Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Emilia Clarke Defends 'Game of Thrones' Nudity: 'People F---- For Pleasure'

68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals"Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke is fed up with the outrage over nudity in the hit HBO drama.

In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, the actress said, "There are so many shows centered around this very true fact that people reproduce. People f--- for pleasure — it's part of life."

From the start, the show has been criticized by some for including so many nude scenes. Clarke herself has been part of a few iconic ones, including when Daenerys rose from the ashes with her three baby dragons in Season 1 and when she emerged from the fiery Dothraki khal tent in Season 6.

And of course, there was the "boat sex" scene between Daenerys and Kit Harington's Jon Snow in the Season 7 finale.

"I'm starting to get really annoyed about this stuff now because people say, 'Oh, yeah, all the porn sites went down when Game of Thrones came back on.' I'm like, 'The Handmaid's Tale?' I fucking love that show, and I cried when it ended because I couldn't handle not seeing it. That is all sex and nudity," she said.

Clarke has defended the show's use of nudity before, telling Elle in July, "I get a lot of crap for having done nudes scenes and sex scenes. That, in itself, is so antifeminist. Women hating on other women is just the problem."



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Laura Dern's Admiral Holdo Will 'Shake Things Up' in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Laura Dern is bringing more than purple hair to "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

The actress plays a new character, Admiral Holdo, who "enters the Resistance to shake things up," she told Entertainment Weekly.

Although the Resistance destroyed the Starkiller Base in "The Force Awakens," their side — commanded by General Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) is in some disarray. Holdo arrives to take charge, temporarily, and butts heads with pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac)

"She doesn't particularly look like your typical military leader, and so I think there's a bit of distrust for Poe," Isaac said. "He's not sure what to make of her, and then the way she speaks, the things she says."

Poe seems to take issue with Holdo's longer view of the Resistance's strategy. "With the Resistance being in such a precarious situation, he wants to do the right thing, and doesn't want to just wait and let things happen," Isaac explained. "He doesn't necessarily agree with the way Holdo sees the role of the Resistance in this particular moment."

Dern noted that the reaction to Holdo's unconventional style mirrors how female bosses are viewed in our world.

"From the director to the producers, everyone was painstaking about not only the look, but even the exact color of hair, what it should be and trying different versions," Dern said. "And all I know is I think it's so cool. I love the way she looks. I want to be Holdo for Halloween."



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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Address Firing From Han Solo Movie

Phil Lord and Chris Miller have no hard feelings for "Star Wars."

The directors publicly addressed their firing from "Solo: A Star Wars Story" for the first time at the Vulture Festival last weekend. They were let go from the project by Lucasfilm in June, then replaced by veteran director Ron Howard. But the breakup seems to be completely amicable.

"The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful. We had the most incredible cast and crew and collaborators," Lord said. "I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That was a really big gap to bridge, and it proved to be too big."

He laughed and added, "Sometimes people break up, and it's really sad, and it's really disappointing, but it happens and we learned a lot from our collaborators and we're better filmmakers for it."

Miller joked that the duo was "super well-adjusted" and "super drunk right now." They did take a vacation after the brouhaha, and now are back in the swing of things with their project projects.

He said, "Now we're writing and producing a sequel to 'The Lego Movie' and producing a Miles Morales animated Spider-Man."



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Lizzy Caplan to Join Channing Tatum in 'Gambit': Report

2016 Summer TCAs Getty Images Portrait StudioThe long-delayed "Gambit" movie may be hitting the gas pedal. Variety reports that "Masters of Sex" star Lizzy Caplan is in talks to join Channing Tatum in the "X-Men" spinoff.

The project has been on a rollercoaster for years, but things seemed to look up when Tatum came on board as the star and producer in 2015. Director Rupert Wyatt was attached, but then dropped out. He was replaced by Doug Liman. After some work on the script, Liman also dropped out, to be replaced by Gore Verbinski.

Details of Caplan's character are unknown, but some fans are speculating she could play Belladonna Bourdreaux, the mutant leader of the Guild of Assassins — which rivaled Remy LeBeau's own assassins group in New Orleans. In the comics, she's also a love interest of Remy/Gambit.

Caplan next appears in "The Disaster Artist" with James Franco.



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'Olaf's Frozen Adventure' Directors Reveal How They Pulled Off This 'Frozen' Short Film

While the wait continues for "Frozen 2" (2019! We swear!), those wanting to get their Arendelle fix can scratch that itch this weekend when attending Pixar's wonderful "Coco."

Preceding that film is a brand new, 22-minute "Frozen" short film entitled "Olaf's Frozen Adventure." In the new film, everyone's favorite snowman (once again voiced by Josh Gad) goes out hunting for seasonal traditions for Anna and Elsa (Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel). And, of course, things go awry, lessons are learned, and some very catchy songs are sung (they're by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson and they're fantastic).

Ahead of "Olaf's" release with "Coco," we attended a special presentation at Walt Disney Animation Studios and sat down with directors Stevie Wermers and Kevin Deters, who fans of holiday cheer will know from their work on the "Prep & Landing" specials.

During our chat, we talked about the weight of expectations entering this franchise, what makes them the de facto Christmas filmmakers, and the one character that they couldn't fit into the featurette -- a goat named Mr. Jingles.

MOVIEFONE: You've done so many Christmas things. What makes you the holiday experts?

Stevie Wermers: We don't know.

Kevin Deters: We're the most joyful people you'll ever meet.

Wermers: I think it just started with "Prep & Landing." Then we got the second one. Then we got the short. And I guess John [Lasseter] just figured, "Well they're good at holiday stuff."

Deters: But it's cool. Christmas is my favorite time of year. So we've been living Christmas 24/7 for a while.

Does it get any easier?

Deters: They're all different. The "Prep & Landing" stuff was a little bit of a different animal altogether because it was more of a modern family. But, with this, we knew the world of "Frozen" and the characters and that was really helpful. And I think it was like: "What is the natural story to tell with this character of Olaf?" We wanted to say something with it that would resonate.

Wermers: When you're given the holiday, there are parameters that narrows down what something can be about, which is a huge help. There are only so many things that you can do when you think about the holidays. And tradition is a huge part of that. It was easier in that regard.

Did you ever hit a wall and think: "Why can't this be a Halloween special?"

Deters: [laughs] Every day.

Wermers: Oh yeah.

You guys were brought on in 2015. What were the initial discussions? Was it always going to be a theatrically exhibited film?

Deters: The two of us met with John in January 2015, right after the holidays. So. we were fresh from Christmas.

Wermers: It was perfect timing.

Deters: The idea was, originally, that it'd be a television special like "Prep & Landing." And as it got into development, John got wind of what we were doing and recognized that it could be more special playing on the big screen. In a nutshell, that's what happened. As far as our initial meeting with John, he was excited to have a story that was centered around Olaf. That was his only ask of us -- to have a story centered around Olaf. Obviously, the other characters would be involved, too. But that was it.

Well, I imagine that could present some unique challenges, too. You don't want it to be like the later seasons of "Happy Days" where it's just all about the Fonz.

Deters: I agree with you. And Chachi was long in the tooth.

