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  1. The 'It' Kids Want Jessica Chastain and Chris Pratt For Sequel

    It castJessica Chastain has already thrown her hat in the ring to play grown-up Bev in the "It" sequel, but who else should be cast as the adult versions of the Pennywise-haunted kids?

    The young cast of the hit horror film talked to ET Online before the movie's DVD release and chose who they'd like to see play them as adults.

    Jeremy Ray Taylor, who plays bullied bibliophile Ben, opted for Chris Pratt. "He becomes a big, hunky boy, so I think that'd fit perfectly," costar Wyatt Oleff said.

    Oleff played young Peter Quill in "Guardians of the Galaxy," but he opted for a certain former child star as the adult Stanley instead. "I would say Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I think we have some similar facial features and ... if they kind of tighten up the curls, I think [it could work]."

    Sophia Lillis, who plays Bev, enthusiastically chose fellow redhead Chastain. The "Molly's Game" star previously worked with "It" director Andy Muschietti on the horror film "Mama."

    And Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), said he'd love to see Christian Bale as the adult Pennywise hunter. "That would be cool."

    Finn Wolfhard (who plays foul-mouthed Richie), Chosen Jacobs (Mike) and Jack Dylan Grazer (asthmatic Eddie) weren't part of the interview. When previously asked about it, Jacobs opted for "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman, while Wolfhard chose Bill Hader and Grazer named Jake Gyllenhaal.

    The "It" sequel won't be out until September 2019, but you can buy "It" on DVD or Blu-ray on January 9, 2018. The digital version will be available December 19.

    [Via ET]

  2. Yes! Oscar Isaac Might Actually Be The New Gomez Addams

    All those memes and posts about how Oscar Isaac should play Gomez Addams? It might actually be happening!

    EW reports that the "Last Jedi" star is in talks to play the mustachioed patriarch in a new version of "The Addams Family." Alas, it's for an animated project. But still!

    People feel so passionately about this casting (largely inspired when Isaac sported a pencil-thin mustache in "Sucker Punch") that there's even a fan trailer.

    "Sausage Party" co-director Conrad Vernon is directing what we assume is a feature-length film and not, say, a TV show.

    No one else has yet been cast, but the Internet would love it if the role of Morticia went to either gloriously Gothic "Penny Dreadful" star Eva Green or the now grown-up Wednesday Addams, Christina Ricci.

    Eva Green as Morticia Addams

    — little scorpion (@harleyivex) November 8, 2017

    Christina Ricci, who as a child famously portrayed Wednesday Addams, dressed up as Morticia Addams... #addamsfamily #horror

    — ꜦƠƦⱤǪɌ ƓŲƳ 💀 (@ThatHorrorGuy) December 11, 2017

    Raul Julia, who so memorably played Gomez in the two '90s films, sadly passed away in 1994. Anjelica Huston was his Morticia. Christopher Lloyd might, presumably, be game to return as Fester.

    [Via EW]

  3. Watch Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron Perform Crosswalk Musical On NYC Streets

    In his latest "Crosswalk Musical" segment, "The Late Late Show" host James Corden was joined by "The Greatest Showman" stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya in a harried production of the song "New York, New York" and other numbers.

    The premise (if you've never seen Corden do one of these before) is that the players wait until the traffic light turns red, then dash out into the crosswalk and try to finish a number before the light turns green again. Motorists are alternately confused, delighted and infuriated.

    At one point, after Corden is slow to leave the crosswalk and a motorist honks at him, he waves a chair at the driver. "Did you hear those car horns?" he asks his fellow performers once he reaches the safety of the sidewalk. "That's a standing ovation."

    Efron's bleeped response: "What the f*** is going on?" He also weighed in, "This is not the best way to do a musical. Or cross the street."

    They next did a song from "The Greatest Showman," with Corden dressed up as the Bearded Lady and with Efron unsuccessfully trying to ride a tricycle. Corden and Jackman nearly came to blows because the host wouldn't stop calling the "X-Men" star "Huge," but it all worked out in the end.

    "The Greatest Showman" opens December 20.

    Corden has previously staged Crosswalk musicals with the stars of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

    [Via Vanity Fair]

  4. Wil Wheaton Wore a 'Star Trek' Outfit to 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
    Wil WheatonWil Wheaton got in the spirit by dressing up for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi".... in a "Star Trek" uniform.

    The "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star posted a photo of himself to Twitter wearing a Trek uniform outside Hollywood's famous Chinese Theater, saying, "I loved #TheLastJedi! It hit all the right notes for me, and seeing it in the Chinese Theater, surrounded by my fellow nerds was glorious. The Force was with us. Oh, and I went in costume for the first time ever, because I am a damn adult and I get to decide what that means."

    I loved #TheLastJedi! It hit all the right notes for me, and seeing it in the Chinese Theater, surrounded by my fellow nerds was glorious. The Force was with us.

    Oh, and I went in costume for the first time ever, because I am a damn adult and I get to decide what that means.

    — Wil 'Kick the Nazis off the tweeters' Wheaton (@wilw) December 15, 2017

    Yes, there's a lot of crossover between "Star" fandoms, but still that's an epic troll. When a fellow "Trek" fan said she'd done the same thing, Wheaton admitted, "I almost took my communicator and my tricorder, but I was afraid the theater wouldn't let me take them in!"

    And then a guy pointed out Wheaton's faux pas and called him a "dumb ass," another responded to the clueless fan, "You don't know who Wil Wheaton is, do you?"


    — Wil 'Kick the Nazis off the tweeters' Wheaton (@wilw) December 15, 2017
    Besides being a Nerd's Nerd and playing Wesley Crusher on "TNG," Wheaton has appeared as a fictionalized version of himself on "The Big Bang Theory" and had recurring roles on "Leverage" and "Eureka." And his own show, "The Wil Wheaton Project."
  5. 'Last Jedi' Posts Second-Biggest Thursday Night Opening, Behind Another 'Star Wars' Movie

    The box office force is definitely with "The Last Jedi."

    The latest "Star Wars" movie earned $45 million at Thursday night screenings, making it the second-biggest domestic preview opening of all time — just behind "The Force Awakens (which took in $57 million in 2015). That number does rank ahead of last year's "Rogue One," which earned $29 million in previews.

    That puts "Last Jedi" on track to haul in $100 million on opening day, which would again put it behind only "The Force Awakens" in the record book. It also indicates Episode VIII could surpass $200 million for the weekend, which would make it the year's biggest domestic opener.

    The numbers could be even bigger, since "Last Jedi" has gotten overwhelmingly positive reviews; it has a 93 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

    Around the world, the movie earned over $60 million in the U.K., Germany, France, Australia, and other countries.

  6. Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino React to News They Were Blacklisted From 'Lord of the Rings'
    Ashley Judd and Mira SorvinoPeter Jackson just revealed that Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino might have starred in "The Lord of the Rings," but he was warned by Harvey Weinstein that they were both "a nightmare" and to "avoid them at all costs."

