Tuesday, January 31, 2017

'The Walking Dead' Reveals Title of Supersized 2017 Return Episode

The Walkign Dead (2017)Season 7, Episode 10Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes"The Walking Dead" Season 7 has had a rocky road thus far, and the Feb. 12 midseason premiere title is following suit.

According to AMC, the title of Season 7, Episode 9 is "Rock in the Road," with this very brief synopsis: "Rick is introduced to a new community."

Will that community be the Kingdom, which we've already seen, or perhaps the new group teased in the AMC photo above? Both? Maybe Tara's Oceanside as well? We know a Join Us To Fight Negan pitch will be made to Hilltop leader Gregory, but Hilltop is not a new community to anyone at this point.

Whatever happens, it will be supersized again, beyond the usual hour timeframe. Episode 9 is scheduled to be 1 hour and 13 minutes, with "Talking Dead" getting a later start at 10:13 p.m. to accommodate.

In the meantime, AMC is doing its usual "Walking Dead" marathon, which always starts on Super Bowl weekend (counterprogramming!) and picks up the next weekend as a lead-in for the launch of the second half of the season. Check out the AMC schedule for the rundown.

There are 16 episodes to "The Walking Dead" Season 7, so the big finale should be on Sunday, April 2. The stars have already been plugging that episode, but Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) said the back eight episodes are "magnificent" with a very different tone than the first half.

"The Walking Dead" returns Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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Shower Time! See Rihanna Check-In as Marion Crane in 'Bates Motel' Photos

Celebrity Sightings in New York City - January 24, 2016Rihanna's Marion Crane will not find love in the hopeless place of "Bates Motel" Season 5, but fans will find a new version of the famous "Psycho" character in the A&E drama's final season.

"Bates Motel" launches Season 5 on February 20, catching the story up to Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1960 horror film. Rihanna was cast as Marion Crane, the shower victim originally played by Janet Leigh, and Entertainment Weekly just shared the first two photos of Rihanna's Marion with Freddie Highmore's Norman Bates, plus a promo for the new season:

Daniel Wu as Sunny - Into the Badlands _ Season 2, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Antony Platt/AMC

Daniel Wu as Sunny - Into the Badlands _ Season 2, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Antony Platt/AMC

Executive producer Kerry Ehrin told EW that TV viewers will see a more fleshed-out version of Marion Crane than in Hitchcock's fillm. "We're taking threads of that story and definitely using them so it's recognizable, it's just where we go with it is very different," Ehrin said. Season 5 picks up about 18 months after the death of Norman's mother, Norma Bates (Vera Fermiga), and since a boy's best friend is his mother, we know this is going to put Norman in an especially delicate mental state.

The final season premieres Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. on A&E.

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'Lord of the Rings' Stars Troll Fans With Precious Reunion Photos

'Stranger Things' Stars Defend Winona Ryder's 'Awesome' Facial Expressions

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ShowWinona Ryder won the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards with her facial expressions during her "Stranger Things" co-star's speech. Most fans appreciated the viral-worthy beauty of her reaction shots, but others wondered if there was something wrong with her. In the days after the SAG Awards, the actress's Netflix family has stepped in on the defense -- attempting to explain what she was doing, or just praising the "expressive" star and embracing her lovable quirks.

TMZ asked Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) about Winona's "crazy faces," and he said she just couldn't hear David Harbour's (Chief Hopper) speech. When he saw how she reacted, he said he loved it and thought "it was awesome."

David Harbour tweeted his love for the Winona memes...

... and further praised Winona, and the light-hearted live show moment, in a talk with Vanity Fair:

"I'll connect with her this week once we get back on set together, and we'll joke about it," Harbour said, adding, "But I just love her so much. Her face is just so expressive. What an amazing quality. And it's just so fun to have people—to have this kind of fiery speech, and then to have people also appreciate the silliness and the joy of just like a totally wonderful, sensitive, expressive actress. I love it."

Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) also praised the expressive side of his on-screen mom:

Matthew Modine (Dr. Martin Brenner) had his hands on Winona's shoulders through the speech, and one fan accused him of using her as an arm rest -- which is a weird thing to call out -- so he responded with more praise for the actress: There are worse fates than to be an instant social media sensation decades after first making it big in '80s movies. Winona is our queen, and we're more excited than ever to see her Joyce Byers back in action when Netflix gives us Season 2 ... sometime this summer.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Lines Up First Post-Oscar Acting Project, 'The Black Hand'

Screening Of National Geographic Channel's 'Before The Flood' - ArrivalsLeonardo DiCaprio has kept a relatively low profile since winning his first Academy Award last year for "The Revenant." (Well, aside from his reported plan to produce a "Captain Planet" movie, anyway.) But DiCaprio has finally lined up his first post-Oscar acting project, and it sounds like it could once again attract the attention of the Academy.

According to Deadline, the actor is set to star in and produce an adaptation of the book "The Black Hand," written by Stephan Talty. The tome tells the true story of Joe Petrosino, a NYPD police officer who worked in the late 1800s and early 1900s to take down dozens of members of a notoriously violent Italian gang -- known as The Black Hand, considered an early precursor to the Italian mob in America -- and was ultimately assassinated by them.

In addition to starring as Petrosino, DiCaprio will also produce through his Appian Way banner. Deadline reports that the production is currently looking for a writer to adapt the book into a screenplay, so it appears that filming is still a long way off.

This sounds like a juicy role for DiCaprio, and should be a welcome return to the big screen for the actor. Stay tuned to see who else this high-profile project attracts.

[via: Deadline]

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Nicole Kidman in Talks to Join 'Aquaman' as His Mother: Report

23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ArrivalsThe Hollywood Reporter must have a very well-placed mole inside the "Aquaman" production: Only an hour after breaking the news that the standalone flick was currently in talks to cast Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the villain Black Manta, THR is now reporting that Nicole Kidman is also in negotiations to a take a high-profile role in the film.

According to the trade, Kidman is "in early talks" to play the part of Aquaman's (Jason Momoa) mother. The character, Atlanna, is described by THR as "hail[ing] from royalty in the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. She escapes her kingdom and falls in love with a lighthouse keeper, giving birth to the boy who will one day grow up to be a bridge between two worlds."

While Kidman, who's only 49, may seem like an eyebrow-raising selection to play the mother of 37-year-old Momoa, she's reportedly been director James Wan's first choice for the part for some time, and the production is eager to bring her on board. And the fact that the film is set to shoot in Kidman's native Australia would certainly make things convenient for the Oscar-winning actress to join the project.

We'll have to wait until studio Warner Bros. offers comment before the news is official. "Aquaman" is set to start shooting in April, and will hit theaters on October 5, 2018.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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'Aquaman' Adds Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Villain Black Manta

2017 G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala - ArrivalsThe upcoming "Aquaman" standalone feature is shoring up its cast, and according to a new report, is now set to add yet another villain to the ensemble.

