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Richard Attenborough and Steven Spielberg: When 'E.T.' met 'Gandhi,' we got dinosaurs

To those who know their whole history, it may seem surprising that there was never any bad blood between Steven Spielberg and the late Richard Attenborough — unless you want to count the prehistoric kind drawn from those amber-encased mosquitos in Jurassic Park, the one big project they made together.

The two filmmakers, separated in age by more than a generation, were rivals who became collaborators and eventually friends. When Attenborough died at age 90 on Sunday, he left behind a legacy as an actor, director, and philanthropist — but the story of his relationship with Spielberg is evidence of another defining trait: gentleman.

Their complicated camaraderie began after the pair crossed paths at the most critical point in each of their careers — 1982, when Attenborough finally completed his 20-year quest to make the biographical drama Gandhi, and Spielberg finished a deeply personal film that stands as one of the best movies ever made about families: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Those two films couldn’t have been more different, but were destined for eternal comparison after becoming competitors at the 55th Academy Awards.

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Zen and the art of casting Bill Murray in your movie

“You know what the truth is? You don’t find Bill Murray,” filmmaker Theodore Melfi says. “Bill ­Murray finds you.”

This fateful lesson is one learned by many directors, though not all succeed in the quest to recruit the Ghostbusters and Rushmore star for their projects.

Melfi, a longtime commercial director making his feature writing and directing debutwas certain Murray would be perfect for the title role in St. Vincent, his indie comedy about a rotten, miserable old man who reluctantly discovers he’s not so rotten and miserable after all.

“He finds everything he’s supposed to be involved in by not chasing anything,” Melfi says. “If it’s supposed to happen, the person will hound him until it happens, or he’ll run into them at a bar or restaurant. He has a zen-like protocol in regard to what he does and doesn’t do.”

Here’s how the odd journey to St. Vincent played out, in three acts.

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Why the cast of 'Fury' got in fistfights every day on set

Most directors do their best to prevent actors punching each other. But during last year’s U.K. shoot for the World War II tank movie Fury, filmmaker David Ayer had his five principals—Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Michael Peña—start the day by engaging in fisticuffs.

“We put them through martial arts training and physical combat classes,” says Ayer, whose film is released Oct. 17. “It’s a great ice breaker for actors. There’s something very honest about being punched in the face.”

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There's monster mayhem in the poster for 'Exists'

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What is it that “exists” in Eduardo Sánchez‘s new horror film, Exists? Well, judging by the poster for the Blair Witch Project co-director’s movie—which you can exclusively see above—it ain’t the Easter Bunny.

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Eddie Redmayne on playing (and meeting) Stephen Hawking

Les Misérables star Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, a film that tracks the famed theoretical physicist’s relationship with his first wife, Jane (Felicity Jones), and the struggle they faced after he was diagnosed with the crippling degenerative illness ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). “At age 21, he was a vibrant, funny young man, and he fell deeply in love with this woman,” Redmayne says. “Our film is about how they defied all the odds.”

To prepare for the film, which is released Nov. 7, the actor met with Hawking himself. “Even now, when he’s unable to move, you can still see such effervescence in his eyes,” he says.

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'We went in fearlessly': Stephen King on adapting 'A Good Marriage' for film

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What would you do if you found out a beloved family member was responsible for an unspeakable series of crimes? That’s the hook of the director Peter Askin’s new horror-thriller A Good Marriage, an adaptation of the Stephen King novella, which arrives in cinemas and on VOD Oct. 3.

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Reese Witherspoon talks THOSE viral videos: 'I am a lot of fun to hang out with!'

Is Reese Witherspoon the most fun actress in Hollywood right now? It sorta seems like it if you pay any attention to the Internet. The actress has always been likable in films like Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama, but recently she’s become a viral-video sensation due to leaked videos of herself in an elevator at May’s Metropolitan Costume Gala and weeks later singing onstage at a charity event with Kenny Chesney. Earlier this week, Witherspoon was filmed and photographed having a good ol’ time at a wedding event in Capri, Italy. Basically, the takeaway is that Reese is not only a great actress but the A-lister you most want at your event.

EW talked to the actress for this week’s Fall Movie Preview—Witherspoon appears in three movies this fall including the Oscar-buzzy Wild and produced the highly anticipated Gone Girl—about being caught on camera having a good time. “I have to say I am a lot of fun to hang out with,” says the Academy Award-winner, who admitted she had no idea these videos had become so popular. “People go, ‘You’re really fun!’ And I’m like, ‘Was I not fun before?’ I like to have fun and I enjoy it, man. I would wanna sit next to me at an awards show!”

'Fury' director says audiences will be 'shocked' by Shia LaBeouf's performance

Shia LaBeouf has not had the best of times since shooting David Ayer’s World War II movie Fury in the U.K. last year. In December, artist Daniel Clowes claimed the actor’s short film HowardCantour.com plagiarized his 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano, and in June, police led LaBeouf away in handcuffs from a Broadway performance of Cabaret because of his allegedly disruptive behavior.

But Fury writer-director David Ayer has nothing but nice things to say about the Transformers star, who voluntarily sought treatment for alcohol addiction following the Cabaret incident “He’s amazing, a freakin’ gifted guy,” says Ayer. “He’s one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with. People are going to be shocked by how strong his performance is.” READ FULL STORY

'Paddington' director on the 'sad' departure of Colin Firth

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When EW visited the London shoot of Paddington last year, everyone seemed thrilled that King’s Speech Oscar winner Colin Firth was voicing the film’s titular, marmalade-loving bear. “What we liked about Colin is that he’s got a bearish voice, he’s got a sense of humor, and he presents the very best of British,” explained producer David Heyman (of Gravity and the Harry Potter series). “We wanted that.”

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Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass debate their options in 'The One I Love'

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The One I Love opens with a couple in therapy. Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) have lost their spark, along with some trust, and are trying their best to figure things out. So when their therapist (Ted Danson) recommends going on an idyllic retreat that he credits with reigniting the relationships of many of his patients, Sophie and Ethan jump at the chance.

“When they get there, weird sh– happens,” first time director Charlie McDowell told EW after the film’s premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. To reveal any more would ruin the fun—but EW has a perfectly non-spoilery clip of the flustered couple debating whether to stay or leave the bizarre situation in which they’ve found themselves. Watch it below.

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