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George Clooney is 'superhuman,' Shailene Woodley says [Video]

Shailene Woodley and George Clooney

Shailene Woodley is already a TV star, but the 19-year-old has yet to make a name on the big screen. That will likely change this fall when she stars opposite George Clooney in "The Descendants."

In the much-buzzed-about movie, the star of ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" plays the angsty daughter of Clooney's character, and the two spend the film trying to repair their troubled relationship. In real life, the 19-year-old and the 50-year-old get along far better, Woodley said Monday at the Hollywood Film Awards, where she was the recipient of a Spotlight prize.

"I don't think [we connected] really in a father-daughter way, because he's not my dad. But we did connect in a human-to-human way," she said with a smile on the red carpet. "He's a really amazing human. I would say he's a superhuman. And I just kind of stood there and like a sponge and soaked up all of his greatness because he has so much to offer."

Woodley, who has long wanted to transition from TV to film, explained that she found the slower pace of a movie set conducive to the creative process.

"When you do a TV show, you do maybe eight scenes a day -- and on a movie, you do one. So it was great to have the freedom to be creative," she said. "I do think it's a very different role for me than I've done before. So I'm excited to show that side of me."

While she has yet to line up any additional film projects, Woodley said she is trying to embrace the chaos of her first run on the award circuit.

"It's the kind of thing that you can't really conceptualize. You just go with it," she said of the endless promotion. "You're so endlessly grateful for every day and at the end of the day you're like, 'Did that really just happen?' "


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Photo: George Clooney and Shailene Woodley at a media conference during the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Kim Kardashian lands a role in Tyler Perry's 'Marriage Counselor'

Kim Kardashian will play Ava in Tyler Perry's 'The Marriage Couselor'

Kim Kardashian has landed a role in the new Tyler Perry film "The Marriage Counselor," which is based on his play of the same name.

"Big news!! I'm co-starring in Tyler Perry's new movie!" Kardashian tweeted over the weekend (on her 31st birthday, actually). "It's gonna be such a fun experience!" she added.

Well, maybe the reality-TV starlet has learned a thing or two about married life seeing that she's been hitched, for what, three months now? Her lavish wedding to Kris Humphries has been the talk of the tabs for months. Could that be what caught Perry's eye?

Kardashian will play Ava, a friend and coworker of the titular counselor (played by Jurnee Smollett of "The Defenders" and "Friday Night Lights"), whose marriage takes a turn when she gets bored dispensing good advice and decides to sleep with a suave client, according to Deadline. But not to worry, Ava is there to give the counselor a big-city makeover when her life is in the dumps. Big stretch for fashionista Kardashian, no?

Mrs. Kris Humphries last appeared on the big screen in the 2009 film "Deep in the Valley" and made her big-screen debut in 2008's "Disaster Movie." 

Let's just hope the middle Kardashian's stab at acting is better than her older sister Kourtney's atrocious attempt on "One Life to Live." Shudder.

The Lionsgate film begins shooting in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Is Kardashian's acting ready for Perry's directorial touch? Or should she stick with TV? Sound off in comments.


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Photo: Kim Kardashian. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Angelina Jolie fans get a taste of ‘Blood and Honey’ [Video]


Angelina Jolie’s new trailer for "In the Land of Blood and Honey" hit the Web on Friday, and fans can finally see what all the hubbub is about.

At first the clip reveals two lovers, a Serbian man and Bosnian-Muslim woman, before a darker storyline emerges. It appears the couple was forced apart during the Bosnian war in 1992 and he’s taken her captive. "Am I a prisoner?" she asks. "You are not a prisoner if you want to be here," is his chilling reply.

Bosnian actors Zana Marjanovic and Goran Kostic star in the movie that was filmed in English and Serbo-Croat languages.

The drama marks Jolie's debut as writer and director, but getting the film made hasn’t been easy. In late 2010, "Blood and Honey" caused an uproar with female war victims in Bosnia over rumors that the film portrayed a love story between a rapist and his victim.

Jolie's filming permit was pulled by Sarajevo city officials over the controversy, but later reinstated after they reviewed the script. In the end, Jolie sent a second-unit director to film only three or four days in Bosnia instead of eight or 10, and opted to shoot more of the film in Hungary instead.

