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Warner Bros may gamble big on a four-movie 'Stand' from 'Fault In Our Stars' director

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When you cover filmmaking and write about the business and the art of it, there are many times you find yourself criticizing a studio for choices that are being made, and sometimes, it starts to look like you're beating up on a particular studio or playing favorites. The truth is much less interesting, though. The truth is that I react to each project, each film, each announcement, as its own thing. I can't count the number of times I've disliked a film's marketing only to end up loving the movie itself, or vice versa, and it's taught me that each movie exists separate from the conversation around it. So with that in mind, I am not trying to beat up on Warner Bros. I think ambition is a great thing. Without ambition, there is no greatness. Mainstream filmmaking is a difficult balancing act between fiscal responsibility and artistic intent, and »


- Drew McWeeny

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New Beyonce songs leak: 'Ring Off' is a triumph, hit skip on '7/11'

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"Now it all makes sense," Beyonce sings in her new song "Ring Off." "Always know that you’ve got a daughter / That’s so, so proud you took the high road." "Ring Off" is one of two totally new songs that are included on Bey's self-titled album reissue, out on Nov. 24. It's easy to see why this song -- were it cut last year -- maybe wouldn't have made the initial cut of "Beyonce," released last December. "Ring Off" was off-brand for the landmark year adjacent to that ground-rattling release. http://a.tumblr.com/tumblr_nfd72h4T1V1qkomroo1.mp3 From spring of 2013 to the spring of this year, the singer and entertainer hoofed through her Mrs. Carter World Tour; the very title of the tour itself, as cheeky as it was, brought about the association that Beyonce is not Ms. Knowles, but instead used her year to celebrate being a wife, »


- Katie Hasty

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Queen Latifah Wrote a Letter Thanking Herself for her Talk Show

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Queen Latfiah's pleasant talk show was canceled today, and the Oscar-nominated songstress responded to the news the same way you would: by writing a letter to herself, posting it on Facebook, and making sure to thank herself for her major accomplishments. Read the strange, well-meaning, but totally weird missive below.   Dear Dana, Just a little note to say Thank You… Thank you for your strong work ethic and great effort in getting The Queen Latifah Show off the ground and running. Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed “True Grit”! Your Family, Partners, Staff and Crew showed up with you every step of the way. Be very proud of that! Not everyone can say the same. You can also say you have been a blessing to and been blessed by amazing guests and incredible audiences for this show. »


- Louis Virtel

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Netflix saves 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' from pre-cancellation

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When NBC aired trailers for all its new shows at last spring's upfront, no new series had me more intrigued than "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a comedy from the "30 Rock" team of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, starring Ellie Kemper from "The Office" as a sheltered woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and tries to start life over in New York City. It wasn't on the fall schedule, nor was it talked about in any early midseason plans, and I had heard from several comedy veterans that NBC had no idea what to do with a show that was so weird and incompatible with whatever it is their comedy brand is now. Well, NBC finally figured out what to do: they sold "Kimmy Schmidt" off to Netflix, which has made a two-year commitment to the series, with the first season debuting in March of 2015. Yup, now Netflix is saving »


- Alan Sepinwall

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One Direction take you out on a hot date in new 'Night Changes' video

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It's date night with One Direction, and you have five choices of what to do: Wine and dine at a fancy French bistro, snap selfies and win stuffed animals at the fair, go for a joyride in a classic car, hit the skating rink in the winter air, or a stay in with some booze, boardgames and a roaring fire. With the boy band's new Pov video, you can live out all four scenarios, with band members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. Just don't be too upset with the less-than-perfect endings. 1D may not believe in happy endings, but they sure believe in hair gel.  Watch the video here: "Night Changes" can be found on their brand new album "Four." »


- Dave Lewis

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'Strange Magic' trailer is full of snarky heroes, dudebro fairies, & musical numbers

