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Though she got her break in a movie about pirates fighting other ghost pirates, Keira Knightley has made a career of picking challenging roles in sophisticated movies. But with all due respect to Mr. Tom Clancy and Sir Kenneth Branagh, what's the deal with "Jack Ryan"?

As MTV News' Josh Horowitz found out during his recent talk with the actress, she always goes for the difficult roles, but Knightley also occasionally just wants to have some fun.

"I definitely went for the characters that I found the most challenging and the strangest and often people that if I met them I wouldn't necessarily like them and to try and understand what makes the other person tick is what I really, really enjoy about my job," said Knightley. "Saying that, I did get to the end of "Anna Karenina" and go, "I just need to do something a bit fun."

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Do not cross Jack Black. Those are simple instructions, but if you fail to heed them, you will find yourself with some creamy balls.

All right, let's back up.

At the Gotham Awards earlier this week, MTV News' Josh Horowitz made a crack about one of Jack Black's less successful films, "Gulliver's Travels." The joke was not taken lightly.

"You're a real bastard," Black said. "I know your whole game. I wish I had a cream pie to throw at your balls right now. It makes sense in any context. If I had a pie of cream, I'd shove it in your balls. Does anyone not understand what I'm saying? This guy deserves cream balls stat."

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By Rya Backer

As any dedicated follower of the hilarious, irreverent, and sometimes gross comedy duo Tim and Eric can attest, a popular refrain while watching their work (be it from their late, great Adult Swim show, "Tim and Eric's Awesome Show Great Job!," their work with Funny or Die, and most recently their piece de resistance, "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie") is "Are they serious?".

And in "The Comedy," a decidedly not-so-comedic film directed by Rick Alverson about a thirtysomething Williamsburg resident in the throes of ennui, self-involvement, and lots of money he's set to inherit from his ailing father, fans will likely once again question the work's gravity. The starring role of Swanson is played by none other than Tim Heidecker (his comedy partner, Eric Wareheim, plays one of Swanson's friends).

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His status as a celebrity and paparazzi magnet aside, Brad Pitt doesn't get enough credit for picking great directors to work with. We know he's homeboys with David Fincher, and the man likes working with Soderbergh, but his work with "Killing Them Softly" director Andrew Dominik should be filed alongside those other two.

Speaking with MTV News' Josh Horowitz, Pitt shared what he looks for in a director.

"Certainly one, great skills with the camera, with the frame," Pitt said. "More importantly, all having a distinct point of view with a specific voice and what they're telling me. They know exactly what they're after. You need that at the helm. You need for the film to have some kind of impact, needs to have that weight behind it."

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"Rust and Bone," the Cannes entry and the latest film from critically-lauded French director Jacques Audiard, doesn't exactly sound like the kind of movie that would feature a Top 40 hit from Katy Perry on the soundtrack.

The story of how two lost souls find each other after one of them suffers an accident during a killer whale routine at an aquarium doesn't scream "Baby, you're a firework," but the mega-hit pops up a number of times on the soundtrack, including some deeply emotional scenes featuring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard.

When MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with Cotillard while she was doing press for the film, she explained how the pop song ended up in the serious French drama.

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Ever since "The Dark Knight," feature films have embraced the IMAX format more and more, incorporating the larger picture into the actual filmmaking process. One new twist on IMAX comes courtesy of Josh Hutcherson, who stopped by MTV News to give us the scoop on just how the bigger picture will play into "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

IMAX played a large part in the box office success of the first installment in "The Hunger Games," and for the second ago around, director Francis Lawrence will film some specific sequences for the format instead of just an up-conversion.

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A marriage proposal is a big part of any man's life, but there's even more pressure when you're the beloved champion of District 12 and you're hopeful bride-to-be is your co-champ.

Josh Hutcherson felt that pressure when popping the question to Jennifer Lawrence on the set of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." When he stopped by MTV News last weekend, he recalled a small mishap that sounds pretty embarrassing.

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Whether she likes it or not, Jennifer Lawrence is quickly developing a reputation for being the most charming and talented young actress working in Hollywood right now. And she's earned that reputation in all the right ways - via her diverse choices in film roles, which in turn have earned her praise from the hard-to-please members of the Academy (see: her Best Actress Oscar nomination in 2011) and the approval from millions of equally critical fans of "The Hunger Games."

Now thanks to the buzz surrounding her latest movie, "The Silver Linings Playbook" the release of which expands in more theaters around the country today, Lawrence's name is once again being tossed around in conversations about the year's best onscreen performances. The best part about all of this is the fact that Lawrence, in addition to being an extremely gifted actress, is so darn likable. She doesn't take herself too seriously at all, even though her co-stars definitely do.

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Josh Hutcherson has had a big year. The one-time "Bridge to Terabithia" actor starred in another major adaptation, "The Hunger Games," and became a household name thanks to his portrayal of Peeta Mellark in the box office hit. When MTV News caught up with Hutcherson recently to talk about all the things he's had to be thankful for in 2012, the actor admitted that he knows how lucky he is.

"I'm very thankful [for 2012] as well," Hutcherson said. "I had a lot of work that came out this year and was pretty successful thus far, so it was exciting for me. It definitely exceeded my expectations."

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Though it may not seem like it, "Flight" is a rare bird. It's essentially a character study, put out by a major studio, and given a budget of $30 million. That doesn't happen anymore.

But hopefully, it will continue to happen. At least, that's what director Robert Zemeckis told us were his aspirations.

"These are the kinds of films that I grew up on," he said. I was in film school in the 70s, and these were the types of films that were being made. They were just edgy, and they were great. They were about things that you couldn't see anywhere else. It would be great to continue to see those on the big screen. There are movies that I would like to make. There are movies that I would like to see. Hopefully it will continue. "

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