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StreamFix: Must-watch 'Daily Show' correspondent movies on Netflix now

30 March 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Thanks to the news of Trevor Noah taking over Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" desk, we remembered something: Wow, "Daily Show" alums have basically taken over the world. If they're not landing primetime sitcom gigs, they're scoring Oscar nominations and populating romcoms. To celebrate Noah's new post, let's take a look at five Netflix picks starring the friends, colleagues, and cronies of Jon Stewart. Watch 'em now.  "Trevor Noah: African American" If you haven't been introduced to your new "Daily Show" host's brand of observational humor yet, check out his comedy special where he discusses his home country of South Africa and why racial relations there, even during the age of apartheid, are/were less complicated than in the U.S. His bit about Oprah Winfrey's leadership academy is particularly inspired. And a little unsettling! "Bruce Almighty" Oscar nominee Steve Carell wasn't always scarring you with his fake "Foxcatcher" nose and deathly "Foxcatcher" stare. »

- Louis Virtel

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'Heroes Reborn': Masi Oka Will Return as Hiro Nakamura

27 March 2015 1:32 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Masi Oka (NBC's Heroes) will reprise his Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as Hiro Nakamura for a guest-starring arc of episodes on NBC's new event series Heroes Reborn, which will premiere in fall 2015. Said Masi Oka:

"I'm excited to return to my 'Heroes' roots. Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I'm hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV."

Said creator/executive producer Tim Kring:

"We are thrilled to have Masi back in the 'Heroes' family. The character of Hiro Nakamura was such a huge part of the first series' success, and a gigantic fan favorite.&#160We felt the fans would really love seeing him back in action again."

Masi Oka can currently be seen in the role of the eccentric Coroner on the hit series Hawaii Five-0. He has also recurred on NBC's Scrubs and Fox's Luis »

- MovieWeb

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Mel Brooks receives BFI Fellowship

20 March 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The comedy great received the honour in person in London.

Us comedy writer, actor and director Mel Brooks has been awarded the highest honour of the British Film Institute (BFI), the BFI Fellowship, at a private dinner in London tonight (March 20).

Previous recipients include Sir Christopher Lee, Ralph Fiennes, David Cronenberg, Dame Judi Dench, Isabelle Huppert, Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese and Orson Welles. The honour is awarded by the BFI Board of Governors and is presented for outstanding achievement in film and television

Ahead of the presentation, Brooks said: “I am deeply honoured to be the recipient of the BFI Fellowship and to be inducted into such distinguished company.

“When I was informed that I had been chosen, I was surprised and delighted. Not many Americans have been offered this prestigious award…and for good reason.”

BFI chair Greg Dyke, who hosted the event, said of Brooks: “His brilliant wit and satire have continued to surprise and delight »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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How Cell Phones Would Have Ruined Most of Our Favorite Movies

18 March 2015 4:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

How Cell Phones Would Have Ruined Most Of Our Favorite Movies

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Alex Simon

If you’re a pop culture maven, most likely it can be agreed that the modern cell phone can be traced back to two classic TV series of the 1960s: Star Trek and Get Smart. Captain James Tiberius Kirk and his USS Enterprise crew were always armed with their “communicators” when traveling abroad on a distant planet. They were palm-sized devices with covers the flipped open, providing instant connection with the orbiting space ship. This design was aped, no doubt, by former Trekkies for the classic “flip phone” design that ruled the high-tech roost in the late 90s and early millennium.

Secret Agent 86 Maxwell Smart had his shoe phone, surely the most creative (and ridiculous) example of technology ever invented by someone who was most likely thought to be a creative and scientific genius. However, it »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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‘American Sniper’ Producer Signs First-Look Deal at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)

6 March 2015 12:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has signed “American Sniper” producer Andrew Lazar to a first-look deal through his Mad Chance production company.

Lazar recently set up “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” with Jennifer Lawrence starring and Steven Spielberg directing. Warner Bros. won an auction Monday for the rights to the memoir by Lynsey Addario, the award-winning international photojournalist.

