Robin Weigert is one of the most versatile actresses working in film or on television today!
She first gained notice for appearing in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Angels in America, but it was her role as Calamity Jane on Deadwood that caught Hollywood’s attention. Since then she has appeared in such popular series as Lost, ER, and The Mentalist, as well as acclaimed films like The Good German, Things We Lost in the Fire, and The Sessions. She also currently has a recurring role on the extremely popular FX series Sons of Anarchy as attorney Ally Lowen, and co-starred on the first season of one of my all-time favorite TV series - the incredibly underrated NBC show Life, which starred Homeland’s Damian Lewis. But now she can be seen once again on the big screen in the new drama Concussion, which opens in theaters on October 4th.
The movie, which was directed by first time filmmaker Stacie Passon, stars Weigert as Abby, a lesbian housewife going through a mid-life crisis. After a blow to the head, Abby decides she can no longer be faithful to her wife Kate (Julie Fain Lawrence) and is searching for something else in her life. She creates the alter ego of Eleanor and secretly becomes a lesbian prostitute. But as she gets more involved in her new career, it threatens the stability of her marriage and her relationship with her children. In addition to Weigert and Lawrence, the film also stars Maggie Siff (TV’s Sons of Anarchy), Jonathan Tchaikovsky (Reservation Road), and Janel Moloney (TV’s The West Wing).
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Robin Weigert about her work on Concussion, as well as what can be expected from her character on Sons of Anarchy this season, and a look back at Life. The accomplished actress discussed her new film, lesbian prostitution, preparing for her role, her character’s choices, what attracted her to the project, working with Sons of Anarchy co-star Maggie Siff, having a role in casting, collaborating with director Stacie Passon, the new season of Sons of Anarchy, what can be expected from her character, my love for the series Life, and why her character was shortchanged during the show’s run.
Actor Daniel Roebuck has had a very interesting career.
He first gained notice on the small screen as Andy Griffith’s assistant on Matlock, and later for his portrayal of Jay Leno in the HBO film The Late Shift. But fans of the popular series Lost know him best as Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 castaway Dr. Leslie Artz. On the big screen he as appeared in such films as River’s Edge, Project X, Final Destination, We Were Soldiers, Bubba Ho-Tep, Agent Cody Banks, The Devil’s Rejects, and Halloween. But film audiences probably know him best as Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert “Bobby” Biggs in the Oscar-winning film The Fugitive, as well as its sequel, U.S. Marshals.
The Fugitive, which earned an Academy Award-nomination Best Picture, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new collectors edition Blu-ray that will be available on September 3rd. The film was a retelling of the classic ‘1960s TV series and followed Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford), a man unjustly accused of murdering his wife, who must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt. Tommy Lee Jones won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor playing Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard, the man tasked with bringing Kimble to justice. In addition to Roebuck, his team of Marshals included Joe Pantoliano (Midnight Run), Tom Wood (Ulee’s Gold), and L. Scott Caldwell (TV’s Lost). The film also featured Sela Ward (The Day After Tomorrow) as Kimble’s deceased wife, Andreas Katsulas (Next of Kin) as the illusive One-Armed Man, and actresses Julianne Moore (What Maisie Knew) and Jane Lynch (Wreck-It Ralph) in early onscreen performances.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Daniel Roebuck about his work on The Fugitive, as well its sequel U.S. Marshals. The hilarious actor spoke candidly about the 20th anniversary of The Fugitive, its legacy, why people love it, its unprecedented critical success, developing his character, his audition for the part, wearing a bushy mustache, working with Tommy Lee Jones, Gerard’s team, his love for the original TV series, returning for the sequel – U.S. Marshals, why that film was not as successful, and why a once planned third film will probably never happen.
For almost two years, the go-to descriptor for Disney's Tomorrowland has been "mysterious." The very nature of the tentpole's story has been kept a secret. Until now, as the concept behind the project formerly known as 1952 has come to light.
Unless it hasn't. See, this could just be the next step in an elaborate mystery box game designed to keep us all very confused about what Tomorrowland is. But that doesn't appear to be the case.
Back before the vampire craze of the late-Naughties, Guillermo del Toro envisioned The Strain as an epic, horrifying vampire tale for television. When network interest ended up being predicated on making his story more of a comedy, however, the director opted to turn the tale into a novel trilogy co-written by Chuck Hogan. Having finished out the literary story, though, it looks like The Strain and its sequels may well come to television after all.
Actress Bai Ling has been successfully working in both Chinese, and American film and television projects for the better part of the last thirty years.
She first gained attention in the United States for her role as Myca in the beloved action film The Crow, and since then has gone on to appear in such popular and critically praised films as Nixon, Red Corner, Wild Wild West, Anna and the King, She Hate Me, Lords of Dogtown, Southland Tales, Crank: High Voltage, and Love Ranch. But it was her work on two of television’s most popular shows, Entourage and Lost, as well as two fan-favorite sci-fi films, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, that made the actress a household name around the world. Now Ling returns to the big screen with a small but pivotal role in the new movie Knockdown, which was released on DVD June 5th and opens in theaters on June 8th.
