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<p>Chris Pine's been targeted for stardom by Paramount, and 'Jack Ryan:&nbsp;Shadow Recruit' is going to be a test of his ability to shoulder an entire franchise himself.</p>

Chris Pine's been targeted for stardom by Paramount, and 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' is going to be a test of his ability to shoulder an entire franchise himself.

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'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' trailer answers some questions, raises others

This definitely isn't a mild-mannered analyst this time around

So you take a pinch of Jason Bourne, you add the brash physical side of the Abrams Captain Kirk, and you set it against Kenneth Branagh directing himself as the bad guy so there is no one there to stop him from going over the top, and the result is Paramount's last best hope at rebooting the Jack Ryan franchise.

My favorite thing about this trailer is Kevin Costner front and center as the guy who brings Jack Ryan into the world of international espionage, and it seems like the biggest difference between the script I read and the final version of the film. It's a smart move, too, because Costner carries an authority that you need for this kind of movie. I really like Chris Pine, but I still think it's a gamble to basically hang every functioning Paramount franchise on the same actor. Just because I like the way he plays Captain Kirk, that doesn't automatically mean he's right for everything else.

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NBC orders a Rob Lowe comedy pilot


NBC orders a Rob Lowe comedy pilot
The "Parks and Rec" star is staying at the Peacock with "The Pro," where he'll play a former tennis champion now working at a country club.


Stevie Nick has written "Game of Thrones"-inspired poetry for each of the characters

The Fleetwood Mac credits the HBO series with re-sparking her creativity after her mom died.


Check out the track list for "Glee's" tribute to Cory Monteith

The cast will honor Finn with "Seasons of Love" from "Rent" and "No Surrender" from Bruce Springsteen, as well as other songs.


Chris Carter's Amazon pilot "The After" adds Jamie Kennedy and Adrian Pasdar
"Leverage's" Aldis Hodge is also joining the thriller from "The X Files" creator.


Nathan Fillion to guest on "Community"
He'll guest as the head custodian at Greendale.


Watch the Guillermo del Toro-directed "Simpsons" horror-movie themed opening
For "Treehouse of Horror XXIV."


"Trophy Wife" books Dennis Haysbert
The former "24" president will help chaperone a school field trip in Episode 9.


Jason Priestley to visit "Hot in Cleveland"

He'll play a movie star whom Valerie Bertinelli had a high school crush on.


See Walter Blanco in action

Here's the trailer for The Spanish "Breaking Bad."

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<p>Amy Poehler and Kristen Bell in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler and Kristen Bell in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip off Classic'

Kristen Bell represents the people of Eagleton in a too-familiar episode

A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I have a picture of Patrick Ewing on a rollercoaster...

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<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

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Six Sandra Bullock performances that are better than you remember

Lest you forget, the 'Gravity' star has had it all along

By now, you've surely heard -- or seen for yourself -- that Sandra Bullock is excellent in "Gravity." Critics who never much cared for the star in her signature romantic comedies, or her Oscar-winning dramatic turn in "The Blind Side," are now hailing her work as an imperiled astronaut adrift in space as a revelatory breakthrough. "Who knew?" they ask.

Well, hold up a minute. Some of us knew, and not just the Academy members who checked off her name in the 2009 Best Actress race. "Gravity" may be a better, more ambitious film than the vast majority of Sandra Bullock's output, but that doesn't mean it magically transformed her overnight into a gifted actress. She's always been this good, it's just that you've sometimes had to look past the films to see it. Even then, not always; for every shoddy B-movie of which she's been the saving grace, there's another exemplary genre piece in which she has equally excelled. Nobody was calling her immaculately timed comic turn in this summer's delightful action-comedy "The Heat" a revelation, for example, but I'd argue that it's every bit as strong a showcase for her abilities as "Gravity."

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<p>Reese Witherspoon may play a very different kind of princess for Disney in 'Happily Ever After'</p>

Reese Witherspoon may play a very different kind of princess for Disney in 'Happily Ever After'

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Reese Witherspoon is set to live 'Happily Ever After' in post-modern fairy tale for Disney

What's the creator of 'Don't Trust The B----' going to do with princesses?

