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<p>That little girl sure does look like she's floating, but she couldn't be... could she?</p>

That little girl sure does look like she's floating, but she couldn't be... could she?

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Source Material: 'Miss Peregrine' feels like perfect home for Tim Burton

Jane Goldman seems like a really smart choice to adapt this one

With the way Hollywood churns through material these days, we thought it was worth taking a look at the various sources they're pulling from and discussing what they might make from these books, games, TV shows, or whatever else they use.  For today's column, we're looking forward to 2013, when Tim Burton may be directing Jane Goldman's adaptation of "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children."


This book by Ransom Riggs falls under the preposterously broad umbrella of "young adult fiction," but trying to shoehorn this into the same genre as "Twilight" or "The Hunger Games" seems ridiculous.  This book was built around some real photos that Riggs collected over the years, a narrative that built upon these images, and which plays as a sort of melancholy fantasy about a young man who is launched into a creepy investigation upon the death of his beloved and eccentric grandfather.

When Jacob goes to the Welsh island where his grandfather once lived, trying to figure out how much of what he was told by the old man was invention and how much was true, he comes across the remains of an old house that apparently was an orphanage of sorts before a bomb destroyed it in WWII.

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<p>Neal McDonough as Quarles in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Neal McDonough as Quarles in "Justified."

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Interview: 'Justified' showrunner Graham Yost post-mortems season 3

On the many villains and memorable moments of a wild third season

"Justified" just concluded its third season, and in addition to reviewing the finale, I interviewed showrunner Graham Yost about the many villains who paraded through Harlan this season, what he felt worked, what didn't, and what some of his initial thoughts are about season 4, all coming up just as soon as I have a taste for pig tongue...

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<p>Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified."

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Season finale review: 'Justified' - 'Slaughterhouse'

Raylan's enemies and allies come together for a bloody final showdown

"Justified" just wrapped up its third season. I interviewed showrunner Graham Yost about the season, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I like the use of "cahoots"...

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Pip on The Voice

Pip Andrew and Carson Daly on 'The Voice'

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'The Voice' results recap: Eliminations - week two

Team Adam and Team Cee-Lo say goodbye to two singers apiece, but who was saved?

The results are in for the first round of eliminations from Team Adam and Team Cee-Lo.

Will Jamar sail right through? Will this be the end of the road for Pip and his bow ties? Will fan non-favorite Erin walk like an Egyptian right off the show? How will Christina stab Tony Lucca in the back tonight?

Carson promises a big show and a great performance by Jessie J! So let's get to it...

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<p>Matthew Bomer of &quot;Glee&quot;</p>
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Matthew Bomer of "Glee"

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Big Brother'

A strong guest appearance by Matthew Bomer hides the show's usual problems
We’re back, “Glee” fans, for eight consecutive episodes to round out this third season. And with a fourth season confirmed this week, we don’t have to spend the next two months wondering if the show will be pushing towards its final Nationals or not. Instead, we can focus all of our attention on what we always do: trying to make sense of the here and now. And Lord knows that takes up enough mental energy in and of itself. “Big Brother” was pretty run-of-the-mill “Glee,” with only Matthew Bomer’s pretty fantastic guest appearance lifting this up as anything particularly memorable.
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<p>A scene from Nuri Bilge Ceylan's &quot;Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.&quot;</p>

A scene from Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia."

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Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan to receive yet another Cannes honor

'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' director to receive Golden Coach for his body of work

Nuri Bile Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," which opened Stateside in January and hit UK screens more recently, has been bringing critics to their knees since Cannes last year, but has has more of a slow-creep effect on me.

I saw it last May in unideal circumstances: the Cannes programmers, in their wisdom, had decided to press-screen this languorous 160-minute policier in a late-evening slot at the very tail-end of the festival. I stayed awake but not exactly absorbent: I was left with admiring impressions of the film's daring narrative style and staggering night-time cinematography, but almost immediately afterwards, was unable to recall a single thing that happened in it.

Returning to it recently, however, proved both rewarding and reassuring: there is something oddly evanescent about the way it reveals its mysteries, but one suspects that may be Ceylan's intent in a kind of long-night's-journey-into-day story that stretches and loops time in such a way that all incidents become less connectable the more we learn about them.

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<p>Fran Kranz as Marty in &quot;Cabin in the Woods&quot;</p>

Fran Kranz as Marty in "Cabin in the Woods"

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Interview: 'Cabin in the Woods' star Fran Kranz talks endless delays and 3D

'Dollhouse' actor talks reuniting with Joss Whedon: Can the film be spoiled?

