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<p>Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are joining the party at SXSW&nbsp;as 'Neighbors' is announced as a special work-in-progress screening this year.</p>

Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are joining the party at SXSW as 'Neighbors' is announced as a special work-in-progress screening this year.

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SXSW 2014 line-up adds sport, TV premieres and Seth Rogen's 'Neighbors'

The biggest Austin party of the year just keeps getting bigger

The first full wave of programming for the 2014 edition of the South By Southwest Film Festival was announced this morning, following a few early titles that were announced recently, and my first reaction, as it is every year, is that there is no way I'm going to get to see everything I want to see at the fest.

They announced 115 films today, and that's just the first wave. There's a Midnighters section they'll announce next week, and then we'll get the full schedule the week after that. One thing that immediately jumps out is that SXSW is starting to build in room for special television-oriented events, screening individual episodes of shows and bringing in the talent behind the series to speak. Shows including HBO's "Silicon Valley," Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," AMC's "Halt" and "Catch Fire," the reboot of "COSMOS" from Fox, and even Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn" will be represented.

They're also adding a SXSports category this year that both Film and Interactive registrants will be able to attend. It blows my mind that they're actually adding things to SXSW. It is already one of the biggest events I attend, an assault on Austin that just happens to coincide with the spring break of UT, making it one of the rowdiest film events anywhere.

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<p>Jared&nbsp;Leto in &quot;Dallas Buyers&nbsp;Club&quot;</p>

Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club"

Credit: Focus Features

How the 'Dallas Buyers Club' hair and makeup team earned their Oscar nominations

Also: Why the project was a personal one for them

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have earned an enormous amount of acclaim for their performances in "Dallas Buyers Club," which has put them at the front of their Oscar races. But their work was of course assisted by the Oscar-nominated makeup and hairstyling of Robin Mathews and Adruitha Lee, allowing them to slip further into their characters and fully inhabit the roles of Ron Woodroof and Rayon.

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Susan Lucci

 Susan Lucci

Exclusive clip: Susan Lucci talks 'AMC' demise on 'Oprah: WATN'

The star talks about mourning a job she had for 41 years

In the latest episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now" (Fri. Jan. 31 at 9:00 p.m. on OWN), we catch up with a passel of stars including "All My Children" veteran Susan Lucci. If you're wondering how it feels to lose a job you've had for 41 years, watch this exclusive clip. While Lucci is doing just fine these days (and people who aren't soap fans are probably seeing a lot more of her than they used to), she still went through a lengthy grieving process over the gig.

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<p>Miguel</p>

Miguel

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Ed Sheeran, The Band Perry, Miguel on remake of Elton's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'

What does Sir Elton think of the new versions?

All the young acts love Elton: Ed Sheeran, The Band Perry, Emile Sande and Miguel are among the artists who will appear on a covers version of Elton John’s seminal “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

The album, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, will be reissued on March 25 on CD, vinyl, limited-edition yellow vinyl and in a box set featuring lots of goodies, including “Live at Hammersmith 1973” on CD, and a 100-page hardback book with new interviews with John and co-writer Bernie Taupin.

The deluxe and box set versions will include the Covers disc.  Peter Asher produced the new versions and matched the artists, which also include Fall Out Boy, Hunter Hayes, and Fall Out Boy, with the songs. Surprisingly missing is John’s good pal, Lady Gaga.

I talked to John about the set a few months ago and he’s thrilled with the results. “The country versions by Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry and Zac Brown are just so beautiful,” he said. The Band Perry perform a bluegrass version of “Grey Seal” that wowed John, “and Hunter Hayes probably has one of the best voices in the world, so it’s been great to have those younger people on there.”

Around the time of the “Yellow Brick Road” release, John will be coming to 500 theaters in the U.S. via the release of “The Million Dollar Piano,” a theatrical showing of his Las Vegas show. It will play two night theatrically: March 18 and March 26.

Below is the line-up for the covers version of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”: 

1. Ed Sheeran - Candle In The Wind
2. Miguel featuring Wale - Bennie And The Jets
3. Hunter Hayes - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
4. The Band Perry - Grey Seal
5. John Grant - Sweet Painted Lady
6. Emeli Sandé - All The Girls Love Alice
7. Imelda May - Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock And Roll)
8. Fall Out Boy - Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting 
9. Zac Brown Band - Harmony

 

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<p>Emilia Clarke as Daenerys in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys in "Game of Thrones."

