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<p>Demi&aacute;n Bichir in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Demián Bichir in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

'The Bridge' - 'Rio'

What does everybody else think about the FX drama so far?

I'm taking a few days off before heading to press tour, but wanted to offer a forum for people to discuss the latest episode of "The Bridge." In particular, I'm curious where everybody stands on the mysterious Steven Linder after his conversation with the cops, and whether you side with Sonya or Marco on the question of whether he's their guy. But there's lots to talk about with "Rio," including Frye's visit to Juarez, the return of Sonya's one-night stand, all the business with Charlotte's horse (and whether you're at all interested in that story at this stage of things) and more. So have at it: what's everyone feeling about "The Bridge" so far? 

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Sophie Lowe and Peter Gadiot

Sophie Lowe and Peter Gadiot

Credit: HitFix

Watch: Sophie Lowe and Peter Gadiot talk 'Wonderland'

The cutest new on-screen couple kicks pirate butt together

After watching the first nineteen minutes of the debut episode of "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland" at Comic-Con, I was expecting stars Sophie Lowe and Peter Gadiot to be on the feisty side. In the show, Lowe (as Alice in Wonderland) and Gadiot (as a genie in a bottle named Cyrus) fall in love and bond through fighting pirates. In one scene, Lowe actually snaps a man's neck with her legs.

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Jason Sudeikis' exit leaves 'SNL' with a casting crisis


Jason Sudeikis' exit leaves "SNL" with a casting crisis
Three top-notch male performers are gone, and Seth Meyers will exit later this year. As Andrew Wallenstein points out, "Even if all the new entries turn out to be the next Will Ferrells, it's a lot of new blood to take in at once. Few new cast members ever have an instant impact on “SNL”; it can take years for rookies to really grow into their own skin." PLUS: Sudeikis' best "SNL" characters.


Is the Royal Baby named after "Seinfeld"?
George Alexander Louis has a lot of Costanza connections: 1) The name George, 2) Costanza is played by Jason Alexander, and 3) Louis is Costanza's middle name.


Freddie Prinze Jr. joining "Bones"
Starting with the season premiere, Prinze will get to act with wife Sarah Michelle Gellar's "Buffy" beau David Boreanaz.


How will NBC's Winter Olympic coverage handle Russia's anti-gay laws?
The network can't avoid the new laws during the Sochi games.


How "Orphan Black" films multiple Tatiana Maslanys

The BBC America show uses a double and digital trickery. PLUS: Maslany jokes about the "so many butts on our show."


Kids star in "Duck Dynasty's" Season 4 promo
Watch elementary school kids as mini-Robertsons.


Meet Arsenio Hall's new posse
Arsenio's new talk show will come with a brand-new house band.


J.K. Rowling: I got 2 TV offers for the detective novel I wrote under a man's name
She received the offers before she was outed as Robert Galbraith, the author of "The Cuckoo’s Calling."


Paula Deen's son will compete on "Iron Chef"
Jamie Deen tweeted that his brother Bobby will appear on the Food Network competition series.


Facebook fan credited with reviving "The Game" sues BET

Stacey Mattocks' Facebook page for "The Game" has resulted in a legal war.


Paul Giamatti got his Spider-Man role thanks to "Conan"
Director Marc Webb was watching "Conan" two years ago when Giamatti expressed his desire to play The Rhino.


Could diversity save "Big Brother" from its racism problem?

The CBS reality show has never reflected America's diversity. As Willa Paskin notes, "The series can disavow the behavior of its contestants, but it continues to cast the show like white people are the ones who have the right to be there."


Aubrey Plaza is "Daria"
Watch the "Parks and Rec" star in the new "Daria" trailer, from College Humor.


Rob Lowe's dream is to play Ulysses S. Grant
“It's just a dream of mine," he says of the Civil War general and U.S. president. PLUS: How Lowe avoided making his JFK sound like "The Simpsons."


Keith Olbermann has a greater appreciation of ESPN after experiencing other networks
Current TV, for instance, is like radio to ESPN's color TV.


Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding are getting the ESPN documentary treatment
"Tonya and Nancy" will air two months before the 20th anniversary of the infamous knee-whacking.


"Franklin & Bash": The perfect punchline?
Why it's fun to mock the TNT series.


When will TV shows get realistic about apartment sizes?
The "Friends" problem has persisted recently with "2 Broke Girls" and "Happy Endings."


Noah Wyle can still recite his 1st "ER" medical monologue from memory
Watch him recite the lines nearly 20 years later.


"Bunheads": An appreciation

Amy Sherman-Palladino's ABC Family series was plain fun to watch.


Rainn Wilson played Walter White in a live reading of the "Breaking Bad" pilot
Last night's live reading featured very detailed and funny stage directions and scene descriptions written by Vince Gilligan.


Check out "Robot Chicken" creators' new stop-motion web series
Titled "Friendship All-Stars of Friendship."


