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Marvel's secret plan for their movie universe seems to be driving Hollywood crazy
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Marvel's secret plan for their movie universe seems to be driving Hollywood crazy

Everyone's aping the moves, but not taking away the right lessons

Everyone else is just playing Marvel's game at this point.

I have no doubt some of the DC/Warner movies will be good, and some will likely be bad, and there will be people who prefer them because there is a strong chance they are going to be radically different in tone than anything Marvel's making, and fandom will continue to rage and debate even as Fox struggles to manage their own unconnected corner of the Marvel Universe. But make no mistake… Marvel is driving the entire conversation right now. Everyone else is reacting to them, or being forced to try to emulate them, or making a conscious decision not to react to them, which is still a reaction, and through it all, Marvel is making the choices they're making based on a long-range story-driven game plan that takes business considerations into account but that also seems designed to ever keep anyone from being in the position of being able to ruin their plans over money.

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<p>Katia Winter of &quot;Sleepy Hollow&quot;</p>

Katia Winter of "Sleepy Hollow"

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Interview: 'Sleepy Hollow' co-star Katia Winter on getting to know Katrina in Season 2

FOX star also discusses the challenges of Deep South production

WILMINGTON, NC. It's nearly half-way through production on the second season of FOX's "Sleepy Hollow" and Katia Winter is getting to scratch an itch.

Let's pretend that I'm being metaphorical and talking about the expanded opportunities for Winter's Katrina, who spent the first "Sleepy Hollow" as more of a recurring plot device than a recurring character. She'd show up in expositional flashbacks or she'd pop up to help cut a narrative corner through witchcraft, but it was hard to get a feeling for Katrina as a person, much less for Katrina and Ichabod as a couple.

Perhaps that's why a large segment of the "Sleepy Hollow" fandom was able to ignore that when they shipped IchAbbie, one of the principals was a man who was, at least ostensibly, happily married. 

Through the two episodes that have aired, we've already gotten more of Katrina as a human character than we got all of last season and the contemporary scene with Katrina and Ichabod last week was new for the show.

So let's say I'm being metaphorical.

I'm not. 

No, it's a steamy day in late August in North Carolina and the itch that Winter is scratching is very literal. She was out shooting in the woods the night before and, as seems to happen simply as a matter of course in such circumstances, she was eaten alive by unidentified insects. So as we sit talking about Katrina's expanded Season 2 role, Winter is going through a cycle of scratching and apologizing.

As you might guess, skin irritations aside, Winter is happy to find herself with a regular TV role this season, as well as a character she can sink her teeth into, like a chigger sinking its teeth into a Swedish actress in the forest. In our conversation, she discusses the tensions between Katrina and Ichabod, as well as Katrina's feelings for her Moloch-affiliated son.

And we talked about the bugs and humidity. It was hard not to...

Click through for the full Q&A... And catch a new "Sleepy Hollow" tonight at 9 p.m. on FOX.

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'SNL' accused of ripping off its Tina Turner sketch
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'SNL' accused of ripping off its Tina Turner sketch

Sarah Wayne Callies will play Josh Holloway’s wife on USA's 'Colony'

“SNL” accused of ripping off its Tina Turner sketch
A teacher for the L.A.-based comedy troupe that boasts so many “Saturday Night Live” alums and two of its members claim the Tina Turner tribute band sketch featured this past weekend was a direct ripoff. And to prove it, they’ve uploaded their video to YouTube. Meanwhile, an “SNL” source tells The Wrap that the sketch wasn’t ripped off: “It's a common idea, Tina Turner is such an iconic figure. The similarities represent parallel thinking, it's an example of great minds thinking alike.”


Don’t be pessimistic about “Twin Peaks” returning!
The knee-jerk reaction to today’s news is to point out how terrible “Twin Peaks” became. But as James Poniewozik says, it’s okay to be excited: "I have no idea, of course, what the new Twin Peaks will be like. It will be good, or it will be bad. But I beg you: let yourself get excited. Be happy about a thing without needing to coat it in prophylactic pessimism. Don’t give in to the defensive reflex to pre-disappoint yourself. Don’t be afraid of seeming like a sucker.” PLUS: It won't be the same unless Kyle MacLachlan returns.


