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

8 hours ago

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

9 hours ago

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'

10 hours ago

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'

11 hours ago

"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

12 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.] 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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Stefanie Scott's 'Insidious 3' character isn't just 'a girl in a bra'

13 hours ago

Does Stefanie Scott believe in ghosts? While the "Insidious: Chapter 3" star wouldn't say it outright ("I believe in something," she told me), she did claim that a psychic "connected me me with people on the other side" prior to filming her role in the Leigh Whannell-directed horror prequel. "[It] was so intense," she told me, before adding: "Yeah, I think that's the closest I've come to meeting a ghost." In the film Scott plays Quinn Brenner, a teenage girl being targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity that lives in a spiritual realm called The Further. The actress told me she appreciated how the film didn't depict Quinn as "just a teenage sex symbol," a trope she feels is relied on too often by Hollywood. For more from Scott, including what she would say to people who are skeptical of the upcoming live-action "Jem and the Holograms" update (in which »


- Chris Eggertsen

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'Point Break' got a reboot, and the trailer didn't wear a helmet

14 hours ago

"Point Break" is no longer just about eco-terrorism and surfing. It's about eco-terrorism and surfing, motocross, base jumping, snowboarding, skydiving and all other manner of "extreme sports." The Ericson Core-helmed new reboot of the 25-year-old film -- which was originally directed by Kathryn Bigelow -- stars your new boyfriends Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez as Johnny Utah and Bodhi, respectively. "These aren't normal people sir," Bracey's character reports in this new 2-minute-plus trailer, the first look at the film. That's beautiful, Johnny. The action-crime flick will be out Christmas Day, Dec. 25. The 1991 original starred Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. »


- Katie Hasty

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Here's what 'The Shining' sisters look like now

14 hours ago

In case you weren't aware, Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" turned 35 years old on Saturday, and over the weekend Elstree Studios (where a majority of the film was shot) held an anniversary celebration with several members of the cast and crew, including Steadicam operator (and inventor) Garrett Brown, screenwriter Diane Johnson, executive producer Jan Harlan, Kubrick's daughter Katharina (who worked as a "location researcher" on the film) and, yes, the doomed Grady twins (Lisa and Louise Burns), whose stoic apparitions uttered the now-famous line: "Come and play with us Danny...forever...and ever...and ever." Speaking of the Grady twins, Lisa recalled their time working on the horror classic with an anecdote about Garrett Brown: “It’s so lovely to be with the whole gang again...Mummy wouldn’t let us have a cup of coffee and a donut each, just half a cup and half a donut. But »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Green Day, Miranda Lambert headlining another new Kentucky music festival

14 hours ago

Kentucky’s getting another music festival, and following in the footsteps of major events like Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Mich., it’ll be at a racetrack. Today (May 27) NiFi Music Fest announced its inaugural event, to be held Aug. 28-30 at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ken., Billboard reports. The fest will be headlined by a mix of rock and country stars: Green Day, Miranda Lambert and Kings of Leon will play... Read the complete article at Radio.com. »


- Kevin Rutherford - Radio.com

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Pixar turned to female exployees to make sure 'Inside Out' rang true

15 hours ago

My first trip to Pixar’s Emeryville campus was 13 years ago. That alone was enough to give me pause when I was invited to the “Inside Out” press day. I’ve done it. I’ve taken the tour. I’ve seen the campus. I’ve met the artists and I’ve seen their amazing work spaces and I’ve had a chance to walk through pretty much every department. I remember standing outside the server room my first time up, looking in at the brain of this remarkable company, amazed at how those racks of black technology represented this collision of all this amazing human artistry. My other hesitation, honestly, was because we were told that we’d be seeing “part” of the movie. I’ve grown wary over the years of seeing movies in chunks because you can’t really react in any meaningful way since you’re not seeing something that’s complete. »


- Drew McWeeny

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‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ is getting a reboot because the time is nigh for steampunk Victoriana

