Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Recap of Pretty Little Liars Season 6 Episode 5: Maddie Ziegler, Is That You?!

Lots of things happened during this week's "Pretty Little Liars," but the most important moment was definitely Spencer having a dream about Zombie Maddie Ziegler dancing around an asylum. Clearly she's been watching way too many Sia music videos / eating way too many pot brownies. Read the recap to find out more must-know moments from the episode -- including A's surprising gender!

Mona's Back In Town, Is Kinda-Sorta Evil Again

Good news everyone: Mona Vanderwall is back in Rosewood after taking some time to "do her" following #ThatMomentWhen she get locked in a cell by the town's resident stalker. As expected, FKA A (that's Formerly Known As A, for all you people who have forgotten that Mona was, in fact, A) is a fragile mess, but there's more to this story than meets the eye.

Turns out Mona's working for her friend, Lesli Stone, who the liars find out was at Bradley Sanitarium at the same time as Charles DiLaurentis. You know what that means: she might be A. Much like everyone else on this show.

Also, if you're wondering how Hanna and Caleb are doing in their relationship, they aren't having sex -- at least that's the impression we got from ABC Family's coded PG language. Sob, if these two break up hot off the heels of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's split, love will truly be dead.

Emily Gets A Tattoo, Everyone Side-Eyes

Not to hate on Sara, but we still think she's hiding something. That being said, she and Emily got super chummy this week: not only did Em help Sara ditch her mom for good (she's legally emancipated!), they get friendship tattoos (NOPE), and Emily tells her new BFF all about A.
But more on these two later, it's time to talk about #Alenzo. Remember when we predicted that Alison was going to start dating Lorenzo, the newest underage member of Rosewood's police force? Well that's totally happening. Alison decides to lean on Lorenzo out of sheer boredom, and after agreeing to teach a soccer camp with him (yeah, that seems like an awesome idea), they make out. It would have been cute if Ali's dad wasn't watching. Shudder.

Spencer's Living That Pot Brownie Life, Maddie Ziegler Might Be A

Stop everything: Spencer is still addicted to pot brownies. Unfortunately, "the herb" (that's what cool people call it, right?) is making her super intense -- so much so that Hanna thinks she's addicted to sex. (edit note: AHAAHAHAHAH) The good news is that Spencer joins a support group, where she meets up with her old sober coach, Dean. Watch out, Toby, you're about to be replaced.

In other news, Aria's new photo crush is still around, and this week they visit a junkyard for #inspiration. However, A tags along as a creepy third wheel, giving Aria a chance to do a little investigating. Turns out Clarke even snaps a pic of our favorite hoodie-clad killer, and when Aria checks out his negatives she realizes that A is -- wait for it -- a girl. Maddie Ziegler, is that you?

Burning Questions

1. Is Ezra still on this show? Was he written off because the writers finally realized he's way too old for Aria?
2. What's the deal with Maddie Ziegler -- is she going to be a real character, or simply a figment of Spencer's imagination?
3. Will Spencer break things off with Toby for her sober coach?
4. Is Lesli A? Because she doesn't look tall enough....

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Cage of Thrones: Nicolas Cage as Every 'Game of Thrones' Character

The latest in things we didn't know we needed is Nicolas Cage's face superimposed on all the characters from "Game of Thrones." Honestly, we're currently questioning why he wasn't originally cast as Stannis Baratheon. All of these are thanks to the hustle of one very clever Redditor, CarlosDanger100.

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25 Fictional Strippers of TV and Film, Ranked From Worst to Best

Get out those dollar dollar bills, y'all. It's time to look back at some strippers -- ahem, exotic dancers -- from cinematic and small screen history. Actors and actresses have been takin' it all off for the sake of their art for decades now, but which ones deserve the cash in their g-strings? Based on very unscientific criteria such as hip-shakability, pole dexterity, energy, and charisma, we've ranked 25 fictional strippers of TV and film. Go ahead and check 'em out. Clear heels, full pockets, CAN'T LOSE.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Are Getting Divorced

2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter - ArrivalsRumors have swirled about the state of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's marriage for years, and now, sadly, the couple is officially calling it quits.

TMZ reports that Affleck and Garner are getting divorced, though the process is still ongoing, and official filing of divorce papers is still a ways off. According to the site, the couple are still working out custody terms (they're seeking joint custody of their three children: Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3) and division of property, though the talks are reportedly "amicable."

Affleck and Garner just celebrated their 10-year anniversary earlier this week, on June 29. But persistent rumors of an unhappy union have dogged the pair over the past few years (remember Affleck's infamous "Argo" acceptance speech in 2013?), and according to a recent report from Us Weekly, the split was a long time coming.

TMZ obtained a joint statement from the couple concerning their split, which read, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time."

This was the first marriage for Affleck. Garner had previously wed actor Scott Foley; the pair divorced in 2003 after three years of marriage.

[via: TMZ]

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All the 'Harry Potter' Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best

8 Harry Potter Movies Ranked
Our lives changed the moment we heard "Yer a wizard, Harry." Even though we love every movie from the series, we can't deny that some are better than others. Here is a ranking of all eight "Harry Potter" movies, from worst to best.

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'Magic Mike' Gets Stripped Down to Nothing in This Honest Trailer

Honest Trailers: Magic Mike
The trailer for "Magic Mike" promised a party and a lot of men in thongs, and though it delivered the thong quota, the party feeling wasn't quite there. Unless the parties you go to always start off fun and then end in depression. But do we love it any less? No, because there are still plenty of shirtless men to keep our attention.

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David Ayer Hired an On-Set Therapist for the 'Suicide Squad' Cast

Suicide SquadIf you thought Jared Leto sending creepy, in-character gifts to his "Suicide Squad" castmates was dark, just wait until you hear about the on-set therapist that director David Ayer hired to help actors cope with their alter egos' evil deeds.

That's the latest scoop from Adam Beach, who plays Slipknot in the flick. In an interview with E! News, Beach said that Ayer has encouraged actors to be as method as possible while portraying their villainous characters (see Leto's antics above), and that includes taking a more personal, psychological approach.

"David Ayer is about realism," Bech explained to E!. "So if your character is tormented, he wants you to torment yourself. He wants the real thing."

