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Parenthood

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'A Potpourri of Freaks'

Zeek comes home, Julia and Joel confront Sydney, and Crosby goes to a spiritual retreat

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I'm the boss of my own hair...

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Feast
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Watch a sneak peek of Disney's gorgeous, Best Animated Short contender, 'Feast'

Film set to premiere in front of 'Big Hero 6'

As massive and business-minded a corporation as it is, Walt Disney Animation leaves room in their pipeline for experimentation. Each year, crew members on any and every rung of the bureaucratic ladder have the opportunity to pitch short films to John Lasseter and the WDA "story trust," a group of the company's veteran directors, writers, and artists. The goal: Push story and animation technology to places where the feature slate can't go (at least, not until the shorts lay the groundwork). Animator Patrick Osborne pitched "Feast" as a living work of concept art — graphic, fluid, and nostalgic — that also fell into the Disney mold, a sweet story of a dog that loves food. Lasseter took to it, and this November, the fully rendered short hits theaters in front of "Big Hero 6."

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HitFix Mix: Lady Antebellum is paging Channing Tatum for 'Freestyle'

HitFix Mix: Lady Antebellum is paging Channing Tatum for 'Freestyle'

'Best of Me' soundtrack trio recommend three tracks to blow your hair back

Lady Antebellum just released their new album "747" and have a song on the soundtrack to "The Best of Me." There's a lot of noise out there, so their newest single "Freestyle" could use a leg up, too.

So, Channing Tatum, what say you?

In our interview this month -- ahead of tomorrow's release of the Nicholas Sparks romance adaptation "The Best of Me" -- multi-Grammy Award-winning Lady A was brainstorming some talent hey could bring into their music video world. Tony Hale and Kate Upton co-starred in the trio's smash country hit "Bartender" this summer, for instance.

Coming up with the tune for this week's Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden-starring feature didn't come totally out of left field.

The group "didn't have any of the visuals," said Dave Haywood, when they were approached to write a song for the movie earlier this year. But he, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley were already in the zone of writing every day for "747." (And it doesn't hurt that the group was fans of Sparks' stories, too.)

Scott said the process for making "747," felt altogether different because Lady A wanted this effort to be different, from all its other efforts.

"This record especially, we put so much time and thought and heart into making it different, and something that the fans would hear different from us," she said. "Just to see the response so far has been so affirming."

If you're curious about what lights each members' fire musically, you're in luck. The next three songs are hand-selected tracks from Lady Antebellum, for this week's HitFix Mixtape.

Charles Kelley recommends: Haim, "If I Could Change Your Mind"

Hillary Scott recommends: Kacey Musgraves, "It Is What It Is"

Dave Haywood recommends: Sam Hunt, "Leave the Night On"

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'NCIS: New Orleans' is staging a 'Quantum Leap' reunion
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'NCIS: New Orleans' is staging a 'Quantum Leap' reunion

'How to Get Away with Murder': TV’s most progressive show?

“NCIS: New Orleans” is staging a “Quantum Leap” reunion
Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell will be reunited when Stockwell plays a retired cop who’s confronted about a murder from 40 years ago.


Neil Patrick Harris: I don’t want to host an Oscars that is "super derivative of other shows that I’ve done"
"I don’t want it to seem like I’m doing the same award hosting gig that I did on the Tonys, just now on a different stage,” he says. "And I think they don’t want that, either … It’s the biggest sandbox in the world. If you say, 'I think that I should do a thing with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.' Because it’s the Oscars, do they say yes? Because they would say no for the Tonys … I want to also just make sure that it’s a classy event.” PLUS: Why Harris is an “edgy” choice for Oscar host.


“How to Get Away with Murder”: TV’s most progressive show?
The ShondaLand series is “revolutionary,” says Richard Lawson. "But it is not content to just do one thing boldly, to defy one creaky, ugly cultural norm. Brazenly, it keeps going,” he says, pointing to the two minority leads to having a gay character who is both good and bad and who likes to have sex.


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Top five things you need to know after seeing Chris Rock's 'Top Five' trailer

Top five things you need to know after seeing Chris Rock's 'Top Five' trailer

Believe the hype

A month after attending the world premiere of Chris Rock's "Top Five" at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, I still can't get it out of my head. I have not laughed louder or more often in a theater this year. "Top Five" is also the one movie from Toronto I cannot wait to see again. It's simply the truth.

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An Ebola TV series is in the works
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An Ebola TV series is in the works

NBC is remaking 'The IT Crowd' for 2nd time

An Ebola TV series is in the works
Producers Lynda Obst and Ridley Scott are developing a limited series for Fox TV studios based on the 1994 best-seller “The Hot Zone,” which covers the entire history of the disease. The series will also cover the current Ebola outbreak.


Maria Menounos: My car was attacked while leaving JFK airport
Someone smashed the E! host’s car window with a tire iron while she was merging onto the expressway, which at first she assumed was gunfire.


NBC is remaking “The IT Crowd" for 2nd time
Bill Lawrence is working on remaking the hit UK comedy for NBC, which remade “The It Crowd” in 2006 with Joel McHale. “The IT Crowd” is about a group of nerds stuck in the basement of a major corporation.

