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Watch: No Doubt's new clip for 'Push And Shove'

Watch: No Doubt's new clip for 'Push And Shove'

Fun in black and white

It’s the night of the living No Doubt. In the band’s video for “Push and Shove,” the title track to the group’s new album out today, the quartet runs through the city streets in a various outfits and in various speeds (depending upon the song’s varying tempos).

Gwen Stefani does the heavy lifting here since she’s lipsyncing most of the time, while her bandmates join in on the fun, including giving her a pink belly, but have left their instruments at home. The most work they do here is hefting a drink or two.

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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

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'The Bachelor' announces the newest man of (dis)honor

Emily Maynard's favorite reject takes the reigns in January

Another "Bachelorette" reject will get a second chance this January. Sean Lowe, the guy "Bachelorette" Emily Maynard dubbed the "perfect man" before kicking him to the curb, will be the new star of "The Bachelor" when the show returns for its 17th season next year. If you're wondering what kind of crazy he's up against, you can meet the new bachelorettes online, too. 

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

 "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

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Watch: Things heat up for the season finale of 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'

A photo shoot melts down and a new baby joins the family

After just ten episodes (I'm guessing even TLC didn't predict the crazy ratings "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" would bring in or the network would have ordered more), the first season of the show will be wrapping up with an hour-long episode on Wed. Sept. 26 at 10:00 p.m. Though things start out with a sweaty, overheated family photo shoot (it was apparently 101 degrees out), that's just the beginning. Later in the episode, Alana gears up for her big pageant, but plans change last-minute when Chickadee goes into labor. Baby Kaitlyn soon makes her appearance, and we're told she makes it clear she's a "very special baby." Draw from that what you will. 

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Watch: 'Ben and Kate' stars Nat Faxon, Dakota Johnson and Maggie Jones discuss their TV family

Watch: 'Ben and Kate' stars Nat Faxon, Dakota Johnson and Maggie Jones discuss their TV family

Which of her co-stars does Jones find the funniest?
FOX's "Ben and Kate" premieres on Tuesday (September 25) night and the single-cam comedy has already made my list of the season's Best new shows.
 
Much of the "Ben and Kate" appeal comes from the very real chemistry between the eponymous siblings played by Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson, who form an unconventional parenting unit for Maddie (Maggie Jones), her daughter and his niece.
 
A couple weeks back, I sat down with Faxon (an Oscar winner for the "Descendants" screenplay), Johnson (daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) and Jones (who stole "We Bought a Zoo" scenes as well) about finding the rapport to portray this quirky family unit and about the real-life inspirations for their characters. 
 
One of the things I've mentioned liking about "Ben and Kate" is Jones isn't just coasting on undeniable pint-sized cuteness. She's pretty funny in her her own right. Case-in-point, dig the improvised mixture of timing and comedy in her answer at the 4:48 point in the interview.
 
Check out the full interview. 
 
"Ben and Kate" premieres at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night on FOX.
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<p>Helen Mirren eyes some more silverware.</p>

Helen Mirren eyes some more silverware.

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Roundup: Helen Mirren to be honored at European Film Awards

Also: Variety might share stables with Deadline, and defending Chris Hemsworth

Well, it sure is nice to see Helen Mirren win an award for once. It was announced today that the Oscar-winning actress will receive this year's European Achievement in World Cinema Award at December's European Film Awards ceremony -- "a very meaningful honor," she said, while clearing some shelf space. Of course, there's the possibility that this won't be the high point of her awards season, with Fox Searchlight planning a Best Actress Oscar campaign for her turn as Alma Reville opposite Anthony Hopkins's "Hitchcock." In other Mirren news, she's reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II on the West End in a new Peter Morgan play, to be directed by Stephen Daldry. Seats will no doubt be in high demand, so I'll graciously sit this one out. [European Film Academy]

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Listen: Taylor Swift's new song, 'Begin Again'

Broken hearts can sometimes learn to love again

Following the energetic “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,”  Taylor Swift returns to her dreamier, country side with “Begin Again.”

The well-crafted acoustic ballad, bolstered by a gentle pedal steel and mandolin, tells the tale of a starting over while the scars of a past love affair have barely scabbed over and remain brutally raw.

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<p>'Babel'</p>

'Babel'

Album Review: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' towers over 'Sigh No More'

Strong sophomore set highlights British band's musicianship

Mumford & Sons helped usher in a new acoustic rock movement two years ago with the release of the multi-platinum “Sigh No More.”

Utilizing primarily acoustic instruments such as banjos, mandolins, guitars and upright bass, Mumford & Sons created a ferocious, layered racket on hits like “Little Lion Man” and “The Cave” that had more in common with the most urgent rock tunes than folk or bluegrass.

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<p>Ke$ha's &quot;Die Young&quot; cover</p>

Ke$ha's "Die Young" cover

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Watch: Ke$ha unleashes lyric video for new single 'Die Young'

Dancing 'til you die?

