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  • Posted 8/29/14 at 12:18 AM
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See Downton’s Dan Stevens Get in a Bar Fight

We already knew from previous trailers that Dan Stevens was going to playing a pretty sketchy character in his new movie, The Guest. In this new clip, we see him engaging in further behavior unbefitting a Crawley: namely, flying into a Hulk-esque rage and beating up a bunch of teens at a bar. Lord Grantham would be so disappointed.

The Rewrite Trailer: A Classic Hugh Grant Rom-Com

Here’s a trailer for The Rewrite, a classic, Hugh Grant-circa-early-aughts rom-com about a sleazy, out-of-work screenwriter who starts teaching a college class so he can hit on younger women and upset people with comments like “I’m just a little bit tired of female empowerment.” Fortunately, age-appropriate crush Marisa Tomei turns up to help him see the error of his ways and to "rewrite" his life. Or something!

George Takei Is Always That Happy — Just Ask George Takei’s Husband

According to the person who knows him best, George Takei doesn’t become the George Takei whose unique voice you know and love until he’s had a cup of green tea. “When he wakes up in the morning, his voice is like this,” says the actor’s husband, Brad Takei, using a high-pitched chipmunk voice. “Then I give him some hot green-tea and he gets into the groove.” Brad, who married George in 2008 and took his last name, was speaking with us last month in the Chart Room of the Queen Mary 2, the Cunard line’s flagship ocean liner, while we waited for the “trans-Atlantic premiere” of To Be Takei, which opened in theaters last weekend. Though the documentary about the Star Trek alum’s life is George-centric, his partner of 27 years plays a heavy part. After the screening, George joked, “He stole the show from me!”

The documentary is as much about Brad as it is about George. »

Terry Gilliam on 13 of the Most Difficult Scenes He Ever Shot

Sometimes it’s a wonder he gets any movies made at all. Over the course of his legendary career, Terry Gilliam (BrazilTime Bandits, 12 Monkeys) has built a reputation as a director who likes to try for the impossible — be they shots, scenes, or entire movies. This is, after all, a man who made a romantic comedy about homeless people, madness, and death (The Fisher King). A man who made a microbudget, absurdist, effects-laden coming-of-age fantasy (Tideland). A man who made a film of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that's just as nutty, if not more so, as the original book.

Sometimes his job is difficult because he sets impossible challenges for himself. »

The November Man Is the Spy-Movie Equivalent of Airport Reading

The November Man is a nasty piece of work — the kind of movie where it’s not enough for a bad guy to get a sniper’s bullet through the brain in close-up; he also has to smash his head against the side of a boat as his lifeless body plummets to the water. (He’s on a boat.) Based on the late author Bill Granger’s popular series of Cold War–era espionage novels, this thriller, updated for our times and starring Pierce Brosnan as Granger’s CIA agent hero Bill Devereaux, is appropriately pulpy — fuss-free and fast. If it doesn’t transcend its genre origins, I suspect it’s because it doesn’t want to.

The film opens with a scenario typical of movies like this: the job gone wrong. »

Meet the Rebel Warriors in the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Posters

More Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 character posters have dropped, and they've traded the last round's gloomy grayscale for this dark, intense series depicting District 13's rebel warriors, machine guns and crossbows at the ready. The rebels — the soldiers and film production crew who join Katniss in leading the revolt against Panem — include Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and new characters Messalla (Evan Ross), Boggs (House of Cards' Mahershala Ali), Castor (Wes Chatham), Pollux (Elden Henson), and Cressida (Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer), who looks especially fearsome with her half-shaved do. Still no signs of Katniss, but she's bound to show up eventually, right?

Underworld Is Getting a Reboot

Underworld, the vampire-versus-werewolf series starring Kate Beckinsale, is getting a reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As you may recall, the original film came out in 2003 and led to three sequels, the most recent being Underworld: Awakening back in 2012, which is pretty recent even by today's lightning-fast reboot standards. But whatever. Reboot everything!

  • Posted 8/27/14 at 9:56 PM

Bryan Singer’s Accuser Dropped His Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Plaintiff Michael Egan has dropped his lawsuit against X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer, which accused Singer of sexually abusing Egan when he was a minor. On Wednesday, a federal judge in Hawaii granted Egan's motion to dismiss the case "without prejudice," meaning that Egan could file a case with the same claims again later. Egan had been representing himself after his lawyers withdrew from the case in late July following deteriorating attorney-client relations.

