Original Features

The Quicksilver of Two Worlds: How a D-List Comic Character Became a Hot Hollywood Property

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by Andrew Wheeler 5 days ago
The Marvel superhero Quicksilver is not a big deal. I say that as someone who counts the guy among his favorite characters. What can I say? His snotty superiority has always spoken to me on a profound level. Yet I concede that the mutant speedster is not a marquee name. He's not even as popular as his nearest DC equivalent, the Flash. Calling him "B-list" may be a little generous. Despite this he's going to appear in two separate movie blockbuster franchises played by two different actors in a single year -- a feat that Superman, Spider-Man, Batman and the Hulk can't match. None of this is because of public demand. So what is it about the character that landed him in this unique position?

Trophy Talk: All Hail ‘Selma’

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by Mike Ryan 6 days ago
Getty
People love watching famous people accept trophies. So, every so often, The Huffington Post’s Chris Rosen and ScreenCrush’s Mike Ryan will speculate about these trophies and which famous person might win one. It will be fun. Let’s talk some trophies! Today, we discuss what could be the new Best Picture frontrunner, Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, ‘Selma.’

14 Moments That Made Us Unintentionally LOL During This Week’s ‘Gotham’ Episode, “Harvey Dent”

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by Mike Ryan 7 days ago
Fox
Monday night’s episode of ‘Gotham,’ ‘Harvey Dent,’ as advertised, introduced us to a new assistant DA named Harvey Dent. At this point, at least Harvey Dent isn’t a little kid. ‘Gotham’ is slowly improving, but it’s still caught in that awkward space between being a serious drama and a campy farce. I truly think the reason I laugh so much while watching ‘Gotham’ is that it will be in the middle of taking itself so seriously, then something stupid will happen. Anyway, here are the 14 times that I laughed out loud during last night’s episode of ‘Gotham.’

The Legacy of ‘The Little Mermaid’: Lightened-Up Fairy Tales for the Younger Set

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by Kate Erbland November 17, 2014 10:53 AM
Animated films have long plundered classic fairy tales to build their modern stories (at least four of the Disney Princesses alone are pulled from Brothers Grimm tales), but Hans Christian Andersen’s rise to posthumous family-friendly prominence didn’t come into play until the late eighties, when Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ (which turns twenty-five this week) first swam on to our cinematic shores. The introduction of Ariel also effectively ended a Princess drought – there had not been a new Princess-centric film since 1959, but after Ariel splashed on to the scene, the House of Mouse started churning out a new one with startlingly regularity (four in the nineties alone) – but its real legacy is introducing Andersen to the younger set by way of mainstream animated outings.

Monday Morning Critic: Unsung Heroes of the Fall 2014 TV Season

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by Ryan McGee November 17, 2014 08:37 AM
NBC/FOX
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: looking ahead to year-end lists, and some unsung heroes of the Fall 2014 TV season.

‘SNL’ Scorecard: Woody Harrelson Wins the Quarter Quell

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by Mike Ryan November 16, 2014 10:09 AM
NBC
Woody Harrelson’s third time as host of ‘SNL’–and his first since way back in 1992 (he hosted just a few weeks after Jason Priestly)–was actually pretty great. Anticipation for an ‘SNL’ host is a fickle beast. Now, one might circle the calendar when he or she sees, say, Chris Rock’s name show up as host, then that show winds up being a bust. I suspect that not a lot of people were thinking, Oh, man, Woody Harrelson is hosting ‘SNL’! I need to cancel all of my plans because that will be one I can’t miss. Then Harrelson goes out and is everything we want out of a host: funny, up for anything, looks like he’s having fun, willing to sing a song about apples that is still stuck in my head. Anyway, he hosted the best show of the season so far and here is your ‘SNL’ Scorecard.

WookieeLeaks: The Wacky Theory About Daisy Ridley’s ‘Star Wars’ Character

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by Jacob Hall November 14, 2014 10:55 AM
Dark Horse
ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything ‘Star Wars!’ From ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, we dive into a weird theory about Daisy Ridley's character in ‘The Force Awakens,’ see which iconic character will appear in the next ‘Star Wars’ video game, and learn how much you have to spend to dress like an Imperial officer.

The 50-Year-Old Virgin: How ‘Foxcatcher’ Warps Steve Carell’s Funny Persona Into Something Terrifying

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by Nick Schager November 13, 2014 03:28 PM
Steve Carell’s ‘Foxcatcher’ role builds upon his solid dramatic work in 2007’s 'Dan in Real Life' and 2013’s 'The Way Way Back.' But more importantly, it’s a part that’s tailor-made for the comedian, given that it functions as something like the dark flip-side to his trademark funnyman persona.