Growing up in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, actor Clive Owen recalls frequently experiencing horrifying nightmares as a child. Although he can't remember any specifics of the terrifying bad dreams he imagined during his sleeping hours, now that he is the father of two young daughters, he has developed a keen understanding on how deeply nightmares can effect children. "I can certainly relate to the intensity of bad dreams when you're young," reveals the 45-year-old star of such contemporary classic films as Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Inside Man, Sin City
"It's like as you get older, you learn to process what a nightmare is. But when you're young, it can be very overwhelming and overbearing. You know, I've got two young girls, and when they've woken up from a bad dream, it can take a long time to sort of shake it off. And recalibrate, really. I thought we examine that really well in Intruders
One of Hollywood's most respected leading men, Owen, after appearing in action pictures (The Bourne Identity, Shoot 'Em Up
), historical dramas (King Arthur, Hemingway & Gellhorn
) and even a comedy (The Pink Panther
), Owen felt it was time to do an all-out, grab-your-seat horror film. Remembering his childhood nightmares immediately drew him to the script for Intruders,
directed by Spanish filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later
). After a single read of the screenplay, Owen told Fresnadillo to count him in. "I really wante to do it, because I thought it was very spooky and scary," Owen (who received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Closer
) says of his main reason in taking the lead role in Intruders.
"It was much more of a psychological thriller, than a standard horror film. No bumps and thrills, and that kind of thing. So it was a very easy thing to say yes to."
Featuring a stellar ensemble cast that also includes Carice Van Houten, Pilar Lopez De Ayala, Kerry Fox, Ella Purnell, Daniel Bruhl, Hector Alterio and Izan Corchero, Intruders
(now on Blu-ray/DVD) is the chilling story of two children living in different countries, each visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them. Although no one can see him, the supernatural Hollow Face lurks in the corners, desperately desiring love but only knowing how to spread fear and hate. He creeps into the life of John Farrow (Owen) after Farrow's beloved 13-year-old daughter Mia (Purnell) is assaulted in their own home. The line between the real and the imaginary blurs as fissures start to open within the family unit. It seems that no security measure can keep Hollow Face out.
Visionary filmmaker Fresnadillo filmed the entire motion picture in and around his hometown of Madrid, Spain. Out of the dozens and dozens of films he's traveled the globe to make, this was one foreign location shoot Owen thoroughly enjoyed. "The food in that town is so good," Owen says of Madrid's eateries. "And that crew, they really know how to live in Spain. That crew, all they wanted to talk about was food and wine, every day. Like, 'What did you eat last night? Where did you eat? What wine did you have with it?' It's like they're all complete foodies. And experts. And I'm a bit of a foodie, too. But I loved working with the Spanish crew. It was a very alive set, very energized. So I had a really good time."
Earlier this year, the British-born leading man (who just finished filming the drama Blood Ties
) was in New York City -- headquartered at the posh and elegant Soho Grand Central Hotel -- to talk about Intruders,
what he would do if his own home had been intruded, how he tries to protect his two daughters from the dangers of the internet, recalls his trip to Cuba to film his Emmy-nominated role as Ernest Hemingway in the mini-series Hemingway & Gellhorn
and reveals if would like to head to the Broadway stage in the future.
CLIVE OWEN ON INTRUDERS:
This movie is called Intruders. So have you ever had to fight off an intruder, God forbid?
"Um, no!" (laughs)
If that happened in your own personal home, do you feel you'd be able to handle the situation?
"I think if you ask any father -- and not just fathers, but mothers as well! -- that if your kid is threatened, I'm sure you're capable of almost anything. I think it's just a gut reaction that every human being would have. Every animal has it."
What grabbed you the most about this movie, and made you want to sign up to it?
"I really wanted to do it, because I thought it was very spooky and scary. It was much more of a psychological thriller, than a standard horror film. No bumps and thrills, and that kind of thing. So it was a very easy thing to say yes to."
At one point in the film, you end up nearly dangling from a skyscraper. How scary was that?
"Um, I'm not brilliant with heights, I have to say! (laughs) But no, we just learned what we had to do."
Did you really do that stunt up there yourself?
"Yeah, yeah. But we were looked after! It was safe, with wires and things."
Intruders is a ghost story with kids frebecoming scared out of their wits. What freaked you out most as a child?
"I don't really remember specific nightmares -- although, I should. But I had some really terrifying ones when I was young. I just remember, sometimes, being afraid to go to sleep. I suppose in some way those nigtmares are still somewhere buried in my psyche. So, I probably wanted to emotionally work some of that out by doing Intruders.
