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MACDONALD, KELLY : Stella Does Tricks MACDONALD, KELLY : Stella Does Tricks
At just 22, Glasgow native Kelly MacDonald is already making herself a name, and is currently filming alongside Australia's Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush in Elizabeth I. Yet, as she concedes to PAUL FISCHER, acting was never a realistic aspiration in working-class Glasgow.
MACLEAN, ALISON: JESUS' SON MACLEAN, ALISON: JESUS' SON
Director Alison Maclean tells Andrew L. Urban that her film, Jesus’ Son, is like a tall tale told too many times, memories fudging what really happened … compounded by drugs.
MACY, WILLIAM H. MACY, WILLIAM H.
From E.R. to Fargo, William Macy is a Hollywood character actor with leading man status, always providing audiences with complex characterisations. None more so than the tragic porn director he plays so deftly in the critically acclaimed Boogie Nights or ER. For this exclusive interview, PAUL FISCHER spoke to him in Los Angeles.
MACY, WILLIAM H.: Pleasantville MACY, WILLIAM H.: Pleasantville
PAUL FISCHER has lunch with William H. Macy at a trendy Beverly Hills eatery – and has time to actually eat while Macy tells him how he managed to cry all day for a scene in Pleasantville.
  MADDEN, JOHN - THE DEBT
With his latest movie, The Debt, director John Madden (Shakespeare In Love) takes on a different type of source material – that of the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov, directed and co-written by Assaf Bernstein. On the film’s Australian DVD release, we publish Madden’s take on the film, its subject matter and its stars.
  MADRID, LARRY – CHARLOTTE'S WEB
From handling large exotic cats to 40 farmyard pigs – like he did on Charlotte’s Web - animal trainer (‘not tamer’) Larry Madrid’s agenda is the same: he wants to be able to relate to the animal he is working with, he tells Louise Keller from the big barnyard - Los Angeles.
  MAGIDSON, MARK – BARAKA (2009 DVD re-issue)
After spending three years of his life making it, producer/editor Mark Magidson still finds Baraka a satisfying movie experience. When the film came out – and ever since – it has made an impact on everyone who sees it. Now it’s being reissued on Blu-ray and in a 2-disc DVD at the highest definition ever attempted for a film. But it’s about the inner experience, not about the technology, Magidson tells Andrew L. Urban.
  MAÏWENN – POLISSE
Incongruous or not, a boardroom meeting with actress and filmmaker Maïwenn reveals how she was ‘possessed’ by the subject matter of Polisse, and how she dealt with it.
MALKOVICH, JOHN: Being John Malkovich MALKOVICH, JOHN: Being John Malkovich
John Malkovich talks about Being John Malkovich and JIMMY THOMSON, being Jimmy Thomson, gets Malkovich to be Malkovich.
MAMMONE, ROBERT : THE PACT MAMMONE, ROBERT : THE PACT
Australian actor Robert Mammone is about to make a pact with agents in Los Angeles, as his work in The Great Raid and Matrix 2 & 3 move closer to release; it’s a critical time for the actor, as Andrew L. Urban discovers, as his latest film, The Pact premieres in Sydney.
  MAMMONE, ROBERT – THE CATERPILLAR WISH (DVD)
Working internationally without leaving Australia has suited Robert Mammone, being able to balance his family life with his work, he tells Andrew L. Urban – but that may soon change, as he jets off to Hollywood for meetings with powerful players, just as his latest film The Caterpillar Wish - an Australian production - is released on DVD.
MANHEIN, CAMRYN: HAPPINESS MANHEIN, CAMRYN: HAPPINESS
In this exclusive Australian interview, Camryn Manheim in Los Angeles talks with typical candour to PAUL FISCHER, explaining how she is no longer just the token fat woman.
  MARSH, JAMES – THE KING
The King is not a safe film with easily digestible morals and a righteous ending, and it has divided festival audiences and critics in Cannes and London, as co-writer and director James Marsh tells Andrew L. Urban on the eve of its Australian release. But it does star Gael Garcia Bernal in one of his first English language roles, as the confounding Elvis.
  MARSHALL, FRANK – EIGHT BELOW
Paul Walker was not the first actor that came to mind when Frank Marshall was preparing to shoot Eight Below, but Walker’s manager made sure that he was the last, Frank Marshall on his Sydney visit explains to Andrew L. Urban.

