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Raunchier Trailer for James Franco and Seth Rogen's The Interview Is Funnier Than the Kid-Friendly Version

The dictator-poking movie The Interview starring James Franco and Seth Rogen has a longer, raunchier "red band" trailer that is far superior to the kid-friendly version released back in June. It's worth watching because it is a) much funnier than the other one, b) better at giving a sense of plot, and c) starts off with a delightful cameo of Rob Lowe revealing his "true" self. Franco and Rogen work at a TMZ -like organization before getting recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong-un. Sony delayed the release of the film to Christmas Day so they could work on an edit that didn't provoke as much ire from his supreme leader. Check it out below. 

The Best Answers from Idris Elba's Reddit AMA

Idris Elba is known for many roles: Taraji P. Henson's creepy stalker, Stringer Bell from the greatest show of our time, and soon-to-be voice of Shere Khan of Jon Favreau's Jungle Book, but until recently we were unaware that he was a big fan of Mary Poppins. His Friday Reddit AMA changed that! Here are some other things we learned: Elba would totally be the next James Bond, does Muay Thai to stay fit, loves The Champ, and wants to work with Christopher Nolan. Read below for the highlights where he talks about when we might be seeing Luther again, re-confirms a story about Nicholas Cage's obesssion with vampires, and uses lots of adorable British spellings. You can imagine him reading this to you in any accent that pleases you.

How was working with Cary Fukunaga? »

Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem Starts Off As a Claustrophobic Mess Before Heading Somewhere Poignant

Shot on a dime, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem is a dense sci-fi fantasy/allegory that fills the screen with so much stuff — so many ideas and symbols and story elements and suggested pathways — that it winds up feeling claustrophobic. This happens sometimes with Gilliam: The greater his budgetary and narrative limitations, the more his imagination wants to cram in there, and sometimes his films threaten to break under the weight of all those fevered obsessions. The Zero Theorem, however, doesn’t break. It starts off as a mess, yes, but eventually finds itself in a very poignant place. Even a lesser Terry Gilliam film is usually more engaging and invigorating than most of the other movies out there.

Here’s the (crazy, heavily symbolic, dreamlike) plot ... »

  • Posted 9/19/14 at 4:28 PM
  • Movies

Keanu Reeves Had a Home Invader Chilling in His Library

On Sunday night, Keanu Reeves woke up to the sound of a strange woman shuffling around his library at four in the morning. The home invader, described as a woman in her mid-40s, was apparently a stalker who gained access to the Keanu Kompound after Reeves forgot to set his home-security system. Fortunately, like The Matrix Revolutions, this story has a happy ending: Reeves called the police, who reportedly took the woman away for psychiatric evaluation. Creepy!

5 Tips for Tina Fey on Becoming a Movie Star

The movies need Tina Fey more than she needs the movies, but when it comes to big-screen projects, Hollywood hasn't given the Emmy-winning 30 Rock star much to work with. Last year, as her sitcom went off the air, Fey starred in the wan romantic comedy Admission, and she followed that up this spring with a Russian-baddie turn in the underperforming Muppets sequel. On paper, her participation in this weekend's star-studded family dramedy This Is Where I Leave You might have seemed like a better bet; in actuality, though, the poorly reviewed film is getting clobbered on Rotten Tomatoes by a YA adaptation and the latest Liam Neeson action movie. Why hasn't Tina Fey's transition to the big screen gone as well as it could (and should)? Here are five tips for Fey that might turn her movie career around.

Write that follow-up to Mean Girls! »

  • Posted 9/19/14 at 1:00 PM
  • Primers

Here’s What You Need to Know About The Maze Runner Before You See It

In the opening scene of The Maze Runner, our uniquely special protagonist Thomas wakes up on a zooming elevator with his mind wiped clean of memories. Understandably, he's pretty freaked out, and every time he asks one of the other boys what's going on, they just reply, "I don't know." The disorientation isn't necessarily bad, though: Our critic Bilge Ebiri wrote, "Not knowing anything about The Maze Runner... isn’t a bad way to see The Maze Runner." But for those of you who like to know what's in the pie before you eat it, I took the liberty of reading The Maze Runner, its prequel The Kill Order, and watching the movie to give you the lowdown on what to expect. (Mild spoilers in the service of trying to figure out what the hell is going on.)

