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

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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

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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

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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

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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

15 hours ago

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

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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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What's New on Netflix in December 2015

16 hours ago

To your already busy December to-do list, add watching "A Very Murray Christmas," the all-star Bill Murray Christmas special that's available only on Netflix.

Also new to Netflix in December: New comedy specials from Mike Epps and Brent Morin, Adam Sandler's controversial "The Ridiculous 6," the buzzy transgender indie drama "Tangerine" and "Queen of Earth," starring "Mad Men"'s Elisabeth Moss.

Here's what's coming to Netflix in December 2015.

Available Dec. 1

"DeathToSelfie" (2014)

"30 for 30: Chasing Tyson" (2015)

"50 Shades of They": Season 1

"A Christmas Star" (2015)

"A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z" (2014)

"Amnesiac" 2015)

"Broadchurch": Season 2

"Cbgb" (2013)

"Christmas Wedding Baby" (2014)

"The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury" (2004)

"Cradle 2 the Grave" (2003)

"Darkman" (1990)

"Detectorists": Season 1

"I'm Brent Morin" (2015, Netlix Original)

"Jenny's Wedding" (2015)

"Las magicas historias de Plim Plim": Season 1

"Ray" (2004)

"Real Rob": Season 1 (2015)

"See You In Valhalla" (2015)

"Stir of Echoes" (1999)

"Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming" (2007)

"That Touch of Mink »

- Sharon Knolle

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The 16 Greatest Boxing Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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Who knows whether "Creed" (opening Nov. 25), in which Rocky Balboa trains old frenemy Apollo Creed's son (Michael B. Jordan), will be the last time Sylvester Stallone laces up his gloves? Even if it is, he's done more than his share to ensure that the boxing drama will continue to be a Hollywood tradition.

After all, Hollywood has been making movies about boxers who fight their own demons in the ring for nearly a century. Some of them have even jabbed their way to victory at the Oscars. Here are some of the best boxing movies; enjoy your ringside seat. »

- Gary Susman

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Ice Cube and Friends Are Back in 'Barbershop 3' Trailer to Cut Hair and Fight Violence

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The boys are back for "Barbershop 3: The Next Cut" — and this time, they're joined by the ladies.

Global Grind debuted the first trailer for the follow-up to the 2002 original "Barbershop" and its 2004 sequel, "Barbershop 2: Back in Business." Calvin (Ice Cube) has joined forces with beauty shop owner Angie (Regina Hall) to save both of their businesses. That introduces a whole new level of banter and jokes in this third movie, and sparks fly between the men and women.

There are new players on the scene, too — Nicki Minaj as a flirtatious hair stylist and Common a barber married to Terri (Eve), and they get involved in a bit of a love triangle. But while there's a lot of light-hearted fun, the movie also ventures into more serious territory as the staff and patrons of the shops band together to fight rising gang violence in Chicago.

"Barbershop 3" opens »

- Kelly Woo

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17 CW Stars You Forgot Were on Other CW Shows

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The CW, where you never have to worry about your show getting canceled, because, if it does, you can just go star on another CW show! While not all of these actors have been the main character in every CW show they've appeared on, they've at least had a pretty significant character arc (and a pretty significant paycheck.)

These are the 17 stars that have been appeared in at least two -- but up to four(!) -- CW shows. »

- Rachel Horner

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10 Reasons Kelly Bundy From 'Married... With Children' Is a True '90s Icon

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When you think about what epitomizes the late '80s and early '90s there are a few names that definitely come to mind, and Kelly Bundy of "Married... With Children" is right up there when it comes to personifying the half of the decade. The bleach blonde daughter of the Bundy clan's style was an inspiration -- from her teased bangs to her leather jacket to those off-the-shoulder spandex tops. Everyone wanted to date, friend, or be Kelly Bundy in the '90s. Don't call her a bimbo, because we know there's more to her than meets the eye. Maybe.