Knockdown, which was directed by Todd Bellanca, tells the story of undefeated boxing champion Jack “The Ripper” Stemmons (Casey T. Evans), and how his career was destroyed by a bookie (Tom Arnold) after he fixed one of Jack’s fights. In a rage, Jack brutally attacks the bookie and then escapes from everything he has ever known. Exiled half way around the world in Bangkok, Jack falls victim to the exotic and addictive spell of a prostitute named Nok (Ling). He soon learns that a scheming gangster sent the prostitute to trap him and get him back in the ring, but this time, in Bangkok’s notorious underground fight clubs. No matter how hard Jack tries to distance himself from his violent history, it is only a matter of time before his past; present and future collide in a twisted climax.
I recently had a chance to speak with actress Bai Ling about her performance in Knockdown and her experience making the film. Ling discussed her the new movie, why she took on such a small but important role, her mysterious character, her sexuality, being a woman, filming the intense sex scenes with co-star Casey T. Evans, tattoos, Bangkok, and why director Todd Bellanca desperately wanted her to be in the film.
Since he reinvigorated the Mission: Impossible franchise with the nigh-universally lauded Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, a big question has been just what Brad Bird would direct next, as his second live-action feature film. Anyone hoping that the animation maestro-turned-blockbuster-live-action helmer would get his passion project 1906 off the ground next might have to wait, as Brad Bird has signed on to Disney and Damon Lindelof's super-secret 1952.
Opening in theaters on April 13th is a new science fiction action film from writer/producer Luc Besson (Taken, The Transporter) and directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger called Lockout. The movie combines elements from some of the best genre films of the past twenty years including Die Hard, Blade Runner, Escape From New York, Demolition Man, and Avatar. Lockout features an excellent cast of actors including Guy Pearce (Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Memento), Maggie Grace (Taken, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1), Peter Stormare (Armageddon, Constantine), Lennie James (Snatch), Joseph Gilgun (Harry Brown), and Vincent Regan (300, Clash of the Titans).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with actress Maggie Grace to discuss her work on Lockout. The actress talked about the new movie, its '80s and '90s action film influences, why its not just "Taken in Space," her character and how the part is different from her role in Taken, working with Guy Pearce, the relationship between their characters, the film's humor, working with two directors, and the movie's mind-blowing visual effects.
At WonderCon 2012 in Anaheim, California on Saturday, actress Maggie Grace (Taken, TV's LOST) appeared in front of a Ballroom full of fans to discuss her upcoming futuristic action film Lockout, which also stars Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark) and was written by Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had a chance to speak with Maggie Grace before her panel on Saturday about Lockout, as well as the upcoming Taken sequel. Grace discussed her new film, the idea that it is "Taken in Space," working with directing duo James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, Guy Pearce kicking ass, and the plot of Taken 2, which involves Grace's character actually rescuing Liam Neeson and Famke Janssen's characters this time around.
Best known for his career-defining role as Michael Dawson on the phenomenally successful TV series LOST, actor Harold Perrineau has been giving impressive performances on television and in film for more than twenty years. The gifted actor has appeared in such popular movies as Smoke, Romeo + Juliet, 28 Weeks Later, and The Matrix Trilogy, as well HBO’s ground breaking TV series Oz, and ABC’s short-lived but critically acclaimed series The Unusuals. While Perrineau will return to television this summer on the new TBS series The Wedding Band, first he will be seen on the big screen opposite Oscar-winner Nic Cage, and Guy Pearce in Seeking Justice, which will open in theaters on March 16th.
In the film, which is helmed by veteran director Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, Thirteen Days), Nicolas Cage (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) plays Wil Gerard, a man that’s wife (January Jones) has been brutally attacked. While she is in the hospital, Will is visited by a mysterious man named Simon played by Guy Pearce (Memento). Simon says that he represents an organization that helps people who are “seeking justice,” and makes Wil an offer that he cannot refuse. Simon will arrange to have a complete stranger exact vengeance on his wife’s attacker, in exchange for a favor from Wil in the future. He agrees to the deal, and unwittingly puts himself into a dangerous underground vigilante program. While continuing to protect his wife from the truth, he quickly discovers that his quest for justice could lead to deadly consequences and that all is not as it seems. Perrineau plays Jimmy, Wil’s best friend and confidante who has a big secret of his own that may be closer connected to Wil’s mysterious organization than he ever could imagine. Actress Jennifer Carpenter (TV’s Dexter) and veteran actor Xander Berkeley (TV’s 24) round out the film’s talented cast.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with actor Harold Perrineau about his role in Seeking Justice. The talented actor discussed the new film, his character, why he wanted to do the movie, working with director Roger Donaldson, Nic Cage’s unique approach to acting on and off the set, playing a character with a secret and creating his back-story, whether he would “seek justice” or not if given the chance, his next film; which is Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Bin Laden Project, his upcoming new TV series, and how he feels now looking back at his time on LOST.
Today was new book day at a comic book shop near you, and one of the big new issues was the first in writer Brian K. Vaughan's new original series, Saga. Appropriate, then, that the night also brought news relating to the book that put Vaughan very much on the pop-cultural map. New Line is continuing its years-long attempt to make Y: The Last Man into a movie by hiring a fresh writing team to start from scratch.