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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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New 'Dumb and Dumber To' posters spoof 'Lucy'

If most people only use 10 percent of their brains, then Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne must use a maximum of 1 percent. At least, that’s the idea behind the newest posters for Dumb and Dumber To.

Dumb and Dumber To stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels took to Twitter to reveal two new posters for the film, which showcase a marketing campaign that might look familiar. The tagline reads, “The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what he could do with 1%.”

If the guys’ colorful eyes didn’t tip you off, you’ll probably recognize that line from this summer’s Lucy: The tagline for the Scarlett Johansson film read, “The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what she could do with 100%.”

Check out the posters below:

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Box office report: 'Turtles' reclaim top spot, 'Expendables' misfire

Holdover tent-poles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy maintained the top spots at the weekend box office, while the new openers trailed behind. But, while it was expected that Let’s Be Cops and The Giver would open in the teens, the biggest surprise of the weekend was The Expendables 3, a franchise pic which should have easily opened in the $20 to $25 million range, but instead floundered with an estimated $16.2 million.

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Exclusive: How Wes Ball designed the perfect maze for 'The Maze Runner'

When Wes Ball finished reading The Maze Runner, the first book in James Dashner’s hugely popular trilogy about a group of teenage boys mysteriously imprisoned by the sky-high walls of a seemingly impossible-to-crack maze, his mind started spinning as he began to think about what Dashner’s world would look like. He hadn’t even signed on to direct the movie yet, but, with a background in VFX it just seemed natural.

“I went and pulled up some of the 3D assets I made for Ruin,” Ball says of his arresting 2012 short about a post-apocalyptic universe. “This one image was kind of my way into the story: This little concept image of this kid standing back-lit against the sun with these huge towering walls behind him. It was like Lord of the Flies. It’s dark and edgy and messy.”

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For the uninitiated, Lord of the Flies is perhaps the best way to think of this particular story about a group of boys living in the Glade in the center of a hostile maze that’s teeming with deadly, Alien-like creatures called Grievers. The guys, who welcome a fellow prisoner every month, have created a tenuously stable society. When the rebellious Thomas (Teen Wolf‘s Dylan O’Brien) arrives, however, the once-predictable maze starts behaving erratically, and the hunt for answers as to why they’re all trapped there becomes even more urgent.

As $100+ million production budgets become standard for young adult adaptations, the teams behind smaller movies like The Maze Runner need to really work to stand out, especially when designing a world this elaborately imagined. Here’s how Ball and his F/X team brought the tricky geography of Dashner’s world to the screen.

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'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

Watch the first clip of Robin Williams in 'A Merry Friggin' Christmas'

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Robin Williams plays the estranged father to Joel McHale’s family man in the holiday comedy A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, one of the late actor’s final roles and the last movie he filmed.

The story centers on McHale’s character’s young family, including his wife (Lauren Graham) and son, who go to visit the boy’s eccentric grandparents for the holiday. When McHale’s character realizes he’s left his son’s presents at home, he embarks on an 8-hour road trip with his father (Williams) in the middle of a blizzard to retrieve them before Christmas morning.

Entertainment Tonight premiered a clip from the film, Wednesday, in the wake of the 63-year-old actor’s death. Watch it below.

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Box office preview: 'Expendables 3' to challenge 'Turtle' power

In what just as easily could have been a box office showdown from 1990, Sylvester Stallone and his buddies face off against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at theaters this weekend. And even though The Expendables 3 boasts a star-studded action hero cast of a just-bygone era, the Turtles might still win out.

The long-gestating adaptation of The Giver opens wide as well, playing alongside the buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops, which hit theaters on Wednesday. Indie darling Boyhood expands to just under 800 theaters, too.

Here’s how things might play out on this late summer weekend.

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'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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Simon Cowell is producing Betty Boop's first feature-length film

Right about now, Betty Boop is probably reapplying her lipstick to prepare for her big-screen debut.

Last seen in a cameo during 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Boop is about to get her first feature-length film, and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment is part of the production team behind it. Teaming with Animal Logic Entertainment and Fleischer Studios, Syco Entertainment is finally giving the 1930’s cartoon flapper the movie she deserves. A press release describes the film as “a music-driven hybrid animated comedy.”

“Betty is an icon, and one of the biggest stars in the world—I’m thrilled to be working with her,” Cowell said in a press release. “Betty, I’ve worked with some serious divas but I think you could be the biggest of them all!”

Betty’s response? “I’m so excited to return to the big screen—and I only work with the best! Let’s have some fun, Simon. Boop-Oop-a-Doop!”

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