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Samuel L. Jackson says he is 'Jesus of Comic-Con' as we discuss 'Kingsman'
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Samuel L. Jackson says he is 'Jesus of Comic-Con' as we discuss 'Kingsman'

He's having so much fun, it's hard to believe this is work

"I just wanted to figure out how long I had to stay alive to shoot nine pictures."

I've done a lot of interviews at a lot of events over the years, and I have to give special credit to 20th Century Fox this year for staging one of the most orderly and relaxed afternoons I can remember. They had a place on top of the Hard Rock Cafe. Nothing major. A suite with a long balcony and a hot tub area. They had some tables set up on the balcony with food. They had some chairs. And they had an area where we were able to set up to talk to a group of people representing the slate they had that afternoon.

Samuel L. Jackson is an icon at this point. He has put his stamp on this era of cinema in a way few people ever could. The number of films he's been in, the range of films he's been in… it will be impossible to tell the story of mainstream filmmaking from 1990 - (let's hope ) 2030 or so without including Jackson and seeing his face constantly. That seems to delight him.

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Maksim: 'I’m done dancing' on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Maksim: “I’m done dancing” on “Dancing with the Stars”
"I feel like it's time,” Maksim Chmerkovskiy said of opting not to dance on the ABC reality show anymore, adding: "When I came back to the show, it was not the same -- I was different, probably.”


“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” books Kyra Sedgwick as deputy chief
She’ll play Andre Braugher’s longtime rival in two episodes.

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'The Bachelorette' finale down 15% from last year

“The Bachelorette” finale down 15% from last year
Meanwhile, "Running Wild With Bear Grylls” had the summer’s No. 2 reality debut after ABC’s “Rising Star."

 

“The Bachelorette’s” greatest moment: When runner-up Nick revealed he “made love” with Andi Dorfman?
As Kate Dries, the show never goes there when it comes to sex: "Call it televised heartbreak, call it televised slut-shaming, call it whatever you want, but to speak in Chris Harrison-approved superlatives, Monday evening's episode of The Bachelorette provoked more response than any moment on the show ever. And all because the contestants talked what they're not supposed to talk about: the sex stuff.” PLUS: Juan Pablo winner Nikki Ferrell blasts “The Bachelorette” producers on Twitter.


“Dancing’s” Mark Ballas & Derek Hough to star in “Mark & Derek’s Excellent Flip”
Their HGTV reality show will follow the dancers as they renovate houses and flip them for a profit.


“Sesame Street” may take legal action against Times Square Muppets
“Elmo” and “Cookie Monster” impersonators have been busted in recent years shoving pedestrians and going on anti-Semitic rants.


“Southland” sued for using a real autopsy photo in opening credits
The mother and sister of a man who was murdered claim the canceled police drama used their dead relative’s autopsy photo without permission.


Ron Livingston joins AMC’s “We Hate Paul Revere”
He’ll play the legendary Revolutionary War figure.


Check out Matt Lauer and Al Roker on “Sharknado 2”
"I'm really nervous about this,'' Roker says. "In fact, I'm downright scared."


“Arrow” casts Wildcat
J.R. Ramirez will play Ted “Wildcat” Grant, a member of the Justice Society for America.


Watch Bear Grylls help Zac Efron become a man in the wilderness
Check out the debut of NBC’s “Running Wild.”


“Revenge” adds a “black sheep” from “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Elena Satine will recur next season as the daughter of a wealthy Southern family.


Inspired by Kim Kardashian, Stephen Colbert pitches his own iPhone game
Its name: “I’d Tap That.”


What if “Game of Thrones” stars Maisie Williams and Gwendoline Christie swapped heads?
Here’s what “Arya Stark” would look like if she were 6-foot-3.

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TV Ratings: Low 'Bachelorette' finale leads ABC Monday, while NBC's 'Ninja' rises
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TV Ratings: Low 'Bachelorette' finale leads ABC Monday, while NBC's 'Ninja' rises

'Running Wild With Bear Grylls' has an OK start for NBC

Fast National ratings for Monday, July 28, 2014.

ABC's finale for "The Bachelorette" was far below last summer's "Bachelorette" finale and was barely up from last week's installment, but the three-hour telecast lit season highs anyway and led ABC to Monday wins in all key measures.

Other Monday notables saw "Under the Dome" stabilize among young viewers (but dip overall), FOX's "MasterChef" drop a hair, NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" continue its summer charge and "Running Wild With Bear Grylls" premiere to decent numbers.

On to the numbers...

