My Fun Interview with Johnny Simmons, Ezra Miller, and Mae Whitman for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” 

I truly enjoyed “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” I know it’s cliché to say by now that a movie is a great coming-of-age film but in the case of “Perks,” it truly is! Adapted and directed by the book’s author, Stephen Chbosky, “Perks” is captivating and the narrative will pull you right in. It also boasts a great ensemble cast featuring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Johnny Simmons, and Mae Whitman. I sat down with Miller, Simmons, and Whitman when they premiered the movie at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It was a fun interview and we talked about (video below):

What got them interested in making “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
The audition process
Working with Stephen Chbosky
Ezra Miller’s brilliant performance
The difference between the book and the movie

Have fun!

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Nina Dobrev Talks About “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” 

Nina Dobrev, “The Vampire Diaries” star, is part of the fantastic ensemble of the new film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” She plays Candace, the sister of our wallflower, Charlie (Logan Lerman). Emma Watson and Ezra Miller co-star from author/writer/director Stephen Chbosky. I met the actress in Toronto for the 2012 TIFF for this interview. We talked about (video below):

Why does the book resonate to many people?
How did she get involved into making “Perks of Being a Wallflower?”
Her character and her bond with Charlie
What you can expect in the DVD’s deleted scenes
Music as the soundtrack of our lives
The meaning of “we are infinite”

Have fun!

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Check Out "The Lone Ranger" Poster, Still! Why So Serious...Maybe? 

Walt Disney Pictures has unveiled the new poster for Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger" starring Johnny Depp as the sidekick Tonto, and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger. But from the looks of the poster, it might as well have been re-titled "Tonto" since it's Depp's character that's being sold. Nevermind his crow-headdress and make-up reminiscent of "The Dark Knight's" The Joker.

Here's a new picture from the movie too:

"The Lone Ranger" is very expensive -- $250 million! So, it's probably wise for Disney to milk their marquee star. But I enjoyed Verbinski's work, so this may be a good one. By the way, the trailer debuts tomorrow so we'll take a look together, shall we?

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Seth MacFarlane to Host 85th Oscars! Will He Bring "Ted?" 

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Academy Awards! MacFarlane is set to make his Oscar debut, not as a presenter, but a host! But the big question -- will MacFarlane bring the magical teddy bear "Ted?" We'll find out when we watch the Oscars on February 24th. Here's the full press release from the Academy:

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Academy Awards®, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This will be MacFarlane's first appearance on Oscar's stage. The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, on the ABC Television Network.

"We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh," said Zadan and Meron. "He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him."

"It's truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars," said MacFarlane. "My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don't find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast."

"Seth is unbelievably talented," said Academy President Hawk Koch. "We couldn't be happier with the creative team we've assembled. With Craig, Neil, and now Seth, we're off to a great start."

MacFarlane made his feature directorial debut this summer with the box office success "Ted. "He also co-wrote and produced the film, and voiced the title character. "Ted" has brought in over $420 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing films of the year.

MacFarlane is the creative force behind the television series "Family Guy" and co-creator of "American Dad!" and "The Cleveland Show. "In September he hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the first time, for the show's 38th season premiere. An accomplished live performer, MacFarlane has played to sold-out audiences at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall.In 2011 he released his debut album, "Music Is Better Than Words," which earned two Grammy® nominations. He also has earned 13 Emmy® nominations and won two for his work on "Family Guy."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Don Mischer will direct the telecast for the third consecutive time. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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"Hotel Transylvania" -- Monster Smash!  

Adam Sandler's "Hotel Transylvania" wins the weekend box-office and saves Hollywood after a late-summer slump. The animated comedy from Sony Pictures debuted at No. 1 with $43 million. ("Hotel Transylvania" movie review)

"Hotel Transylvania" also set September box-office record. Its $43 million debut beat previous record-holder, "Sweet Home Alabama," which opened at $35.7 million ion 2002.

Sony was having a good weekend. Its other film, the smart thriller "Looper" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis," opened at No. 2 with $21.2 million. ("Looper" movie review)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "End of Watch," fell to No. 3 with $8 million. Watch this brilliant movie from director David Ayer starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. (Jake Gyllenhaal interview, Michael Pena interview, Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martinez interview, David Ayer interview)

Here's the Top 10 Box Office Films for weekend of Sept. 28th:

1. “Hotel Transylvania,” $43 million ($8.1 million international).
2. “Looper,” $21.2 million ($8.5 million international).

3. “End of Watch,” $8 million.
4. “Trouble with the Curve,” $7.5 million.
5. “House at the End of the Street,” $7.2 million ($1.5 million international).
6. “Pitch Perfect,” $5.2 million.
7. “Finding Nemo,” $4.1 million ($1.1 million international).
8. “Resident Evil: Retribution,” $3 million ($20.7 million international).
9. “The Master,” $2.75 million.
10. “Won’t Back Down,” $2.7 million.

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