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Portia de Rossi to Guest-Star on Scandal

23 July 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Ellen DeGeneres is the first to admit it bugs her when people brag on Twitter. But that didn't stop her from revealing that her wife, Portia de Rossi, will be guest-starring in a "top secret arc" on ABC's hit series, Scandal. "So annoying when people brag on twitter," she Tweeted. "& that's why I'm not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on "Scandal". Oops." According to E! Online, de Rossi's deal is confirmed and she will shoot more than one episode during the show's fourth season. The announcement comes just weeks after the couple enjoyed »

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A Shel Silverstein Biopic Is in the Works; But Will It Rhyme?

21 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If you were ever a grade schooler in desperate need of clever rhymes and you had finally graduated to the point where you were just a hair too mature for the wacky words of a one Dr. Seuss, your grubby little hands likely reached for a heavy Shel Silverstein tome like “Where the Sidewalk Ends” or “A Light in the Attic.” His sprawling books of colorful poetry and beautiful accompanying illustrations (all his own) chronicled all the issues that mattered the most to children. For instance, flipping open a Silverstein book could point you to the plight of a modern day King Midas, who turns everything he touches to raspberry jello. A perfect hell! Or maybe you’d settle on the story of Melinda Mae, the girl who tried to eat an entire whale, an actually does so in the span of 80 years. That’s just silly. Now, the man who brought so much joy to our »

- Samantha Wilson

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:


Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

26 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

26 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »

- Guy Lodge

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

26 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »

- Tim Gray

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The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13)

23 June 2014 11:39 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

There are people out there who have never seen The Princess Bride. They walk among us, holding down jobs, contributing to society, and generally living happy, semi-fulfilled lives. But whisper a perfectly-timed “mawage” in their direction during a wedding, and the resulting blank stare or awkward chuckle will expose an inconceivable pop-cultural blind spot. Someone failed them when they were growing up.

In many ways it’s too late for them, but we can still save the next generation. The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13) is a starting point. This isn’t a list of the 55 “best” kids movies, »

- EW staff

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Fun Finds: This 'Maleficent' Cake Will Blow Your Mind

30 May 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Prepare to watch Disney's Maleficent in theaters this weekend by marveling at this incredibly realistic (and sorta freaky) red velvet Maleficent cake, created by the folks over at The Tattooed Bakers.    What if your favorite superheroes were rock stars? Artist Andres Moncayo reimagines Marvel and DC heroes as the Super Rockers.   Our personal favorites? Batman and the Hulk, whose purple pants are pretty incredible.    If sci-fi and horror movies were a little more family friendly, they might look like this. Here, artist DrFaustus reimagines some of your favorite cult classics as Dr. Seuss books.   Aww, The Silence of the Lambs looks adorable.   And, shucks, that Predator sure looks...

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Clueless Star Stacey Dash Joins Fox News

28 May 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Let's see how many Clueless references we can pack into this post, shall we? Fox News has just tapped actress Stacey Dash as their newest political contributor, E! News has confirmed. Dash, who is best known as Dionne Davenport from the cult classic '90s film Clueless, will put her Dr. Seuss-inspired hats away and will offer "cultural analysis and commentary across various daytime and primetime programs." (No news on if Murray will be making any appearances as well.) In a statement released on Wednesday, Bill Shine, Fox News' Executive Vice President of Programming, expressed his excitement for adding Dash to the team. "Stacey is an engaging conversationalist whose distinctive viewpoints »

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4 Theater Auditions You Might Have Overlooked This Week!

