‘Raising Hope’ Star Cloris Leachman Reminisces About Kazan, The Actor’s Studio And The Beauty Of Objects

raising-hope-logoAiring tonight on Fox-TV, RAISING HOPE continues its run as one of the freshest and funniest sitcoms this season. A dysfunctional family comedy centering on a single dad living at home with his parents and grandmother, the ensemble cast includes LUCAS NEFF, MARTHA PLIMPTON, GARRET DILLAHUNT and CLORIS LEACHMAN. A veteran of stage, screen and television, the 84-year-old LEACHMAN has an Academy Award (THE LAST PICTURE SHOW) and nine Emmys to her credit and shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to her popular series, she’s recently completed a role in the upcoming big screen crime comedy GAMBIT. A lot of people may not realize that the former Miss Chicago of 1946 and Miss America contestant actually studied at New York’s prestigious Actor’s Studio under the tutelage of the legendary ELIA KAZAN. During an interview we did earlier this year, LEACHMAN shared one of his acting tips. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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RAISING HOPE airs tonight on Fox-TV

DAVID CRONENBERG GETS “DANGEROUS” WITH VIGGO MORTENSEN

cronenberg24 Now playing in New York and Los Angeles, A Dangerous Method focuses on the tenuous relationship between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), a bond which was profoundly affected by their individual dealings with an intelligent and passionate young woman named Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley).

Montgomery Clift played Sigmund Freud in director John Huston’s 1962 feature Freud, and this time out the Austrian psychologist is played by Mr. Mortensen.

“We really needed some not obvious casting for this Freud because this was not your grandfather’s Freud,” says director David Cronenberg, who previously worked with Mortensen in Eastern Promises and A History of Violence. “Which is to say the grandfatherly, sick, stern, old Freud that most people think they know.  This was a 50-year-old, very dynamic, charismatic leader of a very intense group of people who were doing some revolutionary things which were considered revolutionary at the time and very dangerous and subversive, and volatile.  This was a guy who was described in the literature of the time as masculine, handsome, charismatic, charming, witty, and funny.  All things we don’t consider with Freud.”

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JOHN C. REILLY ON KATE WINSLET’S ‘CARNAGE’ VOMIT: “IT WAS SO DISGUSTING”

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Working with three stellar thespians (Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet) and a revered filmmaker (Roman Polanski) were two huge reasons for John C. Reilly’s decision to star in the upcoming film Carnage.

The feature, based on Yasmina Reza’s acclaimed play God of Carnage, centers on two married couples (Winslet and Waltz, Reilly and Foster) who engage in an elongated, verbal sparring match after their sons are involved in a playground incident.

One sequence features Nancy Cowan (Winslet) unable to hold down a meal, due to a rather unfit mixture of Scotch and pie.

Click on the media bar and listen to John C. Reilly talk about shooting the scene, which he describes as “really gross”:

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Carnage opens in New York and Los Angeles December 16th.

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Elizabeth Reaser Ponders The End Of The ‘Twilight’ Era

esme-cullen-esme-cullen-8706117-300-400Still at the top of the box office chart in its second week of release, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PT. 1 is the penultimate installment in the franchise that brought STEPHENIE MYER’S best selling young adult novels to the big screen. Proving that teen angst and the supernatural are a winning combination, THE TWILIGHT SAGA has done for vampires and werewolves what HARRY POTTER did for wizards and wizardry.
As Esme Cullen ( the matriarch of the vampiric Cullen clan), ELIZABETH REASER has been with the series since the 2008 beginning. At a recent press conference, REASER talked about what she’ll miss most now the the end is here. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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‘The Muppets’ Reunites Romantic Icons Kermit And Miss Piggy

kermit-frog-miss-piggy-muppet-large-msg-120096242965Currently in theaters (and in the No 2 position on the weekend box office chart), THE MUPPETS is an all-star family fable telling the story of how Kermit the Frog reunites the whole Muppet gang to put on a show to save their old theater from demolition. Directed by JAMES BOBIN from a script by JASON SEGEL (who also stars) and NICHOLAS STOLLER, the cast also includes AMY ADAMS and a long list of familiar faces popping in and out via cameo roles.
Romantically linked for decades, Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy recently faced entertainment reporters to promote the film and used the opportunity to reveal how their relationship has lasted so long. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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