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Interview: 'The Strain' co-creator Guillermo de Toro on vicious vampires, erotic vampires and FX vampires

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On Monday's (July 21) Television Critics Association press tour panel for "The Strain," Guillermo del Toro was asked about Bleak House, the supplementary residence he purchased to serve as a museum of sorts for his vast collection of toys, props, books and memorabilia mostly relating to his beloved horror, fantasy and sci-fi genres. "Well, I have the same restraint collecting that I have eating," del Toro cracked.  The "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Blade II" director has always enjoyed joking about his appetites, which extend beyond eating and collecting into intellectual and conversational realms as well. If, for example, you want to talk fairy tales with del Toro, you have to be prepared to discuss varied international histories for certain stories, while bringing in Bruno Bettelheim as well. Last week, I posted a brief-ish report from a day on the set of del Toro's "Crimson Peak," just a sampling from the nearly two »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Threequel 'The Best Man Wedding' officially has a release date

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Did you enjoy "The Best Man Holiday"? If so, good news: a sequel to the film is already in the works. Following up on the box-office success of last fall's ensemble dramedy (itself a sequel to 1999's "The Best Man"), Universal has slated "The Best Man Wedding" for release on April 15, 2016. Director Malcolm D. Lee will return to helm the follow-up (presumably with stars Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard and Harold Perrineau in tow), which will center on "the group’s most unexpected wedding to date." "The Best Man Holiday" received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics and opened to No. 2 at the box office with a whopping $30.6 million. The film topped out at just north of $71 million worldwide. Will you be seeing "The Best Man Wedding"? Let us know in the comments. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Press Tour Live-Blog

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The fifth season of "Downton Abbey" won't premiere on PBS until January 4, 2015.  That's a long way away and, by that time, many of you will have already watched the full season through illegal means (or legal if you happen to live in England).  On Tuesday (July 22) evening, the Television Critics Association is going to get at least a taste of Season 5. Since the show is still in production, creator Julian Fellowes is absent, sending Gareth Neame in his stead.  Similarly, much of the cast is shooting Across the Pond, but we've got Laura "Lady Edith" Carmichael, Michelle "Non-Stop" Dockery, Joanne "Anna" Froggatt and Allen "Branson" Leech. Click through and follow along with my live-blog. Don't expect too many spoilers. 7:15 p.m. We're' being strung along by an assortment of other "Masterpiece" productions, none of which is "Downton Abbey." 7:22 p.m. "I feel a-shaking of the ground I stand on, »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Will 'If I Stay' be the next 'Fault in Our Stars'? This new trailer says 'yes'

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If "The Fault In Our Stars'" massive box-office success earlier this summer is any indication (the film has grossed nearly $250 million worldwide), "If I Stay" may be rolling in the dough come August. At least, one could be forgiven for thinking that after watching the latest trailer for the forthcoming Ya adaptation (embedded below), which arguably ups the weep factor thanks to multiple shots of Chloe Grace Moretz tearing up and oh my god, he's playing the guitar at her hospital bed. Adam, the sensitive, long-haired musician who loves her. Is playing the guitar. At her hospital bed. As she lies in a coma, struggling between life and death. Hold me. Will you be seeing "If I Stay" when it comes out? Let us know in the comments. "If I Stay" hits theaters on August 22. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Plagiarizing Tweets Can Win You Praise in USA Today

12 hours ago

USA Today featured a charming tweet today from Tommy Toledo, whose Twitter bio describes him as a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Too bad Toledo actually stole the quip from writer/Actual Twitter Funnyperson Aaron Fullerton. But no matter! The stolen tweet was only featured on the cover of the third largest newspaper in the nation's sports section. What-even-ever. Here's the original quote. Imagine Ferris Bueller trying so hard not to Instagram his whole day off. — Aaron Fullerton (@AaronFullerton) July 20, 2014 Here's the subsequent, nationally reprinted tweet from Toledo. Imagine how hard it would've been for Ferris Bueller not to tweet about his whole Day Off ???? — Tommy Toledo (@TommyToledo13) July 21, 2014 In case you're wondering, Toledo's pretty psyched about his emergence as a serious literary wit. Front page of @Usatoday Sports! ???? #FerrisBuellerYoureMyHero pic.twitter.com/FtzQ8cF4q5 — Tommy Toledo (@TommyToledo13) July 22, 2014 It's one thing to steal a tweet. It's another »


