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<p>In the final season premiere of &quot;The O.C.,&quot;&nbsp;Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie)&nbsp;turned to cage fighting. </p>

In the final season premiere of "The O.C.," Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) turned to cage fighting.

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'The O.C.,' 10 years later: Josh Schwartz looks back, part 2

Revisiting Oliver, Johnny's knee and Ryan Atwood, cage fighter
Tonight is the 10th anniversary of the premiere of “The O.C.” on FOX. Last night, I posted the first part of a very long interview with the series’ creator Josh Schwartz, focusing on the show’s origins, casting the main characters and developing the sound of “The O.C.” In part 2, we spend more time on the ups and downs of the series as it continued well past the point anyone expected it to, and as rookie showrunner Schwartz had to figure out what to do after cramming three seasons’ worth of plot into his first one.
 
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<p>Kathryn Bigelow after winning Best Director at the 2009 BAFTA Awards.</p>

Kathryn Bigelow after winning Best Director at the 2009 BAFTA Awards.

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Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley to be honored at BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards

The ceremony takes place on November 9, and will be televised on BBC America

A couple of weeks ago, we reported that George Clooney will receive the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film at the Britannia Awards, an annual event held by BAFTA's Los Angeles division to celebrate unity between the British and US film industries. Today, two further honorees were confirmed for the November 9 ceremony: Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley.

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<p>Christian Bale waits patiently for the season to start, just like us.</p>

Christian Bale waits patiently for the season to start, just like us.

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Off the Carpet: Gearing up for the 2013-2014 season

A few updates and thoughts before the fall festival circuit sends us into the fray

We have a host. Studios have made their fall festival moves. Potential season players like "Captain Phillips" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "The Fifth Estate" and "Gravity," etc., have secured their big reveals. Telluride is on the horizon and with it, the season. You ready to do this?

I'm not. Not yet, anyway. We looked at the sidebar and figured it's been a month, let's refresh the predictions and typically, a column comes with that. But what's there to say? Okay, there is this and that…

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Ryan Seacrest officlally named host of NBC's 'Million Second Quiz'


Ryan Seacrest officlally named host of NBC's "Million Second Quiz"
He'll also executive produce the game show event, airing from Sept. 9 to 19.


Preview Oprah's grilling of Lindsay Lohan
"Are you an addict?"


"The Simpsons" coming to Legos
A special "Simpsons" family Lego set will debut worldwide in 2014.


Spike TV greenlights Adam Carolla's "Catch A Contractor"
Carolla will host the unscripted series in which the former carpenter as he calls out terrible contractors.


Keith Urban to kick off the NFL season on NBC

The "Idol" judge will perform during the pregame show on Sept. 5.


"Breaking Bad" gets the middle school musical treatment

Watch kids recreate the AMC series for the stage.

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Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis are Mumford & Sons in new video

Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis are Mumford & Sons in new video

Two 'Horrible Bosses' leads reunite for hilarious clip for 'Hopeless Wanderer'

Band wanders down a dusty road. Band in a barn. Band in a boat. Band under old-timey lightbulbs. Band in matching outfits. Band metaphorically making out with itself. Band making out with itself.

With exception to the latter, the new music video for Mumford & Sons' "Hopeless Wanderer" makes fun of the folksy tropes of roots rock bands with the help of Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte starring as Mumford & Sons themselves.

What starts out as a normal, sun-spattered trip into a grassy field turns into literal chaos as two "Horrible Bosses" leads, Helms and Sudeikis' "Saturday Night Live" cohort Forte bang out comedy gold. Homoeroticism, unbearable melancholy, banjo solos, The Who-inspired breakage, dripping instruments, vaudeville and a singularly spectacular beard combine for this effective interpretation of the "Babel" track.

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'The O.C.' premiered 10 years ago today


"The O.C." premiered 10 years ago today
Josh Schwartz looks back on the drama that became a Fox sensation when it premiered in the summer of 2003. PLUS: 10 ways "The O.C." helped shape today's TV, from making nerds cool to the "Real Housewives of Orange County."


