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The Ice Cube and Charlie Day school comedy Fist Fight will be available as a Blu-Ray combo pack on May 30 and digital on May 16 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The project was directed by Richie Keen, a TV director who’s worked extensively with Day on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

The plotline centers on English teacher Andy Campbell (Day), a guy who’s just trying to make it through the day as his wife is expecting their second baby and the school’s undergoing budget cuts. After Andy’s conflict with his colleague Ron Strickland (Cube) leads to Ron’s dismissal, things immediately go south. Ron challenges Andy to a fist fight after school, leading to a throw down of comedic proportions. Tracy Morgan, Christina Hendricks, and Jillian Bell co-star in the feature.

In the audio clip below, Ice Cube talks about working with Day on Fist Fight.

The Blu-ray disc comes with deleted scenes and a segment titled “Georgia Film Commission.” Hard copy owners who purchase the standard DVD will only receive the deleted scenes extra.

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Clive Standen has the intimidating task of taking on the Bryan Mills character that Liam Neeson popularized with the Taken films. The greatest strength behind Taken as a TV series lies in its decision to put an emphasis on immersive storytelling and characterizations.

“What’s so special about Taken and Alex Cary’s (show’s writer/executive producer) writing is I think life is interesting as it is without putting the lacquer on top of it,” said Standen, whose previous TV work includes Vikings and Camelot. “And there are a lot of network shows that make everyone look beautiful and pretty and everybody’s perfect. People jump through windows and they get up and they look like they’re in a L’Oreal hair commercial and they’re carrying on. I personally am bored of that and that’s what drew me to take this part on and drive forward with Alex’s vision of just making it real.”

In the video below, Standen explains why he thinks Taken is a “new breed” of action.

Taken, co-starring Jennifer Beals, airs Monday nights on NBC (10 pm et/pt).

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THE BOSS BABYA new Smurfs film couldn’t stop the momentum of The Boss Baby, was the flick was #1 film for the second weekend in a row with $26.3 million. With Beauty and the Beast remaining strong with a #2 showing ($25 million), Smurfs: The Lost Village had a disappointing #3 finish with just $14 million. The remake of Going in Style, directed by Zach Braff, was #4 with $12.5 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

1. The Boss Baby - $26.3 million

2. Beauty and the Beast - 4.25 million

3. Smurfs: The Lost Village - $14 million

4. Going in Style - Considering it cost just $25 million to make, $12.5 million is not a bad figure for an opening weekend.

5. Ghost in the Shell - Scarlett Johansson’s star power wasn’t enough for this sci-fi action flick, as it makes just $7.3 million in its second weekend. The picture has made just $31.5 million domestically, but thankfully it’s fared much better internationally with $92.8 million.

6. Power Rangers - $6.2 million

7. Kong: Skull Island - $5.8 million this weekend and worldwide the flick has made over $534 million.

8. Logan - $4 million

9. Get Out - The sleeper hit of 2017 (thus far) has made over $162 million domestically. This weekend, it makes $4 million.

10. The Case for Christ - $3.9 million

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Michael Douglas’ career was celebrated at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, as he was interviewed by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz at the Montalban Theatre. Douglas also joined Manckiewicz for an interview sessions during the screening of The China Syndrome, a 1979 feature co-starring Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda. The Douglas family have had a rich history with the fest, as Kirk Douglas attended the 2012 fest during a showing of Stanley Kubrick’s epic Spartacus. Both father and son worked together in the 2003 comedy It Runs in the Family which co-starred Bernadette Peters.

“(I’m) fortunate to have a father who’s going to be 101 in December and I’m out here right now actually living with him while I’m here with him in the garage upstairs,” said Douglas. “You can share so many other stories together so family, I think, really gives us more purpose really than any thing in my life.”

Check out the video below as Douglas talks about the importance of TCM:

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twins_ver3Can you imagine Christian Bale as Dick Cheney? Variety reports that Bale will re-team with his Big Short director Adam McKay in an untitled project about the former Vice-President. Steve Carell would play Donald Rumsfeld in the film, while Amy Adams would star as Lynne Cheney.

