<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Movies, Movie News, Upcoming Films, Releases, and Trailers ]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/movies http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usWed, 27 Jul 2016 22:13:41 -0700Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:13:41 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Is Captain America: Civil War Any Good?]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 14:02:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Civil+War+Poster.jpg

The one thing I can say with absolute certainty after watching Captain America: Civil War is this: Marvel has buried DC so completely I don’t know if DC will ever be able to climb back in to contention in then superhero movie business.

I was lucky enough to see the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Monday night. This review will be spoiler-free, because you should be able to enjoy this as much as I did. The film is ambitious, for sure, but they are able to make it work.

One of the biggest concerns I had was making us believe why, after all they’ve been through together, Cap and Tony would be fighting. The graphic novel did a nice job of creating a friction based on a difference of opinion that has world-altering consequences. The biggest question I had for the film is how would they be able to manufacture that in 2 hours and 26 minutes, while sticking to the already established facts of the MCU, and make us buy it?

What they did was spot-on. A simple difference in ideology is not enough to get these comic book titans to come to blows so the film uses specific events to steel both Steve Rogers and Tony Stark. Unlike in Batman v. Superman where the two icons battle without really trying to understand one another, Civil War takes the time to set up why a conflict is necessary and how #TeamIronMan and #TeamCap are formed. They try to understand one another first, something that seems to be an obviously crucial part of storytelling to anybody but Zack Snyder.

Also, the way they incorporated Black Panther and Spider-Man is truly phenomenal. T’Challa is introduced for the first time in this film and just enough of his back story is given to make his presence on the team believable (Black Panther gets his own film in 2017).

It is assumed that most people who would see this movie have at least a fundamental understanding of Peter Parker’s story so not much time is spent on that. Instead the focus is on inserting him in to this version of the story, the first time Spidey is in a movie made by Marvel Studios (by the way, this is hands-down the best representation of the wall crawler in movie history so Spidey fans will be ecstatic).

Another unexpected plus of the film is its sense of humor. Civil War is full of laughs and they come at the right times. As for age appropriateness, I’d say anyone 10 years old and up can enjoy this film without having to worry about paying for therapy in a few years.

If you love Marvel movies, you’ll love this film. If you love the graphic novel, you’ll love this film. If you love movies in general, you’ll love this film. It’s not the stuff of an Oscar-winner but it is exactly what I like going to the movies for.

Captain America: Civil War is just really fun to watch.

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<![CDATA[A Crazy Star Wars Fan's Review of Episode VII]]> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 10:27:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Poster+Episode+VII+The+Force+Awakens.jpg

My earliest life memory is sitting in my parents’ car at a drive-in movie watching Star Wars. I don’t recall how exactly old I was. I don’t know where the theater was. I don’t know what kind of car it was. All I know is I wanted an X-Wing and a lightsaber and I wanted to make an attack run on the Death Star.

The Star Wars movie franchise has had a profound impact on my life. First action figures? Star Wars. First Halloween costume I was conscious enough to pick for myself? Han Solo. I was on a fun trip to Las Vegas when The Phantom Menace was released and I eschewed the casinos and shows to go see it (which in hindsight was a terrible decision). I didn’t even break down and get a Blu-ray player until the original trilogy was available.

This is a long-winded way of saying when I was lucky enough to see an advance-screening of “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” (which hits theaters on Friday, December 18) I approached the review writing process from a fan’s perspective.

I will say it is not going to be an Academy Award favorite. This is not “The Godfather” or “Jaws” or “Chinatown.” There are a few holes in the story and the viewer is asked to take a few leaps of faith.  This is not a perfect movie. The movie is simply … Perfect.

Star Wars has never been a screenplay writer’s opus. Not even “The Empire Strikes Back,” largely considered the greatest installment of the saga, was on the level of a Quentin Tarantino work. Star Wars is more about story telling than story structure because Star Wars has always been about a feeling.

It’s the feeling you got when you were young and you believed, even if you were an orphaned farm boy, you could become a powerful Jedi; even if you were a smuggler who spent his life running away you could find your place as a leader (and get the girl in the gold bikini); it’s the feeling of hope knowing no matter how dark things seemed good will always vanquish evil; it’s the feeling that no matter what hand life has dealt you … you CAN be a hero.

The original trilogy told that story with heart and romance. The prequels ripped the heart right out of the franchise (I mean, midi-chlorians? What the hell?).

I am more than happy to tell you J.J. Abrams has put the heart back in to Star Wars. There are a few references where Abrams, a confirmed fan of Star Wars in his youth, lets the audience know that he recognizes what happened in Episodes I, II and III and he probably hates it as much as we did so he’s going back to the good old days.

It’s a sensational blend of nostalgia and hope. The movie does a wonderful job of mixing new characters with old, giving an update on what our favorites have been up to for the last 32 years while introducing new ones that are every bit as likeable as Luke, Leia and Han (or as terrifying as Darth Vader).

The original trilogy had humor that was natural and helped us relate to the characters. The prequels tried to force the laughs (like a certain Gungan who will remain nameless) and they never worked. In Episode VII that organic humor returns and works outrageously well.

You can even tell the actors were having a good time. Harrison Ford said many years ago that he did not want to reprise his role as Han Solo because the character was, “a little too shallow,” for him to play anymore. I don’t know how Abrams changed his mind but when you see Ford return to the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon the look on his face reveals true happiness. There’s no acting going on there. He was thrilled to be back where his superstardom was born.

Thrilled is what old Star Wars fans will be as well. The best way I can put it is … this feels like Star Wars again. It has the soul that captivated us all years ago. That will mean something a little different to all of you. For me it meant sitting staring at the closing credits, weeping tears of joy in the dark, feeling like that little kid in the back of the car again, knowing great things can happen if you simply believe.

Remember, The Force has always been with us. It just needed to be awakened. J.J. Abrams has done exactly that.

(Note on the Rating: This version is a bit more violent than its predecessors, hence the PG-13 rating, but I’ll leave it up to each parent whether or not they feel their children should see it. Personally I think a PG rating would have been just fine, if that helps at all.)

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<![CDATA[JJ Abrams : A New Hope For Star Wars Fans]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:16:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*121/469988492.jpg

For Star Wars fans (which I am in a BIG, BIG way), the release of the second trailer for Episode VII: The Force Awakens was a wonderful moment. The film looks like it's going to be nothing short of amazing.

However, it's also nerve-racking. You see, we've been fooled before. The trailer for Episode I: The Phantom Menace looked amazing. So did the one for Episode II: Attack of the Clones. I remember letting myself get really, really excited to see them both and walking out of the theater each time looking for a puppy to kick.

So, as happy as we are to have another Star Wars film on the way, that feeling of uneasiness, that little cynical voice in the back of our heads warning us not to get fooled again.

Director J.J. Abrams hears us, and understands.

At this week's Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Abrams took to the stage to talk about the way he approached directing the newest installment of the beloved series. J.J. was a fan of Star Wars growing up, so he gets what we've all gone through with the prequels.

Joined by producer Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams offered reassuring words, especially when talking about going away from computer-generated graphics and back to actually building sets.



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<![CDATA[Pirates vs. Zombies at Comic-Con 2013]]> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:39:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/ngs25_0273.jpg

Avast! While the international pop-culture celebration known as Comic-Con has long been the domain of superheros, the biggest showdown at this year's convention might not even involve spandex.

Several pirate-themed properties are sailing to San Diego this week in hopes of reclaiming the pop-culture crown from the undead likes of "The Walking Dead," "World War Z" and "Dead Rising." That's right. It's pirates vs. zombies.

"I think everyone is going to remember this as the year that pirates commandeered Comic-Con," said actor Mark Ryan, who portrays gruff quartermaster Gates in Starz's upcoming mature pirate drama "Black Sails."

The series centering on Toby Stephens as pirate Captain Flint isn't set to debut until next year. However, the network is screening the first installment for a select group of fans at a movie theater Thursday night.

