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Univision Wins Second Straight Week Among Young Adults

20 August 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC again edged ahead of its Big Four rivals in adults 18-49 last week, but Univision has made it two straight frames as the top-rated network overall in the key demo.

With its year-round slate of firstrun telenovelas, the Spanish-language Univision typically stacks up better relative to the major networks in the summer than during the traditional TV season. It won a couple of times last summer too.

The network is especially dominant among the younger 18-34 segment of the prime 18-49 demo, and has now won four consecutive weeks in this age group.

Discovery, meanwhile, led cable in key demos with its Shark Week — setting ratings records for the event in women 18-49, women 25-54 and adults 25-54. It also stood as the No. 1 network on all of television in men 18-49.

Overall, according to “live plus same-day” Nielsen estimates for the week of Aug. 11-17, Univision finished on »

- Rick Kissell

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Syfy’s Wizard Wars Is Your New Favorite Reality Competition

7 August 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Let’s face it, reality competition shows are getting a little old. You’ve seen all the cooking, sewing, and voting off you can stand. Syfy is trying to change that attitude with shows like Face Off, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, and now, Wizard Wars.

How about if we put magicians to the reality challenge test? But, what could that mean? How do you put magicians through the paces of a reality competition show? Well, according to Wizard Wars, you give them a random assortment of everyday items, and make them impress Penn & Teller.

Yeah. That sounds about right.

Be sure to set your DVR so you don’t miss this one. It’s hitting August 19th, and it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.


Photo by: Dale Berman/Syfy

Syfy Premieres New Competition Series Wizard Wars On Tuesday, August 19 At 10 P.M. »

- Marc Eastman

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Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Saturday, July 26th

12 July 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Saturday, July 26, following the Thursday and Friday schedules that were released the past two days. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Saturday, July 26, following the Thursday and Friday schedules that were released the past two days. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

Saturday, July 26

The Simpsons

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director MikeAnderson, and director for life David Silverman. »

- MovieWeb

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Happy birthday, Ricky Gervais: 7 scene-stealing cameos from comedy star

25 June 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ricky Gervais celebrates his 53rd birthday today (June 25), and to mark the occasion Digital Spy has trawled through the comedy star's film and TV archive to pick out some of his greatest ever guest roles.

From an early appearance in Spaced to serenading Marge in The Simpsons, here are seven of the best cameo appearances from The Office creator.

1. Spaced (2001)

Mere months before the first episode of The Office aired and Ricky hit the big time, he had a blink and you'll miss it cameo as a slippery estate agent in Spaced. His character 'Dave' incorrectly placed a property ad asking for a couple, which set off a string of events that led Tim (Simon Pegg) and Daisy (Jessica Hynes) to move in to Marsha's flat. The rest is sitcom history.

Ricky is great in this little cameo, managing to make the click of a mouse funny, and the butterfly »

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: 'World War Z' Reanimates on Netflix Watch Instantly

10 June 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (action; Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner; rated PG-13) Non-Stop (high-altitude thriller with an extraneous titular hyphen; Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o; rated PG-13) Repentance (thriller; Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie; rated R) Tim's Vermeer (documentary; Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Teller; rated PG -13) Hellion (drama; Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis Premieres; premieres 6/13 on Mod...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Cosmos,' 'True Detective,' 'All That Heaven Allows'

10 June 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"True Detective: The Complete First Season"

What's It About? This creepy HBO series stars Woody Harrelson and

Matthew McConaughey as troubled detectives on the hunt for a killer in 1995, and as the possible subjects of an investigation in the present day. The crazy conspiracies and weird worldviews presented by writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto and the masterful direction by Cary Fukunaga make this a series to obsess over. Time overlaps as our antagonists and their associates are interviewed in the

Why We're In: The Internet exploded with theories about "True Detective," and although they didn't necessarily prove to be fruitful, there's still plenty to examine and re-examine in each episode. Plus, there are audio commentaries, deleted scenes, interviews, and other behind-the-scenes goodies.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"All That Heaven Allows" (Criterion)

What's It About? Jane Wyman stars as a rich widow named »

- Jenni Miller

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'True Detective', 'Non-Stop', 'Jack Ryan', 'L'eclisse' and More on DVD & Blu-ray Today

10 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

True Detective I have told quite a few people to check out "True Detective" and even loaned my father-in-law this new Blu-ray to check out as he had not yet watched it. Considering how each season will be one contained storyline I'd say this is an easy buy if you liked it and not something you need to wait until several seasons are made available as one giant box set.

