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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Are Angie and Brad heading to 'Africa?'

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This week in 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: 'Africa' may be in store for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Plus, Lil Wayne sues his home label, "Salem's" season 2 gets a premiere date, 'Extant gets Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Suge Knight arrested for hit-and-run death, Matthew McConaughey is "Born To Run," "Top Chef" gets renewed, "Ted 2" gets a new trailer, Brian Wilson schedules a new solo album, and Fox adds Kevin Connolly and Weezer pilots. What caught your eye this week? »


- Katie Hasty

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'Boyhood,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel' win Ace Eddie Awards for editing

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One thing was pretty certain going into Friday night's Ace Eddie Awards ceremony honoring the best in editing: "Boyhood" was an odds-on lock to win the drama prize, and is, as ever, the frontrunner to win the Oscar in the category. So that happened. With "Birdman" tearing up the guild circuit, though, certainly plenty of us had an eye on it coming out on top in the comedy field, despite a lacking Oscar nod. Alas, that didn't happen. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which was nominated for a film editing Oscar, came out on top. Cue more "what does it all mean" dialogue. It doesn't mean that much, though. There used to be a stat some folks would cling to re: Ace's place in the Best Picture build, but "12 Years a Slave" (nor "Gravity," for that matter) didn't win there. "The King's Speech" didn't win there. "No Country for Old Men, »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Review: Kevin Pollak's stand-up doc 'Misery Love Comedy' is oddly myopic

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Kevin Pollak's documentary "Misery Loves Comedy" has a cute pun of a title that also draws attention to the film's primary flaw. Had Pollak just called his first directing foray "My Friends Talk About Comedy" or "White Comedians Love Misery," I probably could have just felt that this was one person polling a bunch of chums on a subject of mutual interest and accepted its limitations. But "Misery Loves Comedy" spends its entire runtime on a series of talking-head interviews with various comedians and on grand pronouncement after another, different variably famous stand-ups keep saying what "comedians" are like and what "comedy" is about. And given the composition of Pollak's panel of experts, I'm afraid that's ludicrous. With dozens of comics participating, the total number of African-American comics featured in the entire documentary? One. Whoopi Goldberg is brought in to summarize one Richard Pryor routine. She does that and nothing more. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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The Week in Horror: 'Friday the 13th' reboot gets a push, 'The Crow' loses another star

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Welcome once again to "This Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the most pertinent fright-genre news to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: the reboot of a beloved slasher title gets a big push (into 2016), that long-gestating "Crow" reboot loses another star, and an acclaimed Netflix anthology series may be getting a U.S. version. #1 "Friday the 13th," "Paranormal Activity 6" and "Rings" do the release-date shuffle Paramount did the franchise-movie shuffle this week with the latest installments of three major horror series: their mysterious "Friday the 13th" reboot (moved from November 13, 2015 to May 13, 2016); "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" (moved from March 13, 2015 to October 23, 2015); and "Rings," the belated third entry in the haunted VHS tape franchise, which will take "Friday the 13th's" November 13, 2015 slot. Let's hear it for unoriginality! [Deadline] #2Luke Evans is no longer Eric Draven Luke Evans has dropped out of Relativity's remake of "The Crow, »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Jennifer Lopez on her bleak new role - and why 'Boy Next Door's' success meant so much

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"Lila & Eve"? Let's just say it's a far cry from "The Wedding Planner." The gritty drama starring Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis is premiering tonight at the Sundance Film Festival - and needless to say, it's not a feel-good time at the movies. "It was a very intense shoot," said Lopez when I spoke with her this afternoon. "I can't say I was happy the whole time, I wasn't. It was intense, and the scenes between Viola and I are intense. What we're doing is insane. ...it's just a dark thing. You know what I mean? It's not like going to work on a romantic comedy." "And by the way," she hastened to add of her previous rom-coms, "I love those films. But this is something different." Lopez, in case you were wondering, is the "Eve" part of the equation - the devastated mother of a murdered child who hooks »


- Chris Eggertsen

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The Backstreet Boys Pick the Hits They Hated Most

