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'Walking Dead' Season 5 poster teases 'Hunt or Be Hunted'
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'Walking Dead' Season 5 poster teases 'Hunt or Be Hunted'

Zombie drama returns to AMC on October 12

Nearly six weeks ahead of its Season 5 premiere, "The Walking Dead" has its first official poster and a catchy tagline.

"Hunt or Be Hunted," reads the "Walking Dead" Season 5 key art released on Tuesday (September 2) morning. It features Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes looking stressed out and holding a gun, which is to say "business as usual."

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<p>Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire</p>

Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire

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'Boardwalk Empire' creator Terence Winter previews final season

The beginning and end of Prohibition will bookend the HBO gangster drama

Usually, I wait until the end of each "Boardwalk Empire" season to speak with creator Terence Winter about all that happened. In the case of the gangster drama's fifth season, which debuts Sunday at 9 on HBO, a preliminary conversation was necessary. Not only is this going to be the show's final season — earlier than Winter had maybe once intended, but the one he wanted after realizing the direction he had taken the story — but it leaps seven years into the future for Nucky, Chalky, Margaret and the other surviving characters, landing them in 1931. Atlantic City and the rest of the country are still mired in the Great Depression, while Nucky and many of his partners are hearing rumblings that Prohibition may be repealed soon.

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E! reports Joan Rivers is on 'the road to recovery'
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E! reports Joan Rivers is on 'the road to recovery'

E! reports Joan Rivers is on “the road to recovery”
"She's getting better. Don't believe all this ridiculous speculation,” a source tells the network of the “Fashion Police” star. Over the weekend, reports claimed Rivers was on life support.


“Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” didn’t deliver on its cheesy potential
The Lifetime film was a Twitter hit, but the juicy scandalous stuff was rather tame. Instead, the two-hour film was packed with Hollywood industry cliches. PLUS: This was Lifetime’s “Sharknado,” the film was insanely bizarre, presenting 100 revelations from the film, and the casting director says finding Screech/Dustin Diamond proved the biggest challenge.


“24: Live Another Day’s” success has led to the revival of “24” movie talks
A big-screen Jack Bauer has been the subject of much discussion.


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'Imitation Game' wins the festival and 7 other takeaways from Telluride 2014

'Imitation Game' wins the festival and 7 other takeaways from Telluride 2014

Can you imagine who is more popular than Channing Tatum and Reese Witherspoon?

TELLURIDE — The 41st Annual Telluride Film Festival is over, and as noted by HitFix's own Kris Tapley, it has provided an important awards season kickoff for films such as "Birdman," "The Imitation Game," "Wild," "Rosewater" and "Foxcatcher." Even with the recent star power of George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Telluride has been able to hang on to its singular charms as a non-red carpet, low-key, cinephile event (even if there were two new Canadian journalists on hand to check everything out and report back to the motherland).  

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Summer Music's Winners & Losers: Mariah, Iggy, Ariana, Charli, J-Lo and... Bieber

Summer Music's Winners & Losers: Mariah, Iggy, Ariana, Charli, J-Lo and... Bieber

Who really lost out on the charts and in our hearts?

At the beginning of the summer, Melinda Newman and I tried to deduce who would be winners -- on tour, at festivals, in sales and on the charts.

Many panned out: Iggy Azalea had a literally historic summer. Ariana Grande scored three big singles. Charli XCX became a household name. 5 Seconds of Summer helped buttress One Direction's highly successful ticket-selling stronghold.

There are also some artists we could have looked at and gone, "ehhh..." Mariah Carey has had a rough go for the last three years. Robin Thicke wrote his destiny when he named his album "Paula." Justin Bieber didn't kick off his 20th year on this earth with great acclaim.

In the slides below, we point out some of what worked and what didn't some we couldn't tell was coming. Who'd heard of a little band called Magic!, for instance? How about that first No. 1 album from Tom Petty? And, whoa, how 'bout that Weird Al?

