Watch the trailer for The Man in the High Castle

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What if the Axis won World War II? An America occupied by Germany and Japan is the premise of Philip K Dick's novel, The Man in the High Castle, and it's been filmed by Amazon Studios as an exclusive drama for Prime subscribers.

The new trailer is striking: the script seems restrained and measured, almost like an old BBC spy drama, but with the handsome looks that big budgets bring. I even thought for a moment that I saw Colin Firth in there, but it turned out to be Rupert Evans looking particularly determined in the shadows. It all gets unlocked Nov. 20.

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Casting contract for HBO's Westworld: fully-nude bareback riding and "genital-to-genital touching"

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HBO's Westworld sounds like it will be quite a show. The drama, which premieres in 2016, is executive produced by J.J. Abrams and is described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."

The casting call for the series states that extras "may be required to perform genital-to-genital touching, simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching, contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude, pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back, [and] ride on someone's back while you are both fully nude."

After SAG-AFTRA officials started looking into it, HBO passed the buck: "The document that the background actors were given was created by an outside extras casting vendor." [via] Read the rest

TV's 'Law & Order: SVU' takes on The Duggars

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The popular television series “Law & Order: SVU” will present its semifictionalized spin on the Duggar family of “19 Kids and Counting” and pedophilia impunity fame.

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Subliminal penises and other bizarre FCC complaints about TV's MythBusters

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MuckRock spotlights some of the complaints -- some utterly bizarre, others downright stupid -- filed with the FCC by viewers upset with MythBusters. My favorites are the one about the subliminal penis spotted in an explosion and a "near hate crime" against the Catholic Church:

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Hear David Bowie's new song for European TV crime drama

David Bowie composed a dark, haunting, and excellent new track, "Blackstar," for the title sequence of The Last Panthers, a European crime drama launching in November. I can't wait to hear the whole song!

Directed by Johan Renck, The Last Panthers stars Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim, Goran Bogdan, and John Hurt. It premieres on Canal+ and Sky Atlantic on November 12.

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New X-Files trailer

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"They police us, and spy on us, and tell us it makes us safer," said Mulder. "We've never been in more danger." Read the rest

Watch this absolutely bizarre tribute to The Simpsons

Yoann Hervo's "Weird Simpsons VHS" is just that. (YouTube) Read the rest

Watch the Ramones guest star on "Sha Na Na" (1979)

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In 1979, the Ramones were special guests on novelty 1950s nostalgia band Sha Na Na's TV variety show. In this bizarre skit, the Ramones play in a Family Feud parody gameshow called "Greasers Feud." More context over at Dangerous Minds: "Sha Na Na Feud with the Ramones" Read the rest

Get Smart, the complete series

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This weekend I'll be watching Max, Fang, 99, and the rest of CONTROL keep the world safe from KAOS ...and loving it!

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BBC TV host is very excited about this Blue Whale that just showed up

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“I can see it now!”

Baratunde joins The Daily Show

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The author and longtime internet forward-thinker joins The Daily Show as their “supervising producer for digital expansion.”

Tales of the Gold Monkey, another lost tv treasure

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Join a former flying tiger, his awesome dog and a Grumman G-21 Goose as he explores the south Pacific, fights Nazis, and has a broken relationship with a pretty singer/spy. This should have been my life, not a one season tv show you've never heard of!

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Yvonne Craig (Batgirl and the green alien girl on Star Trek) RIP

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Yvonne Craig, the first and best Batgirl on television who also played the green-skinned alien Marta on the original Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy," has died of breast cancer. She was 78. Before becoming an actor, Craig was a professional ballet dancer. On Batman, she performed all her own stunts. She also dated Elvis Presley who was her co-star in two 1960s films.

(Hollywood Reporter)

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Watch Stephen Colbert's emotional goodbye to Jon Stewart

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"We are better people for having known you." Read the rest

Is bad CGI ruining movies? A nuanced critique

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It's an age-old complaint about video games and films: bad graphics make them suck. But plenty of classic entertainment holds up even if the effects don't. RocketJump Film School examines the issue in a brisk overview. Read the rest

Watch this reporter scared stiff on live TV

Photobomber scares the wits out of a TV reporter in downtown Los Angeles. Read the rest

Breaking Bad fans, Jesse Pinkman's house is for sale: $1.6 million

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"Meth lab not included."

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