- Louis Virtel

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HBO's 'Westworld' pilot nabs Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood

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Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood are saddling up for "Westworld." The Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs" actor has signed on to star in HBO's TV adaptation of the 1973 sci-fi film, effectively taking on his first (prospective) series regular role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Joining him is "Charlie Countryman" star Evan Rachel Wood, who previously collaborated with the network on both "True Blood" and the 2011 miniseries "Mildred Pierce." Described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," the J.J. Abrams-produced series was "inspired by" the original film, which centered on a futuristic theme park that gave wealthy adults the opportunity to live out their Wild West fantasies (or any fantasies, really) with the help of artificially-intelligent robots. Hopkins will star in the pilot as Dr. Robert Ford, the "brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the board »


- Chris Eggertsen

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John Oliver's 10 Best Moments So Far on 'Last Week Tonight'

13 hours ago

When "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" began three months ago, we wondered if the show could confidently deliver a commercial-free block of satirical news without ever feeling like a longwinded "Daily Show" retread. In a few short weeks, the HBO series stepped up to become a premier space for funny, unexpected, and real rants. To commemorate Oliver's first 90 days as a go-to voice in a very familiar genre, take a look at 10 pieces that make "Last Week Tonight" seem like the freshest comedy hour on cable. We'll never look at Princess Peach the same way again. »


- Louis Virtel

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Exclusive 'Mood Indigo' clip takes us on a wild ride through Michel Gondry's Paris

13 hours ago

I just reviewed Michael Gondry's "Mood Indigo," but I'll add that a week or so after seeing it, there are images from the movie that randomly pop into my head each day. While narrative and logic may not be Gondry's primary interests when he's making a movie, images are, and there's no faulting him for the way he's created these visual ideas that make "Mood Indigo" feel like something I dreamed, not something I actually saw. The film begins to expand to more screens this weekend, and Drafthouse Films decided to celebrate by sending us an exclusive clip that I think does a wonderful job of laying out how sublimely silly Gondry's world is for this film. With clips from giant summer movies or most studio fare, you probably already know whether or not you want to see something. Sure, it's nice to get a peek at something if you're excited about it, »


- Drew McWeeny

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This 'Scully Likes Science' Musical Mash-Up Deserves To Be A Top 40 Hit

13 hours ago

For almost a decade, Dana Scully steadfastly believed that Our Savior Science could illuminate even the most bizarre circumstance. All throughout ‘The X-Files’ Scully extolled the virtues of hard facts even in the face of actual aliens and disgusting inbred rednecks.  To honor this commitment to Stem fields, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that science cannot in fact explain everything, Scully Loves Science’ is the musical montage she deserves. [Via The Mary Sue] »

- Donna Dickens

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Weezer tries to capture that '90s feeling on new single 'Back to the Shack'

14 hours ago

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has never been able to shake off the ghost of nostalgia, and it's never been more apparent than on the band's new "Back to the Shack" -- their first new song in four years. With production from Ric Ocasek (who controlled the boards on Weezer's 1994 debut and 2000 comeback album, both self-titled), the upcoming "Everything Will Be Alright In The End" is being pitched as an attempt to recapture the band's early sound which seemed to start slipping away from them sometime around the turn of the millennium.  With the refrain "Rockin' out like it's '94," the confessional, self-conciously retro-sounding "Back to the Shack" is about exactly what it sounds like it would be about: Looking backwards and getting (somewhat) back to basics.  There's a through-line here from the Blue Album's "In the Garage" -- which reminisced about Cuomo's childhood as an outcast who found comfort in »


- Dave Lewis

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Rating 5 Seconds of Summer's new set via the Boy Band-ometer