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If you want an up-to-date, comprehensive look at how the Backstreet Boys are doing in 2015, you can do no better than "Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of," the new documentary about Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Howie DoroughA.J. McLean, and Kevin Richardson. The movie, out on iTunes and YouTube today, chronicles the group's 2013 album "In a World Like This" and subsequent tour.  "Show 'Em What You're Made Of" also focuses on the Boys' upbringing and revisits their childhood homes, which often leads to some emotional reckoning. We caught up with the guys to discuss the revealing nature of the movie, what their fans will learn from it, and the hits they still have trouble loving. »


- Louis Virtel

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'Game of Thrones' season 5 floodgates open, release 18 brand new photos to ogle

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April is coming. But the first official photos of the new season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” are here now. Hot on the heels of the official Season 5 trailer, HBO bestowed fans with a visual feast worthy of any lovingly described Westeros feast. Eighteen high-resolution promotional stills await your hungry eyes. There’s a good mix of fan favorites and new faces. We don’t get any Sand Snakes, but Ellaria Sand is there to represent the women of Dorne. In what was new information for me, Deobia Opaeri is portrayed as playing Doran Martell’s captain of the guard, Areo Hotah. Brace yourselves, anti-race-bending racists will be up in arms over that one. Speaking of Doran Martell, HBO traded in an elderly, sickly, gout-ridden man for Alexander Siddig. The role of elderly man instead went to Jonathan Pryce who will introduce the Sparrows into play. There’s also »


- Donna Dickens

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Streamfix: From Popeye Doyle to Wes Anderson - 6 Great Gene Hackman Performances

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Icons age but they never fade.  Although it’s now been 11 years(!) since his last performance, the commitment to character Gene Hackman brought to every frame he ever appeared in make his performances even more gripping after decades of viewings. To every role Hackman played, whether in light comedy or intense drama, the reality of his characters’ inner turmoil was so real and bristling at the edges, his performances brought a stunning complexity to every scene, whether the script had earned it or not. Our greatest living film actor turns 85 today. He has sworn that he will never appear on screen again. There just are too many greats to choose from when looking through the Hackman catalog, but we suggest you raise a glass of Kentucky Bourbon and enjoy some of his finest work in these 6 films, all available on your finer streaming services. “The French Connection”  (Amazon, iTunes, Netflix) Hackman’s breakthrough starring role, »


- Richard Rushfield

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'Parenthood' series finale deleted scenes feature the return of John Corbett

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Last night's "Parenthood" series finale (my review is here) featured a whole lot of new developments for the Bravermans, but it didn't have room for everything Jason Katims and company shot.  In an interview with TVLine, Katims alluded to several scenes he found painful to cut, including the first meeting between Amber and Scott Porter's single dad character, as well as the return of John Corbett as Sarah's ex-husband Seth, who comes back to town to get a first look at his grandson. NBC just released a trio of deleted scenes from the episode, and while the Amber/Jason Street scene isn't one of them, Seth's poignant return is:   In a more amusing vein: the Original Six Bravermans get together before Sarah's nuptials, mainly so they can recall the many, many, many other men she had flings with over the life of the series before she met Hank: Finally, »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Outrage Watch: Stacey Dash is 'Clueless' about college rape

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Here we go again! Welcome to the latest edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's daily rundown of everything people are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story? Stacey Dash lives up to the title of her most famous film (again). God, we love "Clueless." Also: Stacey Dash, what is going on with you. During an appearance on Fox News's "Outnumbered" this morning, the unlikely conservative mouthpiece said college women who get raped are "bad girls" who "like to be naughty." Also, they blame alcohol for their Own Mistakes, apparently? Way harsh, D. [Jezebel] Want more? There's plenty of indignation to go around. See below for a full roundup of today's kerfuffles. Outraged: Jon Stewart Target: NFL Why: Last night's inevitable "Daily Show" segment on "Deflategate" turned into a screed on the league's perennially screwed-up priorities. After noting that Seahawks player Marshawn Lynch showed up at media day only to avoid a »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Patrick Wilson on sex addiction and why his 'Zipper' politico isn't John Edwards

