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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Will 'Anchorman's' director make a Marvel movie?

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Whether you spent most of this week watching (and re-watching) the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer, following Taylor Swift around the Internet, or running from a cannibal Shia Labeouf, you probably missed out on some interesting entertainment news.  In this week's installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: "Anchorman" director director Adam McKay discusses the prospect of making a Marvel movie, while Aaron Sorkin confirms that Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs. Plus: Christina Ricci has signed up for more of Lifetime's "Lizzie Borden," ABC is going '"Beyond the Tank" for "Shark Tank'"spinoff, Syfy's "Face Off" is returning in January with a "Champions" twist, Courtney Love joins "Empire," She & Him and Iggy Azalea debut new music and more. Catch up here: »


- Dave Lewis

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Series premiere talkback: 'Constantine' - 'Non Est Asylum'

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This morning, I posted my review of NBC's "Constantine." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight — or saw an earlier version at Comic-Con, or through other methods — what did you think? Was Matt Ryan a better or worse choice than Keanu Reeves? If you're a fan of the character from the comics, did this feel like an authentic translation, or one that just got the surface aspects right? Did you like Lucy Griffiths as Liv, or did you understand why the producers were so eager to dump her after this episode? How did you feel about Harold Perrineau as the angel? Did you like the Constantine vs. Constantine climax? And will you watch again? Have at it. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander breaking his silence to talk 'Begin Again'

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Beverly Hills — Gregg Alexander is enamored by movies. He grew up in a conservative household where television was "Satan's tool," but he'd sneak off to friends' houses to watch theirs instead. He talks passionately about filmmakers like the Coen brothers, Michael Haneke and Mike Leigh and seems eager to be a part of an industry he finds incredibly efficient. So it's perfectly fitting that he would eventually make his way there via a collaboration on John Carney's "Begin Again," and maybe even more understanding that after 15 years of being relatively reclusive away from touring and the media, he's finally speaking out again in support of the film and his work on tracks like "Lost Stars," which is primed for a Best Original Song Oscar nomination. "It's been exciting and to some degree emboldened me and been a reminder that film and music are amazing dancing partners," Alexander says of his experience. »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Morocc' and Roll'

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I missed the monkey in Friday (October 24) night's episode of "The Amazing Race." Before the episode, Phil Keoghan tweeted a picture with a money, so I was excited for a monkey, but rather than being a heavily featured monkey, there was apparently just a single monkey on a leash and I missed him. I caught the monkey in the odd Prego commercial that aired after the episode, but I sat in disappointment not noticing the Moroccan monkey who apparently appeared. Sigh. So Friday night was one big disappointment for me. That's not entirely the fault of the "Amazing Race" episode, mind you. There was a good Detour and a nicely chaotic Roadblock, but is anybody else feeling like this season is slowly devolving into a mixture of unlikable teams and boring teams? I like Bethany & Adam and I think I can root for them until they do something to piss me off. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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'Interstellar' director Christopher Nolan says it's important 'to start looking up again'

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Beverly Hills — When you see "Interstellar," you'll get the sense right away that a deep admiration for exploration lies at the root of it all. Amid all of that epic imagery (and equally epic familial drama), there is a seething indictment of our general abandonment of space programs. At a press conference Friday afternoon, filmmaker Christopher Nolan and three of the film's stars spoke about their early experiences with space travel and the value of keeping Nasa funded while continuing to push for the outer limits. "I remember when I was a kid, my first real confrontation with space travel was when the Challenger exploded," actress Jessica Chastain said. "I remember how traumatic that was for me, watching on the news and all the children in class were watching and I was very young. So I never imagined that it was something I wanted to do. But I think we »


- Kristopher Tapley

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ABC reads America's thoughts, pulls 'Manhattan Love Story'

