Disney confirms ‘Star Wars’ stand-alone film, ‘Episode VIII’ & ‘Frozen’ sequel

Posted in Movies,News by Scott Meisner on March 12th, 2015

Today, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger led a shareholder meeting and made some exciting announcements regarding a couple of his company’s most lucrative franchises.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, is coming December 18–we all know this. Now what comes after? Details about the future of Star Wars just got a bit clearer. Sandwiched between Episode VII and its direct followup Episode VIII, Disney is releasing the first stand-alone Star Wars film. “Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga,” reads a press release. Gareth Edwards (GodzillaMonsters) is confirmed to direct Rogue One, and Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz) is penning the script. Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) will star. The idea for the stand-alone came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic (that’s the visual effects company created by George Lucas in 1975). Production on Rogue One begins this summer and it’s slotted to hit theatres December 16, 2016.

Iger went on to confirm that Rian Johnson (LooperBrickBreaking Bad) will direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, “which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Ep8 releases May 26, 2017.

In other Disney-related news, Iger made an unsurprising but still incredibly exciting announcement about the future of Frozen. A sequel is most definitely in the works! Frozen co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are working on the followup to the top-grossing animated film of all-time.

“We enjoyed making Frozen Fever so much and being back in that world with those characters,” said John Lasseter, Pixar chief creative officer. “Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have come up with a great idea for a sequel and you will be hearing a lot more about it and we’re taking you back to Arendelle. We are so excited about that.”

That’s all there is to know for now. But now I bet you’re craving Frozen like Olaf craves summertime. Don’t fret–you can experience a brand new Frozen adventure starting tomorrow when the Pixar short Frozen Fever hits theatres; it’s playing in front of Disney’s new live-action Cinderella.

‘Zoolander 2′ made official by Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson crashing Paris Fashion Week in character

Posted in Movies,News,Video by Scott Meisner on March 12th, 2015

ORANGE MOCHA FRAPPUCCINO!

Call it the most inventive way to announce a sequel. On Tuesday, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson strutted down the Maison Valentino runway during the Paris Fashion Show as Derek Zoolander and Hansel (So hot right now. Hansel.) McDonald; by bringing back the acclaimed Blue Steel pose, they officially announced a sequel to the 2001 cult comedy Zoolander. See their surprise appearance after the break. Afterwards, Paramount made it official with a tweet revealing the film’s release date: February 12, 2016.

And the fun didn’t stop there. The really, really, ridiculously good looking duo also appeared on Instagram to promote the forthcoming Zoolander 2 by posing together and also with American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

Stiller is expected to direct again and he co-wrote the script with his Tropic Thunder collaborator Justin Theroux. Beyond Stiller and Wilson, no other casting news has been made. However, Stiller has publicly stated in the past his want for Will Ferrell to return as the villainous Mugatu.

The plot is being kept under wraps for now, but a peek at a 2010 interview between MTV and Stiller might shed light on what we can expect: “In the fashion world, if you go away for a year, it’s changed — it just happens so quickly,” he said. “I think the idea in the beginning of the movie is that it’s 10 years later, and Derek and Hansel are literally forgotten. Nobody remembers who they are, so they have to reinvent themselves.”

As a proud hardcore fan of the original, I am beyond excited to see what Stiller has in store for Derek Zoolander. The first one is jam-packed with memorable, timeless one-liners and undeniably outrageous sequences to-boot. I trust he and Theroux have cooked up a good enough story to warrant the return for these characters. I mean, what was done at the Paris Fashion Show is such an incredibly fun way to bring it all back. Can’t wait to see what happens next. (Click here for more…)

Movie trailer round-up: Ryan Reynolds in sci-fi thriller ‘Self/Less’ & Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’

Posted in Image cache,Movies,Video by Scott Meisner on March 12th, 2015

Are you a fan of psychological science fiction thrillers? Self/Less should whet your appetite plenty. Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) stars as an extremely wealthy man dying from cancer. He doesn’t want his life to terminate earlier than expected, so he undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man, played by Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern). It works, but it doesn’t take long for the dangerous side effects to kick in: Kingsley’s younger self starts to see glimpses of a life he does not know, experiences originating from Reynolds’ body.