"As crowded as the marketplace is right now, there's weird missing spots," said "Black Sails" co-creator Jonathan Steinberg. "It's a genre you think you've seen a million times, but in reality, there just aren't that many iterations of it. Certainly, there's none that I've seen that have taken this approach."

The pirate invasion is certainly apparent on the convention's show floor where both Starz and ABC have erected mock pirate ships towering over costumed Comic-Con attendees.

ABC recreated the Jolly Roger from the popular fantasy series "Once Upon a Time," which introduced the character of Captain Hook at last year's Comic-Con and is heading to Neverland next season. The show's cast and crew are expected to detail the pirate-filled trek during a Saturday panel.

Behind the seaside convention center, Ubisoft Entertainment docked an actual iron-hulled windjammer built in 1863 depicting the fictional Jackdaw pirate ship from the upcoming game "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag," which casts players as an 18th century privateer.

Does this flood of pirates mean zombies will soon be walking the plank?

"Look, I'll be watching `Black Sails' as much as the next guy, but pirates aren't cooler than zombies," said "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman. "There's no contest. Pirates wear silly hats and boots, they ride on ships and they're completely outdated and old timey. There's no way they could compete with zombies. They have no chance."

The buccaneers are certainly outnumbered when it comes to events celebrating the undead at Comic-Con: There's two panels for "The Walking Dead" -- one for the comic, another for the TV series -- a zombie-chasing obstacle course at Petco Park and the seventh annual Zombie Walk, a march of undead-dressed folks through the city's Gaslamp Quarter.

"World War Z" author Max Brooks is among the speakers scheduled for a Thursday talk titled "Zombies in Pop Culture." He'll also join the creators of Capcom's upcoming undead-slaying video game sequel "Dead Rising 3" for a Saturday panel focusing on zombies in the interactive medium.

For an entirely different showdown involving the undead, "Plants vs. Zombies" creators PopCap are showing off the sequel to their silly strategy game on the show floor of the 44th annual convention, which runs through Sunday.

"I just hope this conflict doesn't tear the convention apart," joked DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim DiDio. "I'd put my money on the Man of Steel against any of them."



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<![CDATA[Ender's Game Stars Face Gay Rights Controversy]]> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:34:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ender%27s+Game+still.jpg

Real-world issues are rare at Comic-Con where fantasy almost always trumps reality. But for the stars and director of "Ender's Game," comments made by Orson Scott Card regarding gay marriage are leading to questions about the issue as they promote the science fiction film.

Card has expressed opposition to gay marriage in the past and that has led some to call for a boycott. There were no signs of protest Wednesday as young stars Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld and the film's director, Gavin Hood, began to promote the sci-fi adventure film. There was a full day of questions ahead, though, as "Ender's Game" took center stage Thursday.

"My view is I've been a member of the Courage Campaign for many years and I'm a little distressed by his point of view on gay marriage," Hood said.

"However, the book is not about that issue, so I hope people can still appreciate the book because I think he wrote a great book, and the themes and ideas in the book, I think, are universal and timeless and applicable, and I hope the book will still be appreciated as a great work of art, even though I don't agree with the author. I optioned the book, not an author, and I love what the author said in that book."

Card turned down an interview request by The Associated Press. He told Entertainment Weekly that the issue is now "moot" given the Supreme Court's recent ruling and, "Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute."

Lionsgate Entertainment also issued a statement rebuking Card's position and said it would hold a benefit premiere to LGBT causes.

Butterfield, who plays the film's title character, said "I agree with rights for everybody" and that Card's views shouldn't change how audiences receive the film or book.

"You can't blame a work for its author," the 16-year-old British actor said.

Hood said the book's themes of kindness and compassion are what drew him to the story, and he was surprised by Card's position.

"I think it's slightly bitterly ironic that those themes that are present in the book are not carried through on his particular view on gay marriage," Hood said.

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<![CDATA[Josh Brolin Held on Public Intoxication Charge]]> Sat, 05 Jan 2013 23:41:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/01-brolin.jpg

Actor Josh Brolin, who plays a police sergeant in the upcoming Hollywood movie, "Gangster Squad," was arrested Wednesday after police found him heavily intoxicated and unable to care for himself on a Santa Monica sidewalk, police said on Saturday.

Brolin was contacted by police in the 1600 block of Ocean Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis.

Brolin was held in custody on a misdemeanor public intoxication charged and released.

"This was a booking only to hold him until he sobered up," Lewis said. "We do not normally file any charges on persons for simple intoxication."

Police said they would only book someone on a more serious charge and request that the City Attorney's Office prosecute if that person became a "chronic drain on resources" or has multiple arrests, Lewis said.

"In this case," Lewis said, "no further action is being sought."

Brolin's profile on imdb.com said his "rugged features" and "natural charm" have worked for him.

The son of actor James Brolin, his star has risen recently. He's played roles as a policeman, a hunter, and the President of the United States.

In his most recent film, "Gangster Squad," he plays Sgt. John O'Mara on a Los Angeles Police Department unit that chases notorious mobster Mickey Cohen.

Calls and emails to Brolin's agent had not been returned Saturday evening.

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<![CDATA['Office' Star John Krasinski Heads for the 'Promised Land' With Matt Damon]]> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:41:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/john-krasinski-promised-land.jpg

When John Krasinski moonlights from “The Office” he doesn’t mess around.

For the film “Promised Land,” Krasinski took on more than one side gig: not only does he act in it, he also concocted the story and screenplay with author Dave Eggers and co-star Matt Damon, and served as a producer.

Centered on the environmental effects of fracking, a controversial means of extracting natural gas, “Promised Land” represents Krasinski’s latest bid to expand his Hollywood horizons as the “The Office” ends its final season. Krasinski sat down recently to talk about his new film and what the future holds.

On the how the story’s setting inspired the issue at the core:

I had the idea for the script about two years ago, and my dad grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh in Natrona Heights, which was a steel mill town, and his dad worked three jobs, and they didn't have very much. And I remember when he was telling us, when I was a little kid – I was an ignorant eight-year-old – and I said, ‘So was your childhood awful?’ And he was like, ‘No, it was amazing. We had friends and family, and there was a sense of community and the faith that tomorrow would be a better day.’ And that really stuck with me my whole life, and I think the older I got, the more I realized that the country was moving away from that sort of pure ideal of community. So that's what the idea came from, and that's where I really started. So natural gas came in as an issue later on in the project once we had started coming up with these characters and this town and these groups of people that were going to interact, and it turned out to be the best backdrop for the story because it was basically just like high-stakes poker. There was so much potentially to gain and so much potentially to lose

On the reaction of the real people of Pennsylvania grappling with fracking’s pros and cons:

The really moving part was when we actually went to shoot in the town, they were so generous and so open to have us. But at the same time, people weren't against coming up and telling you how they really felt. And there were people who came up and said, ‘You shouldn't be making this movie. This is really good for us.’ And five minutes later, someone would come up and say, ‘Thank you for making this movie.’ We never expected it to be the movie that deals with this issue. Our whole thing was at the end to start a conversation, and whether it's fracking or something else, it's like these issues are something that have communities getting together and making decisions for themselves… is really the most important thing, especially this day and age.

On attempting to depict the residents of small town America without condescending or pandering:

I think sometimes the movies just show small town America as the people who just get bowled over by anyone who has an idea and in comes innovation and creators, and they just push these people aside. That's not the truth at all. These people are very dedicated to their opinions and very proud of where they're from. And that was the thing about getting there and first of all seeing how gorgeous it was. I mean it was beautiful…The truth is that you see what these people are fighting for. And when I say what they're fighting for, I don't mean either side of the issue. What I'm saying is that they are fighting for what everybody else is fighting for: their family, their friends, what they are from and where they're going. And it's a self-protective survival mode, and that's what's so admirable about these people really digging in on these issues. And it's happening all over the country.

