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<p>&quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;will return in August.</p>

"Breaking Bad" will return in August.

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AMC announces 'Breaking Bad' will return in August

Final 8 episodes will be paired with 'Low Winter Sun' and 'Talking Bad' talk show

The final 8 episodes of "Breaking Bad" will debut on Sunday, August 11 at 9 p.m., one of many announcements made today at AMC's upfront presentation for advertisers.

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<p>Patton Oswalt guest stars on &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;tomorrow night.</p>

Patton Oswalt guest stars on "Parks and Recreation" tomorrow night.

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On 'Parks and Recreation,' Patton Oswalt gets his 'Star Wars' nerd on

In an extended outtake from tomorrow night's first episode, comedian riffs for 8 minutes about Luke Skywalker and... Thanos?

Tomorrow night, NBC is airing back-to-back episodes of "Parks and Recreation" at 9 and 9:30 ("The Office" gets the week off), and they're two of my favorite installments of the season. And yet the funniest part of either one isn't going to air at all.

In the first episode, titled "Article Two," Patton Oswalt guest stars as another Pawnee crackpot who gets upset at Leslie's proposal to eliminate some of the more outdated/racist/sexist laws on the town charter. Taking advantage of the laws still on the books, he launches into a citizen filibuster discussing his proposal for the J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Wars" sequel, which somehow turns into a "Star Wars"/Marvel Comics mash-up halfway through.

In the episode itself, you hear a few lines of dialogue from it, but when the episode was filmed, "Parks" producer Dan Goor told Oswalt to just improvise something and they would edit it down as needed in the final cut. Oswald launched into an eight-minute rant that you can watch below. It's remarkable for the absolutely hardcore nerditry of it, for Oswalt's commitment to a bit that he knew would likely never air, and also for veteran improv comic Amy Poehler's gift for interrupting at just the right moments and with just the right observations. It's really remarkable. Enjoy, and I look forward to discussing both "Article Two" and "Jerry's Scrapbook" with you after they air tomorrow night.

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<p>Henry Cavill as the &quot;Man of Steel&quot;</p>

Henry Cavill as the "Man of Steel"

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I guess we should talk about that 'Man of Steel' trailer

WB's big CinemaCon reveal sounded a thunderclap yesterday

There were 183 seconds that got a lot of fanboys excited yesterday, (insert dirty joke here), and we might as well get into it in this space. Yes, the trailer for Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" landed a solid punch when it dropped during CinemaCon and then hit the net immediately after. To say the least, it had some impressive stuff to offer.

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<p>Famke Janssen in &quot;Hemlock Grove.&quot;</p>

Famke Janssen in "Hemlock Grove."

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Review: Netflix tries horror with 'Hemlock Grove'

Werewolves, vampires and mad scientists co-mingle in silly, overstuffed Eli Roth joint

As Netflix pushes into the world of original programming, it's easy to see why the streaming video giant picked up certain series. "House of Cards" had a two-time Oscar winner as its star, David Fincher as an executive producer and a look and feel that automatically put Netflix into the discussion with HBO, AMC, etc. "Arrested Development" (which will debut on Netflix in May) is a show that, while never a hit on FOX, was beloved then and has been among the most popular titles in Netflix's library.

With "Hemlock Grove," whose 13-episode first season will be released in its entirety on Netflix on Friday, you have to squint a bit to see why it was chosen. Yes, it's a supernatural thriller larded with teen angst, which has value in the age of "Twilight" and "The Vampire Diaries." And it has a movie pedigree as well: Eli Roth is an executive producer and directed the pilot, and the cast includes Famke Janssen and Dougray Scott.

But it's also a mess: a horror series with a weirdly slow build (you don't even see the lead werewolf character transform until the end of the second episode), a mix of campy performances and competent ones, and just enough intriguing ideas to make me wish the entire thing was a lot better than it is.

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Don't Be Tardy...': Do you think Kim Zolciak needed her own show?

Is a whole episode of Kim, Kroy and the kids just too much?

In tonight's double-episode premiere of "Don't Be Tardy..." we get a little closer to "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kim Zolciak. The question is whether or not we wanted or needed to do exactly that. While I was never a huge Kim fan, I sometimes found her to be surprisingly sharp-witted, tossing out pithy insights about as often as curse words (okay, maybe there were more curse words. Girl swears a lot).

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<p>Oh, sure, everything's fun and games when the drones want to play, but when the guns come out, these things are a lot less cute.</p>

Oh, sure, everything's fun and games when the drones want to play, but when the guns come out, these things are a lot less cute.

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Review: 'Oblivion' covers familiar ground but with a real emotional charge

Tom Cruise heads a small but remarkably effective cast in the science-fiction thriller

Joseph Kosinski's first film, "TRON Legacy," is a triumph of design that left me completely cold as a movie. It is also one of those films that I found more irritating with each revisit. I saw it once for review and so I could do the interviews about the movie. I saw it once as part of Butt-Numb-A-Thon. I saw it once with my kids when it came out on Blu-ray since they were out of the country when it was released in theaters. So three times, and each time, I found it more hollow as a movie even as I was amazed at the world it created.

