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    The Cast of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Does the Baby Groot Dance (VIDEO)

    guardians of the galaxy cast dance baby grootGetting ready for the long weekend but still stuck at work and wondering where your life went wrong? Well, we've got a little silver lining for you, in the form of a crummy video of "Guardians of the Galaxy" actors Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker recreating the sequence at the end of the film with baby Groot dancing. It is a delight.

    The impromptu scene recreation happened at the Wizard World Chicago, a fairly widely attended comic book convention. Bautista, who played Drax the Destroyer, is spot on in Xeroxing his performance from the movie while Rooker takes some "Magic Mike"-style liberties with Groot boogying down. (Rooker, for those unfamiliar with his human visage, played buck-toothed, blue-skinned baddie Yondu.) The footage, courtesy of io9, isn't the best quality, but that doesn't matter – your heart will explode with joy just the same.

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    What Makes a Great TV Series Finale?

    Filed under: TV

    What makes a good series finale? Three events this week bring this question into focus: Sunday's "True Blood" series ender, Monday's celebration of the departed "Breaking Bad" at the Emmys, and Wednesday's Vox interview with David Chase, where the "Sopranos" creator finally offered an answer to the question of whether Tony died at the end of the notorious blackout finale of the 1999-2007 series.

    All three of these finales, plus others of shows that went off the air this year ("Dexter," "How I Met Your Mother") drew both kudos and complaints. Some fans found these finales satisfying and others found them cheap copouts. It almost makes you sorry for the writers, who seem bound to disappoint some faction of fans, no matter how they choose to wrap things up.

    Take "True Blood," for instance. (Warning: Spoilers follow.) Fans who'd been watching since the beginning of the HBO series seven years ago may have expected Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer) to end up together. For such fans, Bill's insistence on having Sookie put him out of his misery (instead of partaking of the Hepatitis-V cure) so that she could live a normal life (whatever that meant) made little sense. The finale also seemed in a rush to tie up loose ends for most of the other surviving characters. (Some, like Sam and Lafayette, were given especially short shrift.) And the happily-ever-after Thanksgiving tableau (which made the vampire drama look like the opening credits of NBC's "Parenthood") that saw Sookie pregnant and living with an unseen new man frustrated those who wanted to see Sookie and up with Bill, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), or at least some other character not introduced in the last moments of the series.

    On the other hand, the finale did manage to encapsulate neatly the theme of the entire series, in Sookie's question to the preacher of whether, if we're all created by God, any of us can be considered mistakes. That's a nice way of summing up the series central vampires-as-gays metaphor. If everyone, even once-closeted fringe-dwellers like vampires, is a human with dignity and deserving of love (everyone, that is, except bigots like Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp), whose fate is to live a life devoid of hope, chained up in the Fangtasia basement, to be fed upon by wealthy vampires), then it's no wonder that the finale centered on the impromptu human/vampire wedding of Hoyt and Jessica and ended with that human/vampire/fairy/shapeshifter Thanksgiving celebration. In the end, it doesn't really matter who Sookie's man is, only that she found one without giving up the fairy powers that make her who she is.

    So if you thought your favorite "True Blood" character got either shortchanged or over-explained, you're not alone. The episode seemed designed to please and infuriate in equal measure.

    That's hard for fans to accept, for any series finale. We want our hours, our years, of emotional investment in the show and its characters to be rewarded in a way that honors our commitment, even though the elements we often admire about shows – how true-to-life the characters are, how complex the plotting is – mean that tidy resolutions that offer closure for all the characters are hard to come by. Maybe the only series finale of the past decade that remained true to its premise while offering closure for all the protagonists was mortuary drama "Six Feet Under," which told us how each of them would die.

    Still, this past year was full of unusually unsatisfying finales, from "Dexter" (he becomes a lumberjack? Really?) to "How I Met Your Mother" (all those years of preparing for the Mother's arrival and for Robin and Barney's wedding were a big head-fake? Really?). Even "True Detective," whose next season will center on all-new characters and a new storyline, ended its first season of deep philosophizing and arcane literary references by having its sleuths stumble upon the killer almost by dumb luck rather than expert puzzle-solving skills.