On writing the screenplay with Matt Damon:

I met Matt when he was doing a movie with my wife [Emily Blunt], ‘The Adjustment Bureau,’ and we became friendly right away – which was really nice because being from Boston, the guy from ‘Good Will Hunting’ is pretty much the mayor of some fictitious town. One day we were on a double date, and he said, ‘I'm actually thinking of directing. Is there anything you that have in the works that you'd be willing to share with me?’ I said ‘Yeah’ and I brought him this idea, and he jumped onto it right away. We were writing within a week or two, and it worked really, really well. He actually was shooting ‘We Bought a Zoo’ in California at the time, and I was shooting my show ‘The Office,’ so we were kind of moonlighting. We worked really well together. We worked really fast. We have similar sensibilities and similar sense of humors, but at the end of the day, I think we're eternal optimists, so we wanted the same thing. We wanted this to be an uplifting kind of Frank Capra, Kazan movie. Where we were headed was always the same, so getting there was a lot quicker.

On where writing fits into his future after “The Office” ends:

I'm definitely going to cultivate it further. This was an incredible learning experience for me on every level, but I think, if I'm honest, the truth is it's a really big moment for me. This is a transition from the show that I think is meaning more to me than I think anybody knows. I think to have this show end is going to be such an incredibly emotional moment for me. Not only because of the show and the cast and the crew and that family aspect, but it's an era of my life that's going to be gone – and it is my twenties, basically. It's one of the most important decades of my life was spent with this show. And I owe it absolutely everything. No one would know my name if it wasn't for that show, and I wouldn't have any opportunity if it wasn't for this show, to sort of grow up and have that show support me. If someone asks me ‘What would you do if we gave you the keys?’ ‘This is the movie that I'd do if you gave me the keys.’ This is the kind of thing I've always been interested in. These are the characters that I've always been interested in watching or interested in playing, so I really want to do it more. And to have this team surrounding me – to write with Matt and to have Gus on board – it was so surreal and so inspiring, but also probably spoiled me because now I'm just like, ‘All I have to do is write some sort of document, then all of a sudden, Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant will sign on. How hard is this, folks?’ I don't know how the next ones are going to turn out, but also at home my wife was hugely supportive. And I'd always heard that story that the blank, white page is a scary thing. I'm like, ‘Come on – there are bigger things to be scared of.’ Then you sit down, and you realize, like, ‘Wow, that IS pretty scary.’ So she was the one who just kept saying ‘You can do it,’ and ‘Get up there and give it a couple more hours.’ And sure enough, it clicked, and I really, really loved it. So I'm going to give it a shot, and hopefully keep going as long as there's stories that I can tell well. And until then, I'll at least give it a shot.



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<![CDATA[Matt Damon on Making 'Promised Land' With a Little Help From His Friends]]> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:48:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/damon-promised-land.jpg

Matt Damon is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, so it’s not surprising that he had issues carving out the time to write and direct his passion project “Promised Land.” Fortunately, some close friends had his back.



When it came to crafting his screenplay about a conflicted gas company rep who heads to America’s Heartland to buy up land for the controversial drilling process known as fracking, Damon, already an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, teamed with actor John Krasinski, who in turn brought in his friend, acclaimed novelist David Eggers.

Damon befriended Krasinski’s while working opposite the "Office" star's wife, Emily Blunt, in “The Adjustment Bureau.” In addition to co-writing, Krasinski took on the role of Damon’s eco-minded nemesis in the film.

And when Damon realized he needed a director, he turned to another friend, “Good Will Hunting” helmer Gus Van.



The "Promised Land" star and producer sat down recently to talk about the huge lift he got from his friends, how he recruited Frances McDormand and Hal Holbrook, and whether he’s ready to re-team with another old pal, Ben Affleck, for a future film.



Has being a parent made you more environmentally conscious?



Probably, yeah. I thought a lot, before I had kids, what kind of world we're leaving them. I think it gave me pause. The world is fraught with so many challenges and perils. Kids don't ask to be here. We bring them here, and then it's like, ‘Hey – this is the fix you're in. Sorry.’ I did think about that, but ultimately, problems get fixed when people get engaged with them, so I figured why not raise some kids who are smart and conscientious and good citizens and want to pitch in and maybe they'll clean up some of these problems.



You’ve compared this process to when you write with Ben Affleck.



Yeah. I think because we're all actors, the way we write: we get up, we're walking around, we're improvising. We're playing all the different characters, and then pretty soon the characters start to talk back at you because you start to realize how they'd answer certain things, and that's when it gets really exhilarating. And that was the same with writing with both guys. We realized that for some reason I write with guys who are taller than me, funnier than me. I don't know what that is, but I guess I subconsciously seek out certain qualities in a writing partner.




What made Gus the go-to director when it turned out you wouldn’t be able to direct as originally planned?



He's such a humanist –the performances in Gus's movies, from his little movies to his bigger movies, always have that feeling of being captured. He just has a way of getting real human behavior out of the actors. There're the Hal Holbrooks, where you don't have to do much to get human behavior out of an actor of that stature and experience, but also the local folks and the people who we use in the movie who fill out the whole cast, Gus just has a way of putting everybody at ease, just filming the real world. And that's what we really wanted with this, was for it to feel like a moment in time in the country, where we are now, where we are today. John and I joke that my best contribution as a producer was firing myself(as director).



How did you land Frances McDormand?



Early on, we decided to write that part for Fran. I met Fran and worked with her in 1994, 18 years ago – she played my mom in a TNT movie that Tommy Lee Jones directed – so I kept in touch with her over the years and seen her sporadically, and I just love her. I love her work. At the same time, I was going to direct the movie, and we had an early draft of the script and I've shown it to Ben Affleck, to Cameron Crowe. John had shown it to Aaron Sorkin, and we’d gotten really positive feedback from those guys. So we said, ‘Okay. We're not crazy. She lives near me in New York, and I printed out a copy, and I walked over and left it at her apartment building. She wrote back like the next day and she said, ‘I'm in – I love it.’ That was a huge kind of milestone for us in the whole process, because not only did we get validation from a great actress and know that our script was in pretty good shape, but we also knew that we really were writing for her.

Equally huge would be bringing in Hal Holbrook.



That character's got to speak to the older America and where we've come from, and very simply and with great authority. So we just looked at a list of all the actors who were over 70 who we felt could do that, and there are a handful... Hal's 88 now and he's just the guy…The first town hall scene, we originally overwrote, because we didn't know how much of the pro- and anti-fracking arguments we were going to use, so we just literally wrote all of them and it was a 15-page scene. But we decided ‘Why don't we just shoot all of it, and then in the edit we'll cull it down.’ And so that's what we did – but Hal showed up in the first take and he just goes all the way through the dialog. I mean, he was just such a pro The guy is just a horse of a man. 



How hard is it to play a character who lies so convincingly and isn’t telegraphing it to the audience. Is that a tricky thing to wrap your head around?



He believes he's giving them the medicine they need, and that first scene sets up that idea of a guy who's seen industry leave. He's got this rage, and it’s also that kind of streak of self-loathing that you get in those great [Elia] Kazan protagonists. But he's not wrong either. So that's what we wanted. We wanted it to feel really complex, and there aren't any one-dimensional characters or easy answers. 



Do you and Ben have a project that you'd like to get around to together at some point?



We're developing a few. There's one Whitey Bulger project that we were looking at… But the big question of it is, what's your way in?  It's tough. They're the biggest batch of irredeemable...

 

"Promised Land" opens in limited release Dec. 28

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<![CDATA[J.J. Abrams Discusses His Vision For "Star Trek Into Darkness"]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:41:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/abrams_81930212.jpg Director J.J. Abrams chats with Access' Scott "Movie" Mantz about his vision for the opening sequence of "Star Trek Into Darkness." What was he trying to accomplish? Plus, what were the biggest challenges of this project? And, what qualities does he think makes for a fun "bad guy"?

