Soon enough, the fact that Daniel Radcliffe got his start as the central character in a billion-dollar movie franchise will be the most well-known part of his bio, but it will hardly be the whole story.
Showing off a range of subtlety and depth not available, or required, to play Harry Potter, the mannish Radcliffe takes on a spooky spectre in the big-screen version of the famed British novel by Susan Hill and carries the unsettling movie from the first creepy shot to its last.
We were on the London, England set of The Woman in Black last November and got to see first-hand how the story of solicitor Arthur Kipps and the unwelcoming, bewildered village of Crythin Gifford came together, so it was a delight to get to sit down with the actor to chat about the finished product when he was in Toronto recently.
Radcliffe was candid and, as always, eloquent, and revealed his feelings about playing a father - his son in the movie is played by his real-life godson Misha Handley - and why he wouldn't run if he found himself in a haunted house.
Abbie Cornish has a decision to make. There are only two places to sit in this Toronto hotel suite. One is a nice big chair, the other is a tiny ottoman. She picks the ottoman and offers me the much higher, and more comfortable spot.
This humble and happy 29-year-old Australian was dubbed "the new Nicole Kidman" after she won Best Actress at the Australian Film Institute Awards for playing a teen runaway in 2004's Somersault. Since then she's been Bradley Cooper's long-suffering girlfriend in Limitless, fiery and fashionable Fanny Brawne in Bright Star and the kick-ass Sweet Pea in Sucker Punch.
But Cornish may be more famous for some real-life drama. While making Stop-Loss in 2007 she met actor Ryan Phillippe who, at the time, was married to Reese Witherspoon. When news broke that the Golden Couple had separated, and that Phillippe was involved with Cornish, she was cast as the other woman. "I woke up one morning and there was this whole thing I had to process and deal with," she remembers. She and Phillippe were together for three years. "I'd never been exposed to this. I had to let it go and focus on my career."
His third time flirting with babes, playing with gadgets and looking slick in a suit encountered some serious delays, but Daniel Craig is back as James Bond and in this first official photo from Skyfall, the super-spy's 23rd big-screen outing, we get darkness, what looks like a snub-nosed-and-probably-high-tech gun and a butched-up blond Bond, complete with noticeable stubble.
Though the movie, directed by Sam Mendes, boasts some serious talent in its supporting players - Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Berenice Marlohe, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney and Judi Dench - we only get Craig's steely look in profile backlit by neon blues and reds.
Dig into the full image after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments!
The upcoming remaking of 21 Jump Street will premiere as the centerpiece of Austin's South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival.
The action-comedy stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in a big screen version of the 1980s Johnny Depp TV series. It will screen March 12 at SXSW, which runs March 9-17.
The conference also announced its closing film will be Big Easy Express, a documentary about a group of touring folk bands including Mumford & Sons.
SXSW earlier announced that The Cabin in the Woods, an anticipated horror film co-written by Joss Whedon and starring Chris Hemsworth, will open the festival.
From the outside, it appears men have it decidedly easier when it comes to getting dressed. Pants + shirt = done.
But even within the confines of that simple combo there is a margin for error. Hence, some universal rules apply to getting it right. Rules that work regardless of age, occupation or lifestyle.
Find that hard to believe? Then look no further than the five vastly different characters competing for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in this year's awards race. Max von Sydow's silent senior citizen, Jonah Hill's brainy sports enthusiast, Kenneth Branagh's cinematic legend, Nick Nolte's gritty patriarch and Christopher Plummer's newly out elder will show you how to wear the pants, and more, with style.
So then, here are the rules of menswear, according to this year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominees!
Depending on how massive a Hunger Games fan you are - and it seems reasonable that this is one of those cultural phenomena that everyone is at least partially tapped into/following - the news that you've got 49 days left before the sprawling dystopian flick hits theatres is either decent news or an inhuman time to wait to see Katniss, Peeta and Gale on the big screen.
Well, luckily a second trailer (!) has just been released from the Gary Ross-directed action flick and it gives us the Mockingjay pin, more Katniss, a sprinkling of Effie and Stanley Tucci as cerulean-topped Caesar Flickerman, and evokes the futuristic eccentricity of Luc Besson's 1997 hit The Fifth Element.
Judge for yourself and watch the new Hunger Games trailer after the jump!
If, like me, all the noise and endless chatter about the Superbowl barely registers - can't even claim to be a fairweather fan who kowtows and watches the big game, I care that little - but what I managed to glean from the whole mess are words like 21 Jump Street, Avengers and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
We're constantly told that the Superbowl is THE entertainment show of the year, eclipsing the Oscars and Globes in viewership and reach since there is nothing high-brow about watching dudes trample each other on a field, and with the half-time show and the notoriously pricey commercial spots, it's not hard to see why.
But as cinephiles, movie trailers are the only reason we'd maybe tune in. And that's a big maybe.
From the broody baddies of Twilight and Underworld, to the popular small screen vamps from "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries", there's certainly no shortage of projects to satisfy your hunger for the undead these days. And lest you think you're immune to the thrall of the on-screen bloodsuckers, director Jim Jarmusch recently revealed he’ll be throwing his hat into the genre ring with a new film that may just appeal to a whole new audience. What sets this one apart? It's set to star Tilda Swinton, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska.
The centuries-old love story between two vamps, currently titled Only Loves Left Alive , is set to start shooting later this year. Originally slated to star our breakout actor of 2011, Michael Fassbender, the romantic leading role is now in the more-than-capable hands of British actor Tom Hiddleston (Thor, War Horse). Though we have to admit we're bummed about not seeing Fassy front and center in this one, we're equally happy to see the talented Hiddleston get a chance to impress alongside the stellar cast. Did we mention Tilda Swinton? We did? Well...it bears repeating.
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