Sarah Wayne Callies will play Josh Holloway’s wife on USA's “Colony”
The “Prison Break” and “The Walking Dead” alum is joining the sci-fi drama from “Lost’s” Carlton Cuse.


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<p>&quot;Foxcatcher&quot;</p>

"Foxcatcher"

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'Foxcatcher' makes good on its AFI Fest I.O.U.

Better late than never...

A year ago the Oscar race was getting pretty stacked and something — a few things, really — had to give. Bennett Miller's hugely anticipated "Foxcatcher" was all set for an AFI Fest world premiere and then, suddenly, it was yanked from the 2013 schedule. Now, a year later, it's no real surprise that Sony Classics has gone back to the Hollywood event and made good on the I.O.U. The film will close out the festival on Thursday, Nov. 13.

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<p>Twin Peaks</p>

Twin Peaks

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Mark Frost on 'Twin Peaks' revival: 'We had to go somewhere new and different and even more startling'

No details, but lots of enthusiasm for the 2016 Showtime miniseries

Mark Frost has, unsurprisingly, been in high demand today, ever since it was announced that he and David Lynch would be writing a sequel miniseries to their  ABC masterpiece of weirdness "Twin Peaks," which Showtime will air in 2016, 25 years after the final episode ended with Kyle MacLachlan's Agent Cooper trapped in the Black Lodge while his evil doppelganger replaced him in the real world. (If you had watched it at the time, the story would make both more and less sense than that sentence.) He's given many interviews, all of them brimming over with excitement and featuring virtually no specifics on anything besides the existence of the miniseries itself, which Frost and Lynch will write all nine episodes of, with Lynch directing all nine.

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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg

Oscar Bait: Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' spy thriller begins production

Untitled drama will be the director's 29th feature film

Why don't we talk about Steven Spielberg's "Munich" more? Flipping his sentimentalist reputation the bird, the docudramatized look inside Mossad's covert retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization is unmercifully tense and morally complicated to the point of inducing anxiety attacks. "Munich" is weaponized blockbuster filmmaking — and it sounds like Spielberg's antsy to return to the style.

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Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner discuss how joy gets a family through a 'Very Bad Day'
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Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner discuss how joy gets a family through a 'Very Bad Day'

A 'Very Bad Day' was a chance for daily joy for the stars and their onscreen kids

At this point, I've known both Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner for years, and I have very strange memories of watching each of them work. I was on set for "Anchorman" when Brick killed a man with a trident, one of the weirder afternoons I've witnessed on any movie. I stood on top of a building in downtown Los Angeles and tried to have a normal conversation with Garner while a wardrobe assistant polished her butt in her Elektra costume, which is more distracting than you'd guess.

Through it all, the two of them have always struck me as titans of poise. Carell is one of those guys who generally seems bemused by things, no matter what's going on, that smile of his always threatening to erupt, and Garner is both no-nonsense and incredibly sweet in conversation. Both of them seem like people who are always up for the discussion of what they're doing, but also like they're very good at carving off private lives away from the work.

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<p>&quot;The Blair Witch Project&quot;</p>

"The Blair Witch Project"

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Academy celebrates 'The Blair Witch Project' 15 years on

The 1999 found footage horror film is celebrated in 'Moments That Changed The Movies' series

No, "The Blair Witch Project" was not an Academy Award-winning film. But it absolutely qualifies for the Academy's "Moments That Changed The Movies" series. A new video from the Academy Originals banner looks back at the 1999 horror film, which took Sundance by storm and became one of the most profitable cinematic endeavors of all time, on the occasion of its 15th anniversary.

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Exclusive: Ages And Ages break it down in new music video for 'Light Goes Out'
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Exclusive: Ages And Ages break it down in new music video for 'Light Goes Out'

'The Blacklist' raises indie rockers' profile

Ages And Ages' album "Divisionary" came out all the way back in March, but in the past two weeks, that set's come back into the spotlight.

