Available today on DVD and Blu-ray, MOONRISE KINGDOM is arguably one of the best films of the year and tells a delightful coming-of-age story set in a 1960’s New England town where a young boy and girl attempt to run away together and spark a community-wide mobilization to track them down. Co-written (with ROMAN COPPOLA) and directed by WES ANDERSON, the all-star ensemble cast includes EDWARD NORTON, BRUCE WILLIS, BILL MURRAY, TILDA SWINTON, HARVEY KEITEL, FRANCES McDORMAND, JASON SCHWARTZMAN and BOB BALABAN as well as newcomers JARED GILMAN and KARA HAYWARD.
As a lonely small-town cop, BRUCE WILLIS turns in the sort of subdued performance that tends to get noticed come awards season and, at the Cannes press conference to introduce the film, he talked about why he wanted to take the role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
We caught up with TOM HANKS a couple of days ago to talk about his upcoming sci-fi epic CLOUD ATLAS and get the latest update on his plans for a Broadway debut early next year. Written by the late NORA EPHRON (a long-time pal and collaborator), LUCKY GUY is a drama inspired by the career of MIKE McALARY, a controversial tabloid reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for a series of New York Daily News columns on Haitian immigrant ABNER LOUIMA. Set to be directed by Tony Award-winner GEORGE C. WOLFE (ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES, BRING IN ‘DA NOISE-BRING IN ‘DA FUNK), the show sounds like a good fit for HANKS and, during our interview, he was his usual charming, affable self while talking about it. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Currently in select theaters and available via VOD, 3,2,1…FRANKIE GO BOOM is an off-beat, quirky comedy involving two distinctly different brothers, a faded movie star, a transgendered ex-con, a sex tape and a pig. Written and directed by JORDAN ROBERTS, the film features SONS OF ANARCHY stars RON PERLMAN (in full drag, no less) and CHARLIE HUNNAM as well as CHRIS NOTH, NORA DUNN, CHRIS O’DOWD, LIZZY CAPLAN, ADAM PALLY and WHITNEY CUMMINGS.
Because of his powerful starring role in the hit FX series SONS OF ANARCHY, fans tend to forget that PERLMAN is no stranger to comedic roles as well. During our recent interview, he reminded us that he got his start in comedy.
3,2,1…FRANKIE GO BOOM is in select theaters and available via VOD
Opening in limited release Friday and poised for awards consideration later this year, THE SESSIONS is inspired by actual events and tells the touching and (amazingly) upbeat story of a 38-year-old polio survivor who decides to lose his virginity via the assistance of a sex surrogate. Written and directed by BEN LEWIN, the film features standout (not to mention incredibly brave) performances by JOHN HAWKES and HELEN HUNT as well as strong support from WILLIAM H. MACY, MOON BLOODGOOD, ADAM ARKIN and RHEA PERLMAN.
Handling scenes of sexual as well as emotional intimacy with the sort of strength and confidence that wins critics’ hearts, HAWKES recently admitted (during our interview for the film) that a lot of the credit for his performance goes to HUNT and LEWIN. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
In what is considered by many to be a totally miraculous turn of events, BRISTOL PALIN remains a contestant in this season’s reality competition show DANCING WITH THE STARS. Arguably the luckiest participant in the history of the series, PALIN somehow manages to hang on week after week confounding a whole lot of viewers. A hugely popular and engaging show, DANCING WITH THE STARS has made a specialty of bringing ballroom dancing and the spirit of variety back to the home audience. Hosted by TOM BERGERON with an able assist from BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET, the show constantly scores in the always important TV ratings race. We spoke with PALIN during the recent Television Critics Association press event and she shared her thoughts on why she wanted back in the spotlight and how faith keeps her grounded.