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Summer Box Office Winners and Losers: 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Lucy,' 'Sin City 2'

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In case you hadn't heard, Hollywood would like everyone to forget the summer of 2014 ever happened. Sure, there were some notable exceptions such as "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Lucy," "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "22 Jump Street," but for the most part it was a summer of disappointment. The laundry list of films that did not live up to their expectations is cringeworthy this season.  "Amazing Spider-Man 2" (the better sequel that wasn't), "Edge of Tomorrow" (the great thriller that couldn't overcome a weak opening), "Tammy" (the end of Melissa McCarthy's $100 million run), "A Million Ways to Die in the West" (Seth McFarlane is not a leading man), "Sex Tape" (bad in and out of bed), "Million Dollar Arm" (should have thrown in September), "Deliver Us From Evil" (not enough of "The Conjuring") and "The Giver" (needed bigger teen stars), among others, just didn't cut it.  Now, in the last »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Review: Garfield and Shannon spark in broad brush moral crisis drama '99 Homes'

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Venice - The title treatment for Ramin Bahrani's Venice Competition entry consists of blood red letters on black. Filling the entire screen with blocky all-caps letters and numbers dozens of feet high, we read: 99 Homes. It looks more like the title treatment for a horror than a drama digging into a moral morass of foreclosure, subsistence level employment, and better paid but more spiritually costly work. As it turns out, it is also a horror movie of sorts. The first shot of the film itself is even a post-mortem scene, as Michael Shannon's predatory realtor Rick Carver -- and how's that for a horror movie name? -- gazes almost impassively at blood dribbling down tacky pink bathroom tiles. The contrast couldn't be more stark: Shannon in an off-white blazer so sharp it hurts (costume design by Meghan Kasperlik is on point throughout), gold watch glinting and not a »


- Catherine Bray

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Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 9 - HitFix Picks

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[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Day 9 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "Simpson Christmas Stories" (mid-Season 17) through "Funeral for a Fiend" (mid-Season 19). It's a bit truncated in terms of half-hour episodes, because from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fxx is airing "The Simpsons Movie." Fortunately, we've got some episodes to recommend and Sepinwall wanted to salute the movie, so you can still dedicate quality time to the Marathon. And there are some good ones we didn't get to. I love the poetry humor and author cameos in the poorly titled "Moe'n'a Lisa." And I know lots of fans love "24 Minutes," but nobody in our dwindling group of fans wanted to salute it. Feel free to watch, though! Check out our recommendations for Day 9 and chime in with your own favorites... Katie Hasty Recommends: "My Fair Laddy" (1:30 a.m.) Episode #368 Why you should watch it: There are characters in the Simpsons universe that should be sprinkled, »


- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall and Katie Hasty

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Now with sleeves: Check out Hawkeye's new look in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

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(Cbr) The "Age of Ultron" will soon be upon us, and Clint Barton is armoring up accordingly. Empire has a high-res look at Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," depicting the eagle-eyed archer’s new costume. The big news: sleeves! It’s much more of a superhero uniform than what Hawkeye wore in his first "Avengers" tour of duty, but alas, still no mask. In the same feature, director Joss Whedon gives new details about what to expect from his follow-up to "The Avengers," and what he has planned for the titular robot menace. “It’s more epic and in other ways it’s more noirish and suspect and devious and specific,” he said. “Ultron, he’s got a touch of the apocalypse in him.” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige adds, “Ultron was the villain Joss wanted, from midway through production on the first film, to have serious repercussions for the Avengers. »


- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Eviction and Christine-Cody Shaming

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It's another "Big Brother" Thursday. Follow along for the normal live-blogging fun leading up to eviction. 9:01 p.m. "Tonight, your alliance is in jeopardy," Julie Chen tells us as the episode begins. That seems unfair. The hamsters in the House aren't required to still be in an alliance in the first week. Why do I have to stick with Team America? 9:03 p.m. When we left off, Cody was talking about making a big move, but then not making one, Victoria's head was swelling to the size of a watermelon and causing her to pass out and Donny was better than Team America didn't make "Saving Donny" into their mission for the week. Good times. Donny and Nicole are sitting on the Block. 9:04 p.m. It sure seemed like Donny's elimination was inevitable when we left off, but it's time for some complications in the form of »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Charlie Hunnam to play 'King Arthur' for Guy Ritchie in potential new franchise

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(Cbr) Charlie Hunnam, star of "Sons of Anarchy" and "Pacific Rim," is in final negotiations for the title role in director Guy Ritchie’s "King Arthur" (aka "Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur"), Deadline reports. Warner Bros. is said to envision an epic six-movie fantasy retelling of the Arthurian saga, conceived by "Awake" screenwriter Joby Harold, who penned the first installment. Ritchie had been developing his own King Arthur project with his partner Lionel Wigram before boarding this film. Hunnam’s "Pacific Rim" co-star Idris Elba is in the running to play Bedivere, the right-hand man of Arthur’s father who becomes the young king’s mentor. "King Arthur" is set for release July 22, 2016. »


- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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'Walking Dead' gets its priset: First pic of Father Gabriel Stokes

