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<p>There were few things as emotionally genuine at this year's Comic-Con as the rapport between Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen on the 'X-Men:&nbsp;Days Of Future Past' panel</p>

There were few things as emotionally genuine at this year's Comic-Con as the rapport between Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen on the 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' panel

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Fox's mammoth 'X-Men' panel unites old and new casts for a great Hall H moment

'Days Of Future Past' makes a strong showing with Singer's return

SAN DIEGO - By far, the worst kept secret at this year's Comic-Con was the planned "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" panel, but I will give 20th Century Fox this much. While everyone was sure the film would be part of the panel, I don't think anyone knew quite how far Fox planned to take things, or how much of an emotional charge it would pack.

The "X-Men" films in general hold an odd space in the evolution of the genre. They are absolutely pivotal in terms of pushing the entire idea of superhero movies forward. The first film was a game of Russian Roulette as far as Fox was concerned. Even after they greenlit the movie and watched dailies as they came in, they panicked and cut the budget and forced the filmmakers to adapt on the fly. The studio made choices out of fear regarding costumes, marketing and even casting. They held their breath when they released "X-Men," sure they were about to get clobbered…

… and then people liked it. It wasn't massive, but it was a hit. And it was a big enough hit that they moved forward with a second film. And again, just as soon as they started into production, they started losing their nerve, and it turned into another corporate game of chicken with filmmakers pushing hard to do something cool and execs pushing hard to make sure it wasn't all too damn "comic book." It was a fascinating era, and as much as fans are sure they know the story of how the first three "X-Men" film got made and what the decisions behind those films were, they don't. Not really. There were battles about everything. There is a reason you still haven't seen the Sentinels in the movies, and that reason left the studio not too long ago. A comic book with decades of history was held hostage by any number of outside influences, and the results are movies that genuinely try to capture the spirit of a world, and they succeed in ways, and they fail in ways, and they are all covered in development battle scars that define the movies.

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<p>Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in "The Newsroom."

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Review: 'The Newsroom' - 'The Genoa Tip'

Maggie and Sloan fight a 'Sex and the City' blogger, Neal gets arrested and Will misses an anniversary

A quick review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I Google "Alan Sepinwall hate"...

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<p>Dora Madison Burge and C.S.&nbsp;Lee in &quot;Dexter.&quot;</p>

Dora Madison Burge and C.S. Lee in "Dexter."

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Review: 'Dexter' - 'Scar Tissue'

Masuka gets a mysterious visitor and Dr. Vogel tries to help Deb

A quick review of tonight's "Dexter" coming up just as soon as I'm majoring in beautiful...

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Big Brother

This week's HoH, Judd

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'Big Brother' Recap: Who will Judd nominate for eviction?

What changes happen when an under-the-radar player is center of attention?

The introduction of the “MVP” to this season of “Big Brother” seemed to negate the possibility of people simply floating through the season in hopes of not being noticed. Instead, making Elissa one of the contestants rendered the twist all but moot, and producers have already changed the MVP rules in order to break Elissa’s stranglehold over that position. The current House Of Household, Judd, took advantage of this oversight and has remained largely incognito thus far. But now that everyone will be looking to curry favor with him, will Judd have a strong, non-passive approach to the game? Or will putting him into the spotlight cause him to wilt?

Only one way to find out, and we’ll do so during tonight’s liveblog. This will be my last one for now, as the HitFix staff makes their way back from San Diego and Comic-Con. So I’m hoping for some fireworks tonight, but I’ll settle for “less racism.” You gotta set your sights low when it comes to “Big Brother.” Come back starting at 8:00 p.m. EST and follow along!
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<p>Charlie Hunnam</p>

Charlie Hunnam

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Sons of Anarchy' Live-Blog

Kurt Sutter leads SAMCRO back to Hall H

That FX's "Sons of Anarchy" has now established a tradition of being the final entertainment panel of San Diego Comic-Con is one of the funniest developments in the recent history of this event.

But here we are again, celebrating SAMCRO and Kurt Sutter on Comic-Con Sunday and, once again, we'll doing it in Hall H.

Whee! Let's find out what's in store for Jax and company this fall!

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O.J. Simpson to 'Anger Management'?


O.J. Simpson to "Anger Management"?
If O.J. gets out of prison early, there's a chance he may join Charlie Sheen on his FX comedy. The NY Post reports that O.J.'s promoter pitched the idea to FX "and was met with a resounding thumbs-up." The promoter believes O.J. will bring in big ratings.


