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 ...

Mar 20, 2009

Key actor tells of plot to kill Hitler

Until almost the end of 2008, British actor Bill Nighy was one of those faces you couldn’t put a name to. In his 50s, Nighy hails from the southern outskirts of London, where his father managed a garage in the bleak satellite town of ...

Jan 23, 2009

Broth in translation

Although she was born in 1977 (in Atlanta, Georgia), Brittany Murphy is a show-business veteran who grew up fast. Murphy, an only child who was raised in New Jersey and California, started acting in regional theater at the age of 9, going into TV ...

Broth in translation

| Jan 23, 2009

Broth in translation

Although she was born in 1977 (in Atlanta, Georgia), Brittany Murphy is a show-business veteran who grew up fast. Murphy, an only child who was raised in New Jersey and California, started acting in regional theater at the age of 9, going into TV ...

Keanu Reeves boldly goes for box-office biggie

| Dec 11, 2008

Keanu Reeves boldly goes for box-office biggie

Keanu Reeves is a creature from outer space. More precisely, he is playing Klaatu, a superior being from beyond the stars who takes the form of a human male visiting a planet that, despite millions of years of evolution, remains too fond of violence ...