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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - 5th Eviction and a Non-Showmance in Jeopardy

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First off, special thanks to Ryan McGee for filling in last week when Louis and I were up to our necks in Comic-Con. Second off, can we please put an end to Caleb/Amber as an available pairing? Other than serving as stealth promotion for CBS' "Stalker," the non-showmance has accomplished nothing beyond sheer creepiness. And since "Stalker" is horrible, I'm not sure that stealth promotion for it is something I want to endorse away.  Will the hamsters send Amber home?  Let's find out... 9:02 p.m. It's Day 42 in The House and we're picking up in the aftermath of Amber going up on the Block. "I'm sorry, Zach. You don't get under my skin one bit and I'm not going to cry over your words," Amber says. Meanwhile, although she faced no new words from Zach, Jocasta is crying up a storm. In the Have-Not room, Caleb is still »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch 'want vengeance' in 'Avengers 2'

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Well, it is called "The Avengers." "They're angry and they want vengeance," said Aaron Taylor-Johnson of he and co-star Elizabeth Olsen's "Age of Ultron" characters (brother-sister duo Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch) while stopping to chat with us at San Diego Comic-Con. So how did the characters arrive at a place of such rage? Fans of the comic books more or less know the backstory, and - in its broad strokes at least - their bio doesn't appear to have been dramatically altered in the journey from page to screen. "They're from Eastern Europe, and they've lost their parents from an early age, and they have each other, that's it," said Johnson of the characters' tortured background. "They look out for one another...my guy in a very kind of protective physical way, and Scarlet Witch in a very sort of grounded, psychological, sort of mothering, nurturing kind of way. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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'Gotham' star Ben McKenzie says the show is tonally similar to the 'Dark Knight' series

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From the looks of the promos, Fox's "Gotham" is going for a gritty tone not unlike that of the "Dark Knight" series - a comparison star Ben McKenzie welcomes. "Yeah, it's similar," said McKenzie when I brought up the comparison. "There are some differences which are sort of hard to explain until you see it. But yeah, very much similar in the sense that it's entirely character based. It's entirely realistic in the sense of - or a heightened realism - in the sense that people are not, people do not have superpowers. They do not, you know, put on a cape and fly off. It is a very bizarre world they're living in, but it's very realistic and it has its own set of rules." Luckily for the former "Southland" star, he didn't have to fight for the central role of future Commissioner James Gordon in the Batman prequel series, »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Reports: Janet Jackson back at work on first album since 2008

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Is Janet Jackson back in the studio working on her first album since 2008’s “Discipline?” According to her sound engineer, the answer is a resounding yes. In an interview with Barefoot Sound  (h/t Idolator),  Grammy-winning producer/engineer Ian Cross says he has been recording Jackson around the world. “We’ve been working in Qatar. We’ve been working in Paris, the Middle East, and now we feel like we can work anywhere,” he says. As far as the direction, he says “we’re going to be doing things that are completely unexpected that nobody’s seen before… The new album is going to be great. It’s a process. There’s a lot in store, yet to come. I can’t go into too many details but I think Janet Jackson’s fans are going to be very excited about the new album, and I think people who don »


- Melinda Newman

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TV Review: 'The Honorable Woman' is another SundanceTV winner

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Mike Leigh's 1996 drama "Secrets & Lies" is a very good movie, at times even a great movie. It's full of great performances, rich thematic underpinnings and, like so many Mike Leigh films, fine naturalistic dialogue. But then it also has that scene where Timothy Spall's Maurice wails, "Secrets and lies! We're all in pain! Why can't we share our pain? I've spent my entire life trying to make people happy, and the three people I love the most in the world hate each other's guts, and I'm in the middle! I can't take it anymore!" I've never quite been sure what Mike Leigh wanted that speech to accomplish.  Did he really think, "Without this, nobody will know why we called this movie 'Secrets & Lies' and audiences will leave disgruntled"?  Did he think, "Yes, viewers will probably get what the movie is about, but there's no harm in underlining it »


- Daniel Fienberg

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'Frozen's' Elsa comes to life in new 'Once Upon a Time' images

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The sequel may not be out for years, but "Frozen" fans don't have to let anything go yet. ABC's "Once Upon a Time" is bringing Elsa and pals back this fall. See some photos of the princess (played by Georgina Haig), who will appear when season four premieres September 28 on ABC. It also stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Jared S. Gilmore, Jamie Dornan and Robert Carlyle. See the new photos here: »


- Dave Lewis

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Peyton Reed isn't making 'Edgar Wright's Ant-Man' - he's making 'Ant-Man'

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Marvel president Kevin Feige has been quoted as saying that "Ant-Man" will follow the "entire template" of Edgar Wright's original vision despite the filmmaker's recent departure from the project - though as new director Peyton Reed points out, that doesn't mean the film will fall exactly in line with Wright's ideas. "There's stuff that's definitely changing in the movie, and as a director of a movie you want to sort of put your own stamp and tell your own version," Reed told us while promoting the film at San Diego Comic-Con. "As a Marvel fan, who grew up with 'The Avengers' and 'Ant-Man' and everything, I definitely have my own sort of feelings about what I want to see as a fan in an 'Ant-Man' movie. So you know, it's evolved in that way." In other words: Peyton Reed isn't making "Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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James Gunn on the tactile world of 'Guardians' and why they get to know the big secret

