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HBO announces premiere date for 'The Comeback,' 'The Newsroom' and 'Getting On'
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HBO announces premiere date for 'The Comeback,' 'The Newsroom' and 'Getting On'

HBO announces premiere date for “The Comeback,” “The Newsroom” and “Getting On”
All three return on Nov. 9.


Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake lend their voices to Apple’s iPhone ads
At today’s Apple event, the late-night pals were revealed to be singing iPhone 6 promos.


Donald Trump: Joan Rivers will appear on 2 “Celebrity Apprentice” episodes next season
"Joan plays my advisor in two episodes. She was great!” says Trump.


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Review: Simon Pegg has great fun playing slimy in Aussie thriller 'Kill Me Three Times'
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Review: Simon Pegg has great fun playing slimy in Aussie thriller 'Kill Me Three Times'

Australia's sunshine hides some shadowy hearts in this one

Kriv Stenders is not a filmmaker whose name I knew before this, but "Kill Me Three Times" suggests he has both a slick sense of style and a wicked nasty sense of humor. The film stars Simon Pegg as a slimy hitman named Charlie Wolfe, and it is a sort of sun-drenched round robin of terrible people doing terrible things to one another to largely charming effect.

The script by James McFarland fractures the story into three overlapping chunks of time, doubling back on itself to illuminate why people are behaving certain ways, but it's actually a fairly simple story once it becomes untangled. Someone hires Charlie to kill someone else, and that someone may not be on the level. Charlie may not be on the level, either. Basically, it is a movie of double and triple crosses in which pretty much everyone deserves what they get, all set in the bright and beautiful sunshine of Australia.

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Review: Ben Stiller and Adam Driver put a stake in hipster culture's heart in 'While We're Young'
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Review: Ben Stiller and Adam Driver put a stake in hipster culture's heart in 'While We're Young'

Plus an unexpected debate about ethics in modern documentary film

While I'm always up for watching a new film by Noah Baumbach, I'm fairly sure I wouldn't want to spend any time in the real world with the characters in his movies.

Take "While We're Young," for example, his latest film which just premiered here at the Toronto Film Festival. In it, Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) are a couple who have reached that point in life where all of their friends are having babies and they seem fairly sure that's not something they want. Josh is a documentary filmmaker who is coming up on his tenth year of tinkering with the same project, and Cornelia is a producer who works for her father (Charles Grodin), a successful older documentarian who used to be Josh's mentor. If they were the only three main characters in the film, there's still enough angst and tension and underlying pathology in the three of them to make me squirm for two full hours.

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'The Daily Show' is heading to Austin for 'Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess'

'The Daily Show' is heading to Austin for 'Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess'

“The Daily Show” is heading to Austin for "Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess”
Starting Monday Oct. 27, Jon Stewart will spend a week in the capital of Texas covering the midterm election, and indicted Gov. Rick Perry.


Meredith Vieira’s talk show debuts up 41% from the shows it replaced
According to Deadline, "That’s the second-biggest increase over year-ago time periods for a talk-show premiere in nine years, behind only Steve Harvey’s show.”

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Monday's "MasterChef"

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TV Ratings: 'MasterChef,' football-skewed 'Bachelor in Paradise' finale lead Monday

NBC's 'Running Wild' and 'American Ninja Warrior' finales are solid

Fast National ratings for Monday, September 8, 2014.

A two-hour block of "MasterChef" led FOX to a Monday night victory among young viewers, while ABC is celebrating series highs for "Bachelor in Paradise," winning the night overall.

ABC is trumpeting those "Bachelor in Paradise" numbers, but also acknowledging that the numbers are fundamentally bunk, with the network no doubt receiving a rather huge boost from NFL preemptions in New York and Detroit. 

In short, don't expect "Bachelor in Paradise" to remain anywhere near these numbers when Final Live+Same Day figures come in. 

When it comes to other, less inflated, numbers, after last week's Labor Day-generated low, CBS' "Under the Dome" bounced back to its regular levels, as did NBC's season finale for "Running Wild with Bear Grylls."

On to the numbers...

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Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys asks the big questions on new song, 'We Are Here': Listen

Singer debuts live version on 'Jimmy Fallon'


Alicia Keys unveiled a new song, “We Are Here,” on Facebook on Monday. The anthem is a socially conscious tune that takes on a laundry list of societal ills and big issues, ranging from the Palestinian/Isreali conflict to violence in Chicago to absentee dads to educational deficits in major cities, and serves as a call to action to do whatever you can to make the world a better place.

“We are here for all of us,” she sings, as she performs the song on keyboards on a New York rooftop. It’s well-meaning and clearly from the heart. Is it one of her catchier tunes? No. However, it’s a statement that she feels passionately about and needed to make.

“I was sitting in a circle of people of all ages and we were asked, ‘Why are you here?’ Why am I here?? This really hit me on a deep level. I realized no one had ever asked me that question before,” Keys said in a statement.

She goes on to add that “I believe in an empowered world community built on the true meaning of equality… I believe our voices should be heard so that our representation reflects our population… I believe in a world where every child born receives a quality education.” Keys states several other beliefs and then calls upon all of us to help “give birth to a kinder and more peaceful world for all children.”

