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Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day are set to complicate 'Vacation' for Ed Helms
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Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day are set to complicate 'Vacation' for Ed Helms

Looks like this one is finally happening

It looks like "Vacation" is still happening, and they're adding cast members that are making me really want to see this movie.

When I interviewed John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein about their film "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," they were still just signed to write a new "Vacation" film. Since then, they've also been announced as directors for the film, and it's gone through some development twists and turns, including what felt like a step back just before they went into production so they could consider their options and fine tune it some more.

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Fox orders Malcolm Gladwell’s 'The Cure' pilot

Fox orders Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Cure” pilot
The noted New Yorker journalist and bestselling author will write and produce “a provocative character-driven medical thriller about a young, impulsive African American neurologist who decides to take the law into her own hands in the cause of tackling a deadly disease.”


“Doctor Who” returns to its best-ever BBC America debut
Still, the 2.2 million who watched the first airing Saturday night pales in comparison to the UK’s 6.8 million. PLUS: Peter Capaldi is bringing a “marvelously strange energy” to the Doctor.


Miley Cyrus’ homeless VMAs date is flying home to his parents in Oregon today
"My son, my youngest baby,” said the mother of Jesse Felt, 22, who called his parents early this morning.


Aaron Paul’s “Breaking Bad” scavenger hunt was a success
Fans got to hang with RJ Mitte and Badger, and at least one lucky fan got to pretend to be killed by one of the Cousins. PLUS: Aaron Paul wore his yellow cooking suit to the scavenger hunt.


Syfy’s “Lost Girl” will end after the upcoming 5th season
Syfy hasn’t announced when the Canadian import’s final 16 episodes will air.


“The Bachelor” creator: If you miss tonight’s “Bachelor in Paradise,” "you will regret it for the rest of your life”
Host Chris Harrison is also advocating that viewers avoid the Emmys. PLUS: Renee Oteri is pregnant


Despite the finale, “True Blood” actually had a very good final season
“If there’s any recent blueprint to follow in closing out a show that should’ve been put to rest a while ago,” says Dee Locket, "it’s 'True Blood.' We can only hope that Ryan Murphy (‘Glee'), Terence Winter ('Boardwalk Empire'), and Shonda Rhimes ('Grey’s Anatomy') took notes.” PLUS: Author Charlaine Harris on the viewer backlash, showrunner is “defiantly proud of what we did,” finale burning questions answered, Kristin Bauer van Straten on Pam’s ending, Alexander Skarsgard says finale was “unbelievable emotional,” no nudity warning foretold a terrible ending, and every question the series finale failed to answer.


Beyonce saved the VMAs
"The VMAs really needed Bey last night,” says Rob Sheffield, "because MTV's annual 'Hey, there's this thing called music and it's not so bad really, P.S. please watch Teen Wolf' bash was short on sparks until she showed up. Here's a brief list of things that were badly missed at this year's VMAs: 1. Players playing. 2. Haters hating. 3. Breakers breaking. And can't forget: 4. Fakers faking. It was one of those nights the stars play it safe, trotting out there to promote their product and act sincere and make sure nobody's feelings get hurt.” PLUS: Why did this year’s VMAs feel so unhip?, the audience cam was more entertaining, and what was up with those “Unpaid Tobacco Spokesperson” ads?


What if “My So-Called Life” returned for a 2nd season?
The actress who plays Angela Chase’s mom reveals the plan for Season 2.


“Veep” beats “House of Cards” in getting Capitol Hill right
The HBO series is “refreshingly familiar” to Congressional staffers, while the characters on “House of Cards” are "merely steely-eyed archetypes stripped of distinguishing personalities.”


“Sons of Anarchy” is trying to find a way to bring Lea Michele back
"Her acting was completely naturalistic,” says director/exec producer Paris Barclay.


The NHL once threatened “The Simpsons” over Krusty puking into the Stanley Cup
A Fox lawyer told producers to ignore the letter over the Season 9 episode, "The Last Temptation of Krust."


See the new “Walking Dead” teaser
This one focuses on family.


“The Price is Right” announces a male model search
After hiring one male model, the CBS game show is seeking more.


Lena Dunham’s book excerpt reveals something about her that “Girls” doesn’t
The New Yorker’s “Difficult Girl” excerpt shows Dunham has matured as a writer.


Courteney Cox takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
She was nominated by her former “Friend” Jennifer Aniston.


Former “Game of Thrones” star: I thought I was safe because I was alive in the books
Thomas Brodie-Sangster said he received no advance warning Jojen Reed would be killed off. PLUS: "GoT" explained in 3 minutes.


