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“Working with Adrien Brody was like going to Julliard…”

By DannyMiller Mar 16, 2012 4:57PM

The last time I saw actress Sami Gayle was as Baby June in the stellar Broadway revival of “Gypsy” starring Patti LuPone. Gayle was mesmerizing as the young vaudeville star forced by her mother to endlessly warble “Let Me Entertain You!” to seedy audiences. In “Detachment,” the new film by Tony Kaye (“American History X”), Gayle plays Erica, a damaged 14-year-old who is offering men a different kind of entertainment. Out on the streets one night, Erica meets up with substitute teacher Henry Barthe, played by Adrien Brody, and the two injured souls strike up an unlikely friendship that changes both of their lives.

 

Sami, who is currently featured on the CBS series “Blue Bloods,” feels immensely grateful for the opportunity to play such a complex role in “Detachment,” her very first film. Gayle’s performance is powerful and poignant, and as director Tony Kaye has stated, she is the lynchpin that holds the film together. As Erica, Gayle displays a heartbreaking vulnerability that reminds me of the young Liza Minnelli in “The Sterile Cuckoo,” one of her first film roles.

 

I spoke with the now 16-year-old actress by phone and asked her if she had any reservations about taking on such a gritty character at her young age.

 

Sami Gayle: Tony actually had me in for a commercial he was directing. During the shoot, he threw me a script and said, “Don’t worry, Sami, you’re not the prostitute!” I was like, “What?” And he said again, “Don’t worry, you’re not Erica, you’re Meredith!” I read the script and then all of a sudden he brought the producers for the film onto the set. I said, “You know, Tony, Meredith’s body type doesn’t fit me at all.” And he said, “Oh no, Sami, you’re playing Erica!” “Huh?” Then he shoved a camera in front of me and said, “Say something!” So I read some lines and he said “Perfect—you’re hired!” So I was supposed to be all gung-ho about playing a prostitute! But later we discussed how we’d do it and how there’d be no nudity. I like to say I played a “classy” prostitute!

 

MSN Movies: Did you have to sell your parents on the idea of playing a teenage prostitute?

 

As odd as it sounds after the story I just told you, if there’s one person in the world you can trust, it’s Tony. He’s just the nicest man. He talked to my mom and dad and assured them it would be a very safe environment for me to play this role. Sure, we had some reservations about it but at the same time I got this amazing, challenging role for my very first film—now I think it was the best thing I could have possibly done. I just knew after I read the script that even though I was only 14, I had to tell this girl’s story. I didn’t see her as a prostitute, I saw her as a troubled girl who needed to be led to a better way of life. I think she was innocent girl underneath all the drama.

 

I can imagine how wonderful it was to work opposite an actor like Adrien Brody for your first film.

 

It was a dream come true! Working with Adrien Brody was like going to Julliard, but instead of four years, I went for four weeks. He was like the Albert Einstein of professors, it was just the best experience of my life. Adrien was the most influential mentor in my acting career thus far, and even after the movie he continues to mentor me.

 

What kinds of things did he teach you?

 

Mostly the importance of really being present in a scene, of just forgetting about the cameras and just being there with the actors in the scene. I remember when we were going into this one intense scene, he said, “It has to be you and me against the world” and I thought, “Wow, that’s one of the best things I’ve ever heard,” I used that to drive my performance in the rest of the film because it’s about these two people who are so different and yet so alike, they connect on so many different levels.

 

 

Enter to win a fun prize pack filled with movie goodies

By MSN Movies Aug 13, 2014 8:24AM






















By Lionsgate


Sylvester Stallone returns as Barney Ross in the new installment "The Expendables 3." An incredible cast is lined up in this new era which includes Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz, Mel Gibson with Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


With new blood, The Expendables team members are a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise. Combining old and new, they face their most personal battle yet.


To celebrate the release of "The Expendables 3" on August 15th, we are giving away a fun movie prize pack which includes the following goodies:


  • Comic-Con Poster
  • Character Poster
  • Final Poster
  • Cut-off Tee
  • Fandango Gift Card
  • Tough Mudder Entrance Fee


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


Be sure to check out "The Expendables 3" when it opens in theaters this Friday, August 15.





 

Enter to win an Xbox One

By MSN Movies Jul 15, 2014 9:23AM
Go behind the scenes to see the filmmakers shooting a scene with Russell Crowe.


