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. 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).
Mark Hamill loves The Last Jedi's trailer. Cast Away or Kong: Skull Island's… not so much. Yahoo Movies caught up with Luke Skywalker at Star Wars Celebration Orlando last week and we asked him what he thought of the first preview of the latest sequel. "I loved it," Hamill told us, adding that he was especially happy that director Rian Johnson kept fans guessing. And with that, the (maybe?) last Jedi launched into a rant, which you can watch above, about his disdain for spoilers and trailers that give too much away.
Of all the characters to emerge from the Star Wars animated series, none has resonated more than Ahsoka Tano. With Lucasfilm about to plot out the next standalone films, Ahsoka has risen to the top of the wish list for many fans, including the actress who defines the role. "I would love an Ahsoka movie, not only as the voice of Ahsoka, but just as an Ahsoka fan," Eckstein told Yahoo Movies at Star Wars Celebration Orlando.
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.
Star Wars devotees come in every shape and size, and the best part about the annual Celebration gatherings is that they all come in costume. Following the release of The Last Jedi trailer last Friday, we roamed the halls of the Orlando convention center to query the galaxy’s most dedicated fans about the meaning of Luke Skywalker’s beguiling line, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
Orlando was the epicenter of the Star Wars universe last week, with species from ports near and far congregating to celebrate the franchise. The four-day party kicked off with a 40th anniversary panel, which featured franchise stars Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Warwick Davis, Ian McDiarmid, and Hayden Christensen (returning to Celebration after more than a decade away), along with two unbilled surprise guests: saga mastermind George Lucas and, making his first appearance at a Celebration, Harrison Ford.
Two things we just learned about Mark Hamill: he hates spoilers and he’s an avowed liar. During Friday’s Last Jedi panel at Star Wars Celebration, Hamill came clean about his truth-telling… or lack thereof. “I lie all the time on social media,” Hamill said, gleefully acknowledging that he tweets out incorrect intel.
When the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer premiered Friday at Star Wars Celebration, the audience wasn't alone in seeing the footage for the first time — the film's stars had no idea what was coming, either. Yahoo Movies caught up with the cast immediately after the debut, and grilled them on their initial reaction to the preview. (Watch above.)
The inarguable highlight from Thursday’s opening day of Star Wars Celebration Orlando was the 40th anniversary panel that reunited stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Hayden Chistensen, Ian McDiarmid, and Warwick Davis with franchise mastermind George Lucas. The most touching moment came at the end of the 90-minute session, when Lucas and company eulogized their late Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher.
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
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.
Bill O’Reilly announced at the end of tonight’s The O’Reilly Factor that he’s going on vacation, returning later this month, and announced a “Guess Where Bill Is Going” online contest. This constitutes news because O’Reilly has yet to publicly address a New York Times report that Fox News and its primetime star had, between them, allegedly paid five women nearly $13M in settlements going back 15 years. Navel lint-gazing ensued immediately after he made his announcement…
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).
As debate rages on about the ethical and moral ramifications of drone warfare, a new thriller starring Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, The Martian) imagines the consequences of one such strike. In Drone (watch the exclusive trailer above), Bean plays Neil, a seemingly average suburban family man whose secret day job as a military contractor includes orchestrating pilot-less air attacks.
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.
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.