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<![CDATA[Streisand and Rogen's Bond Fueled "The Guilt Trip"]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:24:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/197*120/Streisand+Rogan+Guilt+Trip.jpg

After making the comedy “The Guilt Trip” together, screen and song icon Barbra Streisand and comedy star Seth Rogen ended up with such an authentic-feeling mother/son dynamic, one practically expected Streisand to rub schmutz from his cheek and question his choice in clothing.

The two actors’ genuine, compelling chemistry fuels the road trip-style comedy which sees Rogen’s reticent young chemist trying to sell his environmentally friendly housecleaning fluid embarkson an ill-advised cross-country trek with his ceaselessly smothering mother (Streisand). And no one, it seems, was more pleased at the maternal connection than the stars.

On the beginnings of their on-screen rapport:

Barbra Streisand: Seth sussed me out. He called people from the Focker movies, right?

Seth Rogen: Yeah, I was actually working with John Schwartzman, who was the cinematographer on ‘Meet the Fockers,’ at the time this came up – I asked him what he thought of Barbra, and he said she was great. I know [‘Meet the Fockers’ director] Jay Roach a little, so I asked him. I think he said that she was awesome, too. Ben Stiller, I might have run into and asked. Yeah, everyone – this Barbra Streisand lady checked out, so I thought I'd give her a shot.

Streisand: I didn't know who to call. I don't know any of those people from his movies, so what I was going to do? I thought he was adorable, so I thought, this is interesting, unlikely which makes it interesting, and yet, we're both Jewish. I could be his mother.

Rogen: But when we met, we got along. We got along very well.

Streisand: Instantly.

Rogen: The way we talk in real life is not entirely different than our rapport in the movie, in some ways. We were getting along.  It’s a lot of me trying to explain things to her about modern times. And her trying to feed me s**t I don't want to eat.

Streisand: But he would show me things – like, yesterday he asked me if I had a Twitter account. I said ‘I don't know.’

Rogen: And I showed her that she did.

Streisand: Which I only use for political purposes. So I didn't know it was beyond that. I wouldn't know how to find it on my phone.

Rogen: I'll show you. I change her clocks during daylight savings. I do all that.

Streisand: He's very handy.

On their own parent/child relationships:

Streisand: My son doesn't see me as an icon. He sees me as his mother who touches his hair too much. He was very important in my decision to make the movie because he was recovering from back surgery, so he was in bed for a few days after. And I brought the script over and read it out loud, and it was interesting, actually. His father [Elliott Gould] was in the room, too – Isn't that funny? We were both coddling our son. So he became the audience, and Jason was reading all the parts with me. And he said, ‘I think you should do it, mom.’ And I really trust his integrity and his opinion. He has great taste in whatever he chooses to do – it's amazing. So he clinched the deal.

Rogen: I think my mom drives me crazy sometimes. I have a good relationship – I see my parents a lot, but, yeah, it's a lot like in the movie. For no reason I get annoyed. I'll just find myself kind of reverting back to like a mentality of like a 14-year-old kid who just doesn't want to be around his parents. It's one of the things I related to most in the script, honestly. It was just that dynamic where your mother's trying, and the more she tries, the more she bugs you. And the more it bugs you, the more she tries. And you like see her trying to say the thing that won't annoy you, and she can't. Yeah, all that is very, at times, real to my relationship with my mother.

Streisand: Mothers develop guilt trips. When I was working a lot and I felt guilty as a parent that I couldn't pick up my son every day from school, bake him cookies, that kind of thing. So I know that feeling. I know that feeling a lot. And so you try to compensate and everything they do is great. They sense that guilt, children, and they're going through their own rebellious times or whatever. Having a famous parent is an odd thing, you know? So I thought it was interesting to investigate this trying to be my son's friend, versus being a mother. And when it comes to time to really say ‘You abused me. You disrespect me. You talk back to me. You don't honor what I say. You won't take my advice.’ That kind of thing, in terms of this movie, it hit on all those things that I thought I could explore.

On how Streisand was convinced to take on the role:

Streisand: It was time to challenge myself again, you know? Of course, I made it very difficult for them to hire me because I kept wanting an out some way. So I made it really hard. I really don't want to go – I never do this normally, right – I really don't want to schlep to Paramount. It's two hours each way. So would you rent a warehouse and build the sets in the Valley no more than 45 minutes from my house? And they said yes. And on these Focker movies, I had to get up early, and I'm not an early bird – and Seth says, ‘It's very hard to be funny at 7:30 in the morning.’ He's right. He has to have a few cups of tea. You have to feed him a little bit…

Rogen: Get my head right.

Streisand: So I said, you can't pick me up until 8:30 because that's like a normal time to get up for me, because I love the night. My husband and I stay up until 2, 3 in the morning, so we don't function that well at 6 in the morning. And they said ‘Okay.’ I said to Anne [Fletcher, the director] ‘Well, would you make the movie without me?’ And she said no. And I felt bad, guilty – another guilt trip, right? I said ‘Oh, no – she's not going to have this job, and I want her to work.’

Rogen: I was open to Shirley MacLaine.

Streisand: Is that what you said to them?

Rogen: [Laughs] No – that's not true. I only would have done it if Barbra was doing it. For me, it was funny: ‘They want you to do this movie with Barbra,and Barbra's not sure if she wants to do it.’ And I was like, ‘Well, just let me know if she says yes.’ And then I literally made like two movies during that time. And we were editing ‘50/50,’ and I got a call, like ‘Barbra said yes.’ ‘Oh, okay –
Great!’

Streisand: It's great to feel wanted.



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<![CDATA[Naomi Watts' "Impossible" Role]]> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:56:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/naomi-watts.jpg

In “The Impossible,” Naomi Watts takes on a role based on the real-life experiences of Maria Belon, the Spanish woman whose family was caught during a Christmas getaway at the center of the powerful tsumani that ravaged Thailand in 2004.

The details of what the Belons went through during the devastation that ensued is equal parts startling and disturbing.

Watts, who just earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for her portrayal and is already on many critics’ shortlists as a serious best actress contender come Academy Awards time, reflects on how she brought the terrifying true tale of survival to life.

This film hits audiences on a very basic human level. As a parent, it must have been heart-rending to enact such an experience.

When my agent called and said there's this script about the tsunami, at first I was thinking ‘No, that's not sounding like a good idea. Is it just going to be a disaster movie, lots of screaming and flailing about in the water? Is it going to become spectacular? It doesn't feel right. In fact, it feels wrong given how many lives were taken.’

But then I heard that it was Juan Antonio Bayona, a director who's a proper filmmaker. So that peaked my interest, and then I read the script – and right from the first four or five pages I knew I was going to do it. It just felt incredibly truthful, and of course, I soon learned later that it was told from Maria's perspective and her family's.

There were plenty of extreme physical challenges for you in the role.

I knew it was going to be a tough one, physically – [working with] water always is, and it lived up to its reputation – but this story inside of the important, powerful disaster that took the lives of so many and affected the lives of so many was a really beautiful piece of intimate storytelling about family. So you forget. ‘Oh, this is going to be a hard day's work for six months’ – you push all that aside. I mean, When I finished ‘King Kong’ and it being so physically taxing on my body, I remember swearing off anything active or action-driven, but I guess you forget. It's sort of like childbirth, isn't it? You just go through it again.

Was there anything borderline scary that happened with the physical aspects of shooting the tsunami?

Yeah, the underwater scene: when you throw away the oxygen, you're on your own and you release yourself from the chair. Obviously, you want them to get the best shot, so you push yourself to the edge, and I always want to give the most I can give. I got to my limit and I started trying to undo the buckle, and I couldn't get out of the chair. In fact, the chair started spinning in the other direction, and I thought, ‘Oh, gosh, is the director trying to get extra fearful emotion out of me?’ And then the chair finally stopped, and I came to the surface [gasping]. Full of panic.

I got the teeny-weeniest little glimpse of what it's like to be holding your breath beyond what you're capable of or want to. Obviously, Maria went way beyond that stage and actually gave up. She wasn't fearful anymore or panicky. She just, went, ‘Okay – I'm being taken.’ But it filled me with panic and kind of rage. And anyway, it turned out it was just a technical problem.

