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Al Pacino, Ethan Hawke and Laika's 'Boxtrolls' are heading for Venice

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Films by David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol and Abel Ferrara will bring world premieres to the Lido di Venezia this year, as the Venice Film Festival has announced its selections for the 71st edition of the oldest such event in the world. Green's "Manglehorn" with Al Pacino, Niccol's "Good Kill" with Ethan Hawke and Ferrara's "Pasolini" with Willem Dafoe promise to bring a fair share of star power to the event, while actors such as Viggo Mortensen, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver feature in films sprinkled throughout the Competition. "The Act of Killing" director Joshua Oppenheimer will also continue his look at the Indonesian genocide with a new documentary, "The Look of Silence." Playing out of competition are films by Barry Levinson ("The Humbling," also starring Pacino), James Franco ("The Sound and the Fury") and Lisa Cholodenko ("Olive Kitteridge"), while Focus Features will bring the new Laika film, "The Boxtrolls, »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Sorrowsworm'

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A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as we speak in the universal language of pain... "The Bridge" tends to be at its strongest when it's also at its strangest, and "Sorrowsworm" feels like the creative team looked at the season's first two episodes and thought, "Yeah, not weird enough. We can do better." So we get the return of the show's quintessential oddball, Steven Linder — only he's reintroduced in a scene where he encounters a roadside salesman with an even more unsettling affect than Linder himself. As we follow Eleanor Nacht on her journey to dispose of Kyle's body, Heisenberg-style, we see that she takes great pleasure in inflicting pain on herself, and Joe from the DEA explains that she's a shunned Mennonite. Charlotte, Ray and Cesar also make their first appearances of the season, and while they don't tend to be on the »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Vin Diesel on the crazy way he brought Groot to life in 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

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There is nothing quite like a Vin Diesel interview. As the planet prepares for the seismic impact of the release of "Guardians Of The Galaxy," one of the people who seems happiest about the entire thing is Diesel, and why not? Groot, the giant plant creature who he gives voice to in the film, is poised to be one of the breakout stars of the movie. He's sweet and gentle and dangerous and hilarious and very, very, very weird, which all sounds like a perfect way to describe Diesel himself. And keep in mind, I think the world of Diesel. I've been dealing with him occasionally since 1999, and he's always been the exact same guy every single time. I love that this is a guy who can both star in the ultimate muscle-head car-fanatic movie franchise and also rent a castle so he and his friends can play Dungeons & Dragons in style. »


- Drew McWeeny

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6 major questions we have about Comic-Con, from 'Fantastic Four' to 'Hateful Eight'

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What other monsters will trot out in "Godzilla's" wake? Will Captain Marvel this year be a lady? What could Quentin Tarantino have up his sleeve? These are among the major questions HitFix staffers have about 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, as filmmakers, showrunners, lead actors, comic creators and other panelists take the stage at Hall H and beyond to discuss their work. Which lineups would you like to see? Want to finally get a glimpse at the Justice League? Want to check out the Fantastic Four ensemble together? Sdcc Runs July 24-27 at the Convention Center in downtown San Diego. Tune in every day for new interviews, reviews, reactions and more. »


- Katie Hasty

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Exclusive: Icona Pop hits Mexico City with Miley Cyrus in clip from 'I Am Icon': Watch

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Swedish pop duo Icona Pop broke big around the world in 2012 with its smash, “I Love It.” Since then, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo have been traveling the globe touring with acts like Passion Pit, Matt & Kim, Marina and the Diamonds, Katy Perry and, earlier this year, with Miley Cyrus on the North American leg of her Bangerz World Tour. The pair, who released “This Is… Icona Pop” last year, chronicled their adventures on the road with Cyrus for a reality series on fashion and lifestyle website Refinery29. “I Am Icon” debuted July 10 and in this exclusive clip from the July 24 episode, they discover that there’s a bit of chaos waiting for them south of the border as they discover that the head of production for the festival they are playing has just been fired. But there are also fans waiting for them, as Jawo talks about how excited »


