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Tina Fey addresses her Emmy wardrobe malfunction in chat with Jimmy Fallon

Tina Fey addresses her Emmy wardrobe malfunction in chat with Jimmy Fallon
"I don't think it's that bad," she said as she showed a new photo from Sunday night. PLUS: Watch Fey's new "SNL" promos with Arcade Fire.

Larry King is back on TV, as Keith Olbermann's ESPN2 fill-in

King will sit in on "Olbermann" next Tuesday through Thursday as Olbermann covers Major League Baseball.

Why Walter White can't put his money in a Swiss bank account, or the Cayman Islands

Even "offshore" banks will demand to know who you earned your money -- and they're not going to take drug money.

10 things "Breaking Bad" got wrong
Pure meth isn't blue, hydrofluoric acid would not eat through a bathtub and Gus' Chliean accent was terrible. PLUS: Vince Gilligan reveals his next project on "Conan," AMC selling finale ads for $250,000 for 30 seconds, how Landry became Todd, Aaron Paul raises $1.8M for his wife's charity, "Lydia Rodarte-Quayle" explains her surname, cast members reveal which props they stole, and what if "Breaking Bad" had choose your own adventure books?

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." coming out with official merchandise
T-shirts, posters and other items will soon be available.

Amber Tamblyn is making her "Men" debut on "Joan of Arcadia's" 10th anniversary
The new "Two and a Half Men" star didn't know her CBS drama premiered 10 years ago tonight. PLUS: Tamblyn is still getting the hang of sitcoms.

In defense of Gordon Ramsay

Why the nasty TV chef is not the devil.

Charisma Carpenter headed to "Blue Bloods"

The "Buffy" alum will play Donnie Wahlberg's ex-fling.

Ex-"Idol" Bo Bice is trying to raise money on Kickstarter
The runner-up to Carrie Underwood is trying to raise $35,000 to fund a CD and art book.

Titus Welliver signs on for an Amazon pilot

The "Lost" alum will play an LAPD homicide detective in "Bosch."

"Kendra" had a minor stroke
Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett's stroke came after her car accident earlier this year.

"GMA" wins the TV season for the 1st time in 20 years

"Good Morning America" was up 9% over last season.

Fox teases "The Following"

Season 2 begins in January.

"Parenthood": What to expect in Season 5
Jason Katims talks about the new time slot and what will happen to the Bravermans.

"Elementary" keeps getting Sherlock Holmes right
Tonight's premiere sets of a strong 2nd season. PLUS: "Elementary" boss on Season 2.

Jessica Capshaw feels safe in her 5th season on "Grey's Anatomy"
"This is actually my fifth series regular year and there's a very nice feeling about it," she says. "It feels safe. I feel taken care of. I know that between the writers and Shonda (Rhimes), nothing is off limits to talk about and the stories will go down and things change."

How "Big Bang Theory" evolved
The CBS sitcom wasn't originally critically acclaimed. PLUS: What to expect this season, meet "Big Bang's" science advisor, and Chuck Lorre reveals his "Big Bang" Emmy speech.

"The Walking Dead" webisodes return Oct. 1

There will be three new installments this year.

Michelle Obama gave the "Downton Abbey" cast a private tour of the White House
The first lady is a big fan of the PBS series.

Remembering "Simpsons" message board
The "Simpsons" newsgroup was very influential with its detailed reviews, recaps and other minutiae.

How to speak Dothraki
Here's a tutorial on the "Game of Thrones" language.

"The Crazy Ones" was only made for Robin Williams fans
If you're not a fan of his comedy, don't watch. PLUS: "Crazy Ones" feels too safe, Williams talks about his return to TV after 30 years, and where did Sarah Michelle Gellar's career go wrong?

"The Michael J. Fox Show's" promising pilot is followed by 2 episodes of disappointment
The pilot focuses on Fox going back to work after years off due to his Parkinson's. But in Episode 2, Fox's show becomes "a mundane, dated-feeling family comedy that feels like it's missing its laugh track," says James Poniewozik. PLUS: "Fox" is old-fashioned but not very original, the show feels like a long PSA, and the pilot works because it's great to see Fox on TV again.

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<p>Max Burkholder and Ray Romano in the &quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Max Burkholder and Ray Romano in the "Parenthood" season premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Parenthood' - 'It Has To Be Now'

Jasmine's baby is born, and many exciting new opportunities open up for the Bravermans

A review of tonight's "Parenthood" season premiere coming up just as soon as you're in my radius...

