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<p>Yeah, that's probably how I'd react, too.</p>

Yeah, that's probably how I'd react, too.

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Review: Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson battle elementary school zombies in 'Cooties'

Can this lunatic horror-comedy find the right audience?

PARK CITY - Ten years to the day after "Saw" made its midnight premiere at the Egyptian Theater as part of Sundance's midnight lineup, co-writer Leigh Whannell showed up with a whole different team of collaborators to premiere "Cooties," a horror-comedy that manages the very difficult trick of fulfilling both halves of that equation with equal skill.

Directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion (collectively known as "Honest" when they co-direct) and written by Ian Brennan & Leigh Whannell, "Cooties" tells the story of a rapdily-spreading infection that turns all the kids at an elementary school into rabid little flesh-eating monsters, and what happens on the day the situation spins out of control. Clint (Elijah Wood) is a substitute who actually went to that same elementary school when he was a kid. He's only teaching for a little while as he works on his first novel, "Keel Them All," a story about a haunted boat. He's delighted to see that one of his childhood friends Lucy (Allison Pill) is also teaching at the school, but slightly less delighted when he meets her current boyfriend, PE coach Wade (Rainn Wilson). For the first twenty minutes or so, "Cooties" is basically just a comedy about a guy who isn't where he wants to be in his life trying to cope with returning to his elementary school, but in a new role, while also trying to navigate the bizarre social hierarchy of the teachers who are there full-time.

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Press Tour: J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuaron say 'Believe' is a 'story of a family'

Abrams explains the rotation of show runners

With Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") and J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek") executive producing, "Believe" is pretty much guaranteed to get some hype (see a clip here) -- and possibly eyeballs -- when it premieres on March 10 after "The Voice." The question is, of course, how the supernatural drama about Bo, a little girl with supernatural powers, who becomes a pawn as adults try to kidnap her will be sold to viewers. "We'll have procedural elements each week," executive producer Jonas Pate explained, "but then larger mythological elements will be slowly revealed."

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<p>Philip Seymour Hoffman in &quot;A Most Wanted Man.&quot;</p>

Philip Seymour Hoffman in "A Most Wanted Man."

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Review: Philip Seymour Hoffman on top form in elegant thriller 'A Most Wanted Man'

A new John Le Carré adaptation brings Cold War paranoia to post-9/11 Europe

PARK CITY - In the world of intelligence thrillers, the Cold War, much like smoking, is a hard habit to break. And both, as it turns out, feature prominently in Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man," the first big-screen adaptation of a John Le Carré novel since Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" in 2011, and a worthy spiritual successor to that tangled, tea-stained tale of world-weary espionage. The difference, however, is that we're long past the Cold War's big thaw in this particular story: post-9/11 paranoia is the order of the day, though Le Carré's typically dry, rueful tone and Corbijn's pewter-colored aesthetic combine to suggest the shift is immaterial: the more things change, the more they stay the same, and political distrust springs eternal.

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Did Drake establish himself as an 'SNL' superstar?

Did Drake establish himself as an "SNL" superstar?

The rapper pretty much nailed it last night, says Chris Richards, officially entering "the realm of the hyper-talented, hyper-endearing, hyper-famous, pretty-funny nice guys." PLUS: Drake's "SNL" gets solid ratings.

How did Sasheer Zamata do in her "SNL" debut?
"She didn't mess anything up or bomb any laughs," says Kevin Fallon. "She didn't make a star-is-born impression. But you knew she was there, which, crazy as it sounds, is monumental for a new hire."

NBC is "hoping" to continue its relationship with Jay Leno

"We're very much hoping we will enter into a new relationship with Jay and keep NBC his home," NBC Entertainment boss Robert Greenblatt told critics.

Check out Seth Meyers as a college freshman
Here's a pic from when he was at Northwestern.

Taran Killam to get help on his Piers Morgan "SNL" impression from Piers Morgan
The CNN host wasn't happy with Killam's suit/tie combo.

Watch the full "Hannibal" Season 2 trailer

See glimpses of the fight between Hannibal and Laurence Fishburne's character.

Austrian TV creates a "Game of Thrones"-inspired promo for NFL championship games
See Boston, San Francisco, Denver and Seattle rendered in homage to the HBO series.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was unaware of last week's mini-"Seinfeld" reunion

"I didn't see that! First of all, thank you for telling me about it," she said upon hearing that Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander had visited Tom's Diner with Larry David. "I didn't know they went so that sounds like fun."

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"Parks and Recreation"

 "Parks and Recreation"

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'Emerald City,' Katherine Heigl and a senior sitcom coming to NBC

'This isn't your grandmother's Oz' says Greenblatt

At press tour, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt promised that some fresh material is in the works -- though much of it with a familiar flavor. 

