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TRAILER PARK: "THE HOBBIT," "THIS IS 40," "ZERO DARK THIRTY" AND MORE

Another strong week of trailers, including two longer looks at two of this fall's biggest movies; Clint Eastwood chilling out with Justin Timberlake; the indie flick to end all indie flicks; and Ron Perlman as a woman, and a rather ugly one at that. Roll 'em! THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Release Date: December 14

And so, another, more revealing trailer for one of the year's most anticipated films has emerged from the shire, with the same dazzling imagery as Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy but some stark tonal differences. Witness: the harmonized singing. And the rundown of the wacky supporting characters. And, expectedly, way less action than "The Fellowship of the Ring," but just as much Gandalf greatness and even a sneak peak at a prequel-ready Gollum. Be real, you're gonna see "The Hobbit" when it invades theaters this holiday season, and this new trailer just serves to remind us of the breathtaking worlds that Jackson -- the biggest star of this trailer, despite never appearing onscreen -- can still conjure. TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Release Date: September 21
Fun fact: this is Clint Eastwood's first starring role in a film he didn't also direct since 1993's "In The Line of Fire." This baseball-themed drama casts Eastwood as a "broken-down old man" (his words, not ours) being called up to scout for the MLB again, all while trying to connect with his crafty daughter -- who, in turn, is working out some abandonment issues while getting cozy with Justin Timberlake. After heavy-handed directorial efforts like "J. Edgar" and "Changeling," it's nice to see Eastwood mix it up with something a bit more family-friendly -- although the clunky dialogue in this trailer ("I didn't want you to have life in the cheap seats, that's all!" Eastwood seethes at his on-screen daughter) might make this one too smarmy even for those who enjoy a good heartstring-pulling. LIBERAL ARTS Release Date: October 5
Judging from this trailer, this indie dramedy about a 35-year-old who visits his old college and falls in love with a sophomore student simply could not look any more like "Garden State 2.0." Seriously: it's a story about a disconnected white guy who travels to familiar surroundings, falls in love with a quirky, whip-smart, beautiful girl (played here by Elizabeth Olsen), clashes with his dad about his choices, and offers sardonic quips f like "I was English [major] with a minor in history, just to make sure I was fully unemployable." It's even written, directed by and starring a TV sitcom veteran, "How I Met Your Mother's" Josh Radnor, in an attempt to spread some hipster fairy dust across awards season. "Liberal Arts" could be charming and grow into a "Juno"-sized crossover hit; just don't be too surprised if you hear a Shins song in there somewhere. THIS IS 40 Release Date: December 21
Judd Apatow's highly anticipated fourth directorial effort receives a new, longer trailer, with less one-liners and more of a focus on longer set pieces (Paul Rudd's fight for freedom on the toilet) and a deeper look into the supporting players (like Albert Brooks as Rudd's father and Melissa McCarthy as the mother of a Tom Petty lookalike). The tagline "This is not just their story... This is everyone's story" is way too presumptuous to swallow, but this sort-of sequel to "Knocked Up" looks like a return to that movie's warped sweetness after the bitter pill that was "Funny People." And another Apatow-helmed, hotel room-set drug freakout can only spell more fun. 3, 2, 1... FRANKIE GO BOOM Release Date: Fall
This dark comedy's first theatrical trailer buries its most unforgettable image -- "Hellboy" star Ron Perlman dressed in drag as a cross-dressing former prisoner named Phyllis -- deep within its two minutes and 22 seconds. It's a smart move. After all, "3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom" looks intriguing enough without Perlman's outrageous cameo: Charlie Hunnam is a protagonist perpetually tortured by his big brother ("Bridesmaids" standout Chris O'Dowd), and the mayhem resumes when Big Bro films Frankie's one-night stand with the mysterious Lassie (Lizzy Caplan). There are weird supporting parts -- Chris Noth as Caplan's grizzled dad! Whitney Cummings as someone who's funny! -- everywhere. And if the zig-zagging plot holds together, "Boom" could be dynamite. MUST-SEE TRAILER OF THE WEEK ZERO DARK THIRTY Release Date: December 19
Whoa: the first look at "Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow's chronicle of the hunt for Osama bin Laden is a pulse-pounding teaser that barely shows any actual action. Snippets of actors like Kyle Chandler and Jessica Chastain are shown, and black lines cleverly black out text before coming together into the shape of a pentagonal target. Despite not showing us much, the biggest accomplishment of this trailer is the creation of its puffed-up sense of importance: this is evidently an untold story of a crucial recent historical event, overseen by a gritty director who hit a grand slam with her last effort. Some of the best trailers only slightly tip their hand, and while "Zero Dark Thirty" is over four months away, it's already nestled in the back of our minds as a must-see.

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Oprah Responds To Viral Video Of Her Eating Unseasoned Chicken

A hilarious old video of Oprah Winfrey making an uncomfortable face as she dives into a piece of unseasoned chicken has been circulating the Internet all week. While these sort of silly videos wouldn't usually garner a response from the billionaire, Oprah surprised everyone when she shared a video explaining the chicken-eating experience and her initial reaction.

To give you some context, the video is a clip from The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, in which O invited her guest Anna Ginsberg to make her award-winning chicken dish. After one bite, it became clear that Oprah wasn't too pleased with the chicken's bland taste. She even asked at the time if she could add a little seasoning.

I often think about the time Oprah did a cooking segment with a woman whose chicken recipe won $1 million, and Oprah's jaw dropped when she tasted it and realized the lady didn't even add seasoning pic.twitter.com/rfs7PS1Jc3

— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) December 9, 2018

Now, more than 10 years later, Oprah is setting the record straight. In her new video posted on Instagram on Thursday (Dec. 13), she noted that she likes to provide a pleasurable experience for her guests but also live in her truth. On that particular day, she was presented with a dilemma. "I was having a moment of trying to decide: Do I want her to have a great time? What is my real moment of truth?" she said. "Because the truth for me was that I'm used to having salt and pepper on my chicken. That's just the truth...That's what I was thinking, 'This chicken needs some salt and pepper.'"

So that's that; Oprah has spoken. She may have played it off at the time, but like many others, she would prefer her chicken with seasoning.

 

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Over the weekend, a 2006 video of @oprah tasting an *interesting* chicken dish made its rounds online. We asked the O of O, what REALLY went through her mind as the cameras were on her—and she answered. Swipe left if you haven’t seen the hysterical video! #tbt

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'Sesame Street' Praised For The Inclusion Of Homeless Character

Sesame Street continues its crusade to include statement-making characters on their block. This time around, families will be introduced to Lily, the show’s first homeless character.

According to USA Today, Lily- an adorable hot pink, red haired puppet- was first introduced to the show in 2011, but in new online clips, Lily opens up about being homeless and staying with friends.

"Now we don't have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we'll ever have our own home," she says to Elmo in one clip. In her initial appearances on the show, Lily discusses her family’s food insecurities, meaning they didn’t have much to eat.

“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

“We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them, and giving them hope for the future," she continues. "We want them to know that they are not alone and home is more than a house or an apartment – home is wherever the love lives.”

In recent years, Sesame Street has introduced a slew of ground-breaking new characters, including Julia, a puppet with autism, and Alex, a character whose father is incarcerated.

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Cardi B To Join James Corden On A Forthcoming "Carpool Karaoke" Segment

Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.

 

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Here’s what the next two weeks look like on the @latelateshow! Seeing the year out with a bang x x x

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

READ MORE: Cardi B Buys Her Mother's House

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