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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Tom Cruise plans on 'Mi:6'

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In this week's edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" is just opening, but Tom Cruise is already feeling firm on a "M:i 6." Plus: this Ryan Seacrest show got canceled after only two shows... These new "Deadpool" photos reveal a Copycat... New Order drops their first new song in 10 years... Tommy Lee Jones joins up with this Matt Damon franchise... ... and more! »


- Katie Hasty

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What to expect from Fear the Walking Dead seasons 1 and 2

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"Fear the Walking Dead" will move slowly--like a walker, maybe, though there probably won't be as many of those as there are in the original series. In fact, the first season will cover just three weeks in the characters' lives. "We purposefully built the show a little more slowly," showrunner and executive producer Dave Erickson said this afternoon at TCA. "We tried to slow-burn the story to make it as much about the anxiety tension and paranoia that goes with this outbreak" instead of "confrontations with zombies," he said. AMC has already ordered a second, 15-episode season of "Fear The Walking Dead" (which the producers said they are referring to as just "Fear"), and the series will not catch up to the start of "The Walking Dead"'s first season. As a result, don't expect crossovers. "There's no intention of having character references or Easter eggs," he said, though there »


- Andy Dehnart

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140 days until Star Wars: Mark Hamill is an Autograph Jedi

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In the time before time — when fans wanted their favorite celebrity’s autograph and not a selfie with them — getting a famous person’s John Hancock was the cat pajamas (or whatever people said in the time before time). But not all celebrity signatures were created equal. Case in point: Mark Hamill was a regular Dad Joke™ generator. Redditor iBleeedorange somehow stumbled into a cache of old Star Wars cards signed by Hamill. For those unfamiliar with the cards — or only familiar with their digital counterpart — these Topps trading cards came packaged in a set along with a stick of gum. They were a Huge collector’s item, so it’s no wonder some fans sought out Hamill to up the value of their cards even further. They got more than they bargained for. Well played, Mark Hamill. Well played indeed. »


- Donna Dickens

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Those 1,000 Foo Fighters fans drumming in Italy? 'See you soon' says Dave Grohl

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One of the coolest viral videos that we’ve seen lately was by the Rockin’ 1000, a project spearheaded by a Foo Fighters fan named Fabio Saffagnini, in which a thousand fans got together to record a video of their performance of the Foo Fighters‘ “Learn To Fly.” The project wasn’t just for fun, though. Zaffagnini actually had a very specific purpose for the event in mind: to attract the attention of Dave Grohl in hopes of bringing the band to Romagna, Italy, for a concert, where he says they haven’t played since 1997. Like everyone else who saw the video, Grohl was pretty blown away by the video... Read the full story at Radio.com. »


- Brian Ives - Radio.com

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Watch Kendrick Lamar's new video, 'For Free'

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With the release of Kendrick Lamar’s second studio album, To Pimp a Butterfly, the Compton rapper has proven two things: he’s incapable of fizzling into the ether as many breakout artists do, and he can hold onto superstardom with no compromise in artistic and political integrity. Kenrick’s pulled out all of the stops in previous visuals for Tpab. He flew upside-down in “Alright,” he danced with the crew across “i” and “King Kunta,” and now, he returns to the screen with the ‘For Free? (Interlude)’ music video.  Read the full story at Radio.com. »


- Jake Hirshland - Radio.com

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Radio personalities time travel from 1950 to harass ‘Fantastic 4’ cast

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The press blitz for the new “Fantastic Four” movie has begun! Which means the cast will be subjected to a never-ending carousel of journalists asking variations of the same dozen questions. But hey, it’s part of the job and most actors are consummate professionals…even when the people interviewing them aren’t. Recently Jason Bailey and Southside Steve — the morning show hosts of Wnnx Rock 100.5 in Atlanta — sat down with Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell to ostensibly talk about the movie. Instead, things went off the rails almost immediately. http://susenstorm.tumblr.com/post/125531088539 Straight out of the gate, Jason Bailey brings up the question of Sue Storm being white and Johnny Storm being black. Kate Mara answers, “Sue Storm was adopted.” End of line of questioning, right? Nope. Bailey can’t seem to let it go, completely ignoring Mara’s succinct response. Over and over »


- Donna Dickens

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Cate Blanchett is bringing the Rathergate realness in first 'Truth' image

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Is Cate Blanchett going for the triple crown this year?  The two-time Academy Award winner already delighted audiences as the wicked, but semi-sympathetic step mother in Kenneth Branaugh’s live action “Cinderella” in March.  In May she earned critical acclaim for her work as the title character in Todd Haynes’ “Carol.”  The Weinstein Company is going to release that highly anticipated awards player in November.  But, Blanchett fans can rejoice because they’ll have one more shot to enjoy the incredible Aussie’s talents before the end of 2015 and it promises to tell the “Truth.” Sony Pictures Classics announced today that "Truth," James Vanderbilt’s directorial debut, will open in New York and Los Angeles on Oct. 16.   Based on a true story, the new drama chronicles the final days of legendary CBS News anchor Dan Rather (Robert Redford) as both he and the network deal with the ramifications of a »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Steven Moffat has revealed what he thinks it would take to have a female Doctor

