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<p>The Killers</p>

The Killers

Listen: The Killers' new 'Night' song is very obviously produced by M83

Band's greatest hits album due in November: one of two new songs

The Killers and M83 got together, and their song together, "Shot at the Night," sounds precisely what you'd think an M83-Killers combo would sound like.

A little space-rock meets John Hughes closing credits jam meets Brandon Flowers' fatalistic longings in "Night," which is one of two new songs that grace "Direct Hits," the Killers' newly announced greatest hits album now due in November. "Direct Hits" includes tunes like "Mr Brightside," "Human," "Smile Like You Mean It" and "Miss Atomic Bomb," songs from the rock-pop band's four studio sets.

The other previously unreleased song on "Direct Hits" is "Just Another Girl," a collaboration with producer Stuart Price, who helmed the Killers' "Day & Age" (2008). The Deluxe version of "Hits" will include a Calvin Harris remix of "When You Were Young," the demo of "Brightside" and "Battle Born's" "Be Still." A fan deluxe version (oh, we're playing this little game...) will have the deluxe version of the album plus a DVD of a documentary on the band and five 10" vinyl records of the songs off of "Direct Hits." A fan deluxe supernova includes a hug from Flowers. I made that last one up.

"Direct Hits" is out on Nov. 11, aka Lady Gaga "ARTPOP" Day.

Check-in at the breakdown circa 3:00 and blast off. Seems like a much more short-term appropriation of Anthony Gonzalez' talents than that "Oblivion" soundtrack...

Here is the tracklist for "Direct Hits":

1.   Mr Brightside
2.   Somebody Told Me
3.   Smile Like You Mean It
4.   All These Things That I’ve Done
5.   When You Were Young
6.   Read My Mind
7.   For Reasons Unknown
8.   Human
9.   Spaceman
10. A Dustland Fairytale
11. Runaways
12. Miss Atomic Bomb
13. The Way It Was
14. Shot At The Night
15.  Just Another Girl

Deluxe Version Also Includes...

16. Mr. Brightside (Original Demo)
17. When You Were Young (Calvin Harris Remix)
18. Be Still

**Plus a never-before-seen Killers Documentary DVD**

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HBO orders 'The Leftovers' from the co-creator of 'Lost'


HBO orders "The Leftovers" from the co-creator of "Lost"
Damon Lindelof's 10-episode post-Rapture series stars Liv Tyler, Justin Theroux, Christopher Eccleston and Amy Brenneman.


Iggy Pop joins "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"

He'll play the voice of The Caterpillar.


"South Park" teases its return with Miley Cyrus, George Zimmerman, Edward Snowden

Watch the promo for Season 16.


Arsenio Hall had the best syndicated talk show debut in 7 years

Hall's new talk show remained solid all week, with the best syndicated talk show numbers since "Rachael Ray" in 2006.


"Super Fun Night" casts Jackie Weaver

She'll play Rebel Wilson's mom.

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<p>Ben Affleck at last year's Critics' Choice Movie Awards just hours after being snubbed by the Academy's Directors Branch.</p>

Ben Affleck at last year's Critics' Choice Movie Awards just hours after being snubbed by the Academy's Directors Branch.

Credit: AP Photo

BFCA (again) stakes out the night of the Oscar noms for 19th annual Critics' Choice awards

This year's ceremony will air on The CW on Jan. 16, 2014

I was pretty vocal last year about how the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association began to lean too heavily on red carpet glitz (adding more opportunities to honor celebrities with a wealth of new, dubious, categories) while sacrificing potentially great on-camera moments (leaving the great Tony Kushner to accept his screenplay award for "Lincoln" un-televised during a commercial break). Though it might be an uphill battle, I stand by those criticisms as a member of the organization handing out the awards.

This year, the BFCA has staked out the same territory it did last year for its annual awards show: the night of the Oscar nominations. The 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards will be held on Jan. 16, 2014, where the BFCA will hope to continue whatever hot topic conversation will have begun earlier that morning with the announcement of the Academy Award nominees. Last time, that conversation was significant: Ben Affleck, director of "Argo," had not been nominated for Best Director by the Academy. Yet his film went on to win the BFCA's Best Picture award, leaving the slighted helmer to say upon accepting the prize (tongue-in-cheek, of course), "I'd like to thank the Academy."

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"Little Couple"

 "Little Couple"

Credit: TLC

Exclusive clip: 'Little Couple' gears up for Father's Day

Watch Will being the adorable toddler he is

Could the "Little Couple" be any cuter? In this exclusive clip from the TLC show (airing Tues. Sept. 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET), Will helps his mommy Jen prepare for Bill's very first Father's Day. It's a little more poignant than it seems, as Will won't actually be feeling very celebratory on the day itself -- instead, he'll be having one of a series of surgeries he needs on Father's Day. Still, in this clip Will has other things than icky hospitals to think about, such as running around his room and reveling in his many, many Band-Aids. 

