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An exclusive look at 'U For Utopia' from the brand-new 'ABCs of Death 2'
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An exclusive look at 'U For Utopia' from the brand-new 'ABCs of Death 2'

What exactly is that thing on wheels?

So how did you guys spend your Thursday nights?

Me, I'm enjoying "The ABCs of Death 2," which is live on VOD right about now. It's a sequel to the anthology film that Drafthouse Films put out a few years ago, another chance for 26 different directors to get together to make short films about… well, death in all its forms. Murder, accidents, crimes of passion, age, sheer stupid luck. It's a great group of filmmakers working on the movie this time, and we've got a couple of fun things coming up to help celebrate the release of the movie.

Tonight, for example, there was a #DeathParty. What's that? Well, on Twitter, a bunch of the filmmakers all got together to hold a live conversation, a running commentary during the film, starting at 7:00 PST. They were joined by Tim League and Ant Timpson, two guys who have the most rabid appetites imaginable for the absurd and the extreme.

I've got an interview coming soon with Vincenzo Natali, director of "Cube" and "Splice" about his chapter in the film, but for tonight, let's just go with a still from "U Is For Utopia," his chapter in the film.

Natali is the perfect kind of filmmaker for this kind of film, a guy with a very clear voice who has struggled with some really brutal development periods on films he's made. With this, he gets to make a complete idea, and he gets to do it quickly, delivering something and being able to move on and not having to dedicate years of his life to something that ends in frustration.

Check back here on the 7th and on the 23rd for two more fun "ABCs Of Death 2" updates involving Natali.

You can find the film on VOD now, and the film will roll into theaters on October 31st, just in time for the most f'ed up Halloween parties imaginable.

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<p>Gracepoint</p>

Gracepoint

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Series premiere talkback: 'Gracepoint'

What did everybody think of FOX's remake of 'Broadchurch'?

I never did write a review of FOX's "Gracepoint," though Fienberg and I talked about it for a while on the podcast earlier this week. Ultimately, my feeling was that the show Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein have made is much too close to the original run of "Broadchurch" — really, it's not until the seventh episode (the last of the ones sent out to critics) where the plot deviates in any meaningful way — for me to properly judge.

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<p>A to Z</p>

A to Z

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Series premiere talkback: 'A to Z' - 'A is for Acquaintances'

What did everybody think of the new NBC romantic comedy?

I posted my review of "A to Z" on Tuesday. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight — or who watched the pilot when it was posted online back in the summer — what did you think? Did you find Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti charming, whether alone or together? Did Katey Sagal's narration add value or seem like distracting window dressing? Did any of the supporting characters pop at all? Did you find it funny? Sweet? Will you watch again? And were any of your dreams of hoverboard technology dashed the way Lea Thompson did to poor Andrew?

Have at it.

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Series premiere talkback: 'Bad Judge' - 'Pilot'

Series premiere talkback: 'Bad Judge' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new NBC comedy with Kate Walsh?

I posted my review of "Bad Judge" on Monday. Not it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Was Kate Walsh's judge too bad, not bad enough, or just right? Could you identify which scenes were leftovers from the original pilot and which were added later? (And did you notice the many continuity mistakes that happened as the result of the Frankenstein approach?) Did you like Ryan Hansen (doing his second "Bad" sitcom in a row) as Walsh's sex buddy? Tone Bell as the bailiff? The kid whom the revised pilot goes out of its way to write out hastily? Did you laugh? And will you watch again?

Have at it. And enjoy Kate Walsh's Photoshopped puppet legs one more time.

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<p>&quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot; - &quot;I&#39;ll Remember&quot;</p>

"The Vampire Diaries" - "I'll Remember"

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10 Thoughts on the 'Vampire Diaries' Season 6 Premiere

Bonnie and Damon are WHERE? Elena's taking WHAT?

I saw the Season 6 premiere of "The Vampire Diaries" last week and you've perhaps already seen my post with a handful of teases courtesy of showrunner Caroline Dries, who did a Q&A with a few reporters afterwards.

At the time, I held off on any spoilers beyond mentioning that just about everybody was handling the aftermath of last season's finale with varying degrees of sadness, self-hatred and mourning.

Now maybe I can talk a bit more about the premiere, which I thought was more mired in the aftermath of the Season 5 finale than progressing the narrative in ways I wanted to see in upcoming episodes.

I don't have time for a full review or recap, but after the break, I've got a handful of thoughts, all involving spoilers, obviously...

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Ranking the films of David Fincher from 'Alien 3' to 'Gone Girl'

Ranking the films of David Fincher from 'Alien 3' to 'Gone Girl'

Where does the filmmaker's 10th feature figure in?

After premiering at the New York Film Festival nearly a week ago, David Fincher's "Gone Girl" oozes into theaters this weekend. Being the director's 10th film to date made it a round enough number for the movie team here at HitFix to take a deep dive and count down the whole of his filmography.

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Jerry Seinfeld: 'Portlandia' is 'beyond brilliant' — 'easily one of the best comedies of all time'
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Jerry Seinfeld: 'Portlandia' is 'beyond brilliant' — 'easily one of the best comedies of all time'

Teresa and Joe Giudice will talk about their prison sentence on 'Watch What Happens Live'

Jerry Seinfeld: “Portlandia” is “beyond brilliant” — “easily one of the best comedies of all time"
Seinfeld, who was just in Portland shooting "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" with Fred Armisen, says: “I’m kind of obsessed with ‘Portlandia' right now,” adding that “I think that’s the best comedy on TV right now."


