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John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, is being considered for 'The View'

John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, is being considered for “The View”
McCain, who hosts “Take Part Live” on Pivot, could become the new Elisabeth Hasselbeck.


“Elementary” books Gina Gershon
She’ll play Lucy Liu’s new nemesis.


“The Strain” boss admits the worm in eyeball billboard was “not for everyone”
“It may have been too far out there for some people but I personally liked it,” says Carlton Cuse, who adds: “I think that the ad was bold and imaginative and clearly not for everyone.”


Which shows have the biggest DVR bumps?
“Orphan Black” is No. 1 with a 123% DVR boost, meaning more DVR users watch than live viewers. “The Americans” has a 104% DVR bump.


Recalling the lost “Seinfeld” episode that was never made — in which Kramer’s first name was “Conrad”
The 9th episode of the series would’ve tackled the controversial subject of guns.


Jimmy Kimmel personally does the firing on his show
Kimmel tells Success magazine that firing people makes him sick in his stomach, but his experiences at being fired helps him to motivate the people he has to let go.


Watch Jerry Seinfeld drive Aziz Ansari in an 18-wheeler truck
Watch a preview of the next installment of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”


Instagram’s 1st 15-second TV show debuts
Check out “Artistically Challenged,” which follows a young NYC artist, 15 seconds at a time.


“Shahs of Sunset” dumps Lilly Ghalichi
The fashion designer/attorney was considered too boring to return for Season 4, according to TMZ.


Joel McHale is now a Vodka pitchman
The “Community” star is appearing in a YouTube series for Purity Vodka.


See Adrien Brody as "Houdini"
Brody plays the legendary escape artist in the History channel miniseries.


“Gotham” boss promises the new show will be “both fun and dark”
"The great thing about Gotham is it encompasses so many different worlds,” says exec producer Bruno Heller. "The tone is both fun and dark. It's sexy but dangerous. It's a world of craziness and a world of beauty. And the show encapsulates all of that."


“OITNB’s” beer can scene, explained
Natalie Figueroa recalls that Season 2 scene.


Robert Redford to play Dan Rather on the big screen
Redford will star in “Truth,” a film about the CBS News George W. Bush-“60 Minutes II” scandal.


“The Beverly Hillbillies” inspires a musical
Munster, Indiana will play host to the debut of “The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical” on Thursday.


MTV’s “Finding Carter” has a solid debut
About 1.69 million checked out the premiere of the teen abduction drama.


BBC America orders “Tatau,” a mystery drama set in the South Pacific
The series will follow two Brits who end up in trouble in the Cook Islands.


American “Sherlock” viewers got a secret message
“Masterpiece” adds its own credits, so Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat decided to tamper with them.


Here’s your 1st look at “Harold & Kumar: The Animated Series”
Kal Penn and John Cho, along with other stars from the movie, including David Krumholtz, have begun work on the Adult Swim series.


Destination America orders "Buying the Rockies”
The cable channel also announced Wednesday it has renewed “Railroad Alaska.”


“Masters of Sex": What is fact? What is fiction?
How much of the Showtime series is accurate?


Investigation Discovery’s “Heartbreakers” stars insist their show isn’t a “True Crime Sharknado”
Faded stars from the past like Tracie Gold, Nicole Eggert, Christopher Knight and Kevin Sorbo star in this three-part campy project about “dreamboats who turned into nightmares.”


How to create the perfect late-night talk show logo
The design firm that rebranded Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” logo looked back at 60 years of late-night logos.


“Project Runway” returns with a wacky promo
Watch Tim Gunn say, "Turn Down for What."


“Dating Naked” star: This show is about “female empowerment”
Ashley Fonda, 27, told critics she thinks the VH1 reality show will give young girls and women a more positive concept of their body.


Discovery’s “Naked and Afraid” employs a 6-person team to pixelate the nudity
They go through each episode frame by frame, sometimes responding to requests by cast members for “larger blurs."


Meet the inventor of sports TV’s “honey shot”
Former Andy Sidaris, formerly of ABC Sports, takes credit for "combining sports-watching and the objectification of women.”


The “Baywatch” movie can’t legally use the name “Baywatch”
So David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson will be filming cameos for a lifeguard movie called “The B-Team."


"Married at First Sight” is as insane as it sounds
This “extreme social experiment” featured a former “Bachelor” contestant getting married at first sight. PLUS: “Married at First Sight” draws 270,000.


