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'Sons of Anarchy' creator hasn’t figured out how the series will end

“Sons of Anarchy” creator hasn’t figured out how the series will end
“Considering I’m a week-and-a-half behind writing episode 7, it could all change,” creator Kurt Sutter told critics on Monday. “I’ve always had a sense of where I wanted it to go, and I come in each season with a blueprint with the big arcs and mile markers. And I’ve learned over seven seasons the looser I grip that idea the better the seasons are. And this season isn’t any different. I came in with how I wanted the season to end … but things change. It’s always been heading in the same direction, but the way I’m getting there continues to change.” PLUS: A potential prequel would last just 1 season, and Charlie Hunnam doesn’t give a “sh*t” about Emmys.


Fox News: President Obama canceled “surprise" Jimmy Kimmel appearance because it would look bad
Both reps for Kimmel and ABC deny the president is booked for Wednesday, and Fox News is saying the president canceled his appearance due to the crises in Ukraine and Gaza.


TCM to celebrate James Garner’s life with a 24-hour marathon
Twelve of Garner’s films will be shown starting Monday, July 28, including “Grand Prix” and "The Americanization of Emily.” PLUS: Don’t call Garner "TV’s Cary Grant,” and watch Garner look back at his career in an extensive 1999 interview.


A “Nostradamus” drama is in the works starring Joseph Fiennes
The “American Horror Story” alum will play the famous clairvoyant as he looks for revenge on the people who killed his family.


Michigan sheriff dumps orange prisoner jumpsuits, citing the popularity of “Orange is the New Black”
His inmates will now wear black-and-white striped jumpsuits.


Watch a bearded Taylor Lautner on his BBC sitcom “Cuckoo"
Lautner replaces Andy Samberg in the 2nd season of the BBC3 comedy.


Malcolm-Jamal Warner got to ride his own motorcycle on “Sons of Anarchy”
The former “Cosby Show” star says he had to audition for his role as Sticky, but he was allowed to bring use his Harley on screen.


“Fargo’s” Billy Bob Thornton would love to join “Boardwalk Empire,” Alison Tolman wants to visit “New Girl” and “Walking Dead”
"Hopefully something else will come along,” says Thornton. "I don't have another job right now. And I hope the dry spell is not as long this time around."


“Tyrant” will film in Turkey for the rest of Season 1
The FX series had been based in Tel Aviv but relocated to Turkey amid fighting in Gaza. PLUS: FX boss addresses questions about tension with the show’s creator, and producers are still talking to Muslim groups.


University of Virginia is offering a 4-week English seminar on “Game of Thrones”
Says the English professor who is teaching the course: “One of the goals behind this class was to teach students how the skills that we use to study literature are very useful skills for reading literature and TV in conjunction.” PLUS: Watch a compilation of all 4 seasons, and Maisie Williams goes on an anti-British Airways Twitter rant for not letting her use the business-class lounge.


Nelsan Ellis: This week’s “True Blood” contained my 2nd-favorite scene of the series
"I didn’t add a thing,” he says of Lafayette’s speech. PLUS: Nathan Parsons on his scene with Lafayette, about Eric and Pam’s flashback attire, and “True Blood” slams Ted Cruz.


Paula Deen’s new online network debuts Sept. 24
The $100 million-network will give the former Food Network star’s fans a chance to "engage and access Paula and her Southern home cooking, anytime, anywhere -- on computer, smartphone or tablet.”


Happy 50th birthday, David Spade!
The “SNL” alum and star of “Just Shoot Me” and “Rules of Engagement” turns the Big 5-0 on Tuesday. PLUS: An appreciation of “Just Shoot Me."


Elizabeth Berkley has no interest in Lifetime’s “Saved by the Bell” film
"I know nothing about what they are planning,” she tells Us Weekly. "I’m not really curious about it because we know the life we led, and I have no idea what their picture of it is. So who knows!"


Corey Stoll’s “The Strain” wig, explained
Stoll says his wig "helped increase the eccentricity of the character and bring him more into the world. It functions more as a mask."


Why “The Bridge” ditched its serial killer storyline
"The show we have this season was the show I think 'The Bridge' was aching to be,” exec producer Elwood Reid told critics. PLUS: Emily Rios on being gay and playing gay.


Introducing “Smile TV”
This TV set, built by a college student, only works when you smile at it.


John Oliver has proven to be the anti-Piers Morgan
“Fortunately,” says Stephen Marche, "after ten episodes of 'Last Week Tonight' on HBO, John Oliver is now redeeming his countrymen. He's a Brit in America who for once doesn't come off as superior and smug, and who is nonetheless utterly hilarious. 'Last Week Tonight' has developed a new and surprisingly effective form for television: the extended rant.” PLUS: Oliver is taking the "slow food" approach to topical comedy.


