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<p>Adele performs 'Someone Like You' at the VMAs</p>

Adele performs 'Someone Like You' at the VMAs

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Watch: Adele strolls down lonely street in video for 'Someone Like You'

Paris in early morning helps set the mood

Though Adele’s  “Someone Like You” has already hit the summit on Billboard’s Hot 100, the label released the video for the track today to try to satiate the endless thirst for all things Adele...and extend the life of the song, the second single from “21.”

The black and white video, directed by Jake Nava, consists of one extended shot of Adele walking along the Seine in Paris, lipsyncing (badly in parts) the song.  The camera stays tight on her face for much of the clip, breaking away only occasionally to show her from behind or to show the River.

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<p>Stan &quot;The Man&quot;&nbsp;Lee will guest star on the fifth season of &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Stan "The Man" Lee will guest star on the fifth season of "Chuck."

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Exclusive: 'Chuck' gets comics legend Stan Lee to guest star

Chuck will meet Spider-Man's co-creator in the final season's 7th episode

"Chuck" has been loading up on the nerd-bait casting for the spy comedy's fifth and final season. Guest stars already announced for the new season, set to debut on Friday, October 21(*), include Mark Hamill, Carrie-Anne Moss and "Community" star Danny Pudi.

(*) UPDATE: NBC today pushed back the premiere date by a week, to October 28.

To that list we can now add perhaps the most Comic Con-friendly guest star of all time: Stan Lee, legendary co-creator of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and almost every other iconic Marvel Comics character (including most of the roster of Joss Whedon's "Avengers" film).

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<p>Nicole Scherzinger of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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Nicole Scherzinger of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - 'Auditions #4' Live-Blog

The auditions come to an end for Simon, L.A., Nicole and Paula

I have to acknowledge that that thing where I suggested that last Thursday's really awful episode of "The X Factor" might kill the show? I was wrong. I assumed that as a new show, its ratings might be vulnerable, but it turns out that just because "X Factor" had fewer initial viewers than "Idol" didn't necessarily mean that they were just dropping in to sample the show and might just as easily bail. Apparently not.

Anyway... Let's get down to business on the final Audition Night of the season...

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<p>Mikayla of 'Survivor: South Pacific'</p>
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Mikayla of 'Survivor: South Pacific'

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Recap: 'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Reap What You Sow'

Brandon remains the center of attention, but at least there's a Duel
Sorry for the late recap. Rosh Hashanah, y'all!
 
Click through for the usual recap and a little day-late chatter...
 
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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

Katy, Gaga, Rihanna: Why do pop artists dig deep on their albums for singles?

Lady Gaga picks fifth single from 'Born This Way,' Perry and Rihanna do six

Today, Lady Gaga announced that “Marry The Night” will be the fifth single from “Born This Way.” The club thumper was originally supposed to be the third single from the set, according to Entertainment Weekly, but got pushed aside for “Edge Of Glory.”

Rihanna and Katy Perry both went six deep on their current albums. Contrast that with Perry pushing four singles from “One of the Boys,” while Rihanna’s “Rated R” also had a quartet of singles (five if you count “promotional” single, “Wait Your Turn.” Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster” had three singles. Lil Wayne has already released six singles (not all to the same formats) from “The Carter IV,” and that album only came out a month ago.

What’s going on? Some random, totally unscientific, thoughts:

*If an album has success with first single, such as Perry did with “California Gurls” from “Teenage Dreams,” and the next few singles fly up the charts as well, there’s little reason to stop the momentum. Perry’s sixth single had different reasoning behind it: she’s trying to set the record for a septet of No. 1 tracks from one album, but even without that agenda, we still think we may have seen this move.

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<p>Will Reiser is the writer of '50/50,' and sat down to discuss the film with us</p>

Will Reiser is the writer of '50/50,' and sat down to discuss the film with us

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Interview: Screenwriter Will Reiser discusses true story behind '50/50'

How did he turn tragedy into a new movie opening Friday?

