In many of his roles, Pierce Brosnan has played the epitome of the suave British gentleman. Whether taking on comedy, drama, or James Bond, he’s been a fan favorite for more than three decades. It all started, though, with Remington Steele, the romantic detective series that saw him solving crimes with co-star Stephanie Zimbalist. Even though it’s been nearly 27 years since the series signed off, he still has a special place in his heart for the show that made him a household name. (Click on the media bar below to hear Pierce Brosnan)
Brosnan returns to the big screen later this month in the action/drama film The November Man, playing a former CIA operative brought back into action. It opens in theaters August 27.
When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made the transition from wrestling to acting, a lot of people expected him to get a full body slam from the critics and a quick exit from Hollywood. Instead, he’s built a respectable career and become a bona fide box office draw, with Hercules currently in theaters and two other blockbuster action movies - Fast & Furious 7 and San Andreas - on the way. His success has led to Forbes magazine listing him as one of Hollywood’s wealthiest actors, and Johnson doesn’t take any of it for granted. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
In theaters tomorrow, JAMES CAMERON’S DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D is an amazing documentary account of the adventurous filmmaker’s 2012 dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Located in the Western Pacific at 36,000 feet, this is the deepest known part of all the world’s oceans. Directed by JOHN BRUNO, RAY QUINT and ANDREW WIGHT (who was tragically killed in a helicopter crash during production), DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D is a remarkable chronicle of CAMERON’S lifelong fascination (maybe obsession?) with the sea and underwater exploration.
As personal as it is mesmerizing, the film covers everything from CAMERON’S childhood to the seven years it took to construct the innovative 24′ vertical submersible used in the expedition.
Evident throughout is CAMERON’S respect for the vastness and magic of the sea and it reminded us that, during our interview for his 2005 film ALIENS OF THE DEEP, he spoke of how exploring the ocean is not unlike taking a trip to outer space. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
JAMES CAMERON’S DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D opens in limited release 8/8
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Currently riding high on the box office charts, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is the much anticipated big screen adaptation of MARVEL COMICS cult-fave franchise of the same name. Centered on a rag-tag band of self-absorbed intergalactic antiheroes, the film is directed by JAMES GUNN and stars CHRIS PRATT, ZOE SALDANA, BRADLEY COOPER, VIN DIESEL and DAVE BAUTISTA. Decidedly lighter and arguably more fun than most Marvel movies, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY exhibits a side of the Marvel Universe that many fans are unaware of.
During a recent interview, ZOE SALDANA spoke fondly about her GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY co-workers and admitted that, for such a large cast, no egos were involved (or bruised).
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is in theaters now.
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Things could have gone very differently for Charlie Hunnam. After gaining some fame in his native England, his first role here in America was a starring role on a Judd Apatow comedy series, Undeclared. But instead of following co-stars Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel into Apatow’s big-screen comedy troupe, Hunnam decided to follow a dramatic path. It led him to Sons of Anarchy, the FX series that has become one of cable’s most popular series - not just with audiences, but also with critics.
In the starring role of Jackson “Jax” Teller, Hunnam has gained international acclaim - and a huge fan base - over the show’s seven-year run. And with the end of the series now in sight, Hunnam is starting to put his time spent on the show in perspective… and starting to worry about what will come next.
Sons of Anarchy premieres September 9 on FX.
It’s been a long time coming, but anxious fans are finally getting a sequel to Sin City. Based on the graphic novel, Jessica Alba starred as Nancy Callahan, a role she reprises in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
The sequel, once again directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, brings back a number of the actors from the 2005 film, including Alba, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, and Mickey Rourke. Alba told us she really loved making the new movie, in part, because of the way Rodriguez and Miller have evolved as filmmakers over the past nine years, and the impact that had on way the movie was made.
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For opens on August 22.
Arriving in theaters later this month, THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD is a glossy behind-the-scenes Hollywood biopic that tells the story of the last lusty fling of notoriously lascivious screen idol ERROL FLYNN. KEVIN KLINE stars as the aging swashbuckling superstar whose affair with 15-year-old starlet BEVERLY AADLAND had 1950’s Hollywood all atwitter (before there even was a ‘twitter’). That the affair was sanctioned (to put it mildly) by her ambitious stage mother, Florence, made it all the more scandalous.
Co-written and directed by RICHARD GLATZNER and WASH WESTMORELAND, the film also stars DAKOTA FANNING and SUSAN SARANDON as well as a host of familiar faces playing prominent show biz personalities of the period. Striving for truth, the directors based the script partly on FLORENCE AADLAND’S memoir, THE BIG LOVE, as well as interviews with BEVERLY AADLAND and her high school classmate RONNIE SHEDLO.
During our interview a few days ago with DAKOTA FANNING she admitted that one of the reasons she wanted the role was that it is based on a true story and gave her the opportunity to work with Oscar-winners KLINE and SARANDON. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD opens in limited release 8/29
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Later this year, The Hobbit trilogy will conclude with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Fans of the movies can’t help but feel tremendous anticipation for the film when they think back to its Middle Earth companion, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and how its finale was almost universally regarded as the best of the series.
Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t think those fans will be disappointed. He told us that Five Armies - directed once again by Academy Award winner Peter Jackson - is a natural progression that will bring the story to an emotionally satisfying climax. He admits he can’t wait to see the movie himself, since he doesn’t know how it will look with all of the special effects added in! (Click on the media bar below to hear Benedict Cumberbatch)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17.
Prior to the massive marketing push behind the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, the comic on which it’s based was one of Marvel’s lesser-known properties. But now that the film has become one of this summer’s most massive hits, star Chris Pratt told us that he quickly expects Guardians of the Galaxy to become one of Marvel’s best-known franchises.
In Hollywood, it’s difficult to sustain a franchise through several sequels. Sometimes the characters grow stale; sometimes it’s the stories that aren’t up to snuff. But Sylvester Stallone is excited, because he feels like The Expendables 3 is the best of the bunch so far, with a plot he says is much more current and relatable than the first two films. And while he’s once again joined by returning Expendables co-stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren, Stallone thinks the new additions to the ensemble - including Harrison Ford and Antonio Banderas - bring a lot to the table. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sylvester Stallone)
The Expendables 3 opens in theaters August 15.