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'John Dies at the End': Paul Giamatti and director Don Coscarelli talk about their demented horror-comedy

John-Dies-At-the-EndDirector Don Coscarelli is best known for the Phantasm horror series—about folks getting their brains drilled out by silver spheres—and 2002′s Bubba Ho-Tep, about a nursing home showdown between an Egyptian mummy and a man, played by Bruce Campbell, who believes himself to be Elvis. Doesn’t the filmmaker ever dream of making a nice, romantic-comedy? Seemingly not. Coscarelli’s latest offering is John Dies at the End, which stars Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes as a pair of slacker-types who gain the ability to travel to different dimensions after consuming a drug called “soy sauce” and Paul Giamatti as a journalist Williamson’s character recruits to tell their bizarre tale. And “bizarre” seems the appropriate word for a movie whose outlandish sights include a flying moustache, a door handle turning into penis, and a monster made from cuts of meat.

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Sundance 2013: David Sedaris gives 'C.O.G' the thumbs up

In C.O.G., the first-ever movie adaptation of a David Sedaris story that premiered last night at the Sundance Film Festival, there’s a scene in which a proselytizing Christian named Jon (Denis O’Hare) counsels Samuel, his young fine-crafts protege (Jonathan Groff) — and non-believer — that only God can make him happy. “[Happiness] is not going to drop in your lap,” he says. “You have to ask for it.”

If Samuel’s only half-listening, it’s advice that 29-year-old writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez took to heart. He pursued Sedaris — delicately but aggressively — even showing up at one of Sedaris’s book readings in Irvine, Calif., to present the best-selling author and NPR humorist with a copy of his first movie, 2010′s Easier With Practice. The gamble paid off. “I liked Easier With Practice and then I just liked how enthusiastic he was,” said Sedaris, who chatted with reporters after seeing the movie for the first time. “There’s a way that people [in Hollywood] talk and you just get the idea that it’s just bullsh-t, and he didn’t sound like that. He seemed like the real thing to me; he seemed like an artist.”

In the movie, which is based on a story from Sedaris’s 1997 collection, NakedC.O.G. stands for Child of God — Groff’s conceited college student heads to Oregon to “get his hands dirty” on an apple farm and see how the other half lives. But his intellectual prowess quickly proves a liability and his real education to the ways of the world is alternately helped and hindered by the farm’s curmudgeonly owner (Dean Stockwell), a romantically interested co-worker (Midnight in Paris‘ Corey Stoll), and Jon, who builds clunky jade clocks shaped like the state of Oregon. READ FULL STORY

New Line hires director for 'Y: The Last Man'

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Fans of the thrilling post-apocalyptic graphic novel series Y: The Last Man can rejoice that New Line has officially hired a director to helm a movie adaptation.

Dan Trachtenberg, mostly a commercials director, is set to direct the film, a New Line spokesperson confirmed to EW. The screenplay is by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia.

Y: The Last Man is the saga of Yorick Brown — the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent and a brilliant young geneticist, Yorick sets out in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on Earth,” according to a New Line statement.

The comic book series, written by Brian K. Vaughn and drawn by Pia Guerra, is filled with action, violence, and a ton of mystery and great female characters, with backdrops ranging from Boston to Tel Aviv. Who will be cast as handsome, at first dopey, and ultimately courageous Yorick, paired in the comic with a sidekick pet monkey named Ampersand, remains to be seen.

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'Texas Chainsaw 3D' star Alexandra Daddario on facing off against Leatherface and those 'Fifty Shades of Grey' rumors

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has a habit of casting actors on the cusp of fame, be they Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger in 1994′s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Jessica Biel in the 2003 remake of Tobe Hooper’s original classic shocker, or Matt Bomer in 2006′s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. The latest thespian hoping to benefit from what we’re going to call “the Chainsaw bump” is Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) who plays the heroine in Texas Chainsaw 3D, which arrives in cinemas this Friday.

