Category Archives: Movies

Captain Phillips’ Golden Globe-nominated Barkhad Abdi

Actor Barkhad Abdi is nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting actor for his work playing the Somalian pirate Muse in Captain PhillipsFilmGordon Radio talks to Abdi about the role.

Abdi learned about the role from a local televesion commercial calling for auditions. He talks about his own history with the conflict in Somalia, saying that he was “fortunate enough to have parents who got me out… to be a better person, get a better education.”  He says that he feels compassion for those Somalian people for whom “all they have is the guns that they use to make money.”

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Awards Season and American Hustle

RU Instant Reaction Reviews talks about awards season and American Hustle, David O. Russell’s new movie American Hustle, starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams. The hosts call the movie “pretty solidly a nine,” saying that “there are flaws in the movie, and things that I don’t like about the movie… even still, I really really liked it.” They call it “a blast” and “a fun film.” They highlight Robert DeNiro’s performance, saying that his scene “is twenty seconds, and it’s amazing.” They say that the movie has one of the year’s best ensemble casts.

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Tyler Perry on A Madea Christmas

FilmGordon Radio talks to director, actor, and playwright Tyler Perry. Perry is known for his Madea series as well as the sitcom Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. In 2011 he was named America’s highest-paid entertainer. Tim Gordon states that while he does not admire Perry’s talent as a director but does respect his ability as a film executive.

Perry talks about his new film A Media Christmas, adapted from his stage play of the same name. He talks about casting Larry the Cable Guy, saying that he “wanted to go in a different direction,” wanting “a different cast” from some of his regular actors.

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Actor David Duchovny

Milling About talks to actor David Duchovny, of X-Files and Californication fame, about his new movie Phantom

Duchovny talks about filming the movie on an actual submarine, saying that “it gave us a real sense of what it’s like to be on that sub… the less an actor has to fake, the better.” He plays a KGB agent, and he talks about his actual Russiand, Polish, and Ukranian descent.

Duchovny also talks about his background studying Englsh at a Ph.D level, saying that he got into film after realizing “I can’t be in school for the rest of my life.” He says that he is interested in writing more screenplays.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug reviewed

ScreenPicks reviews the new movies The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugSaving Mr. Banks, and American Hustle.

The hosts, despite not being “wowed by the first Hobbit,” enjoyed The Desolation of Smaug, saying that “it really had the meat of the story, with lots of action.” Reviewer Jorge Vargas agrees that the first film was “underwhelming,” and that the sequel is a “much better film.” They also suggest that it could be “the The Empire Strikes Back” of the series. Vargas says that it “hits the same stride as the Lord of the Rings series,” feeling closer in quality to those movies than the first Hobbit.

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Helen Mirren on Red 2

Helen Mirren has appeared in movies for over four decades, winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in The Queen and also appearing in such films as Caligula and doing work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She talks with Money For Lunch about her latest film Red 2, in which she co-stars with Bruce Willis, Mary Louise-Parker, and Anthony Hopkins.

Mirren talks about the challenges of appearing in an action role, saying that one needs to enter a “meditative state of mind” in order to affect the stoic demeanor of an action star.

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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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