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This artist drew Disney's 'Xena: Warrior Princess' and now you're sad it isn't real

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Princesses and Disney go together like peanut butter and Nutella. What? It's basically a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup only if you squint you can pretend it's healthy! Anyway.  With the runaway success of "Frozen," princesses are hotter than ever. And while DC still hasn't figured out that Warrior + Princess = $$$$$$$$, maybe Disney will. Imagine it. "Xena: Warrior Princess" would take all the action adults love and mix it together with a generation of girls (and boys) already pretending to be Merida and Rapunzel in equal measure.  Art By: Nayyonaise Artist Nayyonnaise took the liberty of whipping up a few character designs, so this is just waiting on the green light from your end Disney. And if our readers are any indication, the market for this reboot is huge. Ahem. Art By: Nayyonaise Art By: Nayyonaise   [Via The Mary Sue] »


- Donna Dickens

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Leslie Mann to play Audrey in 'Vacation' reboot

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Leslie Mann is ready for a "Vacation."  The actress will play the adult version of Audrey Griswold in the latest entry in the long-running National Lampoon comedy franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The role previously was played by, among others, Dana Barron in 1983's "Vacation" and Juliette Lewis in 1989's "Christmas Vacation." As prevously revealed, Ed Helms ("The Hangover") will star as Audrey's grown-up brother, Rusty, with Christina Applegate playing his wife. Along with their offsprings, they embark on a cross-country road trip as disastrous as the one Audrey and Rusty took as kids in the original 1983 film. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo will reportedly make a cameo as the senior Griswolds.  "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star Charle Day and Marvel mainstay Chris Hemsworth are in talks to join in on the fun as well. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein ("Horrible Bosses" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone »


- Dave Lewis

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'Interstellar' poster: Matthew McConaughey is your new favorite astronaut

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Who's your favorite astronaut? Mine is Matthew McConaughey. The newly-minted Oscar winner is front and center in the latest poster for "Interstellar," the upcoming Christopher Nolan space epic that's set for release this fall. The one-sheet is pretty spare and not terribly exciting, though it does feature the intriguing tagline "The End of Earth Will Not Be The End of Us." Because Matthew is going to save us all, of course. Check out the one-sheet below. "Interstellar" hits theaters on November 7. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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'99 Homes' with Andrew Garfield acquired by Broad Green Pictures for 2015 release

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And Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon to the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor races as Ramin Bahrani's "99 Homes" has landed domestic distribution after playing the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals. Indie upstart Broad Green Pictures has landed the film stateside with an aim to release in the spring of 2015. The film will not, however, be competing for Oscars consideration this year, despite early reports to the contrary. I missed "99 Homes" in the four-day Telluride sprint, but HitFix's Greg Ellwood caught up to it and was highly impressed. "At first, Ramin Bahrani's drama feels like it might be slightly preachy, but it soon turns into a gripping drama that succeeds partially thanks to the amazing work from Garfield and Shannon," he wrote, before going on to declare the actors' performances to be two of the very best of their careers. Prior to that, at Venice, Catherine Bray was slightly less convinced, »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Review: Chris Brown's new album 'X' rarely makes its marks

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Chris Brown is an artist whose public persona is nearly impossible to separate from his art. He's an obviously gifted singer, and frequently an even better dancer. His pout and his swagger, when he's performing, is all part of the act. And the act can often be the art. He's also been repeatedly arrested, charged and sentenced for assault; he publicly brawls with other artists; he's proven a hostile and defensive in television appearances and on social media. That recent Billboard interview was insufferable. He can be vile about women, boastful about commercial success and his own materialism. His success is dependent on inspired live performances, a hit single and the support of his label and guest artists on his records. This need has worked its way into his art, onto his new album "X," though not always in the most explicit, lyrical terms. "X" was an album that took a year-and-a-half to make, »


- Katie Hasty

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Xosha Roquemore and Beth Grant discuss their wacky 'Mindy Project' characters

