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‘Shooting Clerks’ Trailer For Biopic of Kevin Smith Arrives

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This amusing black-and-white trailer dropped over the weekend for Shooting Clerkswhich tells the tale of an underemployed college drop-out working in a convenience store in New Jersey, selling beef jerky and Slurpee equivalents to his more successful former classmates. Add facial hair, a trench coat, a hockey jersey, a video camera and a few other ingredients, however, and you have … director Kevin Smith. The film tells the story of how Smith and a rag-tag group of… Read

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‘The Rock’s Revenge Of ‘Bambi’ Targets Disney Remakes: ‘SNL’

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Dwayne Johnson eased on through the Saturday Night Live live sketches; the funniest had him in a WWF promo (grade: B) and later paired him with Cecily Strong’s twit Brit as his date (A+), crashing an intimate dinner with Kenan Thompson and Vanessa Bayer and undoubtedly setting the SNL record for single-sketch use of the word “boner” (sometimes broken up, as in “bone her”): http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/dinner-date/2855724 Nevertheless, the SNL video team… Read

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‘The Rock’ Obama On ‘SNL’ Shows Dwayne Johnson As POTUS With The Most

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Last night’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-hosted Saturday Night Live wasn’t what you’d call intellectually brilliant. It was merely flat-out funny, as the Furious franchise frontman made it all look easy during his fourth tour in the SNL spotlight. Johnson is so comfortable in his own skin that he easily morphed from cue-card stoned star to the gamest member of the ensemble, which gave the evening an engaging collegial vibe – even when sketches went limp. He was there right… Read

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UK ‘Terminator: Genisys’ Trailer Elevates JK Simmons’ Profile

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Paramount’s UK trailer for the latest Terminator iteration gives some well-deserved screen time to recent Best Supporting Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, who plays a sympathetic detective. It’s no wonder that they have featured Simmons prominently as his little film Whiplash is doing well overseas, especially in South Korea – a surprise, given the market’s penchant for tentpole actioners. Whiplash took the No. 1 spot in the all-important territory last weekend. In addition to… Read

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Hugh Jackman On Instagram: Role In ‘Wolverine 3′ Will Be His Last

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Hugh Jackman’s tenure in the role that made him a star will be coming to an end in 2017. Jackman took to Instagram this morning with a cryptic post teasing that the upcoming third standalone Wolverine film will be his final appearance as the character. While it’s strange to think of Wolverine not being portrayed by Jackman, when the still-untitled Wolverine 3 hits theaters March 3, 2017, it will mark his 17th year playing the character. That’s long time no matter how you… Read

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TCM Classic Film Festival: From ‘The Sound Of Music’ To Shirley MacLaine It’s Anniversary Time In Hollywood

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Although the loose theme of this year’s  TCM Classic Film Festival revolves around the word “History” in every possible meaning of the word, organizers could easily have wrapped it around the word “anniversary”  since so much of it seems to be tied to celebrating landmark years in the life of the movies, actors and filmmakers being honored this year. In fact the fest, which runs all weekend, opened Thursday night with a stunning restoration of the beloved 1965 musical, The… Read

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Trailer For J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ On HBO

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HBO’s miniseries/BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling's bestseller The Casual Vacancy unfolds in a deceptively cozy British village thrown into an uproar by the sudden death of the Parish Councillor. Michael Gambon stars with Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan and Julia McKenzie and Abigail Lawrie. Jonny Campbell directed from a script by Sarah Phelps. The adaptation of the Harry Potter author’s first novel for adults was produced by Rowling and Neil Blair’s Bronte Film… Read

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NCAA Tournament Ratings Jump From First Friday, ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Finale Even

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We may be in the thick of March Madness but it sure felt a bit like summer last night – and I'm not just talking about the weather in L.A. With the 2015 NCAA Tournament determining its Elite Eight on Friday, repeats and movies were scattered over the primetime schedule last night. However, let's get to the college basketball first and full points to Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski who lead his team to a 74-62 victory over UCLA in the first of the NCAA Tourney games CBS had on… Read

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DVR Gains Raise Renewal Prospects For Sunday Newbies ‘Secrets & Lies’ & ‘Last Man On Earth’, Justify ‘Royals’ Pickup

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UPDATED: TV network executives have long said that they don’t rely on Live+Same day ratings when making renewal decisions. And for good reason. Three new Sunday midseason series have performed so-so to OK in Live+Same Day but have posted solid ratings gains after 3 days of DVR viewing. That includes ABC mystery drama Secrets & Lies and Fox comedy Last Man on Earth, which look pretty hopeful for a second season pickup, and E! soapy dramedy The Royals, which had been… Read

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Bill Maher To PC Liberals: “Shut Up”

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After nicking Sen. Ted Cruz who signed up for Obamacare, and grilling Gov. Mike Huckabee on his Christian persecution complex, HBO Real Time host Bill Maher scolded liberals for their internecine. "What is the point of attacking people who are 95 percent on your side?"  he wondered. "How deeply stupid has the far left become when gay designers can't get along with gay musicians, when vegans attack vegetarians for not being pure enough…I see agnostics and atheists bitching… Read

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Trevor Noah’s Fast Track To Replace Jon Stewart On ‘The Daily Show’

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Finally! Someone who wants to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Trevor Noah, the relatively new correspondent added to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, now is considered the most likely candidate to replace Stewart as show host, a source told Deadline today. Contacted for comment, Comedy Central reiterated, “We are not commenting or providing guidance on any speculation about any individuals.” The news about Noah is welcome for those who, like us, are exhausted… Read

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Helen Mirren Film ‘Woman In Gold’ Aims For New Respect After Critical Brickbats At Berlin Film Festival

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Director Simon Curtis’ terrific new film, Woman In Gold opens April 1st and I will have a full video review of it on Monday. But the movie actually had its World Premiere February 9th at the Berlin Film Festival and critics came gunning for it. “A stodgy crusade for justice directed with minimal flair,” said one. “Heavy handed,” said another. “For a while I wasn’t quite sure why I hated Woman In Gold  so very, very much,” was another opinion.  With only seven reviews… Read