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Saturday Night Live Review: Melissa McCarthy Hosts

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Our host tonight is Melissa McCarthy, who allegedly burst onto the scene in 2011’s Bridesmaids, but anyone who tells you that doesn’t know about Sookie from Gilmore Girls and thus probably shouldn’t be trusted. Since Bridesmaids, McCarthy has been a consistent force in the American comedy scene, largely due to her collaborations with director Paul Feig on The Heat, Spy, and the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot with SNL’s own Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Kristen Wiig. This is her fourth time hosting in the last five years, clearly marking her as a favorite among the cast and crew, and it isn’t hard to see why-- she tends to turn out memorable characters and her extensive background in sketch comedy lends an air of professionalism and an ability to stay on her toes.   Cold Open: As a group of restaurant diners discuss their likelihood to vote for Bernie Sanders, »


- Emilie Sowers

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Why did the success of 'The Avengers' almost kill 'Deadpool' as a movie?

12 February 2016 10:45 PM, PST

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick did something superheroic on Deadpool: they stayed attached as the screenwriters of the film for six full years. To understand just how weird that is, keep in mind that the way the studios are doing things these days, they will occasionally hire totally different writers to work parallel to one another, writing totally different scripts, only to shuffle those scripts together into weird-ass Frankenstein creations. Or they'll go from writer to writer to writer to writer until they finally end up hiring one of the eight or nine "closers" who seem to put their name on everything these days. Not Reese and Wernick, though. Deadpool belongs equally to them, to star Ryan Reynolds, and to director Tim Miller. The final film is a genuine collaboration between that entire team, and they were all involved heavily in making it the film that you'll see in theaters tonight. »


- Drew McWeeny

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Here are a bunch of times the Grammys mattered

12 February 2016 5:09 PM, PST

The Grammys are this Monday. Here are times they ruled.  Alanis Morissette turned the angriest rock track of the year into a startling ballad. Alanis picked up Album of the Year at the '96 ceremony (for the best in '95 music) and she owned the night by slowing down "You Oughta Know," matching her pained bleat to a melancholic arrangement, and even kept the f-word in. Has an f-word ever sounded sadder? A serious feat. Nothing can stop Pink from singing live.  I still can't believe this performance: Pink whirled in the air and sang live while the Grammy congregation gawked in silence. Though there've been fantastic lip-synced performances in award telecast history, Pink single-handedly raised the bar on what physical demands an artist can endure while actually belting. Lauryn Hill introduces middle America to neo-soul The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill overflowed with classic songs, but none was as hushed and confessional as "To Zion, »


- Louis Virtel

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Why Do Fans Lose Their Minds Over Bad Reviews of Superhero Films?

12 February 2016 4:47 PM, PST

As genre fans, we’ve grown used to impassioned responses.  Superhero films in particular seem to inspire fan fervor. Each new image, trailer, character change, or plot tease will inspire a wealth of debate. Sometimes, that dialogue devolves into something that is difficult to understand. Yesterday, the final Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer was released. Drew McWeeny sat down with me to give a response and during the course of our conversation he touched on some reports he’d been getting from early screenings at the studio.  Among other things, he revealed that the studio was worried and that Zack Snyder may not return to direct Justice League. Adding that it’s possible that a re-evaluation of some aspects of the slate may occur.  The response was rapid-fire and intense. And, sadly, included a fair number – an overwhelming number -- of vitriolic personal attacks. What’s difficult to comprehend is how one report, »


- Roth Cornet

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This new horror film is every parent's worst nightmare

12 February 2016 4:05 PM, PST

When was the last time we saw an evil movie babysitter? I honestly can't recall. Has there ever been one?  It's a great premise: innocent-looking young woman shows up at a typical suburban home to watch the kids for the night, parents leave, innocent-looking young woman turns into the babysitter from hell. It's a nice subversion of the old "babysitter gets stalked by a masked killer" trope made famous by Halloween, and indeed, in the upcoming horror film Emelie, Sarah Bolger's title character is no victim. Here's the trailer:  That mouse in the snake terrarium bit...can't deal. Directed by Michael Thelin, Emelie is slated for release on March 4. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Did this comic book cover just confirm an oft-misquoted ‘Back to the Future’ line?

12 February 2016 3:00 PM, PST

If any kid delivered these comic book covers as candygrams to her classmates, she instantly wins Valentine’s Day.  Idw Publishing is celebrating Heart Day with variant covers (front and back) that look like Valentine’s Day cards, complete with apt punny and cheesy messages. Idw’s licensed comic series like Star Trek, The X-Files, and even Judge Dredd got festive covers for their February 2016 issues. Also included: Idw’s Back to the Future series (which launched last October as we finally entered the future). It’s a sweet cover with the recognizable Enchantment Under the Sea poster backing dancing George and Lorraine. But wait. What does the text say on that one? Take a look: “My density has bought me to you.” Not “popped me to you,” as the line’s often quoted. The oh-so-smooth line Marty fed to his dad to deliver to Lorraine — “Tell her destiny brought »


