Monthly Archives: August 2009

Jason Bateman: ‘My Inner Teen Wolf Is Alive And Well’

Jason Bateman has come a long way since he played that sweet kid on The Little House on the Prairie. His grown-up career on the big screen included last summer’s hit Hancock opposite Will Smith and a juicy, over-the-top role in State of Play, co-starring with Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck.

Now, he’s reunited with Affleck in Mike Judge’s dark and quirky Extract, playing a factory owner who cares about his employees but can’t get his wife to care about him.’s Jeanne Wolf found out just how much Jason teased Affleck about his new look.

“It’s kind of the flip side of Mike Judge’s first film, Office Space, where you sort of connected with the suffering workers and hated the boss. I’m not a boss hater, I’ve always liked my bosses. So I was happy to play the man in charge…”


Patton Oswalt: I’m Not Your Typical Leading Man

Comedian Patton Oswalt has gone for laughs on screens large [Ratatouille, Observe and Report] and small [King of Queens, Reno 911!] while taking his stand-up act on the road.

Now, he’s sort of the leading man in Big Fan. He stars as a devoted fan whose obsessive support of the New York Giants and their star quarterback leads him down a dark path.’s Jeanne Wolf found out that the less-than-svelte Oswalt feels he has something in common with a lot of superfans.

“I kind of fit the mold. If you’ve ever been to Comic-Con, you see shirtless guys, all these crazy comic book geeks, with painted bodies that don’t tend to be cut and slim. They tend to be more shaped like me, so I’m the perfect…”


Emile Hirsch: I’m Going To Give Shakespeare Scholars Cardiac Arrest

Emile Hirsch was on his way to becoming a leading man after starring in Into the Wild and Speed Racer. But now he’s taking a small but pivotal role as a Vietnam vet trying to adjust to returning home in Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock.’s Jeanne Wolf uncovered the reason why Hirsch wasn’t worried about how much time you see him on-screen.

And Hirsch will be back in the spotlight this fall when he begins filming on a modern-day version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

“As soon as I heard Ang Lee was interested in me, I knew I was going to do the film even before I got the script. I’ve been a fan of Ang ever since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which I absolutely adored. And course Brokeback Mountain just blew me away….”


Rob Zombie Takes Off The Mask In ‘Halloween 2’

As Rob Zombie puts it, “No guts, no glory.” Forget the naysayers who said America wasn’t ready for a remake of the classic Halloween. The rocker turned filmmaker scored at the box office with his own spin on the terrifying saga of Michael Myers. And now he’s back with a sequel.

The blood flows again in Halloween 2, but the biggest surprise may be seeing the iconic monster without his trademark mask.’s Jeanne Wolf found out why Zombie decided to break with tradition.

“When we were shooting the first Halloween, Tyler Mane, who played Michael, would have his hockey mask on and I knew he was doing all these facial expressions that we didn’t get to see. I would think, ‘Man he looks so intense…”


Sandra Bullock: There’s More To Life Than Looking For the Right Guy

Sandra Bullock has a tough act to follow – herself. She hit it big at the box office in The Proposal last month. Now, she’s hoping to reprise her success in another romantic comedy opposite Hangover hunk Bradley Cooper.

In All About Steve, Bullock plays Mary Horowitz, an off-beat constructor of cross-word puzzles who ends up stalking a guy she met on a blind date.’s Jeanne Wolf found out that Sandra understood a woman who seems a little south of normal.

“I connected with her. If I had grown up to be who I was supposed to be, without being concerned about what other people thought, I would have become more like Mary. I had a lisp and got sent to speech therapy. I was like, ‘Why?’ I tended to ramble. One idea would beget another idea …”