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Jennifer Morrison of "Once Upon A Time"

 Jennifer Morrison of "Once Upon A Time"

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'Once Upon A Time' gets 'Lost' in a fairy tale

Fans can look for mysterious clues in this series, too

'Once Upon A Time' gets 'Lost' in a fairy tale

Fans can look for mysterious clues in this series, too

 

Maybe it was the hope that show creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (and moderator David Lindelof) might finally explain how polar bears got onto a tropical island, but many of the fans present for the "Once Upon A Time" presentation at Comic-Con seemed more interest in dwelling in the past than embracing a new TV series.

 

While reaction to the screening of "Once Upon A Time" was warm, there were certainly a few fanboys who whipped out their cell phones to amuse themselves rather than dive into the pilot, which introduces the idea of what happens when fairy tale characters are, through the curse of an evil witch, stuck living out mundane lives in small town Maine. The pilot was solid but, if fairy tales make you groan or are just too Disney-ingrained for your taste, it's likely a hard sell. The "real life" fates of characters like Snow White and the evil witch are certainly clever (and performances are strong across the board, especially from Lana Parrilla ("24"), Jennifer Morrison ("House") and Robert Carlyle ("The Full Monty"), even the clever little touches (a bowl of apples on the modern-day evil witch's table, for example) are perhaps already too familiar. For the fanboy-heavy audience, though, fairy tales (even by the "Lost" guys) may have been just a little too girly. Blame Disney princesses.

 

After the screening, the creators discussed how the project came after they were briefly unemployed following "Felicity"'s cancelation. "Our agent said, 'you need a new sample.' And we started to think about fairy tales. We liked them, and they're like a lottery ticket. You buy them and you think your life will change," said Kitsis.

 

The pair didn't bristle (too much) when several fans mentioned similar TV and comic book projects that cover the same terrain, including the 2000 miniseries "The 10th Kingdom. "As we said, we had this idea from 2002 and to be fair, I never saw the 2000 miniseries, but now I want to to see what I can steal from it," Kitsis joked. 

 

The creators both praised Lindelof, Kitsis joking, "[He] helped us out of an eight year writer's block and got us out of crying on his sofa that we had no ideas left."

 

It seemed that playing fairy tale characters was an easy sell for the cast. "I told my agent, 'I'll take it,'" recalled Ginnifer Goodwin. "And he said, you need to read it. And I said, seriously, I'll take it. It really didn't take much.

 

Morrison, who plays Snow White and Prince Charming's daughter, doesn't get to be part of the show's flashbacks to fairy tale land, but that doesn't mean she doesn't like the costumes. "I'm jealous," she said. "It would be fun to wear the pretty outfits. but It's exciting to play a character who's brand new, a new fairy tale character."

 

While the creators (and Lindelof) said they wouldn't answer "Lost" questions, they did offer an enticing draw for the new show. "We hope this is a show you can watch and relax and enjoy, but if you're looking we want to put out things there for you to find."

 

Kitsis added, "You can either get into your slippers or get out your magnifying glass." 

 

But don't expect any huge "Lost"-like jumps out of the fairty tale arena. Prince Charming (and his modern version) are here to stay. "One of the great things is everyone knows these stories, and that's why they keep getting told," Horowitz explained.

 

Kitsis added the more practical reality:  "That, and they're public domain."  

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<p>The cast of the new film 'Immortals' poses with director Tarsem Singh after their panel at today's Comic-Con in San&nbsp;Diego.</p>

The cast of the new film 'Immortals' poses with director Tarsem Singh after their panel at today's Comic-Con in San Diego.

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Comic-Con: 'Immortals' brings out Lutz, Cahill, Pinto and spills some blood

A gorgeous cast of both genders shows up in support of Tarsem Singh's vision

SAN DIEGO - If you followed our WonderCon coverage this year, then you saw a fair amount of material about Tarsem Singh's new film, "Immortals."  We interviewed the cast and the director, we spoke with producer Mark Canton, and I even moderated the panel with Henry Cavill and Luke Evans.  I walked away from that thinking that the film looks very stylish, and that it's obvious Tarsem's not doing anything like a traditional take on mythology, but instead a supercharged superhero take on gods and titans.

There were two chunks of new footage from the film shown today in Hall H, the first of which showed scenes from throughout the film.  "Long before Man roamed these lands, there was a war in Heaven.  The victors declared themselves Gods.  The vanquished were renamed Titans and imprisoned deep inside a mountain."

The film deals with King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) deciding he is going to unleash those titans to topple the gods, and the gods turning to Theseus, the one human they think can lead an army against Hyperion.  Much slow-motion and bloodshed ensues.

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<p>'Fringe'</p>
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'Fringe'

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Comic-Con Live-Blog: FOX's 'Fringe'

Expect plenty of teasing non-answers about last spring's cliffhanger

That was a fine five minute break after the completion of "Vampire Diaries." Now, without further ado, it's on to "Fringe." I'm a live-blogging fool...

