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<p>Brie Larson and Kaitlyn Dever in &quot;Short Term 12&quot;</p>

Brie Larson and Kaitlyn Dever in "Short Term 12"

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On the dismissive attitude toward indie Oscar hopefuls

We see it every year but it's really bugging me this time around

I was thinking recently about something that really agitates me when it comes to the awards season, which is this notion that certain accomplishments are instinctively relegated to the "indie" bin of the Independent Spirit Awards or the Gotham Awards, like some ghetto of would-be Oscar contenders.

Every season when I have conversations with publicists and journalists about what's in the mix for awards, I tend to mention things like, oh, Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," or Woody Harrelson in "Rampart," to name a couple of examples. "Yeah but that's just Indie Spirits," someone will reply. And it bugs the ever-loving crap out of me.

I don't want to come off foolishly idealistic because we all know what's what, but why does it HAVE to be? Why can't that spotlight be shone? Why instinctively compartmentalize the season like that and not allow it to breathe a bit? I think we've always tried to be inclusive in our coverage rather than exclusive. Even if it's clear something isn't going to happen for this or that hopeful, we make it clear when they deserve to be in the ring. But others are far too quick to marginalize.

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Thomas Lennon

Thomas Lennon 

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Interview: Thomas Lennon gets naked, talks 'Franklin & Bash'

He's 'working past the hurt' with co-star Breckin Meyer

If you want to feel kind of lazy and possibly insecure about your own inability to finish a single load of laundry, talk to Thomas Lennon about his schedule. He's written a bunch of scripts with "The State" and "Reno 911" co-star Robert Ben Garant (look for their big screen takes on "Baywatch" and "Night at the Museum 3" soon). He's written a book, also with Garant, about how to break into Hollywood ("Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!") Plus, he shows up in, well, pretty much everything. He's also grown a most excellent mustache, which is more than enough, really. 

In addition to playing a mean boss this fall on the new NBC show "Sean Saves the World," he's a bounty hunter with self-control issues on "Franklin & Bash" tonight at 9:00 p.m. on TNT (if you missed that, don't worry -- he'll remind you). His secret? Being kind of compulsive, though perhaps not in a crippling O.C.D.-I-left-the-iron-on-and-must-wash-my-hands-400-times kind of way. He even carved a few minutes out of an admittedly crazy schedule to talk with me and take off his clothes (well, that's what he said, anyway; it was a phone interview). Here's what he had to say about his Hollywood and Vine doppleganger, his "feud" with Breckin Meyer, and leaving bun prints on Linda Lavin's car. 

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'NCIS' won't kill off Cote de Pablo's character


"NCIS" won't kill off Cote de Pablo's character
"It's not what this character deserves," exec producer Gary Glasberg says of Ziva. He also pointed out that another female character, Sasha Alexander’s Kate, was already killed off in Season 2.


Paul Reubens: Pee-wee Herman will make a TV comeback in 2014
Reubens wouldn't offer details in an interview with the L.A. Times, but the new show likely won't be an update on "Pee-wee's Playhouse."


Ken Marino will star in a comedy he's making for Fox

The "Party Down" alum has signed a deal for a husband-and-wife business comedy.


With the president as his guest, Jay Leno doesn't hold back on Obama jokes
"The Tonight Show" host reeled off several Obama jokes during last night's monologue.


"Big Brother" expands its jury
It'll be the largest ever this season, with nine members instead of seven.


Stephen Colbert urges Emmy voters to vote for his rivals
"It's not about Emmy, it's about Emm-us."


Juan Pablo, the first minority "Bachelor, doesn't look all that different from his predecessors
Juan Pablo Galavis is the first "non-Caucasian" "Bachelor," but "he looks pretty much like many Bachelors before him," notes Esther Zuckerman, who adds that "Galavis is a simple solution for ABC to get some good press when it comes to 'The Bachelor' and diversity."  And Dana Schuster points out he "looks so white he could easily slip into a Mitt Romney family photo."


"Sharknado's" Tara Reid proves she's not smart about sharks

As she revealed on "Shark After Dark."


Jason Dohring headed to "Tomorrow People"

The "Veronica Mars" alum will guest on the CW series.


