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'Ask Drew' deals with the Oculus Rift and Mad Max in a special Comic-Con episode
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'Ask Drew' deals with the Oculus Rift and Mad Max in a special Comic-Con episode

I can't believe we got this one finished without security stopping us

If you want to see what chaos looks like, try shooting something with both sound and video on the floor of the San Diego Comic-Con.

Now add in the variables of answering questions you're not prepared to answer with people you know walking by and anxious security guards trying to move you and last-day anxiety from everyone around you and it gets to be pure madness, but the kind that can be an enormous amount of fun if you let it.

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Jim Gaffigan

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'Gaffigan' in, 'Kirstie' out at TV Land

Ashley Williams, Adam Goldberg and HOT POCKETS! co-star

In a changing of the self-titled comedy guard, TV Land announced on Tuesday (July 29) that it has given a series order to "The Gaffigan Show," while also confirming that "Kirstie" has been cancelled after only one season.

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TV Land cancels Kirstie Alley’s 'Kirstie'

TV Land cancels Kirstie Alley’s “Kirstie”
The ratings-challenged sitcom, also co-starring Michael Richards and Rhea Perlman, lasted one season.

Syfy’s “12 Monkeys” casts a woman in the Brad Pitt role
“Cosmopolis” star Emily Hampshire will take on the role Pitt played in the 1995 Terry Gilliam film.

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CW to air The World Dog Awards

CW to air The World Dog Awards
The inaugural and all-inclusive doggie awards show will be broadcast from Santa Monica's Barker Hanger in January.

“The League” gets a Season 6 premiere date
The FXX series returns Sept. 3.

CNN capitalizing on fugitive who was killed after appearing on John Walsh’s “The Hunt”
Charles Mozdir, who was profiled on July 20 of the “America’s Most Wanted” host’s new series, was killed in a shootout Monday. And ever since, CNN has been going all-out covering Mozdir and Walsh’s connection to the story.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” unveils its Season 2 poster
“Same Shift. Different Day.”

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Charlie Hunnam gets naked in a video explaining his Comic-Con absence

Charlie Hunnam gets naked in a video explaining his Comic-Con absence
Watch the “Sons of Anarchy” star get a massage.

Santa Fe, New Mexico is trying to woo “The Bachelor”
The City Council tonight will consider a request from Santa Fe’s tourism department to spend $50,000 to $100,000 to lure the ABC reality show. PLUS: "The Bachelorette" posts Nick's emotional letter to Andi Dorfman on Facebook.

“24” vet Louis Lombardi defends Kiefer Sutherland
Lombardi, who played Edgar Stiles on “24” Seasons 4 and 5, says of Freddie Prinze, Jr’s comments: "My experience with Kiefer was absolutely the opposite. He was one of the most professional actors I've ever worked with," Lombardi tells Us Weekly exclusively. "He wanted the best out of everybody. I have nothing but great experiences with him. He's a gentleman.”

“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Sarah Drew is pregnant
Drew is expected to welcome her 2nd child in December.

James Garner died of a massive heart attack
“The Rockford Files” star’s death certificate sates that he died from acute myocardial infarction.

Brooklyn Decker and Ethan Embry join Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie”
They’ll play, respectively, Jane Fonda’s daughter and Lily Tomlin’s son.

“The Blacklist” casts a “House of Cards” vet as James Spader’s new foe
Mozhan Marnò will play a former Mossad agent.

You can vote for “America’s Got Talent” via Google searches
Starting tonight, Google searches for “AGT” contestants will bring up ballots for the NBC reality show.

USA’s “Sirens” promotes “Cash"
Actor Bill Nunn will become a series regular in Season 2.

Ex-“Fargo” police chief headed to “Covert Affairs”
Shawn Doyle will recur as a Georgian diplomat.

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Samuel L. Jackson says he is 'Jesus of Comic-Con' as we discuss 'Kingsman'
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Samuel L. Jackson says he is 'Jesus of Comic-Con' as we discuss 'Kingsman'

He's having so much fun, it's hard to believe this is work

"I just wanted to figure out how long I had to stay alive to shoot nine pictures."

