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Daniel Craig agrees with Judi Dench's M about (the old) James Bond: 'Sexist'

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"I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War." - M (Judi Dench) to James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) in "Goldeneye" Guess what, M? James Bond actually agrees with you! Or rather, Daniel Craig does in a new interview with Esquire, where the current Bond star calls historical portrayals of the spy -- yes -- "sexist and misogynistic." Is he the first 007 to refer to the character as such? Hard to say, but it's a pretty bold (and honest) statement from a man who is still actively playing the womanizing spy on screen. (Note: this is not the first Bond controversy to break today.) “Hopefully, my Bond is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations]," said Craig in the interview.. "The world has changed. I am certainly not that person. But he is, and so what does that mean? It means you cast great actresses and make the »


- Chris Eggertsen

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You can now live on Darth Vader Street

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He’s been immortalized on screen and in our hearts for decades, but Darth Vader will now join the ranks of the great leaders of the world with streets and roadways named after them. That’s right, the good people of Iceland have decided that it’s time to answer the question: What’s it like to grow up on Darth Vader Street?  In their infinite wisdom, the residents of Reykjavik have decided to rename a street in the city’s Hofoi industrial district Svarthofo, which means "black-head" in Icelandic - the name they use to refer the world’s favorite Og Sith Lord. Given this move, I think we can safely say that Vader is indeed the world’s most-beloved Sith. The announcement was made via a Tweet from the capital city’s mayor, Dagur Eggertsson, following a call for street name suggestions on the Better Reykjavik website. When »

- Roth Cornet

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 298 - 'Hannibal' finale and more

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls. Alan may be on vacation, but it's still time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. The bulk of this week's podcast is dedicated to discussing the NBC series finale of "Hannibal" and, as part of our Summer Rewatch, the series finale of "The Sopranos." We also reviewed Amazon's "Hand of God" and answered a trio of Listener Mail questions. We were going to be discussing the season finale of "Mr. Robot," but USA delayed the episode by a week and we'll talk about it in our next podcast. Here's today's breakdown: "Hand of God" (00:01:20 - 00:14:55) Listener Mail - Showrunners (00:15:05 - 00:23:45) Listener Mail - How "Lost" would do today (00:23:55 - 00:31:15) Listener Mail - TV about Teens (00:31:15 - 00:35:05) "Hannibal" finale (00:35:10 - 00:59:55) "The Sopranos" finale (00:59:55 - 01:23:20) As always, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Honest Trailers grinds 'Frozen Fever' down into a fine powder of capitalistic cynicism

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Frozen Fever” is a sequel to Disney’s smash hit “Frozen” …if you squint. In an obvious grab for more page views based solely on the popularity “Frozen,” I’m posting Honest Trailers obvious grab for more YouTube views based on the popularity of “Frozen,” which is about Disney’s obvious cash grab to capitalize on the popularity of “Frozen.” It’s cynicism All The Way Down!   »


- Donna Dickens

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Before Caitlyn: Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as a transgender couple in 'Danish Girl'

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Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" may the most Oscar-baity Oscar-bait ever to bait the Oscar. Then again, it might also be good. It's certainly a captivating story, the true-life tale of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, and director Tom Hooper's got himself a hell of a cast with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander playing the couple who found themselves grappling with a relationship that helped break new ground for people around the world who felt that they were born wearing the wrong skin. Lili Elbe was a transgender pioneer, and I'll be curious to see if this film faces any of the same blowback that "About Ray" has been facing because they cast cisgender actor Elle Fanning to play a character who is beginning the transition from male to female. Director Gaby Dellal has defended that choice, but there are plenty in the Lbgt community who feel that the casting is a problem. »


- Drew McWeeny

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James Bond author says Idris Elba ‘too street’ to play 007, apologizes

