“It’s straightforward and minimalist, and I like that.”The samurai comparison is an especially apt one, since “Star Wars” creator George Lucas has frequently cited samurai flicks as part of his inspiration for creating the original series in the first place. “It’s funny, ’cause back when we were making the original, nobody cared.”We can definitively say that that’s no longer the case. And we’ll be anxiously awaiting the next bit of information the Mouse House shares.”Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is due in theaters on December 15. Posted January 23, 2017 by Katie Roberts”Star Wars” fans spent the better part of Monday freaking out over the just-revealed title of “Episode VIII,” now known as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” While there are plenty of different meanings one can draw from that phrase, the person to whom many think it refers has given the moniker his official seal of approval.Mark Hamill weighed in with his thoughts on the title during an interview with the Associated Press on Monday, noting that he’s a fan of the choice.”It’s got a real samurai [feel],” Hamill told the AP of the new name. And we agree with the actor that the title’s simplicity is a strength, since it’s easy to remember, but also thought-provoking (hence all the speculation about its true meaning).In the same interview, Hamill also revealed that he learned the title long ago, while shooting the flick, and was pretty nervous about being trusted with such high-level intel, especially when it comes to the notoriously secretive Disney.”They have us so jacked up with paranoia over leaks, but that’s the way of the world,” the actor told the AP.

They’re what’s keeps me going.”Questionable grammar aside, this unauthorized movie has also come under fire for its less-than-stellar casting, featuring a group of actors who may as well be playing a bunch of strangers rather than celebs like Spears, her onetime paramour Justin Timberlake, and the rest of *NSYNC. Nevertheless, we’ll totally be tuning in for the inevitable cheesiness.”Britney Ever After” debuts on Lifetime on February 18.[via: Lifetime/Twitter] Until you hit rock bottom.”Later, a struggling Spears says, “I want to be strong, for my fans. pic.twitter.com/IADZsZe9x2
— Lifetime (@lifetimetv) January 23, 2017But the moment when she turns on the electric razor is certainly the most memorable, as the singer laments, “Everything’s just kind of this blur, you know? #BritneyEverAfter premieres, February 18th at 8/7c. Posted January 23, 2017 by Katie RobertsAt long last, the first teaser trailer for Lifetime’s upcoming unauthorized Britney Spears biopic is upon us, and it’s just as bonkers as you’d expect.The short clip features narration from Spears (played by Aussie actress Natasha Bassett), juxtaposed over images of the wildly successful pop star’s career — as well as her infamous mid-2000s meltdown, in which she shaved her head and lashed out at the paparazzi. There are also glimpses of her cavorting with Kevin Federline (Clayton Chitty), writing around onstage in front of hordes of screaming fans, and smiling and waving to cameras in happier times.You know her name, but do you know her story?

Trump himself has publicly denounced Baldwin’s impression (and the show itself) multiple times on Twitter, so there’s no telling what the new POTUS will say when he hears the actor is set to headline an entire episode.Before Baldwin takes the Studio 8H stage, actress Kristen Stewart will make her hosting debut on February 4, alongside musical guest Alessia Cara (who recently contributed to the “Moana” soundtrack). That appearance will break the actor’s own record for the most times a single person has hosted the show; he was previously tied at 15 hosting gigs apiece with fellow comic Steve Martin, before pulling ahead with his 16th hosting appearance in September 2011.Just going to put this here. #SNLpic.twitter.com/AmFSlwBTOB
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) January 23, 2017While 2011 marked his last time as emcee, Baldwin has been a frequent presence on the “SNL” stage in recent years, including his recurring gig this season playing the new commander in chief. Ed Sheeran will mark his second stint as musical guest when Baldwin hosts on the 11th.[via: SNL/Twitter] Posted January 23, 2017 by Katie RobertsTrump impersonator Alec Baldwin may not have appeared on the most recent episode of “Saturday Night Live,” but he’s making up for that absence in a big way, and will return to the show as its host next month.Baldwin will emcee “SNL” on February 11, his landmark 17th time as host.

