Spider-Man Is A Different Kind of Hero

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Wed, 05/15/2002 - 21:53

He can climb buildings as easily as walk along the street, he can shoot webbing from his wrist and he is all set to become cinema’s latest superhero. As record US box office receipts testify, Spider-Man has finally emulated Superman and Batman and become a major movie star.

But even before Spidey hatches on UK shores in June, legions of rival superheroes are gathering for an assault on the box-office. Daredevil, The Hulk and an X-Men sequel should all be in cinemas by next summer, while Blade II, nips in ahead of them at the end of this month. (March) 

Return of the Mummy's Boy

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Wed, 05/15/2002 - 12:26

Brendan Fraser’s star shone even brighter in the unexpected hit adventure The Mummy. Now he’s back in a megabucks Hollywood sequel that is already setting records at the US box office.

On its first weekend (May 6th and 7th) the Mummy Returns made an estimated $70.1million - $5.3million more than George Lucas prequel Star Wars - the Phantom Menace on its opening weekend.

Trainspotting Star Gets Teeth Into Scottish Werewolf Movie

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Mon, 05/13/2002 - 16:00

It is being acclaimed as the best British horror movie in years. It has Kevin McKidd following in the footsteps of Ewen Bremner and Ewan McGregor as the latest Trainspotting star to swap a syringe for Army fatigues. And it is set in the Scottish Highlands... even if it did shoot almost entirely in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Willem Dafoe - Still Evil in Spider-Man

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Fri, 05/10/2002 - 01:13

With an actor of Willem Dafoe's calibre as the baddie you can be fairly sure that Spider-Man will be more than just run-of-the-mill Hollywood schlock. The actor talks about playing his latest cinematic super-villain - evil alter-ego to billionaire Norman Osborn, The Green Goblin

Paul Fischer You really had a huge amount of fun doing this, I could tell. 

Willem Dafoe There was lots to play with.

P.F. You’ve avoided doing these really big studio films, however. 

Denzel's Change of Direction

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 05/05/2002 - 00:13

Denzel Washington was in a good mood when we met, as well as he should be. Wearing a black t-shirt, jeans and his traditional baseball cap, he has capped off quite the year, first with his Oscar win and now with his debut directorial gig which is receiving quite the buzz here in Hollywood. As for that Best Actor Oscar win, the actor recalls being genuinely surprised when his name was called out. 

007 Agents Seek World Domination

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Thu, 05/02/2002 - 00:23

An advertisement in cinema magazine Screen International launches James Bond rights holders on path of shadowy agent. 

Not only is James Bond up against an old adversary he thought he had killed off, he is also facing a mysterious agent from Amsterdam, who communicates with the world through the press. What the Dutchman is selling would make any self-respecting secret agent twitchy - he is offering James Bond to the highest bidder.

Eddie Griffin Goes Undercover

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Tue, 04/23/2002 - 01:42

Outrageous and irreverent stand-up comic Eddie Griffin gets to send up those seventies Blaxploitation films as the "Undercover Brother". Talking to the brazen comic is no easy task, though there are occasional moments of seriousness, just a few...

Paul Fischer How did you get involved in this goofy project? 

Eddie Griffin I was in jail, and [producer] Brian Grazer called me up.... (laughter) 

P.F Go on... 

Tobey Maguire, Doing Whatever A Spider-Man Can

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Mon, 04/15/2002 - 01:27

Tobey Maguire was not an obvious choice for the Spider-Man lead, but now that he has slipped on the spider suit, he will likely be webbed to the role. 

Having seen Tobey Maguire’s work in the likes of Cider House Rules (as a wide-eyed teenage orphan) and in Wonder Boys (as a weirdo student), it is no surprise that many scoffed at the casting of the actor in the title role of Spider-Man, yet seeing him in the dual roles of the spider superhero and love struck nerd Peter Parker, there is a distinct feeling that one couldn’t imagine anyone else.

Director Iain Softley on K-Pax

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 04/07/2002 - 03:59

British director Iain Softley is nothing if not diverse, from the likes of Backbeat to his acclaimed Wings of the Dove, Softley believes in not making the same film twice as evidenced by his new film K-PAX, the story of a mysterious man (Kevin Spacey) who claims to be from outer space.

Did you come on board after Kevin?