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Weird Loners Review

34 minutes ago

Weird Loners, the latest multi-camera comedy from Fox, nearly lives up to the promise of its clunky title. The four New Yorkers at the center of the series are odd but only up to a point, after which they revert in total to familiar archetypes. Caryn (Becki Newton), for instance, is a dental hygienist with commitment issues, which stop her from settling down with Howard (David Wain), a lame but loving doctor. Her neighbor, Eric (Nate Torrence), is a dim, overweight Mets fan who makes his bread as a tollbooth operator. Most sitcoms are built around variations on these sort of characters, either as part of the central group or as reoccuring supporting roles. The way that this show is written, however, accentuates the total alienation of these characters to the world around them, which makes for a consistently awkward if vaguely interesting half-hour comedy. [caption id="attachment_435527" align="alignright" width="349"] Image via Fox[/caption] I »

- Chris Cabin

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New Spy Trailer Has Melissa McCarthy Engaging in More Undercover Hijinks

46 minutes ago

20th Century Fox has released a new Spy trailer and poster. The film stars Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst who’s going into the field for the very first time after the identity of all the regular field agents is jeopardized. While this trailer isn’t packed with laughs and it can’t resist the “fatty fall down” humor that I find a little cringeworthy, it does have some good jokes, especially near the end. The film got a lot of positive buzz coming out of SXSW (click here to read Perri’s review), and I’m still incredibly excited to see it. Looking at this trailer and having recently rewatched The Heat, it’s clear that McCarthy is at her best when she’s insulting other characters, so hopefully we’ll be seeing more of that. Check out the new Spy trailer and poster below. The »

- Matt Goldberg

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The Flash’s Mark Hamill and Andrew Kreisberg Talk Bringing The Trickster Back

8 hours ago

In Episode 17 of The CW series The Flash, entitled “Tricksters,” a copycat killer using the name The Trickster (Devon Graye) starts setting off bombs in Central City. In an effort to stop him, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) meet with the original Trickster, a criminal mastermind named James Jesse (Mark Hamill, reprising the role he first played in the original series), who has been imprisoned for 20 years, hoping for some insight into how to stop this new incarnation. Following a screening of the episode at The CW offices, actor Mark Hamill talked about bringing back The Trickster, working with counterpart Devon Graye, improvising, why it was terribly intimidating to show up on set, why he also enjoys voicing The Joker for various animated projects, his look, working with John Wesley Shipp, and how amazing it is to see the comic book medium getting the respect »

- Christina Radish

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Better Call Saul Recap: “Pimento”

11 hours ago

"Pimento" may be Better Call Saul's finest episode yet, as both the humor and the emotional payout felt completely balanced. We knew that Jimmy's Sandpiper case was going to implode on him somehow, but nothing could have prepared him for the betrayal that came from within his own ranks. One of the most devastating things about the revelation that Chuck had always been the one holding Jimmy back at Hhm -- and not Howard -- was a sense of wasted time. Jimmy has hated Howard for so long, making him the focus of his drive for success, and also his revenge. And now, with incredible intrigue, one considers the man of Howard himself. He's taken shit from Jimmy for so long, anger that he knew should have been aimed at Chuck, and never said a word (until now, to Kim). The implications are incredible to consider. [caption id="attachment_415278" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via AMC[/caption] Throughout this season, »

- Allison Keene

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Masterminds Trailer: Zach Gaflianakis Steals $17 Million

12 hours ago

Relativity Studios has released the first Masterminds trailer for director Jared Hess’ (Napoleon Dynamite) upcoming action comedy. Based on true events, the story revolves around an unassuming armored truck driver (Zach Galifianakis) who is lured into a heist scheme that points to him as the scapegoat. Now on the lam, he must evade the cops, survive a hit man (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables back on those that double-crossed him. The movie looks appropriately silly, with Galifianakis donning a variation of his "Seth Galifianakis" accent for a character that was once to be played by Jim Carrey. I like all of the actors involved, so hopefully this makes for a nice (and significantly odd) summer comedy. Check the new Masterminds trailer below as well as the movie’s first poster. The film also stars Kristen WiigOwen Wilson, and Ken Marino. Masterminds opens in theaters on August 7th. »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Next Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Is Attached to Avengers: Age Of Ultron

