Actors Directing Actors: George Clooney on Jodie Foster

Money MonsterAcademy Award winner George Clooney reunites with friend and fellow Oscar winner Julia Roberts in the financial drama Money Monster. The film is directed by Jodie Foster, whose previous directing directing credits include Home for the Holidays and Little Man Tate. Clooney is also an accomplished filmmaker, as he’s the directed such highly acclaimed films as Good Night, and Good Luck and The Ides of March. Working with Foster was a first rate experience for Clooney, and he explained why they share a similar approach to directing. (Click on the media bar below to hear George Clooney)

Money Monster opens in theaters May 13.

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‘Maggie’s Plan’ Actress Greta Gerwig Talks Directing Path

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Greta Gerwig stars in writer/director Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan, a New York set comedy that is a welcome change of pace from her  previous work (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Ballad of Jack and Rose). Though Miller’s dramas are arresting in their own right, it’s wonderful to see Miller bring a lighter touch with her latest effort.

Maggie (Gerwig) has a solid career in education and her ethical and focused manner has put her in good stead. Her main desire is to have a family, and her “plan” is to have a pickle business owner (Travis Fimmel) serve as her sperm donor. Complications arise when she falls in love with a self-absorbed anthropology professor (Ethan Hawke) who’s married to an ambitious and exacting academic (a scene stealing Julianne Moore).

The film, which subtly pays homage to Woody Allen’s own New York stories, opens in New York and Los Angeles May 20, and during this week’s press conference I asked Gerwig about her own intentions to direct (she’s writing and directing the feature Lady Bird).

“I knew that there were people who directed,” said Gerwig, who also co-directed the 2008 movie Nights and Weekends with Joe Swanberg and co-wrote the Noah Baumbauch directed Frances Ha and Mistress America. “I knew there were women who directed. It was not like I didn’t know that it existed. But I think in absence of any examples it’s very hard to imagine yourself doing it.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Gerwig talk about how Rebecca Miller has inspired her as a director.



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Adam Levine Was Hesitant About Doing ‘Voice’ Work

adam-levineThe Voice has overtaken other shows to become the music competition series standard on television. A majority of it is attributed to the judges on the show. Adam Levine, the lead singer of the hit music group Maroon 5, and fellow coach Blake Shelton have been mainstays on The Voice each of its 11 seasons.

When The Voice premiered back in 2011, no one could have predicted The Voice would be as successful as it is, Adam Levine told us he had no idea the show would be as successful as it is and goes on to say as first he didn’t think it was the right career move for him to be a judge. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Levine)

For our weekly recaps on The Voice, check out Hollywood Outbreak’s sister site Deepest Dream. The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights 8/7c on NBC.

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Will Smith: ‘Suicide Squad’ Should Kill It At the Box Office

SUICIDE SQUADThough he’s been a hit machine for most of his career, Will Smith has starred in films (Concussion, Focus) that have been box office disappointments. Smith, who remains one of the most lovable stars on the big screen, stars in the summer DC Comics film Suicide Squad.

Taking part in a very highly touted film such as Suicide Squad can be nerve racking even for one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. We caught up with Smith, who told us he feels no pressure with the film and goes on to say it’s one of the most anticipated films of his career. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)

Suicide Squad, co-starring Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, opens August 5

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Appreciative As Hell: ‘Lucifer’s’ Tom Ellis Thanks His Fans

lucifer-113_scn5_0124_hires2The FOX series Lucifer has been a pleasant surprise for the network. The series centers on the the titular character, an evil man who’s tired of life in hell and decides to temporarily move to the morally compromised city of Los Angeles. Instead of collecting souls for his kingdom, Lucifer spends his days helping the LAPD capture criminals!

A major part of Lucifer’s success can be attributed to actor Tom Ellis, who brings massive charm and appeal to the lead  role. The series, which has been renewed for a second season, will be having its season finale tonight, and if you are a fan of the series it’s a can’t miss episode. Tom Ellis himself is very excited that audiences can enjoy it and he’s appreciative over the the show’s growing fan base.

Lucifer’s season finale airs 9/8c tonight on FOX.

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