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The 17 Best Disaster Movies on Netflix Right Now

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If you can't see "San Andreas" this weekend, Netflix has plenty of disaster movies to tide you over. Sadly, there's no "Towering Inferno" or other classic '70s disaster films available at the moment, so why not watch Lloyd Bridges have a disaster-induced meltdown (pre-"Airplane!") while William Shatner saves the day in 1979's "Disaster on the Coastliner"?

You can also root for Brad Pitt to stay one step ahead of zombies in "World War Z," or watch LL Cool J get this close to being shark bait in "Deep Blue Sea."

But disaster isn't just the realm of fiction: Acclaimed documentaries revisit the tragedies on Mount Everest, conspiracy theories about a famous plane disaster and the devastating aftermath of China's Great Earthquake of 2008.

And if it's So Bad It's Good cheesiness you're after, we have one word for you: "Sharknado."

Movie availability on Netflix is subject to change without notice. »

- Sharon Knolle

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Mariah Carey: 'American Idol' Was 'Worst Experience of My Life' (She Got $18M for 1 Year)

29 May 2015 9:40 AM, PDT

Mimi could not wait to be emancipated from "American Idol" and she's still trashing the life out of it two years later. Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj were judges in 2013's ill-fated Season 12, which seemed to be much more about the two women feuding than anything to do with the contestants. (Pop quiz: Who even won that season?*)

Mariah just talked to Kyle and Jackie O about "Idol," and they drama-baited her by asking if she'd return for the upcoming 15th season.

Hell no! Absolutely not. That was the worst experience of my life. I'm not going to get into what it was, but let's just say I don't think they had any intentions for us to have a good experience doing that show. Pitting two females against each other wasn't cool. It should have been about the contestants instead of about some nonexistent feud that turned into even more ridiculousness, »

- Gina Carbone

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New 'Game of Thrones' Spoilers on Final 3 Episodes: Be Excited, Be Afraid

29 May 2015 8:53 AM, PDT

Every "Game of Thrones" fan has an opinion on Season 5 so far, even if they think it's boring. (How?!) GoT has a history of building to big endings, and the end is nigh for Season 5. This Sunday, May 31 marks Episode 8 of 10, and HBO shared details on what's ahead, giving major hints to book readers but also raising some new questions. Some stuff will be entirely new -- like everything Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen say to each other -- and other things may be "remixes" in the realm of what "The Walking Dead" always does with its source material.

Here's a breakdown of what's ahead in the final three episodes.

Episode 8, "Hardhome" (May 31)

Official HBO synopsis: "Arya makes progress in her training. Sansa confronts an old friend. Cersei struggles. Jon travels."

If they mean Theon as Sansa's old friend, that's kind of a stretch, but we'll see. Last we saw Jon, »

- Gina Carbone

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'The Walking Dead' Spinoff Officially Premieres in August

29 May 2015 8:15 AM, PDT

"Fear the Walking Dead," a sort-of-but-not-quite prequel to "The Walking Dead," will launch the six episodes of Season 1 this August.

It's always nice when The Powers That Be do what makes the most sense, and this timing makes sense. Season 6 of the main "Walking Dead" show will premiere in October, so August is a fitting start for "Fear," to lead into the mother show. AMC has yet to announce specific premiere dates for either "Fear" Season 1 or "Walking Dead" Season 6 (guessing Sunday, October 11 for the Season 6 premiere), but Robert Kirkman -- who executive produces both shows -- dropped the August confirmation into a "Fear" Q&A with Fangoria.

Kirkman noted that "Fear" is being shot digitally, not on film, so it will have a different look from the main show. He also said the L.A.-set "Fear," which is set at the dawn of the zombie apocalypse, will have »

- Gina Carbone

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Emma Stone Facts: 13 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Aloha' Star

29 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

Emma Stone is one of the most delightful and adored ladies in show business, so it's no surprise that she's currently making Bradley Cooper fall in love with her in "Aloha." She's made us laugh in movies like "Easy A" and "Superbad" and wowed us with her dramatic acting chops in movies like "The Help" and "Birdman." What can't she do?

From the quirky way she convinced her parents to let her act to who she taught to text, here are the 13 things you probably didn't know about Emma Stone.