That type of intense preparation for the production has the potential to lead to some seriously twisted thinking, Beach said, and that's why Ayer has hired someone to look out for his cast's mental health. E! reports:

"We kind of have like a therapist on board if you fall off the wagon and really are villainous," Beach said. "There's a friend of [Ayer's] that's very unique in making sure we have our ground."

He's not a psychotherapist, but more of a "life coach," Beach explained. "Us actors explore very fine thin lines going to the dark side and he wants to make sure we finish a movie and don't disappear somewhere and then don't show up for work."

That sounds like pretty heavy stuff, and the fact that Ayer is so worried about his actors' psychological well-being should either excite or alarm audiences, depending on how interested they are in seeing the flick. With a name like "Suicide Squad," the film was bound to be dark; it seems, however, that Ayer is going for pitch-black instead.

We'll get to see firsthand just how screwed up "Suicide" is soon; it's due to hit theaters on August 5, 2016.

[via: E! News]

Photo credit: David Ayer

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Alex Trebek Rapped the 'Fresh Prince' Theme on 'Jeopardy!'

Alex Trebek isn't shy about showing off his rapping skills on "Jeopardy!," and the veteran host was at it again on Monday when he offered up his own version of the theme song from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

Trebek wasn't just freestyling, though -- the verse he spat came about thanks to a category about TV shows. The clue invited contestants to guess which show's theme song contained the lyrics, "I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8 and I yelled to the cabbie, 'Yo, homes, smell ya later!'"

Naturally, Trebek couldn't pass up an opportunity to show off his flow, and did a rendition of the verse that would have made Will Smith proud. You can tell the contestants got a kick out of it, too, as they can be seen smirking once the host finishes reading/rapping the clue.

Check out Trebek in all his glory below. If this whole "Jeopardy!" thing doesn't work out, we think he may have a career in slam poetry ahead of him.

[h/t Uproxx]

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Chris Pratt Doing His Best Jason Statham Will Make Your Day

Is there anything Chris Pratt can't do? In a "Saturday Night Live" sketch that was cut for time, the once and future Jonathan Karate takes on his most British role yet -- Jason Statham, selling "Jason Steakums." Try saying that three times fast.

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Sorry, a 'Back to the Future' Remake Isn't Going to Happen

Back to the FutureWith "Back to the Future" celebrating its 30th anniversary, and the recent success of various reboots and sequels to '80s and '90s films, it's natural to ponder the possibility of a remake of the 1985 classic.

To that, director Robert Zemeckis says: Over my dead body!

In an interview with the U.K. Telegraph, Zemeckis was very clear about the prospects of another "Back to the Future" film.

"Oh, God no. That can't happen until both Bob [Gale] and I are dead," he said. "And then I'm sure they'll do it, unless there's a way our estates can stop it."

Zemeckis and Gale wrote "Back to the Future" together, and the former directed it. Their contracts on the film give them veto rights over any related films for as long as they both live. That's not the case on another Zemeckis-directed movie, "Romancing the Stone," a remake of which has been in the works for several years. But he was just a gun for hire on that movie and has "no power over that."

The director, though, is clearly not a fan of remaking movies. "I mean, to me, that's outrageous. Especially since it's a good movie. It's like saying 'Let's remake Citizen Kane. Who are we going to get to play Kane?' What folly, what insanity is that? Why would anyone do that?"

Don't put ideas into Hollywood's head, Bob.

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'BoJack Horseman' Season 2 Trailer Celebrates More Regrettable Life Choices

BoJack HorsemanHurray! And with no question mark whatsoever for the return of the apparently "hard to describe" comedy "BoJack Horseman."

Netflix debuted the trailer for the second season of its original show, and it's as wonderfully biting, snarky, booze-filled, and dark as ever. BoJack (Will Arnett) is still a washed-up alcoholic actor who keeps making a "series of regrettable life choices." This season, he's got a new love interest in a pretty owl named Wanda Pierce (Lisa Kudrow), and a real job starring as Secretariat in a movie. It's hard to imagine BoJack not screwing up either.

Judging by the trailer, the second season will be more of the same darkly funny stuff as last season - already we've got BoJack grousing over cantaloupe, screaming to "get alcohol into my mouth," and running over a deer with his car.

Watch the trailer now.

All 12 episodes of "BoJack Horseman" season 2 will be available to stream on Netflix July 17.

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Paul Rudd Faces a Trial By Water in This Cool 'Ant-Man' Clip

Ant-ManBigger isn't always better, but in the case of a bathtub full of water, being the size of an ant is a terrifying prospect.

Marvel released a clip from the upcoming "Ant-Man," and it's a really cool look at what happens when thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) puts on the suit he stole from Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Standing in the bathtub, he activates the suit - and instantly transforms into the size of an ant!

As Scott tries to get his bearings, Pym speaks into his helmet. "The world sure seems different from down here, Scott." Oh, yes, especially when Scott's friend turns on the faucet, unleashing a tidal wave of water!

This isn't a trial by fire; it's a trial by water! As the first real look at Rudd using the suit, the clip gives us a very tantalizing glimpse at what could potentially be an awesome movie.

Watch the clip here.

"Ant-Man" opens in theaters July 17.

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First Look at 'Star Trek 3,' Plus Director Justin Lin Confirms Title

Star Trek BeyondLive long and prosper ... in the great beyond!

"Star Trek 3" director Justin Lin shared the first photo from the set of the latest film in the franchise, plus confirmed the movie's title. The image is of an uniform patch, which reads "Starfleet: United Federation of Planets." And when Lin shared it on Twitter, he also hashtagged it with the title, "Star Trek Beyond": That confirms what screenwriter and cast member Simon Pegg revealed a few weeks ago. The patch and title all add to the rumors about "Star Trek 3" - that the Starship Enterprise will finally move away Earth into deep space.

The first two films, 2009's "Star Trek" and 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness" were predominantly set on or near Earth. Now, "Star Trek Beyond" looks to take Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and crew on the famous five-year mission referenced in the original television series.

"Star Trek Beyond" is set to open in theaters July 8, 2016.

