Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Trailer Debuts on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Put some coffee on, Marvelites: A big honkin' new trailer for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vo. 2" has its world premiere tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 28) on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Unless someone announces at the last minute that it was supposed to be on Jimmy Fallon's show. This week, anything could happen.

Director James Gunn promoted the news with a soup-centric trailer tease:

What a perfect promo for Fat Tuesday. In the Facebook comments, Gunn defended the idea of teasing out a trailer with a separate video:

"It's not a trailer of a trailer. It's unique footage in neither the movie or the trailer announcing the trailer."

So far, Gunn has posted the following "Guardians 2" videos on his own YouTube channel: a "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Sneak Peek," a "Teaser," the "Super Bowl Spot," and this "Soup Trailer Announcement." But the trailer that is released tonight might be the first thing he actually calls an official "trailer." It's all semantics from here but, hey, it's his movie.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" starts at 11:35 p.m., but you can keep an eye on the show's YouTube channel for the trailer.

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" will be released May 5.

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Did 'The Vampire Diaries' Finale Promo Spoil Delena Reunion?

There are only two episodes left to "The Vampire Diaries," and fans are savoring -- and analyzing -- every moment. The CW also seems to be promoting every moment in videos and photos.

This Friday's Season 8, Episode 15, "We're Planning a June Wedding," shows Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice King) getting married, with Damon hoping the wedding lures out Katherine. Entertainment Weekly posted several photos from the big day, which really does look beautiful.

The episode after that is the big finale, "I Was Feeling Epic," which features the return of Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine), and has this synopsis:

OLD FRIENDS - With the fate of Mystic Falls at stake, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) must fight their greatest enemy for one last battle. Julie Plec directed the episode written by Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson.

The CW recently shared a new finale promo, showing -- or appearing to show -- Elena's big reunion with Damon and Stefan:If you look at the YouTube comments, they are filled with ALL CAPS REACTIONS, many thrilled for a Delena reunion, some wondering why they would spoil a Delena reunion in a promo, others wondering if it's really Elena at all (maybe it's Katherine), and some wondering if it's a dream since the song in the promo is called "Dream."

Damon looks shocked as he says "Elena," like he wasn't expecting to see her. What would account for that look if it's really Katherine? Or Stefan's "Welcome back" smile? There could also be editing tricks between all the promos and photos, trying to confuse fans about who is Elena/Katherine. Entertainment Weekly shared a photo from the finale with Nina Dobrev wearing that dress, and it was supposedly of Elena, so... that was a real Delena reunion? Yes? No?

"The Vampire Diaries" airs its penultimate episode this Friday, March 3 from 8 to 9 p.m. The series finale is scheduled for Friday, March 10 from 9 to 10 p.m., following the one-hour retrospective "The Vampire Diaries: Forever Yours" from 8 to 9 p.m.

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Emma Watson Explains Her Fair (and Scary) Reason for Denying Selfies

BRITAIN-ENTERTAINMENT-CINEMA-FILM-BEAUTY AND THE BEASTHave you ever Googled "Emma Watson stalker"? No wonder she has to be careful. If you happen see the "Beauty and the Beast" star out and about, and ask her for a photo, don't be offended if she says no. She's not being rude, she's just protecting herself. While most fans -- even obsessed Harry Potter fans -- are harmless and kind, there are some creepy peeps out there with boundary issues.

Watson is not the only star to deal with that downside of fame, but she did explain to Vanity Fair that saying no to selfies was a choice she made along the way, to establish her own boundaries:

"For me, it's the difference between being able to have a life and not. If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they've created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters. They can see what I'm wearing and who I'm with. I just can't give that tracking data." She will, however, offer alternatives to photos. "I'll say, 'I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have but I just can't do a picture.' I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact. When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone's freakin' week? Children I don't say no to, for example."

And it may be different if it's a planned event like a film premiere, or whatnot, where it's already public information that she'll be attending, as opposed to a way for a stalker to track her.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 - World Film PremiereThe Vanity Fair reporter told Watson he had seen other actors like Reese Witherspoon pose with fans on the street, but then he acknowledged "suddenly it becomes clear that the fans of 'Sweet Home Alabama' are different from Harry Potter fans." As Watson explained:

"I have met fans that have my face tattooed on their body. I've met people who used the Harry Potter books to get through cancer. I don't know how to explain it, but the Harry Potter phenomenon steps into a different zone. It crosses into obsession. A big part of me coming to terms with it was accepting that this is not your average circumstances."

She almost gave up acting when she went to Brown University, saying she found "this fame thing was getting to a point of no return." But if the attention bothers her so much, why keep acting? Here's her answer:

"I've been doing this since I was 10 or 11, and I've often thought, I'm so wrong for this job because I'm too serious; I'm a pain in the ass; I'm difficult; I don't fit. But as I've got older, I've realized, No! Taking on those battles, the smaller ones and the bigger ones, is who I am."

Well said. Most fans understand her position -- and Hermione and Belle would likely approve of her choices. "Beauty and the Beast" will be released in theaters on Friday, March 17.

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'Moonlight' Director Barry Jenkins Reveals His Real Best Picture Acceptance Speech

89th Annual Academy Awards - ShowTo say that "Moonlight"'s thunder was stolen during Sunday night's Oscars ceremony is an epic understatement. But while the film's Best Picture achievement may have been eclipsed by the colossal mix-up that initially had fellow nominee "La La Land" mistakenly crowned the winner, director Barry Jenkins isn't bitter, and has revealed what he had initially planned to say had he had his proper moment in the spotlight.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jenkins reflected on the chaos that occurred at the end of the ceremony, and how it immediately blocked out any sort of prepared statement he had wanted to deliver should his film have nabbed the night's top prize. While the director -- who also co-wrote the film's screenplay, which also took home an Oscar -- did make a brief acceptance speech, he told EW, "It was an imperfect situation and it was an imperfect statement that didn't come out the right way but it is what it is."

