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Film Review: ‘Haze’

Film Review: ‘Haze’
Managing to avoid an air of overt exploitation despite considerable lurid content, writer-director David Burkman’s “Haze” is a fictional portrait of particularly abusive fraternity and sorority hazings at a nameless American university. The filmmaker’s debut feature is a somewhat pulpy drama, but it’s effective nonetheless.

While most movies addressing Greek life have been comic (from “Animal House” to “Neighbors”), there have been a fair number that have treated related bullying issues more soberly, from 1977 B-pic “The Hazing” to 2008 trash-horror delight “Frat House Massacre,” not to mention serious-minded recent Sundance breakouts “Goat” and “Burning Sand.” “Haze” lands in the upper-middle of that pack, mixing pseudo-documentary elements with a bacchanalia of staged excesses that sometimes seem to drive the film more than its fairly strong narrative arc. Yet despite some passages that are hyper-edited a little too much a la “MTV Spring Break,” the film has an admirable confidence and credibility.

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Remembering Roger Moore, Chris Cornell, Powers Boothe and More Reel-Important People We Lost in May

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Gregg Allman (1947-2017) - Singer, Songwriter, Musician. As a founding member, singer, songwriter and keyboardist for The Allman Brothers Band, he can be heard on many soundtracks. He also acted in the movies Rush and Rush Week and appears in the documentaries Lightning in a Bottle and Muscle Shoals. A film about his life titled Midnight Rider after one of his most famous songs was canceled during production due to a deadly accident during filming...

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Attention Idiot Hookers: We're Starting a Secret Scream Queens Society and You Better Not Tell a Soul

Attention Idiot Hookers: We're Starting a Secret Scream Queens Society and You Better Not Tell a Soul
Ok, listen up you tragic little tartlets who haven't even seen one episode of Scream Queens and yet somehow deem yourself worth of sharing the same air. Scream Queens—you know, the best new show this fall, Duh, that was loosely inspired by that infamous sorority bitch letter from hell—is premiering exactly one week from today. Which means Scream Queens Rush Week is officially On. You've probably heard the pathetic, whiney whispers by all those losers who will Never Get In* and so fine, whatever, we can just come right out and tell you it's true: We here at E! are already so In Love and so In with Scream Queens that we're launching our own...
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'Neighbors 2' Lands Selena Gomez

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'Neighbors 2' Lands Selena Gomez
While most comedy sequels never live up to the original, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising may finally be the exception to the rule. It's sticking pretty close to the formula that made the original 2014 comedy Neighbors such a hit, while also bringing a finely tuned twist. Not to mention some heavy artillery in the form of new cast members. First, the very popular Chloe Moretz was added as the leader of a sorority who moves in next-door to a married couple played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne. Now, Chloe Moretz's sorority sister has been revealed, and it's Selena Gomez!

Yes, the former Disney princess turned Spring Breaker is going to be throwing one massive hissy fit on the lawn of her sorority house, and E! was on the scene as shooting got under way. They even shared a photo of Selena Gomez as production continued through the night on the Atlanta set.
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Randy Jackson Leaves 'American Idol' After 13 Seasons

Randy Jackson Leaves 'American Idol' After 13 Seasons
Randy Jackson announced today that he will not be returning for Season 14 of American Idol. Here's what the veteran music producer had to say in a statement to Deadline about leaving the series.

"After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol. I'm proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what's next."

Randy Jackson was one of the original American Idol judges alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul when the show first debuted in 2002. He stayed on as a judge for the first 12 seasons, before he announced in May 2013 that he would be leaving the show. Just a few months later, he came back in a new role as a mentor for Season 13, working with contestants
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Bye, Dawg: Randy Jackson is leaving 'American Idol' after 13 seasons

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Bye, Dawg: Randy Jackson is leaving 'American Idol' after 13 seasons
Randy Jackson won't be returning to "American Idol" next year. The longtime judge (and later mentor) has announced that he's exiting the Fox reality series after 13 seasons: “I’m proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever," Jackson told Deadline in a statement. "A true original, 'Idol' started it all. Onto what’s next.” Jackson was one of the three original "Idol" judges alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. He first announced he was leaving last May, but decided to return as a mentor, working with contestants during "Rush Week" and later in the finals. His exit leaves host Ryan Seacrest as the series' only remaining original cast member. “Randy has been such an integral part of 'American Idol' since day one, both as a judge and as a mentor,
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Idol Judges on Season 14: J.Lo Wants Less Cruelty, Adam Lambert Seeks Artistry, Harry Flinches at 'Geek' Label

Idol Judges on Season 14: J.Lo Wants Less Cruelty, Adam Lambert Seeks Artistry, Harry Flinches at 'Geek' Label
A change (or two) is gonna come when Season 14 of American Idol returns next January — starting with the lineup of judges at the New York City auditions and possibly percolating down to the kind of contestants being sought and the amount of torture they’ll receive from the show’s producers.

