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<p>Manhattan</p>

Manhattan

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Review: WGN takes a big step forward with its 'Manhattan' project

Historical drama a pleasant surprise after the campy 'Salem'

"Salem," WGN's first original scripted drama, is an unapologetic piece of trash, perhaps best summed up by the scene in the pilot where a naked Janet Montgomery — playing an actual Salem witch in a way that weirdly justifies all of the religion-fueled paranoia of the period — lets a toad suckle at a nipple on her thigh. While a channel's first scripted show isn't always representative of what follows, they tend to create expectations for what's to come, and it would have been easy to assume that WGN's plan was to lean heavily on campy genre fare.

But "Manhattan," WGN's second original drama (it debuts Sunday night at 9), is as far in tone and ambition and quality from "Salem" as the New Mexico desert of 1943 is from 17th century Massachusetts. At a minimum, it suggests you shouldn't assume anything about whatever the channel's going to do next.

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Magic!

Magic's 'Rude' spends a second week at the top of the chart

Could Sam Smith be headed to his first No. 1?


Magic! continues to cast a spell on the Billboard Hot 100 this week as “Rude” remains at No. 1 for a second week.

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Stephen Colbert’s 'Late Show' will stay at the Ed Sullivan Theater

Stephen Colbert’s "Late Show” will stay at the Ed Sullivan Theater
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced a deal that would give CBS $11 million in tax credits and a $5 million grant to renovate the Ed Sullivan Theater after David Letterman retires. As part of the deal, CBS agrees to commit to about 200 New York-based  jobs to support the program's year-round production schedule.

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Miley Cyrus and Pharrell Willams

Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus get playful in 'Come Get It Bae' video: Watch

Cyrus pours some sugar in a non-Def Leppard way

 

Miley Cyrus leaves the tweaking to others in the video for Pharrell Williams’ “Come Get It Bae.”

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Pharrell taps Alicia Keys as his 'Voice' advisor

Pharrell taps Alicia Keys as his “Voice” advisor
The pair have collaborated before, most notably on the theme for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”


“Game of Thrones” alum Michelle Fairley joins “Resurrection”
After a stint on "24: Live Another Day,” Fairley will recur in Season 2 of the ABC series as “the formidable matriarch of the Langston clan.”


“Big Bang Theory” is giving Penny a new job, bigger paycheck
Says Chuck Lorre: "She's going to start making some money, which will unbalance (her and Leonard’s) relationship as the power shifts.”


A&E sued over “Duck Dynasty’s” camo clothing
An apparel company is claiming A&E is violating its trademark on its cameo line.


Shemar Moore will return to “The Young and the Restless,” but for only 2 episodes
The “Criminal Minds” star will reprise his role as Malcolm Winters.


Syfy and Nick Cannon are creating a sci-fi fantasy improv show
Two teams will battle it out in fantasy-related sketches on the proposed series.

 

Ricky Gervais tries to convince Letterman not to retire
"You're going to spend a lot of time in a shed pretending to do stuff,” Gervais, in his 26th “Late Show” appearance, warned Dave.

 

Prolific comic book writer Warren Ellis is creating his 1st TV series with the help of “The Walking Dead’s” Gale Anne Hurd
Says Hurd: "I am very excited to be able to collaborate in bringing his unique vision to television for the first time."


USA will promote “Dig” at Comic-Con with a scavenger hunt
More than 40 clues will be hidden around the Gaslamp district.


Anti-Juan Pablo "Bachelor” search is reportedly down to 2 “Bachelorette” alums
Arie Luyendyk Jr., Emily Maynard’s runner-up, and Andi Dorfman fan fave Chris Soules are the top 2 “anti-Juan Pablos” who E! says are finalists for the job.


“Black-ish” gets a very colorful poster
Check out the cast wearing bold colors.


“Buffy” reunites with “Giles”
Sarah Michelle Gellar shared a pic of her and Anthony Stewart Head.


“SNL’s” Jay Pharoah spoofs Usher
Watch his “Bad Kisser” music video.


George R.R. Martin responds to a 13-year-old fan’s request to be killed off in his “Game of Thrones” book
Read one fan’s heartfelt letter. PLUS: Sophie Turner faces herself in “Another Me” trailer.


Chris Pratt shows off his French-brading skills on an “ET” intern
Watch the “Parks and Rec” star French braid an intern’s hair during an interview.


“Real Housewives” star explains why she threw her prosthetic leg across the room
Aviva Drescher claims she was “provoked” and “attacked” during filming of the “Real Housewives of New York” reunion.

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Exclusive song premiere: Adebisi Shank's 'World in Harmony'
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Exclusive song premiere: Adebisi Shank's 'World in Harmony'

From 'This Is The Third Album From A Band Called Adebisi Shank'

Imagine a green pasture through which you and an army of one thousand synthesizers charge toward the ocean on pixelated horses, the sky is gold glitter, and you are a stick of candy dynamite.

