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Kerry Washington gets 'Scandal'-ous in 'SNL' promos


Kerry Washington gets "Scandal"-ous in "SNL" promos

Watch her refuse Taran Killam's advances.

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Rey Gallegos and Charlie Hunnam in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Fiasco (Rey Gallegos) and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) exchange pleasantries

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Los Fantasmas' revisits the past

Sins of the past catch up with several characters as we head toward the season's third act

We're into the second half of the season now and "Los Fantasmas" feels like an episode designed to put a lot of pieces into position for bigger plays to come. The school shooting returns in a major way, Gemma begins formulating her next steps in light of Tara's betrayal, Nero makes a big decision with unexpected consequences and Jax bares his soul to Tara in a would-be heart-wrenching moment that's arguably too little and unquestionably too late.

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<p>Jonas Brothers in 2007</p>

Jonas Brothers in 2007

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The Jonas Brothers call it quits: 10 Sibling Bands that lasted longer

The Kinks, Oasis and Kings of Leon make the JoBros look tame

The Jonas Brothers may be the latest sibling act to implode, but they certainly aren't the first. Throughout rock's history, brother acts have been feuding and fighting, while they make beautiful music together.

Of course, not all brothers are bound to end up estranged, destined to sit at opposite ends of the table come holidays staring at each other in stony silence. For every Ray & Dave Davies of the Kinks, there's a loving counterpart, like the three Hanson brothers, Isaac, Taylor and Zac, who are going on 20 years without a public spat.

Here's a look at some brother acts, their biggest sibling rivalries and who still has some brotherly love.

Read about how and why the Jonas Brothers announced their split today here.

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Awards Campaign is now 4 Quadrant

Awards Campaign is now 4 Quadrant

Change is good

It's time to open stretch our arms a little.

When HitFix brought In Contention into the family two years ago it was a sign that Awards Campaign, a blog I've been writing since the inception of the site almost five years ago, would soon take a back seat.  Kris Tapley has turned In Contention into a top tier brand in regards to awards and prestige film coverage. My voice as a, cough, Oscar pundit was much better served posting in In Contention alongside Kris and the one and only Guy Lodge than separately in Awards Campaign.  Where did that leave little old AC? Well, some things aren't meant to last.

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<p>Leonardo Di Caprio is home alone in 'The Wolf Of Wall Street,' but it's a $32 million home built off the ill-gotten gains from innocent investors.</p>

Leonardo Di Caprio is home alone in 'The Wolf Of Wall Street,' but it's a $32 million home built off the ill-gotten gains from innocent investors.

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DiCaprio and Jonah Hill play 'Wolf Of Wall Street' as black-comedy in new trailer

Could this be the savage satire we deserve about the financial crash?

The only way to approach the recent and ongoing excesses of Wall Street is through the filter of jet black comedy. Anything else would simply hurt too much at this point.

Thankfully, the new trailer for Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street," which is now set for Christmas Day as our own Kris Tapley noted earlier this afternoon, suggests that Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter have taken the non-fiction book by Jordan Belfort, the loathsome stockbroker scumbag who is played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film, and transformed it into something that feels like a "Dr. Strangelove" by way of "Goodfellas," a wicked spin on a bunch of characters who don't care who they have to eat to get fat.

Jonah Hill is emphasized much more in this new trailer than in the original "Black Skinhead" trailer from July, and it looks like a hell of a performance. I am mesmerized by every single shot of his teeth.

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Best Director 2014: Cuarón, McQueen and Jonze vie for Oscar

Best Director 2014: Cuarón, McQueen and Jonze vie for Oscar

Surveying the field of helmers from debut filmmakers to weathered vets

This year's Best Director race got thinned out a bit recently as such heavy hitters as Bennett Miller and George Clooney took their leave of the 2013 film awards season. But there's still a healthy crop of hopefuls, from debut filmmakers to veteran craftsmen. How will the final line-up shake down?

