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Interview: Jenn Brown talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

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"[H]appy people don’t make TV, most of the time," admits "Survivor: Worlds Apart" veteran Jenn Brown. "It's for drama. You want to see the fights. You want to see the people yelling. But the happy moments? There were so many great moments out there." You wouldn't necessarily know about those great moments based on how Jenn went out of the game. Two episodes after an Immunity Idol play that represented one of the "Survivor" season's most exciting moments, Jenn was ready to leave the game and tried to convince people to vote against her. Instead, the castaways took the opportunity to get rid of major threat Joe. But one episode later, Jenn was leaving after a decisive vote that saw even allies Shirin and Mike vote against her. Don't worry, though. Jenn was in on Shirin and Mike's votes. But at the time, she definitely left with a bad taste in her mouth. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Can Minions or Jurassic World beat Avengers: Age of Ultron for no. 1 this summer?

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After massive early year success for "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Cinderella" and "Furious 7," Hollywood believes it has a record breaking summer on its hands.  Moviegoers are excited about returning franchise flicks such as "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," "Ted 2," "Pitch Perfect 2," "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Magic Mike Xxl."  Original flicks such as "Inside Out," "Spy" and "Trainwreck" have also created a tremendous amount of buzz.  What everyone really wants to know though is… …who is going to finish no. 2? That's right, it would take some calamity of biblical proportions for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" not to win the summer.  The original "Avengers" is the no. 3 highest grossing film of all time behind "Titanic" and "Avatar" (perhaps you've heard of them) and it's pre-release polling already has theater owners salivating over the prospect of the blockbuster hitting an all-time domestic opening.  The contenders for the second slot? »


- Gregory Ellwood

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15 of the most unnecessary sequels ever made

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Some movies leave fans hungry for more, with films like "The Godfather," "Star Wars," "Lethal Weapon" and "The Bourne Identity" tailor-made for sequelization. However, Hollywood has a depressingly long track record of truly unnecessary sequels. The weekend brings us "Grown Ups 2," and we thought it was the perfect time to take a look at 15 of the least necessary sequels ever made. »


- Liane Bonin-Starr, Gregory Ellwood, Daniel Fienberg, Dave Lewis, Guy Lodge, Alan Sepinwall, Kristopher Tapley

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Recap: 'Outlander' - Over the hills and through the vale, to 'Lallybroch' we go

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After leaving Geillis to an undetermined fate last week — those judges seemed to draw the line at burning a pregnant woman at the stake — and Claire finally confessing her dark secret, everything has changed for the Frasers. In a time before highways and interconnected police precincts, making a break for Lallybroch was basically the same as hiding out on the moon. Time to find out what adventures await our heroes at Jamie’s childhood home! ****** Before anything else, it just needs to be said. The Scottish Highlands are gorgeous. These aerial shots of lush greenery are one Fellowship away from Middle Earth. I’m also astounded once again how anyone traveled anywhere in 18th century Scotland. The Romans never made it this far and without the remnants of their paved thoroughfares, roads are little more than a suggestion. Claire also longs for a time when horsepower wasn’t literal, regaling Jamie with stories of airplanes. »


- Donna Dickens

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What Mariah Carey and Britney Spears have in common now

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Celine Dion, Garth Brooks, Britney Spears, Prince, Mariah Carey: They have more in common than just platinum albums. The latter will be making a splash at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Monday (April 27) for her own welcome party to Sin City. On May 6, Carey kicks off her very first Vegas residency "Mariah #1 to Infinity," following in the footsteps of some notable names in pop music to revive the Las Vegas Strip as a destination for top-tier music talent. Today, acts from rock bad boys Motley Crue to Edm artists like David Guetta to resurgent star Cher to "American Idol" finalist Taylor Hicks have signed on years-long contracts in Vegas. Prince even started his own Vegas club. Garth Brooks got his own plane out of the deal. Check out the gallery below, for fun facts and strange significance to some of the biggest signees to this still-experimental music career move. »


- Katie Hasty

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Box Office: 'Age of Adaline' knocks 'Furious 7' from no. 1 Friday