    It's no wonder, then, that Monday's 66th annual Primetime Emmys served as a celebration of a series whose finale we're still talking about in mostly positive terms 11 months later, "Breaking Bad." True, Walt (Bryan Cranston) almost too neatly tied up all his loose ends before he died, but then, that's the kind of person he was. And he didn't tie up all loose ends; he didn't get to reconcile with his son, for instance. But he did free Jesse (Aaron Paul), kill off his remaining enemies, and provide financially for his family's future. Most important, he finally admitted to his wife Skylar (Anna Gunn) that he didn't turn to crime just to build a nest egg for his survivors but also because he enjoyed it. Everyone pretty much got what the fans felt they deserved, the show went out on a high note, and the series as a whole ended up looking like a classic, especially in light of this year's shows with weaker finales.

    The ultimate in divisive, ambiguous finales was, of course, the 2007 conclusion to "The Sopranos," with its buildup of unbearable tension in that diner and its abrupt blackout, leaving Tony's (James Gandolfini) fate in narrative limbo. To this day, it's a climax fans argue about bitterly – which is also a measure of its success. Fans don't just debate whether or not Tony was about to die, but whether series creator David Chase ended the show in a fitting way or cheated fans out of closure by refusing to reveal Tony's fate.

    For seven years, Chase has declined to say whether Tony survived long enough to finish his plate of onion rings or not, essentially arguing that it doesn't matter because Tony's story was over. Even if he lived, he'd still be sentenced to life as Tony Soprano – always having to look over his shoulder, always having to deal with his resentful family – and that might be poetic justice enough.

    Wednesday's Vox interview seems to be the first time Chase has allowed the door to swing one way or the other. The article quotes him as saying of Tony, "No, he isn't" –- though it doesn't say what question he's answering (presumably, "Is Tony dead?").

    If that's really what Chase meant to say, then the remark is itself a puzzler. Why break the silence now? Why break it at all? Why ruin the ambiguity he's made a point of preserving all these years?

    Indeed, Chase and some of his TV critic acolytes seem to have spent the last couple of days walking back the remark. Chase issued a press release insisting that his remark was misconstrued. "There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true," the release read. "As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, 'Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.' To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of 'The Sopranos' raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer."

    You could take Chase's press release one step further and argue that whatever he says doesn't matter, even if he's the guy who created the series and wrote and directed the last episode. No matter what he says, the episode exists, the ending exists, and it speaks for itself, no matter what its creator has to say about it. Whatever he may say now, a resolute answer to Tony's fate is simply not there on the screen. The ambiguous final shot isn't a puzzle to be solved; it's a moment whose crystallized uncertainty is emblematic of the six seasons' worth of episodes that preceded it.

    TV is like life, in that sense. It shouldn't be about the ending, but about the journey. That's the way we experienced it while we watched it, and that's the way we experience it again in reruns, not with an eye toward how it will all wrap up in the end, but rather as an interesting stop along the way, to be savored and explored for its own merits. It would be nice if the end offered enough meaning to make sense of it all, but life doesn't always work out that way, and neither does TV.

    Of course, you almost never know when life will end, while TV creators, if they're lucky, get a season or two of advance notice as to their show's finale date. Even so, some of them don't seem to plan well in the season or seasons leading up to the end; characters are killed or otherwise hastily written off and plot complications are either too quickly tied up and swept aside or ignored altogether. For many, that was the problem with the final season of "True Blood" (and other recent shows, including "Lost," which gave itself three seasons to resolve its mysteries and still ran out of time, or "The Office," which fumbled around its last season until it could coax Steve Carell to return for the finale).

    So for those series whose finales we'll see during the upcoming season ("Boardwalk Empire," "Mad Men," "Parks and Recreation"), you scriptwriters have your work cut out for you. Plan well, but realize that you're not going to make every fan happy, tie up every loose end, or give every character satisfying closure. So you might as well embrace a little ambiguity. Better to leave fans wanting more than to overstuff them and make them feel queasy about the entire series.

    Labor Day Binge Guide: Catch Up on These Returning Shows Right Now

    Filed under: TV, Worth Watching
    Fall TV will be back in a flash -- are you caught up on the shows that are about to return? We think it's about time to take the last long weekend of the summer to binge on the series that somehow got bumped from your TV routine or never got the viewing time from you they deserved in the first place.

    September is coming. Thankfully, the long weekend has arrived... Here's what you need to catch up on right away:

    "Boardwalk Empire"
    The end of the HBO period crime drama is approaching -- Season 5 premieres September 7.


    "Sons of Anarchy"
    Another series approaching its last season -- don't you want to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to the biker gang? You have until September 9th to get those six wonderful seasons under your watching belt.


