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How Freddy Krueger Found the Perfect Luke Skywalker for Star Wars

19 September 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There are still a lot of untold stories to be discovered about director George Lucas' original 1977 Star Wars. And today, we get to hear one of the cooler ones. Apparently we can thank Freddy Krueger for finding the perfect Luke Skywalker, as it was actor Robert Englund who helped set up Mark Hamill with his Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope audition. It's a small piece of the puzzle that is amazing to hear, and equally important to the universe as it has been laid out over the past forty years. Especially as we head into Star Wars: Episode VIII, which features Mark Hamill's Jedi Master as the secondary lead.

Back in the 70s, Mark Hamill and Robert Englund were friends, though not the cultural icons they are now. As it turns out, Englund played an important role in getting Mark Hamill in to audition for George Lucas. »

- MovieWeb

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Garry Marshall, Gene Wilder and More Honored by Henry Winkler in Emmys' Touching in Memoriam Tribute

18 September 2016 7:55 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Garry Shandling, Gene Wilder and Anton Yelchin were among several late celebrities that received a touching tribute at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. Henry Winkler - the Fonz himself - introduced the emotional segment, honoring director and Happy Days creator Garry Marshall before a slideshow of names flickered across the screen."He was alive, he was a generosity of spirit and knowledge. I should know - he gave me my career. And I will tell you that anybody who was lucky enough to meet him, he changed their life," shared Winkler of Marshall, who died in July. "On behalf of all of us, »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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Damon Wayans on ‘Lethal Weapon’ TV Reboot: This Is ‘My Wife and Guns’

13 September 2016 11:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

At Monday night’s “Lethal Weapon” premiere, nostalgia was a no-show at the NeueHouse Hollywood. While the ’80s and ’90s buddy cop film franchise was mentioned here and there, producers made a note to introduce the TV remake without dwelling too much on the past.

“We probably relied on the film most for the pilot episode and after that it really stands on its own,”  said exec producer Dan Lin. “We bring characters back from the movie, but we put a new spin on those characters we’re introducing in the pilot.”

Although creator Matt Miller‘s fresh take of the films was applauded, he shared that the Fox series wouldn’t have had the network’s stamp of approval if they didn’t cast the “right guys” in the starring roles.

“You have to find at least the people to play two of the most iconic characters in the history of film, Murtaugh »

- Mannie Holmes

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Avq&A: What’s your favorite character name?

1 September 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Welcome back to Avq&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d like us and the readers to answer? Email us at avcqa@theonion.com.

This week’s question comes courtesy of A.V. Club assistant editor Gwen Ihnat:

The anniversary of my favorite movie in July reminded me that I may never love a character’s name as much as Keanu Reeves’ in Point Break: Johnny Utah. Not only does it fit the character’s past as a college football star, it also sounds great when his partner Gary Busey is yelling at him for being a lunkhead: “Get it together, Utah!” Also »

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Michael Shannon And Taylor Kitsch Join Waco Miniseries

31 August 2016 11:55 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In what might be some of the most interesting and exciting casting news to be announced recently, Weinstein Television has confirmed that Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon and Lone Survivor star Taylor Kitsch will take the lead roles in the upcoming miniseries about Waco – the deadly 1993 siege in Texas that attempted to disrupt a secretive Christian sect, then presided over by David Koresh.

The reason this casting is such promising news is not only because the two actors involved are powerhouse performers, but because the nature of the source material lends itself to the delivery of a balanced examination of the tragic events. Written by John and Drew Dowdle (No Escape), with John Dowdle in the director’s chair, the series will be based on a combination of two books: Stalling For Time: My Life As An FBI Hostage Negotiator by Gary Noesener, and A Place Called Waco by former cult member David Thibodeau. »

- Sarah Myles

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‘Dr. Drew’ Ending After 5 Years on Hln

25 August 2016 10:08 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dr. Drew Pinsky, the addiction specialist who has been part of the Hln schedule since 2011, is leaving the network as it continues to reshape its daytime and primetime lineups.

