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Mark Hamill finally went over to the dark side of the Force. Jason Reitman's live-read of The Empire Strikes Back last night brought two surprise guests to the roster of actors recreating the Star Wars sequel. Hamill, who was once Luke Skywalker himself (and will be again) joined the group to play none other than The Emperor. Hamill, an acclaimed voice actor who has done countless animated shows, also read the lines for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett, doing spot-on imitations of each, while The Office's Rainn Wilson, sporting a bushy beard and lumberjack-style checked shirt, played Chewbacca -- and only Chewbacca. »
- Anthony Breznican
“Welcome to the first live screening of ‘The Interview!’”
So teased Jason Reitman at the start of Thursday’s live reading of “The Empire Strikes Back” held in downtown Los Angeles. The event, part of Film Independent’s Live Read series, was moved from its previous home at Lacma to the larger Ace Hotel Theatre due to audience demand.
“We needed a few more seats for this one,” quipped Reitman, who directs the events.
Costumed characters dressed as Stormtroopers and X-Wing Pilots entertained fans outside the historic theater, while a fully-motorized R2-D2 posed for photos inside the lobby as John Williams’ classic theme music played in the background.
But it was the surprise appearance of beloved Star Wars icon Mark Hamill, reading the roles of Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Emperor, that brought the audience to its feet for a spontaneous standing ovation.
“I hope I pass the audition,” Hamill joked as the applause continued. »
- Matthew Chernov
Jason Reitman unveiled a surprise at his live reading of “The Empire Strikes Back” on Thursday night, and the crowd that packed the Ace Theater in downtown Los Angeles couldn’t have been more excited if he’d shown footage from the new “Star Wars” movie that’s due to open a year from now.
Reitman’s surprise, though, looked back rather than forward. After he’d introduced the cast that would be doing one of the celebrated live reads that Reitman regularly stages for Film Independent – a cast that included Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader, »
- Steve Pond
In another Quiet Earth premier, we've got the first trailer for Uncanny, a new science fiction thriller starring Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim), Lucy Griffiths (Winter's Tale, Robin Hood) and even The Office's Rainn Wilson.
The world's first "perfect" Artificial Intelligence begins to exhibit startling and unnerving emergent behavior when a reporter begins a relationship with the scientist who created it.
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Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom is good at catching bad guys because of how he puts himself inside their head, as explained in the promo below for Fox’s upcoming crime drama.
Premiering Thursday, Jan. 22 at 9/8c and adapted from the Leif G.W. Persson novels by Bones‘ Hart Hanson, Backstrom stars Rainn Wilson (The Office) as the titular detective, who has recently been appointed head of the Portland police department’s Scu.
Rounding out the cast are Genevieve Angelson (House of Lies), Dennis Haysbert (24), Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected), Beatrice Rosen (The Dark Knight) and Page Kennedy (Weeds). Will you be checking it out? »
The network and Fox International Channels announced on Tuesday the global rollout of the 10-episode “Wayward Pines,” which will premiere Thursday, May 14 at 9 p.m. on the network while also debuting simultaneously in more than 125 countries across Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and Latin America.
The debut will be the world’s largest day-and-date launch for a scripted series ever.
The series stars Matt Dillon as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. In addition to Dillon, the cast includes Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Shannyn Sossamon, Toby Jones, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan and Juliette Lewis.
- Rick Kissell
It gets harder and harder each and every year to find that perfect gift for the one you love. Thanksgiving is over, so its time to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping today! We've collected all of the biggest and best Blu-ray and DVD releases available this year in one convenient place. Whether you're hunting for Dad, Mom, a cousin, your kids or that long distant Aunt whose been living in a commune for the past three years, you simply can't go wrong with the gift of movies, or a favorite TV show. From the biggest Hollywood blockbusters to a few cult favorites, and even a very obscure release for that one snobby cinefile on your list, we have everyone covered...Even you! Take a look, and discover that finding the perfect gift really isn't that hard. Not when everyone loves a good film! Here is the best »
Months after Fox announced Glee's final season would only be 13 episodes, the show finally has a premiere date. A special two-hour event episode will air on Jan. 9, and hopefully we'll find out exactly what's going on in these recent set pictures. Fox has also announced a few other premiere dates: World's Funniest Fails will debut on Jan. 16, Rainn Wilson's crime show Backstrom will bow on Jan. 22, Will Forte's comedy The Last Man on Earth will premiere on March 1, and Becki Newton's ensemble comedy Weird Loners will debut on March 31. Meanwhile, MasterChef Junior will return on Jan. 6, The Following will have a special two-hour premiere on March 2, Hell's Kitchen returns on March 3, and Bones will be back on March 26. »
Some major upcoming mid-season TV series have locked in premiere dates over the past day or two.