Get ready for a sequel nearly two decades in the making. Arnold Schwarzenegger has stated that he’s positive about the prospects for Triplets, a sequel to the 1988 comedy Twins. The original starred Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, who both would reportedly return, while Eddie Murphy would join in as well, and Ivan Reitman would return as director.

According to Deadline, Sly Stallone has decided to bow out of The Expendables franchise. Even though he was due a large payday, the actor exited after he and Nu Image / Millennium could not come to an agreement on the director and script.

Is it Bat vs. Rock? The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan will star opposite Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming monster movie Rampage. The film, which also stars Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy and Marley Shelton, is expected to be released on April 20, 2018. Morgan will play a government division chief while Johnson is the soldier tasked with stopping the giant monsters.

Jeremy Renner and Hannibal Buress are in talks to join the Ed Helms-led comedy Tag. Variety reports that the film is based on the true story of a group of friends who have been playing a no-holds-barred version of the children’s game Tag for over 30 years.

Director Barry Levinson and comedy great Billy Crystal have joined the new comedy Revival. The film centers on a once great Broadway director who gets stuck writing jingles after a bitter divorce. Deadline reports that Crystal would play the composer, who finds out a nearby high school is staging his most famous musical and becomes obsessed with shutting it down.

If you liked Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., they’re about to team up again in the Ben Wheatley-directed film Freakshift. The action thriller centers on a group of misfit cops who hunt and kill nocturnal underground monsters.

Speaking of on-screen reunions, Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church are reuniting for the indie comedy Shriver. Church stars as the titular depressed and frequently inebriated loner who is mistaken for a reclusive author with the same name. Collette is an English professor who takes a liking to Shriver.

The cast for Ridley Scott’s drama on the Getty kidnapping is coming together. Deadline reports that Michelle Williams is circling the role of Gail Harris, Kevin Spacey is in talks for the role of J Paul Getty and Mark Wahlberg is circling another major role in the film, which is titled All the Money in the World. In other Ridley Scott news, the director reportedly has interest in helming the war epic Battle of Britain.

Jackie director Pablo Larrain has signed on to direct The True American, starring Tom Hardy. The movie is set in Texas in the days after 9/11 and follows a Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force vet who narrowly survives a killing spree that claimed two other immigrants.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will reportedly write, direct and produce the feature film Invincible based on the comic series from Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker. The film comes from Kirkman’s deal with Universal Pictures. The movie centers on a normal high school student whose father is the most powerful superhero on the planet.

The Reese Witherspoon-starring film Home Again has been given a Sept. 8 release date. The film, directed and written by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, follows a recently separated mother of two whose new life in L.A. is turned upside down when she takes in three charismatic guys who become her unconventional family. According to Deadline, the cast also includes Nat Woff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen and Lake Bell.

Amy Madigan and Peter Fonda have joined the cast of The Last Pull Measure. Deadline reports the project is based on the true story of a young Pentagon investigator (Sebastian Stan) who unravels what really happened in a bloody Vietnam War battle that led to fight to persuade Congress to award the Medal of Honor to an Air Force Pararescue Jumper. Lisa Gay Hamilton, Robert Pine, Samuel L. Jackson, William Hurt, Christopher Plummer, Bradley Whitford, Grant Gustin, Michael Imperioli, Linus Roache and Alison Sudol also star.

Deadline reports that John Travolta has signed on to star in Speed Kills, a John Luessenhop-directed drama based on the life of speedboat racing champ Don Aronow.

Simon Pegg has signed on to star in Katharine O’Brien’s Lost Transmissions. O’Brien will direct the film which is based on her own script about a shy songwriter who discovers that her friend Theo, a respected record producer, has lapsed in his medication for schizophrenia. Hannah and her friends then try to catch up to Theo and have him committed while he flees following his delusions through the streets of L.A.


