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Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's semi-regular rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. Billboard writers Steven J. Horowitz and Alex Gale have opened themselves up for scrutiny today by positing their list of the "10 greatest rappers of all time" -- and as might have been predicted, outrage over their choices is flying fast and furious around the interwebs, with names like Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Jay Electronica crying foul (still waiting on Azealia Banks). First, here's the list: 1. Notorious B.I.G. 2. Jay Z 3. Eminem 4. Rakim 5. Nas 6. Andre 3000 7. Lauryn Hill 8. Ghostface Killah 9. Kendrick Lamar 10. Lil Wayne While the biggest gripes so far seem to be the absence of West Coast rapping legend Tupac and the allegation that No. 7 Lauryn Hill (the only woman on the list) doesn't have enough raps to even qualify, other notable omissions include Ice Cube, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Did you watch ABC's too-soon cancelled TV show, Pushing Daisies? If we had Ned's (Lee Pace) power to bring the dead back to life, this Bryan Fuller series would still be on the air. Remember season one, episode three, "Fun in Funeral," in which Chuck (Anna Friel) bakes anti-depressants into a Pear and Gruyère Pie, for her depressed, cheese-loving aunts, Vivian (Ellen Greene) and Lily (Swoosie Kurtz)? Well the good folks at The Kitchn, do, and have developed a recipe.
You will have to see your doctor to get Chuck's secret ingredient, but we think this sweet and savory treat will lift spirits without it. From Alexandra, at The Kitchn: Read More… »
You might recognize Reginald VelJohnson as Sergeant Al Powell, the police officer who helped Bruce Willis Die Hard; or, equally likely, from his turn as head of the family (and a cop) on Family Matters; or possibly you saw him as detective David Sutton on Turner & Hooch; or perhaps his guest appearance as Sergeant Powell on Chuck; or his brief stint as a cop in Ghostbusters. Point is, VelJohnson has a type. And as he told The Hollywood Reporter, he doesn't mind playing it. "I don't know what it is about me and this cop thing, but I get a lot of cop offers," the 63-year-old says with a chuckle. "Everyone always assumes that I'm someone on the force, but as long as they are paying me, I will play a cop until the day I die." Over the course of his interview with THR, VelJohnson also revealed some insight »
- Jackson McHenry
Burbank, CA (October 29, 2015) – When Batman goes missing, it will take the entire Bat “family” – including new additions Batwoman and Batwing – to keep the peace in Gotham City and unravel the mystery behind the Dark Knight’s disappearance in Batman: Bad Blood. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the all-new DC Universe Original Movie will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 2, 2016 on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD.
Batman: Bad Blood will be available on Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition for $29.96 Srp, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 Srp and on DVD for $19.98 Srp. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition will include the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, along with an exclusive Nightwing figurine in a numbered limited edition gift set. Fans can also own Batman: Bad Blood in »
- ComicMix Staff
Break out your special Daryl Dixon-themed calendar, 'cause it's time to mark down some premiere and return dates. Winter schedules were recently released for multiple networks, including AMC, Bravo, Crackle, Starz, and WEtv. On the AMC side, you'll get the 2016 return date for "The Walking Dead" Season 6, after its midseason break. Over on Bravo, we have reminders on premiere dates for "Top Chef" Season 13 and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Season 6, among others.
Here are highlights from the networks's winter schedules:
o. "The Walking Dead" Season 6B Premieres Sunday, February 14th at 9:00Pm Et/Pt
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" reigns as television's most watched drama for Adults 18-49. "The Walking Dead" tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, »
- Gina Carbone
When Batman goes missing, it will take the entire Bat "family" - including new additions Batwoman and Batwing - to keep the peace in Gotham City and unravel the mystery behind the Dark Knight's disappearance in Batman: Bad Blood. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the all-new DC Universe Original Movie will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 2, 2016 on Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD. The studio has released a new trailer for this animated adventure, along with the Blu-Ray and gift set artwork that you can check out below.
Batman: Bad Blood will be available on Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition for $29.96 Srp, Blu-Ray Combo Pack for $24.98 Srp and on DVD for $19.98 Srp. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray Deluxe Edition will include the Blu-Ray Combo Pack, »
I posted my review of Aziz Ansari's "Master of None" last week. Netflix's binge-release business model makes episodic reviews impractical (I've tried a hybrid model with "Orange Is the New Black" the last few seasons, with very mixed success), so I thought I would try something different. You already know my overall thoughts from the prior piece, so I'm going to offer up quick thoughts on each individual episode (with spoilers for all), coming up just as soon as I begin the night with an aggressive Cartman impression... Episode 1: Plan B The broken condom anecdote is pretty terrific and unusual as a way into the Dev/Rachel relationship that will play out over the rest of the season. Like so much of the show, the devil winds up being in the details, like the way the Uber driver is blasting rap music to make things extra uncomfortable for them. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Kushell’s departure comes amid reports that he had been clashing over the creative direction of the series with co-showrunner Bill Prady.
