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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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Recap: 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' - $25,000 Sunglasses?!

New housewife Brandi sticks her foot in it -- repeatedly

Last week was all about Brandi, the feisty new addition to the housewives. This week is apparently all about Dana, who almost makes Brandi look classy in comparison. Not possible? Oh, sadly, it is. 

Kyle and Taylor go to Dana's for lunch. Dana answers the door dressed like Porn Star Vegas Barbie (if Mattel hasn't made it yet, give it time). But wait! She's trying on WEDDING DRESSES. Yes, Dana is apparently considering dressing like a high-priced Vegas hooker for her wedding. If we haven't already guessed it, Dana is all class. Kyle, of course, has guessed it. "There are two boobs and a tiara staring me in the face," she later says with exactly the right amount of bemused disgust.

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"Dancing with the Stars"
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Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' - 10 couples dance

The stars pick their most memorable year as inspiration

Tonight's theme is each dancer's most memorable year ever, which is really code for pandering for the voters' sympathy and, if possible, making us cry. This may be maudlin and manipulative but it should be interesting, given that some of the stars on the show have had very, very bad years. But we'll just have to see what they pick. 

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<p>Jason O'Mara of &quot;Terra Nova&quot;</p>
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Jason O'Mara of "Terra Nova"

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Recap: 'Terra Nova' - 'Instinct'

As the Shannons attempt to settle in, a new species of dinosaur poses problems for the camp

Back in college, I took every course I could on literary theory. Not only did I want more techniques to employ when reading various texts, but I also liked the idea that there was more than one way to approach a particular problem. That desire pretty much sums up anyone who majors in the humanities, since it eschews a “right” answer in favor of precise, singular solutions. Some of these literary theories seemed too antiquated for proper deployment (Aristotle’s “Poetics”), and some of these theories were too esoteric for anyone not on a series dose of happy pills (hello, Derrida and your cursed deconstruction). Weirdly enough, the one I rejected most at the time is one I return to when dealing with shows such as “Terra Nova”: New Criticism.

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<p>Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;responds to stress on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Robin (Cobie Smulders) responds to stress on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Stinson Missile Crisis': HIMYM: Criminal Intent?

Robin goes to see Kal Penn for therapy

A quick review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as we toast to my femininity...

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Michelle Yeoh stars in Luc Besson's "The Lady"
Michelle Yeoh stars in Luc Besson's "The Lady"
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Michelle Yeoh stands defiant in the trailer for Luc Besson's 'The Lady'

The actress stars as Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Luc Besson's "The Lady" bowed at Toronto this year where reviews weren't exactly glowing. But Cohen Media Group picked up the film out of the fest and Michelle Yeoh's Best Actress campaign could be something to keep an eye on (as could David Thewlis in supporting if the film really catches on). Still, one wonders if the infrastructure will be there to feed a considerable awards campaign, or if the goal of turning a profit on modest spending will win out the day. Such is the balance of picking up a film like this. In any case, the trailer recently dropped via Yahoo! Movies and it gives a good overall indication of what we can expect from Yeoh and Thewlis. Check out the embed after the jump.

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Watch: Odette Annable and Charlyne Yi talk 'House'

FOX's new doctors show off their medical jargon skills
It's hard for female doctors working with Gregory House to experience any real longevity.
 
Dr. Cameron was around for a long time, but she was most recently seen causing romantic turmoil on "How I Met Your Mother" and then heading off to investigate fairy tales on ABC's "Once Upon a Time." 
 
Thirteen hasn't exactly vanished from the show, but she seems to only be around when she has gaps in a busy movie career.
 
And then Joan of Arcadia was around for the better part of a season, until God told her it was time to move on.
 
[Apologies if fiction and reality got blurred somewhere there.]
 
This fall, House will welcome two new underlings, doctors played by Odette Annable -- most recently seen on FOX's newly resurrected "Breaking In" -- and Charlyne Yi, who won hearts in "Knocked Up" and won a Sundance screenwriting award for "Paper Heart."
 
Annable's character will make her first appearance in Monday's (October 3) "House" premiere, while you'll have to wait a week to see Yi. 
 
Here's how the two actresses describe their characters, their own struggles with medical jargon and the "House" culture of side-smacking.
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Peyman Moaadi in Iranian Oscar submission "A Separation"
Peyman Moaadi in Iranian Oscar submission "A Separation"
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Does Sony have bigger Oscar plans for 'A Separation' and 'In Darkness'?

December release makes foreign Oscar submissions eligible in all categories

In my most recent predictions update, you might have noticed a new entry in the Best Original Screenplay category for "A Separation," Asghar Farhadi's festival darling and foreign-language Oscar hopeful. While I admit I can toy with some pretty unlikely predictions in the early stages, this one was more reasoned than most -- and really fell into place for me when I noticed that Sony Pictures Classics had set a December 30 release date for the film.

Squeezing that narrowly under the wire into the 2011 release calendar suggests to me that the distributor may have more than just a Best Foreign Language Film nomination in their sights for the critically adored Iranian film. After all, a 2011 release date isn't a requirement for the ghetto category; Sony in particular is frequently content to wait until after the nominations, or even the Oscars themselves, before opening their contenders, so as to capitalize on the awards prestige. (The category's reigning winner, "In a Better World," only opened in April.)