Non-Stop It's easy to laugh and dismiss a movie like Non-Stop, but it's actually not that bad. It does have a rather typical ending as they opted to go the standard direction with the "what's really going on questionc", but it's still a movie you won't mind renting, though a buy is out of the question.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit On the other hand, Jack Ryan isn't even worth the rental, just flat out not a good movie. Too bad, »

- Brad Brevet

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Casting Net: Denzel Washington in talks for 'Magnificent Seven' remake; Plus Judi Dench, Zac Efron, more

5 June 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Denzel Washington, about to end a run on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun, is in talks to star in a remake of the 1960 western The Magnificent Seven for MGM. Washington would once again work with Antoine Fuqua, who directed his Oscar-winning performance in Training Day and the upcoming film The Equalizer. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt had previously been eyed for the project with drafts of the script written by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and most recently John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). [The Hollywood Reporter]

Judi Dench (Philomena) will play The Abbess of St. Ursula’s, a rescuer of orphan children, »

- Jake Perlman

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That Awkward Moment Blu-Ray Review

13 May 2014 8:16 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There’s scarcely an original thought to be found in That Awkward Moment, the self-proclaimed “modern” romantic comedy debut of Tom Gormican, and that won’t matter one bit to the majority of its target audience. With stars as ebullient and zeitgeisty as Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Imogen Poots, there was never much need for the film bring anything new to the table. Still, it would have been nice if Gormican, who both wrote and directed, could have relied a little less heavily on genre clichés.

Efron, Teller and Jordan star as a trio of successful, handsome twentysomethings sharing an apartment in New York City. Jason (Efron) is the perpetual player, devoted to one night stands and resolute in his determination to stay detached from all commitment. Daniel (Teller) shares Jason’s hedonistic outlook, though he clearly feels less strongly about staying single than his buddy. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Summer TV 2014: Premiere Dates for the Hottest New & Returning Shows

8 May 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It used to be that summer was a desolate wasteland, at least when it came to original television. The networks, like teachers, pretty much took the season off and cable was still in its infancy, struggling to find a way to quench that particular thirst. But these days, summer is just as viable for original programming as the fall and midseason, and this year is no different.

We've decided to run down the biggest premieres from the hottest networks (in alphabetical order), making sure to note the starriest, sexiest, most interesting new and returning programs for you to watch at the end of a long, hot summer day. It's enough to make you wonder how anyone ever survived the summer without shows of this caliber popping up. Dog days, indeed.

While there certainly seems to be some promising things coming down the pike for ABC, including a series based on »

- Drew Taylor

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Who should they kill in The Simpsons' yellow wedding?

1 May 2014 6:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Maggie may not do much, but she's not likely to be for the chop. Sideshow Bob is due his comeuppance and Barney Gumble deserves a haunting ending. And then there's Ned Flanders

My favourite TV show: The Simpsons

The Simpsons is preparing to kill off one of its characters, in what is being dubbed in slightly knee-jerk bandwagon-jumping terms (because this is the 2014 version of The Simpsons, after all) The Yellow Wedding. How clever! Judging by the fact that the show has just recorded its lowest-ever ratings, this is quite simply a headline-grabbing gimmick.

But let's not think about why this is happening; what matters is who gets killed. The Simpsons has precedent here: Maude Flanders was killed by a stray T-shirt cannon in 2010. Edna Krabappel passed away following the death of Marcia Wallace, who voiced her, in October last year. Bleeding Gums Murphy died. Frank Grimes died. Homer's mother died. »

- Stuart Heritage

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Beauty and the Beast, Seed, Whose Line, Backpackers: CW Announces Summer Debuts

18 April 2014 11:19 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The CW has announced their plans for the summer months including the return of Beauty and the Beast (June 2nd), Backpackers (July 14th), Famous in 12 (June 3rd), Masters of Illusion (August 1st), Penn & Teller: Fool Us (July 30th), Seed (July 14th), and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (June 2nd). The smallest network will also be showing encores of Arrow (July 30th) and Supernatural (June 3rd).

Here are the details:

The CW Announces Summer 2014 Premiere Dates

Summer Schedule Includes All-New Reality and Magic Series, the Return of "Beauty and The Beast" and Two New Scripted Comedies

April 17, 2014, (Burbank, CA) - Continuing its commitment to more year-round original programming, The CW today announced its schedule for Summer 2014, including the premieres of unscripted docuseries Famous In 12, comedies Backpackers and Seed, magic series Penn & »


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CW Sets Summer Timeslots for ‘Backpackers,’ Other New Shows

17 April 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The CW is joining the comedy and magic club this summer.

The net, which throughout the year typically airs nine drama series as part of its 10-hour schedule, is experimenting with a pair of new half-hour comedies, “Backpackers” (originally a digital series) and “Seed,” as well as magic series “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Masters of Illusion,” as part of its summer lineup.

CW kicks off its summer June 2 with improv comedy “Whose Line Is It Anyway” on a new night; each week, an original episode will be followed by a repeat. Original episodes of sophomore drama “Beauty and the Beast” will air from 9 to 10.

Reality docuseries “Famous in 12″ bows the next night, airing from 8 to 9. It’s an unscripted series/social experiment that will film one fame-seeking family around the clock for 12 weeks straight.  The family will be guided by the TMZ machine, which will create a series of opportunities for them. »

- Rick Kissell

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Ladies & Gentlemen! It’s The ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Conference Report!

28 March 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I’ve been a Muppets/Sesame Street fan since I was aware of television, so what better way for me to spend a Tuesday afternoon than to attend the Muppets Most Wanted press conference?! Full of gags from beginning to end, the film’s main stars – Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy, Constantine and Ricky Gervais – were on overdrive, and here’s just a snippet of what they had to say.

Edith Bowman (Eb): Kermit, I’ve got to say I’m loving seeing you in a kind of James Bond-style leading role in this film.

Kermit (K): Well, was James Bond ever in prison?…I think of myself as kind of getting to do a bit of an action role in this. It’s something I haven’t done before. In order to prepare for that role I watched all of Bruce Willis’ movies, and when that didn »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Review: Tim's Vermeer

22 March 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »


I'm somewhat embarrased to admit that I never took an art history course in college. My knowledge and awareness of 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer even more embarrasingly begins and ends with Scarlett Johansson portraying the young woman who is the subject of Vermeer's painting in Girl with a Pearl Earring. I felt slightly more knowledgable after watching the documentary Tim's Vermeer, directed by Teller of the comedy/illusionist duo Penn and Teller, which opens in Austin today.

If you take a look at Vermeer's work, it's easy to be struck by how realistic his paintings are. Hundreds of years before photographs, he captures light and his subjects in a way that leaps off the canvas almost as if it's a video image. That's how Tim Jenison sees these classic paintings and, over the years, it has started to become a bit of an obsession. Tim is an internet streaming »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Defending the '12 Worst Muppets Ever'

21 March 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The folks at io9 drew up a list of the 12 worst Muppets. It should disturb and haunt you, but not because the list is correct: It berates quirky and forgotten Muppets when their weirdness often represents more than what meets the eye. Surely there are annoying Muppet qualities, but that's the joy of the Muppets: They are annoying. To condemn their grating qualities is to misunderstand what makes them cool and even defiant. Tina Fey shakes her head in contempt. So without further ado, I'm defending the 12 "Least Wanted" Muppets. I'm already so flustered and squawky that you'd think I was voiced by Frank Oz.  1. Pepe the Prawn Latin stereotypes abounding? Perhaps. But Pepe the Prawn's exasperated, self-conscious behavior is more reminiscent of the wonderful Telly Monster than anyone else. You don't hate Telly, do you? Wow. Maybe you hate Telly. And are you telling me you can resist that frantic, »

- Louis Virtel

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Kevin Hart, why isn't he box-office gold?

17 March 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He's appeared in two top TV comedies and had the Apatow seal of approval but Hart has still to top his mega-successful stand-up movie

Judging by About Last Night, we are still waiting for pint-sized stand-up sensation Kevin Hart to make his movie breakthrough. He's been at it for a while now, having appeared as long ago as 2002, aged only 23 and still fresh from a traumatic childhood in Philadelphia. In parallel with his successful stand-up career, Hart has been courting Hollywood for a decade, appearing in Scary Movie 3 and Judd Apatow's college sitcom Undeclared, and building up lots of goodwill, not to mention some influential friends. He was Jason Segal's roommate for a while, which gave him juice with the Axis of Apatow, and netted him cameos in The 40 Year Old Virgin and This Is The End, plus tasty TV appearances on Party Down, the best »

- John Patterson

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Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Pompeii, 3 Days To Kill, Tim's Vermeer And The Wind Rises

24 February 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Kind of a dreary week, with the Pompeii failing to erupt and 3 Days To Kill a different kind of disaster. The Wind Rises hits theatres more widely, and while some adore this (last?) film by Myazaki I found it to be a tedious bore.On the other hand, opening wider this week is the glorious and magical Tim's Vermeer, the extraordinary doc by Teller (and Penn!) that months after I saw it at Tiff continues to fill me with wonder....

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10 Forgotten Movie Stars Who Were Saved By TV

23 February 2014 12:06 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The traditional role of television has always been to serve as a refuge for movie stars on the down and out. The current quality of TV programming coupled with an economic downturn has created an environment where bigger names are lured to the small screen, but the medium can nonetheless be credited with the saving of many a career. When the cushy film offers stop rolling in, it’s only logical that actors would set their sights on the second tier of stardom. After all, TV work provides significantly more stability that a film career, if arguably less prestige.

But then, something amazing happens. Their TV show takes off, and their formerly struggling career is reinvigorated. When you watch movies, it’s all about the story. But television succeeds or fails on the merits of its characters. So all of a sudden, the actor who thought his »

- Audrey Fox

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Baftas 2014: full list of winners

16 February 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

All the Baftas winners (and nominees) as they come in through the night

Best picture

Winner: 12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips



Best British film

Winner: Gravity

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom



Saving Mr Banks

The Selfish Giant

Best director

Winner: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips

Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

David O Russell, American Hustle

Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best actor

Winner: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

Best actress

Winner: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena

Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks

Best supporting actor

Winner: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Daniel Brühl, Rush

Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Best supporting actress

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Sally Hawkins, »

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