I've done a lot of interviews at a lot of events over the years, and I have to give special credit to 20th Century Fox this year for staging one of the most orderly and relaxed afternoons I can remember. They had a place on top of the Hard Rock Cafe. Nothing major. A suite with a long balcony and a hot tub area. They had some tables set up on the balcony with food. They had some chairs. And they had an area where we were able to set up to talk to a group of people representing the slate they had that afternoon.

Samuel L. Jackson is an icon at this point. He has put his stamp on this era of cinema in a way few people ever could. The number of films he's been in, the range of films he's been in… it will be impossible to tell the story of mainstream filmmaking from 1990 - (let's hope ) 2030 or so without including Jackson and seeing his face constantly. That seems to delight him.

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Maksim: 'I’m done dancing' on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Maksim: “I’m done dancing” on “Dancing with the Stars”
"I feel like it's time,” Maksim Chmerkovskiy said of opting not to dance on the ABC reality show anymore, adding: "When I came back to the show, it was not the same -- I was different, probably.”

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” books Kyra Sedgwick as deputy chief
She’ll play Andre Braugher’s longtime rival in two episodes.

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'The Bachelorette' finale down 15% from last year

“The Bachelorette” finale down 15% from last year
Meanwhile, "Running Wild With Bear Grylls” had the summer’s No. 2 reality debut after ABC’s “Rising Star."


“The Bachelorette’s” greatest moment: When runner-up Nick revealed he “made love” with Andi Dorfman?
As Kate Dries, the show never goes there when it comes to sex: "Call it televised heartbreak, call it televised slut-shaming, call it whatever you want, but to speak in Chris Harrison-approved superlatives, Monday evening's episode of The Bachelorette provoked more response than any moment on the show ever. And all because the contestants talked what they're not supposed to talk about: the sex stuff.” PLUS: Juan Pablo winner Nikki Ferrell blasts “The Bachelorette” producers on Twitter.

“Dancing’s” Mark Ballas & Derek Hough to star in “Mark & Derek’s Excellent Flip”
Their HGTV reality show will follow the dancers as they renovate houses and flip them for a profit.

“Sesame Street” may take legal action against Times Square Muppets
“Elmo” and “Cookie Monster” impersonators have been busted in recent years shoving pedestrians and going on anti-Semitic rants.

“Southland” sued for using a real autopsy photo in opening credits
The mother and sister of a man who was murdered claim the canceled police drama used their dead relative’s autopsy photo without permission.

Ron Livingston joins AMC’s “We Hate Paul Revere”
He’ll play the legendary Revolutionary War figure.

Check out Matt Lauer and Al Roker on “Sharknado 2”
"I'm really nervous about this,'' Roker says. "In fact, I'm downright scared."

“Arrow” casts Wildcat
J.R. Ramirez will play Ted “Wildcat” Grant, a member of the Justice Society for America.

Watch Bear Grylls help Zac Efron become a man in the wilderness
Check out the debut of NBC’s “Running Wild.”

“Revenge” adds a “black sheep” from “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Elena Satine will recur next season as the daughter of a wealthy Southern family.

Inspired by Kim Kardashian, Stephen Colbert pitches his own iPhone game
Its name: “I’d Tap That.”

What if “Game of Thrones” stars Maisie Williams and Gwendoline Christie swapped heads?
Here’s what “Arya Stark” would look like if she were 6-foot-3.

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TV Ratings: Low 'Bachelorette' finale leads ABC Monday, while NBC's 'Ninja' rises
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TV Ratings: Low 'Bachelorette' finale leads ABC Monday, while NBC's 'Ninja' rises

'Running Wild With Bear Grylls' has an OK start for NBC

Fast National ratings for Monday, July 28, 2014.

ABC's finale for "The Bachelorette" was far below last summer's "Bachelorette" finale and was barely up from last week's installment, but the three-hour telecast lit season highs anyway and led ABC to Monday wins in all key measures.

Other Monday notables saw "Under the Dome" stabilize among young viewers (but dip overall), FOX's "MasterChef" drop a hair, NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" continue its summer charge and "Running Wild With Bear Grylls" premiere to decent numbers.

