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'Thor' Sequel Dominates Box Office For Two Weeks In A Row


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"Thor: The Dark World" owned the box office for a second week before the highly-anticipated "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" debuts this Friday.

However, the film came surprisingly close to being overthrown by romantic-comedy sequel, "The Best Man Holiday."

This should be Thor's final weekend atop the box office as Jennifer Lawrence's "Hunger Games" sequel is expected to reach record numbers opening weekend.

Tickets for the film have been selling out since they went on sale in October.

Out of the box-office top ten this week are "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2." The Sony sequel has earned $200 million worldwide.

Also worth noting is Matthew McConaughey's "Dallas Buyers Club." Open in 184 theaters made $1.8 million over the weekend. The movie is based on a true-life story about a man given 30 days to live after being diagnosed with HIV, and the lengths he took in alternative treatments to stay alive.

Here are this week's winners and losers in Hollywood:

10. Rachel McAdams' latest romance movie "About Time" finally makes its way into the top ten in its third week out with $3.5 million. The film hasn't made a big splash here in the states, however, its making the majority of its money ($41 million vs. $11.6 million) overseas.

9. Tom Hanks' "Captain Phillips" continues to hold steady with $4.5 million in week six. The Sony movie is closing in on $100 million domestically. All together, it has made $164 million worldwide.

8. "12 Years a Slave" is down one spot this week with $4.6 million. The anticipated Oscar movie starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and Chiwetel Ejiofor has made a total of $25 million so far.

7. Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" adaptation continues its descent at the box office earning $6.2 million in its third week. The Lionsgate film cost an estimated $110 million to produce but has made about $63 million worldwide.

6. Nothing can stop the allure of "Gravity." After seven weeks, the film is still bringing in $6.3 million. The film has made a massive $514.9 million worldwide.

5. "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" has been a big win for Paramount with another $7.7 million. That brings the film's four week total to $119 million.

4. Relativity's animated turkey film "Free Birds" swapped places with "Last Vegas" this weekend earning $8.3 million. The cartoon cost $55 million to make and has made $42 million so far worldwide. The film has about two more weeks until Disney's anticipated animated movie "Frozen" comes to theaters November 27.

3. The people love Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro together on screen. "Last Vegas" made another cool $8.9 million this weekend. The "Hangover"-eque comedy has made more than "Free Birds" ($47 million) and cost a lot less to make ($28 million).

2. "The Best Man Holiday" surprised everyone with a huge $30.6 million weekend. The sequel to the 1999 romantic comedy reunited much of the original cast. According to Fandango, the film was a social event over the weekend with 73% of ticket buyers saying they would see the film with friends.

1. "Thor: The Dark World" dropped 55% in week two making $38.5 million. That's slightly less than the drop "Iron Man 3"saw in its second weekend (58.4%). The movie has already made a whopping $480 million worldwide. Though the film should still perform well next week, it will have to compete with Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games" sequel.

SEE ALSO: Here's the movie that nearly beat out "Thor" at the box office this weekend

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They're Making A Sequel To 'It's A Wonderful Life'


wonderful life endingFeelgood 1946 Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life is to get an unlikely sequel more than 60 years on, it has been revealed.

It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story is being billed as a continuation of the story of downcast bank manager George Bailey, played memorably by the late great James Stewart in Frank Capra's original. Or at least, that of his descendants. While Stewart passed away in 1997, producers have recruited original cast member Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey's daughter Zuzu, to return.

It's a Wonderful Life follows Bailey as he sets out to kill himself on Christmas Eve but changes his mind thanks to the intervention of a guardian angel who helps him realise he has made a difference in the world. The sequel, which riffs on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, will centre on Bailey's mean grandson. In a not-so-feelgood twist, it reportedly sees him visited by his aunt Zuzu, now an angel, who shows him how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.

The new film is being put together by Allen J Schwalb, whose Florida-based Star Partners firm financed Rain Man and The Color Purple during the 1980s. He will work with Bob Farnsworth of Nashville-based commercial music specialists Hummingbird Productions on the project. The latter co-wrote the screenplay for the followup after discovering that Capra's film was out of copyright in the US.

"It's a Wonderful Life is about showing a good guy can win. And with Scrooge, you have a person that is not a good guy but he changes," Farnsworth told The Hollywood Reporter. "This story is about the amazing human capacity to forgive when we see someone change for the better."

Of suggestions that audiences may balk at seeing one festive favourite - let alone two - revived in unfamiliar form, the screenwriter said: "Look, no one can make another It's a Wonderful Life. But our story is solid, and we are going in with our eyes open. There is no doubt about it, there will be a ruckus. But I have this motto: All it takes to be a leader is to have a cause you believe in. And the stronger you believe in the cause, the more adversaries you will have. And we strongly believe in this."

Farnsworth received help on the screenplay from Martha Bolton, who worked with Bob Hope as a staff writer on the comedian's specials. Producers are currently on the hunt for a director and plan to secure a budget in the $25-32m range. They hope to bring the sequel to the big screen in 2015.

Capra's It's A Wonderful Life regularly tops polls of favourite Christmas movies on both sides of the Atlantic.

• It's a Wonderful Life tops favourite Christmas film poll
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• What should be the plot of the sequel? Submit your ideas – even a script sample – below, along with any casting suggestions

This article originally appeared on guardian.co.uk

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Aaron Paul Is Out For Revenge In New 'Need For Speed' Trailer


DreamWorks released a new trailer for "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul's next movie "Need for Speed." If you miss the AMC series, it's full of Aaron Paul, fast cars, explosions, ridiculous stunts, and, of course, more Aaron Paul. 

Based off of the popular video game series Paul plays a street racer and car mechanic Tobey, a man and out for revenge after serving time in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

"Need for Speed" is out in theaters March 14, 2014.

If you're looking for the song from the trailer, it's "Butterflies and Hurricanes" from Muse.

Here are some more photos of Aaron Paul from the film for your viewing pleasure.

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SEE ALSO: "Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk wants "Breaking Bad" spinoff to be a prequel AND sequel

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Watch The 'Gravity' Short About The Stranger Sandra Bullock Radioed From Space


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Remember the scene in "Gravity" when Sandra Bullock is locked inside the Russian space capsule about to give up all hope but finally finds faith when reaching someone on the radio — only to find there is a severe language barrier?

Well, "Gravity" co-writer Jonas Cuaron, the son of director Alfonso Cuaron, made a short film telling the other side of the story on that phone call in the pivotal scene.

Titled "Aningaaq," the seven-minute companion piece was initially envisioned as an extra feature for "Gravity's" Blu-ray edition, but after much fanfare at film festivals, Warner Bros. has submitted it for Oscar consideration in the live-action short category, explains The Hollywood Reporter.

"Should it snag a nomination alongside its sure-bet blockbuster companion, they are poised to make Academy Awards history as the first feature and spinoff short drawn from the same material to be nominated together in the same year," notes THR.

Featuring Sandra Bullock's voice, the short film follows an Inuit fisherman stationed in a remote area of Greenland.

The piece was filmed guerrilla style on location with a budget of about $100,000 after Cuaron was inspired by a drunken native het met who would become the basis for the title character, played by Greenland's own Orto Ignatiussen.