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Paul Feig Shares First Look at 'Ghostbusters' Proton Pack

GhostbustersA ghostbuster needs something to bust ghosts with, right? That's where the all-important proton pack comes in, and director Paul Feig shared a first look photo at the essential tool in his "Ghostbusters" reboot.

A day after unveiling the uniforms that Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones will wear, Feig posted an image of the proton pack to Twitter: Like the uniforms, the pack is very similar to the original, with a few little updates. It looks dirty and worn, which indicates heavy use - ghostbusting is not a dainty business!

In the reboot movie, Wiig and McCarthy are authors who write a book claiming ghosts are real. They're laughed out of academia, until ghosts actually do invade Manhattan. So, who's the world gonna call? The two women, who team up with McKinnon and Jones to save the world. "Ghostbusters" hits theaters July 22, 2016.

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'Apollo 13' 20th Anniversary: 20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Tom Hanks Classic

Not all Hollywood blockbusters are about rampaging dinosaurs, time-traveling cyborgs or spandex-clad heroes.

Some big-budget movies get by just fine focusing on real-life moments of danger and drama. "Apollo 13" is one of those films.

Released 20 years ago today on June 30, 1995, here are 20 things you need to know about how director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks worked to deliver one of the best space movies in the history of always.

1. It may be one of the most iconic lines in movie history, but "Houston, we have a problem" isn't exactly what was said during the mission. Jim Lovell actually said, "Houston, we've had a problem." The edit was made for the film because "we've had" implies that the problem is over.

2. On that note, Jim Lovell wasn't the only astronaut to speak that famous line. Jack Swigert first radioed in with "Okay, Houston -- we've had a problem here." But because the transmission was partially garbled, Lovell's recording is the one most often replayed and remembered.

3. The filming of "Apollo 13" was made more complex by the fact that director Ron Howard elected not to use any pre-existing footage of the real Apollo 13 mission.

4. Brad Pitt was supposedly offered the role of Jim Lovell, but turned it down for the starring role in David Fincher's "Seven."

5. John Travolta also turned down the lead role before it was ultimately given to Tom Hanks.
6. "Apollo 13" reunited "Forrest Gump" co-stars Tom Hanks and Gary Sinise. Weirdly enough, one scene between Hanks' Gump and Sinise's Lieutenant Dan involved the latter promising that he would become an astronaut if Gump became a shrimp boat captain. Sarcastic or not, at least he made good on his promise.

7. The cast and crew spent 13 days flying aboard NASA's KC-135 airplane in order to achieve the zero gravity effect needed for filming, also known as the "Vomit Comet." The Zero-G effect lasted a mere 23 seconds at a time.

8.The command module for the Apollo 13 craft was named Odyssey, in honor of the film "2001: A Space Odyssey."

9. Because of his role in the film, Hanks had an asteroid named after him in 1996. It's called "12818 Tomhanks (1996 GU8)."

10. The real Jim Lovell played the navy captain in the film responsible for rescuing the Apollo crew at sea. Lovell even wore his old captain's uniform for the scene.
11. This film was one of two times Ed Harris played a character tasked with guiding astronauts back to Earth after a mechanical disaster. He provided the voice of Houston Mission Control in "Gravity."

12. The film's plot and its emphasis on astronauts using random spare parts to perform vital repairs lead in part to inspiring the reality series "Junkyard Wars."

13. Because of their altered flight trajectory, the Apollo 13 crew members are believed to have traveled further from Earth than any humans in history. Decades later, that record still stands.

14. For the scene in which Bill Paxton's character Fred Haise throws up, the crew used a can of Beef-a-Roni stew to simulate vomit. After losing a bet with Hanks, Paxton wound up eating the leftover stew.
15. Ron Howard's brother, Clint (pictured above), played a significant role in the film as flight controller Seymour Liebergot.

16. Several other of Howard's family members had cameo roles in the film, including his father (a priest), mother (Jim Lovell's mother) and his wife and daughter (crowd members).

17. Ron Howard said that someone attending a test screening gave a negative review of the film, claiming that if the story had happened in real life, the astronauts "would never have survived."

18. The movie features a scene where Paxton's character plays the song "Spirit In the Sky" while Lovell laments that it should have been the theme music from "2001" (Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra"). Ironically, that iconic piece of classical music was played during the actual Apollo 13 mission.

19. Hanks, Paxton and Kevin Bacon all underwent rigorous training at the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Part of that training involved learning the function of each of the 500 buttons and switches in the spacecraft.
20. While the line "Failure is not an option" was spoken by Ed Harris in the film, it was never actually spoken by anyone during the Apollo 13 mission.

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11 Times Janis Ian Was the Best Part of 'Mean Girls'

How could you not love Janis Ian? Lizzy Caplan's "Mean Girls" character may not have worn pink on Wednesdays, but she did utter some of the most quotable lines ever. Regina George life-sabotage aside, she is a kick-ass pal (do your friends make prize-winning paintings for you?) and a fun purple tuxedo-wearing chick any highschooler would be lucky to know. Kevin Gnapoor would agree -- Janis Ian was one the best parts of "Mean Girls." Here are 11 moments that prove it.

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Best of Late Night TV: Emilia Clarke's, Like, PERFECT Valley Girl Accent, Marshawn Lynch's Skittles Dive

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.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Conan" are the only late night talk shows to air new episodes this week -- besides Jon Stewart's countdown to the end of his run on "The Daily Show." Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and James Corden are all on repeats. But never fear, 'cause the Khaleesi is here to entertain us!

