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10 of the Greatest Movie Transformations Ever

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In honor of Steve Carell's dramatic makeover in Bennett Miller's intense docudrama "Foxcatcher" (in theaters now), we compiled a list of some of the most extraordinary physical transformations ever on the big screen.

From Christian Bale in "The Machinist" to Hilary Swank in "Boys Don't Cry," the lengths these stars will go to get the part just right is incredible. »

- Cydney Fisher

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know

21 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST

The penultimate page-to-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins's "Hunger Games" trilogy hits theaters today in what's expected to be one of the biggest releases of the entire year. Academy-Award winner and media darling Jennifer Lawrence returns once more as Katniss Everdeen, who managed to destroy the Hunger Games during the Quarter Quell, unleashing a revolutionary arrow that struck the Capitol right in its totalitarian heart. Now in the relative safety of District 13, Katniss must deal with her constant post-traumatic stress and grief at the fact she was rescued but Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) was left behind in the clutches of the Capitol's ruthless leader President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Now Katniss is being asked to once again touch viewing audiences... but for the sake of the rebellion against the Capitol, led by District 13 President Coin (Julianne Moore). Can Katniss rally to become the revolution's Mockingjay when all she wants is to save Peeta? »

- Sandie Angulo Chen

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'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Snags Brenton Thwaites, Possibly Javier Bardem

21 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST

Just like Jack Sparrow's liver, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise takes a licking and keeps on ticking. The cast is slowly coming together for the fifth movie in the series, and its latest addition seems to be Brenton Thwaites. The young Aussie actor ("The Giver," "Maleficent," the upcoming "Son of a Gun") is reportedly in talks to join the cast as a British soldier named Henry. If he signs on the dotted line, he'll be joining Johnny Depp as Sparrow - or is it Sparrow as Johnny Depp? It's hard to tell the difference any more, what with all the accessories and drunken hijinks.

We're way more excited for the rumor Javier Bardem will join the gang as the villain of the movie, a vengeful ghost named Captain Brand. Bardem is no stranger to creepy characters; he won an Oscar for his performance as Anton Chigurh in "No Country for Old Men, »

- Jenni Miller

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Meryl Streep Slays 'Stay With Me' in 'Into the Woods' (Video)

21 November 2014 7:50 AM, PST

Diehard musical theater fans have been skeptical about a lot of the choices that went into the film adaptation of "Into the Woods," but Meryl Streep as the Witch wasn't one of them. This featurette offers a sneak peek at Streep in action as she sings "Stay With Me" in a moving scene with Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy).

Granted, it doesn't really make up for what we've seen of Johnny Depp as the Wolf so far - that whiskery mustache! - but it's smart to give the Sondheim heads a slice of Streep to assuage at least some of their worries. And if that's not enough to entice viewers, there's always the costumes; between Chris Pine's fancy velvet pants and Billy Magnussen's leather trousers, there's a little something for everyone in these woods.

"Into the Woods" co-stars Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Tracey Ullman, Lilla Crawford, James Corden, Christine Baranski, »

- Jenni Miller

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Get Into Pixar's 'Inside Out' With These Character Teasers

21 November 2014 6:45 AM, PST

Pixar's newest heroine is Riley Anderson in "Inside Out," an animated film about a little girl with a lot of feelings. Riley's really going through a lot lately, what with her family's move from the Midwest to San Francisco, and "Inside Out" is a firsthand look at all the emotions she's struggling with inside her head.

Disney and Pixar released some super short teasers to introduce each of Riley's anthropomorphized feelings, and frankly? They're freaking adorable.

Here's Sadness, voiced by Phyllis Smith.

Ugh! Meet Disgust, voiced by Mindy Kaling.

Lewis Black is the voice of anger. Adults will get why this is funny.

Fear is voiced by Bill Hader.

And here's a teaser with all of them, which includes Amy Poehler as Joy. Yes, please!

