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Chuck Klosterman: 'The only TV people watch to unwind still is sports'

The critic has written a new book which imagines the way present-day culture will be regarded in the future. Simon Reynolds talks to him about whether TV will go extinct, why Graham Parker fell from favour, and who is today’s Kafka

Simon Reynolds: Your new book But What If We’re Wrong? is a series of thought experiments that try to “think about the present as if it were the past”. The concept really speaks to me as a fan of science fiction, but also as someone fascinated by discredited knowledge: things like the late 18th-century belief that infantile masturbation was a terrible, health-damaging problem that required drastic preventive measures, or the 19th-century pseudoscience of phrenology, using skull measurements to assess the character of people, their criminal tendencies … What led you to this subject – the precariousness of human knowledge, the disquieting thought that most of what we feel
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24 hours of Halloween horror on Netflix, from Scream to Stake Land

24 hours of Halloween horror on Netflix, from Scream to Stake Land
Traditionally, Halloween is about covering yourself in fake blood and going to a party so that people can repeatedly ask you what you came as. When all you really want is a nice night in, right?

Hence this indispensable guide to 12 classic terrifying movies on Netflix. That's 24 hours of horror (give or take), so you can freak yourself out from sundown to sundown without ever having to leave the comfort of your sofa.

Although we strongly advise that you check behind that sofa first - and the curtains while you're at it - for the sake of your peace of mind.

1. The Omen (1976)

Arriving hot on the heels of The Exorcist, Richard Donner's The Omen solidified the notion that small children are terrifying and probably possessed by the Devil. The '70s horror is still an effective frightener that boasts moments to make you leap out of your seat.
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6 Jennifer Aniston movies that are actually good

6 Jennifer Aniston movies that are actually good
We don't want to get involved in the whole 'Poor Jen' narrative - painting her like some kind of modern day Ophelia - but it's true that the recently married actress has struggled to replicate her success outside of Friends (not that's she's alone there).

But among the laboured romantic 'comedies' and dramas rank with the stench of pathos, Aniston has actually appeared in a few cinematic gems. We've searched out these tranquil islands in the sea of Metacritic reds and yellows:

Office Space

A cult comedy with a dark edge but soft heart, Mike 'Beavis & Butt-head' Judge's Office Space was a flop on release in 1999 but has rightly become a cult classic in the years since. Peter, Samir and Michael are three programmers stuck in an office job from hell, which only gets more hellish with the arrival of a pair of consultants looking to "downsize".

A mishap at
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As Jk Rowling turns 50, here's Harry Potter's 8 movie adventures ranked from worst to best

Jk Rowling has been winning at life so consistently lately that her 50th birthday - which is today, July 31 (a birthday she shares with Harry himself) - feels like even more of a cause for celebration than it already would. To mark the conclusion of Rowling's fifth decade, Digital Spy is taking on the challenge of ranking the Harry Potter movies in order from worst to best.

How will Christopher Columbus stack up against Mike Newell? Will Alfonso Cuarón's much-praised single instalment outrank David Yates's four later Potter movies? Read on to find out...

Additional writing by Simon Reynolds

8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Lacking the 'brand new franchise' sheen and the sheer sense of wonder that Philosopher's Stone had, Christopher Columbus's second outing was always going to come up slightly short. But his sentimental approach really rubs up awkwardly against Chamber's sinister central mystery,
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9 reasons why Harry Potter author Jk Rowling is pure magic - you won't believe how much money she donated to charity

9 reasons why Harry Potter author Jk Rowling is pure magic - you won't believe how much money she donated to charity
As Jk Rowling celebrates her 50th birthday, one thing is clear about the Harry Potter author - she is a magical force to be reckoned with in the world of literature and entertainment.

In honour of her big day on Friday (July 31), we revisit nine times we fell in love with the incredible lady.

1. She takes down Twitter trolls

.@sjosiah0 The Internet doesn't just offer opportunities for misogynistic abuse, you know. Penis enlargers can also be bought discreetly.

J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 8, 2015

Where some celebs go straight to the block button, Jk isn't afraid to confront idiot tweeters head on. When one user made unsavoury comments about her opposition to the Scottish National Party, she hit right back with a crack about penis enlargers.

