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'Prisoners' director set to direct Harrison Ford in 'Blade Runner' sequel

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Anyone who doubts the lasting power of Ridley Scott's early work need only look at the headlines this week to see how everything old seems to be new again. Neill Blomkamp made headlines for being the first major studio filmmaker to ever win a job via Instagram, and he's been making fans crazy by talking about his approach to the upcoming "Alien" sequel. Does it ignore "Alien3" and "Alien: Resurrection" completely? Does it exists in some side universe? Where does "Prometheus 2," which everyone swears is still happening, fit into those plans? The information is a lot more concrete when it comes to the "Blade Runner" sequel, thanks to a press release just now that confirms that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard, a move that will confound and confuse at least one of my kids, and director Denis Villenueve is in negotiations now to direct. »


- Drew McWeeny

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First Look: Eddie Redmayne goes from Oscar to 'The Danish Girl'

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It took a long time to get off the ground, but the big screen adaptation of David Ebershoff's novel "The Danish Girl" is finally in production.  The fictionalized account Lili Elbe's life features Eddie Redmanye in the title role and reunites him with his "Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper.  The first image of this year's Best Actor winner as Elbe has now been revealed. Elbe is known as being one of the first people to have sexual reassignment surgery (or at least have it publicly revealed).  The movie centers on her relationship with her wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) and how her transition affected their lives.  The project has been in the works for years with Tomas Alfredson and Lasse Hallström both attached to direct at one time and Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron all potentially on board to play Elbe. The film also features Amber Heard and »


- Gregory Ellwood

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New Awards Season Rules: Would more nominees help solve the Oscars' diversity problem?

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Excuse us if we go out on a limb here, but something tells us the collective brain trust at The Academy is glad this awards season has mercifully come to an end. After an incredibly diverse 86th Academy Awards ceremony, where "12 Years a Slave" took Best Picture, a Mexican filmmaker won Best Director, Lupita Nyong'o earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and John Ridley won Best Adapted Screenplay, the Oscars appeared to take a step back in 2015. It wasn't just that "Selma" was snubbed in a number of major categories. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a historical footnote that will haunt the Academy for years (and, trust, it will be back again if the public wills it). But it had more to do with all white nominees in the acting categories than just "Selma" itself. This also brought to light that it was yet another year without a female nominee in the Best Director category, »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Review: 'Sex Box' from We tv

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The opening narration of We tv's "Sex Box" is more sensational than the actual show. It calls the series, using a format from the UK's Channel 4, "the most radical therapy ever seen on television" and insisting "these couples are about to bare it all" with "the most aggressive treatment ever captured on TV." If only. If We tv's "Sex Box" was going to have a more honest title, it would be "Sex Talk," because although there is a box and sex in it, this is a show with lots of talking. Ultimately, We tv's "Sex Box" feels more like a daytime TV talk show than a scintillating nighttime reality show. The show churns through three couples in an hour, sitting them on chairs in front of three experts, led by a Dr. Chris Donaghue, an annoying sex therapist who interrupts his co-experts ("wait, wait, wait" he says when one »


- Andy Dehnart

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - Top 12 Girls Perform

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Ok. Maybe Wednesday night's horribly paced performance night for the Top 12 Boys took me a bit by surprise. Perhaps knowing what's coming for Thursday (February 26) night's Top 12 Girls performances will make it a bit easier to stomach. Or maybe not. 8:01 p.m. Et. "Let's get ready to party," Ryan Seacrest says aggressively.  Singer: Lovey James Song: "Love Runs Out" My Take: The song starts too low and Lovey can't get her breath at all. As it gradually moves up, Lovey's at least in range, but she also become shout-y and perhaps too excited or emotional. There are good moments in the second half, but also bad moments when Lovey's trying to be heard over the band and failing. There's energy here, but I'm sure I'll have forgotten this performance in 55 minutes. Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr Say: J-Lo thought it was awesome. Harry thought it was good. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Sure, Jan: 10 underrated moments of brilliance from 'The Brady Bunch Movie'

