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Scarlett Johansson to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ for Fifth Time

9 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Scarlett Johansson will return to host “Saturday Night Live” for a fifth time March 11.

The actress — whose new film “Ghost in the Shell”, from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks, premieres March 31 — will be joined by musical guest and Grammy Award winner Lorde, who will be making her first appearance on the NBC sketch-comedy series.

Johannson last hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2015. With her appearance this month, she becomes the 17th member the show’s so-called “Five-Timers Club” — a roster of performers who have hosted the show five times or more. The list includes Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, Candace Bergen, Chevy Chase, Danny DeVito, Tina Fey, John Goodman, Elliott Gould, Tom Hanks, Buck Henry, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Paul Simon, Justin Timberlake, and Christopher Walken. Baldwin has hosted the show the most times with 17 appearances. Martin has hosted 15 times.

Saturday Night Live” will return with new episodes March 4 in an episode hosted by “Hidden Figures” star and »

- Daniel Holloway

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Jon Favreau’s VFX Master: Why ‘The Jungle Book’ Will Win the Only Oscar It Can Get

20 February 2017 3:26 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Last year, the Academy rewarded George Miller’s Best-Picture contender “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10 Oscar nominations and six wins. Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” belongs in the same cinematic groundbreaker category, but partly because Disney marketing wasn’t able to pull the movie out of its family movie ghetto, only the Visual Effects branch of the Academy nominated this wondrous achievement that wowed global moviegoers to the tune of $964 million worldwide.

Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks took Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of Mowgli and his brothers and, with help from James Cameron and Martin Scorsese’s go-to VFX master Rob Legato (“Titanic,” “Aviator,” “Hugo”), created a seamlessly natural digital world with many vibrant animal characters — and one live boy (Neel Sethi).

Read More: Why Photographic Realism Makes Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ the VFX Oscar Favorite

Finally, “The Jungle Book” will win an Oscar for its only nomination, »

- Anne Thompson

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Jon Favreau’s VFX Master: Why ‘The Jungle Book’ Will Win the Only Oscar It Can Get

20 February 2017 3:26 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last year, the Academy rewarded George Miller’s Best-Picture contender “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10 Oscar nominations and six wins. Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” belongs in the same cinematic groundbreaker category, but partly because Disney marketing wasn’t able to pull the movie out of its family movie ghetto, only the Visual Effects branch of the Academy nominated this wondrous achievement that wowed global moviegoers to the tune of $964 million worldwide.

Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks took Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of Mowgli and his brothers and, with help from James Cameron and Martin Scorsese’s go-to VFX master Rob Legato (“Titanic,” “Aviator,” “Hugo”), created a seamlessly natural digital world with many vibrant animal characters — and one live boy (Neel Sethi).

Read More: Why Photographic Realism Makes Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ the VFX Oscar Favorite

Finally, “The Jungle Book” will win an Oscar for its only nomination, »

- Anne Thompson

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Horror Highlights: Funko’s Ellen Ripley Rock Candy Collectible, Hobgoblins on Splathouse Podcast, Reel Film Day, Bigfoot The Movie

20 February 2017 6:35 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Ellen Ripley in all her butt-kicking glory is kicking off today's Horror Highlights. Funko's Ellen Ripley Rock Candy collectible will hit stores soon! Also: details on Splathouse podcast's Hobgoblins (1988) discussion, Alamo Drafthouse and Kodak's first-ever Reel Film Day, and release details for Bigfoot the Movie.

Funko's Ellen Ripley Rock Candy Collectible: From Funko: "A Pop! and ReAction just aren't enough - Ellen Ripley will be joining the Rock Candy line soon!

Coming soon!"

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Splathouse Podcast Presents a Hobgoblins Discussion: From Splathouse: "For your consideration: Our four panelists (Sarah, Mike, John, and Jim) are joined by a Twitter friend (@parkerandcooley), an Academy Award nominee (Christopher Walken), a quiet coyote, and Rick Sloane (writer/director of The Visitants and Vice Academy). Can the gang survive the chaos or will they be seduced by the evil, mind-altering Hobgoblins? Find out this week!