Teresa and Joe Giudice will talk about their prison sentence on “Watch What Happens Live”
The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars will give their first post-sentencing interview on Monday. PLUS: Inside the rise and fall of Teresa Giudice.


Katy Perry is coming to ESPN’s “College Gameday”
She’ll be the celebrity guest picker when “Gameday” broadcasts Saturday morning from the campus of Ole Miss.


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'Gotham' elects a 'Heroes' veteran as its Harvey Dent
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'Gotham' elects a 'Heroes' veteran as its Harvey Dent

FOX and WBTV believe in Nicholas D'Agosto

Yet another one of the most famous villains in Batman lore is coming to FOX in his nascent form.

HitFix can confirm that Nicholas D'Agosto has been cast as Harvey Dent in "Gotham," which has been a solid early success for FOX. D'Agosto will be a recurring guest star for the remainder of the first "Gotham" season with a series regular option for the second season which is, as of now, both likely and hypothetical.

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<p>Mikky Ekko</p>

Mikky Ekko

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Mikky Ekko has PSYCHIC POWERS in his new 'Smile' music video

A traipse through the fields

Mikky Ekko is a safer driver than you. Or he has psychic powers.

In a moving addition to the Car Crash Music Video genre, the "Smile" clips co-stars the singer with a lovely garlanded (as opposed to Garlanded) maiden. The lovers traipse the field in reverse, retelling a tale of old, and one man faces the eternal question: do I let my girlfriend drive my automobile?

"Smile" is the first single from Ekko's debut album "Time," out via RCA some time this fall. The set features collaborations with TV On The Radio collaborator Dave Sitek, Jeff Bhasker, Stargate, Dennis Herring, Clams Casino, Nick Ruth, Justin Parker, Benny Blanco and recent music video heartbreaker Ryan Tedder (of OneRepublic).

Mikky Ekko is out on tour with Alt-J -- who had a big Billboard 200 bow this week -- in November.

Still trying to place that voice? Ekko was featured on Rihanna's smash hit "Stay."

Here are Mikky Ekko's tour dates:

11/10 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
11/11 Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
11/12 Montreal, QC - Metropolis
11/14 Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
11/16 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
11/18 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
11/19 Washington, DC - Echostage
11/10 - 11/19 with alt-J

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American Sniper
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Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' trailer is two minutes of heart-pounding terror

Bradley Cooper stars as real life sniper, Chris Kyle

Everyone wants to love Clint Eastwood's movies. But after winning Best Director and Best Picture for 2004's "Million Dollar Baby," the actor-turned-director's self-seriousness has left his recent output feeling a little… dry. Sounding great on paper, "Flags of Our Fathers" "Invictus," "J. Edgar" didn't have the cinematic brawn to muscle Eastwood into the award season (though, it should be noted, that his riveting, un-Hollywood war movie "Letters from Iwo Jima" nabbed a Best Picture nomination). Will "American Sniper" be the one voters and critical voices finally get behind?

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Black-ish&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Black-ish"

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Ratings Analysis: 'Black-ish' down, 'Stalker' ties 'CSI,' plus Tuesday numbers

ABC's 'Selfie' and 'Manhattan Love Story' rise in Finals, while 'Forever' is soft

I started a Tuesday Ratings Analysis piece yesterday afternoon, but then a problem arose.

See, I dedicated the entire intro to the dire ratings for "Utopia" and its negative pull on FOX's Tuesday comedies and the necessity to finally give up on "Utopia" and shuffle lineup positions.

My solution was the one I've given a couple times before: Shift struggling Wednesday drama "Red Band Society," with its young female core and nothing else, to Tuesdays where it could at least bring those viewers to "New Girl." Put "MasterChef Junior" on Wednesdays either before or after "Hell's Kitchen" and just make it a Gordon Ramsay night. Let "Utopia" continue on Fridays and just plug your nose and look away.

Of course, as I reached the half-way point in the post, FOX announced that "MasterChef Junior" would move to Tuesdays and "Utopia" will remain on Fridays, where the network can plug its nose and look away. This was what I recommended on the morning after "Utopia" premiered when there was no way of knowing whether or not "Red Band Society" would succeed. It makes sense. Relaunching a low-rated scripted drama after a few episodes is vastly harder than just using playoff baseball to promote a new time period for a new season of a reality show.

The FOX announcement, followed by "Survivor" recapping duties put the kibosh on analysis. So this is now several days of Live+Same Day Finals analysis, which is a lot of bullet points. Sorry. Blame Dan Piraro. And if you don't know who Dan Piraro is... That's why this all happened.

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'Gotham' casts Harvey Dent, AKA Two-Face
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'Gotham' casts Harvey Dent, AKA Two-Face

CBS lands 'Rush Hour'

“Gotham” casts Harvey Dent, AKA Two-Face
“Masters of Sex” vet Nicholas D’Agosto will play the young version of the idealistic assistant district attorney Harvey Dent.


CBS lands “Rush Hour”
The Bill Lawrence TV remake of the 1998 Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker film has been given pilot production commitment from CBS.


Check out “The Comeback’s” comeback poster
“A Star is Reborn.”

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