The people have spoken, and the results are in. Check out the list below for the winners of the People’s Choice Awards 2017, celebrated last night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Ellen DeGeneres made history at the show by becoming the most decorated People’s Choice Awards winner of all time.


Movies | Television | Music & Digital


Favorite Movie


Favorite Movie Actor


Favorite Movie Actress


Favorite Action Movie


Favorite Action Movie Actor


Favorite Action Movie Actress


Favorite Animated Movie Voice


Bill Murray

The Jungle Book


Ellen DeGeneres

Finding Dory


Kevin Hart

The Secret Life of Pets


Favorite Comedic Movie


Favorite Comedic Movie Actor


Favorite Comedic Movie Actress


Favorite Dramatic Movie


Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor


Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress


Favorite Family Movie


Favorite Thriller Movie


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Favorite Year End Blockbuster

The polls are officially open at the People’s Choice Awards website, where you can vote for your 2016 favorites in film, TV, music and digital starting now. The nominees, revealed this morning, were chosen entirely by fans, who voted from Oct 25 through Nov 3 to pick the finalists. You can see the full list of nominees below, and go to PeoplesChoice.com to cast your vote. The 2017 edition of the People’s Choice Awards will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on CBS on Jan 18.


Movie Nominations | TV Nominations | Music & Digital


Favorite Movie


Favorite Movie Actor


Favorite Movie Actress


Favorite Action Movie


Favorite Action Movie Actor


Favorite Action Movie Actress


Favorite Animated Movie Voice


Bill Murray

The Jungle Book


Ellen DeGeneres

Finding Dory


Kevin Hart

The Secret Life of Pets


Favorite Comedic Movie


Favorite Comedic Movie Actor


Favorite Comedic Movie Actress


Favorite Dramatic Movie


Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor


Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress


Favorite Family Movie


Favorite Thriller Movie


Favorite Movie Icon

This week in streaming video, we’ve got two hit comedies available for purchase, as well as a brand new Netflix original series. There’s also some acclaimed indie films, noteworthy television, award-winners, and certified classics available on subscription services. Read on for the full list.


Available for purchase:

 

Spy (2015) 95%

When an arms dealer identifies several of the CIA’s top field agents, desk-bound analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) gets her chance to go undercover in Paris. But during the course of her mission, Cooper must endure a string of indignities, from an unflattering cover story to a borderline-psychotic fellow agent (Jason Statham) who questions her competence at every turn.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) 65%

This time out, the Barden Bellas a cappella group is in hot water after an embarrassing performance in front of a distinguished audience. In search of redemption, our heroines journey to Denmark to compete in an international vocal tournament, and wackiness follows them wherever they go.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play


New on Netflix:

 

Revenge: Season 4 (2014) 88%

ABC’s drama centers on a woman (Emily VanCamp) who moves to the Hamptons but harbors a secret vendetta: she’s out for revenge on the people who framed her father for treason when she was young.

Available now on: Netflix


White God (2014) 88%

This Certified Fresh Hungarian drama centers on a dog named Hagen, who is abandoned by his master’s father and subsequently begins a trek home, inciting a seemingly organized mongrel revolt in the process.

Available now on: Netflix


Narcos: Season 1 (2015) 78%

This Netflix original series chronicles the rise of notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel. As with other Netflix shows, all 10 episodes of the first season are available to stream.

Available now on: Netflix


Once Upon a Time: Season 4 (2015) 62%

ABC’s Disney-themed drama centers on a fictional town called Storybrooke, whose residents are all classic fairy tale characters. Season four incorporates the latest Disney sensation, Frozen, by working Elsa and Anna into its plot while continuing its ongoing narrative.

Available now on: Netflix


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 21%

The evil Foot Clan has taken control of New York City’s politicians and police force, so it’s up to our sewer-dwelling heroes — along with intrepid TV journalist April O’Neil (Megan Fox) — to save the day.

Available now on: Netflix


New on Amazon Prime:

 

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) 91%

Woody Allen’s directs and stars in this classic comedy-drama that chronicles the separate but connected lives of a woman named Hannah (Mia Farrow) and her two sisters (Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest) over the course of two years.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Dear White People (2014) 91%

This Certified Fresh a comedy is the story of an African American college student whose no-holds-barred radio show shakes up the predominantly white campus.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


The Blair Witch Project (1999) 86%

Full of creepy campfire scares, mock-doc The Blair Witch Project keeps audiences in the dark about its titular villain — thus proving that imagination can be as scary as anything onscreen.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) 84%

Madonna and Rosanna Arquette star in this comedy about a bored New Jersey housewife who becomes obsessed with a mysterious New York woman whose life she’s been following via ongoing correspondence in the personals section of a tabloid.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) 76%

In this shlocky 1980s cult favorite, evil aliens who look like disfigured clowns arrive in a small American town and terrorize its citizens with deadly shadow puppetry, killer popcorn, and cotton candy cocoons.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


New on HBO Now:

 

Manhattan (1979) 94%

One of Woody Allen’s most acclaimed films, this Certified Fresh romantic comedy stars Allen, Mariel Hemingway (in an Oscar-nominated role), Diane Keaton, and more in a story about a neurotic writer who has difficulty choosing between the 17-year-old ingénue he’s dating and the mistress of his married best friend.

