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Matt Damon Has a Ponytail Now and the Internet Is Freaking Out

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Matt Damon has gone viral after appearing at a press conference in China this week to promote his performance in upcoming thriller "The Great Wall." Unfortunately for the actor, it's not because of the movie -- it's all thanks to his new hairstyle.

Damon is now the proud owner of a ponytail, and the internet could not get enough of the Oscar winner's new, long locks. Vanity Fair has a roundup of some of the more fawning responses to Damon's look, and it's loaded with hyperbolic praise and overly-detailed descriptors that's enough to make any respectable internet-goer blush.

The Cut calls Damon's ponytail "thick, curly, and lush," noting that the style looks like "the bouncy hair lovechild of a pirate, your sexy hippie barista, and all high-school cheer captains everywhere." Page Six waxes on about the actor's "golden tresses," while The Express offered an ode to Damon's "voluminous high ponytail »

- Katie Roberts

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Effie and Katniss Suit Up in New 'Mockingjay - Part 2' Photo

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A new photo from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2" reveals that there's plenty of girl power to go around in the final installment in the massively popular Ya franchise.

Entertainment Weekly shared the snap, which features Effie (Elizabeth Banks) appearing to help Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) prep for battle -- and sport a killer outfit, naturally. Banks's bubbly stylist and Lawrence's feisty heroine are just two of several key female characters who make "Mockingjay" tick, and as director Francis Lawrence explained to EW, that's entirely by design.

"There is some serious girl power in this movie," Lawrence told the magazine, adding that "Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins's work was the backbone for establishing that tone. "She wrote it that way, and it's been so much fun to inhabit," Lawrence said.

Check out the photo of Effie and Katniss below, and be on the lookout for new characters played by »

- Katie Roberts

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Sandra Bullock Slams the Media for Attacking Women's Looks, Age

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She may have been dubbed the World's Most Beautiful Woman, but Sandra Bullock is fed up with the media's constant focus on appearance and age.

In an interview with E! News, Bullock reflected on earning People magazine's annual Most Beautiful title, which she said she accepted only after she was guaranteed a platform to discuss the women she finds inspiring. The media is setting a nasty standard for how we talk about women, the actress explained, and she wants to change the conversation.

"I feel like it's become open hunting season in how women are attacked and it's not because of who we are as people, it's because of how we look or our age," Bullock told E!. "I'm shocked-and maybe I was just naïve, but I'm embarrassed by it. My son is getting ready to grow up in this world and I'm trying to raise a good man who values and appreciates women, »

- Katie Roberts

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'Sesame Street' Star Sonia Manzano (a.k.a. Maria) to Retire

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She's been with the show almost since the beginning, and now, "Sesame Street" star Sonia Manzano is saying goodbye to the venerable kids program.

Manzano, who's played Maria on the PBS series for 44 years, announced her retirement at the American Library Association Annual Conference earlier this week (her memoir, "Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx," is due out on August 25). "Sesame Street" has yet to issue an official statement about her departure.

After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season. #alaac15 pic.twitter.com/Jiz7tn9dAI

- American Libraries (@amlibraries) June 29, 2015 The actress joined "Sesame Street" in 1971, and became a series regular in 1974. She was nominated twice for acting Emmys for her work on the program, and also became a member of the writing staff, winning 15 Emmys over the years.

There's no word yet on just when Manzano will exit "Sesame Street, »

- Katie Roberts

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Superheroes Face Off in New 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Photos

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With Comic-Con about to kick off next week, Entertainment Weekly has "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" on their cover - and revealed six new photos from next year's highly anticipated superhero movie.

We get our first glimpse at Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, meeting Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne, as well as an intriguing image of Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor - with hair!

The most tantalizing photo features the two titular superheroes, of course, as they face off against one another.

"I like to think that Man of Steel was the perspective of the world from Clark, Kal-El, looking at the world and trying to exist with in it," Cavill tells EW. "'Batman v Superman' is definitely more mankind's perspective of Superman."

