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‘American Idol’ Finale: The 11 Best Moments, From Kermit the Frog to Ada Marmalade

‘American Idol’ Finale: The 11 Best Moments, From Kermit the Frog to Ada Marmalade
We laughed. We cried. We laughed some more. Thanks, Katy Perry!

The “American Idol” finale may have been a little lackluster in terms of star power, but the judge in the middle seat — when she could endure sitting in it for more than a minute — more than made up for it. Whether it was begging Bachelorette contender Becca Kufrin for her hand — and a chance to compete on the ABC show — or spinning herself silly after the revelation that Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe are now a couple, or mock fawning over hottie Trevor Holmes, who showed up again
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‘American Idol’ winner Maddie Poppe and Kermit the Frog sing ‘Rainbow Connection’ [Watch]

Just minutes before Maddie Poppe won “American Idol” on Monday May 21, she gave an encore performance of her audition song, “Rainbow Connection.” When she first sang this melody from “The Muppet Movie” penned by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher, she did it alone in front of judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.

For this reprise, she was joined on stage by Kermit the Frog, who crooned the tune in the 1979 film. Back then, it contended for Best Original Song at the Oscars but lost to “It Goes Like It Goes” from “Norma Rae.”

SEELovebirds Maddie Poppe & Caleb Lee Hutchinson announce they’re dating, sing ‘Over the Rainbow’ during ‘American Idol’ finale [Watch]

The opening lyric asks “Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?” Later in the results show, Poppe answered that question when she and “Idol” runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson sang “Over the Rainbow.
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‘American Idol’ Finale: Three Finalists Will Perform Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Journey Hits

‘American Idol’ Finale: Three Finalists Will Perform Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Journey Hits
The “American Idol” reboot is coming to a conclusion with its two-part season finale airing tonight (May 20) and tomorrow (May 21) on ABC with the top three battling to be crowned the new winner. Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe and Gabby Barrett are set to perform tonight, with the top two to be revealed on Monday night’s episode.

The Top 3 finalists will perform three songs: a hometown dedication, a repeat of their favorite song of the season, and their winner’s single. In addition to performances by Caleb, Gabby, and Maddie, four past contestants — Jonny Brenns, Catie Turner, Michelle Sussett
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Disney Wants to Bring Back ‘The Muppets’ for Their New Streaming Service

Disney’s history with keeping The Muppets alive has been hit or miss. Their glory days were in the 1970s and 1980s when The Muppet Show was a hit television program that inspired successful hits like The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan. Though there have been bright spots since then, various […]

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Teen Titans Go! to the Movies Teaser Arrives

Teen Titans Go! to the Movies Teaser Arrives
The first teaser and a new poster for Teen Titans Go! to the Movies has arrived. The full trailer for the Teen Titans Go movie is set to debut tomorrow, but Warner Bros. decided to give us a very brief tease, which features Robin promising something big is coming. While there's no actual footage from the animated feature in the teaser, it gives an idea of what to expect in terms of tone, which is right in line with what fans have come to expect from the Cartoon Network series.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies also has a new poster, which boasts the tagline, "The superhero movie to end all superhero movies. Hopefully." It features the gang sitting in chairs getting ready to film their very own movie. As it turns out, this movie is actually going to be something of a commentary on superhero movies in general, as
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Review: Michael Giacchino At 50, Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Michael Giacchino is a film composer who’s still on the up and if you’ve watched the likes of Lost, Rogue One, Jurassic World, a whole host of Pixar or any of the recent Star Trek films then his music has definitely entered your life, and that’s just a small selection. Giacchino has built an impressive body of work over the past 18 years and I was more than excited to see him perform live, and so on the occasion of his 50th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall, it was quite exceptional.

Following the likes of Ennio Morricone, Howard Shore, Henry Mancini, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and the mighty John Williams, Giacchino has played the Albert Hall before when he lead an orchestra for a live version of Star Trek into Darkness in 2014 but this Friday night was something particularly special, as it was to celebrate his 50th Birthday.
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Camera Tests for “The Muppet Movie” Filmed back in 1979

Existentialism in the Muppets is a funny thing to watch. This witty banter from back in 1979 is just hilarious mostly because it doesn’t seem to fit with the idea of the Muppets as was depicted in the show. Fozzy and Kermit are without a doubt two of the greatest characters in the entire show and had some of the best dialogue ever. It’s hard to believe that things started so simply when you really look at the success of the Muppets, but at one point and time things were a lot simpler with a lot more improvised dialogue. Obviously

Camera Tests for “The Muppet Movie” Filmed back in 1979
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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 5 Preview: Sasha Pieterse, Jordan Fisher & More Explain Disney Night Routines!

'Dancing With the Stars' Week 5 Preview: Sasha Pieterse, Jordan Fisher & More Explain Disney Night Routines!
It's week five of Dancing With the Stars!

