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Mel Brooks basks in love and jokes at AFI Life Achievement Award event

Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman never worked with Mel Brooks, and the Oscar winners came to a ceremony in his honor to let him know they resent it.

Brooks received the American Film Institute’s 41st Life Achievement Award Thursday, and Freeman and De Niro were among a galaxy of stars who paid tribute to the man behind Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and The Producers.

Martin Short opened the program with a song-and-dance routine set to a medley of melodies from Brooks’ films.

“The word genius is used a lot in Hollywood, so I might as well call Mel one,” Short said.

Billy Crystal, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Cloris Leachman, David Lynch, Larry David, and Carl Reiner also honored the 86-year-old filmmaker at a private dinner at the Dolby Theatre that had the energy of a good-natured roast.

“We are going to miss you so much, Mel,” Kimmel said. “You were one of the greats. Rest in peace, my friend.” READ FULL STORY

Pussy Riot documentary directors talk about the tribulations (and trial) of the art collective-cum-punk band

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Last year, Pussy Riot members Nadia Tolokonnikova, Masha Alyokhina, and Katia Samutsevich made expletive-heavy headlines when they were arrested and then imprisoned after the punk band-cum-art collective performed the song “Mother of God, Drive Putin Out” in a Moscow cathedral. The trio’s story is detailed in a new documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, which is screening on HBO, June 10, and seeks to both contextualize the group and humanize the three arrested members, two of whom are still serving out their sentences in penal colonies.

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Kurt Russell, Mark Hamill, and more, spill secrets at first annual CapeTown Film Festival -- VIDEO

The first annual CapeTown Film Festival, the brainchild of Entertainment Weekly’s CapeTown gamemaster Geoff Boucher, attracted fans of all ages for seven nights of classic superhero and sci-fi movie experiences, beginning with an early screening of Iron Man 3, and including the 30th anniversary celebration of Return of the Jedi. But it wasn’t just the nostalgia that made the festival a splendid success; it was the in-depth conversations with legends like Nimoy, Kurt Russell (Escape From New York), Mark Hamill, and Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys).

Not everyone could get to Los Angeles or in to Egyptian Theatre for the festival — tickets for the most popular panels quickly sold out. But EW.com has an entire library of video from the chats, including Boucher’s Q+A with Marvel godfather Kevin Feige and Tim Stack’s interview with some of the cast from The Goonies.

Click below for the next best thing to being there. READ FULL STORY

How did 'Downton Abbey' end up getting a shout-out in 'Iron Man 3'? It's quite simple, really...

Downton Abbey might be on hiatus but Hollywood certainly hasn’t taken a break from nodding to the ever-growing phenomenon.

But while Modern FamilyThe OfficeSuits30 Rock and even How I Met Your Mother (in its own way) have all recently given nods to Abbey, Iron Man 3, which made $680 million globally in the box office this weekend, could end up being one of the show’s most significant pieces of exposure yet.

[Spoilers ahead...]
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Laura Linney, 'Mad Men' actresses, George Lucas, and more honored by Women in Film

Women in Film is once again honoring women and those who support women in an industry that tends to be more of a boys club. The Los Angeles-based organization announced the recipients of their 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards this week, and among the honorees are Laura Linney, George Lucas, and Hailee Steinfeld.

The awards will be presented at WIF’s Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, June 12. The event will also celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.

“Our six honorees illustrate the wide spectrum of creative innovation coming from women, and it’s a privilege to be commemorating all of their successes,” WIF president Cathy Schulman said in a statement. READ FULL STORY

Quake in your boots at the red band trailer for the Eli Roth-starring disaster movie 'Aftershock' -- NSFW

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Big screen horror overlord Eli Roth has been comparatively quiet over the past couple of years. But the writer-director-actor now seems to be spreading through pop culture like a particularly virulent, flesh-eating virus (a simile I imagine the man who brought us Cabin Fever would not complain about).

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MTV Movie Awards: We live-blogged it!

You’ve seen the Golden Globes, the SAG awards, the Oscars, and the Razzies. But tonight, the annual awards season comes to an explosive conclusion, as MTV invites all your favorite celebrities to sit down inside the brain of a 14-year-old with their annual MTV Movie Awards bonanza. This year’s show is hosted by Pitch Perfect breakout Rebel Wilson, and will feature categories like “Best Fight,” “Best Kiss,” “Best WTF Moment,” and this year’s closest race, “Best Shirtless Performance.”

EW’s Mandi Bierly and Darren Franich will be live-blogging the chaos starting at 8:45 PM EST. (The show officially kicks off at 9.) It’s a surprisingly packed-in show this year, featuring appearances by Brad Pitt, Peter Dinklage, Steve Carell, Melissa McCarthy, and the stars of hot summer movies like This is The End and Star Trek Into Darkness. There are performances by Selena Gomez, Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis, and the stars of Pitch Perfect. (Also, they’re debuting a trailer for a little movie called The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.) Join us, won’t you?

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MTV to honor Jamie Foxx with this year's 'Generation Award'

Come Sunday, Jamie Foxx will have one more thing in common with fellow Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock. MTV will honor Foxx with its “Generation Award” at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, the network announced today.

“As a comedian, Academy award-winning actor and Grammy award-winning artist, Jamie Foxx is a triple threat superstar unlike any we’ve seen in a long time,” said MTV President Stephen Friedman in a statement. “Jamie has captivated audiences for nearly two decades with a dizzying array of memorable performances, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate him at this year’s Movie Awards.”

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Connie Britton to romance Adam Driver in all-star 'This Is Where I Leave You' -- EXCLUSIVE

Connie Britton will be the latest addition to the super-cast being assembled for director Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You, a dark family comedy that also features Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, and Jason Bateman.

The film, based on the 2009 novel by Jonathan Tropper, is about four combative siblings from the Foxman family who reunite at their childhood home for a week after their father dies, dredging up long-buried hostilities and problems.

Fey, Bateman, Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris, House of Cards) and Adam Driver (Girls, pictured above) play the siblings, while Fonda is their newly widowed mother.

The Friday Night Lights, American Horror Story, and Nashville star Britton will appear as the age-inappropriate girlfriend of Driver’s character — the baby of the family who has grown into perhaps the most troubled of the lot.

Though her character’s presence is part of what antagonizes the family, she is also well-suited for analyzing their various neuroses: She’s a therapist.

Of course, that only makes the situation worse.

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Dan Stevens in negotiations to star in 'Swallows and Amazons'

Downton Abbey‘s loss may be the film industry’s gain. EW has confirmed that ex-Matthew Crawley Dan Stevens is in negotiations to star in Swallows and Amazons, producer Nick Barton’s upcoming adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s children’s book. Another film based on the novel was released in 1974.

The story, first published in 1930, follows a group of six children — the four Walkers, John, Susan, Titty, and Roger, and the two Blacketts, Nancy and Peggy — who meet one summer and unite against a common enemy: the Blacketts’ uncle James Turner, a withdrawn writer whom the children dub Captain Flint (after the pirate immortalized in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island). Stevens is in talks to play Turner.

The former Downton heir can next be seen in Scott Frank’s A Walk Among the Tombstones and Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate, both currently in production.

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