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Watch Three New Clips From TV One Thriller "The Summoning" (Premieres June 6)

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Starring Paula Jai Parker, Darius McCrary, Dorian Missick and Terrell Tilford, TV One's original movie "The Summoning" centers on a remarried widow who summons her first husband from the dead with the reunion turning into a life-threatening affair.  TV One has released several new clips in anticipation of the movie's premiere on Saturday, June 6. Parker plays Angela Simmons-Alexander, a young woman who "complicates her life by resurrecting her late husband Tj Simmons (Tilford). Though her new husband Wayne Alexander (Missick) is everything she could hope for, the passion in her marriage is lukewarm at best.  "Given an artifact – a spiritual medallion said to awaken the deceased – by a dead friend’s brother, Drew Studdard (McCrary), Angela cannot resist temptation and invokes the magic of the mysterious gift. The reunion with her past love is emotional but turns deadly very quickly as his spirit begins to strengthen and make. »


- Jai Tiggett

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Exclusive: 'Aquarius' Unrated Cut to Debut on iTunes

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If you thought you'd seen all of "Aquarius," think again. Despite releasing the full season a day after its premiere, NBC and production companies Tomorrow Studios and King Baby have more Manson, murder and David Duchovny in store for fans. As discussed in Indiewire interviews with the cast and creator, an uncensored version of the first season will be available soon on iTunes.  Series creator John McNamara took to Twitter (for the first time) in order to break the news properly. In an interview with McNamara published Sunday, the creator talked about how and why the series needed a second cut. "There are two versions of every episode," McNamara said. "It started with the fact that this was developed with a cable company before NBC, and I could never shake that feeling of, 'I want to do it this way.' And Bob [Greenblatt] was great about saying, 'Do whatever you want, »


- Ben Travers

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What Shows We Should Binge-Watch, and What Shows We Shouldn't

9 hours ago

Did you watch "Aquarius" last weekend? More importantly, did you watch all of "Aquarius" last weekend? For the first time in broadcast history, anyone in the United States could watch all 13 episodes of "Aquarius" the day after the pilot aired on NBC. It was a big move from a network jumping ahead of what many saw as an extended timeline for this sort of distribution, and fans seem to be pleased with the choice even more than the series. But is it really a good thing for television? Read More: This Trilogy is the Best Binge-Viewing Experience of the Year When Netflix established the binge-viewing model, it was an outsider; a renegade; an exception to the rule, not the rule it's becoming. Virtually every network is trying to capitalize on the demand for binge-viewing, making this release strategy more and more common every year. But as has been mentioned before, »

- Ben Travers

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In 'The Lion's Mouth Opens,' Facing a Life-or-Death Test Result

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In "The Lion's Mouth Opens," filmmaker Marianna Palka ("Good Dick") is faced with a horrible choice: whether or not to know the results of the genetic test that will tell her whether or not she carries the gene for Huntington's Disease, a hereditary illness one friend calls "Alzheimer's plus Parkinson's." Documentarian Lucy Walker ("The Waste Land") is there to film the night before, as Palka gathers friends including Jason Ritter and Bryce Dallas Howard — neither of whom is identified apart from the closing credits — around her to share the last evening she'll have before, one way or the other, her life is changed forever. Walker, who expanded her 15-minute short to the half-hour version that premieres on HBO tonight (at the start of National Huntington's Awareness Month), cuts away from that tense and tearful gathering a few times, mostly to show Palka and her mother sharing memories of Palka's father, »


- Sam Adams

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New '24' Event Series Will Feature Jack Bauer, But Be Led By Younger Twentysomething Character

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Last month, Fox told reporters that "24" wasn't done yet, and they were cooking up something new with the franchise, after its successful return as an event series last spring with "24: Live Another Day." "We have been developing another version of '24,' but it is still fairly early in the development process, so there's just really nothing that we can tell you at this time other than [that] we are working on something," co-Chairman and CEO Gary Walden said. And now, a few more details have arrived. TV Line is reporting that "24" will have another go round as an event series, but this time, Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer will be taking a back seat, slotted to guest appearances. Instead, a "twentysomething male terrorist hunter" will take over in the lead role, adding some fresh blood to the proceedings. This new character would work alongside an older female agent (but not Yvonne Strahovski, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Wood Harris and Mack (Tristan) Wilds Will Star in VH1 Hip Hop Movie 'The Breaks'