The most high-profile is the "Breaking Bad" spin-off "Better Call Saul" which AMC has revealed will score a high-profile two-night debut. The premiere episode will air on Sunday February 8th at 10pm, immediately following the midseason return of "The Walking Dead" at 9pm.
The second episode will then air the next night, Monday February 9th at 10pm, with the next eight episodes of the first season to air weekly in that Monday 10pm timeslot.
Amazon has announced that they intend to debut all ten episodes of their new dramedy "Mozart in the Jungle" on their Prime Instant Video service on December 23rd. Gael Garcia Bernal, Malcolm McDowell, Saffron Burrows and Bernadette Peters star in the series which is set against New York's classical music scene.
Fox has announced a bunch of TV dates »
- Garth Franklin
Well, Glee fans, we now know when the final season of the musical series will begin, as Fox announced the Glee Season 6 premiere date yesterday, along with return dates for The Following, Bones and more. All in all, it’s a pretty confusing and overly complicated schedule, so I’m just going to list all the major items in easy-to-read, bullet point form below. – Glee will be moving to Fridays for its final season. Season 6 kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Friday, Jan. 9, at 8 p.m. before settling into its regular Friday night, 9 p.m. time slot. Glee will run for 11 weeks in total, ending its 13-episode swan song with a two-hour series finale on Friday, March 20. – A new unscripted series from Fox, World’s Funniest Falls, debuts on Friday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. – After Gracepoint finishes its 10-episode run on Dec. 11, Rainn Wilson’s Backstorm will take over… »
- Chris King
Fox has announced their winter premiere dates for new and returning shows -- season three of MasterChef Junior (Tuesday, January 6th), American Idol (Wednesday, January 7th), Glee (Friday, January 9th), World's Funniest Fails (Friday, January 16th), Backstrom (Thursday, January 22nd), The Last Man on Earth (Sunday, March 1st), The Following (Monday, March 2nd), Hell's Kitchen (Tuesday, March 3rd), and Weird Loners (Tuesday, March 31st).
In addition, they're revealed that the two-hour series finale of Glee will air on Friday, March 20th.
Here's the press release:
Fox Announces Additional Winter Premiere Dates, Including "Glee's" Final 13-episode Season
New Unscripted Series "World's Funniest Fails" (working title) Debuts Friday, January 16
Kudos to Fox for milking two days of news reports out of an otherwise unified announcement of its midseason schedule. After we reported yesterday that "American Idol" and "Empire" will premiere on January 7, Fox rolled out its entire midseason overhaul, including premiere dates for new drama "Backstrom," new comedies "The Last Man on Earth" and "Weird Loners," a new reality offering called "World's Funniest Fails" and returns for new seasons of "MasterChef Junior," "The Following" and "Hell's Kitchen." Fox also revealed plans for the final season of "Glee." After a fairly rough fall -- "Gotham" and "MasterChef Junior" are among the few unvarnished positives -- it's no wonder that Fox's changes touch every night of primetime. Let's look at the winter/spring premieres, jumping between chronological order and night-by-night. There will be a handy, but complicated, chart at the bottom of the page when this confuses you. Up first is »
- Daniel Fienberg
Fox is moving “Glee” to Fridays for its sixth and final season, which wraps with a two-hour season finale on March 20, 2015. The network also announced premiere dates for several new shows, including Rainn Wilson’s comedy-drama series “Backstrom” and Will Forte’s “The Last Man on Earth.”
“Glee’s” final season kicks off Jan. 16 with a two-hour premiere, followed by the launch of YouTube series “World’s Funniest Fails,” which features comedians discussing the worst “epic fails” of the week.
“Backstrom,” starring Wilson plays as an unruly detective, premieres Jan. 22 while Forte’s “The Last Man on Earth” bows March 1. Fellow comedy “Weird Loners” will premiere March 31 at 9:30 p.m.
Returning for its 14th season, “American Idol” opens Jan. 7 while “Masterchef Junior” is back the night before (Jan. 6), leading into new episodes of “New Girl” at 9 p.m. and “The Mindy Project” at 9:30 p.m.
