Sep 23, 2014
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The 5 Most Important Things To Know About Foxcatcher

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Since first premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, Foxcatcher, the biographical film about Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz, his brother David, and paranoid schizophrenic John du Pont, has been getting a lot of buzz in large part due to chilling performances from the film’s three leading men (Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Steve Carell). And now that it’s making the rounds at film festivals — it has since debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and will screen at the New York Film Festival starting Oct. 10 — Foxcatcher is all anyone’s going to be talking about from now until the 87th Academy Awards in February.

With that in mind, we break down the film to its essential talking points so you can get up to speed ahead of its theatrical release on Nov. 14.

Prepare to see Channing Tatum and Steve Carell like you’ve never seen them before

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One sure way to get media buzzing is by undergoing a physical transformation on screen. Foxcatcher delivers on this twofold. First, Carell is barely recognizable under aging makeup, bald cap, and an enlarged nose that, at times, makes him look like Felonious Gru, the super villain he voiced in Despicable Me. Tatum is all muscle, cauliflower ears, and over-sized clenched bottom jaw as the Olympic wrestling champion. His performance is driven by the physical nature of the role and you can see the pain exerted on his body from what was a lifetime of training for the real athlete.

Get ready to utter the phrase, “Oscar nominee Channing Tatum”

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While there’s no doubt there will be Oscar chatter surrounding the two performances for the quiet Ruffalo and Carell’s disturbing turn as du Pont, Tatum will likely hear his name tossed around among contenders for Best Actor. It’s not a showy role, but as Mark Schultz, Tatum holds the film together with a touchingly somber performance about a man struggling with own quest for glory under the clouded guidance of du Pont’s care.

This is not a sports film though it the best one about the world of freestyle wrestling

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It’s easy to look at this film and label it another sports movie that would easily fall in line with lighter fare, such as Remember the Titans or Invincible. However, much like director Bennett Miller‘s 2011 film Moneyball, this is about the larger story. Foxcatcher is about the layered internal conflicts of masculinity and pride. At the core of the film, du Pont is a man who uses money to inflate an almost imaginary world of power and brotherly (or fatherly) love, and prove to his mother that he is a leader among men.

As for the look inside of wrestling — prepare to feel the physical pain Tatum is put through as Schultz. From the rigorous training to the binge eating and subsequent extreme weight loss, it’s hard not to feel exhausted by the sheer amount of torment wrestlers face to compete on an international level.

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Sep 23, 2014
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Almost Every Actor You Know Was on Party Down

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Five years ago, Starz debuted Party Down, a deadpan comedy about struggling actors working for a catering company. Starring soon-to-be breakout stars, such as Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Jane Lynch (Glee), and Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), the show quickly became a critical darling. Sadly though, it didn’t connect with fans at the time and lasted only 20 episodes. Since then, it’s become a cult classic with new fans (hopefully) discovering the series now that it’s streaming on Hulu Plus.

Part of the joy in re-watching the series is picking up on all the guest stars who made brief appearances before making a name for themselves later on. Everyone from Kevin Hart to Josh Gad populated the parties hosted by Party Down catering.

Click through the gallery above to look back on the show’s now-biggest guest stars and then stream the series in its entirety. But before you do anything, ask yourself, “Are you having fun yet?”

Party Down was just the beginning for Gad, who went on to star in The Book of Mormon and Disney’s Frozen. Find out what major part he’s eying next, in the video below.

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Sep 23, 2014
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Kris and Bruce Jenner Are Getting a Divorce, Vin Diesel Experiments with a New Hairstyle + More in Today’s First Dibs

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True love is dead! The Jenners have officially filed for divorce. Meanwhile, Vin Diesel is showing fans what he would look like with a beard, Lena Dunham is working on a new documentary, and Stephen King is headed to Hulu. All of that and more in today’s First Dibs.

  • The Jenners are getting divorced. Both Kris and Bruce filed identical petitions citing “irreconcilable differences.” [TMZ]
  • Vin Diesel is rocking a new beard for his upcoming film, The Last Witch Hunter, and posting images of himself to Facebook. [Vulture]

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  • Lena Dunham is producing a new documentary about Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn-based tailoring company best known for making suits for transgender clients. [Vanity Fair]
  • Mario Lopez is such a fan of his own book he likes to reread it. [Jezebel]
  • Charlie Sheen is hoping for a return to Two and a Half Men during its final season but sources say it’s not happening. [E!]
  • Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) sure is ready for her “comeback.”

