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<p>Chad Kroeger and Avril&nbsp;Lavigne</p>

Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne

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Newlyweds Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger duet on 'Let Me Go': Listen

Sad, subdued ballad brings out the best in both

Do newlyweds Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger make beautiful music together?

Well, that may be stretching it, but on their new duet, “Let Me Go,” they both bring out the best in each other and dial back on the bombast.

“Let Me Go,” which will be on Lavigne’s new album out in November, is light years better than first single, the snotty “Here’s To Never Growing Up” and rambunctious second single “Rock ‘N Roll.”

The piano/strings ballad is reminder that Lavigne can really sing, and she sounds so much better when she drops the vocal affectation that is on so many of her songs. Yes, the song sounds very ‘80s-ish, but, hey, if you’ve seen “The Goldbergs,” you know the ‘80s are back.

Kroeger shows admirable restraint on his one verse and if you’re not a Nickelback fan, the good news is that you only have to hear him for about 30 seconds and during a short call-and-response section. If you are a Nickelback fan, you may find yourself wishing for more Kroeger.

There's a very long, nearly 40-second fade that most radio stations will chop, but it's a nice outro.

I smell a huge AC hit.

What do you think of "Let Me Go?" 

 

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<p>Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are both flying high after this weekend's massive opening numbers for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'</p>

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are both flying high after this weekend's massive opening numbers for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'

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3 on 3: Is 'Gravity' a game changer in Hollywood?

And what's next for Cuaron now that he's pulled off the impossible?
Sitting in my office at the new HitFix headquarters in Los Angeles, I can hear everyone chatting about "Gravity" as they discuss what they did over the weekend. This is one of those things that I've missed not being in an office environment since 1999, that Monday morning sense of what really landed with people and how they're reacting to whatever the biggest moments of pop culture are.
 
It makes perfect sense, then, that this afternoon's "3 On 3" would be about "Gravity" and what impact it might have on the industry and on Cuaron's career. Kris Tapley, Greg Ellwood, and Guy Lodge kicked around some thoughts on the film's awards prospects in the last "3 On 3," and today we're looking at some of the other questions that linger after the genuinely huge box-office weekend they had.
 
I don't often write about box-office, because I think the coverage of it is one of the reasons that conversations about films often feel like arguments over sports teams these days, but in this case, I'm curious to see if Cuaron is given real freedom after this, and even more importantly, if this opens any doors for other filmmakers. We each answered three questions, and you can see our answers below before heading to the comments sections, where I would love for you to share your own answers as well.
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"Little People"

"Little People"

Credit: TLC

Exclusive clip: 'Little Couple' prepare for a rough transition

Bill hopes Will will hug his new sibling, not 'punch her in the face'

Oh, toddlers. Even when they're as cute as Will on "Little Couple" (new episode airing Tues. Oct. 8 at 10:00 p.m. ET on TLC), they can get upset. And hitty. That's what Bill and Jen are prepared to face when they bring home a new baby girl from India. In this exclusive clip, the proud parents take Will out to find a book that will encourage Will to be nice to the new kid and not "punch her in the face." It's good to know these are realistic parents.

Will you be watching "Little People"? 

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"An Adventure in Space and Time"

"An Adventure in Space and Time"

Credit: BBC America

Early 'Doctor Who' episodes may have been found... in Ethiopia?

BBC has yet to confirm the discovery, so don't celebrate yet

In a story that seems far too weird to be entirely accurate (and which begs a lot of other questions if it is), unconfirmed reports have suggested that 106 lost "Doctor Who" episodes have been found at the Ethiopian Radio and Television agency, according to International Business Times.

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'South Park' will take on the George Zimmerman case this week


"South Park" will take on the George Zimmerman case this week
"World War Zimmerman" is the name of this week's episode.


"Dexter" producer: Showtime wouldn't allow us to kill off Dexter Morgan

Producer John Goldwyn says: "Showtime was very clear about that. When we told them the arc for the last season, they just said, 'Just to be clear, he's going to live.'"


"SNL" criticized for using brownface to portray Aziz Ansari

It sure looked like Nasim Pedrad wore brownface to portray the Indian-American "Parks and Rec" star.


Claim: Johnny Carson's 2nd wife cheated on him with Frank Gifford
That's according to a new book by Carson's former lawyer, Henry Bushkin, who recounts "The Tonight Show" host weeping on learning of his wife's infidelity.


Elmo and Cookie Monster are joining a UK children's show
The "Sesame Street" stars will be featured on "The Furchester," a puppet show about a family of monsters that is being co-produced by Sesame Workshop.