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Daenerys, Tyrion and friends return in new 'Game of Thrones' season 4 pictures

15 new pictures of the heroes and villains of the HBO fantasy epic

"Game of Thrones" won't return to HBO until Sunday, April 6, with the fourth season continuing to adapt the events from George R.R. Martin's third book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, "A Storm of Swords." But if you want a taste of what life in Westeros (and Essos) will look like in the new season, HBO released a bunch of new photos today, including lots of familiar faces like Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey, but also some new actors playing older characters (Michiel Huisman as the new Daario) and new faces altogether (Pedro Pascal and Indira Varma as two newbies).

Enjoy.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 4 photos revealed


"Game of Thrones" Season 4 photos revealed
HBO has released 15 pics from the new season.


ABC orders comedy pilots "Selfie" and "Damaged Goods"

"Selfie" takes a "My Fair Lady" spin on social media, while "Awkward" creator Lauren Iungerich's "Damaged Goods" is a "comedy about the sexual politics that have changed between men and women in this post-feminist era."


Jim Cantore's Weather Channel knee-to-the-groin victim is happy to have his "15 minutes of fame"
"He got me good," says college student Colin Marcelli, whom Cantore kneed in the groin.


Ian Ziering & Tara Reid will reprise their "Sharknado" roles

Both will appear in the NYC-based sequel to the Syfy classic.


"Revolution" hits another series low

Will NBC bring back the J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke drama for a 3rd season?


Eric Stonestreet recalls crushing on his teacher, Tina Fey
The "Modern Family" star talks to Howard Stern about what it was like to be taught by Fey at Second City, auditioning for "MADtv" topless, and hooking up with women via Tinder.


Sarah Silverman doubts ex Jimmy Kimmel was narcoleptic
On "Watch What Happens Live," Silverman said "I personally don't think Jimmy was ever narcoleptic," adding that Kimmel might've been misdiagnosed.


Stephen Colbert visits the Puppy Bowl
Colbert opted to play with puppies after failing at real-world quarterbacking.


"The Real World's" exes twist really was that bad

The "Ex-Plosion" season finally revealed the exes this week, and the result was a new low for the MTV reality show.


"Elementary" reruns to air on WGN America

The CBS drama is expected to be paired with "Person of Interest" in syndication.

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<p>Mads Mikkelsen is &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Mads Mikkelsen is "Hannibal."

Credit: NBC

HitFix First Look: 'Hannibal' season 2 trailer

Mads Mikkelsen's cannibal doctor is front and center in the campaign

NBC's "Hannibal" was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2013, and wound up on my top 10 list for the year. Even as TV dealt with serial killer overload, Bryan Fuller and David Slade's take on the very familiar Hannibal Lecter story had so much imagination and daring that it felt like something brand new, rather than a rehash of a 30-year-old story.

(Fuller and I discussed the season at length here and here. If you're looking to catch up, the whole season is streaming on Amazon Prime.) 

The show's set to return on Friday, February 28 at 10 p.m., dealing with the role reversed status quo introduced in the season 1 finale. Though one of the most impressive parts of season 1 was how it made Hugh Dancy's Will Graham just as complicated and fascinating a character as Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) himself, the newest trailer for season 2 — a HitFix exclusive today — is putting all the emphasis on the understated cannibalistic evil of the show's title character. And given Mikkelsen's cool performance, you can understand why.

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<p>Rose Byrne and Seth&nbsp;Rogen go to war against a frat when they end up living next door to it in what they thought was their dream house in Universal's new comedy 'Neighbors'</p>

Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen go to war against a frat when they end up living next door to it in what they thought was their dream house in Universal's new comedy 'Neighbors'

Credit: Universal Pictures

Producer Evan Goldberg on wrangling the comic mayhem of 'Neighbors'

Plus we discuss 'Goon,' Rose Byrne, and the evolution of his films with Seth Rogen

Evan Goldberg may not have the instant name recognition of his creative partner Seth Rogen, but he is every bit as responsible for "Superbad," "Pineapple Express," and "This Is The End," and like Rogen, he is now able to help shepherd younger comic talent through the studio system as a producer.

The two of them are playing that role for the new movie "Neighbors," which stars Rogen and Rose Byrne as a young married couple who spend their life savings buying what they hope is going to be a dream house, a place to raise their newborn child. Instead, they find themselves locked in a sort of comic "Straw Dogs" scenario when a fraternity buys the house next door and proceeds to terrorize Rogen and Byrne with sex and drugs and rock and roll.