As the 10 remaining contestants and their pro partners take the stage on Monday, they'll transform into some of the most magical characters from their favorite Disney films.

That's right, it's Disney night, and Et's breaking down everything we can expect to see in the ballroom!

Who's on top of the leaderboard?

1. Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold: 29/30

2. Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27/30

3. Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas: 26/30

Watch: Nikki Bella Opens Up About Her 'Scary' Neck Injury Following Most Memorable Year Night on 'DWTS'

Who's in danger of elimination?

Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd received the lowest score from the judges last week, 22/30. Whether they'll stay in the competition will heavily rely on fan votes. Guess we'll have to wait and see what happens!

What are the stars dancing to?

Drew Scott & Emma Slater

Viennese Waltz, "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson

Argentine Tango, "Angelica" from [link=tt
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Beyond Fest 2017: Paul Williams on the Legacy of Phantom Of The Paradise and How it Led to Him Working on a New Pan’S Labyrinth Musical

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One of the biggest highlights for this writer came last weekend when I had the chance to attend the special screening of Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise during Beyond Fest 2017, where composer and co-star Paul Williams was in attendance for a lively Q&A that followed the film.

Williams, the man behind so many brilliant songs including “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie or “We’ve Only Just Begun” from The Carpenters, as well as numerous scores including Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Bugsy Malone, and, of course, Phantom of the Paradise, Williams is one of the most unique talents in Hollywood, with his presence being felt in both his songs and his on-screen performances as well.

Even though he’s been working for more than five decades, Williams shows no signs of slowing down any time soon (he collaborated with Daft Punk in 2013, and
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'Young Sheldon': TV Review

The Muppet Babies, the animated series that has become generational shorthand for taking beloved characters and arbitrarily aging them down for cutesy reasons, was not a prequel. It existed outside of the continuity of The Muppet Movie and The Muppet Show and just placed Kermit, Piggy, Animal and the gang in a youthful context because it was adorable; it never claimed that the events taking place in the nursery were going to shape the adult versions of the characters. For that reason, The Muppet Babies is often mocked for its lowest-common-denominator brand opportunism.

I mention Muppet Babies because CBS' new...
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Joel Schiller, Craftsman on 'The Graduate' and 'The Muppet Movie,' Dies at 86

Joel Schiller, Craftsman on 'The Graduate' and 'The Muppet Movie,' Dies at 86
Joel Schiller, the respected production designer and art director known for his work on such films as Rosemary's Baby, Murphy's Romance and The Muppet Movie, has died. He was 86.

Schiller died Jan. 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his friend of 40 years, Al Heintzelman, told The Hollywood Reporter. His death had not been previously reported.

A skilled painter who studied with John Groth and William de Kooning, Schiller served as assistant production designer under the legendary Richard Sylbert on The Graduate (1967), where he created the conceptual fish-bowl environment for Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin Braddock.

Schiller then...
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19 Coolest Ice Cream Scenes in Movies, From ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Videos)

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19 Coolest Ice Cream Scenes in Movies, From ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Videos)
From “It’s a Wonderful Life” to “Wonder Woman,” Hollywood has licked up America’s favorite frozen treat. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) George Bailey bonds with his future love an ice cream parlor. Roman Holiday (1953) Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck enjoy a sweet treat on Rome’s Spanish Steps. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Bette Davis clutches two ice cream cones on a Malibu beach. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) John Carpenter’s shocker includes a surprise killing of a girl. The Muppet Movie (1979) Bob Hope and Fozzie Bear bond over ice cream. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Justin Henry acts out
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Paul Williams on His ‘Baby Driver’ Cameo, Being Ascap President and Having a Song Covered by Elvis

Paul Williams on His ‘Baby Driver’ Cameo, Being Ascap President and Having a Song Covered by Elvis
Over the course of a unique career that stretches back to the 1960s, Paul Williams has been and is a songwriter, singer, actor, a recovering alcoholic and recovery advocate, and not least the president/chairman of Ascap, a role he’s held since 2009 and for which he was recently elected to a fifth term.

He’s also enjoyed, as he puts it, a truly remarkable “third act” in his career, which includes winning a Grammy in 2014 for his work on Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” and, most recently, a brief and memorable cameo as a corrupt cop/illegal arms dealer (Spoiler Alert: who is quickly shot by Jamie Foxx’s character) in “Baby Driver.” The role is startling to anyone who knows him and doesn’t know it’s coming, not only because the diminutive Williams is apparently portraying the most well-dressed, erudite and loquacious corrupt cop/illegal arms dealer in history, but
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Exclusive: George Clooney Preaches the Importance of Recycling in New Nespresso Ad -- Watch!

Exclusive: George Clooney Preaches the Importance of Recycling in New Nespresso Ad -- Watch!
George Clooney's latest Nespresso ad is here!

