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Alexander Skarsgard and 'The East' crew talk anarchy at Sundance: Video

20 January 2013 3:03 PM, PST

The film may be a thriller, but the cast of The East — which stars True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard and Juno’s Ellen Page as founding members of an eco-anarchist group that is infiltrated by an FBI-trained corporate spy (cowriter Brit Marling) — ended their visit to EW’s Sundance interview lounge today with a laugh. Enjoy their conversation with director/cowriter Zal Batmanglij and EW’s Anthony Breznican below.

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- Mandi Bierly

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Keri Russell and producer Stephenie Meyer talk 'Austenland' at Sundance: Video

20 January 2013 2:32 PM, PST

“Gigolos in top hats.” That’s a delightful way to describe the Mr. Darcy-types in Austenland, a comedy from first-time director Jerusha Hess (cowriter of Napoleon Dynamite) that stars Keri Russell as a woman who spends her last dime to visit a resort where Jane Austen fans go to role-play. Russell and Hess, along with producer Stephenie Meyer and costars Jj Field and Flight of the Conchords Bret McKenzie, stopped by EW’s Sundance interview lounge today to talk about the film — and the possibility of a Twilight resort — with Anthony Breznican.

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- Mandi Bierly

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Box office update: Jessica Chastain takes No. 1 and No. 2 spots with 'Mama' and 'Zero Dark Thirty'

20 January 2013 9:33 AM, PST

Jessica Chastain is having a moment. Not only did the red-headed Oscar nominee win a Golden Globe last weekend for her work in Zero Dark Thirty, which forced her to take a night off from her Broadway run — yes she’s starring in Broadway’s The Heiress during the thick of awards season — but she’s now achieved something few actors have ever managed: she currently holds the number one and number two movies at the box office.

Chastain’s latest vehicle, Mama, crushed the competition over the three-day weekend with a whopping $28.3 million. Universal, who produced the PG-13 film for only $15 million, »


- Grady Smith

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks directorial debut 'Don Jon's Addiction' at Sundance: Video

20 January 2013 9:13 AM, PST

As the star of (500) Days of Summer (and let us not forget 10 Things I Hate About You), Joseph Gordon-Levitt knows something about Hollywood romance — and how to twist it. He stopped by Entertainment Weekly’s Sundance interview lounge to chat with Anthony Breznican about his feature directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction, a comedy he penned and stars in about a relationship between a man who watches too much porn and a woman (Scarlett Johansson) who watches too many romantic movies. Tony Danza, who plays Gordon-Levitt’s father, also joins the conversation. The film costars Julianne Moore

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- Mandi Bierly

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Sundance 2013: Anita Hill and the power of telling the truth

20 January 2013 5:11 AM, PST

There exists today a whole generation of young women who weren’t born when Anita Hill, a young African-American law professor, sat facing a phalanx of 14 white, middle-aged-to-oldie U.S. senator.s and testified in a Senate Judiciary Hearing scheduled over Columbus Day weekend in 1991. Composed and patient, she described to her interrogators – as well as to all of America, riveted in front of the TV –  the sexual harassment she had received in the past from then-Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas. For that new generation of young women, as well as for all who remember the stunning event and »


- Lisa Schwarzbaum

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Sundance 2013: Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon Levitt do good work (but not together)

20 January 2013 5:09 AM, PST

Both have been famous since there were kids. Each is making smart, interesting career choices. And on the first full day of Sundance 2013, their latest projects aired back-to-back, making for an exceedingly satisfying Sundance-y day-into-night.

Radcliffe plays Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, and before you say, what, didn’t James Franco take care of that assignment pretty recently in Howl?, the answer is, this expressive, jazzy, ambitious movie by John Krakidas is something else entirely. In dramatizing a dark, hidden sidebar in the burnished history of Ginsberg and the Beat Generation – a murder entangling Ginsberg with William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, »


- Lisa Schwarzbaum

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Sundance 2013: Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are 'Two Mothers' with a sexy secret

19 January 2013 6:31 PM, PST

“Qu’est-ce que c’est ‘cougar’?”

French director Anne Fontaine wasn’t familiar with the English term for mature women who prefer much younger men — nor was she aware of the Saturday Night Live sketch, “Motherlover” –  but with Two Mothers, she’s melting the snow at the Sundance Film Festival with a love story — “Not a sex story,” she says — about two Australian best friends who fall hard for each other’s teenage sons and form an unconventional quartet.