"Game of Thrones" as the No. 1 most-pirated show is "better than an Emmy"
That's Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes' take on the hit show's piracy popularity: "We've been dealing with this for 20, 30 years—people sharing subs, running wires down the backs of apartment buildings. Our experience is that it leads to more paying subs. I think you're right that 'Game of Thrones' is the most pirated show in the world," he says. "That's better than an Emmy."


"Boardwalk Empire" Vol. 2 soundtrack details revealed: Listen to Elvis Costello

Costello sang "It had to be You" for the HBO series.


"Captain Kangaroo's" puppeteer Cosmo Allegretti dies
Allegretti, 86, created and voiced characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear.

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<p>Michael Fassbender in &quot;The Counselor.&quot;</p>

Michael Fassbender in "The Counselor."

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Has Michael Fassbender been bad, asks trailer for Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'

Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem also star

It's been a while since a Ridley Scott film fully delivered on its pre-release promise: disagreement lingers as to what degree of disappointment "Prometheus" was, while the likes of "Robin Hood," "Body of Lies" and "A Good Year" languish largely unloved in his recent history. Still, given the sheer volume of talent involved, it's hard not to get a little excited for his upcoming thriller "The Counselor" -- not least because it represents the first time an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy has been filmed.

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<p>Joaquin Phoenix in &quot;Her&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"

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Joaquin Phoenix falls for a cyber Scarlett Johansson in the trailer for Spike Jonze's 'Her'

The film looks to be another fascinating meditation from a vital filmmaking voice

Spike Jonze has been firing on all cylinders since his 1999 debut "Being John Malkovich." Every new film is cause for excitement, whether awards are in the picture or not. His is a vital voice and his latest, "Her," promises to deliver another fresh stroke in the filmmaker's feature career.

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<p>From &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;</p>

From "Breaking Bad"

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Interview: 'Breaking Bad' composer Dave Porter talks Vince Gilligan and final season

Which TV series' scores does he most admire? What are his fave 'Bad' episodes?

POZNAN, POLAND: When “Breaking Bad” returns Sunday (11) for its final eight episodes, composer Dave Porter’s haunting theme will usher fans into Walter White’s life for one last go-round. Porter was here in Poland to teach a master class at Jan Kaczmarek’s Transatlantyk Festival, but will be back in Los Angeles in time to have a few friends over to watch along with the rest of us on Sunday night.

Up next for Porter will be a new series, which he can’t announce yet, but having only finished scoring “Breaking Bad” two weeks ago, right now Porter is looking forward to some down time. “August is going to be me and my two-year old playing in the backyard," he says. "I have to see him and get some sleep.”

[More after the jump...]

 

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Jay Leno gets an Obama boost


Jay Leno gets an Obama boost
Last night's "Tonight Show" ratings were Leno's best since the last time the president visited his show.


Report: Paula Deen rejected "Dancing"

"The dance floor is not the appropriate forum for her," a source close to the former Food Network star tells Us Weekly.


"Dexter" boss on the series finale: "There will be people who hate it"
Exec producer Sara Colleton is expecting a polarizing reaction, but says, "to us, it feels right for our show and how we feel about it."


Back at work, Lea Michele tweets a photo from the "Glee" set
"Feels so good to be home," she wrote.


"Girls" adds Felicity Jones from "Spiderman 2"
Also appearing in Season 3: UK actor Richard E. Grant.


"Downton Abbey" cast talk about the future, plus P. Diddy

"The P Diddy video was certainly quite popular on the 'Downton' set," says Joanna Froggatt.


Nick Offerman does your summer reading
The "Parks and Rec" star has become a late-night staple, this time with Jimmy Kimmel.


Watch James Franco make out with James Franco

For his Comedy Central roast.


Steve Martin reads Conan's Top 10 list

Martin was "unaware" it's a Letterman bit.

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<p>Stephen Colbert</p>

Stephen Colbert

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Daft Punk was a no-show on 'Colbert Report': Watch Colbert explain why

MTV VMAs steal Stephen Colbert's thunder

Stephen Colbert set his comedy to "stun" last night as he blasted MTV Networks last night on "The Colbert Report" for putting the kibosh on Daft Punk's "surprise" appearance on the comedy show.

Colbert showed little restraint revealing that the MTV VMAs had booked Daft Punk for its Video Music Awards, set for Aug. 25, and that MTV/Logo group president Van Toffler wanted to put a stop to the French dance duo's appearance on the comedian's annual "Colbchella" hour of programming.

