on an adventure with a group of Dwarves to reclaim a stolen treasure.
Join Academy award winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and newcomer Suraj Sharma as they discuss their latest film, Life of Pi. Based on Yann Martel's best-selling book, Life of Pi is an epic adventure that follows the story of a young man’s incredible survival at sea against almost impossible odds.