Available now on: HBO Now


In the Heat of the Night (1967) 95%

Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger star in Norman Jewison’s Best Picture-winning thriller about an African American detective who pairs with a racist sheriff to solve a murder in the Deep South.

Available now on: HBO Now


Her (2013) 94%

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Theodore Twombly, a lovelorn writer who falls in love with OS1, his computer’s highly intelligent operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).

Available now on: HBO Now


The Departed (2006) 90%

Martin Scorsese’s Best Picture winner tells the story of two moles, one of whom (DiCaprio) is a cop undercover within a Boston crime family led by Jack Nicholson, and the other (Damon) a hood who has infiltrated the police department.

Available now on: HBO Now


Blade Runner (1982) 89%

Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, and Daryl Hannah, Ridley Scott’s stylishly noir sci-fi tale of replicants and blade runners remains a favorite for its art-deco look and its haunting, mysterious ambience.

Available now on: HBO Now


Titanic (1997) 89%

In James Cameron’s multiple Oscar-winning romance, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet play star-crossed lovers who meet aboard the ill-fated ocean liner. He teachers her how to spit.

Available now on: HBO Now


Thelma & Louise (1991) 85%

Ridley Scott directed this 1991 hit about a pair of women (played by Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis) who leave behind their regular lives for a road trip that quickly goes awry.

Available now on: HBO Now


Beetlejuice (1988) 85%

Tim Burton’s offbeat comedy stars Michael Keaton as the titular ghoul, a chaotic wildcard whose services are called upon by a newly deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to help rid their home of its new occupants.

Available now on: HBO Now


The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) 78%

This low-budget 1975 cult classic stars Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon as the unlucky couple who stumble into a secluded mansion on a rainy night and bear witness to a freakish party to end all parties, hosted by a transvestite named Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry).

Available now on: HBO Now


V for Vendetta (2006) 73%

V for Vendetta tells the story of a near-future dystopia, where a lone freedom fighter named V (Hugo Weaving) plots a series of revolutionary bombings to bring down a shady, secretly policed government. Along the way, V recruits young, frightened Evey (Natalie Portman ), shaves her head, and turns her into a proper young revolutionary.

Available now on: HBO Now


Blades of Glory (2007) 70%

Will Ferrell and Jon Heder star as rival figure skaters who, after an embarrassing throwdown at the World Championships, team up for a shot at redemption.

Available now on: HBO Now


New on Fandor

 

Breaker Morant (1980) 100%

Bruce Beresford’s 1980 Australian drama retells the 1902 court martial of the titular soldier, who was accused along with his fellow officers of murdering several prisoners of war while stationed in South Africa during the Second Boer War.

Available now on: Fandor


Stagecoach (1939) 100%

This John Ford western, which  follows a handful of strangers as they embark on a perilous stagecoach journey from Arizona to New Mexico through Apache territory, is the film that catapulted John Wayne to stardom.

Available now on: Fandor


Insomnia (1997) 95%

Erik Skjoldbjærg’s Norwegian thriller — which was remade in 2002 by Christopher Nolan — stars Stellan Skarsgård as a police officer who accidentally shoots his partner while in pursuit of a killer. He decides to keep mum about it, but the killer knows the truth, and psychological games ensue.

Available now on: Fandor


Night of the Living Dead (1968) 96%

George A. Romero’s iconic debut set the template for the modern zombie film, and features tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent.

Available now on: Fandor


Something, Anything (2014) 92%

This quiet drama centers on a newlywed woman who becomes a spiritual seeker and slowly alienates her family and friends in the process.

Available now on: Fandor


Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) 79%

One of Universal’s many iconic monsters, Gill-man (the creature’s infrequently used actual name) made his first appearence in this 1954 classic as a misguided amphibious humanoid, the last of his kind and prone to violence.

Available now on: Fandor


Love Hunter (2013) 86%

Milan Mumin stars in this musical drama about a Serbian rock star-turned-NYC cabbie trying to record one more album and dealing with relationship strife.

