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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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Magic!'s 'Rude' casts a spell on the singles chart, topples Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy'

How long has it been since a reggae song or a Canadian act hit No. 1?

It took a little magic to finally topple Iggy Azalea from No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

After seven weeks at the top, Azalea’s “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, falls to No. 2 as Magic!’s “Rude” ascends to the pole position. The pop/reggae track is the Canadian quartet’s first charting single. It is the first reggae song to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Sean Paul’s “Get Busy” in 2003, according to Billboard.  It has been even longer since and all-Canadian band ruled at No. 1: the last time was Nickleback with “How You Remind Me” in 2001.

The next four songs on the chart hold stationary:  Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” featuring Azalea, is No. 3; Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” at No. 4, Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” at No. 5 and Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dog” at No. 6.

John Legend’s former No. 1,  “All of Me,” moves back up one spot to No. 7. Maroon 5’s latest, Maps,” inches 9-8. Calvin Harris’ “Summer” drops 7-9 and Disclosure’s “Latch,” featuring Smith, finally makes it into the Top 10, as it moves 11-10.

In other chart-worthy news: Azalea’s newest single, “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora, zooms 97-65.

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Ron Howard to direct new Beatles documentary

Feature film will focus on the band's touring years

Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard will helm a new authorized documentary about The Beatles based on the early part of the Fab Four’s career.

The feature film, which has the full cooperation of surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, and George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, will focus on The Beatles’ early days at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England through their last public concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966. 

The Cavern Club was the small Liverpool venue where the Beatles played more than 200 times between 1961-1963 and were discovered by their manager Brian Epstein (the Quarrymen, the earlier version of The Beatles, started by Lennon and eventually joined by McCartney and Harrison, played their first gig at the vaunted club in 1957).  The film will include clips of home movies and photos captured by fans who were at the gigs.

“I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964,” Howard said in a statement. “Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”  Apple is the entity that controls the Beatles' business ventures.

White Horse Pictures, the team behind the Emmy-winning Martin Scorsese’s “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” HBO documentary, will produce the untitled film, along with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, and Howard.

No word on when the documentary will be released theatrically.



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<p>Viola Davis as Susie Brown, James Brown&#39;s mother, in &quot;Get on Up.&quot;</p>

Viola Davis as Susie Brown, James Brown's mother, in "Get on Up."

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Exclusive: Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman face off in new 'Get On Up' clip

A poignant moment for the Godfather of Soul

Viola Davis may have a potential hit series on her hands with Shonda Rhimes' "How to Get Away with Murder," but don't worry movie fans, she isn't giving up her day job. The two-time Oscar nominee has a number of big screen roles on the way including a reunion with Tate Taylor, the director of "The Help" in "Get On Up," which hits theaters next month.

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Billy Eichner to write his 1st book

Billy Eichner to write his 1st book
The "Billy on the Street” will give his take on Hollywood and pop culture.

Erin Andrews: My NFL on Fox promotion won’t keep me away from “Dancing with the Stars”
This fall, Andrews will work the NFL sidelines on Sundays and “Dancing” on Mondays. "I am going to have time for 'Dancing with the Stars.' That was all part of our negotiations,” she says. PLUS: New “Dancing” boss doesn’t know if Maksim will return.

There’s a secret code to getting HBO without cable TV
A phrase like “Internet Plus” may just do the trick.

The first woman finishes “American Ninja Warrior's” finals course
Gymnast Kacy Catanzaro used her 5-foot frame to her advantage to make it to the finals.

Jon Stewart deserves kudos for asking Hillary Clinton the tough questions
As Daniel D’Addario notes, “The Daily Show” host, "historically tooth-rottingly deferential to people in power, broke with tradition by giving Hillary Clinton the best roasting she’s gotten on her press tour. After so many tame interviews, Stewart rose to the occasion with surprisingly tough questions. And Clinton still managed to escape pretty much unscathed.”

Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel are improving the image of their networks
While the evidence isn’t direct, a study by YouGov’s BrandIndex found that “late-night stars are one way that consumers identify with a network.” And NBC and ABC are fourth and fifth, respectively in terms of improving the consumer perception of their brands.

Anna Paquin says “I’ve been on HBO too long” after repeatedly referring to her breasts on “Late Night” as “t*ts”
“Let me just say, this is the cleanest episode of ‘True Blood’ you've ever seen,” Seth Meyers said after Paquin had to be bleeped multiple times.

Adam West to reprise his role as “Batman” in the Lego video game
West will also be part of the “Lego Batman” Comic-Con panel next week.

Why “The Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman is boring: She’s confident, trusting and not needy
She also doesn’t fear intimacy, which makes her a “meh” romantic lead.

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Honorable Women” won’t be back for a 2nd season
There’s only going to be one story.

Fired “SNL”-er Brooks Wheelan can’t wait to see his “Best of” DVD
Wheelan’s new standup comedy set is called “Brooks Wheelan Falls Back on Stand-Up Comedy."

“Justified’s” Raymond J. Barry joins “The 100”
He’ll play Dante, the “quietly powerful” leader of the Mountain Men.

