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Why Fergie And Josh Duhamel Decided To Announce Their Split

It has only been a week since Fergie and Josh Duhamel announced their split, but Fergie is already talking about what happened.

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Director Darren Aronofsky Defends ‘Mother!’ As “A Punk Movie” Designed To Provoke

Film director Darren Aronofsky has defended his much-maligned film, mother!, calling it “a punk movie” that was designed to elicit the strong reactions it has garnered from critics and audiences.

Speaking with radio host John Horn in a Q &A following a recent screening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Aronofsky seemed to side with the harshest of his critics when he admitted, “How, if you walk out of this movie, are you not going to give it an ‘F?’ It’s a punch. It’s a total punch.” He was referring to the infamous “F” rating given mother! by CinemaScore, one of only 11 films in history to receive that low mark.

To say mother! has been polarizing almost minimizes the harsh reactions to it. Film critic Rex Reed, writing in the New York Observer, perhaps encapsulated the tone best when he noted, “I hesitate to label it the ‘Worst movie of the year’ when ‘Worst movie of the century’ fits it even better.”

Not every critic or viewer has been so unkind, and currently mother! has a 68 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple who deals with an increasingly strange group of visitors in a horror film that doubles as a religious allegory.

“We always knew it was a strong cocktail,” said Aronofsky, adding, “When I was trying to tell the history, or the story, of people on Mother Earth, I was like, ‘Oh, the Bible could be a really kind of good blueprint to sort of hang all these stories’. Whatever you believe, it doesn’t matter. But there’s power in those stories because we can relate to them and they have different types of meanings for different types of people.”

The fact that the movie was creating such a passionate reaction pleased Aronofsky. “We wanted to make a punk movie and come at you. And the reason I wanted to come is because I was very sad and I had a lot of anguish and I wanted to express it. Filmmaking is such a hard journey. People are constantly saying ‘No’ to you. And to wake up every morning and get out of bed and to face all those ‘No’s,’ you have to be willing to really believe in something. And that’s what I look for in my collaborators and what I pitched the actors.”

He concluded: “So I wanted to howl. And this was my howl. And some people are not going to want to listen to it. That’s cool.”

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One Rumored Leia Scene Is Definitely Not Happening in Star Wars 8

As we get closer and closer to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we’ve been hearing some interesting details about the nefarious Supreme Leader Snoke, but today we have clarification that Snoke doesn’t come face to face with Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). There had been rumors that there would be some sort of confrontation between Leia and Snoke in this film, but that seemingly isn’t the case, according to Andy Serkis. Here’s what he had to say during a recent interview, revealing that he did get to spend some time with Carrie Fisher on the set, but he didn’t have any scenes with her.

“I had no scenes with Carrie but I did get to know her a little bit. She was an incredible human being with a wonderful personality and she’s sadly, sadly missed and everyone who came into contact with her was really touched by her great energy and great sense of humor. She is a wonderful person and I did have a great time working with the cast and Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson, we’ve had some really great times on it.”

The actor’s statement comes during an interview with The List, during the world premiere of his new film Goodbye, Christopher Robin. This interview also comes just a few days after a report that Star Wars 8 may ultimately reveal Snoke’s home planet, although, like all Star Wars rumors, that has yet to be confirmed. It’s possible that we may get our first real look at this planet soon, if a rumor about the new trailer is proven to be true.

Earlier this week, Mark Hamill sent out a tweet that strongly suggested the second Star Wars 8 trailer will debut on Monday, October 9, during the Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears. While it certainly seems like a viable way to release the trailer, since there have been previous Star Wars and Marvel Studios trailers that have dropped during Monday Night Football, which airs on the Disney-owned network ABC, we likely won’t get any direct confirmation until we’re much closer to the game in question. Still, fans have been chomping at the bit for new footage, because it’s been over five months since the first trailer debuted at Star Wars Celebration.

