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Forget 'Jem,' Now Barbie Is Getting Her Own Movie Franchise

5 hours ago

It's a Barbie world, and we're all just Barbie girls, you know?

Well, that's what Sony and Mattel are hoping with their deal to make a Barbie franchise. Not just one movie, nope, but an entire franchise dedicated to the live-action adventures of the irrationally proportioned doll. To be fair, Barbie has had pretty much every job under the sun, traveled the world, and owned her own house and car for quite some time now, so the narrative possibilities are endless.

On the other hand, Mattel's sales of Barbie aren't looking so hot; the toy company made a pretty penny from "Frozen" tie-ins, but Barbie sales are down 14%. Will a Barbie movie lure in younger moviegoers and the adults who played with her back in the day? Do we really believe that Barbie has always been about "female empowerment," as per Deadline and the pitch that won over Mattel?

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- Jenni Miller

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'Orange Is the New Black' Season 2: Watch the First 50 Seconds of Episode 1 (Video)

6 hours ago

Solitary life has not been kind to Piper Chapman.

Entertainment Weekly has the first 50 seconds of "Orange Is the New Black" season 2, which shows Piper (Taylor Schilling) in solitary confinement after putting a beatdown on Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) in last season's finale.

When a prison guard awakes her in Shu, Piper is disoriented and a little bit nutso. Seems she's been using egg yolks to draw a pretty picture on the wall.

Pennsatucky's fate is unclear, but it seems like Piper is finally getting out of solitary. Maybe the other inmates should rename her "Crazy Eyes."

"Orange Is the New Black" premieres June 6 on Netflix.

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- Kelly Woo

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Here Are All the HBO Shows Coming to Amazon Prime

7 hours ago

It's not TV, it's HBO on Amazon Prime.

The premium cable network signed a game-changing deal with Amazon Prime, which allows the streaming service to host older HBO series like "The Wire" and "Deadwood." Past seasons of current shows, including "Boardwalk Empire" and "True Blood," will also be available to Amazon Prime customers. Future seasons of "Girls" and "Veep" will be added to the roster about three years after they air on HBO.

Some shows, like "Sex and the City" and "Entourage," aren't included due to other deals. "Game of Thrones" is also not part of it, which just began its fourth season. Plus, as HBO's crown jewel, it may never leave the confines of the channel and HBO Go.

It marks a big change for HBO, which hadn't licensed its shows to a streaming service -- that's why you haven't seen Tony Soprano on Netflix. And it's a huge »

- Kelly Woo

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Meg Ryan Is the Voice of 'How I Met Your Dad'

7 hours ago

Hot mama! Meg Ryan is joining the cast of "How I Met Your Dad," the spinoff pilot of "How I Met Your Mother," which recently ended its nine-year run on CBS.

Deadline reports that the onetime queen of romantic comedies has been tapped as the voice of "Future Sally," who will narrate the series just as Bob Saget did for "Himym."

Ryan will recount the adventures and exploits of her younger days; present-day Sally will be played by indie movie actress Greta Gerwig (who also will produce and write). And, like Saget, Ryan will likely never be seen on the show.

Since her heyday in the '90s, Ryan's presence in Hollywood has steadily diminished. As a recent People article suggested, the actress decided to step away from the spotlight to focus on her family.

But she's making a comeback of sorts in a reunion with frequent co-star Tom Hanks -- behind the screen. »

- Kelly Woo

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The Sisterhood's Pants Will Travel Again for 'Sisterhood Everlasting'

8 hours ago

It's so hard to say good-bye to yesterday, and to those traveling pants that kept four friends in touch over the long summer breaks. "Sisterhood Everlasting" will be the third and final movie in the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series, based on the novels by Ann Brashares.

The movie takes place 10 years since the last time we checked in with Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget, and the gals are all grown up and almost 30. Not even pants have been able to keep them close, and not just because butt sizes wax and wane over the years. Life happens, babies happen, careers happen, and drama happens. In "Everlasting," Tibby invites everyone on a trip that's sure to give viewers "all the feels," as they say.

