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'Napoleon Dynamite' cast remembers making the cult classic (Gosh!)

It’s been a decade since America voted for Pedro and made Napoleon Dynamite a hipster touchstone. The 2004 indie comedy, about a small-town loser (Jon Heder) with mad dance skills determined to elect his pal Pedro (Efren Ramirez) class president, divided audiences when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. But Fox Searchlight saw the zeitgeist-shifting potential of director Jared Hess’s first film (written with his wife, Jerusha) and turned the $400,000 oddball into a sleeper hit that raked in $45 million.

How did that happen? With the help of the stars—and one stand-in llama—EW went searching for answers.
—Jake Perlman

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'Mean Girls' reunion: Could there be a sequel -- and which stars would be up for it?

It’s been a decade since Mean Girls was released, but affection for the film only seems to get stronger with each passing year. Tina Fey has already announced that a stage musical is in development—but could the Plastics ever team up for another big-screen outing? (Paramount did release a straight-to-DVD sequel in 2011.)

For our Reunions issue, on stands now, EW asked each actress—as well as Fey—whether they’d want to revisit the Girls. READ FULL STORY

The painful what-if that haunts 'Ghostbuster' Ernie Hudson

Ghostbusters has been an undeniable highlight in Ernie Hudson’s long, varied, and still-rolling career. But the experience of playing Winston Zeddemore—the fourth Ghostbuster, for lack of a better title—is also riddled with complicated emotions. Co-starring in one of the greatest comedies in movie history gave Hudson cinematic immortality—but it also lingers in his mind as a painful what-if.

On the film’s 30th anniversary, the 68-year-old actor writes about his bittersweet relationship with a beloved franchise.

I look back on Ghostbusters in a very fun way, but it’s got so many mixed feelings and emotions attached to it. When I originally got the script, the character of Winston was amazing and I thought it would be career-changing. The character came in right at the very beginning of the movie and had an elaborate background: he was an Air Force major something, a demolitions guy. It was great.

Now I’ve heard, over the years, that the part had been written for Eddie Murphy—all of which Ivan Reitman says is not true. But it was a bigger part, and Winston was there all the way through the movie. After a long audition process, I finally got the part and made the awful mistake of letting it be known that I really, really wanted it. In Hollywood in those days, you set your quote—so if anybody calls about wanting to work with you, they had to meet your quote. I had just worked with Columbia on Spacehunter, and my quote was pretty decent. For Ghostbusters, they came in at only half of my quote, because they said this role was going to make my career. I said to my agent, “I don’t care. Just take it, because I believe that.” So we go to New York and we rehearse for three weeks or whatever and I’m ready to roll.

The night before filming begins, however, I get this new script and it was shocking. READ FULL STORY

EW's 'Mean Girls' reunion: The cast looks back on the 2004 hit

One sure sign of a film’s legacy: Does it inspire its own holiday?

If you happened to be anywhere near the Internet on Oct. 3, you probably noticed an outpouring of nostalgia for 2004’s Mean Girls. The reason? A throwaway line uttered by Lindsay Lohan’s Cady: “It’s October 3rd.”

That may seem a pretty slim thread to hang an entire day on, but it’s indicative of the fervent fan base for this new-classic teen comedy. Written by Tina Fey and directed by Mark Waters (Vampire Academy), Mean Girls stars Lohan as a high school student at a new school who infiltrates the Plastics, a group of nasty popular girls led by queen bee Regina (Rachel McAdams) and her underlings: insecure Gretchen (Lacey Chabert) and dumb-as-a-stump Karen (Amanda Seyfried). The film became a surprise sleeper hit, earning $129 million worldwide and gaining an even bigger following on DVD. In the decade since, Mean Girls has joined Clueless and Sixteen Candles in the teen-comedy canon.

For its 10th anniversary, EW invited the film’s female leads to our own little pep rally, where they talked about their memories, behind-the-scenes magic, and what they think their characters would be doing now. READ FULL STORY

Monty Python reunion to be simulcast in nearly 2,000 movie theaters worldwide

Monty Python is not dead yet.

As you may already know, the five remaining members of the beloved comedy group — John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin — are set to reunite this summer for their first performance together in 34 years. (The sixth Python, Graham Chapman, died of cancer in 1989.) The Pythons will take the stage of London’s O2 Arena on July 1-5, 15-16, and 18-20. This news was exciting but bittersweet for legions of fans, since getting a ticket to these shows is about as difficult as determining the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow; the O2 says every seat for Python’s first reunion performance was snatched up in a record 43.5 seconds.

But don’t go crying into your coconut shells! Picturehouse Entertainment revealed Thursday that it will broadcast the group’s final live performance simultaneously to 450 movie theaters in the United Kingdom — as well as 1,500 additional venues globally.

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'Do the Right Thing' reunion: Spike Lee and cast on making the film, fighting the power, and 'Driving Miss Daisy'

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For nine weeks in the summer of 1988, a 31-year-old Spike Lee and his sprawling cast of talented actors and actresses — some brand-new discoveries, others Hollywood icons — took over a single block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The resulting film, Do the Right Thing, was a clarion-call masterpiece of American cinema, a sweltering, urgent work of primary colors and complex morals that secured Lee’s place as the country’s most important black filmmaker.