On a movie like that, though, you've got a lot of corporate interests being serviced and protected, and you've got a lot of people voicing opinions, and no matter if the screenwriters you throw at it are good or bad, there are choices that will be part of the mix that are maddening. It's not really fair to blame the director for everything that's wrong with a movie when it's a big franchise monstrosity. In Kosinski's case, I liked enough of what he did on "TRON Legacy" to walk into "Oblivion" hoping for some big improvements. After all, this is based on an original idea by him, it's not a franchise film, and he had guys like Michael Arndt and William Monahan working on the script, so maybe this would be something more personal.

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Johnathan Hillstrand and Scott Campbell Junior of "Deadliest Catch"

 Johnathan Hillstrand and Scott Campbell Junior of "Deadliest Catch"

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Watch: 'Deadliest Catch''s Johnathan and Junior talk death, chaos and crab

The captains talk about deaths, injuries and why fishing is a 'jail at sea'

I had a chance to sit down with "Deadliest Catch" captains Johnathan Hillstrand and Scott Campbell Junior during their visit to Los Angeles, and found them to be exactly the way they are on television -- talkative, outgoing and, of course, tough as nails. 

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<p>Shane Carruth and Amy Seimetz in &quot;Upstream Color.&quot;</p>

Shane Carruth and Amy Seimetz in "Upstream Color."

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Shane Carruth on swimming upriver (and self-distributing) in 'Upstream Color'

The filmmaker's fascinating second feature is in theaters now

Shane Carruth is more than happy to talk about his remarkable new film “Upstream Color” in substantial detail, poring over its staggered themes and elliptical construction with a discursive chattiness that suggests he, too, is still discovering further possibilities within it. Just don't ask him for a nutshell synopsis.

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<p>Yep, that's pretty much exactly how I felt when I saw this great new sneak peek at this summer's 'Man Of Steel'</p>

Yep, that's pretty much exactly how I felt when I saw this great new sneak peek at this summer's 'Man Of Steel'

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New 'Man Of Steel' trailer finally gives up the good stuff with a knockout punch

And there's oh so much good stuff to see

There he is.

Okay, Warner Bros, well-played. Right now, they're doing a full slate reveal at CinemaCon, complete with presentations on films like "Pacific Rim," "The Hangover Part III," and, of course, "Man Of Steel."

I wrote recently about how much reserve they were showing in the trailers thus far, and I wondered when they were going to finally start showing off the massive action in the film. It appears that the answer to that question is "Right now," and based on this trailer, I think it's safe to say Zack Snyder is going to turn out to be a positively inspired choice for director.

This doesn't look like every other superhero film. It doesn't really look like any other Superman film. Instead, it appears they've taken the recognizable story and design elements and they've used them to make something that is both new and yet instantly recognizable.

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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron back for more at the 2014 Oscars

Last year's producers ready for another dip

So I guess no one at the Academy got the memo that no one really liked the way the Oscars were put on back in February (I was mostly fine with them, mind you), and so they're bringing Craig Zadan and Neil Meron back for more. This last year featured high profile tributes to Zadan/Meron-produced musicals and specifically two big moments for the (granted, 10 years old at the time) "Chicago." What will we get in 2014? A tribute to television's "Smash?"

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Listen: Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross feature on DJ Khaled's 'No New Friends'

Listen: Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross feature on DJ Khaled's 'No New Friends'

Second Drizzy song in less than 24 hours

Muse these titles: "No New Friends." "Suffering From Success." It's the Young Money (and MMG) love-in, sponsored by Drake's fixation on success and sadness.

"No New Friends" is a new track from Drizzy, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and DJ Khaled, off of the latter's forthcoming "Suffering From Success." In it, the rappers extol their "day one" pals for helping them up to their current acclaim. Originally a "Started from the Bottom" remix, it's most prominent feature is Drake reporting on the fact these guys have no capacity for "fake" friends.

Drake quoth his own "Started from the Bottom" in his starting verse, despite the fact that song's still no good (and still makes no sense); but the chorus to this one's much easier to stomach, and Weezy even manages one slick pun ("They throw dirt on my name, well that's why they still dig me." Oh haha, OK dad).

Notably, this is Drake's second song in 24 hours, arriving around the same time his "Girls Love Beyonce," a lonely little number about looking for love... and disrespect of women?

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<p>&quot;Save Rock and Roll&quot;</p>

"Save Rock and Roll"

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Review: Fall Out Boy's 'Save Rock And Roll'

Can the reunited band save themselves at the same time?

A few months ago, Fall Out Boy, out of blue, announced the band was back together after taking a long hiatus. Not only were they back, they had recorded a new album and were releasing the first single from said album immediately. 

[More after the jump...]

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