Thursday, June 30, 2016

Simon Kinberg Talks Star Wars Canon, Teases FX's 'Very Different' X-Men Series 'Legion'

"X-Men Apocalypse" New York Screening"It's like writing books of the Bible," chuckles producer Simon Kinberg ("Star Wars Rebels," the "X-Men" films) as he ponders the increasing trend toward tying various film and television projects with a big-name franchise together with a nearly unprecedented degree of shared continuity and canon. "You're just writing one book, but it's going to interconnect to all the others."

There was a time not that long ago when, if you were a fan of a TV show adapted from a hit movie, or a movie adapted from a hit TV show, you pretty much had to accept that each incarnation was an alternate universe version of the other. But today, as franchises, spinoffs, and shared universes rise to even greater prominence than ever before in the Hollywood business model, creative crossover possibilities have become more essential than ever.

For ages, "M*A*S*H" was the TV-to-film model Hollywood wanted to recreate: filmmaker Robert Altman's 1970 pitch-black comedy set in the Korean War was considered in and of itself a masterwork of satirical allegory on the Vietnam experience, as well as a huge commercial success -- but it seemed a complete, finite story, with little obvious sequel or franchise potential.

The television incarnation of "M*A*S*H," refitted in a sitcom form complete with laugh track and with only a single holdover actor from the film in the same role, debuted on CBS two years later and defied the odds to quickly became not only one of the highest-rated, longest-running, and awards-honored shows in TV history, but a pioneer of the dramedy format. It also supplanted the film in the public consciousness, and there was virtually no bleedover between Donald Sutherland's Hawkeye Pierce and Alan Alda's.

Thus most film-to-TV adaptations of that era were essentially re-workings, rather than continuations, of the source material, from the improved and refined ("Alien Nation," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Hannibal") to the ill-advised ("Planet of the Apes," "Casablanca," "Working Girl"); rare others like "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" seemed tenuously set in the same universe as their cinematic progenitor, yet stylistically very different.

Conversely, nearly all in the avalanche of TV-to-film projects that populated the multiplexes from the '80s onward were complete revamps, ranging from successful, often radical reinventions, like "The Fugitive," "The Brady Bunch Movie" and "21 Jump Street" to poorly received re-imaginings like "Lost In Space" and "The Dukes of Hazzard."

There were very few unique instances of small degrees of continuity: a handful of shows like "Dragnet," "Batman" and "The Munsters" had one- or two-off big-screen ventures while still on the air; later, others like "The X-Files" would follow suit, or offer singular closure to immediately off-the-air series, as in the case of "Twin Peaks."

But it really took the film revival of TV's "Star Trek," which brought the original cast and its concept from small to large screen intact, to demonstrate that a direct continuity between both incarnations (most notably with the second film and its 15-years-later villain, Khan, played again by Ricardo Montalban); the process also worked in reverse when "Trek" launched its string of wildly successful and still-in-universe TV spinoffs, and back again to the big screen with the crew of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

For a long time, "Star Trek" stood, as it so often does, as a unique phenomenon ... until very recently.

The Marvel-produced series -- both the ABC-broadcast shows like "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Agent Carter" and the Netflix-streamed series "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones" -- are set firmly, if in specific corners, of the Marvel Cinematic Universe of the super-heroic movies, with supporting characters like Phil Coulson, Peggy Carter, Nick Fury, and Lady Sif crossing between the film and TV camps to gain greater prominence, while seasonal plotlines both referencing and directly reflecting the big, game-changing events of the blockbuster movies.

Now things are changing even more radically, as film and TV properties grow even more interconnected, in very intriguing ways. For example, the upcoming film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," is the first standalone spinoff film set in the "Star Wars" universe created by George Lucas, and features Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker playing a live-action version of Saw Gerrera, a rebellious veteran of the battle against the Empire who was first introduced in a 2012 arc of the animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," as well as referenced in the subsequent series "Star Wars Rebels" and a book tie-in property.

To paraphrase Obi-Wan Kenobi, it's a first step into a great shared universe.

Kinberg is an architect in this new era of emerging cross-continuity between TV and film brands, both as one of the top creative forces behind "Star Wars Rebels" and a key member of the Lucasfilm Story Group, a group founded in 2013 and dedicated toward establishing a clear and consistent "Star Wars" canon between the films, TV shows, comic books, video games, and other storytelling formats.

"I'm very excited," Kinberg says of the emerging cross-pollination of characters, concepts, and content between "Star Wars" projects. "I think part of the fun of the way they're building the universe is that it is interconnected between the different movies and even beyond the movies ... It's something that was true in comic books going back, the way that you'd have interconnections between characters and stories. Even sometimes from DC to Marvel. I like the way that those stories are told in the larger tapestry.

"And, also, getting to work with other artists and filmmakers and writers, and use their talents -- I like not being by myself in a room when I work," he adds. "I like having other collaborators. You're with some of the world's best."

It's a plan that's been put to very effective use on "Star Wars Rebels," with the carefully crafted inclusion of characters from the classic films -- including Darth Vader, Lando Calrissian, C-3P0, and R2-D2 -- and breakout personalities from the animated tie-ins -- such as Ahsoka Tano and the Clone Trooper Rex -- with more slated to appear in the upcoming third season.

"What's lovely is, obviously, we've brought in characters from "Clone Wars" in the second season, and we keep sort of bringing characters from the original movies and sort of deepening the relationships between our core characters, the Ghost crew," says Kinberg. "So it's trying to balance the two different things, like the original cast from the first season with "Clone Wars," with characters from the original movies, and maybe even feeding into future movies."

"Star Wars" isn't the only franchise under Kinsberg's stewardship; he's also an executive producer on the "X-Men" films, and, after broadening its reach with the smash "Deadpool," he's also got an eye on expanding the universe into television with FX's upcoming series "Legion," which has vacillated between being directly tied to the films' (admittedly shifting) continuities and occupying its own distinct subset universe.

"The success of that movie showed the studio that not just the mainline "X-Men" movies, but there are characters -- and characters with different tones and different vibes, that can justify their own movies as well," he explains.

"So Gambit, and Deadpool, and New Mutants, and even others ... we're really serious about making, and then, like the way Marvel has done so brilliantly, the Marvel Studios have done so brilliantly, feeding them in and out of each other's stories," Kinberg adds. "Building these larger tapestries that you can watch one movie and enjoy it, and that can be your only experience of an 'X-Men' movie, but if you watch all of them together, you get a deeper, richer experience."

"Legion" marks the first step to bringing a direct connection to the cinematic X-verse to television, and is overseen by Noah Hawley, who's had tremendous creative success translating the Coen brothers' film "Fargo" into an FX series with two distinctive season-long story arcs both interconnected with one another and, slyly and subtly, with the original movie.

