Friday, January 30, 2015

The Avengers Face Ultron In This New 'Age of Ultron' TV Spot

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron..L to R: Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) ..Ph: Jay Maidment..?Marvel 2015

Did you miss seeing this new TV spot for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" last night? Maybe you don't have a TV, or you got up to go to the bathroom, or you scroll through commercials on your DVR - hey, we're not here to judge.

Anyway, there's not a ton of new stuff happening in this spot that we haven't seen before. We do get a better look at Iron Man's fancy Hulkbuster suit, and there's more Iron Man-on-Hulk action, but that's about it.

Or is it? Over at Hitfix Harpy, Donna Dickens notes that we could be getting a glimpse of the elusive Grey Hulk. "But that bit where the Hulk kicks the cop car like Rocket Raccoon kicks grass? The warm color palette used in every other shot of the Hulkbuster fight is absent, replaced with muted blues that indicate a different sequence. So is it the new color scheme that makes Banner's alter ego look different, or it could be that we're seeing Grey Hulk?" The Grey Hulk is the more subdued version of the Hulk, which is not to say that the grey guy is totally chill; he's just sort of slower to Hulk out. Take a look, and let us know what you think.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens May 1.

[Via HitFix]

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Check Out This Scary New Dinosaur From 'Jurassic World'

Jurassic World

The Indominus Rex is here, and it's freaking terrifying. The official site for "Jurassic World" introduced this creepy new "attraction," with all sorts of high-tech details that would make anyone rethink booking a vacay to this resort. It's 40 feet long, and it can run up to 30 miles per hour - at least, that's how fast it can run when it's safely in its dino-jail. Who knows how fast it could run if when it escapes?

If that doesn't put the fear of dinosaurs in you, contemplate this. According to the official website, "Indominus' teeth are being constantly replaced - a genetic distinction common to all theropods as well as nearly all sharks." Sounds like a great idea, guys. Thanks a lot.

"Jurassic World" opens on June 12.

[Via CinemaBlend]

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Tatiana Maslany Nabs Lead Role in 'Star Wars' Spinoff: Rumor Alert!

Tatiana MaslanyAccording to Total Geeks, via Comic Book Movie, the ridiculously talented and adorable "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany has beaten out actresses like Rooney Mara and Felicity Jones for the lead role in Gareth Edwards's forthcoming "Star Wars" spin-off movie (the one due in the winter of 2016). This is still very much a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt, although multiple reports have stated that she was very much in the running, so the fact that she has possibly nabbed it aren't so far fetched.

Plot details have yet to be revealed about the spinoff film, which many have theorized involves one or more of the series' legendary bounty hunter characters. As Comic Book Movie points out, the actress had to recently pull out of an off-Broadway play because of scheduling conflicts with an upcoming film. Might this be the film?

What do you think, if this is indeed the casting decision?

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This 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Trailer Is the Best Thing You'll See All Weekend (VIDEO)

While everyone is gearing up for the Super Bowl on Sunday, it was easy to overlook the fact that the "Game of Thrones" IMAX fan event just happened nationwide, where they screened two episodes of the beloved fantasy series in the astounding large theatrical format. (Bet that was pretty cool.) Of course, to cap off the night's entertainment, they screened an exclusive preview of season 5. Some sneaky minx had a video camera, recorded it, and even in low quality, it's pretty much the coolest thing you'll see all weekend (discounting, of course, Sunday's "Tomorrowland" spot...)

Now, keeping in mind that the footage is crummy and amateurish (thanks to Live for Films for alerting us to the link), it still is incredible, epic, and awe-inspiring. Things to keep an eye out for: Tyrion's epic '80s power beard (the Little Lion has a mighty mane!), Littlefinger coaching Sansa in the art of being a sneaky bad-ass, Cersei's vengeful rage, Dany pretty much owning all, and that tumbling, Egyptian-ish goddess statue. Things are about to get real. It's not until you see something like this that you remember how good "Game of Thrones" is and how much you desperately miss it.

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How Indie Filmmakers Have Transformed TV

It's a paradox. Independent films -- the kind that are often dramas or comedies about everyday people, rather than superheroes -- have all but vanished from theaters, which now show mostly popcorn action blockbusters. And yet, many of the filmmakers who used to make those indie movies have found a home on TV, where that same character-driven sensibility makes their work a critical and commercial success.

Exhibit A is surely Lena Dunham. Her 2010 movie "Tiny Furniture" never played in more than 21 theaters or sold as much as $400,000 in tickets, but her HBO series "Girls," which has a similar directorial and thematic approach, has made her a star.

In recent years, a number of her fellow indie directors and writers have made the same transition, from the art-house to your living room, mostly via premium cable or streaming outlets Netflix and Amazon. Alongside Dunham at HBO, there's Cary Joji Fukunaga ("True Detective"), Andrew Haigh ("Looking"), Lisa Cholodenko (mini-series "Olive Kitteridge"), and Jay and Mark Duplass ("Togetherness"). Filmmakers who've found a home making series at Showtime include Matthew Carnahan ("House of Lies"), Morgan Spurlock (last year's "7 Deadly Sins"), and Diablo Cody ("The United States of Tara").

On Netflix, indie auteurs-turned-TV showrunners include David Wain and Michael Showalter (who are turning their cult film fave "Wet Hot American Summer" into a series), John Fusco ("Marco Polo"), and Michael McGowan (the upcoming "Between"),And then there's Amazon, new home to Roman Coppola ("Mozart in the Jungle"), Whit Stillman ("The Cosmopolitans"), and, as of earlier this month, that most independent of independent filmmakers, Woody Allen, newly hired to create his first TV series.

It's not just the premium-subscription outlets, either. The mainstream broadcast networks have attracted some indie talent. Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") is behind next month's NBC mini-series "The Slap." In March, "12 Years a Slave" screenwriter John Ridley has "American Crime" debuting on ABC. Last year, CBS signed Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha") to write and star in spin-off "How I Met Your Dad."

Even this year's Sundance Film Festival -- perhaps the last place on earth where the illusion of a healthy theatrical market for independent films still exists -- is screening TV projects, including the upcoming HBO documentary series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," the seven-episode animated series "Animals" (a Duplass brothers project without a network commitment yet), and "Going Clear," the much-touted Scientology exposé by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, which is scheduled to air on HBO in a few weeks. (Indeed, HBO is Gibney's primary backer these days.) The SXSW and Tribeca film festivals have started screening TV content as well.

"Now the dream is to write and direct an indie film, get into Sundance, and then use that to become a big-time TV series creator like Lena Dunham, or a showrunner or a TV director," Reed Martin, author of indie-filmmaking guidebook "The Reel Truth," recently told the New York Times.

How did this happen? A lot can be chalked up to business changes that crippled the independent film industry -- the collapse of the DVD market, the conversion to digital projection (something a lot of art-houses couldn't afford), and especially the overall decline in the theatrical exhibition business. These changes have made it much harder for once-prolific filmmakers like Mike White (creator of HBO's two-season series "Enlightened") and the Duplass brothers to get their movies seen in theaters.

At the same time, TV has exploded, creating new opportunities for directors. At first, many filmmakers, including Nicole Holofcener, Lynn Shelton, and Allison Anders, were moonlighting there as directors of individual episodes of TV shows, keeping their careers active during the increasingly long intervals between their theatrical films. But eventually, indie auteurs were making deals to create their own shows. The economics and audience preferences of the small screen have made TV much more welcoming than ever to the indie sensibility.

As Time magazine TV critic James Poniewozik noted this week, TV may actually be a better creative medium for these filmmakers than film. After all, it's more hospitable to lengthy explorations of character and relationships. You're not bound by the 90-to-120-minutes time limit of a feature film, you don't have to focus so much on plot, and you don't even have to think of an ending -- at least not right away. And right now, at least, TV programming executives are offering showrunners tremendous creative freedom, allowing for the kind of edgy content that the indie film scene used to pride itself on.

