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<p>Mireille Enos in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Mireille Enos in "The Killing."

Credit: AMC

Season finale review: 'The Killing'

Another case ends in disappointing fashion, though the journey was more interesting this time

A quick, belated review of "The Killing" season finale coming up just as soon as you interrupt my family bowling night...

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<p>David Tennant and Olivia Colman in &quot;Broadchurch.&quot;</p>

David Tennant and Olivia Colman in "Broadchurch."

Credit: BBC America

Review: BBC America's 'Broadchurch' a simple, devastating mystery

David Tennant and Olivia Colman investigate mystery in a small seaside town

"You don't understand," Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller insists as she stares at a murdered child on the beach of the sleepy town she calls home. "I know that boy!"

Miller is one of the two heroes of "Broadchurch," a British crime series making its BBC America debut tonight at 10 p.m. Played by Olivia Colman, she's a Broadchurch lifer. She knows everyone in town, and assumes she knows everything around them; it's not possible that any of her friends or neighbors could be a killer. And yet as her partner and boss, new transplant Alec Hardy (David Tennant) keeps reminding her, anyone can become a killer, and the sandy corpse of young Danny Latimer is proof of that.

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<p>Laszlo and Andreas Gyemant in &quot;The Notebook.&quot;</p>

Laszlo and Andreas Gyemant in "The Notebook."

Credit: Beta Cinema

Hungary joins foreign Oscar race with award-winning WWII drama 'The Notebook'

Nope, it's not a remake of the Ryan Gosling weeper

Looks like Eastern Europe is currently leading the way in this year's Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. Last week, Romania was the first country to officially submit an entry, with Berlinale Golden Bear winner "Child's Pose." Today, Hungary joined them with another European festival champ: "The Notebook," which won the top prize at last month's Karlovy Vary fest.

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MTV forces Daft Punk to cancel on Stephen Colbert for VMAs; Robin Thicke fills in


MTV forces Daft Punk to cancel on Stephen Colbert for VMAs; Robin Thicke fills in
Colbert was so ticked off at MTV he spilled the beans that Daft Punk would perform at the Video Music Awards. PLUS: Watch Colbert's epic "Get Lucky" dance party with Jimmy Fallon, "Breaking Bad," Jon Stewart,  Henry Kissinger, "America's Got Talent" and more.


Jason Priestley is writing his memoir
Priestley promises to share new details of his life on the "Beverly Hills 90210" set.


Jay Leno visits MSNBC to talk politics and his Obama interview
"He thinks the way I think," "The Tonight Show" host, in an interview with Lawrence O'Donnell, said of the president, though Leno said he's a fiscal conservative and social liberal. PLUS: Obama talked about all current news events in Leno interview.


"The Following" adds "Dexter" bad guy

Sam Underwood will become a series regular next season.


Check out "Doctor Who" fan art, created by a teenage Peter Capaldi

Capaldi was such a huge fan of "Who" growing up, he would write "numerous letters" inquiring about the show.


Justin Kirk joins FX's "Tyrant"
The "Weeds" alum will play an American diplomat in the Middle East.


Lindsay Lohan boosts "Chelsea Lately's" ratings
About 890,000 tuned in, up 57% from the previous episode with Lisa Kudrow.


Wil Wheaton slams Discovery for showing "Megalodon"
"There is nothing high quality or enlightening," he says, "about deliberately misleading your audience during what is historically an informative and awesome week of programming."


Honey Boo Boo's dad hospitalized for a mysterious brain disorder
The TLC stars have been gathered this week in Jacksonville in support of Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson.


Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman are leaving "The Mentalist"
They'll exit the CBS series toward the end of the season.


Angus T. Jones sends Charlie Sheen a special birthday card

Sheen tweeted of his former "Two and a Half Men" co-star: "such a cute kid and quite the artist!"


"Breaking Bad" talk show's 1st guests: Vince Gilligan and Julie Bowen
"Talking Bad" will be hosted by Chris Hardwick. PLUS: "Breaking Bad" gets the "honest trailer" treatment.

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: The final ten are chosen

An All-Star steps in for a dancer who's out sick

It's time for the top ten! I got a chance to visit the set of "So You Think You Can Dance" this week and talk to some of the dancers (and hear what Nigel, Mary and some choreographers had to say). I'll post a story soon, but before that happens, we have to say goodbye to two dancers. I really can't understand how Cat Deeley does this every week. 

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<p>Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, and Douglas Smith are on a quest for the Golden Fleece in 'Percy Jackson:&nbsp;Sea of Monsters'</p>

Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, and Douglas Smith are on a quest for the Golden Fleece in 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters'

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Review: 'Percy Jackson' sequel plays it safe and aims for a franchise

How great is it that this one was directed by a guy named Thor?

Chris Columbus is, at this point, the movie studio equivalent of an explorer, the first guy to get somewhere, the one who plants the flag and moves on. When he made the first two films in the "Harry Potter" series, he made decisions that resonated through the entire seven movies, no matter how strong a voice anyone who followed him brought to the table.

On the first "Percy Jackson," he was obviously hired to give 20th Century Fox the same sort of franchise that Warner Bros. spun from all things Potter, and while it was nowhere near the same sort of cultural phenomenon, it did well enough, especially when international box-office was considered, and they did indeed end up springing for the sequel, which arrives in theaters tomorrow.

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<p>'But seriously, you liked it, right?'</p>

'But seriously, you liked it, right?'

