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Oscars 2015: Margot Robbie, Miles Teller to host sci-tech awards

The presentation of this year's Oscars for scientific and technical achievement will boast some superhero star power.

Margot Robbie, who's set to play antiheroine Harley Quinn in the upcoming "Suicide Squad," and Miles Teller, a.k.a. stretchy scientist Reed Richards in "Fantastic Four," will host the Feb. 7 ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday.

The pair will present 21 awards to 58 individual recipients during the evening event, portions of which will be included in the Oscars telecast Feb. 22.

"Margot and Miles represent some of the best of the next generation of rising stars and it is only fitting that they host an evening saluting the film innovations and innovators who will inform the future," Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement.

Neither Robbie nor Teller has been nominated for an Oscar, but both have appeared in films nominated for best picture: Robbie in "The Wolf of Wall Street" and Teller in "Whiplash."

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Sundance 2015: The nervous charms of Ben Mendelsohn

The Australian character actor Ben Mendelsohn was at a slopeside hotel last weekend, lugging a large piece of orange l‎uggage out the front door. His wife, the British-born novelist Emma Forrest, was next to him, as the couple waited for a car to take them to the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “Mississippi Grind," Mendelsohn's new gambling drama.

Ryan Reynolds, Mendelsohn’s co-star in the odd-couple film, walked up to them.

“What's in that thing?” Reynolds asked, gesturing to the suitcase.

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“Oh, this?” Mendelsohn leaned down and opened the zipper, revealing the suitcase's lone object—a massive, disturbingly lifelike stole of fur.

“I have another premiere later,” he said matter-of-factly. “‘Slow West.’ A Western. I’m going to wear it on stage.”

“It looks like it may have a few bullet holes in it already,” Reynolds said.

Mendelsohn and Forrest climbed into the car, which pulled out behind Reynolds’ vehicle.“Can you get ahead of him?”...

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Sony sets 'Concussion' for Christmas, 'Ghostbusters' for summer 2016

Sony Pictures has set release dates for two of its star-powered films. "Concussion," the fact-based football drama starring Will Smith, will hit theaters Christmas Day, and "Ghostbusters," the female-led reboot starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, is due July 22, 2016.

Based in part on Jeanne Marie Laskas' GQ article "Game Brain," "Concussion" stars Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the real-life forensic neuropathologist who discovered, named and raised awareness of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain syndrome that has afflicted professional football players.

Written and directed by Peter Landesman ("Parkland"), the film also stars Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. "Concussion" is slated to open against the David O. Russell drama "Joy," with Jennifer Lawrence; the Alejandro G. Inarritu thriller "The Revenant," with Leonardo DiCaprio; and the live-action, computer-animated hybrid adventure "Monster Trucks."

The supernatural comedy "Ghostbusters,"...

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'Steve Jobs' biopic commences shooting, announces full cast

After a tumultuous development period marked by bugs, glitches, crashes and hard resets, the "Steve Jobs" biopic is finally up and running.

Principal photography has begun in San Francisco on the Aaron Sorkin-scripted, Danny Boyle-directed film starring Michael Fassbender as the charismatic tech innovator and Apple co-founder, Universal Pictures announced Tuesday.

The studio also confirmed that the film will costar Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, the former Macintosh marketing chief; Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, the former Apple CEO; Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs' ex-girlfriend; Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original Mac developers; and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Jobs.

Based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the same name, "Steve Jobs" will be set backstage at three product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac. The film promises to go "behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate...

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Sundance 2015: Johnny Knoxville's Evel Knievel origins

The parallels between Evel Knievel and Johnny Knoxville are hard to miss, from their willingness to break bones to their talent in marketing them.

It’s one reason why Knoxville agreed to produce and star in “Being Evel,” Oscar-winner Daniel Junge’s new documentary about the iconic stuntman that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will eventually air on A&E.

But for all his devotion to the 1970s daredevil, Knoxville says there’s a key difference to the golden era of Snake River Canyon jumps and the “Jackass” antics of the 21st century.

“Everyone loved his crashes,” Knoxville said in an interview, describing how Knievel influenced the development of his own franchise. “We said, OK, let’s never make a stunt. Let’s only do crashes. And if we [don't crash], do it again.’”

“Being Evel” leans on a vast array of friends, family, admirers and detractors to trace the history of Robert Craig Knievel. It begins with his gritty-as-gravel Montana childhood and moves on to his early adulthood...

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'Ghostbusters' reboot scares up cast: Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, Jones

Director Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot has found its leading ladies. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are in talks to star in the Sony comedy about a quartet of paranormal exterminators, The Times has confirmed.

Feig tipped the presumptive cast members on Tuesday, tweeting a photo of the foursome without additional comment.

McCarthy and Wiig worked with Feig on the 2011 film "Bridesmaids," a surprise hit that helped launch both to stardom. Feig and McCarthy reteamed on 2013's "The Heat" and the upcoming "Spy."

Jones and McKinnon, meanwhile, are best known for their work on TV's "Saturday Night Live." Jones has a role in Chris Rock's "Top Five" as well.

Feig is writing the new "Ghostbusters" film with "The Heat" scribe Katie Dippold, with an eye toward shooting this summer in New York.

Sony has been trying to get a new "Ghostbusters" movie for years, and until recently the plan had been to reunite the original team of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold...

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