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Best and Worst: Was there anything funny or sexy in 'Sex Tape'?
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Best and Worst: Was there anything funny or sexy in 'Sex Tape'?

Did we just want to see somebody else on the tape?

"Sex Tape" is one of those movies that looks great on paper.  Cameron Diaz, an actress who has skillfully honed her comedic talents over the years, and Jason Segel, a funny actor and talented screenwriter, team up in a romantic comedy/farce about a couple who lose a sex tape they made for personal use and have to get it back before it embarrasses them publicly.  Both actors are teaming up with director Jake Kasdan who they collaborated with on the hit summer comedy "Bad Teacher."  If the script is funny this should be a slam dunk right?  Wrong.

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NYFF wins again as Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' snags centerpiece gala slot

NYFF wins again as Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' snags centerpiece gala slot

Second major get for the festival

Think you're all that Telluride? Feeling confident in your slate Venice? Fighting for your premiere life Toronto? Well, the New York Film Festival has no plans of sitting on the sidelines in the battle for major premieres this fall movie season. On Wednesday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center revealed that David Fincher's "Gone Girl" will open the festival on Sept. 26. Friday evening it was revealed that another highly anticipated film, Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," will be the event's centerpiece gala.

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This year’s summer TV: Lots of big names, lots of mediocrity

This year’s summer TV: Lots of big names, lots of mediocrity
As David Zurawik notes, "Big names alone do not make for golden TV. In fact, sometimes the big names are only using TV to pass off inferior work that couldn’t get big-screen funding. Some actors and actresses choose to do TV because it fits their lifestyle at the moment — keeping them near home and on a fixed schedule rather than on a far-flung location making a film, for example.”

See Jerry Seinfeld’s Yelp page: He downgraded a diner after its owner pleaded guilty to a murder-for-hire scheme
Seinfeld initially praised the Tick Tock Diner after eating their with Jon Stewart for this week's “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Kevin Williamson gets in a Twitter fight with a TV critic, calls him a “loser” and “idiot”
The "Dawson’s Creek,” “Vampire Diaries” and “The Following” honcho wasn’t happy with the criticism he received promoting his new CBS show “Stalker” at TCA on Thursday.

“The View’s” Sherri Shepherd: Maybe I could become the “Chocolate” Ellen
"I love doing talk shows," she says. "Maybe they need a chocolate version of Ellen. I don't know."

John Cho calls his “Selfie” role as the romantic lead “revolutionary”
“I would call this revolutionary. It’s certainly a personal revolution for me,” he says, noting that Asians usually aren't playing the romantic lead.

Showtime won’t say Cameron Crowe’s “Roadies” is “Almost Famous,” but there are “real similarities between the two”
“I think there’ll be a lot of 'Almost Famous' in it,” says Showtime president David Nevins. "Nothing would make me happier.

Watch Zac Efron jump off a cliff with Bear Grylls
Here’s a preview of NBC’s "Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” debuting Monday.

Kristin Bauer explains the difference between her and “True Blood’s” Pam
"My family would say there are similarities between Pam & myself,” she says in a Reddit AMA. "One being my sarcasm, and two my blunt nature. But where Pam is mainly blunt and a tiny bit vulnerable, I'm probably mainly vulnerable and less blunt. Just because I'm human and have to not offend people constantly.”

Wentworth Miller talks coming out, and walking away from acting after “Prison Break”
Miller says, "I was fried after four years on an intense network drama.”

Watch the trailer for Aaron McGruder’s “Black Jesus”
The Adult Swim series about a modern-day Jesus living in Compton premieres Aug. 7.

“Ray Donovan” creator: We're not doing an “homage” to “The Sopranos”
In fact, Ann Biderman plans to take Ray out of therapy. “No one's in therapy for too terribly long in this show,” she says. “I don't think it's a trope that we're using in the same way, but it does kind of ignite a theme.”

Kobe Bryant talks about his Showtime “Muse”
The L.A. Lakers star visited with TV critics to talk about the film documenting his recovery from a devastating Achilles injury.

A sitcom warm-up comedian tells all
How do you keep an audience laughing take after take?

Martin Lawrence: "It’s not as easy to get on TV” nowadays
The star of FX’s “Partners” with Kelsey Grammer says the demands of TV are greater now than when he was on “Martin.” "Just to get ratings,” he says, "it’s very hard. The paychecks are not the same anymore.”

Explaining the Barefoot Contessa
How nuclear budget analyst Ina Garten became a Food Network hit.