    In the late '90s, Jackson was pitching "The Lord of the Rings" films to Miramax, the company Weinstein founded with his brother Bob. "I recall Miramax telling us [Judd and Sorvino] were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998," Jackson told New Zealand site Stuff.

    "At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us, but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing," Jackson said. "I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women, and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list."

    Jackson said that the Weinsteins were the real nightmares. "My experience, when Miramax controlled the 'Lord of the Rings' (before New Line took over production), was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies. They weren't the type of guys I wanted to work with, so I haven't," he said.

    Judd responded to the story with a tweet saying, "I remember this well."

    I remember this well.

    — ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) December 15, 2017

    Judd later shared a more detailed tweet about how far along in the process she had been when she "abruptly never heard [them] again." She would have presumably have played either Arwen or Galadriel.

    Peter & Fran had me in - showed me all the creative, the boards, costumes, everything. They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from hem again. I appreciate the truth coming out. Thank you, Peter.

    — ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) December 15, 2017

    Sorvino tweeted, "Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure... I'm just heartsick."

    Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I'm just heartsick

    — Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) December 15, 2017

    In 1996, Judd and Sorvino played Marilyn Monroe in different stages of her life in the TV movie "Norma Jean & Marilyn." Sorvino won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in 1995's "Mighty Aphrodite."

    Sorvino's next project, a TV version of "Three Days of the Condor," debuts in 2018. Judd appeared in 4 episodes of "Twin Peaks: The Return" and is now a series regular on "Berlin Station."

    [Via Stuff]

  7. More Disturbing Allegations Surface Against Dustin Hoffman

    Dustin HoffmanSay goodbye to those warm fuzzy feelings you might have had about the star of "Rain Man" and "Tootsie."

    More women are coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Dustin Hoffman, including one who says he masturbated in front of her when she was only 15.

    The two-time Oscar winner, who just received a special tribute at the Gotham Awards, had previously been accused of harassment by Anna Graham Hunter when she was an intern on the set of the 1985 TV movie "Death of a Salesman."

    THR shares the horrifying stories of more women (all of whom confided in friends or loved ones at the time) of the actor's inappropriate behavior. Here are some of the lowlights:

    • Playwright Cori Thomas shared that in 1980, when she was 16, she was friends with Hoffman's daughters. After dinner one night with the actor and one of his daughters, Hoffman arranged for her mother to pick her up at his hotel after sending his daughter over to her mother's. Thomas says Hoffman disappeared into the bathroom to shower. "He came out naked," she recalls. "He got into the bed. And he asked me to please massage his feet." She said she was disgusted, but was too intimidated to refuse.
    • Kathryn Rossetter says that during a 1983 production of 'Death of a Salesman," Hoffman would put his hands up her skirt each night before she went on stage. One night, Hoffman began to "stick his fingers inside me," she told THR.
    • Video editor Melissa Kester says Hoffman assaulted her at a recording studio in Malibu in 1985, when she was only 20 and her boyfriend was right outside the sound booth.
    • A woman named Pauline (who asked her last name be withheld) says that in 1973 when she was 15, Hoffman, a frequent client at the store where she worked, asked her back to his place on the pretense of showing her his daughter's new puppy. Instead, after she realized no one else was there, he asked her, "Do you want to see something else?" and began masturbating in front of her.
    • Another woman recalls an incident at the Watergate Hotel in 1975 when Hoffman was shooting "All the President's Men." After revealing he'd done research into her family, she got creeped out and decided to leave. She claims Hoffman replied, "Go home? You don't think you're getting out of here without having sex, do you?" She says she was coerced into oral sex, then Hoffman handed her a $20 bill to take a cab.

    Hoffman has not responded to these new allegations, but he did issue a public apology of sorts to Hunter, in which he said, "I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am."

    The actor, who currently stars in "The Meyerowitz Stories," was recently grilled by John Oliver over those allegations during a contentious Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival.

    [Via THR]

  8. 'Last Jedi' Screening Glitch Starts Near-Riot in Burbank

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi  L to R: Finn (John Boyega) battling Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie)  Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd.   © 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. After waiting months to finally see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," fans were beyond pissed when the sound went out at a screening in Burbank, California. They stormed into the lobby, demanding that the theater restart the movie. They were not happy when told the theater wouldn't do that. Ultimately, the police had to be called in.

    [Update 11:41 am]: A representative for IMAX informed Moviefone that the incident did not take place at an IMAX showing of the film, as was reported by several outlets.

    Fans captured some of the mayhem on their phones. Their language is, understandably, NSFW.

    @KTLAMorningNews This is a link of a YouTube video taken at AMC Burbank 16 for a screening of The Last Jedi, and a near riot occurred due to audio failure in the movie. The manager threatened everyone to leave, then they called Burbank PD.

    — roflcheif (@roflcheif) December 15, 2017

    Wow @AMCTheatres your #Burbank 16 location RUINED the Star Wars screening for 9:45. Terrible manager over an hour hasn't restarted the film!

    — Carolina Bonetti (@carolinabonetti) December 15, 2017

    Burbank 16- first 10 minutes of Jedi without dialog. They refused to restart the movie because it would throw off the schedule for the theater. Why not skip the 20 minutes of previews for the next screening then? Ruined it. Big let down. Almost started a riot. #yousuckamc

    — Audrey Arrecis (@AudreyArrecis) December 15, 2017

    @AMCTheatres we are all here at amc Burbank 16 starwars amc prime Dolby the 1st 10 minutes of the movie starts and no sound it is mob scene

    — jason arrecis (@jason_extreme) December 15, 2017

    On a more humorous note, one fan tweeted that at least some of the cops received some "Star Wars" pointers from the angry crowd.

    Last Jedi update: Two angry nerds are explaining three-act structure to a Burbank cop while demanding a double refund.

    — Sean Keane (@seankeane) December 15, 2017

    CBS reports that Burbank police were called to the theater at about 10:21 p.m. to disperse "an unruly crowd." None of the options the theater offered -- refunds, being moved to a different screening, or to return Friday for another screening -- were what ticked-off moviegoers wanted to hear.

  9. Kelly Marie Tran's Reaction to 'Last Jedi' Superfan Is the Best Thing Ever

    Kelly Marie TranFans have been loving on "Star Wars" newcomer Kelly Marie Tran throughout "The Last Jedi"'s press tour, but the reaction between Tran and a fan at the L.A. premiere was epic

    Tran was so emotional when she saw a fan dressed up like her character Rose Tico, she dropped to her knees! They tearfully hugged it out and, luckily, the moving moment was captured on camera.