We salute Christina Applegate for bringing her unforgettable comedic stylings to the break-out role. Here are 10 times Kelly Bundy from "Married... With Children" was the best. »

- Alana Altmann

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The New 'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' Trailer Is Going to Make You Very, Very Happy

21 hours ago

The wait is Finally over.

The CW has released the first substantial footage from the upcoming, highly anticipated "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," and it packs a quite a wallop. The "first look" -- more like a trailer, really -- lays out the story clearly: Time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter (cool name, bro) travels back in time to assemble an elite group of heroes (and a couple of not-quite heroes) to stop an utterly bleak future. Witty one-liners, action-packed shenanigans, and some seriously cool crossover potential ensue.

Among his recruits are Sara Lance (White Canary), Jay Jackson (Firestorm), Ray Palmer (The Atom), Hawkgirl, Captain Cold, and Heat Wave. With a lineup like that and coming from the network that brought us "Arrow" and "The Flash," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" has serious potential to be your new favorite show.

You can find out when "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" premieres January 21, 2016, on The CW. »

- Tim Hayne

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Best of Late Night TV: Adele's Box of Lies and 'Star Wars' as a Romantic Comedy

21 hours ago

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.

It was "Star Wars" night over on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and let's just say the show put their own spin on the film's trailer. Welcome to "Star Wars" as a romantic comedy. Because sometimes the greatest force of all...is love. *weeps*

Jimmy Kimmel also had to deal with a suicidal Chewbacca, who threatened to throw himself off a building until eventually settling his feud with Harrison Ford. Turns out Chewy had an affair with Ford's wife, so file this under #GalaxyFarFarAwayDrama. *Also this clip features "Hello" by Adele, so prepare your eyes accordingly.

Speaking of Adele, she showed up on "The Tonight Show" and played "Box of Lies" with Jimmy Fallon. »

- Mehera Bonner

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Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's Wedding Was Gorgeous, of Course

23 November 2015 2:00 PM, PST

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello tied the knot this weekend, and in news that should surprise no one, it was an absolutely gorgeous affair.

The nuptials took place in Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday evening, and Vergara shared snaps of everything on her Instagram page, including the jaw-dropping floral arrangements (starring strands of orchids dripping from the ceiling), the romantic lighting, and the main event: the actress's stunning, custom, customizable wedding gown.

According to People, the insanely beautiful bridal wear -- which featured a voluminous ballgown skirt that was detached for the reception -- came courtesy of Zuhair Murad Couture, and featured "a hand-embroidered bodice, contained 11 pounds of sequins and 6 pounds of pearls, and required 32 people to [work] around the clock to complete the design, which took a total of 1,657 hours." Yowza.

All that attention to detail more than paid off, though, as Vergara and Manganiello were picture perfect for their big day. »

- Katie Roberts

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Nickelodeon Is Making a New 'Hey Arnold!' Movie, May Bring Back More Classic Shows

23 November 2015 12:15 PM, PST

Everyone's favorite Football Head is making a comeback: Nickelodeon has revealed that it's set to make a new "Hey Arnold!" movie.

Variety reports that the telepic will "feature a storyline that picks up where the original series ended and resolves unanswered plotlines–including the whereabouts of Arnold's parents, long missing from the program." There's no word yet on when the special is set to air, but according to network executives, there could be more classic shows coming back, too.

Chris Viscardi, the co-creator of '90s Nick series "The Adventures of Pete & Pete," was recently named the network's new senior vice president of content development for franchise properties -- and that wordy position was created specifically to "mine the network's vast library of original series to develop new shows for modern audiences," per Variety. And while Viscardi says that reconnecting with Millennial viewers that are now grown is part of »

- Katie Roberts

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Adele's 'Hello' Saves Thanksgiving in Hilarious 'SNL' Sketch

23 November 2015 11:15 AM, PST

Are you dreading spending your Thanksgiving having tense political discussions with your relatives? "Saturday Night Live" is here to help, with an assist from Adele.

