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    The first photos from The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg have arrived and you will hardly recognize the normally bulked up star. After seeing him at his muscular best in Transformers: Age of Extinction, Wahlberg dropped 60 pounds to play a university literature professor who is grappling with a series gambling addiction.

    Paramount Pictures must be thinking major Oscar potential for Wahlberg as the previous Oscar nominee could be up for another nod for the role that finds him slowly descending into a self created hell. See, the film arrives on December 19 -- a prime time Oscar season spot!

    Wahlberg plays a man whose gambling issues become worse and worse and as these first photos appeared in USA Today, the star talked about how the film was a supreme challenge on numerous levels.

    “Being believable as a teacher was one of my greatest challenges and most rewarding,” Wahlberg said.

    “It meant being able to have the comfort to really understand and say those words.” 

    Check out Wahlberg going the other direction and getting majorly fit and watch The Fighter online.

    Mark Wahlberg Gambles
    Mark Wahlberg is ready to lay it all on the line in the first photo from The Gambler. That's Brie Larson with him!

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    When The Judge stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall first met years ago, the former was in for a surprise. “I’ve been trying to meet Bobby for some time, but when you approach an icon in a restaurant and he’s eating -- he doesn’t really want to meet you,” Downey said and laughed.

    “I didn’t know who he was,” Duvall then admitted.

    The Judge Robert Downey Jr. Robert Duvall

    Downey had a sense of humor about the entire situation. “And he doesn’t know who you are, that makes it even more difficult,” he added and laughed.

    We caught up with Duvall and Downey to talk about their film The Judge and their first ever pairing. As teased in The Judge trailer, the two titanic actors play father and son who have a strained relationship to say the least. When Duvall’s wife and Downey’s mother dies, Downey heads home to attend the funeral and mourns with his brothers (Vincent D’Onofrio and Jeremy Strong).

    Then, Duvall’s small town esteemed judge is arrested for murder. Downey’s superstar defense attorney must stay behind and defend his father, even if neither side wants it. Downey said that the film reflected the rough nature of the premise, and when they filmed their first scene (where Duvall insists on hiring small town lawyer CP, played by Dax Shepard), he -- you guessed it -- got nervous.

    “I knew this movie was going to be a trial in and of itself and it would be really rewarding. I remember the first scene, Bobby and I were sitting there and Dax was CP and he had a three page monologue and we just have to sit there, me looking like I don’t like him and Judge does,” Downey said.

    “I remember before doing my cover, my heart was just pounding in my chest and I think it was because there was so much on the line. I had high hopes for the film turning out as well as the script did.”

    For Duvall, not only was it a chance to perform some acting fireworks with Downey, but a chance to truly go at it with his good friend Billy Bob Thornton, who plays the prosecutor charging him with murder. [It was] great working with him. I wont’ tell you what I call him because it gets repetitious,” Duvall said of Thornton.  

    “What do you call him Bobby?” Downey asked as Duvall laughed.

    “The hillbilly Orson Welles! I’ve been saying that for 18 years,” Duvall proudly stated. “He’s the real deal.”

    As an actor, Downey felt a kinship with playing an attorney. “They’re showmen who demand respect everywhere they go [and] know how important the jury is,” he said.

    The Judge is the first film from the newly formed production company Team Downey, run by Downey and his wife Susan Downey. As they were working on the story, they saw how the script came alive and how the various characters all allowed Downey’s character Hank to become who he was meant to be.

    “When we were developing this, I kept thinking about characters. I was thinking that we have to have a guy that the Judge wants instead of Hank. And we thought of CP Kennedy and we got Dax. And there has to be this gal (Vera Farmiga) that was his first love and kind of his conscious and that has to be a struggle and there has to be a twist in there and funny and heartbreaking, and she has to be able to read his beads. And Dopkin (David, director) came in and said the Judge has to be a mountain that Hank can’t climb and he doesn’t want to. But, if he doesn’t his soul is at stake -- Bobby Duvall is a mountain, so that’s how that worked,” Downey said.

    The Judge Robert Downey Jr. Robert Duvall Dax Shepard

    The superstar then compared it to some of his work in another arena of his job, like the one that has him talking about Iron Man 4.

    “When I do the superhero movies, I say you’re only as good as your bad guy. And in this one, who would you really not want to go up against if they were prosecuting the case, and that’s that Billy Bob.”

    What most impressed Duvall about Downey was in fact, how he and his wife Susan were as a first time producing team. “He and his wife are wonderful producers. It was tough privilege, but a great privilege,” Duvall said.

    “We only had 60 days to shoot this, sometimes it felt like we were doing it in 30 days. But, we got it done and it was a lot of work and a lot of fun at times.”