The indie rock group's "Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)" worked its way into the season premiere of "The Blacklist" on NBC during the last week of September. So while new fans are turned on, check out  "Light Goes Out," a HitFix exclusive music video premiere, below.

Keep your cat close, you may learn something about yourself:

From bandleader Tim Perry on the video's creation:

For "Light Goes Out," we wanted a video that encompassed the various components of this band, the song, and it's message. LGO takes a pretty firm stance on living a life of meaning over distraction but it also explores some of the tension within that belief. We wanted to portray this tension, the separate elements that make up a cohesive outlook. At the same time, we wanted to portray the separate elements that make up a cohesive song. The voices, the instruments, the noise makers. We chose to combine all of these images (both literal and symbolic) and have them occur simultaneously, growing into a swirling collage that's almost hard to keep up with.

Want some more pop-rock goodness? Check out Ages And Ages "Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)" below the tour dates.

"Divisionary" is the band's sophomore album, out now via Partisan.

Here are Ages And Ages' tour dates:

10/05/14     Medford, OR     Imperial Event Center
10/06/14     Santa Cruz, CA     The Catalyst Club
10/07/14     San Francisco, CA     The Fillmore
10/08/14     Grass Valley, CA     The Center For The Arts *
10/09/14     Salt Lake City, UT     Kilby Court *
10/10/14     Denver, CO     The Savoy *
10/12/14     St. Louis, MO     Off Broadway *
10/13/14     Evanston, IL     Space *
10/16/14     Indianapolis, IN     HI-FI *
10/17/14     Louisville, KY     Zanzabar *
10/18/14     Cincinnati, OH     MOTR Pub *
10/19/14     Ithaca, NY     The Haunt *
10/20/14     Portland, ME     Empire *
10/21/14     Boston, MA     Middle East Upstairs
10/22/14     New York, NY     Niagara
10/24/14     New York, NY     The Living Room
10/25/14     Philadelphia, PA     MilkBoy *
10/27/14     Charlottesville, VA     The Southern *
10/28/14     Chapel Hill, NC     Local 506 *
10/29/14     Athens, GA     Green Room *
10/30/14     Little Rock, AR     Juanitas Cantina
11/03/14     Boise, ID     Neurolox
11/21/14     Portland, OR     Mississippi Studios
11/22/14     Portland, OR     Mississippi Studios

* with Horse Thief

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'Twin Peaks' co-creator offers some details on the Showtime revival
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'Twin Peaks' co-creator offers some details on the Showtime revival

'Mulaney' debuts to a very disappointing 2.3 million

“Twin Peaks” co-creator offers some details on the Showtime revival
Will original cast members return? Co-creator Mark Frost says: "Those who want to see old faces, and those would like to see new faces, none of them will be disappointed. It’s far too early to talk specifics about people. We’re not at that stage in the process.” PLUS: Will they revisit the Laura Palmer mystery?


“Mulaney” debuts to a very disappointing 2.3 million
The John Mulaney sitcom lost half of its “Family Guy” lead-in's 18-49 demo viewers.


Nat Geo’s “Killing Jesus” will feature Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Moyer, Emmanuelle Chriqui and John Rhys Davis
Jesus Christ will be played by Haaz Sleiman.


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<p>&quot;Nightcrawler&quot;</p>

"Nightcrawler"

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'Inherent Vice,' 'Nightcrawler' cinematographer Robert Elswit shoots an 'unusual Los Angeles'

Also: How he talked Godson Jake Gyllenhaal into a showcase role

Between Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," you're going to be seeing a lot of Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit's work this year. Not only that, but you're going to be seeing a lot of Los Angeles location work in these films that showcases areas and eras of the city unique to the silver screen.

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<p>Kyle MacLachlan in &quot;Twin Peaks.&quot;</p>

Kyle MacLachlan in "Twin Peaks."

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'Twin Peaks' to return on Showtime in 2016

The strangest network drama of them all being revived by creators David Lynch & Mark Frost

That gum we like is going to come back in style, as Showtime has teamed with "Twin Peaks" creators David Lynch and Mark Frost to revive the strangest series in the history of network television, with new installments to arrive in 2016.

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