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'Houdini' is pure biopic cheese... and occasionally a campy delight

There are at least a dozen great movies to be made out of the life of Harry Houdini, the magician/escapist/pre-cinematic showman/enemy of spiritualism. Unfortunately, History’s new Houdini tries to be all those movies and a few more. The result is a grab-bag of biopic clichés, awkwardly strung together by star Adrien Brody’s narration. Brody sounds like he’s auditioning for any of the parts in Sin City 3, and he overcooks every half-baked line into pure cheesecake: “The one thing I can’t seem to escape from… is me.” Or: “Some things can hit you in the gut worse than any punch.” Or, I kid you not, about three minutes later: “The only thing more devastating than a punch to the gut… is an arrow through the heart.” READ FULL STORY

How the 'Masters of Sex' costume designer brought the show into the '60s

Masters of Sex has reached the ’60s. Over the course of “Asterion,” the seventh episode of the show’s second season, the setting jumped between 1958 and 1960. That posed a challenge for costume designer Ane Crabtree, who had to reflect the changing of the times in the characters’ garb. In fact, director Michael Dinner showed people quite literally “walking through time,” explained Crabtree. As Annaleigh Ashford’s character Betty DiMello, now working for the sex researchers, led guests through the lobby of Masters and Johnson’s new office building, both the outfits and the years changed. “I watched it twice because I couldn’t believe how successful [Dinner] was and how he really gave me a platform to show off the clothing,” Crabtree said. “But it was so so subtle.”

Last night’s episode, “Mirror, Mirror,” revealed that in the new decade Masters and Johnson will get more serious about exploring sexual dysfunction, Libby Masters will witness a hate crime that will jolt her out of complacency, and someone from Bill’s past will arrive. And what will the year mean for the show’s style? Crabtree talked to EW about venturing into the ’60s, and sent us some of her behind-the-scenes photos, featured below.

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Watch an Internet couple meet IRL in the premiere of 'Love Prison'

If you took MTV’s Catfish, removed Nev and Max (and all producers, for that matter), added a potentially haunted cabin with no escape, removed all technology, and added six days to the journey, you’d have A&E’s Love Prison. Confused?

In Love Prison, A&E finds couples who have been talking on the internet and brings them face-to-face. Only, they do it in a remote cabin on an island with absolutely no one else around. With cameras in the house following their every move, the couple then spends seven days together to ultimately decide if they want to pursue a relationship. Oh, and they can’t bring their cell phones (or any technology) with them and they only get one hour to spend outside each day.

But before the show premieres at 10 p.m. on Sept. 8, EW has the exclusive first episode, featuring Jeanne and Billy (and at least one shark costume). Watch the full hour below.

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'Falling Skies' season 4 finale: Showrunner David Eick answers your burning questions

Falling Skies wrapped up its fourth season Sunday with what may be the show’s most hopeful yet most enigmatic season closer.

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'Arrow' season 3 promo shows Oliver and Felicity getting close

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Oliver and Felicity gave Arrow fans a tease last season when Oliver confessed he loved Felicity — and then later revealed it was all part of a ploy to trick Slade. But in the third season, which begins on the CW Oct. 8, the two will try out romance for real, no tricks involved.

“It’s not a fake-out,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told EW“Felicity and Oliver actually have a pretty raw discussion about what they mean to each other, which we’re really excited about, and it’s an extension of what happened at the end of last year.” So that almost-kiss you see in the latest promo for the new season? It’s bona fide.  READ FULL STORY

New 'Downton Abbey' trailer teases a fiery season 5

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“Downton is catching up with the times we live in,” Mrs. Hughes says in the trailer for Downton Abbey‘s season 5. And, according to the trailer, those times involve secrets, sex, and secret sex. READ FULL STORY

Danai Gurira of 'The Walking Dead' on the 'ferocity' of Michonne in season 5

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Let’s be honest: Michonne’s timing kind of sucks. Just when the loner with the samurai sword starts opening herself up to others and trusting people, she ends up locked in a train car by people who may or may not want to eat her. So, it’s not exactly kumbaya time, is what we’re getting at.