    "New Girl"
    Hey, these episodes are only a half hour. Totally doable. Zooey Deschanel and company's three seasons of relationship drama and friendship fun are a must before its September 16th premiere.


    "The Mindy Project"
    The Mindy Kaling-led rom-commy hilarity that is "The Mindy Project" has only two seasons. Do yourself a favor and dig in before September 16th rolls around.


    "The Good Wife"
    So, realistically, "The Good Wife" is more of a commitment. The riveting one hour series has five seasons to get through, but its prime binge material if you're into law dramas. A September 21st premiere gives you some breathing room, anyway. Still time!

    "Sleepy Hollow"
    There's only one season of Fox's delightful supernatural police drama "Sleepy Hollow" so there are really no excuses if you're not ready to go by September 22nd.


    "The Blacklist"
    Same goes for NBC's crime drama, "The Blacklist" -- the thrilling hit's second season rolls around on September 22nd.


    There are only two season's of ABC's delightfully soapy country music drama, "Nashville." Be ready to face the music when it returns on September 24th.


    "Parenthood" heads into into its final season on September 25th. If you're not familiar with the fabulous Braverman family, you have about a month to get to know them and fall in love for life.


    "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
    There's only one season of the hilarious Andy Samberg cop comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Find out what all the fuss is about before September 28th.


    "The Originals"
    Another show with only one season to get through is the "Vampire Diaries" spinoff, "The Originals." If you're looking for a new sexy supernatural show to sink your teeth into, look no further. It comes back October 6th...


    "Arrow" has only two seasons, and it's a fantastic ride even if you're not into comic books. Trust us.
    You have until October 8 to binge away.


    Photo courtesy of Patrick Ecclesine/NBC

    Who Is Doctor Strange? A Look at Marvel's Next Movie Superhero

    Filed under: Movies

    Who is Dr. Strange?News of Joaquin Phoenix (perhaps) taking on the role Doctor Strange is spreading like wildfire, and Marvel is looking past Thor, Captain America, and "Avengers 2" to the good Doctor! But who is Doctor Strange? If you're not a die-hard comics reader, Moviefone has everything you need to know about Marvel's Master of the Mystic Arts.

    Who is Doctor Strange? Stephen Strange is a skilled but arrogant neurosurgeon who is only driven by money. A car accident cripples his hands, leaving him unable to work. Desperately seeking a cure for his handicap, he travels the world seeking out alternative remedies, until he finds himself in the Himalayas, under the care of a mystic old man, known as the Ancient One. After saving the Ancient One's life, Strange becomes his pupil and learns humility, wisdom... and a little thing called magic.

    Throughout the years, Strange wields a growing arsenal of magic powers, putting him into conflict with demons, gods, and witches in this dimension and the next. Along the way, he is aided by Wong, his martial arts practicing sidekick, and Clea, a sorceress and love interest.

    Who is the villain? At the risk of certain death by sneaking into top-secret Disney meetings, we can safely speculate that the "Strange" movie will feature up to three villains. The first is Baron Mordo, the first spell-casting disciple of the Ancient One who plots to kill his mentor with black magic. Mordo serves the dread Dormammu, a flaming-head-ed tyrant of the Dark Dimension. Then there are the Mindless Ones, big rocky, humanoids that do the bidding of whoever summons them.

    If we could make a rough "Lord of the Rings" analogy: The Mindless Ones = Orcs, Baron Mordo = Saruman, and Dormammu = Sauron.

    What is the movie about? Don't get too ahead of yourself with visions of Strange tangling with the most fantastical creatures of the Marvel Universe. Expect an origin story, as Strange learns to control his new powers. This movie will also serve as one of the tentpoles of Phase 3, the wave of Marvel movies that will follow "Avengers 2" and hope to expand upon the adventures of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth. We'll be treated to new characters, new genres, and perhaps a team of new Avengers.

    What should I read? Check out the gallery below for a crash-course in everything Doctor Strange, from his magical first appearance to his current adventures.

    Article photo courtesy Marvel

    Is Beyoncé Cooler Than Jay-Z? (EXCLUSIVE)

    Filed under: TV, Worth Watching
    Neal Brennan Beyonce Approval Matrix"The Approval Matrix" (sort of) answers the age-old question: who's cooler, Beyoncé or Jay-Z?