British actress Emilia Clarke -- aka Sarah Connor in the new "Terminator Genisys" and Queen Dany Targaryen on "Game of Thrones" -- was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night, and discussed shooting the new "Terminator" movie in New Orleans. Apparently the house she was staying at -- rented from her GoT co-star Michiel Huisman (Daario) -- was haunted and also too hot. So she went with co-star Jai Courtney to a Home Depot at 3 a.m. (are they even open at 3 a.m.?) to get an air conditioner. But she wanted to go incognito, so she broke out her American accent. She does an amazing Valley Girl accent -- she calls it Cali from the Valley. It's great to hear her talk about Jai almost buying her a $700 air conditioner unit in that accent. Where did she learn it? "I, like, love 'Clueless.'" Awesome. Emilia is perfection in every way. But you know somewhere Alicia Silverstone is giving her AS IF to this. Here are two "Game of Thrones" nerds in the audience fighting shirtless for the Khaleesi's honor. They do their little staged event right after Jimmy and Emilia illustrate through photos how she works with dragons on the show (big green sticks). Would've liked to hear more about that and less from these guys, but it's cute: You have to watch this great fake "Terminator Genisys" trailer with drunk robots: It was a great night of different voices, and here's Vanessa Bayer showing off her excellent Rachel from "Friends" impression. Close your eyes, and it's Rach! Jimmy had some fun with the drama on last night's "The Bachelorette," including Cupcake sobbing into his man scarf. He decided to dream cast a movie version of Kaitlyn's season, in case they ever make one, with Megan Fox as Kaitlyn, Ryan Gosling as Shawn, and Woody from Toy Story as JJ. Jimmy's team went to the streets to ask kids if they know what "gay marriage" means and he got some great -- intelligent and just telling -- responses: Miguel was the musical guest on JKL and one of his singles is "Coffee" -- so Jimmy sent Miguel down the street to serenade a stranger at a coffee shop. She had no idea what was going on. Since Jimmy basically dominated the entire night, here's his dig at Chris Christie by sharing his first presidential campaign ad: Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks was on "Conan," and Conan O'Brien decided to combine his love for Skittles and jumping backward into the end zone by having Marshawn dive into an end zone of Skittles. It's beautiful. Conan couldn't resist jumping in himself. We should all get to do this! Evangeline Lilly was on "Conan" to start promoting "Ant-Man" and Conan asked if Paul Rudd's abs in the movie were real or CGI. Evangeline asked the audience to weigh in, but she said Paul's abs were 100 percent real. She's pregnant with her second child right now -- about seven months -- and discussed her 30-hour home birth for her first child, who was literally born in thunder. He's like Daenerys of "Game of Thrones" -- Stormborn! Conan also had some fun coming up with ads to show how corporations are embracing the #LoveWins message:

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Paul Feig Unveils Costumes for All-Female 'Ghostbusters'

ghostbusters 2016 costumesAs if we already weren't ecstatic about the all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters," director Paul Feig just gave us another reason to be. He took to Twitter to share a first look at the costumes and they definitely do not disappoint. They've updated the look from the original suits, but kept the classic and beloved ghost logo in the same spot.

Thoughts? "Ghostbusters," the kick-ass women edition,​ is due in theaters July 22, 2016.

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7 On-Set Celeb Accidents That Will Make You Cringe

7 Worst On-Set Celeb Accidents
Sometimes actors and actresses do their own stunts, and more times than not, they go just fine. But, other times there's some bloodshed and burnt...areas. These are the seven craziest on-set accidents that have us feeling some pain.

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7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About 'Back to the Future'

7 Things You Didn't Know About Back to the Future
It's hard to imagine a world without Marty McFly, but that almost happened! Check out the seven things you might not have known about "Back to the Future."

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The Ladies of 'Magic Mike XXL' Talk Lap Dances and Hot Men

'Magic Mike XXL' Interview - The Women of 'Magic Mike'
A lap dance from Channing Tatum? Sign us up. Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Andie MacDowell are three very lucky ladies -- and they know it. They sat down with us and gave us all the dirty details on getting up close and personal with the hot men of "Magic Mike XXL."

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Sequel Gets Awesome 'Vol. 2' Title

Taking a cue from the first film's killer soundtrack, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel now has an awesome title.

Director James Gunn confirmed on Twitter that the follow-up flick will be called "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," a nod to the title of the "Guardians" soundtrack (and key plot point), "Awesome Mix Vol. 1." This can only mean that "Awesome Mix Vol. 2" -- which Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) discovered at the end of the first movie -- will play a similarly significant role in the "Guardians" sequel (or at the very least, just be a great collection of songs). In a follow-up post on Facebook, Gunn wrote that some fans had actually already figured out the title, thanks to some super-sleuthing after Gunn posted a cover image of the flick's script. Fortunately for Gunn, though, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige accidentally let the title slip while doing press for upcoming Marvel film "Ant-Man," freeing the director to confirm the news online.

Yes, the official title of the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.Kevin Feige...

Posted by James Gunn on Monday, June 29, 2015
We like the title lots, both because it's on-brand for the series, but also because it eschews the tired trend of adding ridiculous, long-winded subtitles to blockbuster franchises. And that quirky choice is also in keeping with the ragtag flick's shtick of standing out from the rest of the superhero crowd; we'd expect nothing less from Star-Lord and co.

Stay tuned for more. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is due in theaters on May 5, 2017.

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The Guys of 'Magic Mike XXL' Talk Getting Back Into Their Thongs

'Magic Mike XXL' Interview - The Guys of 'Magic Mike'
While we know you can't wait to see the men of "Magic Mike XXL" strip down to their thongs, we've got something to hold you over. An unfortunately fully-dressed Channing Tatum, along with the rest of the cast, talks getting waxed and back into character.

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The New 'Spider-Man' Movie Is Inspired by John Hughes, 'Inside Out'

2013 National Board Of Review Awards - Inside ArrivalsEven though it will be the third iteration of the character, Marvel wants you to know that the newest version of "Spider-Man," starring Tom Holland, will be like nothing you've seen from the MCU before, thanks in large part to its unique influences.

In an interview with Birth.Movies.Death., Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige revealed that the creative team behind the character's reboot is taking inspiration from an unlikely source: '80s teen movie icon John Hughes. Speaking to the plethora of supporting characters from the Spidey comics that have yet to make it to the big screen, Feige said that fans can expect more members of Peter Parker's social circle (and the awkward teenage antics that come with them) to become part of the MCU canon.

"It's the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting," Feige told B.M.D. " ... [W]e haven't seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie - only John Hughes could - but we're inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven't done before excites us."

