Category Archives: Actors

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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Actor and philanthropist Harper Hill

Living By Design talks to actor and philanthropist Hill Harper. Harper has appeared in CSI: NY as well as such films as He Got GameThe Skulls, and BelovedHarper also graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he befriended President Barack Obama. Harper talks about his work as well as his new book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother.

The book, Harper says, is not only directed at those in prison but at everyone, saying that he hopes “that people get inspired by the relationship between me and the incarcerated brother.” He says that “many of us are in prisons, not made of iron bars,” and calls the book “prescriptive.”

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Orphan Black’s Kristian Bruun

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Canadian actor Kristian Bruun stops by The Worst Show on the Web. Bruun is most famous for appearing in BBC America’s sci-fi series Orphan Black, in which he plays the husband of one of the five clones played by Tatiana Maslany. He’s also the producer and star of the new movie Play.

Bruun talks about the process of making the show, including filming a rather intense scene in which his character is graphically tortured, which he calls “the most fun thing I have ever filmed” and “quite the experience.” He also talks about an upcoming documentary that he’s filming about his former roommate who is taking a motorcycle trip around the world.

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Dave Coulier on his career and hockey

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Actor and comedian Dave Coulier, of Full House and Ghostbusters fame, talks to 24/7 Sports Hub Radio about his career and comedic inspirations. Coulier talks about the first indications that he wanted to go into comedy and acting, including an entertaining family and an early love for Richard Pryor and George Carlin. 

Coulier also talks about his process for creating celebrity impersonations, saying that he prizes comic value over accuracy. They also discuss Coulier’s interest in hockey, participating in charity hockey events with the Detroit Red Wings. He calls Jason Priestly the best actor that he’s played with.

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Jim O’Heir talks Parks and Recreation

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Jim O’Heir plays the perpetually put-upon Jerry on NBC’s Parks And Recreation, among a cast that includes Amy Poehler, Rob Lowe, and Aziz Ansari. He talks to the hosts from Worst Show on the Web about his role on the show.

They talk about the path that the character has taken throughout the show, having gone through two name-changes thus far, and his respect for the show’s writers, being impressed that the show has, in his opinion, managed to improve over its six seasons. O’Heir also discusses his career, comparing a steady role on a long-running series to “winning the lottery.”

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