MARSHALL, PAULA: That Old Feeling MARSHALL, PAULA: That Old Feeling

Paula Marshall is playing straight man to Bette Midler and Dennis Farina in That Old Feeling. But her real ambition is for TV, not movie stardom, as she confides to PAUL FISCHER.

MARTIN, STEVE: Bowfinger MARTIN, STEVE: Bowfinger
lthough it aims a couple of insider barbs at the industry, Bowfinger is a film that just wants to have fun, its creator, Steve Martin, tells our European correspondent, JORN ROSSING JENSEN, at the Deauville Film Festival in France in late 1999. Plus, he reveals how he almost starred in Eyes Wide Shut . . .
  MARY AND MAX – ADAM ELLIOT & MELANIE COOMBS
Making the feature length claymation drama, Mary and Max, was, to writer/director Adam Elliot, “like making love and being stabbed to death at the same time,” he explains to Andrew L. Urban. Producer Melanie Coombs likens it more to “running a marathon with two screaming, vomiting children ...” which doesn’t sound as quick. HEAR Andrew's interview (14 mins).
MASON, ANDREW: THE MATRIX MASON, ANDREW: THE MATRIX
Australian producer Andrew Mason is the man responsible for getting The Matrix shot in Australia, and on his return from the film’s Hollywood premiere last week, he talks to ANDREW L. URBAN about how it went, and how the extraordinary fight scenes between Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving were made possible.
MATTINSON, BURNY - SLEEPING BEAUTY MATTINSON, BURNY – SLEEPING BEAUTY
To mark the 50th anniversary Platinum Edition release of Walt Disney’s classic, Sleeping Beauty, Burny Mattinson – one of the few remaining artists to have worked with Walt himself - participated in a global round table via the internet, talking specifically about the creation of Maleficent, the villain of the film, famously and brilliantly voiced by Eleanor Audley. This is a transcript of that virtual round table interview.
  MAXWELL, RONALD F: GODS AND GENERALS
In Gods and Generals, the epic prequel to the epic Gettysburg, its writer, producer and director Ronald F. Maxwell, deals not only with the American Civil War and two of its great battles, but with the profound effect the war had on the lives of those who weren’t at the front. He also got media mogul Ted Turner to play a part. Andrew L. Urban reports.
MCCALLUM RICK: TALKING STAR WARS MCCALLUM RICK: TALKING STAR WARS
With just three weeks to go before shooting wraps at Fox Studios in Sydney on Star Wars Episode 2, producer Rick McCallum agreed to a unique live interview with Andrew L. Urban, in association Popcorn Taxi, in front of many Australian filmmakers and the general public.
McCALLUM, RICK: STAR WARS EP1 McCALLUM, RICK: STAR WARS EP1
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is released on VHS globally on April 5, even as Ep 2 is in pre-production; and so is the DVD, as producer Rick McCallum tells AndrewL. Urban.
  MCCARTHY, CLAIRE - THE WAITING CITY
Her experiences in a Calcutta mission played a key role in formulating the story of a young Australian adopting couple, Claire McCarthy tells Andrew L. Urban.
  MCCARTHY, TOM – THE VISITOR
Actor Tom McCarthy made his highly acclaimed directing debut with The Station Agent; his second feature is also getting attention as he explores the forces of compassion in modern New York through a story of illegal migrants and a widowed, burnt out professor. McCarthy reveals some of his motives and processes in this Q & A
  MCCARTHY, TOM – WIN WIN
Good people sometimes make bad decisions, director Tom McCarthy tells Andrew L. Urban early one Sydney morning.
McCLORY, BELINDA: Redball McCLORY, BELINDA: Redball
He saw her on the tv, cast her to star in his movie – and now he’s married her. Belinda McClory tells how the writer/director of Redball, John Hewitt, found her. ANDREW L. URBAN reports.
MCCONAUGHEY, MATTHEW: WEDDING PLANNER MCCONAUGHEY, MATTHEW: WEDDING PLANNER
A leading man in search of a leading lady, Matthew McConaughey tells Jenny Cooney Carrillo he learnt about love from his parents, who married each other twice, so he knows it isn’t easy.
McCORMACK, MARY : MARY'S UNREAD SCRIPT McCORMACK, MARY : MARY'S UNREAD SCRIPT

Mary McCormack, in New York for a play, spoke to PAUL FISCHER about her screen role opposite the unpredictable and controversial Howard Stern (pictured) in the surprise hit comedy Private Parts, based on Stern's autobiography.

