Days of being wild

| Jan 15, 2010

Days of being wild

HOLLYWOOD — ‘I think ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ is a fantastic book,” says writer-director Spike Jonze. “Not just fantasy — fantastic. One plus is that it’s open-ended, (which is) possibly the reason it’s become a classic and is still riveting children. It lets ...

'2012' star tells of being John Cusack

| Nov 20, 2009

'2012' star tells of being John Cusack

HOLLYWOOD — The year 2012, according to the ancient Mayas, is the year Earth destructs and a new cycle of life begins. (The Aztec and other pre-Columbian American calendars also held a cyclical view of the universe, sort of a reincarnation of planets at ...

Tarantino returns to grind up Nazis

| Nov 13, 2009

Tarantino returns to grind up Nazis

HOLLYWOOD — Quentin Tarantino is back, making another much-publicized and controversial splash similar to (but with more sociological implications) his one-two punch with “Kill Bill: Vol. 1″ in 2003 and “Vol. 2″ a year later. Before that comeback, there was a six-year movieless stretch ...

Scaremeister Raimi sheds light on his fondness for darkness

Nov 6, 2009

Scaremeister Raimi sheds light on his fondness for darkness

Sam Raimi is best known as the man behind the “Spiderman” franchise, but he’s also widely regarded as a master of the macabre and of horror. After all, he broke through in 1981 with “The Evil Dead” after fixating on horror movies as a ...

Denzel holds the lead

Sep 4, 2009

Denzel holds the lead

“I think it’s hard to generalize,” says actor Denzel Washington about movie remakes. He and John Travolta — as the villain — costar in a remake of the 1974 “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” which starred Walter Matthau and was much noted ...

Crowe gunslings his way into Japan

| Aug 7, 2009

Crowe gunslings his way into Japan

“People think of Westerns as being quintessentially American,” says New Zealand-born actor Russell Crowe. “But they’re quintessentially frontier stories. They’re integral to anywhere with a frontier. Like Australia. I think the Westerns I’ve done could just as easily have happened in Australia.” Crowe is ...

He can't seem to escape from the museum

| Jul 24, 2009

He can't seem to escape from the museum

Ben Stiller is back in the museum. Specifically, in “Night at the Museum — Battle of the Smithsonian.” He points out that since the first “Night at the Museum,” he has received hundreds of letters. “So I’m told. . . . I can’t read ...

Mark Wahlberg:'You are what you are'

| Apr 10, 2009

Mark Wahlberg:'You are what you are'

Before the telephone interview, I am advised by an assistant to the star not to mention the name Marky Mark, by which Boston-born Mark Wahlberg became famous as a rapper after achieving notoriety as a male underwear model for Calvin Klein. These days, I ...