The first two movies starred Amber Tamblyn as Tibby, Alexis Bledel as Lena, America Ferrera as Carmen, and Blake Lively as Bridget. There's currently no »

- Jenni Miller

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A 'Frozen' Sequel Isn't Happening Anytime Soon

8 hours ago

An acclaimed, Oscar-nominated mega-blockbuster that has raked in over $1.1 billion worldwide seems to be a no-brainer for a sequel. Yet, Disney isn't even close to working on a follow-up to their smash hit "Frozen."

Disney chairman Alan Horn recently revealed (via The Hollywood Reporter) that the company's animation house hasn't started developing "Frozen 2" yet. In fact, he said a sequel hadn't even been discussed, as the team is focusing on launching a Broadway musical.

That's sad news for "Frozen" fans; even if Disney were to start working on the sequel today, it would likely take at least two years for it to make it to the big screen.

We'll just have to re-watch the original and belt out "Let It Go" for a little while longer. »

- Kelly Woo

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'Jurassic World' Sequels Are Pretty Much Invevitable

9 hours ago

Dinosaurs aren't going extinct anytime soon -- at least on the big screen.

The upcoming "Jurassic World" will be a potential launching pad for further sequels in the hit franchise, said director Colin Trevorrow.

"We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot. We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story," he told Empire.

Rebooting trilogies seems to be all the rage these days (a la "Star Wars"), so sure -- why not do the same for the "Jurassic Park" franchise?

Trevorrow revealed that certain characters were written to possibly appear in future films. One is Omar Sy's character, who is the best friend of Chris Pratt's ex-military protagonist. "They work together and have some pretty cool action scenes together," the directed teased. "I wanted to create a »

- Kelly Woo

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'Neighbors' Unscripted: Ask Seth Rogen and Zac Efron a Question

9 hours ago

Seth Rogen and Zac Efron will take your questions now.

Well, actually, we'll take them now, but they'll take them next week, when the stars of the upcoming comedy "Neighbors" sit down for another installment of Moviefone's Unscripted.

You'll have until the end of the day Tuesday, April 29, to submit your questions. Leave them in the comments below, on Moviefone's Facebook page, or via Twitter using the hashtag #NeighborsUnscripted.

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or come on back to Moviefone.com closer to "Neighbors"'s release date (May 9) to see if your question made the cut.

Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images »

- Moviefone Staff

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Alicia Silverstone's New Book Isn't for Everyone

10 hours ago

Alicia Silverstone has a new book out called "The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning." Succinct, no? Lucky for us, The Daily Beast did the dirty work of reading it and distilling it down to several main points, like the "almost otherworldly power" of breast milk and "anecdotal evidence" about the dangers of vaccines.

In fact, let's read a chunk of what Silverstone has to say about vaccines. "...While there has not been a conclusive study of the negative effects of such a rigorous one-size-fits-all, shoot-'em-up schedule, there is increasing anecdotal evidence from doctors who have gotten distressed phone calls from parents claiming their child was 'never the same' after receiving a vaccine. And I personally have friends whose babies were drastically affected in this way."

Although some of the advice could be helpful -- eating »

- Jenni Miller

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'Meet the Patels' Review: 10 Things About Being a Patel and Finding Love

10 hours ago

It's a love story that has little to do with love and a lot to do with the process of finding it. Actor, director and writer Ravi Patel, who has played a handful of Indian doctors on television, is the main lead of new a laugh-out-loud documentary about Patels finding love -- "Meet the Patels" -- which is screening at the 2014 Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival.

Patels are basically the Smiths of India. With a majority of them living in Gujarat (located on the northwest coast of the country), as Ravi mentions, the Patel population is spread throughout North America as well. You probably know one or two Patels yourself.

With only one real girlfriend (read: one real, white, red-headed girlfriend) and a bunch of dates that never work out, Ravi embarks on a journey many first-generation Indian-Americans/Canadians have to go through all the time: Have your parents find »

- Arti Patel

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Elizabeth Banks Is Desperate in Our Exclusive Red Band 'Walk of Shame' Preview (Video)

11 hours ago

Elizabeth Banks just wanted to borrow someone's phone, okay?

