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Inside Criterion's Incredible Restoration of Dylan Doc 'Don't Look Back'

27 November 2015 12:50 PM, PST

D.A. Pennbaker still remembers the man with the wiry gray hair and the sunglasses, sitting across from him in his office and posing an innocent enough question. "He asked, 'Would you like to come along on a tour with my client? His name is Bob Dylan.' It sort of rang a bell." The 90-year-old filmmaker lets out a raspy chuckle before continuing to speak at his customary rapid clip. "He had one song, 'The Times They Are A-Changin',' that had been playing on the radio »

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Inside John Malkovich's Eerie, Plato-Quoting New Album

27 November 2015 8:00 AM, PST

Two years ago, composer Eric Alexandrakis wrote an ambient piece of music titled "Cryogenia π [Requiem For Humanity]" that was "very freeform and free-flowing and had this time-warp, evolving vibe to it." He visualized an actor reciting Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave" — a text suggested by his philosophy professor mother — over his music and knew there was only one person whose dulcet, yet eerie voice could complement the piece: John Malkovich.

"He has this very poetic, intellectual, mysterious, academic vibe to him — this blend of classical and edge that you just don't see, »

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New Star Wars Trailer Focuses on Mysterious Kylo Ren

26 November 2015 11:11 AM, PST

Star Wars fans received a Thanksgiving surprise Thursday as The Force Awakens' official Facebook page dropped another minute-long preview for the much-anticipated film. This time, the action revolves the movie's masked and hooded villain Kylo Ren, a mysterious adversary played by Girls actor Adam Driver.



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The latest preview harkens back to the first Force Awakens trailer released nearly a year ago, with a spooky voice – since identified as Andy Serkis' Supreme Leader Snoke – asking, "There's been an awakening. »

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Former 'Donkey Kong' Champ's Cartoon Likeness Lawsuit Dropped

26 November 2015 8:00 AM, PST

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit by former Donkey Kong record holder Billy Mitchell — who was featured in the 2007 documentary The King of Kong — over his claim that a Cartoon Network show stole his likeness, The Associated Press reports.

Mitchell had taken umbrage with the Regular Show character Garrett Bobby Ferguson, a floating head with a beard who cheats his way to video game glory. Cartoon Network said Ferguson is a transformative depiction of Mitchell — who also sports a beard and long brown hair — and New Jersey Federal District »

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Jennifer Lawrence Directing Comedy About 1960s 'Mental Warfare'

25 November 2015 11:23 AM, PST

Jennifer Lawrence will move her talents behind the lens to direct Project Delirium, a comedy based on an article about "mental warfare in the Sixties, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong." The actress, who recently filmed the final installment of the mega-popular Hunger Games franchise, discussed the project in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "I have wanted to direct as long as I've wanted to act," she said. "I just don't talk about it because I'd rather just do it.

"It's funny, I've wanted to direct since I was »

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Watch Ellie Goulding Remix 'Love Me Like You Do' Eight Different Ways

25 November 2015 7:52 AM, PST

Ellie Goulding appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden Tuesday night, and rather than just performing a standard rendition of her hit single "Love Me Like You Do," she and the host had some fun with the Delirium track. For the distinct performance, Goulding and Corden delivered the track through the spectrum of eight different genres, including rock, rave and reggae.

Goulding has been performing the Max Martin-produced Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack standout nonstop since it was released in January, so it's nice to see the »

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Watch Adele Perform Smoky '25' Ballad 'Million Years Ago'

25 November 2015 7:37 AM, PST

Adele showcased her immense vocal range on Wednesday during a Today Show performance of "Million Years Ago," a sparse ballad from her new LP, 25. "I know I'm not the only one / Who regrets the things they've done," she sings in the clip, swooping from dramatic high notes to a low rumble, backed by minimal acoustic and electric guitars. "Sometimes I just feel it's only me / Who can stand the reflection that they see."

Adele also spoke with Matt Lauer about 25, her long-awaited, record-shattering third LP – explaining the writer's block which, »

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Watch Adele, Fallon, Roots Sing 'Hello' With Classroom Instruments

25 November 2015 6:13 AM, PST

Adele's "Hello," a chart-topping ballad from her record-breaking new LP, 25, is already one of her most intimate singles. But the singer achieves a new level of intimacy with this Tonight Show rendition of the poignant track, backed by Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on classroom instruments. 

Crammed into a small space, the supergroup fleshes out Adele's croon with melodica, tambourine, wood block, toy xylophone, bongos, a banana shaker and kazoos. Joining in on the silliness, the singer fakes a cell phone call, channeling the long-distance melancholy of the lyrics. »

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Watch Captain America Fight Iron Man in First 'Civil War' Trailer

25 November 2015 5:54 AM, PST

The first trailer for Captain America: Civil War has arrived, and as the title suggests, the action film boasts plenty of Avenger-on-Avenger violence. The battle lines are clearly drawn: It's Captain America, the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Falcon and Scarlet Witch battling it out against a superhero tandem that includes Iron Man, Black Widow, War Machine and, making his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther.

The trailer opens with Captain America reuniting with his childhood friend the Winter Soldier, who was the villain in 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. »

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Amazon Yanks Controversial Ad Campaign With Nazi Imagery

24 November 2015 5:07 PM, PST

Amazon has pulled ads for its series The Man in the High Castle plastered throughout the New York City subway system that featured symbols from Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, Variety reports.

The new series, based on Philip K. Dick's 1962 novel of the same name, is an alternate history that imagines a world where the Allies lost World War II. The American coasts are controlled by Nazi and Japanese puppet regimes, while a free section remains in the Rocky Mountains. 

The now-nixed promotion included posters in 260 subway stations, as »

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Unauthorized 'Friday Night Lights' Musical Headed to L.A.

