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Kal Penn: Sharp-dressed man

Five years ago, Kal Penn took time off from entertainment to join the Obama administration's Office of Public Engagement, though he stepped away from those duties from time to time when the right acting gig came up. One of those is "Bhopal: a Prayer for Rain," retelling the tragic story of the...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:35pm

The Word: Haters keep J.Law offline

Great job, haters. You've gone and scared off Jennifer Lawrence. The "Hunger Games" star insists she's got a firm anti-social media stance, and it's all because you couldn't play nice. "The Internet has scorned me so much that I feel like it's that girl in high school that I'm like, 'Oh, you want...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:02pm

Gugu Mbatha-Raw builds a pop star

British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw put an awful lot of thought into creating Noni, the pop star on the verge of collapse in director Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," looking at a slew of influences from Rihanna to Prince to Britney Spears to Judy Garland.You've played American before, but...

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 6:51pm

The Word: Macaulay Culkin tweets out proof he's not dead

Some celebrities are just better at taking a joke than others. Macaulay Culkin, for instance, laughed off a Facebook death hoax this weekend by tweeting a "Weekend at Bernie's"-style photo of him from the Twitter account of his band, the Pizza Underground. Fake reports circulated over the weekend...

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 1:13pm

In honor of 'Interstellar,' let's rank the films of Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan is generally beloved by film geeks and regular geeks alike, thanks in large part to his Batman films — well, maybe not all of them — but opinions on his ever-growing body of work vary wildly. So we pit Metro's film critic, Matt Prigge, and Hollywood correspondent, Ned Ehrbar,...

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 6:28pm

Anne Hathaway's favorite costume

What girl doesn't love a good 40-pound spacesuit? When Anne Hathaway suited up for her role as an astronaut in "Interstellar," she figured the only way to get through the hardships of wearing the gear was to fall in love with it. "The first time I put it on I made up my mind that it was my favorite...

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 6:23pm

Interstellar: Jessica Chastain was reluctant to do a movie about space

At first, Jessica Chastain didn't naturally share director Christopher Nolan's wonder for space exploration, which probably had a lot to do with the "Interstellar" star's first memories of the space program. "I remember when I was a kid, my first confrontation with space travel was when the...

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 6:16pm

Christopher Nolan heads out to space with 'Interstellar'

Sure it's an epic science-fiction drama partially filmed using IMAX cameras, with big, sweeping vistas of outer space and thrilling set pieces, but for director and co-writer Christopher Nolan, "Interstellar" is really a family movie. Or at least a movie about a family. "When I first looked at [co-...

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 6:05pm

'Star Wars: Episode VII' gets a title

JJ Abrams' addition to the famed science fiction franchise has completed principal photography, Disney and Lucasfilm announced today while also debuting the film's official title. The latest entry, previously referred to simply as "Episode VII," will be called "Star Wars: the Force Awakens." News...

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 10:53pm

Is Christopher Nolan hurting Jessica Chastain's Oscar chances?

Jessica Chastain stars in this weekend's big release, Christopher Nolan's science-fiction drama "Interstellar." But she also has another, much smaller film, J.C. Chandor's mob drama "a Most Violent Year," that she'd love to tell you about but Nolan won't let her. Chastain is reportedly being...

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 10:05pm

The Word: Rose McGowan sorry/not sorry for upsetting the gays

Rose McGowan would like the gay community to know that she's very, very sorry for saying that gay men are "as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so" during a podcast chat with Bret Easton Ellis. "You want to talk about the fact that I have heard nobody in the gay community, no gay males,...

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 9:21pm

Joe Hill thinks Daniel Radcliffe is the best part of 'Horns'

“Horns” tells the story of a young man named Ig who wakes up one morning with a pair of horns growing out of his head. Lucky for him, the horns inspire the people around him to share their deepest confessions, which helps him as he tries to solve the murder of his girlfriend. And lucky for author...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 11:54pm

VIDEO: Eddie Redmayne's awkward Stephen Hawking encounter

Metro sits down with "the Theory of Everything" star Eddie Redmayne for an informal, on-camera chat about his work in the critically acclaimed film. Redmayne, who is getting a tremendous amount of Oscar buzz already, stars as renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. The film chronicles his life at...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 9:15pm

Damon Wayans Jr., superhero?

On the brilliant-but-canceled "Happy Endings," Damon Wayans Jr. proved he's a master of the high-pitched squeal. So it shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise to him that for "Big Hero 6," Disney wanted his character, Wasabi, to sound not all that manly. We caught up with Wayans to talk about...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 1:50am

Jamie Chung takes on Hollywood's Asian problem

Maybe the promotional tour for a new Disney animated romp, "Big Hero 6," isn't the best venue for a serious discussion on race-based casting and Asian-American representation, but it's a conversation worth having — and one that actress Jamie Chung is very eager to have. As a matter of fact, Chung...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 1:08am

Christian Bale not playing Steve Jobs

Not so fast, Oscar 2016 prognosticators. Christian Bale will not in fact be playing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in a biopic written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, according to the Hollywood Reporter. After speculation swirled last month, Bale was reportedly all set for the project,...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 12:41am

What happened when Michael Caine met Stephen Hawking

What does it take for Michael Caine to get star-struck? Meeting Stephen Hawking. And he recently got to do just that. Caine's work in Christopher Nolan's new film, "Interstellar," gave him the chance to become friendly with theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who in turn introduced Caine to Hawking...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 12:18am

Marvel unveils Phase 3 with Doctor Strange, Black Panther and more

Know where you'll be for the next six years? Marvel Entertainment has a pretty good idea. The studio's president of production, Kevin Feige, took to the stage of the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood Tuesday to unveil "Phase 3" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). For those playing along at home,...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 2:52am

Rene Russo likes to stay up late

What's Rene Russo been up to lately? Staying up late, avoiding restaurants that tip-off TMZ and worrying about drones. So you know, the usual. In "Nightcrawler," written and directed by her husband, Dan Gilroy, Russo stars as a tough but desperate news director at a failing L.A. local station who...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 10:50pm

Minnie Driver getting good at playing not very good mothers

Between her work on NBC's "About a Boy," now in its second season, and in the upcoming film "Beyond the Lights," Minnie Driver is giving something of a master class in questionable parenting styles. But her kooky new-age Fiona on TV is a lot less dangerous to her child's psyche than her aggressive...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 10:22pm