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<p>Fienberg will approve of Archer's new look.</p>
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Fienberg will approve of Archer's new look.


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'Archer' - 'Heart of Archness, Part 1': All hail the pirate king!

Archer runs away in the hilarious start of a three-part arc

A quick review of tonight's "Archer" - the first of a three-part fall miniseries - coming up just as soon as I set two personal records...

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<p>Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson)&nbsp;and Charlie&nbsp;(Charlie Day)&nbsp;in the &quot;It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia&quot;&nbsp;season premiere. </p>

Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and Charlie (Charlie Day) in the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" season premiere.

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'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' - 'Frank's Pretty Woman': Big Mac attack

Mac puts on some pounds, and Frank has an indecent proposal in mind

A review of the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" season premiere coming up just as soon as I boil all our denim...

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'The Birthday'

Stefan's bloodthirsty, Damon's sad, people die and Elena's having a really bad birthday

Have you missed “Vampire Diaries”? Yes, I know, there were repeats galore, but I'm fairly sure most of you wanted fresh blood. I know, bad pun, but please indulge me -- it's the season premiere! 

At the beginning of the show, we're reminded of just how much happened last season -- Klaus! Katherine! Tyler bit Damon, Stefan gave himself to Klaus to save his brother, Stefan's bad, Elena's sad, lots and lots of people are dead. Let's face it, last year was rough, and not just for Elena. Although sometimes it seems like she is The Saddest Girl in the World. Yes, most teenagers don't have to deal with their vampire boyfriend turning evil to save their smoking hot brother (okay, I'm sure Stefan doesn't think Damon is hot, but I had to editorialize there for just a moment), but still, she is exceptionally sad. 

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<p>Interscope artist Lady Gaga:&nbsp;NOT&nbsp;involved in the drug scandal. Joe Calderone on the other hand...</p>

Interscope artist Lady Gaga: NOT involved in the drug scandal. Joe Calderone on the other hand...

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Interscope's Los Angeles offices used for narcotics ring, allege Feds

Game's manager indicted on 18 felony charges

The Department of Justice is alleging that the Los Angeles offices of Interscope Records, home to such artists as U2, Lady Gaga, Eminem, No Doubt, and Sheryl Crow, was used by members of a narcotics ring for pick-ups and deliveries. Interscope, helmed by "American Idol" mentor/producer Jimmy Iovine, is owned by Universal Music Group.

A year-long Drug Enforcement Administration investigation, which included detailed shipping records for cases used to allegedly transport kilos of cocaine and $1 million in cash, led to the indictment of music executive James Rosemond, according to The Smoking Gun. Czar Entertainment CE) Rosemond, who also manages Interscope artist The Game, is being held without bail in a Manhattan jail. He was indicted on 18 felony charges.

The Smoking Gun reports that a number of former Rosemond associates have confessed to their role in the narcotics ring, admitting that they picked up the cases full of cash and/or cocaine at Interscope or a number of recording studios. The shipments, via a company called Rock-It Cargo, went from Los Angeles to New York, and would then be distributed from there.

According to the U.S. District Court filing,   Rosemond “disguise(d) these shipments as legitimate freight that was ostensibly needed by the performance artists he managed.”

UPDATE: Universal Music Group has released the following statement: “The information being reported in the press regarding Interscope Records’ involvement with the ongoing criminal prosecution of James Rosemond is both erroneous and completely unsupported.  Interscope Records has been informed by the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York that there is no evidence that any employee of UMG or Interscope Records had any involvement in the drug trafficking ring being prosecuted by that office, nor any knowledge of the contents of any of the packages that were purportedly shipped to its offices.  Further, neither UMG nor Interscope Record is a subject or target of the investigation.  UMG and Interscope will continue to cooperate with the United States Attorney's Office regarding this matter."

In a statement, Rock-It Cargo said: "Rock-It Cargo is neither the subject of the investigation, nor implicated in any way. The Company has provided the U.S. Attorney with all of the documentation it has requested.As a global freight forwarding and logistics company, Rock-It Cargo has always been and continues to be strongly committed to maintaining the highest levels of transportation security. With regard to the current investigation, the Company followed all of the government’s and its own required procedures and remains in compliance with all Federal and state regulations.




 

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<p>Britt Robertson meets the rest of &quot;The Secret Circle.&quot;</p>
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Britt Robertson meets the rest of "The Secret Circle."


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'The Secret Circle' - 'Pilot': Beautiful girl

What did everybody think of the new CW teen witch drama?

Ideally, I would write reviews of every new fall show. Practically, that's not possible, and in my triage, one of the shows I passed on was the CW's "Secret Circle," about which I had very little to say other than that was a decently-executed example of a kind of show I have virtually no interest in. As I've mentioned, I don't inherently care much about witches, vampires, zombies, etc., but can be made to care by excellent and/or novel execution, like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." This is not that; it's straight down the middle of what you'd expect. Which many will enjoy, but which I didn't.