Indeed, due to the sudden death of his father-in-law, panelist Keith Urban had to sit out Tuesday and Wednesday’s callbacks at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. But Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert stepped in alongside Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., to hand out Golden Tickets
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Four Join ‘One & Two’ For Sundance Winning ‘Rich Hill’ Director; ‘Total Frat Movie’ Taps Tom Green

Four Join ‘One & Two’ For Sundance Winning ‘Rich Hill’ Director; ‘Total Frat Movie’ Taps Tom Green
Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothée Chalamet (Homeland, Interstellar), Grant Bowler (True Blood, Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight, True Detective) will star in One & Two, the next feature from director Andrew Droz Palermo. Palermo, a Dp whose credits include You’re Next, V/H/S, and Hannah Fidell’s A Teacher, made his helming debut with co-director Tracy Droz Tragos on Rich Hill, the 2014 documentary about youngsters growing up in an impoverished Midwestern town that won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize. One & Two follows a family of four who live peacefully in purposeful isolation in a mysterious farmhouse, where siblings Zac and Eva begin to explore unusual abilities and dark family secrets when their mother falls ill. Palermo co-wrote the film with Neima Shahdadi and will begin filming soon in North Carolina. Kim Sherman is producing with Bow + Arrow Entertainment’s Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman. Bow + Arrow and Protagonist Pictures are executive producers.
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American Idol Crowns Caleb Johnson Its Winner!

American Idol Crowns Caleb Johnson Its Winner!
More than 75,000 auditioned, but only one could become the 13th American Idol. "It's going to be close, I would imagine," judge Harry Connick, Jr., told reporters after Tuesday night's performance finale of the final vote, which came down to Jena Irene Asciutto and Caleb Johnson. And as he prophesized, it was anyone's guess who would become the Fox reality singing competition's latest winner. So who ultimately took home the title? Caleb Johnson! "Thank you so much … so much," Johnson said before attempting to sing his coronation song "As Long As You Love Me" before being inundated by hugs from his
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Caleb Johnson Is the New American Idol!

Caleb Johnson Is the New American Idol!
More than 75,000 auditioned, but only one could become the 13th American Idol.

"It's going to be close, I would imagine," judge Harry Connick, Jr., told reporters after Tuesday night's performance finale of the final vote, which came down to Jena Irene Asciutto and Caleb Johnson.

And as he prophesized, it was anyone's guess who would become the Fox reality singing competition's latest winner.

So who ultimately took home the title? Caleb Johnson!

"Thank you so much … so much," Johnson said before attempting to sing his coronation song "As Long as You Love Me" before being inundated by hugs from his
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American Idol Crowns a New Winner!

American Idol Crowns a New Winner!
Over 75,000 auditioned, but only one could become the 13th American Idol. "It's going to be close, I would imagine," judge Harry Connick, Jr. told reporters after Tuesday night's performance finale of the final vote, which came down to Jena Irene Asciutto and Caleb Johnson. And as he prophesized, it was anyone's guess who would become the Fox reality singing competition's latest winner. (Major spoiler ahead!) Asciutto was almost eliminated from the season during Rush Week but steadily improved week to week and became Idol's first female wild card to become a finalist. "I'm a baby still, so it's cool
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Hellweek Goes Grindhouse

In 2009 an urban legend turned out to be true and a college hazing turned out to be deadly in Hellweek, a horror film you've probably never seen. In 2013 the film was released. Now, in 2014, a special grindhouse edition is here. Read on for details.

From the Press Release

Sgl Entertainment has released a "Grindhouse" version of the cult classic horror film Hellweek. This faster paced, all new version, edited by Bobby Jones, includes some cool never-before-seen footage.

Eddie Lengyel’s Hellweek is the tale of “Hazing Gone Bad.” Rush week turns unexpectedly hellish when a band of sadistic, masked homicidal maniacs holed up in an abandoned warehouse wreak havoc on a bunch of not-so-innocent college kids.

Wanting to ensure the new pledges prove they’re worthy, fraternity president J.J. sends them to a deserted warehouse rumored to be inhabited by demonic squatters. But the hazing takes on a sadistic
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'American Idol' Top 13 results: Did Kristen O'Connor, Malaya Watson or Mk Nobilette go home?

While "American Idol" Season 13 Rush Week was pretty brutal, the atmosphere during the show's Top 13 elimination show was still tense. Malaya Watson, Mk Nobilette and Kristen O'Connor were the first three singers sent to the bottom. Which one went home?

In the end, Kristen was sent packing. There is a save, which expires at Top 6 week, but clearly the judges weren't going to use it the very first week -- and they didn't. Here's how it went down:

The first group brought onstage to hear results was Malaya, Jena, Alex and Ben. While Ben, Alex and Jena were sent to safety, Malaya was sent to the first stool of doom. (That wasn't too shocking since her rendition of Bruno Mars' "Runaway Baby" was all over the place -- in a bad way.)

