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The 'Powerpuff Girls' in-your-face feminism is back for a whole new generation!

34 minutes ago

Ahhhh, the Powerpuff Girls. A show that taught a generation of children — and adults who enjoy nuanced animated stories — about the power of feminism. A show that deconstructed gender norms on a regular basis. From single dad The Professor loving to bake and genderfluid Him sporting a tutu to Ms. Bellum’s subversive take on the hot secretary and Bubbles proving you can be feminine and fearless, Ppg was overstuffed with some really progressive messages. From the looks of the first clip, the new version of the show is picking up right where its predecessor left off. When a “manly” lumberjack villain looks for a “manly” fight, he gets Buttercup instead. He probably shouldn’t have disparagingly called her “princess.” Don't Call Me Princess from Cartoon Network PR on Vimeo. To be fair, Princess Morbucks is a little snot and anyone in the Ppg universe would be justifiably upset to be associated with the supervillain. »

- Donna Dickens

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'Silence of the Lambs' 25th: The surprising star who almost played Hannibal Lecter

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Rolling Stone just published an interview with Oscar-winning Silence of the Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally for the film's 25th anniversary, and hey, did you know that Gene Hackman originally wanted to play Hannibal Lecter? And also write and direct the movie? Because I didn't. What a strange alternate reality to consider. As Tally tells it, Orion was in the process of buying the rights to Thomas Harris's novel as a vehicle for Hackman when Tally made his interest in the project known to Orion co-founder Mike Medavoy. From Rolling Stone:  "[Medavoy] said, 'Gene thinks he's going to write this, but don't worry, he'll find out how hard that is, and we'll get back to you.' Mike later called my agent and said, 'Gene's written 50 pages of the script, and he's only 50 pages into the book. So if you can meet with him and convince him that you're the right guy for it, »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Deadpool is the Perfect Date Movie

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Deadpool opens on this Valentine’s weekend and it just may be the surprise romance of the season.  Here, Roth Cornet and Miri Jedeikin talk about why Deadpool is so perfect for both him and her. Take a look in the player above or the full show below, where we look at the appeal of another romance franchise – 50 Shades of Grey – and ask the question: Is Kanye West the new Shia Labeouf? Roth: @RothCornet Miri: @MiriTheJedi »


- Roth Cornet

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Damon Wayans Sr. too old for this s--t as Murtaugh in 'Lethal Weapon' pilot

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Damon Wayans Sr. is officially too old for this s--t, now that he's been cast as Roger Murtaugh in a Fox pilot adaptation of the Lethal Weapon films. While the elder Wayans, whose career started out on Fox with In Living Color, is stepping into Danny Glover's shoes, casting still has to be done for Mel Gibson's role. The logline for the pilot, which is being written by Forever creator Matt Miller: When Texas cop and former Navy Seal Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with Lapd detective Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans, Sr.), who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life. Texas, eh? Any initial thoughts on who could play Riggs? And does Lethal Weapon seem like a property that can just go to a new pair of actors, »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Morgan's 'all life matters' philosophy isn't changing any time soon on 'The Walking Dead'

2 hours ago

This Sunday, The Walking Dead returns. Despite a look of “sixth verse, same as the first” — where The Group once again watches everything they’ve built up destroyed in front of their eyes — creator Robert Kirkman promises this time will be different. That this time everyone will come together and fight for their right to live as a community. All of which is great news for those of us hoping the survivors would find somewhere to put down roots. But how steady can those roots be when the cancer of “All life matters equally, don’t kill anyone” Morgan is still infecting the heart of Alexandria? Normally I’m all about a policy of asking questions first, shooting later. But not in the world of The Walking Dead, especially one with Negan looming on the horizon. Yet apparently this conflict between Morgan and the rest of The Group isn’t going away any time soon. »


- Donna Dickens

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'Roots' is coming to History, A+E, and Lifetime on Memorial Day

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The long-gestating remake of the landmark Roots miniseries finally has a premiere date -- and a trailer. The new Roots, which, like the 1977 miniseries, is based on Alex Haley's book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, will air four two-hour-long episodes starting at 9 p.m. on consecutive nights, from May 30 to June 2, on History, A+E, and Lifetime. Yes, three channels airing the same thing at the same time. This is an event. It's starring some big names, too: Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, T.I., Mekhi Phifer, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhy Meyers, and Matthew Goode, among others. Malachi Kirby, a newcomer to American entertainment (though he's done plenty in his native England), will play Kunta Kinte. The original Kunta Kinte, LeVar Burton, is co-executive producing the series, and Mark Wolper, whose father, David, produced the original, is also an executive producer. The first trailer was released to accompany the announcement, »


- Sara Morrison

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The new 'Veep' trailer contains Selina's most disgusting comment yet

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The last season of HBO's Veep, which took home the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, ended on a cliffhanger involving an unprecedented moment for the Electoral College. This season we'll see whether Selina Meyer has a future in the White House. but first: Here's Selina describing her tired eyelids in a way that will gross you out.    Damn. I really didn't need to think of Keith Richards in that light. The fifth season of Veep premieres April 24 after the season three opener of SIlicon Valley. Here's hoping for Julia Louis-Dreyfus' fifth Emmy win in a row.  »


- Louis Virtel

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James Gunn quotes 80s hair metal to kick off 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' filming

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With a little over a year to go until the sequel hits the local cineplex, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is hard at work filming in Atlanta. But not so hard at work that he couldn’t share a little something from the set. I wonder if they get to take those chairs home…   In the words of the great poet David Coverdale, Here I go again. #GotGVol2 A photo posted by James Gunn (@jamesgunn) on Feb 11, 2016 at 1:22pm Pst   Just to add a little spice, what are the chances Gunn just happened to quote Whitesnake on accident? Kind of low, right? What do you guys think? Has Chris Pratt been listening to Whitesnake on Awesome Mix Vol. 2 while filming? Are audiences going to see the opening credits of Vol. 2 set against the hair metal of 1982?     Feels good to be back in action on Guardians of the Galaxy »


- Donna Dickens

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Cameron Crowe's 'Roadies' gets a premiere date, Eddie Vedder trailer

3 hours ago

Roadies, the first TV show created by Cameron Crowe, finally has a premiere date, along with a trailer scored to "Hard Sun" by Crowe's longtime friend Eddie Vedder. The series — about the crew for a touring band, starring Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keshia Castle-Hughes, and more, and also produced by J.J. Abrams and Winnie Holzman — will debut on Showtime on Sunday, June 26 at 10 p.m. Here's the first look: »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Three more 'Transformers' movies are coming in 2017, 2018, and 2019

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Good news for fans of Michael Bay and the Transformers franchise: you're getting at least three more films, and Paramount just announced the release dates! Transformers 5, which will probably get a wordier title at some point, will come out on June 23, 2017. If that date sounds familiar to you, it might be because Wonder Woman is supposed to open on the same day, until and unless Warner Bros. blinks and reschedules it. Transformers 5 will again be directed by Michael Bay and star Mark Wahlberg. Transformers 6 will come out about a year later, on June 8, 2018. That date had already been set aside for another Warner Bros. film, Godzilla 2. And Transformers 7 is set for release on June 28, 2019. No word yet on who will star or direct those films, but maybe by 2018, Shia Labeouf will be willing to star in big action movies again and big action movies will be willing to cast him. »


- Sara Morrison

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Review: James Franco shines in Hulu's uneven time travel miniseries '11.22.63'

6 hours ago

Stephen King's always been open about his improvisational writing style, and the way he lets his stories tell him where they need to go. Even if he never said a word about his process, though, longtime King readers could probably tell, not just because his endings tend to feel rougher than his beginnings, but because sometimes his stories will take unusual detours as King becomes fascinated by a plot device he obviously didn't expect to find so interesting when he started. Case in point: 11/22/63, his 2011 thriller about Jake Epping, a Maine schoolteacher who goes back in time to try to prevent the JFK assassination. Because the time travel method (a portal in the back of his favorite local diner) deposits him in the past years ahead of schedule, Jake has to fill his days when he's not shadowing Lee Harvey Oswald to confirm that he was acting alone on that fateful day. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Ask Alan: What can Bryan Fuller do with 'Star Trek'?

6 hours ago

It's a special single-topic edition of Ask Alan, inspired by this week's news that former Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller will be in charge of CBS' new Star Trek series. We still know nothing about what it'll be about, but fun to speculate. The video can be watched at the top and bottom of this post. As always, send questions to askalan@hitfix.com. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Is Kanye West the new Shia Labeouf?

19 hours ago

Kanye West created a stir on social media once again recently when he unleashed the following tweet unto the internet. Bill Cosby Innocent !!!!!!!!!! — Kanye West (@kanyewest) February 9, 2016 That three-word decree was covered CNN and retweeted 44 thousand times. But why? When did Kanye West’s personality become the story rather than his music? Like Shia Labeouf, it seems we can no longer separate the art from the artist, and that is perhaps just how each of these men want it. Roth Cornet and Miri Jedeikin talk about the Kanye Twitter phenomena and the line between art, performance art, and insanity. Take a look in the player above and our full show below, where we pitch Deadpool as the perfect date movie and delve into the 50 Shades of Grey phenomena. »


- Roth Cornet

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The sci-fi worlds Ridley Scott, ‘The Martian’ writers dream of calling home

19 hours ago

Movies can transport us to sci-fi worlds with immerse viewing experiences. But when the lights come up at the end of the movie, it’s back to the real world. There are some futures that sound like sci-fi now that might be reality soon though. And there are other less likely sci-fi scenarios that we’ll never get to really experience (sorry, everyone with Avatar blues — we’re not going to Pandora). Mars, though, is within reach. But it’s not Mars that the creative minds behind The Martian dream of visiting — especially not Andy Weir, author of the book on which the successful Matt Damon-starring movie is based. At an event today on the 20th Century Fox lot featuring a panel of Weir, director Ridley Scott, and screenwriter Drew Goddard, moderator Adam Savage (MythBusters) brought up the possibility of the The Martian filmmakers traveling to Mars themselves, Weir »


- Emily Rome

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How Does Deadpool Fit Into the X-men Universe?