Fienberg offered his own review, and now it's your turn. Whether you're a "Vampire Diaries" fan or not, or a big witchcraft lover, what did you think of this? And were you, like me, amused by just how frequently other characters had to tell Britt Robertson just how beautiful she is? (It reminded me of how Leslie always describes Ann on "Parks and Recreation," but at least there it's supposed to be a running gag.) 

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<p>Thom Yorke</p>

Thom Yorke

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Listen: Radiohead's Thom Yorke shares his latest mix

The beat goes on and on and on

Thom Yorke unveiled a recent mix he put together on  British radio station XFM  Thursday evening. The 25-minute mix, which the Radiohead frontman dubbed Money Back Mix, includes a new Yorke cut a few minutes in called “Twist.” It’s pretty dense stuff, but if you’re into the heavy dub beats and just curious as to what he’s been up to, this is for you.

The set also includes Four Tet remixing Tinariwen (the best part, in our humble opinion), and some of the remixes from “King of Limbs,” according to www.onethirtybpm,” which has posted the stream (and download) of Yorke’s mix, which he played on the Mary Anne Hobbs’ "Music Response" show.

[More after the jump...]

Yorke will co-host Gilles Peterson's radio show on U.K.'s Radio 1 from 2-4 a.m. on Sept. 21, according to radiohead.com.

Check out the full 25-minute Money Back Mix here.

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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Watch: Rihanna has her way with a cigar in J. Cole's 'Can't Get Enough' clip

Cole and Trey Songz live it up even before Ri Ri arrives

She shows up late, but she still steals the show. Watch Rihanna, and a cigar, take over the party in the new clip for J. Cole’s “Can’t Get Enough” featuring Trey Songz.

As you recall, Cole served as the opening act when Rihanna and Drake toured together earlier this year. “Can’t Get Enough” is the second single from Cole’s “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” out Sept. 27. The official first album follows three acclaimed mix tapes.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning ask each other how they ended up in a movie as terrible as Francis Ford Coppola's new 'Twixt'</p>

Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning ask each other how they ended up in a movie as terrible as Francis Ford Coppola's new 'Twixt'

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Review: Francis Ford Coppola firebombs Toronto with awful, witless 'Twixt'

Val Kilmer and Bruce Dern compete for title of Biggest Ham

Francis Ford Coppola has produced some of the finest movies of all time, and when he is gone, there is no doubt in my mind that his work will live on.  As long as people are watching movies, they will be watching "The Conversation" and his "Godfather" films and "Apocalypse Now."  No doubt about it.

Having said that, his latest film "Twixt" is so bad that it feels like a practical joke.  It's so bad that I can't believe anyone who has ever seen "The Conversation" made this film, much less the person who actually made it.

I am still having trouble processing what I sat through at the film's first press screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.  I've seen plenty of bad films by good filmmakers, and even in those bad films, I can still see the identity of the filmmaker.  I can still see their fingerprints on the work.  With films I haven't liked this week like "A Dangerous Method" or "Wuthering Heights," I can still have a conversation about how the filmmaker's craft is evident in what they do, and ultimately, my reactions boil down to how I feel about choices they made.  I may not like those choices, but I can see the reasoning behind them.

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<p>&nbsp;The cast of &quot;The Secret Circle&quot;</p>
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 The cast of "The Secret Circle"

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TV Review: The CW's 'The Secret Circle'

Witchy teen drama makes a solid companion with 'The Vampire Diaries'
Robert Browning, who observed "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?" would not have lasted very long running a broadcast television network.
 
Sure, it's easy to point to the huge risks that pay off hugely and change the fate of TV networks. A singing competition in which a British guy nobody has heard of insults the talentless? Airing in the summer? Crazy. A drama about plane crash survivors on an island with weird things in the woods? In the same season as you're airing a comedic soap opera narrated by a dead woman? Crazy.
 
But in most seasons and on most networks, "dice-rolling" usually takes a backseat to "managed risk." And this is even the case in circumstances where you'd think wild gambling might be the order of the day.
 
The CW did a little gambling with "Ringer" and the results weren't overwhelmingly successful, unless you think that an audience of 2.7 million viewers against zero scripted competition is likely going to hold up in Week 2, especially given reviews that I'll generously call "mixed."
 
And I guess The CW is even gambling a tiny bit on "Hart of Dixie," banking on another Old WB-style dramedy after similar offerings like "Privileged" and "Life Unexpected" had only brief runs.
 
But nobody anywhere is going to classify the Thursday drama "The Secret Circle" as a gamble.
 
Thursday 9 p.m. is one of TV's most crowded time slots, but on The CW, it's also the time slot after the network's biggest hit, "The Vampire Diaries." After giving "The Vampire Diaries" variably compatible lead-outs in "Supernatural" and then "Nikita" the past two seasons, The CW's approach this fall has been to put fish in a barrel and load up a rifle.
 
