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Who Is Doctor Strange? A Look at Marvel's Next Movie Superhero

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News of Joaquin Phoenix (perhaps) taking on the role Doctor Strange is spreading like wildfire, and Marvel is looking past Thor, Captain America, and "Avengers 2" to the good Doctor! But who is Doctor Strange? If you're not a die-hard comics reader, Moviefone has everything you need to know about Marvel's Master of the Mystic Arts.

Who is Doctor Strange? Stephen Strange is a skilled but arrogant neurosurgeon who is only driven by money. A car accident cripples his hands, leaving him unable to work. Desperately seeking a cure for his handicap, he travels the world seeking out alternative remedies, until he finds himself in the Himalayas, under the care of a mystic old man, known as the Ancient One. After saving the Ancient One's life, Strange becomes his pupil and learns humility, wisdom... and a little thing called magic.

Throughout the years, Strange wields a growing arsenal of magic powers, »

- Eric Larnick

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Is Beyoncé Cooler Than Jay-z? (Exclusive)

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"The Approval Matrix" (sort of) answers the age-old question: who's cooler, Beyoncé or Jay-z?

Neal Brennan argues that even though Jay-z is "the picture of cool," he's not worthy of the title because he steps into the studio and just "goes off the top of his head," while Beyoncé works and grinds and just, well, "surfboardt."

But some of Brennan's guest panelists aren't so keen to agree with him. After all, Jay-z is one of the greatest rappers ever and is an equally savvy business man. In the great Hova's own words, "I'm not a business man/I'm a business, man."

You can catch the entire episode on "The Approval Matrix" Monday, September 1, at 11 p.m. Et/Pt on SundanceTV.


- Moviefone Staff

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Facts: 21 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Seinfeld' Star

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Arguably the greatest female comedic actor ever (she has the Emmys to prove it), Julia Louis-Dreyfus hardly needs an introduction.

At only 21 years old, the actress was cast on "Saturday Night Live," a Cinderella-like start for the young New York native. While the show didn't catapult her to fame, it was a stepping-stone that culminated with her landing the role of Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld" (1989 - 1998). Proving there's no "'Seinfeld' curse," Louis-Dreyfus has had plenty of success since the acclaimed NBC sitcom ended, raking in several Emmys along the way. Just this summer, she took home her latest trophy for her work on HBO's "Veep."

From her eyebrow-raising family background to her actress half-sister, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

1. Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus was born January 13, 1961 in New York, New York to Judith LeFever and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus.

2. Her parents divorced when Louis-Dreyfus was still just a baby. »

- Jonny Black

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Best of Late Night TV: Ed Sheeran's Stint as Annie and Aaron Paul's Bathroom Birth (Video)

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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.

Jump starting today's mini late night roundup is Ed Sheeran, who cruised on over to "Jimmy Kimmel Live" not just to serenade us with his dulcet tones, but also to give fans a sneak peek at his performance as Little Orphan Annie in the forthcoming live production of "Annie." Spoiler alert: he's flawless. Ed also told Jimmy about the time he randomly had a sleepover at Courtney Cox's house. Oh, and the time he even more randomly ended up living at Jamie Fox's digs. Apparently he's Hollywood's resident couch surfer. Former "Breaking Bad" star, Aaron Paul, also stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and told the riveting story of his birth. »

- Mehera Bonner

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Here's Everything Wrong With 'Toy Story' in One Supercut (Video)

21 hours ago

"Toy Story," Pixar's first feature, is a film beloved by millions, but it requires a lot of suspension of disbelief. That's where Cinema Sins (motto: "No movie is without sin") comes in.

In less than nine minutes, the site breaks down its many beefs with the animated classic, chief among them the fact that the toys are never caught talking and moving around, despite being pretty reckless. The video takes to task Andy's poor spelling and handwriting for his age, the creepy sexual innuendo between Woody and Bo, and the oh-so-convenient fact that Andy always seems to leave his bedroom door closed when he leaves, allowing the toys to do whatever they want without anyone seeing them.