The untimely death of Carrie Fisher has raised a lot of questions, although LucasFilm made the rare move of shooting down a Leia rumor from earlier this year, revealing the studio has no plans to “resurrect” Leia Organa through CGI for any future Star Wars movie, like they did with Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, played by the late Peter Cushing. There was a report that she still had a few major scenes left to be filmed in either Star Wars: The Last Jedi or Star Wars 9, which included a reunion with Luke Skywalker and a confrontation with her evil son, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Hopefully we’ll find out more on Star Wars: The Last Jedi very soon.

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Meet Ma Sawyer in Creepy New Leatherface Clip

Liosngate has debuted a new clip for Leatherface, which delves into the origins of the title character at the heart of the gruesome events portrayed in Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This new clip gives us our first look at Verna Sawyer, the mother of the child that will eventually become the title character, along with a vindictive Texas Ranger named Hal Hartman (Stephen Dorff). It’s clear that Verna and Hal have quite a bit of history.

The clip debuted on Yahoo! Movies, just as this movie becomes available in an exclusive early window for DirecTV subscribers starting today, before the movie hits theaters October 20. The clip shows Verna angrily confronting this Texas Ranger, who has one of her young sons locked up in the back of his squad car. Verna protests that he has no right to do that, when the Ranger explains that the young boy isn’t actually under arrest, but instead, he’s under the law’s protection, from her. It is never revealed who exactly the young boy is in the back of the squad car, but it seems that Hal plans on taking all of her children.

Hal goes on to explain that he can’t remember a crime scene he’s been to where there weren’t already Sawyers there before him, stating that her sons aren’t safe with her. When Hal orders his men to bring in all of the minors from the Sawyer house, Verna protests, stating that he can’t do that, but Hal has the law on his side, stating he’ll have a warrant that allows him to take the children on grounds of child endangerment. The clip ends on quite the cryptic note, hinting at a much deeper divide between this Ranger and the Sawyer family. Hal reveals at the end of the clip that, if she, “takes one of mine, I’ll take all of yours,” indicating that this is definitely a more personal vendetta than a professional visit.

In Texas, years before the events of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriff’s daughter dead. Ten years later, the Sawyer teen kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with three other inmates. Pursued by authorities including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter’s death, Sawyer goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster now known as Leatherface. The cast includes Sam Strike, Sam Coleman, Vanessa Grasse and James Bloor as the four inmates who escaped from the mental institution, one of whom will be revealed as the real Leatherface.

French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo direct from a screenplay by Seth M. Sherwood, with Carl Mazzocone, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman and Les Weldon producing. After the month-long exclusive release for DirecTV subscribers, Leatherface will hit theaters and other on demand formats October 20, which is currently the busiest weekend of the year. While Leatherface won’t get a wide release, there are five more movies that weekend that will, with Warner Bros. Geostorm, Lionsgate’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, Sony’s Only the Brave, Universal’s The Snowman and PureFlix’s Same Kind of Different As You. Take a look at the latest clip from Leatherface below.

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‘Roseanne’: ‘Shameless’ Star Emma Kenney Set As Darlene And David’s Daughter

Emma Kenney, a series regular on Showtime’s Shameless, has joined the cast of ABC’s reboot of Roseanne. She has been set to play the daughter of Darlene and David Connor in the revival of the series; Sara Gilbert is returning as Darlene and Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki is expected to return as David.

Rosenne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke also return for the new take on the Connor clan. Production on an eight-episode run is set to begin next month for an early 2018 premiere.

Kenney has played Debbie Gallagher for the entire duration of Shameless‘ run, so she knows about playing a kid in a dysfunctional family (spoiler alert: no TV family can touch the Gallaghers for dysfunction). That series returns for its eighth season November 5.

Barr is executive producing Roseanne with Gilbert, Tom Werner, Bruce Helford, Whitney Cummings and Tony Hernandez. The series hails from Carsey-Werner Television.