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<p>Katy Perry, seen here at the MTV Video Music Awards</p>

Katy Perry, seen here at the MTV Video Music Awards

Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Katy Perry ties record for most No. 1s on Billboard's Pop Songs chart

With whom does she share the title?

As Katy Perry’s “Roar” zooms its way 5-1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart, Perry finds herself not only queen of the jungle (check out the video), but queen of the chart... or at least co-queen.

“Roar” becomes her 10th chart topper on the 21-year old Pop Songs chart, tying Rihanna, according to Billboard.

In third place is Pink, Billboard’s newly named Woman Of the Year, with nine.

Not only is Perry a chart topper, she’s a speedy one at that. She is the only act to take six weeks or less to send her songs to the top in eight years. Just as it took “Roar” six weeks to achieve the feat, she accomplished the same wtih “California Girls” in 2010.

As evident from the below list, women rule the chart, occupying seven of the top 10 positions.

10, Katy Perry?
10, Rihanna
9, P!nk
7, Lady Gaga?
7, Britney Spears?
6, Beyonce?
6, Mariah Carey?
6, Maroon 5
6, Bruno Mars?
6, Justin Timberlake

 

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<p>FOX's &quot;Dads&quot;</p>

FOX's "Dads"

Credit: FOX

Why FOX's anti-critic ad for 'Dads' only makes a bad thing worse

Or why 'Reprehensible? This is FOX, baby!' isn't so good for branding
A car company -- Let's call it Faux -- has a problem. Their really expensive new automobile, a flashy red SUV, has a problem. It's not an especially good car. It has limited horsepower, a feeble turning radius and its speaker system makes any music you decide to play sound like Hootie & The Blowfish. Oh and some joker decided to make the bumpers out of molded TNT, so minor fender-benders can lead to explosions, which is less than ideal.
 
Faux knows about these problems, but car was designed by the same guy whose last vehicle, a gas-guzzling pickup truck, has been packing the freeways for months, so they're determined to stand by the car, no matter its flaws.  So some genius decides to get out ahead of the criticism. 
 
A new advertisement is released. "Critics of our new car say... 'It's Wildly Dangerous' - Car & Driver." Cut to a soccer mom. "Dangerous? But it's red!" she smiles, piling her kids into the car. "Critics of our new car say, 'It'd be reprehensible to let a loved one drive this thing' - The Huffington Post." Cut to a guy in a cowboy hat. "Reprehensible? It's just Faux!" he says, packing his beer cooler into the spacious, TNT-sculpted trunk. 
 
"Don't listen to the critics! Buy our new car... PLEASE," the ad closes.
 
It doesn't matter that the commercial refutes accusations of danger with affirmations of redness and charges of reprehensibility with a contention that reprehensibility is a key part of the Faux brand identity. The underlying message is, "Perhaps our car will kill you, but that's still better than listening to critics. Buy!"
 
While this is a really sophisticatedly veiled analogy I'm making here, I bet some of you will be able to see through my ruse to realize that I'm talking about this promo wherein FOX pits fans against critics.
 
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Emmys will feature special In Memorial tributes to James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith and 3 others


Emmys will feature special In Memorial tributes to James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith and 3 others
Edie Falco will honor Gandolfini, Jane Lynch will remember Monteith, Michael J. Fox will pay tribute to Gary David Goldberg, Rob Reiner will remember Jean Stapleton and Robin Williams will say a few words for Jonathan Winters.


"SNL's" 6 new cast members: Too white?
All six new cast additions appear to not be minorities.


Showtime posts the "Masers of Sex" pilot on YouTube

The Lizzy Caplan-Michael Sheen sex research drama may be edited for online.


"Breaking Bad" sets another record
About 6.4 million watched last night's third-from-last episode. PLUS: Did "Breaking Bad" make Walt the good guy?, and "Ozymandias" director posted behind-the-scenes pics, including the final day of shooting, which was last night's teaser.


Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas getting the Lifetime biopic treatment

"The Gabby Douglas Story" will feature a cameo by Douglas herself, with two girls cast to play her. Regina King and S. Epatha Merkerson will also appear in the film.


Discovery Channel will air a special on the raising of the Costa Concordia

The raising, which began this morning, will air as a special on Friday.


NBC's "Sound of Music" adds 3 Tony winners
Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle will appear in the live production, airing Dec. 5.


Watch Conan O'Brien's "Charlie Rose"-style interview with Martin Short
It's the latest edition of "Serious Jibber-Jabber with Conan O'Brien."


Bella's "Twilight" best friend joins "The Walking Dead"
Christian Serratos will play Rosita Espinosa.


Damien Lewis' wife will also star in a Showtime series
Helen McCrory, who has been married to the "Homeland" star since 2007, has joined the cast of "Penny Dreadful."


Rotten Tomatoes to begin rating TV shows
The Tomatometer, however, will only apply to scripted shows. No reality TV.

