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Watch: Four Jurassic World Journals Featuring Chris Pratt Being Chris Pratt

13 hours ago

Did you think it looked a little silly when Chris Pratt was busy having a chat with a bunch of raptors in the latest Jurassic World clip? Just wait until you see what it really looked like when Pratt was hanging around with them on set. Universal just unveiled four Jurassic World journals and they're all loaded with behind-the-scenes footage of Chris Pratt just being Chris Pratt. Despite my opening cynicism, I'm still holding out hope that the whole raptor squad thing will be more fun than ridiculous, and if anyone can make that happen, it's Pratt. The guy is charming to the max and it's incredibly evident in these videos. I always love checking out what things really looked like on set, especially with an SFX/VFX-heavy film like Jurassic World, but the main reason I happily watched all four of these videos from start to finish is because Pratt is so insanely charismatic. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Disney Pulls the Plug on Tron 3

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Disney has pulled the plug on plans for Tron 3, the would-be third installment in the hi-tech adventure sci-fi series. Prep had already begun on the sequel, which was planned to see the return of Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, as well as stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund. It was believed that production would begin this fall in Vancouver. THR broke the news, and does not currently have a reason for the cancellation, but there's no doubt that Walt Disney Studios is more focused than ever on live-action adaptations of classic animated works and Tron 3 may not have fit in their scheme for the future of the brand. Not to mention the recent box office disappointment of Tomorrowland, a big-budget live action sci-fi film that failed to resonate with audiences. While there were a number of reports indicating that Tron 3 would indeed make it back on the grid, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Ant-man: Evangeline Lilly Announces Marvel’s Micro-Tech Challenge

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I don't know how many female readers between the ages of 14 and 18 we have out there, but if you know anyone who fits that description and has a thing for technology, Marvel's got a pretty cool opportunity well worth checking out. Marvel, Disney, Dolby Laboratories, Visa Signature and Raspberry Pi are all sponsoring a nationwide competition called "Marvel's Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge." Taking a cue from "Ultimate Mentor Adventure" and "Guardians of the Galaxy: Guardians of Good," the Ant-Man challenge is on the hunt for young creators who can make a difference and this time around  it needs to be by using micro-technology. Check out Evangeline Lilly's announcement video below for all the details: Learn how to win a chance to attend the Red Carpet premiere of @AntMan, in theaters July 17! http://t.co/p0ZXjIe0RK https://t.co/50BtjCRLk5 — Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) May 29, 2015 This is definitely a »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Lumberjanes Getting a Live-Action Movie at 20th Century Fox

17 hours ago

Excellent news! Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke A. Allen's wonderful comic Lumberjanes is set for a live-action adaptation at 20th Century Fox. Published by Boom! Studios, the comic series follows five diverse, kickass, witty-as-hell ladies as they battle supernatural forces at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. It's a damn delightful series, and this will come as absolutely wonderful news to anyone who's read it. Originally intended for a limited eight-week run, the Eisner Award-nominated comic became such a critical and commercial hit that it was continued as an ongoing series. Per The Wrap, the Lumberjanes movie is a priority project for 20th Century Fox. Boom! Studios executives Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will produce the alongside Adam Yoelin. [caption id="attachment_465735" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Boom! Studios[/caption] The fiercely feminist, female-centric comic is set to be penned by Black List scribe Will Widger »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Weekly TV Ratings: Bones Rises, Aquarius Has a Rocky Start, iZOMBIE Steady

18 hours ago

Now that summer is upon us, the Big 5 have been overtaken with reality programming (which all seemingly had their premieres this past week). Since most scripted series are on hiatus, so too are my daily TV ratings pieces. However, I’ll still be collecting the biggest ratings stories of the week to post on Fridays. So let’s break down the weekly TV ratings for Monday, May 25th through Thursday, May 28th: On Monday, the Season 7 premiere of American Ninja Warrior at 8 p.m. pulled in a 1.8 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, and also notched 5.89 million viewers. The show was up 13 percent from its Season 6 premiere. ABC’s 500 Questions experiment pulled ok numbers during its week-long run. It ended nearly where it started, with a 1.1 rating both on Monday and for its Thursday finale, dropping to a 1.0 in between. The premiere garnered 5.22 million viewers, while the finale brought in 5.04. Overall, »