It’s a very cool idea and it brings to mind the always interesting and up-for-debate conversation about who we are and what happens after death. Are we a soul and our bodies a receptacle for it? If so, do our souls move on to new bodies after dying? And do those new bodies having any sort of recollection of the soul’s past lives? I could go on and on… I’m hoping the movie explores these intriguing topics in a fun and entertaining way. We’ll find out when Self/Less hits theatres July 31.

Jump after the break for a new look at Disney’s Tomorrowland. (Click here for more…)

‘The Walking Dead’ companion series gets two season order from AMC

Posted in Image cache,News,Television by Scott Meisner on March 12th, 2015

I’ve got an update on the shrouded-in-mystery, hotly anticipated Walking Dead companion series. Following its surprise announcement in 2013 and a pilot greenlight in 2014The Walking Dead spinoff is definitively a-go at AMC with an early two-season pickup order by the network. The first season is set to premiere in late summer and it will follow in the flagship series’ footsteps with a truncated six episode start. Season two will air in 2016 and its episode count is still TBD. The series’ title is also being kept under wraps, though IMDb is calling it Fear the Walking Dead.

What is there to know about the series so far? Not much. AMC is calling it a “companion series” as opposed to a “spinoff” because although it will take place in The Walking Dead universe, it will feature an entirely new cast and fresh storylines. It will take place in Los Angeles, showing how the zombie outbreak affected that other part of the country (we’ve hovered around Atlanta for the most part with Rick and the gang). Actors tagged to the show include Cliff Curtis (Gang RelatedTrauma), Kim Dickens (House of CardsSons of Anarchy, TremeLostDeadwood), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), and Alycia Debnam Carey (The 100). Sources say Curtis is the male lead and will be playing Sean Cabrera, a divorced teacher trying to do right by everyone; learn more about the potential list of characters at TVLine. See Curtis, Dickens, and Dillane in a production still above; another one hangs after the break.

Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, and David Alpert from The Walking Dead are serving as executive producers of the companion series. Dave Erickson (Marco Polo, Sons of Anarchy) is showrunner and an EP; he co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman.

AMC president Charlie Collier said this in a statement: “We take incredibly seriously the notion of building a satisfying companion series to the number one show on television. From the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, we’ve been asked questions about what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’ Through this new series, we’re going to find out. Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson and their writing team, along with an incomparable set of producers, cast and crew have created something remarkable and clearly distinct. We respectfully follow the request of Monty Python as we bring out (the latest of) our Dead.”

Kirkman added: “We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC. I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story. I’m very grateful that we now have the opportunity to tell this amazing story and show the fans that we really haven’t scratched the surface yet when it comes to The Walking Dead.”

And Erikson chimed in: “This vote of confidence from our partners at AMC is gratifying, to say the least. We’ve been blessed with amazing writers and a stellar cast — and we can’t wait to build this apocalyptic drama over the next two seasons and hopefully beyond.”

Stick it here as more details leak out. Currently, The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 10pm on AMC.

Update (3/14): Robert Kirkman briefly discussed the Walking Dead companion series this month during a panel at SXSW. Jump after the break for choice quotes. (Click here for more…)

BBC renews ‘The Fall’ for third & final season; CBS holds onto three sitcoms

Posted in News,Television by Scott Meisner on March 12th, 2015

Quick updates here on the TV series renewal front. On Tuesday, the BBC made it official: Allan Cubitt’s addicting and binge-tastic drama The Fall will return for a third and final season.

“The cliff-hanger ending of season two was conceived in the hope of further exploring the characters and the themes that are at the heart of The Fall. We’re grateful to be given this opportunity by the BBC,” said creator-writer-director Cubitt in a statement.

At the end of season two (spoiler alert!), the game of cat and mouse between Gillian Anderson’s detective superintendent Stella Gibson and Jamie Dornan’s serial killer Paul Spector finally came to a gripping conclusion. That massive cliffhanger Cubitt’s referring to? In the final moments, Spector is shot and fights for consciousness in Gibson’s arms.

