Exclusive: ‘The Boy Next Door’ Star Ryan Guzman, on Seducing Jennifer Lopez (VIDEO)

Things are about to get really steamy this Friday thanks to newcomer Ryan Guzman (Step Up All In) and the uber sexy Jennifer Lopez. The two co-star in the new Rob Cohen thriller The Boy Next Door.

The film, which had a micro-budget of $4 million, explores the forbidden attraction between a recently divorced teacher and a younger man, who can’t take “no” for an answer.

I got to chat with Guzman about what it really takes to seduce Lopez, his (highly anticipated) sex scene and what he learned from good ol’ Jenny from the Block.

Cast also includes Adam Hicks, Lexi Atkins, Ian Nelson, Hill Harper, Bailey Chase and Travis Schuldt.

The Boy Next Door hits theaters on January 23, 2015.

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Gal Gadot será la esposa de Ryan Reynolds en ‘Criminal’

Gal Gadot, la actriz israelí, quien interpretará Wonder Woman en “Batman v Superman” de Zack Snyder, se acaba se unir al elenco de “Criminal” como la esposa de Ryan Reynolds.

El thriller, sobre las memorias de un miembro del CIA, será dirigido por Ariel Vromen.

VER TAMBIÉN: Primera foto de Gal Gadot como Wonder Woman en ‘Batman v Superman’

Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve y Gary Oldman también formaran parte del elenco.

Gadot ha aparecido en tres películas de “Fast & Furious” pero la actriz muy pronto conquistará a todo Hollywood con su personaje de Wonder Woman que según reportes protagonizara en varias películas sobre el universo de DC Entertainment.

¿Qué les parece la noticia?

Lauren Bacall muere a los 89 años

Lauren Bacall, una de las actrices más sensuales durante la Era de Oro en Hollywood, murió el martes 12 de agosto en su casa de un presunto derrame cerebrovascular. Tenia 89 años.

Bacall se convirtió en una estrella gracias a su debut memorable en la película “To Have and Have Not” con Humphrey Bogart. La actriz, de tan sólo 19 años, impresionó al público y a su coprotagonista.

Bogart, quien tenía 44 años cuando conoció a Bacall, se casó con la actriz meses después de haber trabajado juntos. Tras el éxito de “To Have and Have Not,” trabajaron juntos en tres otras películas, “The Big Sleep,” “Dark Passage” y “Key Largo.”

Los dos permanecieron casados por los próximos 12 años, hasta la muerte inesperada de Bogart en 1956.

La noticia de la muerte de Bacall fue confirmada esta tarde vía la cuenta oficial de Twitter de la familia Bogart:

Veinte años después de la muerte de Bogart, Bacall finalmente regresó al escenario en la comedia “Cactus Flower” y luego obtuvo dos Tonys por su trabajo en los musicales “Applause” y luego, “Woman of the Year.”

En 1997, Bacall fue nominada al Oscar por su trabajo en “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” donde interpretó la madre de Barbra Streisand.

VER TAMBIÉN: Robin Williams muere a los 63 años

Según reporta Variety, Bacall tenía una ambición enorme que comenzó cuando era una estudiante en la secundaria Julia Richman High School en Manhattan, Nueva York, de la cual se graduó a los 15 años. Luego, Bacall estudió actuación y baile en la Academia Americana de Artes Dramáticas, donde permaneció solamente un semestre.

Sus otras películas exitosas incluyeron “How to Marry a Millionaire” con Marilyn Monroe y Betty Grable y “Woman’s World.”

Bacall es sobrevivida por sus dos hijos con Bogart, Stephen y Leslie, y su hijo con Jason Robards Jr., Sam Robards.

Descansa en Paz, Lauren Bacall.

Hollywood reacciona a la muerte de Robin Williams

Tras la muerte repentina e impactante de Robin Williams de un aparente suicidio el lunes 11 de agosto, varias estrellas de Hollywood — desde los que lo conocieron personalmente y tuvieron el honor de trabajar con él en la pantalla grande y chica, hasta los que crecieron viendo sus películas — acudieron a las redes sociales para rendirle tributo a este gran actor.

