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David Chase says his comment on Tony Soprano’s fate was 'misconstrued'

David Chase says his comment on Tony Soprano’s fate was “misconstrued”
“The Sopranos” creator released a statement via his publicist to Vulture responding to his supposed revelation to Vox: "A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying, 'Tony Soprano is not dead,' is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true. As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, 'Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.' To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer.’"

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Weezer frontman’s life inspires a Fox comedy pilot

Weezer frontman’s life inspires a Fox comedy pilot
Rivers Cuomo is teaming with “Psych” creator Steve Franks on “DeTour,” about a 30-something rock star who walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame. Cuomo took a sabbatical from his rock career in the mid-90s to attend Harvard.

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<p>Kate Winslet</p>

Kate Winslet

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John Hillcoat, Kate Winslet and Chiwetel Ejiofor team-up 'Triple Nine' gets 2015 release date

Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Aaron Paul and Gal Gadot also star

A release date has been set for the police thriller "Triple Nine" from director John Hillcoat ("Lawless," "The Proposition"), which stars a slew of Oscar winners and nominees.

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FX orders a clown comedy starring Zach Galifianakis, which he co-created with Louis CK

FX orders a clown comedy starring Zach Galifianakis, which he co-created with Louis CK
“Baskets” will follow a guy who works at a rodeo who dreams of becoming a clown.

“COPs” crew member was killed by police fire
Bryce Dion, 38, worked as an assistant cameraman on “COPs” and other TV series.

“Chelsea Lately” exits with more than 1 million viewers
Chelsea Handler had her best ratings last night in 2 1/2 years.

“Tyrant” ends its 1st season down from its debut
The FX series lost 28% of its premiere viewership.

“Sherlock” co-creator will be back on “Game of Thrones”
Mark Gatiss reprise his role as Tycho Nestoris, head of the Iron Bank.

See the “American Horror Story” cast in the “Freak Show” poster
Says Ryan Murphy: "It feels like a Douglas Sirk movie; it's very 1952 presentational and then the horror is an unexpected jab. As opposed to last year, which was crazy camera work and comedy. This year feels different.” PLUS: Watch the latest teaser.

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<p>&quot;The Look of Silence&quot;</p>

"The Look of Silence"

Review: 'The Look Of Silence' is a worthy companion to 'The Act Of Killing'

Joshua Oppenheimer delivers another compelling doc

VENICE - Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act Of Killing" was an incredibly uncomfortable watch for many reasons. Not least its close alignment - narratively, if not morally - with Indonesian death squad veterans, as they re-enacted the atrocities they had committed in the style of their favorite films. "The Look Of Silence", styled as a companion piece rather than a sequel, redresses the balance. This time, the surviving family members of Ramli, one of the the victims, are the focus, and the style is appropriately restrained.

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Miley Cyrus slams media for 'going after' her homeless friend Jesse

Miley Cyrus slams media for 'going after' her homeless friend Jesse

Pop star 'disappointed' for the attention turned on spokesperson's 'legal issue'

During the MTV VMAs on Sunday, Miley Cyrus used her platform to raise awareness of homeless youth, but attentions also turned in on her awards show guest this week.

The pop star, in lieu of delivering an acceptance speech for her Video Of The Year win for "Wrecking Ball," sent up her new friend Jesse to speak about his experience of living homeless. Cyrus directed fans to her website to learn more about Los Angeles non-profit My Friend's Place and to learn more about the plight of poverty and homelessness in America.

But Jesse -- identified Jesse Helt, 22, this week -- actually has a warrant out for his arrest in his homestate Oregon, for violating probation. According to the Associated Press, he'd previously been arrested (as a juvenile) for criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary in 2010. Court documents said he'd broken into an apartment of a man "who had been selling what Helt believed to be bad marijuana."

His mother, Linda, said that Cyrus had given Helt money to fly home to visit her; she said that Helt was welcome home at any time, and that he'd moved to L.A. to "make it on his own." He intended to pursue a career in modeling.

This has immediately led to concerns that Miley Cyrus' homeless date wasn't homeless enough. Or was selected because he was good for cameras. Or wasn't vetted to be "representative" of homelessness.

