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"NY Med"

"NY Med"

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Review: Dr. Oz stars in ABC's 'NY Med,' but is he the weakest link?

This summertime docudrama is real life and, yes, real death

Ah yes, it's summer again, and with hellishly hot weather and blood-sucking bugs comes that other given -- filler network programming. That means lots of reality TV shows and lots of re-runs. On the bright side, this dearth of compelling TV makes reading books a lot more interesting. Another upside is that, on occasion, a show that isn't an obvious home run will sneak in through the cracks. While "NY Med" is only sporadically gripping, it's interesting enough to make me set my DVR. Ironically, what ABC considers their biggest selling point in the show may in fact be the weakest, but let's jump to the 12-hour erection. If "NY Med" knows anything, it's  how to start things off with a bang (or bang that wasn't, I suppose).

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<p>Peter O'Toole at the 75th annual&nbsp;Academy Awards after accepting his Honorary Oscar</p>

Peter O'Toole at the 75th annual Academy Awards after accepting his Honorary Oscar

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Peter O'Toole retires from stage and screen

The eight-time Oscar nominee hangs it up after a lion's career

Eight-time Oscar nominee Peter O'Toole is hanging it up. In a statement released by his publicist, the actor said, "It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won't come back."

There's nothing worse than being on a track once filled with inspiration long after that well has dried up. So as sad as it might be, I'm happy O'Toole recognizes that the art, the work, the business, whatever, is no longer doing it for him. At any age we should focus on what moves us, what inspires us, and relinquish what doesn't. If we can.

O'Toole never won a competitive Oscar. In fact, he holds the record for nominations without a win amongst actors. His first was a high bar, for "Lawrence of Arabia" in 1963, and a tough loss to Gregory Peck for "To Kill a Mockingbird." Who's going to argue with Peck in that? His most recent came for "Venus" in 2006, four years after he was awarded an Honorary Oscar by the Academy.

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<p>Band of Horses</p>

Band of Horses

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Band of Horses sets album title and track listing

Receive first single, 'Knock Knock' with pre-order

Band of Horses’ fourth album, “Mirage Rock,” will come out Sept. 18 via Brown/Columbia.

Fans who pre-order the album will also receive the track “Ego Nightmare.” Those ordering in the U.S. or Canada will receive first single “Knock Knock” as soon as they order. The band debuted another new song, "Long Vows" during its performance at Lollapalooza Brazil. It also released a snippet of the beautiful "Dumpster World" last month.

The band recorded the album, the follow-up to the band’s 2010 Grammy-nominated “Infinite Arms,” in Los Angeles with producer Glyn Johns.

“Mirage Rock” track listing:

01. Knock Knock
02. How To Live
03. Slow Cruel Hands of Time
04. A Little Biblical
05. Shut-In Tourist
06. Dumpster World
07. Electric Music
08. Everything's Gonna Be Undone
09. Feud
10. Long Vows
11. Heartbreak On the 101

 

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<p>Frank Ocean</p>

Frank Ocean

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Listen: Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' is streaming for free now

Watch his emotional performance on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'

Frank Ocean’s “Channel ORANGE” has dropped a week early. Fans can stream all 18 tracks (several of them interstitial) here or buy the set on iTunes.

Ocean, a member of Odd Future, has been all over the news lately after sharing in a moving message on his Tumblr page that his first love was a man, although he never identified himself as gay or bisexual. Some of the material on solo album “Channel ORANGE” addresses that relationship. For example on “Sierra Leone,” he sings about being so in love, he and his paramour are “acting like teenagers” and have even run out of Trojans.  A number of other R&B and rap artists, including Beyonce, have sent out message of support.

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<p>Cookie Monster in &quot;Share It Maybe&quot;</p>

Cookie Monster in "Share It Maybe"

You're welcome: Sesame Street's Cookie Monster takes on 'Call Me Maybe'

'Hey, me just met you... Share it maybe?'

This is an entertainment news site, and new 'Call Me Maybe' covers and parodies is no new news. But sometimes something so momentous and earth-jolting happens, that our hand is forced, in order to give you what it is that you needed.

And what you needed was a version of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," as performed by "Sesame Street" star Cookie Monster in revamp "Share It Maybe.' We heard your halcyon cry. We answer it.

"Hey! Me just met you..." Prophet. Bard. Poet.

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<p>Pink</p>

Pink

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Watch: Pink's lyric video for 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss)'

She keeps the message simple

I don’t know exactly when over the last year that lyric videos became mandatory, but many acts now produce them as a stop-gap between when the audio single is released and the full official video.  Some are exactly what the title implies: the song’s lyrics scrolled across the screen, others are fully-fleshed out ideas that could serve as the final video.

Pink’s video for “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” falls on the simpler end of the spectrum. In front of an array of backdrops, including the beach and a mosaic tile, a nose ring-wearing redhead with red, white and blue nail polish, opens her mouth, as the written lyrics appear as a word bubble out. She doesn’t even seem to be particularly singing or lipsyncing with the lyrics. It’s all shot close up so we seldom see her full face and with very quick cuts.

