Rooney Mara Untangles “Side Effects!” See My Fun Interview! 

Rooney Mara (“The Social Network,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) is an incredible enigma. She has a knack for stealing scenes (yes, you remember her as the jilted girlfriend in “The Social Network” and she was only in few scenes) and carried “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” from start to finish. She was awarded an Oscar nomination for that film.

In “Side Effects,” she plays a woman battling depression and anxiety after her husband, Channing Tatum’s Martin, went to prison for insider trading. As soon as he gets out of jail, things get complicated with Mara’s Emily trying to kill herself. So Jude Law’s Dr. Banks prescribes a pill that adds layers to the drama. In this interview, we talked about:

*** What attracted her to her character Emily?
*** The unpredictability of the script
*** Jude Law’s character
*** Working with Channing Tatum
*** Mental health versus violence
*** What makes her happy?

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Talks About “Side Effects” 

I enjoyed meeting Catherine Zeta-Jones (“The Mask of Zorro,” “Chicago,” “Traffic”)! The lovely Oscar winner was warm and jovial and full of praises for Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects.” In the film, Zeta-Jones stars as the mysterious Dr. Erica Siebert who may or may not hold the key in unlocking the secrets of the film. In this interview, we talked about:

*** What she thought of the script initially?
*** The film’s unpredictability
*** The multi-layer nature of the story
*** Working with Steven Soderbergh again
*** Steven Soderbergh’s last theatrical film – “Side Effects”
*** What makes her happy?

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The Sweet Vinessa Shaw Talks About “Side Effects” 

You may remember Vinessa Shaw in the Disney Halloween-themed film from 1993 called “Hocus Focus,” or in the 1999 Stanley Kubrick film “Eyes Wide Shut.” Shaw has a knack for being memorable in the films she’s in, and in “Side Effects,” she plays Deirdre Banks, the wife of Dr. Banks (Jude Law). I loved meeting Miss Vinessa, she’s sweet and down-to-earth. In this interview, we talked about:

*** How she got involved to making “Side Effects”
*** Working with Steven Soderbergh
*** What attracted her to her character Deirdre Banks
*** Her initial reaction to Scott Z. Burns’ script
*** The film stars with blood and ends with tears
*** Working with Jude Law
*** The film’s superficial pill culture – the Bitter Pill – but look inside and it’s about human frailties
*** What makes her happy?

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Mental Health and Violence: Real-Life Doctor Explains “Side Effects” 

Dr. Sasha Bardey (“Wonderland”) serves as a co-producer and technical adviser to Steven Soderbergh’s new film, “Side Effects.” He worked with the film’s screenwriter, Scott. Z. Burns (“Contagion”), before for the TV show “Wonderland.” Dr. Bardey used to be a psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital in New York City where he met Burns. In this interview, we talked about:

*** How he got involved with “Side Effects”
*** The relationship between mental health and violence – the hot topic du jour
*** The magic pill to help us all!
*** Will he side with Dr. Banks (Jude Law) in the movie if he meets a patient like Emily (Rooney Mara)?
*** What makes him happy?

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Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe to Make Special Oscar Appearances 

Oscar telecast producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, have announced that the Oscars will feature special appearances by Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe at the upcoming Awards ceremony.

This will be Gordon-Levitt, Radcliffe and Tatum’s first time appearing on the Oscar show.

Here's the rest of the press release:

Theron won an Oscar for her leading role in “Monster” and received her second nomination for her leading role in “North Country” (2005). Theron starred in 2012’s “Prometheus” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Tatum, who starred in five films of 2012, including “Magic Mike,” “21 Jump Street” and “The Vow,” will next be seen in “Side Effects,” due out this week, and “White House Down,” due out this Summer.

Gordon-Levitt had a very busy year, with roles in “Dark Knight Rises,” “Looper” and the Best Picture nominee “Lincoln.” He most recently starred in “Don Jon’s Addiction,” which he also wrote and directed, and which premiered at Sundance last month.

Radcliffe starred as the title character in the “Harry Potter” series, which is the highest grossing film series of all time. In 2012 he starred in “The Woman in Black,” and this year will be seen in “Kill Your Darlings,” “Horns” and “The F Word.”

Theron, Tatum, Gordon-Levitt and Radcliffe join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters including “The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Ted; and, musical performers including Adele, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to or download the official Oscars app.

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