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Marketed as “from the mind of George Lucas” comes an animated tale of what happens when two worlds collide. The barrier between the realms of Magic and Mystery have fallen, flinging goblins and fairies together…which can only mean war, duh. Played for laughs, “Strange Magic” might be less standard high fantasy trope of good vs. evil, and more a kid-friendly exploration about what happens when you make snap assumptions about a foreign “other.”  Oh, and it’s a musical? Maybe?  [Via Yahoo] Lucasfilm's "Strange Magic"  stars the voices of Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph, and Peter Stormare. It arrives in theaters across the country on January 23, 2015. »


- Donna Dickens

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5 Times Awesome Celebrities Interviewed Each Other

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It was both fantastic and a little bittersweet to watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert basically interview each other on "The Colbert Report" last night. The two cracked up, joked about their managerial styles, and started coming to terms with the fact that Colbert will be leaving the network soon. Watch their awesome, hilarious exchange here. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive   Got us thinking about other fabulous occasions where two celebrities chatted on camera and entertained the hell out of us. Here are our favorites: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler   The two were promoting "Baby Mama." They were also reminding us how much fun it is to be Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Ugh, these two. The best. Forever. The Golden Globes can't come fast enough. »


- Louis Virtel

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Disney to Plympton: Breaking down this year's Best Animated Short Film Oscar race

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This year's Best Animated Short Film Oscar race is, as ever, full of fetching displays of boundary-pushing technique and bold artistic voices. I sought out and watched all 10 of this year's contenders, announced recently by the Academy, from Disney's widely-viewed latest to an offering from the legendary Bill Plympton to new work from Oscar winners like William Joyce and Torill Kove. Let's just say I'm glad it's not my responsibility to whittle this down to five. I imagine these categories — even with the growing popularity of the annual Magnolia Pictures/Shorts International theatrical shorts package — remain a game of pin the tail on the donkey for those of you who take your Oscar pools seriously. But that release always comes once the nominees have been sorted. Let's dive in earlier with a cross-section of the 10 finalists, shall we? There's lots of traditional animation in the mix here, which the branch »


- Kristopher Tapley

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This week's 'Ask Drew' examines the aggressive issue of Chris Nolan fanboys

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These are going to start playing a little shorter. We're trying to turn each episode of "Ask Drew" into a fun little streamlined bullet fired directly into your brain pan. I can be a verbose Sob given even the slightest prompting, and part of the fun of "Ask Drew" is that I have no time to prepare for any of these questions. Because I can talk endlessly, though, when we do six or seven questions, these things start to get longer than they should be. We cover some ground this week, too, with one of the highlights for me being a question about Christopher Nolan. It's interesting to me because of how it was phrased, and how clearly it's a case of perspective. How you feel about Chris Nolan's fans probably depends largely on just how enamored you are with Nolan's work yourself. Fandom is a fascinating, and at times terrifying, »


- Drew McWeeny

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Rosamund Pike to receive Palm Springs Film Fest’s Breakthrough Performance Award

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Palm Springs: The place to be during Oscar season. The California town’s annual film festival is a hotbed of potential nominees, actors and actresses wrangled for speciality honors that amplify existing buzz. Currently receiving accolades from Palm Springs International Film Festival: Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), and J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"). Time for another name: Rosamund Pike. She costarred in "Die Another Day," "Pride & Prejudice," The Rock's "Doom," "An Education," "Jack Reacher," and "The World's End," but it took "Gone Girl" to finally come into her own. At least according to the Psiff, who will honor the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. "Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn’s complex character from the novel 'Gone Girl’bringing to life the privileged, manipulative and calculating Amy Dunne. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role,” said Film Festival »


- Matt Patches

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Editor Lee Smith says he could only play with time so much in 'Interstellar'

