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Netflix announces documentaries, beginning with Sundance hit, 'Battered Bastards of Baseball'

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Netflix is making a push into documentaries, with plans to premiere four in the next few months.

Netflix has always made nonfiction films available to subscribers — but until recently, the site featured only films that had been made for theatrical release or television networks. Now Netflix wants filmmakers to make documentaries specifically for Netflix – or to use Netflix to offer their work’s first wide distribution.

Battered Bastards of Baseball, about a defunct minor league team, will premiere on Netflix July 11. Mission Blue, about marine biologist Sylvia Earle, is set for Aug. 15. READ FULL STORY

Seth Rogen talks Zac Efron's comedy chops (and why you probably won't see a 'Freaks and Geeks' reunion) -- Listen!

Seth Rogen is making headlines for his poor opinion of Justin Bieber, but when he stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio on Tuesday, he had nothing but nice things to say about his Neighbors co-star Zac Efron. Asked by EW Morning Live co-hosts Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw if he had any reservations about working with Efron in the comedy, Rogen explained what it takes to do well in one of his movies: “He’s very self-aware, and that’s almost honestly one of the most important things about doing comedies, is understanding how the audience is receiving you, which he does very well,” Rogen says. “And he was very excited to do it, which meant he would trust us, which is also kinda the most important thing — just to go with the flow, to not second guess every line we throw out there, and to just kinda believe that we know how to make the movies funny at this point and to kinda relinquish some control of your performance into our hands.” Listen to a clip below. READ FULL STORY

Michael C. Hall and director Jim Mickle talk 'Cold in July' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

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In the opening scenes of the new ’80s-set thriller Cold in July, Michael C. Hall’s character shoots dead a burglar and then checks out his funeral. Did the man who played the serial killer Dexter and a funeral director on Six Feet Under think he was being pranked when he first read the screenplay? Not so much. As Hall says in the currently-on-stands Summer Movie Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly, “I’m often sent scripts that have some murderous or graveyard elements.”

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'Jem and the Holograms' movie to crowdsource its casting process

A lot of young girls from the 1980s pretended to be Jem, the Hasbro doll and cartoon character who lived a double life as a glam rocker. Now, a new generation of girls has the opportunity to play her in a live-action movie. Producers Jason Blum, Scooter Braun, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu are planning a Jem and the Holograms film, and they’re relying on fans of the cartoon to help with the movie — and perhaps even star in it. “We want to invite you into our process and help us make our next movie, from writing music to designing costumes to even casting,” said Chu, in a YouTube video. “Whatever it is, we want you to be part of our creative time. Sort of like Kickstarter — but rather than asking for money, we’re asking for your creativity.”

“We are looking for the most talented girls and boys in the world to be in our movie,” said Braun, who represents Justin Bieber. “We want you to be our movie star.”

The announcement/recruitment video concludes with the trio inviting aspiring Jems and aspiring Holograms to upload pictures, messages of what fans love about Jem, and a two-minute audition video. “This is the real way we’re making our movie,” said Chu, who also directed two Bieber documentaries. “This is not a contest. This is actually how we’re putting things together.”

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'Leprechaun: Origins': First clip from horror reboot -- VIDEO

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Will you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day by hoisting a Guinness? Or will you instead check out the first clip from Leprechaun: Origins, the out-this-summer horror reboot starring Dylan Postl (aka WWE wrestler Hornswoggle)?

Actually, thinking about it, this isn’t really an “either/or” situation. So may we suggest you order up a pint of the black nectar and, while you’re waiting for the sucker to settle, check out the Hornswoggle-introduced footage below.

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Mark Wahlberg to receive MTV Generation Award

Mark Wahlberg will receive the MTV Generation Award at the MTV Movie Awards in June, the network announced today.

The ceremony will also serve as an Entourage reunion, as cast members Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon will present the award to Wahlberg, who produced HBO’s series and appeared in it occasionally. The long-in-the-works Entourage movie will premiere in June 2015.

“Mark Wahlberg is the definition of a modern day Renaissance Man: from Dirk Diggler to The Departed, The Basketball Diaries to Ted, Entourage to The Fighter, in front of the camera and behind — he’s done it all and he’s always memorable,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “Mark has captivated the MTV audience for over 20 years, and for this rare feat, we’re proud to recognize him with this year’s Generation Award.”

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'Doctor Who' star Karen Gillan gets terrorized in 'Oculus' trailer -- VIDEO

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We haven’t seen too much of Karen Gillan since she left Doctor Who — and even her appearance on last year’s special Christmas episode of the beloved sci-fi show was something of a blink-and-you’d-miss-it affair. But 2014 looks like it could be a big year for the Scottish actress, who has roles in both August’s Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy and the horror movie Oculus, in which she faces off against a supernatural force unleashed by an antique mirror.

The latter film is written and directed by Mike Flanagan and co-stars Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, and Gillan’s fellow small screen sci-fi veteran Katee Sackhoff.

