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Watch: Amputee gets new arms after electrocution on 'Bizarre ER'

They may not be pretty, but they work

Want to have a bloody good weekend? Then tune in to Discovery Fit & Health on Saturday at 10:00 p.m. for an all new episode of "Bizarre ER." On the show, you'll meet a woman who’s landed in the ER after hurling herself off a ten-foot platform onto a giant rubber ball, a man who’s trapped inside his own prosthetic leg, and a kickboxer who’s travelled 8,000 miles over ten days with a broken jaw. But wait! There's more!

In the clip, get a glimpse of the man who receives a double arm transplant after his own were electrocuted in a freak accident. 

 
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NBC says Hillary Clinton miniseries may never go into production


NBC says Hillary Clinton miniseries may never go into production

NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt, who announced the Clinton miniseries last month, said today in a statement that only a script is being written, and that the miniseries may never go into production. His statement came after Fox TV Studios turned down the chance to produce the project.


JoAnna Garcia cast as "Once Upon a Time's" Little Mermaid

She'll play Ariel next season.


Fox buys Tina Fey's college comedy
Fey and her "30 Rock" exec producer Robert Carlock are behind the project, about an all-girls college that begins accepting men.


Katie Couric responds to Kim Kardashian slam: "I didn't mean to hurt her feelings"
When Couric told a magazine she didn't understand why the Kardashians were famous, she says, ""I was responding to a reporter's question, and explaining how I'm intrigued by the public's fascination with her family."


CBS orders a female Secretary of State drama

Morgan Freeman and "Joan of Arcadia" creator Barbara Hall are producing "Madame Secretary."

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<p>Chad Hartigan</p>

Chad Hartigan

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Chad Hartigan on the personal layers and professional rewards of 'This is Martin Bonner'

The Sundance-endorsed drama opens in New York and Los Angeles today

EDINBURGH - As we sit down in the appealingly tatty coffee shop of Edinburgh's Filmhouse – the stone-built base camp of the city's venerable film festival – Chad Hartigan admits feeling pleasantly bemused at being interviewed for In Contention. As well he might do. It's not that long ago that Hartigan's name appeared in bylines rather than headlines on this site – one of several where he plied his trade as a box office analyst for five years, while laying the foundations of an independent filmmaking career. 

I'm half-tempted to ask Hartigan for a projected gross for his own film; after all, it's not every scrappy indie writer-director who can boast such cool-headed commercial instincts, even (or perhaps especially) with regard to blockbusters fare a million miles from their own. “A lot of people wonder if all that work has given me some kind of like secret code,” he says, with a dry laugh. “Like I could make the failsafe blockbuster. After five years, I still don't know what exact science makes a hit. But I do know that 'This is Martin Bonner' is not it.”

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<p>AJ&nbsp;Bowen and Sharni Vinson are right to be so excited about the impending release of their new film 'You're Next'</p>

AJ Bowen and Sharni Vinson are right to be so excited about the impending release of their new film 'You're Next'

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Stars AJ Bowen and Sharni Vinson talk about the long road to release for 'You're Next'

Plus Vinson talks about remaking the Aussie cult classic 'Patrick'

One weird part of my job is when I walk into a room to conduct what is meant to be a formal interview, but the person sitting across from me is someone I have an entirely informal relationship with. You can't live and work in Los Angeles for 23 years without making a number of friends in the industry, and it's even harder to avoid if you spend a good percentage of your year attending film festivals.

I first saw AJ Bowen in "The Signal," and in the years since, he's shown up in a number of films that i like, sometimes in main roles, sometimes showing up for one or two memorable moments. Several years ago, though, he and I started to see each other more frequently because of our mutual friend Aaron. Aaron's house is the place I stay any time I go to Austin for a festival, and AJ started coming to many of the same festivals and also staying with Aaron.

By far, the finest moment so far in our friendship came before either Fantastic Fest 2013 or this year's SXSW, when I texted AJ to ask if I was going to see him in Austin. He texted me back, "Already warming up the bed in the master bedroom," which made me laugh. It seemed less hilarious to my wife, who had trouble believing that "AJ" was a dude. Honestly, I'm not sure it helped when I convinced her that he was indeed a guy, because she found that suggestion even more upsetting.