Will The Fall live on after a third season? According to BBC Drama controller Ben Stephenson, it doesn’t appear so. “The story is far from over. Allan has known the end game from the beginning – the cat and mouse game between Gillian and Jamie has one last act to play out. Who will win?,” he postulated (I added the emphasis there).

What can viewers expect to unfold when The Fall returns? The action continues in “Belfast as the complex relationship between Det Supt Stella Gibson and Paul Spector intensifies and the story of the investigation into the murders becomes more “complex and intricate”.” Read into that what you will. And as soon as the BBC announces its U.S. launch on Netflix, you’ll hear about it here. Watch a teaser after the break.

Elsewhere, CBS has renewed sitcoms MomMike & Molly, and 2 Broke Girls for a third, sixth, and fifth season, respectively. (Click here for more…)

‘Smash’ B’way musical ‘Bombshell’ comes to Broadway this summer

Posted in Entertainment,News by Scott Meisner on March 12th, 2015

Smash is coming to Broadway! Well, sorta.

NBC’s short-lived, cult musical drama was cancelled after two seasons on the air, but that couldn’t stop the fat lady from singing just yet. About seven months after the finale aired, series stars Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus, and Krysta Rodriguez performed songs from Hit List–a Broadway show within the show–at 54 Below, an intimate club in New York City.

And now, even more actors from Smash are reuniting to perform songs from the series’ other Broadway musical, Bombshell. The Marilyn Monroe musical, which includes the popular Smash song “Let Me Be Your Star,” is coming to real-life Broadway for one night this summer. Christian Borle, Will Chase, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, and Debra Messing are locked in to hit the stage, and surprise guests are a possibility. Smash producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron also join this special reunion to produce the stage show, which will take place at the 1,700-seat Minskoff Theater.

Here are the details you really want. Tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster on April 14; they will be priced at the following intervals: $100 / $125 / $200 / $250 / $500. All proceeds go to The Actors Fund and the money will “help people in performing arts and entertainment who are in need, crisis, or transition,” according to a press release. Oh did I mention? This is actually a benefit concert on Broadway, technically speaking. To cover the cost of production, Bombshell hopped on Kickstarter to raise the funds. In under a day, it surpassed its pledge goal of $50,000 and surpassed the $200,000 mark. People who pledged $25 or more will gain early access to tickets on April 13. As of now, all pledge rewards have been accounted for, so if you’re looking to nab tickets for the big night, you’ll have to visit Ticketmaster on 4/14 along with the general public. However, you can still contribute $10 if you’re looking to lend a hand to the production.

“When we started doing the TV series, we thought it was [lyricists] Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s best work since Hairspray, and we always believed it was something that needed to be heard as an entity, instead of just hearing a song here and there,” Zadan told The New York Times. Well, Smashers, this is your chance to see Karen Cartwright, Ivy Lynn and more belt out your favorite Bombshell tunes once more–don’t miss out!

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“Apple engineer” talks new MacBook in hysterical viral video

Posted in Hilarity,Video by Scott Meisner on March 12th, 2015

Mere days after Apple’s “Spring Forward” keynote, an absolutely hysterical video regarding one of the product announcements made at the event has surfaced and gone viral.

At the keynote, Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team unveiled a new MacBook that’s so thin and light that it had to do away with all the ports you’re used to having on a notebook, namely, the ubiquitous USB port. What you’ll find on the new MacBook is a smaller, single USB Type-C port that will charge it. If you want to connect external devices to it, such as hard drives and monitors, you’ll have to pick up adapters (until, of course, Type-C becomes a true industry standard).

Anyway, that’s more than enough background you’ll need to enjoy this funny clip. YouTuber Armando Ferreira presents, “Apple Engineer Talks about the New 2015 Macbook.” You might want to grab some tissues to dab away tears of incoming laughter; enjoy!

Apple solidifies Watch release date & pricing, unveils HBO standalone streaming service, HealthKit, plus a shiny new MacBook

Posted in News,Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on March 9th, 2015

On Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook hosted the company’s latest keynote dubbed “Spring Forward” and it packed quite a punch. Everyone was expecting more details about the anticipated Apple Watch–release date and pricing was finally made known–but before getting to all that, Cook announced an exciting launch with HBO, he introduced a forward-thinking platform called HealthKit that aims to support the medical field in new and exciting ways, and a brand new MacBook packed with all kinds of cool technology made its debut. For all the details, skip after the break. (Click here for more…)

NBC schedules ‘Hannibal’ season 3 for June (2 new posters inside!)

Posted in Image cache,News,Television by Scott Meisner on March 6th, 2015

Calling all Fannibals, it’s nearly time to feast once again. Today the Peacock network penciled in the season 3 premiere date of Bryan Fuller’s bloody good drama Hannibal. Will Graham’s hunt for Hannibal Lector begins Thursday, June 4 at 10pm. So mark your calendars and sharpen your kitchen knives, but not before watching the season 3 trailer!

Fuller confirmed the news with a simple tweet stating “TUCK IN” and using the hashtag #HannibalReturnsJune4. He also mentions actress Gillian Anderson, now a series regular, because she’s featured in the new Hannibal poster plastered above. Anderson plays Hannibal’s shrink Bedelia du Maurier, and at the very end of last season she’s seen escaping the States on a plane sitting next to Dr. Lector. Take in the beautifully simple poster, and then, jump after the break to see a leather jacket-clad Mads Mikkelsen.

One more thing. Here’s a super fun fact: NBC additionally scheduled new summer drama Aquarius starring David Duchovny for Thursday, May 28 from 9-11pm. The following week it will fall into its regular Thursdays-at-9 timeslot preceding Hannibal. Do you get what I’m hinting at here? Duchovny’s new show serves as an appetizer (ahem, apéritif) to one starring Gillian Anderson; it’s an X-Files reunion…of sorts! (Click here for more…)

@ Super Creative: ‘Coolest Discoveries in Smart Home Technology’

Posted in Super Creative,Technology by Scott Meisner on March 5th, 2015

Editor’s note: In February I announced my partnership with Super Creative. Going forward, whenever I contribute a post to SC’s site, I’ll be sure to hang a link here at [experience-it-all] so you don’t miss out.

Super Creative takes a look at innovations in smart home technology today. After perusing the selections, you might just feel inclined to spruce up your place with these intelligent, forward-thinking devices.

Click here for more.

Harmonix resurrects ‘Rock Band’ for Xbox One & PS4–get all the details here

Posted in Image cache,News,Technology by Scott Meisner on March 5th, 2015

Eight years after releasing the original Rock Band, developer Harmonix is readying the fourth iteration in the musical video game franchise. Rock Band 4 is coming to current-gen consoles only, namely Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Right off the bat, here are answers to questions you probably want to know immediately. The Rock Band Music Store will be accessible in the new title; this will allow gamers to download and play over 2,000 tracks when the game launches. Of course, those tracks are in addition to new tracks that will ship on the title’s disc. Due to licensing restrictions, songs featured on Rock Band 3 and The Beatles Rock Band will not be carried over to the Music Store. What about previously purchased songs you might have downloaded for Rock BandRB2, and RB3? The developer claims all your DLC will transfer from PS3 to PS4 and from Xbox 360 to Xbox One; purchases are tied to your console maker, so if you purchased songs on PS3 and want to play them on Xbox One, that unfortunately won’t be possible.

And what about those plastic peripherals probably collecting dust in your basements and garages? Harmonix is working closely with Microsoft and Sony to make your old-gen guitars and drum kits compatible with RB4. Keyboards, however, will no longer be supported. But of course, the dev is collaborating with accessory maker Mad Catz again to ship updated instruments with the game.

Besides all this, we really don’t know much about the game yet. In a behind-the-scenes clip, the team at Harmonix shares their excitement about creating a brand new Rock Band that will go back to the franchise’s roots in terms of gameplay; and at the same time, it will introduce new ways to play. “There is some evolution of the way that you play that’s in this game that really wouldn’t have been possible if we made the game a couple years ago,” teases company CEO Steve Janiak. Harmonix, whose self-publishing this passion project, says fans of the franchise should not expect a Rock Band 5 any time soon. They envision RB4 to serve as a platform that can exist for the entire length of a console generation; instead of saturating the market with new $60 titles every year, they will continually evolve gameplay with software updates and keep things fresh, of course, with new DLC tracks. Music to my ears!