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Stephen King Tour Takes Fans Through Real-Life IT Town

Stephen King, the unquestioned King of horror, just turned 71-years-old today. Despite his age, the author’s work has been given new life recently, thanks to the resounding success of IT at the box office. The movie has become a true pop culture phenomenon and has led to a surge in interest for King’s work. Hardcore fans will probably do well to know that there is an actual Stephen King tour in Maine that will take you through the town that inspired Derry, Maine from IT, in addition to many other sites that connect to his work.

SK Tours of Maine boasts the world’s only Stephen King Tour and lives in Bangor, Maine. That is of particular importance to fans of IT because, even though Derry is a fictional town, Bangor is the town that inspired Derry. This tour takes fans around the sites that inspired Stephen King’s beloved novel that the movie is based on. In total, the tour visits “about 30 places where Stephen King has lived and worked, places that have inspired his stories, and actual film locations from his movies.” Not only that, but the tour is over 3-hours long. So this is a very comprehensive tour of Stephen King’s legacy. Here’s a little description of the tour from the official website.

“We can take up to 6 passengers in a comfortable, air-conditioned Chrysler Town & Country van, or up to 11 in our new Ford E350 Van. Some of the places from IT that you will visit are The Barrens, The Standpipe and Birdbath, the cemetery where Pet Sematary was actually filmed, places that Stephen King lived including his current residence and many more! We do 2 tours per day, the first usually starts at 9:00 am (but can start at 8:00 or earlier) and the second starts at 2:00 pm. (except in the winter when we need to start no later than 12:00 noon so we don’t finish in the dark)! We pick up and deliver at all the hotels in the Greater Bangor area.”

Maine is a very important location for the prolific horror author. Not only has Stephen King spent much of his life in Maine, but many of his stories take place in the state and various locations around the state have inspired his work. Each of these Stephen King tours is conducted by Stuart Tinker. He has been selling Stephen King memorabilia and merchandise for more than 20 years and is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on King lore. This tour is conducted in the prime Stephen King location with arguably the most qualified expert there is.

IT is sure to spark a whole new wave of Stephen King adaptations on the big and small screen, as well as a surge in popularity of his catalog of novels. That makes now the perfect time to take this tour. If you’re in the Maine area, or are just a hardcore Stephen King fan that feels absolutely compelled to do this tour, it costs just $45. Plus kids 12 and under are free. You can book your tour through the official SK Tours of Maine website.

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First Amityville: Awakening Clip Arrives, Release Date Announced

After years of delays, Amityville: The Awakening is finally getting a release. For real this time. The movie has been shifted around on the release calendar four different times, which is rarely a good sign for any movie. Especially a low-budget horror movie such as this. In any case, this will provide horror fans with something new to watch this Halloween season. The good part? The movie will be available to stream for free on Google Play.

According to Deadline, Amityville: The Awakening will be streaming for free exclusively on Google Play from October 12 to November 8. The movie is also being given a limited theatrical release starting on October 28, for those who are looking for something to watch during the Halloween weekend. That should help the studio recover some of the money they invested in this modern take on the Amityville Horror franchise, but in many ways, they seem to be finally cutting their losses on this one.

In Amityville: The Awakening, Belle (Bella Thorne) and her family have moved into a new house, but, as one would expect with an Amityville movie, strange things begin to occur. Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her the whole truth and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house. In addition to Bella Thorne, the movie starsJennifer Jason Leigh, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, Thomas Mann, Mckenna Grace, Dan Martino, Hunter Goligoski and Brian Breiter. The movie was written and directed by Franck Khalfoun (Maniac).

Blumhouse Productions and The Weinstein Company have partnered for the release of Amityville: The Awakening, but it has been a long road. The initial teaser trailer for the movie arrived more than three years ago. That should give an idea of just how long this movie has been sitting on the shelf. That implies the movie probably isn’t very good, but you never know. In honor of the upcoming release, they have released a brand new clip from the movie, which features Bella Thorne skulking around the famous house as some creepy, if predictable, things start to happen. This movie is going to have to do a lot more in order to scare up any kind of business at the box office this Halloween.

