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5 Reasons You Should Give 'Gotham' a Try

11 hours ago

Last week, the Television Critics Association named Fox's "Gotham" the most promising new show of the fall TV season. But does that mean you're going to tune in tonight? We were lucky enough to catch the pilot of Fox's new Batman dark and twisty prequel and we have to admit -- this new series has a lot of promise.

Here are 5 reasons "Gotham" is worth watching:

1. It Appeals to More Than Just Comic Book Fans

There's enough jam-packed in the "Gotham" pilot to make it work for even the non-superhero obsessed or those Batman novices out there. Sure, there are comic book elements and familiar faces to satisfy those looking for the DC connection, but this is a cop show about the crime-addled city of Gotham at its core. Detective James Gordon's quest to track down Bruce Wayne's parents' murderers is the focus here -- Batman isn't a part of this story yet. »

- Alana Altmann

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Stephen King's '11/22/63' Heading to Hulu

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Los Angeles (AP) - Stephen King's time-travel novel about the Kennedy assassination is being adapted as a small-screen miniseries.

Streaming service Hulu said Monday that the nine-hour series, titled "11/22/63" after King's book, includes the author and J.J. Abrams as executive producers.

King said in a statement that if any of his works cried out for "long-form, event TV programming," then "11/22/63" is it.

In King's 2011 novel, a high school teacher goes back in time to try to prevent the Nov. 22, 1963, killing of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald.

The release date for "11/22/63" and casting weren't announced by Hulu or producer Warner Bros. Television. The series will be seen in the United States on Hulu and distributed internationally by Warner. »

- The Associated Press

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20 Random 'Friends' Facts Every Fan Should Know

13 hours ago

So you call yourself a "Friends" fan, eh? You've seen every episode, know all the lyrics to that darn theme song, and consider classic lines ("could I Be wearing anymore clothes?") part of your everyday vocabulary.

"Friends" premiered 20 years ago today on September 22, 1994, and we thought we would honor that big anniversary by putting together 20 little-known facts about the iconic series. Want to see if you're the master of "Friends" trivia? Look no further:

1. Original titles considered for the show included Six of One, Friends Like Us, Insomnia Cafe, and Across the Hall.

2. The apartment numbers got switched as the series went on. Monica and Rachel's original apartment number was 5, but was later changed to 20 because 5 was too small a number for such a high floor. Joey and Chandler's was switched from 4 to 19.

3. Jon Favreau and Jon Cryer were up for the role of Chandler. As you may remember, Jon Favreau »

- Alana Altmann

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Jada Pinkett Smith Just Joined 'Magic Mike Xxl' in a Super Secret Role

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Jada Pinkett Smith is one of three new female additions to the cast of "Magic Mike Xxl," confirming in a recent interview that she'll appear in the follow-up to the 2012 stripper drama.

While chatting with Queen Latifah, Smith told the talk show host that she was excited to start shooting the flick -- and her role was a unique one.

"Yes, you know, Channing [Tatum] and [director] Gregory [Jacobs] and Warner Bros. really took a chance," Smith told Latifah. "There was a character written for a male that they wanted to turn into a female."

Smith declined to say more about the role, but insisted that she wouldn't be portraying a dancer.

"I can't really reveal it yet, but I'm excited about it," the actress added.

Deadline seems to have solved the mystery, though, writing that Smith would be playing a strip club owner in the "Magic Mike" sequel. We'll have to wait »

- Katie Roberts

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What to Watch This Week: 'Neighbors,' 'Gotham,' 'Scandal,' & More

13 hours ago

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Neighbors"

Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen star as a married couple living in a nice suburban neighborhood with their new baby. When a fraternity moves in next door, the Radners struggle with feeling terrible uncool and also having their lives wrecked by a bunch of hard-partying bros. Zac Efron co-stars as Teddy, the head of the frat, with Dave Franco as his right-hand man.

