Actress Michelle Monaghan stars in the thriller Source Code, the story of a soldier (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is transported back in time to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train (Monaghan is a passenger).  For the actress, Source Code is more than just your average escapist fare.

“I was more interested in the idea of the ethical and moral dilemmas it presents.  Is it ethical to sacrifice one life to save thousands?  That’s what really resonated with me,” said Monaghan about the feature, which was directed by Duncan Jones.  “Having seen the movie a couple of times and then going to dinner afterwards,  people really have  strong opinions about it.  People are debating it.  I was really surprised how provocative the material is…it’s not black and white, it’s gray, so I’m proud of that.”

Monaghan is also a co-star in the drama Machine Gun Preacher, a picture which centers on the life of ex-gang biker turned pastor Sam Childers (Gerard Butler).

“It was a really, really extraordinary experience,” said Monaghan, who plays Sam’s wife, Lynn Childers in the flick.  “I’m really proud of this movie.  I saw it a couple of weeks ago, and it’s a drama based on a true story and it’s directed by the wonderful Marc Forster.

Click on the media bar and listen to Monaghan elaborate on Machine Gun Preacher, which co-stars Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Shannon.

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Before she was an actress, Monaghan studied in journalism in Chicago for four years.  In the following clip, Monaghan explains why she decided to ditch the field, move to New York, and pursue her acting ambitions.

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Ricky Gervais unloads in Rolling Stone

Ricky Gervais unloads in Rolling Stone

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Ricky Gervais sets the record straight about his controversial Golden Globes monologue. “If you can’t tease the richest, most powerful people in the world, who can be the butt of your jokes?'” he asks. “It was six or seven one-liners, throwaways I wrote in an hour. It was nothing.

Let’s go through them one by one. Johnny Depp wasn’t offended. I’ve spoken to him about five times since. Hugh Hefner tweeted he wasn’t offended. I can’t imagine Bruce Willis being offended. I did nothing wrong. I know I didn’t!”

Even though Gervais is the producer and creator of The Office, he didn’t freak out when Steve Carrell announced that he was leaving. “It’s probably expected of me, as executive producer, to try and persuade him to stay,” Gervais said. “But I sent him an e-mail saying, ‘I think you’re doing the right thing.'”

Gervais has been an atheist ever since he was eight. It wound up helping him when a test audience gave an early version of The Office the lowest rating in the history of the BBC. He refused to change a word of it. “I’ve always done exactly what I wanted,” he says. “Which is important for an atheist, because there’s nothing else. No reward later. My reward is the here and now. It’s me that’s got to sleep with me, only me.”

Just two things make Gervais‘ blood boil: religious fanaticism and animal cruelty. “I cheer when a matador gets gored,” he says.

The full article appears in the new Rolling Stone, on newsstands Friday.

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James Wan, the director behind the original Saw, hasn’t directed a full length feature since his 2007 film Death Sentence, and now he is back with Insidious.  The picture centers on a couple named Renai and Josh (Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson) who move into a haunted house.  After their son is rendered comatose after a supernatural attack, Josh’s mom (Barbara Hershey) calls on a paranormal team to investigate the premises.

“When we came to designing Insidious,” said Wan who once again collaborates with screenwriter/actor Leigh Whannell.  “We wanted to make a movie that was suspenseful, that’s creepy and atmospheric, that does not rely on blood and guts.  That’s what we love to watch.  Our favorite movies are The Others, The Sixth Sense. They don’t have blood and guts.”

Click on the media bar and listen to Wan talk about his disappointment that Death Sentence, which starred Kevin Bacon and Garrett Hedlund, didn’t get more attention when it was released (as revenge films go, Death Sentence is a worthy addition to the genre’s canon).

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One of James Marsden’s strengths as an actor is his versatility.  Whether it’s a musical (Hairspray), comic book franchise (X-Men films, Superman: Returns), comedy (Sex Drive, Death at a Funeral), or a thriller (the polarizing Richard Kelly directed flick The Box), Marsden has delivered his share of solid performances (since baseball season is upon us, I liken him to a dependable utility infielder).  With Hop, Marsden segues into a family film, as he plays a slacker who befriends the son (voiced by Russell Brand) of the Easter Bunny.  Shooting the live action/animated feature, which opens Friday, was a challenge to Marsden.

“They’ll come out with a stuffed animal and block the choreography of where he’s going so I get an idea of what I’m looking at and what he’s doing,” said the actor, who made a cameo appearance on this week’s The Biggest Loser to promote Hop. “And then they’ll take him out and then they’ll replace him with little pieces of green tape on little wires that stand up.  You just feel so crazy.”

Click on the media bar and listen to the actor talk about his decision to star in Hop (he also mentions the upcoming film Straw Dogs, which is a remake of the Sam Peckinpah feature, in the clip). 

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In Touch Magazine

In Touch Weekly

Ashton Kutcher likes to be ready — for anything. The actor recently visited the Surplus Value Center in LA and stocked up on $4,000 worth of survival gear for himself and his family.

“He is obsessed with the idea of either an earthquake or massive uprising,” an insider tells In Touch.

Ashton bought some basic survival packages: emergency blankets, hand-powered radios and flashlights, as well as a lot of emergency water rations and ready-to-eat meals. “The store specializes in anything you might need for basic survival in the event of a natural disaster,” says the insider. “Ashton apparently likes to keep up a good stock of emergency goods.”

And he’s not the only one! Stars including Kiefer Sutherland, Leonardo DiCaprio and Angie Harmon are all regulars at the Sunset Boulevard shop, the insider reveals.

More at intouchweekly.com.