By Paramount

 

Darren Aronofsky reenvisions the story of Noah's Ark with this Paramount/New Regency production. "In the beginning, there was nothing." So starts this version of the story centered on Noah (Russell Crowe), the man entrusted by God to save the innocent animals of Earth as the rising floodwaters cleansed the planet of mankind's evil.

 

To celebrate the July 15 release of "Noah" on Digital, and the July 29 release on Blu-ray, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One and four runners-up will each win a Blu-ray copy of the movie, courtesy of "Noah." 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 #NOAH giveaway and tell us your top two favorite Russell Crowe movies.

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #NOAH giveaway and tell us your top two favorite Russell Crowe movies.
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner.

 

The outrageous, unrated film debuts on Digital

By MSN Movies Jun 3, 2014 7:35AM

By Paramount Pictures

 

Get ready to see even more pranks and outrageousness in this follow-up to "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" with "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5." Filled with never-before-seen footage and more, you'll get to experience the life of Irving Zisman with a whole new perspective.

 

To celebrate the release of "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5" on Digital one lucky winner will be selected as a winner of an Xbox One.  Here's how you enter:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

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

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In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive clip from "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5" and be sure to check it out on Digital!

 

 

Enter to win the comprehensive DVD box set

By MSN Movies May 21, 2014 8:51AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to announce a comprehensive new DVD set "John Wayne: The Epic Collection" which features 40 films starring one of America's most iconic film heroes -- John Wayne. This collection comes packaged in a beautiful box case which also includes a coffee table book and unique collectibles.

 

Photos: John Wayne's iconic movies

 

Just in time for Father's Day, one lucky fan will be chosen to win the DVD set "John Wayne: The Epic Collection." To enter this giveaway follow these steps:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

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

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

 

Good luck MSN Movies fans!

 

You might be chosen as the lucky winner of an Xbox One

By MSN Movies May 20, 2014 7:54AM

By Paramount Pictures

 

Chris Pine and Kevin Costner team up in this action-thriller as a CIA analysist (Pine) and seasoned mentor (Costner). They race against time to prevent a disaster of catastrophic proportions.

 

To celebrate the release of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" on Digital HD and Blu-ray one lucky winner will win an Xbox One!  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 #JACKRYAN giveaway

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #JACKRYAN giveaway and tell us your top five favorite Kevin Costner films!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

Good luck, fans and in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive clip and be sure to check out "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" on Digital HD and Blu-ray!

 

 

 

Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson star in this soulful drama

By MSN Movies May 13, 2014 8:28AM
 
Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson star in the soulful sci-fi drama "Her" about a lonely writer who falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system.
 
Adopting the name Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the perceptive software slowly begins to bring Theodore (Phoenix) out of his shell by encouraging him to start dating, joining him everywhere he goes. Very quickly, their relationship turns intimate, with Theodore teaching Samantha what it means to feel human and Samantha giving him the strength to walk away from his failed marriage. Things soon get complicated, however, when Samantha's rapidly evolving knowledge base begins to alter the very core of their relationship.
 
To celebrate the release of "Her" now out on Blu-ray and DVD, you can enter to win your own copy of the movie.  Enter now:
 
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In the meantime enjoy this exclusive clip from "Her" and be sure to check it out on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

 

The unforgettable comedy classic comes to Blu-ray with a special 40th Anniversary release

By MSN Movies May 5, 2014 7:25AM

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

First released in 1974, "Blazing Saddles" can be celebrated once again through a new 40th Anniversary Blu-ray edition out on May 6.  This special edition is highlighted by a new featurette "Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild Wild West" in which Mel Brooks reflects on his experiences and the cultural impact that the film has made on audiences of all generations.

 

To celebrate the release, we're excited to share with you this extensive and dynamic "Blazing Saddles"  infographic! From revisiting the characters to modern moments captured in "Blazing Saddles," experience the fun once again.


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One lucky winner will win this comprehensive collectible box set

By MSN Movies Apr 28, 2014 7:47AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

We are excited to announce the release of "Harry Potter" Hogwarts Collection. This comprehensive collection of 31 discs which includes all eight movies on Blu-ray and DVD is available starting April 29. The beautiful collection features all 45+ hours of special features, offering fans access to the most successful film franchise in history. It also includes bonus material that contains the complete eight-part document series "Creating the World of Harry Potter."

 

More: See clips from "Harry Potter" Hogwarts Collection

 

To celebrate this special release, one lucky fan will be selected as the winner of "Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection!

 

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 #HarryPotter giveaway

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"Harry Potter" Hogwarts Collection is available starting April 29.

 
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