Why is there only one girl? »

14 TV and Movie Characters Whom Wilco Helped Grow Up

When we call Jeff Tweedy and Wilco "dad rock," we're speaking both literally — Tweedy's new album Sukierae features his son Spencer on drums — and figuratively. The music of Wilco has long been the reigning sound of "maturity" in pop culture, soundtracking the moments when countless fictional children and man-children had to learn to grow up and embrace responsibility. 


20,000 Days on Earth Is an Enthralling Journey Through the World of Rocker Nick Cave

What the heck do we call this one? British visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s film portrait of Australian rocker Nick Cave isn’t really a documentary; it’s too staged and composed, and too crazy, for that. It’s certainly not a concert movie; there’s surprisingly little music in it. It’s not fiction, either; not really. And yet I’m also hesitant to call it nonfiction — the obvious choice – because so much of it feels like a projection of Cave’s own rock-star persona. We’re not getting the real Nick Cave in this movie, but nobody’s really pretending we are.

20,000 Days on Earth is at its best when it lets others talk. »

Where Would Liam Neeson Hide a Body?

Liam Neeson’s "very specific set of skills" usually finds him killing bad guys, drug dealers, and anyone unfortunate enough to cross his path. But in his latest film, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Neeson’s working with drug dealers to keep the body count low. So Vulture caught up with the cast and fellow celebrities at the screening of Universal Pictures' A Walk Among the Tombstones hosted by the Cinema Society, and asked them: If they had to hide a body, where would they dispose it? Their answers:

"I’ve never been asked something like that. I guess dismemberment might be the way to go?" »

Tusk Is Probably the Most Talky Movie About a Guy Being Turned Into a Walrus You’ll Ever See

Kevin Smith's midnight movie Tusk was apparently inspired by a story told on the podcast Smith hosts with longtime collaborator Scott Mosier, but don't let that fool you: This is clearly the writer-director’s own nightmare about losing his voice. The onetime enfant terrible of Jersey strip-malls made his name with that voice. Smith is a talker, and he makes movies about talkers: In Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, and Chasing Amy, his characters held the world at bay with nonstop barriers of language, through their joking and riffing and snarking.

The protagonist of Tusk is just another variation on those guys, an irritatingly self-absorbed motormouth. »

Somewhere in the Mess of This Is Where I Leave You Is a Good Movie

The awkwardly titled This Is Where I Leave You is a homecoming funeral comedy in which grown half-Jewish siblings spend more time quarreling and cracking wise than mourning the deceased, and all the characters have diarrhea of the mouth. Broadly directed by Shawn Levy from a script by Jonathan Tropper (based on his novel), it’s in your face and then some. But the actors expelling the wisecracks are ones you’ll probably enjoy spending time with, and the movie has some honest laughs if you can ignore the mixture of sentimentality and gross insensitivity.

A bearded Jason Bateman plays the more or less straight man. »

A Walk Among the Tombstones Comes Awfully Close to Capturing the Lawrence Block Vibe

I’ve been reading Lawrence Block’s New York–set Matthew Scudder detective novels for almost three decades and hoping that some filmmaker would finally nail their distinctive, highly influential vibe, in which the PI hero meets sadism with grim stoicism but goes all-out to get the bad guys anyway: If it’s in his control to do something, he will — he must — act. Hal Ashby’s 8 Million Ways to Die missed the essentials (it was set in L.A.!), although it did have its druggy charms. Now the talented writer-director Scott Frank comes awfully close in his adaptation of one of Block’s better novels, A Walk Among the Tombstones. I’d be way more enthusiastic if Frank hadn’t swapped out the book’s horrific, unforgettable ending for something so conventional, I can barely remember it a few days later.