- Emily Rome

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12 TV Shows that Made A Career in Music Look Totally Reasonable

12 February 2016 2:31 PM, PST

With such big guns talent behind it (Scorcese! Jagger!), "Vinyl" is poised to reinvent the music business drama, and do it with lots and lots of rayon and a good dollop of early punk rock. Here's a look at some highs and lows (if each one was a note, they'd be a song!) in the music-tv genre. Some of them are great, some of them are soapy (and, in the case of "Empire," both) and some are... well, surely some of you have very fond memories of "The Partridge Family" for some reason.  »


- Liane Bonin Starr

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‘Ghostbusters II’ is here to remind us that the world will end this weekend

12 February 2016 12:49 PM, PST

The world will end on Valentine’s Day 2016. This we learned from Elaine in Ghostbusters II in 1989. The official Ghostbusters Facebook account reminded us of the impending doomsday:   (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/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Whether you have a date or not, the world ends on Valentine's Day. Bummer. #Ghostbusters Posted by Ghostbusters on Friday, February 12, 2016 Bummer indeed, Dr. Venkman. Though the bigger bummer than having Singles Awareness Day interrupted is that we’ll just barely miss out on seeing Hamilton at the Grammys on February 15, 2016. »


- Emily Rome

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The 'Powerpuff Girls' in-your-face feminism is back for a whole new generation!

12 February 2016 11:55 AM, PST

Ahhhh, the Powerpuff Girls. A show that taught a generation of children — and adults who enjoy nuanced animated stories — about the power of feminism. A show that deconstructed gender norms on a regular basis. From single dad The Professor loving to bake and genderfluid Him sporting a tutu to Ms. Bellum’s subversive take on the hot secretary and Bubbles proving you can be feminine and fearless, Ppg was overstuffed with some really progressive messages. From the looks of the first clip, the new version of the show is picking up right where its predecessor left off. When a “manly” lumberjack villain looks for a “manly” fight, he gets Buttercup instead. He probably shouldn’t have disparagingly called her “princess.” Don't Call Me Princess from Cartoon Network PR on Vimeo. To be fair, Princess Morbucks is a little snot and anyone in the Ppg universe would be justifiably upset to be associated with the supervillain. »

- Donna Dickens

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The surprising actor who almost played Hannibal Lecter in 'Silence of the Lambs'

12 February 2016 11:46 AM, PST

Rolling Stone just published an interview with Oscar-winning Silence of the Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally for the film's 25th anniversary, and hey, did you know that Gene Hackman originally wanted to play Hannibal Lecter? And also write and direct the movie? Because I didn't. What a strange alternate reality to consider. As Tally tells it, Orion was in the process of buying the rights to Thomas Harris's novel as a vehicle for Hackman when Tally made his interest in the project known to Orion co-founder Mike Medavoy. From Rolling Stone:  "[Medavoy] said, 'Gene thinks he's going to write this, but don't worry, he'll find out how hard that is, and we'll get back to you.' Mike later called my agent and said, 'Gene's written 50 pages of the script, and he's only 50 pages into the book. So if you can meet with him and convince him that you're the right guy for it, »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Deadpool is the Perfect Date Movie

12 February 2016 10:59 AM, PST

Deadpool opens on this Valentine’s weekend and it just may be the surprise romance of the season.  Here, Roth Cornet and Miri Jedeikin talk about why Deadpool is so perfect for both him and her. Take a look in the player above or the full show below, where we look at the appeal of another romance franchise – 50 Shades of Grey – and ask the question: Is Kanye West the new Shia Labeouf? Roth: @RothCornet Miri: @MiriTheJedi »


- Roth Cornet

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Damon Wayans Sr. too old for this s--t as Murtaugh in 'Lethal Weapon' pilot

12 February 2016 10:30 AM, PST

Damon Wayans Sr. is officially too old for this s--t, now that he's been cast as Roger Murtaugh in a Fox pilot adaptation of the Lethal Weapon films. While the elder Wayans, whose career started out on Fox with In Living Color, is stepping into Danny Glover's shoes, casting still has to be done for Mel Gibson's role. The logline for the pilot, which is being written by Forever creator Matt Miller: When Texas cop and former Navy Seal Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with Lapd detective Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans, Sr.), who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life. Texas, eh? Any initial thoughts on who could play Riggs? And does Lethal Weapon seem like a property that can just go to a new pair of actors, »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Morgan's 'all life matters' philosophy isn't changing any time soon on 'The Walking Dead'

12 February 2016 10:07 AM, PST

This Sunday, The Walking Dead returns. Despite a look of “sixth verse, same as the first” — where The Group once again watches everything they’ve built up destroyed in front of their eyes — creator Robert Kirkman promises this time will be different. That this time everyone will come together and fight for their right to live as a community. All of which is great news for those of us hoping the survivors would find somewhere to put down roots. But how steady can those roots be when the cancer of “All life matters equally, don’t kill anyone” Morgan is still infecting the heart of Alexandria? Normally I’m all about a policy of asking questions first, shooting later. But not in the world of The Walking Dead, especially one with Negan looming on the horizon. Yet apparently this conflict between Morgan and the rest of The Group isn’t going away any time soon. »


