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<p>Without the Panaglide, we don't have the opening scene that ends in this iconic moment, and I would argue, we might not have John Carpenter as we know him.</p>

Without the Panaglide, we don't have the opening scene that ends in this iconic moment, and I would argue, we might not have John Carpenter as we know him.

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Amazing early test footage for Carpenter's 'Halloween' captures the thrill of innovation

It's hard to remember just how ground-breaking that film really was

Plain and simple, I love this.

Part of what I love about movies is the language of cinema. Not just the stories being told or the people telling them, but the particular use of camera and editing and music and effects and sound… the way all of that comes together to create and capture emotion and energy and action and ideas.

There's a film coming out later this year that I've seen that is such an amazing explosion of new visual language, of unfettered visual invention, that I feel like any review we do right now will only be half the story. Some films leave a huge thumbprint on film history because they do something that immediately enters the vocabulary of every other filmmaker working, something that is just added to the tools that are used to tell visual stories. It's got to be amazing to be part of something like that, and I suspect that most of the time, you don't even realize it until later.

Today, there's a four and a half minute silent video online that is nothing but camera tests of people walking around, and yet, looking at it, I am struck by just how much you can sense the excitement of the people shooting these tests because they know that they have this brand-new thing to play with. I'm talking about the Panaglide tests shot by Dean Cundey and Ray Stella for John Carpenter's "Halloween."

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'Sharknado's' 3rd airing beats its 1st airing and 2nd airing


"Sharknado's" 3rd airing beats its 1st airing and 2nd airing

About 2.1 million checked out the 2nd rerun of "Sharknado" -- weeks after the initial airing drew only 1.4 million.


Jennifer Jason Leigh & Anna Torv join Ryan Murphy's HBO human sexuality drama

On "Open," Leigh and Torv will play a lesbian couple.


Showtime boss teases possibility of a "Dexter" spinoff
Showtime has signed "Dexter" showrunner Scott Buck to a two-year development deal. "Draw your own conclusions," Entertainment President David Nevins said, adding a possible spinoff may take a while to come to fruition.


"Episodes," "House of Lies" and "Shameless" return in January
All three Showtime series will be back Jan. 12.


Josh Hartnett and Eva Green sign on for "Penny Dreadful" on Showtime
They'll co-star in the psycho-sexual horror series from Sam Mendes and John Logan.


"Bones" books John Ratzenberger
The former "Cheers" star will guest on a couples retreat with Booth and Bones.


"Girls" nabs Natalie Morales

The "White Collar" vet and "Trophy Wife" star will appear in one episode in Season 3.


Paul Wesley & Torrey DeVitto divorcing
"The Vampire Diaries" star was married to the "Pretty Little Liars" star for two years.

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<p>Eileen, there's something on your helmet. Right there. No... there. The other side. Seriously, you can't miss it.</p>

Eileen, there's something on your helmet. Right there. No... there. The other side. Seriously, you can't miss it.

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A look back at the life and career of Eileen Brennan, one of Hollywood's great broads

From early Bogdanovich to '90s comedies, Brennan carved out her own place

Eileen Brennan was a great broad.

I use that word very specifically, too. There was something about her in most of the work she did that is simply unapologetic. She is caustic, she can be a world class ball-buster given the right material, and she seems like she could drink, smoke, and curse you under the table with minimal effort on her part.

Her biggest cultural moment probably came from her work in "Private Benjamin." The Goldie Hawn film was 14 years into her career, and she had certainly made a strong impression in some significant films already, but "Private Benjamin" was one of those big giant flashpoint hits when it came out. Howard Zeiff's film was a comedy, but it also had a '70s attitude that underscored that comedy with some very raw emotional material and with a sense of sadness. There's almost a European feeling to some of the material, which makes for a sort of strange tonal collision with all the "pampered princess in the Army" stuff that basically boiled down to a battle of the wills between Hawn and Brennan. When you look at the Warren Oates/Bill Murray dynamic in "Stripes" a year later, it looks like they just gender-swapped the exact relationship from "Private Benjamin," and it's impressive how tough Brennan's Captain Lewis is even when you set her side by side with Oates's Sgt. Hulka.

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<p>Emmy Rossum and the rest of the &quot;Shameless&quot;&nbsp;gang will be back in January. Got a problem with that?</p>

Emmy Rossum and the rest of the "Shameless" gang will be back in January. Got a problem with that?

