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Director David Frankel On Collateral Beauty And Working With Movie Stars

Director David Frankel, who made "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Marley & Me," is back with a feel-good holiday movie starring a who's-who of Hollywood elites. 

"Collateral Beauty," which opens nationwide Dec. 16, stars Will Smith as Howard, an ad exec who loses his six-year old daughter. Once confident and proud, Howard is now depressed and not connecting with those around him. With his business failing, his friends and colleagues (Edward Norton, Kate Winslet and Michael Pena) discover Howard wrote letters expressing his displeasure with love, death and time. Accordingly, they hire three actors (Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Jacob Latimore) to pretend to be love, death and time, which they hope will allow Howard to express his feelings. The man behind it all is director David Frankel, who's worked with plenty of stars in his career and knows how to handle an ensemble while not losing sight of the earnest honesty of his stories. I recently sat down with Frankel on the balcony at the Regal South Beach to discuss shooting in his hometown of New York City, working with movie stars, and getting an evil eye from Meryl Streep. Note: Only the sound of the interview is heard; images are from the film and courtesy of Warner Bros.

 

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