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Savannah Guthrie and Kids Celebrate Husband’s Birthday: ‘Love You Even More Than Chocolate Cake’

Savannah Guthrie and Kids Celebrate Husband’s Birthday: ‘Love You Even More Than Chocolate Cake’
Savannah Guthrie knows birthdays are the perfect opportunity for family photos!

The Today anchor celebrated her husband’s Michael Feldman’s birthday with their two children —son Charles “Charley” Max, 10 months, and daughter Vale, 3 — and shared the fun on Instagram. Guthrie, 45, held Charley while Vale sat on her father’s lap as they gathered around a birthday treat with candles.

“Happy Birthday to the best hubby and daddy @feldmike,” she captioned the photo. “We love you even more than chocolate cake.”

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Savannah Guthrie Covers Parents with Her Kids: My Daughter Has a 'Vivid Imagination' That 'Comes from Storytelling'

Savannah Guthrie Covers Parents with Her Kids: My Daughter Has a 'Vivid Imagination' That 'Comes from Storytelling'
Savannah Guthrie is already encouraging her kids to think outside the box.

Posing with son Charles “Charley” Max, 10 months Sunday, and daughter Vale, 3, for the cover of Parents magazine’s November issue, the Today show co-anchor and author of Princesses Wear Pants talked about the importance of supporting her children’s creativity.

One method the newly minted children’s book author uses? Introducing imagined characters into her daughter’s life, like the Big Red Heart Balloon.

“Vale will be looking out the window and say, ‘Mommy, look! It’s the Big Red Heart Balloon!’ ” says Guthrie, 45. “She

has a vivid imagination,
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Darren Aronofsky on 'mother!' Inspirations, Unnamed Characters

Darren Aronofsky on 'mother!' Inspirations, Unnamed Characters
Writer-director Darren Aronofsky has said that the screenplay for mother! poured out of him, penning it in just a few days, faster than his usual pace.

But despite its free-flowing creation, the script still has some concrete inspirations.  

"There were a lot of influences. The Giving Tree was a big influence, actually. The film is kind of a horror version of The Giving Tree," he told The Hollywood Reporter at mother!'s U.S. premiere in New York earlier this week. "There was Luis Bunuel's The Exterminating Angel, where he basically took a slice of society and made...
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What Does Mother! Mean? Here's How the Director Describes It

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Spoiler Alert! Plot spoilers for Mother! follow. Mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence, is poised to be one of the most-talked about films of Fall. Director Darren Aronofsky has delivered a provocative - if head-scratching - think-piece, and though the marketing campaign has been all about mystery, once audiences see the film, there will be many conversations and interpretations of what the film means. If, however, you want to hear what the director himself has said the movie means, keep reading - or turn back now if you haven't seen Mother! yet and don't want to be spoiled. In Mother!, Lawrence plays the young wife of a poet (Javier Bardem), living in a huge house in the middle of nowhere, a house she has painstakingly renovated herself. When a strange man (Ed Harris) comes to their home, the husband (known as "Him") invites him to stay. Then the man's wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) shows up too,
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‘Soldado’ Screenwriter Reveals Why There Was No Room for Emily Blunt in ‘Sicario’ Sequel

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‘Soldado’ Screenwriter Reveals Why There Was No Room for Emily Blunt in ‘Sicario’ Sequel
If you’ve heard anything at all about “Soldado,” it’s probably that Emily Blunt won’t be appearing in the “Sicario” sequel. Taylor Sheridan, who wrote both films, has offered TheWrap Magazine a reason why in a new interview: “That was my decision, and at some point I’m going to have to talk to her about it,” he explains. “Her arc was complete…I couldn’t figure out a way to write a character that would do her talent justice.”

