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How do you stay motivated when your job is to tell the same jokes every night? What do you say on stage when you’ve just broadcast all your best new material? These were the questions facing the bone-dry Us comic Todd Barry three years ago, shortly after the release of his TV special Super Crazy. “After that,” he says, over the phone from New York, “I had that feeling of ‘Can I tour now?’ I didn’t have a brand-new hour. I’m not someone who turns over a new set every six months. But I didn’t know if there was an appetite for me doing the special again, live.”
His solution, 20 years into an excellent but, »
- Brian Logan
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is showing superhero power at the U.S. box office with a formidable $80 million over the four day of the Memorial Day holiday — doubling “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Saturday estimates showed.
U.S. audiences responded enthusiastically to Fox’s latest iteration of its sturdy “X-Men” franchise, which is performing in line with recent expectations. In a rare battle of tentpole franchise films opening against each other, Friday’s first day for “Apocalypse” generated about $26.4 million at 4,150 locations while Johnny Depp’s “Alice” sequel finished under $10 million at 3,763 sites, projecting to a four-day total of around $40 million that’s well below earlier forecasts.
“X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth “X-Men” movie directed by Bryan Singer, is continuing an impressive legacy on the Memorial Day holiday. Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opened to $110.6 million two years ago; in 2006, Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” opened with $122.9 million.
- Dave McNary
Fox’s ninth “X-Men” movie was performing at the top end of expectations of $80 million-plus with an opening day of $30 million, which included $8.2 million in Thursday night previews.
Disney’s “Alice” sequel was coming in well below recent forecasts — which had been as high as $60 million — with a $10 million opening day Friday. That projects to a four-day total of around $40 million.
“X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth “X-Men” movie directed by Bryan Singer, was poised to continue the impressive legacy on the Memorial Day holiday. Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opened to $110.6 million two years ago; in 2006, Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” opened with $122.9 million on its way to a $234.4 million total — both bests for the durable franchise
- Dave McNary
The preview figure — from 3,565 U.S. locations — is a near match to “X-Men: Days of Future Past’s” Thursday night debut of $8.1 million in 2014.
Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” hauled five times more than the Thursday night total of Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which opened with $1.5 million. “Alice’s” audience was 51% female, with the 26 to 34 demo leading the way with 31%, followed by the 17 to 25 group with 22% and the 35 to 49 segment with 19%.
The ninth entry in the “X-Men” superhero franchise is expected to win the Memorial Day weekend with early forecasts showing an $80 million-plus launch at 4,148 locations at the U.S. box office. Recent estimates indicate that “Alice Through the Looking Glass” will open with as much as $60 million over the four days.
- Dave McNary
Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” has the upper hand in the Memorial Day weekend with early forecasts showing an $80 million-plus launch at 4,100 locations at the U.S. box office.
Recent estimates indicate that Disney’s sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass” will open in the $60 million range.
With the two openers generating as much as $150 million combined, the four-day period looks to be much more robust than last year when George Clooney’s “Tomorrowland” under-performed with $42.7 million but still was the top grosser. Last year’s holiday frame was only the 12th-highest on record with $194.9 million, off 38% from the top Memorial Day weekend in 2013, when “Fast & Furious 6” opened.
“X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth X-Men movie directed by Bryan Singer, has an impressive legacy to follow during the Memorial Day holiday period. His “X-Men: Days of Future Past” generated $110.6 million on its opening in 2014, or nearly half the $231.4 million total box office »
- Dave McNary
Directed by James Bobin.
Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
For all its visual wonder, Alice in Wonderland suffered from director Tim Burton’s almost infantile inability to let go of what is nothing short of his monstrous ego, a running issue apparent in anything post Sleepy Hollow way back in 1999. Oh the joy that Alice Through the Looking Glass, under the direction of James Bobin, shakes away the ego, in place of genuine heart, something all but lacking from its predecessor.
We find Alice aboard her father’s ship, The Wonder, under the pursuit of pirates. Six years later, back in London, Alice’s one-times dastardly fiancé »
- Amie Cranswick
If Flight of the Conchords speaks to your type of sense of humor, then you might want to et aside some cash and get ready for their visit to North America this summer, as New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo is taking their act on tour. It's been awhile since Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie have been able to take the stage (2014, to be... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
On Monday, The X-Files event series wrapped up its six-episode run, leaving fans wondering if they'll ever see Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) again. David Duchovny has said in the past that he'd be open to returning in the truncated event series format, although he wouldn't come back for a full season of more than 20 episodes. We haven't heard anything official from Fox yet, but The X-Files creator Chris Carter revealed in an interview with The New York Times that he's almost certain the show will be back. Here's what he had to say below, but be warned, there will be Spoilers if you didn't watch the finale.