"Tonally, it's very different," says Kinberg. "Noah is a genius -- he wrote and created and directed the pilot to Legion' -- and it is a very different sensibility than anything we've done with the 'X-Men' movies. Almost, I would say, as radically different as 'Deadpool' was from the mainline X-Men movies. 'Legion' is, again, in a different direction: really character-based, really granular in terms of getting inside the details of the characters. It stands as part of the 'X-Men' universe, but it stands apart from it as well."

"Legion" is currently slated to premiere on FX in early 2017.

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'Outlander' Producer Teases 'Amazing' Season 2 Finale

"Outlander" Season Two World Premiere - ArrivalsThe battle lines have been drawn, the Battle of Culloden appears to be an inevitability, and Jaime (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) continue to struggle with the tide of history.

The season finale of the increasingly epic second season of "Outlander" airs July 9th, a supersized 90-minute extravaganza that reintroduces the underlying time-traveling conceit in a big -- and potentially heartbreaking -- way. Even better, now that the show's network, Starz, has renewed the series for not one but two seasons (taking it to the halfway point in author Diana Gabaldon's eight-book series), allowing the creative team the leeway to play a longer-form game. Executive Producer Maril Davis offered a teasing peek at the road ahead.

Moviefone: Give me a little tease on what's left for everybody who's been with you on the journey in Season 2.

Maril Davis: We're getting closer to Culloden and closer to war, and we'll see a lot of old favorites come back. It's war time, and we know what happens with war, and people are divided and loyalties are torn. So I think the last two episodes are amazing, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how everyone reacts.Jaime Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) in OUTLANDERHow challenging was that, to go to the scale you needed to go to to depict a war?

Well, we won't actually see [the war yet], we don't quite get to Culloden in these last two episodes. It's kind of towards the eve of it. So I'm not sure we'll get to the "Game of Thrones" battle that they had. But it was a really emotional time, these last two episodes, and really powerful performances. I think we're all so proud of these last two.

What has it meant to you to know that you have a lot of storytelling left to do? You've got a nice extended pickup for two more seasons.

Yeah, I'm so excited about it. It's so rare that you have something where you're not constantly searching for story and you're not in the room. Kind of like, what is next? And what are we going to do? And knowing that you have so much material down the line. So I find it personally liberating.

How does that pickup affect the way you tell the story? Does it affect it, the knowledge that you have two seasons? Is that going to change the way you pace things out?

No, I mean, I think it's personally gratifying, and kind of like, "Oh, okay. We can relax in terms that we don't have to also have the fans asking us constantly, 'When is Season 4 coming?" when Season 3 is on. [Laughs] Honestly, we haven't changed our game plan. We are kind of sticking to a book a season. So that hasn't changed. It's just changed the amount of work we have to do.

What does it mean to see where you've expanded a little bit beyond what Diana Gabaldon put in the books, and to see the fans respond to that and to be able to take things a little bit further and explore little corners that interest you guys?

Yeah, I think it's fun for us. I'm actually a huge book fan. But I think there's been so many moments I'm proud of. Like, in the first season, when we see kind of what Frank's doing back home searching for Claire that we don't get to see in the book. I think filling in those gaps that maybe Diana didn't have time for, for us is really rewarding. Especially when we get it right.

The "Outlander" Season 2 finale ("Dragonfly in Amber") airs Saturday, July 9th on Starz.

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All the Main 'Nashville' Stars Are Returning for Season 5: Report

nashville, cast, stars, main stars, connie britton, hayden panettiere, rayna james, juliette barnesAfter two recurring characters were cut from the series, it seems that the rest of the "Nashville" cast is safe, according to a pair of new reports.

TVLine initially reported on Wednesday that headlining stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere would return for season five of the show when it moves to CMT later this year. Other major members of the ensemble set to return, the site said, include Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella, and Chris Carmack.

The Hollywood Reporter later reported the same information, saying it had confirmed the news through independent sources. A spokesperson for Lionsgate TV declined to comment to either THR or TVLine; CMT also declined to comment on THR's report.

The return of those nine key cast members comes after both Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples -- who played Luke Wheeler and Layla Grant -- departed the show last week.

"Nashville" was canceled by ABC earlier this year after four seasons, though the show eventually found new life when CMT agreed to pick it up for a fifth season. The season four finale ended on a cliffhanger concerning the fate of Panettiere's character Juliette Barnes; at the time, it was unclear whether or not the actress would return to the show right away -- or at all -- as she continues to seek treatment for postpartum depression. Now, it looks like Juliette will definitely be back after all.

According to THR, season five of "Nashville" will consist of 22 episodes. There's no premiere date yet, but it's expected to debut on CMT sometime this fall.

[via: TVLine, The Hollywood Reporter]

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'Harry Potter' Star Tom Felton Joins 'The Flash' Season 3

Giffoni Film Festival 2015 - Day 5Superhero show "The Flash" is getting a dose of magic for season three: "Harry Potter" alum Tom Felton is joining the series.

TVLine reports that Felton will be a series regular when the show returns this fall, playing a character named Julian Dorn. The site describes Dorn as "a fellow CSI at the Central City Police Department who suspects there's more to Barry Allen than just his good guy reputation."

That description certainly sounds familiar to those who already know Felton well from his "Harry Potter" days, when he played Slytherin student (and eventual Voldemort sympathizer) Draco Malfoy. At first, the thirsty-for-pureblood-pals Draco tries to befriend Harry, only to quickly sour on The Boy Who Lived, and make Harry's life a living hell at every turn.

The addition of Felton isn't the only exciting thing awaiting "Flash" fans this fall: The series also plans to introduce the famous "Flashpoint" storyline from the comics (which TVLine explains here), beginning with the season premiere.

There's no word yet on exactly when Felton/Dorn will make his debut, or how long his arc will last, though TVLine says he's expected to show up sometime "early during Season 3."

"The Flash" returns to The CW on October 4.

[via: TVLine]

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The Academy Sets Dates for 2017 Oscars Voting, Nominations

88th Oscars Nominations AnnouncementThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced several key dates in the lead-up to the 2017 Oscars ceremony, affecting the timeframe of the voting and nomination process.

As previously announced, the 89th annual Academy Awards will take place on February 26, 2017. While that date is similar to this year's ceremony's calendar position, the Academy has revealed that it's making some significant changes to the nomination schedule.

Next year, nomination voting will officially open on January 5 (versus last year's opening voting date of December 30), and will close on January 13 (versus January 8 of this year). Nominations will then be announced on January 24, 2017 (versus January 14 of this year).

