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Bill Murray Reveals Why He Took a 'Ghostbusters' Cameo

8 hours ago

The specter of the original "Ghostbusters" franchise has always loomed over the upcoming all-female reboot, especially when it came to the approval of stars Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. But while Aykroyd was always enthusiastic about director Paul Feig's project, Murray always seemed a bit less so, until word broke that he (along with Aykroyd) had both thrown his support behind the flick, and would appear in a cameo.

So what changed Murray's mind about returning to the franchise? Vulture caught up with the elusive actor to chat about his thought process, and it turns out that it was pretty careful, if a bit drawn-out. He explained:

I thought about it for a very long time. Like, many, many months. No, that's not right. I was seriously thinking about this for years, really ... It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to »

- Katie Roberts

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President Obama Will Go 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls' in Alaska

9 hours ago

President Barack Obama has never shied away from embracing pop culture throughout his presidency. Now, the commander-in-chief is giving reality TV a try, too.

NBC reports that Obama will appear on an upcoming episode of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls," and will tape the segment during his trip to Alaska. The Potus will reportedly chat with Grylls about his plans to combat climate change -- but also enjoy some survivalist fun, too.

"Obama - the first sitting president to visit the Alaskan Arctic - will get a tutorial in survival techniques and talk about environmental issues as part of the White House's focus on the impact of climate change," according to NBC.com. "The president's trip to Alaska will be full of opportunities to get up close and personal with nature. He's slated to tread on a receding glacier, chat with coastal villagers whose homes are threatened by eroding shorelines »

- Katie Roberts

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9 Celebs We Want to See on 'Dancing With the Stars'

11 hours ago

Casting announcements for "Dancing With the Stars" Season 21 have been trickling in over the past week, and so far we know we can expect to see names like Paula Deen and Chaka Kahn vying for a mirrorball trophy soon. This got to thinking about our own "DWTS" wish list... Who would we love to see in glitzy garb attempting their best pasodoble? Here are 9 celebs we want to see on "Dancing With the Stars."

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- Alana Altmann

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Watch 'Supernatural' Star Jensen Ackles Sing 'Simple Man' at VanCon

11 hours ago

"Supernatural" star Jensen Ackles has never met a classic rock cover he didn't like, and the actor continued his penchant for performing past hits this weekend while playing a Lynyrd Skynyrd song.

Ackles busted out the tune during a performance at VanCon -- a "Supernatural"-themed fan convention held in Vancouver, Canada -- on Saturday night, taking lead vocals and strumming an acoustic guitar as he sang "Simple Man." His raspy vocals fit the song perfectly, and the crowd clearly loved it, screaming as he took the stage and cheering throughout the performance.

As Entertainment Weekly notes, Ackles has performed another Skynyrd classic, "Sweet Home Alabama," publicly in the past, and a quick YouTube search of "Jensen Ackles singing" turns up plenty of results. (There's one way to liven up your Monday afternoon.)

Check out video of Ackles's hard-rocking performance below (which also features "Supernatural" cast members Mark Sheppard on »

- Katie Roberts

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Summer Box Office 2015: Winners and Losers

13 hours ago

This weekend, "Straight Outta Compton" enjoyed a three-peat atop the box office chart, easily defeating three new wide releases. Which means that the end of summer is, sadly, finally here. So it's time to assess what will probably be Hollywood's most lucrative summer ever. Here are the winners and losers of the season.

Winner: The Overall Domestic Box Office

As of Sunday, the total summer take stands at $4.72 billion. That's up 14 percent from last year at this time, and slightly ahead of the $4.63 billion earned by August 30 of 2013, the previous record-holding summer.

Loser: Movie Stars

Arguably, only one of the summer's top 10 movies (Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation") depended a lot on star power to sell tickets. The rest (including "Jurassic World," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Minions," "Pitch Perfect 2," "Ant-Man," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "Straight Outta Compton") were sold based on their ensemble casts or their premises. »

- Gary Susman

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'Big Brother 17' Spoilers: Will Meg Go Home First in Double Eviction?

13 hours ago

Warning: BB17 spoilers ahead from the live feeds.*

For the past two weeks on "Big Brother 17," James Huling and Meg Maley have been able to sit back with popcorn and watch the rest of the house fight. But now it's Week 10 and one of them is in danger of going home/to jury, courtesy of the brilliant Mad Hatter, Vanessa Rousso.

Vanessa just won her third Head of Household competition and has two sets of alliances on her side: Steve Moses and returnee Johnny Mac McGuire, plus Austin Matelson and twins Julia and Liz Nolan. Everyone wanted Vanessa out as early as last week but now she is doing what she does best: backing people into corners to make deals and winning people over to her side. You don't have to like Vanessa -- she makes it tough sometimes with all the tears and hypocrisy -- but all Bb fans »

- Gina Carbone

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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: August 31-September 6

13 hours ago

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

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

Tuesday, September 1 will be a lovely day -- oh, what a lovely day! -- 'cause that's when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases "Fury Road" on 2D Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, and DVD. Here are the special features on both Blu-ray editions: "Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road," "Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels," "The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa," "The Tools of the Wasteland," "The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome," "Fury Road: Crash & Smash," and deleted scenes. The "Mad Max 4-Film Blu-ray Anthology" will also be on sale September 1, including "Mad Max," "The Road Warrior," "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" on Blu-ray, plus the documentary "Madness of Max" on DVD, and "Mad Max Anthology" trading cards. »

- Gina Carbone

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Will Smith Takes on the NFL in First 'Concussion' Trailer

14 hours ago

Are you ready for some football ... brain injuries as diagnosed by Will Smith in "Concussion"?