Wermers: That was one of the challenges, too, when you're doing something with sidekick characters. If they're on the screen for too long, because they're the sidekick character, they have a tendency to wear out their welcome. We were really conscious of that. Hopefully, we struck the right balance.

Deters: Being a supporting character, he's designed with that in mind. So, to put him center stage is risky because he's a guileless character -- he doesn't get mad at anybody -- so, dramatically, you have to have conflict. That was a unique challenge. We just realized that he was a child and it's the holidays and he's wide-eyed with wonder.

Wermers: Josh Gad said it, too -- he sees Olaf as a child and he's going to be growing. In the first "Frozen," and in this one, we agreed that he would have to hit an emotional low. He's never been all that low. We want to push him. I think it's going to be a lot of fun to see the character grow.

The other challenge has got to be that this is part of a huge ecosystem. Did you feel pressure taking that on?

Wermers: Yeah, for sure. We had fun while we're making it and had all the help of everyone at the studio who made the original movie. So, they were there to help guide and support us and let us know that we were on the right track.

Deters: And we've been there for the development of the feature and we had a lot of insight in that respect. Even if you're not directing a project, all of the directors are pretty involved in the development of all the features.

It must have also been fun to expand that world.

Wermers: Absolutely. I wish we had more time! There was another character that we tried to introduce but we ran out of time. Maybe in the sequel!

Deters: One of the things that was cool was that, because it takes place after the feature and Anna and Elsa are reunited and together and everyone is happy, it afford us the opportunity to have Elsa be funny. Obviously, in the feature, she's much more angst ridden. It was fun to see Elsa laugh a little bit.

Did we ever cut away to Marshmallow and the Snowgies?

Deters: In various versions, we tried.

Wermers: I remember doing a drawing of Marshmallow and Olaf in a local pub, drinking root beer floats. I thought that'd be a funny little moment.

Deters: We knew, from "Prep & Landing," how much story we could tell in 21-ish minutes.

Wermers: It's not a lot.

Deters: We knew it was Olaf doing something for Anna and Elsa. And we figured Olaf and Sven were the dynamic duo. We thought that if we could squeeze them in there, then great -- but if it's just tangential to the narrative spine, then we can't get sidelined.

Can we talk about this deleted character?

Wermers: We did a bunch of research and in Scandinavia, at Christmastime, one of their traditions is to make a goat. I forget where it comes from but it goes back thousands of years.

Deters: It goes back to the Festival of Yule, which would celebrate Thor; his sleigh was pulled by two goats.

Wermers: And you probably saw on Anna's dress that she's got a little motif of goats. They're peppered throughout. And we had an actual live goat. I forget how he entered the picture, but he was going to go on the adventure with Olaf and Sven. His name was Mr. Jingles. He didn't have any lines.

Deters: But he swallowed a jingle bell. Olaf called him "Mr. Jingles."

"Olaf's Frozen Christmas" plays in front of "Coco," in theaters Nov. 22.



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15 Things You Never Knew About 'Planes, Trains, and Automobiles'

Steve Martin and John Candy for Planes, Trains & Automobiles.It's been 30 years since John Hughes released "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" (on November 25, 1987), and perhaps somewhere out there, Steve Martin is still trapped in some crowded transport hub waiting room or some motel bed with a beer-soaked mattress.

The hit comedy proved Hughes could write about adults as well as teenagers, launched the domesticated-family-man phase of former wild-and-crazy-guy Martin's career, and set the gold standard as the ultimate Thanksgiving-travel nightmare.

As many times as you've watched Martin listen to one more of John Candy's cheerfully pointless anecdotes, or curse out that chirpy car rental agent for standing between him and a reunion with his family, there are still some secrets behind "PT&A." Here's what what really happened throughout a filmmaking journey where life all too often imitated art.
1. Advertising executive Neal Page's (Martin) return from New York to Chicago may have been the worst (and funniest) road trip since Hughes sent the Griswolds to Walley World four years earlier, but the writer-director wasn't just repurposing old material. In fact, much of what happens to Neal had happened to Hughes in real life.

2. Before he turned to filmmaking, Hughes, too, had been a Chicago-based ad exec trying to get home after making a presentation in Manhattan. Snow stranded him at a motel near La Guardia airport, then kept his plane from landing in Chicago or even Des Moines. He wound up in Phoenix, moaning over pay phones to the folks back home about his lack of a clean shirt. What should have been a one-day shuttle trip from Chicago to New York and back turned into a five-day slog.
3. It's no wonder, then, that Hughes was able to write the "PT&A" screenplay so quickly. Reportedly, he wrote the first 60 pages of it in just six hours and completed the script in just three days.

4. Initially, Hughes was going to direct "The Great Outdoors" and hand off directing duties for "PT&A" to frequent collaborator Howard Deutch. But when Martin signed on to star, Hughes got Deutch to switch movies with him.
5. The shoot was a trek as roundabout as the one shown on screen. Ironically, the reason was a lack of snow in Chicago. The production had to pack up and move to Buffalo, then back to Chicago, then New York City, and finally, to Los Angeles for some highway shots. "We actually lived the plot of the movie," Martin recalled. "As we would shoot, we were hopping planes, trains, and automobiles, trying to find snow."

6. Between Hughes's dredged-up memories and Martin and Candy's improvisations, there was a wealth of material for the director to draw from. Martin claimed that the shooting script was 145 pages long (compared to 90 to 120 for a typical movie) and that the first cut of the movie was four and a half hours long.
7. Future "Star Trek: Voyager" siren Jeri Ryan was supposed to make her film debut in "PT&A" as a passenger on the bus. But she kept laughing at Martin and Candy's antics and ruining takes, so she was fired after just three days on the set, and her scenes were reshot.

8. In a weird time-travel moment, when Neal's wife is watching TV in her bedroom, the movie that's playing is Hughes's "She's Having a Baby" -- a film that wouldn't be released in theaters until the following year. In fact, there's a fan theory that Kevin Bacon, seen early in "PT&A" in a cameo as a sidewalk rival of Neal's who's racing to hail the same taxi, is playing the same junior ad man he would play in "Baby."
9. A lot of Hughes fans think that Neal's sprawling house in the Chicago suburbs is the same house used three years later in "Home Alone," which was scripted by Hughes. They do look similar, but you can see from the street layout (which ends in a "T" intersection at the Page home) that they're not.

10. Edie McClurg, fresh from her scene-stealing role as school secretary Grace in Hughes's "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," played the car rental agent at the receiving end of Neal's profane tirade. She improvised her entire Thanksgiving-cooking-themed phone conversation in one take. Hughes was astounded. She explained to him, "John, I'm a cannibal. Just like you, I take everything in my life and I'll use it. Everything I used in that run about Thanksgiving, all of that was just my family."
11. Because of those 18 F-bombs Martin drops in a single minute while ranting at McClurg, "PT&A" was the first Hughes movie to earn an R rating. Hughes appealed to the ratings board, but language alone was enough to force the restrictive rating.

