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- 09/30/14--16:00: Taken 3 Trailer: Bryan Mills Wanted for Murder!
- 09/30/14--12:30: 13 Movies That Get History Wrong: Hollywood Not-So-True Stories
- 09/30/14--16:00: John Wick Trailer: Everyone Will Know His Name!
- 09/30/14--12:33: Star Wars Episode VII: Oscar Isaac Talks Star Wars Old & New
- 09/30/14--16:00: Dracula Untold Featurette: Introducing The Bride of Dracula
- 09/30/14--14:14: Guardians of the Galaxy Passes Iron Man on Marvel Money List
- 09/30/14--14:16: Chef DVD Review: Jon Favreau Cooks Up Something Delicious
- 09/30/14--16:10: Zombieland 2 Is Moving Forward!
- 10/01/14--16:00: Exodus Gods and Kings Trailer: Christian Bale Goes Biblical
- 10/01/14--14:13: Angry Birds Movie Reveals First Photo: Cast Announced!
- 10/01/14--14:17: More Twilight Movies Coming! At Least on Facebook
- 10/01/14--14:22: Iron Man 4: Robert Downey Jr. Says “We’ll Ride That Thing”
- 10/01/14--14:02: Gone Girl Review: Shock and Awe Cinema From David Fincher
- 10/01/14--14:24: Chef Exclusive Giveaway: Win Blu-Ray Prize Pack!
- 10/01/14--15:32: The Good Lie: Reese Witherspoon on “Opportunity to Create Change”
- 10/02/14--07:48: Now You See Me 2: Daniel Radcliffe Joins Cast!
Liam Neeson is back in Taken 3 and this time, “he finishes it.”
The first Taken 3 trailer has landed and it truly has us recalling the first Taken with its tone and feeling that absolutely everything is on the line for Neeson’s Bryan Mills.
We meet Mills at home with his wife (Famke Janssen) and finally our hero seems to be happy and at peace. But, of course, that doesn’t last long.
Later, he comes home to find her killed and the LAPD swarming in, and they think he did it.
So, he goes on the run and that’s where Forest Whitaker’s detective fits who we’ve seen in those Taken 3 photos.
There are few trailers that get us excited for a third chapter in a film series.
But, there is something about this Luc Besson-penned final installment of the Taken trilogy that has us utterly thrilled for the film’s January 9 arrival. And yes, Maggie Grace is back too as his daughter.
Fox has also released the film’s first “true” poster and it’s in our slideshow below. And check out how it all began and watch Taken online.
Hollywood loves to tell the real life stories of the men and women over the course of history that have made their mark. We all know that Braveheart was a real man, William Wallace, and that he is huge in Scottish history for trying to forge, “Freeeeedom!”
But, how accurate is the Oscar-winning Mel Gibson film compared to what really happened?
We have found 13 blockbuster Hollywood films that claim to have painted a picture of history that inspires, when in fact what truly occurred is not even remotely close to what entertained (and enlightened) us on the big screen.
Watch 300 online, and no, that is not even close to what happened in the Battle of Thermopylae. And when you watch Gladiator online, sure, that is pure fiction from Ridley Scott. But there are numerous characters, like Joaquin Phoenix’s, who really existed and their portrayal is nothing short of complete and utter fabrication.
Click through our slideshow below and discover 13 movies that got history all sorts of wrong, and what really happened in these stories, as opposed to what Hollywood has told us occurred.
Who doesn't love Braveheart? The Oscar-winning film is considered one of the best in recent memory. But, it's historical accuracy of the Scottish legend is questionable at best. William Wallace was a Scottish hero, however, his motivation in the movie from the practice of primae noctis is pure fiction. King Edward never issued such a decree.
The latest John Wick trailer is here and it shows off even more why we’re truly thrilled for this Keanu Reeves return to action.
Reeves plays a hit man who has voluntary left the game and seems to be living a quieter life. Then, gangsters take everything from him (including his dog!) and that forces him back in the game -- for pure vengeance reasons. And who can blame him?!