The scoop comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which writes that actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II -- who recently made a splash on Netflix's flashy new series "The Get Down," and will next be seen in the big screen version of "Baywatch" -- is currently in negotiations to take the part of Black Manta in the movie, after impressing director James Wan and Warner Bros. studio heads. Black Manta is a supervillain who serves as one of Aquaman's major foes in the DC comics, and is known for his high-tech costumes and weaponry.

Adbul-Mateen isn't the only actor who's set to make things difficult for Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa) on-screen, with Patrick Wilson also joining the ensemble as the villain Orm, the half-brother of the titular hero who battles Aquaman for control of Atlantis. The rest of the cast includes Amber Heard as love interest Mera, and Willem Defoe as Dr. Vulko, a scientist and advisor to Aquaman.

"Aquaman" is set to swim into theaters on October 5, 2018.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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Teri Hatcher Joins 'Supergirl' Season 2 in Mystery Villain Role

LOIS CLARK THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMANAnother former member of the DC universe is making her way to "Supergirl," with Teri Hatcher set to join the CW series in a mysterious, villainous role.

The network announced on Tuesday that Hatcher -- who previously played Lois Lane, Superman's paramour and Clark Kent's Daily Planet co-worker, on '90s ABC series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" -- would become a crucial part of the ensemble as season two continues to unfold. Not many details have been provided (we don't know her character's name yet, for one), but a statement from the network notes that the actress will play "a mysterious new role that will become the new Big Bad of Season 2."

"No offense to any of the wonderful actresses who have also played the part, but Teri Hatcher is my all time favorite Lois Lane," said "Supergirl" executive producer Andrew Kreisberg in a statement. "To have her come back to the SuperWorld in a completely different part is an unbelievable gift to me, [producer] Greg [Berlanti], and the fans."

Hatcher isn't the first star who's previously appeared in another DC property to make her mark on "Supergirl." The series has already featured Helen Slater (who played Supergirl in the heroine's 1984 feature film) and Dean Cain (Hatcher's "Lois & Clark" co-titular star) as Supergirl's (Melissa Benoist) adoptive Earth parents, as well as onetime Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, who's featured on season two as the president of the United States.

No word yet on when Hatcher will pop up on the program. "Supergirl" airs Monday nights on The CW.

[via: Deadline]

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'So You Think You Can Dance' Renewed for Season 14, Returning to Original Format

FOX's 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Season TwelveThe last season of "So You Think You Can Dance" was a mixed bag, as both critics and audiences never really warmed to the concept of swapping out the traditional adult contestants with a "Next Generation" format featuring kids ages 8 to 13. While the reality staple has always been a bubble show, its renewal for a 14th season seemed especially questionable after an unsuccessful season 13. But now, Fox has decided to give the series another shot.

"SYTYCD" has officially been renewed for season 14, and with that good news comes some more: The show will return to its adults-only format, featuring the familiar age range of 18 to 30. According to longtime judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, the decision came down to viewer demand.

"This season is about giving our loyal fan base what they've been asking for," Lythgoe said in a statement. "We've decided to go back to basics by bringing the best of our past formats together for an exciting new summer featuring accomplished adult competitors partnered with fan-favorite All-Star dancers. And, of course, as in past seasons, there will be new surprises which are sure to wow our viewers."

TVLine reports that it's unclear at this point which judges will return to the competition, though Paula Abdul is officially out of the picture thanks to a conflict with her touring schedule. Longtime host Cat Deeley is currently in negotiations to return, according to TVLine, though nothing has been confirmed just yet.

Season 14 of "So You Think You Can Dance" is set to debut on Fox sometime this summer.

[via: TVLine]

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James Cameron Has Finished All 4 'Avatar' Sequel Scripts, Production to Start in August

Director James Cameron arrives at the prJames Cameron has made many, many promises about the long-gestating sequels to "Avatar" since the 2009 flick went on to become the highest-grossing movie of all time. And as the years have ticked by without another film materializing, it often seemed as though the project would never happen. But now, Cameron has declared that he's officially done with the scripts for the now-four planned sequels, and has also said that production will finally start later this year.

Whether or not you choose to believe the filmmaker depends on just how much caution you want to attach to your optimism. Cameron discussed his progress on the follow-up flicks in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, and noted that he's devoted a significant amount of time and attention to each film, perhaps explaining why it's taken so long to get these movies off the ground.

Here's what he told The Daily Beast:

" ... My focus is on Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 equally. That's exactly how I'm approaching it. They've all been developed equally. I've just finished the script to Avatar 5. I'm now starting the process of active prep. I'll be working with the actors in the capture volume in August, so I'm booked in production every day between now and then. Our volume is up and running, and everything is designed, and so we're going full-guns right now. I feel like I've been let out of jail, because I've been in the writing cave for the last two years. I'm actually enjoying life. I don't enjoy writing. I wouldn't wish writing on a dog."

So perhaps Cameron's desire to get everything just right is what caused such a massive delay in production. (And his aversion to writing probably played a role, too.) According to star Sigourney Weaver, all the extra time the filmmaker spent on the scripts appears to be worth it. Audiences will hopefully get to be the judge of that themselves soon.

"Avatar 2," "Avatar 3," "Avatar 4," and "Avatar 5" are currently slated for release around Christmas in 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023.

[via: The Daily Beast]

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'Westworld' Star Evan Rachel Wood Is Engaged to Zach Villa

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Red CarpetEvan Rachel Wood may have left the 2017 SAG Awards empty-handed on Sunday, but one of her hands showcased a very significant piece of jewelry.

The "Westworld" star's rep has confirmed to Us Weekly that Wood is engaged to her bandmate, Zach Villa. The two, who have been the source of relationship speculation since early December, were both seen with silver bands on their left ring fingers while at the Jan. 29 awards show.

The couple reportedly met in 2015 while performing at a John Hughes-themed cabaret. Apparently, they hit it off over "Sixteen Candles"- and "Breakfast Club"-inspired performances, because they decided to team up to form the musical duo Rebel and the Basketcase that year. It's unclear at what point they started dating.

This engagement marks Wood's third, following one to musician Marilyn Manson in 2010 and another to actor Jamie Bell in 2012. While she and Manson never made it down the aisle, she married Bell in October 2012. The two split in May 2014 and have a 3-year-old son together.

Incidentally, Bell and Kate Mara confirmed their engagement earlier this month. Love must be in the air.

[via: Us Weekly]

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Ellen DeGeneres Uses 'Finding Dory' to Tear Down Trump's Wall Plans

'Finding Dory' UK Premiere - VIP ArrivalsIf you thought "Finding Dory" was just a cute family movie, think again.

After hearing that Donald Trump screened her film "Finding Dory" at the White House over the weekend, Ellen DeGeneres used the film to comment on the president's immigration policies without actually discussing them. She revisited aspects of the film's plot, while making it very clear how she feels about the wall and recent travel ban. You'd be surprised by how well the film applies.