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'Arrested Development' creator, 'Tim and Eric' will guest on 'Community'


"Arrested Development" creator, "Tim and Eric" will guest on "Community"
Mitch Hurwitz will play Preston Koogler, Greendale’s ultimate party animal. PLUS: Joel McHale says "Community" scripts this season "are some of the best we've ever done."


Letterman wishes he was from Pawnee, Rob Lowe jokes that Amy Poehler is "a prick"

Letterman, a "Parks and Rec" fan and Indiana native, talked to Lowe about his leaving Pawnee -- and possibly coming back. Also, Lowe says, jokingly: "Amy Poehler is a prick." PLUS: Jim O'Heir promotes candy corn.


New England Patriot star Rob Gronkowski is pitching a cartoon: "The Gronks"
"The Gronks" would feature the tight end and his four brothers.


Amy Poehler & Louis CK are directing together
Check them out on the set of Comedy Central's "Broad City."


Peek inside "Mad Men" star Vincent Kartheiser's tiny Hollywood home

Kartheiser's home is about 580 square feet.


TNT's "Legends" casts Morris Chestnut
He'll join Sean Bean on the spy drama premiering next year.


Check out Adam Lambert on "Glee"
Here are pics from "The End of Twerking."


"Orange is the New Black" star "wasn't offended" by Julianne Hough's blackface, but....
But Laverne Cox says it's "really sad" that "she would wear blackface and not understand the historical implications of that."


Josh Charles reacts to "The Good Wife" shakeup
"I don't think he's going to go cry in his pillow," he jokes.


See Rachel Maddow, "Simpson"-ized
The MSNBC host guest stars on this week's episode. PLUS: Edna Krabappel will be around for another year, and Nancy Cartwright pays tribute to Marcia Wallace.


Metta World Peace guests on "Key & Peele"
Watch him deliver the "Metta World News" for Halloween.


New book tells of "The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets"
Turns out several of "The Simpsons" writers have a passion for math.


What's wrong with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."?
Bland stories, forgettable characters -- there's not much to get excited about after five episodes. PLUS: "S.H.I.E.L.D." is the season's biggest disappointment.


Alec Baldwin sits down with "2001: A Space Odyssey" stars

Watch a preview of this week's "Up Late with Alec Baldwin."


An "Entourage" movie had been talked about for years
Back in 2009, Mark Wahlberg said he was serious about bringing his HBO show to the big screen.


See more beard-less "Duck Dynasty" photos

Here are yearbook, prom and military pics of the A&E stars.


Hank Azaria visits "Sesame Street"
He's looking for imposters with Elmo.


Hugh Laurie is tweeting
"Seriously," says Jimmy Fallon -- Laurie's Twitter handle is @Jlumbrozo.


Michael Weatherly welcomes a baby boy
It's the 2nd child for the "NCIS" star and his wife.

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<p>It may be harder to get completely debauched when you get older, but the cast of 'Last Vegas' gives it a try.</p>

It may be harder to get completely debauched when you get older, but the cast of 'Last Vegas' gives it a try.

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Review: De Niro and Douglas ground the obvious 'Last Vegas' amidst some solid laughs

Kline and Freeman get to play and seem to have a blast doing so

"It's pretty much exactly what you think it is."

Go ahead and put that on the poster, CBS Films. If you've seen the trailer for this movie and it looks like something you might enjoy, I think it's a safe bet that you will enjoy it. "Last Vegas" is told with enough charm and energy that it should please audiences heartily. The cast, including Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Mary Steenburgen, makes it all seem very simple and natural and loose, and Jon Turtletaub keeps the focus on the people, not the high-concept idea of old guys on the loose in Las Vegas with a bunch of boner pills. This is much closer to the comic identity of "Cocoon" than it is to "The Hangover," and that seems to be the point.

