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There was a time when Ryan Phillippe was known more for being "Mr. Reese Witherspoon" than he was for being a noted actor. Phillippe wouldn.t mind us acknowledging this. He has made similar, candid observations about his career and personal life while working the publicity circuit for his latest film, and directorial debut, Catch Hell. In the film, Phillippe plays a slightly distorted version of himself . a once-famous actor who.s seeking the next big break that will put him back in the conversation at the major studios. Catch Hell evolves into a kidnapping thriller, but there.s enough honesty and autobiographical detail in the script to make you wonder, "Yeah, what did happen to Ryan Phillippe after all of these years?" The dude was in a number of engaging films over the course of his career. And yet, he readily admits to The L.A. Times, "I.ve »
Ryan Phillippe is his own worst critic.The 40-year-old actor has starred in over 30 movies in the last two decades, but he recently admitted that he's not proud of the majority of his films."In my opinion, five of them are good," he told the Los Angeles Times in a Skype interview. "So you slave away and you work hard and you want to make something great, and a lot of times you end up disappointed. There are a lot of elements that are beyond your control when you're an actor for hire." The "Cruel Intentions" alum referenced one "bad" movie in particular ... the 2011 film, "Setup.""I did this terrible movie with 50 Cent," he said. "It was just a situation I didn't want to be in. I was sold a bill of goods and it turned out to be something different, which is often the case in this business." Phillippe »
- tooFab Staff
After just recently sharing an adorable story about how he and ex-wife Reese Witherspoon explained their cult classic, super sexy film Cruel Intentions to their kids, the actor is now saying that most of his movies, he wouldn't even watch.
"I've made 30-plus films over 20 years," the 40-year-old actor tells the Los Angeles Times via Skype. "And in my opinion, five of them are good."
Further explaining the plight of an actor, Phillippe adds, "So you slave away and you work hard and you want to make something great, and a lot of times you end up disappointed. There are a lot of elements that are beyond your control when you're an actor for hire."
In addition to Cruel Intentions, Phillippe's critically acclaimed films include the Oscar-winning movie Crash, [link »
For every Cruel Intentions, there's at least one MacGruber. Ryan Phillippe has been a working actor for more than two decades now, appearing in films including Gosford Park, Flags of Our Fathers, Breach, and the Oscar-winning ensemble movie Crash. But by his own admission, the majority of the titles on his resume are, in retrospect, just filler. "I've made 30-plus films over 20 years," Reese Witherspoon's ex-husband, 40, told the Los Angeles Times in a recent Skype interview. "And in my opinion, five of them are good. [...] »
The L.A. Times profiled Ryan Phillippe, with the actor's directorial debut Catch Hell out in theaters and VOD. Why did he write and direct a movie for himself? Self-awareness. “I’ve made 30-plus films over 20 years,” he told the reporter. “And in my opinion, five of them are good." He doesn't name which five. Is he including Crash? Does Cruel Intentions lose or gain points because of Reese Witherspoon? He's probably including Gosford Park, because he got to work with Robert Altman, and MacGruber, because he got to put celery in his butt. But that's only four. Which is the fifth? »
- Jesse David Fox
Before he was the one-line-loving, crassly, campy class clown known as Freddy, Fred Krueger was the stuff of genuine nightmares. Scarred and grinning in his striped wool sweater, Fred prowls the dreamscape realm of the local high schoolers, the children upon whom he once preyed before their parents got smart and burned him alive. Years ago, Fred was a janitor at the elementary school; he lured children into the boiler room, where, it’s insinuated, he molested and maimed the kids. Now, years later, he returns to haunt the dreams of the children of Suburbia, America. Craven conjures the most surreal imagery of his wildly uneven career here, and Robert Englund instills Craven’s iconic creation with sharp, wry kind of terror, his playful delivery still ironic before the sequels declawed him. He wears his ratty old fedora like »
- Greg Cwik
