Tag: Entertainment Weekly

Angelina Jolie Maleficent Q&A

Posted March 24, 2014

Bringing malevolent ‘Maleficent’ to life, doing some good in the world — and those ’50 Shades’ rumors Beware the unloved. If there is a lesson to be learned about the cruelest among us, it might be that one. Most villains, when you find them in real life, are born from pain, and pour it back on the world to keep from drowning in it. A few are heartless sociopaths who derive their power from persecution, and care about nothing else in the world but their own force of will. And some are just mad they didn’t get a party invitation. […]

Why Emma Watson quit acting for a little bit

Posted August 2, 2013

From the time Emma Watson was a teenager, she struggled with whether she wanted a career as an actor. She had become an international star at age 11, playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, and while she was grateful for it, she fantasized about a normal life. So as the Potter films wound down, she enrolled at Brown University in 2009 and dropped out of sight for a few years. For a time, she let the press’ (and even a teacher’s) negative input about her future as an actress eat away at her. But the script for The […]

Joss Whedon EW Interview

Posted August 1, 2013

He’s the mastermind behind cult favorites and blockbusters; he’s conflicted about Twitter and hates the ending of The Empire Strikes Back; he’s worried about our sequel culture and is excited to create “new worlds;” now Joss Whedon gets deep (and a little dark) about all of the above This is a Joss Whedon story. Which means this is the story of an overlooked underdog who rises up, embraces destiny, and strives to make the world a better place as part of a powerful team. It means there will be heartfelt speeches, smart humor, frequent pop culture references, and tales of […]

Bring on the Knight

Posted July 18, 2012

In a quiet restaurant in Los Angeles, Christian Bale takes a sip of carrot juice as he tries to make sense of the gigantic billboards for The Dark Knight Rises on either end of the street outside. “It’s just begun, hasn’t it?” says the English actor, 38, sporting scruff and looking gym-ready in shorts and an athletic shirt. He uses the word monster a lot when talking about Batman, both in terms of the character and the marketing machine that’s about to bring his last stint as the Caped Crusader to the world. “These movies always start as small affairs, […]

Crawl inside Joss Whedon’s head as he makes ‘The Avengers’

Posted April 13, 2012

It’s a sweltering day in June last year. Inside the rusting hulk of an abandoned train depot on the edge of downtown, The Avengers has turned the empty space into a New York City battlescape. Flames and smoke rise from heaps of rubble along a strip made to look like a Manhattan street. Smashed cars are wheeled around on forklifts, and guys in alien motion-capture suits strut in to rehearse an attack on Captain America. Scarlett Johansson has just finished a scene where wires swing her through the air, and Mark Ruffalo is in a far corner looking at digital […]

Brad Pitt: Honest, Uncensored and Funny

Posted September 16, 2011

Pitt talks about dreams, self-doubt, and the serious work it took to become an actor he could be proud of “Once I had a meeting with Quentin Tarantino where we went through five bottles of wine,” Brad Pitt says, deep into a conversation that will span three and a half hours at a London photo studio. Pitt smiles, then makes a playful stab at a guilt trip: “My kids are just waiting for me at home. I’m their father. They’re wondering, ‘When’s Daddy coming home?”‘ I tell Pitt that his kids will be fine — they’ve got a strong mother […]

Harry Potter: Casting the Spell

Posted July 1, 2011

The cast and filmmakers share a decade’s worth of memories from the set “Rubbish.” That was producer David Heyman’s first reaction to the long-winded title of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that landed on his desk in 1997. Heyman was quickly bewitched by the story and brought the project to Warner Bros., where — under the Americanized title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) — it became the first chapter of the most lucrative movie series ever. It all started with a fateful meal… PART I – The Beginning DAVID HEYMAN: I first met Jo [Rowling] the day […]

The Story of Daniel Radcliffe

Posted July 1, 2011

How an 11-year-old kid became The Boy Who Lived The first scene Daniel Radcliffe ever shot as Harry Potter was the very last scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It was Oct. 2, 2000, in Goathland, England, a tiny village whose quaint railway stop doubled as Hogsmeade Station. For his first day wearing the boy wizard’s glasses and lightning-bolt scar, the 11-year-old Londoner had to board the Hogwarts Express alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. Radcliffe was no stranger to movie sets. And yet his previous experience could not prepare him for the moment when he saw a […]

The Story of Emma Watson

Posted July 1, 2011

From a sophisticated young girl to a sophisticated lady, what’s next for Watson in a post-Hermione world When Emma Watson auditioned to play Hermione Granger, it was clear the 9-year-old was just as capable and precocious as the future Mrs. Ron Weasley. “There was no question,” says director Chris Columbus, who cast her. “She was Hermione.” Today, the sophisticated little girl (who used to decorate her dressing room with stuffed animals) is a sophisticated young woman who quotes William Blake, stumps for fair trade, and is puzzling through her identity post-Hermione. “I have spent more of my life being someone […]

The Story of Rupert Grint

Posted July 1, 2011

How the ginger who scored the role of Ron Weasley — and stole the world’s hearts — is spending his time post-Potter Red hair. Big family. By his own admission, not the biggest fan of school. These things describe not only Ron Weasley but also Rupert Grint, a young man seemingly born to play Harry Potter’s best mate. In fact, a year before he was cast in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Grint entered a Ron Weasley look-alike contest sponsored by a London newspaper. “I won, too,” he says proudly. “I had always felt a connection to Ron.” Perhaps […]