Quentin Tarantino has long expressed his love for Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone, the director behind such Westerns as Once Upon A Time in the West, A Fistful of Dollars, and The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. Echoes of Leone’s operatic, visual style and punchy dialogue can be found in most of Tarantino’s work, most notably in Tarantino’s two Kill Bill films and Inglourious Basterds.
The trailer to Django Unchained, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and Christoph Waltz, looks terrific, and it’s great to see Tarantino getting the chance to direct his own Western. Let us know what you think.
We were stoked when Gavin DeGraw recently stopped by to visit Fox All Access. We love this guy! The first thing he did? He sweetly serenaded us with his hit song “Sweeter,” which left us wanting more so we decided to have a little chat with Mr. DeGraw. He just hit the road for a summer tour with fellow friends, Colbie Caillat and Andy Grammer. Gavin is having a ball on the road. He says his tour mates are awesome, amazing, really cool and great artists. One of the funniest things that’s happened on tour so far in Gavin’s opinion is Colbie Caillat being attacked in Pittsburgh, not by fans, but by bugs on stage. The tour idea became real after Gavin began working on music with Colbie over at her place and as he put it, “it just felt right.” We were happy to see that Gavin continues to have a great attitude about life, especially after his accident not too long ago. This guys deserves nothing but the best. He’s genuine, authentic and very talented. Check out our interview with Gavin DeGraw and make sure to catch him out on tour along with Colbie Caillat and Andy Grammer. Enjoy part 1 of this interview, part 2 is coming soon!
This week FOX premieres two new dating shows, TAKE ME OUT and THE CHOICE.
In TAKE ME OUT, hosted by actor/comedian George Lopez, 30 single beautiful women are introduced to several bachelors one at a time. Each woman stands at a lighted podium with a switch that controls her fate for a date: if she likes the looks of the guy, she keeps her light on; if she’s not impressed, then it’s lights out and she waits for the next potential Mr. Right. After several rounds, the bachelor takes his pick from the women who still have their lights on and the two enjoy a romantic fantasy date at the TAKE ME OUT resort. The remaining 29, plus one new woman, return during the next game for another chance at finding the guy who will light up their lives.
FOX All Access host Chris Leary caught up with Lopez to get the lowdown on the show, and find out his take on the bachelors. Check it out.
Catch ‘Take Me Out’ and “The Choice” this summer! You’ll find them both on your TV, Thursday nights at 8/7c on FOX.
Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron needed a bit of providence to land her role in director Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic Prometheus, as her earlier commitments to a planned Mad Max movie prevented her from fulfilling her dreams of working with Mr. Scott. When the Mad Max feature was postponed, Theron devoted her energies into Scott’s highly anticipated film. (Click on the audio player to hear Charlize Theron)
Although Scott’s movies are known for their elaborate visuals and meticulous production design, the filmmaker is often overlooked for his acute attention to narrative. His previous films The Duellists and Matchstick Men show a director who also has a keen eye for compellng characters, and Theron loved working on her Prometheus role with the filmmaker. (Click on the audio player to hear Charlize Theron)
Theron and Prometheus co-star Noomi Rapace will get their share of comparisons to Sigourney Weaver, Ridley Scott’s most popular heroine from Alien. Theron credits Scott for not being afraid of showing that strong female leads can actually carry a sci-fi/action movie. (Click on the audio player to hear Charlize Theron)
“Prometheus,” co-starring Idris Elba and Michael Fassbender, opens Friday.
Sitting at the American Idol Judges’ table may have kept Steven Tyler extremely busy the first half of 2012, but it certainly didn’t prevent him from working on projects of a more personal nature. “We’re ready,,, ripe, ready, and pregnant!” says Tyler. Hearing the ”P” word come out of Tyler’s mouth is certainly worth a jaw drop, until you realize it’s really Tyler’s poetic way of describing the time, energy, and effort it’s taken for Aerosmith’s upcoming summer tour and album to gestate.
