Jennifer Connelly makes her animated feature debut in 9 and gets a chance to be an action heroine as she faces up to machines bent on destroying mankind.
Connelly is also teaming up with her husband, Paul Bettany, in the controversial film Creation, exploring the life and work of Charles Darwin. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out how Connelly could be brave without getting black and blue.
“This was a good and safe way to start. I get to be this sort of cool warrior, but I didn’t have to train for the kicks and punches…”
Elijah Wood stars in 9 the animated feature that has sparked some confusion because it shares its title with the film version of the hit Broadway musical Nine, which debuts in November. But they couldn’t be more different.
9 is a beautifully-animated tale of a stark post-apocalyptic world in which a tiny guy (voiced by Wood) fights back against machines bent on taking over the earth. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf discovered that the role reminded the actor of another little guy he played.
“There have been interesting parallels drawn between the character of 9 and Frodo in Lord of the Rings. I realized that they are both sort of innocents that accept a sense of responsibility and go on this journey and they both grow. But it was a lot less demanding taking…”
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Matthew Morrison has left Broadway for primetime. The Tony-nominated song and dance man stars in the hotly anticipated new Fox series Glee as the director of a high school glee club.
Created by Nip/Tuck helmer Ryan Murphy, Glee is sort of the dark side of High School Musical, where hardly anybody is perfect. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out why Morrison is ready to go for ratings instead of ticket sales.
“If I could have created a TV show for myself, this would have been it. So this is a dream job for me. It’s great to see the crossover of Broadway on television. Actually, when I auditioned, I didn’t try to belt out a big show-stopper…”
Rumer Willis, who just celebrated her 21st birthday in Las Vegas, is following in the footsteps of her famous parents, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. She co-starred in The House Bunny and Wild Cherry, and now she’s got a juicy role in the horror-thriller Sorority Row, playing a geeky girl who finally fights back as her pals are sliced up by a mysterious killer.
Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out why Willis was up to the bloody scenes and how she out-screamed her co-stars.
“I watched some movies that had classic screamers in them. I would give Neve Campbell pretty high marks for her shrieking in Scream. She was impressive. I didn’t practice at home because people would have been dialing 911 or something…”
Bradley Cooper stepped onto the fast track to stardom in this summer’s biggest comedy hit The Hangover. Now, he’s Sandra Bullock’s leading man in All About Steve, playing a news cameraman being stalked by a wacky woman who constructs crossword puzzles for her local newspaper.
Cooper recently revealed that he’s joining the cast of the much-anticipated remake of The A-Team, and getting ready for The Hangover 2. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out that while Cooper is well on his way to becoming a famous face, he still wants to keep his private life private.
“I don’t feel cheated that Sandra Bullock kept most of her clothes on with me. At least we got sort of a love scene. I got to touch her breasts. OK, she had a bra on, but I still made contact. Actually, Sandra was attacking me physically in that scene. There’s just something in her eyes when she’s…”