    There is an element to the story that finds that Duvall’s Judge health is going downhill and it comes to a head in a bathroom scene that beautifully bonds the two characters. “I initially turned the script down because of that scene. I didn’t appeal to me,” Duvall admitted

    “After talking with my wife and everybody, I decided to do it. And [you] always need to find a bit of humor in a scene like that. It is very important. It is important in movies to offset scenes with humor.”

    Downey agrees and is clearly so pleased with how it turned out, especially for how his onscreen daughter could cut right through the tension. “You never really want to be part of a movie that’s morbid and graphic – and pulling at those needy heartstrings that you think a drama is. In essence, you look at that scene -- it starts with incontinence and ends with a knock-knock joke,” Downey said and he and Duvall laughed.

    “That was our thought for this film. We want it to be entertaining, but we don’t want it to switch gears too often. We wanted it to mirror how life is. It’s not like Lauren’s (Emma Tremblay) always knocking on the door. She just happens to have to needed to come in there right then. That’s how kids are too. They sense things and they come to help. And she does help us. It’s the first time they smile simultaneously.”

    The Judge Full Poster
    The "full" poster from The Judge. Just look at those two stars and admit you don't want to see this flick!

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    Given the success that The Simpsons Movie had when it arrived in 2007, we have been kind of surprised that a follow-up has not even been mentioned in the whispers of Hollywood rumors. Well, according to the show’s executive producer, James L. Brooks, it’s not like Fox hasn’t approached the subject with Brooks and the team -- including show creator Matt Groening.

    The Simpsons Movie Homer Marge

    “We have been asked to [develop it], but we haven’t,” Brooks told THR. “We’re doing a lot of other stuff."

    We guess doing a hit TV show for 26 years will take up a lot of time, but let’s be real: We want more The Simpsons Movie quotes and sooner than later.

    We understand the pressures that the team must be under not only to keep the show going, but the landmines that bringing it to the screen (again) can be. I mean, the stress making the first movie must have been intense.

    “We felt we were risking everything. What if the movie stank? It took us two years just to get loose, just to breathe a little, like we do on the show,” Brooks added.

    “It was a murderous two years until we got there. It took us two years to try and act like we didn’t give a shit, which the show needs a little bit. The movie needed that quality."

    The first The Simpsons Movie made $527 million globally and we think that demand must be super high for a sequel. But, given what Brooks said about what it took to make the first one, we might have to be satisfied with our ability to watch The Simpson Movie online.

    But, we can at least dream for more Simpsons movie magic, can’t we?


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    Simply on pedigree alone, Tomorrowland is one of the films that have us most excited for summer 2015. The film is directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and is penned by Damon Lindeloff (Lost). The first photos have arrived over at EW, including one mind-blowing piece of concept art, and we get our first taste of what to expect -- not only visually, but also plot-wise.

    "What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science: They are both easy to find if you are a wizard and very difficult to find if you're a Muggle. Walt Disney is not a character in our movie, but he is referenced as having some involvement in this mysterious place called Tomorrowland, as a huge futurist and aficionado of space travel, rocketry, cities of the future, and space travel," Lindelof said.

    Lindelof also teases that the entire story of set in motion when Britt Robertson’s Casey Newton finds a mystifying pin that when touched allows the holder to see the world of Tomorrowland.

    "There is a piece of technology in this pin, it's the kind of old-school pin you would wear on your lapel, and when you make physical contact with it, you have the illusion of being physically transported to another world,” Lindelof added.

    “That’s how Casey gets her first glimpse of Tomorrowland. She is a Muggle who accidentally wanders across Platform 9 3/4 and sees something she probably shouldn't have."

    Bird chimes in and admitted that his lead is not quite sure what it is she’s looking at. "At first when she experiences this thing, she's not sure if it’s real or not. It's kind of like being hit by a dream and not sure whether the dream was a dream or real," Bird said.

    We’ve also got our first look at George Clooney’s character, a recluse inventor who might just be able to help Robertson figure out what it is she has found.

    "He's at this farmhouse, and it's probably the house he's grown up in. He hasn't done anything to it. He's done tech stuff inside it, but it's not a super cool bachelor pad. It's more like a guy who is retreating when something didn't go well,” Bird said.

    “There's something about George, you can see the wheels turning in his eyes, and he reads as somebody who is very principled. He seems like a very pragmatic guy who also dreams, but he's not flighty. There's an integrity to him that you feel."

    Look for Tomorrowland on May 22, 2015, also starring Kathryn Hahn and Hugh Laurie and in the meantime, check out our favorite Bird movie and watch The Incredibles online

    George Clooney and Britt Robertson
    George Clooney and Britt Robertson have a tough moment in a still from Tomorrowland.

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    Steve Carell is back in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and is utterly perfectly cast as a Disney dad to a boy who is just having one of the worst 24-hour periods, like ever! In honor of the superstar returning to theaters, we look at this trailblazer’s movie career and count down his top 13 movies.

