You get a ten! You get a ten! Everybody gets tens! It’s the semifinals!

The semifinals were obnoxious. Once it was announced that our three Olympians were in jeopardy, both the judges and the hosts were insufferable for the remainder of the night. They were shocked! They were appalled! They were heartbroken! They were unfortunately not speechless! The judges kept telling each of the Olympians that they deserve to be in the finals. People, we get it, you think Candace should be eliminated. Message received loud and clear – no one’s arguing. During one of these spiels about how the Olympians don’t deserve jeopardy, the camera panned to Candace who was not quick enough to hitch a smile on over her scowl. I don’t blame her – if everyone on the show kept implying I didn’t deserve to be there, I’d be pissed too.

Proving that the DWTS producers are really running out of ideas, the semifinals were “American Icons Night.” Um, if you say so. All this seemed to include was a bunch of guest stars in rehearsal packages and really terrible music selection. Oh, and Derek’s final Macy’s Stars of Dance of the season – a pretty cool number that was all about film sets and props. The guest judge was Kenny Ortega, and my inner fourteen-year-old squeed while listening to the director of High School Musical. He was a fine guest judge, better than most of the guest judges this season.

Numbers fun: this week marked Derek’s record-setting eleventh appearance in a semifinal (breaking the record he’d previously shared with Cheryl); he’s only missed the semifinals twice in the seasons he participated in. Mark and Maks are both on their seventh semifinal, Peta is on her second, and this was Sharna’s first semifinal.

After two hours of interminable reminders about their jeopardy, the couple heading home is… Charlie and Sharna! Yes, Charlie faced the cruelest cut of all, almost making the finals but not quite. Fifth place is nothing to sneeze at, but it’s not what an Olympic champion is used to. This is Sharna’s best finish yet. Honestly, Charlie had really grown on me, and I’m kind of sad to see him go. In fact, both Olympians really stepped up their game this week, finally delivering performances of the caliber I expected all season. It only serves to emphasize how much Candace does not belong here.

Not to toot my own horn, but I did pretty good with my early finalist predictions. I called correctly that it would be James, Amy, and one of the figure skaters. (I was mistaken in thinking Danica would make it over Candace.) It will be an interesting final next week.

Charlie started off his last night with a bang, delivering a fantastic foxtrot to “New York, New York.” He received another perfect score, and seemed like he was on top of the world. Then it all came crashing down. Charlie attempted a samba to a song by some notorious B.I.G. (I think that’s what Tom said – why is this guy notorious anyway?) This is pretty much the worst song to samba to that I’ve ever seen on the show, and Charlie and Sharna made a brave attempt. The judges had a medley of critiques to level at Charlie, and gave their nines with stern disapproval. But Carrie Ann and Erin both want to live in Charlie’s world full of smiles – we even got to see Charlie having a chat with his mirror self to get pumped up in rehearsal. Upon his elimination, Charlie was a class act, repeatedly trying to give Sharna the big bow at the end.

Now, let’s welcome our finalists!

First Place, 80 points: Meryl and Maks (Jive, 40 + Viennese Waltz, 40). M&M had a very good week for the semifinals. Kristi Yamaguchi dropped by rehearsal to chat with Meryl, but the focal point was Maks’s creative block regarding the choreography. Meryl actually showed a bit of personality trying to cheer him up – well done to her! They did a jive to “Hound Dog,” which was a damn sight better than the Michael Bolton doghouse fiasco. Considering jive is all about being larger than life, I thought Meryl did very well; her technique was obviously flawless. Maks was feeling warm and fuzzy and started kissing everyone in the ballroom – both Carrie Ann and Bruno looked like all their dreams had come true.

Their Viennese waltz is their best dance by miles. Meryl was so incredibly expressive, bringing the performance alive like she hasn’t all season. It was a superb waltz, filled with drama and passion. Perfect score well-deserved on that one. I’m curious as to where Meryl will end up – Maks is notoriously terrible at finals, but Meryl now has the entirety of her and Charlie’s fanbase united behind her. Just think, this fanbase when divided got two stars to the semifinals; when they all rally behind Meryl she might be unstoppable.

Second Place, 78 points: Amy and Derek (Quickstep, 39 + Jazz, 39). For the Quickstep, Amy put on her bouncy feet! I think it’s kind of awesome that she just puts on the appropriate feet for each dance. Whether it was the feet or a call from Oprah that put a bounce in Amy’s step, her Quickstep was great. Len was a grump and gave them a nine. I disagreed with that nine, but I also disagreed with the raves Amy got for her jazz number.

For once, I was not as enamored of Amy and Derek’s dance as the judges. The judges all treated this number as the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I was not particularly impressed by Amy sitting on a table for 80% of her routine, especially the week after her stool-focused Argentine tango. Yes, her sliding down the table was impressive; the rest not so much – it seemed a tad lazy, to be honest. And I, too, saw the slip-up that Carrie Ann mentioned – they lost sync once early on. Best part however, was Kenny’s improv: “From Len, the ten!” “From Ken, the ten!” Bravo, Mr. Ortega, bravo. Kenny Ortega also said to Derek, “You have reinvented choreography for this generation.” No arguments there – I cannot wait for next week’s freestyle!

Third Place, 76 points: James and Peta (Cha-Cha, 40 + Rhumba, 36). There was “a bit of ‘Bad’” in Bruno’s crotch, but everything else about their cha-cha was good. I’m kind of over the Michael Jackson tributes on this show, but I thought James and Peta did a spectacular job doing a proper cha-cha as a Michael Jackson homage. The rehearsal package was about some music producer visiting James – not nearly as compelling as usual, but everyone’s allowed an off week.

Considering James and Peta’s samba (“the party dance”) was the sexiest thing in DWTS history, I had to wonder what they’d do with a rhumba (“the dance of love”). They took everyone by surprise by doing a sweet and romantic rhumba, not a particularly raunchy one. I suppose that anything racier than their samba would belong on Game of Thrones. The judges came down hard on his arms and hands – I didn’t really notice that, but I did notice him sticking out his butt at some points, which was a critique some weeks ago. Carrie Ann said James is the smartest contestant, and I agree – he’s done a perfect job this season. And with Charlie gone, I think James stands a pretty good chance of winning.

Last Place, 72 points: Candace and Mark (Viennese Waltz, 34 + Jazz, 38). Candace is dancing for God. She loves the word of God. She really wants us to know about her relationship with God. By the time her rehearsal package was over, I didn’t care what her dancing was like, just as long as she shut up. Her Viennese waltz was okay, but it garnered the only eights of the night. In round two, Candace performed a very impressive jazz number, perfectly in sync with Mark. I enjoyed it so much more without a rehearsal package about her faith preempting it.

She also wore a leotard that she probably would have severely objected to two months ago – yay for growth! Bruno manically beckoned her to the Dark Side, but more importantly, Candace got her first tens of the season! And from Len and Kenny, no less! It is glaringly obvious that she does not belong in the finals, but hopefully she’ll be sent packing next Monday and can trade in her dance shoes for a Bible.

Will you miss Charlie and his world of smiles? Which of the four finalists do you want to see take home the Mirrorball Trophy? Who would you rather have seen in the finals instead (coughDanicacough)?

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.