The script by Dan Fogelman, who also wrote last year's "Crazy Stupid Love," is in the same vein as that film, nakedly sentimental but also determined to land every joke, and it's a pretty simple affair. Billy (Douglas), Paddy (De Niro), Archie (Freeman) and Sam (Kline) have been friends since they were kids in Flatbush, and over the years, they've always stayed in touch.

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<p>Are Alex &amp; Sierra our generation's Sonny &amp; Cher?</p>

Are Alex & Sierra our generation's Sonny & Cher?

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - Top 16 Performances

Get ready for 16 performances in only 125 minutes

I have no clue how this is going to work. FOX has scheduled Tuesday (October 29) night's special "X Factor" for a hair over two hours and, in that time, the show has to make it through four Boys, four Girls, four Geriatrics and four Groups, plus commentary from four judges/mentors for all 16 acts, presumably.

It's also possible that we'll be sending four acts home tonight, though I can't begin to imagine where the time is for all of that.

Since this is the start  of the live performances and since it's not like there's a World Series game to watch, I might as well live-blog, so follow along at home!

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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio in &quot;The&nbsp;Wolf of Wall Street&quot;</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street"

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Martin Scorsese has a present for you this Christmas

And it will be campaigned as a comedy for the Golden Globes

Were you fretting over the release date of Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street?" Well, you didn't really have to do that. We told you on Sept. 23 it was going to move off its Nov. 15 release date but that the goal was to release on Christmas Day. I Tweeted on Oct. 15 that the film was going to make that date. And today, after a few weeks of other outlets tripping over themselves to "exclusively" report that very simple information, you can "officially" rest easy, as Paramount has gone ahead and confirmed the Christmas release.

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<p>Arcade Fire&nbsp;</p>

Arcade Fire 

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Review: Arcade Fire goes good and long for new 'Reflektor'

The young-art-student vibe gets a big dose of disco

Arcade Fire is still preaching, it's just from a more brightly lit mount. It's intentional to say that the Montreal-based band has allowed itself to make much for colorful, dance-embracing songs on new album "Reflektor," in that they've shown so much restraint to keep their personalities closely tied to their comfortable rock sound on their previous three sets.

On last album "The Suburbs," its standout "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" succeeded in its lively retro sound, combining Regine Chassagne and Win Butler's strengths as vocalists and manic, holy messengers. On "Reflektor" -- both the first single and the album on the whole -- they took some of the same neon colors (no, not a Neon Bible) and flashing lights and applied it liberally, like an energy... and let LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy produce some, and David Bowie sing some.

Below is a track-by-track look at what makes "Reflektor" a solid, long and cerebral set, shy of the strings that was a signifier of the band before and bursting with a rejuvenated (if not downright young-artist) vibe of their future.

 
Opener "Reflektor" is such a bold statement to reform listeners' expectations of this album, it also just happens to sound like commerce. That super low bass, the piano tinkling like it did for "Neighborhoods #2 (Lies)," the “reflective age” in Regine Chassagne’s French lilting over the disco... it's instantly loveable, as well as a sign post pointing toward the rest of this long haul. 
 
We Exist” bears the Bowie influence in bassy gravitas plus the meandering space-age instrumental tail (and maybe the Thin White Duke’s own backup vocals?). The left-right faders give this late-night groover a third dimension and mid-tempo elegance.
 
The band truly stretches out here, marching through a dancehall and leaving the chamber pop outside. Win Butler’s whinny has echo and reverb for days. The sample-sounding horns try to tear through marimba and electric guitar loops, fading out into the sounds of a market or carnivale…
 
… which is what “Here Comes the Night Time” turns into. Sub-bass and rara-flavorings don’t drown out what is ultimately kind of a lamentation of wrong-headed foreigners and missionaries, a story Butler and his band have visited before, most strongly on “Neon Bible.” It plays into the longer love letter to Haiti that “Reflektor” is, holding an air of knowing and accusation (and mild pretension) that never makes their use of ethnic musics a neutral proposition.
 
