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<p>Normally, I&#39;d be scared of these two more than any human being in the cast, but then again, I&#39;ve seen &#39;Full Metal Jacket&#39;</p>

Normally, I'd be scared of these two more than any human being in the cast, but then again, I've seen 'Full Metal Jacket'

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Vincent D'Onofrio signs on as the bad guy in 'Jurassic World'

So far, Colin Trevorrow's put together a great cast for this one

When I recently published a piece about "Fantastic Four," a commenter asked why everyone seems determined to cut slack to Josh Trank as director of that film. While I enjoyed "Chronicle," it's not just a blank check. For my own part, I can only say that I want to see Trank pull it off. I don't know if he will or won't, and it's true… we have only one film to judge. But that does't change the idea that I'd much rather get a great "Fantastic Four" than a bad one, and I'm willing to wait to see if the big choices he's making pay off instead of just pulling that automatic fanboy dismissal of things.

I feel the same way about Colin Trevorrow. "Safety Not Guaranteed" is enjoyable, but didn't exactly blow my mind. I am still not sure what it is about that small romantic drama that made the producers of "Jurassic World" decide he was the guy, but like Trank, I think he genuinely loves the property he's working on and I hope he pulls it off.

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VH1 cancels 'Single Ladies'

VH1 cancels “Single Ladies"
The hourlong dramedy from Queen Latifah is ending after three seasons.


Bill Clinton’s national security advisor complained to Aaron Sorkin he wasn't represented on "The West Wing”
In a draft of a May 2000 speech released today as part of the Clinton White House archives, Sandy Berger, Clinton’s national security advisor said he had to “chew … out” Sorkin, which resulted five months later in Anna Deavere Smith assuming the role of national security advisor on the show. PLUS: Rob Lowe: "I blamed Aaron Sorkin" for this oversight.


George Lopez says he “tied one on last night”
"Not feeling great this morning. I was trying to sleep it off, unfortunately, it was on the casino floor,” the comedian said in a statement of his arrest for public drunkenness.


Is “Scandal” violating the U.S. Constitution?
Last night’s episode could affect President Fitz’s Electoral College votes. PLUS: Harrison with a storyline was the shocker of the night.


Arthur Chu has become one of “Jeopardy!’s” best-ever contestants, no thanks to game-theory
Game-theory has little to do with Chu’s recent dominance. He’s just a brilliant player.


What it’s like to be an Oscar seat-filler
You must look like you belong there, but you’re forbidden from talking to anybody except other seat-fillers.


Jimmy Fallon is keeping “The Tonight Show” top-notch thanks in part to the monologues
Fallon’s monologues were considered one of his weakest attributes, but they’ve become one of his biggest strengths, says Verne Gay. “Effortless, funny, roll-with-the-punches and smart,” he says. "Fans knew all along he could nail this show, but the new monologues-on-steroids  strategy was certainly something to be concerned about. (Fallon is a fine performer, but he's not a joke machine.) But he's nailed that too.”


Richard Simmons has been creating his own TV parodies: Watch him as “Duck Dynasty"
The fitness guru has also parodied “The Carrie Diaries” and “Homeland” on his YouTube page.


Ranking the Oscar hosts of the past 25 years
Billy Crystal is the best — and one of the worsts.


10 Oscar traditions that need to die
From the pre-pre-shows to the mispronunciation of names.


Introducing “Mad Black Men”
Watch the trailer for a diverse take on the AMC series. PLUS: Peggy Olson gets a 2-minute “Mad Men” tribute.


What’s up with Barney’s “HIMYM” series finale outfit?
Neil Patrick Harris was photographed wrapping his character in unusual attire.


“Broad City” tour delayed by Season 2 pickup
The 18-city tour will kick off Nov. 4 instead of March 4.


Ryan Seacrest pens a Vanity Fair tribute to Ellen DeGeneres
"I think a large part of Ellen’s success comes from not pretending to be somebody else,” he writes.


