Selena Gomez was Looking to ‘Getaway’ From Teen Roles

GETAWAYSelena Gomez is moving her acting career into high gear. After starring in the action comedy Spring Breakers, this Friday, her new action film Getaway, starring Ethan Hawke, opens in theaters.

Gomez, who is now 21 years old, seems to be craving more adult roles.  She told us that she has been wanting to do different things in her career, and an action movie like Getaway was a chance to do what she has been craving. (Click on the media bar below to hear Selena Gomez)

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Stephenie Meyer Enjoys The Freeing Process of Producing Austenland

Austenland (Sony Pictures Classics)

After closing the chapter on the Twilight series, author Stephenie Meyer continues to work in showbiz, as she’s a producer on the romantic comedy Austenland.

“It was a lot easier and harder in some ways,” said Meyer of the new movie, which stars Keri Russell. “Easier because this wasn’t my story. For the first time it was someone else’s story and there was no pressure on me to…with Twilight there was so much, “If it’s not exactly like this every0one is going to explode. It felt very freeing not to have that. This was a little film and there was a lot that needed to be done to make it happen. So there was just a lot of willpower (involved). So there was a lot of pushing (I did) as a producer (laughs).”

Meyer, who also produced The Host this year (it’s based on her novel of the same name), loved the community feel of the Austenland production. Click on the media bar to hear Meyer discuss the difference between writing and producing a project.

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Michelle Pfeiffer Keeps Acting Craft Fresh with The Family

The Family (Relativity Media, CR: Jessica Forde)

Michelle Pfeiffer has pretty much seen in all, as her career has featured its share of iconic studio driven work (Scarface, Batman Returns) and acclaimed performances in The Age of Innocence, Dangerous Liaisons, and Love Field

With The Family, Pfeiffer stars opposite Robert De Niro in a comedy about a family who move to Normandy, France as part of the witness protection program. Since it’s directed by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Professional), viewers can expect a ton of action to complement the humor.

During a recent interview, the actress admitted she drew a bit of inspiration from her co-stars Dianna Agron (Glee) and John D’Leo, who play her kids in the film. The actress and De Niro came on board the shoot a couple of weeks after Agron and D’Leo started shooting their scenes.

“Their work was already at such a level, that frankly I was just a little intimidated,” said Pfeiffer. “There’s a freshness, and I think when you do anything for a long time you have to make conscious effort to keep it fresh and fall into bad habits and not sort of really on old bags of tricks. I was really reminded to not do that actually with all of them.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Pfeiffer talk about the connection between The Family and one of her more beloved films, Married to the Mob:

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New Direction for One Direction? Harry Styles and Niall Horan Say ‘Yes!’

46One Direction is having a great year. They have a new concert movie coming out next week called One Direction: This is Us. The band is also working on a new album, and band members Harry Styles and Niall Horan tell us the album will be great, and very different from anything they have done before. (Click on the media bar below to hear Harry Styles & Niall Horan)

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The Butler Serves Up A Box Office Thrashing & Retains Top Spot

THE BUTLER (Weinstein Company, CR: Anne Marie Fox)Lee Daniels’ The Butler dominated the box-office competition with another first place finish, as it took in $17 million. The Jennifer Aniston comedy We’re the Millers is her first huge hit in years, as the picture has already taken in $91.7 million domestically. Unfortunately, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones debuted at a dismal third place, making just $9.3 million. With a budget of $60 million, the film’s franchise prospects appear dismal.

Director Edgar Wright’s latest genre bending comedy The World’s End was #4 with $8.9 million, but considering it was made on a cheapo $20 million budget (plus it’s already made $16 million overseas), the movie is expected to turn a decent profit for Focus Features.

Here’s the top 10:

1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Expect a ton of Oscar nods for this hit. $17 million.
2. We’re the Millers – $13.5 million and counting for this comedic money train.
3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – An under performer with $9.3 million
4. The World’s EndEdgar Wright’s pub crawl love equals success. $8.9 million
5. Planes – Disney animated flick does disappointing business. $8.56 million.
6. Elysium – $7.1 million & total domestic numbers reach over $69 million.
7. You’re Next – Apparently few people wanted to go “next.” $7 million.
8. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – $5.2 million. Has underperformed.
9. Blue JasmineWoody Allen rebounds with first rate drama. $4.3 million.
10. Kick-Ass 2 – Who knew this movie would actually get its ass kicked? Only $4.27 million.

**In the following clip, Oprah Winfrey explains the appeal of Lee Daniels’ The Butler:

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