Below, the actress talks about facing off against the iconic Leatherface, the forthcoming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and why the cast members of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia aren’t as drunk as you might think. READ FULL STORY

CONSIDER THIS: James Franco on 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

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With Oscar voting in full swing, EW’s Prize Fighter is kicking off the “Consider This” series, asking folks with Oscar histories of their own to share their personal favorites of the year. James Franco, a lead actor nominee for 127 Hours two years ago, made his breakthrough on the coming-of-age TV series Freaks and Geeks and gave us this love letter to another story in that genre: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which stars Logan Lerman as a meek kid grappling with a troubled past, Emma Watson as a girl isolated by a bad reputation, and Ezra Miller as their defiant gay friend (nicknamed “Nothing”) who refuses to be shamed into hiding who he is. 

It’s hard to do a film about high school nowadays and not have it suck. READ FULL STORY

'Ender's Game': Harrison Ford stares down Asa Butterfield in first photo -- EXCLUSIVE

Anyone who has read Orson Scott Card’s beloved 1985 sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game, can understand why, for the past 20 years, Hollywood has been unable to adapt the book. After all, it’s challenging enough to shoot a movie about pint-sized military recruits fighting each other in a futuristic, space-set Battle School, but it’s an even taller order to capture the novel’s complex themes about war and morality.

Fortunately for fans of the book, the long wait for a film adaptation is (almost) over. Ender’s Game will hit theaters on Nov. 1, 2013 (Summit Entertainment has just launched the film’s official Facebook page), and EW has your exclusive first look at the movie — as well as the first interview with director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine).  READ FULL STORY

DreamWorks poised to shine 'The Light Between Oceans'

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DreamWorks Studios announced today that it has entered into exclusive talks to acquire the feature film rights to The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. The novel, which was just released in the U.S. in July, is already an international bestseller. The story revolves around a lighthouse keeper and his wife who discover a baby on an abandoned boat. The couple decide to raise the child as their own, leading to complicated moral questions and consequences.

Heyday Films’ David Heyman (Harry Potter) will produce the adaptation along with Jeffrey Clifford. READ FULL STORY

'Fat Kid Rules The World': Matthew Lillard weighs in on his directorial debut

If a fat kid really did rule the world, then a movie version of KL Going‘s 2003 book Fat Kid Rules The World would have hit cinema screens years ago. But it took actor-turned-first-time director Matthew Lillard (Scream, The Descendants) almost a decade to get his adaptation of the young adult novel in the can and a subsequent, successful Kickstarter campaign to guarantee a run in theaters. (The film opens this Friday at New York’s Cinema Village, followed by a nationwide roll out. Fat Kid Rules The World will also be available on VOD and iTunes on Oct. 25.)

Below, Lillard talks about making this tale of an overweight, suicidal high schooler, played by Jacob Wysocki (ABC Family’s Huge), who is recruited to play drums in a band called the Tectonics by Matt O’Leary’s charismatic, drug-addicted guitarist.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You are one of the film industry’s lankier performers…
MATTHEW LILLARD: [Laughs] I used to be, that’s for sure. READ FULL STORY

'Dredd 3D': Check out the Mondo poster for tomorrow's Fantastic Fest screening -- EXCLUSIVE

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If you recognize that reference to the Judge Dredd strip-spawning U.K. comic 2000ADand its alien editor “Tharg” — then you, like me, may have been waiting upwards of 35 years for a decent movie featuring Mega-City One’s top cop to arrive in cinemas (don’t get me started on the Sly Stone-starring 1995 fiasco).

Judging by the current Rotten Tomatoes rating for Dredd 3D — and my colleague Darren Franich’s enthusiastic review of the film in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly — that wait will end this Friday when the Karl Urban-toplined actioner hits screens across the country. However, lucky attendees of this year’s Fantastic Fest shindig in Austin, Tex., will be seeing the film tomorrow at a screening attended by Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and screenwriter Alex Garland. To mark the occasion, the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique arm Mondo has commissioned a special poster by the artist Jock that will be available to purchase at Fantastic Fest (any unpurchased posters will be sold online.)

You can inspect said artifact above and, in larger form, below (along with the Dredd 3D trailer). I think you’ll agree it’s pretty zarjaz. READ FULL STORY

Karl Urban talks 'Dredd 3D'

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Judgment is coming to cinemas this Friday. No, we’re not referring to EW’s weekly film reviews — though you should definitely check those out as well — but rather the arrival in multiplexes of Dredd 3D.

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