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<p>Richard&nbsp;Gere in &quot;Arbitrage&quot;</p>

Richard Gere in "Arbitrage"

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Could Richard Gere dance with the season in 'Arbitrage?'

The actor delivers one of his finest performances in Nicholas Jarecki's debut

So how many times have we felt like we were on stable ground discussing Richard Gere's place in an awards season? A handful? He deserved some real consideration for "Days of Heaven" way back when, no doubt. He was surrounded by lauded performers in "An Officer and a Gentleman." Flirted with the Globes for "Pretty Woman" and "Chicago" (netting a SAG nod, too, for the latter).

The last time his name popped up was for Lasse Hallström's "The Hoax," in which he offered up typically solid work. "Solid" is really a pretty decent descriptor of Gere's contribution to the screen all these years, I'd say. And every once in a while, he turns out something a bit more special.

I think "Arbitrage" is one of those special moments for him. The film played Sundance back in January to generally positive response and Gere was spotlighted, of course. But the more I chew on it after a recent screening, the more I think it might be on the top tier of the actor's work to date.

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"Malibu Country"

"Malibu Country"

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Press Tour 2012: Lily Tomlin, Reba McEntire talk ageism, 'Malibu Country'

Sarah Rue reveals her 'Real Housewives' inspiration

Reba McEntire is returning to network TV with a new ABC sitcom, "Malibu Country," which follows an aging country star as she tries to resuscitate her career after leaving her cheating husband. For McEntire, her character's struggle to remain relevant in the music world after 40 (McEntire is 57) rang true. "I think [ageism] is a problem and it is hard to stay on the radio… the regime has changed drastically in this last year." Ironically, she's turning to the notoriously ageist arena of Hollywood for help. She's "doing the television show, staying out there in front of the audience, keep the fans coming from music to TV" to remain in the spotlight.

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<p>Scotty McCreery in a photo he tweeted</p>

Scotty McCreery in a photo he tweeted

Scotty McCreery spreads Christmas cheer for his fans with new holiday album

'American Idol' champ has been recording in Nashville

Scotty McCreery fans can expect a little Christmas cheer from the Season 10 “American Idol” champ this year.

Though it’s sweltering in Nashville, McCreery has been getting his holiday spirit on and is recording a Christmas album.  Though his label, Mercury Nashville, has been mum on the subject, McCreery spilled the beans on Thursday when he tweeted a photo of himself wearing a Santa cap and wrote, “Well, it’s still 90 some degrees outside, but it’s Christmas in July here in the studio.”

Though the tweet has since come down, reported that singer/songwriter Nick Autry had tweeted that all the Christmas decorations to make McCreery feel festive in the studio were now stored in his office. Further proof!

Hitfix has confirmed with a source that the album is definitely coming. More details soon. Ho ho ho.

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Danielle Colding
Danielle Colding
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Interview: 'Design Star' winner Danielle Colding talks new show, getting quirky

She explains why African Americans are underrepresented in design TV

HGTV "Design Star" competitor Danielle Colding didn't waste any time after winning the competition series. She already has a new show in the works and spoke to HitFix about her time on the show, why African Americans are underrepresented in design television and what her toughest challenge was.

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Watch: Alanis Morissette’s ‘angelic’ new video for ‘Guardian’

Watch: Alanis Morissette’s ‘angelic’ new video for ‘Guardian’

What movie's plot does she draw inspiration from?

Well, we’re just glad Alanis Morissette didn’t pick “Legend of the Guardians” as the inspiration for her new video for “Guardian,” the first single off her new album, “Havoc and Bright Lights,” out July 31.

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<p>Philip Seymour Hoffman in &quot;The Master.&quot;</p>

Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Master."

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Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' now opening Sept. 14

'Killing them Softly' moves to October

"The Master" has decided to arrive earlier than planned.

Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated drama starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams was originally set for an Oct. 12, 2012 limited release. Anderson and The Weinstein Company (the distributor for the independently produced feature) have now changed their strategy and are opening in limited release on Sept. 14 with subsequent expansions the following weeks.

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<p>Emile Hirsch realizes he's in over his head once he hires 'Killer Joe'</p>

Emile Hirsch realizes he's in over his head once he hires 'Killer Joe'

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Review: McConaughey is electric in Friedkin's dark and wicked 'Killer Joe'

Playwright Tracy Letts gives the 'Exorcist' director a script with teeth

William Friedkin's career is marked by some all-time highs and some bewildering lows, and in recent years, he seems to have swung back to some sort of new fertility as a storyteller, energized perhaps by his collaboration with playwright Tracy Letts.  Their first collision on film was "Bug," a deranged little character drama featuring Michael Shannon and Ashley Judd, both chewing the edges of the frame with abandon as they slid into madness together.  Now they've cooked up the very dark, often funny, ultimately very upsetting film "Killer Joe," which begins a limited release roll-out this weekend with dates in New York.

