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<p>If even Patrick Stewart can't pull the sword from the stone, that is one seriously stuck sword</p>

If even Patrick Stewart can't pull the sword from the stone, that is one seriously stuck sword

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Guy Ritchie reunites with 'Holmes' producer for a six-film 'King Arthur' franchise

Warner Bros. seems determined to figure this one out

Am I the only one who remembers the Jerry Bruckheimer "King Arthur"?

Warner Bros. is definitely hoping to find something that will stand in for "Harry Potter," something that gives them a long-term recurring franchise, something that gets viewers hooked early and that keeps them on the hook for a decade or so. This is, of course, the model that every studio is chasing at the moment, but it must be frustrating for Warner Bros. because they had one of the biggest of all time, and they managed it just right.

Part of that, of course, was thanks to the involvement of Lionel Wigram, who was also the producer who brought them their "Sherlock Holmes" movies with Guy Ritchie directing Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. While they did get a second movie out of that series, it doesn't seem like there's any real urgency to making another one.

Now there's word that Guy Ritchie may be onboard to direct a tentpole fantasy film that is designed to kick off a six-movie retelling of the King Arthur legend with a script by Joby Harold.

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'Breaking Bad's' Mike Ehrmantraut joins 'Better Call Saul' full-time


"Breaking Bad's" Mike Ehrmantraut joins "Better Call Saul" full-time
Jonathan Banks has been added as a series regular on the AMC spinoff.

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<p>I'd go so far as to say that without Kendrick, there is no 'Pitch Perfect' sequel</p>

I'd go so far as to say that without Kendrick, there is no 'Pitch Perfect' sequel

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Elizabeth Banks set to direct Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson in 'Pitch Perfect 2'

Universal's got to consider this a top priority

"Pitch Perfect" was one of those surprises that movie studios thrive on, a small film that Universal no doubt expected would be a modest hit. It blew up into a genuine sensation, though, propelled in large part by its preposterously catch soundtrack and the unstoppable nature of Anna Kendrick's cover of "Cups."

If you run a Google search for that term, "Anna Kendrick Cups," you get 12,800,000 results. I didn't even realize that the actual name of the song is "When I'm Gone." It's just become ubiquitous under the easier name. The film also helped break Rebel Wilson internationally, and one of the things that served as punctuation in the film was the cutaways to Elizabeth Banks as one of the judges in the singing competition. Banks was a producer on the film, and she was the one who brought the project to Universal in the first place.

It looks like Banks is taking full creative control of the inevitable sequel to the film now, according to a report today. In addition to appearing in the sequel and co-producing it again, Banks will direct the sequel, and it appears they'll have both Kendrick and Wilson back as well.

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<p>Alfonso Cuar&oacute;n and Steve McQueen, side-by-side after sharing the PGA&nbsp;win last week.</p>

Alfonso Cuarón and Steve McQueen, side-by-side after sharing the PGA win last week.

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Off the Carpet: How the BAFTA Awards could actually matter this year

Just two days after Oscar voting begins, the Brits could help swing the pendulum

When Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA prize Saturday night, I laid out my thoughts on why "Gravity" should be considered the de facto frontrunner in this year's Best Picture race. With a PGA award (albeit in this case half of one) and a DGA honor in tow, it tends to be a done deal this time of year. But this isn't a typical year by any stretch.

One thing that could end up playing against "Gravity" in the end is an elongated phase two. The Winter Olympics have stretched things out and that's brutal for any film looking to maintain a certain buzz wave. At the moment, "Gravity" is cresting high on that wave (with added killer, relentless, epic new TV spots on key programming like last night's Grammy Awards). But "12 Years a Slave" has been chugging along since the Golden Globes, steadily building steam. And it could hit a real high note just two days into the final phase of Oscar voting begins this year.

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'Black Sails' has Starz's best-ever launch


"Black Sails" has Starz's best-ever launch
About 850,000 viewers watched the Michael Bay pirate drama, which is good news since Starz already renewed it for Season 2.


Lindsay Vonn joins "Today" as Winter Olympics correspondent based in the U.S.

Vonn, who will make her "Today" debut on Tuesday, will also contribute to NBC Sports Winter Olympics coverage.


"Real Housewives of Atlanta" husband indicted on federal ID theft charges
Phaedra Parks' hubby Apollo Nida was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service for a year. Federal agents allege that he stole millions of dollars via his fraud scheme.


TV Land orders Jaime Pressly's "Jennifer Falls" to series
"Arrested Development's" Jessica Walter will play Pressly's mom in the comedy about a grown woman moving back home.


Fox will again have a celeb-studded Super Bowl red carpet, with interviewer Michael Strahan
Strahan and Fox Sports' Charissa Thompson will chat with celebrities during the pregame show.


"Jerseylicious" star arrested in drug sting

Style Network star Corey Epstein allegedly sold an undercover cop three Oxycodone pills in front of his home.


"Sherlock's" ratings take a tumble

The 2nd episode of the season was down 28% from last week's premiere. PLUS: Steven Moffat talks "Sherlock's" best man speech.