Check out the rest of the pics:

Here's the official synopsis of the movie:

Fearing the actions of a god-like superhero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, »

- Kelly Woo

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'Paper Towns' Exclusive: Cara Delevingne's Got Nine Problems (and Her Ex Is One)

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Cara Delevingne has nine things to do -- and only Nat Wolff can help her in this exclusive clip from "Paper Towns."

"Paper Towns" is based on the Ya novel by John Green, who also wrote "The Fault in Our Stars." Like the latter, the story centers on the friendship between a teen guy and teen girl. In this case, Wolff plays Q (short for Quentin), with Delevingne as his former childhood friend, Margo. They've grown apart in high school, but then Margo comes climbing in through Q's window late at night with a request.

"I need to borrow your car," she declares. Well, his mom's car. And more than that -- "Also, I need you to drive the car because I have nine things I need to do tonight and more than half of them require a getaway driver."

And is her boyfriend on this list of nine problems Margo needs to address? »

- Kelly Woo

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'Airplane!': 25 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Comedy Classic

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Looks like we picked the wrong week to quit celebrating milestones.

Hard to believe it's been 35 years since "Airplane!" took flight (on July 2, 1980) and taught us all to speak jive, order the chicken instead of the fish, and avoid calling each other "Shirley." Three and a half decades later, the airline disaster parody remains one of the funniest films ever made, one that generations of viewers have watched over and over -- though probably never as an in-flight movie.

Still, as many times as you've seen it, there's much you may not know about how it was made. In honor of "Airplane!" turning 35, here are a few facts every fan must know about the comedy classic.

1. Strip away all the jokes, and "Airplane!" is essentially a remake of a little-known 1957 air disaster movie called "Zero Hour!" The writing/directing team of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker lifted the plot, »

- Gary Susman

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First Full 'Wet Hot American Summer' Trailer Is Glorious, Star-Studded Fun

13 hours ago

They're younger. They're hotter. They're wetter. They're more ... uh, American-er? Whatever, there's more of everything in the first full trailer for "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp," Netflix's prequel series to the 2001 cult comedy fave.

The teaser was VHS-styled fun, but this trailer is packed with actual footage from the series. It's also packed with a ton of stars - like, seriously, if you're a Hollywood actor and not in this show, you're probably experiencing major Fomo. The trailer even winks at the crazy "who's who" of their cast list, as the names keep rolling by - "also Kristen Wiig," "and also" Michael Cera, "plus" Josh Charles, "featuring" Chris Pine, and "introducing" Jon Hamm.

There's not much plot set-up. The trailer begins with the head counselors briefing the other counselors on the rules, but getting interrupted by Paul Rudd's arrival on a motorcycle. There are also glimpses at various camp relationships, »

- Kelly Woo

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25 Times Margot Robbie Was a Nearly Flawless Human Being

14 hours ago

Australian actress Margot Robbie is going places. Her scene-stealing work in 2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street" (Brooklyn accent = flawless) led to even bigger roles in even bigger movies; she plays Harley Quinn in next year's "Suicide Squad" and English explorer Jane alongside Alexander Skarsgård's Tarzan in "Tarzan," also in 2016.

But, back here in 2015, we're more than a little obsessed with how much she owns the red carpet. So let's take a look back at Robbie's many, many, Many near-flawless moments on the red carpet, from her teenage years on Australia's mega-hit soap "Neighbours" to today's A-list looks. »

- Moviefone Staff

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'Fatal Attraction' Is the Latest Movie-to-tv Remake

1 July 2015 9:15 AM, PDT

Because all TV shows are being turned into movies, and all movies are being turned into TV shows, '80s classic film "Fatal Attraction" is being "reimagined" as a limited-event television series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has ordered a script for a remake of the 1987 thriller that starred Glenn Close and Michael Douglas. The project is "being eyed as a short-order event series - but with the potential to continue for a second season," THR reports.

In the original film, Close becomes obsessed with Douglas after they engage in a brief affair. She starts stalking him and his family, and the situation turns, well, fatal.

