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It seemed like yesterday when Evan Rachel Wood played a teenager trying to find her way in thirteen, but that was back in 2003. She’s received great notices for her work on the TV series Westworld, and she’ll next be seen in the drama Allure.

This time out the tables are turned, as Wood plays Laura, a house cleaner who bonds with a reticent teenager named Eva (Julia Sarah Stone). Attempting to break free from her regimented existence, Eva eventually runs away with Laura hoping for a better life. Asking a teenager to leave her family isn’t the most logical of choices, and as Laura’s mental instability comes to the forefront, the pair must find a way to find a solution to their seemingly insurmountable predicament.

Directed by Carlos Sanchez and Jason Sanchez, Allure hits theaters and On Demand March 16. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!!



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As the host of Talking with Chris Hardwick and creator of Nerdist, Chris Hardwick has a full plate on his hands. He’s branching out with his production company in a recent deal with Blumhouse and he’s also a producer (along with LeBron James) on the hit NBC program The Wall. Recently NJ Transit officer Victor Ortiz won nearly $500,000 on the show and it was one of the show’s many emotional moments.

One of the projects strongest assets is the fact that it’s not your average game show wherein contestants and the host are kept at an arm’s length. Instead, Hardwick’s innate care for the participants shines through, and in the clip below he explains why he ends up being more than just a game show host on the show:



The Wall airs Monday evenings on NBC (8/7c).

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148395_0181Roseanne Barr’s ’90s TV sitcom, Roseanne, is considered to be a classic today, and for good reason. The show, centered around a Midwestern lower-middle class family, dealt with a lot of topics that were controversial and — for a sitcom — unexpected at the time. As the TV networks continue their trend of mining old hits for new episodes, Roseanne is coming back. And there might be more controversy this time. Barr is unabashedly a Donald Trump supporter, and with his presidency polarizing the nation, will she dare to open that particular political Pandora’s Box in the reboot? (Click on the media bar below to hear Roseanne Barr)

Roseanne returns to ABC on Tuesday, March 27.

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Steven SpielbergA lot has changed since Steven Spielberg started his moviemaking career so many years ago. With computers (and their talented programmers) now able to create almost any kind of special effect imaginable, it’s easy to overlook how ground-breaking some of Spielberg’s pre-CGI films were. Granted, some of them — even though they were state-of-the-art at the time — look downright old-fashioned today, but some have stood the test of time very well. We talked to Spielberg and asked which of his film’s effects have held up the best.

Spielberg’s latest masterpiece, The Post, stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, and it’s in theaters now.

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You know the old saying, “Clothes make the man”? Well, it works for women, too. Especially for Melissa Benoist, who has a couple of different wardrobes on Supergirl: One for awkward Kara Danvers, and one for her super-confident superhero alter ego. Benoist told us that from the moment she put on Supergirl’s suit for the first time, she felt an immediate reaction. (Click on the media bar below to hear Melissa Benoist)

Supergirl airs Monday nights at 8/7c on The CW.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle beat all comers to land the #1 spot at the box office with $27 million. Liam Neeson’s latest flick The Commuter chimes in at #3 with $13.4 million but fellow newcomer Proud Mary disappointed with an eighth place debut ($10 million). Here’s the top 10:

1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - $27 million

2. The Post - $18.6 million

3. The Commuter - Liam Neeson actioner debuts with $13.4 million.

4. Insidious: The Last Key - $12.1 million

5. The Greatest Showman - Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron musical takes in $11.8 million

6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Movie makes $11.2 million and to date its grossed over $591 million domestically.

7. Paddington 2 - Great reviews didn’t lead to a stellar weekend. It collects $10.6 million.

8. Proud Mary - Taraji P. Henson flick has a disappointing showing with $10 million.

9. Pitch Perfect 3 - Comedy is closing in on $100 million domestically, as it’s currently at $94 million. This weekend it takes in $5.6 million.

10. Darkest Hour - $4.5 million

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Kenneth Branagh’s inspired adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express hits Blu-ray and DVD February 27 via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Branagh, who directed the feature, stars as the inscrutable Hercule Poirot, the detective who is trying his best to solve a murder that takes place during a tragic train ride. The all star cast includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, and Judi Dench.