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On "The Mindy Project," we rarely get to spend time with Xosha Roquemore's Tamra or Beth Grant's Beverly outside of the office.  Sure, we know details about Tamra's romance with Ray Ron, as well as her new fling with Morgan. And yes, we know about Beverly's firing and subsequent rehiring, as well as off-hours activities including attendance at executions. But can we truly say that we know Tamra or Beverly? Get ready to finally get some insight into both characters. Last week, I sat down with Roquemore and Grant and learned a few things about what makes Tamra a surprisingly good nurse and why Beverly hasn't exactly become an exemplary worker since returning to the job.  The two actresses discuss the crafting of their characters' backstories and the little things that they've learned from lines that maybe didn't make it into episodes. Check out the full interview above. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Jane Fonda: 'I am in awe of Tina Fey and Jason Bateman'

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Jane Fonda is one of the most celebrated and well-awarded actresses of the past 50 years, but even with seven Oscar nominations and two wins under her belt, she finds herself marveling at the actors she shares screen-time with. "I wouldn't say it's intimidation," she told us when we asked her about her "This is Where I Leave You" costars Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. "I would call it awe. I am in awe of Tina, Jason, and Adam [Driver] and Corey [Stoll]."  "They have a unique gift," she continued. "It's a gift I don't share. It's a particular kind of comedic improv thing. You either have that gene or you don't. So I'm not intimidated but I was very, very, very impressed." We interviewed the 77-year-old movie legend to ask about her versatile background in comedy, why she avoided playing mother roles throughout much of her career, and the movie she would love to remake. »


- Louis Virtel

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'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' posters were begging to be turned into fanfic

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If you were lucky enough to score a seat at "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" panel at Sdcc this year, you were treated to a wrap around poster featuring key scenes from the film. Now that tapestry has been released for the rest of us! While staring at the sequence of dramatic events cascading from one to another, I couldn't help but notice something. These posters seem to be taunting me. Me and everyone else who ever wrote "The Hobbit" fan fiction. From the implicit reveal that Gandalf and Galadriel have been more than just friends — just look at the shock on Elrond's face — to the pain of Legolas letting go of his childhood crush, it is a buffet of non-canon relationships. The flash fiction practically writes itself! In fact, whoops! Where did this come from? When did I write up snippets for each of these posters? Don't Judge Me. »

- Donna Dickens

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 246

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls! It's time for the first of what we expect will be two installments of The Firewall & Iceberg podcast this week. We'll have an installment at the end of the week with a Lot of new show reviews, because otherwise next week will be utterly untenable. This podcast, though, only has reviews for Fox's "Red Band Society" and "Mysteries of Laura." And then, we wrap up this summer's Podcast Rewatch, "Friday Night Lights" Season 2. We talk about the last two episodes of the season and then we have a lot of fun debating and ranking the worst characters and plotlines. I think it's a great wrap-up to a Summer ReWatch I quite enjoyed doing and we hope you did, too! Today's Breakdown: "Red Band Society" (00:01:00 - 00:11:50) "Mysteries of Laura" (00:11:50 - 00:22:45) "Friday Night Lights" Summer ReWatch (00:22:50 - 01:22:05) As always, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Alex Kurtzman talks up CBS' ‘Scorpion’ and the Spider-Man spin-off ‘Venom’

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(Cbr) As one of Hollywood’s most bankable writer/producers, Alex Kurtzman has certainly heard the term “genius” thrown around, but on his new CBS drama "Scorpion," he’s getting a taste of the actual world of bona fide giants of intellect. Loosely based on the on the life of Walter O’Brien, an eccentric genius with the world’s fourth-highest Iq who created a company of brilliant misfits who use their mental muscle to defend the world against complex high-tech threats (think "The Big Bang Theory" meets "Mission: Impossible"). Spinoff spoke with Kurtzman about adapting the actual, but little explored, stories for television, and his upcoming directorial effort, Sony Pictures’ "Venom" film. Spinoff Online: Since you got the show off the ground, what’s been the fun learning curve episode to episode? Alex Kurtzman at Comic-Con International Alex Kurtzman: It’s interesting, actually, because we just watched the fourth episode. »


