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<p>&quot;Blue is the Warmest Color&quot;</p>

"Blue is the Warmest Color"

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Roundup: Defying the NC-17 rating for 'Blue is the Warmest Color'

Also: Clooney justifies 'Monuments' delay, and is 'Captain Phillips' jingoistic?
There's been much fuss about the MPAA hobbling "Blue is the Warmest Color" with an NC-17 rating, the film's inability to screen in Idaho, and so on. In New York, however, one theater -- the IFC Center, of course -- is taking matters into their own hands by ignoring the restrictive rating. Manager John Vanco says viewers of high-school age will be admitted, stating: “This is not a movie for young children, but it is our judgment that it is not inappropriate for mature, inquiring teenagers who are looking ahead to the emotional challenges and opportunities that adulthood holds.” That strikes me as a sensible attitude, and A.O. Scott -- who has permitted his 14-year-old daughter to see the sexually explicit film twice -- agrees. [New York Times]
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<p>Johnny Knoxville was, of course, injured when we got together to talk about his new film 'Bad Grandpa'</p>

Johnny Knoxville was, of course, injured when we got together to talk about his new film 'Bad Grandpa'

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Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll share 'Bad Grandpa' road trip memories

Knoxville talks about one actor's near-death experience

"We're trying to cut off his supply of Mountain Dew," I was warned before I walked into the room to talk to Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll. For once, Knoxville was not the primary threat I would be facing.

As we discuss in the interview, Knoxville and Nicoll worked together in last year's "Fun-Size," a charming kid's comedy, and they spend pretty much the full running time of "Bad Grandpa" onscreen together. I've been chatting with Knoxville on and off for the last decade, both in formal interviews and just running into him around Los Angeles. By this point, I have a pretty solid understanding of the way these guys work together, and we're not starting from scratch when we discuss whatever the latest mutation is.

That's the way I'd describe whatever "Jackass" is. There's no single person who defines what it is. Instead, you've got Knoxville, Spike Jonze, and Jeff Tremaine, all of them equal owners of it, and when they've done the shows or the movies in the past, there has definitely been a voice to it.

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<p>This is actually from next week's &quot;Arrow,&quot; but it's a cool Black Canary pic so I'm using it anyway.</p>

This is actually from next week's "Arrow," but it's a cool Black Canary pic so I'm using it anyway.

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'Arrow' teases a big DC Comics villain in 'Broken Dolls'

Which familiar name sent for Black Canary?
"Arrow" is a show that I watch every week, but only occasionally have anything to say about, but there were a few juicy tidbits in this Wednesday's (October 23) episode, so it seems like a good enough to check in, at least on the highlights.
After a first season that only tip-toed around the source material's DC Comics roots, "Arrow" has begun to dive headlong this season. Last week, we had the return of Kelly Hu's China White and the introduction of Michael Jai White as Bronze Tiger. We've slowly begun to push Colton Haynes' Roy Harper in the direction that I'm told will lead to his becoming Red Arrow. I'm also told that Summer Glau's Isabel Rochev has potentially fruitful comic book roots, if the show pushes her there.
And we're getting towards the big guns. 
Grant Gustin has been cast as Barry Allen, who will bring some superpowers to Starling City as The Flash in multiple episodes this season and then, probably, in a spinoff series next year. 
We're very tentatively getting into the Black Canary storyline that fans have been awaiting since Katie Cassidy was initially cast as Laurel Lance, though we're not there yet.
But on Wednesday, we got a pretty big hint about somebody even higher profile.
[If you don't want spoilers... avoid.]
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<p>Tina and Laura get the cage on Wednesday's &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Tina and Laura get the cage on Wednesday's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'One-Man Wrecking Ball'

Would a Tribal Shuffle make big waves?
Pre-credit sequence. Galang voted out Laura M last week. I barely remember that. Laura B says that it was sad to see somebody voted out first, but she's relieved that it wasn't her. "I feel like an octopus," Tina says cryptically. Aras was the only person who looked into Laura M's eye when she left and he hopes that she takes Redemption gracefully, rather than targeting Aras as a ringleader and singling him out. The next morning, Tyson and Gervase are planning for a Merge and anticipating that Aras will align with Vytas immediately, so they both agree that if they lose again, they may need to target Aras. This leads to Tyson talking about Aras' Zen beliefs which leads to Tyson's declaration, "I believe in magic. It's awesome." Tyson knows he has to tread lightly and agrees, "That's the tricky part - When to dethrone King Aras," Tyson isn't pushing Gervase too hard, but Gervase is determined he doesn't want to be viewed as a chess piece. He announced that he and Tyson are a power couple. Gervson? Tyvase? Yeah. Tyvase, for sure.
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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

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'American Horror Story: Coven' recap: 'The Replacements'

Can Misty really fix the many, many things that ail Kyle?

