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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: 'Magic Mike 2' continues to grow

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Here we are, another week has passed, and it's time for another edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed. Sure, reports say that Matthew McConaughey isn't going to be in "Magic Mike Xxl," but there is also news of a couple of fresh faces joining the franchise, namely Amber Heard and Jada Pinkett-Smith.  Ah, but what will their roles be? Elsewhere, as you probably know, Warner Brothers has several unnamed DC Comics projects on their upcoming slate, complete with release dates.  Could one of those projects be a "Suicide Squad" movie featuring Harley Quinn?  Could that movie be directed by "End of Watch" and "Fury" director David Ayer?  Could be, could be. Plus, some music news, like Johnny Depp jamming with Ryan Adams on a Dio tune, and Kanye West may be collaborating with... Lorde? Check it all out here: »


- HitFix Staff

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'When the Game Falls Down': The Thrill and Despair of Jenga

4 hours ago

If "When the Game Stands Tall" didn't strike you as tough, competitive, or grueling enough, regain your strength (and grip) with "When the Game Falls Down," the first and best movie about the rough-and-tumble world of Jenga. You think you have the guts and fingertips for this harrowing sport? Can you handle the despair of plummeting wood? Then you might just be ready for this gritty reality (made by Hasbro).  »


- Louis Virtel

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Jimmy Fallon's 10 Best Career Moments

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Jimmy Fallon has established a brand for "The Tonight Show" that pulls in young viewers, doesn't alienate old viewers, and churns out excellent viral content. He's evolved from the guy who giggled his way through "Weekend Update" to the most trusted name in late-night raucousness. Not a bad arc, everyone.  For his 40th birthday tonight, we're celebrating Jimmy's 10 coolest and funniest career moments. They range from the musical to the absurd, and all ten feature some version of hilarity that only he can deliver.  »


- Louis Virtel

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12 most important seconds of Pitbull's new 'Fireball' music video

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Pitbull has released the David Rousseau-directed music video to his "Fireball" single featuring John Ryan, which dances us into the night at a club into which we'd never be invited. Listen for the nod to Aerosmith's "Walk This Way," were this nod be a great seismic shift causing the Earth to lurch and bodies fold upon themselves. Here are the most important seconds of this music video: 0:14: In a demonstartion of impressive restraint, it is at this second that Pitbull executes the second of only two Pitbull Giggles. 0:34: Guitar face Lol 0:47: I would literally pay money to hear Pitbull distinguish the term "conquering" from "cumming," in person, aloud. 1:08: Dad dance 1:44: This is the part where I thought, this party actually looks fun. Then I can do the big reveal on my latest moves. 2:17: Butt scan, a scan of butt. »


- Katie Hasty

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 247

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Happy Friday, Boys & Girls!  Bonus Firewall & Iceberg Podcast time! On Tuesday, we reviewed "The Mysteries of Laura" and "Red Band Society," but now we're starting to get into the meat of new series premieres. In this podcast, we review "Madam Secretary," "Gotham," "Scorpion" and "Forever," which is to say all of your key new shows premiering on Monday, I think? We also answered a bit of Listener Mail, providing a public service.  And we discussed Thursday's season finale for "You're the Worst," which we hope will be brought back for a second season. Today's breakdown: "Madam Secretary" (00:01:10 - 00:11:40) "Gotham" (00:11:40 - 00:23:25) "Scorpion" (00:23:25 - 00:34:30) "Forever" (00:34:30 - 00:44:20) Listener Mail - How to Review a TV Show (00:44:35 - 00:52:00) "You're the Worst" finale (00:52:00 - 01:06:55) As always, you can subscribe to The »


- Daniel Fienberg

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After a year hiatus, Disney remix soundsmith Pogo returns with 'The Trouble'

9 hours ago

About 4 years ago, music producer Pogo (Nick Bertke) became a viral sensation for remixing sound bites from Disney movies with rhythmic beats. His signature style was to take snippets of dialogue from classic movies that weren't whole words, thus creating a unique kind of lyrical gibberish.  For their part, Disney has turned a blind eye instead of suing the pants off him. Bless. But after while, Pogo moved away from remixing the House of Mouse. Until today, his last Disney-inspired remix, "What I Likes" had been out for over a year. That drought ends now friends. »