How was your experience with the real-life Maria?

I was really, really dying to meet her, and I was quite nervous when it finally came about. I walked into the room and we just sort of shook hands. I'd been given a half-hour time slot, and I didn't know where to begin. ‘I'm just an actor, and I'm going to ask you a silly question, I'm sure of it, and look what you lived through and went through.’ So I just sat there and thought ‘I'll wait until she talks.’

And then she started to well up, and as did I. It was like her whole story was told just in one look. Anyway, then we held each other – and I know it sounds really corny – but that's who she is. It's like she's living on a different level. If I met her today without knowing that she'd gone through the tsunami, I'd probably be intimidated by her because she has a different view on life. I'm just full of cynicism and slightly jaded. She just thinks life is extraordinary and just living every moment and without fear.

Was this one of the hardest films you’ve shot, because you had to focus on both the emotional and the physical elements at once?

That was sort of the second part of the film: the first part is all physical, and then it's lying down. I was worried about this because it's one position, and she's losing blood. She's losing energy, closer and closer to death, and how do you do a bunch of scenes where you're forced into one position? How do you make them different beats? But again, talking to Maria, she was never going to allow herself to face death until it was done. She wasn't dying until she was dead, basically. So she was still continuing to fight, and whether that came out, manifested in humor or telling her son to focus on other people. That was really important to her.

The relationship between Maria and her son was so delicate, and must have been quite a challenge to pull off.

Going back to why I wanted to do this movie was because of that relationship as well. It was such an intimate – and maybe because I'm the mother of boys, it really spoke to me. She had to go through something that no parent wants for their child, which is put herself in the responsibility, in the hands of her son. So he grew up in two days basically – yeah, an incredibly, incredibly difficult position to be in. I spoke with him. Maria was more articulate. He was very young. Maria was more open about it. Maria wrote long, long letters. A couple of times she was there, once in Spain, when we were in the water tank, and then the whole family came to Thailand. When she wasn't there, she would write endless emails about each scene. Every time we changed location she would talk in great detail about everything, so it was just incredibly helpful.

In some movies the makeup is all about enhancing your glamour, but that’s not the case here.

It's actually easier. I'm telling a story. It has to be truthful. There is no vanity. I think it's much harder with the pressure of having to look good. I remember one time someone came up while we were shooting a scene in the hospital, and I had the mask, and it was creating a double chin, and someone said ‘We should move that.’ And I was like, ‘Don't touch it!’ because I suddenly became reminded of my vanity. It aggravated me. And so what if there's a double chin? Do you think she's thinking about that at that point, or anyone else is?

Tom Holland,  is just an amazing young actor. He steps up and goes toe to toe with you in every scene.

He blows me off the screen!

What kind of rehearsal time did you have with Tom to establish that relationship of mother and son?

We worked together for about a month – and hats off to Juan Antonio, because he really set a great tone for us by creating this space and room for us to get to know each other intimately very quickly. We basically did all these weird acting exercises. Some of them were goofy and had us in fits of laughter. Some of them were very emotional and had us wiping the tears and snot from each other's faces. We would improvise scenes. We would do the real scenes as per dialogue. It took three, four weeks. The first scene, I remember vividly: he had us sit in front of each other and draw each other. And I was like, ‘What is this?’ And then it was just like, it didn't matter what it was. It was just to sit and look at each other and be okay with that and be comfortable with one another.


 

The Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be broadcast live on NBC Jan. 13.



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<![CDATA[Globe Noms: For the Love of History]]> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:56:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/edt-annehathaway.jpg

Steven Spielberg's civil-war set drama "Lincoln" led the way with seven nods when the Hollywood Foreign Press announced the Golden Globe Award nominations in Hollywood.

Proof once again that when it comes to getting attention at the Globes, the more historical your vehicle (real or imagined) the more love the Hollywood Foreign Press is likely to bestow.

A quick look back at films that have walked away winners at the Globes for best picture in either a drama or comedy/musical show a long history for works that imagine the past: "Amadeus" (1985), "Out of Africa" (1986), "The Last Emperor" (1988), "Driving Miss Daisy" (1990), "Schindler's List" (1994), "Titanic" (1998), "Shakespeare in Love" (1999), "Gladiator" (2001), "Chicago" (2003), "The Aviator" (2005) and "Dreamgirls" (2007).

It's only been in recent years that the HFPA has cast its eyes more consistently to current times, rewarding films such as "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The Social Network" (2011) and "The Descendants" (2011).

That streak looks to be threatened with "Lincoln's" seven nominations, among them best director for Spielberg, best drama, best screenplay and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. These follow in the wake of four earlier nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and a record-breaking 13 nominations for the Critics Choice Movie Awards.

"Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino's brutal revenge western, also received a large helping of award nomination love. The film, which scored Globe nominations for best drama, director, supporting actors (Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz) and screenplay, was completely shut out of the Screen Actors Guild nominations in favor of "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Les Miserables."

Full List of 2013 Golden Globe Nominees

History-based drama from a more modern age was acknowledged with the Ben Affleck-directed Iran hostage crisis thriller "Argo" muscling in with four nominations for best drama, director, supporting actor (Alan Arkin) and screenplay.

And in the comedy-musical category, "Les Miserables" is the heavy-weight contender to compete with "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Salmon Fishing in Yemen," "Silver Linings Playbook."

When it came to small screen fare, it was history-in-the-making that received the most attention. The Sarah Palin biopic "Game Change" racked up five nominations for best miniseries, actor (Woody Harrelson), actress (Julianne Moore), supporting actor (Ed Harris) and supporting actress (Sarah Paulson). Coming in second with four nods was the terrorist plot-based series "Homeland" up for best drama, actor (Damian Lewis), actress (Claire Danes) and supporting actor (Mandy Patinkin).

Another notable inclusion here was "Political Animals," the now canceled TV drama that revolved around a Hillary Clinton-esque Washington politician played by Sigourney Weaver that will compete for best miniseries and best actress (Weaver). The stiff upper lip of PBS darling "Downton Abbey" received three nominations: best drama, best actress (Michelle Dockery) and supporting actress (Maggie Smith, who also was named to the best actress comedy/musical category for "Quartet").

Offering up accolades in categories that cover drama, comedy and musicals on both big and small screens, it's no surprise the remaining list of nominees for the award ceremony set for Jan. 13 comprises a mixed bag of familiar names (Meryl Streep for "Hope Springs", Helen Mirren for "Hitchcock," Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "Veep"), already celebrated titles ("Les Miserables," "Zero Dark Thirty"  with four nominations apiece) and few new, or left field inclusions ("Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Girls," the leading ladies of "Nashville").

"Yemen" - a gentle, comedy of manners from Britain - was a big surprise when it was announced it would compete in the best comedy/musical category as well as best acting for leads Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor. Released in March, the inclusion has turned the audience-appreciated yet oddly titled indie into the dark horse of the Globes.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Sparkle in Golden Globes Promo

New additions to this year's race are Connie Britton and Hayden Panetierre, who showed their singing chops on TV's "Nashville" to earn nominations for best actress and best supporting actress respectively. The love-it or loathe-it HBO series "Girls" scored two times for best series comedy and best actress (show creator and writer Lena Dunham). And Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," also from HBO, is up for best series drama and best actor Jeff Daniels.

Wes Anderson’s films have long been Oscar bait but ignored by the HFPA. "Moonrise Kingdom's" elevation to the best picture comedy/musical category is a pleasant surprise, though it was the only recognition it received with Anderson failing to score a berth in the best director category.

A small screen snub went to "Mad Men," left hanging with only one nomination going to Jon Hamm in the best actor drama category.

Following last years' Globe love-fest of raunchy comedy "Bridesmaids," rumors swirled that the potty-mouthed teddy bear buddy comedy "Ted," directed by Seth MacFarlane, would be up for acknowledgment. No such luck as the Mark Wahlberg vehicle was noticeably absent when the nominees were revealed.