Chris Harrison on having a gay “Bachelor”: “Is it a good business decision?"
In an interview with the NY Times, “The Bachelor” host says he doesn’t know if it’s the show’s job to break barriers. “I just spoke at U.S.C. the other night,” he says, "and I explained it like this: Look, if you’ve been making pizzas for 12 years and you’ve made millions of dollars and everybody loves your pizzas and someone comes and says, 'Hey, you should make hamburgers.' Why? I have a great business model, and I don’t know if hamburgers are going to sell.” PLUS: Harrison delves further into “The Bachelor” in this podcast interview.


It’s amazing what a desk does for Seth Meyers
In his first week on “Late Night," Meyers has proved to be at his best when sitting behind a desk.


Bill Nye takes a selfie with President Obama and Neil Degrasse Tyson
The Science Guy visited the president today at the White House.


CCH Pounder and Kim Dickens will return to “Sons of Anarchy” in a limited capacity
Kurt Sutter says both actresses have other acting commitments, so they’ll each appear in two to four episodes next season.


The “True Detective” glossary almost explains everything
What does “R&I,” “KA,” “DB” and “The Farm” mean? PLUS: 6 theories on The Yellow King, and the power of cramped spaces on “True Detective."


“ER” is being remade in India and Colombia
Warner Bros. has also sold the rights to “Pretty Little Liars” to the Philippines and “Gossip Girl” to Thailand.


“Bones” adds Shohreh Aghdashloo
The “24” alum will play Arastoo's mother.


Sarah Jessica Parker’s new shoe line includes “The Carrie”
Of course Parker was going to name a shoe after her “Sex and the City” character.


Matthew Perry taps one of his “Go On” co-stars for “The Odd Couple”
Sarah Baker’s role as Oscar’s assistant was specifically written for her due to their chemistry.


Jimmy Kimmel’s Spanish-language “Scandal” spoof will return with 3 more installments
“Escandalo” will also feature Latino cast member Guillermo Diaz, who wasn’t on last night’s episode. PLUS: Kimmel had his 2nd-best night ever last night, and see more pics from Kimmel’s post-Oscar video.


New “SNL” Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost: "I’m definitely a little nervous”
Jost just wants to get started. "“There’s something innately credible about someone who writes and is up to date about politics and pop culture moving into Update,” Jost says. “I’m just carrying on a tradition.”


“Kirstie” creator exits
Marco Pennette, who is also show runner of Kirstie Alley’s comedy, is moving to “Mom” to do the exhausting demands of the TV Land comedy. No word if “Kirstie” will be back for a 2nd season.


“NYPD Blue’s” Henry Simmons joins Michael Imperioli on “Saint Francis” on ABC
Simmons will co-own a bar with Imperioli’s character.


Check out "Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge”
Here’s a preview of the Syfy reality show, which will be judged by Jim Henson’s son Brian.


“Hannibal”: The show you can’t get out of your head
With the debut of Season 2, Matt Zoller Seitz says of the NBC drama, "You could say it’s as close as a broadcast network has gotten to the personal artistry of the best premium-cable shows, if it weren’t bolder and more elegant than anything on pay cable right now, including HBO’s own serial-killer drama, 'True Detective.’ The show’s greatest asset is its mastery of tone, a quality most shows don’t have the time or inclination to get right. Hannibal’s formal daring is never empty showmanship; it’s always in service of making the whole series feel like an endless lucid nightmare.” PLUS: Bryan Fuller watches “American Horror Story,” is planning to binge on “True Detective."


See baby Aziz Ansari
The “Parks and Rec” star tweeted a very young pic of himself.


“Girls” isn’t bad, but it needs to be fixed
“The show is missing something now,” says Darren Franich. "It lacks the confessional edge that made season 1 so compelling and season 2 fitfully brilliant. It still  has funny things to say about New York, but all those funny things have  an unmistakable cocktail-party stench: book-industry in-jokes, magazine-industry in-jokes, Broadway in-jokes. The three non-Dunham female leads are all caught in weird ruts: Their characters barely seem to be on the show, and they barely seem to want to be on the show.”


Frank Underwood’s chief of staff was the most interesting character in “House of Cards” Season 2
Michael Kelly’s Doug Stamper proved to be the most compelling this season. PLUS: That hacker subplot was hacky, and Tumblr spoofs “House of Carbs."


Discovery tonight unleashes “Game of Stones”
Meet the stars of the new gem-hunting reality show.