As previously reported, Daft Punk were booked to play their Song of the Summer "Get Lucky" on last night's "Colbert" (Aug. 6). Daft Punk had not yet been announced as performers at the VMAs.

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<p>Mireille Enos in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Mireille Enos in "The Killing."

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Season finale review: 'The Killing'

Another case ends in disappointing fashion, though the journey was more interesting this time

A quick, belated review of "The Killing" season finale coming up just as soon as you interrupt my family bowling night...

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<p>David Tennant and Olivia Colman in &quot;Broadchurch.&quot;</p>

David Tennant and Olivia Colman in "Broadchurch."

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Review: BBC America's 'Broadchurch' a simple, devastating mystery

David Tennant and Olivia Colman investigate mystery in a small seaside town

"You don't understand," Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller insists as she stares at a murdered child on the beach of the sleepy town she calls home. "I know that boy!"

Miller is one of the two heroes of "Broadchurch," a British crime series making its BBC America debut tonight at 10 p.m. Played by Olivia Colman, she's a Broadchurch lifer. She knows everyone in town, and assumes she knows everything around them; it's not possible that any of her friends or neighbors could be a killer. And yet as her partner and boss, new transplant Alec Hardy (David Tennant) keeps reminding her, anyone can become a killer, and the sandy corpse of young Danny Latimer is proof of that.

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<p>Laszlo and Andreas Gyemant in &quot;The Notebook.&quot;</p>

Laszlo and Andreas Gyemant in "The Notebook."

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Hungary joins foreign Oscar race with award-winning WWII drama 'The Notebook'

Nope, it's not a remake of the Ryan Gosling weeper

Looks like Eastern Europe is currently leading the way in this year's Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. Last week, Romania was the first country to officially submit an entry, with Berlinale Golden Bear winner "Child's Pose." Today, Hungary joined them with another European festival champ: "The Notebook," which won the top prize at last month's Karlovy Vary fest.

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MTV forces Daft Punk to cancel on Stephen Colbert for VMAs; Robin Thicke fills in


MTV forces Daft Punk to cancel on Stephen Colbert for VMAs; Robin Thicke fills in
Colbert was so ticked off at MTV he spilled the beans that Daft Punk would perform at the Video Music Awards. PLUS: Watch Colbert's epic "Get Lucky" dance party with Jimmy Fallon, "Breaking Bad," Jon Stewart,  Henry Kissinger, "America's Got Talent" and more.


Jason Priestley is writing his memoir
Priestley promises to share new details of his life on the "Beverly Hills 90210" set.


Jay Leno visits MSNBC to talk politics and his Obama interview
"He thinks the way I think," "The Tonight Show" host, in an interview with Lawrence O'Donnell, said of the president, though Leno said he's a fiscal conservative and social liberal. PLUS: Obama talked about all current news events in Leno interview.


"The Following" adds "Dexter" bad guy

Sam Underwood will become a series regular next season.


Check out "Doctor Who" fan art, created by a teenage Peter Capaldi

Capaldi was such a huge fan of "Who" growing up, he would write "numerous letters" inquiring about the show.


Justin Kirk joins FX's "Tyrant"
The "Weeds" alum will play an American diplomat in the Middle East.


Lindsay Lohan boosts "Chelsea Lately's" ratings
About 890,000 tuned in, up 57% from the previous episode with Lisa Kudrow.


Wil Wheaton slams Discovery for showing "Megalodon"
"There is nothing high quality or enlightening," he says, "about deliberately misleading your audience during what is historically an informative and awesome week of programming."


Honey Boo Boo's dad hospitalized for a mysterious brain disorder
The TLC stars have been gathered this week in Jacksonville in support of Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson.


Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman are leaving "The Mentalist"
They'll exit the CBS series toward the end of the season.


Angus T. Jones sends Charlie Sheen a special birthday card

Sheen tweeted of his former "Two and a Half Men" co-star: "such a cute kid and quite the artist!"


"Breaking Bad" talk show's 1st guests: Vince Gilligan and Julie Bowen
"Talking Bad" will be hosted by Chris Hardwick. PLUS: "Breaking Bad" gets the "honest trailer" treatment.

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