Read More: ‘Sicario’ Sequel ‘Soldado’: Emily Blunt Out in Story That Focuses On Benicio Del Toro & Josh Brolin’s Characters

Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro completed the main trio of “Sicario,” which was directed by Denis Villeneuve, and both actors will be appearing in “Soldado” as well. (Villeneuve, like Blunt, won’t be involved — Stefano Sollima is helming the sequel.) “Look what she went through. It was a difficult role,
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7 Freddy Krueger Music Videos You Must See on Halloween

7 Freddy Krueger Music Videos You Must See on Halloween
The Nightmare On Elm Street franchise gave us one of the greatest cinematic slashers of all time. Its score is on par with the music and sound design in Halloween and the Friday the 13th series. But while Jason Vorhees was memorialized in Alice Cooper's "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" from Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives and The Ramones famously sang about Pet Cemetery, no horror icon has been better immortalized in popular song and music video than the Springwood Slasher, Freddy Krueger.&#160

Here we present 7 of the best Freddy Krueger themed music videos to brighten your Halloween in hues of red and green. That screeching sound you hear? It's either Freddy dragging his finger knives across some metal in his spooky boiler room, or it's some neighborhood alley cats reacting to the high notes in "Dream Warriors."&#160

In chronological order: One, Two, here's some video clips for you.
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‘Saturday Night Live’: Tom Hanks Takes on Prestige Television in ‘Funny New Comedy’ Sketch — Watch

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Tom Hanks Takes on Prestige Television in ‘Funny New Comedy’ Sketch — Watch
The presidential election has unsurprisingly dominated the first few episodes of “Saturday Night Live’s” most recent season, but in recent weeks the show has also reserved time for film festivals, post-screening Q&As and now prestige comedies. This latest skit, which begins with a voiceover artist from CBS explaining that streaming shows in the vein of “Transparent” and “Orange Is the New Black” win all the awards now, introduces us to a new competitor: “Broken.”

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Tom Hanks Gives America The Pep Talk It Needs In Halloween-ish Episode

Tom Hanks (who hosted last night’s episode), Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong star as a family of adjunct professors who all get diagnosed with depression on the same day. Lines like “I’m tired of being tired” and “I want to rip off my skin and throw it in the trash” are juxtaposed with cheerful narration explaining that,
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Emily Blunt Wants To Make America Happy Again

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Emily Blunt Wants To Make America Happy Again
Last Week’S Review: Lin-Manuel Miranda Amazes, Astonishes in Trump-Heavy Episode

The long, national nightmare that is the 2016 election is a few weeks from wrapping up. This means that “Saturday Night Live” only has so much time left to tackle the dynamic between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and depraved businessman Donald Trump, and they’re not leaning away from it.

This week, an invigorated “SNL” took on “the second and worst ever” Presidential debate, passed out puppies to the audience, and introduced Emily Blunt as a legitimate comedic talent. Weekend Update even got in some jabs at Billy Bush and NBC! So what else worked, and what didn’t? Let’s dive in.

Best Sketch of The Night: “Melanianade”

If you try to parody Beyoncé, you have to do it as well as Queen Bey would, and — fortunately — “SNL” knows that. “Melanianade” was the show’s Trump-skewering version of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,
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‘Planet Earth II’ Extended Trailer: Hit Nature Docuseries Gets Gorgeous Sequel

‘Planet Earth II’ Extended Trailer: Hit Nature Docuseries Gets Gorgeous Sequel
Planet Earth” was a certified cultural phenomenon when it premiered in 2006, bringing the majestic wonders of nature into living rooms worldwide. Alongside enormous ratings, it was notable for being the most expensive nature documentary of all time, as well as the first to ever be filmed in high-definition. Now the BBC has dropped an extended trailer for the sequel, the appropriately named “Planet Earth II,” which looks just as lush and expansive as the original.

The six episode series boasts marquee names behind the scenes, as David Attenborough is returning to narrate, and Hans Zimmer is one of the composers working on the score. Furthermore, executive producer Mike Gunton has assured viewers that the visuals will far exceed the first season.