“Smallville’s” Laura Vandervoort gets engaged
The “Bitten” star is marrying British actor Oliver Trevena.


Watch The WB stars dance together in a promo from 2000
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Keri Russell, David Boreanaz, Katie Holmes, Katherine Heigl, Kate Bosworth, Ian Somerhalder, Alyssa Milano, Jamie Foxx, Michele Williams, James Van Der Beek, Scott Foley, Shannen Doherty, Joshua Jackson and Melissa Joan Hart.

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<p>Adele Exarchopoulos won the only award for &quot;Blue is the Warmest Color&quot; at tonight&#39;s Cesar ceremony.</p>

Adele Exarchopoulos won the only award for "Blue is the Warmest Color" at tonight's Cesar ceremony.

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'Blue is the Warmest Color' falls to 'Me, Myself and Mum' at César Awards

Roman Polanski surprises, while 'Broken Circle Breakdown' bests 'Gravity'
Since its blazing triumph at Cannes, things haven't gone all that well for "Blue is the Warmest Color" on the awards beat. Oscar eligibility controversy aside, it was cockblocked  by "The Great Beauty" at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and European Film Awards, and now it's also lost on its own home turf, as actor-director Guillaume Gallienne's autobiographical comedy "Me, Myself and Her" took top honors at the César Awards.
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Dylan McDermott goes from 'Hostages' to another CBS thriller

Dylan McDermott goes from “Hostages” to another CBS thriller
McDermott will play an LAPD detective who hunts down stalkers in a psychological thriller from Kevin Williamson.

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<p>Dylan McDermott from &quot;Hostages&quot;</p>

Dylan McDermott from "Hostages"

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Dylan McDermott sticks with CBS for Kevin Williamson pilot

'Hostages' hasn't been cancelled yet, but it will be

Last spring, both sides of Derbel McDillet shot formally ambitious hostage dramas set in and around Washington, DC.

Dylan McDermott's "Hostages" premiered in the fall to mixed-to-negative reviews and stable-but-miniscule ratings. It hasn't formally be cancelled, but come on. Get real. CBS is going to cancel it. 

That leaves Dermot Mulroney's NBC drama "Crisis." Now "Crisis" hasn't premiered yet, but like many NBC dramas in recent years, one could assume that it will fail. Or one could assume that given NBC's recent semi-hot streak and the stature of Mulroney and Gillian Anderson, that it could totally succeed. Or one could look at NBC's non-football Sunday programming in recent years and assume it's going to succeed.

"Crisis" has become Schrödinger's Derbel McDillet Hostage Drama.

That's my way of saying that Dylan McDermott has signed on for the lead in CBS' untitled Kevin Williamson drama. Dermot Mulroney, however, could not have signed on for a CBS pilot, because "Crisis" is in a box, it's simultaneously a guaranteed hit and a guaranteed failure. "Hostages," however, is a dead cat.

This has been a long day and I'm very sleepy. Click through for more details on McDermott's role. 

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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

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5 rock acts ripe for country music tribute albums

You know you want to hear Eric Church sing 'Highway to Hell'


Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band and Toby Keith are among the artists who will be traveling to China Grove on a Long Train Runnin’ for a cover album of Doobie Brothers songs.

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"Everest Jump Live"

"Everest Jump Live"

Credit: Discovery

Watch Joby Ogwyn prep for his Mt. Everest summit jump

Warning: may cause nausea if you have a fear of heights

So far, so good. Climber Joby Ogwyn conducted one of several test jumps this week in preparation for his wingsuit flight off the summit of Mt. Everest, and you can watch the footage from one jump below. In May, Discovery will broadcast the epic live event, titled "Everest Jump Live," in 224 countries and territories. Warning: if you have a fear of heights, this clip may be a bit much for you.

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"The Real Housewives of New York"

"The Real Housewives of New York"

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Win cool stuff with this 'Real Housewives of New York' contest

The show's marathon runs from 6am to 3pm this Sunday

Believe it or not, the Oscars aren't the only game in town this weekend. I will be live tweeting the season five "The Real Housewives of New York" finale, too. The episode begins at 9 a.m. ET on Bravo Sun. March 2 as part of the network's "RHONY" marathon (which runs from 6:00 a.m. ET to 3:00 p.m. ET). It's all a warm up for the really exciting part -- the season six premiere of the show Tues. March 11 at 9:00 p.m. But wait, there's more! Like, a contest. A contest for cool stuff. Got your interest?

