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<p>&quot;Inherent Vice&quot;</p>

"Inherent Vice"

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More details on NYFF-bound 'Gone Girl' and 'Inherent Vice' surface

Plus: A new image from Paul Thomas Anderson's wild ride

All eyes are on the fall festivals now as Venice and Telluride are set to gear up next week with Toronto shortly after. And just on the horizon: New York. The Film Society at Lincoln Center pretty much won the day this season by landing the big premieres of David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and Paul Thomas Anderon's "Inherent Vice," while the choice of "Birdman" for closing night — despite the fact that it will have already played Venice and likely Telluride prior — felt like a natural progression. NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones recently spilled a bit on the Fincher and the Anderson, two films hotly anticipated this season.

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<p>Breaking Bad</p>

Breaking Bad

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Emmy Predictions 2014: Outstanding drama series

Will 'Breaking Bad' repeat for Outstanding Drama Series? Or will 'True Detective' play spoiler?

Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting.

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“SNL” alum Rachel Dratch will reunite with Amy Poehler for 'Parks and Rec’s' final season

“SNL” alum Rachel Dratch will reunite with Amy Poehler for “Parks and Rec’s” final season
She’ll play the nanny to Leslie and Ben’s triplets in a one-episode role that could be expanded.

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Uncanceled Showdown Final 4: After thrashing 'Firefly' can 'Jericho' be stopped?

Uncanceled Showdown Final 4: After thrashing 'Firefly' can 'Jericho' be stopped?

'Deadwood,' 'Freaks & Geeks' and 'Almost Human' also make our semifinals

We're down to the Final 4 of HitFix's Uncanceled Showdown and we have to admit...

We didn't see this coming.

Sure, we knew that "Jericho" fans were well-trained when it comes to mobilizing to send nuts, but like many of you, we just assumed that when it comes to mobilizing to skew online polls, nobody could top Joss Whedon fans in general and Browncoats in specific.


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Yahoo declines to rescue Fox’s canceled “Enlisted'

Yahoo declines to rescue Fox’s canceled “Enlisted”
The military comedy has no other potential suitors, so it is not coming back.

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Coldplay's new video shows 'True Love' comes in all shapes and sizes

Here's why we're not so sure we like the message

While Coldplay undoubtedly meant for its video for “True Love” to come across as sweet, I’m not sure it will strike the same tone for everyone.

The clip features Chris Martin and a female in inflatable suits, which are mean to represent their being overweight. They get shunned wherever they go. For example, Martin tries to get on the bus to go to a baseball game, but gets turned away because of his size. His employer kicks him in the ass for no apparent reason.The girl gets spurned when she tries out at an audition and people in her row look visibly dismayed when she goes to the ballet (and, of course, gets stuck in her seat).

But despite their puffy bodies, they have great dreams, including their love of ballet and their desire to be on stage, so after a performance, Martin’s character dances as he sweeps the stage and the girl, finally able to spring herself  from her seat, take the stage and put on a performance to a full audience. As the video comes to an end, the tag, “Anything is possible” appears.

I’m sure it’s supposed to be the opposite of fat shaming, but it still feels a little tone deaf and a little odd. We’re supposed to be happy for them because they found each other, but wouldn’t it be nicer if the rest of the world accepted them for who they are from the start instead of seeing them as outcasts for their size?

“True Love” is the third single from the group’s current album, “Ghost Stories.”

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New 'Nightcrawler' trailer sets up the murky ethics of the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller

The film recently moved from Oct. 17 to Oct. 31

Every new piece of footage or marketing for "Nightcrawler" has me champing at the bit at this point. First Open Road Films offered up a brief viral tease of the film, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an ethically unbound freelance crime journalist in Los Angeles, ahead of its announcement as a Toronto Film Festival world premiere. Then came the first teaser trailer, which proved to me that cinematographer Robert Elswit was bringing the goods here. And that pulp-inspired poster was awesome. Now, a full trailer, laying out all the ethical implications at the heart of the film.

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Fox posts 'Red Band Society' pilot online

Fox posts “Red Band Society” pilot online
The hospital children’s ward drama, which debuts on Sept. 17, is now available on Hulu through Tuesday at 5 pm ET.

