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  • Alec Baldwin Promises Us He'll Be Insane on New MSNBC Show
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 01, 2013
    Professional paparazzi wrestler and crusader for liberal justice, Alec Baldwin is getting a new show on MSNBC, and the network isn't afraid of embracing his colorful public persona. In the short clip for Up Late with Alec Baldwin, Ed Shultz, host of The Ed Shultz Show, sarcastically tells viewers that MSNBC is responding to criticisms by turning to a man who "will address the great issues of our time, while keeping his emotions in check." Meanwhile, an arm slowly inches into frame. That arm belongs to none other than Baldwin, who grabs a handful of shultz's neck and jostles him reassurringly while Shultz looks on, wondering if CNN is still hiring at the moment.  MSNBC Instead of swerving away from the criticism the network has garnered in the past about being too left-leaning, the teaser appears to steer straight into the skid and celebrate Baldwin's flair for the dramatic, awaiting whatever that passion might bring to his new show and the struggling network. Up Late with Alec Baldwin premieres Friday, Oct. 11 More:Movie Adaptations that Butchered the BooksNBC and CNN Drop Hilary Clinton ProjectsTeaser for HBO's 'Getting On' Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)
  • Jennifer Lawrence Burns Bright in New 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Poster
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 01, 2013
    Lionsgate The new The Hunger Games: Catching Fire poster puts the controversial victor center stage, aiming an arrow at her enemies, with the tagline "Remember Who The Enemy Is" seared at the top. In Panem, where revolutionary feelings are bubbling right under the surface, it may be hard to tell friend from foe when the fighting erupts. An engulfed Mockingjay pin, a symbol for the growing defiance of the districts, burns brightly behind her. In the upcoming sequel to The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), co-champs of the previous year's Hunger Games, must go on the Victory Tour, a year-long trip through all of Panem's districts. Due to her actions in the previous movie, the districts are crackling with tension, as civil unrest and a burgeoning revolution may threaten to throw the whole continent into chaos. More:Listen to Coldplay's Theme for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'The Official 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Soundtrack'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Portrait Series Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 'Modern Family' Is Getting Spin-Off Series
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 30, 2013
    ABC The Modern Family just got a bit bigger, but not in the way you would expect. Accoding to Deadline, ABC is in early talks to spin-off its hit comedy and perennial Emmys victor. While there aren't any firm details as to what the new show will be about just yet, reports indicate that it might focus on Rob Riggle's character Gil Thorpe.  The last thing Modern Family needs is more main characters to manuever its sitcom plots around. The show already balances the madcap madness of three families, each of whom could easily star in their own self-contained sitcom, and combines them into a medley of family comedy, so the fact that this spin-off would exist somewhat outside the realm of everyone else is a great idea. So what will this Modern Family spin-off be about exactly? Here are our two ideas. Lily PrimeIn the first two seasons of Modern Family, Lily was a delightfully mute adopted baby that always had the best one expression for every situation. In Season three, this little acting master was cruelly replaced by an overly sarcastic imposter who spouts quippy lines like a cynical 40-year-old. The new Lily has none of the deft subtly that the old Lily possessed. The new spinoff should be a sci-fi drama about the old Lily trying to prove to Mitchell and Cam that new Lily is some Invasion of the Bodysnatchers-style imposter, all the while not saying a single word.  In The Moonlight: The SeriesDylan and Haley 4Evah! Dylan was Haley's first and only true love, and a spin-off chronicling his adventures would be amazing. We've seen Dylan working in Wyoming on a dude ranch, working as a mascot in Disney Land, and even working as a limo driver throughout his appearances in the show, and somehow always managing to bump into the Dunphys. Clearly, he is a Renaissance man of many talents. We would like to see a series about Dylan moving from career to career, hoping to bump into his first love once again... after he forgets how to get to her house. It already has a theme song. More:'Modern Family' Season 5 Photos'Modern Family' Ratings are Down: 5 Ways to Get Viewers BackWill We Finally Get a 'Modern Family' Wedding? Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Tom Hanks Does Not Make Us Feel Great About Somali Pirates in 'Captain Phillips' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 30, 2013