12. Elton John was commissioned to write a theme song for the movie, but a legal dispute between Polygram (John's record label) and Paramount Pictures -- which was over who would own the recording master tapes -- kept the tune out of the film.
13. Originally, the movie was going to end with Neal discovering that Del (Candy) had hopped a cab and followed him all the way home. Hughes decided at the last minute to scrap that ending. "I realized I don't like this guy at the end," Hughes said. "He just went from being a pain in the ass to a tragic pain in the ass."

14. Instead, Hughes came up with the ending where Del finally takes the hint and leaves Neal alone, only for Neal to realize that Del has nowhere to go and invite him to his own home. Hughes and his editors revised the ending largely through careful recutting. The sequence where a reflective Neal silently realizes the truth about Del came from an outtake, shot between scenes, while Martin had been pondering his next lines.
15. "PT&A" cost a reported $30 million to make. It returned just shy of $50 million in North American theaters.



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Monday, November 20, 2017

Jason Momoa Is Avoiding 'Justice League' Criticism: 'I Don't Think That's Useful'

'Justice League' PhotocallPeople can say what they will of "Justice League," but Jason Momoa isn't keeping tabs.

The actor has opened up about critics' negative response to the film, and it sounds like he isn't interested. Rather than dwelling on the film's lukewarm reception, he is largely avoiding it.

"I try to stay the f— away from what people say," he told EW, revealing that some of his friends told him the film hasn't been "doing well." The news was disappointing to him, but he has refrained from obsessing over the disappointing reviews that have emerged.

"I don't want to look up the bad and the negativity," he said. "I don't think that's useful; it doesn't help."

He defended the final film, including the decision to remove some of the backstory of his own character, Aquaman. While he acknowledged that "a lot of things got cut," he pointed out that the movie had to introduce three new characters -- Aquaman, The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).

"There was a lot that ... we just couldn't get in," he said.

Momoa assured fans that we'll get plenty more of Aquaman in his standalone movie. The film will continue the DCEU's growth and bring more of its superhero adventures to screen.

For his part, Momoa loves "Justice League" -- so much so that he plans to take his kids to see it again in a theater with regular moviegoers.

"Justice League" is in theaters now.

[via: EW]



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'The Originals' Season 5 Brings Back Klaroline's 'Spark,' According to Julie Plec

Klaroline fans will be happy with the latest hints Julie Plec dropped ahead of "The Originals" Season 5.

The series creator and showrunner previously revealed that Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Caroline (Candice King) would be reunited in the CW series' final season, and now she is doling out other delicious tidbits. Plec shared the information Saturday during a Q&A session on Twitter, which she held to raise funds for the Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS disaster relief program. Needless to say, fans showed a lot of curiosity about Klaroline and the show's other ships.

One of the big takeaways from the Q&A was that Caroline will mostly be sharing the screen with Klaus during her multi-episode arc and that Plec has found it "fun to see their spark" again.

The showrunner also revealed that Caroline will "do a lot of reflecting" during her stint, namely on "what she was like as a teenager and what she's like now."

With all of this focus on Caroline, fans who prefer Klaus with Cami (Leah Pipes) will be pleased to know that there's at least a "sliver" of hope that we'll either see her or hear about her.

Meanwhile, Plec gave insight on Kol (Nathan Buzolic) and Davina (Danielle Campbell), promising we'll see them in Season 5, Episode 11. She also shared that Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) will deal with "love and pain in equal measure."

Season 5 isn't all about romantic relationships, though; as Plec put it, the "true ship of the season" is actually the Mikaelson family.

There's clearly a lot of interesting material in the 13 episodes to come. "The Originals" Season 5 will premiere in 2018.

[via: Julie Plec/Twitter; h/t: EW]



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Michael J. Fox Trolls Jon Stewart During HBO's 'Night of Too Many Stars'

89th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsTrolls are everywhere, even in the audience of HBO's "Night of Too Many Stars."

Jon Stewart hosted the autism benefit on Sunday, and there was plenty of predictable (but still entertaining) ribbing from his guests, including former "Daily Show" correspondents John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and Samantha Bee. What was unexpected, though, was when Michael J. Fox jumped in to troll the host.

Colbert had gotten on stage and started reading mean tweets to Stewart when he read a particular gem.

"Oh, here we go. @RealMikeFox says, 'I'm bored," Colbert said.

"That's not a real... What the f--k?" Stewart said, suddenly realizing who @RealMikeFox is.

The camera then cut to the audience, where Fox sat with his phone in hand, looking entirely unapologetic. It was a great moment -- one the audience loved -- and was almost surely staged. Although the audience was shown a realistic-looking tweet, Fox's Twitter account doesn't show any evidence of the offending post. It seems the actor's trolling was solely for comedic purposes, which are really the best ones.

Watch the hilarious video below. Warning: It's NSFW.



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Mark Hamill's Tale of Returning to the Millennium Falcon Will Make You Emotional

ONWARD17 - Day 2The Millennium Falcon will carry a familiar passenger in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," and his return is going to make you feel, starting now.

Luke Skywalker is set to play a bigger role in the latest Star Wars film, meaning Mark Hamill had more work to do. As part of that, he ended up back on board the Millennium Falcon, which we saw in the latest trailer. The actor's return, it turns out, was surprisingly emotional for him.

"I'm telling you, I didn't expect to have the reaction I had," Hamill told EW of his first return to the ship.

The actor initially boarded the Millennium Falcon ahead of shooting his "Last Jedi" scenes; he was filming a documentary and went to the set with his wife and children. The visit ended up being both moving and nostalgic for him.

"It was sort of like visiting an old house that you lived in when you were a kid," he said. "I mean, I just welled up with emotion and I said, 'I need to be by myself.'"

Apparently, his reaction was similar to what we'll see in the movie and what was shown in the most recent trailer. In the scene, Luke carefully takes in his surroundings, much as Hamill did upon entering. As he soaked it all in, the actor saw that "they had recreated it down to every last detail."

It makes sense that it would be an emotional experience for Hamill. The Millennium Falcon is a symbol of the film series, which has been a long, wild ride for the franchise's original stars. In the 40 years they have been involved, they have seen highs, lows, and even tragic loss. We're moved just thinking about it.

"Star Wars: Episode VIII -- The Last Jedi" hits theaters Dec. 15.

[via: EW]



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12 Things You Won't Believe 'Justice League' Got Away With

HUGE SPOILERS AHEAD: Do not read if you have not seen "Justice League" yet.
Hard truth time, guys: "Justice League" has a lot of plot holes and even more problematic storytelling decisions.
That's pretty much par for the course with the DC Extended Universe at this point. From wacky Mother Box shenanigans to pretty much everything involving Aquaman, here are the biggest WTF moments we can't believe this big-budget superhero epic managed to get away with.
1. Why Would the Amazon Warriors Wear Leather Armor Bikini Things?A lot of Wonder Woman fans have pointed out an obvious disparity between "Wonder Woman" and "Justice League." In the first movie, the Amazons wear rugged, battle-ready armor. In the big flashback battle in "Justice League," their armor is quite a bit skimpier and more revealing.
It's not like technology has changed on Themyscira in that time. The only thing that has changed between the two movies is the addition of male gaze.
2. Why Resurrect Superman to Fight a Threat More Powerful Than the Thing That Killed Him?
It's a little bizarre that the crux of Batman's plan in the movie involved resurrecting Superman to help the team fight Steppenwolf, especially when Superman wasn't strong enough to stop Doomsday in "BvS" without sacrificing himself in the process.
Why did Batman think one more hero would magically turn the tide? We're starting to think he's not the master strategist we've been led to believe.
3. Why Introduce Aquaman if Water Has Nothing to Do With the Story or Final Fight?
Aquaman in this movie is basically a super powered '90s Dan Cortese, but with a strong does of Lorenzo Llamas in "Renegade."
There's a lot we don't understand about Aquaman's role in the movie, including why he claims to be a young man despite being included in that clearly ancient mural of him saving the fishing village. Obviously, there's a lot of Aquaman-related material that was cut from the final film. But at some point, you have to wonder why DC was so eager to introduce him now when his powers were so irrelevant to the plot? Why Aquaman and not Martian Manhunter or Green Lantern?