A small sum considering "Gravity" has grossed over $527 million worldwide.

Bullock has called the "Gravity"-related short an "absolutely beautiful piece of loneliness … I get goose bumps thinking about it."

Watch the entire 7-minute video below:

SEE ALSO: The Alternate Ending To 'Breaking Bad' Is A Genius Tie-In To 'Malcolm In The Middle'

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Warner Bros. Registers 8 Possible Names For The Big 'Batman / Superman' Movie


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We're one step closer to possibly knowing the name of the big Batman / Superman movie out in 2015.

Fusible — a site that keeps track of domain sales and acquisitions — reports that Warner Bros. has registered a bunch of new domain names for the new Batman / Superman movie featuring Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader and Henry Cavill reprising his role as the Man of Steel.

There are a total of 35 listed domains which you can check out here. All of them share 8 similar themes which we've pulled out below.

Could one of these be a potential title for the anticipated sequel?

  1. "Battle the Knight" / "Man of Steel: Battle the Knight" 
  2. "Beyond Darkness" (a nod to "Batman Beyond?")
  3. "Black of Knight" / "Man of Steel: Black of Knight"
  4. "Darkness Falls" / "Man of Steel: Darkness Falls"
  5. "Knight Falls" / "Man of Steel: Knight Falls"
  6. "Shadow of the Night" / "Man of Steel: Shadow of the Night"
  7. "The Darkness Within"
  8. "The Blackest Hour" / "Man of Steel: The Blackest Hour" 

From the amount of registered domains for each combination, the most popular ones are "Battle the Knight" (six domains), "The Blackest Hour" (six domains), "Knightfalls" (two domains). Fusible reports the "Beyond Darkness" title has two domains — Beyonddarknessmovie.com and beyonddarknessmovie.net.

None of the websites mentioned on Fusible currently head to any location. 

Back in July, we knew Warner Bros. registered the domain names BatmanVsSuperman.com and SupermanVsBatman.com— two websites you can currently check out. (Note: The latter goes to Superman's DC homepage while the former will take you to an unfinished website.)

What do you think of these potential titles? When Batman and Superman first appeared in comics together, the series was known as "World's Finest."We're kind of still rooting for "The Blackest Night."

The new Batman / Superman film is in theaters July 17, 2015.

[h/t Comingsoon.net]

SEE ALSO: The new batsuit in the "Batman Vs. Superman" movie will be different from anything we've ever seen before

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'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Reviews: Jennifer Lawrence Is Phenomenal


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"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is in theaters this weekend and is expected to dominate the box office both here and abroad. 

The second installment of the book series from Suzanne Collins follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she returns to fight in the games which made her a hero across her home world of Panem. 

The reviews for the film are overwhelmingly positive, with high praise for Lawrence herself after last year's Best Actress Oscar win. 

Before you see the film, here's what critics are saying about the "Hunger Games" sequel.

Everyone can't stop praising Jennifer Lawrence's performance: 


"None of it would work—not the action, the adventure, the political subtext or the humor—without the strength and beauty that Ms. Lawrence brings to the central role. Whenever she's on screen, the camera studies the contours of her face with a gaze that might be fawning in other circumstances, but seems properly attentive here. The lovely simplicity of her technique might have gratified James Cagney, whose reputed advice to actors was 'Learn your lines, find your mark, look 'em in the eye and tell 'em the truth.'"

LA Times 

"Lawrence has clearly taken this role very much to heart, throwing herself into it to such an extent that she creates genuine emotion from what is essentially pulpy material." 


"Spinning in that wedding dress, or glaring in wary repose, Lawrence catches fire on screen."

The Hollywood Reporter (THR):

"Lawrence further solidifies her tenacious grip on this signature role as she explores Katniss' tortured inner self."

Stanley Tucci is perfect once again as the overly energetic host of the games.

hunger games catching fire katniss jennifer lawrenceThe New Yorker: 

"Stanley Tucci returns as Caesar Flickerman, and again brilliantly parodies beauty-pageant and talent-show hosts." 


"Stanley Tucci is funnier than ever as the game-show host Caesar Flickerman, teeth and eyes gleaming madly from a skinscape of bottled tan." 

Entertainment Weekly (EW) simply refers to Tucci as the "Ryan Seacrest of Oz."

Practically every review we've seen makes comment that new director Francis Lawrence has done a much better job with the sequel than Gary Ross did with the original.francis lawrence the hunger games catching fire

One from AP:

"Francis Lawrence ("I Am Legend") has taken over directing from Gary Ross, whose poor handling of the first film didn't stop it from becoming a sensation. Lawrence has given the film (the budget was nearly doubled) a more settled environment heavy on greys and a more appropriately grave emotional atmosphere."

Don't expect a lot of blood and gore. The thrill to kill in the games has been tuned down a notch. hunger games catching fire katnissVulture:

"It’s likely that the violence has so little sting because of the studio’s need for a PG-13 rating, which has the paradoxical effect of making murder less upsetting and therefore more family friendly. (Bring the kids, why don’t you?)"

Fans of the book will be pleased the film stays true to the story ...


"The script by Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn reflects the shape, emphasis and incident of the book with almost scientific precision, and the desire to deliver the expected goods is keenly felt."

... but ultimately it leaves something to be desired.  


"Like Super Bowl Sunday, when more TV time is wasted on pre-game folderol than is spent on actual footballCatching Fire moseys through half of its 2-hour-and-26-minute running time, setting up Katniss’s rivalries, and dropping hints of things to come, before the Quell Games begin." 


"There's a ritualistic quality to these films that's key to their appeal, but it also limits their capacity to truly wow us … Catching Fire is smoothly exciting but a bit of a tease. It gets mileage out of setting up the Quarter Quell as some ultimate Fear Factor version of Deliverance, yet there isn't a moment of real dread in it." 

Overall Consensus: See it! 

If you don't have your tickets by now — and you're seeing it on your own or with kids — you should probably plan on buying them. This could very well be the BIGGEST movie of the year. Fandango told us Thursday ticket sales for the film were outpacing "Iron Man 3"— which is not only the highest-grossing movie so far of the year, but also the film with the highest-opening weekend of 2013 ($174 million).  

Not only is Jennifer Lawrence flawless in her return as the arrow-slinging Katniss, but the added talent of Philip Seymour Hoffman and newcomer scene-stealer Jena Malone should be more than enough reasons to head out.  

Fans agree that the second book in the "Hunger Games" series is the best of Collins' trilogy — and we've been told that the film stays very true to the book. 

Check out a trailer for the film below:

SEE ALSO: Why 'The Hunger Games' Sequel will own the overseas box office

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How The Costume Designer For 'Catching Fire' Came Up With The Movie's Best Looks


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From handcrafted designs to pieces by Alexander McQueen, Nicholas K, Tex Saverio and Juun J, the new Hunger Games film is an eye-popping fashion fantasy. The Hollywood Blog caught up with costume designer Trish Summerville to talk about the fashions she chose for Katniss, Peeta, and the competitors in the arena—plus, how she handled author Suzanne Collins’s frequent impulse to have characters appear nearly naked.