Available now on: Fandor

Like last week, this week offers just a few choices worth checking out on home video. They’re headlined by a few popular TV shows, a few indies, and one choice from the Criterion Collection. Read on for details:


Person of Interest: Season 4 (2014) 100%

Created by Jonathan Nolan (co-writer of several of his brother Christopher Nolan’s screenplays), this CBS sci-fi drama stars Jim Caviezel as presumed dead CIA agent John Reese, who is recruited by a mysterious billionaire to carry out vigilante justice on would-be criminals with the aid of a supercomputer that has achieved full sentience. Available on DVD or Blu-ray.

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The Blacklist: Season 2 (2014) 83%

James Spader stars in this NBC drama about a high profile criminal who turns himself in to the FBI and promises to help the agency track down some of the most dangerous criminals he has encountered in his career — ones that aren’t even on their most wanted list — in exchange for his freedom. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Once Upon a Time: Season 4 (2015) 62%

ABC’s Disney-themed drama centers on a fictional town called Storybrooke, whose residents are all classic fairy tale characters. Season four incorporates the latest Disney sensation, Frozen, by working Elsa and Anna into its plot while continuing its ongoing narrative. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013) 68%

Based on the novel of the same name, this dark comedy from Sweden is exactly what its title implies. With a healthy dose of goofy, absurdist humor. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Day for Night (1973) 100%

And lastly, the Criterion Collection offers us François Truffaut’s playful 1973 comedy, a movie about making movies. As film director Ferrand (Truffaut himself) attempts to complete his melodrama, we see various vignettes involving the cast and crew. This new release features a wealth of extras, including archival interviews, archival TV footage of Truffaut on set, a 2003 documentary on the film, and more.

Get it Here

Before you know it, the fall TV season will be here, so we’ve pulled together some shows you should catch up on right now — including some long-runs that you’ll want to start immediately. Plus, August welcomes select Fresh titles to streaming and home video that you might want to add to your queue this month!


Heroes: Season 1 (2006) 83%

What it is: A group of unrelated, ordinary people develop superhuman abilities and need to learn how to master their newly found powers and protect themselves against a mysterious organization and other superhumans (including Zachary Quinto in his first big role as the villain Sylar). The series is divided into five “volumes,” each one with a different story arc similar to a comic book.

Why you should watch it: Heroes‘ first season got a tremendously positive critical reaction, and pleased audiences with a mix of great storytelling and very likeable characters. Its 40-minute episodes are filled with fast-paced action, mystery, sci-fi, comedy, and more reflective moments that deal with issues of purpose, tolerance, and self-acceptance. “Volume One: Genesis” is far more interesting and consistent than the rest of the show, so if you don’t have the time to commit to all of it, those first 16 hours are a good way to see if it’s for you. It should also be enough to educate you on the returning characters of Heroes Reborn, premiering September on NBC.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, and Vudu.

Commitment: 55 hours.


The Knick: Season 1 (2014) 87%

What it is: A brilliant surgeon (Clive Owen) struggles to uphold the reputation of the famed Knickerbocker Hospital during the early 1900s while battling a narcotics addiction and, after a prominent black surgeon (Andre Holland) is hired, his own prevailing notions of race.

Why you should watch it: Unflinchingly graphic with a keen eye for period-specific detail, The Knick transports viewers to a time when a hospital visit was often something to be feared. Performances across the board are top-notch, and with Steven Soderbergh behind the camera, the series sports a crisp, finely tuned aesthetic. With season one hitting DVD and Blu-ray on August 11, you’ll have plenty of time to consume all ten episodes before season two premieres this fall.

Where to watch: All of season one is currently available to Cinemax subscribers on MaxGo, and you can also pick it up on home video August 11.

Commitment: 8.5 hours.


American Crime: Season 1 (2015) 94%

What it is: A dramatic anthology series, portraying a single murder and the pain and change it inflicts upon those affected.

Why you should watch it: 2015 Emmy nominees Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Richard Cabral, and Regina King lend themselves to a provocative drama that is more entangled around the lives of those touched by the crime than the mystery behind it. The series is also nominated in the Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Writing categories. This is a show that never lets up as an intense, expertly played character drama.

Where to watch: Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, and Vudu.

Commitment: 8 hours.


The Leftovers: Season 1 (2014) 82%

What it is: Set three years after two percent of the population mysteriously disappears, The Leftovers looks at the aftermath as it effects the residents of the small town of Mapleton, NY.