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Showtime announces 'Shameless,' 'House of Lies' & 'Episodes' premiere dates

'Californication' will shift to the spring to air with 'Nurse Jackie'

At his press tour executive session, Showtime president David Nevins announced the usual January premiere dates for "Shameless" and "House of Lies," and a spring return for "Nurse Jackie," while moving "Episodes" and "Californication" into new windows.

The fourth season of "Shameless" will debut Sunday, January 12 at 9 p.m., followed by the third seasons of "House of Lies" at 10 and "Episodes" at 10:30.

"Californication," which was paired with "Shameless" and "Lies" this year, will be held for the spring to air after the sixth season of "Nurse Jackie," on a date still to be announced.

Less than six months to more Gallagher family hijinks, folks.

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<p>TV&nbsp;On The Radio</p>

TV On The Radio

NOT a Kanye cover: TV On The Radio release new song 'Mercy'

Lost and lethal or just dead fast?

TV On The Radio haven't announced a new album, but they have offered up a new song: "Mercy" arrived today. And, no, it's not a Kanye West cover.

The fast track has the band at a snap-hip pace, with the lyrics intimating some forthcoming, soul-challenging forces.

Kyp Malone told HuffPost that it's one of two new songs on the way from the band, the other being a tune called "Million Miles."

“Couldn't be more excited to be getting back into it, all together," band member Kyp Malone tells HuffPost. "The new songs 'Mercy' and 'Million Miles' came to fruition with such ease that it felt like an invitation to get back to this good work.”

This marks the band's first outing under Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label. Their last album was 2011's "Nine Types of Light," which made it to No. 12 on the Billboard 200.

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<p>David Nevins</p>

David Nevins

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Press Tour Live-Blog: David Nevins on the State of Showtime

Will the Save the 'Borgias' airplanes be mentioned?

An airplane flew back and forth and back and forth over the Television Critics Association press tour lunch on Tuesday (July 30). The plane dragged a banner urging Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins to reconsider the cancellation of "The Borgias."

Will he reconsider? Probably not! 

Will he be asked about "The Borgias" at his executive session? Probably!

Click through for the full live-blog.

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"Reign"

 "Reign"

Credit: The CW

Press Tour: 'Reign' promises Nostradamus, teen romance, more

History gets a slick remodel plus the Lumineers' music

The true story of Mary Queen of Scots, who took the sickly 14-year-old Francis, the Dauphin of France, for her first husband, doesn't seem like the stuff of a romantic CW drama. But, with a little tweaking, "Reign" (premiering Thurs. Oct. 17 at 9:00 p.m.) is giving history a slick, sexy remodel, according to the panel for the show at press tour. 

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"The Originals"

 "The Originals"

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Press Tour: 'The Originals' stars talk vampire fatigue, mermaids

Julie Plec hints at another ship to watch

The eagerly-awaited spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries, "The Originals," doesn't air until October 3, but the journalists at press tour had plenty of questions about the show. The biggest question about the spin-off, which takes "TVD" regular Klaus to New Orleans to explore a witches' curse and relationships from his distant past, was how it will differ from the mothership.

"The way we like to [explain it as] we had an audience grow up with us for four years on 'The Vampire Diaries'… that was more of a coming of age story. This is a show that's not about struggling with [the vampirism], it's about reveling in it. It's about the power of the family community and the power struggle over the entire city. We like to think of it as we went to high school, we went to college, and this is getting a masters degree," said executive producer Julie Plec. 
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<p>Ben Stiller in &quot;The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.&quot;</p>

Ben Stiller in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

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Ben Stiller dreams big in first trailer for 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

Also featuring Kristen Wiig and an unsettling photo of Sean Penn

Yesterday, I posted some new images from Ben Stiller's upcoming remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," while noting that the film's more extravagant flights of fancy were clearly being saved or a later unveiling. Immediately, a few of you replied with your thoughts on the film's first trailer (which hit theaters with "The Wolverine" last weekend) and suggested that it could indeed be something special.

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CW not worried that 'The Vampire Diaries' spinoff is facing 'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'


CW not worried that "The Vampire Diaries" spinoff is facing "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
CW president Mark Pedowitz said "The Originals" and the Joss Whedon series have different fan bases. "We believe these are people that the fans have known for the last three years and we hope that built-in equity allows the fans to come," he says, adding: "We’re comfortable where it’s sitting."


ABC Family renews "Switched at Birth," orders more episodes of "Twisted" and "The Fosters"
"Switched at Birth" will return for Season 3, while "The Fosters" and "Twisted" will be back in January.


Vanity Fair and Vogue strike TV deals

The Condé Nast magazines are putting out two shows -- a crime and mystery series called "Vanity Fair Confidential" for Investigation Discovery and design competition series "Fashion Fund" for Ovation.