    — laura ✨ (@daisyrdley) December 13, 2017

    We got all the details via this Tumblr post:

    A friend of mine on Facebook was able to attend the Last Jedi premiere in Los Angeles last night with some friends of his from the Rebel Legion and the 501st, all in costume, including a young woman who was dressed as Rose Tico. Kelly Marie Tran saw her while she was walking the red carpet, and this was her reaction to seeing someone dressed as Rose. According to my friend, there were tears all around and it was a very emotional moment. Representation matters, you guys, and it is so important. These photos made me emotional just seeing them, and I was given permission to share them with the rest of you here.

  10. Exclusive: See Artwork from Hero Complex Gallery's Upcoming John McTiernan Tribute Show

    There are few universal truths in life – radio stations play the best music on Fridays, peanut butter goes great with chocolate, and John McTiernan is the greatest living action filmmaker. The man behind "Die Hard," "The Hunt for Red October," "Predator" and "The Thomas Crown Affair" is a master of character and craft, fashioning one artful, high octane blockbuster after another. These are films that are the definition of iconic. And we thought, You know, he would be a pretty cool guy to fashion an art show around. So for the better part of a year, we've been working with our friends at Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles to bring you A John McTiernan Art Show, just in time for Christmas on December 21st.

    65 artists from all around the world contributed to the show, which will celebrate the totality of the filmmaker's career. And we are so thrilled to share two of our very favorite pieces with you -- one is a "Die Hard" piece by Scott Park, who turns all the action and chaos of that film into something truly adorable. The other is a velvet painting (!) of Arnold Schwarzenegger from "Predator." Both are amazing and are only the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned for more ...

  11. 26 Things You Never Knew About 'Titanic'

    Hard to imagine now, but before "Titanic" was released two decades ago (on December 19, 1997), much of Hollywood expected the then-most expensive film ever made to be a colossal failure. It would sink at the box office like -- well, you know.

    Even James Cameron had his doubts that the film would work, fearing that blending an intimate-scale teenage romance with an epic-scale disaster movie would be like "chocolate syrup on a cheeseburger."

    You know how the story ends, though. "Titanic" became the biggest hit in Hollywood history (until Cameron's own "Avatar" surpassed it 12 years later), won a record number of Oscars (including Best Picture), turned Leonardo DiCaprio into a box office titan, made Kate Winslet a globally-beloved actress, and crowned writer/director Cameron as King of the World.

    You've probably seen the movie so many times that that damn Celine Dion song is still stuck in your head today. Even so, you may not know about the film's tempestuous production history that spawned all that pre-release pessimism. Here's how it all went down.
    1. Cameron's interest in the Titanic began a decade before the movie's release, when he saw the National Geographic documentary by Robert Ballard, the leader of the the team that found the Titanic wreckage on the Atlantic Ocean floor. Still, the "Terminator" director had never made a romance or a period drama, and he had a hard time selling 20th Century Fox on his idea.

    2. Nonetheless, he got the studio to pony up $2 million to send him on an expedition to the shipwreck site. 3. Armed with a submarine-mount camera designed by his aerospace-engineer brother, Cameron captured Titanic footage like none other yet obtained -- chandeliers, piles of furniture, and staterooms with intact woodwork and decor. The footage sealed the deal.

    4. For Rose, Cameron considered such young actresses as Gwyneth Paltrow, Claire Danes, and Gabrielle Anwar, but Kate Winslet lobbied him hard for the part with daily notes and phone calls. One missive was a card that read "From Your Rose," accompanied by a single rose. Another time, she called him in his car and said, "You don't understand! I am Rose. I don't know why you're even seeing someone else." Eventually, the director agreed.
    5. For Jack, the filmmakers initially wanted Matthew McConaughey. But then they decided they needed a Jack who looked about 20, ruling out the 26-year-old "A Time to Kill" star.

    6. They also considered Chris O'Donnell, Jared Leto, and the then-unknown Billy Crudup. But when Leonardo DiCaprio screen tested with Winslet, both the director and the actress thought he was so good that Winslet told Cameron that, even if he didn't hire her, he should hire the "Basketball Diaries" actor.
    7. Actually, it was DiCaprio who needed to be sold on the filmmakers behind what was to be his first mainstream, big-budget Hollywood movie. He kept trying to suggest changes to Jack to make the part more interesting to play, until Cameron balked and said, "Look, I'm not going to make this guy brooding and neurotic. I'm not going to give him a tic and a limp and all the things you want." DiCaprio relented and signed on.

    8. The most remarkable bit of casting may have been the older Rose. Gloria Stuart had been a promising Hollywood starlet in the 1930s, acting in such films as 'The Invisible Man" and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm." She'd quit the movies in the 1940s and had worked for decades as a visual artist. She'd begun acting again in her sixties in small character parts, but she was all but retired by the time Cameron cast her, at age 85, to play the centenarian Rose.
    9. Cameron had considered trying to lure her contemporary, original "King Kong" star Fay Wray, out of retirement to play Rose before selecting Stuart. Her Oscar-nominated comeback made her famous for the rest of her life. Stuart died in 2010 at age 100, about the same age as her "Titanic" character.

    10. Cameron's drive for accuracy included no fewer than 12 dives to the wreck site during the production, on occasion bringing set and costume designers along. To recreate the Titanic, he obtained the original blueprints. His production designer discovered that the company that had manufactured the ship's carpets was still in business and commissioned the firm to duplicate them for the movie.
    11. In the scene where Jack sketches a nude Rose, the actors' visible nervousness was real. After all, it was the first scene DiCaprio and Winslet shot together. The portrait was actually drawn by Cameron.

    12. Three weeks into the shoot, members of the cast and crew suffered a weird bout of food poisoning, tripping on lobster chowder that had been laced with PCP. Who spiked the soup with angel dust? That's one of the enduring mysteries of "Titanic."
    13. Cameron got Fox to build a water tank in Rosarito, Mexico (above), one that could hold 17 million gallons of water. In the tank, Cameron staged much of the action aboard a 770-foot-long scale model, about 90 percent the size of the actual Titanic.

    14. Of course, many scenes recreating the ship -- particularly during the sinking -- were achieved with digital trickery, though there were only about 500 effects shots in the film, a modest number by the standard of today's CGI extravaganzas.
    15. During the final plunge of the ship's stern, where hapless passengers and crew are shown tumbling and bouncing around the deck, three stuntmen suffered broken bones. That's not unusual for an action-heavy production as big as "Titanic," but reports of the injuries, along with the director's hot-tempered defiance of Fox's efforts to cut expensive scenes, led to rumors in Hollywood that Cameron and his movie were out of control.

    16. Still, Cameron did save the production millions by giving up his director's fee. He also gave up his percentage of the profit, a gesture Fox found hollow because it didn't expect the film to go into the black. Cameron did, however, keep his seven-figure fee for writing the screenplay.
    17. The film's running time is three hours and 15 minutes, or about 35 minutes longer than it took the actual Titanic to sink.

