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‘The Leftovers’: Damon Lindelof Promises Naked Justin Theroux if HBO Drama Earns Emmy Nominations

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As Emmy nomination voting comes to a close, there’s only one reason “The Leftovers” won’t land any nods: Damon Lindelof started his campaign too late.

On Monday evening, the co-creator and showrunner of “The Leftovers” unveiled an Emmys Fyc campaign on his Instagram page, and made voters an offer they couldn’t refuse. If “The Leftovers” gets nominated for an Emmy, Justin Theroux gets naked.

Read More: ‘The Leftovers’ Longest Running Joke: A Timeline of Every Reference to Justin Theroux’s Penis

Ok, Ok, it’s a little more specific than that. Take a look for yourself at his first post.

A post shared by Damon (@damonlindelof) on Jun 26, 2017 at 3:50pm Pdt

“Nominate Theroux and the sweatpants go away,” Lindelof wrote over a photo of Theroux wearing gray sweatpants and only gray sweatpants. That’s a pretty clear message paired with a pretty enticing photo. It »


- Ben Travers

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‘Twin Peaks’: Let’s Talk About the Birth of Bob, Laura Palmer, the Woodsmen and Whatever That Critter Is

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Twin Peaks” Episode 8 titled “Part 8 – Gotta Light?”]

What was only hinted at in the third episode of “Twin Peaks” became a full-blown surrealistic experience in Sunday’s avant-garde “Part 8.”

Despite the experimental filmmaking and very little dialogue, the 50-minute bombardment of sound and fury coalesced into an intriguing origin story that promised a lot more sense in the contemporary story to come. Giving historical context to some of the things we’ve seen so far anchors the story in a way that it hasn’t been before. But this wasn’t just the story of one birth, but of many. Let’s break those and a few other theories down:

Read More: ‘Twin PeaksReview: Part 8 Aims for Maximum Weirdness and Succeeds

What About Bob?

The evil spirit (Frank Silva) we first met in the original series has been riding along with Evil Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in some sort of weird, mutual symbiosis. It seemed that »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Bangarang: The Hook Prequel’ Gives Rufio A Touching Origin Story — Watch

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When ’80s babies and the young at heart think back on Steven Spielberg’s wildly inventive 1991 riff on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, “Hook,” there is one character whose tough-guy bravado and eventual softening charm they remember: Rufio. While Robin Williams’ grown-up Peter and Dustin Hoffman’s wily Captain Hook anchored the classic, it was the flame red mohawk and mischievous smile of the young Dante Basco that captured the hearts of burgeoning young movie lovers the world over. With “Bangarang,” the de facto leader of the lost boys gets his very own origin story, and it’s fittingly adorable.

Read More: ‘Hook’ Prequel About Rufio Imagined as ‘Moonlight’ Meets ‘Jurassic Park

The short film finds young Roofus (Sheaden Gabriel) hassled by a bully and anxious about his mother’s impending departure to the Philippines. Roofus will go into foster care while she is gone, and she has no set return date. »


- Jude Dry

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How Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Young Pope’ Boldly Takes Us Inside the Vatican

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The Young Pope” explores faith and doubt, with Jude Law as a rogue American Pope driven to shake up the system. To that end, director Paolo Sorrentino and his long-time cinematographer Luca Bigazzi overturned visual convention for their first TV series together.

“From my very first meeting with Paolo we said that the film should have strong contrasts, contrasts almost antithetical to the TV style,” said Bigazzi. “Extremely strong lights, almost blinding, and extreme darkness, bordering on the limits of visibility. Our approach didn’t only want to be a sterile challenge against the age-old and now outdated conventions of television (which in Italy are still the rule), but mainly wanted to be a visual way of interpreting a story that talks about holiness, perdition, transparency, mystery, unspeakable secrets and revealed truths.”

Opening up the Vatican

The Young Pope” is set mainly in the inaccessible Vatican in Rome.  Therefore, visual »


- Bill Desowitz

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‘Star Wars’: 13 Amazing International Movie Posters

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- Zack Sharf

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‘Twin Peaks’ Part 8 Was the Closest We’ll Come to Seeing David Lynch’s ‘Tree of Life’

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“Some people go nuts for ‘Tree of Life,’” David Lynch said during a Los Angeles Times interview five years ago. “I love Terry Malick. But ‘Tree of Life’ wasn’t my cup of tea.” After being asked a follow-up question about why he couldn’t get into the film, Lynch simply repeated himself: “It wasn’t my cup of tea.”

