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What to watch this weekend: 'Ozark,' 'Insecure,' 'Midnight, Texas'

Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae in Insecure.


Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae in Insecure.

This side of Hell: Midnight, Texas

I don't know about you, but I've been itching for a good supernatural show (besides Supernatural) since The Vampire Diaries and True Blood ended. Enter Midnight, Texas on NBC. It's got all the great supernatural characters (vampires, angels, psychics, ghosts) and some new ones I don't have a name for yet (is it a were-tiger?). The series follows Manfred (Francois Arnaud), a powerful psychic who finds safety in Midnight, a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. He finds friends in Bobo (Dylan Bruce), the local pawn shop owner; Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley), a witch who owns a Wiccan shop; Olivia (Arielle Kebbel), a talented assassin with a store of weapons to match; Joe (Jason Lewis), a sweet angel who knows quite a lot of secrets; Lemuel (Peter Mensah), a wise vampire; Creek (Sarah Ramos), an aspiring writer; and the Rev. Emilio Sheehan (Yul Vazquez), who gets a little crazy during the full moon. Oh, and the town sits on a veil between the living and hell. Sounds like a great vacation destination. 10 p.m. Monday, NBC.

Review: Midnight, Texas overloads on supernatural, lacks luster

Smart and sharp: Ozark …

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Shark Week 2017: Michael Phelps races a shark and other must-see specials

For almost 30 years, Discovery Channel has brought a full week of special programs on the toothy underwater predators through Shark Week.

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For almost 30 years, Discovery Channel has brought a full week of special programs on the toothy underwater predators through Shark Week.

It's that time of year again. No, not back to school month or geek convention season -- it's Shark Week.

For almost 30 years, Discovery Channel has brought fascinating and educational stories about those sharp-toothed fish that make us afraid to go in the water. Television's longest-running event returns Sunday at 7 p.m. and continues through July 30.

This year, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps races against a freaking shark (because, why not?) and gets schooled at the Bimini Shark Lab in the Bahamas.

It's also the first year that Shark Week airs during the same week around the world in more than 220 countries.

There's also going to plenty of shark cage-diving, slow motion videos of leaping great whites and getting up close and personal with the most unique shark species in the world.

And, of course, it's not a great week to be a seal.

Tune in for these JAWS-dropping specials.

Great White Shark Serial Killer Lives: Every two years in October, a quiet beach on the California coast has been known for great white shark attacks. Is it the same shark returning? Did the attacks continue in October 2016? 7 p.m. Sunday …

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This week in pop culture: Celeb marriages, baby news and arrests


Married: Fantastic news, everyone. Fantastic Four co-stars Kate Mara and Jamie Bell tied the knot during a top secret wedding ceremony over the weekend. Mara posted the news to Instagram with a photo of the couple kissing with the caption "Nuptials." Bell posted the same photo saying, "Me & Mrs B" on Monday.

Engaged: She has a gold medal, a Dancing With the Stars mirror ball trophy and now a fiance. Olympic figure skater Meryl Davis said yes to retired skater Fedor Andreev. Davis, 30, and Andreev, 35, met through his mother (Davis' coach). Davis shared the news like most celebs, on Instagram.

Baby news: Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo is going to be a dad a fourth time. The 32-year-old star player confirmed to El Mundo that his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, is pregnant. The news comes shortly after Ronaldo welcomed twins via a surrogate.

Baby News: Jessica Alba, 36, is expecting a third bundle with husband Cash Warren. Alba posted a photo of her baby bump on Instagram alongside her two kids, Honor, 9, and Haven, 5. "@cash_warren and I are officially going to be outnumbered #babyonboard #herewegoagain #blessed," she wrote. …

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Review: 'Midnight, Texas' overloads on supernatural, lacks luster

Parisa Fitz-Henley, center, and Francois Arnaud in Midnight, Texas.


Parisa Fitz-Henley, center, and Francois Arnaud in Midnight, Texas.

There is a cemetery full of great supernatural shows out there. Unfortunately, Midnight, Texas isn't one of them.

The new drama from NBC mixes a gaggle of creatures of the occult -- witches, vampires, psychics and even angels -- and crowds them into a small Texas town that just so happens to sit on the veil between the living and hell.

Midnight, Texas is based on the series of novels by True Blood author Charlaine Harris. Though any comparison to the sexy vampire series is lost in the seemingly bloodless Midnight, Texas.

The series follows Manfred (Francois Arnaud), a powerful psychic who flees to Midnight after a tip from his ghost grandma. He can not only speak to the dead, but also see them as smoky, ethereal corpses.

When Manfred arrives, he quickly finds out why Midnight is all but deserted. It's home to a ragtag group of people who just don't fit in anywhere else -- and would rather keep it that way. …

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William Shatner, 'Vampire Diaries' and 'Stranger Things' stars coming to Tampa for MegaCon

William Shatner is scheduled to appear at Megacon Tampa.

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William Shatner is scheduled to appear at Megacon Tampa.

If you were disappointed when William Shatner canceled his appearance at last year's inaugural MegaCon Tampa, cheer up: Star Trek's original captain is scheduled to appear at this year's MegaCon Tampa, running Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the Tampa Convention Center, organizers announced this week.

Shatner is among a group of celebrity guests that now includes John Scott Barrowman (Arrow and Doctor Who), Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries), plus Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, who play Lucas and Dustin on Netflix's Stranger Things.

Previously announced guests include Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, who will perform Jay and Silent Bob Get OldArrow star Katie Cassidy and Ruth Connell from Supernatural.

Tickets are on sale for $25 to $40 for adults, $10 for children age 6 to 12 at

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Emma Watson asks the Internet to find her lost rings


Help find Emma Watson's precious.

The Harry Potter star has lost three of her rings, one of which was a gift from her mother, and is asking social media to help track them down.

"Reward for information leading to the return of rings lost Sunday 16th July at Mandarin Oriental Spa, London," she wrote on Facebook. "On Sunday afternoon I went for a treatment at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa in Hyde Park, London. Before my appointment I removed 3 silver rings from my fingers and put them in the safe inside the locker. When I left, I forgot to take my rings from the safe."

Watson called the spa, but when security checked the safe, there was nothing in it.

"Were these just any rings I could accept this, but one of the them was a gift from my Mum," she wrote. "She bought it the day after I was born and wore it for 18 years, never taking it off, and then gave it to me for my 18th birthday. I wear this ring everyday, it is my most meaningful and special possession."

Taking a trip to London anytime soon? This might be a surefire way to become Watson's friend.

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Review: 'Ozark' is heavy on prestige, light on fresh concepts

Laura Linney and Jason Bateman in Ozark.


Laura Linney and Jason Bateman in Ozark.

By the end of Ozark's first episode, Jason Bateman's Marty has witnessed multiple murders and is scrambling to placate the powerful drug lord he's been laundering money for.

Netflix's new crime drama isn't the next Breaking Bad or Bloodline. But in the era of Peak TV, it's hard not to draw comparisons to the prestige TV that came before. Especially one that features drugs, money laundering and a toxic family.

Ozark isn't anything we haven't seen before -- white dude hides criminal behavior from his family only to sink deeper and deeper into it -- but that doesn't mean it isn't solid. In fact, its star isn't the thing that's keeping this show above the lake water.

Bateman plays Marty Byrd, a suburban Chicago businessman who's been secretly laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel to keep his family in the lap of luxury.

When his cushy setup with the violent drug lord (Esai Morales) goes belly up, Marty quickly comes up with a plan to "clean" $8 million by moving his family to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

Every move Marty makes brings more misfortune for him and his family, yet he remains weirdly optimistic. …

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Actor John Boyega calls out 'Game of Thrones' for lack of diversity


There's a problem in Westeros. And it isn't Ed Sheeran.

John Boyega has called out Game of Thrones for its lack of diverse characters in his latest GQ interview.

"There are no black people on Game of Thrones. You don't see one black person in Lord of the Rings. I ain't paying money to always see one type of person on-screen," the Star Wars actor said. "You see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you're a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers."

True. This world has dragons, nothing should be off limits. Right?

However, casting director Nina Gold doesn't believe Game of Thrones has an issue with diversity.

"I guess I don't know what to really say about it, because it's not like there's no diversity in the casting in Game of Thrones. We've turned Grey Worm and Missandei into really deep characters," Gold told Vanity Fair this month.


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Ryan Reynolds FaceTimes terminally ill 5-year-old from 'Deadpool' set (w/video)


As if we needed another reason to love Ryan Reynolds.

The Deadpool actor, 40, set aside time to call his biggest fan, 5-year-old Daniel Downing. The little boy is currently being treated in Bristol, England for pontine glioma - highly aggressive brain tumors.

"Daniel picked up the phone and Ryan asked if he knew who he was," Daniel's mom, Stephanie, told the Plymouth Herald. "As soon as Daniel realized, he asked if he could FaceTime him and then he was very, very hyper."

During the video, Downing shows off his Deadpool T-shirt.

"Ah that's awesome, what an awesome T-shirt. You know I'm the only guy who doesn't have one of those T-shirts, I need to get one of those," Reynolds said.

The father of two joked that Downing was a little young to be a fan of his R-rated movie.

The star, who was currently on set filming the next Deadpool film, gave Downing a look at the sequel, which is being released next year.

I'm not crying. You're crying. Here's a clip from their 15 minute conversation:

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Two new Harry Potter books set to be published this year

This July 30, 2016, file photo shows the Palace Theatre in central London which is showing a stage production of, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child." Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury announced July 18, 2017, that two new books from the Harry Potter universe are set to be released in October as part of a British exhibition that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the series.

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This July 30, 2016, file photo shows the Palace Theatre in central London which is showing a stage production of, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child." Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury announced July 18, 2017, that two new books from the Harry Potter universe are set to be released in October as part of a British exhibition that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the series.