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Over the past decade, Lee Smith has worked alongside Christopher Nolan as the director has climbed to the highest peaks of Hollywood, with "Batman Begins," "The Prestige," "The Dark Knight," "Inception," and "The Dark Knight Rises." I recently had the chance to speak to Smith about his approach to editing, Nolan, their relationship, and their change of pace (both literal and figurative) that is "Interstellar." Coming from an Australian family deeply involved in the film industry, Smith started his career working in sound. In the editing realm, he cut his teeth on genre films like "The Howling III" and "RoboCop 2" and soon began a collaboration with Peter Weir on titles such as "Fearless," "The Truman Show" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (for which he earned his first Oscar nomination). While working in Hollywood on "Master," Smith was first asked if he was interested in meeting Nolan, »


- Gerard Kennedy

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Chloe Moretz, Chris Pratt, and more read Mean Tweets about themselves on Jimmy Kimmel

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As part of a now longstanding tradition, celebrity guests for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” are ushered into a room at some point during their visit. They are then handed a smart phone containing a hand-selected “mean tweet” about them, plumbed from the depths of the Internet. Said celebrities then read these delectable slices of American sociopathy aloud. The results are invariably hilarious. »


- Donna Dickens

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Marion Cotillard on 'Macbeth': 'I lost control of everything'

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Marion Cotillard has had what can only be described as a remarkable seven years. Truly. Since winning the Best Actress Oscar for her breakthrough performance in "La Vie en Rose" she's starred in Woody Allen's best film this century ("Midnight in Paris"), Christopher Nolan's Best Picture nominee ("Inception"), worked with Michael Mann ("Public Enemies"), smartly joined a Steven Soderbergh ensemble ("Contagion"), headlined a massive French-language hit ("Little White Lies"), was already robbed of a second Best Actress Oscar nomination ("Rust and Bone") and was the center of an acclaimed drama already well on its way to cinephile cult film status ("The Immigrant"). Throw in one flick for her life partner ("Blood Ties"), a paycheck too hard to turn down ("The Dark Knight Rise") and a musical that just didn't work ("Nine") and Cotillard is already well on her way to living legend status. Now, get ready to add  "Two Days, »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Richard Linklater for career achievement by Casting Society of America

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When you make movies about people, an eye for casting becomes an auteurist stamp. Richard Linklater knows his characters so well — their personalities, their movements, their sounds — that by the time he inserts actors into each part, the choices feel like absolutes. Take the "Before" series. It’s a war crime to fantasy cast alternatives for Celine and Jesse. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are too perfect. Just try. Nope. Not the same movie. Can’t do it. Impossible. In a testament to Linklater’s knack for spotting talent, the Casting Society of America will present two-time Academy Award-nominee with their Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards. “Richard is a filmmaker whose work is both current and timeless. With Boyhood, he worked with casting director Beth Sepko to make casting choices, which sustained the film’s emotional truth over the 12 years it took to shoot. It demonstrates »


- Matt Patches

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Box Office: 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' braves the weather for $17 million Thursday

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A few feet of snow can't stop Katniss Everdeen. Although not yet as powerful as the previous films in the franchise, Jennifer Lawrence's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I" will easily crush the other tributes at the box office this weekend, after bringing in a solid-if-unspectacular $17 million on Thursday night.  The figure marks the biggest Thursday night debut of 2014 to date, handily eclipsing the $11.2 million brought in by Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." However, the sum is noticeably lower than "Catching Fire's" $25 million opening last year, as well as the $19.7 million earned by the first "Hunger Games" in 2012. The first film went on to gross a huge $408 million domestically, while "Catching Fire" topped it with $424 million. "Mockingjay" is still being tracked for a massive opening weekend haul, which could surpass $140 million, making it the biggest opening weekend of the year. Younger viewers may be waiting for Friday »


- Dave Lewis

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FX/Fxx set January premieres for 'Justified,' 'Archer' & more

