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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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Bryan Singer Talks Us Through the 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Trailer

The trailer for "X-Men: Days of Future Past" dropped earlier this week, and while it surely excited fans of the previous films and the comics, it came across as a bit confusing for those that didn't already know what was going to be happening. So, our good friends over at MTV News got director Bryan Singer on the phone to answer some of the biggest questions. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Paul Giamatti

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Paul Giamatti has made his name as an actor since the early '90s, and it seems like he's in literally everything these days. For example, he's a Canadian ex-con struggling to make a legitimate living selling Christmas trees alongside Paul Rudd in "All Is Bright" (out in theaters and VOD today), accidentally famous home video-shooter Abraham Zapruder in this weekend's "Parkland," Friar Lawrence in the latest film incarnation of "Romeo and Juliet" (out next week), a slave trader in Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" (October 18), and the villainous Rhino in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (due out May 2, 2014).

We got the chance to sit down with Giamatti in New York City prior to the release of "All Is Bright" and talked to him about his numerous upcoming roles, the weirdest time a fan spotted him on the street and the feats of strength he and co-star Paul Rudd did (or didn't) compete in on the set of the movie. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Anthony Mackie

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Anthony Mackie, who plays a supporting role in this weekend's "Runner Runner," isn't about to tell you whether he appears in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," but he will recommend lunch digs in Harlem. He's just that kind of guy.

Mackie plays Agent Shavers, a government operative in Costa Rica determined to take down the crooked online gambling site Ivan Block (Ben Affleck) runs out of the country. Unfortunately for Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake), the young climber who latches on as Block's protege, this means his ride may have a violent end.

Mackie took a break from filming "Shelter" in New York City to talk with NextMovie about his deep desire to punch Justin Timberlake, why Jay Z is second-best to him and his deep (overwhelmingly positive) feelings about Red Lobster's cheddar bay biscuits. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Tony Danza

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We all know who the boss is at this point, but that doesn't make Tony Danza any less entertaining. The 62-year-old actor has a standout supporting role in "Don Jon," Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut about a Jersey guido (played by Gordon-Levitt, who also wrote the film) who can't stop looking at internet porn even when his girlfriend looks like Scarlett Johansson (literally, she plays the girlfriend). Danza portrays Gordon-Levitt's character's father, a muscled-out, football-loving senior version of his son.

The two worked together nearly 20 years ago in "Angels in the Outfield," but "Don Jon," which opens with an eye-popping sequence of sexy ladies in pop culture, bears no resemblance to that film's family-friendly fare. This is not one to see with your grandmother, folks.

NextMovie sat down with Danza in New York City prior to the film's September 27 release to talk about "Jersey Shore," Gordon-Levitt's acrobatic abilities and how to take direction from someone you still remember as a tween. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With the 'Kings of Summer'

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Summer is officially over, but one of the best indie releases of the season reigns supreme. "Kings of Summer," out on DVD September 24, charmed audiences with its portrayal of teenage angst and mostly-innocent rebellion. Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Aria, all fairly new to the feature film scene, are those titular kings, high schoolers who escape the chafing grip of their parents and opt to build an elaborate fort and live off the land, trying their hand at catching animals (clandestinely buying food at Boston Market ends up being a better foraging technique), wooing their crushes (to mixed result) and letting loose in wild dances on top of giant, abandoned pipes (unqualified success).

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and boasting Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Alison Brie in supporting roles, audiences and critics alike embraced the movie as a representation of the listless yet driven mentality of the high schooler in summertime repose.

Aria, Basso and Robinson took the time to call us up and talk to us about what exactly they did this "Summer," a spirited debate about the varying quality of the "Expendables" franchise and their favorite coming of age movies. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Tavi Gevinson

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It might be hard to imagine starting your own fashion blog, rising to international front-row-at-Fashion-Week recognition, growing that blog into an online magazine with paid contributors, being profiled in the New Yorker and co-starring in an acclaimed film release all before graduating high school, but that's just what Tavi Gevinson has done. The 17-year-old fashionista and Rookie Magazine founder has a key supporting role opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini in "Enough Said," but still lives with her parents in Illinois.