[Source: IMDb, MTV, Nylon] »

- Rachel Horner

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Stoner Comedy 'American Ultra' Gets Killer Red Band Trailer

29 May 2015 7:40 AM, PDT

"Adventureland" co-stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg must be high -- really high -- on pretending they're in love, since they're back at it in "American Ultra." A new red band trailer was just release and it's pretty trippy, with Eisenberg playing a "stoned cold killer" (groan!) with Stewart as his girlfriend. It actually looks much better than it probably should, and since it co-stars Connie Britton, Topher Grace, Walton Goggins, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale, and a bunch of other random people we'd never expect to see in a stoner comedy, we're down for a viewing.

If you're wondering what makes this a red band trailer, there are a few f-bombs, mention of a titty bar, and of course drug talk. Check it out:

Got the munchies yet? "American Ultra" opens August 21.

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- Gina Carbone

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'Empire' Season 2 Gets Premiere Date, Upped Episode Count

29 May 2015 7:30 AM, PDT

Ask and you shall receive. An "Empire" fan wrote to actress Taraji P. Henson, asking when Season 2 would premiere, and she just helpfully tweeted this note:

Hello! September 23 #Empire season ✌ »

- Gina Carbone

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Has Reality TV Reached the Tipping Point?

29 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT

Remember when they used to call TLC "The Learning Channel"? Well, the scandal that's blown up during the last week surrounding TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" seems like it ought to be a teachable moment, but it's unclear if anyone will be learning the right lessons.

You'd think that the revelations about the Duggar family's cover-up of eldest son Josh's alleged molestation of five girls, including four of his own sisters -- and the corresponding revelation that TLC did a slapdash job of vetting the family, even though many people outside the family have known about this particular closet skeleton since 2006 -- would mark the end of a certain kind of reality show. You'd think sponsors would stop supporting them, networks would stop creating them, and viewers would stop watching them. But the market for these shows may be stronger than the shame of being associated with them.

Indeed, even as »

- Gary Susman

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Queen Latifah Rules 'Lip Sync Battle' By 'Cheating' With LL Cool J

29 May 2015 6:50 AM, PDT

It's about time someone pandered to the host of "Lip Sync Battle" with an LL Cool J song -- and who better than The Queen? Queen Latifah took on Marlon Wayans in Spike's May 28 battle. LL said he didn't know Queen Latifah would be doing his song, "Rock the Bells," but she did it, and she did it proud. Marlon wasn't happy about it, but too bad.

As usual, there were two rounds of battle. In round one, Marlon got "Happy" with Pharrell Williams' song, and the Queen went for a sexy, subtle version of "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" by En Vogue. In round two, Marlon got emotional with Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" while Queen Latifah turned it up with "Rock the Bells." Was that enough to earn her the win? Probably. Marlon Wayans kept saying it was "cheating" but it was playing smart. »

- Gina Carbone

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These 7 Actresses Are Vying for Roles in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

29 May 2015 6:30 AM, PDT

There's still plenty of secrecy surrounding "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the "Harry Potter" spinoff centered around mysterious magizoologist Newt Scamander. Now, a new report suggests that some familiar faces are up for two key roles in the flick.

According to TheWrap, there are seven actresses in the running for the parts of Tina and Queenie, a pair of sisters. Producers have reportedly singled out Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons ("True Detective"), and Alison Sudol ("Transparent") to potentially play Tina; Kate Upton, Katherine Waterston ("Inherent Vice"), and Elizabeth Debicki ("The Great Gatsby") are in contention for the part of older sister Queenie.

Eddie Redmayne has already been cast as Scamander, author of the flick's titular textbook, which was used by Hogwarts students in the "Harry Potter" series. "Fantastic Beasts" purportedly follows Scamander to New York, and takes place about six decades prior to the events of "Potter. »

- Katie Roberts

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Duggar Molestation Scandal Gets a Scathing Funny or Die Spoof

29 May 2015 6:20 AM, PDT

The "Saturday Night Live" cast must be so frustrated that this whole Duggar scandal happened after they closed the season. Cue Funny or Die to pick up the slack with a new parody mocking Josh Duggar's parents, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, for how they handled the allegations that their son molested five girls (including his sisters) as a teenager.

