In what looks to be a first for a television network, MTV has decided to launch its new series on an app a week before its TV debut, according to the Associated Press.
Beginning today Oct. 25, MTV is releasing all 12 episodes of its new docudrama Wait 'Til Next Year, which follows a high school football team that has lost 43 consecutive games. Viewers can watch the series on an iPhone, iPad, iPhone, or the Xbox 360 once they have downloaded the MTV app.
The move to premiere the whole series via a mobile app is in the same vein of Netflix's decision to release House of Cards in its entirety via online streaming, only this time there is the added aim to increase usage of MTV's apps. Additionally, it is MTV's hope that the people who watch the series on the app will promote it on social media and help draw a crowd for when it actually airs on TV.
So does this mean TV is changing forever? Probably not. Are TVs going to become relics of the past? Not yet. MTV's goal is still to have viewers watch the show on TV; this is just a new way to try and bring them in. MTV knows its target audience, and if everything goes as planned, the MTV-ers of the world will be tweeting up a storm and driving traffic to the show. Who knows what's next for the TV-watching experience, but for right now, it's nothing surprising or groundbreaking... it's just a different way to watch TV. And hey, we can get behind that.
Wait 'Til Next Year premieres on MTV on Friday, Nov 1 at 8 PM.
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Perhaps hoping to compete with the steller Captain America: the Winter Soldier trailer this week, Sony's X-Men: Days of Future Past just released its first teaser... on Instagram Video. Yep, it's seven action-packed seconds from director Bryan Singer, back for DOFP from the original two movies. It might not look like much, but take a second glance and you'll realize there's a lot of information condensed into this quick video.
Now, let's deconstrct it shot-by-shot. It won't take long, (there's only fifteen shots) and you'll be surprised how much you learn.
1. Closeup on a blue/green eye: Starting with an easy one. Looks like someone's going to get one hell of a nightmarish vision from Cerebro.
2. A motorcade drives by a crowd waving yellow/red flags reminiscent of China/Russia: The comic version of Days of Future Past takes place in 1980. (The future aspect takes place in 2013.) In that past, some sort of schism must take place to derail the timeline and activate the hatred of mutants that puts the characters in danger. Perhaps Singer is going with an alternate Ccold War wherein another powerful Communist nation emerges. It could even be America, taken over by extreme anti-Fascists like Magneto.
3. Wolverine gets blue light shot into his temples: While in the comics, the catalyst of the time travel is Kitty Pryde's power, and Ellen Page is in this film, some of the clues revealed online suggest that Wolverine will be traveling with her, going to the past to warn the younger X-Men of the cataclysmic future. Here we see, it could be a painful process if even the invulnerable Logan is affected.
4. Hatch opening in the Oval Office: Again, we see the emblem of this new nation everywhere, as a pair of neatly dressed guards open up a secret passage or compartment. There is some sort of government or authority our characters will be either facing or working with.
5. Silly jumpsuits: It's understandable why the primary colored costumes from the comics aren't used, but somehow the all-black bodysuits look even worse this time around. Another thing to notice is that Professor X and Magneto are together and don't seem to be fighting. The anti-mutant crusade (or... something) is serious enough for these two to work together.
6. Storm storming: Storm's stormy powers were never used for much more than set dressing in the other films, so here's the chance for that to either change, or, most likely, stay exactly the same.
7. Young Magneto takes the wide armed stance that usually means he's calling forth his powers. The building behind him could maybe be the White House from earlier? Or a part of the mutant academy? Either way, Magneto is in full righetous evil mode. Check out that Fassbender focus.
8. Mystique crying: So they got Jennifer Lawrence to come back after she won her Oscar and put her in hours upon hours of sequin application. This is doing little to make up for the corniness of the other costumes and makeup so far.
9. Young Professor X using Cerebro: There's a groovy, goofy long hair thing happening that you'd think a powerful telepath would realize makes him look ridiculous.
10. Ice Man icing: Great, Singer gets to write more Ice Man/Rogue/Shadowcat fanfiction.
11. Wolverine punching with no shirt on at some guys with guns/'70s outfits: Okay, so no wonky ages for Wolverine. We're getting the same old Hugh Jackman, with the muscles and the shirtlessness and the jeans and the unrealistic leaping.