- Donna Dickens

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Director Shawn Levy on his love of pushing Tina Fey

9 hours ago

The new family dramedy "This is Where I Leave You" gives us Jason Bateman as a cynical lout, Jane Fonda as a towering matriarch, and Adam Driver as a garrulous wild card. Those characterizations are to be expected, but the surprising actor/role pairing is Tina Fey with her character Wendy Altman, who is more troubled and conflicted than Liz Lemon ever was. Director Shawn Levy, who also helmed the Fey project "Date Night," specifically chose Fey for her role because it would be a stretch for her. In fact, he enjoys pushing Tina Fey away from her comfort zone of wry humor.  "I have gotten to know Tina a little bit in real life. A fair bit," Levy told us. "I know she has more colors to her. Different moods to her. I got really excited at the chance of bringing those out and encouraging her to show what »


- Louis Virtel

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Charles Dance drops some 'Game of Thrones' rumors

9 hours ago

Spoilers, necessarily, will be discussed below.  You are warned. Might we see Charles Dance again on "Game of Thrones?"  According to an interview he did with MTV UK for "Dracula Untold,"  the actor will certainly be back on the HBO show. Dance, who plays Tywin Lannister on the series, was asked, "Are you sad to be missing the next series of 'Game of Thrones.'"  That is a pretty straightforward question considering what happened to him this past season.  His answer though is less straightforward. "Well, I'm not completely missing out on the next series," Dance responded.  He added, "More than that I'm not going to say," but then he did say more.  Specifically, he said, "You haven't seen the last of Tywin Lannister, is all I'll say." What does that mean?  Will it be a flashback?  Is Tywin far less dead than we think he is?  Will some sort »


- HitFix Staff

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'Justified' casts Sam Elliott & Garret Dillahunt for final season roles

10 hours ago

Want two reasons to get Very excited about the final season of "Justified"? Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt are joining the cast. Yup, for Raylan Givens' last round-up, Graham Yost has brought in a couple of ringers, adding longtime cinematic gunslinger Elliott and yet another "Deadwood" alum — one who played two different roles opposite Timothy Olyphant on that show (one pictured above) — in Dillahunt. According to the press release, Elliott will play somewhat against type as Markham, "a legendary Kentucky gangster who returns from exile with a private army and bags of cash" to win back the love of his life, Mary Steenburgen's Katherine Hale. Dillahunt, meanwhile, will play Walker, "a spec ops veteran who's spent much of the last decade deployed in combat zones, first as a soldier and most recently as a private contractor," who now works private security in the States and runs afoul of both Raylan and Boyd. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Angelina Jolie continues directing streak with elephant poaching drama ‘Africa’

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Angelina Jolie refuses to luxuriate in the Oscar buzz surrounding her upcoming WWII drama 'Unbroken.' On Sept. 8, the actress-turned-director started on her third feature, 'By the Sea,' a romantic drama touting her first self-directed leading role and her first pairing with husband Brad Pitt since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". Showing no sign of slowing down, word is in that Jolie's fourth film has taken shape. According to Deadline, Jolie has signed on to helm "Africa," a drama based on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey’s fight against ivory poachers in Kenya. Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") wrote the script, which Jolie plans to shoot soon after wrapping "By the Sea." David Ellison’s Skydance Productions, known for blockbusters like the "Mission: Impossible" series and the upcoming "Terminator: Genisys" trilogy, is behind the picture. “I've felt a deep connection to Africa and »


- Matt Patches

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Julian Casablancas of the Strokes has a new solo album: Hear it in full now

10 hours ago

Julian Casablancas has another new solo album, "Tyranny," with his band The Voidz, and you can hear the whole thing in full now. The Strokes' frontman combined with a new backing band The Voidz (bassist and keyboardist Jacob “Jake” Bercovici, guitarist Amir Yaghmai and guitarist Jeramy “Beardo” Gritter) for this sophomore set; his first solo set "Phrazes for the Young" came out in 2009. "Tyranny" was teased initially with the two tracks “Human Sadness” and “Where No Eagles Fly." It hits shelves -- physical and digital -- on Sept. 23 through Casablancas' own Cult Records. The Strokes' most recent album, "Comedown Machine," was released last year; it peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart. Cult Records had another big week this month, as the label released Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O's solo album "Crush Songs." Here is the "Tyranny" tracklist: 1. Take Me in Your Army 2. Crunch Punch 3. M. »


- Katie Hasty

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Which members of the 'Legion of Superheroes' will make it the next 'Guardians'?

