Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg is one of the most acclaimed and beloved directors in movie history. Having directed iconic movies such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Spielberg has successfully directed many genres and shown the kind of versatility most directors can only dream of.
His latest film, Lincoln, is a hit with film critics and movie audiences. Having made some of the best films the big screen has ever seen, Spielberg tells us that he still gets inspired to make films today; however, he doesn’t look for inspiration, he lets it find him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg)
Currently in theaters, DJANGO UNCHAINED, QUENTIN TARANTINO’S grindhouse-style valentine to antebellum blaxploitation pictures, is outrageous, audacious, politically incorrect and, for our money, one of the best films of the year. A no-holds-barred look at pre-Civil War slavery, the film is just shameless in its efforts to polarize audiences with its over-the-top race-baiting and violence. Boasting a cast of such high-profile names as LEONARDO DiCAPRIO, JAMIE FOXX, DON JOHNSON, JONAH HILL, CHRISTOPH WALTZ, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, KERRY WASHINGTON, WALTER GOGGINS, JAMES REMAR and DENNIS CHRISTOPHER. TARANTINO’S exercise in shock therapy will thrill some audiences while testing the strength of others. At the recent press conference to hype the film, long-time TARANTINO collaborator SAMUEL L. JACKSON talked about why he’s such a fan of the filmmaker. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Soon to be seen in the upcoming drama PROMISED LAND, actress ROSEMARIE DeWITT sat down recently with reporters to talk about her life and career. A veteran of television, stage and screen, DeWITT has been seen this year in NOBODY WALKS, THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN and YOUR SISTER’S SISTER. Probably best known for her titular role in RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (for which she was nominated for several critics awards), she also had a role in director RON HOWARD’S biopic CINDERELLA MAN, which told the story of her real-life grandfather JAMES J. BRADDOCK (portrayed by RUSSELL CROWE in the film).
During our interview, DeWITT reminisced about her legendary boxing great relative.
Just a quick thought on the passing of stage, screen and TV veteran JACK KLUGMAN, who died Christmas Eve at the age of 90. A gifted actor with a great sense of humor, he played Herbie in the original Broadway production of GYPSY (opposite ETHEL MERMAN) and was a valued supporting actor in such films as DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, 12 ANGRY MEN and I COULD GO ON SINGING. On the small screen, he made the unlikely crime-fighter QUINCY, MD (a forensic pathologist) a likeable hero and, along with co-star TONY RANDALL, made THE ODD COUPLE one of the greatest sitcoms in TV history. We had a chance to talk with him a few years ago at a Television Critics Association press event and he elaborated on why he enjoyed so much working on THE ODD COUPLE. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Fifty million theatergoers can’t be wrong (or can they?) and are waiting with bated breath for the release of the big screen adaptation of LES MISERABLES, the West End-to-Broadway musical hit that has captivated audiences for decades. Directed for the screen by TOM HOOPER, the cast includes HUGH JACKMAN, RUSSELL CROWE, ANNE HATHAWAY, EDDIE REDMAYNE, AMANDA SEYFRIED, SACHA BARON COHEN and HELENA BONHAM-CARTER. Bound for Oscar glory, LES MIZ will definitely put a smile on the faces of its legion of fans. At the recent press conference to promote the film, TOM HOOPER talked about the warnings of nay-sayers before he took on the job. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Comedy legends BETTE MIDLER and BILLY CRYSTAL team up to play grandparents called into babysitting service by a controlling daughter. Directed by ANDY FICKMAN from a script that was punched up by longtime screen-writing partners LOWELL GANZ and BABALOO MANDEL, the film promises plenty of holiday hi jinks aimed at the whole family. BILLY CRYSTAL sat down with us last week and admitted the film turned out to be better than he hoped. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Filmmaker QUENTIN TARANTINO’s cheery holiday offering is DJANGO UNCHAINED, an homage to the blaxploitation flicks of the ’70s that is being hailed as “one of the year’s best” despite being the most politically incorrect and violent film of the season. Recalling such underground favorites as MANDINGO and THE LEGEND OF NIGGER CHARLIE, TARANTINO’S vision of antebellum slavery will, no doubt, polarize audiences. Being on the actual plantation set with its attention-to-detail proved to be a surreal experience for SAMUEL L. JACKSON, who confessed that it took a little time to get used to. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)