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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Turkeys

Each year the film industry sacrifices one of its blockbusters to the movie gods, in the hope that its other releases will be spared the vicious lash of mass opprobrium. This year the designated victim was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Critics spotted Luc Besson’s space opera on the horizon, sensed weakness, singled it out from the big budget herd, and moved in for the kill, savaging it as, “a stinker”, “a travesty of storytelling” and, “one of the worst films I have ever seen”. Social media gleefully swooped on the carcass to declare it the year’s biggest Doa turkey. And all this before the public had even had a chance to see it.

Rotten Tomatoes gave Valerian a 49% rating, but looking at the site’s reviews round-up (something I do only when writing a piece like this), I’m struck now by how many
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From American Idol to American Powerhouse: How Kelly Clarkson Soared While Other Past Winners Failed to Launch

From American Idol to American Powerhouse: How Kelly Clarkson Soared While Other Past Winners Failed to Launch
"Catch my breath, no one can hold me back," Kelly Clarkson once belted. "I ain't got time for that." It was 2012 when the songstress delivered the lyrical thesis. Already a decade after her pioneering American Idol win in 2002, Clarkson had managed to propel her initial success in the Wild Wild West of reality talent competition into a career that continues to thrive to this day.  With the debut of her album, Meaning of Life, on Friday, the star with the velvety pipes currently has eight studio albums to her name (six of them have gone platinum), three Grammy Awards and 10 more nominations, and is among the top earners in American Idol alumni history. As history shows, not every...
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See the Sweet Way Peta Murgatroyd Honors Baby Shai in Her 'Dancing With the Stars' Routines!

Peta Murgatroyd's infant son Shai is always near and dear to her heart -- but she's been paying special tribute to her little boy throughout this season of Dancing With the Stars.

On Monday's Movie Night week, Murgatroyd and her star partner, Nick Lachey, performed a western-themed samba set to Will Smith's "Wild Wild West," and the proud mom made sure to incorporate a small, delicate necklace with her son's name into her steampunk ensemble.

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Murgatroyd -- who shares 9-month-old Shai with husband and fellow DWTS pro Maks Chmerkovskiy -- has actually made the sweet charm part of her outfits throughout the season.

Last week, for Disney Night, she and Lachey dressed up as animals from The Jungle Book for a quickstep set to the animated classic's iconic "The Bare Necessities," and her beautiful necklace shined bright against her animalistic attire.

Photo: ABC

In fact, she's been wearing
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Why Nick Lachey Is Full of Pride After His Dancing With the Stars Elimination

Why Nick Lachey Is Full of Pride After His Dancing With the Stars Elimination
Nick Lachey is disappointed. It's only natural. The singer and professional partner Peta Murgatroyd were booted from Dancing With the Stars during week six, "A Night at the movies." The duo received a 26 from judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and guest Shania Twain. For their samba to "Wild Wild West" by Will Smith, Dru Hill and Kol Moe Dee. "Of course you're disappointed. You don't do something like this and want to go out earlier than the championship. That's human nature," Nick told E! News after the show. "But If I had to measure this in terms of effort and in terms of commitment I know that I gave it everything I had and tried as hard as I possibly could so...
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'Dancing With the Stars' Oozes Hollywood Glamour on Movie Night -- See Who Went Home!

'Dancing With the Stars' Oozes Hollywood Glamour on Movie Night -- See Who Went Home!
*Spoilers ahead*

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood truly came to Dancing With the Stars this week!

It was a night at the movies on Monday's DWTS, and the dancers all upped their games for week six.

After last week's Disney Night, many of the competitors openly admitted to being nervous ahead of their performances this week. Nick Lachey seemed to have the roughest go of it, though, clearly frustrated in his pre-recorded package.

"I feel like an idiot trying to be a dancer," he admitted.

