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<p>Sigourney Weaver and Carla Gugino in &quot;Political Animals.&quot;</p>

Sigourney Weaver and Carla Gugino in "Political Animals."

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Review: USA's 'Political Animals' takes compelling look at an alternate Clinton family

Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino and Ellen Burstyn head a terrific miniseries cast
Summer television is for the most part a time for light escapism, a concept that USA has embraced to enormous success with the likes of "Burn Notice," "White Collar," "Royal Pains," et al. But success can give you license to deviate from your formula from time to time, and Sunday night at 10, USA debuts the very un-USA miniseries "Political Animals," a heavier, more mature six-part story about the intersection of politics, family and the media in Washington, D.C.
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Watch: Britney Spears kills with kindness in new 'X Factor' commercial

Watch: Britney Spears kills with kindness in new 'X Factor' commercial

She brings the goods, 15 seconds at a time

Britney Spears is taking no prisoners. After initial reports leaked out of Spears offering meager critiques or walking off stage or just seeming overwhelmed by her role as a judge on “The X Factor,” Fox has responded with a sizzle reel that shows Ms. Spears large and in charge. Let the positive spin on Brit-Brit’s amazing judging abilities begin!

To be sure, the video is only 15 seconds, but the clip, which initially aired during July 10’s All Star baseball game, shows, Spears has no problem voicing her opinions. As the voice over asks, “Has America’s sweetheart been hanging out with Simon Cowell too much?”

[More after the jump...]

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Watch: Alexa Vega skates a lot in new Aerosmith video for 'Legendary Child'

Watch: Alexa Vega skates a lot in new Aerosmith video for 'Legendary Child'

She gets quite the workout doing the band's bidding

What’s an Aerosmith video without a girl younger enough to be the members’ granddaughter and lots of wind machines blowing back Steven Tyler’s hair? Nothing, that’s what.

Thankfully, Aerosmith keeps the formula safe with the new video for “Legendary Child,” the first single from its album “Music From Another Dimension.” Luckily for viewers, it also keeps the concept innovative and amusing in what looks like the first in a story line series of clips.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul looks back at Jesse Pinkman's greatest hits

Before season 5 begins, a look at memorable Jesse moments

Though "Breaking Bad" will have another eight episodes to run next summer after the eight that start airing Sunday night at 10 on AMC, this is technically the start of the show's final season. So when given the chance to sit down with the show's two leading men, I thought this might be a good time to let each of them revisit some of the most memorable moments for their characters, and what it was like to play those scenes. An epic Bryan Cranston interview is coming later this week (possibly in two parts), as we start with a chat with Aaron Paul about the ever-changing nature of Jesse Pinkman, what it's like to deliver those great monologues, how the famous robot line from "4 Days Out" came to be, and a lot more.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'The Real Housewives of Orange County' recap: 'The Reunion pt. 1'

It's upside down world as Tamara and Vicki fight and Gretchen and Alexis battle

Yes, it's time for part one of the supersized reunion special (which really could be a series unto itself) of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." In this edition, there's some fighting, some screaming, that sort of thing. That's no big surprise. What may be surprising for anyone who tuned out this season is just how the allegiances have changed. I wonder if Bravo sent the girls a memo and said, hey, time to mix it up. We can only afford one new housewife and some of you are looking a little stale to us. For those who weren't paying attention, former besties Vicki and Tamra are on the outs. Former enemies Tamra and Gretchen (yes, Gretchen) are besties. Former sorta enemies Vicki and Alexis are also besties. Up is down, hell has frozen over, you name it. It's not really that different, to tell the truth, sort of like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. The one breath of fresh air is, of course, Heather, who is not only the sole brunette, but the only housewife who still has some shred of sanity. Of course, during this part of the reunion she's starting to sound a lot like her cohorts, which is a bitter disappointment.

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"The Glee Project"

"The Glee Project"

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'The Glee Project' recap: 'Fearlessness'

Nellie can't get comfortable, but will it cost her a shot at 'Glee'?

It's an interesting theme this week, especially for Nellie, who is so overloaded with nerves it's amazing she doesn't just topple over. Of course, there are a few people who might be overconfident. Aylin thinks she's the very epitome of fearlessness, as she's had to overcome growing up in a conservative Muslim household. I suspect that actually won't be the topic of the video this week, so she may want to cool her jets. If we've learned anything about reality TV competition, it's that whenever you're expecting something, an unexpected take on things is going to smack you in the face like a cold cup full of slushy.

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<p>Anna Paquin in &quot;Margaret&quot;</p>

Anna Paquin in "Margaret"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Margaret'

The film hits DVD/Blu-ray today

Having written pretty much everything we could about Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret" here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here, it's high time we finally shut up about it. It's been a long strange trip. And the film is in the unique position of having built interest on the way to its home video release more so than its theatrical release, so with that in mind, it seemed like a good idea to solicit opinions today as it hits DVD/Blu-ray. So please, offer up your thoughts on the film when you get around to seeing it. You can rate it above but I'm most interested in whatever dialogue we can generate in the comments section below, so don't be shy. I look forward to your take.

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<p>Kenneth Lonergan at the Karlovy Vary fest.</p>

Kenneth Lonergan at the Karlovy Vary fest.

Credit: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Interview: Kenneth Lonergan on why 'Margaret' shouldn't be perfect

We talk to the writer/director about the extended DVD cut of his sophomore film

KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic -- Kenneth Lonergan begins our interview with a stumble -- a literal one, as he trips himself trotting up the stairs to our plush riverside hotel lounge in loosely laced sneakers, sheepishly proffering a hand as he breaks his fall. He cheerily mocks his own gracelessness, but still seems a little outside his rhythm as he takes a seat, sugaring his cappuccino with a light tremble of the hand. He crinkles the paper sachet as his gentle gaze finds me through two-tone spectacles. He is not, I suspect, a man given to visible and expansive relaxation.

And yet Lonergan must be feeling more relaxed than he has done in many a year -- and not only because all practical realities seem a little further away in the mountain air and fierce sun of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where his second feature film as a director has just been unveiled to an appreciative Czech crowd. That film, "Margaret," was, for five years, something of a creative millstone around the literate, soft-spoken New York playwright and screenwriter's neck -- tangled in post-production complications that have become the stuff of industry lore, not to mention an ongoing lawsuit. 

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<p>Kratos may finally make his way to the bigscreen thanks to some new writers who have been hired.</p>

Kratos may finally make his way to the bigscreen thanks to some new writers who have been hired.

Credit: Sony Playstation Studios Santa Monica

'God Of War' calls the writers of 'Saw' and 'Pacific Rim' to arms

If nothing else, it's a big week for possible video game adaptations

I'm guessing every development executive in Los Angeles spent the long 4th of July weekend playing video games.  That's the only explanation.

"God Of War" has been in the works as a movie for a while now through Atlas Entertainment, with Chuck Roven and Alex Gartner producing.  They originally had David Self attached as the film's writer, but now it looks like Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have been chosen to help get the film ready for production.

If you were a fan of "Project Greenlight," then you remember Melton and Dunstan as the writers of "Feast."  If you're a horror movie fan, then you probably know them from their work on the "Saw" series.  And if you're a development exec in town, you probably read their spec "Monstropolis," and you know that they were brought in to do some of the production rewrites on Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming "Pacific Rim."

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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

Credit: AP Photo/Reed Saxon

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


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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