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."
Sanjeev Bhaskar talks about the current trend in Bollywood movies and British Asian comedy's influence on the UK mainstream. He plays the chef in The Guru alongside Jimi Mistry and Heather Graham.
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.
The story of How the West Was Won has been told in hundreds of westerns. More recently cinema has reinterpreted history, from the Native American perspective, as How the West Was Lost. But Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron may be the first film to tell the story from the point of view of a character that played a central role on both sides - the horse.
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.
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.
For all its glamour filmmaking can be a surprisingly tedious business. Ben Chaplin says that discussing the sex scenes with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock is one such example of that.
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.