On Monday, when I wrote about Disney's decision to develop a film called "Cruella," I talked about how they seem to be making a new push to turn all of their fairy-tale animated films into live-action movies. "Maleficent" and "Cinderella" both seem to be fairly straight takes on the characters and the fairy-tale worlds where they take place.

One of their biggest recent live-action releases was "Enchanted," a post-modern take on the world of their fairy tale stories, and one could argue that "Tangled" also played with the tropes of those films in some very knowing ways. It's interesting that Disney is willing to make movies where they play it straight and movies where they intentionally subvert the genre as well.

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<p>Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck make for two fairly bland scumbags in 'Runner Runner'</p>

Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck make for two fairly bland scumbags in 'Runner Runner'

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Review: Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck battle it out in mild-mannered 'Runner Runner'

Will fans of 'Rounders' be satisfied with this one?

I liked Brad Furman's last film as a director, "The Lincoln Lawyer." It wasn't a genre defining masterwork, but it displayed real control and confidence, and it struck me as the work of soon who had a real knack for connecting with his cast.

Likewise, I am fond of "Rounders," a film co-written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien that has grown in esteem since it was first release in 1998. The film predated the pop culture obsession with poker, and it had a great ensemble cast that included Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, John Turturro, and Martin Landau.

When I first read that "Runner Runner" takes place in the world of online gambling, I thought it sounded like a perfect venue for Koppleman and Levien to explore, and I walked into the screening fingers crossed. So far, Justin Timberlake has not really won me over on film. I think he exhibited a bit of promise in his early roles like "Alpha Dog" or "Black Snake Moan," but I'm not sure he's actually ever lived up to that promise. He's fine in "The Social Network," but he's far from the best thing about the movie. I thought he was just flat-out strange in "Bad Teacher," but I'm not sure how much of that is what was written and how much of it was what he brought to the role. As a lead, I thought he was flat in both the horrible "In Time" and the deeply mediocre "Trouble With The Curve," and when you've got filmmakers like David Fincher and Clint Eastwood directing someone and still not getting any real signs of life out of him, maybe the problem isn't the directors.

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"The Originals"
"The Originals"
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Interview: Charles Michael Davis talks being mean on 'The Originals'

The man behind Marcel says he has 'an ace up my sleeve'

As Marcel on "The Originals" (premiering tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on The CW), Charles Michael Davis is all charismatic malice, charming even when he's tearing apart anyone who'd be stupid enough to stand in his way. Marcel might just be the guy to take on Klaus (Joseph Morgan), though we'll find out how that head-to-head turns out soon enough. The show, a spinoff from "The Vampire Diaries," follows Klaus to New Orleans, a little swamp he once built into a real city many, many years ago -- and, when he left, a city he left in the hands of his friend Marcel. Now Klaus is back, and Marcel isn't all that happy to hand over the reigns. I talked to Davis during press tour, and found out that, like Marcel, he's charming and, yes, funny. Unlike Marcel, I don't think he kills people when they displease him. Or at least I hope not.

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<p>Cate Blanchett at her NYFF Gala Tribute.</p>

Cate Blanchett at her NYFF Gala Tribute.

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NYFF pays tribute to Cate Blanchett... and so do we

The star's sixth Oscar nod is on the way, but her career goes deeper than that

Cate Blanchett, as you may have heard, received a Gala Tribute at the New York Film Festival last night. On the one hand, such events are opportunities for actors to bask in the warm glow of others' admiration, in return for doling out a few anecdotes and quotable (usually self-deprecating) reflections on their life and work. On the other, however, they can be key campaign stops for actors on the awards trail, and for Blanchett – the incumbent Best Actress frontrunner for her riveting comeback performance in Woody Allen's “Blue Jasmine” – this was her first significant PR opportunity of the season, considering how unassumingly the art house hit opened in the summer.

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Win it! Patty Griffin's 'Silver Bell' and lithograph

Win it! Patty Griffin's 'Silver Bell' and lithograph

'Lost' album from 2000 finally seeing the light of day on Oct. 8

Patty Griffin's new album is actually a bit old -- 13 years, in fact. "Silver Bell" has been an underground favorite of the folk singer's fans, ever since it was shelved and lost during the major label shuffle back in 2000.