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NUP_171450_0488.jpgThat didn’t take long! IFC gave their new comedy Brockmire a Season 2 pickup before the first episode even aired on the network. Word of mouth spread after the network decided to post the pilot on Video on Demand and social media platforms ahead of the premiere. The show stars Hank Azaria as a disgraced baseball announcer given a second chance after suffering an on-air meltdown following a fracture in his marriage.

After giving renewals to much of their schedule last week, CBS has re-upped Criminal Minds for a 13th season.

USA Network has picked up Colony for a third season. The Josh Holloway-Sarah Wayne Callies series just wrapped up its second season this week. In addition, the network has also picked up Falling Water for a second season.

Netflix has revealed that A Series of Unfortunate Events has been picked up for a third season. The series was picked up for a second season last month.

As expected, FXX has revealed that Man Seeking Woman won’t return for a fourth season. The third season found Jay Baruchel’s character finding love and eventually marrying his girlfriend Lucy (Katie Findlay), which seeming brought the show about the exaggerated trials and tribulations of a guy’s dating life to its natural conclusion.

TV Line reports that Kingdom will bow out after its third season. The mixed martial-arts series starts Frank Grillo, Matt Lauria and Nick Jonas. The 10-episode final season is set to premiere on Wednesday, May 3.

MTV has chosen Workaholics star Adam Devine to host the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which will air Sunday, May 7 from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium.

You can add comedienne Iliza Shlesinger to the late night competition. Shlesinger will head up the first late-night entry for Freeform titled Truth & Iliza. The weekly show will run six weeks beginning at 10PM ET on Tuesday, May 2. The show finds the comedienne taking on an encompassing question and using audience interaction, field pieces, commentary and jokes to answer the topic of the night.

The Chris Hardwick empire continues to grow. The host of @Midnight, The Wall and Talking Dead will host the six-episode sci-fi series The Awesome Show for NBC. Deadline reports the show will feature scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future.

Comedy Central is getting their nightly lineup back intact. According to TV Line, Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper will head up his own companion series for the network at 11:30PM ET beginning this fall. Earlier this week, the network announced that The President Show, starring Donald Trump impressionist Anthony Atamanuik, will fill the 11:30PM ET slot beginning April 27. The network pushed @Midnight into the 11:30 spot after deciding to cancel Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show last year, but it will shift back to the midnight spot for the network.

Season 7 of American Horror Story has added another Ryan Murphy alum to the ranks. According to TV Line, Billie Lourd, who starred on Murphy’s FOX series Scream Queens, will be part of the upcoming season, however details of her role are being kept under wraps.

Ron Livingston has joined the cast of Dice for its second season. The Showtime comedy centers on the life of Andrew Dice Clay. Deadline reports that Livingston will play Sydney Stein, an entertainment lawyer, who agrees to do a big favor for the comedian but needs Dice’s help when he gets in a scrape himself.

Janet McTeer, a two-time Oscar nominee, has reportedly joined the cast of Marvel’s Jessica Jones for its second season. EW reports that McTeer’s character will have “an enormous impact on Jessica’s life.”

Get ready for Black-ish spinoff featuring Yara Shahidi. The proposed series has started casting, with Shahidi’s character Zoey Johnson heading off to college. Deadline reports Chris Parnell and Matt Walsh have joined the cast as college administrators, while American Crime’s Trevor Jackson is a fellow freshman. All three will guest star on the episode expected to launch the series later this spring.

The Mindy Project actor Ed Weeks has found his next project, landing a series regular role on FOX’s comedy pilot LA > Vegas. According to TV Line, Weeks will play a frequent traveler on a flight between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The series centers on a group of underdogs trying to find their place in the world. It’s being produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Dylan McDermott and Kim Matula are also part of the cast.


