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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - Top 8 Boys Perform

6 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last week, the "American Idol" Top 24 performed over two chaotically edited nights.  This week, we're going to apparently be eliminating eight people, while also showcasing eight performances per night leading up to eliminations next week. And Aretha Franklin's going to be involved in some way. Click through and follow along! 7:59 p.m. Et. Per Ryan Seacrest's twitter, eight guys will get called to perform. If you don't get called, you're eliminated. This is, of course, utterly vicious to the last few performers, who will be stressed out balls of adrenaline. But who cares! 8:00 p.m. Oh Snap! It's Aretha! She's doing "I Will Survive." A couple years ago, we were really concerned about Aretha's health and it seemed like we might not have her for long, but she looks and sounds spectacular. What an absolutely terrific turn of events. I'm just plain happy. 8:03 p.m. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Nerd Anarchy’ and Upcoming Auditions

3 March 2015 2:30 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Talent is currently being sought for the musical “Nerd Anarchy.” This musical comedy follows a group of nerds who get trapped in a Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) game with music inspired by Tenacious D and classics like “Rent.” For more details, check out the casting notice for “Nerd Anarchy” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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The Callow Way – Why Jack Black Was Right…

1 March 2015 3:49 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Neil Calloway unexpectedly finds himself in agreement with the guy from Tenacious D

It pains me to say it, but Jack Black had a point.

During his interjection into the opening song of last week’s Oscars, Black jokingly bemoaned the current state of cinema, complaining about sequels, prequels and comic book movies. It’s a familiar argument, and one that has been made before – one that I make regularly myself, to be honest. Given that it was a funny, but throwaway line during an award ceremony, you’d expect it to be forgotten quite quickly. Not so, it seems. James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, wrote on Facebook that he didn’t find it offensive, before devoting 300 words as to why it was wrong.

This puzzled me. If I had just directed a film that was nudging close to $800 million at the box office, I »

- Neil Calloway

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Billy Crystal Is Unrecognizable While Dressed in Drag for The Comedians—See the Hilarious Picture!

28 February 2015 1:43 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Looks like Billy Crystal is turning into quite the babe! As anticipation grows for the legendary actor's new comedy series, his co-star Josh Gad is teasing fans about some of the Lol worthy moments to come. In a new Instagram post from Friday afternoon, Gad shares the first look at Crystal dressed as a fabulous lady living in the Victorian era. "Meet America's new power couple ," he captioned as Crystal worked a floral pink dress with lacy white gloves and a basket-weaved hat. "#TheComedians #FX #April9th" Not to be outdone, Gad looked awfully similar to another A-list actor we know and love. With that hairstyle and mustache, does Jack Black ring a bell to »

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10 Actors You Didn’t Know Are Also In A Band

27 February 2015 12:17 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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You’ve seen them all on the big screen, masterfully portraying some of the world’s most iconic characters. Where most people haven’t seen them, however, is in dimly lit rooms sweating into a microphone.

It’s easy to forget that actors are regular people, human beings with a multitude of interests and passions. Everyone loves rocking out to their favourite bands and artists, daydreaming about taking the stage and performing, and actors are certainly no different. In fact, many of them have gone ahead and actually done it!

Famous examples include comedy actor Donald Glover’s hip hop alter ego Childish Gambino, Oscar winner Jared Leto’s Thirty Seconds To Mars, House star Hugh Laurie’s blues side-project and Jack Black’s insane yet hilarious Tenacious D.

But not every actor who plays music shoots to musical superstardom. Most are just happy to be playing music at all, »

- Brian Wilson

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Kung Fu Panda 3 gets a second director

25 February 2015 11:28 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Eager to get Kung Fu Panda 3 off the ground, Dreamworks Animation has added another director to the animated threequel. According to Deadline, Alessandro Carloni will help Kung Fu Panda 2‘s Jennifer Yuh pick up the pace and get the film into theaters.

