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 ...

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 ...