16 May 2014 2:09 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

There was no shortage of casting notices on Backstage this week. Here are four theater audition listings you might have missed! Porchlight Music Theatre 2014–2015 SEASONFor union actors looking to get out of New York City (but not too far that they can’t come back), consider this audition notice with Porchlight Music Theatre in New Haven, C.T. Its season includes “Sweeney Todd,” “Sondheim on Sondheim,” “Bells Are Ringing” “City of Angels,” and “Mack and Mabel.” The Old Globe Theatre 2014–2015 SEASONEquity actors 18 an older looking to get add more theater work to their résumés should consider a run at the Globe. its season includes “The Royale,” “Bright Star,” “Dr. SeussHow The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The White Snake,” “Buyer & Cellar,” and more. The season rehearses and performs in San Diego, Calif. ‘Awake And Sing’Presented by The Nuance Theatre Company, this play running July 11–27 in New York City follows three generations of the Berger family, »

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The Double Movie Review

2 May 2014 10:11 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Double Magnolia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B+ Director:  Richard Ayoade Screenplay:  Richard Ayoade, Avi Korine, story by Avi Korine based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “The Double” Cast:  Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Yasmin Paige, Cathy Moriarty Screened at:    Review 2, NYC, 4/28/14 Opens:  May 9, 2014 In her book “Quiet,” author Susan Cain argues that introverts prefer listening to speaking; that they innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; and that they favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.   [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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John Powell on Five of His Notable Scores

23 April 2014 12:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Composer John Powell talks about his five fave movie music projects and why:

Face/Off (1997)

“You do your first big movie, and it’s a John Woo film with Nicolas Cage and John Travolta. The premiere was at the Mann Chinese; Hans (Zimmer) got me a limo. There was a big crowd, and as I got out of the limo, there was this sigh of disappointment when they realized that it wasn’t John Travolta. I recommend this to all Hollywood composers. Within a small group of people, we may be well known, but it’s not why people go to the movies.”

Endurance (1999)

“The first person that Hans introduced me to, and got me involved with, was Terrence Malick. He was producing a docudrama about Haile Gebrselassie, the great Ethopian long-distance runner. Malick treated me as an artist. Hollywood is full of very, very artistic people. It is a business, »

- Steve Chagollan

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Billion Dollar Composer: John Powell Ranges From Action to Animation

23 April 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With “Rio 2” in release and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” due in June, London-born John Powell reconfirms his status as today’s leading composer for animated films.

Twenty of his 54 features have been animated. And with a resume that also includes a 2010 Oscar nomination for his soaring “How to Train Your Dragon” score and music for such hits as “Happy Feet,” three of the “Ice Age” movies, two Dr. Seuss entries, “Kung Fu Panda” and the original “Shrek,” it’s hard to dispute that Powell has made a lasting impression on the genre.

“I grew up on ‘The Jungle Book,’ Warner Bros. cartoons, and ‘Tom and Jerry,’” says Powell in his expansive Pacific Palisades studio, the day before leaving for London to record music for the “Dragon” sequel. “I love the artistry of animation, and I prefer the stories. It’s much more joyful. Live-action is just so »

- Jon Burlingame

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'Orphan Black' Star Tatiana Maslany Recalls Reading Scary German Fairy Tales (Video)

15 April 2014 10:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Conan O'Brien welcomed Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany to to his show on Tuesday to talk about her favorite bedtime reading material growing up, which was a world away from Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham.  When asked if she liked scary stories as a child, the BBC America breakout star told the TBS host: "It was forced on me. I was brought up German ... I am German," she revealed, citing a book that was "cautionary tales for children, in which they all die in the end." Story: Orphan Black: TV Review From a pixie man who chops of a boy's

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- Debbie Emery

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Mad Men: What's Happened to Don Draper?

13 April 2014 8:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Mad Men began its final season Sunday on AMC with a somber, even opaque episode that was probably a case of holding its final hand close to the vest. You hope there are some sensational cards there. Creator Matthew Weiner, whose baby this is, can be sensational or sensationally drab, exactly as he chooses. The show's integrity is unmatched, admirable and every so often deeply irritating. At any rate, I think it will be awhile before anyone sings "Zou Bisou Bisou" again. Last season ended with Don Draper (Jon Hamm) suffering a meltdown and/or moment of scorched-earth truthiness at a major presentation. »

- PEOPLE TV Critic Tom Gliatto

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Johnny Depp: My Teen Daughter Doesn't Think I'm That Cool

