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J.K. Simmons spits fire at Miles Teller in the trailer for 'Whiplash'

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Sony Classics has another packed slate this season, but with all eyes on Cannes darlings "Foxcatcher" and "Mr. Turner," Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" is a lurking threat that could be a powerful little shock to the system. The film premiered on opening night at Sundance in January, two years after Chazelle took a scene from it in the form of a short film to the Park City fest to test the waters. Sony Classics picked it up and took it to Cannes where it played in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar and we'll probably see it turn up at Telluride and/or Toronto. It provides Miles Teller with an incredible opportunity (I was immensely impressed with him in "The Spectacular Now") and on the fringe, J.K. Simmons is a bundle of dynamite. HitFix's Drew McWeeny was mostly positive out of Sundance. Writing about Simmons in particular, he offered that "it is »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Author Gillian Flynn discusses the 'disassembling' of her 'Gone Girl'

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With the first wave of festival announcements out of the way, it appears to me the sexiest get of them all is New York's opening night selection of David Fincher's "Gone Girl." Fincher has danced with the awards season with his last few films and this one is probably his most hotly anticipated effort in a while, given that it's an adaptation of an immensely popular novel. Indeed, author Gillian Flynn even came on board to pen the adaptation herself, which isn't typical but may have been shrewd in this case; fans will be clamoring to see how the twisting and turning novel has been transitioned to the screen, and having a familiar name talking it up along the way will be beneficial. The book was really destined for theaters, because as Flynn reveals in a recent interview with the Film Society of Lincoln Center (who puts on the »


- Kristopher Tapley

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'24' and Kiefer Sutherland return to Comic-Con: Live-Blog

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Let's get the Comic-Con 2014 live-blogging extravaganza started! Over the next four days, I'll be blogging and live-blogging on a slew of Comic-Con panels from Ballroom 20 and Hall H. Thursday will see a number of live-blogs, as I sit in Ballroom 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Let's start with "24," which returns to Comic-Con for the first time in years, bringing Kiefer Sutherland and promising many, many questions about the future of the franchise, as well as "24: Live Another Day." As recently as Sunday, Peter Rice said that no determinations had been made about whether "24" will live yet another day, but let's see if there were secrets being saved for San Diego... 10:01 a.m. The panel was supposed to start a minute ago, but people are still filing in. The room will be totally packed by the time we get going, I assume... The panel is just Kiefer Sutherland and Jon Cassar, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Exclusive: Bitch Pudding gets the spotlight in new 'Robot Chicken' clip

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Bitch Pudding. If you know what that is, then you're a "Robot Chicken" fan, and you'll definitely want to watch this exclusive clip of the show's upcoming special centered on the foul-mouthed fan-favorite. In the clip above, Bitch Pudding finds herself in the welcoming embrace of annoying green-skinned critters called the "Shlorfs," who resemble some more famous annoying blue-skinned critters. They're three apples high, there's only one female, and their leader even has a beard.  It's just a small snippet of what the Strawberry Shortcake-inspired heroine has to go through after she's kicked out of her native Pastryville and begins to plot her revenge.  The special will be screened during the "Robot Chicken" panel at Comic Con on Friday, and airs regularly on Adult Swim this Sunday at 11:30 p.m.  »


- Dave Lewis

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'Avengers' Iron Man and Scarlet Witch revealed in new 'Age of Ultron' concept art

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Marvel's "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is destined to be one of the heaviest of the heavy hitters at this year's San Diego Comic Con, and they've already surprised fans with two action-oriented pieces of concept art poster from the Joss Whedon-directed sequel. First, McU veteran Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) lays the pain on one of Ultron's mechanize minions, as depicted by artist Ryan Meinerding: Next, newcomer Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) -- sister of Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) puts a spell of her own on some 'bots. But can she be trusted? Look carefully at the latter poster, by artists Andy Park, and you'll see an arrow in one of the robot's eyes, which is no doubt the work of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Good job, Hawkeye! It also stars Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Spader as Ultron. "The Avengers: Age »


- Dave Lewis

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TV Ratings: Big 'Extant' drop continues as 'Talent' leads NBC on Wednesday

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Fast National ratings for Wednesday, July 23, 2014. "America's Got Talent" and, to a much lesser extent, a series high for "Taxi Brooklyn" helped NBC control Wednesday night in all measures. Over on CBS, despite a strong week for "Big Brother," "Extant" continued its steady decline. That was pretty much it for Wednesday's notables, though "So You Think You Can Dance" was very slightly up for Fox, while "Motive" was slightly down for ABC. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 1.9 rating for Wednesday night, easily beating CBS' 1.4 rating in the key demographic. Fox was third for the night with a 1.1 key demo rating, followed by the 0.8 key demo rating for ABC. The CW averaged a 0.2 key demo rating. Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 8.63 million viewers and a 5.1 rating/9 share for Wednesday night, far ahead of the 6 million viewers and 3.9/7 for CBS. Fox and ABC both averaged a 2.3/4, with »


- Daniel Fienberg

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' trailer hopes you fall 'Crazy in Love'

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It is never to early to start making plans for Valentine's Day.  This morning, Universal offered up the first trailer for the movie they think you should see with (or perhaps without) your significant other next February, "Fifty Shades of Grey." The trailer does an excellent job of setting up the premise – there is a kind of mysterious rich guy with great abs, Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan), who is being interviewed by a young student newspaper reporter, Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson).  Almost immediately, their relationship slips from the professional to the personal and eventually gets somewhat kinky.  Odds are that you don't need us to tell you that however as the book trilogy written by E L James has been translated into 51 languages and sold more than 100 million copies.  To call it a "phenomenon" may not quite do justice to the cultural moment. The new trailer, which you can see here, »


- Josh Lasser

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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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Marvel Studios adds yet another mystery movie for 2018

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(Cbr) Less than a week after Marvel staked its claim to five more release dates, bringing its film slate into 2019, the studio has announced another: May 4, 2018, bringing the number of films that year to three. As with last week's announcement, Marvel didn't give any indication of which film will premiere on that date, vacated earlier today by Sony's "Amazing Spider-Man 4." However, the calendar is expected to fill in somewhat Saturday during Marvel's highly anticipated Hall H presentation at Comic-Con International. Director Scott Derrickson's "Doctor Strange" has been tipped for the July 8, 2016, slot, but after that, the schedule gets hazy. We can expect third installments of "The Avengers" and "Thor," and likely another "Guardians of the Galaxy," but the remaining blanks seem destined to go to new franchises -- perhaps solo movies for the likes of Black Panther, Black Widow or Captain Marvel? Here are the Marvel release dates announced so far: Aug. »


- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources

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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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