Pinsky’s last broadcast will take place September 22, according to a memo from Ken Jautz, the executive who oversees the network. Hln is part of Time Warner’s CNN operations.

“It has been a privilege working at Hln. My executive producer Burt Dubrow and our outstanding staff and contributors were consistently exceptional,” Pinsky said in a statement. “I am very excited to stay within the CNN Worldwide family as a contributor.”

Hln is in the midst of an overhaul that will have it focused more tightly on news.  Once known as “CNN Headline News,” Hln is moving back to those roots,  aligning itself more closely with CNN while building a new stable of programs that appeal to its core audience, believed to be younger and more female than »

- Brian Steinberg

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John McLaughlin, TV Pundit and Nixon Speechwriter, Dead at 89

16 August 2016 3:06 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

John McLaughlin, the conservative talk-show host and pop-culture lightning rod who helmed the long-running roundtable TV show The McLaughlin Group, has died. He was 89.

The McLaughlin Group Facebook page reported the news. "Earlier this morning, a beloved friend and mentor, Dr. John McLaughlin, passed away peacefully at the age of 89," the statement read. "As a former Jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives. For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, »

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Fox Execs Defend the Network’s Reliance on Reboots and Remakes Like ‘Lethal Weapon,’ ’24,’ ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Prison Break’

8 August 2016 12:26 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fox is betting big on remakes and reboots next season – but Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden says there’s a strategy behind it.

The network’s new takes on “Lethal Weapon” and “The Exorcist,” plus reboots of “24” (now “24: Legacy”) and “Prison Break” had critics questioning Fox’s bounty of pre-existing intellectual properties. But Walden told reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association that “our hope was that well-known titles, if and only if well executed, would lighten the load on our marketing team.”

Said Walden: “The objectives from marketing are, you want to build awareness, intent to view, and you want to link shows to your network. Recognizable titles help us majorly with one of those objectives. Then the shows have to win the day.”

Still, “reboots are not a guarantee of success, and we know that as well as anyone,” said Walden, whose network failed last season »

- Michael Schneider

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Fox Execs Defend the Network’s Reliance on Reboots and Remakes Like ‘Lethal Weapon,’ ’24,’ ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Prison Break’

8 August 2016 12:26 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Fox is betting big on remakes and reboots next season – but Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden says there’s a strategy behind it.

The network’s new takes on “Lethal Weapon” and “The Exorcist,” plus reboots of “24” (now “24: Legacy”) and “Prison Break” had critics questioning Fox’s bounty of pre-existing intellectual properties. But Walden told reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association that “our hope was that well-known titles, if and only if well executed, would lighten the load on our marketing team.”

Said Walden: “The objectives from marketing are, you want to build awareness, intent to view, and you want to link shows to your network. Recognizable titles help us majorly with one of those objectives. Then the shows have to win the day.”

Still, “reboots are not a guarantee of success, and we know that as well as anyone,” said Walden, whose network failed last season »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11: Fox Stands By Chris Carter And ‘Would Love to Do It’

8 August 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When “The X-Files” returned this spring for a short six-episode “event series,” fans and critics alike probably didn’t expect that the season would end with an extreme cliffhanger — one that creator Chris Carter told IndieWire was “me being devious. What it does, for me, is provide the opportunity to promote more ‘X-Files’ episodes, which I think everyone would like — including me, the studio, the network, and the fans.”

News on when those new episodes would be delivered has been minimal, however, in the months since “Season 10” ended. And we didn’t get too much of an update today at the TCA summer press tour — except for the fact that Fox executives Dana Walden and David Madden confirmed that they would “love to do it” and that “significant talks with all three of the principals” are underway.

