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Last week, I had the opportunity to spend about 90 minutes — 45 of them recorded — at New York’s Bowery hotel with the actor Stephen Dorff, 37, who is earning the best reviews of his career for his performance as a movie star in quiet crisis at Hollywood’s fabled Chateau Marmont hotel in Sofia Coppola’s meditative film “Somewhere” (Focus Features, 12/22, R, trailer). Dorff and I had planned to chat in the lobby, but when the hotel staff blocked me from filming him there he graciously invited me up to his room to have a couple of beers and shoot it there. Suffice it to say that it was more than a little surreal to walk in and find a scene very much like the one his character inhabits throughout Coppola’s picture — sans stripper poles, sadly.
Over the course of our conversation, Dorff and I discussed a wide-range of topics:
- Scott Feinberg
Once Bollywood's reigning star and now rapidly fading into obscurity, Jackie Shroff says with unusual candour that his weakness has been his inability to say no and remembers with some regret the many emotional decisions that cost him plum offers.Often known as Bollywood's real slumdog for having risen from the slums to the dizzying heights of stardom, Jackie is now 50 and views himself as different from his contemporaries and friends who have made their career decisions based on money and script.'I don't have any fixed criteria to choose films like my friends and contemporaries in the industry. They are very clear - they will first see the money, then the script and will then make the decision,' Jackie, who was once called the best dressed celebrity in tinsel town, told us.'Unfortunately, my thinking is not like that. If someone comes to me and says he wants »
The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society (according to former Us congressman Jack Kemp). And The Power of Few? It's a thriller set to reunite Christopher Walken and Christian Slater for the first time since True Romance.There are, appropriately, few details so far, so it's unclear what roles the pair will take in the film, which will also co-star Frank Potente and Anthony Anderson. But we do know that Q'orianka Kilcher (The New World's Pocahontas) will be taking the lead, as a young woman who agrees to transport a mysterious package, and finds herself embroiled in a world-threatening global conspiracy. It's a generic sounding plot, but an interesting cast, and kudos must be heaped on the young Kilcher for self-producing through her Iq Films and securing a strong lead. »
Chunky Pandey has all the right reasons to be awaited. Ever since his comeback to the Bollywood scene, he has seen critical (D) and commercial (Apna Sapna Money Money) success. There were some insignificant roles (Ek - The Power Of One, Paying Guests) played by him as well but he continued to try his luck. Finally it favoured him in a big way with Housefull where despite only 4-5 scenes, he left a big mark. 'I am just joking' turned out to be one of the most remembered lines from »
When word first hit that Sofia Coppola was finally gearing up for a new film after 2006's Marie Antoinette, and that she was bringing Stephen Dorff along for the ride, I felt one of those all-too-rare jolts of premature and exorbitant anticipation. Though I love much of Coppola's work, it wasn't for her alone, but that she was offering the possibility of something I'd been hoping for for years -- for Dorff to get his modern due. (Much like Erik calling him the next Mickey Rourke.)
I've loved him since The Power of One, and most especially when he's basking in unique indies like I Shot Andy Warhol and Cecil B. Demented. But no matter what talents he's shown, he's always danced outside the spotlight. But now there's happy news: I really think Coppola's new feature, Somewhere, might change that, and I'm not just speaking from fangirl glee. The new trailer backs me up. »
- Monika Bartyzel
Morgan Freeman has been cast as God – twice – so he evidently has no trouble projecting moral authority. The challenge of portraying Nelson Mandela, then, was not the size of the halo, but knowing the performance would be measured against the real, familiar Mandela, and his myth. "If we can say any part of acting is hard, then playing someone who is living and everybody knows would be the hardest," Freeman says.
The role has defeated actors as varied as Danny Glover (in the 1987 TV film Mandela), Sidney Poitier (Mandela and de Klerk, 1997, also for TV) and Dennis Haysbert (Goodbye Bafana, 2007), in vehicles that were reverential and mostly forgettable. But as someone who studied Mandela over the course of three years while he replaced an »
- John Carlin
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