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<p>Ana Nogueira, Michael J. Fox and Wendell Pierce in &quot;The Michael J. Fox Show.&quot;</p>

Ana Nogueira, Michael J. Fox and Wendell Pierce in "The Michael J. Fox Show."

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Series premiere talkback: 'The Michael J. Fox Show' & 'The Crazy Ones'

What did everybody think of Fox and Robin Williams' new sitcoms?

I've already published my review of "The Michael J. Fox Show" and "The Crazy Ones." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned into either show tonight, what did you think? 

With "Michael J. Fox," did all the Parkinson's jokes feel necessary, or too self-conscious after a point? Did you prefer the scenes with Mike's family (and, if so, which parts) or at work with Wendell Pierce? In the second episode, was it distracting or funny to have Tracy Pollan playing Mike's hot neighbor? And do you think that, after all his medical problems and his time in semi-retirement, Fox has still got what it takes to carry a show?

With "The Crazy Ones," do you still find these particular Robin Williams voices funny, or will you be glad if you never hear his Brando again? Were you impressed by James Wolk as a funnier Bob Benson? Did you like Sarah Michelle Gellar, or are you sad by her character's wet blanket-hood? Would you rather this was a show about Kelly Clarkson? 

And in both cases, will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>&quot;The X Factor&quot; judge Kelly Rowland</p>

"The X Factor" judge Kelly Rowland

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - The Final 40 is revealed

Simon, Demi, Paulina and Kelly learn which teams they'll be mentoring

It's the last night of "X Factor" auditions. Huzzah! Soon we'll stop with our arbitrary leaps between Long Island, Los Angles, Denver, Charleston and... um... wherever else we've been.

Soon, we'll start The Four Chairs, whatever that is.

But first? The remaining auditions and the assignment of teams. Who will be this year's L.A. Reid and whine and pout and cry?

Click through for the full live-blog...

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Kanye West goes on an epic anti-Jimmy Kimmel Twitter rant

Kanye West goes on an epic anti-Jimmy Kimmel Twitter rant
Kanye is very upset over this skit from earlier this week, recreating his interview with the BBC with kids. Kimmel insists it's not a prank, and plans to address the rant on tonight's show.

Watch "The Simpsons'" opening inspired by "Homeland"
The "Homerland" episode features Kristen Wiig as an FBI agent.

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<p>In the &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;premiere, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;finds herself in London.</p>

In the "Parks and Recreation" premiere, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) finds herself in London.

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Season premiere review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'London'

Peter Serafinowicz and Henry Winkler guest star in one of the best 'Parks' episodes ever

A review of the "Parks and Recreation" season 6 premiere coming up just as soon as I build a scarecrow replica of you...

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Anne Rice

 Anne Rice

'The Blacklist''s Joe Carnahan set for CBS' take on Anne Rice's 'Angel Time'

Don't expect a family friendly take on angels

"Touched by an Angel" with a dark twist? Not exactly. The Anne Rice novel "Angel Time" has been snapped up by CBS as the basis for a new series with Joe Carnahan ("The A-Team," "The Blacklist" and Sarah Timberman ("Masters of Sex") signed on as executive producers. Carnahan will direct the pilot if it's ordered, while Liz Garcia and Joshua Harto ("Memphis Beat") wrote the script. Given the talent and the book involved, this isn't likely to be family-friendly viewing, even though Rice wrote the book during her ten-year return to the Catholic belief system of her youth (she renounced her faith again in 2010). 

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Pearl Jam's short film on 'Lightning Bolt' with Judd Apatow, Carrie Brownstein

Pearl Jam's short film on 'Lightning Bolt' with Judd Apatow, Carrie Brownstein

Seattle group talks with their famous friends about creating the new album

Get a glimpse of what went into creating Pearl Jam’s new album, “Lightning Bolt,” in this 9-minute short promo piece directed by famed photographer Danny Clinch.

The five band members—Eddie Vedder, Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Jeff Ament—field questions from Clinch, director Judd Apatow, “Portlandia” star/musician Carrie Brownstein, surfer Mark Richards and paralyzed NFL safety Steve Gleason.

