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Review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Has Goofy Charms, Uninspired Adventure

After Steven Spielberg and company broke visual effects barriers with Jurassic Park, two years later, 1995’s Jumanji brought more large-scale, creature-focused thrills to theaters. Directed by Joe Johnston–who would go on to get his own crack at the dinosaur franchise a few years down the road–the Robin Williams-led adventure occupies that rare subset of oft-replayed, worn-down VHS tapes from childhood that one might be hesitant to revisit for fear of the nostalgic charm wearing off. In many ways, the set-up of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle may quell some trepidation in this regard.

Functioning as a sequel rather than a reboot, there’s gratefully no CGI recreation of Robin Williams (in fact, only a brief reference), an altogether different setting as we go into the game rather than vice versa, and more modern concerns in virtually every aspect (Yes, “yaaass queen” is uttered during an action scene
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Swap Shop and Saturday morning kids' TV 40 years on

Alex Westthorp Oct 3, 2016

It's 40 years since Multi-Coloured Swap Shop made its television debut and kick-started the Saturday morning kids' TV slot...

Imagine the excitement - it's just before 9.30am on Saturday 2nd October 1976. It's almost like Christmas has come early, such is the anticipation. The nation's kids, who hitherto got their kicks at the Saturday morning pictures, settle in front of their television screens and press the button marked 'BBC1'. Those who read their parents' Radio Times know a new show is about to start with Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ Noel Edmonds at the helm. 28 year old Noel is cool and down with the kids. Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen - the Doctor and Sarah Jane from Doctor Who - are to be the first star guests, and you can actually speak to them live by telephone! The TV set warms up and the familiar blue and yellow BBC
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David Duchovny Earns His Star on the Walk of Fame

David Duchovny Earns His Star on the Walk of Fame
“X” marks the spot for David Duchovny on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

After nearly three decades of acting in film and television, Duchovny will finally land his star Jan. 25, the day after his most iconic character — conspiracy maven Fox Mulder — returns to TV in the first half of a two-night launch for Fox’s limited series revival of “The X-Files.”

Even though you can’t separate Duchovny from Mulder, the actor’s career has spanned far more than just the FBI agent aptly nicknamed “Spooky.”

To wit, at the same time as he’s promoting “X-Files,” he’s also shooting the second season of NBC’s period drama “Aquarius,” has the book “Bucky F&%@ing Dent” due out in April and continues to support the release of last year’s solo rock album, “Hell or Highwater.”

“I don’t know what I really want to do when I grow up,
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Jake Kasdan to direct Jumanji reboot

Bad Teacher franchise director Jake Kasdan has been tapped to direct the upcoming reboot of Jumanji. Sony has set the release date for Christmas Day, Dec. 25, which means it will open dangerously close to Disney’s Star Wars: Rogue One.

Kasdan’s forthcoming film is a remake of the classic 1995 film directed by Joe Johnston and starring Robin William, Kirsten Dunst and David Alan Grier among others. Variety states the project, which will be written by Scott Rosenberg (High Fidelity) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), will be a “a new take on Chris Van Allsburg’s original 1981 adventure book.” Community, American Dad! Writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers wrote the previouss draft, on which Rosenberg and Pinkner’s script will be based.

Kasdan has built quite a reputation as a comedic director over the years. He directed episodes of both of Judd Apatow’s cult classic TV
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TV highlights 22/09/2014

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Wta Tennis: Wuhan Open | Traders: Millions By The Minute | Cilla | Derren Brown: Infamous | Age Gap Love: Hes 70, Shes 37 | The Truth About Skunk | The Himalayan Boy And The TV Set Storyville | Plebs

Wuhan is the largest city in central China and has sufficient clout to have taken over the Premier 5 franchise previously held by Tokyos Pan Pacific Open. This, then, is an inaugural tournament, with a new venue having been built specifically to host it. Most of the big names will be in the running, including Caroline Wozniacki, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, but unfortunately not the Wuhan-born Li Na, who has announced her retirement from tennis because of chronic injuries. David Stubbs

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Watch Nat Faxon make his 'Married' co-star Judy Greer cry

Watch Nat Faxon make his 'Married' co-star Judy Greer cry
Get Judy Greer in the same room as her Married co-star Nat Faxon for an EW Pop Culture Personality Test, and you quickly learn that the actress tears up when she laughs. You also learn that like any good fictional wife, she can predict how her fictional husband will playfully insult her.