In this exclusive (and very R-rated) clip for "Walk of Shame," Elizabeth Banks's character, Meghan, is lost and trying to make a phone call after a particularly eventful evening. See also: the title of the movie. In modern parlance, the walk of shame is what one does after having intimate relations with another person that they've just met. A walk of shame is usually done in one's clothes and/or makeup from the night before, unless it's Halloween, in which case the walk of shame is done in one's Halloween costume.

Unfortunately for Meghan, her walk of shame is much more complicated. The recognizable TV reporter has to navigate Los Angeles without cash, a car, her phone, or even her ID. And she has to do it in time to make a really important job interview for a network news anchor gig! »

- Jenni Miller

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Rebel Wilson Tweets Pic From 'Pitch Perfect 2' Set (Photo)

11 hours ago

Rebel Wilson took to Twitter yesterday to show off a quick pic of the gang on the first day of rehearsals for "Pitch Perfect 2," and the tweet snagged thousands of RTs and favorites -- way more effective than a press release, no?

1st day of PP2 rehearsals! @EsterDean @Brittanysnow @kelleyjakle @AlexisKnapp @hanamaelee @ElizabethBanks x pic.twitter.com/hgiElAUHjh

- Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) April 22, 2014 Wilson included the Twitter usernames for her co-stars Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Kelley Jakle, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, and director Elizabeth Banks, which is a stealthy smart move to get fans on the Twitter train.

Wilson isn't the first person to tweet behind-the-scenes pics from a new project. Robert Downey Jr., who joined Twitter just in time to start production on "Avengers: Age of Ultron," tweeted a photo from the set yesterday, as did Mark Ruffalo (who is a dreamy dreamboat who often uses his »

- Jenni Miller

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Robert Downey Jr. Tweets First Photo From 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Set

15 hours ago

Iron Man is back.

That's the word from actor Robert Downey Jr., who tweeted his first photo from the set of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Tuesday. And while the photo doesn't show much -- just Downey posing with "Avengers" executive producer Jeremy Latcham -- it doesn't really have to; fans that are eager for news, any news, about the follow-up to 2012's "The Avengers" should be happy to know that the gang is once again back together.

It doesn't appear that Downey is in costume (unless Iron Man is favoring reflective neon yellow vests these days), but his arched eyebrows show he's definitely jumped back into Tony Stark mode. And the star's willingness to reveal behind-the-scenes moments like this one certainly bodes well for potential future glimpses of his many co-stars, including Scarlett Johannson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, and James Spader.

The film is »

- Katie Roberts

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Hot Docs 2014: 'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz' Review

16 hours ago

The 2014 Pulitzer Prize was handed over to the Guardian and the Washington Post for coverage of documents released by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. He saw systemic problems within the world of information-gathering and privacy policy at his agency, and captured the imaginations of the world with his tales of general 'Big Brother'-type behaviour online.

The coverage was extensive, and like all great journalism, was executed with courage, candour and critical thinking, all while producing effective change in the culture. Some see the award as a disgrace, an indirect tip of the hat from the Pulitzer jury to Snowden himself. How can one man be a National Security criminal and a hero at the same time?

This year's opening night film at Hot Docs, "The Internet's Own Boy," explores that very question with the 90-minute tale of another info activist named Aaron Swartz. Director Brian Knappenberger has »

- Mark Wigmore

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David Foster Wallace's Family Doesn't Support the Jason Segel-Starring Biopic 'End of the Tour'

17 hours ago

According to the family of David Foster Wallace, the upcoming biopic of the late author is "not consider[ed] ... an homage," and is not, in fact, at all supported by anyone who knew Wallace.

A statement issued by Wallace's estate says that filmmakers behind "The End of the Tour" -- which stars Jason Segel as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky, the journalist on whose book the film is based -- did not request or receive permission for the project, and as such, the estate is distancing itself from the film.

"The David Foster Wallace Literary Trust, David's family, and David's longtime publisher Little, Brown and Company wish to make it clear that they have no connection with, and neither endorse nor support 'The End of the Tour,'" the statement said. "This motion picture is loosely based on transcripts from an interview David consented to eighteen years ago for »

- Katie Roberts

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George Lucas 'Is a Consultant' on 'Star Wars: Episode VII,' Says Disney Chief

22 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT

Disney CEO Alan Horn has been hinting at bits and pieces of information about "Star Wars: Episode VII" for months, and while fans still don't have much to cling to -- including cast and plot details -- Horn promises that there will be some revelations soon.

