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<p>Garret Hedlund (left), Kristen Stewart and Walter Salles (right) at a New York screening of &quot;On the Road&quot; last night</p>

Garret Hedlund (left), Kristen Stewart and Walter Salles (right) at a New York screening of "On the Road" last night

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On Kristen Stewart and stripping away the tabloid persona

The 'On the Road' star is finding her way

Not to be crass, but it struck me yesterday that a screening of "Anna Karenina" followed by moderating a Q&A with Kristen Stewart (along with Walter Salles and Garrett Hedlund for "On the Road") was an interesting juxtaposition. Young lady errs and gets maligned by society. Hmm. But stripping the tabloid away from a persona is always a good thing, and spending a few hours with Stewart, first on stage then later in the evening at an after-party, really endeared me to her, I must say.

People put their best face on in this game so you're always going to be charmed, seduced, wooed by the "please like me" thing of it all. But Stewart (who was nevertheless exposed to the film industry from a very early age) is a very normal girl in the throes of very abnormal circumstances. And her "best face" is difficult to manage. She squirms on stage in between the smoothly collected Hedlund and the cerebral Salles. She feels like she doesn't belong, but she desperately wants to. Indeed, she thinks she deserves to.

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<p>Missy Elliott</p>

Missy Elliott

Listen: Missy Elliott's at bat in this 'Ninth Inning' snippet

She's coming back to finish what she started

Don’t count Missy Elliott out. She may have been absent lately, but it’s the top of the ninth and she’s coming back. In this 85-second snippet from “Ninth Inning,” the female rapper declares, over an ominous horn droning that gives way to a bright, classical-sounding  piano melody, “Now i’m in the ninth inning/thought I fell off/I ain’t finished.”

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<p>Neil Young</p>

Neil Young

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse unleash 'Psychedelic Pill' in October

Two-month tour starts in Windsor

Four months after releasing “Americana,” a ragged collection of American folk songs,  Neil Young & Crazy Horse will unleash “Psychedelic Pill,” a 2-CD set, on Oct. 30.

Produced by Young, with John Hanlon and Mark Humphreys, “Psychedelic Pill” contains  giant rambles of songs: “Driftin’ Back” spans more than 27 minutes, “Walk Like A Giant” stretches beyond the 16-minute mark. As with “Americana,” full-length videos or each song will be made.

Crazy Horse previewed a number of the tracks during some live dates in August; a full tour will kick off Oct. 3 in Windsor, Ontario.

As Hitfix previously reported, Neil Young & Crazy Horse will perform at Young’s annual Bridge School benefit Oct. 20-21, alongside The Flaming Lips, Jack White, Guns N’ Roses and more.

The track-listing for Psychedelic Pill: 
Disc One:
1 Driftin' Back (27:36)
2 Psychedelic Pill (3:26)
3 Ramada Inn (16:49)
4 Born In Ontario (3:49)
 
Disc Two:
1 Twisted Road (3:28)
2 She's Always Dancing (8:33)
3 For The Love Of Man (4:13)
4 Walk Like A Giant (16:27)
 
Bonus Track:
5 Psychedelic Pill (Alternate Mix)
 
Neil Young & Crazy Horse's  tour dates:  

Oct 3    Windsor, ONT               WFCU Centre 
Oct 5    Kingston, ONT              K ROCK Centre
Oct 6    London, ONT                John Labatt Centre 
Oct 8    Cleveland, OH               Wolstein Center 
Oct 9    Pittsburgh, PA              Petersen Events Center 
Oct 11  Chicago, IL                   United Center 
Oct 13  Austin, TX                     Zilker Park / Austin City Limits Fest.
Oct 14  Tulsa, OK                      Tulsa Convention Center Arena
Oct 17  Los Angeles, CA           Hollywood Bowl 
Oct 20-21 Mountain View, CA     Shoreline Amphitheater
Oct 25  Tuscaloosa, AL             Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Oct 26  New Orleans, LA           Voodoo Fest
 
