With “The Miracle Season,” there’s talk of a comeback for Helen Hunt. The actress has been here before. In our latest “Role Recall” interview, Hunt talked about starting off on “Swiss Family Robinson,” doubting that “Mad About You” would succeed, and more.
Actor takes us on a tour of his greatest hits, from "Cheers" to "White Men Can't Jump" to "Hunger Games" to "True Detective."
Jackie Chan’s most serious injury, a skull fracture on the set of the 1986 action-comedy "Armour of God" that nearly killed him, came after a little drinking and stunting.
Jackie Chan was sick and tired of trying to cross over into American movies. The martial arts wonder and ex-Bruce Lee stuntman was a superstar in his native China, but his attempts at going Hollywood in films like Big Brawl (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981), and The Protector (1985) barely registered with stateside audiences. “Nobody knew who this little Chinese guy was that spoke no English,” Chan told Yahoo Entertainment during a recent Role Recall interview (watch clip above).
Salma Hayek talks about her 'How to Be a Latin Lover' co-star: "I was trying to work with Eugenio [Derbez] for a very long time"
Salma Hayek is one of Robert Rodriguez’s greatest muses — second only, perhaps, to Antonio Banderas. The director gave the Mexican actress her first big break when he cast her in 1995’s Desperado after seeing her being mocked on a Spanish-language talk show. Hayek returned the favor by enlisting in Rodriguez’s first “director for hire” project, the 1999 teen horror movie The Faculty.
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.
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.
Richard Gere describes how his intensive karate training didn't make things easy on Oscar-winning costar in new episode of Yahoo Movies' Role Recall
Richard Gere would’ve been happy to let Pretty Woman walk on by when the project first came to him in the late ’80s. “It’s not my kind of movie, it wasn’t what I was looking for,” Gere told Yahoo Movies in our latest episode of Role Recall (watch in full below). “I remember I kept saying, ‘Just put a suit on a goat and put him out there.’ It’s about the suit more than anything else,” said Gere, whose schlubby title character in his latest film, Norman, couldn’t possibly be more different from Edward.
Milla Jovovich has spent the majority of her adult life alternating in and out of Zombieland. The Ukraine-born, Los Angeles-raised actress was only 24 when she began work on 2002’s Resident Evil, headlining the video game adaptation as Alice, the fleet-footed, gun-toting warrior who battles the undead with a ferocity that’s made her one of the action genre’s most beloved heroines. Fifteen years and five movies later, Jovovich, now 41, brings the popular series to a close this weekend with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
Jonathan Lipnicki was one confident 5-year-old kid — and this was before he became a movie star. After auditioning for the role of the precocious Ray in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire, Lipnicki insisted to his mother that the job was his. “And then they cast another kid,” the now-26-year-old Westlake Village, Calif., native told us when he stopped by Yahoo Studios (watch above) to promote the film’s 20th anniversary Blu-ray release.
'20th Century Women' and 'Rules Don't Apply' star looks back at her acclaimed, eclectic career
'The Late Bloomer' director tells tales of 'Willow,' (his dad visited the set and told George Lucas, “I loved E.T.”); 'A Few Good Men'; and more
Renée Zellweger had three Oscar nominations, one win, and a bevy of box-office hits to her name when she stepped away from acting in 2010. It was never clear during her long hiatus if or when she’d return to the craft she excelled at. So it’s a beautiful thing to find the Texas-born actress, now 47, back on the big screen this fall.
Parker Posey says it was “terrifying” doing her first Christopher Guest-directed films, Waiting for Guffman (1996) and Best in Show (2000), since the mostly improvised mockumentaries barely contained any written dialogue for the actors. Such a statement is surprising to hear given that Parker has played so many characters oozing with confidence, no matter how flighty, artsy, or stuffy they otherwise were.
You’d be hard-pressed to find an actor with a more impressive run of four consecutive movies than Anthony Michael Hall’s from 1983 to 1985: National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Weird Science (1985). In recent years, Hall has worked consistently on screens both big (2008’s The Dark Knight) and small (his popular sci-fi series The Dead Zone, which ran on FX from 2002 to 2007). Hall plays Mr. Stevenson, a security guard on the frontlines when Indrid plots a shooting spree on the campus.
Insights from the 'SNL' favorite on his past movie roles, including his current voice work in 'The Secret Life of Pets'
When imagining what his Red Queen would look like in his trippy 2010 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, director Tim Burton drew a picture of the giant-headed ginger and handed it to his then-partner Helena Bonham Carter. “He showed it to me and said, ‘Well, that’s obviously you,” Bonham Carter told Yahoo Movies. “I couldn’t quite see the immediate resemblance, given that she had a massive head.”
These days Kate Beckinsale is probably better known for werewolf-whooping in the Underworld series than tea-sipping in costume dramas. But her roots are firmly planted in the latter. The 42-year-old London native made her movie debut in the 1993 Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing while on summer break from Oxford before headlining fanciful fare like Cold Comfort Farm (1995) and Emma (1996).
In retrospect, assuming the iconic role of Obi-Wan Kenobi was nothing compared to Ewan McGregor’s latest undertaking. Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Nine Lives, Albert Nobbs) and shot by Emmanuel Lubezki (who has won the last three consecutive Academy Awards for Best Cinematography), the film imagines a 40-day trek made by Christ as he fasts, prays, soul searches, and resists the temptations of the Devil (also played by McGregor).
Talky but never boring. Cool but never pretentious. Personal but never exclusionary. Defiant but never disaffected. Funny but never too daffy. Always backed by a kick-ass soundtrack.
George Miller was a working ER doctor when he set off on making his first movie, the independently financed Mad Max. The actioner became of the most profitable films of all time, launched Mel Gibson’s career, and lead to three sequels, including last year’s box-office hit Mad Max: Fury Road, which earned Miller his first Best Director Oscar nomination. In between his work on the original Mad Max trilogy (which also included 1981’s Road Warrior and 1983’s Beyond Thunderdome) and Fury Road, Miller helmed a couple adult dramas (1987’s Witches of Eastwick and 1992’s Lorenzo’s Oil) and a few projects that couldn’t be further from the bloodbaths of apocalyptic Max-land: the family flicks Babe: Pig in the City (1998), Happy Feet (2006), and Happy Feet 2 (2011). Highlights: Related: Director’s Reel: Spike Lee on the Prescience of ‘Do the Right Thing,’ the 'Mockery’ of Denzel’s 'Malcolm X’ Oscar Loss, and More Mad Max (1979) Miller is the first to admit that he didn’t have a tight grip on what filmmaking entailed when he shot his debut.