Lionsgate has released the latest John Wick trailer for the film that lands October 24 and also features some killer co-stars, such as Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane, Jason Isaacs, John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan and Adrianne Palicki (who we see is one of the first gangster hired assassins charged with taking John Wick out -- wonder how that is going to go?).
We’ve also got a trio of new stills from John Wick. Check them out in the slideshow below, along with some amazing posters. And to get in the mood for more Reeves in action, watch The Matrix online!
And what did Reeves say about returning to do a Speed 3?
Oscar Isaac is a busy man since he scored the role of a lifetime in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. He has The Two Faces of January landing soon and of course, there’s that little independent film he’s shooting now in London that goes by the name of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Isaac was talking to The Huffington Post about his upcoming projects and the state of his career, and naturally the conversation turned to the galaxy far, far away.
And although he said that you “can’t say (expletive)” about Star Wars: Episode VII without all your future generations being targeted for assassination, he did talk about his passion for the original trilogy and even added his two cents about George Lucas tinkering with perfection as he notoriously had with Episode IV through Episode VI.
"Well, it’s a funny thing. I mean there’s two things. As an artist, like, he made the (expletive), so why can’t he do whatever the heck he wants with it,” Isaac said.
“There’s a part of me that appreciates that he doesn’t really care if people are upset about it. He decided to share it with all of us and he wants to go back and do stuff, whatever. But as a fan, I’d much rather go back and watch the old thing, because it’s a product of the time."
One of the things he adores about the old films was that Lucas used real film, and he could not be happier about director J.J. Abrams using that format, as well as his use of practical sets (such as this Millennium Falcon video shows).
"It really does matter,” he said of shooting on film versus digital.
“It’s about how a movie is filmed and the set, it changes it. It changes so many things. I mean, I’ve had to do things over again because there was a hair in the gate, which is so old school, but it just feels better."
We've heard that Harrison Ford's Han Solo has an enormous part in the seventh Star Wars movie. Ford would not have signed on to J.J. Abrams' film if that was not the case.
Fresh off that fantastic Dracula Untold featurette that showed how Luke Evans would be so desperate that his royal named Vlad would become the Prince of Darkness, we’ve got a terrific look at the woman who will now be forever known as “The Bride of Dracula.”
Mirena, played by Sarah Gadon, is a devoted wife and mother and when her husband’s kingdom is threatened, he makes a fateful choice that will save his principality, sure, but will doom his family to the pages of history for something other than how they ruled.
As you can see from the Dracula Untold trailer, Gadon plays her as a strong and commanding woman and that fits what director Gary Shore calls her in the above featurette -- “the rock in Vlad’s life.”
Dracula Untold lands in theaters October 10 and gives us the origins story of one of history’s most iconic monsters. Dominic Cooper also stars.
We kinda like this "bat" poster for Dracula Untold!
Guardians of the Galaxy has been impressing since it debuted. It set a record for an August release when it premiered.
Now, it has passed a Marvel Studios icon on the famed comic book filmmaking machine’s box office profit list. That’s right, Guardians of the Galaxy has now made more money than Iron Man. Take that, Tony Stark!
This fact is almost fitting. Given that when people thought that few people knew about these Guardians of the Galaxy characters and that expectations were not so high, the same could have been said for Tony Stark and Iron Man all those years ago. And some could argue that that Robert Downey, Jr. starring film truly launched Marvel Studios into superstardom and started the streak that has them enjoying massive success since.
Guardians of the Galaxy added another $3.8 million to bring its total to $319.2 million at the domestic box office. Iron Man ended its domestic cinematic run at $318.41 million.
Chris Pratt and his heroes now have the third highest grossing Marvel movie in history, behind The Avengers with $623.4 million and Iron Man 3 with $409 million in domestic earnings.
No word yet on the home video for Guardians of the Galaxy, but we do know that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is set to arrive on July 28, 2017.
Why not remind ourselves of how truly awesome the film Guardians surpassed on the Marvel list and watch Iron Man online.
Check out our favorite Guardians of the Galaxy quotes in the slideshow below!