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Minnie Driver

Exclusive Premiere: Minnie Driver performs Elliott Smith's 'Waltz #2': Watch

Actress's new album also includes covers from Neil Young, The Cure and more


After co-writing the material for her first two albums, actress Minnie Driver decided to turn to songs that others first made famous for “Ask Me To Dance,” out Oct. 7.

The Rounder/Zoe release, Driver’s first album since 2007, features her interpretations of such tunes as The Cure’s “Close To Me,” Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why,” Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster,” the Killer’s “Human,” Neil Finn’s “Better Be Home Soon,” and even going back to the Sinatra standard, “Fly Me To The Moon.”  

In this exclusive clip, HitFix premieres Driver singing “Waltz #2,” from the late Elliott Smith. As movie fans know, Smith’s “Miss Misery” was featured in one of Driver’s earlier film’s, “Good Will Hunting,” and the two were friends until his death.

She prefaces the performance by talking about being in the studio with Smith when he recorded the vocal for the haunting, bittersweet “Waltz #2,” and being struck by how “beautiful” the tune was.  She performs it live in the clip below.

The second season of Driver’s series, “About A Boy,” premieres on Oct.14. She plans to tour behind “Ask Me To Dance,” and will work dates around her “Boy” shooting schedule.

"Ask Me To Dance's" complete track listing is below the video.

 


 1.           Waltz #2 (XO) (Elliott Smith)
 2.          Close To Me  (Robert Smith)
 3.          Master Blaster (Jammin’)  (Stevland Morris)
 4.          Human  (Mark August Stoermer-Dave Brent Keuning-Brandon Flowers-Ronnie Vannucci Jr.       
 5.          Fly Me To The Moon  (Bart Howard)
 6.          Better Be Home Soon   (Neil Finn)
 7.          Wild Wood   (Paul Weller)
 8.          Tell Me Why (Neil Young)
 9.          Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness  (John Prine)
10.        Love Song  (Lesley Duncan)

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett duets album coming in September

On 'Cheek To Cheek,' the two dive into the Great American Songbook

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett will release their album of jazz standards, “Cheek To Cheek” on Sept. 23. The first track, a remake of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” came out today via iTunes.

The odd bedfellows formed a mutual admiration society three years ago and seemed besotted with each other’s talent ever since Gaga recorded “The Lady Is A Tramp” with Bennett for his “Duets II” album.

The album features the twosome singing in tandem and solo as they work through the Great American Songbook, performing such classics as “Lush Life,” “Anything Goes,” “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” and “Sophisticated Lady.”

Bennett, of course, helped bring much of the Great American Songbook alive over his seven-decade career. It turns out that Gaga grew up on the American standards. “It was very important to Tony that this was a jazz record,” Lady Gaga said in a statement. “I’ve been singing jazz since I was a child and really wanted to show the authentic side of the genre. We made an album of jazz classice, but it has a modern twist.”

The pair recorded the album in New York over the past year, utilizing members from both of their bands, as well as such noted jazzbos as saxophonist Joe Lovano and flutist Paul Horn, who died earlier this month.

Bennett and Lady Gaga have already taped a PBS special performing the songs that will air this fall.

 

 

 

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Hannibal

'Hannibal' producers tease Francis Dolarhyde, disfigurement & more for season 3

What was it like shooting the nightmarish season 2 finale? And how will the show do without murder tableaux?

"Hannibal" showrunner Bryan Fuller was much more open with information at the show's Comic-Con panel, revealing that season 3 would jump ahead a year, eschew the Killer of the Week format, and introduce other Thomas Harris characters like Murasaki and Francis Dolarhyde. So when I got a chance the next day to sit down with Fuller, lead director David Slade and longtime Hannibal Lecter movie/TV producer Martha DeLaurentiis, I didn't have to spend a lot of time probing for information, and could instead go a little deeper on some of those revelations, like how Fuller intends to structure the story of Dolarhyde (the chief villain of "Red Dragon," the novel that introduced Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham), how Slade shot the chilling closing sequence of season 2, how the survivors of that bloody evening might look in season 3, and more.

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Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway are coy about 'Penny Dreadful' season 2

Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway are coy about 'Penny Dreadful' season 2

A werewolf, an immortal and a mad doctor reunite at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO - When we last left "Penny Dreadful's" most eligible bachelors things weren't necessarily coming up roses.

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Kiefer Sutherland’s rep responds to Freddie Prinze Jr.’s allegations

Kiefer Sutherland’s rep responds to Freddie Prinze Jr.’s allegations
"Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze, Jr. more than 5 years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie's grievances," Sutherland's rep said in a statement. "Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best.” PLUS: According to TMZ, Kiefer was drunk, temperamental and got people fired while working with Prinze.