13 hours ago

When will we see a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer? Mark May 1st on your calendars, if you haven’t already. We’re hearing that the new trailer for J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel is definitely attached to every copy of Avengers: Age of Ultron that will play in theaters, giving it a guaranteed massive audience. Of course, Disney owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm so this is was an obvious place for the next trailer to play (and at the beginning of the summer movie season, no less), but if there were any doubts, those can safely be put to rest. [caption id="attachment_374028" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Disney[/caption] The new trailer will first premiere at the Star Wars Celebration convention, which runs from April 16th to 19th, and Age of Ultron’s international release starts rolling out on April 22nd, so the question is when Disney/Lucasfilm will decide to »

- Adam Chitwood

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Vacation Moves Up to July, Takes Aim at Mission: Impossible

14 hours ago

Warner Bros. is apparently very bullish on its new Vacation movie. The studio has opted to move up the film’s release date from October 9th to July 31st, not only putting the comedy in the heat of the summer, but also squaring it off directly against Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. It’s a smart piece of counter-programming that WB hopes will draw audiences into the comedy redo, which is essentially a sequel to National Lampoon’s Vacation. The film marks the directorial debut of scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) and stars Ed Helms as a grown up Rusty Griswold, who opts to take his own family on a vacation that goes horribly, horribly wrong. Christina Applegate plays Rusty’s wife, Leslie Mann is his sister Audrey, and Chris Hemsworth plays Audrey’s up-and-coming anchorman husband, marking »

- Adam Chitwood

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Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., and Amy Schumer Were Pursued to Take Over The Daily Show

16 hours ago

When Jon Stewart announced he was leaving The Daily Show, many (myself included) first felt an immense sadness. Not only has the guy been a consistent presence in the late night TV lineup for nearly 17 years, but he singlehandedly transformed the show into a smart, politically inclined phenomenon, offering humorous satirical takes on the biggest issues affecting the world without devolving into cynicism. In short, it’s tough to imagine The Daily Show without Jon Stewart, and replacing him was going to be a near-impossible task. Earlier today Comedy Central formally announced that Trevor Noah, a South African comedian who has been a correspondent on the series since December 2014, will be taking over the series when Stewart leaves. He’s a solid choice and makes clear that Comedy Central isn’t looking to replace Jon Stewart, they’re looking for someone who can make the show their own. But some »

- Adam Chitwood

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Hal Hartley and Aubrey Plaza Talk Ned Rifle and Dirty Grandpa at SXSW

16 hours ago

Eighteen years after Henry Fool (Thomas Jay Ryan) turned lowly garbageman Simon Grim (James Urbaniak) into an accomplished poet and nine years after Henry got Fay Grim (Parker Posey) involved in an international security conundrum, writer-director Hal Hartley is wrapping up his Fool/Grim trilogy with Ned Rifle. This installment centers on Henry and Fay’s son, Ned (Liam Aiken). With his mother in prison and his father’s whereabouts unknown, Ned is sent to live with Reverend Daniel Gardner (Martin Donovan) and his family. However, when Ned turns 18, he decides it’s time to head off and kill the person responsible for ruining his mother’s life, his father. With Ned Rifle screening at SXSW in the Festival Favorites section, I got the opportunity to discuss the film with Hartley and Aubrey Plaza who steps in as Susan, the underage girl Henry slept with prior to the events of Henry Fool. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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NBC Sets The Wiz as Next Live Musical; Broadway Revival to Follow

17 hours ago

NBC has settled on the source material for its next live musical staging, and it may come as a bit of a surprise. THR reports that the network has set The Wiz as its next live television event, but this adaptation will differ from NBC’s Peter Pan and The Sound of Music in one significant way: it has Cirque du Solei onboard. The Wiz Live will be a co-production between NBC and Cirque du Solei under the latter’s new theatrical banner and will air on December 3rd, followed by a fully fledged Broadway revival of the Wizard of Oz update during the 2016-17 season. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will once again return as executive producers with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon staging both the television production and the Broadway revival. If that wasn’t enough, Harvey Fierstein is contributing new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown. »