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Update - 9/1/15 1:50Pm Edt: Anthony Horowitz took to Twitter to apologize for his poor word choice when describing Idris Elba. Apparently he meant Elba was “gritty” in his role as John Luther.  I'm really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence [full statement attached] pic.twitter.com/UD6ouA45Uv — Anthony Horowitz (@AnthonyHorowitz) September 1, 2015 In my opinion, this was the right thing to do. In life, especially if you exist in a profession where your words are amplified, it is difficult but crucial to genuinely apologize when you blunder into a social issue like a drunk Kool-Aid man.  Update - 9/1/15 12:30Pm Edt: I did not leave out Anthony Horowitz suggestion of Adrian Lester in place of Idris Elba for James Bond in an attempt to vilify him. He does that just fine on his own. Words like “street” or “urban” are heavily coded to mean “too black” or “doesn »


- Donna Dickens

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What's your favorite Wes Craven movie?

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Wes Craven directed a total of 25 feature-length films over the course of his career. While not all of them were up to the level of "Scream" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street," as Drew stated during our recent talk about the horror master, a bit of his personal stamp shone through in every movie he made. If pressed to name my favorite Craven film, I'd probably have to say "A Nightmare on Elm Street," which features a kick-ass premise, the absolute best so-called "Final Girl" (Heather Langenkamp's Nancy) in any of the slashers of that era and a thoughtful intelligence that belies the much-maligned genre it's so often categorized within. So what's your favorite of Craven's films? Do you prefer the gritty, disturbing "Last House on the Left"? The Val Lewton throwback "The Serpent and the Rainbow"? Or are you more enamored with the meta stylings of "Scream"? Vote for your No. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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The perfect Wes Craven trilogy

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Many were deeply saddened to hear of iconic horror director Wes Craven’s passing yesterday. Each of us here at Hitfix has our own connection with his work, or in one case, with him personally.   When I was growing up, my friends and I were rabid horror lovers. We’d spend our nights and weekends consuming every chiller we could sneak into our parent’s darkened living rooms. So of course Wes Craven’s work was to be revered as far as we were concerned.    I imagine that many of us will be looking back on Craven’s films in the coming days and weeks. I know that I’ve already got several queued up. When I think about the ideal way to celebrate his legacy, or introduce the uninitiated, a very specific three-part marathon springs to mind. Now, this isn't to say that these are Craven's three best or even scariest films, »


- Roth Cornet

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First trailer for 'The 5th Wave' looks like a paint-by-numbers Ya dystopia

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At this point, the dystopian sub-genre of Ya (Young Adult) fiction is beginning to feel like Mad Libs. There are only a finite number of story templates in the world, but if you can literally plug-and-play the formula to guess the entire story arc, it can feel a little generic. Thus is the case with the first trailer for Sony Pictures latest novel-turned-franchise “The 5th Wave.” The story — originally written by Ya author Rick Yancey — follows Cassie (Chloe Moretz) as she attempts to navigate a world gone to hell in the wake of an alien invasion. As the titular 5th wave of attack looms, Cassie vows to find her baby brother and rescue him from the “Others.” There could be a unique angle to this film, but the trailer sure isn't doing itself any favors. Replace aliens with “zombies” or “the Capitol” or “Jeanine Matthews” and you could barely tell the difference. »


- Donna Dickens

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'Arrow' writer hints another Green hero will appear next season

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Ah, Coast City. The DC universe’s answer to Los Angeles and/or any seaside metropolis in the Sunshine State! Oh, and home of Hal Jordan. Perhaps less well known to the general populace than Metropolis or Gotham (or Starling City at this point), Coast City has none the less played a central role in the lore throughout the years. Now it looks like Coast City will be joining the Dctv universe in the flesh…or whatever the city equivalent of the phrase “in the flesh” is. “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow” writer Marc Guggenheim recently tweeted a link to a piece of production art from the upcoming 4th season of “Arrow.” Sure, Coast City has been mentioned in passing on the show before, but this is the first indication that audiences might visit the scenic metropolis. Image Credit: DC Entertainment/The CW   Of course, you can’t have Coast City without Green Lantern. »


