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Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons on 'Whiplash,' Drumming and Stoking Passion

24 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

Much of the power of the extraordinary film "Whiplash" comes from the interaction between two remarkable performers. This is a star-making role for Miles Teller, an actor who has previously appeared in films like "Rabbit Hole" and the "Footloose" remake, and he's soon to make a further splash in the big-budget "Fantastic Four" reboot and "Divergent" sequel.

J.K. Simmons may be known to most as the dad from "Juno" or J. Jonah Jameson in the previous "Spider-Man" series, but his roles in a series of films by the Coen Brothers, or his inimitable portrayal of Vernon Schillinger on HBO's "Oz" has ably demonstrated his capacity to play almost any role. With a fearsome, nuanced performance, Simmons' role of Terrance Fletcher should, with any justice, garner J.K. a nod at Oscar time.

Moviefone Canada spoke to the two performers during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

This film's director, Damien Chazelle, »

- Jason Gorber

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Wanted: Female Director for DC Comics 'Wonder Woman' Movie

24 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT

Is it April Fool's Day? Are cats and dogs best friends? Are we crazy, or did Warner Bros. and DC Comics announce that they're looking for woman to direct their "Wonder Woman" movie?

Buried deep within an item on The Hollywood Reporter about WB's plans for 10 superhero movies is a crazy little detail that's thrown in there almost like an afterthought. "Warners also is opting for strong directors, tapping David Ayer ('Fury') for 'Suicide Squad' and seeking a female helmer for Gal Gadot's 'Wonder Woman.'"

Marvel has been dominating the superhero space, but Kevin Feige has been hemming and hawing about bringing "Black Widow" to the screen as a stand-alone film. Well, unless Feige has a big surprise in store for fans (and for everyone at Marvel), it seems that DC is getting the jump on catering to audiences hungry for a more female-centric superhero flick. »

- Jenni Miller

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'Whiplash' Director Damien Chazelle on His Film's Success and the Burdens of Drumming

24 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

Since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last January, "Whiplash" has been on a bit of a tear. Winning both the audience and jury prizes in Park City, the film has gone on to screen at numerous festivals all over the world, gaining further acclaim at Cannes, winning best film at Deauville, and playing to rapturous applause at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is a bombastic tale about a drum student living up to the near-impossible expectations set by a tyrannical instructor. With its mix of fantasy and documentary-like reality, it's a film made more remarkable for its shifts in tone that build up to a stunning finale. Director Damien Chazelle spoke with Moviefone Canada about the reception the film has received since its debut, working with the film's remarkable cast, and how that ending came together in the edit.

Moviefone Canada: You first made the »

- Jason Gorber

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Aaron Paul Zings Toys 'R' Us Over 'Breaking Bad' Figures

24 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

But how do you really feel, Aaron Paul?

The former "Breaking Bad" co-star has been tweeting up a storm about the decision by mega-retailer Toys 'R' Us to pull "Breaking Bad" figures from store shelves. And he's making some pretty salient points. The company's move was prompted by a petition started by a mother in Florida who wrote, "Their decision to sell a 'Breaking Bad' doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children's toys is a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values."

Wait, so @ToysRUs pulled all of the Breaking Bad figures from their shelves and still sells Barbie? Hmmmm...I wonder what is more damaging?

- Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) October 23, 2014

And what about all of the violent video games you sell @ToysRUs ? Do you still sell those? Florida mom really messed it up for everyone.

- Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) October 23, 2014

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- Jenni Miller

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Say Good-Bye to 'Honey Boo Boo': TLC Cancels Show

24 October 2014 7:15 AM, PDT

TLC has canceled its hugely popular reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" after a rumor surfaced on TMZ that June Shannon is romantically involved with a registered sex offender. The details are fairly stomach-turning, but if you want to read more, here's the report at TMZ.

Despite claims that the two haven't dated in a decade, execs at TLC were concerned enough to cancel the series. They issued the following statement:

"TLC has canceled the series 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well-being."

Shannon posted a video to Facebook about the matter, even though "TLC has kinda told us to be hush hush." She said, "Just got a phone call this morning from TLC and, as »

- Jenni Miller

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The New Fall TV Season: Why Hasn't Anything Been Canceled Yet?

24 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

Some five weeks in, the new TV season is more notable for what hasn't happened yet: no new show has been canceled.

