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  • Watch New 'American Horror Story: Coven' Teaser: The Dead Don't Lay Still
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 05, 2013
    FX FX’s creeptastic horror series, American Horror Story won’t haunt your TV sets for a few weeks but this clip does give us a little glimpse into what this demented show has in store for us come October. And when I say glimpse I mean a literal glimpse into a dead person's grave, though she’s a little too fidgety to be truly dead. The third season of Ryan Murphy's horror anthology, called American Horror story: Coven, focuses on the history of witches in America and twists the real-life salem witch trials into its narrative. Is this one of the witches of the coven?  Grab a security blanket and watch this unnerving clip. More:Snake Swallowing American Horror Story Poster'American Horror Story: Coven casts Angela Bassett' and Patti LuponeGabourey Sidibe Joins 'American Horror Story' Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey Will Get Dark in HBO's 'True Detective'
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 05, 2013
    "Around here, darkness lives on both sides of the law." The new moody cop series True Detective will start this January according to HBO. The Bayou-based drama features Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Louisiana detectives attempting to catch a serial killer. If you haven’t already seen the wonderfully atmospheric teaser trailer released in June, do yourself a favor and watch it now. While the clip is short, it's filled with great scenes of muddy wetlands, delapidated buildings, and creepy messages.  It’s simply drenched with tension and certainly makes Louisiana seem like a great setting for a dreary murder mystery. A full-length trailer for the series will premiere right before the season 4 premiere of Boardwalk Empire this Sunday. While there's no firm date in January for the premiere as of yet, winter can't come fast enough. HBO True Detectives continues the recent trend of television studios attracting big name talent to the small screen. Television is quickly becoming a prime destination for stars who are serious about making quality work, and flexing acting muscles they haven't had to use in a while. Matthew McConaughey, especially, is having a bit of a career renniscense as of late, appearing in critically acclaimed films such as, the small-town murder drama Bernie, the indie Mud, the black comedy Killer Joe, and the stripper drama Magic Mike.  Let's hope True Detective is more in line with those films than it is with something like Fool's Gold. More:Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are Heading to HBOBoardwalk Empire TV StillsNetflix is Now More Popular Than HBO Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Oops!: Local News Station Hangs Up on Oprah
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 05, 2013
    WENN Few things are as precious as getting the chance to talk to Oprah. It should really be on everybody’s bucket list. It’s like meeting Jesus if Jesus was a billionaire talk-show personality. When her royal highness of all televised media descends on your tiny hovel of a local news station and graces her with her presence, you sit, listen, and sell her as many handbags as you can. When Chicago’s WGN Morning News team got the chance to dish with Oprah about her OWN network, by human error or some unfair twist of fate, the phone call cuts off, interrupting Oprah mid-sentence. The gob smacked anchors are left with nothing but dial tone and failure hanging in the air. What follows is a flurry of blaming and self-pity. One anchor even jokingly laments “How do we cut off the one guest we’ve had that people might be interested in watching?” The whole thing is just hilarious. Luckily, Oprah is a great sport about it, calling the station back a few minutes later and joking with them about the mishap. The news crew also takes the mistake in stride, even taking a few playful jabs at Oprah herself. All in all, everything turns out well, and the video of the incident is sure to give the station more attention than an error-free interview would ever recieve. More:Whose Oprah Lie Was Worse: Lohan's or Armstong's'The Butler' Serves Up a New Side to the White HouseOprah's Lindsey Lohan Interview: The 6 Craziest Moments Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our PartnersA Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Ben Affleck Gambles with His Career in 'Runner Runner' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 04, 2013
    Remember two months ago when we all loved Ben Affleck? I know it's hard, but really try to think back. Argo? The Town? Sound familiar? Well, trust me, before all of this Batman business, we couldn't get enough Affleck. He had just won a Best Picture Oscar and was on top of the world. It's like he was willing people to forget about his past stumbles. As if he made Gone Baby Gone just so people would stop making fun of Daredevil, like he made The Town in some attempt to excise Jersey Girl from existence. Affleck was going to take back his career by force. And with Argo, he had finally done it. He was a respected figure of Hollywood again... for a little while anyway... Perception is weird like that. Your worth is never a tally of your life's work, taking in equal measures your successes and failures, but what you've done lately. Ben Affleck was the king of Hollywood for a few months after his Academy-swaying picture. And now, he's the butt of everyone's bad Batman jokes. He might as well have announced Gigli 2: Electric Boogaloo. 20th Century Fox Now we have the trailer for Runner Runner, a new crime drama staring Affleck and Justin Timberlake, and it feels like Ben is going backwards. The trailer features Affleck as the kingpin of a gambling ring who takes a young JT under his wing just in time for the whole thing to go belly-up. Not just the story, but this trailer itself seems destined for failure. Even the choice of music is just downright bizarre. Is it serious, or tongue-in-cheek? Did anyone really want to revisit J-Kwon's 2004 so-called classic "Tipsy"? Does anyone even remember who J-Kwon is? Why is this song featured in the trailer for a crime drama? Couldn't they have chosen a cooler, more relevant rap song? The whole thing would just be generic if it didn’t manage to be so weird at the same time. With all of this in mind, we hold hope that Runner Runner far exceeds expectation. But if you are a fan of Mr. Affleck, you might want to be a little worried. If Runner Runner tanks, and then the Superman/Batman film is as bad as its predecessor, there might be no coming back for Ben. No matter how many Argos he makes. More:Why Ben Affleck is Better Behind the CameraBen Affleck Will Play Batman in 'Man of Steel' Sequel 45 Bad Jokes About Ben Affleck as Batman Follow @Hollywood_com From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Lebron James Develops New Starz Sitcom — Wait, What!?
