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MTV Movie Awards: Director Troy Miller explains how Conan O'Brien scored those 50 cameos for the opener -- EXCLUSIVE

When you’re hosting the MTV Movie Awards and promise viewers “The Biggest One You’ll Ever See,” opening with any old been-there-done-that monologue is no longer an option. Conan O’Brien was acutely aware of that challenge when he opted to attempt the Movie Awards’ boldest coup yet and score 50 celebrity cameos within the first five minutes of the show.

As you’ve now seen, O’Brien managed to pull off the feat. But he didn’t do it alone. Director Troy Miller tells EW how MTV assembled this “whirlwind of a celebrity-fest” (full list at bottom), which included appearances by Taylor Swift, Ice Cube, Lupita N’yongo, Andy Samberg, Skrillex, Russell Crowe and the Noah cast, Mindy Kaling, Martin Scorsese, the Big Bang Theory gang, Adam Sandler, and even Grumpy Cat.

“It really shows kind of a fun Hollywood community that you don’t normally see unless you’re on a red carpet. It’s the kind of fun you get a sense of [in] the first 10 rows of an awards show,” says Miller, who adds, “It’s a very cinematic opening.”

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'Amazing Spider-Man 2' behind the scenes: Can Spidey save the day and get the girl? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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It’s pretty much a given that the hero saves the day and gets the girl in any big-budget blockbuster. But, no such luck if the man of the hour is Spider-Man.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the cast and crew reflect on Peter Parker’s biggest dilemma — balancing the relationships of those he loves with Spidey’s sworn duty to protect his city. READ FULL STORY

Nick Frost on how 'Cuban Fury' melds 'Strictly Ballroom' with 'The Bourne Identity' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Nick Frost had a deep, dark secret: He liked to dance. Or he wanted to like to dance. One night, after a few drinks, he pecked out a movie idea in an email to his longtime producer, Nira Park, then went to bed. She called him the next morning to say how much she liked his idea about a shy, average-looking guy who resurrects his childhood passion for salsa dancing in order to woo his beautiful new boss (Rashida Jones) away from her doucheboat boyfriend (Chris O’Dowd).

“I think I’d always been a massive fan of Strictly Ballroom,” says Frost, whose idea became Cuban Fury, in theaters April 11. “That was definitely my touchstone for this film, in terms of the comedy has to be funny and the drama has to be touching, yet the dancing has to be smoking hot and real. And I wanted to do [all the dancing], so that was pretty important too.”

As the saying goes, be careful what you ask for. Frost, best known as Simon Pegg’s burly sidekick in movies like Shawn of the Dead and The World’s End, put himself through a torturous training process to become a suave lord of the dance. Tears may have been shed. Toes and egos were certainly crushed. But for Frost, it was all worth it. “I kind of really worked freaking hard on this and it was my idea, so to see it come out kind of exactly how we wanted is a real treat,” he says.

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'Orange is the New Black' star Taylor Schilling talks new movie, 'Stay' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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What’s the first thing you’d do after getting out of prison?

For Taylor Schilling — star of Netflix’s addictive dramedy Orange is the New Black — the answer was simple: Travel to Ireland and Montreal to make Stay. The meditative movie stars Schilling as Abbey, a young Canadian who finds herself in a quandary when she accidentally gets pregnant — and her much-older Irish lover Dermot (Aidan Quinn) makes clear that he has no interest in being a father.

“It’s really a character-driven piece,” Schilling says, citing what drew her to the film. “The story is important, but it’s really how these people are dealing with the consequences of their actions.”

Stay also has a few narrative similarities with the series for which Schilling is best known: “I think it’s a really interesting story about having to go back and reconcile your past in order to move on with your future,” she continues. “I’m curious about that. And I’m curious about those times in our lives when things can’t stay the same, when we’re pushed out of our comfort zones.” Times such as, say, when your relationship abruptly crumbles, or you get locked up for an offense committed nearly 10 years ago.

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Martin Scorsese wants your support for Indiegogo campaign of Roger Ebert doc 'Life Itself' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Martin Scorsese gives it two thumbs up — and thinks you should too.

In an EW exclusive, the Oscar-winning director shares his thoughts on film critic Roger Ebert and the upcoming documentary on Ebert’s life and legacy, Life Itself. Directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters), the documentary is based on the well-known critic and film lover’s eponymous memoir. It chronicles his life as an advocate for great cinema and his inspiring battle with cancer.

The video also marks the launch of Life Itself‘s Indiegogo campaign to complete the film, currently in post-production. One of the key benefits for supporters who donate $25 or more is an early private screening of the doc prior to its official theatrical release. The campaign hopes to reach the goal of $150,000 with additional proceeds above the goal going towards charities close to Ebert, such as the Roger & Chaz Ebert Foundation.

Watch the heartfelt video below:
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'Nebraska' standout June Squibb pays her respects -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If you have Midwestern roots, you probably know a Kate Grant. She’s hard-as-nails. She doesn’t suffer bullsh–. And, most importantly, she doesn’t have a filter.

In Nebraska, Descendants director Alexander Payne’s black-and-white ode to the heartland, June Squibb gives life to this archetype through the feisty Kate. The matriarch of the Grant family will just as soon call a long-deceased woman a whore as she’ll tell her son fairly explicit details about who fancied her in her youth.

“When I read this script I just thought, ‘I know this lady,’” Squibb told EW. “I’m from Illinois. I see her in my mother and my grandmother. Nothing surprised me.” According to Squibb, screenwriter Bob Nelson based the part on his mother-in-law.

The 84-year-old actress had worked with Payne in About Schmidt, which actually worked against her in the beginning. “In Alexander’s mind, I was that sweet lady that Jack was married to,” she says. But, despite his reservations, he gave her a shot. “Her audition knocked my socks off,” Payne said Monday at the AFI Fest screening of Nebraska. “I didn’t have a second-place gal to play that part.”
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Jude Law beefs up to play a blue-collar mariner in 'Black Sea' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

Jude Law is a handsome man. He’s got the look of a wealthy, privileged playboy and has been cast as such more than a few times in his career. So when The Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald started looking for a blue-collar guy to take on the lead role in his submarine thriller Black Sea, it’s easy to understand why he was hesitant to even consider the golden boy.

“I wanted somebody in their middle age and who was British and who could convincingly be a blue-collar guy,” Macdonald told EW. “If you look around Hollywood, there aren’t very many who look like that and certainly not stars. I went to see him thinking ‘well Jude Law is great, but he’s not really him.’”

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