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<p>Eva Green of &quot;300: Rise of an Empire&quot;</p>

Eva Green of "300: Rise of an Empire"

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Set Visit: '300: Rise of an Empire' filmmakers hope to build on '300'

Director Noam Murro and producers talk from the movie's Bulgarian set
SOFIA, BULGARIA. "Show no mercy and give no quarter!" bellows Eva Green, as she strides confidently out of a ship's state room, through a sea of masked men. Wearing a badass, fringed leather tunic with metallic highlights in front and spikes poking out of her back, she paces towards the camera once, twice, three times.
"Today, the last Greek ships will be destroyed," she announces over and over again. That first line remains the same with every reading, but Green keeps varying the second line, barking the order in different directions, varying the clarity and the emphasis. 
After each take, Green returns to her character's state room. Director Noam Murro isn't making refinements to Green's performance, though. The Persian queen Artemisia is assertive, loud and sexy and she's not the problem. The problem appears to be the obscured men referred to as proto-samurais. They're clad in heavy, layered armor and they're wearing matching versions of what seems to be a more bellicose version of the famed masks of Melpomene, the muse of tragedy. The masks, which come in several complicated pieces, are bedecked with threatening metal dreadlocks, so we may be comparing them to samurai, but a better antecedent might be The Predator. 
It's hard in here for a proto-samurai. To begin with, they have to be giving expressive performances, even though their faces are completely covered and they're almost entirely immobile. They can't remove the masks wearing their gloves and they can't remove their gloves without the help of assistants. So between shots, some of the proto-samurai remain in full costume, while others get help from scurrying assistants so that they can get water or scratch an itch. 
It probably won't be the case when "300: Rise of an Empire" is released, but on this September day in 2012 at Sofia, Bulgaria's Nu Boyana Studios, the proto-samurai are the stars of the movie. 
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'Sons of Anarchy' vet Ron Perlman headed to Amazon

"Sons of Anarchy" vet Ron Perlman headed to Amazon

He's set to star in "Hand Of God," playing a hard-living judge who has a religious awakening.

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea deletes tweet threatening to expose his penis at Super Bowl halftime
"Anybody wanna see my c–k at the Super Bowl?" the 51-year-old bassist wrote in a tweet.

Jimmy Kimmel will reunite with Matt Damon and George Clooney for a "Monuments Men"-themed episode
Clooney hasn't been a guest on Kimmel since "Jimmy Kimmel Live's" launch night, while Damon will make his first appearance since hijacking the show last January. The Feb. 6 episode will also feature Bill Murray's Kimmel debut.

CNN will air a Jay Leno special

"Jay Leno: Mr. Comedy" will look back at "The Tonight Show" host's career. It's scheduled for Friday at 10 pm, the same timeslot CNN aired a Justin Bieber special last week.

Gene Simmons will play himself on "CSI"

The KISS rocker will be part of a rock-and-roll themed murder mystery.

"Supernatural" has its most-watched episode in 4 years
Last night's 2.8 million was the CW show's biggest audience since 2010.

The State of the Union Speech became "Duck Dynasty" vs. "Mad Men"

The dueling callouts, says James Poniewozik, "said a lot about the two dueling visions of America and its history."

Louis CK recalls getting $5,000 from Jon Stewart to make his 1998 movie
The black and white film, "Tomorrow Night," featuring Steve Carell, JB Smoove, Robert Smigel and Amy Poehler, is now available for download for $5 from Louis CK's website.

"Hannibal" books Jeremy Davies and Chris Diamantopoulos

They'll both guest in Season 2.

"The Walking Dead Escape" tour is traveling across the country

The Comic-Con hit will visit Houston, Miami, Louisiana and other cities.

Jennifer Lawrence is a huge fan of "TOWIE," the UK's "Jersey Shore"
"The Only Way Is Essex," she says," is "ridiculously amazing."

Check out Madonna & Miley filming "MTV Unplugged"

See them both stick out their tongues for tonight's special.

ALF is now starring in an '80s-themed Delta in-flight safety film
The film also features Atari, Teddy Ruxpin and Rubik's Cube.

"Full House" guys reunite on "GMA" to promote their Super Bowl ad
Uncle Jesse, Danny and Joey were also photobombed by Rhianna.

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<p>George&nbsp;Clooney and Bill Murray in &quot;The&nbsp;Monuments Men&quot;</p>

George Clooney and Bill Murray in "The Monuments Men"

Credit: Sony Pictures

George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' was smart to dodge the Oscar season

A movie like this that avoids the bait would have been devoured

As Oscar's phase one drew to a close and the nominations were set to be unveiled, the film press corps was getting its first look at one movie that dodged all of that commotion last year: George Clooney's "The Monuments Men." It's set for release next week and with its arrival, one can only ask: was Sony smart to move it out of the season?

The easy answer is "yes." This isn't the awards film it might have been. But that's not a value judgment or a criticism. Let me explain.

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<p>President Obama delivers his State of the Union address</p>

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address

Credit: Larry Downing/AP

TV Ratings: CBS, NBC lead State of the Union Tuesday, while 'Supernatural' rises

'NCIS' repeat, 'The Biggest Loser' are Tuesday's tops
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
On a night all of the networks -- other than The CW, of course -- turned over much of their primetime blocks to President Obama's State of the Union address, a repeat of "NCIS" led CBS to an overall win, while "The Biggest Loser" put NBC on top with young viewers.
Network State of the Union numbers were low enough that The CW's "The Originals" and "Supernatural" were able to tie with FOX for third in the key demo for the night, with "Supernatural" posting gains. It was, in fact, the most watched "Supernatural" since 2010 and its best rated episode among teens since 2009.
On to the not-especially-interesting numbers, which will almost certainly change due to time zones and live numbers and other silliness.
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<p>&quot;Rick &amp;&nbsp;Morty.&quot;</p>

"Rick & Morty."

