Shedding her sultry image from pics like "54," "Wild Wild West" and "Desperado," Salma Hayek courageously embarked on what could have been career suicide -- a biopic about an artist and icon…
For most actors, when Steven Spielberg calls, you jump. Not so with Samantha Morton, the British actress best known in America for her nonspeaking Oscar-nominated role in "Sweet and Lowdown."
All the dual-acting contenders in this year's Oscar race had the benefit of performing their roles in separate films. Except for Nicolas Cage, who delivered two complex, diametrically opposed…
In "Insomnia," director Christopher Nolan says he put the camera directly in Al Pacino's face because he wanted the audience to be close enough to witness the skill of a great actor, someone who has…
While "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy may center around Frodo, in its second installment, "The Two Towers," Viggo Mortensen carries the physical and emotional weight of the film.
No one can accuse Nicole Kidman of crumbling in the face of a challenge. Last year, despite having no professional experience as a singer or dancer, she shined in the musical extravaganza "Moulin…
Casting arthouse veteran Emily Watson opposite the "Waterboy" himself, Adam Sandler, may seem an unlikely combination, but it was the peculiar pairing that energized Watson for her role in Paul…
This year, Nicolas Cage has managed to do the near impossible by turning in not one, but two impeccable performances in the same movie: the hyperneurotic writer Charlie Kaufman and his goofily…
Despite memorable performances in films such as "Field of Dreams," "GoodFellas" and "Something Wild," Ray Liotta has never found himself on Oscar's shortlist.
As Dennis Quaid ran onto the field at an actual Texas Rangers game to film a scene in "The Rookie" -- in which his real-life character, Jim Morris, makes his Major League debut -- he was…
A good rule of thumb in gauging Paul Newman's performances in films is not to ask Paul Newman; he wouldn't know. "I get depressed at my own performances," Newman says. "So I stay away from them."