'DWTS': Vanessa Lachey Recovers Flawlessly After Wardrobe Malfunction

For their homage to westerns, Nick and partner Peta Murgatroyd did the samba in a steampunk-meets-Wild West setting, which was appropriate, since they danced to Will Smith's "Wild Wild West."

Though guest judge Shania Twain called it "very entertaining," Bruno Tonioli knew it looked labored. "The line dance, it was fabulous, but the samba itself… it's really, really
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'DWTS': Vanessa Lachey Recovers Flawlessly After Quickstep Wardrobe Malfunction

'DWTS': Vanessa Lachey Recovers Flawlessly After Quickstep Wardrobe Malfunction
Who said a wardrobe malfunction has to be a bad thing?

Vanessa Lachey suffered a skirt slip while performing the quickstep with her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, during Dancing With the Stars' Night at the Movies on Monday, but you truly wouldn't have known it was intentional.

Paying homage to classic musicals, the 36-year-old actress started off singing with her "Lachey Sisters" -- a take on the Andrew sisters -- before gliding into her choreography with Maks. Her pro partner accidentally stepped on her skirt as they passed by the judges, causing her longer silk skirt to fall to the ground.

Vanessa handled it so gracefully, however, that the moment seemed planned. Not missing a beat, she hit all of her steps as she lip synced along to Smash's "Let's Be Bad."

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'DWTS': Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold Earn Perfect 10s for 'Moana' Foxtrot on Disney Night

Before even hearing the judges' scores, the mom of
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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Who Got a Perfect Score on Movie Night?

Dancing with the Stars went to the movies tonight, showing off themed routines from the best of Hollywood. From James Bond to the Wild Wild West (which was probably just supposed to be westerns in general, but screw that, Will Smith gets my vote) stars and pros danced it out.

The show also changed up

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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 6 Preview: Frankie Muniz, Mark Ballas & More Reveal Ballroom Strategies!

'Dancing With the Stars' Week 6 Preview: Frankie Muniz, Mark Ballas & More Reveal Ballroom Strategies!
It's week six of Dancing With the Stars!

As the nine remaining contestants and their pro partners take the stage on Monday, they'll be dancing to routines inspired by various film genres.

It's A Night at the Movies, and Et's breaking down everything we can expect to see in the ballroom!

Drew Scott is taking over Et's Instagram! 

Before the show kicks off, the Property Brothers star will be sharing behind-the-scenes pics and videos on Et's Instagram Stories. Make sure you're following us so you don't miss out on all the action!

Who's on top of the leaderboard?

1. Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold: 30/30

2. Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson: 29/30

3. Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas: 28/30

Watch: Sasha Pieterse Opens Up About Shocking 'DWTS' Elimination: 'I'm Just Really Bummed' (Exclusive)

Who's in danger of elimination?

Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd received the lowest score from the judges last week, 22/30, followed closely behind by Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who scored a total
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15 Actors Almost Cast as Superman

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15 Actors Almost Cast as Superman
"It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... Sylvester Stallone?!" Christopher Reeve cast such a long shadow after his incredible portrayal of Superman it took years to get another actor into the cape. (And lookalike actor Brandon Routh's performance in Superman Returns was nothing short of homage.) But before Christopher Reeve, and in many developmental stages along the way, under the guidance of directors like Tim Burton, Brett Ratner, and McG, a handful of major movie stars came close to securing the role of DC's Last Son of Krypton. Here, we're looking at 15 actors who were almost Superman.

Paul Newman

Paul Newman, the late screen legend who starred opposite Robert Redford in the cinematic classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, among other notable roles, turned down Superman not once, not twice, but three different times. He was offered the lead role, as well as the roles of Lex Luthor and Superman's dad,
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New Coen Brothers Anthology Series Headed To Netflix

(Aotn) Best known for their work in the realm of film, brothers Ethan and Joel Coen are well on their way to further making their mark in the TV realm as well! It has just been revealed that Netflix has acquired the rights to the Coen Brothers Western anthology series “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs”. This will mark the Coen Brothers first work as writers and directors for television, although they do have executive producer credits.

