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<p>Orphan Black</p>

Orphan Black

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Season finale review: 'Orphan Black' - 'By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried'

Everyone tries to rescue Sarah and Kira, but are there more clones to discover?

Some thoughts on the "Orphan Black" season finale — but really on season 2 as a whole — coming up just as soon as I get this pencil through that piece of paper...

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20 stars we want to see at Comic-Con 2014: Kevin Hart, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt

20 stars we want to see at Comic-Con 2014: Kevin Hart, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt

Are we dreaming to even suggest Meryl Streep?

Comic-Con 2014 is just around the corner and that means big stars are heading down to San Diego.  Last year the venerable genre event had arguably more famous faces on hand than ever before. Granted, the entire cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" flying in helped (three Oscar winners and three other nominees among that group people), but Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Harrison Ford ("Ender's Game"), Jennifer Lawrence and the "Catching Fire" crew, Peter Dinklage and the "Game of Thrones" cast, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Vin Diesel, Andrew Garfield, the "Walking Dead" cast and, oh yeah, Metallica made the four-day fest somewhat historic.

2015 is shaping up as thought it may rival its predecessor.  There is always the chance that Marvel will bring the mighty "Avengers" cast back to energize the Comic-Con for next May's "Age of Ultron," Sony Pictures may have a "Sinister Six" to reveal, a "Lost" reunion could be in the works and Warner Bros. may introduce the "Justice League" to the world.  Plus, there are a ton of other panels that could find some of your favorite stars returning or visiting Comic-Con for the first time.

With all that in mind, check out the embedded gallery for 20 stars we'd be incredibly excited to see gracing the stages at Comic-Con this year.

Are you heading to Comic-Con next month? Is there a movie or TV panel you're most interested in hearing about? Let us know in the comments section.

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<p>I&#39;m almost sure we won&#39;t see this in &#39;Episode VIII,&#39; but it&#39;s still awesome.</p>

I'm almost sure we won't see this in 'Episode VIII,' but it's still awesome.

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Rian Johnson directing 'Episode VIII' is a sign of the thinking behind the 'Star Wars' series

So who should end up in the chair for 'Episode IX'

The announcement of Rian Johnson as the writer/director of "Star Wars Episode VIII" is exciting for a number of reasons, not least of which is because it indicates something about the way Lucasfilm views the sequel trilogy.

If I were to guess, I would say Marvel isn't going to hire many more writer/directors in the future, even if James Gunn and Joss Whedon both crush it with "Guardians Of The Galaxy" and "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." The fall-out from the "Ant-Man" situation has been fairly brutal, and while I'm curious to see what Peyton Reed and Adam McKay make of the project they're inheriting, the loss of the Edgar Wright version is just plain going to sting.

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<p>Michael Keaton in &quot;Birdman&quot;</p>

Michael Keaton in "Birdman"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Is 'Birdman' a one-shot 'magic trick' that could win Chivo Lubezki his second Oscar in a row?

The 'Gravity' cinematographer better not have gotten tired of the awards circuit just yet

After landing nomination after nomination without a win, cinematographer Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki finally claimed an Oscar a few months ago for his jaw-dropping work on Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity." But it wasn't just the technical prowess of the accomplishment that landed him that spotlight, conceiving of new technology to tell the story Cuarón wanted to tell and making it all work so well with the visual effects on display. It was also the drawn-out, patient takes, which Lubezki and Cuarón had been playing with ever since "Y Tu Mamá También" over a decade ago. All of that went toward an identifiable style that became the visual trademark of the movie, and the result was a much-deserved Oscar. But if the word on Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" is true, then Lubezki could very well be in line for his second in a row.

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith and Linkin Park open big on next week's album chart

What happens with Jennifer Lopez's 'A.K.A.?'

Next week proves to be a big week for debuts in the Billboard 200 top 10 as Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, and Linkin Park all top the 100,000 mark.

Though Smith’s “In The Lonely Hour” is coming on strong, heading into the weekend, Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence” has a good lead on the British newcomer, as the chanteuse’s second full-length album is on target to sell up to 190,000 copies and bow at No. 1. “Hour”is looking good for 160,000 and No. 2, but with the chart not closing until Sunday night, there could be a weekend surprise.

Linkin Park’s latest, “The Hunting Party,” will slide into six figures, selling as many as 110,000 copies in its opening frame to enter at No. 3.

