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'Sharknado' director: We're filling a void left by disappointing summer blockbusters


"Sharknado" director: We're filling a void left by disappointing summer blockbusters
Says director Anthony C. Ferrante: "All these summer movies out there that take themselves way too seriously—some of them are really good—but there's that sense of fun that I think audiences want every once in a while. We try to deliver." PLUS: Watch the full "Sharknado" trailer.


Carla Gugino joins M. Night Shyamalan's Fox event series
She'll play Matt Dillon's ex-Secret Service partner in "Wayward Pines."


"Big Brother" ratings rise again
After the racism and homophobia controversy, "Big Brother's" Wednesday ratings were up 18% from last week.


Letterman's "ESPN's Lowest Rated Show" Top 10 prompts a response from ESPN

ESPN finally responded to its 2nd quarter ratings decline after "The Late Show" Top 10 list.


DirecTV's Kate Walsh-Minka Kelly drama from Neil LaBute gets premiere date
The playwright's "Full Circle" debuts Oct. 9.


"Wild'N Out's" return gives MTV2 its best-ever ratings
About 1.1 million watched "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild'N Out."


"Big Bang Theory" is giving out "Bazinga!" bags with detachable cape

Take a look at the special bags from Comic-Con.


Check out "Elementary" filming in London

Crowds were told they were filming "a US TV show."


Jimmy Kimmel takes "A Look Hasselback" at Elisabeth's time on "The View"

Goodbye to "our TV friend, Liz."


See the "Grimm" zombie
Here's David Giuntoli in zombified makeup.


"Game of Thrones'" "King Joffrey" kisses a puppy
Is Jack Gleeson trying to rehabilitate his character's image?


Charlie Sheen name-drops Jon Cryer in his child support filing

Sheen used his former "Two and a Half Men" co-star as an example to stop supporting ex Brooke Mueller. PLUS: Sheen searches for the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.

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Kings of Leon set to release new single,  'Supersoaker'
Credit: KoL

Kings of Leon set to release new single, 'Supersoaker'

Track comes out July 17, followed by 'Jimmy Fallon' gig July 22

Kings of Leon will release its new single, “Supersoaker,” on July 17. The track is on “Mechanical Bull,” which comes out Sept. 24.

The news of the song’s choice to kick off the new set comes as no surprise as the band debuted the song at New York’s Governor’s Ball June 8 (after being rained out June 7). It sounds straight up KoL with a little rawness that suits the group.



The official television premiere of the song comes July 22 on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” That one wasn’t too hard to predict: Fallon breathlessly announced the album’s arrival in June.

Kings of Leon are currently on tour in Europe, but will come back to the U.S. for the Fallon date and for its Rock For Oklahoma charity concert on July 23 at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City. The concert, which will benefit tornado relief efforts in the Sooner state, will also feature Jackson Browne, Flaming Lips, and Built to Spill, and comes after other concert efforts featuring Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, and others.

“Mechanical Bull” is the group’s first album since 2010’s “Come Around Sundown.”


 

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

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

Review: HBO's 'The Newsroom' returns for season 2

Aaron Sorkin makes some tweaks, but the cable news drama remains too smug for its own good

I've lost track of the number of times in the last year when a major news event — or, rather, the news media majorly bungling its coverage of that event — inspired my Twitter feed to explode with comments about how "The Newsroom" would turn this into an episode two seasons from now. With each mention, there was a clear sense that these repeated, institutionalized screw-ups — the misreading of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the torrent of erroneous information about the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, cable news completely ignoring the riveting, made-for-TV drama that was the recent Texas state legislature filibuster — were only proving "Newsroom" creator Aaron Sorkin correct in his thesis that the Fourth Estate has been badly failing the American people. Yet each one also came laced with jokes about the amazing power of 20/20 hindsight, about "News Night" producer Jim Harper conveniently having a second cousin once removed connected to the story, and about which Coldplay song would accompany the montage about a tragedy poorly-covered by the press.

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<p>Woody Harrelson and Christian Bale in &quot;Out of the Furnace&quot;</p>

Woody Harrelson and Christian Bale in "Out of the Furnace"

Credit: Relativity Media

New trailer and poster for 'Out of the Furnace' spotlight Christian Bale's performance

The film arrives in November

The marketing for Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace" is rumbling to life over at Relativity Media. A few production stills were released in conjunction with a USA Today story earlier this week, shortly followed by more photos and the official poster at Entertainment Weekly. Today, a trailer.

