"It's a heartfelt story with important lessons in it ... and it also has some epic action."
Wearing an entirely appropriate shade of blue, Henry Cavil's somehow both excited and exhausted as he talks about plying Superman in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel"; the British-born actor's in almost every scene of Snyder's film, and while Superman's cape has more than a little cultural weight, he seems to bear that burden with no small amount of enthusiasm. we spoke with Cavill in Burbank about playing an icon, what his new role means for his nephews, and more ...
MSN Movies: I guess my first question would have two parts. You are not from these parts, much like Superman; what's it like for you as a British actor to, a) to be asked to play such an American but global icon, and b) what's it like to actually get to the nitty-gritty of playing all of that?
Henry Cavill: To answer the first part, it's not necessarily an issue for me. I never thought, "Oh my goodness. Because this person's from here they can't play this." And I don’t think that's ... I mean it could be anyone. It could be an Irishman playing James Bond, you know? And it never even crossed my mind that that was an issue because actors are actors. We pretend to be someone else. Superman is an invulnerable alien from the planet Krypton so...
It's very hard to apply your own life to that.
Exactly. And it doesn't matter, I mean if we can find a lad from Krypton who happens to be invulnerable then I think he should play the role. Yeah, he might have a greater insight to the character.
Better qualified for the part.
Yes. I also like the idea of 'a lad from Krypton.' It sounds so charming. It sounds like a musical.
(Laughs) "The Lad From Krypton."
Roger Corman launches a subscription service on YouTube at a drive-in price
Roger Corman, the last man standing to claim the title of King of the Bs, is also one of the most business savvy producers to build a film library. For decades, Corman has leased his library of over 400 movies to various cable, VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, and streaming services.
Now he's launched his own streaming service. On Thursday, June 13, Corman's Drive-In debuted as a subscription channel on YouTube. The channel debuts with 30 initial offerings, with plans to add 30 more each month, at a bargain price of $3.99 a month. You can try it out with a 14-day free trial
Among the first wave of Corman productions are "Cry Baby Killer" (1958), which gave Jack Nicholson his first leading role; "Piranha" (1978), directed by Joe Dante from a John Sayles script; the goofy headtrip "Brain Dead" (1990) from Adam Simon; the low-budget "Star Wars" rip-off "Star Crash" (1978) and the "Alien" knock-off "Forbidden World" (1982).
Lynn Shelton's latest comes with an ironic twist
'This is a movie that says that love is the most powerful thing there is ...'
Russell Crowe is smiling and happy as he meets the press to talk about his role as Super-dad Jor-El in "Man of Steel." Compliment his suit and he makes the international sign for Euro-sophistication, upturned hand with the fingers meeting above it, as he intones "Giorgio Aaaaarmani." We spoke with Crowe in Burbank about what made him come on board, Jor-El's ultimate fate and what his kids most enjoyed about the film ...
MSN Movies: You play Jor-El, the father of Kal-El who becomes Superman. We were just talking about the suit you're wearing today, which is a Giorgio Armani. But when you're playing Superman's dad, how much do the clothes make the Kryptonian? You have some great costumes in this; does it help?
Russell Crowe: The council chamber costume was probably the biggest battle I had in the whole movie -- me versus that costume. It was very difficult to even walk around in, that thing, and it's so heavy. And so when you have a fight sequence with it as well and the choreography, one of the moves is like a kick so you're trying to lift up your leg under that, all those layers of material. But the bottom line thing, the essential spandex, four layers of spandex thing, that definitely made you feel powerful.
And the other thing is, you do get to get your fight on a little bit in this. Normally when we see Superman's dad, he's intoning to preside over the launch of the rocket. Was it nice to be slightly more proactive version of that?
Well, I don’t know those; I've never seen those other films, so I don’t really know what the references are. But certainly I was a little surprised at the size of the character when it first came to me, but I think it's cool. I mean I did have to explain to my kids, that, unfortunately I will die multiple times before their eyes. (Laughs)
A little bit grim.
A little bit.
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Videodrone's take on the biggest, best, coolest and culty-ist releases of the week
James Franco plays "Oz the Great and Powerful" (Disney) in the Frank L. Baum adaptation from director Sam Raimi that plays out as a prequel to the classic "The Wizard of Oz." Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams play the witches of Oz in this lavish production, originally released in 3D, and are more interesting characters than the shallow huckster who grows into a hero. Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and VOD. Videodrone's review is here.
"Snitch" (Summit) is a Dwayne Johnson thriller that favors gritty crime drama over action movie superheroism. Susan Sarandon and Barry Pepper co-star. Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, VOD, and at Redbox. Reviewed on Videodrone here.
"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" (Paramount) stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as fairy tale character grown up into fantasy warriors dispatching wicked witches and other monsters preying on the hamlets of medieval Germany. Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, On Demand, VOD, and at Redbox. More from Videodrone here, including an exclusive clip from the Blu-ray extras.
On the indie front is Quentin Dupieux's "Wrong" (Drafthouse, Blu-ray and DVD), an absurdist tale of a man looking for his lost dog, and from the small screen comes "Betty & Coretta" (Lionsgate, DVD) with Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige as civil rights leaders Coretta Scott King and Dr. Betty Shabazz.
And arriving from foreign shores is the erotic thriller "The Taste of Money" (IFC, DVD) from South Korean filmmaker Im Sang-soo, plus "11 Flowers" (First Run, DVD) from China and "The Monk" (Flatiron, DVD) with Vincent Cassel from France.
Most releases are also available as digital download and VOD via iTunes, Amazon, and other web retailers and video services.
TV on Disc:
"The Newsroom: The Complete First Season" (HBO), Aaron Sorkin's HBO original series set at a cable news channel that is remarkably idealistic and full of brilliant people who have sharp political instincts and poor impulse control, arrives a month before the second season launches. 10 episodes on Blu-ray and DVD. Videodrone's review is here.
"House of Cards: The Complete First Season" (Sony) brings the Netflix original series, produced by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey as a savagely Machiavellian politician, to disc. 13 episodes on Blu-ray and DVD. Reviewed on Videodrone here.