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EW Extras: Pauly Shore talks the 20th anniversary of 'Encino Man,' bud-dy!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Encino Man, that little film in which two high school students, social climber Dave (Sean Astin) and outcast Stoney (Pauly Shore), find a frozen caveman (Brendan Fraser) buried in Dave’s yard, thaw him out, and enroll him in high school. Knowing that the DVD’s only special features are the original trailer and a three-and-a-half-minute production featurette — the highlight of which is watching a movie producer use a gigantic cell phone on set — EW decided to celebrate by creating its own set of extras with help from Shore.

TRIVIA: Shore was originally offered the role of the caveman, Link. “A guy named Peter Paterno, who was the head of Hollywood Records took my MTV stuff into Jeffrey Katzenberg, who was running Disney at the time,” Shore says. “They didn’t know who the hell I was. Then they offered me the role of the caveman, because I guess I looked like a caveman at the time, you know. I passed on it. I’m like, ‘That doesn’t make sense, because then I would have to grunt the whole movie.'” Instead, Shore worked with writer Shawn Schepps, producer George Zaloom, and director Les Mayfield to rewrite the best-friend role in the script, gave him all the terminology Shore was popularizing on his MTV show Totally Pauly, and named him Stoney. “Me and my manager started looking at tapes of different actors, and that’s when Brendan’s tape came in, and we were like, ‘Holy crap, this guy’s a really good actor’, ” Shore says. “People always say, ‘Never work with kids and animals,’ but I totally disagree. Because kids and animals, and then cavemen, are very spontaneous. Brendan went to so many crazy places, like a kid would or an animal. That’s why I think the chemistry was good between us. I think a lot of other actors would have acted the role. He was feelin’ it. I think his acting made my comedy better.”  READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2012: Melanie Lynskey does a farewell shot of whiskey with EW


What’s it like to have a movie play at the Sundance Film Festival?

It’s an insight not a lot of people have, but now Melanie Lynskey has lived to tell the tale. The actress is known for playing the murderous teen in Heavenly Creatures, the nervous newlywed sister in Up in the Air, and the Charlie Sheen stalker (and eventual murderer) Rose on Two and a Half Men. But, last week, she was met with acclaim after opening the festival with the sexy comedy-drama Hello I Must Be Going, and has been riding the waves of the world’s biggest indie festival ever since.

The movie is about a 35-year-0ld woman who falls in love with a handsome 19-year-old. Oooh, scandal? “A thing I have liked hearing is that people think it’s really sexy,” she says, “which is really nice, because that’s what we were going for.”

How does she say goodbye to Sundance 2012? A tough hombre like her walks into Park City’s historic No Name Saloon and does a shot of Bushmills with us, of course. Watch after the jump! READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon: 'The Avengers' is seen through one superhero's eyes -- EXCLUSIVE


While The Avengers is clearly a group effort uniting some of Marvel’s most iconic superheroes, one crusader in particular will serve as the perspective for the movie, according to writer-director Joss Whedon.

Longtime fans of the comic series will probably be pleased to hear which character he thinks provides the grounding focus.


Alternate-history Spielberg: Who ALMOST starred in his most famous movies?

Behind every movie you love, there is a story about how it almost became something entirely different.

In Steven Spielberg’s recent EW Interview, he revealed plot changes and alternate casting that might have made some classic movies virtually unrecognizable. Everyone knows Tom Selleck was his first choice to play Indiana Jones, though Selleck couldn’t get released from his Magnum P.I. contract to film it.

There are many more lesser-known stories about similar switches. Click through to see how E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Hook, and even Jaws might look in an alternate Spielbergian universe…


Spielberg's origin story (and who pushed him around): The EW Interview

Let’s say you’re a crew worker in Hollywood and Steven Spielberg comes up to you on set and asks to borrow your script for a moment because he locked his in his car.

Do you:

A.) Say “sure thing” and loan him your copy.

B.) Snatch the script out of his hands and say, “Get your own.”

If you chose B.) today you could reasonably expect those ghosts from the lost Ark of the Covenant to show up and shoot lightning through your chest until your face melts. But back before Spielberg was Spielberg, this was precisely the scenario that played out on his first paid gig — an installment of the anthology show Night Gallery in 1969, starring Joan Crawford. (The program was a sort of updated version of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone.)

In the current issue of EW, Spielberg tells stories from throughout his entire filmography, but in this online-only excerpt he dives deep into his early years, when he was just a “pre-teen”-looking kid from Arizona, hustling around Hollywood with a projector in a suitcase and an armload of short films.