One of the few things that Horn would say about "Episode VII" is that there will be some casting announcements soon. Speaking with Bloomberg News, Horn said that casting is "almost complete," and would be made public "very shortly." Of course, for diehard "Wars" fans, "soon" and "shortly" have probably lost all meaning, since they've been waiting for news about the project since it was first announced way back in October 2012.

Horn also briefly discussed the beginning of photography on the picture, which is currently taking place at Pinewood Studios in London and in Abu Dhabi, though he cautioned that what was being filmed »

- Katie Roberts

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Actor Daniel Franzese Writes Amazing, 'Mean Girls'-Themed Coming Out Letter

22 April 2014 1:30 PM, PDT

Actor Daniel Franzese, who played Damian in 2004 teen comedy hit "Mean Girls," has come out as gay.

In an open letter addressed to Damian and published on Indie Wire, Franzese wrote that he decided to come out publicly at age 35 to help other closeted actors feel comfortable with being themselves, and help mitigate some of the fears of being gay in Hollywood. Franzese admitted that he denied being gay numerous times before and after playing Damian because he feared being stereotyped and typecast because of it -- and found that he was anyway, often being denied the chance to even audition for certain roles because he was deemed not "masculine" enough.

"You were proud of who you were; I was an insecure actor," Franzese wrote to Damian. "You became an iconic character that people looked up to; I wished I'd had you as a role model when I was younger. »

- Katie Roberts

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Tina Fey & Amy Poehler's 'The Nest' Has Some Stiff Competition

22 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

The latest big screen collaboration from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler has a release date -- and it's facing some pretty stiff competition.

"The Nest," which stars Fey and Poehler as sisters whose parents are selling their childhood home, is set to open on December 18, 2015. If that date sounds familiar, it's because you've most likely heard it a bunch of times before; it's the same date as "Star Wars: Episode VII" is hitting theaters.

Studio Universal is probably banking on "The Nest" as enticing counter-programming for non-"Star Wars" fans, though if Fey's own affection for "Wars" is any indication, the two groups may have more overlap than Universal realizes. Still, this is the first time Fey and Poehler are appearing in a movie together since 2008's "Baby Mama," and the duo have legions of loyal followers, so "The Nest" is sure to gain a lot of attention no matter how many Jedis it's facing. »

- Katie Roberts

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There's Still Love for Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'

22 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

No matter the medium, Quentin Tarantino knows how to pack a house.

Last weekend in Los Angeles, a whole cadre of the director's cohorts gathered for a three and a half-hour live reading of "The Hateful Eight," which you might remember hearing about after the first draft of the script was leaked in January. Although the future of the project is still in limbo, it's clear that Tarantino fans are eager to see it however they can -- even if it means shelling out up to $200 bucks for a bare bones stage reading.

In fact, this reading was of that infamously leaked first draft, making the event a one time only deal. "I'm working on a second draft and I will do a third draft, but we're reading from the first draft... The Chapter 5 here will not be the Chapter 5 later, so this will be the only time it is seen ever, »

- Jenni Miller

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The 'Gone Girl' Movie Will Stick Pretty Close to Book, New Ending Aside

22 April 2014 11:30 AM, PDT

While rumors have swirled that the ending to the big screen adaptation of "Gone Girl" will differ immensely from the source material, author Gillian Flynn insists that the movie will still closely resemble its literary counterpart.

Flynn, who's adapting her own book for director David Fincher's film, wrote in a recent Reddit Ama that fans of the novel shouldn't worry about news of changes to the story.

"[T]hose reports have been greatly exaggerated!" she said. "Of course, the script has to be different from the book in some ways-you have to find a way to externalize all those internal thoughts and you have to do more with less room and you just don't have room for everything. But the mood, tone and spirit of the book are very much intact."

The author also noted that since she was the one scripting her own work, she was afforded a very hands-on approach to the movie, »

- Katie Roberts

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