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<p>Jessica Chastain is part of the huge ensemble cast of 'Zero Dark Thirty'</p>

Jessica Chastain is part of the huge ensemble cast of 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Credit: Sony Pictures

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' teases the hunt for Bin Laden

Our first look at the film features more mood than footage

Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker" changed her career and redefined her for audiences and studios alike.  It was a great moment for a director who had been working in the margins for a while at that point, and there has been a great deal of attention on her follow-up to that film as a result.

Now, finally, we've got a trailer for "Zero Dark Thirty," which reunites her with "Hurt Locker" screenwriter Mark Boal.  Even before Osama Bin Laden was actually killed, they were hard at work on a story about the hunt for the elusive Al Queda leader, and when he was found and killed, they were deep into pre-production.  They were happy to reconfigure their film, though, since real life was kind enough to give them the perfect third act for the film.

This is a teaser in every sense of the term.  There's very little actual footage here.  It's more mood and little snippets of soundtrack and a couple of quick glimpses of cast.  She's lined up an amazing collection of actors for the film, so I'm hoping there's another trailer soon that shows us more of the cast together.  Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Jennifer Ehle, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Harold Perrineau, Edgar Ramirez, Mark Duplass, Stephen Dillane and ass-kicker supreme Scott Adkins are all part of the ensemble, and I think Chastain is the only one I was able to actually spot in the trailer.


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<p>Carey Mulligan in &quot;The Great Gatsby.&quot;</p>

Carey Mulligan in "The Great Gatsby."

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'Gatsby' release rescheduled for summer 2013

Baz Luhrmann's lavish 3D pic is out of the 2012 Oscar frame

Well, that's disheartening. Every Oscar season has its share of prestige dropouts, and this year's first is a big one: Baz Luhrmann's 3D adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," initially scheduled by Warner Bros. for a Christmas Day release, will now not reach theaters until next summer. (It's the second high-profile title Warners have bumped to 2013, after the all-star "Gangster Squad" was relegated to the January doldrums.)

No precise reason has been given for the shift, with Warner distribution president Dan Fellman simply saying that they want "to ensure this unique film reaches the widest audience possible." You can read that as you will. Perhaps they believe the film has genuinely strong commercial prospects and deserves art-blockbuster positioning. Perhaps, regardless of the film's quality, they're anticipating critical slingshots -- some are inevitable, I'd say, given the scale and eccentricity of the project -- and don't want to subject it to the pressure of a prime awards-bait slot. Perhaps reshoots are on the cards and they simply need more time.

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<p>Blur's catalog giveaway: All seven CDs and all seven vinyl albums, special edition and remastered</p>

Blur's catalog giveaway: All seven CDs and all seven vinyl albums, special edition and remastered

WIN! Blur's full discography giveaway: remastered CD and vinyl

Contest giving away two catalog prize packs of groundbreaking British rock

You may have noticed that Blur turned 21 this past week. In America, I suppose that means the band can finally drink. But for these groundbreaking British rockers... that means they re-released their entire discography in eye-popping boxed sets.

In order to celebrate Blur's big birthday, Immaculate Noise is two sets of Blur's entire discography -- all seven catalog albums on 2-disc special edition remastered CDs, and all seven albums on special edition vinyl. Two different prize packs, y'all.

Each to the two different prizes include "Leisure" (1991), "Modern Life Is Rubbish" (1993), "Parklife" (1994), "The Great Escape" (1995), "Blur" (1997), "13" (1999) and "Think Tank" (2003), plus a Blur poster.

Get a complete description of the tracklists off of the CD remasters, check out the Blur's page on the new editions.

How do you ***WIN*** one of these hot items?

1. Follow me, Katie Hasty, @KatieAPrincess on Twitter
2. Follow HitFix @HitFix on Twitter
3. Tweet @KatieAPrincess, @HitFix and the hashtag #BlurCatalogGiveaway and specify if you want CD or vinyl or either format somewhere in the Tweet.

That's it. The Tweet doesn't have to be entertaining or funny or include your favorite Blur tune or something even more obscure than what is described above. But extra fun certainly can't hurt your chances (or your Twitter feed).

You must Tweet your entry by 11:59 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Winners are selected at random.

Don't say HitFix never did anything for you. All we do is love you. And Damon Albarn.

