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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack Will Get a Cassette Release (Photo)

11 hours ago

Taking a cue from Star-Lord himself, Marvel is bringing the cassette back into fashion by planning a tape release of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack, "Awesome Mix Vol. 1."

While the soundtrack was previously available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats, everyone who's seen the flick knows that it originated in cassette form, as a gift from Peter Quill's mother to the young boy. As he grows into Star-Lord, he still cherishes the tape, which he plays on his personal Walkman and his spaceship. (The latter serving as the platform to unleash dancing baby Groot.)

Disney will release the cassette to coincide with Record Store Day's Black Friday event, exclusive to independent music retailers throughout the U.S. The tape will come with a free digital download of the mix.

Per Billboard, "It will be the first music cassette released by Disney since 2003. Disney has not announced how many copies »

- Katie Roberts

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New 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Teaser Pits Gale vs. Peeta (Video)

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While the love triangle between Katniss, Gale, and Peeta hasn't been the main focus of the "Hunger Games" films thus far, it's about to take a big leap forward in "Mockingjay," as the latest teaser proves.

The new clip features Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) watching in disbelief -- and relief -- as she sees Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) give an address on behalf of the Capitol, urging residents of Panem to "lay down their weapons immediately." While Katniss tries to reason with Gale (Liam Hemsworth) about why Peeta would side with the Capitol, her friend -- a bit jealous to see Katniss so happy about Peeta being alive, perhaps? -- isn't buying it.

"Everyone has a choice, Katniss, and I would rather die than say what he just said," Gale says.

Juicy stuff. We'll no doubt see more simmering sexual tension between the trio when "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 »

- Katie Roberts

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After 2 Seasons, FX Has Cancelled 'The Bridge'

12 hours ago

"The Bridge" has been cancelled by FX, the network announced Tuesday.

Despite a creative resurgence in its second season, "The Bridge," which starred Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir, didn't improve where it needed to the most: ratings. According to HitFix, showrunners were optimistic for a third season order from FX following the season two finale, but also had realistic expectations when it came to the size of the audience.

"Creatively they are very happy with the show. But as we all know it is a numbers game," showrunner Elwood Reid told HitFix at the time. "I really want a season three and hope I have a chance to keep telling those stories, because I can tell you I have just scratched the surface of this world and these characters."

HitFix reports that "The Bridge" production company Shine will try to shop the show elsewhere in hopes of resurrecting it on »

- Katie Roberts

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'The Flash' & 'Jane the Virgin' Get Full Season Orders at CW

12 hours ago

Good news, fans of freshman CW shows "The Flash" and "Jane the Virgin": Both series have been picked up by the network for full seasons.

CW president Mark Pedowitz made the announcement Tuesday, praising both programs for their high quality -- and popularity with audiences.

"We have had a fantastic start to our season this year, with 'The Flash' launching as our most-watched series premiere ever, and 'Jane the Virgin' recognized as the best new show this season by critics across the country," Pedowitz said in a statement. "Over the past three seasons, we have made it our mission to grow and to broaden out our audience, and to keep raising the bar with the quality and impact of our new shows, and 'The Flash' and 'Jane' have both exceeded our expectations on all counts. I'm thrilled to announce full season orders for both of these terrific new series. »

- Katie Roberts

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Babs Is Back! Barbara Walters Will Host 'Most Fascinating' Special Again

13 hours ago

Despite retiring from broadcasting and claiming she was done with her annual "Most Fascinating People" special, Barbara Walters will once again return to our screens this year with her round-up of interesting celebs.

ABC has revealed that Babs will be back to host "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014," set to air on the network on December 14. Despite retiring from "The View" in May, following more than 50 years of broadcasting, Walters has continued to pop up on the network, interviewing the father of Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger in June, and appearing on the season premiere of "The View" last month.

It was no doubt Walters's familiar presence that prompted ABC to coax her out of retirement for the "Fascinating" special, which the network has revealed will include Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, and Scarlett Johansson, among others.

"I was absolutely delighted when ABC approached me to do another »

- Katie Roberts

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Director James Wan Will Return for 'The Conjuring 2,' May Helm DC Superhero Flick

13 hours ago

James Wan will scare the bejeezus out of audiences again, as Deadline reports the director will return to helm "The Conjuring 2."