McCREDIE, ELISE: Strange Fits of Passion McCREDIE, ELISE: Strange Fits of Passion
Strange Fits of Passion is an excruciating look at the experience of a girl just wanting to have her first sex, writer/director Elise McCredie tells Andrew L. Urban.
  MCELROY, JIM – CHASING THE CROWD WITH ZEBRAS
Crowdfunding is moving into the mainstream, with Australian producer Jim McElroy seeking almost $1 million from the general public to help finance his next feature film, the $10 million drama, Zebras, written by David Williamson, to be directed by Bruce Beresford, starring Luke Hemsworth and Bruce Greenwood. Andrew L. Urban reports talked to Jim on SKYPE the day Kick Starter launched the Zebras campaign.
McGREGOR,  EWAN: A Life Less Ordinary McGREGOR, EWAN: A Life Less Ordinary
Speaking exclusively to Paul Fischer in New York, Ewan McGregor admitS to finding it easy to play lover to Cameron Diaz in A Life Less Ordinary.
MCGREGOR, EWAN: STAR WARS, PHANTOM MENACE MCGREGOR, EWAN: STAR WARS, PHANTOM MENACE
Speaking to Paul Fischer, Ewan McGregor, who stars as Obi Wan Kenobi,admits to the ups and downs of playing with his own light sabre in the prelude to Star Wars, to extinguishing the glamour of a heroine addict in Trainspotting - as well as his own attitudes towards Hollywood.
  McINNES, WILLIAM – UNFINISHED SKY
Taking his acting cue from the dog on the set of his latest film, Unfinished Sky, William McInnes likes the minimalist approach, he tells Andrew L. Urban.
McKEE, ROBERT McKEE, ROBERT
Robert McKee, in Australia with his internationally respected Story Seminar for screenwriters, tells Andrew L. Urban how Brian Cox ‘nailed him’ when playing McKee in the movie, Adaptation – and why Cox was cast.
McKENZIE, JACQUI: Deep Blue Sea McKENZIE, JACQUI: Deep Blue Sea
Big budget or small budget, the bottom line, Deep Blue Sea star Jacqui McKenzie tells ANDREW L. URBAN, is 'the camera and you'; then there is pavlova.
  McLACHLAN, DEE & SASKIA BURMEISTER – THE JAMMED
Writer/director Dee McLachlan and one of the film’s stars, Saskia Burmeister talk to Andrew L. Urban about The Jammed – an exposé of Australia’s sex trafficking – which McLachlan calls the new slave trade - and its sinister underworld, which the authorities do little to control and even less to help the victims.
  MCLEAN, GREG - WOLF CREEK
In what is perhaps the most audacious piece of ‘counter programming’ the Weinstein Co is releasing the Australian horror film, Wolf Creek, on Christmas Day in America, while in Australia, the film has already taken over $5 million in less than two months. The film has stirred controversy with its graphic violence and an ending in which the bad guy doesn’t get punished. In this interview with Ryan Turek, writer director Greg McLean discusses the real crimes that fed his imagination – and why he “let evil get away”.
  MCLEAN, GREG – ROGUE
With his debut film, Wolf Creek, Greg Mclean made it clear he was a feisty filmmaker, so when he took out the script for the crocodile thriller, Rogue, from his bottom drawer, the Weinsteins snapped it up – totally on Mclean’s terms, which included final cut, he tells Andrew L. Urban.
MCLEAN, GREG - WOLF CREEK 2 MCLEAN, GREG – WOLF CREEK 2
It takes time to credibly recreate evil (and not repeat yourself), Greg McLean tells Andrew L. Urban, after completing Wolf Creek 2 some nine years after the original film was released.
  MCQUARRIE, CHRISTOPHER – JACK REACHER
