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At a very young age, actor Lucas Hedges has already worked with some of the best directors in Hollywood including Wes Anderson, Jason Reitman, and now Terry Gilliam

The son of director Peter Hedges (Pieces of April, The Odd Life of Timothy Green), Lucas first appeared in Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and later The Grand Budapest Hotel. He also appeared in Arthur Newman, before working with Reitman on Labor Day. He will soon be seen opposite Academy Award-nominee Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) in the Oscar-buzz worthy Kill the Messenger, which opens in theaters on October 10th. But first you can catch him in legendary filmmaker Terry Gilliam’s new movie The Zero Theorem, which also stars two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained) and opens in theaters on October 19th. 

The Zero Theorem follows a computer hacker named Qohen (Waltz) whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence. However, he continually finds his work interrupted by the Management (Matt Damon), who send a teenager (Hedges) and a lusty love interest (Melanie Thierry) to distract him. In addition to Waltz, Damon, Hedges, and Thierry, the film also stars David Thewlis (War Horse), Peter Stormare (Fargo), Ben Whishaw (Skyfall), and Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive, Snowpiercer). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Lucas Hedges about his work on The Zero Theorem and Kill the Messenger. The talented young actor discussed The Zero Theorem, his familiarity with Terry Gilliam’s previous films, how his father strongly suggested he except the role, if working with Wes Anderson prepared him for the Terry Gilliam experience, what it’s like as an actor on a Gilliam set, how Gilliam directs actors, what he learned from working with Christoph Waltz, Kill the Messenger, and acting opposite Jeremy Renner

Dylan O'Brien plays the title character in The Maze Runner, but he doesn't share his character's fondness for long-haul hoofing.

"I myself have particularly always hated long distance running," the actor revealed during a Q&A on the 20th Century Fox lot last month.

"I love sprinting, though, like for a short amount of time. I think if anything I’m way more of a sprinter," he said.  "And so this was perfect but also exhausting."

The 23-year-old is already a star thanks to his fan-favorite role as Stiles on MTV's hit Teen Wolf series, but The Maze Runner marks his first test as a leading man in the big screen.  The film, opening in theaters nationwide today, is based upon the bestselling young adult novel by James Dashner, and if it proves successful, O'Brien will headline a bona-fide franchise, since The Maze Runner is only the first in a trilogy of books.

When The Maze Runner kicks off, O'Brien's character, Thomas, wakes up with no memory in an industrial elevator speeding upwards.  When it reaches the top, Thomas finds himself in The Glade, a walled-in area populated by fellow young amnesiacs who have made a thriving, functional little community. The Glade is in the middle of a massive maze, the doors to which close every night, but any Gladers who don't make it back before nightfall never return.

As Thomas, a "greenie," becomes a Glader, his curiosity and determination to solve the mystery of his memories and the maze put him at odds with some of the makeshift community.  His discoveries running the maze deepen the rifts, and not long after Thomas's arrival, it's clear that The Glade will never be the same.

If you are a fan of actress Eliza Dushku then you won’t want to miss her latest film because it might be the last time you get to see her on screen for a while. 

Dushku is best known for her roles in the Joss Whedon produced series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Dollhouse, as well as films like True Lies, Bring It On, and Wrong Turn. But recently the 33 year-old decided to take a break from acting and attend college in Boston. Before her extended hiatus, the actress can be seen in the new film The Scribbler, which opens in theaters, VOD and iTunes on September 19th.

The film, which is based on the graphic novel by screenwriter Daniel Schaffer, revolves around a young woman named Suki (Katie Cassidy) who faces her destructive multiple personalities using an experimental new procedure known as "The Siamese Burn." Dushku plays Jennifer Silk, a police officer questioning Suki about a crime. In addition to Dushku and Cassidy, the movie also stars Garret Dillahunt (Looper), Michelle Trachtenberg (TV’s Gossip Girl), Sasha Grey (Would You Rather), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe), Billy Campbell (TV’s The Killing), and Michael Imperioli (The Call).  

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the absolutely delightful Eliza Dushku about her work on The Scribbler, as well as her decision to attend college. The fan favorite actress discussed her new film, why she wanted to join the production, choosing to play Silk instead of Suki, acting with Michael Imperioli, the movie’s impressive production value, the importance of graphic novel creator Daniel Schaffer also penning the screenplay, why she loves her fans, and putting her career on hold to attend college.

