Video interview: Lake Bell talks about writing, directing and starring in IN A WORLD…

Video interview: Lake Bell talks about writing, directing and starring in IN A WORLD…


If you’re not familiar with the work of actress Lake Bell, you may also not have heard about her film opening this weekend called IN A WORLD… – the comedy about an ambitious woman trying to make it in the competitive voiceover industry was a big hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, nominated for a Dramatic Grand Jury Prize (for Lake) and winning the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Bell has proven herself in both dramatic and comedic roles, and has even made a few short films before now (not to mention being behind the camera on a few episode of her series Children’s Hospital), but this is her first feature effort as director. I had the honor and pleasure of hosting Lake’s Q&A during her Dallas press stop to promote the movie, but we met earlier in the day for the first time, and have a great chat for almost 20 minutes – you can see that video below. As for the film, coming from someone who knows about the voiceover industry, I can tell you there’s a lot of truth represented here. Bell does a great job of balancing comedic moments with dramatic storytelling, and even mixes some romance in. I’m happy to say the end result is a fun character study and pulls back the curtain a bit on an industry a lot of folks know very little about. Check out the interview now and go see the movie this weekend, you’ll be glad you did. Big thanks to Carole Smith for setting this up, and to the intrepid Ric Mulligan for shooting it.

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And here’s a trailer for the film:

IN A WORLD… opens August 23, 2013

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.