What's more, there are good economic reasons for indie filmmakers to do TV. Instead of hunting for financing, you get paid up front. Instead of hunting for distribution, you have a guaranteed platform and a likely audience of millions. If you're on premium cable or streaming, you don't have to worry about ratings because there's a built-in subscriber base. And for now, at least, these subscriber outlets have lots of money to throw at directors who are accustomed to telling colorful stories (and occasionally, attracting prestigious stars) on a modest budget. "TV is where all the money is," Martin told the Times, "and where a lot of the creative risk-taking is celebrated these days."

Finally, it's worth noting that TV has always been a more female-friendly business than filmmaking. Hollywood filmmaking, of course, has always been a men's club and a boy's fantasy playground, but even in the indie film world, it's been hard for women to get financiers, distributors, and film crews to take them seriously as directors. TV, however, has long recognized its place in a domestic sphere where women are more in control -- of both the viewing decisions and the purchases of sponsors' products. That doesn't mean there's gender parity behind the camera yet, but women writers and directors are still more commonplace in TV than in film. Modern-day series creator/stars like Dunham, Tina Fey, and Mindy Kaling are continuing a TV tradition that goes back to Mary Tyler Moore and Lucille Ball.

All that creativity is great for the TV industry, but not so great for the indie film business. Those older, well-educated viewers who enjoy watching indie-style content in the comfort of their living rooms are the same former filmgoers who've all but stopped going to the art-house theaters. Much of the indie world has already pinned its hopes on video-on-demand, with films debuting on pay-per-view cable the same day as (or even before) their theatrical debut, a practice that theater owners fear is doing even further damage to their business. The mainstream Hollywood studios have all but given up making thoughtful dramas and comedies, the kind of films that win Oscars, having left that playing field to the indies (it's why so few studio smashes, save "American Sniper" and "Gone Girl," are competing this year for Academy Awards against indie films that drew much smaller audiences to theaters). If the indies, in turn, abandon that sort of fare to television, then film will be nothing more than expensive action spectacles, broad comedies, and cheap horror films.

And the TV business isn't likely to be an indie haven forever. The current largess from subscriber outlets can't last indefinitely, especially if subscriptions plateau. Content is migrating from cable to streaming, even as creators and platform providers continue to struggle to figure out how to monetize online video. Mobile viewing remains inhospitable to any kind of long-form content, whether a feature film or a TV series. And a future where movies, TV, and online video are increasingly indistinguishable means the differences in quality, creativity, edginess, and prestige between one medium and another are likely to flatten over time, with everything trending toward a comfortable mediocrity.

But maybe creators don't have to take sides. Allen, for example, isn't about to abandon his prolific filmmaking career just because he's doing an Amazon series. And other creators, like Jill Soloway (who made the Sundance feature "Afternoon Delight" and won a Golden Globe earlier this month for the Amazon dramedy series "Transparent"), continue to work both sides of the street. Her unique point of view is apparent whether she's working on a premium cable series (she won an Emmy writing for "Six Feet Under"), a streaming show, her own woman-oriented video curation site (, or an indie feature. "It's a rare, rare movie that's about humans or about families or about people that can really make it theatrically," Soloway told Time. "Independent filmmakers already have their heads around people on their couches watching their movies. For me coming out of Sundance and having Amazon offer this opportunity it felt like I was going to get to make a movie and I already had distribution." So maybe it doesn't matter what platform she uses, as long as we get to enjoy her storytelling.

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10 Crazy Emotional 'Parenthood' Moments

Farewell, "Parenthood." You gave us six beautiful seasons of sentimental, gut-wrenching, tears-streaming-down-our-faces scenes. In fact, there are too many to count considering pretty much every episode required a box of tissues. And boy did last night's series finale not disappoint when it came providing those touching -- well, downright heartbreaking -- moments we've come to expect.

Let's remember this beloved series the best way we know how: by crying our eyes out. Here are a few of the most memorably tear-jerking moments in "Parenthood" history. (Spoilers ahead!). So long, Bravermans.

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Super Bowl Facts: 21 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Big Game

Super Bowl FactsSuper Bowl XLIX is just two days away and Moviefone has football fever.

But we're not here to talk about the Patriots. Or even the Seahawks. We're here to share the weirdest, most incomprehensible facts about the Big Game. (Don't get us started on the hundreds of tons of guac that America will be putting down on Sunday.)

From the original cost of a Super Bowl ticket to the most unlucky teams in football, here are 21 mind-blowing facts you probably don't know about the NFL's biggest game.

1. The Super Bowl will be broadcast in 34 languages around the globe!

2. Look at the person to your right, then look at the person to your left. One of you will place some sort of wager on the Super Bowl. That is, as long as you're an American.

3. The Super Bowl coin toss has resulted in heads and tails an equal 24 times.

4. The opening kickoff in a Super Bowl was returned for a touchdown only once. Devin Hester accomplished the feat in Super Bowl XLI.

5. Thirty-five points is the most scored in the first half of a Super Bowl, courtesy of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII.

6. Of the first 48 Super Bowls, a quarterback has been named Super Bowl MVP 26 times.

7. A defensive player has been named MVP 9 times. The last to do it? Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith just last year.

8. Minnesota and Buffalo have had some tough breaks. The two teams have played in four Super Bowls without winning one, a record for most appearances without a title.

9. On the flip side, there are four current NFL teams who have never played in a Super Bowl (Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, and Jacksonville).

10. The Denver Broncos have lost the Big Game more than any other team in history. Don't feel too bad for them, though; they've also won a couple of times.

11. Back in 1967, a ticket to Super Bowl I cost just six dollars. As of Thursday morning, the cheapest ticket for Super Bowl XLIX was $8,070. Yes, that's cheapest.

12. The series finale of M.A.S.H was the most-watched program in television history for 20 years until Super Bowl XLIV. It's also the only other event to surpass 100 million viewers in America.

13. Nine of the 10 most-watched U.S. television programs in history were Super Bowls.

14. No Super Bowl game has ever gone past regulation, and only a combined 5 AFC and NFC Championships have gone to overtime.

15. A 30-second commercial spot for Super Bowl I cost about $40,000. Today, a 30-second spot will run you about $4.5 million.

16. Last year, Renée Fleming was the first-ever opera singer to sing the national anthem.

17. When the New England Patriots played the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, it was the first time two reigning Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Eli Manning, were facing off against each other. Coincidentally, Manning won his MVP versus Brady's undefeated Pats in Super Bowl XLII.

18. Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day of the year for food consumption in the U.S. Thanksgiving is the first.

19. Reportedly, eight million pounds (or more!) of guacamole will be eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.

20. As far as pizza goes, Domino's expects to sell about 9 million slices for the Big Game, nearly 50% more than a typical Sunday.

21. Thought the Super Bowl was the most-watched sporting event in the world? Think again. The Champions League Final takes the prize. That's a soccer (ahem, football) match!

[Sources: TIME, New York Post, The FW]

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Best of Late Night TV: John Oliver's Self-Tasering and Conan O'Brien's 'Clueless Gamer' (VIDEO)

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

"Scandal" is back (best news ever), and Kerry Washington stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to talk about her completely addictive show, and --more importantly -- her birthday. Find out why this TV star sends her parents a gift every year instead of getting them herself!

Jimmy also had Dave Salmoni on "Kimmel" (aka his resident wild animal guy), and he brought a cheetah with him. Fun fact: this is the first time a cheetah has ever been on a talk show un-caged. Jimmy's reaction is hilarious, but let's be honest, we're here for the baby tiger.

John Oliver visited "Late Show" and told David Letterman a story about how he tasered himself while performing for the troops. Well that's one way to make people laugh....