The 56-year-old actor, who's represented the Swiss brand internationally since 2006, stars in yet another one of the coffee company's commercials as part of their Comin' Home campaign. This time, he's focused on the importance of recycling.

Watch:George Clooney and Rande Gerber Sell Casamigos Tequila Company for $1 Billion

In the new ad, Clooney walks to a recycling area, where he runs into fellow actor Andy Garcia, who's also recycling his Nespresso capsules. The ad reveals they're 100% recyclable, which Clooney described while exclusively chatting with Et about the project.

"I think generations are changing and generations today are more aware and understand the fact that we can't keep creating giant piles of trash and leaving it for the next generation to deal with," he explained. "The nice thing is that this generation of people who use the Nespresso machines and capsules, I believe, understand that we're
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Peculiar children and fantastic beasts are in our June Family Favourites!

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Peculiar children and fantastic beasts are in our June Family Favourites!Peculiar children and fantastic beasts are in our June Family Favourites!Jenny Bullough6/1/2017 10:01:00 Am Summer is here at last and we couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of longer days, sunshine and warm weather! We’re also pretty psyched for the lineup of Family Favourites this month; with an old classic and some recent first-run hits coming back to the big screen, there’s plenty to choose from! If you have a free Saturday morning, check out the lineup of this month’s Family Favourites! At only 2.99 per ticket, it’s a great deal and a fun way to spend some quality family time at the movies. June 3 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Sixteen-year-old Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of an old
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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV shows

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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsStar Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsJenny Bullough4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am With the movie adaptation of the classic 80s TV show CHiPs out in theatres now, and the Baywatch movie just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about the classic and beloved TV series that have been reborn on the big screen as movies (and sometimes even movie franchises)! Not all of these movies ended up as critically-acclaimed award winners, but frankly, we love them anyway. There’s just something sweetly nostalgic about seeing a TV show you loved when you were younger, or even an older TV show that you missed out on, reimagined for the movie screen. Here’s our list of the top ten TV shows adapted into movies: 10: The Brady Bunch Movie How do you adapt
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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV shows

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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsStar Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsJenny Bullough4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am With the movie adaptation of the classic 80s TV show CHiPs out in theatres now, and the Baywatch movie just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about the classic and beloved TV series that have been reborn on the big screen as movies (and sometimes even movie franchises)! Not all of these movies ended up as critically-acclaimed award winners, but frankly, we love them anyway. There’s just something sweetly nostalgic about seeing a TV show you loved when you were younger, or even an older TV show that you missed out on, reimagined for the movie screen. Here’s our list of the top ten TV shows adapted into movies: 10: The Brady Bunch Movie How do you adapt
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Legion Recap: White Noise

Legion Recap: White Noise
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Legion recap here.

We’re more than halfway through this first season of Legion now, and we’re starting to understand how David’s mutant mind works (and doesn’t work). But this week’s episode threw a few new curveballs at us… including a truly Wtf moment at the end that threatened to take us all the way back to square one.

David and Syd bring a wounded Kerry back to Summerland so Cary can patch up his bodymate. And David has a newfound confidence — you could even call it arrogance — after rescuing Syd.
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Blu-ray Review – Smokey & The Bandit: The Complete Collection

Smokey & The Bandit: The Complete Collection.

Directed by Hal Needham/Dick Lowry.

Starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, Mike Henry, Colleen Camp, Dom DeLuise, Macon McCalman, Michael Mann, George Reynolds.

Synopsis:

Box set featuring all three car chase movies remastered on Blu-ray, courtesy of Fabulous Films.

Thanks to Fabulous Films you can now relive those rainy bank holidays of the 1980s with this box set of good ol’ boy charm and crazy car stunts that is the Smokey & The Bandit trilogy, fully restored and available as a box set or individually.

In the first movie, legendary driver The Bandit (Burt ReynoldsDeliverance/Boogie Nights) accepts a challenge from shady businessmen Big Enos Burdette (Pat McCormickScrooged) and his son Little Enos (Paul Williams – The Muppet Movie) that he cannot illegally transport a truckload of beer from Texas to Atlanta within 28 hours. Recruiting
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Curtis Hanson Rip: 1945-2016

Curtis Hanson--Confidentially

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Alex Simon

Curtis Hanson was my first interview with a fellow film buff and film journalist. He was nice enough to sit down with me twice, first at the Rose Cafe in Venice, then at a lunch spot in the Marina, the name of which has been lost to time. He was then kind enough to invite me to the world premiere of "L.A. Confidential" at the Chinese Theater as his guest, my first time on the red carpet at a real-life Hollywood premiere, and called me after this piece ran to thank me personally. A nice man. Hanson, and co-writer Brian Helgeland, would go on to win Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars for "L.A. Confidential."

Years later, I ran into Hanson at a book signing party for Pat York that was held in Westwood. I approached him and reminded him of our interview a decade or so earlier.
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