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<p>Rita Ora</p>

Rita Ora

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Listen: Rita Ora, Roc Nation's new hope, drops rock-heavy 'Roc the Life'

'ORA' delivery imminent: do you hear a superstar?

Rita Ora's "How We Do (Party)" made HitFix's top 25 2012 Summer Jams list. Will her new tune "Roc the Life" make it into the fall?

The title is a nod to her label home, Jay-Z's Roc Nation, which obviously hopes to attract a pop crossover crowd combining the rock influence with R&B vocal appeal. I can't help but to compare the refrain to "Roc the Life" to Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life," but then again, Roc Nation/Def Jam is always interested giving Cash Money a run for it's, well, money. What's unique about this flirtation with top 40 is the live drum and guitar sounds, which operate outside of the pure, drop-the-bass dance tyranny that seems to have a stranglehold on most other solo female pop musicians on radio right now.

In other words, Pink should have put this one out instead of her wounded-animal single "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)."

"Roc the Life" is the newest single from the 21-year-old singer's cleverly titled "Ora," due Aug. 27. Do you hear gold?

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<p>The Vindicator is a beloved spaceship design, so it'll be interesting to see if they retain the key design elements for Martin Campbell's upcoming reboot of 'Blake's 7'</p>

The Vindicator is a beloved spaceship design, so it'll be interesting to see if they retain the key design elements for Martin Campbell's upcoming reboot of 'Blake's 7'

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Martin Campbell takes the helm of 'Blake's 7' reboot

Will this new take on the cult British science-fiction show make it to American screens?

When I was young, British television was not always easy to see in America, and as a result, there are many things I know by reputation and not because I've actually seen them.  I've attempted to fill in the gaps in my knowledge over the years whenever possible, but one show that I've never managed to catch up with is "Blake's 7," the Terry Nation space-opera that ran from 1978 to 1981 on BBC 1.

I've heard the show cited as a precursor to all sorts of things, most notably Joss Whedon's "Firefly," but I'm not sure how accurate that is.  My one friend who is a big fan of the show always called it "Bastards In Space," which made me laugh every time.

The series told the story of Roj Blake, a political prisoner who escapes from a prison planet with a crew of criminals and and aliens, and using a special spaceship called The Vindicator, they begin to wage a guerilla war against the Terran Foundation.

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<p>Mariah Carey will be an &quot;American Idol&quot;&nbsp;judge.</p>
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Mariah Carey will be an "American Idol" judge.


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Press Tour 2012: FOX president Kevin Reilly welcomes Mariah Carey

Will this be the year that FOX finishes in second place?

FOX has been the top-rated network on television for the past 8 television seasons. But as network entertainment president Kevin Reilly faced the press assembled for the Television Critics Association summer press tour, he also acknowledged that this is a network in the midst of a transition — which could, depending on how big a boost top rival CBS gets from airing the Super Bowl next year, the end of that first place streak.

"I can tell you that at the very least, it's going to be close," Reilly said of the possibility of finishing second for the first time in almost a decade. "Whether we end up getting nudged out of the title, we'll see."

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<p>John Cazale and Al Pacino co-starred in 'Dog Day Afternoon,' perhaps the most famous of the films made from one of Frank Pierson's screenplays</p>

John Cazale and Al Pacino co-starred in 'Dog Day Afternoon,' perhaps the most famous of the films made from one of Frank Pierson's screenplays

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'Dog Day Afternoon' screenwriter Frank Pierson passes away at age 87

While he may be gone, the films he wrote were built to last

Frank Pierson was the model of what I think of as the serious professional screenwriter.

In addition to crafting work that will remain fresh and relevant as long as we are watching movies, he was also heavily involved in the industry as the President of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for many years and President of the Writers Guild Of America for many years as well.  His career as a writer began on TV in the '60s and ended on TV with his work on "Mad Men," an experience that no doubt drew on his work as an advertising copywriter during the '50s.  In between, he wrote some indelible, amazing movies, and he leaves behind a filmography that any writer would be proud to claim.

I never got a chance to meet Pierson, and it's a shame.  I would have loved to have spent an afternoon discussing "Cat Ballou," "Cool Hand Luke," "The Anderson Tapes," "Dog Day Afternoon," the nightmare of working with Streisand on "A Star Is Born," or his last produced screenplay, the adaptation of "Presumed Innocent."  Pierson had a sober, adult approach to character and narrative, and one of the things that distinguishes his work is that it all seems to have a respect for the audience, treating them as if they can handle complex ideas and difficult emotions.

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"American Idol"

"American Idol"

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Mariah Carey officially named to 'American Idol' judges' table

Fox confirms that J. Lo is definitely out as new name takes her place

Kevin Reilly, Fox President of Entertainment, seemed to be taunting the journalists in the audience at his TCA press tour panel. He promised that he was getting the latest addition to the judges table at "American Idol" onto the phone, noting that this person was a "megastar." 

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<p>Jennifer Lopez in &quot;Goin' In&quot;</p>

Jennifer Lopez in "Goin' In"

Watch: Jennifer Lopez sparkles and shines in video tease for 'Goin' In'

When can you see the full clip?

J-Lo has a bedazzler and she’s not afraid to use it...On her lips, on her top, and who knows where else. We have to wait until Wednesday to get the full “Goin’ In” video, but as fans can see from the 30-second teaser released today, Jennifer Lopez has returned to the block.

