Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ ‘Finding Nemo’ fish spoke in his voice, and Albert Brooks was hooked ]]> Lead story image

Albert Brooks fondly recalls the day he was reeled in to star in “Finding Nemo.” “The director did the most amazing thing. I wasn’t just asked if I wanted to do the film. I was taken into a screening room where these animators took a scene from my movie ‘Defending Your Life’ and put it into the mouth of a fish,” he says. “I sat in the dark watching his fish talking to one of the life judges in ‘Defending Your Life’ and thought I had just taken some kind of drug. It was very clever and I was just … ]]> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 06:15:24 -0600 <![CDATA[ Once taunted by bullies, Milla Jovovich takes it out on zombies ]]> Lead story image

Milla Jovovich is a zombie’s worst nightmare in the “Resident Evil” franchise. Rough and tough on screen, the action star says that in real life that wasn’t always the case. “I was a Russian immigrant whose last name was one that no one could pronounce,” she says. “I was bullied in school. I would hear, ‘Here comes Milla Jovovovovovovovoich.’ The kids would add about 100 syllables. ” Jovovich, 36, got past the taunts. “I thought that being popular in school was just so pathetic,” she says. “I knew I had a future over and beyond the horizon of that school.” … ]]> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 06:15:20 -0600 <![CDATA[ The last ‘Twilight’ and 13 other big movies for the fall ]]> Lead story image

CINDY PEARLMAN: It’s the time of year on the big screen when movies get extremely personal, with drama almost as intense as their stars’ real-life turmoil. Here are 14 movies to fall for this season. ]]> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 06:09:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ Bradley Cooper ‘thrilled’ to work with a boyhood pal on ‘The Words’ ]]> Lead story image

Bradley Cooper can easily find the words to describe his nerd past. “Hot is the exact opposite word that I’d use to describe my young life,” says Cooper. “I was not one of the cool kids. I wasn’t even on the radar. “I wasn’t even good at Four Square,” he says with a laugh. “Remember that game? The other kids wouldn’t even let me play.” Cooper, 37, is digging deep into his past for a reason. He kicks back with his BFF from grade school, Brian Klugman, to talk about their new movie. “The film proves that being nerds can … ]]> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 06:09:06 -0600 <![CDATA[ Other movies this fall: zombies, surfers and more ]]> Lead story image

Sept. 14 “Resident Evil: Retribution”: Those darn zombies. Can’t live with ’em. Can’t kill ’em, as Milla Jovovich finds out (again). “10 Years”: Man of the moment Channing Tatum is ready to pop the question to the love of his life (real-life wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum), but before he gets out the ring, he runs into his high-school girlfriend (Rosario Dawson) for the first time in 10 years. Sept. 21 “House at the End of the Street”: Jennifer Lawrence takes a break from playing those “Hunger Games” to star in a story of a mother and daughter who move to a … ]]> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 06:09:28 -0600 <![CDATA[ New films and an old favorite for kids ]]> Lead story image

“Finding Nemo 3D” (Sept. 14) So what if you already know who sinks and who swims? It’s the return of one of Pixar’s best, about a little fish that just wants to go home. “Frankenweenie” (Oct. 5): Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara lend their voices to director Tim Burton’s story of a dog named Sparky who comes back to life and scares the neighborhood. “Wreck-It Ralph” (Nov. 2): John C. Reilly voices a videogame villain who is tired of being bad and goes into other games, where he casts himself as a hero. Jane Lynch and … ]]> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 06:09:25 -0600 <![CDATA[ After Oscar nomination for ‘The Help,’ Jessica Chastain racks up more big roles ]]> Lead story image

There are moments in newfound stardom that still call for a little help. Jessica Chastain, Oscar-nominated for “The Help,” says that moment came when she was tired, hungry and back in some nondescript Toronto hotel suite. The actress glanced down at her cell phone. “I got a message from Kathryn Bigelow on my cell and I was like, ‘Whaaatttt?’ ” says Chastain, who stars for the “Hurt Locker” director in one of the year’s most-anticipated movies. “People keep asking me how my life has changed in the last year. To have that message is one of the coolest things that … ]]> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:06:56 -0600 <![CDATA[ William Shatner lands at Chicago Comic Con ]]> Lead story image

It’s Kirk out — of town, that is. William Shatner is in town for an appearance Saturday at Chicago Wizard World Comic Con in Rosemont. What’s the oddest Trek question he has ever been asked at one of these events? “It ranges from questions including, ‘What did it mean when you said “hello” in episode 7 of “Star Trek” ’ to ‘Can you tell us the meaning of life?’ ” And the answers? “I don’t know what I meant when I said hello, and the meaning of life is up for grabs, but it allows for some entertaining talks.” Shatner … ]]> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 06:04:40 -0600 <![CDATA[ When she’s not being a mom, Jennifer Garner plays a mom ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Garner’s life comes with its Hallmark moments. Just the other day, hubby Ben Affleck came home from shooting in Puerto Rico. “He hadn’t seen the kids in a week. The minute his feet actually hit the driveway, Ben had two girls hoisted up in the air — one kid in each arm. “He looked at me with the biggest, happiest smile on his face.” The mother of Violet Anne, 6; Seraphina Rose, 3, and new baby Sam is waxing eloquently on parenthood because she stars in “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” (opening Friday). She plays … ]]> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 06:10:45 -0600 <![CDATA[ As one ‘Closer’ closes, another gig opens for Mary McDonnell ]]> Lead story image