I think it's safe to say that in the case of Will Reiser, his encounter with cancer has resulted in the very best possible outcome.

After all, Reiser survived and has recovered fully, a major landmark for any cancer patient, but he went beyond that.  Working with his friends Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, he's turned his experience into a project that began life as a script called "I'm With Cancer" and which finally reaches theaters this week as "50/50."

I'm sure there are some screenwriters who would deny it if asked but who, in their heart of hearts, hear this story and think, "Boy, that guy's lucky he got cancer."  That's crazy, of course.  Reiser is a very fortunate young man on many fronts.  First, he's fortunate that he had friends who stood by him in a very difficult time, and he's fortunate that he had an outlet to express the ideas and emotions that must have been part of his surprisingly youthful struggle with the disease.

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<p>Joseph Gordon-Levitt in &quot;50/50&quot;</p>

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "50/50"

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Interview: Joseph Gordon-Levitt on keeping it real in '50/50'

Could he be a Best Actor dark horse this year?

You can't really peg Joseph Gordon-Levitt down. Hollywood can't, I should say. One minute he's blasting onto the scene in indies like "Mysterious Skin" and "Brick," the next he's tackling blockbuster films such as "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises." Perhaps it's owed to his self-confessed "eclectic" taste in movies, but the 30-year-old actor seeks out that balance.

"I like a variety of movies," he says. "'50/50' is obviously very different than 'Inception,' but I loved them both. Variety is one of the things that makes it fun."

In "50/50," Gordon-Levitt stars as Adam, a young urban professional in the Pacific Northwest suddenly diagnosed with cancer. Gobsmacked by this, as anyone in his position would be, he rambles to the doctor bearing the bad news. "That's impossible. I don't drink. I don't smoke. I recycle." And so begins the marriage of comedy and drama that plays to the heart of what Gordon-Levitt calls the honesty of the film.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Transformers:&nbsp;Dark of the Moon&quot;</p>
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A scene from "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"


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Greg P. Russell on the 7.1 experience of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'

The 14-time Oscar nominee speaks to a new surround sound platform

Gerard will be diving into the contenders for Best Sound Mixing in a future Tech Support column, but for now, it's safe to say that, as always, the latest "Transformers" installment will figure in heavily. We spotlighted the sound work on the film back in June.

Greg P. Russell is at the mixing station once again on "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," handling the implementation of sound effects. In a recent interview with Michael Coleman of the SoundWorks Collection, specifically detailing the unique 7.1 surround sound mix of the effort, he lays out how special the platform really is.

"I knew from the first early days that this was going to be special," Greg says in the piece. "This was going to be uniquely different than what we've done before and there was going to be a lot of surround information in the movie. It's wonderful to have that kind of discreet feel, to have distinct information. And it's clean. You're hearing that separation. So the definition of what you're creating I find to be superior to the standard 5.1 experience."

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<p>Adam Levine of Maroon 5</p>

Adam Levine of Maroon 5

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Maroon 5 stays at top of Hot 100: What about Rihanna?

LMFAO surges ahead with 'Sexy'

Maroon 5's mega hit, “Moves Like Jagger” featuring Christina Aguilera, spends a fourth week at No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song shows no sign of weakening, as it gains strength in both radio play and sales, according to Billboard.com.

However, it may soon face challenges from two rapid movers: “Sexy and I Know It,” LMFAO’s follow up the song of the summer, former chart topper  “Party Rock Anthem,” surges 25-10, while Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris bullets onto the chart at No. 16. The track is the first single from her new album, coming Nov. 21. Ri Ri is not letting any air exist between tracks: “Cheers (I’ll Drink To That)” remains in the Top 10 at No. 7.

