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Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons on ‘Whiplash,’ Drumming and Stoking Passion

Much of the power of the extraordinary film “Whiplash” comes from the interaction between two remarkable performers. This is a star-making role for Miles Teller, an actor who has previously appeared in films like “Rabbit Hole” and the “Footloose” remake, and he’s soon to make a further splash in the big-budget “Fantastic Four” reboot and “Divergent” sequel.

J.K. Simmons may be known to most as the dad from “Juno” or J. Jonah Jameson in the previous “Spider-Man” series, but his roles in a series of films by the Coen Brothers, or his inimitable portrayal of Vernon Schillinger on …

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Wanted: Female Director for DC Comics ‘Wonder Woman’ Movie

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Is it April Fool’s Day? Are cats and dogs best friends? Are we crazy, or did Warner Bros. and DC Comics announce that they’re looking for woman to direct their “Wonder Woman” movie?

Buried deep within an item on The Hollywood Reporter about WB’s plans for 10 superhero movies is a crazy little detail that’s thrown in there almost like an afterthought. “Warners also is opting for strong directors, tapping David Ayer (‘Fury‘) for ‘Suicide Squad’ and seeking a female helmer for Gal Gadot’s ‘Wonder Woman.'”

Marvel has been dominating the superhero space, but Kevin Feige has …

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‘Whiplash’ Director Damien Chazelle on His Film’s Success and the Burdens of Drumming

Since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last January, “Whiplash” has been on a bit of a tear. Winning both the audience and jury prizes in Park City, the film has gone on to screen at numerous festivals all over the world, gaining further acclaim at Cannes, winning best film at Deauville, and playing to rapturous applause at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is a bombastic tale about a drum student living up to the near-impossible expectations set by a tyrannical instructor. With its mix of fantasy and documentary-like reality, it’s a film …

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Keanu Reeves Facts: 33 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the ‘John Wick’ Star

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Keanu Reeves just turned 50, and he’s still kicking butt on the big screen.

Reeves broke out in the late ’80s as the now iconic Ted Theodore Logan in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1989) before “Point Break” (1991) and “Speed” (1994) made the actor a bonafide action star — and that was all before he became Neo in “The Matrix” trilogy. In the past few years, Reeves has also found success behind the camera, directing the martial arts film “Man of Tai Chi” (2013), while still holding onto his indie roots. …

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‘Birdman’ Review: Madness Meets Artistry in This Ambitious Movie

Birdman” is the latest film from “21 Grams” and “Babel” director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Actually, that might not be the real title of the movie, as journalists received the following message prior to the screening: “Please use the film’s full title, “Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” the first time the film is mentioned in an article. ” Meanwhile, on IMDB the title is listed with brackets: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).”

If this seems a mix of confusing and pedantic, then that’s in keeping with the tone of much of the film. There’s …

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Keanu Reeves Completely, Totally Loves ‘John Wick’ (VIDEO)

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Forget Sad Keanu, at least for the time being.

Keanu Reeves is very happy about his latest film, the action movie “John Wick,” because it combines everything: martial arts, gunplay, stunt driving and some kick-ass dialogue.

Reeves is the titular Wick, who’s out for vengeance after his puppy is brutally killed by a Russian gang (yes, that’s exactly what happens). The group of thugs had no idea who they were messing with, though; the legendary Wick punches and shoots his way through their ranks like a hot knife through butter.

Moviefone Canada chatted with Reeves in Toronto — …

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Hear Meryl Streep & Anna Kendrick Sing in New ‘Into the Woods’ Featurette (VIDEO)

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We’ve already gotten a sneak peek at what the actors of “Into the Woods” will look like in their fairytale roles. Now, a new featurette gives audiences their first listen to stars like Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick singing the musical’s iconic tunes.

The clip is interspersed with interviews from stars like Blunt and Streep, who praise director Rob Marshall (“Chicago“) and songwriter Stephen Sondheim, and discuss the timeless themes that the film portrays.

“The theme very much is, ‘Careful what you wish for,'” says Blunt.

Marshall also explains why “Into the …

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Sorry, ‘Twilight’ Fans: Kristen Stewart Is Taking a Break From Acting

After shooting seven films back-to-back, Kristen Stewart has announced that she’s taking a break from acting.

Stewart, who shot to international stardom thanks to her starring role as Bella Swan in the “Twilight” series, hasn’t really stopped working since, and that’s the problem, the actress revealed in a new interview with USA Today. After wrapping her latest project, the futuristic flick “Equals,” which co-stars Nicholas Hoult, USA Today reports that the process “tore her up emotionally, and necessitated what she long thought she needed: a break to just be Kristen the person. She won’t read a single …

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Alfie Allen on ‘John Wick,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and Perfecting a Russian Accent

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Most know Alfie Allen from his role as Theon Greyjoy on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the squirrelly, perpetually tortured soul who was raised as one of the Stark children until, of course, his sudden but inevitable betrayal. But in the new, Keanu Reeves-led action movie “John Wick,” Allen gets to try on the pants of a different, but equally smarmy villain Iosef Tarasov, a young Russian punk whose father, Viggo (Michael Nyqvist) is a Russian mobster and head of a huge operation in New York. When Iosef targets Reeves’ John Wick, a former assassin, all hell …

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Sam Rockwell on ‘Laggies,’ Dancing in Movies, and Playing More Subdued Roles

When you think of Sam Rockwell, the word “subdued” isn’t necessarily the first thing to come to mind. Manic maybe, or hyper. An unexpectedly good dancer. But seeing him play a world-weary single dad in the upcoming romantic comedy “Laggies” opposite Keira Knightley feels like a bit of a departure for the actor.

According to Rockwell, his character Craig comes a lot closer to his actual demeanour than the “psychos” and “anarchists” that he’s played in the past. In the film, the latest from “Your Sister’s Sister” director Lynn Shelton, he plays a lawyer and dad to …

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