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    Wanted: Female Director for DC Comics 'Wonder Woman' Movie

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    Gal Gadot at Wonder WomanIs it April Fool's Day? Are cats and dogs best friends? Are we crazy, or did Warner Bros. and DC Comics announce that they're looking for woman to direct their "Wonder Woman" movie?

    Buried deep within an item on The Hollywood Reporter about WB's plans for 10 superhero movies is a crazy little detail that's thrown in there almost like an afterthought. "Warners also is opting for strong directors, tapping David Ayer ('Fury') for 'Suicide Squad' and seeking a female helmer for Gal Gadot's 'Wonder Woman.'"

    Marvel has been dominating the superhero space, but Kevin Feige has been hemming and hawing about bringing "Black Widow" to the screen as a stand-alone film. Well, unless Feige has a big surprise in store for fans (and for everyone at Marvel), it seems that DC is getting the jump on catering to audiences hungry for a more female-centric superhero flick.

    Explicitly looking for a female director to take the reins is the cherry on top. As Cinemablend's Kristy Puchko points out, the only female directors who have taken a crack at directing a superhero film are Lexi Alexander, who did "Punisher: War Zone," and Rachel Talalay, who was behind "Tank Girl." And as much as we love Tank Girl, calling her a superhero is a stretch.

    As Puchko also points out, gender shouldn't really make a difference as long as the director is dedicated to bringing "Wonder Woman" to the big screen in all her glory, but the message matters. It's not just that there aren't as many female filmmakers, but that they aren't entrusted with the sort of giant properties and budgets that are often handed directly to male directors with much less experience.

    The only question now is if WB/DC will stick with this plan, and if so, who they'll pick. Do you have any suggestions in mind?

    [via The Dissolve]

    Aaron Paul Zings Toys 'R' Us Over 'Breaking Bad' Figures

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    But how do you really feel, Aaron Paul?

    The former "Breaking Bad" co-star has been tweeting up a storm about the decision by mega-retailer Toys 'R' Us to pull "Breaking Bad" figures from store shelves. And he's making some pretty salient points. The company's move was prompted by a petition started by a mother in Florida who wrote, "Their decision to sell a 'Breaking Bad' doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children's toys is a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values."
    Paul, whose wife Lauren Parsekian is the co-founder of the anti-female bullying organization Kind Campaign, questioned why a store that sells Barbie and violent video games would draw the line at "Breaking Bad." For example, the store sells a figure of Ash from the "Evil Dead" movies; this figure, technically from the second "Evil Dead," is holding a shotgun in one hand and has a chainsaw in place of his right hand, because he'd been forced to saw it off when it became possessed by an evil spirit and tried to kill him.

    Look, we're just saying. Pinkman's got a point.

    [Via EW]

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    Say Good-Bye to 'Honey Boo Boo': TLC Cancels Show

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    Top L to R: Lauryn (Pumpkin), Mike (Sugar Bear), Jessica (Chubbs), Anna (Chickadee). Bottom L to R: Alana (Honey Boo Boo), June (Momma). TLC    Producer Deliverable 31270_ep101_010.jpg
    TLC has canceled its hugely popular reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" after a rumor surfaced on TMZ that June Shannon is romantically involved with a registered sex offender. The details are fairly stomach-turning, but if you want to read more, here's the report at TMZ.

    Despite claims that the two haven't dated in a decade, execs at TLC were concerned enough to cancel the series. They issued the following statement:

    "TLC has canceled the series 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well-being."

    Shannon posted a video to Facebook about the matter, even though "TLC has kinda told us to be hush hush." She said, "Just got a phone call this morning from TLC and, as of right now there will be no more production of the show... These statements of me dating a sex offender is totally untrue. I would not ever ever every put my kids in danger. I love my kids too much. That is my past. I have not seen that person in 10 years and I don't seem to want to see that person."

    The network stated on Thursday that they were "not currently in production" on the show, but The Hollywood Reporter indicates that some episodes were already shot. Either way, the reign of "Honey Boo Boo" is over.

    [Via Deadline]

    The New Fall TV Season: Why Hasn't Anything Been Canceled Yet?

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    Some five weeks in, the new TV season is more notable for what hasn't happened yet: no new show has been canceled.

    Usually, by now, some four or five fall shows have already bit the dust, even amid audience complaints that they hardly got to know these newbies after just two or three episodes. In the past, the sentence for low ratings has been to euthanize these series before they can bleed more money. So why hasn't the guillotine blade fallen even once yet?

