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Though Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday, Deadline reports that the actress had already completed filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII. It was expected that Fisher would return for Episode IX, but shooting wasn’t expected to start for about a year. Fisher also recently wrapped filming for her recurring role on Amazon’s series Catastrophe, where she appeared as Rob Delaney’s mother.

Nic Cage as Ronald Reagan? It could happen. Page Six reports that the actor has been offered the lead in a still untitled Ronald Reagan project. Will Ferrell was previously attached to the movie, but dropped out after two of the late president’s children slammed the film. The movie reportedly centers on an ambitious intern who is tasked with convincing the senile commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.

It was a big year for Scarlett Johansson, who tops the Forbes annual Top Grossing Actor list. The actress grossed a reported $1.2 billion thanks to Captain America: Civil War and voice roles in the animated films Sing and The Jungle Book. Johansson also appeared in the Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar early in 2016. Johansson bested her Captain America co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, who finished tied for second with $1.15 billion. See the full Top 10 below.

1. Scarlett Johansson $1.2 billion
2. Robert Downey Jr. $1.15 billion
2. Chris Evans $1.15 billion (tie)
4. Margot Robbie $1.1 billion
5. Amy Adams $1.04 billion
6. Ben Affleck $1.02 billion
7. Henry Cavill $870 million
8. Ryan Reynolds $820 million
9. Felicity Jones $805 million

10. Will Smith $775 million


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legends-of-tomorrow-key-artThe end of 2016 is upon us, which means it’s time for various lists to pop up. For TV viewers, one interesting list of note comes from TorrentFreak, who have revealed the 10 Most Pirated TV Shows of 2016. It should come as no surprise that the hugely popular Game of Thrones tops the list. Check out the full Top 10 below:

1. Game of Thrones
2. The Walking Dead
3. Westworld
4. The Flash
5. Arrow
6. The Big Bang Theory
7. Vikings
8. Lucifer
9. Suits
10. The Grand Tour

Things aren’t so “super” at home. TMZ reports that Supergirl star Melissa Benoist and Edge of Seventeen star Blake Jenner have filed for divorce. The couple met while starring on the Fox series Glee and Jenner did make a few guest appearances on Supergirl. The couple wed in 2013. In court documents, TMZ reports that Benoist cites “irreconcilable differences” and is seeking to block spousal support for either she or Jenner.

George Lucas is coming to TV … sort of. In an upcoming episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the time jumping heroes will land in the ’60s where they find the prolific director deciding to drop out of film school after a time aberration. Producer Marc Guggenheim reveals to EW that the ripple effect will affect two of the show’s characters who were influenced to enter their fields because of Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Lucas will be played by Matt Angel, when the series returns on Jan. 24 at 9PM ET on the CW.

Though the Americanized version of Broadchurch called Gracepoint failed stateside, the BBC America edition is about to enter season three. A new trailer for the third season of Broadchurch has surfaced and can be seen below. David Tennant and Olivia Colman return to investigate a new case that features past familiar faces and some new characters, setting up the show’s farewell. Look for an early 2017 premiere on BBC America.


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144273_0006The ABC hit comedy series Black-ish may not be just the best comedy on television, but it may be one of the best shows in general. Now in its third season, the program is highly acclaimed not only by the audiences, but it has also earned multiple Emmy Nominations.

Inspired by Anthony Anderson’s own childhood, centers on loving parents (Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross) who are doing their best to raise their children and instill in them a strong sense of cultural identity.

Anderson, who was raised in Inglewood, CA., has carved out a successful career in the entertainment industry and has managed to give his children an upper-middle class life. The actor was made aware of his own roots when his son told him he didn’t feel he was black and added that he wanted a Bar Mitzvah! This loving and informative talk between Anderson and his son is just one of the many real life instances that inspired the storylines in Black-ish. (Click on the media bar below to hear Anthony Anderson)

Black-ish airs Wednesday nights at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.

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Luc Besson scored a huge hit with his 2014 feature Lucy, and now he’s back with the upcoming release Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The picture, based on the French comic book series Valérian and Laureline, is headlined by Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad).

Singer Rihanna is also featured in the film, and one has to wonder if her role will be reminiscent of Chris Tucker’s scene stealing work in Besson’s The Fifth Element. “Rihanna’s part is so crazy (and) it’s so awesome,” said DeHaan who also starred in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. “I worked with her the first two weeks of the shoot and whenever I told anyone what I was going to be doing, there jaws were on the floor and they were so jealous (laughs).

While being a classically trained actor, DeHaan is also a kid at heart. During his youth he donned superhero costumes to fuel his active imagination, and now he’s seeing a huge part of that childhood dream come true. Click on the media bar below to hear Dane DeHaan talk about his journey as an actor:



Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which co-stars Clive Owen and Ethan Hawke, is set for a July 21, 2017 release.

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Paterson

It’s the final show of the year on CinemAddicts, and at least one of the films reviewed is a near masterpiece.

Directed by Jim Jarmusch, the subtly evocative Paterson stars Adam Driver as a bus driver who lives and works in Paterson, New Jersey. He’s also named Paterson, and a huge portion of his free time is spent writing and reading poetry (he’s a fan of William Carlos Williams, whose own work inspired this film). Golshifteh Farahani gives a scene stealing performance as Paterson’s extroverted and supportive wife.

Though Paterson’s plotline is relatively thin, the narrative packs quite a punch thanks to Driver’s understated performance as a man with a zen-like peace about his existence. It’s one of this year’s best films and Jarmush’s finest work since his existential, black and white Western Dead Man.

Also reviewed is 20th Century Women, the coming of age story of a teenager (Lucas Jade Zumann) who is essentially raised by the important women in his life (Annette Bening plays his free spirit mother). Though the film has solid performances from Bening, Elle Fanning, and Greta Gerwig, the picture is not the sum of all its wonderful parts.The feature is directed by Beginners filmmaker Mike Mills.