    18. "Titanic" cost $200 million to make, a figure that was double the amount originally budgeted, an unprecedented amount to spend shooting a movie back in 1997, and a sum so high that 20th Century Fox had to bring Paramount aboard as a financing partner.
    19. That cost (nearly 27 times the $7.5 million spent to build the actual ship in 1912), reports of turmoil from the set, and production delays that pushed the release from July to Christmas 1997, led to all the ominous buzz about the film's abysmal prospects. Even Fox studio chief Peter Chernin told the Los Angeles Times he thought the studio would be lucky just to break even.

    20. Of course, the film ended up with an unprecedented box office haul as well, some $601 million in North America and $1.5 billion abroad. Even so, Hollywood bean-counters at the time didn't think Cameron's seafaring success would launch a wave of similarly costly blockbusters. As one producer told the Times, "All people did for a year in this town was sweat 'Titanic.' I think 'Titanic's' cost will make people look more carefully at the cost of a movie." Today, with studios routinely spending $200 to $300 million on franchise installments, such optimism about Hollywood's fiscal discipline sounds wistfully naive.
    21. "Titanic" tied some Oscar records. It shares with "All About Eve" the record for the most nominations (14) and with fellow Best Picture winners "Ben-Hur" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" the record for the most trophies won (11).

    22. The ceremony became famous as the one where Best Director winner Cameron quoted his own screenplay and shouted, "I'm the king of the world!" "Titanic" also won for editing, cinematography, production design, costumes, sound, sound editing, visual effects, James Horner's instrumental score, and the song "My Heart Will Go On."
    23. At 86, Stuart was the oldest actor ever nominated for Oscar. She grumbled that she might have beaten "L.A. Confidential" star Kim Basinger for Best Supporting Actress, had not Cameron left so much of her performance on the cutting-room floor. Winslet was also nominated, for Best Actress, but lost to Helen Hunt ("As Good As It Gets"). DiCaprio wasn't even nominated.

    24. A decade after "Titanic," Winslet and DiCaprio reunited to play an unhappily married couple in "Revolutionary Road," which neither critics nor audiences much cared for. Today, they're still pals, and Winslet says they still crack each other up by quoting "Titanic" dialogue to each other.
    25. According to the 2017 National Geographic documentary "Titanic: 20 Years Later with James Cameron," the obsessive filmmaker has made 33 dives to the wreck site in the two decades since the film's release, investigating to see what he got right on screen and what he didn't. His biggest mistake may have been his depiction of the way the stern went down after the ship broke in half. Using a bathtub-size scale model designed by naval engineers and his own special effects team -- and sinking the model dozens of times -- Cameron now believes the stern rose vertically only once, not twice.

    26. Cameron says he also regrets not being more sensitive to the descendants of the survivors, particularly those of crewman William Murdoch (Ewan Stewart), whom "Titanic" depicted as a gun-wielding villain, without any basis in historical fact.

  12. 17 Things You Never Knew About Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy

    Today, when motion-capture performances are commonplace, it's hard to remember what a sensation Andy Serkis's Gollum was when we first met him 15 years ago this week, in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."

    Released on December 18, 2002, the middle installment of Peter Jackson's first J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy dazzled with its talking trees, massive battle sequences, and most of all, Serkis' heartfelt, psychologically complex performance. It's no wonder that today, after performances in the Tolkien films, as well as Jackson's "King Kong" and the "Planet of the Apes" prequels, Serkis is universally regarded as the best motion-capture actor ever.

    The innovations of "Two Towers," and of the entire trilogy, seem taken for granted now, but it's worth looking back at the making of the films to discover there's still more to learn about them. We learned a lot when the trilogy celebrated its 10th anniversary, but it seems there are more mysteries left in Middle-earth.
    "Do you want me to give you a staff infection?"1. Jackson's 15-month shoot for all three films generated 1,100 miles of film. He had to hire three different editors to whittle it down, one for each of the three-hours-plus installments.

    2. The director oversaw the simultaneous shooting of all three films at the same time by traveling between the sets on his bicycle. In this, he emulated Tolkien, who hated cars and preferred to travel on two wheels.
    3. Casting proved difficult, especially the role of Aragorn. Vin Diesel turned down the heroic role, for which Daniel Day-Lewis, Russell Crowe, and Nicolas Cage had all been considered.

    4. Jackson eventually cast Stuart Townsend, but fired him shortly after the shoot began because he felt the 28-year-old's performance lacked the maturity the role required. Viggo Mortensen, then 40, rushed in to replace Townsend and thereby made his career.
    5. The Battle of Helms Deep, which takes up much of "The Two Towers," was edited down from some 20 hours of footage. Jackson gave himself a cameo as a spear-hurling soldier atop the fortress gate.

    6. Injuries among the principal cast were plentiful. Mortensen fractured two toes while shooting a scene where he kicks an orc helmet, believing the kidnapped Merry and Pippin have been killed. He acted through the pain, and Jackson used the take in the completed "Two Towers." Mortensen also chipped a tooth during a night shoot and bruised his face while surfing on one of his days off.
    7. Similarly, while filming his scenes in Bilbo's low-ceilinged hobbit home in "The Fellowship of the Ring," Ian McKellen banged his head on a beam. Fortunately, he reacted in character as Gandalf, and Jackson kept the scene in the finished film.

    8. Among other injuries: Christopher Lee (Saruman) broke his hand. Orlando Bloom (Legolas) fell off a horse and cracked three ribs. Liv Tyler was shooting a scene as Arwen when she accidentally stabbed herself in the thigh. During the "Two Towers" sequence where Sam wades through the Mavora Lakes, Sean Astin stepped on a shard of glass. And in the Battle of Helm's Deep, Bernard Hill (Théoden) got his ear slashed.
    9. Many years before playing Gimli, John Rhys-Davies had lost a fingertip. He was accustomed to disguising his injury with a prosthesis, but one day, he pranked Jackson, with the help of some stage blood from the make-up department, and pretended he'd just had his finger severed during a battle scene.

    10. Gollum was originally supposed to be a pure-CGI character, but Serkis' tests in the motion-capture suit worked so well that the filmmakers decided to go the latter route instead. Gollum's scenes had to be filmed twice, once with Serkis and once without. His motions were digitally transformed into Gollum's, but the creature's facial expressions were animated by hand, merely using Serkis' performance as a guide.
    11. It took as long as four hours per frame of film to get Gollum's skin tones right. Only a few of Gollum's scenes were completely animated, such as the shots of him crawling upside-down.

    12. Serkis said the distinctive scratchy sound he came up with for Gollum's voice was inspired by the sound of his own cat choking up a hair ball.
    13. Shelob, the giant spider in "The Lord of the Rings," was inspired by Tolkien's lifelong fear of spiders, sparked by a spider bite he suffered as a child. Jackson, who had a similar loathing for spiders, gave Shelob the voice of a Tasmanian devil in "The Return of the King."

