I can't believe "You're Next" is actually arriving in theaters this month.
I saw the film the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival almost exactly two years ago, and I thought at the time that it seemed like a natural to get picked up for distribution. At the time, it seemed like a big jump forward for Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, and this was before the two "V/H/S" films raised their profile so significantly. The movie stuck me as an easy crossover hit, the kind of film that mainstream audiences love because it feels so rough and raw and fringe, but it's got a recognizable shape, a hook that works well, and a heroine who audiences can really invest in. It is a commercial film not because it is expensive and heavily marketed, but because it is so good at delivering kicks, start to finish.
Lionsgate has said from the very start that they were all aboard, and they've certainly lived up to that in the way they've tried to reach audiences during those two years. They've kept the film active on the festival circuit, so the buzz built gradually, and it sustained, and they've really kicked it up since about March or April of this year. They had a strong presence at Comic-Con, and I would imagine everyone on the entire team flipped out when Michael Fassbender found one of the animal masks in the podium when he came out for the "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" panel. All of a sudden, one of the most covered events of the entire event turned into a beautiful bit of accidental marketing.
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I can't believe "You're Next" is actually arriving in theaters this month.
It's hard for me to believe, but Amanda has somehow morphed from a fun, occasionally charming presence in the house to an entirely annoying, bullying monster -- and it looks like she's calling all the shots. As one half of McCranda (a two-headed creature that occasionally bickers with itself), she has no problem pouting, coercing and letting personal vendettas rule her decision-making. I'd call this bad game play if it wasn't proving itself so effective.
Andy Cohen declines to return as Miss Universe co-host due to Russia's anti-gay crackdown
This year's competition will be broadcast from Moscow.
Eva Longoria to reunite with "Desperate" hubby Ricardo Chavira on NBC
She'll guest on "Welcome to the Family" as a teacher who has a romantic history with Chavira's character.
Report: "The Office" mastermind Greg Daniels is frustrated his new TV projects are getting made
Daniels is walking away from his two-year Universal TV deal after his comedy projects starring Brian Baumgartner and Craig Robinson weren't picked up.
Keith Olbermann's ESPN producers have reached out to George W. Bush
Olbermann would also like to have President Obama on as a guest.
Kevin McKidd reacts to Sandra Oh's "Grey's" exit
"It wasn't a surprise, but I was still sad when she told me," he says, adding that he's sticking with the show. PLUS: Shonda Rhimes tweets a spoilery photo from today's table read, and what about a Cristina Yang spinoff?
John Oliver has done fine in ratings during his "Daily Show" hosting stint
Numbers are down slightly from last year, but last year was an election year. PLUS: Watch Oliver talk to Charlie Rose about his "terrifying" "Daily Show" summer, and Oliver owes Piers Morgan $10,000.
Programmer creates a robot that automatically makes gifs from "The Wire"
The special robot creates a new gif every hour.
Watch the "Game of Thrones" Season 3 visual effects reel
How much VFX was used last season?
Kate Gosselin is making ends meat nowadays
"I'm living very carefully these days," she tells People of her post-reality TV life.
How does "Breaking Bad" stack up against the greatest dramas in TV history?
Is the AMC series better than "The Sopranos," "The Wire" or "Mad Men"? PLUS: Jesse Pinkman's Toyota is for sale on eBay, Walt & Jesse get a rom-com edit, Aaron Paul drank tea while chatting with the LA Times, and Dean Norris sings/sang with guitar in a rock band.
"New Girl" unveils Season 3 teaser
"Friends don't let friends do friends!"
"Duck Dynasty" vs. "Dynasty"
As "Duck Dynasty" returns tonight, here's an infographic comparing the two "Dynasty" hits.
Ashton Kutcher: I am the new "half a man" on "Two and a Half Men"
Kutcher is back at work and said working with Amber Tamblyn has been an "amazing" experience so far.
Ed Helms sells a comedy to ABC
He'll produce a single-camera comedy about a big-city female lawyer who moves to a small town.
18-year-old "Teen Mom 3" star gets married and announces she's pregnant with Baby No. 2
Mackenzie Douthit says she's 12 weeks into her pregnancy.
"Entourage" movie may be struggling to get the entire cast together
Asked by Kevin Connolly the status of the movie, creator Doug Ellin responded on Twitter: "Trying to get everyone on board. Ain't easy."