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 04, 2013
    Credit : Carrie Devorah/WENN His Jerseyed greatness, LeBron James, is taking his talents to South Beach your TV sets, and not in a sneaker ad or an NBA game or anything else that actually makes sense. The NBA star, who has just racked up his second NBA championship in a row with the Miami Heat, will be developing a new television show with Starz called Survivor’s Remorse.  Yes, you read that right. King James, having no more worlds to conquer in basketball, will serve as executive producer for a television show. According to an interview with USA Today, Survivor's Remorse will explore the struggles of two men, one who is a successful NBA star, and one who is not. I wonder which one James is supposed to be... When discussing the themes in his upcoming show, James said, "I think the main thing for me is, first of all, making it out of a place where you're not supposed to. You're supposed to be a statistic and end up like the rest of the people in the inner city — (and) being one of the few to make it out and everyone looking at you to be the savior." The show will clearly take inspiration from James' own success story and subsequent media scrutiny, but James and his business partner, Maverick Carter, stress that it is not supposed to be a biographical story: "It's definitely not an autobiographical series about my life or LeBron's life; it's fictional characters living in a fictional world," says Carter. While the show's actual premise sounds interesting enough, we can't help but guess as to what some of LeBron's original ideas for the show could have been. Maybe he wanted it to be about the entire city of Cleveland suddenly sinking into a sarlacc pit, or maybe Cleveland being consumed by fire and brimstone Sodom and Gomorrah style. You know, something LeBron would really like to see happen. More:Lamar Odom was Arrested for a DUIFall TV Comedy Picks'Homeland' Season 3 Premiere Leaks Online Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Jeff Daniels Tweets 'The Newsroom' Renewed for Season 3
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 04, 2013
    Melissa Moseley/HBO No current event is safe. For those of us who like to hear our news a year late and dramatized for effect, The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin's drama about the inner-workings of a cable news network, has been renewed for a third season. Jeff Daniels, who plays Will McAvoy, a news anchor for the fictional ACN network, tweeted the news late yesterday saying “It’s official. “#Newsroom coming back for a Season 3.” While HBO itself hasn’t confirmed the news, it’s a pretty sure bet that the drama will be gracing television sets for a third year. The issue of The Newsroom’s return seems to lie more with Aaron Sorkin and his busy writing schedule. The Newsroom has been a huge ratings hit for the premium cable channel, and we couldn't imagine the network going forward without one of it's flagship programs. The drama often likes to grab its plot points from real-life news stories, it will certainly have a lot of material to cull from next year. More:'The Newsroom': What to Expect in Season 2John Gallagher Jr. on 'Short Term 12'First Promo for Season 2 of 'The Newsroom' Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • New Title and Poster for 'Transformers 4' Prepares Us for Dinobots
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 04, 2013
    Paramount Pictures If Pacific Rim's paltry box office sum is any indication, Michael Bay and his Transformers series are still the reigning lords of the giant robot movie. And if Bay's brand of crunching metal is indeed your thing, then get ready to get excited: a new sand-dusted poster for the fourth film in the series has just been released, and it comes straddled with the film's official subtitle: Age of Extinction. The new subtitle gives us a whole mess of clues as to what this new film will be about. The most widely circulated rumor is the introduction of the much loved Dinobots, robots that can change into dinosaurs. This poster certainly lends credence to that speculation. Naturally, the word "extinction" fits right into the dinosaur theme, and the sand swirling around in the above image conjures up some ancient connotations (like, say, prehistoric robots). If the clues featured on the poster aren't enough, Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has all but confirmed the presence of Dinobots in the new film during an interview with Beijing News, via Empire. "I can not disclose the specifics, but you can be sure that the arrival of the Dinobots will give the audience a lot to be excited about. The world's coolest, most exciting cars will appear in the film, including Chinese vehicles, so whether you are a car enthusiast or not, it will be a feast for the eyes." Along with an all-new cast featuring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, and Kelsey Grammer, The inclusion of Dinobots will give Transformers fans something to look forward to next summer. More:New 'Transformers 4' Pics Give Optimus Prime a New Look'Pacific Rim' and the Evolution of the Monster MovieMark Wahlberg Stars in 'Transformers 4' Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 'True Blood' Ending after Seventh Season: Get Your Coffins Ready
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 03, 2013
