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  1. Here's Why '12 Strong' and 'Den of Thieves' Shattered Box Office Expectations

    "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is still king of the forest, topping the box office chart for a third straight week. But while all the kids are going to see the video game-inspired adventure, their dads are dominating the rest of the multiplex.

    Testing the impressive staying power of "Jumanji" this weekend were three new wide releases, "12 Strong," "Den of Thieves," and "Forever My Girl." While "Girl" was a Nicholas Sparks-type romance that was not even predicted to crack the top 10 (it's playing on just 1,115 screens), the other two were wider releases that were both aimed at the older, male action audience that made Liam Neeson's "The Commuter" a surprise hit last week.

    With three such movies in the marketplace at once, no one expected much from any of them -- maybe a debut in the low teens for Afghan War combat tale "Strong" and the high single digits for heist film "Thieves." Neither was expected to top Steven Spielberg's prestige drama "The Post," which was supposed to hold on to second place with about $15 million.

    Nonetheless, all three new movies did much better than pundits had predicted. "Strong" took second place, with an estimated $16.5 million, with "Thieves" close behind on sales estimated at $15.3 million. ("The Post" fell to fourth with an estimated $12.2 million.) Even "Girl" outperformed expectations, premiering in tenth place with an estimated $4.7 million.

    What the heck is going on here? Well, these are the colliding trends that seem to be in play.

    1. It's January
    The whole month is widely considered a no-man's land, that uncomfortable period between the big holiday releases and the newly-evolved spring blockbuster season that begins in March. It's a time when box office rules tend to go out the window, a month when late-breaking Oscar hopefuls, horror movies, lower-profile action films, and anything else the studios don't know how to market properly all jockey for position.

    So far, however, there's only been one major horror film this month ("Insidious: The Last Key"), and aside from "The Post" and "Phantom Thread" (which expanded into hundreds of theaters this weekend), most of the awards-seeking movies have long since peaked. (They may see another peak next weekend, after the Oscar nominations are announced.) So that leaves the action thrillers and the miscellaneous movies. If you went to the multiplex this weekend seeing novelty, your choices were pretty much limited to "Forever My Girl" or dad-core action.

    2. Because Dads Love (Bad) Action Movies
    As this column noted when "Commuter" opened last weekend, Liam Neeson's core audience has been primed to expect mid-winter releases for his action movies. You'd think there wouldn't be enough audience to go around for three such films at once; indeed, "Commuter" itself slipped to seventh place this weekend, down 51 percent from its debut, to an estimated $6.7 million.

    Moreover, neither "12 Strong" star Chris Hemsworth or "Den of Thieves" star Gerard Butler are considered big box office draw outside the Marvel movies and, well, whatever Butler does when he's not in Generic Action Movie/Future Occupant of Walmart's $5 DVD Bin, respectively. Oh, and there were pro football conference championships this weekend to keep male viewers at home. And yet, these three movies combined sold an estimated $38.5 million worth of tickets this weekend.

    The success of "Thieves" is especially impressive considering that it's playing on 2,432 screens, compared to 3,002 for "Strong." "Thieves" actually has the higher per-screen average ($6,299, the highest of any wide-release movie this weekend), so if indie distributor STX Entertainment could have booked it on just 188 more screens, it could have beaten "Strong." It also helped that the racially mixed cast of "Thieves" helped STX market it successfully to black and Hispanic audiences.

    Still, it's worth noting that the older, racially diverse action audience is still mostly a guy thing, which may be why hit-woman thriller "Proud Mary" is languishing in 11th place in its second weekend, with just an estimated $3.7 million.

    3. The "American Sniper" Effect
    Films about the War on Terror have been hit or miss over the years, but the ones released in January have tended to do well, or at least okay -- from "13 Hours" and "Zero Dark Thirty," to "Lone Survivor" and especially "American Sniper."

    "12 Strong" resembles those films insofar as it's based on a true story and appeals to its viewers' patriotism. There's no reason why such films shouldn't do well year-round, but as with dad-friendly action movies in general, the audience has been primed to expect such movies at the beginning of the year.

    4. Word-of-mouth
    Audience buzz has been the surprising key ingredient for success this season. It helped both "Strong" and "Thieves" that they earned very good word-of-mouth from paying customers, as measured by their respective A and B+ grades at CinemaScore. After all, both films earned weak reviews from critics, who still have some power to sway older viewers. Word-of-mouth also explains such current hits as "Jumanji" and especially "The Greatest Showman."

    When "Jumanji" opened five weeks ago, it premiered at No. 2 with $36.2 million, and yet it's playing like a movie that debuted in first place with $100 million. It didn't top the chart until its third week of release, yet it has already earned $317.0 million. This weekend, it earned an estimated $20.0 million, down just 28 percent from a week ago. That's all down to ongoing positive recommendations from fans. Same with "Showman," which has also topped $100 million after five weeks of release -- despite a modest $14 million opening and middling reviews.

    While January is typically a time when the Oscar-seeking movies that critics have been talking about for months finally open nationwide, this year's contenders aren't -- as of now -- much of a box office draw, not even for the older audiences they usually attract.

    Such films as "The Post," "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," "The Shape of Water," "Lady Bird," "I, Tonya," and "All the Money in the World" are not having great ticket sales. So far, "The Post" has been the most lucrative of the awards-hopefuls in current release, and it's earned just $45.2 million.

    Maybe all will get the box office bump needed once the Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday.

  2. 'Jumanji' Stays Strong, Topping '12 Strong,' 'Den of Thieves' With $20 Million

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 21, (Variety.com) - Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" has won its third weekend box office title with ease, topping newcomers "12 Strong" and "Den of Thieves," with $20 million at 3,704 North American locations.

    Afghan war drama "12 Strong" took second with $16.5 million at 3,002 sites for Warner Bros. and STXfilms' "Den of Thieves" followed with $15.3 million from 2,432 venues. Fox's "The Post" finished fourth with $12 million at 2,851 venues and its fifth weekend of "The Greatest Showman" remained a solid draw in fifth with $11 million at 2,823 screens.