Close neighbors in an idyllic beach paradise, Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright) have been best pals since they were girls. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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'Concussion' cast talks midlife crisis, sex onscreen

19 January 2013 6:08 PM, PST

Today in Entertainment Weekly’s warm Sundance interview lounge, EW’s Anthony Breznican talked to the cast of Concussion, the intriguing indie drama about a woman who goes to her kid’s baseball game and winds up getting the titular head injury after being hit by a stray ball. She experiences a crisis…a crisis which leads her into the world of prostitution for women. (Think Belle de Jour.) In the video below, Robin Weigert and Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy), Johnathan Tchaikovsky, and Julie Fain Lawrence talk about the movie. Check it out, and be sure to bookmark EW »


- Darren Franich

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Jessica Biel at Sundance talks her new movie 'Emanuel' (and new hubby Justin Timberlake)

19 January 2013 6:08 PM, PST

Today in Entertainment Weekly’s warm Sundance interview lounge, the cast and director of Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes sat down with EW’s Solvej Schou to talk about their film. It’s a comedy — although, this being Sundance, the word “dark” is implied in front of “comedy” — about motherhood, except…well, we’ll let Jessica explain. (The film also stars onetime rumored Katniss Kaya Scodelario.) Check out video from the interview below, and be sure to bookmark EW’s Sundance Hub for regular updates throughout the day. »


- Darren Franich

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'He's Way More Famous Than You': Michael Urie previews Slamdance 'train wreck' -- Exclusive

19 January 2013 1:00 PM, PST

After four years starring on Ugly Betty, Michael Urie knows his way around women on the verge of a nervous breakdown. So it only seems right that He’s Way More Famous Than You – his debut directing a narrative feature film, which premieres at the Slamdance Film Festival this weekend — centers on precisely that topic.

In Famous, Bored to Death alum Halley Feiffer, who co-wrote the film with Urie’s partner Ryan Spahn (above, left), plays a version of herself — an embarrassingly desperate version, mind you. She loses her boyfriend, agent, and career in one day and sets about on »


- Lanford Beard

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Sundance Video: Daniel Radcliffe and Michael C. Hall talk 'Kill Your Darlings,' and more!

19 January 2013 12:44 PM, PST

This weekend, the stars are arriving in chilly Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival, where they’re taking shelter in the warm embrace of Entertainment Weekly’s log-cabin lounge. EW’s Anthony Breznican talked to the cast of Kill Your Darlings, which includes Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Dane DeHaan, and Ben Foster — or rather, Harry Potter, Dexter, Mr. Half-Face, the future Green Goblin, and Angel from the X-Men. Check out the video of the interview below, and be sure to bookmark EW’s Sundance Hub for regular updates throughout the day. »


- Darren Franich

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Box office update: 'Mama' scares up $10 million on Friday; Arnold Schwarznegger's latest D.O.A.

19 January 2013 9:42 AM, PST

Mama just killed a man. Well, a whole bunch of men, actually. Namely, Arnold Schwarznegger, Russell Crowe, and Mark Wahlberg.

Universal’s $15 million Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror film Mama easily topped the box office on Friday with a sizzling $10 million, putting it on pace for a shriek-worthy $31 million over the four-day frame. Mama will become the second straight chart-topper for star Jessica Chastain, who reigned atop the box office last week with Zero Dark Thirty.

Speaking of Zero Dark Thirty, the controversial drama held strong in second place during its second Friday in wide release with another $4.6 million, thereby »


- Grady Smith

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Catching up with Sacheen Littlefeather, 40 years after her controversial brush with Oscar history

19 January 2013 7:00 AM, PST

It was one of the most memorable moments in the history of the Academy Awards—and one of the most controversial: Awarded the Best Actor Oscar for his instantly iconic performance as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather in 1973, Marlon Brando sent an unknown 26-year-old Native American activist and aspiring actress named Sacheen Littlefeather up to the stage to refuse the statuette on his behalf. As the stunned audience erupted with a confused mix of boos and applause, Littlefeather explained that Brando was regretfully turning down the award to protest “the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry »


- Josh Rottenberg

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Sundance 2013: 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' has Weinstein label singing happy tune

18 January 2013 6:45 PM, PST

Twenty Feet From Stardom, director Morgan Neville’s documentary about the backup vocalists who have toiled in the shadows of rock and soul’s greatest artists, was acquired by RADiUS-twc after an opening-night premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Neville, who has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for his music films, including one on Johnny Cash, directed his lens on a group of female singers who’d attempted their own solo careers but settled for providing the supporting vocals for iconic artists like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and Stevie Wonder.