    It's not because the network chiefs are all mouthing silent hallelujahs over having finally broken the code and having created a perfect slate of perfect shows that are all hits. Indeed, some new shows are already on the bubble Yet so far, the "Utopias" and "Mulaneys" of the new season have all earned an indefinite stay of execution.

    Why are the networks so merciful this season? Theories abound among TV experts across the Internet. One culprit is the Nielsen ratings themselves, cast into doubt by the recent scandal, a software glitch that tended to favor ABC series over their timeslot rivals. The error persisted for only a few months, but it must have the executives behind underperforming new shows wondering if they're getting full credit for the number of folks actually watching.

    Another factor may be baseball, especially at Fox, a channel that's usually brutally quick to ax a low-rated new show. Post-season games and now the World Series have played havoc with Fox's new primetime schedule, so the network is taking that into account and cutting its shows extra slack, the theory goes. Which does help explain why such clear underperformers as "Utopia" and "Mulaney" (so low-rated that Fox just curtailed its script order) are still on the air.

    But the most common explanation is that no one knows what the rules are anymore. How do you measure a hit or a flop in an age of DVRs, streaming, binge-watching, on-demad, live Tweeting, and other new ways of delivering TV programming and determining its popularity. Even without the recent glitch, it's clear to all the networks that the old-fashioned Nielsen methods of measuring prime-time viewership -- or even its more recent measurements of "live plus seven" (the number of people who watch a show on DVR within a week of its airdate) -- no longer adequately reflects the ways people actually watch TV these days.

    Then again, this has been the case for at least a couple years now. So there may be some additional factors this season that have stayed the executioner's hand. One I haven't seen mentioned is the fact that this season's debuts have been unusually staggered. Some shows debuted early, the second week in September, and some still haven't debuted yet and won't premiere until late October or early November.

    There's also the midseason replacements, those series waiting in the wings to replace the fall shows that fail. So far, none of them has been called up to fill in on the fall line-up. Could it be that the networks have little faith in these winter shows, so little that they're delaying their debuts for as long as possible? Better the devil you know.

    Finally, pilots have become so expensive that the networks want to make sure they're getting their money's worth before giving up on their investment. For instance, Fox's "Gotham" actually is a hit (it's the second most popular new drama, after ABC's "How to Get Away With Murder"). Which is good because, with its elaborate sets, cast of thousands, and epic scope, "Gotham" must be one of the most expensive dramas on TV. Think Fox would want to dump a show like that before wringing out every possible dime and attracting every possible pair of eyeballs?

    VIewers, enjoy this moment while you can. After all, smart TV watchers can smell blood in the water as easily as network executives can, and they can be just as leery of making a commitment to a show they know is doomed. When there are so many good shows, new and old, demanding your time and your DVR space, why make an emotional investment in a series you know will be canceled by Thanksgiving? For now, however, you can feel good about making a date on Thursdays with "Murder," or Mondays with "Gotham," or with fellow newcomers "Black-ish" and "Scorpion." But be more tentative about getting involved with any of the new lookalike romantic comedies ("Manhattan Love Story," "A to Z," etc.), and you may be asking for heartbreak if you devote yourself to "Utopia" or "Mulaney." Because this period of mercy could end at any time, and when it does, that guillotine blade will fall as swiftly as ever.

    Keanu Reeves Facts: 33 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'John Wick' Star

    Filed under: Movies, Trivia
    keanu reeves factsKeanu Reeves just turned 50, and he's still kicking butt on the big screen.

    Reeves broke out in the late '80s as the now iconic Ted Theodore Logan in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) before "Point Break" (1991) and "Speed" (1994) made the actor a bonafide action star -- and that was all before he became Neo in "The Matrix" trilogy. In the past few years, Reeves has also found success behind the camera, directing the martial arts film "Man of Tai Chi" (2013), while still holding onto his indie roots. This fall, Reeves is back playing a legendary hitman out for revenge in the blood action film "John Wick."

    From hanging out with the Red Hot Chili Peppers to his days as K.C. Reeves, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Keanu Reeves.

    1. Keanu Reeves was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon to Patricia Taylor and Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr.

    2. His mother is an English-born costume designer, while his father is a Hawaiian-born American with predominately Native Hawaiian and Chinese ancestry. Reeves's mother was working in Beirut when she met his father.

    3. Reeves's parents divorced when he was only three years old and he moved to Sydney, Australia with his mother before arriving in New York.

    4. In New York, his mother married Paul Aaron, a theater and film director, and the couple moved to Toronto before divorcing in 1971.

    5. Reeves was finally able to settle down in Toronto, though, and he identifies as Canadian to this day.

    6. Although he was settled in Toronto, the actor was still had a knack for bouncing around. Reeves attended four high schools in a span of five years and even got expelled once. On the expulsion, Reeves said: "I was just a little too rambunctious and shot my mouth off once too often. I was not generally the most well-oiled machine in the school. I was just getting in their way, I guess."