- Adam Chitwood

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X-men: Apocalypse Production Art Provides a Glimpse of Angel

18 hours ago

Although X-Men: First Class pulled its title from the comic of the same name, the film didn’t really have the X-Men’s first class. The first five mutants in the X-Men comics were Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, and Iceman. Now it looks like X-Men: Apocalypse will have four out of five, which ain’t bad. Director Bryan Singer has released a new X-Men: Apocalypse image showing some production art of Angel, a mutant who can fly on feathered wings: [caption id="attachment_435289" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Bryan Singer[/caption] We previously reported that Tye Sheridan is playing Cyclops and Sophie Turner is Jean Grey. Nicholas Hoult is returning to play Beast, and Iceman isn’t part of the team because the movie takes place in the 1980s. In February, Ben Hardy (EastEnders) was cast in a “key, as-yet-undisclosed” role, and presumably, he’s playing Angel, although that’s still unconfirmed. So what’s happening to dear Angel, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Michael Ealy Talks The Following Season 3, Theo, and Ryan Hardy

18 hours ago

On the Fox drama series The Following, Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) once again has to turn to Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), now that his mentor Dr. Strauss (Gregg Henry) is out and looking for someone to take Carroll’s place. Cue Theo (Michael Ealy), who has earned a reputation for himself as a ghost and chameleon, and who is about to rival anything Hardy has previously gone up against. [caption id="attachment_415084" align="alignright" width="334"] Image via Fox[/caption] During this interview with press to promote his arrival on The Following Season 3, actor Michael Ealy talked about what made him want to sign on for this role, how daunting it is to play a villain alongside James Purefoy, being the new guy on set, what makes his character a chameleon, the challenges of this role, working with Kevin Bacon, what he looks for in a role, and how hard it is to leave a character like this behind. »

- Christina Radish

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Disney Developing Live-Action Mulan Remake

18 hours ago

It was inevitable that Disney would announce another one of its animated properties getting the live-action treatment, but the question was which classic would be chosen. Now we know what’s next up at bat, as THR reports that the Mouse House is working on a live-action retelling of Mulan, based on its 1998 animated film based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a female warrior. The studio recently bought a script for the movie by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek and will be working from that foundation. This news comes on the heels of the studio’s live-action Cinderella opening a couple of weeks ago to stellar reviews and solid box office, which itself followed 2014’s Angelina Jolie-fronted Maleficent. The trend continues with Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book in 2016, Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in 2017, and the recent news »

- Adam Chitwood

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Jonah Hill Meets a Murderous James Franco In This True Story Clip

19 hours ago

I have yet to see True Story. Matt didn't love it when he saw it at Sundance earlier this year but the trailer that hit back in December (which I only saw just now) and this new clip that popped up today have piqued my interest a bit. The movie looks dramatic and intense and I love true crime stuff, so I figure I'll give it a shot. This clip marks the first time Jonah Hill and James Franco's characters meet in the film, which is a bit uncomfortable since Franco is playing a murderer who appropriated the name of Hill's character. Check out the True Story clip below. The film was directed by Rupert Goold and also stars Felicity Jones. It opens in theaters on April 17th. Clip via The Wall Street Journal: Here's the official synopsis: When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets »

- Evan Dickson

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Deadpool: Ryan Reynolds Says He’s Still “Fighting” for an R Rating

19 hours ago

There’s been talk about a Deadpool movie for a long, long time now, and over the years one of the main sticking points about it being unrealistic to produce is that it’d have to be one dark superhero movie. So dark it may even warrant an R-rating. Throughout the film's long development, star Ryan Reynolds has expressed his desire for it to be rated R. Now that production is finally underway, many are still wondering exactly how far Reynolds and director Tim Miller are pushing the envelope, and whether Fox will be the first to release a major R-rated superhero movie in the post-Avengers era. Reynolds recently took a Twitter break while filming and directly addressed the issue of the Deadpool movie rating, saying they’re still working it out: “@DPklok051: Is it going to be rated R or PG-13?" I want #Deadpool to be R. Always have. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Tomorrowland TV Spot: Can Britt Robertson Fix the Future?

