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16 Amusement Park Workers Reveal the Craziest Things They've Ever Witnessed

23 September 2016 1:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Despite the literal definition, amusement parks are not all fun and games. Here are 16 stories - straight from former amusement park workers themselves - about the craziest stuff that's gone down inside of one, posted on Reddit for all of posterity. 1. "I once witnessed a man yelling at a cast member dressed as Eeyore because his shift ended before his son could take a picture with him. Eeyore, because he wasn't allowed to talk in the suit, was just making exaggerated hand gestures. I can only imagine how that poor soul was feeling." 2. "I was letting people down the park's biggest slide, »

- Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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16 Amusement Park Workers Reveal the Craziest Things They've Ever Witnessed

23 September 2016 1:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Despite the literal definition, amusement parks are not all fun and games. Here are 16 stories - straight from former amusement park workers themselves - about the craziest stuff that's gone down inside of one, posted on Reddit for all of posterity. 1. "I once witnessed a man yelling at a cast member dressed as Eeyore because his shift ended before his son could take a picture with him. Eeyore, because he wasn't allowed to talk in the suit, was just making exaggerated hand gestures. I can only imagine how that poor soul was feeling." 2. "I was letting people down the park's biggest slide, »

- Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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How One Fan Helped Get Dwayne Johnson Cast in 'Fast and Furious' Instead of Tommy Lee Jones

24 August 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When Dwayne Johnson made his first appearance as a supporting character in the Fast and Furious series back in 2011 (above), it was a pleasant surprise. By that point, Johnson had been starring in action vehicles like The Rundown, Walking Tall and Doom for years, and tended to supplement his star turns with supporting roles in comedies like Get Smart and The Other Guys. Johnson made a definite impression in Fast Five as Hobbs, a role in which he represented law and order as a member of the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, charged with capturing Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker). He ends up helping them instead. Hobbs returned in Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7 and reportedly plays a key role in the upcoming Fast 8. Originally, however, another actor was envisioned to...

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- Peter Martin

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Who Was Capt. Humayun Khan - and Why Are His Parents Feuding with Donald Trump?

1 August 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is in the midst of a polarizing new feud, with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the grieving parents of Muslim U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, 27, who was killed in a suicide bombing in Iraq in 2004. As the controversy continues to escalate this week, get caught up with this quick blow-by-blow of what's been said. Thursday: • On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Khizr gave a moving tribute to his son in which he denounced Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. as unconstitutional. Holding up a pocket copy of the Constitution on stage, »

- Tierney McAfee, @tierneymcafee

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Who Was Capt. Humayun Khan - and Why Are His Parents Feuding with Donald Trump?

1 August 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is in the midst of a polarizing new feud, with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the grieving parents of Muslim U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, 27, who was killed in a suicide bombing in Iraq in 2004. As the controversy continues to escalate this week, get caught up with this quick blow-by-blow of what's been said. Thursday: • On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Khizr gave a moving tribute to his son in which he denounced Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. as unconstitutional. Holding up a pocket copy of the Constitution on stage, »

- Tierney McAfee, @tierneymcafee

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Andrew Lazar, Gil Junger Attached to ‘Dog’s Best Friend’ (Exclusive)

1 August 2016 10:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

American Sniper” producer Andrew Lazar and writer/director Gil Junger (“10 Things I Hate About You”) have closed a financing deal with China-based M-Star International for family film “Dog’s Best Friend.”

The film, which will begin shooting in October in the U.S. and China, is aimed at starting a new franchise for M-Star in its first co-production with American filmmakers. M-Star is producer of the “Home With Kids” franchise of over 300 television episodes for the Chinese market.

Junger will direct from his own original script about a 12-year-old tech prodigy whose science experiment goes awry and he forges a telepathic connection with his best friend, his dog. The duo join forces and use their unique perspectives on life to comically overcome complications of family and school.

Stanley Preschutti is executive producing.