Adding extra comedy fodder to their hosting duties is the race between Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") and Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), both named to the best actress TV comedy category. With former Globe winner Fey and former nominee Poehler both riding high on their current television success, the biggest winners on the night could end up being the viewers.

The Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be broadcast live on NBC Jan. 13.



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<![CDATA[Full List of 2013 Golden Globe Nominees]]> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:56:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/218*120/Golden+Globes+statues.jpg

The 2013 Golden Globe nominees were announced Thursday Dec. 13 in Los Angeles. Here's a full list of who and what could pick up an an award on Jan. 13.

Supporting Actor in a Television Series, Miniseries or Movie
Max Greenfield – “New Girl”
Ed Harris – “Game Change”
Danny Huston – “Magic City”
Mandy Patinkin – “Homeland”
Eric Stonestreet – “Modern Family”

Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Miniseries or Movie
Hayden Panettiere – “Nashville”
Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife”
Sarah Paulson – “Game Change”
Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”

Leading Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels – “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis – “Homeland”

Leading Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Connie Britton – “Nashville”
Glenn Close – “Damages”
Claire Danes – “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery – “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”

Television Series, Drama
“Breaking Bad”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Downton Abbey”
“Homeland”
“The Newsroom”

Leading Actress in a Television Series, Comedy
Zooey Deschanel – “New Girl”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Lena Dunham – “Girls”
Tina Fey – “30 Rock”
Amy Poehler – “Parks & Rec”

Leading Actor in a Television Series, Comedy
Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle – “House of Lies”
Louis C.K. – “Louie”
Matt LeBlanc – “Episodes”
Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory”

Television Series, Comedy
“Big Bang Theory”
“Episodes”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“Smash”

Leading Actor in a Television Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner – “Hatfields & McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock”
Harrelson – “Game Change”
Toby Jones – “The Girl”
Clive Owen – “Hemingway & Gelhorn”

Leading Actress in a Television Miniseries or Movie
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gelhorn”
Jessica Lang, “American Horror Story”
Sienna Miller, “The Girl”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”

Television Miniseries or Movie
“Game Change”
“The Girl”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“The Hour”
“Political Animals”

Original Song from a Motion Picture
Keith Urban – “For You,” from “Act of Valor”
Jon Bon Jovi – “Not Running Anymore,” from “Stand Up Guys”
Taylor Swift – “Safe and Sound,” from “The Hunger Games”
Adele – “Skyfall,” from “Skyfall”
Hugh Jackman – “Suddenly,” from “Les Miserables”

Original Score from a Motion Picture
“Life of Pi”
“Argo”
“Anna Karenina”
“Cloud Atlas”
“Lincoln”

Motion Picture, Foreign
“Amour”
“A Royal Affair”
“The Untouchables”
“Kon-Tiki”
“Rust and Bone”

Motion Picture, Animated
“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Wreck It Ralph”

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Leonard DiCaprio – “Django Unchained”
Phillip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams – “The Master”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Nicole Kidman – “The Paperboy”

Leading Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
Richard Gere – “Arbitrage”
John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”

Leading Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark 30”
Marion Cotillard – “Rust and Bone”
Helen Mirren – “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
Rachel Weisz – “Deep Blue Sea”

Leading Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Jack Black – “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
Ewan McGregor – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Bill Murray – “Hyde Park on Hudson”

Leading Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Emily Blunt – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Judi Dench – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Maggie Smith – “Quartet”
Meryl Streep – “Hope Springs”

Motion Picture Screenplay
“Zero Dark 30”
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Django Unchained”
“Argo”

Director of a Motion Picture
Ben Affleck – “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark 30”
Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”

Motion Picture, Drama
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”



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<![CDATA[Golden Globes 2013: The Nominees Are...]]> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:31:36 -0700 Best Picture, Drama
"Argo," "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty" (above), "Life of Pi," and "Django Unchained."]]>
Best Picture, Drama
"Argo," "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty" (above), "Life of Pi," and "Django Unchained."]]>
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See who's in the running for the 2013 Golden Globes on Jan. 13.

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<![CDATA[Globes: 20 Years of Winning TV Actresses]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:35:55 -0700 Claire Danes (above) of "Homeland" was named Best Actress in a Drama, and Laura Dern of "Enlightened" was named Best Actress in a Comedy.]]> Claire Danes (above) of "Homeland" was named Best Actress in a Drama, and Laura Dern of "Enlightened" was named Best Actress in a Comedy.]]> http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*232/137119023_10.jpg Two decades of TV legends.

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<![CDATA[Globes: 20 Years of Winning Movie Actresses]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:36:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/golden_globes.jpg From Emma Thompson to Michelle Williams, take a look back at the last two decades of Golden Globe-winning movie actresses.

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<![CDATA["The Hobbit": Ian McKellen on His Favorite Gandalf ]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 19:21:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hobbit+Trailer4.jpg

Sir Ian McKellen made the seemingly impossible transition in his early 60s from genius-level stage actor to beloved super villain and wizard of the silver screen. Now 73, McKellen is reprising the role of Gandalf for his third tent-pole trilogy, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

"The Hobbit," which opens Friday, finds Gandalf enlisting Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) to join him and a band of 13 dwarves on a journey to slay the dragon Smaug and reclaim the treasure and mountain home of the dwarves.

McKellen held court at a recent New York City press conference, along with co-stars Elijah Wood, Richard Armitage, Freeman and Andy Serkis, to discuss the film.

In response to Armitage discussing what it's like to join an established franchise:

"It's not a franchise. They're films—this isn't 'X-men.'"

On putting a character behind you after shooting a film:

If you're acting away for film, it will be with a certain intensity… what you might have difficulty shaking off when you remove the costume and the make up is not the character, but the effort you put into it. The fact that it was difficult today or it was joyfully easy, or there was something you didn’t quite get right or were struggling over, and that effort, that's what you'll be thinking of. Rather than having been lost in the world of Middle Earth.

On who he prefers playing, Gandalf the White or the Grey:

Well, Gandalf the White in the second of the "Lord of the Rings" movies is on a mission and he has to save the world, or help save the world. And so he's cut his beard down to size and he's gone white in the process and he doesn’t have any jokes, no time for jokes. That's the story where the hero doesn’t make it back home. Bilbo gets back home because he's on an adventure, it's different. So he doesn’t need Gandalf the White to look after him, he needs the old, the grey, a man he can have a smoke with and a drink with and tick him off maybe, but they’ve learned to like each other's company and to trust each other. It's much more humane as befits the quality of the adventure they're going on. So there's a bit more range for the actor in Gandalf the Grey, and it's selfishly why I prefer doing him.

On how he played Gandalf differently this time:

Young Gandalf is younger, 60 years younger. I don't know, I just played him the same, didn’t I? I don't know, I'm trying to think… both of these films, these six films as there are going to be, in future will be viewed in the order not that they were filmed but in the order of the story, and it is going to be a little bit alarming for them to see, as it were, everyone getting younger. The technology… do you remember Gollum in the first movie? He looked like a glove puppet, and that's going to be a real shock when they go from "The Hobbit," with all this wonderful technology…

On J.R.R. Tolkien's world view:

I think there are limitations in Tolkien's view of the world. I mean, where is sex? Where are women? But, in other aspects, he is absolutely bang up to date. He takes old people very seriously, and gives them full weight and due. Young people, he's very keen on... And I think the message that has resonated with everyone who's read the books or seen the film is that, yes, the world is organized by people who are extremely powerful and… they are entirely dependent on the little guy. And for someone to be through two world wars to accept that, it's not the great people we build statues to change the world, it's the foot soldiers who measure up to the moment.

