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Yippie-Ki-Yay, Here Are 10 ‘Die Hard’ Facts

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by ScreenCrush Staff December 17, 2015 @ 10:39 AM
Before he was cast in Die Hard, Bruce Willis was known primarily as the star of ABC’s TV comedy Moonlighting, so he wasn’t the first person Hollywood thought of to star in their big action movie. In fact, before they offered Willis the role, they actually approached Arnold Schwarzenegger hoping to turn Die Hard into a Commando sequel. This is just one of the Die Hard facts in the latest installment of You Think You Know Movies!

The Best TV Shows of 2015

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick December 17, 2015 @ 8:36 AM
Netflix / FX / HBO
Peak TV is the name of the game for 2015, with hundreds of scripted series crowding the landscape from the Marvel empire, to the Scottish countryside, and a galaxy far, far away. Join ScreenCrush TV critic Kevin Fitzpatrick to cut through all the clutter, and rank the very Best TV Shows of 2015!

Holy 10 ‘Batman’ ‘66 Facts, Bat-Fans!

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick December 16, 2015 @ 11:37 AM
Batman seems only to get grittier and grittier these days, but did you know the classic 1966 series actually coined the name “Mr. Freeze”? Or that Robin’s famous catchphrase got upwards of 350 uses? Slide down the pole and suit up, as the 36th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?’ fights crime with style for the original Batman TV series!.

The Best Movies of 2015 (According to Erin Whitney)

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by Erin Whitney December 16, 2015 @ 11:00 AM
Fox Searchlight/Netflix/Disney•Pixar
Lists can be extremely useful, especially when you need to get organized, go grocery shopping or break down all the ways Jon Snow will return on Game of Thrones (very important). I like those kinds of lists, as the many Post-Its littered across my desk (and Macbook and iPhone) will show you. But making a Top 10 for the best movies of the year is a whole other monster, a film writer’s Sophie’s Choice. For someone as ridiculously indecisive as myself, it took days to finalize the final spots on this list.

SNL Ranked: Chris Hemsworth Wields Some Mighty Humor

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by Britt Hayes December 13, 2015 @ 8:53 AM
NBC
Chris Hemsworth (better known to some of you mere mortals as Thor) returns for his second outing as SNL host, following the utter giggle-fest that was last week’s episode, aka Ryan Gosling’s Laugh-In. Hemsworth absolutely killed it the last time he took the SNL stage, and he was certainly impressive again this week — particularly when paired with Kyle Mooney, whose particular set of goofy comedic skills worked incredibly well with the charming guest host. Read on for our rankings of this week’s sketches from best to worst

What Is Category Fraud? A Closer Look at This Year’s Big Oscar Controversy

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by Erin Whitney December 10, 2015 @ 11:45 AM
Focus Features/The Weinstein Company
What exactly separates a lead role from a supporting one? Some argue screen time. Some say it’s the extent to which a character carries a film. And when it comes to the studios’ opinion, the actor with the bigger name tends to get campaigned as lead despite a co-star’s equal-if-not-greater-than prominence in the film. But the lack of strict guidelines in Oscar categories and the unusual number of performances that challenge typical categorization this year have led to a lot of talk about category fraud, two words you’ve probably heard a lot this year.

10 Facts Faxed From ‘The Office,’ Approved By Michael Scott

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick December 9, 2015 @ 1:10 PM
NBC’s The Office borrowed plenty from its British predecessor did you know the writers revamped the series in Season 2 to make it more optimistic? Or that everyone from Paul Giamatti to Patton Oswalt had a shot at Dunder Mifflin? Grab a beet and stock up on paper, as the 35th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?’ mugs for the camera with some collated facts from The Office.

The Top Five Weirdest Marvel TV Shows

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by Matt Singer December 9, 2015 @ 9:01 AM
In the tradition of ScreenCrush series like You Think You Know Movies and You Think You Know TV comes a new YouTube series: Top Five! Each week (or so; we’ve got a lot of other stuff going on), ScreenCrush editor and critic Matt Singer will count down a particular topic from the world of movies (and probably write these introductory posts in the third person).

Tom Perrotta on ‘The Leftovers’ Season 2 Finale, Meg’s Guilty Remnant and How He’d Approach a Season 3

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by Erin Whitney December 6, 2015 @ 9:15 PM
HBO
The second season of The Leftovers came to a climactic close on Sunday night in a season finale that likely had you in a mix of tears, gasps, some laughter and probably a decent amount of confusion. If you haven’t watched “I Live Here Now” yet, stop reading now, all the spoilers follow.