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'Animal Cops Houston' is not for the faint of heart or stomach

Despite starving horses, petrified dog feces and pet autopsies, inspiration can be found

For some people, pets are just pets. For other people, pets are beloved members of their families, and these are the people who will have the most difficulty watching "Animal Cops Houston" (Wed. 8 pm. on Animal Planet) As it turns out, there's also a third category of people - people who care so little for other living creatures (or who, in the case of animal hoarders, care but are too plagued by mental disorders to care appropriately) that pets are simply forgotten, neglected, starved or abused. There are apparently enough people in this depressing final category for "Animal Cops" to have become a multi-city franchise, with shows based in Detroit, Miami, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Francisco and New York City. 

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<p>John&nbsp;Hawkes and Elizabeth Olsen in a scene from &quot;Martha Marcy&nbsp;May&nbsp;Marlene&quot;</p>

John Hawkes and Elizabeth Olsen in a scene from "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

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Interview: Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes talk 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

The film opens in limited release this Friday

The path for "Martha Marcy May Marlene" began way back at the Sundance Film Festival in January. In the cold chill of Park City, Utah, a dark yarn bewitched audiences and a breakout actress was announced to the world.

It might have been a bit of déjà vu for actor John Hawkes. Just 12 months prior, the same narrative was being spun out of the festival.

"I was thinking, 'Wow, this is so odd,'" he says. "'In less than two years I'm working with two young women who are extremely talented and dedicated and smart and have a very healthy approach to their work, and an effective one."

The two actresses in question are Jennifer Lawrence, who starred alongside Hawkes in 2010's "Winter's Bone," and Elizabeth Olsen, who shares the screen this year in "Martha Marcy May Marlene." It's probably a bit unfair that one film is so often compared to the other, but the outward parallels of the two are difficult to ignore.

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Watch: Coldplay's new video for 'Paradise' features dancing elephants

Watch: Coldplay's new video for 'Paradise' features dancing elephants

Can 'Paradise' be found in front of thousands of fans?

We’re all just looking for members of our own tribe, even if we’re a fake elephant. That’s the takeaway from the sweet, whimsical video for Coldplay’s “Paradise.” That, and, apparently, lead singer Chris Martin is a hell of a unicycle rider.

The clip opens as our furry pachyderm is breaking out of the zoo. In addition to being able to walk upright, this elephant can navigate the London Tube system and airplane. There are some wonderfully wacky little scene, like the elephant’s trunk stretching out through the Tube train doors for some peanuts or his little trunk outside of the trunk he’s traveling in on a plane to South Africa.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>A scene from James Cameron's &quot;Avatar&quot;</p>

A scene from James Cameron's "Avatar"

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James Cameron talks 'Avatar' sequels

Oceans of Pandora, get ready for your close-up

Director James Cameron is working on two sequels for his 2009 blockbuster "Avatar" at the moment, writing them back-to-back and gearing up to dive back into the world of Pandora and the Na'vi soon enough. He recently stopped by ABC's Nightline and dropped a few nuggets on what we can expect out of the next film.

"We will see the oceans of Pandora, which we haven't seen at all," he said. "That's an ecosystem that I'm dying to start designing because it's going to look spectacular. But also, again, now it narrows the spotlight instead of just nature in general or the rainforest. It focuses it a little more on ocean issues.

"Because we've got a planet that's a blue planet. From a distance, you look at it, Earth is a lot more blue than it is brown (the landmass). We're making the oceans unsurvivable for a lot of the species right now."

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<p>Stan Lee's comic book creations have been a huge part of the film industry for the last decade.</p>

Stan Lee's comic book creations have been a huge part of the film industry for the last decade.

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Stan Lee tapped for Visual Effects Society's Lifetime Achievement Award

His imagination has sparked effects wizards' imaginations considerably as of late

Stan Lee's imagination has certainly given way to a fair share of blockbuster entertainments on the screen. And the comic movie feeding frenzy that started with "X-Men" in 2000 and dominated the last decade owes plenty to him.

So, I guess it makes sense for the Visual Effects Society (VES) to tap Lee for the group's Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor comes on the heels of the announcement that Douglas Trumbull will receive the Georges Méliès Award.

"As a writer there is nothing more rewarding than to see your creations brought to life on the screen," Lee said via press release. "I am indebted to all of the incredibly talented artists who have contributed to my projects."

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<p>The Pixies' &quot;Where is my Mind?&quot;&nbsp;plays audiences out in David Fincher's &quot;Fight Club.&quot;</p>
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The Pixies' "Where is my Mind?" plays audiences out in David Fincher's "Fight Club."

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Oscarweb Round-up: Cameron Crowe's music-in-film picks

Also: Fundraising for 'Tyrannosaur' and 'The Dark Knight Rises' to film at Occupy Wall Street?

