Aaron Taylor-Johnson Recaptures Dave’s Soul With ‘Kick-Ass 2’

Kick-Ass 2 (Universal)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s cerebral approach to acting, especially when it comes to his work in Anna Karenina, Nowhere Boy, and Albert Nobbs is quite understandable, especially since all of these films (though each visually interesting in their own manner), are character driven pieces.

Taylor-Johnson approached his return as do-gooder Dave Lizewski in Kick-Ass 2 in the same manner. This time out he realized that reprising a role has its share of challenges.

“I go from a character, and then I erase it and just jump to something else,” said Johnson, who is reportedly signing onto The Avengers: Age of Ultron to play Quicksilver, the lightning fast mutant who’s also the son of Magneto. “Because I find that a lot easier. To go back to something and trying to make it feel like the same person is actually a lot harder than it seems.”

Click on the media bar and listen to Aaron Taylor-Johnson explain the acting challenges of resuming the adventures of Kick-Ass.  Director Jeff Wadlow and co-star Christopher Mintz-Plasse can also be heard in the clip.

Kick-Ass 2 opens August August 16th.

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Jesse Spencer Thought ‘Chicago Fire” Finale Was Hot, But What’s Next?

NUP_156339_0661.JPGNBC’s hit drama series Chicago Fire has become one of the most beloved dramas on network television, as it’s managed to draw a loyal audience to its stable. The series, created by Law & Order mastermind Dick Wolf,contains the gritty yet realistic feel of the best moments of the L&O franchise.

Many of the fans of the series were blown away by the season finale, and it’s those type of hard hitting moments that keep devotees coming back for more. These firefighters face hard, compromising decisions in their lives, and at times the repercussions are a total shock to the system.

Jesse Spencer told us recently watched the finale once again and thought the finale was great and goes onto to preview season 2 for us.

Chicago Fire returns for its second season September 4 on NBC

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Amanda Seyfried Goes Deep Into ‘Lovelace’ Acting Process

Lovelace (Radius)Amanda Seyfried plays late porn star Linda Lovelace in the biopic Lovelace, and although the ingenue has experimented with a slew of genres, this is the first time she’s actually portrayed a real person.

One of Seyfried’s prerequisites in taking the part was to shed away any kind of preconceived notions about Lovelace, who is best known as the lead actress from one of porn’s most popular titles, Deep Throat.

“I’m a pretty cynical person, so I knew right off the bat when I entered this project that I was going to have to leave that out the door,” said Seyfried. “Because I’m embodying her. My job is to validate her in lots of ways.”

Although most of the film is set in Florida, the picture’s 25 day shoot took place all over the east side of Los Angeles, including downtown L.A., the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Producers chose the city of Angels to take advantage of California’s state tax incentive.

Click on the media bar to hear Amanda Seyfried talk about “losing herself” during the Lovelace production.

Lovelace, co-starring Peter Sarsgaard as Chuck Traynor, comes out On Demand and in select theaters August 9th.

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Cory Monteith Film ‘Sisters & Brothers’ Hits Blu-ray & DVD in September

Sisters & Brothers (Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Sisters & Brothers, a family drama starring Cory Monteith, Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew (Charlie St. Cloud), Camille Sullivan, and Kacey Rohl (The Killing), hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 10th.

Monteith plays a Hollywood star who’s pretty much the main breadwinner of his family, much to the envy of his brother (Milligan). Crew and Sullivan are sisters who embark on a road trip that goes off the rails. There’s two other sibling stories featured in this indie drama, and since I haven’t seen this 2011 shot picture, I have no idea if any of these stories intersect during the final act (as some of films of this ilk tend to do).

Whether this film succeeds on its own merits or not, it’s just great to see Monteith in a film that’s just around the corner. Rated R, the movie clocks in at 86 minutes. Check out the trailer below.

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Logan Lerman’s Acting Dream Is A Homegrown Passion

Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersAlthough he’s starred in two Percy Jackson films (the latest, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, comes out August 7th), Logan Lerman does not exactly see himself as an action star. Ironically the actor has also worked with director Darren Aronofsky in the highly anticipated Biblical epic Noah and he’s also set to star in the David Ayer (End of Watch) directed WWII feature Fury. We’re assuming both of these films do have their share of strenuous physical exertion, but yeah, don’t peg Mr. Lerman as the action guy.

“Yeah, I mean I enjoy it. It’s fun,” said Lerman, whose stellar early work includes the beloved but short-lived TV series  Jack and Bobby and 3:10 to Yuma. “But it’s physically tiring. I can’t imagine going from action film to action film to action film. I’m just not that guy. I’m kind of lazy.”

After reading Lerman’s quotes, one may not be able to pick up his self deprecating manner, which has endeared him for years to journalists. Click on the media bar below to hear the Los Angeles raised actor talk about why he decided to pursue a career in showbiz:

Lerman’s other credits include My One and Only and The Perks of Being A Wallflower.

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