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Relive the Kill Bill: Massacre At The House of Blue Leaves with Real (Fake) History

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After last week’s episode about the Battle of Endor, this week Real Fake History takes on the legendary fight between The Bride and the Crazy 88s in “Kill Bill.” When you have dozens of dudes all trying to kill a single person, there’s no good way to swing a melee weapon without hitting your cohorts. This is even more difficult when they have no formal training and are twigging out harder than a patron of Studio 54 in 1977.   »


- Donna Dickens

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Monday Ratings: 'Bachelorette' leads ABC, 'Fool Us' returns strong for The CW

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Fast National ratings for Monday, July 6, 2015. It didn't get much help from "The Whispers," but "The Bachelorette" delivered Monday's top performance in all measures and helped carry ABC to narrow Monday victories over "American Ninja Warrior"-driven NBC. Monday also saw an unimpressive finale for NBC's "The Island," as well as a strong return for the premiere of The CW's "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" and a slight uptick for the Top 20 reveal on "So You Think You Can Dance." [Expect those "Penn & Teller" numbers to dip a little, since The CW had baseball preemptions in several markets, including Chicago.] Let's get to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 1.6 rating for Monday night, followed closely by NBC's 1.5 rating in the key demographic. There was a drop to Fox's 1.0 key demo rating and the 0.8 key demo rating for CBS, while The CW did a 0.5 key demo rating for Monday. Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 5.78 million viewers and a 3.8 rating/7 share for Monday primetime. NBC was second with 5.24 million viewers and »


- Daniel Fienberg

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You'll never look at 'Dawson's Creek' the same way after Mae Whitman's version

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Among the many reasons I regret having missed this year's Atx Festival — barbecue, the "Gilmore Girls" reunion, barbecue, getting to meet cool people who love TV, barbecue — the live reading of the "Dawson's Creek" pilot script was pretty high among them. Fortunately, the Atx organizers have been putting most of the festival up on YouTube, and last night they posted the largely gender-flipped "Dawson's" read, with Mae Whitman (accompanied by her framed Tim Riggins photo, because Austin) playing the title role. Enjoy. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Where can 'Hannibal' go if Netflix and Amazon are out?

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A few days after NBC declined to order a fourth season of "Hannibal," producer Bryan Fuller put the odds at "maybe a 50/50 chance" of another American outlet stepping in to take NBC's place. Since then, the odds have grown significantly worse. First, Gaumont International, which produces "Hannibal," released all the actors from their contracts. This isn't a "Deadwood" situation where they would now need to lock down dozens of actors again to make it work — the show theoretically only needs Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy to continue (and could perhaps even get by with just Mikkelsen, since Will Graham doesn't appear in the later Hannibal Lecter books) — but it created an extra logistical hurdle to jump that wasn't there before. In addition, Fuller's Starz series "American Gods" now takes first contractual position for him; he can still work on a hypothetical "Hannibal" season 4, but it would have to be scheduled around the new job. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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'The Strain' star Corey Stoll promises a drunker, more humorous Season 2

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Toronto, Ontario. When we left the heroes of FX's "The Strain," the present was looking bleak.  The New York City skyline already exhibited signs of the bedlam caused by the gradual infiltration of vampiric forces turning ordinary people into monomaniacal bloodsuckers bent on devouring loved ones.  And as we ended the first season, the plucky anti-vampire resistance made up of virologists, ratcatchers and other motley believers, had just been dealt a major blow when direct sunlight failed to kill The Master. It's late March and "The Strain" star Corey Stoll doesn't necessarily seem gloomy about the future.  Sitting in a ballroom at the Toronto hotel serving as a location for a late-Season 2 "Strain" episode, Stoll admits that Dr. Ephraim Goodweather isn't just dealing with the undead this season, but will continue to face his own demons. "You know, he can hold his liquor really well. But... he’s drinking a lot, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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165 days until Star Wars: We know Stormtrooper aim is bad, but just How bad?

