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<p>Peter Sarsgaard in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Peter Sarsgaard in "The Killing."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Killing' - 'Six Minutes'

Linden tries to get Ray Seward a last-minute reprieve

A review of tonight's "The Killing" coming up just as soon as I explain that Salisbury steak is not steak...

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No Tara Reid for 'Sharknado 2'


No Tara Reid for "Sharknado 2"
According to TMZ, only Ian Ziering will return for the sequel.


Jurnee Smollett will become the 7th "Friday Night Lights" alum to appear on "Parenthood"

Exec producer likes brining actors from his old show on to "Parenthood."


Damon Lindelof worries a 10-year "Lost" reunion might be too soon

"Ten years does seem like the perfect time," Lindelof tells E! News. "But I also wonder if it's too soon? Especially if the announcement of such a panel would stir up rumors of MORE Lost, which is most definitely not in the cards at this time.  That said, if someone was organizing it, I would be foolish not to attend...It's just not anything we've initiated internally."


A Secret Service agent accidentally shot JFK, claims a Reelz channel documentary

"JFK: The Smoking Gun" is how Reelz will mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination this fall. PLUS: Reelz unveils "The Capones" and "Hollywood Hillbillies."


Adult Swim took out ads on Fox mocking "Animation Domination High-Def"

Fox was unaware of the stunt, as the ads were purchased directly through local Fox stations.

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<p>Star Lord, Groot, and Rocket Racoon are all part of next year's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'</p>

Star Lord, Groot, and Rocket Racoon are all part of next year's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

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What did we learn about James Gunn's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' at Comic-Con this year?

And why is 'Movie 43' such a strong audition tape for Gunn to make 'Galaxy'?

I've been talking to people about "Guardians Of The Galaxy" for the last week or so, some who were at Marvel's Hall H presentation, many who were not, and I think at this point, it's safe to call this the single biggest risk on Marvel's calendar. I don't think there's much middle ground on this one. Either it wins people over and becomes a big hit, or it never gets past the initial impression that many people seem to have, which is, "There's a raccoon who does WHAT?!"

About a week ago, I finally sat down and watched "Movie 43," the anthology comedy film that has been vilified since its release at the start of the year. I think the film is dirty more than funny, intentionally trading shocks for laughs for the most part, but the segment that was directed by James Gunn is, in a very strange way, the single best audition tape that Gunn could have made for the "Guardians Of The Galaxy" job.

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<p>Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins and Andrew Dice Clay in Woody Allen's &quot;Blue Jasmine.&quot;</p>

Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins and Andrew Dice Clay in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

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'Blue Jasmine's' $102,167 per screen sets 2013 record

A career best for Woody Allen

Woody Allen films have had a built in art house audience for years, but this weekend buzzworthy reviews sent the box office for "Blue Jasmine" to record levels.

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<p>One Direction</p>

One Direction

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Music Power Rankings: One Direction and Lady Gaga lead this week's tally

Which '80s one-hit wonder also makes the list?

1. One Direction: The British quintet’s new video for “Best Song Ever” sets a new record for 10.9 million Vevo views in 24 hours, besting Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop.” Has Les Grossman hit on Zeyn yet?

2. Robin Thicke: “Blurred Lines” spends its 7th week atop the Billboard Hot 100, the most of any song this year. Imagine how long it would stay there if it weren’t “rapey.”

3. Lady Gaga: Not only is she named Forbes top-earning celebrity under 30, she announces her return to performing will be Aug. 25 at the MTV VMAs. Are the Little Monsters already camping out in front of Barclays Center?

4. Aimee Mann:
The acclaimed singer/songwriter becomes the latest artist to file suit over digital royalties...or the lack thereof. This voice carries.

5. TLC: Surviving members T-Boz and Chilli have reunited to record four new songs for a TLC greatest hits, featuring collaborations with Lady Gaga and Lil Mama, who plays Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in VH1’s movie about the trio.  TLC=TCB

6. Priority Records: Capitol Music Group resurrects the seminal rap label, once the home to De. Dre, N.W.A. and Snoop Dogg. Could its future ever live up to its glorious past?

7. Jay Z: He makes international news by dropping the hyphen from his name. Imagine what will happen when he switches to JZ.

8. Flock Of Seagulls: Band known more for its lead singer’s haircut than its music makes big news this week when its van with $70,000 worth of equipment is stolen. The van is returned empty, but the “I Ran (So Far Away)” band gets the most press it’s received in 30 years so it’s not a total loss.

9. Beyonce: Reports suggest that Bey has scrapped her new album after rejecting more than 50 songs. Maybe she can call her next set, “Back To The Drawing Board.”

10. Whitney Houston: The singer’s grave gets a new headstone shaped like a tear drop and with the inscribed, “I will always love you.” We have another song title for you: So emotional.


 

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<p>Most of the &quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;cast came to press tour today.</p>

Most of the "Parenthood" cast came to press tour today.