And it's not just Hughes who Marvel filmmakers are taken with. Referencing a recent Birth.Movies.Death. editorial about the surprisingly high stakes of current Pixar hit "Inside Out," which features an 11-year-old girl going through a deep, emotional crisis, Feige said that future iterations of Spider-Man would tap into that same sense of life-or-depth feeling to which only adolescents and teenagers can really relate. As Feige tells B.M.D.:

Stakes don't need to be end of the world. Oftentimes, in our films, it is, and in our future films Thanos doesn't work small. But sometimes the stakes can just be 'Will this little girl grow up to be healthy and well put-together, or are there too many issues for her to overcome?' That's HUGE! That overrides a threat to reality itself. And I think Spider-Man straddles that line in a fun way in his comics. What we wanted was a movie where the stakes could be as high as 'This bad person is going to do this bad thing, and a lot of people could die' OR 'You don't get home in time and your aunt is going to figure this out, and your whole life is going to change.'

Hughes and Pixar leave some big shoes to fill, but if anyone is up to the task of taking on beloved cinema, it's box office giant Marvel. Here's hoping Feige and co.'s plans for a more sensitive MCU can meet their own lofty expectations, and live up (and least somewhat) to their inspirations.

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There's Going to Be a Parody Musical About 'The O.C.,' Bitch

Star Max ArchiveFresh off the success -- and Reese Witherspoon approval -- of "Cruel Intentions: The Musical" comes word that another beloved piece of pop culture is getting the parody stage show treatment.

Variety reports that teen soap "The O.C." will take the stage for a one-night-only musical extravaganza, also produced by the "Cruel Intentions" parody team, and will apparently offer a meta take on the early 2000s, Southern California-set show. According to the trade, "O.C." creator Josh Schwartz will be a character in the production, though he won't be singing.

The role of Schwartz has already been cast, as have the parts of Cohen family matriarch Kirsten and Marissa's high school flame Luke (who uttered the show's instantly-iconic catchphrase, "Welcome to The O.C., bitch!"). No word yet on who has taken those roles, and who the production is eyeing for the rest of the bunch. (Could Adam Brody just appear as Seth Cohen? Please?)

It seems like everything is getting the musical treatment these days, but it kind of makes sense for "The O.C.," which prided itself so highly on its eclectic, indie-tinged soundtrack. Though it remains to be seen if Death Cab For Cutie or Phantom Planet will make the final cut for the show (or prove to be affordable to license), we're expecting nothing less than killer tunes from the production.

The "O.C." parody is slated to take the stage in Los Angeles on August 30. California, here we come...

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Jimmy Fallon Is Fine (and Tweeting One-Handed) After Injury

On Friday, Jimmy Fallon gave fans a scare when he checked into the hospital for emergency surgery on his hand following a mysterious injury. Today, the host is fine, taking to Twitter to reveal that he's recovering comfortably -- and tweeting with one hand -- thanks to a combination of drugs, Jell-O, and excellent medical staff.

Fallon posted a series of updates to Twitter over the past few days, first showing off a big bandage on his left hand, then explaining what happened: He tripped and caught his fall on a nearby table, but his wedding ring latched onto the table and "almost ripped my finger off."
The injury prompted a trip to the emergency room, where Fallon was immediately scheduled for surgery, and checked into the hospital. The Friday taping of "The Tonight Show," which was set to feature Benicio Del Toro and Taylor Kitsch, was cancelled.

Though the comedian joked that he was "drugged" and "blessed," the injury -- and subsequent recovery time -- was apparently severe enough that Fallon was still in the hospital on Monday. Still, he remained in good humor, tweeting that things were "looking great," and giving a shout-out to "these great doctors and nurses and Jello."
We're glad Fallon is almost back on his feet, and keeping his spirits high. "The Tonight Show" is now on a two-week hiatus (planned before Fallon's injury), but we expect some sort of reference to the incident once the host returns to the airwaves.

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5 Things You Need to Know Before You See 'Terminator: Genisys'

(SPOILER WARNING: Turn back now if you don't want to know anything about the plot of Arnold's new "Terminator" movie. I mean, more than what the trailers have already spoiled.)

One of the most famous lines uttered by Arnold Schwarzenegger's murder-powered cyborg is "I'll be back." And on July 1, the T-800 will once again be true to his word when "Terminator: Genisys" hits theaters.

The fifth "Terminator" movie aims to robo-punch you right in the nostalgia center, much like "Jurassic World" did, with its twisty, time-travel story that pays homage to the franchise's first two films (while completely, and wisely, ignoring the existence of meh entries "Rise of the Machines" and "Salvation.")

To prepare you for another trip to the land of Skynet, here are all the things you need to know about "Genisys," which picks up where James Cameron's original 1984 film left off.

1. It's a Reboot...Ish
After "Batman Begins," the word "reboot" became the hottest phrase in Hollywood. And "Terminator: Genisys" is the latest product of that craze.

Jason Clarke plays John Connor, a character essayed, in various points in the franchise, by Edward Furlong (in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"), Nick Stahl in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," Thomas Dekker in the "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" television series and Christian Bale in "Terminator: Salvation."

Emilia Clarke, from "Game of Thrones," plays Sarah Connor, a character most famously played by Linda Hamilton on the big screen, and then later by Lena Headey on the small screen in "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Jai Courtney plays Kyle Reese, played by Michael Biehn in "Terminator" and in a deleted scene from "T2." Most puzzling, South Korean dreamboat Lee Byung-hun plays the T-1000, a character originally portrayed by Robert Patrick in "T2."

But Schwarzenegger remains, as a variation on his original Terminator character. So yes, all your favorite characters from the series have been recast with younger models. But, like all things in the "Terminator" universe, it's a lot more complicated than that.

2. It's Also a Remake
Significant chunks of the film's first act are comprised of recreated scenes and sequences from the first film, with iconic elements from the second film also added in. It's basically a 2015 remix of key moments from the 1984 film; in fact, the film largely plays out like a very expensive "mad lib" to all things "T1" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."