"We Are Here," which she also performed on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" Monday night,  will most likely be on Keys' new album. She's given no release date for the set yet, but told AP,  "What I know for a fact is it's the best music I've ever done in my life." Don't expect an album from her this year since she's working on another production: her second child with husband Swizz Beatz is due in December. She will also appear on a mentor on "The Voice" as part of Pharrell's team. The two paired for the "Spider-Man" tune, "It's On Again,"  and he also worked on her new album.

 

 

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<p>Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in New Girl</p>

Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in New Girl

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'New Girl' creator looks back: 'You win some, you lose some'

Season 4 will try to simplify storytelling to focus on the show's strengths

I usually oppose the convention wisdom that says that bringing couples together ruins sitcoms, but even I couldn't ignore a coupling's devastating recent impact on one of my favorite sitcoms. Season 2 of "New Girl," which was mostly devoted to the flirtation between Zooey Descanel's Jess and Jake Johnson's Nick, was at times the best comedy on television. Season 3 of "New Girl," in which Jess and Nick were a firmly-established couple, was an absolute mess, until finally creator Liz Meriwether and her writers hit the eject button on the whole idea and had the relationship fall apart in the space of an episode.

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Craig Ferguson congratulates James Corden using a photograph of his successor
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Craig Ferguson congratulates James Corden using a photograph of his successor

Craig Ferguson congratulates James Corden using a photograph of his successor
“This is what it’s going to look like after Christmas,” said “The Late Late Show” host, pointing to a framed photo of Corden. “I’m getting ready.” He then told robot skeleton Geoff, “we’re out of here buddy. Yeay!”


Ashley Madison is developing a TV drama inspired by its website for cheaters
"There's a whole new story to tell about the mind of the cheating man and woman,” says Ashley Madison CEO Noel Biderman.


Steve Zahn and Romany Malco team for Amazon’s Shawn Ryan drama pilot “Mad Dogs"
They, along with Ben Chaplin will be part of “The Shield” creator’s drama pilot about a group of frat brothers who get involved in a murder case in Belize.


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Review: Salma Hayek's passion project brings 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' to beautiful life
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Review: Salma Hayek's passion project brings 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' to beautiful life

An impossible-to-adapt book somehow makes the jump intact

One of the highlights of the Cannes Film Festival for me this summer was a presentation of selected clips from "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet," an ambitious animated film that adapts one of the most beloved works of poetry of the 20th Century, and I wrote in that piece that I hoped the final film would live up to the segments that I saw out of context.

It is safe to say that is the case.

Ultimately, this is a very simple, very direct film. There are plenty of movies playing at this festival that want to make you work for whatever meaning you take from them, but this feels like the opposite. "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" has been designed to be as emotionally direct as possible, easy to understand and very, very clear in its storytelling, and the result is a film that I would feel comfortable showing to my children but that manages to offer up some remarkably complex and adult ideas in a way that makes them seem fresh, no matter how familiar you are with the book.

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Review: Jennifer Aniston's impressively raw performance tells her critics to eat 'Cake'

Review: Jennifer Aniston's impressively raw performance tells her critics to eat 'Cake'

Daniel Barnz's latest starts off bumpy but finds itself in the end

TORONTO — Chances are that anyone who saw Daniel Barnz's "Phoebe in Wonderland" at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival has been wondering if we'd ever see "that" talented director again. In the years since, he tried to jump on the YA wagon with the misfire "Beastly" and got terribly lost in the studio world with 2012's "Won't Back Down." He may still be a little rough around the edges, but the Barnz who showed so much promise with "Phoebe" is back with the new drama "Cake," which premiered Monday at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. And as much as "Cake" is something of a comeback for Barnz, it's really on most people's radar for being a rare dramatic turn for Jennifer Aniston, and she doesn't disappoint.

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Review: Julianne Moore is shattering in wonderfully restrained 'Still Alice'

Review: Julianne Moore is shattering in wonderfully restrained 'Still Alice'

A Monday afternoon surprise from Toronto

TORONTO — Julianne Moore has already had quite a year. In May, she surprised many by taking the Best Actress honor at the Cannes Film Festival for David Cronenberg’s “Map to the Stars.” On Monday night, “Still Alice” premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and it may feature one of the finest performances of her already illustrious career.

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Howard Stern: 'I was crying like a baby' at Joan Rivers’ funeral
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Howard Stern: 'I was crying like a baby' at Joan Rivers’ funeral

Howard Stern: "I was crying like a baby” at Joan Rivers’ funeral
The shock jock recounted this morning how he was asked by Melissa to deliver the eulogy — and how he talked to Louis CK to discuss Rivers. "She was very, very embracing of the show and what I was doing," Stern said this morning. "She was a fan of the show and she was a great cheerleader.” PLUS: Listen to Howard Stern’s tribute to Joan from this morning's show, Broadway won't dim its lights for Rivers, and Stern said in his eulogy: "I hope Joan is somewhere chasing Johnny Carson with a baseball bat."


"Scandal" promo asks: Where in the world is Olivia Pope?
A new promo shows Olivia Pope on an exotic beach, sipping wine.


Disney recreates the “DuckTales” opening with real ducks
"We’re kicking off Disney Blogs ’90s week with a quack,” says Disney’s Oh My Disney blog.


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