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Steven Spielberg shares his daddy issues, talks 'Lincoln' on '60 Minutes' -- VIDEO

Steven Spielberg’s career can be roughly divided into two distinct periods: the Mad at Dad phase, and the Reconciliation phase. The director admitted as much in a probing 60 Minutes interview last night. See, Spielberg’s parents, Arnold and Leah, got divorced when he was 19 — and for the following 15 years or so, Spielberg was furious with his father. He thought workaholic Arnold, an engineer, had instigated the split after years of ignoring his family in favor of his job.

What Steven didn’t know was that his beloved mother had actually fallen for another man — one of Arnold’s friends. As adorable 95-year-old Arnold explained to Lesley Stahl last night, he didn’t tell his son the truth for years because he was still in love with Leah… and Spielberg responded by littering movies like E.T. and Hook with absentee fathers or the void they left behind. Eventually, Steven’s wife, Kate Capshaw, prodded him to make peace with Dad — ultimately leading to films like War of the Worlds and Lincoln.

Not interested in Spielberg’s psychology? Press “play” on the first video and skip ahead 10 minutes. You’ll miss Spielberg discussing his daddy issues and his brushes with antisemitism — but you’ll get inside scoop on Lincoln, the director’s latest perfectly engineered Oscar-bait project. You could also just watch the second clip, which takes a more in-depth look behind the scenes of Lincoln — complete with a brief appearance by the famously taciturn Daniel Day-Lewis. It also features John Williams playing the theme from Jaws. Have at it, Spielbergians: READ FULL STORY

'The Human Centipede' inspires children's poem, cute-as-a-button t-shirt design

From South Park parody to musical adaptation to Funny or Die sketch to sock monkey to foot tattoo, it has long been clear that the NSFW Human Centipede torture porn franchise really is the gift that keeps on giving. But we never expected Tom Six’s deranged horror movies to gift us the quite delightful, kiddie-friendly t-shirt design you can see on the left.

The illustration comes from the Threadless website, where it is accompanied by a children’s poem about a “centipede human” who was always in a hurry — “He was late for his work, and late for his lunch/He was late for supper, and late for Sunday brunch” — until one day he decided to watch the Human Centipede and (spoiler alert!) died from a heart attack.

Which is sad — but, in the world of the Human Centipede, probably qualifies as a happy ending.

Read more:
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence): Review
‘Human Centipede 2′ director and star on their controversial sequel: ‘It’s NOT a Jennifer Aniston movie!’

'Footloose' Redux: Which is better?

It’s odd that we live in a world that needs two Footlooses. (Footlai?) Still, love it or loathe it, Footloose 2.0 arrives in theaters today, inviting a whole new generation of movie-goers to kick off their Sunday shoes.

While the 1984 original is hardly a perfect film, New-Footloose has some hefty shoes to fill. The older, Kevin Bacon-starring version has managed to angry dance its way into a pantheon of immortal ’80s movies and our hearts. So, with that in mind we thought we’d compare the two to see which film is Foot-looser, and which is Foot-loser. (Read Lisa Schwarzbaum’s review here.)

Kenny vs. Kevin: New Footloose is about as close to a shot-for-shot remake as you can get, so it’s easy to see where the similarities and differences lie. READ FULL STORY

'Abduction': Hilariously bad movie makes for fun moviegoing experience. It's the new 'Swimfan'!

There’s so much about Abduction, the new Taylor Lautner thriller, that’s appalling, fascinating, and unintentionally hilarious. Abduction is a pretty bad movie, but after my showing — set in a theater about half full (I’m being optimistic!) — pretty much everyone left in a good mood. In fact, I’d even recommend the film to most of my friends. It was bad in such a blatant way that it didn’t feel insulting, and it certainly wasn’t boring. After half an hour, I stopped paying close attention the plot, because it made no sense whatsoever and was riddled with holes, but the many jaw-droppingly awkward moments drew delighted ridicule from the audience. For all the wrong reasons, Abduction is sparkling entertainment. I’ll throw up a SPOILER ALERT here, but honestly, it doesn’t matter if I give anything away any major twists — you’ll be surprised by plenty regardless. READ FULL STORY

'Love & Other Drugs' and its (naked) endorsement of Prozac

love-other-drugsImage Credit: David JamesEdward Zwick’s Love & Other Drugs, the Jake Gyllenhaal-Anne Hathaway film that opened on Wednesday, tells the story of a slick (naked) pharmaceutical salesman who falls in love with a free-spirited (naked) Parkinson’s patient. You probably have read about how the gorgeous (naked) couple gets naked, but the film is also notable for being highly critical of the pharmaceutical industry. Doctors are depicted as unethical and corrupt, accepting favors from salesmen in exchange for prescribing one rival drug over another. The salesmen themselves and the companies they represent are equally shameless, saying anything — and sleeping with anyone — to sell enough units to get them the latest Porsche.