"Halloween: The Complete Collection"

Do you need this 15-disc Blu-ray box set comprised of all of the "Halloween" movies, including the producer's cut of "Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers," Rob Zombie's 2007 and 2009 versions, audio commentary, and lots more? "Need" is such a childish word. You won't literally die if you didn't manage to order »

- Jenni Miller

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'The Interview' Red Band Trailer Proves Killing Kim Jong-un Is Filthy, Hilarious Work (Video)

14 hours ago

A new red band trailer for "The Interview," in which Seth Rogen and James Franco are recruited to assassinate Kim Jong-un, takes advantage of its opportunity to show off the flick's dirtiest, most vulgar jokes -- and makes the high-concept comedy appear even more appealing.

The clip is packed with filthy quips about a bald-headed Rob Lowe resembling a certain member of the male anatomy, and an extended scene in which Franco enjoys sniffing ... well, something we can't print here. But suffice it to say, it got our attention.

But "The Interview" is more than gross-out humor and sight gags -- though it does offer plenty of those -- thanks to its screwball plot to have Rogen and Franco take out the North Korean leader, by way of instruction from a CIA agent played by Lizzy Caplan. What begins with Rogen pleading with Franco to cover real news on their »

- Katie Roberts

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Director Bryan Singer Officially Confirmed for 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

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After months of speculation following allegations of sexual abuse, Fox has officially signed on director Bryan Singer to return for "X-Men: Apocalypse."

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Singer just inked a deal with the studio to helm the follow-up to this spring's hit "X-Men: Days of Future Past," after a man who claimed that Singer sexually abused him dropped those charges last month. It was unclear if Fox would re-sign the director in the wake of that scandal, but now that there are no more legal challenges facing him, Singer is free to re-join the mutant universe.

THR writes:

In June, 20th Century Fox production president Emma Watts told The Hollywood Reporter that she wanted Singer back for the sequel, despite the scandal: "Nothing would make me happier than if it all worked out. It's always been the intention for him to do it."

It seems that the studio got its wish. »

- Katie Roberts

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Kenan Thompson May Leave 'SNL' After 40th Season Wraps (Updated)

15 hours ago

Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured African-American cast member in "Saturday Night Live" history, will leave the late night sketch show when it wraps its upcoming 40th season, according to a report from TMZ.

The gossip site writes that Thompson, who's headed into his 12th "SNL" season, actually wanted to depart following the end of season 39 earlier this year, but was persuaded to stay by producer Lorne Michaels, citing the recent high turnaround rate among cast members.

"We're told Kenan has no hard feelings and is leaving on great terms," TMZ writes. "Our sources say he's in talks for a new show and plans on moving to L.A. (with his wife and brand new baby) when the season ends."

But Vulture reports that an "SNL" spokesperson insists that TMZ's story is "incredibly inaccurate."

"The season hasn't even started and cast decisions aren't made until the end of the season," the spokesperson told Vulture. »

- Katie Roberts

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' May Take a Trip to Ice Planet Hoth

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Former "James Bond" star Roger Moore was one of the lucky few who's been allowed access to the "Star Wars: Episode VII" set, and what the actor has reported from his visit could be a major clue about the setting for the first installment of the new trilogy.

During an interview on U.K. television host Graham Norton's BBC Radio show (as transcribed by The Guardian), Moore revealed that he was just back from the "Episode VII" set, and while he couldn't reveal much, the one hint he dropped seems to point directly to a familiar location from the original series.

"They were filming something with a lot of mountains and snow," Moore said of director J.J. Abrams and the rest of the crew.

"Star Wars" fans know that the only location in the galaxy that meets that description is Hoth, the ice planet featured in the beginning of »

- Katie Roberts

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Harry Lennix Says 'The Blacklist' Season 2 Is 'Season 1 on Steroids'

16 hours ago

If you're a fan of NBC's crime drama "The Blacklist," chances are you're chomping at the bit for Season 2's highly-anticipated premiere. Last season (spoilers ahead, by the way!) left viewers with tons of burning questions and we can't wait to see what will be revealed when Red Reddington and company return tonight.

Fortunately, we were able to get some insight into what will can expect when it comes to the hit series's sophomore season. Moviefone spoke with one of the show's stars, Harry Lennix, who plays FBI Agent Harold Cooper, and he let us in on what's in store for "The Blacklist" and his character, what it's like to work with the great James Spader, and if we will get answers to any of those unanswered questions.