The Hollywood Blog: Tell me about what it’s like to work on something that so many people have already imagined. How do you tackle a challenge like that?

Trish Summerville: Well, it’s interesting. ‘Cause the other film I’ve also done [2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo] is based off of a book, as well. When you’re reading a book, each individual person gets to imagine each character.  What they look like, as well as what they’re wearing and what they do, and how they act. So I just had to take the approach of what I thought would be visually appealing, ‘cause a lot of things that are written don’t necessarily translate onto film.

finnick hunger games catching fireLike the transparent netting that’s worn by Finnick, played in the movie by Sam Claflin.

[Laughs] The “strategically placed knot.” He was concerned about what he was gonna have to wear. And I was concerned with how it would be functional, how the actor could actually move in it—and what would still give us a PG-13 rating.

So we were just trying to incorporate a gold net. It was this woven gold yarn that we did—a metallic yarn—and weaving it into like, more of a kilt shape. But still keeping it in play there, and having his hip bones be out, and having it kind of low-slung. It was incorporating the thing that would make it feel like what you get in the book, but not as literally as a gold knot that he’s wearing.

What other well-known costumes proved difficult?

Katniss’s and Peeta’s flaming costumes. It had to be something that they both could wear, that are somewhat matching in fabrication—that works well on Katniss, but also is masculine enough for Peeta. Which can be tricky at times, when you’re making a kind of matching costume for the chariots.

So in that one I went with a laser-cut leather, then lined in a gold fabric, so that it kind of comes through all the laser cut, and you get a glint of light. So the way the visual effects are done for the fire—it looks beautiful, because it comes through the laser cut of the leather. And it just worked out really, really well.

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See more photos of the costumes from Catching Fire.

So with the dress where Katniss spins around, and the white sort of flames into the black, did you have to worry about how that would work technically?  Or were you just like, we’ll just make it look cool?

So many things we had to worry about technically, how they worked. The wedding dress is definitely one of them. We had to have it so that she could spin, and it would twirl when she twirled. That wedding dress was quite heavy. I spoke with the designer of the dress, Tex Saverio, via Skype on a lot of it. He built this kind of hoop underneath, to make sure it stayed light. The spinning worked, surprisingly, really, really well. When she was onstage, I was pretty surprised at how much air it did catch.

hunger games catching fireHow did you take what we have seen in the previous film and then take it a step further?

Well, one of the great liberties that we did have is, in the world of Panem, in the Capitol, fashion is constantly changing. So we didn’t really have to stay literally tied to a lot of things. After the first film, we got to change with trends and fashion, like in the real world, but at a different pace in the Capitol.

And so, you know, there are hats that the people are wearing; and there’s maybe a color palette that people are wearing. But I did want all these groups of people to look like they shopped from different stores. They came from all over what would be left of the world and of the states—whatever Panem consisted of currently. I didn’t want everyone to look like they lived in this one city and shopped at this one store, or had one stylist or one personal shopper doing all their clothes.

hunger games catching fireThe director, Francis Lawrence, said you met with hundreds of extras individually and made up little stories for some of them—especially with regards to one big party.

We had over 500 extras for the party, besides all of our principals. If you have a contemporary film, you can have extras come dressed.  You kind of give ’em what we call wardrobe specs, or costume specs: Wear this—these colors are good. But when you have a film that’s not contemporary—you have something that’s period, or futuristic, or a fantasy or very stylized—you pretty much have to dress the extras from head to toe.

At one point, I’m gonna say we were seeing a hundred people a day?  We would get the person’s head shot and sizes the day before. That night I would go and set up fittings, and put looks together, and then put out, say, three to four different options. So we did individually fit every single person that’s at the party.

Also, there was a woman, Natalie MacGowan Spencer, who headed up the hair and makeup on the party scene. We had our own hair and makeup department that did all of the movie, and Nat kind of came in and worked with me to do, specifically, the party scene, because it was so massive. So I made boards of all the fittings we had, and she and I would go across the tables and pick a wig for each person. To process 500 people through wardrobe, hair, and makeup takes a really long time, unless you’re extremely organized and you have some kind of a system.

hunger games catching fireWhat was the division between stuff you designed and borrowed, and what designers did you use?

It’s a big mix: borrowing, loans, rentals, manufacturing, purchasing. Just because there’s so much stuff in the whole film, to be quite honest, we would have never had the time, nor the money, to build everything ourselves. I was really, really grateful that, you know, some really beautiful designers were willing to loan us pieces.

McQueen was so generous with the pieces that they let us borrow. We mainly used them on Effie, because it was very fitting for her. The silhouettes and the shapes worked really well for her character. One of the pieces we have is this feathered piece that incorporated twelve feathers painted like monarch butterflies. 

And the whole dress is made of that. It’s a quite sculpted shape, where the hips kind of come out and the waist goes in high, and the neck is really high, with these three-dimensional butterflies coming off.  And then we had a crafts person on our film, a milliner, make her a hat to match.

Ve Neill, who did her makeup, glued little tiny butterflies down her arms—you know, on her skin—so it looked like these butterflies were all over her body.  When we were shooting that scene during the reapings, Francis looked at me and he goes, “Look—those butterflies!” There were these two monarch butterflies that flew into the shot, and flew towards Effie. We thought, Oh, my God. Do they think that’s their home? Do they think that’s their people?

And I had a Korean designer that I love, Juun J—we use quite a bit of his stuff for Peeta’s character. He’s really innovative. And Nicholas K, who was great. We used a lot of their clothing on the Victory Tour and through the district for Katniss and Peeta.

hunger games catching fireThe Effie dress in that scene is quite striking.

Thank you. For me it was the perfect thing—in her character’s mind, it’s spring.  There was the reaping, and kids are gonna be brought to slaughter. She’s thinking, It’s springtime!  [Laughs] You know?

Effie, over time, gets a little more serious. She loses a little bit of her flightiness. Were you able to reflect that in her clothing as the movie progressed?

One of the things that Francis and I talk about—and we talked with Elizabeth about it—is that Effie is in a really tough position. She lived this Capitol life, but she starts to realize how damaging this all is. She looks happy, and she’s very Capitol, and she’s vibrant and she’s colorful—but she’s always uncomfortable.

I have her always kind of teetering on her shoes. Where, you know, there’s either no heel in the back, and she’s walking forward, on the fronts of her feet; or there’s a pair of Iris van Herpen shoes, that are these fanged shoes—the heels are these very sharp, fanglike shapes. Her waist is always pinched in just too tight. Like she can never really relax and be comfortable.  She’s always kind of torturing herself, or paying penance to herself, for all the things that are happening in the Capitol that she’s not O.K. with.

hunger games catching fireThe arena uniforms seem functional, but they’re also a little sexier. What were you thinking about when you designed those? And, in general, was this a little bit of a sexier Hunger Games?

In the book, they’re kind of described as sheer blue jumpsuits. And, again, when you’re writing, you know, you can visualize, and this is great. But I have to say, every actor that came in for the fitting, before they saw the costume was like, “Are we wearing sheer?” [Laughs] It was everyone’s concern.

