Olivia Goes ‘Wilde’ for the Diverse Directors She’s Worked With

14Olivia Wilde is one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood. She currently stars in Rush, Academy Award winner Ron Howard’s racing movie. Wilde has four other films coming out this year, and two of her films, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Drinking Buddies, were already released earlier this year.

Wilde told us that working with so many diverse director’s, including acclaimed director’s Ron Howard, Paul Haggis, and Spike Jonze, as well as other young and upcoming director’s, has made her really want to direct herself. She also said that she observes them while working, especially Ron Howard, whom she followed around the set and was amazed by his work ethic. (Click on the media bar below to hear Olivia Wilde)

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Adam Levine: Christina Aguilera & CeeLo Green Bring Back Fresh New Energy to The Voice


NBC’s hit reality singing competition, The Voice, is off to another great start. The show seems to be as good as ever with the return of original judges/mentors Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green. As many will recall, last season Aguilera and Green stepped away for one season to concentrate on other ventures, and were replaced by music stars Usher and Shakira.
While having new judges helped bring new energy to the show, Adam Levine, who has been on every season, is pleased about the return of Aguilera and Green, and says that the chemistry that the original judges have with each other is very special and can’t be duplicated. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Levine)

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Fright Night 2: New Blood Interview: Director Eduardo Rodriguez Stays On The Path

Fright Night 2Out on Blu-ray and DVD October 1st, Fright Night 2: New Blood features Jaime Murray (Defiance, Dexter) as Gerri Dandridge, a professor and vampire whose bloodlust may claim the life of a teenager’s (Will Payne) innocent ex-girlfriend (Sacha Parkinson). Fright Night mainstay (and television star) Peter Vincent is also back for some vampire hunting, and this time he’s played by Sean Power.

The Romania set story, though straight to video, has its share of impressively shot set pieces, and considering its low budget filmmaker Eduardo Rodriguez manages to pull off an intriguing horror flick. There’s an animated sequence I really love that’s smack dab in the middle of the picture, and Fright Night 2’s denouement is also pretty interesting (and surprisingly understated).

We talked to filmmaker Eduardo Rodriguez over the phone to talk about the feature. Here’s what he had to say:

Outbreak: The movie has its share of visually interesting moments. Do you start constructing these sequences right away?

Rodriguez: When I’m reading a script, the images come into my mind. Those are the scripts that I’m attracted to – the ones that, right away, as soon as I read it, the images start showing up. I think that’s part of it, but also the more you shoot, the more you get a visual sense of what works and what doesn’t. For example, a movie like Fright Night 2, we only had 23 days to shoot so you really need to know what will work and what won’t work.

Of course sometimes, you go for something and then it’s like ‘Oh man, I wish I would have shot it a different way’ or ‘We don’t have the coverage for this and we have to (fix it) in post.’

Outbreak: Fright Night 2 is also not just a one dimensional horror film.

Rodriguez: Matt Venne did a really good job with the script. He made the characters relatable. This is the first time I made a horror/comedy movie and that’s a very strange line to follow. In my experience it’s hard to make a film scary when there’s laughing. Matt had it in his script in the beginning. He was able to balance the scares and the funny elements and that helped me a lot to tell the story and make it about the kids. Of course you want to have the scares and the gore. Everybody who loves horror loves those elements, but at the end of the day, people relate to characters. They don’t relate to cool looking shots, or awesome visual effects.

In my opinion it also comes down to the actors. If you have talented actors, then they are able to make those lines their own and pull it off and create people that are alive on the screen. Everybody did a really good job so that helped tremendously.

Outbreak: Having Jaime Murray as your vampire must have been a huge asset to the production.

Rodriguez: Of course. She commands the screen. She’s a really strong woman and super, super cool person. She made things a lot easier for everybody because she knew her character. She prepares really well. She knew what she wanted to do with the Gerri Dandridge character and basically we came to the same page and I think she did a really really good job in terms of the balance. She couldn’t just be sexy the whole time – she needed to have that presence and be frightening.

Fright Night 2Outbreak: Before you moved to features, you had experience directing short films as well. Other than the length and scope, there must be other obvious differences.

Rodriguez: When you’re making a short film, you’re making the movie completely out of passion with your friends. There is something in the real world, when people are working for money, it becomes a different creature. Making a short film is such an amazing experience because it’s something you do out of 100% love. And I think that’s harder to replicate in the real world. Especially nowadays when you don’t need a lot of money to make short film – you can even use your cell phone and you don’t even have to invest in a camera. It doesn’t have to be 15 or 20 minutes. It can be a five minute short. You practice and you polish your craft. Making short films prepare you for the real world in terms of going from an idea to a final product.

Outbreak: Do you have any advice for novice filmmakers?

In terms of advice, I don’t know. I’ve always been from the school of just follow your heart. Do whatever you think is best. At the end of the day, everyone has a different path. The other thing is you can’t get discouraged. Everybody is making movies, especially with the internet there are a lot more venues. You just have to be strong you have to think, ‘I have nothing better to do, so I’ll just keep on doing it.’ Just keep fighting. That’s what I’ve been doing.

***Special features on Fright Night 2: New Blood include commentary from Rodriguez and producers Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta, Fright Night webisodes and the featurette Dracula Revealed.

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Tom Hanks Explores a ‘Bigger World’ In Honing Acting Craft

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures, CR: Hopper Stone, SMPSP)

During his diverse career, Tom Hanks has received five Oscar nominations, and he’s taken home the trophy for his work in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.

Early word of mouth suggest Hanks is an awards nomination shoo-in for Captain Phillips, the true story of Captain Richard Phillips ordeal with Somali pirates in 2009. The film, directed by The Bourne Supremacy filmmaker Paul Greengrass, is based on Phillips’ book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea.

Much of his work in Captain Phillips requires a healthy deal of physicality, but the part also had Hanks delve into the mentally challenging ordeal Phillips underwent from this traumatic experience. When asked if he conjures up visions of his own family when acting in emotionally driven scenes, Hanks said that’s a tool that he rarely uses these days.

“I don’t have anything in common with Rich (Phillips),” said Hanks. “I love my family, I love my kids. And when the moments come it’s not as though you can just substitute your own life for what (role) you’re doing. You have to go to some other place where it’s bigger than your own life and it has more impact than that.”

To hear Tom Hanks elaborate on the places he goes to in creating his characters, click on the media bar below:

Captain Phillips opens October 11.

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Arsenio Hall Reminisces About Bonding with The King of Late Night: Johnny Carson

12Arsenio Hall’s return to late night television has been great so far. Since debuting earlier in September, The Arsenio Hall Show has been a ratings winner. Many will remember his previous incarnation of his late night show in the 1990’s which ran from 1989 to 1994. At that time, the iconic Johnny Carson ruled late night with The Tonight Show, until Hall’s show drew in a younger audience.  Arsenio gave Carson competition to see who would rule late night.
Back then, there were rumors that Carson was bitter towards his competitor Hall, who was ready to take over the title of the king of late night. But Arsenio tells us those rumors just aren’t true.  We spoke to Arsenio Hall several times over the years, and on one occasion, he shared a story with us about Carson.  He told us that Carson was actually a big fan of his, and took him out to dinner to talk about a variety of subjects, where they found they had a lot in common.

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