- Melinda Newman

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 239 - Pre-Comic-Con Roadtrip Podcast

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! It's Comic-Con Eve, which can only mean one thing... Roadtrip Podcast! Because Alan's latest medical infirmity caused us to miss a video show on Tuesday, we had lots to discuss in this podcast, including the last week of TCA Press Tour and Wgn's "Manhattan." Plus, we're both caught up on "Halt and Catch Fire," so we talked about that. Plus, we both finished Season 2 of "Orange Is The New Black" and we debriefed on that. And, heck, we saw "Boyhood" on a slow Press Tour night, so that was discussed as well. The conversation was good enough that I went through the Ez Pass lane on the toll road, causing brief confusion and panic.  Plus, I'd say this is probably our least-worst Roadtrip Podcast on an audio level. That doesn't mean it sounds great. Alan is louder than I am, because he's holding the mic. And »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Recap: 'Big Brother" Wednesday - The Power Of Veto And The Power Of Amber

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Last time on “Big Brother,” Team America successfully completed another challenge but probably did more harm than good to their individual game plans. This feels like a prime pivoting point in the season, one in which the type of female-centric alliance that Joey tried to form might actually coalesce after Sunday’s semi-ludicrous nominations. Anything’s possible, including someone like Victoria actually doing something meaningful this season. Like I said: anything’s possible! Let’s get to the live blog for Wednesday (July 23) and find out what happens… 8:00 pm Est: Previously on “Big Brother”: players switched one explosion-themed secret alliance name for another. Also, we’re one day closer to Caleb straight up punching someone for looking at Amber, and one player closer to everyone in the house having a crush on Zac Efron. There. You are caught up. 8:01 pm: “Look as awkward as possible!” –The director »


- Ryan McGee

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Get ready for more scares: 'Sinister 2' gets a release date

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For audiences seeking more "Sinister" scares, the surprise hit's sequel now has a release date. The Focus Features horror film will start scaring audiences August 21, 2015. That will place it one week after the release of "Straight Outta Compton" and an untitled comedy starring Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis, and two weeks after "Assassin's Creed" and "Goosebumps" are scheduled to open. 2012's "Sinister" starred Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance and Fred Thompson, and cost just $3 to produce, It earned more than $48 million in the U.S. alone. With original director Scott Derrickson working on Marvel's "Doctor Strange," Ciaran Foy will  step in to helm the sequel, tentatively titled "Sinister 2." Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill are writing the script. The cast has yet to be announced. »


- Dave Lewis

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'Game of Thrones' vet Michelle Fairley joins ABC's 'Resurrection'

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Catelyn Stark probably won't be resurrected on HBO’s "Game of Thrones" anytime soon, but actress Michelle Fairley will return to TV this fall. The actress will in appear on ABC’s hit series "Resurrection" for a season-long arc as Margaret Langston, the intimidating matriarch of the Langston clan who has been dead for thirty years. "Resurrection" also stars Omar Epps, Frances Fisher, Matt Craven, Devin Kelley and Kurtwood Smith. Though best-known for "Game of Thrones," Fairley's TV resume also includes a stint on USA's "Suits" and as Margot Al-Harazi on "24 Live Another Day."  Season 2 of "Resurrection” premieres Sunday, September 28  at 9:00 p.m. Et on ABC. »


- Dave Lewis

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Tom Hardy goes out for a drive in new 'Mad Max: Fury Road' poster

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The long-awaited "Mad Max: Fury Road" will be bringing dystopian motor mayhem to the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, and a new poster shows just how desolate the world of Mad Max has gotten.  The George Miller-directed sequel/reboot stars Tom Hardy as Max -- stepping in for original star Mel Gibson -- and Charlize Theron. The sun-bleached poster was unveiled on the film's twitter, and it shows off one of Miller's legendary suped-up Outback roadsters, with a lone figure (Hardy?) beside it, featuring the sardonic tagline "What a lovely day." Take a look here: Can Miller's new film equal the bone-crunching thrills of the original trilogy? There will be plenty more revealed at the "Fury Road's" Comic Con presentation this Saturday at 10 a.m. in Hall H. It also stars Nicholas Hoult, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. "Mad Max: Fury Road" opens May 15, 2015. »