16 hours ago

2003 was a rough year for comic books fans. No less than four properties were adapted for film and every last one of them was awful. It was the year of “Hulk,” “Daredevil,” “X-Men 2” (arguably the best of the bunch), and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Before the days of Marvel’s shared universes of DC’s gritty Nolan trilogy, comic book movies were little more than pulp to churn out to the masses for a quick buck at the expense of narrative structure. Basically superhero flicks were the Transformers franchise of the early aughts. But in true comic book fashion, each and every one of those films has been retconned and replaced with something better and arguably more complex. Everything but “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Until now. According to Tracking Board, Fox is giving it the old college try to resurrect Alan Moore’s critically-acclaimed comic book series. Details »


- Donna Dickens

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Tuesday Ratings: '5th Grader' returns low, 'I Can Do That' helps NBC lead

16 hours ago

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The 10th installment of "America's Got Talent" was down 13 percent from last year's premiere, while the launch of "I Can Do That!" came in below last year's launch for "The Night Shift," but NBC still dominated Tuesday in all measures. Tuesday was a night of summer roll-outs, as Fox got a lackluster time period premiere for "Hell's Kitchen" and a weak return for the long-absent "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader," while ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" return failed to make a dent.  Over on The CW, in only its second airing without a new "Flash" as lead-in, The CW's "iZombie" was impressively stable. Let's get to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.3 rating for Tuesday night, more than doubling Fox's 1.0 rating in the key demographic. ABC and CBS both averaged a 0.9 key demo rating for third, while The CW averaged a »


- Daniel Fienberg

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‘Back to the Future’ fans, now you can be en vogue with inside-out pants

17 hours ago

Hoverboards. Self-lacing shoes. Hologram movie theaters. These are the bright things of the future that were promised to us in “Back to the Future Part II” when Marty and Doc Brown traveled to October 21, 2015. We’re still waiting on all three of those, but there’s one 2015 trend that just might become reality: Wearing your pants inside-out. In “Back to the Future Part II,” Doc tells Marty, “All kids in the future wear their pants inside-out.” So Marty pulls out his jeans pockets to make his pants appear stylish, and, indeed, when he encounters his 17-year-old son, Marty McFly Jr., the kid is wearing his jeans inside-out. Now Irishman Ross O’Mullane has created Outties so you can rock the style of all the cool 2015 kids just in time for Back to the Future Day this October. A Kickstarter campaign for Outties launched today. You may be wondering, “Why buy »


- Emily Rome

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After 'Mad Max': Should these directors revisit their original visions, too?

19 hours ago

George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" is tearing through theaters right now. If you haven't seen it, rectify that over the holiday weekend. It's a bold revisitation of an original vision (an original vision that itself already had plenty to offer in the way of a unique, seminal cinematic experience). So it got me thinking… This whole premise is more or less rhetorical. Let's start by noting as much. "Mad Max: Fury Road" is a special case, not least of which because Miller himself — not some random studio hire — took the reins on dragging the material into the 21st Century. And not every stunning piece of world-building should get the same treatment. Sometimes it just doesn't work. We saw that already when Ridley Scott went back to his "Alien" roots with "Prometheus." But nevertheless, there are a number of other original visions from fascinating filmmakers that I wouldn't mind »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Should you skip or repeat new albums from Alesso, The Bad Plus or Vaccines?

26 May 2015 7:08 PM, PDT

Welcome to a new week of Skip Or Repeat, capsule reviews of the week's newest albums. This week, we turn focus on May 26 drops: Alesso, "Forever" The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, "The Bad Plus Joshua Redman" The Vaccines, "English Graffiti" Various Artists, “Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton” If none of those rock your boat, check out fresh music from pianist/composer Rachel Grimes, jazz troupe Gary Peacock Trio, French electronic label comp "Kitsune America 4" and the ever-awesome Nola mainstay Terence Blanchard (this time with his new quintet the E-Collective). »


- Katie Hasty

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Review: 'iZombie' - 'Astroburger': Devil inside?