During the program, we do a quick recap on some the movies we loved in 2016. The documentaries Gleason and Tickled, as well as the Michael Keaton film The Founder are covered. Click on the media bar below to hear this week’s episode of CinemAddicts:

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NUP_175648_0100.jpgIt was quite a year for the band Pentatonix. The band gained fans back in 2011 having won on the NBC music reality competition series The Sing-Off.  The a cappella group is known for covering songs from Daft Punk to Dolly Parton. In 2016, the band skyrocketed with many accomplishments, including their second Grammy Award (Best Country Duo/Group Performance) and their NBC Christmas special. They are ending the year literally on a high note with their upcoming performance on New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly.

With so many great things happening for Pentatonix, we asked them what was their favorite moment  in 2016. They had a hard time coming up with anything because of the successful year they had (Click on the media bar below to hear Pentatonix)

Pentatonix perform along with Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton on New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly airing Saturday night on NBC.

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Carrie FisherBy now, you’ve no doubt heard the tragic news of Carrie Fisher’s passing.  Here at Hollywood Outbreak, we’re feeling the loss a little more intensely than most, because we’ve had the pleasure of spending time with her on numerous occasions.  We always found her to be friendly, smart, engaging, and witty in our conversations, and it saddens us to think we’ll never have that opportunity again.


Instead of reeling off a list of her numerous accomplishments as an actor, author, and respected Hollywood script doctor (among other things), we would rather present Carrie Fisher’s life in her own wise and wonderful words.

Born in 1960 to one of Hollywood’s hottest celebrity couples — beloved movie star Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher — it would seem to be a natural thing for Carrie to aspire to a career in show business.  But, as it turns out, watching her mother’s experience with stardom initially turned her off to the idea. (Click on the media bar to hear Carrie Fisher)

As we all know, though, fate had other plans for Carrie.  After playing a small role in Warren Beatty’s 1975 film Shampoo, she was cast as the female lead in the movie that would change Hollywood forever: Star Wars.  At the time, it was a movie that came with modest expectations… and difficult dialogue! (Click on the media bar to hear Carrie Fisher)

Of course, once the Star Wars franchise had made her a household name, Carrie was able to indulge her first love: writing.  It started as a way for her to escape a troubled home life (her parents went through a very public — and very messy — divorce when she was young), but eventually became a lucrative second career for her. (Click on the media bar to hear Carrie Fisher)

One of the reasons for her success — both on the stage and on the page — was that she always exuded sincerity.  It’s what made her characters so believable and her stories so intriguing.  And for somebody who had led such a trouble life, such blunt honesty was a rare thing to see, but she never, ever shied away from it. (Click on the media bar to hear Carrie Fisher)

While her written words and performances will live on forever, the world won’t be the same without her.  We looked forward to every new project she did, because that meant we would see her again and hear more of her amazing stories.  She would make us laugh again.  She might even make us cry.  But in a profession where people make their money by being somebody else, Carrie Fisher was always uniquely, unapologetically Carrie Fisher.  And we loved her for it.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Carrie’s mother, daughter, family members, and everyone else she touched during her 60 years.  But since we want to end this remembrance by putting a smile on your face (the same way she always did for us), enjoy a couple of memorable — and hysterical — salutes she gave to George Lucas and Harrison Ford.


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Adrian Grienier (Entourage), who starred earlier this year in the Lionsgate Premiere release Marauders, returns to the stable in the action drama Arsenal. Both Grenier and Johnathon Schaech did solid work in Marauders, and it’s great to see them reteam with filmmaker Steven C. Miller with this tough guy driven narrative.

JP (Grenier) risks life and limb to save his kidnapped brother Mikey (Schaech) from a mobster named Eddie King (Nicolas Cage, sporting a hairdo that defies explanation). Helping JP on his quest is a Sal (John Cusack), a detective who will probably take law into his own hands in this vengeance tale.

Marauders was a twisty action thriller that is definitely worth a look (Bruce Willis also stars in that film), and I’m hoping Arsenal also delivers the goods when it hits theaters and On Demand January 6.

Is Grenier believable as an action guy? Do you love the genre laden features that are coming out of Lionsgate Premiere? Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

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Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer of all time, and Will Smith perfectly captured the legendary pugilist in the acclaimed 2001 feature Ali. Director Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Public Enemies) is giving movie buffs an all new version of the film, as Ali: Commemorative Edition hits Blu-ray January 17 via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Although it was previously released on DVD, this is the first time the film has been released in the Blu-ray format.

The disc comes with the new featurette “On Set with The Greatest” which showcases the charm and humor of Ali. Extra footage from Africa featuring Smith, Mann, Jamie Foxx, Jeffrey Wright, Jon Voight, and the late Nelson Mandela are also included. “The Making of Ali” featurette, which was on previous home video releases of the film, is also part of the special features.

Both Will Smith and Jon Voight received Oscar nods for their respective performances. Muhammad Ali died June 3, 2016 after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

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145397_MP9_9804Lady Gaga is not only a music superstar known for her voice, but also for her fashion sensibilities. You can definitely call her a fashion icon who at times can look elegant. The artist also wears eye catching clothes and sets fashion trends that gets the masses talking about what she is wearing. Plus, there are times where she shocks because of what she is wearing.

Time has proven that Lady Gaga is a trendsetter, which can be a good and a bad thing. A few years back, Lady Gaga told us a story wherein she was wearing a revealing outfit that actually received a citation from a police officer. It was an exchange that could have gone sideways fast!  (Click on the media bar below to hear Lady Gaga recount the incident)

Lady Gaga has another hit single climbing the music charts. Check out the music video for Million Reasons below!

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