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If you're like me, you spend at least an hour a month wondering why the 1995 gem "The Brady Bunch Movie" isn't quite as revered as "The Addams Family" and "Addams Family Values," two similarly fantastic and inventive updates of a '60s sitcom. Maybe it's that the image of the original Brady Bunch is so indelible; Florence Henderson and her crew of perky suburbanites will forever be the prevailing version of that clan thanks to syndication. (The original "Addams Family," meanwhile, has snapped its way into obscurity.) Another major factor at play: "The Brady Bunch Movie" is damn dark. Not that "The Addams Family" isn't, but that movie drolly exalts its original characters. The Bradys undergo a serious evisceration in their '90s satire, and it takes serious viewing and re-viewing to discover how their weirdness is celebrated.  But whatever the reason, we've had "The Brady Bunch Movie" in our lives for 20 years. »


- Louis Virtel

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Marital pressures on diplay in exclusive 'Directed by Winding Refn' clip

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As Nicolas Winding Refn prepares to begin production on "The Neon Demon," his upcoming foray into horror, you can take a peek into his process thanks to the new documentary "My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn," which was made by his wife. There's a reason "Hearts Of Darkness" is often considered one of the best behind-the-scenes films about filmmaking, and it's because Eleanor Coppola had access that no one else would have. The same is true here, and it captures Refn at the moment where he was working to follow up his breakthrough hit "Drive." It's a fascinating moment for any filmmaker. In Refn's case, he did a lot of great work before "Drive," but everything came together on that movie in a very special way. Ryan Gosling was at peak cool, and there was something compelling and immediate about that title and those trailers. When you make a »


- Drew McWeeny

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Interview: 'Mom' star Anna Faris on why it's fun to be a mess, hard to fall down

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Now it's time for your semi-regular reminder: Few comedies on network TV take more risks and offer more interesting rewards than CBS' "Mom" and CBS' "Mom" is shifting to a new time period at 9:30 on Thursdays.  They've been having a rough go of things recently on "Mom," with the death of Kevin Pollak's Alvin. And rather than following the normal sitcom blueprint of letting characters grieve for a scene or two, "Mom" has kept those emotional wounds open. Of course, as always on "Mom," it hasn't been all wallowing. Yes, her father just died and her mother may be cracking up a little, but Anna Faris' Christy got a promotion at work and with a new-found interest in the law, it's possible that Christy may have more direction than ever before. And that, of course, means that it'll soon be time for Christy to fall on her face again. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Outrage Watch: Ageist Madonna critics should be ashamed

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Welcome to the February 26, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: Madonna's ageist critics get what's coming to them. After video of the Material Girl falling at the Brit Awards began circulating online, trolls and malcontents across the web decided to (once again!) make Madonna's 1992 predictions come true by cracking wise about her age: Madonna doesn't understand that she's like 79978987 thousand years old — - (@JoeyXcv) February 25, 2015 The old girl should've had her Med-Alert bracelet. She's fallen & can't get up! #Madonna http://t.co/nnGFpZLbOa — John Bishop (@JohnBishop71) February 26, 2015 Madonna falls, almost breaks old hip trying to act young. — The Fake CNN (@TheFakeCNN) February 26, 2015 "The View" moderator Whoopi Goldberg, for one, wasn't having it. After referring to the commenters collectively as "boneheads," the comedian and actress concluded by saying: "Unless you can do what Madonna can do -- shut up! »


- Chris Eggertsen

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New ’Daredevil’ poster features a sharp suit and bloody knuckles

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There’s just something about a dangerous man in a tailored suit. Marvel’s first venture with Netflix comes to fruition on April 10. All 13 one-hour episodes of “Daredevil” will premiere simultaneously on the streaming service. The trailer gave audiences a look at the denizens of Hell’s Kitchen, but the key art introduces us to Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox). Image Credit: Marvel Entertainment From the bloody knuckles and disdainful smirk to the white cane that kind of looks like a riding crop, Matt Murdock is channeling a look that is very popular among a certain demographic of women. Marvel’s always been good at equal-opportunity eye candy and it appears the sentiment will continue on the small screen. Along with the key art, Marvel and Netflix also released a complimentary motion poster. Ladies. ”Daredevil” stars Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Hendson, Vondie Curtis Hall, »


- Donna Dickens

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What's Marvel up to? 9 theories about Robert Downey Jr.'s cryptic tweet

