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Watch six new creepy teasers for 'American Horror Story'

3 hours ago

As usual, FX is remaining tight-lipped about the sixth installment of American Horror Story — even subtitling it "?6" to keep it mysterious — but at least they've released six teasers for us to obsessively dissect ... if we can get past how creepy they are.  None of the teasers really give us any solid insight to the new season but there are plenty of clues strewn throughout: a farmhouse, the sound of a chainsaw, a baby's crib, and more.  »


- Pilot Viruet

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Will Smith fanboyed over the Batmobile

4 hours ago

Will Smith hit The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to talk about working on Suicide Squad and revealed that he basically turned into an over-excited fanboy the second he saw the Batmobile. But can you blame him? Proving that even the biggest of movie stars can get starstruck by their favorite characters, Smith laughs about how he tried and failed to play it cool when Ben Affleck popped out of the car. Watch his reaction below: »


- Pilot Viruet

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Ask Alan: What makes a TV flashback episode good?

7 hours ago

Happy Friday, everybody! Time for another Ask Alan, hitting up four topics: What makes a good flashback episode, whether Dennis Franz will ever un-retire, what TV musical scores I listen to when I'm not watching TV, and a return to the subject of TV loose ends that can frustrate. As always, you can watch the video at the top or bottom of this post, and you can send questions to askalan@hitfix.com, or by tweeting @sepinwall with the hashtag #AskAlanDay. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Meryl Streep bashes Disney, 2 years later gets cast in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

15 hours ago

From boss to cousin: Meryl Streep may reunite with her Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns. Streep is in talks to join the sequel, Variety reports. She’d play Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, a character who who wasn’t in the original 1964 film. The new film takes place in Depression-era London, where a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks and Michael’s children are visited by Mary Poppins and her friend Jack (played by Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda). The project would bring Streep back together with Disney Studios, Blunt, and director Rob Marshall — all were part of 2014’s Into the Woods, which earned Streep her 19th (!!) Oscar nomination. It’s worth noting Streep’s had an interesting history with Disney and Mary Poppins. She memorably bashed Walt Disney (the man, not the company) in a speech at the 2014 National Board of Review awards gala. There was a »


- Emily Rome

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Meg Ryan directed a movie!

16 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 not usually surprising when a well known actor tries their hand at directing. They're already creative people, they spend all day on set, they have a lot of experience with the performance aspect of filmmaking, so it makes a lot of sense.  Meg Ryan's directorial debut Ithaca is a little more unexpected because she's been around so long and hasn't done any high profile producing or much else on the other side of the camera until now. That doesn't mean she doesn't have the chops, it's really cool to see a well known creative person do something different. From my admittedly myopic standpoint, the only indication she had a yearning to break into new territory was her performance in Courage Under Fire. Cast way against type, Meg Ryan played a tough-as-nails, »


- Jon Davis

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Jeremy Lin shoots hoops with Naruto and Sailor Moon in ‘Space Jam 3’ short film

18 hours ago

We’re still waiting on Space Jam 2, but ’90s nostalgia is alive and well with a basketball star of today in Space Jam 3.  The short film by YouTuber Ryan Higa hit the web today, and it features Brooklyn Nets player Jeremy Lin getting transported into the world of anime characters. He soon finds himself having to shoot hoops alongside Naruto and Sailor Moon. There’s plenty of homages to the 1996 classic here, including Michael’s Secret Stuff — but Jeremy’s Secret Stuff, it turns out, is what the NBA player uses on his oft-wild hair. Lin’s hair is exactly part of what makes him a good fit for an anime Toon Squad — one of his ’dos once got plenty of comparisons to Goran of Dragon Ball Z. Check out Space Jam 3 below: Meanwhile, the latest on Space Jam 2 is that another Lin — Justin Lin, of Star Trek Beyond »


- Emily Rome

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The new 'Ben-Hur' is totally going to flop

19 hours ago

Can you believe it? Nobody in 2016 cares about a new Ben-Hur. The $100 million epic is tracking for a dreary $14-$15 million opening at the box office over the August 19-21 weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter -- not a great start for a film that cost nearly $100 million to make. Though THR notes that MGM and Paramount still have "three weeks to make their final marketing push, including targeting faith-based moviegoers," right now the Timur Bekmambetov-directed film is shaping up to be a pretty disappointing investment. A lot of the film's success or failure will also likely depend on overseas grosses. Starring Jack Huston as the title character along with Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniada, and Rodrigo Santoro, this is the third adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel, the most famous being the 1959 version starring Charlton Heston that won a record 11 Oscars. The plot centers on a Jewish »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Why can't we be friends? Marvel vs DC peace talks on Fandemonium

