INTERVIEWS: People Worth Listening To

David Soren is the Genius Behind DreamWorks' 'Captain Underpants'
There was a time when Disney animation was the only game in town. A long time in fact. And while no one can deny that they are a pretty tough act to follow, it’s people like David Soren who has helped widen the competition. Soren is the director of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie for DreamWorks and while you may not know his name, you have already seen his work. Soren has worked as a story artist for the films Shrek, The Road to El Dorado and Chicken Run and has served as director for the speeding snail movie, Turbo. However, Captain Underpants is probably his most obscure movie to date and probably his best so far. I got a chance to meet Soren on the morning of the movie’s opening which is rare. The film was already getting great reviews, so he was in a great mood.

“It’s doing well on Rotten Tomatoes,” I said.

“I know. It’s such a nice surprise.”

Surprise? Well, despite the enormous popularity of the books by Dav Pilkey, DreamWorks was definitely taking a chance bringing a book about bathroom humor to life on the big screen and as Soren explained to me, Pilkey wasn’t too sure which studio would be the best fit. Read More >>>

Director of Liev Schreiber’s ‘Chuck’ Really Wanted to be an Archaeologist
Philippe Falardeau, known for directing Reese Witherspoon’s movie, The Good Lie, is French Canadian, so it might seem strange that he was chosen to direct a movie about former American boxer Chuck Wepner from New Jersey. Then again, given his love for archaeology, its a wonder he’s directing movies at all. Earlier this week I had the privilege of interviewing this humble director and chatted about his early days of filmmaking, and how he wound up in the director’s chair for the upcoming movie, Chuck coming to theaters on May 12.

First of all, a little bit about the movie. In 1975, Chuck Wepner took on world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali and lasted almost 15 rounds with the champ. According to Wepner, it was that fight that was the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky. Unfortunately, it was also the incident that helped to fuel Chuck’s false sense of fame that almost destroyed his life. He was able to find redemption before it got too late. Like myself, Falardeau wasn’t aware of Wepner’s story before reading the script that was sent to him by his agent. READ MORE>>>

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