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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 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:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter.

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #NOAH giveaway and tell us your top two favorite Russell Crowe movies.

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #NOAH giveaway and tell us your top two favorite Russell Crowe movies.
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner.

 

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:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #JOHNWAYNE giveaway

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #JOHNWAYNE giveaway and tell us your top five favorite John Wayne films!
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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:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #JACKRYAN giveaway

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!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

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!

 

 

 

Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson star in this soulful drama

By MSN Movies May 13, 2014 8:28AM
 
Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson star in the soulful sci-fi drama "Her" about a lonely writer who falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system.
 
Adopting the name Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the perceptive software slowly begins to bring Theodore (Phoenix) out of his shell by encouraging him to start dating, joining him everywhere he goes. Very quickly, their relationship turns intimate, with Theodore teaching Samantha what it means to feel human and Samantha giving him the strength to walk away from his failed marriage. Things soon get complicated, however, when Samantha's rapidly evolving knowledge base begins to alter the very core of their relationship.
 
To celebrate the release of "Her" now out on Blu-ray and DVD, you can enter to win your own copy of the movie.  Enter now:
 
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In the meantime enjoy this exclusive clip from "Her" and be sure to check it out on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

 

The unforgettable comedy classic comes to Blu-ray with a special 40th Anniversary release

By MSN Movies May 5, 2014 7:25AM

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

First released in 1974, "Blazing Saddles" can be celebrated once again through a new 40th Anniversary Blu-ray edition out on May 6.  This special edition is highlighted by a new featurette "Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild Wild West" in which Mel Brooks reflects on his experiences and the cultural impact that the film has made on audiences of all generations.

 

To celebrate the release, we're excited to share with you this extensive and dynamic "Blazing Saddles"  infographic! From revisiting the characters to modern moments captured in "Blazing Saddles," experience the fun once again.


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One lucky winner will win this comprehensive collectible box set

By MSN Movies Apr 28, 2014 7:47AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

We are excited to announce the release of "Harry Potter" Hogwarts Collection. This comprehensive collection of 31 discs which includes all eight movies on Blu-ray and DVD is available starting April 29. The beautiful collection features all 45+ hours of special features, offering fans access to the most successful film franchise in history. It also includes bonus material that contains the complete eight-part document series "Creating the World of Harry Potter."

 

More: See clips from "Harry Potter" Hogwarts Collection

 

To celebrate this special release, one lucky fan will be selected as the winner of "Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection!

 

To enter, follow these steps:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #HarryPotter giveaway

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #HarryPotter giveaway and tell us your top five "Harry Potter" moments!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

"Harry Potter" Hogwarts Collection is available starting April 29.

 

William Friedkin's cult thriller is now newly remastered

By MSN Movies Apr 23, 2014 8:18AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

William Friedkin's "Sorcerer," the cult suspence thriller is now fully restored and out on Blu-ray with a 40 page Blu-ray book filled with images.


Based on the book "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir," this thriller tells the story of four men unable to return to their own countries and homes end up in a South American town. The men have nothing to lose so they agree to work for an American oil company seeking drivers to haul nitroglycerin through treacherous terrain.

 

To celebrate this monumental release, one lucky fan will be selected to win an autographed copy of the Blu-ray.

 

Enter now:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #Sorcerer giveaway

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #LaborDay giveaway
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Good luck fans and we hope you check out the long-awaited remastered debut of "Sorcerer" on Blu-ray!

 

  
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