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<p>Tara!</p>

Tara!

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Recap: 'True Blood' Premiere - 'Jesus Gonna Be Here'

If You’re the Kind to Sit Up in Your Room, Watching Show About Some Glum Buffoons

Welcome to the seventh and final season of "True Blood"! When a great, long-running show comes to the end of its run, it feels like the end of an era, and this is a great show. Or at least it was. It peaked around the time Russell Edgington pulled the news anchor’s spine out on live TV, then sat down to address the camera. and proceeded to show Howard Beale how it’s done. And the last couple of seasons were real off-road torture tests, raising troubling questions about the motives and abilities of almost everyone involved, starting with Rutger Hauer’s agent. 

Ultimately, the big question faithful viewers were left asking was, as Richard Pryor once so eloquently put it, “How long will this bullsh*** go on?” Now we know: whether the show rallies and pulls out of its tailspin or continues to spiral toward the Earth like a piece of flaming space flotsam, it will go on for another six weeks. And then that’s it—none of that “first half of season seven, to be continued next year” nonsense that’s so popular with your high-profile cable shows nowadays. So much of life, like so much of late "True Blood," is about being grateful for small favors.

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<p>Reese Witherspoon in &quot;The Good Lie.&quot;</p>

Reese Witherspoon in "The Good Lie."

Credit: Warner Bros.

Reese Witherspoon fights the good fight in first trailer for 'The Good Lie'

The Ron Howard-produced true-life drama is heading for the fall festival circuit

It's been a rough couple of years to be a fan of Reese Witherspoon: when the actress picked up her Oscar eight years ago for "Walk the Line," the universe appeared to have better things in store for her than, say, "This Means War." Even when her films have worked out -- the critically-endorsed Americana of "Mud" or the ripe Camembert pleasures of "Water for Elephants" -- they haven't showcased her especially well. So it's nice to see Witherspoon getting busy again with a range of upscale projects this year.

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<p>Enlisted</p>

Enlisted

Credit: FOX

Season finale review: 'Enlisted' - 'Alive Day'

Pete rallies the troops to honor Sgt. Major Cody, but will this be the end?

A quick review of the final FOX episode of "Enlisted" coming up just as soon as I try to save it with the rewind bit...

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<p>Pearl Jam&#39;s Eddie Vedder</p>

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder

Pearl Jam covers 'Let It Go' for one shining moment during 'Daughter'

It's all done now: Video

For a magnificent 40 seconds in time, Pearl Jam covered "Let It Go" from "Frozen."

The rockers slipped in the chorus during an extended jam of "Daughter" as part of their setlist on Friday in Milan, Italy.

You're welcome. And it's over now, we can all go home. "Let It Go" is finished now, as it is said in the scriptures.

[Stereogum]

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Review: 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' is new evolution of weirdest series around
Credit: Paramount Pictures

Review: 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' is new evolution of weirdest series around

And Mark Wahlberg doesn't even sing 'The Touch' one time

Here's the thing… you're going to read a lot of reviews of "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" that will exist primarily to give the critic writing the review a chance to entertain other critics. That drives me crazy. Even when a film is as over the top horrifyingly awful as, say, "Winter's Tale," I'll still try to engage with the material, because that's only fair. I may hate everything about it, but if I'm not willing to treat the film with the same level of scrutiny that I treat everything else, then why bother writing about it?

The "Transformers" series so far is, by far, one of the strangest giant franchises in production. I've reviewed all of the films, and I think they are genuinely worthy of examination, not only in the context of Michael Bay's career, but also within the framework that the films have created for these stories. The first film is probably the easiest one to like. It was a fairly clever concept to hang the entire thing on the story of a boy and his first car, which just happens to turn out to be an intergalactic warrior robot who is part of a war that has found its way to Earth. The film is really, really busy, and the story tries so hard that it gets irritating, but it benefits from a handful of solid comic performances and a sense that there is something awesome about these giant shape-shifting mechanical creatures. The second film…

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E! 'Men of the Strip' reality star dies of possible suicide

E! “Men of the Strip" reality star dies of possible suicide
Nate Estimada, a 24-year-old male stripper known as “The Midnight Cowboy,” may have intentionally driven his car off a cliff last Wednesday.


