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Ecto Cooler Hi-c May Return for 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Release

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Fans of sugary '90s drinks, rejoice: Ecto Cooler, the long-discontinued Hi-c flavor created in conjunction with the "Ghostbusters" animated series, may be making a comeback, tied to the release of the upcoming film reboot.

Word spread online this week that Coca-Cola, Hi-c's parent company, had filed an application to renew the trademark for the Ecto Cooler name, prompting speculation that the drink is due for a revival. The new "Ghostbusters," starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, is slated for release on July 15, 2016.

Ecto Cooler was initially created as a cross-promotional product tied to "The Real Ghostbusters" animated series, and first hit shelves in 1987. The bright green, citrus-flavored juice featured green ghost Slimer on the packaging, and has become a staple of '90s nostalgia. It was so popular that it long out-lived the show, finally getting discontinued in 2001.

The drink's return isn't a certainty just »

- Katie Roberts

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18 Times Penny Was the Best Part of 'The Big Bang Theory'

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Penny might be the only member of her squad that doesn't have an advanced degree or a firm grasp of string theory and microbiology, but that doesn't mean we should show her any less love. The first lady of "The Big Bang Theory," played by the lovely Kaley Cuoco, is witty, adorable, and chock full of epic Sheldon burns. We're all for watching nerds do their hilarious nerd things on TV, but let's give it up for the always-endearing Penny too. Here are 18 times she was the best part of "The Big Bang Theory."


- Alana Altmann

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The 25 Best Christmas Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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In the holiday spirit, here's a list of the all-time best Christmas movies ever made, the ones that acknowledge the joy and exuberance of the holiday season and its anxiety and stress.

These are films we turn to over and over each December because they remind us, at a time of year when expectations are lofty, of both who we are and of who we aspire to be. »

- Gary Susman

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11 Thanksgiving Movies That'll Make Your Turkey Day Seem Perfect

26 November 2015 5:00 AM, PST


In most films depicting the November holiday, Thanksgiving is a disaster. From travel nightmares to squabbling relatives to kitchen catastrophes, almost no one in the movies is able to stage a Thanksgiving that looks even remotely like a Rockwell painting or a Stewart magazine spread. Of course, since most of us fall similarly short of perfection at our real-life Thanksgivings, we can identify with both the frazzled hosts and irked guests we see on the big screen.

So, if you need to feel better about your own thankless Thanksgiving, here are 11 terrible Turkey Days you can watch. Have a little schadenfreude with your candied yams. »

- Gary Susman

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Will Smith Thinks 'There Might Be a Future' for Him in Politics

25 November 2015 11:15 AM, PST

Will Smith has already conquered Hollywood. Washington, D.C. might be next.

On the Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, Smith talked about how the character he plays in his upcoming movie "Concussion" made a real difference in the world. Dr. Bennet Omalu took on the National Football League for covering up concerns that concussions could have long-term negative effets on players. And Smith wants to do make a difference, too — perhaps by getting into politics.

"I think that that's what my grandmother always hoped, that I would make myself useful to people in this lifetime," he said, adding, "And, you know, as I look at the political landscape, I think that there might be a future out there for me. They might need me out there. This is the first year that I've been incensed to a level that I can't sleep, you know?"

Years ago, Smith joked about wanting »

- Kelly Woo

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'The Force Awakens' Becomes Second 'Star Wars' Movie to Get PG-13 Rating

25 November 2015 9:15 AM, PST

Parents, you must guide your young padawans into using The Force wisely. "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" was given a rating of PG-13 for "sci-fi action violence." Five of the previous six "Episodes" had ratings of PG -- although they were also noted to have "sci-fi action violence" and in some cases "brief mild language." Only "Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," which came out in 2005, was also give a PG-13 rating, for "sci-fi violence and some intense images."

PG-13 wasn't even a thing until 1984, with "Red Dawn" as the first movie with that rating from the MPAA. That was after the original releases of "Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), "Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), and "Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983).

