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John Oliver's 10 Best Moments So Far on 'Last Week Tonight'

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When "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" began three months ago, we wondered if the show could confidently deliver a commercial-free block of satirical news without ever feeling like a longwinded "Daily Show" retread. In a few short weeks, the HBO series stepped up to become a premier space for funny, unexpected, and real rants. To commemorate Oliver's first 90 days as a go-to voice in a very familiar genre, take a look at 10 pieces that make "Last Week Tonight" seem like the freshest comedy hour on cable. We'll never look at Princess Peach the same way again. »


- Louis Virtel

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Exclusive 'Mood Indigo' clip takes us on a wild ride through Michel Gondry's Paris

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I just reviewed Michael Gondry's "Mood Indigo," but I'll add that a week or so after seeing it, there are images from the movie that randomly pop into my head each day. While narrative and logic may not be Gondry's primary interests when he's making a movie, images are, and there's no faulting him for the way he's created these visual ideas that make "Mood Indigo" feel like something I dreamed, not something I actually saw. The film begins to expand to more screens this weekend, and Drafthouse Films decided to celebrate by sending us an exclusive clip that I think does a wonderful job of laying out how sublimely silly Gondry's world is for this film. With clips from giant summer movies or most studio fare, you probably already know whether or not you want to see something. Sure, it's nice to get a peek at something if you're excited about it, »


- Drew McWeeny

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This 'Scully Likes Science' Musical Mash-Up Deserves To Be A Top 40 Hit

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For almost a decade, Dana Scully steadfastly believed that Our Savior Science could illuminate even the most bizarre circumstance. All throughout ‘The X-Files’ Scully extolled the virtues of hard facts even in the face of actual aliens and disgusting inbred rednecks.  To honor this commitment to Stem fields, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that science cannot in fact explain everything, Scully Loves Science’ is the musical montage she deserves. [Via The Mary Sue] »

- Donna Dickens

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Weezer tries to capture that '90s feeling on new single 'Back to the Shack'

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Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has never been able to shake off the ghost of nostalgia, and it's never been more apparent than on the band's new "Back to the Shack" -- their first new song in four years. With production from Ric Ocasek (who controlled the boards on Weezer's 1994 debut and 2000 comeback album, both self-titled), the upcoming "Everything Will Be Alright In The End" is being pitched as an attempt to recapture the band's early sound which seemed to start slipping away from them sometime around the turn of the millennium.  With the refrain "Rockin' out like it's '94," the confessional, self-conciously retro-sounding "Back to the Shack" is about exactly what it sounds like it would be about: Looking backwards and getting (somewhat) back to basics.  There's a through-line here from the Blue Album's "In the Garage" -- which reminisced about Cuomo's childhood as an outcast who found comfort in »


- Dave Lewis

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Rating 5 Seconds of Summer's new set via the Boy Band-ometer

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So if One Direction is a 10 and 98 Degrees is a 1, where do 5 Seconds of Summer, whose full-length self-titled debut comes out today (22), fall on the Boy Band-ometer? Let’s look at a few factors and bring in a few more boy band metrics. *Harmonies: The pinnacle of Boy Band Harmony is Backstreet Boys on “As Long As You Love Me,” followed closely by Boyz II Men on “I’ll Make Love To You.”  On each, their voices wrap around each other in a gorgeous blend of longing. Few boy groups seem to understand that singing in unison is not the same as harmonizing and  warbling “Oh, oh” together a lot—on almost every song— doesn’t constitute harmony. The members of 5Sos tend to trade off on lines and then all four sing together. Bsb and B2M have nothing to worry about.  Grade: C *Songs: Remember how other than “Beautiful? »


- Melinda Newman

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Camp-Tastic: 'Manimal: The Movie' is coming from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay

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"Manimal" fans, rejoice: a big-screen treatment of the cult '80s TV series is coming to the big screen. Gary Sanchez partners Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing a live-action/animated hybrid of the show for Sony Pictures Animation, according to Deadline. Though the original series (which centered on a wealthy crimefighter capable of shapeshifting into a variety of different animals) played the concept straight, the film version is being billed as an action-comedy "with heavy visual effects and animated elements." The film will be written by "Key & Peele" scribes Jay Martel and Ian Roberts. “Like 'The Catcher in the Rye' or 'The Sound and the Fury,' 'Manimal' has always been one of those elusive projects every producer dreams of taking to the silver screen,” said McKay in a statement. “I know the movie will be funny and entertaining but will it be the first film to win a Pulitzer? »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Review: 'Magic In The Moonlight' makes weak use of Colin Firth and Emma Stone

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"Magic In The Moonlight" is one of those Woody Allen films. You know the kind I mean. At this point, with Allen currently directing his 45th feature film, his pace has become as much a part of his daily life as breathing or dodging uncomfortable questions about his personal proclivities. He writes and directs one feature film after another, and some of them are good and some of them are terrible and occasionally one of them is so great it's ridiculous. Often, what we get are serviceable premises dressed up with recognizable actors who are just happy to get their turn to work with Allen, and the films end up feeling thin, like first drafts of something that might work. In "Magic In The Moonlight," Colin Firth plays Stanley, a stage magician who, in the grand tradition of Houdini, hates anyone who deals in spiritualism, and when his old friend »


