JODIE FOSTER KNOWS THE “RAW SIDE” OF ‘THE BEAVER’ STAR MEL GIBSON

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Actress/filmmaker Jodie Foster has been a lifelong fan of director Louis Malle’s (Murmur of the Heart, Atlantic City) films, and she shares the late filmmaker’s love of personal, intimate, and ultimately evocative, storytelling.  The Beaver, opening in limited release May 6th, is Foster’s strongest directing work to date, with Mel Gibson delivering an inspired performance as a mentally unstable toy executive who talks to people through a hand puppet.

Originally set up as a project for director Jay Roach and Steve Carell, The Beaver required a lead actor who could deftly handle comedy and tragedy, and Foster believes Gibson was the perfect fit.  “I think he has an exceptional quality that is very difficult to find in actors,” said Foster, who co-starred with Gibson in Richard Donner’s film Maverick. “He has a light touch.  He can do things that require a lot of wit and he knew the charm of what The Beaver could be, but he also is somebody who really understands struggle. And that’s the part of me that knows him personally.  He’s somebody who’s really articulate about struggle and who has his own demons wants to change.  The actor had to be able to embrace both things. I know the raw side of Mel and I feel like I know the sensitive side of Mel.  And I’m lucky, because when you get to know somebody, you get to know that part of them.”

Foster was rather candid as she detailed The Beaver’s arduous post production , which she described as one of the most challenging moments in her career.  “It was really hard getting the movie right,” added Foster, who will be seen next year in the Roman Polanski movie God of Carnage. “It was hard getting anyone to understand what I was trying to do.”  Click on the media bar and listen to the director elaborate on the film, as she gives her thoughts on Gibson’s performance and explains why she is not a mainstream filmmaker.

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HILARY SWANK PUTS ON PRODUCER’S HAT FOR ‘SOMETHING BORROWED’

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Two-time Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank is a producer on the new romantic comedy Something Borrowed, a picture based on the bestselling novel by Emily Giffin.

During interviews to promote Something Borrowed, Swank discussed her familiarity with the picture’s two leads, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson. “I knew both of them just being in the same world, but we weren’t friends,” said Swank, who developed the project with her producing partner Molly Mickler Smith. “I knew them from the red carpet and I was closer with Kate than Ginnifer. You’re acquaintances with a lot of people in the business and I have been doing it over half of my life, so I pretty much know everybody.  I know them but I don’t know them.  It wasn’t like I was just introduced to them on this film. But when you work together, you build a relationship and we’re all closer now and we have each other’s phone numbers and we talk every once in a while.  It’s great, especially because we’re women and I like to be supportive of women.  I think they are certainly like that as well.”

Click on media bar and listen to Swank talk about what made this producing venture a “fun” and “challenging” process for the actress.  Something Borrowed, co-starring John Krasinski, opens May 6th.

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BRANDON ROUTH WANTED MORE FIGHTING, LESS CGI IN ‘SUPERMAN RETURNS’

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Superman Return actors Brandon Routh (aka The Man of Steel) and Sam Huntington (Jimmy Olsen) reunite with Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, a feature which centers on a private investigator (Routh) who deals with various creatures and the undead.  Huntington, who also stars in the SyFy series Being Human, plays Dylan’s undead assistant Marcus.

While promoting Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, Routh gave his post-mortem on Superman Returns, which was directed by Bryan Singer. “I loved the movie, I’ll stand by it,” said Routh.  “Did it do everything that everyone wanted?   That every fan boy and girl wanted?  No. Do I think there should have been more fighting in it? Yes.  It would have been great to have some fighting.  Would I have liked to see more of Brandon as Superman flying, versus CGI Superman flying?  Yes, because I just think that pulled me me out of the film a little bit.  They did an amazing job, but there were still some shots that were not as good as the real thing, honestly.”

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Superman fans who want to hear Routh’s full answer to the Superman Returns question should click here.

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CARSON DALY DISCUSSES “MOVING MOMENTS” ON ‘THE VOICE’

NUP_144016_0019.JPG With shows like American Idol and the upcoming Simon Cowell program The X-Factor, will the new show The Voice find a captive audience?  Show host Carson Daly believes the competition series, which premieres tonight (NBC, 9 pm et/pt), has legs.  “The point of The Voice is shutting your eyes off to the culture where we are now, in a celebrity crazed culture where everything is about train wrecks, what you look like, who you’re sleeping with,” said Daly.  “Turn all of that off for a second as it pertains to music and let’s just shut our eyes and see if this voice gives us goose bumps. Because that is a great nucleus to build an artist.”

The winner of The Voice will receive $100,000 and a recording contract.  Artists Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine are the coaches assigned to help the contestants tap into their unique talents.   “Well hopefully we are doing our part to bring back just a level of talent that is based on pure voice and actual ability,” said Daly. “We see a lot of auto-tuning today.  House music has really infiltrated Top 40 right now through (artists like) David Guetta and will.i.am.  There’s a ton of production going on in popular music right now.  We are kind of getting away from that old school, 1950s single mentality of…the voice and a great song.  I think this show harkens back to that.  So hopefully who wins this thing will be a breath of fresh air.”

Daly added that there have been a lot of “moving moments” during the making of The Voice. Click on the media bar and listen to Daly elaborate on a particular duet that stood out for him.

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JASON CLARKE MASTERS HIS ACCENT FOR ‘THE CHICAGO CODE’

jason1 Actor Jason Clarke (Public Enemies) plays Detective Jarek Wysocki on The Chicago Code, the latest series from The Shield and Terriers producer Shawn RyanClarke, who gained solid notices for his work as a Rhode Island politician in the series Brotherhood, is actually Australian, and he admits that he spends a healthy portion of time perfecting his American accent.

“I stay in my Australian accent until I work but I spend at least an hour and a half warming up each day,” said Clarke, who will also be seen in the movie The Wettest County in the World (directed by The Road filmmaker John Hillcoat).

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Co-starring Jennifer Beals and Matt Lauria, the series airs tonight on Fox (9 pm et/pt).

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