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Review: Other Space Is a Cosmic Blast

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Paul Feig's oddball sci-fi comedy gives us a spaceship as dysfunctional dorm room.

TV has given us space as final frontier (Star Trek), space as epic war site (Battlestar Galactica), space as source of mystery (Extant) and menace (V). Paul Feig’s goofily funny Other Space, whose full eight-episode first season is now on Yahoo Screen, gives us space as a site to work out your personal business. In Other Space, no one can hear you scream, except the family members, unrequited loves and assorted misfits you’re trapped with.

It’s the year 2105, and the Universal Mapping Project has given command of one of its ships, the UMP Cruiser, to wet-behind-the-ears captain Stewart Lipinski (Karan Soni). It seems like a big assignment for the well-meaning but jittery newbie, but deep-space exploration has become a less glamorous job over the half century in which the UMP has found nothing but rocks and dust.

So Stewart inherits a ship and crew of castoffs and oddballs, including his hard-charging big sister Karen (Bess Rous), who resents being his second-in command; his childhood buddy Michael (Eugene Cordero); Tina (Milana Vayntraub), whom Stewart hired because of a badly-hidden crush; and onboard computer avatar Natasha (Conor Leslie), who was originally programmed as a blackjack dealer. In a nod to low-budget sci-fi-TV past, the gang is rounded out by Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s Joel Hodgson as a stoner tech officer and Trace Beaulieu as the voice of outmoded robot A.R.T. (who, we learn, is the downloaded consciousness of a billionaire who made a bad investment in Singularity technology).

All goes–not well, and then it goes worse. The Cruiser is sucked up by a temporary wormhole–or “space toilet”–that flushes it into another universe. Inexperienced, poorly provisioned and terrified (a UMP training video on resigning yourself to die alone in space doesn’t help) sets out to navigate its new envirnoment, as well as all the personal and interpersonal space-junk that the stress stirs up.

The subject matter may seem an odd choice for Feig if you know him from Freaks and Geeks, which he created, or Bridesmaids, which he directed. (He did branch out into comedy sci-fi in his young-adult Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut! books.) But the science in Other Space‘s fiction is definitely light, even by the standards of, say, Futurama, and the production design is decidedly old-school. (It’s reminiscent of one of the few live-action sci-fi sitcoms past, NBC’s Quark, starring Richard Benjamin, from 1977.)

Really, Other Space is a workplace self-discovery comedy about misfits finding their place, in a office that just happens to be floating in an alien dust cloud. Though Yahoo may not have planned it this way, actually, Other Space (which Feig originally conceived for NBC) turns out to be a closer companion to its adopted Community than anything NBC ever paired with the show. The vibe is a little like a college dorm set afloat in space (at one point Tina draws on “my RA training” to handle a challenge), as the Cruiser’s maladjusted crew gets a forced crash course in socialization. (There’s a great example in the second episode, in which nebbishy officer Kent, played by Neil Casey, reveals an origin sotry that’s both heartwarming and hilariously gross.)

As with the LED-lit, beep-boop control panels of the Cruiser, there’s little brand-new about Other Space, but it grows into a low-stakes, good-hearted good time. The production feels amateurish in a good way, loose, light and benefitting from a cast heavy on sketch comedy experience.

Early in the pilot, the crew of the Cruiser discovers that its food replicator is busted, leaving them with nothing to eat but a massive stash of fudge in the ship’s hold. It feels like a metaphor for streaming the show. It might be too much to binge this odd confection all at once (just as, Karen dourly informs the crew, an all-fudge diet will lead to a ghastly death within weeks). But who doesn’t like fudge? Other Space may not be TV’s, or streaming’s, next great comedy. But it’s a welcome and unexpected treat.

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Here’s the First Cast Photo From Disney’s Live-Action Beauty and the Beast

Josh Gad proudly presents...the cast's first selfie

In case you hadn’t heard, Disney’s coming out with a live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. It stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and Josh Gad as LeFou. (Oh, Sir Ian McKellen also signed on, so get excited.)

Josh Gad was kind enough to share the cast’s first photo — a selfie, naturally — on Instagram Tuesday:

Can't wait for you to be our guest.

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“Can’t wait for you to be our guest,” Gad captioned the photo. Get it?