- Scott Huver, Comic Book Resources

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett get back to 'nature' on new duet

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Collaborative crooners Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are at it again, duetting on the new single "Nature Boy." It arrives one week before the pair's latest album, "Cheek to Cheek," is released. Gaga kicks things off on the torchy piano-led ballad, before some strings and a flute come in to sweeten the deal. Then Tony arrives and the magic really happens. It's not exactly "Do What You Want With My Body," but Gaga and Bennett generate a different kind of heat. It features contributions from the late Paul Horn, the jazz flautist who worked with Bennett, Cole and other icons since the '50s. Listen to it here: Originally performed by Nat "King" Cole, the tune was also featured in 2000's "Moulin Rouge!," as pointed out in a tweet from Gaga.  She also revealed that "composer Eden Ahbezwas part of a sub-culture of nomadic hippies! We channelled our own Gypsy lives in this performance. »


- Dave Lewis

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A creepy Meryl Streep invites you 'Into the Woods' in new poster

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Disney's upcoming musical "Into the Woods" boasts an all-star cast, but Oscar-magnet Meryl Streep takes center stage in a new poster for the film, inviting viewers to take a trip into those dark, spooky, wonderful woods. Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp also star, giving life to various Brothers Grimm characters. But the simple, straightforward poster is all Streep, and features the tagline "Be careful what you wish for." Here's the poster: Based on the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony-winning musical, and directed by "Chicago" Oscar nominee Rob Marshall, "Woods" blends several fairy tales, allowing Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Big Bad Wolf, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel to share the screen. Their common thread is a story centering on a baker and his wife (Corden and Blunt), and an evil witch (Streep) who has cursed them. "Into the Woods »


- Dave Lewis

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Barbra Streisand Duets with Jimmy Fallon as Elvis

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I realize that Jimmy Fallon is host of "The Tonight Show" and has probably achieved the greatest success possible for a comedian -- or even an entertainer in general. But guys, that man got to duet with Barbra Streisand last night. I think now he can officially retire. Watch as Jimmy and Barbra, who just made her first appearance on a late-ight talk show in decades, perform a medley of duets with Jimmy acting as Elvis Presley (and a couple others). I think I'm ready to see Jimmy's turn as Fanny Brice. »


- Louis Virtel

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Meet the only 'Fury' star bigger than Brad Pitt: the Tiger I tank

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Writer-director David Ayer is all about in-your-face verisimilitude. For 2005's "Harsh Times," he relayed his South Central childhood directly to screen. With 2012's "End of Watch," he flocked to those same streets for a found footage exercise. And despite it's World War II setting, Ayer's ambition for raw intensity should keep his latest film, "Fury," squarely in the real. Not every director would pull strings to get an actual 1943 tank out on his recreated battlefield. In a new feature for the Sony Pictures release, Ayer and producer John Lesher walk us through the squadron of authentic vehicles the pair lined up for "Fury." If the audience is going to understand why it took 50,000 American Sherman tanks wipe out 15,000 German Tigers, they have to see the hulking beast in action. In the film, Brad Pitt's Don "Wardaddy" Collier leads his men in what, on paper, looks like suicide mission. It's their Sherman, »


- Matt Patches

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Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley up the pedigree of Daniel Radcliffe-led 'Brooklyn Bridge'

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Daniel Radcliffe will win an Oscar, eventually. He's driven, he's eclectic, he's riding Leonardo DiCaprio-esque blockbuster momentum that he's happy to cash in for provocative material, and, most importantly, he's good. And getting better. Holding his own against Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Ralph Fiennes for a decade certainly helped. Based on the talent assembled for his latest project, Radcliffe's time could be coming sooner than later. Goldcrest Films announced today that Sir Ben Kinglsey ("Schindler's List") and Brie Larson ("Short Term 12") will join Radcliffe in Killer Films' "Brooklyn Bridge," the story of engineer Washington Roebling and his calamitous road to realizing New York City's iconic structure. Radcliffe will play Roebling, who inherits the Brooklyn Bridge project from his father (Kinglsey) and finds an unlikely working partner in his wife, Emily (Larson). Radcliffe's costars provide an awards-friendly bedrock for "Brooklyn Bridge." Kinglsey is a four-time Oscar nominee, picking »


