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<p>Christian&nbsp;Bale in &quot;The Dark&nbsp;Knight Rises&quot;</p>

Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight Rises"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

The 'Dark Knight Rises' Oscar talk begins

And here...we...go!

You could hear the hype machine behind Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" humming to life the instant it was assured some form of existence. It's building to a fever pitch this week as the film is on everyone's lips down in Comic-Con and word out of uniquely selective screenings makes the rounds. And now, David Germain has gone and thrown out the Oscar talk, so strap in.

Discussing the film in semi-review language, Germain swears it "has the weight and scope – and then some – of 2008's 'The Dark Knight'...whose snub in the best-picture field helped prod the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expand the category to more than five nominees." He basically plants a flag for the film's chances on the circuit and gets Nolan, Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway on the record to discuss the franchise's awards legacy.

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<p>Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu</p>

Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu

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'Elementary' team talks 'Sherlock,' a female Watson and Moriarty at Comic-Con

Jonny Lee Miller had a Holmes conversation with Benedict Cumberbatch
SAN DIEGO - With new TV series panels at Comic-Con, there's a familiar panel structure. A show is scheduled for an hour and that means a 44 minute screening of the pilot, six minutes of applause, actor introductions and more applause and then five minutes of questions, usually not getting any deeper than "What drew you to this show?" before the panel is rushed to an end.
It's pretty unsatisfying and I have to assume it often leaves the talent wondering why they wasted three hours on the train down from LA.
I mention the typically empty new show structure as a way of complimenting the panel for CBS' new drama "Elementary," which took place on Thursday (July 12) in Comic-Con's Ballroom 20.
Somehow, with only 65 allotted minutes, "Elementary" screened its pilot and got in a solid 15 minutes of Q&A, which included decently direct questions from moderator Dalton Ross of EW, as well as a good selection of audience queries. I came away from the "Elementary" panel feeling like an awful lot of important points were addressed and like the crowd was mostly satisfied with the results. 
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<p>&nbsp;Frank of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

 Frank of "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: The season begins -- and so do the twists

Former housemates return as coaches as the hamsters are split into teams

It’s summer again, and that means “Big Brother.” Do you remember a time before “Big Brother”? It has to have been a long time ago, because Mike “Boogie” from season #2 looks like he’s retirement age. When he comes into the house, I expect him to be dragging his walker with him. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before we introduce the old (really old) but new twist, it’s time to meet the new hamsters!

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<p>Tim Burton seemed excited to discuss his new film 'Frankenweenie' with the crowd at Hall H today.</p>

Tim Burton seemed excited to discuss his new film 'Frankenweenie' with the crowd at Hall H today.

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Tim Burton shows several scenes and an old-school trailer for stop-motion 'Frankenweenie'

A spirited Q&A showed Burton at his best

SAN DIEGO - In the half-hour before the Disney panel began in Hall H of the San Diego Comic-Con, Tim Burton stood upstairs in the green room, laughing, smiling, completely at ease and comfortable.  Anyone who sat through the presentation he made for his new stop-motion animated film "Frankenweenie" knows, though, that Burton wasn't always that relaxed in his own skin, and many of his real childhood anxieties, especially about school, served as fodder for the film.

"What did they do to you in that school?" the panel moderator Chris Hardwick asked at one point.

Burton just shook his head, shuddering, and answered, "The lawsuits are still pending."

At the start of the presentation, the first of three films promoted as part of today's Disney event, Hardwick talked about how seeing "Beetlejuice" on the bigscreen was a major event for him as a kid, and how it taught him early on that films did not all have to look the same.

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<p>Miguel Gomez and Louis C.K. on &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Miguel Gomez and Louis C.K. on "Louie."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Louie' - 'Miami'

Louie makes a new friend and tours Miami's Cuban neighborhoods

A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I eat a strawberry I can't have...

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<p>Sam Raimi teases the preposterously pretty Michelle Williams during the Comic-Con panel for 'Oz The Great and Powerful'</p>

Sam Raimi teases the preposterously pretty Michelle Williams during the Comic-Con panel for 'Oz The Great and Powerful'

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Sam Raimi brings Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis to Hall H to introduce 'Oz'

Raimi talks about walking the fine line beween homage and creation for this one

SAN DIEGO - Chris Hardwick, better known as king of a podcasting empire under the handle The Nerdist, was practically giddy as he introduced the second film at today's Disney panel in Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con.  He said he'd never had a chance to meet the filmmaker he was about to bring out, but that he considered himself a huge fan, and confessed, "I peed just a little bit when I found out this next guy would be here."

The highlight reel that they showed featuring clips from "Evil Dead 2," "The Quick and the Dead," all three "Spider-Man" movies, "Darkman," "Army Of Darkness," and "Drag Me To Hell" made a strong case for why Hardwick might be so excited.  Taken as a thrilling kinetic whole, the clips not only featured some huge, iconic pop culture moments like the upside down kiss in the rain from "Spider-Man," but geeky beloved beats like Bruce Campbell's "groovy" and "Hail to the king, baby."  Sam makes images that you can instantly recognize as Raimi images, and he is justifiably adored by many film nerds.  He took the stage to enthusiastic applause and settled in next to Hardwick to discuss his latest film, "Oz The Great and Powerful."

"This is my home away from home, Comic-Con.  I love it here," Raimi said, talking about how his favorite parts of the convention are "where they sell the comics," which he considers the heart of the event.