Blur's album catalog on CD and vinyl

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<p>&quot;The Newsroom&quot;&nbsp;staff debates when to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden.</p>

"The Newsroom" staff debates when to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Newsroom' - '5/1'

Chaos reigns on the night of Bin Laden's assassination

A review of last night's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I go to WebMD to look up some symptoms...

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Scott Foley in 'True Blood'

Guest star Scott Foley finally finds some closure on "True Blood"

Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO

'True Blood' recap: Progress at last in 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World'

Some guest stars bite the dust and Salome dances for Bill

If last week's cliffhanger was a bit ambiguous -- did Bill's suggestion to blow up all the Tru Blood factories signal a genuine shift to the dark side, or did he have something bigger up his sleeve? -- this week seemed to erase any doubt that Bill has indeed lost his damn mind. (Or he's playing an incredibly savvy long game.) And that's just one way that the floundering series stepped up its game this week.

For a show severely overstuffed with storylines and characters, "True Blood" can seem maddeningly slow going. It doesn't help that the multitude of plot threads vie for slivers of screen time week after week. But "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" kicked off the season's final third by giving us real progress on several fronts.

In celebration of the forward momentum, I'm departing from the usual Good/Bad breakdown to focus on the four storylines the episode advanced in meaningful ways:

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<p>Walt (Bryan Cranston) contemplates Heisenberg's hat on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Walt (Bryan Cranston) contemplates Heisenberg's hat on "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Fifty-One'

It's Walt's birthday, but Skyler's in no mood to celebrate

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I discuss your potato-mashing technique...

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"Big Brother"

"Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

'Big Brother' recap: The game resets and a new HOH steps up

It's a whole new game with the coaches joining in

Well, here we are back at the "Big Brother" house, and the game has reset. This couldn't have been a major surprise to anyone, as America was presented with the choice of mixing things up by adding a twist to the game, or watching the show limp along with nary a bump in the road. Plus, given that only one of the four coaches had to hit the reset button to activate the change (and there was no time for any discussion), there was no way that wasn't going to happen. But hey, twists are always a good thing, unless you're one of the hamsters who didn't dodge eviction last week.

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<p>Edward Norton was typically smart and direct in his discussion of 'The Bourne Legacy' at a recent press day</p>

Edward Norton was typically smart and direct in his discussion of 'The Bourne Legacy' at a recent press day

Credit: HitFix

Watch: Edward Norton on building a better bad guy for 'The Bourne Legacy'

Could he return for another 'Bourne' movie in the future?

When Edward Norton signs on to play the bad guy in a movie, it's a safe bet he won't just be playing a simple, easily-defined black-and-white villain.

That's doubly true when he's joining the "Bourne" series that has become one of the few reliable alternatives to Bond for fans of smart popcorn spy movies.  The latest entry, "The Bourne Legacy," is an attempt to extend the life of the series past the departure of Matt Damon, who has been the star of the first three films.  My review will be up later this week, but it's safe to say the new film absolutely feels like part of the same world and the same narrative, and Eric Byer, the shadowy government figure who Norton plays in the film, is a perfect addition to the roster of middle-management government types who have peopled these films so far.

Norton is rarely just a gun for hire, instead signing on to films as a serious collaborator, someone who's going to want to dig into the text and see what can be done to elevate the material every single time.  It's an approach that might make some people hesitate, but the filmmakers who embrace the approach tend to get great work from him, and it sounds like Tony Gilroy was absolutely up for the back-and-forth.

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<p>Jordana Spiro of &quot;The Mob Doctor&quot;</p>

Jordana Spiro of "The Mob Doctor"

Credit: FOX

Take Me To The Pilots '12: FOX's 'The Mob Doctor'

