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Jeremy Renner On The CIA Plot Behind ‘Kill The Messenger’ – The Contenders

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Star Jeremy Renner and producer Scott Stuber talk about Kill the Messenger, their film about Gary Webb, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter. Webb uncovered a CIA plot in the 1980s that funneled cocaine into the United States to finance arms purchases and other operations in Central America, then faced a campaign to undermine and deny his work. Renner and Stuber talk about discovering Webb's true story at the heart of the movie, which they made for $10.4… Read

Alexandre Desplat On ‘The Imitation Game': “I Was Moved By What Was Onscreen’

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EXCLUSIVE: Composer Alexandre Desplat has a half-dozen Oscar nominations on his résumé, including the scores for Best Picture winners Argo and The King's Speech. But there's no gold statuette on his mantel. This year he has five scores in contention; among them is Morten Tyldum's  The Imitation Game. “The great directors, I've learned, have a great sense of rhythm,” Desplat says in a new featurette that's exclusive to Deadline. “It's like a symphony.” The composer says… Read

‘Focus’ Trailer: Will Smith, Margot Robbie & The Big Con

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Here's the latest look at Focus, the thriller that stars Will Smith as master con artist Nicky, who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he's teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets a little too close for comfort, and he abruptly breaks it off. But she resurfaces three years later in the midst of Nicky's latest, very dangerous scheme, and throws the consummate con man off his game. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa write and… Read

Update: Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ Is Biggest Ever Bollywood Bow In North America (Video)

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UPDATE, 12:11 PM PT MONDAY: The numbers not only held, they were markedly increased for Aamir Khan-starrer PK in North America, scoring the biggest Bollywood opening of all time with a confirmed $3.57M at 272 locations. That bests Khan's Dhoom 3 which released to $3.44M in the same corridor last December. Disney's UTV, which is distributing the film, says the three-day take for the day-and-date release in India was $21M. That also bests Dhoom 3 last year which opened to… Read

George Clooney, Jeremy Piven, Strip Poker & More In ‘Downton’ Charity Spoof (Video)

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British broadcaster ITV held its annual Text Santa fundraiser on Friday night bringing in £5.5M to benefit UK charities. The star-studded show featured messages from Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais and Rebel Wilson; musical performances; and taped appearances by Simon Cowell and Carey Mulligan. But the pièce de résistance may well have been George Clooney as the alternative Earl of Grantham in a Downton Abbey spoof. The It's A Wonderful Life-esque short film looked at what… Read

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

‘Orange Is The New Black’ Inmates Croon A Zany ‘Twelve Days Of Christmas’ – Watch

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How do the ladies at the Litchfield Prison celebrate their holidays? Why by singing bawdy parodies of Christmas tunes, in this case “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) of Netflix's Orange Is The New Black leads a creaky chorus of “On my first day at Litchfield, my bunk mate gave to me….”. Ya gotta hit play to… 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

‘Unbroken’ Review: Pete Hammond On Angelina Jolie’s Directorial “Triumph”

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It probably will be hard to break Unbroken's record for development time in getting to the screen. Universal had optioned World War II hero Louis Zamperini's own story  in 1957 as a vehicle for Tony Curtis, who was going to star but chose to do Spartacus instead. The project languished for decades until Laura Hillenbrand's eight-years-in-the-making best-selling book made Zamperini a hot film property again. Angelina Jolie took quick interest in the story, got to know… Read

Jon Stewart Assures Kim Jong Un Hollywood Just Like North Korea – Video

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The Daily Show's Jon Stewart tries to figure out why Sony stood up to the release of “catty emails” and plowed ahead with plans to release The Interview on Christmas day, but capitulated when North Korean hackers threatened and “9/11 style attacks”  against movie theaters. “First of all, when did 9/11 become a 'style of attack'?” Stewart asked. “North Korea — that's why they do! They threaten people with hyperbolic language!” Stewart ranted, wondering if leader Kim Jong Un… Read