On claims that Peter Jackson's decision to turn a 320-page book into a trilogy was financially driven:

Anyone who thinks peter Jackson would fall for market forces rather than the artistic imperative, doesn’t know the guy... If we'd just made one movie of "The Hobbit," the fact is that all the fans, and I'm thinking now of the 8, 9 10-year-old boys and girls, they would watch it a thousand times. Well, they’ve now got three films they can watch a thousand times—it isn’t enough. And if you don’t quite plug into that, I sympathize with you, but these movies are not for you. Talk to any 9-year-old, they haven't just seen "Lord of the Rings" once, they've seen it twice, maybe three times--in a day. And how much better they should be seeing that, I mean a great film, I must say, with huge artistic endeavor and achievement, rather than other things they could be watching.

On working with Cate Blanchett, who plays Galadriel, the Elf Queen:

We had appeared in the same scene at the end of the final "Lord of the Rings" movie, but we hadn’t met. We met at a party... they photographed us separately. But for these two weeks, there she was in person. We have such a congenial relationship, because she's running practically the National Theater of Australia in Sydney, we had so much to talk about plays and everything else, as well as the fun of making a movie. And we got extremely close and affectionate with each other—her husband wasn't around—there was a moment when she adjusted my hair, but I think it was Cate rather than Galadriel, and I think it's made it into the movie, and I'm still rather shaken...

On what he learned about himself while shooting "The Hobbit":

I learned what I already knew, that I still have got a long way to go in terms of acting. I'm single, and Steve Thompson, a person that we all know because he's a wonderful cook, was looking me after in Wellington. He's also a masseur…and my whole life was living with this man—not having sex, he's straight—but I discovered that I got very, very, very used to the idea of being totally cossetted and looked after by somebody. He drove me everywhere, he got on my nerves an awful lot, but – Oh Steve I miss you…

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<![CDATA[2013 SAG Nominations: Full List]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:10:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Les+Mis+-+Artwork.jpg.jpg

Historical dramas "Lincoln" and "Les Miserables" and modern dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook" lead the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations with four each.

The list of films in contention for the awards were announced early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," the film adaptation of the Victor Hugo stage musical "Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings Playbook" were all nominated for best ensemble cast along with the Ben Affleck-directed Iran-hostage thriller "Argo" and ex-pat British comedy "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

Historical dramas also held sway when it came to primetime television nods for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series with the prohibition-era set "Boardwalk Empire" facing off against the stiff upper lip of PBS darling "Downton Abbey" and "Mad Men."  "Homeland" and "Breaking Bad" round out the category. 

The list lands just a day prior to the announcement of the nominations for the Golden Globes, and ramps up anticipation for a busy awards season that culminates with the Academy Awards in February.

The full list of SAG Award nominations are as follows:


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

BRADLEY COOPER / Pat - “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK”
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln - "LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)
JOHN HAWKES / Mark - "THE SESSIONS" (Fox Searchlight)
HUGH JACKMAN / Jean Valjean - "LES MISÉRABLES" (Universal Pictures)
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Whip Whitaker - "FLIGHT" (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JESSICA CHASTAIN / Maya - "ZERO DARK THIRTY” (Columbia Pictures)
MARION COTILLARD / Stephanie - “RUST AND BONE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Tiffany - “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company)
HELEN MIRREN / Alma Reville - “HITCHCOCK” (Fox Searchlight)
NAOMI WATTS / Maria - “THE IMPOSSIBLE” (Summit Entertainment)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
ALAN ARKIN / Lester Siegel - “ARGO” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
JAVIER BARDEM / Silva - "SKYFALL" (Columbia Pictures)
ROBERT DE NIRO / Pat, Sr. - "SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK" (The Weinstein Company)
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN / Lancaster Dodd - “THE MASTER” (The Weinstein Company)
TOMMY LEE JONES / Thaddeus Stevens - “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
SALLY FIELD / Mary Todd Lincoln - "LINCOLN" (Touchstone Pictures)
ANNE HATHAWAY / Fantine - “LES MISÉRABLES” (Universal Pictures)
HELEN HUNT / Cheryl - “THE SESSIONS” (Fox Searchlight)
NICOLE KIDMAN / Charlotte Bless - "THE PAPERBOY” (Millennium Entertainment)
MAGGIE SMITH / Muriel Donnelly - “THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL” (Fox Searchlight)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
ARGO, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, LES MISÉRABLES, LINCOLN, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
KEVIN COSTNER / “Devil Anse” Hatfield - “HATFIELDS & McCOYS” (History)
WOODY HARRELSON / Steve Schmidt - “GAME CHANGE” (HBO)
ED HARRIS / John McCain - “GAME CHANGE” (HBO)
CLIVE OWEN / Ernest Hemingway - “HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN“ (HBO)
BILL PAXTON / Randall McCoy - “HATFIELDS & McCOYS” (History)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
NICOLE KIDMAN / Martha Gellhorn - “HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN” (HBO)
JULIANNE MOORE / Sarah Palin - “GAME CHANGE” (HBO)
CHARLOTTE RAMPLING / Eva Delectorskaya - “RESTLESS” (Sundance Channel)
SIGOURNEY WEAVER / Elaine Barrish Hammond - “POLITICAL ANIMALS” (USA)
ALFRE WOODARD / Ouiser - “STEEL MAGNOLIAS” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson - “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White - “BREAKING BAD” (AMC)
JEFF DANIELS / Will McAvoy - “THE NEWSROOM” (HBO)
JON HAMM / Don Draper - “MAD MEN” (AMC)
DAMIAN LEWIS / Nicholas Brody - “HOMELAND” (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison - “HOMELAND” (Showtime)
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley - “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)
JESSICA LANGE / Sister Jude - “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM” (FX)
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick - “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham - “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - “30 ROCK” (NBC)
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy - “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
LOUIS C.K. / Louie - “LOUIE” (FX)
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper - “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker - “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton - “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - “30 ROCK” (NBC)
AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope - “PARKS AND RECREATION” (NBC)
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett - “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky - “HOT IN CLEVELAND” (TV Land)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE, BREAKING BAD, DOWNTON ABBEY, HOMELAND, MAD MEN

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 ROCK, THE BIG BANG THEORY, GLEE, MODERN FAMILY, NURSE JACKIE, THE OFFICE

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Screen Actors Guild 49th Annual Life Achievement Award
DICK VAN DYKE

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<![CDATA[Cher On Meeting David Geffen]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:56:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cher2.jpg Cher chats at the premiere of "Inventing David Geffen" about the first time she met David. What was her first impression of him? Plus, how has their friendship blossomed over the years?

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<![CDATA[Going for Golden Globes Gold]]> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:56:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/golden_globe.jpg

Actors Ed Helms, Megan Fox and Jessica Alba will join the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Thursday morning to announce its Golden Globe nominations, and this year's likely list of movie winners is rich with historical dramas.

"Zero Dark Thirty," the new film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, has been dominating the early awards season, having racked up a few Best Picture nods, as well as honors for director Kathryn Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal and star Jessica Chastain. "The Hurt Locker," Bigelow's and Boal's previous collaboration, earned them Globe nominations—this new film should improve on that success, with an additional nod for Chastain, and possibly co-star Jason Clarke.

Other dramas expected to be in the mix will be Ben Affleck's "Argo," about the rescue of six Americans during the Iran Hostage Crisis; Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," with a typically brilliant turn by Daniel Day-Lewis; "Skyfall," among the best 007 films ever made; writer-director Quentin Tarantino's slave-revenge epic "Django Unchained"; and director Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," the lushest, most visually ambitious film of the year.

"Les Mis," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" lead 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations

The Globes also recognize film comedies, too, and this year had lots of inventive ones likely to be included when the nominations happen at 8 a.m. ET Thursday on NBC.

Writer-director Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" is a sweet and sentimental look at young love, and featured a great cast. "21 Jump Street" and "Ted" caught everyone by surprise and are good candidates.

"Pitch Perfect," starring Anna Kendrick as a reluctant a capella singer, has already made one top 10 list; the silver-haired rom-com "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is right in the Globes' wheelhouse with its British pedigree and aging stars; and "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro is the thinking person's feel-good comedy of 2012.