Finally, Conan O'Brien recently flew to Phoenix to challenge Patriots player Rob Gronkowski and Seahawks player Marshawn Lynch to a game of Mortal Kombat X. The results? Literally amazing. See for yourself.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Watch Live! 'Black or White' Star Kevin Costner's One-on-One With Mr. Moviefone

kevin costner mr moviefone interviewFor the latest AOL BUILD, Kevin Costner stops by to chat with Mr. Moviefone (aka Kevin Thompson) about his new movie, "Black or White." In the drama, Costner stars as a grieving widower fighting for custody of his granddaughter opposite Octavia Spencer. Check out the live interview as the actor discusses "Black or White," his career, and more.

The live stream kicks off at 3 p.m. E.T. on Friday, January 30. "Black or White" arrives in theaters the same day.

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'Still Alice' Review: Julianne Moore Anchors Intense Alzheimer's Film

STILL ALICE 2014 BSM STudio film with Julianne Moore

"Still Alice" is a moving film that showcases the immense talent of Julianne Moore; the movie is written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, a couple with a previous run of quirky Independent films like 2013's "The Last of Robin Hood" or 2008's "Pedro," which played the Toronto Film Festival that year.

The film is about characters dealing with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a horrifying condition when a person loses not only their faculties, but a major part of who they are as they descend into dementia.

Sounds cheery...

Well, this is indeed a tear-jerker, but to its credit the film isn't all about manipulation of emotions as we drive towards the inevitable conclusion. I can't speak to the source material, the 2007 book by Lisa Genova that Westomoreland and Glatzer based their script on, but the narrative does do more than engage in disease porn. There's some lovely character moments amongst the family members, and while there's plenty of times it seems things are playing out in fairly archetypal ways, the performances elevate the storyline from it coming across as mere manipulation.

So, good cast, huh?

Yeah, a very good one. It's no surprise that all the attention is being placed on Moore, but the film doesn't scream of Oscar bait (unlike, say, Jennifer Aniston in "Cake"). This is just one of several extraordinary performances Moore gave this year in a wide range of genres, and if this is the one for which she's finally going to get her golden trophy, I won't begrudge her.

Alec Baldwin is pretty good as the dad, clearly playing the "supporting" role in this relatively underwritten part. It's an interesting change when the supporting partner is the male role, and it feels much more empty than the female lead.

Then there's Kristen Stewart, an actor that continues to surprise with both her exceptional choices in roles and her capacity as an actress as she moves further away from the shadow of "Twilight." She's great once again, and given that she's choosing to play against the likes of Moore and Juliette Binoche (in Cannes hit "Clouds of Sils Maria") one can't think of a better acting school for her to develop her craft. She's still coming up, of course, but manages to hold her own against some of the finest actresses on screen, and that's not to be overlooked.

What else does it have going for it?

Well, if you're not watching this for some good performances, or for a hanky-wringing time at the theatres, there's not that much else going on. My grandfather died of an early onset form of this disease, and as someone who has spent most of my life pursuing intellectual endeavours over physical ones, I've always had anxiety about the horrors of losing everything that I consider to be "me." Alice may still be Alice in body, but things get far more complicated the more she slips away.

It's a touching, moving portrayal of this situation, and while at times it leans in the direction of a sappy film, it's rescued by some astute storytelling and sensitive performances.

There are dozens of films that Moore has been in that have deserved the recognition that she's receiving for this one, and years from now this film may be best remembered as a footnote in her career, just as "Scent of a Woman" is hardly to be considered the definitive Pacino role. Still, it's a decent film that's emotionally raw, worth seeing if only to see how one of the masters of her craft single-handedly manages to rescue (along with the help of her castmates) a film from being a maudlin mess into a watchable, moving piece of cinema.

"Still Alice" opens in theatres on January 30, 2015.

'Still Alice' Stars Laud Golden Globe Winner Julianne Moore

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The 10 Most Buzzed-About Sundance Movies of 2015

In the next few days, the Sundance Film Festival in snowy Park City, Utah, will officially wind down. The 2015 festival was notable for the sheer abundance of films that demanded critical attention and, eventually, intense bidding wars. Several smaller companies were left desperate for new films, while a number of filmmakers made notable breakthroughs.

But only a handful can be considered the most buzzed-about in all of Sundance. These are the films that not only made an impact with audiences, both also resonated with critics and, in some cases, triggered a mad scramble for distribution rights. It's hard to forget, though, that most Sundance darlings have a hard time connecting with the mainstream, and films that have sold for oodles of cash (films like "Happy, Texas") have failed to recoup their big festival payday when released nationwide.

But hey, let's hope for the best. These are ten of the films that had people buzzing the loudest in Park City.

2015 Sundance Film Festival

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'Insurgent' Super Bowl Trailer: Shailene Woodley Takes on Kate Winslet (VIDEO)


MTV has debuted a new trailer for "Insurgent" that features heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley) attempting to break free from the clutches of Jeanine (Kate Winslet).

Unfortunately for Tris, her prison appears to be all in her head, and when she lunges at her captor, everything around her (literally) shatters and she's thrown into the void. A neat visual, it also serves as a metaphor for the entire "Divergent" series: Tris's world will never be the same, and she's currently adrift in uncertainty.

Check out the clip below, and catch it on TV during the Super Bowl on February 1.

"The Divergent Series: Insurgent" is due in theaters on March 20.

[via: MTV]

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Dan Aykroyd Praises 'Magnificent' New 'Ghostbusters' Cast

The cast of the "Ghostbusters" reboot is officially in place -- Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon will be suiting up for the flick -- and original 'buster Dan Aykroyd could not be happier with the ensemble.

In a statement, Aykroyd (who starred in and co-wrote the first two flicks) told The Hollywood Reporter that the fierce foursome had his blessing.

"The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy," Aykroyd's statement said. "My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day, and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business."

While Aykroyd's stamp of approval is pretty great, his reference to his great-grandfather is especially worth noting. Some diehard "Ghostbusters" fans may already know, but Aykroyd's family member was an early follower of parapyschology, and even corresponded with "Sherlock Holmes" writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about his Spiritualism beliefs. Aykroyd's own later interest in the subject, coupled with his family history, was part of the inspiration behind "Ghostbusters."

Suffice it to say, having Aykroyd get on board with the new cast is a coup for the production, and perhaps could even signal a cameo for the original Ghostbuster. We can't wait to see what director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold have up their sleeves.

"Ghostbusters" is due in theaters on July 22, 2016.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

Photo credit: Getty Images

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Meet Elena, the New Latina Disney Princess

Princess Elena, Disney Princess, Elena of Avalor

Disney Junior is spinning off its popular "Sophia the First" TV series, and with it, introducing a new princess to the fold: Elena.

The teenage Latina princess will star in her own show, "Elena of Avalor," and will be introduced during an episode of "Sophia." Elena, per Variety, "has been trapped for decades in the signature jeweled amulet that is one of best-known elements of the current kiddie series."

The synopsis continues:

In the series, Sofia discovers how Princess Elena was trapped inside the amulet, and sets about to help Elena regain her human form and return to the kingdom of Avalor. Elena was trapped in the jewel after trying to protect her little sister and grandparents from Shuriki, an evil sorceress. The 16-year-old character will rule Avalor with help from characters like Grandfather Tito, Grandmother Cici and Duke Esteban, a royal advisor. She will also have friends: Mateo, a wizard-in-training, and Skylar, a magical flying creature.

Actress Aimee Carrero (ABC Family series "Young & Hungry") will voice Elena.

"What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale," said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, in a statement.

Elena's episode of "Sophia the First" is currently in production, and will air sometime in 2016. Her standalone series "Elena of Avalor" will debut sometime later that year.

