John Cusack Channels Poe in ‘The Raven’
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—John Cusack admits he got a little obsessed portraying the original king of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. He read nearly every work of the 19th century American writer and scoured books about him and his bizarre and tragic life. Cusack, 45, plays a fi [...]
Goddard Checks in to ‘Cabin in the Woods’
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—From “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “Angel” to “Alias” to “Lost,” Drew Goddard has been one of the architects of modern pop culture alongside uber-producer Joss Whedon. Turning his sights on the big screen, Goddard flips the traditional teen horror fli [...]
Le Carre’s Cold War Spy George Smiley on Blu-Ray
A Front Row Features Staff Report HOLLYWOOD—Recently called “The greatest spy show ever made,” the original “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” debuts on Blu-ray on April 24 with new extras, including deleted scenes and a lengthy, new interview with director John Irvin. John le Carré’s cla [...]
‘Lockout’ for Pearce before ‘Prometheus’
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—Guy Pearce is mostly known for playing cerebral or flamboyant characters in films like “Memento,” “L.A. Confidential” and “Factory Girl,” where he played avant garde artist Andy Warhol. The Aussie performer relishes the opportunity to surprise—“The Ad [...]
A ‘Party’ of the Van Peebles
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—Mario Van Peebles made his first feature film two decades ago with the urban crime drama “New Jack City.” A second-generation filmmaker—his father is legendary auteur Melvin Van Peebles—he is now ushering in another generation of artists with a coming [...]
‘American Reunion’ Cast Dish Up Laughs
By PETERSON GONZAGA Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—It’s been 13 years since “American Pie” introduced us to Jim and his high school friends along with the unforgettable pie scene. In this fourth installment of the popular teen-comedy franchise, “American Reunion” also  [...]