Dane DeHaan is a rising star. He gave us a memorable performance in last year’s “Chronicle” and even gave commanding presence in movies like “Lawless” and “Lincoln.” This year, he’s starting off with a blazing portrayal in “The Place Beyond the Pines” as Jason, the son of Ryan Gosling’s character. He’s currently shooting “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” where he’s set to be Harry Osborn. In this interview, we talked about:
*** What got him interested in his character, the “loner stoner?”
*** His character becomes the catalyst of the film – the sins of the father
*** Working with his partner-in-crime in the film, Emory Cohen
*** Taking his craft seriously
*** Bonding with Cohen through movies – Marlon Brando vs. James Dean, Al Pacino vs. Robert De Niro, or…Bradley Cooper or Ryan Gosling?
*** How does he find the voice of a character?
*** How the director helped him in finding the character?
*** He teases us about “The Amazing Spider-Man 2!’
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Emory Cohen (“Smash,” “New York, I Love You”) stars as AJ, the son of Bradley Cooper’s character. He plays a petulant, spoiled son who must realize the sins of his father for his road to redemption. I enjoyed this movie from director Derek Cianfrance (“Blue Valentine”). Ryan Gosling reteams with Cianfrance for this daring look at familial setting. In this interview, Cohen and I talked about:
*** When he first saw the script what did he think?
*** What attracted him to his character AJ?
*** He taught me how to say Schenectady correctly!
*** How he create a perfect chemistry with Dane DeHaan who plays Ryan Gosling’s son?
*** How he bonded with DeHaan through movies! Marlon Brando or James Dean? Al Pacino or Robert De Niro? Bradley Cooper or Ryan Gosling?
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I love, love, love Lily Tomlin! The iconic actress is so down-to-earth and witty! And she's fantastic in the new movie “Admission” from director Paul Weitz based on the novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz and adapted by Karen Croner. Tomlin stars as Susannah, the mother of Tina Fey's character. She's a staunch feminist who may have misguided her daughter early on in life. Paul Rudd also stars in “Admission” – a sweet, smart, heartfelt film about letting someone in in your life. In this interview, we talked about:
*** Her attraction to the film
*** Her well-drawn character and her tattoo in the movie in homage to Bella Abzug, one of the leaders of the women's movement
*** The movie's crux is passion – what drives Miss Lily Tomlin?
*** Her love for Palm Springs – I invited her and partner Jane Wagner to live with me
And then...she kissed me...awwwwww. I wished that was caught on tape but alas, it will always reside in my dreams and in my heart.
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There's only one big movie opening this weekend and that is the comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." It explores the world of magician with Steve Carrell in the title role and Steve Buscemi playing his magician partner, Anton Marvelton. Trouble arises when Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), an up-and-coming street magician, arrives at the scene. Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, and James Gandolfini also star from director Don Scardino ("30 Rock") and adapted by the "Horrible Bosses" scribes, Jonathan M. Goldstein and John Francis Daley.
But is the movie truly incredible? Take a look:
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I am very happy to report that Gerard Butler is back in the mode we love him the most – action! Helping him is director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”). Together, the two (Butler also served as producer of the film) created an intense, nail-biting, non-stop action flick that has absolutely no pretensions! And I enjoyed the film!
Butler stars as Mike Banning, a disgraced Presidential guard who must return to the White House to save our POTUS from Korean terrorists. And did I tell you the movie is intense? And that’s largely due to Fuqua’s firm direction.
In this interview, we talked about:
*** The film’s substance
*** The White House has not been attacked like this since aliens zapped it in “Independence Day”
*** How the film was developed – listen to Fuqua’s calm answer
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