A shark expert went crazy binging on Shark Week over the weekend
PhD student David Shiffman live-tweeted his "real-time descent into madness.”


“Downton Abbey” hasn’t figured out who was responsible for the water bottle
"We don't know whose it was, to be honest,” says Joanne Froggatt.


Watch “Revenge’s” 1st Season 4 teaser
Victoria threatens Emily.


How to throw an “Orange is the New Black”-themed Emmy party
Here are some “prison hacking” tips.


Watch the “Awkward” midseason trailer
"There seems to be some pretty clear proof that she's not faking it,” says showrunner Chris Alberghini.


Looking back at Comedy Central’s many failed news parody shows
From "Chocolate News” to "Sports Show with Norm Macdonald.”

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Charli XCX

Charli XCX plays naughty school girl in 'Break The Rules' video

Break out your best lingerie, we're skipping school today...

With “Break The Rules,” Charli XCX  gets closer and closer to becoming the star of her own show instead of high wattage guest star on songs by acts like Iggy Azalea and Icona Pop.

The British pop singer may be 22 and years past graduation, but she is aiming the video for “Break The Rules” straight at the naughty high school girl set with an anthem about skipping school and instead, “getting high and getting wrecked.”

She plans to accomplish this by going to Trashy Lingerie and sampling a variety of outfits, wearing a fantasy school girl outfit , dancing on top of a school bus like she’s straight out of a ‘90s Aerosmith video, and flaunting her rebellion in school dance chaperone Rose McGowan’s face.

As with so many clips, it’s more of a fashion show than a video, but it gives Charli XCX plenty of face (and body) time so we can start to pick her out in a crowd.

Charli XCX’s new album, “Sucker,” comes out Oct. 21 and is her first since last year’s “True Romance." "Sucker's" first single, "Boom Clap," peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

 

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With announcements for 'Executioner' and Remo Williams, Hollywood seems crazy for pulp
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With announcements for 'Executioner' and Remo Williams, Hollywood seems crazy for pulp

But does the public even want these characters to make a comeback?

How many of you have ever read an actual original era pulp story? Anything involving Doc Savage or The Shadow or John Carter or Doctor Death or The Phantom Detective or Tarzan or Solomon Kane or Conan or The Continental Op? If you haven't, that puts you in what I am sure is a vast majority at this point. I can't fault anyone for not being a reader of that sort of source material. It's not something that is part of the active mainstream right now, but if Hollywood gets its way, that may be about to change.

There are some huge names in the world of pulp. By far, the biggest budget pulp title currently pending release is the David Yates "Tarzan" that Warner Bros. is putting out in 2016. When I interviewed Samuel L. Jackson at Comic-Con this summer, he repeatedly told me how excited he was by what he'd seen while he was filming "Tarzan." He feels like it's the right version, fun and cool and different. I know nothing about it. I have no idea what they're adapting or what approach they're taking. I like that the film is finished shooting and in the can and we still basically don't know anything and haven't seen anything. That's sort of refreshing. Alexander Skarsgard plays the title role, and Margo Robbie is onboard as Jane, so it's going to be an awfully pretty movie all the way around, and with Christoph Waltz as a bad guy, it seems like he'll be more than capable of any moustache twirling that is required.

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Katy Perry, Britney Spears

Britney Spears on Katy Perry's VMA demin outfit tribute

How did we go from Woody Woodpecker to this?

Britney Spears was noticeably absent from Sunday (24) night’s MTV Video Music Awards, but one of her most famous fashion statements was not.

Responding to a dare in a way that Spears could not have possibly imagined, Katy Perry replicated Spears and Justin Timberlake’s regrettable matching denim outfits from the 2001 American Music Awards.

It all started Friday when Spears’ tweeted that she sometimes did impressions, and linked to an Instagram video of her doing a funny Woody Woodpecker. Perry responded and a few tweets later, Spears challenged Perry to do her best imitation within 24 hours. Perry said she would do her best impression on the VMA red carpet, but there’s no way that Spears could have expected what Perry did.

Though it seems impossible, Perry’s version of the denim formal was even tackier than Spears’, with its patchwork of light and dark denim and rhinestoned bodice. Plus, Riff Raff, who filled in for Timberlake, was completely blinged out in blinding fashion from his grill to his toes. Wrote Perry of her outfit:

Spears wholeheartedly approved of the homage, tweeting at midnight, “Just when I thought the denim dress had retired…you bring it back! You looked amazing tonight bb:; )”

 

Please done let this become a challenge, like the ALS ice bucket challenge.  Can we now please let the denim rest in peace?