Also bowing in the top 10: Willie Nelson’s “Band of Brothers” make a high debut for the troubadour, landing at No. 6 (40,000); Jennifer Lopez’s “A.K.A.” at No. 8 (32,000) and Deadmau5’s  “While (1<2)” at No. 10 (30,000).

Lopez’s low sales numbers are the shocker as both “A.K.A.” and Mariah Carey’s latest, “Me. I Am Mariah…the Elusive Chanteuse,” came in with some of the weakest first week numbers of the singers’ careers. Whether they aren’t connecting with their fan base or are trying too hard—and missing— by seeking younger fans, there’s a disconnect going on in both cases.

As far as the returning titles, “Frozen” hangs in there at No. 4 (45,000), Miranda Lambert’s former chart topper, “Platinum” at No. 5 (40,000), Jack White’s “Lazaretto” at No. 7 (32,000), and “Now That’s What I Call Music 50” at No. 9 (30,000).

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Netflix’s Watchowski sci-fi series 'Sense8' adds 'Lost’s' Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah and 12 other cast members

Netflix’s Watchowski sci-fi series “Sense8” adds “Lost’s” Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah and 12 other cast members
The 10-episode series is described as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted."

Ryan Murphy: “Glee” is going back to its roots in Season 6
“I’m sort of reinvigorated about it,” he says. "It’s getting back to what I was initially interested in with the show, which was arts in school. The last season is really about the importance of arts education in our high schools… I think people will like it.”

Stephen King on writing the “Under the Dome” Season 2 premiere: I was jealous of George R.R. Martin
"I knew that George R.R. Martin had written a few episodes of 'Game of Thrones,' and I was very jealous,” admits King, who adds: "It's a no-lose situation. If it's good, I just say it was based on my work. If it's bad, I just say, 'Well, that wasn't my idea.'"

Mary Steenburgen's “OITNB” role revealed
She’ll play mom to Pornstache.

Where did “True Blood” go wrong?
As the HBO series returns for its final season, Rolling Stone pinpoints how a hit show lost its way in the 2nd half of Season 2? As Scott Neumyer writes, “'True Blood' is barely recognizable from what it was when former showrunner Alan Ball first brought the vampire tale to TV. Bill and Sookie seem about as far from each other as two characters could possibly be.” PLUS: "True Blood” boss promises heads are going to roll this season, how “True Blood” is like high school, and a political history of “True Blood."

Jenny McCarthy’s e-cigarette ad disappears after it was featured in a U.S. Senate hearing
A senator used “The View” star puffing on an e-cig "as an example of Big Tobacco’s return to using sex, celebrity and glamour to get teens to try nicotine,” according to Politico.

“Bob Burgers’” home value: $796,446?
A fan of the Fox animated comedy has created a “Home Valuation Infographic” to come up with that figure.

What are your favorite Gym-watching shows?
Some shows are great for watching while working out, like “SVU” and “NCIS.”

Watch all 169 death from “Game of Thrones” Season 4
According to Digg, there have been 5,348 deaths total on the series. PLUS: How George R.R. Martin ended up on "Gay of Thrones."

Will ABC find success with “Rising Star”?
The Israeli-based singing competition has found success as being an “Idol” alternative.

ESPN’s “SportsCenter” to unveil a “future-proof” expensive new studio on Sunday
The new set, including a 6,200-square-foot primary studio, will be a lot looser, a lot more on-the-fly, and we will have a lot of laughs,” says co-anchor Steve Levy.

Conan O’Brien: "The biggest difference is how much social media has changed the DNA of what I do”
Conan says his strengths of reacting and improvising while shooting remote pieces are well suited to the social media world.

An appreciation of Pamela from “Louie”
"Pamela may be a f*cked-up female character,” says Jillian Mapes, "but everyone on Louie has their neuroses, and she’s certainly no Manic Pixie Dream Girl.”

Here’s what former MTV VJ Jesse Camp looks like now
Camp joined MTV 16 years ago, yet he’s only 34.

Here are “Orange is the New Black” stars on “Law & Order”
Just about every cast member of “OITNB” has done time on “L&O”

“Falling Skies” returns for Season 4 with “Empire Strikes Back” as its model
“There's something compelling about having your heroes separated, cordoned off from each other, and then you find yourself as an audience yearning for their reunion,” says new showrunner David Eick.