Usually, by now, some four or five fall shows have already bit the dust, even amid audience complaints that they hardly got to know these newbies after just two or three episodes. In the past, the sentence for low ratings has been to euthanize these series before they can bleed more money. So why hasn't the guillotine blade fallen even once yet?

It's not because the network chiefs are all mouthing silent hallelujahs over having finally broken the code and having created a perfect slate of perfect shows that are all hits. Indeed, some new shows are already on the bubble Yet so far, the "Utopias" and "Mulaneys" of the new season have all earned an indefinite stay of execution.

Why are the networks so merciful this season? »

- Gary Susman

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Keanu Reeves Facts: 33 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'John Wick' Star

24 October 2014 5:00 AM, PDT

Keanu Reeves just turned 50, and he's still kicking butt on the big screen.

Reeves broke out in the late '80s as the now iconic Ted Theodore Logan in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) before "Point Break" (1991) and "Speed" (1994) made the actor a bonafide action star -- and that was all before he became Neo in "The Matrix" trilogy. In the past few years, Reeves has also found success behind the camera, directing the martial arts film "Man of Tai Chi" (2013), while still holding onto his indie roots. This fall, Reeves is back playing a legendary hitman out for revenge in the blood action film "John Wick."

From hanging out with the Red Hot Chili Peppers to his days as K.C. Reeves, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Keanu Reeves.

1. Keanu Reeves was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon to Patricia Taylor and Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr.

2. His mother is an English-born costume designer, »

- Jonny Black

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'Birdman' Review: Madness Meets Artistry in This Ambitious Movie

24 October 2014 4:45 AM, PDT

"Birdman" is the latest film from "21 Grams" and "Babel" director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Actually, that might not be the real title of the movie, as journalists received the following message prior to the screening: "Please use the film's full title, "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," the first time the film is mentioned in an article. " Meanwhile, on IMDb the title is listed with brackets: "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)."

If this seems a mix of confusing and pedantic, then that's in keeping with the tone of much of the film. There's a lot to admire about this work, but it also feels like it's trying too damn hard at times to be quirky and different, right down to the convoluted title.

What's it about?

Plot-wise, we follow a Hollywood star that's looking for a bit of authenticity by staging a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's »

- Jason Gorber

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Keanu Reeves Completely, Totally Loves 'John Wick' (Video)

24 October 2014 3:30 AM, PDT

Forget Sad Keanu, at least for the time being.

Keanu Reeves is very happy about his latest film, the action movie "John Wick," because it combines everything: martial arts, gunplay, stunt driving and some kick-ass dialogue.

Reeves is the titular Wick, who's out for vengeance after his puppy is brutally killed by a Russian gang (yes, that's exactly what happens). The group of thugs had no idea who they were messing with, though; the legendary Wick punches and shoots his way through their ranks like a hot knife through butter.

Moviefone Canada chatted with Reeves in Toronto -- as well as co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski -- and they spoke about playing the action hero, why Reeves works in the role, and how many of the stunts he did on his own (hint: most of them).

(Watch video interview, above.) »

- Chris Jancelewicz

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Best of Late Night TV: Taylor Swift's New Album and Neil Patrick Harris' Nude Scene (Video)

23 October 2014 11:43 PM, PDT

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.

Taylor Swift has a new album coming out, and the reviews are ahhhhhh-mazing. The songstress stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to talk about "1989," and even admitted that she kept the album exclusively on her phone for over a year because she was paranoid that someone might record it!

Taylor's known for her cryptic lyrics (many of which are about her ex-boyfriends), and she dished on the meaning of a few in particular. Thank goodness -- if it wasn't for Jimmy Kimmel we'd be analyzing these musings for weeks.

Alfred Enoch also visited "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and chatted about his stint on the "Harry Potter" movies. Apparently he celebrated the »

- Mehera Bonner

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Hear Meryl Streep & Anna Kendrick Sing in New 'Into the Woods' Featurette (Video)

23 October 2014 10:30 AM, PDT

We've already gotten a sneak peek at what the actors of "Into the Woods" will look like in their fairytale roles. Now, a new featurette gives audiences their first listen to stars like Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick singing the musical's iconic tunes.

