Funnyman Adam Sandler had been looking to work with Salma Hayek for some time, and the opportunity finally presented itself in his latest film, Grown Ups, in which she plays his wife. As Roxanne, a glamorous fashion designer who’s in for a bit of culture shock when Lenny (Sandler) brings his family to the lake house in his hometown, in order to reminisce and reconnect with his childhood best friends, Salma Hayek gets to show a comedic side that fans of the actress haven’t gotten to see on film before.
A prolific actress, producer and director, in both film and television, Salma Hayek is now also a wife and mother, juggling work with her personal life and choosing her projects accordingly. During a press conference to promote Grown Ups, she talked about how her time on 30 Rock was great comedy training for working with Adam Sandler and how excited she is to be voicing Kitty, the love interest for Antonio Banderas’ Shrek character, in the Puss in Boots animated feature. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Adam Sandler has achieved phenomenal success as an actor, writer, producer and musician, and his films have grossed almost $3 billion worldwide. For his latest feature, Grown Ups, he heads an all-star comedy cast of some of his closest friends to tell the story of five childhood friends who reunite 30 years later, when their beloved former basketball coach dies and leads them to return to the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier.
During a press conference to promote the film, Adam Sandler talked about writing for his friends, raising his kids with the Beverly Hills lifestyle, playing Salma Hayek’s husband and feeling like a grown-up himself. He also talked about producing the new “Gong Show,” writing Born to Be a Star, producing a film about Richard Pryor with Marlon Wayans in the lead role, and playing both male and female characters in Jack and Jill. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
After seeing just one still of the movie in a trade paper, and then being sent the finished film, producer Joel Silver thought it was so effective that he ended up acquiring the rights to the horror feature Splice. Although he was always open to the possibility, acquiring an already-finished product was something he had never done before, under his Dark Castle banner.
While at the press day for the disturbing thriller, which stars Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody, the prolific producer also discussed a long list of other projects that he currently has in various stages, including Unknown White Male, The Apparition, The Factory and Project X. He also talked about the disappointing box office for The Losers, his hopes to get Logan’s Run and Forbidden Planet into production, what’s holding up Swamp Thing and his thoughts on 3-D, as well as confirming that he is no longer working with The Wachowskis. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
After six roller coaster seasons, the hit television series Lost is coming to an end on May 23rd. Whether all the questions get answered or not, one thing is for certain – the phenomenon will be a part of television history that is always remembered.
Actors Nestor Carbonell and Henry Ian Cusick, two of the show’s stars, recently did press to talk about the very highly anticipated finale. Even though no spoilers could be given, they did reflect on what it’s like, now that Lost is coming to an end. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Brett Ratner has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most successful directors with eight features films grossing over $1.5 billion worldwide. Best known for the Rush Hour films, X-Men: The Last Stand and Red Dragon, the filmmaker is releasing his 90-minute, re-edited and remixed version of the Bollywood film Kites, starring Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori.
Kites: The Remix follows J (Roshan), a mortally wounded man left for dead in the harsh terrain of the Mexican desert, who is on a quest to find the love of his life, Natasha (Mori). It is a story of passion that goes beyond boundaries and cultures, and defies every rule, and it was that relationship that caught the attention of Ratner, when he initially saw the film.
While at the film’s press day, Brett Ratner talked exclusively to Collider about how this unusual project came about, why he decided to re-edit a Bollywood film and what he thinks it will take for a Bollywood movie to make it big in America. He also talked about his next projects, the chances of Beverly Hills Cop IV and Playboy coming to fruition, and the TV pilot for Chaos that he recently directed, and says his next directing gig will be Tower Heist which he wants Ben Stiller to star in. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Acclaimed for her work on screen and in the theater, actress Annette Bening is starring in Rodrigo Garcia’s Mother and Child, in which she plays a woman haunted by the daughter she gave up for adoption at the age of 14.
Working as a physical therapist in a rehabilitation clinic and looking after her elderly mother with whom she barely speaks has impacted Karen’s (Bening) ability to have normal human relationships. She’s uncomfortable around just about everybody, and is demanding and unsociable at home and at work, as she keeps up a silent monologue to her absent daughter (Naomi Watts) through journal entries and letters never to be sent.
During an interview at the film’s press day, Annette Bening talked about approaching the paradox of a character who is both reaching out and shutting down, at the same time, finding interesting roles in Hollywood and the importance of social and political activities in her life. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Would you want to know the exact moment you would meet your soulmate? In the unusual and very original new sci-fi romantic comedy TiMER, Oona O’Leary, played by Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Emma Caulfield, is desperate to find “the one” who is meant for her.
In this alternate version of present-day Los Angeles, a reasonable installation fee and moderate monthly charges allows anyone to have a timer implanted in their wrist, which accurately displays the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds until you will meet your soulmate. However, Oona faces the rare dilemma of a blank timer, meaning that her soulmate – whoever and wherever he is – doesn’t have one. At nearly 30, Oona is searching for her perfect match, wondering if she can just give in and let herself experience the unpredictability of the unknown, when it comes to love.
We recently caught up with actress Emma Caulfield on the phone, and she shared her gratefulness for being able to play such a well-written character in a great indie film that has something to say. She also talked about her role in Marti Noxon’s new television series for TeenNick, called Gigantic (premiering in July), which takes a fictional look at the complicated lives of children of Hollywood celebrities, as well as her original comic Contropussy, about an ordinary house cat looking for excitement in the world outside. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Earlier today, prolific actor Samuel L. Jackson was at the Four Seasons to talk about his latest film, the small drama Mother and Child, which coincidentally hits theaters on the same day as his other feature Iron Man 2.