Last year, Forbes wrote a whole piece titled "Why 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Should Be Rated PG, »

- Gina Carbone

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The 2015 'National Dog Show' Will Introduce These Seven New Breeds

25 November 2015 8:27 AM, PST

Everyone has his or her holiday traditions and, from here, Thanksgiving would not be the same without "The National Dog Show Presented By Purina." It airs Thursday at noon on NBC, right after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

John O'Hurley returns to host the 14th annual Best in Show-case, with David Frei offering analysis, and Olympians Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir as reporters. Seven new American Kennel Club breeds will be introduced on the show this year — the Bergamasco, Spanish Water Dog, Miniature American Shepherd, Lagotto Romagnolo, Berger Picard, Cirneco dell'Etna, and Boerboel.

Here are descriptions for each new breed, from a National Dog Show media release:

Bergamasco - Sheepdog whose most unique characteristic is its coat, which contains "dog hair," "goat hair" and "wool" combining to form felt-like mats. The mats grow over the course of the dog's life, reaching the ground at approximately 6 years of age.

Spanish Water Dog - A rustic, »

- Gina Carbone

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Ben Affleck: There's 'a Ton of Pressure' on 'Batman v Superman' to Do Well

25 November 2015 7:46 AM, PST

Every movie wants to find an audience, but big-budget movies with franchise ties and huge future plans really Need to find an audience. A massive audience. And that audience has to like the movie enough to want to come back for sequels and tie-ins. It's currently working for Marvel's "Avengers" but what about DC? "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" comes out next year, as a follow-up to the meh-ly received "Man of Steel," and it will be followed itself by "Suicide Squad," "Wonder Woman," "Aquaman," "The Flash," a two-part "Justice League" movie, and more.

Ben Affleck is the new Batman in "Batman v Superman" and he knows a lot of eyes will be on him and the movie, especially since it's meant to include more of his Caped Crusader than Henry Cavill's Man of Steel. "I think there is a ton of pressure on it," Ben Affleck admitted to Variety. »

- Gina Carbone

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11 Unforgettable Movies Featuring Transgender Characters

25 November 2015 7:00 AM, PST


Will last winter's Oscar-winning Best Actor Eddie Redmayne earn a return trip to the podium for his starring role in "The Danish Girl?"

It's certainly possible. After all, playing a transgender character, especially one based on a real person, often impresses the Academy, as the gallery here shows.

For a long time, transgender characters made easily caricatured villains in movies, from "Silence of the Lambs" to "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective." But now, with Laverne Cox making waves on "Orange Is the New Black," and Jeffrey Tambor winning an Emmy for his starring role on "Transparent," we seem to be having a moment where audiences are ready to watch transgender characters in a more open-minded way. The movies on this list are a good place to start. »

- Gary Susman

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What Happens in 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Episode 8 Midseason Finale?

25 November 2015 6:48 AM, PST

All life is precious, but don't expect all lives to make it through "The Walking Dead" Season 6's herd attack on Alexandria. That poopstorm starts this Sunday, November 29 in Episode 8, "Start to Finish," the big midseason finale and final episode of 2015. The magic happens a few days after Thanksgiving, but it's clear hundreds, maybe thousands, of walkers are ready to eat Alexandria's leftovers.

Episode 7 left us on the "oh sh-t" cliffhanger of the watchtower collapsing, so we know that herd will be on the move in Episode 8. Here's AMC's official synopsis for the ep: "After a few moments of peace, trouble finds its way to Alexandria again with a threat that may be too big to defeat."

AMC added that a special two-minute prologue to the next chapter of "The Walking Dead" will debut during "Into the Badlands," which airs after the midseason finale and before the final "Talking Dead »

- Gina Carbone

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The 'Friends' Thanksgiving Episodes, Ranked From Worst to Best

25 November 2015 6:00 AM, PST


Happy "Friends"-giving, y'all! Turkey Day was celebrated in a big way on the blockbuster NBC comedy. All 10 seasons had a special Thanksgiving episode, often featuring big-name guest stars (like Jennifer Aniston's then-husband, Brad Pitt) or major plot developments (Chandler tells Monica he loves her).

But like with Thanksgiving side dishes, some offerings were better than others. So, we ranked all 10 "Friends" Thanksgiving episodes, calling out their best quotes and the food situation for each. Which episode is the green bean casserole of the bunch?


