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Listen: Katy Perry and Missy Elliott on fun remix of "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"

Will the new version push the song to No. 1?

Will Katy Perry's new  emix of “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) featuring Missy Elliott be enough to push the song to the top of the Billboard Hot 100? 

Make no mistake, in addition to being a fun pairing of the two, the remix is a gambit to get enough radio play and singles sales on the new version to propel the song to  No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 so that Perry can tie Michael Jackson as the only artist to land five No. 1s from one album on the chart. So far,  "Teenage Dream" has provided us with four chart toppers: The title track, "California Gurls," "E.T." and "Firework."

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Listen: Evanescence's first new single in five years

Listen: Evanescence's first new single in five years

Self-titled third album out Oct. 25

Evanescence returns with its third studio album, and its first in five years, on Oct. 11 with a self-titled set.

“What Your Want,” the first single from the Nick Raskulinecz-produced went to radio this morning. “It’s about freedom,” the group’s Amy Lee told MTV about the first single.  Of the album, Lee said, “We are so excited to release this thing. We’ve been working on this music for a very long time and seeing it all finally come together is a really amazing feeling. The album is about us and also our fans-- we’ve combining the best of Ev with some new attitude and we’re just dying to share it.”

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<p>One reader's take on what NBC's &quot;Smash,&quot;&nbsp;with Katharine McPhee, should look like.</p>
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One reader's take on what NBC's "Smash," with Katharine McPhee, should look like.

See ya in the next life, Smash!

Taking a few days off post-press tour

Well, press tour is over. Comic-Con is over. My time in California is over.

And now it's time to take some time off.

I'll be off for much of the rest of this week to catch up on sleep, remind my kids what I look like and readjust to East Coast weather. (Rumor has it the humidity is kinda high.) With any luck, I'll be able to bang out my next "Deadwood" review on the flight home today, but that's about all you should expect from me between now and either Sunday night or Monday. (As I said in my latest "Breaking Bad" review, odds are high that I won't get that done til sometime Monday morning/early afternoon.) 

Have fun without me, kids. And if you want to see the full-sized version of that photo illustration of Katharine McPhee starring in "Smash: The Brian Williams Story," click here. Forearms aside, I think it'd make one hell of a poster for what should be the greatest show ever.

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<p>How can such sweet-faced kids star in films called 'F**k My Life' and now 'F**k My Wedding'?</p>

How can such sweet-faced kids star in films called 'F**k My Life' and now 'F**k My Wedding'?

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Watch: What do you call the sequel to 'F**k My Life'? 'F**k My Wedding,' of course

Romantic comedy from Chile follows-up one of their biggest home-grown hits

Nicolas Lopez first got attention on the US festival circuit with his heartfelt and profane teenage comedy "Promedio Rojo," then promptly vanished down a several-year hole called "Santos," his follow-up film that accurately summed up many of Lopez's geek fetishes but that also wore him out as a filmmaker.

He wisely took a step back and rebooted himself as a filmmaker, and in the process, he had one of the biggest hits in Chilean history with the bluntly-titled "F**k My Life."  The film is a wry and acutely-observed look at the way social media has changed the landscape of modern relationships, and the particular case of Javier and Sophia, a young couple whose break-up resonates through the lives of their friends and family.

If you weren't able to catch "F**k My Life" at its various US festival appearances, it's already been sold to HBO.  In addition, Lionsgate is working with Pantelion to remake the movie for the US, and I'm curious to see how they handle the title of the remake.  There's no way they'll release it here with that name, although it would certainly get people's attention if they did.

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<p>Jennifer Garner lives out the dream of everyone who's ever tried to have children but couldn't in 'The Odd Life Of Timothy Green'</p>

Jennifer Garner lives out the dream of everyone who's ever tried to have children but couldn't in 'The Odd Life Of Timothy Green'

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Watch: Jennifer Garner makes a wish in 'The Odd Life of Timothy Green'

Trailer for new film from Peter Hedges promises something strange

Here's a strange one.

Earlier today, Disney released the first poster for "The Odd Life Of Timothy Green," a film I knew nothing about until they released that poster.  Never heard of it.

A little reading reveals that it's the new film from Peter Hedges, which is a good sign.  Hedges was the writer of "About A Boy" and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," and the writer/director of both "Pieces Of April" and "Dan In Real Life."  I spent an afternoon with him talking about his work during the release of "Dan In Real Life," and I thought he was a really smart, down-to-earth guy who wants to make smaller personal films inside the studio system.

