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The Best (and Meanest) Twitter Reactions to the Casting of True Detective Season Two

HBO just announced that Vince Vaughn will be joining Colin Farrell in the next season of their hit drama True Detective. Not surprisingly, Twitter is conflicted about this news. And by conflicted, we mean "trying to figure out the cleverest way to Twitter shame Vince Vaughn in 140 characters or less." Tsk, tsk, Internet. Play nice. see more

A Celebration of James Spader's Bad-Assery. And Singing.

James Spader returns tonight as shady genius Raymond Reddington on ABC's spy hit The Blacklist. Before we all set up shop on the couch tonight for the season premiere, let's take a moment to remind ourselves of just why we get roped in by Spader no matter what show he turns up on: He just seems to be getting better and more mesmerizing with age—and more in demand. He'll soon be joining his 1980s teen-movie cohort Robert Downey Jr. in the Avengers franchise as the voice of giant evil robot Ultron. see more

A History of the Best and Worst Superhero TV Shows

We are living in the golden age of the superhero television show—though the genre has a long and varied history. Not only do fanboys and 14-year-old girls swoon every week for Arrow on The CW, but tonight brings the premiere of Fox's Gotham, a show about what the fabled city was like before Batman showed up. (Hint: It had Jada Pinkett Smith wearing amazing jewelry.) Tuesday, October 2, The CW is rebooting The Flash and Friday, October 24, NBC is trotting out Constantine, the comic book demon detective. And not to be outdone, Marvel has the Captain America-adjacent Agent Carter see more

Vin Diesel, Is That You?

Well this is certainly a side of Vin we haven't seen before. see more
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11 Actors Who Almost Played Batman

The Dark Knight is arguably comicdom's most popular character, breaking out of his three-color origins in 1939 and taking his place alongside Superman as an American icon. So the men who stepped into those crime fighting boots, from 1943's Lewis Wilson to the 21st century's Christian Bale and Ben Affleck, had a lot riding on their shoulders as they fought for audience approval as much as they battled against the forces of darkness. Whether they succeeded or got their Bat Signals crossed is, of course, up for debate in more fanboy online forums and chatrooms than the Joker has convoluted see more
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8 Films That Remind Us That All Families Are Dysfunctional

Starting today, the film This Is Where I Leave You takes a look at a family reunited during the aftermath of its patriarch's death. Heavy stuff, right? But from the preview (above) and the 2009 book that serves as source material, it clearly applies a lighter touch. The cast is, without a doubt, grade A, with Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, that gangly guy from Girls, and Jane Fucking Fonda, but the premise is, well ... haven't you seen this movie before? Of course you have! This is Hollywood we're talking about, where they stick to formulas. However this happens see more

Watch: Jimmy Kimmel Calls Out Fashion Week Poseurs

Even talk show host Jimmy Kimmel couldn't resist getting in on the glamour of Fashion Week. For the latest edition of his ongoing series "Lie Witness News" wherein he quizzes clueless folks on make-believe events, he focused on the scene surrounding the biannual fashion shows in New York. You mean designers Chandler Bing and Betsey Ross ring a bell? They shouldn't, but these folks not only knew their names, they also loved their non-existent collections. Watch the cringeworthy interviews above. see more
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The Good Wife Effect: A Guide to Television's New Breed of Alpha Female

It's no secret that risk-averse television execs love to recycle proven concepts. This fall, it's all about power-relishing females, with the networks cross-pollinating the current crop of alpha heroines—Scandal's Olivia Pope (pictured left), The Good Wife's Alicia Florrick (pictured middle), Homeland's Carrie Mathison (pictured right)—in hopes of a breakout hit. Here's how to talk about the new breed of feminist procedurals without having to actually watch them. see more
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Can Reality TV's Midas Change the World?

Even though he's one of the most successful television producers on the planet—the mind behind an armada of prime-time Dutch-import reality hits, from Big Brother to The Voice; a businessman with an estimated $2.2 billion net worth—John de Mol has kept a lower profile than the average boom-mic operator. The 59-year-old mogul is the Bizarro version of Survivor creator Mark Burnett, his grandstanding British-American competitor and sometime partner (they're both executive producers on The Voice). "Mark likes to be in the spotlight—I don't," de Mol says. "My shows should be in the spotlight." His latest venture might be his riskiest: see more

Q&A: Playwright Kenneth Lonergan Brings His Enduring Coming-of-Age, This Is Our Youth, to Broadway

From left: Mark Ruffalo and Missy Yager; Tavi Gevinson and Michael Cera. Since This Is Our Youth premiered Off-Broadway in 1996 starring Mark Ruffalo, playwright Kenneth Lonergan's searing portrait of three teens behaving badly in early-eighties New York City has been a launching pad for gifted young actors out to prove their mettle. Warren, a slacker who steals $15,000 from his abusive father, was played by both Jake Gyllenhaal and Casey Affleck early in their careers, while Matt Damon and Hayden Christensen took on Dennis, the drug-dealing owner of the apartment where most of the action takes place. Anna Paquin see more
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