by graham fuller and Mark Jolly
In 2009, director Danny Boyle won an Oscar for his film Slumdog Millionaire. He's directed Hollywood power list-worthy stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, and James Franco. Yet his most famous film to date remains a fairly low-budget, mid-'90s Scottish film about heroin addicts starring a little-known Ewan McGregor, Trainspotting.
by graham fuller and Hannah Mandel
A year and a half before she became known to generations of teen girls as Clueless' naïve, selfish, but truly well intentioned protagonist, Cher Horowitz, 17-year-old Alicia Silverstone was basking in the glory of early-'90s teen stardom. Nearly 20 years later, Silverstone continues to act, pen vegan cookbooks, and advocate for animal rights. Most recently, it was announced that the now 36-year-old actress is to star in the Lifetime original series, HR.
by graham fuller and Melissa Belk
In the new indie movie This Must Be The Place, Sean Penn plays a retired rock star on a mission to find a Nazi war criminal and avenge his recently deceased father. Dressed to resemble The Cure's Robert Smith, Penn's character speaks in a whispery, high-pitched voice and wears heavy, glam-rock makeup—a striking departure from the public perception of Penn, the rugged, steely, serious actor.
by graham fuller and Emma Brown
Clint Eastwood's political leanings are no secret. The actor, director, scowling icon, and soon-to-be reality star has publicly supported the presidential campaigns of Republican Richard Nixon (although post-Watergate, Eastwood did criticize Nixon's morals during an interview with Playboy), and was once mayor of Carmel in California.
To describe this weekend's imminent Batman release as a "blockbuster" would be a crass understatement—Christian Bale's character arc as billionaire-cum-superhero Bruce Wayne has been one of the most engrossing (and highest-grossing) big-screen storylines of the last decade. His tenure as Batman ends with The Dark Knight Rises (out Friday), the final installment in Christopher Nolan's impossibly popular trilogy.