When asked to reprise his role as Teddy Roosevelt in the new film, “Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian,” Robin Wiliams didn’t hesitate to jump on board. Williams, who’s currently recovering from heart surgery, told us why he couldn’t wait to rejoin Ben Stiller and company for the sequel, which is now playing in theaters everywhere. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR ROBIN WILLIAMS)
Fans of pop star MIKA’S first album LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION should be glad to hear that he’s finished recording his second and it’s just a matter of time before it hits the streets. In a YouTube vid released last month, MIKA talked about the album and gave out tickets to a celebratory concert. Enjoy!
Over the past couple of weeks, JAY LENO has done a bazillion interviews in prep for his move from late night to prime time. And he’s changed a few stories along the way. We spoke with him last week and asked about favorite moments on the Tonight Show but instead of getting the JFK, JR. story we expected, JAY said his favorite moment came from a meeting with astronaut JOHN GLENN. Listen in below:
In the new STEPHAN ELLIOTT romantic comedy, EASY VIRTUE, JESSICA BIEL stars as a madcap American married into a staid British family. We spoke with BIEL a couple of weeks ago and she talked about feeling close to her on-screen character. Listen in below:
EASY VIRTUE is playing in select theaters now
On this day in 1968, UNIVERSAL PICTURES released BOOM!. Directed by JOSEPH LOSEY from the play/screenplay by TENNESSE WILLIAMS, this movie may not have been high art but is certainly a camp classic. Hysterical performances by ELIZABETH TAYLOR and RICHARD BURTON as a wealthy socialite and penniless poet are punctuated by a caftan-wearing NOEL COWARD shouting the film’s title as waves crash around his feet. Must be seen to be believed.
On this day in 1907, Western hero John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, and christened Marion Michael Morrison. As a child, friends nicknamed the boy Duke, and he went on to play his earliest film roles under the name Duke Morrison. Wayne worked at Fox Film Corp. as a laborer in the late 1920s and began appearing in bit parts in 1928. Throughout the 1930s, he starred in mediocre westerns, sometimes filming as many as two a week. Wayne’s breakthrough came in 1939, when his friend John Ford cast him in Stagecoach. Wayne went on to play larger-than-life heroes in countless movies, appearing in 250 films during four decades of acting. In 1969, he won an Oscar for his role in True Grit. He died from cancer in 1979.
On this day in 1955, MGM released LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME, a ‘roaring twenties’ musical that told the story of famed singer RUTH ETTING and her rocky relationship with gangster MARTY SNYDER. DORIS DAY and JAMES CAGNEY played the leads under the direction of CHARLES VIDOR. DAY really shines in musical numbers.
In the upcoming comedy THE HANGOVER, boxing champ MIKE TYSON more than holds his own acting with funny guys BRADLEY COOPER, ED HELMS and ZACH GALIFIANAKAS. We spoke with COOPER last week in Las Vegas and he talked about working with TYSON and his flair for comedy.
THE HANGOVER opens in theaters June 5th
In the upcoming comedy AWAY WE GO, former SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE star MAYA RUDOLPH plays an expectant mother with many questions about where her life is going. In real life, RUDOLPH is expecting a second child with partner PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON and she tells us that having questions is a major part of having children. (Language NSFW):
AWAY WE GO opens in theaters June 5th
On this day in 1944, WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES released MR. SKEFFINGTON. Directed by VINCENT SHERMAN and starring BETTE DAVIS and CLAUDE RAINS, this story of romance somehow existing in a loveless marriage is soap opera in it’s finest form.