    14. The Battle of the Black Gate in "Return of the King" was also a source of potential danger, as it was filmed at Rangipo Desert, a former minefield. The New Zealand military served as both extras and as minesweepers, making sure no unexploded mines remained in the area.
    15. Astin's little boy, Mortensen's young son, and Jackson's two small kids all have cameos as hobbit children in the Shire. Jackson's youngsters also show up as refugees in the cave during "The Two Towers," along with Elijah Wood's (Frodo) sister.

    16. All together, the three films cost a reported $281 million to make. They earned back $2.9 billion worldwide.
    17. Between 2002 and 2004, the movies were nominated for 30 Oscars and won 17. Of those, 11 went to "The Return of the King," including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay. In fact, "Return" won in every category it was nominated for, a record-tying sweep matched only by fellow 11-trophy-winners "Ben-Hur" and "Titanic."

  13. Dwayne Johnson Is Too Busy to Run for President in 2020 ... But Maybe Not 2024

    Dwayne Johnson Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of FameThe next role for Dwayne Johnson will not be president, but that doesn't mean he never plans to launch a White House bid.

    The former pro wrestler-turned-action star has been open about being interested in the possibility of running, but right now, he isn't ready to step away from acting -- in fact, he's too busy to do so. Johnson told Variety that his schedule is full through 2021, so he wouldn't be able to run in 2020. Still, he doesn't want to rule out the idea of trying to become commander in chief in the future.

    "Realistically, as we go into 2018, when you look at my slate as we're developing and shooting into 2019 and 2020, the slate goes deep into 2021," he said of his acting and producing commitments, "so it feels like the realistic consideration would be 2024."

    That would be too late for a possible showdown with a fellow former WWE performer, President Donald Trump, so we wouldn't see the entertainers take each other on. Even so, Johnson, who says he is a registered Independent, was critical of the current leadership while speaking to Variety.

    "I continue to be hopeful that our leaders exhibit poise, perspective and the ability to bring our country together during these tough times -- which I don't feel our presidency is currently doing," he said.

    Johnson's interest in running comes in part in response to what he has been seeing in politics today. However, he knows that he needs to be ready before he enters the fray; he said he is "well aware" governing is "not the business [he's] in." The actor made it clear, though, that he is taking the time to "listen and learn."

    Should Johnson run, he already has support in his corner. Not only did "SNL" fans love the idea of him running with Tom Hanks, Michael Moore said in May that Democrats should "run someone that's beloved by the American people," naming The Rock as his choice.

  14. Golden Globes 2018: Oprah Winfrey to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

    Taping Of 'Queen Sugar After-Show'One of the world's biggest stars is set to receive the Golden Globes' biggest honor: Oprah Winfrey is the 2018 winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

    The award, given annually to an influential person in the entertainment industry, is seen as a lifetime achievement honor of sorts, and has typically gone to celebs who have been Hollywood bigwigs for decades. Meryl Streep received the prestigious prize in 2017, and Winfrey's selection signals the first time ever that the award has gone to two female recipients in consecutive years. Winfrey is also the first African-American woman to receive the prize.

    And the recipient of the 2018 #GoldenGlobes Cecil B. de Mille Award is......@Oprah!#globes75

    — Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) December 14, 2017

    What an honor.

    — Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 14, 2017

    Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, released a statement about Winfrey's fitness for the honor:

    "The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to announce Oprah Winfrey as the recipient of the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award. As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer, and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today. For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as Chairman, CEO, and Founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards."

    Morgan Freeman, who won the DeMille Award in 2012, was the first to announce Winfrey's selection, sharing the news in a sweet video message recounting his own presentation by fellow previous recipient Sidney Poitier. It's unclear at this point if Freeman will be the one to present Winfrey with her award, but as the actor noted in his message, Winfrey is "in for an incredible night" either way.

    The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will take place on Sunday, January 7, 2018. The telecast, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air live on NBC.

    [via: Golden Globes]

  15. The Starry First 'Ocean's 8' Poster Is Giving Us Major Coat and Sunglasses Envy

    The upcoming "Ocean's Eleven" spinoff "Ocean's 8" just revealed its first poster, and the flick looks like it will be just as stylish as it is star-studded.

    That makes sense, since the film centers around a heist at the annual fashion-centric Met Gala event. But based on this image, the titular thieves will be looking just as glamorous as the famous faces they're ripping off.ocean's eight, ocean's 8, poster, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson

    Of course, it's hard not to notice that those thieves are played by a group of equally famous actresses, including a couple of Oscar winners (and one Grammy winner). Pictured on the poster, from left, are Sandra Bullock (playing ringleader Debbie Ocean, cousin of George Clooney's "Ocean's" character), Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina.

    We don't know too much else about the movie right now, but it's set to have a bunch of cameos, including Matt Damon (reprising his role as pickpocket Linus Caldwell), James Corden (reportedly playing an insurance investigator who catches on to the group's scheme), and Olivia Munn (playing herself, in a dress that cost her a lot of money). Also look out for plenty of big names from the fashion industry, too.

    "Ocean's 8" is set to hit theaters on June 8, 2018.

    [via: Ocean's 8/Twitter]

  16. New 'Deadpool 2' Photo Casts Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin as Renaissance Men

    Ryan Reynolds is continuing his quest to co-opt famous works of art to promote next year's "Deadpool 2," and this time, he's casting himself and Josh Brolin as a heavenly pair.

    In a new altered image shared on Twitter, Reynolds reimagines the Merc With a Mouth and Cable as the main characters in Michelangelo's iconic Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco, "The Creation of Adam." Now, the painting features Reynolds's titular character as Adam, and Cable as God (though it's slightly more sinister than the original, with Cable pointing a gun at Deadpool).

    Some might call this creation a masterpiece, but to me it's just well hung art to be shared with the world.

    — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 14, 2017

    "Some might call this creation a masterpiece, but to me it's just well hung art to be shared with the world," Reynolds quipped on Twitter.

    Again, like the doctored Norman Rockwell homage the actor shared previously, it's difficult to read too much meaning into the use of Michelangelo's work. It's likely just an excuse for Reynolds and the "Deadpool" marketers to have some fun with PhotoShop, but we suppose you could argue that the image is suggesting Cable plays a key role in creating a new Deadpool in the sequel.

    Either way, we're enjoying this promotional strategy, and can't wait to see which artwork Reynolds and co. rip off next.

    "Deadpool 2" is due in theaters on June 1, 2018.

    [via: Ryan Reynolds/Twitter]

  17. Sebastian Stan Wants a Bucky Barnes Solo Movie: 'That Would Be an Amazing Experience'

    BRITAIN-ENTERTAINMENT-CINEMA-CAPTAIN AMERICASebastian Stan is ready for The Winter Soldier to break free.

