Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson in ‘Non-Stop’
*The first Liam Neesom interview I did was at a Universal Pictures press junket in London, England for “Love Actually.” That romcom also stars Chiwetel Ejiofore, and his wife in the film, Keira Knightley.
“Love Actually,” which has become a holiday staple, has Neeson as the father of Sam (Thomas Sangster) who has a tremendous crush on Black classmate Joanna (Olivia Olson), and Neeson helps Sam to win the heart of Joanna.
Both Olson and her mother in the film, Ruby Turner, are singers in real life.
*Nate Parker, hands down, is one of my favorite actors. Not only is he a fine performer but he is worthy of respect.
While Black History Month is being celebrated, Harper’s repertoire of films should be on must viewing lists.
*Screen Gems held a special screening recently of “About Last Night” in New York City that was followed by a meet and greet at Jay-Z’s 40/40.
How apropos that cast members Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant and producer Will Packer would make their way to the playground of entertainment’s hottest couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Hart, having had success at the Box Office for three successive weeks with “Ride Along,” along with the three-some, all expect the relationship release on Valentine’s Day to bring home big numbers.
(L-R) Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron
*Some of the funniest lines in “That Awkward Moment” with Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Imogen Poots are the ones about Morris Chestnut, thanks to Jordan.
Efron, good friend of Jordan, is a producer and had no problem convincing his pal to jump onboard. After his immersing performance in “Fruitvale Station,” Jordan was more than happy to take on a light comedy.
Mark Wahlberg (2nd from left) with SEAL team
*Seldom is there such heart wrenching drama on the movie screen that makes the observer an emotional participant in every heartfelt, perilous action taking place as that of “Lone Survivor.”
The Film Strip spoke to Mark Wahlberg (Marcus Luttrell), Taylor Kitsch (Michael Murphy), Emile Hirsch (Danny Dietz), and Eric Bana (Erik Kristensen), stationed at the Mandarin Hotel in New York City, about portraying real SEALs.
Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty
*One could say “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is not that far removed from that of its director and star Ben Stiller.
Touted for his roles in “Night at the Museum” and “Meet the Parents” franchises, Stiller is also known for creating unrecognizable and hilarious characters in “Tropic Thunder” that starred Tom Cruise, Robert Downey, Jr. and Brandon T. Jackson. Stiller’s onscreen characters has taken on many forms.
As Walter Mitty, Stiller not only goes on a personal journey but also one to find Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn); and in the process becomes a hero. Kristine Wiig is the object of Mitty’s affections, Shirley MacLaine is the mother and Terence Bernie Hines is Gary Mannheim.