But buried beneath the criticism is a joke that seems to slightly endorse Prozac. Gyllenhaal’s character is pushing Zoloft, and every time he drops off some free samples at one doctor’s office, he makes sure to steal the Prozac samples and dump them in the parking lot dumpster. A homeless man takes an interest in the pills, and as the film unfolds, we see him right his life to the point that he has a job interview. The payoff gets a laugh, but I wonder if the filmmakers were making a statement, if this was a subtle attempt at product placement, or if I’m simply off my own meds. UPDATE: Looks like it might be neither a statement about the drugs themselves, nor product placement. Zwick issued the following statement to EW: “It’s not the drugs that are the problem. It’s the way they are sold — first to the doctors, and then to the patients.”

Have you seen the film yet? Did the Prozac/homeless-man gag make you think twice?

Read more:
EW review: ‘Love and Other Drugs’
Anne Hathaway hosts ‘Saturday Night Live’

'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

This week's cover: 'Harry Potter Deathly Hallows - Part 1' exclusive

EW-1128-Harry-Potter-CoverIt’s the beginning of the end. The seventh and final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, has been split into two films, and the first installment will hit screens Nov. 19. (Part 2 will open on July 15, 2011). After a decade of playing the three young wizards waging a battle against Voldemort and the forces of evil, the three stars of the $5.4 billion franchise, all in their 20s now, spoke with Entertainment Weekly for this week’s cover story, reflecting on their childhoods inside Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy and discussing their plans for the future. EW’s Los Angeles Bureau Chief, Sean Smith, has been interviewing these actors — Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) — since the very first film, The Sorcerer’s Stone, and mines his 10 years of access and observations for this in-depth portrait of the three most famous kids in the world as they transition into adulthood and life outside of Potter. READ FULL STORY

'Saw 3D' director recommends five fright flicks to watch this Halloween

saw-3d-directorImage Credit: Brooke PalmerKevin Greutert knows all about things that go bump, splat, and “Aaargh! My eyes! My eyes!” in the night. Greutert edited the first five movies in the Saw franchise and has directed the last two, including Saw 3D, which is out today. He also came within a poltergeist’s whisker of making Paranormal Activity 2, but that’s a whole other kind of horror story.

We put the thumbscrews to Greutert, until he agreed to recommend five frightening movies to watch this Halloween weekend.

You will find his choices after the jump.
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'Megamind': Watch the first five minutes!

Nick.com has unveiled the first five minutes of the new Will Ferrell/Tina Fey/Brad Pitt animated flick Megamind, due in theaters Nov. 5. Basically, it’s a prologue setting up the rivalry between Ferrell’s evil villain Megamind and Pitt’s heroic and well-coiffed Metro Man. Even in this tiny format, the movie’s quality looks great, meaning it will undoubtedly look even more striking in 3-D. (So perhaps it’s worth shelling out the extra cash, for you and your kids?) Enjoy the first five minutes after the jump: READ FULL STORY

'Black Swan' international posters are as crazy awesome as the movie

BLACK-SWAN-POSTERSIt thrills me to see a film like Darren Aronofsky’s genius Black Swan get the gorgeous poster treatment. The U.S. poster is already stunning in its own right (left) but Empire Online has debuted the international posters for the Natalie Portman flick and I pretty much want ALL of them. The film is a throwback of sorts to the horror films of the 1960s and 1970s; think Rosemary’s Baby or Don’t Look Now. So, the retro-vibe of these posters just feels perfect in my mind.

I can’t stress enough how much I looooooved Black Swan, PopWatchers. The film, which hits theaters on Dec. 3, is a complete tour de force in terms of directing, photography, and acting—it’s a stunner. Natalie Portman is phenomenal as is Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder. The final 30 minutes of the movie are almost unbearably intense, but fly by like a fever dream. This is a movie people will be talking about. The less you know about its surprises the better. Check out the trailer below… READ FULL STORY

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