Read More: ‘Planet Earth II’ Trailer: The Eye-Popping Doc Returns For A Second Cycle

Ten years afterPlanet Earth’ first brought the wonders of the natural world to viewers in HD,
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Great Job, Internet!: Watch “Zack Snyder” adapt classic works of literature

Zack Snyder already knows what it’s like to turn an iconic graphic novel into a slightly less iconic film, but what if he were to adapt actual pieces of classic literature? Well they’d be a whole lot angrier, have a percussion-heavy score, and feature a lot more slow-motion punching. At least that’s what filmmaker Patrick Willems presupposes in this new parody video in which The Catcher In The Rye, Sense And Sensibility, and The Giving Tree all get the Snyder treatment.

Weirdly, the Catcher In The Rye section almost works, if only because Snyder’s “gritty” filmmaking style does seem like a manifestation of a 16-year-old boy’s angst. Meanwhile, the Sense And Sensibility portion offers the fantastic image of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood prepping for battle in a dramatic crossfit montage. And The Giving Tree is basically reimagined as Boy Vs. Tree: Dawn Of Giving. Unfortunately
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Once Upon a Time Recap: Regina Becomes the New Savior

Once Upon a Time Recap: Regina Becomes the New Savior
Once Upon a Time may have temporarily taken one Savior away, but that doesn't mean another one wouldn't eventually sprout up in its place. (Saviors: they're just like daisies!) "The Price" served as a great reminder of just how complex the line between good and evil truly is. It also teased where Merlin (Elliot Knight) is and what the Dark Swan intends to do now that they're all back in Storybrooke. Let's dig in! The Giving Tree Money may not grow on trees, but in Camelot, Merlins apparently [...]
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L.A. Now Casting ‘The Giving Tree’ and Upcoming Auditions

Talent is currently being sought for “The Giving Tree.” “The Giving Tree” is a short film based on the popular children’s book of the same name about a shy young boy who finds friendship in a tree. Six roles are being cast for this production, including the lead role of Malcolm who’s 7. Submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area, and this is a paid gig. For more details, check out the casting notice for “The Giving Tree” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings!
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Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Giving Tree Mashup

Once there was a tree… and he loved a little raccoon.

I just so happen to have a copy of The Giving Tree within reaching distance of my laptop. I also have the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy saved on my desktop. Those two facts probably clue you in to how much I love this mashup illustration from by Isaac Goodart. The piece is titled “The Giving Groot,” and it puts a nice Marvel twist on Shel Silvertstein’s classic children’s book. (via: Neatorama)
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Required Reading: Resnais, Cheap Disposable Superheroes and Toothless Comedy

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Alain Resnais: 60 years of sensational cerebral filmmaking” — Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian walks down memory lane side-by-side with video assistance to cover a titan of creativity, individuality and storytelling. “On Oscars and the personal gravity of art” — Kristopher Tapley at HitFix clears away the fog of award season (an entire season!) to push a level-headed criticism of the circus. Just a reminder that, as Billy Murray’s Meatballs character chants: It Just Doesn’t Matter. Like what you like. Don’t worry about what gets a statue. “Oscars 1974: It was a very good year” — Susan King at The La Times profiles a fun, profound ceremony — a great read after that safe, dull, dead-horse-beating show they produced last night. “The Last, Disposable Action Hero” — Alex French at The New York Times checks
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Short Film of Death: ‘Mother Nature’ Violently Speaks For the Trees

Why Watch? To celebrate The ABCs of Death 2‘s search for the second 26th director, we’re posting 13 contest entries for 13 days. All of which start with M is for. Today’s is Mother Nature from Mugworth. Turning the tables with some animation (and full-frontal nudity), this short puts a revenge fantasy on display that’s morbid in its simplicity (especially if you value your stick). Clever and quick with notes of Bill Plympton, it’s either a far more delightful version of The Happening or a terrifying sequel to “The Giving Tree.” What Will It Cost? Around 1 minute Vote for M is for Mother Nature here. A New Short Film Every Weekday
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So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 Finale Recap: And the Winners Are… [Updated]

I take reality television so seriously that — no lie — my husband’s wedding vows included a promise to love, honor and share (or at least put up with) my obsession for the genre. But when it comes to So You Think You Can Dance — which, in my mind, is the artsy-cool Solange to American Idol‘s megastar sister Beyoncé — I’m always overcome by the hokey notion that whether or not my favorites prevail, the art of dance always comes out a winner.