They all seem pretty excited about the movie, which doesn’t come out until 2017. Hopefully we’ll get to see plenty more cast selfies to tide us over.

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Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard Sued Over The Cabin in the Woods

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Matt Sayles—Invision/AP Joss Whedon arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" at the Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015.

An author alleges Whedon and Goddard ripped off his 2006 novel

An author is suing Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard for copyright infringement, alleging The Cabin in the Woods filmmakers stole the premise of his novel for their 2012 horror movie.

Whedon, the Avengers: Age of Ultron director and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator, produced and co-wrote the movie with Goddard, who directed it.

But author Peter Gallagher has accused the two of them of ripping him off his 2006 book, The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines, and is asking for $10 million in damages, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The suit, which also names Lionsgate and Whedon’s production company, claims the film unlawfully borrows the book’s plot (a group of young people encounters monsters at a cabin that’s secretly controlled), as well as certain key scenes and the personalities of Gallagher’s characters. Lionsgate declined to comment to THR, while Whedon and Goddard’s camps had yet to respond.

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Watch Jon Cryer Reprise Duckie’s ‘Pretty in Pink’ Dance With James Corden

29 years later, Duckie still owns it

Oh, Duckie, we’ve missed you!

Jon Cryer revisited his iconic teen character from 1986’s Pretty in Pink on Tuesday’s Late Late Show.

Wearing a wig on his head and white winklepickers on his feet, the former Two and a Half Men star lip-synced along with host James Corden to Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.”

It’s been 29 years since the film, which also starred Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and Annie Potts, was released but Cryer, 49, clearly remembered all of his moves from that well-known scene.

“What I liked about Duckie was that he thought he was the coolest guy in the room – regardless of the evidence to the contrary,” Cryer told PEOPLE in 2006.

And while fans might remember the film fondly, Cryer writes in his new memoir, So That Happened, that the movie was originally going to end differently – Duckie was supposed to get the girl.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Netflix Renews Orange Is the New Black for Season 4, Releases New Clip

Watch a new clip of season three, premiering June 12

Your sentence at Litchfield just got extended.

Two months ahead of the season three premiere of Orange Is the New Black, Netflix has announced that it ordered a fourth season of the show to debut in 2016.

On Wednesday the company also released a first-look clip of the third season, which premieres on the streaming service June 12. In it, Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) and Poussey (Samira Wiley) debate whether or not the prison’s most polarizing drug dealer Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) is still alive after she getting creamed by a car in last season’s finale.

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R.L. Stine Explains the Hardest Part About Terrorizing Teenagers Today

Don't Stay Up Late
St. Martin’s Press Don't Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine, out now

The author tells TIME about his new Fear Street novel and his writing process

If you’re a child of the 1990s, R.L. Stine has probably kept you up at night with his books. But while he’s best known for Goosebumps, he’s back to freaking out teenagers with Fear Street, the young-adult horror series that has sold more than 80 million copies since 1989.

After reviving the books in 2014, Stine returned to the city of Shadyside this month with Don’t Stay Up Late, about a girl named Lisa whose odd new babysitting job holds the key to a recent string of murders and the horrible nightmares that plague her. TIME spoke to Stine about his writing process, connecting with old fans on Twitter and what it takes to scare teenagers today.

TIME: April seems like a strange time to put out another horror book. I would have assumed your whole life revolves around the month of October.

R.L. Stine: That’s not a career—you can’t just do Halloween! [Laughs] That’d have to be year-round.

You said Don’t Stay Up Late was possibly your scariest one yet. What makes it so?

I think that was Twitter hype.

You’ve killed off a lot of teenagers in Fear Street. I’d imagine today’s generation of teenagers would be the most fun to write about yet.

It’s actually much harder, because the technology has ruined a lot of things that make for good mysteries—largely because of cell phones. You can’t have a mystery caller anymore. You can’t have someone making horrible phone calls and you don’t know who it is. Now, you know immediately. You look at your phone, and you know. You have to get rid of the phone when you’re writing the book. Everyone has a phone now and everyone can just call for help. In some ways, it’s much more challenging now.

How concerned are with you with capturing contemporary teen life?

I have to keep up with them. It’s a real important part of writing these books. You don’t want to sound out of date at all, but I’m very careful because the technology changes every two weeks. You have to be not terribly specific about what they’re using. And I have to be careful about language too. I spent a lot of time going to schools and talking to teenagers and kids for Goosebumps, just to see what they say, how they talk these days, what they wear, that kind of thing. But if I put too much of that in the book, it dates it.