“Akin to family movies like ‘Spy Kids,’ the ‘Dog’s Best Friend’ franchise is a reflection of our »

- Dave McNary

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Modesty Blaise

29 July 2016 1:44 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Joseph Losey doesn't normally make trendy, lighthearted genre films, and in this SuperSpy epic we find out why -- an impressive production and great music don't compensate for a lack of pace and dynamism, not to mention a narrow sense of humor. Yet it's a lounge classic, and a perverse favorite of spy movie fans. Modesty Blaise Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1966 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, Dirk Bogarde, Harry Andrews, Michael Craig, Clive Revill, Alexander Knox, Rossella Falk, Scilla Gabel, Tina Marquand Cinematography Jack Hildyard Production Designer Richard MacDonald, Jack Shampan Film Editor Reginald Beck Original Music John Dankworth Written by Evan Jones from a novel by Peter O'Donnell and a comic strip by Jim Holdaway Produced by Joseph Janni Directed by Joseph Losey

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

When I first reviewed a DVD of Modesty Blaise fourteen years ago, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Match the president to the movie – quiz

26 July 2016 5:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton engaging in real world battle to become the next Us president, how well do you know their fictional counterparts?

Ant-Man

Thor

Iron Man 3

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

In the Line of Fire

Conspiracy Theory

The Fugitive

The Pelican Brief

Vantage Point

Lucy

Mr Brooks

The Bourne Ultimatum

Meteor

Airplane

The Towering Inferno

Rollercoaster

Accidental Hero

The American President

Dave

The Naked Gun 2 1/2

The Silence of the Hams

Fatal Instinct

Spy Hard

Mafia!

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Back to the Future III

The Ridiculous 6

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Mr Peabody & Sherman

Megamind

Monsters vs Aliens

Despicable Me

White House Down

Pixels

GI Joe: Retaliation

Salt

The Sum of All Fears

Spy

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Get Smart

7 and above.

the Oval Office awaits

4 and above.

losergate

0 and above.

no votes for you

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- Benjamin Lee

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Norman Abbott, Veteran Sitcom Director, Dies at 93

12 July 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Norman Abbott, the nephew of comedian Bud Abbott who directed numerous 1960s and ’70s sitcoms such as “Get Smart” and “The Brady Bunch,” died July 9 in Valencia, Calif. at the age of 93.

Born in New York, Norman Abbott was raised by his mother and his uncle, Bud Abbott, the straight man of the legendary comedy team of Abbott and Costello, as well as his aunt Florence Abbott and uncle Harry Abbott of Barnum & Bailey.

Norman Abbott served in World War II in the original Navy Seals unit, and was encouraged by his uncle to join the family business. He started his five decade career in show business as a radio announcer on “The Colgate Family Hour” and as stage manager on the “I Love Lucy Show.”

He went on to direct some of television’s most loved sitcoms, including “The Jack Benny Show,” for which he won an Emmy Award in 1965. He directed numerous episodes of “Leave It To Beaver »

- Pat Saperstein

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Syfy Renews 12 Monkeys for a Third Season

29 June 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The time traveling chess match between James Cole and the Army of the 12 Monkeys will continue next year, as Syfy has renewed 12 Monkeys for a 10-episode third season:

Press Release: Los Angeles – June 29, 2016 – Syfy has renewed its critically acclaimed drama series 12 Monkeys for a 10-episode Season 3 order, with new episodes expected to air in 2017. From Universal Cable Productions, 12 Monkeys is co-created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (“Nikita”) and is based on the 1995 Oscar® nominated and Golden Globe-winning film of the same name. Matalas serves as the showrunner and executive producer. Charles Roven (The Dark Knight trilogy, “Suicide Squad”) who produced the original film, and Richard Suckle (“Suicide Squad”, “American Hustle”) also serve as executive producers. Season 2 of the series currently airs on Monday nights at 9/8 c on Syfy.

