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<p>New &quot;Doctor Who&quot;&nbsp;companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.</p>

New "Doctor Who" companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.

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'Doctor Who' casts Jenna-Louise Coleman as new companion

Actress to succeed Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill when the Ponds leave the TARDIS

"Doctor Who" fans already knew that this season — the show's 50th anniversary season — would be the last one to feature Karen Gillan as the Doctor's trusted companion Amy Pond (and also Arthur Darvill as Amy's husband Rory). And now we know who will be tasked with replacing her: 25-year-old actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, who's previously been on UK shows like "Emmerdale."

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<p>Bruce Greenwood in &quot;The River.&quot;</p>

Bruce Greenwood in "The River."

Credit: ABC

Season finale review: 'The River' - 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat'

The Magus crew finds new reason to stay on the Boiuna for adventures we may never see

A quick review of "The River" season — and quite probably series — finale coming up just as soon as I get back to my sandwich...

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<p>Dermot Mulroney and Zooey Deschanel in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Dermot Mulroney and Zooey Deschanel in "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Fancyman, Part 1': Rich man, poor man

The show presents its funniest episode yet thanks to... Dermot Mulroney?

A review of tonight's "New Girl" — perhaps the best episode the show has done to date — coming up just as soon as I blame my period...

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<p>Madonna and her &quot;girls&quot;&nbsp;go wild in the &quot;Girls Gone Wild&quot;&nbsp;video.</p>

Madonna and her "girls" go wild in the "Girls Gone Wild" video.

Watch: Madonna goes wild in 'Girl Gone Wild' video

She has plenty of help from her boy toys

Madonna wants to be good, but she just can't make it happen. Temptation looms at every turn in the video for "Girl Gone Wild." 

The video, which debuted on E! Television Tuesday night,  is one of her most stylized, which is saying a lot given her video canon. Shot in black and white, like "Justify My Love" and "Vogue,"  and featuring Madonna in chains, like in "Express Yourself," it also shows her being fondled by a bevy of beautiful, pansexual, shirtless men. Who wants to even try to be good under such circumstances?

[More after the jump...]

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<p>I'm guessing anyone who sat through 'Cop-Out' has this same recurring dream.</p>

I'm guessing anyone who sat through 'Cop-Out' has this same recurring dream.

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Review: Seann William Scott stars in surprisingly funny and affecting 'Goon'

Bloody hockey comedy more than delivers the goods

There is something about hockey that lends itself naturally to comedy when someone makes a film about it.  "Slap Shot" is one of the best sports films of the '70s, and even today, it holds up because there's something authentic about the world it creates.  I think it's the casual brutality of the sport that makes it so cinematic, and the script that was adapted by Jay Baruchel & Evan Goldberg from the novel by Adam Frattasio & Doug Smith feels like a perfect fit for the comic gifts of director Michael Dowse.

I don't understand how Dowse is still marginalized.  I'm late to the game, but when I caught up with "Fubar" and "Fubar: Balls To The Wall" and realized they were both from the same director as "It's All Gone Pete Tong," it was one of those moments where I suddenly realized I'm a fan of someone and didn't even know it.  I'm guessing part of what roadblocked him professionally was the film "Take Me Home Tonight," which started life as "Kids In America" before it sat on a shelf for a few years.  Anytime you have a film that flames out like that, no matter what the reason, it can have a huge impact on your career.

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<p>The Muppets got their star on the Walk of Fame today, just in time to celebrate the release of 'The Muppets' on DVD and Blu-ray.</p>

The Muppets got their star on the Walk of Fame today, just in time to celebrate the release of 'The Muppets' on DVD and Blu-ray.

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One Thing I Love Today: 'The Muppets' arrives on Blu-ray

Plus they get a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

I enjoyed 'The Muppets' when I saw it last year, and the soundtrack has been fairly omnipresent in my house thanks to my sons, who at this point know every word of every song.  When we have long trips in the car, I admit that it makes me happy to listen to them sing "Mah Nah Mah Nah" or "The Rainbow Connection."

My parents introduced me to The Muppets in the '70s via "Sesame Street" and their syndicated series, and I like the idea that they've endured as characters long enough now that I can pass that love along to my own kids.  They are an institution, and it is genuinely encouraging to see that they've endured this long.

It seems long overdue for Walt Disney to have finally sponsored The Muppets for a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.  I think it's a very commercial honor, and I don't think it's particularly merit-based, but if anyone deserves one of those stars, it would be The Muppets.  It looks like it was a very nice ceremony, and there's something special about seeing news photos of Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy and all the familiar characters.  It makes them feel real.