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<p>'Short Term 12' director Destin&nbsp;Cretton</p>

'Short Term 12' director Destin Cretton

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Destin Cretton on the Academy's Nicholl Fellowship and 'Short Term 12' as a potential TV series

The writer/director's 'I Am Not a Hipster' follow-up is already an award winner on the festival circuit

NEW YORK - While attending film school at San Diego State University some years ago, Destin Cretton would always take note of an annual poster calling for script submissions. It was a contest held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called the Nicholl Fellowship. He never tried applying for it until a script called "Short Term 12," which was inspired by his time working at a foster care facility for at-risk teenagers. He never thought there would be much of a chance at winning but he gave it a shot and went right back into working out the kinks of his script.

A short time later, he was incredibly frustrated with those kinks, as well as the rejections the script was getting at other outlets, and he was just about ready to throw in the towel. Then he received an email notifying him that he had landed in the quarterfinals of the competition. The good news gave him further encouragement to finish his rewrite (which, three years later, would finally make its way to the screen with him behind the camera). Before long, the circuit ended with "Short Term 12" being one of the 10 winning finalists for the honor, and Cretton still can't believe that's how it panned out.

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CW buys Lauren Graham's drama project, with Graham writing the pilot


CW buys Lauren Graham's drama project, with Graham writing the pilot

This will be Graham's first time writing for television. She's adopting her semi-autobiographical book "Someday, Someday Maybe" for the small screen, with Ellen DeGeneres producing. PLUS: Graham recalls her '90s sitcoms in Nerdist podcast.


NBC's Hillary Clinton miniseries won't be produced by Fox
There was talk last week that Fox TV Studios might produce the miniseries starring Diane Lane as Clinton.


"Dexter's" James Remar joins "Grey's Anatomy"

Remar will be part of a multi-episode arc, but details of his character have yet to be revealed.

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<p>If you ever get off a plane and this is the first thing you see, twist ending... you are probably dead.</p>

If you ever get off a plane and this is the first thing you see, twist ending... you are probably dead.

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Director Joseph Kosinski jumps from 'Oblivion' to 'The Twilight Zone'

No word on what this means for a 'Tron' sequel or 'The Black Hole'

"The Twilight Zone" remains a potent title in terms of the immediate reaction it evokes from people, and while I'm glad the name hasn't been worn down to irrelevance, it does amaze me that they haven't done more with it in the last fifteen or twenty years. It seems like they should always be doing something with it, because more than anything else, it's a suggestion of a certain type of storytelling, and done well, these are stories people really love.

Obviously, they have tried to make "The Twilight Zone" work as a movie before. The anthology film from the early '80s might have successfully kicked off a series if not for the controversy around the real-life death of actor Vic Morrow during production. Even if the Landis and Spielberg stories didn't quite connect, chances are enough people would have dug the Dante freakshow and the George Miller exercise in pure tension that they would have been able to get four different filmmakers to sign up for a sequel. I can only imagine what it would have been like if Warner had been able to make a new "Twilight Zone" movie every two or three years, working with four interesting filmmakers every time.

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Scott Lomu and George Wright of "Jungle Gold"

 Scott Lomu and George Wright of "Jungle Gold"

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Watch: George and Scott of 'Jungle Gold' talk robbery, accusations

The reality stars say we'll never see the whole, horrible truth

George Wright and Scott Lomu of Discovery's "Jungle Gold" (Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET) give the term "gold diggers" a literal spin with this reality show, now in its second season. If you haven't seen the show, it's a doozie. Two guys lose their shirts when the real estate bubble bursts and decide to do the logical thing -- hunt for gold in Ghana! I got a chance to talk with the pair about how the show came about, how they feel about those that accuse them of faking and what their wives really think of what they're doing.

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MTV's VMAs going host-less this year


MTV's VMAs going host-less this year
"For this year's show, we've decided to go in a different direction than the traditional 'host' route — like we have done on multiple occasions throughout the years," said an MTV spokesperson.


Kim Kardashian slams "fake media friend" Katie Couric
Couric recently dissed Kardashian in a magazine interview, prompting Kardashian to post a photo of the gift and nice note Couric gave her after giving birth.


How "Grey's Anatomy's" Cristina Yang changed TV

As Willa Paskin explains, "On another TV show, Yang's combination of qualities—mercenary, scary, and extremely skilled—would have made her the lead character’s enemy, if not a whole litany of other clichés: the type-A Asian, the frigid ballbuster, the unlikeable shrew. Instead, Grey’s respected Cristina’s ambition and wit, laurelled her with humor, swag, and a sex drive, and made her the lead character’s best friend."


Justin Guarini: "I'm nowhere near poverty"

After writing that he's skipping meals, the former "Idol" star clarifies that he's not impoverished.


