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<p>Rob and Sheila of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Rob and Sheila of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Rob & Sheila talk 'The Amazing Race'

It was so close, yet so far for the lumberjack and his bride-to-be
Fifteen seconds.
 
Fans of "The Amazing Race" never got much of a chance to know competitive lumberjack champion Rob Scheer and bride-to-be Sheila Castle.
 
Fifteen seconds. 
 
That was all that separated Rob & Sheila from a potentially longer tenure on the Race. 
 
Rob & Sheila successfully weathered a pair of Roadblocks, but the task of finding a lady with an abacus on Shanghai's Bund proved frustrating. Still, they had the clue and nearly made it to Phil Keoghan in next-to-last position, only to get run down from behind by Chippendales Dancers Jaymes & James. 
 
Fifteen seconds. 
 
In the season's first "Amazing Race" exit interview, Rob and Sheila discuss the disappointment of their brief time on the show, why finding a lady with  an abacus was so hard and what frog fallopian tubes taste like.
 
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<p>Halle Berry does terrible things in one of the segments from the new comedy anthology film 'Movie 43'</p>

Halle Berry does terrible things in one of the segments from the new comedy anthology film 'Movie 43'

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Watch: 'Movie 43' features an all-star cast and seems determined to offend

A very not-safe-for-work trailer finally gives us our first look at the anthology comedy

I'm still not sure what to make of the title, but the trailer for "Movie 43" makes it look very slick and wildly offensive, and I'll admit that much of what I saw made me laugh.

The very, very, very red band trailer for the movie showed up today on the Comedy Central website, and just looking at the trailer, you can tell this has been kicking around for a while. It filmed in 2010 and is the work of a whole group of directors.  Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk and Brett Ratner all contributed to the picture, which was written by Steve Baker, Will Carlough, Patrik Forsberg, Matt Portenoy, Greg Pritikin, Rocky Russo, and Jeremy Sosenko. 

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<p>Maroon 5</p>

Maroon 5

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Does Maroon 5's 'One More Night' hold off Psy's 'Gangnam Style' one more week?

It's a close race on the Billboard Hot 100

Maroon 5’s “One More Night” squeaks by Psy’s surging “Gangnam Style” to spend its third week atop the Billboard Hot 100.

In the closest race for the top spot since February, “One More Night” grabs the crown because of its radio play and streaming, although “Gangnam Style” outsold “One More Night” by almost 100,000 digital downloads. The Hot 100 combines airplay, streaming, and digital sales.

That’s not the only excitement on the chart: Taylor Swift’s “Begin Again,” the second track she’s released from her forthcoming album, “Red,” blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 7, making it the highest debut by a female since Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” entered the chart at No. 1 in March, according to Billboard.  The first single from “Red,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” spent three weeks at No. 1.

Otherwise, things remain fairly static on the Top 10. Fun.’s “Some Nights” remains at No. 3, Swift’s “Never” at No. 4 and Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” at No. 5.

Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean rises 7-6. Flo Rida’s “Whistle” drops 6-8, Alex Clare’s “Too Close” holds at No. 9 and Owl City/Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Good Time” falls 8-10.

Outside the Top 10, Ke$ha’s “Die Young” enters at No. 13, while Rihanna’s “Diamond’s” starts its chart run at No. 16.

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<p>Richard Linklater (left), Scott Rudin (center)&nbsp;and Jack Black (right) on the set of &quot;School of Rock&quot;</p>

Richard Linklater (left), Scott Rudin (center) and Jack Black (right) on the set of "School of Rock"

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Jack Black and Richard Linklater on the 'arranged marriage' of 'School of Rock'

And are we ready for 'School of Jazz?'

Yesterday I sat down with "Bernie" star Jack Black and director Richard Linklater to talk about their latest collaboration, which was critically acclaimed upon release but, as early releases tend to do, faded a bit as the season's big efforts took hold. But Millennium Entertainment is trying to stir a little consideration where it can, bringing the two to New York for a SoHo Apple Store conversation on Monday followed by a late-night soiree at Merc Bar downtown.

"Bernie" marks the second collaboration for Black and Linklater after 2003's "School of Rock." But, despite the fact that, as noted yesterday, Black really responded to Linklater's work as an independent filmmaker, he didn't really think of him for the film (which was written by his friend Mike White, who also stars). It was, in fact, the "stroke of brilliance" from a well-known producer that put the project together with the filmmaker, and the rest, as they say, was history.

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<p>Denzel&nbsp;Washington in &quot;Flight&quot;</p>

Denzel Washington in "Flight"

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Exclusive: Denzel Washington takes 'Flight' in the poster for Robert Zemeckis's latest

The film will close out the New York Film Festival next week

Is Robert Zemeckis's return to live-action filmmaking a triumph? Is Denzel Washington a new, formidable contender in the ever-competitive Best Actor race? Did the New York Film Festival go out with a bang? Those are all questions that will be answered when the 50th annual fest comes to a close on October 14 with the gala presentation of Zemeckis's "Flight."

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<p>Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp have the Herculean task of making Westerns cool to young audiences in next summer's 'The Lone Ranger'</p>

Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp have the Herculean task of making Westerns cool to young audiences in next summer's 'The Lone Ranger'

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Watch: Johnny Depp gets serious for action-heavy 'Lone Ranger' trailer

Can Disney make Westerns as cool as they made pirate films?

Hi-yo, Silver, indeed.

