ShoWest honors top stars
Rachel McAdams, Sienna Miller
Bradley Cooper, Michael Caine
Cast of "Sorority Row," Patricia Clarkson
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Think of Dennis Quaid and it's hard not to picture his trademark exuberant grin. Following some of his early promise in "Breaking Away" and "Great Balls of Fire!" Quaid spoke with Randee Dawn for The Hollywood Reporter about slowly rebuilding his career in recent years, including smart choices like "In Good Company," the summer's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and lending his voice to the upcoming 3-D animated "Battle for Terra."
The Hollywood Reporter: You're originally from Houston; how did growing up in Texas shape you as a person?
Dennis Quaid: I grew up with a lot of characters, I think I drew from them. In my youth I wished I was from New York or Los Angeles -- that's where all the cool people were. But now I feel it was a benefit for me because I know the difference.
THR: Your brother Randy also is an actor -- does the bug run in the family?
Quaid: Gene Autry is my cousin, and my great-grandfather was a vaudevillian. Our dad was a frustrated actor: The family legend goes that he was in San Francisco in World War II and a talent scout wanted to screen test him, but he had to ship out. So he didn't get his chance for a big break, but he was always doing impressions around the house and singing. That's where I started getting my love of acting.
THR: What was the smartest career decision you ever made?
Quaid: Saying no to "The Dukes of Hazzard." They offered (the role of Luke) to me, and I'd just finished "Breaking Away" and I was broke, and I called ("Breaking" director-producer) Peter Yates and he said, "Don't do it, because a lot of things are going to be coming your way."
THR: What one role have you played that you feel was closest to you personally?
Quaid: "The Rookie" was autobiographical emotionally. The movie is about second chances. My career was going great guns in the 1980s, and I was supposed to be the next guy who was going to make $15 million per movie. But I got into cocaine and I wound up in rehab and I blew it. So I spent the 1990s really scrambling for roles, and along came "The Rookie," which had this synchronicity that went along with my life.
THR: That's a story that's fairly familiar in Hollywood.
Quaid: It's a cliche, sure. You feel like you don't deserve (success) and there's a lot of attention that comes your way that's unnerving. But I was uncomfortable with myself at the time. Now, after getting a chance at a second act like I did, it really gave me a real appreciation of how lucky that I am to be doing what I'm doing.
THR: What would you still like to accomplish?
Quaid: I love acting in movies now more than I did when I first started. And that is a really great gift in this part of your life -- to not be burnt out on it. There's a lot of people that I started out with and I wonder where they are. I just feel lucky that I still have a burning desire to do it.
Rachel McAdams is back.
It has been four years since the one-two (and three) punch of "The Notebook," "Mean Girls" and "Wedding Crashers" rocketed her to supporting actress of the year honors from ShoWest. After toplining the thriller "Red Eye" and co-starring in "The Family Stone," the publicity-shy Canadian scaled back her profile, focusing on smaller indies and her environmental causes (including starting a Web site, GreenIsSexy.org, to promote green living).
But McAdams returns this year in a major way with three studio films opposite some of Hollywood's leading men: this month's political thriller "State of Play" with Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck; the August romance "The Time Traveler's Wife" with Eric Bana; and December's "Sherlock Holmes," opposite Robert Downey Jr.
-- Michelle Grabicki
Sienna Miller: Supporting Actress of the Year
After generating as much buzz for her private life as for her onscreen work, this is Sienna Miller's year.
Miller broke through in 2004 with roles in "Alfie" and "Layer Cake," and memorably tackled the portrayal of another fashionista (Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick) in 2006's "Factory Girl.
Last year she earned a British Independent Film Award nod for her role as Dylan Thomas' wife in "The Edge of Love." Now she's leaving real-life characters behind: She's picking up a gun for "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" in the summer, and makes her debut on Broadway in the fall in "After Miss Julie."
-- Michelle Grabicki
With a slew of films hitting theaters this year -- the recently released cinematic dating manual "He's Just Not That Into You," the comedy "All About Steve," the Renee Zellweger thriller "Case 39" and the Las Vegas-set "The Hangover" -- Bradley Cooper has been keeping busy. He recently chatted with The Hollywood Reporter's Michelle Grabicki about a possible return to TV and his upcoming comedy, "The Hangover," which he describes as "Bachelor Party" meets "Memento."
The Hollywood Reporter: You've played your fair share of sidekicks, but in "The Hangover" you're one of the leads. Is it important to show you can carry a film?
Bradley Cooper: "He's Just Not That Into You" felt as if it was a lead role, just because each story was isolated. And I did a movie called "The Midnight Meat Train" (2008) that me and my mom saw. But that was a lead role. I never looked at it like, "I've got to do this." It's more about whom I'm going to work with and what the role is.
THR: Audiences recognize you as the frat-boy-from-hell fiance in "Wedding Crashers" and the philander in "He's Just Not That Into You." Are you worried you'll get a reputation?
Cooper: If I do, then I guess I'm not doing my job. In "He's Just Not That Into You," if all one takes away from it is, "Ah, that guy's just an asshole," I definitely failed. The reason I wanted to play that character is because I thought he was complicated -- and that is fun to play, rather than something so simple.
THR: You were a fan favorite on "Alias" and the short-lived "Kitchen Confidential" was well-received by critics. Do you have any desire to return to TV?
Cooper: Absolutely. I just did six episodes of "Nip/Tuck" and I had a ball doing that. But I would do anything ("Nip/Tuck" creator) Ryan Murphy asked me to do.
