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Jennifer Hudson, Jeremy Jordon Spice up Smash Season 2 (watch!)

Jennifer Hudson joins the cat fight on the second season of NBC’s hit show “Smash.” She better sharpen her elbows for Katharine McPhee’s Karen and Megan Hlity’s Ivy. They’re still going it at it. Hudson leads the list of new additions to the upcoming season. She plays Veronica, a Broadway queen who has the power to help Karen, or is it Ivy, get a leg up in the cutthroat business. Jeremy Jordan joins the series as Karen’s new boyfriend. Jordan, 27, has starred on Broadway. He played Jack Kelly in the 2012 musical Newsies and Clyde Barrow in the 2011 musical Bonnie & Clyde....

Hugh Jackman Leads Les Miserables Cast in New UK Trailer

Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe are among the actors featured in a new trailer for movie musical “Les Miserables.” The video targets the United Kingdom and includes new footage compared with the film’s first trailer. The first trailer contained no dialogue, just Hathaway singing the poignant song “I Dreamed a Dream.” Also featured singing in the new trailer are Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen....

Denzel Washington's 'Flight' Has Budweiser Maker Foaming (watch)

In his new movie “Flight,” Denzel Washington plays a pilot who has a thirst for Budweiser beer, a product placement that would normally have beer-maker Anheuser-Busch InBev jumping up and down in the aisles. Except Washington plays an alcoholic pilot. Forget for a moment that no functional alcoholic would waste their time with beer, let alone Budweiser. And where’s Washington’s beer belly? So much for attention to detail. But it’s refreshing to hear a company demanding to have its product taken out of a movie, when the trend in Hollywood today is to lard up films with product placements of almost every kind....

Sean Penn, Sexy Emma Stone Steal Gangster Squad (New Trailer!)

Sean Penn does the best gangster impression since James Cagney in 1931′s “The Public Enemy” in a new theatrical trailer for the film “Gangster Squad.” He ruthlessly takes over Los Angeles in the 1950s. Although the film is ostensibly about a rogue band of LA police detectives, led by Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling, Penn looks like he steals the movie, judging from the clip. Penn, 51, plays tough New York mobster Mickey Cohen who moves to Los Angeles in the 1940s intent on taking over the rackets....

Quentin Tarantino Camps Up Django Unchained in New Trailer (watch!)

Quentin Tarantino has created all the pieces for an action-packed send up of spaghetti westerns and puts them on display in a new trailer for “Django Unchained.” But whether he can turn them into a coherent film remains to be seen. The movie’s basic plot revolves around Jamie Foxx, who plays ex-slave Django. He’s determined to find his wife who is a slave own by plantation owner Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Django hooks up with a bounty hunter played by Christoph Waltz, who is in search of the notorious Brittle brothers. Only Django has seen outlaws and he agrees to help, if the bounty hunter helps him rescue his wife....

Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg Live Stream Lincoln Q&A (Watch!)

Daniel Day-Lewis and “Lincoln” Director Steven Spielberg will discuss their upcoming bio-pic of the 16th president in a live-stream Q&A tonight (Oct. 10), following the movie’s rousing reception at the New York Film Festival. Spielberg said he doesn’t want his film to become a “political football,” even though he’s an ardent Obama supporter, and purposely delayed its release until after the elections in Novembers. Viewers of the live stream event, courtesy of Yahoo! movies, can tweet questions about his decision and other facets of the movie, using the hashtag #LincolnMovie....

Right Wing Big Money Eyes Hollywood in Its Own Image

Right wing conservatives have long lambasted supposedly left-leaning Hollywood for making films that don’t espouse their values or worse, promote what they claim is a liberal-left political agenda. But now, they’re not getting mad, they’re getting even. Right-wing media multibillionaire Phil Anschutz appears to be leading the charge. He’s financed a film studio called Walden Media that is producing movies with a decidely right-wing political agenda. Walden’s second film, “Won’t Back Down,” debuted this weekend in about 2,500 theaters across the country. Not surprisingly, 20th Century Fox, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has the distribution deal....

Jackie Robinson Set to Hip-Hop in New '42' Trailer, WTF? (watch!)

Jackie Robinson finally gets his turn at bat in a new trailer for the upcoming film “42,” about how he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in the 1940s. The trailer is set against a Jay-Z rap “Brooklyn Go Hard,” which does the film no favors. Robinson, played by Chadwick Boseman, endured unbelievable abuse and humiliation as a player for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but his demeanor on and off the field, not to mention his stellar play, helped turn the tide against segregation. Hard to say whether Robinson would be a fan of hip hop, but Jay-Z’s over-the-top braggadocio hardly represents the spirit of Robinson’s character, or the era in which he played. The lyrics glorify thug life. In fact, the song turns Jackie Robinson on his head....

Anna Gurji, Innocence of Muslims Actress, 'Shocked' by Film

Anna Gurji, one of the actresses who starred in a negative portrayal of the prophet Mohammed, is the latest person connected with the film to claim those on the set were hoodwinked into believing it was a movie about life in an ancient desert kingdom, without religious overtones. “There was no mention EVER by anyone of MUHAMMAD and no mention of religion during the entire time I was on the set,” she wrote in a letter explaining her understanding of the film....

Emma Watson Wears Daring Dress to Perks NY Premiere (photos)

Emma Watson walked the red carpet in another revealing dress at the New York premiere of her new film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” after suffering a wardrobe malfunction at the Los Angeles premiere. Emma, 22, was radiant in a white backless dress that she wore without a bra. At certain angles the dress gapped to exposing a classic “side-boob” reveal. The event was hosted by The Cinema Society in New York. She was joined by co-stars Adam Higenbuch, Johnny Simmons, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Erin Wilhelmi....

Rachel McAdams Seductive, Sadistic in Passion Trailer (watch!)

Noomi Rapace, who wowed audiences in Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” gets kinky with Rachel McAdams in the new trailer for Brian De Palma’s thriller “Passion.” McAdams, who last appeared in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” brings a lot of the heat in the trailer. She plays Christine, a ruthless and sadistic business executive who enjoys using people and putting them in impossible situations for her own twisted pleasure....