Guillermo del Toro has been one of Hollywood’s most prolific filmmakers. Over the course of the past decade, he’s written, directed, or produced close to two dozen movies, often pulling double- or even triple-duty on several of those projects. He’s now bringing his talents to American television, as co-creator and executive producer of the FX horror series The Strain. (Not coincidentally, del Toro also wrote and directed the series’ pilot.) With so many movies to be worked on, why did del Toro want to take on TV as well? As he told us, he loved the idea of introducing characters that could grow and progress as the show went on.
Following the huge viral success of 2013’s SYFY horror/comedy hit SHARKNADO, SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE moves the action from the West to the East Coast and features a slew of famous faces in cameo roles. Directed by ANTHONY C. FERRANTE, the film reunites original stars IAN ZIERING and TARA REID along with newbies VIVICA A. FOX, JUDAH FRIEDLANDER, MARK McGRATH and KARI WUHRER.
We recently sat down with ZIERING and REID to talk about the SHARKNADO phenomenon and she reminded us that this isn’t her first experience working in the horror genre.
SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE premieres on SYFY 7/30.
For seven seasons, Lisa Edelstein played Dr. Lisa Cuddy on House, the beloved FOX drama. Edelstein left the series before its final run, and went on to guest star on many other shows. Edelstein is now returning to a starring role on the Bravo series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, playing a self-help book author.
Edelstein says that starring on House was the best thing that ever happened to her and felt that it could never be topped. But finding a great role on her new series proved to her that good and better things can happen.
Lisa Edelstein’s new series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, premieres on December 2, 2014 on Bravo.
hroughout his remarkable film career, Academy Award winner Michael Douglas has shared the silver screen with several of Hollywood’s most illustrious leading ladies, including Kathleen Turner (Romancing The Stone, Jewel of the Nile & War of the Roses), Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Jane Fonda (The China Syndrome), and Gwyneth Paltrow (The Perfect Murder). Now, Academy Award winner Diane Keaton can be added to that list, as they star together in the new romantic comedy, And So It Goes.
Keaton has not only enjoyed a wonderful film career, she has also led a very interesting life off-screen. She is known for her charming personality and her high-profile romances, having dated such celebrities as Al Pacino, Warren Beatty and Woody Allen.
Douglas told us he definitely understands the attraction of Keaton – both on and off the screen — and said she is one of best actresses he has ever worked with.
Charlie Hunnam’s career has been profoundly changed hanks to the success of FX’s Sons of Anarchy. Last summer, he starred in the blockbuster Pacific Rim and with Sons of Anarchy entering its seventh and final season, a high profile film career is probably Hunnam’s next acting chapter.
During our interview with Hunnam, he expressed a bit of nostalgia for the series, understanding that all good things must come to an end.
The Sharknado phenomenon continues with Sharknado 2: The Second One, as Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return to battle these dangerous creatures. This time out, these monstrous sharks wreak havoc in New York, and it’s up to these B-level stars to once again save the day.
During our interview with Ziering, he admitted to having concern over the special effects quality of the first film. With the movie’s humongous popularity and success, those worries have vanished into thin air.
Academy Award winner Halle Berry has been making movies since 1991. In a career that has spanned over two decades, she has accomplished what most aspiring actresses can only dream of.
We recently spoke to Berry and asked her if she remembers her first movie and what that experience was like for her?
‘Lucy’ Has Brains, And Scarlett Johansson Wanted A Body To Match
Filmmaker Luc Besson is known for having strong female characters in his films, as evidenced by La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, and now Lucy. As the titular character, Scarlett Johansson plays a mysterious woman who is able to use over 10% of her brain, causing havoc for anyone who gets in her way.
To make her character physically believable, Johansson made sure she was in tiptop shape. Conditioning is not a problem for the actress, thanks to her work as the Black Widow in numerous Marvel films (most recently in Captain America: The Winter Soldier).
Johansson did and a lot of preparation and explains why she wanted to get into shape to for Lucy.
Whether it’s climbing the wresting ladder as The Rock or becoming a bonafide box-office king, Dwayne Johnson understands that nothing ever comes easy. Challenges are part of his lifestyle, so taking on the iconic role of Hercules seems like the perfect fit. Along with undertaking a rigorous physical regimen, Johnson researched the role to ensure this film is the definitive version of Hercules for a new generation.
The picture took shape after Johnson and filmmaker Brett Ratner talked about their respective visions of the project. Ideas are a great thing, but with two of Hollywood’s heavy hitters in the mix, Hercules became a tangible reality.
Word hit over the weekend that JAMES GARNER was found dead in his California home at the age of 86. A leading man on both the large and small screen, he shot to fame as the titular charming card shark on the 1950s western send-up MAVERICK and followed that playing the titular cranky-but-charming private eye on the 1970s crime show send-up THE ROCKFORD FILES. A veteran of more than fifty feature films, GARNER seemed equally at ease dealing with drama or comedy.
A list of just a few of his unforgettable films would have to include THE GREAT ESCAPE, VICTOR/VICTORIA, MURPHY’S ROMANCE, THE THRILL OF IT ALL, MOVE OVER DARLING, THE WHEELER DEALERS and his own personal favorite, THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (written by PADDY CHAYEFSKY and co-starring JULIE ANDREWS).
Over the years, we had the pleasure of sitting down with GARNER several times and it was during one of those interviews that explained what he thought was the key to his long career.
JAMES GARNER (1928 - 2014)