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'Into the Forest' Review: It's the End of the World (and They Don't Feel Fine)

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It's not hard to believe that the world can come to an end; just view the current general election. Into the Forest, which director Patricia Rozema (I've Heard the Mermaids Singing) adapted from Jean Hegland's apocalyptic 1996 novel, brings the darkness to the near future in a house in the rural woods. That's where two sisters, Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood), must deal with a blackout that erases technology and every other modern convenience from their lives. Can the siblings survive on their ingenuity and what they find in the forest? »


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'Gleason' Review: A Moving Look at Sports Hero Battling Als

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Most fans will never forget former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason's famous blocked punt during the team's first game back in the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina. You might think it's a downer, watching a movie detailing Gleason's deterioratation from the effects of Als (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a.k.a Lou Gehrig's disease. But the last thing this stirring, indelibly moving documentary is about is self pity. Gleason, organized and edited by director Clay Tweel from four years of video diaries often shot by the sports hero himself, »


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Weekend Rock Question: What Is Jared Leto's Best Role?

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Rolling Stone's latest cover star Jared Leto has been talked about all year for his stirring, disturbing performance in the upcoming Suicide Squad as the Joker. The method actor's on-set actions as he dove into the character's sick mind have also become a subject of exploration for fans and tabloids, adding mystery to the Academy Award winner's style and approach to his diverse history of on-screen characters.

Now we have a question for you: What is Jared Leto's best on-screen role? Feel free to vote for an early appearance, »


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'Bad Moms' Review: A 'Hangover' for Stressed Mothers

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You're not looking at the funniest comedy ever made, or even the freshest. But Bad Moms knows its way around a laugh and the women who so need to get their party on. Mila Kunis, always a wonderfully frisky screen presence, tones down her inherent hotness to play Amy, the 32-year-old mother of two kids she burdens with too high expectations, even more than those she sets for herself. Holding down a part-time job at a boutique coffee company, dealing with a husband (David Walton) who pays for Internet sex (and, »


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How Stephen Colbert's Rnc/DNC Coverage Underlined an Identity Crisis

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National conventions allow political parties to rally their base, establish their agenda and present their presidential nominee in the best light possible. So it proved oddly fitting that Stephen Colbert chose to do two weeks of live broadcasts timed to the Republican and Democratic conventions. After all, not unlike Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Late Show host is trying to win over a nation that remains largely uncertain about him.

When CBS announced in April 2014 that Colbert, then riding high with the brilliantly funny The Colbert Report, would replace David Letterman, »


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Watch 'Broad City' Give Colonial Perspective on Clinton's Nomination

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After Hillary Clinton accepted the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention Thursday, Stephen Colbert wished that the women who helped found this nation 240 years ago were around to experience the moment. Thankfully, the Late Show was able to secure a live video feed into the Second Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776 to speak to Josephine Hindley and Abitha Whitmore – or Broad City's Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson – and share the good news.

"That is incredible," said Jacobson, "I'm going to celebrate by making a meal for my husband and cleaning it up immediately. »


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'Sesame Street' Fires Three Veteran Cast Members

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Sesame Street will join HBO for five seasons without three familiar faces, according to a statement released by Sesame Workshop. Longtime cast members Bob McGrath, 84, ("Bob"), Emilio Delgado, 76, ("Luis") and Roscoe Orman, 72, ("Gordon"), have been let go of the children's program. McGrath has been a part of the show since its inception in 1969. Delgado joined shortly after in 1971 and Orman in 1974.

"Sesame Street is produced by Sesame Workshop, which is an independent production company, and the casting decision was made by them," said PBS CEO Paula Kerger. "We did not know about it beforehand. »


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Notorious B.I.G. Scripted Comedy in Development

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A scripted comedy inspired by the Notorious B.I.G. is in development at TBS, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Think B.I.G. — possibly a reference to a Biggie deep cut of the same name — will track the mishaps of one inner-city teen trying to create a better future for his daughter and infant son. The plot will be loosely based on the Notorious B.I.G.'s vast trove of lyrics.

It's unclear who will write the pilot or serve as showrunner on Think B.I.G., but the project is being »


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Stephen Colbert Forced to Retire 'Stephen Colbert,' Introduces 'Stephen Colbert'

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Stephen Colbert was forced to retire his beloved "Stephen Colbert" character on The Late Show Wednesday, just one week after reviving the Colbert Report host. But Colbert quickly soothed audience boos by introducing the identical twin cousin of "Stephen Colbert," "Stephen Colbert."

As Colbert — host of The Late Show — explained, immediately after the episode aired, corporate lawyers (presumably from Comedy Central, or its parent company Viacom) contacted CBS to say that the "Colbert" character was their intellectual property. "What can I do?" Colbert joked. "I cannot reasonably argue I own my face or name. »


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Smokey Robinson Producing Motown-Inspired Children's Series

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A Motown-inspired animated children's series, curated by soul legend Smokey Robinson as executive music producer, is coming to Netflix

The as-yet-untitled project takes place in the fictional city of Motown and will center around a shy, artistic boy and his friends, according to the Wall Street Journal. The episodes will revolve around classic songs like the Temptations' "My Girl" and Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," though contemporary artists will also cover the songs for the series. 