Directed by Nicole Holofcener ("Friends With Money," "Please Give") and boasting Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini in the top billing, the rom-com is a sweet and authentic glimpse into a woman's evolving relationships with her beau (Gandolfini), a new friend (Catherine Keener), old friends (Toni Collette and Ben Falcone) and her college-bound daughter (Tracey Fairaway). Gevinson plays Chloe, best friend to Louis-Dreyfus' character's daughter. She's a needy teen feeling tension with her mom, often seeking refuge at her friend's house, even when no one is home.

Gevinson called us for a conversation the week of the release of "Enough Said" and chatted about working with TV greats, why she feels uncomfortable being called a role model, and what horrors she's afraid of finding if she googles herself. When she called, she had managed to run down the battery of her phone and lose her charger, so we caught her mid-scramble for a new phone. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Sam Rockwell

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Get ready to see a different side of Sam Rockwell. Well known for his goofy charm in movies such as this summer's "The Way Way Back" and as a suave bad guy in "Charlie's Angels" and "Iron Man 2," Rockwell's role in this weekend's indie "A Single Shot" could come as a shock. He plays John Moon, a West Virginian man who finds himself in a spot of trouble after he accidentally murders a young woman while hunting in the woods. Soon, he's the one being hunted.

We caught up with Rockwell prior to the movie's release, chatting on his trademark dance moves, the thick West Virginia accent he adopted for the role and the power of a good beard. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Dianna Agron

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When most people conjure up an image of Dianna Agron, it's one of her in the halls of McKinley High, the fictitious school whose corridors she graced on five seasons of "Glee." The hit Fox musical-soap opera hybrid made her a household name playing Quinn Fabray, launching her into feature roles such as "I Am Number Four." For her latest work, Agron is again in the halls of academe, but this time with a decidedly darker bent.

In Luc Besson's "The Family," Agron plays Belle, the teenage daughter of a mob family relocated to the rural French area of Normandy while under witness protection. She may have a new name to shield her from the enemies of her father (played by Robert De Niro), but she can't suppress the clever and brutal instincts that come from years of growing up the offspring of a hitman. Belle manages to rustle up trouble both physical (steal her pencil case and you'll live to regret it with a rearranged face) and romantic (the older math tutor she has her eye on is in for a wild ride).

Out Sept. 13, "The Family" also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones and John D'Leo. NextMovie caught up with Agron in New York City prior to the film's release, where she shared her thoughts on how similar ballet dancing is to fight scenes, her favorite mob movies and why you just might catch her attention by calling her Bambi. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Miles Teller

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Get used to seeing Miles Teller around, because he's not planning on going away anytime soon. After supporting roles in "21 and Over" and "Project X," as well as a critically acclaimed but underseen debut alongside Nicole Kidman in 2010's "Rabbit Hole," he steps out as a romantic lead in "The Spectacular Now," which expands its theatrical release this week.

Teller plays Sutter Keely, a charismatic but heavy drinking high school senior more concerned with "living in the now" than his future. Until, that is, he meets Aimee Finnicky (Shailene Woodley). Directed by James Ponsoldt, the film and the authentic performances delivered by Teller and Woodley (who will also appear together in the upcoming YA adaptation "Divergent") have been lavished with praise.

NextMovie caught up with Teller in New York City the day after the MTV Video Music Awards, which Teller attended (along with some after-parties, he admitted) on Woodley's arm. In a wide-ranging conversation that covered his photographic memory ("It's my thing. I can go back and recall things by, like, searching through images in my head"), and whether he would ever bring a date to a SoulCycle class ("All my dates are souldates"), we managed to talk about movies as well. Read on for Teller's thoughts on how to play drunk, watching his sex scenes with his grandma and his dream on-screen death. Get More »

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