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Crashing and burning in 'Flight' -- no airplane required

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Flight is not always an easy movie to watch. To start with, if you have just a teensy little bit of flying phobia, prepare to sit through a most harrowing and horrifying plane crash. Denzel Washington, playing pilot Whip Whitaker (one of the greatest character names in some time, don’t you think?), must control a commercial airliner in mechanical failure and get it to the ground as safely as possible under impossible conditions. Whip stays cool and collected while everyone around him — from flight attendants to co-pilot to passengers — quite rightly falls apart, and he manages to pull off a mind-boggling feat of flying. Of course, the fact that we know that he did these heroic actions while drunk and high out of his mind makes things a lot more complicated. READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp tops 'Favorite Movie Star' list for second year, is a surprise Republican darling

Despite some reported personal turmoil this week, Johnny Depp can rest easy that America’s still got his back. The Pirates of the Caribbean star has topped Harris Interactive’s “Favorite Movie Star” poll for a second year in a row. There were plenty of surprises on the list, like how the reclusive Depp beat out four of Hollywood’s most charismatic A-listers and a Westerns legend, the complete absence of Tinseltown’s ultimate power couple, and the demographic breakdown of Depp’s fan base that shows his supporters are truly a silent majority. See who Depp bested for the title and which Oscar-winning actresses dropped off the list entirely after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Drew Barrymore, Eddie Murphy: Officially overpaid, says Forbes

When she gets a look at the latest list on Forbes.com, Drew Barrymore won’t be smiling anymore. The magazine ranked her first on its list of “Hollywood’s Most Overpaid Actors,” reporting that her films only bring in 40 cents for every dollar she is paid as an actress — and that’s without taking into account the fall TV bust Charlie’s Angels, on which Barrymore served as an executive producer.

Eddie Murphy had the unenviable fate of taking second place, though his return ($2.70 for every dollar he’s paid) was significantly higher than Barrymore’s. While the jury is still out whether Tower Heist (opening today) and his stint as Oscars host will bring Murphy the gold in 2012, his fate for 2011 is sealed. See what other big names made the list after the jump. READ FULL STORY

The embarrassing clip reel every late-night talent booker should watch

It’s every actor’s nightmare — or at least 25 of them. Watch the video below to see 25 actors’ early, mostly embarrassing roles cut together in a three-minute torture reel. I would say Daniel Craig, Jennifer Aniston, Natalie Portman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger should be cringing. Also that Sarah Jessica Parker’s voice sounds exactly the same, and Sean Connery in Darby O’Gill and the Little People could have been the basis for hunky Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the BeastREAD FULL STORY

Robert Redford is Branch Rickey, but who should play Jackie Robinson?

Robert Redford has been talking about making a Jackie Robinson movie for seven years, and according to the Los Angeles Times, it’s finally in motion. Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale) will write and direct, focusing on the special relationship between the Hall of Fame player who broke baseball’s color barrier and Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey, who orchestrated the historic move with both pragmatic and noble intentions. Redford, who hasn’t starred in a film since 2007′s Lions for Lambs, will play Rickey, but no one is yet attached to play Robinson, the dashing and charismatic infielder who stared down vicious bigotry when he joined the Dodgers in 1947. A few years back, there was one logical person to play Robinson: Denzel Washington. In fact, in the mid 1990s, Washington and Spike Lee nearly made a Robinson movie. It wasn’t meant to be.  READ FULL STORY

Amy Poehler, Tom Hanks, and Denzel Washington are all speaking at college graduations. Who would you have picked for your commencement?

I am incredibly jealous of Harvard’s class of 2011. No, not because they go to a famous school in Boston (well, not in Boston, but nearby. No, not Tufts!), or because they’ve got two glorious months of college left before they’re thrust out into the real world. Instead, my jealousy stems from the fact that those lucky Ivy Leaguers have scored an amazing Class Day speaker: Amy Poehler, star of Parks and Recreation. This is possibly the best thing to potentially ever happen to anyone anywhere in the history of the universe.