Now that he's had some time to reflect on his film's achievement, he told the magazine what he had wanted to say all along. Here's how he explained it to EW:

"[Moonlight playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney] and I are this kid. We are Chiron," he says, referring to his background as a child from Liberty City, Miami, whose mother once struggled with drug addiction. "And you don't think that kid grows up to be nominated for eight Academy Awards. It's not a dream he's allowed to have. I still feel that way. I didn't think this was possible. But now I look at other people looking at me and if I didn't think it was possible, how are they going to? But now it's happened. So what I think of possibility, let's take it off the table. The thing has happened."

Jenkins also had more complimentary things to say about "La La Land" producer Jordon Horowitz, who was the one to announce the mistake, and insist that the "Moonlight" filmmakers take the stage to accept their rightful awards. The director said that that moment in particular helps soften any sort of hard feelings about Sunday night.

"It will be remembered and I think in a beautiful way," he told EW of the odd confluence of events.

We applaud Jenkins for revealing himself to be such a gracious, classy person in the midst of such an surreal ordeal. (His brand new status as an Oscar winner probably doesn't hurt his optimistic attitude, either.)

[via: Entertainment Weekly]

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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 13 Photos Tease Japril's Montana Episode

Are you ready for Japril to get some alone time in Montana? "Grey's Anatomy" star Sarah Drew told Moviefone that Season 13's April and Jackson (Jesse Williams) standalone episode would be "pivotal for the two of them, individually and also as a pair," and now we have more details and images to go with the tease.

Episode 16, "Who Is He (And What Is He To You)?" airs Thursday, March 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Here's the synopsis:

"Dr. Jackson Avery and Dr. April Kepner travel to Montana in order to perform a complicated surgery on a young patient, but Jackson's mind is elsewhere, and April is forced to step up and get him back on track."

The episode was directed by Kevin McKidd (Dr. Owen Hunt), and both he and executive producer Debbie Allen (Dr. Catherine Avery) were featured in some of the behind-the-scenes photos ABC shared to promote the episode:

What's on Jackson's mind? He does look lost in thought, especially in that closeup photo.

Sarah Drew told Moviefone the trip to Montana is for a throat transplant case:

"But it's a really incredible opportunity for them to be kind of still and have to face one another with nothing else distracting them out of the normal environment. And we're really, really proud of it. Kevin McKidd directed it. It's very different, tonally, than a lot of the other episodes. There's a lot of quiet space and stillness. It's not like frantic and moving super-fast. And it's really lovely."

Before we get to this very lovely-sounding episode, we still have Episode 15, "Civil War," which airs March 9. (There is no episode on Thursday, March 2.) Here are more details on "Civil War."

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'Game of Thrones' Season 7 May Premiere in July

We still don't have an official premiere date for the upcoming seventh season of HBO fantasy hit "Game of Thrones," but we may have a premiere month, if one of the show's stars is to be believed.

Actor Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos on the series, spilled the beans in a recent interview with Ireland's Independent, in which he discussed season seven's ever-evolving release schedule. According to the actor, though the premiere has been delayed several times (including thanks to the bitter wintry conditions filmmakers faced while shooting the show's authentic winter scenes), and only promised to debut sometime in summer 2017, it looks like we may finally know what month the series will be back.

"I've been disappointing various people around the world because it was meant to come out in April," Cunningham told the Independent. "It's July now, I think."

The actor also teased that there would be "a launch and something special happening this year for the premiere," though he declined to elaborate on the details of such an event. Season seven will be a short one -- only seven episodes total are slated to air this year -- and production on season eight is set to start sometime in September.

Now all we need is HBO to give us an official premiere date. Stay tuned.

[via: Independent]

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'Trolls 2' Is Coming in 2020, Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick to Return

trolls, trolls 2, poppy, branch, justin timberlake, anna kendrickAs Justin Timberlake's Oscar-nominated earworm declared, you can't stop the feeling, and apparently, you can't stop the "Trolls" franchise, either: The series will continue with "Trolls 2," which studio DreamWorks officially announced on Tuesday.

In a Twitter post, DreamWorks revealed that the sequel to the hit 2016 animated flick about the lovable dolls with wacky hair is due out on April 10, 2020, and it will feature the return of the first film's two biggest stars. Justin Timberlake is set to reprise his role as Branch, while Anna Kendrick will be back as Poppy.

No additional intel about the follow-up has been revealed just yet, though we imagine that Timberlake will once again be contributing some original music to the flick. The singer-actor was nominated for an Academy Award this year for the tune "Can't Stop the Feeling!," which he performed to open the now-infamous ceremony. (A performance that included a reunion with his onetime "Mickey Mouse Club" costar, Ryan Gosling.)

Also unclear right now is just how many other original stars will also return. In addition to Timberlake and Kendrick, the flick's starry voice cast also included Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor,Christine Baranski, James Corden, and Gwen Stefani.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

[via: Trolls/Twitter]

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'Feud' Season 2 Will Focus on Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Charles and Diana Waving After the WeddingJust days before the debut of FX's latest Ryan Murphy anthology series, "Feud," the network has already renewed the show for a second season, and revealed its splashy, royal theme.

"Feud" season two will focus on the whirlwind fairytale romance and subsequent bitter divorce of infamous British royals Princess Diana and Prince Charles. The season, which is currently titled "Feud: Charles and Diana," is set to air sometime in 2018.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, there are multiple angles from which Murphy and co. can approach Charles and Diana's story, including the immense power of the British monarchy, and the superstar-level celebrity status and intense, crushing media attention that came along with it. The pair's lavish 1981 wedding made international headlines, as did their 1996 divorce; Diana was routinely hounded by the press throughout their marriage, right up through her death in a 1998 car crash, the result of her trying to evade paparazzi.