26.[via: Variety]Want more stuff like this? 2WORST ACTORBen Affleck / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Gerard Butler / Gods of Egypt & London Has Fallen
Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Robert De Niro / Dirty Grandpa
Dinesh D’Souza [as Himself] Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. 2WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUELAlice Through the Looking Glass
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Dawn of Justice
Fifty Shades of Black
Independence Day: Resurgence
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Zoolander No. (Time for another look at The Sad Affleck meme.)Here’s the full list of 2017 nominations:WORST PICTUREBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Dirty Grandpa
Gods of Egypt
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Independence Day: Resurgence
Zoolander No. 2WORST SUPPORTING ACTORNicolas Cage / Snowden
Johnny Depp / Alice Through the Looking Glass
Will Ferrell / Zoolander No. Posted January 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneSorry, Marthas, but your boys are in the doghouse. 2
Jesse Eisenberg / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Jared Leto / Suicide Squad
Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. A Madea Halloween
Alex Proyas / Gods of Egypt
Zack Snyder / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. How do you choose between Jared, Jesse, and Johnny — or would you just stick with one of the “Zoolander” guys?The Razzies will be handed out on February 25, which is the day before the Oscars air on Sunday, Feb. A Madea Halloween
Julia Roberts / Mother’s Day
Becky Turner [as Hillary Clinton] Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Naomi Watts / Divergent Series: Allegiant & Shut-In
Shailene Woodley / Divergent Series: AllegiantWORST SUPPORTING ACTRESSJulianne Hough / Dirty Grandpa
Kate Hudson / Mother’s Day
Aubrey Plaza / Dirty Grandpa
Jane Seymour / Fifty Shades of Black
Sela Ward / Independence Day: Resurgence
Kristen Wiig / Zoolander No. A Madea Halloween
Ben Stiller and His BFF (Barely Funny Friend) Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. 2WORST DIRECTORDinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley / Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Roland Emmerich / Independence Day: Resurgence
Tyler Perry / Boo! The 37th annual Razzie Award nominations were just released, with “Zoolander 2” topping the list with nine nods (poor Todd is going to get another foamy latte to the face), followed closely by “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with eight.The Golden Raspberry, aka Razzie, nominations are always released the day before the Oscar nominations (which arrive Tuesday morning), shining a sad light on the biggest cinematic disappointments of the previous year.As Variety noted, this year’s categories were expanded from five to six contenders, giving even more stars a chance at public humiliation. 2WORST ACTRESSMegan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Tyler Perry / Boo! 2WORST SCREENPLAYBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Dirty Grandpa
Gods of Egypt
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Independence Day: Resurgence
Suicide Squad
The Worst Supporting Actor race is an especially tough one to call. Like us on Facebook. 2WORST SCREEN COMBOBen Affleck & His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Any 2 Egyptian Gods or Mortals / Gods of Egypt
Johnny Depp & His Vomitously Vibrant Costume / Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Entire Cast of Once Respected Actors / Collateral Beauty
Tyler Perry & That Same Old Worn Out Wig / Boo!

Several other Episode VII stars are returning — including John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Dohmnall Gleeson, and Andy Serkis — with new additions to the cast in Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.What do you think of the title, and its meaning?Want more stuff like this? Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.”From “Return of the Jedi” to “The Force Awakens” to “The Last Jedi.” It’s a great title, and a great transition, but who is the “last”? Like us on Facebook. (Twitter is now having fun coming up with titles for that one.)As Entertainment Weekly reported, director Rian Johnson confirmed that “The Last Jedi” will pick up close to the end of “The Force Awakens,” with little-to-no time jump. You could assume it’s Luke Skywalker, shown at the end of “The Force Awakens.” But what about Rey (Daisy Ridley), also shown with Luke at the end of Episode VII? Posted January 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe official title of “Star Wars: Episode VIII” has been revealed!Here’s what StarWars.com posted on Jan. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. 23:”We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. We’ll follow Rey as she’s ready to start her Jedi training.We know Luke’s twin sister Leia, now a general, will be in Episode VIII, and the late Carrie Fisher had already completed her scenes for the film. If she becomes a Jedi, does that suggest the end of Luke, or do they mean Jedi as plural?We know “The Last Jedi” is not the last movie in the saga, since “Episode IX” is scheduled for 2019.

Posted January 23, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Ryan Gosling didn’t learn piano from scratch so some little prick could come and nitpick!”It is dangerous to shade “La La Land” and its “City of Stars,” as Aziz Ansari learned on “Saturday Night Live.” Ansari hosted SNL on January 21 (man, was he good) and one sketch focused on the, um, passionate responses to presumed Oscar frontrunner “La La Land.”In “La La Land Interrogation,” Ansari’s character was arrested for offering mild criticism of the movie during a date; Cecily Strong and Beck Bennett played two cops hilariously incensed with their “sick sonofab*tch” suspect for dismissing the “perfect” and “gorgeous” musical just because it had so many montages and it’s a movie about jazz with hardly any black people.”Moonlight,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and “Westworld” got dragged into the debate as well, as you can see: The Oscar nominations come out tomorrow morning (Tuesday, Jan. 24) and those cops will probably produce a photo of an Academy Award as more evidence that “La La Land” is not overrated.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.

Plus, Jasmine actress Karen David came to the show from ABC’s musical “Galavant,” and we know she has serious pipes. We’re already following Disney characters known for bursting into song, so it’s kinda weird that they haven’t been singing through their joy and pain. Posted January 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe fairy tale characters of “Once Upon a Time” invite you to be their guest as they whistle while they work under the sea in a whole new world where they finish each other’s sandwiches. We’ll see.Want more stuff like this? Also, this spring marks the debut of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (on March 17) so it’s possible OUAT’s Belle (Emilie de Ravin) will have her own small screen spotlight to match Emma Watson’s on the big screen.The CW is doing its own musical with “Supergirl” and “The Flash,” and that will also air in the spring (March 20-21) so we’ll have to wait and see how ABC’s version turns out. Like us on Facebook. According to TVLine, the ABC show is currently planning a musical episode to air this spring during Season 6. Or something super close to that. That’s really all the scoop the site had, other than to add, “And to that end, some cast members are actively brushing up on their vocal skills.”TV shows love to do musical episodes, whether they make sense or not, but on this show it actually makes perfect sense. ABC had no comment to TVLine, but if this musical idea moves forward, and it should, we should be hearing more about it soon.”Once Upon a Time” Season 6 returns Sunday, March 5 with Episode 11, “Tougher Than the Rest.” It looks like Episode 15 is titled “A Wondrous Place,” which ties into an “Aladdin” song and could possibly be musical.

Like us on Facebook. 21, in response to a fan’s praise of the movie as a “masterpiece,” Ayer tweeted a whole statement on the film, including his wish that he could go back and make Jared Leto’s Joker the main villain, as well as “engineer a more grounded story.”Here’s the post:@PensFanboypic.twitter.com/scIdV9PYSP
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 21, 2017
It sounds like he has listened to some of the constructive criticism and agreed with it. Made it for the fans. David Ayer is now slated to direct Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and company in “Gotham City Sirens,” following DC’s top female villains, so he has a chance to illustrate those lessons learned.Want more stuff like this? When the harsh reviews first started coming out in early August 2016, Ayer stood by the film, tweeting, “I love the film and I believe in it. Best experience of my life.” Now, on Jan. Posted January 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneDirector David Ayer has taken months of crap for “Suicide Squad,” which he admits has its “flaws.” In a candid new post on Twitter, he confessed how much it hurt to see savage reviews of his film — “The hate game is strong out there” — and revealed what he would do differently if he could go back in time.

Here are some of the ways.1. The results have been movies such as 2015’s “The Visit,” a horror hit that helped restore the director’s reputation.Indeed, while it’s not clear if today’s young audiences remember “The Sixth Sense,” “Signs,” or “Unbreakable” (which gets one hell of a callback in “Split”), they do seem to have forgotten “Lady” and “Happening.”Meanwhile, Diesel has done tremendously well with the “Fast and Furious” franchise, but he’s had trouble turning his other franchises, notably the “Riddick” movies, into domestic hits. After all, they’re the ones who still read what critics have to say. The State of the MarketplaceThe Cheeto may have stressed “America First” and “Buy American” during his inauguration speech on Friday, but as this column has noted, that’s not the principle that drives big-studio franchise filmmaking anymore. Maybe his fans are saving their money for the next “Furious” installment, due in April.4. Posted January 22, 2017 by Gary SusmanDo today’s moviegoers even remember what the movie landscape was like 15 years ago? That’s why Paramount, which has been on a chilly streak lately, was willing to pick up the “xXx” franchise rights from Sony and spend $85 million on “Xander Cage.” And it’s a gamble that’s already paying off, with $50.0 million earned from 53 foreign markets, more than the double what the movie has earned here.Not that “Split” isn’t looking for an overseas payoff as well, but Universal did make the American release a priority, generating homegrown word-of-mouth by screening it at Fantastic Fest in Austin last September and by hosting 24 sneak previews since (one for each of McAvoy’s character’s multiple personalities).As a result, “Split” has earned 87 percent of its take so far in North America. 5. It flopped domestically with just $27 million, and there hasn’t been another “xXx” film since 2005. January Is a Good Month for Scary FareOr at least decent quality horror. Young Female AppealOne reason horror fills a niche at this time of year is that no other genre targets young women so directly. That’s the fourth biggest January opening of all time.How did “Split,” a low-budget ($5 million) horror movie with no box office stars to speak of (sorry, James McAvoy, but it’s true), leave “Fast and Furious” mainstay Diesel’s return to his other big action franchise in the dust? BlumhouseIn any case, the real star of “Split” isn’t “X-Men” regular McAvoy or the three little-known actresses who confront the kidnapper he plays; it’s writer/director Shyamalan and low-budget hitmaker Blumhouse.The “Sixth Sense” creator is a brand name, albeit a tarnished one. And unlike “Xander Cage,” “Split” wasn’t trying to draw viewers who were more likely to spend this weekend watching NFL playoffs.3. And they’re the ones “Xander Cage” was depending on to come see a middle-aged star revive a long-dormant franchise.Buzz about the film’s surprise ending hit fever-pitch late Thursday/early Friday, prompting several entertainment sites to post interviews and/or think-pieces about the ballsy, out-of-left-field sequence. “Xander Cage” opened as expected, with an estimated $20.0 million, but “Split” earned more than twice as much, topping the box office chart (and exceeding expectations) with an estimated $40.2 million. (All luring in crowds when he’s not behind the wheel of his hit action franchise.)The “xXx” franchise doesn’t have a lot of good will, even though the film that launched it earned $142 million back in 2002. The title of the new film touts the return of Diesel’s character, but that wasn’t enough to sell the franchise to newbies or make older viewers care. Look at “Split,” with its three young heroines.By contrast, “Xander Cage” stars a 49-year-old man, returning to the spy-movie action fare that he sold, perhaps more convincingly, when he was 34. They’re also probably the ones who helped “Split” cross over well beyond its target audience to reach $40.2 million. His last huge hit, “Signs,” was 15 years ago, and his creative overreach with such flops as “Lady in the Water” and “The Happening” made him appear less the master of twisty suspense than the butt of jokes. Night Shyamalan’s last monster hit.This weekend saw both Diesel and Shyamalan test moviegoers’ memories, and while pundits predicted modest successes for both “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” and Shyamalan’s “Split,” the competition wasn’t even close. Trump may have become president because of voter concerns over outsourcing, but when it comes to low-budget thrillers, we’re still number one. But over the past few years, he’s teamed with producer Jason Blum, a godfather of low-budget horror hits who’s been able to keep the once-profligate Shyamalan more disciplined. That’s because Diesel dropped out of the second film, the terrible “xXx: State of the Union,” leaving Ice Cube to carry the movie. Which is why “The Bye Bye Man” was the top new release last weekend — and why “Underworld: Blood Wars” is unlikely to recoup its $35 million budget in North American ticket sales. That’s how long it’s been since Vin Diesel’s last “xXx” movie, as well as M. Good Reviews and THAT FREAKIN’ ENDING
Not that horror or action fans really care about reviews, but “Split” did score a healthy 76 percent “Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes, while “Xander Cage” earned just 42 percent.The reviews do suggest, however, that the opinions of older moviegoers mattered more than pundits predicted. and has so far earned 62 percent of its total take from foreign filmgoers.So it is with Diesel, whose movies tend to do much better outside America than inside. The writer-director is known for twist endings, and the online chatter may have lead many ticketbuyers to see his latest WTF surprise. In any case, with January’s multiplex usually filled with prestige Oscar hopefuls and leftover holiday blockbusters, horror looks increasingly like smart counter-programming.2. For movies with lavish budgets and expensive stars, the overseas audience is now much more important than the domestic one.Exhibit A is the recent “Underworld” sequel, which few viewers here cared about, but which had earned more than $40 million abroad before it even opened in the U.S.

Night Shyamalan’s “Split” has turned into a horror hit with a surprisingly strong $40.2 million in its opening weekend at 3,038 North American locations.”Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 different personalities, performed far above recent expectations for Universal and Blumhouse. Caruso directs from a script by F. Scott Frazier, which centers on Diesel’s Xander Cage coming out of self-imposed exile in a race to recover a seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box.”Xander Cage” has an $85 million budget with backing from Chinese companies Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group, which limits Paramount’s exposure to about 50%. Fox’s historical drama “Hidden Figures” maintained its impressive performance in third with $16.3 million at 3,416 theaters for a domestic total of $84.2 million.Michael Keaton’s biopic “The Founder” showed little traction for The Weinstein Company with a modest $3.8 million weekend at 1,115 locations.Shyamalan produced and directed “Split” from his own script in which McAvoy’s mutiple characters capture three young women and hold them hostage. Jackson, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Kris Wu, and Nina Dobrev.D.J. Posted January 22, 2017 by ReutersBy Dave McNaryLOS ANGELES, Jan 22 (Variety.com) – M. Shyamalan is self-financing the project and re-teamed with horror specialist Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions after collaborating on “The Visit,” which grossed nearly $100 million worldwide on a $5 million budget.”Xander Cage” stars Diesel as a skilled government operative character who debuted in the 2002 movie “xXx.” The film also stars Samuel L. The movie, which costs under $10 million, generated the third-highest opening for a Shyamalan title following “Signs” with $60 million and “The Village” with $50.7 million.”Split” carries a 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with McAvoy’s performance receiving strong reviews. Paramount and the two companies announced a three-year $1 billion co-financing deal on Thursday. It easily topped the 2015 launch of Shyamalan’s found-footage horror movie “The Visit,” which scored an opening weekend of $25.4 million.Vin Diesel’s launch of “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” is heading for a second-place finish for Paramount with about $20 million at 3,651 sites — in line with recent forecasts.

Like us on Facebook. So she got really nervous and in the middle of it ended up hitting her head and started bleeding.”Yikes. (It happens.)Here’s how Nina explained the prank-gone-wrong:”We had many, many, many pranks. What she didn’t know was the girl that was hired to do this was actually a huge fan. We were quarantined in our trailers because we thought the other one was doing something and plotting against us, and we were absolutely right because we were. By the end of it we were terrified and we didn’t want to leave our trailers. At that moment, Chris Hardwick, who was also on “The Late Late Show,” quipped that the impersonator was “Taylor Not-So-Swift.” Ba-dum-dum.Watch Nina Dobrev tell the story, then see her and Chris Hardwick discuss dog vs. And one of the ones — Ruby is friends with Taylor [Swift], so she hired an impersonator to come to our set to sing for me and do this thing, bombard me in my trailer. It was the bystander’s own fault, though, for fangirling too hard over “The Vampire Diaries” star. Posted January 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneNina Dobrev and Ruby Rose are both in Vin Diesel’s new movie “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” and apparently it was not a safe set.Nina was recently on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and revealed that she and Ruby had a serious prank war on set, and one of those pranks involved “Taylor Swift” and left an innocent bystander bloody. cat people, and also play a game of “Nuzzle Whaaa?”:Want more stuff like this?

Like us on Facebook. My character [Vulture], actually, is, if not more relevant — and I’m not going to say more than that. There’s a B-story to this guy that’s kind of really interesting and really relevant. In “Spider-Man: Homecoming” — out July 7th — Michael Keaton plays villain Adrian Toomes, aka Vulture. I would be lying if I said that’s why I took it, but as we talked about it and did it, I went, ‘Whoa, there’s some layers to this guy. Posted January 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneIs it a bad thing to identify with the bad guy? When promoting his new movie “The Founder,” about Ray Kroc and the rise of McDonald’s, Keaton told SiriusXM’s Town Hall (hosted by Entertainment Weekly) that Vulture is an even more timely character than the ruthless Golden Arches businessman:”Actually, [Adrian/Vulture] has more relevance — I know there’s this issue that comes up about how timely this is, ‘The Founder,’ in terms of where we are now in this country. This kind of speaks to another…’ This director’s [Jon Watts] is a very bright guy, and he wanted to bring this issue out. It’s like a horror movie: really scary, very intense and shocking.””Spider-Man: Homecoming” arrives July 7th.Want more stuff like this? A lot of people are going to like him more than they probably want to, would be my guess.”Director Jon Watts previously told USA Today that Vulture is a very different antagonist from other Marvel villains like Thanos and Ultron: “It’s fun to think that if Spider-Man is a regular kid who becomes a superhero, there’s got to be a bunch of regular guys who become supervillains, too.”Speaking of Spidey, actor Tom Holland told USA Today, “The first time we see the Vulture is terrifying.

— Jerome Wetzel (@JeromeWetzelTV) January 20, 2017Well played #TheGoodPlace. — Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) January 20, 2017Renew this show now, NBC. That is how you end a season. So it’s not like it would be a gigantic investment on the network’s part. I must have a second season. my favorite new show. PLEASE?Want more stuff like this? Posted January 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneFork yeah! Showrunner Michael Schur told TVLine that, if the show is renewed, “it would be of a similar length” to the 13 episodes of Season 1. 19 after just 13 episodes. Like us on Facebook. #TheGoodPlace
— LeeLee (@SSapphirePPanda) January 20, 2017Whoa, #TheGoodPlace finale was crazy! Can’t wait to see what they do with season 2! — The Other Nic (@CloneNic) January 20, 2017#TheGoodPlace Pilot: How is this going to last more than a season?#TheGoodPlace Finale: SEASON TWO SOUNDS AMAZING GIVE IT TO ME NOW. Before Michael reset their memories, Eleanor wrote herself a note to “find Chidi,” and Janet (D’Arcy Carden) helpfully provided the note at the end of the finale. Well played. Any questions about how they could keep this story going were solved with the twist.Here are some of the responses to the finale:just rewatched the season finale of @nbcthegoodplace. Eleanor — who just got herself a hunky new “soul mate” — doesn’t remember who the fork Chidi is anymore, but it was an exciting place to leave Season 1. “The Good Place” Season 1 had a short run, as far as network comedies go, ending Jan. Fans will be truly vexed if NBC doesn’t renew the show for Season 2.Few viewers saw the big twist coming — that Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Jason (Manny Jacinto), Chidi (William Harper), and Tahani (Jameela Jamil) were all really in The Bad Place, not The Good Place, in a scheme devised by architect Michael (Ted Danson), who wasn’t such a nice guy after all. Apparently everyone in The Bad Place was in on the act, except for the four tortured souls in question. #TheGoodPlace
— Ian Pérez (@DoKnowButchie) January 20, 2017
But will there be a Season 2?NBC has yet to officially renew the series, but hopefully the strength of that finale compels them to give the show another season. But holy shirtballs did it end with a shocking bang. — shelby (@imalicewhite) January 20, 2017Well #TheGoodPlace had a forking brilliant finale. Give me season 2 now. looking forward to season 2. so forking good. — Myles McNutt (@Memles) January 20, 2017i want to thank @KenTremendous and #TheGoodPlace for pulling off one of the most shocking twists on television without violence and death.

Apologies for the all-caps, but … He promised “more action in the second half” as we’re about to go to war.Here’s more of his second half tease to NME (warning — minor comic book spoilers ahead):”On one level, it’s very obvious that we’re getting ready for war, and everyone who knows the comic books knows that we’re about to go into a couple of years of war. This isn’t about Carol and Daryl, is it? And it’s not going to be a clear division of labour, let me say. He said on all levels. Did he mean literally sexy? It’s about the arrival of a character, and it’s lovely – really lovely.”Sexy? And both of us, when we got to the point of reading it, were like: ‘Oh my God!’ Like kids, excited by it. I don’t know how long that’s going to pan out in the television series, but it goes on for a while in the comics. Does Mullet Man finally get some? Sorry if it isn’t, but sexy moment, punching the air … Maybe we can pair this with what Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) previously teased of the finale to Entertainment Weekly:”Wait till [Episode] 16. And to still be at that stage seven years into the show is a testament to the writers. As with this show, nothing’s going to move in a straight line. So we’re about to go to war, and the second block [of eight episodes] is about meeting the protagonists and certain events that are going to decide what sides people take. It’s such a sexy moment, on all levels – it’s huge, it’s just so lovely. 12 at 9 p.m. on AMC.Want more stuff like this? Or it could have nothing to do with that at all. Like us on Facebook. Arrival of a character? Or maybe Eugene? But now we’re rooting for some Pookie play time. I promise you, there is one beat in 16, I dropped my script and started punching the air and did a little jig.”Episode 16 is the finale, so is he talking about the same moment? maybe Daryl is finally going to get some, with Carol or otherwise. DO THEY MEAN CARYL? Posted January 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneWhatever you think about “The Walking Dead” Season 7 up to this point, consider this: Lennie James (Morgan) said he and Melissa McBride (Carol) “screeched” over a “lovely” “sexy moment” in the finale.Here’s that section of Lennie James’s Q&A with NME:”I hope people aren’t disappointed by the end, but there’s one point in the finale that myself and Melissa were reading as we sat next to each other on a plane, and both of us kind of screeched when we got to this one point. There are some people who go to the dark side who are going to take you by surprise, and there are some people who are going to come over to the light – and that’s all a matter of perspective. But one of the things that’s inevitable is that we’re heading to war.””The Walking Dead” Season 7 returns Sunday, Feb. Literally on that point too — like someone new shows up — or something else? Clearly stuck on “sexy” here.For the record, James also hated the first half of Season 7, but because he was only in two episodes so he was bored and wanted to get to work and see everyone else on set.

She falls for Peter and gets kidnapped by Captain Hook. Posted January 20, 2017 by Kelly WooTiger Lily won’t be a wilting flower on “Once Upon a Time.”The fairy tale drama has cast Native American actress Sara Tomko to play the “Peter Pan” character for at least two episodes, Entertainment Weekly reports. In the “Peter Pan” tales, Tiger Lily is part of the Piccaninny tribe living in Neverland. In “OUAT,” she’ll come back into Hook’s (Colin O’Donoghue) orbit and perhaps cause trouble for the pirate.”As Captain Hook continues on his path to redemption, his dark past is never far away,” executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis told EW. Like us on Facebook. “He’s left a long line of adversaries and Tiger Lily is the latest to return and complicate his efforts to leave that past behind.””Once Upon a Time” returns with new episodes Sunday, March 5.Want more stuff like this?

The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests, and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed. That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you…”Do you think Alec Baldwin will show up on “Saturday Night Live” in a Bane mask to cover this moment?[via Entertainment Weekly, Twitter, IMDb, Fox News]Want more stuff like this? Donald Trump, now officially POTUS, was sworn in today, and his inauguration speech included a section that reminded Batman fans of Tom Hardy’s Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises.”Here’s part of what President Trump said:”Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.”And here’s how Bane put it, in his speech to the people of Gotham:”We take Gotham from the corrupt! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you, the people.”Because Twitter grows no moss, the comparison was made and posted in its own video almost immediately:pic.twitter.com/dYECwneW1R
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 20, 2017Here’s more context from Bane’s speech in Christopher Nolan’s third film in his Batman trilogy:”We take Gotham from the corrupt! The police will survive, as they learn to serve true justice. Do as you please. The rich! the people. Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. Posted January 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneYesh, people of Gotham the United States, the power is yours! For and army will be raised. Spoils will be enjoyed. Courts will be convened. This great city… The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you… Start by storming Blackgate, and freeing the oppressed! The rich! Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. it will endure. Gotham will survive!”And here’s more from the text of Trump’s speech:”…For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Step forward those who would serve. Blood will be shed. Like us on Facebook.

Like us on Facebook. She can even make it dance.It’s a totally weird, but interesting and unique premise from director Nacho Vigalondo. Gloria can control its movements — which means she’s basically the monster herself. Hathaway looks the part of a total mess Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson, Austin Stowell, and Dan Stevens also star. Then, she sees news reports of a giant monster rampaging through Seoul, South Korea, and soon realizes that she’s somehow connected to the beast. “Colossal” premieres at the Sundance Film Festival this week, and opens in theaters April.Want more stuff like this? Posted January 20, 2017 by Kelly WooAnne Hathaway, what a monster — literally.In the first teaser trailer for “Colossal,” Hathaway stars as an aimless, unemployed young woman named Gloria who ends up back in her hometown when her life falls apart. With a mane of wild hair and those big, confused eyes. Not your usual kind of monster movie.

