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<p>Erika Christensen on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Erika Christensen on "Parenthood."

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'Parenthood' - 'Hey, If You're Not Using That Baby...': Brothers in business

Some more silly moments, but fine acting to elevate them

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I can name all 21 California missions...

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Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson in "Person of Interest."
Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson in "Person of Interest."
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Review: CBS' 'Person of Interest' struggles thanks to sleepy Jim Caviezel

Vigilante drama would benefit from a livelier lead performance

With many of this season's new shows that seem to squander a lot of talent and/or an interesting premise, it's hard to know where to start in figuring out how to fix them. With CBS' new vigilante drama "Person of Interest" (which debuts tomorrow night at 9), the solution is simple:

Someone needs to buy star Jim Caviezel an alarm clock, or find some other way to wake him up.

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"Moneyball" director Bennett Miller

"Moneyball" director Bennett Miller

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Interview: 'Moneyball' director Bennett Miller

The filmmaker talks making the movie on his terms in the confines of the studio system

Bennett Miller is knackered. He's recently touched down from the Toronto Film Festival where his film "Moneyball" first screened for the masses. It was a project with plenty of baggage by the time he came around to it, and it was a studio system gauntlet in direct contrast to the experience of his directorial debut, "Capote."

That 2005 would have been a dream introduction to feature filmmaking for any director. Miller was able to work with a slew of collaborators he calls "grounded," from childhood friends Philip Seymour Hoffman and screenwriter Dan Fogelman to actress Catherine Keener (a close friend), to Sony Pictures Classics heads Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. Even the big reveal for the film -- the laid-back Telluride Film Festival -- was in keeping with all of that.

Flash forward six years, he's seen a pet project, "Foxcatcher" -- about convicted murderer and heir to the du Pont fortune John Eleuthère du Pont -- nearly happen, then fall apart. He's kept his commercial career going strong while finally saddling up to another feature, one that couldn't have been more different: mega movie star, huge studio, a tug-of-war on the identity and vision of the film and a bow at the most media-frenzied festival on these shores. 

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Christopher Nolan on the set of "Te Dark

Christopher Nolan ponders what's going to leak out of the set today.

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Oscarweb Round-up: Keeping the 'Dark Knight Rises' secret

Also: Christina Hendricks on acting during car chases and her 'Drive' co-star Ryan Gosling ponders retirement?

One story linked in today's round-up concerns those two internet buzz phrases as of late: "Christopher Nolan" and "The Dark Knight Rises." The story in question features a chat with Nolan's Batman franchise star Gary Oldman, who says the secretive director sent him the script for "The Dark Knight Rises" with the final pages missing, and only in person divulged how the trilogy will conclude. This all reminded me of the (absolutely embarrassing) clamoring on the web for any and every morsel to come out of that production, whether it's shaky, vague, across-the-street footage of Anne Hathaway standing at a cab, out-of-context clips of Joseph Gordon-Levitt crossing a friggin' street, or the Batmobile creeping through snow-covered sets. The obsession is at an absolute fever pitch, and I frankly find myself saddened that an artist like Nolan has to add to his workload by keeping such a tight lid on things, which must be a full-time job unto itself. Alas, this is what comes with popularity -- and quality. If the last two films had been in the Joel Schumacher realm, I imagine Nolan could leave his script on a table at a Starbucks and not have to worry too much about the info spreading. Anyway, let's see what's going on in the Oscarweb today...

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<p>Jonah Hill sat down with us during the Toronto Film Festival to discuss the new film 'Moneyball'</p>

Jonah Hill sat down with us during the Toronto Film Festival to discuss the new film 'Moneyball'

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Watch: Jonah Hill talks about his evolving career and Brad Pitt in 'Moneyball'

A serious interview with a very funny star on the rise

When I met Jonah Hill, it was on the set of "Superbad," and that performance in that film was all about a certain type of confidence turned up to a fairly intense level.  Having already gotten to know Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg a little bit, and realizing that Jonah and Michael Cera were playing comic versions of Seth and Evan, it was one of those meta-moments where you're not sure who you're really meeting.

Since then, our paths have crossed many times, and watching him increase in both craft and confidence in his work onscreen and how he handles himself off-screen has been a real pleasure.  Hill is smart, but more than that, he strikes me as the kind of guy who is always observing, always watching the people he works with, growing in each new experience because of how open he is to different choices that other performers or filmmakers are making around him.

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<p>Eddie Murphy, producer Brian Glazer and Steve Martin at the premiere of &quot;Bowfinger&quot;&nbsp;in 1999.</p>

Eddie Murphy, producer Brian Glazer and Steve Martin at the premiere of "Bowfinger" in 1999.