“If you’re paying attention to what’s going on on the planet, I feel like I can find something to be angry about pretty quick,” Vedder says, addressing the album’s sometimes confrontational tone (as exemplified in first single, “Mind Your Manners.” “Everyone’s kind of playing out of their minds on this record,” he says.

Ament talks about writing “Sirens,” current single (and, in my mind, one of the most beautiful songs ever written by Pearl Jam) and the reaction to hearing Vedder’s stirring lyrics. “He’s got a lot of words right now,” Gossard says.

Not surprisingly, avid surfer Vedder compares writing a song to surfing. “The wave is actually the sound, the words are the board. Surfing is pretty easy once you’re on the wave and so is songwriting, but you can spend a lot of days out there paddling around and not getting anything.”
In addition to “Mind Your Manners” and “Sirens,” fans can also hear snippets of four other songs from the album: “Lightning Bolt,” “Future Days” and “Getaway.” 

“Lightning Bolt,” the band's first album since 2009's "Backspacer,"  comes out Oct. 15.

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Was this new trailer for 'Frozen' really Disney's best option?

You'd never guess the quality behind the movie

Oh, no. You're scaring me Walt Disney Marketing. This trailer for 'Frozen' has problems galore. Let's hold off on why by first taking a quick movie marketing lesson about how this might have come to pass.

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'Glee' releases 1st look at Cory Monteith tribute

"Glee" releases 1st look at Cory Monteith tribute
Monteith's face is in black and white, with the caption: "The hardest word to say is 'goodbye.'"

"Bob Burgers" renewed
Fox has ordered Season 5 of the animated comedy.

"South Park" returns to big numbers

Last night's Season 17 premiere was its highest-rated episode in four years.

Martin Freeman joins FX's "Fargo"

The "Sherlock" and "The Office" vet will play the William H. Macy role in FX's limited series.

Discovery orders an Evel Knievel documentary
"True Evil" airing Oct. 14 will look at the motorcycle daredevil's rise to fame.

Caroline Manzo exiting "Real Housewives of New Jersey"
E! reports that Manzo won't be part of the Season 6 cast.

Patton Oswalt to surface on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

He'll play a fire marshal named Boone.

"Revenge" books Ana Ortiz
The "Devious Maids" star will play a PR specialist.

"Breaking Bad" meets "The Walking Dead"
It's "Breaking Dead."

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<p>Mick Jagger in &quot;Muscle Shoals&quot;</p>

Mick Jagger in "Muscle Shoals"

Movie Review: 'Muscle Shoals' doc makes the music come alive

Take a trip to a sleepy Alabama town and witness the magic

Never has a town so little been responsible for such a big sound. The story of Muscle Shoals, Ala., a rural burg whose name signifies a swampy R&B and southern rock sound, plays out in “Muscle Shoals,” a music documentary that opens Friday (27).

Among the artists who recorded legendary sides at FAME Studios and its rival, Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, were Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynrd, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Otis Redding, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Eric Clapton, and The Allman Brothers. Many of them are on hand to talk about their experiences in Alabama, as well as such talking heads as Bono, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Cliff, and Steve Winwood.

The movie centers on Rick Hall, the conflicted, troubled founder of FAME Studios. He and his brother grew up “like animals” in abject poverty in Alabama (his little brother later dies after falling in a pot of scalding water and his mother, in her grief, abandons him and becomes a prostitute). “I wanted to be somebody,” he says. And he certainly succeeds. After an initial falling out with some business partners (the beginning of a pattern), and his new wife dying in a car accident, driven by vengeance and bitterness Hall launches FAME and wills it to succeed. Luckily, he has an ear for talent and before long, he and his artists are creating magic, whether it’s Percy Sledge, a former hospital orderly, recording “When A Man Loves A Woman” or Arthur Alexander with “You Better Move On.”

After FAME’s initial success, Atlantic Records co-founder/legendary producer Jerry Wexler decides to start recording at FAME, following a spat with Memphis’s Stax Studios. Perhaps unintentionally,  the film makes a good case for how many magical moments happened simply because feuding partners were too egotistical to apologize and the principals would rather haul up and move to another city or start another company rather than say “I’m sorry.” Wexler brings Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin to FAME. The footage of Franklin in the studio, as well as much of the other vintage footage from the ‘60s and ’70, helps make the movie. Watching her surrounded by some of the most amazing studio musicians ever collected— Spooner Oldham, Roger Hawkins, Dan Penn, Barry Beckett— as they rework “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You)” is to witness a song being pulled out of the ether in all its majesty and glory.