- Dave Lewis

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‘Gotham’ will also include Batman villains Harvey 'Two-Face' Dent and Hugo Strange

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(Cbr) Fox’s "Gotham" has already promises appearances by such classic Batman villains as Catwoman, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Riddler and, eventually, The Joker. But before the end of the first season, viewers will also meet at least two more members of the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery: Harvey Dent and Hugo Strange. “Hugo Strange is going to pop up because we’re going to start dealing with how Arkham was created and why Arkham was created in the way that it was so, yeah, absolutely,” showrunner Bruno Heller tells IGN. “It’s a Season 1 thing because in our telling of it the way Arkham was created and the why and how is one of the causes of the particular criminal climate in Gotham that allowed Batman to happen. The revolving door of Arkham is both a brilliant narrative device because it allows you to — you don’t have to kill people off, »


- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' takes it to the streets in new limited edition poster

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Just because you can't make it to the San Diego Comic Con this year doesn't mean you can't see all the cool stuff that will be unveiled there. Take for example, this arty new poster for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1." Created by artist Wk Interact, the limited edition poster depicts one of those militaristic jerks from the Capital covered in some Katniss-inspired graffiti, evoking the revolutionary fervor running through Panem after the events at the end of "Catching Fire." Take a look here: It's in stark contrast to the earlier, Capital-approved images from the film. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Donald Sutherland, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1" opens November 21, 2014. »


- Dave Lewis

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Taylor Swift, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, One Direction to headline iHeartRadio Festival

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Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Coldplay, Zac Brown Band and Iggy Azalea will play the Clear Channel’s fourth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival, set for Sept. 19-20 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Also on the bill are Usher, Ariana Grande, Motley Crue, Eric Church, Ed Sheeran, Train, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, and more. Ryan Seacrest returns as host of the 2-day fest, which will air on stations in 150 Clear Channel markets, stream on Yahoo, and be condensed into a two-night prime time special on The CW, Sept. 29-30.   »


- Melinda Newman

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Review: Wgn takes a big step forward with its 'Manhattan' project

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"Salem," Wgn's first original scripted drama, is an unapologetic piece of trash, perhaps best summed up by the scene in the pilot where a naked Janet Montgomery — playing an actual Salem witch in a way that weirdly justifies all of the religion-fueled paranoia of the period — lets a toad suckle at a nipple on her thigh. While a channel's first scripted show isn't always representative of what follows, they tend to create expectations for what's to come, and it would have been easy to assume that Wgn's plan was to lean heavily on campy genre fare. But "Manhattan," Wgn's second original drama (it debuts Sunday night at 9), is as far in tone and ambition and quality from "Salem" as the New Mexico desert of 1943 is from 17th century Massachusetts. At a minimum, it suggests you shouldn't assume anything about whatever the channel's going to do next. Created Sam Shaw and »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Magic's 'Rude' spends a second week at the top of the chart

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Magic! continues to cast a spell on the Billboard Hot 100 this week as “Rude” remains at No. 1 for a second week. However, the Canadian quartet may have some stiff competition for pole position next week: Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” moves 5-3 after the song is added for streaming on Spotify (The Hot 100 measures airplay, digital sales and streaming from a number of outlets, including YouTube and Spotify).   Former No. 1 “Fancy,” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli Xcx, stays at No. 2 on the Hot 100, while the song spends its 14th week at No. 1 on Bllboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart. As we pointed out a few weeks ago, we’re seeing an incredible run by new artists on the chart, but it’s not unprecendented: According to Billboard, the last time three artists occupied the top three tiers on the Billboard Hot 100 with their first charting singles was two year ago when Gotye, »


- Melinda Newman

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'Hobbit' pals Legolas, Gandalf and Bard return in new 'Battle of the Five Armies' pics