12. Beast screaming: showing off the combination of practical effects and CGI that made him look absolutely nothing like actor Nicolas Hoult. And another strike for the cartoony facial hair and clothes. Where does one find a XXXXXL leather blazer?
13. Someone drowning. This shot implies that someone drowns, or comes close to drowning.
14. Mystique being pulled towards Magneto: Presumably this is some use of his power, but the real story is that Mystique and Magneto are on the outs in this past, maybe still recovering from Magneto accidentally (and outside of comic canon) paralyzing Professor X.
15. Professor X ducks away from a bright light: Seriously, I never knew how bad Xavier's fashion sense was. What is up with those buckles on the front of his suit? Calling it up front: this movie's wardrobe department gets an F.
Imagine how much we'll learn when they release a full trailer.
As part of his quest to adapt every great American novel ever written, James Franco will be making his Broadway debut in a new production of Of Mice and Men. He will be playing the role of George, the uneducated and ill-tempered migrant worker in 1930's California, while his good-natured but simple-minded friend Lennie will be played by Chris O'Dowd, which officially makes this the weirdest pairing since Lady Gaga and the Muppets. Rumors about the production have been circulating for some time now, but Franco finally confirmed them on Oct. 20, during a live Q&A session at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, CA.
The play will be directed by Anna Shapiro, who is best known for directing the Tony Award-winning August: Osage County. There is no set timeframe for the play yet, and so far Franco, O'Dowd, and Shapiro are the only cast and crew to have signed on. Though knowing Franco, we wouldn't be surprised if he decided to take on all of the production roles as well.
There's a good chance this production will either be a smashing success or a terrible failure. While Franco has proved his acting chops in the past with his Oscar-nominated turn in 127 Hours, he's mostly followed that up with career choices that make him seem more like a punchline than a capable actor. And since nobody's forgotten about the terrible job he did hosting the 2011 Oscars, he will have to give a pretty spectacular performance in order to wipe it from everyone's minds. He has recently been winning over audiences recently with his stint on The Mindy Project and his Comedy Central Roast, but with early reviews of As I Lay Dying coming in negative, maybe Franco should have attempted a comedy for his Broadway debut. At least, that's where his trademark squinty-eyed grin seems more at home.
Of Mice and Men will also be a more serious undertaking for O'Dowd, who is primarly known and beloved for his work in comedies like The IT Crowd. Physically, O'Dowd seems to be a good fit for Lennie, and he has a great deal of experience playing characters who are dopey but well-meaning. However, while O'Dowd will definitley be able to nail the charm and kindness of the character, he'll have a hard time with the more phsycial aspects of the character. O'Dowd has also mostly played characters who have a sarcastic edge to them, and it will be interesting to see if he carries that over to his portrayal of Lennie.
Fans may be forced to wait a long time for Of Mice and Men to hit the Great White Way, however, as Franco has 14 films in the works in addition to his recently published book, Actors Anonymous, and he'll most likely be picking up a few more doctorates in between. O'Dowd is also pretty busy himself, with 5 films on his plate, inlcuding a lead role in an upcoming Lance Armstrong biopic and a part in Thor: The Dark World. On the bright side, the longer it takes for the play to open, the longer the rest of us have to come up with a clever way to work IT Crowd jokes into Steinbeck.
Listen up, brother! It looks as though Hulk Hogan – now 60-years-old with an artificial hip, bad back and shot knees – won't be climbing back into a WWE ring after all (and maybe fans truly are the better for it). According to reports, World Wrestling Entertainment officials were interested in bringing back the former champ in time for Wrestlemania XXX this coming April in New Orleans. Hogan, whose contract with the much-smaller TNA Wrestling recently expired, was rumored to possibly be in line for one more mega-match - maybe against John Cena. However, it now appears Hogan has re-upped with TNA after being offered far, far less from the WWE than he had hoped. Still, the WWE has other options, if a trip down memory lane is what it seeks to boost buyrates.
