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<p>Martin McDonagh, aka Sting's evil twin, shares a laugh with Colin Farrell during the press day for 'Seven Psychopaths'</p>

Martin McDonagh, aka Sting's evil twin, shares a laugh with Colin Farrell during the press day for 'Seven Psychopaths'

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Watch: Martin McDonagh and Colin Farrell on 'Seven Psychopaths' plus an exclusive clip

The film's creator makes a case for it and we share the opening scene as well

There are times where I sound a bit like a broken record regarding a new film that's coming out, and that's because I want certain movies to do well.  I am far more interested in the art of movies than in the business, but one of the ugly truths about being a film fan is that if you want to see more films like the things you enjoy, those things do well enough that more things like them are produced.  It's that basic.  And so if I need to, I will occasionally beat the drum repeatedly because I love something.

For example, I sincerely hope Martin McDonagh has a monster hit with "Seven Psychopaths," his new comedy starring Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, and Tom freakin' Waits.  I love the film, and so today I've got two different things for you.

First, we've got my final interview from the batch of "Seven Psychopaths" conversations I had during the Toronto Film Festival, and this last one is McDonagh himself, joined by Colin Farrell.  Obviously, the two of them worked together previously on "In Bruges," which has built a healthy cult following over the years since it was released, and there is a natural easy chemistry between them that is obvious from the second you sit down to talk to them.

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<p>Rage Against the Machine</p>

Rage Against the Machine

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Rage Against The Machine plans 20th anniversary reissue

Deluxe box set includes original demos and footage from first concert

Previously unreleased early concert footage and demos will be among the highlights of “XX,”  a box set commemorating the 20th anniversary of Rage Against the Machine’s debut.

Out Nov. 27 in various incarnations, including the standard remastered debut album with three bonus tracks, or the debut CD with a DVD or a box set with the above and several extras including original demos and the band’s free Finsbury Park 2010 concert, according to the band’s website.

The reissued debut includes new liner notes penned by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, according to Rolling Stone.  Other highlights include early footage, including from the band’s first show at  at Cal State Northridge in 1991.

No concert dates have been announced in conjunction with the anniversary.

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Kevin James

 Kevin James

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Watch: Kevin James talks about getting beaten up on 'Here Comes the Boom'

The 'King of Queens' star find his inner Rocky for movie role

 With "Here Comes the Boom," Kevin James proves he's more than the delivery guy we know from "King of Queens." In the movie (which he co-wrote), he plays a burnt-out biology teacher who finds himself pulled into MMA fighting to scare up enough money to save the job of a fellow educator, Marty (Henry Winkler), and the school's music program. It's a feel-good movie with lots of punching, slugging and body slams, as James has to take the brunt of the beatings.

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<p>Stephen Amell in &quot;Arrow.&quot;</p>

Stephen Amell in "Arrow."

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Review: CW's 'Arrow' brings Green Arrow back to Batman-esque roots

Stephen Amell has good presence as TV's Green Arrow
Green Arrow began his superheroic life as a blatant copy of his corporate sibling Batman. Batman was a millionaire playboy who fought crime with the help of specialized weapons; Green Arrow (aka Oliver Queen) did the same with a bow and arrow. Batman had a teenage sidekick who wasn't a blood relation; Green Arrow adopted a teen sidekick named Speedy. Batman had the Batmobile; Green Arrow had the Arrowcar. Batcave; Arrowcave.
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<p>Lady Antebellum</p>

Lady Antebellum

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Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band headline 2013 Stagecoach

California country fest also includes Hank Williams Jr and Jerry Lee Lewis

Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and Toby Keith will headline Stagecoach 2013, which takes place, April 26-28. A helpful countdown clock on the official Stagecoach site reminds us that is only 198 days away.

Also among the nearly 50 acts on the Goldenvoice-produced, three-day fest at Indio, Calif.’s Empire Polo Grounds are Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Darius Rucker, Jeff Bridges (yes, that one), Roger McGuinn, Thompson Square, Lonestar, Jerry Lee Lewis and Hank Williams Jr.

Eleven days from now, tickets will go on sale. General admission for all three days is $239, including fees, taxes and shipping. There are also tickets for reserved seating by the stage that sell for up to $1099 (complete with a commemorative laminate).

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<p>Single artwork for T.I.'s &quot;Ball&quot; feat. Lil Wayne</p>

Single artwork for T.I.'s "Ball" feat. Lil Wayne

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That T.I. 'Trouble Man' album really is coming out, with Lil Wayne single 'Ball'

'Ball' gets a butt cover; Will #troublemantuesdays catch on?

Kanye West had his G.O.O.D. Fridays, now T.I.'s gunning for Trouble Man Tuesdays. The rapper has officially launched the #troublemantuesdays initiative today (Oct. 9) with the release of some behind-the-scenes photos of his video shoot with Lil Wayne for their single release "Ball." That song is not yet available, but has a promised Oct. 16 iTunes sales sticker on it.

Photos from the video shoot appear to feature some partying around New Orleans and some newly erected houses, and since it co-stars NOLA's own Lil Wayne, there's a skate ramp. Of course.

As for its cover, it's decidedly less community-oriented, rather it features the picture of a woman's butt in some flattering underwear. Now, given that said woman's butt will help to propel sales, I fully expect that the song -- when it is released -- will feature nothing but positive and edifying things to say about women.