Recordaremos a Williams no por la trágica manera en que dejó este mundo, sino por toda la alegría y risas que nos trajo por más de 35 años.

VER TAMBIÉN: Robin Williams muere a los 63 años

Sarah Michelle Gellar, quien actuó con él en la serie de CBS “The Crazy Ones,” compartió varias fotos con el actor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

¿Cual es el rol que más recuerdas de Williams?

Exclusive: ‘At Middleton’ Star Andy Garcia, on His Love for Comedy, Being Typecast and ‘Hemingway & Fuentes’

Andy Garcia charms his way to the big screen once again in the romantic comedy At Middleton, opposite Vera Farmiga. The film, which Garcia produced, centers on two single parents who meet on a college campus tour. I got the chance to speak with Garcia earlier this month about his favorite rom-com, his secret to a long-lasting career in Hollywood and who’s on his bucket list to work with.

Here are a few highlights:

On working with Vera Farmiga and what makes a good romantic comedy: It’s all about the story. The quality of the writing sets up an innate chemistry so it’s already inherent in the material, and the other half is the casting. I felt very good chemistry from the get go with Vera Farmiga. It was easy, she’s a genial actress, an extraordinary lady, she’s a consummate professional, she’s generous, she’s not afraid to improvise and that’s what you look for in an acting partner.

The performances come off of each other, it’s not something that you can pre-design. It comes off experience. For this movie, we didn’t have any rehearsals. I met Vera briefly for about an hour the day before at a wardrobe test, and I asked her if she wanted to talk about the script and she said, “No, I just want to execute.” So I said, “OK, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

On his love for comedy: I do enjoy comedies more but conflict is a lot easier to achieve. Most people in this business don’t think of me in comedic terms. If you’re blessed with work you can get typecast, but then as an actor you want to explore different genres and it gets harder for people to see you differently. It’s funny because I started my career in comedy.

On his favorite romantic comedy: I call it a romantic comedy but it’s much more than that, it’s Hal Ashby’s Being There. I think it’s one the greatest movies ever made. I love the acting, directing, cinematography, the editing, everything about the movie.

On his next big screen project, Hemingway &Fuentes: I’m in the middle of working on Hemingway right now. I co-wrote the script with Hilary Hemingway. I’m going to direct and act in it. I’m three and a half years into it but Lost City took me 16 years. But that’s how it is; if I studio doesn’t give you the money you have to find another way.

On his secret to career longevity: I don’t know. I strive for my work to have resonance. Over the years I’ve tried to be selective with the things that I do. I do believe in creating opportunities for myself. I don’t sit around and wait for people to call me. I have my own ideas and things that I want to do, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy but you have to try. I’ve produced a few movies and it takes a lot of effort, diligence and persistence. It can sometimes take years before a film is made; you have to challenge yourself, keep at it and exploring different avenues.

On the one person on his bucket list he still wants to work with: Meryl Streep. I’ll work on anything with her, comedy or drama. I’ll cook spaghetti with her. Anything.

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Exclusive: ‘Instruction Not Included’ Director Eugenio Derbez, on Tyler Perry Comparisons, ‘SNL Mexico’ and Overthrowing ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’

Mexican actor-director Eugenio Derbez took Hollywood by surprise last year with his hit comedy Instructions Not Included, which grossed over $44 million at the box office, making it the number one Spanish-speaking movie in the U.S. In celebration of its DVD release this week, we talked with Derbez about his newfound road to fame, creating SNL Mexico, working with Guillermo del Toro and how he feels about being compared to Tyler Perry.

Here are a few highlights:

On how Instructions Not Included changed his life: It changed my career. It changed my life. I was really surprised with the success of this film. I never expected it at all. We already broke a lot of records, we became the number one Spanish-speaking film in the U.S. and it’s opening a lot of doors for me.  I was supposed to be on vacation right now but it’s impossible at this point. I’ll have to reschedule my vacation for next year, maybe. I have to take advantage of all the work that’s coming my way. I’m just focusing on reading scripts, reviewing offers and trying to make the best decision for my next movie.

