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A Complete Guide to Every Song Written By Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello During Their Partnership

28 March 2017 11:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Though his music can be heard in all corners of the globe, Paul McCartney’s songwriting process is impressively homegrown. When he teamed with Elvis Costello for sessions that would ultimately yield his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt, the pair met at McCartney’s personal studio: a converted corn mill dubbed Hog Hill Mill, a short drive from his farm in rural southern England. Armed with nothing more high-tech than a pencil, paper and acoustic guitar, two of the world’s most influential composers climbed the steps to a small office tucked above the studio and pulled tunes out of thin air. »

- Jordan Runtagh

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Hulu Sets Summer Premieres for ‘Difficult People,’ ‘Casual,’ Documentaries

27 March 2017 2:58 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hulu has released its summer slate, which includes three original documentaries and two original series.

Difficult People” Season 3 will premiere Tuesday, Aug. 8, and will find Julie (Julie Klausner) and Billy (Billy Eichner) remaining each other’s best friends while still their own worst enemies. John Cho will have a guest arc as Billy’s boyfriend.

The third season of “Casual” will premiere on Tuesday, May 23, and will follow the surprising consequences following Charles’ death and Valerie’s decision to move out, propelling the trio to rebel, explore different jobs, partners, and unfulfilled passions.

Batman & Bill” premieres Saturday, May 6. The documentary follows Bill Finger, the uncredited co-creator of the iconic superhero Batman. The film is directed and executive produced by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce, and features principal subjects Marc Tyler Nobleman and Michael Uslan.

Becoming Bond” is a documentary-narrative hybrid that tells the true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who landed the »

- Sarah Ahern

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Scarlett Johansson continues to prove her action hero chops with “Ghost in the Shell”

27 March 2017 10:52 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

There are two types of Scarlett Johansson roles that we’ve been getting over the past few years. One is affecting work in things like Her or Under the Skin, while the other is in action films, both of the Marvel ilk, as well as things like this week’s release Ghost in the Shell. I don’t mean this as an insult though. Johansson is possibly the best actress out there at transitioning between tugging at your emotions and entertaining you by kicking some ass. As such, this new release should continue raising her star wattage, paving the way for one of her future dramatic outings to finally get her that elusive Academy Award nomination. Ghost in the Shell is a science fiction / action film based on a very well regarded Japanese comic book. Set in the near future, it follows Major (Johansson), who is is the first of her kind. »

- Joey Magidson

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The Autopsy Of Jane Doe set report

27 March 2017 3:52 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Mar 28, 2017

Creepy sets, gore, a sweary Emile Hirsch and lots of gallows humour. We visited the set of indie horror, The Autopsy Of Jane Doe...

Nb: The following contains some saucy language and discussions that some may consider Not Safe For Work.

Half an hour out east on the Hammersmith & City Line, across a busy dual carriage way, just down from a branch of Tesco’s and tucked away in an old warehouse, about 200 people are making a horror film.

The warehouse interior is now, thanks to the ingenuity of production designer Matt Gant and a few dozen set builders, a basement mortuary in Virginia. There are long corridors. Low lighting that picks out the Victorian wallpaper but leaves corners shrouded in deep shadow. A junk-strewn room houses a man-sized furnace, something the production designer jokingly refers to as “the pizza oven”, but is actually a place where »

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Buffy at 20: Nicholas Brendon Recalls Xander's Speedo, Cops to Some Regrets ('I Was Just as Much to Blame')

10 March 2017 3:03 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

To mark the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s series premiere, TVLine spoke to a few of its key players. Our final installment: star Nicholas Brendon.

If Buffy Summers was Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s strong arm and Willow Rosenberg was its brain, Xander Harris was its heart.

And as that heart — or the “scared guy with a rock,” as Xander calls himself in Season 2’s “Becoming” — portrayer Nicholas Brendon never wanted the character to have any special abilities, he tells TVLine.

PhotosBuffy at 20: Amber Benson Talks Tara’s Tragic Fate (and a Nixed Return!)

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Buffy at 20: Amber Benson Talks Tara's Tragic Fate (and a Nixed Return!)