Why you should watch it: For those viewers of who loved the mystery of Lost, co-creator Damon Lindelof again brings a large group of people together whose connections are slowly revealed, even if the overarching mystery remains clouded. The show features a breakout performance from Carrie Coon (Gone Girl), as well as a stand-up cast including Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Ann Dowd, and Justin Theroux (who cries a lot, and who doesn’t love a healthy dose of man tears?). Added to the mix is Max Richter’s haunting score, which takes the melodrama and ramps it up to eleven.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Google Play, HBO Go, and Vudu.

Commitment: 10 hours.


Doctor Who: Season 8 (2014) 88%

What it is: The series chronicles the adventures of the “Doctor,” an alien called a Time Lord, a race that looks just like humans (though the Doctor says it’s the other way around). The Doctor uses a vehicle called the TARDIS, short for Time and Relative Dimension in Space, that looks like a 1960s-era London police box — although it’s much bigger on the inside. Nearly all of the Time Lords were destroyed in the Great Time War, so the Doctor is the only one that he knows of, and he has basically appointed himself humanity’s protector.

Why you should watch it: With the latest regeneration of the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), you get a semi-reset that allows new viewers to jump into the action. Capaldi has been praised for his rendition of the 12th Doctor, and with the new season set to debut on September 19 on BBC America, now is the perfect time to get caught up.

Where to watch: Season eight is available on Amazon PrimeiTunesVudu, and will arrive on Netflix on August 8.

Commitment: Time is wibbly-wobbly, but about 12 hours.


Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 1 (2000) 89%

What it is: Seinfeld creator Larry David plays a fictional version of himself as a producer, writer, and all-around difficult guy living in Los Angeles.

Why you should watch it: Through the lens of Larry David’s hyper-observant, wholly unsentimental, and utterly hilarious point of view, Curb Your Enthusiasm shines a light on the mundane details of life that drive all of us crazy — even if David is the only one who speaks up about them. With an ensemble that features Cheryl Hines, Richard Lewis, Jeff Garlin, and Susie Essman, Curb will have you at once identifying with the characters and also cringing at their actions.

Where to watch: All eight seasons hit Amazon Prime on August 6, and are also available on Google Play, HBO GoiTunes, and Vudu.

Commitment: 40 hours.


Once Upon a Time: Season 1 (2011) 81%

What it is: A fantastical exploration of the lives of fairy tale heroes and villains as they weave in and out of a contemporary life parallel to our own. Snow White, the Evil Queen, Rumplestiltskin, Captain Hook, Prince Charming, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Robin Hood, the Snow Queen, Ursula, the Wicked Witch, Cruella De Vil, and the Dwarves all live in this world, discovering truths and lies while struggling with the battles of good and evil.

Why you should watch it: While it sometimes cannot help but feel like a commercial for Disney films, the themes suggest there is still magic in the small Maine town of Storybrooke, the home of many of the fairy tale characters we grew up with. Melodrama entwines their lives as much, if not more, than the magic of the lore, as they venture back and forth between contemporary Storybrooke and the timeless Enchanted Forest. The stories are spawned from the famous children’s stories, but the plots cater to adult themes as well, and is popcorn fun for all.

Where to watch: Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, and Vudu.

Commitment: 66 hours.


Vicious: Season 1 (2014) 80%

What it is: A hilarious PBS UK import starring Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as a bitter, senior couple in a long-term relationship.

Why you should watch it: Two reasons: Sir Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi. And if you need more motivation than that, add in some Frances De La Tour, who is consistently hysterical as the homely, single, best friend. Vicious is a bit of a throwback to the classic English sitcom, but with such immensely experienced talent aboard, you will find yourself laughing at each rude insult hurled at each cast member throughout every episode.

Where to watch: There is only one season to catch up on before the next, and it’s available on Amazon Instant Video, iTunesPBS , Vudu and Xfinity. Season two premieres Aug. 23 on PBS at 10:30 p.m.

Commitment: 3.5 hours.


You're the Worst: Season 1 (2014) 82%

What it is: Set in Los Angeles, the show follows narcissistic writer Jimmy (Chris Geereand cynical PR exec Gretchen (Aya Cashas they meet at a mutual friend’s wedding and attempt to have a relationship.

Why you should watch it: It’s the pitch black romantic comedy we always wanted, featuring the kind of twenty-something Los Angelenos the rest of the country loves to hate. While Jimmy and Gretchen are a hoot, it’s the supporting cast that really make You’re The Worst shine. Jimmy’s PTSD-suffering roommate Edgar (Desmin Borges) keeps everyone from being completely insufferable and Gretchen’s BFF Lindsay (Kether Donahue) airy (if sometimes dimwitted) take on life keeps the show from drowning in cynicism.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu.

Commitment: 4 hours.