So what do you do with your children when they wake up from a bad dream? How do you come then down?
"I think it's just time, isn't it? As I said, those nightmares can really shake them up -- even for awhile afterwards. But, then you start to realize that none of it is real. But their bodies and minds react as if it is real, and it's happening."
How was it connecting with a director (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) working in another country (Madrid, Spain) with a crew from another culture not your own?
"The food was fantastic in Spain! That was the biggest culture shock. (laughs) No, it wasn't a culture shock. And I have been back to Madrid many times since making this movie. And I have to be honest with you, it's to eat!" (laughs)
What else did you do in Madrid -- besides eat and drink your way through it?
(Laughs) "It takes time! Trust me, there's a lot of very good places. Um, no! I spent a good while there. I really did genuinely fall in love with the place. It's such a great way of life there. They've got the important things right, you know? Family is important. Food is important! Having a good time is important."
Absolutely! So, are you a wine expert now?
"No, but I do love wine. But everybody there seems to know everything about wine. So I was getting recommendations every day."
What's the most important thing to you in your life right now?
"I think the well-being of my children. My biggest concern is that they're okay. Any parent would say that."
Do you curb their behavior when they're using the internet or other electronic forms of communication?
"It's very difficult. I recently made a movie about the dangers of the internet especially for young girls, and I have two girls. But every phone now is a computer. They can access everything. We're walking around now with super-powerful mini-computers in our pockets. So regulating that is hard, it's very hard. I think the best thing to do, is just make sure they're well informed. So that they make the right decisions. But we keep everything very open. They don't have private accounts, or anything. We keep an open dialogue, and I think that's the best thing to do."
These days, when your girls are bad, do you say, "No Twitter!?"
"It used to be, 'No TV!'" (laughs)
Speaking of children, how do you work with young children in a movie as scary as Intruders?
"You have to really gain their trust, and they have to feel safe with you. So that you can explore all different kinds of things with them, so they can do it in a trusting and safe environment. To play a convincing father and daughter, you have to develop a rapport for that to really transmit. So I think it's just about spending time with them, and getting to a place where they really trust you."
What do you think Intruders is really about?
"About how parents pass on things to their children, their fears. I really do believe that. It's true. Parents pass on everything to their children. If there's something really deep down that worries you or unsettles you, children are very sensitive to that. I think this film explores how even in our subconscious sometimes, we might do that to our children. But all the fears come from within these children. It's not from without. It's not strange forces that are unexplained. It's something we create."
Recently, you starred in the highly-acclaimed cable movie Hemingway & Gellhorn in which you play Ernest Hemingway (opposite Academy Award-winner and Emmy-nominated actress Nicole Kidman). You went to Cuba as part of this production. What was the experience of visiting Cuba like?
"Amazing, it was an amazing experience. I mean, his house is there, and the museum is phenomenal. Because basically when he died, his wife took all the expensive paintings out, and donated everything else to the Cuban government. They let tourists in to the grounds, but they can only look through the window. So I go in the house, and everything is still there. His book collection, his record collection, his clothes are in the closet -- and his typewriters. There is nowhere else in the world where you would have kept something like that. It was like you walked into somebody's home. It was really incredible, and they were incredibly lovely there, and so knowledgeable. About everything and everyone. I mean, he really has left his mark all over Havana. But people in that house were so helpful. I also went to Paris, and they took me around to everywhere where Hemingway lived -- and drank! (laughs) So it was a great few months. Immersing myself in all things Hemingway."
Do you have a favorite Hemingway book?
"I have to say I'm a big fan of his short stories. I think that's where you really see how incredibly deft and skillful his writing is. And how it's sort of pared down. But I think he's very a deceptive writer.
Because it looks kind of easy. There's this kind of simplicity and a rhythm when you read it, that flows so easily. But it's so skillful, and it's so crafted. I think he really was a special writer."
Did you pick up any pointerson how to play him from watching Corey Stoll's interpretation of Hemingway in Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris?
"Uh, no! Because we had shot everything by then. But I thought Corey was great."
How do you flex your creative muscles as an actor?
"I always try to keep changing things up. I'm always looking for a new challenge. You know, right now I'm getting ready to shoot a film that's set in '70s New York. And again, it's feels like something very new for me, and something I haven't done before. And just responding to different material."
Are you talking about the upcoming film Blood Ties?
"Yeah. And I think it's because I trained in the theater, I'm always trying to give myself new challenges. And just keep stretching myself. And hopefully by doing that, I'm getting better. I mean, in drama school you play every kind of part, and that's the joy of acting. So there's nothing that I wouldn't like to take on."