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Earlier today, Robert Downey Jr. released is character poster for “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” via his Twitter account. Along with the image of Tony Stark surrounded by destruction and minions of Ultron, Downey left a cryptic message. You've been good so here's a new #IronMan poster from @Avengers. & on the Dl, big announcement in 8 days… #getexcited pic.twitter.com/AdB1tTib7K — Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) February 25, 2015 Eight days from now would be March 6. What big announcement could Rdj and Marvel want to announce on a Friday? There are so many options. Here are nine of them, from most to least likely.* *Alternatively titled: from most to least boring! #1: Robert Downy Jr. and Marvel have worked out his contract. As of right now, Rdj is signed on through “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War.” The announcement could be that Downey is now on board for »


- Donna Dickens

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 269 - 'House of Cards,' 'Last Man' & more

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Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls! Wait. Didn't we just give you a podcast yesterday? Aren't y'all lucky! It's a double-dose of Firewall & Iceberg this week. In this podcast, we have reviews of "House of Cards," "The Last Man on Earth," "Secrets and Lies" and "Battle Creek." One show we strongly endorse. Two shows we strongly reject. And the third? Well, you'll have to listen to find out.  And then we had a few minutes, so we made fun of the Oscars a little. It's not the longest of podcasts, but combined with the 80 minutes we did on "Parks and Recreation" yesterday? Yeah. Seems sufficient. Here's today's breakdown: "House of Cards" (01:00 - 13:15) "The Last Man on Earth" (13:15 - 20:40) "Secrets and Lies" (20:45 - 31:35) "Battle Creek" (31:35 - 42:55) The Oscars (43:00 - 51:20) As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Exclusive: Behind-the-scenes shots of Will Forte as 'The Last Man on Earth'

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The world of Fox's "The Last Man on Earth" is a vast wasteland, a vast hilarious wasteland.  It's "28 Days Later" only with fewer corpses. In fact, there are no corpses. At TCA press tour last month, I asked creator Will Forte and pilot directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller about how the world of "Last Man on Earth" smells. "The world smells very nice," Forte told reporters amiably. "I think that the dead bodies have been sedentary for long enough that, as long as you don’t poke them you’re probably safe." At the same panel, I also asked the "Last Man" creative team about the challenges of realizing the abandoned comic wasteland. Forte observed, "I think avoiding noise is incredibly hard. Like, obviously, anytime you’re shooting anything, the sound of an airplane or the sound of a train is really hard. Lord agreed, "Yeah, we picked a »


- Daniel Fienberg

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TV Ratings: 'Survivor,' 'Amazing Race' premieres can't halt 'Empire' rise

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Fast National ratings for Wednesday, February 25, 2015. With "Survivor" coming in to seemingly inevitably take a bite out of "American Idol," this looked like a good week for Fox to finally suffer a tiny Wednesday night decline. Nope. While "American Idol" posted a very small drop against the latest "Survivor" premiere, "Empire" remained an unfathomable force-of-nature, rising yet again in both viewers and the key demo as Fox was up week-to-week in dominating Wednesday in all measures. The "Survivor" finale was down in young viewers from the fall launch, but not by enough to even acknowledge. The "Survivor" audience is what it is -- actually up a hair overall -- and in Season 30, that's mighty impressive. On the sadder side, even on a better night and with a lead-in, "The Amazing Race" failed to get much for a bump for its latest premiere, before heading back to Friday. There were nice »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Interview: 'Battle Creek' star Josh Duhamel on his character's secrets and lies

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In a visual flourish courtesy of pilot director Bryan Singer, Special Agent Milton Chamberlain is introduced in the world of "Battle Creek" from a low angle. Above his head, a circle of lights forms a halo.  Milt Chamberlain is an angel. Milt Chamberlain is a boy scout. Milt Chamberlain is a golden boy. But Milt Chamberlain isn't exactly what he seems to be. Or at least Battle Creek Pd Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) is convinced that Chamberlain isn't what he seems to be. But every time Russ thinks he's uncover the dark secret that his new partner is hiding, we discover that the secret isn't really the truth.  It's a reluctant partnership that forms the spine of "Battle Creek," a quirky, surprisingly funny procedural that was created by "Breaking Bad" maestro Vince Gilligan and then developed as a series by "House" maestro David Shore.  Our first impression of Chamberlain, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' Premiere - 'Great Way To Start a Relationship'

