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‘The Flash’ & ‘Arrow’ DC Comics Superhero Spinoff in Development at CW

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The CW is developing a DC Comics superhero spinoff featuring characters and actors from both “The Flash” and “Arrow,” Deadline reports.

The untitled project is being eyed for the next season, as a straight-to-series order, and comes from “Arrow” creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim.

The spinoff would star “Arrow’s” Brandon Routh, who plays Ray Palmer/the Atom, plus Caity Lotz, along with “The Flash’s” Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein, and Wentworth Miller as villain Leonard Snart/Captain Cold. Lotz’s character is unclear, given that her character Sara Lance was killed off on “Arrow,” with Katie Cassidy taking over the Black Canary. Other “Flash” and “Arrow” characters could potentially crossover into the series as well.

The superhero team-up will also feature three major DC Comics characters who have never been in a television series before.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Insurgent’ On Track for Bigger Opening Than ‘Divergent’

11 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Insurgent” is heading for a $57 million opening weekend, according to industry tracking.

If that number holds, the debut will be bigger than that of “Divergent,” the first film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s bestselling series of novels. That initial chapter in the futuristic franchise kicked off to $54.6 million last March, going on the make $150.9 million domestically and $288.7 million worldwide.

With nearly a month to go before “Insurgent” premieres on March 20, that opening figure could improve. It’s good news for Lionsgate, the studio behind the films, because the “Divergent” series is seen as a key part of its future given that this year brings the final installment in its lucrative “Hunger Games” series.

It’s possible that the stronger tracking is partially attributable to star Shailene Woodley’s higher profile after the success of “The Fault in Our Stars.” The romantic drama was a hit because it attracted many of »

- Brent Lang

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Your Daily Cry: Benedict Cumberbatch Writes Letter to Grieving Family of Sherlock Fan

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After hearing about the death of a young Sherlock fan, Benedict Cumberbatch wrote a touching letter to the family of 14-year-old Eve Shepherd, apologizing for missing her funeral because he was "filming the show she loved." "It was absolutely unbelievable," her father Mark Shepherd, 47, tells People of receiving the letter. "We know that Eve would have been jumping for joy. "For him to have spent time to write to us and to comfort us in such a very difficult time is incredible," he says. "We knew that he was a lovely man before, but to spend time when he was »

- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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Rosamund Pike Dives into 'The Deep Blue Good-by' with Christian Bale

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Oscar-nominated "Gone Girl" star Rosamund Pike is in talks to headline Fox's "The Deep Blue Good-by" opposite Christian Bale. Directed by James Mangold ("3:10 to Yuma," "Walk the Line," "The Wolverine"), this is based on John D. MacDonald's 1964 novel, the first in a series of 21 books that follow "savage consultant" Travis McGee (Bale), a bachelor who recovers other people's property for money and gets mixed up with women and criminals along the way. (Variety reports here.) The script is penned by cult crime writer Dennis Lehane ("Gone Baby Gone," "Shutter Island"), with Scott Frank chiseling away at a recent draft. No details yet on who exactly Pike will play, but she will be the female lead here. Pike will shoot "The Deep Blue Good-by" before heading into the plane crash survival drama "The Mountain Between Us" (also co-penned by Scott Frank) opposite Charlie Hunnam. She also has a »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Baz Luhrmann Tells Us All About His New Netflix Show, The Get Down

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Baz Luhrmann has started casting his new Netflix drama The Get Down — and he’s not just looking for established talent with agents. In an exclusive interview with Vulture, the director/producer says that while he’s “already looking at some great talent out there who are professionals,” he’s also determined to feature undiscovered performers on his first-ever TV series, which will explore the rise of hip-hop culture from the ashes of New York City’s 1970s malaise. To find that unknown talent, Luhrmann and his production team today are launching TheGetDownCasting.com, a site where performers will be able to submit video auditions. Their initial focus: finding African-American and Latino actors (male and female) between the ages of 18 and 21. “The thing is, the entire show is hung on bright young people,” Luhrmann explains. “There are many professional [actors] at that age. But I don’t want to miss some »

- Josef Adalian

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Here’s Where We Stand on True Detective Season 2

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The second season of True Detective is currently shooting, which means that the next installment of the series is well on its journey from meme to actual thing. It's been a few months since the last time we checked in with Nic Pizzolatto's dark dream, so here's what we know now about its cast, production, and plot. (There will be mild spoilers, so don't read this post if you want to go in as blind and pure as a newborn.) The Cast What we already knew: Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will star, with Farrell as "compromised detective" Ray Velcoro and Vaughn as Frank Semyon, "a career criminal in danger of losing his empire." What we know now: Rounding out our quartet of leads are two more Hollywood reclamation projects, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch. McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a "no-nonsense" sheriff, while Kitsch is Paul Woodrugh, a veteran »

- Nate Jones

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'How to Get Away With Murder' Postmortem: Viola Davis on Lila's Killer, New Whodunit and Season 2

