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WATCH LIVE: Jeremy Renner & Michael Cuesta on 'Kill the Messenger'

Posted By Corey Teich on Oct 9th 2014 5:35PM
Actor Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta have teamed up to make one of the fall's hottest films: "Kill the Messenger" Watch as they stop by AOL BUILD to discuss the dramatic thriller of a journalist who risks everything to expose the CIA's funding of Nicaraguan rebels. WATCH LIVE 10:30 a.m. ET / 7:30 a.m. PT. ... read more

Box Office: Is the Ratings System Helping or Hurting Movie Ticket Sales?

Posted By Gary Susman on October 10, 2013
Sundance Selects Three of the films that opened this weekend provide interesting case studies for whether the ratings system is actually doing its job -- that is, protecting kids from seeing content that's too mature for them while freeing filmmakers to make whatever movies they like without fear of censorship. There was this weekend's box office winner, "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," whose...

Tom Hanks Has Secretly Become a Badass

Posted By Gary Susman on October 10, 2013
Everett For 20 years, audiences have viewed Tom Hanks as a nice, average Everyman. Older audiences may remember that he got his start as a drag comic and childlike goofball. Either way, it may come as a shock to think of him as a tough guy who takes on modern-day pirates in the new thriller "Captain Phillips." And yet, seemingly under our noses, Hanks has been quietly building a resume...

'The Big Chill' at 30: How the Boomer Nostalgia Classic Ruined Movies for a Generation

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2013
Everett In a scene in 2000's "High Fidelity," Jack Black and Todd Louiso's record store clerk characters are coming up with a list of the top five songs about death. Black mentions "You Can't Always Get What You Want," but Louiso reminds him that the song was used in "The Big Chill." "Oh, God, you're right," says Black, and the song is disqualified. That's how toxic "The Big Chill" was to...

Is Paula Patton America's Next Rom-Com Queen?

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2013
AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Can Paula Patton become Hollywood's next romantic comedy heroine? She's taking her shot this weekend with the release of "Baggage Claim." In it, she plays a flight attendant who, prompted by her younger sister's engagement, uses her travel privileges to criss-cross the country in search of boyfriends past who might have been The One. Certainly, the genre needs a...

Emmys 2013: With TV on the Rise, What's Become of Movies?

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2013
AMC As the Emmys approach this weekend, you'll no doubt be seeing a lot of commentary on how we're in the midst of a golden age of television, and how current movies just can't compare. Sunday's awards show will celebrate bold and innovative series like "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "30 Rock," and "Louie," while moviegoers are coming off of a summer that featured...

Are Kids' Movies Contributing to the Cult of Self-Esteem?

Posted By Kelly Woo on August 08, 2013
It's a tale as old as time: Little David manages to beat a much bigger Goliath through sheer courage, belief, and a bit of luck. The story echoes across many kids' movies today, like this summer's "Turbo" and "Planes." Both feature a protagonist who defies the odds and achieves the impossible -- what "Atlantic" writer Luke Epplin calls "the magic feather syndrome," a reference to the...

Fact-Checking 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

Posted By Gary Susman on August 08, 2013
TWC For all the unlikely casting of U.S. presidents in "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (Robin Williams as Ike? James Marsden as JFK? Uh... okay...), the movie's highly subjective recreation of history actually seems to work. Maybe the actors aren't up to the task of playing such formidable real-life titans, but then, as seen by the long-serving White House manservant of the movie's title, these...

Woody Allen Movies, Ranked From Best to Worst

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2013
TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images After 42 movies, Woody Allen is a genre all his own. Over the years, he's taught us a few things through his films: that even a nebbish can be a romantic leading man; that the cinema of ideas can be funny; and that life is nasty, brutish, and over much too quickly. Most of all, even if he's quick to dismiss the value of his own movies compared to those of the...

'The Dead Pool' at 25: Why Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry Still Matters

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2013
Silver Screen Collection/Getty This week marks the 25th anniversary of "The Dead Pool," which, perhaps no one realized at the time, was the final "Dirty Harry" movie. The movie was released on July 13, 1988, shortly after Eastwood turned 58, and while the actor has continued to play cops and gunslingers and action heroes, he tossed away Inspector Harry Callahan's badge for good. "Dead Pool"...

Why Isn't Ryan Reynolds a Bigger Star?

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2013
Ilya S. Savenok/Getty This should be a big week for Ryan Reynolds. He has two potential summer blockbuster movies opening, both of which stand to ingratiate him with different sets of moviegoers. In family cartoon "Turbo," opening July 17, he's the voice of a super-fast snail with dreams of hot rod racing. And in action comedy "R.I.P.D.," based on a comic book, he's a rookie in a department...