LONDON -- Two new books from the Harry Potter universe are set to be released as part of a British exhibition that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the series.

The British Library's Harry Potter exhibition, "A History of Magic," opens in October and runs through February 2018. In an earnings statement released Tuesday, British publishing house Bloomsbury revealed that two new Potter books will be released in conjunction with the event.

"Harry Potter: A History of Magic - The Book of the Exhibition" promises to take readers through subjects studied at Potter's wizarding school, Hogwarts. "Harry Potter - A Journey Through A History of Magic" will touch on mystical things such as alchemy, unicorns and ancient witchcraft.

Both books will be published in October.

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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Rogue One' on Netflix, Something True podcast

Something True podcast.

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Something True podcast.

Something True

Like its title states, the new podcast from Idle Thumbs delves into a short, fascinating and true story from the footnotes of history.

Part of the podcast's perfectionism lies in its simplicity. Just two people assemble the series. Duncan Fyfe researches and writes the episodes and Alex Ashby hosts and produces the audio. The two produce a charming and sometimes ridiculous series about parts of history that would have otherwise not been told.

Each episode stands on its own with one story clocking in at more than 1,000 years old while others take place within the last few hundred years or so. The first is the story of Laddie Boy, the First Dog of the United States of President Warren G. Harding. According to the episode, the country loved Laddie Boy more than they hated one of the country's worst presidents.

Others take on history's greatest prank (it's not as funny as you might think), an infamous 13-year-old boy who achieved celebrity by being Stockholm's chief witch identifier and a bit about legendary rocket scientist Jack Parsons and his relationship with famed occultist Aleister Crowley. …

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Report: Singer R. Kelly accused of holding Polk County woman in abusive 'cult'

R. Kelly performs at a concert in Chicago in 2015.

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R. Kelly performs at a concert in Chicago in 2015.

An aspiring Polk County singer is among half a dozen young women being kept, "brainwashed" and abused in a sort of "cult" maintained by music star R. Kelly, according to an investigation by Buzzfeed News that published today.

The accusations come from the women's parents, as well as former members of the 50-year-old R&B star's inner circle, who say that Kelly has the women living in six properties around Chicago and Atlanta, where a "den mother" (a best friend of the woman who appeared on the infamous sex tape Kelly went to trial over) instructs them on how to please Kelly.  

According to those former member's of Kelly's inner circle interviewed by Buzzfeed, the singer "controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records."

The story describes one of the women as "an 18-year-old singer from Polk County, Florida," but does not identify her by name. One of Kelly's friends interviewed for the story describes her as Kelly's "favorite -- his number-one girl." …

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Five things we learned during 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 premiere

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere.


Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere.

Game of Thrones's seventh season premiered last night with sweet new maps and two queens and a king vying for the Iron Throne of Westeros.

This episode checked in on every important character to the Game of Thrones cause, including warg Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), the charming Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) and everyone's favorite ruler of Bear Island, Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey).

While Bran was returning to the south side of The Wall with Meera and Euron was proposing a marriage/alliance with Cersei (he has "a thousand ships and two good hands") Lyanna was schooling her chauvinistic bannerman.

"I don't plan on knitting by the fire while men fight for me," she said. "And I don't need your permission to defend the North."

Lyanna Mormont for president.

Seven seasons in, HBO's epic fantasy series based on George R. R. Martin's novels has come full circle. After filling its seasons with billowing storylines and hundreds of characters (and deaths) the series is back to focusing on a core group of characters who will decide the future of the Seven Kingdoms.

Here are five essential things we learned during "Dragonstone."


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Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

Martin Landau in Los Angeles in 2015.

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Martin Landau in Los Angeles in 2015.

LOS ANGELES — Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible," then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994's "Ed Wood," has died. He was 89.

Landau died Saturday of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said.

"Mission: Impossible," which also starred Landau's wife, Barbara Bain, became an immediate hit upon its debut in 1966. It remained on the air until 1973, but Landau and Bain left at the end of the show's third season amid a financial dispute with the producers. They starred in the British-made sci-fi series "Space: 1999" from 1975 to 1977.

Landau might have been a superstar but for a role he didn't play — the pointy-eared starship Enterprise science officer, Mr. Spock. "Star Trek" creator Gene Rodenberry had offered him the half-Vulcan, half-human who attempts to rid his life of all emotion. Landau turned it down. …

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Video: BBC reveals thirteenth Doctor Who is a woman

The BBC released a video revealing the next Doctor Who.


The BBC released a video revealing the next Doctor Who.

Actress Jodie Whittaker will be the first woman to play the iconic Doctor Who, the BBC announced Sunday.

Whittaker, probably best known for her role in the movie Attack the Block, was revealed as the 13th Doctor in a YouTube video posted to the show's official Twitter account. 

Watch it below: 

She's replacing Peter Capaldi, who took on the role of the 12th Doctor in 2013. The final episode featuring Capaldi will air on Christmas Day.

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