20 hours ago

On this episode of Fandemonium, host Miri Jedeikin and her esteemed colleague Drew McWeeny unpack the highlights of two major panels at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con - Marvel and Warner Bros. They also delve into how Comic Con and its surrounding culture have changed over the years, for better or worse. Check out all the fireworks in the video above. »


- HitFix Staff

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Are we excited about the 'Gilmore Girls' revival or not? - She Said/She Said

20 hours ago

We live in interesting entertainment times. The film industry is slowly buckling under the weight of reboots, requels, and reimaginings. A few paces behind in this strip-mining of classic properties is television. From Girl Meets World and Fuller House to The X-Files and now Gilmore Girls, nostalgia is still a hot commodity. But while the initial excitement about adding to a beloved pop culture universe can be infectious, the success of these trips down memory lane have been middling. In the video above (and below!) Donna Dickens and Jill Pantozzi discuss the merits of rebooting Gilmore Girls. Warning: Minor Bojack Horseman Season 3 spoiler inside! »


- Donna Dickens

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'Stand By Me' star Wil Wheaton gushes over 'Stranger Things'

21 hours ago

The fact that the Duffer Brothers had young actors auditioning for Stranger Things read lines from the Stand By Me screenplay might understandably sound alarm bells for those who are sick of empty-headed homages to '80s movies, and yet the Netflix series happens to be one of the rare entries in that overworked canon that manages to rise above its inspirations. That certainly came as a surprise to me -- and it sounds like it may have caught Stand By Me star Wil Wheaton off-guard as well. Indeed, Wheaton -- who played the lead role of Gordie Lachance in the 1986 Rob Reiner classic -- may well be one of Stranger Things' biggest fans. According to the actor (via The Wrap), the series is in fact "one of the greatest things I’ve ever experienced in my life as an audience member," and he attributes a lot of that »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Legendary finally unveils their long-promised Chinese action film 'The Great Wall'

21 hours ago

Welcome to the future of blockbuster movies. Legendary Pictures was started as a major funding partner for studios, with an aggressive creative team of their own onboard, and over the years, I’ve talked to Thomas Tull repeatedly about his goals and his work. Tull has stayed very true to the earliest vision of what Legendary should be, and he genuinely seems to be driven by his own interests as a fan. He didn’t get interested in Batman and Superman because Warner needed someone to pay for their films; he specifically asked to be involved in those films because he adores them. Same thing with Godzilla. Same thing with Pacific Rim. These are things that hit Tull dead center in his nerd pleasure center, and he throws his support behind them because he wants to see them given all the resources possible. Legendary is now heavily involved with Chinese money, »


- Drew McWeeny

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'Sesame Street' fires Bob McGrath after 45 seasons with show

21 hours ago

People often throw around the all-too-melodramatic phrase “my childhood is ruined.” Now I’m not going to say that here, but I will say that the younger version of me is certainly more than a little disappointed to find out that Sesame Street has let go of three long-time show actors. Bob McGrath (“Bob”) Emilio Delgado (“Luis”), and Roscoe Orman (“Gordon”) have been fired from the Emmy-winning and legendary TV series. The 84-year-old McGrath broke the news while at Florida Supercon. And he sounded miffed about changes that have happened since HBO acquired the broadcast rights to the series. “As of this season, I have completed my 45th season this year,” McGrath said. “And the show has gone under a major turn around, going from an hour to a half-hour. HBO has gotten involved also. And they let all of the original cast members go, with the exception of Alan Muraoka »


- David Eckstein

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Superman still isn't down with red underwear in our first look at 'Supergirl's Man of Steel

21 hours ago

I’ve been pretty vocal about my love of the Supergirl TV show. Melissa Benoist’s portrayal of Kara was a breath of fresh air last year into a Dceu that was fraught with dark gritty timelines. For myself, it was a nice change of pace to see a superhero that Wanted to be one. Supergirl is an optimist and I’m excited to see her join The CW ‘Arrowverse’ as the show moves away from CBS this fall. My delights over Supergirl extended to the off-screen portrayal of Superman himself. Mostly stepping aside so as not to overshadow his cousin’s spotlight, the Man of Steel was nonetheless supportive of Kara’s endeavors to make a difference in the world. In season 2, fans will get an even more in-depth look at this relationship as Tyler Hoechlin joins the cast as Kal-El/Superman. With a role like this, Hoechlin will »


- Donna Dickens

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Is Everything Too Long? Talking 'Mr Robot' and More with Alan Sepinwall

22 hours ago

Why is every show so darn long?  On The Check In, HitFix Editor Richard Rushfield chats with TV Critic Alan Sepinwall about last night's 'Mr Robot' which erupted 20 minutes beyond its allotted slot.  For better or worse? And what is going on with the super-sizing of TV episodes and seasons?  Is more of a great thing better? Or in the age of peak TV is it the straw that broke the camel's back.  Check it out in the video above. »