"There are many twists in the plot that address the sensitive nature of the relationship between the main characters and that will be revealed once the film is released," Jolie told Reuters at the time.

"In the Land of Blood and Honey' opens Dec. 23, just in time for awards season.


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Photo: Angelina Jolie at the "Money Ball" premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9. Credit: Associated Press.

Patrick Swayze's widow unveils his 'Dirty Dancing' wax double

Patrick Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi with his Johnny Castle character's wax double

Patrick Swayze's "Dirty Dancing" character was further immortalized this week, with Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi, on hand as the wax figure was unveiled in Hollywood.

Swayze, who died of pancreatic cancer in September 2009 with his family at his side, famously partnered with Jennifer Grey in "Dirty Dancing," playing Johnny Castle to her Baby. The figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood re-creates part of a scene in which Johnny takes Baby away from the dance floor and teaches her dance moves on a log over a stream.

"It's gonna be so fun to have this figure in the museum here, and at the same time it's bittersweet," Niemi told "Access Hollywood" at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood on Tuesday. "I wish he were here, really here."

Swayze costar Grey celebrated his memory on her way to winning "Dancing With the Stars" last November, drawing inspiration for one of her most memorable dances from their work together. She also in August tweeted her support for a "Dirty Dancing" remake, currently in development with Kenny Ortega on board as director and producer.

"We're going to teach Baby to dance again but we're going to find a cast that can stand tall in their own shoes," Ortega told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the unveiling. "We're not going to try to be replacing this man, because that's impossible."

Talking to the L.A. Times in 1997, Swayze said he thought the coming-of-age film worked because people relived "those wonderfully painful moments ... when you just need to love somebody with all your heart, and to be loved back.... Plus, it was a pretty sexy movie."

Niemi, now a spokeswoman for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, likely relived a few moments this week in Hollywood. "When the curtain actually dropped, I was grateful for all the confetti," Niemi told OnTheRedCarpet. "I was kind of bracing myself because I wasn't sure how I'd react. ... I loved him so much. I am so happy that it came out as beautifully as it did."


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Photo: Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze's widow, helps unveil a wax figure of her late husband as his "Dirty Dancing" character Johnny Castle at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood on Tuesday. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press

Zachary Quinto identifies himself 'as a gay man'

Zachary Quinto says he's gay

This post has been updated, as detailed below.

Zachary Quinto hasn't typically been one to get too personal — unless you count a new interview in which he just-in-passing refers to himself as a gay man, directly, publicly, for the first time.

The "Heroes" and "Star Trek" star casually dropped the detail while promoting his upcoming film "Margin Call," a thriller that revolves around a handful of investment bankers, one of them played by Quinto, during the first 24 hours of the U.S. financial meltdown.

Along the way, assessing his recent eight-month turn in "Angels in America" in an interview with New York magazine, Quinto said that the Broadway role had made him realize how lucky he was to have been born in 1977 — too late to have witnessed the AIDS crisis' "decimation of an entire generation of amazingly talented and otherwise vital men" in the mid-'80s, when that play takes place.

"And at the same time, as a gay man, it made me feel like there's still so much work to be done, and there's still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed," said the new incarnation of Mr. Spock.

[Updated, 6:15 p.m. Oct. 16: In addition to the New York magazine interview that was publicized Saturday, Quinto on Sunday posted a message on his personal blog, saying that the suicide of bullied gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer spurred him to go public about his sexuality. "In light of jamey's death — it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it — is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality," he wrote. Jamey Rodemeyer is the teen Lady Gaga referenced while addressing President Obama at a fund-raiser last month in Northern California.]

So — that's that.

Keep in mind, this comes less than a year after Quinto shut down a conversation with that very same magazine after deeming certain of its reporter's questions too personal. Probing questions along the lines of, oh, "What's your favorite ice cream flavor?" Yes, really.

"Margin Call" — which has a cast including Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci, to name a few — opens Oct. 21, and counts Quinto among its producers.