Lazar is one of the five producers on “American Sniper” along with Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Rob Lorenz and Peter Morgan.

Lazar first worked with Eastwood on 2000’s “Space Cowboys” for Warner Bros. Other producing credits at Warners include “Get Smart,” both “Cats and Dogs” films, “Assassins,” “Death to Smoochy” and “Jonah Hex.”

Lazar also produced “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “I Love You Phillip Morris” and “Mortdecai.”

 

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- Dave McNary

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Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’s’ Spock, Dies at 83

27 February 2015 9:21 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Leonard Nimoy lived up to his longtime catchphrase: Live long and prosper. Having achieved success in many arenas during his lifetime, the actor, director, writer and photographer died Friday in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.

Most widely known for his performance as half-human, half-Vulcan science officer Spock on the classic sci-fi TV show “Star Trek” and its many subsequent film and videogame incarnations, Nimoy was also a successful director, helming “Star Trek” pics “The Search for Spock” and “The Voyage Home,” as well as non-“Star Trek” fare; an accomplished stage actor; a published writer and poet; and a noted photographer. He also dabbled in singing and songwriting.

But despite his varied talents, Nimoy will forever be linked with the logical Mr. Spock. Spotted by “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry when he appeared on Roddenberry’s NBC Marine Corps. skein “The Lieutenant,” Nimoy was offered »

- Terry Flores

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Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’s’ Spock, Dies at 83

27 February 2015 9:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leonard Nimoy lived up to his longtime catchphrase: Live long and prosper. Having achieved success in many arenas during his lifetime, the actor, director, writer and photographer has died at age 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, reportedly confirmed his death to the New York Times, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Most widely known for his performance as half-human, half-Vulcan science officer Spock on the classic sci-fi TV show “Star Trek” and its many subsequent film and videogame incarnations, Nimoy was also a successful director, helming “Star Trek” pics “The Search for Spock” and “The Voyage Home,” as well as non-“Star Trek” fare; an accomplished stage actor; a published writer and poet; and a noted photographer. He also dabbled in singing and songwriting.

But despite his varied talents, Nimoy will forever be linked with the logical Mr. Spock. Spotted by “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry when »

- Terry Flores

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Kingsman: The Secret Service Is a Spy Comedy Tailored Toward the Kick-Ass Crowd

13 February 2015 3:30 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The James Bond franchise is three films into its darker, more serious reboot phase (with a fourth due in theaters this Christmas), and while they’re arguably far better movies than the old-school, “traditional” Bond films they also leave the door open for someone else to lay claim to the world of goofy, fun-loving spy films. There have been a handful of contenders — Steve Carell’s Get Smart did big business in ’08 — but it’s time for them all to give up and turn in their laser-beam cuff-links. Kingsman: The Secret Service is the action-packed, incredibly entertaining and overly sexist spy flick you’ve been waiting for. Sure it’s more Roger Moore than Sean Connery, but that’s okay! Harry Hart (Colin Firth) is a member of her majesty’s other secret service, the Kingsmen, a top-secret organization of white men who work to save the world from evil villains and their dastardly plots. A »

- Rob Hunter

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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list

8 February 2015 2:01 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark »

- Donna Dickens

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12 Movies You Didn’t Realise Were Originally TV Shows

20 January 2015 2:43 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Who says Hollywood is out of ideas? Oh, that’s right – just about everyone.

Like many movies, 21 Jump Street originated as a TV show. A fairly high profile one at that – but one that had been off the air for years. Most people know that Johnny Depp got his big break there, but how many younger movie/television fans could really identify it, or had even seen it? So you can’t blame Sony for taking advantage and turning it into a big screen reboot that, albeit with a different tone and completely new actors outside a Depp cameo, was fairly entertaining.

For fans of the younger generation, 21 Jump Street is pretty much a movie, period. Same with Miami Vice, Charlie’s Angels, Get Smart, The A-Team, etc. And even those followed the likes of The Fugitive in the ’90s and similar big screen re-imaginings. However those are all »

- Jay Anderson

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25 surprising side businesses from Hollywood stars

15 January 2015 8:54 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Paul Newman’s salad dressing enterprise is common knowledge, but did you know about these 25 businesses run by Hollywood stars?