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My first interactions with James Gunn were, to put it lightly, awkward thanks to the particularly strident way in which Harry Knowles took him to task over his work on "Scooby-Doo." I respect the way Gunn has built a career out of a a start in the Troma factory, not a given by any means, and he's been true to his voice as he's worked on larger and larger films, something else that isn't easy. Making the jump from "Super" to "Guardians Of The Galaxy" has got to be one of the biggest examples of upward mobility in the history of mainstream franchise filmmaking. I liked "Super" a lot when I saw it at the Toronto Film Festival, and I thought it was smart, grown-up filmmaking. I moderated a panel with him and Rainn Wilson at SXSW that also revealed just how far Gunn will go for a cheap dick joke. »


- Drew McWeeny

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'Snow White and the Huntsman' prequel has release date but no Kristen Stewart

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Snow White may be out of the picture, but "The Huntsman" is ready to return in 2016. The prequel will take place before 2012’s "Snow White and the Huntsman" and will reveal how Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Ravenna (Charlize Theron) first crossed paths. Kristen Stewart, who played Snow White in the first film, won't be returning. Universal has announced that "The Huntsman" will open April 22, 2016, which will push the studio's reboot of "The Mummy" to Jun 24 of that year. For the prequel, "Snow White" director Rupert Sanders is being replaced by Frank Darabont, the Oscar-nominated helmer of "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile," who was also the original showrunner on "The Walking Dead." Darabont is also re-writing the screenplay, originally written by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Joe Roth ("Maleficent," "Alice in Wonderland") will once again produce. Summer 2016 is filling up fast, although there are no other major films yet »


- Dave Lewis

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Ian Somerhalder on infusing personal life into 'Vampire Diaries' relationships

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San Diego - "The Vampire Diaries" heartthrob Ian Somerhalder was at Comic-Con to promote the CW drama's upcoming sixth season. Somerhalder dropped hints about what fans can expect after the dramatic cliffhanger finale.  "I think what's interesting is these story lines have been told over the course of five years. [And now] the dynamics are changing. It's sort of a reboot," he said. Part of that reboot sees Damon (Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) thrown together on The Other Side. Exploring that relationship is something Somerhalder is excited to delve into. "We saw Damon and Bonnie in the very early run of the show. There was an exorbitant amount of chemistry between them [but] ultimately you never saw them again together because of that…" he said, since the show was primarily about the love triangle between himself, Stefan (Paul Wesley), and Elena (Nina Dobrev). When pressed about how he feels about spending more time with Graham this season, »


- Donna Dickens

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Guillermo Del Toro previews 'Crimson Peak' and calls Legendary 'a filmmaker's home'

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If I were asked to make a list of my favorite people, I'm sure Guillermo Del Toro would take up at least three or four spots on the list all by himself. Sure, he's an amazing visual artist, with a rich and detailed imagination that seems to have no limits in scope or variety, and that is something you have to value in an age where we finally have technology that can keep up with him. And, yes, I think he's got a wicked sense of humor that comes out only in the overtly comic moments in his movies but also in the way he plays things straight. He's not above playing around with the audience and the way they expect things to unfold. He'll tell you a story and he'll stick it to you with some violation of convention, and if you're onboard, you'll laugh, and if you're not, »


- Drew McWeeny

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'Pinky and the Brain' are Back and Swearing Up a Nsfw Storm

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"Pinky and the Brain" is one of the most beloved segments of "Animaniacs" (though I prefer Yakko, Wakko, Dot, and Chicken Boo more), and the dynamic rodents return in this vulgar, Nsfw comeback. Yes, those are the duo's original voices Rob Paulsen (who also played Yakko) and Maurice Lamarche. They should take this act on the road and let Dr. Scratchansniff analyze their decades of woes.  (via Break) »


- Louis Virtel

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'Sharknado 2: The Second One' breaks Syfy records including meaningless Twitter milestone

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Last August, Syfy's "Sharknado" premiered to a, um, sharknado of Twitter attention, but almost no live audience.  That appears not to have been a problem for Wednesday's (July 30) premiere of "Sharknado 2: The Second One." Syfy boasts that "Sharknado 2" drew 3.9 million viewers, including 1.6 million in the key 18-49 demographic. The original "Sharknado" drew under 1.4 million viewers total, so that's not unimpressive. In addition to rising 183 percent in total viewers from the premiere airing of "Sharknado," "Sharknado 2" was up 190 percent among adults 18-49 and 185 percent among adults 25-54. But the cable network was less interested in trumpeting the tangible ratings for the Ian Ziering/Tara Reid sequel and more interested in puffing up some social media statistics that -- let's be perfectly honest here -- are simultaneously imprecise and entirely unmonitizable.  So let's celebrate some of those meaningless faux-statistics. Apparently "Sharknado 2" delivered 1 billion estimated impressions for "Sharknado" Twitter conversations. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Katy Perry creates a visual feast with 'This Is How We Do' video