Cameron Crowe had a pregnant idea yesterday. How about a top 10 list of music moments in film? His list is full of unique and sometimes surprising picks, though I guess I'll forgive him for being modest enough to opt out of including "In Your Eyes" from his own "Say Anything." And judging by comments Chris Cornell made in our recent interview, I imagine the Soundgarden front man would be delighted by the "We Bought a Zoo" director's #1 choice. Lots of great picks, though. And a nice change of pace on the interwebs. [The Uncool]

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<p>Crosby (Dax Shepard)&nbsp;and Adam (Peter Krause)&nbsp;on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Adam (Peter Krause) on "Parenthood."

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'Parenthood' - 'Tales from the Luncheonette': They tried to make me pay for rehab

Sarah's support of Seth is controversial, and Crosby and Adam try to appease Cee Lo Green

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I invest in my family's future with Welsh spring water...

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<p>Sometimes people are just sea captains, they can't help it</p>

Sometimes people are just sea captains, they can't help it

Exclusive: New 'Tintin' featurette with Haddock test from Comic-Con

Spielberg and Jackson and all sorts of new footage

Are you excited for "Tintin"?

If your first reaction is to start grumbling about technology, then I don't know how to get past that.  To my mind, the last thing that's interesting about this movie is the software and hardware used to produce it.  We live in an age of miracles we take for granted and even complain about, and it tires me.

What excites me about "Tintin" is specifically the collision of talent that it represents.  If you read my piece about the San Diego Comic-Con presentation this summer by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, I laid out my thoughts upon seeing the first real footage from the movie.

I've seen more at this point, and I've seen enough to see the characters at play.  For example, I'm intrigued by the interplay between Thompson (Simon Pegg) and Thomson (Nick Frost), and I'm trying to imagine the sessions where they recorded that, alone in a room with Steven Spielberg.  You look at "Spaced," and you take into account how genuine their love of genre is, and it's hard not to take pleasure in the idea of those two guys just playing, slapstick and banter brought to painted life.

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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

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Recap: Another couple bites the dust on 'Dancing with the Stars' in the 5th elimination

Kelly Clarkson and Perry perform while a crowd favorite says farewell

It's time for another elimination, and I have to say that I'm glad I didn't put money on this season (not that I ever do), as it's been one of the weirdest as far as the logic of who is staying and who is going. Chynna's out, Chaz is in, north is south, up is down -- I might as well try to wrap my head around tax law or the CW's program schedule. Anyway, let's get on with what is usually a long, drawn out night that rarely ends the way anyone expects it to.

We start things off with a dance performance set to the most lackluster renditions of "Like A Virgin" and "Like A Prayer" performed outside of an off-strip Las Vegas piano bar. But, as you might expect, the dancing is very, very good. 

Tom wants Len to talk about the season. Spin plates until the commercial break, Len! Len tells us that this season is crazy, as Kristin and Chynna were cut so early. You can't moan if you don't vote! Well, at least he speaks the truth.

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<p>The &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;chase down an enemy.</p>

The "Sons of Anarchy" chase down an enemy.

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'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Fruit for the Crows': Juice in a box

Juice and the other club members get squeezed in an outstanding episode

A review of tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" coming up just as soon as I embrace the stereotype...

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"Toddlers & Tiaras"

 "Toddlers & Tiaras"

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Are reality TV shows like 'Dance Moms' destroying kids? Pt. 2

How these shows could be destroying kids - including yours

This is a continuation of a story that ran on Friday. To read the first half, click here

 "That can get ugly in adulthood." 

While Kate Gosselin may have initially seen television as a path to financial security instead of fame (although it can be debated that may have changed over time), mothers on "Dance Moms" and "Toddlers & Tiaras" hardly seem to be putting their kids first at any point in the process. "The argument behind these children being on these shows is that the parents say the kids want to do this," says Jennifer Powell-Lunder, author of Teenage As A Second Language: A Parents' Guide to Becoming Bilingual. "Sure they do, because they know their parents want them to do this." The narcissism many of the mothers on these shows exhibit is likely to have an even greater impact on the kids than the presence of television cameras. "The parents on the show 'Dance Moms' are modeling such inappropriate behavior," she continues. "They're catty, they're mean, and they're teaching their kids that it's okay to gossip and backstab." Add to that the nature of the competitions on both shows and it's a toxic brew. "On both 'Toddlers & Tiaras' and 'Dance Moms,' they're applauded for sexualized behavior. It sends a distorted message that you should act like a little adult."
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<p>Mather Zickel and Dan Fogler in &quot;Man Up!&quot;</p>

Mather Zickel and Dan Fogler in "Man Up!"

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'Man Up!' - 'Pilot': Call of duty

What did everybody think of the new ABC comedy?

I posted my review of ABC's "Man Up!this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Was it funny? Better or worse than "Last Man Standing"? Worthy of the exclamation point in the title? (Frankly, I think it would work better with "Work It," assuming "Work It" ever airs.) Will you be watching again?

Have at it.

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