Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones in The Defenders.
Slow burn: The Defenders
First there was Daredevil, then Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist followed. Now, the superheroes team up for The Defenders. The new Marvel series on Netflix follows the city's unlikeliest heroes as they struggle with their own personal vendettas while also trying to save New York City. Daredevil, aka Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), is fresh off giving up his vigilante life and throwing himself back into the grind of pro bono law work after the death of Elektra (Elodie Yung). Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) stumbles into an even bigger conspiracy after continuing her private investigation business. Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is trying to help a neighborhood kid get on the right track after another stint in jail. Iron Fist, aka Danny Rand (Finn Jones), comes back to NYC after he gets a whiff of a sinister plot. The four ragtag heroes come together to battle the Hand, a criminal organization referenced in Daredevil and Iron Fist. And Sigourney Weaver is the gang's elusive leader. 3 a.m. Friday, Netflix.
Spooky Day in the Parks comes to Disney World Sept. 22-24.
Foolish mortals, evil queens and hook-handed pirates finally get their own day this year at Walt Disney World.
Spooky Empire, a yearly local horror convention, hosts Spooky Day in the Parks at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.
The event, actually three days of mischief and mayhem Sept. 22 to 24, is a way for ghoulish fans to gather and celebrate their love of Disney villains and The Haunted Mansion ride.
"We're huge Disney fans, and we wanted to combine that with Spooky Empire," said Gina Mongelli, who founded Spooky Empire with her husband 14 years ago. "We wanted to do something like Dapper Day but themed around Disney villains."
Like Dapper Day, Mongelli aims to have Spooky Day be an annual gathering of dressed-up fans, but for Disney's more sinister side. Over three days, there will be a "Disney bounding" meetup at Magic Kingdom, two days of a ghostly bizarre at Coronado Springs and two screenings of the fan-made Foolish Mortals documentary about the culture around the Haunted Mansion ride. …
Leonard Nimoy had a cameo in "The Simpsons" episode "Marge vs. the Monorail," which also features an eclipse.
As Monday's in-real-life solar eclipse approaches, let's take a look back at some fictional eclipses (or in some cases, fictional depictions of actual solar eclipses) from movies and television.
Widely considered to be among the greatest Simpsons episodes from the Simpsons' greatest era, "Marge vs. the Monorail," written by a young Conan O'Brien, features a fantastic eclipse joke narrated by Leonard Nimoy.
Kevin Arnold misses his chance to see a solar eclipse because he's too busy chickening out on a plan to flsh a cherry bomb down a toilet during a field trip to the planetarium.
The best-timed solar eclipse ever saves "Jaguar Paw" from becoming the victim of a gruesome human sacrifice when a priest interprets it as a sign from the gods that they've had enough blood for today in Mel Gibson's movie about the Mayans.
The 1963 solar eclipse plays a role in Stephen King's book and this film adaptation of Dolores Claiborne, in which Kathy Bates' Dolores lures her husband into falling down a deadly hole just as the eclipse is taking place.
Baby news:Mindy Kaling is going to be a mom! The Mindy Project star confirmed her long rumored pregnancy during an interview on NBC's Today show. "I have a lot of control over a lot of aspects of my life and this is one where I'm like, 'Okay, it's out of my hands,' which is kind of a fun feeling," she said. Kaling also talked about her late mother, who Kaling said was "incredibly fierce and so devoted," adding that she hoped she could giver her child the same support her mother gave her. This will be Kaling's first child. Kaling, 38, has not revealed the identity of the father. The full Today interview airs Sept. 10.
Baby news: Country singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren Akins, welcomed their second daughter on Aug. 12 -- a girl named Ada James. "Our baby girl is here sweet Ada James Akins came into the world at 10:28 last night after almost 36 hours of labor (only Jesus got me through that-& she is sooo worth it)," Akins wrote on Instagram. The couple became pregnant while in the process of adopting their daughter, Willa Gray, from Africa. "It's funny to me how we tried so hard and then we didn't try at all and it happened," she told People. …
At the ripe age of 28, Emma Stone is now the highest paid actress in the world.
The star earned $26 million during Forbes' 12 month scoring period, mostly thanks to her role in the Oscar-winning La La Land. The movie-musical, which gave Stone a Best Actress win, earned $445.4 million at the global box office.