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Review: Tatum is hilarious in smart and funny cross-cultural family film 'Book Of Life'
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Review: Tatum is hilarious in smart and funny cross-cultural family film 'Book Of Life'

This one doesn't look like any other movie in theaters right now

Right away, "The Book Of Life" is appealing to me on a purely visual level. Simply put, this is a film that is delightful to look at, pretty much start to finish. Using CG to create a tactile world and a style that feels like part puppet, part cartoon gives the characters an unusual quality.

It's kind of a lovely moment for family-audience movies right now. If you're in the right area this weekend, your options include "The Book Of Life," "The Boxtrolls," and "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," all of which are excellent exercises in voice. It's true that Pixar and Dreamworks have house styles, that there is a thread that runs through the way their films look and feel that unites them. And it's hard not to get used to it. Familiarity sometimes hurts the reception to these films because we're used to seeing them get it right. It's still an incredible accomplishment any time you make a good animated film, a monumental task of artistry and collaboration, and we sometimes take for granted that big companies make it look easy.

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'Peter Pan Live!’s' poster unveiled
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'Peter Pan Live!’s' poster unveiled

CNN staffers were captured making light of the Ebola crisis

“Peter Pan Live!’s” poster unveiled
Christopher Walken’s giant menacing face looms over a soaring Allison Williams as Peter Pan in NBC’s official poster for the Dec. 4 event. PLUS: See a behind-the-scenes photo of Walken rehearsing.


Lena Dunham got Jimmy Kimmel to portray the voice of her vagina
Kimmel participated in last night’s Dunham book event in L.A.


CNN staffers were captured making light of the Ebola crisis
See the “New Day” photo that was tweeted out — and soon deleted.


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<p>&quot;Fury&quot;</p>

"Fury"

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Steven Price had to find out 'how to portray hell' with 'Fury' score

Fresh off an Oscar for 'Gravity,' he's on to the well-worn war genre

A lot has happened since we last talked to composer Steven Price. This little movie he scored called "Gravity" took off with critics, audiences and the Academy and he walked away with an Oscar for his troubles. Now he's on David Ayer's bold WWII film "Fury," and once again, he's bringing a non-traditional touch to genre.

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Damien Rice is cold, wet, sad and dancing in his 'I Don't Want to Change You' video

Damien Rice is cold, wet, sad and dancing in his 'I Don't Want to Change You' video

Rick Rubin co-produces on 'Favourite' new album

Damien Rice found the most beautiful docks of all the docks and got sad on it.

"I Don't Want to Change You" is the first single from the Irish singer-songwriter's forthcoming album "My Favourite Faded Fantasy," out on Nov. 10 and co-produced by Rice and Rick Rubin.

"Change You" is danceably upbeat wild party ride of a firework, with lots of cheerful whistles and a rap verse.

Just kidding, it's a slow, mellow, bummed-out chugger, which we've grown to know and love about Rice. The video matches: all blue hues and wet wool, Rice is solitary as an oyster on his gorgeous Icelandic dock, with small jilts of movement and crawling motions to and from the water until that bridge (the song bridge, not a bridge-bridge) where he has himself a little Thom Yorke-ian freak-out which I could scarcely call a "dance."

Damien Rice dances or freaks out

To compare:

Thom Yorke dances in Lotus Flower

"My Favourite Faded Fantasy" will be released on Nov. 10, almost exactly eight years after his last album "9" dropped.

Here are Damien Rice's North American tour dates, all of which are sold-out:

October 16   New York, NY     The Box
October 17   Brooklyn, NY     Warsaw
October 18   New York, NY     The Box
November 15  New York, NY     Apollo Theater
November 21  Montreal, QC     Metropolis

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Contender Countdown: With Oscar host locked now we wait for 'Interstellar'

Contender Countdown: With Oscar host locked now we wait for 'Interstellar'

At least we have McConaughey's Lincoln commercials to tide us over

Oscar finally has a host, Neil Patrick Harris, but does she have a frontrunner yet? Not really.

This has been a curious awards season so far in terms of the Best Picture race. There are a number of potential contenders that could win it all, but even the films that have already screened such as "The Imitation Game," "The Theory of Everything," "Birdman" and "Boyhood" haven't really separated themselves from the pack (not yet, anyway). That will all change when Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" begins to screen for critics, pundits and the industry soon.

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Stephen Colbert made a cameo at today Apple event as 'chief of secrecy'
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Stephen Colbert made a cameo at today Apple event as 'chief of secrecy'

'South Park' releases full Lorde parody song, apparently sung by Sia

Stephen Colbert made a cameo at today Apple event as "chief of secrecy"
Watch Colbert complain, over the phone, about his new title.


Joan Rivers’ official cause of death released
The coroner ruled that Rivers died due to lack of oxygen to the brain.  She was sedated with Propofol when she during the botched procedure on her throat.


“South Park” releases full Lorde parody song, apparently sung by Sia
Internet sleuths figured out that the voice sounds like Sia. She was even represented on the show. Even Lorde herself says Sia was involved. PLUS: “South Park” takes on Silicon Valley’s transportation war.


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