New York Public Library to celebrate “Sesame Street"
An exhibition, "‘Somebody Come and Play’: 45 Years of Learning on ‘Sesame Street,’” opens Sept. 18.

Which of his “Cosby Show” sisters did Malcolm Jamal-Warner have a crush on?
"Early on, it was Lisa (Bonet),” he admits.

Amid controversy, The Situation is opening another tanning salon
TV Guide Network cameras will be on hand, and so will the local mayor, for Saturday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Boca Tanning Club in Manalapan, New Jersey.

American Heroes Channel's “Gunslingers” features “heroes” Billy the Kid and Jesse James
The six-part series, debuting Sunday, also includes Wyatt Earp.

Check out a “Breaking Bad” birthday cake of Walter White sitting on his cash
“Happy Birthday Bitch.”

“The Lottery,” Lifetime’s 1st sci-fi show, is quite ridiculous
Premiering Sunday, “The Lottery” "makes baby-mania the stuff of dystopian sci-fi,” says James Poniewozik. "Unfortunately, this baby was full of possibility in its conception, but it’s not hitting its developmental milestones.” PLUS: “The Lottery” could be something great, but it needs to be smarter.

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Showtime's 'The Affair' premieres Oct. 19 — watch the trailer

Showtime's “The Affair” premieres Oct. 19 — watch the trailer
The drama delving into an extramarital affair starring “The Wire’s” Dominic West, Joshua Jackson, Maura Tierney and Ruth Wilson is a show "more about marriage,” says writer Sarah Treem. "The term affair will prove somewhat ironic if you keep watching the show."

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Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst's sweet new video, 'You Are Your Mother's Child'

The video caps off a very last few months for the singer/songwriter

“Life’s a rollercoaster, keep your arms inside.”

So sings Conor Oberst in his new song, “You Are Your Mother’s Child.”  In the new video for the track, a puppet dad reflects on his very real children’s playful nature, as Oberst sings projected through an old television screen. It’s a sweet song, taken from his current album, “Upside Down Mountain,”  and even sweeter video that has an untainted, nostalgic innocence.

The lovely clip is a palate-cleanser of sorts to what has definitely been a tumultuous last few months for Oberst. This week, a woman, who, in February,  had accused Oberst of rape via comments section for an essay that ran on the  xoJane website recanted her statements and apologized to Oberst via a public statement.

Her false accusation is, of course, in-and-of itself terrible, but the story- more than any in recent weeks- is a reminder of how social media spreads tales with reckless disregard as to any veracity. A spark turns into an internet flame, which conflates into a roaring fire with the strike of one small match.

In a fascinating piece for The Washington Post, Caitlin Dewey chronicles the rumor’s path from the xoJane comment to Tumblr chatter to fan sites to mainstream.  She cites that one Tumblr post, which was merely a re-report of an earlier report, got 10,000 hits in one day. Similarly, in one 24-hour period, there were more than 700 tweets about the alleged rape.

On the internet, truth and fiction carry the same weight, but the most valuable  currency is scandal. The more salacious an item the faster it will travel. For too long (and HitFix is guilty of this as are most outlets), attributing a story to a site now counts the same as verifying the story with an informed source or publicist. And they are two very different things. Additionally, something posted as a comment to an essay or on a Tumblr account is not the same thing as actual journalism. We act like they are there’s no difference now, giving something that is reported on a gossip site the same traction as something in the New York Times.

So, as Dewey notes, by the time Oberst’s reps released a statement saying the accusations were false, the story had already been picked up so many times on the internet that it took on the sheen of true by sheer ubiquity.

Oberst, who filed a $1.2 million libel suit against his Joanie Faircloth, his accuser, in February. He has since accepted her apology, but for the rest of his life, he’ll know that when someone Googles his name, these accusations will come up and they won’t all be amended with the fact that Faircloth recanted. They should all be taken down, but that’s not how it works on the Internet. This is now part of his footprint.

Faircloth holds the ultimate responsibility, but as Dewey writes, “Everyone who ‘boosted her signal,’ in the words of one outspoken Oberst blogger, is also complicit.” Maybe, no matter whether we’re retweeting or linking on Facebook or writing for a website, it’s time to take a little responsibility for the boost.


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Showtime won’t rule out 'Dexter' returning, says killing him off was never discussed

Showtime won’t rule out “Dexter” returning, says killing him off was never discussed
Showtime president David Nevins is debunking a myth that the producers made the decision not to kill off “Dexter.” He adds that Dexter Morgan’s return is "always in the realm of possibility. Worked for Jack Bauer. Worked for the Bluth family… It's always possible but there's never really anything actively happening."

