Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

The Musician Who Helped Oscar Isaac's Guitar-Picking in the Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Oscar Isaac, who plays the eponymous troubador in the Coen brother’s upcoming “Inside Llewyn Davis,” was on the set of a little indie on Long Island a couple of years back when a grip started passing a “cheapo” guitar around. One actor started playing it, in a style Isaac knew.
  • By John Anderson
  • |
  • October 31, 2013 2:12 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Watch Richard Curtis Talk 'About Time,' Bridget Jones Sequel, 'Love Actually,' Mr. Bean and Pulling Back from Directing (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

British writer-director Richard Curtis talks his third film "About Time," a romantic comedy, time-travel movie and family drama all in one, starring Bill Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson as a father and son, as well as the great films Curtis helped to create with Working Title, from "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill," starring Hugh Grant, to "Mr. Bean" and "Bridget Jones Diary." Will he direct again?
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • October 28, 2013 4:28 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

'Applause' Comes to DVD, Knockout Star Paprika Steen Talks Backstage Alcoholism Drama, Denmark vs. America (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Denmark's 2010 festival hit and Oscar submission "Applause" is finally coming out on DVD via Kino Lorber on November 26. Directed by rookie Martin Pieter Zandvliet, "Applause" features a must-see incendiary performance by Paprika Steen as Thea, a recovering alcoholic stage actress playing Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" just as she's trying to repair her damaged relationship with her family. TOH sat down with the Danish star for a flip cam interview, below.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • October 28, 2013 3:44 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Best of the Week: Oscar Talk, 'Blue Is the Warmest Color''s Male Gaze, 'The Counselor' Just Bad McCarthy and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By TOH!
  • |
  • October 26, 2013 2:15 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Happy 95th Birthday, Baby Peggy! Documentary on Iconic Child Star of Silent Film Comes to DVD (Trailer)

“Baby Peggy” turns 95 years old on October 26. In 1921, at the age of 19 months, tiny Peggy Montgomery was pitched by her parents into one of the more remarkable careers in silent film, one in which she became the only kid rival to Jackie Coogan (of Chaplin’s “The Kid”). She became one of the first branded, merchandised movie stars and a figure who personified the disposable child-actor phenomenon -- and a kind of spontaneous combustion of celebrity that’s isn’t limited to any one era.
  • By John Anderson
  • |
  • October 25, 2013 2:01 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Immersed in Movies: Gavin Hood Talks the End-Game Zeitgeist of 'Ender's Game'

The "Ender's Game" director discusses why it's such a timely and provocative movie about technology and violence.
  • By Bill Desowitz
  • |
  • October 25, 2013 12:57 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Cannes-Winning Stars of 'Blue is the Warmest Color' Talk Controversy, Kechiche: "It's a Blind Trust" (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

The controversy surrounding lesbian romance "Blue is the Warmest Color" just won't let up. "It's a blind trust," says Adele Exarchopoulos. "You have no choice, you have to do this... I will never do this with another director. I will never be naked so many times with so many contact with you and so many emotions."
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • October 23, 2013 4:50 PM
  • |
  • 7 Comments

Filmmaker Noujaim Talks Sundance Winner Egyptian Revolution Doc 'The Square' (TRAILER)

When director Jehane Noujaim brought her spectacular documentary on the Egyptian Revolution, “The Square,” to Sundance this year it knocked critics out, and won the Audience Award too (no small feat). TOH! caught up with Noujaim in Cairo this past July, where she was updating her open-ended movie. The updated version hits theaters October 25.
  • By John Anderson
  • |
  • October 23, 2013 2:18 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Tom Hanks Talks His 'Life in Pictures,' Hair-Raising 'Captain Phillips' and Sugar-Coating Walt Disney at London Film Festival (CLIPS)

During his 33-year career Tom Hanks has branched into writing, directing and producing, both in film and television. But it was as an actor that he was in London this month, performing a rare double as his films "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks" opened and closed the London Film Festival, respectively. While in London Hanks discussed his craft and career at BAFTA’s latest “Life in Pictures” event, a series of onstage interviews whose subjects have included Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. “The first job I ever got was because I was louder and funnier than the others – or maybe just louder,” he said.
  • By Demetrios Matheou
  • |
  • October 20, 2013 3:22 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

James Toback Talks HBO Cannes Doc 'Seduced and Abandoned,' Entertaining Double Act with Alec Baldwin

Last May, James Toback descended on Cannes with cohort Alec Baldwin to shoot in ten days the documentary "Seduced and Abandoned" (HBO, October 28). This May, Toback returned to Cannes to screen the film and discuss it with interested parties. Of which I am most definitely one, having thoroughly relished his supremely entertaining and frequently illuminating portrait of the sorry state of the film business today.
  • By Matt Mueller
  • |
  • October 20, 2013 2:36 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Email Updates