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Did This Is Us Time Travel? Is Supergirl Friend a Fake? Did Gilmore Flub Chilton Grad? Voice Drama Killed? And More Qs

Did This Is Us Time Travel? Is Supergirl Friend a Fake? Did Gilmore Flub Chilton Grad? Voice Drama Killed? And More Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Gilmore Girls, Shameless, Gotham and Arrow!

RelatedGilmore GirlsAmy Sherman-Palladino: The Revival Post Mortem Interview You’ve Been Waiting For

1 | The Gilmore Girls revival’s Life & Death Brigade segment: Top notch, or time suck? (Either way, nowhere near as long as the Stars Hollow Musical, right?) Finally, did everyone forget that Tristan got kicked out/didn’t graduate from Chilton? Why was he at an alumni event?

2 | Shameless fans, is Sierra
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‘Luke Cage’: ‘Back to the Future,’ Stan Lee and More Easter Eggs You May Have Missed

‘Luke Cage’: ‘Back to the Future,’ Stan Lee and More Easter Eggs You May Have Missed
There’s more than meets the eye to Netflix’s timely and thought-provoking Marvel series “Luke Cage,” which recently debuted to much fanfare, critical acclaim and maybe even temporary service outage.

Whether you’re one of the dedicated who have already binged all 13 episodes or are slowly savoring each installment, there’s plenty happening on the screen beyond the main action. Some of it may be obvious, such as when a street hawker in the first episode (selling DVDs of The Incident in “The Avengers”) refers to Tony Stark, “the blonde dude with the hammer, the old dude with the shield, the green monster and I don’t mean Fenway.”

Read More: ‘Luke Cage’ Reimagines Harlem as a Hip-Hop Westeros

Many of the references may not be so blatant though or of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it variety. Here’s a breakdown of just some of the fun references made that we caught on the first pass.
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Kiefer Sutherland May Have TV’s Biggest New Show: Fall Tracking Report Predicts Hits and Flops

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Kiefer Sutherland May Have TV’s Biggest New Show: Fall Tracking Report Predicts Hits and Flops
TV vets Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Weatherly and Kevin James could have another smash series on their hands.

Sutherland’s new ABC drama “Designated Survivor,” Weatherly’s new CBS series “Bull” and James’ freshman comedy “Kevin Can Wait” (also for the Eye network) are among the shows testing highest among potential audiences, just days before next Monday’s launch of the 2016-2017 TV season.

Research firm Ipsos Connect has regularly polled an average of more than 2,000 TV viewers age 18-49 over the past three weeks, gauging their awareness of this fall’s new TV titles – and whether or not they intend to tune in. IndieWire obtained a copy of Ipsos’ TV Dailies report, which is organized by lead product manager Tom Kelly.

For IndieWire, Kelly went one step further and devised a matrix combining all of his data — including whether audiences are aware of a show’s title, and if they
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7 Indie Filmmakers Making Must-See TV This Fall

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7 Indie Filmmakers Making Must-See TV This Fall
Ava DuVernay, “Queen Sugar

The acclaimed “Selma” and “Middle of Nowhere” director is a storyteller first, and what better medium to delve deep into a story than television? In her first foray on the small screen, DuVernay allied herself with Oprah’s Own network for “Queen Sugar,” in which she examines the lives of the Bordelon siblings in Louisiana after the passing of their father who leaves them a sugarcane farm.

DuVernay has always been a champion of being the change she wants to see, and her work on “Queen Sugar” is no different. Beginning with adapting a novel from a woman of color, about black siblings, DuVernay also made a point to hire an all-female roster of directors for every episode. She even directed two herself, and the pilot shows that the same appreciation for a gorgeous, almost dreamy palette that “Selma” had, despite some rough subject matter. While
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Do The CW's Superhero Shows Have a Big, Bad Villain Problem?

Do The CW's Superhero Shows Have a Big, Bad Villain Problem?
It’s good to be bad — but what if your Big Bads aren’t quite the best?