    Seb currently stars in "I, Tonya," which came out December 8, and he promoted the movie in a new feature. He talked about the toxic masculinity required in his role as Tonya Harding's estranged husband Jeff Gillooly. He also addressed his resemblance to Mark Hamill/Luke Skywalker (again). And, of course, he briefly discussed playing Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers' old (very old) best friend in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    Esquire said the success of the Marvel movies has given Seb the opportunity to explore more challenging projects, including "I, Tonya," and also an upcoming film noir with Nicole Kidman. Bucky is still a big priority, though. On that note, here's an intriguing part of the interview:

    "But Marvel is still very much in the picture, and when I ask if he's ever considered a Bucky stand-alone movie, he nearly jumps out of his chair. 'I don't know when—knock on wood—that would be an amazing experience,' he says. 'I'd be up for it whenever. There's definitely a lot there to be explored. It's fun, and the guy has got some identity issues.'"

    Bucky definitely has issues, and he already got title billing in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." But Marvel Comics fans know James Buchanan Barnes has a very interesting future in the comic books, and it sounds like Sebastian Stan is eager for that journey.

    Bucky Barnes will next be seen with the gang in "Avengers: Infinity War," opening May 4th, 2018.

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  18. It's Official: Disney Buying 21st Century Fox Assets (Congrats, Marvel)

    This is the real royal wedding for Marvel fans.

    As expected, it was announced today (Thursday, Dec. 14) that the Walt Disney Co. is indeed buying a huge chunk of 21st Century Fox, including its movie and TV divisions.

    Here's a breakdown from Deadline:

    "Disney is paying $52.4 billion in stock for Fox assets in an all-stock deal that would leave Fox investors owning a 25% stake of Disney. [...]

    The deal, officially valued at $66.1 billion including assumption of debt, will create an entertainment colossus that expands Disney's footprint in every area.

    The agreement encompasses Fox's prolific film and television studios, its FX and National Geographic cable networks, Fox's regional sports networks, its 39% stake in U.K. satellite television provider Sky and its international cable networks, including Star India.

    It also includes one of the most coveted film libraries in the game — something that will be important as Disney pursues its ambitions to become a streaming media giant that challenges Netflix and forges direct relationships with consumers."

    The deal does not include Fox News, Fox Sports, the broadcast network, or local stations. But Disney is also buying Fox's majority stake in Hulu's video streaming service.

    Arguably the biggest takeaway for superhero fans is that the film rights to Fox's Marvel characters like Deadpool, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men will revert back to Disney's Marvel Studios. Disney will also own James Cameron's Avatar franchise. So now Disney has Disney characters, obviously, plus Pixar, Lucasfilm (Star Wars), Marvel, Fox's Marvel characters, Fox's other film characters, etc.

    Of course, Ryan Reynolds immediately put maximum effort into spoofing the merger of his R-rated Deadpool universe with the innocence of Disney:

    Apparently you can't actually blow the Matterhorn.

    — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 14, 2017

    The details of the deal really are dizzying, and here are more bonus tidbits, via Variety:

    "Fox owns the studio, for example, that produces the ABC hit 'Modern Family.' Now Disney will take control of the program, and benefit from syndication and other distribution of the series. The 20th Century Fox studio has the rights to make movies for Marvel characters like 'X-Men' the result of deals struck before Disney purchased Marvel in 2009. Fox also controls rights to the one 'Star Wars' film that is not under Disney's aegis – the first movie in the franchise, 'Star Wars: A New Hope.'"

    Here's more on what this means, from Disney's own statement (via THR):

    "Combining with Disney are 21st Century Fox's critically acclaimed film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000, which together offer diverse and compelling storytelling businesses and are the homes of Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool, as well as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hidden Figures, Gone Girl, The Shape of Water and The Martian — and its storied television creative units, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21, which have brought The Americans, This Is Us, Modern Family, The Simpsons and so many more hit TV series to viewers across the globe."

    It's a massive deal, and definitely gives Disney more power than you can possibly imagine everyone else. Is that really a good thing?

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  19. 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Unscripted Overtime

    Moviefone's signature series "Unscripted" always has great moments, but sometimes we can't fit everything into one episode. So we're bringing you "Unscripted Overtime" to highlight the best clips that were (unfortunately) cut for time.

    Gwendoline Chrisite asks her cast-mates (Mark Hamill, John Boyega, and Kelly Marie Tran) what went on at the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" wrap party:

    The origin of Porgs, explained:

    John Boyega asks Mark Hamill if he'd ever portray iconic villain "The Joker" in real life:

    And in case you didn't know, John Boyega is big in Nigeria:

    "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o opens in theaters everywhere Friday, December 15th.

  20. SAG Awards 2018: All the Presenters Will Be Women, in a Nod to #MeToo

    24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations AnnouncementFor the first time ever, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are set to have a host, with Kristen Bell tapped to emcee the ceremony in January. And now, the SAGs are making another big change, this time involving even more women.

    In an interview with the New York Times, Bell, Kathy Connell (the executive producer of the awards show), and Sandra Dewey (a president at Turner Broadcasting, which is airing the telecast on its TBS and TNT networks) revealed that all 13 of the SAG Awards acting prizes -- as well as its two stunt awards, given out before the broadcast -- will be presented by women. Nominees for the 2018 SAG Awards were announced on Wednesday by the female duo of Niecy Nash and Olivia Munn.

    At previous SAG ceremonies, awards have typically been given out by male-female teams. The nominees for best ensemble -- the SAG equivalent of Best Picture -- will still be presented at the ceremony by both men and women, though only women will hand out trophies to the winners. A list of presenters is expected to be announced shortly.

    Connell told the Times that the idea for including an all-female roster of presenters came to her back in January, when she attended the Women's March in Washington, D.C. with her daughter. But it became especially important to the producer in the wake of the sexual harassment scandal that has enveloped Hollywood in recent months, led by the accusations against mega producer Harvey Weinstein.

    "I want to salute women who are coming forward to speak at a very difficult time about very difficult subjects at great risk to themselves," Connell explained to the Times.

    According to Bell, this move has special meaning to her, with her own history-making role in the proceedings.

    "I'm not the first female host," the actress told the Times. "I'm the first host. The fact that a female was chosen to be the first one means my genitals become irrelevant."

    The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air on January 21, 2018 on TBS and TNT.

    [via: The New York Times]

  21. What's Leaving Netflix in January 2018

    LostThe New Year is bringing lots of great stuff to Netflix, but, sadly, that means a lot of fantastic stuff is going "out with the old." That includes all of "Lost," "Futurama," and several seasons of "Law & Order: SVU." We don't want to live on this planet anymore!

    Also being yanked: '80s classics "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and "Gremlins;' '90s favorites "Forrest Gump," "Pulp Fiction," and "The Shawshank Redemption." And damn, "Mean Girls" is leaving again? Better get your "Jingle Bell Rock" on while you can!