Though no further information about the new season was released by FX or Murphy, the theme is in keeping with what the creator had previously said about potential future installments of "Feud." According to Murphy, the show will avoid dipping back into Hollywood territory, which it's exploring in season one through the lens of the notorious rivalry between actresses Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon).

Stay tuned for more intel on season two of "Feud." Season one, "Feud: Bette and Joan," is set to debut on FX on March 5.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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Mark Hamill Should Win an Oscar for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' J.J. Abrams Says

Premiere Of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - Red CarpetWhile "Star Wars" fans are gearing up for the December release of the next installment in the new trilogy, "The Last Jedi," one titular star of the flick is reportedly looking ahead to a different big event: The 2018 Oscars.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, "The Force Awakens" director and "Last Jedi" producer J.J. Abrams is predicting some Oscar glory for none other than Luke Skywalker himself, actor Mark Hamill. According to the filmmaker, Hamill's performance in Episode VIII is every bit worthy of attention from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a notion with which the actor apparently agrees.

"I think we are all going to be very upset if he does not win an Oscar, and no one more upset than Mark," Abrams told the Daily News.

Hamill will make his triumphant return to the center of the action as Skywalker in "The Last Jedi," after remaining mostly absent for "The Force Awakens," in which he had gone into hiding. His character finally appears onscreen at the end of the film, as Rey (Daisy Ridley) finds his far-flung hiding place, and attempts to hand him his old lightsaber.

The actor recently joked about his awards chances in a Twitter exchange with fans, in which he posted a photo of himself in character alongside Abrams, imagining what "Oscar worthy" direction the filmmaker is giving him. That willingness to poke fun at himself is just one of Hamill's many talents, according to Abrams, who told the Daily News that the actor is "an amazing guy — he can do anything."

Whether that "anything" includes winning an Oscar remains to be seen, though it's not an entirely far-fetched notion (like, say, Vin Diesel's past proclamations about the "Fast and Furious" flicks' Best Picture chances). We'll keep our lightsabers crossed for Hamill.

[via: New York Daily News]

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Oscars 2017: Jimmy Kimmel Reveals What Went Down During Best Picture Chaos

89th Annual Academy Awards - ShowIn what he calls "the weirdest TV finale since 'Lost,'" Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel is finally speaking out about what went down during the huge mix-up that led to presenters accidentally awarding "La La Land" with the Best Picture prize, when it should have actually gone to "Moonlight." According to Kimmel, the entire bizarre event was just as chaotic in person as it looked on television.

During his monologue on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday night, the host broke down the snafu in detail, revealing that he was sitting in the audience watching the presentation, since he planned to end the show while doing one final bit with Matt Damon. But that bit never happened, because while the "La La Land" team was in the midst of accepting the award, Kimmel noticed the show's stage manager come out onto the stage, something that never happens.

The host realized he should probably go up on stage, too, but still didn't know what was going on. That's when "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz took the mic to reveal that "Moonlight" had actually won.

"It was kind of scary, in a way," Kimmel said. " ... He's standing there holding an Oscar that they're now going to take away from him, and my first instinct was to tell him to run -- take that Oscar and get out. But he didn't. So now there's mass confusion. The audience is confused, the people standing around me are confused, I assume everyone at home is confused, and I'm probably supposed to do something, because no one's doing anything. And then Warren Beatty steps up to explain."

Later, Kimmel and Beatty powwowed backstage (co-presenter Faye Dunaway, meanwhile, "got the hell out of there," Kimmel said. "She wanted no part of this."), where the presenter showed the host the incorrect Best Actress envelope and the pair tried to figure out how Beatty got that card in the first place. The rest of the night, the host said, was spent being accosted at the after parties by people clamoring to know what had happened.

While some of the pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together, Kimmel's account is a great firsthand summation of the confusion and chaos that viewers saw on their screens Sunday night. While he pledged in his Oscars sign-off that he would never return to host, we kind of hope that he gets the chance to do so, if only to enjoy a less-crazy finish than the one he witnessed. Then again, at least he's got a killer story to tell for the rest of time.

[via: Jimmy Kimmel/Twitter]

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Oscars 2017: Twitter May be to Blame for PWC Envelope Mix-Up

89th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsThe representative from accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers responsible for handing off the wrong envelope at the Oscars, leading to the biggest snafu in Academy Awards history, may have been distracted by his Twitter feed at the time, according to reports.

Brian Cullinan, one of two reps from PwC stationed backstage at the ceremony, was identified as the person who gave presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway an extra copy of the Best Actress envelope, rather than the Best Picture envelope, leading to the erroneous announcement that "La La Land" had won the night's top prize, instead of the true honoree, "Moonlight." According to Variety, Cullinan was tweeting just minutes before the mix-up went down, and allegedly not keeping close enough track of the envelopes in his charge.

The trade reports:

Cullinan had been congratulating winners throughout the evening. After the wrong Best Picture winner was announced, he deleted the tweets from his Twitter account. Screengrabs reveal that Cullinan tweeted four times during the broadcast. ... Three minutes before the fateful hand-off, Cullinan took a photo of Emma Stone clasping the gold statue she picked up for "La La Land."

In an interview with Variety, PwC chairman and senior partner Tim Ryan, who was in the audience during Sunday's show, explained Cullinan's error.

[Cullinan] had a pile of envelopes for people entering from one side of the stage, while Martha Ruiz, another PwC partner, oversaw a separate pile for people entering from [her] side of the stage. Ryan said Cullinan simply pulled from wrong pile.