On what fans can find on the DVD: You can find a lot of great extras: behind-the-scenes footage, the making of, cast interviews on how we executed the film and dealt with challenges and new stuff that people will really enjoy. There’s a lot of funny anecdotes, but for some reason we didn’t have that many bloopers.

On his relationship with Guillermo del Toro: He invited me to be a part of his next project The Book of Life but we haven’t been able to have a deep conversation. I would like to share with him some thoughts and experiences. I heard from a mutual friend that he was really happy with [my film]. I don’t know if I should believe him. But he said that he was happy that Instructions beat out Pan’s Labyrinth. I know Guillermo is a good human being so I think he’s honestly happy and proud.

On the recent comparisons to Tyler Perry: Well, a lot of people have told me, “You could be the next Tyler Perry” but I don’t think so. I’ll tell you why. I started doing my films for Latinos but I don’t work for Latinos. I work for everyone. The difference with Tyler Perry is that he just works for his audience and I don’t want that. I want to do films that can relate to any ethnicity. I want to tell universal stories and not just Latino stories.

On the challenges of creating SNL Mexico: It’s been a long time in the making, mostly because of my work schedule. We shot the pilot at the end of November. I’m a bit nervous and excited at the same, but that’s part of showbiz. I love it. I would love for SNL Mexico to have the same format as the American SNL. I want it to be edgy and risky but I think it’s going to be an issue in Mexico. In Mexico we’re not used to playing with our president or our flag or our religion. It’s going to be an issue that I’ll have to face. I hope that I don’t get into trouble but I’ll fight until the end. If the government or the church doesn’t agree with how we play with certain topics, we’re not going to do SNL Mexico. It’s just not worth it. If they don’t let us do it the right way then we are not going to do it.

On what he hopes for 2014: I have a wish. I have been wishing for this for a long time. I would really like to have more time. Time is the most precious treasure. I need time. I need it to spend time with my family and friends. I’m always rushing from here to there and I hope this year I can keep my goal of finding some time for me and my family. I know it’s hard because I never expected all the success that came with this film and its making things more complicated than I thought.

A shout out to fans: I just want to say thank you to my fans. They were the ones who broke records, and who filled the theater seats. I just created a film with a lot of love. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Related: How Funnyman Eugenio Derbez Twitter-casted ‘Instructions Not Included’

Exclusive: Win Two Tickets to the L.A. Premiere of ‘The LEGO Movie’

In celebration of the first-ever LEGO®  adventure, Fandango’s Cine Latino blog is offering you the chance to win a pair of passes to The LEGO Movie Los Angeles red carpet premiere on Saturday, February 1. Travel and accommodations are not provided, so only enter if you’re able to attend in Los Angeles.

Here are the details:

Two grand prize winners will win two tickets to The LEGO Movie Los Angeles premiere on Sat., February 1. Location and time details will be shared with the winners upon confirmation. The film stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.

All you have to do is visit the following Fandango.com link, here. Be sure to leave a comment on the original blog post and just share whatever’s on your mind. (Hint: anything related to LEGO’s or The LEGO Movie).

One winner will be randomly selected and notified via e-mail on Monday, January 27. Must be 18 and over only, U.S. resident. Winner will have one day to respond before an alternate is chosen. Screening details will be shared with winner upon confirmation.

Buena suerte!

The LEGO Movie arrives in theaters on February 7. For more on the film check out its official page.

Backstage: Our Favorite Quotes from the Golden Globes

The 71st Annual Golden Globes didn’t disappoint this year as it honored some of the most talented actors in the film and television industry.

We got the golden opportunity to mingle backstage with winners Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence and many more. Here are some of the best quotes of the night from backstage…

Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy for American Hustle

On celebrating her win: “I don’t know. I need to catch up on my drinking. Normally I have time to drink a glass of wine. That’s not a good answer. Someone interrupt. Ah, I’m going to celebrate with my friends and family. I have no idea what I’m doing here. This just feels insane.”