"The Bachelorette" is a religious experience, while "The Bachelor" is mere idolatry
That’s according to Elizabeth Wurtzel, who says: "Women are so invested in finding the most perfect man—perfect can be modified by a woman searching for the perfect man—and they are so steeped in the granular particulars of what they want that they are so willing to read relationship guides and self-improvement manuals as part of this quest, and their patience with the process is itself a process that hardly matters except as it pleases a belief system that knows no bounds.”


“The Lottery” has an OK debut
Lifetime’s dystopian reproductive drama attracted 1.1 million viewers.


Is Krusty the Clown the greatest “Simpsons” character ever?
Why you should be outraged by Krusty’s rumored death.


“SNL's” longtime bandleader calls his job “The Lorne Michaels Grant”
Saxophonist Lenny Pickett, who has led the “Saturday Night Live” band since 1995, is releasing his second album.


Check out outtakes from Conan’s Tinder bit with Dave Franco
Is Conan too old to respond to a 20-year-old? PLUS: See Conan's Emmy billboard for “Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda."

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'Guardians' star Chris Pratt on becoming Hollywood's newest action figure
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'Guardians' star Chris Pratt on becoming Hollywood's newest action figure

Plus he talks about finally meeting Rocket and Groot in the theater

When we spoke to Chris Pratt on the set of Marvel's newest film, "Guardians Of The Galaxy," he seemed unsure what to think of the idea of him becoming an in-demand action hero.

I hope he's gotten used to it, because it's happening. No doubt about it.

He just wrapped work on "Jurassic World," and he's going to be heading into the final season of "Parks and Recreation" just as everyone starts losing their damn fool minds over how good he is in "Guardians." He was in fine form Sunday as the press assembled at Disney to discuss his work on the film. When he walked through the room where everyone was waiting, he was singing an alternate take on the "Everything Is Awesome" song from "The LEGO Movie," and as he walked down another hallway, he was in character as the President delivering a speech from "The West Wing."

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'Fargo' Season 2 will be set in 1979

“Fargo” Season 2 will be set in 1979
The 2nd season will follow the Sioux Falls case Molly Solverson’s dad, Lou, talked about in Season 1. Season 2 will focus on a 33-year-old version of Molly’s dad, plus Molly’s mom, who wasn’t seen in Season 1. PLUS: "Fargo" won't return until at least fall 2015.

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'Fargo' Season 2 Renewal Press Tour Live-Blog
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'Fargo' Season 2 Renewal Press Tour Live-Blog

Producers Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield tease Season 2

This was a "TBD" panel on FX's TCA schedule and, given the opinions, my guesses were down to either a "Partners" panel with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence or a "Fargo" renewal panel. Since "Partners" premieres early next month and Grammer and possibly Lawrence (I didn't see him, so I don't know) were at last night's FOX/FX party, that wouldn't have seemed to require "TBD" mystery. 

And, indeed, FX began the morning by announcing a "Fargo" renewal and John Landgraf demurred on several questions about Season 2 specifics, saying that Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield would have more details later.

Don't expect THAT many details, but follow along...

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Eddie Vedder

Should artists like Eddie Vedder and Selena Gomez speak out on war?

We let James Garner have the final say


Should artists express their views on the Israeli/Gaza conflict? Or on any divisive political matters at all? A number of artists have commented on recent current events and had to either back track or explain their messages.

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Exclusive new banner shows Brad Pitt and his 'Fury' tank crew close-up

Exclusive new banner shows Brad Pitt and his 'Fury' tank crew close-up

David Ayer's new film looks like an intense WWII experience

Whatever I thought "Fury" was going to be, that first trailer surprised me.

We've got an exclusive debut of the new banner for the movie today, and what it's selling, loud and clear, is the notion of this group of men who are stuck in this tank together. Brad Pitt, front and center. Michael Pena looked bruised and bloodied. Jon Bernthal, face like a fist, a live-action Popeye. Shia, haunted and huddled in that corner. And the new kid. Pretty much sums up what the movie looks to be.

We've turned a corner now in terms of how WWII is being captured on film. I think "Saving Private Ryan" was the demarcation line, the moment the shift began, and it's been interesting to watch how it's gone from being the simplest war to portray in black and white terms, the last "good" war, to now being more complex when we see it on film. It's no longer seen as a pure good thing, and I think that's a pretty remarkable evolution, all things considered.

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What films will screen or premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival?

What films will screen or premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival?

The Canadian filmmakers are easy to guess, but what about everyone else?

Early Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival will announce its initial wave of films for the 2014 edition of the festival. As usual, there will be a slew of films that have played at either Cannes or Sundance, a number of star-filled projects looking for distribution, some broader studio films that may or may not be awards season fodder and then, of course, the potential Oscar players.