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

An open letter about film critics to the makers of 'The Lone Ranger'

Depp, Hammer, Verbinski, and Bruckheimer play a strange version of the blame game

First, let me preface this by saying I can't believe you took the bait. That question was designed to get you to crap all over critics in response to their reaction to your movie, and you seem like you couldn't wait to answer the question. That's a shame.

Let's start with the premise that critics prejudged your movie.

I think it is presumptuous to assume that you know why critics reacted the way they did to "The Lone Ranger," other than the actual reasons stated in whatever bad reviews you're talking about. I can't tell you why anyone else didn't like it, but as a critic who really, really didn't like your movie, I feel compelled now to defend my review to you, if only to challenge your comments during a recent interview for the UK release of the film. Besides, if there's any movie this summer that gets to play the "critics just wanted to beat the crap out of us" victim card, it's "After Earth," not "The Lone Ranger."

And if that is how critics decide to beat things up, wouldn't "John Carter" have suffered the same fate last year? Because I think a lot of critics ended up being pleasantly surprised by that, and their buzz was way worse than yours ever was. I know I liked it.

As I said, I'm speaking here for no one but myself. I considered writing this as a short news item about the comments you made, but there are tons of those already, and the truth is, I was personally bothered by the comments. I'm not irritated in the abstract sense, but rather in the specific sense.

After all, I've had many encounters with you gentlemen over the years. When you were building up to the release of the second "Pirates" film, you reached out to me, and that began a series of conversations and encounters, and in the interest of clarity, I'm going to list those, and let's see if this reveals some hidden bias that has just been waiting for the perfect moment to spring it on you.

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey"

Credit: PBS

Press Tour: 'Downton Abbey' Live-Blog makes us wish it was 2014

The show won't be in the States until January, but here's a taste

January seems a long way away, especially when American fans of "Downton Abbey" realize they'll have to wait until then to see season four. Luckily, PBS brought some of the stars -- Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith, Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Joanne Froggatt, (Anna Bates), Phyllis Logan, (Mrs. Hughes), Sophie McShera, (Daisy Mason) as well as executive producer Gareth Neame and series executive producer of "Masterpiece" Rebecca Eaton -- to talk to press tour attendees about the show and what fans might want to expect. I'll be live blogging the most likely very polite conversation. 

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<p>&quot;Downton Abbey&quot;</p>

"Downton Abbey"

Credit: PBS

Press Tour: PBS chief repeats the party line on 'Downton Abbey,' 'Sherlock' premieres

'Downton' will continue to air late in the States
It's been nearly eight months since PBS President Paula Kerger last met with reporters to discuss why the blazes "Downton Abbey" and other PBS programs don't air domestically at the same time as they do Across the Pond.
 
On Tuesday (August 6), Kerger had her latest Television Critics Association press tour panel with reporters and was, predictably, asked the same familiar questions about spoilers and online piracy and whether or not those threats might lead to a premiere shift for PBS' ratings standard-bearers. 
 
The short answer? Nope! It'll be delays-as-usual for "Downton Abbey," which hits PBS on January 5, and probably for "Sherlock," which has a yet-to-be-determined spring return.
 
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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Orange County' finale recap: Was Heather wrong?

Gretchen apologized, but Heather didn't feel she needed to do the same

I love the parties they have on "The Real Housewives" franchise. For the season finale of the Orange County installment, Vicki's house gets all decked out like a winter wonderland them (penguins in the pool!) so that, if there is blood splatter, it will really pop against all the white. It's little details like that that really set this series apart. 

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<p>The cast of &quot;Snowpiercer.&quot;</p>

The cast of "Snowpiercer."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Weinstein gets snippy with ‘Snowpiercer,’ but let’s hold our fire

It’s hard to get up in arms without seeing the film

It’s a familiar situation in the film blogosphere: everyone’s mad at Harvey Weinstein, and it’s not even the Oscar season. A few hours have passed since the news broke that the business-savvy mogul, famously nicknamed “Harvey Scissorhands” in industry quarters, might be making some cuts to South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” – and already the inflamed (and inflammatory) headlines are circulating by the dozen. “Harvey thinks America is too stupid for ‘Snowpiercer,’” runs the general gist and, well, let's calm down a little.

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<p>Harrison Ford proved his real-life fearlessness by appearing at Comic-Con a second time this year.</p>

Harrison Ford proved his real-life fearlessness by appearing at Comic-Con a second time this year.

Credit: Denis Poroy/Invision/AP Photo

Stallone says Harrison Ford in and Bruce Willis out for 'Expendables 3'

The 'Rocky' icon takes a public shot at the 'Die Hard' star in the process

I love how Sylvester Stallone has embraced the immediacy of the Internet over the last few years. When I was at Ain't It Cool, he first reached out to Harry and did a series of Q&A sessions there that were fascinating because you could see how little filter he appeared to have in discussing his work.

These days, he uses Twitter to update fans on his films as he moves through development, announcing things like casting and even talking about things he'd like to do that aren't set in stone yet. It really doesn't feel like there's a publicist orchestrating things, and I think that's the key for any celebrity using social media. The more "official" something feels, the less interesting it is. People want to see someone like Alec Baldwin lose his shit at someone on Twitter because, more than anything else, it humanizes them. With Stallone, the charm of his social media presence is just how clear it is that he's enjoying this latest act of his career enormously, and he is aware of how tenuous all of it can be.

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