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Questions and Answers With Zach Braff

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Zach Braff's name may be among top billed in "Oz the Great and Powerful" — just below James Franco, who plays the titular Oz in the "The Wizard of Oz" prequel, and Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis, who play a trio of warring witches fighting for control of the Emerald City — but don't expect him to have too much face time in the movie. Braff spends the majority of "Oz," which hits theaters in eye-blistering 3D technicolor Friday, voicing the character of Finley, Franco's talking and flying monkey sidekick. In fact, moviegoers will only see Braff's visage, familiar from a decade on air as a goofy doctor on the sitcom "Scrubs," for only a few minutes in the film's first act.

Braff chatted briefly with NextMovie ahead of the wide release of "Oz," revealing his spirit animal, his unusual passion for "Baby Got Back," and getting the most bang for your buck. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Alex Karpovsky

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Alex Karpovsky is a busy, busy guy. He's best known for his role as Ray, the coffee-slinging man-child entangled with the naive Shoshanna on HBO's "Girls," but when he's not wearing his characters Cafe Grumpy apron, you might find Karpovsky in an editing bay, behind a camera, holed up writing, or starring in one of his own films. 

Though two of these features, "Rubberneck" and "Red Flag," are both out on VOD and in limited release Friday, their openings and top billing (Karpovsky is writer, director and star of both) are about all they have in common. "Rubberneck" follows meek research scientist Paul (Karpovsky), whose infatuation with a co-worker escalates to dangerous levels, while in "Red Flag," Karpovsky plays himself as a filmmaker struggling with life and love on the road.

Karpovsky sat down in New York to chat with NextMovie ahead of the films' release to talk "GIRLS," keeping busy, and his caffeine intake habits. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Keri Russell

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It's time to get past the haircut. Keri Russell certainly has.

In fact, the former "Felicity" star has moved so far beyond her famous pixie cut that she's now realizing that there's something else out there — namely, aliens. That's right, Russell's latest project is the sci-fi/horror film "Dark Skies." She plays a mother under siege from all angles: financial, familial and supernatural. When strange things start happening, such as her youngest son claiming visits from "the sandman," unexplained items moving inexplicably throughout the house and scary episodes she can't remember, Russell's character takes matters into her own hands, to thrilling result.

NextMovie sat down with Russell in New York City ahead of the movie to discuss her thoughts on aliens, the time she almost drowned while hanging out with Anthony Kiedis and, yes, the haircut. Get More »

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Eff, Marry, Kill: 'Gangster Squad' Edition

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There comes a time in every girl's life when she must decide which hard-bitten-yet-handsome gentleman from an upcoming cop drama she'd most like to take home to Mom and Dad. (Isn't there?) Now that the Jan. 11 release date of "Gangster Squad" is upon us, it's time to make the call: Is it Nick Nolte who will wait for you at the end of the perp walk aisle? Josh Brolin whose detective skills will equip him for a very, ahem, intimate inspection? Ryan Gosling who will meet a noir-style, gritty end at the barrel of a gun? (Or at the bottom of a long drop, not that we've thought about it too much.)

Yes, the time has come for Eff, Marry, Kill: "Gangster Squad" Edition. Get More »

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Staff Picks: Kase Wickman's Top 10 Movies of 2012

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I don't believe in feeling guilt over what movies I like. Many critics and bloggers and other people who get to say with a straight face that they get paid to think about movies all day will tell you all about "important" movies and other milestones they feel are underappreciated by mainstream audiences, but I personally don't feel like I'm above having a good time at the movie theater.

You won't see "Zero Dark Thirty" on this list, nor will you find "The Master," though I saw both and enjoyed them and took something away from them. They just aren't movies that I can see myself wanting to enjoy again (ever again), unlike the 10 titles that made my admittedly somewhat fluffy year-end list.

2012 was a banner year for movies, and the hits just keep coming (thanks for the time off, winter break! You would need to call in sick to see the array of awesome holiday offerings coming at us before year's end). Read on for my list of my top 10 picks for the year. Get More »

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