Carloni doesn’t yet have a feature film under his belt, but worked in the animation department for several big Dreamworks projects, including the How to Train Your Dragon films, The Croods, and the first two Kung Fu Panda pics. It was Yuh who actually requested that Carloni come aboard, and Dreamworks obliged.

In an effort to recover from the recent box office disappointments that were Turbo, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and Penguins of Madagascar, Dreamworks will soon lean heavily on sequels to some of their bigger films, like How To Train Your Dragon 3, and The Croods 2, as well as a Captain Underpants adaptation. They also have »

- James Garcia

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - Top 12 Boys Perform

25 February 2015 4:59 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The auditions are over. Hollywood Week is over.  Finally we get to start voting on "American Idol," or at least you get to start voting if you happen to vote on "American Idol." And for me, that means a transition to a live-blog, even if the shows currently aren't Actually live, since there's no way the "Idol" production is prepared to do 12 performances in an hour-long live show. But anyway... Follow along and comment below. Commenting has been slow so far, but perhaps now it's time for people to being to have real preferences? 8:01 p.m. Et. Ah. We're in Detroit for this round. That's fun. And you can tell when this was shot based on Ryan Seacrest's beard compared to where it was on Oscars night. Or... Not. Singer: Adam Ezigalian Song: "I Wanna Rock" My Take: Wow. This episode is way too tightly cut. With almost no preamble, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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James Gunn Defends Comic Book Films After Oscars, Indie Spirit Awards Pile-On

24 February 2015 9:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has come to the defense of superhero movies after the genre was criticized and lampooned at the Oscars and Independent Spirit Awards last weekend.

Indeed, Hollywood’s dependence on films about costumed avengers was a source of derision and humor as the industry gathered to hand out statues and applaud the work of, mostly low-grossing, adult-oriented dramas. “The Avengers” may pay the bills, but off-kilter fare such as “Birdman” feeds the soul, Oscar voters implied.

“When something is that big in the industry, it’s going to be an easy target for Oscar jokes,” noted Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It could indicate a general kind of weariness of these movies by talent, because they have been so popular.”

Gunn wrote that he didn’t take the jokes personally, but he did argue that the writing on the »

- Brent Lang

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James Gunn Issues Impassioned Defense Of Superhero Films In Light Of Criticism

24 February 2015 9:02 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Whether you’re of the mindset that the superhero genre in cinema is careering towards saturation, or you’re simply revelling in the big-screen renditions of childhood heroes, there’s no doubting how important the category has proven to be in Hollywood. They are, far and away, some of the most bankable tentpoles crowding up a calendar year, but more often than not, the genre as a whole tends to get a bad rap.

And this criticism came to the fore over the weekend, when during both the Independent Spirit Awards Nightcrawler director Tony Gilroy remarked on the “tsunami of superhero movies,” not to mention Jack Black’s jib that the genre is becoming synonymous with formulaic scripts and derivative spinoffs. However, Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn has moved to defend the superhero film, issuing an impassioned response via his personal Facebook page.

Here’s what Gunn had »

- Michael Briers

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Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn passionately defends superhero movies

24 February 2015 7:58 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Gunn has defended superhero movies following criticism during awards season.

The Guardians of the Galaxy director shared his thoughts on Facebook after hearing a series of negative comments surrounding the genre.

Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy recently criticised the "tsunami of superhero movies" while accepting an Independent Spirit Award.

Gunn, who noted that Gilroy's wife Rene Russo has appeared in two Thor films, challenged critics to just "come out and say we're dumb" if that's what they believe.

"Whatever the case, the truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite," Gunn said.