CW spinning off "Supernatural"
A new character will be unveiled in Episode 20 next season and will be the basis for a spinoff. PLUS: Jared Padalecki is expecting his 2nd child.


Bryan Cranston went to Comic-Con disguised as Walter White, and made out with him
Cranston wore a Walter White mask to "Breaking Bad's" panel. PLUS: Chris Hardwick will host "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Talking Bad," Saul Goodman covers The New Republic (watch the video), and watch the "Breaking Bad" countdown mashup.


"American Dad" books Mariah Carey, Zooey Deschanel, Alison Brie
They'll lend their voices to the final Fox season.


Dan Harmon calls Donald Glover's "Community" limited involvement "heart-wrenching"

But, says Harmon, Glover "has my full support." PLUS: Harmon tells Comic-Con: "I'm going to do everything I can to get us the sixth season."


Statistician Nate Silver may join ABC's Oscar coverage
The New York Times statistics guru, who has been snatched up by ESPN, will reportedly also get an on-air role to talk about statistics and the Academy Awards.


"Doctor Who's" 50th special will feature banter between Matt Smith and David Tennant
A trailer showing them comparing sonic screwdrivers was shown at Comic-Con. PLUS: Matt Smith walked the floor in a Bart Simpson mask.


TV critic: Kris Jenner tried to bribe me after I gave her a scathing review

Hours after her negative review was published, the NY Post's Linda Stasi received a dozen Magnolia cupcakes and a $325 sterling silver Tiffany pen.


Stephen Collins joins "Revolution"

The "7th Heaven" alum will play Rachel's dad.


Nigella Lawson considers telling all to Oprah

The TV chef is weighing an offer to talk about her troubled marriage.


"True Blood" previews the rest of the season

Watch the HBO drama's Comic-Con trailer.


"Downton Abbey" doctor's wife dies in train accident
David Robb's wife, Briony McRoberts, was hit by a tube train yesterday.


Watch the trailer for Michael Bay's "The Last Ship"
The TNT pandemic drama debuts next summer.

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<p>The Comic-Con &quot;Under the Dome&quot; logo is awesome.</p>

The Comic-Con "Under the Dome" logo is awesome.

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Under the Dome' Live-Blog

Popular Stephen King adaptation hits Comic-Com

This is an odd one. In terms of pure ratings, CBS' "Under the Dome" is certainly one of the most watched TV shows to hit Comic-Con this year. And yet here it is, squished into a mid-sized ballroom on the last afternoon of Comic-Con when everybody is either scurrying around on the floor looking for bargains or else celebrating the return of Dan Harmon to "Community" over in Hall H.

Weird.

Let's see if there's any enthusiasm at all from the Comic-Con faithful for CBS' summer smash.

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<p>Will &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;stars Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie be cosplaying at Comic-Con today?</p>

Will "Community" stars Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie be cosplaying at Comic-Con today?

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Community' panel live-blog

Dan Harmon returns, and the series finally gets promoted to Hall H

It's taken the Comic-Con organizers a while to catch on to just how beloved "Community" is by the Con crowd, but the series finally gets a promotion to the big stage in Hall H, and for a panel that should be very interesting due to the return of creator Dan Harmon, who'll be appearing alongside returning producer Chris McKenna and stars Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong. (Joel McHale is busy filming a movie, Donald Glover is reportedly cutting back his involvement with the show, and Chevy Chase is... gone.) The crowd was enthusiastic enough last year in Ballroom 20 with replacement producers Moses Port and David Guarascio, but they adore Harmon. And Harmon has been blunt to a fault at times about his opinion of the one Port/Guarascio season. Will he be able to contain that impulse today, or will the sight of 6000 screaming fans bring out his exhibitionist impulses? Will he say what the plan is for dealing with the events of the Harmon-less season? How much, if anything, will they say about Glover's status? And what will the energy of the panel be like without McHale as the usual ringleader?

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<p>Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith will be at Comic-Con for the &quot;Doctor Who&quot;&nbsp;50th anniversary panel.</p>

Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith will be at Comic-Con for the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary panel.

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary live-blog

Matt Smith says goodbye as the Doctor; will Steven Moffat name his replacement?