Ironically enough, the one actress director Christopher McQuarrie didn’t meet in person during hectic fast-casting sessions in Los Angeles for the role of Helen opposite Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher called in via Skype: Rosamund Pike, McQuarrie tells Andrew L. Urban.
MEAT LOAF MEAT LOAF
That big guy Meat Loaf - the singer who is really an actor - sobs for a day on the set, he admits to JIMMY THOMSON at the Venice Film Festival, and defends the violence in Fight Club.
MEHTA, DEEPA: Earth MEHTA, DEEPA: Earth
Nothing average about filmmaker Deepa Mehta, says ANDREW L. URBAN, when he meets her for tea – and a gentle conversation (peppered with pain) about India’s hideous Holocaust of 1947, the subject of her latest film, Earth.
  MELNYK, DEBBIE – MANUFACTURING DISSENT
The tongue in cheek tagline for the documentary, Manufacturing Dissent, is “It's never been so hard to get Michael Moore in front of a camera.” It sums up with a wry smile the experience of filmmakers Debbie Melnyk and her partner Rick Caine when they tried to make a film profiling their then hero. And while Melnyk is still adamant that Moore has done a lot to popularise documentaries and elevate issues for debate, she strongly disapproves of Moore’s methods, she tells Andrew L. Urban, and wonders how can he be believed.
MENDES, SAM: American Beauty MENDES, SAM: American Beauty
In American Beauty, a brilliant debut feature from Sam Mendes, every character is morally dubious on some level - they all make mistakes, and there is no goodie and no baddie, he says; on his Sydney visit, Mendes had coffee with ANDREW L. URBAN (who also had an almond bickie).
MENZIES JNR, PETER: LARA CROFT & DOWN AND UNDER MENZIES JNR, PETER: LARA CROFT & DOWN AND UNDER
Andrew L. Urban meets Australian cinematographer, Peter Menzies jnr, and asks why Lara Croft’s nipples don’t show, why Angelina Jolie did her own stunts and what sort of chap is producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who is producing the film Peter is shooting in Australia, Down And Under.
  MILLER, GEORGE & WILLIAMS, ROBIN – HAPPY FEET TWO
Music plays a huge role in Happy Feet Two, and was integral to the development of the screenplay, as George Miller explains. But making the film was ‘crazy fun’ for Robin Williams. Andrew L. Urban talks to the director and the star.
  MILLER, GEORGE - HAPPY FEET
Happy Feet took four years, 23 million decisions and US$100 million to make, and it seems the effort was worth it, as a relieved George Miller tells Andrew L. Urban. It also seems likely that Feet will have legs … and endure.
  MILLIKEN, SUE: SELECTIVE MEMORY – A LIFE IN FILM
Film producer and industry icon Sue Milliken has now produced a book from which some enterprising filmmaker may one day make a biopic – it is full of movie stars and studio execs, it has international deals, the glamour of Cannes and the story of a young woman gaining maturity in parallel to the Australian film industry maturing. Andrew L. Urban talks to Milliken – one more time.
MINGHELLA, ANTHONY - THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY MINGHELLA, ANTHONY - THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY
THE MODEST MR MINGHELLA When you see a movie that you've written and directed, mostly it's a humiliating experience, Anthony Minghella, director of The Talented Mr Ripley, confesses to ANDREW L. URBAN.
MINGHELLA, ANTHONY: MINGHELLA, ANTHONY:

He chose Australian cinematographer John Seale to shoot The English Patient (nominated for Best Film, 1997 Oscars), and it was the right choice: he also tells us what he has in common with producer Saul Zaentz and writer Michael Ondaatje.
MIR, ANTHONY: YOU CAN'T STOP THE MURDERS MIR, ANTHONY: YOU CAN'T STOP THE MURDERS
Three stand up comics have written and starred in a weird comedy about murders that are linked to the Village People. One of them, Anthony Mir, also directed the film, and is ready to do it again, he tells Andrew L. Urban, drawing on the natural vulnerabilities of Australians.
MITCHELL, RADHA: PITCH BLACK MITCHELL, RADHA: PITCH BLACK
The versatile Radha Mitchell, co-starring in David Twohy's Pitch Black, shows she can stretch - from New York lesbian to space travelling action heroine. But, she tells Andrew L. Urban, "I don't do crap films." And Twohy tells what irked him working with Australians.
  MOLINA, ALFRED - THE PRINCE OF PERSIA
Ostriches seem to be really dumb and have only one instinct, which is to flee, says Alfred Molina, the man who plays an ostrich owner in Prince of Persia.
MOLINARO, EDOUARD: Beaumarchais MOLINARO, EDOUARD: Beaumarchais

French director Edouard Molinaro (pictured at left) may indeed have scored an Oscar nomination for his famous hit, La Cage Aux Folles, but as the veteran director admits to PAUL FISCHER, it's his least favourite movie.

MOLL JAMES: THE LAST DAYS MOLL JAMES: THE LAST DAYS
In ‘The Last Days’ of the war, the speed and brutality with which the Nazis went about collecting, transporting and exterminating the Jews from Hungary was unparalleled. Five survivors tell their stories to filmmaker James Moll, who tells ANDREW L. URBAN why the film is so tragically timely.
  MOLL, DOMINIK – LEMMING
German born French filmmaker Dominik Moll likes to make us feel uneasy, and his latest film, Lemming, manages to straddle the genres of psychological thriller and supernatural drama, to keep us a little bit ‘disturbed’ as he tells Andrew L. Urban.
MOLL, DOMINIK: HARRY, HE IS HERE TO HELP MOLL, DOMINIK: HARRY, HE IS HERE TO HELP
It's very easy to shock on the screen, says Dominik Moll, director of the French thriller, Harry, He is Here to Help; he gets much more fun out of creating tension by suggestion, he explains in this Q&A.
MOLLOY, MICK: CRACKERJACK MOLLOY, MICK: CRACKERJACK
Crackerjack may be the first Australian lawn bowling comedy, but it’s themes are universal, its co-writer and star Mick Molloy tells Andrew L. Urban.
  MONAHAN, CRAIG – PEACHES
Craig Monahan credits his star, Hugo Weaving, for helping to make his latest film, Peaches, work on many levels, he tells Andrew L. Urban.
MONAHAN, CRAIG: THE INTERVIEW MONAHAN, CRAIG: THE INTERVIEW
In The Interview, Craig Monahan’s cinematic currency is ambiguity, something that sets film apart from television, he tells Andrew L. Urban.
MONAHAN,CRAIG : The Interview MONAHAN,CRAIG : The Interview
The art of the constant reveal is revealed in cinematic form in this new Australian drama; ANDREW L. URBAN interviews The Interview’s writer and director, Craig Monahan.
MOORE,  JULIANNE: Myth of Fingerprints MOORE, JULIANNE: Myth of Fingerprints
Julianne Moore, nominated for an Oscar for her outstanding performance in Boogie Nights, is also on our screens in The Myth of Fingerprints, to be followed by the Coen Brothers' latest film, The Big Lebowski. PAUL FISCHER spoke to the actress at the last Toronto Film Festival.
MOORE, JULIANNE:THE LOST WORLD MOORE, JULIANNE:THE LOST WORLD

Julianne Moore is being chased by a variety of dinosaurs in Steven Spielberg's epic Jurassic Park sequel, The Lost World. Paul Fischer spoke with the actress at the Sundance Film Festival.