If you’ve ever wondered what the Lynchian equivalent of “The Tree of Life” would look like, last night’s entrancing episode of “Twin Peaks” offers a clue. It might have been the most visually stunning 60 minutes of television ever produced — and certainly the revival’s best episode since last month’s two-part premiere — and most who tuned in have no earthly idea what actually happened.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Review: Part 8 Aims for Maximum Weirdness and Succeeds

As fate would have it, that interview was about the fact that »


- Michael Nordine

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Fills Its Writers’ Room With All-Male Staff

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The X-Files” was always a show where the quality depended largely on the writing, so paying attention to who would sign up for the upcoming Season 11 has been a high priority for fans.

And now we know: TV Line is reporting that creator Chris Carter has re-enlisted writers Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, and James Wong (who all worked on Season 10) for the new season, which is shooting this summer for a early 2018 release.

Read More: ‘The X-Files’ Deal Finally Done; Revival Set to Return For Second 10-Episode Season

In addition, three new writers have been selected to help complete the 10 episodes ordered by Fox earlier this year. And the new kids in town are Gabe Rotter, Benjamin Van Allen, and Brad Follmer — the first two were writers’ assistants on Seasons 9 and 10, while Follmer was Carter’s personal assistant during the show’s original run.

That’s right: In the year »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Glow’ Breakout Betty Gilpin Still Doesn’t Feel Like She’s Made It, and That’s a Hollywood Problem

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The term breakout is a tad misleading.

While implying that someone has broken free from the pack — a standout among standouts; that they’ve “made it” — there’s no guarantee of permanence. Many so-called breakouts have an expiration date on their spotlight, and plenty of these actors who’ve proven themselves in one way or another still fade away over time. Then they’re asked to do it all over again, sometimes for their entire career.

Read More: ‘Glow’ Producers Didn’t Want to Cast Alison Brie — Here’s How She Fought to Change Their Minds

Betty Gilpin, the electrifying spark of both “American Gods” and “Glow” in their debut seasons, is absolutely a summer breakout. She might even be a 2017 breakout, if buzz holds and fans continue to discover both shows (now available in full on Starz and Netflix, respectively). Her talent is undeniable and is being vouched for »


- Ben Travers

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‘Veep’: God Help Us All, Here’s Jonah Ryan’s Presidential Campaign Website

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The last time “Veep” launched a Jonah Ryan campaign, the show gave us a thirty second outtake reel of the hapless, failing-upward Congressman fumbling with an axe in the middle of a forest.

Now, after a shocking Season 6 finale, the next “Veep” frontier appears to be a…[gulp]…Jonah Ryan presidential campaign. In the wake of Sunday night’s episode, the show launched Jonah’s official campaign website and it’s everything you’d expect it to be.

Read More: ‘Veep’: Timothy Simons is Giving the Most Politically Relevant Performance on TV, and He’s Impersonating a Toddler

Like the site that the show made for the Meyer Fund for Adult Literacy, AIDS, the Advancement of Global Democracy, Assistance to our Military Families, and Fighting Childhood Obesity after Selina’s disastrous memoir rollout, this is chock full of Jonah’s trademark accidental insults — only he would have a curated Twitter »


- Steve Greene

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Why Netflix Bingeing Brought Fresh Power to the 50-Year-Old Mystery of ‘The Keepers’

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We all know the Catholic church has kept its share of hideous secrets. As “Spotlight” and other cases showed, priests have used their authority to sexually abuse underage girls and boys under the protection of the Church, which used its power to squash the press.

And yet, Netflix’s “The Keepers” is shocking. Ryan White’s docuseries blows the lid off a Catholic scandal from the ’60s, one that is still playing out. This true cold-case crime story has not been solved — and is still unfolding with new developments.