10 March 2017 1:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

To mark the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s series premiere, TVLine spoke to a few of its key players. Up next: star Amber Benson.

When Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon originally conceived the character of Tara Maclay, a witch he added in the supernatural drama’s fourth season, she didn’t look a lot like Amber Benson.

At least, that’s how Benson recalls it.

PhotosBuffy at 20: Ep/Writer Jane Espenson Chooses Her Best and Worst Episodes

“I think that Joss was seeing sort of somebody a little more fairy-like,” the actress tells TVLine. »

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'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' at 20: How a Monster-Killing Teen Changed TV Forever

10 March 2017 6:26 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Dear female high school student: You have been chosen to fight the dark, never-ending forces of evil. You're likely to die young and alone, because you're supposed to keep your calling a secret. Sounds awesome, right? Oh, wait, you don't have a choice. Happy hunting!

Admittedly, it's a lousy sales pitch to give a perky blonde who just wants to make it through her midterms in one piece. But in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon's landmark television series, the girl in question doesn't exactly get »

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14 Times Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Willow Is the Best Without Saying a Single Word

10 March 2017 6:15 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

In the late '90s, Willow Rosenberg (played by Alyson Hannigan) arose as one of the most beloved characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her gradual evolution from an introverted bookworm into a badass spell-casting witch - later goddess - made her more than just Buffy's damsel-in-distress sidekick. Willow's coming-of-age story made her super relatable and fun to watch. Her friendship with Buffy was nothing to scoff at, either. Between battling demons and other villains, Willow served as a confidant and voice of reason for the vampire slayer. With that (and Buffy's 20th anniversary) in mind, we've rounded up all the reasons Willow is the kind of best friend every girl truly needs in her squad. Related:18 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Quotes You've Used at the Office14 Times You Had the Biggest Crush on Spike From Buffy the Vampire Slayer23 Reasons Buffy the Vampire Slayer Is Still Your »

- Terry Carter

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: 10 ways it changed the world

8 March 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sarah Dobbs Mar 10, 2017

20 years ago, there was a Chosen One. She stood against the vampires, the demons, and the TV execs… and she saved the world, a lot.

It’s been twenty years since the first episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer hit our screens. Well, it has if you’re in the Us, anyway – here in the UK, we wouldn’t get to see Sarah Michelle Gellar kicking undead arse until January 1998. But even so: twenty years. Not to do that horrible 'wanna feel old?' thing, but if Buffy were a real person, she’d have celebrated her 36th birthday earlier this year.

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It’s kind of incredible. And with two decades’ worth of hindsight, »

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Ondi Timoner Debuts Director’s Trailer For ‘Jungletown,’ A Viceland Series About Trying To Build A Sustainable Utopia — Exclusive

7 March 2017 8:12 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Ondi Timoner first flew to Kalu Yala, Panama, a place that its founders describe as the world’s “most sustainable” town, she was not exploring a subject for a potential new documentary.  In fact, the two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner had sworn off making another documentary after features like “Dig!,” “We Live in Public,” and “Brand: A Second Coming;” she wanted to move into fictional narratives.

Invited by real estate entrepreneur Jimmy Stice, who’s heading the for-profit development, Timoner went to Kalu Yala as a favor; she met Stice at an innovation conference and agreed to help the developer evaluate his data and figure out how to tell his story.

Kalu Yala, which translates as “Sacred Land,” is located 50 minutes outside Panama City, according to the official website. “It’s not on any map, and has some of the rockiest terrain I have driven on, plus crossing a couple of rivers, »

- Chris O'Falt and Michael Nordine

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Ondi Timoner Debuts Director’s Trailer For ‘Jungletown,’ A Viceland Series About Trying To Build A Sustainable Utopia — Exclusive

7 March 2017 8:12 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When Ondi Timoner first flew to Kalu Yala, Panama, a place that its founders describe as the world’s “most sustainable” town, she was not exploring a subject for a potential new documentary.  In fact, the two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner had sworn off making another documentary after features like “Dig!,” “We Live in Public,” and “Brand: A Second Coming;” she wanted to move into fictional narratives.