- Kelly Woo

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Bindi Irwin Reveals Where She'll Keep Her 'DWTS' Trophy, and It's Perfect

25 November 2015 5:30 AM, PST

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough just won "Dancing With the Stars" Season 21!

But never mind Disneyland, the 17-year-old Aussie can't wait to go back to hanging out with snakes and rhinos at the Australia Zoo. Bindi, daughter of late "The Crocodile Hunter" star Steve Irwin, is on a media blitz after her big win in last night's finale.

Entertainment Tonight asked her where she plans to keep her Mirror Ball trophy. Bindi answered, "We were talking about this actually, and Derek had a good idea." Derek said, "I think it should go in the middle of the zoo, in the crocodile chamber..." Bindi said they call it the "croc pot" and she thinks it would work perfectly.

Many fans want to know what's next for Bindi, and after the overwhelming response to her DWTS run Et asked about the offers she's received. Is she going to do something in Hollywood or go back to Australia? »

- Gina Carbone

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Best of Late Night TV: Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans Talk 'Civil War,' Gina Rodriguez Punches James Corden

25 November 2015 4:12 AM, PST

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 Kimmel Live" had a mini meeting of The Handsome Men's Club Tuesday night to talk about "Captain America: Civil War" and show off that brand spankin' new trailer. (Watch it again. It's epic.) Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. also talked about their real-life friendship and how Rdj had all of his furniture moved to Atlanta for filming so his cats could sit in the chair they like. (Real men love cats. #fact) Rdj was also inducted into the California Hall of Fame. Every state should invent a Hall of Fame and induct Rdj, just so he'll show up and be charming.

Krysten Ritter continued Jkl's Marvel theme, »

- Gina Carbone

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Here's the First 'Captain America: Civil War' Trailer, Plus a New Poster

25 November 2015 4:00 AM, PST

Happy Thanksgiving from Marvel, everybody!

Last night, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. were guests on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (which airs on ABC, part of the ABC/Disney/Marvel/Lucasfilm family) and chatted about making "Captain America: Civil War," which comes out this May. But like the wise men for Christmas, they came bearing gifts. First, Rdj revealed the movie's official one-sheet poster:

Divided we fall. #CaptainAmericaCivilWar pic.twitter.com/rmqY3qjnLO

Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 25, 2015

Then Chris Evans said he brought the teaser with him, meaning the first official trailer for the movie. They aired the 2.5-minute footage around midnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning and it's still trending now, with more than 1,435,000 views in just six hours.

Here goes:

"Sorry, Tony. You know I wouldn't do this if I had any other choice. But he's my friend."

"So was I."

Chills! "Civil War" filmed in Atlanta, and finished production in August, »

- Gina Carbone

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James Gunn Debunks 'Guardians Vol. 2' Rumor, Slams Spoiler Culture

24 November 2015 2:15 PM, PST

There's been a juicy rumor floating around the web about the identity of Peter Quill's father in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." But according to director James Gunn, it's "completely false" -- and also kind of lame that people are trying to spoil the movie in the first place.

In a Facebook post, Gunn shot down the theory presented by Heroic Hollywood (and touted as confirmed by four different sources) as total bunk. Gunn said that he was speaking out not necessarily because he felt a great need to reveal the truth, but to decry the ridiculous rush to declare any and all spoilerific details about an upcoming film as a journalistic scoop.

The director said he would never again directly address such rumors in case one of them turns out to be true, and truly ruin an important plot point, but felt he needed to say something now in order to explain that decision. »

- Katie Roberts

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John Stamos Gets Probation in DUI Plea, Avoids Jail Time

24 November 2015 1:50 PM, PST

John Stamos has pleaded no contest to DUI, avoiding jail time and getting three years probation following his arrest this summer.

The actor entered his plea via his attorney at a hearing in Los Angeles on Tuesday, answering charges that he was driving under the influence of a drug back in June. Stamos faced a jail sentence of six months in connection with that charge, which was handed down last month. His arraignment hearing was initially slated to take place a few days after that, but was postponed until this week.

