Last week, Fox announced it was making a Deadpool movie, news which you either greeted with loud cheers because THEY’RE FINALLY MAKING A DEADPOOL MOVIE!!!!!!! or a confused shrug because WHO THE HELL IS DEADPOOL???? While he has a lower profile in the mainstream, Deadpool is a beloved figure in comic book circles. The best way to understand him is to know that he’s sort of a meta-character: An anti-superhero psychopath who frequently breaks the fourth wall and just-as-frequently kills people/things in the bloodiest way possible. READ FULL STORY
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Peter Berg, the writer/director/actor/producer behind both the film and television versions of Friday Night Lights, has pulled his own son away from the game that he helped so many fall in love with. And the reason why may resonate with Jason Street fans.
In an essay for Time Magazine, Berg wrote about the dangers with head and neck injuries in football, saying: “Head and neck injuries are what parents thinking about letting their children play tackle football should be thinking about, talking about, and demanding answers about, from any coach presenting himself as a worthy custodian for their child’s introduction to tackle football.”
If you’re the sensitive type, you probably don’t want to invite William H. Macy to your wedding.
When Macy called up EW to talk about his directing debut, the music-heavy Rudderless, he shared that he’s had quite a bit of musical experience of his own. In fact, he and wife Felicity Huffman went through a phase where they would write inappropriate songs to perform at their friends’ weddings. “We would just roast them,” he says, “Mercilessly roast them.”
“He’s a brilliant songwriter,” musician Ben Kweller, who has a supporting role in Rudderless, tells EW. “No one really knows this.” READ FULL STORY
This morning, Time debuted two new poems from renowned poet—sorry, actor—sorry, graduate student—sorry, who knows what anymore—James Franco. The pieces come from Franco’s new book, Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems.
The first, “Angelz,” is about Franco’s experience filming Spring Breakers. (In the second stanza, he even seems to start writing in character as gangster Alien, using “z” instead of “s.”) The second poem is an ode to Franco’s Milk co-star Sean Penn.
There’s really only one way to respond to this brave* new work—which is why EW has composed a poem for Franco in his own style. READ FULL STORY
While Liam Neeson has been a United States citizen for the last five years, he hasn’t forgotten his Irish roots. In fact, he’s apparently been exploring the country’s musical history for a project with fellow Irishman Bono.
You can now text Groot, and, as you could probably guess, the Guardians of the Galaxy tree does not have a very wide vocabulary. Still, we at EW decided to see if Groot could weigh in on some of our burning pop-culture questions.
Just how are we texting Groot? Well, anyone can reach him at (866) 740-4531. As TechCrunch reported, credit goes to developer Ricky Robinett, who created the chatbot. Groot is apparently quite popular: As Robinett tweeted this morning: “Groot had a busy night last night, he has now sent over 60,000 messages!”
Sharing a Netflix account with a friend—or “borrowing” theirs—and looking for a way to avoid awkward discussions about that season of Gossip Girl you watched five times? Good news: The streaming service will now let you hide your viewing activity.
One of the recent posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 made Katniss look a little bit like Batman, what with her sleek, black armor. Well, Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks thought so too, and inspired the fansite QuarterQuell.org to take the comparison to the next level. The result? A series of posters for The Dark Katniss Rises, which find Katniss and Hunger Games imagery embedded in posters for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films. The results? Well, I’d watch this movie.
— Quarter Quell (@QuarterQuellOrg) September 5, 2014
— Quarter Quell (@QuarterQuellOrg) September 6, 2014
— Quarter Quell (@QuarterQuellOrg) September 13, 2014
Martha Stewart probably doesn’t have Goop bookmarked on her browser.
In a recent interview with Net-a-Porter’s Porter magazine, Stewart bashed Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow, claiming the actress “wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart” if she were confident in her acting skills. “She just needs to be quiet,” Stewart said, according to Page Six.
Paltrow wasn’t the only woman Stewart targeted on her apparent insult spree: She also ragged on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, claiming the lead character of Piper was badly cast. “They could have done so much better,” Stewart said, referring to Taylor Schilling—who scored an Emmy nod for her performance as Piper. “That girl is not good enough, the lead actress.” (It’s worth noting here that in the mid-’00s, Stewart was nearly incarcerated in Danbury, Connecticut’s Federal Correctional Institution, the same prison on which OITNB‘s fictional Litchfield prison is based.) READ FULL STORY
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