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Good News, NFL Fans: The FCC Has Overturned the Blackout Rule

Posted By Katie Roberts on September 09, 2014
National Football League fans won't have to deal with blacked-out home games anymore: The Federal Communications Commission has overturned the league's blackout rule policy. The rule, which prohibited local television stations from broadcasting home team games if they didn't sell out, had been in place since the early 1970s in an effort to boost ticket sales. But while attendance at NFL games...

'Taken 3' Trailer: Liam Neeson Is Ready to Face the Consequences

Posted By Kelly Woo on September 09, 2014
Can't Liam Neeson catch a break? First, in "Taken," the guy's daughter is kidnapped. Then, in "Taken 2," his ex-wife is kidnapped. Now, in "Taken 3," he's being set up for murder. The first full-length trailer for "Tak3n" is now online, and it's much of what you'd expect. Neeson's Bryan Mills is growly and determined. His daughter (Maggie Grace) is confused and sad. Forest Whitaker joins...

Ben Affleck Has Words With Neil Patrick Harris in This Exclusive 'Gone Girl' Clip (VIDEO)

Posted By Drew Taylor on September 09, 2014
There are few movies that are currently being talked about as much as "Gone Girl," David Fincher's adaptation of the best-selling novel that seemingly everybody read (original author Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay for the movie). "Gone Girl" has a starry cast (anchored by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike), a wonderfully twisty-turny narrative, and a can't-stop-listening-to-it score by Trent...

'The Guest' Star Dan Stevens Reveals That Method Man Is a Huge 'Downton Abbey' Fan

Posted By Drew Taylor on September 09, 2014
On October 10th, one of our very favorite movies of the year expands nationwide, to about 500 screens, after building considerable word-of-mouth and sterling reviews. That movie is "The Guest." And instead of being a stuffy art house movie, which follows a similar rollout (and achieves comparable buzz), "The Guest" is a down-and-dirty genre movie and probably the most fun 100 minutes you'll have...

David Fincher Considered Directing 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Posted By Kelly Woo on September 09, 2014
When "Star Wars: Episode VII" was just a gleam in LucasFilm's eye, a slew of directors were rumored for the job. J.J. Abrams ended up winning that derby, but, oh, what could've been! One of those "what if" scenarios that apparently was close to fruition is a David Fincher-directed "Episode VII." The master behind "Se7en," "Fight Club," and the new "Gone Girl" considered taking on the newest...

'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel Set as Netflix's First Feature Film

Posted By Kelly Woo on September 09, 2014
Netflix already has networks shaking in their boots; now, it's Hollywood movie studios' turn. The online streaming service announced that it is partnering with the Weinstein Company to release their first original feature film - a sequel to the 2000 martial arts film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." The film will premiere on Netflix and in select IMAX theaters on Aug. 28, 2015. It stars...

Best of Late Night TV: Ben Affleck's 'Frozen'-Obsessed Kids, NPH's Wedding, Aretha Franklin Covers Adele (VIDEO)

Posted By Katie Roberts on September 09, 2014
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night. "Gone Girl" star Ben Affleck stopped by "The Tonight Show" and chatted with host Jimmy Fallon about his upcoming projects, including his role as Batman in Zack...

The First 'Inherent Vice' Trailer Is Finally Upon Us (VIDEO)

Posted By Tim Hayne on September 09, 2014
The first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" has finally been unleashed to the world, and it's nothing short of amazing. With an all-star cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, and Benicio Del Toro, the Thomas Pynchon adaptation feels alive with humor, weirdness, and the perfect amount of cool. In fact, one could call it whimsical. Sort...

What to Watch This Week: 'Chef,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'In A World...'

Posted By Jenni Miller on September 09, 2014
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered. New on DVD and Blu-ray "Chef" Jon Favreau wrote and directed this delicious comedy about a chef named Carl Casper, who quits the biz to start a food truck with help from fellow chef Martin (John Leguizamo) and Carl's son Percy. Sofía Vergara plays Carl's ex-wife,...

Fall 2014 TV Guide: October Premiere and Finale Dates

Posted By Mehera Bonner on September 09, 2014
October is officially upon us, and we're in for an entire new slew of television premieres –– not to mention a few finales. This month is packed with returning favorites and a crop of freshman shows that are poised to be hits ("The Affair," anyone?) and Moviefone's rounded up a day-by-day schedule so you can prepare in advance for a major TV binge. Check out what's on October's...