This is being described as a "reimagining," which could mean anything. Perhaps the Close character will be portrayed as more likable, less crazy? Maybe the Douglas character will suffer more consequences for his damaging behavior. Who knows? We just hope the - um, »

- Kelly Woo

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Paul Thomas Anderson to Write, Maybe Direct Robert Downey Jr.'s 'Pinocchio'

1 July 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

Huh! This is a bit of a head-scratcher: Paul Thomas Anderson is writing and possibly directing the live-action remake of "Pinocchio" starring Robert Downey Jr.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anderson will pen a draft with eye toward directing the film. An auteur like Anderson overseeing a remake of the classic cartoon seems like an odd pairing, though THR says it "shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Downey was poised to star in Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' until his 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' obligations got in the way and Joaquin Phoenix stepped in to play the lead."

Downey has been working on this "Pinocchio" project for years, but it's gained steam now that live-action takes on classic children's tales have achieve such success (see: "Maleficent" and "Cinderella"). Now, the studios are engaged in an arms race to turn over their libraries. Disney is filming "Beauty and the Beast" with Emma Watson. »

- Kelly Woo

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Now It's Time to Ruin Mother's Day With All-Star Ensemble Movie

1 July 2015 7:15 AM, PDT

As if ruining Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve wasn't enough, director Garry Marshall has set his sights on taking down another holiday with a star-studded movie featuring insipid, loosely-connected stories.

Deadline reports Marshall is helming "Mother's Day," with Julia Roberts on board to star. Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis are in talks to join her. The film will tell "intertwining stories about the lives of several mothers as the title holiday approaches." Ugh. What did mothers ever do to you, Garry?

If you recall, Marshall has wreaked this havoc before with "Valentine's Day," which also starred Roberts (as well as Bradley Cooper and Taylor Swift), and "New Year's Eve" with Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, and Zac Efron. The former has an 18 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes; the latter has 7 percent.

Of "New Year's Eve," the great Roger Ebert wrote: It "is a dreary plod through the »

- Kelly Woo

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Donald Trump Keeps Getting Fired: Read His Latest Responses to Macy's, NBC

1 July 2015 5:35 AM, PDT

No one can stop firing Donald Trump, but he's employing a trick "The Apprentice" cast should've tried: Insist you're the one doing the firing. On Monday, NBC announced it was cutting ties with the presidential candidate after his comments about Mexican immigrants. NBC is no longer airing the Miss USA pageant, which also lost its hosts. Trump did not back down. He posted his own dumping news, which you can read below. But first, check out this new breakup statement from Macy's, via Deadline:

Macy's is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion. We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form. We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture. We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans »

- Gina Carbone

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'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Trailer, Premiere Date Expected Next Week

1 July 2015 4:55 AM, PDT

The "Dead" will rise very soon! AMC's "The Walking Dead" and "Fear the Walking Dead" will have back-to-back panels at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 10. The main show is going first, staging its Season 6 panel at 12 p.m. Pdt (3 p.m. for East Coasters) in Hall H. That is traditionally when they debut the big first trailer with enticing (but often misleading) footage from the first five or six episodes. That may also be when we get confirmation on the official premiere date. There's no saying they will definitely do that this year, but don't be surprised if the trailer includes the premiere date at the end, and don't be surprised if it's something like Sunday, October 11. It's definitely a Sunday in October.

Speaking of needing a specific release date, the same goes for "The Walking Dead" spinoff that's not really a spinoff/prequel that's not really a prequel. »

- Gina Carbone

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Britain Goes Boom in 'London Has Fallen' Teaser Trailer

1 July 2015 4:20 AM, PDT

Another major city has fallen -- and it can't get up! Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman survived 2013's Washington, D.C.-set "Olympus Has Fallen" and they're back to watch London bridge go falling down (falling down, falling down) and everything else get blown to bloody bits in the sequel, "London Has Fallen."

Lions Gate just shared the first teaser trailer, along with this synopsis:

The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping »

- Gina Carbone

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Michael Fassbender Is Gunning for Oscar in New 'Steve Jobs' Trailer

1 July 2015 4:00 AM, PDT

After watching the new trailer for "Steve Jobs," Sony's gonna be kicking themselves for letting this movie go to Universal.