This past season, The CW’s trio of comic book series introduced villains meant to be worthy opponents for their respective superheroes. But Arrow‘s Damien Darhk, The Flash‘s Zoom and Legends of Tomorrow‘s Vandal Savage all failed to stick the landing as their arcs came to a close. The first two at least got off to promising starts… before the H.I.V.E. leader’s agenda and the speedster’s identity caused their villainy to lose its evil sheen.
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Was Flash Blabby on Supergirl? Does The Catch Have Hair Issues? Does New P.D. Pair Get Your Vote? And More Qs

Was Flash Blabby on Supergirl? Does The Catch Have Hair Issues? Does New P.D. Pair Get Your Vote? And More Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Supergirl, Nashville, Empire and Chicago P.D.!

1 | If going back to the catacombs is too taxing for Sleepy Hollow‘s Abbie, couldn’t, y’know, Ichabod go alone?

2 | Grimm fans: Are you #TeamNadalind or #TeamRenardalind?

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3 | As showcased in the Walking Dead promos, isn’t Negan’s barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat (aka “Lucille”) rather pristine, if he regularly bashes in heads with it? Or is he known to fastidiously clean it with a toothpick?
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Arrow Recap: To Bee a Hero — Plus: Malcolm Makes a Shocking [Spoiler]

Arrow Recap: To Bee a Hero — Plus: Malcolm Makes a Shocking [Spoiler]
This week on Arrow, Oliver’s genius love/tech support is gone from the team. But luckily, there’s another terrific gadget wiz available to step in just as things start getting bzzzzy for the crimefighters.

RelatedArrow Casts Supernatural Huntress in Mystery (Recurring?) Role

Post-breakup, Oliver is taking out his frustrations through grueling training sessions, and Thea, Laurel and Dig are feeling the brunt of his pain. Laurel tiptoes around their brokenhearted friend, only saying that “someone” told her Palmer Tech is hiring a new head of PR. Felicity is “not Voldemort, and I’m fine,” Oliver responds, before encouraging
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Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: Alana De La Garza Shares Spinoff's Joys and Frights, Hails 'Wonderful' Forever Fans

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: Alana De La Garza Shares Spinoff's Joys and Frights, Hails 'Wonderful' Forever Fans
Criminal minds lurk and work beyond the borders of the United States — ergo, the title and concept of the Criminal Minds spinoff premiering Wednesday at 10/9c.

RelatedCriminal Minds: Beyond Borders Isn’t Out to Scare You From Traveling

In CBS’ Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Gary Sinise (CSI: NY) stars as Jack Garrett, the head of the (admittedly fictional-ish) FBI International Response Unit, which races to the rescue of U.S. citizens done (very) wrong on foreign soil. Rounding out the cast are Alana De La Garza (Forever), as cultural anthropologist/lunguist Clara Seger, while Daniel Henney (Hawaii Five-0), Annie Funke
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Bones, iZombie, Fear Twd, Empire, New Girl, Major Crimes and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Bones, iZombie, Fear Twd, Empire, New Girl, Major Crimes and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Do you have any scoop on Bones? It’s been such a dark season for the show, so there has to be some light at the end of the tunnel that would potentially set up a somewhat happier 11th season, right…? —Cassidy

Ausiello: Yes, things have gotten quite cloudy over the Jeffersonian — and this week’s episode throws a few more curveballs at beleaguered Booth and Bones, especially when one decides not to invite the other to an important event.
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Like programmes that take their time? Then you'll welcome BBC4's Slow TV

It started in Norway with 3.2 million viewers watching shows such as an 18-hour documentary about salmon fishing. Can the BBC transfer that success to British screens?

After years of hearing that blipverts, videogames and social media have dwindled our attention span to the heartbeat, it is encouraging to hear of something that credits us with the ability to sustain a thought longer than an instant. BBC4 has announced its BBC Four Goes Slow series, which takes the pace of modern TV and pumps the brakes until it is practically stationary. The series features a three-hour National Gallery tour, a two-hour canal journey and short episodes showcasing traditional craftsmanship. Welcome to Slow TV. Make yourself comfortable – this may take a while.