Mary McDonnell doesn’t want to be Pollyanna about turning 60. “There is nothing fun when you get up from a chair and go, ‘Is that a little crick up my back? Are you kidding me?’ ” says the actress. “I’m always shocked when my body clues me into the fact that I’m not 25 because I still feel that enthusiasm and the same amount of drive.” She has enough drive to become TV’s new top cop. Monday on TNT, she returns as Capt. Sharon Raydor in “Major Crimes,” reprising a role she began on “The Closer.” “On ‘The Closer,’ she … ]]> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 06:10:06 -0600 <![CDATA[ Meryl Streep has nothing to fear but herself ]]> Lead story image

The greatest living film actress of her generation just can’t do it. Meryl Streep is talking about what makes her shake in high heels. Did she get anxious doing awkward middle-aged love scenes with Tommy Lee Jones for their new movie “Hope Springs?” “Love scenes at my age? Those don’t bother me a bit,” says Streep, who adds, “A scene is a scene. It’s either honest or it’s not.” So what gives her the jitters? “The only time I ever get nervous in life is making a speech as myself,” she admits. “Just don’t get me up to a podium … ]]> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 06:06:27 -0600 <![CDATA[ Jessica Biel’s done almost nothing on Justin Timberlake wedding ]]> Lead story image

For Jessica Biel, being engaged to Justin Timberlake is a “breathless moment” she wants to enjoy as long as she can. She kick-boxed and lifted weights to get in shape to fight Kate Beckinsale in her new movie, “Total Recall.” ]]> Sat, 01 Sep 2012 06:06:51 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fans nosy about what Harrison’s doing at his ‘Pad’ ]]> Lead story image

It’s one thing to host a dating show called “Bachelor Pad.” It’s quite another when your own love life is under scrutiny. The host with the most on ABC is nothing if not upfront. Chris Harrison asks what’s in the tabloids this week: “I would love to find out about my life,” he teases during a phone interview from the “Bachelor Pad” set. There have been so many tabloid rumors about Emily Maynard from “The Bachelorette” and Harrison, who recently was divorced from his wife of 18 years. “I read one magazine that said we hate each other and don’t … ]]> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 06:15:15 -0600 <![CDATA[ Playing a daffy dad comes naturally for Steve Zahn ]]> Lead story image

Steve Zahn is not a wimpy dad. The laid-back actor is the type who will make spur-of-the-moment parental decisions that turn into lasting memories. “One day when I wasn’t working and there was nothing going on, my wife and I looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s just go. Let’s do a road trip,’ ” says Zahn, 44. “We got in the car clueless and went to the first place that came to our minds.” Disneyland? “We said, ‘OK, we’re going to Gettysburg,’ ” Zahn says with a laugh. “We just drove off and stayed in motels along the way. … ]]> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 06:15:11 -0600 <![CDATA[ Taking the next ‘Step’ ]]> Lead story image

So you think you can’t dance? Or maybe you know you can’t dance? The stars of “Step Up: Revolution” have a little bit of advice. “You can dance,” says actor Ryan Guzman. “You never know if you can dance until you trust yourself. Dance shouldn’t be judged. You just need to feel it in your body.” Adds Kathryn McCormick, “Dance is a feeling. The rule is if it feels good then it looks good.” In “Step Up: Revolution” (opening Friday), Emily (McCormick of “So You Think You Can Dance”) arrives in Miami wanting to become a professional dancer. She finds … ]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:31:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Christian Bale on playing Batman one last time ]]> Lead story image

In the end, Batman is the ultimate loner. No one knows that better than actor Christian Bale, who began an epic franchise alone. He ended it in the same way. ]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 06:08:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ Hold the Batphone for 5 questions ]]> Lead story image

Feeling a bit confused when it comes to Bat-fact vs. Bat-fiction? We asked the filmmakers and stars of “The Dark Knight Rises” for a few Bat-answers. Did director Christopher Nolan and his brother, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, model the Occupy Gotham theme on Occupy Wall Street? Jonathan Nolan says: “The story was developed in 2008 before the Occupy Wall Street movement. All of these films have threatened to turn Gotham inside out and allow it to collapse. I knew we had to go there.” He adds: “It’s about a civilization completely fallen to pieces. It’s hard to imagine things could go … ]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 06:08:35 -0600 <![CDATA[ With ‘Trishna,’ Freida Pinto explores a darker side ]]> Lead story image

Growing up in Mumbai, India, Freida Pinto had big dreams. The 27-year-old star of “Slumdog Millionaire” tells a story: “When I was a little girl I was raised Catholic and used to go to Sunday school. In eighth grade, the teacher said, ‘I want all of you students to come to the front of the room and say one thing that you want to do when you grow up.’ “I walked to the front of the room and proudly said, ‘I want everyone to hear my voice,’ ” she says. “Then, I added, ‘I’d like to be in the limelight … ]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 06:08:28 -0600