So no Snapchat killer or One Direction zombie murderers?

[Laughs] No, I probably, I wouldn’t do that. Because in a month, that would be [over], and then you look like you don’t know what you’re doing. The lucky thing about horror is that the things that people are afraid of, it never changes. Afraid of the dark, afraid someone’s in the house, afraid someone’s under your bed—that’s the same.

How much do you care about making the dialogue sound realistic?

My rule for writing teenage dialogue is no complete sentences. You know someone doesn’t know teenagers when the teenagers are speaking in complete sentences, because they basically don’t. I remember when my son was a teenager—he basically grunted. [Laughs]

What’s off-limits in these stories? I know you don’t put larger social messages in there.

No messages, except that the ordinary teenagers faced with horrible things can use their own wits and imagination to survive, to triumph. That’s the only message that I ever put in. There’s a lot of real-world stuff that I don’t put in Goosebumps or Fear Street. In Goosebumps, no one ever dies. In Fear Street, you want to make sure that it’s a fantasy that’s not too real. There are no drugs in Fear Street. There’s no child abuse. There are hardly even divorced parents. Other teen horror writers have done a lot with teens with drugs and that kind of thing, but I don’t do it. My basic rule is they have to know it’s not real. That it’s fantasy.

You received a lot of negative feedback from readers when you featured an unhappy ending in Fear Street, which surprised meit seems like in the most popular YA stories today, the grey areas and moral ambiguity are a big part of the appeal.

Not in these horror novels. They want happy endings in these. I learned my lesson that time. The kids really turned against me. It was immediate. I got these letters. “Dear R.L. Stine, you moron. You idiot. How could you do that? When are you going to finish the story?” They just couldn’t accept it. I would do school visits, and that book haunted me. The hand would go up: “Why would you write that book? Why did you do that?” Maybe it’s changed, but I’m not going to try it!

What do you hear from people who read your books as kids and then revisit them as adults?

That’s why I’m on Twitter. It’s such a great way to keep in touch with the ‘90s kids, with my original readers. And I have to say, it was very good for my ego because all day long I hear, “I wouldn’t be a librarian today if it wasn’t for you!” Or “I wouldn’t be a writer today if it wasn’t for you!” Or “Thank you for getting me through a really tough childhood.” It’s very gratifying. It’s almost too nice.

Do people pitch you ideas on Twitter?

There’s not really enough room for them to write. It is interesting, people ask if they can collaborate on a book. One woman wrote to me on Facebook—this was great—and she said, “I have an idea for a horror novel called The Ghost Ship, but I don’t know what the plot would be. Do you think you could write it for me?’

That sounds like the start of its own horror novel.

[Laughs] That’s good, right? This morning on Twitter, a young woman said, “I’m sure you’ve written a book called April Ghoul’s Day, I’m going to go find it.” And I said, “What a great title!” I’m gonna have to steal it from her, I think! I never thought of it.

What is your writing routine like these days?

It’s sort of factory work, you know. I still enjoy it so much, so I just keep going. I still do a lot of books every year. I start around 9:30 in the morning and I write 2,000 words a day. I just go by words. And then I’m totally brain-dead and go out, take the dog for a walk and that’s it. I work maybe five, six days a week. If I started at, say, 10 in the morning, I’m done by 2:30. Those are good hours, right? You can’t complain about those hours!

Do you write on a computer?

Yeah, but I cannot outline on a computer. I do a chapter-by-chapter outline of every book. I can’t work without an outline. I have to know everything that’s going to happen in the book first. It’s one of these mysterious things. I have to write it by hand, and it comes so much better. But I would never write [the book] by hand.

There’s something about getting it out on paper first that I find very helpful in the brainstorming stage

I don’t even print manuscripts anymore at all. I had these universities asking for my archive–I have no archive! [Laughs] They say, “We would love to house your archives.” Well, one thing when you live in an apartment is you can’t keep things, right? I can’t keep stacks of old manuscripts and letters. I have no archive at all. I have nothing. It’s kind of embarrassing.