Before the Forbes announcement, Stone spoke out about the Hollywood pay gap.
"In my career so far, I've needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that's something they do for me because they feel it's what's right and fair. That's something that's also not discussed, necessarily-that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, "That's what's fair." If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life," she said in an interview with Out.
How did the rest of the women from the City of Stars fare? …
This mural in progress is on the side of the Smith & Associates building on Beach Drive in St. Petersburg.
Mural mania in St. Petersburg is spreading east.
While the number of urban murals in St. Pete has been quickly multiplying in the Central Arts District, Grand Central District and other areas west of downtown for years, this week brings the debut of the first large-scale mural on Beach Drive near the downtown waterfont.
Artist Derek Donnelly has incorporated banyan trees, palm trees, the bay, beer and a sea turtle into the mural on the side of the Smith & Associates Real Estate building at 330 Beach Drive NE. He said he expected to complete the mural on Thursday night.
“Much like street artists have strived to bring art to the masses, the outdoor murals throughout St. Petersburg are a way to bring art to the people," Bob Glaser, founder of Smith & Associates Real Estate said in a statement. "...the busy corridor of Beach Drive was an excellent opportunity to bring art to our local population and the tourists traveling here."
Rose Marie quickly gained thousands of followers with this plea.
Today's must-follow Twitter account belongs to a 94-year-old actress whose 90-year(!) career spans back to the days of Vaudeville, making her one of that era's last surviving stars.
Though it was probably Rose Marie's bluntly honest call for Twitter followers that scored her more than 40,000 new ones this week.
Ok kids, I'm 94 now & not sure how much longer I'll be doing this, so could you do an old broad a favor & ask your friends to follow me? xo pic.twitter.com/h4V1JPe6ja
Well kids I am just blown away. 40K new followers I can't believe it. Sure hope I can come up with some interesting tweets for you. pic.twitter.com/eSKBYYGf0K
Marie, a child star on NBC radio in the '30s, found her most famous role as writer Sally Rogers on the Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s, though her career includes a role on Broadway as well as dozens of feature films and TV shows. The New York Post recently interviewed her about befriending "Uncle" Al Capone when she was working with Milton Berle at age 10 in a Chicago theater.
Her colorful life and career is the subject of a forthcoming documentary film titled Wait For Your Laugh: The Longest Career in Showbiz History. …
"This is the real world. Not everyone is, you know, runway figure or what the runway figure used to be," she said. "You have to dress real people, and real people come in different sizes: short, tall, more voluptuous, skinny. There is many of us, and so a real designer needs to know how to do that. So get with it."
For the first time, Anna Faris has spoken publicly about her unexpected split from Chris Pratt.
During her Unqualified podcast, Faris offered up some relationship advice to a caller, telling listeners to know their own worth.
"Life is too short to be in relationships where you feel this isn't fully right or somebody doesn't have your back, or somebody doesn't fully value you," she said. "Don't be afraid to feel your independence if things aren't right."
"I made that mistake, I think, a little bit, like ‘I'm checking my relationship off the list' and if that would be the final piece of advice I could give you, that would be know your worth, know your independence," she said.
Mike Colter, Scott Glenn, Finn Jones, Krysten Ritter and Charlie Cox in The Defenders.
The ties that bind Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist run deep. But they're just starting to figure all that out in The Defenders.
The new Marvel Netflix series that teams up Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand/really-wants-someone-to-call-him-Iron-Fist (Finn Jones) does a stellar job of weaving their standalone stories together while also bringing in a formidable villain for the four to fight.
The not-super heroes are loners by choice or circumstance, but reluctantly agree to band together to take on the city's next evil. And the new series does a good job of refreshing us on each character and what they've been up to since their standalone series without feeling like an information dump. …
MoviePass will let customers see up to one movie, every day, for $10 a month.
There's now a service that says it will let you watch as many movies as you want for one monthly price: MoviePass.
It's not online streaming, or kiosk rentals, but new movies in theaters, up to one per day, every single day, for $10 a month.
MoviePass isn't actually a new service, it's been around for several years with a higher price tag, but many, many people found out about it on Tuesday when the CEO, a Netflix co-founder and former Redbox exec, implemented a radical move to drop the price to $10 per month.
