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How James Franco and ‘Palo Alto’ Director Gia Coppola Brought Teen Angst to the Screen

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Tribeca Film

While the films of Sofia Coppola often examine the world of young wealth -- see 'The Bling Ring' and 'Marie Antoinette' -- her niece, Gia, approaches coming of age from a different angle: the grittier, if you will, emotional lives teens lead while growing up in rural Palo Alto.

"I had just finished college and was kind of reminiscing on those years of high school," she told ScreenCrush in an interview. "I had enough distance where I could kind of look at it nostalgically," and it was the realistic experiences in James Franco's collection of short stories, titled 'Palo Alto,' she wanted to bring to the screen for her first directorial effort.

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Director Marc Webb Talks About the Shocking Ending to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ [SPOILERS]

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First thing, if you haven't yet seen 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' you should not be reading this article as it contains major spoilers for the ending of the film.

Okay, now that that business is out of the way ... director Marc Webb has been hinting for some time that the events in his film could eventually emulate what occurred in the pages of 'The Amazing Spider-Man' #121, which (last chance) depicts the death of Peter Parker's love interest, Gwen Stacy -- who is played by Emma Stone in the two most recent Spider-Man films.

Now that you've seen 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' we asked director Marc Webb about everything that went into the final shot of Gwen falling off the clock tower, including when it was decided to kill off Gwen (early); if there were any second thoughts; why the original scene had to be re-shot; and why 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' ended on an upbeat note, as opposed to leaving us with a dark ending.

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Gillian Jacobs Talks ‘Walk of Shame,’ Mexican Wrestling and That New ‘Star Wars’ Movie

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

A few days ago, I was offered an interview with Gillian Jacobs -- who is promoting her new film, the Elizabeth Banks comedy, 'Walk of Shame.' "Sure," I said, because I've always enjoyed Jacobs' work on 'Community.' Then I asked, When can I see the movie?” At that time, there weren’t any screenings scheduled, and unfortunately, there wasn't enough time to set up a new one, so I went into this interview not knowing much more than what was available in the trailer. So, not much, unfortunately.

I debated between faking my way though, or just being honest. I went with the honest approach. So, we tried our best -- but, in reality, we were just two strangers on the phone with not that much to talk about. Sure, we tried to engage in small talk -- we really did -- the weather was even brought up at one point, which is not the best sign that you're doing a good job at keeping another person's attention. I brought up 'Community,' in passing. And, you know what, there were were a couple of interesting moments -- we even shared a couple of laughs! Then, we said our goodbyes, hung up the phone, and went on with our lives. A life, in which for me, still exists without seeing 'Walk of Shame.' Someday, I will see 'Walk of Shame' and someday all of this will make sense.

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Marc Webb on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ the ‘Sinister Six’ Movie and the Future Of J. Jonah Jameson

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Sony Pictures

I met Webb at his SoHo hotel room -- or, if not his room, the room Sony had him sitting in at that particular moment -- to talk about the future of Spider-Man, what exactly Shailene Woodley's role would have been in the final movie had she not been cut, and Webb offers some, let's say, coy hints at the possible return of J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson.

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WGN’s ‘Salem’ Producers Talk ‘Exorcist’ Inspirations, Season 2 Structure and More From the Set

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WGN

WGN's witchy new drama 'Salem' premiered this past Sunday with impressive ratings, though the pilot was only the beginning for producers Brannon Braga and David Von Ancken. We visited the set last month for the inside scoop and spoke with the cast on the sinful secrets of their characters, but what do Braga, Von Ancken and set designer Seth Reed have to say of their inspiration for 'Salem,' as well as what we can expect from its future?

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Chris Messina is In Everything Because He Remembers When He Was In Nothing

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

You probably know Chris Messina best from 'The Mindy Project.' Or maybe it's 'The Newsroom.' Or maybe it's one or more of the following: 'Argo,' 'Julia & Julia,' 'Greenberg,' 'Devil,' 'Away We Go,' 'Like Crazy,' 'Ruby Spa

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Paul Schneider on Why He Left ‘Parks And Recreation’ and Why He Might Leave Hollywood

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Paul Schneider is what you might politely call "a straight shooter." Though, it's not too often an interview is conducted with an actor who honestly appears to want to be doing anything else with his life other than acting.

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WGN’s ‘Salem’ Cast on Their Witchy Roles, the Season Ahead, and More From the Set

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WGN

Last night saw the witchy debut of WGN's first original scripted series, 'Salem,' a supernatural new take on the infamous Salem witch trials from '24' producer Brannon Braga. We visited the spooky set to uncover all manner of details on the productions, also getting the sinful details from cast members Shane West, Janet Montgomery, 'Arrow''s Seth Gabel and more!

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Abby Elliott on the Indie Comedy ‘Life Partners’ and Her Life After ‘SNL’

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

It's obvious, even from her facial expressions, that Abby Elliott still has mixed feelings about her time on 'SNL.' Which seems like a completely normal reaction, considering how all-encompassing the demands of that show can be for be anyone, especially someone like Elliott, who had almost four full seasons (she joined the cast for the eighth show of the 2008-2009 season) on the show, and was then not brought back for a fifth.

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From the Set of ‘Salem’: WGN’s New Horror Drama Unveils Its World of Witchcraft and Fanatics

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WGN

It was an exceptionally seasonable March afternoon in Louisiana that a group of reporters piled into a bus headed through rural Louisiana toward the exterior 'Salem' set in Grand Cane, located in a farmland forest that entirely concealed the grandeur within. Mind you, I’d never been on an exterior set visit for such an elaborate period drama, let alone one that constructed a working town of 25 exterior buildings (and 13 custom interiors) against the backdrop of a scenic lake, which itself we’re told would be digitally expanded to better emulate the Massachusetts coast.

WGN America’s ‘Salem’ will hit the tubes this weekend as the network’s first original scripted drama, and, more now than ever, I remember the quick response director David Von Ancken ('Hell On Wheels') gave during an on-set interview for ‘Salem,' as I asked what message the network intended to convey with such a bold choice for its first original. “We’ve arrived,” he shot back, a phrase I’d repeat multiple times throughout the weekend.

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