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If you’re a retro gamer or essentially know a thing or two about video games, then Lode Runner is a platformer that’s been a part of your world. A bit of the old and the new have been combined with Lode Runner Legacy thanks to Tozai Games, and now gamers can check out the Steam Greenlight campaign. The original game was first released in 1983 by creator Doug Smith, and with Lode Runner Legacy players can create their own Runners in this universe.

Lode Runner endures because its combination of action and puzzle-solving never goes out of style,” said Tozai Games co-founder Scott Tsumura. “For this new edition, we’ve included a suite of game editors that allow players to customize to their hearts’ content and create their ‘one and only Lode Runner.’ We hope longtime fans and new players support this updated edition of Lode Runner Legacy on Greenlight.”

In Lode Runner, players navigate through a maze-like world to infiltrate an evil empire and retrieve stolen gold while dodging a plethora of minefields and enemies. There are a ton of ways to play with Lode Runner Legacy, and under Classic Mode the original game’s 150 levels are featured in 3D. Another great feature is Puzzle Mode which is great if players simply hate avoiding enemies (there are no baddies on in this feature). The Character Editor feature allows players to create their own Runner and enemies.

Lode Runner Legacy is slated for a summer release. Are you a fan of Lode Runner? Is Lode Runner Legacy a Steam title you’re ready to purchase? Feel free to comment below!

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goinginstyle1It will be hard to top director Martin Brest’s 1979 movie Going In Style, a 1979 heist comedy starring Lee Strasberg, Art Carney, and George Burns. Director Zach Braff has that enviable task with the remake, but thankfully he has three excellent and seasoned actors (Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman) to help his cause.

With this version, the three lifelong buddies attempt to rob the Williamsburg Savings Bank in Brooklyn. Their decision to go criminal is spurred on by the dissolution of their pension funds due to a corporate merger.

At first, Arkin was hesitant to do the project but he made a few story suggestions to help shape the narrative. “I turned it down,” said Arkin. “I felt my character was a cliche and I also thought it was gratuitous. We rob a bank and I felt there was no reason. It was just three old guys with no experience who were robbing a bank. It just seemed stupid to me . . .I outlined the bare bones of what their motivation would be and they went for it and that was it. It seemed to have made a difference from what I gather.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Caine, Freeman, and Arkin talk about what type of advice they would give to their younger selves (Caine mentions a memorable Winston Churchill quote):

Going In Style opens nationwide today.

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In the last 15 years, the marriage rate in America has declined from 8.2 per 1000 people to just 6.7.  Researchers can explore the trend all they want, but we know the real answer.  Married With Children premiered 30 years ago this week, and since it ran for 11 seasons, that means an entire generation of marriage-aged Americans has grown up knowing the perils of tying the knot, for better or for Bundy.  Need we say more?

The show — the first primetime series ever aired by the then-new Fox network — took the traditional family sitcom and turned it upside down.  The comedy could be rude, crude, and (according to TV watchdog groups) socially unacceptable.  And audiences loved it.  Between streaming and syndication,Married With Children still has an audience today.

With Fox resurrecting previously dead series like The X-Files, 24, and Prison Break, there have been plenty of rumors that Married With Children could also be brought back to life.  Could the rumors be true?  We asked Peg Bundy herself — Katey Sagal — who told us it’s a definite maybe.  (Click on the media bar below to hear Katie Sagal)

Would you watch a revival of Married With Children? Give us your thoughts!

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Fate of the Furious, The (2017)For a franchise that’s based on gas-guzzling muscle cars, The Fast and the Furious sure has gotten good mileage over the years.  It’s survived some horrible reviews, cast turnover, and even the death of its original leading man to make it to its eighth feature, with two more sequels already greenlit.  With The Fate of the Furious opening next week, we asked Dwayne Johnson why he thinks the franchise has beaten the odds, and his answer was clear:  It’s all because of the fans.  (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)

The Fate of the Furious pulls into theaters on April 14.  And if you’re really planning ahead, the two sequels already have tentative release dates set:  April 19, 2019 and April 2, 2021.

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