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Get ready for a lot of FX — and Fxx — programming early in the new year, as the cable networks today announced January premiere dates for "Justified," "Archer," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The Americans" and the new "Man Seeking Woman." First, the premieres on FX proper. "Archer" has its sixth season premiere (which will quickly dispense with the unfortunately-coincidental Isis name) on Thursday, January 8 at 10 p.m. "Justified" returns for its sixth and final season on Tuesday, January 20 on 10 p.m., with guest stars this year to include Sam Elliott, Garret Dillahunt and Jeff Fahey. "The Americans" returns for its third season the following week, on Wednesday, January 28 at 10 p.m. (FX also said the "American Horror Story: Freak Show" finale will air on January 21.) Over at spin-off channel Fxx, which has been revitalized thanks to its "Simpsons" repeats, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" returns for its 10th season on Wednesday, »


- Alan Sepinwall

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TV Ratings: 'Scandal,' 'Murder' midseason finales lead Thursday as 'Big Bang' dips

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Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 20, 2014. Midseason finales for "Scandal" and "How To Get Away With Murder" helped ABC win Thursday night both overall and among young viewers, as a low "Big Bang Theory" and increasingly weak "McCarthys" and "Elementary" numbers pushed CBS into second. Note that ratings for Thursday are a bit catawampus due to scattered 8 p.m. hour preemptions for President Obama's immigration address.  In addition, CBS had the NFL preemption in the Bay Area, while NBC had the NFL preemption in Kansas City. That would probably explain why NBC's numbers appear to be skewed high. On to Thursday's numbers... Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 2.9 rating for Thursday night, comfortably beating the 2.1 rating for CBS in the key demographic. NBC was second with a 1.3 key demo rating, followed by Fox's 1.0 key demo rating. The CW averaged a 0.6 key demo rating for the night. Overall, ABC averaged »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Review: 'How to Get Away with Murder' - 'Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me'

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Thoughts on last night's "How to Get Away with Murder," and its first season to date, coming up just as soon as I say goodbye to Twirling Cheerleader Girl... As promised, "Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me" finally revealed who actually killed Sam (seemingly Michaela at first, but really Wes after Sam had a slasher movie-style recovery from a broken neck), and put all the flash-forward scenes we'd been watching into their proper context. And as a bonus, it finally put Annalise firmly in the center of the mystery by revealing that she actually came home before Wes took the body away, and is now conspiring with him to cover it up. But was all that gamesmanship worth the trouble Pete Nowalk went to in order to bring us to this point? I would say probably not. With "How to Get Away with Murder," Nowalk and Shonda Rhimes pulled off »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Ask Alan, Episode 1: Movie stars on TV, 'Constantine' & more

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Back in the spring, I found myself working at HitFix's La offices for a few days, which would ordinarily have been an opportunity to tape an in-person episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Show. But with Fienberg out of town for my visit, we instead recorded a variant on our Ask Drew series, with Drew McWeeny asking me questions instead of fielding them himself. It was a fun experience, and when we decided later in the year to put the video show on the shelf (possibly to return one day when the 3,000 mile distance between the two hosts is less technologically cumbersome), I wanted to give the Ask Alan thing some more burn. So welcome to the first installment of what will hopefully be a regular and long-running (but short in terms of each episode) video series, in which I take your questions and try not to ramble too much in answering them. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Lean In'

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A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as there are no cookies... What a maddening episode of "Parenthood" was "Lean In," full of Bravermans behaving badly (and, on occasion, the Braverman-adjacent doing the same), and the show only sometimes seeming to be aware that this is what was happening. This week's worst offenders: Kristina and Adam, who are spectacularly out of line for the majority of the episode. It's not just that Kristina has completely failed her role as headmistress and protector of the other kids at Chambers by choosing to be Max's mother first and foremost, but that she and Adam are doing such a lousy job of being Max's parents. There is trying to make the world bend a little to accommodate a kid with special needs, and then there is enabling your son's ongoing harassment of other kids in his class, getting angry »


- Alan Sepinwall

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