Bronson Pinchot: HBO didn’t warn us that “Perfect Strangers” gets raptured on “The Leftovers”
"No, nobody said ‘boo.' (No pun intended.)” Pinchot responded via e-mail.


WGN America’s “Manhattan” will use fictional characters to help tell the story of the Atom Bomb
“There’s a fine line between fact and fiction, particularly when dealing with scientific discovery,” says creator Sam Shaw.


“Major Crimes” casts Mary McDonnell’s son
Ryan Kennedy will play a techie on the verge of his first buyout.


AMC “Walking Dead” special will take you inside “Walker University”
The behind-the-scenes special airs Tuesday at 8.


“Real Housewives” star Carole Radziwill recalls her romance with Ralph Fiennes
"It was long ago and far away … over a summer I was living in London,” says the Bravo star, who also once dated George Clooney.


"Vanity Fair Confidential” is coming to Investigation Discovery
The magazine’s most interesting crime stories will be used in each episode, with commentary from the authors.


Poppy Montgomery is pregnant, she reveals on Letterman
The “Unforgettable” star is expecting her 3rd child.


Lifetime orders "The Clan of the Cave Bear" pilot
The pilot based on Jean M. Auel’s series of best-selling novels is set more than 25,000 years ago.


“The Bridge” has fixed itself for Season 2
"What had become a rote potboiler simmering on someone else’s stove,” says Andy Greenwald, "is now bubbling over with fresh eccentricities and exhilarating menace. Those who bailed out of frustration are advised to jump back in now. After a year spent dawdling between inspiration and expectation, 'The Bridge' has finally picked a side. It has fully crossed over now, and it’s all the better for it.” PLUS: Season 2 may be too ambitious for its own good, it bites off way more than it could chew in Season 2, it has a “Wire”-sized envy for epic sprawl, and it has much stronger command of its subject matter this season.


“Extant” shows potential, despite mashing up a lot of sci-fi premises
"It’s way too soon to say whether this jumble works,” says James Poniewozik of the Halle Berry series, "but it’s promising that Extant‘s premiere seems confident enough to play it cool and mysterious rather than hammer us with holy-crap moments. Surprisingly for a TV vehicle for an Oscar winner, the pilot doesn’t give Berry a string of showy, actorly moments. Her performance is reserved, bordering on seeming a little shell-shocked, as Molly works on getting her Earth-legs back under her; the show’s direction is quiet and composed.” PLUS: The pilot is a thing of real beauty, "Extant” is like a low-budget, low-ambition "Gravity,” the previews are more thrilling than the pilot, it’s compelling, cerebral and unusually heavy for a summer show, Steven Spielberg says “Extant” was always the title, and Halle Berry was drawn to the more “E.T.-ish” nature of “Extant."

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Oscar Bait: Robert Redford to play Dan Rather in film about 2004 'Rathergate' scandal
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Oscar Bait: Robert Redford to play Dan Rather in film about 2004 'Rathergate' scandal

'Truth' will also feature Cate Blanchett as '60 Minutes' producer Mary Mapes

Robert Redford isn't messing around with this Oscar business.

After losing out on a nomination for his acclaimed, nearly dialogue-free performance in last year's "All Is Lost," the legendary actor is making another go at Academy consideration (at least in theory) as the star of "Truth," in which he'll play former CBS news anchor Dan Rather during the career-derailing 2004 "Rathergate" scandal, according to Deadline.

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'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' kicks off our new format of video reviews
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'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' kicks off our new format of video reviews

The amazing new Matt Reeves film seems like the perfect opportunity

One of the things that we're noticing here at HitFix is that there are a number of different ways you guys digest the information that we publish.

I am well aware that not everyone has the time to devote to a giant full-length review of a film, and I am certainly not the briefest of people when I have something I'm trying to say. That's especially true when I love a movie, and I want to go into depth or discuss why it landed on me a certain way. Film criticism is a very personal thing in a lot of ways, and yet some people are just looking for a general reaction. Good or bad? Worth my $10 or not?

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BBC America renews 'Orphan Black,' sets 'Broadchurch' return for 2015
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BBC America renews 'Orphan Black,' sets 'Broadchurch' return for 2015

Tatiana Maslany drama will be back for Season 3

BBC America kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour panel on Wednesday (July 9) afternoon with a pair of unsurprising announcements: "Orphan Back" has been renewed for a third season and the second season of "Broadchurch" will air on BBC America. 