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<p>Rachel Weisz in &quot;The Deep Blue Sea.&quot;</p>

Rachel Weisz in "The Deep Blue Sea."

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The Lists: Top 10 first-half Oscar contenders

What early releases deserve recognition come January 2013?

It hardly feels like it, but we're already over a week into the back end of 2012's release calendar: technically, we've seen approximately half the films that will be eligible for awards consideration at the year's end.

Not that the eventual list of this year's Academy Award nominations will reflect as much, of course. It's a well-known law of the awards game that early releases tend to suffer most in the Oscar game, as voters with notoriously short memories forget notable accomplishments from the January-to-June window, while studios, mindful of that fact, barrage them with baity prestige fare in the year's final quarter. Occasionally, a "Crash," a "Hurt Locker" or a "Silence of the Lambs" bucks the odds and hangs in for the long haul, but it takes sustained critical and/or public conversation and cunning campaign savvy to do so -- the work, as ever in this business, is almost never enough.

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<p>A Screen Actors' Guild Award statuette.</p>

A Screen Actors' Guild Award statuette.

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Performance submissions for SAG Awards now open, but online only

Like the Academy, Guild begins the move away from paper voting

Early as it seems to you and me to be thinking about this stuff, the gears have already started grinding for the 2012 Screen Actors' Guild Awards. The panel of 2,100 members voting for this year's nominees has already been randomly selected from the Guild's vast membership, while yesterday, the submissions process was opened -- actors and their representatives hoping to compete for the awards this year have until October 25 to enter their names for consideration in the category of their choosing.

Yes, unlike at the Oscars, actors get to determine whether they compete in the leading or supporting race at the SAGs -- which has resulted in several mismatches with the Oscar list over the years. Most recently, Kate Winslet won a supporting SAG and a leading Oscar for "The Reader"; a few years before, Benicio Del Toro won both awards, with the categorizations flipped, for "Traffic."

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<p>Adam Jensen's going to get his shot at bigscreen iconography when CBS&nbsp;Films brings a 'Deus Ex:&nbsp;Human Revolution' film to the bigscreen.</p>

Adam Jensen's going to get his shot at bigscreen iconography when CBS Films brings a 'Deus Ex: Human Revolution' film to the bigscreen.

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CBS Films makes a deal to bring sci-fi video game 'Deus Ex' to the bigscreen

Do this and 'Assassin's Creed' signify a new age of game-to-movie attempts?

They must be throwing some crazy parties in Montreal this week.

Yesterday, Ubisoft Montreal made news when it was announced that Michael Fassbender has agreed to star in and produce a film adaptation of "Assassin's Creed."  That's one of the first gaming properties I've seen make the jump to movies that I think could be something truly special.  The "Assassin's Creed" games are built on strong narrative building blocks and they feature a pretty great way of telling a story in historical eras as well as in the near-future.

Now, it looks like Square Enix and Eidos Montreal have closed a deal for CBS Films to create a movie adaptation of "Deus Ex: Human Revolution," one of last year's headiest gaming experiences.  Again, we're talking about a game that has a big world that it's created, that hinges on some very real and big ideas, and that could easily provide enough material for a series of films.

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<p>Michelle (Sutton Foster)&nbsp;meets the movers on &quot;Bunheads.&quot;</p>

Michelle (Sutton Foster) meets the movers on "Bunheads."

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Review: 'Bunheads' - 'Better Luck Next Year!'

Michelle helps Fanny prepare for the Joffrey auditions, while Boo braces for failure

Comic-Con prep means I don't have time to write about last night's "Bunheads" in anything resembling depth, but Dan and I will be discussing it on this week's second podcast, and I wanted to offer people a chance to discuss episode four, which in many ways felt like the pilot to the show Amy Sherman-Palladino actually wanted to make. A couple of quick thoughts coming up just as soon as I'm robbed in reverse...

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<p>Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are back on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are back on "Breaking Bad."

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Review: 'Breaking Bad' season 5 presents a Walter White in triumph

Even in Walt's apparent victory, AMC drama remains spectacularly tense
(Note: This column contains mild spoilers for the upcoming season of "Breaking Bad." If you don't want to know anything at all, don't read.)
 
Through four seasons of "Breaking Bad," Walter White has been many things: Teacher. Husband. Father. Cancer patient. Meth cook. Aspiring drug lord. Frustrated employee. Mentor. Killer.
 
Most of all, though, he's been an escape artist.
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"The Real Housewives of New York City"

"The Real Housewives of New York City"

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'The Real Housewives of New York City' recap: 'I'm U.K., You're U.K.'

Ramona pouts, Heather gets brand happy and Carole remembers the good old days

The ladies, sans Ramona, are off to London for three days of fun, fun, fun. Yeah, baby! Shockingly, with the exception of some after-the-fact sniping, it seems as if fun actually was had by all. No hair pulling, no cursing, no stomping of six-inch heels. Maybe it was all that proper English etiquette, or maybe it was the booze. Actually, it was definitely the booze. What was I thinking?

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