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Listen: Bon Iver and James Blake collaborate in 'Boys Choir'

A meeting of the minds at SXSW

Yesterday, I heard the song "Fall Creek Boys Choir," a collaboration between Bon Iver and indie's favorite fellated object James Blake.

I promptly and mysteriously fell asleep, and I only just now awoke to say something about it. And it is that.

"Boys Choir" is the first of what could be many songs to come out of the pairing, a project that began when Bon Iver's Justin Vernon met Blake at what should and could be a regular meeting-of-the-minds.

According to a release, "Over the past year James has cited Justin as a key influence and it was via a chance meeting at this years SXSW festival in Austin, Texas that the seed was sown for a future collaboration."

On the song's YouTube page, there's an insinuation that there's another song due soon: "Enough Thunder - Oct 2011."

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"Gene Simmons Family Jewels"

 "Gene Simmons Family Jewels"

Credit: A&E

'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' returns Oct. 4 - but for how long?

New episodes will pick up from last season's cliffhanger

A&E has announced that new episodes of "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" will be returning to the air on Tues. Oct. 4 at 9 p.m., giving viewers a chance to finally see Shannon Tweed's answer to her longtime boyfriend Gene Simmons' marriage proposal.

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Kyle Richards of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 Kyle Richards of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Credit: Bravo

HitFix Interview: Kyle from 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' talks about the new season

She says season two may be "emotional and difficult to watch"
Following the suicide of Russell Armstrong, Bravo quickly canceled interviews with the stars of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and set to work re-editing the series. Rumors are still circulating that the show's premiere will be pushed from Sept. 5. But before Armstrong's death, a few of the housewives stopped in at NBC's TCA party (Bravo is owned by NBC Universal) and I had a chance to talk with Kyle Richards about her difficult relationships with her sister Kim and Camille Grammar, why she decided to sign up for a second season, and the nightmare scene she can't watch again.
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<p>Alma (Molly Parker)&nbsp;goes for a walk through &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alma (Molly Parker) goes for a walk through "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 12: 'Sold Under Sin' (Veterans edition)

Swearengen and Bullock make big decisions as the season comes to a close

We've come to the end of our summer trip back through the first season of David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood," and we're continuing to do it with two separate but largely identical posts: one for people who watched the whole series and want to be able to discuss it from beginning to end, and one for people who are just starting out and don't want to be spoiled with discussion that goes past the current episode. This is the former; click here for the newbie-safe version.

A review of the season finale, "Sold Under Sin," coming up just as soon as I report stiffness or numbness...

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<p>Alma (Molly Parker)&nbsp;goes for a walk through &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alma (Molly Parker) goes for a walk through "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 12: 'Sold Under Sin' (Newbies edition)

Swearengen and Bullock make big decisions as the season comes to a close

We've come to the end of our summer trip back through the first season of David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood," and we're continuing to do it with two separate but largely identical posts: one for people who watched the whole series and want to be able to discuss it from beginning to end, and one for people who are just starting out and don't want to be spoiled with discussion that goes past the current episode. This is the latter; click here for the veteran-friendly version.

A review of the season finale, "Sold Under Sin," coming up just as soon as I report stiffness or numbness...

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<p>Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton face off in 'Warrior,' the thrilling new drama that arrives in theaters next month</p>

Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton face off in 'Warrior,' the thrilling new drama that arrives in theaters next month

Credit: Lionsgate

Review: 'Warrior' gives Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton compelling reasons to fight

Film also features one of Nick Nolte's best performances

THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN UPDATED

Sports movies are hard to make fresh in any significant way, due in large part to the simple formula that most of them follow.  You ultimately come down to one of two endings for your protagonist or protagonists.  Either they win and it's a great victory, or they lose, and it's bittersweet.  Both endings have been played out numerous times, and in almost any sport you can name.  So why do filmmakers continue to return to this genre?

The answer, I believe, is the same reason people watch real sports knowing there are only a few possible outcomes.  There is something within us, some key piece of what makes us social animals, that makes it important to us to invest in this sort of event.  We want to see someone win.  We want to see someone lose.  We want to root for our favorites and hiss at our opponents.  We love the narrative, the combat, the emotional rush that comes when we hand ourselves over to the contest.  And in good sports films, the contest is really just a metaphor for some grander struggle in the lives of the characters we watch.  And in the case of Gavin O'Connor's film "Warrior," he's attempted something I can't honestly remember seeing before in a sports film, and he's pulled it off in spectacular fashion, creating one of the year's most rousing pieces of emotional entertainment as a result.

