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Emma Watson is playing Belle; in defense of Gaston

Emma Watson has been cast as Belle in Disney’s live action version of their Broadway musical (adapted from their 1991 film, which was adapted f…ah forget it), “Beauty and the Beast“: Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous more »

Nearly half of streaming customers share passwords

Do you share your Netflix, Hulu and WatchESPN logins? You’re far from alone. According to a Consumer Reports National Research Center survey published Wednesday, 46 percent of streaming account holders have shared their log-in credentials with those outside their home, while 51 percent of American households subscribe to at least one out of Amazon Prime more »

Fin: Interview with a troll, the trouble with “awesome” and a tale of two Sundance posters

Lindy West tracked down and interviewed her own troll. Absolutely riveting (This American Life) “Awesome” is problematic  (Washington Post) In the late ’90s, two columnists- Mike Barnicle and Patricia Smith- were both fired from the Boston Globe for plagiarism/fabrication. Barnicle in the years since has his continued his career as though nothing happened, in ever- more »

Who ya gonna call? Wiig, McCarthy, Jones and McKinnon are your new “Ghostbusters”

After years of rumors about a reboot/sequel to “Ghostbusters,” the four new ‘busters have been lined up. As reported before, the Paul Feig-directed reboot will star four females, and now we know who they likely are: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, the Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday.  The report was that the more »

‘Mission: Impossible 5′ gets bumped up from December to July

Usually, when a movie’s release date gets shifted around, it’s not a good sign. For example, this week, ‘Project Almanac’ is finally arriving in theaters, almost two years after filming and after another 12 months of promised openings and ever-changing titles. So don’t be surprised if the reviews are less than glowing come Friday night. more »

Shout “Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah!” A new Jetsons movie is in the works

Back when TV consisted of four channels (ABC, NBC, CBS, and PBS), ‘The Flintstones‘ was the reigning prime time animated series champion – not that there was much competition, mind you. Still, when the various networks saw what Joseph Hanna and William Barbera, the immediately lept at the chance to showcase their latest endeavor – more »

“Disaster in the Making” ‘The Fantastic Four’ reboot actually looks promising

For months now, we’ve been hearing that the Fox’s reboot of their part of the Marvel Universe, The Fantastic Four, is shaping up to be an unqualified disaster. A bomb. A flop. A big fat embarrassment. While fans have been fuming over the casting, the supposed changes to the characters, and all other elements of more »

“Selma” team, of DuVernay and Oyelowo, plans Katrina film

They may not have gotten Oscar nominations, but director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo certainly put themselves on the map with “Selma.” Now, the two are reuniting to work on a new film about Hurricane Katrina. According to the Hollywood Reporter : The Selma helmer is teaming with Participant Media to develop a narrative more »

Knock Knock: Eli Roth’s latest has a teaser

Stone-faced nice guy Keanu Reeves finds temptation with two hotties who just show up at his door one rainy night while his wife and kids are out of town. Ordinarily this would be the beginning of an, “exotic picture,” but this flick is directed by Eli Roth, so you know what that means… Neo is more »

On San Francisco buses, a superhero stamps out bigotry

It’s not every day that a superhero shows up in an American city and saves the day, but Kamala Khan did just that in San Francisco on Monday. Some background- an organization called the American Freedom Defense Initiative, led by the screeching right-wing blogger Pamela Geller, has for the last several years been carrying out more »

Fin: Transparent, babe, McStuffins syndrome and O’Reilly on rap

Count my wife and I among those who took advantage of Amazon’s special offer Saturday and watched the entire first season of in one sitting. It’s a great show, every bit as good as its reputation. Jeffrey Tambor’s Golden Globe and that of the series were both totally deserved, and all three of the children (Amy more »

Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight” production is underway

Though it once looked like it might never happen, Quentin Tarantino has just started shooting his latest picture, “The Hateful Eight.” On the day Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight is said to start shooting, a bit of casting news. The Weinstein Company has revealed the names of the supporting actors for the project, many of whom more »