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<p>Lena Dunham and Allison Williams in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Allison Williams in "Girls."

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HBO's 'Girls' and 'Enlightened' to return in January

Lena Dunham and friends had been paired with 'Veep' this year

HBO's three-hour stint at the Television Critics Association press tour is going to begin shortly — including a highly-anticipated panel for "The Newsroom"(*) — but the network has already put out press releases for several of the announcements co-presidents Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo will be making, including the decision to pair "Girls" and "Enlightened" in January.

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<p>You might want to look behind you.&nbsp; Then again, this is 'Paranormal Activity 4,' so that might not end well for you.</p>

You might want to look behind you.  Then again, this is 'Paranormal Activity 4,' so that might not end well for you.

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'Paranormal Activity 4' gets a trailer and drops some clues

Looks like we're done with prequels and finally dealing with fallout

When you're making films that are as small as the "Paranormal Activity" movies, it's easier to fly under the radar and not have major leaks involving story details.

It's not an insult to call these small movies, either.  That's part of the charm of the series, this handmade quality that makes them feel like they're not just part of the corporate machine.  It's deceptive, of course.  While the first "Paranormal" was about as handmade as a film can be, once Paramount finally released it and saw the reaction, they have created a system where they can make these films quietly, cheaply, and no one really knows what they're up to until they decide to share.

For example, with the last film, people didn't even fully know what premise they were using until the film began to screen.  The trailers carefully danced around giving away any details, and they way the process worked, they were able to experiment until they found the film they liked.  They've got the directors of the last one back this time, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, and it's almost surprising how clear a picture of what we can expect from the fourth film in the series we get from today's trailer debut.

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<p>Green Day</p>

Green Day

Green Day set to re-release entire studio catalog in new box set

Best Buy exclusive covers 19 years and eight albums

So three new albums from Green Day aren’t quite enough for you? Before the staggered releases of “Uno,” “Dos,” and “Tre” start Sept. 25,  Green Day will re-release its entire studio catalog with “The Studio Albums 1990-2009,” a box set available exclusively through Best Buy on Sept. 4.

The collection is housed in a clamshell box with each album in an individual paper sleeve with the original artwork. The set does not include any previously unreleased material. The price was not released.

Covering the group’s indie beginning on  Lookout! through their most recent studio album on Reprise/Warner Bros., the set includes “1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours” (1990), “Kerplunk” (1992), “Dookie” (1994), “Insomniac” (1995), “Nimrod” (1997), “Warning” (2000), “American Idiot” (2004) and “21st Century Breakdown” (2009).


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"A Chance to Dance"

"A Chance to Dance"

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Press Tour 2012: Nigel Lythgoe of 'SYTYCD' talks up 'A Chance to Dance'

Nigel and son promise this 'is a challenge show,' not a competition show

If "So You Think You Can Dance" isn't enough hoofing and pirouetting for you, you'll be happy to know that "SYTYCD" producer Nigel Lythgoe has another dance-oriented series for you. The 7-part series "A Chance to Dance," which premieres Friday, Aug. 17 (10 p.m. ET) follows two former ballet dancers Billy Trevitt and Michael Nunn as they travel across the country to put together a dance troupe in just four weeks.

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<p>James Stewart and Kim Novak in &quot;Vertigo.&quot;</p>

James Stewart and Kim Novak in "Vertigo."

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'Vertigo' dethrones 'Citizen Kane' in Sight & Sound's Greatest Films of All Time poll

For the first time in 50 years, the once-and-decade list has a new champion

Well, it had a good run. For half a century, Orson Welles's "Citizen Kane" reigned supreme as the default candidate for the Greatest Film of All Time. That, in part, was thanks to its routine dominance of august British film magazine Sight & Sound's once-a-decade critics' poll -- the largest and most historically embedded survey of such matters, initiated in 1952 and topped by "Kane" for five decades running from 1962 to 2002. (Interestingly, though 11 years old at the time, it didn't even feature in the inaugural Top 10.)