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Watch Florence + The Machine 'Shake It Out' in stylish new video

Watch Florence + The Machine 'Shake It Out' in stylish new video

Single culled from Nov. 1 new album release

Florence + The Machine's first single and music video to "Ceremonials," due Nov. 1, has dropped, and there's a lot going on here.

Florence Welch traded only a few of her Stevie Nicksian chiffon gowns for something a little wilder, tighter, for this clip. In it, the singer is equal parts naughty and nice as she cavorts between dancing, drinking, shaking it out and shrinking away during this fairy tale party. She flows between beautiful people in masquerade masks and drops in on a seance. There's candles and indirect light galore, and the styling is beyond pristine. What is this, an Annie Lennox video?

And beyond that, her vocals remind me of Lennox here, too, in their strength and abounding character. While a couple lyrics' metaphors are, erm, beaten to death, the melody leaves no room for misery or second-guessing. This is easily one of Welch's best vocal performances to date, and the imagery will leave a mark on fans and aspiring fans to boot.

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<p>I'm guessing Jeff Goldblum won't be back even if David Cronenberg does end up making his proposed sequel to his 1986 hit 'The Fly'</p>

I'm guessing Jeff Goldblum won't be back even if David Cronenberg does end up making his proposed sequel to his 1986 hit 'The Fly'

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David Cronenberg has written a screenplay for a 'Fly' sequel

So are we ever going to see it turned into a film?

One of my least favorite moments of the year so far was writing a mediocre review for David Cronenberg's new film "A Dangerous Method."  I love Cronenberg's work, and I consider him one of the most interesting and exciting filmmakers working anywhere today.  Even when I don't like a film he makes, which is rare, I like the conversation about it, the experience of seeing it, and the knowledge that he's still working.

One of the most remarkable parts of his career is the way he managed to shake the horror genre, something many horror filmmakers are incapable of doing.  Studios and audiences love to put filmmakers into easy boxes, and Cronenberg's work was so outrageous that it would have been very easy to imagine him spending his whole life working in horror.  Instead, he managed to redefine himself so completely that it's possible that there are film fans who don't even know him as a horror filmmaker.

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<p>Darth Vader is currently blowing the minds of a new generation of kids all over America thanks to the release of the Blu-rays of the 'Star Wars' series</p>

Darth Vader is currently blowing the minds of a new generation of kids all over America thanks to the release of the Blu-rays of the 'Star Wars' series

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Film Nerd 2.0: We finally reach The Moment with 'Empire Strikes Back' on Blu-ray

In which a long-anticipated moment is far more emotional than expected

Before I left for Fantastic Fest, I showed the 1977 "Star Wars" to my boys.

I left the Blu-ray box set sitting on the shelf where I have all of my "to be played" discs, standing up so the boys could see the cover.  I did that specifically to torture them.  I wanted them to itch every single time they walked in the room while I was gone.  And I know them well enough to know that they would manufacture reasons to be in my office to do things, because that's what they do every day all day.  My shelves are a constant source of discovery for the kids, whether it's books or movies or games or music.  They're always asking to sample something.

And after I left for Fantastic Fest, I talked to the boys on the phone, and each phone call would begin with Toshi saying some variation on "Daddy, when you get back, it's going to be Friday, and on Friday, it's going to be too late, and on Saturday, we're going to watch 'Empire Strikes Back,' right?"

"Yes."

"How many days is that?"

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<p>Connie Britton of &quot;American Horror Story&quot;</p>
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Connie Britton of "American Horror Story"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 97

Dan and Alan review 'American Horror Story,' ' The League' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls. It's Firewall & Iceberg Podcasting time.
 
In this week's installment, Sepinwall and I say mean things about "American Horror Story," lament Martin Scorsese's failure to recognize George Harrison's true masterpiece, answer a bunch of listener mail and then I talk about "Breaking Bad" and Alan cringes because he's already seen the finale and doesn't want to admit what he knows.
 
Here's the breakdown:
"American Horror Story" - 00:40 - 17:25
"The League" -- 28:45 - 36:00
Listener Mail - "Arrested Development" movie -- 36:15 - 42:00
Listener Mail - Future "Louie"s -- 42:00 - 49:45
Listener Mail - Crippling implausibilities -- 49:45 - 54:35
"Breaking Bad" - 54:40 - 01:08:00

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And here's the podcast...
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 97: 'American Horror Story,' 'The League,' 'Breaking Bad' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 97: 'American Horror Story,' 'The League,' 'Breaking Bad' & more

Dan and Alan also review Martin Scorsese's George Harrison documentary and talk 'Arrested Development' rumors

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It's finally time for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast to answer the most important question about fall TV: how awesome is the "American Horror Story" font? And should we even call it a font? Dan and I answer those questions and many more as we discuss: 

"American Horror Story" - 00:40 - 17:25
"George Harrison: Living in the Material World" -- 17:25 - 28:45
"The League" -- 28:45 - 36:00
Listener Mail - "Arrested Development" movie -- 36:15 - 42:00
Listener Mail - Future "Louie"s -- 42:00 - 49:45
Listener Mail - Crippling implausibilities -- 49:45 - 54:35
"Breaking Bad" - 54:40 - 01:08:00
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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