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Twenty-five years ago this week, the Fred Savage movie The Wizard hit theaters. For many '80s babies, this was required viewing - either to see a first glimpse of the yet-to-be-released Super Mario Bros. 3 or to see what the Wonder Years star looked like in contemporary clothes. Critics, however, dismissed this video-gaming, road trip movie as a showcase for Nintendo products. Roger Ebert's review began on a sharply sarcastic note: "This is a movie that has everything going for it, except for a good script, a believable premise and common sense." Today, The Wizard stands as a reminder »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Not much is known about the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Last month we got to see the first trailer which got fans very excited, but the cast of the film are keeping their mouths shut on any details about the film.
Whilst on the red carpet for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, actor Andy Serkis spoke to Entertainment Weekly, revealing a few minor details about who he is playing, but still not giving a great deal away.
We heard Andy Serkis’ voice in the trailer and he was asked if it was altered in anyway to cover it up, he said: “That is the character, there’s no digital manipulation. That’s just me.”
He was then asked about the rumour of having multiple roles in the film to which he responded: “Not true at all, I can say I only play one character. »
- Thomas Roach
Twenty-five years ago this week, kids were finalizing their holiday wish lists, which probably included a Nintendo home gaming system or the company's brand new handheld device, the Game Boy.
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They were also gearing up to see The Wizard, a brand new movie about -- what else? -- Nintendo.
Older generations may not recall The Wizard, but I do, since it was aimed right at my demographic. For one thing, it starred Fred Savage, a kid my age I saw each week on The Wonder Years. For another, it offered our first peek at Nintendo's highly anticipated new game, Super Mario Bros. 3. And even though I wasn't a serious gamer, that still sounded fairly interesting.
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The Wizard follows two runaway brothers, Corey and Jimmy (Savage and Luke Edwards) on a cross-country trip to compete in a Nintendo tournament. Savage is chatty and a quick thinker, but Jimmy hasn't »
“This thing… it’s gonna follow you. Somebody gave it to me, and I passed it to you.” Along with Starry Eyes, It Follows is popping up in many discussions about the best horror movies of the year. Viewers who weren’t able to catch writer/director David Robert Mitchell’s new movie at festival screenings now have a release date to look forward to and can get a tease of what’s to come in the film’s new trailer.
RADiUS-twc have slated It Follows to hit U.S. theaters on March 27th, 2015. Penned and directed by David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover), It Follows stars Maika Monroe (Labor Day), Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story), Daniel Zovatto (Beneath), Olivia Luccardi (Girls), Jake Weary (Zombeavers), and Lili Sepe (Spork).
“For 19-year-old Jay (Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. »
- Derek Anderson
Prepare to meet the people who gave life to Girls‘ Shoshanna.
Girls returns for Season 4 on Jan. 11.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Comedienne Sarah Silverman will star in a half-hour comedy pilot for HBO, our sister site Deadline reports. Written by Secret Diary of a Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble, the untitled project is a comic look at a pathologically honest woman having a mid-life crisis.
The all-time leader in Tony Awards acting wins is aiming for an Emmy next. Audra McDonald is filming her performance as the legendary Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" later this month for HBO. She won the Tony last May for this role, which centers on one of Holiday's final shows four months before her death in 1959. McDonald has now prevailed at the Tonys six times, also becoming the only person to win in four different acting categories (lead musical, featured musical, lead play, featured play). HBO has not yet announced when the program will air on the premium network. Playbill -Break- Two-time Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham "won the red carpet this year (by losing it)" according to a new essay by Jason Sheeler. He says that most red carpets at awards shows have turned into a "shameless interstate billboard," but then the "Girls" star »
Before this year, we couldn't pick most of these stars out of a lineup. Now, they're topping charts, starring in blockbuster films and marrying A-listers.
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1. Meghan Trainor: The 20-year-old singer/songwriter had everyone declaring "no treble" this summer with her catchy hit song "All About That Bass." Not only that, the pop star also landed two Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
2. Ariana Grande: Though she got a little buzz in 2013 thanks to her Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun connection, it wasn't until 2014 that Ariana Grande really blew up the music scene with her song "Problem." Since then, the petite »
Ana Gasteyer and Anthony Edwards will play the mother and father of Zosia Mamet’s character in “Girls” Season 4, HBO revealed on Wednesday. The series, which just nabbed its third consecutive Golden Globe nom for best comedy, bows Jan. 11.
Little is known about the Shapiro family unit, but Shoshanna does get irked with her parents when they make a big deal of her diploma signing. The youngest member of the “Girls” entourage will also struggle to find a job, as she blows a job interview on the Jan. 25 episode.
