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Questions and Answers With Wes Bentley

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Wes Bentley shot to fame at just 21 years old when he played mysterious boy-next-door Ricky Fitts in the Oscar-winning film, "American Beauty". After a series of personal setbacks throughout his twenties, the 34-year-old actor returned to the big screen — in a big way — as head gamemaker Seneca Crane in 2012's "The Hunger Games". (That beard, though.)

His newest release, "The Time Being", premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and will open in limited theaters July 26. Bentley plays Daniel, a struggling young artist who is given a slew of strange assignments — think: film children in a playground — by a quiet, reclusive millionaire named Warner (Frank Langella). Through this process, Daniel discovers the importance of balancing his personal relationships with his ambitions as an artist.

NextMovie chatted with Bentley via phone prior to the film's release to discuss "The Hunger Games" craziness, his celebrity doppelganger, and why he always seems to get cast as some creepy dude with a camera. Get More »

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'Tyler Perry's Temptation' and 25 Movies That Sound Like Perfumes


There's a movie coming out this week called "Tyler Perry's Temptation." It has nothing to do with any personal temptation of Tyler Perry himself — it's a movie he directed called "Temptation," but it's Tyler Perry, so his name's in the title.

But it sounds more like a perfume than a movie, right? According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, there's a 37.6% chance that there will be a perfume called "Tyler Perry's Temptation" by 2018.

That got us thinking: What other movies out there could be perfumes? Here are 25 that you could spray on your neck and wrist before a night out. Get More »

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9 Movie Families You Wouldn't Want to Spend Thanksgiving With

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Ah, Thanksgiving: the time of year we pause, count our blessings and enjoy time with the family try not to murder our loved ones.

While it's true that most of us go into this holiday with only the best of intentions, it seems few of us escape the sit-down dinner with our nearest and dearest unscathed. Uncle Rick had too many cocktails. Mom forgot to turn on the oven. Someone threw the raw turkey through a picture window. Okay, maybe that's less common than we'd like to think. Get More »

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Cuteness Overload! Baby Re-Creates Classic Movie Scenes

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As we discovered recently with "Trent Talks to R2D2," babies doing stuff is always a welcome diversion.

With that in mind, please prepare yourself for a veritable avalanche of cuteness as you delve into "Arthur Recreates Scenes From Classic Movies." This blog from UK-based writer Emily Cleaver presents her baby superstar Arthur in different memorable scenes ranging from "The Shining" to "The Shawshank Redemption" to, perhaps most disturbingly, "American Beauty." Get More »

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'True Blood' Writer Alan Ball Bites into Dark Comedy Flick

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Writer Alan Ball ("True Blood," "American Beauty") has been pegged to direct a new dark comedy that will be scripted by Elan Mastai, reports Deadline.

This will mark Ball’s second stop in the director’s chair - his first saw him directing Maria Bello and Aaron Eckhart in "Towelhead," an adaptation of Alicia Erian's novel of the same name.

Mastai isn’t a household name yet, but his script "The F-Word" made the industry famous Black List and is currently slated to star Casey Affleck and Ramona Flowers… er, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Get More »

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Check This: 'American Beauty' Poster Lego-fied


Despite being over a decade old, "American Beauty," Sam Mendes's tale of suburban ennui and the allures of taboo temptations, seems to have a new home on the Internet.

At DeviantArt, an online community where users can post examples of their artwork, a user by the name of Oldredjalopy recently posted his Legofied interpretation of Mena Suvari's famous "nude rose" scene from the film.

While we prefer the non-Lego version in terms of titillation, we'll give it up to Mr. Jalopy for the careful covering up of any inappropriate Lego parts. Get More »

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Queue It Up: 'American Beauty' on Blu-ray

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The most beautiful thing about 1999 Best Picture Oscar winner "American Beauty" is not its unforgettable scenes of a naked Mena Suvari swimming in rose petals on the ceiling, but rather how the film continues to develop and mature like a complex wine after repeated viewings.

Sam Mendes' dark drama -- written by "True Blood" creator Alan Ball -- is clearly about suburban hell, but its themes of imprisonment, loneliness and beauty are open to many interpretations and beg closer inspection. Get More »

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