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Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger Season 1 Episode 7 Review – ‘Lotus Eaters’

Red Stewart reviews the seventh episode of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger…

There’s something about psychoanalytical episodes in superhero television shows that fascinate me.

From Smallville’s “Labyrinth,” to Arrow’s “Kapiushon,” to The Flash’s “Into the Speed Force,” I have frequently found myself engaged in each respective plot. Perhaps it is because I grew up enjoying Freudian theories, or maybe it’s because I love the inherent darkness that comes from those kinds of stories.

Whatever the case, I can safely say that the seventh entry in Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, titled “Lotus Eaters,” succeeded in keeping up the reputation of introspective episodes. Continuing from last week’s “Funhouse Mirrors,” Tandy convinces Tyrone to help her get Mina’s father, Dr. Ivan Hess, out of his catatonic state after she discovers a shadowy presence inside his mind. Hess, for those who haven’t been keeping up, is
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There is Something in the Water with James Ojala's Strange Nature: A Preview

Tagline: "Our Waters are Hiding a Killer." Strange Nature is a horror film from spfx guru James Ojala (Hellboy II: The Golden Army ). In Strange Nature, a real life ecological disaster is brought to the screen. In 1995, deformed frogs began to appear in Minnesota ponds. The film shows those deformities in some of the characters! Strange Nature stars: Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day), Tiffany Shepis (Victor Crowley) Carlos Alazraqui and John Hennigan. A trailer for the film was released late last year (found below). Now, a concept poster is available, here. For more on the story, the real life events for the film were investigated by the U.S. government, until 2001. A cause, for the amphibious deformities, was never found. Within the film, a single mother struggles to deal with a number of strange incidents. She must protect her son as a small town, in Minnesota, begins to turn into something unrecognizable.
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It Follows Giant Man Mike Lanier Dies at 48

Mike Lanier, aka the Gentle Giant, has passed away. He was 48-years old. At 7'7" tall, he and his twin brother are in the Guinness Book of World Records for the tallest twins and that record led to him getting the part of the "Giant Man" in 2014's supernatural horror film It Follows. Outside of horror fans, Lanier was better known for his stint playing college basketball for UCLA in the early 1990s where he played 19 games. He also got his degree in Sociology from the prestigious school during that time.

Mike Lanier was born on Nov. 27th, 1969. He died this week due to complications from pancreatic cancer and acromegaly, which is a condition where too much growth hormone is produced. Lanier was obviously well aware of his height. In an interview with GQ from 2015, he likened his life to the movie Groundhog Day. He explains.

"Every day, I walk outside my door,
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Jeffrey Tambor Replaced as Voice in Paramount’s Upcoming Animated Movie ‘Wonder Park’

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Jeffrey Tambor Replaced as Voice in Paramount’s Upcoming Animated Movie ‘Wonder Park’
Jeffrey Tambor, who in recent months has been accused of harassment, has been replaced as voice talent in Paramount’s upcoming animated offering “Wonder Park,” a Paramount spokesperson told TheWrap on Thursday.

Tambor has been replaced in the film, which had previously been titled “Adventure Park,” by Ken Hudson Campbell, whose credits include “Armageddon,” “Groundhog Day” and “Home Alone.”

“Jeffrey Tambor is not part of the final voice cast for ‘Wonder Park.’ During production, we came to the decision that it was in the best interests of the film to go in a different direction,” the Paramount spokesperson told TheWrap. “The character of Boomer the Bear is now voiced by the very talented Ken Hudson Campbell.”

Also Read: 'Arrested Development' Star Jason Bateman Apologizes for 'Insensitive' Jeffrey Tambor Defense

Wonder Park” is scheduled for release on March 15 of next year.

The voice talent also includes Sofia Mali, Jennifer Garner,
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TVLine Items: Billy Eichner's FX 'Toon, Real World Revival and More

TVLine Items: Billy Eichner's FX 'Toon, Real World Revival and More
Billy Eichner is reuniting with his former Street gang for a new animated series at FX.