"I can tell you, almost without a doubt, we will come back. I don't know how or when - Fox owns the show. But because the ratings were what they were, I think the show will come back one way or the other. »
The Performer | Vanessa Hudgens
The Show | Grease: Live (Jan. 31, 2016)
The Performance | Headlining a live TV musical is a lofty challenge, but Vanessa Hudgens’ wickedly funny, wildly charismatic and deeply sympathetic performance as bad girl Rizzo in Grease: Live borders on miraculous when you remember that she lost her father to cancer the night before the telecast.
Hudgens’ pair of showstoppers were a study in opposites. “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” — a deliciously bitchy put-down of wholesome new acquaintence Sandy — allowed Hudgens to show off her comic chops as she donned a blond wig, swanned around a slumber party »
Comedy icon 'Weird Al' Yankovic, who is best known for his song parodies, is breaking into the world of voice acting. The musician is taking the lead role in Disney Xd's new animated comedy series Milo Murphy's Law. The show is set to debut this fall.
Milo Murphy's Law actually has quite the stellar voice cast lined up. Other actors who will be working alongside 'Weird Al' Yankovic include Christian Slater, Vanessa Williams, Sarah Chalke and Jemaine Clement. They will also be joined by Sabrina Carpenter, Mekai Curtis, Chrissie Fit and Vincent Martella.
Milo Murphy's Law arrives from the creators of hit Disney animated sitcom Phineas and Ferb. Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh will executive produce this comedy that introduces Milo, the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy's Law namesake and the personification of Murphy's Law. And as the saying goes, on this show, what »
The third episode of Fox’s rebooted The X-Files is a gift for fans of the series, a beautiful stand-alone horror-comedy written and directed by Darin Morgan, the man behind classic episodes like “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” and “War of the Coprophages.” In his latest, “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” Kumail Nanjiani of Silicon Valley and Rhys Darby of Flight of the Conchords co-star in a tongue-in-cheek send-up of Universal monster movies as Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate mysterious sightings and animal attacks in the woods. Darby took some time out from filming a future show called Wrecked (which he describes as “a comedy version of Lost”) in Puerto Rico to discuss the legacy of The X-Files, his on-set injury, and the future of Flight of the Conchords.Were you a fan of The X-Files before you signed on? Yeah, absolutely, but I only really saw »
- Brian Tallerico
Mulder and Scully meet the were-monster in this week’s instalment of Fox’s six-episode resuscitation of the X-Files, titled, helpfully, Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster. And after a frankly terrible first instalment and a second outing that wavered between pretty fun and pretty bad, the third episode is not just a welcome improvement but among the best single hours in the entire series, thanks in large part to some very clever writing and directing from Darin Morgan (who wrote my favorite single X-Files episode, Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose) and a hilarious turn from Rhys Darby as Guy Mann.
Yes, Guy Mann.
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- Sam Thielman
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Episode 3 of The X-Files‘ revival.
If longtime X-Files fans felt all green and scaly warm and fuzzy after watching this week’s revival episode, they have executive producer Darin Morgan to thank.
Morgan wrote and directed the revival’s third episode, titled “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” and packed it with loving nods to episodes from the sci-fi drama’s original run.
RelatedStill No Desk for The X-Files‘ Scully? And More TV Qs
The story seems simple at the outset: The FBI agents are called to Oregon to investigate some mysterious deaths, which happen »
One week ago today, Fox debuted its highly-anticipated The X-Files with the first episode in this six-episode event series, before it settled into its new time slot on Monday nights at 8 Pm. Two of the new characters we haven't met quite yet are Robbie Amell's Agent Miller and Lauren Ambrose's Agent Einstein, who will debut in the fifth episode Babylon, airing on February 15. Today, Entertainment Weekly has the first photo of these new characters before they arrive on the hit show.
