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<p>A scene from &quot;The Rabbi's Cat,&quot;&nbsp;newly aquired by GKIDS</p>

A scene from "The Rabbi's Cat," newly aquired by GKIDS

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From Disney to GKIDS, this year's animated feature race is already looking stacked (UPDATED)

Both the toon titan and the indie distrib have full plates this season

UPDATE (6/6): Well, GKIDS just announced another acquisition, this one with an expressly intended Oscar qualification release noted: "From Up on Poppy Hill." Add that one to the fire.

EARLIER: I'm asked daily at this point so I guess I'll just say, yes, predictions are coming. By the end of the month.

One of the things I start doing around this time of year, in preparation for that package, is suss out the animated feature category as best I can. Things change often with this field as we're always focused on the magic number of qualifying contenders necessary for five nominees (16), and even that can offer surprises as this film or that fails to submit paperwork, or this or that pops up as a sudden fringe possibility.

Last year there were three such possibilities, all of them from scrappy indie GKIDS. The distributor landed its first (surprise) nomination in the field back in 2009 for "The Secret of Kells" and muscled in with two showings last year for "A Cat in Paris" and "Chico & Rita." This year, once again, GKIDS has a few options.

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<p>Fiona Apple</p>

Fiona Apple

Listen: Fiona Apple's new 'Werewolf' is lonesome, sad and funny

Another track from 'The Idler Wheel...' arrives

Sometimes we need to listen to songs that make us happy when we are breaking up. Sometimes we need to hear tunes that are about breakups during our breakups. Fiona Apple's new track "Werewolf" is a song you should put on in the instances of the latter.

The track is fairly minimal -- with Apple' s voice and a big, breathy grand piano -- but it's a little found-sound sample that gives this heart-wringer more life. The sound of children playing rattles over the melody as Apple admits that the best way she and her ex-lover can help each other is to "avoid each other." She has a sense of humor about the whole thing, even with the drooping submission of her manic voice. It's an odd track, stirring in how plain-spoken a bust-up can be.

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Victoria Wakile and Rosie Pierri

Victoria Wakile and Rosie Pierri on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

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Recap: 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' - 'Uncivil Union'

Two of the ladies' gay siblings get the spotlight, but so does Joe Giudice

This week's episode was neatly divided into two halves, each dealing with a gay sibling of one of the housewives. Caroline's brother Jamie plans to marry his partner Rich (why do all the men have the same names on this show??), and Kathy's sister Rosie comes out to her niece and nephew.

Meanwhile, tensions between Caroline and Teresa remained on simmer, but Caroline declared herself a ticking time bomb...

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<p>Of course James Bond hooks up with Kissy Suzuki in 'You Only Live Twice.'&nbsp; I mean, her name is Kissy Suzuki.&nbsp; That's like destiny.</p>

Of course James Bond hooks up with Kissy Suzuki in 'You Only Live Twice.'  I mean, her name is Kissy Suzuki.  That's like destiny.

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James Bond Declassified: File #5 - 'You Only Live Twice' rewrites Fleming completely

For the first time, the producers threw out one of Fleming's books, but to what effect?

JAMES BOND 007 DECLASSIFIED
File #5:  "You Only Live Twice"

This series will trace the cinema history of James Bond, while also examining Ian Fleming's original novels as source material and examining how faithful (or not) the films have been to his work.

Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Screenplay by Roald Dahl
Produced by Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli

CHARACTERS / CAST

James Bond / Sean Connery
Ernst Stavro Blofeld / Donald Pleasance
Aki / Akiko Wakabayashi
Kissy Suzuki / Mie Hama
Tiger Tanaka / Tetsuro Tanba
Mr. Osato / Teru Shimada
Helga Brandt / Karin Dor
"M" / Bernard Lee
"Q" / Desmond Llewelyn
Moneypenny / Lois Maxwell
Henderson / Charles Gray
Ling / Tsai Chin

CREDITS SEQUENCE

The orchestration of the sting is very different this time out, and I really dig the stop and fire this time.

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<p>Jared Harris as Lane Pryce on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Jared Harris as Lane Pryce on "Mad Men."

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Interview: 'Mad Men' co-star Jared Harris on Lane Pryce and 'Commissions and Fees'

What did the actor know, and when did he know it?

When I talked to Jared Harris about the huge developments for Lane Pryce on last night's "Mad Men,"he reminded me of one of Lane's most important earlier scenes.

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<p>Rihanna and Chris Martin in &quot;Princess of China&quot;</p>

Rihanna and Chris Martin in "Princess of China"

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Watch: Ninjas and geishas in Coldplay's 'Princess of China' with Rihanna

Chris Martin fights the pop star, and it's love

When you're a rock star, you can probably make demands like, "I want to be a ninja in my next music video, but I don't want to change out of my tennis shoes."