This being the umpteenth single/promotional single/teaser single for "Trouble Man," Atlantic is crossing its fingers that "Butt" "Ball" will stick, and have selected the last onsale date for an album pre-Christmas this year for the drop of "Trouble Man": Dec. 18. This appears to be the final release date, after "oft-delayed" and "Trouble Man" have become synonymous throughout this summer and fall.

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion in &quot;Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.&quot;</p>

Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion in "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog."

'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog' takes aim at the CW

Joss Whedon miniseries, produced during the writers strike, finally airs on TV

"Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," the web musical that Joss Whedon and friends made while the more established branches of show biz were shut down by the Writers Guild of America strike back in late '07/early '08, is finally making its way to television. The CW will air all three installments of "Dr. Horrible" — which stars Neil Patrick Harris as a lovelorn aspiring supervillain, Nathan Fillion as his vapid superhero nemesis Captain Hammer and Felicia Day as the woman caught between them (at least, as far as Dr. Horrible is concerned) — tonight at 9. (And if you're feeling nostalgic, you can go back and read my brief reviews of each installment at the old blog.)

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Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani on "Dancing with the Stars"

 Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani on "Dancing with the Stars"

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'Dancing with the Stars' celeb Melissa Rycroft talks about hating Tuesdays

The star hoofer talks to HitFix about the competition
To some, Melissa Rycroft may forever be the bachelorette Jason Mesnick chose on "The Bachelor," then tossed aside. The good news is that a lot more people know her from the eighth season of "Dancing with the Stars" (on which she finished in second place after coming in as a last-minute replacement for Nancy O'Dell) and her current stint on the all-star edition of the show. I spoke with Melissa, who also has her own reality show, ""Melissa and Tye: A New Reality" on CMT, about returning to the same old stomping grounds, 
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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Listen: Taylor Swift goes dubstep on new song, 'I Knew You Were Trouble'

Chaos reigns as she's left 'lying on the cold, hard ground'

Taylor Swift has dropped four songs from her new album, “Red.” Today we get “ I Knew You Were Trouble,” which combines the stutter step of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and the pop/dubstep of Alex Clare’s "Too Close."

[More after the jump...]

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A scene from Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell."
A scene from Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell."
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Sarah Polley eyes next year's doc Oscar with 'Stories We Tell'

Roadside will release her intimate family portrait in mid-2013

I'm a bit behind the curve on this news, but since it was rather buried beneath the surge of autumn Oscar-contender updates, I thought it worth flagging up anyway. I've recently been combing the US release calendar for possibilities in the Best Documentary Feature race, looking in particular for the slightly left-of-center contenders that routinely pop up in the branch's shortlist -- the eligibility rules may have changed this year, but we have no reason to think voters will suddenly start focusing more intently on much-hyped frontrunners.

In doing so, I found myself wondering what became of "Stories We Tell," Sarah Polley's lovely non-fiction debut -- a critical hit at the Venice and Toronto festivals that did rather well for itself by scoring a US distribution deal with a relatively high-profile indie outfit, Roadside Attractions. In recent years, Roadside has been a tidy little player in the Oscar race, scoring major nominations for "Winter's Bone," "Biutiful," "Albert Nobbs" and "Margin Call," in all cases against significant odds. However, they made their name with the Academy in the documentary race: founded in 2003, they landed their first nod less than two years later with "Super Size Me," and took the win five years later with "The Cove."

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<p>Louis C.K. will be taking an extended break before &quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;season 4 premieres.</p>

Louis C.K. will be taking an extended break before "Louie" season 4 premieres.

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Louis C.K. delays 'Louie' season 4

Emmy-winning comedy will return to FX in spring 2014

For the second day in a row, the return of a critically-adored comedy has been delayed. But where NBC decided to shelve "Community" for now, Louis C.K. was the man who decided that "Louie" won't be returning until the spring of 2014, rather than the summer 2013 schedule we all assumed.

C.K. has always made "Louie" his own way. He takes a much smaller production budget than an average cable scripted half-hour, and in exchange, FX mostly leaves him alone to make the exact show he wants to make. And he's decided that, in order to keep making exactly what he wants, he needs some extra time to do it.

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<p>Alan Arkin in &quot;Argo&quot;</p>

Alan Arkin in "Argo"

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Interview: Alan Arkin on teaming with Ben Affleck and John Goodman in 'Argo'

Rounding up a (very) few words from an old pro

Five years ago Alan Arkin won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in "Little Miss Sunshine," an award many thought would end up going to "Dreamgirls" star Eddie Murphy. He's back knocking on the door of another tip of the Academy's hat with his work as a cranky, seen-it-all film producer in Ben Affleck's "Argo." But he probably couldn't care less.

"To me that's a euphemism for saying, 'I liked your work,'" he says of awards speculation by telephone. "I'm just as happy with people saying that."

Nevertheless, as short-answered and moderately cantankerous as Arkin can be in an interview situation, there's something lovable there. He's not the sort who has to work the circuit hard to get kudos because, after all, we're talking about someone whose first nomination was 45 years ago (for "The Russians are Coming the Russians are Coming"). He's been there. Done that. So the terse replies to queries become a bit of a warm blanket that lets you admit, yes, this is all rather silly.

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