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TRAILER PARK: "RED DAWN," "THE LAST STAND," "THE MASTER" & MORE

In this week of movie trailers, two timeless action touchstones, "Red Dawn" and Arnold Schwarzenegger, return; "The Master" remains the master of making us scratch our heads; and Tom Waits may or may not be kidnaping dogs with the rest of the "Seven Psychopaths." Roll 'em! RED DAWN Release Date: Nov. 21

The first 20 seconds of the trailer to this remake of the 1984 action classic are all "Friday Night Lights," but, as indicated by an upended snowglobe, the North Koreans are in town, and they aren't happy! After the country takes over parts of the U.S. with a single, apparently incredible air raid, Chris "Thor" Hemsworth and his tough-talking pals team up to go rogue. This first trailer has some stirring moments, like when the hero's dad talks smack to his captors to inspire his sons. But the set pieces look a little lackluster, and even fans of the original have to feel a little queasy watching teenage assassination attempts be glorified in such a straightforward manner. 10 YEARS Release Date: Sept. 14
The trailer for "10 Years" is almost like an alternate version of last April's "American Reunion": what if the audience walked into the story of a high school reunion without knowing all of the backstories first? From these two and a half minutes, "10 Years" appears to be a down-the-middle split of alcohol-fueled hijinks and regret-fueled high school reconnections. This may turn out to be as unsavory of a mix as a bowl of red reunion punch, but that cast sure is likable: Justin Long, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara, "Parks & Recreation" co-stars Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt, and of course, Channing Tatum and Rosario Dawson, equally smoldering as the ones that got away. With a lineup this stacked, we might just have to RSVP. THE LAST STAND Release Date: Jan. 18, 2013
Sure, he's had the "Expendables" movie. But when was the last absolutely ludicrous Arnold Schwarzenegger starring vehicle? Invoking the ghosts of "The Sixth Day," "Collateral Damage" and "End of Days," the Artist Formerly Known as Governator stars as Sheriff Ray Owens, the kind of man who hears "We got a situation" when he curdmudgeonly answers the phone and handles a shotgun with ease. He has to stop a Faceless Drug Kingpin from crossing the border, while protecting his citizens and cracking old jokes. This trailer previews what will surely be a ridiculous time at the cinema, but in that way, it's pitch-perfect: from the car chase scenes to the collective "Hey! That's Johnny Knoxville!" realization to the "I know what's coming" badassery, "The Last Stand" feels like the necessarily bombastic, overdue return of a genre star. THE MASTER Release Date: Sept. 21
Another confounding look at the next opus of Paul Thomas Anderson ("Boogie Nights," "There Will Be Blood"), which focuses on the tutelage of a wayward soul (Joaquin Phoenix) roped into a religious organization by a charismatic leader played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. The latest clip features some striking images -- Phoenix leaning over a ship's balcony chief among them -- but little in the way of plot exposition, as Hoffman can be heard talking about the pureness of "processing" and Phoenix twisting his face around while remembering a letter from his past. We're confused, and intrigued, but mostly confused. "The Master's" release date is quickly approaching, though, so we won't have to wait a while to figure out what Anderson is yakking about. DEADFALL Release Date: Dec. 7
On paper, the plot looks paper-thin: a brother and sister are fugitives! With a lot of cash! In the snow! But on screen, "Deadfall" is compelling in extremely unexpected ways. Visually, this trailer is breathtaking, using the blinding white of the snow as a "Fargo"-esque backdrop of isolation while individual images (the cash soaring across the free-falling car, Eric Bana slamming a stake down on a dinner table) become immediately memorable. Most surprising is the use of Bana as a morality-free villain, wielding a gun around Sissy Spacek's house while his sister (Olivia Wilde) falls in love with her patsy. "Deadfall" probably can't live up to the quality of this trailer, but the clip instantly puts this drama on our radar for the holiday season. MUST-SEE TRAILER OF THE WEEK SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Release Date: Oct. 12
The top YouTube comment for this trailer says it all: "I? thought it looked great until Tom Waits came on the screen. Now it looks f--kin awesome!" Indeed, "Seven Psychopaths," director Martin McDonagh's rollicking follow-up to the genius "In Bruges," gets explicitly revealed as a quirky caper involving kidnaped dogs, overly sensitive mobsters and Pacifist Christopher Walken. And then Tom Waits shows up, calls the whole situation "dandy," and our tickets are punched. In a world where Guy Ritchie is stuck making "Sherlock Holmes" sequels instead of another "Snatch," let's raise our pints to this feisty British director, who can apparently make action-tinged underworld comedies with the same sort of entertainingly offbeat characters.

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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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