- Drew McWeeny

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Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and more made a rap song for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

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The new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie got itself a new Teenage Music Ninja Track, it's a rap song, and it's called "Shell Shocked." I'm going to give you a minute to stop laughing.     "Shell Shocked" is by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign and guests producers Kill The Noise & Madsonik. That's officially more features than there are turtles. Somebody has to call dibs on Splinter. Beyond its many rhymers, "Shell Shocked" has all the things to make your favorite nine-year-old slam dance in the living room: big bass, clap track, trap clap and mastering with no restraint, on top of the recurring chorus "knock knock / you about to get shell shocked." In a press release, Wiz, Ty and Juicy J each justify why they decided to take on the song, with nary a mention of the obvious ($$$$$$$), and yet (and yes) there's mentions of Rolex watches and girls »


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'Orange Is the New Black' season 2 in review

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We've come to the end of this trip through "Orange Is the New Black" season 2. Thoughts on the final three episodes, and season 2 as a whole, coming up just as soon as I buy a banjolele on Craigslist... "Feeling our feelings might actually make it impossible to survive in here." -Poussey For the sake of this experiment of trying to review a Netflix show as if it were distributed more traditionally, I tried not to get too far ahead of what I was reviewing. And watching at that two at a time pace, I was still enjoying the season a lot, but not feeling quite as bewitched by it as I was in season 1. Then I got to the end of episode 10, with Pornstache's arrest, and decided I just wanted to keep going, unwritten rules of the project be damned, and I wound up watching the season's final five episodes within 24 hours of each other. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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The Snap: The Comic-Con 2014 Preview We Need

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Comic-Con 2014 is about to commence, and before we don our provocative Jubilee cosplay, we're previewing the whole San Diego nerdfest in The Snap. What do we want out of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "Batman Vs. Superman"? Check out our analysis to find out. And hey, check out all of The Snap's episodes: Ep. #18: We Review Every Celebrity Sex Tape Ep. #17: The Biggest Movie Bombs of 2014 Ep. #16: 25 Reasons to Worship Tilda Swinton Ep. #15: The Secrets of 'Transformers' Ep. #14: What to Know About the 2014 World Cup Ep. #13: The 10 Worst Types of Facebook Status Ep. #12: Why Meryl Streep Needs to Join 'Star Wars' Ep. #11: Everything You Don't Know About 'Maleficent' Ep. #10: Good God, Memorial Day Movies are Terrible Ep. #9: Why Reality TV Still Matters Ep. #8: Let's Find George Clooney Some New Wives Ep. #7: Where »


- Louis Virtel

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Exclusive clip from 'The Hundred-Foot Journey': 'You are trespassing too'

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What starts with a "Bonjour!" ends with an insult in this brand new clip from DreamWorks' "The Hundred-Foot Journey," exclusive to HitFix. Helen Mirren plays acclaimed restaurant owner Madame Mallory who approaches some new visitors to her tiny French town. As Papa Kadam (Om Puri) and son Hasan (Manish Dayal) poke around an unkempt property to investigate its potential for a restaurant, Mallory gets a bit poke-y, too. A couple civil barbs over trespassing are exchanged, then Papa has a quick lesson for the Madame: just because he inquired about getting a discount at another potential site for his family's Indian eatery "doesn't mean I'm poor. It means I'm thrifty." If the trailer to the flick is any indication, the temperature's only set to rise in this overseas culinary, cultural adventure. "The Hundred-Foot Journey" heads to theaters on Aug. 8, directed by Lasse Hallström and based on the novel of the same same. »


- Katie Hasty

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Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis: Broadway Rock Stars?

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When you think of born rock stars, the first two names that should come to mind are Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. At least, that's what Funny Or Die would have you believe. In this clip, Danson and Galifiankis take roles in a stage version of "Mistaken for Stranger," the documentary about the band The National's frontman Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who joined his crew. Danson and Galifianakis are both so right and yet so, so wrong. Honest question: Has anyone had a better TV career than Ted Danson? Check out his credits. It is astounding. They just gave him "CSI" and we all said, "Of course, why not. You do your thing, Mr. Steenburgen."  »


- Louis Virtel

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Peeta and Johanna featured in new 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' images

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The new issue of Capitol Couture has been made available by the Capitol Ministries of Information and it features Johanna Mason and Peeta Mellark.  Or, put another way, we have new images from "The Hunger Games" franchise. One has to admire the utter commitment with which the publicity department is proceeding in promoting the upcoming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1."  They seem to revel in creating the various bits of misinformation which the Capitol puts forth. Today specifically, we have two "Capitol Citizen Living Portraits" which you can see below.  The first is of Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) and the second is of Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).  Essentially, the characters just spin around so we can check out their great duds, but the Capitol has also provided flavorful write-ups of the outfits worn by both Johanna and Peeta.  To give you a small taste, the discussion of Johanna's outfit in part states, »