    "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" has shown remarkable staying power, declining only 28% this weekend and lifting its 33-day North American total to $317 million -- the 61st highest of all time. It's Sony's fifth highest domestic grosser of all time, trailing only the first three Spider-Man titles and last summer's "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

    "Jumanji" is also singular in winning the box office in its third, fourth and fifth weekends after finishing second in its first two weekends to "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." "This is an unprecedented and unusual box office trajectory for a wide release blockbuster," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore.

    The action comedy, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, has also kept overall domestic business healthy with the year-to-date total at $730.1 million through Sunday, up 2.1% from a year ago. The weekend's total hit about $137 million, down 6% from the same frame in 2017 when "Split" opened with $40 million.

    "Another great performance by the seemingly unstoppable 'Jumanji' powers the pre-Oscar nominations weekend while bolstered by a pair of solid debuts from '12 Strong' and 'Den of Thieves,' but this was not enough to beat a tough weekend over weekend comparison to the year ago stellar performance of M. Night Shyamalan's 'Split,'" Dergarabedian said.

    "12 Strong," starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon, had been tracking in the $14 million to $17 million range. The movie is based Doug Stanton's 2009 bestseller "Horse Soldiers," which centers on CIA paramilitary operations officers and U.S. Special Forces sent to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks. Prospects for ongoing business are solid, given its A Cinemascore.

    Production companies for "12 Strong" are Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media, and Jerry Bruckheimer Films with Nicolai Fuglsig directing. Bruckheimer began developing the film in 2009 while at Disney.

    The R-rated "Den of Thieves," starring Gerard Butler, O'Shea Jackson Jr., and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, finished well above forecasts, which had been in the $9 million range. The film follows the intersecting lives of an elite unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and a successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles.

    Christian Gudegast is directing from his original screenplay, based on a story by Gudegast and Paul Scheuring, and is produced by Tucker Tooley and Mark Canton, who spent 15 years developing the film. "Den of Thieves" carries a $30 million budget and generated a B+ Cinemascore.

    "It's incredibly satisfying to have this in theaters and performing so well after all this time," Tooley told Variety. "STXfilms has done a great job activating social media on this."

    "The Post" centers on the 1971 legal battle by the Washington Post and New York Times over the publication of the Pentagon Papers and stars Meryl Streep as WaPo publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee. It showed respectable staying power with a 37% decline from its first weekend in wide release and has totaled $45.2 million domestically.

    "The Greatest Showman," starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, remained a powerful draw with a remarkable small decline of 12% in its fifth weekend. The domestic total has hit $113.5 million while the international box office is at $118 million.

    Warner Bros.' second weekend of family comedy "Paddington 2" finished sixth with $8.2 million at 3,702 sites, followed by Lionsgate's sophomore session of Liam Neeson's "The Commuter" with $6.7 million at 2,892 venues. Both titles have reached $25 million in 10 days.

    Disney-Lucasfilm's sixth weekend of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" came in eighth with $6.6 million at 2,456 locations for a 38-day total of $604.3 million. It trails "The Avengers" by less than $20 million for the fifth spot on that list.

  3. Danny McBride Is Apparently Crocodile Dundee's Son in 'Dundee' Teaser Trailer

    Surprise! There's a random Crocodile Dundee movie coming this summer.

    Out of nowhere, People just revealed a first teaser for "Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home." Danny McBride stars as Brian Dundee, son of Crocodile Dundee, in a revival of the Australian franchise. OG "That's not a knife" bushman Mick Dundee will be back, still played by Paul Hogan.

    Paul Hogan even commented for People's story:

    "Crocodile Dundee is a film that has stood the test of time. It was a defining moment in my life and one of my proudest accomplishments. Throughout the past few years, I've been thinking about how to bring Dundee to a new generation. I'm excited to introduce the new Crocodile Dundee to the world and look forward to sharing more news about those involved very soon."

    McBride had his own quip on the role:

    "I'm not going to lie to you, to be a real Crocodile Dundee, I think 95% of it is the vest and then 5% is just being able to not fall down and stay on your feet," he told People.

    Here's the film's synopsis, from the official site:

    "Crocodile Dundee is back. Well, actually, he's missing in the Outback. And the only person who might be able to find him is the loudmouthed American son no one knew he had. Introducing Danny McBride as Brian Dundee. This son of a legend is forced to channel his Aussie roots as he embarks on the ultimate adventure in the land down under.

    It's time to live up to the family name."

    Check out the very brief teaser:There are photos from production on the official site, too. We're now waiting for a trailer and a release date. Or for someone to wake us from this '80s fever dream.

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  4. Will Scarlett Johansson Be Paid $25 Million for 'Black Widow' Movie? Rumor Patrol

    Don't jump all over this news and squeeze it to death with your legs; it's not confirmed.

    On the heels of Marvel finally hiring a writer for a "Black Widow" standalone movie comes this rumor of how much star Scarlett Johansson might get paid for the project.

    The number comes from the Daily Mail, which is known more for tabloid rumors than Marvel budget reports. But their exclusive report quotes an unnamed "well-placed film industry source" who told them she would be paid $25 million to star in the movie, making her the highest-paid actress for a single movie.

    On top of that, her agents are reportedly angling for her to get a producer's credit on the project. After playing the character in seven Marvel movies, that doesn't sound out of the question. The source also claims her agents "pushed through the revenue bonus payment," so if the movie makes more than $900 million at the global box office, she'll get another $6 million.

    Is that true? Who knows. It's believable. Sure, $25 million is a lot, but the Daily Mail added "the figures are still low compared to Robert Downey Jr, who earned a starting salary of $50 million before bonuses for his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man."

    Scarlett Johansson beat her Marvel costars as the top-grossing (not to be confused with paid) star of 2016, bringing in $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office. And that didn't even include her voice roles in "The Jungle Book" and "Sing."

