Gerard Butler Dragon-Slayer

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Wed, 08/14/2002 - 01:48

Gerard Butler started out with little formal acting training but the star of Reign of Fire and Dracula 2000 is one to watch out for.

As a 12-year-old, Gerard Butler appeared in Oliver! at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow, but few would have marked his card as a future star. "There was Oliver and the Artful Dodger and then there was about 40 kids," he says. "And I was one of the 40." 

The Changing Face of Disney

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Sun, 08/04/2002 - 00:45

Walt Disney created a vast empire around his brand of wholesome animation. But, says Brian Pendreigh, Disney is having to reinvent itself to survive in the modern marketplace.

For almost half a century Walt Disney has been turning movies into rides... and toys, and lunchboxes, and latterly big-budget stage musicals, computer games and just about anything on which they can stick a picture of a cartoon character, short of nuclear warheads. 

Buffy Joins New Scooby Gang

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Tue, 07/02/2002 - 21:04

Sarah Michelle Gellar had to split her time between two different Scooby gangs when making her latest feature - one as Buffy the vampire slayer and leader of a group who call themselves the Scoobies and secondly with a gang of sleuths in a real life feature adaptation of Seventies animation series Scooby Doo

Interview: Tom Hanks on Road to Perdition

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Tue, 06/25/2002 - 23:16

Tom Hanks is in a characteristically jovial mood when we meet at a Chicago hotel, an appropriate venue to discuss the Chicago-shot Road to Perdition. The Tom Hanks that one meets is in stark contrast to his Michael O’Sullivan, the lowbrow hit man and surrogate son to gangster patriarch John Rooney (played by Paul Newman).

Much has been made of his change of image for this role. To him that makes sense. 

Interview with Colin Salmon, Star of Resident Evil

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Mon, 06/10/2002 - 23:11

In the cinema and on television, Colin Salmon has become a figure of immediate, unquestioned authority as Sgt Oswald in Prime Suspect and as M’s right-hand man in the recent Bond movies. Pierce Brosnan even suggested he could be the first black 007, though Salmon still sees himself as "a street boy". "I mean I played in punk bands," he says.