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<p>Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton in ABC's &quot;Nashville.&quot;</p>

Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton in ABC's "Nashville."

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Review: ABC's 'Nashville' finds its voice early

Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere play feuding country superstars
Rayna James, whose first name points to her position as the long-time queen of country music, sits with the new head of her record label. Her new album hasn't sold well, and her tour is set to play to a bunch of half-empty venues, and the label wants Rayna to mortify herself as the "co-headliner" — a polite term for "opening act" — of a tour with rising young star Juliette Barnes, or else they'll pull all support for her record.
 
Rayna brings up all the money she's made for the label over the years, and all the loyalty she's shown it, and asks for a little loyalty in return. The executive shrugs and tells her, "Unfortunately, the older business models are irrelevant." Now it's go along to get along.
 
It's a scene that neatly establishes the stakes for "Nashville," the promising new ABC drama (it premieres Wednesday night at 10). And, as written by Oscar-winner Callie Khouri ("Thelma & Louise"), it draws a neat line from a music superstar like Rayna to every other professional in the new economy who's finding out that their skills, experience and loyalty amount are considered as irrelevant as the older business models. Like the less-famous, Rayna's not in a position to turn down work — her husband Teddy has made a lot of bad real estate investments, making them rich on the surface but cash-poor in reality — and if that means she may have to kneel before this diminutive, untalented challenger to her throne, she may not have a choice in the matter.
 
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<p>Arcade Fire</p>

Arcade Fire

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Watch: Arcade Fire perform new song 'Crucified Again' live

Beach Boys didn't split after all...

Arcade Fire seemed to be dormant there for a minute, but the band popped up late last week to perform at a  charity gig and brought a new song with them.

"Crucified Again" springs forth from a similar lyrical vein as "Neon Bible" -- religion, hypocrisy, personal value -- but has some serious '60s girl group and Beach Boys vibrations in it slow-moving organ part and three part harmonies.

The fan group over at ArcadeFireTube mentions that "Crucified Again" made its debut in 2011 in Haiti, but nobody had captured the performance on camera. This New York gig marks a first for that.

The Partners in Health 25th anniversary party was held at Guastavino's; the non-profit has been among the band's favorite groups.

No word when the Montreal-based crew will be dropping a follow-up to "The Suburbs," but they were around for the Canadian Polaris Prize last month.

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<p>Alicia Vikander in &quot;Anna Karenina.&quot;</p>

Alicia Vikander in "Anna Karenina."

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Roundup: 'Playbook,' 'Lore' and 'Karenina' stars feted at Hamptons fest

Also: Top supporting actors, and Hollywood goes back to board games

The Hamptons International Film Festival wrapped this weekend, delivering another Audience Award to Toronto favorite "Silver Linings Playbook" -- more ammo the Weinsteins to campaign it as the crowdpleasing Oscar choice -- and a hat-trick of prizes for Australia's foreign Oscar contender "Lore." Meanwhile, the festival hosted the official celebrations for Variety's 10 Actors to Watch, a well-chosen bunch that includes Scoot McNairy ("Monsters"; "Killing Them Softly"), Nate Parker ("Arbitrage") and the film-stealing "Anna Karenina" duo of Alicia Vikander and Domnhall Gleeson. (Yep, son of Brendan.) Cheers all round. [Hamptons Film Fest

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<p>Florence + The&nbsp;Machine perform &quot;Breath of Life&quot;&nbsp;from &quot;Snow White and the Huntsman&quot;&nbsp;at the Hollywood Bowl, Sunday, October 7, 2012.</p>

Florence + The Machine perform "Breath of Life" from "Snow White and the Huntsman" at the Hollywood Bowl, Sunday, October 7, 2012.

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Florence and the Machine bring 'Breath of Life' to Hollywood

Is this the closest she'll get to the Dolby Theater this season?

HOLLYWOOD - Florence + The Machine brought their long running Celestials tour to the famed Hollywood Bowl Sunday night for the first of two sold out shows and the acclaimed singer songwriter didn't disappoint.

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

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'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' recap: Reunion pt. 2

Things get ugly when Rosie and Joe Giudice join the show

It's the second part of the three part "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" reunion, and, as Andy Cohen promises, nothing is off limits! Gosh, there really are benefits to casting a series entirely with narcissists without boundaries! Anyway, last week we left off with Rosie stomping around back stage, rending her clothes and going all She-Hulk on us, because Teresa insulted the memory of Kathy and Rosie's dearly departed dad. That's exactly where we pick up for part deux, though I'm disappointed to see that Rosie has not been put into restraints or been shot up with horse tranquilizer. But hey, there's a potential felony about to happen, so don't get in the way of that, Bravo minions!

