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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Rockstar Games is proud to announce that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18, 2014 with the PC version to follow January 27, 2015.

    Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will feature a range of major visual and technical upgrades to make Los Santos and Blaine County more immersive than ever. In addition to increased draw distances and higher resolution, players can expect a range of additions and improvements including:

    - New weapons, vehicles and activities
    - Additional wildlife
    - Denser traffic
    - New foliage system
    - Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more

    Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will also feature enhanced radio selections with over 100 additional new songs and new DJ mixes from returning DJs across the game’s 17 radio stations.

    All players who pre-order the game will get $1,000,000 in-game bonus cash to spend across Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online (GTA$500K each for your Story Mode and for your GTA Online in-game bank accounts).

    A host of new, exclusive content also awaits for players returning from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions including rare versions of classic vehicles to collect from across the Grand Theft Auto series such as the Dukes, the Dodo Seaplane and a faster, more maneuverable Blimp; activities including wildlife photography and new shooting range challenges, new weapons and more.

    Enhancements to Grand Theft Auto Online include an increased player count, with online play now for up to 30 players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. All existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online will also be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC with much more to come.

    Existing players will be able to transfer their Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to their choice of PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC. For more info about gaining access to exclusive content for returning players, please visit rockstargames.com/V/bonuscontent.

    Check out the brand new GTAV trailer, entitled "A Picket Fence and a Dog Named Skip" – and enjoy these sixteen new screenshots taken from the PlayStation 4 version of the game.


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    If we actually lose track of time and appointments in 2015, it'll be because Tom Daley's distracted us with his half-naked new calendar. Friday, on his YouTube channel, Tom previewed a bit of the behind-the-scenes action of the calendar shoot, including one sexy underwear segment.

    You might want to sit down for this.


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  • 09/19/14--13:46: Meet Twisty The Clown

  • Warning: According to Ryan Murphy — the brain behind Rubber Man, Bloody Face, and dozens of other horrifying creations that’ve dominated three seasons of FX’s American Horror Story — the anthology’s fourth season, subtitled Freak Show, features “the most terrifying clown of all time.” And given the fact that he whipped out his iPhone to show a photo of said clown when BuzzFeed recently visited the AHS: Freak Show set in New Orleans, consider that assertion confirmed.

    When Twisty the Clown (played by John Carroll Lynch) makes his Freak Show debut, pop culture’s prevailing nightmare-inducing clown, Pennywise (played by Tim Curry in Stephen King’s It), will soon be forgotten. “We said in the writer’s room that if we were going to do clowns, we were going to create the most terrifying clown of all time,” Murphy told BuzzFeed News. “That was our goal when we were writing him, but I’m worried about people being too afraid of our clown. It’s heart-stopping what he does. I’m worried. I’m worried that people are going to have cardiac arrests… The clown’s intro in the first episode is … even I was terrified of it. It’s brutal. Two crew members told me they have had nightmares about this clown since we started shooting and they’re not even scared of clowns. I think he’s pretty extraordinary because, when you see why he’s a clown and why he’s wearing the mask … just you wait.”
    Twisty is made infinitely more intimidating given Lynch’s stature. “I have a physical presence that has to be dealt with,” the 6-foot-3 character actor told BuzzFeed News on set. And that impact is only exacerbated by elaborate makeup and costume. “People are honestly terrified of me,” he said with a laugh of how the cast and crew have reacted to him on set. “Just standing around in the makeup, not even filming. They’re freaked out.”

    Lynch, who doesn’t enjoy watching horror movies (“I walked out of The Exorcist,” he admitted), said he was drawn to the character after Murphy explained, in detail, why his clown is so twisted.
    His actions are horrific, but his motives are really strangely, oddly pure. And that’s what is most human and most disturbing about it,” Lynch said. “As an actor, I’ve given up judgement of evil, as long as it’s human evil — we have to see ourselves for what we really are, and we’re capable of horrific things. I don’t intend to advocate for the horrific characters, but I hope they reflect humanity at its most vicious because we need to really look at ourselves and see it. Otherwise, we’re deluding ourselves into thinking we’re not capable of it. I know that I’m capable of doing anything that I’ve done as any character I’ve played. I’m grateful I’m not drawn to doing it, so I haven’t done it, but I’m capable.”