The Last Man on Earth: Season 1 (2015) 84%

What it is: After touring the country in an RV in search of others like him, a Tucson, Arizonaman (SNL alum Will Forte) who believes himself to be the only human survivor of an apocalyptic plague returns home, only to find that he may not be so alone after all.

Why you should watch it: Long known for his bizarre sketches and boneheaded characterson Saturday Night Live, Forte has succeeded in realizing — and maintaining — a novel idea and a central character blessed with a peculiar, desperate energy. The apocalyptic premise is rich with comic potential, which Forte and his talented cast mates harness frequently and effectively, and there are enough surprises along the way to keep you guessing. Since it comes back in September with season two, it’s a perfect time to catch up.

Where to watch: Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu.

Commitment: 4.5 hours.

This week in TV news, Charlie Sheen relives an old role, Sarah Silverman stars in an HBO pilot, Hulu signs a deal with FX, Eion Bailey returns to OUAT, and Starz renews The Missing!

Charlie Sheen will reprise his Ferris Bueller role on The Goldbergs.

Before anyone really knew what a bad boy Charlie Sheen
was, he played “Boy in Police Station” in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Now, he will reprise that same role nearly 30 years later on an episode of ABC’s The Goldbergs
. Arriving sometime in early 2015, the episode will focus on the character of Barry Goldberg (Troy Gentile), the family’s middle child, who will attempt his own Ferris Bueller-inspired skip day. It will be Barry’s sister, Erica (Hayley Orrantia), who will actually meet Sheen’s character in a police station after ratting out her brother — not unlike Jennifer Grey’s character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in 1986. Of course, anyone who remembers the original scene knows that a faithful send-up with Sheen and 20-year-old actress Orrantia would be super-icky, so we’re looking forward to how The Goldbergs plays this chance encounter.

Sarah Silverman cannot tell a lie in HBO pilot.

If you caught Sarah Silverman‘s HBO special We Are Miracles this year, you’ll be happy to know that the comedian-actress will be headlining a new untitled comedy pilot for the premium network. The project is by playwright Lucy Prebble, the creator of Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and has been described as “a comic look at a pathologically honest woman having a modern mid-life crisis.” Silverman, who has a recurring role on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, did some of her first acting gigs with HBO on Mr. Show With Bob and David and The Larry Sanders Show. This year’s We Are Miracles was nominated for two Emmys (and won for best writing) and a Grammy for best comedy album.

Hulu inks FX/FXX deal.

Hulu sealed the deal with 20th Century Fox TV Distribution this week, signing an exclusive agreement to stream FX and FXX shows on Hulu Plus, including the full first seasons of Tyrant, You’re the Worst, and Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain. Upcoming comedies Man Seeking Woman starring Jay Baruchel, The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, starring Denis Leary and John Corbett, will also be a part of the exclusive deal. In addition, Hulu has licensed prior seasons of Sons Of Anarchy, American Horror Story, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Louie, Archer, The League, and Wilfred on a nonexclusive basis and will gain exclusive SVOD rights to Fox’s upcoming Wayward Pines, an event series from M. Night Shyamalan, starring Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, and Melissa Leo.

Eion Bailey is returning to Once Upon a Time.

August Booth a.k.a. Pinocchio (Eion Bailey) will return to Once Upon a Time for season four, according to Entertainment Weekly. Last seen in season two, August was was killed by Tamara (Sonequa Martin-Green) in order to keep her secrets safe, but then saved by the Blue Fairy, who returned August to his seven-year-old state. Bailey will reprise his role as the adult August Booth on season four of OUAT in episode 14, “Enter the Dragon.” Once Upon a Time returns Sunday, March 1 on ABC.

Starz renews The Missing for season two.

The Missing, the Starz-BBC One co-production starring James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor, will be back for a second season — but as a totally new story. Similar to True Detective and Fargo, the second season of The Missing will have similar storytelling to its first season, even though the story will reboot in a new location, during a new time, and with new characters. Brothers Harry and Jack Williams, who wrote the first eight-episode series, will return to write the second installment, which will also be eight episodes, unfolding over two different time periods. Season one of The Missing received some award love this week with two Golden Globe nominations, and is currently Certified Fresh at 96 percent. The finale of season one airs on Starz, Saturday, January 10.

Five-Favorite-Films-with-Ethan-Embry

Ethan Embry began his career at the age of 13, co-starring with Ed O’Neill in the 1991 John Hughes film, Dutch. Since then, he has shifted into an accomplished film and TV actor through his work in White Squall, the comedy cult favorite Empire Records, and ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Now, following the twisted Cheap Thrills, Embry appears in the werewolf horror flick, Late Phases. So we chatted with him about his favorite movies, the similarities between horror and comedy, and why he’s reluctant to watch his own films.

