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Press Tour: 'Buffy' star Charisma Carpenter talks 'Surviving Evil'

Real-life survivors talk about 'keeping evidence'

The I.D. Network's new show "Surviving Evil" brought some sad reality to press tour. Focused on people who survived encounters with would-be killers, actual survivors came to the panel -- including host Charisma Carpenter ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). 

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<p>Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in &quot;Saving Mr. Banks&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks"

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Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson cast Disney shadows in the 'Saving Mr. Banks' poster

The story of bringing 'Mary Poppins' to the screen arrives in time for Christmas

It seemed like the trailer for John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" turned a number of people around on the project, at least judging by comments I've seen here and there. And make no mistake, it will have a presence in the awards season; Disney is circling its wagons, has brought on a key Oscar strategist and will probably be all in on this one.

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'Game of Thrones' adds an actress from 'Rome'

"Game of Thrones" adds an actress from "Rome"
Indira Varma will play Ellaria Sand.

How did ex-"Bachelorette" Ali Fedotowsky end up opposite Alec Baldwin in a Woody Allen movie?
Turns out it was not "The Bachelorette" that got Ali a brief role in "Blue Jasmine." It was her current gig as host of NBC's "1st Look" that first got her noticed by Allen's casting director, who saw her on a NYC taxi TV. Ali, though, has no plans to pursue an acting career -- and she thinks nobody on set knew of her "Bachelorette" past.

"The Talk" is soaring

The CBS talk show hit an all-time ratings high last week and matched the demo of the show that was its inspiration, "The View."

Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters argue on "The View" over the Royal Baby

Goldberg isn't happy with all the fuss over the Royal Baby, yet her boss ran a special on Prince George on "20/20." PLUS: Stephen Colbert also makes "Seinfeld" connection.

Discovery Channel will host an underwater Google hangout for Shark Week

It will be part of the talk show "Shark After Dark."

Lady Gaga will perform at the VMAs
It'll be her first live performance since undergoing hip surgery.

"Downton Abbey": See images from Season 4
The first pics of the season come from the show's official calendar.

Matt Smith: Leaving "Doctor Who" was a "hard choice"
He told critics today, "I'll ponder it and sometimes think, 'I've made a huge mistake. What am I doing?'" PLUS: "Doctor Who" was almost killed off when it debuted, and BBC America prepping a "Who" special.

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<p>Cate Blanchett at the&nbsp;Los Angeles premiere of &quot;Blue Jasmine&quot;</p>

Cate Blanchett at the Los Angeles premiere of "Blue Jasmine"

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Cate Blanchett talks about working with Malick and the tone of 'Monuments Men'

The 'Blue Jasmine' star has a couple of other projects piquing our interest

Cate Blanchett has been making the rounds on behalf of Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" this week, which premiered in Los Angeles last night. And again, we'll be talking about that performance quite a bit over the next few months, but when I got her on the phone recently to discuss the film, I also took a few choice moments at the end to talk about two other projects that have me intrigued.

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<p>Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman in &quot;Prisoners&quot;</p>

Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman in "Prisoners"

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New poster for 'Prisoners' with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal

Will the Toronto selection go to Telluride?

I've been trying to figure out how Warner Bros. may or may not handle Telluride in 2013. Last year they took "Argo" there as a sneak preview and it blew the roof off the Chuck Jones Cinema. Then, as we all know, it went on to be a dominant force in the awards season and pick up the Oscar for Best Picture. The year before, however, they dodged it, taking "Contagion" to Venice, "J. Edgar" to AFI Fest and banking on latter-year release "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." So you never can tell.

This year the studio has already set Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" as the Venice opening night selection. The film is then going on to Toronto alongside Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" (which could end up being an unexpected awards play), so there's a small chance one or the other could go to Telluride. There's no word yet on the roll-out for Spike Jonze's "Her," though the recently wrapped "The Good Lie" from "Monsieur Lazhar" director Philippe Falardeau and starring Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll (with shades of "The Blind Side") could go to Telluride and end up figuring into the race.

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"Doctor Who"

"Doctor Who"

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Press Tour: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman talk Hurt, fertlizer and 'Doctor Who'

The stars discuss favorite moments and bracing for change

It wasn't the warm and devoted audience they'd met at Comic-Con, but "Doctor Who" stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman (joined with producer Marcus Wilson) still happily fielded questions about the show at press tour. As expected, many questions were about Smith's looming exit from the show, some were about his current buzz cut, and there was also talk about an aubergine tweed jacket and "Home Alone." 

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Oprah Winfrey will return to Letterman after 8 years

Oprah Winfrey will return to Letterman after 8 years

Oprah, whose last appearance in December 2005 attracted headlines because of their "feud," will make a return visit with Dave on Aug. 1. Before her 2005 appearance, Oprah last appeared on Letterman's show in 1989.

Sex researcher Viriginia Johnson dies 2 months before the premiere of "Masters of Sex," the Showtime series about her life

Johnson, 88, was an orgasm expert who wrote two books on sexuality and was famous for her partnership with fellow sex researcher William Masters. Lizzy Caplan is portraying her on the Showtime series.

Paula Deen's ex-cook: She used racial slurs, ordered another cook to dress as Aunt Jemima

Dora Charles also tells the NY Times that Deen wanted her to ring a dinner bell, which she found to be offensive. Deen's camp, however, is denying Charles' allegations.

Larry David's HBO movie gets premiere date

"Clear History" debuts on August 10.

OWN unveils "Oprah's Next Chapter" dates: Lindsay Lohan interview airs August 18
Hugh Jackman, Tina Turner and Gloria Estefan will be among those interviewed this season.