    He added, “You can have the most wonderful motives for what you do, but if what you do harms other people, you’re fooling yourself. I hope that’s what people get out of [this character]. If it terrifies people, I’m OK with that — this show is called Horror Story after all — but I hope they see a reflection of their own lives. Even if it means they need to look at what they’re actually doing, not what they think they’re doing.”

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    Jared Leto Grabs Himself Once Again & This Time, He is Sweaty & Shirtless!

    Jared Leto is leaving little to the imagination while playing with his band Thirty Seconds to Mars and grabbing his crotch during a concert this month.

    The 42-year-old entertainer and actor has been grabbing his crotch during the song “End of All Days,” as he sings the line “seduction is my game.”

    Earlier this month, Jared famously grabbed his crotch and the GIF went totally viral – see it here if you missed it!

    Thirty Seconds to Mars has tons of other tour dates coming up – take a look at their tour schedule and try and catch a show if you can!


    ONTD, what's your favorite brand of guacamole?

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    Actors have always wanted to play gay guys, they've just been too scared (until recently) to come out and say it, according to "X-Men" star James McAvoy.

    "I think actors have always wanted to play those parts," the 35-year-old Scotsman said in a recent interview with Out Magazine. "They're just not so bothered now about what those roles might say about their personal lives. It's a nice wee sign of the times."

    McAvoy, while attracted to gay roles, makes no conscious effort to land them. He simply wants to turn people on with his acting.

    "For me, good acting is good acting. Some of the best stage performances I've ever seen are a guy standing still and f-king whispering to himself," he said. "Some of the best screen performances are Daniel Day-Lewis chewing the f-king scenery. Just because a lot of whispery acting happens on-screen doesn't mean that it's all good."

    Of course, no matter how good a whisperer or chewer, that doesn't mean the best whisperers or chewers get cast as whisperers or chewers, as talent means essentially nothing in Hollywood, McAvoy said.

    "You can't control your career as an actor. If you could strategize your way to the top, then everybody would be successful and playing the leads in movies where they're commanding millions of dollars," he said. "And they're not. You can't. There are better actors than me who are struggling, and there are worse actors than me who are coining it in. Luckily for me, the work has just kept coming."

    If the work suddenly stops coming, McAvoy likely won't become a politician. This is what he thinks about the Scottish independence debate:

    "I don't mind staying together [with England], and I don't mind splitting up, but I don't really like either of the parties who've made arguments. I don't trust politicians at the moment. Why suddenly believe them now? Whether it turns out bad or good, you can make the best of independence. But pursuing it with a goal to be richer is f-king pointless. We could be [rich] for four years, but then we might not be. That's what happens. If you look at Ireland, people were willing to fight and die for their f-king independence 100 years ago. Ask any Scotsman who wants independence whether they want to shed blood for it. I don't think they'd say yes."


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    Also calls Abbie Mills Ichabod's sidekick.

    "When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called “How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.”

    "Her women are authority figures with sharp minds and potent libidos who are respected, even haughty members of the ruling elite, not maids or nurses or office workers. Be it Kerry Washington on “Scandal” or Chandra Wilson on “Grey’s Anatomy,” they can and do get angry. One of the more volcanic meltdowns in soap opera history was Olivia’s “Earn me” rant on “Scandal.”

    "Shonda Rhimes, creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” Credit Richard Shotwell/Invision, via Richard Shotwell, via Invision, via Associated Press
    Ms. Rhimes has embraced the trite but persistent caricature of the Angry Black Woman, recast it in her own image and made it enviable. She has almost single-handedly trampled a taboo even Michelle Obama couldn’t break."

    "There are obviously many more black women on network television now, but most still are worthy sidekicks, be it the young and lovely police detective played by Nicole Beharie on “Sleepy Hollow” or the rollicking, sarcastic road-trip companion Sherri Shepherd played on “How I Met Your Mother.”

    "“Who is the real Michelle Obama? When will we see the real Michelle Obama?” she intoned, parodying news commentators. “You know what they’re saying: When are we going to see this?” she said as she burst into an animated pantomime of every angry-black-woman gesture, frown and eye roll."
    Read the full NY Times article here

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    The Weinstein Company – or Dimension Films – or TWC-Dimention have just pulled the plug on two major horror releases that were slated for later this year, early next.

