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Bella Thorne says being a Disney star can make any day a 'No-Good Very Bad Day'
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Bella Thorne says being a Disney star can make any day a 'No-Good Very Bad Day'

Plus she explains why her character isn't mean, but misunderstood

I am unfamiliar with the work of Bella Thorne.

That's a good and normal thing for a 44-year-old man to say. Before I walked into the room to discuss "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No-Good Very Bad Day" with her, I did enough research to know she's a big Disney star, she sings, and she's got a book coming out. While I do have young kids who are in the Disney demographic, we've raised them to not watch television. If they want to see a show, we watch it on DVD or Netflix, without commercials, and so they aren't hardwired to love everything on the Disney Channel the way it seems like many kids are.

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We discuss 'Star Wars' optimism and Salma Hayek's action chops in this week's 'Ask Drew'
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We discuss 'Star Wars' optimism and Salma Hayek's action chops in this week's 'Ask Drew'

Plus we once again discuss the idea of what makes for a good remake

Just after returning from Fantastic Fest, I shot a new episode of "Ask Drew" with the always-amazing video team here at HitFix, and then I ended up getting caught in this last-minute trip to New York and the video team ended up juggling about 40 things at once and, long story short, today I've got the episode for you. And it's a pretty good one.

It always just depends on what you guys send in, and if you guys set me up with the right questions, then it's really easy for us to put together something fun. This week, I may have just gotten a face full of new "Star Wars" material right before walking into the studio to shoot, something my video guys didn't know. It was just happy timing, and I think you can see exactly how excited I was to talk about the film at that particular moment.

We started with a conversation about Salma Hayek and her role in the new film "Everly," and we also get into the news from last week that Netflix is going to be releasing "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2" to theaters and online the same day. The interesting thing about the ongoing discussion of how distribution is changing is seeing how reactionary much of it is. Things are changing. There's no other way to put it. What place a company has in this new media age is going to be determined by how well they adapt to the new world, not how hard they fight to keep everything the same.

We also talk a bit about the philosophy of remakes and how I feel like it works best when it's about genuine excitement over an idea and not just servicing some corporate asset.

Overall, good one, and thank you to all of you who send in questions. If you want yours answered on the next episode, send it to video@hitfix.com with "Ask Drew" in the header. Don't send it to me, because that would ruin it. I hope yours is the next one I answer, and we appreciate you watching.

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<p>&quot;Mr. Turner&quot;</p>

"Mr. Turner"

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'Mr. Turner' himself would have approved of going digital on Mike Leigh's biopic

Plus: The benefit of a longstanding filmmaker/DP relationship

Filmmaker Mike Leigh has been wanting to make a biopic about English Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner for a long time now, and there was surely no other choice for cinematographer than his longtime collaborator Dick Pope. The two have excelled at a breed of tableau filmmaking that can feel at once antiquated and invigorating. There are single frames from "Another Year" and "Vera Drake," among others, that arrest me still. But for "Mr. Turner," it was absolutely essential.

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FX orders an 'American Horror Story' companion series — 'American Crime Story' will revisit the O.J. Simpson trial
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FX orders an 'American Horror Story' companion series — 'American Crime Story' will revisit the O.J. Simpson trial

FX orders an “American Horror Story” companion series — “American Crime Story” will revisit the O.J. Simpson trial
Ryan Murphy’s newest series will focus on a real-life crime story each season over the course of 10 episodes, starting with 'The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling book, the "American Crime Story" will look at the 1995 Simpson trial from the perspective of the lawyers.

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' gets Sandra Bernhard and Stephen Root to play parents
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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' gets Sandra Bernhard and Stephen Root to play parents

John Cusack also tweeted his disgust with NBC’s 'Say Anything' TV series

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” gets Sandra Bernhard and Stephen Root to play parents
Bernhard will play Gina’s “eccentric” mom, while Root will guest as Boyle’s “very New York Italian” father.


John Cusack also tweeted his disgust with NBC’s “Say Anything” TV series
"No end to the exploitation of other people's sincere efforts in shameless slime,” he tweeted. PLUS: NBC has had an “extreme reliance” on remakes and adaptations.