Deion Sanders getting a new reality show on OWN

"It's Prime's Time" will focus on the life of the former NFL and MLB player known as  "Prime Time."

Merritt Wever is coming back to "New Girl"

She'll appear in two episodes this fall.

Watch the 1st trailer for VH1's "Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story"

Chilli and T-Boz are consultants on the biopic.

Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World" segment will be revived on ESPN2

"People seemed to like that one," Olbermann told critics of his segment, which will be retitled to "Worst Person in the Sports World."

Here's the full slate of ESPN's fall "30 for 30" documentaries
They include "Big Shot" directed by "Entourage's" Kevin Connolly and "No Mas."

"Charles in Charge's" Josie Davis books a "Mentalist" guest spot
She'll play a waitress on the CBS drama.

See James Franco on "The Mindy Project" set

With Mindy Kaling wearing a wig.


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<p>Beyonce on her current tour</p>

Beyonce on her current tour

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Report: Beyonce goes back to the drawing board on new album

Is this cause for concern?

A few weeks ago, producer Diplo mentioned that Beyonce’s record, her follow-up to 2011’s “4,” has been scrapped. He then quickly clarified that he didn’t mean the entire album, he only meant two songs that he had worked on with Queen Bey. However, it’s looking increasingly likely that the initial interpretation was correct.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Beyonce is going back to the drawing board after rejecting more than 50 songs. Among the top-notch songwriters who may be “affected,” according to THR, as Ryan Tedder, The-Dream, Sia, Diane Warren, and Ne-Yo. Columbia Records, who did not comment for THR’s story, never announced a release date for the album, but expectations— and not unrealistic ones— were that her Super Bowl appearance would signal a new single and that February’s HBO documentary would also be part of the promotional plan for a new album that would drop sometime in the Spring. Then, the thinking was that the album would come out before she started her world tour in the April. So far, fans have gotten new songs, such as “Grown Woman” and “Standing In The Sun,” but they have been first introduced via commercials for Pepsi and H&M and then not gone on to be promoted as official radio singles.

With Beyonce on the road with The Miss Carter Show World Tour through December (the last date is Boston on Dec.20), it’s not likely an album will be released this year.

So is this any cause for concern? No. Accountants like to think that albums can be turned out like widgets to meet quarterly projections, but that’s not how it works. Beyonce, who now manages herself, may just need to find some time to really think about what she wants to say and that’s hard when you’re going 100 miles per house. Is she spooked after “4”, while critically acclaimed, only sold 1.4 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Maybe, but it’s more likely that she’s a perfectionist and she’s not found the magic mix of songs she’s looking for.

Speaking of Boston, Beyonce played the T.D. Garden there Tuesday night and met with victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. This follows her appearance at a “Justice for Trayvon Martin” vigil in New York over the weekend.

On a lighter note, Beyonce reminded us why she’s cooler than the rest of us recently when she managed to continue singing “Halo” after her hair got caught in a fan.

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<p>Oprah Winfrey in mid-filibuster a few years back at the Television Critics Association press tour.</p>

Oprah Winfrey in mid-filibuster a few years back at the Television Critics Association press tour.

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Your guide to the TCA press tour

The ins and outs of the semi-annual gathering of the nation's TV critics

By the time you read this, I should be en route to Beverly Hills for the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour, known by some as TCA, by others as press tour, and by others as "that horrible time of year where everyone I follow on Twitter makes the same jokes for two weeks in a row."

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Jimmy Fallon's daughter is named Winnie Rose

Jimmy Fallon's daughter is named Winnie Rose
"I'm emotionally drained," Fallon said at the top of his monologue, adding that he was a bit jealous of the Royal Baby.

Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul arrived at the "Breaking Bad" premiere in an RV
The final season premiere last night featured Anna Gunn in a black leather dress, plus the Cousins and Skinny Pete.

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<p>Scarlett Johansson in &quot;Under the Skin.&quot;</p>

Scarlett Johansson in "Under the Skin."

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Venice lineup features new films from Gilliam, Franco, Morris, Miyazaki and many more

Stars set to grace the Lido range from Scarlett Johansson to Judi Dench

Every year, the announcement of the first wave of Toronto Film Festival inclusions takes some of the guesswork out of the Venice Film Festival lineup announcement a few days later. And so it was this year: thanks to those telltale "North American premiere" tags, we knew that such films as Stephen Frears's "Philomena," Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin," Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves," David Gordon Green's "Joe," Peter Landesman's "Parkland" and John Curran's "Tracks" would be having their world premieres on the Lido -- all of those titles, as it turns out, in competition for the Golden Lion.

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<p>Katee Sackhoff talked to us about her fondness for the character of 'Riddick' and her experience working with Vin Diesel on the film.</p>

Katee Sackhoff talked to us about her fondness for the character of 'Riddick' and her experience working with Vin Diesel on the film.

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Katee Sackhoff on being 'incredibly odd' and playing make believe with Vin Diesel for 'Riddick'

The 'Battlestar Galactica' star found a place for herself on this film

SAN DIEGO - I've liked Katee Sackhoff since watching the first season of "Battlestar Galactica," but over the span of two days at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, I've come to think much more highly of her.

First, she's a great spokesman for "Riddick," the latest chapter in the space opera serial that David Twohy and Vin Diesel have made, and she seems excited to be joining the series. On the panel in Hall H and then again when we spoke later in the day, she seems thrilled to be in the film and to have been given the character to play. Dahl is a bounty hunter who shows up as part of a team that has been tracking Riddick because of something that happened in "Pitch Black," and she manages to find all sorts of grace notes in what could easily have been a very thin stereotype. David Twohy writes genuine no-apologies pulp movies, and I think actors have to be willing to dig in and find something real to play in a situation like this.

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