  • Stephen King is headed to Hulu with 11/22/63, a new miniseries about a high school teacher traveling back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. [THR]
  • David Gandy recently posed with a bunch of life-size cardboard cut-outs of himself forcing fans to play “Guess the Gandy.” [HyperVocal]

The model recently discovered what it’s like to be trapped in an elevator with Jarvis. Watch the insanity below:

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Sep 23, 2014
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Movie Stars Who Bombed on the Small Screen

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With movie ticket sales declining, quality television has taken its place as the cool kids table in the cafeteria. The hottest, most feted actors in all of celebdom are clamoring to get cast on the small screen — and it’s not just TV actors. Movie stars want in on the compelling scripts and genius ensemble casts, too. And it’s a win-win for television execs (who wouldn’t want the instant recognizability and built-in audience that a big screen star would bring to their series?). The only issue? For every Alec Baldwin, Zooey Deschanel, or Matthew McConaughey, you have a Christina Ricci, Christian Slater, or Ashley Judd — all of whom starred on series (or multiple series) that bombed spectacularly.

From Whoopi Goldberg‘s groan-tastic 2003 sitcom to Dustin Hoffman‘s PETA-protested HBO series, Luck, let’s take stroll through television’s Land of Failed Movie Star Vehicles, shall we?

Luck wasn’t Oscar winner Hoffman’s only disappointment. Watch below as he reveals how he prepares for award show letdowns.

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Sep 23, 2014
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Colin Farrell Joins True Detective, Emma Watson Defends Feminism + More of Today’s First Dibs

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It’s only Monday and the celeb gossip is already in full swing: Colin Farrell is headed to HBO, Emma Watson makes a case for feminism, and Tom Hardy is off the market. Read on for all that and more in today’s First Dibs.

  • It’s official: Colin Farrell is one of the new detectives in the next season of HBO’s True Detective. The actor confirmed the news in an interview with the Irish newspaper, The Sunday World. [Vulture]
  • During a U.N. address, Emma Watson made a passionate plea for gender equality and defended the word “feminist.” [THR]

  • Tom Hardy secretly got married… two months ago! [Mirror]
  • Jada Pinkett Smith is joining Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the surprise stripper hit starring Channing Tatum. She’s one of three actresses to join the previously all-male roster. [THR]
  • Chris Martin has “fallen in love” with Jennifer Lawrence. [US Weekly]
  • In case you missed it, Kim Kardashian appeared as a fur ball on the premiere of FOX’s animated hit, American Dad. [E!]
  • Los Angeles Clippers superstar, Blake Griffin, covers GQ’s first-ever “age issue.” [GQ]

  • The Fashion Police will continue despite Joan Rivers’ death. [TV Line]
  • Angelina Jolie’s second directorial project, Unbroken, is not even out yet and she’s already landed another directing gig. This time she’ll take on Africa. [Jezebel]

Unbroken stars former Skins‘ star Jack O’Connell. And he’s not the only star from the teen British drama to make a splash this fall. Hannah Murray — from the First Generation — stars in the new musical, God Help the Girl. Murray and her co-stars recently got into the elevator with superfan Jarvis and — well you know what happens next…

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Sep 23, 2014
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For the Record, the Lost Series Finale Didn’t Suck

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As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Lost, we remember the controversial series finale that people still argue about today. There are 4,938 questions showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and the writing staff brilliantly left unanswered. Without trying to address each one, I’m here to take a stand on why the series finale kicked ass, with a little help from cast members Michael Emerson (Ben Linus), Yunjim Kim (Sun-Hwa Kwon), and Ken Leung (Miles Straume). Don’t agree? I dare you to rewatch that final episode and refrain from crying all over again.

I was a late bloomer hopping on the Lost train, having just finished the series in its entirety this summer. But with the show fresh on the brain, I have to admit, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. The greatest reason being, I didn’t truly realize everyone was in some sort of after life until the very moment Jack (Matthew Fox) opened the coffin and saw that his father wasn’t there. At that moment, it all came together for me. Many people were upset with the fact that the hero, and everyone else for that matter, didn’t get their “happy ending.” But in a way, it was their happy ending — just not the one fans wanted. Each person was finally able to find and be with their soul’s true counterpart, redeem any sins they may have committed during their time on Earth, and accept moving forward to the next phase. Just because they weren’t still alive, doesn’t mean they couldn’t have their happily ever after.

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I still go back and forth wondering if this was really purgatory. If it was, were they in it the moment Flight 815 crashed in the pilot episode? Did any of the flash forwards actually happen? I like that the writers pulled a fast one on us by having everyone dead in the “sideways” universe, without viewers realizing what had happened until the end. It was, to me, completely unexpected. And I enjoyed being tricked. Kim says the cast felt the same way: “We had many, many discussions on set, but the mutual reaction was: ‘How the hell did Damon and Carlton pull this off?!’”

