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<p>Daniel Day-Lewis on the set of &quot;Lincoln.&quot;</p>

Daniel Day-Lewis on the set of "Lincoln."

Credit: Touchstone Pictures

'Lincoln' eases the pressure with a mid-November release

A wise move for a film feeling the burden of expectation?

Sorry, John Hawkes. Better luck next time, Joaquin Phoenix. Hard cheese, Hugh Jackman. Get your gracious-loser faces perfected, because this year's Best Actor Oscar has Daniel Day-Lewis's name written all over it. Again. Because, you know, he's frickin' Daniel Day-Lewis. And he's playing frickin' Abraham Lincoln. Try fighting that. Just try. What? Have I seen the movie? That's cute.

Such, at least, is the logic of numerous comment-thread denizens (and a hasty blogger or two) who began declaring the two-time Oscar champ a racing certainty as early as November last year, when the first on-set photos of his augustly bearded visage surfaced online. "Daniel Day-Lewis + Lincoln = Oscar," opined one Awards Daily reader. "It might as well be Meryl Streep playing Jesus Christ," agreed another. Just yesterday, a Hollywood Elsewhere regular ventured that "Phoenix is a threat to Day-Lewis like Mondale was a threat to Reagan... the [only] other pseudo-competition is the duo of Crow-Jackman in 'Les Miserables.'" Bold statements for four performances no one has yet clamped eyes on.

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<p>&quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;co-stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes were both nominated for Emmys.</p>

"Homeland" co-stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes were both nominated for Emmys.

Credit: Showtime

Emmys 2012: 'Homeland,' 'Girls' and 'American Horror Story' lead wave of new nominees

The return of 'Breaking Bad' and relocation of 'Downton Abbey' also led to big changes
By and large, the easiest way to be nominated for an Emmy is to have already been nominated for an Emmy. If you're lucky, you'll see maybe one or two new nominees per category each year.
 
In the 2011-12 TV season, though, there was so much obviously outstanding new work — or, in some cases, work by shows that weren't eligible a year ago — that there was more turnover in the nominations than in quite some time.
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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

Credit: Fox

Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' eliminates the bottom 4

We also get a preview of 'Step Up Revolution'

This week it's time to see how well a performance/elimination combo episode works for "SYTYCD." I'm guessing that it may actually be a boon to the show, which was ordered to double up as ratings flagged. While I'm a little worried that we'll lose the opportunity to see some of the impressive guest dancers that have come to the show in the past to fluff up the results show, that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make in order to tighten up what has been a pretty bloated program. Let's see if they can pull it off. 

As Cat ominously promises, 20 will start the show, but only 16 will survive, which makes this seem like a dance competition/horror movie musical. Which should be coming to a theater near you at some point anyway. 

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Predictions for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards
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Predictions for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards

All of this summer's Emmy nomination predictions in advance of Thursday's nods
Within 12 hours, all of these predictions for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Award nominations will be moot. Jimmy Kimmel (a late replacement for Nick Offerman) and Kerry Washington will have read their share of the nominees and the TV Academy will have released the rest and we'll all look foolish.
 
Maybe we'll all look foolish for having underestimated the appeal of "Smash" to the actor-heavy TV Academy, as the NBC musical-drama scooped up 15 nominations, including nods for the guys who played Ellis and Leo. For now, I've only got Anjelica Huston making the cut.
 
Maybe I'll look foolish for overestimating potential support for "Girls," which I have picking up a Comedy Series nod and a Lead Actress nod for Lena Dunham, but may prove too insular or too "New York" for Emmy voters. 
 
Maybe we'll all look foolish for not anticipating a "Modern Family" backlash. One of these years, the entire adult cast of the ABC comedy *won't* be nominated for Emmys. I don't think this'll be the year and I've got nominations predicted for everybody, once again. Or maybe this is the year Emmy voters turn on "30 Rock" and boot Tina Fey or Alec Baldwin? I don't think so.
 
Maybe I'll look foolish for assuming that "Downton Abbey" will build on last year's momentum in the movies/miniseries field and make a strong showing in the drama categories. Or maybe I'll look foolish for not predicting more nominations for "Downton Abbey." 
 
