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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."

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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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Lady Gaga artfully hints first single could be 'Applause'

Lady Gaga artfully hints first single could be 'Applause'

Listen to Lana Del Rey diss Lady Gaga in leaked track

Will the first Lady Gaga single from “ARTPOP” be “Applause?” That’s the hint we seem to be getting from Momma Monster.

A photo posted to LittleMonsters by LG’s make-up artist Tara Savelo, features Lady Gaga, with her hand purposefully obscuring the artwork, sitting at an easel, painting what could be the single cover. At the top is the word “Applause.”  A caption says “26 days,” which, as her fans know, is when the first single will drop. That would lead us right up to Aug. 19 for this royal birth.

[More after the jump...]


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Ginnifer Goodwin in "Killing Kennedy"

Ginnifer Goodwin in "Killing Kennedy"

Credit: NatGeo

Press Tour: Rob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin talk accents, conspiracies, 'Killing Kennedy'

The stars of the NatGeo movie talk research and 'weird, bizarre details'

"Killing Kennedy," based on the book by Bill O'Reilly, is set to premiere in November to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Kennedy. It's an important anniversary, of course, and one that seemed to be front of mind for the talent appearing to promote the move at the 2013 TCAs. Rob Lowe (President Kennedy), Ginnifer Goodwin (Jacqueline Kennedy), Will Rothhaar (Lee Harvey Oswald), Michelle Trachtenberg (Marina Oswald), Jack Noseworthy (Bobby Kennedy) and director Nelson McCormick and writer Kelly Masterson talked mastering iconic characters, Bill O'Reilly and "weird, bizarre details."

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Ex-NBC boss thinks Jay Leno is hiding his sadness over leaving 'The Tonight Show'

Ex-NBC boss thinks Jay Leno is hiding his sadness over leaving "The Tonight Show"

This time, Leno is said to be perfectly content with his exit. To which Don Ohlmeyer, NBC's West Coast boss in the '90s, says: "Oh, bullsh*t. I'm sure Jay says that to everybody who asks him, but for the Jay that I know, his heart has to be breaking about this."

Bravo orders "Game of Crowns" -- a beauty pageant reality show
Will Bravo be able to keep the "Game of Crowns" title?

Cary Elwes signs on for USA's "Horizon"
He'll play a mysterious man in World War II-era Washington, D.C.

Discovery hopes "Porter Ridge" is its "Duck Dynasty"
Discovery Channel is entering the rural reality TV field with a show about an isolated Indiana community that features a guy named "The Bear Man."

Rob Lowe likens playing JFK to playing Hamlet

"Actors play Hamlet all of the time," the "Killing Kennedys" star told reporters at TCA. "A lot of people will play JFK in the future. He's one of our great American icons... You just look at what you can bring individually as an actor."

Donald Trump joins Vine
"The Apprentice" star made his debut on the six-second video service to urge Anthony Weiner to stay off Vine.

Google unveils Chromecast -- is this the future of TV?
The tiny $35 device plugs into your TV's HDMI port, allowing you to stream content from your computer or mobile device.

CBS unveils key art for its fall comedies

Check out "The Millers" in the bathroom.

"Girls" puts a wig on Lena Dunham

Check out her temporary Season 3 look. PLUS: Dunham analyzes Anthony Weiner.

Seth Meyers' 30 Rock ID photo is from 2001 when he joined "SNL"
"I'm really desperate to try to keep it until I'm, like, 65 years old," says Meyers whose new "Late Night" show will originate from 30 Rock.

Aubrey Plaza talks to Conan about masturbating on her new movie

The "Parks and Rec" star talks about her "nice scene." PLUS: GQ puts Plaza in a bikini.

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Watch: P.T. Anderson's music video for Fiona Apple's 'Hot Knife'

Watch: P.T. Anderson's music video for Fiona Apple's 'Hot Knife'

Paul Thomas Anderson works with the songwriter again on closer track

Honestly, "Hot Knife" was my least favorite cut from Fiona Apple's last album "The Idler Wheel..." -- though that whole set was my favorite from 2012. But Apple has reunited with director Paul Thomas Anderson for her latest music video, and now I like the song a little bit more than I did.

All the vocal parts and the kettledrum were filmed individually and then laid out like a round, which is essentially all the minimalist track is. Footage of Apple's gorgeous (lip-synced) delivery unwinds in black and white and an area of sepia and color tones. I like how, in her main melody clips, you can't see her hands, for some reason. It's kind of mesmerizing.

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<p>Aubrey Plaza is front and center for 'The To-Do List,' a new film by writer/director Maggie Carey.</p>

Aubrey Plaza is front and center for 'The To-Do List,' a new film by writer/director Maggie Carey.

Credit: CBS Films

Exclusive debut of Dave Berns artist's poster for Aubrey Plaza's 'To-Do List'

Maggie Carey's movie gets a special variant one-sheet

This is one of the first years we've had a partner for our annual preview night of Comic-Con HitFix party, and it was CBS Films on behalf of "The To-Do List," the new comedy written and directed by Maggie Carey, starring Aubrey Plaza in what one might argue is the first real test of her as a stand-alone lead in a film.

I'm fascinated by Plaza. I think she's got one of the few truly original comic personas in film right now. I'm not sure I think she's found the right overall showcase so far, but she's great on "Parks and Recreation," she's the secret weapon in "Safety Not Guaranteed," and she gives the most "are you f**king with me?" inscrutable interviews possible these days. She's given herself permission with her comedy character to really screw around with people, and she seems to be enjoying that license these days.

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CW is using the Royal Baby to promote 'Reign'

CW is using the Royal Baby to promote "Reign"
Ad Age points out that CW "is slapping" ads for "Reign" on photos of Prince Harry and Kate Middleton's newborn son.

Teacher fired for appearing shirtless on "Princesses: Long Island"
Stefan Serie, a middle school health teacher, upset his bosses when he flexed his abs on the Bravo reality show.

Nat Geo to show a rock climber scaling "one of the tallest buildings in the world"

"Rock climbing superstar" Alex Honnold will be shown live climbing a skyscraper, but the cable channel wouldn't say which one.

CBS unveils "The CBS Dream Team," its new Saturday morning block targeting teens

The three-hour teen block will include shows like "All In With Laila Ali," "Jamie Oliver’s 15-Minute Meals," "Game Changers With Kevin Frazier" and "Recipe Rehab."

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" may yet go on past Season 10

Glenn Howerton says of his comments in Rolling Stone that Season 10 would be the last season: "That was a misquote in Rolling Stone, y'all."

Dean Cain to host "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty" on Spike TV

The reality competition will pit nine teams of "lifelong Bigfoot hunters" in a competition taking place in the Pacific Northwest.

Gail Simmons to play herself on "Royal Pains"

The "Top Chef Masters" judge is heading to the Hamptons.

Aaron Paul forced to confront his "Beverly Hills 90210" past
Watch him cringe at the clip of him playing Romeo from "Romeo & Juliet," shown by Jay Leno.

Josh Holloway visits "Yo Gabba Gabba!"
Watch the former "Lost" star sing as "Farmer John."

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<p>James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Nicole Holofcener's &quot;Enough Said.&quot;</p>

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said."

Quick takes on the initial 2013 Toronto International Film Festival selections

Hard choices, people, hard choices

There are arguably five great film festivals in the world: New York, Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Toronto. (Yes, you could argue Berlin is in that mix as well, but how many noteworthy premieres do they really get?) Out of that group, no festival has as many artistic highs and lows as Toronto. It's partly because of their huge program, partly because it's a pseudo fall film market and, well, they sort of like to have lots of famous people walk their red carpets (tough love, TIFF, tough love).

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

"So You Think You Can Dance"

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'So You Think You Can Dance' cuts two more and the quickstep returns

Carly Rae Jepsen guest judges for no particular reason

We kick things off with an unimpressive routine from Stacey Tookey and Peter Chiu which mostly seems to consist of taking off red latex coats to reveal boring underwear. Of course, the choreography may be stunning, but it turns out that when you dress dancers in matching red coats, turn on red lights and generally bathe the stage in red, nothing seems to pop. Considering that Tookey has done consistently great work, I think I blame the lighting guy.

Our judges are Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and singer-songwriter... Carly Rae Jepsen? Um, why? No one questions this, so we move on. Seven Emmy nominations! Nigel is not doing a good job of playing humble.

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<p>Caesar's back and he's leading a revolution this time in 'Dawn Of The Planet&nbsp;Of The Apes,' one of the films discussed in our final wrap-up from the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.</p>

Caesar's back and he's leading a revolution this time in 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,' one of the films discussed in our final wrap-up from the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

'Lego,' 'Warcraft,' 'Apes' and Tom Cruise round out our Comic-Con 2013 coverage

Plus we recount the single most serious and awesome moment of the Con

SAN DIEGO - There's no way to give everything that happens in San Diego during Comic-Con the full print attention that it deserves, and that's because from the moment you arrive in town on Wednesday, everything's a blur. One day at Comic-Con can pack in as many things as I normally do in a month's worth of work in Los Angeles, and so we publish what we can publish as fast as possible, and almost always end up with some spare odds and ends that we don't know quite what to do with. To that end, I'd like to share some impressions from the rest of the Con.


Chris Hardwick was everywhere this year, evidently, I'm pretty sure that the real purpose of Nerdist Industries is to create clones of Hardwick to handle moderating duties everywhere for everything. The geek world's Ryan Seacrest is unstoppable now, and he plays along with the theatricality of a lot of these presentations. For example, during the Warner/Legendary panel on Saturday morning, Chris stopped at one point to take a phone call from Thomas Tull. He said he had to take it "because Thomas owns me."

He pretended that Tull had just ordered them to reveal something that was not on the original schedule, and it turned out to be a very short proof of concept thing for a movie based on Blizzard's enormously popular "Warcraft" franchise.

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