    The best player in the World for movie trailers, Hollywood interviews and movie clips. There's something uniquely comforting about Tom Hanks. There's something in those eyes of his, or in his demeanor that just oozes control and steely resolve. He's like the perfect dad softly patting you on the back, and telling you everything will be okay. There are a ton of things Tom Hanks can make you feel better about, but everything has its limit, and I don't think even Mr. Hanks could comfort you when a couple of gun-toting pirates raid your boat, and take everyone hostage. That's just asking too much of the man. Tom Hanks struggles to hold everything together in the pulse quickening new trailer for Captain Phillips. Columbia Pictures In the film, Hanks plays Richard Phillips, a captain of a U.S. cargo ship who must defend his boat against a band of Somali pirates who take him and his crew hostage, hoping to secure a hefty ransom for their efforts. He struggles to keep all sides of the conflict under control, but things get unweildy when the military starts to send in soldiers to deal with the pirates. Paul Greengrass dives deep into his sea of tricks, and delivers his brand of documentary-style filmmaking that will transport you right on the freighter. The scenes in the trailer do away with any Hollywood sheen and slickness, and deliver a raw, white knuckle thrill ride that will have you stuck on the edge of your seat, instinctively yelling, "Run, Forest, run!" But when you're stuck on a hijacked boat, there are few places to run, and even fewer places to hide. More:Tom Hanks in 'Saving Mr. Banks' PosterTom Hanks is an Unlikely Hero in 'Captain Philip' Trailer'Foxcatcher' Trailer Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 'Bob's Burgers' Renewed For a Fifth Season
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 27, 2013
    FOX Before we even got a chance to bite into the juicy, meaty goodness of the season four premiere of Bob’s Burgers, we already have some tasty comedy morsels to look forward to next year. Bob’s Burgers is being renewed for a fifth season. The uproariously funny animated comedy is the underrated anchor of Fox’s inconsistent Animation Domination block of television. While everyone pays attention to the Simpsons or the Griffins, the Belchers have been delivering laughs at a rapid-fire rate thanks to the stupendous voice cast, odd-ball writing, and fantastic music The brainchild of the deranged mind of Loren Bouchard, Bob’s Burgers is a fiercely funny and fiercely original cartoon. It is weird, absurd and completely wacked out of its mind, but it always manages to be sweet. Season four of Bob's Burgers premieres this Sunday at  8:30 pm More:'Boardwalk Empire' Renewed for Season 5'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' Planning Crossover Episode'American Horror Story: Coven' Looks Terrifying Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • You Betcha!: Martin Freeman to Star in FX's 'Fargo' Series
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 27, 2013
     Mike Marsland/WireImage In 1996, the Coen Bros introduced us to a snow-clogged little town in North Dakota where one of the greatest crime stories of all time took place. Where quaint small-time values came head to head with city-slicker evil, and where a certain actor came head to head with a wood chipper. Seventeen years ago, Fargo helped redefine the crime film and now it's coming to your TV with a certain Hobbit in tow.  Martin Freeman has been been cast in FX's cable reboot of the Coen Bros' classic film, playing Lester Nygaard, a hapless insurance salesman partly based on the William H. Macy character in the original film. Lester's life is plagued by a nagging wife, but his situation changes drastically when a mysterious drifter named Lorde Malvo (Billy Bob Thorton) rolls into town and sets Lester down a dark path of destruction. The new series promises to tell a whole new story in its limited 10-episode run, instead of completely following the story of the 1996 original. The very British Martin Freeman is certainly a versatile actor, but just how well will he be able to transport himself into the Coens' quirky and slightly twisted version of the American North? The actor would have to master the standard American accent — already quite a challenge for some of our favorite actors from accross the Atlantic — and then slather on a thick coating of Dakota-style singsong on top. It might be difficult for Freeman to balance between faithful recreation and parody, but if any Brit is up for the task, it's Dr. Watson himself, don't-cha-know! More:'The World's End' Review'DC Comics' 'Constantine' is Coming to NBCBenedict Cumberbatch Rumored for Star Wars Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Supernatural Detective John Constantine is Coming to NBC