In years past, the Oscars had traditionally announced their nominations in late January, before moving up the process in an effort to beat out -- and some say one-up -- the Golden Globe Awards, which holds its telecast in early January. Now, Oscar nominations will once again come out after the Globes take place, but the later timeframe will hopefully allow Academy members (including the whopping 683 new invitees) ample time to evaluate more eligible movies, and ensure a carefully considered slate of nominees.

Here's the full schedule of important dates for the Academy in the run-up to the 89th awards:

Saturday, November 12, 2016 — Governors Awards
Thursday, January 5, 2017 — Nominations voting opens
Friday, January 13, 2017 — Nominations voting closes
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 — Oscar Nominations Announcement
Monday, February 6, 2017 — Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Saturday, February 11, 2017 — Scientific and Technical Awards
Monday, February 13, 2017 — Finals voting opens
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 — Finals voting closes
Oscar Sunday, February 26, 2017 — 89th Academy Awards

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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Street Food Cinema's 2016 Schedule

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Matthew McConaughey to Teach Film Class at University of Texas

Photo Call For STX Entertainment's "Free State Of Jones"Following in the footsteps of fellow Oscar winner-turned-university professor Angelina Jolie, Matthew McConaughey will be co-teaching a film course this fall at the University of Texas at Austin.

The class is a collaboration between McConaughey, his "Free State of Jones" director Gary Ross, and university lecturer Scott Rice, and will be offered to students at UT-Austin's Moody College of Communications in the fall. It was previously offered this past spring, and focused on the behind the scenes process of "Free State of Jones," which was used as an example to teach students about filmmaking basics. It will follow the same curriculum this fall.

A spokesperson for the school told that the course is centered around pre-recorded videos featuring McConaughey and Ross, and will also include "at least one on-campus visit" from the star, who's a UT-Austin alum. McConaughey's past involvement with the school -- especially its football program -- was touted in an official announcement video posted on the school's Facebook page.

"He's in the movies, he's on the field, now Matthew McConaughey is in the classroom with Gary Ross, director of 'The Hunger Games,' to teach a filmmaking class," the video said, adding that the 30 students who took the course this spring "got hands on experience, and learned industry ins and outs."

An additional 30 students will be admitted to the course this fall.

[via: University of Texas at Austin,, h/t TheWrap]

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Disney Officially Announces 'Wreck-It Ralph 2'

wreck-it ralph, wreck-it ralph 2, sequel, concept art, ralph, vanellope, john c. reilly, sarah silvermanActor John C. Reilly revealed almost a year ago that a sequel to acclaimed 2012 film "Wreck-It Ralph" is definitely happening. Now, Disney Animation has officially announced the flick, and scheduled a release date.

Co-directors Rich Moore (who helmed the original) and Phil Johnston (who co-wrote the original) made the announcement on Facebook Live on Thursday, explaining that they actually began thinking about "Wreck-It Ralph 2" as soon as they finished working on the first flick. The follow-up has been in development for several years now, Moore and Johnston said, and now, Disney is ready to officially unveil its plans for the project, and its release date: March 9, 2018.

Reilly later popped up in the announcement video -- sporting the toy version of his titular character's giant, destructive hands -- to utter his famous catchphrase ("I'm gonna wreck it!"), while also revealing a little bit about the sequel's plot.

"It's top secret, but I'll tell you this much: Ralph leaves the arcade, and wrecks the internet," Reilly announced. "What could go wrong?"

Disney animation also revealed some concept art, which depicts Ralph and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) towering over a bunch of familiar-sounding sites (though names like Amazing, Buzzaholic, and Gügle are just different enough to distance themselves from their likely real-life inspirations Amazon, BuzzFeed, and Google). Check it out below.
"Wreck-It Ralph 2" hits theaters on March 9, 2018.

[via: Disney, Wreck-It Ralph]

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J.K. Simmons Clarifies: New Muscled Look Is NOT for 'Justice League'

So Commissioner Gordon will just happen to be seriously jacked, it's not part of the role. Got it.

We were pretty impressed to see , 61, busting his butt with trainer Aaron Williamson, in photos the trainer shared on Instagram. It was reported that Simmons was working out for his role in DC's "Justice League." That made sense. Everyone ran with it. But not so fast, 'cause Simmons told Huffington Post that was just "a gigantic misconception" and "I'm not going to the gym because of 'Justice League.'"

OK, but that begs the question: Why are you working out this hard, if not for a role?

"I'm just going to the gym because after the last time I got super fat and out of shape, I decided that I was done doing that. I was going to — for as long as I'm going to be on the planet — I'm going to try and take care of myself. So that's pretty much coincidental [to filming 'Justice League']."

However, Simmons also told the Huffington Post that "Justice League" director Zack Snyder is "a fitness maniac himself," and Snyder's office and the Warner Bros. soundstage in London have spaces converted into workout areas, making it look like Gold's Gym.

So "Justice League" definitely seems to be an influence on his new muscles, even if the actual role of Gordon wasn't the impetus. And now that he has these amazing muscles, he should probably lead his own action film, or try to be the next Bond villain. Don't hide those guns, put them to good use!

"Justice League" Part One is scheduled for release November 17, 2017, with "Justice League: Part Two" currently set for June 14, 2019.

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Watch Cersei 'Let It Go' in Genius 'Game of Thrones,' 'Frozen' Mashup

Talk about "A Song of Ice and Fire." Mad Queen Cersei Lannister gets her Elsa on in a fan's eerily perfect mashup of the "Game of Thrones" Season 6 finale and the ubiquitous "Let It Go" song from "Frozen."

Cersei smugly drinks her wine as the Sept of Baelor burns, and you know Queen Elsa could've used a drink after (in her case, accidentally) freezing Arendelle.

YouTuber Tarend posted the video, writing, "Winter is coming, so..." Winter is officially here as of the Season 6 finale, so maybe they should just name a Season 7 episode "Frozen" and do a full musical, using this sync as inspiration:
The heat never bothered her anyway! (Although, it might when Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons arrive.)

Perhaps Jaime Lannister can be Anna to Cersei's Elsa, when GoT returns next year. The showrunners have teased that Season 7 will closely follow the journey of Queen Cersei.

As Dan Weiss told Deadline:

"[T]hat's what so much of next season is going to be about; finding out what Cersei's mind-set is. Who is she? While Cersei has certainly done a lot of horrible things in her life and she could be a very cruel person, the one thing that was redemptive about her was that she genuinely loved her children. Now they're all gone, and I think that is very interesting for us. Who is she without her children? The answer is something you'll find out next season. That's so much of what is to come that I'll just give it away if I start delving into it now."

Just let it go, man!

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'Big Brother 18' Fans Fear BB15 Redux After 'Racist' Insults to James

Everything old is new again on "Big Brother 18" -- we have four returning houseguests, two former players's siblings, and the unwelcome racism of "Big Brother 15."