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season finale of ABC's How to Get Away With Murder.] ABC's breakout drama How to Get Away With Murder ended its roller coaster freshman season with a revealing finale that (almost) completely closed the book on one murder mystery while simultaneously setting up a brand new whodunit for its likely (though not yet official) second season. During the two-hour installment, Annalise's (Viola Davis) muscle man Frank (Charlie Weber) was revealed to have been the one who killed Lila (Megan West) — resolving the seasonlong search for her killer. However, flashbacks revealed

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Film Review: ‘The Misplaced World’

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The 2015 Berlin Film Festival wasn’t an auspicious one for the storied veterans of the 1970s New German Cinema (notably Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog), and that downward trend continued apace with Margarethe Von Trotta’s “The Misplaced World.” A middle-aged soap opera that strains credibility so often as to make Nicholas Sparks seem a master of neorealism, Von Trotta’s sudsy tale of long-lost loves and unearthed family secrets swirls around the director’s trademark themes of sisterhood and female solidarity, but never comes to life on a dramatic or psychological level. It’s not the world that’s been misplaced here, but rather a once-great director’s judgment.

Von Trotta was inspired to make “The Misplaced World” by her own late-in-life discovery of an adult half-sister, though the movie she’s ended up with feels more contrived than an entire month’s worth of “Days of Our Lives »

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Zedd and Selena Gomez First Met Because He "Had to Pee"

36 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Zedd has his bladder to thank for this one. The Edm producer spoke to Amp Radio's morning program in Los Angeles with host Booker to talk his brand new single, "I Want You To Know," featuring Selena Gomez, and during their chat, the 25-year-old recalled the moment he met the brunette beauty. And it's a pretty funny story. "I had the day off and I decided to go buy stuff for my house because I just moved… and I had to pee and I had my engineer with me so I was like, 'I hope they have a bathroom there.' He was like, just go to the studio over there," Zedd began to explain. "So I walk in and John, the head of our label, who had just signed Selena, was »

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How #TheDress Took Over Social Media

42 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

There are countless important global issues and matters of cultural importance discussed on social media, but #TheDress was not one of them. The top trend on Twitter Thursday was whether a dress was blue and black or gold and white. Different users saw different colors — and were all deadset that they were right. Also Read: 8 TV Shows That Keep Facebook Fans Hooked — ‘Scandal,’ ‘Girls,’ ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Oitnb’ The debate was sparked by a Tumblr post earlier in the day, which quickly picked up steam and sparked passionate responses such as, “If that’s not gold my entire life has been. »

- Debbie Emery

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China’s Booming Movie Biz Explodes at Box Office

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Five Chinese movies put on an explosive fireworks show at China’s domestic box office over that country’s New Year’s holiday weekend, one that is resonating with the global film industry and beating anything Hollywood has done in almost two years. All five ranked among the top 10 movies at the worldwide box office last weekend. The $282 million five-day stretch at the box office showed that at least on occasion, homegrown Chinese hits can match the grosses of American blockbusters. The No. 1 movie was the Jackie Chan-produced “Dragon Blade,” which stars John Cusack and Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as. »

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'Prisoners' director set to direct Harrison Ford in 'Blade Runner' sequel

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Anyone who doubts the lasting power of Ridley Scott's early work need only look at the headlines this week to see how everything old seems to be new again. Neill Blomkamp made headlines for being the first major studio filmmaker to ever win a job via Instagram, and he's been making fans crazy by talking about his approach to the upcoming "Alien" sequel. Does it ignore "Alien3" and "Alien: Resurrection" completely? Does it exists in some side universe? Where does "Prometheus 2," which everyone swears is still happening, fit into those plans? The information is a lot more concrete when it comes to the "Blade Runner" sequel, thanks to a press release just now that confirms that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard, a move that will confound and confuse at least one of my kids, and director Denis Villenueve is in negotiations now to direct. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Kanye West Breaks Down in Tears in New Interview; Discusses Drake, Paul McCartney, and More

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Next week Zane Lowe will leave BBC Radio 1 for Apple, and he's scored none other than Kanye West for what may be his last major interview. Lowe famously hosted what many consider to be one of Kanye's best interviews ever in 2013. And the new interview lives up to that hype — Kanye even invents a word! Speaking for 40 minutes, Kanye touches on Drake, Paul McCartney, his new album, and more. At one point the interview has to be stopped when Kanye breaks down in tears while speaking on the death of Central Saint Martins professor Louise Wilson.On his new album: "The College Dropout came out of a fight to want to rap. This new album's coming out of a fight to want to design. It's a joyful noise unto the Lord. It is still the struggle, but it's the beauty from the struggle — like the song »

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Blake Lively to Play Blind Wife of Jason Clarke in Indie Drama ‘All I See Is You’

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Blake Lively and Jason Clarke are set to star in “World War Z” filmmaker Marc Forster‘s next film “All I See Is You,” it was announced Thursday by Michael Selby, president of Sc International Pictures, which is financing and producing the project. Forster will direct from an original screenplay he co-wrote with Sean Conway (“Ray Donovan”). Set in exotic locations, “All I See Is You” is a unique and visually-driven psychological drama that tells the story of a blind woman (Lively) and her husband (Clarke) ,who upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, »

- Jeff Sneider

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This Dress Debate Is Causing a Serious Divide in Our Nation: Is It White and Gold or Blue and Black?!