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<p>Michael C. Hall of &quot;Dexter&quot;</p>

Michael C. Hall of "Dexter"

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Comic-Con 2012 Live-Blog: Showtime's 'Dexter' and 'Homeland'

Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter and Yvonne Strahovski hit Ballroom 20

SAN DIEGO - After spending the morning live-blogging "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conferences, it's time to get down to the business of TV, y'all. I meant to get to the "Teen Wolf" panel, but I couldn't get in. I went to "Elementary," but I'll write about that later. So now? It's the latest panel for Showtime's "Dexter," an annual Comic-Con tradition wherein people ask Michael C. Hall about his own homicidal feelings, Jennifer Carpenter about how playing Deb has impacted her own swearing and the show's writers avoid saying anything at all about the season to come. 

Let's get down to business... And remember that we already knew that "Dexter" is returning on Sunday, September 30. 

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<p>It was kind of like this, but moving.</p>

It was kind of like this, but moving.

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Fans get first look at Johnny Depp in 'The Lone Ranger' footage to finish Disney panel

Could Verbinski make Westerns cool again?

SAN DIEGO - The final surprise of today's Disney panel at Comic-Con 2012 probably wasn't a total surprise to anyone in Hall H.  After all, this is the same place where Disney ended a panel with footage of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow on the set of "Pirates 4," and it's the same place Guillermo Del Toro made an appearance to announce a "Haunted Mansion" film that no one was aware of.  And of course, this is where Disney showed that test footage that kicked off the avalanche of anticipation that built to the release of "TRON: Legacy."  Disney knows the value of a Hall H moment, and they did their best to guarantee one this afternoon with the debut of the very first footage anywhere for "The Lone Ranger."

Much has already been written about the backstage drama for this movie, with a production delay while the budget was slashed and later reports that the budget was creeping back up during production anyway, but none of that ultimately matters if the film works.  Based on the four or five minutes they showed today, "The Lone Ranger" looks to be a lush, opulent take on the Western, focusing on the way the introduction of the railroad changed the power dynamic of the Old West.

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Take that 'Twilight': Taylor Swift and Rihanna top paid celebs under 30

Girls really do run the world, according to Forbes

It’s a good time to be a woman in music: five of the top six highest-paid celebrities under 30 are female artists, according to Forbes.

Topping the list is Taylor Swift, who earned $57 million between May 2011-May 2012.  Coming in at No. 3 is Rihanna ($53 million), No. 4 Lady Gaga ($52 million),  No. 5 Katy Perry ($45 million) and No. 6 Adele ($35 million).

Justin Bieber earned $55 million to get wedged at No. 2 between Swift and Rihanna, a position we’re sure he’s very happy about.

Kristin Stewart, who is supposedly the highest paid actress in Hollywood, can only squeeze out a No. 7 slot and was easily outpaced by her musical colleagues. Stewart’s fellow “Twilight”-ers Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson also made the list. The only other male musician, Lil Wayne, came in at No. 8 with $27 million.

The numbers include album and concert sales, movie salaries, endorsements and other potential revenue streams.

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<p>'Rumors'-era Fleetwood Mac</p>

'Rumors'-era Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks bets on a Fleetwood Mac tour for 2013

What are the odds?

Maybe if the members of Fleetwood Mac say it enough, a tour will actually materialize.

Stevie Nicks was the latest FM’er to stir the pot about a new outing. She told “CBS This Morning”  “it’s the plan,” when asked about a new tour, adding that everyone was on board. "That's what we do," she simply says.By “everyone” we assume that means Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. In the CBS interview, Nicks addresses how "devastating" it was for her when Christine McVie left the band in 1998.

[More after the jump...]

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"Strange Sex"

"Strange Sex"

Credit: TLC

Watch: TLC's 'Strange Sex' wants you to view a breastfeeding husband

The question is, do you want to?

As you likely already know, I make it part of my job to hunt for programming in the strange, dark corners of basic cable. Accordingly, some of the stuff I find is not only strange, it puts the word right in the title so you won't be surprised by how absolutely weird some of this stuff is. So, when I see the third season premiere of TLC's "Strange Sex" on Sun. July 15, I should be prepared to see a grown-ass man breastfeeding, vaginal rejuvenation surgery and a woman with size 102ZZZ natural breasts. I won't be, of course, but in theory I should be.

Warning : After you see the clip below you may not be comfortable around baby bottles for a while. Or guys with unfortunate facial hair and ponytails. Although honestly, is that such a bad thing? 

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<p>Frank Ocean</p>

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean's CDs pulled from Target, big box chain releases statement

'Knee-jerk' accusation fuels rumors that 'Channel Orange' refused over homophobia

Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" was released a week and a day early on Monday, exclusively through iTunes, and brick-and-mortar retailers weren't pleased. Any music-sales shop would be, and has been, and will continue to be unhappy about it. Target reacted to the news by claiming it wouldn't stock physical CD copies of "Channel Orange" in its stores. Now, because of bad timing, Target has to defend its sales maneuver not just to fans, but to those who view its decision to be influenced by homophobia.

As widely reported, singer Ocean outed himself online two weeks ago. Since then, artists and labels have rallied to support this popular African-American solo male artist in hip-hop/R&B music, considering the dearth of openly gay African-American popular solo male artists in hip-hop/R&B music. Especially after his stint with Odd Future, his guest spots on Watch the Throne and the critical acclaim for his mixtape tracks, Ocean has become one of the hottest new items on Def Jam's roster, and subsequently one of their biggest third quarter releases this year.

When the surprise came that Ocean's album "Channel Orange" would be available for purchase more than a week early, Def Jam claimed the move was part of the marketing plan all along.

Meanwhile, a war has raged between labels/distributors and brick-and-mortar, particularly big box retailers who have the leverage to help or diminish sales of new titles in a major way. Retailers like Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Target already compete among themselves, with major slashes in price or exclusives like the AC/DC album release or extra-disc bonuses; however, they also compete with digital retail, which has the added benefit of never running out of "stock" and suffer no shipping costs.

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