[via: Variety]

Photo credit: Disney

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'The Blacklist' Primer: 5 Things You Need To Know Before Sunday's Premiere

"The Blacklist" is premiering in NBC's coveted post-Superbowl slot this Sunday, and we're kicking things off (note the football reference) with a roundup of everything you need to know going into the show's premiere. It's no secret that "The Blacklist" can be just as confusing as it is addictive, and the mid-season finale set a few important events in motion that are definitely worth catching up on. If you're in need of a Blacklist refresher before Sunday night's big premiere, we've got you covered with 5 things to remember going into the episode. And feel free to keep this list handy for when you inevitably need a break from yelling at your TV screen about Deflate Gate.

1. Alan Fitch Is Dead...Which Means Red Is Vulnerable

Alan Fitch had a bomb strapped to his neck during "The Blacklist's" mid-season finale, and unfortunately Red was unable to disarm it. So, yes, his head exploded. This is a huge problem because Fitch happened to protect Red from a mysterious group of power players, and Red will only continue to have leverage over them if he proves that he's in possession of "the fulcrum." Fitch also requested that Red visit his safe in Saint Petersburg, so expect The Blacklist to be making a road trip to Russia sometime soon.

2. Red and Tom Are Working Together

In what has to be the most alarming reveal in Blacklist history, Tom and Red are secretly in cahoots. These unlikely allies were shown meeting up in the last moments of the finale, wherein Red handed Tom an envelope of what appeared to be money and told him never to contact Lizzy again. Tom also reminded Red that "I never told her about us, not one word," which means they've been in each other's orbit for who knows how long.

3. Lizzy Still Loves Tom

Tom might not be allowed to see Lizzy anymore (per Red's instructions), but that doesn't mean she'll stop loving him. Lizzy confided in Red during the mid-season finale and told him that her feelings for Tom prevented her from killing him -- which is definitely bad news for Agent Ressler, who's clearly infatuated with Lizzy. Will this love triangle develop further now that we've hit the back half of season two? With Tom ostensibly out of the picture, it's unclear.

4. The Task Force Is Suspicious

Lizzy and Ressler are the only ones who know that Tom is the informant who led them to Fitch, which means they're both lying to their superior. No one's said anything out loud, but the abundance of side-long glances implies that suspicions are growing about how Lizzy spends her time, not to mention what kind of secrets she might be keeping from the group.

5. We Still Don't Know If Red Is Lizzy's Father

If you're fuzzy on the details of Red and Lizzy's relationship status, know this: it's complicated. As of the mid-season finale, we still don't know for sure if Red is Lizzy's father, but their relationship is more paternal than ever. In fact, Lizzy closed out the episode by crying on Red's shoulder while he comforted her. If Red isn't Lizzy's long lost dad, there better be one seriously good explanation as to why he's so single-mindedly obsessed with her.

Tune into "The Blacklist" special Super Bowl episode Sunday, February 1 on NBC.

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Watch the New 'Ted 2' Trailer and Laugh Your @$% Off

Seth MacFarlane learned a valuable lesson last year when he unleashed his hugely expensive flop "A Million Ways to Die in the West" last summer: that he should make another "Ted." And he did. "Ted 2" will be out on June 26th, 2015, and the first rude, crude trailer has just been unleashed on an unsuspecting world (that's the new poster, just below it).

It's pretty much everything that you would expect, and not much more. If you've seen the original film, about a grown man (played by Mark Wahlberg, who returns here) and his complicated relationship with the talking teddy bear from his childhood named Ted (MacFarlane, with a goopy Boston accent), then you know all you really need to know about "Ted 2," which sees Amanda Seyfried in place of Mila Kunis, who is also joined by Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. Not too shabby.

After watching the trailer, are you ready to make another profane play date with Ted, or have you left it behind, like so many other toys?

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#TBT: Chris Pratt Through the Years

Chris Pratt skyrocketed to mega-fame in 2014 and it looks like he's not going to slow down in 2015. It was just reported that the "Guardians of the Galaxy" star may be in talks to headline the Indiana Jones reboot, and he's already the lead in this summer's highly-anticipated "Jurassic World." Pratt's sitcom "Parks and Recreation" wraps up this month for good, but it seems he's got plenty lined up on the big screen. You may recall he got his big break on TV, appearing in shows like "The OC" and "Everwood" almost a decade ago. Let's take a look back at Chris Pratt through the years and watch his evolution into one of Hollywood's hottest actors...

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27 Unexplainable Blunders From Your Favorite Sci-Fi Movies

Sci-fi movies often dazzle and amaze audiences with imaginative interpretations of the future, mind-blowing visuals, and spooky, physics-bending twists -- but there's little to celebrate about the genre's onscreen mistakes. Or is there?

From a glaring date blunder in "Back to the Future" to a blatant continuity error in "Alien," here are a few movie mistakes from sci-fi classics.

As usual, all photos are courtesy of

Sci fi movie mistakes

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Best of Late Night TV: David Beckham's NFL Career (VIDEO)

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

David Beckham kicks off the late night roundup in the most literal way possible -- by chatting to Jimmy Kimmel about being an NFL kicker. Turns our David's been asked to use his famous foot in the NFL, and even got some practice while filming a commercial with Reggie Bush (in which he's sporting bright blonde Billy Idol hair, by the way).

Elle MacPherson also stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to talk about being a supermodel in the 80s with Whitney Houston (yep, she started out by modeling) and Billy Joel. Best. Story. Ever.

Rachel Maddow visited "Late Show" to talk about the 2016 election...more specifically, what a hot mess its going to be be. Her musings on Sarah Palin's potential campaign are hilarious to say the least.

Finally, Katherine Heigl told "Conan" that she was so distraught over being flat-chested as a teen that she went on a religious fast praying for big boobs. Apparently, she now thinks God is getting revenge with the onset of gravity.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Why the Found Footage Genre Is Broken (and How to Fix It)

found footage moviesThis week, "Project Almanac" comes out in theaters nationwide. It's the tale of a group of teenagers who stumble upon a time machine and use it for their own personal gain. It harkens back to movies like "Back to the Future," with the potential hazards of messing with the space-time continuum revealed as the movie goes along. But the movie is filmed as though it is being recorded by one of the kids, in an aesthetic commonly referred to as "found footage." That's right, it's grainy and shaky and purposefully amateurish, and while the movie mostly works, it's still not enough to make you wish the movie was photographed and edited like an actual movie.

The found footage genre, exemplified by genre exercises like the "Paranormal Activity" series, has reached an impasse. Audiences are bored with it, and there's been barely any new spin on the aesthetic since 1999's groundbreaking "The Blair Witch Project." There were films that were supposed to feel real, but those mostly took the form of phony documentaries (mockumentaries), perfected by Christopher Guest, who starred in "This Is Spinal Tap" and went on to direct "Best in Show," "Waiting for Guffman," and "A Mighty Wind." Found footage is typified by the idea that something horrible has gone wrong, someone has found this footage and are thus now screening it. Who put the footage together, editorially, almost always remains an unsolved riddle, although one of the very best found footage movies, George A. Romero's "Diary of the Dead," addresses this issue hilariously.

And that's one of the reasons why the found footage genre is currently broken: it's not funny enough or self-aware enough. The entire subgenre is a stylistic quirk, and usually housed inside of other genres that are known for their playfulness or willingness to experiment (there are, of course, rare dramas like "Time Code" and "End of Watch"). This should be mandated, even in movies that are scary -- have fun. This is why the original "Blair Witch Project" and "Cloverfield" were such smashes -- they invited you in and that inclusiveness made them funnier and scarier. It can be a sly wink or a repeating gag but some acknowledgement of the ridiculousness of the scenario should be made... and then we should all move on.

