March 9, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Ewan McGregor
In addition to being immeasurably charming, the rather talented Ewan McGregor has been a mainstay of interesting performances on film for the better part of two decades now. In this week's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, McGregor takes up the piscatorial mantle of one Dr. Alfred Jones, a Scottish fisheries boffin reluctantly convinced by an angling-enthused sheik (Amr Waked) and his feisty investment adviser (Emily Blunt) to assist them in their crazy desert scheme. Not too many actors can wear a khaki fishing vest and make it look good, but then not too many actors get away with impersonating Sir Alec Guinness, either. We spoke to McGregor recently about the movie, during which time he was also happy to talk about some of his favorite films. Read on for more of the interview.
March 9, 2012
Critics Consensus: John Carter Gets Lost in Space
Disney's John Carter has been the source of Hollywood tongue-wagging for months: this massively-budgeted action/adventure is helmed by Andrew Stanton, a director best known for his work in animation, and features a character who's largely unknown to contemporary audiences. It's finally hitting theaters, along with Silent House, which stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman trapped in a secluded dwelling, and A Thousand Words, starring Eddie Murphy as a man left speechless. After earning near-universal acclaim for Finding Nemo and WALL-E, Pixar wiz Andrew Stanton takes a big leap into live action filmmaking with the much-ballyhooed John Carter. The result, critics say, is something of a mixed bag.
March 5, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt arrived proper for most audiences as Meryl Streep's sarcastic, binge-dieting assistant in The Devil Wears Prada -- in which she stole many a scene from the Oscar legend -- and since then has proved a versatile star across all kinds of genres, be they comedy, drama, sci-fi and most things in between. This week, Blunt co-stars opposite Ewan McGregor in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, director Lasse Hallström's picturesque comedy-drama about a fisheries expert enlisted by an eccentric sheik to bring a river to the Arabian desert. We had the chance to speak with the actress recently about the movie, her friendship with McGregor, and some of her forthcoming projects. Read on for that, but first -- here are her five favorite films.