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'Catching Fire' star Sam Claflin on Finnick's sugar cube scene: 'I was definitely prepared to do anything' -- EXCLUSIVE

Sam Claflin was sure he’d whiffed his audition. He was in Los Angeles on a promotional tour for Snow White and the Huntsman when his agent sent him in to read for Finnick Odair—District 4’s charismatic golden boy whose motives remain unclear to Katniss as they head back into the Games. “Finnick is this tanned, green-eyed, sex god,” laughs the 26-year-old Brit over sodas at his Waikiki hotel on a day off from shooting. “I’m thinking I’m brunette, I have loads of stubble, at the time I was by no means in shape. This guy walked in just after my audition who looked like Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise. Yeah, I’m not going to get this.”

But the filmmakers were after more than just some young stud.  “Sometimes you get someone with the swagger but not the soulfulness or the other way around,” explains Jacobson. “Sam had both. He is such a sweet, sweet fellow.” He has a sweet fiancée as well, the British actress Laura Haddock who walked by the restaurant during our interview, excitedly holding up towels and waving at him as she made her way to the beach.

'Snow White and the Huntsman' costume designer talks Charlize Theron's spooky dresses -- VIDEO

Audiences have been admiring Colleen Atwood’s costumes for decades — from Johnny Depp’s forlorn, goth barber in 1990’s Edward Scissorhands all the way up to Depp’s unhinged Mad Hatter in 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. But it’s another thing altogether to get an up-close-and-personal look at her work, which I did a few weeks ago at a special private gallery showing of Atwood’s costumes for Snow White and the Huntsman. Beyond all the precise detail work built into every one of Charlize Theron’s outlandishly sinister dresses as the Evil Queen, what most impressed me was how each costume played an integral role in the storytelling of the film. (It’s no wonder Atwood’s won three Oscars for her costume designs, and earned six more nominations besides.)

Check out my video interview with Atwood about four of her Snow White and the Huntsman costumes below:  READ FULL STORY

'Battleship' director Peter Berg on the surprise seafaring advice he got from Kevin Costner

When mounting a production as gargantuan as Battleship — Universal’s $200 million-plus maritime alien invasion spectacular — it helps to seek out as much advice as possible. Fortunately for director Peter Berg, one of the foremost experts on making mega-budget Hollywood productions on the open ocean came to him. Two months before Berg, Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, and the rest of the film’s cast and crew set out to shoot on the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii, the Hancock director says he got an unsolicited phone call from none other than Kevin Costner.

That’s right: The star of the notorious 1995 flop Waterworld had a few things to get off his chest about shooting a movie on the briny sea. (Costner was unavailable to comment for this story.) Check out his advice as Berg recalls it below:  READ FULL STORY

Dave Franco bringing his 'weirdly sexual' short film to SXSW

You’re as likely to have first encountered Dave Franco — yup, that’s James Franco’s younger brother — in his series of outrageously raunchy Funny or Die videos as his roles in films like Fright Night and Charlie St. Cloud, and TV shows like Scrubs and Greek. (In case you haven’t seen them, click here and here to watch the very NSFW videos.)

This week, Franco’s twin career paths converge at the SXSW Film Festival: 21 Jump Street, featuring Franco’s biggest film role to date, premieres Monday as at the Austin festival’s centerpiece film; and the night before, he will debut Would You, a comedy short penned by Franco and directed by Funny or Die pals Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst. The film is about two college buddies — Franco and real-life childhood friend Talia Tabin (Parks and Recreation) — who enter into a game of “would you rather” that starts to become true. It also features Franco’s buddy Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Franco’s mother Betsy. Though close-lipped about what specifically is in store, Franco promises Would You is just as outré as his previous shorts, even if that means placing his own mom in an apparently, er, delicate situation. Check out our interview below:  READ FULL STORY

'Magic Mike': Matt Bomer on 'feeling kind of naked all the time' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Like listening to Adele’s 21 and reruns of Downton Abbey, there can never be too many updates about Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper movie Magic Mike. EW has two new exclusive images from the film, out June 29, and when we caught up with costar Matt Bomer on the red carpet at last night’s People’s Choice Awards, we couldn’t help but ask about how he prepared, literally, to show off so much skin. Check out our interview with Bomer, along with the full image of Bomer with costars Adam Rodriguez and Channing Tatum, and an exclusive shot of Tatum and costar Alex Pettyfer, below. READ FULL STORY

'Princess Bride' remake? 'I hope I'm dead before that happens,' says Mandy Patinkin. But how about a Miracle Max and Valerie movie?