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In something of a surprise, "The Age of Adaline" made history on Friday.  Lionsgate's romantic fantasy pulled in $4.9 million on its opening day to take the no. 1 slot at the box office.  That means "Furious 7's" three week reign of ruling the nation's theaters has come to an end.  Well, to an end for at least one day. "Age of Adaline" is looking to take in $13-14 million over the weekend.  That will be an Ok start for a drama with a reported $25 million budget. The film's long term prospects may be buoyed, however, by the fact it earned an A- Cinemascore from moviegoers.  Critical notices? Those won't help. "Furious 7," which dropped to no. 2 with $4.8 million and $307 million so far, is expected  to regain the top spot by Sunday and win the weekend.  The Universal Pictures blockbuster has now earned $1.22 billion worldwide which places it at no. 6 all-time »


- Gregory Ellwood

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TV Ratings: 'Bruce Jenner - The Interview' delivers massive Friday numbers

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Fast National ratings for Friday, April 24, 2015. It was clear that ABC's Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner was going to do big numbers, but probably nobody expected this: The frank and exposing conversation with the Olympic legend, reality star and trans pioneer drew a mind-boggling 16.9 million viewers and a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49 for ABC. The Bruce Jenner interview crushed the competition in all measures as ABC swept Friday night. A few of ABC's vaunted highlights: *** This was the top "20/20" in all key demos -- the news key demo is 25-54, rather than 18-49 -- since 2000. *** It was TV's biggest non-sports Friday broadcast in viewers and the 18-49 demo since 2003 and in the key news demo since 2005. *** This was also the most social non-sports Friday telecast of all-time. That's just an early sample and ABC is promising more numbers later. Note that The CW had a slew of major market preemptions on Friday, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Native American actors quit Adam Sandler movie

24 April 2015 11:00 PM, PDT

First up in this week’s 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Adam Sandler’s newest comedy is already offending people, and it hasn’t even finished filming yet. Sandler’s Netflix-produced satirical Western, “The Ridiculous Six” (yes, the title’s a nod to “The Magnificent Seven”) was shooting in New Mexico when about a dozen Native American actors reportedly walked off set because the film insults their culture. The actors, most of whom were from the Navajo Nation, said the script for “The Ridiculous Six” insulted Apache women and elders. “The examples of disrespect included Native women’s names such as Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee,” Indian Country Today Media Network reported. The actors expressed disappointment they were asked to portray an inaccurate and disrespectful depiction of Apache »


- Emily Rome

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'Last Man's Mel Rodriguez's Career Boomerang is the Most Heartwarming Showbiz Story of the Year

24 April 2015 10:36 PM, PDT

After a long, long build-up, TV’s Golden Age is having its Mel Rodriguez moment; within the past few months, the distinctively cuddly-sized actor has occupied critical roles in not one but three acclaimed series. First, he was seen as Patsy de le Cerda, the hapless head nurse on HBO’s hospital comedy, Getting On. Then he popped up again as the short con accomplice of young Saul Goodman on AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel, “Better Call Saul.”  And finally, he made a surprise entrance as Todd, the incarnation of the “Last Man on Earth”s nightmare. We caught up with him by phone as he took a break from “doody duties,” tending to his three month old daughter, Stella. Hitfix: Suddenly, all my favorite shows are centered around Mel Rodriguez.  How did this happen? I don’t know man, I really don’t. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. »


- Richard Rushfield

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Can I Get a Hot Tub!'

24 April 2015 7:44 PM, PDT

I want Hayley from "The Amazing Race" to be my new Waze voice. Is that so much to ask? Fox keeps teasing me with Waze voices from their shows -- Terry Crews, Tom Mison, Will Forte -- and then pulling them for no good reason. Right now I'm using Vlade Divac and as funny as Vlade has been at times over the years, his directions aren't amusing me and he bumbles "left" and "right" in ways that leave me a bit perplexed, which would cause a real problem were it not for the reality that I rely on Waze to give me a few major points, but I often ignore the little things, like when Waze tries to get me to take left turns onto crowded intersections without lights. I want Hayley from "The Amazing Race" as my Waze voice so that she can keep telling me the correct way »


- Daniel Fienberg

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8 Reasons 'Suicide Squad's' Joker is actively offending me

