Comic-Con International announced the Thursday schedule for 2014's San Diego Comic-Con and after a few years of slow movie days to kick off the event, this year looks much more intriguing. Thursday actually features a number of studios that haven't always been regulars at the annual pop culture event.
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There has been a lot of scuttlebutt over the past week or so about what a terrible summer it's been for the movies. Box office is down and there appears to be a dearth of real blockbusters on the horizon. It's led to some predictable "The sky is falling!" stories from media looking for something scandalous to write about. Well, take a deep breath, people. Hollywood knew this summer was weak months ago.
I am nine years old. I am lying in the back of the 1977 Plymouth van my parents are driving. It is the middle of the night, and we are leaving Dunedin on the first leg of our move to Texas. I am crying. My best friend Oli Watt, my next-door neighbor, said goodbye to me earlier in the day, and we've made promises to write and call on the phone, but I know that I am leaving behind the life that I've enjoyed up to that point and that whatever comes next, it will be different, and I am afraid, and I am sad, and I am sure that nothing will ever be this good again.
I am sixteen years old. I am lying in the back of the car driven by my nineteen year old girlfriend. It is the middle of the night, and while I'm supposed to be at school in the morning, I don't care at all. I am stoned and drunk and happy. My parents hate this girl that comes to pick me up in the middle of the night, who always knows where there's a party, who has way more sexual experience than me, and they've tried to stop me from seeing her, but I am desperate for what I see as necessary sensual memory, fodder for the writing that I want to make a career of, and I know that it's destroying the relationship I have with my parents who I adore for adopting me, but I have to do this, I have to live like this, and it is amazing and it is dizzying and I am sure that nothing will ever be this good again.
A review of "The Bridge" season 2 premiere coming up just as soon as I defend my Rush t-shirt...
There's no point in lying: The pilot for BBC America's "Intruders" makes almost no sense to me.
It's 45 minutes of enticing teasing, jumping around from location to location as characters we've barely met commit suicide or flee from other characters we've never met, some holding cards embossed with the number "9." There are enigmatic declarations about characters not being who they appear to be or not being who once they were. There's a preternaturally wise -- and therefore terrifying -- child (Millie Brown's Madison). There's an Oscar winning actress (Mira Sorvino), who you assume was lured by character details beyond the pilot. There are multiple familiar and well-regarded British actors (James Frain and John Simm) possibly playing American and therefore seeming suspicious.
If you enjoy the teasing, you'll be champing at the bit waiting for a second episode to maybe or maybe not get to the business of explaining things. If you demand immediate answers, you may be annoyed, but perhaps the lack of a former "Lost" showrunner on the production team will encourage folks to chill.
Based on the book by Michael Marshall Smith, "Intruders" was adapted by "X Files" veteran Glen Morgan, who knows a few things about trying to tailor projects with challenging concepts for network television.
Morgan and the "Intruders" cast dropped by the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday (July 9) afternoon and rather than just leading off the panel by asking, "Huh?" I accentuated the positive. "Intruders" isn't pandering to anybody. It isn't giving anything away in its first episode. How intentional was that and could a pilot like this ever have existed on a broadcast network?
Did you ever watch an episode of, say, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and there's a young kid in the family and the designer asks "What do you like?" and kid's like "I like baseball and blah blah blah," and then all of a sudden when the reveal happens, the kid's room is ENTIRELY covered in baseball wallpaper and decals and baseballs and paraphernalia and you think, man, they are just gonna outgrow that if you shove it down their throats.
We were like that kid -- "I liked the Blue album and 'Pinkerton!'" -- when it comes to Weezer and it was iterated enough that Weezer heard.
The Blue album came out in 1994, "Pinkerton" in 1996. The band -- after a number of hit singles, a number of maligned albums, some bonkers pop experiments and funny, fun live shows -- heard the cry "I like those albums" and reissued "Pinkerton" and made a tour out of it in 2012. (I saw it, it was tight.)
So maybe now they think that's all we ever want?
"If you took the 'Pinkerton' band and then play all the other records," drummer Pat Wilson today told EW, "that's what we sound like now. Bombastic, loose, kind of booming. This record sounds like it's going to have the tight structure of Blue album with a little bit more abandon like 'Pinkerton.'"
Weezer have announced the release date of "Everything Will Be Alright In The End" (which, as a title, sounds much more like Shins meeting Modest Mouse but I digress), which is due Sept. 30. There is a preview for it above, with the song "Return to Ithaca." It was produced by the Cars' frontman Ric Ocasek, who you'll remember produced the Blue album (OK OK OK and "The Green Album" in 2001).
Hoping it's all you ever wanted.
