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Honestly, the only thing you need to know about Tumblr “activism” is that, like, one awful site no one pays attention to anyway (Buzzfeed? EW? Huffpost Entertainment? I can’t even remember) declared that Pennywise was dating the Babadook as a poorly‐thought‐out attempt to cash in on a dead meme, and Tumblr has spent the next week and counting going on about it like it is the most serious affront the LGBT+ community’s faced in years.

Ten times more people have seen it as a result of you bitching about it than would have seen it if any of you ever learned how to silently roll your eyes and move on.

Reminder #310,842 that this site’s a joke that will take literally any excuse to be outraged and you should take nothing on it to heart.

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How Disney’s ‘Little Mermaid’ Turned A Disturbing Fairy Tale Into A Children’s Movie

Today “The Little Mermaid” turns 25 years old. When it came out, in 1989, Disney had gone three decades without a big hit: “Sleeping Beauty,” the last major success, was released in 1959, six years before Walt Disney’s death. The studio had spent far too much time without a leader, and there was new generation on the rise – one that had worked with the animators that came up under Walt, but were equipped with their own set of modern sensibilities. In celebration of the Disney renaissance started under the sea, we spoke to co-writers and directors Ron Clements and John Musker to figure out how they turned Hans Christian Andersen’s disturbing fairy tale into a classic children’s movie.

“In the end, she loses the prince and she turns into sea foam.”

With a big pitch meeting coming up, Ron Clements went to the book store in search of his next great idea. He was unfamiliar with “The Little Mermaid” before stumbling upon it that day, and thought Hans Christian Andersen’s cinematic writing style would make for a great film as soon as he started reading. That is, until he saw how it ended. “I realized it was an incredibly sad story, with a very, very sad ending,” Clements told HuffPost Entertainment.

Read for the full story here. 

What’s black and white all over? The trailer for The Giver! Finally!

Back in March, the film’s publicity department mistakenly released the film’s first trailer in color – which, in case you aren't familiar with Lois Lowry’s famous novel, doesn’t stay true to the story about a dystopian society that can’t see in color. Director Phillip Noyce told HuffPost Entertainment, “It was an error. It doesn't reflect our interpretation of the novel. It doesn't reflect the movie.”

They finally got it right in the film’s second trailer, which premiered earlier this month.

And speaking of The Giver, have you seen our Book Your Trip summer reading recommendations yet? Lowry’s classic is featured on the bike list alongside The Motorcycle Diaries and The Mouse and the Motorcycle. (Please, please, Noyce, don’t let them take out the bicycle too …)

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7 Documentaries You Can Stream Right Now To Better Understand What's Going On In Ferguson

The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri likely trigger many emotions: Confusion, frustration, anger, distrust. In an attempt to break down what is going on and whythe tragedy of Michael Brown’s death extends beyond this place and point in time, HuffPost Entertainment has compiled a set of documentaries available for streaming that may make some sense of it all. We hope these help you better understand the myriad of elements that have informed the local unrest and national outrage thus far.

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How Josh Hutcherson Feels About The End Of ‘Hunger Games’


Josh Hutcherson has teamed up with Canon and Ron Howard for Project Imagination: The Trailer, a user-generated experiment that invites consumers of all skill levels to create and submit trailers of their everyday life moments.

The winning trailer, selected by Howard, Hutcherson and Canon, will influence a Hollywood film, in which the “Hunger Games” actor will star in and produce.


“We’re trying to inspire people to tell their story, whether it’s a personal story about themselves or an idea that they have and to bring that to life,” Hutcherson told HuffPost Entertainment in an interview on Thursday.

“We’re going to make a short film, and I’m actually going to act in it, which is crazy, because I have no idea what it’s going to be! I signed on for a character without knowing anything about the character,” he said, laughing. 

“But it’s exciting and a little scary."Hutcherson, who plays Peeta Mellark in the beloved "Hunger Games” franchise, chatted with HuffPost Entertainment about his new project, presenting at the Oscars and saying goodbye to the world of Panem.

What would your Project Imagination Trailer be if you created one?
I think it would either be something centered around my dog because he’s my rock – he doesn’t talk very much, but you know, we could figure that part out – or it has to be something on one of the “Hunger Games” press tours because those things are insane and have a billion stories in there. One of those.

What’s it been like working with Ron Howard?

I got to sit down with Ron a couple of weeks ago and kind of went over the whole idea and got to know each other and talk about his process and making movies, which is so cool because just to get to talk to Ron Howard about that is a very lucky position to be in. Ron’s great and obviously he’s worked with Canon now for quite some time and they built up a great relationship and they really know how to do this thing. It’s great, it’s really cool to be a part of it.

Do you see directing in your future at all? 

I would love to direct in my future, absolutely. It’s something I always wanted to do and I just never had really thought that I was ready for it quite yet. [But] things like this, working with Ron and Canon and this process, starting from the very beginning of creating a story and developing it, producing it and eventually acting in it really helps me see things behind the camera more and help develop that potential directing thing I want to do.You’re presenting at the Oscars this year! Are you nervous and excited?
I am exactly that, nervous and excited! It’s incredible, I can’t really believe it. It’s kind of a shocking thing, but it’s an honor to be there.

Do you have any picks for winners or any favorites?

Yeah, I love “Birdman” and “Whiplash,” they’re my two favorite movies of the year. This year, the nominees for Best Picture could all totally win – the movies are just so good! So, I don’t know what’s going to happen, but yeah, “Birdman” and “Whiplash”? I flipped out.

And you worked with Julianne Moore, who’s a Best Actress nominee.

Oh, yeah, she’s incredible. I love her and she should definitely win. She’s done so many roles over the years that could have won in everything, so I think now is a perfect moment for her.

You’re done shooting “Mockingjay - Part 2” correct?
Yes, we’re done shooting.

So how does that make you feel? Are you ready for it to come to an end or is it kind of bittersweet?
Definitely bittersweet. I’d say more bitter than sweet at the moment just because I miss it. It was a really great experience and we got to make something really cool and interesting and along the way met great people and had a great time making it, so sad to see it come to an end. But it’s also exciting because I’m moving on to other things and this Canon project is something I’ve been focused on a lot.

Is there anyone that you’re dying to work with?
There’s so many! Joaquin Phoenix, Ralph Fiennes … especially with the movies that came out, there’s like a billion actors and actresses I want to work with, on top of incredible directors. New directors too, like Damien Chazelle of “Whiplash” and then, of course, [Alejandro González] Iñárritu … definitely people I have my eye on. And now to work with Ron Howard, that’s like a bucket list item for sure. It’s actually funny because growing up, when I first started getting interviewed and people would ask, “Who’s been like an inspiration for you? Who has a career you’d like to emulate?” I actually used to always say Ron Howard because he was a young actor, very successful for a long time, and then transitioned to become one of the most prestigious and respected directors. And yeah, I’d like to do something like that. So it’s kind of crazy working with the person you look up to.

How Disney’s ‘Little Mermaid’ Turned A Disturbing Fairy Tale Into A Children’s Movie

Today “The Little Mermaid” turns 25 years old. When it came out, in 1989, Disney had gone three decades without a big hit: “Sleeping Beauty,” the last major success, was released in 1959, six years before Walt Disney’s death. The studio had spent far too much time without a leader, and there was new generation on the rise – one that had worked with the animators that came up under Walt, but were equipped with their own set of modern sensibilities. In celebration of the Disney renaissance started under the sea, we spoke to co-writers and directors Ron Clements and John Musker to figure out how they turned Hans Christian Andersen’s disturbing fairy tale into a classic children’s movie.

“In the end, she loses the prince and she turns into sea foam.”

With a big pitch meeting coming up, Ron Clements went to the book store in search of his next great idea. He was unfamiliar with “The Little Mermaid” before stumbling upon it that day, and thought Hans Christian Andersen’s cinematic writing style would make for a great film as soon as he started reading. That is, until he saw how it ended. “I realized it was an incredibly sad story, with a very, very sad ending,” Clements told HuffPost Entertainment.

Read on here.

Kelly Rowland Talks About BEYONCÉ and Destiny's Child

HuffPost Entertainment spoke to the singer this week at New York City’s 24-Hour Fitness gym in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo, where she was promoting Zumba’s latest fitness program, Zumba Step. The Grammy-winning singer discussed about Beyoncé’s visual album and Destiny’s Child.

Did you know her album was dropping that day?
Genius! I didn’t know what day, but I knew it was coming. It was the most brilliant. I’m super proud of her.

What’s your favorite song on her album?
I can’t listen to it because it makes me cry, but my favorite song on the album is “Blue.” Also, “Heaven.” As soon as that song comes on, it’s something that’s very spiritual about that record that’s incredible. And “Flawless.”

With last year’s Super Bowl, there is clearly still a major Destiny’s Child fanbase. Is there any hope for a full-blown reunion?
We haven’t talked about it, but I will definitely say that there is something … a lot of people are hoping for that right now, but we just still have our friendship above anything. You guys don’t get a chance to see that. That’s like, our best moments, when we actually get a chance to hang out.

What’s your favorite Destiny’s Child song?
“Say My Name.” Definitely “Say My Name.”

Oh come on

Are Katrina stans STILL trying to claim we all dislike her because we want Abbie and Crane together? Are you blind? Half the Ichabbie shippers moved on after Ichabod became a jerk this season. Plus, have you not read ANY actual articles or professional critique for this season? HuffPost? Entertainment Weekly? TV Guide? Numerous well established  TV journalists? Are they secretly shippers too? ALL OF THEM THINK KATRINA IS TOTALLY USELESS for the SAME reasons we do. You would see yourself if you weren’t so far up her butt. Are Katrina stans like, immature teenagers who just think everything in fandom is about shipping? I just can’t believe anyone over 18 actually likes Katrina and can’t see anything wrong with the way her character is presented.

Also, Sleepy Hollow producers and writers are the ones who insisted this show was different because of the diversity. So, don’t try to claim the fans are trying to make it about race, they brought it up first.

And lastly, can we stop this fandom battle of what makes a ‘real fan’. If you’re gonna go there: A real fan is like a friend or an ally. An ally or friend tells when something is wrong because they want to help you. They know you can do better and it’s frustrating for them when you don’t live up to your potential. A real friend will call you out on a lie and ask you to be real. They’re not gonna be walked all over, accept BS lies, or watch you run yourself into the ground. That’s not a what a 'fan’ should do either. We don’t have to blindly love and accept everything a show or a person does just because we kinda like them.

Here’s your first look at “The Giver” poster, which debuts exclusively here on HuffPost Entertainment. The image features Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush with the tagline “Search For Truth Find Freedom.”

The poster shows both black and white and color images that mirror the emphatic response the film’s first trailer elicited.

“I don’t think anyone realized quite how protective fans of the book might be to that concept of restricted perception,” director Phillip Noyce told The Huffington Post in an interview earlier this month. “I was amused by all the controversy in a way because I knew that wasn’t how the film was shot or how it would be released.” (A second featurette showed more greyscale footage, assuaging fans’ worries. )

In addition to the four main characters, Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgard were seen in the first character posters, and are mentioned by name on the official promo.

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Sarah Silverman Declares Her Love for Beyoncé

When HuffPost Entertainment caught up with Sarah Silverman on the set of an Orbit gum commercial she was shooting in New York last month, the comedian was past due for her lunch break and taking it out on a room full of journalists and publicists by singing “Party in the U.S.A.”

The rest of our conversation, beyond her praise for MacFarlane as a director, writer and “goofball,” had Silverman applauding Beyoncé and discussing her infatuation with basketball. When asked about her newly announced role in PBS and HuffPost parent company AOL’s “Makers: Women Who Make America” series, Silverman launched into a nearly six-minute soliloquy about the qualities that constitute a “woman who makes America.”

“All that comes to my head when you say that is Beyoncé,” Silverman said. “I feel like if there was a royalty system here, she’s obviously royal. I love the vision of her as woman. She wears the high heels – I can’t get my head around that. I’m not into jewelry or designer bags. I don’t get it. It holds stuff, get a backpack. You’re being ridiculous. But I don’t care because I love her. I mean, her songs and watching her dance and sweat her balls off and just be beautiful and so strong.”

But what really makes a woman in America, beyond Queen Bey of course, can be seen on the basketball court. Silverman regularly plays at the Y and claims to know “all the pickup games in Los Angeles.” It’s the gender politics of a co-ed hoops competition that taught her what it means to be a woman struggling to find her comfort level. Her younger female teammates feel added pressure to make baskets so they won’t face vitriol about women allegedly being subpar – something she’s only recently eschewed.

Meet The Man Behind Twisty The Clown On ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’:

Ryan Murphy has already called Twisty the Clown of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” the “most terrifying clown of all time,” and after the first two episodes, we definitely agree.

John Carroll Lynch plays Twisty, but you’d never recognize the actor behind the murderous clown’s deranged, blood-splattered face. Lynch has actually played a handful of well-known characters in film and television, from the lead suspect in David Fincher’s “Zodiac” to Fred in “The Americans” to the sweet, doting husband in the Coen brothers’ “Fargo.”

HuffPost Entertainment caught up with the man behind the (so far) mute Twisty over the phone (Lynch, unsurprisingly, is nothing at all like his terrifying character). We asked him what the heck Twisty is doing with those people on his bus, what’s going to happen between Twisty and Dandy and all about that “Zodiac” reference.

(Stop reading now if you haven’t seen “Freak Show” Episode 2, “Massacres and Matinees.”)

Twisty is definitely the scariest part of the season so far.
Well, I’m glad to hear that. I guess that’s the intention.

Ryan Murphy had said that some of the crew had to leave the set at times because you were so scary.
There were many evenings where I was standing kind of apart from them – as you see in the first two episodes; Twisty lives a solitary life. There were times I’d be sitting on the set and I would creep people out. In the first episode, where all of the people in the Freak Show are dismantling the body of the detective, I was standing apart as I was in the shot. Afterward I walked by and everyone was like, “Man, you’re really freaky over there.” I love that fact that people are dismantling a body on one side of the screen and then [people tell me] “I’m scared of you.” [Laughs.]

Do you think it’s mostly your costume that’s so freaky, or are you in full character the whole time on set?
I think a lot of it has to do with people’s general fear of clowns and fear of people in masks. But I also think it’s this kind of kooky discomfort around this person where you don’t know what his agenda is.

So far, it seems like he’s possibly collecting children on a bus. What can you say about his motive or mission?
I think that the show is about people, for one motivation or another, trying to get an audience. I think that’s as true of Twisty as it is of Elsa Mars. Why he wants an audience, I can’t tell you. But there certainly appears to be a need for one.

He also doesn’t take advantage of opportunities to kill everyone. He could’ve killed Gloria Mott, or even Patti LaBelle’s housekeeper, Nora, but he spared them.
Yes, that’s right. He could’ve killed Dandy Mott, but doesn’t. They don’t fit the bill somehow.

At the end of Episode 2, Twisty starts to work with Dandy. He doesn’t seem like the type of guy to work well with a partner. How will their relationship work out?
I think it’s funny how it unfolds, and I wondered about that myself. There must be something of a kindred spirit in the two of them. Certainly that’s true of Dandy. I think their agendas don’t quite fit together. From Twisty’s point of view, by the end of the episodes, he recognizes something inside of him.

What can you say about his relationship to the Freak Show?
He’s most definitely not a part of the Freak Show, I will tell you that. They’re very important to why he’s doing what he’s doing. Had they chosen another town, none of this may have happened.

So his murders are timed to the Freak Show starting up again?
Oh, without a doubt. Everything that’s happening to Twisty is tied to the Freak Show.

It’s so interesting that Twisty, so far, doesn’t have any lines. What is it like to portray this terrifying character without any dialogue?
It’s turned it into a silent movie for me. You really have to focus and know what the camera is doing. You have to be able to tell an interior story without any dialogue, and that’s really a terrific challenge. Because of Ryan and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and other subsequent directors, it’s so muscular and the story is already so visual, it’s a blast. It’s not to say that I don’t talk in the episodes though, by the way. It’s just that I don’t have much to say now.

The first scene where we meet Twisty he shows up at the couple’s lakeside picnic. It seemed like a direct reference to one of your scenes from “Zodiac.”
Yeah. After watching it, I was like, “This seems really familiar.” It certainly seems like a reference to “Zodiac” and the murder at Lake Berryessa. I didn’t realize how much until after. That was kind of the first scene I shot and I didn’t have a visual reference for the show yet. I think there are homages and quotations to other things, other famous either horror films or murders that come up. I think that’s part of the joy of the show, isn’t it? Not only is it its own thing, it’s an homage to its anthology title, which is “American Horror Story.”