Jordana Spiro is trapped in two generic genre shows at once

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"The Mob Doctor" (FOX)
The Pitch:Isn't this one kinda self-explanatory? "You see... She's a doctor... but she also works for the MOB. Oh and she's hot."
Quick Response: Jordana Spiro is an underutilized resource in Hollywood. She had a kinda-hit show, at least by TBS standards, but that means that maybe 1 percent of the population has a clue who she is. Expect that number to soar to 2 percent by the time FOX is done promoting "The Mob Doctor," but I doubt that this mediocre jumble of genres is going to be the show that makes her the star she probably deserves to be. "The Mob Doctor" -- Don't forget the "The," because unlike the tag line for "The Bourne Legacy," when it comes to mob doctors, there was always only meant to be one -- is a generic medical procedural grafted onto a stereotypical mobster show. That produces a unique, but not necessarily effective, world in which you can have an ethically complicated case-of-the-week getting upstaged and rendered entirely disposable by a gratuitous and jarring car chase under the L in Chicago. At least in the pilot, the hospital is a world of theoretically serious dramas and emotions, while the mob storylines are set aside for cheap jokes, one-dimensional characterizations and dialogue that feels filched from countless movies and TV shows. It'd be like "dr. vegas" except for how central Sin City and the casino backdrop were to that failed CBS drama. That's why "dr. vegas," for all of its failings and its risible title, actually *was* kinda distinctive and interesting. The use of Chicago in the "Mob Doctor" pilot only sporadically adds value and the blending of two sets of perfunctory genre elements results less in one distinctive, fresh show and more in a doubly-unengaging Frankenshow. Spiro is not at fault at all. She's tough when she needs to be tough and sensitive when she needs to be sensitive. The character has a self-righteous streak that I found off-putting immediately, but I think it's just a set-up so that she can undergo a moral or ethical slide as the "Mob" half of the title pushes against the "Doctor" half. Zeljko Ivanek is wasted. Zach "QB1!" Gilford is wasted. William Forsythe is seemingly playing the mob heavy from the nonexistent sensationalistic Lifetime original movie "I Was a Doctor For The Mob!" That is to say that he's having fun, but he's not in the same show as the rest of the actors (who are all pretty much forgettable, if I haven't mentioned them). When it comes to "The Mob Doctor," I see the hook in the premise that might get some viewers to tune in, but I don't see the value in the execution that might bring them back.
Desire To Watch Again: Middling-to-low, but "The Mob Doctor" is in a time slot that isn't all that competitive for my DVR attentions. Especially in the early-going before "Gossip Girl" returns, I'll have space to give this one a couple episodes to find a voice, any voice.

 

Take Me To The Pilots '12: NBC's 'Animal Practice'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: ABC's 'Last Resort'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: CBS' 'Vegas'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: The CW's 'Beauty & The Beast'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: ABC's '666 Park Avenue'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: NBC's 'Chicago Fire'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: FOX's 'Ben and Kate'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: CBS' 'Elementary'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: The CW's 'Arrow'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: ABC's 'The Neighbors'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: NBC's 'Revolution'
All of last year's Take Me To The Pilots entries

 

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<p>A shot of the projection above the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl.</p>

A shot of the projection above the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl.

Hollywood Bowl salutes the original scores of Pixar

Randy Newman and Michael Giacchino are on hand

HOLLYWOOD - Fans of Pixar in Southern California have been in heaven this weekend as the legendary animation house has been the subject of a very special tribute at the famed Hollywood Bowl.

Under the direction of Thomas Wilkins, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra has been performing selections from the scores of Randy Newman, Thomas Newman, Michael Giacchino and Patrick Doyle alongside projected imagery from their respective Pixar films. In fact, every film has been given a share of the spotlight (yes, even the much maligned "Cars 2") and the concert is a wonderful trip down memory lane.  The Bowl has put on two shows so far, Friday and Saturday night, and the third and final performance is tonight, Sunday August. 5 (as of publication, some seats were still available).

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<p>The stars of NBC's &quot;Animal Practice&quot;</p>

The stars of NBC's "Animal Practice"

Credit: NBC

Take Me To The Pilots '12: NBC's 'Animal Practice'

The combination of Justin Kirk, JoAnna Garcia-Swisher and a monkey should be funnier

