‘On The Road’ Captures Spirit And Romance Of Mid-Century America For Star Garrett Hedlund

on_the_road_ver11_xlgFinally seeing a notable theatrical release this week, ON THE ROAD is the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of the classic JACK KEROUAC novel that was met with solid critical response at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Directed by WALTER SALLES from a script by JOSE RIVERA, the cast includes GARRETT HEDLUND, KRISTEN STEWART, AMY ADAMS, STEVE BUSCEMI, KIRSTEN DUNST, ELISABETH MOSS and VIGGO MORTENSEN.

A long-time fan of KEROUAC’s iconic novel, HEDLUND also has his heart in the American 1940s and ’50s. During an interview we conducted a few months ago, the actor talked about his fondness for the period. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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ON THE ROAD expands its release today

‘Milk’ Director Gus Van Sant Has High Hopes For Liberace Biopic

gus_van_sant_01Filmmaker GUS VAN SANT’s Best Director Academy Award-nomination was just one of eight Oscar nods the illustrious biopic MILK received for telling the story of the life and times of HARVEY MILK, the activist who became America’s first openly gay elected official. Now, five years later, long-time VAN SANT collaborator MATT DAMON has wrapped production on another gay biopic, this one telling the story of LIBERACE, one of America’s most flamboyant and closeted gay entertainers. Directed by STEVEN SODERBERGH from a script by RICHARD LaGRAVENESE, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA stars MICHAEL DOUGLAS as LIBERACE and DAMON as his much younger paramour.
Sitting down with VAN SANT a few days ago to talk about his upcoming drama PROMISED LAND, we asked if he thought the LIBERACE and HARVEY MILK biopics might have anything in common or if that would be like comparing apples and oranges. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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PROMISED LAND opens in limited release 12/28
BEHIND THE CANDELARBRA is slated for release in May of next year

‘Promised Land’ Star Matt Damon Offers A Peek ‘Behind The Candelabra’

cn_image_size_liberace-behind-the-candelabraSoon to be seen in the issue oriented PROMISED LAND as a gas company huckster trying to sell an impoverished rural community on the benefits of fracking, Academy Award-winning actor MATT DAMON is taking a walk on the wild side in his next film, a behind-the-scenes look at the life of iconic entertainer LIBERACE. A chronicle of the flamboyant pianist’s relationship with paid companion Scott Thorson, the film is said to delve into the details of their life together and its aftermath. Directed by STEVEN SODERBERGH, the cast is headed by MICHAEL DOUGLAS as LIBERACE and DAMON as SCOTT THORSON.
We spoke with MATT DAMON a few days ago about his upcoming films and he indicates that BEHIND THE CANDELABRA might be more than just another Hollywood biopic.

PROMISED LAND opens in limited release 12/28
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA is slated to air on HBO in May of next year

Sir Anthony Hopkins Defends The Notorious ‘Hitchcock’ Reputation

hitchcock_ver4Definitely the less substantial of this season’s two biographical portraits of the troubled filmmaker, HITCHCOCK takes a superficial look behind-the-scenes during the making of his seminal thriller PSYCHO and the misogynistic relationship he enjoyed with long suffering wife, Alma. Directed by SACHA GERVASI and based on journalist STEPHEN REBELLO’S book ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE MAKING OF PSYCHO, the cast features ANTHONY HOPKINS, HELEN MIRREN, JESSICA BIEL, TONI COLLETTE and SCARLETT JOHANSSON. Despite a sometimes laughable make-up job (think BETTE MIDLER in FOR THE BOYS), HOPKINS turns in a convincing performance as the obsessive director whose bad behavior, if around today, would probably land him in a civil court. In fact, at a press conference to promote the film, HOPKINS soft-peddled HITCHCOCK’S reputation by explaining that he had an otherwise good sense of humor. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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HITCHCOCK is in theaters now

‘Lincoln’ Star Daniel Day-Lewis Discovered Some ‘Delicious’ Surprises While Researching The Role

lincoln4Currently in theaters and doing surprisingly well at the box office, LINCOLN appears to be living up to its advance hype and racing towards the front of the awards season line. Directed by STEVEN SPIELBERG from a script by award-winning playwright TONY KUSHNER, the impressive cast includes DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, SALLY FIELD, JOSEPH GORDON LEVITT, JOHN HAWKES, WALTER GOGGINS, JACKIE EARL HALEY, JAMES SPADER and TOMMY LEE JONES. During the Beverly Hills press conference to promote the film, DANIEL DAY-LEWIS (whose titular performance almost guarantees an Oscar nomination) confessed that he made a few discoveries about the 16th POTUS while researching the role, not the least of which was a “delicious” sense of humor . (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

LINCOLN is in theaters now