- Shelli Weinstein
It’s beginning to look a lot like… New Year’s?
In addition to Glee‘s move to Friday — read more on that here — the network’s other scheduled premieres are as follows:
* Season 3 of MasterChef Junior rings in 2015 starting Tuesday, January 6 at 8/7c.
* A new unscripted series, World’s Funniest Fails, will launch Friday, Jan. 16 at 8/7c.
Bradley Whitford doesn’t just have a new job — he’s the new boss.
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Whitford (The West Wing) has joined the cast of Showtime’s Happyish pilot, playing Jonathan Cooke, the morally ambiguous boss of Steve Coogan’s Thom Payne. The 30-minute pilot, which begins filming in New York this December, also stars Kathryn Hahn (Transparent) as Thom’s wife Lee.
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SoulPancake is well known for tackling many of life’s deeper, more serious topics. Now, the media company founded by Rainn Wilson (The Office) is helping to eliminate stress in a new video called “Kitten Therapy.” SoulPancake partnered with Purina for the project, which taped stressed-out Los Angeles citizens entering a glass box, putting on some headphones, and listening to a relaxation tape. However, the therapy session is “interrupted” when kittens are released through tiny doors to the delightful surprise of the individual inside the box. Playtime, cuddling, and de-stressing inevitably ensue. SoulPancake collected the kittens from a local shelter, but the media company needed to attract some frazzled people to the stunt. “We posted up right next to the Los Angeles Courthouse in the heart of Downtown La — it seemed like a reliable place to find stressed out people,” says SoulPancake’s Lindsay Indermill to The Video Ink
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- Bree Brouwer
John Oliver took over “The Daily Show” again to help promote Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” “I’ll take another spin in the non-premium host chair,” Oliver said as he interviewed all the key “Rosewater” people, including “The Daily Show” staffers who helped inspire the film, Jason Jones and producer Tim Greenberg, plus Maziar Bahari and Gael Garcia Bernal. Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to “Fox & Friends,” reveals cancer scare The former “View” co-host says she had a tumor removed from her abdomen a month ago. “The Big Bang Theory” pays tribute to Carol Ann Susi A brief message for the “Mrs. Wolowitz” actress ended last night’s episode with the message: “Every time you spoke we laughed. You’re in our hearts forever.” Click Read Full Post For More What if Jon Stewart's movie is a hit and he leaves “The Daily Show”? Comedy Central should be feeling nervous about the performance of Stewart’s "Rosewater, »
- Norman Weiss
In case you aren't aware by now, thanks to an onslaught of featurettes lately, Guardians of the Galaxy will debut on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on December 9. Today, Marvel has released an official Blu-ray trailer for this Phase Two adventure, which includes a tiny glimpse at the previously announced sneak peek of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The trailer also offers some behind-the-scenes footage, along with quotes from celebrities such as Mindy Kaling, Rainn Wilson and Andy Richter, who all praise this intergalactic adventure. If that wasn't enough, we also have an excerpt from the bonus features, where director James Gunn explains that he used a real raccoon named Oreo as a reference for Rocket Raccoon, along with footage of the filmmaker himself acting out some of Groot's movements for the animators.
Last but not least, we have a deleted scene that features the warring siblings Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and »
Move over, Hollywood, the much chillier Vancouver, Canada, has become a hot shooting spot, thanks to its tax breaks and unique ability to stand in for everything from sleepy Maine towns to superhero metropolises (even if its outdoor locales prove tricky in keeping secrets from fans). I suited up for a whopping eight set visits in four days to find out what makes Vancouver and the actors who call it their (temporary) home so special. (Feel free to play a drinking game with the words "rain" and "cold." I dare you.) The homeless 100 Much like the Mountain Men were doing »
- Natalie Abrams
It feels like "Guardians of the Galaxy," the surprise sensation from this past summer, is one of those films that has an infinite amount of replay value. The movie is so bursting at the seams with stuff -- colorful characters, zippy one-liners, astounding visual effects, comic book Easter Eggs, bad wigs -- that the only way you can process it all is by watching it time and time again. That's why we cannot wait for the home video release of the Marvel superhero space saga, and we're pretty sure you can't either. Which is why this exclusive clip from the release is a nice stopgap until all of the loony fun of "Guardians of the Galaxy" is available to watch again and again and again and again.
After some clips from the movie (which we still love so, so much -- and we were on the set more than a year ago! »
- Drew Taylor
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