- Allison Keene

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Heaven Knows What Review: Love is a Drug in the Safdie Brothers’ NYC-Set Drama

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Toward the end of Daddy Longlegs, Ben and Joshua Safdie's previous narrative feature, the troubled father of the title, played by longtime Safdies collaborator Ronald Bronstein, himself a talented independent filmmaker, fights off a humongous mosquito in his home, while his two sons sleep. It's a quick flash of magical realism topping off an unsettling, darkly comical vision of bumbling parental responsibility, the roots of which are entangled both in a complex, often erratic inner life and the boundless freedom that living in New York City allows those who seemingly have no interest in day jobs, families, a savings account, or, often enough, their own health and safety. In effect, fighting off the mosquito is an eruption of love and sense of responsibility from the father for his children, whereas elsewhere in the movie his paternal instinct seems dubious at best. [caption id="attachment_465591" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Radius-twc[/caption] The idea of responsibility »

- Chris Cabin

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Duplass Brothers Get Two-Season Pick-Up for Animated Series Animals at HBO

18 hours ago

As far as hard-working filmmakers and actors go in this day and age, no pair has proliferated throughout the television and independent film landscapes quite like Mark and Jay Duplass. Indeed, mere months after their solid relationship dramedy series, Togetherness, received a second season order from HBO, THR is now reporting that the pair have landed a two-season order from the channel for Animals, an animated series that screened at Sundance and landed the Duplass brothers as executive producers. The series centers on talking animals, set largely in and around New York City, and the animation is courtesy of Starburns Industries, the production house behind cult animated hit Rick and Morty. In a statement about the two-season pick-up, Mark Duplass said that the deal continues his brother and he's want to bring "the principles of indie film to the TV space," describing the entire deal as "beyond belief." [caption id="attachment_465655" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via HBO[/caption] »

- Chris Cabin

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New Inside Out Clip Introduces Riley’s Personality Islands

18 hours ago

We've already been introduced to Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black), watched Joy (Amy Poehler) prep Riley for her first day of school, and caught a glimpse of what happens when Joy and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) can't find their way back to headquarters, but now it's time to learn a little more about the way the mind works according to Inside Out. Disney just unveiled a brand new clip from the film and it breaks down the difference between a standard memory and a core memory, and also reveals Riley's Personality Islands. Catch the new Inside Out clip for yourself below. The film is due in theaters on June 19th and also features the voices of Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan as Riley’s parents. And, in case you missed it, click here to check out 39 things to know about making a movie at Pixar. The process is incredible »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Love Letters To The Dead: Catherine Hardwicke in Talks to Direct Ya Adaptation

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After kicking off the insanely popular, billion-dollar Twilight franchise, Catherine Hardwicke is set to return to the realm of hugely popular Ya fiction with an adaptation of Ava Dellaira's Love Letters to the Dead. The book follows a young woman, Laurel, as she copes with her high school experiences and the death of her sister by composing letters to famous dead people like Kurt Cobain, Judy Garland and Amy Winehouse. Dellaira will adapt her own novel and write the script. Hardwicke doesn't get enough credit for the role she played in the foundation of the cinematic Twilight saga. Whether that's a good or bad entry in her resume is a matter of taste, but Hardwick found the cast, pulling off the stunt of successfully casting Edward Cullen - a feat the ravenous fans thought impossible - and helped establish the surreal chalky-faced, obvious-wig vampire look that defined the entire series. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Spectacular Now Director to Helm F. Scott Fitzgerald Tale West Of Sunset

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After tackling the life of David Foster Wallace in this summer’s magnificent The End of the Tour, filmmaker James Ponsoldt now has his sights set on another iconic author for another feature film. Per Deadline, the Spectacular Now and Smashed director is in talks to write and direct an adaptation of the Stewart O’Nan novel West of Sunset, which has been described as a novelized biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It focuses on the latter years of the author’s life, when he was in poor health, financial trouble, and had his wife locked away in a mental asylum. He went to Hollywood in 1937 with the aim of starting anew as a screenwriter, but would die in 1940. Too much to hope for Tom Hiddleston and Allison Pill reprising their roles from Midnight in Paris? This is actually fitting material for Ponsoldt, as The End of the Tour finds Jason Segel playing Wallace, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Easy A Director Will Gluck to Helm Disney’s Untitled Lottery Project

