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Music Power Rankings: Jay-Z, Rush, and Nine Inch Nails top the list

Anna Kendrick makes her first appearance

1. Jay-Z: He lands his 13th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. We get the feeling he doesn’t have an unlucky number.

.2 Clear Channel: In three years, it has turned IHeartRadio from a vanity project to a viable, tremendously successful two-day festival. Let’s face it, if you were an artist dependent on radio play, would you tell them no?

3. Marc Anthony: After idiots on Twitter criticized someone “foreign born” being selected to sing “God Bless America” at this week’s MLB All-Star game, he quietly and elegantly reminded people that he was born in New York. Wake up, people. It’s not 1950.

4. Rush: The power trio gets their own Canadian stamp. Isn’t it a shame audio doesn’t come with it?

5. Thom Yorke: He and Nigel Godrich take on Spotify by removing Atoms For Peace’s music and griping that the service doesn’t help new artists. Yeah, that’ll hurt them.

6. Bruce Springsteen: While touring in Europe, he dedicated “41 Shots” to Trayvon Martin because, sadly, misplaced brutality never goes out of style.

7. Stevie Wonder: The singer takes a stand on Stand Your Ground, declaring that he will not play any states who have passed the law. Does he know that immediately takes 22 states off his tour route?

8. Nine Inch Nails: The Trent Reznor-led band releases four different covers for different configurations for “Hesitation Marks.”  Will die-hard fans feel compelled to collect the full set?

9. Anna Kendrick: As “Cups” continues to gain radio play, she becomes only the second person to have landed a Top 10 single, and nominations for both an Academy Award and a Tony. The other?  Barbra Streisand. #notanegot

10. Kanye West: The rapper takes his frustrations out on a paparazzo at LAX, allegedly resulting in the photographer being hurt and planning to press charges. Hey, you’re a daddy now, ‘Ye. Chill.


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<p>Why do I get the feeling that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane (Natalie Portman) don't get a lot of opportunity to smile in 'Thor:&nbsp;The Dark World'?</p>

Why do I get the feeling that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane (Natalie Portman) don't get a lot of opportunity to smile in 'Thor: The Dark World'?

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Sequels to 'Thor' and 'Captain America' show up and make big splash at Comic-Con

Cap and Widow, sittin' in a tree... f-i-g-h-t-i-n-g

SAN DIEGO - At this point, Saturday has become the big day for fan-gasms in Hall H, the day the studios all compete to see who can make the biggest noise, and for the last several years, Marvel has walked away victorious.

This year, their panel started with moderator Chris Hardwick taking the stage for the second time that day, still dressed as Booker DeWitt, and he immediately brought out Kevin Feige, all-around head poobah of Marvel Studios.

Kevin walked out, sat down, and as he was in the middle of his introductory banter with Chris, said one word about "Thor: The Dark World," only to be cut off mid-sentence as the entire Hall H plunged into darkness.

"Humanity," a suspiciously familiar voice said over the Hall H speakers. "Look how far you've fallen. Lining up in the sweltering heat for hours. Huddled together in the darkness. I am Loki of Asgard… and I am burdened with glorious purpose."

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"The Tomorrow People"

"The Tomorrow People"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'The Tomorrow People' 'blindsides' with twists

The CW series updates the 1973 series

The first episode of "The Tomorrow People" (debuts Oct. 9 at 9:00 p.m.) is a re-imagining of the 1973 series, though it could also be argued that it's really more of a re-imagining of a host of other CW series. There are hot guys, hot girls, really cool super powers, moody lighting and lots of angst. Sound familiar?

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Watch: Aubrey Plaza and Alia Shawkat get funny talking 'The To-Do List'
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Watch: Aubrey Plaza and Alia Shawkat get funny talking 'The To-Do List'

Interview 'touches' on boners, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and drinking for breakfast

SAN DIEGO - "The To-Do List" linked up with HitFix for a party at Comic-Con this year, but before we could put our party pants on, the film's stars Aubrey Plaza and Alia Shawkat and I needed to hack our way through the 1990s.

The flick centers on Plaza's enterprising high-schooler Brandy Klark, whose sexual experiences become goals on a to-do list in much the same way she'd study for a test. Shawkat plays one of her best friends Fiona, and they are featured in all manner of 1993: from Caboodles to Gin Blossoms and -- God help us -- overalls (on men and women).

I know for this writer it brought back some pretty keen memories of the age and the era.

"I remember going like, 'Oh shit we're playing teenagers.' After we shot the first day I was like, I really need to check in with playing an actual teenager and not just a precocious know-it-all," Shawkat said in our interview. "So i kinda hung out with teens... got stoned with them. Y'know just for research..."

The two actresses dropped a couple of names and music notes from the '90s like New Kids on the Block and Devon Sawa and "90210." But "The To-Do List" was actually originally titled "The Handjob," so the actresses felt there was some other prep work and research to do.

"We all gave each other handjobs, to get into the characters," Plaza said.

"We introduced ourselves while two hand simultaneously..." said Shawkat.

"The director forced us to it."


We talked about the occurrence of the female orgasm on film especially since titles like "American Pie" and "40-Year-Old Virgin" had their own first-timers theme (but with men). Plaza described what it was like to act out her O-face in front of the "To-Do" crew.

"Breathing is a private thing. You don't want a bunch of grown crew members watching you breath heavily," Plaza explained.

"And they were not shy about their boners. They were popping up all over the place."