While this season's murdering vagina storyline does not rank as one of my favorites (though I do think it could be the basis for an awesomely twisted romcom), I'm willing to go along with the non-stop crazy in this season's "American Horror Story." Though the grab bag of horrors can often seem slapdash and strikes about as many discordant notes as a cat walking across a piano, the good news is it's a funhouse subway ride -- wait a few minutes, and chances are the next stop will be more to your liking. 

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<p>There are so many things that go through my mind looking at this that I hardly know where to start.</p>

There are so many things that go through my mind looking at this that I hardly know where to start.

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Benedict Cumberbatch throws himself into the role of Smaug for 'The Hobbit'

Check out some truly outrageous motion-capture images

One of the things I find most exciting about performance-capture technology is watching the way it frees actors to try things that would never have been possible even ten years ago.

Benedict Cumberbatch is the actor of the moment, in demand with filmmakers for drama, genre films, television, stage… basically, everyone wants to work with this guy, and he's being offered a huge range of roles to play. He has appeared in no less than 10,000 movies this year, and in "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug," he is playing 300 different roles.

Those numbers may be slightly off, but Cumberbatch is playing two key roles in the film, and instead of that being a matter of different make-up for each one, he is able to vanish completely into the role of Smaug thanks to performance capture. There is a time when he would have simply provided a voice, but now he can throw himself into the role, both body and soul.

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"Peanuts" is headed to the big screen, with help from Paul Feig

"Peanuts" is headed to the big screen, with help from Paul Feig
The "Freaks and Geeks" creator will oversee Charlie Brown & Co.'s movie. "Growing up, 'Peanuts' was my 'Star Wars,'" says Feig. "Charles Schulz's characters influenced everything in my career, especially 'Freaks And Geeks.'"

Whoopi Goldberg joins "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"

She'll lend her voice to Mrs. Rabbit.

"CSI" celebrates Episode 300

Tonight's episode will feature a lot of Easter Eggs, including 14 different references to the number 300. Plus, there will be an homage to Gil Grissom as well as the return of Marg Helgenberger. PLUS: The most memorable guest stars, and the cast picks the best episodes.

ABC buys Keenan Ivory Wayans comedy -- the whitest guy marries into a black family
Could Wayans' comedy project become the next "Modern Family"?

"SVU" isn't worried that "Scandal" is also doing an Anthony Weiner episode this week
As showrunner Warren Leight points out with a laugh, "we go first." He adds: "They're very different shows."

NBC is reviving the American Comedy Awards

The American Comedy Awards originally aired on ABC from 1987 to 2001. NBC plays to revive it in May.

"Happy Endings" alum Eliza Coupe signs on for a USA comedy pilot
She'll play a public defender in "Benched."

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Lorde's 'Royals' rules at no. 1 for fourth straight week

Eminem's "Rap God" flies into Top 10

Lorde’s “Royals” logs its fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, giving the New Zealand singer the longest reign by a female artist in the top spot this year.  We have to go back to last summer when Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”  ruled at No. 1. for nine weeks to find a longer stint by a female.

Katy Perry, whose new album, “Prism,” came out Tuesday (23), claims two spots on the Hot 100- her former No. 1, “Roar,” is at No. 2, while new single “Unconditionally” bows at No. 54.

“Roar” switches places with Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” which drops to No. 3.

Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” remains at No. 4, while Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (featuring Majid Jordan)” holds at No. 5, according to Billboard.

Ylvis’s “The Fox”  stays at No. 6, while Eminem’s new single, “Rap God” bows on the chart at No. 7, the only new entry into the Top 10.

Otherwise, Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” (featuring Justin Timberlake) slides 7-8, Lady Gaga’s “Applause” drops 8-9 and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”  slips 9-10 in its 21st week in the Top 10.

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<p>Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, &quot;Foreverly&quot;</p>

Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, "Foreverly"

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong's new album: Everly Brothers covers with Norah Jones

Pair reinterprets traditional songs from 1958 Everlys' classic

They may not be siblings, but we bet they come up with some pretty sweet harmonies:  Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones have joined together to record “Foreverly,” a 12-track collection inspired by The Everly Bros. 1958 collection, “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.”

The Everlys’ set featured interpretations of traditional American songs, such as “Roving Gambler,” “Down In The Willow Garden,” “Long Time Gone” , That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” and “Kentucky,” all of which Armstrong and Jones have re-recorded for “Foreverly.”

