Archive for November, 2007

Kidman Charts a New Course

Kidman Charts a New Course

| November 29, 2007

At 40, Nicole Kidman remains a luminous presence. As she holds court with the press in the ballroom of London’s Claridges Hotel, the beautiful Australian actress is wearing a simple Prada dress, as she concedes that over 25 years after starting out as a child actress, her ambitions to succeed remain as prevalent as they […]

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Rickman Has Devilish Time in Musical ‘Sweeney’

Rickman Has Devilish Time in Musical ‘Sweeney’

| November 29, 2007

Alan Rickman has played his share of baddies over the years, but none can quite compare to his sycophantic and obsessive judge in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd. Comfortable in low-budget indies as well as the Harry Potter franchise, the always fascinating and urbane Mr. Rickman talked to Paul Fischer in this exclusive interview, in London. […]

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Depp Takes New Risks as Murderous ‘Todd’

Depp Takes New Risks as Murderous ‘Todd’

| November 29, 2007

Johnny Depp arrives in a London hotel room wearing a jacket, his trademark hat and a pair of scruffy jeans with a few holes thrust into them for good measure. But anyone who has interviewed the actor over the years knows that sort of attire is in keeping with an unpretentiousness that is rare among […]

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Curse of Alcatraz

Curse of Alcatraz

| November 27, 2007

Join us for a bit of film history this week, as “Curse of Alcatraz,” the last film ever to be shot on Alcatraz Island, slides into our DVD players. The question as always, of course, is do we want it there in the first place, or is our last chance at film from The Rock […]

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Dakota Has No Blues About ‘Compass’

Dakota Has No Blues About ‘Compass’

| November 26, 2007

This might be her first film, but the strong performance by Dakota Blue Richards in the epic fantasy The Golden Compass, is already causing quite the sensation. She is the heart, soul and star of this moving holding her own against daemons and megastars alike, as she explained to Paul Fischer in London. Paul Fischer: […]

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Craig Sets ‘Compass’ To Reluctant Fame

Craig Sets ‘Compass’ To Reluctant Fame

| November 26, 2007

If you’re Daniel Craig it helps to have a sense of humor. Dressed in a tailor made suit and tie, it was a smiling Craig who turned up in a London hotel room to talk about his role in the big-budget fantasy epic The Golden Compass. But these days he is best known worldwide as […]

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An Interview with Kevin Heffernan and Paul Soter of “Broken Lizard”

An Interview with Kevin Heffernan and Paul Soter of “Broken Lizard”

| November 25, 2007

It’s November 9th, 2007, and I’m in my office in Chicago, waiting for a phone call from the Broken Lizard crew. I think to myself, How the hell am I going to know who’s talking? Whose voice belongs to whom? Sure, I’ve seen their films (Super Troopers, Club Dread, Beerfest), but there’s, like, five of […]

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Stephen King’s The Mist

Stephen King’s The Mist

| November 25, 2007

I always preferred Stephen King’s short stories to his novels–all the character development and salty dialogue with a lot less rambling and wheel-spinning–and one of his most evocative shorter works is “The Mist,” a novella in which a violent storm damages a military base where some pretty freaky, ultimately unwise transdimensional experiments are being conducted, […]

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Hitman

Hitman

| November 25, 2007

Is it honestly that hard to make a decent fucking movie about a hit man who kills people? That’s all you have to do! All it needs are some decent actors, a comprehensible script, some sweet kills and BAM. You’ve got yourself a good movie. But for some odd reason, Hollywood tends to fuck up […]

August Rush

August Rush

| November 25, 2007

I can’t think of the last time I was this excited watching a film, stressed out sitting in my seat, anxious to see what would happen next. Watching August Rush, I actually pointed at the screen a few times, excited at what I saw coming up. Combined with the fact that it was a film […]

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