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<p>Sonny (Michiel Husiman)&nbsp;on &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;</p>

Sonny (Michiel Husiman) on "Tremé."

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Review: 'Tremé' - 'Me Donkey Want Water'

Men and women try to cut deals with one another, and some people are going to get screwed

A few quick thoughts on tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as you translate my insult...

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<p>Damian Lewis and Jamey Sheridan in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis and Jamey Sheridan in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Homeland' - 'Beirut Is Back'

Saul and Brody both have calls to make

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I picture you in a Burka...

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<p>Natalie and Nadiya of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Natalie and Nadiya of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Long Hair Don't Care'

Indonesian cabdrivers produce a lot of drama
I guess Sunday (October 7) night's installment of "The Amazing Race" was meant to teach us all an unpleasant truth about overcoming adversity, right? And an unpleasant truth about what happens when you put your fate in the hands of strangers, right?
 
I'm trying to think of what else, if anything, I learned from the episode, which was pointlessly mis-titled "Long Hair, Don't Care." But this is all I've got: You can be as heroic as you want, proving yourself a deserving inspiration to thousands or millions, but in a race for a million dollars, sometimes all of the individual achievement in the world ceases to be relevant in the face of the outside forces of ineptitude. 
 
Sigh.
 
More after the break...
 
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<p>Stephen Graham as Al Capone in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Stephen Graham as Al Capone in "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Blue Bell Boy'

Nucky, Capone and Gyp all demonstrate who's in charge

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I deny brussel sprouts exist...

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<p>Demetri Martin</p>

Demetri Martin

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HitFix Interview: Demetri Martin on 'Standup Comedian,' Comedy Central, balance

What do Daniel Kitson, Eugene Mirman, John Oliver and John Benjamin have in common?

Demetri Martin's a master of one-liners. For a little more than a decade, he's built off that trade, starting with his first big segment of standup on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," then touring and fulfilling stints on "The Daily Show" and writing for "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." You could say now he's a renaissance man of comedy, writing books, launching his short-lived sketch show "Important Things with Demetri Martin," acting in "Contagion" and "Taking Woodstock," penning and selling screenplays and other TV concepts.

However, this week, he's circled back into being the quick, clever standup comedian for the moment -- and wouldn't you guess, it's called "Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian," aired on Comedy Central and out now on CD/DVD. It's his first since 2007's equally dry-titled "Demetri Martin. Person," and it contains the drawing segment and musical interludes that have snuck their way into his usual act. Whatever that is.

But the "Standup" version will last just this little while, as Martin finishes another screenplay and book, the latter due in March, dubbed "Point Your Face at This."

Below is an abridged conversation with the comedian and writer, who's still studying to find a balance.

 

You’ve worked on a few different kind of shows for Comedy Central now, how was making this new special and the experience different?
 
Now I have more creative control over the specials, when I did my first one on the network for “Premium Blend,” it was four minutes on the show. That was in ‘99. In 2003, I shot a “… Presents” and in both of those cases, I show up and they edit. I would go to the tapings, do my live set, and then I’d see the special on TV and it felt like the show had totally changed. Ever since I started doing the drawings, bringing in the boombox and the guitar, I’ve felt like I’d be able to control those segments, and when we go to commercial. From [Comedy Central’s standpoint], it’s hard to edit those things, so what airs is pretty much what I performed.
 
This one just has one segment with the guitar, while some comedians like Reggie Watts and Flight of the Conchords try to integrate music in to all parts of the show, like a musical. How has your relationship to music in the show changed?
 
I started to play music because of the one-man show aspect. It’s like scoring a movie. That’s why I started doing it. I can’t sing so well. I wanted music to do to the pace of the comedy.
 
When I’m doing a headlining show and I’ve got 90-minutes, I can tell when I can bring [the guitar] in. And I’m improving, trying to get better at playing it. I even try to have a guitar on the road, and have Garageband there and ready, so I have this library of my own music. So if show producers ever need music to fill in some spots, I’ve already got some there, and they don’t need to clear music through some other place.
 
As for Flight of the Conchords and Reggie, those guys are real musicians, to their core. If I were that good at that stuff, that's would I would do too.
 
You’re releasing another book in March, what was your approach to it?
 
For me its about finding stories with some surprises in it... [“This Is a Book by Demetri Martin”] had a lot of single panel drawings, poems, one page musings… the next book is going to be a collection of short stories, I’m aiming for things that are a little bit longer. I’m learning how I do it. I really like being a beginner at something., like finding your edges or your limits. The books are informed by stand-ups and pushing those limits.
 