And we had to look at what could be on land; what all the tributes could swim in; what would be functional for all the stunts that they have to do—and where you actually need to protect them.  If we needed to pad them underneath, how could we do that? And, you know, it just had to be something that was really flexible, moveable, breathable—so that we could go from them being in the jungle, which was superhot and humid, tons of mosquitoes, and then also swimming in the water and running.

Who’s the funniest cast member that you worked with? Are any of them mischievous?

They’re all mischievous. It was such a great experience. Because besides what Francis brings to the table creatively, his personality is so lovely and so wonderful. He just made every day great on set. And then you have these groups of actors that are just great. Jen[nifer Lawrence] couldn’t be funnier and more easygoing; and Josh [Hutcherson] is amazing; and Sam is wonderful; and Lynn Cohen was a blast. I mean, she was such a trouper. You know, she’s not a spring chicken, but that woman could outrun me in a minute.

And they had such great chemistry together. They played around on set all day long; played jokes on each other all the time; and just were really professional, and worked really, really hard. I keep pushing for the bloopers outtake reel, because there’re some extremely wonderful moments that could definitely be put on a bloopers reel.

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Bob Odenkirk Tells Us How Working On 'Breaking Bad' Is Similar To His Funny New Film 'Nebraska'


nebraska bruce dernWhile "The Hunger Games" is set to dominate the box office this weekend, there's another great alternative in theaters you may not be familiar with.  

"Nebraska" follows the story of Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) and his son David (Will Forte) who travel from Montana to Nebraska — against the son's wishes — to collect the father's $1 million winnings. The catch?

Grant hasn't won anything. Rather, he's received a notice from Mega Sweepstakes Marketing (think Publisher's Clearing House) that many people receive. The difference is he actually believes he's won and nothing is stopping him from making his journey to collect. 

The dramedy brings them to a pit stop in the father's hometown of Hawthorne, Neb. Underneath the lottery story is a poignant tale about family, self-discovery, and self-worth.

The film premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival where Dern won the Best Actor Award. It's in black and white, which may throw some off from the format, but there's no other way we would have wanted to see it.

We spoke with one of the stars of the film, Bob Odenkirk ("Breaking Bad"), who plays Woody's other son, Ross, to discuss what it was like on set, working with Payne and the film's stars, Dern and Forte.

Business Insider: The story is largely about family and the relationship between a father and son. Did it make you think about the dynamics of your own family or your relationship between yourself and your kids?

will forte bruce dern bob odenkirk june squibb nebraskaBob Odenkirk:"I think about my dad who was an alcoholic and who I didn't have a very easy relationship with and still don't. Well, he passed away, but it never ended well. So I think about that and I think about also ... the dinner scene where the whole family and extended family are sitting around and talking. Some of those conversations with the family where they're talking about the car ... All that reminded me of my actual family at Thanksgiving dinners ... just the kind of conversations you'd have sometimes ... meaningless and funny and awkward and people not really listening to each other."  

BI: What did you think of the film being in black and white?

Odenkirk:"I initially thought that's interesting. I know black and white can look very beautiful ... so I trusted him [Payne]. When I was off set, I took a look at the black and white on the monitor, I couldn't believe how great it looked. Then, when I saw it in the theater ... it really knocked me out and made me think of Ansel Adams and Walker Evans."

BI: You and Will Forte, who plays your brother in "Nebraska," are friends in real life. There's a scene in the movie where you two steal an air compressor. I have to imagine there were some hijinks on set.

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Odenkirk:"[heavy laughter] We stole three other air compressors while we were there [jokingly]. If you mention an air compressor in Nebraska, I've got it."

"You know what [Will and I] did ... we're good friends and we love each other and we spent all our time listening to Bruce Dern and June Squibb tell stories of their amazing experiences in show business. Bruce told me stories about walking Marilyn Monroe home. He talked about the early days which Roger Cormanhe talked about his childhood and his godmother Eleanor Roosevelt. His godfather was Adlai Stevenson. He was related to Archibald MacLeish. He comes from a renowned family and so he talked about his family. We all talked about our families. Mostly, we spent our time off screen talking about Illinois and our families."

BI: In the film, you play an anchorman — you're the hotshot celebrity of the family. Did that role also transfer over into real life? You have six siblings, right?

Odenkirk:"Yes, I do. I'm nothing special in my family. My brother Bill is a director and writer for "The Simpsons." My brothers and sisters are tickled by the fact that I'm in show business, but it doesn't give me a whole lot of points. It's OK with me. We're all equals."

BI: What was different about working with Payne than Vince Gilligan on "Breaking Bad"?

bob odenkirk nebraska "Oh they're very similar. They have a confidence in their writing and in their material and then how they're handling it. So they basically show you where to be and then they let you do it without a lot of input. They let the actor present their interpretation and then after you've done it once or twice, then they might say something like, 'Give me this' or 'Make it a little funnier or make it angrier.'"

"They may give you a very small note or a very specific note maybe about a moment in whatever it is you just said or did and that's all they do. They give you little moments and little turns and they back off and give you room to play the part."

"That's how it was on 'Nebraska' and that's how it is in 'Breaking Bad.' So, it's wonderful. Actors don't like to be manipulated too much. They want to be allowed to discover and present their character and be their character and just lose it in that moment." 

BI: Is there a favorite moment you had while filming?

bob odenkirk nebraskaOdenkirk:"Well, I loved stealing the compressor with Will. That was a great funny moment. The dinner table scene is hilarious and I loved every single actor at that table and how they presented their lines. It just was so damn funny that little woman who says, 'What are you gonna do with all the money Woody? ... What's the very first thing?'"

"Quite a few of the people in the family scenes were Nebraskans who aren't actors. They never acted before in their lives."

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More from our interview with Bob Odenkirk: The "Better Call Saul" star says he'd love for the show to be a prequel and sequel

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Here's The 'Hunger Games' Actress Who Randomly Strips Naked In An Elevator


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Watch out Jennifer Lawrence, you may have some competition from another fiery brunette. 

Though Lawrence captivated, there was another young actress who stole the screen during “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” 

Enter Jena Malone who plays axe-wielding Johanna Mason from District 7 in the film. 

We’ve been waiting to see Malone’s character make her grand entrance on screen since we knew the films were being made. 


Because she has one of the best character entrances in any book. 

Ahead of the 75th Hunger Games in which old victors are participating, she steps into an elevator with Katniss (Lawrence), her pal/lover Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and their mentor Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), and starts to undress completely. 

She’s never met Katniss or Peeta before. Haymitch knows her from The 71st Hunger Games. But there she goes, just starting to strip while making small talk with the three (or Peeta for the most part). 

It was one of the best scenes in the movie. 

Why did she do this? 

It’s not as random as it may appear in the film.  

In the book, Peeta explains Johanna does this to see Katniss’ reaction. Like the other victors Katniss has met, they’ve all been teasing her — another man, Chaff, stole a kiss on the lips from her upon meeting — since they know she’s the most naive and pure of them all.  

It’s all in good fun. Katniss just noticed it with Johanna. 

Who is Jena Malone? 

jena maloneYou’ll recognize Malone from “Pride & Prejudice,” “Into the Wild,” and last year’s acclaimed “Hatfields & McCoys” series that ran on History. 

