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Recap: 'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Poor Little Lambs'

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Still haven’t caught up on Tuesday night’s “Sons of Anarchy?” Well call up the dog walkers, dig up some dead bodies and tell that ghost to stop talking because that body count just keeps on rising and you might want to see it for yourselves. “Poor Little Lambs” was indeed the episode in which we finally met Courtney Love, Abel’s new sweater-wearing preschool teacher, Ms. Harrison. Even though we only had minimal time with her in the carpool lane, she’s already won our hearts by a) not wearing leather or a crop top like every other female on this show, and b) having the line of the night: “Damn. Grandma’s kind of crazy.”  If she only knew. Turns out though, “Little Lambs” wasn’t referring to Abel and Thomas as we speculated last week, but to the escorts at the Stockton whorehouse Jax and Nero so painstakingly put together. »


- Amber Dowling

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No joke: More 'Twilight' movies are coming, and you could win the chance to direct one

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Twi-hards and/or starry-eyed wannabe filmmakers, listen up: you too can direct your very own "Twilight" movie. In a multi-faceted partnership with Facebook, the Hollywood professional organization Women In Film, crowdsourcing platform Tongal and "Twilight Saga" author Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate Films announced today a new "multiphase" social media contest in which a lucky group of aspiring female filmmakers will get the chance to direct a series of short films based on "a broad spectrum" of characters from the "Twilight" universe. Entitled “The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,” the campaign will enlist "at least five" female filmmakers to direct the short films with the guidance of a "blue chip panel of advisors" including Meyer, "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, actresses Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, "Frozen" writer and co-director Jennifer Lee, "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke, "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman. The five »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Review: 'Marvel's Agents of Shield' - 'Heavy Is the Head'

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A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of Shield" coming up just as soon as I still have my George Foreman grill... Okay, we're 2-for-2 with the new "Shield" status quo. The show hasn't reached peak capacity yet, but right now we're in the introductory phase in terms of story arcs and characters, and "Heavy Is the Head" did a fine job at that, particularly on the character end, while also offering up more cool Absorbing Man action. From the moment the Lance Hunter character was announced, I feared the show had decided to add a Poochie — or, if we're sticking with Marvel terminology (albeit a character Marvel TV has no access to), a Gambit: cool name(*), cool accent, cool attitude, etc., there to do awesome things while the characters we already know and like stand around and act impressed. Fortunately, that hasn't been the case at all. Yes, Hunter is »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Ratings Analysis: 'NCIS: Los Angeles' has a problem, 'Gotham' and 'Scorpion' do not

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Everything dropped on Monday (September 29) night. Or nearly everything dropped. That wasn't surprising and it wasn't upsetting for most of the TV networks. TV shows premiere high and then audiences dwindle for roughly the same reasons movies premiere big and then fall off 60 percent. Getting people in the door isn't hard. The challenge is getting them to come back every week.  But the TV business now is shifting so aggressively toward Live+3 numbers that it also stands to reason that while heavily promotion encourages live viewership, it's perfectly reasonably to expect that many of the shows that suffered week-to-week declines on Monday will recover those viewers when DVRs are factored in. That's all a round-about way to say that CBS is probably very happy with the Week 2 performance for "Scorpion." The drama that I've dubbed "Katharine McPhee: Nerd Wrangler" premiered last wee with 13.83 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall on Their Best Costars

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The new drama "The Judge" is both a traditional courtroom narrative and an intense story of father-son friction, but stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall found the balance easy to strike since director David Dobkin gave them specific time before the movie to get to know each other. What's not as easy for Duvall, however, is watching some of his old films.  "Sometimes when I see myself in a movie [on TV], I pass over it," Duvall told us. "If I thought it was good way back, I think maybe it's not good anymore. So I keep going." We caught up with the stars of "The Judge" to discuss their old movies, the fun of finally getting to work with one another, and the costars they really want to work with again.  "The Judge," which premiered at Tiff, opens October 10.  »


- Louis Virtel

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Series premiere talkback: 'Manhattan Love Story' - 'Pilot'

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I posted my review of "Manhattan Love Story" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did the notion that men think about breasts while women think about purses rock your comedic world? Did you like Analeigh Tipton or feel pity for her inability to properly update her Facebook relationship status? Was Jake McDorman charming or obnoxious? Do you want the voiceover to go far, far away, or do you want more, more, more? And will you watch again? Have at it. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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New 'Horrible Bosses 2' trailer: Sex addiction, Shower Daddies and 'Fightclubbing'

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As far as I can tell, every "Horrible Bosses 2" trailer released so far has ended with a sex joke involving Jennifer Aniston. This one does too, except that it curves it a bit by involving Jennifer Aniston but making the joke more about how Jason Bateman inadvertently says gay-sounding stuff. Cue laugh track! Indeed, there are lots of quotable moments here for people in fraternities, including the part where the guys debate the names "Shower Buddy" vs. "Shower Daddy," and the part where Jamie Foxx refers to "9 to 5" as the movie "about the white woman with the big-ass titties," and also the part where the word "Fightclubbing" is coined because movie titles as verbs equals hilarity. Did I mention there's a gay sex joke involving Jason Bateman? Have fun with this. "Horrible Bosses 2" hits theaters on November 26. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Series premiere talkback: 'Selfie' - 'Pilot'