We are now in the second week of BB18, facing the first live elimination tonight (June 30). Jozea Flores is leaving, whether he knows it or not. (He does not.) There's always a lot of time to kill in the house, and BB17 America's Favorite winner James Huling likes to fill time with pranks. Not everyone appreciates that, though, and his pranks and secret-spilling in the house have ticked off a few noobs.

Paul Abrahamian and Bronte D'Acquisto have both made race-related remarks about James, but Bronte is the one really facing the burn on social media. She is now being called the Aaryn of BB18, in a reference to the BB15 houseguest who was trashed for her comments in the house.

Here are some of the things Bronte and Paul have said, as captured by live-feeds watchers:

Just click on the top tweets (especially this one and this one) to read the fan responses; they're filled with comments like "canceled," "racist," "self-evict," "Can't wait for Juile Chen to confront her about this," and "wow. so we start our descent to BB15":

This just about sums it up:

If you're going to send James back to where he came from, it would be Sumter, S.C., although he now lives in Texas. As his official CBS bio states, "James spent the first part of his life being raised in a boys' home in South Carolina after his mother passed away from cancer and his father was unable to care for him. In his early teens, he was adopted by a Caucasian family and has called them mom and dad since. James loves his southern roots and served six years in the armed forces." As he's said himself, "I stand out in the South. Everybody's gotta take a double look on me... when I talk to 'em, it blows your mind ... I was adopted when I was a baby. I really don't know my true ethnicity. But being country, that's what it's all about. I love everything about it."

There's already enough drama in the BB18 house that these comments may be forgotten by the time Bronte, Paul, or James are evicted, but it's a reminder that everything you say in the BB house is a reflection on your character, and someone out there will remember.

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Here's the List of 'Captain America: Civil War' Blu-ray Extras

Underoos and friends can come home with you this September when "Captain America: Civil War" is released on digital, disc, and demand. The gag reel alone should be worth a Blu-ray buy, but there's more to entice you in the list below. (Heads up, "Doctor Strange" fans.)

As usual, the digital release is first -- with "Civil War" available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere starting September 2, then on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand September 13th.

Collider shared this rundown of Blu-ray special features, noting that the DVD does not include bonus material:

United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2
As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we'll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.

Captain America: The Road to Civil War
Explore the First Avenger's fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.

Iron Man: The Road to Civil War
From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Gag Reel
Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.

Deleted & Extended Scenes
Check out never-before-seen footage that didn't make the final cut of "Captain America: Civil War."

Audio Commentary
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.

Open Your Mind: Marvel's Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek
Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

"Doctor Strange," starring , is scheduled for release November 4th, so it makes sense for Marvel to use the "Civil War" home release as more marketing for the next title in the MCU.

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Oops! Theater Shows R-Rated 'Sausage Party' Trailer Before 'Finding Dory'

Honestly, with a title like "Sausage Party," it could've been a lot worse.

Pretty much everyone, especially everyone with young'uns, went to see "Finding Dory" when it came out, and they got to see a few trailers before the movie. One theater in Concord, CA, got itself in (ahem) hot water for accidentally playing the trailer to "Sausage Party" before "Finding Dory."

At first glance, it makes sense -- "Sausage Party" is an animated movie and it looks like the kind of family film that fits the theme. But ... nope! It's an R-rated movie from Seth Rogen's gang, filled with sexual innuendo and horror film violence, following the story of what happens when supermarket food discovers its true fate is to be slaughtered and eaten by humans.

Here's the trailer:
The movie theater's VP of operations apologized in a statement (via East Bay Times), saying it was a simple mistake that they corrected quickly, if not quickly enough:

"Playing that trailer was a one-time honest mistake by a theater manager moving screens around in effort to accommodate several large last-minute groups wanting to see 'Dory.' The wrong movie was started by mistake.

"It was caught soon, but not until the trailer played. We regret it, apologize for it, and we are not happy that it happened. We fully realize this trailer is not appropriate for 'Dory' and we would never schedule something like that. The trailer for 'Sausage Party' is not and never has been scheduled with 'Dory."

You know who loved this honest mistake? Seth Rogen!

Seriously, this is all just great publicity for his film, which opens August 12th. It's not clear if many parents complained about the trailer or if the theater itself just discovered the mistake first, but either way, with a title like "Sausage Party" ... you know what those kids could've seen.

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Tom Hanks Is Not Treated Like a Hero in Clint Eastwood's 'Sully' Trailer

"I've got 40 years in the air, but in the end I'm going to be judged on 208 seconds."

We get so used to seeing Captain "Sully" Sullenberger called a "hero" for his January 15, 2009 "Miracle on the Hudson" water landing, but 's movie "Sully" is far from a big pat on the back. It reveals the other side the public didn't see, with Sully investigated and questioned for his actions that day. "When was your last drink, Captain Sullenberger? Have you had any troubles at home?" Instead of a gushing biopic, it plays more like a taut thriller.

The heart-pounding first trailer just dropped -- teasing one helluva plane landing sequence -- starring as Sully, with as his co-pilot, Jeff Skiles; and as Sully's wife, Lorraine. It's Lorraine who says, tearfully, "There were 155 people on that plane, and you were one of them." He's not a superhero, he's a person who was scared and almost lost his life, doing more than enough in the short time that he had to make a call. But as Sully worries, "What if I did get this wrong? What if I endangered the lives of all those passengers?"

Watch the trailer:
Here's the synopsis from Warner Bros.:

From Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood ("American Sniper," "Million Dollar Baby") comes Warner Bros. Pictures' drama "Sully," starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks ("Bridge of Spies," "Forrest Gump") as Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

"Sully" is scheduled for release September 9.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Record 683 Oscar Voters Added to the Academy in Push For Diversity

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - European Film Premiere - Red Carpet ArrivalsAfter the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that swirled around the Academy Awards earlier this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited a record 683 people as new members. That's over twice as many as last year, and 46 percent of the invitees are women and 41 percent are people of color.

The new members include 28 Oscar winners, ranging in age from 24 to 91, and hail from 59 countries. The list reflects the Academy's push to diversify its ranks after receiving criticism that none of the 2016 Oscar nominees were people of color.

That diverse list includes actors John Boyega, Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Tina Fey, Luis Guzman, Tom Hiddleston, Oscar Isaac, Michael B. Jordan, Regina King, Daniel Dae Kim, Eva Mendes, Freida Pinto, Michelle Rodriguez, and Emma Watson. This year's winners Brie Larson, Mark Rylance, and Alicia Vikander were also added.

Directors and writers include Ryan Coogler ("Creed"), Ice Cube ("Friday"), Emma Donohue ("Room"), Cary Fukunaga ("Beasts of No Nation"), Park Chan-wook ("Oldboy"), Patty Jenkins ("Wonder Woman), and Sam Taylor-Johnson ("Fifty Shades of Grey").