She didn’t just steal that scene in “The Hunger Games.” Malone lit up the screen every time she appeared on screen. Whether she was screaming defiantly at the Capitol and President Snow in Stanley Tucci’s presence on a stage or while pacing heatedly along a makeshift beach in the games, her energy was well spent in the sequel.  

Returning to the elevator scene, I’ve always wondered what Katniss’ face looked like during the elevator scene while reading the series. Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t disappoint in the film. 

The scene is being passed around Tumblr right now.

If you want to see one of the best scenes from the film, mini spoilers below.

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SEE ALSO: What critics had to say about "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

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People Are Comparing ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ To ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’


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“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” came out this weekend and some are comparing the second film in a four-part series of adaptations to arguably the best “Star Wars” film, “The Empire Strikes Back.” 


When the first film came out, people obviously compared “The Hunger Games” to “Battle Royale.” Both works pitted children fighting against each other to the death.  


But “Star Wars”?  

I wasn't convinced at first — I come from a family of pretty big “Star Wars” fans — but the more I think about it, I can see the parallels. 

Are people reaching?

“Star Wars” is about a ragtag group of rebels trying to take down the evil empire. “The Hunger Games” is about a group of rebels trying to take down the Capitol.

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donald sutherland catching fire hunger gamesOnce you get past the kid-killing in the original “Hunger Games,” you realize this isn’t a story about killing children, but one about rebellion. At the end of “Catching Fire” you learn the victors of the previous “Hunger Games” are conspiring to secretly take down the Capitol and its president, and Katniss will be their leader, their Luke Skywalker if you will (or at the least, their symbol).

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character Plutarch Heavensbee is being compared to Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams). 

Whose side is Heavensbee on anyway? Much like Calrissian, Heavensbee originally works with “the empire” (in this case the Capitol), using them for their tools, before ditching them for the rebellion.

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They even have their own ship! (It’s no Millennium Falcon, but it will do.)

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The endings of both films are similar. 

The ending of "Empire Strikes Back" had Han Solo kidnapped by the Empire and Luke Skywalker saved by a rebel ship. The ending of "Catching Fire" had Peeta captured by the Capitol and Katniss Everdeen saved by a rebel ship flying to the outskirts of Panem to figure out how to save Peeta.

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Many reviews were already comparing the Capitol militants to “Star Wars” Stormtroopers.

“Catching Fire”: 

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Obviously coincidental, but people can’t help but compare this image of Finnick carrying a mute Mags from "Catching Fire" to Luke running around with Yoda on his back.

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MTV compiled even more possible parallels between the two (most a bit too far-reaching). 

Did you think of “Star Wars” while seeing “The Hunger Games” sequel? 

SEE ALSO: Here's the 'Hunger Games' actress who randomly strips naked in an elevator

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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Has 4th-Largest Box-Office Opening Weekend Ever


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We knew "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" would have a big opening weekend.

The question was whether or not Jennifer Lawrence's anticipated sequel could take home more than Robert Downey Jr.'s "Iron Man 3" upon its debut.

It didn't.

"Catching Fire" came close but from early estimates ultimately made $161 million opening weekend.

"Iron Man 3" took in $174 million when it debuted the first weekend of May, kicking off the summer movie season.

Still, "Catching Fire" is doing great at the box office. 

Its opening numbers are slightly larger than that of the first film ($155 million), and it managed to make more than "The Dark Knight Rises" when it premiered last summer (amid the Colorado shooting). Worldwide, the film has already made more than $307 million.

Its $161 million haul makes it the fourth-largest opening weekend at the domestic box office, falling behind "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2."

Here's a look at where "The Hunger Games" fairs in comparison to other top-earning opening weekends via BoxOfficeMojo.com.

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SEE ALSO: Here's "The Hunger Games" actress who strips down naked in an elevator

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Vince Vaughn's 'Delivery Man' Bombs — Here's Your Box-Office Roundup


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We saw this one coming.

Vince Vaughn's latest movie "Delivery Man" flopped at theaters debuting fourth this weekend behind "The Best Man Holiday."

It was easy to miss that this Disney and DreamWorks movie was premiering with all the talk about "The Hunger Games."

It's kind of a wonder why any distributor would want to even want to open another movie the same weekend as such a large sequel. But maybe that was the point since the movie never seemed well received.

The concept for the film is outright absurd — a sperm donor finds out he has fathered more than 500 kids and has to decide whether to reveal himself after a number of the kids file a lawsuit to find out his identity.

Out of the top ten this week are Rachel McAdams' "About Time," which is earning most of its money overseas, "Captain Phillips," Tom Hanks' Oscar prospect, and "Ender's Game" in its fourth week.  

Here are this week's winners and losers at the box office: 

10. "Dallas Buyers Club" moved up two spots to round out the top ten with $2.77 million. The Matthew McConaughey film shows a man with HIV try alternative methods to stay alive. 

9. "12 Years a Slave"  moves down one spot making $2.8 million. The film starring Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor was added into 63 more theaters this weekend and has made $128 million at theaters. 

8. "Gravity" is the force that can't be stopped making another $3.3 million. After two months in theaters, the film has made more than $577 million.  

7. The latest "Jackass" film, "Bad Grandpa," took in $3.5 million in its fifth week in theaters. The Spike Jones' movie has made $128 million worldwide and cost an estimated $15 million to make.  

6. Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro's "Last Vegas" may have moved down three spots but took home another $4.4 million at theaters.  Though the film is popular here in the states, it's not making a lot in foreign sales ($53.9 million vs. $8.6 million). 

5. "Free Birds" holds its own in its fourth week making $5.3 million. However, when Disney's "Frozen" comes out this week, we wouldn't be surprised if Woody Harrelson's turkey movie took a nosedive. 

4. Vince Vaughn can not carry his own film — or at least one with a ridiculous plot line. His latest, "Delivery Man," about a man who donated sperm and fathered more than 500 kids, earned $8.2 million opening weekend. The film cost an estimated $26 million to make.  

3. "The Best Man Holiday" has a good second weekend with $12.5 million. After last weekend's great opening weekend performance, talk of a sequel (for the sequel) has already been mentioned. 

2. It was expected that "Thor: The Dark World" would take second place at theaters this weekend. It didn't make much more than "Best Man" with $14.1 million. The film, which cost $170 million has made $549 million worldwide so far. That's $100 million more than the original film. 

1. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" had a huge weekend falling in line with estimates making $161 million. The film, which cost nearly double of the first film, didn't make all that more than the original opening weekend, though. The first film opened to $152.5 million. Worldwide, "Catching Fire" has made $308 million. 

SEE ALSO: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has the 4th-largest box-office opening weekend

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Here's What 'No Animals Were Harmed' REALLY Means


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Many people heard that filming of the HBO series "Luck" was canceled when four horses died.

The Hollywood Reporter just published a stunning investigation suggesting this is just the tip of the iceberg of animal abuses occurring in the film world. 

The American Humane Association (AHA) is the group that watches over animal welfare and awards films and TV shows the "no animals were harmed" moniker. They send representatives to watch over filming of movies and TV shows.