What do big-time movie stars get up to in their spare time? While their fictional counterparts might enjoy chopping wood or getting hosed down by friendly females (more on that here), actors themselves have a tendency towards wacky entrepreneurial ideas and hefty industrial investments.

Looking at our findings from some rigorous research (read: Googling), it seems that you can divide famous actors into a handful of groups – those who are trying to do something good for the world, those who are trying to break into internet megabucks and those who like opening restaurants.

Without further chit-chat, here’s a breakdown of which stars are behind which brands which you may or may not know and love…

1. Kevin CostnerOcean Therapy Solutions

Here’s a brilliant one to start off with »

- simonbrew

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Melissa McCarthy Enters the World of Espionage in the Red Band Trailer for Spy

14 January 2015 7:01 AM, PST | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

This is the first trailer (of the red band nature) for the upcoming comedy Spy in which Melissa McCarthy has to become some sort of secret agent. Think less James Bond, more Get Smart. I’ll be honest, while Melissa McCarthy can be very hit or miss (probably more miss lately), I’m kind of interested in […]

Read Melissa McCarthy Enters the World of Espionage in the Red Band Trailer for Spy on Filmonic.

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- Alex

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Exclusive Interview: Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Terry Crews Discusses His New Show ‘World’s Funniest Fails’

14 January 2015 6:49 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

It seems like Terry Crews has been all over the place lately. And we here at TVOvermind are definitely not complaining about that. The former football player turned actor can be seen every Sunday night making us laugh opposite Andy Samberg on the hilarious sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. You may also recognize the actor from his appearances in popular movies, including Bridesmaids, The Expendables, Draft Day, and Get Smart. Crews recently even became the new host of the syndicated game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?  As if he was not busy enough, Crews has been tapped to host the new Fox reality show World’s Funniest Fails. The show will feature epic fails from some classic videos found on the internet. The series will premiere this Friday, Jan 16, at 8 p.m. on Fox. Crews took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with TVOvermind about his new show. »

- Tim Gerstenberger

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Josh Hutcherson, Gerard Butler: See 5 awkward movie audition tapes

6 January 2015 6:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

If Eddie Redmayne is lucky, his unsuccessful Lord of the Rings audition tape - which he treated us to a rendition of this week - will never see the light of day.

Sadly, some actors aren't so fortunate...

1. Josh Hutcherson

If nothing else, this audition is certainly… elaborate. A pre-Hunger Games, and inexplicably spotty, Josh Hutcherson went up for the lead in The Amazing Spider-Man – a role which eventually went to Andrew Garfield.

It's not the most cerebral of auditions. In three minutes, Josh only manages to say "Thanks" and "Late for class", followed by another "Thanks".

Not that it's important when your tape features you beating up three men, doing a backflip and jumping about seven foot in the air. Backwards.

2. Gerard Butler

Or is that Ross Noble? Sporting offensive amounts of eyeliner and a dodgy accent, Gerard Butler gave this pretty bad audition for the role of Dracula in Wes Craven's 2000 movie, »

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Bart & Fleming: Sony Hack Sea Change; ‘Selma’s Lbj Problem; ‘Unbroken’s Early Ending; ‘Foxcatcher’ Furor

4 January 2015 2:20 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. 

Bart: Before we plunge into 2015, it’s worth revisiting the Sony Saga one more time to acknowledge that some things will never be the same. If studio executives in the future feel inhibited about sending prematurely ejaculated emails, for example, how are they going to they keep their cool? Calling Adam Sandler an asshole and Leonardo “despicable” was clearly an important form of emotional release. The human resources apparatchiks likely will recommend meditation (I’m dubious). Or anger management (more dubious). Pot might help (less dubious).

Fleming: I am reasonably sure that nothing in those emails surprised the people receiving the abuse. Or at least not their reps, who probably heard the same thing verbally. We’re all so time-pressed, »

- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr

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