Howard Stern baffled by Jerry Seinfeld giving him an envelope full of cash

The shock jock recounted his taping of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," including receiving an "honorarium" for appearing on Seinfeld's show.


It's official: Jennie Garth reuniting with Tori Spelling

The former "Beverly Hills 90210" co-stars will appear together on ABC Family's "Mystery Girls." PLUS: "Revenge's" Ashley Madekwe joins WGN's "Salem."


"Raising Hope" nabs Jeffrey Tambor
He'll play the estranged father of Martha Plimpton's character.


Joan Rivers comes to a "Fashion Police" settlement
She'll avoid a disciplinary hearing with the Writers Guild of America East that she violated union rules by performing writing duties during the strike by her writers.


Read Amy Poehler's piece for the New Yorker

The "Parks and Rec" star recalls the summer of 1989. PLUS: Poehler tears up at Power of Women luncheon.


HBO shows are now on Google Play

Everything from "The Newsroom" to "Game of Thrones" is now available.


"Parks and Rec's" Jerry stars in a "Hard Knocks" parody of pee wee football

Check out Jim O'Heir in Funny or Die's "Little Knockers."


Jaime King gives birth to a daughter
The "Hart of Dixie" star welcomed James Knight Newman on Sunday.

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<p>April (Katy Mixon)&nbsp;tries to keep things normal when Kenny (Danny&nbsp;McBride) begins to once again chase fame and fortune.</p>

April (Katy Mixon) tries to keep things normal when Kenny (Danny McBride) begins to once again chase fame and fortune.

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Kenny Powers bounces back in the dazzling second episode of this year's 'Eastbound & Down'

Wait... did Kenny Powers actually get tears out of me this week?

At the end of the first episode of the new season of "Eastbound & Down," I was left unsure what to expect from the rest of the season, and I liked the feeling. Often, a season premiere sets up certain expectations and then we just watch whatever it is play out for the rest of the episodes. Here, I had no idea where they were headed. I feel like I have a slightly better handle on it at the end of episode two, but only in broad thematic terms. How they're going to actually get there is still a mystery to me, and I feel like they are already doing such amazing things that anywhere they go is fine by me.

Kenny Powers has never been a hero. He's the lead character of the series, certainly, but his egocentric worldview has always been something to be observed, not emulated. Until this year, I've never been particularly emotional about Kenny or what he's been going through. The end of the second episode, directed by Jody Hill, left me in tears, though, and for the first time, I am genuinely rooting for Kenny to get what he wants, and the stakes have never felt higher.

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<p>Chad has entered Cannes competitor &quot;Grigris&quot; in the Oscar race.&nbsp;</p>

Chad has entered Cannes competitor "Grigris" in the Oscar race. 

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Firsts and disqualifications as a record 76 countries enter foreign Oscar race

Chad enters, but Agnieszka Holland won't compete for the Czech Republic

Well, no sooner had I updated the category than the Academy announced the final, official slate of submissions for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar -- and a bumper slate it is. Last year's race featured 71 films, then a record number; this year, that record has been broken by a significant margin, with 76 territories vying for the award

Among them are a couple of nations entering the race for the first time, including Saudi Arabia (a favorite for a nomination, and possibly the win, with the feminist heartwarmer "Wadjda"), Moldova and Montenegro.

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<p>Sophie N&eacute;lisse in &quot;The Book Thief&quot;</p>

Sophie Nélisse in "The Book Thief"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Off the Carpet: Fox enters the Oscar season with 'The Book Thief' and 'Walter Mitty'

Can they register in what is already a crowded season?

This weekend, 20th Century Fox arrived to the 2013 film awards season with a pair of hopefuls that couldn't be more different from the outside. Nevertheless, Brian Percival's "The Book Thief" and Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," both of which will be viewed as cloying in some circles, are made with an honesty that could stave off some of the cynicism and register. At the end of the day, though, neither is the slam dunk contender the studio may have hoped for a year after "Life of Pi."

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<p>Miley Cyrus on the &quot;Today&quot; show</p>

Miley Cyrus on the "Today" show

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Seven things we learned from Miley Cyrus's 'Today' show interview

Was she flirting with Matt Lauer or insulting him?

Hot off her ratings-winning appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” Miley Cyrus continued making the rounds to promote new album, “Bangerz,” by appearing on the “Today” show Monday morning.

During a six-minute interview with co-host Matt Lauer, a hyper, leg-jiggling, self-assured Cyrus answered questions about a number of topics, including her latest Twitter feud with Sinead O’Connor, her VMA appearance, and her parents’ unconditional love. She also performed two songs.

She also revealed that she plans to go on tour next year.

