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John Hurt, Chris Evans and Jamie Bell in "Snowpiercer."
John Hurt, Chris Evans and Jamie Bell in "Snowpiercer."
Credit: The Weinstein Company

Tell us what you thought of 'Snowpiercer'

Bong Joon-ho's railborne thriller has been a long time coming - is it worth the wait?

Better late than never, as they say -- and for the longest time, it looked rather as if it could be closer to "never" when it came to a US release date for "Snowpiercer." The Chris Evans-starring sci-fi thriller from Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho was released in the director's homeland 11 months ago, but famously got caught up in an(other) editing dispute with The Weinstein Company, with even the film's actors getting vocally involved in the fallout. In the end, Bong prevailed, and his cut of the film finally hits US screens in limited release today. So, is it worth the wait?

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Is 'The View' undergoing too much change?

Is “The View” undergoing too much change?
Perhaps Barbara Walters should come back, as she did on today’s episode, which was pre-taped on Wednesday.

Sarah Chalke will play Rainn Wilson’s ex-fiancee on “Backstrom”
She’ll play the Chair of the Civilian Oversight Committee, who is responsible for overseeing the police department that includes Wilson’s detective character.

More than 60% of “Kitchen Nightmares” restaurants are now closed
Here’s a breakdown of every restaurant featured on the canceled Gordon Ramsay reality show.

Report: BET wants a Chris Brown reality show
According to TMZ, BET has tested the possibility of a reality show featuring the troubled R&B star, and has even approached several production companies.

Johnny Depp to judge a Chinese reality show
He’ll select the winner of "Chinese Dream” and take him or her on a trip to Hollywood.

“Big Brother” viewership up again on its 2nd night, trouncing “Rookie Blue"
About 6.6 million watched last night’s episode.

Pat Sajak asked a gay male “Wheel of Fortune” contestant about the woman he was going to marry
Apparently Sajak apologized for the blunder during a commercial break.

Joel McHale: I’m not interested in hosting a late-night talk show
"Who would do that? That is so much work, right?” he tells Conan.

Shark Week unveils an “epic” commercial
Featuring a "chum-tossing, shirtless man leading a swarm of sea life on chariot of sharks"

“Jeopardy!” contestant answers a Final Jeopardy question with "Who is This handsome gentleman?” with an arrow pointing up
The answer was supposed to Alfred Nobel. PLUS: George Stephanopoulos got his own “Jeopardy!” category.

Which part of Northern California is “Mad Men” filming its finale in?
Jon Hamm and the “Mad Men” crew were spotted this week far away from L.A.

Watch Jon Stewart’s tribute to his longest-serving “Daily Show” writer
Stewart sent off J.R. Havlan with a clip from his Craig Kilborn's “Daily Show” days.

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog travels to the World Cup in Brazil
For his final World Cup piece for “Conan,” Triumph also humped some more dogs and insulted more countries.

See Rick Grimes’ new 14-inch “Walking Dead” statue
McFarlane Toys is releasing a statue of Grimes strangling one zombie while shooting another.

Tori Spelling changes her @ToriandDean Twitter account
Now that she’s no longer on Oxygen and has her own ABC Family show, Spelling is now @torispelling on Twitter.

Check out the house that “Dexter” money bought
Michael C. Hall is selling his Los Feliz compound for $4.5 million.

Michael Chiklis will play a “strong man” circus performer on “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
His character will be married to Angela Bassett’s character, says Ryan Murphy.

Happy 30th Birthday, Khloé Kardashian!
The youngest of the three Kardashian sisters is now in her 30s.

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<p>Julie Chen of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Julie Chen of "Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' Thursday premiere leads CBS, 'NY Med' returns high

'Undateable' edges 'Gang Related' in total viewers

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 26, 2014.

The 16th installment of "Big Brother" had a second straight strong premiere night for CBS, delivering Thursday's best numbers among young viewers and combining with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat to help CBS win overall as well.

Thursday's overall race was at least somewhat close because ABC got a good audience -- a series hight, in fact -- for the return of "NY Med," which made a solid overall block with "Rookie Blue," even if demo numbers for both shows are week. 