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<p>Ben Affleck at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in&nbsp;February</p>

Ben Affleck at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in February

Credit: AP Photo

Ben Affleck to star in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

Warner Bros. acquiesces to the actor's desire to delay his next directing gig

When Ben Affleck was making the press rounds for "The Town" a few years back, I talked to him about his friend Matt Damon's career path. We discussed the fact that Damon had been gearing up to direct a film (which ended up being "Promised Land") for some time but he kept getting calls from the likes of Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers to star in their films. When you're an actor who wants to direct, you'd be a fool not to audit those classes, so to speak.

So I find it really interesting that in the midst of a strong and building filmmaking career that has already brought him a Best Picture Oscar (last year's "Argo"), Affleck has decided to star in David Fincher's adaptation "Gone Girl." It seems to me he may be taking note of his buddy's trek through the business, loading up on some crucial studies with master filmmakers. He already has Terrence Malick under his belt.

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<p>Britney Spears </p>

Britney Spears

Watch: Britney Spears and her kids star with Smurfs in 'Oh La La' video

Mom, what's an 'oh la la?'

"Mom, what's an 'oh la la?'"

"It's a fun activity, or fun activity partner."

"So when you tell me and Jayden to 'Come with me and be my oh la la,' you mean you want a play-date?"

"Yup. Absolutely."

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<p>Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in &quot;Saving Mr. Banks&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks"

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

First trailer for 'Saving Mr. Banks' reveals the struggle to bring 'Mary Poppins' to the screen

Film hits theaters December 20

Yesterday Walt Disney Pictures gave us our first official look at John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" with a production still tease. Today, via Moviefone, the studio has dropped the first trailer for the film.

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<p>Alejandro Jodorowsky in &quot;Jodorowsky's Dune.&quot;</p>

Alejandro Jodorowsky in "Jodorowsky's Dune."

Credit: Sony Classics

Sony Classics picks up riotous cult-movie doc 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

HitFix's own Drew McWeeny is among the talking heads in this Cannes hit

One of the last films I saw at this year's Cannes Film Festival -- and consequently one I never got around to reviewing -- was "Jodorowsky's Dune." A straightforwardly constructed but vastly entertaining movie-lore documentary about cult Chilean-born auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky's elaborately failed quest to bring Frank Herbert's epic sci-fi novel "Dune" to the screen, it was one of the most audience-friendly breakouts of the Directors' Fortnight sidebar, and has now been picked up for US distribution by Sony Pictures Classics.

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"Naked & Afraid"

 "Naked & Afraid"

Credit: Discovery

Watch: Skinny dipping with sharks on 'Naked & Afraid'

See three clips from the latest episode of the show

Did you ever watch "Blue Lagoon" and think, wow, I'd love to be stranded on an island! It's so romantic! Well, "Naked & Afraid" (Sun. at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery) will disabuse you of that notion in a hurry. Not only is foraging for food and water not in the least romantic, neither are sharks, tiny biting bugs or snakes. I don't remember Brooke Shields having to deal with any of those, do you?

In the clips below, watch the latest couple bicker, try (and fail) to make fire and, in one case, have an anxiety attack in the water (hint: it's not the woman). Then, if you really want to, watch "Blue Lagoon" if you want to think of being stranded on an island as a good thing.

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'Doctor Who' boss: Search for 12th Doctor is 'terrifying'


"Doctor Who" boss: Search for 12th Doctor is "terrifying"
Steven Moffat wouldn't comment on the "direction we're going. Sorry!" But he does feel the decision is "absolutely chilling. There's a very big range of people who could play it and different ways you could go with it. We must get this right. One false move and the show’s over." PLUS: Matt Smith almost signed on for 2 more seasons.


"Sons of Anarchy" releases its first Season 6 promo
They're coming out swinging! PLUS: Charlie Hunnam has a burglar problem.


"Camp" does okay
The NBC summer camp series kept about half of "America's Got Talent's" audience, premiering to 5.2 million.


Howard Stern's "poop doctor" auditions for "America's Got Talent"
The shock jock had to recuse himself when the doctor who had his hand up his ass auditioned for last night's show.


"The Walking Dead" releases pic of masked Daryl Dixon
What is going on here?


Watch Seth Meyers get coffee with Jerry Seinfeld
The "SNL" star admits his first four seasons were "rocky" -- "maybe I just don't belong in this cast." PLUS: Preview Chris Rock's episode.


"Parenthood" bringing back Matt Lauria

He's expected to appear in about half of the Season 5 episodes.


Anna Camp: I auditioned to play Sookie Stackhouse

She says of her first "True Blood" audition: "We passed each other in the hallway, and I was like, 'Oh, Anna Paquin. She's totally going to get this.'"


