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Garfunkel & Oates Hilariously Toast 'Saved by the Bell'

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What could be better than making fun of sports and re-staging classic "Saved by the Bell" moments? That's what Garfunkel & Oates (a.k.a. Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci) have done with this snazzy, athletic, totally sarcastic video called "Sports Go Sports." Can you identify the Bayside tribute it's going for? Who can resist such anthemic lyrics as "Athletics are #1"? In case the original "Saved by the Bell" performance isn't ringing a bell, check it out here. Miss you, Lark Voorhies. »


- Louis Virtel

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'Harry Potter' vet David Yates to direct Jk Rowling trilogy kickoff 'Fantastic Beasts'

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David Yates just can't keep away from "Harry Potter." The British filmmaker, who directed the last four installments in the blockbuster fantasy-film series, is returning to helm the forthcoming spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," according to Variety. Inspired by J.K. Rowling's 2001 book of the same name, the "Potter"-adjacent project is slated to be the kickoff to a new trilogy of movies, with Rowling set to make her screenwriting debut on the first installment. Though it's not technically a prequel to the "Harry Potter" series, the film will be set in New York 70 years prior to the events of first "Potter" installment "The Sorcerer's Stone." It will center on Newt Scamander, the author of the "Fantastic Beasts" textbook that is required reading for first-year students at Hogwarts. No actor has yet been cast as Scamander, described as a "magizoologist" in his early 20s. According to Variety, »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Before he was James Bond: Pierce Brosnan turned down a chance to play Batman

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Pierce Brosnan may be best known for playing suave secret agent James Bond, but the dapper Irish actor almost filled the shoes of another famous fictional hero: Batman. Unsurprisingly, Brosnan admitted during a Reddit Ama this week that he regrets turning down an offer to star as the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton's 1989 smash hit. The "November Man" star was one of several big names -- including Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner and Bill Murray (!) up for the role that ultimately went to Michael Keaton. "I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman," Brosnan revealed. "But I just couldn't really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I? Don't get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. »


- Dave Lewis

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'The Princess Died' horror parody will give you retroactive childhood nightmares

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If you ever needed proof that a trailer can make or break a film, look no further than "The Princess Bride" recut as a terrifying horror movie. When the psychotic Westley's obsession with Princess Buttercup ends in kidnap, will her beloved Prince Humperdink be able to save her in time? Or will Buttercup become just the latest trophy mounted on the wall of Westley's ship? [Via io9]   »


- Donna Dickens

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Review: 'Sin City' sequel serves up ugly stories, no fun, and even wastes Eva Green

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There's a moment early on in "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" where we find Frank Miller seated in the bar where Nancy (Jessica Alba) is dancing, looking very much like the sort of creep who you'd expect to see populating a Frank Miller universe at this point, and when I spotted him, time and space folded in on one another and reality collapsed. Well, okay, maybe not, but it is a wink in a movie that is already one long, drunken, woman-hating wink, and more than anything, I sat through the film questioning those years when I actually considered Frank Miller an exciting voice in comics. At this point, "Sin City" is threadbare parody piled on top of suffocatingly stylish homage, and the result is almost unbearable. Yes, you read that right. I'm one of the people who liked the first film. I thought it did a lot right, »


- Drew McWeeny

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Vincent D’Onofrio talks up his role as Kingpin in Marvel's ‘Daredevil'

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(Cbr) Vincent D’Onofrio has a lot of confidence in "Daredevil," the upcoming Marvel series now in production for Netflix. He plays Wilson Fisk, the hulking crime boss better known as Kingpin, and to hear him tell it, he’s having a lot of fun. “It’s huge. I mean the whole Marvel world is so huge,” he told Screen Crush. “But I gotta tell you, I couldn’t be working for nicer people. I really am. I’m just having a great time. The whole — the way that we’re shooting it, our "Daredevil," everybody that’s in the show, is just going so well. Tonight we have a big fight scene that’s happening. It’s the first time you see my character do something physical.” D’Onofrio continued, saying his enthusiasm for the role is further fueled by the fan interactions he’s enjoyed thus far. “It »


- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources

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Shakira's 'Loca' Plagiarized: Cry Along to the Copied Jam

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Sony is on the hook to pay damages for Shakira, whose song "Loca" from the album "Sale et Sol" was deemed plagiarized. How could Shakira, a bastion of kickass pop songwriting, make the worst kind of creative mistake? Up is down. Left is right. Hips lie. A judge ruled that "Loca" is based on a song by Latin singer-songwriter Ramon "Arias" Vazquez called "Loco con su Tiguer3." Apparently Vazquez refused to license the song to El Cato, the featured performer in Shakira's hit, and he created a version of it anyway. Shakira's song is based on that version. Oh, Shakira. I'm a she-wolf howling in pain at this news. Listen to Shakira's version here and El Cato's version afterwards: »

- Louis Virtel

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'Annabelle' delivers terrifying new demonic doll trailer for 'Conjuring' spinoff