 


Midnight Express (Alan Parker, 1978; 95% Tomatometer)

No matter how much my vibe changes I think this one probably stays on [the list] consistently and that’s Midnight Express. That one is always in my top five. I think it goes through all the emotions. It puts you on the edge of your seat, it breaks your heart, it scares the crap out of you. I even laugh a little when they do that yoga scene. That’s the one thing I’ve never really understood. Do you remember that part? When they do naked yoga together? I understand what they’re conveying, that these two people find companionship and peace inside of all the insanity going on around them. The blond guy and your main character, Billy, have this, like… it’s not romantic, but it’s very… it is sensual in a way, this yoga scene, together, and the way they shot it with the light coming through the window. It always makes me chuckle. But yeah, Midnight Express, man, it’s always on the top five.
Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2005; 80% Tomatometer)

A little earlier, I got on a binge of Korean thrillers and… Oldboy. As far as Korean thrillers go, Oldboy and I Saw the Devil exchange places [as] my favorite Korean film. [For the remake of Oldboy], they manage to completely ruin it. And I don’t know how they managed to so thoroughly ruin it, but they… They could have just re-shot it shot-for-shot and have the American screenplay be the subtitles of the Korean film and it would have been a fantastic movie. And they managed to poop all over celluloid. But the original one, phew. I highly recommend that whole… There’s a trilogy. It’s Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance and, what’s the third one [Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance]? It’s a Vengeance trilogy and I love them all three. But that whole Vengeance series is amazing. Those Koreans know how to scare you.


Oh yeah, one of my favorite movies is The Host. Did you see that one?

Great film. Yup, great film. Yup. They perfectly do thriller without the overly gruesome slasher, you know? I think that I Saw the Devil… it is one of my favorites, I don’t know that I’d put it in my top five, but it’s so incredibly graphic but it still manages to fall under “thriller,” although it’s probably the goriest film I’ve ever seen.


They do a lot of things better than us and then we try to recreate it and it’s miserable.

It’s because they don’t hold back. They really just don’t. It’s been said that the society is oppressed and socially they live in a more censored world, but when their art comes out, all of that censorship and boundaries that their society puts on them just come flooding out in their films and other forms of art.

The Neverending Story (Wolfgang Petersen, 1984; 81% Tomatometer)

I think we have to throw out the ones that we grew up with, which would be The Neverending Story, which is also interchangeable with The Dark Crystal. Can we do that? Can we name two movies that take one place [laughing]?


As a tie? Well, we can say that one is a runner-up, how’s that?

Right! Okay, close runner-up. There you go, there you go, yeah. Because I think, as a film, I think Neverending Story is a better film than Dark Crystal. Um… but if you watch the making of The Dark Crystal, which comes on that super-limited-edition DVD that was released a couple years ago, and you watch that one hour documentary of the making of The Dark Crystal, you have a whole new respect for the Gelfings. But I think I’ve seen Neverending Story probably as many times as I’ve seen Midnight Express. Sometimes I watch Neverending Story just to cleanse myself of what Midnight Express has left me with.

Election (Alexander Payne, 1999; 92% Tomatometer)

For a comedy, I’d say probably Election you know? Frickin’ Alexander Payne, dude? Come on. Yeah, Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon? So good. The perfect blend of real and absurd. Completely buyable characters… just turned up a couple notches. And these completely realistic scenarios and situations just turned up just a couple notches. Complete believable absurdity. It’s not just over the top.


You believe these people could actually exist.

Yeah. Which makes it all the more funnier. Or more funner? I don’t know. I don’t know what the correct word would be for that one. I, myself, unlike the characters in Election, didn’t go to high school.


You’re living vicariously through them.

Yeah, and that’s the other thing. I would want my high school experience to be like that, you know? I would want to be the um… God, what’s the kid’s name? Klein. He was in so many of the movies in the 1990s.


Chris Klein.

Yeah, Chris Klein, yeah. Right? Isn’t it Chris Klein? Love that kid. Great kid, too.

Shut Up, Little Man (Matthew Bate, 2011; 67% Tomatometer)

You know, I really get into… I can just throw it out there, because it was a great… it really was really good, but Shut Up, Little Man. It’s a documentary. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s about these two guys that move into an apartment in San Francisco. And their next-door neighbors are the worst neighbors you can possibly imagine. It’s these two older gay gentlemen that have the worst relationship that anyone could ever have. And they spend all hours of the day just screaming at each other. And so these two guys started recording these arguments.