"Inside Out" was written and directed by Pete Docter, who masterfully manipulated our tear ducts in "Toy Story," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc.," "Wall*E, »

- Jenni Miller

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What to Watch During Holiday Travel: Your Go-To Guide

21 November 2014 6:31 AM, PST

Winter is coming, which means in a mere matter of weeks you'll be forced to get on a plane and make your way home (or to a tropical island, if you're lucky) for the holidays. Obviously, the only way to make it through the flight is to distract yourself with some quality screen time, and we've rounded up a list of television and movie favorites that will make your flight go by in no time. Whether you're traveling cross country or hopping on a quick hour-long flight to a neighboring state, Moviefone has you covered with seriously stellar options -- and the links to download them!

(We've limited our selections to titles available to download prior to travel, since not every flight has Wifi, and, let's face it, the Wi-Fi is too slow for streaming.)

Say you're traveling cross-country, and your flight is 4 Hours:


Amazon's original scripted series has »

- Mehera Bonner

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George Lucas Is Making 'Strange Magic' in This New Trailer (Video)

21 November 2014 5:50 AM, PST

What happens when you take a "Star Wars" mastermind, a classic Shakespearean romcom, and a whole lot of pop songs? The result is apparently "Strange Magic," an animated film coming out on January 23, written by George Lucas and inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The voice actors include Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, and Peter Stormare.

The first trailer for "Strange Magic" has dropped, and it looks crazy colorful and cute. The non-stop musical medleys are cause for pause, but maybe the cool-looking goblins and fairies and cute fuzzy animals will override fairies singing "Wild Thing" and talking about booties shaking and stuff like that. Given the premise of "Midsummer Night's Dream" and this dangerous potion everyone is talking about, we're anticipating some kooky love connections and summer solstice shenanigans.

Director Gary Rydstrom told Yahoo, "I remember when 'Labyrinth' came out and how exciting that was. »

- Jenni Miller

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What in the World Is Going on at 'The Today Show'?

21 November 2014 4:15 AM, PST

The most striking thing about Thursday's episode of the "Today" show may have been what you didn't see: No empty chair where Natalie Morales usually sits (she was there, calmly reading the news, as usual), and no other sign of the backstage turmoil that has engulfed the venerable morning news show this week, which had threatened the jobs of correspondents Morales and Willie Geist and has already claimed the job of the new producer brought in just a few weeks ago to fix the troubled show.

Despite the placid surface, it's clear that there is still trouble brewing at "Today," a creative and corporate struggle that is not likely to end soon. And the stakes are high, involving big money, big names, and big egos.

After all, "Today" is easily the most lucrative program overseen by NBC News -- maybe even the most profitable show on the network, period. But »

- Gary Susman

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Eddie Redmayne Facts: 23 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Theory of Everything' Star

21 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST

If you don't know his name yet, you will soon.

Eddie Redmayne has slowly become a household name in the past decade, starring in roughly a dozen films and even breaking out on stage. In fact, the young actor won the Tony for Best Actor in a Play in 2010. While Redmayne has made his mark in theater, the budding star looks to add an Oscar to his collection this fall. Beginning Friday, Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking in the acclaimed biopic "The Theory of Everything."

From his romance with his publicist to his royal classmate, here are 23 things you probably don't know about Eddie Redmayne.

1. Eddie Redmayne was born January 6, 1982 in London, England to Patricia Burke and Richard Redmayne.

2. His mother runs a relocation business and his father is a London-based businessman.

3. His great-grandfather was Sir Richard Redmayne, a noted British civil and mining engineer. He was also instrumental in »

- Jonny Black

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Review: A Dull, Dark Exercise

21 November 2014 1:30 AM, PST

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." Not exactly the kind of pithy title that's the stuff of poetry, but it should do fine alerting audiences to the fact that this is part of the immensely popular young adult series penned by Suzanne Collins, that we've reached the culmination of the trilogy, and, naturally, we're only getting half of it in this 123-minute epic.

The film starts immediately after the last one left off, with a harried Katniss Everdeen trying to make sense of her new situation in her new home (alas, for fans of French action flicks, there's no parkour taking place in this "District 13").

Should I have seen the other films before this one?

