Ian McKellen: Glad to have been "Randy Gandy"

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 12/14/2003 - 16:00

Prior to our interview in a Los Angeles hotel room, Sir Ian McKellen had been interviewed by the religious press and seemed a bit exasperated when they suggested that his Gandalf in Lord of the Rings was akin to being a Messianic saviour.

"Well I certainly wasn't the Saviour. What I liked about Hobbits was that it was the perfect community but it didn't have a church. There is no God in Lord of the Rings, no Pope, no bishop, no credo, or no one telling you what to do."

McKellen dismisses any religious undertones of the character, pure and simple.

How Liv Connected With Elvish

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Wed, 12/10/2003 - 16:00

LOS ANGELES. Liv Tyler is a luminous presence, but try talking wedding ring, as opposed to Tolkien's Ring, and Ms Tyler clams up. Tyler married 30-year-old Royston Langdon, the Leeds-born lead singer of Spacehog, in March.

"You really like those personal questions, don't you", she poses with a sweet smile to hide her disdain. But then she begrudgingly responds: "I'm very happy, thank you for asking."

Tyler was more interested in talking about the final phase of Lord of the Rings, the much anticipated Return of the King.

Taking Stock of Digital Video

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 12/01/2003 - 16:00

I remember the first time I used a computer to edit a video. It was early 1996, a year before the release of RealVideo 1.0.

I was making a short documentary, but I didn't have a capture card on my own computer. This was before everyone was using DV, where you simply pipe the footage down a wire from cam to computer.

So I travelled an hour by bus from my house in Edinburgh to a friend's home to use his new-fangled video capture card. John, a cameraman who worked for Reuters, had made the leap in the dark and forked out 800 quid for one.

Ewan McGregor: Big Fish Across The Pond

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 11/30/2003 - 16:00

Ewan McGregor clearly despises the whole press junket process, and was not in the mood for jocularity when promoting his latest film, Big Fish, a comic fantasy about a unique father-son relationship.

Known to millions of movie-goers as the younger Obi-Wan in the latest Star Wars trilogy, McGregor reacts almost defensively when asked if he is surprised how successful he has become, given his more self-effacing origins on the silver screen in the likes of Shallow Grave, Blue Juice and even the raw Trainspotting.

Jack Is Ready To Quit The Game

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 11/30/2003 - 16:00

In his latest film, Something's Gotta Give, Oscar winning legend Jack Nicholson plays an aging playboy attracted to younger women and scared of serious commitment. So it's not surprising that the veteran star had a major hand in developing his character. After all, as he admits with a lascivious grin in between puffs of a cigarette in a New York hotel room, he knows men like those only too well.

Eli Roth Has The Fever

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Tue, 09/30/2003 - 23:31

Goremonger Eli Roth's inspiration for his horror debut Cabin Fever came from a string of disturbing personal experiences. 

Paul Fischer: So many horror films are about teenagers and they deal with adolescence - are you tapping into the fears of adolescence in society or are you tapping into what mainstream cinema requires you to deliver?