Here are Weezer's tour dates:
7/24/14 London, ON @ Rock The Park 2014
7/25/14 Belleville, ON @ Empire Rockfest
7/26/14 Rimouski, QC @ Les Grandes Fetes du St-Laurent
8/1/14 Las Vegas, CA @ The Cosmopolitan
8/2/14 Del Mar, CA @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series
8/9/14 Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest PNC Plaza
8/13/14 Southaven, MS @ Snowden Grove Amphitheater
8/14/14 Lake Charles, LA @ L’Auberge Casino Resort
8/31/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Made In America
9/6/14 Charlotte, NC @ 106.5 The End presents Weenie Roast ‘14
9/12/14 Paso Robles, CA @ Vino Robles Amphitheatre
9/13/14 Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
9/14/14 Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
9/19/14 Denver, CO @ Riot Fest
I wonder if Andy Serkis ever wishes he was "just" an actor.
Probably not. There are few people I encounter in this business who seem to be filled with the same sort of genuine joy as him right now, and all the time. For someone who hasn't spent a lot of time onscreen in a recognizable way, he certainly seems to be recognized everywhere he goes, and based on the way I've seen people react to him, he's beloved.
Deservedly so. First, he's a genuinely great actor, a guy who throws himself into a part completely. I've never seen Serkis give anything less than 100% to a role, and it seems like more and more, he's becoming a mentor to other performers who are making the jump from traditional live-action work to this remarkable hybrid that he has mastered.
As “Fancy” logs its seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Iggy Azalea is tied with Adele in fifth place for the most weeks spent by a female artist in a lead role atop the singles chart this decade.
The record belongs to Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, which was No. 1 for 10 weeks in 2011 and 2012. (The overall record still belongs to Mariah Carey for her 1995 duet with Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day,” which holds the record for most weeks spent at No. 1 by any act at 16 weeks.)
It’s unlikely that Azalea will capture Rihanna’s record, given that Magic!’s “Rude,” which holds at No. 2 this week, is gaining on “Fancy,” and could push Azalea out next week. The rest of the top 5 remains the same from last week: Ariana Grande’s “Problem, “ featuring Azalea, is No. 3, Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” is No. 4, and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is No. 5. (To see why all these new acts are breaking through this summer, check this out).
The bottom half of the Top 10 is a little less static. Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg remains at No. 6, while Calvin Harris’ “Summer” heats up 8-7, swapping places with John Legend’s former No. 1, “All of Me.”
Maroon 5 leaps 13-9 with “Maps,” the first single from its Sept. 2 album, V,” and the group’s ninth top 10. It pushes DH Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What” 9-10.
In other noteworthy chart moves, Grande bows at No 15 with “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, while 5 Seconds of Summer enters the chart at No. 16 with “Amnesia.”
John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, is being considered for “The View”
McCain, who hosts “Take Part Live” on Pivot, could become the new Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
“Elementary” books Gina Gershon
She’ll play Lucy Liu’s new nemesis.
“The Strain” boss admits the worm in eyeball billboard was “not for everyone”
“It may have been too far out there for some people but I personally liked it,” says Carlton Cuse, who adds: “I think that the ad was bold and imaginative and clearly not for everyone.”
Which shows have the biggest DVR bumps?
“Orphan Black” is No. 1 with a 123% DVR boost, meaning more DVR users watch than live viewers. “The Americans” has a 104% DVR bump.
Recalling the lost “Seinfeld” episode that was never made — in which Kramer’s first name was “Conrad”
The 9th episode of the series would’ve tackled the controversial subject of guns.
Jimmy Kimmel personally does the firing on his show
Kimmel tells Success magazine that firing people makes him sick in his stomach, but his experiences at being fired helps him to motivate the people he has to let go.
Watch Jerry Seinfeld drive Aziz Ansari in an 18-wheeler truck
Watch a preview of the next installment of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
“Shahs of Sunset” dumps Lilly Ghalichi
The fashion designer/attorney was considered too boring to return for Season 4, according to TMZ.
Joel McHale is now a Vodka pitchman
The “Community” star is appearing in a YouTube series for Purity Vodka.
See Adrien Brody as "Houdini"
Brody plays the legendary escape artist in the History channel miniseries.
“Gotham” boss promises the new show will be “both fun and dark”
"The great thing about Gotham is it encompasses so many different worlds,” says exec producer Bruno Heller. "The tone is both fun and dark. It's sexy but dangerous. It's a world of craziness and a world of beauty. And the show encapsulates all of that."
“OITNB’s” beer can scene, explained
Natalie Figueroa recalls that Season 2 scene.
Robert Redford to play Dan Rather on the big screen
Redford will star in “Truth,” a film about the CBS News George W. Bush-“60 Minutes II” scandal.
“The Beverly Hillbillies” inspires a musical
Munster, Indiana will play host to the debut of “The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical” on Thursday.
MTV’s “Finding Carter” has a solid debut
About 1.69 million checked out the premiere of the teen abduction drama.
BBC America orders “Tatau,” a mystery drama set in the South Pacific
The series will follow two Brits who end up in trouble in the Cook Islands.
American “Sherlock” viewers got a secret message
“Masterpiece” adds its own credits, so Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat decided to tamper with them.
Here’s your 1st look at “Harold & Kumar: The Animated Series”
Kal Penn and John Cho, along with other stars from the movie, including David Krumholtz, have begun work on the Adult Swim series.
