Screenwriter Eric Heisserer Talks Obsession with ‘Arrival’ — Departure from ‘The Sandman’

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When I heard a while back that one of my favorite directors, Denis Villeneuve, was attached to a science fiction movie about being in contact with aliens, my interest piqued and I eagerly awaited more information regarding the project — but the little pieces that I learned felt promising. Then the first trailer released as if from nowhere and I was blown away. I knew the film would be a treat. What I found out later was that a big piece of what makes Arrival so special is the adapted screenplay of Ted Chiang’s short story Story of Your Life by Eric Heisserer.

Arrival is about extraterrestrials showing up on earth in giant, oblong, stone-like structures, upending the social order of things. A linguist (Amy Adams) is recruited by the military to help communicate with the aliens to find out what their intentions are before other countries take matters into their own hands and start a large scale war against them.

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Minnesota Connected Sits Down With the Eclectic Group ‘Boy on a Bike’

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Playing a stripped down set, Gentry Schweiger and Colson Wabshaw of Boy on a Bike appeared on The Garage stage like two men born to be rock stars. Their unique and eclectic style showed as the white projector screen lifted. In the middle of the stage sat a thirteen-inch RCA television playing static with their band name in hot pink on the screen. Gentry, the lead singer and guitarist with long blonde hair, a black leather jacket, a black shirt, black skin-tight jeans, and white shoes, invited the audience to pull in a little closer to the stage.

Opposite him, Colson sat on a stool, his long brown hair and beard resembling a man of Biblical proportions come to jam on his electric guitar. On the outset, it’s hard to guess what style of music they’d play, but that’s the allure. They mix alternative rock, pop, synth, and dance all into one, bringing together their own sound, style, and voice.

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Interview With The Stars of ‘The Giver’

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Based on Lois Lowry’s acclaimed 1993 book by the same name, the film version of The Giver opens today in theaters across the U.S.

Two of the film’s leads were at Mall of America earlier this month to meet fans and sign autographs. Before the public event, Brenton Thwaites (Oculus, Maleficent) and Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) sat down to chat with Minnesota Connected about their upcoming film.

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Interview with Minnesota’s Master DJ ‘Freddy Fresh’

Freddy Fresh (left) and I sat down for a chat at Soundset 2014

Freddy Fresh (left) and I (Erik Bergs, right) sat down for a chat at Soundset 2014

At Soundset Minnesota Connected met with local Minnesotan and global superstar Freddy Fresh. His interview was a lot different from the other artists that we spoke with; he happily admitted to being older than the various performers working the concert; but with his advantage in experience and a bit of retrospection, Freddy dropped quite a few jolts of wisdom.[Continue Reading]

One-on-One With Rob Minkoff, Director of ‘The Lion King’ and the Upcoming ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’

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Last Thursday, Rob Minkoff, Director of the film Mr. Peabody and Sherman, was in town promoting his new film. I had a chance to sit down with him to chat about the upcoming release.

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Interview — Jean-Philip Grobler — The Man Behind ‘St. Lucia’

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“… the music just takes on a slightly different meaning in the cold weather, but I like to think that it still makes people feel like it’s summer a little bit.”

St Lucia was started in 2010 by Jean-Philip Grobler, a Johannesburg born, former member of a boys choir and current Brooklynite. The band, best known for their warm summery, electro-pop sounds, will be visiting sub zero tundra of Minneapolis for the first time this weekend. We were able to ask Grobler a few questions ahead of his visit — and although St. Lucia has been warned about the cold, they’re really looking forward to their stop at the Fine Line on Sunday.

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