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Park City. We're so accustomed to politicians getting caught up in embarrassing sex scandals that it's tempting (or darned near inevitable) to compare Patrick Wilson's character in the Sundance drama "Zipper" to any of several real life kerfuffles.  Chatting with the newly minted "Fargo" star on a balcony scenically overlooking Park City's Main Street, I asked Wilson if any of those famous examples informed his character here. "No, because I didn't want it to be 'Oh, it's the Eliot Spitzer story' or 'Oh, it's John Edwards,' because sadly, those are the few that we know about and I'm sure that there are many, many, many more," Wilson said, though he noted that his character's Southern accent will make Edwards comparisons easier. As he discusses in our interview, Wilson wanted his "Zipper" character to be more of a portrait of addiction, but not an obvious one. "What I didn't »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Let's Help Make Twitter Great for Glenn Close

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Hello to Glenn Close, the legendary thespian who just joined Twitter under the rightfully proud handle @TheGlennClose. We are awed and grateful for your presence, and not just because you did '80s hair better than any other human being. We really enjoyed what you did with that strange, underwritten role in "The Natural," we gagged on your cruel glamor in "Dangerous Liaisons," and we especially appreciated how you lit cable TV on fire with Patty Hewes' dictatorial grimace on "Damages." We regret that we will never see you in "Barnum." Thanks for always being kick-ass, and double-thanks for deigning to join Twitter. We will make it great for you! Here's who we recommend you follow, Glenn CloseMarcia Gay Harden Love these old stone walls in NY upstate. Property dividers of past. pic.twitter.com/W5xnPkCyyT — Marcia Gay Harden (@Beloving2) December 22, 2014 What a fabulous "Damages" guest star, am I right, »


- Louis Virtel

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Best and Worst of Sundance: Guess which movies we never want to see again

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Wow, what a Sundance! The 2015 edition of America's most prestigious film festival was once again full of standing ovations, slight controversies and late night bidding wars for films that will be headed your way very soon. And that's a major emphasis on why a throng of the nation's media head to Park City every year. By the end of the year films such as "Dope," "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," "The Witch" and "Brooklyn" might be on your personal top 10 list. You likely will have caught documentaries such as "Going Clear," "Montage of Heck" and "How To Dance in Ohio" on HBO, "Dreamcatcher," "Listen to me, Marlon" and "Prophet's Prey" on Showtime, "The Hunting Ground" on CNN and "What Happened, Miss Simone" on Netflix. And notable pockets of the country will buzz about "The Overnight," "The D Train" and "Knock, Knock" (and not for the reasons you might »


- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny, Daniel Fienberg, Katie Hasty

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Santa Barbara makes way for nominees, movers, shakers and more

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is already well underway this year and the tribute circuit got off to the races last night with a toast to "The Theory of Everything" stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Tonight Jennifer Aniston will get the same treatment while Michael Keaton makes the stop tomorrow. Over the weekend, the event's annual Screenwriters Panel ("It Starts With The Script") will take place with Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash"), Alex Dinelaris ("Birdman"), Max Frye ("Foxcatcher"), Dan Gilroy ("Nightcrawler"), Jason Hall ("American Sniper"), Anthony McCarten ("The Theory of Everything") and Graham Moore ("The Imitation Game") commiserating about the fear of a blank page. That will be followed by a panel of producing talent ("Movers and Shakers") featuring Lisa Bruce ("The Theory of Everything"), John Kilik ("Foxcatcher"), John Lesher ("Birdman"), Robert Lorenz ("American Sniper"), Teddy Schwarzman ("The Imitation Game") and Cathleen Sutherland ("Boyhood"). There will also be the annual Virtuosos event on Sunday, »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Element-ary, my dear: Catching up on 'Avatar' and 'The Legend of Korra'

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Even though a large part of my job is guiding people to TV shows they might find interesting, I rarely find it easy to point my own kids to things I think they should watch — or, better, to things we can watch together. There's too much good adult TV for me to keep track of these days, so I'm virtually lost when it comes to children's programming. Every now and then I'll stumble into something current and fun, like "Phineas & Ferb," or I'll pick out a vintage show that seems kid-safe(*), but they often want to watch the things their friends are watching, or just rewatch the same episode or even scene a thousand times in a row. (I can't swear to it, but I'm pretty sure the two kids spent a week at home where the only words they said to each other were, "Is mayonnaise an instrument?") And »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Exclusive: A closer look at the cast of 'A Most Violent Year'

