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‘The Blacklist’ Creator on Season 7 as ‘Small Family Drama,’ Emotional Big Bad

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‘The Blacklist’ Creator on Season 7 as ‘Small Family Drama,’ Emotional Big Bad
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Louis T. Steinhil (No. 27): Conclusion,” the second episode of the seventh season of “The Blacklist.”

Mommie Dearest is officially back in the picture.

The second installment of “The Blacklist’s” two-part season opener, “Louis T. Steinhil (No. 27): Conclusion,” was rife with cliffhangers and new characters on whom to keep an eye as the seventh season progresses — most notably one Katarina Rostova (Laila Robins). The season’s big bad, who kidnapped Red (James Spader) in the Season 6 finale, moved in next door to an unknowing Liz (Meghan Boone) in what can only be a bid to gain more information about her daughter in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Red decided to keep the vet nurse (Natalie Paul) around in hopes of tracking down Katarina, the Task Force grappled with their newfound knowledge about Red’s identity, and Dom (Brian Dennehy
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American Horror Story: How the Show Has Changed Since Murder House

Jamie Andrew Sep 10, 2019

With season nine on its way, Murder House remains the jewel in American Horror Story's blood-soaked crown. Here's why...

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

American Horror Story: Murder House marked horror's first foray into serialized television. While shows like The Twilight Zone and Freddy's Nightmares gave their audiences fresh stories each week, and The X-Files and its ilk had followed a case-of-the-week format with little in the way of connective tissue between episodes and seasons, Ahs was the first horror-centric show to take a long-form approach to storytelling.

The format wasn't the only groundbreaking aspect of the show. Series co-creator Ryan Murphy crafted a truly unique signature style, lying somewhere in tone between The Shining and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with dashes of slasher and lashes of lipstick added to the mix: pulpy event TV with avant garde sensibilities.

Everything about American Horror Story,
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Hulu in September: Here’s Everything Coming and Going

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Hulu is out with its list of new and expiring content for the month of September, and what better way to beat the back-to-school blues than with a whole bunch of binge-watching.

Among the new goodies coming next month is the 12th episode and season finale of horror anthology series “Into the Dark.” Out Sept. 6, the finale is called “Pure,” and is described as a female coming-of-age horror story in which a group of teenage girls perform a secret ritual at a “Purity Retreat.” When one of them begins to see a “supernatural entity,” a scary question is posed: “What is more dangerous: the demon they’ve unleashed, or the pressure to conform to their fathers’ expectations?” Scary indeed!

The Hulu original documentary “Untouchable” will be released on Sept. 2, described as “the inside story of the meteoric rise and shocking fall of movie titan Harvey Weinstein.” Directed by Ursula Macfarlane,
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What’s Coming to Hulu in September 2019

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If the Summer Scaries are beginning to creep in, it may be time to start binging a new show to distract yourself from the impending end of vacation season. Luckily, Hulu is among the streaming services with a fresh slate of new content coming next month.

Beginning Sept. 1, you’ll be able to stream older franchise favorites, including the first three “Ocean’s Eleven” movies, all four “Lethal Weapons” films and all three installments of “The Matrix.”

There are other options if you’re in the mood to catch up on the latest TV. Check in with the Johnson family in the sixth season of “black-ish,” or get your tissues ready for the emotional fourth season of “This is Us,” both available on the streamer Sept. 25. And if you’re looking for a laugh from a comedy, new seasons of “American Dad,” Bob’s Burgers,” “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons
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Legendary Hollywood Diva Faye Dunaway Being Sued for Calling Assistant a ‘Little Homosexual Boy’

Legendary Hollywood Diva Faye Dunaway Being Sued for Calling Assistant a ‘Little Homosexual Boy’
Faye Dunaway is having a rough summer.

Once called the worst person in Hollywood by Bette Davis, the Academy Award winner is once again in hot water amid the unfolding disaster of her busted Broadway bow in “Tea at Five.” Last month, she was fired from the Broadway play because of allegedly bizarre behavior including hurling objects at crew members and slapping her wig-fitting team, throwing salad on the floor, and insisting no one wear white to rehearsal because it’s distracting.