 

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HBO turning 'Shutter Island' into a TV series with Martin Scorsese directing

HBO turning “Shutter Island” into a TV series with Martin Scorsese directing
The 2010 Scorsese-directed film starring Leonardo DiCaprio has been titled “Ashecliffe.” Dennis Lehane, who wrote the original novel, will write the script will write the screenplay for the pilot, which will also be directed by Scorsese.


“True Blood” showrunner explains the series finale
Exec producer Brian Buckner also reveals an alternate ending that was rejected. PLUS: "True Blood" series finale had about the same ratings as last year's season finale.


Steve Zahn will recur on “Modern Family”
He’ll play the patriarch of an annoying family that moves in next door to the Dunphys.


Topless Howard Stern takes the Ice Cup Challenge
The "America's Got Talent" judge challenged Barbara Walters and Casey Kasem. Stern was challenged by Jennifer Aniston, whose Ice Bucket Challenge was posted on "Jimmy Kimmel Live's" YouTube page. PLUS: January Jones attempts the Ice Bucket Challenge.


“My So-Called Life” debuted 20 years ago today
Here are the 40 most important objects from the short-lived ABC series. PLUS: The cast: Then & Now.


Fred Willard is headed to “The Bold and the Beautiful”
He’ll guest on four episodes as the younger brother of fashion king Eric Forrester.


Animal Planet will celebrate Labor Day with live animal births
The "Labor Live Cam” will broadcast from the Nebraska State Fair throughout the weekend on Animal Planet’s digital site.

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TV’s highest-paid actors: Ashton Kutcher is No. 1, Jon Cryer ties for No. 2

TV’s highest-paid actors: Ashton Kutcher is No. 1, Jon Cryer ties for No. 2
The “Two and a Half Men” stars topped Forbes’ annual list with Kutcher earning $26 million and Cryer raking in $19 million. Cryer tied with Mark Harmon. They were followed by Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Dempsey and Kevin Spacey.


“True Blood” had the most disappointing finale of all time: Where did the show go wrong?
“Something about the blandness of 'True Blood’s' finale felt almost offensive,” says Melissa Maerz, who adds: "What happened to the transgressive fun of 'True Blood'? It’s hard to remember now, but when the series first premiered, its campy, hedonistic vibe felt somewhat revolutionary—or, anyway, as revolutionary as a show that would later feature werepanther rape can get.”


Parents TV Council: "MTV seemed to have toned down the VMA broadcast this year — at least compared to last year's cringe-inducing mess”
"The MTV broadcast standards team effectively muted out the most explicit profanity, and for that we are grateful,” Tim Winter, the president of the conservative watchdog said in a statement. He added, however, his concern over the way women were portrayed during the ceremony. PLUS: Listen to Beyonce’s vocals-isolated performance.


Don’t expect a “Big Bang” wedding next season
“I can’t say for sure, but I doubt it,” showrunner Steven Molaro says of a Penny and Leonard tying the knot. “They’re in a great place. They’re the kind of couple where they can be engaged for a while and that’s fine.”


“Game of Thrones” meets “The Office”
The NBC comedy gets mashed up with the HBO series.


“Rising Star” ends its 1st season down 40% from its debut
The ABC singing competition hasn’t been renewed.


Amazon orders 5 kids’ show pilots
Three animated and two live action pilots are on tap for Prime Instant Video.

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<p>2006&#39;s &quot;The Omen&quot;</p>

2006's "The Omen"

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Lifetime orders 'Omen' sequel 'Damien' straight to series

'Walking Dead' veteran Glen Mazzara is bringing a new Damien to TV

Are you ready for a "dark, romantic" incarnation of Satanic tyke Damien?

Lifetime sure hopes so, because the cable network has ordered a six episode straight-to-series sequel to "The Omen," fittingly titled "Damien."

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Lifetime orders 'Damien,' based on 'The Omen'

Lifetime orders “Damien,” based on “The Omen”
Former “Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazzara is writing and producing “Damien,” which will follow the adult life of Damien Thorn.

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<p>NFL Preseason action from Sunday</p>

NFL Preseason action from Sunday

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TV Ratings: Bengals-Cardinals NFL preseason and a 'Big Brother' high lead Sunday

VMA and 'True Blood' finale ratings won't be out until later

Fast National ratings for Sunday, August 24, 2014.

A season high for "Big Brother" delivered Sunday's best individual performance among young viewers, but it was an NFL preseason game between the Bengals and Cardinals that led NBC to Sunday ratings victories.

Among other Sunday notables, "Rising Star" rose a tiny bit in its season finale and "Unforgettable" was also up a hair.

Note that FOX had NFL preseason overrun, skewing its early-evening results, while NBC will have the normal live event uncertainty.

We'll also have to wait until later for major cable results, including the series finale for HBO's "True Blood" and MTV's Video Music Awards coverage.