10 hours ago

After Marvel's massive success with "Guardians of the Galaxy," is anyone surprised about the report that Warner Bros. is considering developing a "Legion of Superheroes" movie? We're certainly not. Granted, the two super teams have a lot in common, but thankfully, they also have some big differences. Chances are you probably haven't heard of the Legion. Or if you have you only know them from their short-lived 2006 animated TV series. The group has actually been around since 1958 (that's a good three years before Marvel debuted the "Fantastic Four") and were originally part of the supporting cast in Superboy's comic book of the time, "Adventure Comics." The "Legion" were introduced as three super-powered teenagers from the 30th Century who formed a superhero club after being inspired by the legend of the Boy of Steel. Eventually, Superboy became a member of their team and would travel to the future to help them fight the forces of evil. »


- Gregory Ellwood, Alan Sepinwall

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Craig Ferguson Names His Worst Guest Ever

11 hours ago

Andy Cohen's "Plead the Fifth" game on "Watch What Happens Live!" is pretty ingenious. Celebrities who are normally guarded throw their hands in the air and say, "Well! The rules say I have to be honest!" and just go with it. On the late-night Bravo show, Craig Ferguson opened up about his talk show (which will soon be hosted by Tony winner James Corden) and selected the worst guest he's ever had. All I can say is I believe it. I can't think of a single occasion when that woman has ever not seemed antisocial. Yes, that's a double negative and I don't care if it hurts you. And hey, look! That's our queen of award season Jessica Chastain. The time is now to avenge that ridiculous "Zero Dark Thirty" Oscar snub.   (Via Splitsider) »


- Louis Virtel

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Exclusive: Why Guy Pearce ignored the dystopia of David Michôd's 'The Rover'

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There are cavernous ideas resting under the surface of writer-director David Michôd's "The Rover." What would happen if there was an actual global fallout? Michôd allows theories on economic implosion, geographic relocation, a societal reversion to linger in the background, his setup, "10 Years After the Collapse," merely a cloudy backdrop for a revenge thriller. Actor Guy Pearce took a unique approach to embodying Michôd's Australian dystopia. He ignored it. As a man hunting down three car thieves, Pearce's "Eric" is driven by ambiguous determination. He's compassionate and murderous, meticulous and frenzied. He's too humane to leave behind Reynolds (Robert Pattinson), one of the thieves' brothers he discovers bleeding out on the side of the road, but if the simple man crosses him, Eric's finger is on a pistol trigger. In the above exclusive clip from the upcoming "Rover" Blu-ray, Pearce speaks frankly on his method to capturing such an impassioned dystopian figure. »


- Matt Patches

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'Supergirl' takes flight to CBS with a series commitment

12 hours ago

Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler's high profile "Supergirl" pilot has already found a home and its destination may just surprise you. "Supergirl," which comes from Berlanti Productions and Warner Brothers TV, has received a series commitment from CBS, which is making a slightly surprisingly leap into the superhero world.  DC Comics' aggressive push into TV has seen the network land "The Flash," "Arrow" and "iZombie" at The CW, "Gotham" at Fox and "Constantine" at NBC. [Both "Arrow" and "The Flash" also come from Berlanti Productions.]  While ABC doesn't have a DC Comics property, that may have just a wee bit to do with corporate ties to Marvel, which has brought the network "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the upcoming "Agent Carter." The logline for "Supergirl" explains, "Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury duet on new Queen comp: Listen

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Two late, great performers come back to life on a new album compilation from Queen. Queen and Michael Jackson sing together on the song "There Must Be More to Life Than This," just one of three previously unreleased songs from Queen frontman Mercury on "Forever Queen," due on Nov. 11. Mercury's first solo hit "Love Kills" with Giorgio Moroder also gets an unheard ballad version on the set, as does unreleased "Let Me In Your Heart Again" from Queen's "The Works" sessions. The rest of the single and double-disc releases are "a definitive collection of Queen’s timeless love songs," cobbled together by surviving members Brian May and Roger Taylor. The tracklist is made up of "things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits,” said May in a release. On the Jackson and Mercury song, streaming above: The Queen and Michael Jackson duet, »