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 27, 2013
    DC Comics There has been nothing short of an avalanche of comic book properties making there way to television sets, and the deluge continues with Constantine. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. TV has announced that it will be creating the new television series based on the DC Comics character. John Constantine is a supernatural detective and con man that battles the forces of hell as well as heaven to protect humanity. The drama was sold to NBC and will be written and executive-produced by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer, who wrote Man of Steel. We've already seen Constantine developed for film in the 2005 flick with Keanu Reeves playing the occult P.I., but Keanu, for all his good will, lacked the dark charisma and blonde locks necessary to impress longtime fans of the anti-hero. The character John Constantine was created by Legendary Comic Book writer Alan Moore, whose most famous works (The Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) have all been adapted to film with varying levels of success. Hopefully, this Constantine television series will be able to take advantage of television's ability to tell long form stories in a way similar to a monthly comic book series. A cable network like Showtime or AMC would probably be better suited to really revel in the darker and grittier moments that the character's stories are known for, but NBC did embrace the darker side of televison with its critical hit Hannibal and can hopefully do the same with Constantine. John Constantine is also rumored to appear in the developing Guillermo Del Toro project, Justice League Dark. This news comes on the heels of a Gotham City series staring Batman's Comissioner Gordon starting production at Fox, as well as the Flash spin-off set to accompany Arrow on the CW. While Marvel has completely walloped DC at the movies, it seems that DC is honing in on television production at a faster pace than their rival comic publisher. More:Fox Picks Up New Gotham City Series'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' Pilot ReviewThe Flash Eyed as 'Arrow' spinoff Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • What's on Katniss' Ipod: The Official Soundtrack for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 26, 2013
    Lionsgate Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series isn't the happiest set of books filling the YA section of your local bookstore. The newly released track list for the second film in the series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire , shows that living in a post-apocolyptic dystopia is probably a tad depressing. The soundtrack showcases the perfect mix of tracks to bob your head to while watching children murder other children in brutal combat. (But It’s also a love Story!) So what tunes are the denizens of  The Capitol listening to? 1. "Atlas" – Coldplay2. "Silhouettes" – Of Monsters and Men3. "Elastic Heart" – Sia (ft. The Weeknd & Diplo)4. "Lean" – The National5. "We Remain" – Christina Aguilera6. "Devil May Cry" – The Weeknd7. "Who We Are" – Imagine Dragons8. "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" – Lorde9. "Gale Song" – The Lumineers10. "Mirror" – Ellie Goulding11. "Capital Letter" – Patti Smith12. "Shooting Arrows At The Sky" – Santigold13. "Place For Us" – Mikky Ekko14. "Lights" – Phantogram15. "Angel On Fire" – Antony and the Johnsons We’ve already heard the haunting  "Atlas" by Coldplay, which will serve as the film's official theme. The soundtrack contains a bevy of eclectic musical talent including tortured R&B crooner The Weeknd, equally tourtured indie rockers The National, also tortured pop star Lorde (I'm sensing a pattern here), and Christina Aguilera. It seems like the music of the film will be honing in on themes such as teenaged angst, loneliness, and what it's like to be a genie in a bottle. More:Listen to Coldplay's Broody Theme for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'Watch 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' TrailerJennifer Lawrence Cast in 'East of Eden' Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Vince Gilligan and David Shore Team for 'Battle Creek' — What Will the Baby of 'Breaking Bad' and 'House' Look Like?
