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Freddie Mercury Biopic Director Drops Out of Film
15 March 2014 7:30 AM, PDT
Another personnel change is in the works for the planned Freddie Mercury biopic as producers seek a replacement for director Dexter Fletcher. A representative for Fletcher confirmed to Rolling Stone that the filmmaker has parted ways with the production.
Freddie Mercury: His Life in Pictures
This is the second major shake-up for the film about the Queen frontman, who died in 1991. The biopic was originally set to star Sacha Baron Cohen, who signed on to play Mercury in 2010, but the actor dropped out of the project last summer. Queen »
'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Interviews SXSW Hipsters About Fake Bands
14 March 2014 2:30 PM, PDT
For the latest (and most hilarious) edition of "Lie Witness News," Jimmy Kimmel sent his late night crew to the king of hipster meccas: the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Armed with a camera and a list of amazing fake band names, the Jimmy Kimmel Live! team approached over-eager music fans to gather opinions on some of the festival's fictional break-out bands.
Here's Jimmy Kimmel: On the Cover of Rolling Stone
"Over 2,000 bands are playing SXSW this year – which I think is all of them," Kimmel notes in the lead-in. »
Obama: Zach Galifianakis Was 'Pretty Nervous' on 'Between Two Ferns'
14 March 2014 1:20 PM, PDT
Earlier this week, comedian Zach Galifianakis welcomed an especially high-profile guest – President Barack Obama – on his popular web series, Between Two Ferns. And while Galifiankis maintained his typically awkward screen presence during their interview, the Commander-in-Chief says the hilariously droll interviewer was squirming inside.
Zach Galifiankis' Funniest Moments
"Zach actually was pretty nervous," the president told On the Air With Ryan Seacrest during a brief interview Friday morning. "It was funny to watch you know, 'cause this whole Between Two Ferns shtick…his whole character is to go after the guests. »
Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Greatest Bill Murray Movie?
14 March 2014 1:20 PM, PDT
Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel rolls out into more markets this week after debuting at just four theaters last weekend. Bill Murray only has only a brief cameo, but he made the most of it and was absolutely hysterical.
Now we have a question for you: What is your favorite Bill Murray movie? Feel free to vote for one of his legendary comedies like Ghostbusters and Caddyshack, one of his more serious films like Lost In Translation and »
5 Things You Need to Know About SXSW Interactive 2014
14 March 2014 12:05 PM, PDT
South by Southwest Interactive, once the nerdy kid brother of the SXSW music festival, has grown up to be Charles Atlas-strong. Since 2007 — the year Twitter broke — attendance at the Austin interactive fest has grown nearly fivefold to more than 30,000. Old-timers will grouse that SXSWi has morphed from a place for tech startups to share knowledge and innovations to an overly commercial clusterfuck. But the 2014 edition, which wrapped up earlier this week, was still capable of eliciting surprise and delight — in addition to the occasional feeling of deep embarrassment.
Watch the Frenetic Trailer for James Brown Biopic 'Get on Up'
14 March 2014 9:50 AM, PDT
"No one else helped me," says Chadwick Boseman, the actor playing James Brown in the biopic Get on Up, due out in August. The two-and-a-half minute trailer above shows how the soul singer became the legendary performer and bandleader, surviving an impoverished childhood and a stint in juvie where he put together a gospel choir. The clip also features concerts, high-speed police chases and even a touching flashback to his childhood when his aunt tells him, "One day, everybody gonna know your name." The movie's tagline is, "What you have heard is only the beginning. »
'Veronica Mars' Rob Thomas Returns to the Scene of the Crime
14 March 2014 8:10 AM, PDT
When we last saw Veronica Mars, the titular spunky teen heroine of the cult TV show had burned bridges, alienated both her romantic interests, and had become a social leper at her Southern California college. (The final shot of the series finale is Mars walking through the rain, which is the least SoCal-flavored goodbye you could imagine for a sunny beachtown show.) Melancholy doesn't begin to describe how showrunner Rob Thomas left things hanging, in what turned out to be his gambit to save the show from cancellation: If I leave everything unresolved, »
'Louie' Return Date Set for the Spring
13 March 2014 2:24 PM, PDT
Louie will finally be back on TV this May. After a 19-month hiatus, Louis C.K.'s Emmy-winning FX series is scheduled to return for its fourth season with 14 new episodes, beginning on Monday, May 5th, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Back-to-back episodes of the show will run for seven consecutive weeks, every Monday at 10 p.m. and 10:30. FX had initially ordered just 13 episodes for the season, but C.K., who writes, directs, edits and stars in the show, ended up making 14.
See Where Louis C.K. Ranks Among the 50 Funniest »
Marc Webb on 'Spider-Man 2': 'I Want the Audience to Be Thrilled'
13 March 2014 12:25 PM, PDT
At SXSW Film Festival's first-ever film keynote presentation, director Marc Webb revealed a vision for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (opening May 2) that is bigger, more spectacular, and less tethered to reality than its predecessor. Responding to fanboy fears that the second installment of the rebooted franchise will, like Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2, become bloated with two villains, he promised that the attention would be focused squarely on Jamie Foxx's Electro. As for Dane Dehaan's Green Goblin, he would be a secondary threat, while Paul Giamatti's Rhino would »
'Veronica Mars' Says 'Screw Hollywood,' Gives Fans What They Want
13 March 2014 11:40 AM, PDT
Peter Travers has a marshmallow with him on At the Movies this week, not to satisfy his sweet tooth, but in honor of the Veronica Mars movie, which finally sees release after being funded by a stunningly successful Kickstarter project started by the show's creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell.