Watch the video and read a full transcript below. Married airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. Et on FX.

Entertainment Weekly: What movie scared you that shouldn’t have?

Nat Faxon: What was that movie you were in? The one with the close-up? I forget what that was.
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Everything the Fox News Deck looks like

Have you heard of touchscreens? Fox News sure has. The network has introduced a new “news deck,” which is kind of like a “news desk” except not for pansies. The news deck is filled with devices called B.A.T.S., which is an acronym for “Big Area Touch Screens” and also an embedded reference to the fact that the news deck looks a lot like the Bat-Cave, if the Bat-Cave is where Dilbert worked.

Shepard Smith filmed a whole introduction to the new Fox News news deck for news. Watch it please:

I think we can all agree that
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Under the Skin – Venice 2013: first look review

A sexy space alien hunts men in Scotland in this extraordinary malarial dream from Jonathan Glazer

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Under the Skin heads triple bill of long-awaited films

When a strange and unclassifiable beast walks into the world, the public has a tendency to split down the middle. One camp is beguiled and the other repulsed. Such is the experience of the vampiric space alien played by Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin, and so it is with the film itself. Jonathan Glazer's extraordinary piece of outsider art – the director's first feature since 2004's Birth – was greeted at Venice by an even split of cheering and boos.

A pox on the cat-callers; they can boo themselves hoarse. Under the Skin is far and away the best picture in the competition so far: a story that plays as a kind of malarial dream, bathed in cold sweat
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‘Bad Teacher 2′ In The Works

Columbia Pictures is developing Bad Teacher 2, to be directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Justin Malen, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Jimmy Miller, Jake Kasdan, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will produce the film, and Melvin Mar will executive produce. The project is being developed for Cameron Diaz to star in the film but no deal is yet set with the actress.

Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said:

Bad Teacher was a hit not just in North America, but throughout the world. We’re excited that Jake will be returning to develop and helm the sequel. We love Justin’s take on the material – it hits all the notes that made the first film such a breakthrough hit and also takes the characters in a new direction that is fresh and fun.”

When it
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Sony Set For More Naughtiness With ‘Bad Teacher 2′

Sony Pictures have confirmed that they’re moving forward with a follow-up to hit comedy Bad Teacher. A press release gives details of those involved but states original sexy superstar Cameron Diaz has yet to sign up, despite claiming they’re developing the script with her in mind. It also states this will not affect to upcoming series set to star the stunning Ari Graynor.

The first fun film, released in 2011, stars Diaz as a selfish gold digging middle school teacher who attempted to get into the pants of her colleague (Justin Timberland) and win a cash prize that would pay for breast implants. It also starred Jason Segal and a scene-stealing Lucy Punch.

Culver City, Calif., June 20, 2013 – Columbia Pictures is developing Bad Teacher 2, to be directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Justin Malen, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.
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Jake Kasdan to Direct Bad Teacher 2 with Cameron Diaz

Jake Kasdan to Direct Bad Teacher 2 with Cameron Diaz
Columbia Pictures is developing Bad Teacher 2, to be directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Justin Malen, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Jimmy Miller, Jake Kasdan, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will produce the film, and Melvin Mar will executive produce. The project is being developed for Cameron Diaz to star in the film but no deal is yet set with the actress.

Commenting on the announcement, Hannah Minghella had this to say.