Oh, yeah, and not just because none of it will make sense otherwise. Naturally films in a series shouldn't necessarily be judged on how they stand alone, but in this case it's even »

- Jason Gorber

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The 25 Best Christmas Movies Ever Made

21 November 2014 1:00 AM, PST

Am I the only one who finds most Christmas movies hypocritical? They spend tens of millions on lavish productions, recreating Santa's workshop or some such, all to tell us that Christmas is not about material things but about simple pleasures. It's enough to make you long for the homespun, slightly threadbare charms of a classic Christmas movie, like "Meet Me in St. Louis," released 70 years ago this week (on November 22, 1944).

People remember the film for its radiant Judy Garland performance and its classic songs, but it's also worth noting that the family portrayed here is not always prosperous and happy. Its signature scene is angry little Margaret O'Brien whacking the snowmen to pieces, and its signature musical number is the saddest and most wistful of all Christmas standards, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," a song that yearns for happier times, "if the fates allow." Sometimes, as the song observes, »

- Gary Susman

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Best of Late Night TV: Celebrities Read Mean Tweets and One Direction's Adorable Selfie (Video)

20 November 2014 10:05 PM, PST

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

It's our favorite time of year: the time in which Jimmy Kimmel has celebrities read mean tweets about themselves! The eighth installment of this classic bit is officially here for you to watch and re-watch, so please sit back and enjoy the likes of Lisa Kudrow reading "I hope you all have a great weekend. Except you, Lisa Kudrow."

The boys of "One Direction" hit up "Kimmel," and Jimmy wasted no time asking them a series of rapid-fire questions, including: "which of you is most likely to disappear for a couple days? Also, shout out to Zayn's man bun.

Jimmy also forced One Direction to take an adorable selfie »

- Mehera Bonner

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Donald Sutherland Says 'Mockingjay' Costar Jennifer Lawrence Is Like Jesus

20 November 2014 9:30 AM, PST

Jennifer Lawrence has received some high praise in her day, racking up awards and accolades from both fans and her film industry peers. But the latest bit of love for the star might be the grandest compliment of them all.

In an interview with E! News, Donald Sutherland, who stars with Lawrence in the "Hunger Games" films, raved about the actress, and name-dropped some pretty big shoes that he says J-Law is filling.

"When I worked with her, I realized the child was a genius," Sutherland said at the premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" on Monday. "She's the right person at the right time in the sense of Joan of Arc or Jesus Christ, any genius, in that sense."

And the accolades didn't stop there. Sutherland, who plays the devious President Snow in the series, added that Lawrence's gifts were uniquely suited to speak to every audience member. »

- Katie Roberts

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Weekend Movies & TV: 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay,' 'The Theory of Everything,' 'Lilyhammer,' & More (Video)

20 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST

This weekend, Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss Everdeen and the symbol of revolution in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," Eddie Redmayne stars as renowned physicist Stephen Hawking opposite Felicity Jones in "The Theory of Everything," the mob series "Lilyhammer" starring Steven Van Zandt returns for a third season on Netflix this Friday, and Pitbull hosts the 42nd Annual American Music Awards with performances by Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks Sunday night on ABC.

Also in theaters this weekend: "V/H/S: Viral" follows fame-obsessed teens who, after trying to film salacious police footage, unknowingly face their own deaths as stars of the next video sensation. In "The Sleepwalker," Kaia and Andrew are renovating Kaia's secluded family estate when their lives are violently disrupted upon the unexpected arrival of Kaia's sister and her fiancé. The documentary "Happy Valley" observes the year following Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach »

- Jonny Black

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Jon Hamm, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe Will Return to 'Parks and Recreation' for Final Season

20 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST

"Parks and Recreation" is packing in the guest stars for its upcoming seventh and final season, with two key former cast members -- and one surprise guest star -- set to reprise their roles.

First, Entertainment Weekly reports that Jon Hamm, who had a small, memorable cameo in last season's finale, will return as Ed. Leslie (Amy Poehler) fired Ed during the final moments of the sixth season, calling him the worst employee of the National Parks Association -- even worse than Jerry Larry Terry (Jim O'Heir).