Nov 10  Seattle, WA                   Key Arena 
Nov 11  Vancouver, BC              Rogers Arena 
Nov 13  Calgary, AB                  Scotiabank Saddledome 
Nov 14  Saskatoon, SK              Credit Union Centre 
Nov 16  Winnipeg, MB               MTS Centre 
Nov 19  Toronto, ON                  Air Canada Centre  
Nov 20  Kitchener, ON               Memorial Auditorium 
Nov 23  Montreal, QC                 Bell Centre 
Nov 24  Ottawa, ON                   Scotiabank Place
Nov 26  Boston, MA                  TD Garden
Nov 27  New York, NY               Madison Square Garden
Nov 29  Philadelphia, PA            Wells Fargo Center
Nov 30  Fairfax, VA                   Patriot Center 
 
Dec 3   Brooklyn, NY                Barclays Center
Dec 4   Bridgeport, CT              Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard  

 

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"Go On"

"Go On"

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The good, the bad and the meh of fall 2012's new TV half-hour comedies

Quick takes on 'Ben & Kate,' 'Go On,' 'The Mindy Project' and more

With the fall TV season beginning, I thought I'd take a moment to weigh in on some (if not all) of the new half-hour comedies barreling toward your screen. These aren't reviews -- those would be more in-depth and, honestly, would require more than the first episode to truly assess each show. Besides, there's always a chance that the shaky sitcoms will find their footing and even the bad ones could get total makeovers before cancellation (or will just become huge hits and stay on the air forever -- I mean, someone was watching "According to Jim" all those years). Of course, the reverse is also true, but let's hope this decidedly uninspiring fall slate is able to rise up. 

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<p>When the Jets are part of an NFL&nbsp;doubleheader on CBS, your DVR won't be as affected.</p>

When the Jets are part of an NFL doubleheader on CBS, your DVR won't be as affected.

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CBS to start Sunday shows half-hour later to accommodate NFL doubleheaders

On many fall weekends, '60 Minutes' will officially start at 7:30, 'Good Wife' at 9:30, etc.

CBS is adjusting the way it schedules its Sunday primetime shows on weekends where the network airs an NFL doubleheader.

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<p>Janet Montgomery, center, with her &quot;Made in Jersey&quot; siblings</p>

Janet Montgomery, center, with her "Made in Jersey" siblings

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'Made in Jersey' star Janet Montgomery learns to talk like a Jersey girl

The English actress has to play a lawyer who grew up in the Garden State
Martina Garretti, the heroine of CBS' upcoming new drama "Made in Jersey" (it debuts on Sept. 28) is a Garden State girl through and through. She comes from a big family in Clifton, and though she commutes across the Hudson every day to work as a junior associate at a fancy Manhattan law firm, she doesn't try to hide her accent, her days as a prosecutor in Trenton, or any of her other Jersey roots.
 
The actress playing Martina, on the other hand? She has quite a bit to hide, as CBS went way outside the state — outside the country, in fact — to cast English actress Janet Montgomery to play the role. Montgomery has played Americans before, most recently as a San Francisco jewel thief on FOX's "Human Target," but never as the lead of a show, and never in an accent made so famous by Carmela Soprano and the women of "Real Housewives of New Jersey."
 
I sat down with Montgomery at the television critics press tour last month to ask about what she's learned about the region, whom her accent is based on, and more.
 
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<p>The stars of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

The stars of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Season 3 Premiere

NBC's crown jewel does a quick turnaround for its third season
Moving “The Voice” into the Fall will either be a smart move on the part of NBC or a disaster that keeps it in the ratings’ basement for a potential half-decade. On one hand, who can blame the struggling network for producing another season of one of the only programs it can truly call a hit? On the other hand, how can we miss the show if it never goes away? The best-case scenario creates a beachhead for the network to develop other shows into hits. The worst case? “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Part 2: Electric Swivel Chair Boogaloo”.
 
A few notes before starting the first of many, many, many running diaries throughout this season…
 
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<p>Andrew Rannells, Ellen Barkin and NeNe Leakes in &quot;The New Normal.&quot;</p>

Andrew Rannells, Ellen Barkin and NeNe Leakes in "The New Normal."