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If the main characters on ABC's "Manhattan Love Story" were able to learn the fate of ABC's "Manhattan Love Story," it might be fun to read their thoughts. My hunch? Peter: "Oh poop. Boobs." Dana: "Oh poop. Purses." And if you don't know who Peter and Dana are, that's probably why "Manhattan Love Story" is no longer around. ABC confirmed on Friday evening that "Manhattan Love Story" has been pulled, effective immediately. While nobody at ABC is likely to use the "c" word, we can effectively celebrate that after a full month, we have our first cancellation of the 2014-2015 season. "Manhattan Love Story" was already off next week due to Halloween programming, but on November 4, ABC will air double dose of "Selfie" episodes in the 8 p.m. hour a strategy that may or may not help struggling sophomore drama "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." [In the short-term it definitely won't help "S.H.I.E.L.D." since ABC is airing a Marvel special on 11/4, as commenters remind me.] We »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis will make 'Billions' on Showtime

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Showtime capped off a busy week of pilot casting by landing a pair of Emmy winners to topline its drama pilot "Billions." Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis will star in the pilot, which will shoot in New York City in early 2015. Written by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, "Billions" is described a fictional drama that "takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures." Those figures are U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Giamatti) and hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Lewis). Showtime also announced that Neil Burger ("Limitless") has signed on to direct the pilot. An Oscar nominee for "Cinderella Man," Giamatti has been making an aggressive push into TV in recent years. The "John Adams" Emmy winner earned Emmy nods for HBO's "Too Big to Fail" and earlier this year for "Downton Abbey." While FX opted »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Here are 10 reasons why you never underestimate Taylor Swift

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Listen, you don't have to be a fan of Taylor Swift to know that she has a massive impact on the popular music sphere. You don't even have to like her, but there are definitely some career milestones the now-24-year-old singer and songwriter have achieved that you've just got to respect. Swift is on the eve of releasing her new album "1989," which industry experts are pinning at selling between 800,000 and 900,000 of in its first week. It will undoubtedly be a No. 1 album... again... and on the lead-up to Christmas, it will likely be No. 1 for a long time. And Swift literally shut down Hollywood Bouldavard in Los Angeles last night. Seriously. It was a parking lot of bodies. And yet, the "Shake It Off" singer has long held the reputation for being a artist for the fans. She has been omnipresent during this promotional campaign, but even as she »


- Katie Hasty

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10 Observations About One Direction's 'Steal My Girl' Video

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One Direction's new music video "Steal My Girl" is basically a bizarre, colorful party with Danny DeVito playing a cuckoo director/ringmaster. It's a romp! Let's join the festivities and count up our ten observations about the goings-on.   1. Harry Styles is evolving into Val from Team X-Blades in "Brink," and I'm not sure I'm ready for that. 2. God bless Louis Tomlinson, but he reminds me the least of "Danger," Danny DeVito.  3. I've long held the belief that the two cutest members of One Direction are Liam and Zayn, but we have to agree that Niall is way in the lead now. Cutest outfit and dance moves, I'd say.  4. But Zayn is dressed a little bit like a hipster version of Doug Funnie's sister Judy, and that makes me even more attracted to him.  5. The rhythmic gymnasts are cool? Rhythmic gymnastics looks like air traffic control for unicorns.  6. The "Na, »


- Louis Virtel

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Next 'Agents of Shield' episode will include more 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' footage

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While Hydra may have spoiled Marvel's plans to premiere the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" teaser on next week's episode of "Agents of Shield," the ABC series is promising something more to entice viewers. ABC and Marvel have revealed that more new "Ultron" footage will be unveiled during the october 28 episode of the series,   Details are scare, but "Shield" viewers are being promised an "exclusive piece from Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,'" which could be just about anything.   The episode will also debut co-star Adrianne Palicki's full Mockingbird get-up.  The teaser for the Joss Whedon-directed "Ultron" was leaked earlier this week, with Marvel responding humorously by blaming the fictional terrorist group Hydra. Once it was officially released, the clip went on to earn a staggering 34.3 million global views in 24 hours.  "Ultron" features returning stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Samuel L. Jackson, »


- Dave Lewis

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Chalky's bookcase, Gillian & Jimmy, and more: Great 'Boardwalk Empire' moments

