Bryce Dallas Howard is telling a story to the publicity team when I arrive for our interview. She's smiling and animated, and she seems thrilled to talk about Disney's Pete's Dragon where she plays forest ranger Grace Meacham.
Chad Michael Collins is literally locked and reloaded for Sniper: Ghost Shooter. Available today on DVD and Blu-ray, the sixth installment in the popular franchise finds Collins reprising his role as Sgt. Brandon Beckett, an infantry grunt reluctant to follow in his father's, played by Tom Berenger, elite sniper footsteps until forced into the profession.
Mike Holmes is a bit of a legend. He's the renovation expert who has been fixing people's dilapidated and troubled homes for sixteen years, and over his career he's starred in numerous shows that showed off what he's done for people. In the second season of Fox's Home Free, his role is the teacher, as he helps eleven competitors learn the fundamentals of construction while giving away a home to their personal heroes.
For a little character, Maurice LaMarche has big shoes to fill in Walt Disney Animation's Zootopia, where he plays the diminutive but powerful mob-like boss known as Mr. Big. For Canadian actor and comedian LaMarche, the role was not only a fun opportunity, but also a chance to step into a big role, no pun intended.
Brian De Palma is a household name, and for good reason. After decades of pioneering and controversial filmmaking, not to mention a few great Hollywood hits, he's earned his place in the film world, and yet he is also one of cinema's most underrated, and underappreciated filmmakers. It's impossible to talk about modern film without bringing up his films, including Scarface, Carrie, and The Untouchables, to name a few, but some of his lesser-known work is as good or better than those iconic titles.
It took 18 years for writer and director Terence Davies to bring author Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic novel, Sunset Song, to the screen, and in speaking to the fascinating, talented filmmaker at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, the depth of that work becomes abundantly apparent.
Neel Sethi is a natural. In director Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, Sethi leaps off the screen, and he's got a lot of competition on that screen too.
Ernie Hudson is an icon, and one of the most compassionate people I've ever interviewed. He's smart and funny, and most of all, just an all around nice guy. Ahead of his appearance at Toronto ComiCon this weekend, I had the chance to speak to Hudson for half-an-hour about his incredible career, including standout films like Ghostbusters and The Crow, on top of his television career.
Eleven teams of internet celebrities are facing off in challenges around the world as they compete for a chance at a million dollars in the 28th edition of The Amazing Race. It's a difficult race that also makes for incredibly watchable television, and unfortunately for Vine stars Cameron and Darius Benson, the brothers were eliminated in Cartagena, Colombia after they just couldn't catch up from last place.