24 April 2015 7:19 PM, PDT

We’ve been waiting so long for the reveal of Jared Leto as the Joker. The excitement has been building with each new tease to social media. And now it’s here. ”Suicide Squad” director David Ayer released Jared Leto’s full Joker look tonight. On a Friday at 8pm Est with no leaks prompting such a decision. It’s almost as if they knew this wasn’t going to go over well. Brace yourselves. The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J! #Joker75 #SuicideSquad @WarnerBrosEnt @DCComics pic.twitter.com/LZXz0x947Q — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015 What even am I looking at right now? I don’t know where to begin. It’s like a Magic Eye poster, only where the longer you look, the more things you find wrong. #1: The Joker looks like a Juggalo. This is not a good look. The Joker should never »


- Donna Dickens

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Yep, that's pretty much exactly what we thought Jared Leto as Joker would be

24 April 2015 5:50 PM, PDT

In what is sure to generate a ton of conversation, David Ayer has released a photo of the full Joker look for "Suicide Squad" via Twitter, and it's certainly striking. Jared Leto is playing the character this time, and they've been teasing fans now for almost a full month with hints and glimpses. There was a paparazzi photo earlier this week of Leto on-set, showing someone a photo on his phone, and it looked like a finished Joker image. Ultimately, there's not much mystery to the basics of how he's going to appear in the film. Green hair. Pale skin. Big smile. The things I'm curious about involve just how extreme they're going to make him, especially considering this sounds like a DC world where characters like King Shark and Solomon Grundy are running around. What's clear is that this is a more real-world take on the Joker, more of »


- Drew McWeeny

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Chris Pratt is Team Arya, just like you

24 April 2015 3:21 PM, PDT

Chris Pratt said a lot of things in his Reddit Ama today (April 24) -- like how Nick Offerman sends him photos of the poops he makes, and how he and wife Anna Faris are so much alike. But the most important detail is that Pratt -- star of forthcoming "Jurassic World," StarLord from "Guardians of the Galaxy," the loveable Andy from "Parks & Recreation -- is on the right team when it comes to "Game of Thrones." And that is Team Arya, who should win the seat at the Iron Throne by a landslide. 'Cause. "I am a huge Game of Thrones fan. I love Arya Stark the most," he replied to one users' question. Valar Dohaeris. »


- Katie Hasty

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 279 - 'Americans' finale, 'Grey's Anatomy'

24 April 2015 12:35 PM, PDT

Happy Friday, Boys & Girls. Sorry about the delay. We told you last week that this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast would be delayed till Thursday by my travel and so that we could talk about the "Americans" finale. But that got bumped by a day, which allowed us to also talk about The Thing That Happened on "Grey's Anatomy."  So this podcast begins with a review of Showtime's 'Happyish," but then we continue with spoilers aplenty for "Grey's Anatomy," "Americans" and, of course, "Mad Men." And next week's podcast will be on Monday or Tuesday as per usual... "Happyish" (00:00:55 - 00:15:30) "Grey's Anatomy" shocker (00:15:35 - 00:32:45) "Americans" finale (00:32:50 - 00:51:10) "Mad Men" - "The Forecast" (00:51:15 - 01:19:15) As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Two exclusive tracks from Mondo's Death Waltz vinyl release of 'The Guest'

24 April 2015 12:20 PM, PDT

The collector market for film fans has evolved quite a bit from when I was a young fan. Sure, there were opportunities for me to spend my money, but these days, there are so many better opportunities and better items. There's the entire poster phenomenon, best embodied by the success of Mondo, which has spurred what feels like an entire industry. I recently got talked into joining some commission groups, so now I've got some ultra-limited art coming my way that I look at as even more special because I had a hand in designing it. It was inevitable that soundtracks would also end up being major collector pieces, and one of the great frustrations for me when I was a younger film fan was realizing just how random the process is by which scores get released. There are some great companies now doing important archival work, like La-la-Land Records, »


- Drew McWeeny

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HitFix First Look: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' has big Atlantic City plans