Blowing in from the frozen north, the concept of slow TV originates in Norway. Producer Thomas Hellum, from Norway’s state broadcaster Nrk, is a pioneer of the form. With
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'Birdman' puts Fox Searchlight and New Regency at the top of the Oscar mountain

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'Birdman' puts Fox Searchlight and New Regency at the top of the Oscar mountain
The ripples from the 87th Academy Awards will be felt for years to come. Most are positive, some are negative, but beyond a disappointingly long and unfunny telecast this wasn't an Oscar season that will be forgotten anytime soon. First off, the importance of Fox Searchlight's dominance during the telecast cannot be discounted. The mini-major took home eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay for "Birdman." The four wins for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" notably included Alexandre Desplat's first win for Best Original Score. Moreover, Searchlight has now joined only a small number of studios that have won Best Picture back-to-back. The films they release year after year continue to rank in most film critics' top 10 lists and the modern classics under their banner are significant enough to make parent studio 20th Century Fox green with envy. Over the past two years, they have released "12 Years a Slave,
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Oscars 2015: And the Winners Are ...

Oscars 2015: And the Winners Are ...
Hollywood's biggest night is finally here! The 2015 Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, are underway at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California. Is Meryl Streep going to take home her fourth Oscar? Will American Sniper upset Boyhood for Best Picture? Can "Everything Is Awesome" take home the gold? Check out the full list of winners below, which will be updated throughout the night. And the winners are … Best Picture American SniperBirdmanBoyhoodThe Grand Budapest HotelThe Imitation GameSelmaThe Theory of EverythingWhiplashBest Actor Steve Carell, Foxcatcher Bradley Cooper, American Sniper Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game Michael Keaton, Birdman Eddie Redmayne,
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Mark Kermode interview: critics, star ratings, Joe Cornish, PR

Mark Kermode on modern film criticism, critics of his own work, Michael Bay, Jason Statham and male oil wrestling.

The last time we spoke to Mark Kermode, he'd just launched his book about the state of movie criticism, Hatchet Job. Since then, he's embarked on a nationwide tour with the book, and undertaken dozens of Q&As with audiences about it.

And that, as Hatchet Job continues to thrive in paperback, is where we started...

I spoke to you just as you launched Hatchet Job, and in your words, since then you've "toured the arse off it". You've done Q&As with the people who've read your book, and who you wrote it for.

So what have you learned about what audiences feel regarding film critics, and where they sit in the world?

I think the most important thing was when I started writing it, I was, as you know,
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Sound On Sight Podcast, #400: Final Episode featuring ‘Inherent Vice’ and the Top 10 Movies of 2014

This is it, folks. After 400(!) episodes, Ricky and Simon decided to wrap up the Sound on Sight podcast. To send it off in style, they take a look back at the very best films of 2014, with some help from a variety of former guest- and co-hosts. Smack dab in the middle, with the help of special guests Kate Rennebohm and Adam Nayman, they go deep on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, the biggest missing piece in their 2014 moviegoing. It’s a nearly three-hour blowout, because it didn’t seem right to go out small. Cheers!

Start: Top 10 of 2014 #10-5

1 hour mark: Inherent Vice review

2 hour mark: Top 10 of 2014 #5-1

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Predicting the 2015 Oscar Nominees

The Oscar nominations are nearly upon us! Can you feel the excitement in the air? I can tell you’re just buzzing.

Perhaps you should be, because however small it is, the announcement of Thursday morning’s Oscar nominations will be a historic moment. All 24 categories, not just a select few, will be announced during the morning broadcast. Yes, even Best Sound Mixing and Best Documentary Short Film You Never Got The Chance to See. J.J. Abrams, Chris Pine and Alfonso Cuaron will do the honors starting at 8:30 Et, 5:30 Pt.

Though everyone and their brother is making absolute final last minute Oscar predictions as though all their misguided predictions throughout the fall didn’t matter, we thought we’d throw our hat in the ring at least once, draw a line in the sand and make sense of all we’ve been reporting on this Awards Season in our Hype Cycle feature.
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Oscar Nomination Predictions: Can Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal Find a Way In?

