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'Shooting a fight scene? It's frustrating, it's difficult ... and at the same time, the reward is always good.'

By James Rocchi Jan 26, 2013 6:44PM

Combining the capacity for explosive action with no small amount of charm, Jason Statham became an unlikely action star for the new millenium, one with both fast reflexes and a quick wit. In "Parker," Statham plays the title character -- a consummate professional, and professional thief, who has to set things right according to his standards when his partners on a heist rip him off and leave him for dead after an all-cash robbery. Taken from a beloved series of hard-boiled crime novels written by Donald Westlake under the name Richard Stark, there's more Parker novels to be brought to the big screen ... if, as Statham notes, the Box Office is good. We spoke with Statham in Los Angeles.  

 

MSN Movies: This character comes from a long series of books. He's been played by Lee Marvin and Peter Coyote and other luminaries. Did you know about this when you read the script or did you dive into the history of the character as you read it?

 

Jason Statham: As I finished it, it all became apparent. The script just came to me and it was adapted by John J. McLaughlin, a brilliant writer. And then we looked a little bit deeper and found out he came with such a fantastic pedigree and you start to read about Donald and his fabulous history and realized we were into something really great.

 

Obviously when you signed onboard a film that makes it very easy for the film to get make, but as the other cast members sort of accrued around you, like Mr. Chiklis, Miss Lopez, Mr. Nolte -- were you really impressed by the caliber of supporting cast that were filling out this movie?

 

Exactly.  That is responsible from the greatness of Taylor Hackford. He has a great history of filmmaking, and he's an Academy Award nominated director -- I think he actually won an Academy Award for a short film, so I must stand corrected there. So he's just tremendous, and he brings a great confidence and actors want to work with people like that.

 

I watch a lot of action trailers as a professional hazard, and a lot them just look like moments from video games -- you know, just pixels. But when you have that hotel room fight, and it's you and the other actor hurling each other around, how great it is to make that kind of analog mayhem to watch on the big screen?

 

(Laughs) It's a lot of things. It's frustrating, it's difficult, you never have enough time ... but at the same time, in the same breath, the reward is always good because when it's finished and the sequence is the best it can be, they take all the wires out from the balcony ... it turns out pretty good. But you're always up against the restrictions of time and then trying to get the right sort of things together. But I love that stuff. It's the crowd-pleasing sort of popcorn moments where they think, "Is he dead?" and there's a surprise ... it's great.

 

And also a lot more fun to watch than just somebody going click, click, click with this little computerized action figure, right?

 

 

Enter to win a Sony HD Memory Action Camcorder

By MSN Movies Thu 9:24 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Relativity Media

 

Horror unfolds for the Russell family as the siblings Tim and Kaylie try to uncover the supernatural force that caused the death of their parents. An antique mirror holds the key to the answers they've been looking for but will their reality be shattered once again by terrifying events that will unfold?

 

Experience the horror of "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

In the meantime, to celebrate the release, we're giving away a Sony HD Flash Memory Action Camcorder to one lucky fan! Here's how to enter.

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #Oculus giveaway

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.com with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #Oculus giveaway
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

Yes, it's that easy. Good luck and be sure to check out "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

 

 

Courtesy of 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,' one lucky winner will be selected

By MSN Movies Apr 8, 2014 8:14AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Home Media Distribution

 

You can now experience the horror and black magic of "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" as the shocking extended version is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, intense new footage not seen in theaters!

 

This new chapter in the series takes the phenomenal horror franchise to new hights set in a gritty urban environment.

 

To celebrate the release, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One console! To enter, follow these steps.

 

 

 

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie @TweetYourScream #THEMARKEDONES

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.com and tell us your top 3 favorite horror movies!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

Yes, it's that easy.  Good luck and be sure to check out "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" on digital, Blu-ray and DVD!

 

 

 

 

An inside look at a Hobbit's journey

By MSN Movies Apr 7, 2014 7:53AM

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Get an inside look at the characters and the mystery of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" through this exclusive infographic and enjoy the adventure as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is out on Blu-ray and digital HD on April 8.

 

For more movies exclusives, photos and video, like MSN Movies Facebook and follow MSN Movies Twitter.

 

 

 

Enter to win an Xbox One console!

By MSN Movies Mar 11, 2014 8:31AM

Paramount Pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Pictures

 

Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd return to take the news world by storm in the outrageous comedy "Anchorman 2." After losing his job to his wife, Ron Burgundy reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival. Watch the comedy unfold as "Anchorman 2" is now available on digital release.

 

To celebrate the release, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One console! To enter, follow these steps:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovies #ANCHORMAN2 giveaway!

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.com and tell us your favorite Ron Burgundy quote!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive behind the scenes look at "Anchorman 2."

 

Tyler Perry's latest film hits theaters March 14

By MSN Movies Mar 10, 2014 8:15AM

Lionsgate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

In this latest Tyler Perry film, five single moms come together to find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood. Through their bond, they learn to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way as single moms.

 

To celebrate the release of "The Single Mom's Club" we're giving away a fun movie prize pack to one lucky fan!  Enter to win and be sure to check out "The Single Moms Club" when it hits theaters on March 14.

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovies #SingleMomsClub giveaway!

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.com with the following message: I want to win @MSNMovies #SingleMomsClub giveaway!

4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

 

Oscar nominated film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney now available on DVD

By MSN Movies Feb 24, 2014 8:47AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Disaster strikes as Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). Left alone, Dr. Stone in the darkness must try to figure out a way back to Earth.

 

Experience this space brilliant and critically acclaimed space adventure as the Oscar nominated film for Best Picture hits Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25. To celebrate the release we're giving away a copy of the movie to one lucky fan!

 

Enter to win:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter
2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovies #GRAVITY giveaway!

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.com with the following message: I want to win @MSNMovies #GRAVITY giveaway!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

"Gravity" is out on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25.

 

 

Enter to win a free iPad and steak from Omaha Steaks!

By MSN Movies Feb 19, 2014 12:02PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Pictures

 

Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, the critically acclaimed "Nebraska" starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte and June Squibb is a story of an aging father and son and their journey from Montana to Nebraska.

 

Bing: More about Bruce Dern | More on Will Forte

 

This drama that has captured the hearts of America and movie going audiences is now available digitally. To celebrate the release, we're giving away this amazing prize to one lucky winner! The winner will receive a copy of "Nebraska" on Blu-ray, a $50 steak certificate from Omaha Steaks and an iPad!

 

Follow these steps to enter the giveaway:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter
2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovies #NEBRASKA giveaway!

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.com with the following message: I want to win @MSNMovies #NEBRASKA giveaway!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

"Nebraska" is out on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25. In the meantime, check out this exclusive clip!

 

 

 

Kevin Costner stars in this heart pounding action-thriller

By MSN Movies Feb 18, 2014 9:36AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Relativity Media

 

Kevin Costner stars as an international spy in this heart pounding action-thriller determined to build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter. On his last mission he's forced to juggle fatherhood while hunting down a terrorist.

 

Bing: More about '3 Days to Kill' | More on Kevin Costner

 

To celebrate the release of '3 Days to Kill,' one lucky winner will win an iPad Air and movie goodies courtesy of Relativity Media.

 

Follow these steps to enter the giveaway:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter
2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovies #3DTK giveaway!

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.com with the following message: I want to win @MSNMovies #3DTK giveaway!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

Be sure to check out "3 Days to Kill" when it opens in theaters Friday, Feb. 21.

 

 
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