But Harvard’s graduation isn’t the only commencement that’s getting an injection of star power this year. Here’s an incomplete list of the boldfaced names that will be orating before cap and gown-clad masses come May: READ FULL STORY

Weekend Box Office Poll: Will you see 'Unstoppable,' 'Morning Glory,' or 'Skyline'? Or maybe just 'Megamind' again?

If Harrison Ford starred in a movie about aliens attacking a runaway train, you’d probably want to see that, right? Well, that will never happen. But if you don’t sleep for the next 48 hours and then go see Morning Glory, Unstoppable, and Skyline on Sunday, maybe your sleep-deprived brain will mix them together into one beautiful hallucination! EW’s John Young is betting that you won’t see any of them — or, at least, it’s more likely that last week’s box office topper  Megamind will win the weekend. (Morning Glory already had a soft opening on Wednesday.) He predicts a No. 2 slot for Unstoppable and a No. 3 finish for Cloverfield Goes to District 9 Skyline, with returning Due Date beating back Morning Glory for No. 4.

Personally, I’ll be first in line for Unstoppable tonight. (I just love trains. ) PopWatchers, what are you planning on seeing this weekend? Tell us in the poll, and if you feel like it, tell us why in the comments!

More from EW.com:
Unstoppable
review

Morning Glory
review

Megamind
review

Due Date review

'Unstoppable' director Tony Scott talks speeding trains, planes and automobiles

Tony-ScottImage Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.com; Robert ZuckermanTony Scott is clearly a speed freak. That is, his movies usually operate at somewhere between 90 and 120 miles-per-hour, from the control tower-buzzing fighter jets of Top Gun, to the zooming cars of Days of Thunder, to the hyperkinetic, whirlwind editing of every movie he’s made in the last decade. Now there’s Unstoppable — out tomorrow — about a massive freight train loaded down with dangerous chemicals that … just … can’t … slow down, and it’s quite possibly his most high-velocity film yet. We spoke with Scott about his latest project, as well as just what it is that gives him the need for speed.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: After The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, this is your second movie in a row about trains starring Denzel Washington. Coincidence?
TONY SCOTT:
If you think about Pelham, that was a hostage situation in the bowels of New York, and there’s very little in terms of train movement. This here, the Beast is the third character in the movie, which is a train that starts at 50 m.p.h. and ends at 150. It’s basically a character. It’s obviously still a train, but it’s very different conceptually from my last movie. I’m trying to think what you’d parallel it with: Well, it’s Speed on speed. When I read the script, I couldn’t put it down. Usually I’m a terribly slow reader, but I just flashed through it and I said, “F—!” So I did my homework, I went to Pennsylvania and met the people, learned the world, met role models for my cast members, and then I said, “I’m in.” READ FULL STORY

Denzel Washington's 'Unstoppable' appears to be a movie version of an SAT question

The trailer for Unstoppable, the upcoming action movie from Tony Scott and Denzel Washington, is online and all I can think is that it basically looks like a big-budget Hollywood adaptation of one of those “train leaves the station” word problems that you used to see on middle school math tests. Watch the trailer below to see what I mean: READ FULL STORY

Tony Awards 2010: Green Day is everywhere, Jay-Z is nowhere, and Catherine Zeta-Jones gets 'crass'

Green-DayImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/Wireimage.comIf you watched the 2010 Tony Awards—and that’s a very big if, considering it was the night of the True Blood premiere and game 5 of the NBA finals—you probably saw a few strange things: Host Sean Hayes tonguing Kristin Chenoweth, Green Day playing a mini-concert, and Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Catherine Zeta-Jones making off with two of the four major acting awards. The night’s biggest winner was, uncharacteristically, a play: the Mark Rothko homage Red, which took home six awards including Best Play. Memphis—featuring music by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan—won Best Musical. Below, a few more moments from Tony night 2010:

Green Day night: So, let’s tally it up here: American Idiot had four musical numbers. Four: three in the opening number (one from the cast, and two from Green Day), then the show’s official Best Musical performance later in the telecast. That’s more awards than it got (it won best sets and lighting). Heck, that’s more nominations than it got. Think the other best musical nominees were ticked off? READ FULL STORY

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