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Star Wars invites fans to 'Go Rogue' with fun superfan film reveal of 'Rogue One' toys

5 hours ago

Star Wars is getting creative with the lead-up to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Instead of relying solely on traditional media such as trailers and TV spots, Lucasfilm recruited a team of fans to help introduce audiences to the crew of Rogue One in a unique way. Through stop-motion using the brand-new line of toys from the upcoming film! Several animated shorts — four in all — will be released on the official Star Wars Youtube Channel over the next month. With the help of Tongal, the fan-created episodes are the first look we’ve seen at the official new line of Rogue One toys. Written by Kevin Ulrich and brought to life by stop-motion animated and directors Dan MacKenzie and Tucker Barrie, Go Rogue features toys from Hasbro, Lego, Funko, Jakks Pacific, Mattel, and the Disney Store. The first installment below finds Jyn Erso and the Empire on the lookout »


- Donna Dickens

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Exclusive: 'Star Wars Rebels' concept art brings Ahsoka and Leia to life

9 hours ago

The best part about Star Wars is how vast it is. Even with several decades of the Expanded Universe cast into the realm of Legends, the best-known galaxy far, far away has a lot left to explore. Fans can pick how deep they want to go down the rabbit hole. You don’t have to read the Darth Vader comics to enjoy the original trilogy. You don’t have to watch The Clone Wars cartoon to grasp how Anakin changed between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. You don’t have to read Bloodlines to know General Leia is a force to be reckoned with in The Force Awakens. But you can if you want to. One of the best parts about the new Star Wars canon? Star Wars Rebels on Disney Xd. I’ll be honest. At first, the animation style of Rebels turned me off to the show. »


- Donna Dickens

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Can Kiefer Sutherland still handle terrorism in 'Designated Survivor?'

9 hours ago

Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective. "There are times when we make history, and there are times when history makes us." These are the awful last words of the U.S. President giving his State of the Union Address in Designated Survivor. It's quite a hacky speech, I gotta tell ya. And then -- Kaboom! Capitol Hill is destroyed. And one man is left standing. Kiefer Sutherland, a low-level cabinet member assigned to not be on Capitol Hill in case of this very occasion. Now he must assume the mantle of the Presidency!   And immediately, people are worried about it? Him? It's like they've never seen a middle-aged white man become President before. Why not him? We learn that he was fired the morning before this whole thing went down. Was he fired for writing the President's speech? »


- Jon Davis

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I agree with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ was a perfect ending

9 hours ago

Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy was a critical and financial success, but that doesn't mean everyone loved the last chapter. Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently got to talking about how he thinks it was good The Dark Knight Rises had an ending and thought it was a perfect one at that. CinemaBlend spoke to the actor about his upcoming turn as Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone's new film but decided to ask one unrelated question. They wanted to know if he would have been interested in a continuation of The Dark Knight Rises story with him at its center. He told them he felt it was unnecessary. I know we're all used to the sort of Marvel movies, which are just kind of endless series. They don't really have a beginning, middle, and end. But I think Nolan very much thought of that movie as a conclusion, and there's a theme »


- Jill Pantozzi

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Let's all reflect on the moment Gene Wilder slammed Tim Burton's 'Willy Wonka'

9 hours ago

It's fairly common knowledge that Roald Dahl despised Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 film adaptation of his classic children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Not only was he averse to Wilder's performance as eccentric candy-peddler Willy Wonka (the author wanted Spike Milligan for the role), he was irritated that it placed more emphasis on Wonka at the expense of the book's good-hearted hero Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum). (For the record, Dahl allegedly hated most adaptations of his books, at one point terming Nicolas Roeg's big-screen interpretation of The Witches "utterly appalling.") So perhaps it's fitting that Tim Burton, who directed the 2005 re-adaptation of Dahl's novel, similarly found the 1971 version lacking, telling BBC News in an interview: "I don't want to crush people's childhood dreams, but the original film is sappy." But while Burton's film proved very successful both critically and commercially -- it grossed »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston may co-star in 'Last Detail' sequel for Linklater

