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Bradley Cooper ‘thrilled’ to work with a boyhood pal on ‘The Words’

Bradley Cooper can easily find the words to describe his nerd past. “Hot is the exact opposite word that I’d use to describe my young life,” says Cooper. “I was not one of the cool kids. I wasn’t even on the radar. “I wasn’t even …

Other movies this fall: zombies, surfers and more

Sept. 14 “Resident Evil: Retribution”: Those darn zombies. Can’t live with ’em. Can’t kill ’em, as Milla Jovovich finds out (again). “10 Years”: Man of the moment Channing Tatum is ready to pop the question to the love of his life (real-life wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum), …

New films and an old favorite for kids

“Finding Nemo 3D” (Sept. 14) So what if you already know who sinks and who swims? It’s the return of one of Pixar’s best, about a little fish that just wants to go home. “Frankenweenie” (Oct. 5): Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short and Catherine …

After Oscar nomination for ‘The Help,’ Jessica Chastain racks up more big roles

There are moments in newfound stardom that still call for a little help. Jessica Chastain, Oscar-nominated for “The Help,” says that moment came when she was tired, hungry and back in some nondescript Toronto hotel suite. The actress glanced down at her cell phone. “I …

William Shatner lands at Chicago Comic Con

It’s Kirk out — of town, that is. William Shatner is in town for an appearance Saturday at Chicago Wizard World Comic Con in Rosemont. What’s the oddest Trek question he has ever been asked at one of these events? “It ranges from questions including, …

When she’s not being a mom, Jennifer Garner plays a mom

LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Garner’s life comes with its Hallmark moments. Just the other day, hubby Ben Affleck came home from shooting in Puerto Rico. “He hadn’t seen the kids in a week. The minute his feet actually hit the driveway, Ben had two girls …

As one ‘Closer’ closes, another gig opens for Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell doesn’t want to be Pollyanna about turning 60. “There is nothing fun when you get up from a chair and go, ‘Is that a little crick up my back? Are you kidding me?’ ” says the actress. “I’m always shocked when my body …

Meryl Streep has nothing to fear but herself

The greatest living film actress of her generation just can’t do it. Meryl Streep is talking about what makes her shake in high heels. Did she get anxious doing awkward middle-aged love scenes with Tommy Lee Jones for their new movie “Hope Springs?” “Love scenes …

Jessica Biel’s done almost nothing on Justin Timberlake wedding

For Jessica Biel, being engaged to Justin Timberlake is a “breathless moment” she wants to enjoy as long as she can. She kick-boxed and lifted weights to get in shape to fight Kate Beckinsale in her new movie, “Total Recall.”

Fans nosy about what Harrison’s doing at his ‘Pad’

It’s one thing to host a dating show called “Bachelor Pad.” It’s quite another when your own love life is under scrutiny. The host with the most on ABC is nothing if not upfront. Chris Harrison asks what’s in the tabloids this week: “I would …

Playing a daffy dad comes naturally for Steve Zahn

Steve Zahn is not a wimpy dad. The laid-back actor is the type who will make spur-of-the-moment parental decisions that turn into lasting memories. “One day when I wasn’t working and there was nothing going on, my wife and I looked at each other and …

Taking the next ‘Step’

So you think you can’t dance? Or maybe you know you can’t dance? The stars of “Step Up: Revolution” have a little bit of advice. “You can dance,” says actor Ryan Guzman. “You never know if you can dance until you trust yourself. Dance shouldn’t …

Christian Bale on playing Batman one last time

In the end, Batman is the ultimate loner. No one knows that better than actor Christian Bale, who began an epic franchise alone. He ended it in the same way.

Hold the Batphone for 5 questions

Feeling a bit confused when it comes to Bat-fact vs. Bat-fiction? We asked the filmmakers and stars of “The Dark Knight Rises” for a few Bat-answers. Did director Christopher Nolan and his brother, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, model the Occupy Gotham theme on Occupy Wall Street? …

With ‘Trishna,’ Freida Pinto explores a darker side

Growing up in Mumbai, India, Freida Pinto had big dreams. The 27-year-old star of “Slumdog Millionaire” tells a story: “When I was a little girl I was raised Catholic and used to go to Sunday school. In eighth grade, the teacher said, ‘I want all …

Morgan Freeman’s summer: Batman and beyond

Morgan Freeman stars in two summer movies that are as different as knight and day. On July 20, he resumes his role as Lucius Fox in “The Dark Knight Rises,” which marks the last film in the franchise. It’s “is a really small summer movie,” …

“Amazing Spider-man’ star Andrew Garfield inhabits a bug’s life

NEW YORK — Even though he is Spider-man, Andrew Garfield isn’t the kind of actor who believes in spin. “I was terrified to take on this role,” says the new wall crawler. “It means so much to me and so much to other people. The …