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Michael Fassbender as The Dude? Patton Oswalt as Walter? Jennifer Lawrence as Maude? Mae Whitman as Donny? Dennis freakin Quaid as the real Lebowski? Mike Judge stepping in for Sam Elliott as deep voiced, »
- Jordan Ruimy
Michael Fassbender is truly dedicated to his craft. On Friday night, during the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Fassbender took up the shaggy mantle of the Dude, portrayed by Jeff Bridges in the Coen brothers’ classic The Big Lebowski, as part of Jason Reitman’s live script-reading series. To get into character, Fassbender donned a pair of roughed-up shorts and a slouchy sweater and toked three J. Law–rolled cigarettes — the kind that may or may not have been packed with the Devil's lettuce — during the read. “I think Fassbender went a little too Method on this one,” said Patton Oswalt, who played John Goodman’s bombastic Vietnam vet Walter. “I hope TMZ isn’t here.” Because Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse is filming in Montreal, Fassbender and co-star Jennifer Lawrence were tapped for Reitman’s live-read. Lawrence portrayed Julianne Moore’s Maude. Dennis Quaid played the wheelchair-bound Lebowski, »
- Greg Cwik
Michael Fassbender put his magnetic superpowers aside Friday night to play stoner icon “the Dude” in a reading of “The Big Lebowski” in Montreal, but it was Patton Oswalt’s performance as Walter Sobchak (the role originated by John Goodman) that stole the show.
Organized by the Just for Laughs comedy festival, the sold-out Live Read — at which a cast of nine read the Coen brothers’ cult-favorite screenplay for an audience of 1,300 — took clever advantage of the fact that “X-Men: Apocalypse” is shooting in the same city where North America’s biggest comedy festival is headquartered. As such, the fest managed to lure X-women Jennifer Lawrence (who performed Julianne Moore’s Maude) and Olivia Munn (stepping in as Tara Reid’s Bunny) to join Oswalt and a handful of “Silicon Valley” players — T.J. Miller as Brandt, Martin Starr as Jesus and showrunner Mike Judge doing a dead-on Sam Elliott as »
- Peter Debruge
Some pretty big additions to the fourth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles here - both in terms of characters and the actors that will be providing their voices. We have: David Tennant (Doctor Who) as Fugitoid (fan favourite android from another dimension), Peter Stormare (Constantine, Fargo) as Lord Dregg (space-villain bent on world domination), Michael Dorn (Star Trek The Next Generation) as Captain Mozar (Supereme Commander of the Triceratons), Lance Henriksen (Terminator, Aliens) as Zog (a Triceraton scout), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) as Armaggon (robotic bounty hunting shark), and finally Zelda Williams (The Legend Of Korra) as Mona Lisa (amphibious friend of the Turtles). Tmnt returns with 20 all-new episodes this Fall. Returning will be: Seth Green (Leonardo), Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Mae Whitman (April O'Neil), Hoon Lee (Master Splinter), Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder), Josh Peck (Casey Jones) and Corey Feldman (Slash). »
Sneak Peek the new trailer from DC Entertainment's "Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship", featuring a horde of DC Comics' superheroes and supervillains, premiering Fall 2015 on "Adult Swim":
Cast includes Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Weird Al Yankovic, Alex Borstein, Giovanni Ribisi, Jonathan Banks, Mae Whitman, Hugh Davidson, Dee Bradley Baker, Zeb Wells, Kevin Shinick, Adam West and Burt Ward.
- Michael Stevens
Among the many reasons I regret having missed this year's Atx Festival — barbecue, the "Gilmore Girls" reunion, barbecue, getting to meet cool people who love TV, barbecue — the live reading of the "Dawson's Creek" pilot script was pretty high among them. Fortunately, the Atx organizers have been putting most of the festival up on YouTube, and last night they posted the largely gender-flipped "Dawson's" read, with Mae Whitman (accompanied by her framed Tim Riggins photo, because Austin) playing the title role. Enjoy. »
- Alan Sepinwall
We love Clueless more than is probably acceptable, so when we heard that director Amy Heckerling is working on a jukebox musical we got seriously excited (and even started breaking in our purple clogs in preparation).
But one big question remains - who's going to be in the production? After all, Heckerling admitted that casting would be the biggest issue, so we started thinking about who could step into the iconic roles of Cher, Josh, Tai, Elton et al. Below are some of our suggestions, but let us know who you think should get involved.
