It was 2008’s Mamma Mia! which put Amanda Seyfried in the spotlight, and now she welcomes the “special opportunity” to return as Sophie in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
“It was one of my first big movies and I was genuinely playing myself,” said Seyfried. “From the very first day to the end credits I was on a high and I was 21 and I was in love. I had my best friends with me and I was working with all these wonderful actors and friends. I was basically just playing myself.”
ABBA is once again an integral element in the sequel. Click on the media bar to hear Seyfried talk about why she loves the band’s music:
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, co-starring Pierce Brosnan and Meryl Streep, opens nationwide July 20.
One of Guy Pearce’s best known roles was as an amnesiac whose memory slightly comes back to him via Polaroid pictures in Memento, and in Spinning Man he’s afflicted with a similar condition.
Evan Birch (Pearce) is a college philosophy professor who, although being a family man (Minnie Driver plays his wife), has lecherous tendencies to his students. When a 17-year-old girl (Odeya Rush) goes missing, Detective Malloy (Pierce Brosnan) places Evan as the primary suspect.Alexandra Shipp co-stars as a fellow student who finds herself attracted to Evan, and her infatuation may lead to disastrous results.
Director Simon Kaijser infuses his thriller with an immersive feel, as we see the events unfold primarily through Evan’s eyes. Since Evan has his share of memory lapses and has an interesting take on morality (thanks to his philosophical pursuits), he’s a refreshingly unpredictable character. Driver also does solid work in the feature, which had me guessing about Evan’s guilt right until the very end. The Blu-ray comes with a much needed director’s commentary, and Kaijser thankfully clears up the film’s intricately woven ending (fyi, my interpretation of the final events were entirely wrong, so I appreciated the commentary track). Also included are four minutes worth of deleted scenes and the “Inside Spinning Man” featurette.”
Evan Birch (Guy Pearce) and Ellen Birch (Minnie Driver) in SPINNING MAN. Photo Credit: Lionsgate Premiere.
Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential, Memento) plays a respected college professor named Evan Birch who has life torn apart in Spinning Man. On the surface Birch is happily married (Minnie Driver is his wife) and is a family man, but his own lusts leads him to off-campus infidelities which should fracture his marriage. After a female student named Joyce (Odeya Rush) goes missing, a gruff detective (Pierce Brosnan) hounds Evan, believing he is the prime suspect.
“We, as human beings, constantly work so hard at maintaining our identity whatever that is and the questions of our identity,” said Pearce. “And sometimes times we feel like we’re a good person and other times we feel like we’re a bad person and those can really blur constantly and so we see that stuff come into the surface for Evan during the course of the film.”
Click on the media bar to hear Guy Pearce talk about the “clever” construct behind Spinning Man and why he didn’t add a backstory to h is character (Pearce mentions director Simon Kaijser in the clip):
Spinning Man hits select theaters and On Demand April 6 via Lionsgate Premiere.
Pierce Brosnan, who delivered an excellent performance last year in The Foreigner, plays a detective who’s investigating the disappearance of a female college student in Spinning Man. Guy Pearce is the respected college professor whose own relationships with his students places him as a primary suspect, with Minnie Driver co-starring as the professor’s understandably suspicious wife. Simon Kaijser directs the thriller.
Getting involved as well as doing the project was a straightforward process for Brosnan. I met with Simon before we started filming and had a lovely lunch,” said Brosnan. “I didn’t have any great deep, meaningful questions for him. (With) the character it was fairly evident what had to be done on the page and consequently when we had to do the scenes we’d rehearse and then shoot. Two, three takes at most.”
Pierce Brosnan elaborates on why he joined Spinning Man, a feature he describe as “extremely well written.”
Spinning Man hits select theaters and On Demand April 6.
Jackie Chan is mainly known stateside for his action comedies, as the Rush Hour franchise, though successful, has placed him in a rather narrow box. Chan’s dramatic abilities are on full display with The Foreigner, a movie about a London restaurant owner (Chan) whose teenage daughter is killed in a terrorist bombing. Directed by Martin Campbell, the gritty filmmaking known for such first rate works as Casino Royale and Edge of Darkness (and unfortunately Green Lantern), the film has received great word of mouth. Pierce Brosnan, who previously worked with Campbell in the James Bond flick GoldenEye, co-stars in the feature.
“He wanted the action to be more serious,” said Chan about his collaboration with Campbell. “It’s not too fancy and it’s more real. It’s not like some other action comedy. It’s heavy and tough action. At the same time I told Martin, ‘yes I’ll do that but not too violent.’ I don’t really like violent things.”
Click on the media bar to hear Jackie Chan explain why he wants audiences to see a different version of his acting style with The Foreigner.