Once he got that first job on the NBC TV show, things got really tough.


The face of Dr. Seuss' Once-ler revealed! -- FIRST LOOK at 'Lorax' movie villain

For 40 years, fans of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax have wondered about The Once-ler.

Exactly who – or what – is attached to those spindly green arms, seen in the 1971 storybook heedlessly chopping down the lush, candy-colored truffula forest? Until now, only the grouchy Lorax (who confronts him declaring, “I speak for the trees!”) could know for sure.

Though the good doctor never showed us The Once-ler’s face, a new Universal movie (out March 2) from the animation team whose credits include Despicable Me and Horton Hears a Who offers a surprising twist to a longtime pop-culture mystery.

Dr. Seuss fans, prepare to lay your eyes on The Once-ler.


Behold! Julia Roberts as Evil Queen in 'Snow White' -- FIRST LOOK

She was the Pretty Woman. Now she’s one bad mutha … Well, step-mutha.

Julia Roberts’ Evil Queen in the still-untitled Snow White movie from Relativity Media (out March 16) certainly looks imperious, but she does not wear her wickedness on her sleeve (there’s already plenty going on there as it is.)

“She’s the cat that ate the canary,” says director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, the upcoming Immortals). “From serial killers to anyone who does evil deeds, they basically have a devil-made-me-do-it excuse, or they hear voices,” he continues. “I decided for the evil queen, this is going to be a person who sees her [good] self — but there’s a mirror personality.”

If she can see herself at all.

In the larger version of this picture, we discover that the kind of gown this queen sports as casual wear still tends to dwarf her. READ FULL STORY

'The Avengers' dis-assembled! EXCLUSIVE cast portraits revealed

The whole fun of The Avengers is seeing these characters joined together as one fighting force, but for now Marvel Studios has unveiled solo portraits of the six superheroes.

Read more about the May 4, 2012, movie in this week’s issue of EW, on stands tomorrow. But in the meantime, here’s a little online exclusive with the actors discussing their high-powered alter-egos and working with writer-director Joss Whedon (the geek demi-god who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly.)

BLACK WIDOW: “The other day we were doing this big reveal shot of all the Avengers. Thor has got his hammer, Cap’s got his shield, Hawkeye has his bow and arrow, and Hulk is huge. Then it pans over to me and I’ve got guns. Iron Man’s like, hovering above all of us, ready to go,” says Scarlett Johansson. “I was like, ‘Joss… um… do I look okay holding these guns?'” Whedon’s response reassured her: “She’s a total badass. She’s a killing machine.”


Kevin Bacon's never-before-seen audition for 'Footloose' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

With a reboot of 1984’s Footloose hitting theaters next month, it feels like the perfect time to take a stroll down memory lane back to when Kevin Bacon couldn’t get arrested in Hollywood. Sure, the baby-faced twentysomething actor had already had a bit part as the evil preppy Chip Diller in Animal House, and been shish-kebabed through the neck in Friday the 13th. But Paramount was far from sold on him as Footloose‘s rug-cutting rebel Ren McCormack. According to Bacon, they didn’t think he was sexy enough. But the film’s director, Herb Ross, thought otherwise. So he got Bacon a $1,500 haircut and set up a screen test for him to strut his stuff for the studio in the hopes of changing their mind.

Until now, we’ve always had to take it on faith that Bacon gave an electrifying audition that won him the part. But thanks to the new Blu-ray release of Footloose (available on Sept. 27), we finally have the first-hand proof: Bacon’s audition is included on the disc’s extras. And if you don’t feel like waiting, you can see a snippet of it exclusively here:  READ FULL STORY

'Paul': Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Joe Lo Truglio turn the alien caper into a musical -- VIDEO EXCLUSIVE

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, those shamelessly nerdy funnymen from across the pond, are usually game to mash-up just about any genre in their movie-geek blender. Just look at this year’s Paul. An extra-terrestrial bromance about a British duo on a Comic-Con pilgrimage who help a Seth Rogen-voiced space alien escape the feds, Paul feels like what would have happened if E.T. had been produced by National Lampoon.

And yet it took Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Joe Lo Truglio to give Paul jazz hands. In “Paul: The Musical,” a bonus feature on the Blu-ray release coming out tomorrow, the threesome reimagine their characters — trailer-park manager Ruth and inept Special Agents Haggard and O’Reilly — if the movie had instead been a two-minute Broadway spectacular. Prepare for some full-lunged power-balladeering because EW’s got an exclusive video sneak peek at “Paul: The Musical” after the jump. READ FULL STORY

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