Salma Hayek is one of Robert Rodriguez’s greatest muses — second only, perhaps, to Antonio Banderas. Hayek returned the favor by enlisting in Rodriguez’s first “director for hire” project, the 1999 teen horror movie The Faculty. “Oh, I hate horror films, and I don’t watch them,” Hayek told Yahoo Movies during our latest episode of Role Recall (watch in full below), adding that it was even difficult to watch the effects-heavy scenes in Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn after her snake-happy stripper had transitioned into a vampire monster.
Twenty years ago today the comedy favorite Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion hit movie theaters, and to mark the anniversary the film’s director, David Mirkin, joined Yahoo Movies for a Facebook Live interview. Mirkin, also a key architect of The Simpsons, dropped all sorts of nostalgic nuggets about the film, which memorably paired Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow as clueless twentysomethings determined to fake their success at their 10-year reunion in Tucson, Arizona. One of the best tidbits came when Mirkin recounted how he convinced Will Ferrell to make a cameo in the film, only to cut the scene following a test screening.
Salma Hayek on her memorable turn as a vampire stripper in the 1996 horror movie
A biopic about iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo kicked around Hollywood for years — with the likes of Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, Laura San Giacomo, and even Madonna approached or attached at various points — before Salma Hayek became involved. “It took me eight years to get that done, and I’m very proud because I practically did it by myself, against all odds, before I was very famous” Hayek told Yahoo Movies about Frida (2002) in our new episode of Role Recall (watch in full below). Hayek, who became a producer on the Julie Taymor-directed project, personally negotiated the rights to Kahlo’s works, approached Alfred Molina backstage at a Broadway play to recruit him to play the painter’s husband, Diego Rivera, and secured distribution for the film after bringing it to Harvey Weinstein and Miramax.
Based on the book by David Grann, James Gray’s new action-adventure The Lost City of Z tells the true story of Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), an early 20th century British military man-turned-explorer who on multiple occasions set out to find a legendary land he believed hidden deep in the Amazon. No one truly knows what happened to Fawcett, who, along with son Jack (Tom Holland), disappeared on a jungle excursion in 1925. The Fawcetts are seen captured by an indigenous tribe for a potentially cannibalistic ritual — and the explorers believe themselves doomed.
Richard Gere has played his fair share of smooth talkers over the years, in films like An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman and Primal Fear. In fact, under Oppenheimer’s shaggy white hair, glasses, schlubby demeanor, and thick New York-Jewish accent, Gere is downright unrecognizable at times. The 67-year-old actor described his reaction to getting the offer from Israeli director Joseph Cedar (Footnote), who makes his English-language debut with Norman: “I read it and it was a brilliant script, but I was like, ‘Why me?'” Gere told Yahoo Movies (watch above).
After appearances in 2004’s Layer Cake and Alfie, Sienna Miller’s career was just starting to pop when she went to Venice, Italy to film the Lasse Hallström-directed fable Casanova (2005). “I just miss him so much, I don’t even know where to begin,” Miller said of the late Dark Knight Oscar winner, who is the subject of the upcoming documentary I Am Heath Ledger. “We were opposite the Grand Canal from each other and it’s 5 in the morning and the sun is rising over Venice, and I’d be wrapped in a blanket, and we’d go and pick up Heath up.
There was a long list of young actors reportedly in the running for the role of Aaron Stampler, the seemingly harmless altar boy accused of brutally murdering a priest in the 1996 thriller Primal Fear, among them: Matt Damon, Edward Furlong, James Marsden, Danny Masterson, and James Van Der Beek. Other performers, like Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Wheaton, turned down the role.
Charlie Hunnam, star of 'Lost City of Z,' on competition between film's stars to stick to spartan diet to portray deprivation faced by their adventurous characters
Richard Gere describes how his intensive karate training didn't make things easy on his Oscar-winning costar in new episode of Yahoo Movies' Role Recall
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Movies, Robert Pattinson talks about his long-awaited new movie The Lost City of Z, Twilight, and much more.