Admittedly, our first thought for Cher was Taylor Swift, because she's our first thought for most things. But actually, wouldn't Kiernan Shipka be ace as Cher? She's proved that she has serious acting chops thanks to her stint in Mad Men, but we'd like her to show off her »
In the seven years since his breakout role in "Knocked Up," Ken Jeong has played a string of extremes. His role on "Community" as the insane and diabolical Ben Chang has been unpredictable, but his turns in the "Hangover" series and "Role Models" (as the King of Laire, or Live Action Interactive Role-playing Explorers) have been just as funny and unsettling. That's why it's downright intriguing to watch him play a sensitive English teacher in "The Duff," a high school comedy starring Mae Whitman as a girl dubbed The Designated Ugly Fat Friend, a buffer for her hottie pals. We caught up with Jeong to discuss "The Duff," which was just released on Blu-Ray and DVD, and how he relished the chance to play a character who isn't threatening community college students for a living. When you first heard about the "The Duff" and inevitably learned that the title meant "Designated Ugly Fat Friend, »
- Louis Virtel
Independence Day 2 Gets new Title, Set Images, Plot Details, and Logo. Independence Day 2 (2016) will now be called Independence Day: Resurgence. Set pictures have also been released featuring vehicles that will be seen and utilized in the film. The Independence Day: Resurgence. Via a recent live chat with cast and crew, new plot details have also been revealed for ID4 2.
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Moon Tug Independence Day Resurgence
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Human Alien Fighter Independence Day Resurgence
On Liam Hemsworth’s character (former fighter pilot) from the live chat:
He eventually joined the military and ended up in the best of the best of the best of the fighter pilots. »
- Rollo Tomasi
Lauren Graham was in a sharing mood on Watch What Happens Live. While everybody's favorite TV mom wouldn't say which of her TV daughters—Parenthood's Mae Whitman and Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel—she'd want as her own kid, she did reveal a juicy tidbit. The question: Which one of Rory Gilmore's boyfriends would she want to hook up with in real life? "Ooo! Would I want to? Oh, um, Milo? Milo. I'm a brunette person. Milo Ventimiglia," she said. But don't worry. She's still with her real-life beau and former Parenthood costar Peter Krause. Graham gave the thumbs up when Andy Cohen asked their status. During the after show, Graham revealed she »
The surprise theatrical hit “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” a spy film that opened back in February but kept a steady beat at the box office and has now grossed more than $128 million, easily topped the national home video sales charts for the week ending June 14.
The 20th Century Fox release bumped Paramount’s “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” from the top spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan overall disc chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and Nielsen’s Blu-ray Disc-only chart.
“SpongeBob” settled in at No. 2 but according to Nielsen data only sold about one-third as many discs as “Kingsman,” which is loosely based on the popular comic book “The Secret Service” and was directed by Matthew Vaughn.
“Kingsman” generated 51% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray, according to Nielsen, compared to 36% for “SpongeBob,” down from 44% in the animated comedy’s first week in stores. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Now available on Blu-ray/DVD is director Ari Sandel's high school comedy, The Duff. Starring Mae Whitman as a whip-smart high school senior who comes to believe that she's playing the titular role within her group of friends, the film (adapted from the Kody Keplinger novel of the same name) offers a funny, clever take on the modern high school experience. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but fans of Mean Girls and Easy A should find a lot to like and even the most cynical of viewers will have a hard time denying Whitman's skilled turn as the intelligent, charming, yet insecure Bianca Piper. On the surface, the concept of the "Duff" is troubling. The idea that every group of friends contains a "Designated Ugly Fat Friend" that, either wittingly or unwittingly, serves to make the rest of the group appear more attractive isn't just shallow, it's flat out mean. »
- Jason Barr
“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Furious 7″ lead the 2015 Teen Choice Awards nominees with five noms each. “Insurgent,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” “Avengers” and “Empire” are also making a big splash with four nominations at this year’s awards show.
The first wave of nominees were released this week, thanks to more than 500,000 fans heading to Twitter to unlock the nominations. Continued voting for more categories is now open on TeenChoice.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with fans able to vote once each day per category on the website, or by posting to social media with a category-specific hashtag (see below) with their nominees’ names until June 26.
Additional nominees, plus the host, performers and presenters, will be announced later.
The Teen Choice Awards, which celebrates pop culture icons in TV, film, music, sports, fashion, comedy and the Web, airs live at 8 p.m. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Duff (teen comedy; Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell; rated PG-13) Project Almanac (sci-fi/thriller; Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-d'Elia; rated PG-13) Madame Bovary (romantic drama; Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller; premieres 6/12 on cable Mod and in theaters; rated R) Pressure (sci-fi; Matthew Goode, Danny Huston; premieres 6/12 on cable Mod and in theaters; rated R) Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Two of the most beloved shows of the past decade or so of television have been The WB’s Gilmore Girls and NBC’s Parenthood, and while Parenthood just finished its six-season run back in January, it’s been eight years since Gilmore Girls went off the air. Both shows certainly have a lot in common, with their strong focus on family and the bonds between parents and their children, but even more specifically, what’s really linking the two series together is Lauren Graham, who played Lorelei Gilmore, mother to Rory, on Gilmore Girls and Sarah Braverman, mother to Amber and Drew, on Parenthood. And while Graham is a very talented actress and had her portrayal of each woman praised for its own, individual merits, the two characters did, in a way, collide this past weekend at the Atx Television Festival, where a Gilmore Girls reunion panel was held, »
- Chris King
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what treats are in-store this week on Blu-ray in the Us in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, hit teen-comedy The Duff, time-travelling with Project Almanac and Brian Yuzna’s Society…
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Both a critical and public darling, Matthew Vaughn’s hugely exciting spy adventure has been a massive success across the globe as well as in the UK and Us. Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Mark Strong and Michael Caine are part of an elite British espionage team trying to track down the evil Samuel L. Jackson.
See Also: Read our review of Kingsman: The Secret Service here
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- Scott J. Davis
Well, it was bound to happen eventually.
Lauren Graham‘s two TV daughters — Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls‘ Rory) and Mae Whitman (Parenthood‘s Amber) — finally came face to face this weekend at the Atx Television Festival, and despite our unworthiness, the trio posed for an unspeakably epic photo.
RelatedGilmore Girls Reunion Tackles Luke & Lorelai’s Future, Rory’s Best Suitor, Those Four Words and So Much More
While we’d never ask you to choose your favorite Graham spawn — even Game of Thrones‘ Stannis would be like, “Hey, have some respect for daughters” — we are going to ask you for your best caption. »
Rory Gilmore vs. Amber Holt. The winner? Us! Lauren Graham has took part in two of TV's most iconic and beloved mother-daughter duos, and her TV daughters, Mae Whitman and Alexis Bledel, came face-to-face for the first time ever over the weekend at the 2015 Atx TV Festival, and the result basically redefines the word epic. Whitman posted a photo of the trio on Twitter on Monday, with the caption, "At Long Last We Meet #drawyourswords#breaktheinternet." Their facial expressions? Priceless. Graham and Bledel were at the event for the highly anticipated Gilmore Girls reunion, while Parenthood star Whitman is an Atx TV Festival regular, and participated in the live-reading of the Dawson's »
I didn't attend this year's Atx Television Festival in Austin, despite having a great time the year before, mainly because I have too much travel scheduled for this year (and maybe also because I ate enough brisket for two years at the previous one). There were a lot of events and panels I wish I could have been there for, including a TV critic team-up with Fienberg, Tim Goodman, Todd VanDerWerff, and Tara Ariano. But the one I most wanted to be there for was the "Gilmore Girls" reunion, which featured Amy Sherman-Palladino and virtually every surviving castmember saved Melissa McCarthy, who's a bit busy promoting "Spy" at the moment. Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel were of course there, and Graham brought along her other TV daughter, Mae Whitman from "Parenthood," which led to this priceless photo: At Long Last We Meet #drawyourswords #breaktheinternet pic.twitter.com/LN3j0hmAIM »
- Alan Sepinwall
Who's your favorite daughter, Mom? Lauren Graham was put in quite the predicament at this weekend's Atx Television Festival when her two best-known TV daughters finally met for the first time. Actress Mae Whitman, who played Amber, the daughter of Graham's Sarah on Parenthood, posted the funny photo of her encounter with Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel on Twitter on Monday, June 8. "At Long Last We Meet #drawyourswords #breaktheinternet," Whitman, 26, captioned the pic of the two on-screen daughters standing back-to-back with a faux concerned-looking Graham in [...] »
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