4. Why Does Batman Let That Thug Go That He Used for Bait in the Opening Scene?
This opening sequence is so, so clunky in terms of editing and camera angles. And here, we get the impression that the DCEU version of Batman isn't a guy who sweats the finer details of his job. Why else would he go through all the trouble of using that robber/thief as bait for a Parademon and then just let the guy flee?

Maybe the reason Gotham City is still a hellhole after two decades is that Batman can't be bothered to actually round up the criminals he catches and bring them into GCPD custody. Oh, and did you like how this thief came to the conclusion that the parademon Batman captured was a "scout" for an army of aliens from outer space? Like, that was the first thing he came up with?! On his own?!

Also, if Steppenwolf's weird, Watto-looking henchmen are all over the world, as Batman claims at one point, then why isn't the world's news or government agencies covering or policing them, respectively? Why does Jim Gordon only have a child's sketch of the space beasties to work with? There would be pictures or YouTube vids everywhere of these things.

5. Why Does the Final Battle Waste Batman by Having Fire a Ray Gun?
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Batman is a useful guy to have around in a number of sticky situations, but an alien invasion isn't necessarily one of them.
As we saw, Batman's lack of powers made it difficult for him to take on even one Parademon, much less an army of them. But rather than find some way of allowing Batman's intelligence and resources to win the day, the movie reduced him to doing the one thing he's NEVER supposed to do -- fire a gun at his enemies.
6. Why Does This World Mourn the Loss of Superman as a Beacon of Hope?
We get it. The entire world is in mourning because they lost their brightest beacon of hope. But honestly, we're not sure why anyone in the DCEU has reason to mourn the loss of this version of Superman.
What exactly did he do in "Man of Steel" or "Batman v Superman" that would have earned such an outpouring of love and respect? He helped wipe half of Metropolis off the map, couldn't save an entire government courthouse from blowing up, and generally spent the entire time he was in costume moping and being miserable.
7. Why Does Superman Hulk Out on the Justice League When He First Comes Back to Life?
Granted, it's not like the DCEU filmmakers have established any clear rules when it comes to resurrection, but was there really a need for Superman to go on a murderous rampage as soon as he woke up?
If this guy is truly as kind and hopeful as the movie claims, wouldn't he have a little more control of his actions than that? And wouldn't he, you know, remember who Wonder Woman was? Wouldn't he remember that he is a big fan of truth, justice and NOT MURDERING PEOPLE?!
8. Why Does Superman's Face Look so Bad?
WB infamously had to pay millions to digitally remove actor Henry Cavill's mustache during re-shoots. (The actor had a lip broom due to his work on the in-production "Mission: Impossible 6" that Paramount would not let him shave to help accommodate the "JL" reshoots.)
But when the results look this uncanny valley-y, at some point you have to question why they even bothered. Is a mustachioed Superman really worse than one whose face constantly looks like the villain from "Shrek" meets Bruce Campbell's chin?
9. Did The Filmmakers Not See 'Wonder Woman'?
Batman had some pretty unkind things to say about Wonder Woman in this movie, accusing her of hiding from the world and failing to inspire others. Except, we see early on that she's spending her free time stopping terrorists and generally saving lives across Europe. And this summer's "Wonder Woman" established that she's been quietly but steadfastly saving the world ever since WWI. Excuse her if she prefers not to be a showboat about it, Bruce.
10. So The Justice League Is Totally Cool With Leaving the Last of the Planet-Destroying Mother Boxes Unguarded, Atop of a Car, in a Parking Lot?
The Justice League knew that they were stuck in a race against time to track down the Mother Boxes and stop Steppenwolf from ushering in another generic, CG-fueled superhero showdown. So why did it not occur to anyone on the team that maybe they should keep an eye on their lone Mother Box, rather than leave it sitting on the hood of a car, just waiting to be stolen away?
Honestly, they probably deserved to lose that final battle.
11. What the Heck Is Up With the Mother Boxes?
Honestly, we could write a book about the number of Mother Box-related plot holes in this movie.
Why did they wait so long to activate? Sure, Steppenwolf explained that they waited until Superman was gone, but what about the thousands of years before Superman's arrival, when Earth had no superhuman protectors? And why were all the Mother Boxes hidden on Earth, rather than scattered across the universe?
And if the Mother Boxes didn't activate until Superman's death, how was Dr. Stone able to use one to save his son, Cyborg, and allow for that cameo in "Batman v Superman"?
12. Why Tease the Legion of Doom for 'Justice League 2' and Not, You Know, Darkseid?
The post-credits scene showed us the return of Lex Luthor and the DCEU debut of Deathstroke. But why focus on those villains and behave as if Deathstroke has been at all relevant to the DCEU before now?
Why not tease the debut of Darkseid, who's clearly the real threat pulling the strings on Steppenwolf? Back when WB envisioned "Justice League" as a two-part film, we imagine Darkseid was next in line. But at this point, who knows when or if we'll see the DCEU pick up that loose thread?


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'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Will Be 'Richer, Deeper, and More Thrilling,' According to EP

There's still so much we haven't yet seen of the wizarding world, but that is going to change.

With "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" coming in 2018, executive producer David Heyman is promising that we'll see more of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's magical world in the sequel. Heyman spoke with EW about the upcoming film, teasing that it will have a "very different feel than the first." He specifically described it as a "thrilling and very fun adventure."

"We took all we've learned from one and just expanded that and created a richer, deeper and more thrilling film which I'm excited to be a part of," Heyman told EW.

The producer also pointed to the new cast photo, noting there are "quite a few characters" involved. The film will continue to share the adventures of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), but we'll see Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) take a more ominous role. His dark activities will bring in Newt's former Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), who tries to stop him.

As Harry Potter fans will remember, Grindelwald and Dumbledore were childhood friends. Rowling has indicated in the past that there was some kind of romantic love between the two powerful wizards, making another comment from Heyman especially interesting.

"It's also a story about love and passion and all its forms -- paternal, romantic, political," Heyman said.

Rowling wrote the screenplay, and David Yates directs. Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, and Zoe Kravitz also star.

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" opens Nov. 16, 2018.

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'A Wrinkle in Time' Trailer Transports Us to Colorful New Dimensions

An adventure through time and space lies ahead.