Which brings me to another thing that all found footage movies should do, which is stick to the rules. This is a genre where dozens of people are asking you to believe that it's the work of a handful of nonprofessionals, and yet the phoniness of the set-up keeps rearing its ugly head. Anytime one of these movies has a score I want to scream at the screen: Why would there be a score if we're watching the footage following some apocalyptic event? Who put it there? Ditto a title sequence where you list off the cast members. This happened in the opening moments of Ti West's otherwise convincing "The Sacrament," ruining a terrific premise before the movie even had a chance to get going. Even "District 9," arguably one of the best science-fiction movies of the last decade, waffles when it comes to key issues of perspective and point-of-view. Who, exactly, is filming the prawns when they're alone? Movies are a magic trick, and found footage movies require an even defter amount of sleight of hand. Filmmakers who commit to the conceit need to follow through or lose it entirely.

Of course, that's not to say they can't mix and match. One of the best things about "[rec] 3," the third film in a series of Spanish-language found footage zombie movies, is when, after about 30 minutes, the camera is broken and it just turns into a real movie. Now that is fun. There could also be a scenario where we are watching, in a more traditional narrative sense, a group of characters discover the footage, wherein the movie could switch to the found footage style and then switch out for the bookends. This would have been nifty for something like, say, "The Thing" remake/sequel. (But there wasn't a single great decision made on that movie, so it's kind of a moot point.)

What's so infuriating about the found footage genre, too, is that it was a way to enliven the horror genre when it was ailing, by both calling back to previous horror films that had a pseudo-documentary look (everything from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" to "Cannibal Holocaust") but pushing things forward technologically. (Since, of course, horror movies do a great job of refracting and presenting modern fears in mythological contexts.) But just as quickly as the found footage genre was freshening up a stale brand, it became stale itself, complete with hoary clichés that are trotted out, time and time again (including, of course, the old "turn on the night vision to see the monster lurking in the dark" trick). One of the best ways to avoid this trope and to add some dynamism is for the filmmakers to "collect" the footage from various sources; this is what makes Barry Levinson's little-seen gem "The Bay" stand out (as well as the climax from "Chronicle"). You can maintain the found footage POV while still drawing upon many sources, and is something that should be implemented more frequently.

"Project Almanac" isn't exactly a great movie, but it is a good one, and it shows that there is an elasticity in the types of stories that you can tell with the format. Which brings us to how the genre can be saved. In addition to sticking to the rules (or ignoring them altogether) and having a more playful attitude towards the genre's built-in restrictions, there should be different types of found footage movies. Why hasn't there been a found footage romantic comedy? Especially considering how many relationships develop online, either through various forms of social media or via internet dating websites. Now that would be incredible. Or what about a found footage period film, perhaps in the '80s, around the advent of the camcorder technology? (Yes, I know one of the "Paranormal Activity" movies did this, but I'm talking an out-and-out period film, along the lines of what Oscar-nominated foreign film "No" tried to do.) Now that would be fascinating.

I can't wait to see what the next take on found footage is, but if it's ghosts creakily opening doors, I might be done with found footage forever.

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Matthew McConaughey Is 'Born to Run'

21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ArrivalsMatthew McConaughey has traveled through a wormhole, but he's signing up for what is perhaps an even more arduous adventure.

Deadline reports that the Oscar winner will star in an adaptation of Christopher McDougall's best-selling book, "Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, And The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen."

The book chronicles McDougall's journey to Mexico's Copper Canyons to learn how to run without injury or pain from the Tarahumara Indians. The journalist uses their secrets, along with scientific research, to find out how to push a runner's body to the ultimate limit. The book culminates in a big race pitting elite runners against the tribe. "Born to Run" was such a huge success that it helped kick off the barefoot running movement.

McConaughey has become known for outside-the-box choices; his string of acclaimed performances has been dubbed the "McConnaissance." Will "Born to Run" continue his golden age?

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Shay Mitchell: Kissing Girls Feels Fine on 'Pretty Little Liars'

US-ENTERTAINMENT-PEOPLEBy Jessica Herndon, Wonderwall

We're heavy into season 5 of the hit ABC Family show "Pretty Little Liars," which airs on Tuesdays, but all actress Shay Mitchell, one of the show's stars, wants to talk about is this season's finale -- which airs on March 24, 2015.

"It's so twisted," she squeals to during a recent interview. Unfortunately that's all she can dish of the thrilling teen drama, on which she plays Emily Fields. If she gives away any more, "I'll get fired," she assures. "But the writers just nailed it!"

Filming on "PLL" resumes in March and Shay is ready to get back to work and continue with her detailed storyline, which currently includes recovering from a breakup with Paige McCullers (played by Lindsey Shaw). Playing a lesbian on the show is "so important because that's the life that we live in," says Shay when asked why her character's romantic status is impactful.

"When I get asked 'How does if feel to kiss a girl?' Honestly, completely fine," she adds. "I'm in this character. I know what it's like to love somebody, so how is that any different just because it's another girl? Sometimes I enjoy it more. I know they are going to smell pretty and I don't have to worry about all of that. But it's not a big deal."

In the future, Shay says she wants the next girl, or whichever straight actor plays a gay character, to not get asked how it feels, as she often does. "You wouldn't ask Lucy Hale what it feels like to kiss a guy," she adds of her "PLL" costar. "I love my character's love life and this revolving door of different girls. It's fun and I get to work with a lot of amazing actresses."

One of the family network's top-rated shows, "PLL" has turned many of it's lead actors into stars, including Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, and of course Shay, who has her own fashion and lifestyle blog Amore & Vita, her own YouTube channel, which gained 100,000 subscribers the day it launched, and over 5 million followers on Instagram. She's also the new spokeswomen for Carmex Moisture Plus.

"Love and life go hand-in-hand and Amore & Vita came about because I am in love with everything Italian," says Shay of the her blog, which she runs with pal Michaela Blaney, who she grew up with in Vancouver, Canada. Each week the girls pick a new theme to base their content around. This week's posts are all about the Super Bowl, from healthy recipes for that big Bowl party, to football themed manicures.

"It's a passion project," Shay says, adding that the blog also features how she stays fit, her makeup routine, highlights of her travels, and what products she carries in her bag. "I have like four Carmex lip balms in my bag at all times while traveling."

Shay recently returned from a vacation in Bali, a trip she documented through gorgeous photos posted to social media. Based on the shots, Buzzfeed called the fashionable beauty a "mythical goddess," and we couldn't agree more. So of course we had to get the details on her stunning boho vacation style.

"I stress about packing, but most of the time I figure it out when I get there," she says of what she chooses to slip on while on vacation. "Different wraps, scarves, and pashminas I bought abroad. I bought one of the scarves from this woman outside of an art gallery and I wore it the rest of the time."

But when she's back home in Los Angeles it's all about snagging those chic, universal toppers. "I have this floor-length, camel-colored wool coat from Aritzia that I wear all the time when it's chillier," she says. "A coat is such a statement piece!"

Playing Emily on "PLL" also has its style perks. Shay admits she snags one main item from her character's wardrobe: "Her Nike sneakers. That's what I take the most." Though she admits she'd much rather don a pair of heels above sneakers these days.

But in many ways, the actress says she is very similar to her character. "She's extremely loyal to her friends and very protective. That I am," she says. " I have a good ear and I listen and I'm also a good secret holder. I would do anything for my friends and my family."

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Instagram on Location: Stars at Sundance

From old stars to new stars (to not-yet stars), the best talent the indie circuit has to offer was all over Sundance this past weekend. Rather than gathering up premiere photos or throwing together some Sundance Portraits, we decided to dig a little bit deeper.

Here are some of the best Sundance photos from fans and photographers straight from Instagram, offering a more authentic glimpse at what the streets of Park City, Utah are really like this time of year.

sundance photos 2015

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'The Huntsman' Sequel Is Axing Some Dwarves

The HuntsmanThe sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman" already won't feature Kristen Stewart's Snow White. Now, Deadline reports, most of her seven dwarves are getting axed, too. Only two dwarves will be in the "The Huntsman," though it's unclear exactly which two.