“In two short seasons, 12 Monkeys has become a cult favorite series,” said Chris Mc Cumber, President, Entertainment Networks. “Terry and the »

- Derek Anderson

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On this day in pop culture history: Both ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Gremlins’ premiered

8 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It was 32 years ago today that not one but two classic horror comedies opened in theaters. Yes, Ghostbusters was released on the same day as Gremlins. It’s hard to believe that these two movies opened against each other, but 1984 was a different time, when opening weekend numbers weren’t given the same weight as they are now and films stayed in theaters much longer. Ghostbusters that dominated the U.S. box office that opening weekend but not by much — it earned $13.6 million then, while Gremlins grossed $12.5 million. The Bill Murray movie became the clear winner of the box office over the summer, though, holding the No. 1 spot for seven consecutive weeks. Ghostbusters, of course, has a very buzzy and headline-grabbing (for better or worse or mass hysteria) follow-up film on the way this summer, a reboot of the original. There’s reportedly a new Gremlins on the way too: »

- Emily Rome

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Anne Hathaway, James Corden Diss Each Other Hard in Rap Battle (Video)

25 May 2016 7:07 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Who knew Anne Hathaway could rhyme? Probably the “Late Late Show” writers, who clearly pre-wrote all the rhymes she dropped on Tuesday’s episode of the CBS late-night show. The star of “Alice Through the Looking Glass” rap-battled James Corden in the  show’s entertaining “Drop the Mic” sketch. The disses cut pretty hard from both sides. Below are some of the best ones. Also Read: James Corden Gets Driven to Work by Chewbacca Mask Lady (Video) Corden: “Like her movie ‘Get Smart,’ her rhymes are gonna flop.” Hathaway: “Your rhymes are like your ratings, they’re incredibly weak.” Corden: »

- Tony Maglio

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Shazam! Is Inspired by Marvel Movies Says the Rock's Producer

24 May 2016 10:47 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

If you were worried that the fun colorful world of Shazam! was going to take a dark Batman V Superman turn, don't be. According to Dwayne Johnson's personal producer Hiram Garcia, this upcoming Dceu adventure will be a lot more colorful and fun than what else is being planned by Warner Bros. And perhaps it gets to slide out of the damp, dank rheum of the DC Comics Movie Universe for the sole fact that it is arriving from Warner Bros.'s sister studio New Line. Even though that is the case, Shazam! does fit into the current cinematic universe set up at Warner Bros.

Over the rest of this decade, there will be a number of DC Extended Universe movies infiltrating theaters. But only one of them stars The Rock. Though, Dwayne Johnson is taking on the role of villain Black Adam instead of the main hero. While »

- MovieWeb

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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Star Wars’ returned with ‘The Phantom Menace’

19 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

17 years ago today, long before we knew the Force would have an awakening in 2015, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace brought new tales of a galaxy far, far away to the big screen for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It was the beginning of a much-maligned prequel trilogy that would give us Jar Jar Binks, midi-chlorians, and a love story for Anakin Skywalker. (And some good things! Don’t forget podracing! And Darth Maul!) Ultimate backlash didn’t stop audiences eager for a new Star Wars movie from turning out in droves, though: Phantom Menace was 1999’s highest grossing film, and all three prequel films ended up earning over $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Revenge of the Sith was also released on the 19th of May. Today marks 11 years since the prequel conclusion hit theaters worldwide, after premiering at – believe it or not – the Cannes Film Festival. »

- Emily Rome

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"Revenant" Producers Plan An "Inversion"

7 May 2016 12:02 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"The Revenant" executive producers Markus Barmettler and Philip Lee have formed production-financing company Facing East with plans to back the sci-fi adventure "Inversion."

Peter Segal ("Get Smart") is attached as director and Segal will work on the screenplay with "Casino Royale" scribe Paul Haggis.

The story follows a street-wise American con man and a young Chinese physicist as they race against the clock to save the earth from a terrifying loss of gravity.