Check out the complete list here.

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'Game of Thrones' Confirms Jon Snow's Father in Complicated Graphic

Jon SnowR+L=J is 100 percent confirmed.

The "Game of Thrones" season 6 finale on Sunday seemingly confirmed a longstanding fan theory that Jon Snow's true parents are Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. However, there was some room for doubt.

In Bran's Tower of Joy vision, Lyanna was definitively shown to be Jon's mother. But Jon's paternity was unclear, though logic and clues from the book made Rhaegar the most likely candidate.

Now, HBO has totally confirmed that Rhaegar is Jon's father in a very complicated infographic.
Game of Thrones
Many fans of the show were well-aware of the R+L=J theory, thanks to book readers. There were clues in George R.R. Martin's novel that indicated Jon's parentage was not what it appeared. Some 18 years before the events of the book/show, crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen kidnapped or eloped with Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark's sister and fiancee of Robert Baratheon. This led Robert to lead a rebellion against the Targaryens, which ended in success. King Aerys is killed (by Jaime Lannister), and so is Rhaegar.

In Bran's vision, Ned finds Lyanna at the Tower of Joy lying in a bed of blood. She asks her brother to protect her newborn son. ""Promise me, Ned," she says, and that promise led Ned to raise Jon as his bastard.

But Lyanna whispered a line to Ned that was inaudible — perhaps naming the infant, perhaps explaining his parentage. Maybe we'll find out in one of the two remaining, shortened seasons.

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The New 'Trolls' Trailer Is Rainbow Bright and Impossibly Cute

Every color in the known universe pops out in the new trailer for "Trolls," from the muted green of Justin Timberlake's grumpy Branch to the hot pink of Anna Kendrick's happy Poppy.

Branch is a brooding introvert who's locked himself away in a bunker. Poppy is the fun-loving, optimistic leader of the trolls. But the two polar opposites must team up to save their community from a fearsome creature named Bergen.
The target audience for "Trolls" has no idea that the movie was based on a line of toys with brightly colored hair — but their parents probably do. The trailer features some funny and cute moments, like a troll pooping out cupcakes. And of course, Timberlake and Kendrick lend their voices to the soundtrack.

"Trolls" also features the voices of Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, and Gwen Stefani, and hits theaters November 4.

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'Bleed for This' Trailer Gives Miles Teller a Knockout Comeback Story

Will box his way to a 2017 Oscar nomination? The "Bleed for This" trailer just premiered -- exclusively on People, Entertainment Weekly, and Sports Illustrated -- showing Teller as former world boxing champion Vinny "Paz" Pazienza in an inspiring comeback story based on real events.

The trailer starts with Vinny working out like a demon to make his 140 pound weight -- flashing some impressive sixpack abs in the process. The Rhode Island fighter, nicknamed "The Pazmanian Devil," was later seriously injured in a car accident, and it looked like he might not walk again. But he defied the odds, healing enough to not only fight again, but to win another championship.

Check out the trailer:

plays boxing trainer Kevin Rooney, with and as Paz's parents.

"Bleed for This," directed by and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, is scheduled to open for limited release November 4, with a wide release on November 23. That's just in time for the holidays ... and Oscars season?

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'Bachelor in Paradise' Spoilers Reveal Which 3 Couples Get Engaged

No summer is complete without the beautifully toxic Bachelor Nation spinoff "Bachelor in Paradise," and the 2016 season promises to bring three proposals ... and maybe, eventually, one or two weddings.

"Bachelor in Paradise" -- which brings together castoffs from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" -- launches Season 3 August 2 on ABC.

Executive producer Mike Fleiss recently tweeted some interesting teasers:

According to spoiler guru Reality Steve, Season 3 just finished filming on Sunday. He said the "multiple" engagements is three, including one for "Bachelorette" Season 10 Andi Dorman's ex-fiancé Josh Murray. His mother was seen flying to Mexico during filming, which was a hint to that proposal.

THE BACHELOR - Ben Higgins, the handsome software salesman who was sent home last season on "The Bachelorette," is ready to open himself up again to love. "The Bachelor" returns on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)Steve said Josh and Amanda Stanton (divorced single mom on "The Bachelor" Season 20 with Ben Higgins) are the "It" couple of Season 3, so it's no surprise to see them get engaged.

Here are the three engagements, per RS:

• Josh Murray & Amanda Stanton

• Grant Kemp ("The Bachelorette" Season 12 with JoJo Fletcher) & Lace Morris (Ben Higgins's season)

• Evan Bass (erectile dysfunction guy on JoJo's season) & Carly Waddell ("The Bachelor" Season 19 with Chris Soules, who was dumped by Kirk on last season's "Bachelor in Paradise")

The Evan and Carly coupling is, well, it'll be interesting to see that play out.

BiP has a slightly decent track record, considering only two seasons have aired. In Season 1, Lacy Faddoul and Marcus Grodd got engaged, and got "married" on the Season 2 premiere; but it turns out the marriage was not official, and they are no longer together. Season 2 ended with Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert getting engaged, and they did actually get married.

It sounds like even Fleiss only has high hopes for maybe two of the couples, but which ones?

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List of 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Directors Brings Disappointing News

Well, seven hells, this takes some of the wind out of our Narrow Sea-crossing sails.

"Game of Thrones" Season 6 just ended -- and ended STRONG -- and Season 7 is about to start filming. HBO has still yet to announce the number of episodes, but the showrunners confirmed there are only two seasons left, and we're expecting the episode count to be shorter. That was confirmed further by the new list of directors for Season 7. Usually, there are 10 episodes to each season, and each director does two episodes, meaning they need five directors. But the list Entertainment Weekly just shared only has four directors. Not a big surprise, but more of a hint that we're still looking at seven episodes or, at most, eight.

But the really disappointing news is that lack of episodes for the absolute genius that is Miguel Sapochnik. Is he too busy, or expensive, for "Game of Thrones" now?

Sapochnik directed Season 6's Episode 9, "Battle of the Bastards," and the finale, "The Winds of Winter" -- and both, by the way, have 10/10 ratings from IMDb users. He also directed last year's popular "Hardhome" battle, and "The Gift." He's not good at this, he's great. He should do every episode. But he's not on the list.

Here's the list, from Entertainment Weekly:

Alan Taylor
Taylor is the OG who directed the last two episodes of Season 1 (including "Baelor," the big Ned Stark ep) and four episodes in Season 2. As EW noted, this will mark his first return to GoT since 2012.

Jeremy Podeswa
Got himself an Emmy nomination for directing Season 5's controversial (Sansa rape, Sand Snakes fight) "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken." In Season 6, he did the premiere and Episode 2, "Home."

Mark Mylod
Four-time director for GoT, he most recently brought back The Hound in "The Broken Man," and did Arya's chase scenes in "No One."