The A-lister plays real-life forensic pathologist and neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte) in the brains of NFL players and fought for the truth to be known. Peter Landesman ("Parkland") directed "Concussion," which was produced by Ridley Scott, based on the 2009 GQ article "Game Brain."

Peter King just shared the movie's first trailer in his Sports Illustrated column:

In my column today is the exclusive trailer for @ConcussionMovie, starring Will Smith. http://t.co/niEkvJd1aK https://t.co/mVKMUm4rNy

- Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 31, 2015 "Concussion" opens on Christmas Day, so maybe we can expect Will Smith's name to come up on Oscar lists, for his portrayal of the Nigeria-born doctor. The movie also stars Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, David Morse, and Albert Brooks. »

- Gina Carbone

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What's Leaving Netflix in September 2015

14 hours ago

As you've likely heard, a slew of high-profile movies, including "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "World War Z" are leaving Netflix in September, thanks to the expiration of a deal with Epix.

Also going bye-bye, TV series including "Coach," "Undeclared," and Britcom "The It Crowd."

Leaving September 1

"Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London" (2004)

"Bratz: Rock Angelz" (2005)

"Care Bears: Big Wish Movie" (2005)

"Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot" (2004)

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000)

"Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!" (2009)

"Doomsday Preppers": Season 1-3

"Electrick Children" (2012)

"FernGully: The Last Rainforest" (1992)

"Ink Master": Season 2

"Jackie Brown" (1997)

"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998)

"Mortal Kombat: The Movie" (1995)

"Patch Adams" (1998)

"Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" (2006)

"Rugrats in Paris: The Movie" (2000)

"Rules of Engagement" (2000)

"Rumpelstiltskin" (1987)

"Sarah's Choice" (2009)

"School of Rock" (2003)

"She's the One" (1996)

"Sleepless in Seattle" (1993)

"The It Crowd": Series 1-4

"The Lost Boys" (1987)

"Total Recall" (1990)

"W." (2008)

Leaving September 2

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- Sharon Knolle

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'Man of Steel' Gets the 'Deadpool' Treatment in Awesome Fan Trailer

14 hours ago

Adding a dash of Salt-n-Pepa's "Shoop" to any trailer just gives it that something extra. We suspected as much watching the amazing "Deadpool" trailer and now here's proof, courtesy of a fan who re-cut "Man of Steel" with more humorous footage that includes the necessary "Shoop."

Some viewers weren't too fond of the self-serious, somber tone of Henry Cavill's "Man of Steel" and a Youtuber called solyentbrak1 showed that the movie Did have potential to be at little bit more fun in a new trailer made "Deadpool Style," taking a cue from Ryan Reynolds's upcoming R-rated movie.

Here's the new 2 minute, 27 second trailer:

Are you effin' stupid?!

Superman isn't exactly the Merc with a Mouth, so maybe this doesn't quite fit with the heroic character, but it's still pretty impressive. Wouldn't you want to see this movie? Here's the "Deadpool" read-band trailer, in case you want to compare the two. »

- Gina Carbone

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Kanye West Announces 2020 Presidential Bid and the Internet Loves It

15 hours ago

If we're going to take Donald Trump seriously as a presidential candidate, why not Kanye West? The line between joke and news-that-should-be-a-joke is getting blurred, and last night during the 2015 MTV VMAs, Kanye added a presidential announcement into his long MTV Video Vanguard speech.

As he said at one point, "It ain't about me. It's about new ideas. People who believe in truth. ... And yes, as you probably could guess by this moment. I have decided in 2020 to run for president."

He was *probably* kidding, but the Internet was happy to pick up the joke, and maybe some fans are hoping it turns out to be true. Ajc created a gallery suggesting running mates, including -- obviously -- Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, among others.

Kanye's self-promoting in-laws, the Kardashians, took up the cause on social media:

A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Aug 30, 2015 at 8:00pm Pdt

Mr West! »

- Gina Carbone

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Thomas' Wckd Past Is Revealed in This Exclusive 'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' Clip

15 hours ago

The upcoming sequel to "The Maze Runner," "The Scorch Trials," picks up with Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), and the rest of their group as they take on Wckd, and escape from its clutches into the titular unknown entity.

And as we see in the clip below, premiering today exclusively on Moviefone, the Scorch is filled with plenty of unsavory characters of its own.

The clip introduces us to Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito), the leader of a rough and tumble group who has captured Thomas and the Gladers.