Disney's upcoming adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic childhood book "A Wrinkle in Time" hits theaters this spring, so in preparation, the studio released the official trailer on Sunday. The preview gives us a look at the film's colorful journey and the many famous faces involved. As the central characters wrinkle their way through another dimension, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Zach Galifianakis all play into the story.

The true stars of the film, however, are the kids playing Meg Murry (Storm Reid), her brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), and her classmate, Calvin (Levi Miller). The young characters embark on a heroic mission that brings them "outside of the rules we know of time and space," as Meg puts it. Their goal is to save Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine), Meg and Charles Wallace's missing father.

Watch below.

"A Wrinkle in Time" opens March 9.



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3 Reasons Why 'Justice League' Bombed at the Box Office

If "Justice League" were a typical Hollywood release, Warner Bros. would be ecstatic right now. After all, the movie debuted to an estimated $94 million, easily conquering the box office chart.

But of course, "Justice" is not a typical Warners release. It's a $300 million superhero saga that, by bringing together all the biggest heroes in the DC Expanded Universe for the first time in a live-action film, was supposed to be a cornerstone of the studio's business plan for the next several years. It was supposed to be DC's own "Avengers"; indeed, Warners even hired "Avengers" series director Joss Whedon to complete the film after director Zack Snyder had to drop out partway through due to a family tragedy.

Back in September, after "Wonder Woman" had become the most successful domestic box office performer in the DCEU franchise so far, pundits were predicting a $150 million premiere for "Justice League." In recent weeks, they downgraded that estimate to about $110 or $120 million. So a $94 million debut is an embarrassment, both for being so far off and for failing to crack the $100 million mark. It's also a sign of trouble for a movie whose production and marketing costs are so high that it'll have to gross about $1 billion worldwide just to break even. And as the lowest debut among the five DCEU movies to date, it's an ominous figure for a multibillion-dollar franchise whose next several installments depended heavily on this one being a hit.

Why were the experts so overconfident about "Justice League," and why didn't it enjoy a more superheroic opening? Here are three reasons.

1. Competition

If you were scheduling the release of a DCEU superhero epic, would you do it just two weeks into the run of a superhero epic from rival Marvel? Probably not, and yet "Justice League" was hobbled right out of the gate by having to contend with "Thor: Ragnarok," still going strong this weekend with an estimated $21.8 million.

Also, for "Justice League" to succeed, it needed to draw upon a broad audience that included both men and women. Unfortunately, there were many more movies in the multiplex with appeal to both demographics this weekend. There was Julia Roberts's drama "Wonder," which opened in second place with an estimated $27.1 million. That was about $9 million above expectations, thanks perhaps to especially strong reviews (84 percent fresh at Rotten Tomatoes) and audience word-of-mouth (an A+ grade at CinemaScore). Many families also went to see Christmas-themed family cartoon "The Star," which opened in sixth place with an estimated $10 million. Like "Wonder," "The Star" pleased both critics and audiences enough to debut well above expectations, by about $3 million. And then there were holdover hits "Daddy's Home 2," "Murder on the Orient Express," and "A Bad Moms Christmas," all films that appealed to numerous audience segments, which sold a combined $35.5 million in tickets this weekend.

Altogether, it was a very good weekend at the multiplex, the fourth best of 2017 so far and the biggest in the more than four months since the July premiere of "Spider Man: Homecoming." The total take for all movies was just $35,000 shy of $200 million. It could have pushed past that benchmark if only "Justice League" had been a stronger choice in the face of so many worthy alternatives.

2. Theater Count

It's easy to forget how important this is. "Justice League" was booked onto 4,051 screens, which sounds like a lot, but the four previous DCEU movies screened in even more theaters, one or two hundred more. Of course, they also all enjoyed higher per-screen averages than "Justice League," but some of them not by much. "Justice League" claimed an average of $23,698 per screen, compared to $24,790 for "Wonder Woman" and $27,720 for "Man of Steel." Given those numbers, if "Justice League" had played on just 169 more screens, it would have cracked $100 million.

"Suicide Squad" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" both had much higher per-screen averages, well above $30,000, but they also opened at less competitive times of the year (August and March, respectively). Taking into account the current crowded marketplace and the lower theater count, analysts should have realized how unrealistic it was to expect a "Justice League" debut of $150 or even $110 million.

3. Bad Buzz

There will be a lot of grumbling over how poorly the movie fared at Rotten Tomatoes, where aggregated reviews from critics averaged out to a poor 40 percent fresh score. There was some controversy over the site's refusal to divulge the score until the last minute, though that was apparently more a gimmick to get people to watch the reveal on "See It/Skip It," RT's streaming show on Facebook, than to aid Warners (a minority stakeholder in RT's parent company) by keeping the low score hidden from advance ticket buyers.

Paying customers had a similarly middling response, judging by the B+ grade they gave it at CinemaScore. That's better than the B they gave "Batman v Superman," equal to the grade they gave "Suicide Squad," and weaker than the A- they gave "Man of Steel" or the A they gave "Wonder Woman."

The meh response among fans and critics alike points to a larger problem for the franchise, which has been execution. DC has an ardent fan base, for whom such characters as Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have built up nearly eight decades' worth of good will. They'll come see any DCEU movie, whether out of loyalty or FOMO. But the DCEU's grim, dour treatment of their stories has alienated many viewers. (Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy offered a similarly stoic treatment of Batman, but it was also more thought-provoking and substantive than the DCEU movies have been.) A lot of critics and fans blame Snyder, who set that tone with "Man of Steel" and continued it with "Batman v Superman" and now "Justice League." Whedon came aboard after principal photography ended, writing and directing enough additional scenes to earn a co-screenwriting credit, and he may or may not be responsible for the lighter tone and more streamlined plotting of "Justice League"; nonetheless, critics and fans have found the tone and performances inconsistent.

With "Wonder Woman," director Patty Jenkins showed that DCEU films could successfully strike a balance between levity and seriousness. Her tone and Gal Gadot's enthusiastic performance won over diehard fans and casual viewers alike. Their movie showed that there was another way forward for the DCEU, but it also may have raised expectations so high that "Justice League," with its difficult production history, simply couldn't meet them.

It's not all bad news for "Justice League," which has already earned an estimated $185.5 million overseas. Still, even if it performs as well over the next few weeks as the most successful DCEU installments ("Batman v Superman" and "Wonder Woman"), it'll likely top out at around $800 million worldwide. After you deduct the theater owners' share of the grosses (about half), as well as production and marketing costs, that figure won't be enough to make "Justice League" profitable.

If future DCEU movies are going to be the mass crowd pleasers they have to be in order to earn the 10-figure grosses they need to justify their cost, they'll have to find another creative approach to the characters. Whatever they're doing now, it's not working as it should.



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Armie Hammer Blasts Oscars' 'Two Standards' for Casey Affleck and Nate Parker 

89th Annual Academy Awards - BackstageArmie Hammer is still upset about the 2017 Oscars, and how "The Birth of a Nation" was treated.

Armie Hammer is always candid. Or as he put it to The Hollywood Reporter, "I always open my mouth too much, but f*ck it." He's currently earning 2018 Oscars buzz for "Call Me by Your Name," but talk about the Oscars sent the conversation down a dark road. Hammer was invited to join the Academy this year, he thinks it's "largely because of the way the 'Birth of a Nation' thing was handled."