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The evil, murderous, doll is a well worn trope in the horror genre, and with good reason – dolls are terrifying.  Even when they are just there in your child's room in the real world, they're terrifying.  You combine that general horror of these not-quite-lifelike things with demonic possession, and, well, things can get really ugly. We were all introduced to the doll Annabelle last year in "The Conjuring," and now we are getting awfully close to the release of the prequel, "Annabelle."  The new movie is due out in October. As the title suggests, "Annabelle" is focused on the doll in question.  It also features the poor family who are its owners when members of a satanic imbue the doll with an unspeakable terror. Well, that last bit isn't necessarily entirely true.  The terror is going to be spoken of a lot in the movie.  It is even spoken of »


- Josh Lasser

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Venice 2014: Get ready for buzzworthy 'Birdman,' Andrew Garfield and Al Pacino

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As previously reported by my HitFix colleagues, 2014’s fall festivals represent something of a battle royale for various heavyweight Oscar hopefuls. The oldest fest in the big four, venerable Venice, is up against younger Us counterparts Toronto, Telluride and New York in the perennial fight to deliver a truly memorable Competition. Which films will be left standing once the critics have had their way with them? Contenders hoping to emerge victorious from La Biennale’s royal rumble include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s opening nighter "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, David Gordon Green’s Al Pacino vehicle "Manglehorn" and Andrew Garfield vs Michael Shannon in Ramin Bahrani’s real estate showdown "99 Homes." As far as awards season goes, for me the big hitter to beat from Cannes is "Foxcatcher," an extraordinary and illuminating piece of filmmaking from Bennett Miller, a director I’ve not been personally persuaded by before now. In the documentary category, »


- Catherine Bray

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Here's Ted Danson Dressed Like Prince and Looking Fantastic

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Here's the weirdest Funny Or Die offering I've seen in awhile: Ted Danson and Mark Duplass play a couple seeking counseling with cuckoo advisor Elisabeth Moss. Sure. We'll take it. The three costar in the new movie "The One I Love," which is a pretty good reason to make a video highlighting the sartorial choices of Prince. Doesn't Danson look smashing in that purple buccaneer coat? My other favorite part is what Moss asks Duplass when Danson leaves the room. Peggy Olsen's unhinged, y'all.  »


- Louis Virtel

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Emmy Predictions 2014: Outstanding comedy/drama lead actor

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Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting. Between now and then, Dan and I will be making our picks for both who should and will win many of the major categories — if you're wagering, keep in mind that Dan tends to be much better at predicting the winners than I am, but also that he was just as flummoxed as I by last year's winners like Jeff Daniels, Merritt Wever and Bobby Cannavale — continuing with our look at the comedy and drama lead actor categories. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Louis C.K., "Louie" Don Cheadle, "House of Lies" Ricky Gervais, »


- Alan Sepinwall

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'Ant-Man's' Evangeline Lilly unveils her chic new Wasp-style hairdo

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When "Lost" and "The Hobbit" star Evangeline Lilly signed on for Marvel's upcoming "Ant-Man," many fans assumed that her character, Hope Van Dyne, would eventually turn into the pint-sized superheroine the Wasp, and pics of the actress' new hairdo will only further stoke the flames of rumor.  The film, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, started shooting this week in the Bay Area, and Lilly posted several pics from the set to her Instagram page. Marvel fans will no doubt be reminded of the classic Wasp (Aka Janet Van Dyne) look when they see Lilly's new 'do, giving new meaning to the phrased "teased hair." Check out Lilly's luscious locks here: Is Lilly telling us that she will be suiting up for action in the film? Will Hope Van Dyne be taking up the legacy of her mother (or maybe, aunt...haha) Janet, in the same way that the film »


- Dave Lewis

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Toronto fest declares Sept. 5 'Bill Murray Day'

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In a show of apparent elation that the festival could track down Bill Murray and slate his new film, "St. Vincent," as a showcase presentation, the Toronto Film Festival has gone all out and set aside an entire day of programming centered on the actor. Friday, Sept. 5 has officially been declared "Bill Murray Day." Screenings of three of Murray's classic comedies will carry the day: Ivan Reitman's "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes" as well as the late Harold Ramis' "Groundhog Day." "St. Vincent" will bow as a world premiere later that night. In addition, a contest will be held to reward Murray fans who attend all three screenings: up to 50 of them will be granted a ticket to the "St. Vincent" premiere. All of the Murray screenings, including the "St. Vincent" premiere, will happen at the Tiff Bell Lightbox. So, if you're planning to attend the fest and you don't »


- Kristopher Tapley

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'Theory of Everything' poster keeps the focus on the Hawking romance

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I find myself wondering about James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything." I'm excited for the film on one hand, as a handling of the life of Stephen Hawking is long past due (and James Marsh is an interesting choice to bring it forth). But the geek in me wants the focus (no pun intended) on his contributions to physics and cosmology. The marketing from Focus Features, however, is making it very clear that this is a love story first and foremost. The trailer set that construct up a few weeks ago and today it's made all the more obvious as Hawking's theorems and whatnot literally play in the background of a romantic encounter with his wife Jane on the film's official poster. Granted, the film is based on Jane Hawking's book, so a story from her perspective obviously makes sense. And again, if Focus gets a good »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Aphex Twin reveals details on first new album in 13 years: 'Syro'

