Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan is receiving his best notices in years thanks to director Roman Polanski’sfirst rate thriller The Ghost Writer.In the film, Brosnanplays a disgraced former British prime minister living in America after being accused of war crimes across the pond.Ewan McGregoris the ghost writer hired to pen the prime minister’s memoirsand discovers he’s taken on a bit more than he can chew. Brosnanhimself, who has had his share of tabloid stories and unauthorized biographies fall at his doorstep, is considering writing a memoir of his own. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR TO HEAR PIERCE BROSNAN)
On this day in 1992, TRI-STAR FILMS released CHAPLIN. Directed by SIR RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH from a book by DAVID ROBINSON and CHARLES CHAPLIN, the old-school style biopic was a tour-de-force for ROBERT DOWNEY JR. who took the titular role and made it all his own. Nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, many felt he was robbed when it went, instead, to AL PACINO for his hammy performance in SCENT OF A WOMAN. CHAPLIN is a film that can be re-visited many times over.
It’s a mutual admiration society of two between director MIRA NAIR and star HILARY SWANK in the new biopic, AMELIA. We spoke with NAIR yesterday here in Beverly Hills and she talked about the title role in her film needing an actress that projected certain strong qualities in order to portray America’s most famous aviatrix, AMELIA EARHART. As NAIR put it, HILARY SWANK “…is a daredevil, this chick”. Listen in below: