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Ellie Kemper reveals how she is Kimmy Schmidt at heart

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"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" has been in our lives for a few weeks now, and I've already re-watched favorite episodes a few times. Carol Kane, y'all. Have we discussed yet whether Jane Krakowski will win an Emmy for "Uks" yet? Because it's about that time. Anyway, Ellie Kemper was on "Conan" last night and she discussed a couple of key ways in which she is exactly like Kimmy Schmidt. Her own move to New York was just as weird and hilariously naive as Kimmy's, including her foray into smoking. Cannot wait for season two.  »


- Louis Virtel

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America is lacking one crucial thing for zombie survival, according to George Rr Martin

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Everyone binge watches “The Walking Dead,” even “Game of Thrones” author George Rr Martin. After recently power through a marathon of 14 episodes — during which Netflix no doubt passive-aggressively asked if he was still watching half a dozen times — Martin spoke with Entertainment Weekly about why America is in such shambles post-zombie outbreak. “Castles! Whatever is happening in the United States during “The Walking Dead,” I’m sure they’re a lot better off in England because they’re in castles. […] No way is a zombie [getting through]— medieval siege armies couldn’t break castles with conventional artillery, and zombies don’t use artillery. Zombies don’t build trebuchets. They don’t build siege towers. There is no way they can break into a well-defended castle.” Gif Credit: AMC This jives with the theory laid out by Max Brooks in “World War Z.” In the novel, the British Isles survive the undead outbreak mostly unscathed. »


- Donna Dickens

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Oh, you don't say Kanye West was a co-producer on Rihanna's new 'Better' song?

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"Rihanna, I think the track is great... but can you be sure to add a dark, lengthy and unnecessary parenthetical to the end there?" Kanye probably said. Rihanna is a bad, bad girl ... or, rather, there is nothing particularly "girl" about "B*tch Better Have My Money," which will likely be adorably edited to be "Better Have My Money" as its added to radio. I want to say this is a foray into a macho-male lyrical mindspace, but who's to say that b*tches don't owe Rihanna any money, y'know? The trap track -- which will undoubtably be a huge hit for the singer -- was co-produced by West, Roc Nation signee Deputy, Travis Scott and Wonda Girl, approximately three people too many. It will be featured on Rihanna's next album, her eighth, which has yet to be given a title and release date; it arrives on the heels of another Kanye collab, »


- Katie Hasty

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AMC's 'Walking Dead' companion series gets an uninspired name

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Well, at least we can stop referring to AMC's "Walking Dead" companion series as AMC's Untitled "Walking Dead" Companion Series. Series co-creator Robert Kirkman took to Twitter on Friday to reveal the official title. It's Official! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called Fear The Walking Dead! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead — Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015 So... "Fear the Walking Dead." This continues AMC's somewhat odd trend of making imperative clauses into show titles.  "Fear the Walking Dead" joins "Halt and Catch Fire," "Turn" and "Better Call Saul" among the AMC titles that could also just serve as helpful advice in certain circumstances. AMC announced two weeks ago that "Fear the Walking Dead" has been given a two-season order, with an initial six-episode run premiering this summer, followed by a 2016 launch for season two. Good title? »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Jake Gyllenhaal gets cut to save his daughter in new trailer for 'Southpaw'

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In case you hadn't heard, "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter teamed up with "Training Day" and "The Equalizer" director Antoine Fuqua for the new boxing drama "Southpaw."  Harvey Weinstein has been touting it since he showed footage of Gyllenhaal "training" at Cannes last May.  Judging from the first preview, it may be box office heaven for The Weinstein Company. We'd warn you about spoilers, but this is one trailer that pretty much puts it all out there.  Jake Gyllenhaal plays Billy Hope, a champion junior middleweight boxer who seemingly has it all.  A beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Clare Foley) and an opulent lifestyle.  When tragedy strikes Hope hits rock bottom until he decides to pick up the pieces of his life by hanging out at a small-time gym run by Forest Whitaker.   You can predict the entire movie's plot based on this new preview, »


- Gregory Ellwood

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'Candyland' has never been so terrifying: Childhood board games as horror movie posters

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Just came across these very cool posters over at Terror Trove (via Bloody-Disgusting) that reimagine beloved childhood board games like "Candyland," "Hungry Hungry Hippos" and "Sorry" as horror movie posters. My personal favorite: their twisted take on "Skip It."  Check out a few of my favorites below; the rest over at Terror Trove. (All artwork by Alec Pezzano, Zack Smith and Michelle Massimilla.) »


- Chris Eggertsen

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First Look: Deadpool wants to lay you down by the fire in his official movie costume

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The Merc with the Mouth has his official “Deadpool” costume and it’s one sensual zentai suit. Earlier today, Ryan Reynolds posted the first official image of himself wearing the Deadpool outfit on Twitter, along with the phrase “With great power, comes great irresponsibility.” Ahh, quintessential Deadpool. Image via Ryan Reynolds In a follow-up tweet, Reynolds remarked on the choice to pose on a bearskin rug. No bears were harmed in the making of this photo. Though many bears likely turned on. — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 27, 2015 No just the bears, Ryan. Not just the bears. ”Deadpool” snarks into theaters on February 12, 2016. »


- Donna Dickens

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Outrage Watch: 'Get Hard' backlash is getting louder by the day

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Welcome to the March 27, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: "Get Hard" is getting slammed. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart prison preparedness comedy has been dogged by controversy since its SXSW premiere, when an audience member asked Hart, Ferrell and director Etan Cohen, "Were you nervous -- and/or how nervous were you -- presenting this in front of a live audience being completely, absolutely and unapologetically ... racist and hysterical at the same time?" during an audience Q&A. Not only that, but it's been deemed homophobic by a number of critics and journalists, and our own Drew McWeeny had this to say in his review: "I just couldn't bring myself to laugh at something that will reinforce hatred, that plays into this idea that gay sex is somehow inherently more disgusting than regular sex. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Captain Marvel Not appearing in 'Age of Ultron,' shelve your end-credits theory

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Pack it in, Carol Corps. We’re gonna have to wait a little while longer to see the McU version of Captain Marvel. Nerdiest News received exclusive confirmation from an inside source that there are no plans for Carol Danvers to make an appearance in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” despite some recently released toy sets to the contrary. One the one hand, this makes sense. “Captain Marvel” has been pushed back due to Spider-Man re-entering the Marvel fold. There are Eight films slated to be released by Marvel Studios before Carol Danvers takes center stage. Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, or Spider-Man are all better bets for the “Age of Ultron” stinger. On the other, fan-crazed conspiracy theorist hand…saying there is no way Carol will be appearing in “Age of Ultron” is exactly what Marvel would say if she were going to appear. Hmmmm. ”The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is »


- Donna Dickens

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Henry Rollins explains why 'He Never Died,' and those Charles Manson tapes

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Austin - “People write me letters all the time. I do my best to answer but they think we’re pen pals.” Henry Rollins has a lot to do, y’all, which sometimes makes him "crotchety." The former Black Flag and Rollins Band singer continues to tour with his spoken word material. He has a column in the L.A. Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia, plus his Kcrw radio show and the Henry & Heidi podcast. He’s dropped by for acting cameos on “The Kroll Show,” "RuPaul's Drag Race" and “Adventure Time,” had recurring roles on “The Legend of Korra” and “Sons of Anarchy” and is still out working for his next acting gig. He’s an activist and author and he’s got a three story building just to house all the records he owns. He mostly listens to them all, too. He just probably doesn’t have time »


- Katie Hasty

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Billy Zane knows all your 'Zayn' tweets are about him

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Billy Zane knows all about the internet, so he was shocked to find everybody tweeting about him this week. Every tweet labeled #WeLoveYouZayn is clearly a shout-out to the "Titanic" costar; sure, "Zane" is spelled wrong, but fans come up with their own way to honor their heroes. Leave it to Billy Zane go in one direction when it comes to understanding the internet flawlessly. Thanks, Funny Or Die.  Billy Zane Thinks Zayn Tweets Are About Him from Funny Or Die »


- Louis VIrtel

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TV Ratings: CBS' Ncaa Sweet 16 coverage leads Thursday, lowers 'Blacklist'

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Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 26, 2015. Round of 16 coverage from the Ncaa Tournament helped CBS score Thursday victories overall, in the key demographic and in all male demographics.  While "Scandal" was down, "Grey's Anatomy" ticked up a hair and helped ABC win most of the female demos for the night, though usually these stories don't break down the ratings numbers like that. Basketball helped eat into last week's bump for NBC's "Blacklist" and probably prevented "Backstrom" from getting any bump from an Ok return for "Bones." Oh and expect these ratings to shift, of course, due to the nature of live events. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 2.4 rating for Thursday night, tops in the key demographic. ABC was second with a 1.9 key demo rating, followed by the 1.1 key demo rating for NBC and Fox. The CW's repeats averaged a 0.2 key demo rating for the night. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner: 'I feel a sense of accomplishment'

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Matthew Weiner has always been more comfortable talking about the past of “Mad Men” rather than letting anyone know anything about the future — even when that future is only seven episodes long, starting Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. Having spent enough time over the years asking Weiner questions that he responded to with a very guarded, “Well, you’ve got to watch,” I knew enough to focus as much on the past as possible when we recently sat down for an hour-long interview to discuss the end of his Emmy-winning baby. We talked about the last days of production, looked back all the way to the show’s origins when Weiner was a staff writer on “Becker” looking for a different kind of career in television, the show’s long acting Emmy drought, and more. And I made it almost to the end without a single “You’ve got to watch. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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26 of the most notable deaths on 'The Walking Dead'

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Two things in life are certain, death and taxes. Unless you live in the post-apocalyptic world of “The Walking Dead.” Then the only certainties in life are death and undeath. It’s just one long stream of killing off characters. Set it to “Yakety Sax” and the death count on AMC’s hit show would be the most morbid montage ever (and if someone hasn’t done that yet, please do). When AMC set out to adapt Robert Kirkman’s graphic novels about a group of survivors eking out a new path in the aftermath of a zombie plague, no one expected it to be sunshine and lollipops. You can’t make a show about the walking dead without killing a few characters. But like “Game of Thrones,” it quickly became clear that no one in The Group was untouchable. The cold, decaying hand of death would not stop at »


