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Tech Support: 'Godzilla,' 'Fury,' 'Interstellar' and more square off for Best Sound Editing

Tech Support: 'Godzilla,' 'Fury,' 'Interstellar' and more square off for Best Sound Editing

Will an animated film finally be nominated here again?

Cling. Clang. Crash. Welcome to the category of Best Sound Editing, which awards the creation and integration of artificial sounds into a movie's soundtrack. This distinguishes this category from Best Sound Mixing, which awards the mixing of the film's overall soundtrack.

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Just look at this video thing FKA twigs did for Google Glass

Just look at this video thing FKA twigs did for Google Glass

Songs featured on stunning 'LP1'

As I've noted before, it's hard to pinpoint exactly the kind of music FKA twigs makes.

And with this new video, I'm in increasing wonder of what FKA twigs even is.

The British songwriter/producer/model/dance/spirit animal directed this new promotional video "#throughglass" for Google Glass, which is soundtracked by her own songs "Video Girls" and "Glass & Patron."

In it, dancers from searched videos appear IRL. This aren't just any music video girls. These are girls who will bring you shame about any and all of your purported "moves" that you "reserve" for the "dance floor." Twigs brings her own. You wake up on the floor.

"Video Girls" is off of "LP1," one of my favorites this year.

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<p>&quot;Clouds of Sils Maria&quot;</p>

"Clouds of Sils Maria"

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'Still Alice,' 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' Roger Deakins and more set for AFI Fest

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton will also be on hand to talk 'Birdman'

AFI Fest has announced that Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" will screen as a Centerpiece Gala selection as well as eight Special Screenings and programs for the festival's Conversations series, which will include a look at the upcoming release, "Unbroken," with cinematographer Roger Deakins.

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'The Simpsons World' launches Tuesday
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'The Simpsons World' launches Tuesday

'Bones' will pay homage to Alfred Hitchcock for Episode 200

“The Simpsons World” launches Tuesday
Every “Simpsons” episode will be available via a website and app, with features including: “The Simpsons Heartbeat,” which organizes every episode by popularity, plus a newsfeed called “Everything Simpsons."


ABC picks up Tyra Banks’ daytime talk show "The F.A.B.”
"The Fun and the Beautiful” talk show will launch in fall 2015 with moderator Banks, plus Sports Illustrated swimsuit star Chrissy Teigen, YouTube star Leah Ashley, interior designer Lauren Makk and Yahoo Fashion’s Joe Zee.


“Bones” will pay homage to Alfred Hitchcock for Episode 200
“The 200th in the 10th” episode will feature Booth and Brennan in their very own ’50s thriller inspired by the Master of Suspense.


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<p>Ryan Murphy</p>

Ryan Murphy

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Ryan Murphy spreads his anthology wings to 'Scream Queens' on FOX

Comedy-horror anthology series receives a 15-episode order for Fall 2015

Not content to have a pair of anthology series set up at FX, Ryan Murphy has set up his third current offering within the anthology model, this one at FOX.

FOX announced on Monday (October 20) that it has given a 15-episode series order to "Scream Queens," from Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. 

Production on "Scream Queens" is set to begin this spring, for a Fall 2015 premiere.

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'Sharknado 3' will strike 'The Feast Coast'
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'Sharknado 3' will strike 'The Feast Coast'

It’s official: Bethenny Frankel returning to 'Real Housewives of New York'

“Sharknado 3” will strike “the Feast Coast”
Multiple cities will be impacted by the next Sharknado, from Washington D.C. to Orlando, Florida.


It’s official: Bethenny Frankel returning to “Real Housewives of New York”
"I'm genuinely excited, with a side of slightly nervous, for my return to 'The Real Housewives of New York City,'” says Frankel, who appeared in the first three seasons.


Fox orders Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens”
The “genre-bending comedy-horror anthology series” will feature a new setting and storyline each season, much like Murphy’s “American Horror Story.”


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Moana
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Walt Disney Animation announces South Pacific-set 'Moana' for 2016

CG adventure will mark the studio's 56th feature

With only a few weeks left before Walt Disney Animation’s Marvel Comics adaptation “Big Hero 6” hits theaters, the studio has added another feature to its pipeline. The Mouse House revealed plans Monday for “Moana,” a CG-animated comedy-adventure about “a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest.”