Bragi Schut and David Arata are also working on the script while Michael Nozik is set to produce. Filming is slated to begin in August.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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‘The Revenant’ Exec Producers Form Production-Financing Entity Facing East

6 May 2016 12:38 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Two of the seven executive producers on the Oscar favorite The RevenantMarkus Barmettler and Philip Lee — have just formed a Hong Kong- and Beijing-based production and finance company called Facing East Ltd. Their hope is to produce three to four large-scale productions every two years. The first of these is Inversion, a big-budget (think $120M+) sci-fi epic that Peter Segal (50 First Dates, Get Smart) is attached to direct He also has been developing the current… »

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Superman Won't Fight Black Adam in First 'Shazam!' Movie

18 April 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Superhero movie crossovers are all the rage, and when the smoke clears in 2020, the Dceu might be the king of this concept. We know all of the iconic DC Comics characters will unite for the two-part Justice League movie. And Cyborg will team with Barry Allen in The Flash. But one long-anticipated brawl we might not see until the second phase of the DC movie universe is one between Black Adam and Superman. While Dwayne Johnson definitely wants to see these two characters go to war, he promises it won't happen in the first Shazam! movie.

Shazam! is bringing up the rear of the Dceu, and doesn't hit theaters until 2019. Though, The Rock has teased that it could arrive earlier. The movie is actually coming from Warner Bros.' sister studio New Line, but Johnson has confirmed in past interviews that the movie is definitely part of the Dceu, and »

- MovieWeb

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson To Co-Host MTV Movie Awards

19 February 2016 11:05 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros.

International film superstar and ten-time world heavyweight champion Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has announced via Twitter that he and Kevin Hart will be co-hosting the 2016 MTV Movie Awards.

The 25th annual awards ceremony will air live on MTV on April 10.

Any time The People’s Champion is involved with a project, the people can’t be far behind, and this case is no different. The Rock took to Instagram to reach out to fans and followers, asking them to submit script ideas for promos for the event. All fan submissions will be read, and the best ones will be acted out by Rock and Hart during a promotional shoot this Saturday at 2:00 Pm.

Since 1992, the MTV Movie Awards have honored the year’s best films as voted on by the public. Winners in categories such as “Best Male Performance,” “Best Female Performance,”  and “Best Kiss” receive an iconic golden popcorn statue. »

- Scott Fried

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Rashida Jones Brings Back Slapstick With TBS's 'Angie Tribeca'

14 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"Surely you can't be serious?" "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley." Whether you'll take to the new TBS comedy "Angie Tribeca" depends, I expect, on how funny you find this classic line from the old Zucker brothers/Jim Abrahams movie "Airplane!" or any of their other fare, particularly the films -- and the 1982 show "Police Squad!" -- featuring the rubber-faced Leslie Nielsen as Lt. Frank Drebin. Rashida Jones stars in this terrifically goofy series, created by married team Steve and Nancy Carell, as the title character, an Lapd detective who might as well be a direct descendant of Drebin's. Out on January 17th, it's a slapstick, prop-heavy, pun-lovin' homage to the Zuckers and the '60s-'70s series "Get Smart" (I'm guessing Steve Carell got the bug when he starred in the big-screen reboot of that show in 2008). And if there's one thing the show makes abundantly clear, »

- Sara Stewart

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How The Carells Are Rebooting Satirical Comedy With ‘Angie Tribeca’ On TBS – TCA

7 January 2016 11:07 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

For those who’ve been missing that Zucker Brothers or Get Smart sense of humor in their TV comedy, TBS’ Angie Tribeca could fill that vacancy. Consider the fact that it’s been 34 years since Police Squad was on the air, and 46 years since Get Smart ended its run. For Angie Tribeca creators Steve and Nancy Carell, resurrecting this sub genre of comedy really wasn’t a challenge, especially in a single cam era. Initially Carell said at TCA today that when he first pitched Ang… »

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