It is a very crowded market for horror movies right now. IT has been tearing it up and setting records left and right. That means many more casual genre fans will have had their fix for a while. And there’s plenty more competition on the way. Entertainment Studios’ Friend Request comes out this weekend, Screen Gems’ Flatliners is due out next weekend, Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day is opening on October 13 and then Lionsgate’s Jigsaw, which is likely to take the lion’s share of the Halloween box office, comes out on October 27. The best bet is to watch Amityville: The Awakening for free while you can. You can check out the new clip from the movie for yourself below.

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GLAAD Wants Gal Gadot to Go Bisexual in Wonder Woman 2

A new petition has been set up by Gianna Collier-Pitts, a Harlem resident and GLAAD ambassador, to have Wonder Woman 2 explore Diana’s bisexuality. She keeps getting surprised by the numbers, so she keeps raising the goal because it appears that a decent amount of people would like to see the bisexual elements of Wonder Woman make it to the big screen. Patty Jenkins recently officially signed on to helm the sequel and Gal Gadot will obviously be returning, but will we see the queer side of Diana Prince this time around?

It was confirmed last year by writer Greg Rucka that Wonder Woman is bisexual, which came as no surprise to fans of the comic series. Though the news came to a shock to a lot of fans who were not familiar with the comics, the world just might be ready to see a bisexual Wonder Woman in theaters and that’s where Collier-Pitts’ petition comes into play. Plus, Jenkins’ movie already laid the groundwork for this story by making subtle references to the fact that the Amazons were involved in romantic relationships with each other, and now, Collier-Pitts says that the writers of the sequel have a historic opportunity to include a character who is bisexual. There has never been an openly LGBTQ major superhero and the DCEU could blaze the trail for other characters as well.

The Huffington Post reports that as of this writing, 1,872 people have signed the petition, just 628 signatures left to make it to her latest goal. The goal could end up getting raised yet again, as Collier-Pitts keeps getting surprised about how many people have signed in such a short amount of time. She talked about the importance of having LGTBQ representation in entertainment, specifically in Wonder Woman. Collier-Pitts had this to say.

“Some of you may be thinking that this specificity doesn’t make a difference. But for people like me who rarely see themselves reflected in media, believe me. It does… I want to see Wonder Woman represented for who she is, especially for younger fans who might have trouble coming out and don’t have anyone they can see themselves on the screen.”

The Patty Jenkins directed movie was instantly popular, especially among young women “who finally saw an image of themselves reflected in a superhero on the big screen,” Collier-Pitts writes on the petition’s web page. She continued by writing, “needless to say, it was a success for everyone . . . except the bisexual community.” The ball is in Warner Bros. and the DCEU’s court right now and they have the chance to make history again, just like they did with the first big screen installment of Wonder Woman.

The ultimate goal for Gianna Collier-Pitts is to get the petition in the hands of somebody at Warner Bros. and she is actively trying to get the attention of Gal Gadot. Wonder Woman 2 hits theaters on December 13th, 2019 and will see Patty Jenkins return to the director’s chair as well as the return of Gadot as Wonder Woman. Will Jenkins and Warner Bros. attempt to make history again? If you are interested in signing Collier-Pitts’ petition for a bisexual Wonder Woman and have the character make history, head over to Change.org to sign and potentially make history.

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SAG-AFTRA Sending Team To ‘Riverdale’ Set After K.J. Apa Crash

SAG-AFTRA will be sending up a team to the Vancouver set of the CW/Warner Bros.’ television production of Riverdale after one of the union’s 20 year-old stars — K.J. Apa — fell asleep at the wheel last week and crashed his automobile after he worked what Warner Bros. TV said was a 14.2-hour work day.

“This is an extremely troubling situation and we are deeply concerned about the safety of performers on the Riverdale set,” said SAG-AFTRA in a statement. “We are sending a team to Vancouver to review the circumstances surrounding safety issues affecting performers on this production.”