"Birth of a Nation" had a strong showing at Sundance, but right as 2017 Oscars season kicked off, a 1999 rape allegation against director/writer/producer/star Nate Parker resurfaced. Hammer costarred in "Birth of a Nation" as Samuel Turner, and he told THR the timing of the headlines "was orchestrated for sure."

On that note, he added:

"There was another person in the industry, who had a competing film for the Academy Awards, who decided to release all of the phone records and information. I've been told who did it — by several people."

Interesting... Hammer said the way Nate Parker was treated -- and sent to "directors jail" -- showed a double standard when compared to Casey Affleck, who was accused of sexual misconduct and still ultimately won the Oscar.

"Nate had the stuff in his past, which is heinous and tough to get beyond. I get that. But that was when he was 18, and now he's in directors jail. At the same time, the guy who went and won an Academy Award has three cases of sexual assault against him."

Premiere Of Fox Searchlight Pictures' 'The Birth Of A Nation' - ArrivalsHere's more of the Hollywood Reporter piece, including some clarification on their end as to Affleck's actual charges vs. Parker's charges:

"I ask if he is referring to Casey Affleck, who was sued in 2010 for sexual harassment by two female crewmembers on the set of I'm Still Here and who won the 2016 best actor Oscar for Manchester by the Sea. 'Yeah,' he says. (Affleck, in fact, had two civil suits filed against him, both of which were settled out of court and dismissed.) 'And [Parker] had one incident — which was heinous and atrocious — but his entire life is affected in the worst possible way. And the other guy won the highest award you can get as an actor. It just doesn't make sense.'

I point out the details of the Parker trial — a claim of gang rape on a heavily intoxicated woman, followed by his accuser's suicide — are much graver than what Affleck was accused of, which involved a pattern of demeaning and lewd language and, in one instance, drunkenly climbing into bed with a woman without her consent. 'Look," says Hammer. 'I'm not saying Nate should not have been in trouble. I'm saying that they got in different levels of trouble. And that's the disparity. It's like there are two standards for how to deal with someone who has this kind of issue in their past, you know?'"

He's not the only one to take issue with Casey Affleck breezing through his allegations and winning an Oscar. Brie Larson said her lack of applause spoke for itself, and others spoke even louder.

But the 2017 Oscars was a mess across the board, and Hammer admitted he "laughed so hard" and "literally stood up off my couch and applauded — in a schadenfreude way" over the "La La Land"/"Moonlight" snafu. There's almost no way 2018 can match 2017's level of drama ... but it can try.

The 90th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live on ABC Sunday, March 4, 2018.

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Harrison Ford Plays Real-Life Hero After Woman Crashes Car Off Highway

Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Premiere - LondonIndiana Jones/Han Solo > Your DC and Marvel faves.

Once again, Harrison Ford has stepped into headlines (this time not for any plane incidents). TMZ says he helped a woman who drove her car off the highway Sunday morning in Santa Paula, CA, crashing into an embankment. Witnesses say Ford was driving behind her when she lost control.

(Side note: Do you think she saw Harrison Ford in her rear-view mirror and thought "Holy sh*t that's Han Solo!" and it led her off the road?)

Ford pulled over, along with other drivers, and rushed to her aide until the paramedics arrived. TMZ posted photos of the car and Ford at the scene. The woman only had minor injuries, thankfully.

Ford also steps up on the other U.S. coast. TMZ reminded readers that, just two months ago, Ford decided to direct tunnel traffic in New York City. When you play an action hero so often on-screen it must make you want to take action off-screen.

When Ford isn't policing road traffic, he's often flying. That does not always go well, but he's 75 and still everywhere -- ground, sky, probably at sea now and again -- so good for him.

Speaking of Indiana Jones, though, Ford is on board for a fifth movie, expected in July 2020.

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Jessica Chastain Spoofs 'Every Audition Ever' in Savage 'Tonight Show' Video

Jessica Chastain is here to show what the Hollywood casting process is really like.

The two-time Oscar nominee is never shy about speaking up for herself and others. That's part of why we love her, in addition to her obvious talent. She was just on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" to talk about her new movie "Molly's Game," and the recent roundtable interview she had with several fellow actresses.

Part of the actress roundtable covered the recent sexual harassment allegations. Chastain told Fallon she got pushback for speaking out on that topic -- even getting an email from an (unnamed) actor telling her she was using her platform irresponsibly and should simmer down. That just emboldened her.To illustrate part of the problem in a more lighthearted "Tonight Show" fashion, Fallon and Chastain shot this spoof of the Hollywood audition process: "Murdered -- but hot!"

Chastain was also there to promote her movie about high-stakes poker maven Molly Bloom:"Molly's Game" opens December 25th.

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Pink Responds to 'Negative Nancy's' Who Misread Her Viral AMAs Reaction Shot

No, Pink didn't grimace through Christina Aguilera's Whitney Houston tribute, even if some viewers did.

Xtina honored the late Whitney Houston on the 25th Anniversary of "The Bodyguard," singing a medley of songs during the 2017 American Music Awards.Not everyone was a fan of the choice of Aguilera to perform, or her performance. Those critics decided Pink spoke for all of them with a reaction shot that quickly went viral.


Christina and Pink collaborated on "Lady Marmalade" for the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack, but they've also clashed in the past. Pink even said "The Voice" coach tried to punch her in the face once. So some thought Pink throwing shade with that AMAs look. But they put their differences behind them a long time ago, and Pink was quick to set the record straight.

Pink first retweeted this note:


Pink added this quote with the retweet:

"Yes. THIS. Christina f*cking killed it tonight for one of our favorite singers ever. This about Whitney, and I am in awe of Christina's talent. Show the clip where I'm in tears, you negative Nancy's 🤘🏽✌🏼❤️"


When one fan tried to say Pink was lying, others shot back with clips where it was more obvious Pink was enjoying herself:


Whitney Houston died at the much-too-young age of 50 in February 2012. No one can sing her songs better than her, and no one should even want to hear them performed as well. It's fitting that every time we hear a Whitney song we should wish Whitney were still here and in good health to sing it herself.

In case you care about who actually won during the AMAs, here's a list of winners.

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Superman's CGI-Erased Mustache Looks Weird in 'Justice League' & Fans Can't Unsee It

Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' - Red CarpetMustacheGate is Superman's new Kryptonite.

Henry Cavill is in "Justice League" as Clark Kent/Superman, who has no mustache. That was not a problem until the scheduling of "Justice League" reshoots overlapped with his filming for "Mission: Impossible 6." In that film, he does have a pretty sweet 'stache, and chin scruff. Much ado was made over "Justice League" having to digitally remove Cavill's mustache for the movie. The actor himself had a lot of fun with the idea on social media, in response to the chatter.

But now "Justice League" is out, and many fans (including some who were probably looking for issues, knowing Cavill's mustache was a factor) were thrown by the result:

Yeah, maybe this will actually boost the box office?

If you're curious how one erases facial hair on screen, Business Insider got the inside scoop from some visual effects experts.

