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Paul Walker: Luke Evans remembers his 'Fast & Furious 6' co-star as 'a very warm man'

5 December 2013 1:17 PM, PST

Unlike many of Paul Walker’s Fast & Furious co-stars, who’d worked with and known the late actor for over a decade, Luke Evans was a newcomer to the game. He joined the franchise at the sixth movie — an intimidating prospect for anyone.

But Walker wasn’t about to make him feel like an outsider.

“He was always very warm to me and always made me feel like I was part of the family, which he didn’t have to do,” Evans told EW while promoting The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. “But that’s him. He was a very warm man. »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy headline Sundance sections

5 December 2013 1:00 PM, PST

When Sundance announced the films in competition for the 2014 festival yesterday, its organizers noted that they were impressed by the caliber of cinematic artistry — mostly due to technology — that freed up filmmakers to experiment with different genres. No category of the festival is more rooted in genre than Park City at Midnight, the late-night section that specializes in horror and the supernatural, and this year’s slate has several potential breakouts. “The Midnight lineup came together in a way that is about the strongest group we’ve ever had, top to bottom,” says Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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'August: Osage County' trailer: 'You don't get a vote in who's in your family' -- Exclusive Video

5 December 2013 10:40 AM, PST

Family drama — just in time for the holidays.

In August: Osage Country, the star-studded adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning play about an Oklahoma family “marinating in its own miserablism,” as EW’s Owen Gleiberman referred to the plot in his review at the Toronto Film Festival, Meryl Streep portrays an aging matriarch presiding over her husband’s funeral. When her grown daughters — Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, and Julianne Nicholson — return home, verbal sparks fly as long-brewing conflicts and resentments come to a head.

In an exclusive trailer, below, check out press conference highlights from Streep, Roberts, and director John Wells »

- Erin Strecker

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'Mandela' featurette: Idris Elba talks about the icon who was saint and sinner -- Exclusive Video

5 December 2013 9:55 AM, PST

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was the toughest ticket to get in the very few theaters it played last holiday weekend, when it averaged more per-screen than Catching Fire and Frozen. With the film set to expand nationwide on Christmas, a new featurette titled “Mandela: The Leader You Know, The Man You Didn’t” aims to reintroduce the man behind the legend, as well as promote Idris Elba’s candidacy for acting accolades.

In the video, which features commentary from public figures as eclectic as Tom Brokaw and Sean Combs, the inspiring words of the hero himself combine with grainy »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): Penning the tense 'Prisoners'

5 December 2013 9:04 AM, PST

Screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski is a father now, but he’s thankful he wasn’t one when he sat down to work on the script for Prisoners, the dark drama released in September starring Hugh Jackman as a father who’s willing to do whatever it takes to locate his abducted daughter — including torture the man he’s convinced kidnapped her and her friend. “I think if I’d had kids, I wouldn’t have lasted long. I wouldn’t have been able to write it. Your kids would constantly creep in to the imaginary scenario you’re constantly running through your head. »

- Mandi Bierly

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'Nymphomaniac' sets U.S. release dates

5 December 2013 8:58 AM, PST

Lars von Trier’s pair of Nymphomaniac films will debut on-demand before opening in U.S. theaters in March and April. Magnolia Pictures announced today that Nymphomaniac: Part One, which tells the story of one woman’s sexual awakening and subsequent amorous adventures, will be available on-demand beginning March 6 and open in theaters on March 21. Part Two premieres on-demand on April 3 and in theaters April 18.

The movies star Stacy Martin and Charlotte Gainsbourg as young and adult versions of Joe, the wounded woman recounting her life’s sexual escapades. Shia Labeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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'Amazing Spider-Man 2' trailer: 'Not everyone has a happy ending' -- Video

5 December 2013 6:05 AM, PST

In the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker feels like the world is plotting against him, especially since the more good he seems to do as Spider-Man, the greater the forces of evil rise. “It’s just a matter of time before I face those with more power than I can overcome.”