    She'll next join the gang in "Avengers: Infinity War" this May (where Black Widow is now blonde), as well as "Avengers 4" next year. This Daily Mail source -- whose words shouldn't be taken as Marvel gospel -- said the Black Widow script is now being written with the hope to have the film ready in cinemas by summer 2020.

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  5. Jamie Dornan Recalls Gluing a Wig to His, Um, Privates to Impress a Girl

    Jamie Dornan will soon return to "Fifty Shades Freed" as sex symbol Christian Grey. First, he shared a Fifty Shades of Gross story on "The Graham Norton Show," about an embarrassing experience from when he was 15.

    You have to give him credit for the ... balls? ... to tell the story, since he was sitting next to legends Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren. Graham Norton found the story hilarious, but Liam Neeson -- did he not approve? He was pretty stone-faced throughout.

    You should watch the clip below to see Jamie Dornan tell his story. Basically, Dornan claims he was a very young-looking teen with no game. "I was 15, I looked about 7. I had no hair or anything." He was balancing playing rugby and school, with amateur dramatics on the side. There was one day when he had a role as a waiter in "The Cherry Orchard" and there was a party for the rugby game after the play. For the play, he was given a "black, very acrylic, highly flammable wig" applied to his face to make him look older.

    Guess what he decided to do with that wig after the play and before the party? Here's what he just confessed:

    "So I thought it would be a good idea after the curtain came down on this play, I was going to this party after. I might meet a girl and maybe she drops a hand... [The audience laughed.] So I had the idea to maybe cut off some extra hair off the very -- by the way, I was a very fair child. I had blond hair. So I went into the dressing room and I cut off all this very curly jet black hair, cut it in a wee pile and got my [glue stick] and taped it on there, stuffed it. And I remember standing in front of the mirror going, 'That looks all right.'"

    Graham Norton howled. As it turns out, Dornan went to the party and managed to kiss a girl but it never went further than that. "And thank God it didn't," Dornan now says.

    Helen Mirren wanted to know if the wig removal was painful. Both physically and emotionally painful, Dornan explained, because he had about "three naturally evolved pubes" at that point, and off they went when he removed the wig.

    Watch the full video:By the way, you should also watch this video with Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson. Did you know they lived together and were "a serious item" for a while? What a shame they didn't last, but still... "Fifty Shades Freed" opens February 9th. Dame Helen Mirren's "Winchester" opens February 2nd. Liam Neeson's "The Commuter" is now in theaters.

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  6. Disney's Live-Action 'Sword in the Stone' Hires '28 Weeks Later' Director

    Because these Disney reboots clearly need more zombies!

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is now negotiating to direct "The Sword in the Stone," a live-action reimagining of Disney's 1963 animated movie.

    Fresnadillo is best known for directing the "28 Days Later" sequel "28 Weeks Later," and also the 2011 Clive Owen horror thriller "Intrudors." He's a bit of a dark choice to join Disney's live-action universe, but the script they're using was written by "Game of Thrones" writer-producer Bryan Cogman, and he's a pretty dark choice too. This could be a very interesting take on King Arthur. (It's also been in the works since 2015, when Cogman was first revealed to be writing the script.)

    Giorgio Armani & The Cinema Society Host A Screening Of 'Intruders' - After PartySpeaking of takes on King Arthur, Disney actually has another project in development called "The Merlin Saga," which Ridley Scott is eyeing. Here's an interesting theory from Collider on both projects:

    "One wonders if the two projects might eventually intersect with The Merlin Saga telling the tale of a younger Merlin's adventures while The Sword in the Stone sees the wizened wizard guiding a young Arthur and mentoring the boy as he sets out on the path to becoming king after pulling the titular sword from the titular stone."

    No idea if they're going in that direction or not, but it's interesting.

    King Arthur tales have struggled of late, including "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," which had a rough road at the box office. But Disney is Disney and these modern live-action movies have done pretty well so far (extremely well in some cases, like "Beauty and the Beast").

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  7. 'Super Troopers 2' Red-Band Trailer Goes Wild in Canada

    Oh, Canada — buckle up, because the "Super Troopers" are heading your way right meow.

    The first full-length, red-band trailer for "Super Troopers 2" reunites the gang from the 2001 original comedy for more hijinks, pratfalls, toilet jokes, and corny puns.

    This time, the Vermont state troopers are going Canadian thanks to a border dispute. Cultures clash, bald eagles get shot, French is spoken, Tim Horton's is called upon, and someone wants to, ah, have relations with a moose.

    Everyone is back, including Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Foster (Paul Soter), Mac (Steve Lemme), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske), Farva (Kevin Heffernan), Captain John O'Hagen (Brian Cox), and Officer Ursula Hanson (Marisa Coughlan). Joining the fun this time around is Rob Lowe as the mayor of the small Canadian town that the troopers are patrolling and Lynda Carter as Vermont's governor.

    "Super Troopers 2" opens in theaters April 20.

  8. Michael Douglas Accused of Sexual Harassment Following Preemptive Denial

    2017 Israel Cancer Research Fund GalaA week after issuing a preemptive denial about forthcoming allegations, Michael Douglas has been accused of sexual harassment by journalist and author Susan Braudy.

    Douglas gave Deadline an interview to "get ahead" of the story, which has now been published by the Hollywood Reporter. The article details how Douglas used profane language, made sexually-charged comments about Braudy and his mistresses, and masturbated in front of her when she worked for his production company in the late '80s.

    In one detailed anecdote, Braudy described a script meeting in his apartment to brainstorm an E.T.-like character:

    Michael unzipped his chinos and I registered something amiss. Still complimenting my additions to our E.T. imitation, his voice lowered at least half an octave. I peered at him and saw he'd inserted both hands into his unzipped pants. I realized to my horror that he was rubbing his private parts. Within seconds his voice cracked and it appeared to me he'd had an orgasm

    Braudy kept notes, journals, and other records of the alleged harassment.