Plus! All the regular bullshit you love: What Do Ya Know? »

- Tamika Jones

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Cool Videos: Christopher Walken gets kinky in this 50 Shades mash-up

13 February 2017 8:26 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

At this point, I think we're all familiar with the tale of Christian and Anastasia and their supposed taboo-breaking relationship of kink. Fifty Shades Darker is now in theaters for people to eat up, just in time for Valentine's Day, but if you're looking for something a little more sensual, I have two words for you; Christopher Walken. The man himself is cleverly inserted into this trailer... Read More »

- Sean Wist

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'Sin City', 'Wild Tales' producers team for Gregory Widen fantasy movie

10 February 2017 10:01 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Highlander creator to direct first film since The Prophecy; team also includes UK outfit Bad Penny Productions.

An eclectic array of international producers are assembling on intriguing European Film Market (Efm) script See How We Are, the new project from Gregory Widen, the creator of the Highlander and The Prophecy franchises.

Producers on the fantasy project include Stephen L’Heureux (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) of Solipsist Films, Phin Glynn (Mad to be Normal) of Bad Penny Productions and Wild Tales [pictured], The Secret In Their Eyes and Neruda producer Axel Kuschevatzky.

Widen, who also wrote 90’s thriller Backdraft, has written the script and will direct, marking only his second feature as director after the first instalment in The Prophecy (1995) franchise, starring Christopher Walken and Viggo Mortensen.

Bad Penny Productions, the fledgling UK outfit whose slate includes David Tennant projects Mad To Be Normal and You, Me And Him, will also finance »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Samantha Bee Lauds CNN for Serving the Public "For Almost Half a Day"

8 February 2017 3:50 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Celebrating the one-year anniversary of her show, Full Frontal's Samantha Bee took on the recent CNN health care debate between Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, referring to the senators as "the Socialist and the Slytherin."

After playing a clip from the debate in which Cruz referenced a skit from Saturday Night Live where Christopher Walken asked for more cowbell, Bee said, "You’re that twerp in high school who wouldn’t shut up about the knights who say 'Ni.' Please someone take away Ted's Netflix before he discovers Borat.”

Despite her jokes aimed at the senators, Bee admitted, "I would give my »

- Patrick Shanley

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Justin Timberlake Reveals Why He Decided to Leave *Nsync: 'I Was Growing Out of It'

8 February 2017 10:35 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Justin Timberlake is finally revealing why he said "Bye Bye Bye" to *Nsync.

After seven years with the internationally renowned boy band, Timberlake parted ways with *Nsync in April 2002, following a successful third album, Celebrity, and four-month stadium tour.

Watch: Christopher Walken Recites *Nsync's 'Bye Bye Bye' in Super Bowl Commercial With Justin Timberlake

The Hollywood Reporter

The 36-year-old singer says despite the immense success, he was ready to embark on new projects, which solely catered to the music and not to sold-out stadiums.

"We were on a stadium tour, and I just felt like the whole thing was too big," Timberlake said to The Hollywood Reporter.

“It started as a fun snowball fight that was becoming an avalanche," he continued. "And, also, I was growing out of it."

"I felt like I cared more about the music than some of the other people in the group," he added. "And I felt like I had other music I »

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Super Bowl: Melissa McCarthy, Adam Driver, Christopher Walken & More Feature In Star-Studded Game Day Ads

6 February 2017 6:25 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Somewhere between a bunch of commercials and a half-time show, a game of football was played last night, and it was a doozy. The Super Bowl went into overtime for the first time in history, the New England Patriots reigned supreme and fans got one helluva show. And advertisers got a lot of eyeballs.

Read More: Melissa McCarthy Eviscerates Sean Spicer In Hilarious New SNL Skit 

You’ve likely already seen the onslaught of movie and TV related promos that dropped during the game, but if that wasn’t enough, the stars cashed some big paychecks to promote everything from tax services to jewelry and we’re rounded it all up below.

Continue reading Super Bowl: Melissa McCarthy, Adam Driver, Christopher Walken & More Feature In Star-Studded Game Day Ads at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Best 2017 Super Bowl Commercials, Ranked!