In one of the best sketches of the season (maybe of the decade?), "SNL" revealed the key to resolving seemingly insurmountable family squabbles on Turkey Day: Just put on an Adele song. It turns out that everyone -- yes, even your annoying relatives -- loves the British songstress, and her new single "Hello" unites the fighting family depicted in this delightful digital short.

This being "SNL," though, the cast and host Matthew McConaughey take things one step further, as they each begin to gradually morph into Adele herself. First comes a serious set of nails, then long, flowing locks, dramatic eye makeup, and a giant, fuzzy coat. Then, Aidy Bryant is sent straight to the "Hello" set, twirling in the ever-strengthening breeze as she bats »

- Katie Roberts

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11 Greatest Thanksgiving TV Episodes Ever

23 November 2015 11:08 AM, PST


It doesn't really feel like Thanksgiving until those holiday-themed TV episodes start airing, right? And while its the time of year when there's a good excuse for your favorite shows to exercise gimmicks, sometimes these episodes really deliver. Sometimes they're the best of the season.

Nothing screams quality holiday time like sitting in front of a glaring screen, so we've rounded up 11 great Turkey Day episodes worth sinking your teeth into. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. And happy watching!


- Alana Altmann

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Chris Hemsworth Reveals Dramatic Weight Loss for 'In the Heart of the Sea'

23 November 2015 10:50 AM, PST

Chris Hemsworth is all imposing muscle as Thor in the "Avengers" flicks, but for his newest role, as a ship crew member lost at sea in "In the Heart of the Sea," he decided to take his physique in the complete opposite direction.

Hemsworth unveiled his dramatic weight loss in a photo posted on social media this weekend, looking almost unrecognizable with a thick, scraggly beard and long, tangled hair. But it was the visible rib bones and collar bones poking out of his too-skinny torso and chest that caused the most concern, as the actor looked less like the God of Thunder and more like Tom Hanks in "Castaway."

Just tried a new diet/training program called "Lost At Sea". Wouldn't recommend it.. #IntheHeartoftheSea pic.twitter.com/y89McNuiiV

Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) November 22, 2015Hemsworth added a cheeky caption to the shot, writing, "Just tried a new diet/training program called 'Lost At Sea'. »

- Katie Roberts

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Watch Hermione Take on Katniss in Epic 'Princess Rap Battle'

23 November 2015 9:27 AM, PST

No weapons, no magic, and -- technically -- no princesses. But this rap battle between Hermione Granger of "Harry Potter" and Katniss Everdeen of "The Hunger Games" is one for the books.

Whitney Avalon does a series of Princess Rap Battles, and even though neither Hermione nor Katniss is a princess, they are royally badass in this video. Avalon takes on the role of Katniss, opposite "Castle" star Molly C. Quinn as Hermione.

Here's a portion of Katniss's opening takedown:

Pathetic and predictable I'm hot on your trail/Could've had a Viktor but you chose ginger fail?/I bet with wands drawn he's still just a yawn with performances worse than Michael Gambon."


Here's a small part of Hermione's response:

I'll end this blasted skrewt propaganda prostitute who thinks she's so cute with her Girl Scout salute/Just a tribute, can't decide which guy's sweeter/Share your bread with »

- Gina Carbone

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First 'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Poster Teases Return Date, Jon Snow

23 November 2015 9:03 AM, PST

Unlike Jon Snow, we now know something: The month "Game of Thrones" Season 6 will premiere! It's April. It's usually April, so no big shock, but there were whispers on Dragon Street that maybe the premiere would be pushed back in 2016, thanks to HBO's new show schedule.

But no. It's April. And Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is back in focus, looking like the dead crow he is (or might be):

April. #GoTSeason6 #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/DSK2xZi9i9

Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 23, 2015

We were just wondering if a gingerbread homage to King's Landing could even get a smile from Jon Snow, and now here he is dominating the first official Season 6 tease. The Powers That Be have been insisting that Jon is indeed dead, but clearly he's not out of the picture or the first poster art wouldn't be all about him.

Season 6 is just about done filming its 10 episodes, »

- Gina Carbone

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