Ryan said he had spoken to Cullinan about the episode at length. "He feels very, very terrible and horrible. He is very upset about this mistake. And it is also my mistake, our mistake, and we all feel very bad," Ryan said.

PwC, which had already issued a statement apologizing for its role in the error, released a second statement on social media on Monday night, further explaining Cullinan's mistake. The accounting firm also admitted that Cullinan and Ruiz did not act quickly enough to correct the error, which ultimately led to three different "La La Land" producers delivering acceptance speeches before the mistake was announced and righted.

According to Variety, PwC had no comment on Cullinan's alleged tweets. While it remains to be seen whether the accountant will lose his job over this, he should probably lay off of social media for a while.

[via: Variety]

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Oscars 2017: The Academy Apologizes for Best Picture Snafu, Vows to Investigate

89th Annual Academy Awards - ShowThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has finally issued a statement about the bizarre turn of events that took place at Sunday's Oscars, apologizing for the mix-up that accidentally awarded the Best Picture prize to "La La Land" instead of the actual winner, "Moonlight."

In the statement, the Academy said that accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers had taken full responsibility for the error, in which one of the two PwC representatives stationed backstage at the ceremony handed presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope. The Academy pledged to launch an investigation into the snafu, and also apologized to the filmmakers from both features, as well as Beatty and Dunaway and viewers at home.

Here's the full statement:

"We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night's Oscar ceremony. We apologize to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize.

For the last 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC to handle the critical tabulation process, including the accurate delivery of results. PwC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took place during the ceremony. We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."

No word yet on whether the Academy will drop PwC following this major mess-up. Stay tuned.

[via: Variety]

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Watch Will Smith Police a Strange New World in 'Bright' Teaser

Will Smith has faced a host of strange threats on screen over the course of his career, and the list is only growing.

Netflix has unveiled a new teaser for its upcoming film "Bright," and the preview is full of fantastical creatures and elements. The movie is set in an alternate present-day -- one in which humans have always lived alongside orcs, elves, and fairies. Their peaceful cohabitation looks like it will be shaken up, though; Smith hints in the trailer that a situation "doesn't end well."

The roughly 30-second video shows off the bizarre world that protagonists Ward (Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) live and work in. The two serve as cops in this unique setting and come up against a dark threat. See for yourself below.

Along with Smith and Edgerton, the film stars Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Margaret Cho, and Ike Barinholtz.

"Bright" will begin streaming on Netflix in December.

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'Logan' Unscripted

When "Logan" stars Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart go "Unscripted," you know you're in for a treat. Among the topics discussed: a manservant named Wolverine, X-Men porn, Professor X / Jean-Luc Picard fan fiction, and a production of "Sweeney Todd" the world needs RIGHT NOW.

"Logan" hits theaters March 3rd.

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Stephen Moyer Signs On to Star in Fox Marvel Pilot

2017 Winter TCA Tour - FOX All-Star Party - Arrivals"True Blood" vet Stephen Moyer has dealt with the supernatural, and now he'll delve into the world of mutants.

The actor has joined Fox's untitled Marvel pilot from Matt Nix and Bryan Singer, THR reports. Moyer will play Reed, an attorney with an unusual family situation -- his children have mutant powers. Naturally, that doesn't make life easy. They find themselves in danger from the government, and the family has to go underground.

The cast also includes Blair Redford and Jamie Chung, and it will bring together a mix of familiar comic book characters and new faces. Fittingly, the pilot will be directed Singer, who is a mutant expert after helming multiple "X-Men" flicks. Nix wrote the episode.

In addition to "True Blood," Moyer has starred in the series "The Bastard Executioner" and the film "Concussion," among others. He's really done it all -- vampires and chamberlains and father-to-mutants, oh my!

[via: THR]

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'Star Trek: Discovery' Premiere Now Delayed Till Summer or Fall

The launch of "Star Trek: Discovery" hasn't been without a few bumps.

CBS has revealed that the premiere of the new series -- once set for January 2017 -- has been pushed yet again. "Discovery" is now expected to arrive in late summer or early fall, Variety reports. The update came Monday during an investor conference where CBS Corporation CEO Leslie Moonves spoke.

The exec opened up about the delays and the scale of the project. He shared that making "Discovery" has involved "a lot of post-production," which isn't a surprise considering that those starships aren't going to fly themselves. However, that part of the process has apparently taken longer than they expected.

Fortunately, Moonves's take was reassuring. As he explained it, CBS is determined to do the show and the iconic franchise justice.

"It's important to get it right, and 'Star Trek' is the family jewels," Moonves said.

The delays will hopefully all pay off in the end. Wait long and prosper, Trekkies.

[via: Variety]

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in New Showtime Limited Series 'Melrose'

Marvel Studios Hall H PanelBenedict Cumberbatch is all about book-to-TV adaptations.

The "Sherlock" star is headlining "Melrose," an upcoming miniseries that Showtime has just picked up, Deadline reports. The limited series is based on Edward St. Aubyn's semi-autobiographical novels, which center on the fictional Patrick Melrose's childhood and adulthood struggles and evolution. Five episodes are planned, with each corresponding to a book in the series.

While Melrose and Sherlock Holmes are both literary figures, their stories are very different. Melrose is no detective; he's a playboy with a painful past, a history of substance abuse, and an excellent sense of humor. His stories take place in different parts of the world, including New York, London, and the south of France.

Cumberbatch is executive producing the series alongside his SunnyMarch TV partner Adam Ackland, and the two shared that they are "huge fans of these books." They also like what they've seen of screenwriter David Nicholls' adaptations -- they've called them "extraordinary."

We don't know when we'll see the series on Showtime yet, but we're looking forward to it.