“Orphan Black” creators explain that big twist
Co-creator Graeme Manson says the twist has been in the works “since near the end of last season and really over the break between Season 1 and Season 2.” PLUS: Which “Orphan Black” star heard the news at the last minute?, Tatiana Maslany on the twist, and why there was too much of Maslany’s brilliance this season.


Lena Dunham: "Joan Rivers is truly the only rivalry I would entertain starting…”
But, Dunham tweeted, "she'd enjoy it too much :( peace and love peace and love.”


“Nathan For You’s” Dumb Starbucks logo fools a Fox affiliate
Oakland’s KTVU, which last year fell victim to Asiana pilot names prank, used the “Dumb Starbucks” logo Friday night in a report about Starbucks’ rising prices.


Katie Couric weds
"So excited to make my debut as Mrs. John Molner!” Couric tweeted.


“Sherlock” could last “for a very long time” thanks to its unique format
Says Steven Moffat: “Had we done the conventional form of a TV series which is to do runs of six or twelve, it would be over by now without doubt, it would be finished. Because (the cast) would never again commit that amount of time that regularly to a TV show, they just wouldn’t, why would they? But given the strange form of Sherlock which is every two-and-a-half years we get together and we make three, means that it can go on for a very long time.”


Watch Mira Sorvino in BBC America’s “Intruders” trailer
The drama also starring "Doctor Who" alum John Simm premieres Aug. 23.


“The Voice” releases its 1st promo with Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams
The new promo is backed by Stefani’s “Holla Back” track.


Matt LeBlanc: Before “Homeland,” Damian Lewis auditioned to star in “Episodes”
Turns out Lewis was up for the Stephen Mangan role.


“Dancing with the Stars” alum Hope Solo arrested for domestic violence
The soccer player allegedly beat her sister, but her attorney she was the victim in the altercation.


“19 Kids and Counting” star Jill Duggar weds, kisses her husband for the 1st time
Duggar and her new husband kissed for the first time after completing their marriage vows.

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10 reasons we used to love watching 'True Blood'

10 reasons we used to love watching 'True Blood'

Michelle Forbes, the promise of Evan Rachel Wood, nudity and more

Do your remember when you couldn't wait to watch "True Blood" every Sunday night? When Alan Ball's follow up to "Six Feet Under" was the campy, over-the-top fantasy melodrama everyone needed so we'd forget we had one more year of George Bush? That seems oh, so long ago, doesn't it?

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<p>Orphan Black</p>

Orphan Black

Credit: BBC America

Season finale review: 'Orphan Black' - 'By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried'

Everyone tries to rescue Sarah and Kira, but are there more clones to discover?

Some thoughts on the "Orphan Black" season finale — but really on season 2 as a whole — coming up just as soon as I get this pencil through that piece of paper...

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20 stars we want to see at Comic-Con 2014: Kevin Hart, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt

20 stars we want to see at Comic-Con 2014: Kevin Hart, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt

Are we dreaming to even suggest Meryl Streep?

Comic-Con 2014 is just around the corner and that means big stars are heading down to San Diego.  Last year the venerable genre event had arguably more famous faces on hand than ever before. Granted, the entire cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" flying in helped (three Oscar winners and three other nominees among that group people), but Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Harrison Ford ("Ender's Game"), Jennifer Lawrence and the "Catching Fire" crew, Peter Dinklage and the "Game of Thrones" cast, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Vin Diesel, Andrew Garfield, the "Walking Dead" cast and, oh yeah, Metallica made the four-day fest somewhat historic.

2015 is shaping up as thought it may rival its predecessor.  There is always the chance that Marvel will bring the mighty "Avengers" cast back to energize the Comic-Con for next May's "Age of Ultron," Sony Pictures may have a "Sinister Six" to reveal, a "Lost" reunion could be in the works and Warner Bros. may introduce the "Justice League" to the world.  Plus, there are a ton of other panels that could find some of your favorite stars returning or visiting Comic-Con for the first time.