"Everybody Loves Raymond" named a Hall of Famer
The CBS comedy ahs been named this year's NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee.


Watch Scarlett Johansson's rejected Super Bowl ad

Her ad for SodaStream was turned down for mentioning Coke and Pepsi.

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Kylie Minogue slinks through new lyric video for 'Into the Blue': Watch
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Kylie Minogue slinks through new lyric video for 'Into the Blue': Watch

Check out the track listing for her new album

Kylie Minogue, whose new album, “Kiss Me Once” will come out  March 18, shows she still has it in the lyric video for first single, dreamy dance track,“Into the Blue.” She frolics in the background as the words scroll across.

Minogue, who is a coach on the U.K. version of “The Voice,” released the track listing for “Kiss Me Once.”  And if the titles such as “Sexy Love,” “Sexercize,” and “Feels So Good,” are any indication, we’re in for a fun, flirty set.

Among the producers on the album, her first since 2010’s “Aphrodite,” are Pharrell and Greg Kurstin.

Kiss Me Once track listing


1. Into The Blue
2. Million Miles
3. I Was Gonna Cancel
4. Sexy Love
5. Sexercize
6. Feels So Good
7. If Only
8. Les Sex
9. Kiss Me Once
10. Beautiful
11. Fine
Bonus Tracks
12. Mr President
13. Sleeping With The Enemy

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<p>The cover the new Afghan Whigs album</p>

The cover the new Afghan Whigs album

Credit: SubPop

Afghan Whigs set to release first new album in 16 years

'Do to the Beast' reunites band with SubPop

The Afghan Whigs, who have already been announced as headliners at this year’s Coachella, will release their first album in 16 years on April 15….That should make tax day a little less painful.

Do To The Beast” will reunite the Greg Dulli-led band with SubPop, its home for such releases as 1990’s “Up In It” and 1992’s “Congregation.” The group’s last new studio release was “1965,” on Columbia Records, which came out in 1998, three years before the band broke up. They reunited in 2012 for live shows.

The band has posted a logo for the album, which looks quite scary indeed, on its website.

Bob Odenkirk broke the news on Twitter when the actor/comedian posted a photo of Dulli and himself, adding, “The great Greg Dulli, of whom I am a fan, tells me new Afghan Whigs album coming soon. 1st in 16 years! Kickass.” 

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<p>Under NATO's new guidelines, we'd still be waiting for our first look at 'Jupiter Ascending'</p>

Under NATO's new guidelines, we'd still be waiting for our first look at 'Jupiter Ascending'

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Theater owners establish new guidelines for trailers and posters for upcoming movies

Does this really address the problems it should address?

If you're going to establish new rules about the content of movie trailers, can we start with some sort of agreement about not including any shots from the last 45 minutes of the film?

The National Association Of Theater Owners has had rules in place about the content and length of movie trailers for quite a while, allowing a few exceptions per year. One of those rules held the running time of a trailer to under 2:30, but it appears they've decided that trailers are too long in general now, and they're reducing the maximum running time by thirty full seconds.

What I find most interesting is the idea that they're setting a new rule about how early you can start advertising a film. Right now, it is not uncommon to see teaser trailers a full year ahead of a movie's release, especially if you're talking about giant summer blockbusters. The new rule would establish that no trailer can be released more than five months before a film's release date, while marketing materials like posters and standees would be held to a mere four months before a film's arrival in theaters.

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Win two tickets to a Katy Perry concert of your choosing

Win two tickets to a Katy Perry concert of your choosing

HitFix is giving away concert seats for the Prismatic World Tour

UPDATE: WE HAVE OUR WINNER! CONGRATULATIONS TO ERICA B. FROM GARFIELD, NJ, WHO WON TWO TICKETS AND IS HEADED TO MADISON SQUARE GARDEN THIS SUMMER.

In June, Katy Perry will be launching her Prismatic World Tour, and HitFix is giving away two tickets -- one for you and one for a guest -- to a tour stop of your choosing.

Capital Cities, Tegan and Sara and Kacey Musgraves will rotate as openers during the four-month North American stint, which kicks off on June 22 and runs through October. Of the concert setup, "The state-of-the art stage, specifically designed by Katy for The Prismatic World Tour, allows her to get closer to her fans than ever before," says an AEG Live release.

The tour comes in support of Perry's 2013 album "Prism." Now, are you ready to roar, er, score?

There are three options -- and three opportunities -- to enter. Enter using any and/or all of the methods below:

Follow @HitFix on Twitter and ReTweet this tweet:

 

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Like HitFix Entertainment News on Facebook and tell us the name of your favorite Katy Perry song in the comments of this Facebook post.

 

 

 

Entrants must be 21+ and must be U.S. residents. This contest runs through 11:59 a.m. PST on Thursday, Jan. 30. 2014. Your Twitter account cannot be set on private. Transportation will NOT be provided. See the Official Rules for more contest details.