Among other Thursday notables, "Last Comic Standing" is slipping for NBC after a promising start, while FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" and "Gang Related," plus NBC's "Undateable" all slipped a hair among young viewers.

On to the numbers...

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<p>I Love Lucy</p>

I Love Lucy

Summer sitcom rewind: 'I Love Lucy' - 'Job Switching'

Lucy and Ethel work at the chocolate factory, while Ricky and Fred learn to cook and clean

We're continuing this periodic summer project where we revisit classic sitcom episode. This week we're going waaaay back to the 1950s for one of the most famous television half hours of them all: "Job Switching," from "I Love Lucy" season 2, coming up just as soon as I show you the creases on these silk stockings...

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"Big Brother 16"

Recap: 'Big Brother' 16 Night 2 - Andy Herren Judges With Us

We inspect the eight new houseguests and invite "BB15" winner Andy Herren to appraise them with us.

Night two of "Big Brother 16" served up some saucy new houseguests and a couple of strange (er, confusing?) twists. We were aware of the existence of a "Team America" thanks to Wednesday night's premiere, but we just learned that Joey, a blue-haired person who recycles Aquafina bottles in the Pacific Northwest, was voted by viewers to be the first houseguest on the secret three-person team. She'll get special chances to win $5,000 for every silly challenge/dare she completes. "Now this is some GREEN I won't be recycling!" she doesn't say to us, but you can just effing imagine it.

We also learned more about the two-HOH, four-block-nominee system of tyranny that Julie Chen is so excited about. (She is extra sinister this season. I always expect her to turn to the camera and whisper, "The houseguests don't know that right now they're drinking the blood of Les Moonves' first wife.") Apparently there are two HOHs every week, and they both nominate two houseguests apiece. Those two duos battle against each other, and the winning duo gets to remove themselves from the chopping block and subject the HOH who chose them to a possible eviction. The losing team remains unsafe, and the HOH who chose them remains safe. Get it? You shouldn't. 


But now, the important stuff. Eight new houseguests entered Chenbot Manor, and it's time for us to inspect their characters like detectives who specialize in loud narcissists. To help us analyze the new hamsters, we also have Andy Herren -- the winner of "Big Brother 15" -- to add some spicy commentary. Here are HitFix's and Andy Herren's takes on the newbies.



HitFix: I feel like Victoria spent hours memorizing three shockingly boring tidbits to recite about herself, like DeFwon from "30 Rock." "I'm an Orthodox Jew!" she purrs. "I'm the hottest girl in the house!" she murmurs nervously. "I love pink. It's the best," she coos. None of those facts translates to gameplay. Understanding that Frankie has hair that matches your outfit is probably not an FBI-level insight. 

Andy Herren: Victoria is this season's Jessie (Big Brother 15). On one hand, this is bad because she is doomed. On the other hand, this is fantastic because she will be humiliated on a nearly non-stop basis.  



HitFix: It took me a second, but I love this guy's cockiness. I also love that he told Rachel Reilly to her face that she was a bully. Yes to angry honesty! Good caustic energy coming off this bro. I bet his favorite food is Mountain Dew.


Andy Herren: He's a self-proclaimed "con artist" and an Andy-proclaimed "cutie pie."  I want him to go far, not only because I think he is capable of it, but also due to the fact that if he wins, we can take photos together and I can begin to seduce him. He also claimed that I'm one of his all-time favorite players. I need to marry this guy.  



HitFix: I'm annoyed to death that Caleb says he's not going to play down his physical strength. Really? Is he also just going to volunteer for elimination every week? Worse, this is somebody who calls himself a "metrosexual." Ugh. Buying a pair of jeans at Guess doesn't mean you get to have an identity. 

Andy Herren: Next. Over it. 



HitFix: I can usually tolerate an affable heterosexual player, but I'm not sensing Hayden will surprise us with brilliant espionage tactics. Also: I am done with "Big Brother" players being named Hayden. I am especially done with adult skateboarders. So it turns out Hayden wasn't tolerable at all. The end.

Andy Herren:  Hayden seems like the type of guy who would be fun to grab a beer with, but who is also expendable.  I see him sticking around for a while before being kicked to the curb when someone needs an easy target to pick off.  His safari hat is quite ridiculous, though.

