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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: 'Captain America 3' plot and character details arrive

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In this week's installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Anthony and Joe Russo give an update on "Captain America 3." This includes shooting start, more on Bucky, hints at Hawkeye and more. But we really doubt "Captain America: CapWolf" is the name. Also: "American Horror Story: Freak Show" gets a poster, Jodie Foster rumored for "Hannibal," David Lynch almost directed a Kanye West music video, Aphex Twin sets listening parties, "Longmire" seeks a new home, Ridley Scott defends "Exodus" casting, Netflix's "Marco Polo" sets a start date and Martin Scorsese is apparently directing a movie on The Ramones. What was on your dashboard this week? »


- Katie Hasty

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Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 10 - HitFix Picks

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[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Day 10 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpsons Mind" (mid-Season 19) through "Stealing First Base" (mid-Season 21). It's a reasonably good day, both because it starts with a near-classic, but also because mid-morning will see the show transition into HD, which will finally end those conversations about Fxx's cropping decisions and whether they've hindered the comedy thus far.  The shift to HD didn't reinvigorate "The Simpsons" back to its Season 4-ish peak, but it absolutely gave new juice to the storytelling, inspiring the show to take more visual risks -- the couch gags have never been better -- and to add more aesthetic depth. "The Simpsons" always had moments of beautiful animation, but they were usually wedged amidst plainer stuff. Since the HD transition, "The Simpsons" has been a consistently good-looking show. If you're like a lot of the HitFix staff, you may have already stopped watching by this point, »


- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall and Katie Hasty

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15 Greatest Songs about Working for A living

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We can’t sign off for the long weekend without saluting the men and women who put labor into Labor Day. There’s been no shortage of songs written about the drudgery of working 9-to-5, and below, here’s a list of the 15 finest songs (oops, that just reminded us that we didn’t include R.E.M.’s “Finest Worksong”) devoted to describing how we spent most of our lives. So clock out, grab a beer, salute your fellow worker, and enjoy. And, if it’s not too much work, add your favorite song about work in the comments.   1. “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton (1980) A deceptively upbeat melody and Parton’s sweet delivery run counter to the dark sentiment of such lyrics as   “Barely getting by/It’s all takin’ and no givin’/they just use your mind/and they never give you credit.” 2. “She Works Hard For The Money,” Donna Summer »


- Melinda Newman

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Review: Reese Witherspoon goes for it all in 'Wild'

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Telluride - There is a moment near the end of "Wild" where Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) runs into a young boy and his grandmother out on a weekend hike. Strayed has walked hundreds of miles on the Oregon Trail in an attempt to deal with personal, emotional pain that has plagued her most of her young adult life. After learning of Strayed's heartbreaks the young boy (Evan O'Toole) sings her the song "Red River Valley." In the hands of a lesser director this scene could have been overly saccharine and misplaced. But director Jean-Marc Vallée makes it as artful and touching as it needs to be. Clearly, if we somehow had after his success last year, we should not have doubted him. Vallée was one of the main creative forces of "Dallas Buyers Club," but did not earn a Best Director Oscar nod. Instead, he made due with an editing nomination. »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Fox rebooting 'The Greatest American Hero'

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Fox rebooting “The Greatest American Hero” The Steven J. Cannell cult classic superhero comedy/drama that ran on ABC for three seasons from 1981 to 1983 is being remade by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the writer-directors behind “The Lego Movie” and the “21 Jump Street” movies. According to Deadline, the new take on “The Greatest American Hero" "will chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit which gives him superhuman abilities." »


- Norman Weiss

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'The Incredibles' trailer recut shows a dark and gritty Christopher Nolan dystopia

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Looking back on it, the central themes of "The Incredibles" are pretty heavy for a kid's movie. Of course, packaging serious questions about identity, responsibility, and loss into easy to digest family fare is kind of Pixar's bit. But in the hands of a less subtle company, like say Warner Bros., the darkness of super villain Syndrome is thrown into stark relief. Via [Daily Dot] »


- Donna Dickens

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Say 'yes' to Maroon 5 and Gwen Stefani's duet, 'My Heart Is Open'

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It certainly worked out well  when Maroon 5 duetted with Adam Levine’s  fellow "The Voice"  judge Christina Aguilera on "Moves Like Jagger."  Not so much for judges Blake Shelton and Shakira on "Medicine." Now, just in time to get us excited for the Sept. 22 Season 7 premiere with new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams comes “My Heart Is Open,” a gorgeous duet between Maroon 5 and the No Doubt singer. Sure, it’s prefabricated and meant to get us interested in “The Voice,” but it also works on its own. In fact, it reminds us a little of Aguilera’s collaboration with A Great Big World, “Say Something.” The song, which is featured on Maroon 5’s new album, “V,” out Sept. 2, starts with a heavy piano before going into Levine asking someone to take a chance on him. Stefani takes the second verse, picking up where Levine left off, »


- Melinda Newman

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New music from The Weeknd: Still high and getting laid and sad and weird about it