.@diegtristan8 "she is built like a man". Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You're an idiot. pic.twitter.com/BCvT10MYkI
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9 reasons why awe-inspiring Harry Potter author Jk Rowling is pure magic

9 reasons why awe-inspiring Harry Potter author Jk Rowling is pure magic
As Jk Rowling celebrates her 50th birthday, one thing is clear about the Harry Potter author - she is a magical force to be reckoned with in the world of literature and entertainment.

In honour of her big day on Friday (July 31), we revisit nine times we fell in love with the incredible lady.

1. She takes down Twitter trolls

.@sjosiah0 The Internet doesn't just offer opportunities for misogynistic abuse, you know. Penis enlargers can also be bought discreetly.

J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 8, 2015

Where some celebs go straight to the block button, Jk isn't afraid to confront idiot tweeters head on. When one user made unsavoury comments about her opposition to the Scottish National Party, she hit right back with a crack about penis enlargers.

.@diegtristan8 "she is built like a man". Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You're an idiot. pic.twitter.com/BCvT10MYkI
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"Rogue Nation" Scores Rave First Reviews

The fifth film in the "Mission: Impossible" series, 'Rogue Nation,' had its world premiere in Vienna earlier this week ahead of a global launch late next week.

The series has had a rocky history though there's no question that the John Woo-directed second film is seen as an outright dud. Whether Brian DePalma's espionage-oriented first film or J.J. Abrams action-driven third film is better depends upon whom you talk to though both seem to be pretty close.

What is clear is that Brad Bird's fourth film, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," was a winner both with audiences and critics - garnering good reviews and way more box-office than any of the previous entries, revitalising the brand.

The good news is reviews for 'Rogue Nation' so far indicate writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has continued the uptick in quality and has delivered something at least on par -
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Star Wars Anthology spinoffs we want to see: From Max Rebo to Dude, Where's My Jar (Jar)?

Star Wars Anthology spinoffs we want to see: From Max Rebo to Dude, Where's My Jar (Jar)?
The Star Wars universe is expanding at a rate of parsecs with the news that Han Solo is getting his own spinoff Anthology movie. This latest film, to be directed by The Lego Movie's Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will arrive hot on the heels of Star Wars: Rogue One and the Boba Fett movie that was at one time going to be directed by Chronicle's Josh Trank.

A video posted by Digital Spy (@digitalspy) on Jul 8, 2015 at 8:23am Pdt

News of more Star Wars has fired up our imaginations, so we've decided to put our thinking caps on and dream up a few humorous ideas for more spinoff movies. Read on as we figure out how to give Jabba, Max Rebo and more their moment in the sun.

Max Rebo Band: The Musical - Simon Reynolds (Movies Editor)

Jabba the Hutt's in-house band were led by blue-skinned,
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What's your favourite Angelina Jolie movie? Tomb Raider, Changeling, Hackers

What's your favourite Angelina Jolie movie? Tomb Raider, Changeling, Hackers
Angelina Jolie celebrates her 40th birthday today (June 4), and to mark the occasion here at Digital Spy we've rifled through our DVD collections to pick out our favourite Jolie films.

Remember her breakthrough with Hackers way back in the '90s? How about the ass-kicking turn in Tomb Raider or her soulful performance in A Mighty Heart? Read on to find out our Jolie favourites then have your say on her best big screen roles in the comments below...

Tomb Raider - Matt Hill (Deputy Editor)

With Hackers already spoken for, and Morgan Freeman's ridiculous 'loom of fate' ruining the otherwise rather decent Wanted, Jolie's turn as gaming icon Lara Croft looms largest over her career for me – largest in that it's still somehow seen as a rather huge mistake that she inexplicably recovered from. That reputation is one really worth reassessing, though. Sure, Jolie only narrowly missed out
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FIFA corruption scandal won't stop the release of movie United Passions

FIFA corruption scandal won't stop the release of movie United Passions
Football's international governing body FIFA may currently be engulfed in a corruption scandal, but that isn't stopping the release of the controversial film they produced and financed.

United Passions, which premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival to much critical ire, will be released theatrically in Us cinemas on June 5 through Screen Media Films.

The $19 million-budgeted project was 90% funded by FIFA and tells the origin story of the organisation with three of their long-serving presidents taking centre stage. Tim Roth stars as Sepp Blatter, Gérard Depardieu is Jules Rimet and Sam Neill takes on the role of João Havelange.

Blatter was re-elected FIFA president earlier this week just days after the FBI launched an investigation into 14 of the organisation's officials on charges of wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering in the Americas.

