Monthly Archives: October 2012

John Goodman: ‘Alcohol was becoming life or death. It was time to stop’

On screen, John Goodman is funny, warm, expansive. Off screen, he’s struggled with drink and depression – and he’s in no mood to share Continue reading…
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Joaquin Phoenix: ‘I don’t want this Oscars carrot’

Tipped to win for his role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, the actor dismisses the awards season as ‘stupid’

He has been heavily tipped to take Oscars honours for his role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, but Joaquin Phoenix has taken a swipe at the annual awards season dance, dismissing it as “bullshit”. Speaking to Interview magazine, the US actor said his previous stints in the Oscars spotlight had made him uncomfortable.

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Ginger & Rosa – review

Elle Fanning gives a lovely performance as an idealistic British teenager caught up in family trauma and the Cuban missile crisis Continue reading… Continue reading

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Hugo Weaving slams Transformers role as ‘meaningless’

Voice of chief Transformers villain Megatron admits he ‘never read script’ and hasn’t even met director Michael Bay

Hugo Weaving has said he failed to prepare for his voice role as the chief villain in the multibillion-dollar Transformers films because he found the job “meaningless”.

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Titanic’s Jack could have survived, US TV show finds

By carefully recreating the famous scene from James Cameron’s epic, a TV show has found a way for both Jack and Rose to liveIt has long been a subject of debate for fans of James Cameron’s blockbuster romance Titanic: did Leonardo DiCaprio’s chivalrous… Continue reading

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Garrett Hedlund: ‘Life is fun when you’re in motion’

Garrett Hedlund fell in love with Kerouac’s electric prose as a teenager. Now aged 28, he plays Dean Moriarty, the free-thinking spirit at the heart of On the Road. Here, he discusses drugs, his love of the 50s – and the appeal of America’s backroads

Did you know much about the beat generation, Jack Kerouac and his novel On the Road before you made this film?

Yes. I was 17 when I read the book. I was such a literature freak, I was doing world literature, creative writing and photojournalism at the time. I fantasised about F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby – I loved it, and then I read everything JD Salinger had to offer. Then I was turned on to Kerouac, and his spontaneous prose, his stream of consciousness way of writing. I admired him so much, and I romanticised so much about the 40s and 50s.

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Mark Ellen: how Kerouac changed my life

The film of On the Road opens in cinemas on 12 October. Inspired by Kerouac’s legendary account of his journeys of self-discovery, Mark Ellen dropped out and hitchhiked across America. Here he pays homage to the book’s enduring legacy Continue reading… Continue reading

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