The first real footage from the sequel unveils plenty of shady characters: an armored Rhino, Jamie Foxx’s blue Electro, Dane DeHaan’s not-even-pretending-to-be-nice Harry Osborn, the raspy-voiced Oscorp shadow from the first film’s post-credit teaser, and someone suited up in a Goblin-like hi-tech military suit. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Casting Net: 'Lone Survivor's' Ben Foster heads to 'Warcraft'; Plus, Kevin Hart cast as LeBron James' brother, more

4 December 2013 6:09 PM, PST

Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma) and Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) have signed on to star in Warcraft for Legendary Pictures, based on the bestselling video game World of Warcraft. Source Code and Moon helmer Duncan Jones is set to direct. Foster can be seen next with Mark Wahlberg in the Navy SEALs pic Lone Survivor (out Jan. 10, 2014) and Cooper’s next release finds him playing the bad guy to Aaron Paul’s street racer in Need for Speed (out March 14, 2014). [The Wrap]

• Comedian Kevin Hart (Think Like A Man) will play LeBron James’ brother in Ballers, about the diminutive »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu in talks to direct 'The Jungle Book' for Warner Bros.

4 December 2013 5:31 PM, PST

Alejandro González Iñárritu is in early talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for Warner Bros. Deadline first reported the news.

The two-time Oscar nominee is best known for directing lyrical adult dramas, including 21 Grams, Biutiful, Amores Perros, and Babel, but seems to be expanding his repertoire lately. Iñárritu is currently in post-production on his first major comedy, Birdman, which stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, and Michael Keaton.

Warner Bros. declined to comment on the news.

Little is known about the project at this point, but telling the story of the young »

- Lindsey Bahr

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'Pompeii' trailer: Kit Harington battles Mount Vesuvius, saves the girl

4 December 2013 4:07 PM, PST

A gladiator’s life is hard enough without having to deal with a devastating volcano eruption threatening to obliterate your city and kill the out-of-your-league girl you’ve fallen for.

Alas, that’s what Milo (Game of ThronesKit Harington) is up against in Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mount Vesuvius pic Pompeii. Check out the first official trailer for the 3-D epic after the jump to see a city crumble, Sucker Punch’s Emily Browning pout, and a minimally clothed Harington leap over a pile of burning wreckage on a white horse.

Pompeii hits theaters Feb. 21, 2014. »

- Lindsey Bahr

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' casts Anastasia's stepfather

4 December 2013 1:48 PM, PST

Dylan Neal, who plays Dr. Ivo on The CW’s Arrow, will be Anastasia Steele’s stepdad in Fifty Shades of Grey. Universal quickly confirmed a Deadline report that the 44-year-old Canadian will portray Bob Adams, the relatively new and well-grounded fourth husband of Jennifer Ehle’s Carla.

Neal will get right to work, beginning filming this week in Vancouver.

Neal also currently stars in Cedar Grove, The Hallmark Channel series with Andie MacDowell that begins shooting its second season this spring.

In Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation of E L James’ steamy best-seller, Jamie Dornan will star as Christian Grey, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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'The Pirate Fairy' trailer: Tom Hiddleston vs. Mae Whitman's Tinkerbell -- Video

4 December 2013 1:24 PM, PST

Who’s the fairest fairy of them all?

In Disneytoon Studios newest Tinkerbell vehicle, The Pirate Fairy, the airborne ladies of Pixie Hollow must retrieve their stolen pixie dust, if they ever want to fly again. The dastardly culprit? Zarina, a fairy with an odd hairdo (voiced by Christina Hendricks). Leading the Pixie Hollow fairies is Tinkerbell (Mae Whitman), who is determined to restore her town’s flying abilities, but finds trouble when her fairy crew encounters some raucous pirates. One of those pirate voices may sound charmingly familiar — Tom Hiddleston voices the boy who would become Captain James Hook. »

- Jennifer Arellano

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Sundance 2014: Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, and Lena Dunham lead the ladies to Park City

4 December 2013 1:00 PM, PST

If the Sundance Film Festival has always been the place to discover tomorrow’s biggest stars in front of and behind the camera during the past 30 years, it seems to have become even more fruitful in recent years. From young filmmakers like Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) to ready-to-launch superstars like Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Dane DeHaan (Kill Your Darlings), Hollywood has quickly found its future in the snowy peaks of Park City. “One of the biggest changes in the last 30 years is how independent film »

- Jeff Labrecque

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'300 Rise of an Empire' trailer: Eva Green lets slip the dogs of war -- Video

4 December 2013 12:15 PM, PST

The first trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire, the sidequel to Zack Snyder’s 2007 blockbuster about the brave Spartans who died a noble death at the Battle of Thermopylae, let Lena Headey’s Queen Gorgo set the tone with her voiceover. In the new clip for the movie, the tables are turned, and Persia’s blood-thirsty naval gladiatrix Artemisia (Eva Green) explains the stakes. “Today we will dance across the backs of dead Greeks,” she says. “I will attack the Greeks with my entire navy.”