"I've already won more awards than I ever expected for Guardians. What bothers me slightly is that many people assume because you make big films that you put less love, care, and thought into them [than] people do who make independent films or who make what are considered more serious Hollywood films. »

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Thanks James Gunn, Finally Someone is Standing Up for Poor Ol' Blockbusters

24 February 2015 7:24 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I've said it three times now, but the writing at the Oscars played more like a eulogy for the Oscars and the industry overall than anything else. As much as Neil Patrick Harris' opening song and dance number sounded like a loving tribute to "moving pictures", it had an odd twinge of defensiveness to it. Then Jack Black stormed the stage for his moment in the spotlight, "Opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Jedi Man, Sequel Man, Prequel Man, formulaic scripts!" Then, Liam Neeson took to the stage to introduce Best Picture nominees The Grand Budapest Hotel and American Sniper and even he alluded to the strangling of art with comic book movies and he wasn't the last... or even the first. The night before, at the Independent Spirit Awards, Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy accepted his Best First Feature award and said: "Independent film, »

- Brad Brevet

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James Gunn Defends Superhero Movies After Oscars & Indie Spirit Awards Swipes At Blockbusters

24 February 2015 7:03 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For an audience that scrutinizes, pores over, and is highly critical of every scrap of information regarding superhero movies (recent example: the first look at Aquaman), comic book fans can be remarkably sensitive, or in the case of this latest "controversy," miss the point completely. This weekend, at both The Oscars and the Indie Spirit Awards, superhero and blockbuster films were taken to task. In a playful music number at the Oscars, Jack Black sang, "Opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Jedi Man, Sequel Man, Prequel Man, formulaic scripts!" Dan Gilroy, accepting his award for "Nightcrawler" at the Indie Spirits, noted with a bit more gravity: “Independent film, the foundation and everybody here today, I think are holdouts against a tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over this industry. We have survived and we have thrived and I think that’s true spirit. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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James Gunn Defends Superhero Movies Following Awards Season Slams

24 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

While indies like Birdman and Whiplash were being feted this weekend, superhero movies were taking a verbal drubbing. On Saturday, Dan Gilroy blasted the “tsunami of superhero movies” while accepting an Independent Spirit Award for Nightcrawler. One day later, Jack Black ranted about “Superman, Spider-man, Batman, Jediman, Sequelman, Prequelman — formulaic scripts!” in the opening […]

The post James Gunn Defends Superhero Movies Following Awards Season Slams appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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James Gunn Responds to Oscars, Awards Season Superhero Critics: 'You Are Mistaken'

24 February 2015 2:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

There's been a lot of high-profile superhero hate going around Hollywood lately, with Jack Black's song about sequels and "formulaic scripts" at the Oscars garnering the most attention. Now, "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn is firing back at sharp-tongued critics, writing an open letter on his Facebook page in defense of the genre and its passionate filmmakers (himself included).

Black's remarks weren't really what set Gunn off, the director explained, writing that while the song seemed a bit lazily-written, it was obviously a joke. What really got him mad, he said, were remarks from "Nightcrawler" director Dan Gilroy, who said during the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday night that the industry was plagued by a "tsunami of superhero movies."

Noting that Gilroy's wife, Rene Russo, actually starred in two "Thor" films, Gunn said the irony of Gilroy and Black's comments was that they implied that all the »

- Katie Roberts

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James Gunn Shares His Thoughts On The Current Hate Towards Superhero Movies

24 February 2015 2:15 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

This years awards season seems to have highlighted an almost elitist attitude in Hollywood towards superhero movies, and it's high profile in the cinematic landscape. Birdman (itself a send up of the superhero genre) director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu called superhero movies "cultural genocide", Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy, at the 2015 Independent Film Awards, called indie movies "holdouts against tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over the industry" (kind of a strange comment coming from the guy married to Thor's mother), and last Sunday's Oscars featured Jack Black singing about their place in the Hollywood production line. It may have been meant as a joke, but it was very close to sentiments we've heard a lot of times before. It's one I really can't stand. No matter the genre, be it superhero, comedy, horror or the so called "prestige genre" that deliver the award magnets every year, one movie isn't given importance over the other. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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James Gunn speaks out against “anti-comic book movie” comments at Oscars and Independent Spirit Awards

24 February 2015 12:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During the Oscars on Sunday night, actor and singer Jack Black made some disparaging remarks against comic book movies singing, “opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Jedi Man, Sequel Man, Prequel Man, formulaic scripts!” The night previous, Nightcrawler writer and director Dan Gilroy also spoke out against a “tsunami of comic book movies” that he claims independent movie directors have to survive against.