The second group included Mk, Sam, Majesty and Dexter. Ryan Seacrest sent Dexter, Majesty and Sam to safety,
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'American Idol' Recap: The Top 13 Bring Us Back to Normalcy

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Hello all! Last season's recapper Bill King here, filling in for John this week, and it's great to be back! Now that the madness and questionable decisions of the ludicrous Rush Week are behind us, it's time to get back to good ol' fashioned Idol. Thirteen singers, everyone gets to perform, America decides and all the judges can do is hang on to the save in case we all do something catastrophically stupid.

This is ... American Idol.
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'American Idol' top 13 party, on the scene: Judges and finalists talk format changes, song choices, more

'American Idol' top 13 party, on the scene: Judges and finalists talk format changes, song choices, more
The lucky 13 finalists for season 13 of American Idol were revealed Thursday night, and immediately after, the group got to celebrate together in Hollywood. This week marked the first live shows of the new season, which has seen many format changes from previous years.

One of those changes is the just-finished Rush Week, which featured a workshop with former judge Randy Jackson and the help of Idol alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry. New judge Harry Connick Jr. also got the first “boo” of the season for his song-choice critiques to some of the female contestants. EW was on the scene
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American Idol Ratings Drop to an All Time Low!

American Idol Ratings Drop to an All Time Low!
Is the fat lady about to sing? Thursday night's broadcast of American Idol hit an all-time ratings low. The Fox musical competition slumped to a mere 2.4 out of 7—the lowest number in the series' history, and down 20 percent from last Thursday's semi-finalist reveal. This week, Idol debuted their first ever "Rush Week," an expedited elimination process that started off with 30 singing hopefuls and cut more than a third of their talented group in just three days. Despite revealing this season's top 13 finalists, only 9.2 million viewers tuned in to last night's hour-long broadcast. Throughout the week, many Idol fans claimed that with the new rush week formatting, the judges...
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American Idol Recap: Meet the Top 13 Finalists! Plus, Which 3 Scored the Judges' Wild Cards?

American Idol Recap: Meet the Top 13 Finalists! Plus, Which 3 Scored the Judges' Wild Cards?
And Rush Week has come to a close. Arguably one of the cruelest cuts in American Idol history, this week saw the elimination of 17 contestants in a three-episode span. On Tuesday, five guys were sent home before they even got to sing, while Wednesday saw the ousting of five ladies. And on Thursday's episode of the Fox reality hit, the Top 13 was finally revealed. So which 10 contestants did America send through? And which three contestants were chosen as judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.'s wild card picks?  America, meet your Top 10! Ben Briley, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, Mk Nobilette, Emily Piriz, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and...
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Jennifer Lopez’s ‘American Idol’ Outfit: Wows In Wide-Leg Trousers

J.Lo is back in the spotlight and looking amazing! We couldn’t be happier to see the very fashionable judge take her place on the stage, but how did you feel about her latest look? Vote.

Jennifer Lopez, 44, has been in and out of the fashion spotlight — and now she’s back in action as judge for Season 13 of American Idol. She stepped onto the stage for the Feb. 19 episode rocking a major trend for the upcoming season — wide-leg trousers. Although it’s a difficult look for some to pull off, this multi-tasking mom was just glowing as she exhibited the right way to rock the style. We are applauding you J.Lo!

Jennifer Lopez’s ‘American Idol’ Outfit For Rush Week:

Jennifer strutted across the stage wowing the audience in a glamorous get-up. She wore a Rami Al Ali Spring 2013 couture sparkling, long-sleeved top with a sheer
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“American Idol” Recap: Oh Boy?

Fifteen men. Fifteen layered “rocker” outfits from H&M. Fifteen obligations to make preteen girls clap, whinny, and vote. Who will win? Who will whinny?

I did a couple of times. Not raucously, but overall, the first showcase of American Idol‘s male contestant crop was much better than the distaff half’s debut on Tuesday night. Some areas of improvement over the ladies: less screaming; more looking-like-they-belong-on-a-stage; handsomeness; guitar antics; palpable sensuality; faces for gay men to enjoy. Maybe we didn’t get a tender, tearful moment in the vein of M.K. Nobilette‘s whispery triumph on Tuesday, but I think we clearly saw five dudes fulla feelings emerge as frontrunners. Which is convenient, considering only five are guaranteed to proceed.

I know this isn’t news to readers of TheBacklot, but it must be stated: Adam Lambert, who again appeared as a guest mentor alongside the world
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‘American Idol’: Sam Woolf Dominates Top 15 Guys During Rush Week

Did you like Sam as much as we did? Watch his performance, then drop a comment with Your top ‘Idol’ pick from Rush Week!

This season’s top 15 guys went head to head (voice to voice?) on the Feb. 19 episode of American Idol, and while there were quite a few stand-out performers, one contestant stood head and shoulders above the rest: Sarasota, Fla., resident Sam Woolf! Excuse me while I totally fan-girl over him.

Not only was Sam’s version of David Gray‘s “Babylon” a breezy romp of plucky perfection, but the charming brunette had the entire audience eating out of the palm of his hand. I hate to be ‘that guy,’ but Sam totally fits the mold of past winners like Phillip Phillips and David Cook – and by that, I mean he’s a handsome white guy with a guitar. He’s pretty much a shoe-in to make
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