…but before that, I will make out with Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton), the dreamy Greek »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Capsule Movie Reviews (Dec. 4): 'The Short Game' and 'Everyday'

4 December 2013 12:07 PM, PST

New Release

The Short Game

PG, 1 Hr., 39 Mins.

If you’re a fan of exuberant, throat-gripping docs like Spellbound and Brooklyn Castle, let me introduce you to a new must-watch pleasure. In The Short Game, which won the SXSW Audience Award, director Josh Greenbaum follows the lives of the world’s best 7- and 8-year-old golfers as they compete in the annual World Championship of Junior Golf. Worried that you’re not a fan of golf, or of precociously talented kids, for that matter? Don’t be. The eight athletes, including Anna Kournikova’s delightful showman of a little brother, »

- EW staff

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'Fast & Furious 7' production halted after Paul Walker's death

4 December 2013 10:22 AM, PST

The making of Fast & Furious 7 was happening on an accelerated pace to meet next summer’s July 11 release date, but now the movie has come to a complete stop.

The unexpected and tragic car-crash death of Paul Walker has led Universal Pictures to put a hold on the movie in mid-production. Donna Langley, chairman of universal Pictures, told EW this week, “We have half a movie shot and we are working through it.”

The studio has now decided to call a halt.

“Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and »

- Anthony Breznican

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'Her' named Best Film by National Board of Review

4 December 2013 10:17 AM, PST

Spike Jonze’s Her, which tells the story of a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with the voice of his computer’s operating system, was named Best Film of 2013 by the National Board of Review. More to come…

Below is a full list of the awards :

Best Film:  Her

Best Director: Spike Jonze, Her

Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Best Actress: Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

Best Supporting Actor: Will Forte, Nebraska

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale Station

Best Original Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Adapted Screenplay: Terence Winter, The Wolf Of Wall Street »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Gal Gadot to star as Wonder Woman in 'Batman Vs. Superman'

4 December 2013 9:50 AM, PST

After decades of waiting in the wings while the boys had all the fun — a frustrating exile best epitomized by a failed television pilot — Wonder Woman is finally set to return in the biggest way imaginable. Gal Gadot, the Israeli model and actress who appeared as Gisele Harrabo in the Fast and Furious franchise, will star as the iconic Amazon in Batman Vs. Superman.

“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” said director Zack Snyder, in a statement. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): 'Iron Man 3' VFX artists on the Mark 42 suit design

4 December 2013 9:42 AM, PST

Tony Stark is invincible — at least when it comes to the numbers for Iron Man 3, that is. A whopping $174 million at the box office opening weekend. A staggering $409 million domestically. More than $1.2 billion grossed worldwide.

But the genius/billionaire/playboy/philanthropist character who’s appeared in five Marvel films so far was fallible in his third standalone feature, spending much of his post-Avengers time in his basement, designing prototype after prototype of his Iron Man suits to keep his mind off his near-death experience.

The most eye-popping one he built: The Mark 42 (below), which he can summon remotely in »

- Shirley Li

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'Veronica Mars' movie gets a release date; plus, watch a clip! -- Exclusive

4 December 2013 9:00 AM, PST

On March 13, 2013, Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas asked fans of the acclaimed, gone-too-soon teen detective drama starring Kristen Bell to Kickstart a big screen revival. Fitting, then, that Marshmallow Nation will get to see what their $5.7 million paid for on the one year anniversary of the groundbreaking fundraising campaign: In an exclusive interview, Thomas tells EW that Warner Bros. will release the movie — simply titled Veronica Mars — on March 14, 2014. “Warner Bros. had this date circled for quite some time and hoped it would stay open,” Thomas tells EW. “Luckily, no other teen detective movie decided to open in the middle of March. »

- Jeff Jensen

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