Invited by real estate entrepreneur Jimmy Stice, who’s heading the for-profit development, Timoner went to Kalu Yala as a favor; she met Stice at an innovation conference and agreed to help the developer evaluate his data and figure out how to tell his story.

Kalu Yala, which translates as “Sacred Land,” is located 50 minutes outside Panama City, according to the official website. “It’s not on any map, and has some of the rockiest terrain I have driven on, plus crossing a couple of rivers, »

- Chris O'Falt and Michael Nordine

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Tribeca Film Festival 2017 Midnight Lineup Includes Mickey Keating’s Psychopaths

3 March 2017 1:28 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival kicks off this April in New York, and horror fans attending the cinematic gathering have plenty of titles to look forward to, including the world premiere of Mickey Keating's Psychopaths.

From the Press Release: "Tribeca’s Midnight section is the destination for late night audiences to discover the best in psychological thriller, horror, sci-fi, and cult cinema. This year’s six selections offer new genre experiences for even the most extreme viewer.

Devil's Gate, directed by Clay Staub, written by Peter Aperlo, Clay Staub. (Canada, USA) - World Premiere, Narrative. Struggling to overcome a recent professional tragedy, a tough-as-nails FBI agent (Amanda Schull) relocates to a small North Dakota town to investigate the disappearance of a local woman and her young son. The search leads to the missing woman’s husband’s (Milo Ventimiglia) secluded farm, on which answers, new mysteries, and God-fearing terrors await. »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch This: Has a stranger, more mysterious film ever been nominated for Best Director?

24 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases or premieres. This week: With the Academy Awards a few days away, we look back at some of the unlikeliest Oscar nominees, picking a different major category every day.

Woman In The Dunes (1964)

Now that the Academy nominates between five and 10 movies for Best Picture every year, there are rarely any surprises in the adjacent Best Director roster; only once this decade has a filmmaker (Bennett Miller) scored a nomination despite his film (Foxcatcher) being left out of the Picture race. But back when only five movies competed for the top prize, complete overlap between the two categories wasn’t as inevitable. In its prouder moments, the directing branch of the Academy would smuggle some real auteurs into its lineup, from American mavericks like John Cassavetes, David Lynch, and Spike Jonze to the same class ...

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- A.A. Dowd

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A History Of Violence: Action movies are just starting to recover from Michael Bay’s Bad influence

23 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

With A History Of Violence, Tom Breihan picks the most important action movie of every year, starting with the genre’s birth and moving right up to whatever Vin Diesel’s doing this very minute.

Bad Boys (1995)

Movie directors who broke through to the mainstream in the ’90s tended to do it one of two ways, either through independent film or music videos. The music-video route was probably the less respectable one, but plenty of genuine auteurs still came up through that farm system: Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, David Fincher, Jonathan Glazer, the one-movie wonder Hype Williams. But music videos also produced plenty of big-screen hacks: McG, Brett Ratner, Gore Verbinski, Simon West, Marc Webb. The music-video world only produced one auteur hack, and that was Michael Bay.

Before he became every movie dork’s favorite punching bag, Bay—a former Wesleyan frat boy with feathery hair and a ...

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- Tom Breihan

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17 Lucky Guys Who Have Fallen For Drew Barrymore

22 February 2017 1:05 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Drew Barrymore has been in the spotlight for over four decades, but there are probably still some things you may not know about her, including her dating history. While Drew is back on the market after ending her marriage to Will Kopelman in April, the actress and mom of two has been vocal about her fondness for falling in love; over the years, Drew has dated fellow Hollywood stars like Justin Long, Luke Wilson, and director Spike Jonze, as well as musicians Fabrizio Moretti and Eric Erlandson - and she's even guilty of "ghosting" on Christian Bale after one date back in the '80s! Related:11 Celebrities Who Got Married When They Were Teenagers18 Actors Who Couldn't Seem to Stop Dating Their Costars11 Inspiring Drew Barrymore Quotes That Will Make You Believe in a Better TomorrowFamous Friends Who Also Share Exes »

- Brittney Stephens

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‘SNL’ Vet Beth McCarthy-Miller to Direct Melissa McCarthy’s Fox Pilot ‘Amy’s Brother’ (Exclusive)

21 February 2017 5:35 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Beth McCarthy-Miller will direct the Fox comedy pilot “Amy’s Brother,” Variety has learned.

