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"Nikita"

"Nikita"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Nikita' talks about the end, a new lair, nude scene

The show creator explains why one character proved unkillable

The panel room for "Nikita" was only half-full, but that didn't dim the enthusiasm of the true fans in attendance (some of whom had come from as far away as Canada). With only six episodes of the show left, the mood of the stars and show creator Craig Silverstein was both nostalgic and enthusiastic for a wrap-up that promises to "start right in the middle of it and not take our foot off the pedal until the end," according to Silverstein.

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<p>Melissa Rauch of &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Melissa Rauch of "The Big Bang Theory"

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15 things we learned from 'Big Bang Theory' at Comic-Con: Johnny Galecki as Princess Leia and more

Who came up with Amy's tiara? And Giant Jenga?
Long a favorite of Comic-Con crowds, "The Big Bang Theory" made it to the big time last year, with a Hall H panel. On Friday, "TBBT" was back in Ballroom 20, which was probably a function of what was initially described as an actor-free Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers' Room panel.
 
As the start of an epic day of Ballroom 20 programming, even without the prospect of stars, "Big Bang Theory" produced a loud and enthusiastic room. And, of course, the panel wasn't truly star-free. Melissa Rauch did a fine job of moderating and she was joined by one of her fellow actors early in the panel. 
 
I didn't live-blog this one, but here are some things I learned:
 
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Report: 'Glee' may open Season 5 with old footage of Cory Monteith


Report: "Glee" may open Season 5 with old footage of Cory Monteith

According to what a source tells Hollywood Life, "There has been talk about writing the first few episodes around old footage of Cory from the show and actually have Finn be alive for a bit in order to lead into a more emotional goodbye — so it doesn’t feel sudden."


"Veronica Mars" movie footage shown at Comic-Con, featuring Jamie Lee Curtis
Rob Thomas said of his film: ""I can tell you that it sort of has — and this is a weird reference — a 'Godfather III' vibe to it."


How "The Wire" explains Microsoft's woes
Avon Barksdale is Microsoft, Proposition Joe is Apple and Marlo Stanfield is Google.


Watch Stephen Hawking do "The Big Bang Theory" theme song
The theoretical physicist recited the lyrics at Comic-Con. PLUS: Johnny Galecki posed as a "Big Bang" fan at Comic-Con.


"Game of Thrones" meets "Arrested Development"

Watch a mashup using the "Arrested" opening. PLUS: Check out a "Thrones" pop-up book, "Lord Frey" loved the Red Wedding, and Maisie Williams creates "A Throne of Games."


"Arrow" explains Black Canary casting
Caity Lotz's character will be "the beginning of the story of the Black Canary," says  executive producer Andrew Kreisberg.


"Today" lost an average of 606,000 viewers since Savannah Guthrie joined the show

The NBC morning show averaged 5.253 million with Ann Curry, and 4.647 million since Guthrie replaced her.


Tamera Mowry: I lost my virginity at 29
She's only slept with one person, her husband.

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<p>The &quot;Veronica Mars&quot;&nbsp;cast back in the early UPN&nbsp;days.</p>

The "Veronica Mars" cast back in the early UPN days.

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Veronica Mars' movie panel live-blog

Will the Kickstarter phenomenon fill Hall H? Will fans squeal with LoVe?

"Veronica Mars" made a visit or two to Comic-Con back in its mid-'00s days as a beloved but low-rated TV drama. Today, the cast — including stars Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, Ryan Hansen, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino and Krysten Ritter — and creator Rob Thomas will return to the city where the series was shot under very different circumstances. Now "Veronica Mars" is the Kickstarter phenomenon movie (which Thomas and I discussed back in March), and the belief is that the interest in both the movie and the campaign will be enough to fill the convention center's cavernous Hall H. I'll be somewhere in the room live-blogging it all (wifi permitting), and trying to capture both the anecdotes and whether the atmosphere in Hall H evokes the passion that raised $5.7 million to pay for the movie (and t-shirts and posters and digital downloads and all the other Kickstarter perks).