5 February 2017 7:15 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Another Super Bowl in the books!

While for many, Super Bowl Li was all about witnessing the clash between the high-powered Atlanta Falcons offense, and the impeccably disciplined New England Patriots.... the rest of us really just showed up for what happens between the downs.

Exclusive: Miranda Kerr Talks Wedding Plans, Lady Gaga's Halftime Show & Orlando Bloom Ahead of Super Bowl Ad

Here are the 17 best commercials that went big for the big game.

1. Audi, "#DriveProgress"

It was hard to give a tearjerker the top spot, but this one just hit our hearts in exactly the right way. Images of a boxcar-racing daughter paired with voiceover messages of gender equality cruises definitely made us feel the hardest.

2. Buick, Starring Cam Newton and Miranda Kerr

"The Super Bowl and the Super Bowl ads are such a big part of American culture," Miranda Kerr told Et of appearing in this spot with NFL star Cam Newton, explaining that she »

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Christopher Walken Recites Nsync’s ‘Bye Bye Bye’ In Super Bowl Commercial With Justin Timberlake

5 February 2017 6:33 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Deep down, we always knew Christopher Walken was an Nsync fan. The 73-year-old actor was the surprise guest in Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl commercial for Bai Antioxidant Infusions, where he lent his Walken-esque delivery to the pop group’s classic hit, “Bye, Bye Bye.” Watch: Super Bowl Li: Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of The […] »

- Shakiel Mahjouri

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Watch: Justin Timberlake Throws It Back to His ‘NSYNC Days in Super Bowl Commercial

5 February 2017 5:14 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Justin Timberlake has made his way back to Super Bowl screen time, and he did not disappoint.

Seventeen years (!) after ‘NSYNC released “Bye Bye Bye”,  Timberlake joined forces with none other than Christopher Walken to bring back the hit in a subtle, yet very effective commercial for Bai beverages.

“I don’t want to make it tough, I just want to tell you that I’ve had enough,” Walken calmly whispers, rehearsing the song’s famous lyrics and sitting in a fancy living room. “It might sound crazy, but it ain’t no lie, baby, bye, bye, bye.”

The commercial »

- Jessica Fecteau

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Christopher Walken Recites *Nsync's 'Bye Bye Bye' in Super Bowl Commercial With Justin Timberlake -- Watch!

5 February 2017 5:07 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Deep down, we always knew Christopher Walken was an *Nsync fan.

The 73-year-old actor was the surprise guest in Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl commercial for Bai Antioxidant Infusions, where he lent his Walken-esque delivery to the pop group's classic hit, "Bye, Bye Bye."

Watch: Super Bowl Li: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the Big Game!

See for yourself below:

Perfect. If we ever do get that *Nsync reunion, now we know who to bring in for a guest feature.

Watch: Chrissy Teigen Is Having the Best Time 'Drunk' Tweeting at Super Bowl Li -- See What She's Said!

What's your favorite Super Bowl commercial of all time?

Watch the video below to see some of the best.

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Super Bowl Commercials: The Very Best, and Worst, of 2017 (Watch Video)

5 February 2017 4:03 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

To air a 30-second commercial during Super Bowl Li, you needed to pony up a cool $5 million. A reasonable price to pay, to reach north of 100 million people?

RelatedDonald Trump’s Super Bowl Interview: Was Bill O’Reilly Fair and Balanced?

It all depends on how you make use of that precious seconds. As this year’s contest between the Patriots and Falcons plays out in Houston, TVLine is singling out the spots that were winning plays, and the few that were costly fumbles. (Anything not listed — e.g. Skittles, Avocados, Tide — was neither here nor there.)

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Watch Justin Timberlake & Christopher Walken in the Bai Super Bowl commercial

5 February 2017 1:34 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Watch Bai’s Super Bowl commercial featuring Justin Timberlake and Christopher Walken below. The spot sees the pair dressed to the nines in an opulent looking home…with some Bai nearby for good measure. Ahead of the launch Bai told Billboard that the commercial would be serious but with plenty of humor throw in — and it didn’t disappoint. The brand has a bunch of ‘antioxidant infusion drinks’ and say the line-up contains something for everyone’s tastes. “Taste is Temporary. Flavour is Forever,” says the brand, who reckon Timberlake is a great fit for them — especially when his Nsync song Bye Bye Bye proves...read more »

- James Wray

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Not The First Choice, But The Right Choice

5 February 2017 3:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway can’t imagine anyone else in La La Land…

There’s a genre of fiction known as alternative history, where writers speculate on “what ifs?” of history. You want to see what would happen if South African Neo-Nazis went back in time to intervene in the American Civil War? You got it. Aliens invading during the Second World War? It’s out there. The forthcoming TV series SS-gb is one of the many “what if the Nazis won the war?” stories out there, and one imagines that J.J. Abrams’s Overlord will have some sort of alternative history elements.