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"Boardwalk Empire" did many things well in its run, which comes to an end on Sunday night at 9. The thing it did best of all — and therefore the thing that fills me with excitement about finale — is bring stories to an end. This is a show that killed off many characters in its five seasons, but always did so with aplomb, usually making sure that a character's final moment would be as memorable and appropriate as possible. But it also found expert, precise closure to stories that didn't involve death, so that the end of each season would inevitably make the episodes before feel like more than the sum of their individual parts. As often happens when a show I love is concluding, I spent much too much time this week on YouTube, watching clips of my favorite scenes from the series. And, yes, many of them involved characters dying, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Why Jesse Eisenberg's Luthor is a great fit for 'Suicide Squad'

14 hours ago

"Suicide Squad" may be the smartest title on the entire slate of DC Comic movies announced recently by Warner Bros. With David Ayer onboard to direct, this is the story of how some of the nastiest bad guys in the DC Universe are pressed into service to do something for the government. It can play rougher than other DC movies and it would seem appropriate. One of the key characters in any "Suicide Squad" movie should be Harley Quinn, the Joker's psychotic girlfriend, but I'm not sure if they're including her or not. Just because there is a rumor that Margot Robbie is being courted to star in the film, that doesn't mean they're using Quinn. I'd love to see Robbie play her, I think. That sounds terrifying. And sort of awesome. She could also easily be Amanda Waller, the doctor who puts the team together. But that's assuming she's »


- Drew McWeeny

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Report: WB looking for a female director to lead 'Wonder Woman'

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Warner Bros. is looking for a real-life superheroine to bring "Wonder Woman" to the bigscreen.  The studio is reportedly searching for a female director to helm the iconic DC Comics character's first solo film in 2017, after Gal Gadot first appears as the Amazonian warrior in 2016's "Batman V Superman." In a rundown of the upcoming deluge of superhero films from both Marvel and DC (nearly thirty over the next 6 years), The Hollywood Reporter noted that "Warners... is opting for strong directors, tapping David Ayer ('Fury') for 'Suicide Squad' and seeking a female helmer for Gal Gadot's 'Wonder Woman.'" Although there have been no official news reports, numerous rumors floating around the Internet point to the possibility of Kathryn Bigelow ("Hurt Locker"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilght"), and Michelle MacLaren ("Breaking Bad"), among other notable names. Whoever is chosen, it will mark the first time that »


- Dave Lewis

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Review: 'Big Hero 6' is a safe but solid Marvel superhero movie in a Disney world

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One of the things that fanboys asked the moment Marvel was sold to Disney was, "Does this mean we'll see Pixar superhero movies?" With Brad Bird currently working on a screenplay for "The Incredibles 2," Pixar has no need to get into the Marvel business, and Marvel's live-action movies are so successful that I can't really imagine them handling over a viable franchise to an animated division. Walt Disney Feature Animation was given permission to go through Marvel's vast catalog of characters to see if there was anything in there that they might spark to, anything they could make their own, and when they found "Big Hero 6," an obscure team book created by Duncan Rouleau (aka "Man Of Action") and Steven T. Seagle, they found their way in. Right now, it feels like Wdfa is on a roll. You can divide the history of Disney animation into eras, and »


- Drew McWeeny

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Christopher Meloni on Shailene Woodley and his favorite 'Svu' guest actor

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Christopher Meloni plays the strange, protective father of Shailene Woodley in Gregg Araki's new film "White Bird in a Blizzard," and he'll tell you himself that the role of Brock was both challenging and troubling for him.  "Brock made me very sad. I felt bad for him! I felt bad for Brock," he said. "I tried not to play him that way, but I think that's what happened." Watching Meloni as Brock, it's hard not to compare his character to some of the more mysterious characters we've seen on "Law and Order: Svu." So we quizzed the actor on his favorite "Svu" guest actors, as well his favorite actors in general and his most touching moments on set with Woodley. More than a few of the moments make Meloni pretty sad. "White Bird in a Blizzard" opens today. »


- Louis Virtel

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'Constantine' star Harold Perrineau discusses his 'warrior angel' and yelling 'Walt!'