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Photo: Zachary Quinto in Los Angeles last week. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters

'The Rum Diary': Johnny Depp always mindful of Hunter S. Thompson

Johnny Depp on the red carpet at the premiere of The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp has already channeled the spirit of his late friend, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, a number of times on the big screen. 

Over a decade ago, Depp brought the writer's wild alter-ego to life in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Earlier this year, he said the personality of the animated lizard he played in "Rango" was inspired by Thompson, who committed suicide in 2005. And in just a few weeks, Depp will continue his effort to keep the icon's image alive with "The Rum Diary," based on one of Thompson's novels and costarring Aaron Eckhart and Amber Heard.

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The movie, shot back in 2009, was a passion project for Depp, who said he still has visions of Thompson and feels the writer's spirit is with him "24 hours a day."

"There's this great friend that I knew and loved who left this world in 2005, and still stays with me somehow," he mused on the red carpet at the premiere of "The Rum Diary" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Thursday evening. "I mean, literally, my head hits the pillow, I think of him. I wake up in the morning, I think of him."

Depp plays a journalist who moves to Puerto Rico and begins working at a troubled newspaper where he and his co-workers become booze hounds. The story draws heavily from Thompson's experiences in the tropical paradise, where he worked in his 20s in a similar environment.

That Depp was so familiar with Thompson's story proved to be an asset for the actor's costars.

"Johnny just knows Hunter so well and knows the words and is so involved in the project that it's just effortless," said Eckhart, who plays a rival of Depp's character.

"It's a passion project for him, and it made me trust all the more in the material," added actress Heard, "The Rum Diary's" love interest. "It was a wild ride."

"The Rum Diary" hits theaters Oct. 28.


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Photo: Johnny Depp at the premiere of "The Rum Diary" on Oct. 13. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press.

'This Means War': Tom Hardy, Chris Pine can't share Reese [video]


Because Reese Witherspoon doesn't have enough, her new film "This Means War" sees leading men Tom Hardy and Chris Pine duking it out for her affections. Literally duking it out.

In a new trailer for the film, Hardy and Pine, playing bromantic CIA operatives, start out all guns-blazing, BASE-jumping, suit-wearing beefcake before learning they're both courting Witherspoon's Lauren Scott, a predictably bubbly blond with a little bit of an edge (black eyeliner seems to differentiate Lauren from other Reese incarnations). 

Her look is sexier, but Witherspoon's trademark moral anxiety comes into play as she questions herself for dating two men at the same time. Enter Chelsea Handler, who impressed us with this crack on her pal's dilemma: "Do you think Gloria Steinem got arrested and sat in a jail cell so you could act like a little [Reese Witherspoon with moral anxiety]?"

Glitterbomb and pop enthusiast McG, of the "Charlie's Angels" film franchise, directs. Watch the trailer -- caution, there are a couple of adult words -- and tell us what you think. Will you go see "This Means War"?



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Photos: Reese Witherspoon, left, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. Credits: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times, left; Jason Kempin / Getty Images, center; Matt Sayles / Associated Press, right.

'The Thing': Mary Elizabeth Winstead on 'stalking' Kurt Russell

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

A little bit of Kurt Russell must have rubbed off on Mary Elizabeth Winstead when she co-starred with the veteran actor in "Sky High" and "Death Proof." Now she's following in his career footsteps as she takes on the lead role in "The Thing," the upcoming prequel to the 1982 Russell flick of the same name.

"We never really exchanged information, so I'm almost stalking him in a creepy way, like he doesn't know it, but I'm following his every move!," Winstead said at the world premiere of "The Thing" on Monday at Universal CityWalk. "It's been so coincidental but so great, because I love him to death."

Winstead is what makes the prequel deviate from the 1982 film, which had an all-male cast. Canadian-born actress Kim Bubbs is the only other female cast member in the 2011 version. Though "there definitely was a lot of testosterone," Winstead said she felt completely part of the boys' club during the shoot.

"They were so respectful of me and ... wanted me to be a part of everything," she said. "I never once felt out of the loop."

With a growing resume in horror films, the actress also opened up about what scares her: heights.

"Even the thought of sky-diving or something [like that] makes me kind of nauseous," she said.