The Babylon episode centers on Mulder and Scully who attempt to communicate with the comatose bomber of an art gallery. The younger FBI agents push them to examine their own beliefs. We reported in November that an X-Files spinoff may be happening that focuses on Agent Miller and Agent Einstein, but that news was never confirmed by Fox. If these characters prove to be popular with fans when they debut next month, »
The wait is almost over, Ultimate Night of the Living Dead #3 issues will be released on February 24th. Also in this round-up: details on The X-Files UFO event, Shudder's partnership with Sundance Film Festival, two Doctor Who Blu-rays, Yoga Hosers comic, and House Shark.
Ultimate Night of the Living Dead #3: "For those of you that have been looking for our 3rd issues, your patience will be rewarded. Issue 3 Super Packs and individual titles will be released on February 24th, 2016.
Follow as Evans County continues to fall into the grips of an undead invasion. See the invasion from 10 different perspectives.
Sh*t’s about to get real."
Come See the UFO Today in Los Angeles At The Grove (189 Grove Dr., La) from 8:00 Am – 10:00 Pm
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- Tamika Jones
It is, quite literally, getting closer by the week and although those lucky lot in the Us will be getting to see the return of Mulder and Scully first, the UK will be following very quickly with Channel 5 bringing The X-Files back to the British masses.
Chris Carter, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi all return for a six-episode outing in which anything can happen in a mix up of stand-alone episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology. In the opening ep, our Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee. The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars including Joel McHale (Community), Robbie Amell (The Flash), Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Annabeth Gish (The Bridge), Annet Mahendru (The Americans), Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man. »
- Dan Bullock
What if they got the band back together, but much of its set consisted of out-of-tune covers? That’s the sense one regularly gets from the return of “The X-Files,” which finally arrives Sunday after an overwhelming promotional campaign that makes presidential contests look like mere blips on the media radar. It’s too bad that, with some exceptions, those participating in this intensely hyped reunion are often just going through the motions.
It’s not all tinny and clanging; sometimes the old harmonies can be heard, most regularly in the third installment, a much-anticipated hour written and directed by “X-Files” all-star Darin Morgan. But the distinctive atmosphere and evocative tone of the show’s best seasons are often buried, especially in the first half of this six-episode mini-season, by storytelling busywork and subtext that is pressed into service as cliched chunks of dialogue. The reunion’s frantic exposition and »
- Maureen Ryan
"Do you miss it at all? The X-Files?" This question is posed to Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully midway through Sunday night's long-awaited return of the classic sci-fi series. (It premieres at 10, or whenever Fox's NFL postgame coverage finishes.) Scully endured a lot of pain and heartbreak through her association with the X-Files — an underdog FBI unit, consisting of only her and conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), tasked to investigate, and preferably debunk, cases that seem to have extraterrestrial or supernatural elements — but admits it was some of the most intense and challenging work she's ever done. Many of Dana Scully's fans have a similarly complex relationship with "The X-Files" as a TV show. At its mid-'90s best, it was eminently worthy of its phenomenon status: an addictive and daring series that would become the new template for modern TV science fiction. ("Lost" and other series that leaned »
- Alan Sepinwall
In just eight short days, the highly-anticipated X-Files event series will debut on Sunday, January 24, directly following the Nfc Championship Game. The series brings back the beloved characters Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) back together, 13 years after the original series came to a close. Series creator Chris Carter recently appeared at the TCA winter tour, where he teased that the sixth and final episode ends with a "big cliffhanger," hinting that there may be more episodes.
David Duchovny teased in May that he would be open to coming back for more episodes, provided that Fox didn't order a full 20-episode season. Fox hasn't given the green light for another season yet, but if fans respond to this new series, it's certainly possible. Chris Carter also teased that he is also considering making a third The X-Files movie following 1998's The X-Files and 2008's The X-Files: I Want to Believe. »
What goes together better than paranormal drama and football? Fox is bringing back the iconic sci-fi series The X-Files in just over a week, with this six-episode event series debuting Sunday, January 24, directly following the Nfc Championship game. During the network's TCA winter tour panel earlier today, Fox showcased a sizzle reel, which features new footage of a UFO crash, an alien running through a field, and a shot that teases the return of another character from the original series.
The footage features a shot of a character speaking on the phone, telling the unknown caller that they have a "problem," since the X-Files have been reopened. While we don't see this mystery man's face, his unmistakable voice is a dead giveaway that this is the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis). Directly after this brief scene, we also see a quick shot of a deformed man, who very well »
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