"The Secret Circle" comes from "Vampire Diaries" author LJ Smith and it has been adapted by "Vampire Diaries" producer Kevin Williamson. And although the star-making promotional legwork didn't necessarily pay off for Britt Robertson on "Life Unexpected," The CW is hoping that it at least laid the groundwork for a full-scale breakout with "Secret Circle."
 
There are many ways to design a show and "The Secret Circle" feels like it was developed with compatibility as a higher priority than creativity. But there are worse things than being compatible with what is The CW's most popular and also best series. "The Secret Circle" may be over-calculated and under-inspired, but that doesn't necessarily mean "The Secret Circle" is bad. There's something to be said for setting reasonable goals and largely succeeding, especially when there are plenty of shows that aspire to a good deal less and still fail.
 
More on "The Secret Circle" after the break...
 
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"The Real Housewives of New York City"

 "The Real Housewives of New York City"

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Reality TV Roundup: 'Real Housewives' get canned, a 'Survivor' pouts and a 'Big Brother' star dreams big

It's been another big week in the 'real' world

Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends.

What the hell? "The Real Housewives of New York City" has just canned Jill, Alex and Kelly. I never cared for Jill (who did?), but she always stirred up drama -- and we all know the franchise is nothing without squabbling and catfights. Bad decision, Bravo.

So, Tyra Banks has a celebrity pick for "America's Next Top Model." And the only reason this is even of passing interest is it's fun to imagine Tyra trying to boss around someone who actually has a career. 

Anderson Cooper gets a spray tan with Snooki. I'm not sure if this is kind of hot (Anderson Cooper does have quite the musculature) or wildly depressing (he used to be a real reporter once, didn't he? Didn't he?). This may be his Barbara Walters "what kind of tree would you be?" moment. 

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<p>Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera</p>

Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera

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Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera bounce back up Billboard's Hot 100

What happens with Adele, Lady Gaga and LMFAO this week?

Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera show they have some pretty good moves of their own as their collaboration, “Moves Like Jagger,” dances back up to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

The tune from “The Voice” mentors dropped to No. 2 last week but bounces back to No. 1, swapping spaces with Adele’s “Someone Like You.”

The big news happens just outside of the Top 10 as Kelly Clarkson’s “Mr. Know It All” storms onto the chart bowing at No. 18. It’s the “American Idol” champ’s highest debut since 2007’s “Never Again” started at No. 8.

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<p>Albert Brooks</p>

Albert Brooks

Watch: Albert Brooks on his dark and Oscar-worthy turn in 'Drive'

Legendary filmmaker and comedian one of the reasons why it's one of 2011's best

With only five to six major films left to catch for this calendar year, I can unequivocally say there isn't a scenario where "Drive" will not make my top ten list.  Believe the hype, it's that good.

In fact, Nicholas Winding Refn's latest is pretty damn close to a modern classic.  It's a stylish thriller that depicts contemporary Los Angeles in a light that hasn't been seen since "To Live or Die in LA" or, possibly, "Heat." The film features a stellar cast including leading, but quiet man Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Bryan Cranston (possibly battling Sam Jackson for the title of "hardest working man in show business"), a scene stealing Ron Perlman and an absolutely fantastic Albert Brooks.

The "Defending Your Life" director and star plays Bernie Rose, an LA businessman whose under the  radar ventures tend to run in the illegal variety. It's an unconventional role for Brooks -- one of the reasons he fought for it -- but only at first glance.  After watching "Drive" it's hard to see anyone else playing the role. Actors known for their comedic chips playing bad is nothing new, but Brooks gives Rose a somewhat humble and relaxed demeanor at first glance.  When things don't go his way?  Well, it's a striking change.  So, it was with great excitement that I sat down with Brooks in Toronto to discuss his potentially Oscar-winning turn.*

*And let's be clear. If he isn't nominated its one criminal act Rose wouldn't put up with.

Brooks, who is currently filming Judd Apatow's "This is Forty," made a lot of revelations about his work on "Drive."  1.  Just like his co-star Mulligan, he fought for the role having to convince Refn he was the right guy.  2. Unlike Gosling and Mulligan who convinced Refn to remove much of the dialogue between their characters, Brooks' Bernie was the opposite.  Brooks worked with Refn to actually add more lines to break through the "quiet" of the rest of the movie.  3. Brooks doesn't see Rose as inherently evil, just a guy trying to keep his small little pocket of the universe going.  And when the driver (Gosling) disrupts it?  Well, Rose is forced to take action he'd prefer not to.

You can watch the entire interview with Brooks embedded in this post.  Look for a chat with Cranston in the next day or two.  And, moreover, don't miss "Drive" when it opens nationwide tomorrow.

For year round entertainment commentary and awards season news follow Gregory Ellwood on Twitter @HitFixGregory.

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