Oculus is released April 11, but you can check out the film’s new trailer below. Take a look and tell us what you think.
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Sundance 2014: Mitt Romney doc does what his campaign couldn't -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If you had told Greg Whiteley in 2006 that he was going to spend the next six years of his life on the road covering a presidential candidate, he probably would’ve reconsidered the opportunity he had initially pursued so diligently. “I just couldn’t have imagined swallowing up six years of life working on this project,” says the documentary filmmaker who was just coming off making two well-regarded movies in a three-year span. “I showed up on Christmas Eve, met the [Romney] family for the first time and filmed them discussing whether or not [Mitt] should run. And I just didn’t stop filming for six years.”

In Mitt, which premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday and debuts on Netflix on Jan. 24, Whiteley’s cameras go beyond the campaigns, beyond the strategies, beyond the polls. Viewers barely glimpse Romney’s advisors or television talking heads, and the media-fueled horse-races that are the Republican primaries and general election exist only as a low buzz in the background. Instead, Whiteley is in the family room and hotel rooms of the giant brood of Romneys as they rally around their dad, catching them unguarded at the most crucial moments of the elections: losing to John McCain, the momentum-shifting 2012 debates with President Obama, and the almost-bittersweet final moment of a six-year campaign that came up short. You might not love the Mitt Romney who ran for president, but Whiteley makes it very difficult not to like the man and his family.

“People ask me, ‘How did this happen?’” says Whiteley, “To this day, I can’t tell you. I continue to be surprised by it.” READ FULL STORY

Golden Globes: Party Report! Inside scoop from all the after-ceremony festivities

EW is inside all the Golden Globes parties tonight. Check out our reports from inside all the carousing and celebrating. Check back often for updates and follow us on Twitter at #EWglobes.
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Globes Behind the Scenes: What you WON'T see on television

All night EW reporters are on the scene at the Golden Globes –  in the ballroom, in the press room, on the red carpet and at the after parties — and we will be giving you inside dish on everything happening behind the scenes that you can’t see on TV. Check back often for updates as the night continues.

BEFORE THE SHOW
“Excuse me,” says the young woman in the striking red dress. Sarah Paulson, busy fixing her eyebrows in the bathroom mirror slowing turns her head to see her 12 Years a Slave co-star Lupita Nyong’o standing at the sink next to her. They may have played slave owner’s wife and slave on screen, but these two proved to be thick as thieves in the bathroom, where they began screaming like two young school girls when they saw each other.

DURING THE SHOW

Not every Hollywood star loves their time hobnobbing with other celebs. Spotted: actor Mark Ruffalo hiding in the corner behind the table dominated by press. The actor and activist with a healthy Twitter account was hiding on his phone. “I’ve got to admit I’m a little out of my body tonight,” he told EW. Paula Patton fixed that. Moments later Ruffalo was being chatted up by the vivacious actress Paula Patton, and was clearly entertained by her company.

In the smokers’ lounge: Kate Beckinsdale entertained a gaggle of ladies fawning over her dress. Elizabeth Moss kissed her Globe for a photo, and Joaquin Phoenix chatted up a journalist with a mouth full of crackers that he had carried in his pocket from the buffet table. He said he was considering  using the crackers in a bit should he get called up on stage for his work in Her, but he didn’t return to to the buffet to grab more. Instead he tipped the bartender $20 and wandered off with his director, Golden Globe original screenplay winner Spike Jonze.

Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone, plus Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, the cast of Modern Family all made a beeline for the exit before the Best Picture winner was announced.

Producer/fiancier Ryan Kavanaugh was holding hands all night with Minnie Driver. Beau Bridges walked out, thanking the security guards as he left.

Spirits were low at the 20th Century Fox/Fox Searchlight viewing party for the Golden Globes most of the night. 12 Years a Slave had lost in every category, and things looked bleak for the movie. When Johnny Depp came out to announce Best Drama, many who had worked on the film, or fought for months campaigning on its behalf, we’re only half-listening. Then, the ultimate shock: Depp read the envelope, and 12 Years a Slave had won. There was a moment, a gasp, had everyone heard that right? Then — pandemonium. It was impossible to hear any of director Steve McQueen’s speech over the cheers.

Meanwhile, the Fox TV network viewing party, with a Brooklyn loft theme under a tent on top of the Beverly Hilton parking garage, was very upbeat. Normally the studio wins awards but the network does not. Tonight there were screams of shock and delight for the Andy Samberg and Brooklyn Nine-Nine wins. EW asked Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly if he feels vindicated for his faith in Brooklyn, which was given a full-season order and a Super Bowl slot, despite the show’s low ratings. “It’s not vindication,” Reilly says. “I’m just really happy. It’s the right timing for a show on the rise. And it’s great when you love a group both personally and creatively.”

Check back for more behind-the-scenes reports and follow us on Twitter at #EWGlobes. (Reporting by Nicole Sperling, Lindsey Bahr and Anthony Breznican)

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