Hugh Jackman once again returns to the big screen, playing Blackbeard in the fantasy film Pan. Directed by Atonement filmmaker Joe Wright, the picture is a visually sumptuous retelling of Peter Pan’s (Levi Miller) origin story. Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy) co-stars as Pan’s friend James Hook who aids him in his quest to defeat Blackbeard.
Jackman, who brilliantly embodies the role, says Pan is first and foremost an adventure story. He also adds that audiences are going to see a completely new vision of Pan’s journey, and at its heart the movie should strike a deep emotional chord for fans of the Peter Pan universe. (Click on the media bar below to hear Hugh Jackman explain the everlasting appeal of Pan)
Audiences are enthralled with the new CBS series Limitless, which many, including the cast and producers, view as a sequel to the hit film of the same name. Bradley Cooper who appeared in the first episode and starred in the box-office hit, is also one of the executive producers of the series. His hands on involvement with the show includes the casting of Jake McDorman as Brian Finch, the latest individual whose abilities are heightened thanks to the addicting NZT-48 drug.
Though many A-List stars produce television shows, a healthy share of actors aren’t as hands on as Cooper, who enthusiastically pitched the show to McDorman during Oscar season. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jake McDorman & series creator Craig Sweeny discuss Cooper’s efforts in getting Limitless off the ground)
Hell and Back is a stop motion animated feature that centers on Remy (Nick Swardson) and Augie (T.J. Miller), two slackers who must rescue their friend Curt (Rob Riggle) from hell after he unwittingly broke a blood oath. Bob Odenkirk also serves as the voice of the Devil, with Susan Sarandon voicing Barb the Angel, the object of Satan’s affections.
During our interview with Rob Riggle and Nick Swardson, the actors discussed their involvement in Hell and Back, a project that was developed by ShadowMachine, the animation studio best known for the successful series Robot Chicken.
“We improvised a lot,” said Swardson. “(Co-director) Tom Gianis, he got everybody in the movie that were the best improvisers in the world. He just got people who knew what they were doing. I don’t even remember the script – it’s been so long and it went through so many incarnations of just improvising and doing more re-recordings. It’s a three year process.”
In the clip below, Rob Riggle elaborates on making up “some funny” in to Hell and Back:
Hell and Back, which also features voice work from Mila Kunis and Danny McBride, opens Friday, October 2.
Now in its 9th season, The Voice, continues to be the best music competition series on television. The show continues to draw big audiences, and many have different theories on the program’s monumental success.
The Voice judge Pharrell Williams has a few different theories of why The Voice continues to be successful. Williams, a prolific producer and artist in his own right, is passionate about nurturing the eclectic talent on his team, talks about why The Voiceis such a “rare thing.” (Click on the media bar below to hear Pharrell discuss the cool “domino effect” of the show)
Do you agree with Pharrell? Why do you do think The Voice is so successful? Let us know!
The Voice airs Monday & Tuesday nights 8/7c.on NBC.
Michael Fassbender already has one Academy Award nomination under his belt and seems to be sure bet for another nomination for his portrayal the genius behind the success of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the biopic Steve Jobs.
While there have been many biographies about Jobs, this film is blessed with the words of Academy Award winning scribe Aaron Sorkin, the brilliant mind behind The Social Network and the Emmy winning TV series The West Wing. With so many biographies that have been already made whether it be for books or television, many question why did there need another bio made of Jobs? Fassbender explains that it’s important for the world to see the passionate visionary who has changed the way the “world works.” (Click on the media bar below to hear Michael Fassbender)
Steve Jobs, co-starring Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen, opens in Los Angeles and New York October 9.