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<p>Wilfred (Jason Gann)&nbsp;and Ryan (Elijah Wood)&nbsp;try to talk their way out of trouble.</p>

Wilfred (Jason Gann) and Ryan (Elijah Wood) try to talk their way out of trouble.

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'Wilfred' - 'Pride': Sticking your neck out

Wilfred and Ryan have a series of sexual misadventures

Press tour is eating up every spare blogging minute at the moment, but I wanted to be sure to note that tonight's "Wilfredwas the episode that FX screened for fans at Comic-Con - and that the crowd (which included at least one 9-year-old boy) was equally horrified and amused by everything involving Wilfred and Raffi.

So sick, so strange, so funny, and such a good guest performance from Jane Kaczmarek. What did everybody else think of this one? And, if you have any lingering thoughts on last week's episode with Chris Klein, or where we're at with this point in the season, feel free to share them here.

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<p>Porsche of 'Big Brother'&nbsp;</p>
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Porsche of 'Big Brother' 

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - The Fourth Eviction

Did Brendon or Jordan get sent to talk to Julie Chen

Gotta start with big thanks to Ryan McGee, who's been filling in for me these past couple weeks while I've been covering Comic-Con and then the Television Critics Association press tour. While Ryan has been experiencing this season of "Big Brother" as a neophyte, I'm approaching Thursday (Aug. 4) night's episode from a different position of cluelessness, having missed two full weeks of episodes. In "Big Brother" land, two weeks is both a lifetime and the blink of an eye. I'm guessing that after I remember how to spell people's names, this won't be hard...

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<p>Anna Paquin in an unapproved image from &quot;Margaret.&quot; Or maybe it was.&nbsp; It's been awhile.</p>

Anna Paquin in an unapproved image from "Margaret." Or maybe it was.  It's been awhile.

'Margaret' will finally be released almost six years after production began

Anna Paquin drama has legendary behind-the-scenes drama

Fox Searchlight announced today that Kenneth Lonergan ensemble drama "Margaret" will be released in theaters Sept. 30.  Normally, this would be intriguing, but not major news in the movie industry except that "Margaret" is Lonergan's follow up to his critically acclaimed directorial debut "You Can Count on Me."  That film was released in 2000, almost 11 years ago.  

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<p>'What dost thou mean, he has only done TV?' 'It's really good TV.' 'I will lodge thine really good TV where the sun darest not shine, Coulson.' 'Did I mention it was really good?'</p>

'What dost thou mean, he has only done TV?' 'It's really good TV.' 'I will lodge thine really good TV where the sun darest not shine, Coulson.' 'Did I mention it was really good?'

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'Game Of Thrones' director Brian Kirk may helm 'Thor 2' for Marvel

As the search for a director heats up, we get a glimpse of Marvel's game plan

It's not often that I'm left absolutely stumped by a name when a director is announced, especially on a giant tentpole project like "Thor 2," but that's how I felt when I read the report that Brian Kirk is in early negotiations to make a deal for the sequel to Marvel's first big superhero movie this summer.  It all clicked when I read that he was one of the directors for the first season of HBO's "Game Of Thrones," though.  HitFix contacted Marvel Studios reps who would not confirm the hire at this point, saying instead that they are "actively looking."   And while I don't know Kirk, I can guess why he's in the mix.

After all, fantasy has always been one of the more commercially difficult genres to get right, and it can be all about trying to find a tone that works, which is never easy.    George R.R. Martin's epic series of novels seemed to me to be a whole series of challenges for anyone looking to adapt them, and the show has proven to be a culmination of a whole bunch of those smart choices.  If you're Marvel and you're looking for someone who can handle a piece that is set on Earth and in Asgard and that has to somehow ground these fantastic elements, then why not reach out to someone who was part of a show that pulled it off in an admirable way?

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<p>Brett Ratner</p>

Brett Ratner

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Hell freezes over: Brett Ratner to co-produce the 84th Academy Awards

Don Mischer also returns

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Brett Ratner and Don Mischer will produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast.

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<p>Laurie Holden took some time out of a crazy Comic-Con schedule to talk to us about her hit show 'The Walking Dead'</p>

Laurie Holden took some time out of a crazy Comic-Con schedule to talk to us about her hit show 'The Walking Dead'

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Watch: Laurie Holden feels secure about her future on 'Walking Dead'

What's ahead in season two of the hit show?

Laurie Holden is no stranger to the world of the Comic-Con audience or television shows with rabid fanbases.  Her role as Marita Covarrubias on "The X-Files" was a key part of that show's underlying mythology.  She played a crucial part on "The Shield" as Agent Olivia Murray late in that show's run.  She's made a strong showing in horror films like "The Mist" and "Silent Hill."  And, of course, she played a major part in the first season of the TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman's "The Walking Dead," and that's why she was in San Diego two weekends ago.

I detailed the chaos surrounding our attempts at interviews for this show in the first piece I wrote, and in the midst of all of that, we did manage to wrangle a few minutes with Holden, who I met on the set of "The Majestic" over a decade ago.  She's one of Frank Darabont's favorite actors, one of those people who he turns to over and over like her fellow "Walking Dead" cast member Jeffrey De Munn, and she's a key member of the core cast.  On any other show, that would translate to job security for as long as there's a series.