24 November 2015 12:36 PM, PST

Friday Night Lights — the book, turned movie, turned TV show about football in a small Texas town — will assume a new cultural form next year when it's staged as a musical in Los Angeles, E! reports.

The Unauthorized Friday Night Lights Musical will be based primarily on the beloved NBC series, which ran between 2006 and 2011. The show will even feature series star Scott Porter — who played golden boy quarterback Jason Street — as Coach Taylor (originally portrayed by Kyle Chandler).

Porter confirmed his involvement on Twitter with a Dubsmash video, in »

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See Christian Bale on a Leash in Dramatic 'Knight of Cups' Trailer

24 November 2015 10:32 AM, PST

Christian Bale finds himself in only the most strange ways in the visually stunning trailer for the upcoming coming-of-age film Knight of Cups. He gets down on all fours as a woman guides him by a leash at a wild Hollywood party, he engages in a "love experience" chasing a woman around an apartment, he submerges and suspends himself in water, he even hugs Brian Dennehy. In voiceover, the actor pontificates, "All those years, living the life of someone I didn't even know."

The film, which was written and directed by Terrence Malick (Badlands, »

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John Malkovich Compares 'Being John Malkovich' to a Blowjob

24 November 2015 10:11 AM, PST

At the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, director Spike Jonze spoke of John Malkovich's initial reluctance at starring in Jonze's lofty debut, Being John Malkovich. "He said: either the movie's a bomb and it's got ... my name in the title, so I'm fucked that way; or it does well and I'm just forever associated with this character," Jonze said, via the Guardian.

Malkovich took time out from discussing his upcoming album in a soon-to-be-published interview with Rolling Stone to look back at his ambivalent association with the influential 1999 film.

"I would »

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Watch My Morning Jacket Bring Thunderous 'Tropics' to 'Colbert'

24 November 2015 7:46 AM, PST

My Morning Jacket descended upon The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday for a performance of "Tropics," an expansive track off their latest LP, The Waterfall.

Jim James and Co. tore through the cut, which shifts between the band's always-potent blend of spaced-out meanderings and loud, delirious displays of heaviness. It all built to a bombastic final breakdown where James traded blistering, tightrope riffs with the band's thunderous downbeats and the psychotic strikes of a small string section.

My Morning Jacket will close out their expansive 2015 tour in support of »

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James Taylor Performs Somber French National Anthem on 'Colbert'

24 November 2015 7:34 AM, PST

After appearing on The Late Show last week to perform a silly, updated version of his classic song "Fire and Rain," James Taylor returned on a more serious and solemn note to sing the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise."

Taylor's performance of "La Marseillaise" was a simple and classy tribute to the country. As he sang in French, Taylor sat in front of multiple flags f the country while Colbert's house band, led by Jon Batiste, joined the singer.

Taylor's performance comes less than two weeks after a series of terror attacks ravaged a city, »

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Sarah Palin Talks Donald Trump's Success, Louis C.K. Apology on 'Late Night'

24 November 2015 7:09 AM, PST

Sarah Palin visited Late Night With Seth Meyers to talk Donald Trump, Syrian refugees and Louis C.K. In the interview, Meyers circled back to the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special in February where – during a question-and-answer portion – the former Republican vice presidential candidate asked Jerry Seinfeld how much Lorne Michaels would pay her to run for president. She then sweetened the pot so SNL could have more comedic fodder: Donald Trump would be her vice president pick. Fast forward to November and Trump is now the Republican frontrunner.

"[Trump's] not a politician, »

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Watch Adele Croon New Song, Cackle on 'Jimmy Fallon'

24 November 2015 6:22 AM, PST

Adele unleashed both her beloved voice and cackle on The Tonight Show Monday, joining host Jimmy Fallon for a silly game of "Box of Lies" and belting a new song, "Water Under the Bridge."

"Box of Lies" found Fallon and Adele choosing a container with an odd item in it and trying to trick the other about its contents. Adele, very gravely, attempted to convince Fallon that she was in possession of a toy tyrannosaurus rex dressed up as a fairy, but the host called her bluff.

The singer, too, »

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Watch Harrison Ford, Chewbacca Reconcile Thanks to Adele's 'Hello'

24 November 2015 6:02 AM, PST

One night after Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered its first short snippet from the film, Jimmy Kimmel Live! dedicated its entire episode to the upcoming blockbuster. The bulk of the film's main cast – Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver – as well as director J.J. Abrams took turns sitting down with the late-night host, but the highlight of the episode came in a pre-taped segment where Harrison Ford reconciled with his estranged co-pilot Chewbacca thanks to Adele's "Hello."

In the sketch, Kimmel is tasked with talking »

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'Fargo' Renewed for 'All-New' Third Season

23 November 2015 7:24 PM, PST

Fargo is just midway through its critically acclaimed second season, but FX announced Monday that the network has already ordered a third season of the anthology series. "Year two of Fargo is an extraordinary achievement and, given Noah Hawley’s masterful storytelling, we can’t wait to see where the third, all-new version of Fargo takes us," FX said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fargo was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards after its inaugural season, winning Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Miniseries for its creator Noah Hawley. The first season »

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Kevin Smith's 'Yoga Hosers' Headlines Sundance's Midnight Slate

23 November 2015 1:30 PM, PST

Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers and Rob Zombie's 31 are among the nine films that will have their world premiere during the Midnight portion of the Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 21-31, 2016.

The oddly named Yoga Hosers marks the second film in the director's True North trilogy, following Tusk. As described by the Sundance fest (via Variety), "Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie are teenage besties from Winnipeg who love yoga and live on their smartphones. But when these sophomores get invited to a senior party by the school hottie, »

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