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Let's Talk About Leonardo DiCaprio's Dancing at Coachella

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Let's Talk About Leonardo DiCaprio's Dancing at Coachella
Now, before I turn this into a proper town hall meeting about Leonardo DiCaprio's dance moves at Coachella, a disclaimer: We can't 100% confirm this is Leo since his back is turned in the footage, but we do have a lot of photographic evidence that he attended Coachella, wore the polo shirt and board shorts you see here, and covered his face with that inventive wrap technique usually reserved for Blanket Jackson. So in other words: It's almost certainly, nearly definitely Leonardo DiCaprio, star of J. Edgar and Marvin's Room. Watch the above video. Experience Leo's dancing. Also experience his lunging, punching, thugging, and thrusting.   Guys, wow. What. What is he doing here. What is he achieving. How did this. What is. Who? What. A who-what now. Stop. How. Go. He begins with traditional Caucasian bopping. I'm on board. But not for board shorts. That's not what I said. I'm just on board.
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“So You Think You Can Dance” Recap: Alex Wong Walks The Plank Again

You’d think an episode of So You Think You Can Dance featuring a whole slew of my least favorite, most hyperbolic critiques — “One of the best Broadway routines ever!”; “You’re always one of my favorite dancers!”; “It really gets ya!” (as Mary dabs her tear-streaked face like a hysterical aunt at her godson’s trumpet recital) — would be boring and annoying. God, no. I hate putting cynicism aside, but dear lord, we were presented with six incredibly strong routines, zero mediocre performances in the entire lineup, and even some lovable teariness from Cat Deeley, who usually remains Seacrest-strong during work hours. Um, it was flawless? Basically, yeah. Hell, Alex Wong showed up and humped the air for our entertainment. Guest judge Kenny Ortega could’ve been a bit more technical with his fawning contributions, but I don’t super-care about that. This was pure entertainment, the stuff that
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James Franco and Rachel Weisz discuss Oz the Great and Powerful

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James Franco and Rachel Weisz discuss their roles in Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful!

In anticipation of the June 11 release of Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful on Blu-ray and DVD (you can order yours from Amazon by clicking here), actors James Franco and Rachel Weisz discussed their roles in the film in the following Q&As:

James Franco

Q: Is it true that you trained with acclaimed Las Vegas magician Lance Burton in order to tackle the role of Oscar Diggs?

Franco: That’s very true. We shot the movie in Detroit and they hired Lance Burton to come out and train me there. [Oz The Great And Powerful director] Sam Raimi was very insistent that I have two weeks of magic training, so I went to Detroit two weeks early in order to do that.

Q: What magic tricks did you learn?

Franco: Lance taught me a lot of tricks, so I got
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Exclusive: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Writers Interview

Exclusive: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Writers Interview
Writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein take us inside the magical world of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, in theaters March 15

Screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein both took very different paths to where they are today as one of Hollywood's hottest writing teams. John Francis Daley got his start in acting with the cult classic series Freaks and Geeks and films such as Waiting before landing a role as Dr. Lance Sweets on the hit Fox series Bones in 2007. Jonathan M. Goldstein started out writing for TV shows such as Big Wolf on Campus and The Geena Davis Show, which is where he met John Francis Daley for the first time. In 2011, their writing skills were put on the map with the hit summer comedy Horrible Bosses (they're also writing Horrible Bosses 2), and they return to the silver screen this weekend with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
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Oz The Great And Powerful - Press Junket Highlights

I recently had an opportunity to attend a press junket for Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful, where director Sam Raimi and the cast talked about certain aspects of the film. I wish I could have talked to these guys one on one, or at least been able to ask a question, unfortunately I wasn't able to. Most of the qustions asked by the press were very generic, but I picked out some of the more interesting quotes and topics from panels.