Cruel Intentions. It was an adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos's Dangerous Liaisons made for Generation Y. It was a hit romance that starred real-life couple Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon, who later married. And now it's a bit of nostalgia that's helped the divorced pair reconcile their shared past for the sake of their kids. The Huffington Post recently spoke with Ryan Phillippe, who shared a charming story about how Cruel Intentions has helped smooth the relationship between himself and ex-wife Reese Witherspoon. Phillipe described learning how to co-parent while divorced as a "feeling out process," but notes he and Witherspoon have managed a balance when it comes to raising their kids, who are now 15 (Ava) and 10 (Deacon). He recalled a visit the four shared while Witherspoon was in New York City promoting both Gone Girl and Wild: "We got to meet up as a family and took »
Ryan Phillippe’s got a lengthy resume as an actor, but be on the lookout for more directing credits from him because while working on his feature directorial debut, he found the creative control addicting. Phillippe wrote, directed, produced and also stars in Catch Hell as Reagan Pearce, a Hollywood actor who’s developed a bit of a reputation and can’t land the big gigs anymore. While on an independent film shoot in Shreveport, Louisiana, Reagan hops in a van to head off to set, but winds up being kidnapped by his drivers instead. With Catch Hell hitting theaters in Los Angeles and New York on October 10th, I got the opportunity to sit down with Phillippe to run through the process of getting his first directorial endeavor going. You’d think someone with Philippe’s star power would be able to get the project off the ground in an instant, »
- Perri Nemiroff
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It's tempting to look at Catch Hell, Ryan Phillippe's directing debut, as something of an incantation. Phillippe plays Reagan Pearce (note the initials), an on-his-way-down actor spinning his wheels in a Louisiana indie while looking for a role to change his luck. One morning he's kidnapped by locals — an aggrieved husband and his swamp-rat nephew — who chain him up in a bayou shack in order to torture him, and, improbably, hack into his social media. After a beatdown with a "gator thumper" — a nasty, heavy club that crushes Pearce's hands (leaving his face largely unscathed) — Mike (Ian Barford) attempts to destroy his victim's rep by uploading naked photos and anti-Semitic rants to Pearce's Twitter account. Barford's performance is larg »
Catch Hell is an extremely personal dissection of celebrity culture straight from the mind of Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Phillippe, addressing the actor’s fall from mainstream grace. Phillippe comments on the seedy nature of celebutante social media usage, entitled actor egos and obsessed fandoms, but even amidst the gator-wrasslin’ and hostage beatings, Catch Hell becomes a smidge self-indulgent. Between a yokel’s fatal attraction and Phillippe’s almost martyr-like mentality, sympathy is the last emotion conjured by Ryan’s character Reagan Pearce (R.P. – clever). Yes, we’re supposed to care for the tormented actor who still lives a life of luxury despite his dimming spotlight, because everyone loves a Southern-fried redemption story that takes place in a Louisiana swamp, right?
Phillippe plays Reagan Pearce, a struggling actor desperate to regain his superstar status. In order to do so, Pearce must take a few roles that don’t scream blockbuster potential, »
- Matt Donato
'Cruel Intentions' is just another family topic for Ryan and Reese.
The divorced co-parents recently took their kids to Central Park, the same park that their R-rated film about a sex bet was filmed.
While their children Ava, 15, and Deacon, 10, have not seen the film, Ryan told HuffPost Live on their recent family walk in the famed park, "We were reminiscing then because we shot a lot of Cruel Intentions there, so there we were with Ava and Deacon talking, and they were tripping out on the fact that we were there shooting a movie before they were even a thought in our minds."
Witherspoon also posted a throwback pic to the set just a few weeks ago. She »
Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon took a trip down memory lane—literally!—while strolling through New York City's Central Park with their kids, Ava Phillippe, 15, and Deacon Phillippe, 10. The outing took place while Witherspoon, 38, was in town to promote Gone Girl, The Good Lie and Wild. Catch Hell writer, producer and star Phillippe, 40, recounted the experience with his ex-wife and their children in a HuffPost Live interview Monday. "We got to meet up as a family and took a walk through Central Park with the kids, and it was funny," Phillippe said. "We were reminiscing then because we shot a lot of Cruel Intentions [there], so there we were with Ava and Deacon talking, and they were tripping »
Asics transports an old New York City subway car cross-country for its flagship store, 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins admits to child molestation, Jennifer Lawrence speaks out about nude photo leaks, and more in First Dibs.