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The Weeknd has a brand to maintain. I get it. For all the sex he's getting on the road, for all the drugs he's taking, and for all the times he sings about all of it, no wonder his video are always gray-hued, with washed out specters of women floating about him like he's the center of the saddest little universe. But, damn Weeknd, can't it be any fun at all? Because lines like "She gon' give it up 'cause she know she might like it" (ugh) and "All my hoes are trained, I make all of them swallow" (Triple Ugh) are depressing as hell for your females, what are you dragging your sad-ass feet for? I'm referring to "King of the Fall," a title so morose Drake's kicking himself for not thinking of it first. And the Toronto connect is a propos, as The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) takes a stroll through his hometown, »


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Daniel Radcliffe sprouts 'Horns' in new U.K. trailer, pics and poster

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(Cbr) Just when we were beginning to wonder whether Horns, the Alexandre Aja adaptation of Joe Hill’s bestselling dark fantasy thriller, would ever see theatrical release, the promotional machine kicked into gear last month with a poster and photos, and a trailer premiere during the Comic-Con International panel headlined by star Daniel Radcliffe. And now, more than a month later, there’s another burst of promotion (helpfully rounded up by GeekTyrant) with a new U.K. trailer, an official synopsis, posters, and images featuring Radcliffe, his co-stars Juno Temple and Heather Graham, and Aja. Horns arrives in theaters Oct. 31 in the United States and the United Kingdom. Horns, a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery, and romance, follows Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning »


- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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Review: 'As Above So Below' offers uneven but effective scares

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There is a story about the Paris catacombs that I love dearly. In August of 2004, several police officers were exploring a section of the infamous maze of tunnels near the Eiffel Tower when they came across a particular doorway covered in plastic with a sign that said, "No entry." Inside, the police were momentarily terrified by the sound of attacking guard dogs, but they realized it was a recording. Pushing further into the tunnel, they found a full working cinema, complete with lights, a projector, a bar, a dining area, and seats carved directly into the rocks. When they went topside to report their find to their superior officers, they were pleased with what they'd found. By the time they got back, though, everything was gone, and all that was left was a note that said, "Do not look for us. Signed, The Society Of The Perforated Mexicans." Since then, »


- Drew McWeeny

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Report: Joaquin Phoenix in 'final talks' for 'Doctor Strange'

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(Cbr) Joaquin Phoenix is rumored to be in final negotiations for the lead role in "Doctor Strange." Collider reports that three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is currently in final negotiations to star in Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" film. Phoenix was rumored to be in negotiations for the role as recently as July, but this is the first report of a deal getting to the final stages for the starring role of the upcoming Marvel film. His previous credits include "Gladiator," "Walk the Line," "Her," "The Master" and more -- he was also approached by Warner Bros. to play Lex Luthor in "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice." The character was teased as recently as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," when Agent Jasper Sitwell called out "Stephen Strange" as one of the people of interest that Hydra might target to preemptively strike out at. When discussing the call-out with Cbr News in April, »


- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources

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TV Ratings: CBS leads Thursday as NFL Preseason preemptions rule

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Fast National ratings for Thursday, August 28, 2014. While it seems likely that "Big Brother" will have led CBS to its usual Thursday wins, NFL Preseason preemptions on all five networks have rendered these numbers almost completely meaningless. CBS offered exact details for its preemptions, which were 27 percent in the 8 p.m. hour, 23 percent in the 9 p.m. hour and 13 percent in the 10 p.m. hour, while I have a list of overall preemptions for each network that pretty much make these figures moot, top-to-bottom. On to the entirely inaccurate numbers... Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.7 rating for Thursday night, tops in the key demographic. Fox's 1.3 key demo rating and the 1.2 key demo rating for NBC followed, while ABC averaged a 1.0 key demo rating. Even The CW got a big boost, averaging a 0.5 key demo rating for the night. Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 6.125 million viewers and a 4.0 rating/7 share for Thursday primetime. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Jimmy Kimmel demands answers about news that Hello Kitty is not a cat

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Where were you when you heard the news? Hello Kitty is not a cat. At least, according to the people who created her. But why now? After so many years, why drop this perplexing bit of information out of the blue? Maybe they thought her 40th anniversary was a good time to pull back the curtain. Or maybe she's just having mid-life crisis. Either way, Jimmy Kimmel asked a "rep" for Sanrio to clarify their statement. »


- Donna Dickens

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Amazon hits some bumps with its third pilot season

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Amazon keeps accelerating the pace and output of its "pilot season" process. The original batch of Amazon pilots were presented to the public in April of last year; of those, only "Alpha House" (which got renewed for a second season) and "Betas" (which remains in limbo) got picked up. The second batch of pilots were unveiled less than a year later, and Amazon ordered almost all of them — other than "Rebels," the pro football comedy that no one seemed to like — to series. That was in February, and while none of those new shows has debuted — "Transparent," the best of the bunch, will premiere all of its episodes, Netflix-style, on September 26 — Amazon yesterday unveiled its third pilot season, even as there's already news about casting for the fourth wave of Amazon pilots. At this rate, they may be ordering some shows before a word's even been written, and traveling back »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Exclusive: International 'Leviathan' trailer sets the stage for Russian social critique