Now "Silver Bell" is getting a proper release on Oct. 8 via Universal, and what is lost is now found: HitFix is giving away a copy of the album plus a lithograph of the album artwork.

Below are super-easy instructions on how to WIN IT:

1. Follow HitFix on Twitter.

2. Retweet HitFix's message below:

 

A winner will be randomly selected from retweeting entrants. Entrants cannot have their Twitter on "private," as we won't be able to see your tweet. Entrants must be U.S. residents.

And that's it. Contest is over at 11:59pm PST on Monday, Oct. 7.

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"American Horror Story: Coven"
"American Horror Story: Coven"
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Check out the spooky, well-dressed cast of 'American Horror Story: Coven'

Come for the voodoo, stay for the gorgeous costumes

Given that "American Horror Story: Coven" will be chock full of grand dames (Kathy Bates! Angela Bassett! Jessica Lange!), it's only right that the costumes be all kinds of awesome. Forget those mental patient rags and nuns' habits of "Asylum" and put these ladies in ornate frocks and elegant black dresses with on-trend peplums! It's highly superficial to gush over what these ladies will be wearing, but damn, these costumes are awesome! Plus, we don't have much else to go on at this point, other than some creepy promos that don't tie into the actual show and a teaser that makes the show look a little bit like "The Craft," which I'm hoping is just an unfortunate accident.

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<p>David Heyman (right) at the New York premiere of &quot;Gravity&quot; with Sandra Bullock and&nbsp;Alfonso Cuar&oacute;n</p>

David Heyman (right) at the New York premiere of "Gravity" with Sandra Bullock and Alfonso Cuarón

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'Gravity' producer David Heyman: 'I would make the phone book with Alfonso Cuarón'

After 'The Prisoner of Azkaban' he was ready for whatever the journey would be

Producer David Heyman's relationship with Alfonso Cuarón actually began well before he tapped the filmmaker for a new direction in the "Harry Potter" franchise back in 2004. They were thinking of collaborating on an adaptation of William Sutcliffe's 1999 road trip novel "Are You Experienced?," but the project fell through. Cuarón went on to make "Y Tu Mamá También" and Heyman went on to shepherd the "Harry Potter" books to the screen. When it came time for a stylistic detour in that series, Cuarón was the first artist Heyman had in mind.

"There were several reasons I thought he was the perfect choice [for 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban']," Heyman says. "One, I loved 'A Little Princess' and I also liked his first film a lot. I felt that he had a really keen understanding of teenagers. 'Y Tu Mamá' was about the last moments of being a teenager and this third 'Harry Potter' was about the first moments of being a teenager. He was good at bringing sort of the truthfulness to the relationships."

For Heyman it was about cultivating a sense of modernity to an already wildly successful film franchise. The way to sustain the series was to reinvigorate it after director Chris Columbus had done such a definitive job of setting up the world. "Even though, funny enough, his film was the least successful of the eight financially, Alfonso sort of redirected the series in such a way that it allowed us to continue on to make eight films," Heyman says. "He allowed us to grow up."

Cut to five years later and Cuarón is out on a bit of a limb with a hugely challenging concept: "Gravity." Heyman didn't even need to read the script to know that he was in for whatever ride was in store. And as it would turn out, it would be quite the eventful ride indeed, both in front of and behind the camera.

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<p>Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in &quot;Scandal.&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in "Scandal."

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'Scandal' and Olivia/Fitz as the best/worst couple of them all

How the Shonda Rhimes drama works whether you love or hate the central pairing

"Scandal" — Shonda Rhimes' delightfully insane drama about Washington, DC fixer Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), her team of crisis managers, and the President of the United States (Tony Goldwyn) with whom she's been having an on-again, off-again affair for years — is back for a third season tonight at 10 on ABC. I've seen the premiere, and it's very strong, as it deals with the fallout from Olivia and Fitz's relationship being leaked to the media, and from the revelation — which would be absurd on many a "serious" drama but which works just fine here — that Joe Morton's shady intelligence boss is actually Olivia's estranged father. (Morton and Washington share a scene early in the premiere that's dynamite, and not just because it's one of the few moments in the run of the show that so much as alludes to Olivia's race and the complications it causes in this situation.)

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