I remember in the 1990s, back before the Internet, if you wanted these odd, like, socially passed-around… Remember like Faces of Death? You could get a VHS copy of it? And so this was… You could go to certain independent record stores and they’d have a small collection of these bootlegged cassette tapes of their arguments. And I remember when we were doing Empire Records was the first time I heard these. And it’s the story of the guys that recorded… They track down the two guys that recorded all these things that were passed around through our generation. It’s a pretty amazing documentary. It’s pretty good.

You have a sentimental memory of hearing these tapes. I’ve never heard them.

Yeah they were passed around. I remember I got hold of those and listened to them. And there was a Chuck Berry sex tape that I had on VHS. [Laughing] Before YouTube and before the internet, you know, there would be these little pieces of gold we would get. Like folklore, you know? So there is a nostalgic element.



Late Phases is really good.

I have to see it. I still haven’t seen it.

Really?

Sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I’ll go a really long time before I watch the stuff that I’m in.


Why is that?

Because it’s fun to see it with an audience. Because then I get a really good gauge of the film itself, you know?


Ever just go buy a ticket and watch it in the theater?

Oh yeah, I love that. Because you get a really good gauge of what the film is. But since this is mostly screening on the East Coast…


And digital download.

Yeah, yeah. You can get it… If I wanted to I could log on and just watch it. It just makes me a little self-conscious to sit there by myself, you know? And I’ve learned not to listen to that, because that’s the least… I think my appraisal is the least honest one. Especially after working with those… like Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have the same thing. It’s just, it’s an actor’s curse. And it doesn’t way. And I’ve stopped listening to it and that results in my stopping watching sometimes.


But this movie is good.

People are liking it.


It’s got my friend Lance Guest (The Last Starfighter) in it.

Oh yeah! Dude, Lance Guest is rad! My favorite thing about Late Phases, having not seen it, is the classic filmmaking, the way they went about doing things with lost art forms, like building the monsters. Having these true craftsmen come in and make these handmade suits. They spent months and months. And the makeup that they did on Nick [Damici], the lead. You know, they aged him a good 25-30 years. And they did that every single morning. And it looks amazing. They don’t do that s— anymore. Those are lost art forms that have been replaced by people who are really good at typing up ones and zeros.


It’s refreshing.

Yeah. Yeah. And it stays true to that classic filmmaking art. Also, if you’re a werewolf fan, it stays true to that genre as well because, he doesn’t have more abs than nipples, you know?


So is horror one of the more fun genres to be on set doing?

I think it is. I keep saying it, but, I do what I do because we’re trying to elicit an emotion in our audience. Some sort of emotional reaction. Thriller and comedy, those are, to me… If you can make a person laugh, or if you can scare the s— out of them, that’s the strongest reaction. To me, breaking an audience’s heart is very elusive and it almost has to be done accidentally. I haven’t figured out that formula, how to pull on those heartstrings. But I can scare ’em. And I can make ’em laugh. Being on a thriller or a horror set too, there’s a lot of, like with the monsters and the scares and whatnot, there’s a lot of practical techniques. It’s very, very technical to get certain scares right. And doing that stuff.


Comedy is the same.

Yeah, yeah. Comedy, with the timing. Yeah, yeah. With horror, it’s more of a team effort though, because you have to sell things to the camera. Like there’s… I don’t know if you saw Cheap Thrills, the last horror film that I did, that end scene. If we’re going to make the whole audience jump back, I have to sell it, the camera has to sell it, you throw in some sound design. It’s a real team effort to get that jump across. And that’s so much fun for me, to be a part of that. For comedy, it’s all up to me. Unless it’s physical comedy. But to be a part of that team effort to be on a horror or a thriller, it’s my favorite part of filmmaking.


And it’s got a fresh score, which is rare for a horror movie. I was just telling someone if a horror film is even in the 30s, to me, that’s a good score for a horror film. But you’ve got a fresh score here.

Yeah, we’re doing alright. Because, the thing with Late Phases, when we were making it, we wanted to make a film before we made a horror film. We wanted it to stand on its own without the blood and gore. And I think that most of the complaints I’ve heard about it is, they’re expecting more of the gore. That the gore happens and then where does it go until the end? So it’s that… I mean, opinions always vary. Some people want more, some people love where it’s at.


Late Phases is now open in limited release and for digital download on Amazon and iTunes.

Looks like Storybrooke is getting a bit of a makeover…a Frozen makeover. Check out these two teasers for season four of Once Upon a Time as the town reacts to its newest arrival: Elsa, aka The Ice Queen.

Once Upon a Time returns to ABC on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 8 pm.