    Here's everything leaving Netflix in January 2018, including the entire "Saw" series:

    Leaving January 1
    "Chicago" (2002)
    "Daddy Day Care" (2003)
    "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood" (1996)
    "Dressed to Kill" (1941)
    "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)
    "Forrest Gump" (1994)
    "Four Brothers" (2005)
    "Free Willy" (1993)
    "Grease" (1978)
    "Gremlins" (1984)
    "I Am Sam" (2001)
    "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit": Seasons 14-17
    "License to Drive" (1998)
    "Made of Honor" (2008)
    "Mean Girls" (2004)
    "Miss Congeniality" (2000)
    "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" (2005)
    "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003)
    "Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction" (2014)
    "Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages" (2015)
    "Pokémon: Indigo League:" Season 1 (2000)
    "Pokémon: XY:" Seasons 1-2 (2015)
    "Police Academy" (1984)
    "Pulp Fiction" (1994)
    "Requiem for a Dream" (2000)
    "Saw" (2004)
    "Saw II" (2005)
    "Saw III" (2006)
    "Saw IV" (2007)
    "Saw V" (2008)
    "Saw VI" (2009)
    "Saw: The Final Chapter" (2010)
    "Someone Like You" (2001)
    "The Addams Family" (1991)
    "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" (2008)
    "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951)
    "The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel" (1951)
    "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" (1958)
    "The Man with One Red Shoe" (1985)
    "The Manhattan Project" (1986)
    "The Mighty Ducks" (1992)
    "The Parent Trap" (1961)
    "The Secret Garden" (1993)
    "The Switch" (2010)
    "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954)
    "White Chicks" (2004)
    "Young Mr. Lincoln" (1939)

    Leaving January 3
    "VHS" (2012)

    Leaving January 4
    "Lost:" Seasons 1-6

    Leaving January 5
    "Fantasia" (1940)
    "Fantasia 2000" (2000)
    "The Host"

    Leaving January 15
    "Sirens:" Seasons 1-2

    Leaving January 30
    "Futurama:" Seasons 7-10

  22. New on Netflix: January 2018

    Coming to Netflix in the new year: New seasons of original series "Grace and Frankie," "Lovesick," and "One Day at a Time," as well as "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" with Jerry Seinfeld, "The Polka King" with Jack Black, and "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" about the founding of National Lampoon.

    And ring in the new year by catching up with 2017 movies "Cars 3" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales."

    Also: Almost all the "Batman" movies, all the "Godfather" films, every "Lethal Weapon" installment and every "Bring It On" movie.

    Here's everything coming to Netflix streaming in January 2018:

    Available January 1
    "10,000 B.C." (2008)
    "30 Days of Night" (2007)
    "Age Of Shadows" (2016)
    "AlphaGo" (2017)
    "America's Sweethearts" (2001)
    "Apollo 13" (1995)
    "Batman" (1989)
    "Batman & Robin" (1997)
    "Batman Begins" (2005)
    "Batman Forever" (1995)
    "Batman Returns" (1992)
    "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)
    "Bring It On" (2000)
    "Bring It On Again" (2004)
    "Bring It On: All or Nothing 2006)
    "Bring It On: Fight to the Finish 2009)
    "Bring It On: In It to Win It" (2007)
    "Caddyshack" (1980)
    "Chef & My Fridge: 2017
    "Defiance" (2008)
    "Definitely, Maybe" (2008)
    "Eastsiders: Season 3
    "Furry Vengeance" (2010)
    "Glacé: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
    "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003)
    "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" (2011)
    "King Kong" (2005)
    "Lethal Weapon" (1987)
    "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989)
    "Lethal Weapon 3" (1992)
    "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998)
    "License to Wed" (2007)
    "Like Water for Chocolate" (1992)
    "Love Actually" (2003)
    "Lovesick: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
    "Maddman: The Steve Madden Story" (2017)
    "Marie Antoinette" (2006)
    "Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World" (2017)
    "Midnight in Paris" (2011)
    "Monsters vs. Aliens" (2009)
    "National Treasure" (2004)
    "Sharknado 5: Global Swarming" (2017)
    "Stardust" (2007)
    "Strictly Ballroom" (1992)
    "The Dukes of Hazzard" (2005)
    "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" (2005)
    "The First Time" (2012)
    "The Godfather" (1972)
    "The Godfather: Part II" (1974)
    "The Godfather: Part III" (1990)
    "The Italian Job" (2003)
    "The Lovely Bones" (2009)
    "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)
    "The Truman Show" (1998)
    "The Vault" (2017)
    "Training Day" (2001)
    "Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable" (2017)
    "Troy" (2004)
    "Wedding Crashers" (2005)
    "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (1971)

    Available January 2
    "Mustang Island" (2017)
    "Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" (2017)
    "Rent" (2005)

    Available January 5
    "Before I Wake" (Netflix Original)
    "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" (Netflix Original)
    "DEVILMAN crybaby": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
    "Rotten" (Netflix Original)

    Available January 6
    "Episodes": Season 1-5

    Available January 8
    "The Conjuring" (2013)

    Available January 10
    "47 Meters Down/In the Deep" (2017)
    "Alejandro Riaño Especial de stand up" (Netflix Original)
    "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" (2017)

    Available January 12
    "Colony": Season 2
    Disjointed: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
    "Somebody Feed Phil" (Netflix Original)
    "The Man Who Would Be Polka King" (2009)
    "The Polka King (Netflix Original)
    "Tom Segura: Disgraceful" (Netflix Original)

    Available January 14
    "Wild Hogs" (2007)

    Available January 15
    "2018 Olympic Winter Games Preview: Meet Team USA & Go for the Gold"
    "Rehenes/Hostages" (2017)
    "Unrest" (2017)

    Available January 16
    "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013)
    "Katt Williams: Great America (Netflix Original)
    "Rita": Season 4

    Available January 17
    "Arango y Sanint: Ríase El Show" (Netflix Original)
    "Friday Night Tykes": Season 4

    Available January 18
    "Bad Day for the Cut" (2017)
    "Tiempos de guerra:" Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    Available January 19
    "Drug Lords": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
    "Grace and Frankie": Season 4 (Netflix Original)
    "The Open House" (Netflix Original)
    "Trolls: The Beat Goes On!": Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    Available January 23
    "Todd Glass: Act Happy" (Netflix Original)

    Available January 24
    "Ricardo Quevedo: Hay gente así" (Netflix Original)

    Available January 25
    "Acts of Vengeance" (2017)

    Available January 26
    "A Futile and Stupid Gesture (Netflix Original)
    "Dirty Money (Netflix Original)
    "Kavin Jay: Everybody Calm Down!" (Netflix Original)
    "Llama Llama": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
    "One Day at a Time": Season 2 (Netflix Original)
    "Sebastián Marcelo Wainraich" (Netflix Original)
    "The Adventures of Puss in Boots": Season 6 (Netflix Original)
    "Mau Nieto: Viviendo sobrio... desde el bar" (Netflix Original)

    Available January 28
    "El Ministerio del Tiempo": Seasons 1-3 (Netflix Original)

    Available January 29
    "The Force" (2017)

    Available January 30
    "Babylon Berlin": Season 1 & 2 (Netflix Original)
    "Death Race: Beyond Anarchy" (2018)
    "Retribution": Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    Available January 31
    "Disney·Pixar Cars 3" (2017)

  23. This 'Harry Potter' Chapter Written by a Bot Is Kind of Perfect

    A collection of Harry Potter books are pictured at the home of Caitlin Moore in Washington, DC."Harry Potter" fans have been blessed with lots of new content from the Wizarding World in recent years, thanks to the likes of the "Fantastic Beasts" film series, the "Cursed Child" sequel play, and the ongoing awesomeness of J.K. Rowling's Twitter feed. But what Potterheads will probably never see, sadly, is an eighth installment of the original book series. Thankfully, we now have robots to write one for us.

