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<p>Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pe&ntilde;a and Jon Bernthal in David Ayers&#39; &quot;Fury.&quot;</p>

Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal in David Ayers' "Fury."

Credit: Sony Pictures

Brad Pitt's 'Fury' and '22 Jump Street' win Sony Pictures CinemaCon preview

Plus: 30 minutes of 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

LAS VEGAS - Sony Pictures took center stage Wednesday afternoon at the 2014 CinemaCon as the Culver City based studio previewed the rest of its 2014 slate.  Unlike earlier studio presentations, Sony discussed each released briefly before playing one long feature with previews of all their new films.  There were two pictures that stood out above all the rest: Chris Miller and Phil Lord's "22 Jump Street" and David Ayers' World War II thriller "Fury."

"22 Jump Street" is, of course, the sequel to the hit comedy "21 Jump Street" and Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back as mismatched undercover partners Schmidt and Jenko respectively.  The film's early trailers have teased that Lord and Miller (who are coming off "The Lego Movie") haven't lost a step, but the footage Sony played today?  No joke, "22" has a chance to be better than the original. You probably already know that Schmidt and Jenko are now heading to college, but the subsequent "Spring Break" aspect of the investigation has barely been touched upon. The jokes appear more self aware than in "21" and Tatum has taken his comedic abilities to another planet. Along with Universal's "Neighbors," movie fans should be excited the they have two guaranteed great comedies coming to theaters over the next few months.

The other picture that made waves was "Fury." An original story by Ayers set during the last days of World War II, the movie finds Brad Pitt playing Wardaddy, the commander of a five-man tank crew who have already been to hell and back again. Make no mistake, Pitt is not playing another version of Lt. Aldo Raine from "Inglorious Basterds." The scenes shown depict Wardaddy as a feared, but loved commander whose entire life is in his tank.  Logan Lerman plays Norman, a newbie to the Army who is immediately out of place among a group of veterans portrayed by Pitt, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal and, yes, Shia Labeouf. In fact, all the actors look at peak form (even Labeouf), but Pitt? From what was shown, this looks very, very special. Ayers has also crafted a grittier and more realistic European Theater than depicted in "Saving Private Ryan" or HBO's "Band of Brothers." Up and coming cinematographer Roman Vasyanov has been impressive previously collaborating with Ayers on "End of Watch" and his look was the best part of "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," but "Fury" is going to become into his calling card. It's simply gorgeous work. The trailer should hit theaters sometime this summer and expect "Fury" to quickly land on any many awards season contender lists.

Before getting to the rest of the reel, it should be noted that Sony ended the presentation with three different sequences that constituted 30 minutes of Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man 2." So much of the movie has been seen already (or feels like it's been seen) that it's hard to comment about new footage. Did the action look good? Sure. Do Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone still have great chemistry? You bet.  Does Jamie Foxx pull off the Electro transformation?  It sure looks like it. At this point, however, it's time to just see how it all fits in the final movie. In a little over five weeks "ASM2" will be in theaters and everyone can judge for themselves.

Here's a quick rundown of the rest of the titles Sony previewed.

"The Equalizer"
Director: Antonine Fuqua
Release Date: Sept. 26
Lowdown: Denzel Washington is a man on a mission in Fuqua's thriller which seems to have little in common with the 1980's TV series of the same name. In the one scene shown, Washington's character takes down four (?) Russian thugs in 19 seconds. It's filmed very similarly to the sequences in "Sherlock Holmes" where Holmes predicts each move he's going to make in a fight before its even begun. It was also very, very violent, but showed potential.

"The Interview"
Director: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen
Release Date: Oct. 10
Lowdown: James Franco is David Skylark, the host of a popular interview show known as "Skylark Tonight" and Rogen plays his top producer. Much to their surprise, they find out that North Korean dictator for life Kim Jung-Un is a huge fan of Skylark's and wants to be interviewed by him. Then the CIA (Lizzy Caplan) comes calling asking them to "take him out" (a very funny bit). The best part of the preview though was an early "Skylark Tonight" interview scene where Rob Lowe (playing himself) admits to the world he's been bald for decades (I will spoil no more).  The Franco and Rogen in Korea scenes were more stylish and intentionally bizarre than laugh out loud funny.  Goldberg and Rogen have a great look to the picture (something they previously showed in "This Is The End"), but it feels like a very dark comedy (and we're hoping in the best way possible).