This includes Kyle Reese and the Terminator returning from the war-torn future to the comparatively war-free 1984 (full of cold blue lighting and that sequence where Reese, fresh from his naked trip through time, steals a hobo's pants.) It also includes a variation on the T-1000 mall battle from "T2." These sequences have some wrinkles and some additions/embellishments, but some of them are virtually shot-for-shot recreations from those earlier movies. What gives these scenes an extra trippy quality is that a photo-real, CG version of the 1984 model is used, and it battles an older version of itself (affectionately nicknamed "Pops"). Eagle-eyed "Terminator" fanatics will have a lot of fun looking at what the filmmakers recreated. There is, of course, a reason for all of this Xeroxing, and it has to do with the twisty, "timey wimey" nature of the "Terminator" franchise.

3. There's Actually a Reasonable Explanation for Why Arnold is Old
At one point, Reese brings up the fact that "Pops," the Terminator model sent back to a time when Sarah Connor was a little girl, is, you know, old. ("But not obsolete," as Pops reminds us throughout the film.)

The explanation presented for why is, narratively, well-founded: Since the Terminator is a metallic robot endoskeleton wrapped in living human tissue, the outer tissue actually ages. So the fact that the actor is older is actually justifiable. What's more, Pops shows up in 2017 with silver hair. The "rules" in the "Terminator" universe are always sort of hard to pin down (particularly in this most recent installment) but this is one thing that does make sense. (Super-nerdy "Terminator" fans will remember that the flesh outside of Arnold's original robot actually decayed, like a corpse. Remember the landlord who banged on his door wondering what had died in there?)

Apparently, this model knows how to heal a lot better.

4. The Fewer Trailers or TV Spots You Watch, the Better Off You'll Be
When "T2" came out in 1991, all the advertising did a great job of hiding the fact that Arnold was John and Sarah's protector this time around. Audiences didn't realize it until more than 30 minutes into the movie, when they brainsplode'd over seeing the T-800 duking it out with the T-1000 to save young JC.

The marketing for "Genisys" threw all that preservation of plot twists out the window, with the late-in-the-marketing cycle reveal that a certain hero from the post-apocalyptic future becomes the most sophisticated Terminator ever made. This plot detail has been thoroughly ruined (it's even on the poster!), so you're enjoyment of the film will be greatly impacted by how little you now about this twist before buying a ticket.

If you have already watched the trailers for the movie, that's not exactly a deal-breaker; though it still sucks not to have that collective gasp felt more 24 years ago when "T2" was released.

5. The Terminator Will Be Back (Duh)
"Genisys" pulls a Marvel by adding a mid-credits tag that briefly sets up a potential sequel, just as the film's climatic scenes pave the way for a future where, for the first time in over three decades, Sarah Connor is free to choose her own fate.

The effectiveness of these scenes aside, it's up to the almighty Box Office Dollar to determine if Arnuld and Friends will get a sixth-quel. But based on the warmly nostalgic response to "Jurassic World," turning that once-dormant franchise into a money-minting machine, it's safe to say that "Genisys" will enjoy a solid opening weekend. Moreover, the narrative manages to set up new timelines for our characters, both old and new, to play in. (And the film's reliance on multiple time-jumps also serves a tool future storylines will likely use if given the greenlight.)

The mantra of the "Terminator" franchise has always been that there is no fate save for that which we make for ourselves. This despite the fact that, no matter how many times the machines are defeated, Reese, Sarah, John and Pops always find themselves doomed to repeat a different version of similar "save the future" events. With "Genisys," the timeline gets even more complicated and intensified. And while Sarah may finally be in charge of where her life goes, the future of her franchise is all in the hands of the movie-going public.

"Terminator: Genisys" opens everywhere July 1.

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'Terminator' Stars: Where Are They Now?

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in "Terminator Genisys," but he's the only one from the original franchise. There's a new Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke of "Game of Thrones"), John Connor (Jason Clarke of "Zero Dark Thirty") and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney of "A Good Day to Die Hard.")

But where are the stars who've played these roles in previous films? Interestingly enough, there's a "Terminator" thread that connects them even in other projects (such as Emilia Clarke taking over the role from a "Game of Thrones" costar), almost as if it were ... fate. (Yes, of course there's no fate but what we make.)

Here's what the previous cast and crew have been up to since their "Terminator" days.terminator stars where are they now

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'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Is NOT a Prequel, Dammit

harry potter and the cursed child, harry potter, j.k. rowling"Harry Potter" fanatics were no doubt dipping into the butterbeer this weekend after author J.K. Rowling announced that a new, Potter-centric story called "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" would be heading for the London stage next year. But amid all the celebration over the continuing saga of The Boy Who Lived, one detail seems to have slipped through the cracks: the story is not a prequel.

Despite Rowling's initial announcement of "Cursed Child" including that disclaimer (her exact words: "it is not a prequel"), media outlets rushing to cover the news nevertheless repeatedly -- and erroneously -- dubbed the play a prequel. The reports were so numerous that Rowling took to Twitter once again to clarify that point, but it was to no avail, as the news cycle ran with that descriptor ad nausea.
As the weekend wore on, Rowling went from annoyed to angry to amused, finally just openly mocking those who kept insisting the play was a prequel. Her Twitter feed is full of tongue-in-cheek back-and-forth exchanges with fans, and is worth perusing for its biting humor. (We've embedded some of our favorites at the end of this story.)

In the midst of the author's annoyance, however, she did clarify a few behind-the-scenes details about "Cursed Child," one of which is that she did not write the script, but collaborated on the project with playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. And for diehard Potterheads, there was one more important bit of intel: "The story of #CursedChild should be considered canon," Rowling wrote.

Rowling also directed interested theatergoers to a website, HarryPotterThePlayLondon.com, where they could get up-to-date info on "Cursed Child." And just in case anyone is still wondering if the play is a prequel, Rowling has uploaded to Twitter a handy, fan-made disclaimer that should answer that question once and for all. (Spoiler alert: It's (still) not a prequel.)
[via: J.K. Rowling]

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'Project Runway' Season 14 Gets Premiere Date, New 'Junior' Spinoff

On "Project Runway," one day you're in, and the next day ... you're in three other shows! Lifetime will premiere "Project Runway" Season 14 on Thursday, August 6, with Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen all returning.
Lifetime also renewed "Project Runway All Stars" for Season 5, to premiere sometime in 2016, with Alyssa Milano, Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman and Zanna Roberts Rassi returning.