10 hours ago

VH1 has announced that Wood Harris, Mack (Tristan) Wilds, Afton Williamson, David Call and Antoine Harris have joined the cast of its newest original movie, "The Breaks." Written and directed by Seith Mann and based on the book "The Big Payback" by journalist Dan Charnas, the film is a narrative history of the hip-hop business.  Legendary New York music producer DJ Premier will compose the score and serve as executive music producer for “The Breaks,” which will begin production this week and premiere late Fall 2015.  More from the press release below:  “The Breaks” will chronicle the journey of Nikki, David and DeeVee, three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film will travel viewers back to the summer of 1990 in New York City where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and »


- Jai Tiggett

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First Reviews of 'Orange Is the New Black' Season 3

11 hours ago

There aren't too many reviews of "Orange Is the New Black's" third season, which premieres June 12, up yet, but the few that have surfaced so far lay out tantalizing prospects for the episodes to come. The six episodes made available in advance are evidence of a season that continues to expand beyond the focus on Piper Kerman, as well as taking on one of the biggest issues in the prison system: privatization. Spoilers are slim, but we know thus far that Litchfield Correctional in the post-Fig era needs a new source of income if it is to stay open, and that presents a whole host of possibilities. The danger is that diminishing returns may be setting in with the show's flashback structure: There are only so many characters whose backstories we want to know, and only so much backstory to tell, which means either giving us background on characters »


- Sam Adams

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Queen of All He Surveys: A Weekend Inside RuPaul's Drag Empire

11 hours ago

Of the many things to admire about RuPaul Charles, one of the least immediately apparent is his success as a business(wo)man. He's a self-made icon with a three-decade career: In addition to "RuPaul's Drag Race," an elimination-style reality show for drag queens Which You Should Be Watching and the many Logo companion shows, Ru's TV talk show about plastic surgery, "Good Work," recently premiered on E!. He's also got a podcast, and has self-released three studio albums in the last five years. Read More: Ranking the House Down:
 The Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race, from Worst to Best (Part One) That work ethic has surely contributed to his success. But it's also due to the fact that RuPaul understood himself to be a brand before many people thought of themselves as brands. He built "Drag Race" around that brand, where girls compete to be crowned by him, »


- Matthew Poe

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The 20 Most Anticipated TV Shows Of Summer 2015

12 hours ago

Summer can be a trying time for the indoorsy type, but thankfully there are many highly valid excuses you can offer up to your friends when they show up on your doorstep with a frisbee or when, inexcusably, one of them produces a hacky sack and thereby ruins a potentially enjoyable booze 'n' snooze in the park. The summer TV schedule is upon us, which means a plethora of returning favorites and a clutch of promising new shows are coming down the pike to keep you happily glued to your sofa during your leisure time, at least until the leaves start to turn. Read More: 10 Unaired TV Pilots By A-List Directors That We Want To See We're obviously coming up close to the season finale of the world-conquering "Game Of Thrones" (June 14th) and with "Mad Men" officially now retired, the staples of Sunday night quality TV are ceding way »

- Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton

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With 'Hardhome,' Did 'Game of Thrones Just Get Better Than the Books?

12 hours ago

As "Game of Thrones" has grown increasingly bold in its departures from George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire," book-readers have found themselves in the unfamiliar position of being surprised: What do you mean, no Lady Stoneheart? And where'd Mance Rayder go all of a sudden? But more and more, those surprises seem to be pleasant ones, to the extent that even some die-hard Martin fans are starting to prefer the TV series to the novels. To judge from the reviews of "Hardhome," the fifth season's eight episode, last night's might have been "Game of Thrones'" most inspired departure yet. In the books, the massive battle is relayed via letter, but the show dropped us right into it via a 15-minute setpiece that was among the most impressive things the show has ever done. Director Miguel Sapochnik is, let's be clear, no Neil Marshall, who managed »


- Sam Adams

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Logo's 'Sunday Funday' Block Set To Kick Off In July With 'Food To Get You Laid'

13 hours ago

Logo is reclaiming one of the most beloved gay institutions, the Sunday brunch, with a block of fresh summer programming "packed with romance, food, style, and the one and only RuPaul."  Along with the greenlight of new series “Food To Get You Laid,” Logo announced a new ‘Sunday Funday’ block, which kicks off on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 7:00pm and will continue throughout the summer, as the network celebrates its 10th anniversary. "With 8 consecutive quarters of growth and the highest ratings in Logo's history, we are aiming even higher,” said Chris McCarthy, General Manager of Logo TV and MTV2. “From new series ‘Food to Get You Laid’ to a special edition of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ this summer we are set to own the post brunch party with our new ‘Sunday-Funday’ block.” RuPaul returns with “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4 RuVealed” airing Sundays at 7:00 pm Et/Pt. The never-before-seen »