    The James Wan-produced Demonic, starring Maria Bello, Scott Mechlowicz, Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy) and Cody Horn, was to release in December of this year. It has been pulled from the schedule. In it, a police officer and a psychologist investigate the deaths of five people who were killed while trying to summon ghosts. Wan is the director behind The Conjuring, Saw and Insidious.

    The more surprising pull is that of Amityville: The Awakening, the new official Amityville Horror sequel that was slated for January 2, 2015. The film, directed by Maniac‘s Franck Khalfoun, already had a trailer and started to gain heavy PR. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, McKenna Grace, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, Thomas Mann and Jennifer Morrison.

    “Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.”

    No word on if and when these dates will be rescheduled. This is a massive blow to the horror genre heading into the fourth quarter.


    Thoughts? Were you looking forward to any of these films? With Amityville pulled, the first weekend of January (which is usually the best time for any shitty horror movie to be #1) is now wide open. But December still has The Pyramid. Do you think the reason for this is because of the massive flops of Weinstein's films Vampire Academy and Sin City 2 earlier this year?

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    setlist - problem, break your heart right back, be my baby, the way, break free


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    Cat Stevens has announced his first tour dates in nearly 40 years – O2 Priority Tickets are available for the London date now.

    The singer – also known as Yusuf Islam – announced yesterday (September 16) that he will tour Europe and North America in November and December.

    "I've been a bit slow in coming around to the United States, but there were so many people asking me to do that, that I just felt an obligation," Stevens said in an interview with The Guardian, in which he admitted that requests from fans on Facebook convinced him to change his mind about performing in the US.

    The Peace Train... Late Again tour coincides with the release of 'Tell 'Em I'm Gone, a blues album produced by Rick Rubin.

    Yusuf will play:

    London Hammersmith Apollo (November 4)
    Brussels Forest National (9)
    Milan Mediolanum Forum (11)
    Vienna Stadthalle (13)
    Paris Zenith (16)
    Berlin Tempodrom (20)
    Hamburg CCH1 (23)
    Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Hall (25)
    Toronto Massey Hall (December 1)
    Boston Wang Theatre (4)
    New York Beacon Theatre (7)
    Chicago Chicago Theatre (9)
    San Francisco Masonic Auditorium (12)
    Los Angeles Nokia Theatre (14)


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    "Well, now we know what Leighton Meesters daily view is like.
    Upon emerging from the surf on Friday, Adam Brody was seen stripping down out of his wetsuit and into land attire, showing off his glistening toned torso in the process. The 34-year-old former OC favourite gave a prime viewing of his changing process in a beachside suburb of Los Angeles."- Dailymail


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    The Strokes' Julian Casablancas' appears to have ruled out any further live shows from The Strokes, saying that touring is "a great way to destroy a band".

    The frontman, who will release his second solo record 'Tyranny' with backing band The Voidz on October 13, also gave a cryptic insight into relations between band members.

    In an interview with GQ, he said the band "wasn't so equal, but it was the illusion of equal, so I think it fucked with everything." He added: "A band is a great way to destroy a friendship, and a tour's a great way to destroy a band."

    Earlier this week, Casablancas said The Strokes could start work on the follow-up to their 2013 album 'Comedown Machine' early next year. "In January we might meet up and work on some ideas. Everyone is psyched. Everything is in a really cool place."

    In the same interview, he also opened up about this summer's live shows with The Strokes – the band's first since 2011. "[It] was cool and we played some shows and the vibe is finally… I don't know if we ever had that good a working friendship foundation [in our] work relationship, but now we finally have that. We'll always have the creative vibe."

    Earlier this year, Casablancas also spoke about his intentions for the band, saying that they were, "trying to carry on as friends, taking it easy, recording a couple of songs, and do[ing] a couple of shows."


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    So far, we have heard rumors that two of the three planned ‘Star Wars‘ spinoffs were to follow Boba Fett and Han Solo. Then there was the mysterious third spinoff, which we haven’t much concrete information on. Until now. A recent report suggests that despite earlier reports that the spinoffs wouldn’t follow any Jedi or Sith characters, Lucasfilm is currently working with artists and a writer to develop an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie.

    The news comes from Making Star Wars, who have this to say:
    Obi-Wan Kenobi – I’ve heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works….I’m hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan…that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie.