4:19 p.m. There's been a lot of in-and-out between the animated panels and then "VD" and now "Fringe." They certainly have some audience overlap, but there are definitely fans who were only here for one or two of the big afternoon panels.

4:26 p.m. The "Fringe" panel is starting *early* that doesn't happen here. We open with a sizzle reel from last season. Each star gets cheers when they first appear. But they decide not to show my scene. Boo. And the sizzle reel ends with: "They don't remember Peter." "How could they? He never existed."

4:29 p.m. Jeff Pinkner and J.W. Wyman come out first. The stars all arrive in a rush, so we don't know who got the most applause. We've got John Noble, Anna Torv, Seth Gabel, Jasika Nicole, Lance Reddick and Blair Brown.

4:31 p.m. Noble begins with a few words: "You guys are the best fans that any company could ever have." Aww. "I know it's obvious, but this is our Emmys," Pinkner says.

4:31 p.m. Damian Holbrook begins, of course, by asking about the absence of Peter/Joshua Jackson. Pinkner jokes that they tried to find a replacement for Peter. Fake Audition Reel! Sylar! That guy from "Saturday Night Live"! Ben Schwartz! [Schwartz reading sides from "Dawson's Creek."] Rebecca Mader! ["Is it cuz I'm English? I can totally do an American accent," Mader says.] Damon Lindelof! Geoff Stults, who nobody in the audence recognizes. Paul Scheer! MICHAEL EMERSON! DANNY PUDI! [Pudi with a fake mustache.] Greg Grunberg! ["He's a mind-reader now," Grunberg says.] Jorge Garcia!

4:37 p.m. ZOMG! The clip ends with an Observer auditioning and that auditioner is... Joshua Jackson! 

4:37 p.m. Out walks Joshua Jackson in a hat and a charcoal gray suit. "I got so dressed up for you guys," Jackson says.

4:38 p.m. "Thank you everybody for coming to PaceyCon2011," Jackson says.

4:38 p.m. Apparently there was a lot of cut footage in the finale. Will we see it now? "We always try to keep our extras and our ends, just in case we're going to show everybody," Wyman says. "All of the important stuff made it," Pinkner says. 

4:40 p.m. The floor is already open to questions. But we can't hear them. Jackson repeats the question, which was how Peter could have fathered his own child if he never existed. "The question is, is that our child?" Torv asks. But nobody answers the question. At all. In any way. 

4:41 p.m. Will Olivia learn to control her powers? This season? "We can't give you things that are going to be spoilers," Wyman says, telling viewers to tune in. "All will be answered, we promise." Pinkner adds, "I'm not sure we've seen all of her powers yet." We get applause for Torv's Leonard Nimoy impression. Pinker warns the fans that "What's going to happen?" questions aren't going to be answered. He urges people to ask about "insight" or "process" or "things that already happened." 

4:43 p.m. The moderator asks other cast members to do their impressions of Anna Torv doing her impression of Leonard Nimoy. Up first? Lance Reddick. Joshua Jackson tries coaching him, "You don't exist anymore, so stop talking," Reddick tells him. He starts off clunky, but soon finds a solid William Bell. 

4:44 p.m. A fan asks Noble how much more fun it is to play an evil character like Walternate. "There's a charm to playing Walter who can get away with anything and does... Walternate, he's not as bad as he appears," Noble says. "You shot my wife in the head. That was pretty bad," Jackson says. "That was in 2026," Noble responds. "Fine. You will shoot my wife in the head," Jackson agrees.

4:46 p.m. "I loved getting to play Our Side Lincoln, because that felt like me," Gabel says of getting to play Lincoln full-time next season.

 

4:48 p.m. Is Josh deprived because he doesn't have an alternate version to play? "Certainly I've seen the fun everyone else had playing their alternate. It did give me more free time than they had, which didn't suck," Jackson says, before saying that however he gets brought back into the show, it's bound to be as a very different character.

4:49 p.m. What would Blair Brown's ideal Alt-Nina be? "I'm not sure that in the alternate universe, Nina isn't an inanimate object," Brown says confusingly. She suggests more seriously that in the alternate world, Nina is out of control, since she's so in-control in our world.

4:50 p.m. Jasika Nicole says we're going to see a different side of Astrid. She starts to say. They try to stop her and Nicole breaking into song, "Astrid has a gun..."

 

4:51 p.m. Will we get more flashbacks this season? "We've loved them as well and it's certainly our intent to keep doing that," Pinkner says. Wyman adds, "We'll always go back and we'll always go forward if it suits the story... I can definitely say for sure we will see some other episodes like that."

4:52 p.m. They've done a musical episode. They've done animated. What's next? "The nude episode," Wyman says. "They make me go nude, nobody else," Noble complains. He says that Walter's nudity is all a set-up for the Nina/Walter affair in Season 5. "You have a very tight tushie," Pinker compliments Noble. Now it's Jackson's turn to read the "Audience members under 18" placard. "I'm sure it's very tight, but we didn't need to know that," Jackson says.