19 hours ago

Easy A and Friends with Benefits helmer Will Gluck has signed on to direct Walt Disney Studios' untitled lottery project with Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes) attached to produce. Gluck will also oversee Martin Hynes' re-write of the script, originally titled Lucky Guy, converting the formerly male-led script to a female-centric film. Per THR, "The project centers on a consistently unlucky woman whose streak of bad continues when everyone in her small town wins a lottery except for her. But it turns out to be a blessing in disguise that will ultimately allow her to save the town from ruin."  I'm fascinated that Disney is converting a previously male-led script to a female-centric project. Actresses, writers, and audiences have been actively campaigning for more female-led films in recent years, and looking at the heaps of cash pulled in by films like The Hunger Games, Maleficent, Frozen, and Gravity, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Game Of Thrones: George R.R. Martin Won’t Write a Season 6 Episode Either

19 hours ago

Someone lit a fire under George R.R. Martin’s behind. As HBO’s Game of Thrones continues its speedy encroachment on the end of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series thus far, promising to start delving heavily into future-book territory very soon, the author is doubling down on his commitment to finish writing The Winds of Winter. Martin opted to forego writing an episode of Season 5 of the series—as he had done the previous four seasons—to instead focus on his book, and EW reports that Martin also will not be writing an episode for Season 6. The decision had to be made now, because Weiss and Benioff are in the process of assigning the scripts for Season 6, which begins production in late July. Traditionally, Martin wrote one pivotal episode for each season of Game of Thrones (like Season 4's "The Lion and the Rose" and »

- Adam Chitwood

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TV Performer of the Week: Hugh Laurie, Veep

20 hours ago

When Tom James (Hugh Laurie) joined Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) campaign on Veep, everyone congratulated her for making such a great choice. The same can and should be said for Veep in bringing Hugh Laurie back to our TV screeners. In a complete contrast to Dr. House, though, Laurie as James is so affable and friendly that everyone absolutely adores him — so much so, that Selina worries he’s taking the spotlight away from her as Potus. As one headline says, “Tom James: The Best Potus We Never Had.” “Don’t show that one [to Selina],” her personal assistant suggests. [caption id="attachment_465481" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via HBO[/caption] One of the things that makes HBO’s biting satire so great is that it feels like it could be real: that politics are petty and full of mistrust, and no real friendships or connections can be made because of a constant jockeying for power. Despite that, »

- Allison Keene

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Results Review: Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders Shine in Odd Rom-Com Riff

21 hours ago

[This is a re-post of my Results review from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The movie is available on VOD starting today, and opens in select theaters on June 5th.] Writer/director Andrew Bujalski’s “romantic comedy” Results is a weird movie.  It technically belongs in the romantic comedy genre despite the fact that it doesn’t turn into one until halfway through the film, after a sluggish, odd, and meandering first half that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. And while the chemistry of Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders is enough to keep the movie from flat-lining entirely, the off-putting nature and heavy focus on Kevin Corrigan’s character forces the audience to push through the pain before getting to a somewhat charming cool down. Results revolves around three central characters. Trevor (Pearce) is a driven, hard-working, and frankly kind of boring trainer who owns the small but successful gym Power 4 Life. The name of the gym speaks to Trevor’s optimistic philosophy on attaining happiness, but his homelife reveals his own sense of loneliness. He lives in »

- Adam Chitwood

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Evil Dead TV Show: Ash Is Back in New Ash Vs. Evil Dead Trailer

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He’s back, baby. Starz has released a new teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Evil Dead TV show Ash vs. Evil Dead, and it’s a wonderful enticement of the fun to come. Executive produced by Evil Dead creators Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and star Bruce Campbell, the series is the latest entry in the Evil Dead franchise and finds Ash once again battling a Deadite plague after 30 years of avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead. Raimi co-wrote the first episode with Ivan Raimi and Tom Spezialy and is also directing the ep, which is currently in production in New Zealand. Campbell is joined in the 10-episode first season by Lucy Lawless as a mysterious figure who thinks Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (Touch) as an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar »

- Adam Chitwood

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What The Rock’s Been Cooking: A Dwayne Johnson Retrospective

21 hours ago

The key moment in the acting career of Dwayne Johnson is an obvious one that occurs not very long into The Rundown, the 2003 adventure film that paired him with the intermittently watchable Seann William Scott. As Johnson’s character, a “retrieval expert”, walks into a club to collect one of his charges, Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing himself for all we know, tips his hat to Johnson and simply says, “Have fun.” It’s a blessing, first of all, from the undisputed king of action film braggadocio, but as delivered by the Terminator himself, it’s also a warning, a reminder to not take the blows of his career too seriously, especially in an arduous career that will likely involve getting critically lambasted on the regular despite being popular as all get out. The funny thing is that Johnson has never seemed to struggle in his career, even when his talents have »

- Chris Cabin

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Mad Max “Savage Road” Trailer Reveals New Video Game

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Mad Max: Fury Road Fever has overtaken the world, and it feels good. While the movie didn’t come close to the astronomical box office of a superhero movie or shared universe film, it continues to have solid legs and perform impressively for an R-rated semi-reboot of a decades old franchise. It really does seem like Fury Road is destined to be one of those touchstone movies that inspires young folks to become filmmakers, and it’s already solidified itself as an instant classic. So in the spirit of Fury Road Madness, PlayStation has revealed the story trailer for the upcoming tie-in video game Mad Max. The game looks to be only tangentially connected to George Miller’s masterpiece, as the titular Max is very much modeled on Mel Gibson’s iteration of the character and the storyline is quite different. There are, however, plenty of War Boys. It’s »

- Adam Chitwood

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Mad Men: See What Final Season Stories Matthew Weiner Almost Covered

22 hours ago

At a Writers Guild Foundation Q&A, two of TVs greatest Matts came together to talk about Mad Men: The SimpsonsMatt Groening was the moderator, and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner the featured guest. There were apparently a few revelations that fans may have heard before about Weiner’s conception of the final season (that he had the idea 4 years ago after difficult contract negotiations, and that most of the people in Don’s therapy session were staff writers for the show). But the most fascinating thing, as shared by EW writer Anthony Breznican, is a wish list of the plot points Weiner was hoping to cover in the final season: At a @WritersGuildF Q&A for Mad Men. Here's Matthew Weiner's "Wish List" of plot points to cover before the finale: pic.twitter.com/y0TtAzVUFp — Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) May 29, 2015 Basically, it’s an entire list »

- Allison Keene

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Aloha: Watch the First 8 Minutes of Cameron Crowe’s Trainwreck

22 hours ago

Sony has released the first 8 minutes of Cameron Crowe’s Aloha, and while I don’t know if it will sell tickets, it certainly illustrates how the movie is screwed from the get-go. As a fellow critic pointed out after our screening, it feels like we came into the movie 30 minutes late and missed some important information. Crowe throws a lot at the audience and doesn’t do it particularly well. After re-watching the clip, I still don’t fully understand Brian’s (Bradley Cooper) job. I think he’s a contractor and he’s hired because of his military connections, but he’s also a former pilot who doesn’t seem to understand that you need to use a headset to communicate on the plane. He was also injured in Kabul, and that part is poorly explained later in the movie, although why exactly he was in Afghanistan in »

- Matt Goldberg

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San Andreas Writer Carlton Cuse on Action, Why Dwayne Johnson Is Undervalued, and More

23 hours ago

Now playing in theaters is Brad Peyton’s 3D disaster thriller, San Andreas. If you’ve yet to see any of the trailers, Dwayne Johnson stars as a helicopter rescue pilot who must work together with his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) to save their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) after a massive Earthquake strikes California. The film also stars Archie PanjabiIoan GruffuddWill Yun LeeColton Haynes, and Kylie Minogue. For more on the film, here’s 18 things to know, 30 images, 8 clips, and all our previous coverage. At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with screenwriter Carlton Cuse. He talked about how the North Ridge earthquake gave him a personal connection to the story, the way the story changed from inception to the final product, deleted scenes, what he learned researching the project, how Dwayne Johnson is undervalued as an actor, and a lot more. And if »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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