Spike TV’s “Frankenfood” creates hybrid monstrosities out of food
Contestants on this reality show premiering Sunday will create dishes such as spaghetti with peanut butter.

BBC America’s “The Musketeers” is beautifully filmed and deceptively modern
The latest BBC adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas classic feels in its opening like a show from the ‘60s or ‘70s.

“Orphan Black” embodies the female gaze better than anything else on TV
The focus is usually on female desire.

Will the “Saved by the Bell” biopic include Neil Patrick Harris' set visits, Screech bedding 2,000 women?
Dustin Diamond’s 2009 “Behind the Bell” memoir, which will be used for the Lifetime “unauthorized” film, makes a lot of wild claims.

Rainn Wilson serves up “Kid President: Declaration of Awesome”
The Hub series, premiering Saturday stars YouTube’s 10-year-old Robby Novak, AKA Kid President.

BBC America’s “Almost Royal” is the latest show to trick Americans with fake British royalty
The fake royals visits on this comedy, which premieres Saturday, includes a meeting of the Tea Party.

On TNT’s “The Last Ship,” Michael Bay’s explosion-filled eye candy is good enough
"Whatever you might think of Michael Bay at least there's a clarity to what he does. Boom. Stuff blows up,” says Tim Goodman. "That's not a terrible strategy for summer television programming.” PLUS: It’s a dystopian thriller for optimists, the one-dimensional characters and action movie cliché dialogue are “The Last Ship’s” drawbacks, Eric Dane says all the money wasn’t blown on the pilot, and Michael Bay says "This was a really cinematic idea, and was right up my alley."

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<p>Corb Lund</p>

Corb Lund

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Exclusive: Corb Lund plus Sun Studio equals 'Hair In My Eyes Like a Highland Steer'

Injecting rockabilly into your weekend

Corb Lund and his band the Hurtin' Albertans had only two days in Sun Studio, but it's obvious from this new release they made good use of the hours.

"Counterfeit Blues" is the result, the country and rockabilly band roaring through songs culled from seven previous albums and more. Playing together with the same guys for more than 10 years probably helped the live-performance recording process.

"Partly because we know the songs inside out and have played them live a thousand times and partly because recording at Sun is a very old fashioned, low-tech process that ends up sounding really great if you can pull it off," Lund said in statement about the studio that housed Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and others you could call Lund's forebears.

The sharp groove of "Hair In My Eyes Like a Highland Steer" (originally out in 2005 on the album by the same name) pokes out to me most, with Lund's yodel and devilishly smart arrangement. You can check out the exclusive premiere of that above.

"Counterfeit Blues" is out as a CD/DVD set (and digital, and on vinyl) in the U.S. on July 1. Sit in wait for a full album stream next week.

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Top 10 films directed by Clint Eastwood

Top 10 films directed by Clint Eastwood

'Jersey Boys' may not be his finest two hours, but which film was?

Okay, so the reviews are in, and it turns out I'm not alone in thinking that Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys" -- the 84-year-old actor-director-producer's 33rd effort behind the camera -- is a bit of a dud. Worse still, it's not the only recent misfire for the four-time Oscar winner frequently referred by critics as the last true classicist in American cinema. "J. Edgar," "Hereafter," "Invictus" and "Changeling" all met with varying degrees of opposition, though his defenders stand firm. "Has any working director had more wobbly movies defended by auteurist critics than Clint Eastwood?" tweeted Mark Harris recently.

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'Boardwalk Empire' and Broadway stars bring us into Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys'

'Boardwalk Empire' and Broadway stars bring us into Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys'

Plus: What new scenes were added?

NEW YORK - John Lloyd Young won a Tony Award for bringing Frankie Valli to Broadway in the hit musical "Jersey Boys," but he knew trying to land a role in Clint movie adaptation wouldn't be easy. That being said, he didn't flinch when he was asked to audition.

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<p>&quot;Wish I Was Here&quot;</p>

"Wish I Was Here"

The Shins' give new song 'So Now What' to Zach Braff's new film 'Wish I Was Here'

Bon Iver, Coldplay and Cat Power contribute fresh tunes to the soundtrack

The Shins have a great tune "So Says I," but now it's time for a hazy "So Now What."

The indie rockers -- who have been curbed more recently as James Mercer has pursued other musics with Danger Mouse in their project Broken Bells -- contributed the new tune to Zach Braff's "Wish I Were Here" film, which went the crowd-funding route last year.