"Dory arrives in America with her friends Marlin and Nemo," DeGeneres said. "She ends up at the Marine Life Institute behind a large wall, and they all have to get over the wall. And you won't believe it, but that wall has almost no effect in keeping them out."

She continued, explaining that Dory ends up in a situation where she's alone in America and she needs help. Luckily for her, the other animals are willing to help her.

"They help her, even though they're completely different colors, because that's what you do when you see someone in need -- you help them," DeGeneres said.

The message might not have gotten across at the White House, but DeGeneres's audience definitely loved it.

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'The Batman' Needs a New Director After Ben Affleck Gives Up the Job

Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Live By Night'Ben Affleck is stepping out of the director's chair for his upcoming superhero flick "The Batman."

The actor-director will still star in and produce the film, but another filmmaker will now helm the project, Variety reports. There had been rumors suggesting that he planned to hand off the job, and now he has made it official. The news comes on the heels of his film "Live by Night" making a poor showing the box office, but sources tell Variety the decision is unrelated.

As Affleck explains it, stepping down allows him to give playing an iconic hero like Batman the attention it needs.

"There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions," Affleck said in a statement. "Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require."

It sounds reasonable enough. He's not superhuman, after all; he just plays one on the big screen.

Affleck and Warner Bros. are on the hunt for a replacement, and Variety sources say they already have a shortlist. The only name mentioned was that of Matt Reeves, director of "War for the Planet of the Apes." We'll find out who steps in to save the day in the coming months.

In the meantime, we have Affleck's role in "Justice League" to look forward to. The film opens on Nov. 17.

[via: Variety]

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Oprah Winfrey Looks to Unite Americans As a '60 Minutes' Special Contributor

CBS This Morning...Oprah Winfrey is looking for ways to tackle the political divide in the United States, and she's ready to try a new one: joining "60 Minutes."

The Queen of All Media is taking on a role as a special contributor to the news program, Deadline reports. Her first appearance will come during an episode this fall, and we can expect to see her interacting with a variety of Americans.

"At a time when people are so divided, my intention is to bring relevant insight and perspective, to look at what separates us, and help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds," Wifrey said in a statement.

Naturally, the show is thrilled to have her. Executive Producer Jeff Fager highlighted her years of success as a talk show host and general media maven.

"Her body of work is extraordinary, including thousands of interviews with people from all walks of life," he said. "She is a remarkable and talented woman with a level of integrity that sets her apart and makes her a perfect fit for '60 Minutes.'"

She may have a tough job ahead of her, but we have faith in the power of Oprah.

[via: Deadline]

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The Final 'Beauty and the Beast' Trailer Is As Magical As You'd Hope

We're one step closer to Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" remake coming to theaters.

The studio has released the film's final trailer Monday evening, and like the others before it, it's beautiful. Not only is the preview visually stunning, we get to hear more of Ariana Grande and John Legend's version of the titular duet. Everything comes together to make us that much more excited for the film's upcoming release.

The trailer hints at the newly fleshed-out version of Belle (Emma Watson), an inventor and woman "so ahead of her time," according to her father. It covers a lot of ground, showing us everything from how she comes to be trapped in the castle with the Beast (Dan Stevens) to their budding romance. Along the way, there are plenty of adorable animate objects, dance numbers, and inevitable moments of nostalgia.

Watch the trailer below to experience the magic yourself.

"Beauty and the Beast" opens in theaters on March 17.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Paris Jackson's Acting Debut Is Set for an Upcoming 'Star' Episode

Dior Homme : Outside Arrivals - Paris Fashion Week - Menswear F/W 2017-2018Paris Jackson is following in the footsteps of her father, Michael Jackson, as an entertainer.

The budding performer is set to make her acting debut in an upcoming episode of the Fox musical drama series "Star," THR reports. Jackson landed the role after charming Lee Daniels, one of the show's executive producers, directors, and writers, according to Rolling Stone. Her guest starring gig is for one episode.

Although she plays multiple instruments and sings, it doesn't sound like Jackson will be making any music herself on "Star." Instead, she'll play Rachel Wells, a social media maven. As the intimidating character, Jackson will push two of the members of the girl group out of their comfort zones during a publicity shoot.

Jackson is in good company in taking on a "Star" role; Missy Elliott is also set to guest star in an upcoming episode, and the season will include Gladys Knight, Lenny Kravitz, Tyrese Gibson, and more as well.

"Star" airs Wednesdays on Fox at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

[via: THR]

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'Empire' Locks Down Eva Longoria as Season 3 Guest Star

NATPE - Day 2There's always room for more people to stir up trouble on "Empire."

Eva Longoria is set to appear in a Season 3 episode of the Fox musical drama series, Deadline reports. As Charlotte Frost, the secretly corrupt director of the state gaming commissions, it sounds like she could either help or hurt Luscious (Terrence Howard) as he tries to expand the reach of Empire. We don't yet know what that means for his war against Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), but we can't wait to find out.

Longoria has done her fair share of TV drama in the past. Not only did she star in ABC's long-running hit "Desperate Housewives," she has executive produced "Devious Maids" and "Telenovela," among other projects. She also stars in the film "Low Riders," which hits theaters on May 12.

Keep a lookout for Longoria when "Empire" returns to Fox on March 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

[via: Deadline]

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'Doctor Who': Peter Capaldi Is Leaving the TARDIS (And Show) Behind

2016 New York Comic ConThe Doctor is in, but not for much longer.

"Doctor Who" star Peter Capaldi is ready to leave the hit BBC sci-fi series behind. The actor spilled the news while discussing the upcoming season Monday on Jo Whiley's BBC Radio 2. It turns out we'll have to say our goodbyes during the Christmas 2017 special. Some present.

"This will be the end for me," he said. "I feel it's sort of time for me to move on to different challenges."

Capaldi explained that his contract was running out, and while the producers wanted to extend it, he decided to move on while he was still able to give the show his best. His exit will coincide with that of showrunner Steven Moffat, who has spent more than 10 years of working on the series. Big changes are coming.

In the meantime, though, Capaldi still has more TARDIS time coming up. "I'm still Doctor Who," he said. "We're doing epic stuff."

Sad as it will be to see him depart, the series has survived plenty of change-ups in the past. Capaldi, who took on the role in 2013, is the 12th incarnation of the time-traveling Doctor. The show will go on, even without him.

[via: BBC]

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'Titanic': James Cameron Explains Why Rose and Jack Couldn't Both Fit on the Floating Board

"Titanic" turns 20 this year, but even two decades hasn't been enough time for fans to get over one important issue: whether or not Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) could have been made it out of the icy water alive.

It's a fair question. In the film, Jack has Rose (Kate Winslet) climb onto a floating board that appears large enough to fit them both. Instead, though, he stays in the water, sealing his tragic fate and leaving director James Cameron to answer for it. The scene was even featured in a "MythBusters" episode, which concluded that while their weight would have been too great to keep the wood afloat, they could have gotten creative and rigged their life jackets to it.