On her future plans: “I would like to direct one day. My passion for directing happened at the same time I feel in love with acting. But I don’t want to suck so I’m taking my time. Luckily I’m learning from the best.”

On prepping for the show: “I played Tickle Monster with my stylist’s son.”

On advice to her young fans: “Be strong. Don’t be a follower and always do the right thing. Like if you have a choice between doing the right thing and doing the wrong thing always do the right thing. It’s always let’s stressful.”

Amy Adams, Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for American Hustle

On working with David O. Russell: “There’s no David O. Russell handbook, I wish there was. He is completely unique and he clearly embraces female characters; he wants to see them stripped down. He also demands that of you, if you give him less than your soul he will come after you like the Devil.”

Jared Leto, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy for Dallas Buyers Club

On his win: “You know, I didn’t make a film for six years so I sometimes feel like an outsider, but I think Rayon was an outsider and that’s an OK place to be in. I was just very moved, grateful, just blown away. Not for a single second did I think I would win. I was just focused on not letting anyone down. None of us ever thought of the results or response to the film. I don’t think I would have been able to have done the film if I hadn’t taken six years off. I’m much better for it.”

Andy Samberg, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Brooklyn Nine-Nine

On his biggest challenge to date: “I couldn’t be more surprised. I know it sounds like a cliché. I actually forgot to thank the HFPA and my parents. I’m stunned. I’m going to have to build a new section of my house for it. The biggest challenge is getting anyone to know who your name is. All I ever wanted to do was be on SNL so everything from that point over has been icing for me.”

Michael Douglas, Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Behind the Candelabra

On playing Liberace and working with Matt Damon:  “This is probably the biggest gift that I have ever gotten since my cancer. I was handed this beautiful piece on a silver platter. Matt Damon from the very beginning has stayed on board, we had to postpone for a year because I wasn’t feeling strong enough but he kept his promise. It’s bittersweet because I really do want to share this with Matt. He had a lot more to gamble for a leading man of his statue, his performance was inspirational.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for The Wolf of Wall Street

On working with Martin Scorsese: “I’ve noticed that each time we do new films it’s a discovery process for both of us. This movie took its own shape, plot was kind of irrelevant for him, he encourages us to improvise and be free and when you infuse that type of attitude you get a film like Wolf of Wall Street. He’s so vital at age 71, this man is amazing, he’s one of the greatest directors of all time. I can only hope to find a character like Jordan Belfort. The film is a cautionary tale. Thank God none of my character’s attributes rubbed off on me or I wouldn’t be standing here.”

Cate Blanchett, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Blue Jasmine

On working with Woody Allen: “Sometimes a role just hits you at a time when you’re open and ready for it. There’s something inherently theatrical with the way Woody works. I did watch the documentary on Woody Allen where actors talk about what it was like to work with him so I did know going into the film what to expect. Tone is everything when you work on a Woody film. He’s incredibly generous and to the point. Ninety-nine percent of his direction comes from the script. You have to hit the ground running because he doesn’t take that many shots. You have to be alive.”

On playing Jasmine:  “It was a mind-f**k. It was extraordinarily complex, it was important to go through Jasmine’s complexity and multiple layers.”

Matthew McConaughey, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Dallas Buyers Club

On how he chooses film roles: “It’s incredibly rewarding to be here. I have been choosing roles that challenge me. It took 20 years for this film to be made, it was denied 86 times so this is a bonus, a time to celebrate. I’m interested now in finding characters with a real identity it’s something that turns me on.“

Alfonso Cuarón, Best Director – Motion Picture for Gravity

On working with his son: “You know my son once said to me, ‘Your films are alright but they can be more fun.’ I don’t think there are rules in cinema. I truly believe that cinema is the language and nature of this film. Everything can coexist.”

