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<p>The Bridge</p>

The Bridge

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Ghost of a Flea'

It's a big game of Where's Eleanor?, as everyone hunts for the season's new villain

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as we're on the same bowling team...

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10 all-time greatest Comic-Con movie panels

10 all-time greatest Comic-Con movie panels

Plus: Two very special honorable mentions

If you follow any prominent journalist, critic or entertainment reporter on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed the past few weeks have been spent dreading Comic-Con. There are some prominent exceptions, but for the most part the San Diego pop culture extravaganza is one of the toughest and most stressful events to cover on the entertainment calendar. As members of the media, we often becomes so fixated on the negatives we forget how often Comic-Con brings joy to the movie or TV fan inside all of us. And frankly, it's our job to convey that excitement to all of our readers who can't make it down to Hall H or Ballroom 23.  

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'The Big Bang Theory' cast is still without contracts 2 weeks before Season 8 starts production

“The Big Bang Theory” cast is still without contracts 2 weeks before Season 8 starts production
If a deal isn’t struck with the original five stars by July 30, production will be delayed — though a short delay won’t affect the Sept. 22 season premiere.

Shonda Rhimes doesn't see “Scandal” lasting to Season 8
"I've already decided when Scandal is ending,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I think there's only so much ‘Scandal' you can tell satisfactorily. The Fitz-Liv thing can only be told so long and in such a way. It's not a 10-season or eight-season show. I've already decided how long that is and what that's going to be. I'm not really worried about that."

Jason Lee joins Amazon’s “Cocked”
He’ll play Sam Trammel’s brother and Brian Dennehy’s son in a dramedy about a family gun business.

Latest “True Detective” rumor: Ewan McGregor?
A British tabloid says McGregor is planning to meet with show creator Nic Pizzolatto about a possible role.

Jerry Seinfeld: I’m considering a "Comedians in Cars All-Stars” season
In a Facebook Q&A, Seinfeld also revealed he reviews the coffee shops he visits on Yelp and that next week “Comedians in Cars” will get a spinoff show showing compilations from other episodes patched together. PLUS: The 12 most-underrated “Seinfeld” episodes.

Andy Samberg buys Charlie Chaplin’s former home for $6.25 million
The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star's new Hollywood Hills mansion was also the former home of actress Mary Astor.

Chelsea Handler called tasteless for dressing her sidekick as Hitler
The “Chelsea Lately” star has come under fire for celebrating Germany’s World Cup win with Chuy dressed as the Nazi dictator.

Kickstarter campaign wants a “Breaking Bad” spinoff starring Slash and Val Kilmer
What if they played U.S. Marshals who are seeking to determine if Walter White is still alive?

Listen to the R&B singer who will dub Whitney Houston’s songs for Lifetime movie
Does Deborah Cox sound like Whitney?

Carrie Preston talks about her “True Blood” tears
"Well, there was no problem accessing the emotion for me that day,” she says of this week’s episode. PLUS: Anna Paquin now has purple and blue hair.

ESPN and Sean Astin revive “Rudy” for a college football playoffs promo
Watch Astin reprise his 1993 movie role.

What “The Leftovers” can learn from “Lost”
Damon Lindelof’s HBO series, says Steve Bryant, "never really gives us a reason to give a sh*t. I think there's a simple reason why we don't. It's because we never got to see the rapture happen. All we saw in the pilot episode was a missing baby, a fender bender, and a kid calling out for his dad."

Here are the most iconic moments from Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live”
Over the past five years, Tina Fey has gotten drunk and Oprah has said the word “breasteses!”

Jason Biggs meets his real-life “OITNB” counterpart
The real Larry is named Larry Smith. PLUS: Why is the TV Larry such a jerk compared to the real Larry?

Woody Allen’s never-aired 1972 PBS special attacking Richard Nixon surfaces on YouTube
Check out “Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story.” PLUS: HBO special presents “Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words."

“Full House’s” Candace Cameron Bure facing a backlash for going on a 5-day cleanse
The “Dancing” alum insists that the cleanse is intended not to lose weight, but to get her body back on track.

What it’s like to receive an e-mail from Louis CK
“Hi, begins one e-mail sent in 2011.  "This is LOuie.  It seriously is me. Im even going to leave the O stuipdly capatalized because who would pay an intern to do that??"

“Hawaii Five-0” adds Amanda Setton
“The Crazy Ones” alum will play Masi Oka’s new medical examiner trainee.

Should it matter that “Game of Thrones” will have no female directors next season?
As Carolyn Cox notes, "it’s important to have female voices on a series which often depicts women being silenced.” PLUS: Man climbs the real “GoT” wall with no ropes.

