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It’s not too late to catch up on TBS’s new comedy The Guest Book. This week brings the third episode, and even though it’s an anthology series, you’ll want to keep up. Set at the Froggy Cottage cabin, each week sees a new guest check in with a new story. However, the manager Wilfred (Charlie Robinson) and the strippers from nearby Chubby’s are always there, and single father Andrew Brown (Garret Dillahunt) seems to be staying longer.

Creator Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope, The Millers) got the idea when he  started writing funny stories in guest books where he stayed. The Guest Book is based on those stories, and they will all pay off in the season finale. Garcia spoke with /Film by phone last week, in a good mood since episode two saw increased viewership.

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The internet is dark and full of spoilers — because the second Game of Thrones episode in two weeks has leaked online. But don’t worry, it’s not from trollish hackers who want to ruin whatever bombshells Game of Thrones‘ sixth episode has waiting for us. It was an accident.

The unaired sixth episode of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season, “Death is the Enemy,” was accidentally aired by HBO Nordic in Spain for an hour before it was removed. But that was enough time for the episode to make its way to file-sharing sites and Reddit — from which it will inevitably spread like wildfire.

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Asian-Americans aren’t necessarily well-represented in Hollywood. In fact, you could say they’re pretty poorly represented, with few lead roles written for Asian actors, while plenty of those originally Asian roles are given to white actors in a little phenomenon called “whitewashing.” There’s a whole stigma around Asian men being believable romantic leads due to centuries of media and pop culture emasculating them, but that’s a whole conversation I’ll get to later.

But everything’s coming up, Millhouse. First, we had The Big Sick and Master of None showcasing South Asian men in complex lead roles, romantic and otherwise. Soon, we’ll be getting Crazy Rich Asians, a rom-com which boasts an all-Asian cast. And now, Netflix is gifting us with another Asian-American-led rom-com starring the always hilarious Ali Wong and Randall Park.

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Star Trek Discovery Season 2

It feels like we’ve been writing about Star Trek: Discovery for eons already, but the new series still hasn’t premiered yet and doesn’t debut until late next month. But the fact that we haven’t seen an episode yet won’t stop anyone from thinking about where the show could go in its second season, and executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman has revealed in a new interview that Star Trek Discovery season 2 will include ramifications from a Klingon War that will take place over the course of season 1.
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‘Ozark’ Season 2 Announced By Netflix

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That was fast. The Jason Bateman dramatic crime series Ozark just premiered on Netflix on July 21, but the streaming service has announced they are already renewing the show for a second season. Below, here’s what we know about Ozark season 2.

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(Each week, we’re going to discussion Preacher’s season 2 by examining the differences between the original comics and AMC’s television adaptation.)

At first, it seemed like this season was when Preacher would get back on the comic book track, but by now it’s very obvious that the show is very much its own thing. This has turned out to be a very big plus. This second season has transformed a middling-if-strangely-watchable TV show into a can’t miss experience, with nearly each episode showing off different genres, filmmaking styles, and badass action scenes. This is a hodgepodge of ideas and nutty characters that somehow works, and does things that no one on TV is even attempting.

Case in point this week’s episode, “Puzzle Pieces,” which casts a new light on our heroes.

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(Welcome to Nostalgia Bomb, a series where we take a look back on beloved childhood favorites and discern whether or not they’re actually any good. In this edition: does the television miniseries adaptation of The Stand represent the pinnacle of Stephen King adaptations or…not.)

If you grew up between 1950 and 1990, you knew how the world would end.

The United States and the Soviet Union would press a few buttons, and aliens would sift through the radioactive ashes. Rod Serling told us all about it. Dr. Strangelove put clown shoes on it. School children learned pointless ways to defend against it. There was a bone-deep helplessness that came with the fear, not just of the end of your life, but of all life itself, floating in the back of your head at all times.

Right after I was old enough to be made aware of that fear, it disappeared. The Wall came down, the Soviet Union collapsed, and we Americans were forced to open our minds to new ways of destroying the entire population.

Stephen King’s The Stand straddles these immobilizing periods by existing in different forms. The first, a Cold War novel about the collapse of society following a massive government blunder; the second a post-Cold War miniseries about the collapse of society following a massive government blunder.

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Get Shorty was a hit movie in 1995, part of John Travolta’s post-Pulp Fiction comeback. He played Chili Palmer, a shylock who came to Hollywood to collect a debt from a producer (Gene Hackman) and fell in love with the movie business. The success of the movie inspired Elmore Leonard to write a sequel. Be Cool was also made into a movie starring Travolta.

On Epix, Get Shorty can get away with the same level of sex and violence as an HBO show. The original series does not adapt Leonard’s text. Instead, it is an original story that shares similar themes. Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd) comes to Hollywood to collect from a screenwriter, then tries to produce the script, enlisting a has-been schlock producer (Ray Romano) to help.

Series creator Davey Holmes and executive producer/director Adam Arkin spoke with /Film about Get Shorty, which premiered last night on Epix.

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Quantum and Woody Joel McHale

While the Russo Brothers are undertaking the gargantuan task of directing two Avengers movies back to back (it’s practically three, if you count Captain America: Civil War), they’re looking ahead to what will happen after the cinematic battle between Thanos and Earth’s mightiest heroes. The pair haven’t officially signed on for more Marvel Studios films yet, but they’re ramping up development on a series of movies and TV shows that they’ll produce in the years to come.

One of them is a TV adaptation of the Valiant comic series Quantum and Woody, and a new report indicates that Joel McHale (Community) is now in talks to star in one of the show’s two lead roles. Judging from the character description, he’s a perfect choice for this property.
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Last night’s Game of Thrones was a “breather” episode, but it was also a belter, bringing unlikely characters together for a death-defying mission and threatening to drive wedges between others. One of those wedges involved a secret letter obtained by Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish – a letter that was found by Arya Stark and whose contents remain a mystery.

Well, sort of. This is the internet and this is Game of Thrones, so of course everyone figured out what the letter says and what’s going on here. In fact, those with long memories will know exactly what this note says. But if you’d rather discover what’s going on in the context of the story, consider this your spoiler warning.

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