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Watch the first 5 minutes of 'Low Down,' with John Hawkes and Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning is super-excited about her next project: Halloween.

She might be one of the hardest-working actresses in Hollywood—with four films in theaters in 2014, including the blockbuster Maleficent—but she’s still only 16 and her Halloween costume is an elaborate production. “It’s a secret,” she says, when asked about her trick-or-treat dress-up plans. “But I’ll give you some of my greatest hits: I was the Morton Salt Girl. I was Strawberry Shortcake. I’ve been a Barbie Statue of Liberty. I’ve been Mary Poppins. I was a Madame Alexander doll. I was a vampire, but that was like a very glamorous done-up vampire. I was Marilyn Monroe—when I was 7. So yeah, it’s a big deal.”

In Low Down, which opens today in theaters, she gets to dress up as a real person. Amy-Jo Albany was the daughter of Joe Albany, a talented jazz pianist who recorded with Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. He also was a heroin addict, testing the love of many who cared for him. In the film, set in Hollywood 1974, Joe (John Hawkes) is trying to right his life and then hold it together for the sake of his teenage daughter, who adores him. It’s not an easy task.

EW has an extensive conversation with Fanning, and the film’s opening five minutes, which introduce the father/daughter dynamic and feature Joe jamming with a trumpet-playing Flea. (Beware of one expletive.) READ FULL STORY

Mondo debuts new poster for acclaimed documentary 'The Overnighters'

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Directed by Jesse Moss, new documentary The Overnighters , details the attempts of a Lutheran pastor named Jay Reinke to help the homeless migrants who flocked to the oil boom town of Williston, ND, in search of work.

“The lure of the boomtown and its powerful place in the American imagination resides in its seductive promise of redemption and fortune for the brave and the desperate,” Moss says in his director’s statement. “It is this theme—played out in stark, raw terms in North Dakota and viewed through the prism of Pastor Reinke’s Church—that drew me to this story. As a student of American history, I was fascinated by the idea that a boomtown existed in modern-day America. Stories about Williston suggested an intoxicating and possibly combustible mixture of oil, men, money, opportunity and crime.” The Overnighters enjoyed an acclaimed festival run, currently boasts an impressive 95% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and was awarded a B+ by EW‘s Leah Greenblatt.

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Things get hairy in trailer for new werewolf movie 'Late Phases'

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In the new horror movie Late Phases, actor and excellent cook Nick Damici (Cold in July) plays a blind war veteran who discovers that something is badly wrong in the seemingly idyllic retirement community of Crescent Bay—and it isn’t excessive bingo fees.

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See young Abe Lincoln in 'The Better Angels' trailer

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Death was a constant shadow in the life of Abraham Lincoln, from his childhood on the American frontier to his assassination in 1865. In The Better Angels, writer/director A.J. Edwards—a disciple of the film’s producer Terrence Malick—focused on the three-year period of Lincoln’s youth where his young mother (Brit Marling) died, and his father (Jason Clarke) remarried a woman (Diane Kruger) who recognized Abe’s spark of intelligence and helped provide the moral and intellectual foundation that would one day preserve the Union. At his 1861 inauguration, with his country on the brink of civil war, President Lincoln appealed to “the better angels of our nature.” For Lincoln, the seeds of those sentiments were planted by the two women in his life who refused to let him be average.

Thirteen-year-old Braydon Denney had never acted before, but the Kentucky native beat out thousands of others to play the role of the future president—in part because of his outdoorsy athleticism and serene thoughtfulness. Lincoln was only nine years old when his mother died, and though untimely death was common in 1818, his bright future could’ve been snuffed out by grief and the rugged demeanor of his uneducated father.

“This is a film that portrays profound and personal loss, intense suffering, and the realization that faith and endurance can transform one’s suffering into good for all,” said Edwards, in the film’s production notes.