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Have you ever wondered just how bad Stormtroopers are at hitting their targets? Talkin’ Tuskens has. They recently uploaded a counter to record ever instance of Stormtroopers firing a shot in “A New Hope.” Conclusion? The Empire's training must have consisted of someone telling conscripted civilians that blaster ammo is dirt cheap and to just pray and spray.   That is a truly terrible kill ratio. Just atrocious. Stormtroopers would never last an hour in Team Deathmatch. They're so bad in fact, Reddit went in search of any proof in the original trilogy that Stormtroopers ever lived up to their supposed marksmanship skills. And they finally found one...in "Return of the Jedi." To celebrate, they made a commemorative Gif. Via Reddit     »


- Donna Dickens

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So that's how a 'Ghostbusters' proton pack works...

19 hours ago

So far, Paul Feig appears to be having a great deal of fun with the way he's revealing some of the details of his new "Ghostbusters" film. And why not? It's not often you get to play with iconography as familiar as this. One of the things that was clear just from the first rough pass of ideas on the film from Feig and his co-writer Katie Dippold is that they want to include all of the familiar details, but in a way that reconfigures them completely. It's not the standard approach to a reboot or a sequel, landing somewhere in-between. Today, Feig released a heavily-annotated picture of a proton pack, the primary tool of a Ghostbuster. I like the handmade look of this thing, and I particularly love the way each piece has been explained. This is part of the appeal of "Ghostbusters" in the first place, the blue-collar real-world feel of the equipment. »


- Drew McWeeny

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Lifetime renews the shockingly great 'UnREAL'

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When it debuted earlier this summer, "UnREAL" was already a pleasant surprise, by virtue of being a compelling and nuanced drama airing on Lifetime, a channel that's had quality scripted shows before ("Any Day Now"), but not in a long time. In the weeks since, whatever surprise came from finding a show this good on this network has been replaced by the sheer pleasure the series — half-satire of "The Bachelor," half dark drama about the morally-compromised individuals who work at such a place — has offered. It's knotty and absorbing in the way we've come to expect from the better cable dramas of this era, and has two knockout performances at the center from Shiri Appleby (as a producer who hates how good she is at manipulating the contestants, even as she keeps on doing it) and Constance Zimmer (as Appleby's frightening but human boss). So it's great to hear that Lifetime has ordered another season, »


- Alan Sepinwall

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4 baffling questions 'Terminator Genisys' refused to answer...

20 hours ago

Terminator Genisys” didn't have the greatest opening weekend. Most likely due to questionable marketing decisions and lukewarm (at best) reviews. Maybe it’s because I watched “Man of Steel” for the first time before going to see “Genisys.” Or maybe it was because “Jurassic World” drastically lowered my expectations. But for whatever reason, I enjoyed “Terminator Genisys.” It was a perfectly serviceable action movie… …but. There were still plot holes big enough to drive an armored truck through. Warning: Spoilers Beyond This Point! #1: Why are we time-traveling to the future? Image Credit: Skydance Productions There aren’t many baffling questions to this movie. Like it or loathe it, the internal logic Attempts to be consistent. Except the whole thing balances on a premise so precarious that a wisp of wind would push it over the logic event horizon. Why on God’S Green Earth did Sarah Connor and Pops »


- Donna Dickens

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‘Back to the Future’: Check out this awesome DeLorean-as-couture clothing design

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The DeLorean time machine as couture clothing: That’s the design that won artist and “Back to the Future” fan Amy Beth Christenson the top prize at a fashion show at Comic-Con last year. The design, called “Great Skirt, Marty!”, is packed with fun details “Back to the Future” fans will appreciate, from the clutch that features the DeLorean’s futuristic barcode license plate to a cuff bracelet sporting the logo for Mr. Fusion. Christenson also made a lit-up, wearable version of the time circuits using an iPhone and an iPhone case she made using a 3D printer. Christenson created the design for the Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con last summer. A contest for both amateur and professional designers, the fashion show was hosted by women’s sci-fi apparel company Her Universe and by Hot Topic. Over 160 designs were submitted for the fashion show, and Christenson was among 36 finalists. »