Wan directed the first "Conjuring" flick, which was a hit for New Line, and execs were eager to bring him back for the follow-up. The sequel is set to begin production next summer, with an eye for a 2016 release. (The original fall 2015 release schedule was bumped to accommodate Wan's "Fast & Furious 7," which was delayed in the aftermath of star Paul Walker's sudden death in November 2013.)

"It was during the editing of 'Fast & Furious 7' that my brain started sparking ideas for 'The Conjuring' sequel," Wan told Deadline. "Taking a break from horror has allowed me to be creatively rejuvenated. I'm excited to tell the story of the next case-file of Ed & Lorraine Warren and expand on this world we've created."

And Wan's involvement with New Line, »

- Katie Roberts

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'John Wick' Review: 10 Reasons You Need to Go See the Movie Yesterday

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Last month, we attended Fantastic Fest, a film festival held in Austin, Texas, that is, to use a scientific term, totally bonkers. It's a place where new and incredibly weird genre movies play and are instantly eaten up (or harshly rejected) by geeky audiences. It's the kind of film festival that celebrates movies that contain (among other things) fountains of blood, animal cruelty, and full-frontal nudity. And it's where "John Wick" premiered.

And even though "John Wick" is a fairly mainstream affair by Fantastic Fest standards (it's American, features a movie star, and doesn't have a single weird Japanese ghost), it was one of the movies that everybody was talking about. (They had to squeeze in additional screenings to accommodate feverishly nerdy demand.) So, get ready America, "John Wick" is coming for you.

Keanu Reeves plays the titular character, a former assassin whose wife has recently succumbed to cancer and »

- Drew Taylor

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Here's the Full Tracklist for Lorde's 'Mockingjay' Soundtrack (Photo & Audio)

14 hours ago

Lionsgate has finally revealed the full tracklist -- minus one surprise song yet to be announced -- for the Lorde-curated soundtrack to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," and it's bursting with big names.

Among the musicians featured are Chvrches, Charli Xcx (featuring Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon), Grace Jones, Haim, Tove Lo, and a Kanye West remix of the soundtrack's first single, Lorde's "Yellow Flicker Beat." Another new track from Lorde is also on the album.

In addition to that lineup, Lionsgate has also released another single from the soundtrack: "This Is Not A Game," by The Chemical Brothers and featuring Miguel and a spoken-word loop from Lorde. Check out the audio for that track below, along with the full tracklist and album cover.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack:

1. Meltdown - Stromae ft. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip & Haim

2. Dead Air »

- Katie Roberts

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Keanu Reeves on 'John Wick,' 'Bill & Ted 3,' and That 'Point Break' Remake (Exclusive)

14 hours ago

Keanu Reeves has been many things over the years The One, Ted, sad. But this week he assumes a new role as John Wick in the movie of the same name, a high octane thriller directed by a pair of former stuntmen (David Leitch and Chad Stahelski) and so relentlessly entertaining that it will make you forget about whatever the hell "47 Ronin" was.

In "John Wick," Reeves essays the role of a former hitman who has given up that life for the love of his wife, Helen (Bridget Moynahan). After Helen succumbs to a longtime illness, Wick is left alone and grieving, comforted only by the affection of the small puppy Helen left behind. When some Russian thugs (led by Alfie Allen) break into his home, it sets Wick on a long, bloody path of revenge. And it's really, really cool.

We sat down with Reeves last week and talked about all things "John Wick, »

- Drew Taylor

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Nate Parker Share a Moment in This Exclusive 'Beyond the Lights' Preview

16 hours ago

Love stories featuring two people from opposite sides of the track are as old as time, but "Beyond the Lights" puts a very modern twist on the timeless tale.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as Noni Jean, a rising young singer who's just won a Grammy. Nate Parker is Kaz Nicol, a hard-working cop. They meet when he saves her from a nearly fatal suicide attempt.

And though they're on completely different career paths, they can't help falling for each other. In this exclusive clip, they share a quiet moment together, away from the bright lights of the stage and the pulsing lights of police cars.

