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Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman attempt to get 'A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III' -- Trailer

2 December 2012 3:52 PM, PST

Although writer-director Roman Coppola (Cq, screenwriter on Moonrise KingdomThe Darjeeling Limited) recently told EW that he’s wary of drawing overt connections between the title hero in his film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III and the well-documented lifestyle of his film’s star, Charlie Sheen, it’s difficult not to draw them watching the film’s first trailer. Over the course of 11 short seconds, Sheen’s character is called “a big fake liar,” “incredibly irresponsible,” and “crazy selfish.” His playboy past gets in the way of his relationship with the girl of his dreams. And »

- Adam B. Vary

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'Star Wars' producer Rick McCallum officially leaving Lucasfilm

2 December 2012 12:17 PM, PST

Producer Rick McCallum — who was instrumental in the resurrection of the Star Wars franchise, from the “Special Edition” re-releases of the first trilogy to the prequel trilogy Star Wars films — is leaving Lucasfilm to pursue producing independent films. The announcement, made on StarWars.com, comes a month after the bombshell news that Disney is purchasing Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, with veteran Hollywood producer Kathleen Kennedy taking the helm of the Star Wars franchise as executive producer of a planned sequel trilogy.

“There’s only person in the world who could do this, and that’s Kathleen Kennedy,” McCallum said in the announcement. »

- Adam B. Vary

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Box office report: Brad Pitt's 'Killing Them Softly' misfires with $7 million debut, 'F' CinemaScore

2 December 2012 11:18 AM, PST

The post-Thanksgiving frame has always been a slow one, and this year was no exception. Two new releases entered theaters — including the Brad Pitt vehicle Killing Them Softly — and both were met with unenthusiastic responses. Among holdovers, the Top 10 movies fell by an average of 51 percent. Basically, not too much happened at the box office this week. In fact, the top six movies finished in the exact same spots as last week.

Atop the chart was The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which dropped 60 percent to $17.4 million, lifting its total to $254.6 million after three weekends. The $120 million Summit sequel is »

- Grady Smith

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'A Good Day to Die Hard' featurette: Jai Courtney on playing Bruce Willis' son -- Video

2 December 2012 10:27 AM, PST

Come out to Moscow, we’ll get together, have a few laughs…

The McClanes just can’t stay out of trouble, can they? In the fifth installment of the Die Hard series, A Good Day to Die Hard, our hero John McClane (Bruce Willis) travels to Russia to help his estranged son John “Jack” McClane (Jai Courtney) with…something CIA related. But there are explosions and bad guys with Russian accents, and witty one-liners, so it doesn’t seem to stray from the formula.

After the jump, check out the short clip featuring some behind the scenes footage from A Good Day to Die Hard »

- Lindsey Bahr

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First Oscars: Academy hopefuls turn out at honorary Governors Awards

2 December 2012 2:13 AM, PST

“This is kind of amazing,” legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker said, looking down at his honorary Oscar. “I mean, everybody here probably has one of these already.”

A nervous ripple of laughter went through the ballroom.  Actually, many people were at the Academy’s Governors Awards because they don’t — but want one.

The four-year-old event, which presents lifetime achievement Oscars to deserving individuals, has become a prime campaign spot for those hoping to persuade members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to vote for them.

In addition to Pennebaker, the recipients of the Governors Awards included American Film Institute founder George Stevens, »

- Anthony Breznican

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Box office update: 'Breaking Dawn' leads Friday with $5.6M, 'Killing Them Softly' slapped with 'F' CinemaScore

1 December 2012 10:19 AM, PST

Call it a turkey hangover. Friday grosses are (mostly) in, and, as expected, the box office is way down from the lucrative Thanksgiving frame.

The top of the chart looks just the same as it did last week. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 stayed in first place with $5.6 million, putting it on pace for a third weekend of $17 million, which would bring its total to $254 million. Skyfall and Lincoln were close behind, grossing $4.9 million and $4.0 million, respectively. Skyfall may walk away with about $16 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period, while Lincoln should earn about $14 million.

Life of Pi and Rise of the Guardians »

- Grady Smith

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'Les Miserables': Five new clips from the musical -- Video

1 December 2012 8:15 AM, PST

In a sign of extreme confidence after preview screenings sent its Oscar potential skyrocketing, the makers of Les Miserables have released five extended clips from the upcoming musical, which is sure to boost enthusiasm among moviegoers eager for its Christmas Day debut.