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After a viral campaign launched in the "deep web" online, and a giant blimp with the artist's logo emblazoned on it took flight over London over the weekend, Aphex Twin has now made details official about his new album "Syro," his first effort in 13 years. "Syro" will be out on Sept. 23 via Warp. The album artwork above features the artist Aphex Twin (real name Richard D. James) himself. The famed English electronic musician, composer and DJ's last album was 2001's "Drukqs," and he last toured in 2012. He explains his journey to today's announcement in one of the most cheeky, bizarre press releases ever, seen below. Here is the "Syro" tracklist: 1. minipops 67 (source field mix) (aka the manchester track) 2. XMAS_EveT10 (thanaton3 mix) 3. produk 29 4. 4 bit 9d api+e+6 5. 180db_ 6. CIRCLONT6A (syrobonkus mix) 7. fz pseudotimestrech+e+3 8. CIRCLONT14 (shrymoming mix) 9. syro u473t8+e (piezoluminescence mix) 10. PAPAT4 (pineal mix) 11. s950tx16wasr »


- Katie Hasty

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TV Ratings: Double 'Extant,' 'Big Brother,' 'Talent' highlight Wednesday

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Fast National ratings for Wednesday, August 20, 2014. "Big Brother" ranked as Wednesday's top show among young viewers and helped CBS win the night in that measure, while "America's Got Talent" led NBC to an overall victory. CBS' double-dose of "Extant" was roughly consistent with recent airings and beat "Taxi Brooklyn" overall in the 10 p.m. hour.  Among other notables, Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" slipped again, while The CW's "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" rose again, though both variations were relatively miniscule. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.4 rating for Wednesday night, edging out NBC's 1.3 rating in the key demographic. ABC and Fox both averaged a 0.9 key demo rating, while The CW averaged a 0.4 key demo rating.  Overall, though, NBC averaged an estimated 6.57 million viewers and a 4.2 rating/7 share for Wednesday primetime, beating CBS' 5.91 million viewers and 3.7/7. ABC averaged 3.55 million viewers and a 2.4/4 for the night, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Get ready for Nick Offerman to blow your mind with hilarious deep thoughts

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Who here remembers Jack Handey? You know, the surrealist comic best known for his one-liner jokes meant to make you laugh and then think and then make you pass the bong, man. For 7 years, his New Age "Deep Thoughts" were the filler between SNL sketches, forever searing them into our collective consciousness. Well if SNL wants to resurrect the bit, Nick Offerman and the subreddit /ShowerThoughts are ready! Cherry picking some of the best one-liners, Offerman offers (zing!) his voice up to give these stray ruminations the gravitas they deserve. »


- Donna Dickens

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Julianne Hough set for return to ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars'

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We have news today from the world of "Dancing with the Stars."  It seems as though the judges' table is going to be looking a little different when the show premieres on September 15th at 8pm as Julianne Hough is going to be sitting there on a weekly basis. Fans of Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli shouldn't worry, Hough will simply be a fourth regular judge on the show.  According to the press release, no one is leaving.  Hough is a two-time champion who joined the cast of "Dancing" in the show's fourth season (after being a company dancer), but later left and pursued an acting and singing career.  She has actually returned to the show a few times, both as a guest judge and as a guest dancer.  Her wins on the series came with Apolo Anton Ohno and Helio Castroneves.  Speaking about her return, Hough is quoted as saying, »


- Josh Lasser

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday - 5 Ways This Episode Ruled

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I thought about it. Then I thought about it again. Turns out I'm not exaggerating or brainwashed (like Zingbot, our precious gyrating robot pal who visited the houseguests this week) regarding this week's episode. It really was fantastic, from the stupid Team America challenge to the Pov game to the climactic final moment. Best episode of the season? Could be. Here are five reasons why.  1. Donny is innocent but loves being scary as hell.  For whatever reason, Donny has ended up outside the game's major alliance and there doesn't seem to be much of a way in. Our poor bearded chickadee. Sigh. But you have to give Donny "props" (quoth Zingbot) for using one of the few tools left in his arsenal: manipulation of the most impressionable person in the house, Zach. The little speech Donny gave Zach that planted necessary paranoia in his head about getting backdoored? Flawless. And also terrifying. »


- Louis Virtel

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Correct or Wrong: Has 'True Blood' turned a corner in its final season?

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There wasn't a lot of hope for the final season of "True Blood." Season six featured too many new characters, a silly Vampire "god" (Lilith), a super-powered Bill, a human torture camp for vampires and Eric seemingly going away for good. "True Blood" always thrived on trying to weave over-the-top story lines around characters the viewer could relate to. That clearly wasn't happening.  In fact, it almost became almost punishment to try and watch the show.  Not even the most hardcore fans believed things could turn around in season seven. When the show returned at the end of June it got off to another bumpy start. A pointless storyline about rogue vampires trying to feed off the residents of Bon Temps seemed to only create a mechanism to kill off members of the cast (honestly, do we remember any of it anymore?). Slowly, but surely, things slowed down a bit. »


- Gregory Ellwood, Dan Fienberg

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