Read More: ‘The X-Files’ Cast & Crew ‘On Board’ For Another Installment, Says Fox »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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29 Crazy Ridiculous Things That Happened in Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens

31 July 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The fourth installment of Syfy's mega-popular Sharknado series premiered Sunday. And in case there was any question that The 4th Awakens would be a slight Star Wars parody, the film answered that right away by opening with an "Episode IV" scrolling prologue reminiscent of George Lucas' space franchise. Ian Ziering was back as chainsaw-touting Fin Shepard, alongside Tara Reid and David Hasselhoff. With a new team of allies by their side, they battled the Sharknados - which this time have evolved into fire-breathing, hail-throwing, sand-blasting threats. They also spewed their fair share of Star Wars puns, including a "May »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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Sharknado gets an Ultimate Franchise Trailer

28 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just three days to go until the premiere of Sharknado: The 4th Awakens; Fandago has released an ultimate franchise trailer featuring footage from all four films in the cult sharksploitation series; check it out here…

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens is set to premiere on July 31st and will see the return of Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), David Hasselhoff (Col. Gil Shepard) and Ryan Newman (Claudia), while new additions to the cast include Gary Busey as April’s father Wilford Wexler, Tommy Davidson as billionaire tech playboy Aston Reynolds, Cody Linley as Fin and April’s son Matt, Imani Hakim as Matt’s military buddy Gabrielle, Masiela Lusha as Fin’s cousin Gemini and Cheryl Tiegs as Fin’s mother Raye.

Celebrity cameos for the latest chapter of the cult seires include Stacey Dash, Vince Neil, Wayne Newton, Todd, Savannah and Grayson Chrisley, Cynthia Bailey, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Star Trek: was Cumberbatch supposed to be Gary Mitchell?

27 July 2016 7:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 28, 2016

Was Benedict Cumberbatch originally going to play a different villain in Star Trek Into Darkness? Ryan looks at the clues...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Star Trek Into Darkness.

It was among the worst-kept movie secrets of 2013: the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain in Star Trek Into Darkness. Long before the movie's release, speculation had swirled around the character's anonymous-sounding name: John Harrison. Clearly, fans realised, it was a cover for something far more dramatic.

Wasn't it more likely that Cumberbatch was actually lined up to play a recognisable character from the Star Trek canon? Some suggested Harrison might actually be Charlie Evans, the sinister teenage boy with psychic powers who terrorised the Enterprise in the second ever Original Series episode, Charlie X. Others suggested Cumberbatch might be taking on the role of Khan Noonien Singh, a character first introduced in series one's Space Seed. »

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SNL's Weekend Update: Jost, Che and 'Ginsburg' Blast Trump, Mike Pence, Chris Christie During Rnc Edition

20 July 2016 10:18 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Colin Jost and Michael Che took Weekend Update to the Republican National Convention Wednesday night in a special MSNBC edition of the popular Saturday Night Live segment.

VideosJimmy Fallon Mocks Trump’s Rnc Entrance in Tonight Show Spoof

The comedic duo used the unprecedented airtime to take jabs at the likes of actor Scott Baio, former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Donald Trump VP pick Mike Pence, whose speech ran longer than expected earlier in the evening.

After an especially unfunny remote where Che played a game of “Trumpémon Go,” in which he attempted to locate minorities on the convention floor, »

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Playing Hitman? You Can Now Kill Gary Busey

19 July 2016 3:35 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Hollywood stars appearing in video games is nothing new, but this has to be the weirdest one so far. Those playing Square Enix's episodic Hitman were given an unusual poll between two famous Garys, Cole and Busey, to pick which one would appear as the game’s newest Elusive Target, a one off contract that if you mess up is gone forever. Busey won of course, because who wouldn’t want to hunt down the well known Hollywood crazy man, and his mission, The Wildcard, will go live on July 21st for seven days, a good bit longer than most other Elusive Targets. And if the below video listing Gary Busey’s long list of special skills is anything to go by, you’ll need all the time you have. »

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Lethal Weapon Actor Gary Busey Is Hitman’s Next Elusive Target

18 July 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

No, it’s not a joke. Starting July 21, Gary Busey, Hollywood actor and star of films like Lethal Weapon and Point Break, will be immortalized in the world of Hitman, not as a friendly Npc, but an Elusive Target that the player must track down and kill.

