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Aretha Franklin Bans 'Amazing Grace' Doc Screenings
3 hours ago
Aretha Franklin was granted a last-minute injunction to prevent the Sydney Pollack-directed documentary Amazing Grace from premiering at the Telluride Film Festival. The film – which features Franklin's 1972 performance at Los Angeles' New Temple Missionary Baptist Church but was never released due to sound problems – was set to screen for the first time Friday night. However, organizers alerted attendees, "a Colorado judge has granted the injunction to block the screening of Amazing Grace at the Telluride Film Festival," The Hollywood Reporter writes.
Amazing Grace was also scheduled to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, »
'Goonies' Director Plots 'Immersive Theater' Adaptation
22 hours ago
Director Richard Donner is planning an unorthodox "immersive theater" adaptation of The Goonies, his beloved 1985 adventure-comedy. The Off-Broadway experience, as he explains in an interview with Yahoo! Movies, will be staged in a warehouse with no seats, allowing the audience to follow the cast along the story's epic adventure. The film features a crew of Oregon pre-teens journeying to unearth the treasures of pirate One-Eyed Willy. "You become part of it, and you travel through with actors," Donner told the publication. "It's very popular now... It will take another year or so, »
Watch Peter Travers on the Best, Worst and Wtf of 2015 Summer Movies
23 hours ago
With summer nearly in the rear-view, Peter Travers has surveyed the five best and worst films of the season – from Oscar-worthy, post-apocalyptic action (Mad Max: Fury Road) to, well, Adam Sandler's reliably unwatchable attempts at "comedy" (Pixels).
Rolling Stone's critic wields the dreaded Scum Bucket to open the clip, tossing in the awkward, Owen Wilson–starring thriller No Escape. ("I haven't seen a mix of suspense and stereotypes this bad since Michael Bay was a pup," Travers cracks.) He follows with the "garbage" futuristic thriller Hitman: Agent 47 and the fumbling action-comedy American Ultra, »
'Public Morals': Ed Burns on Making TV's 'Irish-American 'Godfather''
4 September 2015 9:08 AM, PDT
When Ed Burns was a kid, he remembers his relatives giving him pictures of his great grandfather, these grainy black-and-white shots that hinted at a wild, we-make-our-own-rules-here past. "He's standing on the roof of his place in Hell's Kitchen, with giant scissors in his hand," the writer-director says, sipping a Guinness in a Tribeca bar near his home. "And he's about to cut the ears of his champion fighting pitbull, this beast with a muzzle on. I asked my dad, what's the deal here exactly? Seems the old man was in the trucking business, »
'Rocky Horror' at 40: Hear Soundtrack Outtake, Read Producer's Reflections
4 September 2015 6:48 AM, PDT
"Rocky Horror never surprises me," says Lou Adler, who executive-produced The Rocky Horror Picture Show. "I can be sitting in the most conservative meeting about some other subject, and somebody will say, 'I have to admit...,' and then they give me their Rocky Horror story."
Later this month, Adler will be able to say he's heard four decades' worth of Rocky Horror lore, since the cult movie about newlyweds trapped in a mansion with a "sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania" will be turning 40. To celebrate, the film will be »
Watch Jimmy Fallon, Jason Sudeikis Play 'Price Is Right' Drinking Game
4 September 2015 6:16 AM, PDT
Leave it to Jimmy Fallon to put a frat party spin on The Price Is Right. On Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show, the host challenged fellow Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudeikis to a round of "Drinko," a booze-themed version of the Bob Barker classic "Plinko." The duo take turns dropping discs down a board into Solo cups filled with assorted drinks – from the standard (beer, tequila) to the sickening (pickle juice, pea soup) – forming bizarre cocktails that their opponents must drink. Meanwhile, announcer Steve Higgins voices "Drinko," a »
Watch Daniel Radcliffe Invent 'Grand Theft Auto' in 'Gamechangers' Trailer
3 September 2015 12:26 PM, PDT
Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton will star in an unauthorized biopic of Sam Houser, the Rockstar Games co-founder who invented the massive video game franchise Grand Theft Auto. The Gamechangers will air on September 15th on BBC Two in the U.K.