24 April 2015 11:45 AM, PDT

It feels like it's been a thousand weeks since the last new episode of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," but that's an inaccurate assessment of the passing of time. The reality is that we haven't had a new "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" since "Sabotage" way back on March 15. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" returns this Sunday (April 26) with "AC/DC," the first of four straight originals to close the season. Is the episode focusing on the legendary Aussie rock band? Or power current?  Nope! Some members of the precinct gang are heading to Atlantic City, which is a reminder that even though "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" shoots down the street from me, the show is set on the East Coast. And as you might expect, Charles Boyle has big plans... [I have no idea what that has to do with this picture of Peralta as a clown, but it's from Sunday's episode, too!] Check out this HitFix Exclusive scene from Sunday's episode: »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Waxing Episodic: 'Daria' grows up in 'Boxing Daria'

24 April 2015 11:35 AM, PDT

MTV's "Daria" was supposed to be nothing more than a spinoff of the smash cartoon "Beavis and Butthead" that reveled in drollness more than insanity. After just a couple seasons, it became something else: a "Wonder Years" for adolescents of the late '90s who were too sardonic, self-deprecating, and secretly well-adjusted enough to riot over teen spirit. In "Daria" that demo found a witty protagonist who was amused by the absurdity of her family, teachers, and leering acquaintances named Upchuck. Her murmured rejoinders were packed with a sly confidence, and if everyone else mistook her for a hopeless pariah, that amused her too. "I don't have low self-esteem," Daria quipped in the premiere. "I have low esteem for everyone else."  From 1997 to 2002 on MTV, Daria Morgendorffer strolled through Lawndale High's endless mania with the help of her arty pal Jane Lane. She rolled her eyes at her popular younger sister Quinn's vanity, »


- Louis Virtel

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This baby is In Love With The CoCo

24 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT

"Let's see if it works..." These are sacred and wise words from parents everywhere who want their baby to just. please. stop. crying. For the child who will not bow to the strains of "The Wheels On The Bus," try O.T. Genasis' hit "CoCo" on for size. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); This 8-Week-Old Baby’s Parents Didn’t Know How To Stop Her From Crying. So They Tried Gangsta Rap ;) B-)Watch | Enjoy | Share Posted by Jaan & Arya on Sunday, February 22, 2015 Also: don't read the comments. »


- Katie Hasty

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TV Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' shocker helps ABC split first May Sweeps Thursday

24 April 2015 9:02 AM, PDT

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 23, 2015. Even though Thursday night was just April 23, it represented the start of the still-important May Sweeps period. As rumors of a show-changing twist spread, "Grey's Anatomy" got an impressive 33 percent key demo bump over last week and helped ABC split the night with "Big Bang Theory"-driven CBS. "Grey's Anatomy" was actually the only thing that was up on Thursday night, as decliners included all of CBS' originals, "The Blacklist," "Scandal" and "American Crime." Let's get to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, ABC and CBS both averaged a 2.0 rating for Thursday night, tops in the key demographic. There was a huge drop to NBC and Fox's 0.9 key demo rating and to The CW's 0.5 key demo rating for Thursday. Overall, CBS was in control with an estimated 9.405 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/10 share for Thursday primetime. ABC's 7.115 million viewers and 5.0/9 finished second, well ahead of »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Deleted 'Tomorrowland' animated sequences reveal Tesla's secret society

24 April 2015 8:28 AM, PDT

In the late 1950s to the early 1960s, Walt Disney Presents did a series of specials about the future, including Mars and Beyond and Magic Highway, USA. These specials encapsulated the hopefulness for the future that permeated mid-20th century American culture. “The Jetsons” and the push-button world of tomorrow were only a few decades away! Brad Bird’s new film “Tomorrowland” appears to be trying to reignite that feeling of nostalgia for a future that never happened. Unfortunately, time constraints meant cutting out some truly wonderful animation sequences that explain the “Plus Ultra” secret society. According to Animation Scoop, early edits of the film had these gorgeous exposition pieces inter-cut with the live-action actors reacting to them. Evoking the imagery and feel of Walt Disney Presents, these two animated featurettes live on as stand-alone videos from TakeMeToTomorrowland.com.  "Tomorrowland" hits theaters on May 22, 2015. [Via CartoonBrew] »


- Donna Dickens

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