Anyway, that's why you post prediction lists, either to look brilliant or to look foolish. I'm counting on foolishness.
 
For my final nomination predictions, I'm sticking with the Top 6 I selected in my epic Emmy handicapping galleries. I stared at the fields for many hours to come up with those galleries and spend thousands of words depending those guesses, so I might as well stand by them, even if I no longer remember the reasons for some of those anticipated nods. Like I know why I like Max Greenfield on "New Girl," but why the heck did I put him at No. 6 in my gallery, rather than Nick Offerman? Or why did I predict that all of the Showtime "comedy" leading ladies were going to drop out of that nomination field? I don't know.
 
But at 5:40 a.m. Pacific tomorrow morning, we'll get our answers.
 
Here are the full predictions in the 10 main fields, category-by-category (plus Sepinwall's wish-lists):
 
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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

'Big Brother' recap: Mike 'Boogie' learns his game isn't as good as he thinks

The 'All-Stars' winner discovers he can't manipulate the girls
I have to say, I'm rooting for coaches Britney and Janelle to knock Dan and Mike "Boogie" out of the game as soon as possible, if for no other reason than their smug belief that the girls were just stoopid and they were superior life forms. Since neither of them seem to have gotten the memo, it's 2012, women can vote, and in the last month or so a report was released saying the average IQ of women just surpassed that of men. Okay, I'm not saying anyone who'd appear on this show is exactly a brain surgeon, but I'm all for knocking down the smugness a peg or two.
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<p>Carly Rae Jepsen</p>

Carly Rae Jepsen

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Carly Rae Jepsen goes for week six atop the Bilboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe'

Pink and Katy Perry have wonderful weeks as well

It’s a good week for women on the Billboard Hot 100 as Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” stays at No. 1, while both Katy Perry and Pink make great strides  as well.

Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” the first single from forthcoming album “The Truth About Love,” blows into the top 10 this week, catapulting 58-9. “Kiss” makes an even dozen Top 10 hits for Pink, leaving her only behind Rihanna and Beyonce for the most top 10s by any female since 2000.  Perry’s “Wide Awake,” climbs 4-3 on the Billboard 100 and topples “Call Me” from the No. 1 spot on  Billboard’s Digital Songs chart.

Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa stays at No. 2 while Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”  slips 3-4. Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” remains at No. 5.

In addition to Pink’s flight into the top 10, Flo Rida’s “Whistle” gains five places to stop at No. 7. “Whistle” is his third top 10 from current album, “Wild Ones,” following “Good Feeling” and the title track, according to Billboard.

Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” stays No. 6, David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring Sia falls one to No. 9 and Usher’s “Scream” stays at No. 10.
 

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<p>Whitney Houston</p>

Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston exhibit set for the Grammy Museum in August

Just in time for 'Sparkle's' opening

"Whitney!", an exhibit at Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum that celebrates  Whitney Houston, will open Aug. 15., two days before the superstar’s last movie, “Sparkle,” bows nationwide.

"Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston" received full cooperation from the Houston family and will concentrate on the six-time Grammy winner’s life on and off stage. Houston died Feb. 11.

The exhibit will include stage costumes worn by Houston, including the white, beaded gown she wore when awards the 1992 Grammy for album of the year; album and career scrapbooks from the early days of her career; concert posters and tour booklets, rare photographs of Houston, and her personal Bible.

There will also be interviews with a number of musicians and artists who worked with or were influenced by Houston.

“Sparkle” opens Aug. 17.

The Whitney! exhibit will be on display at the Grammy Museum until February 2013.



 

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<p>Roger Waters</p>

Roger Waters

Roger Waters and Michael Jackson's 'Immortal' top mid-year tour tally

Where do Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift come in?

Veteran acts still rule the touring roost:  Midway through 2012, Roger Waters’ “The Wall Live” is the top-grossing concert outing.

Based on reporting to Billboard Boxscore from Nov. 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012 announced by Billboard today, “The Wall Live”  has grossed $131.4 million from 1.2 million tickets sold to easily top the second place entry: “Michael Jackson: The Immortal Tour by Cirque du Soleil,” which grossed $68.4 million.

