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Rumored 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' spinoff gets its rumored stars

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Per media reports -- let's cite The Hollywood Reporter -- ABC and Marvel have settled on the two characters to serve as the focus of its untitled "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." spinoff. And I'm of two minds. One mind says that it's terrific that Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood will star in the potential "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." spinoff project that ABC and Marvel haven't said they're making. Palicki's Bobbi "Mockingbird" Morse and Blood's Lance Hunter have been two of the more consistently appealing characters in the second season of "S.H.I.E.L.D." and there is absolutely no question that I would watch an hour of TV each week more focused around their characters, former spouses still working together as flirting, bickering badasses. The other mind says that "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has been better in its second season, but the additions of Palicki »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Blake Lively on Harrison Ford: 'I hadn't seen Star Wars or Indiana Jones"

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"The Age of Adaline" is a sincere but paranormal romcom about a woman coping with immortality after she survives an accident that prevents her from aging. Though eternal life sounds great in the broad strokes, Adaline (Blake Lively) finds herself fleeing every romantic relationship when it comes time to admit she's a hundred years old, not 28. The movie is a strange little experiment, but both Lively and her onscreen beau Michiel Huisman embraced the eeriness of "The Age of Adaline" and built excellent chemistry together. We interviewed both stars about their peculiar characters and what it was like bonding with costar Harrison Ford. Turns out it's easier to approach Ford when you haven't seen either "Star Wars" or the Indiana Jones movies -- which Lively bravely admitted to us.  »


- Louis Virtel

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Artie Lange on his inevitable 'Howard Stern' flameout: 'It ended the only way it can end'

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All due respect to "Mad TV" and "Dirty Work" fans, but for this writer Artie Lange's greatest performance will always be his eight-year run on "The Howard Stern Show." From 2001 to 2009, the gravelly-voiced comedian worked as the King of All Media's brash, no-nonsense sidekick, a role that brought him his greatest career success ("It was the closest I ever felt to being a rock star") but also brought his personal demons to the fore. His stint on the show came to an abrupt and chilling end in January 2010, when Lange, at that time addicted to heroin, was hospitalized for eight months following a suicide attempt (an episode he has discussed publicly and wrote about in his 2013 memoir "Crash and Burn"). Five years on from his terrifying downward spiral, Lange has rebounded and continues to work, performing numerous standup gigs and making guest appearances on TV shows including "Louie" and Californication. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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242 days until Star Wars: 'Rebels' trailer reveals the fate of surviving Clone Troopers

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The second season of “Star Wars Rebels” doesn’t even have a release date yet, but it does have one hell of a trailer. After the climatic events of the first season pushed Fulcrum and the Rebellion out into the open, the time for clandestine subterfuge is over. The time for Robin Hood in Space™ has begun. Perhaps most interesting is the triumphant arrival of Commander Rex and group of surviving Clone Troopers. Way back at Sdcc last year, Filoni told HitFix the remaining clones would have rapidly aged and had conflicting feeling about Order 66. It seems we’ll finally get to see some of that angst.   »


- Donna Dickens

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The 10 essential 'Inside Amy Schumer' sketches

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Praise be: The third season of "Inside Amy Schumer" begins on Tuesday. Since the Comedy Central series finally came out on DVD, we've been eagerly revisiting and re-screaming in hilarious awe at our favorite Schumer sketches. Here are the 10 essential "Inside Amy Schumer" sketches to prepare you for her third outing.  10. The grim reality of "Hello M'Lady"-type guys It is revelatory enough that "Inside Amy Schumer" pointed out the gross, creepy nature of dudes who say "Hello, m'lady," as if their stately Renaissance Faire vibe is what any woman (or person) wants in their lives. Then she goes on to lacerate those dudes' affected, wounded self-absorption. This is a clear example of incisiveness specific to Schumer's work.  9. Compliments? Do Not Accept One, Ladies.  Remember, ladies: Accepting a compliment is unbecoming. Always deflect the compliment and call yourself a golden retriever's dingleberry. Or Die.  8. Let's talk about sext.  The sext convo here is glorious enough, »


- Louis Virtel

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See This Or Die: 'Don't Look Now'

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Our weekly feature in which a writer answers the question: if you could force your friends at gunpoint to watch one movie or TV show what would it be? Time is not a river, running one direction, no matter how we perceive it. Time is an ocean in which we are eternally immersed, and the older I get, the more I realize that we are all Billy Pilgrim, constantly awash in our own past and present, doing everything we can to survive them so we might see some future. This last year has been one of the most personally chaotic in my entire life, and there is so much good and so much bad all stirred in there together that it's impossible for me to pull any of it apart. Nicolas Roeg has obviously been thinking about this for most of his career, because his best films seem to understand »


- Drew McWeeny

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Disney excludes Black Widow from ‘Age of Ultron’ merchandise

