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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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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