The artist formerly known as Billy on the Street is developing Time Travelin’ Jerk, our sister site Deadline reports. The potential series is described as Back to the Future meets Groundhog Day, and would chronicle the story of Ashley, a millennial who gets stuck time traveling — and hates every minute of it. Eichner would voice male lead Parker, an “awkwardly sweet” accountant who joins Ashley on her time-hopping adventures.

Eichner is credited as a co-creator on the project, which he will executive-produce alongside former
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Viacom to Launch Paramount Network in U.K. in July

Viacom Intl. Media Networks U.K. announced Friday that it will launch Paramount Network, a free-to-air channel offering a mix of drama, comedy and movies, in Britain on July 4.

The channel will be scheduled and programmed by Britain’s Channel 5 editorial team under the direction of Ben Frow, director of programs for Channel 5, which is also owned by Viacom. The U.K. Paramount channel will be the third iteration of Paramount Network after those in the U.S. and Spain. The international rollout is being overseen by Jill Offman, executive vice president of Comedy Central and Paramount Network Intl.
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How Tommy Mottola Brought Donna Summer to Broadway

How Tommy Mottola Brought Donna Summer to Broadway
Tommy Mottola was the king of the music business for so long that he had his pick of any A-list star to perform at his 2000 wedding to Mexican singer and actress Thalía. He invited Donna Summer. “She’s my wife’s favorite singer,” Mottola recalls on a recent afternoon. “I didn’t tell my wife because I wanted to surprise her. Halfway through the dinner, ‘MacArthur Park’ starts playing. Donna then walks onstage. It was stunning. And then, of course, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan all got onstage, singing with Donna, doing background. It was a hell of an extravaganza.
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Smoking! Belts! Awkward sex! Diane Keaton film cliches

Why does every Dk film feel like it’s stuck in a Groundhog Day of tasteful furniture, odd mugging and la-di-dahing? As the Book Club arrives, here are the tricks to her formula

Since the release of Something’s Gotta Give in 2003, Diane Keaton has enjoyed a busy career playing women of a certain age getting a second shot at life and love. In fact, this whole period can be interpreted as one long film in which Diane Keaton gets a second shot at life and love over and over again. Her latest film, Book Club, is about four women getting a second shot at life and love, which is, if nothing else, a nice twist. In order to reinforce this basic format, Diane Keaton films feature certain recurrent themes. In the unlikely event that you might want to write your own, here are the elements you will need …

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'I’m nothing but compost’: Bill Murray on good friends, bad bosses and Harvey Weinstein

The actor talks about loneliness, big families, his temperamental reputation – and why he loves to live in the moment

The last time I met Bill Murray things got rather physical rather quickly. It was the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars party and I was about to leave, bloated with celebrity sightings and starting to suffer from indigestion. But as I walked out I saw a man arrive who made me turn around and go right back in.

By now, Bill Murray has long bypassed mere celebrity status to become something close to a spiritual symbol, a guru of zen, and his frequent appearances among the masses (in a karaoke bar! In a couple’s engagement photo!) are reported on the internet with the excitement of sightings of the messiah. Ever since his pitch perfect performances in 90s classics Groundhog Day and Rushmore, he has enjoyed a career renaissance, shucking off his well-hewn
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Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time Review

What’s not to love about Little Witch Academia? From the quirky witches to the trouble they get into, the anime films and TV series are adorable and fun, and I was super excited to be a part of the girl’s mischief when I heard about the game. Yet the beat ‘em up adventure title, Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time, wasn’t quite what I’d been expecting.

It’s the first day of summer holidays at the school for witches, Luna Nova Magical Academy. Protagonist Akko is already in trouble. Accidentally discovering a hidden passageway, and touching the glowing clock inside ends as well as you might expect. A Groundhog Day situation ensues, where the same 24 hours repeat themselves. Luckily, those that enter the secret Horologium Chamber are aware of the loop, giving Akko and her friends a chance to get time back on track.