"Beyond the Lights" also stars Minnie Driver and Danny Glover, and opens in theaters November 14. »

- Kelly Woo

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How Will 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Begin? In 'Horribly Brutal Fashion'

16 hours ago

After "Guardians of the Galaxy" was such a smash hit for Marvel and Disney, how will director James Gunn top himself for the sequel?

"It's going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes," Gunn revealed. "In really horribly brutal fashion."

He Kids. He's totally kidding.

Gunn was joking around today about "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" at Variety's Entertainment and Technology Summit. But the director did reveal some actual tidbits about the follow-up, notably that all five main characters would return and that some new members might be added to the team.

"I spent all day on Aug. 1, the day the first movie was released, writing 'Guardians 2.' I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one," he said. "I always saw this as a universe, »

- Kelly Woo

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Matthew McConaughey Is Proud of His Romantic Comedies, So There

17 hours ago

The McConaissance of the last several years culminated with Matthew McConaughey's Oscar win for "Dallas Buyers Club" and Emmy nomination for "True Detective," but the idea that he needed a comeback relies on the notion that he'd fallen into a rut formed by mediocre romantic comedies.

But in the latest issue of GQ, McConaughey said the McConaissance ""may make a more interesting narrative and a dramatic punch, but it's not true."

In the interview, he defended his romantic comedies - including "The Wedding Planner," "Failure to Launch," and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" - and even said he's proud of them.

"These things aren't easy. What's hard is to make them look easy," he said. "Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it's completely unfair. »

- Kelly Woo

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David Alan Basche Tells Us His 5 Favorite Movies Featuring Sitcom Stars

18 hours ago

Each year, the All American High School Film Festival selects the best short films from student filmmakers across the country and showcases them for attendees at its annual, New York City-based festival. Moviefone is proud to call itself a partner of the festival, and this year, "The Exes" star David Alan Basche will be a judge and a presenter.

Basche has an extensive career in film, appearing most notably in "War of the Worlds" (2005) and "United 93" (2006). Today, however, the actor stars on the TV Land series "The Exes," a comedy about a group of divorced friends who try to get back to the single life. With a career that spans both TV and film, Basche was the perfect person to give us 5 awesome movies with sitcom stars.

Check out the five picks below, complete with Basche's commentary!

From October 24 - 26, the 2014 All American High School Film Festival will celebrate »

- Moviefone Staff

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'Saturday Night Live' Adds Leslie Jones to Cast

18 hours ago

Leslie Jones is moving on up! The staff writer for "Saturday Night Live" has been promoted to featured player this season, on the strength of several appearances, including one about relationships from the season premiere.

Jones becomes the second black female cast member, after Sasheer Zamata. "SNL" faced a great deal of criticism last year over the lack of diversity among its comedy troupe - particularly after hiring six new cast members for the 2013-14 season, all of whom were white. That led Michaels to embark on a very public nationwide search for black female comedians. That led to the show hiring Sasheer Zamata as a featured player and Jones and Lakendra Tookes as writers.

"SNL" has a long history of promoting from within; current "Weekend Update" hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che both started as writers. Jones begins her new job on this weekend's edition, which will be hosted by Jim Carrey. »

- Kelly Woo

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Best of Late Night TV: Ice Cube Talks N.W.A. Movie, Alan Cumming Recalls Shia's 'Cabaret' Arrest (Video)

21 hours ago

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman and Seth Meyers all had repeats on Monday, October 20, so the pickings were a bit slim.

Ice Cube was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," talking about how he just wrapped principal photography on the N.W.A. movie, "Straight Outta Compton." He was constantly getting arrested when he was with N.W.A. Jimmy asked about the cast, which is mostly filled with unknowns. Ice Cube's son is in it, though, playing Ice Cube himself; did he have to audition to play his dad? "Hell yeah!" They also discussed how it was Snoop Dogg's birthday, and Ice Cube got him the same thing he got him last year. »

- Gina Carbone

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What's Worth Watching This Week: 'Snowpiercer,' 'Life After Beth,' 'Pee-wee's Playhouse'

20 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"La dolce vita"

Even if you snagged "La dolce vita" on Blu-ray when it was available via Kino Lorber, you'll still want to upgrade to this fancy Criterion edition. This new release received the 4K digital restoration treatment, and the extras include an interview with writer/director (and Ad for "La dolce vita") Lina Wertmüller, an audio interview with star Marcello Mastroianni, and more.