In the 2 minute 22-second video, labeled "The Duggars Respond To Sexual Abuse Scandal," the actress playing Michelle first introduces herself as "baby factory for the Duggar family," then "Jim Bob"notes that, with more kids than an NBA team, they were bound to have one troubled child.

Michelle: "The point is we handled it, Ok? When we were first told about Josh's mistake we did the right thing and we ignored the girl that came forward."

Jim Bob: "Girls lie all the time, it's what they do. One of our daughters, »

- Gina Carbone

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Here's Every Story Matthew Weiner Wanted on 'Mad Men's' Final Season

29 May 2015 5:45 AM, PDT

It truly was the end of an era when "Mad Men" signed off for good on May 17, and while the series finale divided some fans (did Don really achieve enlightenment? Was the Coke jingle meant to be sincere or cynical?), one thing everyone can agree on is that they wished some more fan favorite characters and storylines made the final cut. Now, creator Matthew Weiner has revealed that he, too, had a wishlist of people and things he wanted to feature in the final episodes -- and some of the items that were omitted from the series are heartbreaking.

At an event for the Writers Guild Foundation in Los Angeles Thursday night, Weiner appeared alongside "Mad Men" writers Janet Leahy, Erin Levy, Tom Smuts, Lisa Albert, Robert Towne, Jonathan Igla, Carly Wray, and Josh Weltman, and discussed said list, which Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican photographed and shared on Twitter »

- Katie Roberts

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'Outlander's' Tobias Menzies Breaks Down the 'Sadistic and Cruel' Black Jack Randall

29 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT

Is there a nastier character on television than "Outlander's" Black Jack Randall?

As cruel a schemer as "Game of Thrones'" Cersei Lannister, as cunningly manipulative as "Gotham's" Oswald Cobblepot, as homicidally ruthless as "Scandal's" Rowan Pope and as sexually sadistic as "GoT's" Ramsay Snow, Black Jack's may be the blackest hearted Big Bad of them all, played to malicious, all-too-believable perfection by Tobias Menzies.

With the first season of the Starz drama, adapted from novelist Diana Gabaldon's bestselling series by acclaimed writer-producer Ronald D. Moore, concluding on Saturday, Black Jack has only just begun his brutal, bloody torment of the heroic Highlander Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), who sacrificed himself to her freedom for his time-traveling love Claire (Caitriona Balfe) -- and, as readers of the books know, things get far, far uglier.

In an exclusive conversation with Moviefone, Menzies meditates on the nature and motives »

- Scott Huver

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'Cruel Intentions' Reunion Alert! Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair Hang Out, Kiss

29 May 2015 4:15 AM, PDT

"Cruel Intentions" fans, have we got a treat for you: Not only did stars Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Selma Blair hang out last night; not only did they go to see a parody musical based on the movie; but Gellar and Blair also staged a reenaction of that famous kiss that nabbed them an MTV Movie Award.

The stars shared snaps from their awesome night out on Instagram, and it's obvious that they're still great friends after all these years -- and clearly, up for anything. The trio posed for photos, goofed around in the Los Angeles theater, and yes, made out, just like they did way back when they starred in the 1999 flick. (Prince may have invented the phrase "Party like it's 1999" specifically for this moment.)

Blair captioned one of her pictures "Best girls night out," and it's hard to argue with that statement. After the show, »

- Katie Roberts

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Streaming Now: 'The Boxtrolls,' 'The Aviator,' and More

29 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT

If you're looking for an enjoyable family-friendly movie to enjoy this week, Stream On is here to let you know that "The Boxtrolls" has arrived. The visually stunning Oscar nominee comes to Netflix this week, and is among a slew of great options in streaming land. Speaking of Oscars, Scorsese's "The Aviator" is on Amazon, along with Season 4 of USA legal drama fave, "Suits." »

- Alana Altmann

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Marilyn Monroe Facts: 25 Things You Don't Know About the Hollywood Icon

29 May 2015 3:00 AM, PDT

Lifetime's mini-series "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" debuts on May 30, prompting the question: What possible secrets can there still be about Marilyn Monroe?