11 April 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

We think he'd be the coolest dad in the world, but Johnny Depp admits that his teenage daughter, Lily-Rose, doesn't think he's all that. The Transcendence star talked to Ellen DeGeneres on Friday and admitted that while he is "calmer" since he turned 50 and is a "pretty laid-back" dad, there are days when he just can't do anything right as far as his daughter (who turns 15 in May) is concerned. "She's a sharp kid, very sophisticated, super intelligent and, uh, scary," he says of his oldest child with ex-girlfriend Vanessa Paradis. He tried to explain why. "All that cool stuff »

- K.C. Blumm

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'Fast & Furious' Attraction Headed to Universal Studios Hollywood

9 April 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Fast & Furious franchise is getting the theme park treatment. Universal Studios Hollywood will debut Fast & Furious - Supercharged in summer 2015, described as a "pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled finale" to the park's signature Studio Tour attraction, it was announced Tuesday. Story: 'Fast & Furious 7' Resumes Filming After Paul Walker's Death The new segment of the big-screen backlot tour ride -- which currently includes Psycho and Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas set visits as well as staged reenactments from Jaws, Jurassic Park and King Kong films -- will take place inside a 50,000-square-foot building, featuring characters from

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- Ashley Lee

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Island Of Lemurs: Madagscar Premiere - Why Lemurs are So Awesome

4 April 2014 4:48 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

It's a rare experience to interview legend Morgan Freeman on the red carpet. It's an even rarer experience to interview a lemur on the red carpet. (See me do both by scrollilng down to see the video!)

At the Island of Lemurs: Madagascar world premiere in front of the California Science Center IMAX Theater, a red carpet is rolled out in front of posters of the movie and plant decorations. After an hour of waiting, the very first guest on the carpet arrives: a common brown lemur perched on the shoulders of a lemur caretaker. This playful little lemur jumps from shoulder to shoulder, surprising guest celebrities walking down the carpet. Oohs and aahs come from the crowd of passersby visiting the museum.

Dr. Patricia Wright, a primatologist who is featured in the movie, explains the lemurs' countenance as a reflection on their lifestyle. "They have that calm sort of Zen approach to life. »

- (Star Reporter Cassandra)

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'How I Met Your Mother': Robin Sparkles, 'lawyered' and the show's best running bits

30 March 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

When "How I Met Your Mother" comes to a close Monday (March 31), it will leave behind a legacy of many great recurring jokes, memes and lines. The show launched more catchphrases than any comedy since "Seinfeld," and it created some all-time great running gags for its characters.

Here are 10 of Zap2it's favorites.

1. Robin Sparkles

Obviously. The definitive Robin Sparkles rankings, incidentally, are: 1. "Let's Go to the Mall" (above). 2. "Sandcastles in the Sand." 3. Robin Daggers/"P.S. I Love You." 4. "Space Teens."

2. The slap bet

Barney totally should've taken 10 slaps in a row. Fun fact: The first Robin Sparkles video is the subject of the initial slap bet, meaning the show's two greatest bits came in the same episode.

3. 'Wait for it ...'

Also, "Suit up," "Legendary," "Awesome" and others in the vast trove of Barney Stinson catchphrases. Above, a "legendary" compilation.

4. Sandwiches

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‘Bad Words’ an intermittently funny would-be nasty comedy with unearned heart

20 March 2014 9:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Bad Words

Written by Andrew Dodge

Directed by Jason Bateman

USA, 2014

One of the mainstays of the holiday season is Chuck Jones’ masterful animated short adaptation of Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas, which manages to both be a clever embrace of everything that Christmas embodies in its secular form and to be a nasty piece of work about a grumpy so-and-so who eventually turns good. The feature-length take on the same story, by director Ron Howard, is one of the worst blights of recent holiday-film entries, precisely because if you spend 2 hours with the Grinch, he either becomes totally intolerable or must be given a sufficient enough backstory to explain why he’s such…well, a Grinch. And the only reason why the Grinch is so memorable is that he’s inexplicably mean, but in short bouts; the longer we spend with him, the less appealing he becomes. »

- Josh Spiegel

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