Craig Ferguson is a man of many talents. He's been, among other things, a milkman, a bouncer, a punk rock drummer, a standup comedian, an author, an actor, and, most prominently, the host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. His latest gig is in the CGI adventure How To Train Your Dragon, as the voice of Gobber, a Viking warrior who offers instruction in the fine art of dragon slaying. In an interview with RT, Ferguson shared some of his favorite movies, and discussed late-night TV and his wild job history -- all the while employing more salty language that one usually expects when discussing a kids movie.
With years of sharp supporting work on his resume, Timothy Olyphant has recently morphed into a leading man. He gained widespread acclaim as Sherriff Seth Bullock on HBO's Deadwood, faced off against Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard, romanced Jennifer Garner in Catch and Release, and left a trail of destruction in Hitman. With his latest, a remake of George Romero's The Crazies, hitting theaters this week, Olyphant spoke to RT about some of his favorite movies; In particular, he shared his admiration for David Lynch and several flicks he thinks should have won big at the Academy Awards.
For a first-time ever actor, Gabby Sidibe's been thrown directly into the glare of the spotlight: the star of Lee Daniels' critically acclaimed inner city drama Precious has found herself nominated for a host of awards recently, including a Best Actress Oscar alongside such greats as Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep. It could all be a little overwhelming, but when RT caught up with the 26-year-old New Yorker we found her anything but fame-struck; preferring instead to chat about movies and kangaroo fights (well, that's another story). And so it was she got on to the subject of her five favorite movies...
It's been a busy few years for Anika Noni Rose. After starting her career in the Broadway musical Footloose, she snagged a role as part of the starry ensemble in 2004's Dreamgirls and made the transition to the big screen. Perfect qualifications, then, for her latest role as Disney's newest princess, Tiana, in The Princess and the Frog. Beating out tough competition from Alicia Keyes, Tyra Banks and her Dreamgirls co-star Jennifer Hudson, the 37 year-old actress might be making headlines as Disney's first black princess, but she's also the first Disney princess to record both the speaking and singing parts of her character. Sitting down with RT at Walt Disney Animations Studios' Burbank HQ, Rose shares her five favourite films.
Brendan Fraser, star of "Extraordinary Measures" and of course, monster franchise reboot "The Mummy" took some time to stop by The Rotten Tomatoes Show on Current TV to share his five favorite movies. Find out what classic movies and what recent blockbuster the adaptable actor chose as his favorites!
Matthew Broderick, star of "Wonderful World," shares his Five Favorite Films with The Rotten Tomatoes Show on Current TV, love of Charlie Chaplin and two Walter Huston roles that range from "the most adult" to the happiest dance you've ever seen.
There's a good chance you're already familiar with Jeri Ryan, even if her name isn't immediately familiar. Fans of the Fox television show Boston Public knew her as attorney-turned-high school teacher Ronnie Cooke, and Ryan maintained recurring roles on other popular shows such as The O.C. and Boston Legal. But she is perhaps best known for her work as the Borg "Seven of Nine" on Star Trek Voyager. In fact, Ryan's role in the sci-fi series propelled her to the height of geek fandom, as the former Miss Illinois' smoldering screen presence succeeded in melting the hearts of many a Voyager fan. Lucky for us, she took some time out of her busy schedule to speak with RT about her Five Favorite Films, working in TV vs. working in film, and how she feels about escargot.
Peter Jackson has come a long way since his 1987 debut Bad Taste, a shoestring-budget splatter film shot in his native New Zealand that went on to earn a cult following. Yet there's something of that film's inventive and playful spirit in almost everything he's done since, be it bawdy puppets (1989's Meet the Feebles), killer teens (1994's Heavenly Creatures) or ice-skating apes (2005's King Kong). The Lord of the Rings trilogy made him a household name and earned him Oscar acclaim, while he's currently producing the long-awated prequel, The Hobbit, with Guillermo del Toro directing. As Jackson's latest, the murder-thriller-fantasy The Lovely Bones, arrives in cinemas, we caught up with him and asked him to name his all-time favorite films. He happily obliged. "My five favourite films of all time," Jackson pondered. "For different reasons, they would be... "
Whether you realize it or not, you probably already know who actor Keith David is, even if his name is not immediately familiar. Are you a fan of John Carpenter's cult classic films The Thing and They Live? Have you seen any of Ken Burns' documentaries on PBS? Did you grow up watching the popular animated television series Gargoyles? And more recently, have you played such blockbuster video games as Mass Effect, Halo 2 or 3, or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you know who Keith David is.
Audiences down under have been familiar with Australian actor Sam Worthington for a few years now, but for the rest of the world it's almost as though the guy appeared out of nowhere. This year he's already starred in Terminator Salvation (some critics suggesting he was the best thing about the film), and will soon headline 2010's amped-up remake of Clash of the Titans. Then, of course, there's his pivotal role in arguably 2009's most anticipated film -- James Cameron's 3-D sci-fi epic Avatar. So just how did this little-known actor become the planet's go-to action guy? Maybe it's got something to do with his taste in movies...