    Carell first charmed us on TV with The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and made the leap to The Office and became an international comedic icon.

    He slowly worked his way into films, watch Anchorman online and there’s one where he took a small role and hit it out of the park.

    Carell also challenged himself with dramas along the way, further showing that this talent has serious skills.

    We name our 13 favorite Carell films and they run the gamut beyond those fantastic Anchorman quotes he utters as Brick. He even does incredible work in a booth, just watch Despicable Me online and there’s proof that there is nothing this man cannot do.

    Click through and discover our Top 13 Steve Carell movies!

    Bruce Almighty
    Steve Carell started truly showing the world (and Hollywood execs) his amazing talent in a supporting role in this Jim Carrey vehicle. We watch Bruce Almighty over and over for one reason only: That scene where Carell’s anchor is controlled by Carey and says the most insane things and rambles in utter hilarity.

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    When it came to Who You Gonna Call to pen the script for Ghostbusters 3, director Paul Feig didn’t have to look too far. Feig hired his The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold to pen the latest Ghostbusters, which is said to be a Ghostbusters reboot with an all-female cast.

    Ghostbusters Logo

    Given that Feig oversaw those Bridesmaids quotes as director, he is the perfect helmer to bring an all-female Ghostbusting crew to the big screen. And with The Heat being a huge hit for Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, this thing is look ever more promising with the hiring of Dippold.

    Now, who will be in Ghostbusters 3 is still a mystery, but Ghostbusters star Bill Murray said that he’d love to see McCarthy, joined by Kristen Wiig and Emma Stone.

    Time will tell if that dream cast will see the light of day, but the hiring of Dippold is a huge step in the right direction.

    Watch Ghostbusters online to see how this whole thing got going and stay with Movie Fanatic as more details come at us.

    Dan Aykroyd Salutes His Grandpa
    Aykroyd, who wrote the original script, penned it as a salute to his grandfather, who was a paranormal buff who even built a radio to try to contact ghosts.

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    We could not be more thrilled that DreamWorks Animation has selected a clip from their latest, Penguins of Madagascar, that was among the ones we saw when we witnessed the first 30 minutes of the movie (what we learned from those hilarious moments is below in the slideshow!).

    The clip features our favorite penguin quartet doing their best to battle a vending machine. Sure, they broke into Fort Knox and that is a huge feather in their international adventure cap. But, what they really want is some cheesy goodness from a Fort Knox vending machine that will just not cooperate.

    The boys are back, as you can see from that Penguins of Madagascar trailer, and they are joined in the effort to fight evil by Benedict Cumberbatch and his cast of characters from The North Wind.

    Their foe? Why, it’s Dave, an octopus voiced impeccably by John Malkovich.

    Penguins of Madagascar lands on screens November 26 and until then, watch Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted online to see where our four flightless friends left off.  

    We Start Where Their Journey Starts, Antarctica
    The movie starts in Antarctica and we meet our “boys” as youngsters. And immediately their character traits are fully formed. And we get to see Private being born!

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    Seth MacFarlane had an out-of-nowhere hit with Ted a few years back and he followed that up with a western comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West. We rather enjoyed the film, as you can tell from our theatrical A Million Ways to Die in the West review, but it didn’t quite hit a Ted-like mark with audiences. Perhaps it was because of the uber-competitive summer movie season?

    Well, now A Million Ways to Die in the West has come home on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download for all of MacFarlane’s fans to enjoy!

    A Million Ways to Die in the West DVD

    Whereas before MacFarlane provided the voice for those Ted quotes, this time out he’s in full live action actor mode as a somewhat lost sheep farmer who believes that there could be no worse time in history for any human being than to live in the southwest of the late 1800s.

    His girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) leaves him for the owner of a mustache store (owned by Neil Patrick Harris, and his vocation leads to a fantastic musical number). Meanwhile, he lives in fear of a gunslinger (Liam Neeson), who wants him dead for harboring his wife (Charlize Theron). His best friend (Giovanni Ribisi) and his girlfriend (Sarah Silverman, as a hooker with the classic heart of gold) can only do so much and eventually, MacFarlane is going to have to stand up for himself.

    What we found so hilarious in this film is how MacFarlane shows us how there are, literally, A Million Ways to Die in the West. As those A Million Ways to Die in the West quotes show, you can even die at the doctor’s!

    The cast of this comedy is top notch and seems to know MacFarlane’s comedic beats down pat. The good guy who finds his mettle plot line we’ve seen a million times before, but Movie Fanatic thinks that it takes on a whole new feel with MacFarlane’s comedic touch.

    One of the greatest additions to the overall hilarity of MacFarlane’s film is how it has arrived on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download in an unrated version. For those who have seen his work on the long standing TV animated hit Family Guy know, this is someone who knows how to push the envelope with taste comedically. And with the ability to just put it out there with an unrated version, prepare to fall of your couch laughing.