I have lived most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I would be grateful to die surrounded by my friends.Gamora
We love this quote -- Gamora gets mushy.
Jon Favreau’s passion project, Chef, has landed on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download and if you missed it in theaters, this is a don’t miss home video release. And if you were fortunate to witness Chef in theaters, this is one you want to own and watch over and over again. Its charms know no end.
The feel of the film is merely teased in the Chef trailer. Favreau plays an elite chef who winds up in an online war of words with a food critic (Oliver Platt) that costs him his job -- thanks to his demanding restaurant owner (Dustin Hoffman).
He is truly gifted, but goes about the feud completely wrong. Well, we have our opinions on that, but you have to see it and decide for yourself!
There are numerous levels to the film that Favreau wrote, directed and stars in that charm the heart as well as tantalize the taste buds. Sofia Vergara plays Favreau’s ex-wife and they have a young son together whose relationship is good, but not great.
His son has wanted more from his father, and now that he’s lost his job -- well, that provides for some great bonding time as Favreau purchases a run down truck with the wild idea to create a food truck that will cross the country building buzz as they go.
They’re joined on their cross country adventure by Favreau’s fancy restaurant sous chef (John Leguizamo) and collectively, watching this story unfold with such gifted actors is truly as much a joy as the best meal you’ve ever tasted.
The cast is top notch (even Favreau’s Iron Man 2 star Scarlett Johansson is in it, as is Iron Man himself, Robert Downey, Jr.) and Favreau’s writing is efficient, emotional and oftentimes hilarious. The film will warm your soul and leave you wanting more. It may be the surprise hit of the year, and we hope that it is a surprise Oscar nominee come awards season as well.
The highlight of the sparse bonus features is the audio commentary by Favreau and Roy Choi, who is the film’s co-producer, and also best known as a food truck pioneer. Their insight is utterly priceless and we cannot recommend enough sampling their flavor that only enhances the delicious stew that is Favreau’s movie.
Although we would have liked some making-of featurettes from the film on the home video release, or even a separate doc on the burgeoning food truck industry, there is more than enough in the movie itself to satisfy us and have us hitting play again and again when the credits close.
Watch Chef online right now and be sure to taste the cinematic awesomeness.
Disney has released a quartet of clips from their highly anticipated adaptation of the iconic children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
The film expands on that downright awful day that Alexander had in the book and stretches it into the next day to show that the entire family is having a bad day… all in the same horrible, no good day!
We caught up with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner on the set and they told us about how this return to Disney live action family films was the main reason why they committed to the film. The fun they had fiming is seen in each one of these clips for the film that is due October 10.
Check out our four clips and their title could not be more perfect.
First, Carell thinks he’s nailing a job interview, that is until he catches on fire in Stop, Drop and Roll.
Dylan Minnette thinks all is going swimmingly with his girlfriend (Bella Thorne), but she might be a little demanding in this clip called XOXO.
Garner is a children’s book marketer and thinks that her presentation is going great. Except it isn’t in this clip entitled Effort on the Potty.
Lastly, the entire clan gets together and discovers that maybe, just maybe, This Day Was Cursed.
Check out the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day trailer and be sure to click through and discover our fantastic photo gallery from the Disney film below.
The "Before" poster shows what life is like, and how Alexander is the one set for a bad day.
Although we have heard nothing in terms of whether the original cast would return for Zombieland 2, we believe there are baby steps towards a Zombieland sequel happening as we speak
Screenwriter Dave Callaham (The Expendables) has been hired to pen the script and will work closely with the first film’s director, Ruben Fleischer, for Zombieland 2.
Zombieland quotes are among our favorites and we can’t see how on earth a Zombieland 2 can happen without original stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and the rest of the motley crew.
Stay tuned as more news arrives on this subject and until then, watch Zombieland online and get excited for another chapter!
Last night Movie Fanatic was invited to the Fox lot and we got to catch some never-before-seen footage from Exodus: Gods and Kings, chat with Christian Bale, and then they showed us the new trailer. It was all quite impressive, and now we have the latest trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings for you!