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"Animal Practice" (NBC
The Pitch:It's "Becker"... With a monkey!
Quick Response: This is the first Take Me To The Pilots show this summer where I could write a review if I wanted to. And perhaps I may in a few days. NBC is premiering "Animal Practice" next week with an Olympics bump and I've already seen two versions of the pilot, one with Amy Huberman as the romantic lead and one with JoAnna Garcia-Swisher. The addition of Garcia-Swisher is already a good sign, not because Huberman was bad by any means, but because Garcia-Swisher is quite good and there's a chemistry with leading man Justin Kirk that was entirely absent in the original pilot. I always feel better about shows when they know things need fixing and take steps to fix them and that gives me some cause for optimism with "Animal Practice," perhaps more cause for optimism than either version of the pilot. Kirk, so excellent for so long on "Weeds," gets a fair amount of mileage out of a character who's barely even sketched out in the script. He loves animals, but he hates people! Yes? And? Yeah. That's it. With Joe and Anthony Russo directing, the main edict on this "Animal Practice" pilot appears to have been "Faster!" and the 22 minutes zip by at a tremendous clip even if basically nothing of substance happens. Kirk's good with fast-talking and with Tyler Labine, Bobby Lee and newcomer Betsy Sodaro, he's got a cast of scene-stealers around him. But then, because those three slightly hammy supporting players aren't enough distraction, you also have Crystal the Monkey and a wide assortment of other animals. The core problem with the show is that there's no point in having seven or eight scene-stealing humans and/or animals if the core of the show isn't there. Right now, despite the best intentions of Kirk and the smart addition of Garcia-Swisher, it just isn't. I chuckled a few times at "Animal Practice," but I didn't care about anything and I didn't warm to a single character. You choose what you want to accentuate in a pilot -- "Ben & Kate" w/its likability or "The Mindy Project" with its singular voice or "The Neighbors" with its sucking -- and "Animal Practice" accentuates chaos and stupid animal tricks. Yes, Bobby Lee getting choked by a python isn't unfunny, but it won't be enough to bring me back. 
Desire To Watch Again: Oh, I'm gonna watch again. Seriously, the pilot has a monkey driving an ambulance. Under what circumstances WOULDN'T I watch again? Plus, I got the sense from both the slightly tinkered pilot and from the TCA press tour panel that the creative team isn't unaware of the refinements they want to or need to make to transform this into an ongoing series. That being said, I can't imagine anybody being passionately excited for "Animal Practice" off this pilot alone.

Take Me To The Pilots '12: ABC's 'Last Resort'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: CBS' 'Vegas'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: The CW's 'Beauty & The Beast'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: ABC's '666 Park Avenue'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: NBC's 'Chicago Fire'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: FOX's 'Ben and Kate'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: CBS' 'Elementary'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: The CW's 'Arrow'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: ABC's 'The Neighbors'
Take Me To The Pilots '12: NBC's 'Revolution'
All of last year's Take Me To The Pilots entries

 

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<p>Bruce Stringsteen</p>

Bruce Stringsteen

Credit: AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Viena Kytojoki

Music Power Rankings: Lollapalooza, Carly Rae Jepsen, Rihanna and more

Plus, Bruce Springsteen's 4-hour concert lands him on the list

1. Lollapalooza: The father of festivals kicked off its latest edition Aug. 3 with a veritable color wheel of acts ranging from Black Sabbath to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Jack White.

2. Bruce Springsteen: The Boss and the E Street Band play a 4:06 hour show in Helsinski. It’s the longest recorded show in his 40-year career. And no one thought to pull the plug. Take that London. And, by the way, Springsteen’s 62.

3. Drake and Rihanna: The two land the most nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards. Should we all start the betting now on whether Drake and Chris Brown get into a brawl on the show or at an after party?

4. Carly Rae Jepsen: This summer’s It Girl spends another week at No. 1 atop the Billboard Hot 100, as “Call Me Maybe” ties with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” for the most weeks at No. 1 this year.

5. Phillip Phillips: The 2012 “American Idol” winner Philip Phillips sees sales of his first single, “Home,” surge after it was adopted by NBC as the theme for the women’s gymnastics team. And he didn’t even have to hop on a balance beam.

6. Mariah Carey:
Mimi is back in a big way. After announcing her role as a judge on “American Idol” next season last week, she releases her first single in a a more than two years, the hopefully prophetically named “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill.

7. John Legend: His production company signs a deal with Universal Cable Production to develop TV series. Get Lifted indeed.

8. The Rolling Stones: They’ll gather moss at HBO when a documentary commemorating their 50th anniversary airs.

9. Bob Dylan: Rock’s equivalent of the Bard announces his new studio album, appropriately enough, titled “Tempest.”

10. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood:
The two buddies sign up to host the CMA Awards together for the fifth time. Same time, next year.


 

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