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"Project Accessory"

 "Project Accessory"

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Recap: 'Project Accessory' - 'Fall for Kenneth'

The designers must make clutches for Kenneth Cole, but will he want to sell any of them?

The final six should be thrilled to be, well, the final six, but the mood at the communal department is, to say the least, subdued. Adrian feels discouraged from his poor showing last week. How can he be Adrian and make the judges happy? Diego suggests he shouldn't be so Adrian. Ouch.

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<p>Charlize Theron in &quot;Young Adult.&quot;</p>

Charlize Theron in "Young Adult."

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Review: 'Young Adult' is a smart, sour anatomy of a bitch

Charlize Theron keeps the ugliness inside in her best work since 'Monster'

There’s a single line—make that a single word—in the opening reel of “Young Adult” delivered with such pointed lack of empathy as to immediate wipe clean any cosier expectations we might have had of a second collaboration between director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody. Staring disconnectedly into her glass while on a blind date with a seemingly decent chap wittering on about his experience of teaching in South East Asia, Charlize Theron’s divorced, 37 year-old youth fiction novelist Mavis Gary screws up her face and spits out the question, “Why?”

The guy doesn’t acknowledge the question; indeed, it doesn’t break his flow for a second. But after Theron’s drolly apathetic tone gets the required laugh from the viewer, her sourly confused expression seals the moment as more than a snarky throwaway: this isn’t just a woman who disdains people who help others, it’s one who sincerely doesn’t comprehend them. A kind of high-functioning autism invisible beneath her snippy intelligence and immaculate lipstick, Mavis’s misanthropy makes in her mind a gigantic ‘why’ of all human relationships, though she’s sufficiently self-possessed enough not to care about the answers. We never see the face of her hapless date in that early exchange; in a sense, one doubts she does either.

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<p>Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;enjoys Christmas on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Leslie (Amy Poehler) enjoys Christmas on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Citizen Knope': Crazy on PCP

Leslie has too much time on her hands in a fantastic Christmas episode

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I resign in disgrace...

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<p>Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown)&nbsp;is full of holiday glee on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) is full of holiday glee on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Regional Holiday Music': Filled with glee

The show heads into hiatus with a hilarious, song-filled Christmas 'Glee' parody

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I pander to your demographic's well-documented historical vanity...

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<p>'Stephen King? Never heard of him. All I know is PIRANHA&nbsp;3D is awesome.'</p>

'Stephen King? Never heard of him. All I know is PIRANHA 3D is awesome.'

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Joe Hill and Alexandre Aja team up for 'Horns'

'Piranha 3D' director will bring Hill's novel to bigscreen life

Joe Hill is a tremendous writer.

It's funny… I know why he chose to write as Joe Hill and not use his dad's last name, and I think he's more than proven that he has his own voice and his own talent and he doesn't need to play off of who he is to get published or build a fan base.  He deserves every reader he's got, and more.

Even so, i was with Devin Faraci this summer at Comic-Con, and as we were walking through downtown San Diego to get somewhere and pick up passes to something, we walked by Joe Hill at one point, and it was sort of stunning how much he looked like his dad in the late '70s or early '80s.  I'm not sure how anyone who was ever face to face with him would have had any question about his relationship to Stephen King, because it's downright spooky.

Recently, Fox TV flirted with an adaptation of his comic series "Locke & Key," and I'd love to get a look at the pilot episode that Mark Romanek directed.  That didn't get picked up, though, and the film version of "Heart-Shaped Box" hasn't been able to get off the ground, either.  His most recent novel was "Horns," a disturbing piece about a guy who wakes up one morning with actual devil horns starting to grow out of his head and no memory of how or why.  It is a visceral, emotional ride and a big step forward for him as a novelist, even though his first few books were also very strong.  Although there's quite a bit of the book that deals with the inner journey of the main character, I suspect it will translate well to film and could be a very smart mainstream horror movie for grown-ups.

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<p>Melanie Amaro of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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Melanie Amaro of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Results Live-Blog - Down to the Final 4

Which 'X Factor' act did American and the judges send home?

I've crowned Melanie Amaro as my "Probably Not Going To Be Eliminated" recap picture of the night. I feel somewhat confident in that. But after last week's shocking Drew/Astro eliminations? Anything truly can happen...

Click through for the results...

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<p>It looks like Jonah Hill and the young cast of 'The Sitter' just sat through a screening of 'The Sitter'</p>

It looks like Jonah Hill and the young cast of 'The Sitter' just sat through a screening of 'The Sitter'

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Review: Jonah Hill's woefully unfunny 'The Sitter' deserves to be fired

It's rare that this many people I like this much make something I like so little

While I would never claim that "The Sitter" was the worst film I saw in 2011, I think it is the film that most bitterly disappointed me this year.  I've written at length about the work of Jonah Hill, as well as director David Gordon Green, and I consider the production company Rough House to be one of the most interesting working in comedy today.  Perhaps because of the regard I have for their collective work, I am baffled by how completely I disliked "The Sitter," and I find myself unable to work up the spleen that normally goes into a really strongly negative review.  More than anything, I just feel deflated by the whole thing.

More than anything, I'm puzzled by the movie.  Keep in mind, I liked the last two comedies that David Gordon Green directed, "Your Highness" and "Pineapple Express."  I am willing to acknowledge that "Your Highness" is deranged, one of the strangest mainstream films I've ever seen, but I like that it has such a strong sense of itself and it's so willing to try anything.  If you're part of the 99.9% of all audiences who seemed to despise "Your Highness" completely, then I would advise you don't even attempt to see "The Sitter," because it doesn't even have the ragged, whacked out personality that made that film interesting.