Queens merchant: “Unforgettable's” simulated blast ruined my business
A Queens Indian food shop agreed to allow the CBS drama to set off an air canister inside the store earlier this month. But owners never imagined that the explosion would cause widespread damage that still hasn’t been fixed.


“Manhattan” debuts to fewer viewers than “Salem”
About 1.8 million watched the WGN America drama, which was simulcast on 33 Tribune affiliates.


Has “The View” found a Latina co-host?
L.A. TV news personality Lauren Sanchez will get a tryout on Wednesday. PLUS: Sherri Shepherd joins “Ride Along 2."


Rachelle Lefevre: CBS had me wear nipple covers for “Under the Dome” Season 2
She tells Letterman her “high beams” last season had to be edited out by the show’s special effects team.


Did “The Leftovers” go too far?
A brutal scene from this week’s episode had one writer saying, “enough, already.” PLUS: In praise of Ann Dowd’s subtle, powerful performance.


Recalling Comedy Central’s 1-season wonders
Remember “Straight Plan for the Gay Man” starring Rob Riggle and “I’m with Busey”?


Food Network premieres "Eating America With Anthony Anderson”
The “Black-ish” star is the latest to sample the nation’s food.


“Masters of Sex” reaches a new level of greatness
“Fight” was the Showtime series’ finest episode yet, evoking “Mad Men’s” “The Suitcase” episode. PLUS: Beau Bridges has the best gay character on TV.


“Blossom,” now showing on the Hub network, proves to be mature beyond its years
As Willa Paskin notes after recently watching the Hub network reruns, "Blossom is good, sensible, grounded, loveable, wise beyond her years. That is to say that she is the exact character that current conventional wisdom says it is both difficult and potentially boring to build a show around.”


VH1 renews “Hit The Floor”
The LA Devil Girls will be back for a 3rd season.


Lifetime investigates “The Choking Game” phenomenon
Watch highlights from the new teen scare classic.


Walt from “Lost” has a hit song
Malcolm David Kelly is one-half of the group MKTO.


Did a 1979 “Rockford Files” episode inspire “The Sopranos”?
David Chase penned the mafia-themed December 14, 1979 episode, “Just a Coupla Guys."


Taylor Schilling celebrated her 30th birthday with “OITNB” castmates
Unlike her Netflix character, Schilling celebrated in style.


Scott Caan becomes a dad
The “Hawaii Five-0” star welcomed a girl earlier this month.

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Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J

'Bang Bang' from Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande explodes: Listen

The song leaks a day before its official release

Bang Bang,” the new track from British popster Jessie J, featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, is a bullet train of pop power that will head straight to the top of the charts.

The song, which leaked Monday night, hours before its Tuesday release, is a fast-paced track that relies just as much on a ferocious drum beat as the three leading ladies’ performances.

Though it is nominally Jessie J’s single, she generals shares the spotlight. The track opens with a rush similar to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” and with a fair amount of hand-claps and similarly up-tempo yelps, it could have the same successful trajectory. The tune also has the same lightness as Grande’s current smash, “Problem,” if that song were on speed. And for good reason: Max Martin with Savan Kotecha and Ilya produced both songs.

Jessie J opens the song, but quickly hands the mike over to Grande. However close to the 2-minute mark, Minaj comes in to lay down a rap in which she threatens both Jessie and “Ari” if they get in her way. It’s a busy track— voices, raps, drums, girl-group harmonies, guitars all overlap, but the chaos is totally intentional as the ladies are all about breaking hearts.

"Bang Bang" is the lead single from Jessie J's fall album and will also appear on Grande's album, "My Everything."

What do you think? We say it will be No. 1 by Labor Day.

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'Once Upon a Time' casts Prince Hans, adds John Rhys-Davies for a 'Frozen' role

“Once Upon a Time” casts Prince Hans, adds John Rhys-Davies for a “Frozen” role
"Shameless" alum Tyler Jacob Moore will play the “Frozen” prince, while Rhys-Davies will voice the role of Pabbie the Troll King.

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Zoe Saldana is a happy underdog with a secret in 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'
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Zoe Saldana is a happy underdog with a secret in 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

And, yes, she thinks Gamora is pretty

When I visited the set of "Guardians Of The Galaxy," one of the things that struck me about my conversation with Zoe Saldana was how concerned she was with Gamora's aesthetic impact. More specifically, she really wanted her to be pretty.

Seems, then, a natural place to start when discussing the finished film with the busiest woman in science-fiction. Saldana's been working for a while, but with "Avatar," "Star Trek," and now "Guardians," she's cornered the market on a certain kind of character. She can be violent and deadly and powerful, but she is also always deeply empathetic, able to open that up and really project a feeling of nurturing and understanding.

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