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Questions and Answers With Domhnall Gleeson

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Domhnall Gleeson, Hollywood's newest leading man would like to stress two things: His new movie is super weird, and he's really hungry. Gleeson, 30, leads Richard Curtis' ("Love Actually") quirky new time travel movie, "About Time." Not quirky in that the protagonists wear glasses and have bangs (well, Gleeson's co-star Rachel McAdams has bangs, but she calls it "fringe," so she gets a pass), but that the movie is anything but a typical rom-com.

"It's a bizarre film," Gleeson told NextMovie during a September conversation in New York City. "There's time travel, there's craziness and all the rest, but it's romantic comedy and there's big bits and big comedy and all the rest of it."

Best known for playing Bill Weasley in later installments of the "Harry Potter" series, Gleeson steps up to the plate as Tim in the unconventional new movie, which opens wide on November 8. The year he turns 21, Tim is shocked when his father (played by Bill Nighy) tells him that the men in their family can travel back in time. Throughout his life, Tim learns the do's (spend time with the people you care about) and don'ts (you're not going to come up with a suave opening line when you want to chat up that girl) of time travel, coupling up with Mary (Rachel McAdams) in the meantime. While the movie still maintains the humor and warmth "Love Actually" fans will recognize (and, as Gleeson said, Curtis' "gloriously over the top" sensibilities), "About Time" is ultimately a meditation on family and enjoying the time you're given in this life.

Our conversation with Gleeson, however, is a meditation on the possibilities that time travel would open up, from the ability to avoid soiling oneself to a new ailment that Gleeson dubbed "time-travel bulimia," perhaps out of wishful thinking related to the strict diet the actor is on in preparation for a role. Read on for more. Get More »

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A Real-Life Ghost Whisperer Tells Us Which Ghost Movies Are Most Accurate

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Most of the great mysteries of life will never be explained: Where do we come from, why are we here, how does Carrot Top make a living?

But as a special favor to you, readers, we've managed to clear up one of the big ones -- what really happens when we buy the farm?

We talked to author/psychic Mary Ann Winkowski -- a consultant for "The Ghost Whisperer" and the woman Jennifer Love Hewitt's TV character was based on.

Mary Ann filled us in on which movies get it right and which get it dead wrong.

(We also learned there's a ghost hanging out in the NextMovie office, but that's another story.) Get More »

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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Monsters University' and More

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This week: See how Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) first met in college in "Monsters University," Pixar's animated prequel to "Monsters, Inc."

Also new this week is "R.I.P.D.," a supernatural comedy starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as two cops tasked with managing ghostly activity on Earth, and "Byzantium," Neil Jordan's atmospheric vampire film starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton. Get More »

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Weekly Movie Math: Lesbians, Lawyers and Legally Questionable Stunts

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Your mother always told you math class would be important, we just bet you didn't think it would be so helpful in deciding what to see at the movies this weekend.

That's why your nice friends at NextMovie are here to tutor you in Movie Math, the arithmetically proven best way to break down the coming weekend's releases. Whether you're into sexually graphic French lesbians (yeah, really), misbehaving octogenarians (sigh, also really) or a murderer's row of Oscar bait committing possible on-screen murders, there's something for you at the movies this weekend. Read on for this week's Movie Math. Get More »

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13 Things We Learned About 'Divergent'-verse From Veronica Roth Last Night

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Nowadays, certain movies are hyped years in advance (remember when Angelina Jolie was set to star in "Gravity" and "Harry Potter" was only going to be seven movies?), so forgive us for thinking that March 20, 2014 isn't actually that far away. No, we're not that pumped about Spring Break (foreverrrrrr) — that's when we'll finally get our "Divergent" on.

Shailene Woodley and Theo James star in the new movie, set in a future Chicago laid to waste and nearly unrecognizable from today's Windy City. Though the movie has received plenty of hype already (set visits, primers and trailers galore!), millions have already delved into the "Divergent"-verse, courtesy of the Young Adult trilogy they movie is adapted from.

Yesterday, the final installment of the trilogy of novels, "Allegiant," was released. Author Veronica Roth, a New York Times bestselling author many times over now, appeared at New York's 92nd St. Y to give a talk to a crowd of enthusiastic fans, discussing the finer points of the novel and movie, and even bringing out two cast members, Ansel Elgort and Christian Madsen, to the delight of the screaming assembled allegiants. (We'll need to work on a new name for that fan army.) Though the event was organized around the publication of the novel, there was still plenty to learn about the highly anticipated film.

Here are 13 points of interest we learned from last night's hour-long discussion. Get More »

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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Conjuring' and More

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This week: Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play real-life ghost hunters Lorraine and Ed Warren in the supernatural thriller "The Conjuring," one of the scariest and most profitable films of the year.

Also new this week is Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in the buddy comedy "The Internship," Ryan Gosling reuniting with his "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn for "Only God Forgives" and Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy at it again as Jesse and Celine in the romantic sequel "Before Midnight." Get More »

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11 Super-Surprising Director Credits

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A whole mess of factors goes into what projects a director takes on. A young up-and-comer might be happy just to get his first directing credit, regardless of what it might actually be about. A director who's been around the block might pick up a project way outside of their wheelhouse just for the experience. And the promise of a couple bucks doesn't hurt, either.

In other words, sometimes you just can't pin a filmmaker down. Here are some rather odd and unexpected director-movie pairings. Get More »

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Weekly Movie Math: Freaks, Leaks and Stallone Speaks

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If there's one thing you can count on at the movies this weekend, it's the fact that they're all gonna laugh at you.

Yes, the remake of classic horror movie "Carrie" is out this weekend, and so is our weekly edition of Movie Math. If you found math class as horrifying as Carrie found high school, never fear -- we're just here to talk about movies, folks.

Ahead, we break down the weekend's new releases, from the horrors of high school to the keystrokes of WikiLeaks, into their disparate parts. Click ahead to quiz yourself on this week's Movie Math. Get More »

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9 Most Random Movies Ripped Off by Foreign Countries

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It's no secret that foreign countries like to steal/borrow/remake movies from Hollywood and cash in from time to time. Pretty much every country that has a film industry has its own "Star Wars." And if you've never heard of the Turkish "E.T.," well, here. Heck, Hollywood borrows from overseas all the time, too. (See: "The Departed," "Oldboy," almost every horror movie of the last ten years.) Get More »

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'The Heat' Director Paul Feig Lists His 'Farm Team' of Funny Ladies

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Paul Feig knows from funny women. The director of "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat" (the latter of which is available on Blu-ray and DVD now), Feig broke the mold of the typically male-dominated realm of ensemble comedies, and proved that studios could make money while also catering to women.

At a dinner party in New York City celebrating the home release of "The Heat," NextMovie was able to chat one-on-one with Feig in a somewhat-quieter corner of the downtown SoHo House. Feig seems to invite the breathless "here's what they wore" recaps more commonly attached to female stars, so here goes: Charcoal three-piece suit, silky indigo necktie peppered with dainty white dots, a crisp white shirt, a purple pocket square bordered by white and coordinating purple socks.

It's not just a commitment to notable ensembles that Feig has in common with his fairer sex counterparts; he said he also tends to see the world from their point of view, saying that when he's tried writing scripts for a guy's guy movie a la "The Hangover," he didn't "have an honest take on it." Get More »

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