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Robert Rodriguez Loved the Unauthorized Mariachi Remake

Robert Rodriguez "loved" the unauthorized Chinese language remake of Mariachi. The film director was astounded when he realized a film crew had come from Hong Kong to Mexico and remade his first film and even though they didn't approach him for the rights, wasn't angry about it. "I saw somebody do a straight remake of El Mariachi, shot for shot. It's called Run, they showed a double feature of it in Austin. It was from …

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Robert Pattinson Didn’t Understand Cosmopolis

Robert Pattinson was cast in Cosmopolis because he didn't understand it. The British actor plays billionaire tycoon Eric Packer in the movie - set in a futuristic New York, which is in turmoil because of the decline of capitalism - and thinks being "lost and confused" when reading the script worked in his favor. "It's funny, I kept saying when I read it, 'I can't understand,' I told David [Cronenberg, director] I didn't understand it. …

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Robert Pattinson Worried About Cosmopolis For Two Weeks

Robert Pattinson spent two weeks "worrying" about playing a billionaire in Cosmopolis. The Twilight actor locked himself in his hotel room for a fortnight prior to shooting the drama movie - which sees him play Eric Packer, a multi-billionaire Wall Street CEO - but he was calmed down by director David Cronenberg who reassured him that his talent would bring out the best in his alter-ego. "The preparation, I kind of spent two weeks in …

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Robert Pattinson Refused to Bare All for Cronenberg Film

Robert Pattinson refused to bare all for his new movie.
 The British heartthrob stars in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, and although he is a huge fan of the director and had promised to do anything he asked, he drew the line at frontal nudity. "Five minutes before we filmed, David told me, 'I want to see the bottom of your balls on the top of the frame.' At the moment, I reminded myself that I would …

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Jean Dujardin’s Accidental Success

Jean Dujardin believes his career is a "happy accident." The French star - who won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in silent film The Artist - admits he never considered working in movies after a career as a stand-up comic and on the television. "I didn't think about cinema. It could've ended at the cabaret stage. But I crossed over, and happy accidents kept happening. I never stopped working. But it was never …

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Angelina Jolie Relied on Cast For Advice

Angelina Jolie "wasn't afraid" to take advice from her cast and crew on her directorial debut. The Oscar-winning actress' movie In The Land of Blood and Honey tells the tale of a romance between a Serbian soldier and Bosnian Muslim woman set in the Yugoslav wars and ensured it was as authentic as possible by quizzing the local actors and behind-the-scenes staff she hired for the project. "I wasn't afraid to ask the DP [director …

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Box Office Breakdown: Green Lantern Fights Off Super 8

Even though the buzz for Green Lantern fizzled at the reveal of its rather disappointing full-length trailer, Ryan Reynold's abs the superhero flick managed to fight off last week's box office winner, Super 8. The DC comic book adaptation scored $53 million at the box office in its first week, while the J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg project Super 8 managed to finish second -- down from last week's top spot -- at $21.2 million …

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In Theaters This Weekend: January 28, 2011

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend: The Mechanic (R): starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland (directed by Simon West) The Rite (PG-13): starring Anthony Hopkins, Colin O'Donoghue, Alice Braga (directed by Mikael Hafstrom) Biutiful* (R): starring Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez, Hanna Bouchaib (directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) From Prada to Nada* (PG-13): starring Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, April Bowlby (directed by Angel Gracia) Ip Man 2* (R): starring Donnie Yen, Lynn …

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 25, 2011

Here are some of the DVD and Blu-ray options available this week: A Beautiful Mind: Blu-ray Broadcast News: DVD, Blu-ray The Color Purple: Blu-ray Enter the Void: DVD, Blu-ray Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Blu-ray The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: DVD, Blu-ray Nowhere Boy: DVD, Blu-ray Open Season 3: DVD, Blu-ray Red: DVD, Blu-ray Saw: The Final Chapter: DVD, Blu-ray Secretariat: DVD, Blu-ray Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options …

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In Theaters This Weekend: January 21, 2011

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend: No Strings Attached (R): starring Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Cary Elwes (directed by Ivan Reitman) The Company Men* (R): starring Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner (directed by John Wells) The Housemaid* (NR): starring Jeon Do-yeon, Lee Jeong-jae, Youn Yuh-jung (directed by Im Sang-soo) Mumbai Diaries* (NR): starring Prateik Babbar, Monica Dogra, Kriti Malhotra (directed by Kiran Rao) The Way Back* (PG-13): starring Ed Harris, Jim …

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