Twenty-five years later, EW reassembled much of the cast on that very same block for its annual Reunions issue — including Lee, Rosie Perez, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson, and more — for a trip down memory lane (or more specifically, Stuyvesant Avenue). Sal’s Famous Pizza may be long gone, and the neighborhood changed from the days when Radio Raheem blasted Public Enemy from his oversize boombox, but there’s still a lot of movie history there.

Watch Lee take us back to the days of filming Do the Right Thing, as well as a good-natured rant against “so-called journalists” who labelled the movie as incendiary, as well as a certain chauffeur-themed film that drove away with his Oscar. READ FULL STORY

On the scene: 'School of Rock' cast reunites for 10th anniversary screening

“Now raise your goblet of rock. It’s a toast to those who rock!” Last night the Austin Film Society hosted a 10th anniversary screening of Richard Linklater’s hard-rocking crowd pleaser School of Rock. Mr. Schneee S.’s whole class came to party, from now heavy weight Nickelodeon star Miranda Cosgrove to Robert Tsai (“You’re a fat loser and you have body odor”) to the back-up singers (Maryam Hassan, Caitlin Hale, Aleisha Allen). Jack Black held court during the terrifically freewheeling Q&A after the screening. When a fan asked him for a song, Black broke into an extended verse of “Legend of the Rent” complete with caterwauling and high kicks. READ FULL STORY

Quentin Tarantino pays tribute to 'Dazed and Confused' at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards

Last night a bunch of Texas filmmakers and lovers raised a glass in honor of home state greats like Annette O’Toole, Stephen Tobolowsky, Henry Thomas and Robin Wright. But the highlight of the evening was when Richard Linklater and some reunited cast members from the 1993 classic celebration of dumb, enviable teenage fun, Dazed and Confused, won their own Hall of Fame Award. READ FULL STORY

Reunions 2012: 'Breaking Away' star Dennis Christopher looks back on the coming-of-age classic -- and ahead to 'Django Unchained'

More than 30 years after its release, 1979’s Breaking Away is still one of the most beloved coming-of-age films ever made, and its zero-to-hero rise from a tiny, under-the-radar movie with no major stars to a sleeper hit and Best Picture nominee is one of Hollywood’s great underdog stories. Over the years, no one has felt the love for Breaking Away more than Dennis Christopher, who starred as Dave Stoller, the wannabe-Italian midwestern teen misfit who, much to his close-minded father’s consternation, dreams of becoming a cycling champion.

When the 56-year-old actor came to the photo shoot for EW’s Reunions issue (on stands now)—where he was brought back together again with co-stars Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern, Barbara Barrie, and Paul Dooley—Christopher brought one of the original Masi racing bikes his character rode in the movie. And he brought his memories.

EW: What did you connect with about the role of Dave Stoller?
DENNIS CHRISTOPHER: Quite frankly, I didn’t understand the character at first. He seemed off the wall to me. Shaving his legs, singing opera—I thought, ‘Oh my God, how do I make this real?’ And they initially had a completely different idea of what Dave would be. I went in to hair and makeup the first day, and when I got out of the chair, my skin had been darkened, my hair was dyed dark brown and slicked back with grease, I had a tight Ban-Lon shirt that was unbuttoned almost down to the navel, gold chains around my neck, tight pants, and pointy black shoes. They had in mind, I think, trying to make me look like a reject from Saturday Night Fever. We shot a whole day like that, and it was very disturbing to me. I never got to sleep that night. I just didn’t know who I was. The next morning, I saw [director] Peter [Yates] and I burst into tears and said, “I can’t do this. I don’t know how to play this part.” Peter said, “I know, don’t worry.” He and [screenwriter] Steve Tesich came to my hotel later that day and we talked about the script. It ultimately became a perfect fit. The difficulty between the father and son, the lack of communication—I knew what those feelings were. When we got to those scenes, stuff came out that normally wouldn’t have come out.
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'Star Wars': The men who played Boba Fett reunite and talk about what makes the bounty hunter so cool

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Darth Vader may wear all black, the Emperor may be able to shoot lightening out of his fingers, and Darth Maul may have a bitchin’ double lightsaber, but the biggest badass in the Star Wars universe will always be the notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett. It’s hard to explain just what it is that makes Boba Fett so freakin’ cool, so we asked the three men who played the majority of scenes as the man of few words but many kills to do it for us. That’s right, as part of EW’s new Reunions issue, we brought Jeremy Bulloch (who played Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), Dickey Beer (who did the big Fett stunts in the Return of the Jedi Sarlacc battle scene) and Daniel Logan (who played young Boba in Attack of the Clones and currently voices the character on The Clone Wars) together. In this bonus outtake not found in the issue, we asked each of the actors their thoughts on what makes Boba Fett such a fan favorite. READ FULL STORY

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