Both seasons will air in 2015.

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Why is this man smiling

Nobody's buying what Robin Thicke's selling: 'Paula' tanks in first week's sales

Although, we may be complicit in a bounceback...

Robin Thicke's last album became his first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album sales chart when it bowed in the U.S. in 2013: "Blurred Lines" was the name, and "Blurred Lines" it boasted. The runaway hit single (and it's breast-bearing "unrated" music video) help propel Thicke's name back into consumer consciousness because, consider, Thicke was a hot dog in 2008 for "Something Else" (No. 3) then dropped down a bit with hilariously named "Sex Therapy: The Session" (No. 9) and "Love After War" (No. 22) in 2009 and 2011, respectively.

So maybe it was the success that doomed Thicke's new album "Paula," which apparently sold just more than 500 (five hundred) copies in the U.K. last week, and made it to No. 9 on The Billboard 200 this week with only 24,000 copies. To put that into perspective, "Blurred Lines" sold 177,000 copies when it came out last summer. "Love After War" (that No. 22) sold more than 40,000 in its debut week.

Lots of factors can go into this. "Get Her Back," the lead single, was only just added at radio in the last couple of weeks. It starts at No. 82 on the Hot 100. It's an OK song, but it doesn't snap like "Blurred Lines."

"Get Her Back" has been promoted via TV appearances, but so has a couple other choice cuts from "Paula," which may not point consumers at a singular touchstone for buying.

There was only about a month put into promoting this album cycle.

And, also, "Paula" is really weird, and puts fans in a really weird place.

It's said that new album sales are a reflection of the last album, and if you'll remember, "Blurred Lines" (the song) put many fans and potential fans in an awkward spot, ultimately because of content. Obviously, the T.I. and Pharrell Williams-featuring single had (and still has) loads of support as a party and radio song. But it wasn't all good feelings, with it's "blurred" messaging in the lyrics and the video, giving many people a stink-face about Thicke, who went on a weirdly Weiner-esque defense of the song. For instance, that "Today" show head-scratcher. Plus, people got sick as sh*t of it as it mixed with the peak of Miley Cyrus twerk hysteria.

Then, there's "Paula," an album that my cohort Melinda Newman called a mix of apologies and revenge. It's devoted to his estranged wife Paula Patton, and he's made it explicit that this album was intended to "win her back." That in itself makes it a liability for a singer who is airing his and his wife's dirty laundry with such slap-dash commercial gusto.

I love Usher's "Confessions." It's also an album about splitting up and divorce and marital issues. But it sure as hell isn't called "Tameka." In R&B, there's a requisite demand for intimacy and authenticity, for the listener and by the performer. And there's also an art to keeping it personal, despite the famous-ness of its artist. That you can call a blurred line. The explicit shame-training artlessness to "Paula" -- months after the dick-swinging of "Blurred Lines" and the conversations about sexism and womanizing it started -- doesn't seem so much as a "confession," but a power and publicity play, so air and embarrass. Whether wrongdoing in the Patton-Thicke marriage was on his part, or her part or their combined parts (heh), there's a creep factor Thicke should have considered before his showed up with a busted-up face in the truly terrible "Get Her Back" music video.

Speaking of music videos, most of Robin Thicke's aren't doing him any favors, so there's that.

"Paula" wasn't working for consumers. Again, I think it's healthy and good for music fans to have complicated relationships to their artists. Robin Thicke is forcing those complications, as he's smiling and winking at the camera the whole time.

Perhaps Thicke will be thankful that his low albums sales in the U.K. and the U.S. will raise awareness that he even has a new album out. Hell, you could see this article and think the same thing, though I'll warn it's densely mediocre. Go give a spin to Trey Songz' "Trigga" instead (he's No. 1 this week).

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'Orphan Black' renewed for Season 3

“Orphan Black" renewed for Season 3
The BBC America clone drama will return next spring. PLUS: BBC America will air "Broadchurch" Season 2 early next year.