    Neal Brennan argues that even though Jay-Z is "the picture of cool," he's not worthy of the title because he steps into the studio and just "goes off the top of his head," while Beyoncé works and grinds and just, well, "surfboardt."

    But some of Brennan's guest panelists aren't so keen to agree with him. After all, Jay-Z is one of the greatest rappers ever and is an equally savvy business man. In the great Hova's own words, "I'm not a business man/I'm a business, man."

    You can catch the entire episode on "The Approval Matrix" Monday, September 1, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on SundanceTV.

    'The Approval Matrix' - Who's Cooler? Jay-Z or Beyonce

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus Facts: 21 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Veep' Star

    Filed under: TV, Trivia
    Julia Louis Dreyfus Facts
    Arguably the greatest female comedic actor ever (she has the Emmys to prove it), Julia Louis-Dreyfus hardly needs an introduction.

    At only 21 years old, the actress was cast on "Saturday Night Live," a Cinderella-like start for the young New York native. While the show didn't catapult her to fame, it was a stepping-stone that culminated with her landing the role of Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld" (1989 - 1998). Proving there's no "'Seinfeld' curse," Louis-Dreyfus has had plenty of success since the acclaimed NBC sitcom ended, raking in several Emmys along the way. Just this summer, she took home her latest trophy for her work on HBO's "Veep."

    From her eyebrow-raising family background to her actress half-sister, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

    1. Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus was born January 13, 1961 in New York, New York to Judith LeFever and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus.

    2. Her parents divorced when Louis-Dreyfus was still just a baby. She later relocated to Washington D.C. with her mother, who remarried when Julia was eight years old.

    3. Her half-sister is actress Lauren Bowles, best known for her supporting role in "True Blood." She also appeared as a waitress in this great episode of "Seinfeld."

    4. Louis-Dreyfus's father is a French-born American businessman, who is the chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services, a multi-billion dollar French commodities and shipping conglomerate. The actress's great-great-grandfather founded the company in 1851.

    5. So, to say the actress is wealthy would be an understatement. Louis-Dreyfus is worth about $200 million in her own right, mostly from her "Seinfeld" success.

    6. The acclaimed sitcom ran for nine seasons with a total of 180 episodes and earned Louis-Dreyfus her first Emmy win.

    7. Overall, she has been nominated for 18 Emmys (15 as an actress) and taken home 5 awards. She has won the last three Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for "Veep."

    8. She's also the only actress to net three wins for three separate comedy series: "Seinfeld," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," and "Veep."

    9. Her 15 nominations also make her the most-nominated comedic actress in Emmy history. Lucille Ball ("I Love Lucy") is second with 13 nominations.

    10. She's also received a Razzie nomination for her role in "Father's Day" (1997). Luckily, though, she avoided the dubious honor when she "lost" the award to Alicia Silverstone for "Batman & Robin."

    11. Before her incredible success, Louis-Dreyfus attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied theatre.

    12. It was there that she met her future husband, writer/actor Brad Hall. Hall and Louis-Dreyfus have been married since 1987 and have two sons together.

    13. After school, the actress pursued her acting dreams and was subsequently cast on "Saturday Night Live" in 1982. She was the youngest female cast member in the history of the show at the time and described the experience as "Cinderella-getting-to-go-to-the-ball."

    14. Hall also appeared on "SNL" at the same time, making them the only husband and wife team to do so.

    15. While on "SNL," where she stayed until 1985, the actress met writer Larry David, who would later cast her in "Seinfeld."

    16. After leaving "SNL," the actress made her film debut in the fantasy horror movie "Troll" (1986).

    17. That same year, she appeared in Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters."

    18. In 1988, Louis-Dreyfus was cast in her first NBC sitcom "Day by Day," though the show was cancelled after only two seasons.

    19. Her next NBC sitcom, of course, was "Seinfeld," but believe it or not, she was not originally meant to appear in the series. The pilot episode ("The Seinfeld Chronicles") lacked a female presence, and the network demanded that an actress be cast.

    20. Ultimately, Louis-Dreyfus won the part after beating out several other actresses that would rise to prominence: Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Love Raymond"), Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace"), and Rosie O'Donnell.

    21. (Bonus fact) The actress's paternal grandfather, Pierre Louis-Dreyfus fought in the French Resistance and later flew in 81 bombing missions on the Western Front during WWII.

