'Hunger Games' star continues to burn bright

Dec 26, 2013

'Hunger Games' star continues to burn bright

Jennifer Lawrence says that first and foremost, she watches her latest film, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” as a fan. She was “stunned” when she saw the end result. “To me it’s like a big historical epic mixed with action, special effects, sci-fi, fantasy ...

Patience pays off for Bullock with 'Gravity'

Dec 12, 2013

Patience pays off for Bullock with 'Gravity'

Sandra Bullock is the first to admit she’s no psychic. “I’m not the best at foreseeing things,” the actress tells The Japan Times. “But even in this business, few are.” The 49-year-old actress won a best actress Oscar in 2009 for her portrayal of ...

Bill Murray relishes FDR's 'human' side

Sep 12, 2013

Bill Murray relishes FDR's 'human' side

Biographical movies can be a daunting task. Their subjects often have larger-than-life stories that are focal points for controversy. Actor Bill Murray says that what attracted him to the role of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) in “Hyde Park on Hudson,” was less ...

'Great Gatsby' reunites Luhrmann, DiCaprio

Jun 14, 2013

'Great Gatsby' reunites Luhrmann, DiCaprio

“The Great Gatsby” is a classic novel from 1925 that is often a required part of the school curriculum in North America. However, it has yet to become a classic film. Several attempts have been made, though. These include a 1949 Alan Ladd vehicle, ...

Bigelow, Chastain get real in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Feb 15, 2013

Bigelow, Chastain get real in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Oscar can be fickle. At a ceremony in 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to take home the Academy Award for Best Director, for 2008′s “The Hurt Locker.” However, she was not nominated for the prize for this year’s Oscars, which will be ...

Gordon-Levitt, Willis take film fans for a loop

Jan 11, 2013

Gordon-Levitt, Willis take film fans for a loop

Film director Rian Johnson and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt are neighbors in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. They’re also pretty close, since Gordon-Levitt says they hang out at each other’s house and he also praises Johnson’s cooking. ” ‘Looper’ is the first time ...

Jackson bids for more magic with 'The Hobbit'

Dec 14, 2012

Jackson bids for more magic with 'The Hobbit'

When asked what “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” offers that “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy didn’t, actor Sir Ian McKellan pauses before answering. “It offers enough that is new to please the fans and draw younger audiences … and enough that is similar ...

Bardem brings the sky down on James Bond

Nov 30, 2012

Bardem brings the sky down on James Bond

“I am so bad that I’m taking the heat off of James Bond,” laughs Javier Bardem, whose MI6 operative-turned-cyberterrorist in the film “Skyfall” is winning plaudits as the best 007 villain in a decade. What the Spanish actor is getting at is that his ...