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<p>Chris Hemsworth studied behind-the-scenes footage from period news broadcasts to find insights into who James Hunt was in his private moments.</p>

Chris Hemsworth studied behind-the-scenes footage from period news broadcasts to find insights into who James Hunt was in his private moments.

Credit: HitFix

Chris Hemsworth discusses the pressure to get the details right to play James Hunt in Ron Howard's 'Rush'

We discuss going from comic book notions of good and bad to the ambiguity of life

One of the problems with biopics that purport to cover the entire life of a famous or notable person is the aging issue. People change over time, sure, but how they age, how they look as kids, as young adults, as old people, is something you either have to address using make-up or other visual trickery or by casting different people to play the character at different stages in life. Both approaches have the appeal, and both also have major drawbacks. It's a decision every filmmaker doing a birth-to-death biopic has to address at some point.

That's only one reason that I prefer films like "Rush" that take an interesting moment or a compelling story from someone's life story and tell that as a movie, so there is a finite period of time you're dealing with and the actor you hire can focus on building a real performance, not just juggling wigs and prosthetics. In "Rush," the story being told covers a short, intense period of time in which James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and rival Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) battled for the F1 world champion title, and that story was what drew Peter Morgan in as a writer. I'm sure they could have made a movie about either man and then just played this out as part of that larger story, but why? By keeping the focus fairly tight, "Rush" really tells you everything you need to know about either of the men. There's no way a film that addressed more of their lives chronologically could pay off in the same ways "Rush" does by putting both characters under the microscope during this particular moment of their careers.

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<p>A moment from the new Avicii video</p>

A moment from the new Avicii video

Credit: Island Records

Watch: Strap on your skates for Avicii's new video for 'You Make Me'

'West Side Story' meets 'Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger' at the roller rink

In Avicii’s new video for “You Make Me,” featuring Salem Al Fakir,  folks strap on their roller skates for a roller boogie version of “West Side Story.”

The follow up to the video Ralph Lauren commercial for top 5 hit, “Wake Me Up,” is a fun look at rivalries, over a girl, naturally, and a poke at everything from the classic musical to “Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger,” if it took place in a roller rink.

Mercedes, the waitress, is the object of desire for Chang, her ex, and Henry, cleverly dubbed The Highroller for his skating prowess. Chang, who works at the rink and has the glamorous job of de-oderizing skates despite his fairly phenomenal way on skates, wants his girl back so he and Henry have a skate-off that’s intentionally cheesy, but also highly entertaining.

We won’t say who wins, but let’s say they ride off into the sunrise together in a way that you definitely shouldn’t try at home, kids.

“You Make Me” is the second single from “True,” Avicii’s first full-length album, which comes out tomorrow. Read our interview with his collaborator, Incubus’s Mike Einziger here.  Speaking of collaborators, Avicii also worked with Chic’s Nile Rodgers on the album, although not on this track, which is a shame since it feels like the perfect time to reference Chic’s “Good Times” and its “clams on the half shell and roller skates” line

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<p>Carey Mulligan</p>

Carey Mulligan

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Thomas Vinterberg to direct Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts in 'Far From the Madding Crowd'

The Fox Searchlight production also stars Juno Temple and Michael Sheen

When I initially skimmed over today’s press release from Fox Searchlight, I somehow absorbed the information that Tomas Alfredson was directing their new adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Far From the Madding Crowd,” and was intrigued by the match of the material to his chilly, literate Swedish sensibility. Upon closer inspection, I was certainly right to be intrigued, but I had the wrong Scandinavian auteur: instead, it’s erstwhile Dogme 95 rebel Thomas Vinterberg who will be steering the prestige production, which began principal photography in the UK today.

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<p>Is Maggie Smith from &quot;Downton Abbey&quot;&nbsp;an Emmy lock again?</p>

Is Maggie Smith from "Downton Abbey" an Emmy lock again?

Credit: ITV

Emmys 2013 Predictions: Supporting Actress for Comedy/Drama

Will Julie Bowen repeat in a seven-woman field? And can Anna Gunn beat Maggie Smith?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

Next up, we're dealing with the comedy and drama supporting actress categories. The former is one of a few categories featuring seven nominees due to ties, while the latter pits the upper-class wit of "Downton Abbey" versus the dirty meth dealings of "Breaking Bad" (among others contenders).

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" 

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Is Melissa fixing to fight Teresa?

Despite all the talk about forgiveness, it looks like a fight is brewing

Gosh, I had been worried that everything was going to be all nutty-twiggy-hugs-and-kisses on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" after all those bonding exercises and Zennis games in Arizona. I mean, if Teresa and Jacqueline can actually become friends again without one of them suffering a serious head injury first, you have to think hellishly hot weather and trust exercises really can work miracles. But good news! Simmering resentments are surfacing this week, so we can expect Melissa and Teresa to go back to screaming and yelling at one another any minute. What a relief! 

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