"Life After Beth"

This is a kooky zombie love story about a guy named Zach (Dane DeHaan) whose girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) returns from the dead. In addition to the whole interpersonal love mishegoss of dating someone who's a rotting zombie, there's also a whole zombie apocalypse to deal with - can their relationship survive? Can they survive? »

- Jenni Miller

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Will Have More Visual Effects Than Any Other Marvel Movie

20 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Marvel is upping its visual effects game with forthcoming "Avengers" sequel "Age of Ultron," as one of the studio's effects executives has revealed that the flick will have the most visual effects shots of any Marvel movie.

Victoria Alonso, the executive vice president of visual effects and postproduction for Marvel Studios, told a crowd at the Ves Summit this weekend that the studio is constantly one-upping itself in terms of the scope of its projects, and that includes "Ultron." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alonso, who is executive producing the flick, "anticipates topping 3,000 VFX shots for the 'Avengers' sequel, which would make it Marvel's largest VFX shot count to date. She previously exec produced 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' which maxed out at 2,500, and 'Guardians on the Galaxy,' which reached 2,750."

That's a whole lot of CGI, though Alonso told THR that Marvel planned to work with "seven »

- Katie Roberts

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Florida Mom Petitions Toys 'R' Us to Remove 'Breaking Bad' Figures From Stores

20 October 2014 9:20 AM, PDT

"Breaking Bad" doesn't exactly scream "kid-friendly," but does the AMC drug drama deserve its merch pulled from stores as a result? One Florida mother thinks so, and has started a Change.org petition to get Toys "R" Us to remove Walter White action figures from its shelves.

In the petition, Susan Myers from Fort Myers, Florida writes that the toy store chain's "decision to sell a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children's toys is a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values."

"Parents and grandparents around the world shop at Toys R Us, online and in stories, with their children and should not be forced to explain why a certain toy comes with a bag of highly dangerous and illegal drugs or why someone who sells those drugs deserves to be made into an action figure," the petition continued. »

- Katie Roberts

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'Sharknado 3' to Ravage the 'Feast Coast' Next Summer

20 October 2014 8:15 AM, PDT

The first two "Sharknado" films brought skyborne sharks to Los Angeles and New York City. Not to be outdone, the third outing in the Syfy franchise will wreak havoc on the entire East Coast -- er, Feast Coast, that is.

In an announcement on the official "Sharknado" Twitter page, Syfy revealed that "Sharknado 3" would take on "the Feast Coast," raining down carnivorous creatures from Washington, D.C. to Orlando. It's unclear if any cast members from the first two films will reprise their roles.

Breaking: It's official! From DC to Orlando... #Sharknado3 Takes on the Feast Coast! #SyfyPT

- Sharknado (@SharknadoSyfy) October 20, 2014

"Sharknado" and "Sharknado 2: The Second One" starred Ian Ziering and Tara Reid as an estranged couple brought back together by the titular storm systems. Ziering reportedly wants a bigger paycheck for the third outing in the popular series, though production company Asylum may just move on »

- Katie Roberts

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'Mulaney' Episode Order Cut to 13

20 October 2014 7:45 AM, PDT

Fox giveth, and Fox taketh away: After the network gave a surprising full-season pickup to freshman drama "Gotham" last week, it's now cut the episode order of fellow new show "Mulaney."

Originally slated for 16 episodes, "Mulaney" will now only get 13. That's a bummer for the comedy, starring former "Saturday Night Live" writer John Mulaney, which has also seen its ratings fizzle since its less-than-stellar debut on October 5.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the series had just finished production on its 13th episode when the order cut news was handed down, though the show was gearing up to film its 14th. Since the 13th installment will now be the season -- and possibly the series -- finale, it looks like some reshoots may be in order. (Though nothing on that front has been confirmed.)

"Mulaney" has had an odd trajectory from the start, beginning its life as a pilot that was passed on by NBC, »

- Katie Roberts

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