George R.R. Martin opens his new movie theater
The "Game of Thrones" author apparently isn't busy writing.
"The Walking Dead": Meet Michonne's new horse
How will a horse named Flame impact Season 4?
Does "The Sopranos" hold up to binge-watching?
A writer who was in middle school when "The Sopranos" premiered finds that the HBO drama "isn't the most bingeworthy show out there."
Watch the "Revenge" blooper reel
From the Season 2 DVD.
New Tumblr combines Charlie Brown with lyrics from The Smiths
Morrissey's words fit perfectly in Charlie Brown's world.
"True Blood's" Janina Gavankar joins CW web series "Husbands"
She'll play "something of a trophy wife."
Hayden Panettiere getting a possible new "Nashville" love interest
British actor Charlie Bewley is joining Season 2.
What is Jason Priestley up to, besides writing his memoir?
The former "Beverly Hills 90210" star is busy directing these days, from a David Mamet play to an episode of "Saving Hope" to his movie debut featuring Tatiana Maslany and Richard Dreyfuss.
"Seinfeld" inspires fake movie posters
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See a new trailer for "Ravenswood"
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"Wilfred" becomes a dad
Actor Jason Gann welcomed his first child yesterday, a boy.
One of the films I'm most looking forward to seeing at Venice in a couple of weeks' time -- and I'm not pretending this is a particularly original choice -- is Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises." Miyazaki is the rare animation director who has ascended to A-list auteur status, but while his last feature, "Ponyo," arguably found him (literally) treading water, this ambitious new project represents an exciting creative leap for him. Dropping the fantasy that has dominated most of his features, the film is a fictionalized biopic of WWII fighter plane designer Jiro Horikoshi, as told in the work of renowned writer and poet Tatsuo Hori.
As much as I enjoy the "Kick-Ass" films, and I unapologetically do, what I enjoy more is watching the range of reactions that people have to the movies. The first film was embraced enthusiastically by one crowd I saw it with, and roundly rejected at another screening. I've seen people get spitting mad about these movies and what they mean, and I've heard people enthuse about some truly questionable things contained in the films.
As adaptations, both movies are fascinating exercises in pushing the envelope while also playing it safe regarding a rating. I don't think there was any danger that either one of the films would have gotten an NC-17, but if you were to just treat the original comics by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. as storyboards, the thing you'd get as a result would be an NC-17 no one would bother appealing because it would so obviously deserve it. Matthew Vaughn's movie streamlined relationships and also adjusted certain choices that made Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) a much more conventionally heroic figure. For the new film, writer/director Jeff Wadlow has taken material from the comic mini-series "Kick-Ass 2" as well as material from the spin-off series "Hit Girl" and he has built very carefully off of the end of the first "Kick-Ass" film to come up with something that I think does a good job of expressing the idea that the black and white notions of heroism and villainy that comic books sell to their readers are both ridiculous and dangerous.
Lady Gaga's "Applause" leaked over the past weekend, more than a week earlier than the pop singer was prepared to reveal the song and its music video. So you can see why the lyric video for "Applause" looks a little rushed: it was shot in a rush, to add some traction to a leaky reveal.
Mother Monster gathered up some Little Monsters and some drag queens and hit Micky's nightclub and gay bar in West Hollywood just last night (Aug. 13), coming up with a colorfully cable-access performance for the vid. Featured is Gaga in her some of her "Applause" single cover makeup, with several performers rocking a similar look. Fans partied in close quarters with the singer and her new recruits.
After the experience, Gaga felt a calling.
Watch the "Applause" lyric video below. The official "Applause" music video is still expected to arrive within the week, leading up to Gaga's performance at the MTV VMAs on Aug. 25. Her album "ARTPOP" is out Nov. 11.
Laura Prepon is leaving "Orange is the New Black"
Prepon isn't under contract for next season and she'll wrap up her Alex character at the start of Season 2, though the show is open to her returning.
Jimmy Fallon: My "Tonight Show" debut is set for the middle of the Winter Olympics
"I want to say it's the 17th of February," he tells Ryan Seacrest of his start date. Feb. 17 is the 2nd Monday of the Winter Olympics. He adds: "Of course, it's NBC. It's not the beginning or the end. It's like somewhere floating in the middle."