4:54 p.m. Referring to Alt-Astrid's Aspergers, will there be more characters with physical or developmental disabilities? "Have you met Walter," Jackson says. "I think this show shows that disabilities aren't necessarily disabilities," Gabel says. Noble references the "Johari Window" episode as showing the "Fringe" commitment to treating people with "problems" or "disabilities" or "conditions" as being normal and special in an emotional way.

 

4:58 p.m. We're wondering why Walter sent his Machine back in time without proper instructions. Jackson thinks that's something we're going to learn this season. 

4:59 p.m. The cast is now going to ask *us* questions? Hmmm... For prizes!

4:59 p.m. Trivia. They've got "Save Peter" t-shirts for winners. Jasika asks the first question: What is the kind of sandwich that Walter made for Astrid when she was trying to break the code in Season 3? We get several incorrect guesses. It's some sort of cucumber, avocado and cheese with potato chips on it. Jackson tips his hat to the winner.

5:01 p.m. Torv is up next: What color was Walter's suit that he got married in? Purple.

5:02 p.m. I'd rather here more from the actual talent on the panel. But that's just me.

5:02 p.m. Noble's turn: What instrument did Roscoe Tanner play on the album cover shown in the episode? Nobody knows. Everybody's yelling guesses. Apparently he played drums. 

 

5:05 p.m. Blair Brown's question: What did Nina promise Peter in Season One in the equestrian ring? That she would do him a favorite at any time, no questions asked.

That's all, folks...

 

 

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<p>'The Vampire Diaries'</p>
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'The Vampire Diaries'

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Comic-Con Live-Blog: The CW's 'The Vampire Diaries'

Pretty vampires, werewolves and witches hit Ballroom 20

It's been a full 4 hours since I last live-blogged something.

I'm getting withdrawal twitches. 

With that in mind... "Vampire Diaries" time!

3:30 p.m. I've got a fresh computer battery and I'm ready to go as, Ballroom 20 reloads after the departure of hundreds of Seth MacFarlane fans.

3:38 p.m. Wait a second. Was that a clip from Season 3, featuring Elena walking in on a naked Damon? I believe it was.

3:39 p.m. Time for our panelists, starting with Joseph Morgan (muted applause), Nina Dobrev (more applause), Julie Plec, Ian Somehalder (very loud applause, prolonged shrieks), Kevin Williamson, Birthday Boy Paul Wesley (probably quieter applause) and finally Candice Accola.

3:40 p.m. Whose death was most surprising and whose death hit the hardest? "On a personal level, watching Kayla Ewell go," Accola says. "I feel like every character on the show has died at one point or another," Wesley says.  Wesley goes with Rose's death. "I would say Kayla... And Aunt Jenna was very hard for me," Williamson says. Somerhalder also goes with Kayla Ewell. "I still get hate mail for killing Mason Lockwood," Plec says. And Dobrev also goes with Ewell and Sara Canning. Morgan also votes for Sara Canning.

 

3:44 p.m. Plec and Williamson said we haven't seen the lost of Elijah. 

3:44 p.m. Jeremy appears to be haunted? "Yeah, two super-hot chicks. It could be worse," Somerhalder says. 

3:46 p.m. What's happening with Damon's emotional state with Stefan suddenly becoming what Damon always wanted him to be, just with a bad guy. "It's one of those reluctant hero stories, but it's told of a man who takes one step forward and three steps back at every moment," Williamson says, before saying that Damon's best intentions keep exploding in his face.

3:47 p.m. We're trying to sing "Happy Birthday" to Paul Wesley. "I'm blushing," Wesley says, admitting that he doesn't like attention. "You shouldn't have become an actor, Paul," cracks Somerhalder. Wesley is looking forward to exploring the "Ripper" side to Stefan. 

3:50 p.m. Which is more fun for Nina, Elena or Katherine? "I get the best of both worlds. I get to be the bad girl and I get to be the good girl. I get to do flashbacks and bite people. I get to do scenes with this one and that one and they're both so much fun," Dobrev says. She adds, "It will kill me one day, because it's a lot of work." How does she shift between them? Somerhalder interjects, "She becomes a raging bitch one day and..." and Nina agrees, "I can get away with a lot more when I'm Katherine on set."

3:52 p.m. The stars like to pitch episodes set in Hawaii, The Caribbean and Paris. "You need a break sometimes and when you live as we all did or do in Southern California, you don't typically get seasons. And in Atlanta when it says 'Night - Exterior,' Kevin and Julie, in February... it kicks your butt," Somerhalder explains.

3:53 p.m. Accola says that her recent transformation has been "very cool." "It's very cool to do stunts and it's very cool to play a strong young female," Accola says. And what's in store for Caroline and Tyler? "Puppies?" Somerhalder interjects.

3:55 p.m. Wesley warns Somerhalder about the placard mentioning that people under 18 are in the audience.

3:55 p.m. If they could play any other character who would it be? "I'd like to play Damon, because of all the attention he's getting," Morgan says. "I would like to be Klaus... The biggest, baddest vampire of all time? Before you came around, that's what Katherine was," Nina says. "A hybrid," Morgan interrupts. In unison, Somerhalder and Wesley agree they'd also like to be Klaus. "I just wanna be Klaus with a really bad accent... 'Ripper,'" Wesley says. "A bad version of his accent," Somerhalder clarifies. "I like being Caroline," Accola giggles. Plec says she'd want to be Elijah.  