While the AHA once played a huge role in making Hollywood safer for animals, many recent incidents suggest that their work today in inadequate. Even those within the AHA who spoke to the Hollywood Reporter have lost hope in their role. 

But the problem, according to the article, is that the AHA's flexible application of the "no animals were harmed" credit leaves plenty of animals harmed. Notably, the credit doesn't apply during hiatuses in filming, when the harm wasn't intentional, or if the harm happened when the cameras aren't recording.

Here are some allegations made in the investigative report:

  • During New Zealand filming of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," 27 animals reportedly perished. According to the Hollywood Reporter, sheep and goats died from dehydration and drowning during a filming hiatus.
  • A trainer punched a Husky dog repeatedly in its diaphragm on Disney’s 2006 Antarctic sledding movie "Eight Below," starring Paul Walker, after the dogs got into a fight on set.
  • A chipmunk was fatally (and accidentally) squashed during the production of Paramount’s 2006 "Failure to Launch."
  • Potentially because crew members on Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" had taken no precautions to protect marine life when setting off special-effects explosions in the ocean, dozens of dead fish and squid washed up on shore for days.
  • In March, a 5-foot-long shark died after being placed in a small inflatable pool during a Kmart commercial shoot in Van Nuys.
  • Two horses died during the filming of Fox's "Flicka," which the AHA claims were accidents. This film didn't get a "no animals were harmed" credit but a credit that said the "American Humane Association monitored the animal action." So now you know what that means.
  • In 2010 during the filming of the Hallmark Channel's "Everlasting Courage," a horse named Glass was fatally injured when he was stabbed by a small broken part of a runaway wagon. He was euthanized. [See the somewhat disturbing injury on Glass's leg]
  • Four horses died during the Luck filming's between 2010 and 2012 Read the full story on Luck here »
  • During the filming of "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," many horses were removed from production because of injuries – up to 14 at one time. But, the production recieved a "No Animals Were Harmed" disclaimer.
  • A report on equine performers from 2001 to 2006 concluded that 82 horses had been adversely affected while working on sets during this period, including 58 injuries and eight deaths (from things like a "collision with camera car,""stepped on lead rope," and "impalement").
  • Multiple horses died from colic (potentially triggered by heatstroke) on the set of "There Will Be Blood" from Paramount Vantage. The AHA gave the film a modified end credit that stated that they "monitored the animal action.”

Read Animals Were Harmed at the Hollywood Reporter »

SEE ALSO: Scientists Want To Bring 24 Animals Back From Extinction

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25 Things You Don't Know About 'Hunger Games' Star Jennifer Lawrence


Jennifer Lawrence"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" hit theaters this weekend, burning a $161 million hole in the box office — all thanks to America's sweetheart, Jennifer Lawrence.

Critics are saying the 23-year-old Oscar winner nails it, delivering a mesmerizing performance that makes the film's action, adventure, political subtext, and humor work.

How much do you know about the Girl on Fire?

1. Lawrence was born August 15, 1990 — the first girl to be born on her dad's side of the family in 50 years.

Her family's day camp in Louisville, Kentucky.

Source: Rolling Stone

2. She grew up on a horse farm in Louisville, Kentucky, where her parents raised unbroken stallions because they were cheaper.

Sources: Rolling Stone, The Late Show with David Letterman

3. Her family didn't believe in "seeking medical treatment." She was hit by a car at 18 months and deformed her tailbone after being thrown from a horse. Neither incident warranted a trip to the doctor's office.

Sources: "Jimmy Kimmel Live,""Late Show with David Letterman"

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Ben Stiller Goes On An Epic Adventure In New 'Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' Trailer


A new trailer for Ben Stiller's next movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" has hit the web.  

If you went out to theaters over, you may have seen the trailer premiere ahead of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." 

The film is based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber which was made into a film in 1947. 

The story follows Walter Mitty, a shy, awkward man who spends more time in far-reaching daydreams than reality. He stops living in fantasies filled with adventure and sets out living his own when he goes on a mission to capture a photo lost for "Life" magazine. 

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" comes to theaters December 25.

SEE ALSO: 25 things you don't know about "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence

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How 'Nebraska' Screenwriter Bob Nelson Used His Sketch Comedy Background To Make Things Happen


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Despite having great screenplay buzz or talented stars and filmmakers attached, some movies can just never find a way to get made in the Hollywood system.

After years and years, most wind up in what’s colloquially called "development hell" where they will spend an eternity in pre-pre-production never taking the necessary steps to actually get done.

There are those that escape, however, and in the case of Nebraska, the new film from director Alexander Payne and screenwriter Bob Nelson, the final product is worth the wait

With the film now out in theaters, I recently had the chance to chat with the movie’s screenwriter and dig in deep about the script’s roots and what it took to get the movie made.

Read on to find out the initial inspiration behind the story, the actor who Nelson was actually thinking about while creating the lead character played by Bruce Dern, and the new project that he has been developing with Community’s Joel McHale. 

This film was in development for a really long time, right? 

It’s been a long time since it was optioned and Alexander [Payne] became attached. There wasn’t really much development after that. We just, it was basically waiting for Alexander to find the right time to do it. 

What was it like finally getting the chance to see the movie on the big screen? 

You know, the first time I saw it on the big screen was at the Cannes Film Festival, so, I mean, when something like that happens, there is the thought in your head that maybe I should just retire now. It’s ridiculous to even think in those terms, that that’s how it would happen.

I’m still rather stunned. I was stunned ten years ago when Alexander became attached and now that it’s a reality and it’s going out to theaters, it still seems very unlikely to me.

Sometimes I feel like if people are calling to tell me that you’re going around and saying that Alexander Payne directed a film you wrote, then you have to stop saying that, knock it off. I would go, ok, now I get it, but no, it is surreal. 

You mentioned that you’d been working on this script for a long time. Where did this project start? What was your initial inspiration for the story? 

Well the story started, I’d heard about this actually happening, older people showing up at sweepstakes offices because they were afraid to put their winnings in the mail. So, that actually happened and I was writing and performing on a show in Seattle called Almost Live for ten years and I heard about this towards the end of our run in the late ‘90s and I just had it in the back of my mind that there might be a story there.

What do you do if you have a parent who might be entering dementia and insists on doing this and what do you do, but at first I couldn’t get over the hump that if they’re just in the car together driving, that could become pretty tedious, if I make this little independent film that I just couldn’t get past the repetition of the father and son just arguing it out and whatever they learned in that car on the trip.

So, it took me a ridiculously long time to come up with the idea of going to the dad’s hometown, and that’s when I really became excited about it because then you can bring in other characters and have a story revealed through them, about the main characters. 

The story is very character based and you have a lot of these close relationships between the characters, but at the same time, the dialogue is very curt - it’s very short and to the point. What was the challenge in constructing that kind of dialogue? 

Well, I think, for me, I came from a sketch comedy background, so I was used to every word having to count. In three minutes you have to create this world and the characters and then deliver.