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<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot;&nbsp;Raylan (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;and Quarles (Neal McDonough)&nbsp;have a chat.</p>

On "Justified," Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Quarles (Neal McDonough) have a chat.

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'Justified' - 'Guy Walks Into a Bar': Support your local sheriff

Quarles starts to lose control in one of the show's best hours ever

A review of tonight's tremendous "Justified" coming up just as soon as I go Derek Jeter to Sammy Sosa...

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<p>Tyler, the Creator</p>

Tyler, the Creator

Interview: Tyler, the Creator talks 'Loiter Squad,' Odd Future, solo album, porn

Watch an EXCLUSIVE clip from OF's new Adult Swim show, stay for the insanity

Tyler, the Creator had a suggestion for our small business. "Do you guys do porn?"

"You mean, does HitFix work in porn?"
 
"Yeah."
 
"No, we don't cover porn. I guess we'd make more money if we did."
 
"That's what I'm saying!"
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<p>Briga Heelan and Josh Hopkins on &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Briga Heelan and Josh Hopkins on "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' - 'Something Big': Who's your daddy?

Grayson gets a surprise, Ellie goes surfing and Travis stomps the yard

A review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I consider myself black-adjacent...

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<p>Gary Oldman and John Hurt in Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John le Carre's &quot;Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.&quot;</p>

Gary Oldman and John Hurt in Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John le Carre's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy."

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Exclusive: John le Carre talks about the 'thrill' of adapting 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' for the big screen

Plus: What was Alec Guinness' reaction to his appearing on set?

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" wasn't just use one of my favorite films of last year, but also one of my top ten films of the year.  In fact, it landed in the no. 3 slot just behind Steve McQueen's "Shame" and Nicholas Winding Refn's "Drive."  The thriller which landed Gary Oldman a long deserved Oscar nomination and proved that director Tomas Alfredson is a filmmaker to be reckoned with is finally out on DVD and Blu-ray today.  The big screen adaptation of John le Carre's 1974 novel is destined to be a classic and will find its fan base swell with repeated airings on cable over the coming years.  The 80-year-old author didn't spend much time on the publicity trail for "Tinker," but that didn't mean he wasn't a fan of his best seller's newest incarnation.

In a HitFix exclusive, le Carre talks about how he divorces himself from the movie version of his books and how "it's a huge thrill to work with very creative people, in a different medium, and see them at work." He also has a fond recollection of Alec Guinness' reaction to his presence on set during the production of the 1979 British "Tinker" mini-series.  Whether you're a fan of the film, the book or le Carre overall, it's well worth checking out.  The clip is embedded at the top of this post.

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is now available on iTunes, Blu-ray and DVD.

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<p>Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, seen here presenting an award at last year's Spike Awards, are now set to direct their first film, 'Hell Baby'</p>

Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, seen here presenting an award at last year's Spike Awards, are now set to direct their first film, 'Hell Baby'

Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

'Reno 911' stars Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant announce plans to direct 'Hell Baby'

Will this be the wild and crazy or the family friendly version of their work?

This was inevitable.

Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant have made quite a name for themselves as studio screenwriters for hire, and they've had enough giant mega-hits that they have proven themselves to be worthy of the studio's trust.  I'm partial to their no-apologies crazy-ass rated R style comedy, but I respect the fact that they have figured out how to have their fun and still work successfully inside the system.

Now it looks like they're going to finally be calling the shots on a film of their own, co-writing and co-directing a movie called "Hell Baby," which they'll also star in, along with Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb.

Darko Entertainment, which has proven itself to have very eclectic and dark taste in movies, and especially in comedy, so I'm hoping this is unfettered and insane Lennon/Garant.

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<p>Katy Perry's promo for her &quot;Part of Me&quot; music video</p>

Katy Perry's promo for her "Part of Me" music video

Listen: Katy Perry is 'Wide Awake' on sad new song

Plus: Why is the pop star covering 'N***as in Paris?'

I hate to make light of anybody's personal suffering, but a breakup could very well be the best thing for Katy Perry's sound. "Wide Awake," the pop singer's latest offering, is a primer for a more grown-up sound.

What has been particularly vexing about Perry's career is the inescapable nature of her "cuteness," which even has its way with "Part of Me," her current single. Any legitimate sound of pain can come off as cootie-boo-hooing, with that excessive flip on her high notes or the come-hiterhing of a bridge. Her presentation at the Grammys pointed to an angry underpinning, fully realized in the wake of her divorce from Russell Brand.

Now there's "Wide Awake," a title that's packed with multiple meanings. Not only is the dream over, but there's a coming-of-age, of becoming somebody else when you wake up, you're 27, you're at the top of your game, and you just had a very public celebrity divorce. 

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