- Katie Hasty

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TV Ratings: CBS Thursday Night Football numbers plummet with Bucs-Falcons rout

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Fast National ratings for Thursday, September 18, 2014. Testing the limits of America's insatiable appetite for NFL action, a dismally one-sided Thursday Night Football game between the Falcons and Buccaneers fell hard from last week's telecast, though CBS still dominated primetime in all measures. The game, which was essentially over by the end of the first quarter, was off by 40 percent from the Fast Nationals for last week's Thursday Night Football premiere. Thursday's only other original programming was NBC's "The Biggest Loser," which was down nearly 20 percent from last week's premiere. Some numbers will, of course, change due to the live nature of the football. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 3.2 rating for Thursday night, tops in the key demographic. CBS beat the combined totals for NBC (1.2 key demo), ABC (0.7 key demo), Fox (0.5 key demo) and The CW (0.2 key demo).  Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 9.02 million viewers and a 5.8 rating/10 share for Thursday, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Fox is moving forward with 'Deadpool,' where does Ryan Reynolds stand?

14 hours ago

(Cbr) According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox's "Deadpool" film finally has an official release date: Feb. 12, 2016. Tim Miller is set to direct, and while reportedly no deal is yet in place for Ryan Reynolds to star, THR says it's likely. Additionally, Fox has moved Josh Trank's "Fantastic Four" reboot from June 19, 2015 to Aug. 7 of the same year. Although "Deadpool" has been long in development at Fox, it wasn't until animated test footage by Blur Studios leaked online after Comic-Con International 2014 that buzz really began amongst fans. The footage, known to exist via comments from "Deadpool" co-creator Rob Liefeld, featured Ryan Reynolds voicing the popular Marvel character in a far different incarnation than in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." The test footage, which contains adult language, was far more true to the comics version of the character, right down to him breaking the fourth wall. With the move of "Fantastic Four" to »


- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources

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Ang Lee to direct Billy Lynn dramedy as James Schamus takes aim at Hollywood screenwriting

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Director Ang Lee and writer-producer James Schamus are one of industry's inspiring pairs. Over 22 years, they've worked on nine out of Lee's 12 feature films together, everything from the director's 1992 debut "Pushing Hands" to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" to "Hulk" to the little seen "Taking Woodstock." But the relationship doesn't define them — they're two distinct voices approaching the film business from their personal experiences. Case in point: This week, Ang Lee signed on to helm a biting war drama for Sony while Schamus cut the artistic ambition of screenwriters off at the knees. Deadline reports that Lee is onboard to direct an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" for Tom Rothman's TriStar Pictures and Film4. Described as "a razor-sharp satire set in Texas during America's war in Iraq," the book follows the title character during a media-friendly "Victory Tour" that takes him to a Dallas Cowboys halftime show. »


- Matt Patches

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Jon Stewart sings 'I Will Remember You' in 'tribute' to Michael Che’s 3-months at 'Daily Show'

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Jon Stewart sings “I will remember you” in "tribute" to Michael Che’s 3-month “Daily Show” stint Che, who begins his “SNL” Weekend Update co-hosting job next week, got an elaborate mock sendoff from Stewart, who noted Che worked for him for a total of 58 business days. Happy 40th birthday, Jimmy Fallon! “The Tonight Show” host today enters his 40s. Plus: Fallon and Billy Crystal share Robin Williams stories. “ER” premiered 20 years ago today The last huge network drama, which drew more than 30 million viewers per week, debuted on a Tuesday with a two-hour pilot. Click Read Full Post For More “Red Band Society” L.A. bus ads pulled for labeling Octavia Spencer a “Scary Bitch” The ads have been on Metro L.A. buses, but only recently did officials get an “earful from community” over the ad’s offensiveness. Jay Leno is joining Al Roker on a Uso comedy »


- Norman Weiss

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