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

The Master The Weinstein Company

This week: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams all earned Oscar nominations for their performances in the period drama "The Master," writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's thinly disguised commentary on Scientology.

Also new this week is the critically acclaimed surreal art film "Holy Motors" and the surfing movie "Chasing Mavericks" starring Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston. Get More »

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Catch Some Waves With Our 'Chasing Mavericks' Giveaway

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Do you know how to surf? If you don't, here's your chance to learn as the owner of the sweetest board on the beach.

"Chasing Mavericks" tells the true-life tale of Jay Moriarty (Jonny Weston), a young surfer who dreams of conquering the mythic Mavericks surf break in Northern California. To help him achieve his goal, he enlists the help of Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler), a veteran hanger of ten who mentors the lad on how to ride — or at least survive — the mighty wave.

You might want to go for something a little smaller than the Mavericks when you're first starting out, though you experienced surfers might've been mulling over taking on the mega-wave yourself but have been waiting for the right board with which to do it. Whatever the particular surfing scenario, a brand-new surfboard signed by the cast of "Chasing Mavericks" — including Gerard Butler and several legendary pro surfers — can bring nothing but good luck for one grand prize winner out on the water. And, of course,  don't forget that "Chasing Mavericks" hits Blu-ray shelves on February 26! Get More »

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Next Factor Q&A: 'Chasing Mavericks' Star Jonny Weston

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You may recognize Jonny Weston as one of the zombies in "John Dies at the End" or as the ex-boyfriend of an up-and-coming porn star in "About Cherry," but the 24-year-old is making big waves this weekend with his first leading role.

In the biopic "Chasing Mavericks," Weston plays surf legend Jay Moriarty. At the young age of 16, Moriarty became infamous for riding the Mavericks in Santa Cruz, Calif., one of the world's most dangerous surfing destinations. Weston has more than just the blonde, blue-eyed good looks and acting chops to portray Moriarty — he also happens to be an avid surfer with all the right skills for the part. 

We had the chance to chat with Weston about his breakout role in "Chasing Mavericks" as well as his board-riding skills and audition experiences while paving the way to Hollywood. Get More »

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Surf's Up With 5 'Chasing Mavericks' Clips

Gerard Butler & Jonny Weston in 'Chasing Mavericks' Fox

If you thought a surfing movie from the directors or "L.A. Confidential" (Curtis Hanson) and "Chronicles of Narnia" (Michael Apted) and starring King Leonidas sounded goofy, then check out these clips from "Chasing Mavericks" because the movie itself actually looks really well done.

Based on the true-life surf legend Jay Moriarty (Jonny Weston) and his gruff mentor Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler), the movie chronicles their friendship and their quest to find the perfect wave, which also happens to be America's most dangerous one as well. Get More »

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15 Breakout Stars of Fall

Samantha Barks in "Les Miserables"
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It must be Fall! School's finally in session, the weather is getting ever slightly cooler and the offerings at your local movie theater change from big-budget popcorn fare to serious potential award winners.

This autumn the studios have a wide array of noteworthy films to put on your must-see list, from art-house Oscar contenders to teen ensembles and much-anticipated literary and musical adaptations.

We're celebrating the start of Fall with 15 actors who are going to blow audiences away this season. Some have been around for a few years but have yet to break out and others are lucky enough to have their first major roles in buzzworthy movies.

If acclaimed directors like Ang Lee, Paul Thomas Anderson and Peter Jackson saw something in them, we probably will, too. Get More »

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