    The problem here is that Obi-Wan is dead so the films couldn’t take place during the ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘ universe, nor really during the original trilogy. We saw a young Obi-Wan (played by Ewan McGregor) in Episodes I-III, so the only time period left to mine would be between ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and ‘A New Hope’ (and that would mean the return of Ewan McGregor). That’s all well and good, but that would essentially make an Obi-Wan movie a sequel to ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and, as far as we’ve heard, that’s when ‘Star Wars Rebels’ takes place. We don’t think it would make much sense to develop both an animated TV series and a live-action movie in the same short window of time, but what do we know.

    We do know that both Josh Trank (‘Fantastic Four‘)’ and Gareth Edwards (‘Godzilla’) have signed on to direct two of the ‘Star Wars’ spinoffs, we just don’t know which ones yet.


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    She may be the face of sportswear brand Adidas, but it appears as if Rita Ora has taken some inspiration from fellow pop star Katy Perry Ariana Grande.

    The 23-year old singer showcased a rather eye-catching bubble gum blue mane when she stepped out to continue with her promotional venture in Tokyo on Saturday.
    The Hot Right Now singer – who is currently launching her own line of Adidas Originals oversees - matched the new cobalt locks with a pair of sky blue trainers and retro-inspired glasses.

    She took to her social media sites to post a picture of the quirky look and captioned it as: ‘My very own Kimono #kawai #unstoppable @adidasoriginals wearing my pastel capsule’
    While on Friday, the pop star was seen modelling pieces from her first clothing range with the sporty brand at the launch.

    Dressed in a floral two-piece, Rita certainly oozed heaps of sex appeal in a bold printed cropped top and matching pants combo.

    We can't keep up with Rita. One minute she's cavorting on stage with Iggy, the next she's in Tokyo promoting her own range with Adidas. We have to say though, she's definitely one of the hardest working people in the industry. And she always looks amazing. Like here, in her baby blue cut-out shoulder top. And yes, you guessed it, it's from her Adidas collection!

    If you thought it was all tracksuits and serious gym gear, think again. Rita has made sure to cater to everyone's fashion needs. This blue sweater, as she perfectly demonstrates, looks great with jeans for a during-the-day jaunt.

    Granted, not a lot of us will have matching hair, she has a hair stylist on board 24/7, but that doesn't mean this top won't look amazing on you too. Team it with jeans like Rita for a relaxed, uber cool look.

    She has even colour coded it with her trainers, also part of her line with Adidas. It looks like the collection is set to grow and grow, and we love it all!

    The Shine Ya Light singer teamed the sporty look with a pair of eye-catching block wedges, gold bangles and various midi rings.
    Rita had a full face of make-up on, including her trademark red lipstick by Rimmel, and heavily lined eyes, while she wore her luscious blonde locks swept away from her face.
    Clearly excited by about her international venture, the star uploaded a few snaps of the proceedings to her social media sites.

    Rita wrote: ‘@adidasoriginals TOKYO! We made it out here!! Let's celebrate! #AsiaTakeover #unstoppable_night’
    She later added: ‘#unstoppable_night Japanese girlzzzzz!! TOKYO livin it up...HOT S€XY boooooooom!!'
    Meanwhile, on Wednesday evening the hitmaker made a surprise appearance at Iggy Azalea’s gig in London.

    The singer was seen to make not one, but three, different outfit changes as she descended upon the 02 Shepherd's Bush Empire before making her way to The Box nightclub for a private performance.
    Along with a picture, she tweeted: ‘Reflect dat... Outfit for my surprise performance last night!’
    Rita – who is currently dating Tommy Hilfiger's son Ricky Hil - is also busy promoting her hit single, I Will Never Let You Down, while drumming up interest for her delayed second album.


    There can be only one Supreme

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    Via WWE.com, Roman Reigns has been taken to a Tennessee hospital for emergency surgery, putting his appearance at tomorrow’s Night Of Champions pay-per-view in jeopardy.

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — WWE.com has learned Roman Reigns has been rushed to a Nashville, Tenn., hospital to undergo emergency surgery for an incarcerated hernia. Reigns had been in Nashville to promote tomorrow’s Night of Champions event. His recovery time will be evaluated by the local surgeon and WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann following today’s operation. Check back with WWE.com for updates on Reigns’ condition.