Costar Eric Christian Olsen, who appears in the new season of "NCIS: Los Angeles," also shared his biggest fear: sharks.

The movie "Jaws," he said, "made a big imprint on me, but I still surf like twice a week. I saw a 10-foot great white outside of Point Dume one day, and my heart was beating outside of my chest."


"The Thing" opens Friday.


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Photo: Mary Elizabeth Winstead at the premiere of "The Thing" at Universal CityWalk on Oct. 10. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

'Real Steel': Hugh Jackman on acting with robots and kids

Hugh Jackman at the "Real Steel" premiere

Hugh Jackman has belted out songs on Broadway, fought mutants and slayed vampires. This Friday, audiences will see the Australian actor side-by-side with boxing robots in "Real Steel."

The "Real Steel" premiere at Universal CityWalk on Sunday featured a red carpet flanked by fans as well as robots from the film. As music from the soundtrack blared, Jackman and director Shawn Levy took some time to give a handful of lucky fans tickets to the premiere screening.

Photos: "Real Steel" premiere on CityWalk

So which is harder -- working with those robots or working with children? "Both of them are easy," said the "X-Men" alum, who shares a lot of screen time with 12-year-old Dakota Goyo, who plays his son.

"The great thing about robots is they don't eat any of the catering. And kids can be tricky … but I was with [Dakota] for three months, and never once did he annoy me," Jackman said. "I mean, I have an 11-year-old -- they're annoying every day.

"I don't know -- he's from another planet."

The action/sci-fi "Real Steel" is a departure from director Levy's past comedic fare, but Evangeline Lilly saw the director's background as an asset.

"He was always looking for the funny," said the actress, who plays the owner of a boxing gym for robots.

"He's looking for the levity, and he's looking for the humor, and it's really relieving as an actor to be able to do that."

Actor Anthony Mackie, like many involved with the film, touted it as a robot movie with heart.

"I feel like when you look at it, it's kind of like 'Rocky' but with robots, and at the end of the movie, you'll care and you'll cheer," Mackie said. “So many times you go to the movies and you leave unfulfilled, and that's not what 'Real Steel' is."

"Real Steel" opens Friday.


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Photo: Hugh Jackman greets fans at the "Real Steel" premiere in Universal City on Oct. 2, 2011. Credit: Eric Charbonneau / Associated Press.

'Machine Gun Preacher': Gerard Butler spotlights Sam Childers

Gerard Butler at the "Machine Gun Preacher" premiere

Who is that man, and why is Gerard Butler hugging him like there's no tomorrow? Sam Childers is the real-life inspiration for Butler's new movie, "Machine Gun Preacher," which costars Michelle Monaghan and had its U.S. premiere Wednesday night in Beverly Hills.

"Preacher" stars Butler as Childers, a drug-dealer-turned-preacher-turned-rescuer-of-orphans in war-torn Sudan. Monaghan plays Childers' wife, Lynn, whom he met during his wild days, when she was a stripper. Both later turned to the church, which put them on the path to Africa.

Pictures: 'Machine Gun Preacher' premiere

"I cry every time I watch it, especially the first part when I was not a good person," Childers told the Los Angeles Times at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie premiered.

"There are things in that movie that I tried to block out -- I started doing drugs when I was 11. I was a heroin addict. I sold drugs to my high school teachers -- and now it's out there. None of that was fabricated." He said more than 70% of the movie is true.

Butler -- who during filming carried with him pictures of children mutilated by fighters who for two decades have raided villages in southern Sudan in the dark of night -- worked for one-thirtieth his normal rate on the film.

Kathy Baker, Madeline Carroll, Souleymane Sy Savane and Ryan Campos were also there from the "Preacher" cast, with Zoe Saldana, Ana Alexander, Sebastian Roche, Tiffany Hines, Christopher Atkins, Claire Coffee and Azita Ghanizada among the faces spotted on the red carpet.

The Beverly Hills premiere was a benefit for Childers' Angels of East Africa. "Machine Gun Preacher" opens Friday.


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Photo: Sam Childers, left, and Gerard Butler at the U.S. premiere of "Machine Gun Preacher" in Beverly Hills on Sept. 21. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


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