Recently, the filmmaker settled the issue once and for all during a Daily Beast interview, explaining why "MythBusters" is "full of s--t."

"Let's really play that out: you're Jack, you're in water that's 28 degrees, your brain is starting to get hypothermia," he said. "'Mythbusters' asks you to now go take off your life vest, take hers off, swim underneath this thing, attach it in some way that it won't just wash out two minutes later."

Put like that, it does sound pretty unlikely. Rigging it would be especially difficult with freezing, numb hands, and in the meantime, they'd both be in the water without life jackets on. Alas, the time for denial is over.

Ultimately, it doesn't matter if they theoretically could have both survived. The fact of the matter is, Jack had to die because that's the story they were telling.

"Look, it's very, very simple: you read page 147 of the script and it says, 'Jack gets off the board and gives his place to her so that she can survive,'" Cameron said. "It's that simple."

Rose let go, and now we need to, too. RIP, Jack.

[via: The Daily Beast]

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'Orange Is the New Black' Season 5 Takes Place Over Three Days

orange is the new black, season 5, OITNB, danielle brooks, three daysWe still don't have a premiere date yet for the upcoming fifth season of "Orange Is the New Black," but the Screen Actors Guild Award-winning cast spilled some secrets about the new episodes while attending the ceremony this Sunday.

Several actresses spoke with E! News about "Orange," and revealed some key details about what fans can expect from season five. And one of the biggest bits of intel, shared by Danielle Brooks (Taystee), concerns the time period that the episodes cover: The entire 13-episode season will take place over the course of just three days.

"[I]t will be very detailed, very intense, and you better get ready," Brooks told E!. "Get your popcorn, your tissues, everything."

That certainly sounds fitting after the way season four ended, following (SPOILER ALERT) the shocking, devastating death of Poussey (Samira Wiley) and the ensuing outrage among all the women at Litchfield. The finale closed on a tense cliffhanger confrontation between the inmates and the guards, with Daya (Dascha Polanco) pointing a gun at one of them.

In another interview with E!, Taylor Schilling (Piper) noted that season five was a direct reflection of the intensity of season four.

"I think the stakes are higher in this season than they have been in a while just by virtue of the compressed time and seeing people in compressed circumstance really raises the stakes," Schilling said.

Laverne Cox (Sophia) echoed Schilling's comments, adding that the new episodes will certainly live up to viewers' expectations.

"It's really, really good," Cox told E! of season five. "What I can tell you is that I was just as excited as all the fans were to see what happens next. When I read it, it was incredible, when we shot it, it was...intense. It's really, really intense. ... [But] it still manages to have an irreverence and a spin that is funny and thoughtful."

Season five of "OITNB" is set to premiere on Netflix sometime this summer.

[via: E! News, E! News]

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Fork Yeah! 'The Good Place' Renewed for Season 2 on NBC

the good place, season 2, renewed, renewal, nbc, kristen bellFans of freshman NBC comedy "The Good Place" have reason to shout "Fork yeah!" today: The series has just been renewed for a second season.

While the show, created by "Parks and Recreation" mastermind Mike Schur, wasn't a ratings juggernaut by any means, it was a critical darling and buzzy fan favorite that stood out among more formulaic comedic fare that debuted this TV season. The high-concept "Good Place" -- about a morally bankrupt woman (Kristen Bell) who mistakenly winds up in the titular heaven-like afterlife, and must then convince the man in charge (Ted Danson) that she deserves to stay -- recently ended its first season with a major, mind-blowing plot twist that desperately cried out for resolution (and more episodes).

After making viewers wait an excruciating 11 days for news, NBC finally announced on Monday that it would indeed be renewing the series.

"Mike Schur has always had one of the most fertile and imaginative minds in comedy, but what he brought us with the first season of 'The Good Place' was just extraordinary," said NBC president Jennifer Salke in a statement. "We absolutely can't wait to see where these characters go, literally, in season two. A big thank you to Mike, the writers and cast for delivering a series in which we all take such enormous pride."

Season two of "The Good Place" will consist of 13 episodes, just like season one. No word yet on a premiere date, but it will likely debut sometime during the fall TV season.

[via: TVLine]

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Winona Ryder's Facial Expressions Steal the Show at SAG Awards

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ShowBy Maane Khatchatourian

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - David Harbour may have delivered one of the most impassioned acceptance speeches of the night, but it was Winona Ryder who stole the show when the cast of "Stranger Things" took the stage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The Netflix series won the Actor for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series on Sunday, ending "Downton Abbey's" two-year long SAG reign.

No one was more surprised by the feat than Ryder, who grew even more stunned when Harbour read his politically-charged remarks. At times ecstatic and at other times perplexed, she underwent an emotional journey -- worthy of an award of its own -- on stage. It wasn't long before videos and gifs of her animated expressions went viral.

Ryder and costar Millie Bobby Brown were also both up for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series.

"This is heavy," Ryder could be heard saying last night while handing off the statuette to Harbour. The sentiment could also refer to Harbour's anti-Trump speech, though.

"We are united in that we are all human beings and we are all together on this horrible, painful, joyous, exciting, and mysterious ride that is being alive," Harbour said to a standing ovation. "As we act in the continuing narrative of 'Stranger Things,' we 1983 midwesterners will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no hope. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters. And when we are lost amidst the hypocrisy and the casual violence of certain individuals and organizations, we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the meek and the disenfranchised and the marginalized. And we will do it all with soul, with heart, and with joy."

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Emma Stone and Jonah Hill Had an Adorable 'Superbad' Reunion at the SAG Awards

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - BackstageA lot has changed for Emma Stone and Jonah Hill since they starred together in "Superbad" way back in 2007, with both actors going on to work in high-profile, award-winning films. Hill has now landed two Oscar nominations (for "Moneyball" and "The Wolf of Wall Street"), while Stone scored an Academy Award nod of her own for 2014's Best Picture winner "Birdman," and is on track to win the Best Actress trophy for "La La Land" at the Oscars next month. But the two will always have their shared "Superbad" past, and the old pals got to celebrate their longtime connection this weekend at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

As luck would have it, Hill was the presenter during Stone's category at Sunday night's SAG Awards ceremony. As the actor opened up the envelope to reveal the winner, he immediately grinned and raised his hands in excitement, gleefully shouting out Stone's name.

When the actress made it up onto the stage to accept her statuette, the pair shared a warm embrace. And after her adorable acceptance speech (in which she stumbled over her words, repeated herself, and then chastised herself out loud for her blunder), she walked off stage beside Hill, still dumbstruck, as her giddy friend wrapped his arms around her.

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It was absolutely adorable, and we're so glad they could share such a big moment together. They may be fancy Academy Award nominees now, but deep down they're still the same goofy pair we fell in love with on the big screen a decade ago.