What I’ve also come to terms with while trying to dissect every angle of the series’ plot, is to oddly enough, not look too much into things. The main quest was for every character to find their true peace, redeem themselves, and move on, regardless of the Island’s black smoke and DHARMA hatches. Since they were able to do this as the story closed, I felt satisfied. “Ambiguity defined our show, and if the finale was all about answering the ‘big’ questions, it would’ve been wrong in so many ways,” Kim added. Emerson has a more pointed response for fans who followed the series, but disliked the final episode:

I have to say for those people who complain about the finale: Look at the job that those writers had. On a show like 24 or even Breaking Bad, you have a linear narrative. Lost was exploding in all directions. The only way to find an end point is to bring it all back to the center or beginning which is what I thought they did. I didn’t care that much whether people were especially happy with it. It would have been a hard show to wrap up to the pleasure of everyone, but I am surprised how many people who profess to be passionate followers of the show to say, “Well I like all 109 episodes except the last one.” Are you kidding me? What kind of demonstration of loyalty is that?
To his point, all of the Lost “fans” who wrote off the entire show just because they weren’t content with the finale need to appreciate the fact that the writers didn’t give away every answer. How vanilla would that have been? Lost wasn’t like any other show in the respect that nothing was ever truly answered. This gave us numerous scenarios to have strong opinions about and debate with friends until the end of time — which is why we loved it in the first place. Each episode, even up until the very last one, was like a mini-movie, keeping us on the edge of our seats. Clearly, the method behind the madness worked, because we’re still talking about it to this day. And whether you want to admit it or not, deep down, I think you all liked not knowing, too.

Watch as Lost star Jorge Garcia reflects on the show’s “unexpected” success.

Next: But what about the cast? See what some of your favorite Lost actors thought about the series finale.

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Sep 22, 2014
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Hilary Duff Is Ready To Step Back Into Lizzie McGuire’s Shoes

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Earlier this year, we were excited to hear about Hilary Duff‘s return to the music scene. Now, is she reprising her famous titular role as Disney’s Lizzie McGuire?

Before you start breaking out your old DVDs, know that Duff hasn’t confirmed anything… yet. However, she did tell the Huffington Post that she’d consider a Lizzie McGuire reunion. “I would be totally open to it. My schedule is a little busy right now. But um … why not? I mean, so many people loved [Lizzie]. I loved her,” said the actress and singer. “Honestly, working on that show, I got so strong with my physical comedy and all the things that they would throw at me.”

Well, what is she waiting for? We already outlined why the world needs a Hilary Duff comeback. Why not pair her upcoming album with a dose of Disney nostalgia?

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Sep 22, 2014
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Does David Fincher’s Gone Girl Change the Book’s Ending?

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David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, adapted from the popular novel by Gillian Flynn, is one of the most anticipated films of 2014. With reports on potential plot changes and wild reactions to the film’s casting, fans have been following production from the start. But is the final product worthy of the hype?

Because we can’t wait until the official release date, and there are too many book-to-movie adaptations flooding the box office this fall, let’s break down what we’ve learned from the first official reviews. Spoilers ahead (duh).

The Film’s Ending Does Not Stray from the Book

Yay? Flynn adapted her 2012 novel for the film and stayed extremely close to the book. While early reports claimed that the lackluster ending your book club has been griping about for two years could be getting a big screen makeover come October, The Hollywood Reporter says don’t hold your breath: “Despite published reports that major plot changes were being made, particularly in the third act, this simply isn’t true; it’s an extremely faithful adaptation of what is ultimately a withering critique of the dynamics of marriage.”

Don’t Be Nervous About Ben Affleck as Nick

There was a strong reaction when news hit that the two-time Oscar winner would portray the book’s suspicious/potentially murderous husband in the film adaptation. (However not as strong as the reaction to the news he’d be playing Batman.) Despite a few bad spray tans, New York film critic David Edelstein makes us wonder why we ever worried in the first place: “I never thought I’d write these words, but [Affleck] carries the movie. He’s terrific. Fincher exploits—and helps him ­transcend—his most common failing, a certain handsome-lug lack of commitment. Affleck shows intelligence and sensitivity in interviews, and I sense that as he has gotten older (and become a slick director), he has worked harder to look serious, sincere, and engaged onscreen.”

From Variety: “Often unfairly criticized early in his career for seeming smug, vain and inauthentic onscreen, Affleck is uniquely suited to the role of a man facing those very charges from a fickle and demanding public; it’s a tricky turn, requiring a measure of careful underplaying and emotional aloofness, and he nails it completely.”