"Mission: Impossible 6" -- starring Henry Cavill's un-shaveable mustache -- is scheduled to open in theaters on July 27th, 2018. "Justice League" is now in theaters.

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Jeffrey Tambor Says He Won't Return to 'Transparent' Due to 'Politicized Atmosphere'

Jeffrey Tambor plays Maura, a transgender woman, on the Amazon series <em>Transparent</em>."This is no longer the job I signed up for," Jeffrey Tambor says. The Emmy-winning "Transparent" star has been accused of harassment by two women -- his former assistant and an actress on the Amazon show -- and he sounds pretty bitter about it.

After the second woman came forward, there was talk of writing Tambor off the show, in which he has the lead role of Maura Pfefferman. Perhaps that talk is what led to Tambor to come forward with his own statement to Deadline, basically saying they can't fire him if he quits first in protest:

"Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. I've already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don't see how I can return to Transparent."

He does sound more upset for himself than anyone else. Maybe he feels betrayed, since others on the show have not had his back, at least publicly. Tambor previously said, via Deadline, that he was "deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive." He also added, in general of his behavior:

"I know I haven't always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator – ever."

Being ill-tempered and speaking harshly doesn't exactly create a great working environment either, but it is very different to be labeled some kind of predator. He seems to feel like these accusations are labeling him a Weinstein-esque predator.

Now what? The show was already in an awkward position. Now Tambor has essentially quit. So they either cancel the show after Season 4, which premiered in September, or go ahead with Season 5 without Maura.

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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: November 20-26

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

New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital

"Despicable Me 3"
Gru (Steve Carell) and his family (including Minions!) continue their adventures in the third movie in this wonderfully "Despicable" franchise. The family film arrives on Digital and Digital 3D November 21, then on on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand December 5. There are several bonus features, including the All-New Mini Movie "The Secret Life of Kyle," plus "Minion Moments," "The Making of Despicable Me 3," "Minion Mugshots," sing-alongs, deleted scenes, "Wanted Posters," and a lot more.

"Marvel's Runaways" (Hulu Original)
"Every teenager thinks their parents are evil, what if they actually are?" Hulu is premiering this 10-episode web series, which is connected to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting November 21. The Runaways stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, and Allegra Acosta as six teenagers from different backgrounds who unite against their parents, the Pride, portrayed by Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, Brittany Ishibashi, James Yaegashi, Kevin Weisman, Brigid Brannagh, Annie Wersching, Kip Pardue, James Marsters, and Ever Carradine."American Assassin"
Dylan O'Brien plays CIA black-ops recruit Mitch Rapp, opposite Michael Keaton as Cold War veteran Stan Hurley, in this action thriller available November 21 on Digital HD, then December 5 on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD. Several extras come with the release, including "Target Acquired: Creating an American Assassin," "Finding Mitch Rapp: Dylan O'Brien," and "Transfer of Power: Hurley and Ghost," and other featurettes on the training, stunts, and locations.

"Home Again"
Reese Witherspoon's new romantic comedy -- costarring Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Lake Bell, Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, and Jon Rudnitsky -- arrives on Digital November 21, and on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand December 21. The release features a bonus commentary with the director and the producer of the film.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Good Time"
Robert Pattinson got a standing ovation at Cannes, and the best reviews of his career, for this crime thriller from the Safdie Brothers, costarring Benny Safdie and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The movie is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on November 21. Extras include "The Pure and the Damned: Good Time" featurette; a music video; and audio commentary with directors Josh and Benny Safdie, producer Sebastian Bear-McClard, and actors Taliah Lennice Webster and Buddy Duress.

Check out this exclusive clip from the bonus features, with the directors and Pattinson talking about the making of the film:"Leap!"
Eleven-year-old orphan Félicie (voiced by Elle Fanning) dreams of going to Paris to become a ballerina. Her best friend Victor (Nate Wolff) dreams of becoming a famous inventor. Watch them pursue their dreams in this family film arriving on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand November 21. Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes video gallery and a look at stars Kate McKinnon, Nat Wolff, and Maddie Ziegler in the recording booth.

This exclusive extras clip features Nat Wolff discussing his character, Victor, with footage from the recording booth:"The Hitman's Bodyguard"
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson star in this action comedy pairing a hitman and an elite bodyguard. Watch them on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand November 21. DVD extras include the featurette "Big Action in a Big World" and director's commentary. The digital and Blu-ray releases feature several other behind-the-scenes featurettes, director's commentary, outtakes, and deleted/extended/alternate scenes.

Redbox: New titles coming to the big red box on Tuesday, Nov. 21 include "The Hitman's Bodyguard," "Valerian," "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature," "Leap!," "The Bad Batch," "Good Time," "Santa Stole Our Dog," "The Ice Cream Truck," "Misfortune," "Ryde," "Beach Rats," and "Pondemonium: The Movie."

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New on Netflix

"She's Gotta Have It" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Thirty years ago, the first Spike Lee joint arrived with "She's Gotta Have It." Return to the story and character of Nola Darling in this new 10-episode series, arriving on Netflix November 23.

"The series stars breakout actress DeWanda Wise as Nola Darling, an uncompromising woman in her late twenties struggling to define herself and divide her time among her Friends, her Job and her Three Lovers: The Cultured Model, Greer Childs, The Protective Investment Banker, Jamie Overstreet and Da Original B-Boy Sneakerhead, Mars Blackmon. Nola is not who you want her to be. Nola is now—she is outspoken, complicated, progressive, unapologetic, passionate, sexual. Nola is the modern black woman."

"Godless" (Netflix Original)
This seven-episode limited series Western -- starring Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, Jack O'Connell, Scoot McNairy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Merritt Wever -- premieres on Netflix November 22.

"It is a fearful thing, to love what death can touch. 'Godless' follows the fates of Frank Griffin and his murderous gang... of Roy Goode, the member who turned against them... and of La Belle, the town full of women who must defend themselves when they get caught in the crossfire. Welcome to Godless country."

"Saving Capitalism" (Netflix Original)
In this documentary available for streaming on Netflix November 21, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich examines America's fragile democracy and its fight for survival.

"As income and wealth go to the top, more Americans are left behind. Now it's up to those ordinary Americans to change the rules."

"Beat Bugs: All Together Now" (Netflix Original)
This Emmy-award winning children series, inspired by the music of The Beatles, has its own 48-minute special, "All Together Now," coming to Netflix on November 21.


TV Worth Watching

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade & National Dog Show Presented by Purina (Thursday on NBC at 9 a.m.)
Action from The National Dog Show presented by Purina.(Credit: Ryan Wilson for FanHouse )It's time for one of the best traditions of every year: The National Dog Show! Everyone focuses on the Thanksgiving parade -- which you can watch on NBC or CBS -- but the real fun happens when hosts John O'Hurley and David Frei break out the canine puns for the adorable dog show, running noon to 2 p.m. Join me in rooting for the "mop" dogs -- the Komondor, Puli, and Bergamasco Shepherd -- since they never seem to catch a break to win.