Rewinding a little, Cyrus' move to hand over precious media time on Sunday is what audiences were calling her' "Sacheen Littlefeather moment," mirroring what Marlon Brando did for his Best Actor acceptance speech in 1973. He sent Sacheen Littlefeather -- a spokesperson chosen by Native Americans involved in the American Indian Movement -- to deliver a long speech he had written about the poor and underrepresented culture of Native Americans in Hollywood. (It was a move that then caused the Academy to ban proxies from accepting awards on people's behalf at the Academy Awards, which is why now presenters accept for non-present winners.)

Miley Cyrus made waves at the VMAs last year for her twerking with Robin Thicke; she's spent the year trolling awards and entertaining at concerts, the nature of which you could file under "rebellious" since establishing her post-Hannah Montana persona.

This current move in the great Miley Cyrus re-branding is the most illustrative and widely covered example of Cyrus' charitable works. She has been an activist and donated time and effort to other causes, from Haiti relief to HIV/AIDS research to Rock the Vote to PETA support.

Which would explain, in part, why Cyrus' camp reacted with vitriol toward those who would call her VMAs move a "stunt." Representatives told Mashable that MTV didn't even know what Cyrus had planned.

That could also be why homelessness' moment in the sun turned into another moment in the sun for her, as she stood awkwardly and stagey in-frame of the honorees platform. Cuts to Cyrus crying profusely certainly added drama to Jesse's statements, but also fed skepticism. This, from the young woman whose orbit is around her own image, to the degree that merchandise is manufactured to match that long, unruly tongue.

Of course people would side-eye that moment. It's a damned shame it diminishes her motive: to make good come out of her fame, for a cause that affects more that a million and a half young people in America. Perhaps of the millions of people who watched the VMAs, many hadn't given a second thought to those who suffer unwantedly from homelessness.

(And guess what? Some homeless are criminals. Some are recovered criminals. Or mentally ill. Or abused. Or addicts. Or recovering addicts. Or victims of poor Child Protective Services or broken homes. Some are down on their luck. And many want and need help. Understand those needs more at My Friend's Place.)

Miley Cyrus spent the last year trying to convince people to lighten up, to have fun with her brand of pop, to expect wild things to come from her mouth/Twitter/Instagram/concert. The careful Miley Cyrus business is a multi-million dollar business -- maybe the backlash came from the notion that the brand hadn't vetted and prepared for the moment when Cyrus actually tried stepping back from the mic?

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<p>Zach Galifianakis</p>

Zach Galifianakis

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Zach Galifianakis makes FX a 'Baskets' case for 2016

Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel co-created the comedy with the 'Hangover' star

FX has given a series order to "Baskets," a new comedy from the creative all-star team of Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel.

But don't get too invested in "Baskets," because its premiere is a mighty long way away.

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'Glee' final season details revealed: Rachel Berry is the new Mr. Schuester

“Glee” final season details revealed: Rachel Berry is the new Mr. Schuester
Returning to Ohio, Lea Michele’s character will attempt to resurrect the glee club that was eliminated after Sue Sylvester banished all the arts at school. Meanwhile, Blaine, Sam and Mr. Schue will have surprising new gigs.

Cinemax’s “The Knick” to get an HBO showcase
The first three episodes of the Steven Soderbergh series will be shown on Cinemax's sibling network on Labor Day.

BET suspends “106 & Park” producer, apologizes to Beyonce and Jay Z over Blue Ivy hair joke
On Monday's show, guest host Karrueche Tran said: "I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair."

New book details Katie Couric-Diane Sawyer rivalry
In “The News Sorority,” Couric, according to The Daily Beast, "comes across as brash, striving, and self-absorbed, Diane Sawyer is a Machiavellian, often-inscrutable workaholic, and Christiane Amanpour has an off-putting moral superiority.”

Watch Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert sing “The Obvious Song” in 1993
Second City has begun posting its archives to YouTube.

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'In the Heat of the Night' is getting another TV remake

“In the Heat of the Night” is getting another TV remake
“The Help” writer/director Tate Taylor and “Fargo” producer Warren Littlefield are developing the project for MGM TV, set in the present day and based on the 1967 film.

“Sons of Guns” canceled after one of its stars was arrested on child rape charges
A Discovery spokesperson tells TMZ: “Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of Sons of Guns and cancel the series.”

