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‘Spaceballs’ Behind-the-Scenes Featurette: John Candy and Bill Pullman Sing Mel Brooks’ Praises

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Before the prequel trilogy made a parody of “Star Wars,” Mel Brooks did it with “Spaceballs.” The cult-classic spoof, which also set its sights on the likes of “Star Trek” and “Planet of the Apes,” came out nearly 30 years ago. A behind-the-scenes featurette made at the time of its 1987 release features interviews with stars John Candy, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten and the multi-hyphenate himself (Brooks co-wrote, produced, directed and starred).

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“People think that he’s such a funny man and everything,” says Van Patten. “Actually, with him, comedy is serious business. As funny as he is, he’s very serious.” The rest of Brooks’ cast sing his praises as well, noting how the filmmaker (who had already made the spoofs “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein”) managed to maintain control of the production »


- Michael Nordine

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MTV Vma 2016 Live Stream: Watch the Video Music Awards Live Online

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Live from Madison Square Garden in New York, the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will be televised on MTV Sunday night at 9pm Et/Pt. If you don’t want to miss all the excitement and star-studded performances, here is how you can watch a live stream of the ceremony online.

The official MTV Vma coverage will begin with its television red carpet at 6:15pm Et/Pt, with the two-hour online carpet live stream beginning at 7pm Et/Pt on Vma.MTV.com and the MTV app. The one-hour pre-show, hosted by DJ Khaled, starts at 8pm and will be televised on MTV, as well as streamed on the MTV app and Vma.MTV.com.

On those same platforms, viewers will get to see coverage from the Vma ceremony that start at 9pm. DirecTV users will be able to stream the show online from start to finish and following the awards, »


- Liz Calvario

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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: ‘Don’t Breathe’ Doubles Expectations as Horror Rises Again

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Summer’s almost gone. This season’s ups and downs charted a confusing course on the state of the movie business. This weekend at least was mostly positive, as Sony’s “Don’t Breathe” (Sony) came on surprisingly strong. It’s the latest of several superior horror films to catch on with the public, with an almost unheard of 7% jump Saturday from its initial strong Friday (plus previews) numbers.

Lionsgate filled in with their latest Jason Statham action release “Mechanic: Resurrection.” Independently financed by Millennium with a reduced exposure for Lionsgate, it is at the low end of their films together. Still it added $7.5 million to a Top Ten total that looks like a record for the last weekend before the Labor Day holiday (unadjusted).

The Top Ten

1. Don’t Breathe (Sony) New Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 71; Est. budget: $10 million

$26,115,000 in 3,051 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $8,559; Cumulative: $26,115,000

2. Suicide Squad (Warner Bros. »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Rose McGowan Describes the ‘Incredible’ Movie ‘Monkeybone’ Could Have Been, Calls Out Fox for Firing Director

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If you haven’t thought of “Monkeybone” in a while, allow Rose McGowan to refresh your memory — and reveal the movie it could have been. The actress, who co-starred in the fantastical 2001 comedy alongside Brendan Fraser and a slew others, took to Instagram to describe how the critical and financial failure could have been something else entirely had its original director not been fired.

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“The movie would’ve been incredible (at least the underworld part) if the men at 20th Century Fox (the suits) hadn’t fired the director, a true artist, Henry Selick 1/2 the way through filming,” she says, calling his dismissal a “profoundly stupid move.” She notes that Selick had already directed “James and the Giant Peach” and later went on to make “Coraline,” both of which she calls “tremendous pieces of work. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Production Designer Lisa Hanawalt Reveals Her Unique and Beautiful Creative Process

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As part of last year’s Xoxo Festival, Lisa Hanawalt of “BoJack Horseman” gave a moving presentation on her creative process and the years of work leading up her to breakthrough on the animated Netflix comedy. “I’m a bad artist. I’m lazy and untalented and bad” the production designer says as a self-deprecating introduction, though it’s quickly made clear that the emotions behind the statement are genuine: Hanawalt details the negative feelings that sometimes inspire her work, saying that “feeling like shit” is part of her process.

