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<p>Ian McShane as Al Swearengen in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Ian McShane as Al Swearengen in "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 7: 'Unauthorized Cinnamon'

The camp leaders gather to figure out what to do about Hearst

For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.

While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.

Thoughts on episode 7, "Unauthorized Cinnamon," coming up just as soon as I interrupt your sleep with this beard...

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<p>Christoph Waltz appears to be having a very weird day in Terry Gilliam's new film 'The Zero Theorem,' which showed a preview at today's Comic-Con</p>

Christoph Waltz appears to be having a very weird day in Terry Gilliam's new film 'The Zero Theorem,' which showed a preview at today's Comic-Con

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The first 10 minutes of Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' screened at Comic-Con 2013

Gilliam appears onscreen in Hall courtesy of NSA wiretap

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Comic-Con 2013 is in full swing, but to me, it still feels like it's revving up. Both times I was in Hall H today, huge sections of it were empty. That's no fault of the people on the stage, but it is a sign that Comic-Con sometimes seems to be scheduling things in the wrong venues. It sounds like Ballroom 20 was running at capacity all day today with wildly popular TV programming, when maybe a smaller, more intimate setting would have been a better place to see the panel I enjoyed this afternoon, a first look at the new film by Terry Gilliam.

Gina McIntyre, who writes for Hero Complex at the LA Times, was the moderator of the panel, which was nice to see after Anne Thompson asked me last night at the HitFix opening night party if there were any women I could think of who moderated any of the Hall H panels. I couldn't offhand, and Anne has a good point. As more and more of the programming here seems to be aimed at a very different audience than the stereotypical fanboy, it seems logical that you'd also see some more diversity in the people who moderate these events.

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<p>When it's not trying too hard, 'RED 2' does manage to deliver some big laughs and some charming chemistry between the leads.</p>

When it's not trying too hard, 'RED 2' does manage to deliver some big laughs and some charming chemistry between the leads.

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Review: Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker almost make 'RED 2' a worthwhile return

A lot of chemistry and a wafer-thin script can't quite pull it off

Sequels are never easy, which makes me wonder why Hollywood always seems to be in such a rush to get to them. I remember when sequels were still relatively uncommon, and the prevailing wisdom was that not every automatically deserved a second part. Just as I believe that filmmakers frequently are surprised by the reasons audiences fall in love with movies, I think they also often emphasize the wrong things when they make sequels, undermining that initial affection in the process.

One of the most direct parallels I can draw to the differences between "RED" and "RED 2" would be by using the model of "Romancing The Stone" and "Jewel Of The Nile." In both cases, the first film is ostensibly an action-comedy, but what really makes it work is the palpable romantic chemistry between the leads. The script for "Romancing The Stone" was written by the great Diane Thomas, who died much too young, and it is a wicked clever read that both mocks the conventions of the romance novels that Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) writes while also playing them straight enough to generate some real heat. When Mark Rosenthal and Lawrence Konner co-wrote the sequel, they needed to find a way to generate friction between Turner's character and Jack Colton, the Michael Douglas character, and it undermines the happily ever after of the first film's ending. That's fine if it ended up working, but instead of rekindling the heat of the first film, it soured the relationship between the two of them, making it all seem like less fun.

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Jennifer Carpenter fought back tears at 'Dexter's' Comic-Con panel


Jennifer Carpenter fought back tears at "Dexter's" Comic-Con panel

The cast came to Comic-Con having just filmed the series finale last week. PLUS: "Rita," "Doakes" and "LaGuerta" were in attendance, and the final season and complete series DVD will be released on Nov. 5.


David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson celebrate the 20th anniversary of "The X-Files" at Comic-Con

Anderson said she'd be open to a third movie, but not a limited series.


"Hannibal" releases a gag reel

Also, it was announced at Comic-Con that Season 1 will hit DVD on Sept. 24.


"Workaholics" trio are making a movie together, with Seth Rogen
Rogen and his "Superbad" partner Evan Goldberg are writing an action-comedy film starring Adam DeVine, Anders Holm and Blake Anderson. But the movie won't be related to their Comedy Central characters.


Eliot Spitzer inspired "The Good Wife," and now he's using the CBS drama for inspiration
What happens when art imitates life, followed by life imitating art?


Stop saying TV is better than the movies these days
Why that argument is lazy. PLUS: Cable is soaring thanks to the creative erosion in film and network TV.


Conan O'Brien opts not to play an '80s Atari "rape game" on his show

"Conan" producers didn't know about the contents of "Custer's Revenge" before adding it for a segment of "Clueless Gamer."


Why Jason Bateman's Emmy nomination was undeserved
He was the weak link on the Netflix season of "Arrested Development."


"Girls" Season 3 will "focus on financial stability"

Exec producer Jenni Konner says: "I can’t say much more. It's an age thing. There's only so long you can say you just graduated college."