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(Cbr) AMC is starting to ramp up toward "The Walking Dead's" season five premiere in October, and Entertainment Weekly has posted the first official look at one of the new faces that will show up during the course of the season: "The Wire" alum Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes, a character who first appeared in "The Walking Dead" #61, and has been in the title since his first interaction with Rick and the group of survivors. "I actually did not realize I was reading for the role of Father Gabriel during the casting process," Gilliam told EW.com. "The sides were for a school guidance counselor named Michael, who had an issue with a couple of his students. I had not seen the show before I was cast on the show. So I just thought, Okay, I guess they’ve discovered some guy who’s holed up at a »


- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources

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'Jericho' wins HitFix's first Uncanceled Showdown

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Even though ratings were only tepid after its first resurrection by CBS, "Jericho" has won HitFix's first Uncanceled Showdown as the series fans would most like to see get a second (or, in this case, third) chance on air. After three weeks of voting, which saw over 900,000 votes cast, "Jericho" had no trouble conquering "Almost Human" in the final round and claiming our crown. The result had, we confess, been a bit of a foregone conclusion after "Jericho" pulled off its stunning quarterfinals upset over presumptive winner "Firefly" on the Multi-Season Arcs bracket. In the final, "Jericho" scored a whopping 86 percent of the vote again "Almost Human," which Fox cancelled this spring after 13 episodes.  Although "Jericho" hasn't aired new episodes since March of 2008, the show's dedicated fanbase remains mobilized after 2007's now-legendary nut-generated push which caused CBS to reconsider its initial cancellation. CW repeats, plus two "seasons" in comic book »


- Daniel Fienberg

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‘The Pyramid’ Trailer Unwraps Old-School Scares For Modern Audiences

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(Cbr) Mummy movies used to be all the rage back in the day, with Universal Pictures and Hammer Films each having its own franchise (the former resurrected its property in 1999, and plans to do so again). Director Grégory Levasseur’s found-footage horror fillm The Pyramid marks a new chapter in the subgenre, as a group of archaeologists explores a newly unearthed pyramid that houses a murderous monster. It’s the directorial debut of Levasseur, who wrote the remakes of The Hills Have Eyes and Maniac, as well as P2 and High Tension. Here’s the film’s synopsis: The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they »


- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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Broken Bells believe we are not alone in 'Control' video: Watch

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James Mercer and Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton), collectively known at Broken Bells, definitely believe that we are not alone. In the video for “Control,” the two perform before footage of space travel, crop circles, images of the earth from space, UFOs, and other signs that there is life out there far beyond our own life on Earth. The combination of real news footage and the footage of the same pink orb that has appeared in every video for tunes from “After The Disco” creates the a cool, interplanetary vibe that fits the spacey “Control” perfectly as Mercer sings about not being in control. The duo resumes its current tour Sept. 26. The video is below the tour dates. 09/26/14 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield 09/27/14 - Philadelphia, Pa - Electric Factory 09/28/14 - Richmond, Va - The National 09/29/14 - Nashville, Tn - Ryman Auditorium 10/01/14 - Athens, Ga - Georgia Theatre 10/02/14 - Birmingham, »


- Melinda Newman

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Everything wrong with untouchable children's movie classic 'Toy Story'

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"Toy Story" is no stranger to criticism and/or obsessive attempts to parse exactly what Andy's home life is like. Maybe Andy's parents are going through a divorce. Or maybe it's really just a kid friendly "Walking Dead." But while fans were trying to piece together the unwritten history of Andy's family, they were overlooking some pretty obvious Cinema Sins. »


- Donna Dickens

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Album sales drop to new low in the U.S.

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In a summer that brought “Weird Al” Yankovic, Tom Petty and Wiz Khalifa all their first No. 1 records, the rest of the news has been all bad for album sales. For the weekend ending Aug. 24, album sales totaled 3.97 million, marking the first time the weekly tally has dropped below 4 million in the 23-year Nielsen SoundScan era, according to Billboard. The same week a year ago, album sales were 4.88 million. There have only been five weeks this year where total album sales surpassed 5 million copies (and I imagine we’ll see it happen again when Taylor Swift’s album comes out in October and possibly when Garth Brooks releases his album around Black Friday). The culprit is streaming, which many fans do for free on ad-supported outlets, or they pay a low monthly fee, such as $10 to services like Beats Music and Spotify. Digital sales, once considered the savior of the industry, »


- Melinda Newman

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‘Underworld’ is the latest franchise to get the reboot treatment

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(Cbr) Vampires and Lycans will wage ware once again in a reboot of the "Underworld" action horror franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter Lakeshore Entertainment hired Cory Goodman ("Priest," "The Last Witch Hunter") to write the script. The series debuted in 2003 with director Len Wiseman’s Underworld, which introduced Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a vampire determined to take revenge on the Lycans that killed her family. It was followed by "Underworld: Evolution" in 2006, "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" in 2009 and "Underworld: Awakening" in 2012. The four films, which boasted a collective budget of $177 million, have grossed more than $458 million worldwide. »


- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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Trailer for Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' finds Gael García Bernal clinging to hope

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And there it is. On the heels of that poster this morning, and a handful of early reviews, the trailer for Jon Stewart's "Rosewater" has finally arrived. Critics have been mixed on it but I don't know. This has a charm to it. There's a tone here that I didn't quite expect. Indiewire smacked it with "Imagine a rousing 'Daily Show' episode without the jokes," but that seems rather cynical (not to mention the fact that the world of current events often plays out like a rousing "Daily Show" episode without the jokes). Anyway, audiences in Telluride and Toronto will be able to make up their own mind in due time. For now, you can check out the trailer yourself at the top of this post and tell us what you think. The first Telluride screening of "Rosewater" goes down Friday Aug. 29 at 9pm Mdt. »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Watch the new teaser trailer for Telluride entry 'Foxcatcher'

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As fully expected, Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" was on the Telluride slate when it was announced this morning. This marks Miller's second trip to the Colorado fest after 2005's "Capote," and that last time was kind of significant. Many will point to the 2005 Telluride program as a real turning point for its place in the Oscar scheme. In addition to "Capote," Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" came here (after premiering in Venice the day before), as did James Mangold's Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line." Suddenly the in-betweener slot made a lot of sense, and after that we saw "Juno," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech," "Argo," "12 Years a Slave," etc., etc. Is this year's Best Picture winner on hand this time around? And will Miller's latest get as solid a boost out of the mountains this year as "Capote" did? Time will tell. For now, Sony Classics has made sure »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Stephen Colbert's 'Frank' Take on Ferguson and Race

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Stephen Colbert decided to weigh in on Ferguson and race issues, and results are... pretty palatable and righteous and cool. As if you expected anything less. I wonder if he'll still throw down these kinds of commentaries when he takes over for Letterman. Here's hoping. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive »


- Louis Virtel

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'The Flash' Trailer: Chad Rook shows up as Weather Wizard

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(Cbr) "The Flash" is getting closer and closer to its debut episode in October, and The CW has released an all-new trailer combining footage from star Grant Gustin's appearance as Barry Allen on "Arrow" with new looks at the upcoming series -- including a glimpse of actor Chad Rook as Clyde Mardon/Weather Wizard and more footage of Barry's encounter with "Arrow's" Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen. The new trailer follows a recent promotional poster for "The Flash" that gives a better look at the Central City skyline. "In the comic book, here was a guy who could run really fast, and he's dealing in the sci-fi world," executive producer Greg Berlanti said in August. "He had a sense of humor, and a sense of awe of the things that were happening to him, and around him. You put that all together, and you just get a brighter show. »


- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources

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13 actors who would have made great 'Ghostbusters'

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One of the greatest cosplay costumes ever was at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, where a married couple made great use of who they were to create something memorable. He was dressed as a Ghostbuster in a reasonably realistic costume complete with a proton pack that lit up, while she was dressed as the librarian ghost at the start of the film. What pushed the costume over the top was that the wife was in a wheelchair, and they had modified the chair to look like one of the ghost traps that was open, and she was being pulled into the trap. Genius, right? I wasn't surprised to see a ton of Ghostbusters outfits at Comic-Con this year. Sure, it's the 30th anniversary this summer, but I don't think that's why we saw so many costumes. The truth is that every year is a great year for Ghostbusters sightings. Box-office »

- Drew McWeeny

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'Amazing Race' Season 25 cast pictures revealed

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Another day, another CBS reality show cast announcement, as "The Amazing Race" has revealed the 11 teams competing in the upcoming season. Thursday's (August 28) cast announcement was rather different from CBS' Wednesday unveiling of the latest "Survivor" cast, which includes controversy-inflaming former Major Leaguer John Rocker and former "Amazing Race" veterans Nadiya and Natalie Anderson. CBS actually announced the 11 "Amazing Race" teams back at the end of May, when a very public starting line in the heart of Times Square required some measure of early transparency lest social media spoil all the secrets ahead of time. So we already know that "Soul Surfer" hero Bethany Hamilton and husband Adam Dirks are in the cast, as are Robbie E. Strauss and Brooke Adams, who I'm told I'd know if I paid more attention to wrestling. The cast also includes Whitney Duncan and Keith Tollefson, who I only vaguely remember from their runs on "Survivor: South Pacific. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Academy taps Carrière, Miyazaki, O'Hara and Belafonte for Honorary Oscars

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced recipients of the 2014 Honorary Oscars, to be presented at the annual Governors Awards ceremony in November. Writer and actor Jean-Claude Carrière ("The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie," "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"), Japanese animation titan Hayao Miyazaki ("My Neighbor Totoro," "Spirited Away") and actress Maureen O'Hara ("The Parent Trap," "The Quiet Man") will receive Honorary Awards, while, singer/songwriter, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte will receive the organization's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Carrière, a frequent collaborator with Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel, has been nominated by the Academy as a screenwriter on three occasions. He won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short alongside comedian Pierre Étaix for 1963's "Happy Anniversary." He has also collaborated with filmmakers such as Andrzej Wajda ("Danton"), Jean-Luc Godard ("Every Man for Himself") and one of this year's Telluride tributees, Volker Schlöndorff ("The Tin Drum"). Miyazaki, »


- Kristopher Tapley

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