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Joss Whedon Says Loki Won't Be Back For 'Avengers 2,' Explains How 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Show Fits Into Marvel-Verse

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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Though he’s busy doing press for the micro-budget Shakespeare adaptation “Much Ado About Nothing,” current King of the World Joss Whedon hasn’t taken his mind off the unenviable task of following up the mega-hit that was “The Avengers.” And while we already know about some of the characters that will appear in the sequel -- Thanos, Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch -- Whedon has let us know who we shouldn’t expect to see in “The Avengers 2.”

'Family Guy' Shoots A Load On 'Girls' In For Your Consideration Poster Parody For Emmy Campaign

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 3:50 PM
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Of course, nothing has been sacred when it comes to "Family Guy" and making jokes. No subject, person, historical event or [insert whatever] has been out of bounds for the creators, so as the four-time Emmy winning show gears up for another campaign, they've put last year's breakout show firmly on their radar.

Steven Spielberg Says 'Lincoln' Was Almost An HBO Project, Warns Of Film Industry "Implosion"

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • June 13, 2013 9:37 AM
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It’s becoming pretty obvious what the trend of 2013 is, at least in the film world. That trend would be filmmakers sharing their opinions on the current state of cinema and their predictions for what the future of cinema could entail. This time around, it’s George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. They recently visited the USC School of Cinematic Arts to help tout the opening of their new Interactive Media Building. While there, they spoke of the current state of cinema, with Spielberg predicting that a sea of change in the film industry is simply inevitable... we’re sure the film students in the audience were just thrilled to hear that. Sorry kids.

Watch: 55-Minute Talk With Matthew Weiner, Aaron Sorkin & More Showrunners About Violence, Their Hit Shows & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 11, 2013 10:37 AM
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With the surplus of quality series currently on cable television, there are also the notable names and personalities behind them -- “Mad Men” and Matthew Weiner, D.B. Weiss and “Game of Thrones,” Aaron Sorkin and “The Newsroom.” All are articulate, enjoyable, and insightful, and thanks to the coming Emmy season, a roundtable with them and others has hit the web.

'Game Of Thrones' Producer/Showrunner David Benioff Suggests Books Four & Five May Merge For Later Seasons

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 11, 2013 9:21 AM
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With Sunday's episode of “Game of Thrones” bringing the series' third soul-wrenching season (and our recaps) to a close, a hiatus of emotional recovery and anticipation for the fourth remains next. But even with the recent mass extermination of series regulars, the franchise still holds a wealth of characters to explore, and alongside some narrative concerns, the question of which will make it into upcoming episodes recently inspired the series showrunners and writers to respond.

Watch: Teasers For New Seasons Of 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Eastbound & Down' & 'Hello Ladies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2013 12:30 PM
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Oh, so bummed that "Game Of Thrones" is over for another year? Well, don't sweat it because HBO has four more reasons to keep you glued to your couch for the coming months, so let's just dive right in.

Watch: 1-Hour Episode Of 'Scene By Scene' By Mark Cousins Featuring Woody Allen

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 10, 2013 11:45 AM
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School is almost out, but the learning never stops when you have access to the internet. There are so many discussions, behind-the-scene videos, and interviews from master filmmakers floating on the web that you can spend a whole summer immersing yourself in the world of film studies and not run out of material. So to kick off your summer studies, why not start off with some Woody Allen?

This Will Be Subtle: 'The Newsroom' Tackles Occupy Wall Street In New Trailer For Season 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2013 9:22 AM
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There is probably no show that engendered as much hate-watching last year as Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom." The highly anticipated show had so much to like about it including a great lead turn from Jeff Daniels, and basically an all around excellent cast (Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Dev Patel, John Gallagher Jr., Jane Fonda, Chris Messina, Terry Crews, Olivia Munn etc). But damn if Sorkin couldn't out of the way of himself, with the show seemingly unable to go two minutes without speech-ifying, not to mention two separate, and equally tedious romantic subplots that made adults act like junior high teenagers. Can Sorkin right the ship in season two?

Discuss: Do You Want Hear Dan Harmon's Thoughts About 'Community' Season 4 On A DVD Commentary?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 12:26 PM
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If you're a "Community" fan, you already know the saga, so we'll keep it brief. Nearing the end of season three, with renewal still a question mark, the show's creator and visionary Dan Harmon got into an ugly spat with Chevy Chase (who hadn't helped himself by repeatedly trashing the show), and thanks to other public comments, was effectively canned from the program. NBC re-upped "Community," and while fans breathed a sigh of relief, the fourth season was mostly perceived to be a disappointment, paling in comparison to Harmon-guided first three seasons. The good news? Harmon is back for season five. And perhaps season four can also be salvaged, albeit in the most curious way possible.

Justin Theroux Joins Damon Lindelof Penned & Produced HBO Series 'The Leftovers'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 5, 2013 11:18 AM
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If movies were stocks, I’d tell you to invest your retirement funds into rapture/end of the world flicks. Coming out on this side of 2012, I would’ve thought that particular genre would be all dried up, but they seem to be in demand. “After Earth” and “Oblivion” explored Earths that were ravaged by disaster and there’s still “The World’s End”, “This is the End," and “Rapture-Palooza” left to go. Now HBO is getting in on the end of world with Damon Lindelof’s “The Leftovers” which just found its lead actor.

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