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Christina Ricci is probably best known as the morbidly precocious Wednesday Addams in Barry Sonnenfeld's Addams Family movies, but the accomplished actress has amassed a filmography full of eclectic and challenging roles. This week, Ricci lends her voice to the lead character in The Hero of Color City, an inspirational animated story aimed at young viewers, which is strikingly appropriate since she just recently became a mother herself. She took a moment out of her busy schedule to chat with RT and give us her Five Favorite Films.
Simon Pegg, an actor who I often identify with fun and freewheeling characters like Shaun in Shaun of the Dead or Scotty in the new Star Trek films, and now the main character in Hector and the Search For Happiness, doles out his list exactly how I would expect: "I sort of thought I'd wing it. I find that if you start thinking about these things, you end up in a terrible mire of indecision, so I'm just going to try to go off the top of my head with it. There's no particular order because there will be discriminatory glitches. So here they are."
Joan Rivers has been in show business since the 1950s, paying her dues on the comedy circuits of the '60s. She landed a breakthrough appearance on The Tonight Show and went on to host a couple of her own talk shows, appear on popular TV sitcoms, record Grammy-nominated comedy albums, write best-selling books, establish a line of jewelry, and work on some film roles to boot. In short, despite her now divisive yet ubiquitous presence at high profile industry red carpet events, she is an entertainer through and through who has managed to remain successful despite personal tragedies and a few career missteps. She was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to provide us with her Five Favorite Films, and they are anything but ordinary. Read on for the full list.
On screen, John Hawkes is something of a chameleon, looking completely at home on the dusty, swear-heavy roads of Deadwood, the raging seas of The Perfect Storm, the snowy fields of Winter's Bone, or the emotionally complicated modern world of Me You and Everyone We Know. His beginnings in a rural community, as he points out a couple of times in this interview, got him used to the certain kinds of classic films that were readily available to him, and later set him up for some memorable experiences with different kinds of art. His list has both, and he would like for it to be known that he could easily pick five completely different films if I were to return in five more minutes and ask again, which I would have happily done.
"I really don't like ranking things," director Matthew Weiner told Rotten Tomatoes. "I have so many movies that I like and if I have to name my top 10, I might be in the neighborhood where I cover the bases. But I love movies and I watch all kinds of movies and all kinds of movies have influenced me in my life so it's very hard for me." That said, Weiner, whose first post-Mad Men feature Are You Here opens this week, was able to name five of his favorite films -- while trying to avoid the obvious choices.
Zoe Kazan's accomplishments include films such as Me and Orson Welles, Fracture, and Revolutionary Road, as well as Ruby Sparks, which also marked her writing debut. When asked about her Five Favorite Films, she said, "That is so hard. I feel like, to make a list of five favorite films, it would take twenty years." She currently stars alongside Daniel Radcliffe in What If, an indie dramedy about the instant chemistry between two people and the friendship that bonds them. But first, read on for Zoe Kazan's Five Favorite Films.
Director/screenwriter Richard Linklater has been a Tomatometer darling over the years. And this week, he hits 100 percent Certified Fresh for the second time with his new film Boyhood. To celebrate Linklater's cinematic achievement, we asked him about the films that he loves.
It's been three decades since that fateful post-midnight snack that resulted in devoured hands, terrified citizens, and broken microwaves. To celebrate, Gremlins is getting an impressive 30th Anniversary Edition available now for digital download. Zach Galligan, the brave soul who faced those maniacal monsters a couple of times in his career, gave us his Five Favorite Films growing up in honor of the film that some argue is a children's movie.
Mainstream audiences probably know Emmanuelle Chriqui best from her starring role opposite Adam Sandler in 2008's You Don't Mess with the Zohan or for her work on popular TV series like Entourage and The Mentalist, but the Canadian actress has also found time to appear in smaller indie fare like A Short History of Decay, which arrives on DVD today. Read on for her Five Favorite Films and a chat about her new film.
