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Review: Chloe Moretz shines in surprisingly mature supernatural love story 'If I Stay'

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Movies about young love are hard to pull off, and when they don't work, they can be cloying and obnoxious. Done right, though, there is something both lovely and piercing about them, and while I think "If I Stay" has to do a fair amount of juggling to get its premise to work, there is a cumulative power to it that I found undeniable and earned. "Earned" is a big word for me in films like this. One of the biggest problems when you're making a film about love between people of any age is showing how love sparks between people and how it flourishes and doing it without giving in to short-cuts or cliche. How many times have you seen a supposed romance and the meeting is completely ridiculous? How many movies have you seen where you're supposed to just accept that characters have fallen in love because that's »


- Drew McWeeny

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10 Questions We Have for the Updated 'SNL' Oral History

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The fabulous "SNL" oral history "Live from New York," which was first published in 2002, is getting a 200-page update with plenty of inside scoops about Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, and the origins of Bill Hader's Eliot Spitzer impression. We can't wait for the new edition, and we hope we learn the answers to these 11 questions about the show's run from 2002 up until the present.  1. Did anyone else fear that Ashlee Simpson would flub on TV? How often do performers lip-sync? Lip-syncing on TV is no scandal, but it's rare that you see "SNL" artists attempt it. When Ashlee Simpson's "wrong tape" debacle foreshadowed by anyone in the studio? I remember watching her MTV docuseries where she seemed pretty sick before the performance.  2. How terrible was it dealing with Paris Hilton during her hosting stint? Tina Fey claimed on Howard Stern's show that Paris Hilton was a nightmare. »


- Louis Virtel

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Get wet with Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron and Shakira's Ice Bucket Challenge videos

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Just when you thought we'd run out of celebrities to undertake the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, here come Robert Pattinson, Tom Cruise, Zac Efron, Liam Hemsworth, Shakira, Michael Jordan and more to prove you wrong. My personal favorite this round is Stephen King (nominated by the fantastically-creative Dave Grohl), mostly because the way he says "challenge" is really endearing. (Donate) Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale (nominated Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey and "Howard Stern Show" Wack Packer Eric the Actor): Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie: Robert Pattinson (nominated Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska and Marilyn Manson): Michael Jordan (nominated Phil Jackson and his "Dream Team" teammates): Derek Jeter (nominated Hannah Davis, Kevin Connolly and Michael Jordan):   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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'As Above/So Below' directors: guess that actor's claustrophobia helped his performance

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Paris - Walking through the Paris catacombs, it's hard to believe Hollywood hasn't mined this wonder more on the big screen.  There have been films that have tried, 2007's "Catacombs" being one of them, but its a rare few that have ever gotten access to shoot in the actual underground tunnels and quarries.  The upcoming thriller "As Above/So Below" is the exception. Directed by John Erick Dowdle ("Devil," "The Poughkeepsie Tapes") from a screenplay by Dowdle and his brother Drew, "As Above/So Below" introduces audiences to Scarlet Marlowe (Perdita Weeks), a gutsy archeologist on a global search for an ancient artifact.  When she determines this potentially magic object may lie beneath the City of Lights in the Catacombs of Paris she recruits an old flame (Ben Feldman, soon to be seen on NBC's "A to Z") and a few local tunnel experts to check it out.  When they »


- Gregory Ellwood

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' sets its October premiere date

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We always knew that the latest installment of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's "American Horror Story" would have an October premiere. All three prior installments did, so why should this one be any different? Now, however, we have an actual premiere date for "American Horror Story: Freak Show." The 1952-set "American Horror Story: Freak Show" will premiere on Wednesday, October 8 at 10 p.m. on FX. In addition to familiar pieces of the "Ahs" reparatory company including Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy and returning players Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, the new season has added Michael Chiklis, plus Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch and Patti Labelle among many, many others. FX describes the season thusly: "'American Horror Story: Freak Show' begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Rian Johnson swears: The new 'Star Wars' movies will have less CG, more practical f/x