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<p>Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Richard Linklater and Patricia Arquette at the New York premiere of &quot;Boyhood&quot;</p>

Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Richard Linklater and Patricia Arquette at the New York premiere of "Boyhood"

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On 'Boyhood' as Richard Linklater's Truffaut film

Ellar Coltrane's Mason follows Celine and Jesse in the spirit of Antoine Doinel

Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is a masterpiece. Full stop. It's an effortless piece of humanist filmmaking we don't often see, particularly on these shores where the Hollywood machine has forever altered the concept of what a movie should be, where independent cinema is pushed to the fringes while soaring budget gambles dominate the status quo and the middle ground of American cinema is consistently eroded. "Boyhood" is, at last, I think, the film Linklater has been striving toward his whole career. It is his Truffaut film.

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Gus Van Sant may sign his name to the American remake of 'Death Note'
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Gus Van Sant may sign his name to the American remake of 'Death Note'

Shane Black's got a 'Predator' to kill, evidently

"Death Note" would have been a very strange Shane Black movie.

That alone seems like a reason to have been excited about the possibility of seeing it, but in the grand scheme of things, it seems like a better fit for Shane Black to move on to a new "Predator" movie.

Besides, the notion of seeing Gus Van Sant direct a new take on this highly-acclaimed and very strange title is fairly provocative in a different way, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to see what he does with it.

The original manga series was by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, and it tells the story of a high school student who finds a notebook that grants whoever owns it the ability to kill anyone simply by writing their name in the notebook. By using it, he draws the attention of the Shinigami, a disturbing race of inter-dimensional death gods.

The student, named Light in the original version, decides to use the notebook to kill bad people and create a perfect world, but that ends up bringing him to the attention of a detective who is determined to catch whoever is behind this wave of strange supernatural deaths. It's a simple set-up, but an incredibly complicated series that spans several years in the manga. There was an anime adaptation in 2006, and that was followed by a two hour film, then a number of other other specials, and then a series of live-action fins, including one directed by Hideo Nakata.

Warner Bros. initially hired Charley and Vlas Parlapanides to adapt the property, and their script wasn't bad. I thought the Shane Black drafts by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry were also very close to getting it right, but Black evidently butted heads with the studio over what parts of the complicated mythology they were going to use in the film.

Van Sant has dabbled with the dark side in projects like his infamous "Psycho" remake, "To Die For," and "Paranoid Park," and his film "Restless" exhibited a very gentle approach to the supernatural. I think Van Sant is most interesting here because he's not a guy who you would automatically attach to this. Whatever his approach to the material is going to be, it won't be what we expect, and that automatically makes it interesting.

No word yet when they plan to make or release the film, but we'll keep you posted. In exchange, please don't write "HitFix" in any cursed notebooks. Thanks.

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Jay Z

Jay Z, No Doubt and Carrie Underwood headline 3rd Global Citzen Festival

Central Park event highlight global poverty

Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood and fun., will headline the 3rd annual Global Citizen Festival, held Sept. 27 in New York’s Central Park.

The free, ticketed event, which coincides with the UN General Assembly, brings awareness to extreme poverty around the globe and will air live on MSNBC. Additionally, NBC News will produce a one-hour primetime special about the issue that will air the night of the concert.

Also on the bill are The Roots and Tiesto.

To receive tickets, go to www.globalcitizenfestival.com and take action on one of the campaigns fighting poverty by signing a petition or sharing on a social network to enter. Tickets will be doled out throughout the summer.

 

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'Wild'

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Reese Witherspoon hits the road alone in new 'Wild' poster

Can 'Dallas Buyers Club' director Jean-Marc Vallée lead her to Oscar glory?

It's been nearly a decade since Reese Witherspoon picked up a Best Actress Oscar for "Walk the Line," but her recent renaissance (kicked off by her supporting turn in "Mud") could culminate in more Oscar attention.

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen shoots a modern day Western in 'Hunter of Invisible Game' video

The Boss co-directed the 10-minute short film


Bruce Springsteen has never been a fan of appearing in his music videos, so it’s somewhat of a surprise that today on his website he released a 10-minute short film for “Hunter Of Invisible Game,” a haunting, elegiac track from this year’s “High Hopes” album starring Bruce Springsteen.

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"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

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Time to dust off that 'Andy Serkis for Best Actor' Oscar discussion

In fact, let's make some room for Toby Kebbell in the supporting conversation

A couple of years ago, Andy Serkis' name again made the rounds in the awards conversation vis a vis his performance capture work. The talk concerned his performance in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and came nearly a decade after he stirred consideration among more progressive minds for his work in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." Well, with a performance in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" that is sure to outshine a great many that will be in the actual running, it's time to dust off that conversation once again.

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