Ethan Hawke Craves “Creative Freedom” In His Work

Before Midnight (Sony Pictures Classics)

After his turn as a rookie cop in 2001’s Training Day, Ethan Hawke could have parlayed that momentum and taken his share of studio driven, big budget projects.

Instead, the actor has balanced his career with the occasional genre film with smaller scale, more character centric work. Hawke’s longtime collaboration with director Richard Linklater is front and center once again with Before Midnight, and the actor will also be seen in the thriller The Purge (opening June 7th).

The actor recently reflected on his career and explained why “creative freedom” is an important part of his working life.  “The truth is the more you get paid, the less freedom you have,” said Hawke.  “They never pay you for nothing, it’s just always the way it is. I’ve managed to do this for more than 20 years and keep dodging and weaving and not being one thing.”

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Scott Bakula Happy to Have a New Generation of ‘Leapers’

112The Sci-fi show Quantum Leap is considered to be one of the best shows of that genre to have ever aired on television. The series aired from 1989-1993 on NBC. It’s been over twenty years since the series finale, but the show has found a new life on Cable television.

The majority of the show’s success should be credited to Scott Bakula, who truly proved that he was and continues to be one of the most diverse actors in Hollywood. Every week Bakula not only had to play his regular character, Dr. Sam Beckett, but also other characters as he leaped into other people throughout time to change their lives for the better.

New generations of fans are watching the show and enjoying it as much as we did when it first aired. We spoke to Scott Bakula, who told us why he thought the series was so successful, and that he is thrilled that new generations are enjoying the show as well. (Click on the on media bar below to hear Scott Bakula)

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Seth Rogen Gives Directing Advice With ‘This Is The End’

The End Of The World (Columbia Pictures)

Seth Rogen and longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg co-direct and co-write the comedy This Is The End.  The apocalyptic based narrative has James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson attempting to survive the day after a ton of catastrophic events basically destroys Los Angeles.

One thing the film shouldn’t lack is chemistry, as most of these actors got their start working with Judd Apatow in Freaks and Geeks.

During interviews for This Is The End, Rogen and Goldberg explained why encouraging and motivating actors is an important part of their directing process:

This Is The End opens June 12th.

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‘Evil Dead’ Unearths Blu-ray & DVD Madness In July

Evil Dead (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) Many remakes disappoint and are pale imitations of their predecessor, but Evil Dead, which garnered a solid $54 million at the box-office, didn’t suffer such a fate. Sam Raimi, the director behind the original, is a producer on this version.

The picture, directed by promising filmmaker (and lifelong horror aficionado)  Fede Alvarez, head to Blu-ray and DVD on July 16th.  Blu-ray owners will receive two exclusive featurettes plus the cast and commentary track.  Here’s the special features details for both editions:

DVD & Blu-ray Features

*  Three featurettes (“Making Life Difficult,” “Being Mia,” and “Directing The Dead”).

Blu-ray Exclusives

*  Commentary from actors Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, filmmaker Fede Alvarez, and scribe Rodo Sayagues.

*  Two extra featurettes (“Unleashing The Evil Force” and “Evil Dead the Reboot”)

In the following audio clip, Fede Alvarez talks about receiving Sam Raimi’s blessing for the film:

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Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock Thinks She’s a Good Catch

131701_3917Desiree Hartsock is the newest Bachelorette. As many will remember, she was previously a contestant on The Bachelor, and was sent home by Sean Lowe.Now it’s her turn to choose the man of her dreams. Hartsocks appears to be a smart, confident woman, and thinks she is a good catch for many reasons. (Click on the media bar below to hear Desiree Hartsock)

The Bachelorette airs Monday nights on ABC.

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