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Peter Jackson's Middle Earth mega-franchise -- which started with the first "Lord of the Rings" film more than a decade ago -- is finally coming to a close this December.  And now we have our first peek at the final chapter, "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies." You won't see Bilbo, Smaug or any new characters, but seeing "Hobbit" vets Legolas, Gandalf and the Bard in action will still give you that ol' Middle Earth feeling.  In the first image, it looks like Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and the Bard (Luke Evans) see something in the sky. Smaug, perhaps? In a photo released previously, the Bard and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) have a handsome contest, while it looks like a small army is preparing for battle behind them. The film also stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, and the beautiful voice of Benedict Cumberbatch. "The Hobbit: Battle of »


- Dave Lewis

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'Amazing Spider-Man 3' delayed, 'Sinister Six' and 'Uncharted' get release dates

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The torrent of news out of the "Spider-Man" camp continues to flow, now in the form of updated release dates.  Perhaps not surprisingly, fans of the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise  are going to have to wait a little bit longer than they had expected to see the web-slinger back on the big screen. Columbia Pictures has announced, as reported by Deadline, that rather than "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" swinging onto the big screen on June 10, 2016, it is being pushed back to 2018.  Additionally, it was announced that the Drew Goddard helmed "Sinister Six" film will be in theaters on November 11, 2016.  Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group President Doug Belgrad is quoted as saying, "With 'Sinister Six' in the hands of writer-director Drew Goddard, we feel extremely confident placing the film on a prime date in 2016."  That film will focus on a set of "Spider-Man" villains, and had some of its groundwork laid in »


- HitFix Staff

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Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus get playful in 'Come Get It Bae' video: Watch

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  Miley Cyrus leaves the tweaking to others in the video for Pharrell Williams’ “Come Get It Bae.” i Cyrus appears briefly for her segment in the song, but she mainly hams it up for the camera with Williams, rather than performing her part. She manages to get in some good tongue wagging and general goofiness. But the real stars are the 20 women or so auditioning to be dancers in the video (In this meta exercise- the auditions actually become the music clip). The video opens with the words “Beauty has no expiration date,” as Pharrell and a choreographer watch woman after woman of different ethnicities and ages gyrate in front of him as they cast the video. To his credit, the women are presented as talented dancers, sexy and strong, and clad appropriately. They’re auditioning for him, but they’re showing their power as well instead of simply serving as objects. »


- Melinda Newman

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Exclusive song premiere: Adebisi Shank's 'World in Harmony'

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Imagine a green pasture through which you and an army of one thousand synthesizers charge toward the ocean on pixelated horses, the sky is gold glitter, and you are a stick of candy dynamite. That's one approximation of "World in Harmony," the opening track from Irish trio Adebisi Shank's new self-evidently titled "This Is The Third Album From A Band Called Adebisi Shank," due Aug. 12. Check out the HitFix exclusive premiere of the track below. "We were trying to make something euphoric and huge, a universe of our own imagination that we could escape into," said bassist Vin in a statement. "Our inspirations were more cinematic and fantastical." It should tell you something that the band lists video games, movies and one particular HBO hit series among its other more musical inspirations. Want more to sample? Below "World in Harmony" is "Voodoo Vision" and "Big Unit," too. Here is the »

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' screenwriter talks cosmic passions and the Marvel experience

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Hollywood — You might not have heard the name Nicole Perlman much as it pertains to Marvel properties, but she's a big reason why "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be making its way to theaters next weekend. She toiled away as a screenwriter for a few years after her days at Nyu, cooking up projects with a science bent because that's where her passions lie — projects like "Challenger," a fascinating account of the investigation of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster written as a love letter to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Then, she made her way to the comic book giant under the company's now-defunct screenwriting program and plucked the intergalactic heroes from obscurity, setting them on a crash course for the silver screen. It may be largely James Gunn's colorful vision on that screen, but it's definitely Perlman's passion that helped bring the property to the table in the first place. »


- Kristopher Tapley

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