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AMC greenlights 'Breaking Bad' spinoff 'Better Call Saul'


AMC greenlights "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul"
The Bob Odenkirk-starring prequel has been greenlit after lengthy negotiations. AMC and Sony released a statement saying "plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer." PLUS: Other networks were interested when AMC almost didn't take it.

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<p>Better call Saul?&nbsp;AMC&nbsp;and Sony moved one step closer to making a &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk.</p>

Better call Saul? AMC and Sony moved one step closer to making a "Breaking Bad" spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk.

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul' closer to reality

Series would take place before Saul Goodman ever met Walter White

The "Better Call Saul" spin-off from "Breaking Bad" has just moved one step closer to reality, as AMC has signed a licensing agreement with Sony (the studio that produces and owns "Breaking Bad") for the spin-off — which will be "a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White's lawyer."

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'The Simpsons' brings back Amy Poehler


"The Simpsons" brings back Amy Poehler
She'll reprise her role as Bart's future wife.


"Today" showed the 9/11 Moment of Silence ceremony this morning, unlike last year
During last year's Moment of Silence ceremony, "Today" aired an interview with Kris Jenner.


"Huell" from "Breaking Bad": "I've got a cult following, too – that's craziness"

Standup comic Lavell Crawford says of his growing fame on the AMC series: " Me and my wife and son went to California Pizza Kitchen in San Diego to get something to eat, and it was like everybody in the damn kitchen wanted a picture with me. A lot of brothers watch the show now, too, which is exciting because they didn't used to watch it."


Arsenio Hall's audience drops 30% for Night 2

Yet Hall beat other late-night shows in the important 18-49 demo, while tying Jay Leno in the 25-54 demo.


How "SNL" found its 5 new cast members
"SNL's" talent scouts began searching for new cast members in the spring. One impressed with her impression of a Vine video, while another did a dead-on Jon Cryer.


Ryan Seacrest's" "Million Second Quiz" not getting a big audience

Night 2 dipped from Monday's premiere, with 5.8 million tuning in.


Stephen Colbert devotes an entire "Colbert Report" to his book club
Last night's edition revolved around J.D. Salinger.


"The Voice" finalist Jamar Rogers hospitalized
The HIV-positive Season 2 contestant has a lung infection.


"Mad Men's" Kiernan Shipka plays a 13-year-old psychologist
Watch her counsel child stars for Funny or Die.


A NYC "Real World" house is for sale for $22 million
The West Village "apartmansion" used in the 2001 "Real World" edition was originally built in 1847.


Carly Pope joins "Tomorrow People"
The "Popular" alum will recur next season.


"The Killing" is one of a handful of twice-canceled shows
Others include "Southland," "7th Heaven" and "Futurama."


"Bunheads" star joins "The Affair"
Julia Goldani Telles will play Dominic West and Maura Tierney's oldest child on the Showtime pilot.


"Game of Thrones" inspires an 8-bit fan game
It's better than the real thing. PLUS: Look at what "King Joffrey" is holding up.


Ron Moore finds his "Outlander" leading actress
Irish actress Caitriona Balfe will take on the role of Claire Randall.

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<p>Colin&nbsp;Firth and Nicole Kidman in&nbsp;&quot;The Railway Man&quot;</p>

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in "The Railway Man"

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Toronto: Weinstein buys 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'The Railway Man'

Harvey continues to load up his 2014 slate

Harvey Weinstein is busy as ever this festival season. After picking up "Tracks" during Telluride/Venice and "Can a Song Save Your Life?" at Toronto, he's landed two more distribution deals up north as the festival begins to draw to a close.

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'Sons of Anarchy' had planned last night's shocking ending for years


"Sons of Anarchy" had planned last night's shocking ending for years
Says Kurt Sutter: The timing of it is somewhat controversial, but it is something I knew I wanted to do for a couple of years now, and I knew it would be a series of events that would have to (occur)… as we kind of slide towards the end of our mythology." PLUS: What was the point?, "Why delve into this anguished territory if the show's not going to do much with it?," it seems like a wasted opportunity, meet the young star of last night's episode, and parents were warned.


