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I'll say it right up front. Nat Geo's new movie, "American Blackout" (Sun. Oct. 27 at 9:00 p.m.) is the scariest movie I've seen all year. All. Damn. Year.
Netflix: We want "House of Cards" to go beyond Season 2
Despite a former producer saying Season 2 would be the last, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says: "Our intent is that the show keep going for sure. It was a 26-episode commitment. It was not our intent that it just run for two seasons."
Seth MacFarlane enters his 40s
The "Family Guy" honcho, famous for his man-child persona, celebrates his 40th birthday today.
Julianne Hough apologizes for her "Orange is the New Black" blackface
"It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way," she says of her Crazy Eyes Halloween costume. "I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize."
"Dracula" does well for NBC
The limited series had the No. 2 launch in the key demo for a 10 pm drama this season. Meanwhile, "The Carrie Diaries" struggled in its 2nd-season debut.
Marcia Wallace, star of "The Simpsons and "The Bob Newhart Show," dies at 70
Wallace voiced the character of Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons" and played Bob Newhart's receptionist. She was also a frequent presence on game shows, including "Hollywood Squares."
Nick Offerman will guest co-host "The View"
The "Parks and Rec" star will sit on Tuesday's show.
Julianne Hough goes blackface to dress as an "Orange is the New Black" character
Check her out as Crazy Eyes for Halloween.
When "Smokey and the Bandit" is your debut film as a director, you get a place in the pantheon, no matter what else you end up doing.
Hal Needham was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1931. He had an amazing run as a stuntman before he ever got behind the camera, and when you look at the full list of how many films and TV shows he worked on during his career over on IMDb, it is a stunning amount of work he did. It's hard to calculate where he had his greatest impact on the industry. I would argue safety is the thing that he should be known for first, because he was absolutely one of the guys who helped modernize the stunt craft in film. He was a big believer in mechanical devices, like a crazed Rube Goldberg with a taste for obvious jokes and giant car crashes, and he helped create and mainstream a number of inventions over the years.
Last year, Kristopher Tapley wrote a pretty great look at the evening where Needham was rewarded by the Academy at the Governors Awards. Quentin Tarantino was one of several people who helped present the award. It's a pretty big deal in terms of Academy politics because of how few times they've even acknowledged that stunts exist, one of the strangest blind spots that the Academy has. I'd never heard the story about Needham firing a missile by accident and burning down the soundstage where "Pennies From Heaven" was filming, but that's awesome.
Report: CNN may create a comedy show to challenge Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
CNN is eyeing ex-"Nightline" anchor Bill Weir, who recently left ABC for CNN, as the anchor of a comedic take on the news, according to Page Six, which also notes that CNN was interested in hiring Jon Oliver away from "The Daily Show."
Kurt Sutter: "Sons of Anarchy" could go beyond Season 7, but it's unlikely
Ending after Season 7 isn't set in stone, Sutter said at a TV Academy event honoring his show. "I think after seven seasons I don't know if we can maintain the rhythm and the pace that we've done," he said, "and I wouldn’t want to extend it and have it become something that it's not. So my plan is still to finish it out in seven."
"True Blood" promotes Adina Porter
She'll become a series regular after portraying Lettie Mae Thornton since Season 1.
MTV's "The Jon Stewart Show" turns 20
Jon Stewart's first talk show launched in half-hour format on Oct. 25, 1993. The next year, his show was syndicated, replacing Arsenio Hall and expanding to one hour. But in 1995, Stewart was canceled, with David Letterman as his final guest.
Watch Conan O'Brien call a horse race at Santa Anita Park
Conan says of preparing for the race: "I memorized all the colors on the sides of the horses..."
Katie Couric blames her low ratings on working women not watching
"I think women would enjoy watching some of these shows, but because of their schedules, it's very hard to do," she says.
Will Alex O'Loughlin leave "Hawaii Five-0"?
He's signed up for two more seasons, but O'Loughlin says he wants to do other projects "sooner rather than later."
"Treme" star claims racial profiling at Macy's
Rob Brown was arrested, he says, for simply trying to buy his mom a watch.
"2 Broke Girls" brings on Mary Lynn Rajskub and Gilles Marini
Marini will recur as the "master baker," while Rajskub will potentially recur as a pastry chef.
"Grey's Anatomy" bloodies up Meredith Grey for Halloween
Check out "A Night-Mer on Elm Street."
The revolving door at the top of the Billboard 200 continues to turn as Katy Perry’s “Prism” pushes Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt” out of No. 1.
Perry’s fourth studio album will move up to 300,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double, a hefty tally above the 192,000 unit her last release, 2010’s “Teenage Dream” sold.
Following “Prism” strong launch, three titles-- all veterans in the top 10-- vie for No. 2. Likely to sell between 40,000-45,000 are Miley Cyrus’s “Bangerz,” Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same,” and “Lorde’s “Pure Heroine.” It’s too soon to tell how the No. 2-4 spots will shake out.
This week’s chart topper, “Lightning Bolt” will crash down to No. 5 (35,000-40,000).
The next two slots belong to newcomers: Girl group Fifth Harmony will bow at No. 6 with its “Better Together” EP (30,000-35,000), while hardcore rock band AFI will come on the char at No. 7 with “Burials” (25,000-30,000).
Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” hangs on to a Top 10 spot at No. 8 (24,000-27,000) as does Luke Bryan’s “Crash This Party” at No. 9 (22,000-25,000).
The fourth newcomer in the Top 10 belongs to DJ Khaled, who comes in at No. 10 (22,000-25,000) with “Suffering From Success.”
Seems fitting that there were two different cuts of the "Anchorman 2" trailer this week, since Paramount is considering something genuinely unprecedented when they release the film in theaters in December.
We recently spoke to McKay along with a group of people when we spent some time in the editing room with him, and while what we saw and most of what we discussed is sill under embargo, thanks to Empire in the UK, we can now discuss one of the things that McKay brought up with us.
If you haven't noticed, we've been doing a lot more in-studio video here at HitFix recently, and that's because we are finally in an office suite as a group. For the last five years, we've all been working out of our homes, and that's been great, but we have a big enough team now that it seems like we need to be in one place, all of us working together.
Part of that is a heavier emphasis on taking news like this and dealing with it on video, especially when we have something like this worth talking about.
Tonight, NBC unveiled its very strange take on "Dracula," with Jonathan Rhys Meyers playing Drac wreaking havoc in Victorian London while posing as an American alternate energy mogul named Alexander Grayson. I'm not saying the Dracula mythology should be immune from any sort of tweaking, but if you're going to make such a radical change, it ought to be more interesting than the original, and this is the exact opposite — which Fienberg explained at much greater length in his review. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in, what did you think? Was this the spin on the Vlad the Impaler story you've been waiting for? Is Rhys Meyers hunky and/or charismatic enough that you don't care what accent he's speaking in? Would you prefer Renfield to be his familiar cockroach-eating self, or do you prefer this more refined, Ducksauce-flavored version played by Nonso Anozie? Did you find any of the supporting players interesting at all? Did the lightbulb demonstration just make you want to watch David Bowie's scenes as Tesla in "The Prestige"? And will you watch again?
Have at it.