Kristen Bell is all real in the hit comedy Couples Retreat (just check out her bod in a bikini). But it’s all make-believe in the animated feature Astro Boy as she voices a kid who bonds with a reluctantly heroic robot while trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out that it was always her ambition to become a cartoon.
“I think like any other girl who grew up in the ’80s and early ’90s: I always dreamed about being a Disney princess. That was my fantasy. I really liked The Little Mermaid. I also really liked Aladdin. I think that, for my generation, the kids that are my age now, we memorized all those songs. In my off hours I still do them…”
Gerard Butler hasn’t wreaked this much havoc on the big screen since he took on the Persian hordes in 300. He’s co-starring with Jamie Foxx in Law Abiding Citizen, playing a widower who leaves a trail of death and destruction after the man who killed his family plea bargains instead of facing trial.
Butler told Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf how far he’d go to get revenge.
“My mom was a big fighter who would never turn the other cheek. Like, if she had an issue, she would take you on and confront you. And more than a few times she’d be on your case in public. I was always like, ‘Oh, mom, don’t. Just let it go.’ But I think there is a time to stand up for what you believe in …”
Matthew Modine is not just an actor, he’s also a committed activist who has been celebrated for his work to preserve the environment. Now, he’s starring in Opa! playing a high-tech archaeologist who is more worried about his satellite equipment than the meaning of life–even when his work takes him to the Greek island of Patmos. But leave it to the Greeks to help him unwind, find love, make friends and discover a new path.
Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out that Modine has already discovered the importance of staying connected.
“My character realizes that what’s important to the people is sharing the joy of life and enjoying each other’s company. The experience of making the film reinforced that for me. There was a little house on Patmos, and if I could have found the owners, I might have pulled the plug on life in America and spent the rest of my life there. But the locals told me…”
Jamie Foxx got his start going for laughs, then proved that he was serious about acting. Now, the Academy Award winner (Ray) is paired with Gerard Butler in the riveting drama Law Abiding Citizen. The flick raises troubling questions about the justice system.
Foxx gave Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf his frank opinion about taking the law into his own hands.
“If it had been my daughter who was barely a teenager–my daughter is 15–Roman Polanski would be missing . . . period. It wouldn’t even get to the court case. But, that’s me and I wouldn’t want anyone else to follow that because you should let the justice system work it out…”
Malin Akerman drove men crazy earlier this year with her revealing costume in Watchmen. Now, she reveals her funny side, playing wife to Vince Vaughn as he brings the zany in Couples Retreat, a sweet grown-up comedy in which four couples go to a beautiful island for a little fun and relaxation–and end up in mandatory relationship coaching.
Akerman told Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf that she knows how important laughter is for a couple.
“Just take deep breaths. There’s never a dull moment with Vince. He’s got a lot of energy and a lot of laughs in him, and he’s not a bad-looking man. If you have that combination, you have a good deal…”