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Hunger Games and Transformers Are Heading to Hulu

Following Netflix's drop of Epix movies, Hulu announces a deal with the company.

The Netflix video service announced Sunday that it would soon be dropping streamable movies from the Epix cable network. In a blog post, Netfix’s chief content officer wrote

…we have decided not to renew our agreement in the US with Epix…, which means that some high profile movies including Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z and Transformers: Age of Extinction, will expire at the end of September in the US.

Meanwhile, Epix and Hulu announced jointly that those movies would be streamable on Hulu starting October 1, along with other gems such as Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Anchorman 2, and Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas.

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Miley Cyrus’s Censor-Baiting Antics Can’t Save VMA’s Ratings

Viewership dropped 5%

Miley Cyrus can’t stop the VMAs ratings drops.

The pop singer got MTV some headlines (and some subsequent outrage for her breast-baring stunt) as the 2015 VMAs host, but what the about the numbers?

According to MTV, Sunday night’s telecast of the Video Music Awards delivered 9.8 million viewers across 10 Viacom-owned networks.

Despite that, viewership fell 5 percent from last year. And that’s after the ratings falling last year too—in 2014, the show slipped 18 percent from 2013.

MTV points out that in terms of social media engagement, last night’s VMAs was the most-tweeted program of the year aside from Super Bowl. The event generated an incredible 21.4 million tweets.

The biggest Twitter moment? Kayne West “announcing” his run for president in 2020 during his acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard Award.

The network also points out that online viewership of the awards is growing, with streaming of the show up 155 percent from last year.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Mr. Robot Is the Antidote to Your True Detective Blues

Mr. Robot - Season 1
USA Network—Christopher Saunders/USA Network l-r) Christian Slater as Mr. Robot, Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson

The new cyber thriller succeeds where the HBO show failed

Though the details of Mr. Robots first season finale have been carefully kept under wraps, it promises to be startling. The episode, originally set to air on the USA Network last Wednesday, was delayed because of a scene with similarities to last week’s real-life shooting of two reporters in Virginia. Yet despite having this piece of information, fans are still guessing—primarily on Reddit—at the conclusion of this dark show where anything is possible.

Another cynical drama might be a tough sell in the wake of True Detective‘s second season, in which a water stain served as inspiration for a five-minute Vince Vaughn reverie about being locked in a basement full of rats. But where the once-lauded HBO drama left fans dozing, Mr. Robot will jolt them awake.

The show is emphatically off brand for USA—best known for sunny procedurals like Suits and Burn Notice—and its best bet as the network enters the race for Emmys gold. It follows morphine-addicted techie Elliot (Rami Malek) as he joins a vigilante hacker group called “F Society” whose leader, Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), plots to free the world from debt from a decrepit Coney Island arcade.

Originally intended for the big screen, Mr. Robot (like True Detective) is cinematic in scope, paying homage to psychodramas like Fight Club, American Psycho and A Clockwork Orange. Director Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the original Swedish version of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, imbues the first episode with a specific Scandinavian darkness that pervades the season—though comic touches, like Elliot’s incontinent dog, prevent self-seriousness. In the pilot, Elliot squeezes himself between a dresser and a wall and sobs. Viewers learn more about him in those 22 seconds than they do about Vince Vaughn’s troubled baddie in an entire season of bathetic monologues.

That’s not to say the dialogue isn’t essential to Mr. Robot. Elliot speaks to the audience as if it were an imaginary friend. From that perspective, it’s hard to tell which characters and events are real and which are a figments of his imagination: We know, for example, the corrupt and villainous tech conglomerate in the story is called E Corp, but Elliot’s mind interprets every utterance of the company’s name as “Evil Corp.” That’s to say nothing of a drug-induced sequence involving a talking fish.

Despite its trippy diversions, Mr. Robot feels more grounded than the HBO drama. Esmail has won fans for the accurate portrayal of coding in the show—he even takes a jab at other Hollywood productions that have misrepresented hacker culture. Even when the outside world diverges into the insane, the technology is on point.

And the New York Elliot inhabits, and F Society in particular, have the sort of racial, gender and religious diversity that’s true to life and yet rarely seen on television. True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, especially, came under fire last year for the lack of complex female characters in his series. Despite his efforts to rectify that in the second season, Rachel McAdams’ character, Ani, feels not like a fully formed woman but rather like a sketch of a man whose knife skills compensate for her anatomy. By contrast, the female characters in Mr. Robot begin as caricatures—the one who got away, the manic pixie dream girl, the damsel in distress—but quickly evolve into nuanced and flawed characters.