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Han Solo 'Star Wars' Spinoff Announces Start of Filming With Cheeky Photo

han solo, han shot first, spinoff, shooting begins, filming beginsThe next "Star Wars" standalone spinoff flick has officially started shooting, with one of the co-directors of the as-yet-untitled Han Solo-centric film revealing the exciting news on Twitter. And while the announcement in and of itself is noteworthy, filmmakers made it even more so by including a winking reference to one of the most famous controversies to emerge from the "Star Wars"-verse.

Chris Miller, who's co-directing the feature alongside creative partner Phil Lord (with whom he also co-helmed "The LEGO Movie"), tweeted out the news to followers on Monday, featuring a photo of the marker used to differentiate between various scenes and takes (in this case, the very first take of production). Aside from the marker being inscribed with the film's hilarious working title ("Red Cup," a nod to the famous Solo brand drinking vessels), Miller also included the perfect, cheeky caption: "Han First Shot."

For the uninitiated, that phrase is a reference to the infamous "Han shot first" controversy that's embroiled "Star Wars" fandom for the past two decades, ever since creator George Lucas released his special edition versions of the original trilogy. In 1977's "A New Hope," Han (Harrison Ford) is having a confrontation in the Mos Eisley cantina with Greedo, who's looking to collect on a bounty put on the smuggler by Jabba the Hut; as Greedo continues to threaten Solo, he suddenly pulls out his blaster and casually shoots Greedo to death.

But in the re-released version that hit theaters in 1997, Lucas edited the scene so that Greedo actually fires off a shot at Han first, making Han's own shot in retaliation/self defense. Longtime fans of the series weren't fooled, though, and have insisted ever since that Han did indeed shoot at Greedo first, hence Miller's reference on Monday. The official "Star Wars" Twitter account acknowledged the director's joke, though it doesn't look like they'll be reworking the franchise canon for a second time.

We look forward to more fun from Miller (and Lord) on Twitter throughout production. The Han Solo movie, starring Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the iconic character, is due in theaters on May 25, 2018.

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Why 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' Was Such an Epic Fail at the Box Office

Did you believe that "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" would really be the franchise's final chapter? Probably not, but after this weekend's shockingly dismal domestic debut, the lowest of all six movies in the franchise's 15-year history, it could be the last after all.

The strongest and longest-lasting of all video game-inspired movie series, "Resident Evil" has grossed close to $1 billion worldwide. Milla Jovovich's Alice remains the rare action heroine who sells tickets to a predominantly male audience. So it's no wonder pundits expected it to challenge both last weekend's winner, "Split," and family newcomer "A Dog's Purpose," for chart supremacy, with a likely finish just under $20 million.

Instead, "Split" easily repeated on top with an estimated $26.3 million, while "Purpose" scored an estimated $18.4 million. With six-week-old drama "Hidden Figures" coming in third with an estimated $14.0 million, "Resident Evil" had to settle for a fourth-place premiere.

So, what went wrong? Turns out "Resident Evil" found itself up against a perfect winter storm of unfavorable conditions. Among them:

1. Too Long of a Wait
It's been five years since the last "Resident Evil" movie, the longest gap yet between installments. For this kind of horror-action franchise, especially one that appeals primarily to viewers under 25, that's an eternity.

For an example, you have to look back only three weeks, to the failure of the very similar "Underworld: Blood Wars," another female-led, modestly-budgeted horror-action sequel from Sony's Screen Gems division that came five years after its predecessor and opened just under $14 million.

2. The "Split" Audience
"Resident Evil" had the poor timing to come along at the tail end of a wave of January horror movies, so you could argue that the market is saturated. Or you could argue that the horror crowd simply found a movie they really liked in M. Night Shyamalan's "Split."

Usually, horror audiences tend to crowd the opening weekend of a new scary movie and then drop off quickly, which is why analysts expected "Split" to suffer a second-weekend drop of about 60 percent, to below $20 million. But "Split" added 161 screens this weekend, for a total of 3,199. As a result, it held onto all but 34 percent of last weekend's business, an unusually strong hold for both the genre and the director. "Split" doesn't have stellar word-of-mouth (just a B+ grade at CinemaScore), but its word-of-mouth is better than that of "Resident Evil" (CinemaScore audiences gave it a B).

3. Controversy? What Controversy?
Many thought the recent video that allegedly showed a dog being abused during the shoot of "A Dog's Purpose" would lead to a boycott that would hurt the film's sales. Actually, not so much.

Despite all the news coverage of the video, which the filmmakers claimed did not show the dog being mistreated, the movie slightly outperformed expectations. What's more, it played well among women, who made up 56 percent of the audience. Women traditionally dominate the horror audience, but clearly, they were less interested in watching a post-apocalyptic action heroine than a heartwarming story about dogs. "Resident Evil," then, drew an audience that was 56 percent male.

As the only new child-friendly film in multiplexes, the PG-rated "Purpose" was also a hit with families of kids under 13; such families made up 47 percent of the "Purpose" crowd. Despite weak reviews, "Purpose" earned an A at CinemaScore, indicating excellent word-of-mouth.

4. The Oscar Bounce
With last Tuesday's announcement of the Academy Award nominations, several nominated movies took advantage of their good fortune and added theaters this weekend.

"La La Land," the movie with the most nominations (a record-tying 14), saw the widest expansion, adding 1,271 screens for a total of 3,136. The result was a 43 percent boost in sales over last week, for an estimated take of $12.1 million and a fifth-place finish. Several other nominated films saw modest increases, including "Lion," "Manchester by the Sea," "Moonlight," "Arrival," "Fences," "Jackie," "Hacksaw Ridge," "Toni Erdmann," and "The Red Turtle."

Even "Hidden Fences," which lost 65 screens (down to 3,351), still did pretty well with its $14.0 million, third-place finish, enough to take the movie past the $100 million mark in its sixth week.

In all, Oscar-nominated movies added 5,109 screens this weekend and took in an additional $45.2 million. (See? It really is an honor just to be nominated.) That's a lot of people who didn't go see "Resident Evil" -- or "Split" or "Purpose," for that matter.

5. Overseas Is Where the Money Is
Milla Jovovich stars in Screen Gems' action horror RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE.In the end, there's one more relevant comparison to make between the "Resident Evil" and "Underworld" series: both do much better overseas than they do here. In the case of "Resident Evil," it's earned 76 percent of its take from foreign ticketbuyers, though some installments have done as much as 82 percent of their business abroad. So it is with "The Final Chapter," which has already earned $64.5 million in overseas markets over the past month, about five times what it's earned here. Not bad for a special-effects action saga that cost just $40 million to make.

As with "Underworld: Blood Wars" and last weekend's "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage," the North American release is almost an afterthought, then, just gravy. As Sony worldwide marketing and distribution chief Josh Greenstein noted, "'Resident Evil' is built for an international audience. This is a perfect example of looking at a film as a global film and not as a U.S.-centric one."

That doesn't mean Screen Gems didn't try hard to market "Final Chapter" here, but they didn't have to. It also means that, even with the disappointing domestic opening, there's enough of a worldwide audience for the franchise that you could imagine Sony still trying to squeeze a few more drops of T-virus-infected blood from it, final chapter or no final chapter.