The premise
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Broadway Favorite Andy Karl Steps Into 'Pretty Woman'

The Broadway-bound musical adaptation of Pretty Woman has a new leading man.

The production team headed by Paula Wagner announced Wednesday that Andy Karl will step into the role of cutthroat corporate raider Edward Lewis, the part originated by Richard Gere in the 1990 movie, when the show moves to New York this summer.

A three-time Tony nominee who won a 2016 Olivier Award for Groundhog Day, Karl will star in the modern-day Cinderella story opposite Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) as Vivian Ward, the Hollywood Boulevard hooker who dreams of a better life. He steps into the role played in the musical'...
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Ruby Modine Will Return in 'Happy Death Day 2'; Here's Everything We Know

Update: Ruby Modine will reprise her role as Lori Spenger in Happy Death Day 2, according to Variety. Her character, a nursing student, was the roommate of the lead character, played by Jessica Rothe, in the original. Modine first gained attention from a supporting role on Showtime's Shameless series.  (Our previously-published post is below, with more details.) Cleverly taking the premise of Groundhog Day and applying it to the horror genre, Happy Death Day is a pleasant little slasher film. But it mostly works because actress Jessica Rothe is so appealing in the lead role as a college student who keeps getting killed on her birthday, only to wake up the same morning over and over.  Happy Death Day received mostly...
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Complete Casting Announced for The Prom; Ticket Pre-Sale Begins May 23

Producers and Presidents of The Prom Committee Dori Berinstein, Bill Damaschke and Jack Lane announce today that the hilarious new Broadway musical comedy The Prom will star Tony Award Nominee Brooks Ashmanskas Something Rotten, Tony Award Winner Beth Leavel The Drowsy Chaperone, two-time Tony Award Nominee Christopher Sieber Shrek the Musical, Caitlin Kinnunen Bridges of Madison County, Isabelle McCalla Aladdin, Michael Potts The Iceman Cometh, Angie Schworer The Producers, Courtenay Collins Broadway Debut and Josh Lamon Groundhog Day.
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Ruby Modine Also Returning In ‘Happy Death Day’ Sequel

Ruby Modine Also Returning In ‘Happy Death Day’ Sequel
As we recently told you, a sequel to last year’s Groundhog Day-style slasher film Happy Death Day is filming this year, and it’s was recently confirmed that breakout star Jessica Rothe will be returning as main character Tree Gelbman, while Israel Broussard will also be back as Carter Davis, Tree’s boyfriend. Now, Variety adds that Ruby Modine has signed on to reprise her role […]
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'Happy Death Day 2' Begins Shooting This Month; Here's Everything We Know

Cleverly taking the premise of Groundhog Day and applying it to the horror genre, Happy Death Day is a pleasant little slasher film. But it mostly works because actress Jessica Rothe is so appealing in the lead role as a college student who keeps getting killed on her birthday, only to wake up the same morning over and over.  Happy Death Day received mostly positive reviews (71% on Rotten Tomatoes) and wound up with an impressive $123 million gross worldwide. Naturally, Blumhouse and Universal are making a sequel, and Happy Death Day 2 is now set to begin shooting on May 10. According to Deadline, Rothe is returning alongside some newly cast co-stars.  Find out more on that and everything else we know about the follow-up...
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Happy Death Day 2 Begins Casting, Jessica Rothe Returning

Though Paramount and Platinum Dunes had originally pegged Friday the 13th for release in October of 2017, that sought-after corridor ultimately belonged to another horror title: Happy Death Day.

Blumhouse and Christopher Landon’s sleeper hit took the best elements from films like Groundhog Day and Scream and wrapped them all up in a very entertaining package – even if the final product proved to be a bit too familiar for some. And in typical Blumhouse fashion, Happy Death Day exceeded all expectations at the box office as well, raking in over $100 million on a production budget of just $4.8 million. Not bad, right?