Destination America orders "Buying the Rockies”
The cable channel also announced Wednesday it has renewed “Railroad Alaska.”
“Masters of Sex": What is fact? What is fiction?
How much of the Showtime series is accurate?
Investigation Discovery’s “Heartbreakers” stars insist their show isn’t a “True Crime Sharknado”
Faded stars from the past like Tracie Gold, Nicole Eggert, Christopher Knight and Kevin Sorbo star in this three-part campy project about “dreamboats who turned into nightmares.”
How to create the perfect late-night talk show logo
The design firm that rebranded Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” logo looked back at 60 years of late-night logos.
“Project Runway” returns with a wacky promo
Watch Tim Gunn say, "Turn Down for What."
“Dating Naked” star: This show is about “female empowerment”
Ashley Fonda, 27, told critics she thinks the VH1 reality show will give young girls and women a more positive concept of their body.
Discovery’s “Naked and Afraid” employs a 6-person team to pixelate the nudity
They go through each episode frame by frame, sometimes responding to requests by cast members for “larger blurs."
Meet the inventor of sports TV’s “honey shot”
Former Andy Sidaris, formerly of ABC Sports, takes credit for "combining sports-watching and the objectification of women.”
The “Baywatch” movie can’t legally use the name “Baywatch”
So David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson will be filming cameos for a lifeguard movie called “The B-Team."
"Married at First Sight” is as insane as it sounds
This “extreme social experiment” featured a former “Bachelor” contestant getting married at first sight. PLUS: “Married at First Sight” draws 270,000.
Bronson Pinchot: HBO didn’t warn us that “Perfect Strangers” gets raptured on “The Leftovers”
"No, nobody said ‘boo.' (No pun intended.)” Pinchot responded via e-mail.
WGN America’s “Manhattan” will use fictional characters to help tell the story of the Atom Bomb
“There’s a fine line between fact and fiction, particularly when dealing with scientific discovery,” says creator Sam Shaw.
“Major Crimes” casts Mary McDonnell’s son
Ryan Kennedy will play a techie on the verge of his first buyout.
AMC “Walking Dead” special will take you inside “Walker University”
The behind-the-scenes special airs Tuesday at 8.
“Real Housewives” star Carole Radziwill recalls her romance with Ralph Fiennes
"It was long ago and far away … over a summer I was living in London,” says the Bravo star, who also once dated George Clooney.
"Vanity Fair Confidential” is coming to Investigation Discovery
The magazine’s most interesting crime stories will be used in each episode, with commentary from the authors.
Poppy Montgomery is pregnant, she reveals on Letterman
The “Unforgettable” star is expecting her 3rd child.
Lifetime orders "The Clan of the Cave Bear" pilot
The pilot based on Jean M. Auel’s series of best-selling novels is set more than 25,000 years ago.
“The Bridge” has fixed itself for Season 2
"What had become a rote potboiler simmering on someone else’s stove,” says Andy Greenwald, "is now bubbling over with fresh eccentricities and exhilarating menace. Those who bailed out of frustration are advised to jump back in now. After a year spent dawdling between inspiration and expectation, 'The Bridge' has finally picked a side. It has fully crossed over now, and it’s all the better for it.” PLUS: Season 2 may be too ambitious for its own good, it bites off way more than it could chew in Season 2, it has a “Wire”-sized envy for epic sprawl, and it has much stronger command of its subject matter this season.
“Extant” shows potential, despite mashing up a lot of sci-fi premises
"It’s way too soon to say whether this jumble works,” says James Poniewozik of the Halle Berry series, "but it’s promising that Extant‘s premiere seems confident enough to play it cool and mysterious rather than hammer us with holy-crap moments. Surprisingly for a TV vehicle for an Oscar winner, the pilot doesn’t give Berry a string of showy, actorly moments. Her performance is reserved, bordering on seeming a little shell-shocked, as Molly works on getting her Earth-legs back under her; the show’s direction is quiet and composed.” PLUS: The pilot is a thing of real beauty, "Extant” is like a low-budget, low-ambition "Gravity,” the previews are more thrilling than the pilot, it’s compelling, cerebral and unusually heavy for a summer show, Steven Spielberg says “Extant” was always the title, and Halle Berry was drawn to the more “E.T.-ish” nature of “Extant."
Robert Redford isn't messing around with this Oscar business.
After losing out on a nomination for his acclaimed, nearly dialogue-free performance in last year's "All Is Lost," the legendary actor is making another go at Academy consideration (at least in theory) as the star of "Truth," in which he'll play former CBS news anchor Dan Rather during the career-derailing 2004 "Rathergate" scandal, according to Deadline.
One of the things that we're noticing here at HitFix is that there are a number of different ways you guys digest the information that we publish.
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BBC America kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour panel on Wednesday (July 9) afternoon with a pair of unsurprising announcements: "Orphan Back" has been renewed for a third season and the second season of "Broadchurch" will air on BBC America.
Both seasons will air in 2015.