I know, I know…that sentiment probably made you cringe harder than the sight of Paula Abdul’s “blooming onion” hairstyle.
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American Idol Top 7 Performance Night Recap: For Those Who Managed to Rock, We Salute You!

American Idol Top 7 Performance Night Recap: For Those Who Managed to Rock, We Salute You!
I can’t get no satisfaction — not when it comes to American Idol‘s Season 12 theme nights, anyway.

I know, I know: A couple weeks back I put together a gallery of potential alternatives to the usual “Songs That Inspire” and “Songs From the Year You Were Born” — and I’d actually included “’80s Rock” and “No Ballads Allowed” among my 22 suggestions. So you think that Fox’s official announcement of “Classic Rock, No Ballads” for Top 7 night would’ve been cause for nothing but a joyful Headbangers Ball up in Casa Slezak.

Alas, the problem this week wasn’t
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Catching Up With Giving Tree Band's Todd Fink

The Giving Tree Band released their latest album Vacilador on Oct. 2. A extremely personal album, Vacilador gives just a small glimpse into the lives of the band. Combinging heavy spanish influences and their own folk sound, the band managed to combine two different genres into a new and refreshing sounding album. We recently talked with founding member Todd Fink and found out the meaning behind the mysterious title, the bands recording process and what inspires him to write music....
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New York Auditions at a Glance - Oct. 25 - Nov. 19

The following "Auditions at a Glance" calendar conveniently organizes projects by the date and day-of-the-week that the projects' auditions are taking place, to help you schedule your plans. Click on any of the following links to see the casting and job notices related to the dates and project titles highlighted below. Thu. Oct. 25 • 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', B'way • 'Memphis', Tour • NJ, 'Beehive' • 'The Giving Tree' Documentary Fri. Oct. 26 • 'Le Cid' • NJ, 'A Christmas Carol' Sat. Oct. 27 • NJ, 'Beehive' • 'Truth' • Waalk Dreams Club Sun. Oct. 28 • Click here to search for auditions. Mon. Oct. 29 Equity Agent Access Auditions (Musical) 2012 • 'Footloose', Wi • 'The Mountaintop', MD • 'Slumber Party', Ct Tue. Oct. 30 • Bari Studio, Dance/Fitness Trainers • 'Footloose', Wi • 'Death for Five Voices' • 'Mardi Gras' and 'The Last Word' • 'Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man' • Suny Purchase, 'Tour De Force' • Suny Purchase, Untitled Colonial Drama • 'The Mountaintop',
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California Auditions at a Glance - Oct. 25 - Nov. 29

The following "Auditions at a Glance" calendar conveniently organizes projects by the date and day-of-the-week that the projects' auditions are taking place, to help you schedule your plans. Click on any of the following links to see the casting and job notices related to the dates and project titles highlighted below. Thu. Oct. 25 • Auto Commercial, Design Firm Entrepreneurs • Auto Commercial, Food Truck Owners • Auto Commercial, Hipster Urban Farmers • Auto Commercial, Music Industry Professionals • Auto Commercial, Retail Business Owner • 'Maggie's Getting Married' • 'Sissy' • 'The Giving Tree' Documentary Fri. Oct. 26 • Auto Commercial, Design Firm Entrepreneurs • Auto Commercial, Food Truck Owners • Auto Commercial, Hipster Urban Farmers • Auto Commercial, Music Industry Professionals • Auto Commercial, Retail Business Owner • 'Mayflower' • Mnet America, Host/VJ • 'Sissy' Sat. Oct. 27 • SAG Feature, Background • 'Sissy' Sun. Oct. 28 • Clu, 'Forbidden Fruit' • Clu, 'Glass Butterfly' • Clu, 'Organic' • Clu, 'Weight' • Clu, 'Writers Block' • Feature Film, Alice Hunter • 'Honky Tonk Angels' Mon.
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