Jimmy Kimmel boasts about his hoax
Last night Kimmel played clips of the media reaction to his twerking girl on fire video. PLUS: Watch the outtakes.


John Krasinski to become a dad
The former "Office" star is expecting his first child with wife Emily Blunt.


Emily Deschanel's real-life husband joins the "Bones" wedding episode
Actor/writer David Hornsby will play a priest, but it's not clear if he'll play the priest.


Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake team up once again
Watch their take on the Evolution of End-Zone Dancing.


John Ritter died suddenly 10 years ago today
Kaley Cuoco remembered her "8 Simple Rules" co-star in a series of tweets this morning.

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<p>Cover art for Kings of Leon's new album, 'Mechanical Bull'</p>

Cover art for Kings of Leon's new album, 'Mechanical Bull'

Credit: RCA

Watch: Kings of Leon cover Robyn's 'Dancing On My Own'

Band also debuts new songs from 'Mechanical Bull'

Kings of Leon, whose new album, “Mechanical Bull, comes out Sept. 24, covered Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” a new twist yesterday on BBC Radio 1.

The Followill  family slowed the track down and bolstered it with a trembling, fuzzy guitar background to give it an emotional heft.  It’s a little as if they crossed Roxy Music with the Swedish dance diva. There’s also something very cool about Caleb Followill’s gruff voice singing the line, “I’m not the girl you’re taking home.”

On BBC Radio 1, the group also previewed several new songs from the forthcoming album, including “Beautiful War” (embedded beneath the video),  “Family Tree,” and “Wait For Me.”

What do you think of Kings of Leon’s cover? They are just the latest act to do so. Check out these other versions by Fleet FoxesThe Duke Spirit, and Cher Lloyd.
 

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<p>Britney Spears, seen here at the 'Smurfs 2' premiere</p>

Britney Spears, seen here at the 'Smurfs 2' premiere

Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Britney Spears will debut new single, 'Work Bitch,' on Sept. 16

Tune goes on sale on Sept. 17

As everyone’s been swinging back and forth like a pinata awaiting Britney Spears’ Sept. 17 news (Will it be a new single? Finally confirmation of her Las Vegas residency? A Las Vegas pizzeria?), Spears decided to break the news herself.

On Sept. 16, Spears’ new single, “Work Bitch,” according to a Spears tweet,  will premiere at 6 p.m. ET on Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio.com and at radio.  The track will go live on iTunes for digital download at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 17. So is that the news that the countdown clock on her website is moving toward?

Spears has already shot the video for “Work Bitch,” according to Rolling Stone, in the desert with director Ben Mor, with whom she worked on will.i.am’s “Scream And Shout”  clip. As you recall, earlier this week, Spears sent into the world two photos of herself, including one in a bikini, from the video shoot, proving that the “Work Bitch” singer had definitely been working out.

There’s still no word on an album release date, though with the single dropping next week, it’s likely that Spears will put out the album this year in order to take advantage of the fourth quarter holiday shopping season. We predict a November release date. And if not, we know that Spears will be appearing on someone else's album coming out this year: yesterday, Miley Cyrus released the track list for her Oct. 8 release, "Bangerz," revealing the title of her collaboration with Spears is "SMS (Bangerz)." 

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

Charlie Hunnam in "Sons of Anarchy."

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Review: 'Sons of Anarchy' season premiere shocker

Did Kurt Sutter take the violence too far last night, or is this the appropriate set-up for the series' final act?
“Sons of Anarchy” returned to TV last night. I’m no longer writing about the show weekly — Geoff Berkshire is again handling that duty for HitFix, and his take on the season premiere is here — but I had some thoughts on events near the end of the premiere. Lots of spoilers coming up just as soon as I have my grandmother’s knock...
 
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<p>Tiger doesn't even have to look at you to dole out punishment.</p>

Tiger doesn't even have to look at you to dole out punishment.

Credit: RADiUS-TWC

Review: Keanu Reeves leaves a mark with the heartfelt martial arts film 'Man Of Tai Chi'

Only one word fits for this one: 'Whoa'

TORONTO - For the last two days, every time I've mentioned to someone that I planned to see the film "Man Of Tai Chi," which marks the directorial debut of Keanu Reeves, the reaction has been the same. Rolled eyes, some sort of joke, and a general attitude that there's no way they would end up joining me for the screening. At the screening tonight at the Ryerson, there was only one other journalist there that I recognized, despite this being the premiere with Reeves in attendance.