Sister Cathy Cesnik was 26 and a beloved teacher at Baltimore’s Archbishop Keough High School when she was murdered in 1969. Fifty years later, documentarian White, journalists, and former students delve into the mystery and the role the school’s chaplain, the late Father Maskell, may have played in it. Decades after they left the school, women in their 60s tell White »


- Anne Thompson

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Vimeo Surrenders to Netflix: Why the Subscription Video Plan Was Never Going to Work

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Vimeo has decided it can’t compete with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. The company will not be launching the subscription video-on-demand service it had been touting since last year and had planned to roll out in 2018, Vimeo said on Monday.

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Vimeo has confirmed that it has decided not to proceed in offering a subscription based original program service scheduled to begin in ’18,” a spokesperson said in a statement. The company has more than 760,000 paying subscribers who use its filmmaker tools, and roughly 240 million monthly viewers of its videos, and was determined to create a service that would attract millions of customers willing to pay for exclusive original content.

So why is Vimeo, which last November said it would invest “tens of millions” to compete with newcomers like YouTube Red, now changing course? Here are »


- Graham Winfrey

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Best Scenes, Ranked

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Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most revered American filmmakers of the last 20 years in part because he’s so unclassifiable. Working in a range of genres while tackling subjects that skew from anger management to American capitalism, religion and porn, Anderson has built a filmography distinguished by its unpredictability — and the sheer originality he brings to each new effort. Beyond the stories that distinguish his movies are the many ways in which they immerse viewers in fully defined worlds.

Every Anderson movie is an absorbing experience loaded with strange, funny, and shocking moments, all of which speak to the agenda of an artist keen on pushing the medium beyond its most familiar forms.

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There may be no better way to survey the range of achievements in Anderson’s work than to »


- Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland, Jude Dry, Graham Winfrey and Zack Sharf

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John Oliver Calls Out Anti-Vaxxers On ‘Last Week Tonight,’ Including Rob Schneider And His Hat — Watch

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The anti-vaccination movement has many celebrity advocates: From Jenna Elfman to Jenny McCarthy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Donald Trump. In an exhaustive “Last Week Tonight” segment debunking the so-called links between vaccinations and autism, John Oliver singled out one anti-vaxxer particularly ripe for parody: Rob Schneider.

Read More: John Oliver Fires Back at Donald Trump Over James Comey Firing: ‘It Is Inherently Suspicious’

Playing video of an interview Schneider gave about why the government can’t force parents to do anything, noting that it is “against the Nuremberg Laws,” Oliver gleefully explained why we shouldn’t be taking medical advice from Deuce Bigalow: “Yes, that is Rob Schneider performing an impromptu rendition of his famous character, The Annoying Guy Who Is Wrong,” Oliver said. He then added that we shouldn’t “sully the good name” of Deuce Bigalow just because of something Schneider said.

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- Jude Dry

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‘Limbo’: Guillermo del Toro Loves This Inventive Short Fantasy Film and You Will, Too — Watch

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Shot on 35mm film and adapted from Marian Churchland’s stirring untitled graphic novella that was a part of the indie comic compilation “Meathaus S.O.S.,” Will Blank’s long-gestating — it was an IndieWire Project of the Day way back in 2015 — new short “Limbo” is a stunner that asks (and perhaps even answers) some big questions with the maximum of elegance and the minimum of time.

Directed by Blank and penned by the director and Richard Kaponas, the film stars “Riverdale” and “Looking” standout Raul Castillo alongside a magical dog (no, really) voiced by Hollywood legend Sam Elliott (currently enjoying a bit of a resurgence thanks to his recent role in “The Hero”). The film has screened at a number of festivals, including Fantasia, Fantastic Fest, and Toronto After Dark, and has even earned some famous fans along the way — including Guillermo del Toro, who billed it as an “excellent short. »


- Kate Erbland

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Why Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Is A Masterclass In Visual Comedy and Tragedy — Watch

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There will always be some debate as to whether or not “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is the best Wes Anderson movie (we ranked it #2 on our list), but it’s hard to deny that it’s not the most Wes Anderson movie. The film is a flawless, four-tiered confection that represents everything the filmmaker holds near and dear to his heart. Every shot is so overwhelmingly Anderson that you could spend hours dissecting the frame.

