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<p>Lee Pace in &quot;Halt and Catch Fire.&quot;</p>

Lee Pace in "Halt and Catch Fire."

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Season finale review: 'Halt and Catch Fire' - '1984'

The Giant ships, Cameron has a new business idea, and Donna enjoys some time off

"Halt and Catch Fire" wrapped up its first season tonight, and I have a few thoughts on the finale coming up just as soon as I darf you very gurp...

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<p>Carrie Coon in &quot;The Leftovers.&quot;</p>

Carrie Coon in "The Leftovers."

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Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Guest'

Another potent single POV episode gives us a few days in the life of Nora Durst

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as you shoot me...

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<p>Victoria of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Victoria of "Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Big Brother' Sunday - From HoH to Nominations to a Battle in an hour

A domino run leaves two hamsters on the Block, but is there a bigger target?

When we left things, "Big Brother" had misgauged the attention-paying skills of this season's hamsters and 12 questions weren't enough to crown a Head of Household.

That means that Sunday's (August 3) episode is going to feature an HoH, nominations and Battle of the Block in one tight hour, right?

Follow along...

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From 'Iron Man' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy': Ranking Marvel Studios' 10 films to date
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From 'Iron Man' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy': Ranking Marvel Studios' 10 films to date

Can you guess no. 1?

Among all of Walt Disney Studios' properties, the division that has the most unblemished success is Pixar.  And frankly, from box office to Oscars that respect is well deserved.  While Lucasfilm is bringing on buzz worthy filmmakers and screenwriters to tackle the new standalone trilogy and spinoff movies, the only label with a chance of taking Pixar's crown is Marvel Studios.

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<p>&quot;Marry Me&quot;</p>

"Marry Me"

Credit: NBC

Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'Marry Me'

Is NBC's new comedy another 'Happy Endings'? And is that a good thing?

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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Nicki Minaj and Beyonce

Beyonce takes on the 'elevator' incident in 'Flawless' remix featuring Nicki Minaj

Bey drops feisty new version in the middle of the night

Beyonce continues her pattern of releasing songs in the middle of the night.  While she and husband Jay Z were still on stage in the first of their two sold-out  “On The Run” shows at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, a remix of “Flawless,” featuring Nicki Minaj, dropped down from Bey Heaven.

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<p>&quot;Madam Secretary&quot;</p>

"Madam Secretary"

Credit: CBS

Take Me To The Pilots '14: CBS' 'Madam Secretary'

Tea Leoni has lots to work with, but the show needs more focus

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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Paul Feig rumored to be taking the helms of a female-driven 'Ghostbusters' reboot
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Paul Feig rumored to be taking the helms of a female-driven 'Ghostbusters' reboot

There are plenty of funny people ready to star if this happens

Paul Feig is a very funny man. First and foremost, before any further conversation about the merits of a possible female-driven "Ghostbusters," let's be very clear about that. You should read "Kick Me: Adventures In Adolescence" and "Superstud: Or How I Became A 24-Year-Old Virgin" immediately, especially if you're a fan of "Freaks & Geeks." You'll see how his writings evolved into that show, particularly in terms of the way he uses brutal truth to get his laughs.

When I visited him on the set of "Bridesmaids," he was confident about the film he was making, and he was over-the-moon in regards to his cast. His background is such that he really loves performers, and he knows how to create an amazing atmosphere for them to play together. I'm not a big fan of "The Heat," but the same skill set is on display, and it's obvious that he was able to build that space for Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.

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Former 'American Idol' finalist Michael Johns dies at 35

Former "American Idol" finalist Michael Johns dies at 35
The Australian-born singer, who finished 8th in 2008 on "Idol's" 7th season, died Friday due to a blood clot in his ankle.
 

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<p>&quot;Forever&quot;</p>

"Forever"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Forever'

Immortal Sherlock Holmes drama is bland, but amiably bland

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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Philadelphia's The Awesome Festival becomes Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival
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Philadelphia's The Awesome Festival becomes Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival

A line-up of indie horror like this worth way more than $50

Philadelphia's Awesome Fest sounds… well… awesome.

To be clear, though, it appears this is an evolution of the already-existent event, which is now being called The Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival. As you would expect with a name like that, Bruce Campbell will indeed be there as part of the four-day event in Rosemont, IL, where they'll also be screening a slate of horror titles curated by Scott Weinberg, horror maven and the resident critic at the just-killed FEARnet. They'll also have panels, and they've got some great ones planned. Overall, it looks like a really cool chance to see a fistful of the best of what indie horror has going on right now with bonuses that simply make the weekend better.

From August 21 to August 24, you'll be able to check out some great films. How? Well, here's how they put it:

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<p>&quot;Red Band Society&quot;</p>

"Red Band Society"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: FOX's 'Red Band Society'

Pediatric hospital dramedy is a lot like 'Glee.' Is that a good thing?

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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