The first season of the series will consist of six episodes and is said to begin streaming on Netflix sometime in 2018. Here’s what we know about the series so far:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” will be divided into six different stories, each one focusing on a different viewpoint and tale of the Wild Wild West. Tim Blake Nelson (O’Brother, The Incredible Hulk) will take on the role of Buster Scruggs, the hero of the story,
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Candice Swanepoel Wears Sexy Leather Cowboy Chaps for New Victoria's Secret Photo Shoot

Candice Swanepoel Wears Sexy Leather Cowboy Chaps for New Victoria's Secret Photo Shoot
Candice Swanepoel is bringing sexy to the Wild West!

The 28-year-old model gave her 11 million Instagram followers an inside look at her latest work with Victoria’s Secret: a sultry, cowboy-themed, chaps-wearing photo shoot.

She first shared a short video clip of herself wearing only underwear, a cowboy hat and a pair of revealing chaps that left very little to the imagination.

Wild Wild West out here,” she captioned the clip. She gave fans another look at her derrière in a follow-up post, sharing a video of herself wiggling her bottom.

The star was shown in yet another post walking
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Netflix's August 2017 Movie and TV Titles: Say Hello to A Cinderella Story and Goodbye to The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Netflix's August 2017 Movie and TV Titles: Say Hello to A Cinderella Story and Goodbye to The Lizzie McGuire Movie
What Netflix giveth, Netflix taketh. On Monday, the streaming service announced which movie and TV titles are coming and going in August, days after E! News shared a sneak peek. Hilary Duff's A Cinderella Story is arriving Aug. 1—and the timing couldn't be better, as The Lizzie McGuire movie is leaving that same day. Other popular films coming to Netflix include Bad Santa, I Am Sam, Gold, The Matrix, Practical Magic, Sleepy Hollow and Wild Wild West. On the TV side, Netflix will debut the first season of Marvel's The Defenders, plus a new season of Wet Hot American Summer with Ten Years Later. There is one week left in July. Let the binge-watching begin... Coming In...
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9 Films New to Netflix to Watch in August 2017, Including ‘The Matrix’ Trilogy and ‘Jackie Brown’

9 Films New to Netflix to Watch in August 2017, Including ‘The Matrix’ Trilogy and ‘Jackie Brown’
Netflix may have cancelled the Wachowski’s cult hit “Sense 8,” but its adding two of their defining works to its streaming library next month. All three entries in “The Matrix” trilogy are heading to Netflix, as is the ambitious “Cloud Atlas,” which means you’ll be able to bring summer to an end by bingeing mind-melting science fiction.

Read More: Netflix Is Not the Problem: Why Bad Theatrical Presentations Are Destroying the Experience

Other titles joining the streaming service include underrated gems from Quentin Tarantino and Michael Haneke, plus two of the year’s most exciting documentary films. Check out a complete list of all the new movies joining Netflix in August 2017 below, including our 7 must-binge choices.

The Matrix” Trilogy (August 1)

August kicks off with “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” all becoming available to stream on Netflix. Say what you want about the two sequels, but
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Baywatch – Review

Baywatch begins so promisingly! Dwayne Johnson as Mitch Buchannon, chief lifeguard of Baywatch, dives into treacherous waters to rescue a drowning parasailer. He then rises from the water grinning ear-to-ear as dolphins leap in the background and the movie’s title, sculpted in stone, rises from the ocean. This opening sets a perfectly silly tone but one that the film can’t maintain as things slowly go downhill from there. Don’t’ get me wrong – Baywatch is good, and I’ll be seeing it again opening weekend, but it’s a far cry from the masterpiece I think we were all expecting. Time to silence that Oscar buzz.

The elements are here for epic summer indulgence – vulgar comedy, explosive action, a dream cast, a vamping Bollywood superstar, cameos from the TV show’s original stars, and a sea of fine bikinied bottoms. So how do they screw up the big-screen Baywatch reboot?
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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Composers And The Scores That Made Them Great

Author: Dave Roper

With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.