Though no replacement has officially been appointed, insiders tell Variety ABC is in talks with comedy producer Kristin Newman to step in for Kushell. Newman already has a standing relationship with the network, as she’s a co-exec producer on “Galavant” and held the same position on the alien family laffer “The Neighbors.” Her other major credits include “How I Met Your Mother,” “That ’70s Show,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Chuck.”
ABC last week ordered three more episodes of the ABC Studios comedy, bringing its first-season total to 16 episodes. But the show’s take on the beloved Muppet characters has had a mixed reception. Some critics have complained that the characters have become too »
- Cynthia Littleton
Blazing Samurai, the animated family comedy from Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Flying Tigers Entertainment, and Gfm Films has cast Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera and Mel Brooks along with George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mel B., and introducing Heavenly Joy Jerkins.
The film is being produced by the director of The Lion King and Stuart Little, Rob Minkoff, along with long-time animation industry executive and President and Founder of Mass Animation Yair Landau (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs) and producer Susan Purcell (Mother Up!).
Blazing Samurai is »
- Michelle McCue
While the kids were out trick-or-treating on Saturday night, fans of the beloved character Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) watched his return in the first episode of Ash Vs. Evil Dead. Shortly after the episode debut, Starz released a promo for the second episode, Bait, airing Saturday, November 7 at 9 Pm Et on Starz. This new footage reveals that Ash Williams must team up with Pablo (Ray Santiago) to retrieve The Book of the Dead, which has gone missing.
The trailer also features Special Agent Fisher (Jill Marie Jones), who is tracking Ash, with one witness adding "he looks way dumber in real life." We also get to see how Ash and Pablo's confrontation at Kelly's (Dana DeLorenzo) house goes awry, as they interrupt some peaceful family time with her mother (Mimi Rogers) and father (Phil Peleton). Will they get the Book back before it's too late? Tune in to Bait on Saturday, »
This Saturday is freakin’ Hallooooowwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeen! Hopefully, you have your plans in order and we hope you didn’t forget that Starz’s Ash vs. Evil Dead is making its series premiere at 9pm Et on Halloween night! After watching the Shout Factory release of Army of Darkness, I’m so ready for this. Evil Dead 2 is in my top 10 horror films of all time so, like a lot of you, I’m going to be a blubbering idiot to see Ash in action again. We can start the blubbering now with the 4 minutes of the premiere episode that you can watch above!
“Ash vs. Evil Dead,” the long-awaited Starz original series and follow-up to the classic horror movie franchise The Evil Dead, premieres on Halloween, Saturday, October 31, at 9:00 pm Et/Pt. The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, »
- Andy Triefenbach
In less than one week, Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) will finally make his long-awaited return in the highly-anticipated Starz series Ash Vs. Evil Dead, debuting Halloween night, Saturday, October 31. To get fans ready for the upcoming series, the official Ash vs. Evil Dead Twitter page has released the first four minutes of the pilot episode, El Jefe. The new footage shows Ash hooking up with a random woman at a dive bar, but she's hiding a deadly secret.
Last week, Starz also announced a marathon of all the Evil Dead movies on Friday, October 30, which will be hosted by Bruce Campbell. The marathon starts at 8 Pm Et with 1981's The Evil Dead at 8:00pm Et/Pt, followed by 1987's Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn at 9:30 Pm Et and concluding with 1991's Army Of Darkness at 10:55 Pm Et. The marathon will also feature a new sneak peek at the series, »
Hell hath no fury like… the following collection of pitchfork-wielding TV baddies.
VideosBones/Sleepy Hollow Crossover Trailer Teases ‘History-Making Discovery’
In case you’re just joining us, we’ve spent the month of October asking you to pick your favorite small-screen vampire (winner: Buffy‘s Spike), werewolf (winner: Teen Wolf‘s Derek) and ghost (winner: American Horror Story‘s Tate), which brings us to our darkest — and most diverse — category of creepies yet.
The answer, as the credits, IMDb and the photocall will tell you, is former wrestler Dave Bautista.
So for a little bit more background on one of Bond's most intimidating foes, here's Digital Spy's newcomer's guide to the human embodiment of "Big Dave".