- Matt Patches

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Exclusive: A sneak peek behind the Bayhem in a clip from the 'Transformers' Blu-ray

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When I ran my most recent Film Nerd 2.0, several of you e-mailed me to point out what seemed to be a glaring contradiction in things I'd published here. "Why were you complaining about your kids watching the 'Transformers' movies? Don't you like those movies?" It is safe to call my relationship to the movies complicated. I am not sure I would say I enjoy the third and the fourth films, but I am endlessly fascinated by them. The scale on which Michael Bay is working is so preposterous that it's easy to get numbed by it when you're watching the actual movies. As "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" prepares to hit home video, we've got a clip from some of the behind-the-scenes extras that serves as a reminder of just how much actual physical labor goes into creating those outsized images. People tend to dismiss these movies based on »


- Drew McWeeny

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10 Burning Questions for Returning Fall TV Shows - 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' to 'Sleepy Hollow'

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Much of the attention each fall is paid to new shows. Which new programs will break out from the pack and become hits? Which dud will suffer the ignominy of being the fall's first cancellation? Which shows will grow to become assets in the TV landscape and which shows wasted all of their good ideas in the first couple episodes? But let's not forget the dozens of shows that are returning to networks and cable before the end of 2014, because there are some entice questions to be asked. Could a show like "New Girl" or "Homeland" pass through last season's creative rough patches to become favorites again? Could a show like "The Good Wife" squander last season's momentum after too many big twists last year? Will early-season time period trickery hurt "The Big Bang Theory"? Will nine months off the air hurt "Sleepy Hollow"? What's in store for the few »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Tom Hiddleston will meet King Kong in 'Skull Island'

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Fan favorite Tom Hiddleston has already fought the hulk, now he's ready to face King Kong. The "Thor" and "Avengers" star has been cast as the lead human in Legendary's "Skull Island," which will explore the origins of King Kong. Previous "King Kong" films -- including the 1933 original and Peter Jackson's 2005 remake -- have visited the island before bringing the ape action to NYC. However, according to a press release, "Skull Island" will "take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions." The "parallels" line could be implying that we'll one day see Kong battle it out with Godzilla, another Legendary Pictures property.  Jordan Vogt-Roberts ("The King of Summer") has been selected as director of "Skull Island." The script is by Max Borenstein, who co-wrote "Godzilla."  "Skull Island" comes to life  November 4, 2016. »


- Dave Lewis

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Lupita Nyong'o stopped by Sesame Street to teach Elmo all about skin

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Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong'o took time out of her busy schedule filming "Star Wars" Omgggggg to visit Elmo on Sesame Street. As part of the "Celebs on Sesame Street" webisodes, Nyong'o joined the illustrious ranks of people like First Lady Michelle Obama and John Hamm. "Miss Lupita" — as Elmo adorably calls her — talks about skin and how very important it is and what it does to keep us safe and able to interact with the world around us. »


- Donna Dickens

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Gillian Jacobs and Judd Apatow will make 'Love' on Netflix starting in 2016

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It's official: Confirming reports that have been floating around since the summer, Netflix announced on Tuesday (September 16) that it has given a two-season commitment to the new comedy "Love," which comes from Judd Apatow, among other producers. [Yes, there's an old joke involving Marilyn Monroe's "Let's Make Love" that I want to make here, but I can't remember exactly how the joke went.] Created by Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin, "Love" won't premiere on Netflix until 2016, with the 10-episode first season. A 12-episode second season will premiere in 2017.  Rust will also star in "Love," along with Gillian Jacobs, playing Gus and Mickey. The comedy looks at modern relationships, following the pair as they "they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid." Kinda like "You're the Worst."  The half-hour comedy is set up at Legendary Television and Apatow Productions. Naturally, everybody involved has a blurb they want to share. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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