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TRAILER PARK: 'HANSEL & GRETEL,' 'A CHRISTMAS STORY 2,' 'THE BAY' & MORE

In this week's round-up of trailers, we have a classic Christmas tale receiving an oddly timed sequel, Jeremy Renner in bad-ass fable mode, Sean Penn looking like a homeless man, and Edward throwing Bella into enemies one last time. Roll 'em! HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Release Date: January 11, 2013 "That past made us stronger. We've got a taste for blood... witch blood." This line from the trailer for "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," which looks like the "Rugrats: All Growed Up" version of the classic Brothers Grimm fable, is either one of the most terrible dramatic lines in recent memory or one of the funniest pieces of tongue-in-cheek exposition in any trailer this year. It all depends on who you hear it. Sure, "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" looks terrible, with its convoluted plot, arrow-dodging (it's like "The Matrix," but medieval!) and double-sided lady monsters. But the action-adventure flick also looks like a hilarious, so-bad-it's-good popcorn picture. Heck, Gemma Arterton's head-butt of Peter Stormare in this trailer is an incredible laugh-out-loud moment on its own. Before you write "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" off for good, there needs to be investigation as to whether the film makers are in on the joke, too; if so, this could be some essential January viewing.

CLOUD ATLAS Release Date: October 26 The second official trailer for the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's upcoming mind-meld of a movie is not 5 minutes and 42 seconds, like the first official trailer released in late July. Instead, this normal-sized preview attempts to boil down the adaptation of David Mitchell's 2004 novel in a few sweeping minutes, and while the shots of past, present and future worlds still entice, trying to decipher any actual plot points remain practically impossible. The Wachowskis have always been masters of masking substance with tricked-out style -- even the original "The Matrix" has some howl-worthy dialogue -- but "Cloud Atlas" is one of the most ambitious, thought-provoking books of the 21st century, not "Speed Racer." The film looks like it bites off more than it can chew, but either way, we're going to be there to see it bite.
A CHRISTMAS STORY 2 Release Date: October 30 (DVD) Does anyone want a sequel to "A Christmas Story" in 2012? Is anyone going to buy this straight-to-video sequel as a "Blu-ray combo pack" when it's released with the classic original? The answer to those questions are "Yes" and "yes," but we're still not convinced that a new update on Ralphie and friends is not the most unnecessary sequel of the year. Gone, of course, are all of the old actors, with Daniel Stern returning to his "Home Alone" roots for some more wacky holiday cheer. There are some moments that sniff around the charm of the first "Christmas Story" -- Ralphie gets to drive, but uh oh, but it doesn't go so well! -- yet it's hard to imagine these well-worn characters springing back to life in a story written in the age of Twitter. "A Christmas Story" is trapped in time, in the best way possible; let's leave it there, shall we?
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2 Release Date: November 16 This is it, guys: the final trailer for the last "Twilight" movie! No more "Twilight" trailers ever! Take a second and let that sink in... grab a handkerchief if you feel so inclined. Now that we're all composed again, let's admit that this trailer, which premiered during the MTV Video Music Awards, doesn't offer too much new material from the previously released looks at the mega-hit-in-waiting. Bella tackles a mountain lion, which is pretty cool. Jacob says "I've never been afraid of vampires," which is pretty funny. And there's just a ton of general running in the final 30 seconds -- people running toward each other, wolves chasing humans, and maybe even some human chasing wolves. The latest "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" clip doesn't offer anything for non-"Twilight" fans... right until the last five seconds, when Robert Pattinson looks at Kristen Stewart, picks her up and throws her foot into some villain's head. Even without the swirling tabloids to think about, that move was pretty damn cool.
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE Release Date: November 2 We're going to let the IMDB page for "This Must Be The Place," a movie that's seen its release date pushed back for years, handle its plot: "Cheyenne, a wealthy former rock star (Penn), now bored and jaded in his retirement embarks on a quest to find his father's persecutor, an ex-Nazi war criminal now hiding out in the U.S." Now that that's out of the way, we can talk about how crazy Sean Penn appears in this offbeat drama. Black hair tweezed out and liner surrounding his sullen eyes, the two-time Oscar winner looks like Robert Smith's cracked-out cousin, and sounds like the dweeby brother of Kevin Spacey's killer in "Seven." The general atmosphere of quirkiness and ongoing release problems are reminiscent of Jim Carrey's oft-delayed passion project "I Love You Phillip Morris," but at least this one has music by -- and a cameo from! -- former Talking Heads leader David Byrne. Penn and Frances McDormand can play as much metaphorical handball as they want, as long as we get to listen to "Naive Melody" a few times.
MUST-SEE TRAILER OF THE WEEK THE BAY Release Date: November 2 Two things separate "The Bay" trailer from the rest of the found-footage horror clips floating around the Internet: Barry Levinson is directing, and some of these scenes look actually terrifying. The story of a parasite outbreak in Claridge, Maryland, "The Bay" is built similarly to a movie like "Quarantine," where what we're witnessing is footage the "government" didn't want us to see. But Levinson, the veteran mastermind of "Rain Man," "Wag The Dog" and "The Natural," offers creepy-crawly images that all seem to revolve around black worm-like creatures that make their way from fish mouths into human bodies. From the 911 call at the beginning to the final zombie attack in the car, "The Bay" trailer goes for the jugular in a way that "Paranormal Activity 4's" clip did not. Levinson has never directed a film like this before, and we're excited to see what fresh hell he's conjured up.

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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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