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Katy Perry’s video for “This Is How We Do” has a little something for everyone and may even top her own record for the most costume changes in one clip. Between the twerking ice cream cone, Perry dressed up as Mariah Carey (around 1:19… at least we think it’s her), the boys in their Pee Wee Herman bow ties and suits, Perry in corn rows and the singer in an oh-so-mod Mondrian dress—not to mention the shout out to Aretha Franklin— the video is a visual feast compared with the slight ditty of a song. Perry has always done great videos that never seem to repeat themes. Here there is no theme- just a kaleidoscope of colorful unrelated scenarios as she goes through the song about going out and having a good time. It has the same good time feel as her "Birthday" lyric video. Shot against a bright blue background, »


- Melinda Newman

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Learn Everything from This 1997 Cybersex Instructional Video

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Nothing is better than this clip. I repeat: Nothing is better than this clip. It's a real 1997 instructional video detailing how to have cybersex. It is sincerely called "How to Have Cybersex on the Internet," which right away tells you it's not about having cybersex in a tent or on a houseboat. It's slightly Nsfw, but it's also blurred. Just watch it. Your narrator is the most dead serious, monotone cybersex practitioner of all time. Enjoy this erotic fever dream.  (via io9) »

- Louis Virtel

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Jon Stewart's passion project 'Rosewater' gets a November release date

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I've been very curious about Jon Stewart's "Rosewater" since the material and the story seized him so much that he took a hiatus from "The Daily Show" to go make the movie. And now at least we know when we can expect Open Road Films to release it: Nov. 7, right in the thick of awards season. An adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari's book "Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival," the film has been a passion project for Stewart ever since he and his team covered Bahari's story in 2009. At the time, Bahari was arrested by Revolutionary Guard police led by a man known only as "Rosewater" for submitting camera footage of the street riots that ensued following incumbent Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial election victory over challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi. He was tortured and interrogated for the next 118 days and after his ordeal, »


- Kristopher Tapley

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'Exorcist,' 'Godfather,' 'Amadeus' makeup artist Dick Smith dies at 92

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Just yesterday I wrote about, and talked to a handful of, the many craftspeople who quite simply make the movies tick. Well, today we have lost a legend in that fray: makeup artist Dick Smith has left us. I sometimes wish I had grown up like some of my older colleagues, reading magazines like Monster Movie Handbook and Famous Monsters of Filmland. But they had pretty much run their course by the time I ended up in the picture. Smith's contributions to those volumes opened the eyes of countless movie fans, and one of them even went on to be a legend in the field in his own right: 7-time Oscar winner Rick Baker. "I could tell it wasn’t just a job with him, it was passion," Baker said of Smith's articles in those magazines at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011. "I wrote him a letter at 18 and enclosed photos of makeups I’d done. »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Exclusive: Linkin Park announces new VIP concert tix for Music For Relief charity

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Linkin Park's Carnivores headlining tour was previously all sold out of its VIP concert ticket packages. But in 24 markets, though, fans can get their hands on these backstage meet-and-greet passes throught the magic of... charity. Ultimate Linkin Park VIP Experience packages go up for sale in limited supply today, courtesy of the newly formed partnership between the rock band, their non-profit Music For Relief and online marketplace IfOnly.com. The website helps "to curate dream experiences at every price point" with proceeds making their way to A-listers' charities. This "dream" package includes, for two people: + Meet and greet  and group photograph with the members of Linkin Park + 2 Premium VIP concert tickets + Access to the official pre-show lounge, including catering and a private merchandise stand + Specially-designed, limited-edition tour merchandise pack + CD and digital copy of Linkin Park's “The Hunting Party” + Official meet and greet laminate + On-site host and service »


- Katie Hasty

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Frank Grillo and Maria Bello team with 'Conjuring' creator James Wan for 'Demonic'

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James Wan, who scared audiences with "The Conjuring," "Insidious" and "Saw" franchises, is getting "Demonic." Wan is producing the film starring Maria Bello ("A History of Violence," "Third Person") and Frank Grillo ("The Purge: Anarchy"). Dimension Films will release it this winter. Will Canon ("Brotherhood") will direct, with Lee Clay ("Beautiful Boy") co-producing.   "Demonic" follows Detective Mark Lewis (Grillo) and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein (Bello) as they interview a survivor of a mysterious massacre where several amateur ghost-hunters died. What really happened?   "James Wan is the new master of terror and we are thrilled to be releasing his film this December," said Dimension Films' Erik Lomis in a press release. Wan recently wrapped on the beleaguered "Fast and Furious 7," which will hit screens in 2015.   "Demonic" will be in theaters December 12. »


- Dave Lewis

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Chris Pratt Flashed Amy Poehler and You Saw it on TV

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Chris Pratt's goofiness is probably his signature attribute, but it occasionally gets him into trouble. The "Guardians of the Galaxy" star told Seth Meyers about a scene on "Parks and Recreation" where he decided to get naked on set, and it turns out the exercise was a big no-no. NBC chastised him for his act, even though the show ended up using his trick on air. Leslie Knope has never looked more flabbergasted, and that's saying something. »


- Louis Virtel

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