That’s an impressive turnaround in and of itself, and to no surprise, it means that we’re now getting a sequel. Yes, Happy Death Day 2 will head in front of cameras this month, with shooting taking place in New Orleans and today, Deadline is bringing us some casting news.
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Happy Death Day 2 Casting Begins, Jessica Rothe Returns as Tree

Happy Death Day 2 is officially happening. Blumhouse Productions is moving forward with the horror sequel and has announced the first casting details, with production slated to begin this month. Given the success that the first movie enjoyed, it was expected that a sequel was all but guaranteed and it had even been discussed publicly by some of the cast, but now it's official. With filming getting underway on May 10, we should expect to see Happy Death Day 2 in theaters in 2019, but a release date has yet to be officially announced.

We previously reported that the sequel would begin production in May, but the production date is a few days earlier than expected. Jessica Rothe, who served as the protagonist of the first Happy Death Day, returns for the sequel alongside Israel Broussard, who will also be reprising his role. New cast members include Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), who
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First ‘Happy Death Day 2’ Casting Announced; Jessica Rothe Returns as Tree!

First ‘Happy Death Day 2’ Casting Announced; Jessica Rothe Returns as Tree!
As we recently told you, a sequel to last year’s Groundhog Day-style slasher film Happy Death Day is filming this year, and it’s just been officially confirmed that breakout star Jessica Rothe will be returning as main character Tree Gelbman. This isn’t exactly surprising news but it’s great news, as Rothe’s performance in the first […]
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5 Crazy Stories You Didn’t Know About the Making of ‘Caddyshack’

5 Crazy Stories You Didn’t Know About the Making of ‘Caddyshack’
Just like Carl Spackler and his imagined victory at the Masters, “Caddyshack” was the surprise cult comedy no one saw coming.

The year was 1980. Chevy Chase and Bill Murray were at the peak of their fame in their halcyon “Saturday Night Live” days; Rodney Dangerfield and Ted Knight were having career resurgences; and “Animal House” was a massive blockbuster that ushered in a new generation of slobs vs. snobs comedy into the mainstream.

And yet the cast, producer Doug Kenney and director Harold Ramis were prepared for “Caddyshack” to tank. Ramis was a first-time director trying to wrangle a fiasco of a production. Early preview screenings made them think they had floated a Baby Ruth in the pool rather than landed on the next “Animal House.” And the response from critics and the box office was tepid at best.

Entertainment Weekly film critic Chris Nashawaty’s new book, “Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story,” charts the journey the film took to cult acclaim, from Kenney’s time at National Lampoon to the cast’s rise to stardom at Second City and “SNL.” There are a lot of surprise revelations about the making of “Caddyshack,” from cocaine-addled benders on set to some last minute scrambling to get Murray’s character in the film at all.

Also Read: 'Groundhog Day' at 25: How Bill Murray Rom-Com Became an Accidental Classic

The original draft of the script was 200 pages long – and Carl Spackler wasn’t in it

The original script of “Caddyshack” written by Ramis, Kenney and Brian Doyle-Murray clocked in at 200 pages and was far different from the movie it would become. “It looked like the Bible,” an executive on the film, Mark Canton, says in the book.

The script went through so many last minute changes on set that the actors lost track of them. Entire monologues and memorable lines of dialogue from Chase, Dangerfield, Murray and more were completely improvised, as was much of the film.

Not once in the 200 pages did the name Carl Spackler appear, Nashawaty writes. Murray was a late addition to the cast, and when he finally did have a character, he appeared in only a handful of scenes. His “Dalai Lama” story was given to another actor who struggled with it, his scene with Chase’s character Ty Webb was tacked on after Murray had already wrapped and returned to “SNL,” and his “Cinderella Story” monologue was entirely an invention of Murray. There was nothing written in the script for the scene, so Ramis gave Murray the direction, “Did you ever do imaginary golf commentary in your head?” The rest is, well, a miracle.