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Robyn and Royksopp

Robyn and Royksopp's 'Do It Again' video: Head toward the light

The dance tune takes a much darker turn

Robyn and Royksopp’s dance tune, “Do It Again,” the title track from their joint EP,  is a slightly cautionary ditty about the things that feel so good that we do them again, even if they aren’t great for us.

The ambitious video, however, spins a much darker tale of addiction, forbidden love, rights suppression, and some other things that I still haven’t figured out… Those crazy Scandinavians!

Shot in Mexico in black and white, the Martin de Thurah-directed video leaves a lot to the viewers’ imagination as seemingly unrelated tales play out of activists fighting against an unexplained evil, a girl with an injured leg dealing with addiction, and some stolen artwork. There’s a timelessness to the clip that seems like it could take place anywhere from the ‘50s to present day.

So rather than try to interpret it, maybe it’s just best to enjoy the frenzy that seems to take over at various points in the clip as the beat takes over and the danger builds up. Maybe it’s all a fever dream. Just remember… head toward the light.

Interstitial footage of Robyn singing “Do It Again” is cut in with the narrative, while the two members of Royksopp appear in some of the crowd scenes.

 

 

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President Obama to visit 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' for the 1st time on Wednesday

President Obama to visit “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for the 1st time on Wednesday
Security will be tight this week since Kimmel tapes on busy Hollywood Blvd, according to TMZ. This will be Obama’s first visit on Kimmel's show. He previously appeared via satellite when he was a candidate amid the 2008 presidential campaign. UPDATE: ABC denies Obama is visiting Kimmel during his L.A. visit.


Lucy Lawless joins "Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
She may play a highly skilled agent named “Mary."


FX passes on Charlie Kaufman comedy “How & Why” starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes
The Oscar-winning writer’s comedy in which Cera plays Hawkes’ boss is already being shopped to other outlets, including Netflix, which has also passed.

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' will be less campy than 'Coven'

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” will be less campy than “Coven”
“Some years it’s going to be big and bright and brash and campy the way ‘Coven' is,” says FX CEO John Landgraf. "Other years it’s going to be dark and brooding—like ‘Asylum' was. I guess I would put 'Freak Show' half-way in between the two.”


FX boss: I think we can do “Fargo” Season 2 without any famous names
“I think it would be nice to have a movie star in the second cycle, but I don't think we need it,” says FX boss John Landgraf. “Frankly, I think we can do it with unknowns.” He added that newcomer Allison Tolman “brought as much to Fargo’s first installment as Billy Bob Thornton did.”


FX boss: “Justified” will get a “fitting” farewell, “Sons of Anarchy” creator’s next show will film in England
FX CEO John Landgraf also said that "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” 10th season will premiere in January. PLUS: Landgraf said W. Kamau Bell’s talk show lacked consistency: “It was brilliant sometimes."


Netflix has 4 Emmy nominations for a documentary that already earned an Oscar nomination
How is Egyptian revolution documentary “The Square” eligible for both?


Fall 2014 sitcom trend: Bearded Best Friend
“Mulaney” has a “BBF," and so does “Marry Me” and “A to Z.” “It’s strange that I keep seeing me in different TV shows,” says “Mulaney’s” BBF Zack Pearlman. "It’s funny that everybody caught on to the same trend, but I’m happy to be part of it.”


“The Simpsons” offers a taste of the “Simpsons World” App
The new “Simpsons” portal will allow you to watch any episode, or any of your favorite scenes.  You can even create “Simpsons” playlists.


Watch BBC America’s full trailer for “Intruders” starring Mira Sorvino
The drama about people chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others premieres Aug. 23.


“The Client List’s” Brian Hallisay joins “Revenge”
He’ll play a character named Ben, as he does currently on “Mistresses.”

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"Nightcrawler"

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Best Actor watch: Will 'Nightcrawler' be Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Taxi Driver?'

Louis Bloom looks for work in a new viral video

Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler," which I'm guessing will be part of the Toronto Film Festival's announcement tomorrow morning, is really looking fascinating to me from afar. "A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism" is already an intriguing enough logline, but this could be a real coming out for actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

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The Simpsons

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Press tour: FXX unveils Simpsons World portal to drooling critics

Website and app will offer easy access to view and share your favorite 'Simpsons' episodes and clips

One of FXX's promos for the channel's upcoming premiere of every "The Simpsons" repeat ever — not to mention a new website/app called Simpsons World that will allow fans to watch any episode, or clip, at any time — features a post-apocalyptic America where the world has fallen apart because people are too busy watching old "Simpsons" scenes to do anything else.

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