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See Steve Carell as a real-life murderer in 'Foxcatcher' -- EXCLUSIVE


Yes, we swear, that’s really Steve Carell. The star dons a prosthetic nose — and an uncharacteristically gloomy demeanor — in this exclusive image from his new movie Foxcatcher (out Dec. 20). In director Bennett Miller’s follow-up to Moneyball, Carell stars as John DuPont, the real-life chemical heir who befriended Olympic wrestler brothers Mark (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) before murdering David in 1996. READ FULL STORY

George Clooney talks 'The Monuments Men'

At first glance, George Clooney’s credits as a writer-director — Good Night, and Good Luck., The Ides of March — and a producer —- Syriana, The American, Argo, etc. — don’t seem to have much in common, except a political edge and a sheen of old-Hollywood class. But in 2011, when Clooney was trying to find his next project with his writing and producing partner Grant Heslov, he picked out a subtle trend in his own work that he was eager to buck.

“I said, ‘You know, we tend to do a lot of cynical projects, and it would really be nice to do one where there wasn’t any cynicism in it,’” Clooney tells EW. “And we really didn’t have anything on the books that wasn’t that way also. [Laughs] That’s what we like.”

Luckily, Heslov had just picked up an airport copy of The Monuments Men, a 2009 nonfiction account of the allied soldiers and French citizens who rescued art that had been pillaged by the Nazis. The mix of true-life intrigue, daring adventures, and everybody-against-Hitler camaraderie struck Clooney as a perfect opportunity to make a thoroughly un-cynical WWII movie in the vein of The Bridge on the River Kwai and The Great Escape.

Two years later (a mere blink of an eye in Hollywood development time), Clooney is ready to storm theaters  with The Monuments Men (in theaters Dec. 18), a WWII adventure with a stellar cast that includes Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, and more. “It’s got stars in it. It’s got a big score by Alexandre Desplat. It’s got a lot of epic shots,” he says. “So it’ll remind you of all the war films from the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s that we liked so much.”

Read on for an excerpt of EW’s interview with Clooney about The Monuments Men.

Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay on the 'Anchorman' musical that almost was

To millions of Anchorman fans around the world, the news that Will Ferrell’s blow-dried, self-mythologizing, jazz-flute-playing newsman Ron Burgundy is coming back to the big screen in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a veritable ticket to Pleasure Town. But if things had taken a slightly different turn along the way, we might now be talking about the Anchorman Broadway musical instead of the movie sequel. And no, that’s not a joke.

Ferrell and his frequent collaborator Adam McKay, who directed the original Anchorman in 2004, first started kicking around the idea of a sequel around 2008. But despite the movie’s growing cult status, the prospects looked iffy at best. With the original movie having grossed an unspectacular $84 million, Paramount Pictures wasn’t in a hurry to make a follow-up. Then in 2009, following Ferrell’s successful run as President George W. Bush in the Broadway show You’re Welcome America, McKay had one of those so-crazy-it-just-might-work ideas: What if they did the second Anchorman as a Broadway musical?

'Runner Runner': Ben Affleck teaches Justin Timberlake how to get his own island -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Runner Runner follows Justin Timberlake as a savvy Princeton student who winds up embroiled in an offshore online-poker empire run by Ben Affleck. It’s a film built on subterfuge and double-crosses, set in the decadent landscape that can only be bought with ill-gotten kabillions of dollars. Just in time for EW’s Fall Movie Preview, we’re excited to share an exclusive teaser from the film, which features Affleck offering some inspiring words to his minion. Check it out below:

Andy and Lana Wachowski on 'Cloud Atlas,' Tom Tykwer, and working as brother and sister


The Wachowski siblings racked up plenty of firsts while making their new movie Cloud Atlas, out Oct. 26. The new time-jumping drama — starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant —  is the first movie of the decade for the pair, who became some of Hollywood’s most respected and elusive filmmakers after the success of the Matrix trilogy. Cloud Atlas is their first crack at adapting a novel and working with a codirector, German auteur Tom Tykwer, who wrote and shot the epic film with them. And as plenty of sites including our own have already pointed out, it’s also the first time the siblings are credited as Andy and Lana, rather than Andy and Larry. Lana identifies as female and made her first public appearance in a promotional Cloud Atlas interview, sporting a neon hairstyle reminiscent of Franke Potente in Tykwer’s 1998 hit Run Lola Run. “We’re brother and sister,” says Andy Wachowski, who talked to EW alongside Lana and Tykwer for our Fall Movie Preview (on stands now). “It’s different in the way people perceive it and the way that the media perceives it. But the set is our set, and we run it like we always run it.” Read ahead to see what else the trio had to say about their Cloud Atlas collaboration. READ FULL STORY

'Tower Heist' stars Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller discuss their criminal pasts

For Tower Heist (in theaters Nov. 4), comedy titans Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy team up for the first time ever as two members of an unlikely group of blue-collar bandits out to snag $20 million from a corrupt Madoff type (Alan Alda) who made off with their pension fund. It’s a major act theft — especially considering there’s a recession on — and while the stars of the upcoming comedy caper may have never attempted larceny so grand in real life, they don’t have completely clean slates, either. As luck would have it, both actors have had some experience with the five-finger discount.