- Donna Dickens

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Review: What new animated Dreamworks comedy 'Home' has to teach George Lucas

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Once again, Dreamworks is undone by trailers that managed not to convey the actual experience of the film they're selling. They have this weird habit of making their films look worse than they actually are, almost like they're trying to tank them. By now, I shouldn't be surprised when they make something that's good, but they keep cutting these trailers that promise crap. "Home," based on the book "The True Meaning Of Smekday" by Adam Rex, serves as an interesting example of someone doing the right version of something that someone else has bungled. In this case, "Home" is an example of someone setting out to create a character like Jar Jar Binks… and pulling it off. Because no matter what you think of "The Phantom Menace," there's a specific character type that they're doing, The Fool, the bumbler who somehow becomes a hero by virtue of being decent but stupid. »


- Drew McWeeny

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Don't worry, Naomi Watts is a much better dancer in real life than in 'While We're Young'

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At this time 12 months ago, Naomi Watts was coming off back to back indie misfires "Diana" (possibly one of the worst choices of her career) and "Adore."  Sadly, the sheen of her second Oscar nomination for the global smash "The Impossible" only a year earlier was starting to fade.   What a difference a year makes. Watts earned a surprise Supporting Actress nomination at the SAG Awards for the indie hit "St. Vincent" in December.  The following month she took home her first SAG statue as part of the ensemble for Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," one of many ensemble honors she earned for the critically acclaimed drama.  In February she took the stage with Iñárritu and her co-stars to celebrate "Birdman's" Best Picture win at the Academy Awards (the first Best Picture on her resume).  And there's more!  Last weekend she joined the "Divergent" franchise and "Insurgent's" $52.2 million debut »


- Gregory Ellwood

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National Geographic's 'Killing Jesus': Tales from the Morocco set

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Ouarzazate, Morocco. Officially, the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is nicknamed "The door of the desert," resting south of the High Atlas Mountains and on the edge of the Draa Valley. Thanks to the presence of Atlas Studios, though, Ouarzazate is perhaps more appropriately known as The Hollywood of Central Morocco, or perhaps even The Hollywood of Morocco. Ouarzazate has a population of just over 50,000, but in late October of 2014, that population includes a disproportionate number of Jesuses, Judases and an absurd number of Marys, both Jesus' mom and of the Magdalene variety.  It's late October of 2014 and Ouarzazate is the beating heart of TV's Biblical world. "It's a very holy town right now," laughs Haaz Sleiman, one of the Ouarzazate Jesi -- Yes, that should be the name of a fantasy baseball team -- specifically playing the title role in National Geographic's "Killing Jesus," the project that has brought me to this region. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Outrage Watch Winter Roundup: From Beyonce to 'Frozen,' the 13 most overblown controversies

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Since I started compiling Outrage Watch -- HitFix's "(almost) daily rundown of all the thing folks are peeved about in entertainment" -- I've never been faced with a shortage of things to write about. There's a lot of anger out there! At times so much that it can feel overwhelming. Other times, I just have to laugh at the sheer inanity of the things people manage to work themselves up over. Of the stories I highlight, I would say a good 75 percent represent examples of righteous outrage -- i.e. scorn directed at legitimate targets. And the other 25? The phrase "pick your battles" comes to mind here, and indeed, sometimes it seems the level of anger is blown out of all proportion to the target in question. As we look back on the winter of 2015, below you can find my roundup of 13 of the wackiest, most overblown controversies of the year so far. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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The real reason I'm confused by how ugly the 'Get Hard' rape jokes are

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Because they can do better. I was told today on Facebook that we should stop talking about "Get Hard" this week. Never mind that in a typical week leading up to the release of a movie, you'd typically see many articles about it, exploring different aspects with interviews and reviews and maybe premiere photos, and no one seems to complain about that. The reason I was told to stop talking about it is because we are supposedly "too sensitive" about the way the film leans on some really ugly stereotypes and lazy comic set-ups, and in doing so, managing to be unpleasant and even offensive. I've been told that we should stop discussing this because "it's a joke." The only people I see wringing their hands that things are getting "too P.C." are those who want to be able to say anything to anyone without consequence. That's really what »


- Drew McWeeny

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'Coach' follows 'The X-Files' and 'Twin Peaks' to primetime resurrection

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Once upon a time, TV shows died and people were sad, but they moved on.  But then peanuts earned "Jericho" another season and Deadline.com earned "Breaking In" another season and Netflix got all resurrection-y with "Arrested Development" and "The Killing" and "Longmire." Then Fox gave "24" new life as a limited series and audiences were like, "What a glorious age we live in." And Showtime got David Lynch and Mark Frost to say they were going to do more "Twin Peaks" and TV fans danced around with their favorite log. And earlier this week, Chris Carter, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson decided the time was right to do another six episodes of "The X-Files" and we all kneels and declared, in the words of Wayne and Garth, that we were not worthy. On Thursday (March 26) afternoon, NBC announced that the magnificent Lazarus machine that is TV 2015 had given new life to. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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