Would you ever consider doing a Broadway show?
"Of course. To be honest with you, it is one thing that I've always wanted to do. A play on Broadway, yeah, I can see it."
Intruders Blu-ray/DVD Bonus Feature:
A "Behind The Scenes" featurette. ON THE NET: To view clips and trailers for Intruders,
go to http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/intruders-2012/
* You can see The Official Trailer @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB8iKvixklY
* And the Spanish Trailer can be found on YouTube @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FE616lUkuU
ALSO AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND/OR DVD:
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The First Season
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012 -- with its First Season on Blu-ray -- the beloved and enduringly popular sci-fi favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation
series continues to enthrall fans with its exciting and socially relevant tales of space exploration in the 24th century. Now, on High Definition Blu-ray, Star Trek: The Next Generation – The First Season
has been retransferred from original film elements to produce stunning high-definition images (not upconverted from videotape), including amazing visual effects that have been painstakingly recreated from the source material, creating before/after results that fans will love. Featuring one of the most endearing ensemble casts in television history, Star Trek: The Next Generation – The First Season
took fans on the remarkable continuing voyages of the Starship Enterprise with Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner), Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn), Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) and Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton).Once again, join Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the entire crew of the Enterprise on a voyage to the next generation -- of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Bonus Features:
95 Minutes of Documentaries featuring all New Cast and Crew Interviews; "Energized: Taking the Next Generation to the Next Level"; "Stardate Revisited: The Origin of Star Trek: The Next Generation
:" Part 1- Inception, Part 2- Launch & Part 3: The Continuing Mission; Original Episodic Promos; Archival Mission Logs: - The Beginning, Selected Crew Analysis, The Making of a Legend and Memorable Missions and a Gag Reel. ON THE NET: For more on Star Trek: TNG
, head to the Official Site @ www.startrek.com/page/star-trek-the-next-generation
* For a trailer of the new Star Trek: TNG Volume 1
Blu-ray release, visit www.trektoday.com/content/2012/07/star-trek-the-next-generation-blu-ray-trailer
Boss: Season One
Golden Globe award-winner Kelsey Grammer gives an electrifying performance as Tom Kane, the ruthless mayor of Chicago, who will go to great lengths to get the job done -- even if it means being involved with fraudulent activity. While Kane struggles to run the city, he must also keep a secret under wraps that could ruin his career. Betrayal starts from within. Mayor Tom Kane (Grammer) is King of Chicago and he rules his domain with an iron fist. Deception, scandal, and betrayal go hand in hand with Kane's form of politics. As long as he gets the job done, the people of Chicago look the other way. Despite being the most effective mayor in recent history, Kane is hiding a dark secret. A degenerative brain disorder is ripping everything away from him and he can't trust his memory, his closest allies, or even himself. Watch as Kane viciously fights battles on all fronts in Boss: Season One.
Critics described Grammer’s performance as “riveting” and praised his role on the show as “mesmerizing." Boss: Season One
also stars Connie Nielsen (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
), Hannah Ware (Shame
), Jeff Hephner (The O.C.)
and Kathleen Robertson (Beverly Hills, 90210
). Bonus Features:
Audio commentaries with Boss
Executive Producer Farhad Safinia, Director Of Photography Kasper Tuxen, and Executive Producer Richard Levine and "The Mayor and His Maker With Kelsey Grammer and Farhad Safinia" featurette. ON THE NET: For more on Boss,
head to the series Official Site @ www.starz.com/originals/Boss
Actress Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene
) stars in this suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat thriller presented in real time as one shocking, uninterrupted shot. When Sarah (Olsen) finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house with no contact to the outside world, panic soon turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous. Directed by the filmmaking duo of Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water
), it's a tension-filled journey that have critics raving that Silent House
is "...beyond terrifying! Clever, gripping, intense and scary as hell!" Silent House
also stars Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer Stevens. Bonus Feature:
Audio Commentary with Co-Director Chris Kentis and Screenwriter/Co-Director Laura Lau. ON THE NET: For photos and a video from Silent House,
* To view clips and the trailer, head to http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/silent-house/
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Eighty-five year-old Jiro Ono is considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. With a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station, most of the population will never have the chance to experience his culinary genius. In the brilliant documentary Jiro Dreams Of Sushi,