- Richard Rushfield

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Disney looking to reboot 'The Rocketeer' with black female lead

22 hours ago

Here’s a blast from the past. Disney is looking to bring The Rocketeer back to the big screen in what’s being termed a sequel-reboot (whatever that means), this according to The Hollywood Reporter. The publication has equally interesting news — the next iteration of the 1991 movie will feature a black female as the main character. For those unfamiliar with the original flick, it starred Billy Campbell as a stunt pilot who unearths a jetpack which he uses to fly around and fight Nazis. The movie also featured Jennifer Connelly and Timothy Dalton. It was based on the graphic novel of the same name. The Rocketeer underperformed at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics. On a production budget of an unadjusted $35 million, the movie made just $46 million. The film, according to an interview with Rocketeer creator Dave Stevens, was initially supposed to be part of a trilogy, »


- David Eckstein

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Merry Prankster: Wisconsinite replaces family photos with Steve Buscemi

28 July 2016 10:52 AM, PDT

oblivious [uh-bliv-ee-uhs] adj. 1) unmindful; unconscious; unaware What do you do when the prank you play on your parent goes unnoticed? You post it on Twitter, of course. This is exactly what a Wisconsin brother and sister did, and now the story has gone viral. Kevin Manion decided he wanted to see just how aware his mom was of her surroundings, so he replaced family photos with those of the bug-eyed Steve Buscemi. And nothing happened. “My brother has been replacing family photos with pics of Steve Buscemi and my mom hasn't noticed,” Claire Manion wrote on the social media site. She then includes various photos of the Golden Globe winner alongside other portraits. Since she posted it on July 24, the Tweet has been retweeted more than 30,000 times and favorited 50,000 times. Among those retweeting is Judd Apatow. In response, Kevin wrote on Twitter, “Now this is an honor.” I’m just jealous »


- David Eckstein

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If you thought season 3 of 'The 100' was dark, buckle up Buttercup

28 July 2016 10:45 AM, PDT

San Diego Comic-Con press rooms can be "interesting"*, especially when it comes to press roundtables for shows with a very dedicated fanbase. In the case of The 100, it's well known that executive producer Jason Rothenberg has been a lightning rod of conversation and controversy. This was my first experience interviewing him and I wasn't sure what to expect. I'll say upfront that I really liked season three of The 100 and that, save for the way they handled Lexa's death. The other choices throughout the season all made sense to me. The female journalist, two seats over from me at Comic-Con, was almost my polar opposite opinion-wise. So, like I said, interesting. For his part, Rothenberg has done some reflecting on what did and didn't work in season three. "I was in a dark place," he said, "I must have been exorcising some demons...but I wanted to tell that story. »


- Geek Girl Diva

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Netflix just announced the fate of Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’

28 July 2016 9:07 AM, PDT

There's been several months of fan campaigning to save Marvel's Agent Carter after ABC decided to cancel it after two seasons. Now Netflix, the main hope for its continuation, has officially given word on its future. The news comes from Entertainment Weekly out of the Television Critics Association (TCA) Netflix presentation today where chief content officer Ted Sarandos gave the verdict - they will not be picking up Agent Carter. I was holding out hope for Peggy's return for sure but deep down I think I knew it wasn't going to happen. The reason is all business of course. “We’re looking for truly original brands to own,” Sarandos said, “and in that Marvel space we already have [original comic book shows] – so that was mostly why.” While it's true, Netflix already has Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders set as series, most thought that meant it was only natural »


- Jill Pantozzi

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MTV Classic will launch on August 1 with 'Daria,' 'Punk'd,' and 'Clone High'

28 July 2016 7:45 AM, PDT

Earlier this month, a tweet hinted that Vh1 Classic would soon become MTV Classic but now we have all the details. On August 1 — the 35th anniversary of MTV's launch — MTV Classic will kick off by reairing its first hour. From there, the network will start to air all of your favorite shows, from Clone High to The Real World. Other shows featured will be Beavis & Butt-Head (the original, I'm assuming, and not the recent-ish reboot), its Daria spinoff, Pimp My Ride, Laguna Beach, Road Rules, Jackass, and more. Here's a fun promo to get yourself appropriately stoked:  »


- Pilot Viruet

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Watch Cara Delevingne and Dave Franco rap battle on 'The Late Late Show'

28 July 2016 6:50 AM, PDT

The Late Late Show With James Corden's recurring segment "Drop The Mic." in which celebrities rap battle with host James Corden, returned last night to feature a three-person battle: Corden, Dave Franco, and Cara Delevingne. The three took turns trading funny insults, but who came out on top?  Most of the good-natured cracks were predictable: Delevingne's eyebrows, Franco being less famous than his older brother, Corden's, sigh, weight. But for the most part, it's still a pretty fun segment. Watch below and see if you agree with the winner: »


- Pilot Viruet

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