Comedy Central trying the Louis CK model with $5 standup special downloads

The new offer applies 22 original specials.


Jerry Seinfeld tops Forbes' list of highest-earning comedians, Louis CK No. 5
Seinfeld makes $32 million a year, compared to $16 million for Louis CK and $11 million for Daniel Tosh.


Nickelodeon doubles "Sam & Cat's" order

The "iCarly"/"Victorious" spinoff will now have 40 episodes.

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<p>Charles Grounds and Rachel Griffiths in &quot;Camp.&quot;</p>

Charles Grounds and Rachel Griffiths in "Camp."

Credit: NBC

Series premiere review: 'Camp' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new NBC summer series?

I never finished my attempt at an advance review of NBC's "Camp," in part because I ran out of synonyms for "pleasant" after a while. I didn't mind the three episodes that I watched, and even laughed in a spot or two, but nor did any of it stick with me for more than a few seconds after I finished. Though I liked Rachel Griffiths and many of her fellow Aussies-as-Americans, the show seems to be neither fish nor fowl: too much adult nookie to necessarily be a youth-appeal series, and too much sex talk overall for it to be an option for the family to watch together. 10 p.m. seems the right hour for it; I'm just not sure what the target audience is, and I don't think the show does a great job of explaining how family camp here works, as opposed to it just being an excuse to have grown-ups and kids together every now and then.

For those who tuned in last night, what did you think? Did you find the Australian-ness of it all distracting, or did you not notice? And are you going to watch again?

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<p>The stars of FOX's &quot;Enlisted&quot;</p>

The stars of FOX's "Enlisted"

Credit: FOX

Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Enlisted'

Geoff Stults, Parker Young and Chris Lowell bring plenty of charm

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"Enlisted" (FOX)
Airs:Fridays at 9:30
The Pitch:"Stripes" by way of Carl Hiaasen
Quick Response: Kevin Biegel's semi-autobiographical military comedy about three brothers in a Rear Detachment Unit in Florida doesn't deliver many laughs, but it does yield a ton of charm and when it comes to a comedy pilot, I often don't ask for much more than that. All I want is a reassurance that spending a 22 minutes per week in this world will be pleasant and jovial and, in this case, I'm reasonably convinced. The core trio is quite strong. Geoff Stults continues to prove that he's always been a sitcom star trapped in a soap opera leading man's body, which probably isn't working out so poorly for him. Chris Lowell delivers always-welcome sarcasm, even if I may need a bit more convincing he's right for the Bill Murray or Chevy Chase role in this '80s-flavored (but not set) pilot. The breakout, though, is almost certainly Parker Young, who doesn't just prove that Ryan Shay was a repeatable phenomenon, but he continues to show that his lunkheaded good nature relies heavily enough on the "good nature" that the less-than-optimal IQ side never feels like caricature. I think Lowell might be a slight outlier in the trio's chemistry, but that could just be because his character is the skeptic of the group. Or maybe you just can't craft flawless chemistry in a pilot and I should just be satisfied that it's already this solid. Keith David is the other key piece of the main cast and Keith David is rarely short of awesome. While the supporting ensemble is definitely a work-in-progress, several of them got chuckles from me in the pilot, so maybe I'll have learned their names by midseason. It's hard to get a feel for the show's weekly approach to plot based on the pilot, which is initially premise-driven -- Stults' super-soldier gets in trouble in Afghanistan and returns home -- but has to add a barely considered shaggy-dog subplot involving War Games against random Italians to get to the finish line. It's intentionally a goof so that you can concentrate on the fraternal bonding and also affirm the VERY clear respect for our military that Biegel wants to maintain. With tens of thousands of US soldiers deployed in conflict zones around the world, you can tell this show doesn't want anybody to think there's minimizing or mockery afoot and it does that without ever feeling jingoistic. Like so many of this season's better new comedies, the pieces are already here to be likable and fun. With any luck, that'll evolve into being funny as it develops.
Desire To Watch Again: I'll be happy to watch this one again, but I wonder where we'll be watching it. "Enlisted" doesn't premiere until November and by that time, if there's any justice, "Dads" will have already flamed out. FOX knows "Raising Hope" can do OK numbers in that Tuesday 8 p.m. slot, but that could leave "Enlisted" without a comedy companion. "Surviving Jack" would make a reasonably good pair, but would FOX want to do a double-dose of new comedies on Friday? That would be odd. So we'll all just wait for "Dads" to fail to see what happens!

 

Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Blacklist' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The Tomorrow People' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Hostages' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Trophy Wife' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' 
All of my 2012 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2011 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2010 Take Me To The Pilots Entries

 

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