E. Oliver Whitney is a senior editor at ScreenCrush. When not talking Game of Thrones theories or waiting for the next Terrence Malick film, Oliver is probably having an SVU marathon. Oliver was formerly an entertainment editor at Huff Post and has written for Variety, New York magazine, Indiewire, Moviefone, and Backstage.
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You Can Be a Wizard Too With Facebook’s Magical ‘Harry Potter’ Easter Egg
Twenty years ago today one woman introduced the world to one of the most imaginative stories of all time. The Boy Who Lived was summoned into existence by J.K. Rowling when Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone first hit shelves in 1997, inciting an international fandom among both kids and adults that remains as active as ever today. So how do you go about celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Potter-verse?
Johnny Depp Apologizes for Trump Assassination Joke, Capping Off a Very Bad Week
It hasn’t been a great week for Johnny Depp. By now you’ve probably heard about his Trump assassination joke that’s garnered mounds of controversy. And while that story, and the actor’s apology, have gotten the most attention in the media, that’s not the only development in Depp news.
Daniel Day-Lewis Is Retiring From Acting After Next Paul Thomas Anderson Joint
Alright, that’s it. Pack up the lights. Shut down the studios. Hollywood is over. Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting.
Three New ‘The Dark Tower’ TV Spots Tease New Footage of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey
In case you forgot that The Dark Tower is actually opening this summer, Sony finally decided to participate in the movie marketing machine. After seeing close to nothing promoting the film, first trailer finally dropped last month, a mere three months out from its release in August. And over the weekend, some more new footage debuted in three TV spots.
The ‘Love Actually’ Sequel Is Full of Reunions and Surprise Happy Endings
It’s been 14 years since a group of British actors starred in one the most widely debated Christmas movies of all time. Love Actually starred Andrew Lincoln before he was slaying zombies, Chiwetel Ejiofor before he was leading Best Picture-winning dramas, and that cute kid (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) kids before he was helping Bran Stark on Game of Thrones. This being the reboot/reunion era where no good (or hated) thing can be left alone, Love Actually is back with a mini sequel of sorts.
Florida Police Arrested a Green-Haired, Tattooed Man Resembling the Joker
Who needs Batman when you’ve got the police? Actually, considering current events and the history of police brutality, Batman would be much preferred to (and more fun than) cops. But alas, the Dark Knight must have been on vacation this week because it was the officers in uniform who apprehended the Joker’s real-life doppelganger.
How Well Does Ice-T Know ‘Law and Order: SVU’?
Ice-T has been on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit for 17 years. That’s 384 episodes, a crazy number of shocking twists and an tons of hilarious one liners. After 17 seasons, an actor should know his own show like the back of his hand, right? To find out, we put Ice-T to the test.
Meet Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro’s ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Characters
When it comes to the movies, these are lucky times we’re living in. A new Star Wars movie opens this December with the return of new favorite – Rey, Finn, and Poe – and old favorites – Luke and Leia. But even for those who aren’t deeply professed fans of the galaxy far far away, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi has a little something for you too; Laura Dern with purple hair, and Benicio Del Toro, looking as cool as ever.
A Pirates Life for Us: In Defense of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sequels
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most popular franchises of all time, and yet only one out of its four movies are remembered in a positive light. Gore Verbinski’s The Curse of the Black Pearl was a throwback to old school popcorn blockbusters, a family-friendly adventure full of expertly choreographed action, led by a rebellious hero with some romance. The original hit led to three sequels that broke multiple box office records for the Disney property, yet the Pirates franchise only soured in the mouths of critics.
‘James Bond’ Star Roger Moore, Dies at 89
Acting legend and James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has died at the age of 89.
Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell Get Wasted and Start a Casino in Red Band Trailer for ‘The House’
I’ve gotta admit, when I saw the first trailer for Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell’s new comedy I was sort of underwhelmed. I mean, obviously I will see anything involving these two comedic goldmines, but The House just looked kind of bland, and had me worried for another Baby Mama-esque misfire. But having watched the new Red Band trailer and laughing more than once, I’m kind of into it. Maybe I just needed a couple f-bombs from Ferrell and Poehler to secure interest.
Jimmy Kimmel Will Be Back to Host the 90th Oscars Ceremony
Jimmy Kimmel did a fine job hosting the Oscars this year. He played it relatively safe in his opening monologue and throughout the evening, despite a few political jabs. ABC loved Kimmel’s hosting so much that they’ve even decided to bring him back for a second ye