    7. While he may have been suffering in the classroom, Reeves found success on the ice as a hockey goalie. He even earned the nickname "The Wall."

    8. Eventually, when he was about 17 or 18, Reeves decided he wanted to pursue acting professionally. The teenager dropped out of high school, never earning a high school diploma, and pursued his dream.

    9. Shortly after, Reeves landed the lead role in a Coca-Cola commercial as a cyclist.

    10. Reeves was also a correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation youth program "Going Great" while he was cutting his teeth as an actor.

    11. Reeves's first role ever came at the age of 9 in a theater production of "Damn Yankees."

    12. But, in 1984, he made his TV debut in an episode of the TV series "Hangin' In."

    13. Two years later, Reeves landed his first major studio role in the hockey movie "Youngblood" (1986) as a Canadian goalie, no less.

    14. The actor was sometimes credited as K.C. Reeves because his representation thought Keanu sounded too exotic.

    15. After the movie's release, the future star drove his 1969 Volvo out to Los Angeles where he was linked up with a manager and agent, Erwin Stoff, arranged by his ex-stepfather Paul Aaron. Stoff has remained Reeves's manager throughout his career.

    16. The actor found steady work immediately, most notably in 1986's "River's Edge," but his big break came as the now iconic Ted 'Theodore' Logan in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989).

    17. 1991 was the year of Keanu. He reprised his role as Ted in "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey," starred in the big-budget, bank robbery movie "Point Break," and found indie success in Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho," opposite the late River Phoenix.

    18. Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis could be seen as a gun-toting rebel surfer in "Point Break." Strangely enough, Reeves co-starred with the RHCP's bassist, Flea, in "My Own Private Idaho," released only a few months later.

    19. Flea and Reeves even lived in director Gus Van Sant's house together (with River Phoenix) and would jam out at night.

    20. In 1991, Reeves began playing bass guitar for the grunge band Dogstar. The band is no longer together, however, music has remained a huge part of his life.

    21. Reeves also performed in the band Becky for a year in the early 2000s.

    22. In 1994, the actor was controversially cast in the blockbuster hit "Speed." Up to that time, Reeves was known for comedies and indie dramas -- "Point Break" being the exception. The international success of "Speed," however, made Reeves (and his co-star, Sandra Bullock) A-list stars.

    23. Still, Reeves often preferred his eclectic roles and turned down a huge paycheck for "Speed 2: Cruise Control" in favor of touring with his band and starring in a production of "Hamlet."

    24. The Sunday Times theater critic, Roger Lewis, lauded the young actor's performance and wrote: "He is one of the top three Hamlets I have seen, for a simple reason: he is Hamlet."

    25. And then... "The Matrix" happened. The 1999 science fiction-action film was an international success that spawned two sequels and cemented Reeves as an A-list actor and action star.

    26. He reportedly gave $80 million of his $114 million earnings for his work on "The Matrix" sequels to the special effects and makeup staff.

    27. Between the first and second "Matrix" films, Reeves starred in "The Replacements" (2000) alongside Gene Hackman. Reeves reportedly took a 90% pay cut so Hackman could be cast.

    28. The film also marked the second time he had played an Ohio State University quarterback. "Point Break" is the other.

    29. He's also a credited director. In 2013, his directorial debut "Man of Tai Chi" premiered at the Beijing Film Festival. Reeves began work on the project in 2008, inspired by his friend and stuntman Tiger Chen, who also starred in the film.

    30. In 2011, he also became an author after writing the text for the grown-up picture "Ode to Happiness."

    31. In September 2014, Reeves had two female intruders in his Hollywood Hills home -- in a span of just four days. Reeves found the first intruder hanging out in his library, while the second took a shower in his bathroom and then was found skinny-dipping in his pool by a cleaning crew. You can't make this stuff up.

    Bonus Facts

    32. Reeves is a motorcycle enthusiast and has recently started manufacturing his own bikes, Arch Motorcycle Company.

    33. He loves ballroom dancing.

    [Sources: IMDb, Wikipedia]
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    Best of Late Night TV: Taylor Swift's New Album and Neil Patrick Harris' Nude Scene (VIDEO)

    taylor swift jimmy kimmelIf 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.

    Taylor Swift has a new album coming out, and the reviews are ahhhhhh-mazing. The songstress stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to talk about "1989," and even admitted that she kept the album exclusively on her phone for over a year because she was paranoid that someone might record it!