Now, according to Page Six, she’s being sued by one of her handlers who alleges she verbally harassed him by calling him a “little homosexual boy.” The plaintiff, Michael Rocha, was tasked with running Dunaway’s errands, helping her take her meds, managing her schedule, and transporting her to and from rehearsals of the play, which is now being recast and mounted in London. Per Rocha’s court papers,
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‘No more wire hangers!’ Katy Perry just channeled ‘Mommie Dearest’ in her ‘American Idol’ critique of Madison VanDenburg [Watch]

‘No more wire hangers!’ Katy Perry just channeled ‘Mommie Dearest’ in her ‘American Idol’ critique of Madison VanDenburg [Watch]
During Katy Perry‘s critique of Madison VanDenburg for “American Idol’s” Queen week, the pop star judge paraphrased one of the most infamous movie quotes of all time when she declared, “No more wire hangers!” The line comes from the classic B-movie “Mommie Dearest” (1981), which starred Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, the iconic Hollywood actress and overbearing mother of her daughter Christina. The film went on to “win” Worst Picture of the Decade at the Razzie Awards. In case you’re unfamiliar with this viral movie moment, in which Joan berates Christina for having wire hangers in her closet, you can watch the video clip above.

See‘American Idol’ recap: Top 8 become Top 6 on Night 15 of Season 17 [Updating Live Blog]

While fellow judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie had nothing but praises for Madison’s performance of “The Show Must Go On,” Katy gave her constructive criticism in the hopes that she
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Joan Crawford movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Mildred Pierce,’ ‘Possessed,’ ‘Sudden Fear’

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Joan Crawford movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Mildred Pierce,’ ‘Possessed,’ ‘Sudden Fear’
Joan Crawford would’ve celebrated her 113th birthday on March 23, 2019. Though she’s probably best remembered for the portrayals of her by other actresses, the Oscar-winning performer starred in a number of classics before her death in 1977 at the age of 71. In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1906, Crawford made her debut as a body double for Norma Shearer in “Ladies of the Night” (1925). She worked her way up into starring roles in several MGM titles, most notably the ensemble drama “Grand Hotel” (1932). Yet a dip in audience enthusiasm led to her being labeled “box office poison,” which would haunt her for several years.

SEEOscar Best Actress Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

Crawford moved to Warner Bros. in 1943, and just two years later, she was re-igniting the box office and scooping up a
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Joan Crawford movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Joan Crawford movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Joan Crawford would’ve celebrated her 113th birthday on March 23, 2019. Though she’s probably best remembered for the portrayals of her by other actresses, the Oscar-winning performer starred in a number of classics before her death in 1977 at the age of 71. In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1906, Crawford made her debut as a body double for Norma Shearer in “Ladies of the Night” (1925). She worked her way up into starring roles in several MGM titles, most notably the ensemble drama “Grand Hotel” (1932). Yet a dip in audience enthusiasm led to her being labeled “box office poison,” which would haunt her for several years.

Crawford moved to Warner Bros. in 1943, and just two years later, she was re-igniting the box office and scooping up a Best Actress Oscar for “Mildred Pierce” (1945). The role of an
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‘The View’ Alum Jenny McCarthy Compares Barbara Walters’ Shouting Matches to ‘Mommie Dearest’

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‘The View’ Alum Jenny McCarthy Compares Barbara Walters’ Shouting Matches to ‘Mommie Dearest’
Jenny McCarthy is opening up about her “miserable” time on the daytime talk show “The View” — and comparing creator and former co-host Barbara Walters to Faye Dunaway’s explosive performance as Joan Crawford in “Mommie Dearest.”

In an excerpt from Ramin Setoodeh’s upcoming book “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View” first published by Vulture, McCarthy described her “miserable” short-lived stint as a c0-host on the ABC show on Season 17, from 2013 to 2014.

“You know the movie ‘Mommie Dearest’? I remember as a child watching that movie and going, ‘Holy cow!’ I’ve never seen a woman yell like that before until I worked with Barbara Walters,” McCarthy said, referring to the 1981 film about classic Hollywood star Crawford’s tumultuous upbringing of her adoptive daughter.

Also Read: Whoopi Goldberg Makes Surprise Visit to 'The View,' Hopes to be Back 'Next Week' (Video)

McCarthy also
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All 10 Tyler Perry Madea Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

All 10 Tyler Perry Madea Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)
Tyler Perry‘s most famous character, Madea, has appeared in nearly half the director’s films: a gun-toting, “Hallelu-yer”-shouting force of nature, and an outrageous drag tribute to his mother and aunt. But some films in the Madea Cinematic Universe are gleefully manic, while others arrive in what appears to be a half-finished state of sad melodrama and mediocrity. Not counting her cameo appearance in the otherwise Madea-free “Meet the Browns,” or the animated kids offering “Madea’s Tough Love,” here’s where to find maximum Madea mayhem:

10. “Madea’s Witness Protection”

To look at box office receipts, this one would appear to have been a fan favorite, the second-highest-grossing Madea movie to date. But it came along at a time when Perry was making minor noise about retiring the character, and it really shows. The film looks cheap even by Perry’s budget-minded standards, the jokes are flat,
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Greta Review: Chloe Grace Moretz Stalker Movie Gets Lost

Neil Jordan's Greta, the one where Isabelle Huppert stalks Chloe Grace Moretz, is just campy enough to almost work. Almost.

