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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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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 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 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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Questions and Answers With Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

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They've battled through the zombie apocalypse, they've freed a small British hamlet from the clutches of evil cult, and now Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are teaming up for the ultimate challenge: The Golden Mile.

"The World's End," opening Aug. 23, is the final chapter of the "Cornetto Trilogy," this millennium's most beloved and least formal comedy triptych. Each installment follows Britain’s schlubbiest duo as they take on new characters and contend with their faded adolescence in one way or another. "Shaun of the Dead" poked loving fun at zombie movies and "Hot Fuzz" applied the same treatment to the spectacular mayhem of Michael Bay-style actioners, "The World’s End" is by contrast a somewhat sobering series capper, a bittersweet comedy that very much takes place in the real world until, well, it doesn't.

The story of an alcoholic man-child who yearns to relive his glorious '80s high school days, "The World's End" begins with Gary (Pegg) desperately trying to coerce the old gang back to their hometown to complete some unfinished business: An epic pub crawl they failed to finish the first time around. Unfortunately for Gary, the rest of his pals, including Andy (Nick Frost), have moved on with their lives. Eventually, the crew gives in, and a night that first seems like it's about the end of a friendship soon becomes about the end of the world.

We sat down with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in New York to discuss their new film, how alcoholism is like an alien invasion and why they owe the world to Jackie Chan. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Rose Byrne

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Rose Byrne is no stranger to comedies or movies about weddings (see a little something something called "Bridesmaids") but the subject matter she tackles in this week's "I Give It a Year" is still something new for her: A failing marriage.

In the film, Byrne plays Nat, a somewhat frosty woman who marries a man (Rafe Spall) she's known for less than a year. The title line — "I give it a year" — is uttered by a guest at the couple's wedding. The story that follows, written and directed by Dan Mazer of "Borat" and "The Dictator" fame, is of the couple's struggles, triumphs, and accidental broadcast of nude photos to their parents in that first year. The film will hit selected theaters today, and is already available on VOD.

NextMovie sat down with Byrne in New York City ahead of the movie's theatrical release, where she talked to us about being afraid of comedy, "Bridesmaids 2" and why you really want her on your charades team at your next game night. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Dane DeHaan

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Dane DeHaan can't avoid the hype that's already building for his upcoming roles in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "Metallica Through the Never" (and will forever be connected with his entrance onto the feature scene with 2012's "Chronicle"), but "The Place Beyond the Pines" is key to his breakout. After all, it's not every 26-year-old actor who can be mentioned in the same breath as Academy Award nominees Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling (though he never shared scenes with the latter).

Not that the boyish-faced actor is often recognized in person. While talking to NextMovie ahead of this Tuesday's DVD release of "Pines" — "director Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to "Blue Valentine" — DeHaan revealed that he had recently been on a plane, surrounded by people watching the movie. According to him, not a single one of them gave him a knowing side-eye.

"People just don't assume that the guy next to you is gonna be the guy in the movie," he said. "It's funny. People don't realize it, because it's not something that anyone would expect to happen."

Read on for more on DeHaan watching people watch his movies, his resemblance to young Luke Skywalker and the one fact about himself that he really, really wants to set straight. Get More »

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Stupid Questions with 'Sharknado' Screenwriter Thunder Levin

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Syfy's "Sharknado" took the world by storm (by sharknado?) last month when it debuted on an otherwise nondescript Thursday night. In particular, logging into Twitter turned into its own sharknado of sorts, with rapid-fire tweets encompassing the simultaneous bewilderment, fascination and amusement of viewers of the movie from around the world. 

Despite its unexpected phenomena, the film's humble writer, Thunder Levin, remains mostly out of the spotlight, though the fact that a sequel is already in production (supposedly taking place in New York City as opposed to the original film's Los Angeles) may just change that.

Levin spoke to NextMovie this week about Al Gore, the revelation that is Ian Ziering and Obama's lack of preparedness in the event of an actual sharknado attack. Get More »

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