With Django Unchained, actor Jamie Foxx stars in his most substantive film since the critically acclaimed biopic Ray and the noir drenched Los Angeles flick Collateral. Playing a slave who teams up with a shrewd bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to find his wife (Kerry Washington), Foxx gives a surprisingly restrained performance as Django, as most of the scene stealing bits are gobbled up by Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson.
In our interview with Foxx, he expressed his preference of comedy over drama, and he explains why he misses the “dangerous” material of Eddie Murphy’s earlier work. To listen to Jamie Foxx, click on the VIDEO below:
Django Unchained, directed by Quentin Tarantino, is now playing nationwide.
It’s 1949 Los Angeles, and crime lord Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) has a stranglehold on the city. With his share of politicians and cops under his payroll, Cohen won’t be an easy guy to take down. Gangster Squad, the new film from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer pits Cohen against a principled crew of LAPD vets (led by Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling) determined to bring a little justice to La-La land.
Following the traditions of the California noirs L.A. Confidential and the underrated Mulholland Falls, Gangster Squad may put this genre back on the cinematic map, and at the very least the movie should be a visually interesting movie, thanks to the cinematography work of Dion Beebe (Collateral, Miami Vice, and Memoirs of a Geisha are among his standout projects).
The following audio clip below, taking from the Gangster Squad press conference, is a pretty cute exchange between co-stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (they previously worked together on Crazy, Stupid, Love). To hear Gosling and Stone, click on the media bar below:
Actress Jessica Chastain is a shoo-in to receive a Best Actress Oscar nod for her work as an intrepid and unflappable CIA agent in the first rate feature Zero Dark Thirty. Chastain is highly believable as an operative obsessed with capturing Osama bin Laden, but surprisingly she didn’t meet the real agent as research. The actress gives us her reasons why she still hasn’t met the woman behind Zero Dark Thirty, and she explains how she was able to inhabit such a complex character.
So with the new additions of Nikki Minaj,Keith Urban, and Mariah Carey, American Idol’s star power is at an all time high, but will it still continue to climb new heights? Although the show has produced such stars as Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, and Oscar winning actress Jennifer Hudson, it may have lost its thunder to such shows asThe Voice and The X Factor.
American Idol constant Ryan Seacrest is still confident in American Idol, as he calls the program the “gold standard” of singing competition shows. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Seacrest).
With his silky smooth voice, natural charisma, and topnotch performance Bruno Mars is a throwback singer to the great Motown days. This isn’t the 1960s, however, and Mars modern pop sensibilities has yielded such runaway (excuse the pun Mars fans) hits as Just the Way You Are,GrenadeIt Will Rain, and his latest single Locked Out of Heaven, which is currently at the top of the music charts. Mars talks about the heart and soul he puts into writing and performing his tunes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Bruno Mars).