Credit: Adult Swim

Review: Dan Harmon has another winner with Adult Swim's 'Rick & Morty'

'Community' creator and Justin Roiland present a disturbing, hilarious mad scientist saga

"Rick & Morty," the Adult Swim series co-created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, premiered back in December when I was otherwise occupied. And as unfortunately sometimes happens, once I miss the premiere of a series, I miss it altogether. One of the few advantages of nursing a broken leg is that it's given me slightly more viewing time, and I used some of that to catch up on the series, including the latest episode, which I've embedded below. (The series regularly airs Mondays at 10:30, and Adult Swim's video site allows authenticated users to watch previous episodes.) A few thoughts on the series so far coming up just as soon as you take two strokes off my golf game...

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence and Tom Sherak read out the 2011 Academy Award nominees.</p>

Jennifer Lawrence and Tom Sherak read out the 2011 Academy Award nominees.

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Former Academy president Tom Sherak passes away

The 68-year-old LA film czar lost his battle with cancer yesterday

If it seems like just the other day that Tom Sherak was in the headlines for happier reasons, that's because it pretty much was. Only last autumn, the former 20th Century Fox chief was named by Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti as the city's senior film advisor, or "film czar." And that appointment came with his presidency of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences still a very fresh memory: he stepped down from the position in 2012. He was a hard worker -- all the more so when you consider that he had been battling prostate cancer for the last 12 years. Sadly, the fight ended yesterday; Sherak passed away at his California home aged 68.

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<p>&quot;The Wizard of Oz&quot;</p>

"The Wizard of Oz"

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Roundup: Oscars to pay tribute to 'Oz'

Also: ACE names lifetime achievement honorees

This strikes me as, at best, a half-baked idea: in addition to the theme of "heroes" for this year's ceremony, the Oscars will also feature a tribute to "The Wizard of Oz" to mark the 75th anniversary of its release. (Well, sort of: it was an August release.) ”We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars,” say producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Still, why single out just one film from 1939, widely perceived as Hollywood's annus mirabilis? And why not wait until next year, the 75th anniversary of the 1939 ceremony, and do a more considered tribute to the Oscar class of that year, including "Oz," "Gone With the Wind," "Stagecoach" and so on? Just a thought. [Deadline]

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'Mad Men' creator 'honored' Obama name-dropped his show in the State of the Union

"Mad Men" creator "honored" Obama name-dropped his show in the State of the Union
"I'm honored that our show is part of a much-needed national conversation," Matthew Weiner said in a statement, after the president said: "It's time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a 'Mad Men' episode."

Watch Jimmy Fallon introduce Seth Meyers on "SNL's" Weekend Update back in 2001
The current and future "Late Night" looked back in horror at their hairstyles during Meyers' first season on "Saturday Night Live."

Happy 60th birthday, Oprah Winfrey!

Today is Oprah's Big 6-0, and Ellen has a special birthday surprise for the talk show queen.

"Sleepy Hollow" promotes 2, including John Noble

Noble and Lyndie Greenwood will become series regulars.

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<p>Sean Penn, Don Harvey, and Michael J. Fox all threw down when they went head to head in Brian De Palma's largely overlooked 'Casualties Of War'</p>

Sean Penn, Don Harvey, and Michael J. Fox all threw down when they went head to head in Brian De Palma's largely overlooked 'Casualties Of War'

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Movie Rehab: Fox vs. Penn in Brian De Palma's overlooked 'Casualties Of War'

This one got lost in the tidal wave of Vietnam films in the late '80s

It is the responsibility of the working film critic to not only offer opinion and context for the newest releases, but also to constantly champion and curate the films that matter, especially if they were misunderstood or poorly released or somehow handled badly the first time around.

Critics should take it upon themselves to rehabilitate the under-loved, to defend the wrongly-maligned, and rehab the films that need it; it is the only way film as a whole can be healthy.

Brian De Palma has had exactly two moments in his career when everything broke his way, commercially and artistically.

The first was early on, and "Carrie" was lightning in a bottle. It was a best-selling book that was written in this fevered language, as much a matter of the author's immaturity as the actual urgency of the story, but it launched Stephen King's career, deservedly, and the film version managed to tap into that same sense of momentum. De Palma turned out to be the perfect guy to give voice to that films mix of woozy revenge fantasy and bottomless angst.

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"Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond"

 "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond"

Credit: BBC America

Review: 'Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond' has spy fun, not charm

In this biopic the author is shaken by war, but we're not stirred

Bond fans will probably want to tune in to all four parts of "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond" (Wed. Jan. 29 at 10:00 p.m. ET on BBC America) in order to play a game of "Hey, he really did that! Maybe!"

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<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot;&nbsp;Boyd (Walton Goggins)&nbsp;confers with cousin Johnny (David Meunier).</p>

On "Justified," Boyd (Walton Goggins) confers with cousin Johnny (David Meunier).

Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' - 'Over the Mountain'

Dewey's misfortunes in the backwoods leads to trouble for Raylan, Boyd and Daryl

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as something comes between me and my Calvins...

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<p>&quot;Sean Saves the World&quot;</p>

"Sean Saves the World"

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NBC halts 'Sean Saves the World' production

The remaining two episodes may air at some point
NBC has not officially cancelled "Sean Saves the World," but halting production on a low-rated comedy with four episodes remaining in its order is not a sign of confidence.
News of the "Sean Saves the World" production half came on Tuesday (January 28) evening, but it won't impact fans of the show for a while. In its last original airing, "Sean Saves the World" averaged only 2.6 million viewers and did a woeful 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, but "Sean" wasn't scheduled to air another new episode until late February after the Olympics.
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