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<p>Judi Dench and Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from Clint Eastwood's &quot;J. Edgar.&quot;</p>

Judi Dench and Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar."

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Watch: Leonardo DiCaprio is a complicated man in new 'J. Edgar' trailer

Clint Eastwood's latest is an intriguing proposition

Can we have sympathy for J. Edgar Hoover?  That seems to be what the new trailer for Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" is asking audiences.

Possibly the most reviled American lawman of the 20th Century, Hoover intimidated presidents, celebrities and pretty much whomever he wanted during his long reign atop the F.B.I.  The new biopic, which is a prime awards season player, finds Leonardo DiCaprio portraying the controversial figure, Armie Hammer as Cyde Tosen (his no. 2 and possibly more), Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy (Hoover's secretary for 54 years) and Judi Dench pulling out an American accent as his mother.  Written by "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, the preview indicates the film isn't shying away from his rumored homosexuality or run ins with the Kennedys. 

The film has a wide historical canvas, but what is most striking is DiCaprio's accent.  Hoover accent wavered over the years (you can listen to a phone conversation between Hoover and Lyndon B. Johnson here), but it feels quite apparent here.  Granted, DiCaprio's done shaky accents before.  He even received an Oscar nomination for his role in "Blood Diamond" where he tried out as South African accent.  The preview also gives prominence to Hammer and Dench. 

You can watch the new trailer on itunes here.

"J. Edgar" opens nationwide on Nov. 9.

What do you think of the trailer?  Does DiCaprio's Hoover work for you? Share you thoughts below.

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<p>This man isn't a Bunny and he isn't Don Draper, but he's the star of &quot;The Playboy Club&quot;</p>
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This man isn't a Bunny and he isn't Don Draper, but he's the star of "The Playboy Club"

Credit: NBC

TV Review: NBC's 'The Playboy Club'

A refocused, revised pilot loses track of the Bunnys
Normally I like long and unwieldy introductions to reviews, but in the interest of time, I'm going to cut right to the chase here...
 
If you're a show that's already going to have a struggle to convince viewers that you're attempting to depict a period of female empowerment rather than exploitation, perhaps the best thing to do when reshooting large chunks of your pilot isn't to thin out the character moments that focus on your female stars in favor of giving more screentime to your bland Don Draper manque.
 
That's just my suggestion. 
 
And it should be pretty rudimentary, right? When making a show that wants to be feminist in nature -- or, at the very least, not overtly sexist -- one should always err on the side of your living, breathing leading ladies and not on the well-decorated masculine mannequin. It's just common sense.
 
Unfortunately, between the original pilot for "The Playboy Club" sent to critics in May and the revised pilot sent earlier this month, changes were made the tipped the balance. Whereas I kinda enjoyed the original pilot, about women at Chicago's Playboy Club in the early 1960s, I was significantly less enamored of the revised pilot, airing on Monday (September 19) night, which feels much more like the story of a handsome Chicago attorney in the 1960s who likes to spend a lot of time being admired by the Bunnies at the Playboy Club.
 
I was willing to go on the journey with that first version of the show. Did I totally buy its empowerment message? No. But I was willing to accept that what seems progressive to my 21st Century eyes wouldn't have any relationship to what would seem progressive to women in 1960-ish. 
 
I'm a good deal more cautious about the second version of the show, because it no longer feels like "The Playboy Club" itself is convinced by what it was formerly selling and has decided to gamble on a different horse. And when that horse takes the form of Eddie Cibrian, it's not that I'm fleeing the betting window in horror, but I've been fooled too many times for any confidence.
 
More after the break...
 
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Ben Folds

 Ben Folds

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HitFix Interview: Ben Folds talks 'The Sing-Off,' Nick Hornby and why he's not a musical slut

The judge and musician explains why he'll never be another Simon Cowell

It's hard not to like Ben Folds (and in the interest of full disclosure, I'm definitely a fan). His lyrics can be funny, poignant or simply candidly observant of the human condition; he can pull amazingly honest stuff out of William Shatner (2004's "Has Been" was a critical hit) and he plays a mean piano. But it was still a surprise to see Folds on the judging panel of "The Sing-Off," NBC's reality TV competition for a cappella singing groups. (third season premiere Mon. Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.). I had the chance to talk to the musician-turned-TV personality at the TCAs this year, and we discussed his two new albums, how he's making a shaky music industry work for him and why he'd look like a "jackass" if he didn't play nice with his fellow judges.