The bad guys introduced at the outset are very bad, indeed. »

  • Posted 9/18/14 at 11:52 PM
  • Sequels

The Deadpool Movie Is Actually Happening

Twentieth Century Fox announced Thursday that it is finally going forward with its X-Men spinoff Deadpool, about a wisecracking mercenary whose powers include the ability to heal himself, assigning the film a release date of February 12, 2016. Tim Miller is helming the project, with Ryan Reynolds long rumored to star — he played the character in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine — although nothing final has been announced. The news comes a few weeks after old test footage of the film leaked online, prompting a flurry of discussion and outpourings of support for the project on social media. "There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, 'Oh, so we weren't crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role,'" Reynolds told the Niagara Falls Review recently. "It's interesting to see the power of the internet. It's awe-inspiring, actually. And it's neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way." Nice work, everybody.

Trailer: Tim Burton Focuses on Art World, Goes Realistic in Big Eyes

Tim Burton’s new movie, Big Eyes, is the true story of ‘50s art world stars Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) and Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose love affair devolved into a bitter court battle after Margaret claimed Walter had been taking credit for her work. The film certainly has a more realist bent than most Tim Burton films, although the iconic big-eyed children in the paintings do look like something straight out of The Nightmare Before Christmas. 

  • Posted 9/18/14 at 2:45 PM
  • Ouchies

The 17 Worst Ways to Be Killed by Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson doesn't look like the kind of man who'd want to kill you. With that charming Irish brogue and those sad eyes, he seems more in the mood for a cozy night indoors with popcorn and Love Actually than the type to go on a murderous rampage. But as his filmography has proven time and again — especially since 2008's Taken turned him into a brooding, soulful action hero — his seemingly calm demeanor is likely what makes him such an efficient, creative killing machine. (If not quite as effective or creative as Jason Statham.) Here's a reminder of the best ways that Neeson, out this weekend in A Walk Among the Tombstones, can kill you.

A Most Violent Year Trailer: Spend New Year’s With Llewyn Davis and Jessica Chastain’s Bangs

Do you want to do something different with New Year's Eve this year? Forget the noisemakers, party hats, and Prosecco (Oh, you actually do Champagne? Well, sorry, Mr. Rockefeller) and go see a crime drama starring Llewyn Davis and Jessica Chastain with bangs! All Is Lost's J.C. Chandor (no relation to JC Chasez) directs Chastain and Oscar Isaac in A Most Violent Year, a thriller about an immigrant and his family in New York City during the winter of 1981 (one of the most violent years in NYC's history). The film opens on December 31, so if you hear people talking, they're probably just counting down.

  • Posted 9/18/14 at 2:20 PM
  • Movies

Ben Affleck Really Was Counting Cards at That Casino

Earlier this year, a bunch of tabloids reported that Ben Affleck was banned from a blackjack table for counting cards. Turns out that is a true thing that happened! "I took some time to learn the game and become a decent blackjack player," Affleck tells Details. "The fact that being good at the game is against the rules at casinos should tell you something about casinos." If the Oceans cast ever needs a 14th, they know whom to call. Meanwhile, Affleck would also like you to know that he meant to look that puffy in Gone Girl, and that he took a Method approach to the role of Nick Dunne."When you look at a movie and think, Oh, that's the real guy, that's probably a good thing," Affleck told the mag. "Like in the book, for example, it said that he was as puffy and hungover. And I dedicated myself to that, and I think it's quite convincing."

The Best Movies on Netflix

The abundance of Netflix Streaming options can be so overwhelming that even picking the right genre to fit a mood can be an all-night affair. We have tried to make it easier for you with our weekly and monthly streaming-video roundups, but sometimes you just want to cut to the chase and watch a great film. That's why we've sorted through thousands of possibilities to present you with the best of the best. Critical consensus, general popularity, legendary status — if a movie could be considered great (and it's on Netflix), you'll find it below. As always, feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments. We will try our best to update this list every month, as titles get added and removed all the time.

There's still nothing like the smell of Napalm in the morning. »

9 Movies to Watch on VOD in September

It's a magical new world. Increasingly, movies that were deemed worthy of only a limited release in a small number of theaters in Los Angeles and New York are now released via VOD (cables services, iTunes, Amazon Prime) at the same time. Movies without delay! Here's a roundup of what you should be adding to your list this month.

"I wouldn't want to give anything away, but something's wrong with this dinner party." »

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. »