Matt Shakman
As EW wrote, he's new to GoT and "best known for his work on FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a comedy loved by Benioff and Weiss (the showrunners even wrote an episode, "Flowers for Charlie," although it's not one of the 39 episodes Shakman has directed). Shakman has also helmed episodes of AMC's Mad Men, CBS' The Good Wife and FX's Fargo."

No offense, but if Miguel Sapochnik can't do all/any, why not Jack Bender, who did Hodor's big hour, "The Door," or David Nutter, Michelle MacLaren, or Neil Marshall? Instead, we have a newbie, the guy who did "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" (which has the lowest IMDb rating at 7.8), and the guy who made the also not-very-popular "No One" (which still doesn't make sense for the Arya storyline).

But, anyway, it's the writing that really makes or breaks the show, and that's on showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. Let's hope their plan for Season 7 and Season 8 stays the course of "The Winds of Winter" and doesn't get bent or broken along the way.

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8 'The Devil Wears Prada' Quotes That Are Perfect For Any Occasion

"The Devil Wears Prada" is just one of those movies that when it's on, you kind of have to watch. The clothes are amazing, Meryl Streep is at her wicked best, and it's endlessly quotable. Miranda Priestly really does say it better than anyone else.

Here are eight "Devil Wears Prada" quotes that seriously apply to everyday life.

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'Game of Thrones' Tommen Actor Fears the Worst for Ser Pounce

The "Game of Thrones" Season 6 finale offered bombshell after bombshell, but clearly the biggest question after the supersized episode is about the fate of the one true king of the Seven Kingdoms: Ser Pounce.

King Tommen's beloved cat is now, at best, an orphan, after his dad gave new meaning to the term King's Landing. His mother Margaery is also gone, a victim of Grandma Cersei's wildfire pyromania at the Sept of Baelor.


After the finale, Tommen actor Dean-Charles Chapman talked to HBO about the fate of Westeros's royal feline:

HBO: What became of Ser Pounce?

Dean-Charles Chapman: He probably got a girlfriend and got married... And probably got caught up in the Sept blast, unfortunately.

Nooooo! Why would he be at the Sept, though, and not the Red Keep? It would've been nice for GoT to show Ser Pounce wandering around, to make it clear he was not there, and made it out alive. But we probably shouldn't expect to see Ser Pounce again, and not because he may have been a victim of the Mad Queen. Apparently he's a bit of a "diva" himself and made life difficult on the set. (It's his royal prerogative!)

As Chapman explained it...

HBO: Do you have a favorite scene from your time on Game of Thrones?

Dean-Charles Chapman: I'd probably choose the Ser Pounce scene in "Oathkeeper." That was my first day, so that meant a lot to me. It's an iconic scene for Tommen with Ser Pounce and Margaery. It was a long, hard day, because the cat was a bit of a diva.

Here's more on that, from Chapman to the Huffington Post:

"With the cat, it was my first time working with animals, and it was quite hard because you're doing a scene with the other actress or actor, and at the same time there's trainers off the set, behind the camera, like with a little toy putting food on the bed for it to stand in a certain position, and that cat that day would have none of it. He was just loving life. He just really wasn't on his game that day. Yeah, I think that was the reason why they didn't have him back because it's just hard work. Cats can't understand English, so you tell a cat, 'Come on. Jump on the bed,' and he just looks at you like, 'What are you talking about?'"

Oh, cats can understand English all right, they're just blowing you off. The cat has learned from Cersei. Ser Pounce, unlike Tommen, will not be a puppet. Natalie Dormer (Margaery) also said in a Reddit AMA that the Pounce star was a "diva," which actually sounds like the best reason to bring him back.

The showrunners confirmed that we only have two more seasons, and the last shot of the series should be the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms (probably Daenerys Targaryen) stepping off the Iron Throne to go somewhere, and Ser Pounce jumping up and taking his rightful place. He is the Prince That Was Promised!

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'Walking Dead' Season 7 Casting a Potential 'Beth 2.0' for Episode 6

Stay away from hospitals, New Beth! "The Walking Dead" Season 7 is now filming for its October Something premiere. Fans have questions about the cliffhanger, but there are plenty of other things going on, including the introduction of new communities and new survivors.

A fan asked TVLine for scoop on the new season, and the reply mentioned a casting call for two new women:

"Episode 6 will introduce two new characters who don't sound to me like anyone in particular from the comic-book series. (Correct me if I'm wrong — and we both know you will.) Naomi is a grandmotherly type who, having lost so many loved ones, is now willing to do whatever it takes not to have to bury any more. (Maybe she's being introduced to counsel Carol about the awful necessities of the post-apocalyptic world... ) On the flip side is Jennie, a sunny-side-up kinda teenager — oh, Caaarl! — who sounds a lot like Beth 2.0, 'kind, with a world-weary toughness.'"

The Spoil the Dead forum expanded on that with the full casting breakdowns:

THE WALKING DEAD, Episode #706

Location: Atlanta Area
Outside Dates: 6/29-7/11

[NAOMI] (60s, female, open to all ethnicities) Dignified, with a level-headed toughness, Naomi is a leader and grandmother whose softer edges have been scraped away by the harshness of her experiences. She's survived when so many around her haven't and accepts that she must go great lengths if she doesn't want to lose anyone else... GUEST STAR, POSSIBLE RECURRING (6/29-7/11, Possible Additional Dates: 9/30- 11/4)

[JENNIE] (18, female, open to all ethnicities) Kind, with a world-weary toughness. Great with a weapon, but doesn't want to use them if she doesn't have to. Jennie has survived the loss of most of her loved ones and makes an active choice to maintain a level of idealism and hope in the face of grief and trauma... GUEST STAR, POSSIBLE RECURRING (6/29-7/11, 8/20, Possible Additional Dates: 9/30-11/4)

It's always good to see older characters survive the zombie apocalypse, and hopefully "Naomi" (possibly a placeholder name) will be as beloved as Hershel, or at least Deanna.

"Jennie" may or may not come across as another Beth, and it's not made clear if she and Naomi are meant to be related or traveling together or what. Some fans looking way far ahead in the "Walking Dead" comic think maybe Jennie could be Magna, but that seems like a stretch. Either way, these two characters will be arriving in Episode 6 of 16, and lasting for however long anyone lasts in this world.

More official Season 7 details (and a trailer) should be coming soon via San Diego Comic-Con.

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15 Times Steven Spielberg Helped Make Your Childhood Awesome

From aliens to dinosaurs, is there anything Steven Spielberg can't do? Noooope.

Growing up, large chunks of our lives were taken up by his movies. So if you grew up with a local video store nearby, or with parents who didn't mind cable being your babysitter for a few years, then you quickly became best friends with the guy behind Indiana Jones and E.T.

