Five Favorite Films

Thursday, Mar. 03 2011, 04:45 PM

For a guy who got his break appearing on TV's That '70s Show, Topher Grace sure is obsessed with this '80s thing. In this week's new release Take Me Home Tonight -- which might superficially be summarized as That '80s Movie -- Grace, who co-wrote the story and produced, stars as Matt Franklin, a talented-but-aimless college grad adrift between a yuppie career and a dead-end video clerk job in the summer of 1988. Pining after his unattainable high school crush Tori (Teresa Palmer), Matt, his sister Wendy (Anna Faris), and his buddy Barry (Dan Fogler) crash a reunion party in LA's Valley -- thus setting in motion the kind of "all-in-one-night" adventure in which the characters work out their lives via an evening of raucous misdeeds. It's a film that proudly wears its "I Heart John Hughes" pin on the rolled-up sleeve of its sports blazer, a passion project that Grace has clearly had percolating for some time. Read on Grace's Five Favorite Films and a chat about the movie.

Tuesday, Mar. 01 2011, 04:29 AM

The multitalented Stephen Merchant has proven himself to be one of the freshest comic voices in recent years. The co-creator of The Office and Extras (with longtime collaborator Ricky Gervais, with whom he co-directed the 2010 comedy Cemetary Junction),Merchant's blend of outrageous scenarios and deep pathos makes for potent observational comedy. Known for his supporting roles in Hot Fuzz and Tooth Fairy, Merchant has also worked as a radio personality, a stand-up comic, and, in his early adulthood, a film critic. Currently, he stars in the Farrelly brothers' comedy Hall Pass and has a voice role in Gnomeo and Juliet. In an interview with RT, Merchant shared his favorite movies, and talked about his love of New York's cinematic sensibilities, why he relishes supporting roles and why he'd love to make a conspiracy thriller or a musical.

Friday, Feb. 25 2011, 06:20 AM

Movie obsessives know him by name, while everyone else will definitely be familiar with his face: William Fichtner is one of Hollywood's finest and most prolific character actors, with supporting roles in dozens of films as varied as The Dark Knight, Heat, Black Hawk Down, Crash and Armageddon... to name just a handful. In this week's deliberately trashy, neo-grindhouse actioner Drive Angry, Fichtner takes a co-starring role opposite Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard, playing a mysterious, black-suited pursuer known only as "The Accountant" -- a supernatural agent hot on the trail of Cage's hell-bent motorist. It's a funny, eccentric performance that near steals the film, and has already early praises (and Walken comparisons) from some early reviews. We sat down with the actor to find out his Five Favorite Films.

Thursday, Feb. 17 2011, 07:50 PM

One of the most accomplished and successful electronic musicians of the past two decades, Moby has also created a body of work synonymous with the world of film soundtracks. His 1991 techno hit "Go" sampled Angelo Badalamenti's "Laura Palmer's Theme" from David Lynch's Twin Peaks, and his music has since accompanied dozens of films and television shows. Moby's tracks provide the musical foundation for Lucy Walker's Oscar-nominated documentary Waste Land, which is being re-released in select theaters this week ahead of the February 27 Academy Awards. An unexpectedly moving piece, it chronicles the journey of Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz as he returns to the favelas of Rio and engages the local "garbage pickers," who work in a literal city of trash, to become a part of his art project. Read on for Moby's five favorite films, plus a conversation about Waste Land, composing soundtracks, and collaborating with David Lynch.

Wednesday, Feb. 16 2011, 03:42 AM

If you scanned the credits for Unstoppable, you may have noticed a familiar name near the top: Mimi Rogers. Best known as a versatile actress, Rogers made a splash as a producer in 2010 by shepherding the based-on-true-events tale of a runaway train to the big screen. Producer is just one of Rogers?s talents, however ? in addition to her widely-praised performances in such diverse films as The Rapture, The Prince of Tides, and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Rogers is also one of Hollywood?s finest competitive poker players. With the Certified Fresh Unstoppable hitting DVD shelves this week, we talked with Rogers about her favorite movies, the rigors of producing films, and what she learned from some of her previous directors.

Friday, Feb. 11 2011, 04:59 AM

In the pantheon of popular music, few artists have been as celebrated and enduring as Sir Elton John. The Grammy/Oscar/Tony winner is also a Kennedy Center honoree, a Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer, and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. And, with lyricist Bernie Taupin, John has crafted some of pop's most iconic ? and best-selling ? music. However, John is hardly one to rest on his laurels; he still plays scores of concerts each year, and a long-gestating passion project, the animated comedy Gnomeo and Juliet, finally hits theaters Friday. In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Sir Elton shared his favorite films, and discussed the making of Gnomeo and why it's still a thrill for him to hear his old songs.

