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<p>Hugh Dancy in &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Hugh Dancy in "Hannibal."

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Hannibal' panel live-blog

Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy and company preview season 2

A year ago, Bryan Fuller came to Comic-Con for a small panel to discuss two NBC projects he had in the works: his "Munsters" re-imagining "Mockingbird Lane," and a "Silence of the Lambs" prequel about the early serial killing career of "Hannibal." "Mockingbird Lane" wound up never being ordered to series, though NBC aired the pilot, while "Hannibal" recently finished a brilliant (if incredibly low-rated) first season and was renewed for a second.

I spoke with Fuller about the end of the season, and now he's back at Comic-Con with a show that fans have actually seen now, and with star Hugh Dancy in tow, along with director David Slade and producer Martha De Laurentiis. Convention center wi-fi permitting, I'll be live-blogging the discussion right here starting a little after 6:45 Pacific. 

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<p>&quot;Dexter&quot;</p>

"Dexter"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Dexter' Live-Blog

Miami's favorite serial killer says farewell to Comic-Con

"Dexter" has become a Comic-Con staple in recent years with fans flocking to Ballroom 20 to ask Michael C. Hall the same questions about his own Dark Passenger and Jennifer Carpenter the same questions about swearing.

In its final Comic-Con adventure, "Dexter" will be attempting to stir up excitement after a weak day of movies in the cavernous Hall H.

Click through for my full live-blog...

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<p>Hugh Jackman and Rila Fukushima make a fascinating team in 'The Wolverine'</p>

Hugh Jackman and Rila Fukushima make a fascinating team in 'The Wolverine'

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Review: Hugh Jackman makes a nice return to form in James Mangold's 'The Wolverine'

There seems to be plenty of gas left in the 'X-Men' franchise

From the very beginning, Fox's "X-Men" series has played fast and loose with the source material, and enjoying the films has required the viewer to set aside any preconceived notions about the characters and the world. When Bryan Singer made the first "X-Men," this current wave of superhero movies was still in early days, and it seemed like the key to making a comic book film was somehow muting the more overtly "comic-book" elements and making things "gritty" and "real." Looking back at that first film now, I'm amazed by just how much it feels like the film just barely holds together, carried along by a certain excited energy and by the charisma of the cast.

The one breakout star from that film was Hugh Jackman, who was not Fox's first choice for the role. I thought it was evident immediately that he was not the same Wolverine that I'd grown up on, but that he brought a great, no nonsense gruffness to the role that made it okay that he's about a foot and a half taller than the character. The attitude was right, and the first time his claws went "SNIKT," it felt like we had turned a corner in terms of comic-books on the big screen.

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Big Brother

Big Brother

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday Results - The third contestant goes home

Will Aaryn leave, or will house strategy send Jeremy packing?

Another Thursday, another elimination ceremony on “Big Brother.” With Spencer all but forgotten at this point, it comes down to Aaryn and Jeremy on the chopping block tonight. Aaryn has angered the most people with her behavior, but plenty of players deem Jeremy as the bigger threat in the overall scheme of things. There’s punishment enough awaiting Aaryn once she gets on the outside of the house, but there’s also the outside chance that contestants will view her attitude as so toxic that there’s no chance she would ever win the show. By that gameplay logic, removing her at any point in the early proceedings would be a waste of an elimination.

All of that theorizing implies “strategy,” something that’s been sorely lacking thus far inside the “Big Brother” house. Still, that’s fairly common at this stage of the game, where alliances are unwieldy, character traits are still unknown, and the sheer number of players makes smart gameplay difficult to achieve. My instinct is that Aaryn survives to offend another day, while the men try to figure out how they lost control of the house so quickly. But who knows? That’s why we watch the show. I’ll be liveblogging throughout the night, starting at 9:00 pm EST. Make sure to refresh throughout the episode!
 
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<p>Idris Elba in &quot;Mandela:&nbsp;Long Walk to Freedom&quot;</p>

Idris Elba in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Full trailer for 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' promises the Mandela you didn't know

The Idris Elba biopic opens in November

The Weinstein Company has announced it is celebrating "Mandela Day" (today is Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday and, happily, he seems to be getting a bit better after his recent health scare) by dropping a full-length trailer for Justin Chadwick's upcoming "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." It's a bigger slice than that teaser we got last weekend, which was purely about capitalizing on star Idris Elba's presence at the multiplexes with "Pacific Rim."

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<p>Justin Timberlake in David Fincher's &quot;Suit and Tie&quot; video.</p>

Justin Timberlake in David Fincher's "Suit and Tie" video.