But I still wasn't sure what this new film was about.  I thought it was intriguing that it's one of the films written by Ahmet Zappa, who's been setting up a ton of stuff lately.  And now, thanks to Zappa's Twitter feed, I was directed to a Vimeo page where the trailer just went up.

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"I Don't Know How She Does It"
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Exclusive: Sarah Jessica Parker in new 'I Don't Know How She Does It' poster

'SATC' star is all grown up in her latest project

Having survived "Sex and the City 3," Sarah Jessica Parker has put away silly playthings (Mr. Big, couture tank tops) to go grown-up. Based on Allison Pearson's best seller, "I Don't Know How She Does It" tackles the trials of a working mom with humorous narration a la Carrie Bradshaw, plus it features an all-star cast (Greg Kinnear, Seth Myers, Busy Phillips and Christina Hendricks). If the poster is any indication (provided exclusively to HitFix), SJP has transformed into that other kind of New Yorker who's probably a lot more familiar to those of us who live in the real world -- lots of black and neutrals, tailored wool coats and refined clothing that says chic without being over the top. It's good to see Parker put Bradshaw behind, at least for now (another "SATC" movie seems unlikely) and apply her excellent comedic chops to some heartier fare.  

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Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman and Angela Lindvall
Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman and Angela Lindvall
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The designers of 'Project Runway All Stars' are announced

Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman will judge returning favorites

"Project Runway" fans, rejoice!  Lifetime has announced the new judges, mentor, host and 13 of the show’s contestants for the show we've all been waiting for: "Project Runway All Stars." Judges for the show will include nutball designer/TV personality Isaac Mizrahi and designer Georgina Chapman, while supermodel Angela Lindvall will host. Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles will also be on hand to mentor the contestants. 

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<p>With one lift, Kenny Ortega guaranteed the rest of his career and made Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze into momentary superstars in 1987's 'Dirty Dancing'</p>

With one lift, Kenny Ortega guaranteed the rest of his career and made Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze into momentary superstars in 1987's 'Dirty Dancing'

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Kenny Ortega moves from choreographer to director on 'Dirty Dancing' remake

This is a director-movie match that makes sense

This morning, I put up a piece in which I discussed the upcoming remake of "Footloose" with the film's director, Craig Brewer.  In that, we talked about what it was that he brought to the table when he approached the movie, and what the original meant to him.  Whenever you're making a remake of a film, I'm always curious what the hook is that gets a director interested in spending several years of their life working on something that's already been made once before.

That's an easy question to answer when it comes to "Dirty Dancing" and Kenny Ortega, though.  It's no surprise that they're remaking the film.  It's one of those things that seemed inevitable just because of the nostalgic weight of the first film's title.  People love "Dirty Dancing," and it continues to resonate in pop culture.  If you've seen "Crazy Stupid Love," one of that film's big laughs is built on a signature moment from the 1987 romantic drama.

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<p>Cinemax's 'Strike Back'</p>
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Cinemax's 'Strike Back'

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 88

Dan and Alan talk Press Tour, 'The Hour,' 'Strike Back' and more


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
Press tour is over and our brains are mush, but Sepinwall and I wanted to make sure we recorded one last podcast in the same room together. 
In this installment of The Firewall & Iceberg podcast, we review Cinemax's "Strike Back" and BBC America's "The Hour," discuss this week's episode of "Breaking Bad" and spend a loooooooong time chatting about the past week with the Television Critics Association.
Here's the breakdown:
"Strike Back" -- 02:45 - 11:55
"The Hour" -- 11:55 - 21:25
Press Tour -- 21:25 - 1:09:30
"Breaking Bad" -- 01:09:30 - 01:21:50

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 88: Press tour, 'Strike Back,' 'The Hour' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 88: Press tour, 'Strike Back,' 'The Hour' & more

Dan and Alan also break down the latest 'Breaking Bad'


It's over! It's all over! The summer 2011 Television Critics Association press tour has finally come to an end, and that finally gave Dan and I time to record a fairly long Firewall & Iceberg Podcast that not only breaks down the second half of the tour, but also offers reviews of Cinemax's "Strike Back" and BBC America's "the Hour" as well as thoughts on the latest "Breaking Bad." The rundown:

"Strike Back" -- 02:45 - 11:55
"The Hour" -- 11:55 - 21:25
Press Tour -- 21:25 - 1:09:30
"Breaking Bad" -- 01:09:30 - 01:21:50
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 and/or 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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<p>Coldplay's Chris Martin at Lollapalooza on Friday</p>

Coldplay's Chris Martin at Lollapalooza on Friday

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What you missed at Lollapalooza 2011: Coldplay, Eminem, Foo Fighters