'SNL' Parody Proves Audiences Will See Anything Marvel Makes (VIDEO)

Posted By Katie Roberts on September 09, 2014
"Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt hosted the 40th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, and the show couldn't help but poke fun at Marvel's success with the unlikely superhero flick -- and audiences' undying support for seemingly anything and everything the studio produces. In a fake trailer for supposed upcoming Marvel releases, an announcer notes that "Marvel can't...

Here Are the Main Characters in the 'Walking Dead' Spinoff Series

Posted By Katie Roberts on September 09, 2014
While it's not set to debut on AMC until sometime next year, some details about the upcoming "Walking Dead" spin-off series -- including its main cast of characters -- have emerged. TVLine has the scoop about the six people at the center of the new show, described by the site as follows: SEAN CABRERA | A Latino male in his early 40s, Sean is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his...

Ben Affleck Had a Very Expensive Reason for Not Taking Home His 'Batman v Superman' Batsuit

Posted By Katie Roberts on September 09, 2014
Superhero memorabilia can be surprisingly pricey, something actor Ben Affleck learned recently while shooting "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." While promoting his part in "Gone Girl" during an interview on "Live with Kelly and Michael," Affleck discussed his role as the caped crusader in the upcoming Zack Snyder flick, joking with hosts Kelly Ripa and Michel Strahan that he expects to...

Watch Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader Mock Reporter Who Pretended to See 'The Skeleton Twins' (VIDEO)

Posted By Katie Roberts on September 09, 2014
As a journalist, it can be difficult to interview people when you aren't familiar with their work. Denver TV reporter Chris Parente learned that lesson the hard way recently when he chatted with "The Skeleton Twins" stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader without seeing the movie -- and made a huge, awkward blunder. Things were going relatively smoothly as Parente began the interview with the...

Lorde's 'Mockingjay' Single, 'Yellow Flicker Beat,' Is Finally Here (LISTEN)

Posted By Katie Roberts on September 09, 2014
As promised, Lorde has delivered the first single from the soundtrack for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," and it's equal parts spooky and epic -- and 100 percent awesome. The track, "Yellow Flicker Beat," is ostensibly about "Hunger Games" heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), featuring an inner monologue that veers between uncertainty and fiery passion, an internal debate...

Yes, Those Weird Rock Trolls Were Even a Part of the 'Frozen'/'Once Upon a Time' Crossover (VIDEO)

Posted By Drew Taylor on October 10, 2014
The fact that "Frozen" and "Once Upon a Time" are crossing over isn't much a surprise. Disney owns both properties and both are phenomenally popular. But how the two properties are being integrated largely remains a mystery, mostly due to the fact that we're not sure what the mechanics of "Once Upon a Time" are and how fairy tale characters are allowed to just pop in and out, seemingly at...

NYFF Review: 10 Things You Should Know About 'Gone Girl'

Posted By Drew Taylor on September 09, 2014
A couple of nights ago, the New York Film Festival kicked off at Lincoln Center, with a starry, splashy premiere – "Gone Girl," the long-awaited adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling mystery (there were more than 3.5 million copies in print in the first year the book was published). Everyone was there, including stars Ben Affleck (who took some good-natured ribbing about his upcoming...

​Box Office: Why 'The Equalizer' Star Denzel Washington Is Such a Reliable Hitmaker

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2014
Why was anyone surprised that "The Equalizer" was a solid hit, opening at an estimated $35.0 million? Tracking suggested that the Denzel Washington movie would open only in the high 20s; after all, it's a movie based on a second-tier 1980s TV action drama that no one under 50 remembers fondly, and it's competing in the marketplace with Liam Neeson's similar "A Walk Among the Tombstones." ...

Weekend Box Office: 'The Equalizer' Dominates the Competition, Debuts at No. 1

Posted By The Associated Press on September 09, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) - Flexing a rare kind of star power, Denzel Washington led the thriller "The Equalizer" to a $35 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Columbia Pictures release dominated the weekend box office, coming out ahead of some forecasts for the film. In it, Washington plays a former commando lured into a battle with the Russian mafia. The strong opening marks the...

George Clooney Is Officially Married Now

Posted By The Associated Press on September 09, 2014
PATRICIA THOMAS, Associated Press ANDREW MEDICHINI, Associated Press VENICE, Italy (AP) - George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds. A smiling Clooney traveled up the spectacular Grand Canal to his wedding standing coolly aboard a water-taxi, waving to hundreds of well-wishers on...

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