The brief trailer previews the tension between Houser (Radcliffe) and American, Christian lawyer Jack Thompson (Paxton), who attempts to halt the rise of the violent game. "These recent revelations demonstrate what little regard these Brits have for the welfare of our children," Thompson says over a headline connecting »
Watch Arcade Fire, James Murphy Record 'Afterlife' in New Doc
3 September 2015 11:43 AM, PDT
Arcade Fire and James Murphy work on the intricacies of "Afterlife" in the latest preview of the band's upcoming documentary, The Reflektor Tapes, which chronicles the making of their last album, Reflektor, and subsequent world tour.
The short clip arrives via Arcade Fire Tube and blends studio and live footage, fittingly opening with a perfect combination of the two: The vocal-only tracks of the song's call-and-response section playing while frontman Win Butler performs the same part live. In the actual studio footage, the band can be seen performing parts of »
Watch Justin Bieber, Questlove Battle in Drum-Off Rematch on 'Fallon'
3 September 2015 7:41 AM, PDT
In 2010, long before the scandals, the arrests, the forgotten monkey, the roast and redemption tour, a baby-faced Justin Bieber took on Questlove in a drum-off on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Five years later, Bieber appeared on Fallon's Tonight Show Wednesday, where he once again faced off against the famed Roots drummer in a battle of skins and skills.
While Bieber was impressive during the 2010 showdown, it was clear he'd since honed his chops. The pop star kept pace with Questlove throughout the back-and-forth, trading beats and fills, and finally »
See Bieber Explain Vma Tears, Perform 'What Do You Mean?' on 'Fallon'
3 September 2015 6:36 AM, PDT
Justin Bieber explained the emotional stakes preempting his performance at the Video Music Awards last Sunday, as well as its teary end during an earnest interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Wednesday.
"It was so overwhelming for me, everything, the performance," Bieber said. "I missed some cues so I was a little disappointed with that… and I just wasn't expecting them to support me the way they did. Last time I was at an awards show, I was booed."
Bieber performed at the VMAs for the first time in five years, »
Stephen Colbert Counters Jeb Bush's 'Late Show' Contest With Raffle
3 September 2015 5:54 AM, PDT
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently sent out an email to supporters trumpeting his visit to the inaugural episode of Late Show With Stephen Colbert and also announcing a contest where, for $3, donors could win a VIP trip to the taping. One problem: No one at Team Jeb! cleared the contest with Stephen Colbert, who responded to Bush's scheme with one final "pre-show web video" to declare a raffle of his own, Time reports.
"No one from Jeb's campaign asked me if this was okay with me to raise money off my first show. »
Kid Rock to Host Weeklong Johnny Cash Tribute on Cmt
2 September 2015 3:12 PM, PDT
In commemoration of the 12th anniversary of Johnny Cash's death on September 12th, Cmt will feature a weeklong tribute to the Man in Black. Longtime Cash fan Kid Rock will host the tribute on the network, which will temporarily rename itself "Cash Music Television."
The week of Cash-specific programming launches on September 8th with the Oscar-winning biopic Walk the Line, which found Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon both winning Oscars for their portrayals of Cash and wife June Carter. On Thursday, September 10th, Cash's music videos will »
Trevor Noah Promises 'Nothing's Going to Change' in 'Daily Show' Promo
2 September 2015 10:29 AM, PDT
Put your vuvuzela back in the closet – Trevor Noah is taking over as the new Daily Show host later this month, but the South African comedian isn't planning any dramatic cultural shifts. "It's still The Daily Show – nothing's going to change," he says in a goofy promo clip, after correspondents Jessica Williams, Hasan Minhaj and Jordan Klepper welcome their boss with offers to play cricket and rugby.