Friday, Feb. 04 2011, 04:20 AM

For a guy who runs 6'4", Kane Hodder can be hard to find when he's on-screen. Probably that's because you're not meant to see him - he's either doing stunts to make the other actors look tough and cool, or he's been rendered indistinguishable for a role. Hodder famously portrayed Jason Voorhees in the late 80s/early 90s Friday the 13th movies, giving Jason a full-contact physicality and image that has largely defined the character for the rest of the world. And, most recently, he reprised his role as Victor Crowley in the splattery Hatchet series, with the second movie hitting DVD and Blu-ray today. And on top of all that, Hodder is prepping the release of Kill!, his autobiographical tell-all that details his rise into film, untold stories from the Friday the 13th sets, and finally revealing the stunt that left him with severe burns on over fifty percent of his body early on in his career. With that in mind, we spoke with Hodder about his personal journey with the movies, revealing his Five Favorite Films.

Tuesday, Feb. 01 2011, 05:52 AM

Sometimes, amid the clamor of media junkets and their tight roster of promotional interviews, we don't always get a chance to pop our "five favorite films" question. Given that this was James Cameron, however, we couldn't resist sneaking the quiz into the conversation; despite being pressed for time. Cameron was on hand, together with director Alister Grierson and writer-producer Andrew Wight, to promote Sanctum, the 3-D cave-diving thriller that arrives in cinemas this week. Read on for Cameron's five faves, plus a chat with all three about the film.

Thursday, Jan. 27 2011, 10:46 AM

From hard drama to bruising action, Ben Foster's varied resume declares him an actor willing to go many places for a performance. He all but stole Nick Cassavetes' Alpha Dog, more than held his own against Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in 3:10 To Yuma, and garnered much acclaim for his turn as an American soldier in 2009's critical favorite, The Messenger. This week, the talented actor stars alongside Jason Statham in the action thriller The Mechanic, a noisy remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson vehicle. Read on for our chat, including Foster's all-time favorite films.

Friday, Jan. 14 2011, 05:39 AM

Right now, Zoe Saldana is at the center of what will likely become the two biggest contemporary science fiction series on the planet. Next year she'll reprise her role as Uhura in the sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 hit Star Trek, which, if successful, will continue the invigoration of the venerable franchise. And then there are the forthcoming sequels to James Cameron's all-time box-office king Avatar, in which Saldana proved the emotional and spiritual fulcrum as Pandora's fearless warrior, Neytiri. Read on for her Five Favorite Films and a chat about her latest role, in this week's release Burning Palms.

Wednesday, Jan. 12 2011, 06:01 AM

One of the most notable and recognizable "that guy" actors in Hollywood, Danny Trejo has appeared in countless movies and TV shows, doing everything from broad comedy (Bubble Boy) to action (Con Air, xXx) to children's movies (Spy Kids) to voice work on TV (King of the Hill) and even video games (Grand Theft Auto: Vice City). He's shared screen time with some of the biggest stars, including George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Robert De Niro, and Harrison Ford, just to name a few, and discovered he was second cousin to director Robert Rodriguez while the two were working on Rodriguez's film Desperado. Last year alone, in fact, Trejo acted in two high profile action films attached to Rodriguez: Predators, which Rodriguez produced, and Machete, which Rodriguez directed. With Machete hitting video store shelves just last week, we were lucky enough to sit and chat with Trejo, who gave us his Five Favorite Films and went on to talk about working with people he admires, a Machete sequel, and his appearance on a certain daytime soap opera. Read on for the full interview!

Wednesday, Jan. 05 2011, 04:01 AM

Nicolas Cage may have the most unclassifiable body of work of any actor in movies today. He began his career with teen roles in Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Valley Girl and uncle Francis Coppola's Rumble Fish, went off the wall for Raising Arizona, Wild At Heart and Vampire?s Kiss, won a Best Actor Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas and then somehow became a big-budget action star in films like The Rock, Con Air and Face/Off. The odd trajectory defines the actor to this day, but behind all of Cage's (seemingly puzzling) film choices there's been one constant: his fierce dedication to each and every role, whether he's crafting performances for Spike Jonze, Ridley Scott and Werner Herzog or headlining Disney tent-poles and comic-book capers. Read on for his Five Favorite Films and a chat about his current projects.

Monday, Dec. 27 2010, 01:29 PM

"I never expected to win a prize for anything for my films," says writer-director Sofia Coppola, who won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2004 for Lost in Translation and whose latest, Somewhere, recently took home the Best Picture prize at the Venice Film Festival. When RT caught up with her recently, the quiet, modestly spoken Coppola seemed humbled by the attention, preferring to talk about vintage camera lenses and sound-mixing Ferrari engines rather than the Awards-season circus. Read on for Sofia Coppola's Five Favorite Films, and more.

