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'A Million Ways to Die in the West': Seth MacFarlane takes us inside the 'Mustache Song' and dance

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In Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, Neil Patrick Harris takes center stage for one of the film’s best sequences — the highly choreographed and riotously funny “Mustache Song.”

“I do always feel like everything that I do should have some sort of musical component,” MacFarlane told EW. “If you can get a song in there, it’s just a nice Hollywood tradition.”

His comedy might be irreverent, but the key to success in a musical number, MacFarlane says, is treating your material with the utmost seriousness. Even as a self-described “non-dancer,” MacFarlane knows how to assemble the right team for a showstopper. Not only did he adapt a song from the period, but he also hired a veteran choreographer and an army of Broadway dancers for the sequence. MacFarlane also relied on veteran singer and two-time Grammy nominee Amick Byram to do the vocals. READ FULL STORY

'Transformers: Age of Extinction': Michael Bay's car fetish

There’s no denying it: The Transformers movies have an erotic auto fixation. But what carmaker wants its sleekest vehicles to be publicly pulverized on screen? According to franchise director Michael Bay, all of them. “The first time, I had to beg for vehicles,” he says. “But now — I am not kidding you — every car company says, ‘We will fly out any car to show you so it can be in the movie.’” With one catch, he adds: “As long as it’s one of the good guys.”

For Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth in the series, Bay managed to sign the Lamborghini Aventador as galactic bounty hunter Lockdown. “He’s just a bounty hunter, so they were okay with that,” Bay says with a laugh. READ FULL STORY

Emily Blunt finds her inner-action heroine in 'Edge of Tomorrow'

Emily Blunt probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think of action heroines. Which is understandable: In movies like The Devil Wears Prada, Looper, and Young Victoria, her characters have inflicted plenty of pain — just not with fists. (Remember when she gut-punched Anne Hathaway in Prada with one well-placed “Shan’t”?)

That’s about to change. In Edge of Tomorrow (out June 6), Blunt plays Rita Vrataski, a super-soldier who teaches Lt. Co. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) how to harness his time-looping ability in a war against aliens. It’s an intensely physical role that feels like an about-face for the British actress, though she says she’s spent years waiting for just the right action part to come along. “I’d always wanted to do something very physical,” she says. “But in most action movies, the woman is a damsel in distress tied to a tree.”  READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe talks skinny-dipping (again!) for new rom-com 'What If'

In the upcoming modern rom-com What If (Aug. 1), Daniel Radcliffe trades his wizard robes for jeans — and a bit of nudity.

But prepping for his first romantic lead required more than just dropping his drawers. In the film, from director Michael Dowse (Goon, Take Me Home Tonight), Radcliffe, 24, had to get comfortable acting in modern times. After Harry Potter and period films such as The Woman in Black, What If — about a med-school dropout (Radcliffe) who falls for an already attached art director (Ruby Sparks’ Zoe Kazan) — is Radcliffe’s “first foray into the 21st century,” he notes. To prep, he boned up on his genre faves: When Harry Met Sally…, It Happened One Night, and Arthur with Dudley Moore. READ FULL STORY

'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' poster: Joseph Gordon-Levitt tries his luck -- EXCLUSIVE

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of a few new additions to the Sin City universe in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s long-in-the-works sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. And since it’s a universe that’s particularly affected by the forces of entropic decay, his character doesn’t exactly get off easy.

He plays Johnny, a gambler whose good fortune takes a turn for the worse after he beats the wrong guy at the table. Check out Gordon-Levitt in this exclusive poster for the film, one of six, looking all badass and photo-negative.

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': See Andy Serkis and others go ape in this side-by-side special-effects video -- EXCLUSIVE

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Like its predecessor Rise of the Planet of the Apes and unlike such classic works of American cinema as Every Which Way But Loose, Dunston Checks In, and MVP: Most Valuable Primate, Matt Reeves’ upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes features no actual apes whatsoever. Rather than going for flesh-and-blood primates, the filmmakers once again opted for zeroes and ones. The digital makeup is being sculpted in three-dimensions by the wizards of Weta Digital and overlaid onto performances by Velcro/spandex-suited actors like Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell. “I’ve seen an entire cut of the movie without any ­special ­effects whatsoever,” says Serkis, who once again plays the apes’ leader, Caesar. “It’s amazing to watch as Weta’s work comes in and we’re transformed.”

Check out the exclusive behind-the-scenes footage below showing split-screen comparisons of the film’s actors before and after their special-effects makeovers. READ FULL STORY

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