Where the first Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer teased the scope and feel of the Ridley Scott film that features Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses, this latest trailer gives us more of the riveting plot and truly sets how high the stakes are in this thrilling drama that lands December 12.
Stay with Movie Fanatic as we reveal what we saw from the exclusive footage presentation as well as Bale’s thoughts on making a biblical epic, his inspirations for playing Moses and a surprise story about Monty Python’s Life of Brian and how it informed his character!
Exodus: Gods and Kings also stars Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul.
Christian Bale is Moses and ready for a fight.
Well, after our call to Unlock the Flock for the Angry Birds movie, the world answered and we got that surprise that Sony Pictures Animation promised. Not only do we have the film’s first still (below), the studio announced the cast for the highly anticipated animated movie based on the wildly popular video game.
The main three Angry Birds will be voiced by Jason Sudeikis (his Horrible Bosses 2 trailer just premiered) as Red, a bird with a bit of a temper, Josh Gad (Olaf from Frozen) as the super fast Chuck, and Danny McBride (This Is the End) tackling the character of the don’t-mess-with-him Bomb.
The voice cast will be filled out with a couple of SNL veterans, Maya Rudolph and Bill Hader. And they are joined by Peter Dinklage, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale and Jillian Bell.
The producer of Angry Birds, John Cohen, is clearly excited about his vocal talents as he attempts the monumental challenge of capturing a phenomenon of a game on the big screen.
"I'm extremely proud of this cast. Not only do we have Jason, Josh, Danny, Bill, Maya, and Peter bringing these characters to life, but they're surrounded by an all-star ensemble of emerging comedic talent -- these are some of the funniest people out there today, and we're thrilled to have them all on board," Cohen said.
Want to know how much of a “thing” Angry Birds is? It has been downloaded over a billion times. Yes, that’s billion with a “b.”
Look for the Angry Birds movie on July 1, 2016.
Check out Gad in another animated gem and watch Frozen online!
If you have been teased by the previous trailers for Interstellar, prepare to check out a trailer that has filmmaker Christopher Nolan figuratively dropping the mic and telling the rest of the fall movie season to “top that!”
The trailer is by far the most impressive we’ve seen yet for a film that has provided us nothing but absolutely jaw-dropping teases.
Matthew McConaughey has to leave his family behind on a planet Earth that is about to expire. He heads into space with Anne Hathaway in search of a new home for the human race. And as you can see by the above Interstellar trailer, that search is nothing but challenge after challenge.
Look for Interstellar November 5. Could McConaughey be looking at another Oscar nod? We think so and we haven’t even seen much from his Oscar-caliber co-stars, including Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck and Wes Bentley.
When Christopher Nolan talks, Matthew McConaughey listens.
Fans of The Twilight Saga, get your calming mechanisms at the ready because we have news for you. Stephenie Meyer and Lionsgate have announced that there will be more Twilight movies coming at fans in the near future, and there will be at least five. Well, we should clarify a bit. These are short films based on Meyer’s Twilight characters, and they will be debuting on Facebook. And it is all for a very, very good cause.
Meyer is teaming with Facebook, the Women In Film organization and the crowd-sourcing platform Tongal to launch a social media campaign to put the spotlight on female filmmakers, and by using one of the highest grossing and most popular movie series of all time as the basis, consider that spotlight bright.
The campaign is called “The Storytellers -- New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga" and will feature short films that center around any number of characters in Meyer’s Twilight universe, and borrow heavily from her encyclopedia-like The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide.
"The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I've worked in the film industry,” said Meyer. “I’m honored to be working with Women In Film, Lionsgate, and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively.”
The Twilight spin-off films will be produced and directed in partnership with a mentorship program of a who’s-who of Hollywood filmmaking talents, all in the hopes of fostering the next generation of female filmmakers.
And what is truly exciting is that some of those mentors have already been announced and they are the best of the best, including the first Twilight film director Catherine Hardwicke, Modern Family star Julie Bowen, Meyer, Twilight star Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and the woman who brought us the movie you can see when you watch Frozen online, Jennifer Lee!
