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'Fifty Shades' star Jamie Dornan was a better ladykiller in 'The Fall'

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So, you like to watch a handsome, shirtless Jamie Dornan do the whole torture thing? Well, then, we’ve got the perfect drama for you—and it’s not Fifty Shades of Grey.

If you want to see Dornan gag women, tie them up, bathe them by candlelight, and cause them grievous bodily harm, you’re better off watching the first season of the BBC’s gripping thriller The Fall. (Catch up on Netflix before season two airs. The trailer premiered yesterday, just in time for 50 Shades madness.) The Fall is a suspenseful and scary thriller, and, unlike Fifty Shades, it’s honest about the slippery entertainment appeal of violence against women.

Dornan plays Paul Spector, a doting father and loving husband who also happens to be a really hot serial killer. Where the 50 Shades trailer makes sadism look aspirational—just let him hurt you, ladies, and you can have it all, the Nicholas Sparks romance, the fashion-mag clothes, and rides in fancy, phallus-shaped planes!—The Fall shows that glamorizing male sexual power over women can also be dangerous. “I was at pains from the start to make sure that there was nothing gratuitous or exploitative in the drama,” its creator, Alan Cubitt, told the Guardian last year. “Sexual killers eroticize violence, power and death, so it’s a challenging line to walk.”

Half of The Fall‘s story is told from Paul’s point of view (we’ll get to the other half in a second), and he’s definitely a voyeur. (His last name, Spector, even hints that he likes to watch.) So it’s necessary that there’s an element of voyeurism in the way the show frames his murders: The victims are young, beautiful, and often left naked on their beds. Their deaths are gorgeously shot, with romantic lighting and tasteful make-up. Paul even bathes his victims and paints their nails before he leaves them. But this isn’t the straight-forward S&M glamor that 50 Shades trades in. It’s all part of the drama’s plan to implicate its viewers in the same objectification of women that excites Paul. And that’s a fair thing to do: Viewers are tuning in to watch a show about a literal lady-killer, aren’t they? READ FULL STORY

Adam West explains Batman's little-known connection to Josh Brolin

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While Batman’s future is on everyone’s mind at this year’s Comic-Con International, his past is getting its fair share of attention too. With the November 11th release date of the classic 1966 Batman television series on home video announced at this year’s convention, former Batman and current Mayor of Quahog Adam West came by the EW hideout to reminisce about the show, his co-workers, and Batman’s little-known connection to actor Josh Brolin. READ FULL STORY

Morgan Freeman inhales helium and chats with Jimmy Fallon

Morgan Freeman has made a career out of having all the answers. Whether he’s playing God or simply hosting his new science show, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, Freeman’s voice is the definitive voice of authority. In Lucy, Freeman even spouts incorrect science—but it’s easy to (almost) believe him.

Anyway, Jimmy Fallon had Freeman on Tonight on Thursday, and he decided it was time to take Freeman down a notch. He took out two helium-filled balloons and conducted an interview with Freeman without Freeman’s trademark voice.

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What you could do with 100 percent of your brain: A supercut

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Even though it makes up a major plot point (actually pretty much the plot) of Lucy, the myth that you only use 10 percent of your brain has been pretty thoroughly debunked.

But for whatever reason, mostly because Hollywood doesn’t really need to pay attention to science, this pseudo-science, with varying numbers tacked on, still appears throughout film and television. The possible outcomes of using the other 90 percent, however, differ between cases. There are the standard examples, like Lucy and Limitless, which promise intelligence-related superpowers. Others, like Seinfeld and Honey I Shrunk the Kids (the TV version, natch), just promise intelligence. And some, like My Stepmother Is An Alien and Flight of the Navigator, take the conceit in a whole new direction.

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'Veronica Mars' takes Fandom of the Year at mtvU's awards show

Marshmallows, rejoice! Not only did you successfully fund a Kickstarter campaign to get the movie you wanted made, you also managed to win an award for doing just that.

At Comic-Con in San Diego Thursday night, mtvU announced the winners of their first-ever Fandom Awards. Veronica Mars took home the night’s biggest honor, Fandom of the Year, beating out CommunitySupernatural, and Free! Iwatobi Swim Club in the finals of a 32-nominee bracket. Tina Majorino, who played Mac in Veronica Mars, accepted the award.

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Video: 'Harry Potter' meets 'Boyhood' in 'Potterhood' mock trailer

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Boys, you’ve got a lot of growing up to do.

About a week ago, Nelson Carvajal released Apehood, a mock trailer that essentially follows Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Caesar, showing glimpses of him over the course of 18 years, in the vein of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood trailer. In traditional mock trailer fashion, it borrows everything from the original: Family of the Year’s “Hero” as background music, the same style opening line (adjusted from human to ape), and even critical praise, quoting the same film critics’ reviews throughout the trailer.

Upon the release of Apehood, film writer David Ehrlich tweeted that this idea would have been better applied to the Harry Potter series.

Ehrlich’s wish is Slate‘s command. Taking a cue from The A.V. Club writer, Slate made Potterhood (below). It similarly uses the same music, opening line (if only slightly adjusted), and quotes from critics, all presented in a montage of Harry, Ron, and Hermione growing up onscreen. It all makes much more sense as Daniel Radcliffe & Co. literally grew up onscreen, just as Boyhood‘s Ellar Coltrane. So thank you, Ehrlich.

Potterhood ends with Mad Eye Moody saying, “It’s all very touching,” poking fun at the sentimental nature of the trailer. Perhaps it is, but you can’t deny it’s clever.













Zack Snyder tweets new Batman photo, pic of unexpected Superman crossover

It’s a big day for superheroes on Twitter—and not just because of Comic-Con.

DC Comics featured a new image of Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman v. Superman in its booth at Comic-Con on Thursday, but it was director Zack Snyder who spread the image to the world over Twitter.

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'Satisfaction' star Matt Passmore names the best sex scene men should never emulate

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USA’s sexy summer series Satisfaction (Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET) will show you a lot of star Matt Passmore. But if you want to see the charming Aussie’s geeky and comedic sides, you’re going to need to watch him take our Pop Culture Personality Test below.  READ FULL STORY

Mark Hamill talks his 'contractually obligated' 'Star Wars' beard

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Mark Hamill’s not at Comic-Con this weekend, but he still has some choice quotes for Star Wars fans around the world.

In an interview with the BBC in London on Thursday, Hamill—who played Luke Skywalker in the original series—spoke briefly about his role in the next installment of the franchise, pointing out that he’s really playing second fiddle to new actors. “It’s really about the new generation of characters,” Hamill said. “We’re just there to lend our support, and grow contractually obligated beards.” READ FULL STORY

'Community' at Comic-Con: New episodes coming 'probably sometime after Christmas'

TV Guide Magazine hosted the panel “Greendale Forever” in honor of the impending sixth season of Community on Yahoo TV. The panel included Community creator-mascot Dan Harmon, longtime writer Chris McKenna, and cast members Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, and Jim Rash, plus Dino “Star Burns” Stamatopoulos.

The ebullient panel didn’t reveal very much about the upcoming season, although Harmon did announce that he wanted to adhere to the same basic Community episode structure even though the show is no longer bound by broadcast restrictions. “My philosophy is: Attempt to make the same show, and let the lack of boundaries kind of make themselves felt, instead of just going, ‘We can make the episode 49 minutes long, and say the f-word the whole time.'” READ FULL STORY

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