Here are seven things we learned from the interview, embedded below:

She doesn’t mind shocking, but she doesn’t mean to offend:  Of her VMA performance, she says, “I don’t ever really plan to offend people, sometimes that just happens, because I think people aren’t open to what they don’t understand”

If you don’t understand Cyrus, you’re just too old: "My fans are really young, so they all understand what I’m doing," she says.

She’s crazy like a fox:
“We’re still talking about it a month later (she says of her VMA performance), so it went as planned."

What you see is what you get with
:" This is just who I am: I think it’s only hard if you’re trying to be something that you’re not," she says of her sexualized performances.

She’s only got 20 years left to be sexy:  “I heard when you turn 40 things start to go a little less sexual. I heard around 40, around that time, is when people don’t have sex anymore,” she said to a 55-year old Matt Lauer. We still aren't sure if she was flirting with Lauer or insulting him or a bit of both.

She still loves Sinead: "I think she’s an incredible artist, I think she’s an awesome songwriter... I don’t know how someone can start a fight with somebody: I really respect you and I really love what you did. You know what, you suck'."

Her parents love her unconditionally:
  "My parents have always been about being who you are and figuring that out. What’s great about that is I trust them a lot and can go to them with pretty much anything," she says of her parents, pointing our her mother in the crowd.

Below is the full interview, as well a her performance of "Wrecking Ball." 

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<p>Steven Soderbergh at the 2013 Emmy Awards.</p>

Steven Soderbergh at the 2013 Emmy Awards.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

How Steven Soderbergh helped edit Spike Jonze's 'Her'

...and how Chris Cooper got the chop

There are, obviously, many reasons to look forward to Spike Jonze's "Her," which premieres at the New York Film Festival later this week -- beginning, of course, with the fact that it's a Spike Jonze movie, and his first since 2009's "Where the Wild Things Are" (much loved round these parts). But news of another major filmmaker's indirect input just makes the whole project that much more intriguing.

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ABC orders a sitcom pilot based on Kevin Hart's standup


ABC orders a sitcom pilot based on Kevin Hart's standup
Hart won't star, but he'll likely recur if the pilot about a divorced couple is picked up to series.


Is "Betrayal" next to be canceled?
The ABC drama tumbled even further in Week 2 after a weak debut.

Oxygen orders "Tattoos After Dark"
Yet another tattoo reality show.


Jenna Elfman to guest on "The Mindy Project"
She'll play a crisis-management publicist who "sexually dominates" Danny.


Sharon Lawrence lands on Amazon

She along with Arielle Kebbel have joined Chris Carter's "The After."


Travel Channel renews 4, including "Bizarre Foods America"
"Mysteries At The Museum," "Hotel Impossible" and "Dangerous Grounds" are also getting new seasons.

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<p>Justin Bieber's &quot;Heartbreaker&quot;</p>

Justin Bieber's "Heartbreaker"

Justin Bieber sings about Selena Gomez break-up on new song 'Heartbreaker': Listen

Track is first offering in his #MusicMondays' series

Justin Bieber wants you to meet him under his umbrella-ella-ella.

On “Heartbreaker,” the first release as part of his #MusicMondays series—he’ll release a new song each Monday for 10 weeks—Bieber wants you back.  “Girl you don’t know how I feel/since you ran away/Any chance you could take my call/if I dialed you today,” he sings in the slow jam.

Bieber has made the right move: there are no guest on the album and the spoken part, instead of handing that over to a rapper, is handled by Bieber himself. He’s positioning himself as the sensitive, vulnerable one who is in the throes of heartache: “Girl, you see me standing here/any chance you could stay right here and never go away,” he sings as he longs to get his girl back.

It sounds like the R&B pop song is directed toward his off-and-on-again girlfriend Selena Gomez, as he speaks, “I know it hasn’t been easy for us to talk with everybody being around/but this is personal/this is from me to you/and I want you to know I still love you/I know the seasons may change/that sometimes love goes from sunshine to rain/but I’m under this umbrella and I’m calling your name.”

On Twitter, Bieber pasted a comment he made to iTunes about the song's origin: "It's a song for people going through a heartbreak - like I was when I wrote it. It means so much to me to be able to share what I was, and still am going through, with my fans. I'm very proud of this song and I hope it give[s] my fans some insight into my heart."   He has since added that "each week the songs get better" and that "maybe u might get lucky with two songs in a week." 

There isn’t much of a chorus, but this is more a transition song, one that’s meant to make us see that Bieber is growing up. With the backing vocals, he’s a one-man R&B group, but it works.  "Heartbreaker" is the first single from Bieber's forthcoming album, out later this year.

Do you like "Heartbreaker?" 

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