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<p>Ryan Gosling in &quot;Only&nbsp;God Forgives&quot;</p>

Ryan Gosling in "Only God Forgives"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Only God Forgives'

...or anything else you might have seen recently

A mere two months ago people were clamoring to see Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives" in Cannes. This afternoon, I watched it from my couch. Video-on-demand can be pretty awesome like that. The director's "Drive" follow-up hits theaters and VOD today and I know it's been at the top of a lot of people's lists, so assuming you've seen it or will over the weekend, tell us what you think. I found it to be little more than an exercise, but I guess I'm okay with Refn keeping in shape, so to speak. Guy wasn't too high on it at Cannes either, but that's us. Cut loose with your own thoughts in the comment section here and go ahead and vote in our poll below. And as always, feel free to discuss anything else you might have seen recently. Open thread.

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'Big Brother' scores its best ratings of the season


"Big Brother" scores its best ratings of the season
About 6.7 million watched last night's episode.


"Game of Thrones" alum Jason Momoa is headed to Sundance Channel
He'll play a sheriff in "Red Road."


Watch a preview of Spice Girl Geri Halliwell's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"-like comedy

She's starring in "Geri: Life Sucks."


James Spader didn't watch "The Office" finale
"I didn't see it," the actor who played Robert California admitted.


Matt Smith: "Doctor Who" role could go to a man or woman
"It can be anyone," he says in a Comic-Con interview, "and that's the great thing about the part. If Helen Mirren did it or if, you know... there's so many female actresses who'd be amazing."


Nick Offerman gets "naked" in a Funny or Die music video
Warning: Not Safe for Work.


Bill Hader returning to "South Park" as a writer

The "SNL" vet was a notable part of the "South Park" writer's room in the documentary of the show.


Bob Saget meets a "Full House" superfan, one of Jimmy Fallon's writers
With Jesse and the Rippers performing tonight, it's been "Full House" week at "Late Night." PLUS: Fallon & Ryan Reynolds have a "Water War."


"Revenge" casts Jesus from "The Bible"
Diogo Morgado will play a doctor in the season premiere.


BET to air a "Scandal" marathon in August
All "Scandal" episodes will be shown over two weekends.


"America's Next Top Model" cast photo shoot: S&M theme?
Check out the cast in "pleather."

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<p>Radiohead in a promotional shot.</p>

Radiohead in a promotional shot.

Rare Radiohead demo set for auction block

Final Elvis Presley footage also up for sale

Gather your money together Radiohead fans: In September, a 9-song demo from Radiohead will go on the auction block. The cassette from the band, when it was known as  On a Friday, and before Jonny Greenwood joined the group, goes up for sale on Sept. 14 by Omega Auctions in Stockport, England.

Recorded with Thom Yorke and his bandmates were still in high school in 1986, the demo features such tracks as “Girl (In the Purple Dress)” and “Mountains (On The Move),” as well as “Lemming Trail” and “Lock The Door.”
Omega expects the cassette to go for at least $1,500, which, actually, sounds pretty low, but that could be because a many of the songs have appeared online over the years, according to NME.

If Radiohead isn’t your style, four hours of video from Elvis Presley’s last performances prior to his 1977 death will be auctioned on July 26-27 in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The footage includes Presley’s performances in Omaha, Neb., and Rapid City, S.D., as well as backstage footage and was originally shot for a CBS television special, which aired two months after his death.
According to the Reporter,  Elvis Presley Enterprises has never allowed the special to be released on home video and the winning bidder must promise to never broadcast, reproduce or publish the video. We have a hunch the footage will go for way more than $1,500.

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<p>Vera Farmiga in &quot;The Conjuring&quot;</p>

Vera Farmiga in "The Conjuring"

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Conjuring'

...or anything else you might have caught up with lately

Warner Bros. wasn't shy about screening James Wan's latest horror film, "The Conjuring," which is why my thoughts on the film are now a number of weeks old. They knew they had a tight piece of genre filmmaking on their hands, and that it is; the film is a huge step up for Wan, a patient, rich exercise that doesn't reinvent the wheel but tells a compelling, familiar story with a lot of control and finely tuned atmosphere. "It is enormously confident, and yet it seems to have enough faith in the audience that it doesn't come across as a big noisy assault," Drew McWeeny wrote in his review. But now it's time to hear what you have to say, so when and if you get around to the film this weekend, chalk up your thoughts in the comments section and feel free to vote in our poll. And if you've caught up with anything else you'd like to discuss, consider this an open thread otherwise.