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"Project Accessory"

 "Project Accessory"

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Why can't 'Project Runway' get a decent spin-off?

The hit series has tried with models and accessories, but why do these shows fall short?

Tonight we'll be treated to another episode of "Project Accessory," which is likely being met by a tepid sigh of not-quite-anticipation by those who bother to tune in. Admittedly, Lifetime has done its level best to copy every element of "Project Runway" to ensure the spin-off's success. The judges, the challenges and even the hostess are eerily similar to the original hit. So why doesn't it work better than it does?

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<p>Peter Berg, commanding his fleet</p>

Peter Berg, commanding his fleet

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Edit bay visit: Peter Berg goes big with 'Battleship'

The director answers questions about his biggest movie to date

On a breezy afternoon in Santa Monica last June Universal pictures invited HitFix and handful of journalists to visit the edit bay of next summer's tent pole movie "Battleship" to see the films' progress and talk to director Peter Berg. 

Many of us remember the game 'Battleship' as two rattling plastic clamshell cases that you could carry around like little laptops and set up anywhere for instant naval battle. Some even remember an electronic talking version (lucky jerks), but the gameplay in both was basically the same: you tried to sink your opponents fleet of ships by blindly calling out coordinates on their grid, and hoping you hit one of their ships before they hit yours.
So how do you turn a guessing game that can essentially be played with two pencils and a couple sheets of graph paper into a major motion picture? Well you make it a battle between a fleet of Navy ships and a fleet of alien ships, of course. Due to convenient plotting, neither fleet can see the other on their radar. Do they shoot giant plastic pegs at each other? The short answer is "Yes."
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<p>&quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;creator Kurt Sutter, in character as Big Otto.</p>
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"Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter, in character as Big Otto.

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Interview: 'Sons of Anarchy' creator Kurt Sutter post-mortems season 4

On surprise plot twists, last-second reprieves and other highs and lows of the season
"Sons of Anarchy" wrapped up its 4th season on Tuesday night, and I figured my review would be the last I'd have to say on the subject for a while. But the show's creator, Kurt Sutter, changed his mind about doing a season-ending interview with me, and we spoke for a little under an hour this afternoon about various developments and criticisms from throughout the season. Here's the Q&A; please note that Kurt talks vaguely about ways in which a few stories will carry over into the next season, and that we also talk about a story arc from the last few seasons of "The Shield," so read at your own risk:
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<p>Frontman Eddie Vedder performs with Pearl Jam in Sao Paulo, Brazil last month.</p>

Frontman Eddie Vedder performs with Pearl Jam in Sao Paulo, Brazil last month.

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Pearl Jam sets European tour dates, including Isle of Wight Festival

Is a U.S. tour next?

Pearl Jam will kick off a series of European headlining gigs  on June 20 and include a show at the Isle of Wight Festival in the U.K. on June 23.

The headliners for Isle of Wight this year are the top of vintage American rock acts with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers playing June 22 and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performing June 24.

Pearl Jam, who celebrated their 20th anniversary all year long this year, including with the fine documentary “Pearl Jam 20,” will spend three weeks touring Europe. No word on a new U.S. tour yet.

Los Angeles punk band X, who has toured with the band before, will serve as the opener. For a fun interview with X’s Exene Cervenka about touring with Eddie Vedder and the boys, as well as some other illuminated comments, go here

Pearl Jam's European tour dates:

June 20: Manchester, U.K. (MEN Arena) ?
June 23: Isle of Wright, U.K. (Isle of Wight Festival) ?
June 26: Amsterdam, Netherlands (Ziggo Dome) ?
June 29: Werchter, Belgium (Rockwerchter Festival)
July 4: Berlin, Germany (O2 Arena)
July 7: Stockholm, Sweden (Ericsson Globe Arena) ?
July 9: Oslo, Norway (Spektrum) ?
July 10: Copenhagen, Denmark (Forum)


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Download Tim McGraw's jangly 'Christmas All Over the World' for free
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Download Tim McGraw's jangly 'Christmas All Over the World' for free

Plus, new holiday treats from Lyle Lovett

Tim McGraw got his Christmas present early when a judge decided that he could, indeed, get released from his record contract from Curb Records, with whom he has been feuding for years now.

So now, he’s spreading his joy with his fans via this free download of “Christmas All Over the World,” a rocking, twangy little tune written by Daniel Tashian and Troy Verges. The Beatlesque backing vocals and Glen Campbell-style guitar playing are a nice touch. And McGraw sounds great. It is available for free via AOL on Dec. 8 and then, starting Dec. 9, through Hear it here.

McGraw, who embarks on a stadium tour with buddy Kenny Chesney next summer, released the song on his StyleSonic Records. He’ll have a new album out next year-- although it’s unclear if it will come out via StyleSonic or if he’s looking for another major label deal. 

Fellow soon-to-be-ex-Curb artist Lyle Lovett also just released a Christmas EP, “Songs for the Season.” Produced by Lovett and Nathaniel Kunkel, the online release features the Vince Guaraldi/ “Peanuts” classic “Christmastime is Here,” as well as “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” a duet with Kat Edmonson,” and a few other treats.  On other Lovett news, the four-time Grammy winner will release his last set for Curb on Feb. 28. Appropriately enough, the album is titled "Release Me," 

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