Jake the Snake Roberts
Jake’s well-chronicled battles with substance abuse appear to be in check these days and he’s looking to get back into the WWE. Could Mania provide that stage? He’s also back in fighting shape thanks to DDP yoga.
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Although in nearly as bad of shape physically as Hogan, Piper has always been able to pop a crowd with his mouth alone. Could the man who was rowdy before rowdy was cool give the fans one more memorable match?
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Arguably the biggest star of the '90s in all of wrestling, Austin says he’s physically fine to go 100 percent inside the squared circle again – he just chooses not to. The WWE would surely love to have the Texas Rattlesnake back (even once more) as would the fans.
Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff
Political correctness be darned – the site of Sheik and Volkoff inside a WWE ring one last time (if for nothing else than to sing the Soviet National Anthem) would surely be a Wrestlemania moment for the ages.
Honky Tonk Man
Do you wanna hear see the Honky Tonk Man sing? Do you wanna see the Honky Tonk Man dance? Heck yes! HTM’s farewell tour should be on a WWE stage – not some bingo hall in the middle of nowhere.
Moving to New York seems like such a magical idea until you realize you don't live in a romantic comedy. Here are the top five movie myths that may have jump-started a desire to relocate to Manhattan but will most likely not be the world you live in.New LineSex and The City: The MovieMoving to the big city means you'll definitely find the love of your life, or at least find the man you’re gonna marry after going on tons of fun dates and having awesome random hook-ups like Carrie and her clan, right? Wrong. NYC Movie Myth #1: You won’t have a fabulous wedding at the New York Public Library, you’ll probably be alone for the rest of your life. That may be dramatic but c’mon, you probably will be a cat lady living in a way too expensive Upper East Side apartment. And it definitely won’t be as trendy as Carrie’s studio.Nick and Nora's Infinite PlaylistHow great would it be to have an all-night adventure through Manhattan with a guy as cute as Michael Cera? Listen, you can even try to have this happen (seriously, plan it out) but eventually it’ll be 4 a.m. and the train running back to Brooklyn will be undergoing construction and suddenly you’re stuck with an annoying hipster and all you want to do is go to sleep. NYC Movie Myth #2: Your nights will consist of laying in bed watching Arrested Development on Netflix rather than gallivanting through a magical city until morning. Maid in ManhattanThis one may be a bit more realistic as you will probably have to clean hotel rooms to pay your exorbitant Williamsburg rent. However, if you think your minimum wage gig is going to eventually lead you to marry a guy as sexy as Ralph Fiennes, you better think twice. NYC Myth #3: Your crappy job won’t lead you to fall in love with a gorgeous man and break up his engagement so you can be together. How to Lose a Guy in 10 DaysThis rom-com made you want to move to the city, work at a big magazine and fall in love with one of your story subjects, right? And then spend a weekend with his crazy family in Staten Island and eventually stay together forever? NYC Movie Myth #4: You won’t find a high-paying job at a large publication and most guys won’t bring you to meet their family because of the high number of non-committal jerks in Manhattan. ElfThe holiday season is almost upon us and what is more magical than walking down 5th Ave, gazing at all the store-front windows? New York is great during November and December! That’s totally true. But if you think that Santa is going to end up in Central Park with an awkwardly old elf that looks like Will Ferrell, you’re sadly mistaken. NYC Myth #5: You won’t be singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" with a crowd of random people on Christmas Eve to help ol’ Saint Nick deliver toys to children around the world.
Halloween is just around the corner, and while there are plenty of R-rated scary movies to indulge in for the holiday, we love a good not-so-scary kid flick as well. Folks like Tim Burton and stop-motion master Henry Selick have been making powerfully good movies for years, and even though alternate universes and headless pumpkin kings don’t scare us like they used to, we still love watching these films.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack The Pumpkin King has become as much of a staple around Halloween time as witches on broomsticks, and ghosts and ghouls. He’s an icon -- a rock star -- and we all fell in love with him when Burton and Selick brought us the unforgettable story of holiday worlds colliding.