    A Million Ways to Die in the West Seth MacFarlane Charlize Theron

    As for other A Million Ways to Die in the West bonus features, the gag reel is bloody fantastic and sheds a light on what a absolutely fun set MacFarlane must foster as the film’s director (he also wrote and produced the flick).

    We also loved the alternative ending, which only -- in our humble opinion -- further shows the brilliance of MacFarlane and his creative potential.

    Once Upon a Time in A Different West is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of a western comedy -- something that is not tackled too often in Hollywood. And not that MacFarlane is a Mel Brooks type storyteller (yet), but there are shades of the icon and his Blazing Saddles seen when you watch this making-of doc.

    And if you don’t want to miss the featurette The Good, The Bad and the Increasingly Decreasing Population. There are a slew of fantastic cameos that you won’t have ruined here, but they are priceless and include some of the biggest names in Hollywood, as shown in that featurette.

    As this is MacFarlane’s baby, be sure to check out the unrated commentary with the uber-talent, who is joined by a few of his producers and someone who is absolutely and surprisingly hilarious, his co-star Theron. Someone needs to get this girl in more comedies!

    Watch A Million Ways to Die in the West online and prepare to LOL. 

    A Unique Cactus
    Only Seth MacFarlane could have found a cactus like this while filming his raunch comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West while in the desert!

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    Get ready for some acting fireworks when Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall lock horns as estranged father and son in The Judge. Downey is a superstar defense attorney who heads home to bury his mother and visit with his brothers (including Vincent D'Onofrio). But, will he make up with his small town Judge father? We're guessing no. 

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    But, as you can see in The Judge trailer, he may have to as his father has been charged with murder and despite Duvall's misgivings, his best shot at justice is to use his son as his attorney. The film lands everywhere October 10 and features a stellar cast beyond those leads including Vera Farmiga as Downey's first love, Billy Bob Thornton as the thorny prosecutor and Dax Shepard as an over-his-head attorney who Duvall would rather use. .

    We are presenting one incredible The Judge prize pack for this powerhouse film landing in theaters everywhere on October 10. One lucky Movie Fanatic reader will score this fantastic set of goodies!!

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    The Judge Synopsis:

    From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes The Judge, which pairs two-time Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin, Tropic Thunder) and Oscar winner Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies, Crazy Heart), starring together for the first time on the big screen. The film also stars Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring) and Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, Friday Night Lights), and is directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers).

    In The Judge, Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

    The film also features a stellar supporting cast, including Vincent D’Onofrio (TV’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Jeremy Strong (Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln), Dax Shepard (TV’s Parenthood), Leighton Meester (TV’s Gossip Girl), Ken Howard (J. Edgar, Michael Clayton), Emma Tremblay (Elysium), Balthazar Getty (TV’s Brothers & Sisters), David Krumholtz (This Is the End), Sarah Lancaster (TV’s Chuck), Grace Zabriskie (TV’s Big Love) and Denis O’Hare (TV’s True Blood).

    The Judge is being produced by Susan Downey (the Sherlock Holmes films), David Dobkin, and David Gambino (The Brave One), with Herbert W. Gains, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Kleeman and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) and Bill Dubuque, story by Dobkin & Schenk.

    Dobkin’s behind the scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln), production designer Mark Ricker (The Way Way Back, The Help), editor Mark Livolsi (The Blind Side) and costume designer Marlene Stewart (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Tropic Thunder). The music is by 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks).

    A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Big Kid Pictures/Team Downey production, a film by David Dobkin, The Judge is scheduled for release beginning on October 10, 2014, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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    Check out our fantastic slideshow of photos featuring these acting talents from The Judge below!

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    The "full" poster from The Judge. Just look at those two stars and admit you don't want to see this flick!

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    Hot on the heels of the announcement that Ghostbusters 3 had hired a screenwriter for its all-female Ghostbusting flick, director Paul Feig is talking extensively about what we can expect!

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    Feig, best known for directing those Bridesmaids quotes and helming the hit The Heat, dished what it was about the project that drew him in after so many had passed on it, as well as why an all-female reboot of the popular franchise would work so well.

    "My favorite thing to do is work with funny women," Feig told EW in the wide-ranging chat. "I was like, what if it was an all female cast? If they were all women? Suddenly, my mind kind of exploded: That would be really fun!”

    Then it hit him, why have the female Ghostbusters carry on the legacy when it seems easier to just have them renew the world. “Then I thought, well, what if we just make it new? It's not coming into the world that existed before,” Feig admitted.

    “It's always hard if the world has gone through this big ghost attack, how do you do it again? I wanted to come into our world where there's talk of ghosts but they're not really credible, and so what would happen in our world if this happened today?"

