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'Better Call Saul' will be set in 2002, Michael McKean will play Saul’s brother

“Better Call Saul” will be set in 2002, Michael McKean will play Saul’s brother
Also, Saul Goodman’s name is not yet Saul Goodman, says Vince Gilligan, who adds that Walter White will only show up if it makes sense. "If it makes sense we’ll do it, if it doesn’t make sense we won’t,” he said. “I’d love to have him as a director … character wise, who knows? Maybe there’s a way to do it.”


AMC orders martial arts drama “Badlands” straight to series
The drama from the “Smallville” team tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy’s journey, based on the classic Chinese tale "Journey to the West.”

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<p>Wrong &quot;Badlands&quot;</p>

Wrong "Badlands"

Martial arts drama 'Badlands' gets a series order from AMC

'Smallville' duo Al Gough and Miles Millar get their second series order of the day

AMC has given a direct-to-series order to "Badlands," a new martial arts drama that has absolutely nothing to do with the classic Terrence Malick film featured in the picture accompanying this story.

Actually, "Badlands" is based very loosely on the Chinese tale "Journey to the West." 

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Press tour: 'Better Call Saul' live-blog with Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould

The 'Breaking Bad' vets try to clarify what exactly the spin-off will be

Until about 10 minutes ago, there has been so much conflicting information, if not outright misinformation, about what exactly "Better Call Saul" will be: A straight "Breaking Bad" prequel? A time-bending journey that includes adventures during the reign of Heisenberg? A comedy? A drama with occasional laughs? Huell's story?

AMC's press release about the full cast and basic premise and setting fill in some of the details — including that it begins six years before Saul (then known as Jimmy McGill) meets Walter White — and now co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould will hopefully bring more of the show (not due to premiere until early 2015) into sharper clarity, without actually giving too much of the fun away. I'll be live-blogging all of Gilligan's charming Virginian self-deprecation, all of Gould's jokes, and whatever nuggets we actually get about the new show.

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What you can expect from Marvel Studios at their 2014 Comic-Con panel
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What you can expect from Marvel Studios at their 2014 Comic-Con panel

At least a few Avengers should be there, but who will join them on the Hall H stage?

Looking at the official Marvel announcement of their inevitable 2014 Comic-Con panel, it's about as vague an announcement as possible. The "when" is Saturday, July 26, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. The "where" is Hall H. It's just the "what" that they left very, very loose.

Marvel's pretty much taken up permanent occupation of that spot, and why not? It's the last big movie panel of each year, and being in that position means that they have a chance to throw down something big and buzzworthy and basically dominate the conversation as all the movie coverage is wrapping up. It's a brilliant strategy, and I'm sure they've got some big things planned for this year.

But what?

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

AMC teases new 'Better Call Saul' plot details

Full cast line-up detailed, setting and premise are here

In about 10 or 20 minutes, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are going to be at press tour to discuss the "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul," but AMC just released the first real fixed plot details, plus a full cast list, so here we go:

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<p>&quot;Outlander&quot;</p>

"Outlander"

Credit: Starz

'Outlander' gets an early premiere, split first season on Starz

The first eight episodes will be followed by a hiatus

Although Starz didn't panel the time-spanning romance "Outlander" at Friday's (July 11) Television Critics Association press tour panel, the Diana Gabaldon still featured heavily in the network's announcements. 

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Neko Case and Kelly Hogan's new video warns: 'These Aren’t The Droids'

Neko Case and Kelly Hogan's new video warns: 'These Aren’t The Droids'

But it may be just what you're looking for

We've already pointed out the many splendor thing about Kelly Hogan and Neko Case's very silly and strong feministing song "These Aren't The Droids." I giggle every time at the "sexbot with only holes" line.

But the music video to the comedy track may also be a fun primer for some of you leading up to San Diego Comic-Con, first, for some great cosplay ideas. Secondly: tips on dining table etiquette and what to do with your tasers. Third, it's a reiteration of how people shouldn't treat  girls (geeky or not) like second-rate space citizens. We may get you pregnant by pointing at you.

Ellie Kemper also co-stars, so you've got that.

"These Aren't The Droids" is a track off of the benefit album "2776," which boasts contributions from other music and comedy acts including Patton Oswalt, Reggie Watts, Aimee Mann, Ed Helms, Will Forte and more. As a matter of fact, I premiered a different song, "Escape from New York," by Ashanti, Andy Richter and more. Proceeds go to OneKid OneWorld.

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Starz will split 'Outlander’s' 1st season in half and preview it early

Starz will split “Outlander’s” 1st season in half and preview it early
Ronald D. Moore’s new series will be available online one week before its Aug. 9 debut.


