Hanna Speaks! Saoirse Ronan Talks About “Hanna” and Yes, Lady Gaga! 


I truly mean it when I say, I adore this young actress! Since seeing her in “Atonement,” I’ve always admired Saoirse Ronan’s talent. And she is equally amazing in “Hanna” where she plays the mysterious title character.

So I was very happy to meet Ronan for this interview where we talked about:

* How hard is it to play Hanna – a role that requires physical, mental, and emotional prowess?
* Why did she want to work with her “Atonement” director, Joe Wright, again?
* How she prepared for the strenuous physical requirements of the role?
* Bonding with co-star Jessica Barden through Lady Gaga!
* The moral of the story



Here’s more info on “Hanna” from Yahoo:

Raised by her father, an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own. As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

Logline: A 16-year-old raised by her father to be a cold-hearted killing machine must learn how to be a girl.

Genres: Drama and Thriller

Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.

Release Date: April 8th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and language.

Distributors: Focus Features

Cast and Credits

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams

Directed by: Joe Wright

Produced by: Leslie Holleran, Marty Adelstein, Scott Nemes

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Eric Bana Interview for "Hanna!"  


Meeting Eric Bana for a second time was a delight! I interviewed the actor for 2009’s “Star Trek” and now, I’m blessed to sit with him again for “Hanna” where he plays the title character’s father figure. (Check out my interview with Eric Bana for "Star Trek" right here)

In this "Hanna" interview, we talked about:

* Why did he jump on board for the movie?
* What did he think when director Joe Wright told him that the film will be told with a fairy tale structure?
* Working with Saoirse Ronan
* First-time working with fellow Aussie, Cate Blanchett
* Growing up as a moral story of “Hanna” – And I told him I need a daddy like him! :wink




Here’s more info on “Hanna” from Yahoo:

Raised by her father, an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own. As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

Logline: A 16-year-old raised by her father to be a cold-hearted killing machine must learn how to be a girl.

Genres: Drama and Thriller

Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.

Release Date: April 8th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and language.

Distributors: Focus Features

Cast and Credits

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams

Directed by: Joe Wright

Produced by: Leslie Holleran, Marty Adelstein, Scott Nemes

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"Hanna" Interview with Director Joe Wright 


Joe Wright received rave reviews with his Academy Award-nominated films such as 2005’s “Pride and Prejudice” and 2007’s “Atonement.” This time, he’s ditching period films to embrace the action genre with “Hanna.”

And I looooove the film! Saoirse Ronan, Wright’s muse in “Atonement” reteams with the director in the title role. She’s an assassin, trained by her father (Eric Bana) in order to be able to defend herself from the fast-approaching Marissa (Cate Blanchett).

In this interview, we talked about:

* What made him want to make “Hanna?”
* What informed his choice into shooting and editing the film’s action scenes with almost no cuts?
* The film is told in a fairy tale structure – what inspired him to do that?
* “Hanna” is his homage to women!
* The possibility of so many worlds that “Hanna” can visit!
* Hanna’s persona
* The moral story of the film




Here’s more info on “Hanna” from Yahoo:

Raised by her father, an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own. As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

Logline: A 16-year-old raised by her father to be a cold-hearted killing machine must learn how to be a girl.

Genres: Drama and Thriller

Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.

Release Date: April 8th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and language.

Distributors: Focus Features

Cast and Credits

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams

Directed by: Joe Wright

Produced by: Leslie Holleran, Marty Adelstein, Scott Nemes

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Amy Ryan Talks About “Win Win!” She Also Dishes On “The Office” Finale! Am I Hearing Wedding Bells? 


I love Amy Ryan! I still can’t forget her beautiful performance in “Gone Baby Gone.” In the new excellent dramedy “Win Win,” she plays Jackie Flaherty, the wife of Paul Giamatti’s Mike. I’m strongly supporting this great Thomas McCarthy (“The Station Agent,” “The Visitor” movie!

In this interview, we talked about:

What attracted her to making the film?
Her complex mother figure character
Working with Thomas McCarthy
Finding the right rhythm with Giamatti
How did she pick her roles?
And finally, “The Office!” Her character, Holly Flax, may be the reason why Steve Carrell’s Michael Scott is leaving “The Office!”

To watch my interview with Amy Ryan for "Win Win," click here

Here’s more info on “Win Win” from Yahoo:

Disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty, who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy's mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything.

Genres: Drama and Sports

Running Time: 1 hr. 46 min.

Release Date: March 18th, 2011 (limited)

MPAA Rating: R for language.

Distributors: Fox Searchlight Pictures

U.S. Box Office: $1,947,944

Cast and Credits

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale,Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young

Directed by: Tom McCarthy

Produced by: Tom Heller, Lori Keith Douglas, Mary Jane Skalski

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Bobby Cannavale Interview for “Win Win” – Why You Really Have to See This Gem! 


Bobby Cannavale co-stars in the new Fox Searchlight dramedy “Win Win.” He plays Terry Delfino, a friend of Paul Giamatti’s Mike Flaherty. I love this movie from writer/director Thomas McCarthy (“The Station Agent,” “The Visitor”). It’s a testament of our human frailties, about losing everything to win!

In this interview, we talked about:

Cannavale’s interest in working on the film and his character
Working with Thomas McCarthy
How he and Giamatti bonded
Did he wrestle when he was in high school?



Here’s more info on “Win Win” from Yahoo:

Disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty, who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy's mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything.

Genres: Drama and Sports

Running Time: 1 hr. 46 min.

Release Date: March 18th, 2011 (limited)

MPAA Rating: R for language.

Distributors: Fox Searchlight Pictures

U.S. Box Office: $1,947,944

Cast and Credits

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale,Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young

Directed by: Tom McCarthy

Produced by: Tom Heller, Lori Keith Douglas, Mary Jane Skalski

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