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<p>Katy Perry in her MTV&nbsp;Video Awards nominated video for &quot;E.T.&quot;</p>

Katy Perry in her MTV Video Awards nominated video for "E.T."

The latest on the 28th annual MTV VMAs: no Katy, no Kanye, no host

Plus: check out our predictions

Though MTV launched 30 years ago in 1981, the music video channel didn’t hold its first Video Music Awards until 1984. Ever since then, the show’s producers have consistently tried to shock and awe the audience. Sometimes it has worked, but more often has not, but regardless, the VMAs have always provided excellent water cooler fodder for the next morning.

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Dominic West and Oona Chaplin in "The Hour."
Dominic West and Oona Chaplin in "The Hour."
Credit: BBC

'The Hour' - 'Episode 2': Hanging with Mr. Elms

The show makes its debut, with some bumps along the way

A quick review of the second episode of "The Hour" coming up just as soon as I click my heel harder on the third step...

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LL Cool J of "NCIS Los Angeles"

 LL Cool J of "NCIS Los Angeles"

Credit: CBS

HitFix Interview: 'NCIS: Los Angeles' star LL Cool J says season opener will be a 'tearjerker'

The star says he 'doesn't know what to do with' his Ne-Yo collaboration

With "NCIS: Los Angeles" entering its third season (premiering Tues. Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. on CBS), LL Cool J is looking forward to more action as Sam Hanna and "G" Callen (Chris O'Donnell) journey to eastern Europe to rescue their boss, Hetty (Linda Hunt), who's trying to convince the dangerous Comescu crime family that Callen is dead. With the focus squarely on Callen, Hanna's backstory is off the show's radar -- but that doesn't seem to bother the affable rapper/actor. During the CBS TCA party I talked to LL Cool J about the show, his special gift from the commander of the aircraft carrier that disposed of Osama bin Laden's body and why he and O'Donnell make such a perfect couple.

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<p>Guillermo Del Toro most likely said something filthy here.&nbsp; Not because Katie Holmes is laughing, but because it's Guillermo Del Toro.</p>

Guillermo Del Toro most likely said something filthy here.  Not because Katie Holmes is laughing, but because it's Guillermo Del Toro.

Credit: HitFix

Watch: Katie Holmes, Guillermo Del Toro, Bailee Madison discuss 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'

Meet the cast and producer/writer of this weekend's freaky new film

Okay… here's a clear sign that I've reached a point of pure overload:  I have no recollection of doing these interviews.

At first, I thought our editor was crazy when he sent me an e-mail today asking me if I was ready to publish the interviews I did for "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark," and I wrote him back to say that I wasn't the one who did them.  He insisted that I was and sent me the videos and, sure enough, even though these appear to have been one-camera interviews, it's definitely me asking the questions.

I clearly remember seeing the film at the Los Angeles Film Festival this summer, and I liked it quite a bit.  Watching the interviews now, I am struck by a few things.  First, Bailee Madison can't possibly the age they claim she is.  I'm going to guess she's 38 years old and just a bit on the short side.  Don't believe me?  Check out how incredibly self-possessed she is in the interview that's embedded below:

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<p>Jeff of 'Big Brother'</p>
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Jeff of 'Big Brother'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday - PoV and the Zingbot

How would our 'BB' newbie handle the wise-cracking machine?

Kalia versus Porsche. It’s not exactly Ali-Frazer, is it? But that’s where we start tonight’s “Big Brother,” with both currently on the chopping block. The PoV Challenge tonight could land Daniele in hot water before the hour is up, but for now, we’re stuck with two less-than-impressive players in jeopardy. Yawn. Can we bring Zombie Brendon back? Wait, forget I said that. Let’s get on to tonight’s recap before I say anything else I’ll later regret.

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<p>The new poster for &quot;My Week with Marilyn&quot; with Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and Eddie Redmayne.</p>

The new poster for "My Week with Marilyn" with Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and Eddie Redmayne.

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in striking 'My Week with Marilyn' teaser poster

One of the fall's more tempting new films

One of this year's more increasingly tempting new releases is the 1950's period romance "My Week with Marilyn."  Directed by Simon Curtis, the film follows a week in the production of "The Prince and the Showgirl" and the true story of a production assistant (Eddie Redmayne) who developed a close friendship with iconic American movie star Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams).  The picture already has substantial buzz behind it and it's also been selected as the centerpiece premiere at this year's prestigious and oh,so picky New York Film Festival.

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