How not to get fired on “SNL”: Do characters, not impressions
Fired featured player Noel Wells was great at impersonating people like Zooey Deschanel and Lena Dunham. But the problem with impressions is that you tend to disappear into your character. While creating a character offers something unique.

Why does Oxygen keep failing to try appeal to young women?
The original Oprah network announced this week yet another rebrand to hook young female viewers.

A Bea Arthur fan has created a “Bea A Day” Tumblr blog
Artist Mike Denison has resolved to create a different Bea Arthur drawing every day for one year.

“The Vampire Diaries” adds another new character
Emily C. Chang will play Ivy, a "quintessential girl next door with an unexpected wild side.”

Watch “Boardwalk Empire” creator talk for 4 1/2 hours
Terence Winter recently sat down with the Archives of American Television.

PBS sets “Icon” Al Capone for "Gangster Night"
The legendary mobster will be part of next Tuesday’s “Gangster Night” on PBS in an "Icon" special.

Michael Vartan hit with divorce papers
The “Alias” and “Bates Motel” vet has been married for three years.

Go behind the scenes of “The Librarians” filming in Oregon
The Noah Wyle series is the latest TNT series to call Oregon home.

On “Virgin Territory," MTV thinks virgins are weird
The reality show about virgins takes a psychological approach to learning why these young people are still virgins out of high school. PLUS: “Virgin Territory” would’ve been perfect six years ago during the teen pregnancy reality show era, and it explores a serious topic in an un-serious way.

WE’s first scripted series “The Divide” is surprisingly good
The cable network known for reality shows like “Marriage Boot camp” has turned in a drama that isn’t “frilly or fun,” says Alessandra Stanley. "It is a smart, intense thriller inspired by the Innocence Project, the nonprofit organization that uses DNA testing to fight to reverse wrongful convictions — including many in death penalty cases.” PLUS: Every character is developed with an intriguingly complex moral point of view, the problematic casting is "decidedly off-Broadway,” and how does co-creator Tony Goldwyn juggle “The Divide” and “Scandal”?

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<p>Ben Affleck in &quot;Gone Girl&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck in "Gone Girl"

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David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' to open 2014 New York Film Festival

Fox comes to the Big Apple for a third-straight year

Filmmaker David Fincher has been away from the screen for a couple of years, since 2011's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" threatened to be a major Oscar force but settled for a handful of nods (and a surprising Best Film Editing victory). He's back this year with the Gillian Flynn adaptation "Gone Girl," which could be a major play for Fox as the studio looks to get its awards legs back after hitting a wall with "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" last year. Well, an opening night berth at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival is certainly a great way for the studio to set the stage.

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The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers' new video for 'War On The East Coast'

Take a stroll through the danger zone

The New Pornographers continue their power pop ways with new song and video, “War in the East Coast.”  The catchy track has a bit of a ‘90s BritPop feel, which may account for the video’s style.

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Review: 'Planes: Fire and Rescue' features amazing fires but no heat at all
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Review: 'Planes: Fire and Rescue' features amazing fires but no heat at all

Why won't they tell us where the humans are?

What started as a joke when discussing the world originally created in the first "Cars" movie has now turned into a genuinely maddening question that consumes me during each new film that is tied into this world, first from Pixar, now from DisneyToons: where are the people?

It is a simple matter of internal logic, and without it, I feel like these films are weird in a way that can't be dismissed with a mere "it's a cartoon" line of defense. I tried raising the question with John Lasseter at the "Cars 2" press day, and he wasn't having any, but I think it's incredibly valid, especially with the bizarre design choices they make on these films.

True, the "Planes" movies are being made by totally different people than worked on "Cars," and they sort of inherited the premise so they can't be held fully responsible for it, but these films continue to make such weird choices that I can't help but think about them, particularly since there's nothing else for me to really hold onto as the films play.

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MTV to announce VMA nominees via Snapchat

MTV to announce VMA nominees via Snapchat
The nominees will be unveiled Thursday morning via eight 10-second Snapchat videos.

Dermot Mulroney joins “Shameless”
He’ll co-star in Season 5 as Fiona’s new boss.

Sony Playstation’s “Powers” announces its cast
Susan Heyward will play the female lead, joining Max Fowler and Adam Godley.

“ET” co-host Rob Marciano is leaving after 18 months
Marciano wants to go back to his hard news roots.

HBO to make Bryan Cranston’s LBJ play “All the Way” into a film
Steven Spielberg is on board to executive produce the film adaptation of the Tony-winning play.

Danica McKellar is engaged
“The Wonder Years” alum is set to marry boyfriend Scott Sveslosky. PLUS: Fred Savage to direct a “Goldbergs” episode.

