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Dr. Evil Disses Sony, Kim Jong-un, Many Others In Mike Myers’ Surprise ‘SNL’ Return

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In this video clip, Saturday Night Live alum Mike Myers makes a surprise return to the show as Dr. Evil, from his Austin Powers films. In last night's opening, Myers makes fun of the the players in the Sony hacking attack, dishing out the smack talk to North Korean autocrat Kim Jong-un, the so-called Guardians of Peace, the Grand Old Party, James Franco and Sony alike, even reserving a snippet of snark for one dark corner of Myers' own filmography. Take a look and tell us… Read


Finding Jessica Chastain And ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – The Contenders

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Ned Benson talks in the video clip above about his “first fan,” who happened to be Jessica Chastain, who loved a short he created so much that she joined his first feature-length movie, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigbyall before she became, you  know, JESSICA CHASTAIN. The movie arrived this summer, part of an audacious trilogy of movies cut from the same material from first-timer Benson, telling the story of a couple from each of their perspectives and also from both… Read


Logan Lerman, David Ayer On The ‘Fury’ Of Battle – Video

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Battle leaves “a fingerprint…on the soul,” says writer/director David Ayer, a military veteran from a family of military veterans, talking in this video above about what he was trying to capture in Fury, his movie about a Sherman tank crew marooned behind enemy lines during WWII. Stars Logan Lerman and Jon Bernthal join Ayer in talking about making the film, including the boot-camp experience the actors were put through to prepare them for the kind of mindset needed to… Read


‘Night At The Museum 3′ Review: Pete Hammond On The Lively ‘Tomb’

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The third Night At The Museum installment hits theaters this weekend with one of Robin Williams' last performances, plus amusing turns by several series regulars, as I say in my video review above. The cast is led by Ben Stiller as the nightwatchman dealing with lively exhibits at the museum, played by Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Rebel Wilson and Ben Kingsley with a terrific performance by Downton Abbey alumnus Dan Stevens as a gung-ho knight. Veteran comedy… Read


Special Relationships, Special Effects In ‘Exodus: Gods And Kings” – Peter Chernin At The Contenders

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The story of Moses and the Jews' flight from Egypt is re-told in a new way, using new technologies, in Exodus: Gods and Kings, says producer Peter Chernin, talking in the video clip above as part of Deadline's Oscar showcase, The Contenders. The film was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton. As Chernin says, their characters Moses and Ramses were raised as brothers, but ultimately face each other as leaders of their own people. Chernin… Read


‘The Hobbit: Five Armies’ Review: Pete Hammond On The Journey’s End

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Peter Jackson's great journey there and back again with J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy tales comes to an action-filled and excellent end in The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armiesas I say in my video review above. This one features, of course, series regulars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Richard Armitage, Christopher Lee and Evangeline Lilly. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the acquisitive and vengeful dragon Smaug. Jackson… Read


‘Annie’ Review: Pete Hammond’s Hard-Knock Take On Hip-Hop Reboot

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Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, and Cameron Diaz star in the latest film adaptation of Annie, the durable Broadway musical. This version has been given a hip-hop glaze with new songs from Jay-Z, but for all the changes, as I say in my video review above, I'm not sure the result is going to be any better 'Tomorrow.' The movie is directed by Will Gluck, from a screenplay Gluck wrote with Aline Brosh McKenna. It's based, of course, on Thomas Meehan's stage play book, and the… Read


How Angelina Jolie Became The ‘Unbroken’ Director – The Contenders

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Watch the video clip above as Universal executive Peter Cramer tells Deadline's Mike Fleming about 'Unbroken,' the movie adaptation of a best-selling book about Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner turned flier turned Japanese POW. The book, by Laura Hillenbrand, made the film finally come together after decades of efforts to tell the tale. And it was Angelina Jolie's meticulous preparation and vision that made her the choice to direct the film, Cramer says. The screenplay… Read


‘Ascension’ Review: Dominic Patten On Space Epic That Never Quite Takes Off

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Launching tonight for the first of a three-night run, Syfy's Ascension projects a world where the Moon landing was just a Sixties sideshow to a secret mission to deep space. Unfortunately, even with high intergalactic stakes, this limited-run event series from showrunner Philip Levens (Smallville) never, as my video review says, really gets the afterburners to kick in. Which is a real shame because the premise of John F. Kennedy ordering a giant spacecraft, AKA, the USS… Read


‘Top Five’ Review: Pete Hammond’s 5 Reasons To See Chris Rock’s ‘Annie Hall’

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Comedian Chris Rock wrote, produced, directed and starred in Top Five, about a successful comedic actor who makes a stab at a serious acting career after his reality-star fiancee talks him into a very unserious show about their wedding.  Watch my video review above to see my Top Five reasons why you should see this film. There's lots to love (and probably way more than five reasons). The top-notch cast also includes a great Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Adam Sandler, Ke… Read