Asics is opening a flagship store in Times Square and shut down 42nd Street to move an old subway car that was found in the Mohave Desert into the building. After three hours, two fork lifts, and dozens of construction workers, it was installed. The store opens this month on 42nd St. between Broadway and 6th Avenue. 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins has admitted to several instances of child molestation during a conversation with his ex-wife Faye Grant. [USA Today] Jennifer Lawrence speaks out about her nude photo leaks. [Vanity Fair] Neve Campbell is pregnant with her second child with longtime boyfriend Jj Feild. [Us Weekly] Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon recently met up in Central Park with the two »
- Stacy Lambe
Nice seeing you, dude! Joshua Jackson reunited with his Cruel Intentions costar Ryan Phillippe while stopping by the Today show on Monday, Oct. 6. Jackson, 36, was on the morning program to discuss his new drama, The Affair, while Phillippe sat down with the hosts to talk about his upcoming hostage thriller, Catch Hell. The Dawson's Creek alum was reflecting on the 20th anniversary of his beloved 1994 movie, D2: The Mighty Ducks, when his thoughts trailed to Cruel Intentions. "Randomly, one of your other guests today, I [...] »
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Exclusive: Verve has signed Kimberly Peirce, the Boys Don’t Cry and Stop-Loss helmer who most recently directed the Carrie remake. She also signed with Britton Rizzio of Circle of Confusion as her manager, and stays with attorney Alan Wertheimer. She had been at CAA.
The writer-director made her filmmaking debut with 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry, which earned an Oscar for Hilary Swank and a nomination for Chloe Sevigny. Peirce followed with Stop-Loss, the hot button film that starred Ryan Phillippe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum. That was released in 2008, and last year she helmed Carrie, the remake of the Stephen King novel adaptation that starred Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz, and introduced Ansel Elgort, who followed with The Fault In Our Stars. While Peirce is very selective in the films she directs, she made an overall deal at ABC studios where she has several projects in development, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Sarah Jessica Parker will play the lead in romantic comedy All Roads Lead To Rome, with principal photography to start this month on location in Italy. Ambi Pictures principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi and Paradox Studios’ Mikael Wiren are financing. Parker stars as Maggie, an uptight American on a road trip throughout Italy with her Italian former lover Luca as they seek out Maggie’s rebellious teenage daughter. Swedish helmer Ella Lemhagen (The Crown Jewels) is directing from a screenplay she co-wrote with Cindy Meyers and Josh Appignanesi.
Iervolino and Bacardi are producing with Silvio Muraglia of Paradox. Wiren is executive producing. Ambi Distribution will handle international sales.
Ambi was launched in 2013 as a consortium of vertically integrated film development, production, finance and distribution companies owned and operated by Iervolino and Bacardi. They recently co-produced Barry Levinson’s The Humbling starring Al Pacino.
Paradox specializes in independent film financing and international co-productions. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Iervolino and Bacardi are producing with Silvio Muraglia of Paradox Studios. Wiren is executive producing. Ambi Group worldwide’s L.A.-based sales arm Ambi Distribution, headed by Julie Sultan, will handle international sales.
Ella Lemhagen will direct from a screenplay by Cindy Meyers, Josh Appignanesi and herself. Principal photography is set to start in October in Rome. Italy recently introduced a generous 25% tax credit for foreign productions.
“All Roads” revolves around an uptight woman named Maggie (Parker) and her former Italian lover, Luca, who go on a road trip across scenic Italy pursuing »
- Nick Vivarelli
Reese Witherspoon's shedding her girl-next-door image! The actress covers the October issue of Vogue, where she opens up about her career, inspiration and a few upcoming sex scenes. "It’s not that the roles dried up," she tells the mag, referencing her brief break from the spotlight. "They just weren’t as dynamic or as interesting as anything I felt I could do."Witherspoon also says that she was turned away from certain parts because of her sweet image. One director -- who she will not name -- wouldn't even see the actress because he said she was too "Southern and sweet and huge."That's when Reese decided that she would create the characters and movies she wanted to be a part of. The New Orleans native -- who has recently produced flicks such as "Wild," "Don't Mess With Texas" and "Gone Girl" -- likes surprising people. "When people underestimate me, »
- tooFab Staff
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