 

3:59 p.m. Will Damon and Elena date? That was the first audience question. Plec points out that Katherine said at the end of last season that it's OK to love both Damon and Stefan and Plec aggress, saying, "Katherine seems to know more about what it's like to care for both Salvatore brothers than anyone else thus far, so she's not saying it for no reason."

4:01 p.m. Can the actors tell the difference between when Dobrev is playing Katherine or Elena. "It's this weird little twinkle in her eye. She gets slightly sadistic. Whereas with Elena, she's pure," Somerhalder says. "Usually the attire will give it away," adds Wesley, who compares Katherine's brand of walking to "swimming through Jello."

 

4:03 p.m. With Stefan turned evil, will Elena just run into Damon's arms? "I don't think she's going to run straight into his arms," Williamson says. "She might zig-zag first," Somerhalder adds. Williamson chips in, "There are too many things in the way for them to just run into each other's arms."

4:04 p.m. "I'm just feeling naked without my name sign," Wesley says. "Here. Take a better one," Somerhalder says, passing his name sign over to Wesley.

4:05 p.m. A Brazilian fan tells the stars how much Brazil loves them.

4:06 p.m. Nina's asked to choose between Stefan and Damon. "Half of this room will get so mad at me if I say one," Dobrev says. "The beauty of this situation is that I don't have to choose. Katherine had it right," Dobrev says. Somerhalder adds, "Sharing is caring." There's then a reference to a Salvatore Sandwich. Hmmm...

4:07 p.m. Now for Nina, who can she relate to more - Elena or Katherine? Dobrev started off more as an Elena, but she's becoming more of a Katherine as she gets older.

 

4:09 p.m. Dream guest stars? "Fabio," Somerhalder says. "He auditioned for Damon," Wesley says. "I know who Kevin would want... Taylor Swift," Dobrev reveals, also adding that Justin Bieber wanted to be on "Vampire Diaries." "Stunt casting is not something I think we excel at and I don't think it's necessary," Williamson disagrees.

4:10 p.m. The last question is for Ian and kinda for Paul. If they could change anything about their characters, what would it be? "Thanks, you just put me in a loaded situation," says Somerhalder, sitting between the series creators. "I wouldn't change a damn thing about Damon Salvatore. With all these characters, they've just created these super-dynamic, very complex individuals," Somerhalder says. Somerhalder says he likes "the push and the pull," saying it's "the alcoholic in the bar, how difficult that person has to fight those urges." 

4:13 p.m. Is Ian Team Damon or Team Stefan? "Me? I'm actually a little Team Stefan," he says, pulling out a Team Stefan shirt. And is Paul Team Damon or Team Stefan? "He does the sexy raptor dance with his shirt off," Wesley says, pulling out a Team Damon shirt. And Nina? "We already went through this..." She pulls out a Team Katherine shirt. Candice has a Team Tyler shirt. And Morgan has a Team Klaus shirt. What about Jule and Kevin? "We should probably not choose. We'd start a little war between our children," Plec says, pulling out a shirt with the names of almost all of their characters. "All of these teams together make up this kick-ass family that we call 'Vampire Diaries,'" Somerhalder says.

 

And that's all, folks...

 

 

 

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<p>Amy Winehouse</p>

Amy Winehouse

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Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna and more react to Amy Winehouse's death

Celebrities from all walks of life respond to her passing

Celebrities and musicians of all genres took to their Twitter accounts in droves to tweet about Amy Winehouse’s death.  Here’s a quick round-up of what is out there...in their own words (and grammar).

Katy Perry: RIP Amy Winehouse. May she finally find peace.

Rihanna: I am genuinely heartbroken about this #DearAmy (Rihanna later tweeted a photo of herself at a Winehouse show)

Kelly Clarkson: What a waste of a gifted person. What a shame she saw no hope and continued living her life in that manor  (sic). I have been that low emotionally and mentally and that is overwhelming.

Usher: I’m so sad to hear the horrible news of Amy Winehouse’s death. I’m so happy I knew you Amy... Rest Well. Gone Too Soon... we’ll miss you!!

Janelle Monae: heart is heavy. My heart goes out 2 Amy Winehouse's family, loved ones. Praying for their strength during this time.

Billy Corgan: Sad to hear about Amy Winehouse. I mourn any time one of our own passes on. A tragedy...no doubt. Truly sad.

Kelly Osbourne:
“I can’t even breath right now im crying so hard i just lost i of my best friends. i love your forever Amy & will never forget the real you.

Lea Michele: Devastated to hear about Amy Winehouse...she was truly one of a kind.

Josh Groban: Drugs took her gift, her soul, her light, long before they took her life. RIP Amy.