Read More: Wes Anderson Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

That’s pretty much what the video essay team at Storytellers did for their latest deep dive, which explores the visual makeup of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and the many ways it successfully mixes comedy and tragedy. The former is a no-brainer when it comes to movie, but we’re often surprised at how melancholy “Grand Budapest” is every time we re-watch it. The movie »


- Zack Sharf

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The Best Summer Television Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

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In the not-so-good old days, summer used to be a break for more than just students. It was time off from great TV, as broadcast networks aired reruns, sports, and reality competitions while they assumed people were outside having fun. But since the new golden age began, all these TV shows have had to fit in somewhere, and many networks chose to run them during the less competitive summer months.

That’s led to a boon of TV’s best shows popping up when no series dared debut before. So, to honor the latest summer sensation — Netflix’s “Glow” — we’ve gathered the elite qualifiers below and ranked the seasons by overall quality, summer spirit, and re-watchability. To be eligible, seasons needed to be released in the months between June 1 and August 31 during the 21st century. After all, there’s plenty of new options to consider, but sometimes you want »


- Ben Travers

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‘Veep’: Matt Walsh on the Proper Age to Introduce Your Kids to the Hysterically Inappropriate HBO Comedy

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Matt Walsh’s three kids don’t know what he does or says on “Veep.” Yet.

But he doesn’t want to keep the joy of the comedy – and its inadvertently prescient take on modern Washington politics – away from them forever. That’s why he’s planning to screen the show for them when they turn 12 or 13.

“The language is horrendous, but it’s not as damaging as watching a terrible Disney show,” said Walsh, who has played press secretary Mike McLintock for six seasons. “Please don’t be like those snotty kids. Don’t idolize a smart-mouth 12-year-old because then I’m going to start having to deal with it at home!”

Walsh said his son Emmett saw “Veep” billboards around town this spring, and he was happy for his dad. “He’s like, ‘Dad, “Veep” is getting more popular,’ just by seeing more billboards,” he said.

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- Michael Schneider

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‘Silicon Valley’: T.J. Miller Appears to Despise Producer Alec Berg and Will Never Return to the Show

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Silicon Valley” Season 4 came to its conclusion last night on HBO, and with it came the end of an era for Erlich Bachman. The notorious investor played by T.J. Miller had been one of the most popular and quotable characters on the Mike Judge-created comedy series, and he said his final goodbye as the series left Bachman stoned out of his mind in an opium den in Tibet. Miller was an iconic presence on the series, and the announcement of his departure last month came as a huge surprise for fans. Many were left wondering what exactly caused Miller to leave the series, and he finally teased why in a wide-ranging exit interview with The Hollywood Reporter

Read More: How ‘Silicon Valley’ Swapped Its Hero and Its Villain And Saved the Show’s Future

One point Miller kept returning to throughout the interview was his complete dislike of executive producer Alec Berg. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Foreigner’ Trailer: Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan Square Off In Revenge Thriller — Watch

14 hours ago

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Jackie Chan in a serious acting role, which is why “The Foreigner” could be a game-changer. The multi-hyphenate actor, martial artist, director and singer has had success with children’s franchise hits “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Karate Kid,” and his comedy chops are well known to “Rush Hour” fans. Now, audiences get a different side of him in “The Foreigner,” a slick revenge thriller which released its official trailer today.

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Based on the unfortunately titled novel “The Chinaman,” by British crime novelist Stephen Leather, the movie has thankfully been renamed. Chan plays Quan, a restaurant owner with some serious combat skills whose daughter dies in an attack by the Ira. When the authorities botch the case, he is determined to find the people responsible and avenge his daughter’s death. »


- Jude Dry

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Han Solo Fallout: ‘Deep Fundamental Philosophical Differences’ Reportedly Led to Lord and Miller’s ‘Star Wars’ Firing

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While it seems likely we’ll never fully know what happened on the set of the still-untitled Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff feature, the first of what seems to be an inevitable stream of new reports has revealed a mess of new information. And what a mess it is.

Over at The Hollywood Reporter, Kim Masters weighs in on the kerfuffle, detailing a divided production hindered by a series of philosophical disconnects and differences that apparently could not be overcome by either recently fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller or Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy.

The new report holds that “matters had already reached a boiling point in mid-June,” just days before Kennedy fired Lord and Miller, as the directors’ more relaxed shooting style — THR specifically mentions a day when they didn’t start shooting until 1P.M., and only utilized three setups as opposed to the dozen or so »


- Kate Erbland

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