Interest was so high that the site MoviePass site crashed and the app slowed to a crawl, with frustrating error messages and non-responsive customer service, but, if you were determined and patient, you could eventually sign up for a subscription (I know, because I did).
How can MoviePass offer this service for $10 a month when the cost of a single movie ticket can be more than that? According to Bloomberg, the company just sold a large stake to a data company, which likely plans to sell that sweet, sweet data on your movie-going habits. It must be valuable, since MoviePass will reportedly pay the theater for the full price of a ticket every time you use it. …
Corey Banks said his "I hate I-275" stickers are selling quickly.
A graphic designer says he's scored a modest hit with a sticker reading "I hate I-275."
The irony is that Corey Danks, 26, of Philadelphia, has never even driven the interstate known to frustrate Tampa's rush hour commuters with a bottleneck at the spot sometimes known as "malfunction junction," where it joins Interstate 4.
Danks' other best-selling sticker, he says, is the one that reads "I hate I-4."
Danks posted a photo of the I-275 sticker in a Tampa forum online on Monday and received hundreds of responses. He then posted a link to his Etsy store where he said sales of the sticker have been building ever since.
Danks said he started out by designing stickers reading "I hate I-76," a reference to a highway that passes through Philly, but started getting requests to lampoon other highways around the U.S. He has made one for the 405 freeway in Los Angeles and several others.
But "I-275 and I-4 have been the most requested for sure, and they're selling the best by far," Banks said. "Anything around Tampa or Orlando, it really seems like people do not like the highways there."
Oprah Winfrey opened up in a new interview with Vogue magazine.
Oprah Winfrey isn't apologizing for anything, especially not her weight.
The media mogul and former talk show host sat down for an interview at her estate nicknamed "The Promised Land" to tellVogue magazine that the high-profile fluctuations in her weight over the years were "a physical, spiritual, emotional burden" for her. But she says that when you hit 60, there are no more apologies.
She also spoke about the end of her 2011 show, why she didn't marry, her spiral into mac and cheese after Beloved flopped, and the most luxurious item she owns (a bathtub custom molded to her body).
ON WHY SHE DIDN'T MARRY LONGTIME BOYFRIEND STEDMAN GRAHAM
"Nobody believes it, but it's true. The only time I brought it up was when I said to Stedman, 'What would have happened if we had actually gotten married?' And the answer is: 'We wouldn't be together.' We would not have stayed together, because marriage requires a different way of being in this world," she said. "His interpretation of what it means to be a husband and what it would mean for me to be a wife would have been pretty traditional, and I would not have been able to fit into that."
Dan Stevens and Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast.
Last week, Disney announced it would pull its titles from Netflix to launch its own streaming service.
Don't worry just yet, your favorite Disney movies have a home on the world's largest streaming service until 2019.
Disney CEO Bob Iger offered few details apart from the standard announcement, but said anything Disney or Pixar-branded would likely find a home on the new streaming service. And new releases Beauty and the Beast, Cars 3, Coco and Pirates of the Caribbean are still slated to hit Netflix in the coming months and into 2018.
What about Disney-owned Star Wars and Marvel films? It's yet to be determined if a galaxy far, far away and those comic book heroes will join the others.
If you've been craving a Disney movie marathon, now's the best time to dive into these 63 titles.
Beauty and the Beast (coming to Netflix next month): Disney's second foray into live action remakes tells the tale of bookworm Belle falling in love with a beastly cursed prince. Stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. …
Saw: The Games of Jigsaw comes to this year's Halloween Horror Nights.
Universal wants to play a game.
For its 27th year of Halloween Horror Nights, the Orlando theme park brings back the popular Saw house, the theme park announced Monday.
Saw: The Games of Jigsaw, inspired by the Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures horror film franchise, brings to life some of the most terrifying games seen in the films. The new maze pits guests against the twisted master craftsman, Jigsaw, and his collection of sadistic traps, including some horrors from the upcoming origins film Jigsaw.
"Saw is one of the top grossing horror film franchises, and we're thrilled that the fan-favorite is making its return to Halloween Horror Nights," John Murdy, creative director at Universal Studios Hollywood and executive producer of Halloween Horror Nights, said in a release. "Saw: The Games of Jigsaw wil encompass the greatest collection of traps featured in all eight Saw movies to bring to life the most twisted Saw maze ever produced, and we can't wait for our fans to relive the moments from the films." …
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