But Hall and Wexler have a fight (are you sensing a theme yet?) and Wexler yanks Franklin back to New York and takes the fabled studio musicians with him as they record Franklin’s Atlantic debut, which also included a little song called “Respect.”

And so it goes as the film chronicles Hall and his battling of his demons as various tragedies, some of his own doing, come in and out of his life (the dude has Shakespearean-level bad luck), while it also portrays him and the studio musicians, all white, as trailblazers during the civil rights movement. They worked with black artists while segregation was in full force (studio scenes are juxtaposed against Gov. George Wallace vowing to keep black students out of schools) with no regard for anything other than talent. They were proud brothers in arms.

The movie does its best to cultivate an air of mythology about Muscle Shoals, including invoking Native American legend, as a way to explain how it became such a vaunted musical hotspot. Or as the imminently quotable Bono says, the music “seems to come out of the river; out of the mud.” Clarence Carter, who cut most of his hits at FAME, including “Patches,” simply says, “Every time someone came to Muscle Shoals, they came out with a hit record.” What doesn’t work so well is director Greg “Freddy” Camalier’s efforts to tie in Hellen Keller, who was from Alabama, and her ability to communicate, though deaf and dumb, with Muscle Shoals’ mysticism.

It seems inevitable that the studio musicians, collectively known as the Swampers, leave Hall to start their own studio, Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, taking with them some pretty choice talent. “It was war, total war,” Hall says. Through much of the ‘70s, MSSS captured the bigger names, plus Hall misses the mark on the Allman Brothers. “I just didn’t hear it,” he admits, leaving them to go to MSSS, where Lynyrd Skyrnd also recorded its legendary album. (Any fan of “Sweet Home Alabama” knows the line “Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers/And they’ve been known to pick a song or two”).

One of  MSSS’ biggest moments is when the Rolling Stones record “Wild Horses” and “Brown Sugar” there instead of cutting in France, as they normally did.  To see them in their youth, recording two now classics, alone make the movie worthwhile. Looking back, Keith Richards muses, “Those sessions are as vital to me as any I’ve ever done.”

The movie unspools as artists come and go and the studios’ fortunes rise and fall, with both of their heydays ending by the ‘80s.   The stories are the stuff of legend when it comes to fighting and feuding, but the real star is the music. A staggering amount of classic hits came out of those two studios, despite all the chaos, and the tale of two studios is told is such a way to draw any lover of music in.

Unlike some movie docs that focus only on one subject, "Muscle Shoals" covers such a wide array of music and artists that like "Twenty Feet From Stardom," it will appeal to anyone with a song in their heart or anyone who wants to root for the underdog. 

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With 'Gravity' on the horizon what are the greatest space movies of all-time?
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With 'Gravity' on the horizon what are the greatest space movies of all-time?

'Star Wars'? 'Alien'? '2001'? Which film tops our list?

With "Gravity" set to hit theaters next week, we decided to look back at some of our favorite space movies. When discussing it, we set the game up like this: in order to be on the list, the film needed to feature important and pivotal sequences set in space. Not on another planet, mind you, but in space.

There's always been something mysterious and beautiful about the notion of outer space, and it's easy to understand what drove us to look up into that vast expanse overhead and decide we had to go there. Even today, as we continue to learn more and more about what's out there, we still seem to have only taken baby steps into what I believe is our eventual destiny. We make so many movies set in space because it continues to gnaw at us. I feel like there is a race between us ruining this planet and us leaving it, and I pray we make the right choice.

We sifted through dozens of films that fit the basic description here, and then the HitFix staff voted on what they felt the ten best were. The results were, as always, surprising in some ways, totally expected in others. It seems like we have a lot of love for "2010" here at HitFix, for example, something I wouldn't have predicted, and the films that almost made the list are tons of fun, like "Galaxy Quest."

One common thread that runs through most of these films, aside from setting, is that they seem to celebrate the potential of space. Sure, it can be terrifying at times, but beyond that, space seems to speak to the best in us, and these ten films are all worth your time and attention, and are sure to set the stage for when you get to see the remarkable "Gravity" starting next Friday.

Check out our picks here:

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