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Ben Stiller doesn't think he has a "drive" for acting any more.
The actor-and-director enjoyed making his latest film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - in which he plays the titular lead character - and he wonders if his passion behind the camera has taken over:
"I don't want to ever be dismissive of it. To be a really great actor takes as much commitment as anything. But I do wonder sometimes, for me, if I have as much drive for that these days as I do to direct, because that I don't even question. But then it's also about finding the projects, and it's much more of a commitment. But you're not limited by being cast in something, what type you are, what roles you can play, because you are who you are, which is fine, but directing to me is so many possibilities, so many worlds to explore."
Idris Elba tried to capture Nelson Mandela's "aura" when filming Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
The star thoroughly researched his role as the South African civil rights activist and former president - who was imprisoned between 1962 and 1990 for his beliefs - and says his acting was helped by understanding the gravitas he is held in:
"I was more of a journalist than an actor when I first got the role [as Mandela]. I didn't know as much as I'd like to about him, there is so much to learn. Especially about his aura, about the way people feel about him because you can't really act that. You just have to have some understanding of it, so that's what I did. The pressure of taking on someone that everyone knows is insurmountable - ultimately you've got to own it yourself. I don't look like Mandela so I have to ask the audience to come along on a journey and say this is my interpretation."
Ben Stiller cemented his hand and footprints into Hollywood history on Tuesday.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty star cast his prints outside the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, making him a member of an exclusive club populated by cinematic legends including Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood and Rita Hayworth. Speaking ahead of casting his prints, he told BANG Showbiz, "I've always loved the history of Hollywood and the history of the movies. It's very, very meaningful to me, and to be in any way a part of it is a dream come true. I'm humbled, touched and very proud to know that wherever I go, long after I'm dead, my footprints will be here in Hollywood, being stood on by a fake Shrek posing for tourists for a dollar."
Ben - star of Night at the Museum, Zoolander and Meet the Parents as well as director of The Cable Guy and Tropic Thunder- was introduced by his movie star friend, Tom Cruise. "It's a crowning accomplishment for Ben and I think it's so appropriate today that he is here being honored at this historical event. I'm very honored to be here to announce him and give it to him. A Brilliant artist and my dear friend, Ben Stiller," he said.
Jennifer Hudson feels pressure as an actress after winning an Oscar.
The actress-and-singer earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her very first film role as Effie White in 2006 musical drama Dreamgirls, and she admits being so successful at the start of her career has made her conscious of her acting in subsequent movies. "When I did Dreamgirls, nobody was paying attention to me so I had nothing to prove. Now, I'm the 'Academy Award winner, Jennifer Hudson,' so everybody is watching," she said.
The spiritual star - who first came to prominence as a contestant on singing competition American Idol in 2004 - believes her acting career is a "reward" for embracing her "gift" of singing. "For me, music is always there. Music connects me to my emotions. Someone once told me that singing is my gift and acting is my reward for using my gift. God chose to bless me with an acting career because I honored the gift of singing that he gave me," Jennifer, 32, explained.
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Despite an impressive jump from its debut at the twenty-second spot to number two this week, Frozen didn't make enough money to overtake last week's number one winner The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The sequel to The Hunger Games took in $74.5 million, a good $8 million more than Frozen, which earned $66.7 million this weekend. Thor: The Dark World fell one spot to number three with $11.1 million while The Best Man Holiday also fell one spot to number four with $8.4 million. Newcomer Homefront debuted at number five with $6.9 million.
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Evan Rachel Wood has hit out at Hollywood double standards after a sex scene was cut from her new film Charlie Countryman.
The 26-year-old actress lashed out at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) - which is responsible for giving new releases age-appropriate audience ratings - after learning that a scene between her and co-star Shia LaBeouf had been cut from the final version of the film after being deemed inappropriate for audiences.
"After seeing the new cut of #CharlieCountryman I would like 2 share my disappointment with the MPAA, who thought it was necessary to censor a womans sexuality once again. The scene where the two main characters make 'love' was altered because someone felt that seeing a man give a woman oral sex made people 'uncomfortable' but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered, [sic]" she ranted on Twitter.
Brad Pitt reportedly thinks Shia LaBeouf is too serious.
The duo, who are currently filming the movie Fury in Oxfordshire, England, have always wanted to work together but allegedly aren't getting along well on set between scenes because they are so different. "Brad likes to enjoy himself on a set, but Shia is an incredibly serious guy when it comes to his performances. They have very different styles of working and it's not mixing well on a personal level, which is tough because Brad and Shia met many years ago and wanted to work together. They searched a long time until they found the right project and both were enthusiastic about the World War II army thriller," a source said.
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Although Thor: The Dark World had a fairly good two-week run at the top, we all knew that it was short-lived with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on its way to theaters.
The sequel to last year's huge hit The Hunger Games took in $158 million, which makes it the biggest opening for a film in the month of November and the sixth biggest opening for a film overall (right behind The Dark Knight and above its predecessor by $6 million). Thor: The Dark World came in second with $14.1 million while The Best Man Holiday also slipped one position down to number three with $12.4 million. Vince Vaughn's Delivery Man debuted at number four with $7.9 million, and Free Birds hung in there dropping one spot to number five with $5.3 million.
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Vanessa Hudgens popped the blood vessels in her face while filming a scene where she goes in labor.
The 24-year-old star, who plays a teenage mother Apple Bailey in her forthcoming film Gimmie Shelter, felt both physically and mentally exhausted when she was in character. "Probably the most physical and emotionally draining scene was my birthing scene. I've never shot a birthing scene and I ended up popping blood vessels in my face," she told E! News.
Vanessa formed a strong connection with her alter ego and even found herself feeling strange when Apple's baby was taken away from her after they completed scenes for the movie. "It's odd, it really is. I mean, I totally had a connection with my baby - my movie baby - and I just had so much love for her but afterwards they call 'cut' and take the baby away and I'm just left there hanging," she explained.
The brunette beauty piled on the pounds for the part, but found it harder to lose weight afterwards, despite doing plenty of exercise: "Getting it off was the more difficult part. It was a lot of exercise... Just doing a lot of cardio, a lot of yoga and just really anything active."
Jared Leto doesn't believe "people like him" win Oscars.
The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman has been tipped for Academy Awards success for his role in Dallas Buyers Club - in which he plays a transsexual AIDS sufferer opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner - but he doesn't expect to receive one of the prestigious accolades.
"It's nuts. They don't give Oscars to people like me!" he said.
The movie marks the 41-year-old star's first acting role since 2009's Mr. Nobody and Jared joked he was amazed he could still act. "I hadn't made a film in so long, I'm lucky I remembered how to act, to tell you the truth. I just dove in deep and did that best that I could," he said.
Despite his modesty, Jared is proud of the movie and the Oscar buzz it has generated: "It's surreal. It's so great. I'll tell you what - anybody that has anything negative to say about the process needs to see a doctor. There are much worse things to do than have your film supported and celebrated."
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