20 hours ago

Walt Disney Pictures just unveiled a Tomorrowland TV spot and while it does mainly consist of footage from the most recent domestic trailer, there are a handful of cool new shots in there, namely whatever is going down in what looks to be a toy store. (Did you catch the R2-D2 in there?) The film stars Britt Robertson as Casey, a teenager who’s “bursting with scientific curiosity” and gets to join George Clooney’s Frank on a journey to a mysterious place called Tomorrowland. Check out the new Tomorrowland TV spot below. The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson. Tomorrowland opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on May 22nd. Via Walt Disney Pictures. The future is running out. Fight for tomorrow in Disney's #Tomorrowland starring George Clooney! In theaters May 22! https://t.co/gkEtmaVVkd — Walt Disney Pictures (@DisneyPictures »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Weekend TV Ratings: The Walking Dead Notches Biggest Finale in Show History

20 hours ago

The weekend TV ratings from March 27th through March 29th are in; here are some of the highlights: The story of the night comes, unsurprisingly, from AMC's The Walking Dead. AMC reports that the show's 90-minute finale garnered a 8.2 rating and 10.4 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic, up 9% from last year. So yes, it continued to own the night throughout its season, capping it off with a big final boost. Talking Dead benefitted from the rise, too, with its highest-rated episode, pulling in a 3.9 rating and 4.9 million viewers in the key demo. Back on Friday: coverage of the Ncaa basketball tournament gave CBS the boost it needed to win an (otherwise dead) Friday night both in the key 18-49 demographic, and among viewers overall. The tournament (subject to change) brought in a 1.9 rating and 6.4 million viewers. [caption id="attachment_428917" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via NBC[/caption] NBC's Grimm at 8 p.m. Friday was down to a »

- Allison Keene

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The Mortal Instruments Gets a TV Show Called Shadowhunters

20 hours ago

When The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones came out in 2013, I remember watching it in slight befuddlement. It was competently directed by Harald Zwart with a good performance from Lily Collins, but it just wasn't my thing at all. And, if I remember correctly, it ended with a weird sort of agreement between the two leads that they might be brother and sister, but they also might not be... and they just kind of decided to go with the latter assumption instead of really finding out lest they ruin their romance (if I'm wrong, feel free to tell me in the comments). If I'm right on that last point, it makes the franchise's move to ABC Family a tad ironic. But after City of Bones underperformed at the box office and a sequel in pre-production was scuttled, here we go. The Mortal Instruments will now take on a new life as Shadowhunters at the network, »

- Evan Dickson

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Watch the New Daredevil TV Trailer; Plus, Five Character Posters Revealed

20 hours ago

With a little under two weeks left to go until Netflix releases Daredevil, their 13-episode debut season of the popular Marvel character, the streaming service has released yet another advertising spot for the series. The 30-second spot highlights Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) being taken under wing by Scott Glenn’s Stick, who teaches him the skills that he will need to become the titular hero. There’s also solid fight-scene footage, as well as a clear look at Vincent D’Onofrio’s Walton Fisk, the crime boss better known as Kingpin to fans of the Marvel source material. There’re also a few glimpses of Karen Page, played by Deborah Ann Woll of True Blood fame, who becomes Murdock’s primary love interest. On top of this, Netflix has released a set of five nifty character posters for the highly anticipated series. [caption id="attachment_432205" align="alignright" width="354"] Image via Netflix[/caption] Daredevil is, of course, »

- Chris Cabin

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Scott Eastwood and Raymond Olubowale Added to the Cast of Suicide Squad

21 hours ago

Suicide Squad is about to go into production, but director David Ayer is still adding to the cast. We’ve already got Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as The Joker, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, but now, according to The Toronto Sun and etalk (via ComingSoon), we can add Scott Eastwood and Raymond Olubowale to the roster as well. There's been no confirmation on who they’re playing, but with filming coming up, hopefully we’ll get some official details soon. Eastwood has been building up his resume big time since appearing in some of his father’s films including Flags of Our Fathers and Gran Torino. He stars in the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Longest Ride, which is due in theaters on April 10th, and he also »

- Perri Nemiroff

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