    [Sources: Wikipedia, IMDb]

    Best of Late Night TV: Ed Sheeran's Stint as Annie and Aaron Paul's Bathroom Birth (VIDEO)

    If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

    Jump starting today's mini late night roundup is Ed Sheeran, who cruised on over to "Jimmy Kimmel Live" not just to serenade us with his dulcet tones, but also to give fans a sneak peek at his performance as Little Orphan Annie in the forthcoming live production of "Annie." Spoiler alert: he's flawless.
    Ed also told Jimmy about the time he randomly had a sleepover at Courtney Cox's house. Oh, and the time he even more randomly ended up living at Jamie Fox's digs. Apparently he's Hollywood's resident couch surfer.
    Former "Breaking Bad" star, Aaron Paul, also stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and told the riveting story of his birth. Turns out he was born on the bathroom floor an entire month early, and his mom straight-up cut the cord by herself!
    So, what happened on the well-trodden stage of "The Late Show"? Mike Myers showed up with a series of adorable pictures of his kids, and he shared the story behind their unusual names. Turns out Mike named his daughter Sunday because he hates Sundays. Who knew?

    Here's Everything Wrong With 'Toy Story' in One Supercut (VIDEO)

    toy story, everything wrong with toy story, toy story sins"Toy Story," Pixar's first feature, is a film beloved by millions, but it requires a lot of suspension of disbelief. That's where Cinema Sins (motto: "No movie is without sin") comes in.

    In less than nine minutes, the site breaks down its many beefs with the animated classic, chief among them the fact that the toys are never caught talking and moving around, despite being pretty reckless. The video takes to task Andy's poor spelling and handwriting for his age, the creepy sexual innuendo between Woody and Bo, and the oh-so-convenient fact that Andy always seems to leave his bedroom door closed when he leaves, allowing the toys to do whatever they want without anyone seeing them.

    As for the film's second act, when Woody and Buzz are discovered by devilish next door neighbor Sid, Cinema Sins finds it strange that the boy "just happens to be at the Pizza Planet because evil always lurks at pizza-themed restaurants." There are items missing from certain shots, questionable uses of a remote control car -- and did the video mention that NO ONE notices these toys racing down the street chasing a moving van?

    In all, Cinema Sins tallied 76 different grievances. While we're sure that it feels good for the site to get that off of its chest, we have to wonder if they've ever heard of the concept of a fictional film. It's not supposed to be 100 percent believable, guys -- especially when the protagonists are talking toys.

    via: Cinema Sins

    Photo credit: YouTube

    Horror Movie Mistakes So Scary You Missed Them (PHOTOS)

    Horror Movie Mistakes
    Part of the appeal of horror movies is that scares are the top priority. But sometimes that means quality comes second.

    Horror movies are sometimes filled with cheesy sub-plots, low production value, and, at times, some seriously questionable acting, but as long as the movie delivers that thrill or shock you came to see, all is easily forgiven. Right? We've assembled a few on-screen errors -- from movies such as "The Shining" and "Scream" -- to see if that holds true.

    As usual, all photos are courtesy of

    Netflix Paid HOW MUCH to Stream 'The Blacklist'?!

    Filed under: TV
    Golden Globes Nominations"The Blacklist" is coming to Netflix streaming -- and the service paid a pretty penny for the rights to the NBC series.

    Deadline reports that Netflix shelled out a whopping $2 million per episode of the James Spader-starring series, a figure that is "believed to be the biggest subscription video-on-demand deal for a TV series." The first season of "The Blacklist" will be available beginning next weekend, with upcoming seasons slated to appear on the streaming service shortly after their season finales.

    That huge price tag is nothing new for Netflix, which also paid approximately $1.35 million per episode for the previous most expensive series, "The Walking Dead," and $900,000 per pop for installments of "New Girl." And The Hollywood Reporter notes that the streaming giant doesn't shy away from big payouts when it can claim exclusive first re-broadcasting rights to a series, including the CBS summer 2015 show "The Zoo," for which it reportedly threw down $1 million per episode. (The "Blacklist" deal does not preclude studio Sony TV from reselling the series into network or cable syndication, however; Netflix just gets first crack at it.)

    So if you never got around to watching "The Blacklist" during its initial run, just fire up Netflix to check it out. Just don't be surprised if your subscription fee suddenly gets fired up, too.

    [via: Deadline, h/t The Hollywood Reporter]

    Photo credit: Associated Press

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