Recently released in bookstores and on-line, VIGILANTE is the last novel by acclaimed Emmy-winning producer and best-selling author STEPHEN J. CANNELL. The 11th installment of the Shane Scully series centers on the popular Los Angeles homicide detective and his search for the killer of a community activist and perpetual torn in the L.A.P.D.’s side. As passionate about his novels as he was about the many television series he created and produced (THE ROCKFORD FILES, 21 JUMP STREET, GREATEST AMERICAN HERO to name just a few), CANNELL was prolific in his creative output..
A great friend to Hollywood Outbreak, CANNELL was one of our favorite interview subjects and, shortly before his death late last year, gave us a sneak peek into what to expect from the new book. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO) LANGUAGE NSFW
Young Adult’s protagonist, Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron), is a thoroughly unlikable, self-centered writer who returns to her Minnesota hometown to steal her high school flame (Patrick Wilson) from his devoted and loving wife (Elizabeth Reaser). The feature received three Critics’ Choice nods (Theron for Actress, Patton Oswalt for Supporting Actor, and Diablo Cody for Best Original Screenplay), as well as a Golden Globe nod for Theron.
“I think women are almost way more conflicted than men,” says Theron, as she described the complex nature of Mavis Gary. “(Society is) very comfortable with the Madonna/Whore complex. We’re either really good hookers or really good mothers. But we’re not bad hookers, and we’re not bad mothers, and we’re nothing in between.”
Click on the media bar and listen to writer Diablo Cody, Patton Oswalt, and Charlize Theron talk about the many layers of Young Adult:
Although The Adventures of Tintin has taken in just over $24 million at the domestic box office, the animated feature was initially released worldwide, where it has taken in a whopping $239.1 million. The picture is yet another successful outing for director Steven Spielberg, who also has another feature (War Horse) playing during the holidays.
Spielberg was drawn to Tintin, as he’s been a fan of the source material (The Adventures of Tintin series was created by late Belgian artist/writer Herge) since the early 1980s, when Herge’s work was referenced by a French magazine in a review of Raiders of the Lost Ark. During a press conference to promote the film, Spielberg draws parallels with his own filmmaking challenges with Tintin’s (voiced in the feature by Jamie Bell) own larger than life adventures.
Click on the media bar and listen to Spielberg talk about how he relates to Tintin:
Still in theaters and one of the season’s holiday highlights, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS is an animated family film from Aardman Animation. Using very broad and kid-friendly comedy, the film tells the story of how one of Santa’s sons must complete an urgent mission before Christmas morning or lose the family business. Directed by SARAH SMITH, the voice cast includes JAMES McAVOY, HUGH LAURIE, JIM BROADBENT and BILL NIGHY.
Known for his sarcastic wit and acerbic sense of humor, LAURIE recently sat down with us to talk about his character of Santa’s oldest son, Steve, and how he found the voice he settled on for the film. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Enjoying terrific reviews for his role in this year’s family dramedy BEGINNERS, actor CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER is pretty much a shoe-in for Oscar consideration this season. Probably best known for his co-starring role in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, that’s an association PLUMMER would like to forget. Arguably one of the greatest family films of all time, the big screen adaptation of the Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway musical classic was directed by ROBERT WISE and told the romanticized true story of a young Austrian postulant who takes a job as governess to seven unruly children in the years just prior to World War II. Nominated for ten Academy Awards and the winner of five (including Best Picture), the cast is headed by JULIE ANDREWS and PLUMMER. During an interview with PLUMMER, he told us THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the one film most fans recognize him from…and he’s not happy about it. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)