Jay Leno’s Mark Twain Prize ceremony will feature Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler, Wanda Sykes
Betty White and Leno’s former “Tonight Show” sidekick Kevin Eubanks will also be part of the Kennedy Center’s 17th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony, taping Oct. 19.

Chris Harrison: “The Bachelor” Chris Soules is "everything the show is based on”
"He's that diamond in the rough from middle America who more than ever needs the show to find his wife,” says Harrison. "It reminds me of Aaron Buerge in Missouri. He needed the show to expand his horizons. So, it takes us back to where the show began.”

“Friends” Central Perk pop-up coffee shop is coming to Manhattan
In celebration of next month’s 20th anniversary of the “Friends” premiere, Warner Bros. is recreating the Central Perk coffee shop.

“Dancing with the Stars” eyeing “The Bachelorette” and a YouTube star
According to TMZ, "American Ninja Warrior" contestant Kacy Catanzaro, Lolo Jones and Antonio Sabato Jr. are on the “Dancing” wish list.

Here’s “The Wire’s” Seth Gilliam on “The Walking Dead”
He plays Father Gabriel Stokes next season.

How “Pretty Little Liars” star found about her summer finale fate
She was told, "You still have a job, don’t worry.”

“Outlander” author Diana Gabaldon will appear on the Starz series she inspired
Gabaldon actually got to speak during her cameo, which she filmed in February.

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Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert

Lady Gaga joins Adam Lambert and Queen for 'Another One Bites The Dust': Watch

Which one wins in the belt-fest?

In an abundance of vocal riches, Lady Gaga joined Adam Lambert and Queen on stage in Australia for a powerhouse version of “Another One Bites The Dust” last night.

The two belted the lyrics as if they were having a sing-off or trying to raise the roof in Sydney. Lady Gaga is down under with her ArtRave tour. (h/t Idolator)

As you know, the second half of Lady Gaga’s name is an homage to Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga.” She referenced the song in an Instagram post: “Tonight I felt alive in a way I have not before. I returned to the Radio Gaga Mothership to pay homage to my leaders. It was emotional and wild.”

Though we don't recommend it, it's worth even watching with the sound down to get a load of Gaga's outfit.


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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift bows at No. 1 with 'Shake It Off'

Take that, T-Swift haters

Taylor Swift’s complete switch to pop is being met with resounding success: Her new single, “Shake It Off,” debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 today.

The song, which was bolstered by immediate radio play, sales, and streaming, following its release on Aug. 18, is Swift’s second Hot 100 chart topper, following 2012’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” The single sold 544,000 downloads this past week, the greatest weekly tally so far in 2014, according to Billboard.

For trivia buffs, “Shake,” the first single from Swift’s fifth studio album, “1989,” out Oct. 27, is only the 22nd of the 1,038 songs that have topped the Billboard Hot 100 to bow at No. 1. The last, coincidentally, was Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” in March 2013. Billboard created a fun list of the most successful chart songs with "Shake" in the title here.

“Shake’s” good news is bad news for Nicki Minaj, whose “Anaconda” soars 39-2, kept out of the top spot by Swift. Both artists performed their latest hits on MTV’s Video Music Awards Sunday night. Nonetheless, the No. 2 spot is Minaj’s highest Hot 100 perch. She previously peaked at No. 3 with “Super Bass” and her feature on Britney Spears’  “Till The World Ends.”
All this activity pushes Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” down 2-3, despite a gain in chart points. Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” similarly drops one place to No. 4.

As Swift’s ”Shake” is coronated in the top spot, Magic!’s “Rude,” tumbles from the throne after six weeks at No. 1 to No. 5.

On the bottom half of the Top 10, Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora rises 8-6, Ariana Grande’s “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, falls 4-7, Sia’s “Chandelier” inches 9-8, as does Jessie J, Grande and Minaj’s “Bang Bang,” which moves 10-9. Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” slips 6-10.

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<p>Nadiya and Natalie of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Nadiya and Natalie of "Survivor"

Credit: CBS

New 'Survivor' cast features 'Amazing Race' twins and John Rocker

A former Miss Michigan is also among the 18 new castaways

While the second "Blood vs. Water" cast for "Survivor" doesn't feature any returning castaways, that doesn't mean that the group is devoid of familiar faces.

CBS announced the new "Survivor" cast on Wednesday (August 27) morning and, to put it politely, notoriety abounds.

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