Despite FIFA's controlling influence on the United Passions production, Roth has previously stated that he wanted to inject his
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Damon Lindelof has a quirky idea for a Star Wars spinoff

Damon Lindelof has a quirky idea for a Star Wars spinoff
Now that Star Wars is exploring spinoff ideas through Anthology movies, all corners of the galaxy far, far away are up for grabs.

We already know about the Death Star heist movie Rogue One and the Boba Fett origin flick, but Tomorrowland writer-producer Damon Lindelof has a particularly quirky idea to bring back an obscure Star Wars character.

Star Wars fans have not seen the last of Lando Calrissian

Can you name these obscure Star Wars characters?

The Lost and Leftovers co-creator quipped to Digital Spy that he wants to see a certain Cloud City resident from Empire Strikes Back get his moment in the sun.

Which Star Wars character would you like to see get their own Anthology movie? Leave your comments below!

Additional reporting by Simon Reynolds
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Avengers Age of Ultron spoilers video review: Unpacking the Marvel blockbuster

Avengers Age of Ultron spoilers video review: Unpacking the Marvel blockbuster
Spoilers: This video review contains plot details some viewers may wish to avoid.

The Avengers are back in cinemas from today, and to mark the occasion Digital Spy sat down to discuss the finer points of Joss Whedon's epic Marvel blockbuster.

What did we like and what didn't we like about the film? Which Avenger is the surprise secret weapon? And was Joss Whedon secretly having a dig at Man of Steel with the finale?

Watch the video above to find out all this and more, give Age of Ultron a rating out of five, then scroll down to leave your comments below.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is out in UK cinemas now and will debut in the Us on May 1.

Reporting by Simon Reynolds and Emma Dibdin; Filming by Tom Mansell and Amie Parker-Williams; Editing by Amie Parker-Williams
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Ranking the Fast & Furious movies from worst to best

Ranking the Fast & Furious movies from worst to best
14 years after it first hit the big screen in 2001, the Vin Diesel and Paul Walker-led Fast & Furious franchise has gone from strength-to-strength, earning more than $2.3 billion at the worldwide box office.

Originally based around illegal street racing, the Fast movies have evolved to become big, bombastic entertainment with larger-than-life characters and gravity-defying stunts. But underneath it all these are also films about family, with Diesel, Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez's characters the heartbeat of the series.

With Fast & Furious 7 due out on April 3, Digital Spy's Fast experts Tom Eames, Morgan Jeffery and Simon Reynolds went back through them all to come up with a definitive ranking from worst to best.

7. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

It's quite amazing that the Fast & Furious franchise survived at all after its misjudged sequel. Only Paul Walker remained for its second outing, which focused more on the street racing than the characters
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Die Hard, Pulp Fiction: What's your favourite Bruce Willis movie?

Die Hard, Pulp Fiction: What's your favourite Bruce Willis movie?
Many happy returns to Bruce Willis, who celebrates his 60th birthday today (March 19)!

Ever since finding fame in the '80s thanks to sitcom Moonlighting and explosive action movie Die Hard, Bruce has been a regular on our screens, appearing in films great, good, not-so-good and Cop Out.

With John McClane himself celebrating the big 6-0, Digital Spy staff reminisce about their favourite Bruce Willis movies, while you can vote for your personal favourite in the poll below...

Die Hard - Morgan Jeffery (TV Editor)

There's a million reasons to love 1988's Die Hard - the colourful supporting characters like Al (Reginald VelJohnson), Ellis (Hart Bochner) and Argyle (De'voreaux White), action cinema's greatest ever villain in Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Michael Kamen's brilliantly '80s score...

But the big reason is Bruce. Sure, New York cop John McClane was a tough guy, but what Willis brought to the part
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Digital Spy Alternative Oscars 2015: Nominees and winners

Digital Spy Alternative Oscars 2015: Nominees and winners
Watch the Oscar nominees talk to Digital Spy

11 amazing facts about the Academy Awards

It's that time again! For the fourth year running we're celebrating the snubbed and overlooked, the too commercial or not commercial enough, with Digital Spy's alternative Oscars.

Many great movies missed out on an Academy Awards nominations in 2015, so read on below to see who we think are the best of the rest.

Best Picture

The Babadook

Foxcatcher

Nightcrawler

Gone Girl

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Lego Movie

Under the Skin

Wild

And the Alternative Oscar goes to... Nightcrawler!

