CHARLIZE THERON & SETH MACFARLANE
A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST
• The Family Guy creator takes on the Old West—with pal Theron riding shotgun. SETH: Charlize can take something ridiculous and make it seem normal. I cannot imagine having done this movie with anybody else. CHARLIZE: Awwww. SETH: F— you. CHARLIZE: [Laughs] You know, I’m more touched by the “f— you” than what you said! Look, I don’t do comedy, so I wanted to be guided through a world that I don’t know so well by someone like him. This is his thing. And then I read the script, and turns out it’s not going to be bad. SETH: That’s our tagline for the movie, by the way. CHARLIZE: I’ve got to say, he rocks a wool suit like nobody’s business. SETH: But she handles a gun far better than me. I’m not going to delve into what she could teach me. I’ve been doing it wrong for years.
TOM CRUISE & EMILY BLUNT
EDGE OF TOMORROW
• In this sci-fi version of Groundhog Day, Cruise plays an ill-suited combat soldier who must convince Emily Blunt’s expert warrior to train him so they can save the world—and every time they die trying, the day starts over.
TOM: Emily is sensei—she’s this hero. She’s very much a woman but also very tough. EMILY: Tom, I’m sitting here totally blushing. TOM: I tell you this all the time! EMILY: Tom is incredible, the best. Someone asked if I got any stunt training from Tom. I was like, “Well, he would try to help me all the time, whether I listened or not.” TOM: [Laughs] Remember when the van exploded? I said, “It’s going to be really loud—just keep looking straight ahead and keep driving.” It was, “I got it, Tom, I got it.” This thing explodes … EMILY: I think I screamed, “Jesus Christ!” TOM: Tough warrior. EMILY: We tried to find fun ways to have these two connect and develop as a couple. TOM: To have a romance [even though] she has to kill him every day. It’s hard to find original relationships like that.
CHANNING TATUM & JONAH HILL
22 JUMP STREET
• It’s a catch, ahem, 22: Our favorite narcs Jenko (Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) are back, but sequels can ruin a fun thing. Don’t fret, says Hill. “We know that making a sequel is lame, so we made sure to make fun of ourselves about that in the film.” So what’s on the syllabus as the guys enroll in college? Spring break! “Neither Channing nor I had ever been on spring break, so our [version of it] was shooting the film as 30-year-olds,” says Hill. “It did feel like we were really old men trying to relive glory days.”
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
• So long, Shia LaBeouf; hello, Bostonian biceps. Wahlberg jumps into the battling-robots franchise as a dad trying to protect his daughter. “My focus is the human element of the story,” he says. “I think people can relate to an ordinary man caught up in a crazy situation.” His kids (Ella, 10, Michael, 8, Brendan, 5, and Grace, 4), who shot a scene with him in Chicago, are psyched too. “Their friends have seen the trailer and are all excited about it. Now they think I’m a little cooler.”
MELISSA McCARTHY, SUSAN SARANDON & BEN FALCONE
• How does a first- time director survive a raunchy road trip with McCarthy and Sarandon? Falcone—who happens to be McCarthy’s husband—tells all.
• Get inspired. Six years ago, Falcone remembers waking up with a script idea and sharing it with his wife of eight years. “I came downstairs and said, ‘I think I want to write a movie about you going on a road trip with your grandma. And your grandma is a hard-partying alcoholic.’ ”
• Crack each other up. As Falcone and McCarthy cowrote the script, “We would sit down together and talk it through out loud. Sometimes we would write at restaurants and people thought we were crazy. Basically it’s a game to try to make the other one laugh.”
• Know your place. “I would never say I was her boss,” says Falcone of directing McCarthy, with whom he has appeared in several films, including 2011’s Bridesmaids. “It was my first time directing. I just felt like I was trying to help everybody get the best thing we could get.”
• Make it a family affair. With their daughters Vivian, 7, and Georgette, 4, on-set in North Carolina, “it was a total family atmosphere, really relaxed. The girls were very popular on-set. Mostly they just wanted to play with Susan’s dog Penny. And find out if there were cookies somewhere.”
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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
• What does it take to snap a group photo of summer’s most sprawling cast? “A miracle,” says Jackman, who bares his adamantium claws for the seventh time as Wolverine. “Michael and James were being very naughty during that shoot. There was a lot of throwing things. There were probably eight people standing on Ellen’s apple box at once.” For good friends Stewart and McKellen, the film’s ensemble—which unites the original mutants with their younger versions from X-Men: First Class—is a welcome return to their acting roots. “We come from a theater background, so we have always worked with companies,” says Stewart. “But it’s rare that you have such a diversity of talent. I wish we’d had more opportunity to socialize!” For Jackman, getting back in superhero shape is a commitment. “Physically, I had about a year or year and a half to prepare. Of course I complained about it every single day. But I love playing the character, and that makes it easier.” He has a soft spot for that muttonchops-and-big-belt-buckles look too. “As far as Wolverine’s concerned, time stopped in the ’70s.”
SHAILENE WOODLEY & ANSEL ELGORT
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
• Romantics will reach for Stars, based on the John Green book about cancer patient Hazel (Woodley) and her love Augustus (Elgort). The actors played siblings in Divergent, but they don’t find the switch icky. “That’s the beauty of being an actor,” says Woodley. “You … explore different relationships [with] different people.” Or, sometimes, the same person.
CAMERON DIAZ & JASON SEGEL
• How do you make a movie called Sex Tape and retain some modesty? “Double-stick tape and scissors and pieces of cloth!” says Diaz, who gets busy with Segel in the comedy as a couple who try to spice up their marriage. “We had such a freaking fun time. There were some things where it was like, ‘Thank God we trust each other!’ ”
• Disney gave Sleeping Beauty a Wicked-like twist for this fantasy tale about the evil sorceress. “Angie always wanted to play this part,” says producer Joe Roth. “I told Disney, ‘If she doesn’t do the movie, they shouldn’t do the movie.’ ”