"Dancing With the Stars" Season 25 (Tuesday on ABC at 9 p.m.)
It's time for the Season 25 Mirror Ball to find its forever home. Will it go to Jordan Fisher, Lindsey Stirling, or Frankie Muniz? Drew Scott is also in the running, but do we really think he has a shot?

"Baltimore Rising" (Monday on HBO at 8 p.m.)
"The Wire" star Sonja Sohn directed this thought-provoking documentary following the activists, police officers, community leaders, and gang affiliates struggling to hold Baltimore together as the homicide rate hits record levels. "Baltimore Rising," along with extra content, will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand, and affiliate portals. Nonsubscribers can also watch the doc on HBO.com, free on demand and YouTube for one month, beginning November 21 at 10 a.m. ET.

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17 Things You Never Knew About Disney's 'Enchanted'

Today, "Enchanted" may feel as beloved as any other Disney fairy tale, but when it was released ten years ago this week (on November 21, 2007), the story of a cartoon princess transported to flesh-and-blood New York City was considered a risky project for Disney.

A lavish live-action/animation blend of the sort the studio hadn't tried for two decades, it featured an untried leading lady and a script that lampooned the princess musicals that had been the studio's signature fare for 70 years. Fortunately, "Enchanted" became a worldwide smash, earned three Oscar nominations, and made a star out of Amy Adams.

It's a wonder the movie worked so well, given the long struggle to get it made. The result could have been something a lot different -- less kid-friendly, and with another leading lady. Here, then, are the secrets of how the filmmakers overcame those obstacles, brought the fantasy realms of Andalasia and Manhattan together, and got all those rats and pigeons to clean Patrick Dempsey's apartment.
1. It took a decade for Bill Kelly's screenplay to reach the screen. In part, that's because the script was initially R-rated; in one risqué sequence, poor stranded princess Giselle gets mistaken for a stripper. Disney bought the screenplay, but planned to release it through one of its grown-up imprints, not family-friendly Walt Disney Pictures.

2. Over the next ten years, the musical project went through numerous script doctors and four directors, including Rob Marshall (who ended up making "Chicago" for Disney's Miramax instead), Jon Turteltaub (who wound up making Disney's "National Treasure" movies), and Adam Shankman (who'd go on to direct "Hairspray"). Disney finally hired Kevin Lima (the co-director of its animated hit "Tarzan") and returned the script to Kelly for one last rewrite.
3. Among the initial casting choices for Giselle were Reese Witherspoon and Kate Hudson. Adams didn't land the part until after her Oscar-nominated supporting performance in 2005's "Junebug" put her on Disney's radar.

4. Since Adams was a non-entity at the box office, Disney sought insurance by seeking a better-known leading man to play jaded divorce lawyer Robert. James Marsden wanted to play the second lead, heroic but clueless Prince Edward, so that left the role of Robert open for "Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick "McDreamy" Dempsey.
5. Future "Frozen" princess Idina Menzel got to play Robert's fiancée, Nancy. At the time, she was best known for having starred on Broadway in both "Rent" and "Wicked" -- musicals whose billboards can be seen in the film's Times Square scenes. (There's also a billboard for "Hairspray," the film version of which featured Marsden.) "Wicked" lyricist Stephen Schwartz wrote the songs for "Enchanted" with frequent Disney composer Alan Menken.

6. Several actresses who starred in Disney musicals have cameos in "Enchanted." Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel in "The Little Mermaid," plays Robert's assistant Sam. (Fittingly, she shares a scene with Giselle that involves a fish tank, while "Mermaid" ballad "Part of Your World" plays in the background.) Paige O'Hara, who starred as Belle in "Beauty and the Beast," plays a soap opera character named Angela, who shares a scene on her TV show with a character named Jerry (apparent references to "Beauty" co-stars Angela Lansbury and Jerry Orbach). Judy Kuhn, who sang for the title character in "Pocahontas," plays Robert's pregnant neighbor. And Mary Poppins herself, Julie Andrews, is the film's voiceover narrator. (Giselle's twirl on a hill in Central Park is an homage to the opening scene of Andrews' "The Sound of Music.")
7. Lima has said there are thousands of Easter eggs in "Enchanted" that call back to older Disney films. Among them: The Italian restaurant where Robert and Giselle share a pizza is called "Bella Notte" (above), named after the song from the Italian restaurant scene in "Lady and the Tramp." (And notice the Mickey Mouse silhouette made of peppers on their pie.) The troll that nearly kills Giselle wears rags made from famous Disney princess costumes and earrings made from Ariel's shellfish bra. Nancy's last name is Tremaine, like the wicked stepmother and stepsisters in "Cinderella." Robert's last name is Philip, after the prince in "Sleeping Beauty." The Afro-puff hairdo worn by the Times Square bus driver looks like Mickey Mouse ears. And the hotel TV that Edward watches plays nothing but Disney clips.

8. Lima has a cameo of sorts in the movie as the yipping voice of Andalasian chipmunk Pip, once he's transported to New York and loses the ability to speak English.
9. The Disney studio may have pioneered hand-drawn animation in feature films, but by 2007, Disney was a computer-animated shop with hardly anyone left who could create the 13 minutes of hand-drawn animation "Enchanted" required. Disney had to farm those scenes out to one of its former animators, James Baxter, who ran his own animation studio in Pasadena.

10. Mona May, the costume designer best known for her colorful "Clueless" clothes, created the costumes for "Enchanted." Most elaborate was Giselle's poofy wedding dress, which included a hoop skirt that had 20 layers of petticoats. Adams said it was hard to move while wearing it because it weighed 45 pounds.
11. During the "Happy Working Song" sequence, among the CGI cockroaches, pigeons, and rats who swarm and clean Robert's apartment, there are some real birds and rodents. "We had a whole room full of live rats and pigeons," Adams told Collider. "Not all of them. You can't train them to scrub a toilet. I've tried. I would love if you could train animals to do the dirty work, but we did have live rats and pigeons and no cockroaches. I don't work with cockroaches."

12. Lima has said the hardest sequence to film was the "That's How You Know" number, shot in Central Park. It took 17 days, with shooting made difficult because of bad weather and overzealous Dempsey fans.
13. Menzel was supposed to sing "Enchanted," a duet with Marsden, but it was cut from the film.

14. Disney had hoped to cash in on merchandising with a Giselle doll, the studio's first to be modeled in the likeness of a real person rather than a cartoon. But then Disney's lawyers discovered that they'd have to pay Adams to license her image for the rest of her life, so the doll was scrapped.
15. "Enchanted" cost a reported $85 million to make. It earned back $128 million in North America and a total of $340 million worldwide.

16. Three of the movie's five songs were nominated for Oscars: "Happy Working Song," "That's How You Know," and "So Close."
17. It's taken even longer for an "Enchanted" sequel to get off the ground than it took to make the original film. As with "Enchanted," the sequel has gone through several writers and directors. Most recently, in October 2016, Disney announced that the movie would be called "Disenchanted," with Shankman set to direct and Adams set to return as a Giselle who's having second thoughts after ten years of marriage. "Disenchanted" was supposed to film Summer 2017 and be released next year, but we haven't heard much since last October's announcement.

Like Giselle, we may have to wait a while longer for our happily ever after.



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