Opening in theaters on September 19th is the new romantic comedy from veteran director Peter Chelsom entitled Hector and the Search for Happiness

Chelsom has helmed several successful films throughout his distinguished career including The Mighty, Serendipity, Shall We Dance?, and Hannah Montana: The Movie. He co-wrote Hector and the Search for Happiness with Tinker Lindsay and Maria von Heland, based on the novel of the same name by author Francois Lelord

The film revolves around Hector (Simon Pegg), a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. He tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), that he feels like a fraud because he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and a child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. In addition to Pegg and Pike, the film also stars Stellan Skarsgard (The Avengers), Jean Reno (Leon: The Professional), Toni Collette (In Her Shoes), and Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with director Peter Chelsom about his work on Hector and the Search for Happiness. The accomplished filmmaker discussed his latest movie, adapting the novel into a screenplay, what he’s learned about writing from the post-production process, why he couldn’t have directed this film ten years ago, working with Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike, why he needed to direct them both differently, and what Christopher Plummer is like on set. 

Former Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens has not one but two major movies opening this week!

The first is the new thriller The Guest from You’re Next writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard. The film, which opens in theaters on September 17th, follows a soldier named David (Stevens) that introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence. The Guest also stars Sheila Kelley (Matchstick Men), Leland Orser (Morning), and Lance Reddick (Oldboy). 

The second is the new crime drama A Walk Among the Tombstones, which opens in theaters on September 19th. The movie revolves around private investigator Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson), who is hired by a drug kingpin (Stevens) named Kenny Kristo to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. A Walk Among the Tombstones was written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout). As if that is not enough, Stevens will be seen later this year playing the iconic role of Sir Lancelot in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dan Stevens about his work on The Guest, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The talented English actor discussed The Guest, first reading the screenplay, its cinematic inspirations, his character, the filmmakers, Leland Orser, A Walk Among the Tombstones, director Scott Frank, Liam Neeson, having two films open in the same week, appearing in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tom, playing Sir Lancelot, and working with the sensational cast. 

Liam Neeson is far from your standard action hero.  Most stars proudly declare their enthusiasm for dangerous derring-do and stunts. 

"I don’t do my own stunts," Neeson says matter of factly. "But I do my own fighting and stuff."

He's not a typical Hollywood cinematic ass-kicker, but this Friday's A Walk Among the Tombstones gives Neeson ample opportunity for the fisticuffs he so enjoys.  That said, the film, opening nationwide September 19th, isn't the type of movie that requires the actor to outrun fireballs or spend days on green screen sets.

A Walk Among the Tombstones has a sharper pedigree and weightier source material than such a movie.  Written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout), the film marks the big screen debut of literary P.I. Matt Scudder, a hard-as-nails ex-NYPD cop who has solved mysteries and won fans in over seventeen bestselling novels by Lawrence Block.

The Skeleton Twins is a hard movie to peg to just one genre.

On the one hand, the critically acclaimed film stars two of America's funniest comedic actors and has moments of genuine humor.  On the other, it deals with weighty issues like depression, infidelity, and suicide.

So which is it, a comedy or a drama?

"As long as they do not call it just a comedy, and as long as they do not call it just a drama," Kristen Wiig said in a roundtable interview promoting The Skeleton Twins, which opens in theaters September 12th.

"As long as they do not call it shit," quipped Bill Hader. "That’s good."

Both Hader and Wiig are basically national treasures.  Two of the most talented performers ever to grace Saturday Night Live, they've proven their cinematic chops in movies such as Bridesmaids and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs; they even played husband and wife in Adventureland.

With The Skeleton Twins, both actors demonstrate a dramatic range that neither had the opportunity to show prior.  In the film, Hader plays Milo, twin brother to Wiig's Maggie.  The two haven't spoken in a decade, but after Milo attempts to kill, himself, the formerly close twins are reunited, slowly reconnecting and discovering that they may just be able to help each other repair their lives.

Actress Judy Greer recently published her first book entitled I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star. Well, with all the high profile film projects Greer has coming up in the next few years, you’ll definitely soon know exactly what you know her from!

The in-demand supporting actress has roles in the upcoming films Ant-Man, Jurassic World, and Tomorrowland, as well as possibly returning for the third Planet of the Apes movie. Not to mention her latest film Jamie Marks Is Dead, which opened in theaters on August 29th. Greer first gained attention as Bluth secretary Kitty Sanchez on the cult classic TV series Arrested Development. She has gone on to appear in such popular films as The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, Love and Other Drugs, the Oscar-winning The Descendants, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Carrie, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, where she plays Cesar’s wife Cornelia. She can also be currently seen on the new FX comedy series Married, as well as the wonderfully bizarre Sprint “Framily plan” commercials. 