The clip is interspersed with interviews from stars like Blunt and Streep, who praise director Rob Marshall ("Chicago") and songwriter Stephen Sondheim, and discuss the timeless themes that the film portrays.

"The theme very much is, 'Careful what you wish for,'" says Blunt.

Marshall also explains why "Into the Woods" appeals to such a wide audience.

"It's not just a musical, it's not just a comedy, it's not just a drama -- it's all of those things, interwoven," the director notes.

"Into the Woods" also stars Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, James Corden, Tracy Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lila Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, and Frances de la Tour. »

- Katie Roberts

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Courtney Love Books Another TV Gig, Will Recur on 'Empire'

23 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Fresh off signing on for a part in FX biker drama "Sons of Anarchy," Courtney Love will once again grace the small screen with a recurring guest star gig on new Fox series "Empire."

"Empire" focuses on a record label headed by Terrence Howard. Love is set to play Elle Dallas, "a hard rock powerhouse, who is part of Empire Entertainment's stable of artists."

The singer-actress is just the latest big name to join "Empire"'s already star-studded cast, which also includes Taraji P. Henson ("Hustle and Flow"), model Naomi Campbell, Cuba Gooding Jr. ("Jerry Maguire"), Gabourey Sidibe ("American Horror Story," "Precious"), Derek Luke ("The Americans"), and Judd Nelson ("The Breakfast Club").

"Empire" is slated to premiere on Fox sometime in early 2015.

[via: Cinema Blend]

Photo credit: Getty Images »

- Katie Roberts

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Sorry, 'Twilight' Fans: Kristen Stewart Is Taking a Break From Acting

23 October 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

After shooting seven films back-to-back, Kristen Stewart has announced that she's taking a break from acting.

Stewart, who shot to international stardom thanks to her starring role as Bella Swan in the "Twilight" series, hasn't really stopped working since, and that's the problem, the actress revealed in a new interview with USA Today. After wrapping her latest project, the futuristic flick "Equals," which co-stars Nicholas Hoult, USA Today reports that the process "tore her up emotionally, and necessitated what she long thought she needed: a break to just be Kristen the person. She won't read a single script in the coming months."

The break is a long time coming, Stewart said.

"I'm taking some time off because I've been working for two years. I'm an actor and that's my art form, and because I started that so young, I've always felt intimidated and insufficient when I think about other forms »

- Katie Roberts

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Alfie Allen on 'John Wick,' 'Game of Thrones,' and Perfecting a Russian Accent

23 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Most know Alfie Allen from his role as Theon Greyjoy on HBO's "Game of Thrones," the squirrelly, perpetually tortured soul who was raised as one of the Stark children until, of course, his sudden but inevitable betrayal. But in the new, Keanu Reeves-led action movie "John Wick," Allen gets to try on the pants of a different, but equally smarmy villain Iosef Tarasov, a young Russian punk whose father, Viggo (Michael Nyqvist) is a Russian mobster and head of a huge operation in New York. When Iosef targets Reeves' John Wick, a former assassin, all hell breaks loose. It's really, really good.

We got a chance to chat with Allen about what it was like playing a contemporary bastard, what his favorite aspect of the movie's pseudo-fantastical landscape was, and have to inform him that, yes, the guy who plays Hodor is off next season and taking part in »

- Drew Taylor

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CBS Cuts 'CSI' Episode Order to 18; Is the Show in Trouble?

23 October 2014 8:45 AM, PDT

For only the second time ever, "CSI" will air less than 22 episodes this season, as CBS has cut the crime drama's episode order.

TVLine reports that the 15th season of the venerable drama will now have only 18 episodes, the fewest since the 17 that aired during the 2007-2008 writers' strike season. But the site says that the decision "was more about inventory than ratings."

CBS already has a backlog of programming waiting to make it to air, including the seventh (and rumored final) season of "The Mentalist," as well as the new Vince Gilligan drama "Battle Creek." Deadline notes that the cut "was part of a flex plan put in place in May, with the network now triggering the option to go down to 18 episodes."

TVLine's report also notes that "CSI"'s move to Sundays at 10 p.m. this season has been a relative success: though overall ratings are down, it's »

- Katie Roberts

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Sam Rockwell on 'Laggies,' Dancing in Movies, and Playing More Subdued Roles

23 October 2014 8:15 AM, PDT

When you think of Sam Rockwell, the word "subdued" isn't necessarily the first thing to come to mind. Manic maybe, or hyper. An unexpectedly good dancer. But seeing him play a world-weary single dad in the upcoming romantic comedy "Laggies" opposite Keira Knightley feels like a bit of a departure for the actor.