- Donna Dickens

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A personal remembrance of the influential career of the great Wes Craven

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When it comes to Wes Craven, I hardly know where to start to memorialize him. This one hurts. While I would not say we were close in any way, we were friendly, and I'd spent enough time with him that when we would run into each other, he always seemed to light up. I'm sure that was something that he did with many people. Everyone I know who knew him has stories about his incredibly kindness. I remember one afternoon in particular spent at his home talking to him about possible projects, and honestly, it didn't matter to me if we ended up getting a film set up or not. It was just the chance to sit and talk about horror with him that was the thrill. When I heard the news tonight, in a flash I realized that we're approaching an age where the guys who directly inspired me »


- Drew McWeeny

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Did you notice what Kanye left out of his VMAs speech?

31 August 2015 12:37 PM, PDT

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards gave us everything: host Miley Cyrus in a variety of demented Lisa Frank-esque ensembles, some shade from Nicki Minaj, an undeserved Video of the Year win for Taylor Swift, and the speech of the century from Kanye West, who won the coveted Video Vanguard award. Check out the text of his 12-minute speech (transcribed by TVLine) and see if you can spot the one particular topic he didn't bring up.    Bro! Bro! Listen to the kids! … First of all, thank you, Taylor, for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening. I often think back to the first day I met you, also. You know, I think about that when I’m in the grocery store with my daughter and I have a really great conversation about pressed juice, and at the end, they say, ‘Oh, you’re not that bad, after all. »


- Louis Virtel

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Wes Craven's most horrifying movie moments: From 'Last House' to 'Scream'

31 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

Horror legend Wes Craven has died at the age of 76. What will we do without him? He was a creative giant who also had a reputation for being one of the sweetest, most thoughtful gents in the business. It's difficult to know how to pay adequate tribute to such a legendary figure, but highlighting some of his most horrifying movie moments is a good start. Over four decades, Craven directed some of the scariest scenes in cinema history, from the queasy 1972 cult classic "The Last House on the Left" to his mainstream breakthrough "A Nightmare on Elm Street" to his latter days as the helmer of the post-modern slasher "Scream" and its attendant sequels. After checking out my list, be sure and watch our tribute video to the late, great filmmaker above, and check out Drew McWeeney's remembrance of Craven here. Let us know what your favorite Craven movie moment was in the comments. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Miley Cyrus drops 'And Her Dead Petz' album and a trippy video for 'Dooo It!' post VMAs

31 August 2015 12:22 AM, PDT

After hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Miley Cyrus released a video for the song that closed the show, "Dooo It!"  Oh, wait. That's not all. Cyrus actually released an entire album entitled "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz" which contains 23 new songs.  It's currently not available for purchase, but can be streamed on soundcloud and her official website.  At this point, it seems as though Cyrus is releasing the album for free. An introspective work inspired by the passing of her favorite dog, 10 of the album's tracks were either co-written or produced by The Flaming Lips.  In an interview with the New York Times, Cyrus credits Flames frontman Wayne Coyne as being her artistic mentor on the album.  The release is an exercise in Cyrus' artistic freedom and isn't part of her contract with RCA Records. As she told the Times, "This music was not meant to be a rebellion, »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Nicki Minaj sniped Miley Cyrus at the VMAs, and it was legendary

30 August 2015 10:39 PM, PDT

Nicki Minaj won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video ("Anaconda") and concluded her acceptance speech with some heavy-handed (though sarcastic?) barbs aimed at host Miley Cyrus. Said Minaj, "And now, back to this b*tch who had a lot to say about me in the press the other day. Miley, what's good?"  Minaj was referring to Cyrus' recent interview in The New York Times where she gave the following comment about Minaj's tweet that MTV snubbed her in the Video of the Year category. "What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind... It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war... I know you can make it seem like, Oh I just don’t understand »


- Louis Virtel

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The Best and Worst of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

