The Steven Spielberg political thriller Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks is based on a true story of James B. Donovan, an American lawyer who’s hired by the CIA to rescue a U.S. pilot that’s detained in the Soviet Union. Hanks was 10 years old when the actual events took place and recalls the turbulent times between the two countries and how their rivalry directly influenced his generation. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Hanks talk about growing up America’s relationship with the “Iron Curtain”)
Tom Hanks is getting great reviews for his performance in Bridge of Spies in theaters now.
In the new film Room, Brie Larson(Short Term 12, Trainwreck) is Ma, a woman who, along with her 5-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) have been living in an enclosed shed for several years. Although the “room” is the only place Jack has known throughout his entire life, Ma’s window to the world is an entirely different experience. Abducted at 17, she eventually finds a way to outsmart her captor (Sean Bridges) and reunite with her parents (William H. Macy, Joan Allen). The narrative centers on the painstaking and inspiring journey behind Ma and Jack’s continuing readjustment to life in and outside the room.
In preparation for the role, Larson drew on memories from her life while also imagining the challenge behind Ma’s struggles to survive and to be a good mother.
“There were moments of my childhood that I had forgotten that were so beautiful,” said Larson. “And other moments that I had completely forgotten that were more painful and so having that time just to simply reflect I felt like (it) became a huge part of getting to know her better. But I’m a homebody, so I found it kind of fun to be honest.”
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Room opens today in New York and Los Angeles with a wider release set for November 6, 2015.
Many consider Maroon 5 leader singer and The Voice judge Adam Levine one of the hippest figures in music and on television. With his good looks and charming personality it’s hard not to think he has been one of the coolest guys to hangout with his whole life? Not so fast, as Levine told us that during his teen years he was more like a nerd. In fact, Levine reflected on his teenage years and said that was pretty much a dork! (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Levine)
Adam Levine is balancing judging and music these days as Maroon 5 has a new single on the music charts with “Feelings.” The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights on 8/7c.on NBC.
Matt Damon has made many great movies over his career such as The Talented Mr. Ripley, Good Will Hunting, and The Departed. There are also a few movies that he has made that are very underrated. One of those films was the 2006 drama The Good Shepherd directed by Robert De Niro and co-starring Angelina Jolie. The film centers on the early history of the Central Intelligence Agency as seen through the eyes of a dedicated agent (Damon).
Damon gave one of the best performances of his career and the film should have received a healthy share of accolades. However, the movie failed to receive major Oscar nominations and Golden Globe nominations. We spoke to Matt Damon who told us some films like The Good Shepherd that are viewed 10 years later will probably be even more appreciated. He also adds that maybe the Oscars should follow suit as well! (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Damon)
While we are well into the new season of Grey’s Anatomy, many of the show’s loyal viewers are still reeling over the death of Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), which took place late last season. As we told you a few weeks ago, creator/writer Shonda Rhimes said it wasn’t a very hard to decision to kill McDreamy, as Dempsey was leaving the show and she felt it was the only way to stay true to the character’s relationship to Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo).
Ellen Pompeo, whose character on the show has endured a tremendous amount of pain, said that as hard as it was to ensure her onscreen husband’s death, it was some of the best writing that Rhimes has done. Pompeo adds that for actors, those emotionally wrenching moments are the best scenes to play. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ellen Pompeo)
Grey’s Anatomy fans, has the show been as good without McDreamy? Did the show handle his death the right way or was writing him off the program a horrible idea? Let us know! Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursday nights 8/7c.on ABC.