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I posted my review of ABC's "Selfie" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you watched tonight — or who watched the slightly longer, more annoying cut of the pilot on Hulu a few weeks ago — what did you think? Did you find all the social media jokes cutting edge or played out? Did you instantly despise Eliza, or did you like her? How do you feel about Karen Gillan's American accent, in terms of both realism and comedy? Do you like John Cho? Did the twee ukelele version of "Bad Romance" during the makeunder make you cringe or want to sing along? And will you watch again? Have at it. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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'How To Get Away With Murder' sets Live+3 records for ABC Thursday

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"How To Get Away With Murder" has added a record-breaking Live+3 Day DVR haul to what was already a tremendous premiere. The September 25 premiere of "How To Get Away With Murder" added 6 million viewers after three days of playback, which ABC is calling the largest-ever total viewer increase in Live+3 for a network telecast. Your previous record-holder? A January 2014 telecast of "Blacklist," which NBC likes to note has a disproportionate number of the largest-ever DVR audience bumps. The DVR boost took "How To Get Away With Murder" from 14.3 million viewers in Live+Sd to 20.3 million in Live+3. "Htgawm" also got a sizable DVR bump among adults 18-49, rising 1.9 ratings points, or 49 percent, to a 5.8 key demo rating, up from a 3.9 Live+Sd rating that was already a triumph. While it wasn't the largest volume gain in the key demo of any show from last week -- two "Big Bang Theory »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Ylvis Returns with the Weird, Hilarious 'Mr. Toot'

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If you were one of the 452 million people who watched in awe as Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis asked about fox noises, then you'll be just as bewildered and charmed by their newest effort "Mr. Toot." "Mr. Toot" is a legendary musician who plays instruments that look like bizarre Dr. Seuss creations. Dance and rejoice in his name! The fox demands it!   »


- Louis Virtel

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'Annabelle' isn't a killer doll film and 4 more things we learned from the cast & crew

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"The Conjuring" spinoff "Annabelle" is arriving in theaters this weekend, and believe it or not, it's actually expected to outgross David Fincher's hugely-anticipated "Gone Girl" in its opening frame. There goes Ben Affleck's career! Before you help the horror flick to a box-office win, educate yourself with this list of five things I learned from cast members Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton and Alfre Woodard, director John R. Leonetti and producer James Wan at the film's recent press junket. After scrolling through the full list, check out the embedded video interviews above and below. 1. It's not a killer doll movie. "I don't make killer doll movies," said Wan after I compared the film to the classic "Twilight Zone" episode "Living Doll." "I don't know if people know the difference between psychological ventriloquist puppet, right, ventriloquism, and killer doll films, right? I'm a big fan of 'Child's Play,' I love Chucky, »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Here's Bette Davis Ripping Hollywood's Gender Phobia in 1963

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Bette Davis could always be counted on for her ferocious screen presence, her relentless vigor, and a damn good quote. A few of my favorite Bette soundbites: "Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that there's nothing in it for me"; "A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else"; and of course "I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived." Just a flawless movie star with is prepared to cut you up. Legend. That's why it's no surprise to hear the two-time Oscar winner address Hollywood's gender phobias. Turns out we have -- wait for it! -- some of the same Hollywood lady issues today that we had in 1963. Christ. Listen to PBS' "Blank on Blank," where awesome interviews are paired with cool animations. Bette takes time between puffs to educate us on why men have got to change. »


- Louis Virtel

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16 times the cast of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' outdid themselves

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The joy of improv is that anything can — and usually does — happen. But trying to bring that spontaneity to television should be impossible, what with the gatekeepers known collectively as "Council of Censorship." Yet somehow, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" has been sneaking under the radar for years. That's not to say the cast of "Whose Line" will turn everything into a dirty joke! Such a versatile group of improv actors would never be so one-note. Why make a double entendre when you could rob a corpse? Or disembowel a dude as a Clever Girl? Or make a pointed political statement?  With over a decade of footage, there's been hundreds of hilarious bits. Here are 16 of them! #1 - When Ryan gave us Tmi about his relationship with his partner.  Via KrabatsRaven #2 - When everyone knew what to do here without being asked. Via TheLonelyLoner After the jump, see 14 more times »

- Donna Dickens

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Yvette Nicole Brown leaving 'Community'

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Greendale Community College has lost another student.  Yvette Nicole Brown's Shirley won't be retuning to "Community" when it makes its move to Yahoo! next year, following five seasons on NBC. The actress told TV Guide that she's leaving the show in order to care of her ailing father.   "Yvette was an integral part of Community and is irreplaceable. We are sad to see her go and wish her the very best," the show's creators Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna said in a statement. It's unclear as of now how the show will explain Shirley's absence, but it will reportedly be introducing two major characters, one male and one female.  Fans will still be able to see Brown on TV in 2015 however. She recently took on a supporting CBS' upcoming revival of "The Odd Couple," co-starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. The show is a multi-camera comedy which will have »


- Dave Lewis

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StreamFix: 'Gilmore Girls' and 15 Other October Musts

10 hours ago

Hope you like scares, because here comes a chilling fact: If "Gilmore Girls" began today, Lorelai Gilmore would've been born in 1982. Choke on that. Most of these streams are available beginning October 1. Check out our list of streaming musts from Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Crackle.   Hulu "South Park" Did you know Hulu has exclusive rights to "South Park"? It does. And did you know that "The Book of Mormon," which I finally saw, plays like a long, mostly good episode of "South Park"? Except unlike "South Park," my mother loves it? And she's the kind of person who tried banning "Salute Your Shorts" in my house because they sometimes made jokes about jockstraps? It's all confusing, but let's just sit back and watch "South Park" again. Remember Scuzzlebutt, the creature who had Patrick Duffy for a leg? Yeah, that's 17 years old. Fun newsflash: You'll be dead soon. "Scandal" Olivia »


- Louis Virtel

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'Saw' re-release: Torture yourself with 10th anniversary poster and trailer

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Steel yourself, horror fans: "Saw" is turning ten years old this Halloween. In celebration of the gory blockbuster's upcoming anniversary, Lionsgate is set to re-release the film in theaters for one week only beginning at 10pm on Thursday, Oct. 30 - and to amp audiences up for the event, a new trailer and special 10th anniversary one-sheet have hit the web. Check them out above and below, then let us know whether you'll be lining up to see the film in the comments. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Tracy Morgan: 'I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused'

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Tracy Morgan: “I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused” The former “30 Rock” star responded to Walmart’s claim that his accident could’ve been prevented had he worn a seatbelt. "My friends and I were doing nothing wrong,” he said in a statement. "I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I’m fighting hard every day to get back.” Yvonne Strahovski joins “Astronaut Wives Club,” reuniting with “Chuck” co-creator She’ll play the wife of Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter in the ABC drama from “Chuck’s” Josh Schwartz. “Married” and “You’re the Worst” renewed, but only one is staying on FX FX will send “You’re the Worst” to Fxx for its 2nd season, while both comedies will get a bigger run of 13 episodes, up from 10. Click Read Full Post »


- Norman Weiss

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Weezer play on the moon for 'Shack' music video, stream full new 'Alright' album

11 hours ago

Weezer take one giant leap for mankind in the new music video for their single "Back to the Shack." In a Warren Fu-directed clip that would spin Neil deGrasse Tyson into an utter conniption, the rock quartet heads to the moon, because why the heck not. The band has also started streaming their new album, "Everything Will Be Alright In The End," in full, for anybody who wants to test the wares before its Oct. 7 release next week. Check it out via iTunes Radio. The 11-song album includes a guest appearance from Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, and is the band's ninth studio set and their first since 2010's "Hurley." »


- Katie Hasty

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FX renews 'You're the Worst' & 'Married' for longer second seasons

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Today, FX is not the worst. It is the best, for having renewed "You're the Worst" — and also "Married." Despite modest ratings, FX has ordered second seasons of both of its new summer comedies — with 13-episode orders, instead of this year's 10 — though only "Married" will remain on the main channel. Season 2 of "You're the Worst" will move over to sister channel Fxx, which was always meant to be home to the younger-skewing shows in the FX empire. (And which no longer seems like a dumping ground for no-hoper projects now that Every "Simpsons" Ever made the world aware that Fxx exists.) I was skeptical of both comedies when they debuted, but I fell very hard for "You're the Worst" by the end, and grew to mostly like "Married" the further we got from that show's unpleasant pilot episode. With two channels to populate — especially with Fxx being treated like an »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Kevin Smith says success of ‘Tusk’ will pave the way for ‘Clerks 3'

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(Cbr) Kevin Smith has finally secured financing for "Clerks 3," and he owes it all to "Tusk," which has grossed just $1.4 million since its Sept. 19 premiere. “Everybody that’s like, ‘He failed, he failed,’” the filmmaker said in the most recent episode of his 'Hollywood Babble-On' podcast. “I’m like, ‘Thank you — I failed into 'Clerks 3.'” Apparently, the performance of the offbeat horror film was enough to impress new investors. Earlier this year, Smith said he took a $6 million version of "Clerks 3" to The Weinstein Company, but was only offered distribution. Smith explained on an episode of SModcast that, although "Tusk" didn’t make much money, it was produced for just $3 million, which was recouped with domestic and international distribution deals. He noted that "Tusk" also led to financing for "Yoga Hosers," which he’s now shooting, and "Moose Jaws," the third film in his podcast-inspired Canada-based trilogy. (via »


- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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