Nathan Fillion is living a surreal life. The Canadian-born actor gained critical acclaim and a large cult of fans when he starred as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on the Joss Whedon TV series “Firefly” (2002), which rose like a phoenix from the ashes into a major motion picture. Now he has a new television show on Fox that’s getting critical acclaim, and he’s in Adrienne Shelly‘s last film, the Sundance darling The Waitress. I recently sat down with Nathan and we had a talk about Serenity, Drive, and of course Adirenne Shelly’s film legacy, The Waitress. This is part 1 of 4, tomorrow we’ll be talking with Producer Michael Roiff, in Part 3, we’ll speak with actress Cheryl Hines, and we’ll close with Jeremy Sisto.
Archive for April, 2007
Molly Shannon has had a long and interesting career her first film role was a horror remake of The Phantom of the Opera after that she went on to do a couple of bit parts before she got her big break on Saturday Night Live. After leaving SNL she went on appear in projects like Never Been Kissed, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Scrubs and more. Generally she’s been typecast as the “funny best friend,” now in Year of The Dog, she steps from the shadows to prove that she can be a dramatic leading lady. (more…)
Laura Dern is a veteran actress who has been in the business for years, starring in over 30 different films; she generally plays a supporting role and is best known for her work with her mentor – the legendary David Lynch and playing the tough Dr. Ellie Sattler in the Jurassic Park films. Her latest project is School of Rock’s writer Mike White’s directorial debut, The Year of the Dog. We recently sat down with Laura to talk about dogs, being obsessive and a little dinosaur movie that’s rumored to be shooting sometime this year. (more…)
Nicolas Cage has reached that point in every actor’s career where it’s painfully obvious that he’s tired of working, that he doesn’t want to be involved in whatever project he’s working on. In Ghost Rider you can tell that he was living out his dream of playing a super-hero, sure it was a D list character, but as a long time comic book collector he embodied the role, understood the character’s motivations and everything. Yes from a craft point of view Ghost Rider was terrible, but it was fun. Gone is that since of “wonderment,” in his latest action film, Next. (more…)
You know a movie is in trouble when the studios call you and ask you to interview the star of the film months before it comes out without even screening it for you. That almost never happens; generally studios and publicists force you to see the film first – sometimes kicking and screaming with tears in your eyes. Not the case with Jamie Kennedy and his latest effort Kickin Old Skool. Before we begin, let me say I’ve always had a soft spot for Kennedy, I loved him in the Scream movies and Malibu’s Most Wanted has grown on me through its many showings on cable. (more…)
The trailers make The Invisible look like a slightly odd variation on a supernatural teen thriller. It is, in fact, a very odd little film that deals with identity and the difference between who we think we are and who we want to be – as well as who we are perceived to be… (more…)
Lee Tamahori’s Next is one of those twisty paranormal tales that zigs when you expect it to zag and explodes when you expect it to pause. Based on the Philip K. Dick story The Golden Man, Next does a lovely job of updating the original tale to give us a fun ride that rarely missteps… (more…)
We know him from the Scream movies and his hit WB TV Show; The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. But did you know that he’s a break dancing fiend? JK brings the 80s back in the new comedy, “Kicking it Old Skool.” Your favorite EM Editor, Michelle Alexandria told me she still gets a laugh out of Malibu’s Most Wanted. Jamie sat down with EM’s Dean Rogers and the interview went a little something like this. (more…)
For all you “Kids of the 80s”, you are going to enjoy this new comedy coming to theatres this week. In the common tradition of trends from two decades ago making a come back, the kids of the 1980’s will have a trip down memory lane when you challenged your friends to a dance-off. In the movie, “Kickin’ It Old School”, we follow the life of Justin Schumacher who back in 1985 wanted win the heart of his dream girl by showing off his dance moves. Justin and his posse, the Funky Fresh Boyz, entered in the school talent show. All was good until Justin did a back flip that send him flying off stage and into a coma. In a “Rip Van Winkle” sleep, Justin awakes as a mid-thirties man to find that everything he knew in the world had changed.
I admit it: I’m a sucker for a “smart dog” flick, and while Chestnut may not be Lassie, he’s still at least a Marmaduke. On the other hand, Jump In ! is a tweener’s delight set in the fast-paced, hard knock world of Double Dutch. If it hadn’t been rushed into production to capitalize on Corbin bleu’s popularity following his appearance in High School Musical, perhaps it wouldn’t have wound as such a maudlin, by the numbers, effort… (more…)