Demi Lovato
: Amy Winehouse...So sad. Unfortunately, the world lost an incredibly talented woman to such a powerful disease...addiction. # RIP

Nicki Minaj: Please tell me Amy Winehouse didn’t die. Is this some sick joke?

Lance Bass: Another talent dies at 27-RIP-Amy Winehouse.

LeToya Luckett: So sad 2 hear the news about Amy Winehouse. I was sooo in love with her voice. R.I.P.

Missy Elliott: My condolences go out to Amy Winehouse family and My Prayers to those Families who lost loved ones in Norway...

Sandra Bernhard: Some people can’t handle it and it’s terribly sad. another great talent gone gone gone. amy Winehouse.

Amanda Bynes:
I am so saddened by the news about Amy Winehouse. What a gifted musician. My prayers go out to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Boy George: I cannot contain my sadness and my anger about Amy Winehouse. Rest in peace child, it is a deeply sad day for many reasons.

Booty Collins: National Breaking News. Amy Winehouse found dead in her London home...Funkateers, we lost another.

Martina McBride: So sad to hear about Amy Winehouse. Such an incredible talent. Prayers fo out to her family and fans.

Sharon Jones:
May you Rest In Peace Amy Winehouse...The Dap-Kings and Me will miss you most...Love you always! (Ed.’s note: Winehouse recorded with the Dap-Kings).

Jordin Sparks: Amy Winehouse : (

Rob Thomas: R.I.P. AMY WINEHOUSE. wow. just wow

Pete Wentz: super sad to hear about the news. RIP. never take life for granted.

Leann Rimes:
RIP Amy Winehouse. So sad to see such a talent gone and her life end in tragedy. This makes me terribly sad.

Reba McEntire:
Amy Winehouse found dead. So sad. Prayers go out for her family.

Latoya Jackson: I know the pain her family is experiencing I feel their pain. i've lived their pain. i'm sooo terribly sorry. Once again R prayers R with you.

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The "Community" cast (minus Alison Brie) returned to Comic-Con.
The "Community" cast (minus Alison Brie) returned to Comic-Con.
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Comic-Con 2011: 'Community' blows the roof off again

Where will season 3 find Pierce, Jeff and the rest?

For the second year in a row, "Community" took over the Indigo Ballroom(*) at Comic-Con and provided a raucous, risque, multi-media love-fest between the show's actors, creator Dan Harmon and the fans.

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<p>Amy Winehouse</p>

Amy Winehouse

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Commentary: Amy Winehouse's immense talent and spiraling-down life

Her addictions crushed her ability to create

“Addicts die.” I remember a friend of mine, a recovering heroin addict, saying those harsh, cold words to me a few years ago, as I was driving over to comfort another friend of mine whose brother had just been found dead of an accidental drug overdose. I, who have minimal experience with drugs, felt like that was an unnecessarily cruel slap in the face given the proximity to time of death, but it is true.

His words were the first that popped into my head when I heard the reports of Amy Winehouse’s passing today at 27 (My colleague, Katie Hasty, will address the odd coincidence of her dying at age 27, as did Jimi Hendrix, Janis Jopin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain, in a separate post). Her story, at the rate it was going, had only one real way to end and the conclusion wasn’t surprising or unexpected in any way—though that does not make it any less sad. The public — and press — had a countdown clock on her life from the moment it became clear what a hot, bee-hived mess she was. Remember the summer when she’d trot out of her apartment in just her bra for cigs?  Plus, as her disease crushed her ability to create, we all fed on those grist-filled scraps since she was no long providing us with anything else to feast on.

But I want to focus on her talent, which was immense. When Universal Music Group started to introduce the British singer her in the U.S.,  very few of us had heard her first album, “Frank.” However, “Back To  Black” had already blown up in the U.K.  and the earworm that is  “Rehab,” had embedded itself with its girl-girl chorus of “no, no, nos.”

Winehouse came to play the Roxy, the legendary club on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles just as “Back To Black” was coming out in the U.S in March 2007. The stories about her substance-fueled inabilities to hold it together while performing were already rising. As she took the stage in an ill-fitting, sleeveless dress, what I remember, standing probably 20 feet from her, were all her tattoos, including at least one of a pin-up girl—there may have been a hula skirt involved— on her arm that I found fascinating; it was like she had a secret past as a sailor.

Then she started to sing and on this night, she was on, if slightly jittery and nervous. Whether her handlers had made it clear she had to keep it together in front of all the press in Los Angeles or she had the presence of mind to do it herself, there was nothing to distract from her voice. It wasn’t a perfect show, but there were flashes of brilliance and heartache. Whatever demons drove her to her addictions were the same ones that propelled her to slice open a vein when she sang, such as on the glorious Motown homage, “Tears Dry On Their Own,” the torchy, resigned "Love is A Losing Game," or the confessional shrug of “You Know I’m No Good.”  She was a soul singer, jazz diva, and rock star all in one was how a friend of mine described her, and all three were on display that night.