"Great songs have great stories in them," said the show’s creator Josh Wakely. »


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Ice Cube, VH1 Plot Hip-Hop 'Hollywood Squares'

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Ice Cube has signed on to executive produce Hip Hop Squares, a rap-inspired version of the classic game show, Hollywood Squares, which VH1 has picked up with a straight-to-series order, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The network has ordered at least 20 episodes of the show, which is slated to debut in the fall. The real life tic-tac-toe game will pit celebrity contestants against each other in a pop culture quiz with questions coming from an array of hip-hop artists, comedians and entertainers seated in the squares of the big board. »


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Watch Trailer for Mel Gibson-Directed War Epic 'Hacksaw Ridge'

28 July 2016 9:34 AM, PDT

It's been 10 years since controversy lightning-rod Mel Gibson got behind the camera, creating the blood-soaked Mesoamerican adventure Apocalypto in 2006. And the newly released first trailer for the religious war drama Hacksaw Ridge. suggests he still has a taste for religious, violent and epic filmmaking.

The film chronicles the life and times of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a practicing Seventh-Day Adventist who served during World War II. His faith forbade him from fighting in combat, so the conscientious objector volunteered his services as a medic; he'd save the lives of »


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'Indignation' Review: Finally, a Great Philip Roth Movie

28 July 2016 9:05 AM, PDT

James Schamus is 56 — a little late, you might think, to start a career as a director. But as a long-time screenwriter (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), producer (Brokeback Mountain), and savvy film executive who championed such talents as Ang Lee, Todd Haynes and the Coen brothers, Schamus knows his way around the business and the art of movies. With Indignation, his fierce, feeling adaptation of Philip Roth's 2008 novel, Schamus kicks off a new phase in his career with impressive finesse. When he wrote the novel, Roth was looking back at »


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Colbert, John Oliver Spoof Elizabeth Banks' 'Fight Song' for Hillary Clinton

28 July 2016 7:46 AM, PDT

Stephen Colbert and John Oliver inserted themselves into Elizabeth Banks' all-star rendition of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" for Hillary Clinton on The Late Show Wednesday.

Colbert squeezed in among the Brady Bunch-style boxes with stars like Sia, Connie Britton and Alan Cumming and sang the Chili's baby back ribs jingle. The Late Show host also performed some impressive ventriloquism and gave a random didgeridoo solo for good measure.

Oliver, meanwhile, injected "Our Fight Song" with his classic British cantankerousness, demanding to know how he'd been duped into appearing in the video. »


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Watch John Oliver Break Down 'Cool Stepdad' Tim Kaine at DNC

28 July 2016 7:14 AM, PDT

John Oliver detailed his new obsession with Hillary Clinton's running mate and America's "cool stepdad," Tim Kaine on The Late Show Wednesday.

The Last Week Tonight host joined Stephen Colbert to discuss night three of the Democratic National convention, which featured moving speeches from Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. But Oliver was stuck on Kaine, shouting out all the "Kaine-iacs" in the crowd and lauding the VP pick's dad jokes, terrible Donald Trump impression and face flexing.

"He is a tall glass of Lactaid," Oliver said. »


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Best TV to Watch in August: 'You're the Worst,' Olympics and More

28 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT

With nationwide temperatures stuck in the high nineties like some kind of cherry on top of the sundae of this hellish year, the drive to leave the living room has hit an all-time low. Wherever has air-conditioning is where it's at — and so it falls to TV to keep us entertained.

Reigning reality-competition champ The Voice will return on NBC, and the Peacock will also host coverage of the holy grail of sports-tv programming (crossover division) known as the Summer Olympics. Some under-loved critical darlings are returning for another season, »


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Hear Matt Damon's Classic Prince Story on 'Fallon'

28 July 2016 6:19 AM, PDT

Matt Damon recalled taking his daughter to her first concert – Prince – and then meeting the legendary musician backstage, on The Tonight Show Wednesday.

The Jason Bourne star said it was his 10-year-old daughter's first concert. "We could reach up and touch Prince," Damon said. "I turned to my wife and said, 'We've completely ruined this child. This is her first concert!'"

But the classic Prince moment came after the show when Damon and his family went backstage to meet the Purple One. While making small talk with the musician, »


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'Mr. Robot' Recap: Winner Take All

27 July 2016 8:30 PM, PDT

There are a lot of adjectives you can use to describe Mr. Robot, but "hopeful" isn't usually one of them. No matter how you slice it, this is a place where loved ones turn up dead, no one's to be trusted, and people eat pills out of their own puke to make the pain go away. But this week's hour-long episode, entitled "eps2.2_init1.asec," (because Mr. Robot, people) is about as bright and shiny as this show is ever likely to get. We even see a real smile out of Elliot — no Adderall involved. »


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Watch 'Gilmore Girls' Talk Amy Schumer in Netflix Revival Teaser

27 July 2016 1:02 PM, PDT

Gilmore Girls: A Day in the Life, a four-part Netflix revival of the beloved TV dramedy, premieres November 25th. A teaser for the heavily anticipated project features some trademark mile-per-minute dialogue between Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) – with updated pop-culture references.

"Do you think Amy Schumer would like me?" Lorelai asks her daughter, who shoots down the idea. "Why?" Lorelai fires back. "It's not like I'm perpetually armed or at sundown I turn into one of those vampires with no sense of humor or I have »


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Cult British Comedy 'Peep Show' Gets Starz Adaptation

27 July 2016 11:32 AM, PDT

Beloved British comedy Peep Show ended its nine-season Channel 4 run in December, but the sitcom will enjoy a second life as an American adaptation. The series' producers agreed to a development deal with Starz to bring Peep Show stateside, Variety reports.

The dark comedy starred comedy team David Mitchell and Robert Webb as roommates/social misfits navigating everyday life. The show was presented in a first-person perspective, with viewers assuming the gaze of either Mitchell's Mark or Webb's Jeremy while the respective comedian provided his dialogue in voiceover.

Peep »


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