"Love Boat" Captain Gavin MacLeod's memoir reveals his battle with depression, alcoholism
MacLeod didn't get sober until midway through his run on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."


What are the chances "The Killing" will return for Season 4?
Season 3's ratings have been about the same as last season, but "The Killing" now has a Netflix deal.


CW's "Reign" wants to educate its viewers, but "it's not the History Channel"
"In each episode, we'll educate people on what element of history helps our story," says exec producer Laurie McCarthy. But Adelaide Kane, who plays Mary Queen of Scots, says: "It's TV, so we can take creative license. It's not the History Channel. Of course we're going to dramatize events and have fun."


Did "The Newsroom" recycle a "Family Guy" joke?
A voice mail joke from a 2008 "Family Guy" episode surfaced on this week's "Newsroom."


Read an oral history of HBO's "Real Sex"
"The 60 Minutes of Sex" lasted from 1990 to 2009.


The government will begin counting scripted shows as part of GDP, but not reality TV
"The vast majority of reality TV shows don't last," says one economic analyst.  "For something to count as investment, it has to last a long time."


"The Bachelorette" produces a "spectacular" moment
There was much sobbing on last night's season finale, part 1.


Conan O'Brien and Eric McCormack were born on the same
Both former NBC stars celebrated their 50th birthday on April 18.


Check out "Brooklyn Nine-Nine's" Key Art
"Giving it their best shot."


"Supernatural's" spinoff will be much more of an ensemble
"We'll have main characters who are both human and monsters," says "Supernatural" exec producer Jeremy Carver.


Ice-T takes a selfie
The 55-year-old "SVU" star wrote on Twitter: "This morning: MFs popin sh*t ... 55yrs old. 'Don't sleep on the old cats.'"

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Album review: Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines': Let's talk about sex

Album review: Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines': Let's talk about sex

Singer gets his groove on and on

If Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” left you longing for short, punchy R&B-based tunes instead of the extended jams, then Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” out today, is the album for you.
 
While there’s nothing on here that’s likely to challenge insanely catchy  "Blurred Lines'" run atop the Hot 100 (a 2013 record-setting seven weeks and counting), there’s a lot here to like. At times, the album feels more like it belongs to the producers and their beats more than to Thicke, such as on “Take It Easy On Me, “ which sounds almost as if he’s an extra in his own song. But then a tune like “Ooh La La” or “Ain’t No Hat 4 That” comes along, so steeped in ‘70s R&B, with his creamy vocals soaring over the retro rhythms, that you’ll be looking for a disco ball to drop from the ceiling. “Get In My Way” is a modern-day “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now.”

Thicke has talked in interviews about his decision to ditch the ballads and stick to the uptempo tracks on “Lines.” It’s a formula that works very satisfactorily here. There’s a lightness to the tunes here that is uniformly appealing, greatly aided by such capable hands (and ears) as Timbaland, Pharrell, will.i.am,  Dr. Luke, and Projay. It’s one of those albums that you will throw on at a party and not feel the need to change the music until all 11 tracks have gone by.

While Thicke seems to have a fascination with sex, the better tracks here discard the explicit horndoggery vibe. Ones that don’t often suffer for stressing it so singlemindedly.  For example,  “Give It 2 U,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, has a great hook and feel (thanks to Dr. Luke and Cirkut’s programming). but the relentless focus on male body parts makes the song monotonous.

Thicke’s falsetto is put to good use, though it’s easy to wish there were more tunes where he got to sing more instead of compete with the beats or sing in short bursts. The Prince-like “4 The Rest Of My Life,” the closest the album comes to a ballad, is one of the few tunes where Thicke gets to do his thing throughout, both in falsetto and in his lower range. Same with closing track, “The Good Life,” the most traditional verse-chorus song on the album. It’s in striking contrast to much of the rest of the set, yet somehow manages to still fit right in, perhaps because of the upbeat tone.

There are no deep thoughts here. “Blurred Lines” doesn’t pretend to be anything more than a sexy party album meant to get you in a good mood or keep you there for a bit longer. And by that measure, there’s nothing  blurred about its message, whatsoever.
 

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CW boss says Wonder Woman prequel on hold, 'Nikita' won't go out with three 2-hour movies


CW boss says Wonder Woman prequel on hold, "Nikita" won't go out with three 2-hour movies
"Amazon," the Wonder Woman prequel, is "on pause right now. The script isn’t where we want it," said CW boss Mark Pedowitz.

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