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Since he was first cast in NBC's "Constantine," Harold Perrineau has had a consistent refrain regarding his angelic new role: Manny, dapper winged consigliere to demon-busting Constantine, is no Clarence. It's not a wonderful life in the world of "Constantine" and, in fact, it's Manny's responsibility to make it clear to the title character that dark days are coming and to impress upon Constantine the need to keep humanity on the map. Earlier this week, Perrineau stopped by HitFix's video studio to discuss Manny's role in this universe, a role the actor has described as both "an angel of questionable intent" and also, in this interview, a "warrior angel."  Without spoiling the NBC drama, which premieres on Friday night at 10 after "Grimm," we got down to the nitty gritty on Manny's agenda, who he reports to and whether or not this angel has performed a similar role with any humans in the past. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Ariana Grande and Pharrell Williams will perform on 'A Very Grammy Christmas' special

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As we reported earlier, The Recording Academy has pressed shuffle on the way they will be presenting the Grammy nominations this year.  A big part of that change is that rather than doing the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!" in primetime on CBS as they have done in previous years, this year will see "A Very Grammy Christmas" air in that slot. The 9pm "A Very Grammy Christmas" broadcast on December 5th will feature Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, and Pharrell Williams.  The artists will be performing songs of a holiday nature and more regular fare as well.  Additionally, they will be offering up memories of holidays' past and telling viewers what, exactly, a Grammy nomination means to them.  Presumably, none of those Grammy nomination thoughts will be specific to any nominations they received earlier in the day as the show is not live.  Instead, "A Very Grammy Christmas" will »


- Josh Lasser

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'Sleepy Hollow' Horseman of War puts out a chintzy lawyer commercial full of spoilers

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The Horseman of War aka Jeremy Crane aka Henry Parish…has been making trouble for “Sleepy Hollow.” In order to help Moloch usher in a new era ruled by Hell itself, Parish has gone out of his face to overturn the plans of his estranged parents and their associates. Under his day job as a lawyer, he has sowed dissent by commandeering the soul of Captain Irving (Orlando Jones). In that vein, Fox has released this spot-on rendition of a local commercial for a small town attorney. But wait! What’s that? That list of grievances of which Parish & Cipher (I see what you did there, Henry) can assist with? It has quite a few references to things that have already happened. And perhaps hint as to things yet to come. Image Credit: Fox But one thing near the bottom of the list should really perk up the ears of any fan of the show. »


- Donna Dickens

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In time for 'The Theory of Everything,' Stephen Hawking joins Facebook

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Through number-crunching and theorizing, Stephen Hawking opened our universe to new possibilities. Now, the theoretical physicist is hoping to do the same for his lifetime of work, connecting with curious followers in a way that represents the future of communication. Just in time for “The Theory of Everything,” a biopic delving into the 72-year-old scientist’s life, Stephen Hawking has joined Facebook. “I have always wondered what makes the universe exist,” Hawking writes in his first post. “Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my pursuit. Our connections to one another have grown infinitely and now that I have the chance, I’m eager to share this journey with you. Be curious, I know I will forever be.” ”The Theory of Everything” stars Eddie Redmayne as Hawking, who begins the film as an able-bodied graduate student before suffering from a debilitating motor neuron disease. »


- Matt Patches

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Cinematographer Greig Fraser talks 'Foxcatcher,' 'Gambler' and Not 'Star Wars'

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I've known Greig Fraser for a few years now and have been positively stoked to see him rise through the ranks and become, truly, one of the great DPs of his generation. He's gone from making a big splash with painterly work in Jane Campion's "Bright Star" to taking on major projects from Matt Reeves ("Let Me In"), Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Bennett Miller ("Foxcatcher"). Oh, and now he's lined up a "Star Wars" movie. But don't expect any details on that one here. Naturally, I tried, but Fraser is mum on just what Gareth Edwards' standalone feature is after recently being tapped to shoot it, and can you blame him? In the meantime, it's not like there isn't plenty to chew on. He's behind the camera on two completely different films this year — "Foxcatcher" and Rupert Wyatt's remake of "The Gambler" — both with striking looks and, »


- Kristopher Tapley

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