In honor of his latest film, "The BFG," here are a few iconic moments from films he has either directed or produced that made your childhood the bestest.

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The 'American Horror Story' Season 6 Logo Will Leave You Guessing

What is the theme of "American Horror Story" Season 6?


Basically. FX just teased out a logo for the new season, which starts in October. Check it out:

Fans reacted with question marks of their own, along with speculation, and frustration at the long wait:

Melissa Staddon AHS: Satan??? AHS: Hell??? AHS: Sacrifice??? Oooooh the excitement!! (Hurry up, you're killing me!).

Lauren Alyse Fellows American horror story: antichrist. It's gonna be the demon child of Tate from Murder House

Anthony Bellantoni Seriously? We are already months past when every other theme was announced.. Just spill it already!!

All in good time. Ryan Murphy has his own way of doing things. At PaleyFest (via Deadline), he teased of Season 6, "The interesting thing about the next season is that we've been working on two ideas at once, which we've never done."

FX boss John Landgraf previously said of the new season (via Variety), "It's set in the present although with echoes of the past. It's set in two time periods ... but principally in the present."

Most of the past cast members are expected to return, including Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson, Cheyenne Jackson, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, and more. Out asked Cheyenne Jackson if the new season would go to an even darker place, and he kept with AHS tradition and refused to share details: "Just different. You'll see. Wild horses wouldn't make me reveal the plot."

Emma Roberts also teased a possible return, telling Yahoo! about how she didn't quite have time to be on "AHS: Hotel" but she may have a "devilish" role in Season 6: "We tried to make it work, but I'm leaving town to go do a movie and they're shooting the last two episodes right now, so Ryan and I said next season we'll do something amazing and devilish. I love this season, I watch most of it with my eyes closed, but I think I get the gist. I love Lady Gaga so much, so I was like, 'Next season I want to work with Lady Gaga for sure.'"

Emma Roberts and Lady Gaga -- that does sound like a fun pairing. Do you have any theories about Season 666? We just hope it's consistently good. Let's start there.

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'The Devil Wears Prada': 9 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Stylish Hit

It's been 10 years since "The Devil Wears Prada" hit theaters (June 30th, 2006) and we've never looked at the color cerulean the same way since. But the box office success had more of an impact on audiences than teaching them about the subtle nuances of colors and fabrics. The film's enviable glamorous wardrobe, one of Meryl Streep's most delightfully devilish performances, and the ridiculously quotable script all guarantee that this is one movie that really will never go out of style.

You probably already know the film was based on the best-selling 2003 Lauren Weisberger novel of the same name, but we're here to fill you in on a few more little-known facts about the fashion film gem you may not be aware of.

1. The role of recent Northwestern graduate and aspiring journalist Andy Sachs ultimately went to Anne Hathaway, but she wasn't the first choice for the lead. Rachel McAdams was Fox's number one pick, but she turned it down after a few offers.

2. To prepare for her role as an assistant in a cutthroat environment, Anne Hathaway interned at Christie's auction house for a few weeks, but her work experience sounds a lot more pleasant then the film. "It was amazing. I got to see some wonderful art and everybody was really nice. It was great," she told ET in 2015.

3. The clothing budget for the film was only $100,000, so stylist Patricia Field borrowed resorted to borrowing a huge portion of the wardrobe. The clothing actually ended up being worth over $1 million.

4. Meryl Streep almost turned down the Oscar-nominated role of Miranda Priestly. "The offer was to my mind slightly, if not insulting, not perhaps reflective of my actual value to the project," Streep revealed to Variety. "There was my 'goodbye moment,' and then they doubled the offer. I was 55, and I had just learned, at a very late date, how to deal on my own behalf."

5. The character of Miranda's first assistant Emily, played to wicked perfection by Emily Blunt, was not originally supposed to be British.

6. Meryl Streep's inspiration for Miranda didn't come from Anna Wintour or the fashion industry. She told Variety that she modeled the character's voice after none other than Clint Eastwood, noting that he "never, ever raises his voice."

7. One of the film's most memorable scenes -- the iconic "cerulean" monologue where Miranda gives Andy a biting lesson on why her blue sweater means more than meets the eye -- almost didn't make it in the movie. Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna said that the lines putting down Andy's style sense "didn't serve the narrative." But Meryl Streep changed all that. "Meryl wanted to make it bigger," McKenna explained. The concept became less about dissing Andy, and more about showing the importance and impact of fashion and how much of an influence Priestly had on the industry.

8. Lauren Weisberger, the author of the book the film is based on, actually makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo. She portrayed the nanny to Miranda's twins -- you can catch her in the scene on the train where the girls are reading the Harry Potter manuscripts.

9. The film sparked a huge love connection! Emily Blunt set her sister Felicity up with Stanley Tucci, who played Runway art director Nigel. Felicity and Stanley ended up tying the knot in 2012.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

'Gilmore Girls' Will Be Available Worldwide on Netflix in July

Gilmore Girls (WB) Season 1, 2000-2001Episode: Love and War and Snow Airdate: December 14, 2000Shown from left: Alexis Bledel (as Rory Gilmore), Lauren Graham (as Lorelai Gilmore)"Gilmore Girls" fans across the globe will soon have easy access to the beloved mother-daughter dramedy, with Netflix announcing this week that the show will be made available across all its platforms worldwide beginning in July.

The streaming service got an assist from Lorelai Gilmore herself -- a.k.a. Lauren Graham -- in announcing the news, revealing that the first seven seasons of the show will now be available for all subscribers in more than 130 countries. "Gilmore Girls" officially goes global on July 1. (It hit the U.S. version of Netflix back in October 2014.)

"Anyplace you can watch Netflix, you can watch 'Gilmore Girls,'" Graham explained in the announcement video, which features the signature "la-la" soundtrack from the original "Gilmore" series run. Graham also noted that the move was timed to the release of the four brand-new mini-movie episodes of "Gilmore Girls" that are due to hit Netflix later this year. (Though there's still no word on an official release date, sadly.)

"We can't wait," Graham said of "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," a sentiment we heartily endorse.

"Welcome to Stars Hollow," she added. "Careful -- we talk fast."

The revival series features the return of Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Keiko Agena, Sean Gunn, Liza Weil, Milo Ventimiglia, Matt Czruchry, and Jared Padalecki, among many, many other original cast members. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

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Daniel Radcliffe Is Open to Playing Harry Potter Again Someday

The Apple Store Presents: Daniel Radcliffe And Paul Dano, "Swiss Army Man"For years, Daniel Radcliffe did everything in his power to shake the specter of Harry Potter, the wizard he played on the big screen for most of his young life. And indeed, you can't get much further from Harry than Radcliffe's latest film, "Swiss Army Man," in which he plays a farting corpse. But now, the actor seems to have made peace with his magical past, and is willing to entertain the idea of someday reprising his role as The Boy Who Lived.