No good deed goes unpunished, and no sweet kindness in a Hollywood thriller can be anything other than a snare of malevolent intentions. Such were the traps laid by Kathy Bates in Misery, Jennifer Jason Leigh in Single White Female, and even the bunny hoppin’ mad Glenn Close, who should’ve never been ignored in Fatal Attraction. Thus Greta emerges from the perpetually underlit New York streets that are conveniently empty of people and witnesses. Isabelle Huppert and director Neil Jordan seek to add a maternal extinct to these well-worn cinematic hunting grounds, but perhaps they should’ve also brought a tent to go with their sinister binoculars, because there’s nothing here but a lot of camp.

Instilling a few snickers among colleagues who might dub it “Mommy Instinct,
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Razzie Awards: Every Worst Picture ‘Winner,’ From ‘Can’t Stop the Music’ to ‘Holmes & Watson’ (Photos)

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Since 1980, UCLA film grads and industry veterans John J. B. Wilson and Mo Murphy have honored the very worst in cinema with the Razzie Awards. Here’s a look back to the worst pictures of the last four decades.

“Can’t Stop the Music” (1980)

The Golden Raspberry Awards got their start by recognizing this musical comedy, a justly mocked quasi-biopic of the Village People.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 8 percent

Mommie Dearest” (1981)

Faye Dunaway goes full camp as Joan Crawford in a docudrama whose comedy was often unintentional.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 53 percent

Inchon” (1982)

This bloated, over-budget Korean war film starring Laurence Olivier as Gen. Douglas MacArthur was an epic turkey.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0 percent

The Lonely Lady” (1983)

Pia Zadora followed her mysterious (and widely mocked in retrospect) Golden Globe win for “Butterfly” with this adaptation of a trashy Harold Robbins novel about a schoolgirl/wannabe screenwriter.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0 percent

Bolero” (1984)

Bo Derek
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Beauty vs Beast: Why Must Everything Be a Contest?

Jason from Mnpp here - I'm sure if Faye Dunaway were to come to The Film Experience and stumble upon us wishing her a happy 78th birthday here today with a Mommie Dearest themed edition of our "Beauty vs Beast" poll she'd roll her eyes in that certain way she does that makes you quake in your slippers and utter some four-letter word... and that's just why we love her. She may not love the movie that turned her knobs up to Full Camp and then snapped right off, but we do, and we always will - her stratopheric take on Joan Crawford has the stuff of myth about it, as if she squeezed heaven and hell like a wet rag and drank down every last drop right before they said "Action!" That said... Joan's a tough vote all the same! 

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Previously I think this is the first time this has ever happened,
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Faye Dunaway movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ ‘Network,’ ‘Chinatown’

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Faye Dunaway movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ ‘Network,’ ‘Chinatown’
Faye Dunaway will celebrate her 78th birthday on January 14, 2019. The actress has had a dynamic 57-year career on Broadway, television and of course in film. She shows no signs of slowing down either since this year she will return to the Great White Way for the first time since 1982 in a play where she will play another acting legend, Katharine Hepburn.

Despite her regal bearing and glamorous style, Dunaway was actually born in rural Florida to rather humble beginnings. She was drawn to the arts at a young age and eventually graduated from Boston University with a degree in theater. A few weeks after her college graduation Dunaway was hired to join the cast of the hit play “A Man for All Seasons,” which was in the midst of a successful run on Broadway.Dunaway was also hand-picked by Elia Kazan to by a part of a repertory company of
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Faye Dunaway movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Faye Dunaway movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Faye Dunaway will celebrate her 78th birthday on January 14, 2019. The actress has had a dynamic 57-year career on Broadway, television and of course in film. She shows no signs of slowing down either since this year she will return to the Great White Way for the first time since 1982 in a play where she will play another acting legend, Katharine Hepburn.