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Disney has an on-going problem when it comes to lady action figures and swag. With the exception of their Princesses and Tinkerbell, Disney tends to forget their female action stars exist when it comes to merchandising them. It happened with “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It happened with “Star Wars Rebels.” There’s even a Tumblr called But Not Black Widow dedicated to pointing out these disappearing heroines. It’s been an issue since action figures and summer blockbusters made a deal with capitalism devil. And now it’s happening with “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Today, Marvel’s released the list of merchandise available on Marvel.com and DisneyStore.com for the upcoming film. Between the two sites, Black Widow shows up a grand total of thrice. Once in a video game starter pack, once on a men's shirt, and once as a shopping bag. Scarlet Witch fares even worse, showing »


- Donna Dickens

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Marvel makes an important move for diversity with 'Captain Marvel' writers

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When I wrote last week about the "Wonder Woman" shake-up, I mentioned that I've had an evolution of thinking about that movie. I originally said that Warner should just hire the right director regardless of gender, but based on the last year or so of my own personal observations about the way the gender war is being waged in Hollywood, I no longer believe that. Now I think it's important… urgent, even… that whoever writes and directs "Wonder Woman" should be a woman, precisely because it is still considered unusual. Any of the giant intellectual property machines currently in motion have diversity issues. "Star Wars" has taken some very interesting and promising steps to overcome that, and I don't think it was an accident that the first new character we saw in the first trailer for "The Force Awakens" is a young black man. If you're sending a message that »


- Drew McWeeny

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Stream reggae group Morgan Heritage's full album 'Strictly Roots': Exclusive

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Right in the midst of their latest tour, reggae mainstays Morgan Heritage are prepping the release of their latest album "Strictly Roots." Despite the album title, the quintet actually does a fair amount of genre-mixing into this, their 10th album. "'Strictly Roots' embodies Morgan Heritage on a 360 degree axis because of the various musical genres we include in the sound on this album," keyboardist and vocalist Una Morgan told HitFix. "We're also very thankful for the opportunity to be able to get our music out to the masses without boundaries.” Below, HitFix exclusively reveals a full stream of the 13-track effort, which includes guest spots from Shaggy, Chronixx, Bobby Lee from Soja, Jo Mersa Marley, J Book and more. Don Chandler, Seani B, Shane C. Brown, Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer, French reggae/dancehall producers MatthieuBost and Jérémie “Bim” Dessus, Andrew “Simmo” Simpson and DJ Fras all chipped in producing. Check out »


- Katie Hasty

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Will the newly discovered ‘Wrinkle in Time’ pages influence the Disney film?

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A never-before-seen passage from “A Wrinkle in Time” has hit the web. For those eagerly (or hesitantly) anticipating the Disney movie adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved sci-fi/fantasy book, the question arises, Could these newly discovered pages influence the direction of the film? “A Wrinkle in Time” — which would be likely classified as Ya today, though L’Engle once said her books were for people, not just children — follows 13-year-old Meg Murray and her wunderkind five-year-old brother Charles Wallace as they traverse between planets to find their missing scientist father. Jennifer Lee, who co-directed “Frozen,” is set to pen the script for Disney’s upcoming big screen take on the book. Last week, The Wall Street Journal posted the cut passage, three typewriter-composed pages discovered by L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis. In these pages, which you can read here, Meg asks her father how the Black Thing (pure evil Mr. »


- Emily Rome

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World on fire: 'Daredevil' season 1 in review

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I finished watching "Daredevil" earlier today, and while my overall opinion hasn't changed that much from my initial review, I have a few additional thoughts on the season as a whole, coming up just as soon as I misspell Chanukah... In that earlier review, I noted an appreciation for the way that Steven DeKnight, Drew Goddard and company constructed each of the first five episodes to feel a bit different from the one before it. That sense of variation wasn't quite as strong in the remaining eight — or, rather, the overall "Daredevil" structure became more obvious given time, as each hour tried pairing off a different set of characters (Matt and Foggy, Matt and Stick, Karen and Ben) for some character-building, with one or two fight scenes to spice things up. That's not really a complaint, because I liked these characters a lot — "Daredevil" works as well as it does »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Hallelujah?: Panic! at the Disco debuts a new song

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Panic! At the Disco haven’t made much noise since they finished promoting their last album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, but it looks like we’ll be hearing a lot more from them now. Today (April 20), the group released the first taste of their next full-length, the single “Hallelujah!” Read the full article at Radio.com. »

- Marissa G. Muller - Radio.com

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Kanye West and The Hitmen join up for new Diddy Album 'Mmm'

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Kanye West’s career behind the boards stretches back more than a decade, to the late ’90s. Back then he got his start with Bad Boy Records’ original production team The Hitmen, responsible for much of the label’s output over the course of the ’90s. Now West is going full circle—he’s joining up with The Hitmen to help with Diddy’s new album... Read the full article on Radio.com. »