In its realism, Mr. Robot resonates in a way that a mystery about a murderer who wears a bird mask and burns out his sex-addicted victim’s eyes with acid cannot. Both series explore the seedy underbelly of the one percent, but while Pizzolatto’s True Detectives bad guys are men who sign incriminating documents during a druggy orgy—where else would you conduct such business?—Mr. Robot shows us something much more real and therefore insidious: men in tailored suits making sexist and homophobic jokes as they push millions of dollars from one column to the next.

Mr. Robot has already been renewed for a second season, so it has time to squander its good will as True Detective did. But besides the ridiculous “I’m a bad man” speeches, True Detective began to lose its way when it lost its grasp on reality: Pizzolatto’s idea of justice is a mass shoot-out in the streets of Los Angeles. Esmail’s diverse hackers take on the system in a more realistic and terrifying way: uncovering its leaders’ darkest secrets with just a keystroke.

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President Obama to Run Wild in Alaska With Bear Grylls

During an official visit to the state

The primary purpose of President Obama’s official visit to Alaska, which begins Monday, is to highlight the effects of climate change on the region. But between a possible hike along the Exit Glacier and visits with salmon fishermen, he will also test his capacity to survive in the wilderness as he tapes a special episode of the NBC reality show Running Wild with Bear Grylls, set to air later this year.

The show, now in its second season, has brought celebrities like Kate Winslet and Channing Tatum face-to-face with the elements as Grylls, a survival expert, offers tips on how not to die from snake bites (kill and eat the snake before it eats you) and hunger (eat worms if need be). Past episodes have been filmed in places like Appalachia, Scotland and Yosemite, but Obama’s turn on the show will mark its first trip to Alaska, as well as its first appearance by a sitting president.

Obama, who has taken to exclaiming, “the bear is loose!” when leaving the White House for a coffee or a walk, can only hope that his catchphrase remains in the metaphorical realm.

 

 

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Parents Television Council Criticizes MTV and Miley Cyrus for ‘Offensive Content’ at VMAs

Miley Cyrus openly discussed marijuana and accidentally "exposed" herself on air

The VMAs are no friend to the Parents Television Council, which has slammed the MTV awards show in previous years. After Sunday’s broadcast the PTC released a statement accusing MTV of “perpetual blatant sexualization,” and chastised the network for hostMiley Cyrus’ discussion of marijuana and her wardrobe malfunction, which occurred during a candid backstage moment.

“MTV had an opportunity to use its powerful VMA platform to stir a young audience to aspire to something positive and uplifting. Instead they chose to perpetuate blatant sexualization – much of it self-inflicted by the artists – and to celebrate the use of illegal drugs,” PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement. “MTV rated the content of the program as appropriate for a child as young as 14, though most parents of teens that age would find such a content rating preposterous. In the end, the network succeeded in what it wanted to do: stir up controversy without regard to its impact on an entertainment environment that is increasingly toxic for children.”

The statement continued: “Are we surprised that Miley Cyrus exposed herself to millions of viewers, and to more people who will inevitably see the news in the mainstream media? About as surprised as we’ll be if the sun rises in the east tomorrow morning. We had hoped she would have proven us wrong and demonstrate her considerable talent as a performer, rather than rely on her own sexuality to entertain the audience.”

Cyrus was “exposed” while changing backstage, partially hidden behind a curtain. The camera cut away, but not before Cyrus was heard saying, “Oh, what’s happening? Oh sorry, my tit’s out?”

The Parents Television Council ended its statement, “MTV and Cyrus could both be forces for something positive, but tonight’s VMA partners relied on exposing millions of children to graphic, inappropriate and far-too-frequently offensive content.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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These Movies and TV Shows Are Coming to Netflix in September

Edward Norton (C) and the cast in "Moonrise Kingdom."
Niko Tavernise—Focus Features Edward Norton (C) and the cast in "Moonrise Kingdom."

From Moonrise Kingdom to The Walking Dead to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Netflix is really trying to make users feel young again: After adding Reading Rainbow to its lineup in August, the streaming service will soon offer Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood come September.

The Oscar-nominated twosome of Moonrise Kingdom and Philomena will also join Netflix, along with new seasons of The League, Portlandia, The Blacklist, and more. See the full list below.