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<p>Fear, Sadness, Joy, Disgust and Anger from Pixar&#39;s &quot;Inside Out.&quot;</p>

Fear, Sadness, Joy, Disgust and Anger from Pixar's "Inside Out."

Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Disney shows new footage from Pixar's 'Inside Out' and 'Cinderella'

Plus: Is 'Big Hero 6' no longer a Marvel movie?

LAS VEGAS - Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn presented the upcoming slate of new movies for Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Pixar, DreamWorks Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios to the nation's theater owners on Wednesday morning and what was purposely not discussed was just as interesting as what was previewed.

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<p>Tony of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Tony of "Survivor: Cagayan"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'We Found Our Zombies'

A pre-credits shocker turns the game upside down

Pre-credit sequence. Farewell, Uncle Cliffy. Solana returns to camp and Trish has a speech to make, but Lindsey isn't interested in hearing. "You guys just screwed up majorly," she tells nobody in particular, admitting that she doesn't have any alliances anymore. "I will respect you, because this is a team moving forward, but I don't like you," Trish smirks. Of course, Trish just threw away a big numbers advantage in order to break up what she's calling a two-person alliance of Lindsey and Cliff. "You disgust me. Everything about you is annoying. Your laugh. Your teeth. Your face," Lindsey tells Trish, calling her "the most horrific person" she's met. Trish doesn't care. "I can leave here and never think of you again," Lindsey insists, calling Trish a bully. Lindsey doesn't want to play with Trish anymore, so she goes off wandering. Nobody knows where Lindsey is, other than the cameraman and everybody's favorite interloper, Jeff Probst. "I can't have somebody antagonizing me right now," Lindsey says, worrying she might go nuts. Lindsey also lists being cold, wet and hungry as factors and she knows that she's going to regret quitting, but she sounds like she's done. Probst tells Lindsey that nobody has ever quit because of something they might do. Lindsey is determined to exit and Probst wants to strategize on how she should leave. The possibility of explaining herself to the tribe is raised, but Lindsey prefers to "do a little curtsey" on the beach, leaving it up to Probst to explain Lindsey's absence Suddenly Trish is feigning concern. "I do feel bad, because I kinda came down on her," Trish says with no sincerity. Tony doesn't bother feeling pretend-bad. "It was a beautiful thing, two for the price of one," Tony says. LJ compares it to a zit. Woo claims enthusiasm at a fresh start, but he knows he could go next. Well. That was weird.

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<p>Richard Thomas and Noah Emmerich in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Richard Thomas and Noah Emmerich in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'The Deal'

The Soviets try to arrange a trade, while Elizabeth goes to calm down Martha

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I'm the Kenny Rogers of Haifa...

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John Cusack to appear on the CBS Wall Street drama pilot he’s producing

John Cusack to appear on the CBS Wall Street drama pilot he’s producing
Cusack, who will play a Wall Street trader, is part of a trend of big names guesting on the TV shows their producing. Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Hart are also doing it with their respective pilots.


“Psych”: An appreciation
The USA series, which exits tonight, was very important in proving that basic cable could offer quality dramas. Sure, “Monk” and “The Shield” came before. But “Psych,” debuting in July 2006, was part of "a subsequent generation of series to prove that it could do so regularly and that an audience would be there to watch,” says Neil Genzlinger, who adds: “‘Psych' was a bridge show that helped get us to the basic cable of today, though, paradoxically, today’s landscape might be less forgiving."


“Scandal’s” Columbus Short arrested for felony battery
Short turned himself in and posted $50,000 bail after he was taken into custody over last weekend’s bar brawl.


“Today” is using Jimmy Fallon’s big ratings in its summer concert battle with "GMA"
The ability to not leave 30 Rock is being used as leverage by NBC in this year's summer concert wars.


“Grey’s Anatomy” to tackle the “Bubble Boy” story
The last half of the season will be devoted to the story of the Bubble Boy.


George Lopez: My 11 pm TBS talk show got better ratings than “Conan"
Lopez revisited Conan’s move to TBS this morning on "The Howard Stern Show," saying he really had no choice but to take the demotion to 12 pm as Conan O’Brien was considered a “folk hero” to Turner execs. “Even right now. Even with the $70 million that they spent on Conan, my numbers are better than his,” says Lopez.


