The Lovely Eva Mendes Talks About “The Place Beyond the Pines” and Working with Ryan Gosling 

Eva Mendes is a revelation in the new Derek Cianfrance film “The Place Beyond the Pines.” She plays Romina, the ex-girlfriend of Luke (Ryan Gosling). Mendes gives a fine and heartfelt performance as a woman caught in the crossfire. In this interview, we talked about:

*** What attracted her to making the movie?
*** What did she admire about Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine?”
*** Cianfrance’s directing skills
*** What attracted her to her character?
*** Holy Motors!
*** Working with Ryan Gosling – the baby actor, Tony Pizza, loves Ryan!
*** Her son in the movie
*** And I wished her a belated Happy Birthday!

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Dane DeHaan Interview for “The Place Beyond the Pines” 

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 Interview for “The Place Beyond the Pines” 

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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My Fun Interview with the Lovely Lily Tomlin for “Admission” – I LOVE HER! 

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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"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" Movie Review 

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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