No more. To everything there is a season -- just a very long one, sometimes -- and Welles's groundbreaking 1941 dissection of a Hearst-like media tycoon has finally been supplanted by a younger (well, slightly), more colorful pretender in the form of Alfred Hitchcock's dreamy 1958 thriller "Vertigo." "Kane" actually endured a double defeat, also losing the top spot in Sight & Sound's parallel directors' poll, -- this time to Yasujiro Ozu's minimal old-age study "Tokyo Story," which also rose to third place in the critics' list.

The results of Sight & Sound's 2012 vote, and further commentary, after the jump.

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<p>Justin Bieber in &quot;As Long As You Love Me&quot;</p>

Justin Bieber in "As Long As You Love Me"

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Watch: Justin Bieber and Michael Madsen get violent in 'As Long As You Love Me'

Tears, blood, dance and a mob dad

Actor Michael Madsen's best-known roles are from "Reservoir Dogs," "Kill Bill" and "Donnie Brasco." Just what kind of character do you think he'd play in a Justin Bieber music video?

That's right, in "As Long as You Love Me," Bieber gets roughed up by Madsen, who plays his video girlfriend's ultra-intimidating father, who appropriately dons a lot of gold rings, smokes cigars and beats the living snot out of the love-sick 18-year-old.

"I love her," JB tells Daddy Fearest at the beginning of the clip.

"Sure you do..."

"... you don't know us."

"I don't want to."

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<p>I wonder if Emile Hirsch and Gina Gershon ever traded stories about the Wachowskis on the set of 'Killer Joe'</p>

I wonder if Emile Hirsch and Gina Gershon ever traded stories about the Wachowskis on the set of 'Killer Joe'

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Watch: Emile Hirsch explains how to plan a murder in 'Killer Joe'

Oh, Speed Racer, you got dark, didn't you?

Before the cameras started rolling, Emile Hirsch and I had a chat about the way "Speed Racer" is slowly but surely growing in reputation, thanks in large part to the younger viewers who saw it and who are going to revisit the film many times as they get older.  Hirsch told me he's certainly heard from young fans more and more, and he seemed pleased to hear that the film is not fading.  I know that for my own kids, it's one of the films that are just part of their ongoing canon, in the regular rotation, and beloved.

Hirsch has made interesting choices so far in his career, and I'm glad to see him working with someone like William Friedkin.  I think Hirsch has real talent, and maybe the commercial failure of "Speed Racer" was the best thing for him.  I'm not sure he'd survive a steady diet of giant tentpole films.  It seems like he's far more interested in exploring the darker, stranger corners of filmmaking, and that he's good at it.

I interviewed him for "Speed," and for "Into The Wild," and he seems to be a different person each time we come back together to discuss a new film.  I think he's the sort of guy who really internalizes these experiences he has, and he's still pretty young, still developing into the actor he'll eventually be.

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<p>B.j. Novak will star as one of the Sherman Brothers opposite Jason Schwartzman in 'Saving Mr. Banks'</p>

B.j. Novak will star as one of the Sherman Brothers opposite Jason Schwartzman in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

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BJ Novak signs to play songwriting Sherman for Walt Disney biopic 'Saving Mr. Banks'

The latest addition to a great cast makes this a project worth watching

I don't really work in the world of world of Oscar prognostication, but I think i'd be willing to put down a few dollars that "Saving Mr. Banks" is going to be a serious player when it's released in 2013.  I've read the script by Kelly Marcel, and it's kind of great. 

I'm fascinated by stories about Walt Disney, anyway, because he was such a great public figure, such a careful controller of his own image, and I think there are movies to be made about him.  I'd love to see a film that's just about his relationship with Kurt Russell, Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk, Jodie Foster… the Disney kids over the years.  I'd love to see a film about the early days of trying to build his studio.  I'd love to see a film about how hard he worked to realize his dreams of theme parks before anyone really had any idea what the hell he was talking about.

