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August 3rd, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Tony Gilroy explains the changes made to the Bourne film franchise in new movie

The action-packed Bourne film franchise is back, but this time without the character Jason Bourne or the actor Matt Damon. Instead, "The Bourne Legacy" expands on the original trilogy with a new hero named Aaron Cross, played by actor Jeremy Renner.

An agent of "Operation Outcome," Cross finds himself in a life-or-death situation in which he must save the life of a beautiful doctor, portrayed by actress Rachel Weisz.

Director and co-writer Tony Gilroy, who also wrote and worked on the original Bourne movies, joins Starting Point today to discuss the film and to explain the various changes his team made to the Bourne franchise.

"The Bourne Legacy" opens in theaters next week.


Filed under: Entertainment • Movies
July 19th, 2012
03:11 PM ET

Bringing Batman to life: Executive producer Michael Uslan on 'The Dark Knight Rises' and the enduring legacy of the caped crusader

Tonight, the highly anticipated third installment of the Christopher Nolan 'Batman' reboot, "The Dark Knight Rises," will open at midnight. It's the latest installment of the Batman franchise and it's expected to shatter box office records.

But there was a time, back before the first Batman movie with Michael Keaton in 1989, when the idea of a serious big-screen adaptation of the caped crusader seemed laughable to most Hollywood executives.

Producer Michael Uslan was laughed out of those executive offices. He's been the executive producer of all the Batman movies and explains to Soledad on "Starting Point" that the concept of a dark superhero movie was out of the question.

"They said you're out of your mind," Uslan recalls. "'You can't do serious comic book films. You can't do dark super heroes. You can't make a movie based on some old television series. That's never been done.' So every studio turned us down and we were shown the door.

As for the Batman story's enduring popularity, Uslan says it all makes sense.

"It is our modern day mythology," Uslan adds. "It is the ancient gods of Greece, Rome and Egypt still exist except today they wear spandex and capes. It is the brave heroes and heroines against the dragons and wizards and demons and ogres. But it's all in modern day dress. It is primal and crosses borders and it even crosses cultures.

Uslan also has a memoir, called "The Boy Who Loved Batman." Learn more about his work here.


Filed under: Entertainment • Movies
July 12th, 2012
02:23 PM ET

Tough Call: Should movies get an ‘R’ rating for smoking scenes?

New study in the journal "Pediatrics" says any movie that features smoking should get an 'R' rating. The study primarily focused on the effects of kids who were exposed to movies featuring tobacco use.


Filed under: Movies • Tough Call
May 23rd, 2012
11:51 AM ET

Alice Eve on her role in 'Men in Black 3' and working with Will Smith

Actress Alice Eve wanted Soledad to know one thing when she first stepped into the Starting Point studio this morning: the spectacular blonde hairstyle for her latest film is, in fact, her own hair.

On today's show, the “Men In Black 3” leading lady discusses the experience of working with seasoned stars Will Smith and Josh Brolin.

Eve plays the young Emma Thompson in the blockbuster trilogy’s final installment. She also starred as Emily Hamilton, the love interest of Edgar Allen Poe (played by John Cusack), in last month’s “The Raven."

Eve says she's no stranger to learning how to fit in; a good thing, considering she's new to the MIB series. She went to nine different schools during her educational career: "I swapped accents and cultures - and dress codes," Eve says, laughing.

The first “Men In Black," released in 1997, grossed close to $251 million domestically; the sequel, released in 2002, brought in about $190 million. “Men In Black 3” hits theaters this Friday.

May 7th, 2012
09:27 AM ET

Creative marketing key to 'The Avengers" record-breaking box-office success

Chris Farley, senior editorial director for the Digital Features section of the Wall Street Journal, explains why he thinks that the way that "The Avengers" was marketed contributed to its weekend box-office success.


Filed under: Entertainment • Movies
April 20th, 2012
11:54 AM ET

Glover and Matthau get 'Freaky Deaky', talk about new movie's homage to 70s filmmaking

"Freaky Deaky" is the newest Elmore Leonard novel to be adapted to the screen, premiering this weekend at New York's Tribeca Film Festival. Like some other dark Lenard comedies, the story involves extortion and revenge, and is filled with quirky characters.

Soledad talks with director Charlie Matthau, the son of legendary actor Walter Matthau, and actor Crispin Glover who plays an alcoholic millionaire playboy in the film. She asks where the inspiration for the movie came from, and what it was like to work on a Leonard project.


Filed under: Celebrity • Movies
April 20th, 2012
09:46 AM ET

Man inspires documentary by forgiving the drunk driver who killed his family

In May 2005,  Gary Weinstein's wife and his two young sons were killed by a drunk driver in Farmington Hills, Michigan. While forgiving the man responsible for his family's death is not what you might expect, that's exactly what Gary Weinstein decided to do, inspiring the documentary film "Project Forgive."

In the documentary, people share their experiences with forgiveness. Gary Weinstein and Shawne Duperon, the film's producer, join Starting Point today to discuss the project.


Filed under: Movies
April 18th, 2012
12:49 PM ET

Cusack plays 'Godfather of Goth' in new movie "The Raven"

Actor John Cusack is known for his many character roles. Now he's is taking on a new suspenseful one in the movie "The Raven".

Cusack plays the dark and mysterious poet Edgar Allan Poe, trying to track down a serial killer who is using Poe's stories to plot his murders.

Soledad spoke with Cusack about this latest dark and lurid role, and asked him how he was able to make it in Hollywood despite starting his career so young.


Filed under: Entertainment • Movies
April 17th, 2012
04:29 PM ET

PREVIEW: Actor John Cusack tells Soledad what it's like to be 'immersed' in a dark role, previews his upcoming role in "The Raven"

In this sneak peek, actor John Cusack talks with Soledad O'Brien for "Starting Point" about his upcoming role in the adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," and explains why he was lucky to make it big after being a child actor in Hollywood.

In this preview clip, Cusack talks about the process of working in "The Raven" and explains sometimes it's hard to disconnect oneself from a character.

"With Poe, you immerse yourself in his stories and his vibe," Cusack says. "He had such a tragic life. He lost his mother to tuberculosis, lost his step mother, lost his wife. He was a haunted man. I think you have ot immerse yourself in that."

Cusack says it was also hard to return to everyday life after living in such darkness. "I felt a bit like a vampire when I was done," he says.

Watch Soledad's full interview with John Cusack on "Starting Point" Wednesday, April 18th at 7am Eastern.


Filed under: Entertainment • Movies
April 13th, 2012
12:04 PM ET

New voyage for 'Titanic' in 3D – director James Cameron talks with Soledad O'Brien on the movie rerelease

Director James Cameron talks with Soledad O'Brien about the release of the movie "Titanic 3D" in theaters.


Filed under: Movies
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