    The folks over at Botnik -- which according to its website is "a community of writers, artists and developers collaborating with machines to create strange new things" -- decided to give the people what they really want, and pen a new chapter of "Harry Potter." The twist? They used only a predictive text bot, which was fed with content from all seven of Rowling's "Potter" books.

    We used predictive keyboards trained on all seven books to ghostwrite this spellbinding new Harry Potter chapter

    — Botnik Studios (@botnikstudios) December 12, 2017

    Naturally, the results are pretty hilarious (sample line: "Magic: it was something that Harry Potter thought was very good"), while also perfectly illustrating certain character tropes that were hammered home throughout the series. Hermione is still the smartest one in the room, the main trio are "the only people who matter" at Hogwarts, and poor Ron is as much of a sad sack as ever ("Ron's Ron shirt was just as bad as Ron himself").

    And of course, the end features a classic Harry declaration, with our hero shouting, "I'm Harry Potter ... The dark arts better be worried, oh boy!"

    Twitter seems to be in agreement that there should be an entire "Potter" book written by Botnik, and we have to concur. After all, we need something to read while we wait for the new "HP" mobile game to be released.

    [via: Botnik]

  24. 'Titanic,' 'Goonies,' 'Die Hard' Among 2017 National Film Registry Selections

    The Library of Congress announced on Wednesday its annual additions to the National Film Registry, which preserves films of historic, cultural, and aesthetic importance. And like previous classes of inductees, the 25 pictures included this year are an eclectic bunch featuring Hollywood classics, recent critical darlings, and beloved children's flicks, among many others.

    Among the highlights of the 2017 group are Oscar-winning blockbuster "Titanic," Disney animated classic "Dumbo," and audience favorite '80s flicks "Die Hard," "The Goonies," and "Field of Dreams." The 1978 version of "Superman," WWII drama "Gentleman's Agreement," Christopher Nolan thriller "Memento," and Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy-Sidney Poitier classic "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" also made the cut.

    According to the official announcement from Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the 2017 selections span nearly 100 years of cinema, from 1905 to 2000. Their induction brings the National Film Registry's total number of motion pictures to 725.

    "The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation's cultural and historical heritage," said Hayden in a statement. "Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals and a nation as a whole. Being tasked with selecting only 25 each year is daunting because there are so many great films deserving of this honor."

    The full list of 2017 inductees, in alphabetical order, is below.

    Films Selected for the 2017 National Film Registry

    1. Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)
    2. Boulevard Nights (1979)
    3. Die Hard (1988)
    4. Dumbo (1941)
    5. Field of Dreams (1989)
    6. 4 Little Girls (1997)
    7. Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection (1920s and 1930s)
    8. Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
    9. The Goonies (1985)
    10. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
    11. He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
    12. Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)
    13. La Bamba (1987)
    14. Lives of Performers (1972)
    15. Memento (2000)
    16. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
    17. The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)
    18. Spartacus (1960)
    19. Superman (1978)
    20. Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)
    21. Time and Dreams (1976)
    22. Titanic (1997)
    23. To Sleep with Anger (1990)
    24. Wanda (1971)
    25. With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (1937-1938)

    [via: Library of Congress]

  25. SAG Awards 2018: Here Are the Screen Actors Guild Nominations 

    The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ShowWho will be the Winona of the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards?

    Kristen Bell is hosting the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show on January 21 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS. It's hard to imagine this year's SAG Awards can outshine the viral magic of Winona Ryder's expressions, not to mention some fantastic speeches, but it can sure try.

    Nominations were just announced by Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash. "Stranger Things" is back in the mix with four nominations, along with fellow Netflix series "GLOW" and HBO's "Big Little Lies." On the film side, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" led with four nods.

    US-SAG AWARDS-NOMINATIONSHere is the full list of nominations for the TV and film categories (via Variety):


    Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
    "The Big Sick"
    "Get Out"
    "Lady Bird"
    "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
    Timothee Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name"
    James Franco, "The Disaster Artist"
    Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"
    Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour"
    Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, Esq."

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
    Judi Dench, "Victoria & Abdul"
    Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"
    Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
    Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"
    Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird"

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
    Steve Carell, "Battle of the Sexes"
    Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
    Woody Harrelson,"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
    Richard Jenkins, "The Shape of Water"
    Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
    Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"
    Hong Chau, "Downsizing"
    Holly Hunter, "The Big Sick"
    Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
    Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"

    Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
    "Baby Driver"
    "War For The Planet Of The Apes"
    "Wonder Woman"

    24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations Announcement


    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
    Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock"
    Jeff Daniels, "Godless"
    Robert De Niro, "The Wizard of Lies"
    Geoffrey Rush, "Genius"
    Alexander Skarsgard, "Big Little Lies"

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
    Laura Dern, "Big Little Lies"
    Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies"
    Jessica Lange, "Feud: Bette & Joan"
    Susan Sarandon, "Feud: Bette & Joan"
    Reese Witherspoon, "Big Little Lies"

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
    Jason Bateman, "Ozark"
    Sterling K. Brown, "This Is Us"
    Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
    David Harbour, "Stranger Things"
    Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
    Millie Bobby Brown, "Stranger Things"
    Claire Foy, "The Crown"
    Laura Linney, "Ozark"
    Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale"
    Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
    Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish"
    Aziz Ansari, "Master of None"
    Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
    Sean Hayes, "Will & Grace"
    William H. Macy, "Shameless"
    Marc Maron, "GLOW"

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
    Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"
    Alison Brie, "GLOW"
    Jane Fonda, "Grace and Frankie"
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
    Lily Tomlin, "Grace and Frankie"

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
    "The Crown"
    "Game of Thrones"
    "The Handmaid's Tale"
    "Stranger Things"
    "This Is Us"

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
    "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
    "Orange is the New Black"

    Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:
    "Game of Thrones"
    "Stranger Things"
    "The Walking Dead"

    Life Achievement Award
    54th Annual SAG Life Achievement Award: Morgan Freeman

    "The Big Sick" team should be happy they weren't snubbed by the SAG Awards, unlike the Golden Globes.

    Find out who wins on Sunday, January 21.

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