<p>Quvenzhan&eacute; Wallis talks about her breakout role in &quot;Beasts of the Southern Wild.&quot;</p>

Quvenzhané Wallis talks about her breakout role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Is 'Beasts of the Southern Wild's' Quvenzhané Wallis ready for her close up?

Plus: A conversation with director Benh Zeitlin

LOS ANGELES - To remark that Quvenzhané Wallis is not your everyday 8-year-old is something of an understatement. In a relatively short amount of time she's been cast as the lead in an unconventional independent film, traveled to Park City, Utah where such film dominated Sundance's jury awards and then crossed the Atlantic where the same film became an international favorite at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.  These are the magical and joyous days of the cast and filmmakers behind "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and as another newcomer and Wallis' onscreen father noted in an interview last week, "We're riding a wave."

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<p>Keira Knightley as &quot;Anna Karenina.&quot;</p>

Keira Knightley as "Anna Karenina."

Credit: Focus Features

Keira Knightley admits 'Anna Karenina' is the hardest thing she's ever done

Plus: The joys of 'Seeking a Friend at the End of the World'

NEW YORK - The last time I spoke with Keira Knightley we were sitting in an almost empty ballroom.  Knightley had just come from the early afternoon Toronto premiere of "A Dangerous Method" and was in a gorgeous gown.  I, on the other hand, had raced over in a t-shirt and jeans having no idea Knightley would be soon boarding a plane later that evening to cross the pond where production on Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" awaited her.  Nine months later, it's a different movie, country and city and yet, Knightley still looks fantastic.  On this day I've got a much shorter amount of time to talk about a rare contemporary role for the "Atonement" star - just five minutes - in Lorene Scafaria's "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World."

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<p>The newly christened Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater) at Hollywood and Highland suped up for the world premiere of &quot;Brave.&quot;</p>

The newly christened Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater) at Hollywood and Highland suped up for the world premiere of "Brave."

Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Disney brings 'Brave' to the new Dolby Theater

A taste of Scotland in Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD - Walt Disney Studios and Pixar teamed up with Dolby last night to christen the "new" Dolby Theater with the world premiere of the new animated adventure "Brave" and, fortunately, everything sounded just fine.

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<p>Tim Burton exams some puppet hands on the set of &quot;Frankenweenie.&quot;</p>

Tim Burton exams some puppet hands on the set of "Frankenweenie."

Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Tim Burton takes you on a tour of the sets of 'Frankenweenie'

Bringing a black and white passion project to life

LONDON - Some directors are enthusiastic about working with actors.  Others get an adrenaline rush from difficult shots and exotic locales.  And there is even a select group that find the most exciting part of the filmmaking process to be the decisions made in the editing room.  Tim Burton may enjoy all aspects of making movies, but he admits there is a special joy he gets on a stop-motion animated film just from the "props and things that people are making." 

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<p>Woody Allen and Penelope Cruz at the &quot;To Rome With Love&quot;&nbsp;premiere in Rome this past April.</p>

Woody Allen and Penelope Cruz at the "To Rome With Love" premiere in Rome this past April.

Credit: AP Photo

Woody Allen and Penelope Cruz bring 'To Rome With Love' to LA Film Fest

A big night for the downtown fest

LOS ANGELES - The LA Film Festival has always done an admirable job of bringing in major films for its opening or closing night galas.  Last year Richard Linklater's "Bernie" had its world premiere to kick off the 2011 edition of the festival and the year before eventual Oscar best picture nominee "The Kids Are All Right" inaugurated the event's move to LA Live (with riot police surrounding the after party following the Lakers NBA Championship win to boot).  2012 got off to a memorable start Thursday night with the U.S. premiere of Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" and a surprise introduction from the legendary filmmaker himself.

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<p>Charlize Theron. The queen walks the red carpet of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.</p>

Charlize Theron. The queen walks the red carpet of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

Credit: Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Live blogging the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

'Twilight' vs. 'Hunger Games': Does anyone really win?

Yes again boys and girls it's time for the annual awards show that keeps you begging for laughs: the MTV Movie Awards.  There was once a time when the MMA's were the most entertaining show on TV. Ben Stiller, Mike Myers, Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith and Sarah Silverman made it edgier and funnier than anything the Golden Globes, Emmys or Papa Oscar could even dream of.  Unfortunately, the last few years have been duds. Andy Samberg seemed stifled by little prep time in 2009 (or so he said later), Aziz Ansari probably hosted three years too early in 2010 and Jason Sudekis was just outright terrible last year. Now, we have Russell Brand on tap. A comedian who appears to still be riding his moniker as the ex-Mr. Katy Perry with the MTV audience. This seems to be a step down (?) for Brand who previously hosted the more prestigious (seriously) MTV Video Music Awards in 2008 and 2009. Obviously, when you've got a movie to plug - "Rock of Ages" - it can't hurt, right?