Jumping to their defence was Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who has previously spoken out against the Awards season for not giving blockbuster directors like himself, Anthony and Joe Russo, Joss Whedon and Matthew Vaughn the credit they deserve.

“I didn’t really find the Jack Black superhero jokes offensive, did you guys? It was, like, a joke. I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but the writing on the Oscars didn’t seem to be all that well thought out, »

- Luke Owen

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James Gunn Defends Comic Book Movies After a Few Awards Jabs

23 February 2015 6:53 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Director James Gunn has quickly become an idol behind the camera after bringing Guardians of the Galaxy to the big screen for Marvel Studios. It was a refreshing sci-fi adventure that defied the expectations of everyone, and it was one of my own favorite movies of 2014. However, there's always those who are perpetually against blockbuster films like that, whether it's The Avengers or Star Wars or The Dark Knight or any big budget movie that rakes in the dough. And after a couple jokes and remarks from this past weekend's awards shows, Gunn took to Facebook to talk about genre elitism from the "serious" filmmakers. First of all, here's a little context, since it seems this was inspired by two specific instances of superhero movie bashing at the this past weekend. First of all, during the opening musical number, Jack Black had a solo which included these lyrics: “This industry »

- Ethan Anderton

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James Gunn Responds to Oscar Season Superhero Haters

23 February 2015 3:53 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This past Saturday afternoon, Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy took a few moments out during his Independent Spirit Awards speech after winning his 'Best First Feature' award to rally against Hollywood's glut of superhero movies. This was followed by Jack Black taking a couple of shots below the belt during his big Oscars opening musical number. And others have been equally vocal about the many masked vigilantes with extraordinary powers overtaking the box office in recent years. One person who won't stand for the backlash is Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who claims just as much heart goes into making the Marvel movies as any small independent feature. Perhaps even more so.

Gunn, who is in the midst of prepping Guardians of the Galaxy 2, took to his Facebook page to comment on all the superhero movie haters. While he seems okay with Jack Black's jokes, he's not so kind to Dan Gilroy, »

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James Gunn Responds to Oscar Season Superhero Haters

23 February 2015 3:53 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This past Saturday afternoon, Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy took a few moments out during his Independent Spirit Awards speech after winning his 'Best First Feature' award to rally against Hollywood's glut of superhero movies. This was followed by Jack Black taking a couple of shots below the belt during his big Oscars opening musical number. And others have been equally vocal about the many masked vigilantes with extraordinary powers overtaking the box office in recent years. One person who won't stand for the backlash is Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who claims just as much heart goes into making the Marvel movies as any small independent feature. Perhaps even more so.

Gunn, who is in the midst of prepping Guardians of the Galaxy 2, took to his Facebook page to comment on all the superhero movie haters. While he seems okay with Jack Black's jokes, he's not so kind to Dan Gilroy, »

- MovieWeb

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Critics Debate the Best and Worst of the Oscars

23 February 2015 3:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three Variety critics agree to disagree about Oscar winners and losers both onscreen and on the Dolby stage.

Peter Debruge: Last year, the Academy made a statement in giving the best picture award to “12 Years a Slave.” This time around, over the course of a spread-the-wealth evening, it was the winners’ turn to speak their minds, and they did so in force, using Hollywood’s prom as a podium to demand equal rights — for women (“Boyhood’s” only winner, Patricia Arquette), for African-Americans (Common and John Legend, accepting “Selma’s” only win), for gays (“The Imitation Game” writer Graham Moore, urging young Lgbt viewers to “stay weird, stay different” as he collected the film’s lone statue), for those with disabilities (both Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne turned the spotlight on talents who achieved while coping with Als), and for immigrants (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, offering a plea on behalf of »

- Peter Debruge, Justin Chang and Scott Foundas

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