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<p>A protest of Grant's shooting death at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009.</p>

A protest of Grant's shooting death at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009.

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Appeals court says Oscar Grant’s dad can sue transit officer who killed son on train platform

Slain 22-year-old's story was the inspiration for the film 'Fruitvale Station'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says Oscar Grant’s father can sue the Northern California transit officer who shot and killed his son on a train platform.

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<p>Maroon 5</p>

Maroon 5

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Maroon 5 at work on new, 'darker' material

How long will fans wait for follow-up to 2012's 'Overexposed?'

Maroon 5 is already at work on its follow-up to 2012’s “Overexposed,” though fans can expect a bit of a wait for a new disc.

"It's still sort of in the early stages," Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine told Billboard. "We definitely have a couple of amazing songs that will be on the record. I think we just really like making music now, and I think we're more prolific than ever. But at the same time it's going to be awhile before the record comes out, so maybe some of the stuff we're doing now will fall by the wayside by the time we actually put it out. But we've got some great stuff started, and we're all very excited."

Valentine says the first batch of new material was “darker...and more organic-sounding,” while some of the more recent tunes have been less so. "Love Somebody," Maroon 5's current single from "Overexposed," is at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and trending upwards.

Before the band can head to the studio, it will head to the road as headliners for the Honda Civic Tour, which starts Aug. 1 in St. Louis, Mo., with co-headliner Kelly Clarkson.

Maroon 5 lead singer, Adam Levine, will also return as a coach on the 5th season of “The Voice” this fall.

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<p>Would &quot;Dexter&quot;&nbsp;fans want to watch a spinoff built around Quinn and/or Batista?</p>

Would "Dexter" fans want to watch a spinoff built around Quinn and/or Batista?

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Press Tour: 'Dexter' spinoff in the works?

Who on earth would viewers want to see carrying their own show?

Early in his executive session at press tour, Showtime president David Nevins noted that the channel had signed "Dexter" showrunner Scott Buck to an overall deal to secure his services after the show ends. Later, when asked whether plans are still going forward for a "Dexter" spinoff, Nevins said, "Of course. We announced a deal with Scott Buck today. Draw your own conclusions."

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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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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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