Category Archives: Actors

Paying tribute to Paul Walker

Actor Paul Walker, known for his roles in the Fast and the Furious movies,died tragically in a car accident earlier this week. Walker was also known for his charity work with his disaster relief organization Reach Out Worldwide and his involvement in marine biology. The Punch Drunk Podcast pays tributes to Walker.

The hosts talk about the multiple hoaxes about Walker’s death, one of which occured a day before his actual death, chastizing those who do it and calling it an unethical practice to drive web traffic. They talk about Walker as a relatively humble and unassuming celebrity, who stayed out of tabloids and instead devoted his attention to charity work and personal projects.

Listen to the full episode here.

Bruce Willis on Red 2

Money For Lunch talks to actor Bruce Willis, known for such films as Pulp FictionThe Sixth SenseThe Fifth Element, and holiday favorite Die Hard.

Willis shares some anecdotes from acting in the recent action movie Red 2, saying that the most difficult scene to film was one in which actress Mary Louise Parker slaps Willis across the face. The slap was not staged, and Willis couldn’t control his laughter.

Also interviewed are actor Anthony Hopkins, hypnotherapist Steve G. Jones, marketer Mike Hill, and home management expert Debbie Ginsberg.

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Naomie Harris of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Actress Naomie Harris stops by FilmGordon Radio to talk about her role in the new film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The film is a biopic about anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, played by Idris Elba. Harris co-stars as his wife Winnie Mandela. Harris also appeared in the James Bond film Skyfall.

To prepare for the role, Harris says that she “did a lot of research,” watching hours of apartheid documentaries and footage of Mandela. Harris says that the most helpful thing was talking to Mandela herself, saying that it helped to reconcile the “disparate views” of Mandela that she got from the different sources, giving her “a sense of ownership of the part.”

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Willow Shields of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Cinema Royale interviews actress Willow Shields of the new film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, adapted from Suzanne Collins’ novel. Shields plays Primrose everdeen, the sister of protagonist Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence.

Shields talks about her  character’s changes from the first film to the sequel, saying that she’s “grown up a little bit” and “become stronger throughout the series.” Shields calls Primrose an “exciting character,” admiring her dedication. She also talks about the relationship between her and Jennifer Lawrence, saying that they are “like sisters on set,” Lawrence often giving her life advice.

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Steve Coogan on Philomena and Judi Dench

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Cinema Royale talks to Steve Coogan of the new film Philomena. Coogan is best known as a comedian. He created the character Alan Partridge and starred in such films as Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story and Tropic Thunder. However, Philomena, which he  also co-wrote and produced, is dramatic. Coogan talks about acting alongside Judi Dench in the film.

Coogan talks about the process of writing the film, based on a true story of an Irish woman whose children are taken away from her by the Catholic Church, saying that he “took the bones of [the original story] and tried to turn it into something else.” He also notes that, despite the grim subject matter, he didn’t want the story to be depressing but “uplifting, somehow.”

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Revisiting Oliver Stone’s JFK

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Movie Geeks United talk about Oliver Stone’s 1991 film JFK. They interview stars Michael Rooker and Sally Kirkland, consultant and prominent JFK conspiracy theorist Jim Marrs, producer A. Kittman Ho, cinematographer Robert Richardson, and editor Joe Hutshing. The inter

They discuss the film’s impacts, calling it “one of the greatest works of film editing in the history of the medium,” and a call “for all American citizens to offer personal and deep investment in the future of their country.” They also note its “profound sense of idealism.”

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire actor Bruno Gunn

Bruno Gunn is appearing as Brutus in the upcoming movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He has also appeared in Bad Teacher and the TV shows Sons of Anarchy and True Blood. He stops by Chit Chat Chicks to talk about how he got his start acting.

Gunn started out as an ad executive working on Madison Avenue, and started taking acting classes on a friend’s suggestion after he started feeling unfulfilled in his job. He also discusses working with Woody Allen on Celebrity, calling him “delightful” to work with. Gunn has also worked on Curb Your Enthusiasm, whose cast he calls talented improvisers. 

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Musician and actor Brian McKnight on acting and country music

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Tavis Smiley talks to Brian McKnight, Grammy-nominated musician and star of the Lifetime television movie A Country Christmas Story, also starring Dolly Parton.

McKnight claims that he is “not actively trying to be a movie star,” but takes roles when they come his way. A Country Christmas Story attracted him because of its story about a biracial woman, and because “there are a lot of lessons to be learned there.” McKnight, who plays an absentee father who is also a musician, thinks that the film affectingly portrays the conflict between career and family. He also talks about his history with country music, starting with Ray Charles’ country albums, and the history of black country musicians.

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