    "Incarceration and Strangulation: Sometimes, a loop of intestine becomes stuck in the hernia, a condition called incarceration. An incarcerated hernia can block (obstruct) the intestine. Rarely, the hernia traps the intestine so tightly that it cuts off the blood supply, a condition called strangulation. With strangulation, the trapped piece of intestine can develop gangrene in as few as 6 hours. With gangrene, the intestinal wall dies, usually causing rupture, which leads to peritonitis (inflammation and usually infection of the abdominal cavity), shock, and, if untreated, death."



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     International fans of "The Walking Dead" got a nice taste of what's to come on Season 5 of the hit show.

    Fox International Channels, which distributes "The Walking Dead" worldwide, has released a full plot synopsis for the upcoming season. The synopsis offers a few things we already know, as well as a few elements that are intriguing.

    The description opens with a brief recap of Season 4, before telling us that Season 5 will focus on the fate of "lost comrades" and the suggestion that the story will examine the "hopeful prospect" of a cure in Washington D.C.

    We already know from trailers that Season 5 won't stay in Terminus for long. In fact, it wouldn't be shocking to see the conflict between Rick's group and the people at Terminus wrap up during the first eight episodes.

    That would pave the way for the introduction of Negan, the most substantial (and awesome) villain from "The Walking Dead" comic book. Perhaps that's just wishful thinking on my part.

    Season 5 premieres on Oct. 12 in the U.S. on AMC. You can read the full synopsis below and check out a teaser for Season 5 at the bottom of the page:

    "Season Four of The Walking Dead ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate.

    Season Five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group's lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.

    Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them...

    After all they've seen, all they've done, all they've sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost...

    Who do they become?"

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    Florida State has suspended quarterback Jameis Winston for the entire game Saturday night against No. 22 Clemson, the school announced late Friday.

    Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner for the top-ranked Seminoles, originally had been suspended for just the first half against the visiting Tigers after a profane and sexually explicit outburst in the student union on campus earlier this week.

    But Florida State decided to extend his suspension to the entire game because Winston was not entirely truthful or forthcoming regarding Tuesday's incident, a source told ESPN.

    "Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday's incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night," interim Florida State president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a joint statement Friday night.

    Winston was seen shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus Tuesday, the latest incident in which his off-field behavior has caused headaches for the team and university.

    Florida State students began flooding Twitter as several witnessed the star quarterback allegedly stand on a table in or in the immediate vicinity of the student union and yell obscenities, mimicking a popular Internet video.

    When announcing the original ban Wednesday, Stokes and Wilcox denounced Winston's behavior, calling it "offensive and vulgar" in a joint statement.

    In a Wednesday news conference, Winston apologized for his "selfish" act.

    "First of all, I want to apologize to the university, my coaches and to my teammates," he said. "I'm not a 'me' person, but in that situation, it was a selfish act, and that's not how you do things around here.

    "I want to apologize to my teammates because I have now made a selfish act for them. That's all."

    On Thursday, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher dismissed any criticism that Winston's original half-game suspension was too light.

    "We're in charge. It's our team. That's our thought," he said. "We went with the consequences and we're ready to move on."

    Tuesday's incident was just the latest involving Winston.

    He was investigated in 2013 for sexual assault, but Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit, chose not to charge Winston in December. Florida State is still following through with its Title IX investigation into the matter.

    Winston also was suspended from the baseball team for three games and ordered to perform 20 hours of community service after being cited for stealing $32 worth of crab legs from a local grocery store in April. There have been other minor run-ins with authorities, but no arrests.

    Backup quarterback Sean Maguire, a sophomore who has completed 16 of his 26 attempts in mop-up duty during his FSU career, will start in Winston's place against the Tigers.

    "[Fisher] told me to be ready and said the game plan is not changing, this team is not changing, we're going to go out in the first half and do everything we usually would," Maguire said Thursday. "He had all the confidence in the world in me. He expects nothing to change just as so do I. ... It's a cliché answer but it's true: Nothing really has changed this week."

    The winner of the Clemson-Florida State matchup has played in the ACC title game the past five years. Saturday will be the first game the Seminoles have played without Winston since the start of 2013, and they are 16-0 during that stretch.