[via: Deadline]

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Monday, February 27, 2017

J.K. Rowling Shares Cryptic 'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Script Photo

'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' European Premiere - Red Carpet ArrivalsIt looks like prolific author and newly-minted screenwriter J.K. Rowling may have already completed yet another script for an upcoming sequel to last year's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," proving that the writer is definitely ready to share more stories from the Wizarding World.

Rowling shared on Twitter a cryptic photo of what appears to be the cover of a script for another film in the planned five-movie "Fantastic Beasts" franchise (a prequel to the massively popular "Harry Potter" stories), spurring speculation that she's now completed work on the third feature in the series. Of course, in typical Rowling fashion, the teasing image doesn't exactly give anything away -- or really, even reveal what it truly is -- only including the text "Written by J.K. Rowling," and some legalese from studio Warner Bros.

There's no visible title, and Rowling's caption was also pretty vague, simply stating, "Having a Beastly day." Still, considering that she'd already completed the script for the second film in the franchise before the first even hit theaters, it stands to reason that this is an announcement that the writer is now done with the third film, too. (Another possibility: It could be revealing that production on "Fantastic Beasts 2" is about to start.)

Rowling shocked fans -- and even the film's stars -- last fall when she announced that the "Fantastic Beasts" series, originally planned as a trilogy, would instead consist of five movies. The cast has since assured fans that Rowling has a clear, epic vision for these stories, and based on the pace at which she's completing work on scripts, it looks like the author can't wait to tell them.

We can't wait, either. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2" is due in theaters sometime in 2018. No word yet on when the third flick may debut.

[via: J.K. Rowling/Twitter]

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Oscars 2017: Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake Had a 'Mickey Mouse Club' Reunion

89th Annual Academy Awards - ShowBefore they were Oscar nominees and worldwide superstars, Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake were just a couple of kids plucked from obscurity to star on the '90s rebooted version of "The Mickey Mouse Club." And during Sunday night's Oscars telecast, the old pals -- and former MMC roommates -- reunited for a few brief moments, delivering some dreamy photos for fans of the heartthrobs to drool over.

Gosling and Timberlake first reconnected during the telecast's opening number, when Timberlake performed his Academy Award-nominated "Trolls" tune, "Can't Stop the Feeling!" As the singer passed the "La La Land" star and Best Actor nominee, who was sitting in the front row, he put his hand on Gosling's shoulder; later, during a commercial break, Timberlake returned to Gosling's seat, where the two exchanged pleasantries and handshakes.

It was a reunion that sent social media hearts a-flutter, as fans gushed over seeing the pair together for the first time in years.

Sadly, though, the two stars aren't exactly close in real life. As Timberlake told Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman, they haven't keep in touch over years.

While our illusions of an epic bromance have been shattered, at least we'll always have these delightful photos.

[via: E! News]

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Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight' and 'La La Land' Filmmakers Share the Love After Awkward Mix-Up

89th Annual Academy Awards - ShowIn what must have been one of the most humiliating moments of his life, "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz had to tell the world on Sunday night that his movie did not, in fact, win Best Picture at the Oscars, after it was initially mistakenly announced as the victor instead of actual Best Picture honoree "Moonlight." But Horowitz and "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins have proven that even such a surreal, embarrassing moment can have a positive outcome, especially when both winner and loser are so gracious toward one another.

The filmmakers were the picture of poise and mutual respect Sunday night (and early Monday morning, as the show stretched into the wee hours) as the surreal event played out on the telecast. No fewer than three producers from "La La Land" had already given acceptance speeches, thinking they were Best Picture winners, when presenter Warren Beatty, host Jimmy Kimmel, and show producers stormed the stage with the correct envelope (no, not the one declaring "Lemonade" the winner) to try to explain what happened.

Horowitz could have slunk away to stew about the embarrassing turn of events, but instead, he snatched the envelope declaring "Moonlight"'s victory and took it upon himself to reveal the true winner. As a clearly uncomfortable Kimmel joked that he wished everyone from both "La La Land" and "Moonlight" could get a statuette, Horowitz insisted on presenting Jenkins and the other "Moonlight" producers with their rightful prizes, telling the host, "I'm going to be really thrilled to hand this to my friends from 'Moonlight.'"

While some internet commentators have noted that Horowitz didn't exactly do anything revolutionary -- after all, he didn't win that Oscar, and should have just handed it over anyway without any special recognition for doing do -- Jenkins counted himself among those impressed by the producer's poise during such an awkward (and surely pretty painful) moment. In a backstage interview after the broadcast, Jenkins told reporters, "the folks from 'La La Land' were so gracious. I can't imagine being in their position and having to do that. ... I wasn't speechless because we won. I was speechless because I — it was so gracious of them to do that."

In a tweet sent out later that night, the director reflected on what the event must have felt like for Horowitz, writing that he had "much respect" for the producer. As Horowitz tweeted in reply, that feeling went both ways.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Horowitz further elaborated on what was going through his mind as the mistake unfolded, insisting that he didn't think he did anything extraordinary.

"That moment on stage was not about anything but moving the spotlight to where it should have rightfully been. ... [S]etting it right was in my mind the only option," he told the Post. " ... All I know is there was a moment when I knew and it needed to be corrected. There was just so much confusion. I think people needed to see that piece of paper. There needed to be some real definitive clarity and truth in that moment."

No one will ever forget the awkwardness that went down during the 2017 Oscars, but we're glad that Horowitz and Jenkins's heartwarming mutual respect and friendship will also be a part of that story.