11 hours ago

Richard Linklater has long since earned my eternal loyalty as an audience member. I may not love every film he makes, but I know that when he sets out to make a movie, there’s going to be some reason, some idea, some element of the story that Linklater couldn’t resist. He has such an interesting relationship to time in his films, and he is far more motivated by character than he is by plot, which I like. Like many filmmakers his age, he’s had a long and public interest in the films and filmmakers of the ‘70s. When Darryl Ponsican published a sequel to The Last Detail as a novel, Linklater was immediately attached, and he was going to make the film with Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid both reprising their roles from the original. That was huge news at the time, and I remember how exciting a prospect that was. »


- Drew McWeeny

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'Timeless' is another new show to look forward (or backward) to

11 hours ago

Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective. It's a story about time travel, I'm in. You had me at "time travel." This show is created by the Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield) so it comes with a strong pedigree. An evil man (or is he?) played by Goran Visnjic travels back through American history in order to alter some important events. As we know from Back to the Future theory that changing history ruins the entire time-space continuum. We can't have that, so our three heroes (or are they?) have to prevent Goran Visnjic from preventing things from happening such as the Hindenburg disaster. My favorite part of this trailer is the engineer initially refusing to join the team because, "I am black. There is literally no place in American history that will be awesome for me. »


- Jon Davis

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‘Doctor Strange’ featurette gives us another look at Mads Mikkelsen’s villain

12 hours ago

Marvel has unveiled a bit more footage from Doctor Strange in a new behind-the-scenes video, where Mads Mikkelsen’s and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s characters are in the spotlight. The video gives us another official look at Mikkelsen’s villain, Kaecilius. The Hannibal alum says of the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created character, “If the majority is looking for the truth here, he’s looking” — he says pointing in the opposite direction — “over there for the truth.” Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige are also in this video to talk about the weird magic that Marvel gets to delve into with this movie. Some striking concept art also illuminates the vision for the movie that promises to take us on a cross-dimensional journey. Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, and Rachel McAdams, opens in theaters November 4. »


- Emily Rome

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Barb has landed her next big role

12 hours ago

While Barb couldn't catch a break on Netflix's Stranger Things, the actress who plays her -- newcomer Shannon Purser -- has done just that, with a three-episode stint (at least) on Season 1 of the CW's Archie Comics series Riverdale, as reported by EW and later confirmed by Purser on Twitter: Guys, this the the cool thing!!!! I am Pumped. ???????? https://t.co/3qr5DeTR5Q — Shannon Purser (@ShannonPurser7) August 30, 2016 Purser will play the unfortunately-named character Ethel Muggs, conceived in the original comics (in horribly sexist fashion) as a tall, bucktoothed Riverdale High student who aggressively vies for the romantic affections of Jughead. In Riverdale, however, Ethel will be entangled "with someone very different." Additionally, she'll befriend Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) in the midst of the duo's revenge plot against Archie's long-time nemesis Reggie Mantle (Ross Butler). Riverdale is slated to premiere on the CW in midseason. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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AnimationFix: An early Emmy for ‘Adventure Time,’ Kristen Bell’s musical TV show, more

13 hours ago

AnimationFix: Your regular round-up of the latest animation news, from HitFix reporter Emily Rome Kristen Bell is opening the door into musical animation again. The Frozen star will produce and perform original songs for new preschool toon Do, Re & Mi along with Jackie Tohn, a finalist in American Idol’s sixth season. The project comes from Gaumont Television, the production company behind Hannibal, Netflix’s Narcos, and animated Netflix series F Is for Family.  “Music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember,” Bell said in a statement released Monday. “I hope this show will inspire a new generation of kids and expose them to the benefits of music, which can be incredibly inspirational, encouraging and fun all at the same time.” So Do, Re & Mi will celebrate music with its prevalence of original songs and with its story: The series is about musical note Mi, »


- Emily Rome

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'Guardians' Karen Gillan completes The Rock’s ‘Jumanji’ family