At this point, you’re probably asking yourselves, ‘why Gary Busey?’ The answer is quite simple: he was included as part of a ‘Choose Your Hit’ campaign held by Io Interactive that asked players to choose between Busey or Gary Cole to be an in-game target.

Following the successful online campaign to ‘Choose Your Hit’, where fans voted who would appear in Hitman as a special target between two Hollywood big-hitters Gary Cole and Gary Busey.

Gary Busey won and will appear in Hitman as an Elusive Target for 7 days.

Hitman‘s seventh contract, dubbed ‘The Wildcard’ goes live at 14:00 Cest / 05:00 Pdt later this week, »

- Joe Pring

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Sharknado 4 Trailer Unleashes a Firenado, Cownado and Wayne Newton

14 July 2016 3:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, Syfy released a new trailer for their highly-anticipated sequel Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, which revealed the fate of Tara Reid's character April. The third installment ended on a cliffhanger, allowing fans to vote whether April lives or dies. Fans voted for her return. Today we have a new trailer, which features just some of the numerous cameos, along with a few Star Wars references as well.

The trailer, which debuted on YouTube today, reveals that the action has shifted to Las Vegas, and that this new Sharknado isn't the only thing Vegas residents have to worry about. We also see a number of new tornadoes, such as a "firenado," "oilnado" and a "cownado," which may be a not-so-subtle reference to the infamous cow scene in the 1996 thriller Twister. It is also revealed cities such as San Francisco, Seattle and Salt Lake City coming under attack from these inexplicable storms. »

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Watch the new trailer for Sharknado: The 4th Awakens

14 July 2016 3:13 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a little over a fortnight to go until its premiere, Syfy has released a new trailer for Sharknado: The 4th Awakens;, which you can watch right here…

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens is set to premiere on July 31st and will see the return of Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), David Hasselhoff (Col. Gil Shepard) and Ryan Newman (Claudia), while new additions to the cast include Gary Busey as April’s father Wilford Wexler, Tommy Davidson as billionaire tech playboy Aston Reynolds, Cody Linley as Fin and April’s son Matt, Imani Hakim as Matt’s military buddy Gabrielle, Masiela Lusha as Fin’s cousin Gemini and Cheryl Tiegs as Fin’s mother Raye.

Celebrity cameos for the latest chapter of the cult seires include Stacey Dash, Vince Neil, Wayne Newton, Todd, Savannah and Grayson Chrisley, Cynthia Bailey, Robert Herjavec, Kym Johnson, Carrie Keagan, T’Keyah Crystal Keymah, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Exclusive Trailer: Sharks and More 'Nados in 'Sharknado: The 4th Awakens'

14 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

What could you possibly be looking forward to more than more Star Wars movies, Jurassic Park sequels or Star Trek franchises? Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, of course! An all-star cast including Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, David Hasselhoff, Gilbert Gottfried, Gary Busey, Stacey Dash and more appear in the sequel to the sequel to the sequel, as after five quiet and shark-free years, suddenly sharknados (and other kinds of 'nados) are popping up and wreaking havoc in places like Seattle and...

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The Transcendent Masculinity of Point Break

12 July 2016 12:08 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“I Caught My First Tube Today . . . Sir.”

Shortly after undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah befriends charismatic surfing bank robber Bodhi (“That’s Bodhi . . . they call him Bodhisattva”) in Point Break, a group consisting mostly of Bodhi’s bank heist crew, Johnny, and their various romantic partners sit around a fire while Bodhi regales the group with a tale of the “fifty-year storm,” a quasi-mythical weather event that every half century yields the best waves for surfing anyone has ever seen. In the scene, Patrick Swayze, essaying the role of Bodhi, pitches his voice exactly at the intersection of awed wonder, stoner/surfer drawl, and evangelical bullshit. It is Point Break’s most explicit moment of satori, where it is revealed to be, at once, an action movie about surfing bank robbers, and the greatest possible action movie about surfing bank robbers.

It’s been twenty-five years, to the day, since Point Break’s release. A »

- Danny Bowes

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