viewers are taken to Sukiyabashi Jiro, Ono’s inauspicious sushi restaurant. Despite the locale’s humble appearance, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3-star Michelin review and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeat appearances to the establishment -- calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar. From Jiro’s life as an unparalleled success in the culinary world and a loving, yet complicated father, the thoughtful and wonderful film gives an inside look at a man who has raised the bar on perfection. Directed by David Gelb, Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection. Time Magazine
called the documentary "A foodie’s dream night at the movies. The gentle shaping of the fish and sushi could lull you into a trance," and Vanity Fair
declared, "It’s a simple yet elegant concoction – and more than anything, it makes you willing, if not able, to shell out for the master’s $300-per-person minimum for the highest-quality sushi." Bonus Features:
Deleted Scenes; "Masters"; Sushi Gallery; Audio Commentary with Director David Gelb and Editor Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer and the Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: For clips, photos, trailers and more, head to its Official Site @ www.magpictures.com/jirodreamsofsushi/
* For a clip and the trailer from Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
Loaded with high-energy action, and reckless pirate adventure, the original, imaginative mini-series Treasure Island,
is director Steve Barron's (Merlin
), gritty and intense new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel. Treasure Island
follows a young Jim Hawkins (Tony Regbo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
) as he becomes a part of an action-filled buccaneer adventure. After finding a cryptic drawing, Jim enlists the help of Dr. Livesey (Daniel Mays, The Adventures of Tintin
) and Squire Trelawney (Rupert Penry-Jones, Whitechapel
) who realize the artifact it is actually a treasure map. Once they discover its hidden purpose, Squire commissions a ship and crew, including hiring the mysterious Long John Silver (Emmy-winner Eddie Izzard, Velvet Goldmine
), to seek the buried riches. Jim sets sail with the crew, he soon learns that things are not as they seem. Squire and Dr. Livesey may have other secret intentions, and meanwhile the crew is planning mutiny over the ship’s Captain. Now Jim must find out what mystery lies on Treasure Island before it’s too late. This is an exciting and atmospheric new take on the definitive pirate action adventure of reckless buccaneers, buried fortunes and a friendship forged in peril on the high seas. Treasure Island
also stars Elijah Wood, Wilfred, Lord of the Rings
) and Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland (Hunger Games, M.A.S.H.
. Bonus Features:
Audio Commentary by Director Steve Barron and Actor Eddie Izzard; "The Making Of Treasure Island
"; Cast Interviews with Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood, Toby Regbo, Philip Glenister and Rupert Jones; Trailer; plus the "A Tour of Hispaniola" and "Anatomy of a Stunt" featurettes. ON THE NET: See the trailer at YouTube @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaUAO23sXok
* For more on the SyFy Channel's original mini-series, Treasure Island,
click to www.imdb.com/title/tt1820723
Stanley Cup Champions 2012: Los Angeles Kings
It took 45 years, but the Stanley Cup finally resides in the City of Angels! This documentary is an action-packed film commemorating the Kings’ road to the top. Filled with hours of non-stop action, the Stanley Cup Champions 2012: Los Angeles Kings
Blu-ray/DVD offers Los Angeles hockey fans a unique insight into the highs and lows of the 2011-12 season. The BD/DVD follows the Kings throughout the 2011-12 season, starting with training camp, the slow start out of the gate and the firing of head coach Terry Murray in December. Under the tutelage of new coach Darryl Sutter and some savvy trade deadline deals, Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty helped the Kings to eke their way into the Playoffs as the 8th seed in the Western Conference. The Kings finally became the unstoppable force that pre-season experts predicted them to be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the first round, the Kings defeated the Number One reigning Western Conference champion, Vancouver Canucks, in five games. Next up was the second-seeded St. Louis Blues, a team the Kings dominated and swept in four games. This propelled the Kings to the Western Conference Finals for only the second time in franchise history and in doing so, the Kings became the first 8th seed to eliminate the top two seeds in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Conference Finals pitted the Kings against the No.3 seeded Phoenix Coyotes. The Kings eliminated the Coyotes in five games to become just the second No. 8 seed to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. There awaited the Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils, the final hurdle standing in the way of the Kings winning their first-ever Stanley Cup Championship. After racing out to a 3-0 series lead, the Kings had to withstand superb efforts from Devils goalie Martin Brodeur and forward Zach Parise, in back-to-back wins in Games 4 and 5 to force a critical Game 6 at the Staples Center. The Kings would score three first period goals and never look back en route to a series-clinching 6-1 victory. This is a must-have for hockey fans everywhere. Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Behind the Scenes with the Stanley Cup; Top 10 Los Angeles Kings Highlights; NHL Network Interviews; "Because it’s the Cup" TV Spots; Extended Locker Room Celebration; In-Game Wireless Features; Extended Los Angeles Parade Celebration; Extended Interviews and Personal Stories and a 5-minute Power Play from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. ON THE NET: For more on the BD/DVD, go to www.wbshop.com/product/nhl+stanley+cup+champions+2012