Armstrong discovered the album a few years ago and was keen to remake it, but with a female artist. “I thought of Norah because she can sing anything,” he said in a statement. “I knew her harmonies would be amazing. I thought the songs would take on a different meaning working with her.” 

For her part, Jones says “Billie Joe’s enthusiasm about the songs and his low-key open approach to the music was very inviting. He wasn’t set in his ideas, which iade it fun for us both to sort of discover what felt right for us musically.”

The pair recorded the album in New York over a nine-day period with bassist Tim Luntzel, drummer Dan Rieser, fiddle player Charlie Burnham and pedal steel player Johnny Lam. “When we were done with the album, Norah looked at me and said, “I bet you didn’t think you were going to make a country record, huh?’,” Armstrong said.

“Foreverly” will come out via Reprise Records on Nov. 25. In the meantime, you can hear Armstrong and Jones’ version of “Long Time Gone” below.

"Foreverly" track listing:

"Roving Gambler"
"Long Time Gone"
"Lightning Express"
"That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine"
"Down In The Willow Garden"
"Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet"
"Oh So Many Years"
"Barbara Allen"
"Rockin' Alone (In An Old Rockin' Chair"
"I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail"
"Put My Little Shoes Away"

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<p>Lea Seydoux, Abdellatif Kechiche and Adele Exarchopoulos at the Cannes Film Festival.</p>

Lea Seydoux, Abdellatif Kechiche and Adele Exarchopoulos at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Uh, oh. 'Blue is the Warmest Color' director goes on epic rant

Kechiche accuses the actress of 'arrogance' and 'opportunism' in an open letter

Palme d'Or winner "Blue is the Warmest Color" may still be one of my favorite films of the year, but director Abdellatif Kechiche sure is doing his damnedest to make me sick of hearing about it. His ongoing feud with the film's stars and Palme co-winners -- in particular, Léa Seydoux -- has been a hot media topic for a couple of months now, with Kechiche rather melodramatically stating at one point that the film had been tainted and shouldn't be released. He's since retracted that particular outburst, but if you thought he was done, you thought wrong.

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Rob Lowe's 1970s Malibu childhood is set to become an ABC series

Rob Lowe's 1970s Malibu childhood is set to become an ABC series

Lowe and a former "West Wing" executive producer have sold ABC on "The Point," a semi-autobiographical series set in 1976, based on Lowe's childhood in Malibu.

Breaking Pad: Apple enlists Bryan Cranston to promote the iPad Air
Watch the first iPad Air commercial, featuring Cranston's voice.

Read Fox's memo telling "The Mindy Project" to cut out "balls"
The standards and practices memo tweeted by showrunner Matt Warburton also asks that "penis" and "69" be substituted.

Keith Carradine joining daughter Martha Plimpton on "Raising Hope"
Carradine will play a singing cowboy in an episode set at a dude ranch.

"Doctor Who's" 50th anniversary special will screen in 3D in U.S. theaters, too
"Day of the Doctor" will be shown in theaters in eight countries.

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<p>Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll raise hell on a deranged road trip in 'Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa'</p>

Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll raise hell on a deranged road trip in 'Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa'

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Review: Knoxville and Nicoll give 'Jackass' spinoff 'Bad Grandpa' real heart

The first narrative film in the series pulls off a tricky balancing act

It is easy to dismiss the "Jackass" franchise as chaos and stupidity, but it is also wrong to do so. As much as anything else released in the last 13 years, "Jackass" captures a mood that is part of our time, an aggressive comic voice that seems thrilled by the violence and uncertainty of a post-"Columbine"/post-9/11 society. "Jackass" matters precisely because it is totally silly in a world where it is not easy to be silly.

As if to underline that point, "Bad Grandpa" is the first "Jackass"-related project to be made after the death of Ryan Dunn, who the film is dedicated to during the closing credits. While it would seem bodily harm is part of the job description for these guys, up until that moment, they were live-action Looney Tunes, always able to stand up and move on and shake off any amount of grievous injury. Dunn's real-world demise was shocking because of how pointless it was. If you told me that one of the guys from "Jackass" was eaten by a bear when he tried to ride it while dressed as a beaver, I would raise a beer to that. Dealing with the grief after a drunk driving death can be difficult under the best of circumstances, but it must have been brutal to deal with under a media microscope. It would not have surprised me at all if they had decided to call it a day and retire the brand completely. After all, I can't imagine Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, and Jeff Tremaine had any idea how successful this would all be in the first place.

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