In an earlier trailer, we’ve already heard much of Anne Hathaway’s crushing rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream,” a number that is largely responsible making her the frontrunner for Best Support Actress. But these new clips tend not to be the big hit solos.

Instead, they are mostly ensemble numbers, emphasizing the musical dialogue between characters. »

- Anthony Breznican

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My Favorite Movie: Matthew Broderick talks about 'My Man Godfrey' with Jess Cagle

1 December 2012 6:00 AM, PST

In the 1936 comedy My Man Godfrey, a socialite takes in a homeless man as her butler after “winning” him in a scavenger hunt and proceeds to fall for him … of course. The premise is a bit harebrained, but  if you ask Matthew Broderick, it works. Broderick, who’s currently starring on Broadway in the new musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, sat down with EW Managing Editor Jess Cagle to talk about his favorite film.

My Man Godfrey stars two heavyweights of their day, William Powell and Carole Lombard, but Broderick warns you may need some patience to »

- EW staff

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Casting Net: 'Walking Dead' star joins Stephen King film, and more

30 November 2012 6:39 PM, PST

• Child stars Chandler Riggs and Joel Courtney will play brothers whose grandmother has evil powers in the Stephen King thriller adaptation Mercy. Riggs currently stars on AMC’s The Walking Dead as the son of Sheriff Rick Grimes; Courtney appeared in J.J. Abrams’s Super 8. [THR]

• French breakout star Elodie Yung will co-star with Evan Rachel Wood in the next film from director Gil Junger and the team behind Ten Things I Hate About You, a romantic comedy about a couple who meet while each is attempting suicide, titled Ten Things I Hate About Life. Producers say there’s no »

- Laura Hertzfeld

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'Mad Men's John Slattery on the term 'silver fox' and his new indie 'In Our Nature' -- Exclusive Clip

30 November 2012 2:40 PM, PST

As Mad Men’s silver-haired Roger Sterling, John Slattery is debonair, drunken, sexy, competitive, and sentimental. He’s also, at times, a complete goof.

In writer/director Brian Savelson’s feature debut, In Our Nature, out in theaters Dec. 7, Slattery plays Gil, the estranged dad of Seth, a bearded hipster played by Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights). When Seth brings his girlfriend, Andie, played by Jena Malone (Pride & Prejudice), to his family’s upstate New York retreat for a romantic getaway weekend, Gil shows up to the house as well — with his new, younger girlfriend Vicky, played by Gabrielle Union. »

- Solvej Schou

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'Iron Man 3': Maybe Tony Stark really Is all about the armor?

30 November 2012 10:31 AM, PST

It’s a common theme for superheroes to stand for more than just their own powers.

In the DC universe, Superman is famously synonymous with “truth, justice, and the American way,” while Batman is a darker symbol of vigilante justice, inspiring citizens to resist the things they fear the most.

In Marvel’s realm, Spider-Man stands for every puny kid who ever got pushed around, and learned how to use brains as well as brawn, the Hulk is the anger inside all of us, fighting to get out, if only we can channel it for good. Wolverine is the rebel without a cause, »

- Anthony Breznican

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James Gunn apologizes for 'offensive' blog post

30 November 2012 9:46 AM, PST

Writer/Director James Gunn (Slither, Super) has apologized over remarks he made in an old blog post from February 2011 (since deleted) that gained traction this week. Gunn has had a more mainstream famous profile recently with the news he will rewrite and direct Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which will be released in summer 2014.

In the post, titled “The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With,” Gunn made comments that many perceived to be sexist and homophobic. According to GLAAD,“Gunn referred to the lesbian superhero Batwoman as needing a straight male to ‘turn’ her and called another male hero a ‘fruit, »

- Erin Strecker

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Clint Eastwood's daughter named Miss Golden Globe 2013

30 November 2012 6:33 AM, PST

Francesca Eastwood is the envy of everyone in Young Hollywood — not only because she’s inherited a title previously bestowed on the likes of Laura Dern and Melanie Griffith, but also because she’s getting a chance to spend an entire night rubbing elbows with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced yesterday that 19-year-old Eastwood has been named next year’s Miss Golden Globe. Traditionally, the honor is given to the child of a celebrity; Francesca’s father, of course, is multiple Golden Globe (and Oscar) winner Clint Eastwood. Her mother is actress Frances Fisher »

- Hillary Busis

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Entertainers of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence

30 November 2012 6:24 AM, PST

Ben Affleck might be on the cover of our Entertainers of the Year issue, but there’s a case to be made that Jennifer Lawrence could take him in a street fight. The 22-year-old (22!) actress from Kentucky anchored her first franchise when she nimbly picked up Katniss Everdeen’s bow in The Hunger Games, thrilling Suzanne Collins’ discerning fans with her equal parts fierce and tender performance. And then, in a graceful return to her indie roots, Lawrence delivered a bravura performance playing Tiffany, a damaged young woman who refuses to apologize for her messiness, in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. »

- Karen Valby

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Iceland's Oscar entry 'The Deep' director on filming shipwreck, working with Mark Wahlberg

30 November 2012 6:00 AM, PST

As part of an early look at next year’s Oscars, Prize Fighter — in an ongoing series — is highlighting several of the directors and official entries submitted by a whopping 71 countries competing for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.

Iceland’s official 2013 foreign film Oscar entry The Deep, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, opens with a view of a boat submerged in the dark, deep, green ocean.

It’s an eerie, almost calm shot, and foreshadows the rest of the film, about an absolutely tragic real-life incident in Iceland in 1984, when a fishing boat capsized off the coast leaving only one survivor, »

- Solvej Schou

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Seth MacFarlane reveals Oscar contest, 'Family Guy' movie plans -- Breaking

30 November 2012 6:00 AM, PST

Oscar host Seth MacFarlane came to the basement classroom full of UCLA college kids to make one announcement — that they and other students across the country are eligible for a new contest that could bring them to the Academy Awards stage this year.

But he ended up making an even bigger revelation during a Q&A session with the wannabe film pros — he has a story in place for a Family Guy movie.

His appearance at the class Wednesday was filmed by the student-themed mtvU as part of its “Stand In” series about guest professors, and was designed to kick »

- Anthony Breznican

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Hally Berry and Gabriel Aubry reach 'amicable agreement'

30 November 2012 5:45 AM, PST

Attorneys for Halle Berry and her ex-boyfriend have settled court issues that arose after a Thanksgiving Day fight at the actress’ home.

The fisticuffs involved Berry’s ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry and her fiance, actor Olivier Martinez. Aubry was arrested after the fight, which left him with a black eye, a broken rib and other injuries.

Aubry obtained a temporary restraining order against Martinez. The model and Berry have been battling over custody of their 4-year-old daughter for months and have appeared twice in a family law court since the fight.

Blair Berk, an attorney for Berry, and Shawn Holley, who represents Aubry, »

- Associated Press

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21 Sundance hits that tanked at the box office

29 November 2012 9:01 PM, PST

As the independent film festival’s lineup is announced, we look back at some of the most notoriously buzzed about flicks — which were Doa at the box office everywhere else

Buried (2010)

Buried seemed like some film-school experiment. When an American truck driver stationed in Iraq wakes up to find himself buried alive inside a coffin, he has only a lighter and a cell phone to meet his captors’ $5 million ransom before he runs out of oxygen. Sundance audiences swooned, and not only because the truck driver in question was soon-to-be Sexiest Man Alive Ryan Reynolds. Lionsgate forked over approximately $3.2 million »

- EW staff

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Oscars: Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard among contenders for this year's best live action short

29 November 2012 7:35 PM, PST

It’s that time of year, when the Academy starts rolling out their initial lists of films in the running for February’s Oscars. Earlier today, they unveiled the finalists for the visual effects award, a list featuring some of this year’s most costly movies. Now the Academy has released some contenders who most certainly will be the lowest-budget films among this year’s Oscar-hopefuls: the live action shorts.

Members of the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch have narrowed down a list of 125 qualifying shorts to a group of 11 shortlisted films. The next cut is in January, »

- Emily Rome

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Sundance 2013: James Franco movies -- including naughty film he co-directed -- added to slate

29 November 2012 6:36 PM, PST

James Franco, as we all know, wears many hats: actor, writer, filmmaker, professor, artist, graduate of multiple universities. The word “Renaissance man” almost seems too casual.

Franco now has another feather in his multi-layered cap: multiple films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The gay S&M feature film Interior. Leather Bar he directed with Travis Mathews will premiere at Sundance, which runs from Jan. 17-27 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The movie reimagines the 40 minutes of steamy footage that was cut from the 1980 film Cruising, starring Al Pacino, in order for the controversial movie to avoid an X rating.

Interior. »

- Solvej Schou

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