"Parks and Rec" boss Mike Schur told EW earlier this year that he had wanted Hamm to reprise his role, though in a more covert way than expected. "If I have my way, every episode where you see events that take place before that moment will include a shot of him doing something insanely incompetent," Schur said. We'll see if that vision pans out. »

- Katie Roberts

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Mike Nichols Movies: 18 Essential Films You Should Watch Right Now

20 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST

Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.

Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »

- Gary Susman

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Better Program Your DVR: 'Better Call Saul' Gets Two-Night Premiere Date

20 November 2014 8:15 AM, PST

AMC is pulling out all the stops for its "Breaking Bad" spinoff, "Better Call Saul," and that includes its premiere: The highly-anticipated drama will get a two-night series debut early next year.

"Better Call Saul" will make its series premiere on Sunday, February 8 at 10 p.m., with its second episode airing the following night, Monday, February 9, at 10 p.m. The show will then move into its permanent timeslot, Mondays at 10 p.m., the following week.

"This February, during AMC's first ever two-night series premiere event, we're going to introduce Jimmy McGill to the world. Known to 'Breaking Bad' fans as Saul Goodman, viewers will soon discover Saul wasn't always Albuquerque's top criminal (criminal) lawyer," said AMC President Charlie Collier in a press release. "Huge thanks to Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Bob Odenkirk, our partners at Sony, and the entire team. We're thrilled to be cooking together again. »

- Katie Roberts

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The 31 Best TV Shows on Netflix Streaming Right Now

20 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST

Nothing good on TV? Cut your cable? Thank goodness there's plenty of fantastic TV series on Netflix.

Whether you've always meant to catch up with "The Walking Dead" or "Sons of Anarchy," or want to revisit a classic like "Miami Vice" or "Twin Peaks," they're among the many great shows available to stream right now on Netflix.

(Availability subject to change.)

1. "Alias"

Miss when Jennifer Garner kicked ass on a regular basis? Relive her days as superspy Sydney Bristow and (in the first two seasons) Bradley Cooper as the guy who's not so secretly in love with her.

2. "Bates Motel"

Norman Bates and his mother run a hotel where people end up dying, but that's about all this series has in common with the Hitchcock movie that inspired it.

3. "Being Human"

Aidan Turner (lovestruck dwarf Kili in "The Hobbit" films) stars as a hot vampire in the British original series where he, »

- Sharon Knolle

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Melissa McCarthy to Sprinkle Comedy Pixie Dust as Tinker Bell

20 November 2014 7:45 AM, PST

"Peter Pan" fever is sweeping the nation, with NBC's upcoming live production of the stage musical prepped for next month, and Joe Wright's origin story "Pan" set to hit theaters next year. Now, another Neverland-centric project is in development, and it's nabbed a famous face as its star.

According to Deadline, Melissa McCarthy is set to play Tinker Bell in a new movie from director Shawn Levy (the "Night at the Museum" films, "This Is Where I Leave You"). The film is described as a comedy-adventure story focusing on Peter Pan's fairy sidekick, and will be "a fresh take on the classic tale," per Deadline's report.

Levy came up with the story idea, and "Neighbors" director Nicholas Stoller (who also penned the "Sex Tape" and "Muppets Most Wanted" screenplays) is writing the script. Levy is still wrapping up the last bits of post-production on "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, »

- Katie Roberts

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Penelope Cruz May Strut Her Stuff in 'Zoolander 2'

20 November 2014 7:30 AM, PST

Fresh off claiming the Sexiest Woman Alive title, actress Penelope Cruz is putting her award-winning looks to use: She's reportedly signed on to star in the sequel to 2001's supermodel-skewering "Zoolander."

Deadline reports that Cruz is close to a deal for the flick, in which Ben Stiller will reprise his role as the titular airhead model. No word yet on just what Cruz's part might entail, though it would make sense for her to play a model, too.

The site notes that Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are also rumored to be reprising their parts. Justin Theroux, who played the evil DJ in the first flick, is directing and writing the project.

Stay tuned for more details about the sure-to-be-silly sequel. Like "Anchorman 2" before it, we're expecting "Zoolander 2" to land some great cameos.

[via: Deadline]

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- Katie Roberts

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