Arriving in theaters tomorrow in both 3D and traditional 2D, PUSS IN BOOTS is the much ballyhooed spin-off of the popular SHREK series and widens the landscape of the fairy-tale/nursery rhyme world that has proven to be such a crowd pleaser. Directed by CHRIS MILLER (SHREK THE THIRD) and featuring the voice talent of ANTONIO BANDERAS in the titular role, the film looks remarkable and should appeal as much to adults as to children. Other recognizable voices in the film belong to SALMA HAYEK, ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, BILLY BOB THORNTON, AMY SEDARIS and GUILLERMO DEL TORO. Speaking to entertainment press recently, BANDERAS talked about how seriously he takes his big-screen counterpart and the qualities of the character that especially appeal to him. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
PUSS IN BOOTS opens in theaters tomorrow
A long time in the making, THE RUM DIARY is the big-screen adaptation of iconic author HUNTER S. THOMPSON’S early novel of the same name. Written in the ’60s but not published until 1998, the autobiographical story is set in the ’50s and almost never saw a public release. Adapted for the screen and directed by BRUCE ROBINSON, the cast includes JOHNNY DEPP (who also produced), AARON ECKHART, MICHAEL RISPOLI, AMBER HEARD, RICHARD JENKINS and GIOVANNI RIBISI.
Close friends for years, DEPP and THOMPSON ran across the unpublished manuscript while rummaging through the author’s files looking for projects to work on together. At the recent press conference for the film, DEPP told the story of all it all came about. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE RUM DIARY opens in theaters tomorrow
In theaters next week, the eagerly waited comedy caper, TOWER HEIST, has the all the ear-marks of being one of the holiday season’s biggest hits. Telling the story of how the staff at an upscale Manhattan condo conspires to steal back the retirement money stolen by the billionaire living in the penthouse, the film is directed by BRETT RATNER and features an ensemble cast that includes BEN STILLER, EDDIE MURPHY, MATTHEW BRODERICK, CASEY AFFLECK and TEA LEONI. TOWER HEIST marks a return to form for MURPHY, who has spent the past few years making films aimed at a decidedly younger audience than his earlier projects. He recently sat down with reporters to talk about how much he enjoyed getting back to more “grown-up” humor. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
TOWER HEIST opens in theaters 11/4
One of the most popular original series on HBO, TRUE BLOOD just wrapped its fourth season in which heroine Sookie Stackhouse found herself in a mystical fairyland where not everything was exactly what it seemed and the sleepy town of Bon Temps was saddled with a new troublemaker in the form of a no-nonsense Wiccan witch as well as the usual mix of vampires and werewolves. As always, the show was a terrific mix of romance, mystery and humor (with a healthy dose of the supernatural). Created by ALAN BALL (SIX FEET UNDER) and inspired by the bestselling series of Sookie Stackhouse novels by CHARLAINE HARRIS, the cast includes ANNA PACQUIN, STEVEN MOYER, RYAN KWANTEN, RUTINA WESLEY, SAM TRAMMELL and NELSON ELLIS.
We sat down with MOYER a couple of days ago and he talked about how TRUE BLOOD paved the way for such current freight-fests as AMERICAN HORROR STORY, THE WALKING DEAD and GAME OF THRONES. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Telling a story set in a futuristic society where time is money and the rich live forever while the poor expire at age 25, writer/director ANDREW NICCOL has embellished a simple premise with intricate twists and turns that explore class warfare in a corrupt society. Shot in and around Los Angeles, the film features a photogenic young cast that includes JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, AMANDA SEYFRIED, OLIVIA WILDE, MATT BOMER, ALEX PETTYFER, VINCENT KARTHEISER and CILLIAN MURPHY.
Choosing the age of 25 as an expiration point was no random decision for NICCOL, who apparently did his homework before writing his script. At the press conference to promote his movie, NICCOL talked about his reasoning in picking that number. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
IN TIME opens in theaters Friday