Ryan Murphy to Neil Patrick Harris: “Of course” you can be on “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
"I have a role I think you'd love,” Murphy tweeted in response to Harris revealing he wrote Murphy about a possible role, and never heard back.

“Homeland” boss: "The criticism hurt. The lack of an Emmy nomination hurt”
"I don't know how you can look at the last six episodes last season and not say Homeland is one of the best shows on television,” exec producer Alex Gansa told critics. PLUS: Producers almost set Season 4 in Israel.

“Dating Naked” premieres to unimpressive ratings
About 826,000 checked out the VH1 dating show, which is far below a typical VH1 series.

“Twin Peaks” stars reunite
Check out how the cast looks now, reunited for a Blu-Ray/DVD release party.

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<p>Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie</p>

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

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Universal acquires Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' follow-up 'By the Sea,' with Brad Pitt

No details on the plot yet

It had already been announced that Angelina Jolie was prepping her "Unbroken" follow-up and that her beau, superstar Brad Pitt, would be starring. Naturally, every studio in town would have been champing at the bit to land this one, but it seems Jolie's experience with Universal has been pleasant enough that they'll be getting the goods, and not just domestically but worldwide.

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<p>Claire Danes in Homeland</p>

Claire Danes in Homeland

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Press tour: 'Homeland' producers defend season 3, preview season 4

'The criticism hurt,' says co-creator Alex Gansa

"The criticism hurt, the lack of an Emmy nomination hurt, but we're going to come back strong and try to get back to the mountaintop."

This was "Homeland" co-creator Alex Gansa, appearing with his fellow writers Alexander Cary and Meredith Stiehm at a press tour panel designed to preview the Showtime drama's fourth season (which debuts October 5), but that spent a lot of time revisiting a lot of the complaints about season 3.

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Katy Perry

Hear Katy Perry 'Roar' over MTV VMA snub

She has more than 500 million reasons not to worry

It doesn’t bother Katy Perry that her widely acclaimed and even-more-widely seen video for “Roar” didn’t get any love when the MTV Video Music Awards nominations were announced yesterday. It. Really. Doesn’t.

In fact, it doesn’t bother her so much that Perry took to Twitter early this morning to ever so playfully chide the VMAs for the snub and remind us all over the staggering stat that the video has received nearly 560 million views. That’s getting up there into Psy territory.

Of course, Perry doesn’t want to pour too much water on the VMAs given that her video for “Dark Horse” earned nods for best female video and best collaboration (with Juicy J).


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Press Tour: July 2014 Showtime Executive Session Live-Blog
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Press Tour: July 2014 Showtime Executive Session Live-Blog

David Nevins drops by to discuss the usual Showtime-y stuff

Up next in the never-ending series of TCA press tour live-blogs? 

Showtime President David Nevins.

Showtime hasn't had an especially controversial or drama-filled year, but we're sure to have lots to discuss including the new season of "Homeland," series development and more.

Follow along...

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Showtime sets 'Homeland' Season 4 premiere, debuts first footage
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Showtime sets 'Homeland' Season 4 premiere, debuts first footage

First teaser includes Corey Stoll without his 'Strain' wig

At its Television Critics Association press tour panel on Friday (July 18), Showtime announced a Season 4 premiere date for the Emmy-winning drama and presented colorful key art and a new "first look" teaser.

"Homeland" will premiere on Sunday, October 5 at 9 p.m. 

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'Homeland' unveils Season 4 trailer, announces Oct. 5 return date

“Homeland” unveils Season 4 trailer, announces Oct. 5 return date
During “Homeland’s” TCA session, producers promised there will be no Dana Brody in Season 4, and the rest of her family will “probably not” be back, either.

“Supernatural” stars aren’t ready to call it quits
The stars and producers of the long-running CW series were asked at TCA when the show will end. "We still get excited by it and I think that that hasn’t tarnished in 10 years,” responded Jensen Ackles. "And I remember getting the last script of season 9, the season finale, and I got all giddy about it. I was excited to see what happens in season 10. I think as long as there’s that fulfillment, that enjoyment, that excitement, then, yeah, we will keep going, as long as people are hanging in with us and are still entertained. We love these stories.” PLUS: "Supernatural" is planning a "musical-ish" episode.

Check out the “Sons of Anarchy” Collector’s DVD box set
The elaborate box set won’t include the final season.

“The Flash” promises to be the “most faithful DC Comic adaptation ever”
The one big difference will be more diversity on the CW series.

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