As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..

John WilliamsStar Wars

Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July,
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Cool Videos: Will Smith stars as Neo in fan-made trailer for The Matrix

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Keanu Reeves was far from the Wachowskis' first choice to play Neo in The Matrix, in fact, the role almost went to Will Smith. However, Smith's skepticism about their ability to successfully pull off the ambitious bullet-time effects led to him turning down The Matrix and choosing to do Wild Wild West instead. Not exactly the best choice he could have made, but his career didn't exactly... Read More...
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Will Smith Is Neo in The Matrix Fan-Cut Trailer

Will Smith Is Neo in The Matrix Fan-Cut Trailer
18 years after hitting theaters, The Matrix is still an indelible part of pop culture. The franchise made headlines yet again last month with news that Warner Bros. has hired writer Zak Penn to write a new Matrix movie. Rumors then surfaced that Michael B. Jordan is wanted as a young Morpheus in a prequel. What some fans may not realize is that Will Smith had originally been offered the role of Neo, but turned it down, opting instead to star in The Wild Wild West. This paved the way for Keanu Reeves to land the iconic role, which he reprised in the sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Now, an inventive fan took it upon himself to cut together a trailer that shows what it may have looked like if Will Smith had played Neo.

A YouTube and Reddit user dubbed The Unusual Suspect debuted this fan trailer on social media,
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The unmade films of Kevin Smith

Rob Leane Feb 13, 2017

Superman Lives, The Green Hornet and sadly now Clerks III: here’s a rundown of the Kevin Smith films we’ll probably never see...

Kevin Smith has always had to fight to get his films off the ground: he started his filmmaking career by maxing out multiple credit cards to self-finance Clerks, and more recently, legend has it, it was only Johnny Depp’s decision to come on board as a wacky supporting character that allowed Smith to secure financing for his walrus-centric horror flick Tusk.

Smith has, across his career, been offered several barmy jobs (he rejected a chance to pen Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian back in the 90s) and he’s also signed up for a lot of projects that never got past the script phase.

The latter camp of could’ve-beens is what we’re talking about today, following that news that Clerks III
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Together Again: Kevin Kline’s talent went wild when Lawrence Kasdan reined him in

With Together Again, Jesse Hassenger looks at actors and directors who have worked together on at least three films, analyzing the nature of their collaborations.

Among the countless contributions Roger Ebert made to film criticism, the Kevin Kline Mustache Principle may not rank highest, but it has provided a lasting and extremely helpful lens for recognizing one actor’s intentions. Put simply: In movies where accomplished stage and film performer Kevin Kline sports some kind of facial hair, he signals that he is playing comedy. In movies where he is clean-shaven, he is usually serious. It’s not iron clad, but even the exceptions tend to prove the rule: When Kline appears clean-shaven in the comedies Fierce Creatures and Wild Wild West, he balances the scales by taking on dual roles in both movies, allowing him to have his beard and shave it, too.

The Kevin Kline Mustache Principle is
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Man of Steel Producer Was Paid $80M to Do Nothing

Man of Steel Producer Was Paid $80M to Do Nothing
Many DC fans won't know who Jon Peters is by name, but they will probably know his work, since he produced movies like Caddyshack, Batman and technically Man of Steel. Though, he didn't actually work on that latter movie. He started out, oddly enough, as a hairdresser and eventually wound up as a bit time Hollywood producer. So how successful is he? Well, he was good enough, or at least smart enough, to make about $80 million for doing absolutely nothing on both Superman Returns and Man of Steel.

After spending quite a long time away from the limelight, Jon Peters recently granted an interview to The Hollywood Reporter. Just to give an idea of the kind of reputation Jon Peters has, the THR report noted that he had a loaded gun on the table during the interview. The publication reported a while back that he was paid somewhere between $10 and $15 million for Man of Steel,
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