Teresa Palmer Has A ‘Warm Bodies’ Wish For Elizabeth Taylor

WARM BODIES (Summit Entertainment, Jan Thijs)Opening Friday, Warm Bodies centers on a zombie (Nicholas Hoult) who, against all reason, falls in love with a human (Teresa Palmer) after devouring her boyfriend. The picture is directed by Jonathan Levine, who received solid reviews for his dramedy 50/50.

In Warm Bodies, zombies have the power to access a human’s memories after eating their brains, and a reporter recently asked Palmer that if she was a zombie, whose memories would she love to steal.

Her answer was late actress Elizabeth Taylor, and click on the media bar below to hear Palmer explain her reasoning behind the choice.

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Meagan Good Finds The Heart In ‘Deception’

Deception (NBC/Myles Aronowitz)The new NBC series Deception centers on a detective named Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good) who goes undercover to look into the death of her childhood friend Vivian.

During our chat with Good during the Television Critics Press Association tour, the actress talked about how her godfather and actress Halle Berry were among the many influences in her life.  Click on the media bar below to hear Good:

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On tonight’s episode (airing at 10 pm et/pt), Joanna discovers that Julian (Wes Brown) may be hiding something about Vivian’s murder.


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The ‘Side Effects’ Of Working With Steven Soderbergh

Side Effects (Open Road Films, Barry Wetcher)Although January and February are usually months reserved for films that, for lack of a better word, suck, director Steven Soderbergh’s latest film Side Effects delivers the goods as a first rate thriller. The story of a mentally ill woman (Rooney Mara) who murders her just released from jail/insider trading hubby (Channing Tatum), Side Effects is a feature filled with twists.  Just when you think the picture is focused on the woman’s journey, the feature takes an entirely unexpected turn. Jude Law gives a first rate performance as the psychiatrist who finds his life directly affected by this tragedy.

During last weekend’s press conference for Side Effects, Mara and Law talked about what made the movie a unique working experience, as they both talked about the intelligence of the material.  To hear the actors talk about Side Effects, click on the media bar below:

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Side Effects, co-starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, opens February 8th.


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‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ Tops Box Office With $19 Million

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Paramount/Alex J. Berliner/AB Images)Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters took out the box office competition to debut at the #1 spot.  Starring Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner, the adventure flick grossed $19 million, easily besting second place finisher Mama ($12.8 million).  Budgeted at $21 million, the acclaimed Silver Linings Playbook took in $10 million for third place and an overall domestic take of $69.5 million.  The Jason Statham feature Parker had a miserable weekend opening, taking in just $7 million and sputtering to fifth place, with the comedy misfire Movie 43 laying an egg with $5 million and a weak seventh place result.

Here is this weekend’s top 10:

1.  Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters – $19 million.  To hear Gemma Arterton talk about playing Gretel, click on the media bar below:

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2.  Mama – The Jessica Chastain horror flick has another solid showing in its second weekend.  $12.8 million

3. Silver Linings Playbook – $10 million

4.  Zero Dark Thirty – $9.8 million. Domestic totals: $69.9 million.

5.  Parker – With another disappointing weekend opening, the jury’s out on Jason Statham’s continued box office potential.  $7 million

6.  Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino’s latest has made over $146 million domestically.  This weekend, it made $5 million.

7.  Movie 43 – An A-list cast (including Kate Winslet and Emma Stone) couldn’t save the $5 million result. Although budgeted at just $6 million, the comedy struck out over the weekend.

8.  Gangster Squad – With a $60 million budget, this wannabe Los Angeles film noir is a turkey, as it made just $4.2 million and has a domestic grand total of $39.65 to date.

9.  Broken City – The Mark Wahlberg/Russell Crowe thriller made $4 million and is one of January’s box office disappointments.

10.  Les Miserables – $3.9 million and Oscar odds are on Anne Hathaway to win for Best Supporting Actress.


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‘The Following’ Formulates A Big Plan For James Purefoy

The Following (FOX, Michael Lavine)

The new series The Following centers on an ex-FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) who has an intricate connection with an Edgar Allan Poe obsessed serial killer (James Purefoy). Previously known for his work as Mark Antony on the HBO series Rome, Purefoy sees his character in The Following as a manipulator who is engineering an evil master plan.

“This man really is the devil, I guess cubed, if you’d like because he’s a really bad man, but he’s also incredibly smart, he’s charming as hell, he’s very, very bright, he’s academically right on the button, and he’s got a super objective that actors love a super objective and this super objective – this man goes way, way down the line,” says Purefoy.  “Hopefully seven years down the line, but it’s a big, big plan that only he knows, so he’s kind of up above everybody else, looking down, because they’re all scrambling around in the gutter trying to work out what the heck he’s going to do next.”

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An encore of The Following’s season premiere airs tonight on FOX (9 pm et/pt)

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