Steven Moffat: Peter Capaldi's age wasn't a factor in "Doctor Who" casting, but...
Moffat says he couldn't go with another 20-something after Matt Smith hit it out of the park. "I think it's good that we’ve got a different age," he says, "just because I cannot imagine what somebody in their 20s would do with the Doctor after Matt showed us all how to be a 20s Doctor. I don’t know what you would do after that, because he was so perfect." PLUS: Some fans say 55-year-old Capaldi is too old to play the Doctor, and why Capaldi is perfect for the role.


CBS is expected to lose $400,000 a day from Time Warner blackout

That's the "minimal" assessment from one analyst.


Joss Whedon: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will stand alone from the movies
"We don't just want to be an Easter egg farm," he told critics. "We want people to come back because of these people and not because of some connection to the movie universe. This show has to work for people who aren't going to see those movies and haven't seen those movies."


Turns out "Sharknado's" midnight theater screenings were a disappointment
The film reportedly only made $200,000 from screenings in 200 theaters. PLUS: Ian Ziering to stop by "Shark After Dark," and Tara Reid takes back claim that Jedward will star in "Sharknado 2."


Gordon Ramsay made Fox more than $150 million last year

The British TV chef has become a powerhouse at Fox with his five shows.


Jeff Garlin takes on critics

The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star held a session on his new show "The Goldbergs" "hostage" at the TCAs on Sunday.


Maksim Chmerkovskiy may return to "Dancing"
"Maks is part of the family. He may well be back," ABC Entertainment boss Paul Lee told critics.


12-year-old "Kids' Jeopardy!" contestant: I was "cheated"

I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final 'Jeopardy!' question. It was just a spelling error," 8th grader Thomas Hurley III said of his answer being ruled wrong because he added an extra "t" to emancipation proclamation.

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<p>Benjamin McKenzie, Mischa Barton and Peter Gallagher in &quot;The O.C.&quot;</p>

Benjamin McKenzie, Mischa Barton and Peter Gallagher in "The O.C."

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'The O.C.,' 10 years later: Josh Schwartz looks back, part 1

Olivia Wilde as Marissa? Garrett Hedlund as Ryan? And whose idea was Rooney?
Ten years ago Monday night, FOX debuted a primetime soap called “The O.C.” It was a genre that had mostly disappeared from network TV, starring a bunch of unknown young actors and Peter Gallagher’s eyebrows, from a 26-year-old creator named Josh Schwartz who had no real experience in television. And it turned out, for a while, to be a phenomenon and a delight: funny and self-aware, and yet capable of being a sincere, well-constructed teen melodrama. It introduced the world to the concept of Chrismukkah and to many of Schwartz’s favorite indie rock bands. Later seasons were bumpy (though the barely-watched final season was a funny and touching return to form), but that first year was something to behold.
 
In honor of the 10th anniversary, I sat down with Schwartz to revisit exactly how things were done in Orange County. It's a very long interview, so I'm splitting it up into two parts (and several pages among each part, to avoid breaking the site). In part 1, Schwartz and I discuss the show's origins, casting the characters, the music and more. Look for part 2 tomorrow, focusing on some of the bumpier spots like Oliver and Johnny's knee. And later Monday, I'll also have a shorter interview with longtime "The O.C." writer J.J. Philbin, who was one of the minds behind Taylor Townsend, Ché, "Je Pense" and a lot of the wackier moments from that weird, lovely final season.
 
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"True Blood"

 "True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: Are our vamps destined to be 'Dead Meat'?

Sarah takes the crazy train to a horrible stop

As the war on vampirism deepens on "True Blood," it's becoming more and more obvious that non-vampires are going to have to pick sides and make sacrifices -- and none more so than Sookie.