The Better Angels, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, opens in theaters on Nov. 7. EW has the exclusive trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Get hypnotized by this clip from sci-fi film 'LFO'

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What would you do if you discovered a sound frequency that allowed you to hypnotize people? Well, if you’re a fan of science fiction, movies you might compel them to watch the new film, LFO. Written and directed by Antonio Tublen, this sci-fi-comedy stars Patrick Karlson as an amateur sound engineer who makes just such a discovery and, according to the official synopsis, uses it to “indulge in his most megalomaniacal fantasies.”

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Get in bed with the poster for horror film 'Starry Eyes'

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In the new horror film Starry Eyes, an aspiring actress named Sarah (Alex Essoe) discovers there are much worse things that can happen in Hollywood than not getting called back for that dandruff shampoo commercial. Written and directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the tale of “paranoia and possession” garnered rave reviews on the festival circuit and is produced by Snowfort Pictures, the boutique production company that has been on something of a tear of late with Jodorowsky’s Dune, Big Ass Spider!, and Cheap Thrills. READ FULL STORY

Special 'Back to the Future' screenings will feature live orchestra

When Back to the Future celebrates its 30th anniversary next May, the movie will sound like new. Better than new, actually, because select concert venues will present Robert Zemeckis’s time-jumping blockbuster along with a live orchestra performing Alan Silvestri’s memorable score in sync with the film.

So when Marty McFly hits 88 miles per hour in Doc’s DeLorean and leaves only a tire-trail of flames behind, it might sound like you’re making your own acoustic leap to 1985. READ FULL STORY

See the trailer for the Penn State scandal documentary 'Happy Valley'

The Penn State football team is off to a 4-2 start this season, and more than 100,000 fans will file into Beaver Stadium on Oct. 24 when their beloved Nittany Lions take on their rivals from Ohio State. James Franklin is Penn State’s first-year head coach—but he still operates in the shadow of the late, legendary Joe Paterno, who raised Penn State to national prominence during his 62 years with the university’s football program.

Paterno infamously was forced out in 2011 after a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was accused of sexually abusing children. Questions remain whether Paterno could or should have done more to investigate suspicions and claims in the years before the scandal exploded. Happy Valley, a new documentary from Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story), is about Penn State football and the near-religious fervor that Paterno’s unparallelled success bred over the decades. But it’s not just about Penn State. It’s also about the deification of American sports heroes, and the compromised relationship between a billion-dollar sports industry and the universities that enable it. READ FULL STORY

Behind the scenes of the 'Interstellar' EW cover shoot with Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain

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Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain shared a few Interstellar tidbits behind the scenes of the EW cover shoot for this week’s issuenamely, how they can’t really talk about what the movie’s about.

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Peek behind the scenes of 'How to Train Your Dragon,' past and future

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How to Train Your Dragon is different than your typical animated franchise. While there have been more-successful blockbusters that yielded sequels—like Toy Story or ShrekDragon was slightly more ambitious from the outset because it almost immediately mapped out a heroic multi-picture arc for its main character, Hiccup, treating him like Harry Potter or Luke Skywalker.

In the second film, which arrives as a digital download on Oct. 21 and on DVD on Nov. 11, Hiccup is five years older than when he first met Toothless, his jet-black Night Fury dragon, and director Dean DeBlois and his team of animators spent lots of time working on their hero’s physical transformation. In a behind-the-scenes documentary on the Blu-ray, Where No One Goes (see an exclusive clip below), DeBlois talks about resisting the temptation to turn Hiccup into a six-pack-abs Viking warrior. “Even though he is the hero of our story, so much of his charm lies in how gangly and awkward and dorky he is,” he says.

The documentary features animators toying with the characters’ aging process, DeBlois’ script and character notes, and additional storyboards and early sketches that became crucial elements of the sequel’s adventure. In the film, Hiccup meets a mysterious dragon-whisperer named Valka, voiced by Cate Blanchett, who says, “It really is the best entry I think a character’s ever had in cinema history.” READ FULL STORY

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