Disney is betting big on "The Lone Ranger" for next summer, and based on the first trailer that just premiered on "The Tonight Show" when Armie Hammer appeared last night, they're sparing no expense in an effort to make this work.

Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp made Disney a mountain of cash, something like three billion dollars over the course of three films together.  I wonder how much longer Verbinski is going to make this sort of film, this scale of film.  I think he's got a real voice as a filmmaker, and I want to see him try his hand at the esoteric, the small, the personal.

That's not to say this is purely going to be an empty experience, though. I like the opening narration in the trailer, someone talking about the change that the railroad is going to bring to the west.  I like that Verbinski is building this lush, opulent world and contrasting it with what looks like fairly classic Western movie imagery.

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<p>&quot;Strike Back&quot;&nbsp;will return next season, but will all three of Sullivan Stapleton, Rhona Mitra and Philip Winchester?</p>

"Strike Back" will return next season, but will all three of Sullivan Stapleton, Rhona Mitra and Philip Winchester?

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Cinemax renews 'Strike Back'

Action drama will begin its third U.S. season next year

"Strike Back" has been renewed for another season.

The action drama about a British special forces unit will return next year for its third season on Cinemax, and its fourth season overall, produced in a partnership between Cinemax/HBO in America and Left Bank and Sky in the UK. Many of the show's writers, directors and producers will return, but the press release says that "due to plot spoilers in upcoming episodes of season two, the cast of season three will be announced at a later date as well." (Could be that somebody major dies in the last two episodes, or that nobody else dies but they don't want us to be reassured of that yet.)

I'm a couple of episodes behind on the current season, but have been enjoying it immensely so far, and am glad the show will be continuing.

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<p>Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Fluffer'

Jess uses Nick as an emotional surrogate, and Schmidt impersonates a Romney

A review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I'm going through a Taylor Swift-like range of emotions...

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Best Actor 2013: Potential nominees from Ben Affleck to Denzel Washington

Best Actor 2013: Potential nominees from Ben Affleck to Denzel Washington

Surveying the year's leading men as the season commences

As the Oscar season slowly begins cranking up its machinery, we at HitFix are continuing our broad warm-up survey of the possible contenders in each major category, all gathered in a pretty photo gallery for your reference. We kicked off last week with Best Picture, and this week we move on to what -- at this point, at least -- looks to be the most stacked of the performance categories.

Sad to say, due to the way Hollywood works, it seems there are always more baity male roles out there to choose from, but this year looks particularly competitive, ranging from acclaimed known quantities like John Hawkes in "The Sessions" to presumed behemoths like Daniel Day-Lewis's "Lincoln" -- with alternatives including another veteran actor's interpretation of a US president, a former Oscar host looking to prove himself as a dramatic heavyweight, and no fewer than three French-language standouts. (We've left out "Cloud Atlas" only because we're waiting on category confirmation.) Check out the gallery below as we weigh up their individual pros and cons. You can also keep up with the ups and downs of this race at In Contention's Best Actor Contenders page.  

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<p>A scene from &quot;Rise of the Guardians.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

A scene from "Rise of the Guardians." 

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Roundup: 'Rise of the Guardians' to be rewarded in Rome

Also: Ford on dressing Bond, and 'Looper' for Best Picture

As we were saying the other day, the Best Animated Feature Oscar -- usually sewn up by this time of year -- is still very much up for grabs. Chief among the contenders yet to be unveiled is DreamWorks' "Rise of the Guardians," which I'll probably stop confusing with that Zack Snyder owl movie sometime around 2015. Expectations are high, and the film has just added a small but shiny feather to its cap with the news that it will receive the inaugural Vanity Fair International Award for Cinematic Excellence at the Rome Film Festival next month -- I don't quite know what that means, but it sounds impressive enough. It's also a nice publicity opportunity for the fest itself, which is hosting the film's international premiere. Rome is under the management of former Venice head Marco Mueller, who is looking to make the lesser Italian festival a rival to the Lido in terms of prestige and press. That's a long way off, but he's going about it in the right way. [Rome Film Festival]

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<p>A&nbsp;poignant moment from Ang Lee's &quot;Life of Pi.&quot;</p>

A poignant moment from Ang Lee's "Life of Pi."

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Contender Countdown: A slice of 'Pi' for Oscar

Plus: The Gurus of Gold make some post-TIFF predictions

Last week Ang Lee's long awaited adaptation of the popular novel "Life of Pi" opened the 50th New York Film Festival to wide critical acclaim.  Richard Corliss of Time called it "a giant leap forward" for filmmaking.  Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter referred to it as "gorgeous and accomplished."  Justin Chang of Variety was less enthusiastic, but praised the epic as a "harrowing high-seas adventure."  HitFix's own Kris Tapley called it "affecting" and praised its "univeralist heart."  At the same time, Tapley also noted the picture's clunky first act, and having recently seen "Pi" I have to agree with him.

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Ashley Tisdale and Charlie Hunnam in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Ashley Tisdale and Charlie Hunnam in "Sons of Anarchy"

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Stolen Huffy' mourns a fallen Son

Keep your grief to a minimum, we've got things to do here

After last week's stunning, brutal and divisive installment, it would've been a surprise to see "Sons of Anarchy" deliver a follow-up quite as memorable. But I wasn't expecting an episode that felt so... hollow.

There were two major things that needed to be achieved in "Stolen Huffy": send off Opie in a fitting way and keep the story moving forward. While the hour attempted both, the results were merely OK.

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