Lennix has had a long and accomplished career in TV, film, and stage, and has appeared in shows like "Dollhouse" and "ER. »

- Alana Altmann

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20 Years Later, the 'Mighty Ducks' Cast Recreated the Flying V (Photos)

16 hours ago

If you heard the familiar "Quack, quack, quack!" refrain from "The Mighty Ducks" off in the distance this weekend, you weren't hallucinating: Most of the cast staged an epic reunion on Sunday in honor of the 20th anniversary of "D2: The Mighty Ducks," and recreated the film's iconic Flying V.

Marguerite Moreau, who played Connie in the "Ducks" trilogy, posted a series of photos to her Instagram account (along with her husband, Christopher Redman) documenting the awesome occurrence, complete with a massive, 21-person Flying V featuring just about every important character to grace the "Ducks" series throughout its three-film run.

Two glaring omissions, as pointed out by MTV, were Joshua Jackson and Emilio Estevez, a.k.a. Charlie Conway and Gordon Bombay, who somehow missed the memo about Sunday's gathering. While it doesn't seem like a true "Ducks" reunion without them, the number of cast members that assembled for the event was still pretty impressive, »

- Katie Roberts

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'The Lion King' Stage Musical Shatters Box Office Records

16 hours ago

Mark Kennedy, AP Drama Writer

New York (AP) - Here's something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: "The Lion King" is the top ticket of all time.

With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, "The Lion King" stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history, The Associated Press has learned.

The show quietly took over top spot from the $6 billion-earning "The Phantom of the Opera" late this summer, according to representatives from both shows. "Phantom" producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group congratulated "The Lion King" in a statement, calling their rival show "The Pride of Broadway."

The total makes "The Lion King" more valuable than any single Harry Potter film, the blockbuster "Titanic," or any of the "Star Wars" movies. By way of comparison, the highest-grossing film in history is "Avatar," with nearly $2.8 billion worldwide. »

- The Associated Press

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Kevin Spacey's Stalker Gets Four Years in Prison, Apologizes

17 hours ago

Boston (AP) - A Massachusetts woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Linda Louise Culkin, 55, of Quincy, was also ordered by a judge Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boston to pay Spacey $124,000 to compensate him for the bodyguards he hired during the two-year stretch when she harassed him.

Culkin was credited with time served since her arrest in January 2012, meaning she has about 18 months of the four-year, three-month sentence left.

She pleaded guilty in November to charges including mailing threatening communications, and sending false information regarding explosives.

Culkin had in her apartment a picture of Spacey with his eyes blacked out and mouth scribbled out and multiple copies of a page entitled "Killing Kevin Spacey," authorities said.

Spacey was not in court for the sentencing, »

- The Associated Press

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Colin Farrell Confirms His 'True Detective' Season 2 Role

18 hours ago

Colin Farrell just let the cat out of the "True Detective" Season 2 bag.

The actor, in eight little words, confirmed that he'll be starring in the second season of HBO's hit anthology series. "I'm doing the second series. I'm so excited," Farrell told The Sunday World.

While he's a little sketchy on the details of the production, the actor let slip what little information he does know.

"I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot," Farrell revealed. "I know very little about it, but we're shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids."

No word yet on when "True Detective" Season 2 will premiere, but needless to say, with a four or five month shooting schedule, it won't be done in time for a January premiere, like Season 1. »

- Tim Hayne

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​Box Office: How Did 'The Maze Runner' Break the Ya Curse?

21 hours ago

Ever since "Twilight," the studios keep making adaptations of Young Adult fantasy/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic-future novel series, but for every "Hunger Games" and "Divergent" that scores, there are several that fail ("Percy Jackson," "Beautiful Creatures," "The Mortal Instruments," "The Giver"). This weekend's "The Maze Runner," however, seems to have figured out a way to beat the curse, as it debuted at No. 1 with an estimated $32.5 million, enjoying the sixth biggest September premiere ever.

What did "Maze Runner" do right that allowed it to find its way to box office success? Here are a few things.

Go with a guy. Unlike "Hunger Games" and "Divergent," the hero of "Maze Runner" is a young man, leading a predominantly male cast. That's no guarantee of success (look at the "Percy Jackson" movies, "Ender's Game," and "The Giver"), but it does help attract young male viewers as well as young female viewers.

Play up the action. »

- Gary Susman

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