So in a way, I think that taught me some brevity and in this case, it fit the characters, especially Woody. I brought in and I just saw his son as being confused about who this man is. He grew up with and now is seeing grow older and he still has no idea who he has, so he also, he doesn’t really know what to say to his dad, so in a way they’re not talking much and that’s part of the reason I included the Kate character was to, kind of falling back on my comedy background, I thought I needed to have someone bring some humor in and when I first wrote it, she was just in the first act, but then I thought, I need her in Hawthorne, so whatever I had to do to get her to Hawthorne, and the nice thing about that was that it helped me create that part of the story and it also besides her being the comic relief in Hawthorne, she also becomes a major player in the plot points.

So, just going through that whole development process on my own, it all was helpful and Woody is somewhat based on my own father. So, I was able to kind of remember his voice while I was writing it and he didn’t talk a lot, and part of it was, I guess, experiences he had in World War II. They said he came back a little quieter than he left, so that’s where I started. 

nebraska bruce dernYou talk about infusing the comedy into the drama and that’s actually one thing that really struck me about this film - the blend of tones is absolutely incredible. There really is this inherent darkness and sadness in the subject, but there are lighter moments that are meant to have the audience laughing.

Where do you start creating that that balance, making sure the comedy doesn’t undercut the drama and the drama doesn’t remove some of the comedy? 

Well, you’re right. That’s tricky, and trying to find that right blend was the hardest thing for me. At some point you have to leave it up to others to decide if you hit that mark, but I grew up on Billy Wilder films and Hal Ashby films and those guys were the masters of finding that right blend, and I think of Alexander Payne as being in that lineage of people who can find that right blend, so I got very lucky in Alexander attaching himself to the project and finally making the film, because if anybody can do it these days, like Billy and Hal did, it’s Alexander. 

I’m curious about that collaboration also, because this is the first film that Alexander Payne has done where he doesn’t have a credit for the screenplay. How did the two of you work together? Where did your collaboration start? 

Well, after he became attached, he gave me notes and I did a rewrite and after that it was basically in his hands. So, even though he doesn’t have a writing credit, he did do a lot of work on the screenplay as well.

As an example, in my draft, David’s character works in a cubicle. You don’t even know what he does, and his brother’s an insurance salesman, so Alexander gave them different professions, so they would have a little bit of sibling rivalry going on. So he helped create more of a story between the brothers.

The only real conflict I had between them was how to deal with their father. He put another layer on that, that there’s also a little bit of, so when you have that scene where they collaborate with the air compressor, I think it gives that a little bit more meaning.

So, that’s the kind of thing that Alexander did with the script and watching it back now, his lines, a lot of the lines came from him. A lot more than I remembered the first time I saw it. Now I’m going, "That’s Alexander there." 

But honestly that’s a great sign, the fact that your authorship kind of melded together and created this film. 

Yeah, I mean, when he sent me back his rewrite and said, "Let me know what you think," I thought it was great. Mine was, I would say my draft was probably just a little softer. I think he toughened it up. He made it a little more earthy and I think that was the right thing to do. In doing that, he did what I was hoping he’d do. He turned it into an Alexander Payne film.

I knew to do that, he would have to believe in every line, so if he felt that he needed to substitute one of his own lines, that’s what he did and I thought that was the absolute right thing to do. 

You mentioned the small changes that were made in terms of characters and stuff, but were there broad strokes that changed as well or was it kind of, was the first draft and what we see in the final cut very similar to each other? 

It’s pretty close. I mean the story structure, most of the scenes are similar. He added the Mount Rushmore scene, things like that. It’s really hard, because he didn’t go in and just bludgeon my script. He went in like a surgeon and did some very detailed work.

So, his hand is evident throughout it, but he was very respectful of what I had done, and only made the changes that he thought was necessary. It would have been very easy for him to really go in and tear it up and start over, but he didn’t do that. 

I can imagine there would be so many writers who would be so protective of their own material that they would reject any change, so it’s amazing to hear that you were so open to his suggestions. 

Well, yeah. Somebody said to me, you don’t seem to have a lot of ego about it. I mean, the truth is, once Alexander was attached, I’d seen the movies he’d done, I thought he should take it and run with it and he was respectful.

He would ask for my opinion and send me an email every once and a while and send me the draft and I was actually afraid of giving him notes that he might do out of courtesy that weren’t right. I was almost afraid to give him my thoughts because of that, but that’s because of who he is. I could easily imagine if it had been a different director, who I felt was taking away from the story that I wanted to write, I certainly would have let myself be known.

So, it’s just, you know, I say if you work with Billy Wilder or Hal Ashby or Alexander Payne, I think you’ve got to let them take it and make it their own. 

While you were writing the script were you thinking of an actor for the role of Woody? Bruce Dern is just so phenomenal in the part and it’s a perfect fit. 

It’s hard to imagine anyone else at this point, but I didn’t think in terms of, I didn’t even think it terms of this would ever get made, for one thing, but I didn’t think in terms that he would actually be in it, but I pictured Robert Duvall because for one thing, he’s one of my favorite actors, but he also looks like my dad.

So, I used Robert Duvall when I was writing it, in my mind. I didn’t imagine any of the other characters from real actors, but that did help though, just to have that in mind. 

Just to talk a bit about the character of Woody, like the tone of the film, there is an interesting mix to him. He can be kind of a stubborn jerk at times and kind of unlikeable, but at the same time, underneath, there’s really an earnestness to him that makes him very accessible and sympathetic.

Just in terms of how you’re gauging the audience’s reaction to the character, how did you go about progressing that character? 

Well, I did start with my dad, who was not as cantankerous as Woody, but he had a lot of the same problems of, he was a machinist and he was a trusting guy and he had his tools stolen, so I was able to start with that and build off of it.

I made Woody a little more cranky for dramatic purposes, but I, almost all of the characters in it are based on somebody I know, even just a little bit, because that gave me something to build on and I wanted to make sure that each one of those characters wasn’t just there to add a block to the story.

Each one of those characters had their own little world that, and hopefully developed as much of it as they could within the context of the bigger story between David and Woody, but I also wanted to explore what it would be like to be the child of a parent going through this and David and Ross to me represented the two conflicting things you could feel inside just one person, at one point, wanting to dismiss him, but the other is still having this yearning to connect with him. 

Have any of the people that you kind of based characters around seen the film yet? 

No, and I’m not sure they’ll recognize themselves at this point. They haven’t seen it. My older brother, Don, is a journalist and he thinks that Ross is based on him and I’m not sure that’s quite correct, but I guess once he sees the film we’ll talk about it. 

What are you working on now? 

Well, I was doing studio assignments and I stopped a couple years ago, because I finally came up with more original options I really wanted to develop, so I’ve got about four going, but the first one I put out is called The Tribe and it’s the Mr. Mudd production company. Are you familiar with them? 

I am. 

They’re great people. John Malkovich’s company. I basically wrote it for a friend of mine. He started on the same show in Seattle as I did, called Almost Live... Joel McHale from Community

That’s my favorite show on television. That’s fantastic. 

Yeah, good show and he’s a good guy and we were talking and he said write something for me, and once I developed it, I decided to go with this one first. I kind of approached it as Joel and I going out as a team, with me directing and him starring in it, so when I checked in with him while I was writing it and he read the draft and when we were ready we went out and attached Lianne Halfon and Russ Smith and now we’re out trying to raise money. 

