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Q&A: Zach Gilford on 'Nature,' Family and 'Friday Night Lights'

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More likely than not, you know Zach Gilford best as Matt Saracen from "Friday Night Lights."

But, when he's not wearing a football uniform – or hospital scrubs, as the case has been on his subsequent television shows, "Off the Map" and this season's "Mob Doctor" – you might just find him in the woods. The 30-year-old actor considers himself an outdoorsman, spending his free time hiking, camping and the like, which worked out perfectly for his latest foray onto the big screen, "In Our Nature."

The movie follows Gilford's Seth and his girlfriend Andie (Jena Malone) as they head to Seth's "cabin" in upstate New York. Little do they know that Seth's somewhat estranged father ("Mad Men"'s John Slattery) and his city mouse girlfriend (Gabrielle Union) have similar plans. Needless to say, significant awkwardness ensues.

Thankfully, Gilford was able to flex some of those outdoor muscles in the film and shared with us some of the real-life family dramas (or comedies, rather) that shaped his performance. And, yeah, we may have talked about "Friday Night Lights" a bit. Get More »

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GALLERY: 'Friday Night Lights' Stars Ready For Their Close-Ups

If you're like us, you love the holiday season, but kinda wish you could spend it in Dillon, Texas, with the Taylor family.

Actually, this year, you almost can. Coach himself, Kyle Chandler, stars in "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty," while Mrs. Coach Connie Britton graces the big screen in "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas." As for the young-uns, you've probably already caught Tyra Collette (Adrianne Palicki) in theaters in "Red Dawn" and might want to make a date to see Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) in "In Our Nature" this month.

In fact, why wait to get a good look at them? We figured it was time to pay homage to the (incredibly attractive) cast of "Friday Night Lights" as they're about to see their names in lights for real. And, thus, we were inspired to create this gallery of the "Friday Night Lights" gang in movies, past, present and future. We urge you to click through with clear eyes and full hearts.

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Q&A: 'Red Dawn' Star Adrianne Palicki Talks Ass-Kicking

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Adrianne Palicki is easily recognizable as Tyra Collette from the popular television show "Friday Night Lights," which ended its five-year run in 2011. Around the same time, the 29-year-old actress set the comic book community abuzz after nabbing the coveted lead in super-producer David E. Kelly's pilot for "Wonder Woman." Unfortunately, the show didn't get picked up, but Palicki had no problems making the jump to big-screen action hero, even scoring the role of Lady Jaye in the upcoming "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."

In her first film since the end of "FNL," the tall (she's 5-foot-11) hottie battles an enemy takeover in "Red Dawn," which hits theaters on Nov. 21. A tune-up on the 1984 film, the reboot also stars Chris Hemsorth, Josh Peck and Josh Hutcherson, swaps Russians for North Koreans, and proves cell phones can be valuable tools in warfare.

We spoke to Palicki about living up to the original "Red Dawn," her tendency towards action roles, and what her thoughts are on bringing the TV cast back together for a "Friday Night Lights" film. Get More »

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'Friday Night Lights' Movie Update: Script Is Almost Done

For those of us whose hearts still beat for Dillon, Texas, just the smallest word of the rumored "Friday Night Lights" movie is enough to get us cheering like a rallygirl.

Well, get ready, because executive producer Peter Berg just threw a bomb at us only Smash Williams could catch. Get More »

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Next Factor Q&A: 'Chronicle' Star Michael B. Jordan

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Remember that awesome kid on "The Wire?" Or maybe you remember him as Vince Howard on "Friday Night Lights?" He was also that sweet guy who dated Haddie on "Parenthood."

Now Michael B. Jordan is taking all those memorable, sweet qualities from the television to the big screen – it's about time! – in the new sci-fi flick, "Chronicle."

The movie takes a frighteningly realistic look at what would happen if a trio of high school boys from different ends of the social spectrum were suddenly masters of telekinesis. The trick to keeping the story "grounded in real life," Jordan tells NextMovie, was the level of collaboration director Josh Trank encouraged between him and the cast.

"We were constantly talking about what a high school boy would really do if he could move things with his mind," he explained, adding that the scene where his character, Steve, has a leaf blower move and lift girls' skirts was his idea.

All flashing moments aside, Jordan's soulfulness throughout years of television is just as evident in his latest film and, no doubt, will continue through many projects to come. Get More »

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'FNL' Star Zach Gilford Trades the Gridiron For the Governator

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We hate to alarm you, but there's a new man in Matt Saracen's life, and we're not talking about the QB-Tim Riggins hookup out of our slash fiction dreams.

"Friday Night Lights" star Zach Gilford, who played the Little Quarterback That Could during the show's critically acclaimed run, is taking on a bigger adversary than small town Texas could ever provide him. According to Deadline, the actor has signed on to star opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in director Jee-woon Kim's upcoming flick "The Last Stand." Get More »

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Scott Porter: I'd Love to Sit In That Chair Again For a 'Friday Night Lights' Movie

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Scott Porter may have a new show premiering next month, but that doesn't mean he's ready to move away from Dillon, Texas.

News of a movie spin-off of television's "Friday Night Lights" (based on a movie based on a book, based on something that happened in real life, of course) has been circling ever since the show finished its run on NBC a few weeks ago, and they've reached a fever pitch now that creator Peter Berg has confirmed a film in the works.

But who will be starting this game and who will be sitting on the bench? Get More »

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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Big Screen? The Future of 'Friday Night Lights'

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Don't hit the showers yet, football fans. Just because "Friday Night Lights" was a movie before it was a TV show (and a book before that!) doesn't mean it won't be headed back to the big screen.

Once again, a little birdie named Twitter is the source for our excitement. According to a Tweet from Grantland's EiC Bill Simmons, writer/director Peter Berg already has plans for a movie. TV Line's Michael Ausiello checked out the story and says it holds water. Get More »

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TV Stars We Wanna See Become Movie Stars: Final Poll Results!

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After 10 days and nearly 350,000 votes, we can finally declare a winner of our TV Stars We Wanna See Become Movie Stars poll.

You really want to see "Supernatural" star Jared Padalecki become the next big thing to hit the silver screen. Really, alot. Which is especially cool since we landed an interview with the big winner so he could thank each and every one of you.

Padalecki, who has played demon hunter Sam Winchester on the hit CW series for the past six years, edged out second place finisher Yvonne Strahovski (super-spy Sarah Walker on NBC's "Chuck") for the title. The two combined to dominate the voting, between them earning over 91-percent of all votes cast. Get More »

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POLL: TV Stars We Wanna See Become Movie Stars

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In recent years, movie stars have begun migrating to television, taking over shows like "Damages" (Glenn Close), "Nikita" (Shane West and Maggie Q) and "CSI" (Lawrence Fishburne). Which is cool, but their absence means there's a gap in the movie world that someone needs to fill.

Well, turnabout is fair play.

Here's the deal: we've come up with a list of the 10 up-and-coming young television actors that we'd love to see become movie superstars. Your job is to review their qualifications and let us know via our amazing internet polling capabilities which of them you most want to see on the big screen. Get More »

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