• Ashton KutcherAshton Kutcher isn't getting high marks for his role in 'Jobs' (Photo: Open Road Films)

    Love him or hate him, Steve Jobs was one of the most fascinating public figures of his time. But the new biographical film about the Apple co-founder hasn't been fascinating ... to most critics. And they're blaming Ashton Kutcher for bogging down the memory of the late tech icon.

    Indeed, "Jobs," in which Kutcher plays the man who brought us the iPod, the iMac, and the Apple II, isn't shaping up to be a game changing hit like the products its title character brought us. "Kutcher is everything except interesting," contends the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips.


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    "Though Kutcher does throw himself into the role with all he's got, trying to capture Jobs' distinctive walk and mercurial temperament, his performance comes off as an assemblage of mannerisms with no deeper feeling or understanding," Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times writes.

    Alonso Duralde of the Wrap agrees: "Kutcher, to his credit, doesn't downplay the jerk part, but he never has that moment where the performer disappears

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  • Bruce Willis Is 'Bored' With Doing Action Films

    Bruce Willis attends the European Premiere of 'Red 2' (Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)

    Say it ain't so, John McClane!

    The spark seems to have gone out of the once-rousing exclamation of "Yippee-ki-yay" (you know the rest) as Bruce Willis has admitted that he's getting a little tired of the genre that made him a superstar.

    "Explosions are one of the most boring parts of my job," said the 58-year-old star in an interview with Spanish magazine XLS, as reported by The Guardian. "When you have seen a few fireballs, it's not exciting anymore. I know part of my audience enjoys the explosions, but to be honest, I'm a bit bored of it now."

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  • "One Direction: This is Us" (Columbia Pictures)

    One Direction, the world's latest favorite boy band, is hitting the big screen this month, and if you act fast you can be the first on your block to see them at your local multiplex.

    "One Direction: This Is Us" will be opening in theaters on Friday, August 30, but Sony Pictures is giving especially devoted fans a chance to catch special advance screenings on Tuesday, August 27. How? Simply go to 1DThisIsUs.tugg.com and see if there's been a screening announced in your area.

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  • How Robert Downey Jr. Became the Iron Man of Summer

    Robert Downey Jr.'s road to superhero stardom has been a rocky one. (Photo: Dave M. Benett/Getty)

    Robert Downey Jr. has mastered summer. Or maybe it should be said he's remastered it.
    It was 10 summers ago that the actor, once invariably referred to as the "troubled actor," couldn't get insured to star in Woody Allen's "Melinda & Melinda." Today, he's the star of his second consecutive No. 1 summertime box-office hit.

    A look at how Downey got from there to "Iron Man 3":

    2003: He's not at the bottom — the bottom would be in 1999, when he's sent to prison for drug and weapons violations, or in 2001 when he's fired from "Ally McBeal" after yet another drug-related arrest — but, career-wise, he's pretty close. In order to get hired on "The Singing Detective," the art-house crime musical, he needs friend Mel Gibson to play his producer card. In order to get hired on "Gothika," the Halle Berry thriller, he agrees to having nearly half his pay withheld until the film wraps. And then there's "Melinda & Melinda," from which he gets hired and un-hired.

    "It's hard to get out of the

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  • Chloe Moretz in Kick Ass 2 (Photo: Universal Pictures)

    Jim Carrey's morally driven decision to drop out of the publicity campaign for "Kick-Ass 2" is becoming a lonely stand — especially when it comes to his cast mates.

    Chloe Grace Moretz, the sixteen-year-old actress who plays Hit Girl in the upcoming film, has made it clear she doesn't put much stock in Carrey's feelings about the film's violence.

    "It's a movie," Moretz recently told a reporter. "If you are going to believe and be affected by an action film, you shouldn't go to see 'Pocahontas' because you are going to think you are a Disney princess."

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  • Q&A: Dane Cook Has More In Common with a Plane Than You Might Think

    Dane Cook and Dusty Crophopper in Disney's 'Planes'. Photos courtesy of Disney and Getty Images.

    Dane Cook's website used to keep fans updated on the latest "Dane Train" news, but thanks to the comedian/actor's latest role, we'll be looking for more "Dane Plane" news.

    In Disney's latest animated wonder, "Planes," Cook voices Dusty Crophopper, an anthropomorphic crop-duster who longs to be a globe-trotting aerial racer. While it's hard enough to succeed in something Dusty's not built for, further complicating matters is the fact that he is mortified of heights.

    Surprisingly, Cook has a lot in common with Dusty. "It's funny how many parallels there were to my young adult life in this story," Cook recently told us in a phone interview about the film.

    As you'll find out in the full interview below, it is a little bit funny. And though you may not expect as much from a comedian who's not afraid to go to the crass side, Cook's similarities to Dusty are also a little bit touching.

    What's not surprising is that Cook's "Planes" performance is funny and touching too; what else would you expect

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  • Q&A: Cate Blanchett Sniffs ‘Blue Jasmine’ – and Oscar

    Blue Jasmine

    Between performing in "The Maids," and dining with her three sons, Cate Blanchett, 44, could be mistaken for another multi-tasking mother, struggling to juggle career and family. But in Blanchett's case, the load also includes the burdens of being an early Oscar frontrunner - again - this time for playing the title character of Woody Allen's latest, "Blue Jasmine."

    In this film, Blanchett plays a New York socialite forced to move in with sister in San Francisco after her shyster husband's financial empire collapses. Blanchett's character is a tragicomic cross between Blanche Dubois from "A Streetcar Named Desire," a character she played at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2009; the wife of Bernie Madoff; and yet another fluttery, neurotic chip off the Allen mold.

    [Related: 'Blue Jasmine' Premiere]

    How much of Jasmine really is Blanche? I sat there waiting for Bobby Cannavale’s character to rip off this T-Shirt and ravage her. (He never does.)

    Cate Blanchett: "Streetcar" was a while

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  • Sharon Stone as Dorothy Boreman in 'Lovelace' (Photo: RADIUS-TWC)

    Who is that character actress with the bad red dye job, wrinkled skin, and dowdy waitress uniform in the new movie "Lovelace"? Only one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood.

    Sharon Stone is an actress first and foremost. And her status as one of Hollywood's most glamorous sex symbols is much further down her list of priorities these days. Stone proves it in "Lovelace," the new screen biography of adult film icon Linda Lovelace (played by Amanda Seyfried), in which the 55-year-old actress dresses

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  • Mariah CareyMariah Carey at the Waldorf Astoria on Monday in New York (Photo: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)Mariah Carey wasn't about to close her eyes to the past when discussing racism and the making of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" during a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Monday, also attended by Oprah Winfrey and the much of the film's ensemble cast. Carey recalled she was riding on a Long Island school bus when a student spit on her when she was a child because of the color of her skin. And the foul memory came flooding back while she was making "The Butler."

    In the movie, Carey plays the mother of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a character based on the White House Butler Eugene Allen, who served presidents for 34 years and retired in 1986. In the early scene of the sweeping period drama about America's tumultuous racial past as seen through the butler's eyes, a dissolute plantation owner's son rapes Mariah's Georgia sharecropper. Immediately afterwards, the rapist shoots her husband dead in front of their son, Cecil, who has goaded his father to protest the violence against his mother.

    As traumatic as Mariah's scene and its aftermath is, what apparently disturbed the singer/actress most was the recreation of the Woolworth's Lunch Counter sit-in located in North Carolina in 1960. In that emotional moment in the struggle for racial equality, a white woman spits on a black college student (Yaya Alafia) simply for

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