You can sign up for preorder notifications today. Jump after the break to eyeball the familiar-looking instruments, and rock on!

Bonus! Check out this 15-year-old girl shredding on her custom-made Vigier Excalibur playing “Through the Fire and the Flames” and let all the good Rock Band memories come flooding back. (Click here for more…)

Discover new music: Lauriel beats to her own drum in ritualistic “Rival”

Posted in Music,Video by Scott Meisner on March 5th, 2015

It’s about time we discovered new music together. Today’s featured artist is Lauriel, a 22-year-old singer-songwriter who just dropped her very first music video. The highly stylized clip for poppy “Rival” features Lauriel donning all kinds of fantastical pieces of wardrobe that you might find inside Lady Gaga’s closet. As soon as one Lauriel claims power amongst her tribal inner circle, another comes into play and takes over by violently taking out her predecessor. But what does it all mean? I spoke directly with the source:

Lauriel likens “Rival” to “Fight Club as a Greek tragedy.” Interestingly, she explains that her influences “are not necessarily musical and were more colors, and historical time periods, art, literature, and my own experiences.” The song is very personal for the young artist. “It’s about doubt and battling the voice in your head that tells you you can’t do something, or you’re not good enough. The bridge was a big moment for me because it’s me talking directly to that internal nay sayer–‘I’m in control here, I’ll survive and persevere without doubt but you can’t carry on unless I give you power to.’ That’s what the whole song is about, that power struggle. I think the video reflects that.”

With that said, Lauriel hopes viewers will watch the playful yet harrowing visuals and interpret it for themselves. “I wasn’t thinking about messages, I figured people would take what they want to from it,” she adds. “Some people will see it very literally, some will want it to open conversation about suicide, some people will see it as rebirth, throwing out the past and old selves that you don’t want to be anymore. I think it’s all accurate in a way, with art there’s generally no right answer. It’s just meant to make you feel and think.”

Whatever you make of it, there’s no denying its gripping vulnerability as Lauriel falls in and out of dramatized versions of herself. Concerning her musical talents, she says she grew up listening to British bands like Queen, The Beatles, and Sex Pistols, as well as old soul bluesy jazz types like Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin. She looked to these artists for inspiration when making the soulful, dramatic “Rival.”

Want to hear more from Lauriel? Visit her SoundCloud page to browse a mixtape that’s currently in early stages. Perhaps with positive feedback she’ll be further inspired to release more music that’s as raw and dynamic as what we’ve got here. In the meantime, Lauriel pursues a writing career in film and TV; do you think “Rival” could be a promising seed for a future feature? Sound off in the comments below!

Final ‘Age of Ultron’ trailer assembles Avengers one last time ahead of May release

Posted in Movies,Video by Scott Meisner on March 4th, 2015

Here we have the third and final trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron and it’s a doozy. In it we learn more about the origins of the superhero film’s big bad Ultron, who’s voiced by the incomparable James Spader. “I was designed to save the world,” snarls the A.I. And then: “There’s only one path to peace: their extinction.” Ultron was created by Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) as part of a project that would “create a suit of armor around the world.” Unfortunately, things went unexpectedly awry and he ended up “creating something terrible.”

Ultron’s plan? “We can tear them apart from the inside,” he brainstorms alongside Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Does this mean the new additions are playing for the wrong team, or is this all a trick? Regardless, the plan will prove fruitful since we’ve already seen The Hulk duke it out with Stark’s Hulkbuster.

Finally, there’s the tantalizing tease at the very end–our first look at The Vision, a popular superhero that Marvel’s been hinting at in its recent slew of movie posters. He’s played by Paul Bettany, the same actor who’s been voicing Stark’s home and suit A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. Intrigue!

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theatres May 1.

FXX renews ‘Man Seeking Woman’ for a second season

Posted in News,Television by Scott Meisner on March 4th, 2015

Man Seeking Woman, FXX’s bizarre relationship comedy from Simon Rich and starring Jay Baruchel and Eric André, will return for a 10-episode second season in 2016. The series, based on Rich’s book of short stories The Last Girlfriend On Earth, is an absurd and hilarious look at the life-and-death stakes of dating. In a recent episode, Baruchel’s Josh Greenberg dates the luminous Minka Kelly only to be cockblocked by a Japanese penis monster named Tanaka. It’s different and weird and best of all it works. If you’re a single 20-something trying to find love in the big city, you may be surprised at how relatable this fantastical show can be.