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<p>Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, Jenny McCarthy and Whoopi Goldberg.</p>

Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, Jenny McCarthy and Whoopi Goldberg.

Credit: ABC

'The View' wants you to care again so bye bye Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy

What should ABC do next?

Do you remember when "The View" was as close as you could get to must-see morning talk show TV?  When it was seemingly a microcosm for the political debates going on between the left and right?  When the chemistry between the hosts could entice surprising off the cuff answers from any guest? (Even those who thought they were just there to promote a new movie or TV show?).  Yes, it's been awhile. It's been a long while and that's probably the biggest reason Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy are leaving the show.

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Jenny McCarthy confirms her 'View' exit as ABC announces an 'exciting new direction next season'

Jenny McCarthy confirms her “View” exit as ABC announces an “exciting new direction next season”
"If Sherri goes... I go too. #sisters,” McCarthy tweeted, adding. "My View will be changing too. As will with many hard working folks. Thanks to everyone at the show for your dedication and an amazing year.” According to Broadcasting & Cable, “The View” will also have a new view next year, moving the show to “Katie’s” old studio. PLUS: Could Rosie return? Will Laila Ali be hired?

Fox exec on Kris Jenner's failed talk show: "She looked not just like a deer in the headlights but like a deer that already got hit”
“I think she was pretty uninteresting” on camera, says Fox TV stations chief Frank Cicha of Jenner’s failed talk show.

Courteney Cox gets engaged
The “Cougar Town” star tonight tweeted the news of her engagement to Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid.

“The Daily Show’s” longest-tenured writer departs tonight
J.R. Havlan’s 2,821 episodes stretches back to the Craig Kilborn era.

“The Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman and her winner could end up “Dancing”
Both have reportedly been asked to compete on “Dancing with the Stars.”

See Tatiana Maslany with her “Orphan Black” body doubles
She took pictures with her clones during filming of the epic clone dance party.

E!’s” “Untold With Maria Menounos” premieres July 17
Menounos’ magazine show will feature “The Pop Culture Minute” with YouTube and Vine stars, plus “The Untold Moment,” featuring interviews with celebrities.

“Homer Simpson’s” dad is having an estate sale
Dan Castellaneta’s father, who’s in assisted living, is selling all his stuff, including “Simpsons” memorabilia and a drawing he drew of his son.

ABC’s “NY Med” features real doctors, like Dr. Oz
The TV doctor is not much of a distraction on ABC’s documentary hospital series, premiering tonight.

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Guillermo Del Toro confirms 'Pacific Rim 2' for 2017 plus an animated spin-off

Guillermo Del Toro confirms 'Pacific Rim 2' for 2017 plus an animated spin-off

Can you imagine how many different stories he'll get to try in this world?

Legendary Pictures plans to be in the "Pacific Rim" business for a while, and I couldn't be happier to hear it.

In a special YouTube announcement video, director Guillermo Del Toro announced that there will be an animated series set in the world of "Pacific Rim" that will start soon, and that the comic book series set in that world will also continue to be published. More importantly, Del Toro has now set April 7, 2017 as the date for the release of the sequel to the film, which Universal will distribute in the U.S.

"Pacific Rim" is an important overall property for Legendary. It was developed completely in-house, and they own the rights to everything that was created for the film. They managed to make something like $400 million worldwide with it, and the way the film earned money overseas is one of the reasons it's getting a sequel even if it's not perceived domestically as a success. It's also been a merchandising beast, and Legendary knows full well that there is a fanbase they can use as a foundation when trying to develop a sequel.

I am excited to see what happens with this series and Guillermo. I've known him for a long time, and I've never seen him happier than he was when he was shooting the first film or when he got to show it to people. It delights him. The notion of being able to play with a world where there are kaiju and jaegers and the Drift and all of that is already established and now they can just tell stories that are about more than establishing the rules… it's ridiculous how much fun this is. I love that he has the chance now to build off of the ideas he established in the first film. The worst thing in the world is when Guillermo gets excited because he's sure he's going to make a film and then it doesn't happen. His "Hellboy 3" pitch is amazing, and I'm not sure we'll ever get to see it, which is just plain wrong.