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The visual effects team at Weta turned Andy Serkis into ape uprising leader Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
The visual effects team at Weta turned Andy Serkis into ape uprising leader Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
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Tech Support: 'Apes' and 'Deathly Hallows' lead the way for Best Visual Effects

'Transformers' and 'Pirates' join unique entries like 'Tree of Life' and 'Hugo' to fill out the field

Last week, I introduced Tech Support for the sixth year at In Contention, though the first here at HitFix. And I find the Best Visual Effects category to be an appropriate place to begin my field-by-field analysis.

Unlike many other crafts categories, which award talents that immeasurably improve a film's quality but seldom attract a movie-goer for that reason alone, audiences will talk about films' visual effects after seeing them, analyzing them, comparing them and talking about what could have been done better. Indeed, it is not uncommon for advertisements and trailers to use a film's effects as its central selling point, over its stars, director and story.

The Academy Award for visual effects honors up to four supervisors of the dozens (at least) members of a film's effects team. Blockbusters tend to do quite well in this category, better than any other. Big box office also helps, as do the effects being prominent in the film. Being a Best Picture contender and a well-reviewed film is also certainly of assistance, but perhaps not as much as in other areas. The category, like most, does tend to reward some favorites but multiple new nominees are welcomed to the club every year.

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<p>Kevin Dillon and David Hornsby do the odd couple thing in &quot;How to Be a Gentleman.&quot;</p>

Kevin Dillon and David Hornsby do the odd couple thing in "How to Be a Gentleman."

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Review: CBS' 'How to Be a Gentleman' big on funny people, light on funny jokes

David Hornsby, Kevin Dillon and company need to do better

I'll be brief on "How to Be a Gentleman," which CBS debuts tonight at 8:30. On the one hand, this is a show - an odd couple comedy about a sophisticated magazine writer who has to learn how to be more dude-like with the help of his former high school bully - filled with lots of very funny people. David Hornsby (the gentleman) plays Rickety Cricket on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and is one of that show's writers, and the creator here. Kevin Dillon (the ex-bully) was consistently one of the few parts of "Entourage" I didn't hate myself for watching. Dave Foley (Hornsby's editor, who's adrift when the magazine goes the Maxim route(*)) was one of the Kids in the Hall, as well as the center of one of my all-time favorite sitcoms, "NewsRadio." Before she was Chloe on "24," Mary Lynn Rajskub (Hornsby's sister) was a very strange and funny comedienne. Rhys Darby (Rajskub's wimpy husband) was the hilarious Murray on HBO's deadpan "Flight of the Conchords." Nancy Lenehan (Hornsby's mother) has been a welcome sitcom presence for years.

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<p>Andy Serkis stars, via motion capture, as Captain&nbsp;Haddock in &quot;The Adventures of Tintin:&nbsp;The Secret of the Unicorn&quot;</p>

Andy Serkis stars, via motion capture, as Captain Haddock in "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn"

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Oscarweb Round-up: Will mo-cap projects like 'Tintin' and 'Happy Feet 2' qualify for Oscar's animated feature race?

Also: Melissa McCarthy teams up with the director of 'The Help' and the disappointing box office of 'Drive' and 'Warrior

Linked in today's round-up is a piece from Pete Hammond spotlighting the animated feature field. It appears, according to Pete, and assuming all titles qualify for eligibility, that there are 15 entries currently in the mix. That's one short of the number needed for a full slate of five nominees. The GKIDS acquisition of "Chico & Rita" (which I saw and liked at last year's Telluride fest) was what brought things up to 15, but there are some extraneous possibilities Pete doesn't mention, like "The Rabbi's Cat" and "Tales of the Night." (UPDATE: The latter, I'm told, is not eligible.) In any case, he notes that the feature animation branch has been deliberating, still, something that could have a big impact on this race: the eligibility of films that use motion/performance capture. They've gone so far as to send a letter to the filmmakers behind "Mars Needs Moms," "Happy Feet 2" and "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" inquiring about their "intent" in using the technology. Point being, this isn't settled yet, but as Pete notes and I can confirm, those at Paramount certainly aren't concerned about the "Tintin"'s eligibility. For now. Let's see what's in the Oscarweb today...

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