"Bad Teacher was a hit not just in North America, but throughout the world. We're excited that Jake will be returning to develop and helm the sequel. We love Justin's take on the material - it hits all the notes that made the first film such a breakthrough hit and also takes the characters in a new direction that is fresh and fun.
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Beatrice Springborn Named President Of TV Development & Production For Craig Zadan And Neil Meron’s Storyline Entertainment

Exclusive: Beatrice Springborn has joined Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s Storyline Entertainment as President of television development and production. Springborn, who starts today and reports to Zadan and Meron, has been hired under Storyline’s first-look deal with Universal TV and NBCUniversal’s international TV production division to produce series and specials for both the U.S. and international markets. Springborn also has been tasked with expanding the company’s footprint into genre and book-based series. Additionally, she will shepherd Storyline’s current series, which currently include Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime and Smash on NBC. For the past two and a half years, Springborn was Svp for Caryn Mandabach Prods. where she oversaw development genre- and book-based series for the worldwide marketplace. She previously was Evp of TV and film production and development at Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures (The Walking Dead). Springborn started her executive career is features,
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Watch a Great Documentary for The Shining - The Shining Code 2.0

There's a documentary on The Shining that recently got a limited release called Room 237, which you should definitely check out when you get a chance! There's another documentary that is based on the classic horror film called The Shining Code 2.0, which you can watch in its entirety below. Like Room 237, it also breaks down several mind blowing conspiracy theories revolving around the insane Stanley Kubrick film. Check it out below to learn more new things about this amazing film!

Here's a breakdown of what's discussed in the movie:

1. The Opening Scene and Its Codes - 04:30

2. Jack, Wendy and Danny and Their Codes - 09:57

3. The Overlook Hotel, The Parking Lot, The Manager's Room and Their Codes (Additional Codes) - 11:47 

4. Wendy and Danny at the Kitchen Table and Their Codes (New Codes) - 20:26

5. The Overlook Maze and Its Codes (Additional Codes) - 23:32

6. The Gold Room
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Q&A: David Duchovny Plays the 'Goat' for Laughs

After years of playing spooky Agent Fox Mulder on TV's "The X-Files" and in two big-screen "X-Files" movies, it's only natural that David Duchovny wants to lighten the mood a little bit. The 52-year-old actor won a Golden Globe for his hilarious role as troubled novelist and unrepentant ladies' man Hank Moody on Showtime's "Californication," the sixth season of which is scheduled to air in January. Now Duchovny appears on the big screen in the quirky comedy "Goats" as Goat Man — a chill, perma-stoned wild man of the desert who has inadvertently become the father figure to the son (Graham Phillips) of the hippie (Vera Farmiga) whose garden he's been tending for years.

We sat down with Duchovny as he waxed philosophical about nature vs. technology, the legalization of marijuana, the future of "The X-Files" and why getting to play guitar with Marilyn Manson was a high point of his life.
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'Cabin' Star: Thanks For Keeping Our Secret!

'Cabin' Star: Thanks For Keeping Our Secret!
By now you've heard from countless critics that Cabin in the Woods is one of the most exciting, inventive and outrageous horror movies to come out this decade -- you've also probably heard how essential secrecy is to enjoying the film. That presents a unique problem when it comes to presenting you with my Fran Kranz interview.

I wanted to find that line between tantalizing and too much, while also giving people who've seen the film something to enjoy and discussing what will be the film's finale legacy. To that end I've decided to split this interview into sections -- the first, spoiler-free, and then after a very clear divider (the kind so distinct, Chris Hemsworth would definitely see it), Fran gives his take on everything that happens after we progress beyond the Cabin.