Your loss.

Shot in China, with a Chinese cast, and with the entire thing shot in Chinese with English subtitles, "Man Of Tai Chi" is a no-apologies martial arts film, a movie that features wall to wall fights that are shot and choreographed with such an obvious love for the genre and for the poetry of fighting that I was won over almost immediately. Chen Lin-Hu stars as Tiger Hu Chen, a modest student of Tai Chi master Yang (Yu Hai). Tiger works as a delivery guy for a Fed Ex-like company, and he trains for a tournament where he hopes to prove that Tai Chi is not just for exercise, but is a real martial art capable of defeating anything else. Even in the early training sequences, it's obvious that Tiger is impatient to learn, which is at direct odds with the teachings of his master. Even when they're in the midst of a practice fight, Tiger is always moving too fast, his master urging him to slow down, to find a meditative place within himself.

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<p>Derek Lee's trip to&nbsp;Europe didn't turn out quite like he hoped.</p>

Derek Lee's trip to Europe didn't turn out quite like he hoped.

Credit: CBS Films

Review: Slick and scary 'Afflicted' wrings new life from a classic premise

I know I said I was done with found-footage films, but...

TORONTO - One of the things that makes the 25th anniversary of Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival so worthy of celebration is the number of careers that have been launched from that stage in the Ryerson. I've seen it happen several times over the last few years, and I'm fairly sure I saw it happen again on Monday night, when "Afflicted" was screened.

It's a safe bet that Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, who co-wrote, co-directed, and co-starred in the film, are big fans of the John Landis classic "An American Werewolf In London." I've seen a lot of people try to capture the particular alchemy that makes the Landis film such an intoxicating kick over the years, and I've seen most of those attempts fall completely flat. To their credit, "Afflicted" doesn't play like a film that has been specifically engineered to follow that model, but more like a movie made by people who have completely absorbed that film and who understand what they love about it. Like "Werewolf," the film "Afflicted" follows two young men who are traveling in Europe together, only to encounter trouble that leaves one of them dead and the other one in a severely altered state. Both films use humor and horror expertly, never undermining one in favor of the other. And both films build something fresh from one of the most basic of the horror tropes.

Oh… and did I mention it's a found footage movie?

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<p>Evidently, my interview with Chris Hemsworth took place in the afterlife.</p>

Evidently, my interview with Chris Hemsworth took place in the afterlife.

Credit: HitFix

Chris Hemsworth weighs in on the difference between 'Thor' and 'Avengers' movies

Can you guess which one he prefers?

TORONTO - This year's festival has certainly not been short on star power, but I've done fewer interviews this time around than any year I've been up here. That's good in a way because it means I've seen more films, but there were a few conversations I absolutely couldn't miss out on.

We'll be bringing you chats with Ron Howard, Daniel Bruhl, and Olivia Wilde in support of the new film "Rush" very soon, but for tonight, I wanted to share just a bit of the conversation I had with Chris Hemsworth, who plays Formula 1 superstar James Hunt in the film.

When we first saw Hemsworth in "Star Trek" in 2009, he stole that film in just a few short minutes at the beginning, and it didn't remotely surprise me that Hollywood immediately started trying to figure out what else they could do with him."Cabin In The Woods" is a movie I like a lot, but it's not really a showcase for who Hemsworth is as a performer. Sure, he gets the special "Samuel L. Jackson in 'Deep Blue Sea' Award" for going out in style, but it's not his movie.

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Katey Sagal on 'Sons of Anarchy'

Katey Sagal on 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 6 premiere recap: 'Straw'

Sex, guns, murder and a whole lot of crazy kick off the beginning of the end for FX's biker soap

I stopped taking "Sons of Anarchy" seriously a couple of seasons ago. There's just too much heartache -- and too many headaches -- to expect anything more than the "adrenalized soap opera" and "bloody pulp fiction" Kurt Sutter himself declared the show to be back in 2011. That worked fine for awhile. But now I'm worried that Sutter really needs us to take this show seriously again, and it could be too late to turn back.

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