Here are Katy Perry's The Prismatic World Tour dates:

06/22 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena *
06/24 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center *
06/25 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center *
06/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *
06/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena *
06/30 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum *
07/2 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center *
07/3 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena *
07/9 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
07/11 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center *
07/15 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *
07/16 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre *
07/18 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
07/19 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
07/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center *
07/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
07/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
08/1 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *
08/2 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *
08/4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *
08/5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *
08/7 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *
08/8 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *
08/10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena ^
08/11 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills ^
08/13 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena ^
08/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena ^
08/16 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center ^
08/17 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center ^
08/19 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center ^
08/20 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena ^
08/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center ^
08/23 – Fargo, ND @ FARGODOME ^
08/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre ^
08/28 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre ^
08/29 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome ^
08/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place ^
09/1 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place ^
09/9 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #
09/12 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center #
09/13 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome #
09/16 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center #
09/17 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center #
09/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center #
09/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center #
09/22 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center #
09/23 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center #
09/25 – Glendale, AZ @ Jobing.com Arena #
09/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena #
09/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ EnergySolutions Arena #
09/30 – Denver, CO 2 Pepsi Center #
10/2 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center #
10/3 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center #
10/5 – Memphis, TN @ FedExForum #
10/6 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center #
10/8 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena #
10/10 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center ~
10/11 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center ~

*With Capital Cities
^ With Kasey Musgraves
# With Tegan and Sara
~ TBD

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<p>The cast of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

The cast of "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

CBS announces the latest 'Amazing Race' All-Stars cast

We'll never be rid of Brendon & Rachel. NEVER.
There had been rumors for months, but CBS officially announced the teams returning for the latest All-Stars cast of "The Amazing Race."
 
Unlike "Survivor," "The Amazing Race" has been fairly judicious in its use of returning teams over the years, so we're only just beginning to break into three-time "Amazing Race" competitors. This group of 11 teams includes likable favorites Flight Time & Big Easy and Jet & Cord, plus Margie & Luke, who allegedly people like, even if I can't find any evidence of which people those are. [Brendan & Rachel are only making their second "Amazing Race" appearance, but with two "Big Brother" appearances apiece, they've spent more time on CBS than any of the other teams.]
 
The producers have also heavily cast this season with high energy teams that polarized viewers and their rival teams. You might not have thought that Leo & Jamal, Natalie & Nadiya and Joey & Meghan *all* needed to return at the same time, but you'd be wrong.
 
"The Amazing Race" returns on Sunday, February 23 with a one-hour episode. 
 
Check out all 11 teams in the gallery below, along with the thing I think they've best remembered for, as well as my exit interviews from most of the teams' original runs.
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<p>Steve Martin and Edie Brickell</p>

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Steve Martin on his new musical 'Bright Star' with Edie Brickell

The pair also talk about their Grammy-winning writing style

Is Broadway the next stop for Steve Martin? Last night, the comedian/actor snagged a Grammy, his fifth, for “Love Has Come For You,” which was named Best American Roots Song. The song is the title track on his album with Edie Brickell. But will a Tony be his next award?

Backstage, Martin talked about the pair’s next collaboration, a musical called “Bright Star,” for which they have written more than 20 songs. 

“We’re work shopping it next month in New York and then we’re actually doing it at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego in the fall,” he said. Walter Bobbie, who directed “Chicago,” will helm “Bright Star.”

The play is set in 1945 in North Carolina and jumps back and forth  between 1923 and 1945.  “It tells the secret of a woman’s life and we’ll leave it at that,” Martin said.

The two elaborated on their working relationship in the print press room and how they write. “I have this raft of banjo melodies. Edie and I met and I would email her banjo tunes and within 24 hours, she would send back a completed song. That’s exactly what happen with ‘Love Has Come For You’,” Martin said.

Brickell, who is married to fellow singer/songwriter Paul Simon, noted that Martin’s melodies “inspire images. And all I had to do was say what I saw.”

Martin’s previous Broadway credits include producing “The Elephant Man” in 2002.

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'Idol' partners with Facebook and Google for online voting, will show real-time voting updates


"Idol" partners with Facebook and Google for online voting, will show real-time voting updates

"American Idol" will have real-time voting months before its new ABC rival, "Rising Star," debuts with its version of real-time voting.


"Doctor Who" unveils Peter Capaldi's outfit

He'll wear a navy suit and Doc Martens.


"Lizzie Borden Took An Ax" gets big numbers, but fails to match "Flowers in the Attic"

About 4.4 million watched the Christina Ricci film.


Zooey Deschanel is coming out with her own clothing line, from Tommy Hilfiger
The "New Girl" star's collection will be called "To Tommy, From Zooey."


George Lopez's FX comedy "Saint George" gets a premiere date
Lopez's return to TV is scheduled for March 6.


"Girls" this season has played out like a "Girls" parody

Last night's Hannah reaction has been as been as predictable as "Girls" has been all season. PLUS: "Girls" parodies Jezebel, and see the floor plans of "Girls" apartments.


Chipotle has its own TV show, on Hulu
Check out a preview of "Farmed and Dangerous," the Chipotle-produced show that debuts Feb. 17.

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