Watch Twilight online and see how the universe began, and if you’re interested in participating in the project, check out http://www.wif.org/.
We headed to the Fox lot last night and were treated to an early look at not only that Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer that premiered this morning, but over 20 minutes of footage from the Ridley Scott biblical epic.
Christian Bale then joined us afterwards to talk about the footage and the making of the movie!
We took away much from the footage we screened, and above all else this is a film with a massive scope that has an uncannily powerful story at its heart.
Bale could not be better cast as Moses, and Joel Edgerton is impeccable as Ramses, his adopted brother and ruler of Egypt who Moses will famously go up against in an effort to set the Jewish people free after four centuries of bondage.
When you watch Gladiator online, you immediately get a sense that Scott can handle enormous scope with the greatest of ease. But after witnessing the 20 minutes of footage from Exodus: Gods and Kings, Scott clearly has his greatest triumph yet.
So without further ado, here are the 11 things we learned from the Exodus: Gods and Kings footage.
We met Christian Bale after screening the 20 minutes of footage and when asked about The Ten Commandments and that iconic performance of Charlton Heston, he simply said you donâ€™t even try. "You can't out-Heston Charlton Heston," Bale admitted. "There's no point in trying!"
Even though Robert Downey, Jr. said last month that there would be no Iron Man 4, it appears that he’s softening on that position. Perhaps now that Avengers: Age of Ultron has completed principal photography, he’s missing the suit?
"I'm sure we'll ride that thing,” Downey Jr. said to The Hollywood Reporter.
“You've got to surf that all the way in to shore. I think I was at the forefront of something that was coming into being, and I think it has carried me as much as I have informed it. That's the healthy way to look at it. It's so easy to become inflated by the successes, but what they really are long, strong trends. It's just another wave."
Check out his last turn as Tony Stark and watch Iron Man 3 online and perhaps, just perhaps, we’ll get an Iron Man 4. And don’t miss Downey in his latest, The Judge, when it opens October 10.
Author Gillian Flynn should be thanking her lucky stars because her novel Gone Girl has come to the big screen with the perfect person at the helm, director David Fincher. The story that had so many fans wondering how it could be a movie should be beyond thrilled with what Fincher has given audiences in a taut, thrilling and jaw-dropping movie moment that will keep you guessing until the final credits roll.
Then, when Gone Girl is over, don’t be surprised to be stuck in your seat, unable to move because of the cinematic power that has just been witnessed.
As teased in the Gone Girl trailer, Ben Affleck stars as Nick Dunne and UK actress Rosamund Pike is his wife, Amy Dunne. Fincher tells his story with a back and forth flashback method that chronicles the span of Nick and Amy's relationship that provides what could be a run-of-the-mill, he-said, she-said story with a unique power and presence.
Affleck returns to his Missouri home on the day of his fifth wedding anniversary and discovers that items in the living room have been trashed and Amy is missing. Worried, he calls the cops and a couple of local detectives (Kim Dickens and Patrick Fugit) show up and discover a bit of blood on a kitchen cabinet and immediately swing into action to find Amy before the worst can happen.
Dickens plays her investigator as someone willing to give Nick the benefit of the doubt, while Fugit believes from the get-go that the husband is responsible. After all, it usually is the husband responsible, right?
Fincher then launches his film into a who-done-it type mystery when all along we don’t even know if Amy is dead, or frankly where she is if she is indeed alive. The national media gets involved as a Nancy Grace-type anchor has viewers and the nation believing that Nick has killed his wife. And that aspect is a true “this is America in 2014” moment that has many of us wishing that part of our society would change or simply just go away.
Amy's parents (they are a piece of work all their own) do nothing to quiet the national opinion. Meanwhile, a tornado of questions, few answers and elements that only deepen the mystery all swarm into a firestorm of movie power that reminds us why we adore the medium in the first place.