    In the Deadline interview last week, Douglas came forward to discuss the claims before Braudy had made them. He admitted to using "colorful language," but completely denied the script meeting incident as "a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever."

    "I'm bewildered why, after 32 years, this is coming out, now," he said.

    He and his team have chalked it up to Braudy's disgruntlement over being fired from the production company.

    But Braudy fired back, "I believe this is part of the problem, as is his pretext of victimization. These are some reasons why so many women don't come forward with their stories — Lord knows it's taken 30 years and a movement for me to gather my courage."

  9. 'Call Me By Your Name,' 'This is Us' Lead GLAAD Awards Nominees

    "Call Me By Your Name," "Lady Bird," "Battle of the Sexes," and "The Shape of Water" were among the films honored today as nominees for the GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize excellence in LGBTQ representation in TV, film, journalism, and media.

    TV nominees include "Transparent," "The Handmaid's Tale," the revival of "Will & Grace," and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," in which Rosa Diaz, played by Stephanie Beatriz, revealed she's bisexual.

    Among the nominated limited TV series: "Feud: Bette and Joan," "American Horror Story: Cult" and "Godless."

    Two awards ceremonies will be held: One in Los Angeles on April 12 at the Beverly Hilton and one in New York on May 5 at the New York Hilton Midtown.

    The nominees were announced on GLAAD's Facebook page by Trace Lysette ("Transparent") and Wilson Cruz ("Star Trek: Discovery," "13 Reasons Why") from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

    The list of film and TV nominees is below. (See the complete list of nominees).

    OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE

    Battle of the Sexes
    Call Me by Your Name
    Lady Bird
    Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
    The Shape of Water

    OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE

    BPM
    A Fantastic Woman
    God's Own Country
    Thelma
    The Wound

    OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

    The Bold Type (Freeform)
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
    Modern Family (ABC)
    One Day at a Time (Netflix)
    One Mississippi (Amazon)
    Superstore (NBC)
    Survivor's Remorse (Starz)
    Transparent (Amazon)
    Will & Grace (NBC)


    OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

    Billions (Showtime)
    Doubt (CBS)
    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
    Nashville (CMT)
    Sense8 (Netflix)
    Shadowhunters (Freeform)
    Star (FOX)
    Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
    This Is Us (NBC)
    Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

    OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character)

    "Chapter 8" Legion (FX)
    "Grace" Pure Genius (CBS)
    "Lady Cha Cha" Easy (Netflix)
    "The Missionaries" Room 104 (HBO)
    "Thanksgiving" Master of None (Netflix)

    OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES

    American Horror Story: Cult (FX)
    Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
    Godless (Netflix)
    Queers (BBC America)
    When We Rise (ABC)

    OUTSTANDING KIDS & FAMILY PROGRAMMING

    Andi Mack (Disney Channel)
    "Chosen Family" Danger & Eggs (Amazon)
    "The Emergency Plan" Doc McStuffins (Disney Channel)
    The Loud House (Nickelodeon)
    Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

    OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY

    Chavela (Music Box Films)
    Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (National Geographic)
    Kiki (Sundance Selects)
    "Real Boy" Independent Lens (PBS)
    This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (YouTube Red)

    OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM

    Gaycation with Ellen Page (Viceland)
    I Am Jazz (TLC)
    RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
    Survivor: Game Changers (CBS)
    The Voice (NBC)

    OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA

    The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)
    Days of Our Lives (NBC)
    The Young & the Restless (CBS)

    OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE

    "Australia Marriage Equality" Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
    "Danica Roem" The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central)
    "Laila and Logan Ireland, Transgender Military Couple" The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
    "Laverne Cox and Gavin Grimm" The View (ABC)
    "Trans Veterans React to Ban" The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

    [Via Deadline]

  10. Chris Evans Doesn't Think He's Hot: 'I'm a Pretty Big Dork'

    Chris EvansSure, he's one of the hottest actors on the planet, but "Captain America" star Chris Evans doesn't see himself that way.

    During a Thirst Aid Kit podcast, Evans laughed when hosts asked him, "When did you realize you were hot?"

    The actor's response: "Oh, man! Goodness...I still feel like I'm just trying to pull a fast one over on people. You don't know what I look like first thing in the morning! It's rough!" (Oh Chris, there are so many people who'd love to find out. You have no idea.)

    The "Avengers" star says that despite his superhero physique, he still thinks of himself as a gawky kid.

    "If you look back on some of my photos from childhood, it was not kind," he said. "I had a really bumpy road, and I think like most of us, we still feel like that — no matter what. No matter what happens, we kind of connect to that chapter in life when you first start exploring the feelings of comparison."

    He added that he felt that as a boy he "didn't stack up" and that when he was around 10 was "probably one of the roughest chapters of my life! And so I think — for most people — you kind of stay in that suspended state."

    Even though he was often cast as the "letterman jacket" type early in his career (as in 2001's "Not Another Teen Movie"), he never felt like the cool jock. "That is not how I feel on the inside. I'm a pretty big dork. God, everybody says they're a dork! ... But I really do have dorky tendencies."

    He admitted being as much a fan of his beard in the upcoming ""Avengers: Infinity War" as most of the Internet. "I really like it, too; I usually live my life with a beard. I'm not a huge fan of shaving and it provides a little bit of anonymity at times." However, he draws the line at beard oil. "I've had multiple people try to push some sort of beard oil on me," he laughed. "Who is lubing up their beard? That's just gross to me... You comb it in the morning so you don't have that bedhead look," he said. "There's really not much grooming to it." (Okay, so his mornings don't sound so rough after all.)

    As for that famous musclebound Captain America look? Sad to say, Evans isn't planning to keep it up. "I really wouldn't mind just...not quitting the gym completely, but adjusting my workout to fit a 36-year-old body and not try to carry around so much size," Evans said. "Be more functional, I suppose."

    When the podcast hosts fell silent, Evans laughed, "You guys sound so upset at that!"

