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<p>The &quot;Entourage&quot;&nbsp;guys together for the last time - until/unless there's a movie.</p>

The "Entourage" guys together for the last time - until/unless there's a movie.

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'Entourage' - 'The End': Everything's gonna be all right

Spoiler alert! The guys all get happy endings, as usual

A review of the "Entourage" series finale coming up just as soon as I hang up on the cable guy...

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<p>Michael J. Fox and Larry David in the &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Michael J. Fox and Larry David in the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" season finale.

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'Larry vs. Michael J. Fox': Pissed or Parkinson's?

Two sitcom giants go at it in a memorable season finale

A review of the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" finale coming up just as soon as I show you how to make a swastika...

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<p>Is Laura Linney the favorite for comedy actress, or will voters choose a funnier performance?</p>

Is Laura Linney the favorite for comedy actress, or will voters choose a funnier performance?

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Emmys '11 Predictions: Comedy & Drama Lead Actress

Will a dramatic or comedic performance win for comedy?

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on September 18th, and it's time once again for Fienberg and I to discuss whom we think should and will win(*) some of the major categories. We're continuing to double up categories in order to finish in time, this time with the two Outstanding Lead Actress categories, for both comedy and drama.

(*) As always, we remind you we do not have impressive track records at prognostication. Place your wagers (or, preferably not) accordingly.

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<p>Deborah Ann Woll of 'True Blood'</p>
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Deborah Ann Woll of 'True Blood'

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Thoughts on another bloody 'True Blood' finale

If all else fails, Jessica in Red Riding Hood garb will always succeed
Anybody who read my early-season "True Blood" review knows that I took a vow of Not Caring. I decided that expecting "True Blood" to be anything other than country-fried hokum slathered with several ladles of silly-sauce  was folly and that expecting meaning, nuance or consistency from Alan Ball and his team could only lead to disappointment.
 
I tried.
 
I swear I tried.
 
[Spoilers coming, y'all...]
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<p>Jon Hamm walking the red carpet at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival for Ben Affleck's &quot;The Town.&quot;</p>

Jon Hamm walking the red carpet at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival for Ben Affleck's "The Town."

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Is 'Mad Men's' Jon Hamm ready to direct his first movie?

A revealing Q&A with the co-star and producer of 'Friends with Kids'

TORONTO - When Jon Hamm sits down into the hotel room chair to begin our interview he's obviously very tired.  The "Mad Men" icon has had a roller coaster of a 24 hours after the premiere of his new film "Friends with Kids" at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.  Directed by his longtime companion Jennifer Westfeldt (co-star and co-screenwriter of "Kissing Jessica Stein"), the ensemble comedy stars Adam Scott (an old friend), Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Ed Burns, Megan Fox as well as Hamm and Westfeldt.  It's a funny and dramatic look at how two friends (Scott and Westfeldt) deal with the fact their circle of friends are having kids and, well, they aren't.  Hamm was a full producer on the project, a first for him, and based on the results on screen he helped Westfeldt put together a pretty solid product.  So, in something of a surprise for Hamm, this is one interview he wasn't going to be inundated with questions about the long awaited new season of "Mad Men."  Not that the subject didn't come up...

Ellwood: So, I have to tell you I have first hand experience that you worked very hard as an actual producer on this film.

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<p>Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin of 'True Blood'</p>
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Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin of 'True Blood'

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Recap: 'True Blood' Season 4 Finale - 'And When I Die'

Deaths, resurrections, warnings, prophesies, sex and more

And so it has come to this: Andy Bellefleur has a more interesting sex life than anybody else on "True Blood" this season, and now the season is ending. Now that Marnie is dead, it’s about time to chisel Russell Edgington out of the cement and start killing off the ancillary characters that keep piling up like plastic Mardi Gras beads.

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<p>Jesse (Aaron Paul)&nbsp;was displeased on tonight's &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Jesse (Aaron Paul) was displeased on tonight's "Breaking Bad."

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Bug': Eye of the tiger?