It's no secret that director Jason Reitman comes from an established Hollywood pedigree, and while his father, Ivan Reitman (Stripes, Ghostbusters), is remembered most for his iconic 80s comedies, Jason is well on his way to making a similar name for himself with his edgy comedies of the aughts. Reitman burst onto the big screen in 2004 with a critically acclaimed satire, Thank You for Smoking, then followed that up in 2007 with the quirky, indie comedy Juno. The latter went on to win various awards, including the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for newcomer Diablo Cody's pop-slang heavy script, and jumpstarted the career of its diminutive, sharp-tongued star, Ellen Page. This week, Reitman's latest effort, the George Clooney-powered Up in the Air, opens in limited release, and we were lucky enough to sit down with Jason for a friendly chat about his Five Favorite Films and his personal Tomatometer.
At the ripe age of 58, Jesse "The Body" Ventura (or James George Janos, as his parents named him) has had quite the colorful life. The former biker and Navy SEAL entered the squared circle of the wrestling ring in the mid-70s and found fame in the WWF during the 80s. From there, Ventura embarked on an acting career and went on to run successful political campaigns, first for mayor, and then for Governor of Minnesota, and picked up surfing in the meantime. So what hasn't Jesse Ventura done, exactly? Read our interview to find out his Five Favorite Films, learn about his new show on truTV, and find out what conspiracy theories have got him spooked.
Filmmaker Ruben Fleischer is having a very good 2009. The former music video director has seen his debut feature, Zombieland, open at number one at the US box office and take in nearly $75 million domestically, while earning an impressive 89% Fresh rating from critics -- not bad for a horror-comedy road movie revolving around the undead. With the film about to open in Australia, we got the chance to catch up with Ruben and ask him his five favorite films. And a fine list it is, too.
With "Red Cliff" (starring Tony Leung and Zhang Fengyi) making its way into theaters, director John Woo stopped by The Rotten Tomatoes Show on Current TV to share his five favorite movies. Find out the list of films that inspired the action director!
During his remarkable 40-year career, Werner Herzog has made some of world cinema's boldest films -- including Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Stroszek, Fitzcaraldo, and a remake of Nosferatu. In recent years, he's approached mainstream success in the United States, with the eccentric documentary Grizzly Man and the Vietnam war film Rescue Dawn, which starred Christian Bale. His latest, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, features Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes in the tale of a cop who tries to solve a brutal murder and keep his grip on reality while battling drug addiction, gambling debts, and familial woes. Read the full article to get the whole story.
We're fairly certain Roland Emmerich's movies hold the record for combined body count. Such a feat is a result of career built around movies like Independence Day, Godzilla, and The Day After Tomorrow, bombastic, crowd-pleasing disaster movies that frequently leave the planet in runs. His latest effort is 2012, opening this Friday and starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as survivors in a world tearing apart at the seams and submerged in water. Rotten Tomatoes spoke to Emmerich to get his Five Favorite Films, and on the following page you can read our interview, where he discusses the upcoming 2012 television show, his thoughts on Avatar, and creating popcorn movies on a global scale.
Adam Goldberg has starred in major releases like "Zodiac" and "Saving Private Ryan," but he ventures away from the mainstream and into the art house in his latest film, "(Untitled)." Find out what movies Goldberg chose as his favorites when he stopped by the Rotten Tomatoes show on Current TV!
24 star Carlos Bernard is one of the show's few fixtures. With all the double-crossings, cliff-hangers and back-stabbings, it's a wonder anyone has survived from the first season, but his character Tony Almeida was an integral part of the season just aired, the seventh in the show's run. All indications suggest that he'll be back in a big way for Day 8, set to kick off in January. The actor came to London this week to promote the DVD release of the show's seventh season - available on Blu-ray for the first time, and RT sat down with him to guage his five favourite films, talk about the show and do our best to learn all we could about Day 8. We failed spectacularly on the latter point, for he choose instead to invent an plot too implausible even by 24 standards, but read on for the rest...
Director F. Gary Gray began his career creating music videos for several big name R&B and hip-hop artists in the early 90s, including Ice Cube, TLC, and OutKast. In 1995, Gray made a big screen splash with a little stoner comedy called Friday, starring a pre-Rush Hour Chris Tucker and an up-and-coming Ice Cube, a friend of Gray's. Friday was a surprise hit, opening the doors for future high profile projects such as The Negotiator, 2003's The Italian Job remake, and Be Cool. This week, Gray continues his strong track record in the crime/action genre with Law Abiding Citizen, and we got the chance to sit down and chat with him about his favorite movies, his career, and what it's like to sit in on a viewing of one of his films.
Tony Jaa began his career as a stuntman for other actors, much like one of his martial arts inspirations, Jackie Chan. Working under his master and mentor, Thai director Panna Rittikrai, Jaa took hits and tumbles in equal measure before getting his first starring role in 2005's Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior. Now, the much anticipated sequel Ong Bak 2(whose story, interestingly, does not tie in with either Ong Bak 1 or The Protector), finally opens this month in limited release, and it looks to be much grittier than his previous two films. We decided to ask Tony what his Five Favorite Films were, and the choices he offered reflect the various influences that have shaped his career.