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Oscars 2017: Nominated Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi Won't Attend After Ban

American Cinematheque Panel Discussion With Golden Globe Nominated Foreign-Language DirectorsOscar nominated director Asghar Farhadi will no longer attend the 2017 Academy Awards, even if he's granted a personal exception to President Trump's new executive order barring citizens from Iran.

His film "The Salesman" is up for Best Foreign Language Film. He wrote, produced, and directed the movie, as he did for "A Separation" -- one of the best films a person could ever see -- which did win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. Farhadi makes films that stay with you. He's the kind of deep-thinking master craftsman Hollywood could use more of, not fewer. But even though "The Salesman" has a good chance of winning the Oscar, the producer/director/writer is not coming to the Feb. 26 event.

Here's a portion of the statement Farhadi released to the New York Times on Jan. 29:

"I regret to announce via this statement that I have decided to not attend the Academy Awards Ceremony alongside my fellow members of the cinematic community.

Over the course of the past few days and despite the unjust circumstances which have risen for the immigrants and travelers of several countries to the United States, my decision had remained the same: to attend this ceremony and to express my opinions about these circumstances in the press surrounding the event. I neither had the intention to not attend nor did I want to boycott the event as a show of objection, for I know that many in the American film industry and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are opposed to the fanaticism and extremism which are today taking place more than ever. Just as I had stated to my distributor in the United States on the day the nominees were announced, that I would be attending this ceremony along with my cinematographer, I continued to believe that I would be present at this great cultural event.

However, it now seems that the possibility of this presence is being accompanied by ifs and buts which are in no way acceptable to me even if exceptions were to be made for my trip. I would therefore like to convey via this statement what I would have expressed to the press were I to travel to the United States. Hard-liners, despite their nationalities, political arguments and wars, regard and understand the world in very much the same way. In order to understand the world, they have no choice but to regard it via an "us and them" mentality, which they use to create a fearful image of "them" and inflict fear in the people of their own countries...."

The statement continues; read all of it at the NY Times. Farhadi ends with this:

"I hereby express my condemnation of the unjust conditions forced upon some of my compatriots and the citizens of the other six countries trying to legally enter the United States of America and hope that the current situation will not give rise to further divide between nations."

Here are Farhadi's fellow nominees for Best Foreign Language Film:

  • "Land of Mine," Denmark, Martin Zandvliet, director
  • "A Man Called Ove," Sweden, Hannes Holm, director
  • "The Salesman," Iran, Asghar Farhadi, director
  • "Tanna," Australia, Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors
  • "Toni Erdmann," Germany, Maren Ade, director

Pretty much everyone at Sunday's SAG Awards took a shot at President Trump for his new U.S. immigration policy, and Jennifer Lawrence -- who is pretty familiar with Oscars herself -- just posted her own statement on the 90-day ban of citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen:

Farhadi's absence will surely be mentioned during the Oscars, which air Sunday, Feb. 26 on ABC, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Now Positive Jo Is Pregnant With Alex's Baby

Is art imitating life on "Grey's Anatomy" Season 13?

Last week's midseason premiere ended with Dr. Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) hearing about Dr. Alex Karev's (Justin Chambers) plan to take a plea bargain and head to prison. Jo reacted to the news by throwing up on the side of the road. Was she just upset at the idea of Alex being stuck in the kind of prison she just visited? Or ... is she also pregnant?

Episode 10 had taken three docs into a maximum security prison to help a pregnant inmate, so the baby-prison connection was already made for us. Plus, actress Camilla Luddington is pregnant in real life, and her bump is starting to show on screen. So will the show just add that storyline to Season 13, creating another layer of drama to the Jo/Alex/DeLuca/Meredith situation?

Fans are now pretty sure Jo is indeed pregnant:

Next week's synopsis says Meredith tries to track down Alex, presumably to make sure he does not go through with the plea deal, although in the promo she says "Alex is in jail" as if he is already behind bars:

"Grey's Anatomy" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Maisie Williams Is Furious About 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Leaks

23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Red CarpetA Girl basically just confirmed that the "Game of Thrones" Season 7 leaks out there are true.

Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) told RadioTimes it really, really bothers her that someone out there has spilled the beans on what happens in the 2017 season. She's not event talking about the people who secretly snap photos on set and share them on social media. She's hurt by the betrayal of someone on the inside -- because only someone on the inside could've leaked the entire Season 7 plot, which they apparently did months ago, with scene-by-scene descriptions now floating along the Internet for anyone to find.

Here's what Maisie Williams told RadioTimes.com:

"It really, really upsets me. Because, there's only a certain group of people who'd look at that anyway, compared to the audience that watches the show. It hurts. It's just like, oh we wanted to tell this story, and yeah, lots of people don't want to read it, and don't want to look at it. But then it's even more annoying when you know [the leaks] might be from someone on the inside, and it's just like... you're trying to make something really cool, that is really cool, and people really like, and it's like 'stop ruining it'. It's such a childish, annoying thing to do. And yeah, it's sad. It really annoys me. I don't know if that's unexpected, that I'd be like 'Oh, I don't really mind!' People still watch it, but it does really grind my gears."

It would grind our gears, too. If she had said she really didn't mind the leaks, then maybe we'd think the spoilers were a false trail. Several of the leaked scenes have been confirmed through Watchers on the Wall set spoilers and other news, but there was always the possibility that some or even most of the leak was wrong. That seems less and less likely by the day.

She's right that most fans don't follow spoilers, and even the fans that seek out spoilers were taken aback to see the (alleged) full season rundown leaked on Reddit so far in advance. That's not even what spoiler fans want. They want teases to whet their appetites in the long wait for new footage. But now the gods have cursed us for our greed. Sigh. It'll still be a completely different experience to watch the scenes play out.

"Game of Thrones" Season 7 premieres this summer on HBO.

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Emma Watson & Miles Teller Lost 'La La Land' Roles for 'Being Too Demanding': Report

'La La Land' - Gala Screening - VIP ArrivalsBehind every Oscar frontrunner is a line of actors fuming because they were almost that Oscar frontrunner. "La La Land" is still looking like the movie to beat at the Sunday, Feb. 26 Hollywood Super Bowl, with Emma Stone likely to win Best Actress. Director Damien Chazelle confirmed that Emma Watson and Miles Teller were previously cast in the movie, but then things did not work out.

Now Page Six has a story quoting unnamed insiders who claim that Teller and Watson are furious with their teams for not securing the film, when those behind the scenes blame the stars themselves for being "too demanding."

87th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsOne insider said that Teller was offered $4 million to star in the movie, but he wanted $6 million. Watson initially wouldn't commit to the lead role, then "began making all these crazy demands," the source claimed, "like rehearsals for the film must be done in London — for a film called 'La La Land!' They jumped through hoops to make it work with her, but she just didn't feel the film was right for her."