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'The Blacklist' lands Paul Reubens

“The Blacklist” lands Paul Reubens
The “Pee-wee Herman” star will appear in two episodes as Mr. Vargas, "a dapper, finicky ‘muscle' who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld.”

“SVU” stars take the Ice Bucket Challenge, but Ice-T declines to participate in the “STUNT"
Ice-T tweeted: "I don’t do things because “EVERYBODY ELSE” is doing it. I do what ‘I’ want to do ONLY because ‘I’ want to do it..” PLUS: Benedict Cumberbatch gets it on his motorcycle, Maisie Williams does it on the side of a building, Danny DeVito is joined by his Trollfoot, Chelsea Handler does it in flippers, Tara Reid gets revenge on Joan Rivers, and Mitt Romney nominates Jason Sudeikis, his “SNL” impersonator.

VH1 orders "Weave Trip,” a spinoff of "T.I.& Tiny: The Family Hustle”
The reality show will follow the mobile hair salon adventures of T.I.’s wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris and her hairdresser friend, Shekinah Jo.

Study: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have a lot of white male guests
Chloe Angyal says of her research: "In short, Colbert and, to a lesser extent Stewart, are sending the message that the most credible, interesting and relevant people out there – the people viewers should hear from and know about – are almost all white and male.”

Emmys announce the final group of presenters, including Mindy Kaling, Chris Hardwick and Kate Walsh
John Mulaney, Uzo Aduba, Ricky Gervais and Allison Williams will also be presenting Monday.

BET news special tonight will examine the events in Ferguson with rappers Nelly and Ali
Nelly is a former resident of the Missouri town that has been the site of widespread protest the past two weeks.

Lori Petty will return to “Orange is the New Black”
She’ll reprise her brief role from the Season 2 premiere.

Damon Lindelof’s “Lost”-themed "Phineas and Ferb” featuring Terry O’Quinn gets a premiere date
The Sept. 29 episode will also feature Jane Kaczmarek and Rob Morrow.

BBC’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” to star Holliday Grainger and Richard Madden
“The Borgias” and “Game of Thrones” alums will play, respectively, the title role and gamekeeper Oliver Mellor from the 1928 Italian romance novel by D.H. Lawrence.

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MTV VMA Predictions 2014: Beyonce versus everyone else
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MTV VMA Predictions 2014: Beyonce versus everyone else

Will Iggy Azalea steal Beyonce's crown?

MTV will hand out its annual Video Music Awards on Sunday (24). Veteran Beyonce and newcomer Iggy Azalea, who lead all nominees with eight nods, will be doing battle all night in several categories.

Something to bear in mind: the awards are voted by the fans, which means acts with younger fans with itchy and eager texting fingers can get the nod over artists with more passive fans. This is much more of a popularity contest than it is a referendum on the actual best video in each category.

As I noted earlier this week, it is a tremendously female-dominated field this year, so look for the ladies to rule.

Here are my predictions for the main categories.


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<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus in &quot;Veep.&quot;</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Veep."

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Emmy Predictions 2014: Outstanding comedy series

Will this be the end of the 'Modern Family' streak? And is 'Veep' or 'Orange' better-poised to beat it?

Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj keeps her assets covered in Juicy J's 'Low' video: Watch

All the nastiness comes from her rhymes, not twerking

After showing off a year’s worth of ass in one day with her video for “Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj keeps it her most formidable asset out of sight in her cameo on Juicy J’s “Low” video and leaves the twerking to others.

Minaj comes in around 1:30 on the tune. Declaring she’s “fly every day,” she delivers a 40-second X-rated rhyme dressed relatively demurely in a black, then white, dress. Even if you're not a Minaj fan, you have to admire her sheer ubiquity these days, between her own "Anaconda,"  "Bang Bang" with Jessie J and Ariana Grande, Beyonce's remix of "Flawless" and now this...

Juicy J’s low voice combined with a hypnotic beat creates a slinky tune, as he, like Kelly Rowland earlier this year, talks about liking his “kisses down low.” Hey, at least he's practicing safe sex, as he tells us the only thing in his suitcase is condoms.

In addition to Minaj, Juicy J also enlists the aid of Lil Bibby and Young Thug.

Juicy J is up for two MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday for his feature on Katy Perry's "Dark Horse."

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