On to the numbers...

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Minnie Driver

Exclusive Premiere: Minnie Driver performs Elliott Smith's 'Waltz #2': Watch

Actress's new album also includes covers from Neil Young, The Cure and more

After co-writing the material for her first two albums, actress Minnie Driver decided to turn to songs that others first made famous for “Ask Me To Dance,” out Oct. 7.

The Rounder/Zoe release, Driver’s first album since 2007, features her interpretations of such tunes as The Cure’s “Close To Me,” Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why,” Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster,” the Killer’s “Human,” Neil Finn’s “Better Be Home Soon,” and even going back to the Sinatra standard, “Fly Me To The Moon.”  

In this exclusive clip, HitFix premieres Driver singing “Waltz #2,” from the late Elliott Smith. As movie fans know, Smith’s “Miss Misery” was featured in one of Driver’s earlier film’s, “Good Will Hunting,” and the two were friends until his death.

She prefaces the performance by talking about being in the studio with Smith when he recorded the vocal for the haunting, bittersweet “Waltz #2,” and being struck by how “beautiful” the tune was.  She performs it live in the clip below.

The second season of Driver’s series, “About A Boy,” premieres on Oct.14. She plans to tour behind “Ask Me To Dance,” and will work dates around her “Boy” shooting schedule.

"Ask Me To Dance's" complete track listing is below the video.


 1.           Waltz #2 (XO) (Elliott Smith)
 2.          Close To Me  (Robert Smith)
 3.          Master Blaster (Jammin’)  (Stevland Morris)
 4.          Human  (Mark August Stoermer-Dave Brent Keuning-Brandon Flowers-Ronnie Vannucci Jr.       
 5.          Fly Me To The Moon  (Bart Howard)
 6.          Better Be Home Soon   (Neil Finn)
 7.          Wild Wood   (Paul Weller)
 8.          Tell Me Why (Neil Young)
 9.          Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness  (John Prine)
10.        Love Song  (Lesley Duncan)

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett duets album coming in September

On 'Cheek To Cheek,' the two dive into the Great American Songbook

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett will release their album of jazz standards, “Cheek To Cheek” on Sept. 23. The first track, a remake of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” came out today via iTunes.

The odd bedfellows formed a mutual admiration society three years ago and seemed besotted with each other’s talent ever since Gaga recorded “The Lady Is A Tramp” with Bennett for his “Duets II” album.

The album features the twosome singing in tandem and solo as they work through the Great American Songbook, performing such classics as “Lush Life,” “Anything Goes,” “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” and “Sophisticated Lady.”

Bennett, of course, helped bring much of the Great American Songbook alive over his seven-decade career. It turns out that Gaga grew up on the American standards. “It was very important to Tony that this was a jazz record,” Lady Gaga said in a statement. “I’ve been singing jazz since I was a child and really wanted to show the authentic side of the genre. We made an album of jazz classice, but it has a modern twist.”

The pair recorded the album in New York over the past year, utilizing members from both of their bands, as well as such noted jazzbos as saxophonist Joe Lovano and flutist Paul Horn, who died earlier this month.

Bennett and Lady Gaga have already taped a PBS special performing the songs that will air this fall.




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'Hannibal' producers tease Francis Dolarhyde, disfigurement & more for season 3

What was it like shooting the nightmarish season 2 finale? And how will the show do without murder tableaux?

"Hannibal" showrunner Bryan Fuller was much more open with information at the show's Comic-Con panel, revealing that season 3 would jump ahead a year, eschew the Killer of the Week format, and introduce other Thomas Harris characters like Murasaki and Francis Dolarhyde. So when I got a chance the next day to sit down with Fuller, lead director David Slade and longtime Hannibal Lecter movie/TV producer Martha DeLaurentiis, I didn't have to spend a lot of time probing for information, and could instead go a little deeper on some of those revelations, like how Fuller intends to structure the story of Dolarhyde (the chief villain of "Red Dragon," the novel that introduced Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham), how Slade shot the chilling closing sequence of season 2, how the survivors of that bloody evening might look in season 3, and more.

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