Affleck is absolutely incredible in Gone Girl. He plays Nick with a perfect pitch of clueless soul meets man who the audience is led to believe could be capable of such a crime. He has an utter mastery of his craft and frankly gives the performance of his career. Without giving away absolutely anything, the look on his face when the final shot of the movie is shown reflects those who are watching him in the audience. Our look is his gaze. And that is a look of utter shock and awe at the dramatic dynamo that we’ve just seen from Fincher.
The movie largely rides on the shoulders of Pike. Without her nuanced performance that runs a grand gamut of emotions, Fincher’s film does not work. She is a revelation on so many levels, and if Gone Girl does not make her a superstar, it is a crime far worse than what allegedly happens to her character on the screen.
We also have to point out that Tyler Perry is a hurricane of awesomeness. His performance as a nationally known defense attorney who comes to the aid of Nick is nothing short of brilliant and by far the best we've ever seen from him.
And then there’s the true star of Gone Girl -- director Fincher. No one but the man behind such films as Se7en, Fight Club and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo could give us such a dark, foreboding and frenzied film that does numerous things masterfully.
Our Gone Girl review points out that Fincher puts up a mirror to our society currently and its obsession with sensationalized murder cases where network anchors act as judge and jury. He also has crafted a film that keeps you guessing, and even when all is revealed, you will still find yourself questioning everything you think you know.
That is a true gift for a moviegoer as there are too few films out there in the marketplace that allow its audience to truly be invested in the story, feel for the characters and have its resonance carry out with you long after you leave the theater.
Chef has landed on DVD and Blu-Ray and it is one astounding piece of work from filmmaker Jon Favreau (check out our Chef DVD review). Favreau also wrote and stars in the film that follows an elite chef who loses his job and then ends up finding his calling.
To celebrate the fantastic film’s arrival on home video, we’re giving away a Chef Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack and a Chef tote bag to two lucky Movie Fanatic readers. That tote bag will come in handy when you head to the market to cook meals that will surely be inspired by the film!
Favreau’s Chef has been obsessed with his career and it cost him his marriage to Sofia Vergara. They have a young son who longs for more time with his father.
The loss of his job proves to be a blessing in disguise as he purchases a food truck, and with his former sous chef (John Leguizamo) and his son along for the ride, they embark on a road trip to various U.S. cities to build buzz for their delicious international mix of food items.
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Enter now to win the Chef Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack and the Chef tote bag, and if you don’t win, you’ll want to watch Chef online to not miss out on one of the best movies of 2014.
Reese Witherspoon could not have been more thrilled to have her latest film, The Good Lie, premiere in her hometown of Nashville. And Movie Fanatic was there to share in her joy.
“I’m so glad to be here, and represent Tennessee. This theater [The Belcourt] where the premiere was brings back so many memories for me that I was getting emotional when I got here,” Witherspoon said.
“I've seen so many films here with my family. It's just such a great thing to have a premiere in Nashville, and to have any of my movies, ever, in Nashville.”
The Oscar winner could have her choices of projects and headline every single one of them. But there was something about the supporting character of Carrie, a woman who aids the “Lost Boys of Sudan” in their effort to find a job and assimilate in Kansas City.
“I read Margaret Nagle's script, and I was just so moved. I remember when I met the director, the first thing he said to me was, ‘This movie isn't about you.’ I've never had a director say that to me before! But it made me happy,” Witherspoon said.
“I didn't want to make a movie where it was just a white girl, an American girl, coming to save African people.”
As you can see inThe Good Lie trailer, the story focuses on the plight of the thousands and thousands of boys and girls who walked thousands of miles from their homes to find shelter in Ethiopia, only to be turned away and be stuck in the middle of a brutal civil war that had left them all orphans.
Specifically, The Good Lie follows four of them from Kakuma Refugee Camp in Ethiopia to their being moved to America and the immense challenges (emotionally and others) they faced in adjusting to their new life.
Witherspoon found a connection between her character and the so-called Lost Boys she has been charged with helping that she thought would help drive the story. “She's just as without family as they are. And I thought that was such a beautiful opportunity to talk about family is where you find it,” Witherspoon said.