14 hours ago

Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Karen Gillan has just decided to roll the dice and play a game of Jumanji with The Rock, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, and Jack Black. Deadline reports Gillan has landed a major role as "Martha" in Jumanji. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has recently gone on record to say "We are Not making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome Jumanji story." They'll be starting principal photography in Honolulu, Hawaii very soon and the film has a release date of July 28, 2017. Gillan recently wrapped on James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 where she reprises her role as Nebula. Johnson wrote on his Instagram about the news saying Gillan completed their Jumanji family: Between myself, @kevinhart4real Jack Black and @NickJonas we've searched far and wide to find the one person to complete our #Jumanji family. This isn't just any role, »


- Jill Pantozzi

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Denise Nickerson is the latest 'Willy Wonka' child star to mourn Gene Wilder

14 hours ago

Yesterday I posted a tweet from Julie Dawn Cole (a.k.a. Veruca Salt) in which the Willy Wonka star expressed her sadness at the passing of former co-star Gene Wilder, who died yesterday at the age of 83 (read Drew's remembrance here). Now, Denise Nickerson, whose gum-snapping character Violet Beauregarde famously transformed into a human blueberry in the 1971 classic, has posted her own tribute, which she signed "Love, Violet": Rip Gene. You were so talented and kindhearted. You will be sorely missed by so many. All of us have lost Our Willy Wonka. Love, Violet — Denise Nickerson (@deniseviolet71) August 30, 2016   Nickerson, who was just 14 when Willy Wonka debuted, racked up a number of roles in the wake of the film's release, including a regular stint on the '70s variety series The Electric Company and as a beauty pageant contestant in Michael Ritchie's 1975 film Smile. She retired from acting »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Woody Allen's Amazon series: Pictures show a crisis brewing

14 hours ago

After decades of being looked down upon as movie’s ugly step sister, TV is the haven for all the cool kids these days. The latest to join this group is Woody Allen with his upcoming Amazon series Crisis in Six Scenes. The show, which stars Allen, Miley Cyrus, and Rachel Brosnahan, centers on a middle class family whose life becomes slightly chaotic after a guest arrives. We at HitFix have just received some promotional photos for the program, but rather than simply post them, we decided to add some captions of what we think is really going on in these shots. Crisis in Six Scenes premieres on Amazon Prime on September 30.   "Of course there’s something wrong with drinking white wine before noon. Anyone with any sense of decorum drinks red." Alternate caption: Woody doesn’t grasp how musical chairs works. "Add a mustache and dump the headphones and »


- David Eckstein

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You’ve never seen the Justice League quite this Weird

15 hours ago

Zack Snyder's Justice League trailer got a lot of fans excited for its lighter tone compared to Batman v Superman. The folks at Weird Trailers decided to kick it up a notch and I honestly have no idea what my brain just witnessed, but it's hysterical. I admit, this is my first look at Aldo Jones' "Weird Trailers" so I was certainly taken by surprise when Bruce Wayne showed up as a Troll doll. It was all gold from then on. Pay close attention or you might miss something. There are cameos everywhere. No seriously, literally blink and you might miss a few. Because speedsters. Look, I'm not saying Justice League should look like this but I laughed. Hard. (via /Film) »


- Jill Pantozzi

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'Supergirl' stuntwoman flies into 'American Ninja Warrior' record books

16 hours ago

Jessie Graff is in better shape than you. She’s also in better shape than everyone you know, have ever met, and might ever meet. Using all of her powers, the Supergirl stunt double has now made American Ninja Warrior history. Graff, 32, became the first woman to complete the Stage 1 course at the Anw national finals. What this really means is she can balance on the head of a pin, fly through the air and run vertically all while competing against an unforgiving clock. It’s exhausting to watch, so it must be hell to actually do. Graff has an impressive athletic background. She competed in the Ncaa pole vault championships in 2003 and 2004. Her stunt career has landed her gigs in blockbusters like Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Iron Man 2, as well as TV shows The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy and the aforementioned Supergirl. Check out the »


- David Eckstein

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Avengers reimagined as '80s sitcom 'Full House'

