Movie directing is in Nicolas Cage's blood. (His uncle Francis Ford Coppola did make this little flick called The Godfather...) So it was inevitable the Oscar-winning actor would want his turn behind the camera. His first filmmaking effort is Sonny (opening Dec. 27) a dramatic story about a male prostitute (James Franco) who struggles with his trashy trade. Spicy!
"I have to say that it went surprisingly well," boasts the 38-year-old, who originally planned to star in this film 15 years ago. "In terms of the shoot itself, things seemed to fall into place rather smoothly and we were able to do it ahead of schedule and under budget because I had a great team of people."
Cynics might suspect Cage of pumping his esteemed uncle for tips. But Cage who declines to comment on his marital split with Lisa Marie Presley, by the way says it ain't so. In fact, he insists Coppola only got involved late in read more
Nominations for the 60th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on Thursday, and the big surprise was, well, that there were so few surprises. As expected, Gangs of New York, The Hours, Chicago, Adaptation and My Big Fat Greek Wedding all scored multiple nods in the major film categories. The same was true on the television side, where, for the most part, old perennials like Friends, The West Wing and The Sopranos reigned supreme. But as TV Guide critic Matt Roush points out, "It's nice that TV is invited to the party, but the Globes is really a movie event. Besides, it's hard to take any organization seriously that nominates la read more
Derek Luke is no household name, but perhaps you've seen his baby face from the movie posters for Denzel Washington's directorial debut, Antwone Fisher. The newcomer recalls getting the surprise of his life when Washington personally popped into the Sony gift shop where Luke worked to say he'd won the title role!
"I saw Denzel and he called me 'Antwone,' and I tried to play it off," Luke admits. "But I just busted out crying because I felt like this Jersey boy with a dream that was finally coming true. I just broke down and fell on my knees crying, hugging him and just expressing all kinds of joy."
The role carried a lot of emotional weight for the 28-year-old actor, especially since he'd become friends with the real Antwone Fisher while they both were Sony employees. Fisher, an ex-security guard, just happened to be on hand for Washington's announcement.
"Antwone mysteriously came in [the shop] that day," says Luke. "I read more
On Dec. 25, Santa oughta leave coal in Missy Elliott's fishnet stocking. The naughty hip-hopper wasn't singing carols to the A-list stars in attendance at Motorola's annual Christmas bash in Los Angeles. No, she opted to go "ho for the holidays," performing "Work It," and other tunes from her raunch-o-rama repertoire. Naturally, we loved it!
The crowd cheered when Ludacris joined Missy on stage for an impromptu duet of "Gossip Folks." In lieu of lighters, they waved their illuminated Motorola cell phones in the air, from side to side. (That was too L.A., even for Party Boy.) A tad overzealous, 90210 grad Ian Ziering shouted: "We're gonna hear some gangster lyrics tonight!"
Other white men just trying to blend in included Seann William Scott. "Missy was great," the American Pie star grinned, just after her set. "I didn't really get to see her 'cause I was getting bump read more
Remember when we knew Hugh Grant as that sweet, awkward English gent who was almost too good to get the girl? With films like Bridget Jones's Diary, About a Boy and Two Weeks Notice (opening tomorrow), it seems he wants to strike that guy from moviegoers' memories. Forget those fops from Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill he's playing arrogant, rich womanizers now. Why? Hey, it's more fun!
"Anything devilish actors tend to like," he explains. "It's always more fun than being Mr. Goody Two Shoes, which I've done my fair share of. And let me tell you, that stuff's hard."
In case you haven't noticed, he's also rid himself of the trademark Hugh Grant stammer. "I haven't done it for years and years," he insists, "but I bet you 50 percent of critics will say I still do."
Looking back on his previous on-screen persona, Grant laughs at critics who pegged him as a copycat of classic leading men. "W read more
Titanic may have made Leonardo DiCaprio king of the worldwide box office, but his rep as one of Hollywood's most accomplished thesps seems to have taken an iceberg-sized hit in the process. The same actor who won raves for his performances in such "little" films as This Boy's Life, What's Eating Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries suddenly found himself lumped in with Tiger Beat's pin-up boys instead of Tinseltown's leading men.
"Titanic was this monumental success, and yet somehow, it's as if he's been reassessed because of that and not in an altogether positive way," admits Daniel Day-Lewis, DiCaprio's arch rival in read more
An accomplished Shakespearean actor, John Rhys-Davies was cajoled by his agent into devoting years of his life to playing Gimli, a belligerent dwarf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Soon after arriving on the New Zealand set, however, this grumbling cynic became LOTR's biggest cheerleader.
"I didn't want to do a mediocre film that'd go direct to video, and spend that much of my life doing it," admits Rhys-Davies who's best known as Indy's sidekick, Sallah, from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Hence, he inspected the 2,500-person cast and crew, just itching for an excuse to bow out of the production. "Within two weeks, [director Peter Jackson] turned me from saying, 'Let's find the way out of this!' to saying, 'Guys, make no mistake. We're making a masterpiec read more
Stephanie March reportedly will exit Law & Order: SVU at the end of the season to pursue other interests... Destiny's Child singer-turned-actress Beyoncé Knowles has signed a deal to become Pepsi's latest celeb endorser... Christopher Reeve and his wife, Dana, have landed a pretty cool gig: They'll push the button to lower the New Year's Eve ball in Times Square this year... Variety reports the Rob Schneider comedy Deuce Bigalow is getting a sequel: Electric Gigolo... Oscar winner Diane Keaton will star i read more
The Broadcast Film Critics Assoc. announced nominees for its 2002 film kudos Tuesday, and in the running for best picture are About Schmidt, Adaptation, Catch Me If You Can, Chicago, Far From Heaven, Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist and Road to Perdition. Winners will be announced Jan. 17. read more
As Ally McBeal fans recall, Billy went platinum blonde before croaking from a brain tumor. "That's definitely a time I want to forget," his portrayer, Gil Bellows, tells TV Guide Online. "I couldn't stand the blond hair. I was excited about the change, but I thought it was an external manifestation that would disappear quickly it was eight months of dyeing my hair every two weeks. It wasn't fun."
Bellows thinks Billy's bleach burn was symptomatic of a larger problem on David E. Kelley's now-defunct legal dramedy. "I thought the hair was pretty funny for about a week," he says. "What I loved about the show was the serious heart and all the goofy stuff. As it got goofier and goofier, though, I liked it less and less. That was my personal critique, and it seems to me tha read more