What did you take away from your experience doing the “Important Things” show? Did it help define for your what success or failure in comedy is?
 
I heard this guy give a talk, about there being a difference between being happy and being happy about something, like the experiencing self and remember self. The experience can be feeling really happy lying on a raft in a swimming pool and it’s a hot day and you’ve got a drink and it feels nice. Now, if somebody does a cannonball and you fall off and your drink’s ruined…then your remembering self didn’t have such a good time.
 
So with that, I’m happy about doing the series. While I was doing it, I wasn’t happy. I bit off too much, as a producer, writer, actor. I got everything I wanted in terms of the show, sans marketing. I worked as many hours as I could handle, jammed in as much content as I could, I could act and do a lot of things... I can only do my best. When I’m overwhelmed, I think of that idea of experience and remembering self. I’d love to win trophies, be in movies, have a body of work I’m proud of and find a way to enjoy it along the way. Success is probably a more of a complicated thing than that. As a creative person you want to have a foothold and sense of progress.
 
You’ve already mentioned working in more movies – do you want more work in front or behind the camera?
 
I’d like to make my own movies, and then act in them. That way, I’m pretty sure I’ll be right for the role.
 
I like stand-up. But I’d also like a family and house and a yard. I want to work with a lot of people, have colleagues, and on good film sets, there’s people there that work with the same people for years and years. I love that collaborative spirit in that medium. Comedy is a lot more solitary. Again, its that dichotomy: what I’m experiencing along the way. I’d like to have a little bit more of that balance, writing books, be home and have a regular life and see your friends at night, and not at airports walking through scanning devices. I’m constantly trying to strike the balance.
 
Tell me about some of the most inspired people you’ve been around. What other comedians do you think have struck some balance, or have shown you a way to do things?
 
There are some good friends that I just don’t see often kno how I love standup and I love how they do it. Daniel Kitson, Eugene Mirman, John Oliver, John Benjamin… whether you’ve been in TV spots, or played a festival, or if you’ve bombed, had good shows, got into a long term relationship or had your heart broken, in Scotland or New York… it’s like, You guys get me. None of the guys I listed are “club” comedians, they’re a different kind. The composite of these kind of guys is an understanding of the moment. They remind me about that balance, that it’s not all about comedy, it’s all about the season of a person’s life.

 
You can buy a fat bundle to of "Standup Comedian" on DVD, CD and a T-shirt and print here.

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Watch: Kevin Michael Richardson teases 'The Cleveland Show'

Watch: Kevin Michael Richardson teases 'The Cleveland Show'

Which voice is the hardest for the animation veteran?
One of the best ways to fill spaces in an article about Kevin Michael Richardson would be to list the myriad animated programs and features he's lent his distinctive and versatile voice to.
 
You've heard Richardson on "Batman: The Brave and the Bold," "ThunderCats," "Transformers: Prime," "American Dad," "The Boondocks," "Lilo & Stitch: The Series," "Teen Titans," "Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!," "The Fairly OddParents," "Clerks: The Animated Series," "The PJs," "The Simpsons" and, honestly, too many shows to list.
 
"The Cleveland Show" returns to start its fourth season on Sunday, October 7, giving viewers plenty of opportunities to hear Richardson, who voices Cleveland Jr. and basically any random voices the producers need covered.
 
In this interview, Richardson teases the upcoming season of "The Cleveland Show" and discusses which of his endless reservoir of voices causes him the most difficulty. 
 
Check it out!
 
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Watch: Eugene Mirman, John Roberts and Dan Mintz talk 'Bob's Burgers'

Watch: Eugene Mirman, John Roberts and Dan Mintz talk 'Bob's Burgers'

Which star sings a HitFix song as Michael McDonald?
Two years ago, I sat down with Eugene Mirman, John Roberts and Kristen Schaal to discuss their yet-to-premiere animated comedy "Bob's Burgers."
 
 
I can't recommend it highly enough.
 
A few weeks ago, I walked into the interview room with Mirman (Gene on "Bob's Burgers") and Roberts (Linda) and they immediately recognized me from that bizarre interview. This time, Schaal was absent and Dan Mintz (unmistakably Tina) was in her place and it's possible that if you go back to the original conversation, a good percentage of the insanity came from her direction.
 
This interview isn't quite so crazy. But it has some moments of hilarity and it features Roberts singing a new HitFix-themed song in the style of Michael McDonald. 
 
"Bob's Burgers" airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. on FOX.
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