    Evans's Marvel contract expires with "Avengers: Infinity War," although he's said he's open to continuing to play Cap.

    [Via E! Online]

  11. Chad Stahelski Is Returning to Direct ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’

    Keanu Reeves and director Chad StahelskiGood news, John Wick fans. Chad Stahelski, who co-directed the first "John Wick" film (with an uncredited David Leitch) and and went solo on "John Wick: Chapter Two" will be back for "Chapter Three."

    According to That Hashtag Show, filming on the third installment will begin in New York on March 1. Additional locations might include Spain and Russia.

    Although their fates seemed in doubt at the end of "Chapter Two," the site says we'll see more of the characters played by Common and Ruby Rose. And the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) will also be back. Now that Wick (Keanu Reeves) has been banned from The Continental, perhaps he'll be turning again to the King's underground network for help.

    The villain in "Chapter Three" will be played Hiroyuki Sanada of "The Wolverine," who previously shared the screen with Reeves in "47 Ronin."

    Stahelski told Collider last year that the plan for "Chapter Three" is not so much to go bigger, but deeper, with what sounds like more of the Bowery King's operatives.

    "We want, not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world... there are all these different subtleties that I skipped over in Number Two, that I'd like to go back to on ['Chapter Three'] and show you the inner workings of different parts of New York. So rather than massive set pieces, I'd like to show you cooler and more intricate ones... I think it would be a mistake budgetwise and creatively to just go big and blow up a freeway. That's not our gig. That's a comic book or a Bond gig. We want to show you cool and intricate details. What are those little details in everyday life? Hopefully we make people look at garbage collectors and cleaner vans and homeless people a little differently now."

    Stahelski will also be directing the Wick spin-off series "The Continental," set in the world of the high-class hit man hotel chain. Reeves won't be starring in it, but he is expected to cameo at least once.

    "John Wick: Chapter Three" is set to hit theaters May 17, 2019.

    [Via Collider]

  12. Colin Firth Joins List of Stars Who Won't Work With Woody Allen Again

    Colin FirthColin Firth just joined the growing list of actors who vow to never work with director Woody Allen again.

    The Oscar winner, who starred in Allen's 2013 film "Magic in the Moonlight" with Emma Stone, told The Guardian that in light of sexual abuse allegations from Allen's daughter Dylan Farrow, "I wouldn't work with him again."

    Farrow has alleged that Allen, her adoptive father, sexually abused her when she was 7 years old. Allen has repeatedly denied the charges.

    Several actresses, including Rebecca Hall, Mira Sorvino (who won an Oscar for her role in Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite"), Rachel Brosnahan, Ellen Page, and Greta Gerwig, have recently issued statements saying they now regret working with Allen and that they believe Dylan Farrow.

    There have been fewer actors who have shared the same sentiment, although among the first to express his regrets last year was Griffin Newman, who is in Allen's upcoming film "A Rainy day in New York."

    Earlier this month, "Numbers" star David Krumholtz issued a statement saying, "I deeply regret working with Woody Allen on 'Wonder Wheel.' It's one of my most heartbreaking mistakes. We can no longer let these men represent us in entertainment, politics, or any other realm. They are beneath real men."

    A few days ago, "Call Me By Your Name" star Timothée Chalamet announced via Instagram that he will be donating his salary from "A Rainy Day in New York" to three charities: TIME'S UP, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN (The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).

    One of the few actors siding with Allen: Alec Baldwin, who's worked with Allen in three films, tweeted that he thinks people are being "unfair" to the "Annie Hall" director.

    [Via The Guardian, EW, People]

  13. Tom Hardy Used to Be a Rapper? Listen to His 1999 Mixtape

    Tom HardyBefore he became an Oscar-nominated actor, "Dunkirk" star Tom Hardy was trying to make it as a rapper.

    As he told the BBC in 2011, he had a recording deal when he was a teenager where he was billed as "Tommy No. 1."

    "I started out rapping when I was 14 or 15," he told the BBC. "Because I come from a nice middle-class neighborhood it was a very hard sell. And I wasn't very good! I used to be with the guy who managed Leela James and Lauren Hill, Pras, the Fugees and all that. I worked out with (Grammy-winning producers) Warren Riker and Gordon Williams. I've recorded loads of stuff but it's never been released."

    Until now!

    The full mixtape from 1999 was posted recently to b by Edward Tracy, who produced the songs under the name "Eddie Too Tall."

    It's called "Falling on Your Arse" and features such titles as "We Makes the Beats," "People Like to Boogie" and "Sit Your Arse Down."

    Listen to the full 18-track here. And enjoy. Now we can only hope that among Venom's skills are some mean beats.

    [Via THR]

  14. Here Are 7 Hidden Gems From Your Favorite Horror Directors

    It's easy for horror directors to be pigeonholed. It seems to come with the territory.

    If they've had success with one film, then that film winds up defining their entire career, whether that filmmaker likes it or not. Sometimes, though, these horror filmmakers make wild attempts with audacious films that, while they might not necessarily connect with audiences, make a big impact on those that see them. Its in this spirit of adventurousness -- and coinciding with the imminent release of Shout Factory's amazing new "Drag Me to Hell" Blu-ray -- that we look at lesser known films from some of your favorite horror filmmakers that you might have missed. Just be sure to watch with the lights on.Tobe Hooper

    Best Known For: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974)

    Our Recommendation: "The Funhouse" (1981)

    Texas-born, Dr. Pepper-loving Tobe Hooper is best remembered for his groundbreaking "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and for directing at least part of Steven Spielberg's "Poltergeist." But he had a long and varied filmography, from his big budget movies with Cannon Films to his return to independent features towards the end of his career. But our recommendation is 1981's "The Funhouse."