With all that in mind, check out the embedded gallery for 20 stars we'd be incredibly excited to see gracing the stages at Comic-Con this year.

Are you heading to Comic-Con next month? Is there a movie or TV panel you're most interested in hearing about? Let us know in the comments section.

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<p>I&#39;m almost sure we won&#39;t see this in &#39;Episode VIII,&#39; but it&#39;s still awesome.</p>

I'm almost sure we won't see this in 'Episode VIII,' but it's still awesome.

Credit: 20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Rian Johnson directing 'Episode VIII' is a sign of the thinking behind the 'Star Wars' series

So who should end up in the chair for 'Episode IX'

The announcement of Rian Johnson as the writer/director of "Star Wars Episode VIII" is exciting for a number of reasons, not least of which is because it indicates something about the way Lucasfilm views the sequel trilogy.

If I were to guess, I would say Marvel isn't going to hire many more writer/directors in the future, even if James Gunn and Joss Whedon both crush it with "Guardians Of The Galaxy" and "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." The fall-out from the "Ant-Man" situation has been fairly brutal, and while I'm curious to see what Peyton Reed and Adam McKay make of the project they're inheriting, the loss of the Edgar Wright version is just plain going to sting.

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<p>Michael Keaton in &quot;Birdman&quot;</p>

Michael Keaton in "Birdman"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Is 'Birdman' a one-shot 'magic trick' that could win Chivo Lubezki his second Oscar in a row?

The 'Gravity' cinematographer better not have gotten tired of the awards circuit just yet

After landing nomination after nomination without a win, cinematographer Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki finally claimed an Oscar a few months ago for his jaw-dropping work on Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity." But it wasn't just the technical prowess of the accomplishment that landed him that spotlight, conceiving of new technology to tell the story Cuarón wanted to tell and making it all work so well with the visual effects on display. It was also the drawn-out, patient takes, which Lubezki and Cuarón had been playing with ever since "Y Tu Mamá También" over a decade ago. All of that went toward an identifiable style that became the visual trademark of the movie, and the result was a much-deserved Oscar. But if the word on Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" is true, then Lubezki could very well be in line for his second in a row.

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith and Linkin Park open big on next week's album chart

What happens with Jennifer Lopez's 'A.K.A.?'


Next week proves to be a big week for debuts in the Billboard 200 top 10 as Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, and Linkin Park all top the 100,000 mark.

Though Smith’s “In The Lonely Hour” is coming on strong, heading into the weekend, Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence” has a good lead on the British newcomer, as the chanteuse’s second full-length album is on target to sell up to 190,000 copies and bow at No. 1. “Hour”is looking good for 160,000 and No. 2, but with the chart not closing until Sunday night, there could be a weekend surprise.

Linkin Park’s latest, “The Hunting Party,” will slide into six figures, selling as many as 110,000 copies in its opening frame to enter at No. 3.

Also bowing in the top 10: Willie Nelson’s “Band of Brothers” make a high debut for the troubadour, landing at No. 6 (40,000); Jennifer Lopez’s “A.K.A.” at No. 8 (32,000) and Deadmau5’s  “While (1<2)” at No. 10 (30,000).

Lopez’s low sales numbers are the shocker as both “A.K.A.” and Mariah Carey’s latest, “Me. I Am Mariah…the Elusive Chanteuse,” came in with some of the weakest first week numbers of the singers’ careers. Whether they aren’t connecting with their fan base or are trying too hard—and missing— by seeking younger fans, there’s a disconnect going on in both cases.

As far as the returning titles, “Frozen” hangs in there at No. 4 (45,000), Miranda Lambert’s former chart topper, “Platinum” at No. 5 (40,000), Jack White’s “Lazaretto” at No. 7 (32,000), and “Now That’s What I Call Music 50” at No. 9 (30,000).

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