- Josh Lasser

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Honest Trailers Is Super Confused About 'Divergent'

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You can only make parody trailers for so long before the same themes start popping up. After all, storytelling has been based on the same two stories since time immemorial: either a person goes on a journey or there’s a knock at the door. That’s it. But the trick is supposed to be how many variations humans can spin. Which is why the Honest Trailers narrator is really confused by ‘Divergent’. Ironically it barely diverges from ‘The Hunger Games’ which barely diverges from ‘Battle Royale’. So basically, this is the ‘Multiplicity’ of Mary Sue post-apocalypse teen fiction.  »


- Donna Dickens

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Is 'Dear White People' the Must-See Satire of the Year?

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"Dear White People" was one of the great critical successes of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and based on the trailer it's easy to see why: This is a movie that asks hard questions and dives right into the tough ambiguity of their answers. The film concerns black students at an Ivy League school who revolt when word of a white-organized party with an "African-American theme" gets out. Yikes. You just can't ignore the bite of a movie that dares to describe a character as a "bourgie Lisa Bonet wannabe." Oh, Denise. "Dear White People" hits theaters Oct. 17 and stars Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Dennis Haysbert (who looks exactly the same as he did in "Far From Heaven" 12 years ago), and Kyle Gallner, who really scared the hell out of me on "Veronica Mars." »


- Louis Virtel

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'Xena's' Lucy Lawless joining 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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(Cbr) Fan-favorite actress Lucy Lawless will join "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." in its second season, TV Guide reveals. Although the details of her role haven't been disclosed, TVLine adds that the ABC drama has been searching for someone to play recurring character Mary Maloney, described as a highly skilled S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who can “command any room." It seems likely an official announcement will be made Friday at Comic-Con International in San Diego during the "Marvel Television Presents" panel. Best known for her starring role on "Xena: Warrior Princess," Lawless has also appeared on the reimagined "Battlestar Galactica," "Spartacus" and "Parks and Recreation." "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." returns Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC. »


- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources

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Kate Hudson and Jimmy Fallon Discover Who's the Better Liar

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"Box of Lies" is one of the more intriguing games in Jimmy Fallon's arsenal. It requires guests either to lie or to pretend to lie, and that's pretty difficult considering Jimmy's excitable audience is a giggle away from spoiling the verdict. Jennifer Lawrence wowed us a couple months ago with her sociopath skills, and now Kate Hudson is following in her lying footsteps.  I think J-Law is still the master of the game, but Kate's approach is admirable. Almost makes me forgive "Raising Helen."   »


- Louis Virtel

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Toronto lineup pics starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Kate Winslet and more

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The upcoming 2014 Toronto Film Festival has unveiled a starry slate of films hoping to make their way into the Oscar race this year. New photos from the fest's lineup have been released featuring Chris Evans -- also making his directorial debut -- in "Before I Go"; Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in "The Judge"; Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in  "The Imitation Game"; Kate Winslet in Alan Rickman's "A Little Chaos," and Al Pacino in "The Humbling." Plus, Julianne Moore, Chris Rock, Aubrey Plaza, Kevin Costner, Omar Sy, Ethan Hawke, Nikolaj Coster-WaldauJennifer Aniston, Octavia SpencerKristin Scott ThomasAdam Driver, Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and many more. Related: 'Wild,' 'The Judge' and 'The Equalizer' among initial 2014 Toronto Film Festival premieres The Toronto Film Festival runs September 4-14. Check out the new photos below. »


- Dave Lewis

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Exclusive: Arizona Bike Week gets builders into gear in new 'Biker Battleground Phoenix' clip

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For the builders of History's "Biker Battleground Phoenix," Arizona Bike Week is the World Series, the Super Bowl and the Oscars all rolled into one. Can they take the pressure? In the exclusive new clip (top of the page), Voodoo's Kody and Ricardo decide to build a bike on-site in 72 hours in front of an audience. "There's no fail here." Meanwhile, Jenkins and Yaffe face various problems during Bike Week, and Shope plans a major prank on his customer Lou. "Biker Battleground Phoenix" airs on History tonight at 11:00 p.m. Et/Pt. »

- Dave Lewis

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Check out the trailers for these newly announced Toronto selections

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With the announcement of initial selections for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival this morning, there is plenty of parsing that can be done vis a vis what's going to Telluride and what's going to Venice. But seeing as the latter will have its own announcement on Thursday and the former brings with it a guessing game that can go on for another couple weeks, let's just focus on the Canadian fest's offerings, shall we? As usual, a number of trailers were dropping for films in play when the Tiff announcement was imminent. We've already seen those for films like "The Imitation Game," "The Good Lie," "The Equalizer" and "The Drop," among others. But let's spotlight a few more, which have hit the web thanks to Tiff's handy YouTube account. First up, "My Old Lady" from director Israel Horovitz, with Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline. It's the story of a down-and-out »


- Kristopher Tapley

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