    Taylor's known for her cryptic lyrics (many of which are about her ex-boyfriends), and she dished on the meaning of a few in particular. Thank goodness –– if it wasn't for Jimmy Kimmel we'd be analyzing these musings for weeks.

    Alfred Enoch also visited "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and chatted about his stint on the "Harry Potter" movies. Apparently he celebrated the end of shooting by streaking on set –– specifically The Ministry of Magic set. Good times!

    Over on "Conan," Neil Patrick Harris spent a while musing about his sex scene in "Gone Girl," which apparently took two entire days to shoot.

    Last but definitely not least, Taylor performed her new hit "Out of the Woods" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and word of warning: you'll probably spend your day watching this obsessively because that's how good it is.

    Hear Meryl Streep & Anna Kendrick Sing in New 'Into the Woods' Featurette (VIDEO)

    Into the WoodsWe've already gotten a sneak peek at what the actors of "Into the Woods" will look like in their fairytale roles. Now, a new featurette gives audiences their first listen to stars like Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick singing the musical's iconic tunes.

    The clip is interspersed with interviews from stars like Blunt and Streep, who praise director Rob Marshall ("Chicago") and songwriter Stephen Sondheim, and discuss the timeless themes that the film portrays.

    "The theme very much is, 'Careful what you wish for,'" says Blunt.

    Marshall also explains why "Into the Woods" appeals to such a wide audience.

    "It's not just a musical, it's not just a comedy, it's not just a drama -- it's all of those things, interwoven," the director notes.

    "Into the Woods" also stars Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, James Corden, Tracy Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lila Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, and Frances de la Tour. It hits theaters on Christmas Day.

    [via: Vanity Fair]

    Photo credit: Disney

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    Courtney Love Books Another TV Gig, Will Recur on 'Empire'

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    Fresh off signing on for a part in FX biker drama "Sons of Anarchy," Courtney Love will once again grace the small screen with a recurring guest star gig on new Fox series "Empire."

    "Empire" focuses on a record label headed by Terrence Howard. Love is set to play Elle Dallas, "a hard rock powerhouse, who is part of Empire Entertainment's stable of artists."

    The singer-actress is just the latest big name to join "Empire"'s already star-studded cast, which also includes Taraji P. Henson ("Hustle and Flow"), model Naomi Campbell, Cuba Gooding Jr. ("Jerry Maguire"), Gabourey Sidibe ("American Horror Story," "Precious"), Derek Luke ("The Americans"), and Judd Nelson ("The Breakfast Club").

    "Empire" is slated to premiere on Fox sometime in early 2015.

    [via: Cinema Blend]

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    Sorry, 'Twilight' Fans: Kristen Stewart Is Taking a Break From Acting

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    After shooting seven films back-to-back, Kristen Stewart has announced that she's taking a break from acting.

    Stewart, who shot to international stardom thanks to her starring role as Bella Swan in the "Twilight" series, hasn't really stopped working since, and that's the problem, the actress revealed in a new interview with USA Today. After wrapping her latest project, the futuristic flick "Equals," which co-stars Nicholas Hoult, USA Today reports that the process "tore her up emotionally, and necessitated what she long thought she needed: a break to just be Kristen the person. She won't read a single script in the coming months."

    The break is a long time coming, Stewart said.

    "I'm taking some time off because I've been working for two years. I'm an actor and that's my art form, and because I started that so young, I've always felt intimidated and insufficient when I think about other forms of art I want to create. I'm going to take so much time off," Stewart told the paper. "I'm going to buy a live-work space in downtown LA and I'm going to make some (stuff) with my hands. Literally, I made that decision a few weeks ago. I'm making a short film. I'm making a bunch of (stuff). I don't know how I'll put it out. But I'm not going to hold it so preciously close to me. I write all the time."

    Despite the need to recharge, Stewart reported that she was feeling happy these days, and excited about her future.

    "Now, I really have no apprehension about anything, which is great," she told USA Today. "I can get behind all of my creative endeavors more so than ever before. I'm super happy and challenged and inspired and relaxed."

    Enjoy your time off, Kristen; your fans will be waiting for you when you return.

    [via: USA Today]

    Photo credit: Getty Images

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    Alfie Allen on 'John Wick,' 'Game of Thrones,' and Perfecting a Russian Accent

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    alfie allen john wickMost know Alfie Allen from his role as Theon Greyjoy on HBO's "Game of Thrones," the squirrelly, perpetually tortured soul who was raised as one of the Stark children until, of course, his sudden but inevitable betrayal. But in the new, Keanu Reeves-led action movie "John Wick," Allen gets to try on the pants of a different, but equally smarmy villain Iosef Tarasov, a young Russian punk whose father, Viggo (Michael Nyqvist) is a Russian mobster and head of a huge operation in New York. When Iosef targets Reeves' John Wick, a former assassin, all hell breaks loose. It's really, really good.

