Richard Gere was not clamoring to play corporate raider Edward Lewis when "Pretty Woman" first looked his way.
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.
The eight-time Oscar nominee (and one-time winner) sat down with Yahoo Movies to share stories from the sets of seven of his classics, including where exactly his Scent of a Woman lieutenant colonel’s penchant for yelling “Hoo-wah!” came from.
John C. Reilly is one of the few actors around equally comfortable in a prestige drama from Terrence Malick or Martin Scorsese as in a wackadoo comedy opposite Will Ferrell. Reilly is right at home, then, in The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos’s acclaimed, dark yet hilarious new film that takes place in a draconian future where people who can’t find mates are turned into animals. Oh, yeah, and Reilly can sing his butt off, too.
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.
Spike Lee’s public persona — as an activist, as a provocateur, as a mouthpiece against injustice, and as New York’s No. 1 Knicks fan — sometimes threatens to overshadow his tremendous accomplishments as a filmmaker. Remarkably, Lee — who was awarded an honorary Oscar in November for his considerable career achievements — has never been nominated for a Best Director Academy Award, nor has ever had a Best Picture contender (he was nominated for Best Screenplay for Do the Right Thing, and for Best Documentary for 4 Little Girls). Lee has garnered his best reviews in years for his film, Chi-Raq (on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 26), a drama that remixes Aristophanes’s Lysistrata with modern-day gang warfare in Chicago.
In her latest film, Trumbo, Lane plays Cleo, full-time mom and recreational juggler who also happens to be the very faithful wife to Bryan Cranston’s blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Her Outsiders co-star Tom Cruise, who performed all that slick bottle-twirling in Cocktail.) And in our latest edition of Role Recall (above), Lane shared colorful stories from her impressive body of work, including the times she got in trouble for rehearsing on Stains and badly hurt her neck during a love scene on Unfaithful. Related: Bryan Cranston Admits Dalton Trumbo Could Be Kind of an ‘Ass’ Some highlights: A Little Romance (1979) Lane wasn’t just making her screen debut at 13, she was making it opposite a living legend: Sir Laurence Olivier.
Killers come and killers go, but there’s never been a horror movie villain like Freddy Krueger, and there’s never been a horror movie star like Robert Englund.
The 79-year-old known for his All-American good looks, everyman appeal, and smart, authoritative characters has been a constant force in American film from the ‘70s (The Sting, All the President’s Men) to the '80s (The Natural, Out of Africa) up through the '90s (Sneakers, Indecent Proposal) and beyond, even as he’s gotten choosier with roles and devotes much of his time overseeing the world’s preeminent showcase for independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival. In our latest episode of Role Recall, which you can watch above, Redford reminisces about five of his most memorable parts, including how traded places with Butch Cassidy co-star Paul Newman, hid a skiing injury on the set of The Sting, and risked infuriating fans of the novel The Natural for the sake of a happy ending. It’s hard to imagine, given how similar their screen legacies feel now, but Paul Newman was a much bigger star than Redford when the pair teamed up for this Oscar-winning Western, having starred in classics like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler, and Cool Hand Luke.
The original incarnation of the wildly popular Nightmare on Elm Street series ran for eight movies over three decades, from 1984 to 2003. It was a cultural phenomenon born from a partnership between two men: writer-director Wes Craven, who passed away Sunday at the age of 76, and his fiery star Robert Englund, who played the knife-gloved tormenter of teens, Freddy Krueger. In 2014, Yahoo Movies sat down with Englund for a lengthy chat about his work on the Nightmare films, which you can watch in two parts above and below.
Grandma, however, is reminding everyone what a sheer force the 75-year-old can be on the big screen. The critical consensus is that the comedic drama in which Tomlin stars as a Elle Reid, a broke and heartbroken faded literary star who begrudgingly helps her granddaughter (Julia Garner) scrape up enough money for an abortion represents Tomlin’s best cinematic work since her film debut in Nashville 40 years ago. During our latest Role Recall interview (watch above), Tomlin told stories from the sets of her most memorable movies, including how she learned sign language for Nashville, bonded with co-stars Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in Nine to Five, and engaged in that infamously heated fight with director David O. Russell on the set of I Heart Huckabees.
We went back in time with 'Terminator Genisys' star Arnold Schwarzenegger to look back at some of his most memorable roles in our latest installment of "Role Recall."
Crowe looks back at his cinematic career — starting with the early ‘90s Aussie indie that rompered him onto the global radar — and shares memories from many of the acclaimed hits to follow, including L.A. Confidential and The Insider. Check out the video to hear all the behind-the-scenes stories — including his awkwardly intimate on-set moment with one of his Oscar-winning leading ladies.
In 2005, Hilary Swank became only the fourth actress ever — and first in more than a half-century — to win Academy Awards on her first two nominations (the first three were Luise Rainer, Helen Hayes, and Vivien Leigh). Not only that, but she won for two lead roles (Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby), and over a span of only five years. It was a dramatic accomplishment for the Nebraska native, who famously said while accepting her second Oscar, “I’m just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.” Swank, 40, is once again in awards contention for the Tommy Lee Jones-directed period drama The Homesman, which, like Boys Don’t Cry, brings her back to her home state (at least in setting). She plays a pioneer who helps transport three troubled women across dangerous and desolate terrain from Nebraska to Iowa, with the help of Jones’s expectedly grizzled claim jumper.
Blessed with a sultry voice, drop-dead looks, and an effortless ability to pivot between comedy and drama or romance and action, it’s no wonder Kathleen Turner became a major star. She rocketed to fame in the ’80s with an impressive string of credits.
The gracious and soft-spoken Sydney, Australia native, 47, shared stories with us from the past 25 years of her celebrated career, which includes three Oscar nominations, one Oscar win for The Hours, 10 Golden Globe nods, and the world record for longest continuous film shoot ever.
The Oscar-winning actress, who describes herself as “half-Canadian, half-Virginian,” has drawn six decades’ worth of adulation for the strong-willed, sharp-tongued women she regularly portrays. On top of her body of screen work, MacLaine is also a dynamic storyteller, as we found out when we sat down for a candid conversation about her most famous film roles.