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<p>Ian McShane as Al Swearengen in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Ian McShane as Al Swearengen in "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 7: 'Unauthorized Cinnamon'

The camp leaders gather to figure out what to do about Hearst

For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.

While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.

Thoughts on episode 7, "Unauthorized Cinnamon," coming up just as soon as I interrupt your sleep with this beard...

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<p>Christoph Waltz appears to be having a very weird day in Terry Gilliam's new film 'The Zero Theorem,' which showed a preview at today's Comic-Con</p>

Christoph Waltz appears to be having a very weird day in Terry Gilliam's new film 'The Zero Theorem,' which showed a preview at today's Comic-Con

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The first 10 minutes of Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' screened at Comic-Con 2013

Gilliam appears onscreen in Hall courtesy of NSA wiretap

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Comic-Con 2013 is in full swing, but to me, it still feels like it's revving up. Both times I was in Hall H today, huge sections of it were empty. That's no fault of the people on the stage, but it is a sign that Comic-Con sometimes seems to be scheduling things in the wrong venues. It sounds like Ballroom 20 was running at capacity all day today with wildly popular TV programming, when maybe a smaller, more intimate setting would have been a better place to see the panel I enjoyed this afternoon, a first look at the new film by Terry Gilliam.

Gina McIntyre, who writes for Hero Complex at the LA Times, was the moderator of the panel, which was nice to see after Anne Thompson asked me last night at the HitFix opening night party if there were any women I could think of who moderated any of the Hall H panels. I couldn't offhand, and Anne has a good point. As more and more of the programming here seems to be aimed at a very different audience than the stereotypical fanboy, it seems logical that you'd also see some more diversity in the people who moderate these events.

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<p>When it's not trying too hard, 'RED 2' does manage to deliver some big laughs and some charming chemistry between the leads.</p>

When it's not trying too hard, 'RED 2' does manage to deliver some big laughs and some charming chemistry between the leads.

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Review: Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker almost make 'RED 2' a worthwhile return

A lot of chemistry and a wafer-thin script can't quite pull it off

Sequels are never easy, which makes me wonder why Hollywood always seems to be in such a rush to get to them. I remember when sequels were still relatively uncommon, and the prevailing wisdom was that not every automatically deserved a second part. Just as I believe that filmmakers frequently are surprised by the reasons audiences fall in love with movies, I think they also often emphasize the wrong things when they make sequels, undermining that initial affection in the process.

One of the most direct parallels I can draw to the differences between "RED" and "RED 2" would be by using the model of "Romancing The Stone" and "Jewel Of The Nile." In both cases, the first film is ostensibly an action-comedy, but what really makes it work is the palpable romantic chemistry between the leads. The script for "Romancing The Stone" was written by the great Diane Thomas, who died much too young, and it is a wicked clever read that both mocks the conventions of the romance novels that Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) writes while also playing them straight enough to generate some real heat. When Mark Rosenthal and Lawrence Konner co-wrote the sequel, they needed to find a way to generate friction between Turner's character and Jack Colton, the Michael Douglas character, and it undermines the happily ever after of the first film's ending. That's fine if it ended up working, but instead of rekindling the heat of the first film, it soured the relationship between the two of them, making it all seem like less fun.

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Jennifer Carpenter fought back tears at 'Dexter's' Comic-Con panel


Jennifer Carpenter fought back tears at "Dexter's" Comic-Con panel

The cast came to Comic-Con having just filmed the series finale last week. PLUS: "Rita," "Doakes" and "LaGuerta" were in attendance, and the final season and complete series DVD will be released on Nov. 5.


David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson celebrate the 20th anniversary of "The X-Files" at Comic-Con

Anderson said she'd be open to a third movie, but not a limited series.


"Hannibal" releases a gag reel

Also, it was announced at Comic-Con that Season 1 will hit DVD on Sept. 24.