During the interview, talk quickly turned to his involvement with Marvel and his role as Nick Fury. He confirmed that he has seen Iron Man 2, he won’t appear in Thor, he will appear in The First Avenger: Captain America (which he will shoot in London this summer) and that The Avengers will shoot in February of 2011. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
In the new film The Joneses, Steve (David Duchovny) and Kate Jones (Demi Moore), along with their two teenage children, move into an upscale community with the best goods, clothing and cars that anyone in the neighborhood has ever seen. The thing is, they’re not actually a family. They are employees of a stealth marketing organization who are in competition with each other to raise their sales while making everyone else want what they’ve got.
During a press conference to promote The Joneses, co-stars David Duchovny and Demi Moore talked about consumerism and how you have to keep a perspective on what’s valuable and important in life, rather than on material things. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Earlier today, we were at the press day for The Joneses (which we’ll have more on closer to the April 16th release date), starring Demi Moore and David Duchovny as a seemingly perfect family who moves into a suburban neighborhood and immediately impresses everyone they meet, but who, in reality, are really a fake family, commissioned by a marketing company to introduce new products around the world.
During the interview, Duchovny took some time to give an update on where his Californication character, Hank Moody, will be going in Season 4 of the popular Showtime series, which starts filming on April 19th for a possible September premiere. He also said that he really enjoys getting to work with new guest stars each season, and that the upcoming season promises some great ones. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Treme is the new HBO drama series set in post-Katrina New Orleans. From executive producer David Simon (best known for his work on The Wire), the 10-episode first season follows musicians (Wendell Pierce), chefs (Kim Dickens), Mardi Gras Indians (Clark Peters) and ordinary New Orleanians (including Khandi Alexander, Steve Zahn, Melissa Leo and John Goodman), as they try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane and the levee failure that caused the near-death of an American city.
At its heart, Treme, named for the New Orleans neighborhood where jazz was invented, is a series about the people and the culture that survived and, at times, it is so authentic and raw that you forget you’re watching actors merely speaking from a script.
We recently spoke to show co-creator/writer David Simon, about his passion for the unique and eccentric city, how he sees it taking four or five years to tell the story of these characters on Treme and how he could never work in network television. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Developed out of a rather unusual circumstance, the action-thriller Machete, from directors Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, started off as a trailer in the Rodriguez/Tarantino double-feature Grindhouse and, due to demand from fans, has now become a full-length film.
About a renegade former Mexican Federale (Danny Trejo) who roams the cities, towns and streets of Texas looking for work after a shakedown from a drug lord (Steven Seagal), Machete promises a high body count with a cast that includes Robert DeNiro, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Jeff Fahey, Don Johnson and Cheech Marin, as Padre Benito del Toro.
While at the press day for Cheech & Chong’s Hey Watch This, due out on DVD on April 20th and for which we’ll have more on later, Cheech Marin talked a bit about his involvement with Machete.
The Greatest is an intensely emotional drama from first-time writer/director Shana Feste, that explores all aspects of love – first love, lost love, the love of a parent and a couple’s second chance at love. When Allen (Pierce Brosnan) and Grace Brewer (Susan Sarandon) lose their teenage son Bennett in a car crash (Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson), their family fractures to the point of breaking, until the appearance of a young woman named Rose (Carey Mulligan) helps everyone put the pieces back together.
Actress Carey Mulligan shot The Greatest two years ago, before all of the current buzz surrounding her. She admitted that telling such an emotional story was challenging, especially with only 28 days to shoot the film, but that she got closer to her co-stars than she ever had on almost any other film, as a result. Check out what she had to say about approaching her role after the jump:
For his latest role, Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning actor Al Pacino is taking on the role of Dr. Jack Kevorkian (aka Dr. Death) for the HBO Films presentation You Don’t Know Jack.
In 1990, 61-year-old former pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian astonished the world as he took the end-of-life debate head-on and performed his first assisted suicide of a terminally ill patient. Aided by his loyal friend Neal Nicol (John Goodman) and his older sister Margo Janus (Brenda Vaccaro), Kevorkian began offering his death counseling services to a grateful and growing list of clientele. As he earned the support of Hemlock Society activist Janet Good (Susan Sarandon), he incurred the wrath of the county prosecutor’s office and the infamous doctor started a media frenzy with his epic legal battles defending a patient’s right to die.
During a recent interview to promote You Don’t Know Jack, actor Al Pacino said that he decided to make a television movie for the opportunity to work with accomplished filmmaker Barry Levinson and this great cast. Here’s what he had to say:
A native of Paris, Louis Leterrier developed a love for cinema at an early age. After working as a production assistant or second assistant director on such films as Alien: Resurrection, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc and Asterix & Obelix Meet Cleopatra, he went on to take the helm of Unleashed, Transporter 2 and the blockbuster The Incredible Hulk, based on the Marvel comic and starring Edward Norton.
Now, he is bringing his own version of the Greek mythology epic Clash of the Titans to the screen, in 3-D. While at the press day, the director talked exclusively to Collider about why he wants to hold some of the deleted scenes back from the DVD, how he thinks there will be a longer version eventually released and what the appeal of a film like The Avengers, which he is on the short list for, has for him. Check out what he had to say after the jump: