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Song Of The Summer? Walk The Moon, 'Shut Up and Dance'

2 hours ago

Need a song of the day? How about a Song Of The Summer? Keep up with HitFix daily for your music fix. It's insane that this song has not been in pop vernacular for a billion years.  It's intuitive. It's catchy and quirky. And there are no dancing skills required. Walk the Moon has actually been around for a minute, releasing their first album in 2010, and working their lunars off until brilliantly solar single "Anna Sun" caught some minor traction. Then came 2014's "Talking Is Hard" via RCA and eight months it's taken for "Shut Up and Dance" to reach its current climax, at No. 4 on the Hot 100 and into several formats of radio. Meanwhile, Rick Springfield is holding his head somewhere. »


- Katie Hasty

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Review: 'Halt and Catch Fire' upgrades in a big way for season 2

8 hours ago

"Computers aren't the thing," Joe McMillan promised in the very first episode of AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire." Instead, he insisted, "They are the thing that gets us to the thing." This was a prescient look at both the personal computer boom of the early '80s — which was really preparing us all for the Internet boom of the late '90s — and at "Halt and Catch Fire" itself. Last season, it turns out, wasn't the thing, even though it had its moments. It was the thing that got us to the very wonderful thing that is "Halt and Catch Fire" season 2, which debuts Sunday night at 10. Early in its first season, "Halt" felt every bit as reverse-engineered as the Ibm clone laptop that Lee Pace's Joe and Scoot McNairy's Gordon were racing to build. It was a show that in broad strokes was about teaming up Don Draper (dapper, »


- Alan Sepinwall

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The 7 flawless Kylie Minogue moments you haven't appreciated enough

9 hours ago

Look: It's international pop star and onetime Aussie soap goddess Kylie Minogue's 47th birthday. She is a flawless thing who wears catsuits and couture better than anyone else in our hemisphere. Do you understand that? Do you appreciate that? Please start.  Let's celebrate her birthday with a collection of her seven most flawless moments. Put on your favorite "Locomotion" remix and get into these videos.  1. Her superspy intrigue in the "Timebomb" video 2. Her gold shorts in the "Spinning Around" video 3. She toasted Madonna with her take on the "Vogue" rap 4. That time she took a bizarre role in the bizarre movie "Holy Motors" 5. That time she tolerated Jean Claude Van Damme's weird speech in "Street Fighter." Go Cammy! 6. She literally stopped traffic in "Red-Blooded Woman" 7. How she strutted through Michel Gondry's perfect "Come Into My World" video Happy birthday to the saucy Aussie herself. Here's to another 47+ years of flirty poppy glamor. »


- Louis Virtel

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'T.rex Autopsy' Exclusive: A heart-y clip from NatGeo's dino-dissection

10 hours ago

I've been on a wide variety of movie and TV sets over the past decade and I've seen some intriguing things. I've watched Avengers fight off alien invaders, Greek warriors setting sail for conquest, Freddy Krueger on the prowl for nubile teenage victims, marauding pirates, misunderstood evil queens and undercover police officers playing football. There's nothing I can really compare to the experience last month of standing in an observation room at London's Pinewood Studios watching a quartet of trained paleontologists and veterinarians digging into the blood-spewing, organ-bursting corpse of a life-size tyrannosaurus rex, designed under the auspices of a slew of dino-experts and realized with foam, latex, rubber and all manner of other surprising ingredients by the team at Crawley Creatures under the watch of Jez Gibson-Harris, one of the men credited with bringing Jabba the Hutt to life. The title post-mortem examination in National Geograph's "T.rex Autopsy »


- Daniel Fienberg

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‘Mad Max:Fury Road’ 80's style trailer asks you to Witness synthesized, voiceover glory

10 hours ago

We’re on a roll now. “Mad Max: Fury Road” has entered our collective pop culture consciousness. We’re adopting the slang — Shiny and Chrome — and the homages are being cranked out faster than the Internet can promote them. The latest? A completely reworked trailer that posits what the trailer for “Fury Road” would’ve looked like 20 years ago. Is it too late to get the Doof Warrior a sweet flamethrower keytar?  [Via Geek Tyrant]   »


- Donna Dickens

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Happy Birthday, Danny Elfman

10 hours ago

Today, composer Danny Elfman turns 62. Elfman is one of the most brilliant and prolific film composers of our time (if not The most), so to celebrate his 62nd birthday, let’s take a look at his greatest hits: •Ever heard of a little show called “The Simpsons”? Well, Danny Elfman composed the music for that show, as well as for all “Simpsons” movies and video games. •”Silver Linings Playbook” is a masterpiece, in my humble opinion. Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, David O’Russell; these are the names credited for this remarkable film. The truth is, “Silver Linings” might have fallen flat if it weren’t for Danny Elfman, who worked as score producer on the greatest film of 2012. •Without the score composed by Danny Elfman, “Desperate Housewives” would be just a bunch of housewives lying to each other, housewives killing people, housewives just being overall desperate. Inject »


- Zara Lisbon

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DVR Gridlock 2015-16: Thursday Nights

10 hours ago

[As in years past, this week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. I'm also probably gonna ignore that I have a fancy new six-tuner DVR that means that I really don't have to make choices anymore. This will assume that I make choices for my own sanity.] Thursday Nights 8:00 p.m.  ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" CBS: Thursday Night Football/ "The Big Bang Theory," "Life in Pieces" The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" Fox: "Bones" NBC: "Heroes Reborn" 9:00 p.m.  ABC: "Scandal" CBS: Thursday Night Football/ "Mom," "Angel from Hell" The CW: "The Originals" Fox: "Sleepy Hollow" NBC: "The Blacklist" 10:00 p.m. ABC: "How To Get Away With Murder" CBS: Thursday Night Football/"Elementary" NBC: "The Player" What's Changed: ABC's Shonda Rhimes Thursday remains intact. Otherwise, everybody else is mixing things up at least somewhat, but doing so around still points of stability. So CBS is using "Big Bang Theory," still the top comedy on TV despite some big drops in the spring, and the increasingly sturdy "Mom" as a launching pad for a pair of new comedies, which CBS has to keep doing because CBS' recent comedy track record is decidedly mixed. [Everybody's comedy track record is decidedly mixed.] And CBS continues to use the valuable Thursday 10 p. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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The best competitive kids on TV, including... a young Paul Walker?

10 hours ago

Get out your Oed, because the National Spelling Bee is back. Let's celebrate by revisiting some awesome competitive kids on TV. Get ready for an amazing Paul Walker cameo.  1. Rebecca Sealfon screams to victory in the 1997 National Spelling Bee Rebecca Sealfon owned the '97 National Spelling Bee when she correctly spelled "euonym." The delirium is so damn special and unforgettable. Sealfon has since denounced the Bee because she says it devastates losing contestants, and while I sympathize, I'm glad she gave us this one-of-a-kind moment. 2. Leonard Cooper decimates the "Jeopardy!" Teen Tournament with the greatest Final Jeopardy! ever. This is how you win a tournament. Leonard Cooper didn't know the answer to the World War II-themed Final Jeopardy! clue, so he just responded with, "Who is some guy in Normandy but I just won $75,000." Alex's response is perfect: "You did indeed!"  3. Remember when Paul Walker was on "I'm Telling"?  He certainly was. »


- Louis Virtel

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Review: As destinations go, 'Aloha' makes 'Elizabethtown' look irresistible

11 hours ago

If you were to show me "Aloha" with no credits on the film, my reaction would remain just as complicated as it is now, but I'd say, "There are a few moments here that are promising, and I feel like this filmmaker might put it together at some point. Not this film, probably not the next one, but at some point." It is, frankly, astonishing to me that "Aloha" is the eighth film in someone's directing career, not the first. When they released the trailer for "Aloha," I was flabbergasted by it. It looked like a beat-for-beat remake of "Elizabethtown," which seemed like very odd choice considering the response to that film. Now that I've seen it, the crazy part is that they had to go out of their way to cut the trailer like that, since "Aloha" is not structured the same way as "Elizabethtown." Basically, Sony decided that »


- Drew McWeeny

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204 days until Star Wars: Andy Serkis is back in MoCap mode for ‘The Force Awakens’

12 hours ago

Bit by bit, Disney/Lucasfilm is peeling back the mystery of “The Force Awakens” before it arrives in theaters this December. The roll-out has layers…like an onion or a parfait. The latest layer to be revealed? Andy Serkis in full “costume.” Over at StarWars.com, Annie Leibovitz gave an exclusive interview about what it’s been like to have exclusive access to the iconic saga over the years for her photoshoots. There were a handful of tiny reveals — Bb-8 is referred to by male pronouns, how Leibovitz requested Lupita put on the MoCap rig to show off that side of movie magic — peppered throughout. Then halfway through the interview, the bombshell is dropped. Andy Serkis will play a new character known as Supreme Leader Snoke. What does that mean, exactly? No one knows and that’s the point. The wild speculation rumpus begins anew! Image Credit: Vanity Fair. Photo by Annie Leibovitz. »