In an interview with Radio Times, Radcliffe was asked about the possibility of returning to the character at some point in the future. Unlike previous interviews in which he said he was eager to move on from the "Potter" series, the actor admitted that he could potentially see himself playing Harry again -- and likened himself to another actor who recently reprised a long-dormant, career-defining role.

"It would depend on the script," Radcliffe told Radio Times. "The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there! So I am saying, 'No,' for now but leaving room to backtrack in the future."

With all of J.K. Rowling's recent Potter-centric projects in the works -- including the hit sequel play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" and the upcoming prequel movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" -- it seems likely that we'll have plenty of works from the wizarding world hitting movie theaters for years to come (and Radcliffe should have his pick of projects should the right one come along). We'll keep our wands crossed that the "Harry Potter" version of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is out there somewhere.

[via: Radio Times]

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'Game of Thrones' Showrunners Confirm There Are Only Two More Seasons Left

WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS about last Sunday's "Game of Thrones" season finale.

While it's been hinted at that "Game of Thrones" will end its run with two more abbreviated seasons, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have now definitively confirmed that that will indeed be the case.

In an interview with Deadline, Benioff and Weiss broke down the epic season six finale and discussed how it will affect the upcoming seventh season, and also explained how they are approaching their endgame for the the series. According to the showrunners, as they move past author George R.R. Martin's source material, they have a very specific road map in mind -- and it's a lot shorter than most fans would hope.

"It's two more seasons we're talking about," Benioff told Deadline, echoing comments he and Weiss made earlier this year about ending the show on a pair of shorter-than-normal seasons. "From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that's what we'll end up with. Call it 73 for now."

That means that there's potentially only 13 more episodes of "Thrones" left, though according to the producers, that's intentional, since they don't want to overstay their welcome with viewers. But that's not their only motivation.

"We're trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end," Benioff explained. " ... [W]e've known the end for quite some time and we're hurtling towards it."

He continued:

Those last images from the show that aired [Sunday] night showed that. Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is king of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now. Some of the pieces have been removed from the board and we are heading toward the end game. The thing that has excited us from the beginning, back to the way we pitched it to HBO is, it's not supposed to be an ongoing show, where every season it's trying to figure out new story lines. We wanted it to be one giant story, without padding it out to add an extra 10 hours, or because people are still watching it. We wanted to something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story. We're definitely heading into the end game now.

For more from the showrunners, read the entire Deadline interview here. Season seven of "Game of Thrones" begins production this summer, and will likely premiere on HBO sometime in 2017.

[via: Deadline]

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New 'Bridget Jones's Baby' Trailer Delivers Dueling Dads

bridget jones's baby, bridget jones, renee zellweger, colin firth, patrick dempseyThe new trailer for "Bridget Jones's Baby" doubles down on the dueling baby daddy drama, pitting Mark (Colin Firth) and dashing American Jack (Patrick Dempsey) against each other on the doting father-to-be front.

New footage in this clip reveals that Bridget's (Renee Zellweger) hot-and-heavy tryst with Jack occurs only days before she falls back into bed with her ex. That wonky timeline makes it impossible for Bridget and her OBGYN (Emma Thompson) to determine exactly when Ms. Jones conceived, and sets up the main plot of the film: Mark and Jack competitively vying for Bridget's affections while the men attend doctor appointments, birthing classes, and eventually team up to carry her to the hospital to deliver. (Why they couldn't have just called an ambulance or a cab, we may never know, but that's a question best reserved for a non-rom-com.)

In the midst of trying to sort out all those baby daddy issues, Bridget also has to decide who she wants to be the father -- and ultimately end up with. Will it be the exciting new man who swept her off her feet, or the familiar one she can't let go of after all these years? Fans will have to wait for the film to deliver its answer.

"Bridget Jones's Baby" is due in theaters on September 16.

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ABC Announces Fall TV 2016 Premiere Dates

How to Get Away With Murder
ABC announced fall premiere dates for its new and returning shows, the last network to do so (see dates for CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC).

The schedule kicks off with a new season of long-running reality series "Dancing With the Stars" and with the Emmy Awards, which airs on ABC this year.

The most notable change on ABC's lineup is the absence of "Scandal," due to star Kerry Washington's pregnancy. The drama will debut in midseason, breaking up Shonda Rhimes' "TGIT" block. Instead, new show "Notorious" will take its spot. And on Wednesdays, with "Nashville" moving to CMT, Kiefer Sutherland's "Designated Survivor" takes over at 10 p.m.

Joining "Scandal" in midseason are "American Crime," "The Catch," "Downward Dog," "Imaginary Mary," "Still Star-Crossed," "Time After Time" and "When We Rise."

Here are ABC's fall premiere dates:

8 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars" season 23

8 p.m. 68th Primetime Emmy Awards

8 p.m. "Dancing With the Stars" results show
10 p.m. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

8 p.m. "The Goldbergs"
8:30 p.m. "Speechless" (new)
9 p.m. "Modern Family"
9:30 p.m. "black-ish"
10 p.m. "Designated Survivor" (new)

8 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy"
9 p.m. "Notorious" (new)
10 p.m. "How to Get Away with Murder"

8 p.m. "Last Man Standing"
8:30 p.m. "Dr. Ken"
9 p.m. "Shark Tank"

8 p.m. "Once Upon a Time"
9 p.m. "Secrets and Lies"
10 p.m. "Quantico"

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'Game of Thrones' Producer Explains Varys, Arya's Fast Travel Times

Game of Thrones"Game of Thrones" might have dragons and zombies, but something it absolutely doesn't have: jetpacks.

Sunday's season 6 finale left many fans wondering how Varys and Arya were able to travel so quickly. In particular, it seemed impossible that Varys could move from Meereen to Dorne, then back to Meereen to stand alongside Daenerys on her ship to conquer Westeros. All that continent-hopping led to some tinfoil conspiracy theories, but producer Bryan Cogman revealed on Twitter that there's a very simple explanation. So, just because only half an hour elapses between Varys's appearance in Dorne and his appearance in Meereen, doesn't mean it didn't take him weeks or even months to travel that distance. Same with Arya. While her journey from Braavos to Riverrun seems lightning fast in episodic time, it may very well have lasted months in real, Westerosi time.
He added:
Looking closely at the final tableau of Daenerys Stormborn's fleet, you can see Martell and Tyrell ships, indicating Varys sailed back with them to Meereen. Then, all of her allies left together in one, very imposing fleet. Arya likely booked passage with a captain just as she did before the Waif stabbed her.

Sorry, no jetpacks. Except for Littlefinger's, of course.

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