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Beyond his wildest dreams

Will Ferrell just wants to be taken seriously. The comic actor, who got his start on Saturday Night Live and has gone on to become one of the biggest comedy stars in Hollywood, loves making films like this week’s Land of the Lost, don’t get him wrong. But what he’s really looking for is another...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 5:31 AM

More than just an action hero

Sam Worthington is being set up to be the next big action star, but for now he’s more concerned with finding a place to live. “I go where the work is,” he admits. “I don’t have a real home.”Hoping to start a career hot streak, Worthington opens this weekend in Terminator Salvation alongside...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 6:30 AM

Bale seeks Salvation

Christian Bale doesn’t like being told what to do. In fact, he admits he’s been more keen to take a role in a film if others tell him not to. “Some people were saying to me, ‘Why do you want to do that?’ Which made me go, ‘I’m going to go do it, then,’” Bale explains. “I really want to do it more,...

Friday, May 15, 2009, 7:33 AM

The Office turns 100

It’s the fifth season finale of NBC’s The Office tonight — and the sitcom’s 100th episode. The folks at Dunder Mifflin have come a long way from their early days, when few thought it would last — including the show’s cast. “I think at best, my guess would’ve been 48 (episodes) at most,” John...

Thursday, May 14, 2009, 5:45 AM

From Star Trek to Terminator

This month is a big one for Anton Yelchin — maybe the biggest in his life. With roles in a pair of high-profile summer releases — Star Trek and Terminator Salvation — Yelchin’s life has lately become a blur of flashy premieres around the world and press junkets at five-star hotels. But he’s trying...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 6:30 AM

Boldly starting over

In revitalizing the more than 40-year-old Star Trek franchise — which hits theatres Thursday — J.J. Abrams knew that no aspect was more important than casting the crew of the USS Enterprise.And while the challenge of finding actors to take on some of the most recognizable characters in film and...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 6:30 AM

Fresh enterpise

As a filmmaker, J.J. Abrams has already had an impressive career, from creating iconic television series like Lost, Alias and Felicity to having a hand in movies as diverse as Regarding Henry and the most recent Mission: Impossible. But in bringing his latest, Star Trek, to the screen, he faced a...

Friday, May 1, 2009, 7:33 AM

Wolverine takes a dark turn

Hugh Jackman has made a career of leaping from genre to genre, proving he’s just as adept in big, loud action films as he is singing and dancing on a Broadway stage — or even hosting the Oscars. But for most fans around the world, he’s best known for the iconic role that made him famous in the...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 6:30 AM

We underestimated Boyle, Cowell says

Simon Cowell admits he didn’t see Susan Boyle’s rampant success on Britain’s Got Talent coming. “I wouldn’t have sat here five weeks ago and said the person to watch out for is Susan Boyle,” Cowell said in Los Angeles recently will promoting this summer’s American version of the TV show.“We were...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 6:30 AM

Laughter’s the best duct tape

In Jennifer Garner’s latest film, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, she plays maid of honour for a wedding imperiled by her caddish ex, played by Matthew McConaughey. But to hear Garner tell it, she’s often the one more likely to wreak havoc on someone else’s nuptials.“I’m usually part of the disaster of...

Friday, April 24, 2009, 7:21 AM

Downey Jr. in scribe’s skin

Although he’s spent years as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and he turned his experiences with a homeless, mentally ill Juilliard dropout into a bestselling book, Steve Lopez isn’t used to being the focus of attention. So imagine how uncomfortable he found it to have a celebrated Hollywood...

Friday, April 17, 2009, 6:31 AM

You don’t know this Zac

The first thing you see in 17 Again is Zac Efron — Hollywood heartthrob, star of the High School Musical franchise, bedroom wall decoration for girls the world over — sweaty and shirtless, landing three-pointer after three-pointer in an empty gym. The filmmakers obviously know how to play to their...

Thursday, April 9, 2009, 8:09 AM

Rogen courts danger

Having spent the last few years cultivating a lucrative career playing the loveable stoner, Seth Rogen tries for something a bit different in his latest film, Observe and Report. Rogen plays Ronnie Barnhardt, a loose-cannon, bipolar security guard obsessed with protecting his mall patrons and, by...

Friday, April 3, 2009, 5:24 AM