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Inside the Artistic Mind of Actor Kevin Zegers

Actor Kevin Zegers   Canadian actor Kevin Zegers was just a toddler when the bright lights shined down on him as cameras rolled. Starring in numerous commercials by the time kindergarten started, Zegers was a child actor who had the drive and internal flame for his craft and that drive to act is what kept Zegers in the theatrical game. Air Bud was a favorite of younger generations, as horror fanatics know him from the remake, Dawn of the…

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In a Hole in the Ground Lived a Director

Really, Peter Jackson?  169 minutes?  Really? Let this be said:  Peter Jackson is a master filmmaker, the consummate modern director, fully in control of his medium, maximizing his use of makeup, costumes, locations, sets, cinematography, sound, visual effects, and getting the best quality minutes from his actors.  His 21st century group of films, being four Tolkiens, King Kong and Lovely Bones thus far, epitomize his total utilization of cinema and make him wholly…

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Amy Adams Reflects on The Master

“She’s a force,” stated the actress with the piercing red hair and green eyes about her latest onscreen manifestation, one which will likely garner Oscar buzz during the winter of 2012-13.  And like all of her other cinematic appearances, this character is certainly a force, and an integral one at that, for this unusual project which combines an angry WWII veteran and a peaceful religious leader. To secure the ideal cast for his film The Master, director Paul Thomas…

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Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch: Flawed Characters with Secrets

As scripted by Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch, and directed by Baker, Starlet is that rare independent feature that succeeds on many artistic levels, including dimensional storytelling, ensemble acting, and full control of the material exerted by Baker. With newcomers Dree Hemingway as Jane and Besedka Johnson as Sadie, plus a supporting turn with Stella Maeve as Jane’s friend, Melissa, Starlet has as strong a cast as can be found in any indie film.  Though it is set entirely in Southern…

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Robert Zemeckis Takes to the Air Again with Flight

After immersing himself in the world of motion-capture-based animation with the ImageMovers Digital company on his last three features, Robert Zemeckis can count a full 12 years since his last film with live actors, Castaway.  That is, until the new release of Flight, a vehicle for star Denzel Washington that is wholly unlike any film in Zemeckis’ career, and for that matter, a unique film in and of itself in many respects. “There was a lot of discussion in…

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The Right Stuff: What Makes a Top Hollywood Producer Tops?

Sometimes when you are doing background research on a person you are going to interview – a word, phrase, or even an entire sentence will stick in your mind. As a writer, you look for symbols – things that represent something else. For me, in researching Hollywood film producer Ashok Amritraj, that hook was the name of his film production company – Hyde Park Entertainment. Having spent time in London myself, I knew of…

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Before the Oscar Nom: Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is in a special position. Not only does she have a strong body of work under her belt, but she has the power to decide which project she wants to tackle next. Lawrence’s success is refreshing to see in an industry where so many young artists are grasping at anything thrown their way. So, what is it that Jennifer finds appealing when she looks at a script? “I love teeth,” said Lawrence. “I love dirt.” Sure. Why…

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Every Day With Helen Hunt

Fumbling with my recorder, trying to sit in a way where my jeans didn’t press too tightly against my growing baby bump, I admittedly was a little nervous. Sitting opposite me was Helen Hunt. As Acted By’s Frederick Loback nudged me to begin, Hunt said jokingly, “I had my baby three and a half weeks early, get your act together.” Funny, talented, adventuresome and smart…that’s how I would describe her from a first…

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Esprit de corps: French Directors On Making an Independent Film

Setting:  Warsaw, Poland, 2010.  Stepping off the airplane, I was admittedly titillated by the sight of a security guard dressed in a “Brown Shirt” variation.  As I walked out of the airport, the excitement continued as the smell of cold grey stillness penetrated my nostrils like the pungent but refreshing smell of cow shit does when driving down a country road; this was/is Central Europe – former Communist (dirty word) hot spot. But…

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