Rachel Weisz: 'I Butchered An American Rap Classic'

It just may be the wackiest role of Rachel Weisz’s Academy Award-winning career. She goes over-the-top in Brothers Bloom as a reclusive heiress who whiles away time in a huge mansion with her many hobbies, including skateboarding, karate, banjo playing and rapping.

Then she meets the Bloom brothers, a couple of con men played by Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo, who entice her to take a trip around the world while they plot to steal her millions.

Meanwhile, Weisz is very much into her real-life role as mom to her young son with her boyfriend, maverick director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler). And she’ll next be seen in the much anticipated Lovely Bones.

A little help with the skateboarding, please.
“I had never been on a skateboard on my life. Actually, Adrien Brody is a really good skateboarder, so he took me out in the parking lot and tried to help me. He was very supportive, but all I could think of was, ‘This is really dangerous.’ Fortunately, I didn’t crash.”…Read more

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John Krasinski Talks Vows on 'The Office' Season Finale

John Krasinski has made his mark in primetime as one of the nicest and least screwed-up guys on The Office. Now, in Away We Go, he’s grown a beard and joins Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph on the big screen in a touching comedy about a couple expecting their first baby.

And, as the The Office season finale approaches this Thursday night, fans are wondering if Pam and Jim will finally take a walk down the aisle.

Is Jim tying the knot with Pam or not?
“I think that we’ve always known that a wedding is coming between Pam and Jim, or we’ve been hoping that a wedding is coming. It’s sort of insane that we’ve gotten through a hundred episodes still waiting. The best part about each season finale is that they always write great stuff for Jim and Pam. And it’s no different this week. It’s going to be some fun stuff. But I actually have a guy that will shoot me if I give you any answers right now.” …Read more

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Tom Hanks: No 'Smooching' in 'Demons'

The first time around, protests didn’t exactly keep audiences away from the big-screen version of Dan Brown’s best-seller, The Da Vinci Code. Now, there’s controversy brewing once again as Tom Hanks returns in the follow-up Angels and Demons, opposite Ewan McGregor and sexy Ayelet Aurer. This time around, the story brings murder to the Vatican.

Hanks, who’s scored at both the box office and the Oscars, doesn’t seem worried. He and filmmaker Ron Howard insist that what’s driving their movie is thrills and suspense, not religion and politics. And to prove it, Hanks displays a dazzling sense of humor about one of the most anticipated flicks of the summer.

Advice to people who worry about being upset by what they see on the screen.
“If anyone feels that the film is going to be offensive to them, don’t see it. I’m here to say do not see the film. Stay away, please, please. I beg of you.” …Read more

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Diego Luna Tackles Global Stardom

The critically acclaimed and controversial Mexican indie hit Y Tu Mama Tambien got Diego Luna and co-star Gael Garcia Bernal worldwide attention with their on-screen lip lock.

Now, almost a decade later, they’ve teamed up again for Rudo y Cursi playing a pair of brothers whose rivalry moves to the playing field when they become soccer stars.

Diego, who was last seen opposite Sean Penn in Milk, has made his mark in Hollywood in a string of high-profile films ranging from Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal to Kevin Costner’s Open Range and Frida, directed by Julie Taymor.

Remembering that kiss.
“I don’t think we were thinking about anything except just getting through the scene. We had no idea it would become a big deal. But after the seventh take, the sound mixer came over and said, ‘Guys, that’s not a love kiss. That’s just a kiss. This is about love and you’re not loving each other with that kiss.’ And we were like, ‘Leave us alone and go do the sound.’ But we did it again and I think that’s the take that ended up in the film.”…Read more

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Jesse James: Being With Sandy Made Everything Better

They may seem like an odd couple, but after four years of marriage, the beauteous Sandra Bullock and her heavily tattooed biker hubby Jesse James are still going strong.

James became a hit on the Discovery Channel hosting Monster Garage, but who would have thought he’d hold his own (until he was fired, that is) on the last shocking episode of Celebrity Apprentice?

But, you haven’t seen the last of James, he has a new show coming up on Spike TV. Now, Jesse weighs in on what keeps him and Sandy together.

Who needs Dr. Phil?
“When it comes to my marriage, I remember what my father used to say to me: ‘Don’t do it halfway. Don’t half ass it. Do it all the way.’ I didn’t feel that way about marriage for the better part of my life. But with Sandy, I’ve realized that to make a relationship last and be wonderful, I have to put the same work ethic into it that I do into building a custom bike. And that’s something that I didn’t do for the longest time. I thought, ‘Hey, I’m a good person just because I work hard.’ Well, it’s just as important to work hard at home too, being a dad and being a good husband.”…Read more

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