It is known that Nick Frost ("Cuban Fury"), Toby Jones ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and Eddie Marsan ("Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows") will definitely not be in the movie. Marsan has a scheduling conflict with his work on Showtime's "Ray Donovan." And Bob Hoskins died last year, so he won't be part of the project either.

"The Huntsman" is a prequel that will show the titular character (Chris Hemsworth) and Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) crossing paths before the events of the first movie. Emily Blunt is on board to play a villain, reportedly a Snow Queen who is Ravenna's sister.

"The Huntsman" is set to be released April 22, 2016.

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That Steve Jobs Biopic Finally Has a Cast

BRITAIN-ENTERTAINMENT-CINEMA-X-MENThe game of musical chairs that is the Steve Jobs biopic has finally come to an end (we think).

The Aaron Sorkin-penned project has seen several stars come and go (Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale), one high-profile director come and go (David Fincher), and even a studio come and go (Sony gave it up, now it's being made by Universal). The quagmire of a movie became somewhat infamous due to the Sony email hack.

Well, now all is settled. "Steve Jobs" began filming this week, with these actors: Michael Fassbender as Jobs; Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak; Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley; and Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, former Macintosh marketing chief.

The movie is made up of three, long, real-time scenes, the last of which focuses on the 1998 launch of the iMac. At the least, that should prove to be colorful.

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Watch the Trailer for Tom Hardy's Cold War Thriller 'Child 44' (VIDEO)

Tom Hardy has never met a funny accent that he hasn't fallen wildly in love with. His latest is a gruff Russian number for "Child 44," a new film based on Tom Rob Smith's best-selling historical thriller that follows a former secret policeman (Hardy) who is investigating a series of grisly child murders in Soviet Russia. And you can hear that accent and see Hardy in action in the gripping new trailer.

"Child 44" is based, in part, on a real life serial killer dubbed the Red Ripper who murdered more than 50 women and children in Stalin's supposedly perfect Russia. Hardy plays a man who is clued into the killer after a friend's child is murdered. This looks really intense. The all-star supporting cast includes Gary Oldman (Batman reunion!), Joel Kinnaman, Vincent Cassel (glimpsed briefly in the trailer), Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, Noomi Rapace (re-teaming with Hardy after "The Drop") and Dev Patel. It was directed by Chilean-Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House") and adapted by the great Richard Price, a stellar novelist in his own right. Soviet Russia is a fascinating place to set any kind of movie, but a hardboiled thriller like this seems downright perfect.

Should the movie prove successful, it could be a rare franchise for adults, since the Hardy character took center stage in two more books written by Smith ("The Secret Speech" and "Agent 6"). We'll all find out when "Child 44" opens on April 17th.

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Watch the Big Game Spot for 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' (VIDEO)

If there's one sequel everyone is excited about in 2015, well, it's probably "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." But maybe the second most anticipated sequel is "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," the follow-up to 2010's sleeper hit "Hot Tub Time Machine." And while this new Super Bowl spot is insanely brief, well, it certainly lets you know what to expect from the eventual movie.

The plot for "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" has the goofballs (Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Adam Scott, filling in for John Cusack for reasons that have never been made particularly clear) venturing into the future, in an attempt to foil an assassination attempt on Corddry's character. Because, you know, you go to "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" for its intricate plot.

This new spot features jokes about the Patriots and inflated balls. So... You can imagine how that goes. Just watch it. And get ready for "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," out on February 20th.

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Here's the Fangtastic New 'What We Do in the Shadows' Poster (EXCLUSIVE)

what we do in the shadows posterOne of the true delights of last year's South by Southwest Film Festival was watching "What We Do in the Shadows." It was one of the last days that I was attending the festival and had tried to see what ended up being a much lesser horror comedy but was locked out of the screening. Instead, I walked over and watched "What We Do in the Shadows," with only the vaguest understanding what it was supposed to be, and laughed myself silly. It's a huge thrill that it is finally coming out, with some assistance from Funny or Die, and that we can exclusively debut the new poster (below).

The poster for the film, co-directed by "Flight of the Conchords" principles Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement, is mostly text-based, featuring the various outlets that called the film hilarious, as well as the three main vampires from the film that are hovering amongst the text -- there's Viago (Waititi), Vladsislav (Clement) and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), the young pup who is "only" 183 years-old. The film, which premiered around this time last year at the Sundance Film Festival, is a mockumentary about the lives of a house full of vampires in Wellington, New Zealand. That's about all you need to know (and all you should know) to enjoy this uproarious delight. Seriously, this feels like a cult classic in the making.

"What We Do in the Shadows" will be released on February 13th. Bring someone who you wouldn't mind necking with (get it?)

what we do in the shadows poster 2015

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'Ghostbusters' Also Has A Release Date

Following yesterday's awesome casting notice that the big budget "Ghostbusters" reboot (can we please stop giving it a "Female" or "Lady" prefix? These are your Ghostbusters, period) had cast Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, a release date for the Paul Feig-helmed comedic horror film has also been established. Next summer, get ready, because bustin' makes me feel good.

According to Feig's Twitter page, the new film will debut on July 22nd, 2016. Considering how long a third film in the franchise had been in development, this feels like it's coming out tomorrow. And we are so, so excited.

Our friends over at HitFix had posted some additional details about the story and the characters, but Sony made them take it down. Still, we read the original report and while we can't remember the specifics of who everyone will play, we can reiterate that Feig and the studio want none other than Bill Murray to play a villainous government official, in a role similar to the William Atherton part in the original film. Can you imagine how cool that would be? If they snagged Murray, it would be a huge coup, especially considering how reluctant he's been to return to the franchise.

Either way, July 22nd, 2016 can't come soon enough.

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Watch: The First Teaser for Netflix's 'Wet Hot American Summer' Series (VIDEO)

This might be our second most eagerly anticipated follow-up of the year (this side of the Millennium Falcon, at least): Netflix's upcoming series that reunites the cast and creative team behind 2001's beloved cult comedy "Wet Hot American Summer." The new 8-episode series, entitled "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp" (yes, it's a prequel series, despite the fact that the cast is 14 years older and still playing high school students), will debut this summer - and you can watch the first teaser right now.

Sure, the teaser is mostly just the names of its very famous cast, but hey - they're bringing back everybody! That's right, even Bradley Cooper, who is set to star alongside original campers Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter (who once again co-wrote with director David Wain), Marguerite Moreau, Paul Rudd, Zak Orth, Elizabeth Banks, Micahel Ian Black, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino [insert obligatory "you should really be watching 'Marry Me'" note], Christopher Melonim Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Amy Poehler. Camp Firewood forever.

Yes, it's about as teaser-y as teasers get, but boy oh boy are we excited.

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Best of Late Night TV: Lucy Hale's 'Pretty Little Liars' Censorship, Stephen Hawking's Whitney Houston Crush (VIDEO)