“Franklin & Bash” books “Dexter’s” James Remar
He’ll guest as a strip club owner.


“Hot in Cleveland” and “The Soul Man” stars tonight will appear in live commercials
The “Hot in Cleveland” stars will promote Toyota, while Niecy Nash will help sell Bush Brothers beans.


Why “Billy on the Street” is surprisingly sweet
Billy Eichner is like a caricature of a New Yorker on his Fuse show.


"Girls" mention surprised the head of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop
“This is probably the only time I'll ever experience such a surreal pop culture reflection of my actual life,” says Samantha Chang. "It's hilarious — or, it would be, if I had the time to stop and laugh.” PLUS: What will the Iowa Writers’ Workshop be like for a “Girls” character?, and here are “Girls’” 5 unresolved storylines.


Peter Dinklage tells Letterman of his embarrassing “Game of Thrones” fight scene
He didn’t see himself as a hero after slicing off an elderly amputee’s fake leg. PLUS: 13 embarrassing early acting roles of “GoT” stars.


When will “Gilmore Girls” fans stop pestering Lauren Graham about doing a movie?
Graham is constantly asked the same question and she always politely gives the same vague answer, as she did on Reddit this week. PLUS: Graham’s paperback of her debut novel contains a conversation with her and her “Parenthood” daughter Mae Whitman.


“The Simpsons’” Lego minifigures unveiled
Check out Lego versions of Krusty, Ralph Wiggum and more.


“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” are at the center of the reality TV universe
See how the E! show is connected to every other reality show.


“Idol’s” MK Nobilette: I appreciated that producers let me be openly gay
"They didn't have to put it in there,” she says of her audition comments. "That was their choice, which I appreciated."


See Carol’s “Walking Dead” season finale poster
“Who will survive?”


“Arrested Development’s” Michael Bluth and Kermit the Frog are kindred souls
They are both the straight man and the calm one in their respective series, says Torie Bosch, who adds: "In fact, most Muppet tales could be summed up as the story of a puppet-family who lost everything, and the one frog who tried to keep them all together.”


How to explain “HIMYM” to somebody who’s never watched an episode
Yes, the CBS comedy takes place in 2030.


Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and “Review” are poised to become comedy classics
Both freshman comedies hold their own with any sitcom on broadcast TV, or FX or HBO. PLUS: “Broad City” has become TV’s best sitcom.


Bethenny Frankel on her talk show: "I felt edited and diluted, a little bit controlled”
"I'm not really great when I'm shackled,” she tells Andy Cohen. "As you know, you have to kind of unleash the beast.”


Grant Show becomes a dad at 52
The “Melrose Place” alum and “Devious Maids” star welcomed a daughter on Tuesday.

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<p>James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in &quot;The Drop&quot;</p>

James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in "The Drop"

Credit: Fox Searchlight

First look at James Gandolfini's final big screen appearance in 'The Drop'

Michaël Roskam's 'Bullhead' follow-up hits theaters in September

Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" was routinely referred to as the late James Gandolfini's final film last year, but luckily we do actually have one more big screen appearance from the actor in Michaël Roskam's "The Drop," which hits theaters in September. A few images from the film dropped today over at USA Today with thoughts from Roskam and others on the director's "Bullhead" follow-up.

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<p>Mila Kunis is much more than she initially appears to be in the wild new film &#39;Jupiter Ascending&#39; from The Wachowskis, creators of &#39;The Matrix&#39;</p>

Mila Kunis is much more than she initially appears to be in the wild new film 'Jupiter Ascending' from The Wachowskis, creators of 'The Matrix'

Credit: Warner Bros

New 'Jupiter Ascending' trailer drops Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis into one weird wild world

How are people not excited about this yet?

It baffles me how modern film nerds can get crazy excited for the nineteenth new version of something they've seen before, but when we're just a few months out from a new original science-fiction action film from the filmmakers behind "The Matrix," there's a general attitude of "eh".

Maybe the Wachowskis are simply working on a different calendar than anyone else. I have no doubt that "Speed Racer" will, in the long run, eventually be acknowledged as a bona-fide family classic, and when more filmmakers start doing work that is influenced by the tremendous, confident visual language of that film, it will get its full due as a genuinely adventurous piece of mainstream cinema. Same is true of "Cloud Atlas." Time will be very kind to that film and its ambitions, and I think there are audiences who would have been profoundly impacted by it that still haven't seen it, that may not even know it exists.

