Making his cinematic directorial debut, Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA has teamed up with co-writer ELI ROTH to bring to the big screen THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, an epic kung fu tale set in 19th-century China. Playing the titular blacksmith who gets caught in the middle of a war over a trove of fabled gold treasure, RZA is joined on screen by LUCY LIU (as a brothel madam) and Academy Award-winning actor RUSSELL CROWE (as a ruthless mercenary).
During our recent interview, ELI ROTH (who was also one of the film’s producers) talked about the casting of RUSSELL CROWE and the enthusiasm with which he embraced his role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Arriving in theaters later this week, WRECK IT RALPH is a celebration of ’80s video games and a reminder that the good old days of gaming arcades have slipped into the past. The latest installment from the hitmakers at Disney/Pixar, the film is centered on the titular villain of an 8-bit arcade game who goes on a quest to clean up his act and prove to the gaming world that he’s got the stuff to be a hero. Along the way, he runs into a lot of familiar arcade faces that should jar a few gameboy memories.
We recently sat down with comic SARAH SILVERMAN (the voice of Vanellope Von Schweetz in the movie) who admitted her surprise at being cast as a Disney princess.
It was standing room only at last Thursday’s special promotional screening of the much anticipated historical epic LINCOLN, held in NYC by Time Magazine to hype this week’s issue featuring our 16th President on its cover. In an article titled “What Would Lincoln Do”, the magazine speculates on how the great emancipator might serve the U.S. in today’s troubled times. Directed by STEVEN SPIELBERG from a script by award-winning playwright TONY KUSHNER, the LINCOLN cast includes DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, SALLY FIELD, JOSEPH GORDON LEVITT, JOHN HAWKES, WALTER GOGGINS, JACKIE EARL HALEY, JAMES SPADER and TOMMY LEE JONES. During the Manhattan press conference to promote the film, STEVEN SPIELBERG admitted that he learned something important while making LINCOLN. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Airing tonight on CBS, the 100th episode of the hit police procedural THE MENTALIST pretty much guarantees a long and healthy string of residual checks for the creative forces that have been bringing it to life for the past four years. Centered on a former professional psychic who comes clean about being a fake in order to use his innate observational skills to assist police in solving crimes, the series is far more charming than it is believable. Created by BRUNO HELLER and starring Australian charmer SIMON BAKER in the titular role, the series has been a hit since its premiere in September of 2008.
During a Television Critics Association press conference to promote the show, creator HELLER admitted the premise is a bit far-fetched but talked about why audiences buy it. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Director/actor Ben Affleck’s critically revered feature Argotopped the competition over the weekend with a $12.4 million haul and a first place finish, beating out newcomer Cloud Atlas, which limped to a third place finish with a paltry $9.4 million. Amidst all its hype and star pedigree (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant), Cloud Atlas was a big disappointment at the box office.
Hotel Transylvania continued its excellent run with a $9.5 million weekend, good enough for second place, withParanormal Activity 4 coming in fourth with $8.7 million. Silent Hill: Revelation 3Dalso had a sub-par debut, mustering up just $8.5 million.
Rounding out the top five are Taken 2 (#6, $8 million), the Kevin James comedy Here Comes The Boom (#7, $5.5 million), the low budget yet profitable horror film Sinister (#8, $5.1 million), the disappointing Alex Cross (#9, $5.0 million), and Pitch Perfect (#10, $4 million).
* Ben Affleck discusses some of the special features that will be featured in the DVD/Blu-ray release of Argo. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ben Affleck).