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Oscars 2017: Best Picture Mix-Up Inspires Hilarious Envelope Meme

89th Annual Academy Awards - ShowLast night's epic mix-up at the Oscars -- where "La La Land" was incorrectly announced as the Best Picture winner, before producers stepped in to reveal that "Moonlight" had actually been awarded the honor -- will go down as one of the weirdest, most surreal moments in Academy Awards (and awards shows in general) history. And as is typical with such a buzzworthy, jaw-dropping moment, the internet took it upon itself to turn the fiasco into a hilarious meme, imagining what else could really have been printed on that now-infamous Oscars envelope that was mistakenly handed to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

Twitter users flooded the social media site with their quickly Photoshopped jokes, inserting other 2016 films like "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and Beyonce's "Lemonade" as the real Best Picture winners. Other contenders included films that have long been out of theaters (finally, "Space Jam" gets its due), while others took the opportunity to imagine the envelope declaring their loyalty to snubbed favorites (Amy Adams should have nabbed a nomination for "Arrival") or that certain other events went the other way, too (we're looking at you, current POTUS and the most recent Super Bowl champs).

Perhaps the best meme came courtesy of comedian Abbi Crutchfield, who saw the real truth behind last night's blunder.

Whatever the true reason for such an awkward awards show fail (accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has promised to investigate how the wrong envelope ended up in Beatty and Dunaway's hands), it's always comforting to know that social media will deliver on the laughs.

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'Game of Thrones' Mag the Mighty Actor Dies at Age 36

GAME OF THRONES episode 39 (season 4, episode 9): Neil Fingleton. photo: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBOBetween the death of Bill Paxton and all the drama at the 2017 Oscars, the loss of Britain's tallest man went almost unnoticed. Neil Fingleton, who played Mag the Mighty on "Game of Thrones," died Saturday at the way-too-young age of 36. According to The Guardian, he reportedly passed following heart failure.

Fingleton, who was 7-feet 7.56-inches tall, became Britain's tallest man in 2007. In addition to "Game of Thrones," he had roles in "X-Men: First Class," "Doctor Who," "47 Ronin," and "Jupiter Ascending," and was a stunt performer in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

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"Game of Thrones" fan site Watchers on the Wall honored Fingleton's contribution to the show in Season 4, Episode 9, titled "The Watchers on the Wall":

"Fingleton's time on Game of Thrones was brief but notable. The scene with Mag the Mighty attacking the Wall's gate, with Grenn leading the defense, was a favorite of fans. Among our readers here at Watchers on the Wall, the scene was chosen as one of the Top 5 Dramatic Scenes of season 4 in our annual awards voting. The episode's segment with Mag the Mighty, another giant and a mammoth attacking the outer door of the Wall was chosen by fans as the Best Visual Effects Scene of season 4. Fingleton's contribution to Game of Thrones will not be forgotten."

This passing closely follows the death of another "Game of Thrones" veteran: Actor Peter Vaughan (Maester Aemon), who died in December at age 93.

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Oscars 2017: Ryan Gosling Had the Best Reaction to Best Picture Snafu

89th Annual Academy Awards - Red CarpetHey girl, it's just a silly awards show. Take your cue from Ryan Gosling and laugh off the Oscars 2017 mistakes. Gosling's many Winona-level expressions turned the night into one giant meme factory, culminating in the most appropriate reaction to the "La La Land" vs. "Moonlight" Best Picture oops.

The Gos was in his own la la land all night. He dodged the candy falling from the sky, kissed a stranger about to be wed by Denzel Washington, and looked bemused as his fellow "La La Land" peeps both won and sort-of-won Academy Awards.

Emma Stone won Best Actress in a Leading Role for "La La Land," and her name unexpectedly came up again when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced "La La Land" as Best Picture before revealing it should've been "Moonlight." Beatty said his card said "Emma Stone, 'La La Land'" on it.

On stage, Stone was clearly shocked by the quick change from "La La Land" to "Moonlight," and she was seen saying, "Oh my god":

Backstage, Stone reacted to the idea that Beatty and Dunaway had her Best Actress card, telling the press:

"I also was holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card that entire time. I don't mean to start stuff, but whatever story that was..."

But -- as Deadline pointed out -- Pricewaterhouse has two envelopes for every winner, so somehow the ill-fated Best Picture tag team of Beatty and Dunaway ended up being handed the copy of Stone's win. The accounting firm apologized for their mistake.

Not looking chill about the error? "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle:

But you know who seemed fine with it? Gosling. Photos caught him giggling as the rest of the "La La Land" team looked shocked:

And why not?

Gosling was up for Best Actor, but lost to Casey Affleck, and his reaction to that was also noteworthy:

He was just a joy to watch all night:

Very true. Perhaps he was the Leo we needed this year.

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Oscars 2017: The 10 Best and Worst Moments

Oscars 2017 Best and Worst MomentsSo, now you know why you have to watch the Oscars until the bitter end.

The evening's last-minute shocker wasn't just "Moonlight's" upset Best Picture Oscar win over "La La Land," but the way it went down, with presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announcing the wrong movie. Not their fault, apparently, but still ... Steve Harvey must be feeling pretty smug right now. (Actually, he's not.)

It was really a shame, since the 89th Academy Awards show was otherwise pretty hard to find fault with. Jimmy Kimmel was a funny host, the speeches were mostly free of shrill political rhetoric, the "In Memoriam" montage snubbed only one major figure (sorry, Garry Shandling), and even the Art Deco stage set was gorgeous. And yet, the final gaffe is going to be all that anyone can talk about for a while. Which is unfortunate, since there were a lot of moments from Sunday's Oscars, good or bad, that were memorable.