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David Fincher racks up VMA and Emmy nods on consecutive days

The two-time Oscar nominee is proving his multi-media skills this year

Admittedly, any statistic in this business can be unique if you make it specific enough, but David Fincher's maiden Emmy nomination this morning -- Best Directing of a Drama Series for the pilot episode of Netflix's "House of Cards" -- brought him to a unique awards milestone. He's now the first person to have been nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards... and the MTV Video Music Awards.

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"Sherlock"

"Sherlock"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Sherlock' teases season 3, resurrection and more

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman send their regards via video

At the "Sherlock" panel at Comic-Con 2013, co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis joined producer Sue Vertue to discuss last season's shocking cliffhanger (which won't be resolved until next year when the show returns to PBS), crack jokes and introduce a short video segment from season 3. Fans were perhaps most excited, though, to see a joint video greeting from stars Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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'Two and a Half Men' removes Angus T. Jones from the opening credits


"Two and a Half Men" removes Angus T. Jones from the opening credits

The new opening will feature just Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer.


"Psych: The Musical" gets 2-hour Dec. 15 air date
Meanwhile, fans voted for "Psych" to remake "A Nightmare on State Street."


Paul Walker, who majored in Marine Biology, to guest on "Shark Week"
The "Fast & Furious" star will appear in "Spawn of Jaws."


Paula Deen fans are mailing butter wrappers to the companies that dropped her

The group of fans has called themselves "Butter for Paula."


Benedict Cumberbatch: How "Sherlock" survived his fall
"F–k it," he tells EW, "I'm going to tell you how Sherlock survived … I know you guys like your spoilers and I feel so much better telling you. Freedom!" PLUS: Read about "Sherlock" at Comic-Con.


TVGN to air "Big Brother" reruns

Starting Friday, all three of the CBS episodes will air on the former TV Guide Network.


"Once Upon a Time's" Young Snow White joins "Trophy Wife"

Bailee Madison, 13, will play Malin Ackerman's stepdaughter.


Read an oral history of "Intervention"

The A&E reality show ends this week after eight years and 13 seasons.

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<p>&quot;The X Files&quot;</p>

"The X Files"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'The X-Files' Reunion Live-Blog

Scully, Mulder and many of the show's writers get together with fans

Yes, the "Psych" fans were Psycho.

Sure, the "Sherlock" producers gave fans a lot to investigate.

But for thousands of people who lined up at San Diego Comic-Con's Ballroom 20 on Thursday (July 18), the big-ticket panel was the triumphant return of FOX's "The X-Files."

Follow along for as many highlights as my little fingers are able to transcribe.

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<p>Josh Holloway of &quot;Intelligence&quot;</p>

Josh Holloway of "Intelligence"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Intelligence' team embraces 'Six Million Dollar Man' comparisons

It turns out Josh Holloway isn't good with computers
In my own thinking about CBS' midseason drama "Intelligence," I've tended to compare it to "Chuck," with Josh Holloway playing a buffed out government agent with a microchip that allows him full access to the Internet. 
 
At the "Intelligence" Comic-Con panel that kicked off the year's Ballroom 20 lineup on Thursday (July 18) morning, the moderator opted to eschew "Chuck" comparisons to ask if this new thriller was like an updated version of the '70s classic "The Six Million Dollar Man." 
 
Perhaps because he was bracing for "Chuck" questions, "Intelligence" creator Michael Seitzman was fairly receptive to Lee Majors-based comparisons.
 
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<p>Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z</p>

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z

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Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z: What are critics saying about their tour's opening night?

Watch the opening number from the Legends of the Summer Toronto show

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake kicked off their Legends of the Summer tour last night (17) at Toronto’s Rogers Centre to a generally positive slate of reviews, especially praising the pair’s enthusiasm and integration of their material. Here’s a round-up of what the critics had to say:

[More after the jump...]

 
USA Today’s Celine Wong: "After opening the show together, the duo has found a new rhythm with one performing alone for a song or two and then handing it off to another. It keeps the beginning of the show moving at a frantic pace and is a testament to their deep catalog of hits."