PHILADELPHIA -- Like anybody involved in a horror film, “Cabin in the Woods” star Fran Kranz doesn’t want any of his movie’s secrets spoiled before it goes wide to theaters on Friday. In a way, though, it’d be impossible to fully spoil the twists and turns of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s thriller, which is as much a love letter to past cinema as it is a fulfilling way to reinvent it. 

At a HitFix-hosted early fan screening last night in Philly, Kranz was on hand to talk about his “Cabin” character Marty, the endless delays in release and how a film of such abundant in a post-internet, rumor-mongering era can still find success.
“I have a lot of faith that the movie can’t be completely ruined. There’s no one twist or one spoiler. Maybe it is important… to make a film like this so full and so dense. Even if I tried, it’d just end up sounding insane,” Kranz said. “We have a lot of layers of defense."
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<p>Sarah Chalke shows off her Zubaz on &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Sarah Chalke shows off her Zubaz on "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' - 'You Can Still Change Your Mind': Thank you, Simon

Not a lot of laughs, but with this crew, does that matter as much?

A quick review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I can control my gag reflex...

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Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty says you better watch 'Shannen Says'

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Review: 'Shannen Says' reveals the determined side of Shannen Doherty

The '90210' 'bad girl' plans her third marriage, this time on camera

Shannen Doherty doesn't have a great track record in reality TV.

She spent one season as the host of SyFy Channel's hidden camera show "Scare Tactics" (back when it was still called Sci Fi Channel). Fronted Oxygen's "Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty," which lasted a single season. And was the first celebrity eliminated on the tenth season of "Dancing with the Stars."

(She's also been mocked for participating in a series of ads for online college, even though her goal is to get a degree as a tribute to her late father.)

But she's not giving up just yet. Doherty's latest reality project is the WE tv docu-series "Shannen Says," charting a seven week rush to the alter with photographer fiancé Kurt Iswarienko. It's her most personal and revealing reality effort yet, and Doherty's personality seems suited to the medium. This one just might work.

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<p>Lily Tomlin made a great season even better when she showed up as Tammy Powers on this year's 'Eastbound and Down'</p>

Lily Tomlin made a great season even better when she showed up as Tammy Powers on this year's 'Eastbound and Down'

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Review: 'Eastbound & Down' wraps up season three with triumph and tragedy

Can Kenny Powers be redeemed, and should he be?

After the events of the last few weeks, I'm wrestling with the knowledge that "Eastbound and Down" may well be finished forever next Sunday night.

If you haven't seen the show this season, then this post probably isn't for you.  There's no way to talk about what's happened and what might happen on Sunday without spoiling things, and this has been a season full of major moments.  What's strange is how completely it felt like they wrapped things up in the penultimate episode this past week.  It was such a triumphant note to reach for Kenny Powers that I feel like they're setting him up, and for the first time in the series, I actually am invested in seeing Kenny succeed.  He's never going to be a great person, but at this moment in the series, he's as close as he's ever going to get, and I wish there was a pause button I could hit to keep him from screwing it up.

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<p>&nbsp;Lady Gaga</p>

 Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga sets summer European dates: Will the U.S. be next?

Already announced Asian leg starts later this month

Is Lady Gaga bringing her show back to the U.S. It’s too soon to tell, but she unspooled some new European dates today that give her little monsters hope that she’ll keep adding dates and working her way around the globe.

Momma Monster took to Twitter to unveil 21 dates on the Born This Way Ball tour, opening in Sofia, Bulgaria on Aug. 14 and concluding on Oct. 6 in Barcelona. It’s a healthy mix of arena and stadium dates. There are also no consecutive nights listed, meaning she is either holding dates for possible multiples in some cities or will fill in some more cities soon or needs to rest between dates. We’re guessing there will be some dates filled in. For example, there are no dates between a Sept. 17  Amsterdam show and and Sept. 22 Paris show. The list of European dates are here.

Reunited British glam band The Darkness got the call to open the European dates. They wrote on their website that they were “honoured to announce their addition to the bill,” (originally reported by MTV).

The newly-announced shows are on top of Lady Gaga's Asian and Australian tour that kicks off later this month on April 27 in Seoul and concludes July 8 in Perth, Australia. For a complete list of those dates, go here.

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<p>Dreama Walker and Krysten Ritter in &quot;Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23.&quot;</p>

Dreama Walker and Krysten Ritter in "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23."

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Review: ABC's 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23'

Odd couple comedy has appealing center, but needs some work
ABC's new "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" (tomorrow night at 9:30) feels familiar in many strange ways. It's an odd-couple comedy, in which Dreama Walker's sunny June is paired with Krysten Ritter as the wicked title character Chloe, but odd couples in comedy is a tradition that long, long precedes even "The Odd Couple" itself. What's strange is how many incredibly specific ways it invokes some past comedies.
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