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EW's 'Mean Girls' reunion: The cast looks back on the 2004 hit

One sure sign of a film’s legacy: Does it inspire its own holiday?

If you happened to be anywhere near the Internet on Oct. 3, you probably noticed an outpouring of nostalgia for 2004’s Mean Girls. The reason? A throwaway line uttered by Lindsay Lohan’s Cady: “It’s October 3rd.”

That may seem a pretty slim thread to hang an entire day on, but it’s indicative of the fervent fan base for this new-classic teen comedy. Written by Tina Fey and directed by Mark Waters (Vampire Academy), Mean Girls stars Lohan as a high school student at a new school who infiltrates the Plastics, a group of nasty popular girls led by queen bee Regina (Rachel McAdams) and her underlings: insecure Gretchen (Lacey Chabert) and dumb-as-a-stump Karen (Amanda Seyfried). The film became a surprise sleeper hit, earning $129 million worldwide and gaining an even bigger following on DVD. In the decade since, Mean Girls has joined Clueless and Sixteen Candles in the teen-comedy canon.

For its 10th anniversary, EW invited the film’s female leads to our own little pep rally, where they talked about their memories, behind-the-scenes magic, and what they think their characters would be doing now. READ FULL STORY

'Beyond the Lights': Watch Gugu Mbatha-Raw transform into a pop star

In Beyond the Lights, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) plays Noni, a young singer thrust into the music-industry pressure cooker—one that seems to transform female performers into hypersexualized commodities. Writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) came up with the idea after noticing that her favorite genre, hip-hop/R&B, had lost its edgy playfulness, becoming more of a dark force that, in her opinion, objectifies women. “It’s moving into an ugly, angry place,” she says.

Before she could comment on the genre, she had to first create her own pop star. And she did so with help from the pros, including Lady Gaga’s choreographer LaurieAnn Gibson and Beyonce’s hairdresser Kim Kimble. The goal was to meld Beyonce’s swagger with Rihanna’s edge and Rita Ora’s playfulness, making a star all her own. READ FULL STORY

First look: Kurt Russell saddles up in 'Bone Tomahawk'

The last time Kurt Russell signed on to appear in a Western the result was 1993’s Tombstone, a film which over time has acquired the reputation as a bona fide classic of the genre as well as one of the movies most quoted whenever poker players get together. (“I’m your huckleberry.”) So it’s hard not to get pretty rootin’-tootin’ excited about the news that, 21 years on, the Escape from New York star has once again saddled up for the just-wrapped Western, Bone Tomahawk.

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'Showrunners' doc: What happens when tempers flare on hit TV shows

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In movies, if the cast and filmmaker don’t get along, at least there’s an end date. Television is a different story — specifically, it’s a long form story. Discord on set can last for years if you’re not careful.

So how do you solve that trouble once it starts? That’s one question explored in the new documentary Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show – which debuts today in limited release and is also available on demand. The film, directed by Des Doyle, takes fans behind the scenes of hit TV shows such as Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire, The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife, putting their creators (and their headaches) in the spotlight.

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'The Babadook' director talks old-school horror

Horror directors these days seem to almost automatically genuflect before the altars of such ’70s and ’80s filmmakers as John Carpenter and Dario Argento. But writer-director Jennifer Kent sought inspiration from much older auteurs while crafting her debut film, the much-acclaimed, Sundance-screened, The Babadook. “I’ve watched everything, from Mario Bava to Dario Argento—all of those ‘70s guys, including John Carpenter, who I love,” she says. “But I feel very drawn also to the early stuff. There were directors in the ’20s and ’30s—Carl Dreyer, Fritz Lang—who were making films that were art and they just happened to be terrifying. I think somewhere along the way we denigrated the art form and horror really has become a dirty word. I think that’s a shame, because it’s really cinematic.”

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'ABCs of Death 2' animated opening is absolutely killer

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Horror anthology sequel ABCs of Death 2 delivers a second slate of 26 fatality-featuring short films overseen by an array of directors, which, this time around, includes Evan Katz (Cheap Thrills), Larry Fessenden (Beneath), Rodney Ascher (Room 237), Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary, See No Evil 2), Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice), and Julian Barratt, from cult British comedy duo The Mighty Boosh. But one of the film’s highlights comes very early with its opening credit sequence, an animated riff on the children’s books which inspired the franchise in the first place.

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Epic Holocaust doc 'Shoah' to stream on SundanceNow Doc Club

Shoah, the epic 1985 documentary about the Holocaust, will stream online beginning on Nov. 9. Claude Lanzmann’s groundbreaking nine-and-a-half hour film, which includes interviews with Jewish concentration-camp survivors and their ex-Nazi oppressors, will be viewable on SundanceNow Doc Club, the member-based video streaming service.

When Shoah originally screened in 1985, it shocked audiences. Not because of any depictions of atrocities (no archival camp footage was used), but because of the testimony of those they lived through it. “It is an enormous fact, a 550-minute howl of pain and anger in the face of genocide,” Roger Ebert wrote in his rave review. “It is one of the noblest films ever made.” READ FULL STORY

See the next 'Insurgent' 3-D interactive character poster

Lionsgate announced today that Insurgent, next year’s Divergent sequel, will arrive in 3-D and 2-D when it opens in theaters on March 20. So what better way to unveil the updated look of some of the characters than with interactive 3-D posters? As part of an Insurgent online “scavenger hunt,” Lionsgate is sharing eight exclusive posters on Tuesday, a new one popping up across the web every hour.

EW has the first peek at Christina, Tris’ loyal—but very candid—best pal (Zoë Kravitz), whose friendship will be tested in the sequel. READ FULL STORY

Love is blind in 'The Way He Looks,' Brazil's entry for Best Foreign Language Film

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Brazil is the home to more Roman Catholics than any nation on Earth, and though Rome has recently sent signals that it might be softening its stance on homosexuality, the South American country is still relatively conservative when it comes to matters of gay rights. So it’s been a pleasant surprise that The Way He Looks, a gay coming-of-age film from first-time filmmaker Daniel Ribeiro, became a modest indie hit at the box office and was named Brazil’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film.

“It’s an independent film about an issue people are talking about back in Brazil,” Ribeiro says. “We have problems with the violence against gay people, too, so it’s a film that is talking about an important issue, and I guess people were excited about this film portraying a gay character in a very natural way.” READ FULL STORY

Check out a monstrous bonus feature from the 'Nightbreed: Director's Cut' Blu-ray

More than a quarter of a century ago, author and Hellraiser director Clive Barker set out to create what he intended to be “Star Wars for monsters,” a film called Nightbreed in which a group of freakish-looking creatures would be the heroes and mankind itself the villains. But the Nightbreed thathit theaters in 1990 was both a box-office flop and far removed from Barker’s vision following edits mandated by Morgan Creek Twenty-five years later, horror imprint Scream Factory is releasing this week a long-awaited “Director’s Cut” of the film on Blu-raywith the approval of Barker and the support of Morgan Creekthat utilizes long-lost film elements recently discovered in a midwest storage facility.

In addition to the longer cut of the film, the Blu-ray also boasts a number of bonus features, including a documentary called Tribes of the Moon: The Making of Nightbreed. You can see a clip from that film belowand you can read more about the story of Nightbreed in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. READ FULL STORY

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