Long hours on sets have been a frequent complaint from crews across Hollywood for years and cinematographer/producer/director Haskell Wexler became the spokesperson after camera assistant Brent Hershman was killed in 1997 after he fell asleep at the wheel and also slammed his car into a pole after working a 19-hour day – which had been preceded by four 15-hour days.

Studios and networks often push actors and crew to save money which results in these kind of 12 to 16 hour days. Usually there is an investigation but nothing ever really happens and the cycle continues. Crew members are often too scared to speak up for fear of getting blacklisted.

Two and a half years ago, 48-year-old Longmire crew member Gary Joe Tuck fell asleep at the wheel and rolled his car on a New Mexico highway after working an 18-hour shift (from 9 AM-3 AM). He was a Teamster driver for Local 492 and also a SAG member.

After Tuck’s death, Netflix and Warner Horizon Television subsequently set up charter buses to take crew to and from remote locations for safety’s sake. That move was applauded by crew members. But still in that instance, crew members Deadline spoke with were scared to put their names on quotes because they felt that the networks would think they were complaining before and would blacklist them. Whether warranted or not, that continues to be the case in Hollywood.

Today Warner Bros. said that Apa who fell asleep and hit a lamp post after the long day said that other options were available to the actors (nothing like blaming the young victim — obviously, for legal reasons), and that he could have taken a cab home.

Safety issues have come to the forefront time and time again after accidents or deaths (like the Twilight Zone case where two children and Vic Morrow died), but none so significant for crews in recent years as the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on the set of Midnight Rider.

Since then, there have been anonymous call lines set up to report unsafe working conditions and some of the older crew members have looked out for the younger workers on the set, but long working hours — despite the loud voice of the late great Wexler — continue.

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Breakfast Club Star Anthony Michael Hall Sentenced for Assaulting Neighbor

Anthony Michael Hall, a member of the 1980s Brat Pack, was convicted of assault after an altercation with his neighbor over a gate left ajar. You’d have thought after all of these years he’d be standing up to defend Larry Lester to keep from getting his buns taped, but sadly, that was not the case. Hall and his neighbor have gotten into some arguments in the past, but this was the first altercation that got physical, according to the neighbor.

AOL reports that the entire incident was caught on film via the gated community’s security cameras and it features Anthony Michael Hall shoving his neighbor, apparently over a gate that was left open. The neighbor then fell and broke his wrist and also suffered a back injury as well. Hall’s neighbor obtained a temporary restraining order against Hall after the incident, but did not seek a permanent injunction, according to court records. The neighbor alleges that he and the actor have had several run-ins in their gated community in the past.

Hall was charged back in November and was facing a felony battery charge because the incident caused bodily injury. Hall plead no contest and was charged with misdemeanor assault and sentenced to 3 years of informal probation, which is getting off incredibly lightly. In addition, Hall was also given 40 hours of community service, but not given any anger management classes by the court. If Hall had been charged with the felony, he could have faced up to 7 years in jail and 3 to 5 years of formal probation. This isn’t the first time that Hall has been accused of being a bad neighbor. Back in 2011, the actor was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace when he went on a rampage and ripped out all of his neighbor’s plants.

Anthony Michael Hall continues to act, but his best-known roles were back in the 1980s when he starred in 1983′s National Lampoon’s Vacation, 1985′s The Breakfast Club, 1984′s Sixteen Candles, and 1985′s Weird Science. Hall also went on to perform on Saturday Night Live for the 1985-1986 season at the age of 17 and is still the youngest cast member to have been on the popular show. Hall is also notable for playing a realistic geek in Sixteen Candles, which went on to influence a whole slew of 80s movies featuring geeks. It’ still hard to top Farmer Ted though.

Anthony Michael Hall will serve his 3 years of probation and finish his 40 hours of community service in addition to paying some fines. All in all, the actor got off lucky, considering that his neighbor could have sued him for some big money and he also could have served some hefty jail time. Hopefully the altercation will end up as a teachable moment that provides Hall with the tools to become a fully functioning good neighbor in his condominium complex. Either that, or somebody needs to really close that damn gate.

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