Last year, independent film gave us Elizabeth Olsen, and this year it appears the spotlight is set to shine on her Martha Marcy May Marlene co-star Julia Garner. But whether she's doing an indie film like Electrick Children or Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's upcoming Sin City 2, Garner says "it's all about finding a good story".
The day before A Good Day to Die Hard hit theaters, fans in New York City sat through a marathon screening of the first four films at the AMC Empire 25 — and were rewarded with a visit from John McClane himself, Bruce Willis, before seeing the new film.
Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones were all on the red carpet for the premiere of Side Effects in New York City, and I asked them what it was like making a modern Hitchcock film. more »
So, how did Roman Coppola come up with the idea for The Secret Society of Ball Busters? I talked to writer and director of A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III at a recent screening of his iconoclastic movie, and he told me that "sometimes when a girl has an intuitive sense about something going on, you wonder where they're getting their information!" more »
"I basically replaced Michael Anthony Hall with a zombie" says Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine by way of explaining that his girl-meet-corpse rom-com has more in common with John Hughes body of work than the Twilight saga.
I was on the red carpet Friday night for the New York premiere — which was hosted by The Cinema Society and Artistry — where I also spoke with star Nicholas Hoult. How did the former Skins star perfect his zombie run? Hours on the treadmill! In fact, when friends stopped by his flat — Hoult is British — he says they took one look at him and said "this guy needs to take a break"! Nope, that's not fatigue, that's zombie reflexes!
Hoult's co-star Teresa Palmer was also in attendance, and her favorite thing about Warm Bodies is that it helps the uber popular zombie genre evolve in unexpected ways. That's right, we can't watch The Walking Dead forever - or can we...?
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"I witnessed the genesis," Christoph Waltz says of this season's hot awards contender, Django Unchained. "Quentin [Tarantino] let me have twenty-thirty pages as he finished them!" more »
Judd Apatow knows that in casting his real life wife and children in his latest film, the seriocomic Knocked Up spin-off/sequel This Is 40, he's inadvertently invited the world to peek into his own life, marriage, issues, and neuroses. Still, despite the many parallels one might draw between Paul Rudd's Pete (now a struggling indie record label owner) and Leslie Mann's Debbie (whose own small business and marital woes are nothing compared to impending big 4-0), Apatow insists most of This is 40 is fictionalized. Okay, much of it. Well, he doesn't escape to the bathroom to play games on his iPad like Pete does. "I’m more about reading the Huffington Post," Apatow joked.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey held its THIRD global premiere on Thursday — this time stateside at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. I was on the red carpet, and in light of the debate over Peter Jackson's decision to shoot the movie at a high 48 frames per second, I asked Warner Bros. Pictures President Jeff Robinov if the studio was getting behind the groundbreaking but controversial technique. more »
Maya is staying undercover. At a press conference for Zero Dark Thirty in New York on Tuesday, the film's star Jessica Chastain, who plays the indefatigable CIA operative that tracks down Osama bin Laden said she never met the agent who inspired her role. more »
To cast Sergeant Calhoun, the no-nonsense video game heroine with a heart in Wreck-It Ralph, director Rich Moore looked no further than Hollywood's favorite ball-busting dynamite gal: Jane Lynch. Alongside John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and a cast of fellow character actors and comic veterans, Lynch brings Calhoun to life with pathos and dimension, not to mention a burning passion for blasting evil space bugs into pixelated oblivion.
You'll hear much of the movie stars and familiar faces that pop up again and again in Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski's sprawling, ambitious Cloud Atlas, from Tom Hanks to Halle Berry to frequent Wachowski Starship performer Hugo Weaving. But the beating heart of the film belongs to Korean actress Doona Bae, who makes her English language debut as the luminous Sonmi-451, a genetically-engineered "fabricant" whose fierce humanity and love for a freedom fighter (Jim Sturgess) will change the future.
Wanna count the number of successful movie franchises with a black lead? You don't even need one hand — two fingers will do: Shaft and Blade. Summit Entertainment is hoping to make it three by giving James Patterson's character Alex Cross — who Morgan Freeman played in Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider — a new eponymous chapter. more »
That's right, Denzel Washington is such a gentleman he gave his actress wife Pauletta the spotlight on the red carpet for Flight, which closed out the 50th Annual New York Film Festival. Getting an answer from the celebrity couple was more difficult than getting an on-time flight out of Newark Liberty International Airport, thanks to a scheduling snafu that got Washington and his wife onto the red carpet late. This led what's known in the business as a soundbite stampede from the media who'd gathered at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
Sam Rockwell joined writer/director Martin McDonagh and others for a special screening of Seven Psychopaths, hosted by The Cinema Society along with Hugo Boss and Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum. And what gangster doesn't enjoy watching a movie in his best suit while nursing a choice drink?
And why are all these gangsters in the flick so dog happy? McDonagh cheekily claims he was inspired to make a canine-themed movie after seeing all the accolades Uggie got last year in The Artist!
When The Paperboy premiered at Cannes earlier this year, some people were delighted. Some were downright appalled. According to the film's director and cast, that's exactly what they hoped to accomplish.
When I spoke to them on the red carpet at the 50th Annual New York Film Festival on Wednesday, they were passionate about the film — and its right to offend. more »