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<p>&quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;</p>

"Parks and Recreation"

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Press Tour: NBC execs say 'Parks and Recreation' will get Season 7

And a history of 'bullish' proclamations from network executives
Please note that comments made at the Television Critics Association press tour are not binding contracts. They in no way replace legally notarized deals signed between studios and networks and whatnot. 
However, it's hard not to feel good about the fate of "Parks and Recreation" after Sunday (January 19) morning's TCA press tour panel with NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt and NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. 
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<p>Michael Shannon in &quot;Young Ones.&quot;</p>

Michael Shannon in "Young Ones."

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Review: Confused sci-fi western 'Young Ones' wastes Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning

Jake Paltrow still hasn't hit his stride in his sophomore feature

PARK CITY - If you only see one Dust Bowl sci-fi eco-western starring Nicholas Hoult this year... well, maybe wait for the next one. Arriving in Sundance on a tide of buzz that seems justified only by its on-paper singularity, Jake Paltrow's infallibly earnest genre experiment "Young Ones" marries the stark heartland integrity of John Steinbeck to the post-apocalyptic nihilism of "Mad Max," with the waxen self-importance of neither. Relocating a classical land-ownership saga to a barren New-Old West situated, we can only hope, in the very distant future, it, Paltrow's film never quite finds the happy medium between B-movie splatter and literary elevation; if nothing else, it confirms my suspicion that films adorned with their own chapter headings are rarely good news.

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Cathy Rigby in "Peter Pan"

Cathy Rigby in "Peter Pan"

NBC to air 'Peter Pan Live!' but no room for Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus

Taylor Swift isn't being considered, either

Given the spectacular ratings for "The Sound of Music Live!" despite the critical drubbing Carrie Underwood's performance received, it's no surprise that one of the first things NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt mentioned during the network's executive panel (well, right after referencing the "19 million viewers and 3 million on DVRs" the adaptation of the Broadway musical lured in) was the follow-up.

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'Parks and Rec' will be back next season, NBC boss says

"Parks and Rec" will be back next season, NBC boss says
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt was very definitive about it, telling critics "'Parks & Recreation' is going to have a seventh season." PLUS: "Community" could be back, too, and what about other NBC shows?

NBC reveals Jay Leno's final guests -- Jimmy Fallon will join him his final week

Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks will help close the curtain on Leno's "Tonight Show" on Thursday, Feb. 6. Fallon will be Leno's guest on Monday, Feb. 3.

Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" kicks off at midnight on Monday Feb. 17
Fallon's debut will come after that day's Olympics broadcast.

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NBC's next live musical: 'Peter Pan'

NBC's next live musical: "Peter Pan"

"Get ready for flying children and some kind of state-of-the-art light technology for Tinkerbell," says NBC Entertainment boss Robert Greenblatt, on the follow-up to "The Sound of Music Live."

NBC orders a Katherine Heigl pilot, gives series orders to Oz-themed "Emerald City" and "The Slap"

Heigl will play a CIA agent in a drama she and her mom are producing. "Emerald City" is a dark reimagining of "The Wizard of Oz," while "The Slap" is a remake of the Australian series about a man who slaps a child, from the creator of "Brothers & Sisters."

NBC signs Amy Poehler to a 3-year deal, orders her Natasha Lyonne comedy pilot
Poehler co-created a "Golden Girls"-like comedy about a young woman who works with old people.

NBC plans to eventually move "The Blacklist" away from "The Voice"
NBC Entertainment boss Robert Greenblatt says "The Blacklist" will only get the benefit of "The Voice" for one season. "'Blacklist' in the future will move to a new time period and hopefully help build a new night or a new block for us."

Happy 60th birthday, Katey Sagal!

The "Sons of Anarchy" and "Married with Children" vet is celebrating 60 years today.

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<p>Robert Greenblatt, Jennifer Salke and Paul Telegdy. Plus Amy Poehler!</p>

Robert Greenblatt, Jennifer Salke and Paul Telegdy. Plus Amy Poehler!

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NBC Executive Session with Robert Greenblatt Press Tour Live-Blog

Jennifer Salke and Paul Telegdy are also on-hand

Our final network executive session of the January 2014 Press Tour  -- And my last live-blog of this press tour before heading to Sundance -- is NBC's panel.

Naturally, we have NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, but as he sometimes likes to do, he's being joined by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and President of Late Night, Alternative & Whatnot Paul Telegdy.

It was a fairly decent fall for NBC, plus they have the Winter Olympics coming, plus they have a big late-night shift coming, so there will be plenty to discuss. 

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<p>&quot;Hannibal&quot; Season 2 Gallery Art</p>

"Hannibal" Season 2 Gallery Art

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Press Tour Live-Blog: NBC's 'Hannibal'

Bryan Fuller's cannibal drama gets a breakfast panel

It's time for Breakfast with a Cannibal, as NBC's "Hannibal" arrives for what is actually its first Television Critics Association press tour appearance. 

Strange, but there we are. 

We're being joined by Bryan Fuller, Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Caroline Dhavernas.

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