On to the numbers...

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'True Blood' ends as it lived: 'A complete mess with no emotional center'

“True Blood” ends as it lived: “A complete mess with no emotional center"
"In seven years,” says Noah Love, "'True Blood' got close to emotional gravitas only once. In the ninth episode of Season 2, Eric’s maker, Godric, decides he has lived enough and faces the “true death” as the sun rises. He dies after an emotional plea from Eric, and Sookie keeps him company until the end. It was weirdly touching, and nothing that came before or after it (and five more seasons came after it) could match that moment. So of course, the writers of the show would try to emulate it to close out the show.” PLUS: Maybe there was no logical ending, what a whimper of a finale, this season contain episodes that were essentially "frustrating bits of nothing,” “True Blood” never figured out what it wanted its vampires to be, HBO auctioning off the wedding dress, Sookie and Bill aren’t among "True Blood's" 10 best characters, and Lafayette deserved better.


IFC buys Chelsea Handler’s brothel comedy
“Rabbit Hole” is set in Nevada’s “second most famous” brothel.


Increased competition has made the Emmys a big deal this year
Digital shows have added a new dimension to the “Golden Age of Television.” PLUS: Jimmy Fallon presents Emmys Bingo.


Donald Trump: Seth Meyers hosting the Emmys “is a total joke”
Trump weighed in this morning on his fellow NBC star hosting the Emmy Awards: "He is very awkward with almost no talent. Marbles in his mouth!” Trump tweeted, apparently still not over Meyers mocking him at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner.


It almost seemed like “SNL’s” Jay Pharoah hosted the VMAs
This year’s awards show was host-less, but Pharoah kept coming out with impressions of Kanye West and Jay Z that proved essential to last night’s broadcast. PLUS: What was up with that awkward Robin Williams tribute?, the best and worst of the VMAs, Kardashians texted during Michael Brown moment of silence, and the VMAs existed for Beyonce.


Miley Cyrus sending a homeless teen to accept her VMA award was inspired by Marlon Brando
Cyrus, according to her rep, modeled her “not a stunt” after Brando sending Sacheen Littlefeather to accept his Best Actor Oscar for “The Godfather” in 1973 as a protest against the movie industry’s treatment of Native Americans.


TiVo announces its first antenna-only DVR
The special DVR will cost $50 plus $15 a month in service fees.


Small Croatian town forbids “Game of Thrones” from filming a naked Cersei scene on location
According to TMZ, the film commission in Dubrovnik, Croatia won’t allow the “crucial” scene to be filmed because of pressure from the local Church of St. Nicholas.


John Oliver hits a piñata to slam the overblown headlines about "Last Week Tonight"
"Up until this point, I’ve just made some mean jokes about them,” the “Last Week Tonight” host said in a web exclusive video. "But now, for the sake of actual internet headlines, I will literally destroy them.”


HBO teases the final “Newsroom” season
Check out the copy machine promo.


Read an excerpt from Lena Dunham’s book
The New Yorker has an excerpt from "Not That Kind of Girl."


DirecTV and NFL are closing in on a $1.3 billion Sunday Ticket deal
The deal will go up over the next decade.


Watch the “Iyanla: Fix My Life” trailer from Ferguson
The special “Healing in Ferguson” airs Tuesday.


E! unveils its trailer for “The Royals”
E!’s first scripted series stars Elizabeth Hurley as the Queen.


Jim Parsons talks about the “Big Bang” contract dispute
“You see the word ‘strike’—’They’re walking out!’—but there was nothing to walk out from,” he says with a laugh. “That’s always hard, because part of you wants to explain to people what’s really going on. ‘Don’t worry, we’re not leaving, we want to do the show.'”


“Rising Star” crowns its 1st winner
But the West Coast had no say in Jesse Kinch winning.


Valerie Cherish pleads with the paparazzi in new “The Comeback” teaser
“Give her another take!”

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Usher

Usher dances through 'She Came To Give It To You' with Nicki Minaj at MTV VMAs

Ush also teases the official video for the song

Even though he was only up for one Video Music Award (for choreography for “Good Kisser”), Usher still showed up to perform his tune, “She Came To Give It To You,” featuring Nicki Minaj.

In a highly choreographed — and entertaining— performance, Usher surrounded himself with a phalanx of dancers and a full band for the vibrant performance. Minaj, who suffered a wardrobe malfunction earlier in the night, joined the ensemble, similarly clad in all white, midway through, as Usher jammed on bass.

Check out the energetic performance below, as well as a teaser for the official video for “She Came To Give It To You,” which Usher debuted Sunday night as well.

 

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