    It was Hooper's first studio project and it's as stunningly beautiful (the cinematography by Andrew Laszlo, who had just come off "The Warriors," is amazing) as it is deeply scary. The plot concerns a group of teenagers stalked inside a carnival funhouse but that's just an exclusive for Hooper to pile on the neatly stylized atmospherics and nifty suspense set pieces.Wes Craven

    Best Known for: "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984) and "Scream" (1996)

    Our Recommendation: "The Serpent and the Rainbow" (1988)

    Few horror filmmakers can lay claim to an entire franchise, let alone two huge sensations. But with "Scream" and "Nightmare on Elm Street," Wes Craven can handily take responsibility for two of the most influential horror series ever. But some of his smaller, less well-received films are also his most interesting.

    Case in point, "The Serpent and the Rainbow." Based on the nonfiction bestseller by Wade Davis, Craven sensationalized and embellished on that original text, amplifying an already horrific tale of zombies and voodoo in the Amazon jungle. Sometimes, this makes things somewhat wobbly, at least on a tonal level, but it's undeniably gritty, thrilling stuff.John Carpenter

    Best Known for: "Halloween" (1978), "The Thing" (1981).

    Our Recommendation: "Prince of Darkness" (1987)

    John Carpenter is one of our favorite American filmmakers, period. He's made so many great movies. But one of his most underrated, scariest, and indeed best, is "Prince of Darkness."

    This apocalyptic tale (penned by Carpenter under a pseudonym) follows a group of grad students, scientists, and priests, as they study a vial of otherworldly green goo uncovered in the basement of an ancient church. Weird and deeply unsettling, "Prince of Darkness" goes to some genuinely unexpected places and feels formally adventurous (particularly when it comes to some early found footage-type elements). If you've never see it, be prepared -- it'll scare you silly.David Cronenberg

    Best Known for: "The Fly" (1986)

    Our Recommendation: "The Brood" (1979)

    Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg broke through to the mainstream with his witty remake of "The Fly" and had a recent critical resurgence with a series of more traditional (but still Cronenbergian) thrillers. But if you're looking for something more outré and, indeed, totally scary, then we suggest looking back to "The Brood," made before he had crossed over.

    Made around the time the director was going through a bitter custody battle, "The Brood" is unnerving and unrelenting, with suitably off-the-wall performances by Oliver Reed and a fearless Samantha Egger (there's a moment towards the end that she totally owns that will make you go "ewwww").Gore Verbinski

    Best Known for: "The Ring" (2012)

    Our Recommendation: "A Cure for Wellness" (2017)

    Gore Verbinski has always flirted with the dark side, even when making giant spectacles (see his "Pirates of the Caribbean" films) and is perhaps best remembered for his chilling remake of the Japanese horror phenomenon "The Ring." But just last year Verbinski returned to the genre and hardly anybody noticed.

    "A Cure for Wellness" is long and baroque (you could imagine Vincent Price filling in for Jason Isaacs without issue) but it's also incredibly rewarding. It's a singularly visionary, uniquely stylized romp that satirizes our modern obsession with wellness while also tapping into something much more primordial.Sam Raimi

    Best Known for: The "Evil Dead" Trilogy (1981, 1987, 1992)

    Our Recommendation: "Drag Me to Hell" (2009)

    Although he ushered in the modern superhero era with his beloved "Spider-Man" films, Sam Raimi got his start making down-and-dirty horror movies that both scared and delighted in equal measure. So when he got done with the web-slinger, he returned to his roots, completing the delightfully gooey "Drag Me to Hell." And it flopped.

    But already it seems that there is a small but vocal group that considers "Drag Me to Hell" a lost classic (because it is). Smartly adapted for the financial crisis, a young bank worker (Alison Lohman) is cursed by a vengeful gypsy. After that, well, it all goes to hell. You can feel Raimi's looseness and joy coming through in every frame. He's so excited to scare an audience again. It's a blast.George A. Romero

    Best Known for: "Night of the Living Dead" (1968)

    Our Recommendation: "Monkey Shines" (1988)

    When George A. Romero passed away last year, most zeroed in on his zombie films, which served as both socio-political allegories and midnight movie freakouts. But there were a number of fascinating one-offs in his career, some more celebrated than others. "Monkey Shines" is most definitely not all that appreciated, but it's still scary as hell and very much worth a watch.

    The set-up is undeniably goofy (a quadriplegic man develops a psychic and sinister bond with his service monkey) but Romero commits to the premise fully and the slick production (it was Romero's first studio film) is undeniably impressive. (That David Shire score!) While some last-minute tinkering from the studio robbed the movie of its more moody tone, it's still scary as hell.

  15. Watch: '12 Strong' Star Chris Hemsworth Reveals His Favorite Jerry Bruckheimer Films

    "12 Strong," opening everywhere today, is a real life tale of heroism triumphing over impossible odds. Chris Hemsworth stars as the leader of a task force that included US Army Green Berets working alongside CIA officers, to infiltrate a heavily contested area of Afghanistan in the days following 9/11 -- on horseback. It's full of larger-than-life characters that, it turns out, are actual people, and action sequences that are even more thrilling because they really happened. As orchestrated by legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer, it's a movie that will have you on the edge of your seat even if you know how the story ends.

    We recently got a chance to sit down with Bruckheimer and the stars of "12 Strong" (including Michael Pena and Trevante Rhodes), to talk about what kind of training they had to do for the film and what their favorite Jerry Bruckheimer production is, along with a bonus (and very funny) story about Hemsworth and his horse.

  16. The French Word for 'Muggle' in 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Is Pretty Self-Explanatory

    The upcoming sequel to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will feature a new international setting, and with it, a new term for the word "muggle."

    David Yates, who directed the first "Fantastic Beasts" flick and is returning for the follow-up, "The Crimes of Grindelwald," spilled the beans about the new moniker in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Since "Grindelwald" is partially set in Paris, Yates said it only made sense for the French to get their own term for a person without magical abilities.

    So what do Parisian witches and wizards call their non-wizard neighbors? "Non-magique," which translates to "non-magical."

