Opening in theaters today, KILLING THEM SOFTLY is a highly engaging yet thoughtful and extremely well written crime drama that manages to successfully mix crime caper with social commentary. Directed by ANDREW DOMINIK from his own adaptation of a novel by GEORGE V. HIGGINS, the spectacular cast includes BRAD PITT, RAY LIOTTA, RICHARD JENKINS, SCOOT McNAIRY, BEN MENDELSOHN and JAMES GANDOLFINI. One of the film’s producers as well as its lead actor, BRAD PITT was instrumental in getting the film financed and to the marketplace. During a recent promotional press conference, PITT talked to entertainment reporters about why he wanted a hand in getting this project off the ground. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Currently in theaters and doing surprisingly well at the box office, LINCOLN appears to be living up to its advance hype and racing towards the front of the awards season line. Directed by STEVEN SPIELBERG from a script by award-winning playwright TONY KUSHNER, the impressive cast includes DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, SALLY FIELD, JOSEPH GORDON LEVITT, JOHN HAWKES, WALTER GOGGINS, JACKIE EARL HALEY, JAMES SPADER and TOMMY LEE JONES. During the Beverly Hills press conference to promote the film, DANIEL DAY-LEWIS (whose titular performance almost guarantees an Oscar nomination) confessed that he made a few discoveries about the 16th POTUS while researching the role, not the least of which was a “delicious” sense of humor . (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Coming to theaters this holiday season, PARENTAL GUIDANCE stars BETTE MIDLER and BILLY CRYSTAL as unconventional grandparents drafted into babysitting service when their daughter calls with an emergency request for assistance. Directed by ANDY FICKMAN from a script that was punched up by longtime screen-writing partners LOWELL GANZ and BABALOO MANDEL, the film promises plenty of holiday hi jinks aimed at the whole family .
A true national treasure, BETTE MIDLER has proven that she can do it all. Be it live concerts, big-screen films (even short-lived TV series’), MIDLER is, hands down, one of the greats. During an interview we did with her a few years ago, she talked about being a movie fan and sharing thoughts on the web. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Already available via VOD but opening in theaters today, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING is a video game style action movie that centers on a man who awakens in a hospital swearing revenge against the people responsible for the murder of his family. Short on story but long on rock-’em, sock-’em action, the film is number four in the familiar franchise. Co-written and directed by JOHN HYAMS, the cast includes DOLPH LUNDGREN, JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME, SCOTT ADKINS, KRISTOPHER VAN VARENBERG and MARIAH BONNER.
Twenty years after appearing in the first UNIVERSAL SOLDIER film and just three years after the previous installment, DOLPH LUNDGREN is no stranger to the kind of work the franchise calls for. During our interview last week, the action star talked about how he didn’t really want to participate in the last UNIVERSAL SOLDIER movie and how, until he got swayed by director HYAMS, he didn’t want to be involved in this one either. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Paige Thomas made a gutsy move this week by going against mentor Demi Lovato’s wishes to perform “Never Gonna Give You Up,” but that decision yielded disastrous results after she received this week’s lowest number of votes. Thomas’ elimination at the beginning of tonight’s The X Factor was a bit of a surprise, especially since her performance was praised by all of the mentors last night. If Thomas stuck to Lovato’s original plan to belt out another power ballad, would she have stayed? Give credit to the singer for sticking to her creative guns and going out on her own terms. Even if she lasted another week, The X Factor competition is really a two horse race (Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens).
“It was amazing building a relationship with Demi,” said Thomas to reporters after tonight’s elimination. “I learned a lot. One thing that I’ve found important that I’ve learned from her is the meaning of balance. And I appreciate that a lot.”
The singer remained upbeat and positive about her exit, as she is determined to make it in the music industry. To hear Paige Thomas, click on the media bar below:
Vino Alan was voted off by all of the mentors except his own (L.A. Reid), as Diamond White lived to see another week on The X Factor (they received the lowest number of votes after Thomas and had to sing for their survival).
Alan’s exit, however, was disheartening, especially since L.A. Reid’s decision to have him perform “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” was a complete misstep. During the rehearsal footage, Alan was performing the classic heartbreaker “If You Don’t Know Me By Know,” and considering the singer’s soulful approach, that was, by 100 miles, the actual song he should have chosen.
After his elimination, Alan spoke to reporters and talked about the type of music he’d love to make. To hear Vino Alan, click on the media bar below: