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J.K. Simmons Threatens to Blow Up Veronica Mars in Hulus Full Revival Trailer

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Its been fifteen years, three seasons and one Kickstarter-ed movie, but Veronica Mars is finally blowing up again. On Friday, Hulu dropped the latest official trailer for its fourth season limited series revival, as Neptune calls the fan-favorite P.I. home with an explosive new threat to Spring Break as we know it.

The revival sees Kristen Bells Mars “drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclaves wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coasts answer to Daytona Beach,” according to its official description.

J.K. Simmons brings his natural menace as ex-convict Clyde Prickett, fixer to Neptune real estate developer Big Dick Casablancas (David Starzyk) and potentially the culprit behind a rash of bombings in sunny Neptune. Apart from the returning cast of Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Max Greenfield and Daran Norris, the new season also features newcomers Dawnn Lewis, Patton Oswalt, Clifton Collins Jr.Read More – Source

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Joaquin Phoenixs Version of the Joker Is Perfect Meme Fodder

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Until further plot points about Joaquin Phoenixs upcoming Joker movie are revealed, all we have to go on are ridiculous scraps. An eerie image of Phoenix here, a terrible set report about allegedly overworked extras there. A rogue Alec Baldwin appearing, then disappearing from the cast list, like a red nose tossed into the Gotham River. So much and so little all at the same time.

The latest scrap weve acquired? A blessedly insane paparazzi shot of Phoenix, in full Joker regalia, sprinting on the films New York City set. Hes dressed in a bright red suit, orange-y vest, and green shirt, not unlike a seedy, Prohibition-era version of Ronald McDonald. Hes got full, creepy clown makeup and a jarring grimace to match—though, to be fair, the grimace is the faces natural response to going for a run. Unless the face belongs to this guy. (Remember that guy? Hope hes doing well.) This photo is ridiculous, but also a gift to the teeming masses because its so incredibly meme-able. This photo is you, sprinting toward literally whatever joke you want to apply it to. Its pliable!

Its also still one of very few updates to spring up from the films set. Thus far, the most solid details we know about the movie all pertain to the cast. Phoenix will be joined by Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Marc Maron in the film. Baldwin was reportedly going to join the cast as Thomas Wayne, the sleazy, Donald Trump-esque father of Bruce Wayne (a role Baldwins perfected by now on Saturday Night Live). But after it sprang up, the actor quickly shot that rumor down, saying hes not joining the movie after all due to “scheduling” issues.

“Im sure there are 25 guys who can play that part,” he told USA Today.

And thats about it, really. Phoenix has spoken broadly about the role, lightly elucidating why he chose to join the film, directed by Todd Phillips. “I think hes very impressive, and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what hes trying to say,” Phoenix said of the director in an interview with Collider. “And so there is something very appealing about that, and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique. It is its own world, in some ways—and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”

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Gal Gadot Is the Highest-Grossing Actress of 2017

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Gal Gadot is officially Forbes’s highest-grossing actress of 2017, having raked in $1.4 billion in movie tickets worldwide for portraying the same superhero twice in six months. So, what did you do this year?

Forbes reports that Gadot is not only the top actress of the year, she’s also the top third highest-grossing actor, period. Vin Diesel, came in first, thanks to both XxX: The Return of Xander Cage and The Fate of the Furious, in which he portrayed almost the same character twice, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a close second. The Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman remained the second highest-grossing movie of the year until (unsurprisingly) Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened, making it the third-biggest movie of 2017, the best-received and highest-grossing movie of the current DC superhero franchise, and the highest-grossing live-action movie ever directed by a woman. While November’s Justice League wasn‘t as well received, it added a few millions to Gadot’s score.

Wonder Woman’s overwhelmingly positive reception even encouraged DC and Warner Bros. to add more humor and a lighter tone to Justice League, and it allowed Jenkins to negotiate for a bigger check for the sequel, and Gadot to pressure Warner Bros. to bootBrett Ratner, who had been accused of sexual misconduct, from production.

When it comes to box office grosses, it doesn’t hurt to play a superhero. Scarlett Johansson was the highest-grossing actor, period, of 2016, after appearing in the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and reprising her role as Black Widow in the much-anticipated superhero ensemble Captain America: Civil War.

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Bond 25 Releases Sleek New Teaser Image After Weeks of Tumultuous Reports

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Bond 25 is on the loose in London. On Sunday the official James Bond Twitter account released a handful of new details about the upcoming film, which is currently filming in London—including a new still of Daniel Craig in character. In the image Craig is suited up and strolling in front of a classic Aston Martin V8. As the official account notes, the car was first seen in the 1987 Bond film The Living Daylights, starring Timothy Dalton.

“007 star Daniel Craig, director Cary Fukunaga and the #Bond25 crew were out in the sunshine today shooting across a number of London locations,” the tweet reads, “including Whitehall, where Daniel filmed a scene with a classic @astonmartin V8, first seen in a Bond film in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS.”

The films team also released a handful of behind-the-scenes glimpses, including Craig taking the car for a quick spin and posing for a quick photo with the Household Cavalry, which consists of two regiments in the British Army.

Craig was the only cast member shown in the still and the behind-the-scenes snippets. The rest of the cast includes Rami Malek, playing the films lead villain, Captain Marvel breakout Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas, as well as returning players Naomie Harris and Léa Seydoux.

The new snippets will also, hopefully, sate rumors that Bond 25 is cursed. The film has been plagued with production troubles, including the early departure of director Danny Boyle, Craigs serious ankle injury, which required surgery, and the recent arrest of a man who allegedly put a camera in the womens bathroom on the Pinewood Studios set. After a flurry of reports, the official Bond team tried to redirect fan attention by releasing a behind-the-scenes video showing Craig and the rest of the cast and crew on set inRead More – Source

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Watch James Corden and Jamie Dornan’s Steam-Powered Fifty Shades Parody

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Looks like after three years and three feature films, Jamie Dornan is finally having fun with the Fifty Shades of Grey press tour process. On Tuesday night, the actor stopped by the Late Late Show, where he and James Corden staged a comparably G-rated parody that transformed Christian Grey’s “Red Room of Pain” into a “playroom” of a different sort.

The sketch’s opening is a clear parody of the first film, in which Grey introduced Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson in the movies) to his room full of B.D.S.M. toys. Here, however, the toys are actual toys—trains, to be precise. “Say something, please,” a stony-faced Corden murmurs after a pregnant pause while Dornan—playing the Anastasia role here—takes everything in. “You’re a nerd,” Dornan replies with disbelief. “I’m a hobbyist,” Corden insists.

When Dornan asks the difference, Corden offers to show him. Cue a montage involving bandanas, overalls, little blue caps, and lots of tunnel and train action. By the end, the two are obviously spent—but things take a turn when Dornan offers up an activity that’s too “sick” even for a train hobbyist.

When Dornan and Johnson set off to promote the first Fifty Shades film back in 2015, their awkwardness—particularly around each other—was widely noted. Though Dornan and Johnson denied that they disliked one another while working on Fifty Shades of Grey, the narrative persisted—as Dornan especially appeared uncomfortable promoting his role as a hard-bodied billionaire S&M freak. (Johnson, by contrast, always seemed to be having a better time.)

Now, though, Dornan appears to have adopted a lighter approach to his last batch of press appearances. Even his descriptions about how the Fifty Shades sausage (sorry) gets made are more buoyant: while touring for the first film, the actor described putting his “dignity” in a holster during sex scenes and tying it up “like a little bag of grapes.” This year, he called his protective packaging a far more entertaining name—a “wee bag”—and jokingly insisted that the word “wee” had no bearing on the size of his package. Perhaps Dornan’s demeanor can be attributed to one crucial detail: with the third film behind him, he’s finally done with Christian Grey for good.

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Westworld (Season 2)

HBO is once again hoping you’ll ignore the big Game of Thrones-shaped hole in its schedule and turn your attention back to the sci-fi mind game that is Westworld. The Emmy-nominated series, starring Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, is ready to confound you once again in its second season. Until its spring 2018 premiere, take a trip back in time and revisit nine burning questions we still have about the finale.Photo: By John P. Johnson/HBO.*Grown-ish*

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Yara Shahidi takes the lead in this youthful Black-ish spin-off set to air on Freeform starting Jan. 3, 2018. In this series, Zoey is finally off to college, stumbling through cringeworthy rites of passage like embarrassing herself at a frat party and hiding secrets from her parents.Photo: By Eric Liebowitz/Freeform.Superhero Smorgasbord

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Every superhero you love is coming out with a new movie in 2018. In no particular order, get ready for a bounty that includes: Black Panther,Avengers: Infinity War,Deadpool 2,The New Mutants,X-Men: Dark Phoenix,Ant-Man and the Wasp,Venom, and Aquaman.Photo: By Zade Rosenthal/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Everett Collection.The Winter Olympics

Emmerdale spoilers: Frank Clayton reveals who Leyla Hardings boyfriend Clive really is

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Leyla argues with Clive in Emmerdale
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The first rule of any soap newcomer is never trust them. Ever. There is clearly something dodgy about Leyla Hardings new boyfriend Clive in Emmerdale. From the moment that he was reluctant to join her in the village and started fobbing her off with excuses, we knew heartbreak had to be around the corner for Leyla once again.

As she returned to the village without him and instead got confronted by his ex who accused her of stealing both Clive and her jewellery, Leyla started to realise that she had been a fool to be taken in by Clive.

But when he then did turn up, her feelings were up in the air again as he begged her for another chance. What does become apparent though is that Clive clearly has a past with Frank Clayton who recognised him when he saw him.

Former con man turned good Frank is suspicious over Clives intentions towards Leyla and when he overhears him having a phone conversation, it appears that his doubts are confirmed.

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Frank steels himself and tells Leyla exactly who Clive is and how he knows him and Leyla is left heartbroken by the devastating revelation.

Will she confront Clive and is it all over for them?

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2019 Golden Globe nominations: The complete list

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Review: Theres No Magic Left in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Watching Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second in a planned series of Harry Potter prequels, is a bit like watching a “previously on” recap of a season of television, except there are no actual episodes to go back to and watch in full. (The film is about as cheap- and plain-looking as a just-O.K. big-budget show, too.) Scattered, confusing, and haunted by past grandeur, Crimes of Grindelwald perhaps marks the landmark moment when, alas, the magic finally flickers out.

Just as Game of Thrones began to sputter after it exhausted its rich source material, Grindelwald is far enough beyond the scope of J.K. Rowlings original world—while trying desperately to entwine itself with it—that it can only gesture (or is it a flail?) toward what once, not too long ago, made these stories so special. Which is troubling, given that Harry Potter stalwart David Yates (responsible for one of the best films in the original run) directed the thing, and Rowling herself wrote the script. If even they cant figure out how to expand this narrative in any comprehensible or engrossing way, then what possible future could the whole enterprise have?

There are ribbons of old Rowling running throughout the film, mysteries from the past mingling with the present, teased out through callbacks and gradually meted out reveals. But Crimes of Grindelwald tries to do entirely too much with no foundational text, so even diehards willing to follow Pottermore and various fan wikis to the ends of the Internet may find themselves hungry for further clarity. Maybe this should have been a TV series, if Rowling wanted to encompass so much—or she could have written a novel and then waited for a sufficient adaptation. As a rushed film, though, Crimes of Grindelwald is almost an offense, taking fan devotion so for-granted that it serves us raw food.

The first Fantastic Beasts was a surprisingly moving delight, its story of looming fascism arriving just after the 2016 presidential election and offering up a fighting spirit ensconced cozily in Rowlings alterna-Earth of wizards and witches and cuddly/gross C.G.I. creatures. Alarmingly little of that charm, or galvanizing energy, survived the journey to the sequel, replaced instead by an oddly muted, mumbling tone—dour and quiet and fatally inert. Every actor, so many of them sparkling in the previous film (and in many other films), seems bored and distracted and just as at sea as us in the audience. Yatess ugly action scenes are blurry messes, one in particular so imperceptible in its Stygian hues that you might as well close your eyes. (Reader, I was tired, and almost did.)

In order to take the pressure off of the first films hero, Eddie Redmaynes fluttery-sweet animal enthusiast Newt Scamander, Crimes of Grindelwald badly strains itself into an ensemble piece. Some only alluded-to figures from the original books are wedged in, and there are so many peculiar close-ups of seemingly random extras that I started to wonder if a bunch of people had won cameos in some kind of contest. The result of this jumble of names and faces is that every story line and character—from Zoë Kravitzs forlorn Leta Lestrange to Ezra Millers confused Credence Barebone (cmon, Jo)—is rendered thin and hurried.

Rowling attempts one of her classic grand convergences at the end—one of those shivery heres-how-past-has-been-informing-present resolves that gave her books such pleasing heft and depth—but it falls hideously flat. We barely know who anyone is or what theyre doing, so who cares if theyre all connected somehow?

Though her zesty moxie has been confoundingly dialed down for the sequel, Katherine Waterston, as dogged American Auror Tina Goldstein, at least has one winning scene with Redmayne—a glimmer of a nicer movie thats otherwise hidden behind the murk. For those somehow unaware, Aurors are basically the F.B.I. or police of the wizarding world, and their use of state-sanctioned violence comes into play in Crimes of Grindelwalds tortured political schema.

Early in the film, Scamander says, “I dont take sides”; the films project, if it has one, concerns Newt waking up to the fact that rigid neutrality is not an option when civilization is on the line. Which, sure. I guess “if youre not with us, youre against us” is a viable stance to take in Donald Trumps America—I mean, Grindelwalds Europe. But the films allusions to the rise of real-life fascism are facile, partly because weve seen them before, not just in the first Fantastic Beasts, but in the whole remembered arc of Voldemorts ascent to terrible power.

The Fantastic Beasts series is building toward wizard of all wizards Albus Dumbledores big showdown with the new films titular menace, dimly detailed in the last Harry Potter book. I guess thats meant to be exciting. Its hard to invest in those stakes, though, when we know that just after Grindelwalds inevitable defeat, there will come another hissing megalomaniac looking to purify the wizard race and enslave the non-magical. Its curiously repetitive, as if George Lucas had made a prequel series not about the origins of Darth Vader, but of some other freak in a different mask who knew some of the same people Vader did, just when they were younger and played by Jude Law. I guess theres an argument to be made that Rowling is reminding us that dangerous political ideology never really dies. And, sure, history does repeat itself. But it usually waits longer than the studio green-light process.

That said, Im enamored enough of the whole Potter mythology that I probably would have happily sat through this whole familiar saga had any of it made a lick of sense (or satisfying nonsense). Or had it been articulated in a register sprightlier or more engaging than this grim exercise in franchise developments dazed, enervated murmur. Speaking of dazed murmurs: I suppose Im obligated to mention that Grindelwald is played by Johnny Depp, whom the dutiful film crew was conscientious enough to shake awake just before Yates called “action.” They really neednt have bothered.

Coronation Street star Sue Nicholls would be horrible on Celebrity Big Brother

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Corrie star Sue Nicholls would be 'horrible' in Celebrity Big Brother
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Weve met Coronation Street legend Sue Nicholls a number of times and we would struggle to name a more warm, accommodating or friendly person. But it turns out that she does have her snapping point like all of us – and just knows that it would come if she ever went on Celebrity Big Brother.

As rumours persist on who will or wont be entering the infamous house – were talking big names like the Chuckle Brothers here – one person you wont see is Sue, best known for playing salon owner Audrey Roberts.

The popular actress was offered big bucks to go into the show but has declined it as she thinks she would be horrible during a stay in the prison cunningly shaped like a house.

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Corrie star Sue Nicholls would be 'horrible' in Celebrity Big Brother
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She told the Daily Star: I couldnt do Big Brother. Ive told them no. I couldnt bear it. I dont want to have to do stuff like my teeth in front of half the nation. dont even like people that much. I would be horrible – I would be the worst housemate.

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Same, actually.

However, not every Corrie star feels the same – other Weatherfield alumni who have enjoyed a stay in the house (well enjoyed might be a stretch) include Ken Morley, Amanda Barrie, Denise Welch and Claire King.

EastEnders spoilers: Mel Owen discovers Ray Kellys shocking secret tonight

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Mel discovers the truth about Ray in EastEnders
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If we were Mel Owen, wed be mightily suspicious of Ray Kelly too. The suave EastEnders newcomer is shiftier than the lead speaker at a spy convention and he has been gaslighting Mel by insisting that her accusations are all in her head to boot.

But Mel isnt exactly being completely taken in by him despite his attempts to make her feel guilty for questioning him. That said, she decides that its not a good idea to accept information that Jack Branning has gathered on her behalf.

She had paid him to do some digging but tonight, she meets him and says she doesnt want the envelope he is carrying. However, Ray is watching from afar and fuming that Mel is going behind his back.

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Ray watches Martin in EastEnders
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When she admits that she had paid Jack to look into him, they end up in a furious argument. Rather than feeling in the wrong though, this only heightens Mels suspicions and she starts to wonder once more.

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And as the pieces all start to fit together in her mind, she comes to a realisation and this then leads to the shocking discovery of what he has been hiding from her. Is he still working as an undercover policeman? Is he involved in a secret life of crime? Or is Mel about to stumble upon something else?

With Ray having previously been referred to as Simon by a man called Jeff, who Ray beat up and got rid of, there is a lot amiss here and he doesnt want Mel to find out, thats for sure.

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