Other vets in the top 10 include Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Van Halen. The only acts in the top 10 who released their first albums in the new millennium are Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Kanye West, whose “Watch The Throne” tour with Jay-Z comes in at No. 4.  While older acts may not have the impact at radio that they once did and that their younger counterparts do, they can still command top dollar and a large audience based on their strong catalog of hits.

The Top 10 touring acts of 2012

1. Roger Waters, $131.4 million
2. Michael Jackson’s “Immortal,” $68.4 million
3. Bruce Springsteen, $52.4 million
4. Jay-Z/Kanye West, $46 million
5. Lady Gaga, $44 million
6. Van Halen, $38.6 million
7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, $33 million
8. Taylor Swift, $26.3 million
9. Pearl Jam, $25.4 million
10.  Andre Rieu, $25.3 million

 

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<p>Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend</p>

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

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The Who reunites to perform 'Quadrophenia' in first N.A. tour in four years

Are they coming to a city near you?

Declaring that they're "anxious to work together again before they drop dead," the remaining members of the The Who,  Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, will return to the U.S. for their first tour in four years. Given that fellow members Keith Moon and John Entwistle are no longer with us, it's a legitimate wish.

The outing, which starts in Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla., will feature the band performing their 1973 album “Quadrophenia,”  “plus a few classics,” as the group announced today. Among the hits from the rock opera are “The Real Me,” “5:15,” and “Love Reign O’er Me.”  Tickets for the 37 dates go on sale to the general public on July 27.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Lisa Cholodenko (right) and her &quot;Kids Are All Right&quot; collaborator Annette Bening, now both Academy governors.</p>

Lisa Cholodenko (right) and her "Kids Are All Right" collaborator Annette Bening, now both Academy governors.

Credit: AP Photo/Michel Spingler

Academy welcomes six new governors, including Lisa Cholodenko and Bill Condon

New Academy president to be elected in two weeks' time

Female directors and producers may have received relatively short shrift at the Academy Awards over 84 years -- for those of you keeping score, only seven women have won Best Picture, while that number famously drops to one for Best Director. Within the Academy itself, however, they get a little more respect: following yesterday's announcement of their rejigged Board of Governors, women occupy two-thirds of the spaces in the director and producer sections.

One of them is also one of six new governors: Lisa Cholodenko, the Oscar-nominated writer-director of "The Kids Are All Right," joins recent Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow and Michael Mann at the directors' table. Mann returns to the board after a hiatus, while Bigelow retains her place (and also holds a spot in the documentary field, making her the only governor doing double duty).

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"The Glee Project"

 "The Glee Project"

Credit: Oxygen

'The Glee Project' recap: Theatricality

Eight contestants remain, and one throws a tantrum

 

Eight contestants remain and at this point, well, I wouldn't want to be the one narrowing the field. Every time I count someone out (like Nellie), he or she turns around and gives a kick ass performance to save the day. But it's a new week, there's a new challenge, and anything can happen with teenagers. 

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Watch: 'Fringe' star Anna Torv talks Comic-Con emotions and the final season

Watch: 'Fringe' star Anna Torv talks Comic-Con emotions and the final season

How will Olivia handle the 'Letters of Transit' future?
SAN DIEGO - The final Comic-Con panel for FOX's "Fringe" was emotional for the entire cast, with tears coming easily for stars Anna Torv, Jasika Nicole and even Lance Reddick. 
 
In the press room after the panel, Torv was quick to jokingly blame Nicole for her lachrymosity in front of a crowd of 6000 fans. 
 
We also discussed the biggest news to come out of the Comic-Con panel, which was that the fifth and concluding season of "Fringe" will be largely -- never say "entirely" went it comes to time, space or dimensions on "Fringe" -- set in the 2036 future established in the "Letters of Transit" episode from last spring.
 
That just happens to have been an episode that didn't include Torv. In our conversation, Torv discusses going out of her way to meet her on-screen future-daughter and what she expects the future is going to mean for Olivia.
 
Stay tuned in the days to come for my "Fringe" Comic-Con interviews with Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick and showrunner J.H. Wyman (somehow I missed Jasika in the press room tumult).
 
"Fringe" returns to FOX on Friday, September 28.
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