Since his introduction to American cinema in the highly acclaimed Mambo Kings, Antonio Banderas is irrefutably one of the leading international actors of his generation. He has received critical praise for his performances in film, television and theater, as well as behind the scenes as a feature film director. In 2005, he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His second directorial feature is the Spanish film El Camino De Los Ingleses (titled Summer Rain in the U.S.). A coming of age story, the film follows the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s. He made his directorial debut with Crazy In Alabama starring his wife Melanie Griffith.
Banderas stole the show in the 2004 blockbuster animated film Shrek 2 as the voice of “Puss in Boots.” He reprised this role in the widely anticipated sequel Shrek The Third, the ABC Christmas special Shrek The Halls, and the fourth installment of the franchise Shrek Forever After. Read more
Project X is a hilarious found footage comedy about a couple of anonymous high school kids who throw one of the wildest parties ever in an attempt to get popular. They succeed in both efforts but getting there is a complete disaster.
I talked with two of the stars of the film, Kirby Bliss Blanton and Alexis Knapp.
Kirby had a small recurring role on the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101 and appeared on Unfabulous, the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana and HBO’s Entourage. She’ll soon be seen on MTV’s Inbetweeners.
Alexis will next be seen in in the comedy Pitch Perfect, starring opposite Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow as well as So Undercover, starring opposite Miley Cyrus.
They two talk about how they got their start, auditioning for the movie, some really bad auditions and Project X! Read more
ANTONIO BANDERAS is one of the leading international actors of his generation. Since his introduction to American cinema in the highly acclaimed Mambo Kings, Banderas has received critical praise for his performances in film, television and theater. In 2005, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was most recently seen in the moody thriller The Skin I Live In, directed by his longtime collaborator Pedro Almodóvar.
For his performance in Alan Parker’s Evita, opposite Madonna, Banderas received his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. He earned his second for Martin Campbell’s The Mask of Zorro, opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones, and his third for HBO’s 2003 telefilm “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself,” in the title role.
Banderas stole the show in the 2004 blockbuster Shrek 2, as the voice of “Puss in Boots.” He reprised his role in the sequels Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After as well as in his own Puss in Boots film, an international hit. Read more
When asked what films or experiences influenced him the most as a kid, Yelchin responds, “As a kid when I went to the movies, in the movies themselves at the theaters, Arnold Schwarzenegger was probably the biggest influence on me. Because Arnold put out so many awesome 90’s cheesy action flicks, specifically Last Action Hero… they didn’t really inspire me to want to be in movies, but I just loved them. Those experiences were so great.” Read more
Trailer #2: Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Haywire” starring Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas
Haywire: Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive.
Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious—and dangerous—trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she’ll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.
DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh
WRITER: Lem Dobbs
In Theaters: January 20th, 2012
Anton Yelchin on Why He Started Acting: “There was something about it that I just felt completely comfortable doing and happy doing”
Twenty-two year old Anton Yelchin has already found himself roles in two legendary franchises by appearing in Terminator Salvation and the Star Trek reboot, but don’t think that he has only aspires to star in blockbusters. Yelchin found himself attracted to acting by the improvisation of the art, something which he was able to revisit in his latest film.
Yelchin was asked what initially drew him into acting and he explains, “I loved the improvisation part of it the most, because it was a lot like just playing around with stuff. There was something about it that I just felt completely comfortable doing and happy doing.” While the fun is what interested him, he credits his supportive parents for keeping him involved, adding, “My parents were like, OK, our kid is happy doing this. This is great. They were figure skaters and grew up going to school and skating, so for them, a person needs to have things to do. They don’t just sit around the house watching TV.”
Actually, Yelchin admits that his parents originally hoped that he would follow in their figure skating footsteps (or is that skate-steps?) Of course, he was not as graceful as they were, so they pegged their hopes on a much more stereotypical future. “They were very quick to understand that I wasn’t very good at it, and they weren’t going to make me do it if I wasn’t good, so it automatically reverted to me being a doctor or lawyer. Because, we’re Russian Jews, so naturally, what does your kid do? He goes to law school or he goes to med school.” Yelchin says it took his father a bit of time to come to terms with his decision to act. “He still wanted me to apply to college and stuff, and I did. But this is what I wanted.” Read more
Anton Yelchin Chose ‘Like Crazy’ Over Real-Life Love: “You either commit to one thing or another, and I always pick movies”
It’s rare when an actor sits down for an interview and lets you into their personal world. Usually keeping a safe distance, actor Anton Yelchin seems to have dropped his guard in a recent interview with Moviefone. Could it be the the magic of Like Crazy from director Drake Doremus?
Discarding the traditional script, Doremus shepards Yelchin in his latest venture as an American boy living with the emotional ups and downs of a long distance relationship with his English girlfriend. Something Yelchin is familiar with, refreshingly honest about, and truly sad over.
“You lose your life when you enter this world. It was like I forgot what my life was. At the time — my girlfriend and I are no longer together — she and I saw each other once during that whole month. It still makes me sad, but you either commit to one thing or another, and I always pick movies. It’s my life; I don’t know what that says about me, but movies are what I love. So I saw her once, and I remember going “Whoa…” It’s a weird f-cking thing when you think in your head “That’s who you are. You’re my girlfriend. I love you. You’re funny, smart, cool, and sexy.” I forgot all those things. I didn’t even remember what it was like to sleep with her because I was in this world the whole time. I was Jacob.” Read more
Like Crazy: A love story is both a physical and emotional tale, one that can be deeply personal and heartbreaking for an audience to experience. Director Drake Doremus’ film Like Crazy beautifully illustrates how your first real love is as thrilling and blissful as it is devastating. When a British college student (Felicity Jones) falls for her American classmate (Anton Yelchin) they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey only to be separated when she violates the terms of her visa.Like Crazy explores how a couple faces the real challenges of being together and of being apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and of the Special Jury Prize for Best Actress for Felicity Jones, Like Crazydepicts both the hopefulness and the heartbreak of love. from trailers.apple.com
Director: Drake Doremus
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley
Writers: Ben York Jones, Drake Doremus
In theaters: October 28th, 2011
Trailer: Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” starring Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Angarano, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton
Haywire: Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious–and dangerous–trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she’ll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary. from trailers.apple.com
In theaters: January 20th, 2012
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