Would Dan Harmon do another network comedy after "Community"?
Harmon says the "constraints" of working in network TV are "the same as iambic pentameter, as haiku – a different way to reach an audience."


Shirley Jones tells all in new book, detailing her threesome

"The Partridge Family" star also recalls David Cassidy's endowment in her new memoir.


"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch": Where are they now?

The cat has written for "Two and a Half Men."


"Revolution" creator details his complaints with Season 1
Eric Kripke promises Season 2 will be much improved.


Is Jon Hamm too sexy to win an Emmy?
The "Mad Men" star may be a victim of "Slap the Stud Syndrome."


Chuck Norris' "Walker, Texas Ranger" home is for sale
The Dallas home can be had for $1.2 million.

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"Big Brother"

"Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

'Big Brother' recap: America makes a move as MVP, so what did you think?

The hamsters can't figure out what the twist is

Geez, you go to Comic-Con for a week and the whole game of "Big Brother" changes! Can't leave those hamsters unattended for a minute! Last week, Helen made a Big Move and bumped Jeremy from the house, and it seemed as if the Mom Squad might make it all the way to the end. Of course, that was last week. This week, we got a twist and the notoriously wishy-washy Judd is HOH. In other words, it's a whole new game. It's enough to give a hamster a headache.

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<p>Dan Harmon at Comic-Con last week</p>

Dan Harmon at Comic-Con last week

Credit: Jordan Strauss/ABC

Press Tour: Dan Harmon talks 'Rick and Morty,' 'Community' and creative freedom

What can you do in animation that you can't do in live-action?
Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty" represents a whole new world for co-creator Dan Harmon, making the leap from live action to animation.
 
"You can make a banana purple. You can put three hats on a cowboy," Harmon tells reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday (July 24), explaining the limitless possibilities of the hand-drawn comedy. 
 
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<p>Keanu Reeves is suddenly everywhere, including 'Man Of Tai Chi,' which will be featured at this year's Fantastic Fest in Austin.</p>

Keanu Reeves is suddenly everywhere, including 'Man Of Tai Chi,' which will be featured at this year's Fantastic Fest in Austin.

Credit: RADiUS-TWC

Fantastic Fest's first wave of programming includes Keanu Reeves in 'Man Of Tai Chi'

Plus the amazing 'Cheap Thrills' and many others

I feel like I've been on the road nonstop for the last two months, and I'm leaving again for another trip on Saturday. Because of this, I'm hoping to spend most of August at home in Los Angeles, enjoying the end of the summer with my kids, especially since September means nearly a full month on the road at film festivals each year. There's the Toronto International Film Festival, and then there's Fantastic Fest.

For someone who doesn't go to festivals often, it would be hard to explain why Fantastic Fest remains my favorite film event each year even over Cannes or Sundance. I think every festival has a distinct identity, or at least the ones I attend do, and that's important. If you're just showing a bunch of movies, that's not a festival. If you're creating a curated experience that is designed to bombard an audience with awesome, that's a festival. And that's Fantastic Fest all over.

They typically announce their programming in waves, and today, we've got a look at the first batch of announced titles, with our thoughts punctuating the line-up.

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'American Idol' sued by 10 black former contestants who claim producers are racist


"American Idol" sued by 10 black former contestants who claim producers are racist
The contestants include Corey Clark from Season 2 and Chris Golightly from Season 9. Their lawyer is seeking at least $25 million for each of his clients, alleging that producers were part of a "cruel and inhumane" scheme to dig up their arrest records and embarrass them on national TV.


Heidi Klum to play a mayor on "Parks and Rec"

The "America's Got Talent" judge will guest on the season premiere as the mayor of a small town in Denmark who meets Leslie Knope in London.


New dad Jimmy Fallon thanks fans, will return with a new show tonight
"Late Night" aired a repeat yesterday after Fallon's wife gave birth to a baby girl.


"The Biggest Loser's" Stephanie Anderson gives birth
The birth of baby boy Dillon comes after she split from fellow "Loser" husband Sam Poueu.

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Jason Sudeikis confirms to Letterman he's leaving 'SNL'


Jason Sudeikis confirms to Letterman he's leaving "SNL"
"I'm definitely done," he says on tonight's Letterman. "I'm not coming back in the fall."


"Sons of Anarchy" returns Sept. 10 with a 90-minute episode

Also, "Sons" director Peter Weller will act this season, playing a former cop who has a run in with SAMCRO.


Ving Rhames to play Whoopi Goldberg's husband on Lifetime
He's joining the cable channel's adaptation of "A Day Late and a Dollar Short."


"Revolution" adds Nicole Ari Parker

She'll play a "strong and smart leader."