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She then goes on to show the slogans for Subway (“food option”), Chevrolet (“I’m a big boy”) and McDonald’s (“I love something, is it this?”) that she would tweet at said corporations, partially as an exercise and partially to be a troll. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Beauty and the Beast’: Here’s An Early Glimpse at the Live-Action Lumière and Cogsworth

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Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” remake is due next year, and thus far fans of the animated 1991 version have only been afforded brief glimpses of this new film’s look. (Jean Cocteau diehards more enamored with his 1946 adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy tale are, presumably, less curious about the whole thing.) That remains true today, though producer Jack Morrissey has posted concept art on his Facebook page featuring two fan favorites: Lumière and Cogsworth.

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The image does come with a caveat, however, as Morrissey notes that “these designs are close but may not be final.” Even so, one imagines that the beloved candlestick (voiced by Ewan McGregor) and clock (Ian McKellen) will end up looking fairly similar to these renderings.

Read More: What We Learned About ‘Beauty and the Beast »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Empire’ Season 3 Trailer: Get Ready For Mariah Carey

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“Empire” caught on quickly when it first premiered on Fox in January of last year, gaining viewers at a rapid rate — the series premiere drew nearly 10 million, while the season finale drew 17.6. A new trailer has been released ahead of the season-three premiere, with one especially notable new face: Mariah Carey, who’s said to be playing a new character named Kitty. Watch it below.

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Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray and Jussie Smollett lead the show, which concerns Empire Entertainment and the family who runs it. A number of high-profile actors and musicians have appeared on the show in either recurring or guest roles, including Jennifer Hudson, Courtney Love, Marisa Tomei, Kelly Rowland, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mary J. Blige, Chris Rock and Alicia Keys, among others.

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- Michael Nordine

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Arthouse Audit: ‘Hell or High Water’ Tops ‘Southside With You’ and ‘Hands of Stone’

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This weekend brings a rare event as three very different specialty films face off nationally on between 800-900 theaters. Debuting “Southside With You” (Roadside Attractions) and “Hands of Stone” (Weinstein) go up against “Hell or High Water” (Lionsgate) in its third week.

The winner is “Hell or High Water,” which after this weekend’s success could wind up the year’s highest-grossing specialized release.  “Southside With You” also scored high numbers, with “Hands of Stone” not up to its level.

Five Sundance releases are among this week’s new films, ranging from relatively wide opener “Southside” to Video on Demand entry “The Intervention.” As the Toronto Film Festival looms, the Park City event, despite offering half as many films, remains the biggest festival for acquisition titles.

Opening

Southside With You” (Roadside Attractions) – Metacritic: 75; Festivals include: Sundance, San Francisco, Seattle 2016

$3,065,000 in 813 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $3,762

A strong initial result »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Werner Herzog Tells Conan O’Brien That Breaking the Law Can Make for Great Film

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Werner Herzog — world-renowned auteur, global treasure and cinematic spirit animal — appeared on “Conan” this week to discuss his new documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.” Like most exchanges involving the filmmaker, the interview contained a distinctly Herzogian anecdote — this one about breaking the law in order to make a film.

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“There are too many things you cannot teach in school, and it’s way too long. Young people waste three, four years of their lives on the basics of filmmaking. You can learn in a week,” says Herzog, who founded the Rogue Film School (where he teaches students how to pick locks and forge shooting permits) and recently taught a MasterClass. He then recounts an experience he had while making “Fitzcarraldo,” production of which inspired Les Blank’s essential documentary “Burden of Dreams. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Stranger Things’ Production Design: 7 Things We Learned from Chris Trujillo’s Interview with Interiors

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The “Stranger Things” era continues unabated. Production designer Chris Trujillo spoke to Interiors about bring the Netflix show’s vision of Spielberg-inflected ’80s Americana to life. Here are seven highlights from the exchange, which you would do well to read in its entirety:

 

Trujillo landed his gig after working on ‘Honeymoon,’ an indie horror film directed by Leigh Janiak — the wife of Ross Duffer. “The first time I heard of ‘Stranger Things’ was over brunch with Leigh and Ross. At that point, the project was still called ‘Montauk’ and it was little more than a glimmer in the Duffers’ eye. It seemed like too awesome an idea, like a perfect pipe dream.”