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the absolutely delightful Judy Greer during the Jamie Marks Is Dead premiere after party, and I had a chance to talk with her about all of her highly anticipated projects. While the actress was quite cryptic about her upcoming films, she briefly discussed when she begins shooting Ant-Man, her role in Jurassic World, if she has any scenes with dinosaurs, working with director Brad Bird on Tomorrowland, not having any scenes with her Descendants co-star George Clooney, getting to kiss Tim McGraw, and that she hopes to return as Queen of the apes in the next Planet of the Apes movie. 

John Hawkes is truly an actor’s actor! He is the actor that many other actors want to work with the most because his work is always so excellent.

Hawkes has been working steadily for almost 30 years and has appeared in countless film and television projects including From Dusk Till Dawn, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, The Perfect Storm, and Miami Vice, as well as TV’s 24, Lost, and Eastbound & Down. But his big break came from playing Sol Star on HBO’s popular Western series Deadwood. Since then, he has made a string of critically acclaimed movies such as American Gangster, Winter’s Bone, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Lincoln, and The Sessions, which earned him his first Golden Globe Award-nomination for Best Actor. Now Hawkes can be seen opposite Jennifer Aniston in the new film Life of Crime, which opens in theaters on August 29th. 

Life of Crime is based on the novel The Switch by legendary author Elmore Leonard, who also wrote Rum Punch - the book that Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown was based on. In fact, Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (formally Mos Def), and Isla Fisher play the roles that Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bridget Fonda played respectively in Jackie Brown. However, Life of Crime is in no way a prequel to the underrated Tarantino film, or a remake of the ‘80s comedy Ruthless People as the trailer might suggest. 

In the movie, which was written and directed by Daniel Schechter (Supporting), two common criminals named Lois and Ordell (Hawkes and Bey) get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife (Aniston) of a corrupt real-estate developer (Tim Robbins) who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return. In addition to Hawkes, Aniston, Bey, Robbins, and Fisher, the film also features Will Forte (Nebraska), and Mark Boone Junior (Batman Begins). 

I recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with the great John Hawkes to talk about his work on Life of Crime, as well as his impressive career. The acclaimed actor discussed his new movie, the work of Elmore Leonard, why the film is NOT a prequel to Jackie Brown, never actually seeing the Tarantino classic, working with Bey and Aniston, not realizing that he is admired by so many other actors, working with Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, his admiration for the former President, his recounting of actor David Strathaim’s experience with Day-Lewis on that film, and why he always stays on set for other actor’s close-ups.

I think at this point everyone on Earth has heard of JWOWW!

Even if you’ve never watched a minute of MTV’s groundbreaking reality series Jersey Shore, you’ve heard of Jenni “JWOWW” Farley and her fellow cast members including Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. I mean even the President of the United States has mentioned them in a speech!

Since Jersey Shore, Farley has appeared on the popular spin-off Snooki & JWOWW, and is currently featured on the series Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars with her fiancé Roger Mathews. In fact, Farley gave birth earlier this summer to the couple’s first child, a baby girl named Meilani Alexandra Mathews. She has also acted on the long running soap opera One Life to Live, and in the popular Farrelly brothers film The Three Stooges, along with the rest of her Jersey Shore co-stars. Now the reality superstar has gone behind the camera to executive produce her first film entitled Jersey Shore Massacre, which opens in theaters on August 22nd, and VOD August 26th. 

Jersey Shore Massacre is a horror comedy that spoofs the popular reality series. In the film, a typical weekend down the shore takes a bizarre turn in the New Jersey Pine Barrens as six girls and five obnoxious fist-pumpers become the unsuspecting targets of a deranged killer. The movie was written and directed by Paul Tarnopol (Girl Gone Dead), and stars Danielle Dallacco (TV’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Giovanni Roselli (The Wrestler), Chris Lazzaro (Catch of the Day), and The Howard Stern Show’s Sal Governale and Richard Christy, as well as porn legend Ron Jeremy

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the absolutely lovely Jenni “JWOWW” Farley about her work on Jersey Shore Massacre, as well as her life after Jersey Shore. The reality star turned executive producer discussed her new movie, how she got involved with the project, what she learned from producing her first film, spoofing the series that made her famous, her love of horror films, how Jersey Shore changed reality television, her place in pop culture, President Obama saying her name in a speech, her friendship with Snooki, forever being connected to the cast of Jersey Shore, what they have in common with The Beatles, acting in The Three Stooges, and if she would like to do more acting in the future or just focus on producing. 

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