- Emily Rome

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Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles show their American pride at Women's World Cup

6 July 2015 10:58 AM, PDT

There are perks to filming your TV show in Canada. Especially when the Women's World Cup is in Vancouver, British Columbia. "Supernatural" actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles (and their wives, Genevieve Padalecki, who played Ruby on the CW show, and Danneel Harris) attended the World Cup final yesterday, where they got to watch the U.S. beat Japan. Check out the photo Padalecki tweeted of the four of them in their Team USA gear below. World Cup time w/ @realGpad @JensenAckles and @DanneelHarris !!! #WomensWorldCup holy moly @CarliLloyd !! pic.twitter.com/kcHYdgYcQo — Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) July 5, 2015 »


- Emily Rome

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Damon Albarn played 5-hour set at Roskilde, was forcibly removed from the stage

6 July 2015 10:38 AM, PDT

You think you had a wild 4th of July weekend.... Damon Albarn had to be forcibly removed from the stage at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark on Saturday night when organizers asked he cease performing after five hours on stage. The Gorillaz and Blur frontman was actually at the fest leading African Express, a supergroup of world musicians. It was at about 4am local time that Albarn along with Songhoy Blues, Nick Zinner, Jeff Wootton, and Seye Adelekan launched into The Clash's "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" in order to rile of fans who wanted the group to keep playing. Instead, Albarn was quickly hoisted over the shoulder of a security guard and hauled off. »


- Katie Hasty

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New 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' posters imply rebellion is a young person's game

6 July 2015 10:17 AM, PDT

The revolution is upon us in the final installment of “The Hunger Games.” And what would a good rebellion be without strong propaganda to push back against the Capitol’s relentless PR machine? Today Lionsgate released Eight character posters to different sites. Each member of District 13’s rebel forces stares into the camera while covered in Mockinjay war paint. Just as telling is who Isn’T present. No Haymitch. No Effie. And no President Coin. #1: Katniss Everdeen via Yahoo Image Credit: Lionsgate   #2: Peeta Mellark via MTV Image Credit: Lionsgate   #3: Gale Hawthorne via EW Image Credit: Lionsgate   #4: Primrose Everdeen via Facebook Image Credit: Lionsgate   #5: Finnick Odair via Metro UK Image Credit: Lionsgate   #6: Cressida via Mashable Image Credit: Lionsgate   #7: Johanna Mason via IMDb Image Credit: Lionsgate   #8: Boggs via Fandango Image Credit: Lionsgate   “The Hunger Games: Mockingly - Part 2” hits theaters on November »


- Donna Dickens

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'Incept Out' reimagines the Pixar film with 1000% more 'Inception' bwong

6 July 2015 9:44 AM, PDT

As you recover from the long holiday weekend and desperately try to avoid the excessive amounts of work that somehow managed piled up in your absence*, take two minutes to watch the inevitable mash-up between “Inception” and “Inside Out.” It’s an Internet rite of passage…and it’s darn good to boot! *For non-Americans, feel free to watch as you desperately try to avoid normal work. Incept Out: Mashup trailer of Inside Out and Inception from Nelson Carvajal on Vimeo. [Via Av Club] »


- Donna Dickens

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Exclusive: Jessica Chastain is a gothic queen in blood-red 'Crimson Peak' poster

6 July 2015 9:00 AM, PDT

Everything old is new again. In the case of “Crimson Peak” by Guillermo del Toro, this is literal. After languishing on the edges of pop culture since the late 90s, goth is poised to make a decisive comeback with this creepy horror film that evokes the Faux-Victorian ideals of fashion and disaffected apathy. All the trailer was missing was a character smoking cloves and looking bored. Now — ahead of their big panel at Comic-Con this week — Legendary is releasing stylized character posters that would be at home in any den of iniquity (aka the basement relit with blacklight and Get Out Mom Oh My God Knock First!). HitFix Harpy is pleased to reveal Jessica Chastain as the enigmatic Lady Lucille Sharpe! You can check out the other three poster reveals at Collider, ComingSoon, and SlashFilm respectively. Image Credit: Legendary Pictures "Crimson Peak" creeps into theaters on October 16, 2015.   »


- Donna Dickens

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Sunday Ratings: How many people watched Team USA's World Cup win?