16 hours ago

The Avengers can do no wrong. The superhero troupe can save the world repeatedly. They can make zillions of dollars at the box office. And now they might just conquer YouTube with a video that’s sure to go viral. An enterprising YouTuber who goes by the name “Zach” (sadly, no other details given), turned the Avengers into the opening credits for Full House. Remarkably, it’s not that far off, save the awkward superhero uniforms. The faux credits, of course, feature the “Everywhere You Look” theme song that’s bound to get stuck in your head for days. But where it really works is the careful shot choices and even the font selection that makes you wonder how many hours “Zach” put into this. There’s even an Olsen siting, except it’s not Mary Kate or Ashley. It’s their sister Elizabeth, who played Scarlet Witch in Captain America: Civil War. »


- David Eckstein

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20 new fall TV shows to get excited about

20 hours ago

Once upon a time, conventional wisdom in TV suggested that any shows debuting outside of the fall were in some way lesser than the ones launching in September and October. Thanks to cable, streaming, and even a transformation of the way the broadcast networks schedule things, the roles have almost entirely reversed: now the really special stuff gets saved for January or later, while a lot of what's scheduled for a more traditional launch can be viewed as cannon fodder. This TV season, for instance, Fox is saving its revivals of 24 and Prison Break for 2017, and the CW is doing the same with its highest-profile new series, Riverdale. But there's still a lot of promising stuff coming this fall across broadcast, cable, and streaming — not just the welcome return of shows like Rectify, You're the Worst, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but a far more exciting batch of new series than were »


- Alan Sepinwall

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'Don't Breathe's' big box office win capped off a terrific summer for horror

29 August 2016 6:03 PM, PDT

Originally expected to finish somewhere in the teen-millions this weekend, Don't Breathe — the latest gallows-humor frightfest from Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez — stunned industry onlookers by raking in $26 million (including Thursday night previews), nearly triple its reported $10 million budget over its first three days. The film's weekend triumph capped off a terrific summer for horror movies at the box office overall (though we can't say the same for the season's big tentpoles), joining The Conjuring 2, The Shallows, The Purge: Election Year, and Lights Out as the last three months' biggest genre champs. Before I delve into the reasons behind their success, here's a quick look at the numbers: The Conjuring 2 Release date: June 10 Production budget: $40 million Worldwide box office total: $319 million The Shallows Release date: June 24 Production budget: $17 million Worldwide box office total: $93 million The Purge: Election Year Release date: July 1 Production budget: $10 million Worldwide box office »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Liam Neeson-Felicity Jones film ‘A Monster Calls’ gets a new release date

29 August 2016 5:50 PM, PDT

You’ll have to wait a bit longer to see the tale of a giant monster performed by Liam Neeson. A Monster Calls’ release date has been pushed to December. The film, based on the 2011 children’s fantasy novel, was previously scheduled for an October 21 opening. The change moves the film out of Halloween season (the title does sound like a horror movie) and onto December 23 where it can hope to be a Christmastime family attraction. A Monster Calls will start a 10-city limited run on December 23, expanding wide into 1,500 theaters on January 6, 2017. Neeson’s performance capture created the yew tree monster, who appears at the bedroom window of Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall), a 12-year-old dealing with the terminal illness of his mother (Felicity Jones). Sigourney Weaver plays the boy’s mother. It’s directed by Barcelona-born filmmaker J.A. Bayona, known for The Orphanage and The Impossible and set to »


- Emily Rome

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"This is Us" could be the biggest new show of the season

29 August 2016 5:14 PM, PDT

Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective. On the major networks, law enforcement shows are about nabbing the bad guy. Lawyer shows are about winning the big case. And dramedies are all about... making us cry. That's not a judgment. Perhaps a better way to put it, shows like Parenthood and the upcoming This is Us, which tells the stories of people all born on the same day, are about making us feel something other than disgust.  This trailer is a hit, which bodes well for NBC. It has more than 51 million views on Facebook alone. Perhaps that's because it's a refreshing breath of fresh air. It may be the Golden Age of Television on streaming and cable, but on the networks, we're up to our neck in procedurals, reality TV, and superhero shows. A multi-generation »


- Jon Davis

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