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Just when you thought the rom-com was dead and buried in the ground, Jennifer Lopez swoops in to help revitalize it. The queen of rom-coms is back with Second Act, which is not a sequel to Sister Act, despite appearances. In what feels like a spiritual sequel to her other iconic rom-com Maid in Manhattan, Lopez stars as a working-class woman who scams her way to the top of a cushy corporate job.

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Superbad Table Read

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, check out a Superbad table read from back in 2002 when Seth Rogen and Jason Segel were going to star in the movie. Plus, Westworld executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy deliver an extensive breakdown of one of the pivotal episodes this season, and get a recap of the first two seasons of This Is Us in just 12 minutes. Read More »

This Is Us season two

Before season one of This Is Us ends this March, NBC has already ordered two more seasons of the hit drama, which will soon feature Katie Couric and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) as guest stars. After receiving great reviews and being greeted by a passionate audience, season one was extended to 18 episodes. Season two and three are 18 episodes a piece as well.

Below, learn more about This Is Us season two and what’s next for the show.

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This Is Us

I hadn’t initially planned on seeing This Is Us, Dan Fogelman’s new NBC drama. The billboards and advertising plastered around Los Angeles made it look uninteresting. I’m not against television dramas, I loved Parenthood and Friday Night Lights (although the advertising for those shows didn’t interest me either, it was the buzz from friends that brought me to them). And then the This Is Us reviews came out just before its premiere teasing a big unexpected twist at the end of the pilot episode. Okay, you got me. So I watched it and I have a few thoughts on the matter. Also, Dan Fogelman has done some interviews explaining what the twist will mean for the rest of the series, so if you’re curious about that, join me.
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‘Gotham’ Recruits Former ‘Hero’ to Play Villain

Milo Ventimiglia in Heroes

A former superhero is coming to Gotham, only as a villain. Heroes alum Milo Ventimiglia is set to join the DC Comics-based drama as “the Ogre,” a serial killer who targets young women. Because Jim Gordon didn’t have enough problems on his plate already. More on the Heroes Milo Ventimiglia casting after the jump.  Read More »

Thanks to Independence Day, it’s been a fairly slow week for film news — but it looks like the TV folks have been keeping themselves plenty busy over the past few days. After the jump:

  • Danny McBride talks the surprise fourth season of Eastbound & Down
  • Fraggle Rock spin-off, The Doozers, will shoot in Canada this month
  • Watch a teaser for Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • Frank Darabont‘s L.A. Noir pics show Jon Bernthal and Simon Pegg

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With Goodfellas and Casino scribe Nicholas Pileggi writing and James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma) set to direct the pilot, it’s probably not surprising that CBS’ 1960s Las Vegas-set Ralph Lamb is attracting some serious acting talent as well. Dennis Quaid is now in talks for the title role, a real-life rodeo cowboy who went on to become Clark County’s longest-serving sheriff. The Shield alum Michael Chiklis is negotiating to play Lamb’s nemesis, a Chicago mobster who decides to take on Las Vegas.

Though Chiklis is known for his work on shows like The Shield, The Commish, and more recently, No Ordinary Family, Ralph Lamb would mark the first regular TV series gig for Quaid. The show is one of two gangster-themed TV shows on Pileggi’s plate at the moment; he also has a small-screen version of Goodfellas set up at AMC. [Vulture, THR]

After the jump, a Heroes alum joins a Walking Dead star on Frank Darabont’s new series.

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The Die Hard 5 news continues Thursday. We recently learned that the film, directed by John Moore, would be called A Good Day To Die Hard and released February 14, 2013. It’ll focus on John McClane, once again played by Bruce Willis, heading to Russia to get his son out of prison which then escalates into some kind of massive terrorist threat. With the McClane’s son seemingly the second lead and possible torch-bearer for the franchise, it surely will be a sought after role.

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For his third film, French genre director Xavier Gens has locked a bunch of New Yorkers in the basement of a building as they wait out the end of the world. But it turns out these people aren’t the only survivors, and interactions with people who didn’t make it to shelter set off a chain of events that probably won’t end well.

The film is The Divide, and those who’ve seen Gens’ first film, Frontier(s), will immediately recognize some common energy and tension. Anchor Bay has released the first full trailer for the film. It builds on the teaser we saw months ago, beginning with more or less the same setup before moving into a montage of action that suggests things get pretty crazy as this group awaits rescue. Check it out below. Read More »

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Susan Sarandon Cast in ‘I Hate You, Dad’

Briefly: Adam Sandler is going to play dad to SNL’s Andy Samberg in I Hate You, Dad, and now the same movie is going to see him eventually shacked up with hot teacher Mary McGarricle, played by Susan Sarandon. Sean Anders and John Morris are directing the film, which is about ” a father (Sandler) who moves in on the eve of the wedding of his son (Samberg) and promptly begins feuding with the bride-to-be.” A few more details are after the break. Read More »