6 July 2015 8:45 AM, PDT

Fast National ratings for Sunday, July 5, 2015. The Us Women's National Team scored a decisive World Cup Final victory over Japan and also draw huge numbers to Fox on Sunday night. The soccer action and its subsequent, extended post-game crushed Sunday competition that included ABC's summer hit "Celebrity Family Feud," CBS' reliable "Big Brother" and Nascar coverage on NBC. An obligatory reminder that these numbers reflect time period data and Not the ratings for the soccer game itself, since the Final started in early primetime on the right side of the country, but only hit West Coast primetime in its second half. Let's get to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, Fox averaged a 5.3 rating for Sunday night, dominating the key demographic. ABC's 1.0 key demo rating, CBS' 0.9 key demo rating and the 0.8 key demo rating for NBC followed. Overall, Fox averaged 16.75 million viewers and an 8.5 rating/16 share for Sunday primetime. CBS was »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Reviewing the best 'Halt and Catch Fire' episode yet

6 July 2015 7:44 AM, PDT

Thoughts on last night's terrific "Halt and Catch Fire" coming up just as soon as I try to steal HBO to watch "Cat People"... I praised the second season of "Halt" after watching the four episodes AMC made available to critics in advance of the premiere. These next two episodes, and "10Broad36" in particular, have been even better, as they've built on the foundation laid about the perilous states of Mutiny, the Clark marriage, Gordon's physical and mental health, and Joe's attempt to be less of a... Joe. It's safe to say that Joe is back in full manipulator mode, but it's working better for the show than it did last season for a few reasons. First, he's actually being a visionary this time rather than some guy blowing up everyone's lives in order to make a slightly cheaper laptop no one will remember. Second, he's doing it against people who know what he's about, »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Season Finale Review: 'Penny Dreadful' - Eva Green vs. the Devil was worth the wait

5 July 2015 10:44 PM, PDT

It’s hard to imagine the characters that inhabit the world of  “Penny Dreadful” being in worse emotional predicaments than they were at the end of season one, but creator and writer John Logan leaves his creations at their lowest points following the season two finale, “And They Were Enemies.”  Thankfully, he has the combined talents of Eva Green, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear and director Bruce Kirk to make the preceding hour a more satisfying finale than viewers might have expected. The previous episode, "And Hell Itself My Only Foe," found our heroes invading the home of Madame Kali (Helen McCrory) in order to rescue Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) from her coven of witches.  It ended with Vanessa Ives (Green) facing her greatest fear, a doll of herself, and a trapped Sembene (Danny Sapani) refusing to kill Mr. Chandler (Josh Hartnett) before the full moon transformed him into his uncontrollable werewolf state. »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Review: 'True Detective' - 'Maybe Tomorrow': Death becomes him

5 July 2015 7:00 PM, PDT

A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I'm running a yogurt stand... "Is Ray hurt? What happened?" -Felicia "Somebody murdered him." -Frank At the end of the first season of "True Detective," Nic Pizzolatto expressed some frustration that his audience had spent so much time fixating on the show's oblique references to the supernatural. "I'm interested in the atmosphere of cosmic horror, but that's about all I have to say about weird fiction," he told me. "I did feel the perception was tilted more towards weird fiction than perhaps it should have been." The viewers who latched onto that part of Rust and Marty's story weren't imagining it. Those references to "The Yellow King" and Cthulu were there in the show, even if they weren't intended to be viewed as the larger point of the piece. Those viewers were disappointed when the solution to the »


- Alan Sepinwall

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