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Interview: Michael Cudlitz of ‘Southland’

posted by Nell Minow

Actor Michael Cudlitz was in Washington today to talk about his television series about LA cops, “Southland,” now on TNT. He and I sat in the “America’s Most Wanted” studio at DC’s National Museum of Crime and Punishment and talked […]

Happy Birthday Elvis!

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Will Shadley of ‘The Spy Next Door’

posted by Nell Minow

What role has been the most fun for you so far? The most fun I have had in a role, so far, is my character in The Spy Next Door, Ian. He is a nerdy kid who becomes cool with […]

Can You Guess the Celebrity Voice?

posted by Nell Minow

Slate has a great collection of ads with celebrity voiceovers. How many can you identify?

Interview: Ed Asner of ‘The Gathering’ (and ‘Up’)

posted by Nell Minow

It was a thrill to get a chance to talk to Ed Asner — best known as Lou Grant on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spin-off and having a very big year as the voice star of one […]

Tribute: Brittany Murphy

posted by Nell Minow

The news about actress Brittany Murphy is shocking and very sad. She died today at age 32. Murphy made her first real impression as the suggestible Tai who got a makeover from Cher (Alicia Sliverstone) in “Clueless.” She had an […]

Victorian MVP: Mark Strong

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve been listening to a lot of carriage wheels on cobblestones lately, with three films set in Victorian London. And two of them feature one of my favorite actors, Mark Strong. You may not recognize his name. You may not […]

Interview: Columbus Short

posted by Nell Minow

NM: You have not made many films but each one has been a real departure from what you’ve done before. Is that important to you? CS: It is. The point of acting is to hide yourself and get lost in […]

Interview: Zac Efron, Claire Danes, and Richard Linklater

posted by Nell Minow

Director Richard Linklater (“School of Rock,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Before Sunrise”) and stars Claire Danes and Zac Efron talked to a small group of reporters here in Washington DC about their new film, “Me and Orson Welles.” It is a […]

Interview: Mizuo Peck of ‘Night at the Museum 2′

posted by Nell Minow

In the middle of all the special effects and silly fun of the “Night at the Museum” movies is one character who lends the real heart to the story: Sacajawea, played by Mizuo Peck with such sweet, quiet dignity that […]

Donny Osmond!

posted by Nell Minow

Great piece by Marjie Killeen on True/Slant about the reasons to love Donny Osmond. I agree! He is enormously talented, he has a sense of humor about himself, and he has lived a life of courage, integrity, and generosity. I […]

Aria Wallace Unplugged

posted by Nell Minow

Actress Aria Wallace of Roxy Hunter answered my questions about her “real time” experiment — 40 days without technology! This is a great idea to try with your family — no cell phones, computers, or television — listen to Aria […]

Interview: Kaitlyn Maher of ‘Santa Buddies’

posted by Nell Minow

Kaitlyn Maher, who enchanted millions with her appearances on “America’s Got Talent,” has a sweet, clear voice and a sunny personality. She is quite busy these days, appearing in Disney’s new Santa Buddies DVD and singing on the soundtrack. And […]

The Sexiest Man Alive 2009 is…..

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Vampires from ‘New Moon’

posted by Nell Minow

Edi Gathegi and Jamie Campbell Bower play bad guy vampires in “New Moon,” the second in the “Twilight” series based on the best-selling books by Stephanie Meyer. I had a chance to talk with them about making the movie. They […]

Gabourey Sidibe of ‘Precious’

posted by Nell Minow

I love Ellen’s interview with Gabourey Sidibe, who plays the title character in “Precious.” Director Lee Daniels told the New York Times he knew it would be difficult to find an actress to play the role of an abused pregnant […]

Zac Efron is Every Bit as Great as You Hope

posted by Nell Minow

The interview has to wait until the week the movie opens, but I have to post this right now. Zac Efron is one of the most gracious, considerate, and all-around classy performers I have ever interviewed. Stay tuned for the […]

I Meet the Volturi!

posted by Nell Minow

Interview coming…stay tuned!