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My Morning Jacket slate December tour dates, with eye-catching openers

My Morning Jacket slate December tour dates, with eye-catching openers

Head and the Heart, Sharon Jones, Band of Horses, Delta Spirit on tap this fall/winter

My Morning Jacket have helped to headline music festivals all summer -- including at jam-happy Bonnaroo and at Austin City Limits just this past weekend. Now, the band has posted a spate of December U.S. tour dates, and have proved yet again that they have quite the eye for the perfect openers.

Immaculate Noise Lollapalooza favorite Delta Spirit are on for the majority, while eye-catching Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are on for the first couple. Then, in reverb-drenched guitar heaven, MMJ is joined by Band of Horses at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden on Dec. 14. It'll be like a marathon of long vowel sounds.

And in case you missed it, the perennially awesome Neko Case has been on hand for shows this summer, and recent interviewees The Head and the Heart are helping the Jim James-helmed band overseas.

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<p>&nbsp;The judges on FOX's &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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 The judges on FOX's "The X Factor"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 94

Dan and Alan review 'Revenge,' 'Person of Interest,' the Emmys and more

The

Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
It seems like only two or three days ago that we last podcasted, but Firewall & Iceberg is back with an installment that includes a post-mortem on Sunday night's Emmy telecast and the usual chatter about Sunday's "Breaking Bad," but then delves into a slew of reviews for new shows, focuses on Wednesday/Thursday offerings like "The X Factor," "Revenge," "Charlie's Angels," "Person of Interest," "Whitney" and "Prime Suspect."
 
We got a bit rushed toward the end, but such is life...
 
Here's the breakdown:
Emmy post-mortem -- 00:01:00 - 24:20
"The X Factor" -- 24:25 - 29:10
"Revenge" -- 29:10 - 36:20
"Charlie's Angels" -- 36:20 - 42:45
"Person of Interest" -- 42:50 - 51:20
"Whitney" -- 51:25 - 57:40
"Prime Suspect" -- 57:45 - 01:05:00
"Breaking Bad" -- 01:05:15 - 01:17:12

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 94: Emmys, 'Person of Interest,' 'Prime Suspect' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 94: Emmys, 'Person of Interest,' 'Prime Suspect' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Whitney,' 'Revenge' and 'Breaking Bad'

The

Dan and I stayed up late, woke up early and worked overtime to bring you today's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, which has us post-morteming the Emmys and last night's "Breaking Bad" and offering our thoughts on a bunch of this season's new shows. The rundown:

Emmy post-mortem -- 00:01:00 - 24:20
"The X Factor" -- 24:25 - 29:10
"Revenge" -- 29:10 - 36:20
"Charlie's Angels" -- 36:20 - 42:45
"Person of Interest" -- 42:50 - 51:20
"Whitney" -- 51:25 - 57:40
"Prime Suspect" -- 57:45 - 01:05:00
"Breaking Bad" -- 01:05:15 - 01:17:12
 
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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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears

Watch: Britney Spears talks about new video for next single, 'Criminal'

Shot in London, the clip includes a special cameo

Britney Spears is lensing her video for next single, “Criminal,” in London. That’s the big news from the Reuters interview embedded below, which was taped Friday as part of a promotional tour.

“I’ve never shot on location out of the country of America for a video so that should be really interesting,” Spears tells the reporter, veering dangerously close to sounding like Miss Teenage South Carolina, although we have no doubt that Britney can locate the United States on a map.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Metallica and Lou Reed</p>

Metallica and Lou Reed

Listen: Lou Reed and Metallica release 'The View' preview ahead of album

Is Loutallica ill-fated?

News continues to trickle out about the new Lou Reed and Metallica collaboration album "Lulu," and today brings with it the first listen.

Loutallica provide a 30-second, erm, preview into "The View," with the Velvets legend doing some spoken-word over Metallica just doing what Metallica does. It sounds like your drunk uncle talking about sex over a blasting radio and then everyone improvising a refrain when it looks like he's lost your interest.

Granted, the audio is ridiculously overly compressed, and it's only 30 seconds of verse with an inch of chorus. But my personal initial reaction: uh oh.