- /bent

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Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Showed Why They're Doing a Ted Talk on Friendship at This 'Grace and Frankie' Panel

16 hours ago

When "Grace and Frankie" competes in the Emmys this year, it will be as a comedy series. But while it fits into the somewhat arbitrary definitions set by the Television Academy this year, it's not quite the laugh-out-loud event one might expect from co-creator Marta Kauffman, of "Friends" fame. As those who have seen the show can attest, it would be wise to tackle the first season on Netflix fully equipped with a box of tissues and a very huggable pillow.  Read More: Is 'Grace and Frankie' the Exception That Breaks the New Emmy Rules? At Netflix's For Your Consideration screening of "Grace and Frankie" in late May, Marta Kauffman told Indiewire about what she got from the creative freedom that Netflix allows (in comparison to the rigid 20-minute, one-joke-per-page, multi-camera format of a show like "Friends"). "I wanted to go deeper," Kauffman said. "I want to do more mature work. »


- Sara Itkis

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Episode 8: The Dead Rise in 'Hardhome'

17 hours ago

Previously: Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Episode 7 'The Gift' Doesn't Bounce Back From Last Week's Trauma Post-"Game" AnalysisAfter last week's episode, which meandered in and out of too many story lines and jumped around with little development in each, it was great that this episode, “Hardhome,” focused on a select few that actually went somewhere. In King's Landing, Cersei discovered the meaning of suffering. In Braavos, a girl finally became someone else. In Meereen, two our our favorite characters finally sat down to talk (over wine!). And North of The Wall, well... those blue eyes might just haunt some dreams tonight. Most Magical MomentArya has finally learned the fine art of lying. She's become Lana, salesgirl of fresh oysters. Naturally the identity is a ruse, as becoming someone else is merely a way to get to "The Thin Man," who has earned the ire of Jaqen. The set up of this entire sequence, »


- Casey Cipriani

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Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Episode 8 is Gonna Take You To The 'Hardhome'

18 hours ago

This week’s “Game of Thrones,” “Hardhome,” is a definitive turn from the last couple of episodes. As the pen-penultimate episode of Season 5, ‘GoT’ turns the action on hard with the help of Wildlings, White Walkers, and Night’s Watch in the North. But director Miguel Sapochnik and writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss keep the pots stirring in other lands, checking in on our main characters, who are forging new alliances, trapped in dungeons, and learning new trades. It’s a doozy of an episode, so let’s jump right in. Read More: Watch: Two New Clips From 'Game Of Thrones' Season 5 With Brienne, Podrick, Jon Snow And Mance Meereen Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) are standing before Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) because they have got some serious ‘splainin to do. Tyrion makes his case to Dany, including in his bonafides that killed both of his parents, »


- Katie Walsh

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Why Movie-Lover Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown' Is So Good

23 hours ago

If I could turn into another person it would be Anthony Bourdain. Why? He's got the life I envy. The television essayist travels the world to exotic locations for CNN Doc series "Parts Unknown." Using local foodies as guides to each new country, he eats yummy mouth-watering cuisine as he grills the locals on their culture and often drinks to excess, while his team of four--two producers and two cameramen--shoot reportage, on the street in Shanghai, Madagascar and Myanmar, inside restaurants and kitchens in India, Thailand and Spain, on rural farms in Colombia and Paraguay, under water off the coast of Sicily, in S & M parlors in Tokyo. They are often inspired by movies they've seen, from "Apocalypse Now" to "In the Mood for Love." It's not all fun and games. Fans of the show will remember the infamous Sicily episode, when Bourdain was in despair when his Mediterranean guide »


- Anne Thompson

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Review: 'Veep' Season 4 Episode 8 'B/Ill' Pits All But One Against Each Other

31 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT

Last Week's Review: ‘Veep’ Season 4, Episode 7 'Mommy Meyer' Nails It ('Like Streisand Hitting a High C') Immediate ReactionHow, after a week aptly described by Tom as "a long glass of frozen strawberry fuck-up," are the Presidential staffers expected to survive a congressional investigation? They can't stay on the same page when they're in control of the questions, so I can't imagine they'll survive this unscathed. If Season 4 was the last season of "Veep," I'd be expecting a "Seinfeld"-like finale where everyone ended up in jail as a fitting moral to the story. After all, if Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer did enough damage to justify a jail sentence, this crowd would be put away for life. But despite everything going on in "B/Ill" — a title that, unlike the insults hurled between characters, feels like it's trying a little too hard to be clever — the episode felt a little too slow, »

- Ben Travers

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