Click on the media bar below to hear Ridley discuss the cinematic appeal of Murder on the Orient Express.

Special features on both versions include a plethora of featurettes (”Agatha Christie: An Intimate Portrait,” “Let’s Talk About Hercule Poirot,” Unusual Suspects (Part One, Two and Three), “The Art of Murder,” “Music of Murder,” “All Aboard: Filming Murder on the Orient Express.

Along with commentary from Branagh, the filmmaker also provides optional commentary on the disc’s deleted scenes.

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THE SHAPE OF WATER

The Shape of Water, director Guillermo del Toro’s most celebrated film since Pan’s Labyrinth, took home four awards (including Best Picture) at the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Big Little Lies topped the television side with four awards (including Best Limited Series). Actor and activist Olivia Munn hosted the festivities. The film and television winners are below:

Film:

Best Picture: The Shape of Water
Best Actor: Gary Oldman (The Shape of Water)
Best Actress: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Best Young Actor/Actress: Brooklyn Prince, (The Florida Project)
Best Acting Ensemble: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro: The Shape of Water
Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name
Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
Best Production Design: Paul Ham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin, The Shape of Water
Best Editing (Tie) Baby Driver’s Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos and Dunkirk’s Lee Smith
Best Costume Design - Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread
Best Hair and Makeup - Darkest Hour
Best Visual Effects - War for the Planet of the Apes
Best Animated Feature - Coco
Best Action Movie: Wonder Woman
Best Comedy: The Big Sick
Best Actor in a Comedy: James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Best Actress in a Comedy: Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Best Foreign Language Film - In The Fade
Best Song - “Remember Me” from Coco
Best Score - Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water

Television:

Best Comedy Series - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Actor in a Comedy Series - Ted Danson, The Good Place
Best Actress in a Comedy Series - Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Walton Goggins, Vice Principals
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Best Drama Series - The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Actor in a Drama Series - Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Best Actress in a Drama Series - Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - David Harbour, Stranger Things
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Limited Series - Big Little Lies
Best Movie Made for TV: The Wizard of Lies
Best Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series - Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series - Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Best Talk Show - Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Best Animated Series - Rick and Morty
Best Unstructured Reality Series - Born This Way
Best Structured Reality Series - Shark Tank
Best Reality Competition Series - The Voice
Best Reality Show Host - RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

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it9Released this week on Blu-ray and DVD, It is obviously a must have disc as it’s one of the best adaptations of Stephen King’s work (it’s right up there with The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me).

Though both versions come with several featurettes (”The Losers Club,” “Author of Fear,” “Pennywise Lives!”), the biggest addition for this initial version of the release lie in the deleted scenes. Be warned, there are spoilers in the succeeding paragraphs!

The biggest deleted scene is an alternate ending to It, as Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) goes off on a vacation with his parents, and it’s a trip that the family argued over since it meant a great deal to Bill’s late brother Georgie (this argument is also a deleted sequence). Both scenes add more depth to Bill’s relationship with his family, but by cutting both sequences director Andy Muschietti narrowed his focus on the children.

Click on the media bar to hear Stephen King talk about why It is a special movie:


Even by placing the kids front and center in the film, there are a couple of kids who get a short shrift with their characters. Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff) is seen earlier practicing for his bar mitzvah and being pressured by his father, but unfortunately his character is the least developed out of the Losers’ Club by the film’s closing moments. Viewers who wanted more of Stan will be happy to see he delivers an impassioned speech at his bar mitzvah in a scene that ties together respective struggles of the Losers’ Club when they are temporarily separated. It’s understandable that, with a running time of 135 minutes, various scenes would be left on the cutting room floor and it’s great they’re now available for viewing.


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Cast of The Post with FilmakersWhen you think about Steven Spielberg’s movies, the caliber of talent he’s been able to assemble has been absolutely incredible. But even Spielberg thinks he’s outdone himself with his latest movie, The Post. With two of Hollywood’s most decorated actors — Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks — in the lead roles, along with a stellar ensemble supporting them, Spielberg told us he couldn’t imagine putting together a better cast. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg)

The Post is playing now in theaters nationwide.

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