I loved the ambition of "Pacific Rim," and I can't wait to see what story they choose to tell this time. The animated show sounds like an opportunity to really show us a bunch of different perspectives on this world, and I hope they get really daring with some of these various spin-offs.

"Crimson Peak," Guillermo's gothic haunted house movie, is in theaters October 16, 2015.

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Report: 'The View' is firing everybody except Whoopi Goldberg

Report: “The View” is firing everybody except Whoopi Goldberg
Sherri Shepherd is out, and it looks like Jenny McCarthy will be gone, too, according to TMZ, which adds that executive producer Bill Geddie may also get the axe. TMZ says “The View” may turn to male co-hosts, like Jesse Palmer and Ross Matthews. PLUS: Shepherd confirms her exit, saying: "It’s been seven wonderful years on 'The View' and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on."

Judd Apatow in talks with Hulu for a “Love" comedy, possibly starring Gillian Jacobs
A relationship comedy, “Love” would reunite Apatow and Jacobs, who is currently guesting on his “Girls.” But in order for Jacobs to be free to do “Love,” she’ll need “Community” to not be picked up for a sixth season before her contract expires at the end of Monday.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Composer Steve Jablonsky on 'Transformers: Age of Extinction': 'This was the craziest film of all'

What it's really like to work with Michael Bay

Steve Jablonsky would be among the millions excited about the opening of “Transformers: Age of  Extinction” tomorrow if he weren’t so fatigued. “I barely know what day it is,” he says.  

Since last December, he has worked on the score for Michael Bay’s new “Transformers” film. He’s so tired, he’s not even sure how much music is in the film. “It’s about two hours of music,” he says. “We could figure it out, but we’re all too exhausted.” He has another algorithm: Working on one Michael Bay film is like “scoring two-and-a-half smaller films.”

He finished the score in early June, mere days before the movie debuted in Hong Kong. “Some people have told me not to mention how last minute it was, but at the premiere, Michael stood up and said, ‘I finished this film 40 hours ago.’ This one was the craziest film of them all.”

“Age of Extinction” is Jablonsky’s fourth “Transformers” film with Bay and his sixth Bay film overall. Part of the fun for “Extinction”  was finding themes for new characters in the reinvigorated story.  “Michael said to me, ‘This is new, let’s approach it as something new.’  I put aside all my old themes  and just started on brand new ideas. We have all these new characters: Mark Wahlberg, his daughter.  There’s a new villain, Lockdown. I focused a lot of time writing a theme for him. He was one of my favorites.”

Toward the end of the process, Bay and Jablonsky both had the same thought: they should incorporate a few of the original themes. “We thought the fans would like it,” Jablonsky says.

Bay brings Jablonsky, who was asked to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences earlier today, in earlier than most composers start working on feature.  “There will only be a few scenes, because that’s all that’s been [edited]. He’ll call me and say, ‘Can you get down here?’ He’ll have scenes he’s excited about,” Jablonsky says. “It’s very much all consuming. There’s a lot of work from the beginning and it just gets worse and worse—maybe I should say better— it just intensifies. All these new images are coming in. Inevitably that means the picture is going to change and the music might not work. The score keeps changing as the film develops, but If I waited until the end to start, I would be dead. There’s no way I could do it.”

Also different for this installment of “Transformers”: Jablonsky worked closely with Imagine Dragons, who wrote the theme, “Battle Cry.”  In the past, Jablonsky had used parts of themes from Linkin Park and Goo Goo Dolls in his score, but this time, it “immediately hit me more than some of the previous ones had done.”  Bay suggested bringing the band to L.A. and then Jablonsky went to their Las Vegas studio and incorporated some of lead singer Dan Reynolds’ vocalizations into the score as well as his band mates’ music. “It was a much closer collaboration than I’ve had in the past.”