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<p>Robin Thicke</p>

Robin Thicke

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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' tops Billboard Hot 100 for 7th week

Song logs the most weeks at No. 1 for any tune this year

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” spends its seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving it the longest tenure in the top spot on the pop chart this year. The song, which features T.I. and Pharrell, bests Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, which was No. 1 for six weeks. Remarkably, the song, which has spawned some fun covers,  is also still gaining in airplay and it tops Billboard’s Digital Songs sales chart for the eighth week.

Not faring so well is Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which had been stuck at No. 2, blocked out of the top spot by “Lines.” This week, “Lucky” falls 2-4, as Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” climbs 3-2, and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” holds at No. 3.

Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” rises 7-5 to land Mars his 10th top 5 hit in slightly more than 3 years.
Rounding out the Top 10, Macklemore & Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, slips 5-6, pushing Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” featuring Nelly, down 6-7. Don’t feel too back for the country crossover duo as “Cruise” celebrates its 21st week at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, according to Billboard.  It is now tied with Eddy Arnold’s “I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms),” which also spent 21 weeks in the top spot on the country chart, in 1948,  Hank Snow’s “I’m Moving On” in 1950, and Webb Pierce’s Jimmie Rodgers’ cover of “In The Jailhouse Now” in 1955 (of course, back then the methodology was very different, with jukebox play, radio playlists and sales combining to come up with the chart numbers).

Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, is at No. 8. Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” lifts one spot to No 9, trading places with Timberlake’s “Mirrors.”

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<p>Phish</p>

Phish

Credit: Dave Vann/Phish.com

Phish sticks to the east coast for Fall tour

Outing begins and ends with three-night stands

Phish will kick off a fall tour, its first autumn outing since 2010, with a three-night stand at Hampton (Va.) Coliseum, Oct. 18-20. Tickets go on sale Aug. 8.

The two-week outing is confined to the east coast, as the jam band is spending its five-week summer tour on the West Coast (sorry about that fly-over states).

Phish recently released two live sets: the six-CD set, “Ventura,” culled rom shows in 1997 and 1998, and “Live Bait Vol. 9,”  nine tracks available for free here.

Phish front man Trey Anastasio recently revealed
that the band is working on its first studio album since 2009's "Joy." In a piece that ran July 2, he told PBS NewsHour that the band was collaborating on the lyrics.  Last year, keyboardist Page McConnell gave Rolling Stone a few details about the new project: "We're trying to create something that really comes from the four of us," he said, adding the band was going with spontaneity in an effort to "create something more in the moment."  No release date has been announced.

Fall PHISH dates:

10/18   Hampton, VA              Hampton Coliseum
10/19   Hampton, VA              Hampton Coliseum
10/20   Hampton, VA              Hampton Coliseum
10/22   Rochester, NY            Blue Cross Arena
10/23   Glens Falls, NY          Glens Falls Civic Center
10/25   Worcester, MA            DCU Center
10/26   Worcester, MA            DCU Center    
10/27   Hartford, CT                XL Center
10/29   Reading, PA               Sovereign Center
10/31   Atlantic City, NJ          Boardwalk Hall
11/01   Atlantic City, NJ          Boardwalk Hall            
11/02   Atlantic City, NJ          Boardwalk Hall

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<p>Charlie Hunnam in &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Charlie Hunnam in "Sons of Anarchy."

Credit: FX

FX sets 'Sons of Anarchy' season premiere date in September

Jax and the rest of SAMCRO will ride back on screen for season 6

"Sons of Anarchy" has traditionally debuted in the fall on FX, and that pattern will continue this year with the sixth season premiering on Tuesday, September 10 at 10 p.m.

It'll be another 90-minute episode for the motorcycle club drama; FX gives a lot of creative leeway in general with its shows, and especially to its most popular one, which last year did several 90-minute installments.

Fienberg covered the show's recent Comic-Con appearance, which included creator Kurt Sutter discussing the endgame for a series that at least tentatively is set to end with its seventh season, as well as talk about what happens now that Jax has ascended to the throne, what happens now for Gemma, Tara, Clay and company, and more.

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<p>Keanu appears to, once again, be the One in the upcoming action epic '47 Ronin'</p>

Keanu appears to, once again, be the One in the upcoming action epic '47 Ronin'

Credit: Universal Pictures

First '47 Ronin' trailer promises gorgeous scenery, Keanu swordfights and CGI beasts

I think it's safe to say this is not a traditional approach to the story

When I moderated Universal's Comic-Con panel this year, we covered two films. "Kick-Ass 2" and "Riddick" were perfect fits for that crowd, and I can tell you that we didn't have a spare minute up on that stage. Just giving those two films their time was frantic, so there wasn't room for Universal to bring and showcase anything else in that hour.

If there was any other film I would have been interested in having up there, it would have been "47 Ronin." This is, by most published accounts so far, a deeply troubled movie. This was supposed to be in theaters in November of 2012, but instead, that's right around the time Universal took the film away from director Carl Erik Rinsch. Some people are reporting the film's budget as high as $225 million, with Universal officially stating it's $175 million, which is still GIGANTIC.

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