Instead of jail time, Stamos, a first-time offender, has been placed under informal probation for 36 months, and will have to pay a fine of $390 for the misdemeanor drug charge. He will also have to attend classes at the Dmv as part of his probation, though according to Deadline, that should not affect the actor's work schedule on his freshman Fox sitcom, »

- Katie Roberts

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Tom Cruise May Star in 'The Mummy' Reboot; Universal Denies Report

24 November 2015 1:25 PM, PST

Update: According to Deadline, the news that Tom Cruise may be in negotiations to star in Universal's upcoming reboot of "The Mummy" is false, with the site claiming that both the studio and the actor's representatives are denying that report's veracity.

As we reported earlier, Variety had the scoop that Cruise was in talks to headline the new version of "The Mummy," and help steer the studio's grand plan to revive all of its classic monster movies. But rival trade Deadline is debunking that report, claiming, "Both Universal and the star's people tell Deadline adamantly that no deal with Cruise is in the works for the film."

Of course, Deadline didn't get either party to go on the record with those statements. (Universal declined to comment on Variety's story.) But the site says that Cruise is simply too busy to take the part -- whatever it may be -- citing »

- Katie Roberts

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Here Are the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees

24 November 2015 1:05 PM, PST

The nominations for the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced Tuesday, giving boosts to several films' Oscars chances.

"Carol" led the pack with six nominations, including nods in most of the major categories (Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay), and two Best Lead Actress nominations for its headlining duo, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. It was followed by Netflix flick "Beasts of No Nation," which scored five nominations in the big categories (Best Feature, Best Director, Best Lead Male) as well as the technical ones (Best Cinematography, Best Editing).

As TheWrap notes, "Beasts" nominations have helped secure it some serious consideration come Oscars time. But another big surprise was the small number of nominations for "Room," considered by many to be a Best Picture contender at the Academy Awards. It was left off the Spirit Awards's Best Feature list, though it did score a Best Female Lead nomination for Best Actress Oscar frontrunner Brie Larson. »

- Katie Roberts

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What's Leaving Netflix in December 2015

24 November 2015 10:00 AM, PST

It's last call for several horror films, including "The Silence of the Lambs" and the "The Omen" trilogy, which are leaving Netflix in December.

Also going bye-bye: Both versions of manly tearjerker "Brian's Song" and classics including "All About Eve" (1950), "The Great Escape" (1963) and "The Hustler" (1961). And if you want to stream '80s favorites "The Dark Crystal" (1982) or "Labyrinth" (1986), better get on that before December 1.

Here's what's leaving Netflix in December 2015.

Leaving December 1

"All About Eve" (1950)

"The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes": Season 1 (2012)

"Batman Begins" (2005)

"Beverly Hills Cop III" (1994)

"Brian's Song" (1971)

"Brian's Song" (2001)

"The Brothers Grimm" (2005)

"The Burbs" (1989)

"Cop Land" (1997)

"Damien: Omen II" (1978)

"The Dark Crystal" (1982)

"Employee of the Month" (2006)

"Forces of Nature" (1999)

"Get Low" (2009)

"The Great Escape" (1963)

"The Guardian": Season 1-3

"The High and the Mighty" (1954)

"The Hustler" (1961)

"Insomnia" (2002)

"Juice" (1992)

"K-19: The Widowmaker" (2002)

"Labyrinth" (1986)

"Last Night" (2010)

"Left Behind: The Movie" (2000)

"Left Behind II: Tribulation Force »

- Sharon Knolle

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'Friday Night Lights' Is Becoming a Musical, With Familiar Face as Coach

24 November 2015 9:45 AM, PST

Let's all sing it together: Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. Especially when someone is making a "Friday Night Lights" musical.

"The Unauthorized Friday Night Lights Musical" is set to premiere in late spring or early summer in Los Angeles, and comes from Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin, the same people behind musical versions of "The O.C." and "Cruel Intentions." The latter got so much buzz that Ross and Rosin landed a deal at NBC to develop a "Cruel Intentions" sequel for television.

The original "Friday Night Lights" ran for five seasons, first on NBC and then on DirecTV, and starred Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor and Connie Britton as his wife, Tami Taylor. While the show was lowly-rated on air, it's become a beloved classic thanks to streaming services. And it helped launch the careers of many of its young cast members.

But the best part of »

- Kelly Woo

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