Hillary Clinton admits she's a "Downton Abbey" fan

Clinton revealed her "Downton" fandom on Twitter.


Stuntwoman gets paid $2,800 to reenact "Family Guy's" "Epic Chicken Fight"
Check out a nearly shot-for-shot reenactment of the classic scene.


"Price is Right" contestant comes on down by crowd-surfing
Watch what the show is calling "he greatest come on down EVER."


What it's like to recap TV shows

It's an unusual job that requires writing between primetime and sunrise.


MTV orders "Jerks With Cameras"

A team of "jerks" will be sent out on this "unhidden" camera prank show from the creator of "Jersey Shore."


"The Following" adds Valerie Cruz

The "Homeland" alum will play Detective Mendez.


Watch "Revolution's" Season 2 promo

The 2nd season debuts Sept. 25.

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<p>Chlo&euml; Grace Moretz in &quot;Kick-Ass 2.&quot;</p>
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Chloë Grace Moretz in "Kick-Ass 2."

 

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Tell us what you thought of 'Kick-Ass 2'

Do you have time for one more superhero movie this summer?

As a critic, it's my job to see most major releases that come down the pike -- but everyone's allowed a few passes, and when it became clear to me that I wasn't required to review "Kick-Ass 2" for any outlet, I had no regrets about skipping all screenings. That may be my loss. But the first big-screen outing for self-made superhero Dave Lizewski rubbed me the wrong the way in 2010, and I can't imagine warming to its smugly ironic violence and queasy fetishization of Chloë Grace Moretz's Hit Girl this time round, particularly when reviews, by and large, have been less enthusiastic than those of its predecessor. (HitFix's Drew McWeeny, however, found plenty to enjoy in it.)

Still, I know the franchise has plenty of fans out there, and many may be curious to see what Jim Carrey brings to the equation in the sequel. After a summer where many superhero films have taken flak for being too po-faced, perhaps the timing is right for a jokier effort. Either way, we want to know what you think. Once you've seen the film, come back here to share your thought, and be sure to vote in the poll below. 

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<p>Lake Bell in &quot;In a World...&quot;</p>

Lake Bell in "In a World..."

Interview: Lake Bell talks ‘In a World...’ and her nude New York Magazine cover

Does the writer/director/actress think women need affirmative action in Hollywood?

AUSTIN - Lake Bell’s film “In A World...” – which she directed, wrote and lead acted– is laugh-out-loud funny, with what she calls a “scoop of message” on top. Leading the charge with a comedic ensemble that includes Dmitri Martin, Rob Cordry, Tig Notaro, Ken Marino, Nick Offerman, Stephanie Allynne and more, Bell outlines what is essentially a battle of the sexes.

Bell’s character Carol is a voice actor trying to make a dent in the commercial world doing voiceover gigs; Fred Melamed, who plays her father Sam in “In a World…,” is a master of the craft (both in the film and in real life). As Carol fights her way through auditions, and makes her way to the final round to utter the famed movie trailer phrase “In a world…”, she’s fights against the advisement of her father and other dude characters as the sole woman in a male monopolized industry.

But, y’know, with her voice. Or, rather, her voices.
 
Bell bowed the movie at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and it’s making its way to more markets today (Aug. 16). She’s made the rounds to promote, including some impressive late-night TV stops plus an eye-popping cover of New York Magazine, on which she poses nude. We reference both below in an abridged interview, on “In a World’s” messaging, feminism, femininity, her husband (tattoo artist Scott Campbell), Maxim, nakedness, age and sexism.
 
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<p>Oprah&nbsp;Winfrey and&nbsp;Forest&nbsp;Whitaker in &quot;Lee Daniels' The&nbsp;Butler&quot;</p>

Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker in "Lee Daniels' The Butler"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey stir the early Oscar talk this weekend

Well, after a hard fought title dispute and a wave of passes from critics, the wait is over for audiences who might be eager to take in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." I've more or less had my say on this one. Whitaker is good. Winfrey is great. The film itself is a bit soft but lands its share of emotion here and there. The curiosity right now is box office. Will it turn the corner and beat out some of the higher concept competition? Will it start out quietly and build steam with legs? Or will it just be a whispered memory by the time the awards season really kicks into gear? Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised by any of those outcomes. But now it's your turn to speak up. So when and if you see the film this weekend, head on back here with your thoughts and feel free to vote in our poll below. And if there's something else you've seen recently and want to discuss, go right ahead -- open thread.

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