His wrestling career
A 46-year-old, 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), 278 lb (126 kg) man mountain of Filipino and Greek descent, Bautista has gone by many other names over the course of his wrestling career, including Batista (note spelling), Dave Batista, Deacon Batista, Khan and Leviathan.
As a wrestler, Bautista has claimed so many titles it's almost ridiculous. He is a six-time world champion, winning the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice. »
"I feel like I'm not living up to my potential," Kara admits to her sister Alex. "I have the same powers he does! I can lift a bus, stop a bullet. Alex, I can fly!" The "he" is Superman, Kara's celebrated cousin. Like Kara — (slightly) better known as "Supergirl," and now the star of her own TV series (it debuts Monday at 8:30 on CBS) — points out, they come from the same planet, and have the same powers, but he's an icon and she never seems to find her place. That line about squandered potential could just as easily be applied to many of the writers responsible for crafting Kara's adventures over the years, going back to her comic book debut in 1959. Despite being Superman's equal, strength-wise, the "girl" in her name was treated as doubly diminutive. Superman was there to save the world, Supergirl was there to have boy trouble, »
- Alan Sepinwall
The gym of the Hollywood United Methodist Church is dressed to the nines. Paper and foam fish hang from the ceiling. Blue and silver streamer curtains line the walls. A statue of Poseidon towers over tables strewn with punch bowls. About 100 people add a rainbow’s array of color to the gym with 1950s-era dresses and suits. But they’re not doing the hand jive or the bop – they’re busting out their ’80s moves as the band plays Whodini’s 1984 funk-rap song “Freaks Come Out At Night.” The scene is a nighttime shoot in mid-March 1985 on the set of “Back to the Future.” Harry Waters Jr., who played Marvin Berry, the leader of the band at the dance, recalled the surreal experience of jamming with contemporary songs in between takes for a gym full of extras in 30 years out-of-date clothes. “It was a party! It was entirely too much fun, »
- Emily Rome
Attention Deadites, a marathon hosted by Bruce Campbell featuring the first three installments in The Evil Dead franchise will air on October 30th on Starz. Also: a Murder in the Dark clip, Gentle Giant Ltd.'s Morgan Jones mini bust details, A Nightmare on Elm Street screening, and Synapse Films on Vhx.TV.
Evil Dead Marathon: Press Release: "Beverly Hills, Calif., October 20, 2015 – Setting the stage for the premiere of the highly anticipated Starz Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead,” Starz presents a marathon of the cult classic Evil Dead horror franchise on Friday, October 30 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Et/Pt hosted by Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell (Ash). The marathon will conclude with a sneak peek of the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” at 12:15 a.m. Et/Pt.
- Tamika Jones
'Tis the season to annoy everyone by using "'tis the season" way too many times when talking about holiday stuff. Halloween hasn't even happened yet, but the Christmas decorations are already taking over drug stores so ABC is just going ahead and announcing its 2015 holiday lineup. It's something to look forward to after the candy is gone, anyway, and since the "Toy Story 20th Anniversary Special" and "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown" are involved, you should definitely mark your calendars.
Here's a chronological list of holiday programming highlights, via ABC:
Friday, November 27
"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" - In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman"), Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. The vocal cast features Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle, Keenan Wynn as Winter, »
- Gina Carbone
It's a Chuck reunion! Former co-stars Zachary Levi, 35, and Yvonne Strahovski, 33, hung out together this week. They spent Thursday evening sitting together at Dodger Stadium and cheering on the Los Angeles Dodgers as they faced off against the New York Mets in the deciding Major League Baseball playoffs game leading to the 2015 National League Championship series. Levi sported a Dodgers T-shirt and baseball cap and at one point, he and the Australian actress shared an adorable high-five after the team scored. The Dodgers ended up losing to the Mets, with a score of 3-2. Strahovski also posted on her Instagram page on Tuesday a photo of Levi walking on a bridge in Los »
When CBS unveiled the first extended trailer for "Supergirl" — its entree into the ubiquitous new world of TV superhero action, as well as the network's biggest priority for this TV season — in May, many fan's immediate reaction was to note the unfortunate similarities to the recent "Saturday Night Live" parody trailer for a "Black Widow" movie that suggested any female superhero story would be presented as a romantic comedy. But while the "Supergirl" trailer definitely played up the most "Devil Wears Prada"-ish aspects — where the title character (Melissa Benoist) in her civilian identity is the mousy assistant to a snarling media mogul played by Calista Flockhart, and has bad luck in the dating department — that's only one component of the full pilot, which has a lot of action, and a lot of discussion about how Supergirl should be taken every bit as seriously as her more celebrated male cousin. »
- Alan Sepinwall
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