Louis CK: Woody Allen pulled me aside and asked, "What if we were in a movie together, you and me?"
The "Louie" star talks about his seven Emmy nominations and his Woody moment.


Connie Britton has been nominated 4 years in a row, for 3 different shows
Will she win an Emmy for "Nashville"?


"Bunheads" creator still doubts there will be a 2nd season
"They are telling me nothing more than they’ve told you," Amy Sherman-Palladino tells Buzzfeed. PLUS: Why all the fuss over "Bunheads"?


"Survivor's" Kim Spradlin is pregnant

The "Survivor: One World" champ is expecting her first child.


We are living in the golden age of TV posters
"Welcome to the age of TV-poster public exegesis," says Laura Bennett. "TV culture has become so obsessive, so attuned to any sign of what's to come, that even its off-screen manifestations are subject to exacting scrutiny."


Linda Cardellini stunned by her "Mad Men" Emmy nomination
"When I started the part, I didn't know what it was I would be doing. And so having it unfold the way it did was amazing," she says.


"Teen Wolf" returns Jan. 6

Watch the trailer for the 2nd part of Season 3.


Watch Ricky Gervais' 1999 comedy pilot

He played a David Bowie impersonator two years before "The Office."


Food Network accused of reality TV fraud

The winner of "Giving You the Business" said instead of getting his own franchise, as was promised, he only got some stock.


"Orange is the New Black" promotes Taryn Manning

She'll become a series regular in Season 2.


HBO and NFL Films extend "Hard Knocks"
The two announced a "long-term renewal" today.


Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson sign on for the British version of "The Taste"

They'll be joined by French chef Ludo LeFebvre.


"Grey's Anatomy" adds 2

Bobby Campo and Heather Hemmens will play a couple involved in a major disaster.


Video: Library of Congress racing to preserve TV history
CBS News went inside the archiving process, as they convert hours of film into digital.


CBS: More than 20 million have watched "Under the Dome's" premiere

That's through live viewing, DVRs and video on demand.


"Big Brother's" Jeff Schroder is going back to "The Bold and the Beautiful"

He'll be part of "Room 8."


"Firefly" getting a role-playing game

 game is currently in development for iOS and Android.


"Full House" reunion: Lori Loughlin spends a night on the town with John Stamos

They also had dinner with Bob Saget this week.


TV Land orders 10 more episodes of "The Exes"

Those episodes will air later this year.


Josh Holloway: "Intelligence" isn't the new "Chuck"
"I thought 'Chuck' was a great show," the CBS star says. "But it's not 'Chuck' at all."


"Glee" bringing back Dot-Marie Jones

"I did hear that I'm coming back, but I honestly don't know to what to what extent," she says.


Honey Boo Boo retires from pageants

"We're done," says Mama June.


"Arrow" casts Black Canary

Actress Caity Lotz will take on the new role.


Here are 25 great sitcoms you can watch on YouTube
From "Dick Van Dyke" to "The Honeymooners."


Check out Ryan Seacrest as a shirtless teen model
Why was he wearing mom jeans at 19?


See Bryan Cranston's childhood photos

From his GQ cover story.


Check out "Game of Thrones" toys

And other products unveiled at Comic-Con, including a Ned Stark doll.

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"Teen Wolf"

"Teen Wolf"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Teen Wolf' panel covers twins, virgins, wolves

Plot twists are hinted at amidst a lot of screaming

The "Teen Wolf" panel at Comic-Con 2013 was only half full, but you wouldn't know that from the enthusiastic screaming. High pitched shrieks frequently erupted, sometimes during fan questions, sometimes during panelist answers, and pretty much all the way through the preview clip that aired. I think it's fair to say that the crowd was very, very receptive to anything the "Teen Wolf" crew had to say.

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"Project Runway"

"Project Runway"

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'Project Runway' recap: Unicorn hugging, vajayjay and more!

One model's crotch has to be pixelated, but that's just the start

As much as I would like to luxuriate in the world that is "Project Runway," I'm afraid that this recap may be a little cursory. I'm in the throes of both Comic-Con madness and Emmy nominations glee, so I'm going to cut to the nitty gritty (vajayjay!) and hopefully dig a little deeper next week. Still, there was simply no way I was skipping over this season premiere. Not only does a hella lot happen, some of it is so crazy I'm not entirely sure I didn't hallucinate it. So, be warned. If you haven't watched the episode yet, you may want to before you read this lest you write, "YOU LIE, YOU CRAZY WOMAN!" in the comments section. It could happen.

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<p>Hugh Dancy in &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Hugh Dancy in "Hannibal."