In a 2015 interview with Yahoo Movies, Helen Mirren described her desire to star alongside Vin Diesel in a Fast and Furious movie. Fast forward two years later, and the iconic actress will appear in this week’s sequel, The Fate of the Furious. Fast 8 director F. Gary Gray was willing to describe the sheer pleasure of working with the 71-year-old actress when he came by Yahoo Studios for a Facebook Live interview (watch above).
Spider-Man made an unforgettable entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he sprung into action in last summer’s Captain America: Civil War. The wunderkind hero played by breakout star Tom Holland proved a resourceful ally for Team Iron Man in the Avenger-vs.-Avenger clash on an airport tarmac. Holland, as it turns out, has not.
Jordana Brewster is putting the Fast and Furious franchise in her rearview mirror. The Fate of the Furious opens Friday with the splashy new addition of Charlize Theron, but without Brewster, who played Mia from the early days.
Chris Evans follows up his role as the titular beefcake crime-fighter of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War by playing a boat mechanic caring for his super-genius niece (Mackenna Grace) in the much gentler, much less action-packed new drama Gifted. Granted, he’s a boat mechanic in much better shape than the majority of Americans, but the gig still required the Avenger to tone down from superhero shape. Last summer’s Civil War marked Evans’s fifth outing as super-soldier Steve Rogers (not counting cameos in Thor and Ant-Man movies), and he’s currently in production on No. 6 with Avengers: Infinity War.
At this point we are well within reason to expect absurdly over-the-top — and possibly logic-defying — stunt pieces in our Fast and Furious movies. We’ve seen cars parachute from planes, cars jump skyscrapers, and cars do… tons of others things cars have no business doing.
There has been a noticeable (and very welcome) uptick in female action characters in films in recent years, from Furiosa to Wonder Woman. But having strong women protagonists is nothing new to Luc Besson, who introduced a young Natalie Portman in Leon: The Professional and Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element, and who helmed other female-centric thrillers like La Femme Nikita, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, and Lucy.
Amy Schumer was an inspired choice to headline Sony/Mattel’s upcoming live-action Barbie movie, but the dream was short-lived. “I’m so disappointed, I really wanted it to work out,” Schumer told Yahoo Movies (watch above) at CinemaCon last week, where she was joined by her Snatched costar Goldie Hawn. Schumer reportedly put in some work on the screenplay for the film, which Variety noted will be in the same vein as fish-out-of-water comedies like Splash, Enchanted, and Big.
In 2008 it was announced that F. Gary Gray would direct Marvin, a biopic based on the life of the late legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye. “This is my passion project, the one that I wake up every day thinking about,” Gray said at the time. “I always say Marvin Gaye, just because I love his music,” Gray (Friday, Straight Outta Compton) told Yahoo Movies when we asked about his dream project during a Facebook Live promoting his latest film, The Fate of the Furious.
Charlize Theron is a fighter and a lover as butt-kicking MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton in the gritty upcoming actioner Atomic Blonde. “I was really nervous at first, but [Charlize] made it so easy for me,” Boutella told Yahoo Movies at Cinemacon in Las Vegas (watch above). The pairing with Boutella is not Theron’s first onscreen relationship with another woman.
After a 15-year absence, Goldie Hawn will make her return to the movie screen in May’s R-rated comedy Snatched. The film will open one month after The Fate of the Furious and two weeks after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — two surefire hits from mega-franchises that co-star Hawn’s longtime partner, Kurt Russell. “I love it, I just love it,” Hawn told Yahoo Movies (watch above) last week at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where she was joined by her Snatched costar Amy Schumer.
Goldie Hawn has not appeared in movie since starring opposite Susan Sarandon in 2002’s The Banger Sisters. This May, however, the iconic 71-year-old actress will make her return the big screen in the R-rated action-comedy Snatched, playing a woman who reluctantly joins her ne’er-do-well daughter (Amy Schumer) for an ill-fated vacation to South America. Asked why she took such a long break from acting that many fans assumed she had retired — Hawn turned reflective.
Charlie Hunnam excelled at the art of swordplay while starring as the rightful heir to the throne in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming action movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. “I got pretty nifty with that sword. I spent an enormous amount of time [on it],” Hunnam told Yahoo Movies on Wednesday at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.