On the day I visited the set, I watched Dave Franco, Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, and Rose Byrne all play a scene where the frat guys stop by to announce a Robert De Niro party they're holding. It was a preposterous moment, and director Nicholas Stoller, who I've visited on three films prior to this, was in a gregarious mood, laughing and enjoying each new take.

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<p>Antony Starr in &quot;Banshee.&quot;</p>

Antony Starr in "Banshee."

Credit: Cinemax

Cinemax renews 'Banshee' for season 3

Ultra-violent pulp drama has been a surprising pleasure from the pay cabler

Cinemax has renewed its action drama "Banshee" for a third season. More fisticuffs for everyone!

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Jerry Seinfeld: Yes, we did a 'Seinfeld' reunion -- no, it's not a Super Bowl commercial


Jerry Seinfeld: Yes, we did a "Seinfeld" reunion -- no, it's not a Super Bowl commercial
Seinfeld did confirm on WFAN’s "Boomer & Carton" radio show that he and Larry David shot footage of him  with Jason Alexander as George Costanza, but it wasn't for an ad or for "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."


Cinemax renews "Banshee"
The action series will be back for a 3rd season in 2015.


Bravo orders a 12th season of "Top Chef"

Casting begins Feb. 18.


Watch Tina Fey join Jerry Seinfeld on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"

Seinfeld took Fey out for a ride in a 1967 Volvo to get some cronuts.


"SNL" releases a compilation of Seth Meyers Weekend Update bloopers
Check out Meyers' joke-recovery skills. PLUS: Here's a look at Meyers' last read-through from last night.


"Inside the Actor's Studio" books Matthew McConaughey and Amy Adams
They will sit down with James Lipton on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, respectively.


Jay Leno was serenaded by Bill Maher & Seth MacFarlane
Watch their Bette Middler-esque tribute to the departing "Tonight Show" host.


GLAAD Media Awards honors "Orphan Black," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Orange is the New Black"
Nominees also include "The Fosters" and "Grey's Anatomy."


Watch the official "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" trailer
Robert Rodriguez has released a 2 1/2-minute glimpse of his El Rey Network show.


Alec Baldwin will host the "NFL Honors" awards show for the 3rd year in a row
Fox will broadcast this year's ceremony on Saturday night.


"Broadchurch" creator: David Tennant's American accent is "fantastic" for the Fox remake
"I've heard it's fantastic," says Chris Chibnall, responding to concerns that Tennant's U.S. accent wasn't up to par for "Gracepoint."


Why the "American Horror Story: Coven" finale was BS
That was a phony Hollywood ending.


Ranking every season of every Ryan Murphy TV show
"American Horror Story: Asylum" is No. 1, "Nip/Tuck" Season 2 is No. 2 and "Glee" Season 1 is No. 6.


Ellen dances as Goldilocks in Super Bowl ad

Watch her commercial for Beats Music.


"Sullivan & Son" star arrested for domestic violence
Comic Ahmed Ahmed allegedly beat up a woman believed to be his girlfriend.


"Real Housewives of NY" star Ramona Singer files for divorce

The move comes amid reports her husband cheated on her.


Bravo orders "Friends to Lovers"

The reality show will follow platonic friends who begin dating.

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<p>Kenzie Hall of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Kenzie Hall of "American Idol"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: Slipping 'American Idol' leads Wednesday, 'Arrow' rises for The CW

'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' and 'Chicago PD' also rise
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 29, 2014.
 
"American Idol" posted another week of slight declines on Wednesday night, but still dominated primetime in all measures.
 
On a Wednesday that offered a mixture of repeats and originals, NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago PD" capitalized on CBS repeats to rise, along with The CW's "Arrow" and "The Tomorrow People." Predictably, without their comedy hit lead-ins, ABC's "Suburgatory" and "Super Fun Night" were both down, as was NBC's "Revolution."
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Scarlett Johansson in Jonathan Glazer's &quot;Under the Skin.&quot;</p>

Scarlett Johansson in Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin."

Credit: A24 Films

Exclusive: Scarlett Johansson haunts new 'Under the Skin' teaser trailer

Cut by director Jonathan Glazer himself

If your a fan of cinema and, more importantly, a fan of the art of cinema than you need to get excited about Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin." 

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