Jared Leto – Thriving in the Dark

Posted April 24, 2002

In an effort to shed the teen pinup image he earned on My So-Called Life, Jared Leto searched his lower depths for films like Fight Club. And in his current offering, the nightmarish thriller Panic Room, he doesn’t seem to be detouring much from his course. Surviving Young Hollywood is a challenge for even the most skilled actor, but it’s been especially difficult for Jared Leto, who was thrown an extra curve—My So-Called Life. Though the series lasted only one season, Leto developed such a massive cult following for injecting an appealing blend of rebelliousness, moodiness and sensitivity into high […]

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Posted December 19, 2001

Of course most everyone loved this movie. Because J.R.R. Tolkien created such deep, rich, complex characters. And he did something amazing with them that just doesn’t happen now – he gave them nobility.

Orlando Bloom Profile

Posted November 17, 2001

With his warm, somnolent Canterbury accent, tranquil self-assuredness and a face that looks like it was carved from Italian marble, it’s a wonder Orlando Bloom didn’t aim for movie stardom right after his first few acting jobs. Instead, the 24-year-old followed up roles in the UK soap “Casualty” and the 1998 biopic Wilde (starring fellow Briton Jude Law) with a three year stint at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. “I had an agent before I went in,” he says, “but I wanted to train.” The experience apparently paid off because shortly after graduation, Bloom landed the pivotal role […]

Straight from the Hartnett

Posted July 1, 2001

What finally convinced you to take Pearl Harbor? A conversation I had with my dad. I told him that the film would change my life and maybe my whole family’s, too, and that I didn’t know if it was the right thing to do. He said, “It’s your decision. But fame is temporary. You can quit and it’ll go away or you can keep going and it’ll go away anyway. But regret can be permanent.” One of the last things I said to my dad before I got on the plane to go off and shoot Pearl Harbor was, “I’m […]

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Posted May 26, 2001

This isn’t going to be a typical review because I’ve seen Pearl Harbor a dozen times. But I’m watching it while I cruise around the internet because I’m too tired to watch anything that requires thought. And with all due respect to Mr. Bruckheimer and Mr. Bay (because I’m generally a fan of them both) they ended it completely wrong.

Brad To The Bone

Posted January 1, 2001

Our hero is under attack. Splayed in the dirt, perfect abs planted in a muddy trench, impossibly blue eyes squinting through a scope, he squeezes the trigger and sprays a few hopeless rounds at the enemy. Around him, a relentless swarm of Vietcong soldiers advance, their heavy artillery buzzing his ears. Though tan and trim in his army fatigues, he collapses in the dirt, overwhelmed by the weight of his weapon. Someone barks, “They’re closing in on you! They’re 600 feet away. They’re 400. They’re 200…Fire! Fire!” “Cut!!!” Brad Pitt pulls a protective brace from his forearm and whips it […]

A Secret Key

Posted April 1, 2000

“In some ways, I was always more interested in other people’s experiences than my own,” said Edward Norton. Since receiving an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a psychopathic killer in Primal Fear (1996), Norton, 30, has continued to impress critics and audiences alike with his depiction of violent characters. I spoke with Norton at New York’s Essex House. His demeanor was as cool and cerebral as a Ph.D. candidate. Yet, all the while, he methodically broke wooden matches into tiny pieces: a clue, perhaps, to a less placid quality he cannot entirely conceal. How did he summon the fierce […]

Angelina Jolie and the Torture of Fame

Posted February 17, 2000

SHE’S FIFTY MINUTES LATE and I’m starting to walk toward the door when I see her. She’s smaller and thinner and sadder than I expected from that movie-star face and the wild bad-girl spirit she projects onscreen–the best bad girl in movies today. She looks beaten and dogged. I think about keeping on going because I’m pissed off and of course she doesn’t recognize unfamous me but then something in her beaten face stops me and I say, “Angelina” and she looks at me, hesitates, remembers that she shouldn’t stop because I might be a wacko and starts to keep […]

Joshing Around

Posted November 1, 1999

James Van Der Beek, the Dawson of Dawson’s Creek, isn’t the only guy on that hit show that teens (and twentysomethings) are obsessed with. As the series starts its third season, 21-year-old Joshua Jackson, is probably bringing in as many fans with his slow-burn charm as Van Der Beek has with his chiseled looks. Unlike the rest of the Dawson’s Creek cast Jackson has been hesitant to take on major screen roles. Instead, he’s taken smaller parts, playing one of the many students in Scream 2, a former friend of Brad Renfro in Apt Pupil, the class cut-up in Urban […]

Death Becomes Her

Posted November 1, 1998

Meet Claire Forlani, a thoroughly enchanting young actress who, in a career-making role, shows Death — Brad Pitt, that is — what life is all about. While Claire Forlani and Brad Pitt were looping Meet Joe Black, tagged as perhaps the most expensive (at a reported $90 million) Hollywood romance ever made, “she was obsessing about something,” director Martin Brest says. “I was teasing her about it, and I said, ‘C’mon, Claire, don’t turn into Frances Farmer on me!’” Surprisingly, Brest’s euphemism for nutcase did not go whizzing past the young actress’s radar. Quite the opposite: Forlani let everyone know […]