“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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Listen to Ed Sheeran's Original Song for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" 

Ed Sheeran's original song for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is finally here! Called "I See Fire," the track debuted Tuesday, making it Sheeran's first solo single in two years! The singer tweeted his thanks to director Peter Jackson "and his team for giving me the opportunity."

What do you think of the song? And come to think of it, Sheeran could have been cast as one of the hobbits, HA!

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" arrives in theaters on Dec. 13. Here's the video taken from Jackson's official Facebook page:

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Why I Enjoyed "Ender's Game," Anti-Gay Controversy or Not! 

The long-awaited big-screen adaptation of the popular and beloved book by Orson Scott Card is finally here. Heading the cast is Asa Butterfield (“Hugo”) as Ender, an extremely talented and gifted 12-year-old boy whose destiny is to save our planet from devastating attacks by insect-like alien creatures known as Formics. Harrison Ford is Colonel Graff as the manipulative Battle School commander who helps hone Ender’s leadership skills. Viola Davis is Major Gwen Anderson, a Battle instructor who serves as the heart to Graff’s brain. Sir Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin co-star in the film adapted and directed by Gavin Hood (“Tsotsi,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

Watch my “Ender’s Game” movie review to see why I enjoyed the movie, anti-gay controversy or not!

*** To see what Harrison Ford thinks about the author's anti-gay comments, click here. For my full interview with Mr. Ford, click here; Click here for my interview with Asa Butterfield, and here for Hailee Steinfeld. And then of course, here for Viola Davis.

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Ender Wiggin Speaks! Asa Butterfield Talks About “Ender’s Game” 

He wowed us in Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” and now, Asa Butterfield wants to prove he can also star in a thought-provoking sci-fi blockbuster. In “Ender’s Game,” Asa is the one! The one to save us from the formic aka buggers, the giant insect-like aliens terrorizing our planet. In order for us to buy into the film’s premise that a 12-year-old kid can save the world, Asa must be equally believable. And trust me, he was! In this interview, we talked about:

*** What attracted him to making the film?
*** How did he prepare for the role both physically and mentally?
*** How he was able to convey the character’s inner dialogue
*** Shooting the zero-gravity scenes
*** Working with Sir Ben Kingsley again
*** Was Harrison Ford also a mentor to him in real life much like in the movie?
*** The meaning of his name
*** What does he want viewers to take away after watching “Ender’s Game?”

Official “Ender’s Game” Synopsis:

In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the militarys next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, hes trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.


Asa Butterfield...Ender Wiggin

Harrison Ford...Colonel Graff

Hailee Steinfeld...Petra Arkanian

Abigail Breslin...Valentine Wiggin

Ben Kingsley...Mazer Rackham

Viola Davis...Major Gwen Anderson

Aramis Knight...Bean

Suraj Partha...Alai

Moises Arias...Bonzo Madrid

Khylin Rhambo...Dink Meeker

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