    Although this is a clear reboot from what Feig is saying, he is more than up for writing in roles for the men who made the franchise famous in the first place.

    "As far as I'm concerned, anybody wants to come back I welcome with open arms. It would just be in different roles now, but it would be fun to figure out how to do that," Feig said.

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    He clearly has a reverence for the first film and is keenly aware that its legacy is now in his hands. "I love the first one so much I don't want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let's just restart it because then we can have new dynamics,” Feig said.

    “I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn't gone through it so it's like, oh my God what's going on?"

    Recently Bill Murray said his dream cast for the all-female Ghostbusters would include Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Emma Stone. What are Feig’s thoughts?

    "It's an awesome cast. I've got a lot of ideas on that but nobody set in stone. That's part of the fun for me is figuring out what's the best combo, what's going to be relevant and fun,” Feig said.

    “Bottom line: I just want the best, funniest cast. For me it's just more of a no-brainer. I just go, 'What would make me excited to do it?' I go: four female Ghostbusters to me is really fun. I want to see that dynamic. That's why we're not remaking a great movie. We're doing our take on it." 

    Watch Ghostbusters online and see how this whole thing got started.

    Dan Aykroyd Salutes His Grandpa
    Aykroyd, who wrote the original script, penned it as a salute to his grandfather, who was a paranormal buff who even built a radio to try to contact ghosts.

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    When we caught up with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day stars Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner on the set last year, they gave us some priceless insight into why they thought this Disney live action family film could be the start of something truly special.

    Steve Carell And Jennifer Garner Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Still Photo

    Now, it’s merely days away from release of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and we are in front of Carell and Garner once again talking about their flick. Now that it’s in the can and the entire filming experience is a wrap and we know what to expect from the film after seeing this new Disney live action family classic --  we can ask some even more pointed questions!

    The thing that struck us, even from the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day trailer is that even with the sky falling on this family, they managed to keep their heads up. Is there a danger in being too positive, like the Coopers are?

    “Oh, for sure! Your kids need to be allowed to have a bad day, and you need to show them that it’s okay to have a whole range of emotions,” Garner said. “You should have them all. You should have range and anger and sadness, so there’s a lot of room for joy and happiness, as well.”

    Carell agreed that the Coopers managed to get through this horrible day together with humor and aplomb, but in real life, he tends to make room for the occasional bad day because, well frankly, that IS life.

    “My wife and I go through this, from time to time. Part of the challenge for us is not being overly sensitive to our kids having good or bad days. You could drive your kids crazy by saying, ‘Are you okay? Is everything all right? Please tell me what’s going on,’” Carell said.

    “Sometimes you might just be having a quietly and privately bad day, and you just want to work through it yourself. You don’t want to have your parents trying to make it better because, ultimately, we’re not going to be there to make it better. The toughest part for us is holding back from always trying to make it perfect or ideal because life will give you twists and turns.”

    One of the greatest scenes in the entire movie is when Garner gets to work with the legend that is Dick Van Dyke. We felt it was a sort of passing the torch because Van Dyke was in so many of those fantastic live action Disney movies and we think that Carell fits that mold perfectly now as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is ready to re-start that effort.

    Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner Star Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Still Photo

    “He can do whatever he wants. He’s Dick Van Dyke,” Garner said and laughed of the crazy scene they share. “It was such a total thrill to try to conceive, for my kids, that I was with Chim Chim Cher-ee at work! That was so exciting. It was a great day.”

    Another thrill for Garner is to be a part of a movie that everyone in the entire clan from eight to 80 can see. “I do feel so excited that we get to be a part of a real family movie that’s going out into the world. This is a movie that teenagers should like. And I brought my five-year-old along when I saw it, and she loved it, too,” Garner said.

    “This is a film that families can see, and I hope, at the end of it, it will make you feel more like a family and remind you that, whatever happens, you’re all going through it together.”

    Carell hopes that, in fact, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day kick starts something old and makes it new again.

    “I hope this does set a trend. I don’t want to say it’s a throwback because there’s a derogatory implication there. But these kinds of live-action family movies aren’t done as often as they used to be. I was excited because it’s a new take on that genre of movie,” Carell said.

    “I know my kids can’t wait, and all of their friends care. I took my son aside the other day and said, ‘Do you think your classmates really want to see this?’ And he said, ‘Yeah! Apart from you being in it, they’re really excited about it.’ It looks like something they want to see, and that’s exciting to hear.”

    Well our review arrives on release day, October 10, but we can say this much... Carell's latest is one of our Top 13 Steve Carell movies!

    The Before Poster
    The "Before" poster shows what life is like, and how Alexander is the one set for a bad day.

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    Hot on the heels of that awesome The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Gandalf character poster and the presence of Sting in the Bilbo character poster, we’ve got another fan fave’s character poster.