Amy Poehler, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Parks and Recreation

On the best part of the night: “Kissing Bono and sitting with my Parks and Recreation cast. It’s kind of weird being a winner, it’s kind of fun to be a loser also. I really didn’t expect to win because I’ve never won. I think what drives me is the opportunities I have now, the people I get to work with and to do work that I’m really proud of and that I would watch. I’m going to give [my Golden Globe] to my son.”

This article first appeared on Fandango.com.

Martin Scorsese: A Letter to My Daughter

Martin Scorsese recently wrote a captivating open letter to his daughter Francesca, in which he examines the state of cinema and what’s yet to come. The good news is the future looks pretty bright.


Dearest Francesca,

I’m writing this letter to you about the future. I’m looking at it through the lens of my world. Through the lens of cinema, which has been at the center of that world.

For the last few years, I’ve realized that the idea of cinema that I grew up with, that’s there in the movies I’ve been showing you since you were a child, and that was thriving when I started making pictures, is coming to a close. I’m not referring to the films that have already been made. I’m referring to the ones that are to come.

I don’t mean to be despairing. I’m not writing these words in a spirit of defeat. On the contrary, I think the future is bright.

We always knew that the movies were a business, and that the art of cinema was made possible because it aligned with business conditions. None of us who started in the 60s and 70s had any illusions on that front. We knew that we would have to work hard to protect what we loved. We also knew that we might have to go through some rough periods. And I suppose we realized, on some level, that we might face a time when every inconvenient or unpredictable element in the moviemaking process would be minimized, maybe even eliminated. The most unpredictable element of all? Cinema. And the people who make it.

I don’t want to repeat what has been said and written by so many others before me, about all the changes in the business, and I’m heartened by the exceptions to the overall trend in moviemaking – Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, David Fincher, Alexander Payne, the Coen Brothers, James Gray and Paul Thomas Anderson are all managing to get pictures made, and Paul not only got The Master made in 70mm, he even got it shown that way in a few cities. Anyone who cares about cinema should be thankful.

And I’m also moved by the artists who are continuing to get their pictures made all over the world, in France, in South Korea, in England, in Japan, in Africa. It’s getting harder all the time, but they’re getting the films done.

But I don’t think I’m being pessimistic when I say that the art of cinema and the movie business are now at a crossroads. Audio-visual entertainment and what we know as cinema – moving pictures conceived by individuals – appear to be headed in different directions. In the future, you’ll probably see less and less of what we recognize as cinema on multiplex screens and more and more of it in smaller theaters, online, and, I suppose, in spaces and circumstances that I can’t predict.

So why is the future so bright? Because for the very first time in the history of the art form, movies really can be made for very little money. This was unheard of when I was growing up, and extremely low budget movies have always been the exception rather than the rule. Now, it’s the reverse. You can get beautiful images with affordable cameras. You can record sound. You can edit and mix and color-correct at home. This has all come to pass.

But with all the attention paid to the machinery of making movies and to the advances in technology that have led to this revolution in moviemaking, there is one important thing to remember: the tools don’t make the movie, you make the movie. It’s freeing to pick up a camera and start shooting and then put it together with Final Cut Pro. Making a movie – the one you need to make – is something else. There are no shortcuts.

If John Cassavetes, my friend and mentor, were alive today, he would certainly be using all the equipment that’s available. But he would be saying the same things he always said – you have to be absolutely dedicated to the work, you have to give everything of yourself, and you have to protect the spark of connection that drove you to make the picture in the first place. You have to protect it with your life. In the past, because making movies was so expensive, we had to protect against exhaustion and compromise. In the future, you’ll have to steel yourself against something else: the temptation to go with the flow, and allow the movie to drift and float away.

This isn’t just a matter of cinema. There are no shortcuts to anything. I’m not saying that everything has to be difficult. I’m saying that the voice that sparks you is your voice – that’s the inner light, as the Quakers put it.

That’s you. That’s the truth.

All my love,

Dad

via L’Espresso

This article first appeared on Fandango.com.