Hollywood executives are notoriously unsentimental when it comes to greenlighting remakes of much-loved movies. Did you cringe in horror at the recent news that remakes of Point Break and Dirty Dancing are in the works? Boo hoo for you. Did you boycott last year’s Karate Kid remake purely on principle? Well, suck on those $359 million worldwide grosses. That said, if anyone ever dreams of remaking director Rob Reiner’s 1987 comic fairy tale The Princess Bride (and it’s hard to imagine the thought hasn’t crossed someone’s mind — after all, there has been talk in recent years of a musical theater version), they’ll have millions of loyal fans of the original wishing for them to be devoured by Rodents of Unusual Size. And it’s not just the fans who would find the very idea inconceivable(!) — cast members from The Princess Bride, who recently came together for the first time in 25 years for EW’s Reunions issue (on stands now), also find the notion appalling. “I hope I’m dead before that happens,” says Mandy Patinkin, who played the swashbuckling Spaniard Inigo Montoya. “I don’t want to have to go through that. Be careful what you even say.”

Spinning off some characters into another movie, though? That’s another question. Billy Crystal tells EW he, for one, thinks that his cantankerous wizard Miracle Max and Max’s not-a-witch wife Valerie (played by Carol Kane) deserve their own movie. “There should be a Max and Valerie movie,” Crystal says. “Start a Twitter thing: ‘We want more Max and Valerie.’ Now we won’t need as much makeup.” Sure, he’s probably joking. Then again, maybe he’s got something there. As spinoff ideas go, to quote Miracle Max, I’ve seen worse.

'Romy and Michele': Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino talk valley girls... and plans for a follow-up? -- VIDEO

As Romy and Michele found out the hard way, trying to come out on top at a reunion can be, like, a totally fruitless endeavor. Thankfully, there were no popularity contests at this reunion. It’s been roughly 15 years since the concoction of the Post-it scheme to end all Post-it schemes, but Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow have remained friends. “We genuinely like each other and crack each other up,” Sorvino said. The Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion actresses reunited on July 25 in Los Angeles for EW’s annual Reunions issue, but their frequent giggles and undeniable chemistry made it seem like that “I’m the Mary” fight happened just yesterday.

You can see read the interview and see our Romy and Michele photos — as well as pictures and interviews from our Princess Bride, Aliens, and NYPD Blue reunions (to name a few) — in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands today. In the meantime, check out the video below, and get ready for what could be yet another eventful reunion. “Hopefully one day there will be a movie about what they’re up to today,” Sorvino said. “We’ve been working on that for the past decade and a half.” Kudrow’s suggestion? “Michele Goes Through the Change and Romy Is There.” Watch the video below the jump. READ FULL STORY

As you wish: 'Princess Bride' cast and director talk inconceivable(!) cult hit -- VIDEO

It wasn’t a major hit at the box office. It didn’t spawn any sequels or TV spin-offs. It didn’t have any huge stars — unless you count the seven-foot-plus wrestler André the Giant. And yet, surprisingly — you might even say inconceivably — since its release in 1987, director Rob Reiner’s wryly comic fairy tale The Princess Bride, a fable about true love featuring swashbuckling adventure, a six-fingered villain, and Rodents of Unusual Size, has gone on to become one of the most beloved films in recent Hollywood history. Millions of fans can quote their favorite lines by heart: “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” “Have fun storming the castle.” “Mawage, that bwessed awangement… ”

For EW’s annual Reunions issue, the stars of The Princess Bride — Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, and Wallace Shawn — gathered together for the first time in nearly 25 years for a reunion photo shoot (see our behind-the-scenes video below and the reunited cast photo here). They also shared their memories of the making of The Princess Bride for an in-depth oral history. Here are a few highlights (for the entire oral history and to see our Princess Bride photos — as well as pictures from our Fatal Attraction and Aliens reunions and more — check out the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands today): READ FULL STORY

Horror-comedy 'Tucker and Dale vs. Evil' director Eli Craig lists his top five funny fright flicks


Like a fat man lying down on a wide wall, the horror-comedy is a notoriously difficult thing to pull off. But that didn’t stop debut director Eli Craig making Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, a humorous twist on the crazed hillbilly genre which opens in theatres this Friday (and is currently available on VOD).

We asked Craig to list his top five movies which combine things-that-go-bump-in-the-night with things-that-make-him-laugh-until-he pukes.

Ghostbusters is the greatest comedy-horror movie of all-time. I was seven or eight when I saw that and it was as frightening as anything I had seen. But it has that heart of gold that I think is hard to find in comedies these days. There’s a lot of satirical comedy, a lot of comedy with a sort of bitter edge to it. But I’m a big fan of that sweet kind of comedy.” READ FULL STORY

Next stop for Seth Rogen and the '50/50' team: 'Jamaica'

The 50/50 gang is riding high after their triumphant premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last week. “We had a two-and-a-half minute standing ovation,” says first-time screenwriter Will Reiser. “That was pretty much the greatest night of my life.”

The buddy comedy, which stars  Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was inspired by Reiser’s own devastating cancer diagnosis when he was just 25 years old. READ FULL STORY

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