The hotly-anticipated biopic, from director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin, features Michael Fassbender in the titular role of the late Apple CEO. Here, he absolutely crushes the Sorkin-ese, going all-in for a Best Actor nod come awards season.

Sure, the film -- which also stars Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen -- has "Oscar Bait" written all over it. But attention must be paid to the scary-good quality filmmaking going on here.

"Steve Jobs" hits theaters October 9.


- Phil Pirrello

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Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Teaser Leaks No Footage of A-List Cast

1 July 2015 3:55 AM, PDT

For a movie about a guy (in)famous for leaking classified information, "Snowden" is playing its own cards close to the vest. For now. Oliver Stone, who lives for this kind of story, directed the political bio thriller with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as former CIA employee Edward Snowden. The movie comes out on Christmas, which means it's a capital "B" Big Deal. Also a big deal: the rest of the A-list cast, which includes Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and even -- a bit randomly -- Nicolas Cage.

The first teaser trailer doesn't focus on the cast. It doesn't show them at all. It only lists their names at the end, after a series of facts are shown about the real Edward Snowden (who is also not shown at all). Here's what we see, amid close-up shots of an American flag, as pensive »

- Gina Carbone

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'Big Brother 17' Spoilers: Jace Will Be Evicted First, But Audrey Is Next Target

1 July 2015 3:30 AM, PDT

Warning: Spoilers ahead from the "Big Brother" live feeds.

"Big Brother 17" has only been airing for a week but a month's worth of drama has been happening on the live feeds. This house is already an asylum and it's not even clear who's running things anymore. Tonight (July 1) we'll see the results of the Power of Veto competition, which was actually held on Friday, and tomorrow (Thursday) BB17 will give us the first live eviction of the summer. The Bb Takeover twist can alter whatever it wants at any time, and plans change within minutes in the "Big Brother" house, but as of now two things seem clear: 1) Jace Agolli will be evicted and 2) the majority of the house wants Audrey Middleton out Asap.

On Sunday's show ,we saw that James Huling remains the Head of Household in Week 1, with "The Amazing Race" alum Jackie Ibarra and Ian Terry clone Steve Moses on the block. »

- Gina Carbone

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Neve Campbell Joins 'House of Cards' Season 4 in Major Mystery Role

1 July 2015 3:00 AM, PDT

That Neve Campbell has good taste. The "Party of Five" alum hasn't been a TV series regular in many moons -- just showing up in one or two episodes of shows from "Mad Men" to "Grey's Anatomy" -- but she signed up for a big role on Season 4 of Netflix's outstanding "House of Cards."

Deadline revealed Campbell as the newest series regular, saying her role was being kept a secret. However, there was just scoop about a young couple joining Season 4 as a mirror image of President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and First Lady Claire (Robin Wright). Is Neve Campbell, perhaps, the female half of that younger power couple? Maybe. Maybe not.

"House of Cards" Season 4 will premiere in 2016 -- probably February, as usual -- and will at least partly focus on how Claire ... but wait. No spoilers, in case you aren't caught up yet. This show is definitely binge-worthy, »

- Gina Carbone

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Everyone Loves 'Minions' Because of Drugs: Let Jon Hamm and Jon Stewart Explain

1 July 2015 2:30 AM, PDT

Jon Hamm was on "The Daily Show" last night to promote "Minions"-- you can see a clip from the movie in his interview video below -- and the "Mad Men" alum joked that he was going to get in so much trouble with Universal after his conversation with Jon Stewart.

The "Despicable Me" spinoff opens July 10, and Jon Stewart started by saying he hoped the movie was about a quorum of Jewish men and maybe they just misspelled "Minyan." But he said kids really love Minions, including his own kids, joking that they are 18 and 19 and smoke a lot of dope. More seriously, Stewart said not everything can capture his kids' attention like this, and the Jons discussed the universal appeal of the characters for both children and adults.

Jon Hamm: "I think these guys, the Minions, are scientifically designed to be appealing to children. And not only children, »

- Gina Carbone

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