Everyone seemed really nice, and I got a chance to meet most of them. I do have to say that both Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams are more beautiful in person than they are in the movies. I got to talk to Sam Raimi the longest, and he's just the nicest guy! Very humble and so awesome! It was really great to get to meet him cause I'm such a huge fan.
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Oz the Great and Powerful London Press Conference Report

What makes the Wizard of Oz so great and powerful? Scott Davis reports from the Oz the Great and Powerful press conference, held in London last week....

Tomorrow across the UK sees the long-awaited released of Sam Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful. Last week saw the UK premiere of the film, with the entire cast in attendance, and on their promotional exerts, they took time to talk to the UK press last Friday.

A lot has been made of the “return of Oz”, and whether or not it was a risk for Raimi, and his cast, to be involved with going back and revisiting such an iconic film. “I was very frightened to approach the project because there is so much love for the original” said Raimi. “People don’t want their warm feelings for the film or childhood memories sullied” he continued, after
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James Franco and Mila Kunis Talk Oz The Great And Powerful, Reuniting with Sam Raimi, and the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending

From director Sam Raimi, Oz the Great and Powerful imagines the origins of the wizard that was first brought to life in author L. Frank Baum’s book The Wizard of Oz, in a fantastical adventure that utilizes 3D to enhance what is truly an awe-inspiring movie-going experience. When small-time circus magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is unexpectedly carried from Kansas to the vibrantly beautiful Land of Oz in a tornado, he soon meets three witches – Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) – who are unsure about whether he truly is the great wizard that they’ve been expecting. In one of the biggest tales of fake it ‘til you make it, Oscar must use his magical skill and a little ingenuity to help good triumph over evil. At a press conference at the film’s press day, actor James Franco talked about working with Sam Raimi again,
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Wamg At The Oz The Great & Powerful Press Day (Part 1)

Last week, Wamg took a journey down the yellow brick road in celebration of Disney’s new film Oz The Great & Powerful while attending the press day for the film at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, CA. No… really! They had a yellow brick road!

While at the junket, Wamg attended a press conference for the film. The conference was split into two parts. Below you will find the first half with actors James Franco, Mila Kunis, Joey King, and producer Joe Roth. Enjoy!

When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizard—and just maybe into a better man as well.

Q: Okay. Uh, this is for Mr. Franco. What was it like to work with Sam Raimi again, but for a completely different film now?
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James Franco Has Got the Moves Like Burton. Lance Burton.

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James Franco says he is a magician with tricks that will amaze, as long as his assistant is Lance Burton. The master magician trained Franco for his role as a conman carnival magician in Oz the Great and Powerful. Franco says he had a lot of fun getting private lessons and he does pull off the illusions you see in the movie, in fact, he says, "I got to learn quite a few pretty cool tricks that if I took them to parties, I probably would get a lot of attention." However, he says there's one little problem. "I need a lot of help from Lance to pull them off and, uh, he doesn’t travel around with me. So it’s just sort of one of the skills that I’ve learned like along the way, like sword-fighting or, you know, flying a plane that I just don’t
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James Franco: 'I learnt to pull doves and rabbits out of hats'

James Franco: 'I learnt to pull doves and rabbits out of hats'
James Franco has revealed he learned magic from a Las Vegas magician for his role in Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful.

Franco told SFX that director Sam Raimi insisted he train with Lance Burton for two months, learning the tricks of the trade for his part as the wizard.

"Oz, my character, is a performer. In some ways he's an inventor, an artist," the actor explained.

"What he does in this film is he goes to this land where people can do actual magic and he can't. But he learns that his earthbound magic or sleight of hand, his way of entertaining people is in its own way valuable and can be used to help people."

Franco said that he picked up the classic tricks pretty quickly, but that they weren't used in the end cut.

