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Chris Pratt Says ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Is Marvel’s Best Movie

30 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

Chris Pratt spoke in a pre-screening scrum Tuesday night at the Crosby Street Hotel, an upscale boutique lodging in SoHo, where he was joined by fellow "Guardians" top-liners Zoe Saldana (the green-skinned assassin Gamora), Vin Diesel (voice of the sweet but tough walking tree Groot) and Lee Pace (villain Ronan the Accuser), along with an eclectic cavalcade of showbiz luminaries -- including novelist Salman Rushdie. »

- Michael Calia

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Producer Says New Starz Series ‘Outlander’ Not Easy to Shoot

30 July 2014 4:46 AM, PDT

The weather and the use of horses are the biggest challenges in shooting “Outlander,” a new television show based on the popular series of novels set in Scotland in the mid-1700s, said executive producer Ronald D. Moore. Moore, who developed the “Battlestar Galactica” series that ran from 2003-09 on the Sci-Fi Channel, was part of a panel discussion about “Outlander” on Monday night at the 92nd Street Y in New York. In addition to three cast members, the panel included author Diana Gabaldon, »

- Kathy Shwiff

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Director J.J. Abrams Extols Shooting on Film vs. Digital

29 July 2014 3:55 PM, PDT

Star Wars” ignited Hollywood’s digital revolution when George Lucas made 1999’s “Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace” the first movie played on digital projectors and 2002’s sequel “Attack of the Clones” the first movie shot entirely digitally. Now J.J. Abrams, Mr. Lucas’s successor in directing the series, is turning things around. His “Star Wars: Episode VII” is one of the few big budget Hollywood productions currently shooting on film. »

- Ben Fritz

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‘True Blood’ TV Recap Season 7, Episode 6: ‘Karma’

28 July 2014 9:36 AM, PDT

Aftermaths and fallout today, but there is one interesting new development: a cure for Hep-v. We open in the aftermath of the Yakuza shootout. Eric was badass last week but we can now see he was struggling. With his vampire senses he still outfights them (why they have swords And guns is unclear) but stops when he sees they have Pam. At Yakuza headquarters, a man puts a digital clock down, says “time until dawn,” and bows. (Is it me, »

- Gwen Orel

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‘The Strain’ Episode 3, ‘Gone Smooth’: TV Recap

27 July 2014 8:08 PM, PDT

FX has become the Marilyn Manson network. The shock rocker will be appearing in the final season of the network's "Sons of Anarchy," and, with one horrific money shot of the transformed Gabriel Bolivar (Jack Kesy), the latest episode of "The Strain" paid homage to the cover of Manson's 1998 androgyny-flavored album, "Mechanical Animals." The monstrous makeup Bolivar wears as a Manson-esque rocker is nothing compared to what the bloodworms will do to him. »

- Michael Calia

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