"Maybe he's right, ya know? A zebra shouldn't change its stripes," Williams says. Turns out Noah does have one change planned: the pronunciation of "zebra. »
Ron Perlman on 'Sons of Anarchy,' Holy Rollers and Donald Trump
2 September 2015 7:39 AM, PDT
Before Hand of God, Ron Perlman had never spoken in tongues. Then, his character, Judge Pernell Harris, had an religious epiphany, so the 65-year-old actor had to learn quickly. "There's no right way of doing it, there's no wrong way of doing it," says the actor, who looked up YouTube clips to see how those touched by the Spirit speak. "It's one of these things that comes out differently depending on who it's coming out of." The trick, he says, was figuring out how a tough-as-nails character like Harris would »
Janis Joplin's Bandmate Talks Heroin, Pool Hangs in Exclusive Doc Clip
2 September 2015 7:27 AM, PDT
A new documentary detailing the brilliant rise and sudden death of Janis Joplin, Janis: Little Girl Blue, will make its world premiere on September 5th at the Venice Film Festival. The film boasts a bevy of new audio and video footage, and in this exclusive clip for Rolling Stone, Joplin can be seen departing New York's famed Chelsea Hotel and lounging with friends and bandmates in California.
Watch French Train Hero Recount Gunman Encounter on 'Fallon'
2 September 2015 6:56 AM, PDT
On August 21st, Sacramento State senior Anthony Sadler helped apprehend a heavily armed gunman during a train ride from Amsterdam to Paris, tackling and pummeling the man with help from two friends, Airman First Class Spencer Stone and Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos. In the aftermath, Sadler, 23, has been regarded as a hero, earning praise from both Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande (the latter awarding him the Legion of Honor medal). On Tuesday, Sadler humbly recounted the ordeal to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.
"I was actually asleep at the time, »
Sony Softened 'Concussion' to Avoid NFL's Wrath, Leaked Emails Show
2 September 2015 6:16 AM, PDT
In the upcoming film Concussion, Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the physician who discovered a link between brain trauma and football players. The trailer for the film finds Omalu first diagnosing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte) and hinted at the NFL's efforts to downplay the situation and keep it from public view. However, the drama might not be as hard-hitting as the trailer suggests.
According to leaked emails uncovered from the Sony hack, the production company, Smith's reps and director Peter Landesman discussed how to alter the film by removing »
'The Bastard Executioner': Inside Kurt Sutter's Bloody New Show
1 September 2015 10:47 AM, PDT
Kurt Sutter would like to get something off his chest. The showrunner behind the wildly successful, dearly beloved, bad-ass Shakespearean biker melodrama Sons of Anarchy knows that yes, because his new FX historical epic The Bastard Executioner has swords and horses and castles, some people are bound to compare it to Game of Thrones. He's perfectly okay with that. In fact, he can even see the parallels himself. HBO's show is constrained by the novels it's adapting, he mentions. "And we're like that with actual history," Sutter proclaims.
By the »
'WWE Raw': Sting, Seth, Strowman, a Statue and Steph
1 September 2015 8:17 AM, PDT
Ah, Tampa, haven for aging wrestlers (anyone seen the Nasty Boys?) and birthplace of Aaron Carter. But isn't there another celebrity born and raised in the Tampa area who invariably came to mind during last night's broadcast? A celebrity who, as of a few months ago, was an untouchable icon in sports entertainment, but as of this week, was on Good Morning America defending himself against perceptions of unvarnished racism and reconciling his severed ties with WWE?
I'm sure it'll come to me.
In the meantime, let's focus on the »
From Swashbucklers to Supermen: A Brief History of Action-Movie Heroes
1 September 2015 7:34 AM, PDT
There’s a moment in Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation — Tom Cruise career-saver, franchise Mvp and the summer's best non-Imperator Furiosa action blockbuster — where the CIA director refers to the film's relentless hero as "the living manifestation of destiny." As a government official talking about an unpredictable agent, the line is patently (if knowingly) ridiculous. As Alec Baldwin talking about Tom Cruise, the dialogue sounds right on the money. That phrase could be dropped into the first sentence of his biography and nobody would think twice.
When the superstar first stepped »
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