<p>Guardians of the Galaxy</p>

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Movie review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Marvel's biggest, strangest cinematic gamble pays off hugely

HitFix certainly does not lack for "Guardians of the Galaxy" coverage, including Drew McWeeny's rave review, our look at the best and worst from the film and Gregory Ellwood's look at the film's potential impact on movie-going. But on those increasingly rare occasions where I get to see a movie close to its theatrical release (and, in this case, when I have a slow enough week otherwise), I like to offer some thoughts of my own. As always, it'll be like one of my episodic TV reviews, which means spoilers galore, and the assumption that anyone reading has already seen it, coming up just as soon as I need that guy's leg...

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<p>The Awesomes</p>

The Awesomes

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Seth Meyers, Taran Killam & 'The Awesomes' team preview season 2

How a bunch of 'SNL' people got together for an animated superhero comedy

The TV presence at Comic-Con has expanded to the point where shows that only vaguely fit the Con's mission (say, "Sons of Anarchy") have become popular fixtures. Hulu's "The Awesomes," which returned for a second season today (you can see the first two new episodes here, along with all 10 episodes from season 1), though, fits several overlapping core Comic-Con constituencies. It's a show about a team of super-heroes — albeit misfit super heroes whose great powers are undercut by stupidity, or deep-seated mommy issues, or various physical and emotional ailments that make the team's most powerful member, Seth Meyers' Prock (who can stop time) a guy who rarely does anything useful with his gifts — made by people (including Meyers, his "Late Night" producer Mike Shoemaker, and writer Dan Mintz, whom you might recognize as the voice of Tina Belcher on "Bob's Burgers") with clear love and knowledge of many eras of comic book-dom. (One of the supers is Gadget Girl, a de-aged '40s heroine played by Paula Pell, who'd fitjust fine into old Justice Society stories with only the smallest of tweaks.) And the cast includes a bunch of "SNL" and "SNL"-adjacent actors, including Meyers, Taran Killam (as the dim-witted speedster Frantic), Keenan Thompson (as the fashion-conscious, mother-obsessed Impresario) and, this season, Amy Poehler (as a barracuda of a lawyer who may be a love interest for Prock) and Will Forte (as the accountant son of season 1's chief villain). And while it mainly exists as a comedy, it's not really a satire; The Awesomes have actual adventures (even if they bungle their way into solutions), there are big character and story arcs to each season, etc.

At Comic-Con, I had a few minutes to speak with Meyers, Shoemaker, Killam, Mintz and Meyers' brother Josh (who plays the insufferable, aptly-named hero Perfectman) about the show, about which members of the cast and crew are actually into comics — and what it's like for the very nerdy Killam to be married to SHIELD Agent Maria Hill (aka Cobie Smulders) — and more.

<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Dirty Jobs'

Bill and Virginia's jobs fall apart, while Libby is too strict with Coral

A few quick thoughts on last night's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I invite you outside to smoke a Montecristo...

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<p>Lee Pace in &quot;Halt and Catch Fire.&quot;</p>

Lee Pace in "Halt and Catch Fire."

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Season finale review: 'Halt and Catch Fire' - '1984'

The Giant ships, Cameron has a new business idea, and Donna enjoys some time off

"Halt and Catch Fire" wrapped up its first season tonight, and I have a few thoughts on the finale coming up just as soon as I darf you very gurp...

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<p>Carrie Coon in &quot;The Leftovers.&quot;</p>

Carrie Coon in "The Leftovers."

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Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Guest'

Another potent single POV episode gives us a few days in the life of Nora Durst

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as you shoot me...

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<p>Hannibal</p>

Hannibal

'Hannibal' co-stars on the risks and laughs of life on a serial killer drama

Scott Thompson, Caroline Dhavernas, Aaron Abrams and Raul Esparza enjoy some Comic-Con time

"Hannibal" stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen couldn't make it to Comic-Con this year, but the bulk of the show's supporting cast — including Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, and surprise returnee Raul Esparza — were able to be in San Diego, and I got a chance to sit down with the four of them the morning after their lively Comic-Con panel. We talked about the unexpected reprieve for Esparza's Dr. Chilton, the "Hannibal" supporting player trap of being more in danger the more you're given to do, how the show will look with Price and Zeller as the only completely healthy good guy characters left, and a lot more. 

<p>Hannibal</p>

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.

Housekeeping note: Alan's week off

Housekeeping note: Alan's week off

Time to recharge the batteries after press tour and Comic-Con

Just a quick housekeeping note: After two-plus weeks at press tour and Comic-Con, I'm taking this week off to recuperate and remind my family what I look like. Other than the "Halt and Catch Fire" review that was published this morning, plus a couple of video interviews I did with team "Hannibal" at Comic-Con (and which will be published over the next couple of days), don't expect anything from me until Monday. I'm most likely skipping over reviewing the next episodes of "The Bridge," "The Leftovers" and "Masters of Sex" and will jump back in next week with a bunch of things.

Have fun without me, folks.

<p>Mackenzie Davis in &quot;Halt and Catch Fire.&quot;</p>

Mackenzie Davis in "Halt and Catch Fire."

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Review: AMC's 'Halt and Catch Fire' nears end of season 1

A drama reverse-engineered from past hits starts finding its own identity

Late in last night's episode of AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire," the show's hero, computer salesman Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), tries to dismiss a competitor who's never experienced the joy of creating something(*). Joe's rival points out that they're both in the computer compatible business, just trying to copy IBM, and therefore neither can brag much about their flair for originality.

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Gladys'

The Guilty Remnant deals with a death in the family

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I listen to a little Hall & Oates...

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