Bests and worsts, plus photos: Cee Lo, MMJ, A Perfect Circle, Nas

Lollapalooza 2011 ran over this past weekend, starting Friday (Aug. 7) through Sunday (Aug. 9), taking over Chicago’s Grant Park. The previously roving festival celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Friday’s headliners:
Coldplay paid tribute to Amy Winehouse, and gave some new songs their U.S. debut. Read a full recap here.
Muse also played, about which Time Out wrote: “But tonight, as serious and ominously political as a Muse album can be, the band (technically presented as a trio, but featuring a shadowy keyboardist throughout most of the set tonight) also had a way of injecting a looseness in their hour and half plus encore set.” Read more.
Saturday’s headliners:
Eminem brought out a small parade of guests, including Bruno Mars, Skylar Grey and Royce da 5’9”. Read a full recap here.
My Morning Jacket took to the other end of the field, with a crowd Paste called “unjustly small. Those who did opt to see Jim James and company over Eminem, however, were rewarded with a strong set by a band whose live act only seems to be getting better.” Read more here.
Sunday’s headliners:
The Foo Fighters battled the rain for an epic two-hour soaked set, with fest organizer Perry Farrell taking a bow. Read a full recap here.
Deadmau5 put on a very different show, albeit still high-octane. The Chicago Tribune even said the DJ started 20 minutes early. More here.
Check out Day One photos of Coldplay, A Perfect Circle, Tinie Tempah, Foster the People, Reptar, White Lies and OK Go.
Check out Day Two photos of My Morning Jacket, Skylar Grey, Cee Lo Green, Fitz & the Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne, Death From Above 1979, Deftones, Local Natives and Atmosphere.
Check out Day Three photos of Noah and the Whale, Explosions in the Sky, Arctic Monkeys, The Cars, City and Colour, Portugal. The Man, little hurricane, Cold War Kids and Nas.
Perry Farrell announced that not only was Lollapalooza returning to Chile in 2012, Brazil will be getting its own version of the festival in April as well.
Interviews to come include Bright Eyes, Deftones, Maps & Atlases, OK Go and more.
Best in show: Death From Above 1979 made a wreck out of SXSW earlier this year during its reunion go-round, but at Lolla, the band had the whole North end of Grant Park to wile away. The duo frequently played off of tracked samplers, but easily filled in the gaps with crunchy, grungy bass and Sebastien Grainger’s inhuman yowl, as he thudded and pounded each turn of phrase into a statement behind his monstrous drum kit.
“I think we scared the rain away,” he said, Saturday’s forecast tentative but obviously contingent on the decibels of rock.
I’d still nominate Grainger for “worst haircut/facial hair combination,” but there’s something so cheeky about the whole getup. He digressed at one point into an incredible take on AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” but seemed too self-deprecating to let out the full load on a song he obviously grew up with and perhaps even learned on. Behind them, a backdrop banner declaring the band dead, a tombstone touting “DFA1979, 2001-2006.” He even got the crowd feeling the self-consciousness.
“How many of you were at the Metro show on Thursday?” Cheering. “How many of you were at the Empty Bottle six years ago?” Laughter and cheering. “Do you guys know what the Empty Bottle is?”
Delta Spirit brought a lot of noise with them, too, affected wild-man Matthew Vasquez burning through choice cuts of latest “History from Below.” I can’t help a Kings of Leon comparison, with the volume and the pacing of their modern rock, but Delta Spirit also heralds Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger and even Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and they were capable carriers of such torches. “Just Tear It Up” was especially solid.
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<p>Will Marvel try to get a sequel to 'The Avengers' ready for 2014, or do they have something else on the drawing boards?</p>

Will Marvel try to get a sequel to 'The Avengers' ready for 2014, or do they have something else on the drawing boards?

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Marvel heats up the summer 2014 blockbuster race with secret release dates

Plus Pixar claims a weekend of their own three years away

The gamesmanship involved in picking release dates a year or more out has been a tradition for some time now in Hollywood, but things seem to be escalating to an almost absurd level at this point, especially with Marvel Studios claiming two dates in 2014 for films that they aren't even willing to name yet.

It's one thing when Lionsgate announces a date for the sequel to "The Hunger Games" before the first one is in theaters.  That's a move that is designed to impart a certain degree of confidence in the first film that they're shooting now.  After all, if they're already planning for when they're going to release the second film, then things must be going incredibly well on the first film, right?  There's no way this is going to turn out to be another "Golden Compass" or "Eragon," right?

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