On top of that, Lifetime just announced a new spinoff called "Project Runway Junior," which will premiere this fall, co-hosted by Tim Gunn and supermodel Hannah Davis. It'll follow young designers, ages 14-17, with PR Season 4 winner Christian Siriano as one of the judges, along with fashion editor Aya Kanai. It sounds a lot like "Project Runway: Threads," which aired last year with Christian Siriano as a judge.

"Project Runway" has also produced spinoffs like "Project Accessory" and "Under the Gunn," which -- surprisingly -- did not feature enough Tim Gunn. "Project Runway" Season 14 only started filming a few weeks ago, but it looks like "blackish" star Tracee Ellis Ross will be one of the guest judges: Are you excited to see how Lifetime makes it work with all of these PR shows?

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Why Amy Schumer Said No to Replacing Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'

2015 TIME 100 Gala - ArrivalsJon Stewart, like Beyoncé, is irreplaceable. But he's hosting his last episode of "The Daily Show" on August 6, and Comedy Central wanted someone to replace him. Turns out, it could've been several other people besides the guy they went with -- Trevor Noah. New York Times Magazine revealed that Comedy Central had approached Amy Poehler and Chris Rock, as well as their own "Inside Amy Schumer" host. Amy Schumer confirmed the news to The Daily Beast and explained why she turned down such a great opportunity.

I was so honored to be asked and considered. With Comedy Central, I project so much 'You're my parents!' on the network and the people that run it, so them saying, 'We believe in you and trust that you can do this,' I thought, 'Oh my god, thank you!' And then I thought, 'Well, I could give everyone I love a job and we could all be together for five years.' But picturing being in a building and knowing what I was going to do for five years-I love not knowing. And I've never done anything safe or to make money for that reason. So, you know, I said, 'I can't start now.'"

So she turned down safety and a regular paycheck for the surprise of what might be ahead in the next five years. It would've been refreshing to see a woman join the male dominated late-night hosting world, but more than anything it would've just been fun to see what Amy Schumer would do with the role. (Amy Poehler, too, though. And Chris Rock.)
TV-Daily Show-StewartThen again, would you want to follow Jon Stewart and constantly be compared to the master? Trevor Noah knows he has big shoes to fill, and Amy is doing just fine with her own TV show and budding film career. Maybe she made the right call, but we're left to wonder what "The Daily Show" would look like if she had made a different call.

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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: June 29 - July 5

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Get Hard"
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart team up in this comedy about a rich hedge-fund manager who is sentenced to San Quentin; desperate for tips on how to survive prison, he looks for help from a black businessman, assuming he'll know what to do. That's not racist at all! As it turns out, Hart's businessman has never even had a parking ticket, so it's the blind leading the blind. The Blu-ray has tons of extras, including an unrated cut of the film, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and these featurettes: "Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow," "Get Hard Line-O-Ramas," "The Kevin Hart Workout," "Face Off with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart," "-Ferrell Fighting," "A Date with John Mayer," "Twerking 101," "Will Ferrell, Gangsta," "Inmates: Out of Control," and "Bikers, Babes and Big Bangs."

"While We're Young"
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a "middle aged" couple who are happily married, but stuck in a rut. When they meet a 20-something free-spirited couple, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, it's like a breath of fresh air, prompting them to try increasingly ridiculous things in an attempt to act and feel young. Blu-ray special features include these six behind-the-scenes vignettes: "The Cast," "Working with Filmmaker Noah Baumbach," "Generation Tech," "Working with Charles Grodin," "Ayahuasca Ceremony," and "Hip-Hop Class."

"Danny Collins"
Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when he's given a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, it prompts him to reboot his life on every front. It's directed by Dan Fogelman and co-stars Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Garner and Bobby Cannavale. Blu-ray extras include "Behind the Scenes of Danny Collins" and "Danny Collins - Album Covers Through the Years."

New on Netflix

"Knights of Sidonia"
Season 2 of this Netflix Original series will be available on July 3. Set a thousand years after humans flee Earth, the series follows the remnants of humanity traveling in a massive starship called the Sidonia as they fight alien monsters called Guana. Maybe it sounds weird, but it looks cool.

So many new titles are coming to Netflix on July 1, but this one brings us back -- did you watch Ethan Hawke and company on the big screen back in 1993? "Alive" is based on the harrowing true story of the plane crash that left the Uruguay rugby team stranded in the Andes mountains. The survivors basically go through hell to stay alive, and then they have to struggle to live with their guilt. For the record, though, if anything like this happens again and we don't make it and you need to eat ... go ahead. Happy to help.

"Underworld: Evolution"
Kate Beckinsale returns as the ultimate badass vampire in this 2006 sequel to the original "Underworld" movie of 2003. "Evolution," which also stars Scott Speedman, was followed by the prequel "Rise of the Lycans," then "Awakening," which is a sequel to "Underworld." Beckinsale is set to return as Selene in "Underworld: Next Generation" in 2016. They say vampires are immortal, and apparently so is this franchise.

TV Worth Watching

"Extant" (Wednesday on CBS at 10 p.m.)
Halle Berry's trippy sci-fi drama is back for Season 2 starting July 1. The premiere, titled "Change Scenario" has this official synopsis from CBS: "Six months after her life unraveled and dark secrets were revealed, Molly (Halle Berry) is confined to a psychiatric hospital when she learns of bizarre deaths that sound eerily similar to those she witnessed in space. When she escapes to investigate, she crosses paths with JD Richter, a determined cop who just signed on to the case." Jeffrey Dean Morgan joins the cast as JD Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a cop and bounty hunter who thrives on solving the unsolvable."

"Penny Dreadful" (Sunday on Showtime at 10 p.m.)
Showtime's horror drama is coming back for Season 3, but first the 10 episodes of Season 2 must end -- and end they shall on July 5 with "And They Were Enemies." (Good title.) According to Showtime, "Vanessa (Eva Green) must rely on her strength to defeat the Demon."

"Inside Amy Schumer" (Tuesday on Comedy Central at 10 p.m.)
Comedy Central now has a great Tuesday night lineup: They have Amy Schumer at 10 p.m., followed by the new turn-of-the-century sitcom "Another Period" at 10:30 (think Keeping Up with Downton Abbey), then "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" at 11. On June 30, the party starts as Amy journeys through time; listens to awful stories; and gives a whole town an STD. Unmissable!

