"Yes, we're lovers," jokes actor-writer Nia Vardalos when asked about her close relationship with Larry Crowne writing partner Tom Hanks.
Vardalos and Hanks joined forces five years ago to begin writing the screenplay about middle-aged Larry Crowne (Hanks), who loses his job, returns to community college to kick-start his career, and falls for his public speaking instructor (Julia Roberts).
But before we get to dishing about Tom Hanks, Vardalos wants to shoot down a misconception floating around the interwebs (originated in an L.A. Times article) that at one point she wanted to give up acting.
"That is a complete falsehood, it was misconstrued in the L.A. Times and I would love the opportunity to clear that up,” says the 48-year-old Winnipeg native over the phone from Los Angeles.
"I’m not a quitter in any way, I never thought about quitting acting. What I said was, at the time Tom asked me to write the script for Larry Crowne I was not comfortable being on camera because I was grieving my infertility situation, which led me to the world of adoption. That was it. I was taking a self-imposed leave of absence to take care of my heart and health."
Some call it the best buddy movie, best Western and best teaming of big-name talent Hollywood ever produced. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) brought stars Robert Redford (left) and Paul Newman (right) together for the first time (they reunited for 1973's The Sting) for an action-packed tale of two charming outlaws who crave the thrill of the heist despite knowing it'll cost them in the end.
Redford said their onscreen relationship was defined by "irreverence, playing on the other's flaws for fun, one-upmanship — but always with an underlying affection" It's true, and it's why this bromantic Western stands the test of time.
Born in Sweden, but raised in Southern Ontario, 33-year-old blond beauty Malin Akerman’s career path has veered from model to musician (she sang with the band The Petalstones) to rising movie star.
A role in the cult comic-book pic Watchmen as Silk Spectre II was followed by turns in studio comedies The Proposal and Couples Retreat. However, you won’t find much laughter in her new movie, The Bang Bang Club, a gripping drama based on the real-life exploits of four photographers (played by Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, Frank Rautenbach and Neels Van Jaarsveld) whose pictures of harrowing violence and massacres during the final days of South African apartheid shocked the world.
Akerman plays Robin Comley, a photo editor who ensures the group’s pictures are seen around the globe, and who falls in love with snapper Greg Marinovich (Phillippe).
We spoke with Akerman at last fall's Toronto International Film Festival, where she opened up about the emotional cost of making the movie, her short career as a singer and her dual Swedish-Canadian identity.
Her fine figure, pillowy lips and obvious acting talent have landed 24-year-old Kat Dennings on Hollywood’s "Next Big Thing" list.
The Philadelphia native, who’s starred in such pics as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and next month's Thor, called Canada home last year when she came north to star in director Michael Goldbach's coming-of-age film Daydream Nation.Dennings plays Caroline, a worldly teenager who moves to a small town (played by Fort Langley, B.C.) and begins a sexual relationship with her high school English teacher (Josh Lucas).
We spoke with the Dennings at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, where the film made its worldwide debut.
His portrayal of a pumped-up, acrobatic hero in the summer popcorn pic Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time forced him to talk more about his rock-hard abs than his performance, while his romantic-drama Love and Other Drugs had viewers applauding his (and Anne Hathaway’s) appealing nude bits rather than the film itself.
It’s time the 30-year-old actor gets dressed and gets back to acting — something the son of a screenwriter-mother and director-father does exceedingly well.
Which brings us to Source Code, a slick sci-fi thriller that lands Gyllenhaal smack dab in the centre of the action playing Marine captain Colter Stevens, whose mind is hooked into an experimental computer program that places him into another person’s body for the final eight minutes of that person’s life.
Matthew McConaughey plays a lawyer who operates out of the back of his luxury car in this month’s The Lincoln Lawyer. The courtroom drama has long been a staple of Hollywood, think of 1957's 12 Angry Men, 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird and McConaughey's own A Time to Kill (1996). They allow us entry into a world most of us hope we'll never experience first-hand...but you never know when you're going to land in court, on one side of the law or the other. And that got us thinking: Which movie lawyers would we want working our case? Here are our picks for the cinematic counsellors — defenders and prosecutors — we'd want on our side
Limitless casts Bradley Cooper as failed writer Eddie Morra, who's given a little pill called MTD that allows him to access parts of his brain no human has ever accessed. This makes Eddie terrifyingly smart, wealthy and addicted to a drug so powerful that he'll die if he stops taking it. Robert De Niro steps in as the businessman who bankrolls Eddie, and won't let his golden ticket get away.
The handsome, suave Cooper seems the perfect choice to play a guy who has it all, and yet the man who trained at New York's famed Actors Studio, and who didn’t really make his mark in Hollywood until his mid-30s, says success can be a dangerous thing. Cooper was in L.A. when we spoke with him by phone. Here he tells us about playing the perfect man, working with the legendary De Niro, and spending New Year's Eve in Bangkok to shoot The Hangover 2.
It's been three years since the 44-year-old actor last appeared in a film (2007's Things We Lost in the Fire), which is a substantial chunk of time for an Oscar winner in her prime to disappear from the big screen.
Of course, she had her reasons, namely to have a baby, which she did in 2008 when she gave birth to daughter Nahla. As a 41-year-old new mother, Berry was focused on spending time with her baby and the baby's father, Montreal-born model Gabriel Aubry. (Berry and Aubry have since separated, splitting up in early 2010.)
But only months after Nahla's birth, Berry was back at work, throwing herself into a role she'd been desperate to play for almost a decade...
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