November 16, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Rising British actor Simon Phillips has a background in Shakespeare and a film career that started in crime and is moving into comedy – with favourable comparisons to that other great British comedian Simon Pegg.
On a promotional tour for new film “How to Stop Being a Loser”, out this Friday, I caught up with the actor who was happy to discuss drama school, acting and producing vs. writing and directing, and why he won’t be moving to Hollywood any time soon.
September 19, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
In the first installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, Liam Hemsworth’s character Gale doesn’t get to do much fighting, but that shouldn’t be a problem for the actor in his new project, as Variety reports the strapping young Aussie has been cast in testosterone-fueled actioner “The Expendables 2.” If Hemsworth wants some pointers for when he does get his fight on in “Hunger Games” sequels “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay”, he’ll have literally the biggest action stars on the planet at his tutelage: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Randy Couture all reprise their roles from the original and will be joined by Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris. Add Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger to that list as well, as they will expand upon their cameo roles in the sequel too. No pressure, Liam!
“The Expendables”, which grossed $275 million worldwide in 2010, starred Stallone as Barney Ross, the leader of a group of highly skilled mercenaries sent on a mysterious mission to take out a corrupt military leader on a remote Latin American island. Simon West is directing the sequel, and Hemsworth will play a young sniper. His age difference with his co-stars is significant, and while other young stars like Taylor Lautner had been rumored for a role in the sequel, there’s no word if Hemsworth will be joined by more of his peers, or if he has taken the role Lautner was after. Production is slated to begin next month.
Hemsworth has wrapped up his role in “The Hunger Games” and has even managed to shoot another movie since, the indie Vietnam War drama “AWOL” opposite Teresa Palmer and newcomer Austin Stowell. Younger brother to Chris “Thor” Hemsworth, he is thus far most known for playing Miley Cyrus’ love interest in Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Last Song.” He remains attached to starring as Ali Baba in Chuck Russell’s long-gestating fantasy epic “Arabian Nights.”