- Donna Dickens

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Outrage Watch: Marvel has a Tilda Swinton problem

14 hours ago

Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. The good news: Tilda Swinton is reportedly in talks to play a gender-bent Ancient One in Marvel's "Doctor Strange." The bad news: Tilda Swinton is reportedly in talks to play a whitewashed Ancient One in Marvel's "Doctor Strange." How are we supposed to feel about this? Pretty angry, according to a contingent of tweeters who are miffed that a character depicted in the comics as an elderly Tibetan man (birth name: Yao) has been reimagined for the upcoming McU entry as a willowy white goddess. Here's a sampling of the outrage: 'Tis strange to assume that changing the character's gender will be controversial but the whitewashing gets a pass. http://t.co/qNZ6cm1d3F — Jason Morehead »


- Chris Eggertsen

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'Grace of Monaco' screenwriter dismantles the film in live Tweet session

15 hours ago

You might remember "Grace of Monaco." A Grace Kelly biopic directed by Olivier Dahan ("La Vie en Rose") with Nicole Kidman in the lead and Tim Roth as her Prince Rainier, the film was picked up for distribution by The Weinstein Company and landed an opening night slot at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It seemed like a perfect combination of material and talent, and a possible awards player. But it ended up panned on the Croisette and destined for a premiere on the Lifetime television channel here in the Us. Earlier this week, the film's screenwriter, Arash Amel, took to Twitter to live-Tweet the Lifetime airing and, well, he had a lot to say. "The purpose of this live Tweet is to correct the record, an explanation, an apology and most of all a bit of lighthearted fun," he wrote, tagging each of his Tweets with the #GOMFacts hashtag. If »


- Kristopher Tapley

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How ‘Louie’ got a shorter season because Louis C.K. got high

15 hours ago

The network TV season ended last week, which means we're diving deep into Emmy campaigning season. The official Emmy ballot gets sent to TV Academy members in early June, and in the meantime, networks and studios are doing their best to put on good faces for potential voters, sometimes with elaborate screener packages, sometimes with For Your Consideration panels featuring the creators and stars of their shows. Last week, I moderated one of those for "Transparent," and last night, I got to do the same for "Louie," sitting down for a conversation with Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon after the audience got to watch this season's "Bobby's House" and the nightmare-fueled "Untitled." While some of these panels are recorded and later made available to the public (I believe that's the plan with the "Transparent" one), FX didn't film this. But it was memorable enough — particularly since C.K. doesn't do »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Game of Fashion: 63 'Game of Thrones' dresses to conquer the world in

16 hours ago

The world of “Game of Thrones” is a dangerous place. Men and women wake up each morning wondering if today is the day treachery brings them down. It’s a world of battle and blood, muck and grime.  Yet for all that, it’s also a bastion of fabulous fashion. Each character has a distinct style, and if that style changes, it’s either a reflection of their changed life circumstances of making a subtle statement to the audience. The men are adorned in crowns and intricately cut-out doublets. The knights wear armor worked over in metallurgy that evokes embroidery. Even the amount of detail that goes into the peasants’ clothing is remarkable. But nothing holds a candle to the works of art created by the costumer designers for the noblewomen. From Cersei and Sansa, to Catelyn and Daenerys, the early seasons were a bloody fight for power punctuated with flits of color and brocade. »


- Donna Dickens

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Wednesday Ratings: 'Briefcase' premiere, 'MasterChef' lead Wednesday split

16 hours ago

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The series premiere of "The Briefcase" was Wednesday night's most watched show and led CBS to primetime victory overall, while "MasterChef" grew week-to-week and helped Fox eke out a slim nightly win in the key demographic.  Wednesday notables also included a so-so debut for Fox's "Bullseye," a so-so second week for ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" and another night of steady-if-not-exactly-impressive returns for "500 Questions," which concludes on Thursday. Let's get to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, Fox averaged a 1.3 rating for Wednesday night, edging out CBS' 1.2 rating in the key demographic. ABC's 1.0 key demo rating and the 0.9 key demo rating for NBC followed, while The CW did a 0.2 key demo rating for Wednesday primetime. Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 6.34 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/7 share for Wednesday primetime, winning comfortably. ABC was second with 4.03 million viewers and a 2.7/5, followed closely by Fox's 3.98 million viewers »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Song Of The Summer? Jamie Xx, 'I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)'

27 May 2015 5:09 PM, PDT

Need a song of the day? How about a Song Of The Summer? Keep up with HitFix daily for your music fix. Listen to Jamie xx's "I Know There Gonna Be (Good Times)" featuring Young Thug and  Popcaan about one hundred times, and discover something new to love each time. My favorite parts are the backbeats and melodic rounds, like at 1:30, and those soft synths that sound like furry steel drums. The Persuasions' "Good Times" sample is both integral and stands alone, as Jamie separates even the key of his song from its source. What may stand out on impact is Thug's rhymes, and the overall silly, gross vibe to his game. "She gon' get on top of that d*** / she gon' squish it like squish." "Watch her come to my lights like a reindeer." "I'mma ride in that p*ssy like a stroller." It's like 'hounding is »


- Katie Hasty

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'Another Period' is the vulgar manners comedy we deserve

27 May 2015 3:34 PM, PDT

Comedy Central is giving period comedy a shot, and it looks like it's going to be a decadent affair. Check out Natasha Leggero (who flambeed Justin Bieber at his recent roast) and Riki Lindhome in the trailer for the snooty "Another Period." (Nsfw, language.) "Another Period" is a cute title. Would've been down for "Snide and Prejudice" or "Withering Heights" too, but "Another Period" will do. The season will include guest appearances from Christina Hendricks and Michael Ian Black, so I'm expecting this will be a simultaneously glamorous and droll affair. Yes to that. I'll take this waltz.  »


- Louis Virtel

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Review: David Duchovny chases Charles Manson in NBC's underwhelming 'Aquarius'

27 May 2015 3:00 PM, PDT

In "Aquarius," David Duchovny plays an La cop in 1967 with old-school hair and old-school values. Asked to find a teenage girl who has vanished into the city's hippie underbelly, he reluctantly teams with a shaggy-haired young cop with crazy new ideas about civil liberties and equality. Very quickly, then, the series sets itself up as an ideological  clash between the veteran and the rookie, even as they collaborate to find the girl and potentially put a charge on the charismatic guy named Charles Manson who has her under his sway. The generation gap on the show is pretty stock stuff, unfortunately. Far more interesting, if not creatively successful, is the way that "Aquarius" itself is caught between multiple generations of television at once, attempting to function simultaneously as a broadcast network drama, an edgier cable-style show, and something designed to be binged like it was being released by Netflix or Amazon. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: Dwayne Johnson shines but earthquake takes center stage in 'San Andreas'

27 May 2015 1:30 PM, PDT

"San Andreas" is a very silly movie. Then again, disaster movies are almost always silly. That's just the nature of the beast. They're all roughly the same, and they end up as narrative excuses for mayhem and little more. Carlton Cuse's screenplay for "San Andreas" (apparently written on a napkin during a "Bates Motel" lunch break) is no exception, and if you are curious about whether or not you should see the film, look at the trailer. Do you want to watch California shake to pieces? Yes? Then see the movie, because it absolutely lives up to that promise. Do you want anything else from the movie? You may come up short. First of all, there is no scene in this film where The Rock punches an earthquake. For that reason alone, I have to take a full letter grade off. Instead, Dwayne Johnson plays Ray, who heads up a rescue team in La. »


- Drew McWeeny

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DVR Gridlock 2015-16: Wednesday Nights

27 May 2015 12:30 PM, PDT

[As in years past, this week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. I'm also probably gonna ignore that I have a fancy new six-tuner DVR that means that I really don't have to make choices anymore. This will assume that I make choices for my own sanity.] Wednesday Nights 8:00 p.m. ABC: "The Middle," "The Goldbergs" CBS: "Survivor" The CW: "Arrow" Fox: "Rosewood" NBC: "The Mysteries of Laura" 9:00 p.m.  ABC: "Modern Family," "Black-ish" CBS: "Criminal Minds" The CW: "Supernatural" Fox: "Empire" NBC: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" 10 p.m.  ABC: "Nashville" CBS: "Code Black" NBC: "Chicago Pd" What's Changed: Wednesday is easily the most stable night of the week thus far. Eleven of the 15 shows airing on Wednesday night are the same shows that were airing in the exact same times last fall, while "Empire" and "Supernatural" both came over to their current time periods in the spring. I know you're capable of doing rudimentary math, but that means that 13 of 15 shows airing on Wednesday in the fall were airing here in the spring, with the only two exceptions being Fox's "Rosewood" and CBS' latest 10 p.m. drama "Code Black." No other night can come close to this stability. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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