21 hours ago

Deadpool may be a wise-cracking miscreant, but where does he fit in with our super-serious super-mutants? Deadpool opens in theatres this weekend, and is tracking very well at the box office and has received an overwhelmingly positive critical response.  Some may be left wondering how this out-of-the-box character may fit into Fox's larger X-Men universe, though. Here, Eric Eisenberg and Roth Cornet speculate on Deadpool's ultimate fate and whether or not he can play in the PG-13 X-Men sandbox. Take a look in the player above or the full show below where we unpack the character's enduring popularity and look at why Deadpool will be the one to break the R-rated superhero movie curse. Roth: @RothCornet Eric: @EEisenberg »


- Roth Cornet

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New 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' trailer will have you shouting 'Yaaaaas Queen!'

22 hours ago

The Huntsman: Winter’s War won’t be for everyone. Nothing ever is, really. But if you are even vaguely in this movie’s demographic, you’ll be smiling like Maleficent after cursing the infant Aurora by the end of this new trailer. And just who is the demographic for Winter’s War? Anyone who’s been waiting patiently for an adult version of Frozen. Anyone who’s wanted a high fantasy film with a majority of the main roles played by women. Anyone who’s wished for a complex story of motherhood, betrayal, and magic. Are you that demographic? I know I am. Yes, Snow White and the Huntsman was a hot, rambling mess. But the best part of that entire film was Charlize Theron and her scenery-chewing. She milked every moment she was on screen as the vain and insecure Queen. And now with Emily Blunt to play off of in the prequel? »


- Donna Dickens

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Why are Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, and Kate Hudson doing this to us?

22 hours ago

I know we're not supposed to expect anything from Mother's Day, Garry Marshall's followup to Valentine's Day and New Year's Day. I know this even though it stars Julia Roberts, who is arguably the last great movie star, Jennifer Aniston, who gave arguably one of the most endearing and hilarious TV performance of all time, and Kate Hudson, who arguably gave us so much hope in Almost Famous. But it still stings so damn much to see this trailer. Just, why.   I'm trying to put my finger on what upsets me most about this bland, hollow Juicy Juice commercial disguised as a movie trailer. Here's my guess: Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston rise to great material, and here they are clearly just salvaging bad material. Did Julia really just respond "Career" after Jennifer asked, "Do you have any kids?" She did. Because lady careers are just kids in disguise, »


- Louis Virtel

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Everyone looks haggard Af in 'Game of Thrones' Season 6 photos

23 hours ago

In the ‘Game of Thrones,’ you live or you die. But based on what the survivors look like in Season 6 of the HBO adaptation, maybe those who die are the true winners. When Game of Thrones went dark last year, pretty much no one was in a happy place. A quick recap: Dany may have escaped certain death in the pit, but Drogon isn’t exactly cooperating and good money says those Dothraki aren’t friendly. Tyrion and Varys are in a sticky situation in Meereen. Cersei may have completed her Walk of Shame, but that doesn’t give her the power to the Throne. Jaime Lannister just watched his daughter die. Margaery was still imprisoned, with the rest of her family helpless to free her. Arya paid for her sins with her eyesight. Sansa is stuck with Theon in sub-zero temperatures, with miles and miles between Winterfell and safety. »


- Donna Dickens

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Girls On Film Podcast No. 16. - What Do Kanye West, Deadpool and S&M Have in Common?

11 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST

Greetings! Alicia is out sick but Miri and Roth cover a lot of ground on today's episode. Kanye West, Fifty Shades of Grey and Deadpool are all topics on this week's installment of Girls On Film! Subscribe to Alicia's channel Here! Subscribe to Miri's channel Here! As always, you can subscribe to the Girls on Film Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. »


- Matt Perez-Mora

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Despite a great trailer, Warner Bros is worried about Batman V Superman and Justice League may be in jeapordy

11 February 2016 11:35 AM, PST

The final Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer was released this morning and has set the Internet on fire. This is arguably the best we’ve seen from the film to date. But is it selling a movie that doesn’t exist? Drew McWeeny gives Roth Cornet the scoop on what's really happening behind the scenes of Batman v Superman. Spoiler Alert: Warner Bros. is worried. Take a look in the player above or below and talk with us here or on Twitter. Drew: @DrewAtHitfix Roth: @RothCornet »


- Roth Cornet

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