New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only

"Lone Survivor" (HBO NOW)
Back in April, HBO launched its new standalone streaming service, HBO NOW, featuring HBO's new and classic programming, plus the latest movies. On July 1, they are adding several titles, including "Inside Man," "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," "Dawn of the Dead," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," and "Lone Survivor," the Mark Wahlberg film based on a true story about a Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan.

"Fargo" (Hulu)
Hulu is also getting a ton of new titles on July 1 -- from the classic "Annie Hall" to "WarGames," "Mystic Pizza," "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and even "The Human Centipede: First Sequence." But one you should definitely check out -- especially if you've never seen it -- is "Fargo," the 1996 Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress. The Coen Bros., Frances McDormand and William H. Macy knocked it out of the park in this strangely moving crime drama with an impeccable score from Carter Burwell.

"Downton Abbey" (Amazon Prime)
Amazon Prime is also getting a lot of great movie titles in early July (at the start of the month, there are always several options), including "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Bad News Bears," "Glory," Gandhi," "Dr. Strangelove," "The Day The Earth Stood Still" and "Dirty Dancing." But now is also a good time to catch up on "Downton Abbey" before Season 6, so if you are not up to date on Season 5, Amazon Prime has it starting July 1.

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'Suicide Squad' Only Has Three Girls, But 'They Have the Best Roles'

7 Intentionally Misspelled Movie Titles

It seems that every few years Hollywood releases a movie with an intentionally misspelled movie title. Why? Because they hate us. Because sometimes it makes sense. Listen up, filmmakers: even when there's a "reason" for the alternate spelling, it's annoying. Do you know how hard it is for us to find your movie when we can't remember exactly how to misspell it? It makes our heads hurt, and then it makes us angry.

This weekend's "Terminator Genisys" is the latest in a string of annoyingly misspelled movie titles. In honor of its puzzling spelling, here are seven movie titles that left us scratching our heads. If you're an English teacher or a stickler for spelling, please avert your eyes.misspelled movie titles

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Did 'True Detective' Just Pull a 'Game of Thrones' With a Main Character?!

*SPOILERS ahead from last night's "True Detective" Season 2*

Only two episodes of "True Detective" Season 2 have aired on HBO, and we're still trying to figure out the characters' names and motivations (beyond a lot of scowling). At this point, we're still following them as Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn, and Taylor Kitsch. And after Episode 2, "Night Finds You," maybe there's no Colin Farrell anymore?

Farrell plays Detective Ray Velcoro, opposite McAdams as Detective Ani Bezzerides, Kitsch as Officer Paul Woodrugh and Vaughn as criminal entrepreneur Frank Semyon. "Night Finds You" ended with Farrell's Ray Velcoro shot multiple times by someone wearing a mask -- a black bird mask. And it's HBO. And a main character may or may not be dead. This is too close to "Game of Thrones" to ignore. Jon Snow just got stabbed by his fellow "crows" in the Season 5 finale and may or may not ever return. Farrell's Ray Velcoro definitely got shot at close range, but did he die or not?

Check it out:

As Vanity Fair asked:

Did that really happen? Did a man in a raven mask really sneak up on Colin Farrell and put a couple of bullets in his chest in front of a copy of Araki. Tokyo Lucky Hole while Bobby Bland's "I Pity the Fool" played in the background? Oh yes, and we'll have to wait until next week to see if our lead detective made it out of the episode alive. That's the kind of high-stakes batshittery we had come to expect from True Detective Season 1."

This is one way to get people to tune in for Episode 3! The July 5 third episode, "Maybe Tomorrow," has this synopsis from HBO: "Paul works the prostitute angle while Frank receives the first casualty in a secret war, and steps back into a world he'd left behind."

Casualty? So did they just pull a Ned Stark right in the first season, or is this more of a Jon Snow in that maybe he's not SO dead that he won't come back anyway? Fans have mentioned seeing leaked photos of Colin on set in a shootout that has yet to air, so we can still hope that a vest saved Ray's life.

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'Top Gun 2' Script in Works With 'Amazing Role' for Tom Cruise's Maverick

"Top Gun 2" feels no need for speed. The original came out in May 1986 and we've been talking about a sequel for years. But it sounds like stuff is finally in motion on Maverick's (Tom Cruise) second round, with Skydance CEO David Ellison giving Collider an update during press day for "Terminator Genisys" in Berlin.

Way back in 2010, Tony Scott was being considered to direct, with Christopher McQuarrie charged with writing the script. Sadly, much has changed -- Scott died in 2012 and it sounds like McQuarrie is no longer on board for the script. Here's the latest from Ellison:

Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today. There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie and there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick. It is I don't think what people are going to expect, and we are very, very hopeful that we get to make the movie very soon. But like all things, it all comes down to the script, and Justin is writing as we speak."

Collider made sure to confirm they meant Tom Cruise as Maverick, not some new guy in the role. Ellison also discussed technical details of the movie and more on the modern plot:

...Absolutely, I think this is a movie that should be in 3-D and in IMAX, and again something that you can shoot practically. As everyone knows with Tom, he is 100% going to want to be in those airplanes shooting it practically. When you look at the world of dogfighting, what's interesting about it is that it's not a world that exists to the same degree when the original movie came out. This world has not been explored. It is very much a world we live in today where it's drone technology and fifth generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we're actually going to produce so it's really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today are all fun things that we're gonna get to dive into in this movie."

It would be nice to see this movie relatively soon, especially since 2016 will mark the 30th anniversary of the original "Top Gun." That timing looks good, and hopefully The Powers That Be are on the same wavelength. Are you excited to see Maverick back in the sky or is it too little too late?

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The 30 Most Iconic Movie Catchphrases of All Time

Sometimes a movie comes along and gives the world a miraculous gift: a catchphrase to repeat over and over and over again. Even if you haven't seen any of these movies, there's still a high possibility that you've heard these quotes from a friend, a parent, the guy that makes your coffee, or even in another movie.

Here are the 30 most iconic movie catchphrases of all time.

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