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Kelly Clarkson: ‘I Don’t Obsess About My Weight’

Singer Kelly Clarkson performs during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on NBC from The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on March 29, 2015.
Kevin Winter—Getty Images for iHeartMedia Singer Kelly Clarkson performs during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on NBC from The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on March 29, 2015.

The "Heartbeat Song" singer talks body image in Redbook

The conversation about Kelly Clarkson’s figure has almost eclipsed her music.

The original American Idol released her new album Piece by Piece last month, but you might not know it from how much time the singer has spent defending her weight: first on Twitter, then with Ellen DeGeneres and now in Redbook, just a few days after a Fox News host apologized for making comments about her weight.

“I don’t obsess about my weight, which is probably one of the reasons why other people have such a problem with it,” Clarkson says in the May issue she covers. “There are just some people who are born skinny and with a great metabolism—that is not me. I wish I had a better metabolism. But someone else probably wishes they could walk into a room and make friends with everyone like I can. You always want what someone else has.”

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Jimmy Kimmel Says That the Viral Dennis Quaid Meltdown Video Isn’t a Stunt for His Show

“You play like 50 pranks and all of a sudden people don’t trust you anymore"

After numerous reports speculated that a viral video of Dennis Quaid having a full-blown meltdown was in fact a stunt for an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the late-night host set the record straight, saying he had nothing to do with it.

“I watched this a bunch of times last night,” Kimmel said on his Tuesday night show. “And when I woke up, I was being blamed for it.”

Kimmel, who has a reputation for pranks, added, “You play like 50 pranks and all of a sudden people don’t trust you anymore.”

The video [caution: contains the F word] was uploaded to YouTube on April 10, shows the 61-year-old Day After Tomorrow star unleash a torrent of expletive-filled abuse onto his production crew when an assistant walks onto the set.

“I can’t even get a line out, until Dopey the [expletive] starts whispering in your ear and you’re not even watching anymore,” he shouts, adding, “This is the most unprofessional set I’ve ever been on.”

According to the Wrap, Quaid’s reps have declined to comment on the video and the production company behind his latest movie The Truth said the tirade didn’t take place on their set.

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Ellen DeGeneres’ Popular Game App Heads Up! Is Coming to Television

Executive Producer Ellen DeGeneres speaks about the NBC television show "One Big Happy" during the TCA presentations in Pasadena, California, January 16, 2015
Lucy Nicholson—Reuters Executive Producer Ellen DeGeneres speaks about the NBC television show "One Big Happy" during the TCA presentations in Pasadena, California, January 16, 2015

Quick! Guess what channel you'll have to flip to

The popular game app Heads Up!, created by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is now set to become a game show on the HLN cable channel.

Hosted by comedian Loni Love, the show will feature contestants attempting to identify what has been written on cards based on clues from a teammate, according to a press release.

“I’m so excited that Heads Up! is going to be a game show,” DeGeneres said. “I play it on my show all the time. I play it at home. I played it last night at Jennifer Aniston’s house. She wasn’t home, so please don’t print that part.”

Apple’s top paid app of 2014, Heads Up! involves one player putting a smartphone or tablet up to their forehead so they cannot see the word they are meant to guess. Another player then gives clues, and if the correct guess is made, a point is awarded.

HLN said the show will air sometime in early 2016.

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Watch Jennifer Hudson Sing a Drive-Through Order With Late Late Show Host James Corden

"Girl, gimme a cheeseburger-r-r-r..."

Jennifer Hudson brought her singing A-game to The Late Late Show With James Corden on Monday night, taking part in an epic round of carpool karaoke.

Joining Corden on his drive to work in Los Angeles, the 36-year-old Oscar winner belted her way through several of her hits including “Spotlight,” “If This Isn’t Love,” Iggy Azalea collaboration “Trouble” and a massive finale of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” And while Hudson hit all the high notes — often winding down the window to sing at passersby — Corden proved he’s no slouch when it comes to rapping skills.

But the highlight of the clip has to be when they pull into the drive-through Astro Burger and soulful Hudson sings their order to the cashier.

After picking up their cheeseburgers and making a quick pit stop to take a selfie by the former American Idol contestant’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star, they began chatting about her Harvard law graduate cum wrestler fiancé David Otunga.

“There can’t be many people in the world who are like ‘I’m gonna be a WWE wrestler and I’m gonna have my law degree to fall back on,'” jokes Corden before Hudson puts him into a headlock.

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