Upcoming interviews: Zac Efron and ‘New Moon!’

posted by Nell Minow

OMG. Tomorrow I will be interviewing both Zac Efron (for his new film, “Me and Orson Welles”) and two of the stars of the upcoming “Twilight” sequel, “New Moon.” I think it’s fair to say I am VERY EXCITED. Stay […]

Ludacris at the National Press Club

posted by Nell Minow

My good friend and fellow critic Tim Gordon and I went to hear hip-hop artist/actor/philanthropist Ludacris speak at the National Press Club on Friday. He was there to talk about his foundation and the work it does in Atlanta and […]

Interview: Tinker Bell’s Raven-Symone

posted by Nell Minow

Talking with Raven-Symone on the telephone, it was easy to imagine that I was really speaking to Iridessa, the character she plays in the new DVD, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. She has such a sparkly quality, I could […]

Interview: Michael Stuhlbarg of ‘A Serious Man’

posted by Nell Minow

NM: You conveyed so much in your body language when you get hugged by the Sy character. How did you create that physicality? MS: You know what? It just happens. It just naturally happened that way. We did it once […]

Interview: Tiffany Thornton

posted by Nell Minow

Disney star Tiffany Thornton sings the classic “Some Day My Prince Will Come” on the spectacular new release of Disney’s very first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It is a two=DVD set with both Blu-Ray and regular […]

Interview: ‘Fame’s’ Anna Maria Perez de Tagle

posted by Nell Minow

Anna Maria Perez de Tagle is one of the bright new stars who “light up the sky like a flame” in the new re-booting of the 1980 classic film, “Fame.” I was lucky to get to interview her about the […]

Happy Birthday, Lauren Bacall

posted by Nell Minow

Has there ever been a better movie entrance line than “Anybody got a match?” delivered by 19-year-old Lauren Bacall to 40-something Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not? Bacall said her iconic look, head tilted a little downward, glancing […]

Tribute: Patrick Swayze

posted by Nell Minow

Patrick Swayze died today as he lived and performed, with class and grace. Swayze’s association with iconic appearances in Dirty Dancing, Road House, Point Break, and Ghost are so towering that we forget sometimes what range and skill he showed […]

Beth Grant

posted by Nell Minow

Two awful movies released last week, “Extract” and “All About Steve,” give me an opportunity to discuss one of my favorite topics, character actors. One of the best appears in both of them, the wonderful Beth Grant. Character actors are […]

Molly Ringwald Remembers John Hughes

posted by Nell Minow

Molly Ringwald has a touching tribute to John Hughes in today’s New York Times. While she had not spoken to the very private writer-director for 20 years, she and co-star Anthony Michael Hall spoke on the phone about the way […]

Meryl’s accents

posted by Nell Minow

Slate has put together a magnificent compilation of some of Meryl Streep’s best accents but what I think of when I watch this is the astonishing range of the performances behind them. It is almost impossible to imagine that it […]

Interviews about ‘Adam’ — Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne

posted by Nell Minow

Hugh Dancy plays the title role in “Adam,” the story of a man with Asperger Syndrome, a form of social dyslexia that is on the autism spectrum. As the movie begins, Adam’s father has just died and he must learn […]

Interview: AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig of ‘Witch Mountain’

posted by Nell Minow

The young stars of Race to Witch Mountain talked to me about making the movie, a re-imagining of the Disney classic, Escape to Witch Mountain, about a brother and sister with extraordinary powers. AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig could not […]

Paul Peterson — Protector of Child Actors

posted by Nell Minow

Paul Peterson was one of my first celebrity crushes when he appeared on The Donna Reed Show. He was briefly a Mousketeer at age 8 and played Cary Grant’s son (with Sophia Loren as his babysitter) in the affecting romantic […]

Quote of the Week: Jeff Daniels

posted by Nell Minow

Jeff Daniels is interviewed in the current issue of Esquire, where he made an important point about the difference between the way a character actor and a star approach a role. Stars like to be likable. The Squid and the […]

Interviews: ‘In the Loop’

posted by Nell Minow

“In the Loop” is a scathingly funny satire about politics and politicians. While it names no names of individuals or countries or conflicts, it is inspired by the British and American government in the run-up to the Iraq war. But […]

Interview: D.W. Brown, Acting Coach to Stars and Future Stars

posted by Nell Minow

D.W. Brown has trained, directed, and coached hundreds of actors and is co-artistic head of the distinguished and successful Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio. His new book, You Can Act!: A Complete Guide for Actors is both practical and inspiring with […]

Actors with Character, Part 1

posted by Nell Minow

You know them. That is, they look familiar, but you might not be sure if that is because you saw them in a movie or because you saw them on a train. These are character actors, the indispensible performers who […]

Tribute: Karl Malden

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winner Karl Malden died today at age 97. Read the superb obituaries from Adam Bernstein of the Washington Post and Jim Cheng of USA Today. Bernstein described his appeal very well, saying Malden “excelled in plainspoken, working-class roles.” He had […]