30 August 2015 9:56 PM, PDT

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards was a strange, shocking success. Miley Cyrus hosted the big event, made a big announcement at the ceremony's end, and introduced a bunch of excellent performances. It wasn't a flawless event, but there was chaos (read: screentime for Kanye West) to make it far better than the average awards telecast.  Here's the best and worst of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.  »


- Louis Virtel

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Meet the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Queens who performed with Miley Cyrus at the 2015 VMAs

30 August 2015 9:18 PM, PDT

What can you say about Miley Cyrus' closing number at the 2015 Video Music Awards? There was a ridiculous death drop (thank you Laganja Estranja). There was a kiss with reigning "RuPaul's Drag Race" champion Violet Chachki. Oh, and yes, Ms. Vivacious looked a week bit tired, but chances are unless you're a fan of the only hit show on the Logo TV network you likely had no idea who those drag queens dancing around Ms. Cyrus were. Let us enlighten you.  It turns out Cyrus is such a big fan of "Drag Race" and drag in general that she sat through taping of the season 7 finale this past May.  She smartly put some of the better dancers around her on the front part of the stage including the previously mentioned Estranja, Alyssa Edwards (whose audio can be heard in Cyrus' new song "Dooo It!") and Shangela (a trio who »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Read Kanye's insane, amazing Vma Video Vanguard speech

30 August 2015 8:25 PM, PDT

Miley Cyrus may have dropped a surprise album at the end of the VMAs, but the real star of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards was Kanye West, who spent over 12 minutes on his Video Vanguard Award acceptance speech. It was a shocking, weird, longwinded, confusing, kind of rad monologue. It was the Ted talk he clearly wanted to give.  From TVLine, here's the transcript: Bro! Bro! Listen to the kids! … First of all, thank you, Taylor, for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening. I often think back to the first day I met you, also. You know, I think about that when I’m in the grocery store with my daughter and I have a really great conversation about pressed juice, and at the end, they say, ‘Oh, you’re not that bad, after all.’ And when I go to a baseball game and 60,000 people boo me, »


- Louis Virtel

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Remembering Wes Craven: Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox and more react

30 August 2015 8:10 PM, PDT

The death of horror pioneer Wes Craven has spawned an outpouring of warm remembrances from friends, collaborators and fellow fright-flick luminaries like John Carpenter and Joe Dante. See below for a roundup of reactions (to be updated throughout the week). New Line Cinema: In 1984, Wes Craven brought “A Nightmare on Elm Street” to New Line, and in so doing, altered the course of the studio’s history.  We are eternally grateful to our friend and partner, and are proud to be “The House That Freddy Built”. Robert Englund: Rip Wes Craven, my director, my friend. A brilliant, kind, gentle and very funny man. A sad day on Elm St and everywhere. I'll miss him. — Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) August 31, 2015 Hollywood's lost a rare species in Wes Craven. The true Gentleman. — Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) August 31, 2015 William Friedkin: Wes Craven will be missed by all who Love and appreciate his work, »


- Chris Eggertsen

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‘Falling Skies’ series finale: Showrunner David Eick answers your burning questions

30 August 2015 8:00 PM, PDT

“The fight isn’t over ’til it’s over,” Colonel Weaver reassured members of the 2nd Mass on more than one occasion. Now it really is over: “Falling Skies” aired the finale of its fifth and final season tonight on TNT. Warning: Spoilers Ahead for “Reborn,” the series finale of “Falling Skies.” Tonight’s finale concluded the tale that began with a ragtag team of alien invasion survivors and ended with that same group of survivors becoming heroes, leading the fight to claim back their home, Planet Earth. Tom Mason and co. have battled all manner of extraterrestrial creatures, gruesome weapons that manipulated once-loyal members of the 2nd Mass to turn on their own, and fellow humans (non-alien-manipulated ones) who were plenty troublesome in their own selfish or fearful agendas, as if a powerful alien threat weren’t trouble enough. After the final push brings the 2nd Mass to Washington, »


- Emily Rome

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