It’s no wonder Tyler would use a child bearing term to describe the process, especially with Joe Perry confirming that the album in fact had been started three or four times before.
Regardless of how long it’s taken, the band has their new songs and they’re ready to kick off ”The Global Warming North American Tour” June 16th in Minneapolis, MN. The new Aerosmith album, “Music From Another Dimension” is set to enter the world September 1 (according to Tyler).
We caught up with Steven and Joe who took a few minutes to explain their touring preparation process, describe the spin of the upcoming album, and even shared what they appreicate about each other. Check it out:
Are you ready to hear some new Aerosmith? Planning on experiencing the melt down that is the Global Warming Tour? Share your thoughts!
If you liked “Madagascar 1 and 2,” I’m sure you’re thrilled that the crew is back for a new adventure, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.” Ben Stiller was happy to return to his role of Alex, the lion, in fact, he’s gotten more and more attached to Alex as time goes on! (Click on the audio player to hear Ben Stiller)
Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Jessica Chastain lead the all-star voice cast for “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.” It’ll be in theaters everywhere this Friday!
Throughout his career, Lance Henriksen has had a stable career in both film and television, but it’s his work as the android Bishop in Aliens and as the mysterious Frank Black in Millennium, an underrated supernatural drama from X-Files creator Chris Carter, which stand as his trademark roles. Although it’s been off the air for 12 years, Millennium still retains a diehard following, and Henriksen believes that if a low budget Millennium is ever made, it would be a hit for 20th Century Fox. Henriksen, who’s currently voicing the part of the villain Teasler in the Disney XD series Tron: Uprising, adds that he wrote an introduction for an upcoming Millennium novel. (Click on the audio player to hear Lance Henriksen)
Christopher Nolan is that rare filmmaker who can combine visually stunning spectacle with uncompromising and morally complex storytelling. Before he leapt to A-list status with Batman Begins, Nolan directed the psychological thrillers Following, Memento, and Insomnia (a remake of the 1997 feature of the same name).
It’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, however, which has put Nolan, on the cinematic map and enabled him to direct his dream project Insomnia as well as serve as producer for the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel. Nolan’s final Batman foray, The Dark Knight Rises, opens July 20, and now the filmmaker is looking into new creative horizons. In an interview with Empire Magazine(Via Collider)(Nolan expressed his desire to direct a James Bond film, claiming that both Inception and Batman Begins were inspired by Bond’s backstory. Although he has met with the Bond producers, Nolan says that for everything to work, “It would have to be the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things.”
There have been a slew of first rate directors who have ventured into Bond territory, most notably Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), Marc Foster (Quantum of Solace) and now Sam Mendes, the man behind the upcoming Bond movie Skyfall, which opens in theaters November 9.
Will Nolan get the chance to direct his own Bond trilogy, or at best, will he direct just one Bond film (along with Casino Royale, Martin Campbell also directed Brosnan in GoldenEye).
Check out Nolan’s interview in the special edition of The Dark Knight Rises Empire Magazine issue on the shelves now.
Tricia Helfer, who gained her share of fans playing the manipulative and sexy Number Six on the SyFy series Battlestar Galactica, should be accosted by fans everywhere she goes. However, that hasn’t been the case for Helfer, who admits that her good friend Katee Sackhoff (she played Starbuck) gets much more fan attention in public.
Helfer, who is the Voice of the Grid on the new Disney XD series Tron: Uprising, explains why she rarely gets asked about her Number Six days when she’s out and about. (Click on the audio player to hear Tricia Helfer)
Although Iron Man 2 was a box office success, the project was considered a creative letdown, as the movie failed to match the creative heights of the first film. Although Jon Favreau has stepped down from the director’s chair, he will continue to play Happy Hogan in the franchise. Filmmaking duties are now being handled by A-list screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapon 1 and 2), who previously directed Downey Jr. in the 2005 comedic film noir Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Check out the picture from the first day of filming Iron Man 3, a movie which will hopefully build off The Avengers’ overwhelming momentum. Iron Man 3, co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle, opens nationwide May 3, 2013.