- Ezra Marcus - Radio.com

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Outrage Watch: Conan O'Brien shames one of his writers on Twitter

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Welcome to a new bite-size version of Outrage Watch, HitFix's daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. "Conan" writer Andrés du Bouchet took down late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and others (though he didn't name any of them) in a since-deleted late-night/early morning Twitter rant about the state of late-night television over the weekend -- and now he's being put in check by his boss. "Comedy in 2015 needs a severe motherfucking shakeup. No celebrities, no parodies, no pranks, no mash-ups or hashtag wars...and shove your lip-synching up your ass," tweeted the writer and comedian on Friday, before continuing: "Prom King Comedy. That’s what I call all this shit. You’ve let the popular kids appropriate the very art form that helped you deal. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Of course Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard released a 'Pot' video today

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Is it really 4/20, a.k.a. National Get High Day, if Willie Nelson doesn’t acknowledge it? This year we won’t have to find out as the stoner kingpin and fellow country legend Merle Haggard released the video for the first single from their joint album (get it?), Django and Jimmie. In the clip for “It’s All Going to Pot,” premiered on Conan O’Brien’s website, you can see the two greats at work in the studio, recording the track, palling around and, yeah, partaking in 4/20 activities... Read the full article on Radio.com. »


- Marissa G. Muller - Radio.com

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Matt Bomer's 'Magic Mike Xxl' poster beats Channing Tatum's

7 hours ago

I don't want to make the posters for "Magic Mike Xxl" a petty eye-candy competition, but sigh. What else should it be? Matt Bomer, the star of USA's "White Collar" and most sex fantasies, gets his turn to shine in a new poster for the salacious sequel. (Who am I, Gene Shalit?) As you can see, he is giving us "porn star Montgomery Clift" in an important way. More like "From Hot To Eternity," am I right?    For comparison's sake, here's star Channing Tatum's poster. I'm getting a bit more sex appeal in Bomer's pic. Maybe the next sequel should be called "Magic Matt, Xoxo, Sorry 'Bout It, Channing"? Yes.   "Magic Mike Xxl" is out July 1. »


- Louis Virtel

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John Oliver updates CNN's insane doomsday video

10 hours ago

Remember in the early '90s when Ted Turner made a doomsday video to play on CNN in case, you know, the world was ending and we needed a video to get us through the hurt? Well, he did. And now John Oliver is updating that video with the help Our One True Leader Martin Sheen.  Great job with Cookie Crisp, humans. We did it. »


- Louis Virtel

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'Jurassic World' trailer takes man's hubris to logical conclusion, give T-Rex bigger arms

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If you give a dinosaur a genetically modified intelligence, it's going to want some freedom. If you give a dinosaur some freedom, it's going to run amok. If a dinosaur runs amok, you're all going to die. If you're all going to die, snatched from the air like a rag doll, you're last thoughts are going to be, "Oh, That's why evolution gave Tyrannosaurus rex  a big head and tiny arms." We get our first clear look at Indominus rex, and a quick cut towards the end implies either the humans will faction into two groups or the Clever Girls aren't as down with their mammalian overlords as Chris Pratt's "Dinosaur Dundee" seems to think.   »


- Donna Dickens

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'Game of Thrones' Book Club: Face the 'Winds of Winter' changes

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Each week, HitFix Harpy will be hosting the "Game of Thrones" book club. A safe space where readers of "A Song of Ice and Fire" can come to dissect the changes to the series and debate what will happen next. All without fear they'll accidentally spoil something for non-readers. ************ After last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” there was a moment where I considered writing this article inversely. It would be shorter to discuss the plot elements in “The House of Black and White” that Didn’T change from the novels. From the superficial to the story-altering to possible spoilers for “The Winds of Winter,” showrunners David Beniof and D.B. Weiss aren’t afraid to dig into the source material and reconfigure the wiring. Warning: This Post Is Dark And Full Of Spoilers. Discussion All The Way Through "A Dance With Dragons" Beyond This Point. 1) Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne find Sansa. »


- Donna Dickens

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Forecast': The man with no plan

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A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I get you a map to the powder room... "I had a plan, which was no plans!" -Richard Early in "The Forecast," Don gets into an argument with his realtor Melanie, who can't be bothered to conceal her disgust with her client. As they study the barren living room tableau created by Marie Calvet's thievery, Don insists that it's a selling point, because potential buyers can more easily imagine their own furniture in the space. Melanie dismissively wonders if he's ever sold an apartment, and in a later conversation suggests, "this place reeks of failure." Don again shrugs off her contempt and says, "I have a good feeling about things." In a way, Don is proven right, since Melanie winds up selling the place at the asking price. But that empty apartment — and Don's reaction to realizing »


- Alan Sepinwall

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