  MOORE, MANDY - TANGLED
There she is, all alone in the room high above the trees … Andrew L. Urban meets Rapunzel alias Mandy Moore.
  MOORE, MICHAEL - CUT ME A BREAK
He says it’s like water off a duck’s back but controversial documentary maker Michael Moore has just about had it with the critics who are making a “cottage industry” out of attacking him, as Jimmy Thomson reports after a Cannes press conference where Sicko had its world premiere. (Last week we published an interview with Debbie Melnyk, whose doco on Michael Moore, Manufacturing Dissent, is another film critical of his methods, though not of his stated objectives.)
MORRIS, ERROL: MR DEATH MORRIS, ERROL: MR DEATH
His work defies categorisation - even the Oscars organisers can’t decide whether his films are documentaries or dramas. Having taken on topics like pet cemeteries, injustice in Texas and quantum physics, Errol Morris is one of the most interesting and idiosyncratic filmmakers working today. In his latest film, Mr Death, he turns his lens to Holocaust denial, an issue too important not to explore, he tells DAVID EDWARDS.
MORRISON TEMUERA: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted MORRISON TEMUERA: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
The mild mannered actor Temuera Morrison is back as the tough-titted, troubled Maori husband and father, Jake, in the unique sequel to Once Were Warriors: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted – a search for redemption. ANDREW L. URBAN reports.
  MORTENSEN, VIGGO - A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Viggo Mortensen, the thinking woman’s blind date fantasy, is low key in person, at odds with his larger than life role in The Lord of the Rings, or even his mysterious Tom Stall in David Cronenberg’s Cannes entry, A History of Violence, in which his past collides with his present. But there is also a party animal inside the softly spoken actor, as Andrew L. Urban discovered.
  MORTENSEN, VIGGO – HIDALGO
Dust storms in the Sahara, endless sand in everything, countless days of hard yakka, lots of tough stunts – but that’s nothing after Lord of The Rings for Viggo Mortensen, who tells all about his latest film, Hidalgo, to Jenny Cooney Carrillo – except about his relationship with the trusty TJ.
  MOURET, EMMANUEL – CHANGE OF ADDRESS
By Andrew L. Urban
Emmanuel Mouret, writer/director and star of Change of Address had a change of address himself when we were trying to hook up for a phone interview: he was heading from Paris to Bangkok. So we exchanged emails for this interview about Change of Address, in which the boy meets girl story is cleverly revised into a change of heart story.
MULCAHY, RUSSELL - SWIMMING UPSTREAM MULCAHY, RUSSELL – SWIMMING UPSTREAM
Australian director Russell Mulcahy finds himself in new territory with Swimming Upstream: it’s a deep, character driven biography, a long way from the fantasy adventures and style driven films of his earlier career, he admits to Andrew L. Urban.
  MURPHY, CILLIAN – THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY
The Wind That Shakes The Barley won Ken Loach the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, and its star, Cillian Murphy reckons that’s just where the credit should go, with a film that tackles a pivotal moment in Irish/British history. For a Cork-born lad, it’s very close to home, he tells Andrew L. Urban.
  MURPHY, MARTIN – LOST THINGS
Turning a sunny Australian beach into an eerie and foreboding place is no mean feat, and Martin Murphy had a few challenges to make it happen, but 18 festivals later, Lost Things is released in Australia. Finding visual solutions was the biggest challenge, Marty tells Andrew L. Urban.
  MURRAY, BILL: LOST IN TRANSLATION
He doesn’t understand women at all, yet he took a role in which he was directed by a woman – a young woman at that – and found that he loved it, Bill Murray tells Jenny Cooney Carrillo as he recalls his experience making the wonderfully dry comedy, Lost In Translation, for director Sofia Coppola.
MYERS, MIKE: AUSTIN POWERS, THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME MYERS, MIKE: AUSTIN POWERS, THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME
Austin Powers is back – in the 60s. It’s time to save the world again, while retrieving his mojo and having a shagging good time. ANDREW L. URBAN meets Mike Myers in Cannes, where Myers explains how Austin was born.
MYRICK, DANIEL: Blair Witch Project MYRICK, DANIEL: Blair Witch Project
Dan and Ed - they look like buddies out on a scouting trip for a good deal on a six pack - are young and wild filmmakers with perhaps the most profitable movie of all time to their credit cards - The Blair Witch Project. Dan Myrick and Ed Sanchez wrote, directed and edited the film, which looks like a home video and scares the hell out of its audiences. Now comes the sequel and then the prequel, Myrick tells ANDREW L. URBAN - as well as a comedy. But they're already laughing all the way to the bank





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