Quite a few, apparently, from the identity of her birth father, to the nature of her fatal overdose at age 36 -- was it suicide, accident, or murder? In 2012, on the 50th anniversary of her death, Moviefone previously published "25 Things You Didn't Know About Marilyn Monroe." Turns out that list barely scratched the surface. Here, then, are 25 more.

1. Monroe's birth certificate from 1926 lists her birth name as Norma Jeane Mortenson. The last name was a misspelling of the surname of her mother's second husband, Martin Mortensen, who separated from Gladys before she became pregnant. Soon after, she reverted to her first married name, Baker, and gave that name to her daughter.

2. Gladys later told Norma Jeane that her father was Gladys' boss, Charles Gifford, who looked like »

- Gary Susman

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Bob Saget Is On Board for 'Fuller House'

29 May 2015 2:55 AM, PDT

Aunt Becky just signed on for upcoming "Full House" spinoff "Fuller House," and now Danny Tanner has joined her.

Uncle Jesse himself -- a.k.a. John Stamos -- confirmed the news on Twitter late Thursday night, revealing that Bob Saget would indeed be a part of the continuing story of the extended Tanner clan. "This completes the perfect reun[i]on!" Stamos tweeted. Saget followed up with his own confirmation, tweeting out the sweet message "Love you Jesse!"

Last but not least-best piece of casting yet. The great @bobsaget will be joining our show on @netfilx - this completes the perfect reunon!

- John Stamos (@JohnStamos) May 29, 2015

How did you get this information? Kidding! Love you Jesse! https://t.co/dj5VKlCRqR

- bob saget (@bobsaget) May 29, 2015

Saget joins Stamos, Lori Loughlin, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodi Sweetin, and Andrea Barber for the reunion/spinoff series, which focuses on D. »

- Katie Roberts

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New Movies: 'Aloha,' 'San Andreas,' & More

28 May 2015 12:30 PM, PDT

This weekend, Bradley Cooper finds himself caught between Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone in "Aloha," while Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson goes on a dangerous mission to save his daughter after a massive earthquake hits California in "San Andreas."

Also in theaters this weekend:

"Results" stars Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as personal trainers whose lives are interrupted by an eccentric new client. In "Gemma Bovery," a new spin on the novel "Madame Bovary," life imitates art when the tittle character and her husband move to the village where the classic tale was written a century before. "Club Life" follows a man struggling with financial trouble as he attempts to make some fast cash in the Manhattan club scene. »

- Rachel Horner

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Andy Serkis's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Character Revealed

28 May 2015 9:45 AM, PDT

It was a no-brainer to assume that Andy Serkis's character in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will be motion-captured, and now that belief has been confirmed.

Legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz spilled the beans during an interview with StarWars.com, where she discussed her photo shoot with actors from the flick for Vanity Fair's recent "Force Awakens" cover story. Leibovitz talked about the photo that Vanity Fair published of Lupita Nyong'o, whose character is also the result of motion-capture, and shared a shot of Serkis similarly rigged up with motion-capture trackers covering his face.

While the image, which you can see in full below, is dark and menacing -- Serkis is serving up a serious death glare -- we still don't know much about the character. But one detail that's now been supplied is his name: Supreme Leader Snoke.

It's a strange moniker, to be sure, and doesn't exactly reveal much, »

- Katie Roberts

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'Bachelor' Chris Soules Splits From Whitney Bischoff

28 May 2015 9:15 AM, PDT

Like so many "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" contestants before them, Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff just couldn't make it work.

The couple, who got engaged during the 19th season finale of "The Bachelor" earlier this year, have officially called it quits. "Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss tweeted out the news on Thursday, writing that it was "a sad day" for those involved with the show.

Sad news to report: @souleschris and @whitbisch are no longer engaged...

- Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) May 28, 2015

A sad day for us at The Bachelor...

- Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) May 28, 2015 A rep for Soules confirmed the break-up in a statement, saying, "Whitney Bischoff and Chris Soules have mutually and amicably decided to end their engagement. They part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another and will continue to be supportive friends. They wish to thank everyone who has supported them through this journey."

Soules and Bischoff »

- Katie Roberts

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