As you'll remember, Natalie Portman famously put headphones on Braff's head to the tune of The Shins "New Slang" in the former "Scrubs" star's directorial debut "Garden State" (2004). "It'll change your life, I swear," her character Sam says. Well, it certainly did change the band life of The Shins. So the circle of life continues.

"Wish I Was Here" also has new songs from the likes of Bon Iver, Coldplay and Cat Power, plus previously released songs from The Head and the Heart and Hozier. The set goes up for sale on July 15; the movie, co-starring Kate Hudson, is in select theaters on July 18 and wide on July 25. It made its premiere at Sundance earlier this year, and raised more than $3 million via Kickstarter from about 46,000 contributors.

Complete tracklist below the new song. What do you think of it?

1. The Shins – So Now What
2. Gary Jules – Broke Window
3. Radical Face – The Mute
4. Hozier – Cherry Wine (Live)
5. Bon Iver – Holocene
6. Badly Drawn Boy – The Shining
7. Jump, Little Children – Mexico
8. Cat Power & Coldplay – Wish I Was Here
9. Allie Moss – Wait It Out
10. Paul Simon – The Obvious Child
11. Japanese Wallpaper – Breathe In (feat. Wafia)
12. Bon Iver – Heavenly Father
13. Aaron Embry – Raven’s Song
14. The Weepies – Mend
15. The Head and the Heart – No One To Let You Down

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Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley on 'Rising Star,' 'Planes' sequel and how to keep your band very happy

Come for the drama of 'Rising Star' and stay for the singing

Brad Paisley has been courted for TV talent competitions before, but “Rising Star” was one he couldn’t resist. “I just can’t believe the concept. It’s an idea whose time has come,” he says. “People are used to instant gratification, they’re used to short attention span theater…Being able to influence the outcome of a show like this while someone’s still singing their song will be unbelievable.”

He will be joined by fellow “experts,” Kesha and Ludacris on the show, as well as host Josh Groban. On “Rising Star,” viewers vote to allow a contestant to proceed to the next round as the singer is performing. Paisley, Kesha, and Ludacris will mentor the singers and will also control 7% of the vote.

Paisley will juggle the 10-week summer series, which debuts on ABC on Sunday (22), with his tour, writing songs for Pixar’s “Planes” sequel, “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” and wrapping up his new album, “Moonshine in the Trunk,” out Aug. 26.

“Planes: Fire & Rescue”  marks the third Pixar movie for which Paisley has provided songs.  “When [Pixar head] John [Lasseter] showed me the movie, he said, ‘this is a chance for you to pay tribute to your dad, your brother-in-law and the people in your family.’  I come from a family of firefighters. It was one of the easier most heartfelt song easiest songs I’ve had to write in years,” Paisley says. He also recorded another tune that plays during a scene at a country bar.

Speaking of bars, one played prominently in the recording of “Moonshine,” an album which Paisley says, appropriately enough, “is soaked in alcohol. I built a bar in the studio, an actual working Irish pub-like saloon, that’s got four taps and every sort of whiskey and scotch on the shelf. And if you build it they will cut, your band will come down and cut songs for you. We just made it a big party.”

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Judge tosses final lawsuit against Elmo puppeteer

Judge tosses final lawsuit against Elmo puppeteer
A federal judge ruled that Sheldon Stephens, 25, had waited too long to file suit against Kevin Clash.

Allison Tolman was “a little bit bummed” by the “Fargo” finale -- she only recently got cable
Tolman, however, says she came to realize that her ego is bigger than her character Molly’s ego, “and that Molly wouldn’t care in the least.” Tolman added that she only got cable "a second and a half ago," and is trying to catch up on all the shows she's missed. She has yet to watch "The Sopranos."

“Game of Thrones’” Renly Baratheon to play Charles Manson on NBC
Actor Gethin Anthony will take on the Manson role in “Aquarius,” joining David Duchovny, “Friday Night Lights” alum Grey Damon and “Bunheads” alum Emma Dumont.

Jerry Seinfeld: Why I sang a “Comedians in Cars” theme song
Seinfeld tweeted: "The reason for the theme song was: The episode felt so 60's sitcom with the wagon, the suburbs, the comedy Mom and Dad.. #missthemesongs”

Jason O’Mara to play George Washington
The “Terra Nova” and “Life on Mars” alum has singed on to History channel’s “Sons of Liberty” Revolutionary War miniseries.

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