Like "Bug," this started life as a theater piece, and I can see how easily it could be staged in a small theater.  "Killer Joe" stretches its legs more than "Bug" ever did, with most of that film set in or around the same tiny claustrophobic motel room.  Here, we've got Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, and Thomas Haden Church as brother, sister, and father respectively.  Chris (Hirsch) is in trouble, in very serious debt to the very serious Digger Soames (Marc Macaulay), and he needs to come up with $6000.  He decides to kill his mother since she's got a life insurance policy that will pay $50,000 to Dottie (Temple) when she dies.  Their father Ansel (Church), long since divorced from their mother, puts up a brief verbal struggle before pitching in to help plan things so he can get a cut, and his new wife Sharla (Gina Gershon) also wants a cut, but none of them actually want to do the act.  Instead, Chris decides to hire a hit man to make sure it gets done right.  He heard the name of one, a cop who does jobs on the side, and he arranges for him and his father to meet with this mysterious assassin, this Killer Joe.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen sets new U.S. arena dates for fall

Is the 'Wrecking Ball' tour coming to your town?

As Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band wrap up their European stadium tour,  the group has announced another leg of U.S. arena dates starting in October.

These concerts are in addition to the previously announced U.S. stadium show run that The Boss will start in Boston at Fenway Park on Aug. 14. In case you missed it, The New Yorker ran a long profile on Springsteen this week that's must reading for any fan.

The new "Wrecking Ball" dates:

10/19 Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
10/21 Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
10/23 Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena
10/25 Hartford, CT – XL Center
11/1 State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
11/3 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
11/11 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
11/15 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Arena
11/17 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
11/19 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
11/26 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
11/28 Portland, OR – The Rose Garden
11/30 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
12/4 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
12/6 Glendale, AZ – Arena


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<p>AMC&nbsp;has canceled &quot;The Killing,&quot;&nbsp;starring Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos.</p>

AMC has canceled "The Killing," starring Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos.

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AMC cancels 'The Killing'

Murder mystery series ran two seasons, at least told us who killed Rosie Larsen by the end

AMC has decided not to order a third season of "The Killing," bringing the mystery series to an end.

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"Dancing with the Stars"

"Dancing with the Stars"

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Press Tour 2012: New cast announced for 'Dancing with the Stars: All Stars'

Carson Kressley, Kristie Alley, Pamela Anderson and more return to dance again

At the TCA press tour ABC announced the list of returning celebrity hoofers we'll see on "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" -- Melissa Rycroft, Bristol Palin, Helio Controneves, Pamela Anderson, Drew Lachey, Kirstie Alley, Joey Fatone, Shawn Johnson, Gilles Marini, Kelly Monaco, Apolo Anton Ohno and Emmitt Smith will make up the first twelve star dancers. Kyle Massey, Carson Kressley and Sabrina Bryan will be fighting for the 13th slot, which will be decided by voters on Executive Producer Conrad Green urged the audience to log on after showing a video of Caron Kressley campaigning for votes.

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Watch: The U.S. Olympic swim team's adorable 'Call Me Maybe' video

Watch: The U.S. Olympic swim team's adorable 'Call Me Maybe' video

It's your patriotic duty to watch

The London Olympics officially kick off today and the U.S. Swim Team has delivered the perfect video to get us in the mood. Even if you’ve seen every viral video for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” already, it’s your duty as an American to watch this one from the U.S. team.

We know they’re all great swimmers, but they are surprisingly good sports as well, especially the females who, as a group, tend to get way more into the antics than their male counterparts.  Check out the plane sequence to see what we mean. Plus, this one has a surprising number of location shoots. Some time went into making this clip, but before you think this was time they should have been spent practicing, it’s clear that many of the scenes take place on planes and buses while they’re in transit or at autograph sessions.

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<p>Billy Magnusson in &quot;Damsels in Distress.&quot;</p>

Billy Magnusson in "Damsels in Distress."

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Calling all original screenplay contenders

As prestige adaptations crowd the fall slate, originals are harder to spot

It's hardly a new complaint that the humble original screenplay is practically an endangered species in the current cinematic landscape. Multiple column inches have been spent bemoaning the dominance of sequels, remakes, reboots, retreads and other means of narrative recycling in our multiplexes: of the top 10 grossers at the US box office this year, a mere two (Seth Macfarlane's "Ted" and Pixar's "Brave") are putatively original creations. Audiences like known quantities, studios like low-risk investments, original screenplays pile up on the back burner. And so on.

But while popular filmmaking routinely takes flak for its lack of initiative, the trend is no less prevalent in prestige cinema. This year alone sees a bevy of high-toned literary adaptations jostling for festival space and/or awards attention come wintertime, many of which have been filmed before. There at least 17 big-screen versions of "Anna Karenina" on record, but Joe Wright is bringing us another; Mike Newell is steering the eighth go-round of "Great Expectations" (not including last year's high-profile TV miniseries); Tom Hooper, the sixteenth of "Les Miserables" (though, to be fair, the first of the beloved stage musical); Baz Luhrmann, the fourth of "The Great Gatsby"; Peter Jackson, the second of "The Hobbit." The characters here may not wear Spandex, but they're as overworked as any Marvel superhero.

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