“Pawnography” is a hit for History channel
The “Pawn Stars” spinoff game show debuted to 2.82 million viewers.


Thomas Jane to star in Syfy’s “The Expanse”
The “Hung” alum will play the lead role in a space opera set 200 years in the future.


“Fifty Shades of Grey”: The Starz TV series?
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht revealed today he tried years ago to turn the EL James bestseller into a TV series, to no avail.


Showtime promoting “Masters of Sex” by having 20 strangers “Undress Me”
Watch the black and white video by the director of the viral “First Kiss” video.


DirecTV’s “Kingdom” adds “Queer Eye’s” Jai Rodriguez and “Lost’s” Zuleikha Robinson
They’ll appear in several episodes of the MMA gym series.


MTV “Happyland” star: “Incest is hot, and we’re going to have fun!”
The controversial MTV show featuring what appears to be an incestuous relationship has critics buzzing — watch the trailer.

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Comic-Con Friday: Daniel Radcliffe (finally) and 20th Century Fox will rule the day

Comic-Con Friday: Daniel Radcliffe (finally) and 20th Century Fox will rule the day

Channing Tatum, Sam Jackson and 'The Maze Runner' cast will be on hand

One of Comic-Con's worst-kept secrets was confirmed by Comic-Con International today. Daniel Radcliffe, who never made it to San Diego during his "Harry Potter" years, will finally visit the pop culture fest in conjunction with a panel for the new indie comedy "Horns." That's big news in and of itself, but besides a massive two-hour presentation from 20th Century Fox, Friday is going to be pretty weak on the movie side.  

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John Legend

We have just one small problem with John Legend's video for 'You & I (Nobody In The World)'

It's a lovely sentiment, but I don't know if I believe the messenger

 

Following “All of Me,” John Legend continues his “most-sensitive-man-in-the-world” campaign with the video for new single, “You & I (Nobody In The World).”

The song follows the same trajectory as “All of Me,” in which he declares his love for a women—she is perfect just as she is in his eyes even as she continues to fuss with her make up and clothing.

The video features shots of women, girls, and toddlers of all shapes and sizes, races and ages  looking straight into the camera as if it it were a mirror, adjusting their hair, scrutinizing their faces and bodies, and displaying the general amount of fine-tuning  and judging women constantly do to themselves in an effort to meet some ridiculously high standard of beauty.  Some of the most moving images include an older woman removing her wig to show a bald head, as well as a woman taking off her shirt following a double mastectomy, and cancer survivor/comedian Tig Notaro. Transgender actress Laverne Cox, who was nominated for an Emmy yesterday in the guest actress comedy category, also appears.

On the face of it, the video is truly lovely and a message that women can't hear enough because there are so many messages that tell us every day that we are not good enough just as we are and I like the song (what woman wouldn't want to hear that from her partner?) Perhaps I’m being too cynical, but the video’s message might be a little more impactful if the woman Legend is telling “you don’t even have to try” didn’t just happen to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, his wife, Chrissy Teigen, who appears with Legend in the beginning and end of the video. There’s exactly one woman in this video who apparently truly meets his standard and it is his super model wife.  But, hey, super models get to have their insecure moments as well and maybe it's wrong to doubt the video's sincerity simply because Legend married to someone gorgeous.  My non-cynical side would like to believe that women's romantic partners the world over feel this way about their girlfriends/wives, even if they won't ever be on the cover of the swimsuit edition of "Sports Illustrated." Or maybe they're just trying to get them out of the door a little faster. As Legend sings, "You were fine in my eyes a half hour ago."

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Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn in "Land Ho!."
Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn in "Land Ho!."
Credit: Sony Classics

Talking road trips and buddy movies with the stars and directors of 'Land Ho!'

Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' charming Sundance comedy opens today

It's a good weekend for catching up on Sundance highlights, big and small. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is, of course, the film on everybody's lips at the moment — and deservedly so — but that's no reason to ignore a more modest independent tale of growing up and growing out, albeit at a slightly different age. Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' droll, laid-back comedy "Land Ho!" is the first collaboration between the two writer-directors, each one with a handful of delicately formed micro-indies behind them, and it is itself a story of an unexpected partnership: the plot centers on two drifting retirees, formerly in-laws, whose friendship is tested and deepened over the course of a spontaneous road trip through Iceland.

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Fox halts production on its naked dating show pilot

Fox halts production on its naked dating show pilot
Unlike VH1’s “Dating Naked,” Fox’s naked dating reality show would’ve had its contestants going on dates in the buff in front of a studio audience.

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