As Thomas and Jorge get acquainted, they both hold each other at arm's length, suspicious of the other's motivation; Jorge grills Thomas about his group's origins and its mission, but Thomas isn't biting -- until he's tackled and scanned, and it's revealed he's come from Wckd.

"You're very, very valuable," Jorge tells Thomas, though of course, the reason for that has yet to be revealed. »

- Katie Roberts

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Why Did 'We Are Your Friends' Have One of the Worst Openings of All Time?

16 hours ago

Zac Efron's "We Are Your Friends" was unfriended by most of the country this weekend. The Edm movie, co-starring Wes Bentley and Emily Ratajkowski, was released on 2,333 screens but only made $1.8 million. That's not just short of the $8 million projection, it's also the worst wide-release launch of Efron's career and one of the worst openings of any studio film ever.

Entertainment Weekly culled the list of the top 10 worst wide-release movies ever, and "We Are Your Friends" ended up at No. 3, just behind "Delgo" and "Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure." This movie actually did worse than the much-mocked "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" and marks Wes Bentley's second time on the list, since he was also in the horror movie "P2."

According to Variety, Warner Bros. only spent $2 million to acquire "We Are Your Friends." Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president Jeff Goldstein commented on the opening: "We're disappointed, »

- Gina Carbone

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Rip Wes Craven: Celebrities Pay Tribute to 'Nightmare on Elm Street' Director

16 hours ago

Horror king Wes Craven died Sunday, August 30 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.

Craven brought Freddy Krueger to life in "Nightmare on Elm Street," found a new audience with the "Scream" franchise, and also gave us "The Last House on the Left" and "The Hills Have Eyes," among others.

He helped launch or re-launch the careers of many Hollywood stars, and influenced countless others, and several celebrities paid tribute to the film legend after his passing:

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- Wes Craven (@wescraven) August 31, 2015

R.I.P. Wes Craven... #Horror #Master #FreddyKrueger #TheHillsHaveEyes #Scream pic.twitter.com/AbfJ8nsXB2

- Irving MastKornMack (@Plasmatico18) August 31, 2015

Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family. x

- Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) August 31, 2015

Thank you for being the kindest man, the gentlest man, and one of the smartest men I've known. »

- Gina Carbone

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Rip Wes Craven: Celebrities Pay Tribute to 'Maestro of My Nightmares'

16 hours ago

Horror king Wes Craven died Sunday, August 30 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76. Craven brought Freddy Krueger to life in "Nightmare on Elm Street," found a new audience with the "Scream" franchise, and also gave us "The Last House on the Left" and "The Hills Have Eyes," among others. He helped launch or re-launch the careers of many Hollywood stars, and influenced countless others, and several celebrities paid tribute to the film legend after his passing:

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- Wes Craven (@wescraven) August 31, 2015

R.I.P. Wes Craven... #Horror #Master #FreddyKrueger #TheHillsHaveEyes #Scream pic.twitter.com/AbfJ8nsXB2

- Irving MastKornMack (@Plasmatico18) August 31, 2015

Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family. x

- Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) August 31, 2015

Thank you for being the kindest man, the gentlest man, and one of the smartest men I've known. »

- Gina Carbone

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What's New on Netflix for September 2015

30 August 2015 6:20 PM, PDT

New to Netflix in September are two kinds of undead: Season 5 of "The Walking Dead" and the revived-from-cancellation A&E series, "Longmire," which was saved by Netflix.

As far as movies, there's the restored version of the Oscar-winning 1962 epic "Lawrence of Arabia," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," the first three "Rambo" films, the terrific "The Bank Job" with Jason Statham and "Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom" with Idris Elba.

There are also period dramas you might have missed from last year with Jessica Chastain ("Miss Julie") and Mia Wasikowska ("Madame Bovary") and hey, "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl!"

Available September 1

"72 Dangerous Animals Australia": Season 1 (2014)

"Combustión" (2013)

"Da Jammies": Season 1

"Giggle and Hoot's Best Ever!" (2014)

"Hamlet" (1990)

"Hardball" (2001)

"Heather McDonald: I Don't Mean To Brag" (2014)

"Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version" (1962)

"Los Hombres también lloran": Season 1

"Masters of the Universe" (1987)

"Mississippi Damned" (2009)

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood": Volume 1

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- Sharon Knolle

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Here Are the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Winners

30 August 2015 5:21 PM, PDT

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards kicked off in Los Angeles Sunday night, with Ms. Miley Cyrus on hand to host the wild festivities.

Miley didn't disappoint when it came to her always-entertaining brand of enthusiasm and her fashion picks -- the pop star rocked a variety of barely there ensembles, including a see-through number that had what appeared to be balloons pinned to it. Oh, and she also announced that she just dropped a free album. Surprise!

One of the other biggest moments of the night was when Nicki Minaj shocked the audience by opening the show with a special guest: Taylor Swift. The formerly twitter-feuding superstars appeared to bury their public bad blood with a duet. Good one!

Speaking of Tay, the "Blank Space" singer was the most nominated performer of the evening -- she was up for 10 moon men and ended up picking up Video of the Year. »

- Alana Altmann

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