IFC renews David Cross’ “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret”
The London-set comedy will pick up in Season 3 where Season 2 left off.


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Best Actor contenders include Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch and more

Best Actor contenders include Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch and more

We say it every year: is this the most crowded season yet?

It seems like we say it just about every year at this point, so let's say it again: the Best Actor category this season appears to be the most competitive race to date. Pity, then, that it's clearly one of the least racially diverse races we've seen yet, with minorities few and far between.

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<p>Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

TV Ratings: Big 'Scorpion' drop pushes NBC into Monday lead, while 'Sleepy Hollow' steadies

'The Voice' and 'Blacklist' help NBC claim Monday victory

Fast National ratings for Monday, October 6, 2014.

After posting an encouraging decline in its second week, CBS' "Scorpion" had a big Week 3 drop, combining with another weak performance from "NCIS: Los Angeles" to let NBC sneak in and win Monday in both the key demo and overall.

Just about everything, in fact, was in decline on Monday which meant that the 0.1 key demo decline for "The Blacklist" and a flat key demo week for "Sleepy Hollow" were both small victories, even if both shows were down in viewers.

"Scorpion" was off 19 percent from last week, while other shows with double-digit declines included "NCIS: Los Angeles," "The Voice" and "Gotham."

Transplanted to Monday, The CW's "The Originals" was the night's only return/premiere and it did solid key demo numbers, but failed to bring in a big audience. The CW is emphasizing time period improvement, noting "The Originals" bumped the Monday 8 p.m. average up 75 percent over last year.

On to the Fast National ratings...

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AMC renews 'The Walking Dead' for Season 6
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AMC renews 'The Walking Dead' for Season 6

AMC renews 'The Walking Dead' for Season 6
The pickup comes days before the Season 5 premiere, with the zombie drama the No. 1 show in the 18-49 demo across all of TV for the past two seasons.

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<p>Walking Dead</p>

Walking Dead

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AMC renews 'The Walking Dead' for season 6

Season 5 debuts Sunday; Scott M. Gimple will continue as showrunner

The sun rises in the east, tax time is April 15, and AMC has renewed "The Walking Dead" for another season.

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<p>Say Anything</p>

Say Anything

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Lloyd, Lloyd, all null and void: The brief rise and fall of NBC's 'Say Anything' remake

Did Cameron Crowe's tweets already kill the remake?

Yesterday was a head-spinning day when it came to '90s nostalgia. In the morning, Showtime announced that "Twin Peaks" would be returning in 2016 with a nine-episode miniseries, and there was much rejoicing across social media.

In the evening, meanwhile, Deadline reported that NBC was developing a sequel series to "Say Anything," set 10 years after the events of the film, and there was much anger and skepticism on social media — and no one sounded unhappier than "Say Anything" writer/director Cameron Crowe, whose tweet about the project may have already killed it.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to receive Charlie Chaplin Award, should be in more movies

The 'Veep,' 'Enough Said' actress earns the British Academy's funniest honor.

Why isn't Julia Louis-Dreyfus in more movies?

Yes, there are likely personal and professional reasons that keep one of the funniest ladies in Hollywood away from the big screen, but allow us to throw up our arms and demand more. Louis-Dreyfus has dominated television since the '80s (revisit her "Saturday Night Live" work and prepare to go bananas), "Seinfeld" making her a household name and providing a curse that only she could break. The success of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Veep" rests entirely on Louis-Dreyfus shoulders. Maybe the weekly format provides a comfort, maybe Hollywood just isn't writing roles for funny women (that's not really a maybe, but let's not digress), but we're tired of the small screen having all the Julia Louis-Dreyfus fun. Her latest accolade only rubs it in.

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<p>Grant Gustin in The Flash</p>

Grant Gustin in The Flash

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Review: 'The Flash' gets off to a fast start for the CW

Grant Gustin, Jesse Martin and Tom Cavanagh shine in latest DC Comics adaptation

The first words we hear on "The Flash" come from our hero Barry Allen, who explains, "To understand what I'm about to tell you, you need to do something first: you need to believe in the impossible."

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