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The Oscar-winning actor loves diving into characters that help him learn about life

By DannyMiller Mar 16, 2012 2:15PM

Since becoming the youngest person ever to win a Best Actor Oscar (in 2003 for “The Pianist”), Adrien Brody has continued making unusual career choices. He starred in a few big-budget studio films (“The Village,” “King Kong”) but has spent a lot more time displaying his considerable talents in quirky indies such as “The Darjeeling Limited,” “The Brothers Bloom,” and “Cadillac Records.” Last year he was perfectly cast as Salvador Dali  (have you noticed the resemblance?) in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” In his latest film, “Detachment,” Brody plays substitute teacher Henry Barthes, a troubled man who has a very hard time relating to people and yet who manages to reach seemingly hopeless kids in a grim inner-city high school.

 

The riveting, hard-hitting film by director Tony Kaye (“American History X”) features an extraordinary ensemble cast including Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson, Lucy Liu, and William Peterson. It’s a tour-de-force for Brody and a terrifying glimpse at some of the severe challenges facing public school educators today.

 

I spoke to Adrien Brody by phone and asked him if he thought the serious subject matter of “Detachment” might keep some people away.

 

Adrien Brody: I understand that concern and I know some people like to go to the movies to unwind and not have to think too much, but I also think there is something incredibly beautiful about the film. I think ultimately the movie has a very hopeful message that we can all do better and overcome our own suffering and get past our feelings of being isolated. It can be helpful to see that many people feel like we do.  I find these topics so interesting so I wouldn’t scare people off by saying that the film is a “downer.” But I do understand that there are some people out there who just like to go to movies to see things blow up!

 

MSN Movies: It almost seems that Henry Barthes is such an effective teacher because, not in spite of being so disaffected. Since he feels he has nothing to lose, he’s able to ignore all the crap that these kids try to throw at him and really see them as none of the other adults in the school can.


That’s a really good observation, I never thought about it that way. I do think Henry is a remarkable teacher. I think it’s less of a conscious decision on his part, he can’t help but be compelled to impart knowledge, he’s so angry and frustrated with so many things that he just has to share his insight, he sees how helpless those students are. I think he tries to not care, he tries to stay detached from it all, but in the end he can’t help it.

 

The film presents a pretty bleak view of the urban school system. Do you think it’s an accurate look at some of the problems many high schools are facing today?

 

Oh yeah, there are definitely schools like the one in the film that are scary and desolate places, and that is so sad. Of course not all schools are in that condition. But you know, I don’t think the movie is condemning the educational system, I think it’s just criticizing the flaws that are present in many different systems—the apathy that so many people feel, the kind of monotony that exists for so many people, just the lack of inspiration, that’s the story we’re telling. And people who are living that kind of life should be scared! I think sometimes by seeing that quality in others, it can awaken something in yourself where you realize you have the power to change.

 

 

Enter to win $500 to a charity of your choice

By MSN Movies Mon 8:16 AM






















Relativity Media


Hector (Simon Pegg), a quirky psychiatrist decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results. 


To celebrate the release of "Hector and the Search for Happiness" one winner will get a chance to make a difference. The winner will receive $500 to a charity of their choice along with movie goodies.


"Hector and the Search for Happiness" opens in theaters Sept. 26.


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Enter to win the Ultimate Collector's Edition

By MSN Movies Sep 9, 2014 8:28AM



























By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment


One of America's most beloved classics, a winner of 10 Academy Awards -- "Gone With the Wind" celebrates 75 years with the release of the 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition.


Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard and Hattie McDaniel star in this classic epic of the American South. A story of romance, set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, "Gone With the Wind" continues to capture the hearts for generations.


To celebrate the release of the 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition, three lucky winners will be selected to win this collection.


"Gone With the Wind" 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition is out Sept. 30.


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Enter to win an iPad Air!

By MSN Movies Aug 25, 2014 6:28AM




















By Relativity Media


Pierce Brosnan stars in this action-packed drama as Peter Devereaux -- an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. As he becomes the target, Devereaux soon realizes there is no one he can trust. "The November Man" is the ultimate cat and mouse game set in the world of international espionage.


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Be sure to check out "The November Man" when it opens in theaters Aug. 27.




 

Enter to win a fun prize pack filled with movie goodies

By MSN Movies Aug 13, 2014 8:24AM






















By Lionsgate


Sylvester Stallone returns as Barney Ross in the new installment "The Expendables 3." An incredible cast is lined up in this new era which includes Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz, Mel Gibson with Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


With new blood, The Expendables team members are a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise. Combining old and new, they face their most personal battle yet.


To celebrate the release of "The Expendables 3" on August 15th, we are giving away a fun movie prize pack which includes the following goodies:


  • Comic-Con Poster
  • Character Poster
  • Final Poster
  • Cut-off Tee
  • Fandango Gift Card
  • Tough Mudder Entrance Fee


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Be sure to check out "The Expendables 3" when it opens in theaters this Friday, August 15.





 

Enter to win an Xbox One

By MSN Movies Jul 15, 2014 9:23AM
Go behind the scenes to see the filmmakers shooting a scene with Russell Crowe.


By Paramount

 

Darren Aronofsky reenvisions the story of Noah's Ark with this Paramount/New Regency production. "In the beginning, there was nothing." So starts this version of the story centered on Noah (Russell Crowe), the man entrusted by God to save the innocent animals of Earth as the rising floodwaters cleansed the planet of mankind's evil.

 

To celebrate the July 15 release of "Noah" on Digital, and the July 29 release on Blu-ray, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One and four runners-up will each win a Blu-ray copy of the movie, courtesy of "Noah." Here's how to enter:

 

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The outrageous, unrated film debuts on Digital

By MSN Movies Jun 3, 2014 7:35AM

By Paramount Pictures

 

Get ready to see even more pranks and outrageousness in this follow-up to "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" with "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5." Filled with never-before-seen footage and more, you'll get to experience the life of Irving Zisman with a whole new perspective.

 

To celebrate the release of "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5" on Digital one lucky winner will be selected as a winner of an Xbox One.  Here's how you enter:

 

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In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive clip from "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5" and be sure to check it out on Digital!

 

 

Enter to win the comprehensive DVD box set

By MSN Movies May 21, 2014 8:51AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to announce a comprehensive new DVD set "John Wayne: The Epic Collection" which features 40 films starring one of America's most iconic film heroes -- John Wayne. This collection comes packaged in a beautiful box case which also includes a coffee table book and unique collectibles.

 

Photos: John Wayne's iconic movies

 

Just in time for Father's Day, one lucky fan will be chosen to win the DVD set "John Wayne: The Epic Collection." To enter this giveaway follow these steps:

 

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Good luck MSN Movies fans!

 

You might be chosen as the lucky winner of an Xbox One

By MSN Movies May 20, 2014 7:54AM

By Paramount Pictures

 

Chris Pine and Kevin Costner team up in this action-thriller as a CIA analysist (Pine) and seasoned mentor (Costner). They race against time to prevent a disaster of catastrophic proportions.

 

To celebrate the release of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" on Digital HD and Blu-ray one lucky winner will win an Xbox One!  Here's how to enter:

 

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3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #JACKRYAN giveaway and tell us your top five favorite Kevin Costner films!
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Good luck, fans and in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive clip and be sure to check out "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" on Digital HD and Blu-ray!

 

 

 
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