Disney Channel is devoting this weekend to “Frozen”
Watch 26 Disney Channel stars sing a “Frozen” song together. PLUS: Ex-Disney Channel star Aly Michalka gets engaged.

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<p>Derek Jeter</p>

Derek Jeter

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TV Ratings: MLB All-Star Game and Derek Jeter lead FOX Tuesday

'America's Got Talent' and 'Night Shift' put NBC in second

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

The 2014 MLB All-Star Game came close to Xeroxing the ratings for last year's Midsummer Classic, as the non-stop tribute to the retiring Derek Jeter led FOX to Tuesday victory in all measures.

The All-Star Game, which actually started at 7:30 ET and then continued well outside of FOX's standard primetime two-hour block, took only a small bite out of NBC's "The Night Shift" and didn't really impact anything else on Tuesday.

On to the numbers, remembering that FOX's figures are time period data and not actually the specific numbers for the All-Star Game...

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<p>Orange Is the New Black</p>

Orange Is the New Black

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Review: 'Orange Is the New Black' - '40 Oz. of Furlough/Little Mustachioed S***'

Piper attends her grandmother's funeral, Red remembers her past, and Vee takes control

We're getting close to the end of our run through "Orange Is the New Black" season 2, and I have thoughts on episodes 9 & 10 coming up just as soon as I do a burlesque routine with a Ray Romano puppet that's surprisingly sexy...

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Report: Barbara Walters won’t have much influence over the new 'View'

Report: Barbara Walters won’t have much influence over the new “View”
Walters will still retain the title of creator and executive producer. But with the departure of her longtime producer Bill Geddie, it’ll be ABC who will be calling the shots. According to The Daily Beast, it was ABC execs who decided to bring back Rosie O’Donnell.

Shonda Rhimes: “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 11 will kick off “about 24 hours” after Season 10, “maybe”
“It’s really a Meredith-centric season,” says Rhimes of Meredith still reeling from the loss of Cristina Yang. “She’s lost her ‘person,’ her (half-)sister has shown up, her husband is chafing to go someplace else…”

How Larry Wilmore will transition from “Black-ish” to Comedy Central's “The Minority Report”
Wilmore, executive producer on the ABC sitcom, will work on it as it breaks its first 12 episodes. Then it’s Comedy Central full-time.

“Doctor Who’s” 50th anniversary episode gets a Lego makeover
Every Doctor is represented in this short Lego film.

Laurence Fishburne will juggle “Hannibal” and “Black-ish” by not appearing in every episode of both shows
"I'm not going to do a full season of 'Hannibal' this year, and I'm not going to do a full season of 'Black-ish,' which will keep me free enough for both, to have fun and to contribute as best I can,” says Fishburne. "It's not a problem. It works out just fine."

Harrison’s “Scandal” fate revealed
"It's safe to assume that Harrison has met his end,” Shonda Rhimes says of Columbus Short’s character. PLUS: Scott Foley expecting his 3rd child.

Jon Stewart gives Hillary Clinton a mock career-aptitude test
"This can you help you decide if you even want this job,” said “The Daily Show” host.

Carlton Cuse vs. Damon Lindelof: Which former “Lost” boss is winning?
While Lindelof is out with “The Leftovers,” Cuse has “The Strain” and “Bates Motel.” PLUS: “The Leftovers” mirrors one fan’s religious journey.

ABC’s “Black-ish” will celebrate black more as a culture than as a race
Exec producer Larry Wilmore says: “At heart it’s a family show,”  he says, while creator Kenya Barris explains: “The show is about a black family – not about a family that happens to be black.”

Adam Richman calls Instagram snafu “a wake-up call”
Travel Channel may have pulled “Man Finds Food,” but Richman hopes to make a comeback with his new NBC show “Food Fighters.”

“Game of Thrones” announces (mostly new) Season 5 directors
Four of the five directors, including “Breaking Bad’s” Michael Slovis, are new to the HBO series.

“The Walking Dead” is building a 15-foot wall around an Atlanta neighborhood
Ten homes will be walled off from the rest of the community for filming this fall.

Ben McKenzie narrates new “Gotham” trailer
“This is my city.”

Watch the “Hell on Wheels” Season 4 trailer
The tagline for the season premiere: “Hell ain’t civilized.”

“Tyrant” books Leslie Hope
The “24” alum is already guesting on another FX show, “The Strain.”

GSN orders game show “The Line”
Contestants in various cities will line up to compete for prizes, and to go to the head of the line.

NYPD officers apologize to “OITNB’s” Taylor Schilling for inadvertently scaring her
Turns out the officers were fans when they pulled up and shouted her name.

“24” alum John Boyd joins “Bones”
He’ll play Booth’s protégé.

Lifetime renews “Little Women: LA”
The little person reality show will return for a 2nd season.

“Grimm” adds an “OITNB” alum
Elizabeth Rodriguez will play Special Agent Chavez.

Joe Manganiello teaches Conan O’Brien how to strip
Watch Conan’s “Magic Mike” lesson.

Nick and Vanessa Lachey are expecting their 2nd child
The former VH1 and MTV stars announced they’re having a girl.

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