"I learned to materialise live doves and pull rabbits out of hats. I think I did pretty well.
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Oz: The Great and Powerful Set Visit - James Franco on Why It's the Right Time to Return to Oz

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Oz: The Great and Powerful Set Visit - James Franco on Why It's the Right Time to Return to Oz
James Franco has a lot to live up to when he steps onto the yellow brick road in next month's Oz: The Great and Powerful. In the prequel, he plays the titular Oz, a morally ambiguous magician who crashes down in the Emerald City in hopes of fulfilling his dreams of being a rich and famous wizard. When I visited the set of Oz: The Great and Powerful last year, Franco talked to me and a few other reporters about why it's the right time for another Oz movie, and what it meant for him to step out onto that yellow brick road for the first time. When Sam Raimi approached you with the script, was it an immediate yes? James Franco: Yeah, it was a pretty easy decision. [Robert] Downey Jr. had fallen out - I'm not sure why - and then they were talking to Johnny Depp and
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Oz: The Great and Powerful Set Visit - James Franco on Why It's the Right Time to Return to Oz

James Franco has a lot to live up to when he steps onto the yellow brick road in next month's Oz: The Great and Powerful. In the prequel, he plays the titular Oz, a morally ambiguous magician who crashes down in the Emerald City in hopes of fulfilling his dreams of being a rich and famous wizard. When I visited the set of Oz: The Great and Powerful last year, Franco talked to me and a few other reporters about why it's the right time for another Oz movie, and what it meant for him to step out onto that yellow brick road for the first time. When Sam Raimi approached you with the script, was it an immediate yes? James Franco: Yeah, it was a pretty easy decision. [Robert] Downey Jr. had fallen out - I'm not sure why - and then they were talking to Johnny Depp and
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James Franco Talks Why He Signed on, His Reaction to Seeing the Yellow Brick Road, Plant Omens, and More on the Set of Oz The Great And Powerful

I've done a lot of interviews while working for Collider and most of them take place in a hotel room.   However, the group interview I participated in with James Franco on the set of Oz The Great and Powerful might be the coolest location I've ever had: the yellow brick road in Oz! During a break in filming, Franco came over to where we were standing (which was the yellow brick road) for a short interview.  We talked about how he got cast, his reaction to walking on the road for the first time, the key to playing a convincing conman, his character's motivations, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview. Before getting to the interview, if you haven't seen the latest trailer I'd watch that first: If you'd like to listen to the audio of this interview click here.  Otherwise the full transcript is below.
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The best documentaries of 2011

Why not fold documentaries into my list of the "Best Films of 2011?" After all, a movie is a movie, right? Yes, and some years I've thrown them all into the same mixture. But all of these year-end Best lists serve one useful purpose: They tell you about good movies you may not have seen or heard about. The more films on my list that aren't on yours, the better job I've done.

That's particularly true were you to depend on the "short list" released by the Academy's Documentary Branch of 15 films they deem eligible for nomination. The branch has been through turmoil in the past and its procedures were "reformed" at one point. But this year it has made a particularly scandalous sin of

omission. It doesn't include "The Interrupters" (currently scoring 99% on the Tomatometer), which has received better reviews and been on more critic's Best lists than any other.
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Nine Feel-Good Documentaries to Lift Your Spirits after the Devastating Dear Zachary

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On Monday, we presented you with the 9 Most Devastatingly Sad Documentaries of All Time, a list that was topped by Dear Zachary. It seems like, whenever we mention Dear Zachary and how devastatingly sad it is, a few people see it as a challenge. They think, "Nooooo. How sad can it really be?"

It's not a challenge you will win, folks. Dear Zachary will pummel you every single time. But, if you're recently watched it, or for another reason feel as though the world has stacked its deck against you, we've got you covered. Choose one or more among these 9 documentaries, and the air that life knocked out of you will re-enter and flow through your lungs again. Or at least, put a smile on your face and a lump in your throat.

9. Paper Heart: Finally the hipsters have gone full circle and consumed themselves like an ouroborus recycled from an old Pac-Man t-shirt.
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Stage Magic Onscreen This Weekend in 'Make Believe'

Stage-magic documentary Make Believe screened to a packed house at Alamo Drafthouse earlier this week, so it's coming back this weekend for two afternoon screenings at the Alamo Ritz. The movie won an audience award at Austin Film Festival last year.