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Steven Moffat has revealed what he thinks it would take to have a female Doctor on Doctor Who. When popular Doctor Matt Smith exited the BBC’s “Doctor Who” fans anxiously awaited the reveal of the new Doctor. Given the nature of the character’s regenerative powers, many wondered if executive producers Steven Moffat may go in a different direction for the character, perhaps casting a non-Caucasian man or a woman of any race for this iteration of the series. The conversation frequently centered on the question: Can The Doctor be a woman? There was a lot of back-and-forth in the press about Moffat’s take on the matter. Reports wavered between indicating that he was entirely opposed to the prospect to that he was open. Ultimately, it was Peter Capaldi – a white male – who stepped in to replace Smith. At today’s TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour, Moffat »


- Roth Cornet

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Set photo from live-action 'Beauty and the Beast' definitely looks like Disney

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In case you forgot, Disney hired Hermione Granger to star in the live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast.” Things have been quiet but apparently production wrapped a few days ago. Josh Gad — who plays the toadie Le Fou — posted a photo from the set to celebrate.   That's a wrap! Will miss the cast of #beautyandthebeast especially my brilliant Gaston #LukeEvans A photo posted by Josh Gad (@joshgad) on Jul 29, 2015 at 2:16am Pdt   As a Disneyphile, there are two (terribly mundane) things this photo reveals. The movie will still take place in the winter and the Beast’s castle is still based on fantastical combination of gothic, rococo, and baroque architecture. Because as Cogsworth says, “If it isn’t Baroque, don’t fix it.” »


- Donna Dickens

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What did we do to deserve 'Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter Jr.'?

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A few questions: 1) What the hell is happening? 2) Is this some sick joke? 3) Is it all over? Try your best to make sense out of this: according to a dubious press release, the campy, low-budget 1986 horror movie "Troll" (followed by the so-bad-it's-good cult classic "Troll 2") is being "reprised" for a whole new generation by original writer/director John Carl Buechler as a 3D animated feature entitled -- and I swear to god this is true -- "Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter Jr." It gets better! 2015 Oscar winner Patricia Arquette is allegedly voicing the role of a witch. “The original ‘Troll’ film has achieved cult status, and based upon its success we believed that the timing was right to produce an updated 3D animated version for a whole new generation of filmgoers," said Buechler in a statement. “We are already in pre-production. We have the financing in place and a strong international distributor. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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'Trainwreck' outtakes: LeBron thinks you'll love Cleveland

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Outtakes in Judd Apatow movies are usually a scream, and the cut footage from "Trainwreck" is no exception. Check out Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Bayer, and LeBron Hames throwing down seven or eight ad-libs per scene. I think my favorite part is the disgusting article idea Bayer pitches to Tilda -- but LeBron's Cleveland ode comes close. »


- Louis Virtel

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Here's the deal with Arya Stark on 'Doctor Who'

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Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams is not playing the character fans think she is on the upcoming season of “Doctor Who”…Or is she?  That was the essential message from “Doctor Who” executive producer Steven Moffat at today’s TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour. There are a few popular theories about who Williams -- who most will know as relentless survivor (we hope) Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones” -- would be playing in the upcoming season of the popular BBC series. Perhaps the most frequently postulated is that she will appear as The Doctor’s granddaughter, who was abandoned on earth in a storyline that was established in classic “Doctor Who” series. Support for this theory came in the form of Peter Capaldi’s interactions with Williams' character in the recently released "Doctor Who" Season 9 trailer. “What took you so long, old man?” she says in response to The Doctor’s surprised, »


- Roth Cornet

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How long will Peter Capaldi play Doctor Who?

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Peter Capaldi is the 12th actor to play Doctor Who, and he'll be the last, playing the part forevermore. At least, that's what executive producer and showrunner Steven Moffat hopes, as he joked about that during the BBC America session at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. Capaldi responded that, clearly, he hadn't read the fine print in his contract. So how long will Capaldi stay? It's unclear. Moffat pointed out that the first question put to David Tennant when he stepped into the role was how long he intended to stay in it. (Tennant and Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith each appeared in three seasons.) Even though it's his second season, Capaldi said that he's still developing the part. He half-joked that he has "no idea how to play the part," making the point that "you can't sort of develop a role in isolation, you have to do it with other people. »


- Andy Dehnart

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The 10 Greatest Finds at the 'Mad Men' Prop Auction

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Nothing will bring "Mad Men" back (although we can dream of a reunion special in 10 years), but you can hold onto your piece of it. When a show ends, cruel as it sounds, it's various cast-offs are generally thrown away, or if the show has as many hard-core fans as "Mad Men" put up on the auction block. This week, the leftovers of the 1960's advertising drama have been put up for sale at the Hollywood auction site Screenbid. Begins today at noon, with most items starting out for a mere $50 - 100. With a show like "Mad Men" which paid meticulous attention to its period details, the items that went to create Don Draper's world are many and amazing.  Here's 10 of our favorites: »

- Richard Rushfield

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Best and Worst of 'Vacation': It's not that bad is it?