    But unlike the no-majs in the United States, Yates says that the French magical community -- which he describes as "quite glamorous" -- is on much better terms with non-magiques. Here's how he explained it to EW:

    "There's a community that lives alongside the muggle community, it's much freer than in New York, where there's segregation. Paris is a bit like England, actually, not so hung up about the differences between the two. Magical people can freely move into non-magical communities as long as they're discrete about their talents..."

    Sounds très fantastique.

    "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" apparates into theaters on November 16.

    [via: Entertainment Weekly]

  17. Alicia Vikander Embraces Her 'Tomb Raider' Destiny in New Trailer

    A new trailer for the upcoming "Tomb Raider" reboot sheds some more light on our titular heroine, featuring a young Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) who's finally ready to embrace her roots and follow in her adventurer father's footsteps.

    The clip spends more time on the mysterious island where Lara's father (played in flashbacks and video messages by Dominic West) was last seen, which just so happens to be in the middle of something called the Devil's Sea. If that wasn't ominous enough, she's greeted on arrival by the villainous Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins), who takes her prisoner.

    But Lara is no shrinking violet, and this new trailer highlights all of Vikander's intense training and impressive stunt work. We have a feeling that Vogel and his cohorts are no match for this tomb raider-in-training, and it should be fun to see how much butt Lara/Vikander kicks along the way.

    "At some point, we have to face up to who we are, who we're meant to be," Lara says in voiceover at the beginning of the clip. Looks like she's definitely making progress.

    "Tomb Raider" hits theaters on March 16.

  18. Watch: Nicolas Cage's Greatest Bonkers Performances

    Nicolas Cage is one of those performers whose roles are filled with such intensity and passion that you wonder how he can work himself up enough to do the next job. Only he does, time and time again. Seriously, he's been making about a half-dozen movies a year, mostly due to outstanding financial issues (we could have told him that Bavarian castle was a bad investment), but still, each one is more electric than the last. In honor of "Mom & Dad," an insane-looking movie where parents become inclined to murder their children (in theaters and VOD today), and the upcoming Sundance premiere of his offbeat revenge thriller "Mandy" (which just sounds so awesome), we thought we'd rundown five of our favorite berserker Nic Cage performances.

    What do you think of our list? Which movies would you have included? And which ones have you never seen? Let us know!

  19. Hilarious 'The Death of Stalin' Trailer Reveals Rupert Friend's Comedic Chops

    "You're not even a person; you're a testicle!"

    "The Death of Stalin" is finally getting a U.S. release in March. The political satire comes from Armando Iannucci, creator of HBO's "Veep," and the other brilliant satires "In the Loop" and "The Thick of It." He's a genius. This movie, following the Soviet struggle for power after Stalin dies in 1953, came out in the U.K. last year and earned rave reviews.

    The black comedy stars Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Jeffrey Tambor, Monty Python legend Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine, and Rupert Friend.

    Friend plays Stalin's son, Vasily Stalin, and fans who know him best from "Homeland" may be surprised by how much his serious comedic chops dominate the new star-studded trailer:Here's the official synopsis from IFC Films:

    "The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast."

    "The Death of Stalin" opens in theaters March 9.

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  20. Zac Efron Shares First Photo of Himself as Serial Killer Ted Bundy

    Rest assured that former teen heartthrob Zac Efron can pull off looking like a cold-blooded killer, especially one as handsome and charming as Ted Bundy was reported to be.

    As the star of "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile," an upcoming Bundy-centric thriller, Efron will portray the notorious murderer. The actor shared a first-look, behind-the-scenes photo via Twitter on Wednesday, telling fans, "Meet Ted." The image shows Efron posing for a mug shot as his chilling character.

    Meet Ted. #BehindTheScenes 🎬 pic.twitter.com/42IREG2kX6

    — Zac Efron (@ZacEfron) January 17, 2018

    Many fans were impressed with what they saw, and a few even dove deep into photos of the serial killer to show how well Efron fits the role.

    Can't wait to see you in that challenge 👏👏👏💪🎬 pic.twitter.com/OxFGkHin8Q

    — Zac Efron Swiss🇨🇭 (@ZacEfron_Swiss) January 17, 2018

    IM SCAREDDDD 😱 ASDFGHJKL pic.twitter.com/Z5eLnZeQgf

    — Madelaine Kimmie Ho (@iamKimmieHo) January 17, 2018

    The film, which is directed by Joe Berlinger, focuses on Bundy's relationship with his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins). They dated for several years, and although she grew suspicious of him and reported Bundy to the police multiple times, their entanglement continued even after he was arrested.

    So far, the release date for "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" has not been announced.

  21. 'Beast of Burden' Trailer Takes Daniel Radcliffe on Harrowing Drug Run

    Unlike Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe can't magic himself a way out of trouble in the first trailer for "Beast of Burden."

    Radcliffe plays a pilot who has to make one last delivery of cocaine across the U.S.-Mexico border. He's caught between a dangerous cartel and the DEA, one of whose agents (Pablo Schreiber) dismissively calls him a drug mule. "Don't think you're anything else," he says.

    Adding to the high stakes of the task is the fact that Radcliffe's wife (Grace Gummer) is sick. If this drug run is successful, he can get her treatment. If not ...

    Radcliffe has had a very — how shall we put this? — interesting career since the end of the "Harry Potter" franchise. He's certainly chosen a variety of roles in movies like "The Woman in Black," "Victor Frankenstein," "Swiss Army Man," and "Now You See Me 2."

    "Beast of Burden" opens in select theaters February 23 and on Digital HD/Demand.

  22. J.J. Abrams Developing Sci-Fi Drama For Television

    HBO's Night Of Too Many Stars: America Unites For Autism ProgramsJ.J. Abrams is boldly going where he's gone before — television.

    The writer/director/producer is developing a sci-TV drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If it gets a green light, it would be the first show he wrote and created since 2008's "Fringe." Currently, Apple and HBO are both reportedly interested in the project, which is being produced by his Warner Bros.-based Bad Robot banner.