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 26, 2013
    WENN Even though the Hollywood community has just finished heaving heavy golden statues at him, Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad,  is still not done with television. Gilligan's upcoming series Battle Creek was picked up by CBS for the 2014-'15 television season. Battle Creek will focus on a pair of Michigan detectives with different methods of crime solving that must work together. House creator David Shore will serve as the showrunner of the new 13-part series, while both he and Gilligan will play executive producers. While it's fantastic news that Gilligan will keep his brilliant mind in the world of television, and it's nice to hear that Shore will return to our living rooms with a new project, these two creative forces have ideas that mesh about as peacefully as a nitroglycerin-powered Shake Weight. With the wild unpredictability of Breaking Bad, and the comforting assurance that Dr. House will find the cure just in time for the end credits in House, a combination of their efforts might have resulted in something like this... Vince Gilligan: "Okay, so I have this idea for a show where the main guy is a high school teacher who is diagnosed with cancer and decides to cook meth to provide for his family."David Shore: "I like it! And then a roguish British doctor sees a half-filled glass of water sitting on a table, which gives him an epiphany where he realizes that the cancer is really a rare African blood disease that can be cured by applying eucalyptus sap to the infected area?"Vince Gilligan: "Um... let's come back to that. So how about later on, the teacher poisons a kid with Lily of the Valley, putting him in the hospital, and blames it on a rival drug dealer."David Shore: "But then the hospital doctor — still roguish — sees a can-opener sitting on a table and determines the type of poison and where it came from. Then this doctor breaks into the teacher's house, like any doctor would do (I'm pretty sure it's in the Hippocratic Oath), and finds the Lily of the Valley plant to implicates the real criminal."Vince Gilligan: "Well... that's an idea. So how about we have this DEA agent that gets gravely injured by a pair of sociopathic twin hitmen in a shooting that nearly paralyzes him?"David Shore: "But then the agent's doctor sees a maple leaf blowing in the wind and learns the trajectory of the bullets fired! Using this information, he determines the motives of everyone even tangentially involved in the shooting, figuring out that the DEA agent's paralysis is just a moderate head cold right before other doctors operate on him."Vince Gilligan: "You know what? How about we each do our own shows for a while and then regroup on this thing called Battle Creek in a couple years?"David Shore: "Sounds great. If you need me, I'll be rolling around in syndication money." More:'Breaking Bad' Recap: Granite StateAaron Paul Channels His Inner Walt in 'Need for Speed'Five Horrible Ways Breaking Bad Could End Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Aaron Paul Channels His Inner Walter White in 'Need for Speed' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 25, 2013
    The best player in the World for movie trailers, Hollywood interviews and movie clips. Where does Jesse Pinkman go after he's Breaking Bad days are over? He becomes a gifted street racer, of course. In the first trailer for Need For Speed, Aaron Paul races his heart out as Tobey Marshall, a small-time mechanic who is wrongfully imprisoned by his business partner Dino Brewster, (Dominic Cooper), seeking revenge by participating in a New York-to-L.A. cross-country race. The trailer zooms by in a symphony of crunching metal and orange sparks with operatic music swelling in the background. It's all very pretty and thrilling, but perhaps a bit too heavy on the drama. This is a movie about cars going really fast and crashing into each other (and it's based on a video game). There's no reason to overdo the gravitas. There's even a silly voiceover with Aaron Paul spouting lines like: "I do not fear, for you are with me.""All those who defied me shall be ashamed and disgraced.""Those who wage war on me will perish." These lines sound less like a scorned street racer in an action movie and more like a certain methamphetamine kingpin. Lines like "Those who wage war on me will perish" sound like the kinds of things Walter White would scream before running over a couple of drug dealers, or yelling about how much you should stay out of his territory. If you close your eyes and listen, you can almost see Walter White careening down a twisty mountain highway in his olive green Aztec, throwing baggies of blue meth at the other racers Mario Kart style. We'd like to think that this new Need For Speed film takes place after Breaking Bad in some alternate reality where Jesse Pinkman gets his identity changed, and becomes a street racer who learned all of his insults from his high school chemistry teacher. But what we're really in for is probably just a melodramatic car crash movie. More:Top 5 'Breaking Bad' MemesOur Predictions for Saul Goodman 'Breaking Bad' Spin-OffMichael Keaton Will Give 'Need for Speed' a Dose of Crazy Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)