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(Cbr) Not long from now, in this very galaxy, new "Star Wars" movies will emerge — not just a new trilogy kicked off by J.J. Abrams, but spinoffs as well, from the likes of Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards. Rian Johnson, the director of "Brick," "Looper" and three episodes of "Breaking Bad," is the filmmaker responsible for "Star Wars: Episode VIII," and possibly even "Episode IX." As such, he’s been on the set of Abrams’ "Episode VII," and knows much more behind-the-scenes details than … well, just about anybody. Johnson was the guest on a recent episode of Grantland’s Girls in Hoodies podcast, and while there wasn’t much he’s able to reveal about his upcoming "Star Wars" movie, he did say the new series will very much lean on practical, rather than computer-generated, effects — a notable change of pace from George Lucas’ divisive prequels, and closer to the style of the original trilogy. »


- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources

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Females On Film: Ranking the summer's biggest box office winners based on lady roles

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Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital. »


- Katie Hasty and Donna Dickens

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'Gotham' extended trailer: See the future Catwoman, Riddler and Penguin in action

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Here's your best look yet at Fox's "Gotham." An extended trailer for the upcoming "Batman" prequel series (apparently targeted for the U.K. audience) has dropped, and after an introduction by star Ben McKenzie (James Gordon) and a prologue that depicts the murder of young Bruce Wayne's parents, we're treated to snippets of future Batman villains Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler and Poison Ivy in action. Check out the new spot below, then let us know whether you'll be watching "Gotham" by voting in the poll further down the page. "Gotham" premieres Monday, Sept. 22 on Fox. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 242

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! I was traveling yesterday, so it's time for a slightly delayed installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.  Fortunately, there was nothing timely that we missed yesterday, but we have reviews for Netflix "BoJack Horseman" and BBC America's "Intruders," which premiere on Friday and Saturday, respectively. We preview the Emmys a little and we also answered a piece of Listener Mail about writer credits. And we have a trio of "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 episodes to celebrate this week, including "Pantherama!," "Seeing Other People" and "The Confession," which we discussed in a lengthy and amorphous blob. Today's breakdown: "BoJack Horseman" (00:01:10 - 00:09:15) "Intruders" (00:09:20 - 00:18:40) The 2014 Emmy Awards (00:18:45 - 00:37:30) Listener Mail: Writing Credits (00:37:45 - 43:50) "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 ReWatch (00:43:55 - 01:24:00) As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Kermit the Frog takes the Als ice bucket challenge

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The Als Ice Bucket Challenge is everywhere.  As you assuredly know, athletes, actors, musicians, various other sorts of celebrities, and the average person on the street have all gotten involved and a lot of money has been raised for a good cause.  One of the latest celebrities to get soaked is none other than everybody's favorite amphibian, Kermit the Frog.  You can watch the video of his drenching below, but we do want to point out two disturbing things about the video before you turn it on.  First, as Kermit says, he is risking his life by doing this – he could go dormant and his heart could stop.  This has to do with his being an amphibian (we haven't done the research, but it sounds good). Second, again as Kermit notes, he's doing it completely in the nude, perhaps making it slightly not safe for work.  This, too, has to »


- Josh Lasser

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New 'Saved By the Bell Story' Trailer: Hormones!

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Here's what we know about Lifetime's upcoming masterwork "The Unauthorized 'Saved by the Bell' Story": It's based on Dustin Diamond's memoirs. It's going to shed light on the friction between the show's cast members. Finally, it's going to be perfect. That's all I know and care to know. In this new trailer, watch as those damn kids continue to argue with each other during a photo shoot. Elizabeth Berkley thinks Mario Lopez smells! Mark-Paul Gosselaar is a mean yellow-haired kid! Dustin Diamond does not like to be called Screech! All of these crucially dramatic details come to life in vivid Technicolor. You can so tell there is no story here. That line about hormones is excruciating. The acting is grim and boring. I can't wait to watch this on Labor Day so I can perfect my Lisa Turtle eyeroll again and again. »