    That’s right, we are proud to present the Cate Blanchett as Galadriel character poster in the slideshow below.

    Blanchett is not the only elf that is back in the final chapter of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, Orlando Bloom’s Legolas is integral to the plot and from what we hear, Jackson’s bridge between his The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies!

    Watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug online to see where we left off and get ready for the arrival of the final chapter on December 17.


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    Robert Downey Jr. has without a doubt had one of the most incredible careers of any actor in the history of Hollywood.

    He always had supreme talent and could do it all, from comedy to drama and everything in between. And now that he’s back in The Judge, we thought it good time to look back count down his top 15 movies.

    Downey was once known more for his meltdown creating headlines than for his talent and like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, he has climbed back atop the Hollywood mountain and is Hollywood’s most bankable actor working today.

    Sure, much of that success has to do with his turn as Tony Stark, which the birth of which you can see when you watch Iron Man online.

    But, there is so much more to his talents, including powerful dramas like Chaplin that earned him his first Oscar nomination.

    The man has another franchise that also is favorite of ours -- and that origins movie is on this list.

    But so is a film he did that highlights his comedic (and dramatic) talents -- watch Tropic Thunder online

    So of his decades of work, which movie will be number one? 

    Click through and discover our top 15 Robert Downey Jr. movies! 

    Weird Science
    Sure, it’s a farce, but Weird Science has a special place in our hearts with its geek fantasy comes to life premise. The geeks even win over their former bullies (one of whom is Robert Downey, Jr.) and in the end, geeks are heroes and jocks are zeroes. What cast out teen couldn’t have fun with that premise?

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    Hot on the heels of that riveting description of Tomorrowland that arrived yesterday, we’ve got the first Tomorrowland teaser trailer from Walt Disney.

    Tomorrowland stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn and Hugh Laurie and follows what happens when a girl (Robertson) finds a magical pin that allows her to “travel” to any place she wants. That could come in handy, as we see from the following teaser trailer, this world appears to be going down the toiler.

    The Disney film is directed by Brad Bird, the man behind The Incredibles and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and arrives May 22, 2015.

    The footage appeared at New York Comic Con and Disney also released the film’s teaser poster and we have it in the slideshow below, along with a series of awesome-looking stills.

    We’ve also got the film’s synopsis! 

    Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland." What they must do there changes the world--and them--forever.

    Check out one of our favorite Bird movies and watch The Incredibles online.

    Tomorrowland Teaser Poster
    The Tomorrowland teaser poster was released by Disney!

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    In Whiplash, J.K. Simmons plays a music teacher/band leader at one of the most prestigious schools in the country. Miles Teller is a drummer who is drive to become one of the best in the world. Together, they will explosively create some fireworks and even saying that doesn’t even do this astounding story justice.

    Whiplash JK Simmons Miles Teller

    We caught up with the two and if you watch the Whiplash trailer, you can see that there’s a reverence there from Teller to Simmons. But over the course of the movie, it becomes pretty clear that Simmons’ Fletcher believes that the way to inspire students to greatness is by beating them figuratively over the head with insults until they get it right. Well, actually sometimes he even takes a hand to them physically.

    Simmons does not share Fletcher’s ideas on that subject. "God, I hope not,” he told Movie Fanatic about whether being harsh and real inspires artists. “I mean, masochists do! I completely agree with feeling the need or the benefits of being pushed and of being directed on a project and collaborating. The kind of manipulation and abuse, I think, has no place in life.”

    Teller hopes that Whiplash is a lesson for all aspiring artists out there that the greatness comes from within and that even further on that point, artistic awesomeness comes from working together.

    “For me, the greatest success that I’ve had on a particular project or in exploring a role does come through collaboration. I wouldn’t want to do a movie where everything I do the director just says, ‘Good job,’ and then I am under-directed. At the same time, I’ve done movies where I felt like I was over-handled and over-directed and I didn’t feel like I was able to do some stuff that I wanted to. So I think it’s a fine line but at the end of the day,” Teller said.

    The film's director, Damien Chazelle, had reported that he had even worse teachers than the one played by Simmons. That does not sit well with the actor!

    “That kind of pisses me off actually. Especially after I met Miles, I wanted to go farther,” Simmons said and he and Teller laughed.

    “I love that this movie is inspiring that debate: How far is too far? How much is too much? Is it worth it? I’ve made the comparison before, this kind of relentless abuse might be necessary and appropriate if you’re training Navy SEALs; I don’t know if it’s appropriate in music school. But it’s there! And it can be productive. There’s no denying that.”

    One of the thing that truly blows us away from Whiplash is that Teller took a “basic” drum skill set that he already had and practiced and practiced to the point where he could be believable as one of the world’s (potentially) greatest.