The phrase I see dead people took on new meaning with this story of a little boy with a special, frightening gift. Little Paranorman may have been unique in that he communicated with the dead, but his story has a universal message, where outcasts and so-called geeks trump bullies and the popular crowd. And, naturally, they end up saving the world from the wrath of the dead.
Another brilliant work from Henry Selick, we’re going to have to be honest and admit that this not-so-scary kid movie is actually pretty damn scary at times. Little Coraline finds a portal to another universe, discovering that Other Mothers and Other Fathers are not always so awesome, once you start seeing what’s behind their black-button eyes.
Tim Burton’s Oscar-nominated film put a fun spin on a familiar story. A young boy loses his beloved dog, and decides to bring him back from the dead. Of course, Sparky the dog is much changed and the dramatics ensue. Visually, Frankenweenie is a great piece of work -- a black and white film, classic Burton, plus the voices of actors like Winona Ryder and Martin Landau make this one a not-so-scary kid movie must-see for adults.
Don’t act like you haven’t been waiting around all year for this one to start popping up on ABC Family. Hocus Pocus defined many-a childhood and introduced a lot of us to a Sarah Jessica Parker that is long gone, but never forgotten.
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Preparing for the ucoming sequel to the 2003 film, Anchorman 2, Will Ferrell, dressed as his classic character Ron Burgundy, did a series of Dodge commercials where he riffs on subjects like the glove compartment and how much gum it can fit. Does it really make sense for a 1970s news anchor to be so passionate about a 2014 truck? Nah, not really. Is it funny? Sure. Above all, it's great to see Ron Burgundy back and some of Ferrell's semi-improvised weirdness. In particular, there are two spots involving out of place ballroom dancers (dumb ad shorthand for "elegance" for years now) that feel like fantastically weird on set creations, like the physical business where he can't find his way through the curtain. Ferrell specializes in elevating iffy material like that, and this now, the wait until Anchorman 2 comes out this Christmas is starting to feel very long. The last time Ferrell was in theaters was only earlier this year, but it was in the terrible The Internship. That can't stand.
It's also good to remember — Ferrell is comfortable in the mainstream. His best films were all crowd pleasing hits (Anchorman, Talledega Nights, Elf...) and his work on SNL was a big hit almost immediately. If there's any comedian who can nail it in a 30 second spot shilling for a gas guzzling "last real SUV," it's probably him. So hope that these are the six ads are picked up by Hulu, so when you're catching up on Parks and Recreation, you aren't excruciatingly bored for during each commercial break.
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Shock; the world is in utter shock. Okay, by "the world" I mean women in their 20s who obsessed over Melissa Joan Hart in her Nickelodian glory days. However, it is pretty surprising that the quirky child star and current mother of three was once a huge partier and drug user.
Melissa Explains It All, a play on the Nickelodian series Clarissa Explains It All, is the new tell-all book that details Hart's colorful past, and calls out the other Hollywood celebs who partied with her. Life & Style got a peek at the book, and highlighted some of Hart's noteworthy antics. The author explains, "I experimented with weed, Ecstasy, mushrooms and mescaline for about a year and a half."
She goes on the say she took Ecstacy at the Playboy Mansion in 1999, then made out with a girl on the limo ride home. She even showed up to her Maxim photo shoot still under the influence. Hart admits she was "kind of running with a bad crowd," which apparently included Ryan Reynolds, Nick Carter, and Jerry O'Connell. She adds that she had a fling with both Carter and O'Connell, and labels O'Connell a "man-whore." Another Hollywood hottie that makes it into the book is Ashton Kutcher. Hart recalls, "Ashton and I just didn't get along," and explains she twice tried the throw him out of her parties for making "smartass remarks."
While the tell-all is both shocking and alarming, it has a happy ending. Hart says she never became addicted to the drugs, and in fact, "just didn’t enjoy taking drugs. I don’t like the loss of control.” She is now happily married and staring on the popular sitcom Melissa and Joey.
Check out Melissa Explains It All when it hits shelves Oct. 29.
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The cinematic domination of young adult novels started with one boy wizard. Once upon a time in a Hogwarts far, far away, most young adult novels never made the jump to the small screen. The smash success of properties like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games changed all that. Now a popular young adult franchise can pretty much be guaranteed to get the star treatment.