The star inhaled anything she could about the Sudanese civil war to be as prepared as she could be to tell this important story. ”I came from a place of not knowing, so other than a random newspaper article or something, I knew very little about the story. There was a lot of really interesting documentaries,” Witherspoon said.
But much of her information came from her co-stars. “Ger (Duany, who plays Jeremiah) would tell us about being a young boy, and walking all that way, and what it was like. It's hard to even conceive.”
Witherspoon even went to the Kakuma Refugee Camp, and even brought her teenage daughter. “I really wanted to see what the experience was like. It was very emotional, seeing over 250,000 people displaced, sleeping on concrete slabs, and just the sprawl of that many people living together,” she recalled. “There was very little health care, very little food. It just really brought it all home to me.”
The mother in Witherspoon found that visiting the refugee camp was a priceless chance to illustrate to her own kin how the world is and how there can be forces of change, even from making a movie. “Even if you read a million books on a situation, you don't understand it until you see it yourself. She didn't say a word the whole day. And then she really didn't talk about it until a couple of days later,” Witherspoon shared.
“We saw women giving birth on metal tables, with their infant sitting there with no clothes on. Babies like her brother's age, sitting on concrete slabs and sleeping with seven other brothers and sisters.”
As for Witherspoon’s takeaway from her visit, it left her with an unwavering feeling that the human spirit is still triumphant, even when facing the darkest of times. “The other remarkable thing was the joy and determination of these people, to rise above, and their determination to have a better life for their children. Their spirit was just incredible! They greet you with smiles and laughter and dancing,” Witherspoon said.
“It was incredible to be there with Ger and his family -- so many of his family members are there, at that very camp.”
“What started this whole string of things I was doing, personally, was just getting back to wanting to playing interesting, dynamic female characters,” Witherspoon said.
“It wasn't planned. I think for a few years, I was a little bit lost as an artist, not being able to find what I wanted to do. I’m just excited that everybody’s liking the films I’ve been in lately.”
Above all else, the Oscar winner hopes that The Good Lie is will not just entertain and enlighten, but be a motivator to make a difference in the world. “It is an opportunity to raise awareness,” she said. “But, it's also an opportunity to create change.”
Check out the role that won Witherspoon her first Oscar and watch Walk the Line online. Maybe she'll be getting a second for The Good Lie!
Reese Witherspoon does her best to help Arnold Oseng adjust to life in America.
The first photos for the latest film from award winning director and American icon Clint Eastwood is here.
Bradley Cooper stars as the title character in American Sniper and the film is based on the bestselling memoir by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
American Sniper lands in theaters December 25 (in limited run for an Oscar qualifying run before opening wide January 16, 2015).
Kyle was considered one of the most accurate American snipers ever, and even earned the nickname “The Devil” by the enemies that he perused over the years. He served from 1999 to 2009 where he recorded more enemy kills than any sniper that has ever lived.
When he was fighting in Iraq, he was so feared that the insurgents actually placed a reward on his capture or kill.
It was the attacks of 9/11 that forced him into the life that would define him. Eastwood tells his astonishing story and Cooper plays him, with Sienna Miller also starring.
Check out Cooper’s latest and watch American Hustle online and click through and witness the first photos from Cooper’s upcoming American Sniper.
Bradley Cooper is the title character in the latest film from Clint Eastwood, American Sniper.
We loved Michael Caine’s character in Now You See Me and are beyond thrilled to see him return in Now You See Me 2. What would you think if we told you that Daniel Radcliffe had signed to play his son? Bloody fantastic, wouldn’t you say?
Caine let the cat out of the bag when he was talking to HeyUGuys. The Oscar winner appears quite excited at the idea of the Boy Who Lived being his onscreen child.
"There's a sequel to Now You See Me and we're shooting in London. I shoot in December, the whole of December in London, and my son is Harry Potter. I thought it'd be funny, me and Daniel Radcliffe as father and son," Caine said.
Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Isla Fisher are all returning in the sequel that is set to hit screens June 10, 2016.
In the meantime, see how the magicians/bank robbers got their start and watch Now You See Me online.