There’s a similar game to be played with film casting. Christopher Walken as Han Solo (Walken as Han Solo in David Lynch’s Return of the Jedi is the movie I want to see) and Oj Simpson as The Terminator are two famous examples. This week, »

- Neil Calloway

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‘The Family Fang’ DVD Review

31 January 2017 3:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Kathryn Hahn, Christopher Walken, Marin Ireland, Harris Yulin, Eugenia Kuzmina, Michael Chernus, Josh Pais, Maryann Plunkett | Written by David Lindsay-Abaire | Directed by Jason Bateman

Performance artists. What good are they anyhow? It’s not like they put their lives on the line, or make a strong statement about anything going on in current events. It’s not like they tend to become wildly notorious for their acts, nor do they leave a mark on younger generations. But the question is, what happens to their kids? That’s what The Family Fang sets out to solve…

The second directorial feature from Jason Bateman after 2013′s Bad Words, The Family Fang sees Bateman star as Baxter Fang, the brother of Annie Fang, played by Nicole Kidman. They are affectionately called “Child A” and “Child B” by their parents Caleb and Camille, played by the one and only Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett. »

- Catherina Gioino

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Feature: The Essential Must-See U.S. Tough Guy Cinema

30 January 2017 3:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

American cinema in the Seventies through to the early Nighties was populated with the kind of leading characters you don’t see enough of any more – no nonsense, amoral tough guys, often on the wrong side of the law, rugged complexions lines with life, who start off mean and don’t get any nicer by the closing credits.

Director Sam Peckinpah’s brilliantly brutal and bloody Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) features a prime example of this. Bennie, played by Warren Oates (pictured above), is a down on his luck bartender whose ears prick up when $1 million dollars is offered for the titular, potentially suicidal deed – but as Bennie says, ‘nobody loses all the time’. It’s possibly Oates’s finest performance as the tequila-soaked bounty hunter who, the more outgunned he is, the more savage his becomes. It’s also one of Peckinpah’s greatest films, and nicely encapsulates the violent, »

- Phil Wheat

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From the People Archive: John Hurt on His Amazing Career: ‘I’m Not Ordinary’

28 January 2017 7:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This story originally appeared in the Nov. 17, 1980 issue of People.

His Roles May Veer Far from the Straight and Narrow, but John Hurt Acts on a Fast Track

Only one part is now out of the question: Husband.

A depraved Roman emperor, a brilliantly outrageous homosexual, an eccentric junkie convict, a tortured student murderer, a pitiable sideshow freak, an astronaut who has his chest ripped open from the inside by an alien monster… Hardly everyday folk, but 40-year-old British actor John Hurt—who has portrayed them all—is no mundane talent. “I don’t believe there is any such thing as an ordinary person, »

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John Hurt, Oscar-Nominated Star of ‘The Elephant Man,’ Dies at 77

27 January 2017 6:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Hurt, the wiry English actor who played a drug addict in “Midnight Express,” Kane in “Alien,” the title character in “The Elephant Man,” and Winston Smith in “1984” has died. He was 77.

He died on Wednesday at home in Norfolk, his widow, Anwen, confirmed in a statement to Variety. Hurt had disclosed in 2015 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Anwen wrote as a tribute, “John was the most sublime of actors and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen with the greatest of hearts and the most generosity of spirit. He touched all our lives with joy and magic and it will be a strange world without him.”

Mel Brooks, executive producer of “The Elephant Man,” tweeted that he was a “truly magnificent talent.”

It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt's passing. He was a truly magnificent talent.

Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 28, 2017

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- Carmel Dagan

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