    True Blood is being taken of the shelves. Fang-bangers across the land will be disappointed to hear that HBO’s soapy supernatural drama is coming to an end after seven bloody seasons. Entertainment Weekly reports that the long-running series will air it's final 10 episodes in 2014. “True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” said HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo in a statement. “Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.” True Blood has remained a monster hit throughout it’s run and even though vampires never age, unfortunately actors do. The show has been a landmark success for the premium cable channel and, along with HBO’s Game of Thrones, has shown that there is a huge market for adult fantasy on televison. More:'True Blood' Recap: 'Radioactive' (Season 6, Episode 10)'True Blood' Renewed For A Seventh Season'True Blood' Star Gives Penguin Impersonation Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • 'Neighbors' Red Band Trailer Shows a Different Side of Zac Efron and Seth Rogen
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 03, 2013
    Universal This is a long way from Disney. Zac Efron and Seth Rogen get ready for battle in the raunchy red-band trailer for their upcoming comedy Neighbors. In this Apatow-esque comedy from director Nicholas Stoller, Rogen and Rose Byrne play a couple living the suburban dream. Everything's swell until a rowdy fraternity moves in right next door and terrorizes the neighborhood. What follows is nothing short of all-out college town warfare. The trailer is filled with gross-out humor, shirtless Efron, and even a surprising number of CGI-assisted gags featuring Rogen getting laughably injured. The comedy also features Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Lisa Kudrow. Efron, who is playing the scummy leader of the frat, seems to be trying to distance himself from his image as a squeaky clean Disney star while diving headfirst into the raunchy comedy genre. With this film and the upcoming Parkland, Efron is clearly diversifying his choices in roles, and become not only a serious dramatic actor, but a force in the comedy world as well. While it's a bit odd seing Efron play a sleazy fraternity brother, it’s possibly even more odd seeing Rogen play a responsible and devoted parent who is out of touch with the young college kids. If this movie was released five years ago, Seth Rogen would definitely be playing a shlubby college guy with a slight marijuana problem. It seems that times are changing for both of these actors.  More:James Franco Roasted By Comedy Central The 12 Best LinesWatch Seth Rogen, John Cho, & Adam Scott Audition For 'The Office'Watch Zac Efron in The 'Parkland' Trailer Follow @Hollywood_com From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 'One Direction: This Is Us' Director Morgan Spurlock Finds the Soul of a Boy Band
    By: Jordan Smith Aug 31, 2013
    Tri-Star Pictures You wouldn't expect a big 3D concert movie to be an introspective experience, but Morgan Spurlock has decided to take on the challenge. While there have been other big pop-star concert films, with Spurlock's One Direction: This Is Us, the director seeks to make a "docbuseter" that delivers the bombastic concert experience while also delving into the more personal side of the band. It's easy to forget that that outside of the bright lights and boy band hysteria, One Direction is made up of five normal boys thrust into a life that is anything but. Spurlock wanted to make a film that leaves all of the rumors, scandal, and relationship drama on the cutting room floor and present a portrait of the boys as at its most simple and its most personal. Morgan is trying not only to document the phenomenon but to understand it and explain it to the uninitiated. But why would a documentary filmmaker as celebrated as Spurlock take on a project like the One Direction movie? Something that is, admittedly, pretty far outside of his wheelhouse. Spurlock told fans at a press conference for the film, "I was thrilled to get to make this movie. It's not often that you get the chance to make a 'docbuster.' When we made The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, we said the goal of that movie was to make a documentary blockbuster film that would go outside the realm of the typical documentary. And this is a docbuster. This is the closest thing to a big budget blockbuster film that you can make that is actually a true story, so as a documentary filmmaker, things like this are really few and far between. To get to have access to a story like this with a fan base that is already so passionate and dedicated, with a studio, with technology you wouldn’t normally get to use. It was a dream come true." Spurlock wanted to create a portrait of the band, but in order to do that, he had to confront his own preconcieved notions of the boys first. He says, "The biggest thing is that when you look at a band like this, you can't help but think that one of them has got to be a diva. These guys, they've had so much happen to them so quickly, they've got to take it for granted. What I was pleasantly shocked and surprised by was how completely normal these guys were. These are five ordinary guys who were thrust into a massively extraordinary situation and have continued to keep their wits about them. They've stayed normal. They've