Sunday tends to be the lightest day of Comic-Con. The movie studios go home, and so do many fans who bought 3-day passes and fly out in the morning. But a "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary panel featuring Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and David Bradley (star of "An Adventure in Space and Time," an upcoming film about the origins of the franchise) made today's line for Hall H one of the longest and craziest of the Con. It should be a packed, delirious house for the Doctor, Clara and company. It's Matt Smith's farewell Con as the Doctor, as he'll be leaving after the Christmas special. The question is whether Moffat will announce his replacement in front of these 6000 American fans, or if he'll wait til he can announce it via a UK outlet.

As long as the wifi holds up, I'll be live-blogging the whole thing, so check back frequently for updates.

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<p>&quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston will be part of a large Comic-Con contingent for a farewell panel.</p>

"Breaking Bad" stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston will be part of a large Comic-Con contingent for a farewell panel.

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Breaking Bad' panel live-blog

Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and company come for a Hall H farewell

Time for the final day of Comic-Con, and the final Comic-Con appearance of "Breaking Bad." The AMC drama was a big hit last year in Ballroom 20, despite not being an overtly Con-friendly series, and the farewell panel has been updated to the convention center's enormous Hall H. On hand will be stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, and Bob Odenkirk, plus creator Vince Gilligan. Assuming the ballroom wifi holds up, I'll be live-blogging the whole thing, so check back frequently for updates.

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<p>Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Dave Bautista, James Gunn, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker,&nbsp;Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana all showed up for the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' panel</p>

Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Dave Bautista, James Gunn, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana all showed up for the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' panel

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Marvel's strangest film so far, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy,' makes a strong Hall H debut

This looks like one hell of a gamble, but a thrilling one

SAN DIEGO - I was here for the first-time presentations that Marvel made for both "Thor" and "Captain America," and I thought they were both very confident panels that did a good job of conveying (A) the casting and (B) the general tone of each of the movies. They were good. Solid. Did the trick.

Today's presentation for "Guardians Of The Galaxy" was easily better than both of those combined. I am going out on a limb here, but I think this looks like one of the most genuinely fun things Marvel has ever made. I find something about the entire notion of Marvel just suddenly doing space fantasy ballsy and weird in the first place, but this particular property, done this particular way, by this particular filmmaker? That's just insane. It's an insane proposition on paper. I have no doubt there are execs at other studios just waiting to see this one stumble, and I also have no doubt those same people are going to be dumbfounded when they see what it actually is.

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<p>Jay-Z</p>

Jay-Z

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Music Power Rankings: Jay-Z, Rush, and Nine Inch Nails top the list

Anna Kendrick makes her first appearance

1. Jay-Z: He lands his 13th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. We get the feeling he doesn’t have an unlucky number.

.2 Clear Channel: In three years, it has turned IHeartRadio from a vanity project to a viable, tremendously successful two-day festival. Let’s face it, if you were an artist dependent on radio play, would you tell them no?

3. Marc Anthony: After idiots on Twitter criticized someone “foreign born” being selected to sing “God Bless America” at this week’s MLB All-Star game, he quietly and elegantly reminded people that he was born in New York. Wake up, people. It’s not 1950.

4. Rush: The power trio gets their own Canadian stamp. Isn’t it a shame audio doesn’t come with it?

5. Thom Yorke: He and Nigel Godrich take on Spotify by removing Atoms For Peace’s music and griping that the service doesn’t help new artists. Yeah, that’ll hurt them.

6. Bruce Springsteen: While touring in Europe, he dedicated “41 Shots” to Trayvon Martin because, sadly, misplaced brutality never goes out of style.

7. Stevie Wonder: The singer takes a stand on Stand Your Ground, declaring that he will not play any states who have passed the law. Does he know that immediately takes 22 states off his tour route?

8. Nine Inch Nails: The Trent Reznor-led band releases four different covers for different configurations for “Hesitation Marks.”  Will die-hard fans feel compelled to collect the full set?

9. Anna Kendrick: As “Cups” continues to gain radio play, she becomes only the second person to have landed a Top 10 single, and nominations for both an Academy Award and a Tony. The other?  Barbra Streisand. #notanegot
 

10. Kanye West: The rapper takes his frustrations out on a paparazzo at LAX, allegedly resulting in the photographer being hurt and planning to press charges. Hey, you’re a daddy now, ‘Ye. Chill.



 

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