AARTI VIRANI

The cast of ‘Won’t Back Down’ reflects on the state of education

Director Daniel Barnz recalls coaxing actress Maggie Gyllenhaal to star in his inner-city school drama, "Won't Back Down." "She was concerned about the long summer shoot and being away from her children -- which is funny, because this movie is all about a great mom who sacrifices so much for her...

Sunday, September 30, 2012, 8:44 PM

Happy hour roundup: sips south of City Hall

Fresh Salt146 Beekman St., 212-962-0053 www.freshsalt.comOccupying a 127-year-old red-brick smokehouse, this charming dive — more East Village than Financial District — prides itself on being one of the last watering holes frequented by Fulton Fish Market workers. Today, it attracts an eclectic mix...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 10:28 PM

Denise Richards gushes about director and actor Tyler Perry

As she munches on Peanut M&Ms, exchanges a quick word with her publicist and taps out a lightning-fast text message -- "I'm so sorry, just making arrangements with the kids," she blurts -- Denise Richards is every bit the multi-tasking mom. But in a matter of hours, she'll dial up the glamour,...

Thursday, June 28, 2012, 10:00 PM

Hudson sounds off in film Nine

The last time we were treated to the vocal stylings of Kate Hudson — really more of a warbled rendition of You’re So Vain in 2003’s How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days — we didn’t necessarily want more. But the actress executes an impressive double play as she shimmies and croons (soulfully, might we add...

Friday, December 18, 2009, 7:25 AM

The woman behind the ‘Brothers’

It’s an overcast Saturday afternoon, and inside a swanky Manhattan hotel room, Natalie Portman delicately sips on a cup of tea. “I’ve been doing interviews since I was 12,” muses the 28-year-old almost incredulously. For her latest film, “Brothers,” she plays a mother — and a heartbreakingly...

Friday, December 4, 2009, 12:41 PM

Portman studied her real-life counterpart for military wife role in Brothers

It’s an overcast Saturday afternoon, and inside a swanky, Manhattan hotel room, Natalie Portman delicately sips on a cup of tea.“I’ve been doing interviews since I was 12,” muses the 28-year old, almost incredulously. For her latest film, Brothers, in theatres Friday, she plays a mother — and a...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 4:45 AM