Opening in theaters on June 8th is the new comedy Lola Versus from writer/director Daryl Wein (Breaking Upwards) and writer/actress Zoe Lister Jones (Salt). The film stars Greta Gerwig (Damsels in Distress), and in addition to Jones also features Joel Kinnaman (TV's The Killing), Hamish Linklater (Fantastic Four), Jay Pharoah (TV's Saturday Night Live), Bill Pullman (Independence Day), and Debra Winger (An Officer and a Gentleman).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with actress/co-writer Zoe Lister Jones to discuss her work on Lola Versus. The actress/writer talked about her new film, developing the screenplay with Daryl Wein, her similar experience that helped inspire the film, being directed by her real-life boyfriend, playing the role of Alice rather than Lola, drawing inspiration for her character from people she actually knows, what they thought of her character when they finally saw the film, and working with actress Greta Gerwig.
Definitely not a show about forgiveness, ABC’s saucy new hit Revenge is successfully quenching the insatiable appetites of fans that cannot wait from week to week to see what could possibly be happening next in the Hamptons. Speaking with Gabriel Mann, who portrays the naughty-but-also-nice Nolan Ross, many questions were asked and answered. Well, answered to as much of a degree as he was allowed.
Mann says of his role as Nolan, “I’ve been given a goldmine with this character.” Laughing he adds, “If I crack up and can’t get through my lines during the table reads then I know we have a winner.” In regards to reading the scripts, he says that he constantly marvels at the brilliant dialogue. “I get to say that on network television?”
With a restrained glance to the side and a unique shake-shrug of the shoulder that only Mann can pull off, he conveys to his audience the many facets of his complex character in a way that is both charming and telling of just enough so that you are privy to the fact that there is so much more to Nolan Ross than first meets the eye. Not always aware that he is even doing this, he explains, “I’ve ingested him at this point.” Of creating a character, he adds, “You take the character and you flesh it out. My job is to find as much humanity within this eccentric guy. Who’s the guy behind this façade and what’s his driving force?”
Last summer, Chris Hemsworth entered the American cultural consciousness as the title character in Marvel's Thor, but his younger sibling, Liam Hemsworth, is on track to match or exceed his brother as a bankable movie star here in the States. Liam Hemsworth is playing romantic co-lead Gale Hawthorne in this spring's The Hunger Games and its inevitable sequels, and he's the youngest rough-and-tumble member of Sylvester Stallone's mercenary team in this summer's The Expendables 2. Now, he's signed on to show his full dramatic potential in Timeless, an emotional adventure to be directed by Phillip Noyce.
Last summer's action film Salt was initially written as a Bourne Identity-style vehicle for International Movie Star® Tom Cruise. When he eventually bailed on the project, Edwin A. Salt became Evelyn A. Salt and fellow International Movie Star® Angelina Jolie got a summer action movie all to herself. Under the direction of Phillip Noyce, Jolie engaged in all manner of espionage, beating people up by the dozens, extracting spider-venom, and kidnapping the Vice President. Now, Sony is developing a sequel, and Jolie is reportedly looking to once again play a Russian spy.
Netflix's streaming Watch Instantly service is fast becoming America's favorite way to watch movies. The library of available titles is so vast and mutable that you, the avid instant watcher, could no doubt use a guide as you navigate the streaming frontier. Luckily for you, we'll be here every Tuesday to update you on the latest titles available for instant-watching, as well as bringing attention some gems and enjoyable trainwrecks out there in the instantly watchable wilds.
In the name of curiosity and controversy, I present a look at the 10 most pirated flicks. And, if you haven’t already guessed, Avatar tops the list, having been downloaded more than 16,500,000 times. That’s a significant jump from last year’s most pirated film, Star Trek, which was digitally swindled nearly 11,000,000 times.
Check out the full list below, a few of these films may surprise you!
Christopher Nolan's Inception has proven to be that most elusive kind of summer blockbuster: the repeat winner. During the summer months, so many films are apt to open huge, then fall out of favor and give way to the "next big thing" the following week. Not the case with Nolan's mind-bender.
It was star-power vs. star-power this weekend at the box office, as it fell upon Angelina Jolie's Salt to try and defeat the instant sensation that is Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The questions coming in: While Inception had a very impressive opening with $62 million last weekend, would it be a one-weekend wonder? And while everyone in the world knows who Angelina Jolie is, can she still open a movie? Luckily, the news is good on both fronts.
Synopsis: Angelina Jolie stars in Columbia Pictures' Salt, a contemporary espionage thriller. Before becoming a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt (Jolie) swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. She will prove loyal to these when a defector accuses her of being a Russian sleeper spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture, protect her husband, and stay one step ahead of her colleagues at the CIA.