Orlando Watches Fame Bloom on the High Seas

Posted June 7, 2003

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl cruises into theaters Wednesday and provides the rising Romeo with a proper plank to show off his acting skills. “I think it’s going to make a lot of people happy and will put an end to pirate movies that don’t work,” says Bloom, phoning from Los Angeles during a break from yet another costume spectacle, next year’s Troy, shooting in Malta. It may also silence any speculation that Bloom is merely a pretty (face) framed by a pair of pointy ears. Pirates, however, takes full advantage of Bloom’s bounty of […]

The Goodbye Girl (Buffy)

The Goodbye Girl (Buffy)

Posted March 1, 2003

In an exclusive interview, BUFFY star Sarah Michelle Gellar explains why her vamp-dusting, butt-kicking days are over. The words almost fail her. This is most unusual for Sarah Michelle Gellar, because words rarely fail her. They come rushing out of her mouth with enough volume and velocity to give Hoover Dam a year’s respite, about any number of subjects — from reality television (she loves Joe Millionaire and American Idol) to being momentarily convinced that unicorns actually do exist. (Never mind.) But when it finally comes to the topic at hand on this February afternoon in Santa Monica, her voice […]

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Posted December 18, 2002

At first I was upset at what this movie was and then I saw the extended version of this movie and surprisingly enough, I found forgiveness. Now, ironically, it’s probably the one I’ve seen the most.

My major grievances with the theatrical version of this movie were as follows: Faramir, Elrond, Arwen, Tree Beard, Shelob.

Catch Him if You Can

Posted December 11, 2002

This is a tale of two Leos. Actually, this is a tale of two pairs of Leos. The first two Leos are the first films in almost three years from movie star and teen idol Leonardo DiCaprio, who cruised to international superstardom on Titanic, a film that broke all the records and rules at the box office. The two films are the dark epic Gangs of New York from Martin Scorsese, which opens everywhere Dec. 20, and the light and breezy Catch Me If You Can from Steven Spielberg, which opens everywhere just five days later. No movie star in […]

The Kid Stays in the Pictures

Posted November 24, 2002

Leonardo DiCaprio gawks at celebrities. Not gawks, exactly. He’s hardly awed by them, but he watches them like an outsider. He is lounging in the half-shade on a promenade at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, gazing out toward the hotel’s outdoor restaurant, where celebrated performers are sipping drinks under cream-colored umbrellas and, above those, the high hibiscus that buffers the hotel from the clamor of Sunset Boulevard. “Man, look at that,” he says. “There’s a celebrity at every single table out there! Val Kilmer, Heath Ledger, that guy from ‘Saturday Night Live.”‘ At 28, DiCaprio has already ridden the entire […]

Minority Report

Minority Report

Posted June 21, 2002

I read this in a Variety review I think, and it really resonated for me.

The Joy of Being Jolie

Posted June 17, 2002

I interviewed Jon Voight at my home in 1978 when he was filming The Champ. Now, 23 years later, I am talking to his daughter, Angelina Jolie. I’m curious to see if she’s at all like her father, who was (and still is) intense, focused and original in his thinking.  You’ve already won an Oscar and you’re starring in a huge action movie that could make you even more powerful. Do you feel like your living a fantasy?Yeah, I feel extremely blessed. But it wasn’t only about getting here. I enjoyed all the steps that got me here. You’ve said […]

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.

Brad Pitt| The Center Of A Star

Posted December 1, 2001

Brad Pitt shies away from traditional leading-man roles. Yet his indie sensibility hasn’t dimmed his stardom (or lowered his salary). In the fortress like studio where Pitt does architectural design and photography, and where his wife Jennifer Aniston, paints and sculpts, the 37-year old actor talks about fighting the celebrity trap and honing the fine art of Hollywood mischief-making. One day Brad Pitt was standing in line waiting to buy a hot dog at Pink’s, the shabby if venerable fast-food shack on La Brea, in Los Angeles. Suddenly a van pulled up and a guy inside yelled, “Yo, Brad Pitt! […]