It wasn’t a long show, but it served its purpose. It took the heat off the tawdry tales of her off-stage life and put it squarely back on her formidable talent. She was a mix of so many others before her —including Dusty Springfield, Ronnie Spector and Billie Holiday — but she combined those influences, with the great help of producer Mark Ronson, into something unique. Plus, her songwriting reflected her troubled personality in an honest yet never overly melodramatic way. She was authentic and raw in a world of contrived artifice.

Even though her request for a visa to attend the 2008 Grammys was denied, Winehouse went on to win five Grammys that night, the most by a British artist in a single night, including best new artist, song and record of the year.

Winehouse was part of a whole new wave of British female singers that crashed up on American shores--- seemingly a new one every week --and her popularity helped shine the light on them. Artists like Duffy, Corrine Bailey Rae, Kate Nash, Amy McDonald arrived within the same few years. And then, of course, Adele arrived a few years later.

I never saw her perform again, but frequently covered the canceled tours and the sporadic performances that showcased her spiraling- down life, including the last one in Serbia only a few weeks ago. The performance, which a local paper described as “the worst in the history of Belgrade,” led her to cancel the rest of her 12-date European tour. 

Over the last few years, there would be inklings of new music, but she never seemed to get her life together enough to make a sustained run in the studio.  She did record a song, "Body and Soul," with Tony Bennett for “Duets 2,” which will come out this fall to  commemorate the legend’s 85th birthday.

As we wrote in our piece in February, Bennett’s manager/son Danny told Hitfix  that Winehouse asked Bennett for advice. He simply told  her to take care of herself. Sadly, she was unable to listen.

 

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Watch: Bush plays 'The Sound of Winter,' first new single in 10 years on 'the Jimmy Kimmel Show'

Watch: Bush plays 'The Sound of Winter,' first new single in 10 years on 'the Jimmy Kimmel Show'

What do you think of the Gavin Rossdale-led band's return?

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Staind, and Blink-182 all returned to Billboard’s alternative rock chart this week after varying degrees of absence. Can Bush be far behind?

The Gavin Rossdale-led band first single, “The Sound Of Winter,” debuted yesterday on Los Angeles’ KROQ and the band followed by playing it on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show” last night.

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Comic-Con Live-Blog: NBC's 'Chuck'
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Comic-Con Live-Blog: NBC's 'Chuck'

Zachary Levi and company celebrate their final 'Chuck' Comic-Con
Saturday (July 23) is a TV-tastic day at Comic-Con. Ballroom 20 will feature "Chuck," "Terra Nova," FOX animation, "The Vampire Diaries" and "Fringe." Other rooms will be paneling "Community," "Once Upon a Time," "Grimm" and much much more.
 
Today's festive live-blogging will begin with a show that has been a Comic-Con favorite since premiering its pilot for these same San Diego fans. That's right. It's time for what we all are assuming will be the final "Chuck" Comic-Con panel.
 
Click through for the surprises, the emotion and the hilarity...
 
9:55 a.m. Five minutes til the panel. The room is filling rapidly, with fans receiving one-size-fits-all t-shirts very clearly reading "The Final Season." Sniffly...
 
10:00 a.m. The panel begins right on time with a clip package led by the finale shocker that found Morgan uploading the Intersect and discovering the wonders of kung-fu. It cuts to "4 Weeks Later... Chris Fedak's Office." Fedak is on the phone with an executive reassuring them that even though Josh Gomez can't fight or dance or even act, the Intersect twist will pay off. Fedak ends the call banging his head on a table. They have a blank "Ideas" board. "It wasn't the best of choices," Josh Gomez tells him. Captain Awesome shows up to suggest a musical montage to help, specifically a performance from Jeffster, specifically a montage set to "Eye of the Tiger." It's very "Rocky" style with Gomez running and doing pushups on the Warner Brothers Lot. The Jeffster footage includes a huge Tiger in the background. Josh Gomez punching a side of beef? Funny. Josh Gomez jumping rope? Even funnier. But where are the steps he runs up?

10:05 a.m. The video continues with Levi and Gomez outside the door of Ballroom 20. "I think you're ready," Levi tells him. They high five and Levi lets Gomez run in alone. He looks at the camera and mutters, "We're doomed." The tag line... "Chuck... Season 5... We're doomed."
 
10:06 a.m. On the stage first... Mark Christopher Lawrence. Much happiness! Jeff Krinsky! Vik Sahay (bowing to the appreciative crowd)! Louder cheers for Ryan "Captain Awesome!" McPartlin. No surprise here, the loudest reception so far? Mr. Adam Baldwin. These folks love Baldwin and Baldwin loves them. But the lovely Yvonne Strahovski is no slouch in the fan-happiness department. On comes Joshua Gomez, sporting the cup of coffee I wish I had. Impressively, Zachary Levi has *nearly* equalled Baldwin when the roaring begins. And last, but not least, the man who didn't invite me and Sepinwall back to moderate this year... Chris Fedak.
 
10:09 a.m. The moderator vows that we're going to get questions from the crowd this year.
 