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<p>Hawk Koch (left)&nbsp;with Robert Evans (center)&nbsp;and Robert Towne at a 30th anniversary screening of &quot;Chinatown&quot; in 2004</p>

Hawk Koch (left) with Robert Evans (center) and Robert Towne at a 30th anniversary screening of "Chinatown" in 2004

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Hawk Koch elected Academy president

Producers Branch governor was a favorite going into tonight's vote

The press release, in full:

Beverly Hills, CA (July 31, 2012) – Producer Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (July 31) by the organization's Board of Governors. This will be his first term in the office.

Koch, who is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the Producers Branch, has served as first vice president of the Academy during the past year. He previously served three one-year terms as treasurer and one term as vice president.

In addition, Public Relations Branch governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected first vice president; Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy was elected to one vice president post and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson was re-elected to the other vice president post; Public Relations Branch governor Rob Friedman was elected treasurer; and Executives Branch governor Robert Rehme was elected secretary.

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"The Glee Project"

"The Glee Project"

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'The Glee Project' recap: 'Romanticality'

It's all about faking it effectively this week

The theme for the week is romanticality, which isn't really a word at all, as my automatic spell check keeps reminding me by changing it to romantically, but hey, this show ain't about proper English, it's about singing and dancing! So, let's get to exactly that!

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<p>Colin Farrell in Les Wiseman's remake of &quot;Total Recall.&quot;</p>

Colin Farrell in Les Wiseman's remake of "Total Recall."

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The Lists: Top 10 remakes that got it right

With a new take on 'Total Recall' out Friday, we round up cinema's best do-overs

For those of us still clinging to the illusion of youth – I’m 29, but humor me – this has been a mighty distressing summer. The reboot of “Spider-Man,” for example, seemed utterly superfluous to those of us who remember 2002 like it was yesterday; to the new generation of teenagers ogling Andrew Garfield’s more haunted-looking Peter Parker, however, Tobey Maguire’s first outing in the Spidey-suit is a kindergarten memory, if it’s a memory at all.

More alarming still is a new take on a film whose posters I can still remember adorning the cinema marquees of my childhood, but is now deemed so venerable as to be past the territory of sequels or spinoffs. Yes, “Total Recall” – which stood only 22 years ago at the cutting edge of FX blockbuster terrain – is now old enough to suffer the indignity of a remake, and “Underworld” director Len Wiseman is the man filling Paul Verhoeven’s shoes.

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<p>'Yes, Emma, I'm just as sad as you are that the entire 'Potter' series is over, but can you imagine how much of that $500 per Blu-ray box we each get?'</p>

'Yes, Emma, I'm just as sad as you are that the entire 'Potter' series is over, but can you imagine how much of that $500 per Blu-ray box we each get?'

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'Harry Potter Wizard's Collection' details promise 31 discs of magic for Rowling fans

Just in time for Christmas, the ultimate Potter collection arrives on Blu-ray and DVD

Harry Potter is still a big deal.  Just so we're clear.

I'm amazed at the sheer weight of a set like the one announced by Warner Bros Home Video today.  I'd imagine this thing has be heavy enough to crush one of my kids, just based on the description of it.  31 discs.  I think that's the largest movie set I've ever seen.

It's fitting, though.  The world that JK Rowling created still seems to have its hooks in people completely, and a collection like this feels like a fitting way to wrap it all up for people who loved these movies.  I'm probably okay just owning the eight films, but I'm not a maniac for Potter the way some people are, and for them, this has got to be an exciting announcement.

We knew Warner was planning this, but we didn't realize what the five hours of new bonus materials would entail.  The full details were finally released today, and if you're on the fence about committing nearly $500 to a collector's set, check out the full list that Warner Bros. sent over.  And since, according to Rowling's writing, today would be Harry Potter's 32nd birthday, it seems like a perfect time for Potter fans to celebrate.

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