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<p>Michelle Williams as the legendary Marilyn Monroe in &quot;My Week with Marilyn.&quot;</p>

Michelle Williams as the legendary Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn."

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'My Week with Marilyn' gets its close up at the New York Film Festival

Marilyn Monroe love story a NYFF gala centerpiece

There were a number of expected awards season players missing from the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festival lineup announcements last week including Jason Reitman's "Young Adult" and "The Iron Lady."  Now we know why as one of those titles, "My Week with Marilyn," has been selected as the centerpiece gala for the 2011 New York Film Festival.

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Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs of "2 Broke Girls"
Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs of "2 Broke Girls"
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Press Tour: Is CBS' '2 Broke Girls' racist?

Whitney Cummings and Michael Patrick King discuss the cast's 'chocolate sampler' of characters

Whitney Cummings, who not only stars in her own NBC show "Whitney" but is also co-creator of "2 Broke Girls" with "Sex and the City" mastermind Michael Patrick King, has plenty on her plate. The latest, though, may not be her favorite dish. During TCA press tour, Cummings and King were asked about racial stereotypes in their new show.

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<p>Jonah Hill is probably not the dude you want to leave your kids with, all things considered, in David Gordon Green's new comedy 'The Sitter'</p>

Jonah Hill is probably not the dude you want to leave your kids with, all things considered, in David Gordon Green's new comedy 'The Sitter'

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Watch: Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell, filthy language, and kids in 'The Sitter' red-band trailer

Wait... what is it that nice guys do best?

David Gordon Green is sitting somewhere this morning, watching the reactions to the new trailer for "The Sitter," and he's laughing himself silly at the frustration that "serious" film critics have with the direction his career has gone.

When I first met David, it was at the Ebert Overlooked Film Festival, where his film "George Washington" was being shown and celebrated.  For a short time, the easy way to describe Green's work was using Terrence Malick as a sort of touchstone.  Since "Pineapple Express," though, he's been doing something very different, indulging a side of himself that his film school friends all knew was there but that his earliest features didn't even remotely suggest.

I really like R-rated mainstream comedy David Gordon Green.  I think he's a very different filmmaker than earnest dreamy little indie drama David Gordon Green, and that's fine with me.  I'll take a film from either one of them, but what I like about R-rated mainstream comedy David Gordon Green is that he's flat-out crazy.  He does not care about the rules of what you "can" or "can't" do in a comedy.  He doesn't even seem to understand that there are rules, or that you aren't supposed to do certain things, or the the meaning of the word "taboo."  He is a gleeful anarchist, and I like that element of danger in his work.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar (c) on the TCA panel for 'Ringer'

 Sarah Michelle Gellar (c) on the TCA panel for 'Ringer'

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Sarah Michelle Gellar talks 'Ringer,' her 'Buffy' legacy and ditching CBS

The retired vampire slayer won't be reuniting with Joss Whedon on new series

The vampire slayer is back! Or, at least, former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to television with her new twisted twin drama "Ringer" on the CW. At the TCAs, Gellar didn't turn away questions about her old show, despite being on a panel to promote her new one. "I'm proud of the work we did and I'm proud of [the show's] legacy," she said. "I didn't feel that I was trapped because I got to do so much... how many times do you get to be a part of something like that? And if people think I can save the world and kick butt, I'm okay with that."

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<p>Rachel Bilson of 'Hart of Dixie'</p>
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Rachel Bilson of 'Hart of Dixie'

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Press Tour '11 Live-Blog: The CW Executive Session

Mark Pedowitz meets with with TV critics for the first time

This will be our first executive panel with Mark Pedowitz at the head of The CW. We're accustomed to a certain brand of non-answers after years with Dawn Ostroff at the podium. Will Thursday (August 4) morning's Television Critics Association press tour panel be any different? 

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Does LMFAO keep Katy Perry out of the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100

Britney Spears hits a new milestone

We bet Katy Perry isn’t laughing at LMFAO as the duo logs its fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with “Party Rock Anthem” featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock.

That means the pair keeps Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F),” which stays at No. 2, out of the summit for another week on the big chart. Perry is trying to tie Michael Jackson’s record of five No. 1s from one single album.  She’s already set the record on both the Mainstream Top 40 and Pop Songs charts, where she is the only artist to take a quintet of tunes from one project to the top.

If Perry has to wait another week to reach her Hot 100 dreams, Britney Spears can go ahead and celebrate this week: “I Wanna Go” climbs 11-9 this week, making it the third Top 10 tune from “Femme Fatale.” That marks the first time that one of Spears’ albums has spawned three Hot 100 top 10s, according to Billboard.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” ekes up one spot to No. 3, making the tune the highest-charting song by a solo female rapper since  Missy Elliott took “Work It” to No. 2 in 2002.
Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, slips 3-4, while Lil Wayne’s “How To Love” move 6-5.

Adele’s former No. 1, “Rolling in the Deep” goes 5-6, while Bad Meets Evil’s “Lighters” featuring Bruno Mars makes the biggest jump within the Top 10, skipping 10-7. Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight Tonight” tumbles 7-8,  and Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory” slips 8-10.

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis”  barely misses the Top 10 as the track, which the pair recorded for “Watch The Throne,” soars 47-12. Even though Drake gave us a peek at “Headlines,” another tune from forthcoming album, “Take Care,” it’s “Marvin’s Room” that makes the news this week, as the Drake song soars 68-21.

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