Posted January 20, 2017 by Kelly WooMusic has always been an important part of “Game of Thrones,” and musicians from hit bands like Coldplay and Snow Patrol have made cameos in seasons past. Sigur Rós performed “The Rains of Castamere” at Joffrey’s doomed wedding. “We get to check out the set of ‘Game of Thrones,’ which will be wicked,” he said recently.The band are longtime fans of the show and had Sophie Turner (Sansa) star in their video for “Oblivion.”They follow in the footsteps of other musicians who’ve made cameos on “Game of Thrones.” Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody sang “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” to Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth in season 3. And Of Monsters and Men were theater musicians in Braavos. Now comes a report that another band will appear in season 7 — Bastille.A source told Watchers on the Wall that the British rock band was spotted filming in Northern Ireland. Mastodon died and came back to life as white walkers in the “Hardhome” episode. Coldplay drummer Will Champion played at the Red Wedding. They were dressed as wildlings for a scene in the final episode of the season.That falls in line with what lead singer Dan Smith told Vogue UK. Like us on Facebook. “Game of Thrones” season 7 is expected to premiere sometime this summer.Want more stuff like this?

McAvoy’s psychotic madman, who can now physically manifest into something almost superhuman, has escaped police capture. If the filmmaker was somehow able to secure the rights to the characters, would Shyamalan make it in the style he’s been dabbling in recently or would he go back to something more grandiose?5. What happens, exactly?So, here’s where we can even argue about whether or not the twist is an actual twist.Because “Split” has already properly ended before this twist is even introduced. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” opens this weekend (please, get your tickets now) and, this being an M. So we thought we’d discuss it, in some detail, and include all of the questions that we had about this particular moment.Heavy spoilers follow. Part of what made “Unbreakable” such an overwhelming experience was the care and attention Shyamalan provided, with long, elaborately choreographed shots that gave the movie its singular mood (but also provided it with its positively funereal pacing). — it’s Bruce Willis, in full “Unbreakable” garb (not his iconic rain poncho — can you believe he has an iconic rain poncho?), but his workman’s uniform, with “Dunn” embroidered on his pocket (he played David Dunn in “Unbreakable”). How Shyamalan was able to accomplish this, in secret, is pretty mind-blowing. The camera glides down a row of diner patrons seated at the counter. Does the ending of “Split” contextualize an entire M. One of them makes a connection to Samuel L. Here’s every question we had about the ending of “Split”:1. I’m not sure that he’d do something like this, especially since all of his other movies are so different and insane, but trying to get water fairies and alien invaders into the same overstuffed narrative yurt is something that fills me with endless delight.”Split” is in theaters now. The suggestion is that McAvoy’s character, whose monstrous form is referred to as The Horde, will have to be taken down by Willis’s character, possibly in conjunction with Taylor-Joy’s steely survivor.3. “Unbreakable” was a big Disney movie and Shyamalan’s heavily hyped follow-up to “The Sixth Sense,” the rare film that was both a critical and commercial smash and managed to capture the zeitgeist in a pretty profound (and spooky) way. So, wait, is “Split” an “Unbreakable” sequel?I guess? It’s hard to quantify because of the sneaky way that this larger concept is introduced, but it sure seems like it. Glass.” Mic drop.2. Shyamalan’s last two films have been low-budget, down-and-dirty independent features bankrolled by Blumhouse Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures. Would “Unbreakable 2” be done in a similar fashion? The damaged girl who successfully stood up to him (the delightfulAnya Taylor-Joy) is now in police custody. That’s another topic for discussion.) We cut to black. “Unbreakable” had a huge budget and big movie stars, and while idle chatter about potentially expanding the storyline has been bandied about for years, nothing has ever been solidified. How did Shyamalan get the rights to use the “Unbreakable” characters?This is a huge question, because, logistically, a move like this must have been a nightmare. Night Shyamalan film, it has a big old twist that will turn your mind into a lagoon of tapioca pudding. How he secured the rights from the notoriously persnickety Disney is even more impressive.4. “Unbreakable” was an expensive, complicated movie, unlike the last two Shyamalan cheapies. The anchor talks about McAvoy’s physical transformation, about how villainous he has become. This makes me think that there’s a possibility Shyamalan could be attempting something even more audacious; is he using this explanation to contextualize all of his films under a centralized shared universe? Jackson’s character from “Unbreakable.” “What was his name?” the diner patron wonders. Willis pipes up: “They called him Mr. (Does she tell police about her abusive uncle? So, who would make the proper “Unbreakable” sequel?Considering “Split” is kind of a backdoor reintroduction of the character/situation and not an explicit follow-up, this leaves the question of who would make the actual sequel. The end titles start. Posted January 20, 2017 by Drew TaylorM. Night Shyamalan shared universe?Throughout “Split” (the actual movie and not the 90 seconds I’m so obsessed with now), there are numerous references to McAvoy’s split personality disorder being the actual cause, historically, for tales of the supernatural or the otherworldly. But they are accompanied by some familiar music: the somewhat dated, trip-hoppy score by James Newton Howard that’s actually from another Shyamalan film: “Unbreakable.”Only hardcore nerds like myself, who have probably never known the physical love of a woman, will recognize this music cue, but it’s an omen of things to come: we cut to a diner, where the events of the film are being recounted by a TV news anchor. In fact, the film, which stars James McAvoy as a man whose multiple personalities turn him into a psychotic killer (not sure the American Medical Association would agree, but hey), might feature Night’s biggest twist yet. Only read the below if you have already seen the film.Seriously.You’re still here?OK then. Finally, the camera moves to the end of the counter and — voila!