Billboard's Karen Bliss: "As rehearsed and planned-out as the show no doubt is — how to integrate their material, when to perform solo and when to come together, all the while utilizing their crack 14-piece soul/rockband — the two-and-a-half-hour set was smooth and fun and playful and didn’t have that air of my-turn, your-turn. It just seemed natural, almost off the cuff in places, which can happen when a guy can rap and a guy can sing...Jay Z has always been a masterful rapper, but what Timberlake displayed throughout the night was just how musical he is. His past concerts have so many dancers bounding this way and that, and him joining them, that it’s distracting and takes away from his significant talents: his ability to deliver his soulful and grinding pop tunes as the frontman of an expert band and highlight his own musicianship, playing upright piano, keyboards and electric and acoustic guitar— which he did on some of his songs and some of Jay Z’s."

Toronto Star’s Ben Rayner: "It was an indisputably badass night out, regardless: mammoth hit after mammoth hit after mammoth hit delivered with deserved, cocksure swagger amidst insane production values.
Rather than engaging in the one-upmanship that might result from splitting the bill, Js “T” and “Z” opted — as Jay-Z did on his 2011 Watch the Throne tour with Kanye West — to present the night as a chummy back-and-forth that integrated and expanded upon the numerous, overlapping collaborations in their catalogues...The multi-tasking Timberlake also sat in on keyboards with the deft, 14-piece backing band arrayed up and down the four-tier, LED-blazed stage from time to time, even strapping on an acoustic guitar for “Like I Love You” and later an electric to drop the riff from Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” into a gargantuan assault on Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.” Yngwie Malmsteen he ain’t, but if we were to view the night as a contest, it was probably his to take."

Exclaim.ca’s Stephen Carlick: “The medleys, of which there would be plenty, were novel at first, but they quickly wore thin; tracks that should have received full-track treatment felt rushed, while the transitions often felt clunky and ill-conceived...Problems with set list construction persisted throughout the show: Timberlake's epic "Lovestoned/I Think She Knows," of which fully half was cut in order to hurry to the next song, built up momentum by getting the entire floor area dancing only to be followed by a full-length iteration of the dragging "Until the End of Time"...It was Timberlake's show. Jay's trilogy of "99 Problems," "Public Service Announcement" and "Hard Knock Life" was the best song run of the night, but it was Timberlake's ability to control the crowd, and his animation onstage, that made him the clear crowd favourite, and his performances of songs like "Cry Me a River" and "What Goes Around... Comes Around" were head and shoulders above most of Jay's."

Idolator’s Adam Pyarali: "As opposed to performing two separate sets, Jay-Z and JT performed a combined list of 39 songs, similar to Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne Tour with Kanye West; the two stars took turns switching off amongst their own material and often duetting. The pair performed their new material but also hit iconic older cuts like Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’” and “99 Problems,” and JT’s “Rock Your Body” and “Cry Me A River,” to appease both old and new fans. The show ended with an unexpected but touching tribute to Trayvon Martin, as the “legends” performed Jay-Z’s 2010 hit 'Young Forever.'"


SET LIST (h/t USA Today)
Holy Grail
I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)
Rock Your Body
Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
Excuse Me Miss
Señorita
On to the Next One
Like I Love You
My Love
Big Pimpin'
Tunnel Vision
Jigga What Jigga Who (Originator '99)
U Don't Know
99 Problems / Walk This Way
Bonnie & Clyde
Clique
F---WithMeYouKnowIGotIt
Public Service Announcement (Interlude)
Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)
Pusher Love Girl
Summer Love
LoveStoned
Until the End of Time
Let the Groove Get In
Take Back the Night
FutureSex/LoveSounds
Frontin'
Song Cry
Cry Me a River
What Goes Around … Comes Around
Tom Ford
New York New York / Empire State of Mind
Mirrors
Run This Town
Encore
SexyBack
Encore
Suit & Tie
Forever Young / Young Forever

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Firewall & Iceberg Video Podcast: 2013 Emmy talk

Firewall & Iceberg Video Podcast: 2013 Emmy talk

In a bonus video installment, Dan and Alan discuss the big winners and losers on nomination day

Happy Thursday, boys and girls! It's day 1 of Comic-Con, but the entertainment gods decided to mess with us by making it also be the morning that the Emmy nominations were announced. Since Dan and I were in the same city at the same time as the HitFix video team, we decided to sit down for a quick chat about today's nominations, including the quality glut that led to so many "snubs," exactly how good a day it was for Netflix, which nominations (and omissions) surprised us the most, and more.

As I've said, we should be recording our annual road trip podcast in the traditional audio form on Sunday night as Dan drives me to the airport. Look for that sometime Monday. In the meantime, here we are in bright technicolor from the couch in my hotel room. The glitz! The glamor! The t-shirts!

UPDATE: This is now the full 17-minute-plus version. Enjoy.

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