    We got a chance to chat with Allen about what it was like playing a contemporary bastard, what his favorite aspect of the movie's pseudo-fantastical landscape was, and have to inform him that, yes, the guy who plays Hodor is off next season and taking part in a world tour as a DJ.

    Moviefone: What drew you to "John Wick"?

    Alfie Allen: Speaking to Chad and Dave [Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, the co-directors of "John Wick"], they were very enthusiastic about the project. Two ex-stuntmen working on a project with a lot of stunts in it, I just thought, Yeah, they're going to get that right. They were super psyched to have me on board. The cast was amazing –- they had Keanu and Michael and Willem Dafoe and John Leguizamo. It was insane that they wanted me to be a part of that.

    What was it like working with Keanu? It's one thing to do an action movie but another to do an action movie with a guy with such an amazing history in the genre.

    It was a little intimidating at first, but once I met Keanu, he's a very nice, down-to-earth dude. He's just a really cool guy. We got to chatting about a lot of stuff. He started working when he was a kid and that's when I started working. They really worked him hard. He really threw himself into it.

    But he loves doing stunt work. How did you feel about that stuff?

    I was on the receiving end of the stunt work, to be honest with you. I just got some of it.

    You did some kicking.

    That's true. I did some kicking to the head. That was cool. That was really great. It was great having Chad and Dave there because we had stuntmen on deck, obviously, but it was also great to have them come in and give their take.

    This character is obviously very different from your "Game of Thrones" character. But they're both kind of bastards.

    There's definitely parallels there.

    What is the appeal of playing a character like that?

    I mean... I don't really see him that way. I was looking at it as someone who wants to take over the family business one day. I always thought that it was kind of interesting that maybe Viggo was trying to steer him away from that and show him a better life. Or maybe Viggo planned to have him take over the family business and then saw what a f*ck-up he was, so then he couldn't do that. It's just fun playing those type of roles because it's very detached from the person I hope I actually am.

    One of the most fun aspects of this movie is that it's an entire alternate reality.

    When I read the script, I really, really loved that. I thought, I really like this mysterious, kind of mystic underworld. It was cool. I don't want to give too much away, but the currency used and everything in this slick world.

    What was your favorite aspect of that whole world?

    The hotel. When I read the script I thought that was really cool. Michael was saying that there are places like that in Europe.

    Something tells me if someone were to know where those places are, it'd be him.

    Probably. Although we probably wouldn't know. We'd walk in there and be like, "Whoa."

    What was it like working on your Russian accent?

    I had a voice coach who really helped me. And then she told me about a Russian bath I should go and check out and test it out on some real Russian people. When I started out, I sounded a lot like that guy from "A Fish Called Wanda," which is quite funny. But I enjoyed it. It was one of the things that really drew me to the role -– that I would get to speak another language and also play an American at the same time. So it was interesting.

    You shot in New York. What was that like? New York is really a character in the movie, as well.

    Oh totally. It was amazing. There's one scene in it where, at the beginning, you see New York through a graveyard and it's a pretty amazing shot. It's beautifully shot, as well. I kind of remember looking at some of the stuff on set and thinking, Wow this looks really great. But I've kind of gone off course. What was the question again?

    Oh, it probably isn't important. It was just about New York and what that experience was like for you.

    Oh, it was great. I hadn't been to New York for any kind of extended period of time. It was fun. I was working very hard so I didn't get to see as much of the city as I'd like to see. Like the other day I took my first walk in Central Park. It was great! When I was shooting, it was around Christmas, so it was freezing cold. I got out just before the worst of it apparently. But it was lovely. And now that there are still leaves in the trees, I'll still go check it out again.

    So as far as I remember, in "Game of Thrones," you're still alive, right?

    I was in the last episode of the last season.

    Some of the characters aren't coming back next season because of the way the narrative is structured...

    I didn't know that some of the characters weren't coming back.

    Brann and Hodor aren't coming back.

    Oh, I had no idea. Really?

    Yes. The guy who plays Hodor is going on a world tour as a DJ. So he's off for the whole year.

    Who said that?

    The guy who plays Hodor!

    Oh, he said that? I hadn't read that. That's crazy. Well, we're shooting at the moment. And it's going well. I'm done a week out there and there are four days coming up. But it's going well.

    Are you shooting in Ireland?

    I don't want to say. I don't want to give anything away.

    "John Wick" is in theaters now.

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