Materialising seemingly out of nowhere last Autumn, Dan Gilroy's directorial debut Nightcrawler hit the sweet spot between La noir thriller and razor-sharp media satire.

Buoyed by sensational performances from Jake Gyllenhaal (sociopathic as Lou Bloom) and Rene Russo and a moody James Newton Howard soundtrack, this story of ruthless ambition and fluctuating media morality says
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Oscars 2015: Why Whiplash should win Best Picture

Oscars 2015: Why Whiplash should win Best Picture
We know, we know. It's not going to happen. But in the run-up to Oscar Sunday, why not dare to dream?

We first fell in love with Damien Chazelle's thrilling, singular Whiplash at Cannes last spring, and we ended up giving the film no fewer than three separate five-star reviews - one from Cannes, one from the London Film Festival and one for its theatrical release. Because why do things by halves?

Here are six reasons why we're rooting for Whiplash in this year's Best Picture race.

1. The script

Click here to read the entire scene

Alongside Jk Simmons's performance and Tom Cross's editing, the most-nominated aspect of Whiplash this awards season has been its lean, rich screenplay, which you can (and should) read in full online.

The film's laser focus on the push-pull between Andrew and Fletcher is tangible on the page, Chazelle meticulously peppering emotionally
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Who will win at the Academy Awards? Watch our Oscars predictions

Who will win at the Academy Awards? Watch our Oscars predictions
The 87th Academy Awards will take place this Sunday (February 22) with Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel leading the nominations with nine apiece.

However, when it comes to the Best Picture field we're now in a two-horse race between Richard Linklater's Boyhood and Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman.

Digital Spy's movies editor Simon Reynolds, features editor Emma Dibdin and movies contributor Ben Rawson-Jones sat down at Dolby's London HQ to assess the highly-competitive lineup in the video above.

Do you agree with our predictions, or will other nominees go on to Oscar glory? Leave your comments below!

11 amazing facts about the Academy Awards

Watch the Oscar nominees talk to Digital Spy

View the major Academy Awards nominees below:
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For & Against: Are you onboard for the all-female Ghostbusters?

For & Against: Are you onboard for the all-female Ghostbusters?
After months of speculation, Paul Feig's all-female Ghostbusters has unveiled its cast with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon tasked with ridding New York of spooks.

But this movie has been a divisive one from the moment it was announced last summer. The idea of a film without the original quartet irked many, especially with Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson eager to reprise their roles. Digital Spy movies editor Simon Reynolds and TV editor Morgan Jeffery weigh up the two sides of the debate below.

For (Simon)

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Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015

Maybe it's because I've never held Ghostbusters in quite as high regard as other '80s classics (I'm more of Back to the Future geek myself), but the idea of rebooting Ghostbusters has quickly won me over.

Once it became clear that Bill Murray, the star player of the series,
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Digital Spy's 25 best movies of the year 2014: 5-1

Digital Spy's 25 best movies of the year 2014: 5-1
The wait it over! It's time for us to reveal our favourite movie of 2014. Those who've been following the list will have seen the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy, Gone Girl and 12 Years a Slave already fly by - so what's our number one spot?

Read on to find out Digital Spy's top five, and scroll down to have your say in the comments.

Best movies of the year 2014: 25-21

Best movies of the year 2014: 20-16

Best movies of the year 2014: 15-11

Best movies of the year 2014: 10-6

5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

We said: "Mockingjay - Part 1 is a rare blockbuster that builds on the complex themes and ideas of its predecessors in a thought-provoking and compelling way. The darker, more mature tone, each victory coming at a personal cost and the fact that everything seems to be going to hell for
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‘Unbroken’ Reviews: Angelina Jolie’s Star Jack O’Connell Gets More Critical Praise Than She Does

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‘Unbroken’ Reviews: Angelina Jolie’s Star Jack O’Connell Gets More Critical Praise Than She Does
After much hype from Universal Pictures, Angelina Jolie‘s “Unbroken” finally hits theaters on Christmas Day — but is it any good?

According to the critics counted on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s fine, but probably not the awards contender the studio was hoping for. Although declared “rotten” with a 48 percent critic approval rating, individual reviews seem to be filled with mixed emotions that should boost Jolie’s confidence behind the camera, and star Jack O’Connell‘s in front of it.

Also Read: ‘Annie’ Reviews Are In: More Bad News for Sony

TheWrap‘s Alonso Duralde, for example, found the movie flawed,
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