“Simon Rich has delivered an incredibly smart and original take on the search for love,” said FX exec Nick Grad in a statement. “Critics and fans alike have embraced his unique storytelling, [EP] Jon Krisel’s stunning visuals and the brilliant performances of Jay Baruchel, Eric André and the rest of the cast that has made Man Seeking Woman one of the best new comedies on television.”

“Working on Man Seeking Woman has been the creative highlight of my life,” added Rich. “FXX gave us the freedom to make the show we love and they let us build some truly disgusting monsters. I’m so grateful to [FX Networks CEO] John Landgraf and his team for believing in us and I can’t wait to get back to work.”

Man Seeking Working airs Wednesdays at 10:30pm on FXX.

Kid Cudi spreads the “love.” with new Ratatat-sampled track

Posted in Audio,Music by Scott Meisner on March 3rd, 2015

It’s been a hot minute since Scott Mescudi released new music. Today, I’m enthused to report that the Kid Named Cudi is back with a fresh jam that sizzles with positive vibes and will have you feeling the best kind of nostalgia. In “love.,” Kid Cudi samples Ratatat’s track “Sunblocks”; the last time Cudder collaborated with the electronic rock duo’s music to this degree of perfection was back in 2009 with Man on the Moon’“Alive.”

What is “love.”? Sadly it doesn’t seem like it’s a single off Cudi’s anticipated Man on the Moon threequel that’s currently in the works. In a SoundCloud post, he shares that it’s a track that was made during his Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon sessions. It’s produced by Cudi, and his WZRD partner Dot Da Genius provided the keys.

With lyrics like, “Don’t be so down, come on young homie / You’ll be OK, you’ll find real love / All of the stories the hero gets lonely / Now is the time to show what you’re made of,” Cudi “hope[s] it brings you some peace if you have a lonely heart out there.” Get lost in it below.

‘Community: Age of Yahoo’ trailer previews highly anticipated season six [Update: Premiere day arrives, here’s how to watch]

Posted in Television,Video by Scott Meisner on March 3rd, 2015

Dan Harmon parodies The Avengers in the very first look at Community‘s new lease on life. The Community: Age of Yahoo trailer (get it?) runs nearly three minutes long and consists entirely of never-before-seen material plucked directly from the upcoming batch of new episodes. “You’ve saved Greendale, but you didn’t want it to change,” snarls the dramatic voice-over announcer. Thankfully, it looks like Community fans will continue to get the same show they fell in love with even after its relocation to the Internet. Though Pierce, Troy, and Shirley are MIA for season six, one Frankie Dart (aka “the new Shirley” played by Paget Brewster) and computer innovator Elroy Patashnik (Keith David) fill in the missing holes. The classic Community humor you know and love permeates throughout this extended first look, and just like that anticipation for the coveted sixth season jumped exponentially!

Community premieres Tuesday, March 17 exclusively on Yahoo Screen with two installments; new episodes will follow weekly on Tuesdays.

Update (3/17): Community is back in session! Here’s how you can watch. The fastest way to get started is by pointing your web browser to Yahoo Screen. On a tablet or smartphone? No problem. Download the free Yahoo Screen app for iOS or Android. Want to pretend like Community’s still airing on network TV and watch it on your big screen HDTV? You can totally do that, as long as you have an Apple TV, Roku, or Xbox 360; download the free Yahoo Screen app on one of those devices to get streaming. As mentioned above, Yahoo debuted the first two episodes of Community today (they both clock in at 27:26). Additional new episodes (13 total) will release weekly on Tuesdays.

[Via Yahoo]

Kanye West announces new album title, artwork & single “All Day”

Posted in Audio,Image cache,Music,News by Scott Meisner on March 2nd, 2015

This week Kanye West made a few major announcements regarding his upcoming seventh studio album: it’s got a title, new single, and fresh album artwork. Ye’s next collection of music is collectively called So Help Me God and it will ship with previously released tracks “Only One” (Featuring Paul McCartney) and “Wolves” (Featuring Sia and Vic Mensa). Sources say the Rihanna-led “Four Five Seconds” is exclusively bound for the Barbadian singer’s next record.