As for the film's second act, when Woody and Buzz are discovered by devilish next door neighbor Sid, Cinema Sins finds it strange that the boy "just happens to be at the »

- Katie Roberts

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Horror Movie Mistakes So Scary You Missed Them (Photos)

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Part of the appeal of horror movies is that scares are the top priority. But sometimes that means quality comes second.

Horror movies are sometimes filled with cheesy sub-plots, low production value, and, at times, some seriously questionable acting, but as long as the movie delivers that thrill or shock you came to see, all is easily forgiven. Right? We've assembled a few on-screen errors -- from movies such as "The Shining" and "Scream" -- to see if that holds true.

As usual, all photos are courtesy of moviemistakes.com. »

- Jonny Black

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Netflix Paid How Much to Stream 'The Blacklist'?!

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"The Blacklist" is coming to Netflix streaming -- and the service paid a pretty penny for the rights to the NBC series.

Deadline reports that Netflix shelled out a whopping $2 million per episode of the James Spader-starring series, a figure that is "believed to be the biggest subscription video-on-demand deal for a TV series." The first season of "The Blacklist" will be available beginning next weekend, with upcoming seasons slated to appear on the streaming service shortly after their season finales.

That huge price tag is nothing new for Netflix, which also paid approximately $1.35 million per episode for the previous most expensive series, "The Walking Dead," and $900,000 per pop for installments of "New Girl." And The Hollywood Reporter notes that the streaming giant doesn't shy away from big payouts when it can claim exclusive first re-broadcasting rights to a series, including the CBS summer 2015 show "The Zoo," for which »

- Katie Roberts

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Resumes Filming Following Harrison Ford's Injury

23 hours ago

After a short break to accommodate star Harrison Ford's recovery from a broken leg, "Star Wars: Episode VII" has resumed production in England.

Entertainment Weekly reports that cast and crew have returned to Pinewood Studios following a two-week break earlier this month to allow Ford to recuperate. The actor broke his leg in June while filming a scene involving the Millennium Falcon, putting the production into a panic as it scrambled to reschedule the shoot around Ford's recovery.

While initial reports suggested that "Episode VII" might not make its projected 2015 release due to the delay, Disney and Lucasfilm have insisted all along that that would not be the case, and it appears that with production resuming this week, they're still going full steam ahead with the original release plan. "Photography is set to continue until mid-fall," EW reports, "and many cast members have continued to work this summer on »

- Katie Roberts

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Vampires and Lycans and Reboots, Oh My! 'Underworld' Set for a Revamp

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Just two years shy of its last theatrical outing, the "Underworld" series is getting a reboot.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the vampire franchise, which launched actress Kate Beckinsale into a successful action career, is getting an update from Lakeshore Entertainment. Screenwriter Cory Goodman has been pegged to pen the script.

The "Underworld" films performed well at the global box office, raking in a total of $458.2 million. The first flick was released in 2003, followed by "Underworld: Evolution" in 2006, "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" in 2009, and the last installment, "Underworld: Awakening," released in 2012.

Goodman previously wrote the script for 2011 supernatural thriller "Priest," which starred Paul Bettany as a man who hunts vampires (a credit that should help him with the vampires vs. werewolves theme of the "Underworld" franchise). He also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Vin Diesel flick "The Last Witch Hunter."

No word yet on when this latest "Underworld" movie will get underway, »

- Katie Roberts

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Midnight Madness 2014: Toronto Film Festival's Spirit Lives On

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Since 1988, the Midnight Madness slate at the Toronto International Film Festival has catered to a boisterous bunch of night-dwelling denizens looking for something off-beat from their Fest experience. Over the last quarter-century, selections have included films from legends such as George A. Romero and Dario Argento, and early films by the likes of Peter Jackson. Midnight Madness has even been the springboard for loads of directors, including Eli Roth.

What's unique about this genre slate is that it's programmed by a single individual. These are 10 films handpicked by one very knowledgeable host, Colin Geddes. A fan's fan, he's a guy that started out as a member of those early audiences, parlaying his passions into taking over from Noah Cowan back in 1998, shepherding it into one of the most entertaining and cinematically engaging aspects of this annual festival.

