'Whip It' with Drew

| May 14, 2010

'Whip It' with Drew

HOLLYWOOD — “The politest thing I can say is, ‘It’s about bleeping time!’ ” says Drew Barrymore with a giggle reminiscent of Gertie, the “E.T.” role that made her famous back in 1982. The actress, recently turned director, is talking about the 2010 Oscar ...

Different by design

| Apr 23, 2010

Different by design

HOLLYWOOD — Tim Burton, the filmmaker who gave a new spin to the classic children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” has now taken up the challenge of a greater classic, “Alice in Wonderland.” Both films feature his frequent collaborator Johnny Depp, who played ...

Sam's the man in this 'Moon'

| Apr 16, 2010

Sam's the man in this 'Moon'

HOLLYWOOD — “Boy, you’re bringing back an experience where I got fed up and pretty tired of myself!” exclaims Sam Rockwell on the topic of the sci-fi cult film “Moon,” which he dominates more than any other single actor has done in a movie ...

Man behind the masks

| Mar 19, 2010

Man behind the masks

HOLLYWOOD — Sacha Baron Cohen is perhaps the unlikeliest British movie star since the plain, self-effacing and rather asexual Sir Alec Guinness. But like the brilliant knight — who happened to be half-Jewish — Baron Cohen seemingly becomes the character he plays, even to ...

Bigelow sticks to her guns

| Mar 5, 2010

Bigelow sticks to her guns

HOLLYWOOD — Kathryn Bigelow is only the fourth woman ever to be nominated for the Best Director Academy Award — and only the second American female. The first two nominees were Italian Lina Wertmuller and Australian Jane Campion; the third was Sofia Coppola. And ...

Depp the magical mystery man

| Jan 22, 2010

Depp the magical mystery man

HOLLYWOOD — It’s no surprise Johnny Depp is starring in a fantastical new movie titled “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” which opens in Japan on Saturday. Born John Christopher Depp II, the ever-youthful actor — now a surprising 46 — is known for taking ...

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 ...