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<p>From &quot;Frozen&quot;</p>

From "Frozen"

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Who will win best score and best original song at the 2014 Oscars?

Is "Let It Go" a lock?

The Oscars are only two days away and HitFix’s Academy Awards experts have declared who they believe will take home the gold statue in all categories Sunday night.  It’s my turn to weigh in on the two music fields.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Director - Cuarón is on a collision course with Oscar

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Director - Cuarón is on a collision course with Oscar

Unless Steve McQueen upsets to become the category's first black winner

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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'Home Improvement' tried to get a cameo from Hillary Clinton when she was first lady

“Home Improvement” tried to get a cameo from Hillary Clinton when she was first lady
Thousands of documents from the Clinton White House were released today, including one in which the first lady’s staff considers the merits of going on “the most popular show on television on the air,” which was “Home Improvement” at the time. Documents also reveal how Hillary’s staff considered going on “Oprah" and “Regis and Kathie Lee."


George Lopez arrested for being drunk at a casino — see him passed out on the floor
The former TBS talk show host was arrested in Canada for public intoxication.


Screech to make a cameo on the “Saved by the Bell” musical
"Bayside! The Musical!” will feature Dustin Diamond for two nights only next month. The campy musical has also featured Principal Belding.


Without “The Bible lead-in, “Vikings” attracts 3.6 million
That’s down from the whopping 6.2 million that watched the Season 1 premiere.


Watch Jim Parsons’ “SNL” promo with Beck and Cecily Strong
They are each fans of each other.


Why ABC should be called “The House That Shonda Built”
“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” honcho Shonda Rhimes “is the straw that stirs the drink at ABC” after both of her shows returned last night to big numbers, says Ad Week. PLUS: “Shonda” was trending worldwide last night on Twitter after "Scandal."


“True Blood” hires a new vampire
“90210” vet Riley Smith will recur as a “sexy rock ’n’ roll vampire who becomes smitten with Arlene.


Jillian Michaels: “The Biggest Loser’s” Rachel lost “too much weight”
"I was stunned,” Michaels said, breaking her silence on Rachel Frederickson.


Miami Marlins president regrets wearing a blazer on “Survivor”
"I did not expect to stick out like that,” says David Samson. "I had no idea it was Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty, obviously, and I didn't know that I'd be the oldest male on a tribe called Brains, with a blazer on. You just don't know these things.”


“The Walking Dead” gets a “House of Cards" opening
Watch a mashup of the Netflix and AMC series.


Mary-Kate Olsen gets engaged to the half-brother of France's former president
The “Full House” alum’s fiancé, Oliver Sarkozy, is 17 years her senior.

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<p>I hope he&#39;s either playing this role from &#39;Watchmen&#39; or the dude he played in &#39;Hard Candy&#39;</p>

I hope he's either playing this role from 'Watchmen' or the dude he played in 'Hard Candy'

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Patrick Wilson takes a still-unnamed role in Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man'

It's amazing how much we don't know about this film so far

Despite my best efforts, I am unable to figure out who Patrick Wilson will be playing for "Ant-Man," directed by Edgar Wright from a script by Wright and Joe Cornish.

With many of the Marvel movies, it is a simple process of elimination. If you're at all familiar with the property, then you can guess who's playing what, but in this case, Wright and Cornish are doing something that is not going to be building off of any one particular storyline or even era of the comic. They're taking some characters people know and building a very different story around them that also now folds into the ongoing story that the larger Marvel movie universe has been telling for the last five or six years.

Patrick Wilson is joining the cast in what has ben described as "the last big role still open," and I have no idea who he could be. I'm hearing that Michael Douglas will be shown in action in the past, and even with digital technology, I'm guessing Douglas won't actually play those parts in flashback. Instead, they'll have to use someone else to play Yellowjacket at the height of his spy days. Could that be the part that Wilson will play? It would be an interesting way of setting up a very different franchise than anything else Marvel's got going right now.

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