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<p>Broncos QB Peyton Manning</p>

Broncos QB Peyton Manning

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TV Ratings: Peyton Manning's record-breaking night draws big Sunday numbers to NBC

NFL coverage also helps boost CBS and FOX

Fast National ratings for Sunday, October 19, 2014.

The Sunday Night Football game between the 49ers and Broncos drew big numbers  to NBC, driven in part by Denver QB Peyton Manning's pursuit of the NFL's TD-passing record.

It was NBC's best Sunday Night Football performance since the premiere, while other programming also had a big night.

Inflated by NFL overrun, FOX's comedies and CBS' dramas were up week-to-week. Also posting gains without football was ABC's "Once Upon a Time," while the network's later dramas were flat.

On to the numbers...

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Gwen Stefani says 'Baby Don't Lie' on new solo single
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Gwen Stefani says 'Baby Don't Lie' on new solo single

Musical Frankenstein doesn't yield anything distinctly Stefanian

Gwen Stefani's new solo single "Baby Don't Lie" is out, and it's running all over the place.

At first it threatens to be a gum-chewing M.I.A. hip-hop hybrid. Then it soars straight into Ellie Goulding dance-pop territory, and then mid-tempo love song with a hiccup at the end, plus a OneRepublic counter-melody on the tags after the chorus. Then Iggy Azalea's influence rears its head.

Well, at least the whiff of OneRepublic can be partly to all of the co-songwriters: Ryan Tedder, who worked with Benny Blanco and Noel Zancanella to write this sonic Frankenstein.

Tedder leads OneRepublic and Blanco -- who produced on OneRepublic's latest album "Native" -- could be a solid lead as to why anybody would ape the slack-voweled sounds of Iggy Azalea: he co-wrote pop-laden "Black Widow" for the Aussie rapper. Zancanella also co-wrote and co-produced for OneRepublic, and was behind Ellie Goulding's "Burn," plus a few tunes for acts like Maroon 5, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez.

Start connecting a bunch of those dots and you get a song that doesn't at all seem distinctly Gwen Stefani, except for her willingness to speak-sing without ever actually having to verge on rapping.

The No Doubt frontwoman still has a lot of power behind her voice and can still carry a decent melody when she's given one, namely the chorus here. But it's hardly a reintroduction to the personality behind "Hollaback Girl." This is a generic play for radio, without much fun or heart. I'm more eager to hear how a whole album would fare.

The music video for "Baby Don't Lie" will premiere tomorrow (Oct. 21).

"Baby Don't Lie" is Stefani's first new music as a solo artist since she released "The Sweet Escape" in 2006. No Doubt dropped their newest album in 2012. She is currently a judge on "The Voice."

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<p>Manhattan</p>

Manhattan

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Season finale review: 'Manhattan' - 'Perestroika'

Frank's victory is complete, while Charlie gets busted

Earlier this week, WGN America ordered a second season of "Manhattan," which pleased me and a number of you. A few thoughts on tonight's season finale, and season 1 as a whole, coming up just as soon as I run for town council...

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Billy Boyd singing Edge of Night in Lord of the Rings
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'Rings' star will sing 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' credits song

Actor wrote the tune with series writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh

Billy Boyd’s performance of “Edge of Night” in “Return of the King” is among the most stirring sequences in Peter Jackson’s original “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. After Denethor (John Noble) requests a ditty, Boyd’s Pippin serenades the king’s court with the memorable, falsetto ballad. Adapted by screenwriter Philippa Boyens from J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem, “A Walking Song,” and scored by composer Howard Shore, Jackson juxtaposes the haunting melody with shots of Faramir (David Wenham) battling over Osgiliath. “Return of the King” won 11 Oscars at the 2004 Academy Awards, “Edge of Night” didn’t earn any love — Best Song honors that year went to another “Lord of the Rings” tune: Annie Lennox’s “Into the West.”

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Leviathan
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'Leviathan' takes top honors at the London Film Festival

Russia’s Best Foreign Language Film submission adds fest cred to its resume

On Sunday evening, the 58th BFI London Film Festival announced this year’s Festival Awards winners. Top honors went to Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan,” Russia’s Best Foreign Language Film submission.

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