Watch the official trailer for “12 Monkeys”
The Syfy series based on the movie premieres in January.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” boss: “There is a time jump”
The cast and crew of the Fox series gave critics a tour of their set today.

Lena Dunham’s book tour is nearly sold out
The short 11-stop tour featuring a series of celebrity guests has been called “as twee as we’d hope.”

NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” will debut early, after the “America’s Got Talent” finale
The Debra Messing series will premiere one week early, on Sept. 17.

Actress with small roles on “Walking Dead” and “Vampire Diaries” gets 18 years in prison for sending ricin to President Obama
The 36-year-old got the maximum sentence under a plea deal.

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Your best cosplay could be your ticket to attend the HitFix Comic-Con Party
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Your best cosplay could be your ticket to attend the HitFix Comic-Con Party

With 'Star Wars: Rebels' as our sponsor, this is a party you don't want to miss

When I joined HitFix for the site's launch, it was not an easy or an automatic decision. I spent months considering it, and in the end, I did it because I had faith in the team that was being assembled by Greg Ellwood and Jen Sargent, who were the ones who had the idea in the first place. In the years since then, I have seen just how good they are at identifying a goal and then mobilizing whatever it takes to make that idea come to fruition.

For example, one of the goals they had was to create an event that is part of the overall Comic-Con experience, and they set out to conquer preview night. At this point, it's safe to say that the Wednesday night HitFix party has become something that people look forward to, something that they enjoy each year. The canniest part of the plan was staking out Wednesday, when people are still fresh and full of energy and excited for the event to begin.

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<p>Dermot Mulroney</p>

Dermot Mulroney

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Dermot Mulroney to join 'Shameless' for season 5

A new character, but essentially the same function Morgan filled in last year's finale

Dylan McDermott is coming to "Shameless"!

Wait, that's not right.

Derbel McDillett is coming to "Shameless"!

Also not right.

Dermot Mulroney is coming to "Shameless!"

That's the one.

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Cote de Pablo returning to CBS for miniseries 'The Dovekeepers'

Cote de Pablo returning to CBS for miniseries “The Dovekeepers”
She’ll play one of four extraordinary women whose lives intersect at the siege of Masada. The four-hour miniseries from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey is based on Alice Hoffman’s historical novel.

Drake plans to break the Internet during tonight’s ESPYs
Will he and rival Chris Brown appear in a sketch together?

OWN to air another Tyler Perry show: “If Loving You is Wrong”
Bowing Sept. 9, “If Loving You is Wrong” will focus on a group of normal-seeming middle-class friends who "underneath are battling with destructible forces, such as heartbreak, deceit and lies.”

Former “Daily Show” boss to helm Larry Wilmore’s “The Minority Report”
Rory Albanese will not only executive produce, but may have an on-camera role on the new Comedy Central show.

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Jillian Michaels: I left 'The Biggest Loser' because I was being portrayed too harshly

Jillian Michaels: I left “The Biggest Loser” because I was being portrayed too harshly
As a result, she says, "millions of people have this warped negative perception of me.” Then there was the Rachel Frederickson controversy. "I had to take a hard look at my work” after that, she says.

Robert Forster to play dad to Rainn Wilson’s “Backstrom”
He’ll appear in two episodes this season.

John Oliver tells Howard Stern HBO doesn’t care what he does
HBO doesn’t have a liaison to “Last Week Tonight” and doesn’t provide him any network notes, Oliver says. “They don’t care. In the best way,” says Oliver. "It’s either incredible artistic freedom or they’re not watching."

Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” premiered 5 years ago today
To mark the anniversary, Cohen revealed his Top 5 dream guests, including Michelle Obama, Madonna, Beyonce, David Letterman and Howard Stern.

Sports radio host refers to Erin Andrews “a gutless b*tch”
"I hate her!” WEEI’s Kirk Minihane said of Andrews, after they played a clip of her interviewing a player at the all-star game. "What a gutless bitch! Go away. Drop dead. I mean, seriously what the hell is wrong with her?”

A drunk Charlie Sheen captured stumbling through a Taco Bell drive-thru
Watch Sheen show off his tats.

Letterman reveals his fave sandwich
Dave and Jason Segel talked sandwiches vs. burritos last night. After which, Segel sent “The Late Show” a bunch of sandwiches.

ABC Family is shifting its focus from families to women in their 20s
The goal is to make ABC Family a young-adult network.

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<p>Jesse Owens</p>

Jesse Owens

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Jesse Owens biopic 'Race' adds Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons

Drama will shoot key scenes at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin

Former "SNL" funnyman Jason Sudeikis will get serious alongside Oscar winner Jeremy Irons and rising star Stephan James ("Selma") in the upcoming Jesse Owens biopic "Race."

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