 I find myself looking forward to the 2:30 mark, where in the post-chorus, an upright piano bleats like a slot machine meeting a bar-floor vaudeville show.
 
Normal Person”: “Do you like rock ‘n’ roll music? I don’t know if I do” Butler sneers into his mic, which – were it to have an odor – would be beer and sarcasm. I immediately think of the garbled ramblings that open “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and this is among the first of many times I return to thinking about the White Album when I go over this set. And like that pop cut, the guitar lick here will either wither your soul or you’ll fall in love.
 
At the end, he waves thank you to an invisible crowd in a tiny club it seems, a fantasy for anybody who’s familiar with the expanse and influence of the sextet these days. (AF themselves, though, have tried to set up many a small rock club show in the run-up to promoting this album.)
 
Already Know”: Since the Smiths are never getting back together, there’s always this.
 
Joan of Arc” sounds like song that’s been incubated and nurtured, with lots of fine-tuned details, like the maxed-out gain on the opening vocals, the Gary Glitter ‘floor invitation amplified with Moog, the incantations in the backup vocals. It’s a treat by itself, and an excellent mid-point demarcation of this lofty album.
 
The band spookily hums back into “Here Comes The Night Time II,” strings whimpering and warning that this “feels like it never ends.” The lack of drums is very present in a drum-heavy album such as this, a quiet set-up to more noise to come.
 
And “Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)” is that noise, as the mythical Greek nymph plays a passive role in this dream-like dystopia. The story is less important that the atmosphere, the claustrophobia of stacked synths bursting into three-part harmonies and a tinge of hope. 
 
But, really, this is all just a waiting period for “It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus),” another song with James Murphy’s fingerprints all over it. They let up on any restraint to dance, the falsetto vocals soulfully responding to a turntable-worthy beat, using its title on repeat in both a threatening and promising fashion. Chassagne’s aggressive presence really lightens the mix up, too, making “Orpheus” really sticky but not at all messy.
 
Porno”: Taken as title-only, is sort of trolling. Here, Butler blames “little boys with their porno” for the hurt his subject’s endured. It’s that judgmental tone again. The offending specter is defined only by the lush keys and the rapping tappings of a rhythm section as Butler again sounds eagerly disappointed in something.
 
Afterlife” is such a crowd-pleaser, a combo of older material and this newer, disco-balling era. In the wake of first single “Reflektor,” you think nothing here can compare, but “Afterlife” nips at its heels, gloriously reveling in baritone sax.
 
Supersymmetry” sprawls -- instrumentally and in length, going for 11+ minutes. Congas tap, voices “la la la,” high notes flutter, the bass brrrrs, the ocean roars, babies are born, leaves change color, you see yourself when you're old and the universe is revealed in its utter worth. Sound exaggerated? That’s all this song is, and it’s bliss before the gentle “Revolution No. 9.”

 

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<p>Pearl Jam</p>

Pearl Jam

Win a Pearl Jam 'Lightning Bolt' prize pack! Enter our giveaway contest

Receive the #1 ltd edition album on vinyl, t-shirt, stickers, and much more

Pearl Jam’s 10th studio album, the excellent “Lightning Bolt” is atop the Billboard 200 right now, but if you weren’t one of the people who bought it upon release last Tuesday, here’s your chance to win it for free on vinyl.

But wait, that’s not all!  In addition to the album, you will win a prize pack full of other Pearl Jam goodies:

Prize pack Includes:
- Limited edition vinyl copy of 'Lightning Bolt'
- Limited edition Pearl Jam Blue Wrigley Stadium T-shirt (Size L)
- Lightning Bolt poster (Not featured in image)
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- Lighting Bolt sticker, Forestry Sticker, Handshake Sticker, and Wolf Sticker
- Don Pendleton 'Lighting Bolt' songs postcard set

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