"The Bachelor" alums react to Gia Allemand's apparent suicide
"I had to pull over, I can't stop crying. We have lost an angel," tweeted Jake Pavelka, Gia's "Bachelor." PLUS: Gia reportedly hanged herself.
"Family Guy" snags Lauren Bacall
She'll voice Peter's mom's BFF who has a thing for Peter.
Teresa Giudice and her husband plead not guilty
The "Real Housewives" stars are facing a 39-count indictment.
"Parks and Rec" casts April Ludgate's doppelganger
June Diane Raphael from "NTSF:SD:SUV::" will play the Eagleton version of April.
Eminem dropped a new track today via a trailer for Activision’s “Call Of Duty: Ghosts” video game, which comes out in November.
“Survival” is an in-your-face track that opens with ringing, throbbing guitars. Lyrically, Eminem details his rise in music and his devotion to his craft in stark life-or-death terms: “If I don’t do this music shit/I lose my shit,” in his usual intense, matter of fact way, as his rhymes about "coming into battle" with him compete with the automatic weapons. He warns any newcomers that taking him on will be a lost cause. A chorus, sung by the New Royales’ Liz Rodrigues, reinforces the “Survival” theme, as she sings, “This is survival of the fittest...this is winner take it all.” (h/t to MTV on he Rodrigues info).
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As Anna Kendricks’ “Cups” from “Pitch Perfect” remains lodged in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, fans of the 2012 hit movie now have something else to look forward to: a holiday album from the Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers.
"Pitch Perfect's" Hana Mae Lee revealed the news to MTV at the Teen Choice Awards, adding that she believes the album will be a cappella, appropriately enough.
“There are Christmas classics,” she said of the project. “I’ll be singing ‘Silent Night.’ I’m pretty sure it’s going to be all a capella...It’s all us, so it’s going to be sweet though because it’s going to sound like there’s other things, but it’s all us.”
Universal confirmed the release of the set to MTV, but had no details on a release date. Christmas albums usually drop in October, so expect it then. A sequel to the movie is expected in 2015.
Check out Lee's interview and very weird head gear below:
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” continues on its seemingly unstoppable path as it logs a 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Last week, the song set the record for the largest listening audience (219.8 million) in Billboard’s Radio Songs’ 22-year history, topping Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together.” This week, it builds on that record, reaching 227.5 million listeners.
“Blurred Lines,” featuring Pharrell and T.I., is the first song to lead the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks since “We Found Love” from Rihanna (featuring Calvin Harris) did so in November 2011.
The rest of the Top 10 remains exactly the same as last week... though the Top 10 will get a big shake up next week when both Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lady Gaga’s “Applause” no doubt zoom into the Top 10 (if not the top spot). Perry’s “Roar” bows at No. 85 based on only four days of airplay, according to Billboard.
In addition to those two pop titans, Lana Del Rey could land her first Top 10 hit next week as “Summertime Sadness” rises 23-16 this week. Drake is also headed back into the Top 10, as “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (featuring Majid Jordan) bows at No. 21.
Back to this week, here’s how the Top 10 looks: After “Blurred Lines”: Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” remains at No. 2 for the third week, Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” is at No. 3, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell, is at No. 4, and Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, is at No. 5.
Rounding out the Top 10: Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” at No. 6, Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” at No. 7, Zedd’s “Clarity,” featuring Foxes, at No. 8, Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound” at No. 9, and Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody” at No. 10.
With her own nuptials approaching, Kelly Clarkson clearly has weddings on her mind. In her video for “Tie It Up,” Clarkson performs in a barn during a wedding reception, as scenes from other weddings and happy brides and grooms roll.
The video for the country single features straight and gay couples, so we’ll see if she gets any push back from those who oppose same sex unions.
It’s a fluffy, fun song that may be a one-off as it doesn’t appear on her most recent greatest hits set and we haven’t heard word of a new album. Clarkson, who is getting ready to marry Reba McEntire’s step son (and artist manager), has already proven that she can have country hits via her duets with the likes of McEntire, Jason Aldean, and Vince Gill. Now we’ll see if she can have one on her own.
At the end, she catches the bouquet and winks in the camera. Sounds like she's ready for her fall wedding.