Eventually, the film cast Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, who have worked together a couple of times before, and both keep picking up nominations and awards for this movie. (They both won Golden Globes and Emma Stone just won a SAG Award over the weekend.)

The same source said, "Now both Miles and Emma Watson are raising hell with their agents for not securing the roles for them — even though it was the actors' fault for being too demanding." Another source, clearly of a similar mind, said, "Both Miles and Emma f*cked themselves over for not doing 'La La Land.' Now that it's winning all the awards, they're freaking out and looking for someone else to blame."

The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit: A Tribute to Tom HanksHowever, other sources told the site that Watson stepped away to do "Beauty and the Beast," which comes out in March. It does seem likely that she made a conscious choice, like she did to decline "Cinderella" when it didn't seem right for her. Sometimes the timing doesn't line up to do everything.

Teller has opened up about losing "La La Land," telling Esquire that Chazelle offered him the role when they were filming "Whiplash," before that movie became its own Oscar-winning hit. Here's more of that interview:

"Teller gets a little nervous telling the story, tearing his dinner roll to shreds and claiming he doesn't know what happened before deciding, whatever, 'These are just facts.' He explains that he almost passed up the chance to be in Arms and the Dudes because it would have conflicted with La La Land. 'And I got a call from my agent, saying, 'Hey, I just got a call from Lionsgate. Damien told them that he no longer thinks you're creatively right for the project. He's moving on without you.' " So he sent him a text: What the f*ck, bro?"

There are probably a dozen different reasons why things didn't work out, as there always are for each movie. And it's possible "La La Land" would not be the Oscar frontrunner it is without Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as the leads. C'est la vie.

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'Ocean's Eight' Shares Chic First Photo, Confirms Tie to Clooney

2015 Toronto International Film Festival - 'Our Brand Is Crisis' Photo Call - ArrivalsThe women of "Ocean's 8" look much too cool for school -- or at least eye contact with each other -- in the first official photo from the sequel/spinoff, which isn't even due until June 2018. The shot shows our eight main characters on the NYC subway, carefully spaced out (mind the gap) in their own car, complete with luggage.

Here's the ultra-glam lineup (via Entertainment Weekly):

  • Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean
  • Cate Blanchett as Lou
  • Rihanna as Nine Ball
  • Mindy Kaling as Amita
  • Awkwafina stars as Constance
  • Helena-Bonham Carter as Rose
  • Anne Hathaway as Daphne Kluger
  • Sarah Paulson as Tammy

According to Collider, Sandra Bullock plays the sister of George Clooney's character, Danny Ocean, and she has her own Brad Pitt right-hand woman in Cate Blanchett. (This movie is set in the same cinematic universe as the Clooney/Pitt/Damon "Ocean's" movies; it's not a reboot.)

Debbie Ocean rounds up her own group of thieves to steal a necklace at the Met Gala and try to frame "a villainous gallery owner" played by Damian Lewis. Entertainment Weekly said Lewis is rumored to play Debbie Ocean's ex-boyfriend, so apparently he is the ex, the villain, and a gallery owner all in one. Matt Damon's Linus Caldwell is known to have a cameo, and fashion designers are expected in the Met Gala scenes, but we're curious to see who else shows up.

"Ocean's 8" will be released June 8, 2018.

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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Jan. 30 - Feb. 5

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

"Arrival" earned eight Oscar nominations -- although, sadly, not one for star Amy Adams -- and Paramount celebrated by re-releasing the film in theaters with exclusive new bonus footage. Whether you get a chance to see that or not, the film is also available for Digital HD download starting January 31. It'll arrive on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand February 14. The Blu-ray comes with more than an hour of in-depth special features on the subject matter, sound, score, editing, and more.

"The Edge of Seventeen"
Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for playing wise, witty, and awkward lost soul Nadine, teen queen of this instant classic high school comedy. Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, and Blake Jenner co-star in the movie, which arrives first on Digital HD Jan. 31, then Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand Feb. 14. All versions of the release come with bonus content, including a gag reel and deleted scenes.

"Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution" (Acorn TV Original)
There's really nothing like an Agatha Christie adaptation. On Monday, Jan. 30, Acorn.TV streams the exclusive U.S. premiere of this BBC and Acorn TV murder mystery, set in 1920s London, starring Kim Cattrall, Billy Howle, Monica Dolan, Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones, and David Haig.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

What would you do with $17 million in cash? Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, and Jason Sudeikis star in this comedy inspired by the -- somehow -- true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo Heist, which was then the second largest cash robbery in U.S. history. The movie arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 31, including a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette called "The Imperfect Crime."

Here's an exclusive clip from that featurette, including an interview with David Ghantt, the perpetrator of the real-life robbery and the inspiration for Zach Galifianakis' character:"Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"
You know Tom Cruise will never stop never stopping, and his Jack Reacher returns to lay down (his own version of) the law in this action sequel based on author Lee Child's best-selling series. Cobie Smulders co-stars in the thriller, which arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand Jan. 31. The Blu-ray includes several behind-the-scenes featurettes on the locations, battles, and more.

"Queen of Katwe"
Critics and audiences both gave thumbs up to director Mira Nair's ("Monsoon Wedding") inspirational true story of a girl from Uganda who becomes a world-class chess player. The Disney drama, co-starring Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo, arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and On-Demand on Jan. 31. The extensive bonus features take viewers behind-the-scenes with the filmmakers, cast, and their real-life counterparts; there's a three-part documentary; audio commentary; a short film; a peek inside the music studio; deleted scenes; and more.

New on Netflix

It's the start of a new month, and you know what that means: A bunch of new titles are coming to Netflix as of Feb. 1, and a bunch of titles are leaving. Here are four of the many good streaming options for early February.

"Santa Clarita Diet" (Netflix Original)Drew Barrymore plays a suburban L.A. mom and realtor who appears to transform into a flesh-eating zombie. She's totally fine, she's just undead now, and enjoys the taste of people. So her husband, played by Timothy Olyphant, and kids work to figure out how to help Mom navigate this funky new diet. The cannibal comedy arrives on Netflix Friday, Feb. 3.

"Finding Dory"
Our favorite forgetful royal blue tang is back in Pixar's adorable (but not to the Oscars) sequel to "Finding Nemo," available for Netflix streaming on February 1. Come for Dory, but stay for Gerald and Becky, who really own the movie.

"American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson"
FX's addictive, awards season darling arrives on Netflix February 2. Binge the heck out of it to understand why Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown, Courtney B. Vance cleaned up at the Emmys.

"Imperial Dreams" (Netflix Original)
"Star Wars" hero John Boyega (Finn) and Keke Palmer star in this 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner about a 21-year-old reformed gangster's struggle to get a job and do right by his family when he's released from prison. The movie arrives on Netflix on Friday, Feb. 3.