Ti West, writer and director known for such horror achievements as The Innkeepers, V/H/S, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever and The House of the Devil is back with The Sacrament, another crazy creepfest, opening June 6, which is sure to once again please the horror aficionados. His five favorite films show such enthusiasm for the craft and we have them right here.
Peter Sarsgaard has starred in critically acclaimed films such as An Education, Garden State, and Shattered Glass, as well as playing a pivotal role in season three of AMC's The Killing. He's currently starring in the new film by Kelly Reichardt, Night Moves. Sarsgaard's passion for movies was evident when chatting about his Five Favorite Films, something he found both exciting and overwhelming. He admitted to just recently seeing Sunset Boulevard and was simply taken by it; in the end, it didn't make his final cut, but read on to see what did.
I wish I could say that my first introduction to Griffin Dunne in the 80's was An American Werewolf in London so I seem like I was a really savvy moviegoer even as a kid, but it wasn't. It was Who's That Girl, where he co-stars alongside Madonna as Loudon Trott, a tax attorney who, thanks to her, who goes from "uptight squaresville" to "knock knock jokes on the back of a bus-ville." Even though I was young, I could tell that they had to cast someone rock solid against The Material Girl to anchor all that bleach-blonde pizzaz, so I dug into his filmography and was delighted by the likes of After Hours and Johnny Dangerously, just to name a few. In decades following, my fandom increased as I noticed that Dunne delivers the same kind of solidity and confidence regardless of the film genre, year, or role. The same can be said for my latest fix directed by Justin Schwarz called The Discoverers, where Dunne plays a dad who drags his family on a Lewis and Clark re-enactment trip.
Having just produced and acted in a movie of her own, Moms' Night Out, we thought we'd ask Patricia Heaton what her favorite films are. Getting the list down to just five was a task she described as "harder than having a c-section," so seven will have to do.
Until she won the role of Britta Perry on NBC's Community, Gillian Jacobs was mostly known for darker roles in more serious films. Now that the world knows how funny she is, though, the comedy roles are starting to roll in. Her most recent film is Walk of Shame, which stars Elizabeth Banks as a TV news anchor who finds herself stranded in the wrong part of town after a night of partying. RT spoke with Jacobs about the movie, what it's like to party sober, and of course, her Five Favorite Films.
Chris Klein is probably best known as Chris "Oz" Ostreicher, one of four high school pals who famously sought to lose their virginity in 1999's American Pie, but he's amassed quite an eclectic filmography. Currently, Klein stars alongside Kaley Cuoco in Authors Anonymous, a comedy about a group of struggling writers learning to cope with the sudden success of one of its members. We got the chance to speak with Klein about his Five Favorite Films, which proved to be somewhat revealing about his own personality. Read on for his selections.
One of the most influential hip-hop producers of all time, Robert Diggs -- better known as RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan -- has always had one foot firmly planted in the world of cinema. This week he stars in Brick Mansions as an inner city crime lord at odds with an acrobatic vigilante and the undercover cop at his side, and he was kind enough to sit down with RT to talk about his Five Favorite Films.
Saoirse Ronan is all over the multiplex these days -- the Oscar-nominated Irish actress stars in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and has a cameo in Muppets Most Wanted. In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Ronan talked about her love for classic cinema, her appreciation for David Lynch, and her experience on the set of The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Those of us who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s remember Sean Astin as the star of some of our childhood favorites, including Encino Man, Rudy, and of course, The Goonies, but the spunky kid who played little Mikey Walsh has grown up and amassed quite a resume, capped off by a role as Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. We had a chance to speak with Astin via phone about his new film, Boys of Abu Ghraib, and his Five Favorite Films
If you need a good cinematic laugh, look no further than David Koechner's films. Among them are Semi-Pro, Paul, and Anchorman - The Legend of Ron Burgundy (whammy!). His latest film in theaters signals something of a departure from these comedies -- which is a nice way of saying that although Cheap Thrills isn't without laughs, it's much darker than his usual fare. His Five Favorite Films reflect both of those sides of his personality.