The tension mounts in another incredible episode

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I enter it in the Quicken...

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<p>Gerard Butler is fighting the urge to bellow 'THIS... IS...&nbsp;AFRICA!' with every fiber of his being.</p>

Gerard Butler is fighting the urge to bellow 'THIS... IS... AFRICA!' with every fiber of his being.

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Review: Gerard Butler headlines the strange and overly sincere 'Machine Gun Preacher'

Based on a true story film means well, but that's just not enough

What a weird movie.

Have you ever seen or heard of the movie "The Cross and the Switchblade" with Pat Boone starring in it?  Total Godsploitation.  It's about a hip young priest reaching out to some inner-city gang hoods and winning them over with some tough-talking Bible study and a few well-applied fists.  It's based on a true story by a guy named David Wilkerson, and I couldn't help but think of that film when I was watching Marc Forster's new film "Machine Gun Preacher."  Like that one, this is based on a true story, and like that one, it seems to want to be an exciting, violent movie that is ultimately about faith.  That's just such a weird hybrid of goals that I have trouble getting a handle on tone, a problem that Forster seems to share.

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<p>Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth I&nbsp;in Roland Emmerich's &quot;Anonymous.&quot;</p>

Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth I in Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous."

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Review: Roland Emmerich's 'Anonymous' is just plain silly

Vanessa Redgrave's performance survives the soap opera

Film festivals are always filled with "passion projects."  Films that directors, producers or screenwriters have spent years or even decades trying to get made.  This year's festival season has more then recent memory including Glenn Close scripted "Albert Nobbs" and David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" which playwright Christopher Hampton has been trying to get made for over 15 years.  A more peculiar entry to that club debuted this afternoon at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival in the Roland Emmerich revisionist thriller "Anonymous."

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<p>Anna Kendrick tries to help Joseph Gordon-Levitt deal with the idea of dying young in '50/50'</p>

Anna Kendrick tries to help Joseph Gordon-Levitt deal with the idea of dying young in '50/50'

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Review: Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in affecting, understated '50/50'

True-life story makes for a simple, affecting film

Jonathan Levine's been working in a minor key so far as a filmmaker. 

His first film is the still unreleased "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane," a determined twist on slasher formula and iconography, and he followed that up with the coming-of-age story "The Wackness," and in both cases, I've got a solid case of like.  I think he's interesting, and it feels to me like he's warming up.  That's not an insult, either.  I think Rian Johnson is still warming up.  I like "Brick," and I really like "The Brothers Bloom," but those aren't the movies he'll be known for.  Those are still ahead.  He's a guy who is going to keep getting better.  You can see it in the way he grows from first to second film, and in the ambition of what he's doing.  Levine is that kind of filmmaker.  I look at his movies, and I can see that he's smart, that he thinks about what he's shooting, that there's a real heart in there.  Those movies are genuinely told, sincerely meant, and even if I don't love them, I like what they represent, a filmmaker who's working towards something.

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<p>Paul Simon</p>
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Paul Simon

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Watch: Paul Simon performs 'The Sound of Silence' at 9/11 Memorial Service

James Taylor and Yo Yo Ma also take part

Paul Simon played a mournful, somber version of “The Sound of Silence” at the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Ground Zero on Sunday. He was originally scheduled to sing “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” but apparently switched.

The performance footage is interspersed with families of those felled in the Twin Tower attacks. As Pop Dust reminded us, Simon played "The Boxer" on the first "Saturday Night Live" that aired after the tragedy on Sept. 29, 2001.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Walton Goggins from &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Walton Goggins from "Justified."

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Emmys '11 Predictions: Comedy & Drama Supporting Actor

Four 'Modern Family' men and an impressive drama field

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on September 18th, and it's time once again for Fienberg and I to discuss whom we think should and will win(*) some of the major categories. We're continuing to double up categories in order to finish in time, this time with the two Outstanding Supporting Actor categories, for both comedy and drama.

(*) As always, we remind you we do not have impressive track records at prognostication. Place your wagers (or, preferably not) accordingly.

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