Peter Scolari and Becky Ann Baker also return as the parents of Hannah (Lena Dunham) in the new season, as well as Rita Wilson as the mother of Marnie (Allison Williams). Other returning guest stars include Jon Glaser, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The cameras may catch the speeches and performances, but during those long commercial breaks, the stars sometimes have a little fun that you can't see. Here are five best things you could only see from the audience at the American Country Countdown Awards: Country Hugs It Out with LukeNashville welcomed back Luke Bryan, who missed the Cmt Artist of the Year honors earlier this month due to the death of his brother-in-law, with a whole lotta love. Jason Aldean, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell all walked over to the winner of the male vocalist award to deliver hugs. »
- Eileen Finan
Congratulations are in order for Gaby Hoffmann! The Girls star has welcomed her first child just in time for the holidays. In fact, the actress gave birth almost one month ago away from a hospital room. "Gaby had a daughter, Rosemary, with boyfriend Chris Dapkins, born at home on November 19," her manager confirms to Us Weekly. "Everyone is healthy and doing great." Fans may recognize the 32-year-old from her most recent role as Ali Pfefferman in Amazon's Transparent. She also secured a guest role on Girls as Caroline Sackler. A busy schedule, however, eventually took an understandable toll on the pregnant star. "I'm definitely at the »
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25 years ago today, one of the best films about video games hit theaters -- and made Everyone want a Power Glove.Yep, we're talking about "The Wizard."The film is about a mute kid (Luke Edwards) who travels with his brother (Fred Savage) and a runaway (Jenny Lewis) across the country to compete in a video game competition. While the 1989 movie wasn't exactly a smash hit, it became a cult classic -- and popularized both "Super Mario Bros. 3" and the aforementioned glove.In the flick, video game pro Lucas Barton (Jackey Vinson) wields the special controller while saying the movie's most infamous line: "I love the Power Glove, it's so bad."You really just have to watch him do it:But what happened to the film's stars in the last 25 years?Savage would continue starring on "The Wonder Years" until it went off the air in 1993. While he continued to act, »
- tooFab Staff
A Girls' girl! Gaby Hoffmann became a mom last month when she gave birth to her first child, a baby daughter, her manager confirms to Us Weekly exclusively. "Gaby had a daughter, Rosemary, with boyfriend Chris Dapkins, born at home on November 19," the manager tells Us. "Everyone is healthy and doing great." The Girls guest star, 32, first revealed her baby bump at a screening of her movie Obvious Child back in June. A source told Us at the time that she and cinematographer Dapkins were "thrilled" [...] »
2014 was a strong year for television, both at home and abroad, but now is the time to narrow down our favourites to only the choicest cuts.
These are Digital Spy's best TV shows for 2014 - starting with 25-21. Check back tomorrow (December 16) for numbers 20-16.
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After two seasons of trading on the messy dysfunction of its twentysomething heroines, Lena Dunham made the bold move of letting her character Hannah spend season three stable, happy and employed.
Far from harming the show, this flip breathed new life into it – Hannah's relationship with bad boy-turned-good Adam produced truthful, emotional character comedy, nowhere more so than in the funny-yet-agonising role-play episode.
Having Hannah be "the stable one" also gave the other three girls room to really go to pieces, with Allison Williams's Marnie particularly glorious in meltdown (and in song). And this season contained, in quick succession, »
Warning: The following contains spoilers from Sunday’s series finale of The Newsroom.
Will McAvoy’s quixotic mission to civilize comes to an end in the series finale of The Newsroom, so it’s only fitting for the series to look back on how much progress the News Night anchor has made — as a journalist and a human being — in the four years since we first met him.
Verdict: Goodness gracious, what a complete ass he was when this whole thing started, eh?
The flashback-heavy episode, framed by Charlie’s funeral, illuminates the path that led Mac to accept the »
A fortnight ago, we got our first glimpse of Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy with the release of the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with J.J. Abrams opting against showing any returning characters from the original movies in favour of giving us the briefest of introductions to the new cast members. Speaking to Yahoo!, Mark Hamill has admitted that this came as little surprise to him, as the movie is shifting the focus away from the likes of Luke, Han and Leia to a younger crop of characters:
“This is about the new generation of characters; I think that’s the most important thing. It’s the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling. So I never thought that the stories would be – first of all, I never thought I’d be involved in it again, period. And then when George [Lucas] said »
- Gary Collinson
While Community prepares to make the jump to computer screens, former castmate Donald Glover is plotting a return to television. The Childish Gambino rapper will star in and executive produce an FX comedy titled Atlanta. The series will tell the story of two cousins who work their way up the Atl rap scene, Deadline reports. Girls and Flight of the Conchords writer Paul Simms will also work on Atlanta.
Glover, himself a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia, will play Earnest Marks, a college dropout who decides to pursue his lifelong »
This weekend the Disney Channel and Disney Xd are giving fans the chance to catch up with the animated series Star Wars Rebels by airing a Star Wars Rebels Reloaded Marathon, which includes every episode of the show so far. The marathon will air today at 11.20am Et on Disney Channel and at 4pm Et on Disney Xd, as well as tomorrow at 12pm Et, while the Sunday broadcast will be followed by a feature entitled Inside The Force Awakens, which promises to reveal “official trailer secrets you may have missed” from the recent teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po »
- Gary Collinson
The third season of HBO’s Girls is very much one of renewal and reinvention. Characters who find themselves at highs or in happy situations at the end of the previous season are quickly brought low, while others are finally free to soar as the season goes on. Coming off of the high of season two’s over-the-top (but nonetheless touching) finale, season three has the thankless job of bringing everyone back to reality. Charlie and Marnie are broken up, Ray and Shoshanna are broken up, and Hannah and Adam are seeing that their reconcilliation may be more short-lived than they imagined. Meanwhile, Jessa has finally reached the bottom of the barrel and is no longer free to live her indulgent and presumptuous lifestyle.
Life has a way of complicating things and so do the people in our lives, and further still, so do we, ourselves. What has always »
FX has finally ordered a pilot for Donald Glover's comedy series Atlanta. We first heard about the project over a year ago, and it looks like there's finally some forward motion. The show will center around two cousins on their way up in the Atlanta rap scene. Glover will serve as Executive Producer, along with Paul Simms (Girls, Flight of the Conchords), and Dianne McGunigle. Glover got his start as a writer on 30 Rock, and after a three year stint on that show he certainly has the experience to pen his own sitcom. As Troy Barnes on Community, Glover played one of my all time favorite sitcom characters and demonstrated preternatural comedic skill - from timing to physical gags, Glover was always on point. Just last Friday he scored his first Grammy nominations as Childish Gambino. Basically this sounds a series fine-tuned to Glover's talents and sensibilities, and I couldn't be more excited. »
- Haleigh Foutch
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