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<p>Jennifer Lopez</p>

Jennifer Lopez

Watch: Jennifer Lopez drives men wild in new video for 'Papi'

But will it make you want to buy a Fiat?

Jennifer Lopez’s second go-round for worldwide domination continues with the funny clip for “Papi,” the third single from “Love?” and the thrust of a major Fiat 500 Cabrio campaign.

The music video, a 30-second portion of which previewed on during “Monday Night Football” last week, opens as Lopez is waiting to hear from her boyfriend, who’s MIA. Her friend/landlady/receptionist hands her a heart-shaped cookie, which, not only is super tasty, but apparently is a love potion that renders all men, especially those wielding Crown Royale bottles, utterly helpless in her wake.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>A jovial moment from &quot;Where do we go now?&quot;</p>

A jovial moment from "Where do we go now?"

No Toronto Film Festival People's Choice Award bump for Oscar this year

'Where do we go now?' a surprise winner

The Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award's current streak of influencing the best picture race has dome to an end.  The past three years have seen "Slumdog Millionaire," "Precious" and "The King's Speech" each secure the festival's highest honor.  With the announcement that Lebanese drama "Where do we go now?" is this year's winner, Toronto's influence on awards season has been tempered a bit.

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<p>Nathan Fillion of &quot;Castle&quot;</p>
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Nathan Fillion of "Castle"

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HitFix Interview: Nathan Fillion talks 'Castle' Season 4

Monday's premiere features a darker side of Richard Castle
"Castle" begins its fourth season on ABC on Monday (September 19) night, but the normally breezy crime dramedy picks up in a dark place in the aftermath of last spring's fairly shocking finale. 
 
Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Captain Montgomery? Dead.
 
Stana Katic's Beckett? Shot and seemingly barely clinging to life (not that anybody anywhere thinks Katic is done on the show).
 
This upheaval results in a brooding and introspective Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), a side of the normally witty and charming write-turned-police-groupie that viewers normally haven't experienced.
 
The busy Fillion carved out a few minutes to chat with HitFix about the temporarily somber Castle, the big answer he's hoping to learn this season and even a little bit about that new movie that sounds a lot like a FOX series he did a few years ago...
 
Click through...
 
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<p>Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke performs at the Glastonbury music festival in June 2011</p>

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke performs at the Glastonbury music festival in June 2011

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Radiohead slates two New York shows, 'SNL,' 'Colbert' in sole U.S. concerts

Thom Yorke & Co. just kind of barely promoting 'King of Limbs' finally

Radiohead's slow-burning promotion of "The King of Limbs" has finally crossed the Atlantic, first with the announcement of a "Colbert Report" stop, "Saturday Night Live" and now a pair of shows later this month in New York.

The British band has announced Sept. 28 and 29 concerts at New York's Roseland Ballroom, with tickets going up just a couple days before at 10 a.m. on Sept. 26 via Ticketmaster. That room has the comparitively tiny capacity of ~3,200.

The last time Radiohead regularly gigged in the U.S. was in Aug. 2008. These mark the first concerts in support of newest album "The King of Limbs," released earlier this year.

In addition to these live shows, the band will initiate "The Colbert Report's" very first hour-long episode on Sept. 26; according to a release from Comedy Central, the group will play tracks from "TKoL" and "The Daily Mail," one of their unreleased tracks promoted during their "TKoL" stints overseas.

Additionally, Radiohead is scheduled for a stop on "Saturday Night Live" on Sept. 24, the comedy show's season premiere.

And at the moment, it doesn't look like they're going to stray far from the NYC area.

So why the comedy/variety shows? Perhaps those appearances will appeal to the widest swatch of people, and for a band so private, perhaps this is their way of showing more personality.

And why now? As we previously reported, "The King of Limbs" has been getting a remix makeover all summer long, culminating in double-disc release "TKOL 1234567" out on Oct. 11.

I'm a little surprised they're not promoting themselves in the U.S. closer to that release date, but maybe Colbert and "SNL" have scheduling ideas of their own around that release date, like AI's Lauren Alaina, the comeback of Evanescence or solo boy-brother band breakout Joe Jonas. But for a band that hasn't tried too terribly hard to push this latest album, any uptick is notable.

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