15 hours ago

So if One Direction is a 10 and 98 Degrees is a 1, where do 5 Seconds of Summer, whose full-length self-titled debut comes out today (22), fall on the Boy Band-ometer? Let’s look at a few factors and bring in a few more boy band metrics. *Harmonies: The pinnacle of Boy Band Harmony is Backstreet Boys on “As Long As You Love Me,” followed closely by Boyz II Men on “I’ll Make Love To You.”  On each, their voices wrap around each other in a gorgeous blend of longing. Few boy groups seem to understand that singing in unison is not the same as harmonizing and  warbling “Oh, oh” together a lot—on almost every song— doesn’t constitute harmony. The members of 5Sos tend to trade off on lines and then all four sing together. Bsb and B2M have nothing to worry about.  Grade: C *Songs: Remember how other than “You Don't Know You're Beautiful, »


- Melinda Newman

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Camp-Tastic: 'Manimal: The Movie' is coming from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay

16 hours ago

"Manimal" fans, rejoice: a big-screen treatment of the cult '80s TV series is coming to the big screen. Gary Sanchez partners Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing a live-action/animated hybrid of the show for Sony Pictures Animation, according to Deadline. Though the original series (which centered on a wealthy crimefighter capable of shapeshifting into a variety of different animals) played the concept straight, the film version is being billed as an action-comedy "with heavy visual effects and animated elements." The film will be written by "Key & Peele" scribes Jay Martel and Ian Roberts. “Like 'The Catcher in the Rye' or 'The Sound and the Fury,' 'Manimal' has always been one of those elusive projects every producer dreams of taking to the silver screen,” said McKay in a statement. “I know the movie will be funny and entertaining but will it be the first film to win a Pulitzer? »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Review: 'Magic In The Moonlight' makes weak use of Colin Firth and Emma Stone

16 hours ago

"Magic In The Moonlight" is one of those Woody Allen films. You know the kind I mean. At this point, with Allen currently directing his 45th feature film, his pace has become as much a part of his daily life as breathing or dodging uncomfortable questions about his personal proclivities. He writes and directs one feature film after another, and some of them are good and some of them are terrible and occasionally one of them is so great it's ridiculous. Often, what we get are serviceable premises dressed up with recognizable actors who are just happy to get their turn to work with Allen, and the films end up feeling thin, like first drafts of something that might work. In "Magic In The Moonlight," Colin Firth plays Stanley, a stage magician who, in the grand tradition of Houdini, hates anyone who deals in spiritualism, and when his old friend »


- Drew McWeeny

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Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and more made a rap song for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

17 hours ago

The new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie got itself a new Teenage Music Ninja Track, it's a rap song, and it's called "Shell Shocked." I'm going to give you a minute to stop laughing.     "Shell Shocked" is by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign and guests producers Kill The Noise & Madsonik. That's officially more features than there are turtles. Somebody has to call dibs on Splinter. Beyond its many rhymers, "Shell Shocked" has all the things to make your favorite nine-year-old slam dance in the living room: big bass, clap track, trap clap and mastering with no restraint, on top of the recurring chorus "knock knock / you about to get shell shocked." In a press release, Wiz, Ty and Juicy J each justify why they decided to take on the song, with nary a mention of the obvious ($$$$$$$), and yet (and yes) there's mentions of Rolex watches and girls »


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'Orange Is the New Black' season 2 in review

17 hours ago

We've come to the end of this trip through "Orange Is the New Black" season 2. Thoughts on the final three episodes, and season 2 as a whole, coming up just as soon as I buy a banjolele on Craigslist... "Feeling our feelings might actually make it impossible to survive in here." -Poussey For the sake of this experiment of trying to review a Netflix show as if it were distributed more traditionally, I tried not to get too far ahead of what I was reviewing. And watching at that two at a time pace, I was still enjoying the season a lot, but not feeling quite as bewitched by it as I was in season 1. Then I got to the end of episode 10, with Pornstache's arrest, and decided I just wanted to keep going, unwritten rules of the project be damned, and I wound up watching the season's final five episodes within 24 hours of each other. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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The Snap: The Comic-Con 2014 Preview We Need