The Primetime Emmys will include a Robin Williams tribute.

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards will include a special tribute to Robin Williams on Monday, Aug. 25. “Plans for the In Memoriam segment are in discussion,” executive producer Don Mischer told People Magazine. “While we are all still coming to terms with this week’s tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves.” Williams, whose TV career began 36 years ago, got his big break on Happy Days as the bizarre alien Mork (the “My Favorite Orkan” episode of Happy Days will air on Hub Network this Friday night). The popularity of Mork led to the spin-off Mork & Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982 and earned Williams his first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1979. Williams went on to score eight more nominations, winning two Emmys in the late ’80s for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. Williams was also nominated for hosting Comic Relief, which reportedly raised $80 million for charity over the years.

HBO renews The Leftovers for season two.

Announced Wednesday, HBO’s The Leftovers is coming back for a second season. The divisive series about a rapture-like event and its effect on the residents of a small suburban town, split critics and audiences alike, and even shut down production during season one, causing a delay with the series premiere. The announcement comes somewhat late in the season, with episode eight, “Cairo,” airing this Sunday. The Leftovers is created by Damon Lindelof (Lost) and novelist Tom Perrotta, who wrote the book on which the series is based. Season one will wrap up on HBO on Sunday, Sept. 7.

Outlander‘s Sam Heughan auditioned for Game of Thrones seven times.

In an interview with Vulture this week, Outlander
‘s Sam Heughan said that he auditioned for Game of Thrones seven times. “I auditioned for Renly, Loras, some of the members of the Night’s Watch, and I’d always get so close!” Heughan told Vulture’s Jennifer Vineyard. “I’d be like, ‘Guys, just give me a sword!'” Heughan, who admitted that all those Thrones auditions probably gave him more confidence his Outlander try-out, said he had a feeling about Jamie Fraser, the Scottish warrior and love interest of Catriona Balfe’s lead character Claire Randall. “This part felt different. I knew this character. I felt a connection with him,” Heughan said. Outlander premiered Saturday on Starz and is an adaptation of a popular book series by Diana Gabaldon. It is currently 89 percent Certified Fresh on the Tomatometer.

AHS: Freak Show casts Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest woman.

The hit FX anthology series American Horror Story made a couple of casting announcements this week, including the addition of Jyoti Amge, the world’s smallest living woman. Amge (pictured above in a tweet by co-creator Ryan Murphy), was the subject of the 2009 documentary Body Shock: Two Foot High Teen, and stands at 2 feet, 0.6 inches. She will join the cast along with singer Patti LaBelle, who will appear in four episodes of AHS as the mother of Gabourey Sidibe’s character. Freak Show is set in 1950s Florida and will premiere on FX in October.

ABC will air the making of Frozen.

Airing September 2 on ABC, The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic will be a behind-the-scenes look at the popular 2013 Disney film. The one-hour special will include interviews with cast members Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, along with directors, songwriters, producer, and artists. The special will also feature preview footage of Once Upon a Time, the live-action fairy-tale series returning to ABC for season four on Sept. 28 The new season will include a Frozen storyline, introducing Frozen’s Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff to Storybrooke.


According to a press release that just dropped into my inbox, the trio of David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Chris Rock are signed to appear in the recently green-lit "Madagascar 2," courtesy of DreamWorks Animation.

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg announced today that the studio will produce a sequel to the computer-animated comedy “Madagascar,” which has now passed the $500-million mark at the worldwide box office, making it the company’s most successful original movie ever.

Katzenberg also announced that Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith, who starred in the original “Madagascar” as Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra and Gloria the Hippo, respectively, will be reprising their roles. He said he was looking forward to other original cast members returning to their roles for the sequel.

The sequel will once again be produced by Mireille Soria and co-directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath.

Speaking at the annual Merrill Lynch Media & Entertainment Conference in Pasadena, Mr. Katzenberg said, “As a result of its tremendous box office success, the potential to tell a new chapter in its story and the popularity of the film’s characters, we are excited to announce that we are making "Madagascar" our second company franchise – along with "Shrek." We will release a theatrical sequel in 2008.”

In addition to the sequel, DreamWorks Animation will be giving the scene-stealing “Madagascar” Penguins the chance to take top billing in a direct-to-video release due out in 2009. The company has also produced its first mini-movie: a ten-minute film featuring the Penguins, which will play in theatres this fall alongside the studio’s main theatrical release: “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” which opens October 7th in theaters nationwide.

“Madagascar” opened on May 27 and generated a domestic box office of approximately $192 million. It continues to perform extremely well internationally, and currently ranks as one of the top five computer-animated movies of all time.

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