According to Rockwell, his character Craig comes a lot closer to his actual demeanour than the "psychos" and "anarchists" that he's played in the past. In the film, the latest from "Your Sister's Sister" director Lynn Shelton, he plays a lawyer and dad to a high school student (Chloë Grace Moretz) who befriends a 28-year-old slacker with a serious case of arrested development (Knightley) looking to hide out from her future and fiancé for a week.

With the unconventional romantic comedy out this Friday, Moviefone Canada sat down with Rockwell during the Toronto International Film Festival to »

- Rick Mele

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Zelda Williams Honors Late Father Robin Williams With New Tattoo

23 October 2014 8:05 AM, PDT

Robin Williams may be gone, but the late actor is living on through a new tribute from his daughter.

Zelda Williams posted a photo on Instagram this week of a tattoo of a hummingbird, a memorial the young actress said was inspired by her father. "For poppo," Williams wrote of the ink. " ... I'll always put my hand out to shake with a smile."

For poppo. Thank you to the incomparable @dr_woo_ssc for so beautifully bringing my reminders to life. I'll always put my hand out to shake with a smile. As for this Instagram, I don't know in what capacity I'll continue using it in the future, but I'm leaving it up regardless so that fake accounts hoping to use my name or misuse my family's photos will get no traction. To be clear, this is My Only account. Publicly, I have Twitter, and this. If other people »

- Katie Roberts

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Weekend Movies & TV: 'John Wick,' 'The Hunger Games,' 'Jane the Virgin,' & More (Video)

23 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

This weekend, Keanu Reeves plays a retired legendary assassin out for revenge in the bloody action movie "John Wick," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is now streaming on Netflix, while Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" will be available on October 25, and the new CW dramedy "Jane the Virgin" airs its third episode Monday night at 9 p.m. with its first two episodes available now on Hulu.

Also in theaters this weekend: In "Ouija," a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. "White Bird in a Blizzard" follows a teenage girl (Shailene Woodley) whose life is thrown into chaos when her mother (Eva Green) disappears. "Laggies" stars Keira Knightley as a 28-year-old in the throes of a quarter-life crisis who goes to live with her new 16-year-old (Chloe Grace Moretz) after her boyfriend proposes to her. "Citizenfour" follows »

- Jonny Black

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James Spader Says His 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Villain Is 'Bats--t Crazy'

23 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

We've come to expect unconventional villains from Marvel movies, but according to James Spader, the antagonist he plays in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is not only evil -- he's "bats--t crazy."

In an interview with Total Film, Spader discussed how his character, Ultron, tows the line between silly and serious.

"There's a humorous aspect to him, which is something that drew me in from the very first conversation I had with [director] Joss [Whedon]," Spader told the magazine. "In many ways he's a child, this character, because he's a brand new being who's just come to be. And yet, through artificial intelligence, he has an incredible capacity for knowledge. So he's a very powerful, smart child."

Spader also compared Ultron to his television alter ego, Raymond "Red" Reddington from NBC's "The Blacklist, but noted that Ultron may have Red beat when it comes to being truly evil.

"Ultron takes abrupt turns in scenes, »

- Katie Roberts

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It's Official: Christian Bale Will Play Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin-Penned Biopic

23 October 2014 6:30 AM, PDT

After some behind-the-scenes shuffling, the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic "Jobs" has secured its leading man: Christian Bale.

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin revealed the official casting news in an interview with Bloomberg Television, noting that Bale was the obvious choice for the part -- and didn't even need to audition.

"We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range, and that's Chris Bale," Sorkin told Bloomberg.

The casting aligns with director David Fincher's earlier selection of Bale as his top choice to play the Apple founder. But Fincher eventually abandoned the project -- sources say over budget concerns -- and replacement director Danny Boyle had zeroed in on Leonardo DiCaprio for the role, before that connection also fell by the wayside.

Previous reports indicated that Fincher wanted Bale for the role in large part due to his strong physical resemblance to the late Jobs, but Sorkin told »

- Katie Roberts

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