Author: AJ

Hugh Jackman on ‘The Greatest Showman’ and Saying Goodbye to Wolverine

Posted December 1, 2017

On a blustery late-summer day, Jackman walks into Perry St, a posh SoHo eatery overlooking the Hudson. Even dressed down in a gray T-shirt and cargo pants, the six-foot-three actor with the gleaming smile and jet-black hair is every inch the movie star. He cuts a figure so dazzling that even here, a gathering spot for 1 percenters, patrons will glance over at the corner table where Jackman parks himself, hoping to catch a glimpse of the actor in an unguarded moment. Jackman looks revived after four months spent traveling with his wife, Deborra-lee Furness, and their kids, Oscar and […]

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok

Posted November 5, 2017

Ragnarok is a good Marvel movie. But it isn’t a good Thor movie. The standalone movies each have (rather) had distinctive styles. An Iron Man film is contemporary and flashy with trusty sidekicks Pepper and Happy and Rhoddy and quippy one-liners. Captain America lost both his sidekicks (the Roaring Commandos) and his wonderful love interest (the incredible Peggy Carter) when he jumped forward in time. Since then his movies haven’t really been his – they’ve served as vehicles for the MCU with Cap as the centerpiece. And Thor… well a Thor movie has a bit of epic grandiosity and beauty. […]

The Robert Pattinson No One Noticed

Posted September 7, 2017

Robert Pattinson is one of the most recognizable movie stars on earth. But for his most recent film, Good Time, he managed to go undercover in New York. He worked in a car wash. He took the subway. “Basically was just trying to think, okay, how can you change yourself so people never recognize you once the entire time,” he explains. Miraculously, he got away with it. Here, the actor explains his method, and path to superstardom. Did you always want to be an actor?Uh, no. I was not at all into it. In fact, my drama teacher when I […]

Emma Watson, Rebel Belle

Posted March 10, 2017

Since her years as Hermione ended, Emma Watson has fought to assert her own identity. Now that she has found her voice—most notably as a U.N. ambassador—she’s revamping a classic stereotype, the Disney princess, in Beauty and the Beast. Watson talks to Vanity Fair about her metamorphosis from child star to leading woman. Emma Watson and I are standing on the 23rd Street platform of an uptown-bound E train in New York City and we’re littering. Literally. And literature-ly. The 26-year-old actress is scattering hardcover copies of Maya Angelou’s book Mom & Me & Mom throughout the station—tucking them between […]

Chris Pratt’s Call to Stardom

Chris Pratt’s Call to Stardom

Posted February 12, 2017

Chris Pratt’s rise to fame is so improbable he sees it as divinely ordained: the friend who sent him a ticket to Hawaii, the stranger who led him to a church, the actress he waited on at Bubba Gump Shrimp. Recalling the leaps of faith that turned him from a door-to-door salesman into a box-office king, Pratt considers what he has to prove now. Chris Pratt wanted to cook me lunch. And not just any lunch—a lunch made from an animal that Pratt himself had killed, in Texas, where the mesquite blooms and the wild boar does not care nor […]

Passengers

Passengers

Posted December 26, 2016

I’ve been interested in seeing Passengers since I first saw the trailer. Shiny sci-fi with a bit of romance, a bit of fun and a bit of danger. Even a mystery to unravel. Plus a chance for two endearing actors to prove themselves in a starring vehicle. Then after hearing whispers that critics weren’t kind, I wasn’t sure. I refuse to read any reviews or judge a film on anything but the trailer until I’ve seen it myself… so I went to see it for myself with a bit of trepidation. It was pretty much exactly what I thought it’d […]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Posted December 17, 2016

You know those movies where the crew says they’re probably all going to die but they go in and fight against impossible odds and manage to (mostly) survive? Rogue One isn’t that story. This is good, gritty sci-fi. It’s rough characters that would be more complex in a smaller movie but are interesting enough in this one. It’s a decent story but with all the sci-fi and the characters it doesn’t need to be much more than that. Rogue One starts off a bit choppy. The prologue works well and sets a good foundation for both Jyn (Felicity Jones) and […]

Ryan Reynolds | America’s Super-Suave Superhero

Posted November 14, 2016

The last time we talked to Ryan Reynolds, he was merely the handsomest, charmingest actor alive. His quirky superhero movie, Deadpool—an obsession, to put it mildly—was a few months from being released. But now, more than a year and a handful of box-office records later? He’s a superstar. A heavyweight. But it wasn’t a transformation. Ryan Reynolds tells Blake Lively we’re headed to the war room. More accurately, he tells her we’re going to the barn, which sits on an old upstate New York farm that functions as Reynolds’s family center and creative headquarters.  Why Deadpool? Because Deadpool is one of the most unique […]

Jennifer Lawrence, Star without a Script

Posted November 11, 2016

In a mere six years, Jennifer Lawrence has blazed past every marker of Hollywood stardom, with no sign of slowing down: next month’s science-fiction romance Passengers will be followed by movies with Steven Spielberg, Adam McKay, and Darren Aronofsky. In unreal circumstances, Lawrence is learning to assert herself as a real person, whether that means equal pay, privacy, or never being a bridesmaid again. The bar of the Plaza Athénée, an elegant Upper East Side hotel, is empty save for an elderly French couple sipping Bordeaux at two P.M. when in bursts a tall blonde crackling with energy. It is […]

Marvel Movies Ranked

Marvel Movies Ranked

Posted November 7, 2016

Variety recently released a ranking of Marvel’s movies thus far. So, of course Kel and I were discussing it and had our own rankings and I decided to post my own list. Or if you’re looking for the Marvel movies in chronological order, we’ve got that too. 1. As great as it is, I had a hard time putting The Avengers in the top spot. Because I’ve seen it a THOUSAND times thanks to my nephews. Still, it’s smart and funny with a very good balance of action and character. It really set a new standard for super hero movies […]