Melissa Rycroft! Melissa won the super-blinged-out Mirrorball Trophy! This is, perhaps, the biggest shocker of any Dancing with the Stars finale that I’ve watched. Not because it was so unlikely that Melissa would win (see my article yesterday for all the reasons why), but because of the way the final episode was edited. EVERYTHING seemed to point to Shawn Johnson being the winner instead of the runner-up.

The two-hour event started with an encore of the best freestyle – which, naturally was Shawn and Derek’s. They performed their spectacular freestyle, and that already set off the alarm bells – this is the first time there has ever been an encore during a finale. It looked like they were a certain bet.

We were treated to an hour of returned stars performing some of the best dances from the season. Team “Gangnam Style” was as much of a hot mess as the last time, while the “Call Me Maybe” group dance excelled. Bristol Palin shook her hips one way and then the other, while Pamela Anderson performed some kind of stripper routine with lots of hairography (which is a shame, since she’s actually a decent dancer). Kirstie Alley and Helio Costroneves did their favorite dances – Cha Cha and Quickstep, respectively. Joey Fatone performed a time-travel dance with “himself” as a child, while Drew Lachey did a dance with his little daughter. Emmitt did something brightly colored and forgettable. Sabrina Bryan reprised her perfect-30 Rhumba, and Apolo Anton Ohno reprised his perfect-30 waltz, making it clear that they could have done very well in the final had they not been eliminated. Gilles reprised his Bollywood number, which was just as fun the second time around. Throughout the night, we got lots of shots of two-time champ Julianne Hough, cheering on her former partners and her brother. And then it was time for the last round of dancing.

Kelly and Val went first (always a bad sign for a couple) and did a good jive, receiving 28.5. But the real story was the lack of ending to their story. All season they have played up this showmance more than any other couple on the show. Any good story arc must reach its climax. So I expected an epic liplock to seal the deal on this couple, either at the end of their dance, or when they got their scores, or when they were announced as third place… I was certain they were saving a big epic kiss for the finale. Instead, we got their usual waffling about a “beautiful relationship” and “unconditional love…in friendship.” In other words, no payoff for the showmance. Between that, and their instant dance being handily outclassed by the others, I stopped caring about them by the time they were predictably announced as the couple in third place.

Melissa was second to dance, with an instant samba, and she also received 28.5. This samba was better than yesterday’s because it had some actual samba content. It was a very solid effort. Would it be enough?

Shawn’s pre-dance package aired, and it was beautiful. Shawn talked about how much she grew and learned thanks to this experience with Derek, then Derek actually choked up as he talked about how this season has been a dream come true for him. I have to admit, my eyes teared up during this package, just because it had been such a great journey for them, and for me as a viewer.

Then they performed an instant cha-cha and knocked it out of the park. The crowd was on its feet applauding for ages. All the former contestants were holding up ten fingers to clue in the judges…not that the judges needed it. They gave her a perfect 30, naturally, and also the kind of comments that usually mean “you’re gonna win.” It was almost tantamount to Len’s season 10 declaration to Nicole Scherzinger, “There is only one champion of DwtS, and that’s you.” They ended the show with a huge bang, and after something like that, it seemed an inevitability that they would be crowned champions.

Everyone thought they had it in the bag. Even Melissa and Tony clearly thought so – Melissa looked like she was about to cry when waiting for the final result, and both she and Tony seemed ready for disappointment. And then, out of nowhere, Tom announced that Melissa and Tony had won their first Mirrorball Trophy.

And what I talked about yesterday – how badly everyone wants Tony to win – was on full display here. Tony began ricocheting around the ballroom faster than in any Quickstep. Shawn and Derek looked happier than any runners-up I’ve ever seen, since they probably felt that Melissa and Tony deserved to have a win. In a departure from the norm Tony was lifted up on everyone’s shoulders first, and then Melissa. And even though I was very staunchly Team Shawn, having voted for them yesterday every which way, I couldn’t help the huge grin on my face at Melissa and Tony’s hard-won Mirrorball Trophy.

This All-Star season was, in my humble opinion, far and away the best the show has ever done. The only question is where does the show go from here? It’s kind of like, will any Marvel solo movies be that exciting after The Avengers? Surely they’ll need to have some kind of huge hook next season to keep people interested.

In terms of pros, there’s bound to be a shake-up. Now that Tony has won his Mirrorball, the long-time pros will be jockeying for the newly vacant position of sympathetic fan favorite. My money is on Anna Trebunskaya – she has been on ten seasons, but only made the quarterfinals twice (eventually coming in second both times). And she is one of the most popular pros, as evidenced by the fans choosing her a few seasons ago in their “Design-a-Dance.”

Meanwhile, Derek is saying he might leave the show after this. I don’t think this is him being a sore loser. Rather, it feels like he has nothing left to achieve on this show. He’s only missed the semifinals twice in ten seasons, and that was barely. He’s already won it three times (only pro to do so). More importantly, this season was a creative pinnacle for him. Thanks to Shawn’s natural talent, he was able to create many astounding dances. He may feel like he’s left it all on the dance floor this season.

What did you think of the All-Star season? Should they have another one sometime in the future? If they do, how should it be run? What former contestants should return? And what do you think of Melissa Rycroft being crowned the champion of champions on Dancing with the Stars: All Stars?

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.