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How Getting Wild Saved a ‘Lost’ Reese Witherspoon

“Honestly, I’ve done some movies that were really challenging, and I’ve done some movies that aren’t challenging at all,” confesses Reese Witherspoon, who dug in deep for a suite of provocative fall projects. In addition to a starring role in the Lost Boys of Sudan drama The Good Lie, Witherspoon produced David Fincher’s highly anticipated missing-wife thriller Gone Girl and pops up in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. She also took on her meatiest role in years with Wild (out December 5), which is based on the best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed and casts Witherspoon as a soul-searching woman embarking on a thousand-mile hike. “It’s rare to have the kind of opportunities I had making this film,” says Witherspoon, “and I treasured it.”

"For someone who’s been doing this for as long as I’ve been doing it, it’s like, 'Oh my gosh, finally!'" »

  • Posted 8/27/14 at 12:00 PM
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New Pictures of Nikki Finke Emerge, Prove She’s Just a Person Like You and Me

In June, Hollywood journalist Nikki Finke launched an eponymous website following her drama-filled departure from Deadline.com. Last week, BuzzFeed reported that NikkiFinke.com was on the verge of shuttering following demands from lawyers representing her former employer, Penske Media Corporation, which owns Deadline in addition to Variety. Much schadenfreude was had. As we wrote last November, a new confirmed photo of Finke has not been published since 2008, which is bizarre because she lives in Los Angeles, a city that happens to be full of photographers both professional and amateur. People want to know what Finke looks like these days because she has terrorized Hollywood for years, and when someone yells at you on the phone, you want to have a picture of her in your mind. One must know the face of the enemy. So: A new, childishly named site has arisen with what it purports to be brand-new photos of Finke emerging from her apartment building. The Hollywood Reporter cites two sources who support the site's claim that this is Finke in the flesh. So, this is apparently Nikki Finke. Happy?

Tyler Perry on Gone Girl’s Ending and Singing With Ben Affleck

Tyler Perry doesn’t step in front of another director’s camera often, but he’s glad he did so for David Fincher. “He’s brilliant,” says Perry, who stars in the exacting filmmaker’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl as the magnificently named Tanner Bolt, lawyer for Ben Affleck’s character, a man accused of his missing wife’s murder. Perry spoke with Vulture about the process.

"If I had known who David Fincher was, and his body of work ... I would have said no." »

Next Big Thing Jack O’Connell on Nude Scenes, Starred Up, and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken

If you recognize Jack O'Connell as the rascally Cook from the British series Skins, then congratulations: You got in on the ground floor, because soon enough, everybody's going to be asking who the 24-year-old actor is. The cornerstone of O'Connell's rising Hollywood profile will come this Christmas when he stars in the highly anticipated WWII drama Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, but in the meantime, you can check him out in this week's gritty British prison drama Starred Up, which makes good use of O'Connell's bravado and tightly coiled intensity. (Two traits he shares with Jolie, in addition to their plentiful tattoos.) Last week, the English actor rang up Vulture to talk about how far he's willing to go onscreen.

"The director wouldn't have been able to use wider angles if I didn't go starkers, you know?" »

64 Movies to Watch This Fall

Hopefully, you've had a few minutes to play around with our Fall Entertainment Generator. But if you're looking for straight and simple lists of things to look out for by medium, we'll be breaking them out separately. Here's a look at fall movies.

Behold, a New Gone Girl Trailer

An atmospheric new Gone Girl trailer premiered during tonight's Emmy telecast, featuring new footage of Nick and Amy's initial meet-cute (aw!), Amy worrying in voice-over that the man of her dreams may be trying to kill her, and Ben Affleck still being really confused that people keep accusing him of murdering his wife. Seriously, what is that guy's deal?

  • Posted 8/24/14 at 10:15 PM
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Richard Attenborough Has Died at the Age of 90

British actor and director Richard Attenborough has passed away at the age of 90, his son Michael confirmed to the BBC Sunday. A staple of the British film industry and brother of naturalist/broadcaster David Attenborough, his career spanned six decades, both as an actor — appearing in over 70 films including Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, and Jurassic Park — and as a director, most notably of 1982's Gandhi, for which he won two Oscars. British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted his respects on Sunday night, writing: "His acting in 'Brighton Rock' was brilliant, his directing of 'Gandhi' was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema."