    Followup to this post.

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    Starting today, the film This Is Where I Leave You takes a look at a family reunited during the aftermath of its patriarch's death. Heavy stuff, right? But from the preview (above) and the 2009 book that serves as source material, it clearly applies a lighter touch. The cast is, without a doubt, grade A, with Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, that gangly guy from Girls, and Jane Fucking Fonda, but the premise is, well ... haven't you seen this movie before? Of course you have! This is Hollywood we're talking about, where they stick to formulas. However this happens to be one of my favorite formulas: the tale of the charming yet dysfunctional family unit. Distilled to its core, The Godfather typifies the genre, but I like any film that finds a second life on TBS on Sunday afternoons. Inspired by this new movie, I've found eight more families that remind you that your crazy Aunt Ida's jello mold isn't that bad in the grand scheme of things.

    The Family Stone

    What is sold as a feel-good holiday family movie has some surprisingly dark edges, including the usually bubbly Sarah Jessica Parker starring as a brittle anti-heroine and (SPOILER ALERT) the death of the family matriarch (played by the always warm Diane Keaton). Still, all the odd birds and eccentricities give the Stone family some surprising depth and texture, which isn't so easy to do in this genre.

    Margot at the Wedding

    Considering her A-list pedigree, Nicole Kidman has never been one to shy away from difficult, unappealing characters (see: To Die For, The Paperboy). Here, in Noah Baumbach's tense, terse dark comedy, she plays a haughty writer visiting her sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her fiance (Jack Black). Luckily for us she brings along her slightly warped son, a bad attitude, and plenty of baggage—emotional and otherwise.

    Home for the Holidays

    Jodie Foster directs and Holly Hunter stars in this film about a woman who, after she loses her job and finds out her daughter is ditching her on Thanksgiving, heads home to her family of slightly deranged but lovable oddballs. Bonus points for Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of a boozy black sheep.

    Running With Scissors

    Details contributor Augusten Burroughs' 2002 memoir Running with Scissors is a classic dysfunctional family for the modern era, filled with a deft blend of pathos and slapstick. The movie, while not as effective as its source, features an all-star cast (Annette Bening, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow) and brings to life the true tale of Burroughs, whose mentally unfit mother left him with her psychiatrist's home. Hilarity—and insanity—ensue.


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    Fox's young adult thriller starring Dylan O'Brien heads for franchise-launching $30 million weekend after date night-driven $11 million first day

    The young adult adaptation “The Maze Runner” dominated in its first day at the box office Friday, taking in $11.2 million and easily outstripping two other wide openers, Liam Neeson‘s “A Walk Among the Tombstones” and the comedy “This Is Where I Leave You.”

    That puts Fox's sci-fi thriller based on James Dashner's novels and starring TV's “Teen Wolf” star Dylan O'Brien on course for a first weekend in the $30 million range, in line with analysts’ expectations and a little better than the studio had projected.

    Unlike most YA movies, “Maze Runner” has a male star. That gives it more potential to play well with both genders, and the Friday numbers suggest it was a big date night choice. The fact that it was in a healthy 3,604 theaters — including a full run of IMAX and Premium Large Format locations — had to help, too. Opening night audiences gave it an “A-” CinemaScore; it's at 62 percent positive on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

    The first day for “Maze Runner” is better than $9.8 million that “Ender's Game,” another YA adaptation with a male protagonist, managed on its way to a $27 million opening in November. But it's not close to the first days of the biggest young adult hits, which are based on franchises that sold far more books and launched in March, typically a more favorable release corridor. It's roughly half of what “Divergent” brought in on its first day as it headed to a $54 million first weekend earlier this year, and nowhere near the $67 million first day that the original “The Hunger Games” had on its way to a $152 million debut in 2012.

    However, if the weekend continues on this course it will be a big win for Fox, which is hoping to launch a franchise with “Maze Runner,” which was produced for $34 million. A $30 million first weekend and a solid showing overseas would almost certainly enable the studio to be the first to kick off YA franchise in September, traditionally one of the slowest months of the year.

    Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario and Will Poulter co-star in “The Maze Runner,” which is directed by Wes Ball and produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (“The Fault in Our Stars”), along with Ellen Goldsmith Vein and her Gotham Group, which developed the project.


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