Tuesday, Dec. 21 2010, 04:20 AM

Strange days indeed for Stephen Dorff: thanks to his performance as a Hollywood lost boy in Sofia Coppola?s new film, Somewhere -- which took the honors at his year?s Venice Film Festival -- the actor has found himself thrust into the celebrity limelight, attending junkets, premieres and interviews much like Johnny Marco, the character he plays in the movie. Fittingly, RT met with Dorff in a hotel suite -- Marco spends much of the film listlessly marooned at LA's famous Chateau Marmont -- though he wasn't quite at the existential crossroads he faces on screen. Read on for our chat with Dorff about working with Coppola on Somewhere, but first -- here are his five favorite films.

Thursday, Dec. 16 2010, 03:10 PM

In the short space of three films, actor-turned-director John Cameron Mitchell has proved both an original and versatile talent. His debut feature, an exuberant adaptation of the stage musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, imagined the weird and wild journey of a transgender Eastern European glam rocker rattling through middle America, while his acclaimed follow-up, 2006?s notorious sex comedy Shortbus, gave us -- among other treats -- the particular cinematic experience of watching three naked gentleman perform the American national anthem with their rear ends. This week, marking yet another impressive change of pace, the director returns with the moving Rabbit Hole, a heavy but often humorous drama about a married couple (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) trying to negotiate their relationship in the wake of losing their son. We caught up with Mitchell recently, where he shared his Five Favorite Films of all time.

Tuesday, Dec. 14 2010, 10:26 AM

"When I start to see a path to explore for a character then I really go for it," says Michael Sheen, who describes his villain in this week's TRON: Legacy as equal parts Mae West and Ziggy Stardust. "That's part of what I really enjoy." For the film's key digital villain, Castor, the Oscar-nominated British actor dug deep into the back catalog of the Thin White Duke. "I did spend a lot of time watching Bowie," Sheen continues. "The idea behind this guy is that he's able to change and assimilate things; he's very chameleon-like, and that's what made me think of Bowie." For Sheen, a fan of the original TRON since seeing it in theaters in 1982, there's a certain amusement in the fact that Disney's massive sci-fi project revolves around the very mellow Jeff Bridges. "There's a sort of spiritual white Russian inside him all the time," Sheen laughs. "In the middle of all this technology, you know, this huge, amazing world that's been created -- and there's a lot of pressure, a lot of anticipation, a big budget, a lot riding on it and all that -- at the center of it all is The Dude. It's this guy going "Hey maaaaan." Here then, are Michael Sheen's Five Favorite Films.

Wednesday, Dec. 08 2010, 01:10 PM

Much like her wayward Disney princess in Enchanted, it's pretty damn impossible not to like Amy Adams immediately upon meeting her. But in David O. Russell's heavy-hitting drama The Fighter, Adams has to play hard and more than a little rough as Charlene, boxer Mickey Ward's (Mark Wahlberg) girlfriend and scorn of his pugilistic clan -- including his volatile older brother, Dicky Edlund (Christian Bale). "I have so much affection for David [O. Russell]," Adams says of her sometimes-notorious director, who sought her for the role. "I'm so appreciative that he met me and he was able to see Charlene. So many times in the past a director's been like, "Can you play tough?", and I can't really answer that, because if I answer politely then they?re gonna think I'm not tough, and if I answer like, "Hell yeah I can play tough!", it doesn't really work. David got it."

Wednesday, Nov. 24 2010, 11:10 AM

Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush talks to RT about his acclaimed new film, The King's Speech, what we can expect from the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, and reveals his all-time Five Favorite Films.

Tuesday, Nov. 23 2010, 04:48 AM

Terry Crews may not yet be a household name, but chances are that most people will probably recognize his face. Whether it was the role of Chris Rock's father on the television sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, the family patriarch on TBS's Are We There Yet?, President Camacho in Idiocracy, or the pec-flexing, tiger-riding Old Spice spokesman in a series of recent Tim and Eric-directed commercials, Crews has steadily kept busy since 2000. With The Expendables coming out on home video this week, we got the chance to chat with him about his Five Favorite Films and what it was like working with Sylvester Stallone. Click through for the full interview!

Wednesday, Nov. 10 2010, 05:15 AM

From his humble debut as a young punk terrorizing a supermarket in 1974's Death Wish to his classic era of "unorthodox science types" in blockbusters like Jurassic Park and Independence Day, Jeff Goldblum has accumulated an intriguing acting resume across all kinds of film genres. Who could forget his miniature but memorable appearance in Annie Hall ("I forgot my mantra") or his off the wall turns in cult movies like Earth Girls Are Easy and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, for starters? And then there was The Fly, in which he turned in an heroic performance as a scientist who fuses himself with an insect to horrific, heartbreaking results. This week, Goldblum's back on the big screen in the newsroom comedy Morning Glory, in which he stars alongside Rachel McAdams as the network head of a TV show anchored by Harrison Ford and his old Annie Hall alum, Diane Keaton. We caught up with him recently to ask him his Five Favorite Films.

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