“I used to steal sunglasses all the time as a teenager,” says Murphy, who plays a petty thief enlisted to help plan the big steal. “You know, from that round sunglasses display at the grocery store.” Similarly, Stiller — in the movie, the titular tower’s betrayed chief of staff — had his own experiences pulling off very miniature heists. “When I was a kid, there was this mini-shoplifting phase that happened,” Stiller says. “I stole a lot of Dubble Bubble.” READ FULL STORY

'Footloose': Star Julianne Hough reveals her personal connection to the 1984 original

This fall, audiences will once again tap their toes and cut loose when Paramount’s remake of the 1984 classic Footloose dances its way into theaters on Oct. 14. The new version, directed by Hustle & Flow‘s Craig Brewer, stays fairly loyal to the original storyline: Boston teen Ren McCormack (newcomer Kenny Wormald) comes to live with his aunt and uncle in a small Southern town where dancing has been banned. Ren falls for Ariel (Dancing With the Stars‘ Julianne Hough), who also happens to be the rambunctious daughter of the town’s minister, played by Dennis Quaid. READ FULL STORY

First Look: Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio in 'J. Edgar' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

No kid says he wants to be J. Edgar Hoover when he grows up.

He was America’s Top Cop for five decades, but somewhere along the line, the FBI founder went from protector to tyrant in the minds of many Americans.

Hoover unified the federal police force, helped popularize fingerprints and other forensic evidence… then went sadly astray, abusing his power, manipulating elected officials and, most damningly, wiretapping and intimidating civil rights leaders. That tragic arc is at the heart of director Clint Eastwood’s drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the notorious G-man.

“I started to become curious about the ‘why,’” says screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, Oscar-winner for 2008’s Milk. “He did wonderful things for this country, but why did he ended up doing so many things that were heinous and harmful? I think it was all in the name of trying to fill that void, where love goes, with public admiration. This is a guy who from his earliest years was told he could never express the love he felt.”

Was Hoover was gay or straight? The movie leaves it open to interpretation, according to Eastwood, but one thing is undeniable — he was an achingly solitary man. And there was far more to him than that.

See more photos below … READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg has two movies in December. How will 'Tintin' and 'War Horse' match up to past double plays?

In order to be successful in modern Hollywood, actors tend to follow the “one for them, one for me” policy. If you’re a talented young actor, you’ll find yourself taking a role in a big Hollywood movie — a superhero film, say, or perhaps a Mission: Impossible sequel — but only so you can turn around and take a minimum-wage role in an arty indie film, or get the studio to finance your dream project about the life of your favorite boxer. Some actors get a bit lost on the “one for them” side (see: Nicolas Cage), and some actors’ dabbling with franchises have a disinterested, let-them-eat-cake indifference (See: Tom Hanks in the Dan Brown duet.)

But the policy applies to directors, too… and no director in Hollywood has a better track record of shifting between registers than Steven Spielberg. READ FULL STORY

'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' star Rooney Mara talks about the rape scene, the NSFW poster, and more

In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly we preview 98 of fall’s most anticipated movies, including, of course, David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (out Dec. 21). Rooney Mara, who scored the coveted role of Lisbeth Salander after an epic and closely watched audition process, filled us in on her experience working on the film. Here are a few highlights from our story.

On her last meeting with Fincher after two-plus months of auditioning: “At that point I was just super frustrated. I was like, ‘You have to decide. Either you think I’m the girl or you don’t. There’s not much more I can do to prove it to you.’ I went in there sort of ready to fight. I was pissed. But David sat me down and gave me this long speech about the part. Then he handed me his iPad, and it had the press release on it. He said, ‘I’m prepared to send this out. You have half an hour to let me know if you want the part.’”

On the controversial poster, which features Mara topless: “I was supportive of it. I understand why there was a lot of controversy. People have a hard time with strong females and with nudity. But I think had I been doing something incredibly violent on the poster, people wouldn’t have had a problem with it. That sort of says a lot about the world that we live in. It’s just a teaser poster. I think it did just that. It teased people.”

On filming the book’s notoriously harrowing rape scene: “It was incredibly intense. We did it all in a week — the week of Valentine’s Day, oddly enough. We were working 16 hours a day, and it was really, really challenging, not just emotionally but physically. But it’s such an important scene. We wanted to do everything we could to get that right.”

For more on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and all of fall’s biggest films, pick up this week’s issue, on newsstands now.

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