Moviefone Canada spoke to Colin over lunch days after this year's selection was announced. »

- Jason Gorber

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Weekend Movies & TV: 'Belle,' 'Houdini,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' & More (Video)

28 August 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

This weekend, period drama "Belle" is out on DVD; the film follows a mixed-raced illegitimate daughter raised by her aristocratic uncle in 18th century England. Meanwhile, on TV, "The Leftovers" Season 1 finale airs Sunday on HBO, Adrien Brody stars in History Channel's miniseries "Houdini" as the famous escape artist on Monday night, and "Sons of Anarchy" season 6 is on DVD just in time for its final season this fall.

Also in theaters this weekend: "As Above, So Below" is a subterranean horror movie that follows a team of explorers who venture into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris. Then something bad happens. "The November Man" stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-cia operative brought back in on a personal mission that finds himself pitted against his former pupil. In "The Congress," an aging, out-of work actress (Robin Wright) accepts one last job -- creating a digital likeness for a future Hollywood, »

- Jonny Black

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Shonda Rhimes Books a Secretive Cameo on 'The Mindy Project'

28 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Shonda Rhimes is showing no signs of slowing down her television domination. After juggling three different series on ABC's fall lineup, the superstar showrunner is now set to make her acting debut with a mysterious cameo on "The Mindy Project."

TVLine reports that Rhimes will play herself on the Fox comedy, though just how she factors into the episode has not been revealed. Rhimes, who is a huge fan of both "Mindy" and its star, Mindy Kaling, took to Twitter Thursday to express her excitement over the gig, using the hashtag, "#dreamsDOcometrue."

Shh. Nobody tell @mindykaling that I can neither act nor appear lifelike on camera. No One Stop This From Happening! #dreamsDOcometrue

- shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 28, 2014

Kaling, in turn, used the social network to welcome Rhimes into the "Mindy" fold.

Welcome to the world of #TheMindyProject @shondarhimes! We are so excited to have you. @ikebarinholtz, be cool.

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- Katie Roberts

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Robert Downey Jr. Declares 'Guardians of the Galaxy' the Best Marvel Movie Ever

28 August 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

Robert Downey Jr. and his Iron Man alter ego might be responsible for the most recognizable and beloved character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's galaxy of stars. But the actor knows when to step aside and give credit where credit is due. And that's exactly what he's doing right now with the cosmic stars of "Guardians of the Galaxy."

While talking to the Toronto Sun about his new movie "The Judge," which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival before making a bid at Oscar gold when it's released later this fall, said that "Guardians of the Galaxy" might be the very best Marvel movie that the studio has released.

"'Galaxy' in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever," Downey told the Toronto Sun. "And it's odd for someone with -- on occasion -- an ego the size of mine to actually say that!"

Downey went on to explain »

- Drew Taylor

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Fall Movie Preview 2014: The 40 Most Must-See Movies

28 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

Time to get serious everybody.

After a summer of frivolity and fun, defined largely by large monsters, even larger transformers, and a raccoon that spoke like Bradley Cooper and carried a very large gun, the fall movie season is now upon us, which means that every studio, large and small, will be trotting out their finest product in a bid for audience affection and awards season gold. And, if this list is any indication, both will be vied for with equal intensity.

Read on for 40 of the biggest releases of the season, covering everything from fairy tales, literary adaptations, big screen musicals, and biblical spectacles (and, no, you're not losing your mind - Benedict Cumberbatch or Dan Stevens stars in nearly every film).

What are you super pumped for and what are you willing to wait for the Oscar nominations to check out? Let us know -- this fall movie season is, »

- Drew Taylor

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'Gone Girl' Director David Fincher Sells Sexy in Four New Gap Ads (Video)

28 August 2014 7:45 AM, PDT

Filmmaker David Fincher is one of the greatest directors currently living, having given us genuine masterpieces like "Fight Club" and "Zodiac." He also, occasionally, needs to get paid. So every so often he directs very expensive (and expensive-looking) commercials for companies who want his distinctive look and style for their products. And just like in his feature film work, the results are almost always brilliant (like a series of deliriously hilarious Nike commercials he directed in the nineties that featured Dennis Hopper as an unhinged referee).