Insider.com: This film took years to actually make it to theaters. What was it like to watch the public become so ravenous
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PGA Awards Feature Clooney & Moonves, Spielberg & Katzenberg, Angelina & Brad

Hammond: PGA Award Validates ‘The Artist’ 2012 PGA Award Winners This was one of the tightest and certainly best produced Producers Guild Of America awards I have seen (Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim were the event chairs). In fact it was one of the best Guild shows period. The clip reels across the board were exceptional — starting with a hilarious opening montage of movies featuring actors playing producers, agents and studio heads including scenes from everything from Singin’ In The Rain to Barton Fink, from Tom Cruise in his Scott Rudin-takeoff in Tropic Thunder to Martin Short’s beautiful bit as the quintissential showbiz phony Neil Sussman in Christopher Guest’s underappreciated cult classic The Big Picture (“I don’t know you. I don’t know your work. But I think you are a genius and I am never wrong”) to Sigourney Weaver as a take-no-prisoners network exec in the little-seen gem The TV Set.
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Bloomberg: iTunes Guru Prepping Apple TV Set For Late 2012

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Will an Apple TV set change television as much as other Apple devices have changed music, computing, and publishing? Steve Jobs seemed to think so when he confirmed the Apple TV project to Walter Isaacson for his newly released biography of the late CEO, titled Steve Jobs. The TV set will integrate conventional programming with content on other Apple devices and it “will have the simplest user interface you could imagine,” Isaacson quotes Jobs as saying. Now Bloomberg says it confirmed that Apple has quietly hired iTunes creator Jeff Robbins to guide the project — which Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said yesterday could be ready for prime time in late 2012. Munster said in a report that he’s told by his contacts that Apple already has a prototype for the TV set. The company also is ramping up its manufacturing capability and rounding up LCD screens. Apple could use its
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‘Bad Teacher’ Director Jake Kasdan Teaming With Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky on New Comedy

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Coming off of this summer’s Bad Teacher, Sony is planning to recreate that success with the main creative team. Not a sequel to the Cameron Diaz starrer, but a new project that Deadline says will be directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky.

As they sum it up, “[a]fter a Supercuts manager advises his best friend to break off his engagement, he unexpectedly falls in love with the jilted fiancee, testing both his new romance and his friendship.” Sounds like a humorous enough premise, yet we weren’t fond of Bad Teacher, and the only other feature credit for the screenwriting team is Year One, a movie that nobody liked. To make matters worse, they’ve also been working away on draft after draft of Ghostbusters III, one of the quintessential “please don’t make it” films.

But let’s be a little positive; Kasdan has been behind Orange County,
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DVD: DVD: DVDs In Brief: October 19, 2011

After flopping commercially with the stellar cult favorites Zero Effect, The TV Set, and Walk Hard, director Jake Kasdan finally scored a big commercial hit with Bad Teacher (Sony), a ribald, hard-r-rated comedy distinguished by Cameron Diaz’s fearlessly committed performance as a proudly amoral gold-digger who sets her sights on exquisitely milquetoast new co-worker Justin Timberlake. It’s just too bad the filmmakers couldn’t think of anything for love interest Jason Segel to do beyond standing on the sidelines looking/being adorable… Actor Michael Rapaport made an unexpectedly moving directorial debut with Beats Rhymes & Life (Sony), a documentary ...
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Film Review: Cameron Diaz Commits Sin of Boredom in ‘Bad Teacher’

Chicago – If you’re going to be bad, be bad. But this is mainstream Hollywood “product,” starring Cameron Diaz, and while the concept of the new film “Bad Teacher” had promise, it eventually fell down on the weight of happy resolutions and the worse mortal sin for a comedy…it was dull.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Director Jake Kasdan, who has been much more interesting in previous films (”Zero Effect,” “Orange County,” “The TV Set”) gets bogged down with a passive aggressive script, by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, and wastes a pretty talented comic cast. The ensemble gamely tries to deliver some wooden material and despite some individual moments, can’t deliver the overall goodness of the “badness.”

Cameron Diaz is middle school teacher Elizabeth Halsey, who is leaving her job at the John Adams academy, somewhere in Illinois (near Chicago, but never spelled out). She is off to marry her rich
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