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

"Pretty Little Liars" star Lucy Hale was on "Conan" Tuesday night, and she talked about how her sexy Cosmo cover embarrassed her father. It wasn't the photo as much as the cover words. Her dad saw the headline "Best Sex Ever" and he thought that was her interview. He texted her to say she looked great but he wasn't too excited about the articles. (He probably read them all, though.) Lucy also talked about "Pretty Little Liars," which is Conan's "neighbor" in the studio lot. PLL has a pink golf cart that's all decked out. On the show, they say "bitches" a lot, and they put it on the back of the golf cart. They got a complaint from Warner Bros. human resources so they had to censor it, and blocked out part of the "b-tches." Rainn Wilson was on "Conan" and he went off on the foodie obsession in big cities. "Have we not learned a lesson from history, Conan? What was the last great civilization that gorged and vomited over and over again? ... The Romans!" He said it's just wrong to fetishize food that way. But then he discussed the octopus pastrami he had for his birthday, which was exquisite. Kevin Costner was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," discussing how he just turned 60, and his daughter gave him a really thoughtful gift. He talked more about his kids, and his career. Jimmy asked if he'd give advice to a newbie on the scene like Eddie Redmayne, who was nominated for an Oscar. Kevin got to meet Stephen Hawking, whom Eddie played in "The Theory of Everything." It was kind of an awkward meeting, from Kevin's retelling, but apparently Stephen was a big Whitney Houston fan and the entire point of him randomly stopping by Kevin's house was to get intel on Whitney. Interesting! Jimmy noted that someone should've just told the guy about e-mail, 'cause that would've solved it. Eddie Redmayne was also on JKL, and Eddie shared his own story of meeting Stephen Hawking. He didn't ask Eddie about Whitney but Eddie said he's one of the most charismatic men you'll ever meet, and definitely a ladies man. Eddie also shared his excitement at being part of the 2015 awards circuit. "A Most Violent Year" star Oscar Isaac was on "Late Show" with David Letterman discussing his roles in the upcoming movies "X-Men: Apocalypse" and "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens." He said "Star Wars" comes out first, but he can't say anything about the movie or they'll descend and execute him on site. But Dave still played a scene from the new movie. Except not really. Whitney Cummings was also on Dave's show, talking about how she keeps busy shooting all her canceled shows. She's joking, but she also joked about how she's become a professional talk show guest, just going on different shows to promote her upcoming appearances. "The Tonight Show" and "Late Night with Seth Meyers" are still on repeats, but David Letterman pulled double duty, hosting his own show and also acting as a guest on "The Late Late Show," which was guest hosted by Regis Philbin. Dave shared a classic memory from his show, tied to a musical guest.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Recap of Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 17: Deep Freeze

So many things are happening on "Pretty Little Liars," and -- despite the show's name -- none of them are pretty. Not only is A more deranged than ever, Hanna's being framed for Mona's murder, Toby "Kindergarten Cop" Cavanaugh is being a total buzzkill, and tensions are at an all-time high between Aria and Ezra. Not because Ezra ritualistically stalked her (apparently we've all decided to move on from that), but because she shaded him in a college admissions letter and he's super sensitive.

So, what else happened in the mean streets of Rosewood this week? Read our recap to find out.

Caleb and Hanna Break Into A Storage Unit, Fail Miserably

Remember last week when Spencer and Caleb stumbled upon a storage unit filled with bloody clothes and a body barrel? Well, turns out this creepy lair was rented under Hanna's name, and you know what that means: she's being framed for Mona's murderer. The liars will stop at nothing to protect their favorite lovable ditz, so they formulate a cunning plan: Caleb will clear her name from the storage unit data base! Actually, not so cunning at all.

Naturally, Hanna's completely freaked out by how terrible this plan is, and convinces Caleb to help her ditch the liars and take matters into their own hands. Their scheme? To hide all the evidence in the storage unit so it can't be traced back to Hanna. In other words: worst idea ever, especially because they arrive at the storage unit only to find that all the evidence has already been removed, save for the body barrel.

Ezra Finds Out The Truth, Reacts In Worst Way Humanly Possible

Thanks to the fact that literally every college ever completely rejected her, Aria recently threw her relationship with Ezra under the bus in order to get into her safety school. Basically, she implied that Ezra ruined her life, and now A's threatening to reveal the truth. Sigh, typical. The good news is that Aria decides to come clean to Ezra. The bad news is that after being super casual about the whole thing, he proceeds to re-read the letter in a dark room, sit down with Aria, and float the idea of a break up. We know: the horror. But apparently Ezra thinks he's holding Aria back, and it's time for her to spread her wings and fly. Hmmm, sounds great, but maybe Aria can make her own life decisions, Ezra. A+ for effort, though.

In other news, things are still sexually tense between Hanna's mom, Ashley Marin, and Jason DiLaurentis -- which is slightly awkward due to the fact that she's kinda-sorta engaged to Pastor Ted. Poor Ashley tries to breaks things off with Jason and even quits her job at his office (because apparently he owns a business?), but then he kisses her again. Bridle those passions, Jason!

A Goes On The Attack, Talia Confesses Her Feelings for Emily

Despite the fact that he's PLL's resident nerd, Caleb forgets that the liars have access to Mona's GPS laptop, and they follow him and Hanna to what they think is the storage unit. Unfortunately, the laptop has already been moved, and the dream team end up in a terrifying dungeon where they find footage of Hanna and Caleb talking about their cunning plan. Looks like the liars are being watched again! Of course, then A shows up and locks Aria and Spencer in a freezing liquid nitrogen cell, but no bigs -- Emily lets them out. Just another day in Rosewood, everyone!

And speaking of Emily, it looks like her love life is about to get slightly less depressing. Turns out Ezra's new hire, Talia, isn't crushing on their boss, she has the hots for Em! Sorry, Paige who?

Toby Joins The Dark Side, Tanner Finds Incriminating Evidence

We're so worried about Spencer and Toby's relationship, mostly because Toby's obsessed with his new "job" as a "policeman" and seems to be having a moral crisis. This eager beaver starts the episode by accusing Detective Holbrook of manipulating Alison's polygraph tests, but after being yelled at by Detective Tanner, he begins to push Spencer away. In fact, he joins Tanner in a trip to the storage unit where they run into Hanna and Caleb! These lovebirds manage to get away, but instead of calling Spencer to keep her informed, Toby watches in silence as Tanner opens up a barrel containing what might be Mona's body. And he doesn't even let Spence know when Tanner finds blood on the floor that could incriminate Hanna!

So, why didn't Toby tip the liars off? Unclear, but we're worried he's going to the dark side. The dark side, in this case, being the Rosewood police force. Either way, Hanna is majorly screwed -- but hey, at least she and Caleb are still going strong! (Awkward moment of silence for all the other "PLL" couples who are breaking up....)

Burning Questions

Will Emily start dating Talia? Because she definitely could use a rebound.

Whose blood did Tanner find on the storage unit's floor?

Why did A / A's minions remove all of the evidence from the storage unit except for the barrel?

Is Mona's body in the barrel, or is this just another of A's tricks?

Will Toby and Spencer / Ezra and Aria breakup? Because there's only so much we can handle.

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Netflix Is Yanking These Movies and Shows on February 1, 2015

netflix logoNetflix is expiring a slew of movies and TV shows in February -- but don't panic! As we previously reported, several BBC series including "Doctor Who" and the original British "The Office" that were once set to leave Netflix on Feb. 1 are staying put. However, several other BBC titles will be disappearing Feb 1. According to Variety, bid a sad toodle-doo to "Fawlty Towers," "Blackadder" and "MI:5." (Don't worry, "Sherlock" isn't due to expire anytime soon.)

As for movies, the clock is ticking on "Zodiac," "Batman Returns," "Apocalypse Now," and "Mad Max," which will also be pulled in the monthly purge.