26 May 2015 7:00 PM, PDT

A quick review of tonight's "iZombie" coming up just as soon as I decide which poison to give you... I'm happy that the CW premiered "iZombie" late enough in the year that we're getting these three out-of-season episodes, not just because it gives me something new to watch at a time when so many other shows I follow are done until fall (or later), but because it gives me a chance to discuss it with you all at this crucial point in its first year, when I was too busy to write anything most weeks. "Astroburger" features a really clever piece of misdirection, where it's so busy showing us Liv hearing the devil voice that it's not entirely clear until the end that she's been hallucinating a lot more of this adventure, including everything with Johnny Frost and her confessing her secret identity to Major. I usually find myself three »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Here's all the awesome stuff leaving Netflix in June

26 May 2015 5:24 PM, PDT

"The Silence of the Lambs" This is definitely my favorite Best Picture-winning horror movie featuring Chris Isaak in a supporting role. Let's just think about the glamor of 1991 for a minute: "Point Break" occurred. Kate Nelligan was in whatever movie she wanted. CeCe Peniston was a reigning pop star, which is important because her last name has "penis" in it. And "Silence of the Lambs" was an ominous and unconventional movie that everyone agreed was fantastic. Anthony Hopkins is in "Silence of the Lambs" for less than 20 minutes but his performance lingers far after the credits roll. Jodie Foster is charismatic and august as Clarice Starling, who is no mood for fava beans by the time the movie is over. "Rain Man" I keep pretending I'm incapable of enjoying Tom Cruise in movies anymore, yet "Rain Man" is about as timeless and likable as a 1988 drama is allowed to be. »


- Louis Virtel

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DVR Gridlock 2015-16: Tuesday Nights

26 May 2015 3:30 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.] Tuesday Nights 8:00 p.m.  ABC: "The Muppets"/"Fresh Off The Boat" CBS: "NCIS" The CW: "The Flash" Fox: "Grandfathered"/"The Grinder" NBC: "The Voice" 9:00 p.m. ABC: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." CBS: "NCIS: New Orleans" The CW: "iZombie" Fox: "Scream Queens" NBC: "Heartbreaker" 10:00 p.m.  ABC: "Quantico" CBS: "Limitless" NBC: "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris"/"Chicago Fire" What's Changed: There were six half-hour comedies airing on Tuesday night at the start of last season and there are four half-hour comedies set to air on Tuesday nights this fall and there's no overlap between them. That's pretty remarkable if you think about it. Of last season's fall Tuesday comedies, "Mindy Project" has moved on to Hulu and "New Girl" is returning at midseason and the other four are dead. So it's no wonder that not only are networks doing new comedies on Tuesday, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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206 days until Star Wars: Mark Hamill gushed about the prequels way back in 1980

26 May 2015 3:18 PM, PDT

Back in 1980, the cast of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” was gearing up for an old-fashioned press junket. Riding high on the popularity of “A New Hope,” audiences were clamoring for the second installment. As the only person who knew the big reveal hiding near the end of the story — the other actors were given a dummy script and saw Vader’s declaration only when they first watched the film — Hamill teased out the connection between Luke and Vader without giving anything away. A deft interviewee, Hamill turned a question about his then infant son Nathan into a chance to hint at the future of the Star Wars franchise, including a few nuggets about the original prequels. Twenty years earlier, in the third story, you see how Darth Vader came to power and fell from grace, and how the Obi-Wan character battled with Darth, and why he was forced to wear this mask. »


- Donna Dickens

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20 year ago today, 'Casper' changed everything. No, seriously.

26 May 2015 3:15 PM, PDT

What if I told you "Casper" was an important film in movie history? Twenty years ago today, Universal released "Casper," and it did okay. It was not a critical hit, and it was not a box-office sensation. But in its way, "Casper" was revolutionary, and at the time, I was absolutely fascinated by the movie and, more specifically, by the Ilm work in the film. In late 1994 and early 1995, I was dating/living with/engaged to a young woman who was working in marketing at Universal. She was about as low on the totem pole as she could be, but excited about what she was doing and excited about the various films she got to work on. Because she had to basically immerse herself in each of the films she was working on, that meant I had that same opportunity. I remember reading three scripts in particular during her time there that got me curious. »


- Drew McWeeny

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