Veronica Mars began as a TV show in the mid-2000s about the titular teenaged detective played by Bell. It was never a huge hit, but was critically adored and became a cult favorite with a rabid fan base »
Life on 'Mars': What to Know Before Seeing the 'Veronica Mars' Movie
13 March 2014 10:15 AM, PDT
"A teenage private eye…trust me, I know how dumb that sounds."
Those are the opening lines of the upcoming Veronica Mars movie, and to say the film has been "highly anticipated" among the cult TV show's rabid fanbase would be an understatement. Some 91,000 "Marshmallows" — the nickname for the Veronica die-hards — contributed roughly $5.7 million to a landmark Kickstarter campaign to revive the beloved Nancy Drew-meets-Raymond Chandler series, seven years after the show was canceled by the CW.
After a whirlwind 24-day film shoot, »
'True Detective' Deleted Scene Shows Rust Cohle's Fear of Fatherhood
13 March 2014 9:05 AM, PDT
Update: This clip has been removed per HBO's request.
A deleted scene from True Detective reveals the philosophies that kept Matthew McConaughey's character, Rust Cohle, from becoming a father. He talks about his worries in it with Laurie Spencer, the character played by Twilight series and Grey's Anatomy actress Elizabeth Reaser in the first season's fifth episode, in a clip premiered by Extra. As a whole, the idea of bringing children into the world is a touchy subject for the reclusive detective.
5 Things We Learned From 'True Detective'
"We've discussed this, »
'Jimi: All Is By My Side': John Ridley Talks About His Hendrix Biopic
13 March 2014 5:05 AM, PDT
Eight years ago, writer-director-graphic novelist John Ridley was surfing the Web when he stumbled across a Jimi Hendrix song entitled "Sending My Love to Linda." A single question — "Who is Linda?" — set Ridley loose on a project that had vexed numerous screenwriters and filmmakers before him: crafting a biopic on the legendary guitarist. The result, Jimi: All Is By My Side, covers a brief period in Hendrix's life — 1966-1967, right before he plays the Monterey Pop Festival — and stars OutKast's André 3000 as the late musician.
Reality Bites: The »
'The Americans' Recap: Road Trippin'
12 March 2014 8:15 PM, PDT
To the casual observer, Elizabeth Jennings is still a paragon of Directorate S: During this week's rather mundane mission, which was to steal propeller schematics from a factory mid-move (thank you, Brush-Pass Fred for the heads up), all she needed was to fondle a crowbar and pocket the photo of a low-level cog's youngest son to ensure his silence. There was no physical harm, there were no threats – yet Keri Russell gave off such a menacing vibe with her understated mannerisms that I wasn't so sure Derek was going to »
'Mad Men' Creator Discusses Bringing Series to a Close
12 March 2014 1:05 PM, PDT
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner discussed his love of the Beatles' Abbey Road and even used it in a metaphor for the end of his series, which begins its seventh and final season April 13th, in an interview with Buzzfeed.
"I just always loved that the album actually ends, almost like The Sopranos did, in the middle of a song. It's just, 'Cut!' – you know, that last note of 'Her Majesty'?" he said. "So I just admire it in artistic expressionism, looking at wrapping up the show. I'm writing an ending, »
How Jim Morrison Inspired Matthew McConaughey's 'All Right' Quote
12 March 2014 12:50 PM, PDT
During his Best Actor acceptance speech at this year's Oscars, Matthew McConaughey slipped in a subtle allusion to David Wooderson, the eternal slacker he played in Richard Linklater's 1993 classic Dazed and Confused: After reflecting on the power of being one's own hero, the actor concluded his speech with a triumphant "All right, all right, all right," referencing a classic Wooderson scene (the one where he flirts with red-head Marissa Ribisi in a drive-thru).
Now, thanks to Canadian talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos, McConaughey fans know the true inspiration »
Amazon Greenlights TV Shows by Jason Schwartzman, 'X-Files' Creator
12 March 2014 11:25 AM, PDT
Amazon Studios has given four new series the green light after reviewing 10 pilots that have been under consideration in recent months. Variety reports that Amazon decided on the series by judging ratings and viewer feedback, a process that produced the comedies Alpha House and Betas last year.
61 Reasons to Love 2014
Chief among the new series is The After, a drama conceived by X-Files creator Chris Carter, that follows eight strangers brought together by "mysterious forces." The group must then work with one another to survive their daily life, which is now filled with inexplicable violence. »
'Game of Thrones' Actor Kristian Nairn Comes Out as Gay
12 March 2014 8:15 AM, PDT
Actor Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones, came out as gay in a recent interview with WinterIsComing.net, a fan site for the show. "When you talk about 'the gay community,' you are talking about my community," he said, later adding, "I've never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and I've been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, 'cause it's not something you just blurt out. I've tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail. »
Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese Enlist Olivia Wilde for 1970s HBO Show
12 March 2014 6:45 AM, PDT
Actress Olivia Wilde has signed on as one of the main roles in the music-focused drama series that Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese have been working on for HBO in recent years. Although the as-yet-untitled show has not gotten the green light from the network, according to Deadline, the producers are gearing up to work on its hour-long pilot, written by Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and Breaking Bad producer George Mastras, this summer with Scorsese in the director's chair. Wilde, who was recently in Her, »
Jim Jarmusch Staging NYC Concert to Accompany Upcoming Vampire Film
12 March 2014 6:00 AM, PDT
Acclaimed director and musician Jim Jarmusch will celebrate the opening of his 11th film Only Lovers Left Alive with a special pre-release event in New York, combining a screening of the film with live performance by his band SqÜRl.
New Jim Jarmusch Film Explores the Emotional Lives of Vampires
The April 1st event, held 10 days before the film's official release, will occur in two parts: the screening will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Sunshine Cinema, while the post-film concert will take place at nearby club Santos Party House. »
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