Here's the complete list of titles that will vanish from your streaming list (pending any sort of meddling time-travelers):

Netflix Titles Expiring February 1, 2015

"A Bit Of Fry And Laurie" (1987-1995)

"Airheads" (1994)

"Allosaurus: Walking With Dinosaurs Special" (2001)

"Apocalypse Now" (1979)

"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)

"Auschwitz: Inside The Nazi State" (2005)

"Batman Returns" (1989)

"Blackadder" (1983-1989)

"Bleak House" (1985)

"Bleak House" (2005)

"Blue Mountain State" (2010-2011)

"Canterbury's Law" (2008)

"Chased By Dinosaurs: Three Walking With Dinosaurs Adventures" (2003)

"Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story" (2003)

"Come Fly With Me" (2010)

"David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials" (2008)

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

"Gavin & Stacey" (2007)

"Goldfinger" (1964)

"Hiroshima" (2005)

"Hyperdrive" (2006-2007)

"Invasion Earth" (1998)

"Jekyll" (2007)

"Kidnapped" (2006)

"Little Britain" (2003-2004)

"Mad Max" (1979)

"MI-5" (2002-2011)

"Miss Marple" (1984-1986)

"Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery" (1987)

"Miss Marple: 4.50 From Paddington" (1987)

"Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side" (1992)

"Miss Marple: They Do It With Mirrors" (1991)

"Outcasts" (2011)

"Pompeii: The Last Day" (2003)

"Survivors" (2008-2010)

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (1990)

"The Blue Planet: A Natural History Of The Oceans" (2011)

"The Inspector Lynley Murders: Missing Joseph" (2002)

"The Inspector Lynley Murders: Payment In Blood" (2002)

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Well-Schooled In Murder" (2002)

"The Juror" (1996)

"The League Of Gentlemen" (1999-2002)

"The Life Of Birds" (1998)

"The Life Of Mammals" (2002)

"The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries" (2000)

"The Planets" (1999)

"The State Within" (2006)

"The Tick" (2001)

"Waking The Dead" (2000-2005)

"Walking With Beasts" (2001)

"Walking With Cavemen" (2003)

"Walking With Dinosaurs" (1999)

"Walking With Monsters: Life Before Dinosaurs" (2005)

"Wild China" (2008)

"Wives & Daughters" (1999)

"Yellowstone: Battle For Life" (2009)

"Zodiac" (2007)

Expiring February 2, 2015

"Jem & The Holograms" (1985-1988)

"Littlest Pet Shop" (2012-2013)

"My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas" (2005)

"My Little Pony: Dancing In The Clouds" (2004)

"My Little Pony: Friends Are Never Far Away" (2005)

"My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" (2010-2013)

"My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade" (2006)

"My Little Pony: The Runaway Rainbow" (2006)

"My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure" (2009)

"The Adventures Of Chuck & Friends" (2010-2011)

"Transformers Prime" (2010-2013)

"Transformers: Rescue Bots" (2011-2014)

Expiring February 4, 2015

"Phineas & Ferb" (2007-2011)

Expiring February 5, 2015


Expiring February 23, 2015


Expiring February 28, 2015


"Monkey Trouble"

"Panic Room"

Just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in February 2015.

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Female 'Ghostbusters' Casts Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, 'SNL' Stars

Ghostbusters cast, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie JonesWho you gonna call? Looks like it's Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon.

That foursome has been revealed as the new cast of Paul Feig's upcoming all-female "Ghostbusters" reboot, after the director tweeted out a photo of the actresses Tuesday afternoon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McCarthy has already signed on, while Wiig, Jones, and McKinnon are currently hammering out deals for the production.

McCarthy had long been rumored to be in the mix, and "Ghostbusters" will mark her fourth film with Feig, who previously directed the actress in "Bridesmaids," "The Heat," and the upcoming spoof "Spy." McCarthy and Wiig will reunite on the big screen for the first time since co-starring in "Bridesmaids."

McKinnon and Jones are the lesser-known members of the ensemble, though "Saturday Night Live" fans will recognize the scene-stealing comediennes. McKinnon has been an "SNL" staple since 2012 (she earned an Emmy nod for her work last year), and Jones joined the show in early 2014, starting out as a writer and quickly moving up the ranks to featured player status this season. She also has a role in Chris Rock's latest, "Top Five."

Tuesday's casting news comes after a long behind-the-scenes struggle for the flick, which was originally conceived as a straight sequel to "Ghostbusters" and "Ghostbusters II." But as the years wore on, original star Bill Murray declined to get involved with "Ghostbusters 3," and plans to move forward with the threequel eventually fell apart after the death of star Harold Ramis in 2014.

Feig's idea for an all-female reboot keeps the franchise alive while exploring a new story and new characters. And if it's half as funny as his previous female-centric flicks, audiences will be very lucky.

We can't wait to see McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, and Jones in action. Production on "Ghostbusters" is expected to start this summer in New York.

[via: Paul Feig, The Hollywood Reporter]

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26 Reasons Emma Watson Is an Amazing Human Being

There's no denying it. Emma Watson is a shining beacon of wit, humility, charm, self-deprecation, and picture-perfect reactions. She always knows what to say and she says what she means. She started the #HeForShe movement, champions women's rights, and is ivy-league educated. She also rules Twitter. In other words, she's a straight-up amazing human being, and here are 26 reasons why.

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Liam Hemsworth May Save Earth in 'Independence Day' Sequel

Premiere Of Lionsgate's Not much is known yet about director Roland Emmerich's upcoming "Independence Day" sequel, but one bit of casting may have been revealed: TheWrap reports that Liam Hemsworth has been offered the starring role.

According to the site, the "Hunger Games" star has an offer on the table to lead "ID Forever," the long-awaited sequel to the 1996 blockbuster. It's unclear who Hemsworth would play; 20th Century Fox declined to comment on TheWrap's report.

Original star Will Smith will not be returning, TheWrap writes, though "The Fantastic Four" star Michael B. Jordan is still rumored to join the ensemble. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are also expected to reprise their "Independence Day" roles.

Last we heard from Emmerich, he had revealed that the follow-up would now be only one film instead of the originally-planned two-part sequel. He also told Entertainment Weekly in 2013 that the flick would center around life following the attack in the first film, and how the earth has rebuilt -- and is bracing for another alien invasion.

[via: TheWrap]

Photo credit: Getty Images

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Chris Pratt Could Play Indiana Jones in Disney Reboot: Report

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Here's a juicy bit of scoop: Deadline is reporting that Disney wants to reboot "Indiana Jones" -- and wants Chris Pratt in the lead role.

According to the site, the studio bought the rights to the franchise from Paramount in 2013, and is eager to make good on that acquisition with a reboot or remake of some sort. And who better to lead it than Disney/Marvel's newest superstar, Pratt?

Deadline reports that "things are very early," but Disney "has its sights set" on the "Guardians of the Galaxy" star, who they "hope to build the new franchise around." The site cautions that this is nothing but a rumor at this point, though Pratt continuing his already fruitful relationship with Disney makes plenty of sense.

Stay tuned to see if this pans out.

In the meantime, Pratt is currently starring in the seventh and final season of "Parks and Recreation" on NBC, and can be seen this summer in "Jurassic World." He's also rumored to be joining the cast of director Antoine Fuqua's "Magnificent Seven" remake alongside Denzel Washington.

[via: Deadline]

Photo credit: Getty Images

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The Golden Globes Set the Date for 2016 Ceremony

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It's been only two weeks since the Golden Globes, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has wasted no time in announcing the date for the 2016 awards ceremony.

Next year's telecast will take place on Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 8-11 p.m. EST (5-8 p.m. PST). It will be the 73rd annual Golden Globes ceremony.

"We look forward to follow this year's successful Golden Globe Awards by celebrating what looks like another exceptional year in both film and television," said HFPA president Theo Kingma in a statement.

The 2015 Golden Globes, hosted for the third and final time by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, scored 19.3 million viewers for NBC. No word yet on who may be hosting in 2016, but they have some big shoes to fill.

[via: Variety]

Photo credit: Getty Images

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'Knock Knock' Trailer: While the Family's Away, Keanu Reeves Will Play (VIDEO)

Knock KnockTwo soaking wet, hot, young women show up at your doorstep ... it's every guy's fantasy, right? In director Eli Roth's "Knock Knock," though, that dream turns into a nightmare for Keanu Reeves.

The first teaser trailer for the movie is out, and it doesn't show much beyond the set-up. Colleen Camp and Sondra Locke play two giggling girls who get caught in the rain and turn to Reeves's family man for help. His wife and kids are away, and at first, it seems Reeves has lucked into a very sexy encounter. But as the ominous tone of the trailer indicates, something just isn't right about these women.

"Knock Knock" debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last week, and should hit theaters sometime in 2015.

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