Despite her regal bearing and glamourous style, Dunaway was actually born in rural Florida to rather humble beginnings. She was drawn to the arts at a young age and eventually graduated from Boston University with a degree in theater. A few weeks after her college graduation Dunaway was hired to join the cast of the hit play “A Man for All Seasons,” which was in the midst of a successful run on Broadway.Dunaway was also hand-picked by Elia Kazan to by a part of a repertory company of
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Review: “Psycho Biddy Double Feature” Starring Joan Crawford: “Strait-jacket” (1964) And “Berserk” (1967); Mill Creek Entertainment Blu-ray Disc Release

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By Fred Blosser

Two 1960s murder thrillers with Joan Crawford have been released by Mill Creek Entertainment on single-disc Blu-ray. The cover sleeve bills the package as a “Psycho Biddy Double Feature.” The films are “Strait-Jacket” (1964), the first of Crawford’s three pictures with producer-director William Castle, and “Berserk!” (1967), her first of two with producer Herman Cohen. In using the possibly ageist and definitely sexist phrase “Psycho Biddy,” Mill Creek’s marketing department clearly hopes that audiences will have fond memories of the frenzied, middle-aged Joan Crawford in 1981’s “Mommie Dearest,” shrieking “I told you! No . . . wire . . . hangers -- ever!” at her terrified adopted child, Christina. Never mind that the belittling term “biddy” is problematic in the case of Joan Crawford. There may be plenty of biddies in the world, but the imperious Joan was never one of them. Never mind either that it was Faye Dunaway impersonating Joan Crawford in “Mommie Dearest,
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Soon-Yi Previn NY Magazine Profile Writer Calls Critics of Piece ‘Sexist’ and ‘Racist’

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Daphne Merkin, the author of that much-discussed profile of Soon-Yi Previn, spoke out Thursday accusing critics of her piece of being “sexist” and “racist.”

“My intention was to let a silenced woman’s voice be heard. Far from seeing the piece as anti-feminist, I think the attacks on it are sexist (even — or especially — when made by women) and more than a tad racist,” she told the New York Post in an email.

“I felt I was opening the door on their townhouse and showing us an odd but affecting couple,” Merkin continued. “It’s strange how critics don’t think Soon Yi deserves to be heard, that the abuse she suffered, because it was at the hands of a woman and not a man, is somehow less valid.”

Merkin confirmed her quotes in an email to TheWrap but declined to offer any additional comment.

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Soon-Yi Previn Defends Woody Allen, Says Mia Farrow ‘Has Taken Advantage of the #MeToo Movement’

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Soon-Yi Previn Defends Woody Allen, Says Mia Farrow ‘Has Taken Advantage of the #MeToo Movement’
Soon-Yi Previn has broken a long silence about her husband Woody Allen and her adopted mother, Mia Farrow, defending Allen against accusations of abuse and saying she can’t “come up with a pleasant memory” about Farrow.

Farrow accused Allen of sexually abusing their daughter, Dylan, in August 1992 — months after she learned of his relationship with Previn, her adopted daughter with musician Andre Previn. Allen and Soon-Yi Previn married in 1997.

“I was never interested in writing a ‘Mommie Dearest,’ getting even with Mia — none of that,” Previn says in a New York Magazine story posted Sunday night. “But what’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust. [Mia] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan [Farrow] as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t.”

Ronan Farrow has denounced the New York Magazine article as “shameful” and a “hit job, written
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Soon-Yi Previn Opens Up About Woody Allen, Claims Mia Farrow Abused Her

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Soon-Yi Previn Opens Up About Woody Allen, Claims Mia Farrow Abused Her
Soon-Yi Previn, Woody Allen’s wife, has broken her silence about her relationship with the controversial filmmaker and her early life with Allen’s former partner Mia Farrow.

Previn claims in a new interview with Vulture that Dylan Farrow’s allegations of molestation against Woody Allen are false, and that Mia Farrow abused Previn.

“Mia wasn’t maternal to me from the get-go,” Previn told Daphne Merkin, the author of the op-ed and a friend of Allen’s for four decades.

“I was never interested in writing a ‘Mommie Dearest,’ getting even with Mia — none of that,” Previn, who was adopted by Farrow and then-husband Andre Previn when she was six years old, said. “But what’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust. [Mia] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t.
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11 Most ‘Hair-Raising’ Movie Moments, From ‘There’s Something About Mary’ to ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (Photos)

11 Most ‘Hair-Raising’ Movie Moments, From ‘There’s Something About Mary’ to ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (Photos)
Some of the most iconic hair fashion statements of all time are movie hair. Cher Horowitz in “Clueless.” Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” David Bowie’s hair in “Labyrinth.” The list goes on. And then there’s the not so good hair moments in the movies. Arguably the most famous of those is having its 20th anniversary this week, the infamous “hair gel” scene from “There’s Something About Mary.” In honor of that classic and unfortunate hair gag, we decided to look at some of the other times that things in movies got a little hairy.

“There’s Something About Mary”

Why does this scene work as well as it does? The gag isn’t especially plausible, but it taps into that crippling fear that the world somehow knows the dirty deed you’ve just done in the privacy of your own bathroom. And Cameron Diaz’s hair,
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