If I were Chris Martin, that's what I'd do too. The Coldplay frontman fights many enemies and even Rihanna, who puts the "ire" in "desire" for the band's "Princess of China" single. The stylish video allows for the pop stars to get their "Crouching Tiger" on, with the Bajan singer having the added benefit of an unbelievable geisha get-up and a gorgeous fainting couch.

The two oscillate between admiring and dueling each other, finishing off their romance with a sad embrace in the end. Speaking of romance, check out Martin getting his "Bad Romance" on circa 3:16, all Yuri Bradac-ing the crap out of that chair. Yes, Chris, her dance is stunning and in slow-motion.

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<p>Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams in "Girls."

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'Girls' talk: come chat with me and a bunch of Guardian readers

"Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too" discussion begins today at 2 p.m. Eastern

"Girls" is apparently big enough in the UK that The Guardian hosts weekly chats about each episode the following day, and they've invited me to be one of two guests (along with Nona Willis from GOOD) for this week's chat about "Weirdos Need Boyfriends Too" (which I reviewed here). The chat will be today at 2 p.m. Eastern, and being done with CoveritLive, and if I've done my HTML coding properly (always a big if), you should be able to follow and participate in the chat right here on this blog entry. (And if not, follow the first link back to The Guardian's page.) 

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<p>Liam McIntyre as Spartacus.</p>

Liam McIntyre as Spartacus.

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Starz will end 'Spartacus' with season 3

'Spartacus: War of the Damned' to bring the saga to an early conclusion

 The business model in American television dictates that most shows run for as long as they continue to be profitable. Even a place like HBO isn't immune to that way of thinking, as then-network boss Chris Albrecht kept backing up dump trucks full of money to David Chase's house for more "Sopranos" episodes when even Chase wasn't sure how long he wanted the show to continue.

 
Albrecht now runs Starz, and was among the men responsible for a decision you don't see every day, as everyone involved with the "Spartacus" franchise — the channel's biggest hit by far — has decided to end the series after the upcoming third season, "Spartacus: War of the Damned," which will premiere next January.
 
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<p>Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in "Game of Thrones." 

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Season finale review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Valar Morghulis'

Many lies are told, and roads are not taken, as the second season ends

A review of last night's "Game of Thrones" season finale coming up just as soon as I have questions for wise men with skinny arms...

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<p>Jared Harris as Lane Pryce on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Jared Harris as Lane Pryce on "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'Commissions and Fees'

Lane gets bad news, Sally entertains a guest and the agency is rocked

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I wait 20 minutes for an unspecified meeting with my boss...

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<p>Fun. with Janelle Monae at the MTV Movie Awards</p>

Fun. with Janelle Monae at the MTV Movie Awards

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Watch: fun. and Janelle Monae are 'Young' at MTV Movie Awards

How was the opening act?

Ever want to know how the band behind ubiquitous "We Are Young" would fare on popular broadcast television? Pretty well, actually.

fun. took the stage to open the 2012 MTV Movie Awards during the live broadcast on Sunday night, tackling their hit "We Are Young" with the help of Janelle Monae, who features on the song. Donning matching white tuxedos with cropped pants, the band was joined by a mini-choir and the buoyant singer, who reversed her outfit to be mostly-black-clad. All looked postively amped.

Frontman Nate Ruess -- formerly of the Format -- came off almost overly eager, considering his breath control, but proved powerful and on-point with the excitement of the teen-endearing evening. Monae was very visible in the latter half of the song, much more evident than her criminally underutilized vocal part in the actual song.

"We Are Young" was a No. 1 hit on the Hot 100. The band is on tour now, and will remain eternally as such.

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<p>Johnny Depp performs with the Black Keys at the 2012 MTV&nbsp;Movie Awards</p>

Johnny Depp performs with the Black Keys at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

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Watch: Johnny Depp performs with Black Keys at MTV Movie Awards

MTV's 'Generation Award' winner

Johnny Depp took home a "Generation Award" at tonight's MTV Movie Awards, but perhaps he felt more honored to be taking the stage with the Black Keys.

The Oscar-nominated actor performed on guitar to the Keys' summer jam "Gold on the Ceiling" on a stage in-the-round at the Los Angeles-based, live-broadcast ceremony. Depp was wordless during the song, allowing for singer Dan Auerbach's 50 shades of sexy to resonate against the uptempo jam.

After accepting his award from Aerosmith -- who are desperate to promote their "G.I. Joe" song "Legendary Child" and their new album, and who have very little to do with Johnny Depp -- Depp continued to play through the commercial with the blues-rock group on "Lonely Boy," which is also off their latest "El Camino."

Depp was quiet and appreciative in his speech, thanking legends Aerosmith and "up-and-coming legends the Black Keys." The presenting hosts reminded audiences that Depp dropped out of school at a young age to become a musician; he's been known to perform with other artists from Oasis to Marilyn Manson, and looked to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards as his inspiration for the role of Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise films.

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