    The untitled series is a family drama about a scientist, her husband, and their daughter who are involved in a car crash that lands the mother in a coma. The daughter begins digging through her mother's experiments in the basement and ends up journeying to another world, which is in the midst of a huge battle with an alien force. The father also is transported to the new land.

    Abrams began his career as the creator or co-creator of iconic shows like "Lost," "Felicity," and "Alias." While he hasn't created a show since "Fringe," his hands are on many shows as a producer, including HBO's "Westworld."

    Of course, in the past decade, he has been busy as a movie director. He's involved with both the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" franchises, and is set to direct the upcoming "Episode IX."

  23. Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain Reuniting For Holiday Buddy Comedy

    NBC's '75th Annual Golden Globe Awards' - ArrivalsGet by with a little help from your friends — your award-winning Hollywood friends.

    Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are teaming up again for an untitled holiday comedy, in which they play two women who hope to make it home for Christmas. The project is described as "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," with female leads. In that 1987 movie, Steve Martin and John Candy are thrown together in a journey filled with misadventures as they return to their respective homes for Thanksgiving.

    Chastain co-wrote the story treatment, with Peter Chiarelli penning the script. She will also serve as a producer on the film.

    The actresses previously starred together in 2011's "The Help," for which they both earned Oscar nominations. Spencer went on to win the Academy Award for best supporting actress.

    Both have been in the spotlight recently for acclaimed films — Spencer for "The Shape of Water" and Chastain for "Molly's Game" — and both were Golden Globe nominees.

  24. Spike TV Is Ending, and Whoever Tweets for Them Just Unleashed

    Spike TV is ending as of Thursday, Jan. 18. The network Viacom started in 2003 as "The First Network for Men" is rebranding as the Paramount Network. According to the New York Times, Paramount Network sees itself as "televisions's destination for premium entertainment and storytelling."

    Paramount's new life begins Thursday with a live episode of the popular Spike TV show "Lip Sync Battle." Paramount will also feature new shows like "Waco," a miniseries starring Taylor Kitsch and Michael Shannon; and "Yellowstone," starring Kevin Costner. Spike was known for showing LOTS of episodes of "COPS," and the NYT joked that there will be "many fewer showings" in the rebranding.

    The network will devote about a third of its schedule to original programming, and give the rest of the time to TV shows and movies from the Viacom and Paramount vaults. They're already adapting some of their own past movies for modern audiences, like the new "Heathers" series.

    The self-described "Soon-to-be-ex-Viacom employee" who runs the Spike TV Twitter account decided to spend his/her/their last week tweeting out some funny and foul-mouthed last hurrahs. Some of the tweets are too f-bomb heavy to include, but here are most of them:

    Welp, since I'm outta here anyway I might as well tell you all the things I've been holding in for the past 18 years. Brace yourself bros. Shit's about to get real. #GoodbyeSpike #SpikeUnfiltered

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    There's a reason all our early shows were CSI, UFC, TNA, MXC, UTI. No one around here knew how to read.

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    When we greenlit TNA we thought we were buying something entirely different... but wrestling turned out to be ok.

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    The "get more action" tagline was actually my personal mantra. I was in a 3 month dry spell.

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    I honestly thought catch a contractor was a show about STDs.

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    I was extremely disappointed when Stripperella had no nudity. I aired that show solely based off the name and the potential for frontal. #GoodbyeSpike #SpikeUnfiltered

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    I lost my virginity in one of the storage spaces from Auction Hunters.

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    I hated all my logos, but this last one looks like a tattoo design from a rejected Ink Master contestant.

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    I clogged up the 4th stall in the 7th floor men's room over 30 times last year.

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    I learned from COPS that the best way to get out of a speeding ticket is to have something illegal in the car. I'm not sure how you get out of that felony charge though. #GoodbyeSpike #SpikeUnfiltered

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    My favorite number is 329 because it's the number of times COPS is on every night.

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    I wish Deadliest Warrior had more nunchucks.

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    There's a secret Half Pint Brawlers fight club in the sub-basement every other Thursday.

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    We had a show called The Joe Schmo Show. Apparently every decent show name was taken.

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    The Church of Scientology kicked ME out. Sit with that a moment.

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018

    I was baked when I pitched 1000 Ways to Die. Those episodes are mostly based on my nightmares.

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 17, 2018

    I never thought rebranding would be one of the 1000 ways to die. I'm out. PEACE!

    — SPIKE (@spike) January 17, 2018

    Fans appreciated the tweets and wanted them to continue. In case you want to keep the farewell party going, the link with the Twitter bio leads to a Spotify page with 32 goodbye songs (including "Closing Time"). FYI, Paramount Network did reply to a fan asking what would happen to "COPS" episodes. The show will be coming to Paramount. It just may not air 329 times a day.

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  25. New 'Wreck-It Ralph 2' Photo & Synopsis Take You Inside the Internet

    Yes, it's almost time to get wrecked again!

    Disney launched 2018 with a brief teaser for "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2," which opens this November. Now we have a full synopsis for the "Wreck-It Ralph" sequel, and a photo taking fans inside the Internet itself.

    Here's the synopsis:

    "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2" leaves Litwaks' video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph's wrecking.

    Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, Sugar Rush.

    In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is thehead algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site "Buzztube."

    Directed by Rich Moore ("Zootopia", "Wreck-It Ralph") and Phil Johnston (co-writer "Wreck-It Ralph", "Cedar Rapids", co-writer "Zootopia"), and produced by Clark Spencer ("Zootopia," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Bolt"), "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2" hits theaters on November 21, 2018.

    As you can see, the Internet has a special look to it:
    Back at the D23 Expo over the summer, Disney showed a clip from the movie, showing Vanellope meeting the Disney Princesses. The D23 audience loved that sneak peek, and it's definitely something fans are looking forward to seeing for themselves.

    "Wreck-It Ralph 2" opens in theaters on November 21.

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