January 6th, 2010
01:08 PM ET
Any actor who has received a Golden Globe nod or a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination usually kicks off the season by heading to Palm Springs the first week of January.
They make the two-hour trek from Hollywood to the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala, and event that kicks off the 13-day festival where actors, directors and producers show up to be honored for their achievements in film throughout the year.
For several of the actors, it was their first time attending the gala. Among them: Anna Kendrick, who received the Rising Star Award for her work in "Up in the Air"; Helen Mirren of "The Last Station," who finally got the Career Achievement Award; and Jeremy Renner, who picked up the Breakthrough Actor Award for his compelling work in the acclaimed film "The Hurt Locker."
August 21st, 2009
02:36 PM ET
Quentin Tarantino is a Jack-of-all-trades: director, writer, actor, producer - and music aficionado! His latest masterpiece is “Inglourious Basterds,” and being an admirer of his work, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s on the same level as “Pulp Fiction,” if not better! Yeah, I said it - so there!
But it wasn’t his World War II action-packed drama set in France that made people stand in line on Thursday night to see him. It was the music! Tarantino came out to Amoeba Records in Hollywood to sign CDs for the soundtrack of “Inglourious Basterds,” which went on sale this week; the movie hits theaters today.
About 75 hyped-up fans and journalists showed up for the signing, and Tarantino didn’t disappoint. He talked to the media about the soundtrack, but also talked about how every film he does has a certain music genre attached to it:
The “Inglourious Basterds” soundtrack was executive produced by Tarantino, has14 tracks, and sounds like France in the 1930s - with the exception of one modern surprise: the inclusion of David Bowie’s 1982 song “Cat People.”
Anyone who knows anything about Tarantino knows he is a music lover, and has appeared on "American Idol" as a guest judge. So after a few minutes of interviewing him, I had to ask if he had any musical aspirations, like adding "record label owner" to his list of accomplishments. His answer was humorous but real: “Every time I think I want to be the Puff Daddy and Jay-Z and or Spike Lee or that I want my own thing, I think again to myself that it will never work out because I’m just too damn lazy. My job is making movies, not making T-shirts.”
Got to love Tarantino!
August 11th, 2009
01:10 AM ET
While interviewing Brad Pitt at the Los Angeles premiere of "Inglorious Basterds" tonight, I made a discovery. Brad Pitt has a secret. What's worse is Brad Pitt has a secret and he won't tell me.
Our interview began with a bit of chatter about his latest film - a dark comedy set in World War II about a fictional undercover American military unit responsible for killing Nazis. The movie stars Pitt as the head of this special unit. I asked Pitt how he was able to make a movie about killing Nazis so funny. He agreed the concept is outrageous, and proceeded to give the credit for the film’s humor to its director and writer, Quentin Tarantino.
I then moved onto another topic – gay marriage - and this is where the big secret comes into play. I mentioned an article in Parade Magazine in which the actor says he and his life partner, Angelina Jolie, may get married when it’s legal for everyone else. He explained that he doesn’t feel that anyone has a right to tell someone else what they can or can’t do with their their life. He mentioned that, at first, he made the comment as a one-off, but then after receiving an incredible amount of positive and negative response that there was more to this issue. It was at this point in our discussion that I learned Brad Pitt has a secret.
And just like that, Brad Pitt was off to his next interview, leaving me wondering: what’s the big secret?? What does Barbara Walters get to hear about that I don’t? Does it have to do with gay marriage? Does it have to do with Angie and the kids? Is he having a surprise barbeque next weekend? What could it be?!! I guess I’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, I’m calling Barbara Walters!
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