Best Actor Oscar: Matthew McConaughey Interview for “Dallas Buyers Club” 

Matthew McConaughey steady but hard rise to acclaim could be documented in a movie. The once Paparazzi magnet and rom-com graduate began his ascension with “The Lincoln Lawyer” followed by “Bernie,” “Killer Joe,” and Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike.” And this year alone, McConaughey wowed us in two important movies namely “Mud” and “Dallas Buyers Club.” Now, I love Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave” but my heart belongs to McConaughey’s performance in “Dallas Buyers Club” as a redneck cowboy, and dare I say, straight man, who contacted HIV during the early years of the epidemic. The actor lost weight (an Oscar getter) and dove into the role without sentimentality but not sacrificing gravitas. He is simply amazing in the movie! By the way, the movie is not depressing but uplifting and funny!

I saw down with the actor to talk about:

*** What was his ultimate attraction to making “Dallas Buyers Club?”
*** The movie’s humor and levity
*** His character’s wicked sense of humor
*** The heart of the movie is the relationship between his character, the cowboy, and Jared Leto’s transsexual character, Rayon, the Queen B – I got goosebumps just talking about it with him!
*** How did he prepare for the character?
*** 2013 is McConaughey’s year!
*** Happy 20th Anniversary to “Dazed and Confused” – he said the famous “alright, alright, alright!”

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Best Supporting Actor Oscar: Jared Leto Interview for “Dallas Buyers Club” 

Oh my gosh you guys, you have to see Jared Leto’s performance in “Dallas Buyers Club.” He plays Rayon, an HIV-infected transsexual who teams up with Ron Woodroff (the equally amazing Matthew McConaughey) in peddling much-needed drugs to AIDS patients during the early years of the disease. Leto took a break from his self-imposed acting hiatus to play this role because you know, he’s a busy musician now with his rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. And thank God he played the part! Mark my words, he will get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and perhaps, win! In this interview, we talked about:

*** He brought us “closer to the edge” with this role – a pun on his band’s single but it’s true!
*** What attracted him to making the movie?
*** What made him take a self-imposed hiatus from acting – what did he learn?
*** How was it working with McConaughey – the cowboy and the Queen B!
*** How did he research for the role?
*** A really heartbreaking scene with his dad in the movie – it broke my heart!

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Jennifer Garner Talks About “Dallas Buyers Club” 

Jennifer Garner is an absolute sweetheart! Previously known as Sydney Bristow in the drama thriller “Alias,” Garner is now busy making thought-provoking movies like the new “Dallas Buyers Club” and being the lovely wife of Ben Affleck. I know, I wish we were allowed to ask Garner about her husband’s upcoming role as Batman in the “Man of Steel” sequel but alas, we were forbidden. So, I talked to her about the sure-to-be Oscar contender starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Here’s what we talked about:

*** The film’s touching yet unsentimental portrait of a man willing to live
*** What attracted her to making the movie?
*** What she learned playing the voice of the medical community during the AIDS crisis – how she attacked playing a passionately smart doctor?
*** Ron’s (McConaughey) passion
*** Working with McConaughey again
*** Working with Leto, who I heard, was in character the whole time of shooting the movie
*** What struck her the most about the pandemic we know as AIDS?
*** Let’s dare to live!

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“The Book Thief” Interview with Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nélisse 

“The Book Thief,” the beloved novel by Australian author Markus Zusak, is now a movie starring Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nelisse. Adapted by Michael Petroni (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”) and directed by Brian Percival (“Downton Abbey”), the film tells the tale of a brave and spirited young girl (Liesel played by Nelisse) who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family (Hans played by Rush and Rosa played by Emily Watson) in World War II Germany.

“The Book Thief” is a thought-provoking and hopeful take on the horrible Holocaust and it just received the Critics’ Choice stamp of approval.

I interviewed Rush and Nelisse, and here’s what we talked about:

*** What attracted them to making “The Book Thief”
*** Rush is back playing an instrument again. We, of course, cannot forget his brilliant Oscar-winning performance as a piano player in “Shine,” and now, he’s an accordion player in “The Book Thief.”
*** The film speaks volumes about the power of reading
*** What do they want viewers to take away from watching the movie?

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"Thor: The Dark World" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Do Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston Get? 

Our favorite Norse god, Thor, returns for his second movie adventure in “The Dark World.” Chris Hemsworth, the thunder from down under, embodies the role again and this time, he must team up with his brother/enemy (can we call it bronemy?), to help save Jane (Oscar winner Natalie Portman also returning for the role) and the world. The big bad is Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and his Dark Elves, and they’re hell bent on destroying Asgard and the Nine Realms, yup, Earth included! Can Thor save us all?

Not returning for the sequel is original director Kenneth Branagh. In his place is “Game of Thrones” director, Alan Taylor. The script is written by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFreely, and Don Payne.

Is “Thor: The Dark World” worth your time and money? Is it up to par with other Marvel movies? Take a look at my review:

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