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"The Amazing Race" giveth and "The Amazing Race" taketh away.  Following a season that saw ratings drop on Fridays, "The Amazing Race" got a special Wednesday showcase after the "Survivor: Worlds Apart" premiere and with both long-running favorites instituting format twists this season, CBS was able to spare 90 minutes apiece for the two launches.  Longtime readers know that I'm pretty insistent that you need to have at least a 90-minute premiere for "The Amazing Race," because the effort to establish 11 teams of 22 players while also giving the necessary exposure to navigating around international locations and  for various challenges is almost impossible in only 60 minutes. I don't think "The Amazing Race" has ever had an entirely satisfying hour-long premiere. And the 90 minutes given to Wednesday's (February 25) "Amazing Race" premiere were enough to help me see some of the merit to the Blind Dating twist that gave us six teams of established couples, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Salang Pass': Just a gigolo?

25 February 2015 8:03 PM, PST

A quick review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as we combine the Jiffy Pop and Rocky Road... "They kept telling us we had to make it real, to ourselves." -Philip "The Americans" is a show about marriage disguised as a show about spies, or vice versa. Sometimes, the balance tips heavily towards the relationship aspect, sometimes towards the espionage. Sometimes, though — as in a special, murky episode like "Salang Pass" — it not only manages to be about both, but about how the combination of the two elements makes both the marriage and the spy work wholly unique. Early in the episode, Elizabeth comes home to find Philip listening to news radio, and their conversation jumps from Martha's desire to take in a foster kid, to memories of Henry and Paige when they were little, to talk of Philip's squirm-inducing recruitment of Kimberly. And all I could »


- Alan Sepinwall

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'Batman: Arkham Knight' gets omninous new trailer with mysterious bad guy

25 February 2015 7:45 PM, PST

I consider the release of big triple A games to be just as much of an event these days as the release of some of the big blockbuster movies. There are conversations that I want to be part of involving these games the exact same way I want to be part of the conversation about movies. These are things that I enjoy, and I want to see the industry turn out more of what's great and less of what's terrible. The recent run of Batman video games has been impressive, and even at its worst, the games in this series have been interesting and ambitious. The first two games, both written by Paul Dini, made major contributions to the modern ongoing print version of the character, a testament to just how authoritative this has been for fans. I thought "Arkham Asylum" was a great game, but I also found some »


- Drew McWeeny

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Recap: 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' Premiere - 'It's Survivor Warfare'

25 February 2015 6:55 PM, PST

Pre-credit sequence. The teams are arriving in trucks, practically "Wages of Fear" style. Are they trying to say that this season's contestants are combustible? They're TNT, dyno-mite? The 18 castaways have been divided semi-arbitrarily into three tribes based on occupation and outlook on life, whatever that means. Up first? The White Collar tribe. "They're used to being in charge," Jeff Probst says. So admits she might be the Devil, says that she's demanding and makes her underlings cry. Max, who everybody I follow on Twitter knows from his "Survivor" teaching days, says that he's willing to use people to succeed. Carolyn compares this to her corporate experiences. The Blue Collar tribe is next. "They're used to hard work and physical labor," Probst says condescendingly. He resists calling them "salt of the earth" and "just folks." Mike is used to being covered in oil and mud and wants to get his hands filthy. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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8 fascinating things from Survivor's rule book and contract

25 February 2015 5:04 PM, PST

As "Survivor" begins its 30th season, there has been an unseen player in the background for all 15 years of prime-time television's first--and still best--competition reality series. That player is the Survivor cast contract and Survivor rulebook, which together are the legal agreement the contestants have signed. It governs their behavior on--and off--the island, before and after their 39 days of game play, and it's full of fascinating details. The whole contract, which I first published on "Survivor"'s 10-year anniversary five years ago, is a must-read, but there are a lot of quirky things buried in it. Here are some revealing highlights from its contents. A disclaimer: Though it was published five years ago, the contract, and contestants from recent seasons confirmed that it remains the same, it's always possible it has changed recently. (Though, hilariously, I also published the "Big Brother" contract, and sometime after that, future winner Ian said »


- Andy Dehnart

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