Keeping all that in mind, what kind of Michonne can we expect to see in season 5 (which kicks off Oct. 12 on AMC)? Actress Danai Gurira says that there will be an internal struggle as Michonne will feel pulled in two different directions. “She does yearn for something more stable in life,” Gurira told us while taking a break from posing for her new EW Walking Dead cover. “She really believes that Carl needs something more stable than where they are and what they have been experiencing, but also she’s very committed to what has to be done. She’s a woman who does what has to be done, so that involves a lot of ferocity.” READ FULL STORY

'Falling Skies': Noah Wyle teases an 'insane' mission in season finale

As alien-filled as it is, Falling Skies has kept its characters Earth-bound throughout the show’s four years on TNT. But it appears that’s about to change. The 2nd Mass’ latest strategy for winning back their planet is rocketing themselves beyond Earth’s atmosphere — to the Espheni power converter on the moon.

The mission-to-the-moon storyline came from the show’s executive producer, a guy you may have heard of: “That was Mr. Spielberg’s idea,” Noah Wyle told EW.

Wyle (Tom Mason) admitted that crafting that storyline was a challenge. With Falling Skies‘ fourth season nearing its big finish, Wyle talked to EW about shooting for the moon, about recent character deaths, and about what fans can expect from the season finale, which airs Sunday.

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'Doctor Who' guest star Michael Smiley talks Capaldi, Daleks and 'Luther'

Yesterday, we introduced you to new Doctor Who cast member Sam Anderson. Now tonight’s episode, which screens on BBC America, will find another person losing his Who-virginity: Michael Smiley.  The actor and comedian is no stranger to much-loved cult TV, having appeared in both the Edgar-Wright-directed sitcom Spaced and the Idris Elba cop show Luther. He also starred in the deranged 2011 horror movie Kill List, whose director Ben Wheatley oversaw tonight’s ominously-titled episode of Doctor Who, “Into the Dalek.”

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'Red Oaks' needs to sharpen its '80s story

Red Oaks, one of the new Amazon Studios pilots now available to watch, is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, but it’s certainly nothing like his current airing television project, the dark early-20th-century medical drama The Knick. Though Red Oaks could sound like a similarly bloody affair, Soderbergh’s never been one to stick to a genre, and the show is a small scale comedy named for a country club in New Jersey where the hero, David, gets a gig as a tennis pro one summer in the ’80s. There’s potential within Red Oaks if Amazon does decide to pick it up—nothing about it is really bad—but it needs to hone in on its most compelling elements.

David, played by Craig Roberts, gets his job at the club as a way of avoiding working for his father Sam (Richard Kind). The pilot opens on David hitting balls with Sam, who berates him for not applying himself. “A C is a Jewish F,” Sam tells him. Sam wants his son to be an accountant, but of course David does better in his class about cinema of the French New Wave. It’s a familiar parent-child conflict, and David’s disillusionment with his parents will grow mere seconds later when his father appears to be suffering a heart attack and confesses that he never loved David’s mother, who he thinks is a lesbian “or at least technically bisexual.” (David’s mother is played by Jennifer Grey, whose mere presence in a country club-set project conjures images of Dirty Dancing. There are no Johnny Castle’s here though.) Sam lives, but thus begins David’s summer of questioning what he wants out of life.

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'New Girl': Jess to woo 'Once Upon a Time' hunk

Move over, Nick: There’s a new man in Jess’ life.

Julian Morris has landed a recurring guest role on New Girl, EW has learned exclusively.

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'The Greatest American Hero' is getting a reboot on Fox

Believe it or not, the “Greatest American Hero” is coming back.

Fox announced today that it has given a put pilot agreement to a reboot of Stephen J. Cannell’s 1981 dramedy series that starred William Katt as Ralph Hinkley, a schoolteacher who finds a suit that gives him superhero powers. Rodney Rothman is writing the pilot and will executive produce alongside Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing duo behind “21 Jump Street.” (Rothman also worked with Lord and Miller on that film’s followup, “22 Jump Street.”) Deadline was the first to report the news.

Cannell’s daughter, Tawnia McKiernan, will also executive produce.

This reboot will center on Isaac, who, according to Fox, “has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error because he quickly misplaces the suit’s instructions. He also has to deal with a government handler who has very different objectives than him and struggles as to whether should use his newfound gifts to help others or just himself.”

'Doctor Who': Meet new cast member Sam Anderson

When Sam Anderson booked the recurring role of teacher Danny Pink on the long-running British time travel show Doctor Who, he couldn’t wait to spread the good news. “I got the call and was like, ‘Woah, man, I got Doctor Who!'” the actor says. “My agent rang again. ‘Don’t tell anyone!’ I was like, ‘I just told a roomful of people!’ But luckily it was a couple of actors and some jazz musicians, who really couldn’t care less. So I wasn’t too worried.”

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