"Workaholics" trio are making a movie together, with Seth Rogen
Rogen and his "Superbad" partner Evan Goldberg are writing an action-comedy film starring Adam DeVine, Anders Holm and Blake Anderson. But the movie won't be related to their Comedy Central characters.


Eliot Spitzer inspired "The Good Wife," and now he's using the CBS drama for inspiration
What happens when art imitates life, followed by life imitating art?


Stop saying TV is better than the movies these days
Why that argument is lazy. PLUS: Cable is soaring thanks to the creative erosion in film and network TV.


Conan O'Brien opts not to play an '80s Atari "rape game" on his show

"Conan" producers didn't know about the contents of "Custer's Revenge" before adding it for a segment of "Clueless Gamer."


Why Jason Bateman's Emmy nomination was undeserved
He was the weak link on the Netflix season of "Arrested Development."


"Girls" Season 3 will "focus on financial stability"

Exec producer Jenni Konner says: "I can’t say much more. It's an age thing. There's only so long you can say you just graduated college."


Louis CK: Woody Allen pulled me aside and asked, "What if we were in a movie together, you and me?"
The "Louie" star talks about his seven Emmy nominations and his Woody moment.


Connie Britton has been nominated 4 years in a row, for 3 different shows
Will she win an Emmy for "Nashville"?


"Bunheads" creator still doubts there will be a 2nd season
"They are telling me nothing more than they’ve told you," Amy Sherman-Palladino tells Buzzfeed. PLUS: Why all the fuss over "Bunheads"?


"Survivor's" Kim Spradlin is pregnant

The "Survivor: One World" champ is expecting her first child.


We are living in the golden age of TV posters
"Welcome to the age of TV-poster public exegesis," says Laura Bennett. "TV culture has become so obsessive, so attuned to any sign of what's to come, that even its off-screen manifestations are subject to exacting scrutiny."


Linda Cardellini stunned by her "Mad Men" Emmy nomination
"When I started the part, I didn't know what it was I would be doing. And so having it unfold the way it did was amazing," she says.


"Teen Wolf" returns Jan. 6

Watch the trailer for the 2nd part of Season 3.


Watch Ricky Gervais' 1999 comedy pilot

He played a David Bowie impersonator two years before "The Office."


Food Network accused of reality TV fraud

The winner of "Giving You the Business" said instead of getting his own franchise, as was promised, he only got some stock.


"Orange is the New Black" promotes Taryn Manning

She'll become a series regular in Season 2.


HBO and NFL Films extend "Hard Knocks"
The two announced a "long-term renewal" today.


Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson sign on for the British version of "The Taste"

They'll be joined by French chef Ludo LeFebvre.


"Grey's Anatomy" adds 2

Bobby Campo and Heather Hemmens will play a couple involved in a major disaster.


Video: Library of Congress racing to preserve TV history
CBS News went inside the archiving process, as they convert hours of film into digital.


CBS: More than 20 million have watched "Under the Dome's" premiere

That's through live viewing, DVRs and video on demand.


"Big Brother's" Jeff Schroder is going back to "The Bold and the Beautiful"

He'll be part of "Room 8."


"Firefly" getting a role-playing game

 game is currently in development for iOS and Android.


"Full House" reunion: Lori Loughlin spends a night on the town with John Stamos

They also had dinner with Bob Saget this week.


TV Land orders 10 more episodes of "The Exes"

Those episodes will air later this year.


Josh Holloway: "Intelligence" isn't the new "Chuck"
"I thought 'Chuck' was a great show," the CBS star says. "But it's not 'Chuck' at all."


"Glee" bringing back Dot-Marie Jones

"I did hear that I'm coming back, but I honestly don't know to what to what extent," she says.


Honey Boo Boo retires from pageants

"We're done," says Mama June.


"Arrow" casts Black Canary

Actress Caity Lotz will take on the new role.


Here are 25 great sitcoms you can watch on YouTube
From "Dick Van Dyke" to "The Honeymooners."


Check out Ryan Seacrest as a shirtless teen model
Why was he wearing mom jeans at 19?


See Bryan Cranston's childhood photos

From his GQ cover story.


Check out "Game of Thrones" toys

And other products unveiled at Comic-Con, including a Ned Stark doll.

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