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Hannibal' panel live-blog

Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy and company preview season 2

A year ago, Bryan Fuller came to Comic-Con for a small panel to discuss two NBC projects he had in the works: his "Munsters" re-imagining "Mockingbird Lane," and a "Silence of the Lambs" prequel about the early serial killing career of "Hannibal." "Mockingbird Lane" wound up never being ordered to series, though NBC aired the pilot, while "Hannibal" recently finished a brilliant (if incredibly low-rated) first season and was renewed for a second.

I spoke with Fuller about the end of the season, and now he's back at Comic-Con with a show that fans have actually seen now, and with star Hugh Dancy in tow, along with director David Slade and producer Martha De Laurentiis. Convention center wi-fi permitting, I'll be live-blogging the discussion right here starting a little after 6:45 Pacific. 

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<p>&quot;Dexter&quot;</p>

"Dexter"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Dexter' Live-Blog

Miami's favorite serial killer says farewell to Comic-Con

"Dexter" has become a Comic-Con staple in recent years with fans flocking to Ballroom 20 to ask Michael C. Hall the same questions about his own Dark Passenger and Jennifer Carpenter the same questions about swearing.

In its final Comic-Con adventure, "Dexter" will be attempting to stir up excitement after a weak day of movies in the cavernous Hall H.

Click through for my full live-blog...

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<p>Hugh Jackman and Rila Fukushima make a fascinating team in 'The Wolverine'</p>

Hugh Jackman and Rila Fukushima make a fascinating team in 'The Wolverine'

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Review: Hugh Jackman makes a nice return to form in James Mangold's 'The Wolverine'

There seems to be plenty of gas left in the 'X-Men' franchise

From the very beginning, Fox's "X-Men" series has played fast and loose with the source material, and enjoying the films has required the viewer to set aside any preconceived notions about the characters and the world. When Bryan Singer made the first "X-Men," this current wave of superhero movies was still in early days, and it seemed like the key to making a comic book film was somehow muting the more overtly "comic-book" elements and making things "gritty" and "real." Looking back at that first film now, I'm amazed by just how much it feels like the film just barely holds together, carried along by a certain excited energy and by the charisma of the cast.

The one breakout star from that film was Hugh Jackman, who was not Fox's first choice for the role. I thought it was evident immediately that he was not the same Wolverine that I'd grown up on, but that he brought a great, no nonsense gruffness to the role that made it okay that he's about a foot and a half taller than the character. The attitude was right, and the first time his claws went "SNIKT," it felt like we had turned a corner in terms of comic-books on the big screen.

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Big Brother

Big Brother

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday Results - The third contestant goes home

Will Aaryn leave, or will house strategy send Jeremy packing?

Another Thursday, another elimination ceremony on “Big Brother.” With Spencer all but forgotten at this point, it comes down to Aaryn and Jeremy on the chopping block tonight. Aaryn has angered the most people with her behavior, but plenty of players deem Jeremy as the bigger threat in the overall scheme of things. There’s punishment enough awaiting Aaryn once she gets on the outside of the house, but there’s also the outside chance that contestants will view her attitude as so toxic that there’s no chance she would ever win the show. By that gameplay logic, removing her at any point in the early proceedings would be a waste of an elimination.

All of that theorizing implies “strategy,” something that’s been sorely lacking thus far inside the “Big Brother” house. Still, that’s fairly common at this stage of the game, where alliances are unwieldy, character traits are still unknown, and the sheer number of players makes smart gameplay difficult to achieve. My instinct is that Aaryn survives to offend another day, while the men try to figure out how they lost control of the house so quickly. But who knows? That’s why we watch the show. I’ll be liveblogging throughout the night, starting at 9:00 pm EST. Make sure to refresh throughout the episode!
 
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<p>Idris Elba in &quot;Mandela:&nbsp;Long Walk to Freedom&quot;</p>

Idris Elba in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Full trailer for 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' promises the Mandela you didn't know

The Idris Elba biopic opens in November

The Weinstein Company has announced it is celebrating "Mandela Day" (today is Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday and, happily, he seems to be getting a bit better after his recent health scare) by dropping a full-length trailer for Justin Chadwick's upcoming "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." It's a bigger slice than that teaser we got last weekend, which was purely about capitalizing on star Idris Elba's presence at the multiplexes with "Pacific Rim."

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<p>Justin Timberlake in David Fincher's &quot;Suit and Tie&quot; video.</p>

Justin Timberlake in David Fincher's "Suit and Tie" video.

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David Fincher racks up VMA and Emmy nods on consecutive days

The two-time Oscar nominee is proving his multi-media skills this year

Admittedly, any statistic in this business can be unique if you make it specific enough, but David Fincher's maiden Emmy nomination this morning -- Best Directing of a Drama Series for the pilot episode of Netflix's "House of Cards" -- brought him to a unique awards milestone. He's now the first person to have been nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards... and the MTV Video Music Awards.

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