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<p>Jason Momoa shows off his Khal Drogo eyeliner while appearing at the &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;Comic-Con 2011 panel.</p>

Jason Momoa shows off his Khal Drogo eyeliner while appearing at the "Game of Thrones" Comic-Con 2011 panel.

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Watch: 'Conan's' Jason Momoa can't stop talking about 'Game of Thrones'

Role of a lifetime clearly still on his mind

SAN DIEGO - I really tried to get Jason Momoa to talk about his new role as the iconic fantasy hero "Conan the Barbarian."  I really did.  However, after the euphoric reaction Momoa and his former cast members of "Game of Thrones" had received the day before our interview at the series Comic-Con 2011 panel, it was clear his breakout role as Khal Drogo was still on his mind.

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<p>&quot;Fringe&quot;&nbsp;co-stars John Noble and Anna Torv at Comic-Con.</p>

"Fringe" co-stars John Noble and Anna Torv at Comic-Con.

Watch: 'Fringe' co-stars Anna Torv & John Noble at Comic-Con

What did they learn from playing mirror universe versions of themselves?

Time for the last of the video interviews I conducted with the "Fringe" cast at Comic-Con, this time a duet between John Noble and Anna Torv.

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<p>Seth Gabel from &quot;Fringe&quot;&nbsp;at Comic-Con.</p>

Seth Gabel from "Fringe" at Comic-Con.

Watch: 'Fringe' co-star Seth Gabel at Comic-Con

When did the newest cast regular realize this might be a full-time gig?

Time for our next-to-last "Fringe" video interview from Comic-Con, this time featuring the show's newest regular castmember, Seth Gabel.

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<p>&quot;Fringe&quot;&nbsp;co-star Lance Reddick at Comic-Con.</p>

"Fringe" co-star Lance Reddick at Comic-Con.

Watch: 'Fringe' co-star Lance Reddick at Comic-Con

How has Broyles changed over the years, and does Reddick like that?

Here's the third of the video interviews I did with the "Fringe" cast at Comic-Con, this time featuring the show's resident authority figure, Lance Reddick.

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<p>Pearl Jam.</p>

Pearl Jam.

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Press tour: PBS' 'Pearl Jam Twenty' live-blog

Cameron Crowe discusses his documentary about the iconic grunge band

Cameron Crowe is here at press tour to discuss his film "Pearl Jam Twenty," which debuts on PBS' "American Masters" on October 21. I got to see the film last night, and while we're embargoed from discussing it in detail until September, I can say that I thought it was fantastic, and reminded me of how much I loved Pearl Jam back when I was in college in the early-mid '90s heyday. So I'm going to live-blog the panel.

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<p>&quot;Fringe&quot;&nbsp;co-stars Jasika Nicole &amp;&nbsp;Blair Brown at Comic-Con.</p>

"Fringe" co-stars Jasika Nicole & Blair Brown at Comic-Con.

Watch: 'Fringe' co-stars Jasika Nicole & Blair Brown at Comic-Con

On alt-Astrid, the lack of alt-Nina, and more

Earlier this week, I started rolling out the video interviews I did with the "Fringecast at Comic-Con, starting with Joshua Jackson. A few logistical delays have pushed the remaining interviews back to the weekend, but it's time to resume the batch with two members of the show's supporting cast: Jasika Nicole and Blair Brown.

As with nearly everyone in the cast, we got to talking about how both the shows and their characters evolved over time, especially since Astrid and Nina were so far in the background in the show's early days. Work is work, but how does someone like Nicole keep herself interested when she's mainly being asked to hand lab equipment to Walter and offer the occasional bit of exposition?

We also talked about Nicole getting perhaps the biggest alt-universe challenge out of anyone in the cast with the autistic alt-Astrid, and the personal connection she has to that character, and Brown in turn offered some theories on who - or what - alt-Nina might be.

As with most of these Comic-Con video interviews, it's quick, but I hope you enjoy.

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<p>Gwen (Eve Myles)&nbsp;goes undercover for a &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day&quot;&nbsp;caper.</p>

Gwen (Eve Myles) goes undercover for a "Torchwood: Miracle Day" caper.

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'Torchwood: Miracle Day' - 'Escape to LA': Baby, we're the same

The team heads to the West Coast as things get broader and sillier

A quick review of tonight's "Torchwood: Miracle Day" coming up just as soon as I compare our situation to a passage from "Middlemarch"...

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<p>Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle discuss &quot;The Guard.&quot;</p>

Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle discuss "The Guard."

Watch: Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson on the sparks in 'The Guard'

Comedy finally hits theaters this weekend

This is a big movie weekend with the openings of "Cowboys & Aliens" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love," but there is one must-see movie opening in limited release that deserves just as much of your attention: "The Guard."  

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Rosie O'Donnell
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Rosie O'Donnell announces new show on OWN won't 'look for controversy'

The comedian talks Casey Anthony, Conan O'Brien, Russell Brand and Adele

Despite rumors of conflict between mega media moguls Oprah Winfrey and Rosie O'Donnell, all was well as the pair appeared to promote O'Donnell's new OWN show, "Rosie," during a panel at the TCA Cable Press tour. " Saying she "couldn't be prouder" to have O'Donnell as part of the OWN family, Winfrey ceded the floor to O'Donnell, who was equally gushy about her new boss. 

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<p>Kelsey Grammer in &quot;Boss.&quot;</p>

Kelsey Grammer in "Boss."

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Press tour: Kelsey Grammer gets serious with Starz's 'Boss'

The 'Cheers' & 'Frasier' alum talks about the move from sitcom to drama

Like Sideshow Bob Terwilliger, Kelsey Grammer never set out to be a clown, but he became so famous as one that it became hard for him to be taken seriously.

"I didn't start out as a comic actor," the "Cheers" and "Frasier" star explained at a press conference for his new Starz drama "Boss" (premiere date TBD), in which he plays the scheming mayor of Chicago. "I started out as a classical theater actor playing tragedies. This particular role probably couldn't have taken place right after 'Frasier' - probably would have been too big a jolt."

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Oprah Winfrey
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Oprah Winfrey to put new spin on reruns on OWN

The media mogul gives her old show class -- literally

Everything old is new again, at least on the OWN network. During a panel at the TCA Cable Press tour, Oprah Winfrey addressed journalists about how she'll be repurposing her eponymous TV show. "I'm excited to tell you that we had originally thought of putting 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' library on the air in such a way that we would look at it as maybe some of the best shows... and then one day I was standing in my kitchen window and thought about this moment and this opportunity for the network, and I realized that this is a dream come true for me, having this platform."

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<p>I'm guessing someone's a big fan of '2001'</p>

I'm guessing someone's a big fan of '2001'

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Science-fiction indie film 'Love' tries unconventional self-distrib event

Details on where and how to see movie and live music from Angels and Airwaves

There's a hunger out there right now, and I'm curious to see what happens when someone manages to satisfy it in just the right way.  It's coming.  It's just a matter of when and which film and what timing.  I had one conversation recently with a friend who was talking about how much he wants to have an experience with a SF film that comes out of nowhere and blows his mind, something that is about ideas instead of effects.  Another friend and I were debating about why some films get grass roots support and others don't and whether a "no-name" film can ever really get that kind of push.

The truth is, no film succeeds on its own, and there's no such thing as a "no-name" film once you start showing it to audiences and press.  Films can be engineered as carefully as you want, but the truth is that they end up having lives of their own once they're out there in the wild, and all a filmmaker can do is hire the right publicist, cut a great trailer, enter the right festivals, and pray.

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