And off we go...

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<p>Joel Kinnaman and Greta Gerwig in &quot;Lola Versus.&quot;</p>

Joel Kinnaman and Greta Gerwig in "Lola Versus."

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Exclusive: Greta Gerwig dresses up in new 'Lola Versus' clip

is this Gerwig's real breakout year?

Things are slowly coming around for Greta Gerwig.  Ever since the indie actress first got the industry's attention in mumblecore indies such as "Baghead" and "Hannah Takes the Stairs," her growing fanbase has been waiting for the rest of the world to catch up to her unique charms.

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<p>Bane (Tom Hardy)&nbsp;takes on Batman (Christian Bale) in the snowy, summer streets of Pittsburgh in &quot;The Dark Knight Rises.&quot;</p>

Bane (Tom Hardy) takes on Batman (Christian Bale) in the snowy, summer streets of Pittsburgh in "The Dark Knight Rises."

Credit: Warner Bros.

'The Dark Knight Rises' Set Visit: Hines Ward, Bane, Batman and exploding football fields

Plus: Producer Emma Thomas on how Twitter has changed production

PITTSBURGH - The last thing you'd expect to see in a Christopher Nolan movie is a football game. Certainly, not an NFL American football game.  Visiting the set of "The Dark Knight Rises" last August delivered exactly that, however. The Pittsburgh Steelers' Heinz Field was subtly transformed into the home stadium for the Gotham Rogues as the faux franchise took on the rival Rapid City Monuments.  If you're curious about the final score, I couldn't tell you.  The villainous Bane (Tom Hardy) appeared, literally destroyed the football field and made a big speech letting everyone know his plans.

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<p>Tom Hardy as Bane in Christopher Nolan's &quot;The Dark Knight Rises.&quot;</p>

Tom Hardy as Bane in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."

Credit: Warner Bros.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ star Tom Hardy doesn’t want to compete with Heath Ledger

'Star Trek: Nemesis' helped him realize the responsibility of the role

PITTSBURGH - It's never easy playing a villain on the big screen.  You have to avoid cliche's and over-the-top camp, but be memorable enough to raise the stakes for the film's hero. And, nine times out of 10 you end up getting killed at the end. Now, imagine how difficult Tom Hardy's shoes, er, mask is. In Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," he's only following a legendary performance by the dearly departed Heath Ledger.

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<p>Anne Hathaway is Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's &quot;The Dark Knight Rises.&quot;</p>

Anne Hathaway is Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."

Credit: Warner Bros.

Anne Hathaway: This is Christopher Nolan’s Catwoman in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Roundhouse kicks in high heels ain't easy

PITTSBURGH – Let's be honest, the past 18 months publicly haven't been the best of times for Anne Hathaway.  A year ago, the acclaimed actress was coming off co-hosting arguably the worst Academy Awards show of all time and had the “no, it really doesn’t work” drama “One Day” had been sent to the art house dumping ground of mid-August. And while those tough events might have been stewing around in the back of her mind, in actuality Hathaway was leaving out a dream; portraying the iconic character of Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.”  Of course, whether she thought that once in a lifetime opportunity would take place in the relatively unglamorous confines of Pittsburgh is still unclear, but when she sat down to talk about her experience on set she was beaming with pride.

It’s early August 2011 and Nolan’s “Dark Knight Rises” production has settled in Western Pennsylvania for a few weeks shooting exteriors in the Steel City. On this day, a major stunt is about to go off – literally – in Heniz Field during a game between the Gotham Rogues and the Rapid City Monuments. Hathaway plays Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) in the picture, but she’s not required on set today.  In fact, she’s stopped by to chat with visiting press about her dream role before quickly flying to New York to take part in some press for “One Day.”

Contextually, Hathaway’s Catwoman had just been revealed to the world in a still image released by Warner Bros. a few days before. The studio and the filmmakers had been concerned that the first image of the character would be captured by the public during a major set piece downtown and it would feature Hathaway’s stunt double and not the Oscar-nominated actress. It was a very smart move.

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