Start Preparing for Rosamund Pike’s Oscar Campaign Now

It’s never too early to talk about award season. While Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams, and Julianne Moore have all received early praise for their work this year, the lesser known Pike is about to rain on their parade come March. “Pike, who has been notable in several roles over the past dozen years (Pride & Prejudice, Jack Reacher) but has rarely played full-blown leads, is powerful and commanding,” says THR. “Physically and emotionally, Pike looks to have immersed herself in this profoundly calculating character, and the results are impressive.” Variety agrees:

Yet as evidenced by her years of solid supporting work, she also possesses the sort of ferocious charisma that magnetizes the screen, and it’s a thrill to watch her fully embrace the showiest, most substantial role of her career. Hers is the low, seductive voice we hear coaxing us through the story’s early passages, and hers is the character who ultimately exhibits the most dynamic range: In any given scene, her Amy can seem vulnerable, aggrieved, calculating, heroic, overmatched, viperous and terrifying.

Fincher Is Being Called a Modern Day Hitchcock

Adapting buzzworthy novels for the big screen is familiar work for Fincher, after taking on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2011 (and even adaptations like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network). He’s also no stranger to dark material, and knows how to make uncomfortable subject matter visually romantic and enthralling rather than terrifying — like another guy you may be familiar with. Per The Wrap:

The best Hitchcock films struck a balance between elegance and violence, a peculiar mix of champagne fizz and spilled crimson blood; “Gone Girl,” with its giddy revelations and grim-grin reversals incorporating ugly facts and uglier fictions, fits perfectly into a modernized version of that superb tradition.

Missi Pyle Slays as a Wannabe Nancy Grace

A key theme throughout the the novel and the film is the idea of perception, and whether one should believe so easily. When Amy’s disappearance becomes national news, a sensationalist TV host grabs hold and doesn’t look back. Pyle, an actress who’s mainly been featured in supporting roles, shines in what Edelstein calls a “satisfyingly scathing turn” as “a ghoulish specialist in raising media lynch mobs,” similar to one cable news queen we all know and can’t bare to look away from.

Gone Girl will premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 26 and opens in theaters on Oct. 3.

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Sep 22, 2014
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Idris Elba Wants To Play James Bond, the Cast of D2: The Mighty Ducks Reunites, and More in Today’s Last Lap

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Idris Elba answered fans questions during his Reddit AMA, the cast of D2 celebrates film’s 20th anniversary, Amber Heard becomes the latest celeb targeted by nude photo hackers, and more in today’s Last Lap.

  • During a Reddit AMA, Idris Elba revealed his favorite scene from The Wire (“When I tell Avon that I killed D’Angelo”) and that he would “absolutely” love to play James Bond. [IndieWire]
  • Viola Davis has responded to comments that she’s somehow less beautiful than Halle Berry or Kerry Washington. [E!]
  • The cast of D2: The Mighty Ducks reunited for the film’s 20th anniversary and posted tons of great photos to Instagram. [Uproxx]
  • Amber Heard, Rihanna, and Gabrielle Union join the long list of female celebs targeted in the latest nude photo hacking spree. [The Daily Beast]
  • Charlo Greene, a local Alaskan TV reporter, caused a frenzy when she blurted, “f— it, I quit,” live on the air.
  • Bryan Singer has been confirmed to direct X-Men: Apocalypse. [Coming Soon]
  • Want to stuff some dollars into Channing Tatum’s g-string? Now you can, thanks to a contest that will put one lucky fan in the audience during the filming of his striptease for Magic Mike XXL. [NewNowNext]
  • The fallout over the New York Times article calling Shonda Rhimes an “angry black woman” continues with 30 of her stars weighing in. [THR]
  • Former Skins’ star Jack O’Connell is all grown up in a new photo shoot for NYT’s T magazine. [NYT]

We’re pleased Elba is making his desire to play Bond known, but we’ve been campaigning to get him into a 007 suit for months.

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Sep 22, 2014
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Alaska Reporter Says Yes To Marijuana Club and “F–k It” To Her Day Job

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Anchorage KTVA-TV employee Charlo Greene made a local news segment a lot more exciting on Sunday when she abruptly quit on-air. The anchor revealed she owned the Alaska Cannabis Club, and then proceeded to awkwardly resign from her position with the station, all while the cameras were rolling. Her impromptu actions left everyone around her stunned, but no one was more surprised than her poor co-anchor.

Greene (ironic?) abruptly announced her plans to continue “fighting for freedom and fairness” by devoting her time to her pot business. If you’re wondering what the Cannabis Club is all about, here’s introduction from the business’ official website: “THE ALASKA CANNABIS CLUB DOES NOT DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA… BUT the club does connect medical marijuana cardholders in need to medical marijuana cardholders with green :) ” Sounds legit, right?

Shortly after the incident, the station posted the below statement to their Facebook page, claiming the anchor’s position had been terminated. You can imagine how people responded to that news, since we see she clearly quit on-air.

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