As for Ye’s third single off So Help Me God, it’s called “All Day” and he debuted it live at the BRIT Awards last week. Today, he released a studio version on iTunes; preview it above. If you’ve been missing Ye going hard, “All Day” is the answer to your prayers. The rapper spits lyrics on top of an infectious beat, and he’s assisted by Trinidadian-born alt-hip-hop artist Theophilus London, Canadian rising rapper Allan Kingdom, and yes, Sir Paul McCartney rounds the track out with some whistling. Rolling Stone reports McCartney’s contribution, and they astutely speculate that the whistling was actually plucked from a song the Beatle shared in 1969.

Lastly, scroll up to eyeball the stylistic album artwork for So Help Me God. Four lower-case m’s connect to form a diamond shape. Redditors say it’s representative of a 13th century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary, but I don’t buy it until Kanye says otherwise.

When can we expect the album to drop in full? West recently sat down with Power 105.1 and he claimed that it’s 80% complete. And even when it is ready, a hard release date will not be announced. Following in the footsteps of Queen Bey and Drake, Ye plans on surprising his fans by dropping his next studio album without any notice.

If you consider yourself to be a major Kanye fan, or if you’re simply interesting in exploring the controversial rapper’s mind, I highly recommend you listen to the aforementioned interview in full, here. In it, he discusses everything from his award show interruptions to his design aspirations. When asked to describe his upcoming album, he said this: “My last album [Yeezus] was a protest of music…This album is about embracing the music and embracing joy and being of joy and being of service to the people. I just hope people like it and enjoy it.”

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‘Orphan Black’ season 3 trailer arrives (spoiler: so. many. clones.)

Posted in Television,Video by Scott Meisner on March 2nd, 2015

Orphan Black is back this spring, so now is as good a time as ever to screen the official season 3 trailer. Sarah Manning and her Leda clones clash with Castor’s male doppelgängers and things are about to get hairy for all involved. And of course Mrs. S’ true motives remain a mystery; the clip reveals she will aid in Helena’s latest kidnapping. Oh and it looks like Rachel Duncan managed to survive that grisly pencil puncture to the eye.

Orphan Black returns April 18 on BBC America.

TV reminder: 12 premieres to look out for in March

Posted in Image cache,News,Television by Scott Meisner on March 1st, 2015

There are so many super awesome cool amazing premieres falling on the schedule this month! Jump after the break to preview 12 you shouldn’t miss. (Click here for more…)

Lady Gaga joins ‘American Horror Story’ in season 5 lead role

Posted in News,Television,Video by Scott Meisner on February 25th, 2015

American Horror Story has found its star for season five and it’s Mother Monster.

Lady Gaga, hot off her Sound of Music tribute performance at the Oscars, is confirmed to be the lead in the next installment of FX’s American Horror Story. Like every season before it, the plot, as well as Gaga’s role in it, are being kept tightly under wraps. In a surprising move, however, in addition to revealing this exciting cast addition, series creator Ryan Murphy also deemed it time to announce the installment’s name: American Horror Story: Hotel. Murphy dropped numerous clues in last season’s Freak Show pertaining to Hotel; did you catch any? By my count, there were myriad references to space, but Murphy quickly shut that theory down since the show is tied down to taking place solely on American soil.

This marks Gaga’s first major acting gig. Following a small uncredited role in The Sopranos in 2001, she most recently made cameos on the big screen in Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Even still, we all know the artist can hypnotize with sexy, captivating performances via music videos.

With Gaga locked in as lead, you must be thinking: what does this mean for franchise star Jessica Lange? Prior to Freak Show‘s debut, Lange announced that it would be her final run with the show. Since then, however, she has made whispers about a potential comeback. So then, her commitment remains up in the air until further notice. My guess: she’ll at least make her mark with a memorable cameo.

Watch Lady Gaga’s AHS: Hotel announcement video embedded above; and don’t worry, Ryan Murphy retweeted it to confirm its authenticity.