Quoth the Alamo synopsis:

"This amazing documentary exposes the steamy and high-stakes world of teenage magic competitions as it follows six adolescent outsiders who all share an extraordinary passion for the art of trickery. Armed with great skill and a dazzling array of illusions, these teenagers embark from all over the world to attend the annual World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, where they each hope to be named Teen World Champion by master magician Lance Burton.  From the producers of the fabulous King Of Kong, this film will leave you inspired and dumbfounded, as it showcases some of the most incredible, eccentric young performers working today."

I'm assured
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Make Believe Review

Make Believe Directed by: J. Clay Tweel Written by: Cleven S. Loham Starring: Lance Burton, Bill Koch, Krystyn Lambert, Derek McKee The art of magic has been around for centuries, and while the promise of seeing someone perform seemingly impossible feats will probably always draw a crowd, today's audiences are more wise, savvy and cynical than ever before. Nowadays, I think a lot of people take magic for granted, which is why modern magicians like Criss Angel and David Blaine need to put on a rock and roll attitude in order to get some attention. Still, with talented new magicians coming out of the woodwork all the time, it poses an interesting question: where do all these magicians get their start and how do they hone their skills? Make Believe is a documentary that purports to answer that question by focusing on the Teen Championship at the World Magic Seminar,
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Exclusive: Krystyn Lambert Talks Make Believe

The producers are behind this fascinating new documentary that takes viewers into the world of magic!

Ardent fans of The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters have a new documentary to worship and obsess over. From the executive producers of that fan favorite comes the all-new masterpiece of fascination, Make Believe. This coming of age journey is set in the quirky subculture of magic, and it follows six of the world's best young magicians as they battle for the title of Teen World Champion.

Much as The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters pitted the heroic Steve Wiebe against douche supreme Billy Mitchell, Make Believe also find the perfect rivalry in lovable, self-taught magicianHiroki Hara, who hails from a small town in the middle of nowhere Japan. And his nemesis Krystyn Lambert, a seemingly privileged blonde haired beauty who is accused of coasting on her looks more than her skills as a magician.
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Director J. Clay Tweel and Producer Steven Klein Interview Make Believe; Update on The King Of Kong Remake

The documentary Make Believe follows six young outsiders who all share an extraordinary skill and passion for the art of magic. Each with their own strengths and a dazzling array of tricks and illusions, these teenagers come from all over the country and various parts of the world to attend the annual World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, where they strive to be named Teen World Champion by magic icon Lance Burton. Inspired by his own history as a teen magician, producer Steven Klein brought the idea for Make Believe to executive producers Ed Cunningham and Seth Gordon (the duo behind the acclaimed documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters), and they all chose to enlist J. Clay Tweel to be at the helm of this unusual coming-of-age story. At the film’s press day, appropriately held at the famed Magic Castle, producer Steven Klein and director J. Clay Tweel
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Something to ‘Believe’ In

By Khia Beauchesne

(May 2011)

Perched on top of a small hill just off Hollywood Boulevard, the magnificent Magic Castle waived its usual exclusivity policies recently and invited press into a few of its awe-inspiring rooms to meet some of the stars of J. Clay Tweel’s documentary “Make Believe.”

The basement lounge was draped in red velour, cluttered with vintage posters of the late greats and decorated with authentic props. The hushed and magical atmosphere became a bustling and electric place when four of the six teens from the film — Bill Koch, Derek McKee, Hiroki Hara and Krystyn Lambert — along with the director, producer and master magician Lance Burton himself walked in.

“Normally in life, being deceived isn’t a pleasant experience,” says Burton, explaining what takes place nightly on the Magic Castle stage. “We’re deceived by friends and lovers, politicians and used-car salesmen all the time, and it
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