Can you tell me a little bit about the project, about the story? 

Yeah, it’s called The Tribe and it’s based on a lot of these reservations, Native American reservations in the northwest, opened casinos, around the country, and some of them did very well with the money and in some cases, built their own schools, and before that the kids would go to public schools near them, but when they built these schools, they had to start from scratch and this story is based on reality in that way in that they had to go out and recruit teachers and coaches, and in this case Joel is a coach that is recruited to come in and coach this first years of girls softball team at the high school. 

Is it kind of similar tonally to Nebraska in that it blends drama and comedy? 

Yeah, it’s pretty close, yeah. I hate the word, but it’s another dramedy. Yeah, and I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t, that the white guy coming in to save the day or the white guy coming in to learn his lesson.

I started out with the goal and it’s something I worked out with Joel at the very beginning, that at least three of the girls and three of the Native American adults have to have real full stories in this as well as you and you’re all going to be interacting.

This movie isn’t just about Joel’s character. It’s about these people who are leading real lives themselves that are due some respect. So, we tried to be really careful about that and I guess we’ll see if we succeeded here. 

SEE ALSO: Bob Odenkirk Tells Us How Working On 'Breaking Bad' Is Similar To His Funny New Film 'Nebraska'

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President Obama Held A Pretty Important Meeting With Top Entertainment Execs


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President Obama held a closed-door meeting with top Hollywood brass on Tuesday, a who’s-who of executives representing all six major movie studios and each of the broadcast TV networks — plus the MPAA, Lionsgate and host DreamWorks Animation.

“The President discussed the impact that broader economic conditions has on the industry. He also touched on piracy and intellectual property rights, which are chief concerns of participating film industry leaders,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest toldTheWrap.

Of the eight companies represented, The Walt Disney Co. and NBCUniversal were the only ones with three in the private meeting.

An industry source described the gathering as productive, saying it focused on the global and domestic economic impact of American entertainment.

See photos: President Barack Obama Speaks at DreamWorks

Though no one from the tech sector’s exploding content-creation engine was at the meeting (Obama dined with Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos the night before), the President expressed a continued commitment to being a constructive voice in the conversation between the tech and the entertainment industries, including their shared interests and goals.

There was also discussion of the importance of free trade and the positive trade balance generated by the industry, and the Obama administration’s continued leadership and support for negotiating a meaningful Trans Pacific Partnership treaty.

Also read: President Obama Embraces Hollywood in Public – Finally

Attendees at Tuesday’s meeting, by company:

The Walt Disney Co.
Chairman-CEO Bob Iger
Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn
Disney/ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney

Vice Chairman Ron Meyer
Universal Filmed Entertainment chairman Jeff Shell
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt

Sony Entertainment
CEO Michael Lynton
Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Amy Pascal

Twentieth Century Fox Film Chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos
Fox Networks Group Chairman-CEO Peter Rice

Paramount Pictures Vice Chairman Rob Moore
CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves

Dreamworks Animation
Chairman-CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg
Chairman Mellody Hobson

Warner Bros.
CEO Kevin Tsujihara

Lionsgate Entertainment
CEO Jon Feltheimer

Chairman-CEO Chris Dodd

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Everything Went Wrong Before Jena Malone's 'Hunger Games' Audition And That's Why She Got The Role


jena malone hunger games elevator sceneActress Jena Malone plays the angry, axe-wielding, elevator-stripping Johanna Mason from District 7 in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

But in order to get the role, the self-proclaimed "happy-go-lucky" 29-year-old had to channel her inner anger.

jena malone catching fire elevatorLuckily, nothing went right on the morning of her audition for director Francis Lawrence.

Malone explained that day and her audition process to Vulture:

Before the audition, I was like, F---, I’m so not an angry person. I mean, I can do intimidating or whatever, a little bit. But I’m much more of a happy-go-lucky, make everyone feel comfortable [person]. Anger’s not something you can fake. It’s something that channels through you, out of nowhere. It’s a hard thing to control. So I was like, F---, this is going to be a little complicatedand I don’t wanna go in there and give him something fake and ridiculous. And so, I don’t know what happened, but the morning I woke up, everything started pissing me off. My alarm didn’t go off right; someone called me at five in the morning. I got out of bed on the wrong side of the bed. And I was like, Whoa, whoa, whoa, what’s happening? And I was like, Oh, wait. She’s totally taking over. And so by the time I got to the audition, I was so pissed off. And they were like 30 minutes late, some actor was in there before me, he kept coming out and putting his headphones on and then going back in. And I was like, Jesus, this guyThey’re, like, coddling everybody. He’s trying to cry, he can’t cry. I was so pissed off. They’re wasting my time. By the time I was in there, I was seething; I was frothing at the mouth. I don’t even think I said hello to Francis. I just walked in and said, “Tell me when you want me to start.”

Needless to say, Malone got the gig.

And now everyone is obsessed with her role in the film.

SEE ALSO: Here's The 'Hunger Games' Actress Who Randomly Strips Naked In An Elevator

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10 'Star Wars' Characters Who Should Get Their Own Spinoff Film


Han Solo

There's been a lot of "Star Wars" talk lately with casting getting under way for "Episode VII."

While we can expect that film December 2015, there are also a number of "Star Wars" spinoff films in addition to the three already planned.

While fanboys contemplate the next sequel's plot, no one's really sure what the spinoffs shall entail either. 

We're rounded up ten characters we'd like to see in theaters from the obvious to a few you may not be familiar with — unless you know the extended universe.

Sorry, but you won't find Admiral Ackbar here.

The character's great for a gag, but any film with him would be a trap.

MACE WINDU: Samuel L. Jackson says he wants in on the new installments even if he has to return as a hologram.

Sure, Jackson has another Disney franchise on his hands right now with "The Avengers," and there's the slight issue about his character getting axed in "Star Wars—Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," but it wouldn't be the first time we saw a hologram in the "Star Wars" universe.

CHEWBACCA: Han's Wookie sidekick has a family back on his home planet of Kashyyk. And, in the books, Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader imprisoned most of the Wookies to help build the Death Star.

(Source: "Star Wars" wiki)

HAN SOLO: Harrison Ford's a little old at 70 to reprise the role, but if the film was to follow a younger Solo in all of his smuggling glory alongside Chewy, then we could get a peek at his adventures before joining up with Luke and Leia.

Though Disney has yet to confirm, EW reported Han will get his own movie.

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'Wolf Of Wall Street' Cuts Sex Scenes To Avoid NC-17 Rating


wolf of wall street"The Wolf of Wall Street" will still be the longest film of the holiday season, just shy of three hours, even after trimming a few steamy scenes.  

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio flick had to cut out drug and sex scenes in order to get an R-rating from the MPAA.

It's no secret Scorsese's next movie — following the downward spiral of stockbroker Jordan Belfort — has had to return to the edit bay.

Originally, the film was set to be released mid-November before getting pushed back. 

It then looked like the film may not come out until next year before it finally settled on a December 25 release. 

At two hours and 59 minutes, "The Wolf of Wall Street" will be Scorsese's longest movie yet.

SEE ALSO: Watch the latest trailer for the film

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