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Series premiere review: 'The New Normal' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new NBC sitcom?

I reviewed NBC's "The New Normalover the weekend. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched the premiere tonight, what did you think? Was it funny? Offensive? Both? Neither? Did you like the Andrew Rannells character, or did you feel the two baby-as-accessory jokes sold him out? Do you want to watch Ellen Barkin spew racist and/or homophobic slurs 22 times a season for seasons on end? Did the celebrity cameo delight you or just remind you of various "Glee" moments? 

Most importantly, are you going to watch again? Unlike most premieres this fall, that choice comes upon you almost immediately, as the next episode will be airing tomorrow night at 9:30.

Have at it.

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<p>Cho Min-soo in &quot;Pieta.&quot;</p>

Cho Min-soo in "Pieta."

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Review: Mother doesn't know best in proudly nasty Golden Lion winner 'Pietà'

Winding down our Venice coverage with thoughts on the fest's top prizewinner

(As promised, we still have a couple of straggler reviews left to wind down our Venice coverage, kicking off with the film that wound up taking the gold -- and which I caught up with on the festival's final evening.)

VENICE -- As a general rule of thumb, no film that opens on an image of a rusty meat hook is going to rival “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” in the innocuous-crowdpleaser stakes. Sweatily, almost loving lit in such a way that suggests the “Saw” franchise hasn't entirely missed batty Korean auteur Kim Kim-duk's cultural radar, that hook – which almost certainly has never been used for curing Christmas hams – promises a baseline of nastiness from which this elevated exploitation thriller never deviates, whether tilting into geometrically ironic black comedy or the florid maternal melodrama implied by the title. There's a lot going on in “Pietà,” but with most of it falling under the column of extreme suffering and humiliation in variously high keys, it won't feel that way to those with only one eye on the bubbling plot. 

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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

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Watch: Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joins Bruce Springsteen for 'Atlantic City' in Chicago

Tom Morello shows up too

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Rage Against the Machine’s have long had sweet, younger brother-type relationships with Bruce Springsteen.

Both joined Springsteen this past weekend when The Boss played two shows at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Below is the clip of Springsteen and Vedder’s impassioned take on “Atlantic City” (which now has a bit of a celtic flavor to the guitar passages).

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<p>Daniel&nbsp;Day-Lewis in &quot;Lincoln&quot;</p>

Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln"

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Watch 44 seconds of Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

Counting down to the trailer launch with...a trailer

Oh me, oh my. Trailers for trailers. I guess they're here to stay.

Last week we gave you the heads up that the trailer for Steven Spielberg's hotly anticipated biopic "Lincoln" will drop on Thursday as part of a bizarre Google+ hangout thing. And it'll be screened in Times Square to boot. But to make sure everyone gets the picture, a preview of the preview has landed today, representing the first footage of the film to yet be revealed. The 44 seconds features what I imagine is a touch of John Williams's original score and is carried through by dialogue from Union soldier to Daniel Day-Lewis's 16th Commander-in-Chief.

The film will surely enter the season amid a lot of speculation and awards chatter. Much of that is thanks partly to numbskulls like me, who write things like, "[The project] is a marriage of artist and material that couldn't be packed with more potential, a portrait of another very divided time and the one man who could collect the strands and strengthen the ties that bind a nation," as I did in this season's introductory Oscar column two weeks ago.

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<p>Carly Rae Jepsen's &quot;This Kiss&quot;</p>

Carly Rae Jepsen's "This Kiss"

Listen: Is Carly Rae Jepsen's new song 'This Kiss' maybe a hit?

Can it top 'Call Me Maybe's' success?

At the end of the video for “Call Me Maybe,” it became all too clear that the object of Carly Rae Jepsen’s affections was not going to be returning her feelings any time soon.

On new single, “This Kiss,” she has another issue: the boy she’s “taking it way too far” with is not available for another reason: he’s got a girlfriend.

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