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This probably wasn't the reaction Warner Bros. was expecting when they moved the new comedy "Vacation" from October to July.  The fifth big screen edition of the franchise that helped make Chevy Chase a star was supposed to be a summer comedy "surprise."  This year's "Meet the Millers" or "Let's Be Cops," but, um, actually funny.  That doesn't seem to be the case. Directed by the "Horrible Bosses" writing team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, "Vacation" earned just a B Cinemascore from audiences polled after seeing it (an average score is actually an A).  Critics weren't that kind either.  It landed with a terrible 33 out of 100 grade on Metacritic and scored just 26% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes which is pretty rotten. And, no, that's not good for its long term prospects at the box office.  Still, is it really that bad?  Is "Vacation" really one of the worst movies of the year? »


- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny

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Disney star Bella Thorne tackles her grittiest role yet in this exclusive clip from 'Big Sky'

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Bella Thorne rose to fame as the star of Disney's "Shake It Up," but she's making her entry into the world of "grown-up" films with her role as an agoraphobic teen in the forthcoming thriller "Big Sky" co-starring Kyra Sedwick and Frank Grillo. Here's a synopsis: A teenage girl who suffers a mortal fear of open spaces is enrolled in a high-end treatment facility by her mother (Sedgwick) in the hope that they can find a cure. When the van they are travelling in is suddenly attacked by two masked gunmen, she must confront her biggest fear and fight for her survival. In this HitFix-exclusive clip from the film, directed by "We Are What We Are" helmer Jorge Michel Grau, Thorne's character awakes from a traumatic episode in the home of a (seemingly) friendly couple. How did she get there? Who are they really? I'm not sure if I trust them. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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7 fun ways 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' winks at the movie

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At midnight Pacific last night, Netflix released all eight episodes of "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp," the prequel series to 2001's cult comedy favorite "Wet Hot American Summer." I laughed a lot at "First Day of Camp," even if the length of it made the results more hit-or-miss than the movie was. And as a continuity nerd, I enjoyed watching David Wain and Michael Showalter figure out ways to either set up developments from the film (like the start of Ben and McKinley's relationship) or work around facts stated in the movie. And when I went back to rewatch the film after to check on how it all fit, I discovered even more winks from show to movie than I had previously thought were there. Below — and the Spoiler Warning is on high for the rest of this, so don't read until you've had a chance to »


- Alan Sepinwall

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New 'The Walking Dead' zombies might make you throw up a little in your mouth

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The new season of “The Walking Dead” doesn’t begin until October 11, but production has obviously been in full swing for months. As the Group heads into another year of surviving in the post-apocalyptic wasteland that was Georgia, they will face danger but human and undead. The biggest difference? While humanity might be Morally decomposing, the walkers are Literally decomposing. After years exposed to the elements — baking in the hot Georgia sun then freezing during the surprisingly brisk Georgia winter — things have gotten a little squishy. Some of the photos below have been floating around the Internet in one form or another for a week or two, but AMC finally gathered them all together in high-resolution glory. Thanks? Warning: Kinda Gory If We’Re Being Honest. »


- Donna Dickens

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Ask Alan: What superheroes should the other 'Parks and Rec' actors play?

21 hours ago

It's been two Fridays since the last Ask Alan, so it's time once again to take your questions about TV in the past, present, and future. This week, I was able to squeeze in four questions (with the help of a visual aid I keep in my office for just such an occasion), though one of the answers is slightly out of date. I recorded the video a couple of days ago, and yesterday at press tour, HBO's Michael Lombardo said that he very much wants another season of "True Detective." That doesn't mean it's guaranteed to happen, but it's certainly a big public show. I'm in La next week for press tour, then taking a few days off when I return, so the next video may not come for three weeks instead of the usual two. But please keep sending pithy questions in to askalan@hitfix.com and »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: 'Straight Outta Compton' is largely successful pop mythmaking

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There are few movie forms more stagnant than the biopic. I am not a fan for the most part, and it takes something special to knock me out of that mindset. While "Straight Outta Compton" plays by the rules for the most part, the film has a great cast and an undeniable energy that drew me in, and considering we're talking about events from a quarter-century ago, there is a surprisingly urgent undertone to the entire enterprise that reminds us that we have not made as much progress as we'd like to think as a culture. Screenwriter Andrea Berloff made her feature debut nine years ago with "World Trade Center," and she hasn't had a produced credit since. She had an impossible job here, trying to boil down the rise and fall of an iconic band to a mere 142 minutes. Jonathan Herman is co-credited for the script, with S. Leigh Savidge »


- Drew McWeeny

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