Best Musical Number89th Annual Academy Awards - ShowThe song-and-dance moments are usually the draggiest part of the Oscars, but this year's numbers were actually pretty lively, from the poised 16-year-old Auli'i Cravalho proving that "Moana" should have been a live-action musical with her stirring "How Far I'll Go," to John Legend proving that he should have had Ryan Gosling's part in "La La Land" with his medley of "City of Stars" and "Audition." But we'll give the performance trophy to Justin Timberlake, who opened the show with a rendition of his "Trolls" tune "Can't Stop the Feeling" that was energetically staged and brought the Dolby Theatre crowd instantly to its feet. Really, the whole show could have used more of JT's seemingly boundless energy and charm; could he please host next year?

Best Kimmel JokeABC's Coverage Of The 89th Annual Academy AwardsKimmel's monologue nicely walked the line of deflating stars' egos without being overly mean-spirited -- except toward Donald Trump (whom he thanked for making us forget that last year, it was the Oscars that seemed racist) and faux Kimmel nemesis Matt Damon (too many barbs to mention). More generally, he mocked Hollywood for not discriminating by national origin, just by age and weight. But his best joke was his most economical one-liner. Neatly summarizing the racial politics of "Hidden Figures" and "La La Land," Kimmel observed that 2016 was the year "that black people saved NASA and white people saved jazz."

Worst Kimmel JokeUS-OSCARS-SHOWIn a year when so many awards were handed out to the FX mini-series "The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," it was nice to finally hear someone accept an O.J.-related trophy (in this case, Best Documentary honoree Ezra Edelman, director of "O.J.: Made in America") and remember to pay homage to murder victims Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson. So it was pretty crass that Kimmel followed that moment by quipping that the incarcerated football legend would also get a prize tonight, an extra slice of bologna on his sandwich. The Dolby Theatre crowd booed that one pretty loudly, though Kimmel recovered by acknowledging that he'd just squandered all his good will.

Best Surprise Guest89th Annual Academy Awards - ShowNo, not Michael J. Fox and his "Back to the Future" DeLorean, though both are welcome visitors to any movie-fan event. Rather, it was , the real-life heroine played by Taraji P. Henson in "Hidden Figures." The former NASA mathematician briefly joined Henson and co-stars Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae on stage, earning a standing ovation just for showing up. The wheelchair-bound 98-year-old appeared frail and didn't say much (just "Thank you very much"), but her presence alone was enough to underscore the theme of this year's ceremony, which was inspiration.

Worst Viral Stunt89th Annual Academy Awards - ShowIt's an awards-show requirement these days for the host to go out into the audience and do something seemingly spontaneous that forces the gathered dignitaries to sacrifice their dignity for a few moments that will end up immortalized as GIFs. Usually, that involves sitting on laps or photobombing selfies, but this time, it involved Kimmel bringing in a busload of Hollywood tourists who had no idea that the collection of Oscar gowns they'd been told they were going to see was being worn by real, live celebrities at the real, live Oscars, and that their own astonishment would be broadcast to the world on live TV.

Fittingly, the tourists seemed not at all star-struck or even all that impressed, though there was a nice moment when engaged Chicago couple Gary and Vicki got Vicki's favorite actor, Denzel Washington, to pretend to officiate over their wedding. Despite being made Kimmel's unwilling victims in front of an audience of hundreds of millions, the tourists came through with aplomb. Rather, it was the celebrities who appeared embarrassed -- at being treated like commodities or zoo animals and, in Jennifer Aniston's case, being cajoled by Kimmel to fork over a pair of sunglasses from her pocketbook as a wedding gift.

Best Speech89th Annual Academy Awards - ShowDo you suppose that organizations keep giving awards to Viola Davis just to hear her speeches? Not that she didn't deserve an Oscar, her first, for her supporting role in "Fences," but not even the bravest orchestra conductor would have dared ruin her moment by trying to play her off the stage while she was at hear tearful, dramatic, impassioned best. "You know, there is one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered," she began, "and that's the graveyard." Then she went on to thank her fellow artists, particularly her "Fences" colleagues, for telling "the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition, people who fell in love and lost." She added, "I became an artist and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life." If you needed a justification for why anyone should watch an evening's worth of Hollywood self-congratulation, this was it.

Second Best SpeechABC's Coverage Of The 89th Annual Academy Awards"Hacksaw Ridge" sound mixer finally won his first Oscar on his 21st nomination, thus ending the longest losing streak in Oscar history. He recalled that his mom, Skippy O'Connell, got him his first industry job (she was a secretary in the sound department at 20th Century Fox) and told him how he could express his gratitude: "You can work really hard, and someday you can win yourself an Oscar, and you can stand on the stage, and you can think me in front of the whole world." Alas, she didn't live long enough to see him fulfill that pledge, but he said he was sure she was looking down proudly from beyond.

Worst Running Gag89th Annual Academy Awards - ShowKimmel's candy drop was actually pretty cool the first time, with those gossamer parachute payloads of Red Vines and Junior Mints wafting down upon hungry celebrities like those lovely airborne jellyfish creatures from "Avatar." The second time, with Lemonheads and Mike & Ikes, seemed redundant, but at least it involved the adorable "Lion" star Sunny Pawar. By the third time, when Kimmel dropped cookies and donuts and threatened to drop coffee as well, it became clear why the show is nearly four hours long.

Best MontageTOPSHOT-US-OSCARS-SHOWGive credit to the compilers of all the clips. The four montages of acting winners from throughout Oscar history were stirring and inspirational. So were the tributes to Shirley MacLaine (who inspired Charlize Theron with her performance in "The Apartment") and Meryl Streep (who inspired Javier Bardem with her work in "The Bridges of Madison County"). And even the spoof of those same montages late in the show, with Kimmel mocking Damon's performance in "We Bought a Zoo," was funny. But the best montage was the one of filmgoers from around the world talking about how much movies mean to them, how they make viewers feel empathy for others, and how they make people from different countries feel closer to one another. There were a number of speeches throughout the evening, most of them implied reactions to President Trump's policies, that called for tolerance and cross-cultural understanding, but this montage made the best case for movies as a means of transcending our differences -- and for the Oscars as a fitting tribute to that mission, and not just as a night of the privileged honoring the pampered.