 

His secret to achieving the show’s ‘lived-in’ ’80s look: “fastidious estate sale pillaging. Every weekend in the suburbs outside big cities there are time capsules being opened up for the discerning decorator to dig through. One dead »


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Nate Parker Gets Honest Following Rape Controversy Remarks: ‘I Was Acting As If I Was the Victim, and That’s Wrong’

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Nate Parker’s first few interviews about his 1999 rape trial, news of which recently resurfaced, did little to quell the controversy. Now, the “Birth of a Nation” writer/star/director has spoken to Ebony‘s Britni Danielle about his initial response and how he feels he’s learned from the experience. “I’m approaching from a standpoint of humility,” he tells Danielle. “I’m sorry for all the women who are survivors who felt hurt by my words because they were insensitive and they were nonchalant.”

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Parker was acquitted, while his ‘Birth of a Nation’ co-writer Jean Celestin plead guilty and later had his conviction overturned; among the news that’s come out in recent weeks is that their accuser took her own life in 2012. Parker says he’s read several articles about »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Aquarius’ Political Controversy Clouds Brazil’s Oscar Submission

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The fallout of Brazil’s turbulent politics has caught up with the selection of the country’s Oscar candidate. Three contenders have withdrawn from the race in support of Cannes entry “Aquarius,” the latest from director Kleber Mendonça Filho, who started protesting in Cannes last May the ongoing impeachment of suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, which he has called a coup d’etat.

Three candidates for Brazil’s Oscar nomination bid –Gabriel Mascaro’s Venice-winner “Neon Bull,” Anna Muylaert’s “Don’t Call Me Son,” and Aly Muritiba’s “To My Beloved,” have refused to participate in the race to become Brazil’s Oscar submission in the aftermath of Rousseff’s impeachment, which is having rippling effects on a politically outspoken local film scene.

The directors’ are protesting the make-up of the committee that will choose the Brazilian representative at the Academy Awards, after the Ministry of Culture invited a »


- Agustín Mango

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Tom Hiddleston Reads John LeCarre’s ‘The Night Manager’ For Our Sincere Enjoyment

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There’s a lot of things that Tom Hiddleston is great at, one of them is making everyone swoon with his charming good looks and cheeky grin. So prepare yourself to watch the “Thor” actor staring into your soul as he reads an excerpt from John le Carré’s “The Night Manager.”

The four-minute video, courtesy of The Guardian, shows the Emmy-nominated actor sitting on a stool in front of a black backdrop, holding the novel in his hand. There’s nothing elaborate about the video, just Hiddleston reading a passage, while occasionally looking up and making eye contact with the camera.

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The Night Manager” miniseries, based on the 1993 book of the same name, debuted on AMC back in April and followed Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston), a night manager of a Cairo hotel who »


- Liz Calvario

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‘Star Wars Rogue One’ Trailer Gets Even Better When You Add the Beastie Boys — Watch

27 August 2016 3:03 PM, PDT

After watching the first teaser for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” audiences were pretty pumped for the spin-off action film. Then the first trailer arrived and all hell broke loose (in a good way). But now, excitement for the film is on another level, all thanks to the Beastie Boys.

Video editor and YouTuber Matthew Longua made a killer new remix trailer for “Rogue One,” but instead of using composer Alexandre Desplat’s music, he swapped it out for the song “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys. The result is amazing!

The song cues in after Jyn Erso’s (Felicity Jones) line “I rebel,” and instantly kicks the video into high gear, making the footage look even more badass, all while elevating the action sequences.

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The film has been generating »


- Liz Calvario

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Jeff Bridges on Fitness: ‘You Wouldn’t Want to See the Dude With a Six-Pack’

27 August 2016 2:00 PM, PDT

“I could be kinder to my body,” Jeff Bridges tells Rolling Stone about his fitness regime. “As an actor, a role can be a great excuse not to be in shape. I mean, you wouldn’t want to see the Dude with a six-pack, so you eat that Häagen-Dazs. My weight goes up and down.”

Bridges is one of those actors who you’ve seen in some of Hollywood classics like “The Big Lebowski,” “Crazy Heart” and “True Grit.” Currently, he can be seen in the critically acclaimed drama “Hell or Highwater,” where he portrays an almost-retired marshal who tracks down a pair of bank robbers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster).