stayed the same guys that they were when it all began, and a lot of that is for a couple reasons. One is, I think, that these five guys have each other. Each of these guys has four other people who knows exactly what it's like to be in this band every single day. They have somebody who they can vent to, someone they can talk to, someone they can talk about the pressure, the strain, that they can deal with this collectively. They have four other guys who are there to knock them down a peg." The director continues: "Somebody who's there to keep them in check. Those checks and balances in a band like this is irreplaceable versus being a solo artist. The biggest thing also is, one of the things that I loved in the movie is when we got to go home and visit their families because these guys come from great families. They come from great homes. That’s one of those things you can’t change, the humility that was instilled in them by their parents and where they come form, the humblest of humble beginnings I think made them who they ultimately are today." Once he had a better understanding of his subject, Spurlock needed to figure out how you find intamcy in a room filled with boom mics and camera men. The filmmaker decided that in order to get the truest picture of these boys and this band, he needed to be a fly on the wall and document the group with as little intrusion as possible. "The goal for me was to have as small of an impact on their lives while we were shooting most of the behind the scenes doc footage as possible so that it would be intimate. You would get the real sense of access. There were times when we were filming where it was literally just me holding a camera. There was nobody else in the room or around, and I think those types of moments are really important because it does create a one to one relationship that you feel in the audience. You really get a sense of that. In this movie, unlike a lot of the other films that have come before it, I think you really do feel like you have access to these five guys. You have really intimate moments where you really get a sense of that honesty coming through. I think it comes from this minimal impact we have." Spurlock not only wished to understand the band, but to understand its fans as well. The kind of sheer fandom that follows One Direction has earned mockery from those not involved in the culture. It's easy to look upon the droves of teenaged fans and dismiss their obssesions as immature, but Spurlock defends the millions of One Direction devotees and rejects the stereotypes that surround them. "Let's put it in context. Let's compare this to guys who love football teams. Let's compare this to guys who love not just American football, but soccer. The same guys who will put on jerseys and get tattoos of the teams' logos on their arms, who will paint their face and go to a football game on a Saturday and scream for Tom Brady. But these girls are [seen as] freaks," says Spurlock. "Let's just put this into context for a second as to what passionate fandom means." It's easy to distill all One Direction fandom into simple hormone-induced hysteria, but Spurlock insists that these fans are simply searching for a place to belong. "For me, it's people who are really finding a tribe. They are finding a community in support and love of this thing. One Direction fans will lash out against people who don't believe in the things that they love, as will Patriot fans talk s**t about Giants fans, or as a Charger fan, I will tell Raiders fans how ridiculous they are.” Some fans also might be disappointed to hear that Spurlock has decided to leave much of the boys' romantic life out of the film. When asked, Spurlock said that it was a personal choice and lined up with the kind of film he wanted to make. "When it came down to their personal relationships, I said we shouldn't put their relationships with girlfriends in there, because they are 19 to 21 years old. What if one of them breaks up with a girlfriend in the middle of my story? Suddenly, I've got a hole that I can't even wrap up. I can't even close that door, so I chose not to put those relationships in there." Spurlock then gives some insight into what he thinks the true nature of the story is courtesy of One Direction band member Liam Payne, "What Liam talks about in the film, to me, is the much better story to tell about their relationship. Liam says, 'I want somebody to love me for me. I want somebody to love me for who I am, not all of this.' These guys are multimillionaire, world famous pop-stars. The better story for me is, 'How do I find somebody who loves me as a normal person? Not this guy that you see in the media or you see in this film.' That's the story. The better story is, how do you find valuable relationships with people who trust you?" It's an odd thing to search for authenticity in something like a 3D concert movie. The very idea of a concert movie, and one 3D is the very definition of glitzy overproduction, but Spurlock sought to pair intimacy with spectacle outside of the concert scenes. He's taking an auteur's approach to the pop star concert film, and he's hoping to show the humanity within the spectacle. More:One Direction's Track 'Best Song Ever' Leaks, Is Pretty Dang Good One Direction Should Have a Sketch Comedy ShowHow to Start Your Own Boy Band Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)