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<p>Sounds like 'Mockingjay' is at the top of Liam Hemsworth's priority list right now.</p>

Sounds like 'Mockingjay' is at the top of Liam Hemsworth's priority list right now.

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Liam Hemsworth says his part really doesn't kick in until the third 'Hunger Games' film

'Catching Fire' still has him playing supporting part

Sitting across from Liam Hemsworth at the press day for "Paranoia," it struck me that the thing that he and his brother Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor) have most in common physically are their eyes. Otherwise, they seem like very different types. I have a feeling those differences will serve them well in the long run because they seem to be different enough that they won't be undercutting each other in terms of the roles they want to play.

What the Hemsworths have in common beyond the eyes is a no-nonsense oversized masculinity. I've complained in the past about how most of our lead actors these days are boys, no matter how old they get, instead of men. It's a generational thing. People in my generation never really got tested in any significant way. Not like a Depression or a World War. And so there are a lot of actors who seem soft to me onscreen, even in action roles.

The Hemsworths, though, are just these two charming giants, Australian boys who obviously drank their milk. Liam's been working like a madman for the last few years, and I think it' s safe to say that at this point, the biggest thing he's ever booked was his role as Gale in "The Hunger Games." In that first film, it doesn't really seem like much of a break for an actor, and I asked him when we sat down to talk about "Paranoia" if it felt good to finally jump in for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Which hamster stopped floating and self-destructed?

The pressure of floating along finally sinks one player

First off, let's all congratulate McCrae and Amanda on their 'Big Brother' (read: totally fake) engagement. So… the "Big Brother" house is kind of like Las Vegas? Does that apply to making racist comments? Because I think Aaryn, GinaMarie and a couple of other people would REALLY like to invoke that rule. 

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<p>Chloe Bennet and Clark Gregg in &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Chloe Bennet and Clark Gregg in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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Press Tour: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' live-blog

Joss Whedon, Clark Gregg and friends discuss the 'Avengers' TV spin-off

A few hours ago, ABC screened the pilot for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." for critics for the first time. (At least, for those critics who weren't in Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con a couple of weeks ago.) I'll obviously have much more to say about the show when it premieres on September 24 at 8 p.m., but I can say that it has the snappy Joss Whedon dialogue (with an assist from showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoe), Clark Gregg is fun, and it feels very much like a hybrid of Marvel Comics and "NCIS" (which will be its direct timeslot competitor). Maybe not a great pilot, but "Firefly" is the only Whedon show with a great pilot (not that FOX thought so, as they aired it last), and a lot of promising elements being put in place. 

Whedon, Whedon, Tancharoen and the show's cast will be here at the Television Critics Association press tour in a few minutes, and I'll be live-blogging the panel. Two things to keep in mind: 1)I'll be typing quickly, so there may not be the right number of periods, if any, in the show's title or references to the spy organization; and 2)I will do my best to not give away any notable surprises from the pilot, but in the process, there may be some gaps in the live-blog, as I imagine there will be questions asked about things we just saw.

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<p>You can try to fight the smile, Harrison, but the power of Adam McKay compels you.</p>

You can try to fight the smile, Harrison, but the power of Adam McKay compels you.

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Harrison Ford is all smiles as he discusses the comic chaos of 'Anchorman 2'

Making the icon laugh may be the proudest moment of my life

I've interviewed Harrison Ford several times now, and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.

The simple truth of it is that the first time you meet Harrison Ford, you can do everything possible to stay cool, but if you grew up with "Star Wars" and "Raiders" as major pop culture landmarks as I did, staying cool really isn't an option. I didn't wig out the first time we sat down, but internally, I remember basically just screaming "OHMYGOD!" the entire time we were talking. The second interview went a little bit better, and certainly Ford has always been professional in conversation. But it's hard not to get the feeling that you're annoying him, and I think that's just the way he is with press. It does not appear to be something he enjoys doing, and being aware of that, I am always hoping to make the brief moment we have to speak just a little less painful for him.

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