17 hours ago

Comic-Con 2014 is about to commence, and before we don our provocative Jubilee cosplay, we're previewing the whole San Diego nerdfest in The Snap. What do we want out of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "Batman Vs. Superman"? Check out our analysis to find out. And hey, check out all of The Snap's episodes: Ep. #18: We Review Every Celebrity Sex Tape Ep. #17: The Biggest Movie Bombs of 2014 Ep. #16: 25 Reasons to Worship Tilda Swinton Ep. #15: The Secrets of 'Transformers' Ep. #14: What to Know About the 2014 World Cup Ep. #13: The 10 Worst Types of Facebook Status Ep. #12: Why Meryl Streep Needs to Join 'Star Wars' Ep. #11: Everything You Don't Know About 'Maleficent' Ep. #10: Good God, Memorial Day Movies are Terrible Ep. #9: Why Reality TV Still Matters Ep. #8: Let's Find George Clooney Some New Wives Ep. #7: Where »


- Louis Virtel

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Exclusive clip from 'The Hundred-Foot Journey': 'You are trespassing too'

17 hours ago

What starts with a "Bonjour!" ends with an insult in this brand new clip from DreamWorks' "The Hundred-Foot Journey," exclusive to HitFix. Helen Mirren plays acclaimed restaurant owner Madame Mallory who approaches some new visitors to her tiny French town. As Papa Kadam (Om Puri) and son Hasan (Manish Dayal) poke around an unkempt property to investigate its potential for a restaurant, Mallory gets a bit poke-y, too. A couple civil barbs over trespassing are exchanged, then Papa has a quick lesson for the Madame: just because he inquired about getting a discount at another potential site for his family's Indian eatery "doesn't mean I'm poor. It means I'm thrifty." If the trailer to the flick is any indication, the temperature's only set to rise in this overseas culinary, cultural adventure. "The Hundred-Foot Journey" heads to theaters on Aug. 8, directed by Lasse Hallström and based on the novel of the same same. »


- Katie Hasty

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Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis: Broadway Rock Stars?

18 hours ago

When you think of born rock stars, the first two names that should come to mind are Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. At least, that's what Funny Or Die would have you believe. In this clip, Danson and Galifiankis take roles in a stage version of "Mistaken for Stranger," the documentary about the band The National's frontman Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who joined his crew. Danson and Galifianakis are both so right and yet so, so wrong. Honest question: Has anyone had a better TV career than Ted Danson? Check out his credits. It is astounding. They just gave him "CSI" and we all said, "Of course, why not. You do your thing, Mr. Steenburgen."  »


- Louis Virtel

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Peeta and Johanna featured in new 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' images

18 hours ago

The new issue of Capitol Couture has been made available by the Capitol Ministries of Information and it features Johanna Mason and Peeta Mellark.  Or, put another way, we have new images from "The Hunger Games" franchise. One has to admire the utter commitment with which the publicity department is proceeding in promoting the upcoming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1."  They seem to revel in creating the various bits of misinformation which the Capitol puts forth. Today specifically, we have two "Capitol Citizen Living Portraits" which you can see below.  The first is of Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) and the second is of Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).  Essentially, the characters just spin around so we can check out their great duds, but the Capitol has also provided flavorful write-ups of the outfits worn by both Johanna and Peeta.  To give you a small taste, the discussion of Johanna's outfit in part states, »


- Josh Lasser

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Honest Trailers Is Super Confused About 'Divergent'

18 hours ago

You can only make parody trailers for so long before the same themes start popping up. After all, storytelling has been based on the same two stories since time immemorial: either a person goes on a journey or there’s a knock at the door. That’s it. But the trick is supposed to be how many variations humans can spin. Which is why the Honest Trailers narrator is really confused by ‘Divergent’. Ironically it barely diverges from ‘The Hunger Games’ which barely diverges from ‘Battle Royale’. So basically, this is the ‘Multiplicity’ of Mary Sue post-apocalypse teen fiction.  »


- Donna Dickens

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