That's one approximation of "World in Harmony," the opening track from Irish trio Adebisi Shank's new self-evidently titled "This Is The Third Album From A Band Called Adebisi Shank," due Aug. 12. Check out the HitFix exclusive premiere of the track below.

"We were trying to make something euphoric and huge, a universe of our own imagination that we could escape into," said bassist Vin in a statement. "Our inspirations were more cinematic and fantastical."

It should tell you something that the band lists video games, movies and one particular HBO hit series among its other more musical inspirations.

Want more to sample? Below "World in Harmony" is "Voodoo Vision" and "Big Unit," too.

Here is the tracklist for "This Is The Third Album From A Band Called Adebisi Shank":

1. World In Harmony
2. Big Unit
3. Turnaround
4. Mazel Tov
5. Thundertruth
6. Sensation
7. Chaos Emeralds
8. Voodoo Vision
9. (trio always)

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<p>&quot;Guardians of the Galaxy&quot;</p>

"Guardians of the Galaxy"

Credit: Marvel Studios

'Guardians of the Galaxy' screenwriter talks cosmic passions and the Marvel experience

How Nicole Perlman got to be an outer space geek on the studio's most unique cinematic property

HOLLYWOOD — You might not have heard the name Nicole Perlman much as it pertains to Marvel properties, but she's a big reason why "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be making its way to theaters next weekend. She toiled away as a screenwriter for a few years after her days at NYU, cooking up projects with a science bent because that's where her passions lie — projects like "Challenger," a fascinating account of the investigation of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster written as a love letter to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Then, she made her way to the comic book giant under the company's now-defunct screenwriting program and plucked the intergalactic heroes from obscurity, setting them on a crash course for the silver screen.

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'Scandal' books Portia de Rossi

“Scandal” books Portia de Rossi
Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that her wife will be part of a “top secret” multi-episode arc next season.

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<p>&quot;Nightcrawler&quot;</p>

"Nightcrawler"

Credit: Open Road Films

Jake Gyllenhaal prowls the streets of Los Angeles in 'Nightcrawler' trailer

The film will play Toronto in September ahead of an October release

Man, I am out-of-control jazzed for Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler." In the space of a week, it's gone from a minor curiosity (I've been intrigued by the premise all along) to one of my most anticipated films of the fall. And on the heels of that clever viral video that went out last weekend, the trailer for the Toronto-bound Jake Gyllenhaal film has brought me right up to the brink: I want to see this NOW.

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Whitney Houston’s mom blasts Lifetime’s biopic

Whitney Houston’s mom blasts Lifetime’s biopic
"Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family's objections,” Cissy Houston said in a statement.


Judd Apatow books his 15-year-old daughter for “Girls”
Maude Apatow, who already has her own online following, will play a character named Cleo in Season 4.


"Conan" to host the “Orange is the New Black” cast
Monday’s show will feature Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, and Jason Biggs.


Jon Stewart announces $10 billion Kickstarter to buy CNN
Here’s the pitch: "This $10 billion, all-cash bid for CNN would secure control of a massive television network reaching over 100 million homes in the US alone, which we could then use to rebuild a news organization befitting this proud land. Or more likely we’d use it to make a lot more poop jokes. Either way, you get to watch!”


“Gotham’s” Comic-Con marketing includes its own “police" force, newspaper
San Diego’s mayor will help kick off “Gotham’s” promotional festivities Thursday by riding a Gotham zip line.


“Better Call Saul” billboard spotted in Albuquerque
Who is “Jimmy McGill”?


“Orphan Black” getting a comic book series
IDW Publishing will release the Orphan Black comic book early next year.


“Glee’s” Naya Rivera” is married
The actress married actor Ryan Dorsey in Mexico on Saturday.

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Review: Scarlett Johansson is thrilling in the silly science-fiction kick 'Lucy'
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Review: Scarlett Johansson is thrilling in the silly science-fiction kick 'Lucy'

Sometimes, completely ridiculous can be fun

When I spoke to Luc Besson at Wonder-Con this year, we had a fair amount of time aside from the panel I moderated and the interview we did. At that point, we discussed the entire premise of his new film, "Lucy," and how it's based on a myth.

If you've seen the trailer for the movie, you've seen Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman lecturing to a room full of people. "Imagine if we could access 100% [of our brains]. Interesting things begin to happen." Great line. Totally wrong. Evolution has actually increased the size of our brains because we use them so much, and so efficiently. We use way more than 10% of our actual brain capacity, and we use our brains in ways that science barely understands. So we are starting from a preposterous place with "Lucy," and if that's going to drive you crazy, then I would skip it completely. The film starts there and gets way sillier.

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<p>&quot;Food Fighters&quot;</p>

"Food Fighters"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent,' OK 'Food Fighters' launch lead NBC Tuesday

CBS takes second overall, with ABC second in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

A strong performance by "America's Got Talent" and a so-so launch for "Food Fighters" helped NBC dominate Tuesday night in all measures.

With few other notables, procedural repeats helped CBS take second overall, while "Extreme Weight Loss" put ABC in second among young viewers.

On to the numbers...

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