Last night, following an enthusiastic reception in Park City, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Casting Net: Charlie Hunnam aiming to join Emma Stone in 'Crimson Peak.' Plus: Michael Gambon and Alfred Molina to play a couple

18 January 2013 5:35 PM, PST

Charlie Hunnam is in talks to topline Crimson Peak, director Guillermo del Toro’s follow-up to his upcoming film with the Sons of Anarchy star, this summer’s Pacific RimEmma Stone is also in talks to star in what’s being described as a haunted house film, though plot details are being kept hush hush. Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (Wild Target) are re-writing the script Del Toro wrote with Matthew Robbins (Mimic, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark). [Variety / Variety]

• Michael Gambon and Alfred Molina will star in Love is Strange, about a longstanding couple who suddenly have to »


- Adam B. Vary

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Sundance 2013: Jennifer Hudson as a drug addict mom in 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete' -- Exclusive Clip

18 January 2013 3:20 PM, PST

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, premiering next week at the Sundance Film Festival, is the kind of heart-wrenching, emotional, and funny coming-of-age drama that isn’t afraid to be rough around the edges. It also boasts big names, from Alicia Keys as co-executive producer and composer, to American Idol alums Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks as stars.

The movie, directed by George Tillman, Jr. (Soul Food), follows two boys — sad-eyed, feisty, and ambitious 14-year-old Mister (breakout Skylan Brooks) and small, innocent 9-year-old Pete (Ethan Dizon) — abandoned by their moms and surviving within the gritty world of the Brooklyn projects. »


- Solvej Schou

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DreamWorks acquires 'Silver Linings Playbook' author's new manuscript

18 January 2013 2:13 PM, PST

All it takes is a hit, Oscar-nominated movie based on your small debut novel about mental illness, relationships, and the Philadelphia Eagles to become one of the most coveted voices in town. Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick is a Hollywood Cinderella story. And things just keep getting better for the former English teacher.

Friday it was announced that DreamWorks had acquired the rights to adapt his upcoming book The Good Luck of Right Now, about a middle-aged man named Bartholomew Neil, who has always lived with his mother in Philadelphia. ”We immediately sparked to Matthew Quick’s book and »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Sundance 2013: Michael Cera charms in 'Crystal Fairy'

18 January 2013 10:43 AM, PST

What is illustrious Arrested Development alum Michael Cera doing on a Chilean beach, tripping on hallucinogenic cactus juice with a band of South American brothers while a blithely nekkid Gaby  Hoffmann cavorts nearby? Beats me, but I’m glad he’s there. Crystal Fairy — the title refers to the name preferred by Hoffmann’s New Age-y character — tastes a little of Y tu mamá tambien, with its sandy ramble of an outing. (That in itself is a good thing.) But the flashes of absurdist humor, druggy space-time perceptions, and low-keyed empathy are the bright work of New York-based Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva. »


- Lisa Schwarzbaum

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Sundance 2013: 'S-vhs' producer Brad Miska talks about the 'apocalyptic' horror anthology sequel

18 January 2013 7:58 AM, PST

On Saturday night, the horror anthology sequel S-vhs will premiere at Park City’s Library Center Theatre just a few months after Magnolia Pictures’ genre arm Magnet released its predecessor, the also Sundance-screened V/H/S. Remarkably, Brad Miska, one of the producers of the found footage series, says the second movie could have debuted even sooner. “We had internally joked about how hilarious it would be to actually have S-vhs premiere at the Toronto Film Festival before the first one came out,” laughs Miska, a cofounder of the horror website Bloody Disgusting. “But we thought that would be incredibly disrespectful to Magnolia, »


- Clark Collis

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Sundance 2013: Shia Labeouf and Evan Rachel Wood on 'Charlie Countryman' -- Exclusive Photo

18 January 2013 7:00 AM, PST

We haven’t seen much of the new movie The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, which premieres at Sundance this week — not even the trailer is out. But we do know that it takes place in Romania and tells the story of a young man (Charlie Countryman, played by Shia Labeouf), who falls for a Romanian girl (played by Evan Rachel Wood). The girl, however, is already spoken for by a vicious Romanian mob boss, hence the title’s prophecy. Check out a gruesome photo of Labeouf from the film, below.

Wood compares the film to 1993 Quentin Tarantino-penned romantic crime thriller True Romance. »


- Laura Hertzfeld

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