TV Worth Watching

"24: Legacy" (Sunday on Fox, after the Super Bowl)
Jack Bauer is out, but Eric Carter is in for this 12-episode spinoff of the classic "24," using the same trademark real-time narration. Corey Hawkins plays ex-Army Ranger war hero Carter, with "Lord of the Rings" alum Miranda Otto as former Counter Terrorism Unit leader Rebecca Ingram. Fox is premiering the series directly after Super Bowl LI -- a very cushy timeslot -- but after that it moves to its regular time of Mondays at 8 p.m. Here's the trailer:
"The 100" Season 4 (Wednesday on The CW at 9 p.m.)
It's the end of the world as they know it, and they do not feel fine. Not at all. Season 4 of the popular apocalyptic series starts with "Echoes," as Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and friends struggle with how to survive/live/thrive now that 96 percent of the Earth's surface is becoming uninhabitable. Check out the terrifying Season 4 trailer:"Kitten Bowl" & ''Puppy Bowl" (Sunday on Hallmark & Animal Planet)
Football and commercials may be the watercooler talk of Monday morning, but they got nothin' on cute puppies and kitties. The kittens will battle it out first, with Kitten Bowl IV airing Sunday at noon on the Hallmark Channel. Puppy Bowl XIII starts at 3 p.m. ET on Animal Planet, and you can prepare for that now by checking out a sneak peek and seeing the starting lineup.

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SAG Awards Winners: 'Stranger Things,' Mahershala Ali, Winona Ryder's Face

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ShowThe 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards was packed with surprise wins and powerful political speeches, but the biggest win of the night came from Winona Ryder's facial expressions.

The "Stranger Things" star gave the Internet a lifetime's worth of GIFs just by reacting to her co-star David Harbour's amazing acceptance speech for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series:

Harbour had one of the best speeches of the night, along with Mahershala Ali, who won for his supporting role in "Moonlight," and gave a beautiful speech about being a Muslim man with a Christian minister for a mother.

Nearly every speech was political in some way, referencing President Trump's new immigration ban directly or indirectly.

Lily Tomlin (and her "9 to 5" co-star Dolly Parton) charmed the crowd with her hilarious, and also political, speech for the Lifetime Achievement award:

"Hidden Figures" (no more!) surprised everyone by picking up the top honor of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. "Fences" star Denzel Washington also surprised with his Best Actor win, and Bryan Cranston was not expected to win Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series over the "People vs. O.J. Simpson" stars.

Here's the full list of winners from the 23rd annual SAG Awards (via Deadline):

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
"HIDDEN FIGURES" (20th Century Fox)
MAHERSHALA ALI / Col. Jim Johnson
KIRSTEN DUNST / Vivian Mitchell
TARAJI P. HENSON / Katherine G. Johnson
ALDIS HODGE / Levi Jackson
JANELLE MONÁE / Mary Jackson
JIM PARSONS / Paul Stafford
GLEN POWELL / John Glenn
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Dorothy Vaughan

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Troy Maxson – "FENCES" (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
EMMA STONE / Mia – "LA LA LAND" (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
CARA BUONO / Karen Wheeler
JOE CHREST / Ted Wheeler
NATALIA DYER / Nancy Wheeler
CHARLIE HEATON / Jonathan Byers
JOE KEERY / Steve Harrington
GATEN MATARAZZO / Dustin Henderson
CALEB McLAUGHLIN / Lucas Sinclair
MATTHEW MODINE / Dr. Martin Brenner
ROB MORGAN / Officer Powell
JOHN PAUL REYNOLDS / Officer Callahan
WINONA RYDER / Joyce Byers
MARK STEGER / The Monster
FINN WOLFHARD / Mike Wheeler

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
CLAIRE FOY / Queen Elizabeth II – "THE CROWN" (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
JOHN LITHGOW / Winston Churchill – "THE CROWN" (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
BRYAN CRANSTON / President Lyndon B. Johnson – "ALL THE WAY" (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
VIOLA DAVIS / Rose Maxson – "FENCES" (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren
ALAN AISENBERG / Baxter "Gerber" Bayley
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales
BETH DOVER / Linda Ferguson
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
LAURA GOMEZ / Blanca Flores
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
BRAD WILLIAM HENKE / Desi Piscatella
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
JULIE LAKE / Angie Rice
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
NATASHA LYONNE / Nicky Nichols
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett
JAMES McMENAMIN / Charlie "Donuts" Coates
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes
KATE MULGREW / Galina "Red" Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek
LORI PETTY / Lolly Whitehill
DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara "Daya" Diaz
JOLENE PURDY / Stephanie Hapakuka
NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Erica "Yoga" Jones
DALE SOULES / Frieda Berlin
YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
LIN TUCCI / Anita DeMarco
SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – "SHAMELESS" (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / President Selina Meyer – "VEEP" (HBO)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
"HACKSAW RIDGE" (Lionsgate)
Lee Adamson
Jade Amantea
Cameron Ambridge
Yoshinao Aonuma
Yasushi Asaya
Keir Beck
Cory Beeston
Andrea Bertchold
Damien Bryson
Sean Button
Marky Lee Campbell
Glenn Chow
John Costelloe
Darvin Dela Cruz
Mark Duncan
Kim Fardy
Toby Fuller
Kyle Gardiner
Aiden Gillett
Caleb Guinery
Luke Ha
Nigel Harbach
Shinji Ikefuji
Yukata Izumihara
Nathan Kannegiesser
Beau Karolos
Jack Kingsley
Re-Jie Kwok
Nathan Lawson
Jace Lee
Blake Linsdell
Kenny Low
Codie Mackie
Lance Masa
Michael Matthews
Andy Minh Trieu
Chris Mitchell
Tomoki Miyamoto
Stephen Murdoch
Simon Murrell
Philip Partridge
Paul Pedersen
Mic Rogers
Andrew Stehlin
Ryan Tarran
Josh Tieu
Ben Toyer
Nick Turello
Karl Van Mooresel
Lachlan Ward
Mark Wickham
Jono Wong
Tim Wong
Casey Wright
Masa Yamaguchi

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Boian Anev
Kristina Baskett
Rachelle Beinart
Richard Bradshaw
Michael Byrch
Nick Chopping
Christopher Cox
Jake Cox
David Cronnelly
Matt Crook
Levan Doran
Bradley Farmer
Vladimir Furdik
Richard Hansen
Rob Hayns
Paul Howell
Rowley Irlam
Erol Ismail
Milen Kaleychev
Leigh Maddern
Jonathan McBride
Leona McCarron
Kim McGarrity
Richard Mead
Casey Michaels
Sian Milne
David Newton
Jason Otelle
Radoslav Parvanov
Ian Pead
Rashid Phoenix
Andy Pilgrim
Marc Redmond
Paul Shapcott
Jonny Stockwell
Ryan Stuart
Edward Upcott
Leo Woodruff

Here's the full list of nominees, so you can see the competition. The Oscars race is even more of a question mark after this, but we can probably expect the impassioned political speeches to continue.

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