THR: Many fans felt "Kitchen Confidential" was taken away too soon.
Cooper: The short time I've been in this business, I've learned that if I allow my happiness, in terms of the work I do, to be predicated upon whether it's well-received or not, I'm pretty screwed.
THR: You've worked with a lot of other funny guys, including Jim Carrey, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. What comedic skills have you picked up from them?
Cooper: Willingness to fail. A real unabashed, all-in approach to doing each scene. And it pays off.
THR: Since you were an honors English major at Georgetown, do you have any plans to write?
Cooper: Or speak coherently? I used to keep a journal and I've written things in the past. Ultimately, all I want to do is direct, so I should probably get off my ass and write a little bit.
Michael Caine: Lifetime Achievement Award
Michael Caine proclaimed he had "made a lot of crap" and "a lot of money" upon accepting his 1999 Golden Globe win for "Little Voice," adding that now he had the luxury to choose the good roles. In the years since, he has done just that, earning his second Oscar for best supporting actor (1999's "The Cider House Rules") and a fourth best actor Oscar nomination (2002's "The Quiet American").
But the working-class boy from South London just can't fight the urge to keep busy, which has led him to take a few questionable paychecks, including roles in inferior remakes of his own films ("Get Carter," "Sleuth").
Still, even at the age of 76, he makes it seem like his next great performance could be just around the corner, and the buzz is coming with "Is Anybody There?" in which he plays a curmudgeonly has-been magician who brings new life to an old-age home.
Zac Efron might be graduating from "High School Musical," but he's reliving his teen years in the upcoming "17 Again," co-starring Matthew Perry. He spoke with The Hollywood Reporter's Michelle Grabicki about looking forward to the future and hopes of breaking out in smaller, edgier roles.
The Hollywood Reporter: What stage are you at in regards to the "Hairspray 2" talks?
Zac Efron: I've spoken briefly to (director) Adam (Shankman), (producer) Neil (Meron) and (producer) Craig (Zadan) about it, but I think it's still an idea at this point. I haven't seen a script. What I did hear about the concept sounded incredible.
THR: There are a lot of rumors swirling about you jumping aboard another franchise, that being "Pirates of the Caribbean." Any truth to those rumors?
Efron: This is one I hope is not a rumor, but I know nothing more than anyone else. Cross your fingers for me.
THR: With the success of "High School Musical," do you feel you have more freedom to choose smaller, more independent projects, like Richard Linklater's literary drama "Me and Orson Welles"?
Efron: I constantly have my eyes and ears open for smaller movies. There seem to be more independent-esque films these days that are becoming available to me.
THR: You showed your fans a different side of you by lending your voice to Adult Swim's "Robot Chicken."
Efron: I was a fan of (co-creator) Seth (Green) and we met, and I said I was a fan of the show and he asked if I wanted to come on. And I said absolutely. It was just an hour of loosely following a script and it was really fun.
THR: You sang your own rendition of "Piano Man" on the show. Do you think you made Billy Joel proud?
Efron: Man, I hope so.
THR: Is it important for you to show that you can tackle those types of projects, to show your range and venture away from the clean-cut image?
Efron: That is what I'm looking forward to this year. It's been a long time coming, but as I grow up, so does my taste in films and the type of movies that I want to be involved with.
THR: And ShoWest is saying this will be your year.
Efron: I think this will be the year that I get to break through.
The 28-year-old actor of "Smokin' Aces" and "Bottle Shock" fame recently spoke with Wolf Schneider for The Hollywood Reporter about getting beamed up as Captain Kirk in the upcoming "Star Trek."
The Hollywood Reporter: What's your most vivid memory from filming "Star Trek"?
Chris Pine: Sitting in a director's chair in between takes on this huge set, reading the paper and sipping coffee, and Leonard Nimoy is sitting next to me, reading the paper with his Spock ears on. It was like I hovered above my body: "Check this out, this is pretty f***ing cool!"
THR: What scene did you worry about the most?
Pine: The first day onstage, everyone is waiting to see what-I'll-do-with-Kirk-kind-of-thing. It was a scene with Bruce Greenwood. I had to run into this scene out of breath -- somebody's chasing me -- and spew a chunk of information in an earnest, fast-paced monologue -- it was probably a page of jargon-filled monologue. And all the execs are behind video village, waiting and watching the monitors like, "Is this our guy?" This is a $150 million or $125 million film!
THR: We hear you're portraying Kirk as a brash, cowboyed-up anti-hero?
Pine: It's the reluctant hero journey. He's definitely an angry young man.
THR: You've said this movie is going to be "sexed up for a new generation."
Pine: Well, this is not going to be "Last Tango in Paris," but there are bare midriffs and some taking off of clothing. It's a different "Star Trek."
THR: Why do you think you beat out Joshua Jackson and Mike Vogel for the role of Kirk, much less Matt Damon?
Pine: Because I was new blood and a new perspective. Those three actors are all fantastic. I had my age over Matt Damon, and I'm sure I had my quote way below!
Cast of 'Sorority Row': Female Stars of Tomorrow
They might not make it through the night in the upcoming "Sorority Row," but the slasher flick's Jamie Chung, Briana Evigan, Margo Harshman, Audrina Patridge, Leah Pipes and Rumer Willis have all been granted another day in Hollywood courtesy of ShoWest. The actresses will be honored as the Sh