"'I can't even get to my mark there's so many boners.'"

Boop! Check out the rest of our discussion of Kriss Kross, oral sex with Donald Glover, getting drunk at breakfast and all other manner of plain-speaking the word "penis."

"The To-Do List" heads to theaters on July 26.

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'Family Guy' enlists Peter Dinklage, Conan O'Brien, Bryan Cranston, Asthon Kutcher

"Family Guy" enlists Peter Dinklage, Conan O'Brien, Bryan Cranston, Asthon Kutcher

Watch a preview of Season 12, which will also feature Jon Cryer, Jeff Daniels, Liam Neeson and Adam Levine.

"Person of Interest" promotes Amy Acker

She'll be a series regular next season.

"Arrow" adds Kevin Alejandro and Michael Jai White
At Comic-Con, a sneak peek of Season 2 was unveiled.

"HIMYM" co-creator calls Season 9 a "bonus year and it's the wild west"
Although next season takes place over one weekend, there will be lots of flashforwards and flashbacks.

"Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson weds

Ferguson tied the knot with boyfriend Justin Mikita before many of his co-stars.

Meet Twitter's fake Will McAvoy
An anonymous Twitter user has been parodying "The Newsroom" character.

NBC developing  "Clone" from Robert Kirkman

The proposed project asks: “What if there were more of you? And what if you could save those versions of yourself from being killed."

"The Vampire Diaries" can't wait to go to college
How much partying will there be in Season 5?

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Revolution' gets new Big Bad, conspiracy

More intrigue, less 'running and gunning' in season two

The Comic-Con 2013 panel for "Revolution" (which returns for a second season Wed. Sept. 25 at 8:00 p.m.) filled every seat, but still show creator Eric Kripke spent plenty of time promising that the upcoming season would be much better than the first. The first step in doing that? While the power is on, it won't stay on for long. "Just long enough to get the nukes in the air," he said. "Our heroes are heroically striving to stop those bombs. Spoiler alert: They don't stop them. We're trying to be the first network show that loses two cities in the first fifteen minutes. The East Coast is totally destabilized. How would we survive in this neo-primitive world and how do we go from there? And then hilarity ensues."

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<p>Stephen Amell of &quot;Arrow&quot;</p>

Stephen Amell of "Arrow"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Arrow' Live-Blog

What's in store for Oliver and company in Season 2?

I always find it hard to write about "Arrow," because I never remember if Stephen Amell spells his name with one "m" and two "l's" or if it's two "m's" and one "l." I've always had the same problem with Steve Carell. I can't explain it.

Anyway, I've already live-blogged "Bates Motel," "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries" today.

So... On to "Arrow."

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<p>&quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot;</p>

"The Vampire Diaries"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'The Vampire Diaries' Live-Blog

After 'True Blood,' it's time for Elena, Damon and Stefan




We just spent 45 minutes talking about "True Blood." 

Now it's time for some "Vampire Diaries" fun. 

Follow along...

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"Once Upon A Time"

"Once Upon A Time"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Once Upon A Time,' Peter Pan and Ariel

In a video clip the creators hint the mermaid will be in season 3

The "Once Upon A Time" panel followed hot on the heels of the "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland" panel, and as much as fans enjoyed visiting the spin-off, they were even more excited to see the landing of the mothership.

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'Godzilla' storms into Hall H to kick off Warner's Comic-Con presentation

It looks like he's got some serious foes to face

SAN DIEGO - For the second year in a row, Legendary and Warner Bros. came to San Diego's Comic-Con so they could promote one of the biggest films they have on their release schedule, next summer's "Godzilla."

As they did last year, Warner Bros. blew everything out to three screens that surrounded the front end of Hall H. It's a very clear sign that they want to overwhelm the audience that's gathered here at the start of the day. The presentation began with black and white footage of nuclear bomb tests, filling every screen until a logo emerged from the ash, the single word. "Godzilla."

Chris Hardwick, the panel moderator for the day, introduced the mood piece that was shown last year. It really is a gorgeous introduction to what director Gareth Edwards hopes to accomplish with the film, with Oppenheimer's narration placed over visions of mass destruction, evidence of something that has already happened, holes in skyscrapers and derailed trains and bodies positively everywhere. And then, at the very end, just a hint of Godzilla himself looming up out of some smoke.

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<p>Stephen Moyer of &quot;True Blood&quot;</p>

Stephen Moyer of "True Blood"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'True Blood' Live-Blog

Vampires, werewolves, faeries and other critters hit Ballroom 20

Hey Gang. Welcome to Saturday's (July 20) second live-blog. 

I've already done "Bates Motel" today. Here comes "True Blood" and then "The Vampire Diaries" and Arrow" will be back-to-back. 

Whee! Follow along!

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<p>Cover of Greg Pak's &quot;Batman/Superman&quot; #2 drawn by Jae Lee</p>

Cover of Greg Pak's "Batman/Superman" #2 drawn by Jae Lee

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It's about time: WB announces Superman/Batman film at Comic-Con

Plus: Vote on who you think should play the Dark Knight this time around

First reported in the LA Times this morning and confirmed at Warner Bros. Pictures' Comic-Con panel shortly thereafter, the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight are finally going to share the big screen together in 2015.

"Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder, (executive) producer Christopher Nolan and writer David Goyer are reuniting on the sequel to this summer's Superman reboot, which will introduce the Caped Crusader to the newly established DC Universe on film. And all I can really say is…it's about time.

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