*Colin Farrell (pictured), who stars in this week’s “Winter’s Tale” with Russell Crowe, JenniferConnelly, Will Smith, Eva Marie Saint and JessicaBrownFindlay, was at the Crosby Hotel recently—along with director Akiva Goldsman and cast mates—to promote the film.
Whenever I’m asked who are some my favorite interviewees, Farrell is always among them. He is cordial, open and not pretentious. Back in early 2000 when Colin was the bad boy wild card and every other word of his had to be censored, I often wondered what the big deal about him was that had the media beholden to him.
*Before the story unfolds, moviegoers will be mesmerized by the animated superiority of “Epic.” Although visually fascinating, the film is filled with moral nuances.
“Epic” tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good and evil. Ronin (Colin Farrell) heads an elite band of warriors known as the Leafmen, who not only have the task of saving the forest’s beloved Queen Tara (Beyonce) but essentially the world. Unfortunately the pregnant Beyonce was not at the Mandarin Oriental in New York to promote the film but Farrell was here.
There is an opening line in the movie that says, “The good guys need all the help they can get” and The Film Strip asked Farrell why is that so? “Bad guys don’t think about anyone else,” he explained. “So they have one common goal and the common goal has nothing to do with the common good of the people. They are single minded and anyone who is good, compassionate or cares about somebody else [is constantly under attack].”
So Colin what does it feel like to be in your first animated film?
I don’t know, I’ve done a lot of [killing]. I’m kind of bored carrying guns I think. I’ve carried a lot of guns and shot a lot of guns I don’t even like. I hate the things. I just don’t want to do the same things all the time.
Were you inspired by the film to get closer to nature?
I love nature. I have a nice little garden in the back of my home and I spend time out there. Whether I’m at home in Dublin or on the west coast I like taking in nature. Just look out the window! There’s Central Park—it’s beautiful. To me nature seems to be one of the most amazing and exciting things to pay attention to.
One film that Farrell did not need guns for but was just as lethal in is “Fright Night” and he was exceptionally frightening. Too bad it didn’t fair better. “Hart’s War” is another film that didn’t receive the recognition it deserved. Farrell was Tuskegee Airman Terrence Howard’s legal rep in this WWII film. For an engrossing discourse by Howard on racism taken from the movie, go to: http://movieclips.com/a94Gs-harts-war-movie-we-served-our-country
Beyoncé created an original song, “RISE UP” for “Epic.” The song is written by Beyoncé and Sia and produced by Hit-Boy and Chase N. Cashe. Columbia Records will release the track.
The film director Chris Wedge noted that, “Once you got through all the craziness around her [Beyonce] in the booth while filming ‘Epic,’ you get to see what makes her so great. She is incredibly creative, incredibly collaborative, and just very talented.
“As she got into the movie more I really think she enjoyed it and she could’ve thrown a song at us and said, ‘that’s it’ but she didn’t. She played me one song at one point and said, ‘I don’t think this is right’ and just volunteered to send another song. Then, she volunteered to record for us so that it would fit into the movie better. She really cared. She was really professional.” The Official site is: http://www.epicthemovie.com
Syndicated columnist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The storyline will follow a teenage girl as she is transported into another universe, which she then has to save in order to save the real world.
Beyoncé will voice a character called Queen Tara, Pitbull will play Bufo, and Tyler is cast as Nim Galuu, according to Deadline.com.
The 3D CG animated film also features “Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson, Jason Sudeikis, Aziz Ansari, Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried and Johnny Knoxville.
This movie will be Beyonce’s first film project since before she was pregnant with her and Jay-Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. The new mom is also tied to Clint Eastwood’s upcoming remake of “A Star Is Born.”
*For Nick, Kurt and Dale, the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust.
Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling excon, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers…permanently.
There’s only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.
Jason Bateman (“Couples Retreat”), Charlie Day (“Going the Distance”) and Jason Sudeikis (“Hall Pass”) star as the three hapless workers, with Jennifer Aniston (“He’s Just Not That Into You”), Colin Farrell (“Crazy Heart”) and two-time Oscar® winner Kevin Spacey (“American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”), as their unbearable bosses.
Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx (“Ray”) stars as the plotters’ unlikely mentor, whose street cred is priced on a sliding scale. The main cast also includes veteran actor Donald Sutherland and Julie Bowen (TV’s “Modern Family”).
“Horrible Bosses” is directed by Seth Gordon (“Four Christmases,” “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”) and produced by Brett Ratner and Jay Stern. The screenplay is by Michael Markowitz and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, story by Markowitz. Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown and Diana Pokorny serve as executive producers, with John Rickard as co-producer.
The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography David Hennings; production designer Shepherd Frankel, editor Peter Teschner and costume designer Carol Ramsey. The music is composed by Christopher Lennertz.
“Horrible Bosses” opens nationwide on Friday, July 8, 2011.
A New Line Cinema presentation of a Rat Entertainment Production, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
*A UK tabloid is claiming that Rihanna has been exchanging “saucy texts” with actor Colin Farrell since the pair met on a British TV show shortly before Christmas.
The singer – currently single following her split from baseball star Matt Kemp in December – has reportedly been bombarding the Irish actor with cell phone messages after the two met for the first time on “The Graham Norton Show” in November (Watch video below.)
An “insider” told The Sun newspaper: “Colin was taken aback by some of the texts. He thinks he might well be in there. They’re both single, so why not?”
On the show, the 34-year-old star admitted that he couldn’t take his mind off Rihanna’s skimpy dress, which left only her “limbs” on show.
He said: “They are very nice limbs. There’s probably a reason I mentioned them, I had to get them off my mind.”
Colin – who has a 16-month-old son Henry with actress Alicja Bachleda-Curus and seven-year-old James with model Kim Bordenave – is now reportedly planning to meet up with Rihanna, 23, in Los Angeles whenever their hectic schedules allow.