Worst BlooperUS-OSCARS-SHOWSo, apparently, all that hemming and hawing that Beatty and Dunaway did while opening the envelope to read the Best Picture winner's title wasn't just the seventysomething stars having a senior moment or vamping to generate suspense. As Beatty explained later, he'd been handed a duplicate Best Actress envelope, whose card read, "Emma Stone -- 'La La Land.'" The "Bonnie and Clyde" actors were understandably perplexed, but eventually, Dunaway read the "La La Land" part of the card to the world. Two of the musical's three producers gave acceptance speeches before the mistake was discovered and the correct envelope containing "Moonlight"'s title opened and showed to the cameras. The "Moonlight" crew were gracious about the error, but still ... someone at PricewaterhouseCoopers is sooooo fired.

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Steve Harvey Reacts to Oscars 2017 Gaffe: 'Call Me, Warren Beatty'

It's not really a fair comparison, but it was an easy comparison: When the wrong winners were announced for Best Picture at last night's Oscars, everyone thought of Steve Harvey and his Miss Universe gaffe.

But Steve Harvey had the right card, he just read the wrong winner. Academy Awards presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, as we know now, did not have the right envelope. They could've saved the moment, but still. It's not 100 percent the same.

But if anyone can feel their pain, it's Steve Harvey. Although, right now, he's too busy being thrilled that someone else is the focus of You Had One Job insults.

Harvey tweeted his reaction to the Oscar news early Monday morning:

At least he's getting some self-promotion out of other people's embarrassment.

On his morning show (via TMZ), Harvey did have more to say on the subject:

"Me and Warren Beatty going to take photos together... So in closing I'd like to say, in the words of Martin Luther King: Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, I'm free at last!"

Here's Harvey's "I have to apologize" gaffe:
Here's the Dunaway/Beatty drama last night with Best Picture winners "La La Land" and "Moonlight":

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Oscars 2017: Producer 'Devastated' to See Own Photo Used 'In Memoriam'

Sheesh. Did Monty Python produce last night's Oscars? Not only did we have #EnvelopeGate, we now have a not-dead woman featured in the "In Memoriam" segment.

It was such a beautiful segment, too, so of course something had to be wrong. According to Variety, an incorrect photo was used in the montage honoring the stars who had died in the past year. Instead of a photo of costume designer Janet Patterson -- a four-time Oscar nominee who died in October -- the Oscars showed an image of producer Jan Chapman -- who is still alive, and was totally shocked to see herself revealed as dead instead of her friend and former colleague. Patterson's name and occupation were correct, but it was Chapman's photo that played around 1:25 into the video, right before "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin.

That's Jan Chapman on the left, and Janet Patterson on the right:

Chapman reacted with a statement to Variety:

"I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson. I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered ... Janet was a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee and it is very disappointing that the error was not picked up. I am alive and well and an active producer."

Eek. As tempting as it is to just laugh off another Oscars gaffe, these women were friends. It hurts to lose a friend, and then be shocked by your own image at the Oscars in her place. The Australian women both worked together on "The Piano" and "Bright Star." Patterson was Oscar nominated for her costumes for both of those films, as well as for "Portrait of a Lady" and "Oscar and Lucinda."

It's very possible this gaffe can be sourced to an incorrect image in the system. If you search Getty Images for "Janet Patterson," this comes up:

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Here's the caption:

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14: Janet Patterson poses with her award for Best Production Design at the 2010 Inside Film Awards at City Recital Hall on November 14, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

But as we now see, that is Jan Chapman, not Janet Patterson. No wonder Chapman asked them to double check the images. She probably worried this exact photo error would come back to haunt them, and it did.

The "In Memoriam" always faces some kind of controversy, but usually it's "just" over who was left out. This time, Garry Shandling and Florence Henderson -- more TV stars than film stars -- were considered snubs, and some fans are still mentioning Alan Rickman as a snub even though he was included in last year's reel. It's hard to say what they'll do about Bill Paxton in Oscars 2018, since Jennifer Aniston mentioned him at the top of the 2017 "In Memoriam" segment but there wasn't time to add him to the actual montage.

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Bill Paxton Had Finished Taping 'Training Day' Season 1 for CBS Before Death

The late Bill Paxton, who died Saturday, Feb. 25 at age 61, left behind a loving family and an impressive body of work, including nine upcoming episodes of the CBS show "Training Day."

Paxton played Detective Frank Rourke, co-lead opposite Justin Cornwell as Officer Kyle Craig, in a sequel/follow-up set 15 years after the original 2001 film. The TV series just started airing on Thursday, Feb. 2, so only four episodes have shown so far.

According to Deadline, production on "Training Day" wrapped in December and all 13 episodes from the show's first season order have already been filmed. Bill Paxton's son James (that's him below, with Dad in 2013) reportedly guest stars in Episode 8, which should air in mid-March.

Premiere Of Disney's 'Saving Mr. Banks' - Arrivals"Training Day" did not have a great start in the ratings, so Season 1 was probably going to be the end of the series anyway. As Deadline reported, it opened with 4.7 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the adult 18-49 demographic in Live+same day ratings, and by Episode 4 it was down to 3.7 million and a 0.7, with small boosts from DVR.

It's possible fans will now catch up, since it's a last chance to see Bill Paxton. (He will also be seen as Emma Watson's father in the April 28 movie "The Circle.")

Paxton's "Training Day" co-star Justin Cornwell reacted to the tragic news of Paxton's death:

"Training Day" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CBS.

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