- Louis Virtel

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Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmy Awards

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Robin Williams' longtime friend and "Comic Relief" co-host Billy Crystal will lead the previously announced tribute to the late actor at the Emmy Awards next week. Emmy Awards executive producer Don Mischer revealed the news today at the red-carpet launch event outside L.A.'s Nokia Theater, where the Emmys will be held. "We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable," Mischer told E! Online. "Billy seemed like the perfect choice." "Plans for the In Memoriam segment are in discussion," he added. "While we are all still coming to terms with this week's tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves." Crystal will speak in tribute to Williams at the telecast. He was relatively silent following the tragic news of the actor-comedian's death last week, tweeting "No words." Along with Whoopi Goldberg, Crystal and Williams teamed up »


- Dave Lewis

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CBS doubles 'Madam Secretary' premiere to combat NFL delay

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Well, this is one way to keep your new show from getting lost amidst an inevitable Sunday primetime delay. CBS announced on Wednesday (August 20) that next month's "Madam Secretary" premiere will get a same-night encore to combat inevitable confusion caused by an NFL doubleheader. The network has a Super Bowl rematch between the Broncos and Seahawks sure to draw huge numbers and already scheduled to push the start of Sunday, September 21 primetime to 7:30, which regular CBS viewers know means something closer to 7:36 or 7:47 or 8:03 or something equally unpredictable.  As it stands now, "60 Minutes" will kick off its 47th season at 7:30, followed by the premiere of the Tea Leoni drama "Madam Secretary" at 8:30. The sixth season premiere of "The Good Wife" will air at 9:30, followed immediately by an encore of the "Madam Secretary" premiere.  [This will, of course, not have any impact at all on West Coast viewers, for whom CBS' Sunday lineup will start promptly at 7 p.m. on September 21 as well as every subsequent Sunday throughout the fall.] As CBS previously announced, the 15th season of "CSI" will premiere on September 28 at 10 p. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Showtime renews 'Masters of Sex' & 'Ray Donovan' for season 3

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The cable drama renewals just keep on coming. A few hours after AMC announced a second season of "Halt and Catch Fire," and a day after "Rectify" and "The Strain" got renewed, Showtime has ordered third seasons of both "Masters of Sex" and "Ray Donovan." Both shows will be back next year with 12-episode seasons, and are each halfway through their second seasons. "Masters" scored five Emmy nominations for its first season, and has already won one (for Allison Janney's brilliant guest work). Lizzy Caplan from "Masters" and Jon Voight from "Ray Donovan" are up for awards on Monday. Though I had issues with the latest episode of "Masters," the season overall has had a lot of brilliant moments — including one of the single best hours of TV drama of the year — and I'm glad Showtime is sticking with it even though it's not a super-commercial property. (Ratings have »


- Alan Sepinwall

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TV Ratings: Dipping 'America's Got Talent' leads NBC Tuesday, CBS repeats rise

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Fast National ratings for Tuesday, August 19, 2014. With "America's Got Talent" carrying NBC to victory in all measures, Tuesday's other very minor notables included an audience bump for CBS' "NCIS" repeat and a drop for ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss." NBC's "Food Fighters" got a tiny audience bump, while ABC's "20/20: From Hell" special attracted little interest. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 1.6 rating for Tuesday night, comfortably ahead of the 0.9 rating for ABC and CBS in the key demographic. Fox averaged a 0.6 key demo rating, followed by The CW's 0.2 key demo rating for the night. Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 7.8 million viewers and a 4.7 rating/8 share for Tuesday night. CBS averaged a 4.8/8, but only 7.1 million viewers for the night in second. There was a big drop to ABC's 2.4/4 and 3.49 million viewers and to Fox's 1.34 million viewers and 0.9/2, while The CW averaged 704,000 viewers and a 0.5/1 for the night. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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AMC renews 'Halt and Catch Fire' for season 2