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<p>&quot;Fresh Off The Boat&quot;</p>

"Fresh Off The Boat"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Fresh Off the Boat'

ABC has another potential family comedy winner. Will anybody watch?

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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Julie Chen of "Big Brother"
Julie Chen of "Big Brother"
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TV Ratings: 'Big Brother,' 'Unforgettable' lead Labor Day Weekend Sunday

FOX animation repeats are good for second in the demo

Fast National ratings for Sunday, August 31, 2014.

CBS swept Sunday primetime with "60 Minutes," "Big Brother," Unforgettable" and "Reckless," comfortably winning the slow Labor Day Weekend night in all measures.

Note that "Reckless" was WAY up over last week's demo numbers without any reasonable explanation...

Let's just go straight to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;The Imitation Game&quot;</p>

"The Imitation Game"

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Off the Carpet: Venice and Telluride signal the starting gun

A varied slate begins to take shape

I came into this year's Telluride Film Festival feeling like the upcoming awards season looked a bit thin. I'll be leaving it excited for its potential and eager to see it take further shape. Seeing some of the films helps, yes, but there's also a context that begins to surface around this time, when strategies start clicking together and you can sense who has the goods, and who has a steep climb ahead of them.

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'Birdman' director Alejandro González Iñárritu has a problem with the word 'hero'

'Birdman' director Alejandro González Iñárritu has a problem with the word 'hero'

The maestro talks Michael Keaton, meta commentary and the 'disease' of superheroes

TELLURIDE — "Birdman" has arrived stateside and made as significant an impact as it did at the Venice Film Festival last week. You won't run into too many people who have managed to catch it at one of its packed screenings who weren't completely blown away by the accomplishment, and for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, it was clearly a much-needed exercise in self-reflection away from the somber fray of his filmography to date.

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Review: Katherine Heigl country romance 'Jackie & Ryan' is corny but well-acted

Review: Katherine Heigl country romance 'Jackie & Ryan' is corny but well-acted

Ami Canaan Mann brings Utah to the Lido

VENICE — Director Ami Canaan Mann's country music romance "Jackie & Ryan" is a film that raises many questions. The first is: Christ, is that dirt on his hands or some singularly ill-advised finger tattoos? Yep, those are definitely finger tattoos. And not very good finger tattoos. But let's try not to be personally offensive or get too hung up on some really, really bad finger tattoos. The hands defaced by the finger tattoos (did I mention the finger tattoos? They're just awful) belong to Ben Barnes' country singer Ryan, whom we meet as he brews his morning pot of coffee on a goods train heading in the general direction of Ogden, Utah. These hands are soon revealed to be instrumental to turning the engine of the plot, such as it is - these hands play guitar, fix roofs and politely caress Katherine Heigl's single mom Jackie.

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Steven Spielberg encouraged Tommy Lee Jones during the making of 'The Homesman'
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Steven Spielberg encouraged Tommy Lee Jones during the making of 'The Homesman'

After all, the 'Lincoln' director 'knows a thing or two about movies'

TELLURIDE — I didn't quite know what to say or think about Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" after catching up with it Sunday afternoon, but I was pretty sure I loved it. Gorgeously shot by Rodrigo Prieto, lovingly scored by Marco Beltrami, enigmatically captured by Jones, the film almost becomes a series of vignettes at some point, dealing in western iconography in ways both familiar and foreign, truly a piece of work from the same voice that gave us "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada."

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Where does Laika go after 'The Boxtrolls?'

Where does Laika go after 'The Boxtrolls?'

In depth with filmmakers Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and Laika CEO Travis Knight

BEVERLY HILLS — Laika's "The Boxtrolls" saw its world premiere over the weekend at the Venice Film Festival, the third in a line of movies from the Portland-based animation studio that have aimed to push the medium at every step. Directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, the film is, like all Laika product, its own world, a dank, cockney yarn that, as ever, serves as a showcase for the company's craft prowess.

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