* For Los Angeles Kings Official Apparel, go to http://ESPNShop.com/Kings_Stanley_Cup
The Untouchables: The Fourth Season Volumes 1 & 2
In 1920s Chicago, crime is at an all time high due to mob bosses such as Al Capone. However, Eliot Ness and his team of special agents, known as The Untouchables, will stop at nothing to smash the beer and booze empire of Capone. Based on Ness’ memoir, The Untouchables: The Fourth Season Volumes 1 & 2
stars television legend Robert Stack as US Prohibition Bureau agent Eliot Ness, and is narrated by Walter Winchell. VOLUME ONE:
Catch up with The Untouchables -- Eliot Ness (Stack) and company in all their G-Men glory. Ness is Prohibition Agent Number One, leading a team of diehard Feds who cannot be scared, duped, or bribed. Aside from upholding Prohibition, Agents Lee Hobson (Paul Picerni), Enrico Rossi (Nicholas Georgiade), William Youngfellow (Abel Fernandez), and Jack Rossman (Steve London) widen their net to focus on the city's other rampant crimes... from racketeering to prostitution. For every bad guy obsessed with power, there is an Untouchable ready and waiting to take him down. Narrated by renowned commentator Walter Winchell, this first-rate drama becomes a time capsule for the best and worst of 1930s Chicago. Whether they are chasing down bootleggers or dismantling the skeleton of organized crime, Ness and his agents are icons of justice, turning groundbreaking stories into great television. VOLUME 2:
Tough-as-nails federal agent Eliot Ness runs a tight team of agents determined to face down and take down whatever the mob throws their way. Ness and his crew of agents go after Brazilian mobsters, bottle-at-a-time bootleggers, crime czars and their attendant hoodlums, thugs, and hitmen in the name of decency and the law of the land. With narration by Winchell, the series remains a milestone in The Golden Age of Television. ON THE NET: For more information about this iconic series, go to www.tv.com/shows/the-untouchables
* Head to YouTube to see various clips, just type in "The Untouchables
Touched By An Angel: The Fifth Season
Be inspired and follow the adventures of angels Monica (Roma Downey), Tess (Della Reese) and Andrew (John Dye) in Touched By An Angel.
The trio of angels is dispatched from heaven on a special mission: to offer support and inspiration to people facing crossroads in their lives. Saving lives. Saving souls. In Touched By An Angel: The Fifth Season,
the miracles just keep coming. Downey, Reese and Dye continue their powerful journey to share messages of help and hope to those facing life's biggest challenges. Some have lost loved ones, other have lost faith, but all have found the one thing they need most to keep moving forward... angels on Earth. For the first time on DVD, this season of the highly acclaimed series brings inspiration and restoration on seven discs containing all 27 episodes. Whether or not you believe in a higher power, great drama is good for the soul. ON THE NET: For full length clips and trailers, surf to www.tv.com/shows/touched-by-an-angel/
, an Academy Award-nominee for Best Foreign Language film, was written and directed by Joseph Cedar, whose 2007 film Beaufort
was also Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language film. Footnote
is the story of the very complicated, competitive relationship between a father and a son. Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. Meanwhile, his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son, Uriel, is thrilled to see his father's achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his father's. Footnote
was an official 2011 selection of the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and the AFI Fest. Bonus Features:
A Q&A with Joseph Cedar and a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the film. ON THE NET: For the trailer, cast information, photos and more, go to the Footnote
Official Site @ www.sonyclassics.com/footnote/
Watch the lengths a mother will go to protect her son in director Pal Sletaune's eerie and suspenseful film, The Monitor
. Winner for Best Actress for her role in The Monitor
at the Rome Film Festival in 2011, this psychological thriller stars Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
), Kristoffer Joner (King of Devil's Island
) and Henrik Rafaelsen (Happy Happy
). After escaping an abusive husband, Anna (Rapace) and her 8-year-old son move far away to a secret location. Terrified that her ex-husband will find them, she buys a baby monitor to keep in her son's room at all times -- but she soon discovers strange noises echoing through the monitor from elsewhere in the building. As she witnesses the sounds of what she believes is another child being murdered, she fears the worst -- that it's her own son. Reliving the nightmare she recently escaped, Anna will need to figure out what's real and what isn't before she loses her sanity and her child. DVD Bonus Features:
Deleted scenes and Trailer Gallery. ON THE NET: For clips and trailers from The Monitor,