Tribute: Farrah Fawcett

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of the beautiful and talented Farrah Fawcett, who died this morning after a long bout with cancer. She came to attention as the athletic Jill on “Charlie’s Angels.” Her dazzling smile and girl-you-wish-was-next door look quickly […]

Tribute: David Carradine

posted by Nell Minow

Fans throughout the world mourn the loss of David Carradine. The son of actor John Carradine (“The Grapes of Wrath”), he first achieved success as the star of the television series “Kung Fu,” where he played a mysterious Western character […]

Interview: Rufus Sewell of ‘Downloading Nancy’

posted by Nell Minow

In “Downloading Nancy,” British actor Rufus Sewell plays the husband of a troubled woman (Maria Bello) who develops a tragic relationship with a man she met online (Jason Patric). Sewell often appears as smoldering, brooding characters and is perhaps most […]

Interview: Paul Newman biographer Shawn Levy

posted by Nell Minow

Movie critic Shawn Levy, author of the superb books King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis and Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Show Biz Party, has a new book about […]

Interview: Jason Dolley of ‘Cory in the House’ and ‘Hatching Pete’

posted by Nell Minow

Jason Dolley of the Disney Channel’s popular series Cory in the House stars in Hatching Pete, now out on DVD with another family-friendly feature, “Dadnapped.” He found time to talk to me between finals in his college classes, and I […]

‘Night at the Museum 2′ Press Conference, Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

More from the “NatM: Battle of the Smithsonian” press conference: Ricky Gervais, creator and star of the original British version of The Office returns as the director of New York’s Museum of Natural History. He said that he loves to […]

‘Night at the Museum 2′ Press Conference, Part 1

posted by Nell Minow

Yesterday, I attended a press conference at the historic Smithsonian Castle and had the immeasurable and almost-surreal pleasure of sitting opposite Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, director Shawn Levy, and screenwriters Robert Ben Garant and […]

Star Trek: The Enterprise Captains Interview

posted by Nell Minow

In an exclusive interview for the new Star Trek 1-6 movie box set, Whoopi Goldberg interviews the captains of the USS Enterprise, to boldly go where no interview has gone before.

Tribute: Bea Arthur

posted by Nell Minow

A fond farewell to Bea Arthur, best remembered as the strident, ground-breaking “Maude” and as Dorothy on “The Golden Girls.” I loved her duet in “Mame” and I loved her gutsy bravado and brilliant comic timing.

Breakthrough Perfomer: Nicole Beharie

posted by Nell Minow

“American Violet” is based on the true story of a woman who helped to expose corrupt and racist law enforcement in her Texas community with the help of the ACLU and local counsel. Dee, the lead role, is played by […]

Happy Birthday Doris Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Mary Anne von Kappelhoff — better known as Doris Day — turns 87 today! She could do it all — comedy, drama, music, romance. She is best known for her light romantic comedies but her signature song comes from a […]

Tribute: Natasha Richardson

posted by Nell Minow

The loss of the lovely, charming, elegant, and talented Natasha Richardson is terribly sad. Her greatest opportunity to show what she could do as an actress was on stage. She won a Tony award for her performance in “Cabaret” on […]

21 Accents with Amy Walker

posted by Nell Minow

Actress Amy Walker’s astonishing virtuosity with accents is on display in this popular YouTube clip. Can you guess which one is her real native-born accent?

Reception for ‘The Wrestler’

posted by Nell Minow

It was a thrill to attend a small reception in honor of the new film, “The Wrestler,” and get a chance to talk with director Darren Aronofsky and co-star Marisa Tomei. The title role is played by Mickey Rourke, in […]

‘There’s Something About Ben’ — MMI’s Tribute to Ben Stiller

posted by Nell Minow

David Schwartz of the Museum of the Moving Image has a thoughtful essay on the showbiz satires and family psychodramas of Ben Stiller to accompany the museum’s salute at their annual gala last week. It has often been said that […]

Emile Hirsch Goes Into the Wild

posted by Nell Minow

Emile Hirsch gives a magnificent performance in one of the year’s best films, Into the Wild. I met with him in Georgetown to ask him about making the film. What does Sean Penn as an actor bring to directing? He […]

Ben Foster in ‘3:10 to Yuma’

posted by Nell Minow

Ben Foster stars with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in “3:10 to Yuma,” one of this fall’s two big westerns. This is a remake of an earlier film by the same name, starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, a tense […]

Interview with the Bratz

posted by Nell Minow

Talking to the girls who play the Bratz on screen is like being at the coolest slumber party in town. Like their characters, Skyler Shae (Cloe), Janel Parrish (Jade), Logan Browning (Sasha), and Nathalia Ramos (Yasmin) are big time BFFs, […]

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