Available Sept. 1
Puffin Rock, season 1
The League, season 6
Da Jammies, season 1
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, volume 1
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
Zathura
72 Dangerous Animals: Australia
, season 1
Giggle and Hoot’s Best Ever!
Person of Interest
, seasons 1-3
Up in the Air
Combustion
Los Hombres También Lloran
, season 1

Available Sept. 2
Black or White

Available Sept. 4
Bad Night
Madam Secretary
, season 1

Available Sept. 8
6 Years

Available Sept. 9
Teen Beach Movie 2

Available Sept. 10
Longmire, season 4
Fugitivos

Available Sept. 11
Madame Bovary

Available Sept. 12
Portlandia, season 5
Why Did I Get Married?

Available Sept. 13
Comedy Bang! Bang!, season 4 (part 2)

Available Sept. 14
Call the Midwife, series 4

Available Sept. 15
Conspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Available Sept. 16
The Blacklist, season 2
Moonrise Kingdom

Available Sept. 17
The Mysteries of Laura, season 1

Available Sept. 18
Keith Richards: Under the Influence

Available Sept. 21
Gotham, season 1
The Following, season 3

Available Sept. 22
Smosh: The Movie
Person of Interest,
season 4
Philomena

Available Sept. 25
VeggieTales in the House, season 1
Parenthood, season 3
Blue Bloods, season 5
Hawaii Five-O, season 5

Available Sept. 27
The Walking Dead, season 5

Available Sept. 29
Bones, season 10
R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Nicki Minaj Just Called Out Miley Cyrus on Stage at the VMAs

In what appeared to be a rare unscripted moment during the show, Minaj had a lot to say

Nicki Minaj stole the VMAs from the ceremony’s host with a single line.

Accepting a trophy for her “Anaconda” video, Minaj thanked her pastor, and then referenced Miley Cyrus, who said in a New York Times interview recently that Minaj was “not too kind […] not very polite.”

Said Minaj: “This bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?”

Cyrus, usually so game, seemed dumbstruck; onstage to do a planned bit, she blandly trailed off with a statement beginning, “We’re all in the industry, we all do interviews, and we all know how they manipulate…” Of course, Cyrus had hoped to be the only person onstage speaking her mind. But Minaj’s ability to be impolite took her, somehow, by surprise.

This may, of course, all be a bit: Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj’s purported “feud” over the nominations for Video of the Year ended with the pair duetting in the ceremony’s opening number, and Minaj had a smile on her face as she delivered her comments. But something about Cyrus (usually so assured) grasping for words seemed to prove this was an unusually real awards-show moment.

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Miley Cyrus Gives Her Dad a Shoutout in VMAs Opening Monologue

2015 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
Jason Merritt—Getty Images Miley Cyrus attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2015.

Seth Rogen helped her write it

In her opening monologue at the VMAs, Miley Cyrus made a few waves: she posed with audience members (including pop singer Rita Ora) in order to take history’s greatest selfie. Preceding that, Cyrus discussed her Instagram strategy in a taped sketch with The Mindy Project‘s Ike Barinholtz and Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Andy Samberg; both of them advised her to put other aspects forward in the snap, which Cyrus didn’t obey.

The pop singer also referenced both of her parents’ presence in the audience, noting that if the VMAs were like a family celebration, there would be a fistfight before the end of the ceremony. We can only hope.

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Here’s the Trailer for the 6th and Final Season of Downton Abbey

The drama will air in the U.K. on Sep. 20 at 9 p.m

ITV has released a trailer for the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey. The network has also confirmed that the drama will air in the U.K. on Sep. 20 at 9 p.m., Deadline reports.

The trailer, which you can watch above, offers a brief glimpse into the farewell season. There aren’t too many details yet, but we do know the show will pick up in 1925, about six months after it left off.

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Ronda Rousey Somehow Makes This Gluttonous Breakfast Sandwich Look Healthy

The UFC Champion appears in a new Carl's Jr. ad

Ronda Rousey is an undefeated mixed martial artist, actress, model and now, apparently, a Carl’s Jr. spokesperson. The burger chain just released an ad which features Rousey chowing down on its latest menu item: the Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Breakfast Sandwich. (Carl’s Jr., it should be noted, has long been criticized for sexist advertisements.)

Somehow, Rousey makes this sandwich — which features sausage, egg, cheese and syrup wedged between two slices of French toast — look kind of healthy. The ad alternates between footage of Rousey chowing down on the sandwich and footage of her pummeling opponents in the ring.

Clearly, this is a ploy to make us think the sandwich is packed with nutrients that could give us Ronda Rousey levels of energy, strength and power. And clearly, this ploy totally works.

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