10:10 a.m. Chris Fedak begins, "In network TV, You don't always get the chance to write your own ending. Alf was captured by the bad guys and we don't know what happened to him because it was cancelled." Levi adds, "Are we going to wrap up 'ALF' in Season 5?" Then, in a more serious moment, Levi's voice cracks as he says, "We get to say good-bye to each other and we get to say good-bye to you and that's a really rare thing in television these days."
 
10:11 a.m. Gomez gives a "Holy crap" when it's mentioned that he's the Intersect. Gomez adds, "I think in true Morgan Grimes fashion, it's full-steam ahead. Unlike Chuck where he actually thought things through and cared about the welfare of other human beings, Morgan just wants to hurt people with kung-fu and take revenge. No, I'm excited.." He speculates that the Intersect project was originally designed to provide laughter.
 
10:12 a.m. Is Chuck OK with not being the Intersect? "I wouldn't say he's totally 100 percent OK, that that was the perfect solution. I think he definitely what the beginning of the season wants the Intersect," Fedak says before calling this a "back to basis" season for "Chuck." Fedak says, "What happens if you take away Superman's cape?" and reassures the fans that Chuck will still be a real spy and that this will still be the Chuck show.
 
10:14 a.m. What's on tap for Sarah? "I hope I get to kick more ass. I loved that Thailand. It was one of my favorite things ever," Strahovski says.
 
10:16 a.m. Will Casey find true love? "Define 'true,'" Baldwin says. Fedak adds that Chuck is now running his own private spy company called Carmichael Industries. Their leading rival is titled Verbanski and Gertrude Verbanski is a potential love interest.
 
10:16 a.m. Villains for the first episode will include one played by MARK HAMILL. Fedak says that because Chuck and Company are private contractors, the CIA will have an adversarial relationship. But don't worry, Beckman will be back.
 
10:18 a.m. "I wish we had a montage of pictures of how his hair has morphed from the original Morgan we knew and loved to now, where it's almost like Awesome's," McPartlin says, worrying that with Intersect Morgan and Casey, there may not be room for Awesome. The crowd says "Awww..." but he assures us that all will be well with Awesome.
 
10:19 a.m. And what of the Buy More guys? "I said this before, but you *could* address us individually," Sahay cracks, adding, "I didn't get a microphone. That's how respected I am." Fedak adds, "This is the season where it all fall apart between Jeff and Lester. There will be war between them." McPartlin interjects, "Jeffster is like Sonny and Cher. You can't break them up!"
 
10:22 a.m. "Someone might not survive this season," Fedak teases.
 
10:22 a.m. How do they all want the show to end? "Awesomely," Levi says. "I don't," Gomez replies. "Do I really have a say in how the show ends? No. So... Adam?" Yvonne says. "With the death of Vik," Baldwin says, with McPartlin between them, trying to keep peace. "We have to have a set scapegoat and Vik's the perfect target," Baldin says, adding "I'm still not convinced that it will end this year." McPartlin says, "I would like a feature trilogy, much like 'Lord of the Rings.'" Sahay wants a glorious death in slo-mo. "I think there needs to be a baby Jeffster by the end of the show... not our baby," Krinsky says. "I think it should end funny," Lawrence says.
 
10:30 a.m. Ellie knows about Chuck's spy life, so it's much more of a family business, Fedak teases. "I'd love to have Linda [Hamilton] back," Fedak teases.
 
10:31 a.m. Favorite stunts? "I liked falling off a balcony with Adam into a pool," Levi says. "The Thailand episode was one and the catwalk fight scene," Strahovski says. Baldwin's favorite was a scene in which Chuck fell off a roof and Casey caught him with one arm. "My 'Pulp Fiction' homage," McPartlin says. "I think mine was just one of the many times I passed out," Krinsky says. "I only had three, so I love them all," Christopher says.
 
10:33 a.m. Fan asks Yvonne if Australian women find American accents sexy. "OK, the line for creepy questions are actually there," Levi says. "You should go to Australia. Why not? Give it a shot," Strahovski says, giggling.
 
10:34 a.m. Are we going to find out the science behind Chuck's brain and the Intersect. Fedak can't come up with an answer and Strahovski jokingly passes him their printed talking points. Fedak still can't find a spoiler-free answer, as Levi dies next to him. "Everybody behaves differently when they have it... Let me put it this way, by the third episode, Morgan will have frosted his tips. It effects people in different ways," Fedak says.
 
10:35 a.m. Has Josh practiced his "Flash" face? "That's such a big spoiler," Gomez says, as the audience starts chanting "Flash! Flash!" at Levi's urging. Gomez went into the writers and asked if he had to replicate Levi's "flash face." Finally Gomez does his flash face. It's a flash face.
 
10:37 a.m. A fan wants a Jeffster DVD or World Tour. "Absolutely. Done," Sahay says. "We're going to your country first," Krinsky says.
 
10:37 a.m. Could there be a spinoff? "Definitely," Fedak says. "I always liked the idea that the ending of the show was just a prologue for another adventure," Fedak says. He says that their greatest challenge as writers is giving each of the potential shows within "Chuck" enough screentime. 
 