- Donna Dickens

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'Roots' is coming to History, A+E, and Lifetime on Memorial Day

12 February 2016 9:33 AM, PST

The long-gestating remake of the landmark Roots miniseries finally has a premiere date -- and a trailer. The new Roots, which, like the 1977 miniseries, is based on Alex Haley's book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, will air four two-hour-long episodes starting at 9 p.m. on consecutive nights, from May 30 to June 2, on History, A+E, and Lifetime. Yes, three channels airing the same thing at the same time. This is an event. It's starring some big names, too: Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, T.I., Mekhi Phifer, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhy Meyers, and Matthew Goode, among others. Malachi Kirby, a newcomer to American entertainment (though he's done plenty in his native England), will play Kunta Kinte. The original Kunta Kinte, LeVar Burton, is co-executive producing the series, and Mark Wolper, whose father, David, produced the original, is also an executive producer. The first trailer was released to accompany the announcement, »


- Sara Morrison

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The new 'Veep' trailer contains Selina's most disgusting comment yet

12 February 2016 9:32 AM, PST

The last season of HBO's Veep, which took home the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, ended on a cliffhanger involving an unprecedented moment for the Electoral College. This season we'll see whether Selina Meyer has a future in the White House. but first: Here's Selina describing her tired eyelids in a way that will gross you out.    Damn. I really didn't need to think of Keith Richards in that light. The fifth season of Veep premieres April 24 after the season three opener of SIlicon Valley. Here's hoping for Julia Louis-Dreyfus' fifth Emmy win in a row.  »


- Louis Virtel

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James Gunn quotes 80s hair metal to kick off 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' filming

12 February 2016 9:12 AM, PST

With a little over a year to go until the sequel hits the local cineplex, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is hard at work filming in Atlanta. But not so hard at work that he couldn’t share a little something from the set. I wonder if they get to take those chairs home…   In the words of the great poet David Coverdale, Here I go again. #GotGVol2 A photo posted by James Gunn (@jamesgunn) on Feb 11, 2016 at 1:22pm Pst   Just to add a little spice, what are the chances Gunn just happened to quote Whitesnake on accident? Kind of low, right? What do you guys think? Has Chris Pratt been listening to Whitesnake on Awesome Mix Vol. 2 while filming? Are audiences going to see the opening credits of Vol. 2 set against the hair metal of 1982?     Feels good to be back in action on Guardians of the Galaxy »


- Donna Dickens

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Cameron Crowe's 'Roadies' gets a premiere date, Eddie Vedder trailer

12 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST

Roadies, the first TV show created by Cameron Crowe, finally has a premiere date, along with a trailer scored to "Hard Sun" by Crowe's longtime friend Eddie Vedder. The series — about the crew for a touring band, starring Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keshia Castle-Hughes, and more, and also produced by J.J. Abrams and Winnie Holzman — will debut on Showtime on Sunday, June 26 at 10 p.m. Here's the first look: »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Three more 'Transformers' movies are coming in 2017, 2018, and 2019

12 February 2016 7:59 AM, PST

Good news for fans of Michael Bay and the Transformers franchise: you're getting at least three more films, and Paramount just announced the release dates! Transformers 5, which will probably get a wordier title at some point, will come out on June 23, 2017. If that date sounds familiar to you, it might be because Wonder Woman is supposed to open on the same day, until and unless Warner Bros. blinks and reschedules it. Transformers 5 will again be directed by Michael Bay and star Mark Wahlberg. Transformers 6 will come out about a year later, on June 8, 2018. That date had already been set aside for another Warner Bros. film, Godzilla 2. And Transformers 7 is set for release on June 28, 2019. No word yet on who will star or direct those films, but maybe by 2018, Shia Labeouf will be willing to star in big action movies again and big action movies will be willing to cast him. »


- Sara Morrison

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Review: James Franco shines in Hulu's uneven time travel miniseries '11.22.63'

12 February 2016 6:15 AM, PST

Stephen King's always been open about his improvisational writing style, and the way he lets his stories tell him where they need to go. Even if he never said a word about his process, though, longtime King readers could probably tell, not just because his endings tend to feel rougher than his beginnings, but because sometimes his stories will take unusual detours as King becomes fascinated by a plot device he obviously didn't expect to find so interesting when he started. Case in point: 11/22/63, his 2011 thriller about Jake Epping, a Maine schoolteacher who goes back in time to try to prevent the JFK assassination. Because the time travel method (a portal in the back of his favorite local diner) deposits him in the past years ahead of schedule, Jake has to fill his days when he's not shadowing Lee Harvey Oswald to confirm that he was acting alone on that fateful day. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Ask Alan: What can Bryan Fuller do with 'Star Trek'?

12 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST

It's a special single-topic edition of Ask Alan, inspired by this week's news that former Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller will be in charge of CBS' new Star Trek series. We still know nothing about what it'll be about, but fun to speculate. The video can be watched at the top and bottom of this post. As always, send questions to askalan@hitfix.com. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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