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Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily: Controversial 'Pan' casting protested in online petition

The backlash continues.

After news broke that Rooney Mara had been cast to play the character Tiger Lily in Joe Wright’s live-action Pan, an online petition surfaced urging Warner Bros. to stop casting white actors to play people of color.

“This casting choice is particularly shameful for a children’s movie,” the petitioner wrote. “Telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable.” They hope to get 5,000 signatures. (At press time, they’d reached 4,785.) READ FULL STORY

A deep dive into 'The Giver' trailer ('sup, Taylor Swift?)

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Releasing a film adaptation of The Giver in 2014 was always going to be tricky.

Why? Because Lois Lowry’s kid-lit classic, first published in 1993, helped to invent the tropes of dystopian young adult fiction. (Even though, as its Newbery Medal would attest, it’s actually meant for middle-grade readers; yes, young adult and middle-grade are different.)  The Hunger Games, Divergent, Delirium, Matched, The Maze Runner — they’re all indebted to Lowry, even if each of those later books is less lyrical and more literal than Lowry’s original.

But now that there’s a glut of dystopian YA fiction — both on bookshelves and at multiplexes — a film version of The Giver runs the risk of seeming both generic and derivative… even though its story was written long before Katniss was even a twinkle in Suzanne Collins’s eye. Thankfully, a faithful adaptation of Lowry’s story would help to curb those accusations, since the book is really pretty different from the works it inspired: The Giver has no real action sequences. Its main character is a thoughtful 12-year-old boy, not a brooding, badass teenage warrior. The entire narrative takes place in fewer than 200 pages — a far cry from the increasingly bloated tomes being churned out by present-day YA authors.

The Weinstein Company’s new Giver movie is… not that faithful adaptation. How do we know? Because of the film’s first trailer:

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Tell us YOUR criminally underrated picks

Our March 21 issue of Entertainment Weekly explored our staff’s — and celebrities’ — picks for shows, movies, music, books, games that are criminally underrated. Editor Matt Bean wrote about recommending and sharing these picks in his editor’s letter, and wants you to tell us what you think is a criminally underrated piece of pop culture. Read it below:

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Kermit the Frog talks Tom Cruise, plastic surgery, and 'Muppets Most Wanted' on EW Radio

Kermit may only be around 24 inches tall, but the famed frog doesn’t let his height deter him. So how does he get around the height issue when faced with acting alongside “giants” like How I Met Your Mother’s Jason Segel?

“I had to do many of my scenes standing on boxes — just like Tom Cruise,” Kermit told EW Radio on Tuesday while promoting Muppets Most Wanted, adding that he and the actor are just about the same height.

Despite having a “human in his throat,” Kermit also sang for News & Notes hosts Julia Cunningham and Mario Correa, regaling them with the wrap-up line from “Rainbow Connection.” And speaking of Kermit’s classic hit, he is still a bit put out that he lost out on winning the Oscar for “Rainbow Connection” to Norma Rae’s “It Goes Like It Goes.” READ FULL STORY

Lena Dunham on Woody Allen: He nauseates me

When Lena Dunham’s first movie, Tiny Furniture, came out, many critics made favorable comparisons to Woody Allen’s films. But maybe there was something deeper to the fact that the film’s hipster-doofus jerk (Alex Karpovsky) reads Woody Allen’s book, Without Feathers. Turns out, Dunham hadn’t been a fan of Allen’s work for some time, and after Dylan Farrow’s explosive open-letter outlining allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather, Dunham has been extremely outspoken on the matter, especially on Twitter. Now, she tells Marc Maron on his WTF podcast that she’s “nauseated with [Allen].”

Maron was asking about Dunham’s upbringing as a child of two artists, and the actress brought up Allen as the most vivid example of not judging the art by its artist. “In the latest Woody Allen debate I’m decidedly pro-Dylan Farrow and decidedly disgusted with Woody Allen’s behavior,” she said. “But for me, when people go through his work and comb through it for references to child molestation, that’s not the f–king point.”

“I’m not gonna indict the work,” she continued. “I think that you can decide that you don’t want to support the work of somebody who has molested a child. That’s a completely appropriate choice. But going through it and saying, look, he’s told us in 57 ways that he rapes kids — that’s not the thing. The thing is to look at the actual evidence that exists in the world, which I think strongly suggests that Woody Allen is in the wrong. READ FULL STORY

Kermit the Frog sings 'It's Not Easy Being Green' -- with help from Jimmy Fallon: VIDEO

Jimmy Fallon snagged the St. Patrick’s Day booking for the Tonight Show last night — Kermit the Frog.

Kermit is currently making the publicity rounds for Muppets Most Wanted, and stopped by Fallon’s show Monday night to sing his classic song, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” It’s all very sweet and melancholy and nostalgia-inducing… until Fallon — green beer in hand — shows up mid-song to remind Kermit that March 17 is actually the easiest day of the year to be green.

And with that, the duo got positive. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

On eating clay and believing in trees: The best of Shailene Woodley's nature-centric wisdom

By now, we all know about Shailene Woodley’s quirky, environmentally-friendly tendencies — she gathers her water from fresh springs when she can; she brought Jimmy Fallon a bag of herbs last week on The Tonight ShowBut that’s only the beginning.

Woodley is more magical nymph than Hollywood starlet; even Jennifer Lawrence’s relatable clumsiness can’t hold a candle to Shailene’s lovable kookiness. So after reading the Divergent star’s latest awesome interview, we decided to compile the Shailene-iest quotes she’s ever given. Check out what the offbeat actress has said about eating clay (yes, for real) and giving up Instagram below:

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Who leans against a car the best -- Logan, Edward, or Jake Ryan? POLL

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While women are leaning in, the men are leaning against. Well, the men in this case are fictional boyfriends.

In Veronica Mars, Logan (Jason Dohring) waits for Veronica (Kristen Bell) outside of her father’s house, with a sexy smirk on his face, leaning against his car. The scene reminded us of two other movies — Twilight and Sixteen Candles. Bella (Kristen Stewart) sees Edward (Robert Pattinson) up against his silver Volvo in Twilight. Sixteen Candles shows Sam (Molly Ringwald) emerging from her house a church to find Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) motioning to her. All three moments are definitely swoon-worthy.

Since it’s such an important and pressing issue, we need to know your thoughts. Who has the hottest “car lean”? Vote below. READ FULL STORY

Before 'Need for Speed,' Aaron Paul proved he would do 'Whatever It Takes' to win our hearts

Step aside, Tobey Marshall — Floyd is the Aaron Paul character that revs me up.

Though the Need for Speed star is more famous these days for Breaking out variations on the word “bitch” and playing the Dice Game on The Price Is Right, in my heart he’ll always be the teenage no-goodnik from 2000′s Whatever It Takes.

Witness Paul in all his millennial, Wolverine-haired glory: READ FULL STORY

SXSW: Comedian Doug Benson and friends take on 'Big Trouble In Little China'

Depending on your perspective, comedian Doug Benson is either best known as a movie aficionado (he hosts the hit podcast Doug Loves Movies) or as a comedic hero to weed smokers everywhere (he directed the hilarious documentary Super High Me and recently launched a video podcast called Getting Doug With High that features him getting stoned with comic friends).

The former was on display on the last day of the annual South By Southwest festival when Benson hosted Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption at the Alamo Draft House Ritz in Austin. The Movie Interruption is a simple premise: Benson screens a movie, and he and a few cohorts sit with live microphones and riff on the film — not unlike a live, improvised version of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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