Exclusive: Emile Hirsch on His Steamy Sex Scenes with Penelope Cruz in ‘Twice Born’ and Playing a War Hero in ‘Lone Survivor’

Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch team up for the first time in Twice Born and deliver what may be the hottest sex scenes of the year. Gemma (Cruz) was a bright Italian college student when she met a young American photographer Diego (Hirsch). Drawn to his artistic flair they indulge in a heated love affair. In love, the two try to start a family but their lives are torn apart by the start of the Balkan War. Gemma returns to Italy, alone and with an infant son. Years later she plans a summer vacation with her distant teenage son, Pietro, to Sarajevo to show him where his father is from. During their trip, however, Gemma discovers a long-hidden secret that makes her question everything she ever knew.

We recently got to speak with actor Emile Hirsch on his latest big-screen projects Twice Born, Lone Survivorand the TV miniseries Bonnie and Clyde. He also talks about overcoming his nervousness to shoot sex scenes with Penelope Cruz and what he’s most thankful for this year.

What stood out the most about this film shoot from other films you’ve been on?

Emile Hirsch: The film had an astronomically high budget so we had a really a relaxed pace of shooting. We had time to get scenes right, keep shooting, it never really felt rushed.  [Director] Sergio [Castellitto] was able to shoot the movie on his own terms.

What’s the meaning behind the title of this film?

Hirsch: I think Twice Born is about Diego’s son, Pietro. He was born once but when he discovers the truth about who he is and where he comes from he’s able to rediscover himself. Gemma interprets that as her son being born twice.

We get to see a lot of Penelope Cruz in this film, if you know what I mean. How did you concentrate during all those steamy sex scenes?

Hirsch: I think we were both a little nervous. I think there were about four sex scenes. The director and his wife made sure that the environment felt right but they would egg us on. But you know, Penelope and I are friends. She has an absurd sense of humor that I share so we connected a lot through laughter even if we were in a situation that was kind of awkward.

You do realize many men would envy you?

Hirsch: Well, yeah, probably. I mean Penelope is pretty darn sexy. There’s no way around that.

You go from romancing Penelope Cruz to portraying a real-life soldier in Lone Survivor. How do you embody that warrior spirit?

Hirsch: Well, it’s impossible to embody that spirit. The training those guys go through is so extensive and hard that the best you can hope for is a pale imitation and you have to work your butt off to even do that. They’re a special breed of warriors, people and men. That situation of combat is impossible to ever replicate but you can try your best and that’s what we did. We tried to honor these soldiers that lost their lives in a respectful way.

I think the movie is pretty good. I was really happy with how Peter Berg directed it. You can see all the attention to detail and care that he put into it on-screen.  All my brothers — Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Taylor Kitsch — were just fantastic. Everybody showed up to play ball.

Does this movie have a sweet spot for you?

Hirsch: Yes, absolutely. I got to meet the Navy Seals and Danny Dietz’s family who I portray. I got to know his family, friends and widow and you just have this love for a guy that you’ve never even met. You can only imagine how amazing he was, how loved he was and you realize that he must’ve really been somebody special. It takes a whole new meaning when it’s a real story and I think Mark for sure and all the guys felt that.

Many women tuned into A&E, History Channel and Lifetime over the weekend to watch you be a badass in Bonnie and Clyde. How much fun did you have shooting this classic tale?

Hirsch: It was just like cops and robbers. The movie is a lot of fun to watch, it’s dark but entertaining. It has these weird moments of levity, which are kind of crucial to the story. It was just an adventure. You put your fedora on, you get your machine gun, shot gun, and you drive an old stick-shift car while being chased by cops. You just really feel like a big kid playing cops and robbers.

Looking back at all of your success what are you most thankful for this year?

Hirsch: I’m most thankful for my little son Valor, who was born a month ago. He gets it hands down. It’s one of those feelings where words just don’t do it justice.

Twice Born opened in theaters December 6 and is now available on VOD.

Lone Survivor hits theaters January 10, 2014.