    Miles Teller Whiplash

    “I started getting blisters,” Teller admitted. It’s interesting because in the film, there are times he’s practicing and playing in rehearsal so hard that his hands bleed all over the drum set. Teller saw blood on the drum set before one of those takes and told writer-director Chazelle that he thought that was going too far.

    “When I read the script there’s all this talk of, ‘And the blood splatters on the cymbals.’ I would come onto set sometimes and I would look at the drum kit and there’s all this blood there. And I literally to Damien would be like, ‘That’s too much. No way. Let’s get that off. It’s too much blood.’ And he goes, ‘No, man. When I was playing, all my drumsticks were covered in blood. This is real. This is truthful,’” Teller recalled.

    “So yeah, I started getting some bloody blisters and I was bandaging them up and stuff. Just the nature of filming a movie like this in 19 days with very intense drumming sequences -- a lot of that sweat is real and that’s great because you don’t have to act when you’re actually kind of playing to exhaustion. “

    For Simmons, having this role come along at this point of his career is beyond a blessing. The journeyman actor is getting serious Oscar buzz for Supporting Role in Whiplash, and we -- honestly -- think he is a lock to win.

    “I've been so blessed to have the opportunities that I've had, and if somebody asked me to play a Terence Fletcher-esque character next week I would be reticent to do so. Part of the joy of doing what we all are fortunate enough to do here is you get to do something different every time out. I learned that at the very beginning,” Simmons said.

    “I'd been doing theater for twenty years, but when I first started doing camera-acting... really OZ was sort of my first big thing that a lot of people saw, and I knew going into that that it was a potential trap, because I could be playing the Nazi of the week on TV for the rest of my life. From nowhere, all of a sudden Law and Order called and said 'Hey, would you like to play this shrink on Law and Order?' And it was this perfect yin yang thing that I had at the very beginning. I was perceived as the guy who could do a variety of things. I mean, that's what we all want to do.”

    For Teller, who is just getting started after powerhouse turns in films -- such as the one you can see when you watch Divergent online -- Whiplash is exactly the type of film he dreamed of doing when he decided to become an actor.

    “When I was in college this would have been a movie that I said, I hope to do. It’s a movie with integrity. It’s a movie that’s unapologetic. It’s a movie that is kind of pushing the boundaries,” Teller said.

    “And it’s a movie that should leave you really talking about it and creating a discourse and having people excited to explore some of the themes in it. So yeah, this is everything that I could have asked for in a project at this point in my career.”

    JK Simmons Conducts
    JK Simmons appears to be a great conductor and teacher. But, that would be wrong.

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    Disney has been busy at New York Comic Con today.

    Right after they debuted their Tomorrowland teaser trailer, they unveiled the “sizzle reel” for their latest, Big Hero 6.

    The film, inspired by the Marvel comics, lands in screens November 7 and one of the most delightful things in the sizzle reel below, other than the eye-popping animation and action, is the first time we’ve heard the film’s theme song, Immortals by Fall Out Boy!

    Big Hero 6 tells the story of Hiro Hamada, a teen who hopes to pick up where his brother left off in the world of robotics.

    When an evil force threatens his city, he must get turn up his robotics efforts up a notch and recruit his friends and his brother’s robot creation -- named Baymax -- and help save their home.

    The film is from the same people that gave us Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph and appears to be the latest great-ness from The Mouse House. 

    Baymax and Hiro Greet
    Japanese culture is all over Big Hero 6, and that is certainly seen in this latest still.

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    Kill the Messenger star Rosemarie DeWitt had a front row seat to the hurricane performance of Jeremy Renner that we believe will result in an Oscar nod for The Avengers star.

    We caught up with DeWitt for an exclusive video interview where she revealed what makes Renner so extraordinarily special and how aware she was of the true story at the heart of Kill the Messenger where journalist Gary Webb uncovered the previously unknown aspect of the Iran-Contra scandal.

    It’s the lack of knowledge of what this man exposed in the general public that is one of the main reasons she made the film teased in the Kill the Messenger trailer.

    “I couldn’t believe that it was a true story and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t heard of it,” DeWitt said. “I was really excited for other people to hear about it.”

    The actress is also hoping the movie gives something for Webb that he has yet to achieve. “I hope that it gets him some vindication because it cost him so much to do this.”  

    And DeWitt also let it be known that her film (and we agree) is one of the more important of 2014 and it is the type of collective movie going experiences that will result in a serious conversation between friends and family after seeing it.

    It’s that kind of intellectual stimulation that is one of the reasons we love the movies in the first place!  

    Jeremy Renner Stars in Kill the Messenger
    Jeremy Renner might just fall prey to the title, Kill the Messenger, for exposing the government's secrets.

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    After three hours of following one of the most beloved love stories of all time, Titanic ended in a way that had many scratching their heads (she threw the diamond in the ocean!) and others swooning at Rose’s final act of love to her beloved Jack.