Katniss Everdeen won’t be the only young adult heroine lighting up the small screen. There are dozens upon dozens of young adult movie adaptations coming down the pipe. Some will be smash hits like The Hunger Games and Twilight. Others will arrive as duds, like this summer’s Mortal Instruments adaptation.
Let’s take a quick peek at four young adult movie adaptations coming soon to a theater near you. How many of these youth-centered properties actually take off might just determine whether the young adult novel-as-movie phase continues or fizzles.
DivergentThis successful book series will soon star Shailene Woodley as the heroine in a dystopian world where your defining trait really matters. The movie is looking to be the next Hunger Games and the buzz is through the roof, with a huge turnout for the film at San Diego Comic Con. This movie looks like it might become a new franchise builder.
The GiverAt this point in the young adult novel revolution, producers are looking way back in order to find books to adapt. Enter The Giver, that book many of us had to read in middle or high school. The movie is set to start filming soon and will feature huge star power from Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.
The Maze RunnerYoung adult novels seriously love dystopian tales, so it’s unsurprising another bleak future is in store for us at the box office. In this film, boys are dropped into an impossible maze and forced to escape with only their wits. The movie version will feature Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien, but whether it will be a huge hit or get lost in the maze of other releases remains to be seen.
Vampire AcademyHey, you like vampires right? Based on a the series about an academy that trains vampires, the studios are hoping this series becomes the next Twilight. With a lot of supernatural action and romantic drama, it does seem in a good position to be embraced by the Twilight crowd.
The movie rights of dozens more high profile young adult novels are being snapped up as we speak, and in the coming years we’ll see more and more movie versions hit the theater. Will these adaptations soar or splat? It’s too soon to tell, but it seems unlikely the YA trend is going anywhere.
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It's been five long years since Marvel Studios released Iron Man and started their campaign to dominate the superhero film world. By 2013, they have become the undisputed king of summer. More so than Warner Bros, Fox, Sony, or anyone else releasing movies about men in tights, Marvel has consistently crafted crowd pleasing movies that have gained not only commercial success, but critical respect as well. Finally, with 2012's The Avengers, all the ground work Marvel laid down — the multiphase plan, the consistant film universe, slowly building a team of heroes together — finally came together in one final cresendo that cemented their place on top of the superhero game. While Warner Bros. still struggles to even get a Wonder Woman movie off the ground, Marvel has already lapped them with the speed of Quicksilver. Marvel has managed to release film versions of all their major characters, but within that triumph lies a whole new problem.
Where does Marvel go from here? How do they continue to create new franchises if they have already adapted all of their most prolific characters to film? The studio has become a victim of it's own success.
Stan Lee said in a recent statement that "the people at Marvel are looking through our whole list of candidates and wondering which ones are we going to use now. They are going to do the Black Panther. They are going to use Doctor Strange. They are going to do Ant-Man. They are going to do the Guardians of the Galaxy. And they’ll probably do the Inhumans." The answer to Marvel is to start creating films based on second and third tier characters. Heroes that may not be familiar to the average person or even casual comic book reader. While these characters might not be the most recognizable ones, maybe that's a good thing.
With their third phase of films, Marvel is looking to adapt their second and third string heroes into new franchises. This will give characters that have seen little exposure outside of the comic book circle to a wider audience, but it also means that Marvel might have to change the kinds of movies they are used to making. These characters exist on the fringes of public's collective consciousness for a reason. Sadly they are not the most marketable heroes.
Whether Marvel likes it or not, it's going to have to get a little weird. Characters like Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy are not your typical superheroes and therefore can't be adapted into your typical superhero movie. These characters are very different from Iron Man or Thor or Captain America. The Guardians of the Galaxy, in particular, has within its ranks a surly gun-toting raccoon and a fighting tree with a very limited vocabulary. Some of these characters will stretch the boundaries of what fans think superheroes might be, but Marvel needs to highlight those differences rather than hide them away.
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Game show in which three groups of three, each consisting of one main person and two people who know him or her very well, answer an array of questions to determine who knows the most about the main person.