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When last we left Andrey Zvyagientsev's "Leviathan," it was causing a stir at the end of Cannes and looking like a sure-fire Palme d'Or winner. In the end, the Russian drama — which is a spin on the Biblical Book of Job — settled for a screenplay award at the fest, but now it's set to spur discussion again as it's set for a North American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival Friday night. The question remaining is whether Russia will shy away from submitting it as the country's foreign language competitor in this year's Oscar race. "Watch this film and it tells you all you need to know about the state of things in Russia right now," Sony Pictures Classics co-chief Michael Barker said to me last night. But those social critiques could certainly work against it politically in the race, not that other categories won't be available to it (Sony »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Exclusive: My Brightest Diamond song premiere 'This Is My Hand'

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Shara Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond, wants you to put your hands up -- on social media. The artist is preparing a Sept. 16 release of her next album, "This Is My Hand," and today HitFix exclusively premieres the title track from the set. Like the full-length, "This Is My Hand" is lush and intense, sensual but confrontational, arranged with detail and imploringly original. All songs feed into an effort that Worden says "tortured" her, at least when it came to crafting lyrics. But it's exactly those hard-fought lyrics that My Brightest Diamond wants fans to riff on: launching today, the songwriter invites listeners to ThisIsMyHand.com, to take a picture that matches the lyrics and use Instagram tags to send her way, to help compile a crowdsourced music video entirely from those images. Head to the website to read all the lyrics and get started. Below, I interview Worden on »


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Review: The First Lady of Iranian Cinema returns with dialogue-heavy 'Tales'

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Venice - Known as the "First Lady of Iranian Cinema", Iran's premier female director Rakhshan Bani-e'temad is a formidable chronicler of the day-to-day existence of Iranian people. Not a million miles removed from the outlook of the Dardennes brothers in Belgium or Ken Loach in the UK, she is concerned largely with so-called ordinary lives. "Tales (Ghesseha)" is a multistranded take on a dozen or so people's stories intersecting across a single city. Some characters are encountered once, never to return, others recur throughout, but it's not a film with a protagonist or supporting characters in the traditional sense; it's much more a slice of life/lives. Indeed, "Tales" is almost an anthology film, and was initially conceived as a series of shorts. Using an ensemble of actors she has worked with before, we meet the characters (some of whom apparently appeared in earlier works, but I'm afraid I'm not »


- Catherine Bray

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Summer Box Office Winners and Losers: 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Lucy,' 'Sin City 2'

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In case you hadn't heard, Hollywood would like everyone to forget the summer of 2014 ever happened. Sure, there were some notable exceptions such as "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Lucy," "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "22 Jump Street," but for the most part it was a summer of disappointment. The laundry list of films that did not live up to their expectations is cringeworthy this season.  "Amazing Spider-Man 2" (the better sequel that wasn't), "Edge of Tomorrow" (the great thriller that couldn't overcome a weak opening), "Tammy" (the end of Melissa McCarthy's $100 million run), "A Million Ways to Die in the West" (Seth McFarlane is not a leading man), "Sex Tape" (bad in and out of bed), "Million Dollar Arm" (should have thrown in September), "Deliver Us From Evil" (not enough of "The Conjuring") and "The Giver" (needed bigger teen stars), among others, just didn't cut it.  Now, in the last »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Review: Garfield and Shannon spark in broad brush moral crisis drama '99 Homes'

28 August 2014 8:45 PM, PDT

Venice - The title treatment for Ramin Bahrani's Venice Competition entry consists of blood red letters on black. Filling the entire screen with blocky all-caps letters and numbers dozens of feet high, we read: 99 Homes. It looks more like the title treatment for a horror than a drama digging into a moral morass of foreclosure, subsistence level employment, and better paid but more spiritually costly work. As it turns out, it is also a horror movie of sorts. The first shot of the film itself is even a post-mortem scene, as Michael Shannon's predatory realtor Rick Carver -- and how's that for a horror movie name? -- gazes almost impassively at blood dribbling down tacky pink bathroom tiles. The contrast couldn't be more stark: Shannon in an off-white blazer so sharp it hurts (costume design by Meghan Kasperlik is on point throughout), gold watch glinting and not a »


- Catherine Bray

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Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 9 - HitFix Picks

28 August 2014 8:16 PM, PDT

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Day 9 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "Simpson Christmas Stories" (mid-Season 17) through "Funeral for a Fiend" (mid-Season 19). It's a bit truncated in terms of half-hour episodes, because from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fxx is airing "The Simpsons Movie." Fortunately, we've got some episodes to recommend and Sepinwall wanted to salute the movie, so you can still dedicate quality time to the Marathon. And there are some good ones we didn't get to. I love the poetry humor and author cameos in the poorly titled "Moe'n'a Lisa." And I know lots of fans love "24 Minutes," but nobody in our dwindling group of fans wanted to salute it. Feel free to watch, though! Check out our recommendations for Day 9 and chime in with your own favorites... Katie Hasty Recommends: "My Fair Laddy" (1:30 a.m.) Episode #368 Why you should watch it: There are characters in the Simpsons universe that should be sprinkled, »


- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall and Katie Hasty

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