McCarthy-Miller, who is best known for her work on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” has also signed on as an executive producer of the series, alongside Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone.

“Amy’s Brother” is about an unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-a man and his estranged sister, plus her two children, find themselves not only back in each other’s lives but also living under one roof. The half-hour, single-cam laffer was written by Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa, who will serve as co-executive producers. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.

McCarthy Miller was the director of “SNL” for eleven years, and has racked up numerous Emmy nominations for both “SNL” and “30 Rock.” Her resume is uber impressive in both unscripted and scripted TV ranging from ABC’s “Match Game” to Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle” to broadcast sitcoms »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Keith Cox Officially Given Reins at Spike TV, Sharon Levy Announces Departure

21 February 2017 11:49 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spike TV — on the cusp of becoming Paramount Network — has officially been put under the purview of TV Land president Keith Cox, and will officially be losing its executive vice president of original programming. As previously reported, Sharon Levy will be departing the network ahead of its rebranding.

Cox, whose title is president of development and production, will now oversee the strategic development and production of all series for both TV Land and the newly-announced Paramount Network (slated for early 2018). In his tenure at TV Land, he oversaw the development of multi-cam originals like “Hot in Cleveland” and the network’s more recent forays into single-cams like Darren Star’s “Younger.”

“Keith has done an incredible job in building TV Land’s slate of strong original scripted series over the last 10 years and reigniting the brand, and I’m thrilled to work with him as he continues to bring his strong creativity and unparalleled talent relationships to »

- Oriana Schwindt

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The Craft of David Fincher’s Music Videos

20 February 2017 9:35 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The name David Fincher conjures up a few buzzwords for film-lovers: “dark,” “elaborate,” “precise.” Also, “many takes” and “tracking shots” (and, in film school, “6K cropped to 4K for maximum stabilization”). When discussing his work, many will point to his game-changing Se7en, his millennium-defining The Social Network, or arguably his magnum opus, Zodiac. However, far fewer talk about how the meticulous auteur broke into the business, and simultaneously learned his craft: music videos. But not just any music videos. Pop — pop only, in fact.

A new video essay titled David Fincher & The Craft of Music Videos by Patrick Willems dives into Fincher’s back catalogue of directorial work, where he shot videos for Madonna, the late George Michael, and Paula Abdul, among others. Studying this work turns out to be fascinating, as it points to many things — namely how Fincher was able to chomp at the bit of filmmaking through these videos, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Great Job, Internet!: To understand David Fincher, look at his music videos

16 February 2017 8:33 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Unlike the much-celebrated early work of Michel Gondry or Spike Jonze, whose music videos are considered on par with their eventual feature films, David Fincher’s pop videos are generally thought of as merely an interesting addendum to his later work. We do not place Madonna’s videos for “Express Yourself” and “Vogue” alongside, say, Zodiac or The Social Network, and video essayist Patrick H. Willems thinks this is because they’re unabashedly pop, not just because of the artists involved but in their very aim. Unlike artier video directors, who may’ve strived to create short films that functioned on their own alongside the music, Fincher’s goal is clearly to accompany and accentuate the virtues of the artist performing. But looking back at how he did that also shows all of his skills as a later filmmaker—namely, the thoughtful editing, masterful framing, and compositional precision—in full »

- Clayton Purdom

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Sarah Hyland Channels the Pussycat Dolls on Lip Sync Battle

6 February 2017 9:50 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

If you’re going to make a choice between Ariel Winter and Sarah Hyland for who the “bad girl” is on the Modern Family set, it’s likely you’d choose Winter.  Her Instagram account is reason enough to believe that the young talent is rebellious and a fan of potentially breaking the rules.  However, after seeing this new preview for Lip Sync Battle, don’t count out Sarah Hyland.   Hyland recently appeared on Spike’s hit show for her challenge and opted for The Pussycat Doll’s 2005 hit “Don’t Cha.” Her challenger, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan gets a little more than he bargained for

Sarah Hyland Channels the Pussycat Dolls on Lip Sync Battle »

- Nat Berman

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