For her new single "Die Young," Ke$ha taps back into the speak-singing power that launched her first big hit "Tik Tok," but some of the hungover trash-talking specificity of that old track is missing here.

The singer and songwriter now has both feet into the dance-pop tropes, as she hits the dance floor, ode-ing your heartbeat; however, I do applaud the superiority of verse 2, particularly the rhyming scheme "Young hunks, taking shots / Stripping down to dirty socks." 'Cause you know that ish actually happened at some point in Ke$ha's time on this earth -- if not every day -- and Lord knows the term "hunk" is vastly underused into today's common vernacular.

The late-night cable access vibe of the lyric video released today doesn't do much about "That magic in your pants," but there's some ghostly shots of der Ke$ha riding the subway with her raccoon eyes and penchant for trouble, with a hint of Tokyo futurism. The violent colors indicate another endeavor into the '80s neon fever-dream that dominated her stylistically aggressive "Cannibal."

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<p>On &quot;Revolution,&quot;&nbsp;Billy Burke was apparently not a fan of C. Thomas Howell's work in &quot;Soul Man.&quot;</p>

On "Revolution," Billy Burke was apparently not a fan of C. Thomas Howell's work in "Soul Man."

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Review: 'Revolution' - 'Chained Heat'

Not much improvement to see in the second episode. Will the ratings hold up?

A review of last night's "Revolution" coming up just as soon as there's a sale on heroin...

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Carrie-Anne Moss in "Vegas"

 Carrie-Anne Moss in "Vegas"

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HitFix Interview: Carrie-Anne Moss talks 'Vegas' and life post-'Matrix'

The actress says she's ready to dig into her new CBS series

 Fans of "The Matrix" trilogy surely remember Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, a perpetually black-clad ass-kicker. But after that? Sure, she popped up in "Chocolat" and "Memento," but largely seemed to fall off the pop culture radar. But Moss is back in a big way with "Vegas," the new drama on CBS (premiering Tues. Sept. 25 at 10:00 p.m.). Set in the 1960s, the inspired-by-a-true story series will be focused on mobster Vincent Savino ("The Shield"'s Michael Chiklis) duking it out with an old-school cowboy sheriff, Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid). However, there will still be plenty of room for Moss' assistant district attorney Katherine O'Connell, an iconoclast who exists in a time when there weren't many women working, much less as lawyers. I spoke to Moss at the TCA press tour about the show, her recent low-profile (and the reasons for it) and why she won't be taking her three children -- Owen, Jaden and Frances -- to the set anytime soon.

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<p>In &quot;Vegas,&quot;&nbsp;wiseguy Michael Chiklis takes on cowboy Dennis Quaid.</p>

In "Vegas," wiseguy Michael Chiklis takes on cowboy Dennis Quaid.

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Review: CBS' 'Vegas' pits cowboys against gangsters

But will Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and company be wasted on procedural formula?
With many new TV shows, there is what I want it to be, and there is what it actually is. Sometimes, what it is turns out to be good enough on its own; at other times, the gap between expectations and execution is too wide for me to accept, fairly or unfairly.
 
On paper, CBS' "Vegas" couldn't be more appealing to me. It has Dennis Quaid, one of my favorite movie actors, facing off against Michael Chiklis, one of my favorite TV actors. It has cowboys going up against wiseguys, and a setting — Las Vegas in the early '60s, just as a cow town is about to turn into a monument to sin — that evokes Michael Mann's classic '80s series "Crime Story." And one of its producers is Nicholas Pileggi, whose book "Wiseguy" was the basis for "Goodfellas."
 
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Watch: 'New Girl' star Zooey Deschanel discusses Season 2

Watch: 'New Girl' star Zooey Deschanel discusses Season 2

How does it feel one year after the adorkable premiere?
One year ago, "New Girl" premiered on a wave of promotion and publicity centered around star Zooey Deschanel and her adorkability.
 
While "New Girl" didn't cease to be a showcase for the "500 Days of Summer" and "Elf" star as the first season progressed -- she was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her performance -- the ensemble around her strengthened and helped elevate the show.
 
"I knew last year that I would have to carry a lot of the press and stuff because the guys were more unknown and it's really lovely this year that people know them and they know those characters and they're able to take some of the burden... [she laughs] or the pressure off," Deschanel told me when we sat down a couple weeks back to talk about the new season of "New Girl."
 
In the second season, Deschanel's Jess undergoes a big change in her professional life, but will that produce big changes in Jess? 
 
And what was it like watching the cast come together last season?
 
Check out the full interview ahead of Tuesday (September 25) night's season premiere.
 
[Oh... And this interview was conducted shortly before it was announced that Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis were cast as Jess' parents. You can decide if it looks like Deschanel actually already knew and she was just being coy with me.] 
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