Unfortunately, much of the Golden Globe success they enjoy will be mostly limited to the nominations, as there's an 800-pound gorilla looming: "Les Miserables." Comedy films are lumped together with Musicals, and the Hollywood Foreign Press is a sucker for a musical, naming one best picture five times in the last 11 years.

And "Les Mis" has it all, with a director (Tom Hooper) and five cast members (Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham-Carter and Sacha Baron-Cohen) who've previously been nominated for Globes, as well as a new song from Claude-Michel Schonberg, the film will likely be nominated in at least six categories, and possibly seven if they decide to put Anne Hathaway up as a lead actress.

The frontrunners among the TV dramas are mostly seasoned veterans—"Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones"—or reigning champions, like "Homeland," but there's one noticeable, and controversial, newcomer.

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," made a splash last season. Its rapid-fire dialog, strident lefty politics and dubious portrayal of women had people talking from the first episode to the last. The HFPA has nominated Sorkin's film work five times in the past, and "The West Wing," which he created, was nominated 20 times. For all the show's problems, star Jeff Daniels has been excellent, making even the weakest episodes somewhat compelling, and should find his name called.

There also is a new wrinkle in the TV categories:  "Downton Abbey." The PBS drama had previously run as a miniseries, but now confesses it is a full-fledged series. With "Downton" out of the miniseries field, it clears the way for the A&E western "The Hatfield & McCoys" and HBO's "Game Change," about John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin for his running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

On the comedy side of the aisle, two other shows from HBO's Sunday night lineup are the most likely to get some love Thursday morning. "Girls" and its creator, Lena Dunham, were among the most controversial figures on the television landscape, with legions of people watching the show just to hate it and others watching it to love it. "Girls" and its creator have ridden a roller coaster of backlash and backlash against the backlash, but it's a great show and is sure to be nominated.

And then there's "Veep," starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the ceaselessly put-upon vice president. JLD has already won the Emmy for this role, and the HFPA has nominated her three times in the past, so she's apt to get another nod.

If you're looking for the HFPA to recognize a dark horse or sentimental favorite, Larry Hagman, who passed away Nov. 23, could get the nod for reprising his role as oil tycoon J.R. Ewing in TNT's reboot of "Dallas." The HFPA nominated Hagman for the role four times when the show originally aired in the '80s.

The Golden Globes nominations will air at 8 a.m. ET Thursday on NBC. The awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be broadcast on NBC Jan. 13.



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<![CDATA[Zany Hosts, Scandalous Noms and Other Fun Tidbits About the Golden Globes]]> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:56:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/218*120/Golden+Globes+statues.jpg

With 70 years of history behind them, the Golden Globes are one of the longest running and most prestigious awards ceremonies in show business. Here's a few fun facts and figures of Hollywood’s most freewheeling gala.

*  The Globes are known for a more relaxed, freewheeling atmosphere – largely due to the widespread availability of spirits, wine and champagne during dinner. The anything-goes attitude dates back to 1958, when during the height of their Rat Pack fame Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., grew so bored with the too-stuffy proceedings that they took over the stage and brought a much-needed anarchy to the ceremony.

*  The Globes’ most honored actor to date is, perhaps unsurprisingly, Meryl Streep, who has collected a record eight trophies over the course of her fabled career. Unless, of course, you count the honorary wins – including the Cecil B. DeMille Award and the now defunct Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite Actress – that put Barbra Streisand over the top with nine. Still, Streep still tops the charts among nominations, with 26 total nods as of 2012.

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*  After hosting four ceremonies between 1961 and 1972, the world-famous Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills became the seemingly permanent home of the Golden Globes in 1974, hosting each consecutive gala for nearly 40 years.

*  In 1963 the HFPA introduced a trophy girl for the ceremony carrying the title of Miss Golden Globe, and by the 1970s tradition dictated that the honoree be the offspring (usually the daughter, but also the occasional son) of at least one famous Hollywood parent. Among the Miss Golden Globes who have gone on to claim their own fame: Anne Archer, Melanie Griffith, Laura Dern, Joely Fisher, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Dakota Johnson and Rumer Willis. The 2013 Miss Golden Globe is Franchesca Eastwood, the daughter of actor-director Clint Eastwood and actress Frances Fisher.

*  The Globes have had a long relationship with television: the ceremony originally aired locally in Los Angeles beginning in 1958, and then nationally as part of NBC’s “The Andy Williams Show” starting in 1962 before the network made it a national special in 1964. After concerns were raised in 1968 by the Federal Communications Commission about how the award winners were determined behind the scenes, NBC instituted a broadcast ban that lasted until 1974. By the early 1990s the Globes had become an annual staple of the cable network TBS, until TV personality Dick Clark became the broadcast’s producer and secured a long-term relationship with NBC, beginning in 1996 and continuing today.

* Scandal erupted around the Golden Globes in 1981 when actress and singer Pia Zadora, star of the reviled film “Butterfly,” received the New Star of the Year Award, beating out such promising competition as Kathleen Turner and Elizabeth McGovern and sparking rumors that the voting had been influenced by Zadora’s wealthy, much-older financier husband Meshulam Ricklis in an attempt to purchase stardom for his young wife. The luster of the Globes was tarnished in the years immediately following.

*  Sharon Stone nearly sparked another controversy in 1999 when, a day after her Globe nomination for her turn in “The Muse,” she had luxe gold Coach watches delivered as gifts to each of the HFPA members – who were instructed by their president to return the timepieces immediately to preserve their awards’ integrity.

* Legendary producer and director Cecil B. DeMille, known for his lavish, flamboyant productions of epics like “Cleopatra” and “The Ten Commandments” in the silent and early sound era, received the Globes’ first lifetime achievement-style award in 1947, which was named in his honor. A major force in Hollywood is given the DeMille Award – a short sampling of the prestigious list of recipients includes Walt Disney, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Alfred Hitchcock, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Sean Connery, Sophia Loren, Shirley Maclaine, Harrison Ford, Steve Spielberg and Robert DeNiro. The honoree for 2013 is Jodie Foster.

* The ceremony itself has been cancelled only once, in 2008, when the ongoing Hollywood writers strikes threatened to create picket lines and cause actors to stay home in solidarity. Instead the awards were announced with no celebrity presence during a low-key press conference at the Hilton.

* For many years the Globes were traditionally broadcast without a master of ceremonies. That changed in 2010 when comedian Ricky Gervais assumed hosting duties, and although he created a small firestorm of controversy with his harsh but wickedly funny, never-ending jibes at both the attending celebrities and members of the foreign press, Gervais stirred up so much attention that he was invited back to host the following two ceremonies. For the 2013 Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are sharing the hosting podium.



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<![CDATA[Batmobile Up for Auction]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 05:24:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/batmobile17.JPG

Mastermind behind the legendary Batmobile, the King of Kustomizers said it’s time to put the crime-fighting (sort of) machine up for auction.

"We as, as our family, that we would like to share it worldwide," said Batmobile owner George Barris.

It hits the auction block in January, set to leave its home since 1966 at Barris Kustom City shop in Riverside.

"It will always be a Barris Batmobile and the main concern is that it really goes to the right owner that can share it with the world forever," said Goji Barris, George’s daughter.

The original one-off 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car was originally created by Ford Motor Company and a design team at the Lincoln Styling Department, according to Barris' website. The 19-foot long, two-seat, bubble-topped grand touring car prototype was entirely hand-built in 1954 by Ghia Body Works in Turin, Italy.

Ford sold it to Barris for $1. In 1965, 20th Century Fox gave him three weeks and $15,000 to turn it into the Batmobile.

All of Batman’s gadgets were courtesy of Barris' imagination and the result was the first time a car became a star. And for those interested in making a bid: the car comes, of course, complete with a Bat Phone.

The Batmobile will leave Barris Kustom City shop on Tuesday, when it will be put on a trailer and taken to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the auction.

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