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Steve Martin gives Eddie Murphy some blunt Oscars hosting advice

But what did the former host really mean?

Eddie Murphy has five months to go before his inaugural gig hosting the 84th Academy Awards (assuming he doesn't get cold feet along the way). The publicity-shy comedy icon hasn't asked for any advice from former hosts, but that didn't stop his old buddy Steve Martin from chiming in today.

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<p>Simon Cowell</p>
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Simon Cowell

Watch: Simon Cowell talks 'X Factor' with HitFix

Cowell talks Paula, Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black and how 'X Factor' is different
It's been 20 months since Simon Cowell appeared at the Television Critics Association press tour to announce that he was departing "American Idol" and that a FOX version of "The X Factor" would premiere in the fall of 2011.
"The X Factor" will finally launch on Wednesday (September 21) night on FOX and for many, the show's format and its differences from "Idol" remain a bit of a mystery. 
Fortunately for FOX, then, the x-factor in this new singing competition's success is likely to be Simon Cowell himself. And Cowell, of course, is as well-known a quantity as there is on television.
I sat down last week with Cowell, who serves as judge/mentor/producer/creator on "The X Factor," to talk about transplanting his British smash to American soil, a conversation that touched on Paula Abdul, Justin Bieber and why "X Factor" will be able to dodge the rut that recent "Idol" winners have fallen into.
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<p>Gemma (Katey Sagal)&nbsp;has a tough chat with Clay (Ron Perlman)&nbsp;on &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Gemma (Katey Sagal) has a tough chat with Clay (Ron Perlman) on "Sons of Anarchy."

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'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Dorylus': Liars, guns and mommy

Jax and Clay try to push through the cartel deal, while Kozik shoots some hoops

A review of tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" coming up just as soon as I want iPads or organic vegetables...

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<p>Poppy Montgomery in &quot;Unforgettable.&quot;</p>

Poppy Montgomery in "Unforgettable."

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'Unforgettable' - 'Pilot': Peripheral-Vision Woman?

What did everybody think of the new CBS drama?

I posted my review of CBS' "Unforgettablethis morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched the pilot, what did you think of Poppy's accent, how the show displayed her memory, etc., etc.? Where would you rank this on the scale of the current field of CBS crime procedurals? And would you rather have Poppy playing Marilu Henner herself, or else have Henner playing the title role?

Have at it.

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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

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Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' sends home its first celebrity

Harry Connick Jr. is rooting for Chaz and J.R., but did America agree?

It's the first elimination of the season on "DWTS." D-list celebrity to be determined shortly, we hardly knew ye. We kick things off with a group dance to Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory," though "kick things off" may be the wrong word choice, because someone miscues the music and the dancers are left to grind in silence for a moment. Ah, the fun of live shows, everybody! 

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<p>Amber Riley of &quot;Glee&quot;</p>
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Amber Riley of "Glee"

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Recap: 'Glee' Season 3 Premiere - 'The Purple Piano Project'

New Directions tries to recruit new members as Sue's political aspirations take flight

The big question heading into this third season of “Glee”: would having more than three writers contributing to the show make a noticeable difference? Would it still be a schizophrenic mess that could occasionally pull itself up from the mire of mediocrity and produce powerful television? Would it gain strength through the influx of new voices? Or would it get pulled in even more disparate directions than ever before? The answer, after tonight’s premiere episode, seems to lie behind Door #1. It’s still “Glee,” for better or worse. Tonight? Mostly worse.

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<p>Young Jimmy shows off his piano-playing skills in the &quot;Raising Hope&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Young Jimmy shows off his piano-playing skills in the "Raising Hope" season premiere.

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'Raising Hope' -'Prodigy': Hard to handle

Season 2 begins with more sweet silliness

Premiere week has got me swamped, but I had time to watch the "Raising Hopepremiere at lunch today and wanted to at least get up a post about it to acknowledge the strong start Greg Garcia and company got off to for the second season. "Prodigy" was just the right mixture of silly and sweet - and, with the 9/11 joke, impressively hovering on tasteless without quite landing there - Garret Dillahunt continues to make me laugh with almost everything he says and does ("I made that boy with my wang!"), baby Hope remains adorable, and the three adult leads continue to work very well together. 

I imagine I'll check back in at a later point in the season, but an excellent beginning. With any luck, "New Girl" will be a hit and, in turn, be a more compatible lead-in for "Raising Hope" than "Glee" turned out to be last spring.

What did everybody else think?

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