Fincher's latest commercial work, as Adage points out, is for the Gap, who are doing a massive rebranding this fall. They're attempting to move away from the "chinos your less cool coworkers wear" image into something sexier, more vital, and definitely more youthful. The opening salvo in this campaign are a series of black-and-white commercials artfully directed by Fincher that are really, really cool. »

- Drew Taylor

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New 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Teaser Debuts, Alongside First Full Look at the Cast (Photo & Video)

28 August 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

It seems that with each passing day we're given some new morsel of information, or maybe a visual or two, pertaining to this upcoming season of "American Horror Story" (this one with the truly blood-curdling subtitle of "Freak Show"). When the series isn't busy winning Emmys (congrats Jessica!), it's engaged in the tease, getting us prepared for a new season that takes place in a community in Florida known for its rather freaky inhabitants. Today we have a new teaser for the season, plus the first image of the entire cast in full regalia.

The photo comes courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter, but is damnably low-resolution, so a lot of what we're describing is educated guesswork. But in the photo you can see Sarah Paulson as a two-headed woman, Michael Chiklis as a strongman, Kathy Bates as a bearded woman, Angela Bassett as a woman with three-breasts (seriously! Look at »

- Drew Taylor

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Here's What's New on Netflix for September 2014

28 August 2014 6:45 AM, PDT

It's almost September, which means a whole new slew of titles on Netflix! August proved pretty lucrative on the quality title front, but it looks as though September it's going to blow the rundown out of the water.

TV takes spotlight this month, with the latest full seasons of "The Walking Dead," "New Girl," "The League," "The Blacklist," "Arrow," "Bones," and "Parks and Recreation" primed and ready for streaming before their fall premieres. And fans still mourning the loss of "How I Met Your Mother" (in more ways than one) can rewatch the ninth and final season to their heart's content. Ah, memories. Showtime's recently departed "Californication" can be seen in its entirety (Seasons 1 -7) as well, starting September 1. That's a lot of TV.

Movie fans have plenty to look forward to from Netflix in September, too. Sam Raimi's undersung 1998 thriller "A Simple Plan" hits the streaming service September »

- Tim Hayne

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25 TV Stars Under 25 You Should Know About Right Now (Photos)

28 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT

Fall TV is just around the corner, so we felt it was the perfect time to put the spotlight on a few young actors whose stars are on the rise. You may already be familiar with some of these small screen fresh faces or they could be on shows you've never checked out, but we think these are the performers who should be on your entertainment radar.

Who made our list? From the Disney Channel to serious dramas like "Walking Dead," here are 25 TV stars under 25 who are totally worth watching: »

- Alana Altmann

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In Honor Of Its 30th Anniversary, 'Ghostbusters' Gets the Honest Trailer Treatment (Video)

28 August 2014 5:57 AM, PDT

One of the most delightful corners of the movie-obsessed Internet is the one occupied by the mad geniuses over at Screen Junkies, and specifically their Honest Trailers videos that periodically go up on YouTube for the sole purpose of making a long day seem much, much enjoyable. (If you don't have anything to do on this pre-holiday Thursday, going through the older installments would be a very good idea.)

The newest Honest Trailer is an oldie but goodie: the original "Ghostbusters," timed, as our friendly narrator suggests, to both the 30th anniversary and in light of the endless sequel/reboot talk. More than anything the Honest Trailer commentary makes you realize how much different movies were in the eighties - you could smoke in a PG-rated movie (and not just one character, seemingly every Ghostbuster lights up at one point or another), get away with lewd sexual suggestiveness, and, well, »

- Drew Taylor

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You Probably Missed All of These '90s Sitcom Mistakes

28 August 2014 5:45 AM, PDT

Nobody is perfect... not even your favorite '90s sitcoms.

While "Friends" stole our hearts and "Family Guy" had us howling with laughter, between the heartbreak and the side-splitting these classics sitcoms were making a few mistakes. Ever notice the major continuity error in "The Simpsons" opening credits? How about that blown storyline in "Will & Grace"?

In case you missed the mess-ups in your favorite '90s sitcoms, here's a gallery to get you up to speed. As usual, all photos are courtesy of MovieMistakes.com. »

- Jonny Black

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