The snippet features Lopez with shiny lips and cape alternating between her glamor and pseudo-street self, with flashing images of the designer Lopez interspersed with “urban” Lopez in a hoodie and even shots of a car with crazy bouncing suspension.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>While it may be difficult for audiences to deal with the images from the theater scene in 'Gangster Squad' right now, rushing to radically reshoot the film seems like an overreaction</p>

While it may be difficult for audiences to deal with the images from the theater scene in 'Gangster Squad' right now, rushing to radically reshoot the film seems like an overreaction

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Warner Bros prepares 'Gangster Squad' reshoots in response to Aurora tragedy

The studio makes a big choice in the wake of last week's events

Warner Bros. is in a no-win situation on this one.

Almost as soon as executives awoke on Friday morning, Warner began asking theaters to remove all of the current trailers for "Gangster Squad" from theaters since one of the key images from those trailers is a shootout inside a movie theater.  Warner Bros. felt that it would be insensitive to leave the ads in general circulation right now, and the decision seems like the right one to make the morning after something as horrible and senseless as the Aurora, CO shootings.

Now comes word that Warner Bros. plans to remove the sequence from the movie completely.  Looking at the original trailers, the scene appeared to take place in the Chinese Theater, where armed men standing behind the screen open fire with machine guns, marching through the ragged holes in the screen while firing into the audience.  It's a stylish image, and looked like it was executed well.

The studio had just started early screenings of the movie, and they seemed happy with it.  The movie is still planned for a September 7th release, which means they'll have to scramble to get the reshoots finished, especially since it's supposed to be a fairly major sequence that comes near the end of the movie.

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<p>Kevin Reilly</p>

Kevin Reilly

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Press Tour 2012 Live-Blog: FOX Executive Session with Kevin Reilly

Will there be big 'Idol' announcements? Of course not, silly...

BEVERLY HILLS - By delaying FOX's Executive Session for mid-morning, we've already gotten a teaser of things to come when "Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said that he was still in negotiations for next season and hinted that Jennifer Lopez is only 99 percent likely to leave. In short: Expect no concrete answers on the "Idol" front from FOX Entertainment President Kevin Reilly.

But will he say? Click through...

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

"So You Think You Can Dance"

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Press Tour '12: 'So You Think You Can Dance' judges talk new format, changes

Nigel Lythgoe also hints that Jennifer Lopez may not leave "American Idol"

Things got animated at the Fox TCA panel for "So You Think You Can Dance." Cat Deeley emerged from backstage to introduce a special performance by current competitors Brandon, Cole and animator Cyrus. It's a high energy start to a somewhat groggy Monday morning, and while judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy and choreographers Spencer Liff, Christopher Scott and Stacey Tookey aren't quite as much fun, they still addressed some of the more nagging questions about the recent changes to the show.

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<p>Kanye West performs &quot;New God Flow&quot; at the BET Awards in July</p>

Kanye West performs "New God Flow" at the BET Awards in July

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Kanye and Co. confirm September arrival of G.O.O.D. Music's 'Cruel Summer'

2 Chainz clarifies label position; Kanye still on media moratorium

With "Mercy" and "New God Flow" permanently added to this summer's spinlist, Kanye West and the rest of his G.O.O.D. Music crew are ready to proceed with the larger album. "Cruel Summer" will be out officially on Sept. 4, featuring verses and music from West, John Legend, Common, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Big Sean, Q-Tip, Mr. Hudson, Teyana Taylor, Cyhi, D’Banj, Hit-Boy and 2 Chainz.

The latter artist -- who has been the featured rapper of the year, it seems -- is not officially signed to Ye's label, though he clarifies in an interview with Complex magazine that he and the esteemed Watch the Throne rhymer are still sussing out a deal.

"I’m not officially signed, paperwork-wise, to G.O.O.D. Music. But I have a great rapport with ’Ye. He called me before 'Watch the Throne' came out," the Atlanta-bred rapper said. "I’ve talked to ’Ye 1,000 times about trying to make this situation work for the both of us, so it won’t feel like anyone is getting used or anything... I came from a situation with [Disturbing tha Peace], being under [Ludacris], where I got a phobia. Sometimes when an artist signs another artist, they’re so worried about themselves. And with ’Ye, he helps everybody."

Yeezy is keeping his word on press blackout, considering his bumpy past with interviews, Twitter, public appearances, and basically everything else that doesn't involve him rapping. But a press release touted the successful run of his "Cruel Summer" video concept, a seven-screen experience that bowed at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. It was conceptually built around the album, so if there is a live tour run of G.O.O.D. Music, perhaps fans will get a eyeful as well as an earful.

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"The Bachelorette"

"The Bachelorette"

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'The Bachelorette' recap: 'The Final Rose'

Emily must decide between Jef and Arie

So, it's the Big Day for Emily, our intrepid single mom who has winnowed the field of single gentlemen down to just two guys: nice guy Utah Jef and hot guy Racecar Driver Arie. I am hoping Emily can, if nothing else, help Jef find his missing F, just to be nice.

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<p>Ed Weeks, Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina in &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

Ed Weeks, Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina in "The Mindy Project."

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A day in the life of press tour '12: FOX

A 'Fringe' farewell, new 'X Factor' judges, Mindy Kaling and more

My stint at the Television Critics Association summer press tour begins today, though Fienberg has already been here for two days covering what sounds like a very interesting slate of PBS panels (particularly if you're a "Downton Abbey" fan).

If you've been reading me a long time, you know what press tour is. If you haven't, my press tour primer from the Ledger days still applies. I'll be tag-teaming with both Fienberg and Liane Bonin Starr to cover the bulk of the tour, so keep all three of our blogs bookmarked if you want to know about it all.

Though I won't be doing this every day, I like to do a quick run-through of the schedule for certain days to give you all a sense of what the tour is like, and of what things you may be reading about today and in days to come. PBS wrapped up tonight, and FOX arrives for a full day of panels and other events. Here's how their schedule looks (all times are Pacific):

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