Also Read: Bill Murray to Open 'Caddyshack'-Themed Bar Near Chicago

Mickey Rourke was strongly considered to play Danny Noonan

The role of Danny Noonan went down to two finalists — Mickey Rourke and Michael O’Keefe, who ultimately booked it. “This was the early, young, hot, relaxed Mickey Rourke,” O’Keefe says in the book. “He was as compelling as Marlon Brando in a way back then…But I’m a little more easy on the eyes than Mickey. Clearly it would have been a much darker movie.”

Ramis described Rourke as “maybe too real for the movie,” saying, “Michael O’Keefe seemed like a really good boy. Plus, he was a scratch golfer. Mickey Rourke was much more complicated.”

Nearly everyone was doing cocaine – A Lot of it

Michael O’Keefe says in Nashawaty’s book that “cocaine was everywhere” on the set. He described his 11 weeks there as “a permanent party.” Instead of responsible producers making sure everyone played by the rules, Kenney led the charge of much of the cast and crew’s rampant drug use. “The eagle has landed; the eagle has landed! Get your per diems in cash, the dealer’s here,” he would yell, running through their motel hallways. Chase described that cocaine would just “materialize” on set, much to the annoyance of Knight, who always got to bed early, showed up for call time early and didn’t appreciate the looser, more improvisational approach to filming.

Also Read: 'Ghostbusters' Origin Story: How John Belushi and Cocaine Helped Inspire Slimer

Shooting at the same time and released the same summer was “The Blues Brothers,” which was also when John Belushi started getting heavily addicted to cocaine. According to Nashawaty, when that film’s budget started rising as a result of Belushi’s binges, the studio was forced to crack down on the parties on the “Caddyshack” set.

Bill Murray was a “magnificent flake”

Murray has countless urban legends to his name, but his legendary status started even before his “Caddyshack” days. He was shooting the Hunter S. Thompson movie “Where the Buffalo Roam” in the summer of ’79, and was due back in New York for “SNL” in the fall, so Ramis had him for just six days. But Murray never made it clear just when he’d show up on set. As far as Ramis knew, Murray was Mia.

Turns out Murray had commandeered Lorne Michaels’ Vw bug and had driven it everywhere from Los Angeles to Florida to Aspen and took it upon himself to install a stereo along the way. When he finally arrived, he rolled up in a golf cart and said, “Which way to the youth hostel?” The following morning, Murray and actress Cindy Morgan (who played Lacey Underall in the film) woke up together on a nude beach in Jupiter, Florida, after the two had just met.

The gopher saved the day

As Nashawaty writes, it became clear fairly quickly that Ramis was out of his depth in editing “Caddyshack.” He had come from an improv background and used a “yes and…” mentality during filming, but he struggled to find a connective thread for the countless scenes of his actors just riffing and being goofy. The first cut of “Caddyshack” clocked in at four and a half hours. And it was a mess.

They had several editors look at the footage and attempt to salvage it, but it was executive producer Jon Peters who suggested that the gopher, only seen sparingly at first, could be the thing that tied everything together. They were then forced to ask the studio for an extra half-million dollars to build an animatronic gopher and, in the process, cut out the romantic subplots of many of the younger actors. When Kenny Loggins saw that gopher dance, the theme song he wrote should’ve been a clue that everything with “Caddyshack” would be just fine: “I’m Alright. Nobody worry about me.”

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Film Review: Adam Sandler in ‘The Week Of’

Film Review: Adam Sandler in ‘The Week Of’
Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, together again? When it comes to combined star power, Netflix’s “The Week Of” can hardly compete with “The Avengers”, and yet this latest reteaming of the two former “Saturday Night Live” comedians should earn its share of eyeballs this weekend, at least among those who weren’t clever enough to get their “Avengers: Infinity War” tickets in advance. Meanwhile, it allows Sandler to cross off yet another commitment in his eight-picture deal with Netflix — a steady source of mediocrity briefly interrupted by the release of Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” last year, in which the actor reminded everyone of his actual potential.

Back in autopilot mode, Sandler phones in what may qualify as the lowest-concept comedy of his career — which, thankfully, is not the same as the lowest point in his career. He and his “Longest Yard” co-star play fathers
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