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Almodovar Talks Raucous Airplane Comedy 'I'm So Excited': "Welcome to The Party!" (TRAILER)

"I'm So Excited" is a raunchy riot--fun, shocking and thoughtful. When Pedro Almodóvar walked into the interview room at the Crosby Street Hotel, the 63-year-old Spanish auteur launched straight into things, telling a group of film writers: "'I'm So Excited' has a double meaning in Spanish. It implies enthusiasm but also sexual arousal. So 'being excited' means 'being horny.' Welcome to the party!"
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 21, 2013 8:34 AM
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Post-'Twilight,' EW Lays Claim to New YA Movie Traffic Booster, 'Divergent,' Starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James

The "Twilight" franchise is over, and "Hunger Games" is spawning more would-be young adult novel-turned-movie-franchises. Entertainment Weekly is pushing what could (or could not) be the next big YA craze on their cover this week: "Divergent." Based on Veronica Roth's novel of the same title, the film takes place in a dystopian Chicago where society is split into five factions; when kids turn 16, they take a test to determine which of the factions they're best suited for. Stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James, along with director Neil Burger, sat down with EW to talk the new film, which hits theaters March 21, 2014. Highlights below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 20, 2013 1:43 PM
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Emmy Watch: Noah Emmerich Talks TV vs. Movies, 'The Americans'

Actor Noah Emmerich is best-known for his serious film work, from Todd Field's "Little Children" and Peter Weir's "The Truman Show" to Gavin O'Connor's "Pride and Glory." Perhaps because of that film he keeps getting calls to play Irish cops, even though he's a New York Jew, he told me. (His brother Toby Emmerich runs New Line Cinema.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2013 3:37 PM
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Confessions of a Trailer Editor, from Online Trailers and Spoilers to Finding the Right Song (TRAILERS)

Wired has a fascinating interview with trailer editor maestro Mark Woollen. Never heard of him? Well, maybe you remember being enraptured by the trailers for "The Tree of Life," "The Social Network," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and Nicolas Winding Refn's upcoming "Only God Forgives," all of which Woollen expertly constructed. Highlights from the interview below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 19, 2013 3:01 PM
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Melissa McCarthy Talks Co-Starring with Sandra Bullock in 'The Heat,' That Notorious Rex Reed Review and More

Talented funnywoman Melissa McCarthy has been on a roll for the past couple of years. She won an Emmy for CBS comedy "Mike and Molly" in 2011, stole the show and received an Oscar nomination for box office hit "Bridesmaids" in 2012, and then proved her headliner appeal alongside Jason Bateman in poorly reviewed if box-office boffo "Identity Thief" in early 2013. McCarthy recently sat down with Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times and talked her upcoming comedy "The Heat," in which she stars with Sandra Bullock as an odd couple of law enforcers; the key to her comedy; and that notorious Rex Reed review of "Identity Thief." Interview highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 13, 2013 4:33 PM
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LAFF: Bernard Rose and Danny Huston Reunite with 'Boxing Day,' Third in Tolstoy Series (VIDEO)

Transplanted Brit writer-director Bernard Rose and Hollywood scion Danny Huston have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship. Casting Huston in "IVANSXTC," a llittle-seen 2002 success d'estime that in many ways presaged the indie digital age, jumpstarted the would-be director's career as an actor. Huston keeps coming back for more, because with Rose he winds up doing his best acting.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2013 4:08 PM
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'Precious' Author Geoffrey Fletcher Talks Eccentric Girl-Assassin Debut 'Violet & Daisy,' Starring Ronan and Bledel

“Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire” was Geoffrey Fletcher’s first professionally produced script. “The irony,” he said back in 2009, “is that I feel like I’m a veteran at the same time.” After all, he was directing homemade, stop-motion thrillers -- starring his toys -- when he was 14. As a psych major at Harvard, he made noirs and docs. And as a graduate film student at NYU, he made “Magic Markers,” which caught the attention of both John Singleton and “Precious” director Lee Daniels, who asked him to adapt the Sapphire book. The result was an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the first won by an African-American.
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 7, 2013 4:21 PM
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Review: 'Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie' Charts the Rise and Fall of One of TV's Most Controversial Figures

When he was a teenager in Edison, N.J., Daniel Miller’s friends used to pile into cars and go to tapings of the incendiary “Morton Downey Jr. Show,” reporting back on developments “to our utter glee.” Miller never went himself, but he was a regular viewer of the seminal trash-TV talk show host and now he and friends Seth Kramer and Jeremy Newberger have directed “Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie,” which charts the stratospheric rise and precipitous fall of one of television’s most controversial, and possibly influential, figures.
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 7, 2013 1:07 PM
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'World War Z' Composer Marco Beltrami Had to Pull Back "Aggressive" Score, Featuring Skulls, Emergency Sirens

Marco Beltrami
The term 'family movie' might not be the first thing that comes to mind to describe "World War Z," the upcoming Brad Pitt-driven zombiepocalypse flick that pits a group of government workers against a pandemic of the undead. But that's exactly how composer Marco Beltrami--who has worked on the score for "World War Z for more than two year--thinks of the film. (Early review round-up is here.)
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 4, 2013 4:28 PM
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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Gibney Talks Manning and Assange, Stars of his 'WikiLeaks' Expose

Until recently, nobody knew who Bradley Manning was. Now he's all over the media, having pleaded guilty to ten charges (and not guilty to 12 others) before a Maryland military judge (see his leaked testimony here) for “misusing classified data,” the unlawful possession of classified material, exposing a cache of files, including videos, military logs and 250,000 State Department cables, and the transfer of this material to WikiLeaks. These charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail. “The more I read the cables, the more I came to the conclusion that this was the type of information that should become public,” he told the judge.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2013 12:14 PM
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