The Fall Entertainment Generator: 331 Things to Watch, Hear and Do

Sure, we could have given you a list of 300-some odd things to watch, listen to, read, attend, and experience over these next several months. But where's the fun in being so limited? You're omnivorous and you want it all — Interstellar and the new Ken Burns documentary; the new David Mitchell novel and the new Taylor Swift; the Metropolitan Opera and Bob Seger. So here's our fall entertainment generator. Choose a type (a blockbuster, an indie, or something adventurous or trashy) and a feeling (something to make you laugh, cry, scared, thrilled, inspired, or feel smart) and see what pops forth. Then write down all those options and enjoy as many of them as you can. Happy autumn.

Obsession With an Obsession: The Making of Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller was down in the dirt on the wrong side of an iron fence, looking through without being quite sure what he was hoping to find. It was 2007, and he, his producer, and his screenwriter had traveled on a research trip to Foxcatcher Farm, a 416-acre compound outside of Philadelphia, in search of the kind of insight that only proximity can provide. Until a few years earlier, Foxcatcher had been home to the du Pont family, multi­millionaire corporate titans who started building their fortune as gunpowder manufacturers in 1802, and who had seen their name disgraced in 1996 when John ­Eleuthère du Pont, a damaged and ­delusional heir to the family dynasty, had shot a man to death in the driveway of one of his guesthouses.

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Alfred Molina on Love Is Strange, Binge-Watching Game of Thrones, and His Famous Indiana Jones Line

While moviegoers might best remember Alfred Molina's most dastardly roles — Dr. Octopus, the Sister Christian–loving drug dealer in Boogie Nights, the guide who double-crosses Indiana Jones in the opening scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark — his role as a husband to John Lithgow in Ira Sachs' new film Love Is Strange could easily make the most lasting impression.

"When you work on these low-budget movies, you're getting paid in what Kenneth Branagh calls 'gold of another kind.'" »

Sophie Turner on Another Me, Kit Harington’s Hair, and Why Sansa Is Like Gollum

If you can’t wait until the next season of Game of Thrones for your Sansa fix, Sophie Turner has a solution for you. (Or perhaps two). Her first film, Another Me, based on the book by Catherine MacPhail, features the actress in multiple roles, as a teenage girl named Fay who feels like she’s being stalked by someone who looks just like her, and who is slowly taking over her life. Neighbors spot this other girl in the stairwell — even though Fay only takes the elevator. Teachers and fellow students say they interacted with her on the day Fay stays home sick. Could the look-alike be Fay’s mean-girl rival who is her understudy in the school play? Or someone more sinister? It’s enough to make someone go a little crazy — prompting a moment where Fay chops off her long locks just so people can tell the two of them apart. Turner chatted with Vulture about doppelgängers, Kit Harington’s hair, and why she wants Sansa to go on a killing spree.

“Kit is, like, obsessed with his hair. He’s always talking about it.” »

  • Posted 8/22/14 at 5:30 PM
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Sin City Creator Frank Miller on the Future of Comics and Collaborating With Robert Rodriguez

Comic-book iconoclast Frank Miller is his own best character. After his much-imitated, years-long run on Marvel Comics' Daredevil, he bullishly pushed the boundaries of how mainstream comics stories were told in milestone titles like The Dark Knight Returns, Ronin, and 300. His heroes are similarly self-assured beyond mere arrogance: They're above reproach, a standard that Miller maintains as a rejection of psychological realism. His comics often take place in decadent cities. But even in his Sin City comics, Miller maintains an undiminished — albeit deranged — sense of optimism and romance. In Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Robert Rodriguez's new "translation" of Miller's hyper-violent neo-noir comics, Josh Brolin plays a sucker that pines for Eva Green's vicious (and frequently naked) femme fatale with a little help from killer friends Mickey Rourke and Rosario Dawson. Vulture talked to Miller about how he stays optimistic, what the future of comics looks like to him, and why he likes pissing off readers.

"We're living in a time where comics creators have more choices and options than before." »