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Oscar Nomination Predictions: Can Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal Find a Way In?
What a difference four months, and some good campaigning, makes.

When “Nightcrawler” and “Cake” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival back in September, the former movie seemed too dark and creepy and the latter too small to figure in the Oscar race. But as PricewaterhouseCoopers reps prepare to unveil this year’s nominations to the Academy staff on Wednesday night and to the entire world on Thursday morning, both of those films have found themselves in the thick of the race, as two of the unlikeliest potential success stories of this year.

Although I thought they were both near-prohibitive longshots only a few months ago,
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17 Questions We Have After Watching the Golden Globes

17 Questions We Have After Watching the Golden Globes
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may have answered a lot of our questions last night (Andy Serkis played Reese Witherspoon’s backpack in Wild, J.K. Simmons is short for Just Keep Simmons), but the 2015 Golden Globes left us with plenty more. Like...

1. Will Jessica Chastain ever recover from that Bill Cosby joke?

Or is that how she reacts to every joke? Because it’s pretty similar to how she reacted two years ago when Tina and Amy told that joke about James Cameron. Someone tell her a not at all controversial joke and see what happens.

2. Why was Joaquin Phoenix there?

Besides providing the punch line to one of the night’s best jokes. Yeah, he was nominated for Inherent Vice, but he also thinks award shows are bullsh*t, so...

3. What happens if Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t photobomb someone at an awards show? Does the world end? Does he actually turn into that dragon from Lord
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‘Selma’ Soft as Liam Neeson’s ‘Taken 3′ Wins Friday Box Office with $14.7 Million

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‘Selma’ Soft as Liam Neeson’s ‘Taken 3′ Wins Friday Box Office with $14.7 Million
Liam Neeson and “Taken 3” are going out with guns blazing at the box office, but the highly regarded awards hopeful “Selma” is sputtering in is nationwide expansion.

The final installment of the vengeance series that turned the 62-year-old Neeson into an action hero six years ago opened at No. 1 Friday with an estimated $14.7 million. That projects to a muscular three-day total north of $35 million for 20th Century Fox’s “Taken 3,” which was produced and financed by EuropaCorp,, and it will knock “The Hobbit” out of the top spot after three weeks and easily outpace the weekend’s other wide opener,
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Inherent Vice | Review

Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice seems to inherit its form from an early 1970s jazz piece, riffing with the utmost fluidity on one motif or phrase, then seamlessly bouncing to the next; some sections more discordant than the next, often teetering on the verge of being far too "out there" for most audiences. Sure, the narrative rambles and stumbles...coherence is certainly not the point; rather, drug-addled incoherence is the colloquial key to the oh-so-puzzling plot. Meaning is rendered nearly insignificant; Inherent Vice relishes solely in its inherently languid mood and tone, where stoned and lucid peacefully coexist. Whereas The Master -- or There Will Be Blood, for that matter -- is quite conventional, if not classical, Inherent Vice becomes a radical companion; flagrantly dipping its tanned Los Angelean toes into many of the rash "-isms" of the world (post-modernism, post-structuralism, post-lapsarianism, situationism, surrealism, existentialism). In a strange and polemically/politically distorted way,
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'Inherent Vice' Review: A Strange Trip Worth Taking

"Inherent Vice" ends in the way it begins, waves in the distance crashing on the beach. The image looks like an old photograph, not as slick or glossy as "The Master" Kodachrome sheen, but a grainer, mustier look. Over top the image of that hill sliding into the ocean, we hear the soothing voice of Joanna Newsom telling us about Doc (Joaquin Phoenix). We soon meet him -- frumpy hat, army-green jacket, mutton chop beard and dazed look in faraway-staring eyes.

There's a mystery of sorts, a case for Doc to solve. He has an ex-girlfriend, you see, this lady named Shasta (Katherine Waterston) who's all suntan and wet eyes, someone who needs some help to find out what's what. She's turned to the one guy that didn't let her down. From there we learn about the vagaries of maritime law, how getting pancakes is a form of respect, why
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