Richard Curtis on ‘War Horse,’ Working With Steven Spielberg and the Prescience of ‘Love Actually’

The guy who wrote ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Notting Hill’ might not be the first person who jumps to mind when thinking about ‘War Horse,’ but it’s hard to imagine the touching new Steven Spielberg film working without Richard Curtis. After all, Curtis — and fellow credited ‘War Horse’ screenwriter Lee Hall — had one of … Read more

Brad Bird on Not Killing Tom Cruise While Making ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’

Director Brad Bird makes a tremendous leap from animation (some little movies you may have heard of like ‘The Incredibles’) to live-action with ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.’ It’s nearly as big as a leap as his leading man, Tom Cruise, makes in the film — part of a breath-stopping swing on the world’s tallest … Read more

Edward Burns on ‘Newlyweds’ and the Future of Indie Filmmaking

For this tenth film as a director, Edward Burns went small. Really small. The New York-born filmmaker behind ‘The Brothers McMullen,’ ‘She’s the One’ and ‘Sidewalks of New York’ purchased a Canon 5D camera from B&H electronics store for $3,000, used restaurants and street corners in his local Tribeca neighborhood as locations, and cast some … Read more

Jamie Bell on ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ and Andy Serkis’s Oscar Campaign

You won’t recognize Jamie Bell in ‘The Adventures of Tintin’; after all, Bell’s motion-capture character is the titular cub reporter, an icon of international fame going on nine decades, meaning he can’t very well look like the kid from ‘Billy Elliot.’ (Not to fear, Daniel Craig fans; his villainous Sakharin looks exactly like the ‘Dragon … Read more

Mark Wahlberg on ‘Contraband,’ ‘The Fighter’ Sequel and His Past as Marky Mark

To paraphrase the popular cliche: a busy Mark Wahlberg gathers no moss. In addition to leading the action-thriller “Contraband” (in theaters Friday), Wahlberg has a plethora of other features in various stages of development: a star turn in the Seth MacFarlane comedy “Ted” (out later this year), a leading role opposite Oscar winners Russell Crowe … Read more