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White and gold or blue and black? That is the question. One simple dress has erupted a nationwide discussion in what might be the Internet's greatest debate of our time, and it all started on Tumblr. User swiked uploaded a photo of a dress on Wednesday and asked: "Guys please help me—is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can't agree…" Some people may view the dress and scoff saying it's obviously white and gold, but surprisingly, there are a large number of people who swear they see blue and black. And that's when you say Wtf Is Happening?! Even some celebs have gotten in on it: nullnullnullnullnullnullTwitter user BradtheLadLong »

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Will 'Young and Restless' leading men continue Daytime Emmys dominance?

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With the number of soap operas dwindling in recent years, it's inevitable that the remaining shows will be better represented in the nominations, but even with that in mind, "The Young and the Restless's" recent stranglehold on the Best Actor race at the Daytime Emmys has been remarkable. -Break- Daytime Emmy pre-nominations: 'Young and Restless' leads with 22 There have been nine Best Actor nominees in the last two years, and seven of them were from "Y&R." Perhaps unsurprisingly, "Y&R" also won both years: Doug Davidson in 2013 and Billy Miller in 2014. The only other nominee in both contests was Jason Thompson from "General Hospital." Those two victories put "Y&R" on top as the most awarded program in the category with nine, and if this year's pre-nominations are any indication, "Y&R" may sweep again. It has six out of the 11 actors on the longli...' »

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Celebrity Hairstylist Kim Kimble Shares Her Secret Styling Tips for the Sleek Hair Look

1 hour ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Whether pulled back in a tight low pony or simply kept down and slicked away from the face, ultra-sleek hair owned the Oscars. And while it may look as if such sculptural feats require a team of stylists and a Hail Mary to achieve, the effect can easily be replicated at home. To cop the razor-sharp look for yourself, celebrity hairstylist and E! Style Collective member Kim Kimble hooked us up with the Diy lowdown. As Kimble noted, the Oscars were all about pairing ornate, textured dresses with simple, sleek hair in order to keep the overall look modern and controlled. To start with the look, Kimble obliterated any opportunity of flyaways or frizz by flat-ironing the hair in one-inch sections. Next, Kimble »

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First Look: Eddie Redmayne goes from Oscar to 'The Danish Girl'

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It took a long time to get off the ground, but the big screen adaptation of David Ebershoff's novel "The Danish Girl" is finally in production.  The fictionalized account Lili Elbe's life features Eddie Redmanye in the title role and reunites him with his "Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper.  The first image of this year's Best Actor winner as Elbe has now been revealed. Elbe is known as being one of the first people to have sexual reassignment surgery (or at least have it publicly revealed).  The movie centers on her relationship with her wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) and how her transition affected their lives.  The project has been in the works for years with Tomas Alfredson and Lasse Hallström both attached to direct at one time and Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron all potentially on board to play Elbe. The film also features Amber Heard and »

- Gregory Ellwood

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New Awards Season Rules: Would more nominees help solve the Oscars' diversity problem?

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Excuse us if we go out on a limb here, but something tells us the collective brain trust at The Academy is glad this awards season has mercifully come to an end. After an incredibly diverse 86th Academy Awards ceremony, where "12 Years a Slave" took Best Picture, a Mexican filmmaker won Best Director, Lupita Nyong'o earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and John Ridley won Best Adapted Screenplay, the Oscars appeared to take a step back in 2015. It wasn't just that "Selma" was snubbed in a number of major categories. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a historical footnote that will haunt the Academy for years (and, trust, it will be back again if the public wills it). But it had more to do with all white nominees in the acting categories than just "Selma" itself. This also brought to light that it was yet another year without a female nominee in the Best Director category, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Who's really the best 'American Idol' winner so far? (Poll)'

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We need your help, Derbyites. As Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. continue to narrow down the number of contestants on Season 14 of "American Idol," we want to know who's really the best winner so far? Vote in our poll below. -Break- Our Top 30 craziest, most inventive ideas for 'Survivor' Season 30 There are many worthy winners to choose from over the past 13 years -- some more successful than others -- but you can only vote for one, so choose wisely. Need help remembering the past 13 winners? Then scroll through our "American Idol" photo gallery below the poll that highlights every victory since 2002. After voting in our poll, be sure to cast your predictions as to which "Survivor" castaway will win using our easy drag-and-drop menu below. Top score wins $100. And be sure to sound off on the current seasons of all your favorite shows in Gold Derby's reality TV forum. »

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