Credit: NBC

Press Tour: 'Parenthood' gets some love before moving to Thursday

Most of Clan Braverman was on hand for a rare veteran series panel at summer TCA

On the one hand, "Parenthood" had no business being paneled during NBC's day at press tour on Saturday. TCA is generally designed to promote new shows; if returning series are paneled at all, it's usually at midseason, or it's a big hit celebrating a milestone of some kind. NBC had a very full day of panels, and didn't even have room for one of its new fall shows ("Dracula").

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"The Voice"

 "The Voice"

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Press Tour: Aguilera, Levine, Green talk 'The Voice,' replacements, burnout

Christina Aguilera doesn't mind 'coming back to the Blake Shelton show'

Well, they're back. While many fans are probably sad to see Shakira and Usher give up their spinning chairs on "The Voice," Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green (joined by host/producer Carson Daly and fellow judge Adam Levine) didn't skip a beat promoting their return to the show at a press tour panel for the NBC show, whether we like it or not. 

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NBC's Winter Olympics coverage will address Russia's anti-gay laws -- if they impact the games


NBC's Winter Olympics coverage will address Russia's anti-gay laws -- if they impact the games

The Peacock revealed its wait-and-see approach today, which critics feel is NBC's way is staying away from controversy.


NBC announces its own Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding doc, with an exclusive interview with Kerrigan

ESPN earlier this week announced a "Tonya and Nancy" documentary that only had an interview with Harding.


Carson Daly: Launching stars is not "The Voice's" main goal

"There's winners on this show every day," he says, responding to concerns that "The Voice" has yet to launch a successful star. "This is an experience. They leave our show feeling like they won."


Why James Spader has a shaved head on "The Blacklist"
"Actors are burdened with everything else that they’ve done before that, any role that they’re playing, and I thought it would be nice to take off my hat as an entirely different person," Spader told critics today.


Blair Underwood's wheelchair-bound "Ironside" can have sex
In fact, in contrast to the original, Underwood's Ironisde is a bit of a lady's man.


NBC giving "Parenthood" more love
After Craig T. Nelson ranted about the lack of promotion, NBC decided to do something unusual and give the cast and producers another chance to go before the press. PLUS: "Parenthood" cast and crew reveal Season 5 surprises.

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<p>&quot;Revolution&quot;&nbsp;was one of the symbol's of the highs and lows for NBC&nbsp;this past season. </p>

"Revolution" was one of the symbol's of the highs and lows for NBC this past season.

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Press Tour: NBC's Bob Greenblatt puts hope in 'events'

After a wildly up-and-down season, what's next for the Peacock?

"I look back on the year that we just went through," NBC's Bob Greenblatt told the assembled TCA press, "and I think for us, it was a year of real progress. I've been calling it 'The Year of Improvement.'"

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David Bradley and Mark Gatiss

 David Bradley and Mark Gatiss

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Watch: Mark Gatiss, David Bradley talk 'Adventure in Space and Time'

The 'Dr Who' genesis story 'won't be an episode of 'Dr. Who''

Having seen the advance footage of "An Adventure in Space and Time" (premieres on BBC America Nov. 2013), I suspect even people who are more fans of first season "Mad Men" and not "Doctor Who" may still be fired up to see this TV movie. It tells the story of the genesis of the show, which first aired Nov. 23, 1963. That means lots of retro costumes, great old cars, London streets and a little train that could tale about a show everyone suspected was a whole hella lot of crazy.

I got a chance to talk to David Bradley ("Harry Potter," "Game of Thrones") as well as writer Mark Gatiss ("Sherlock) about the movie while we were all at Comic-Con, and it seems the "Doctor Who" legacy is in very good hands.

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"The Blacklist"

 "The Blacklist"

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Press Tour: James Spader talks hair, Robert California and 'The Blacklist'

The NBC show promises no one 'is who they seem to be'

To promote the new NBC show "The Blacklist," (premieres Mon. Sept. 23 at 10:00 p.m.), a clip was shown before the panel in which Raymond Reddington (James Spader) sat facing a green FBI profiler Liz Keen (Megan Boone), doling out information by half spoonfuls. In person, Spader is by no means so tight-lipped.

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"Sean Saves the World"

 "Sean Saves the World"

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Press Tour: 'Sean Saves the World' talks about comedy in the post-gay era

Hayes thinks 'it's sad that it's a question, really'

It does speak to a remarkable change in TV land that most people are responding to an openly gay male lead played by an openly gay man in "Sean Saves the World" (premieres Thurs. Oct. 3 at 9:00 p.m.) with a collective shrug. Well, unless they're critics at press tour.

Though star Sean Hayes was asked about the influence of his breakout show "Will & Grace" on the cultural zeigeist, he wasn't eager to beat a drum for the series' influence. "Of course it was impactful; I don't want it to sound egotistical… I would like to believe it had a big influence on gay America. To Joe Biden it did." But as to why he took the gig, it wasn't with an eye to the future. "I was 26 years old. It was a job... It's even sad that it's a question, really. But here we are. It's normal."

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