I have understanding of a different way of acting, at least in action films. I watch his films and get a sense. Again, unfortunately, what kind of created and built my credentials for the last ten years kind of limited myself from having the producers to let me try something else.For example, I made “Ip Man,” and “Ip Man” was so popular, I made three of them. I said, listen, you can have a lot of fun, and you can show that this Chinese actor is very diverse and able to carry this type of personality. When you make a character so popular you are typecast — “Oh, he’s the Ip Man,” let alone that I’m Chinese. You have different scenarios, you’re dealing with different actors, or a different climax, right? Usually good things happen in front of the camera that way.In addition to your usual exemplary stunt and fight work, you’ve been getting these great opportunities to act in bigger, more in-depth, more prominent roles — richer characters that you’re being able to create.Oh, thank God! I’ve done some Hollywood films back in the early ’90s, the early 2000s — more than a decade, though, in “Blade II” and “Shanghai Knights.” Unfortunately, I never was given the platform to be a true artist, to be a true actor. I was always looking for a vehicle to show the other side of me.When they came to me with this, I said, “This is the perfect opportunity, and more. Secondly, again, it inspires you to be creative, and the mind is going 90 miles per hour, and so is the body. For one, it decreases the chance of getting hurt because your body is a pump. It’s a long time coming. It changes the whole flavor, do you know what I’m saying? What you see is the process of making an adaptation and an adjustment.Coming in so prepared but also ready to adapt, what was the fun surprise for you in the making of the film?It’s a fun surprise every single scene, every movie, because usually you don’t do the same movie all the time. So some of the stuff I added, like the little bit of that swagger, that dangerous, you’ve never seen a Chinese actor play these type of roles. As always, I always try to do my best as an actor in any films, and in “Rogue One” I was just doing my job and trying to do the best I can, and by adjusting this character, changing the character, shaping the character, but never had I expected the response that I’m getting. So I was looking for the vehicle. Caruso, or if I’m fortunate to work with Martin Scorsese, for example, or Steven Spielberg, what I would do is I would have certain images in my head, “OK, this is his style.” Usually my guesses are pretty on point.So, for instance, D.J. It’s a little bit overwhelming!”xXx: Return of Xander Cage” is in theaters now. The world is smaller now and I think I’ve done enough films to build my credentials where my words mean more, my suggestions mean more, and it’s a lot easier today.As an actor, what was the fun challenge in this character, Xiang? Posted January 20, 2017 by Scott HuverThe Force remains with “Rogue One’s” Donnie Yen.Already renowned both in Hong Kong and Hollywood as a mind-boggling martial artist, fight choreographer, and filmmaker, Yen has also recently been snapping audiences’ heads back with his increasingly impressive acting chops, first as the immensely charming blind Force adherent Chirrut Imwe in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and now in “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” as the maybe bad / maybe noble Xiang, who finds himself contending with Vin Diesel’s swaggering spy in pursuit of a powerful weapon known as Pandora’s Box.Yen joined Moviefone for a fast-paced look at how he adapts his stunt techniques film by film, and how his current star turn is hitting him.Moviefone: Let’s start with the stunts: in a movie like “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” where the action is so up close and the editing is so fast-paced, does that affect how you pull off the stunts or how you stage the stunts?Donnie Yen: No, because I adapt myself to different directors or how they place the cameras — because myself, I direct films and I’m an action director, including these kinds of action sequences for many, many, too many of my movies in the last few decades. So for me, every day walking to the set is refreshing.I like that refreshment because it actually inspires me to deliver beyond being just, “I’ve done it before.” Because, usually, the human body gets lazy. Because you have this cool, shifting dynamic opposite Vin.I believe I have a lot of — how would I say it? For instance, in “xXx” when I walked onto the set, and usually what I’ll do is — in a polite way or in a professional way — I would ask the director how would you like to, first of all, I study his style before. I made my suggestion to D.J. So it’s great.Tell me about the enthusiastic response to your role in “Rogue One.” Chirrut Imwe became instantly beloved, instantly quotable, from the moment the fans first met him.I guess so, but I never thought it would happen! But with approaching different scenes, it gives you that curiosity and carries that energy.The adrenaline comes up and it’s a good thing, especially for physical performance because you need that high energy. Working with D.J. If you’ve done it so many times you just kind of, uh, you know. Especially in American movies, when they cast the Chinese person, it’s like kung fu master or whatever, right? You don’t have any drive behind it. likes to shoot it a certain way, and I choreograph my movements, or I collaborate with their choreographer, and then make it, at the end of the day, make it into my own characteristic. So for me, I’m very comfortable of a different style of shooting.Like, I see the camera way over here, my natural instinct will be adapting to that camera angle. For the longest time. We’re not going to get into that, right? and Vin and all the producers.