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Those summer cable drama renewals just keep on coming, folks. A day after Sundance ordered a third season of "Rectify" and FX ordered a second of "The Strain," AMC belatedly announced a second season order for "Halt and Catch Fire." The drama set at the dawn of the personal computing era had drawn very low ratings, and mixed early reviews. But it got better as it went along, particularly after it started shifting the spotlight off of Lee Pace's Don Draper clone Joe MacMillan and shining it on the central ensemble, and as it got more into the struggle to balance creativity and commerce in the computer field. The season finale felt in many ways like creators Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers knew the show was ending, but it did set up a promising new direction for this second season (which will debut next summer): frustrated coder Cameron »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Nicki Minaj twerks for Drake in new 'Anaconda' music video

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Sir Mix-a-Lot probably never realized that 22 years after "Baby Got Back" became a pop culture sensation a whole new generation would be freaking out over the phrases "My Anaconda don't want none unless you got buns hun" or, "Look. At. Her. Butt." Showing she's still a master of the pop zeitgeist, Nicki Minaj has co-opted "Back" and Mix-a-Lot's rap in her new hit single "Anaconda." And for an artist who has no problems using her finest physical asset to her advantage the track's music video is all you can imagine and more. Lots of butt people.  Lots and lots of butt. Not only does the music video have Minaj slapping other dancers butts and spraying herself with whip cream (we get it!), but she spends the last third of the piece tweaking and teasing none other than Drake. The hip hop artist sits in a chair while Minaj works her »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Meet Pharrell Williams' protege, Cris Cab, and watch their video for 'Liar, Liar'

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Cris Cab is proof that persistence, hard work, and a little bit of luck pay off. Six years ago, when he was 15, Cab met Pharrell Williams through mutual family friends. “This friend was nice enough to bring me into the studio.” Cab played Williams music he’d produced in his bedroom. “He gave me some great advice,” Cab recalls. He put what Williams taught him to good use and began recording again. A few years later, “Pharrell heard I was making music again and he brought me back into the studio and taught me about recording and writing and producing,” Cab says. “It’s all been amazing.” Indeed, while it may seem in the United States like Cab is an overnight sensation, his video for  “Liar, Liar,” a song co-written and produced,  by Williams,  has already hit 30 million views on YouTube and the song landed on the iTunes top 10 in more than 30 countries. »


- Melinda Newman

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'Alien' and 'Avatar' star Sigourney Weaver joins ‘A Monster Calls’

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(Cbr) Sigourney Weaver will star in another creature feature. No, not a new "Alien" film or an "Avatar" sequel, but instead Juan Antonio Bayona’s "A Monster Calls." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weaver will play the grandmother of a young boy who processes his mother’s cancer by having late-night chats with a monster. Felicity Jones is playing the mom while Liam Neeson’s on board as the monster. "A Monster Calls," which hits theaters on Oct. 14, 2016, is based on Patrick Ness’ novel of the same name, which was based on a concept created by the late Siobhan Dowd. »


- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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Marvel prez: Development work has been done on 'Captain Marvel,' 'Black Panther' films

19 August 2014 6:34 PM, PDT

(Cbr) If you’re eagerly awaiting Black Panther and Captain Marvel movies from Marvel Studios, here’s some encouraging news right from the source. Studio President Kevin Feige sat down with IGN for a conversation about current and upcoming projects, including the status of the two aforementioned movies, which have not been announced, but have been widely speculated about and hoped for. The pleas for films centered on T’Challa and Carol Danvers haven’t fallen on deaf ears, apparently, as Feige says he and Marvel “absolutely” want to make those a reality. “They’re both characters that we like, that development work has been done on; it’s continuing to be done on them,” he said. “It’s a question I get asked more than anything else — more than 'Iron Man 4,' more than 'Avengers 3.' That’s sort of the first time that’s really happened to us. »


- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources

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