The State of Independent Film: 2013

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2013
Getty Today and throughout the week at Moviefone, we're celebrating the unsung, hard-won, I've-maxed-out-my-credit-cards-to-finance-this world of independent filmmaking. We'll publish features that explore, expose, and explain today's independent movies. We call it "Independents Day." Get it? It's clever, right? We thought so. Read on. What's the state of independent film today? The answer...

The 20 Funniest Female Comedy Teams in Movies

Posted By Gary Susman on June 06, 2013
Buena Vista Remember how 2011's "Bridesmaids" was supposed to usher in a new era of female buddy comedies? Didn't really happen, did it? Aside from the new cop caper "The Heat" (starring Sandra Bullock and "Bridesmaids" alumna Melissa McCarthy), there haven't been too many female buddy comedies lately. But then, that's always been the case. The female duo or ensemble drama is rare enough,...

Is 'World War Z' Star Brad Pitt a Secret Zombie?

Posted By Gary Susman on June 06, 2013
Alamy Is Brad Pitt really the right guy to take on a global zombie epidemic in "World War Z"? Sure, he's got leading man and action hero credentials, not to mention a handful of Oscar nominations that suggest he'll be convincing at playing a guy fighting off the undead. Still, based on his filmography, shouldn't we be a little suspicious? Judging by the roles he's played, couldn't he be...

Superman Movies: Why Is It So Hard for Hollywood to Get the Man of Steel Right?

Posted By Gary Susman on June 06, 2013
Warner Bros. It's not hard to imagine the executives at Warner Bros. looking at a chart of Marvel's successful superhero movies over the last decade and a half -- including five "X-Men" movies, four "Spider-Man" films, three "Iron Man" smashes, plus successful franchise-launchers "Thor" and "Captain America" and massive group hit "The Avengers." Then, the Warner suits look at the same period's...

Matt Damon: 'A One-Term President With Some Balls' Preferable to Barack Obama

Posted By Sharon Knolle on December 12, 2011
No more Mr. Nice Guy! First Matt Damon trashed the screenwriter of the 'Bourne' series, now he's bashing the president. Back in '08, Damon was one of Barack Obama's most passionate celebrity supporters, but today the actor is saying he'd have preferred "a one-term president with some balls." Ouch. "I've talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me,...

Bill Murray Reportedly Shreds 'Ghostbusters 3' Script; Or, Your Favorite Wild Rumor of the Day

Posted By Sharon Knolle on December 12, 2011
Who you gonna call? Not Bill Murray, if this 'Ghostbusters 3' tidbit from the Enquirer (via CinemaBlend) is to be believed (and it probably isn't). Bill Murray was supposedly so displeased with the latest script for the long-in-the-works sequel that he shredded it and sent it back to Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd with a note stating, "No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!"...

Matt Damon and Cameron Crowe React to New Yorker 'Zoo' Diss

Posted By Sharon Knolle on December 12, 2011
New Yorker critic David Denby didn't just piss off Sony and David Fincher with that embargo-breaking 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' review. He also managed to ruffle Cameron Crowe and Matt Damon's feathers in his dismissive explanation about why he wanted to feature 'Dragon Tattoo,' over, say, Crowe's new movie, 'We Bought a Zoo.' "What to put in the magazine on December 5? Certainly not 'We...

Angelina Jolie Responds to 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' Lawsuit

Posted By Sharon Knolle on December 12, 2011
Angelina Jolie has responded to claims by Croatian journalist James Braddock that she stole the idea for her new film, ''In the Land of Blood and Honey' from his book. In a new interview, Jolie told the LA Times that the lawsuit is '"par for the course. It happens on almost every film." Although she says she did draw inspiration from several novels about the Bosnian war, she insists "that...

Michelle Trachtenberg on How She Might Have Been Bella in 'Twilight'

Posted By Sharon Knolle on December 12, 2011
Michelle Trachtenberg as Bella Swan? Unthinkable to most 'Twilight' fans, but the 'Gossip Girl' actress revealed Wednesday night to Us Weekly that she nearly landed the role that went to Kristen Stewart. "There was definitely interest here and there because there's only so few pale girls in Hollywood," she said. (What, Taylor Momsen wasn't available?) But Trachtenberg said she's "already done the...

Paramount: Jeremy Renner is Not Taking Over 'Mission: Impossible' Franchise

Posted By Sharon Knolle on November 11, 2011
Jeremy Renner is not taking over for Tom Cruise on the 'Mission: Impossible' franchise, Paramount wants you to know. The studio took issue with an Extra interview with Renner where the actor commented on the replacement rumors: "I'd be up for it, and Tom wants me to do it. I'd be happy to be a part of it." The show reportedly left out the part where Renner added, "I don't think that's ever really...

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