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Jason Reitman re-staging 'The Empire Strikes Back' with Aaron Paul and J.K. Simmons -- EXCLUSIVE

Instead of “Yo, bitch …” now it’s “Yoda, bitch.” (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul will take on the role of Luke Skywalker in director Jason Reitman’s one-night-only live-read of The Empire Strikes Back this Thursday, while fearsome Whiplash star J.K. Simmons will let the hate flow through him as Darth Vader.

It’s part of an ongoing series of live performances of movie scripts Reitman stages each month, bringing in new actors to create a kind of cover version of beloved films. He has previously staged live-reads of The Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, American Beauty, and The Apartment, among others.

Today, Reitman revealed just a handful of new cast members, but there will be more to come before Thursday’s performance. Here’s how he put together his team… READ FULL STORY

'Whiplash' clip: J.K. Simmons throws a chair at Miles Teller -- VIDEO

Where is the line between genius and madness — and should greatness be nurtured gently, like a beautiful flower, or forged under relentless, crushing pressure, like a perfect diamond? Those are the questions at the heart of Whiplash, the Sundance award winner about a jazz-drummer prodigy (Miles Teller) whose dreams are in the hands of his school’s intense music teacher (J.K. Simmons).

Director Damien Chazelle based the story on his own high-school music trauma, and this scene perfectly captures the mental and physical abuse that Simmons’ character, Terrence Fletcher, wields at his students. The film’s title refers to a jazz composition composed by Hank Levy, but it may as well refer to the damage inflicted by Fletcher in this scene.  READ FULL STORY

'Labor Day': FIRST LOOK at Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin in Jason Reitman fugitive drama -- EXCLUSIVE

The guy who is bleeding from his side needs help. But he’s not asking – he’s telling.

That’s the setup for the simmering drama Labor Day, starring Josh Brolin as an escaped convict who takes shelter with the mentally fragile, reclusive single-mom Adele (Kate Winslet) and her almost-teenage son (Changling’s Gattlin Griffith) over the course of one long late-summer holiday weekend in the mid-1980s.

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Sundance 2013: Prize-winning 'Whiplash' short aims to go long -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, sometimes the best thing you can do is sell yourself short.

Most of the talk at the Sundance Film Festival is about feature-length movies, but the shorts program is actually where many aspiring directors take their first steps into the storytelling business.

EW spoke with two such filmmakers — one a veteran, one a newcomer — about starting out this way at Sundance. READ FULL STORY

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