10:39 a.m. How much impact did the actors have in the development of their characters? Levi says that on the pilot, both Fedak and Josh Schwartz were open to their suggestions. Sahay doesn't feel the same way. "You guys have a great show here," Sahay cracks. Fedak admits that over the course of five years, the characters begin to belong to the actors. "When we see something that works really well in an episode early in the season, we begin to go after that," Fedak says. "I don't like to toot my horn too often, but I will take credit for the appearance of Ronald Reagan on the show," Baldwin says.

10:41 a.m. Will Chuck the character ever go to Comic-Con? "I would love to do that," Fedak says.
 
10:42 a.m. Last question: Who would win in a fight - Casey or Jayne? "We're out of time," Baldwin responds. "This is a 'Chuck' panel. Casey would win," Baldwin says.
 
10:43 a.m. Time for last words to the fans. "This is a really amazing place for the 'Chuck' show. We made it, but it was really born here," Fedak says, recalling that first Comic-Con panel again. "From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Thank you for the support. Thank you for the Subway sandwiches," Fedak says. 
 
10:44 a.m. Levi's going to have a hard time getting this out. He's in tears again. "You guys are just so epic. You're so epic. You're so awesome. Every single one of you," Levi says, thanking y'all for the time and the money spent on Subway sandwiches and for the passion and the energy. "So thank you," Levi says, again choking up. Led by McPartlin, the cast stands to clap for the audience and the audience stands and claps for "Chuck." Awwwwwwwwwwww.

 

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Exclusive first-look at The CW's 'Secret Circle' Comic-Con poster
Credit: The CW

Exclusive first-look at The CW's 'Secret Circle' Comic-Con poster

A storm is building around Britt Robertson in The CW's drama
The busiest TV studio at this Comic-Con (and just about every recent Comic-Con), Warner Brothers TV is descending on San Diego on Saturday (July 23) with vampires ("The Vampire Diaries"), lovable spies ("Chuck"), sexy assassins ("Nikita") universe-bending investigators ("Fringe") and time-bending investigators ("Alcatraz").
 
Oh and there will also be witches. The sexy teenage witches (and warlocks, I suppose) of "The Secret Circle" will make their Comic-Con debut on Saturday afternoon with a pilot screening and panel in Room 6BCF, featuring stars Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin and Natasha Henstridge, plus producer Kevin Williamson, who will be sprinting to this panel from "Vampire Diaries" in Ballroom 20 (one of a slew of panels I'll surely be live-blogging). 
 
As a little treat, HitFix has an exclusive first look at the special-for-Comic-Con "Secret Circle" poster that'll be available at the WB booth on the exhibition floor on Saturday afternoon.
 
Check it out, after the break.
 
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<p>&quot;The Wire&quot;&nbsp;alum Michael Kenneth Williams will play the study group's new professor on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

"The Wire" alum Michael Kenneth Williams will play the study group's new professor on "Community."

Credit: HBO

Omar comin': 'Community' casts Michael Kenneth Williams

'The Wire'/'Boardwalk Empire' co-star to play the group's new professor

"Community" has found its new teacher, and I can describe the casting in two words:

Omar comin'.

Michael Kenneth Williams, beloved by "The Wire" fans for his work as larger-than-life stick-up man Omar Little - and also by "Boardwalk Empire" fans for his current role as non-bookcase-building Chalky White - has agreed to appear in at least three episodes of "Community" season 3.

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<p>Andrew Garfield opened the 'Spider-Man' panel today with a heartfelt statement about what the character means to him, delivered from the audience.</p>

Andrew Garfield opened the 'Spider-Man' panel today with a heartfelt statement about what the character means to him, delivered from the audience.

Credit: AP Photo

Comic-Con: 'Spider-Man' and 'Ghost Rider' bookend sprawling Sony panel

See the moment that made Andrew Garfield a star in Hall H

SAN DIEGO - With no Batman or Superman or Avengers in sight, there was one title that seemed to be the most anticipated of Comic-Con, but the release of the first teaser trailer for "The Amazing Spider-Man" took some of the wind out of the Sony sails on the eve of this week's event.  They had something to prove with today's panel, and I'd say based on the footage they showed and the conversation with the filmmakers that happened onstage, they may have walked away having turned the opinion of most of Hall H around.

Sony's one of the only studios to throw what felt like a conventional Comic-Con panel this year, with four different films all given the star treatment back to back to back to back.  They were smart to bookend the panel with their two superhero titles because that meant the captive audience sat through presentations they might not have otherwise, and overall, it was a confident display that seemed to accomplish exactly what they set out to accomplish.

The big question for most fans about another "Ghost Rider" film is "why?"  After all, the first one is one of the stranger Marvel misfires, and he's always been a character that is known primarily for how he looks, not for any particular storyline.  I remember talking to Nicolas Cage on the set of "Kick-Ass" about the possibility of a sequel, and at that point, his big idea involved Johnny Blaze going to work for the Vatican as a demon hunter.  I have no idea based on what we saw today whether that's still an element of the film or not, but one thing's for sure.  The new "Ghost Rider" movie is going to be absolutely barking mad.

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