Though Bay has a reputation for being difficult, Jablonsky has found much to admire in working with the action king. “I wish people knew how smart he was. On a daily basis, he’ll impress me with the sheer knowledge of his entire film. He can play it back and forth in his entire head,” Jablonsky says. “He’ll say, ‘Remember that sound from that cue you did that you played me six weeks ago?’ He knows every little detail. It’s great to watch him operate. It’s still a pleasure for me to watch him create.He’s genuinely a good guy and a supportive guy and I think people generally think he’s a nut case and he’s not.”

After studying at University of California, Berkeley, Jablonsky got his start in the composing industry by cold calling Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control studio and asking if they needed interns. The answer was yes. From there, he quietly absorbed everything he could, watching Zimmer and his fellow composers, including Harry Gregson-Williams, work.  “Harry had just come over from London to set up his studio in Hans’ building and was looking for an assistant. I started working with him since I had some experience on the equipment,” Jablonsky says. “He’d let me mess around in his studio and I was scoring music to his films just for fun. He saw what I was doing and let me score a theme in one of his movies. Harry gave me that chance.”

Jablonsky, who also scored “Desperate Housewives,”  then started working more closely with Zimmer, from whom he learned things musically, but also how to navigate studio politics, a skill for which Zimmer is renown. “He is just great  at that,” Jablonsky says. “I just picked up a general vibe of how to handle yourself when these big-time producers and directors don’t like what you’re doing. Don’t freak out, just get into a conversation with them.”

Jablonsky, who admits he’s a little behind the curve on social media—he only joined Twitter a few months ago— says the feedback from “Transformers” fans on Facebook and Twitter buoys him. “It’s really amazing to see how many people from every part of the world have heard the music.  They’ll say they listen to it when they’re studying or exercising or they were sad and it made them feel better. I’m like, ‘Why didn’t I sign up for this sooner?’ Not because I need the affirmation, but because it gives it more meaning. I thought about them when I was working on the score. I’ve gotten message from soldiers from Iraq. It’s very touching.”

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<p>Demi Lovato</p>

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato goes to L.A. Pride Parade for 'Really Don't Care' music video

Oh and hey, Travis Barker

Man, nothing says gay pride parade and good will and great fun like Perez Hilton and Wilmer Valderrama cameos!

Demi Lovato, in a transparent offering to her LGBT  (and Jesus) fans, set her new music video "I Really Don't Care" with guest Cher Lloyd at the L.A. pride parade, which took place earlier this month.

The pop star struts on a float in a suit-and-tie combo, and included some quality choreography from dancers and lip-syncers all the while. Forget the limp verse from Lloyd: there's enough perk to go around.

The vid is timed to Lovato's appearance on the Logo network tonight, where she is scheduled to reveal that her grandfather was gay and out in the 1960s. The "Trailblazers" episode will honor LGBT civil rights activists.

Lovato is hitting up another pride parade this weeked in New York; I wonder what other bully (*cough* Hilton) she can feature to drive home the no-bullying ideals?

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'The Goldbergs' to pay tribute to John Hughes

“The Goldbergs” to pay tribute to John Hughes
One of Hughes’ classic ‘80s films will be the basis for a “very difficult” and “very expensive” episode.

HBO’s Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger Rock ’N’ Roll drama casts Andrew “Dice” Clay and Jagger’s son James
“Sopranos” alum Robert Funaro and “Borgen” star are also joining the cast. Clay will play a radio station chain owner, while James Jagger will portray the lead singer of a punk band named Nasty Bits.

Seth MacFarlane helping out LeVar Burton’s “Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter
Any money raised from today through July 2nd will be matched by MacFarlane, up to $1 million.

“Covert Affairs” fan fave is coming back
Oded Fehr will appear in at least one episode.

Fox stations to test 3 shows: “Laughs,” “Hollywood Today Live” and “The Daily Help Line”
“Laughs” will be a weekly roundup of comedy, while “The Daily Help Line” will give advice interactively.

Watch the trailer for Netflix’s 1st anime series
"Knights of Sidonia” is based on the manga series of the same name.

Cuba Gooding Jr. co-creating a boxing comedy
The project is set in a gym in a gentrified neighborhood shared by soccer moms and hardcore boxers.

“Rescue Me” alum Andrew Roth joins Syfy’s “Ascension”
She’ll play the doctor on the spaceship limited series.

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