Vin Diesel Interview
Vin Diesel reprises his star-making PITCH BLACK role of enigmatic anti-hero Richard B Riddick in the new science fiction action–adventure epic, The Chronicles of Riddick.
A native of New York City, Vin Diesel (Riddick / Producer) has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after film stars. He was most recently seen in the action-thriller A Man Apart, which he also produced. Topping Diesel’s list of credits is his star turn in The Fast and the Furious, for which he won an MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team (alongside co-star Paul Walker) and was nominated for Best Male Performance.
He also starred in the blockbuster XXX, which he executive-produced. In addition, Diesel appeared in Saving Private Ryan, for which he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the film’s ensemble cast. Other credits include roles in Boiler Room, Knockaround Guys and the voice of the title character in The Iron Giant, which won an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.
Prior to appearing in these well-known features, Diesel wrote, produced, directed and starred in the independent short Multi-Facial, which explored the issue of being multi-racial in today’s society. The film follows Diesel, where he is told he is either “too black” or “too white” for the part. Director Steven Spielberg created the role of Private Caparzo specifically for him in Saving Private Ryan after seeing the short.
In addition, Diesel also penned, produced, directed and starred in the full-length feature Strays. The drama was selected to compete at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.
Raised in Greenwich Village, Diesel gave his first stage performance at the age of seven at Theatre for the New City in Greenwich Village and continued to work in theatre throughout his childhood. After high school, he enrolled at Hunter College, where he majored in English with a concentration on creative writing. It was soon after that he began writing screenplays.
Diesel has recently ventured into the video game industry as well with the formation of Tigon Studios. The first project for the company, entitled The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, features the Richard B. Riddick character and will be released this summer to coincide with the opening of The Chronicles of Riddick. Diesel lent both his name and likeness to the game.
Diesel is currently shooting his first comedy, The Pacifier, opposite Faith Ford, Brad Garrett, Lauren Graham and Brittany Snow. The film follows an undercover agent, who, after failing to protect an important government scientist, learns that the scientist’s family is in danger. In an effort to redeem himself, he agrees to take care of the man’s children, only to discover that child care is his toughest mission yet.
Following The Pacifier, Diesel will produce and play the title role in Hannibal, which tells the story of the Carthaginian general who rode an elephant across the Alps to attack Rome in the 3rd Century B.C.
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Judy Dench interview
Since playing Ophelia in Hamlet at the Old Vic 40 years ago, Dame Judi Dench (Aereon) has received wide critical acclaim for a career marked by outstanding performances in both classical and contemporary roles. She has won more than 25 awards—including nine British Academy Awards—in a career that has encompassed the stage, television and motion pictures.
She received the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1970 for services to the theatre, and subsequently became a DBE (Dame of the British Empire) in 1988. Most recently, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from The Julliard School, paying homage to her as an “outstanding artist and cultural leader.”
Her feature film credits include: Franco Zeffirelli’s Tea With Mussolini; Mrs. Brown (for which she won a Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and Oscar® nomination); Wetherby; A Room With a View (for which she won a BAFTA Award as Best Supporting Actress); 84 Charing Cross Road; A Handful of Dust (another BAFTA Award-winning performance as Best Supporting Actress); and two films for Kenneth Branagh, Henry V and Hamlet. Dame Judi also played the infamous ‘M’ in the latter Bond films— Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day.
Dench won an Academy Award®, a BAFTA Award and was named Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics for her performance in the hit romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress for Lasse Hallström’s Chocolat.
Dame Judi won a BAFTA Award for her performance in The Last of the Blond Bombshells for Working Title Television. In 2001 she filmed Iris, directed by Richard Eyre, with Jim Broadbent (for which she received an Academy Award® nomination) and The Shipping News, directed by Lasse Hallström, with Kevin Spacey and Julianne Moore.
She continues working on the London stage, starring in David Hare’s Amy’s View (winning a Tony Award for her Broadway performance), Peter Hall’s The Royal Family and the two-hander The Breath of Life at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, with Dame Maggie Smith.
Dench’s recent film credits also include Charles Dance’s Ladies in Lavender. Onstage, she most recently performed in All’s Well That Ends Well for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and London’s West End.
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Thandie Newton interview
Thandie Newton (Dame Vaako) continues to prove herself to be not only one of the most beautiful actresses in the business, but also one of the most talented.
She will soon be seen in the highly anticipated movie Crash, the debut feature of Emmy-winning Canadian director Paul Haggis, which is the story of a multi-racial group of characters whose lives interconnect following a car accident in Los Angeles. Newton stars opposite Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris and Ryan Phillippe.
Newton starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in Jonathan Demme’s contemporary romantic thriller The Truth About Charlie, inspired by Stanley Donen’s 1963 film Charade. Newton received rave reviews for her astonishingly original and bold performance as the title character in Jonathan Demme’s 1998 adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, co-starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.
Born to a Zimbabwean mother and an English father, Newton was raised in Zambia until she was three-years-old. Due to political unrest in the country, her family then relocated to England.
At age 16, while studying modern dance at the London Art Educational School, she won the lead role in John Duigan’s critically acclaimed 1990 coming-of-age film, Flirting, playing a Ugandan girl isolated in an Australian ladies academy who begins a romance with a teenage boy from a neighboring boarding school. After completing the film, she returned to England to continue her education, earning a BA with honors in anthropology at Cambridge University, while also acting in feature films for some of Hollywood’s most acclaimed directors, including Neil Jordan (Interview With the Vampire) and James Ivory (Jefferson in Paris).
Newton also appeared as a troubled singer opposite Tupac Shakur and Tim Roth in Vondie Curtis-Hall’s comedy/drama, Gridlock’d, and won critics’ praise as the exiled wife of an African leader in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Besieged.
Newton can currently be seen guest-starring on NBC’s hit drama ER, playing a Congolese Aid Worker; this marks her American television debut.
Thandie Newton resides in England with her husband and daughter.
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