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"A Most Violent Year" may not have cracked any of the Academy's categories…but so what? It's one of the best films of last year, a stylish ode to the oft-longed-for craftsmanship of the '70s with two of the year's most compelling performances from Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain (and nothing to sneeze at from their co-stars, to be sure). Isaac and Chastain studied acting together at Juilliard, and as director J.C. Chandor notes in the exclusive featurette above, they've pretty much known each other as long as their husband and wife characters in the film. That dynamic makes for fun fireworks on screen and the whole cast is really dialed in, from Albert Brooks' consigliere of sorts to David Oyelowo's dogged district attorney. Alex Ebert's emotive score (and amazing closing credits song), Bradford Young's jaw-dropping cinematography — it's a very rich cinema experience, and it's finally opening wide tomorrow. »


- Kristopher Tapley

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'Game of Thrones' season 5 trailer promises new locations and old grudges

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Really, this was only a matter of time. After HBO showed audiences a first look at "Game of Thrones" new season during their highly anticipated IMAX event, the trailer wasted no time making it’s way online. And it’s everything fans have been waiting for. Blood, death, vengeance, love, war, weddings, funerals, and more. Update: High-quality official trailer from HBO has arrived!   (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/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Game of Thrones. Let’s see, let’s see. I spy with my little eye... (Warning: Cryptic Spoilers ahead!): 0:04 - A son saying his final good-bye. 0:16 - Sand Snakes!! Get it girls. 0:23 - Blood magic that will alter the course of someone’s life. »


- Donna Dickens

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Thursday Ratings: Big 'Parenthood' finale bump, 'Scandal' up, 'Backstrom' down

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Fast National ratings for Friday, January 29, 2015. "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" both returned up from their November finales, leading ABC to an easy Thursday win among young viewers, though a strong primetime start from "The Big Bang Theory" let CBS hold on for an overall win. With ABC's dramas returning big and several CBS comedies rising from last week, Fox bore the brunt of the audience hit, with "American Idol" drooping 19 percent week-to-week and "Backstrom" falling 26 percent. Finally, the series finale of "Parenthood" rose 31 percent over both last week and last series finale's 18-49 numbers, drawing its biggest overall audience since December 2012. Let's get to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 3.1 rating for Thursday night, tops in the key demographic. CBS was second with a 2.3 key demo rating, followed by the 1.8 key demo rating for Fox. NBC averaged a 1.5 key demo rating in fourth, still ahead of The CW's »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Meet Indominus Rex, the Jurassic World hybrid abomination that wants to eat you

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One of the best things about really good movie marketing is when they’re allowed to do something fun and interactive. Whether it’s the Arg from “Cloverfield,” or the blurring the line between marketing and propaganda for “The Hunger Games,” or the website where you can plan your vacation to “Jurassic World”, I am a sucker for rewarding fans with lore. Case in point, if you head over to the “Jurassic World” website, as of today the Hammond Creation Lab is proudly showing off their latest success: the Indominus Rex. What do we know about this latest hubris committed by man? Enough to know that Hammond Creation Lab scientists have little to no genre-savviness. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the stats. Indominus was concocted from a Tyrannosaurus base, with a mixture of other deadly carnivores shoved in. There’s a dash of Carnotaurus, a hint of Madagascan hunter Majungasaurus, »


- Donna Dickens

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New 'Age of Ultron' TV spot is more of the same...wait, is that Grey Hulk?

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Last night, Marvel put out their first TV spot for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and at first, I didn’t think anything about it. Marvel is playing it close the vest with the plot, and the commercial didn’t show us anything we hadn’t seen before.  But the way the ad was cut together made me realize something about Bruce Banner’s epic Hulk tantrum that they keep focusing on. Check it out and pay attention to the lighting filters and then meet me below! Did you see it? There are two different fights spliced together. One is the Hulkbuster fight, where Tony and Bruce are duking it out, most likely in a well-intentioned attempt at Hulk damage control. Bruce is angry, out-of-control, and very, very green. But that bit where the Hulk kicks the cop car like Rocket Raccoon kicks grass? The warm color palette used in every »


- Donna Dickens

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