The actor has had a long career as a movie star, and with it, his fair share of box office hits and misses – something that he doesn’t take personally. In a new interview with the publication, Bridges shared »


- Liz Calvario

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De La Soul Shows Us How to Create a Killer New Album in New Documentary — Watch

27 August 2016 12:38 PM, PDT

It’s been about 12 years since De La Soul released their last album, “The Grind Date,” and yesterday marked the released of their latest LP, “and the Anonymous Nobody…” The journey to creating the album was a hard one and began when the hip-hop group launched a Kickstarter to fund the project.

After raising an overwhelming $600,000, more than six times the amount they requested, De La Soul celebrated the album’s release by premiering a 30-minute documentary, “We’re Still Here (now)… a documentary about nobody.”

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The short film details the creation of the LP, beginning with the Kickstarter announcement to the midway point, to the fine-tuning and perfecting the tracks that would make it on the album. 

“We invited a host of musicians to jam, and the jam sessions go on like maybe over 200 hours, »


- Liz Calvario

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‘Transparent’: Watch Why You Need to Know About Seasons 1-2 of the Award-Winning Game-Changer

27 August 2016 12:04 PM, PDT

Transparent” has become Amazon’s hit sensation. Created by Jill Soloway, the series starring Emmy-winner Jeffrey Tambor made its debut in 2014, and for those who haven’t had the opportunity to follow Mort’s (Tambor) touching story, Amazon has created a heartwarming three-minute video recap of the first two seasons of the show – just enough to entice you into watching the series.

The Emmy Award and Golden Globe-winning series follows the Pfefferman family patriarch, Mort, a retired college professor of political science who finally opens up to her family about always identifying as a woman. As the family’s secrets start to spill out, each of them spin in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become.

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The first two seasons have been widely successful, garnering five Emmys and two Golden Globes, as »


- Liz Calvario

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*Nsync Creator Lou Pearlman’s Infamous Life Story To Become Limited TV Series

27 August 2016 11:14 AM, PDT

If you grew up listening to boy bands like Backstreet Boys and *Nsync you might already be familiar with the story of Lou Pearlman, the mastermind behind the biggest boy bands of the ’90s and early 2000s.

The infamous Ponzi schemer, who was sentenced to 25-years in prison after running a two-decade-long financial scheme that cheated investors out of more than $300 million, died a week ago on August 19. According to The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s office, Pearlman passed away from an infection of the inner lining of the heart following a valve replacement.

Now, his infamous life story is getting the TV treatment after Magnet Management and Condé Nast acquired the rights to a recent article about the producer published by The New Yorker, “We Live in the Pop-Culture World That Lou Pearlman Created.”

Read More: Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon to Star in Ryan Murphy’s New FX Series »


- Liz Calvario

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Noah’s Ark Gets Modern-Day Reboot from Robert Zemeckis and NBC

27 August 2016 10:17 AM, PDT

The tale of Noah’s Ark is headed back to the screen. But before you dismiss this and think it will be a boring retelling of the biblical story, this time it has a galactic new modern-day twist. Per Deadline, NBC is developing a high-concept drama titled “The Ark,” which takes Noah to space.

The project originated from 20th Century Fox TV and Robert ZemeckisImageMovers and is written by Daniel Kunka. This new series will center on an engineer who, after the death of his wife, has a vision to construct a ship capable of sustaining life in space. When the build happens to coincide with the coming end of the world, the engineer realizes there may be a larger story at play.

Zemeckis and Jack Rapke are set to executive produce alongside Jackie Levine and Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner & Robyn Meisinger.

Read More: Aaron Paul to Produce »


- Liz Calvario

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‘Game of Thrones’: Maisie Williams Says ‘It’s Time To Wrap This Up’

27 August 2016 9:22 AM, PDT

Maisie Williams captivated “Game of Thrones” audiences this past season, showing fans a new side of Arya Stark and having one of the “best kills” of the series. Now, the Emmy-nominated actress is ready for what’s to come in Season 7 and 8, and thinks it’s time to finish off her kill list.

“It would be wonderful to work with one of the Starks again, but I just want her to see Melisandre or Cersei and not be dead at the end of it,” Williams told Variety. “To cross another big name off the list – but then I feel like people might come for me, because although everyone doesn’t like Cersei, we kind of love to hate her and I love to hate her. For the story it would be cool to meet either one of those and put a sword into them.”

Read More: Emmy Predictions 2016: ‘Game of Thrones »


- Liz Calvario

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