    Did you know there was another ending?

    Yeah, seriously.

    Those Titanic quotes are timeless and we’re not sure that any in this newly revealed scene would have made the grade. But, they are interesting nonetheless.

    Rose (Gloria Stewart) still is standing on the edge of that ship run by Bill Paxton and his group of treasure hunters. But, things go a little differently than the ending you see when you watch Titanic online

    So, let us know in the comments section below: What you think of this ending that was shot, then scrapped.

    Is it better, worse or maybe it is just a novelty to see it? 

    Titanic
    How could Titanic not be on this list? Some may be cynical about this flick, but watch it and try admitting that your heart does not soar... and go on.

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    The boys are back and they’re coming home as Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced plans for the release of The Expendables 3 on DVD and Blu-Ray.

    The Expendables 3 DVD

    Sure, there are dozens of action scenes that is what we’ve come to expect from a The Expendables movie. And we thought those one liners made for some great The Expendables 3 quotes.

    But the big selling point for The Expendables 3 on DVD and Blu-Ray is the cache of huge movie stars that Sylvester Stallone has assembled for his third The Expendables.

    Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer and Antonio Banderas all bring their action movie experience to the franchise in the explosive third chapter -- teased in The Expendables 3 trailer.

    Look for The Expendables 3 on Blu-Ray combo pack (with DVD) on November 25 and will be released in Digital HD two weeks prior on November 11.

    When it comes to bonus features, Lionsgate announced the following:

    • The Expendables 3 Documentary
    • New Blood: Stacked and Jacked Featurette
    • The Total Action Package Featurette
    • Christmas Runs the Gauntlet Extended Scene
    • Gag Reel

    Watch The Expendables online to see how it all got started and stay tuned for more on The Expendables 3!

    Arnold and Sly Take a Walk
    Arnold and Sly, together again! This time out, Arnie's role is much bigger.

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    The Judge could be seen as a courtroom drama. The Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall starring film could also be described as a father and son tale of redemption. It’s not that we needed the David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) directed film to decide which it wanted to be because clearly a well written film could be both.

    Robert Duvall Robert Downey Jr The Judge

    But, can The Judge do both and do it well? It actually manages to weave in between the two mostly well.

    Downey is a hot shot Chicago defense attorney who clearly is worth millions and never loses. Duvall is his father and a small town judge. And as The Judge trailer shows us, the two have not gotten along in decades and that’s fine with both parties.

    When the family matriarch passes away, Downey comes home -- leaving his wife and daughter behind -- and seeks to pay tribute to his mother, mourn with his brothers and maybe, just maybe, shake his father’s hand at the most.

    Downey’s Hank Palmer and Duvall’s Judge Joseph Palmer have chemistry, and oftentimes people forget that it takes a serious thespian connection for two actors to impeccably capture frigidity. These two are downright arctic. But, as Downey is charging to leave town and never look back, he gets a phone call -- his father has been charged with murder.

    It is at this point that Duvall and Downey must find a way to at least get along, The judge’s freedom depends on it. But, it won’t be easy. Joseph hires Dax Shepard’s small town lawyer, CP, to represent him, almost to add a professional slap in the face to all the emotional slaps to his son. And as it becomes clear that the big time prosecutor from the big city (Billy Bob Thornton) is coming to “fry” the judge, CP needs help and Hank’s the man.

    The Judge Vincent D'Onofrio Robert Downey Jr.

    The Judge does intertwine between the father-son re-building and the case that is the excuse to bring them together at a nice pace. And the thing doesn’t work at all without the talents of Downey and Duvall. The pair truly capture the dad-middle son landscape that is downright rare to find onscreen that works. There are acting fireworks, for sure, but maybe it’s just we’ve seen Downey too many times as Tony Stark that his Hank feels a bit Stark-ish at times.

    The supporting cast of The Judge is in many ways, ironically, what carries the film. Vera Farmiga is the conscience of Hank as an old girlfriend who manages to begrudgingly pull the best out of her former love. We can (almost) forgive the lapse in story judgment with a subplot about who is the father to Farmiga’s daughter (Leighton Meester).

    Vincent D’Onofrio is fabulous as the brother who never got out of the small town and is now “stuck” raising a family and running a tire business when he could have been so much more. But, the actor who steals the entire movie, our The Judge review has to point out, is Jeremy Strong as the youngest of the Palmer boys, Dale.

    Sure, he may be slow and at the beginning we were worried that maybe filmmakers were just using his lack of mental strength as the humor for the film. But, by the closing credits, it becomes clear through his performance that he might just be the glue that holds this entire Palmer clan together. 

    Is it one of the Top 15 Robert Downey Jr. movies in his career? You bet. 

    The Judge Full Poster
    The "full" poster from The Judge. Just look at those two stars and admit you don't want to see this flick!

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