If there's one thing that Warner Bros is going to do for "Jupiter Ascending," they will make sure that you know it exists. This is a big film for them, and this new trailer seems to be a much better glimpse at the scale of the movie and the truly crazy new world that the Wachowskis have created.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 9</p>

The "American Idol" Top 9

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 10 Performances - (I'm With The) Band Night

The remaining contestants sing with Rickey Minor and the band

Tonight's them is (I'm With The) Band. I have no clue what that means.

FOX not-so-helpfully explains that the singers "will act as the lead singer for Rickey Minor and his band, performing their favorite songs." How is that different from what happens every week? Or does it just mean that Minor won't actively attempt to sabotage the performers like he's been doing all season long?

Sigh. Click through and follow along with the fun.

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<p>Christopher Nolan at the premiere of &quot;The Dark Knight Rises&quot; in 2012.</p>

Christopher Nolan at the premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in 2012.

Credit: AP Photo

Chris Nolan reveals way more details about 'Interstellar' than he wanted to

What led him to cast Matthew McConaughey?

LAS VEGAS - Press attending the hour long Q&A with Christopher Nolan at CinemaCon this afternoon had been warned that the usually secretive filmmaker was not expected to speak substantially about his highly anticipated new epic "Interstellar" and there would be no new footage from the film shown during the event. Moreover, I'd heard from a good source that moderator and Hollywood Reporter film critic Todd McCarthy was well aware it would be tough to get Nolan to say anything about Nolan's followup to "The Dark Knight Returns." Well, kudos to McCarthy for not taking "no" for an answer.

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<p>A streamlined Aronofsky sat down with us to discuss his ambitious and impressive new film &#39;Noah&#39;</p>

A streamlined Aronofsky sat down with us to discuss his ambitious and impressive new film 'Noah'

Credit: HitFix

Darren Aronofsky on making 'Noah' feel fresh to modern audiences

Plus we discuss the style choices he made in telling this famous tale

It's safe to say that I am a big fan of the work of director Darren Aronofsky.

From "Pi" to "Requiem" to "The Fountain," he made such huge leaps forward each time that the anticipation of what he might do next became a fascinating game, especially since he wasn't exactly cranking out a new movie every year. He's managed to reinvent himself onscreen with his last few films, in new ways each time. "The Wrestler" felt like him stepping into a world completely outside his own experience. "Black Swan" is a beautiful, haunting film that struck an unexpected nerve with audiences around the world. That was four years ago, and since then, he's been hard at work trying to bring his most personal vision yet to the screen.

It seems almost impossible to sit down with him for six minutes to discuss a film as richly imagined and densely detailed as "Noah," but that was the task tried to accomplish on Sunday. I was still grappling with my own reaction to the film less than a day after seeing it, and Aronofsky is trying to distill the entire experience down into words after spending most of his creative life thinking about this idea in one form or another.

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"Vikings"

"Vikings"

Credit: History

Lagertha and Ragnar unite to fight in these 'Vikings' sneak peeks

It's time to win back Kattegat

It's blood, blood and more blood this week on "Vikings" (airing Thurs. March 17 at 10:00 p.m. on History). Lagertha and Ragnar are coming together once again, but with a goal in mind -- wining back Kattegat from Jarl Borg. Bjorn is in the mix, too -- but good luck impressing dad on the battlefield. Gosh, some things never change, do they? 

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<p>&quot;Night Shift&quot;</p>

"Night Shift"

Credit: NBC

'Undateable,' 'Crossbones' and 'Night Shift' get NBC summer premieres

'Taxi Brooklyn,' 'Welcome to Sweden' and 'Working the Engels' also get homes

For 10 months, they've been pictures on the side of milk cartons, but... 

"Crossbones" lives!

"Undateable" lives!

"The Night Shift" lives!

NBC announced six scripted additions to its already busy summer slate on Wednesday (March 26) and if you were looking for premiere dates for all of the mysteriously vanished shows the network unveiled last May, we've found them!

In all, NBC will be airing six original scripted shows this summer, the most for any broadcast network in more than 20 years, so NBC says. [By my count, ABC's summer schedule will include five original scripted shows.]

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