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Movies Opening This Weekend – March 20, 2015 [videos]

THE BUZZ from IMDb: After six increasingly outrageous entries, does the Fast and Furious franchise still have any gas left in the tank? Early reviews suggest it does, with many describing Furious 7 as one of the strongest installments yet. At the very least, it will be the biggest of them, and not just at the box office (where it could earn close to $1 billion worldwide). It has a huge cast – a nice mix of old and new – and a ton of wild set pieces, including cars parachuting out of a plane and a car jumping between two skyscrapers.

There’s also the sentimental value of seeing Paul Walker playing his most popular character in what wound up being his final role before his tragic car accident in late 2013. Reviews imply that the Furious 7 team found a surprising, very emotional way to send him off; word is that there will be few dry eyes in the theater during the credits.

Furious 7
[PG-13] 137 min – Action | Crime | Thriller
Director: James Wan
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham

Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother.  [watch trailer]

Woman in Gold
[PG-13] 109 min – Drama
Director: Simon Curtis
Stars: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes

Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.  [watch trailer]

5 to 7
[R] 95 min – Comedy | Drama | Romance
Director: Victor Levin
Stars: Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe, Olivia Thirlby, Lambert Wilson

An aspiring novelist enters into a relationship with a woman, though there’s just one catch: She’s married, and the couple can only meet between the hours of 5 and 7 each evening.  [watch trailer]

Lambert & Stamp
[R] 117 min – Documentary | Biography | History | Music
Director: James D. Cooper
Stars: Kit Lambert, Chris Stamp, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend

A documentary that reveals how the unlikely partnership between aspiring filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert produced one of the greatest rock bands in history: The Who.  [watch trailer]

Effie Gray
[PG-13] 108 min – Drama
Director: Richard Laxton
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson

A look at the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.  [watch trailer]

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Lip Sync Battle Premieres With Dwayne Johnson Vs. Jimmy Fallon

Tune in to Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle” Thursday, April 2 at 10:00pm ET/PT featuring Jimmy Fallon taking on Dwayne Johnson in an epic battle you can’t miss!

“Lip Sync Battle,” hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL COOL J with Chrissy Teigen as color commentator, is based on the cultural phenomenon of lip sync battling seen by millions on television and online. The series debuts on Spike TV on Thursday, April 2 at 10:00pm ET/PT featuring Dwayne Johnson going head-to-head with Jimmy Fallon.

The highly-anticipated half-hour original series is created by Fallon and his Eight Million Plus Productions,Stephen Merchant (“Hello Ladies,” “Extras,” “The Ricky Gervais Show”), John Krasinski (“The Office,” “Promised Land,” “It’s Complicated”), Matador (“Banksy Does New York”), and Casey Patterson. Among the A-list celebrities to appear include Anne Hathaway, Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne Johnson, John Legend, Justin Bieber,Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, John Krasinski, Meghan Trainor, Common, Terrence Howard, Mike Tyson, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, Will Arnett, Iggy Azalea, Alison Brie, Terry Crews, and more.

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National Museum of American History Accepts Mad Men Artifacts

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History accepted a donation of more than 50 artifacts from Mad Men including costumes, props, sketches and a script as well as Creator Matthew Weiner’s personal notes from the AMC drama produced by Lionsgate. The objects include early 1960s-styled clothing and props from two of the show’s principal characters, Don Draper and Betty Francis, including Don’s charcoal gray suit and Cordova fedora and Betty’s yellow house dress.

Weiner and the cast donated the Mad Men objects against the backdrop of actual advertising history as the museum prepares to open “American Enterprise,” on July 1. This business history exhibition explores branding and its role in engaging consumers. The Mad Men objects mirror actual artifacts from advertising professionals and agencies featured in “American Enterprise” and tie in to its depiction of the “creative revolution” of the 1950s and ’60s, which shaped the industry.

“This first-ever business history exhibition at the Smithsonian places the consumer at the center of the story and looks at advertising as the essential bridge between products and people,” said Kathleen Franz, co-curator of the “American Enterprise” exhibit and assistant professor at American University.

Mad Men (2007-2015) follows the professional and personal lives of Madison Avenue advertising men and women during the ’60s. Documenting social changes in America through its fictional characters, the show received widespread critical acclaim for its historical authenticity in dialogue, costume and design.

Among the objects are two early ’60s-styled costumes designed by Janie Bryant for Don and Betty Draper, a selection of props and Weiner’s files. Don’s costume consists of a gray three-button suit, a white French-cuff shirt with gold-tone and black-enamel cufflinks, a fedora hat, striped tie, black shoes and a camel-colored trench coat, and the associated props including an empty package of Lucky Strike cigarettes, a wristwatch, a gold-tone lighter, and a black wallet. Betty’s costume is a yellow shirtwaist dress and brown pumps with associated props including a wristwatch, a green clutch purse, a gray-framed pair of sunglasses and a red-leather cigarette case.

The Mad Men objects join the museum’s TV collections.

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The Roast of Justin Bieber is Here

The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber assembles a dais that includes Hannibal Buress, Chris D’Elia, Snoop Dogg, Natasha Leggero, Ludacris, Shaquille O’Neal, Jeff Ross, Martha Stewart and Roast Master Kevin Hart.

The occasion? To hold one of the world’s biggest teen idols over an open flame.

As Roast Master said… “Tonight we’re going to do what his parents and the legal system should have done a long time ago… we’re about to give this boy an… ”

Check it out tonight on Comedy Central at 10pm

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Disney’s Tomorrowland Inspires Challenge

Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie “Tomorrowland,” The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE announce a nationwide challenge for young innovators.

Beginning April 22, 2015, Disney’s Create Tomorrowland – XPRIZE Challenge invites kids to imagine themselves in the future and report back to the present through video, imagery or stories about one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the future.

In June, six winners will have a once–in-a-lifetime mentorship experience with a leader in their area of interest. In addition, each winner will receive a $3,000 check, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2015-2016 in the U.S.

“‘Tomorrowland’ has always been a place of possibility in our parks and for the creative team behind our new film,” said Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “The future will be steered by the imaginations of our young people, and Disney is thrilled to work with XPRIZE to encourage and inspire the next generation of thinkers and dreamers to build the future they imagine is possible.”

“We are excited to launch the Create Tomorrowland XPRIZE Challenge, which gives young people a platform to voice and depict their creative, bold and imaginative problem-solving inventions of the future,” said Trish Halamandaris, Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications at XPRIZE. “At XPRIZE we believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere and one of these young innovators just might come up with an idea that can truly turn Tomorrowland into reality.”

Participants will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years old), and Senior Division (13–17 years old). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Official Rules and details about the Challenge are available at Official registration and submission period starts April 22, 2015, and runs through May 17, 2015.

Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. XPRIZE will provide a panel of judges who will evaluate and score all submissions, and six (6) winners will be chosen.  Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), 3D Systems and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Photo Credit:  Disney

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