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<p>Woody Harrelson and Christian Bale in &quot;Out of the Furnace&quot;</p>

Woody Harrelson and Christian Bale in "Out of the Furnace"

Credit: Relativity Media

New trailer and poster for 'Out of the Furnace' spotlight Christian Bale's performance

The film arrives in November

The marketing for Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace" is rumbling to life over at Relativity Media. A few production stills were released in conjunction with a USA Today story earlier this week, shortly followed by more photos and the official poster at Entertainment Weekly. Today, a trailer.

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<p>Ben Affleck at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in&nbsp;February</p>

Ben Affleck at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in February

Credit: AP Photo

Ben Affleck to star in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

Warner Bros. acquiesces to the actor's desire to delay his next directing gig

When Ben Affleck was making the press rounds for "The Town" a few years back, I talked to him about his friend Matt Damon's career path. We discussed the fact that Damon had been gearing up to direct a film (which ended up being "Promised Land") for some time but he kept getting calls from the likes of Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers to star in their films. When you're an actor who wants to direct, you'd be a fool not to audit those classes, so to speak.

So I find it really interesting that in the midst of a strong and building filmmaking career that has already brought him a Best Picture Oscar (last year's "Argo"), Affleck has decided to star in David Fincher's adaptation "Gone Girl." It seems to me he may be taking note of his buddy's trek through the business, loading up on some crucial studies with master filmmakers. He already has Terrence Malick under his belt.

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<p>Britney Spears </p>

Britney Spears

Watch: Britney Spears and her kids star with Smurfs in 'Oh La La' video

Mom, what's an 'oh la la?'

"Mom, what's an 'oh la la?'"

"It's a fun activity, or fun activity partner."

"So when you tell me and Jayden to 'Come with me and be my oh la la,' you mean you want a play-date?"

"Yup. Absolutely."

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<p>Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in &quot;Saving Mr. Banks&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks"

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

First trailer for 'Saving Mr. Banks' reveals the struggle to bring 'Mary Poppins' to the screen

Film hits theaters December 20

Yesterday Walt Disney Pictures gave us our first official look at John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" with a production still tease. Today, via Moviefone, the studio has dropped the first trailer for the film.

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<p>Alejandro Jodorowsky in &quot;Jodorowsky's Dune.&quot;</p>

Alejandro Jodorowsky in "Jodorowsky's Dune."

Credit: Sony Classics

Sony Classics picks up riotous cult-movie doc 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

HitFix's own Drew McWeeny is among the talking heads in this Cannes hit

One of the last films I saw at this year's Cannes Film Festival -- and consequently one I never got around to reviewing -- was "Jodorowsky's Dune." A straightforwardly constructed but vastly entertaining movie-lore documentary about cult Chilean-born auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky's elaborately failed quest to bring Frank Herbert's epic sci-fi novel "Dune" to the screen, it was one of the most audience-friendly breakouts of the Directors' Fortnight sidebar, and has now been picked up for US distribution by Sony Pictures Classics.

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"Naked & Afraid"

 "Naked & Afraid"

Credit: Discovery

Watch: Skinny dipping with sharks on 'Naked & Afraid'

See three clips from the latest episode of the show

Did you ever watch "Blue Lagoon" and think, wow, I'd love to be stranded on an island! It's so romantic! Well, "Naked & Afraid" (Sun. at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery) will disabuse you of that notion in a hurry. Not only is foraging for food and water not in the least romantic, neither are sharks, tiny biting bugs or snakes. I don't remember Brooke Shields having to deal with any of those, do you?

In the clips below, watch the latest couple bicker, try (and fail) to make fire and, in one case, have an anxiety attack in the water (hint: it's not the woman). Then, if you really want to, watch "Blue Lagoon" if you want to think of being stranded on an island as a good thing.

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'Doctor Who' boss: Search for 12th Doctor is 'terrifying'


"Doctor Who" boss: Search for 12th Doctor is "terrifying"
Steven Moffat wouldn't comment on the "direction we're going. Sorry!" But he does feel the decision is "absolutely chilling. There's a very big range of people who could play it and different ways you could go with it. We must get this right. One false move and the show’s over." PLUS: Matt Smith almost signed on for 2 more seasons.


"Sons of Anarchy" releases its first Season 6 promo
They're coming out swinging! PLUS: Charlie Hunnam has a burglar problem.


"Camp" does okay
The NBC summer camp series kept about half of "America's Got Talent's" audience, premiering to 5.2 million.


Howard Stern's "poop doctor" auditions for "America's Got Talent"
The shock jock had to recuse himself when the doctor who had his hand up his ass auditioned for last night's show.


"The Walking Dead" releases pic of masked Daryl Dixon
What is going on here?


Watch Seth Meyers get coffee with Jerry Seinfeld
The "SNL" star admits his first four seasons were "rocky" -- "maybe I just don't belong in this cast." PLUS: Preview Chris Rock's episode.


"Parenthood" bringing back Matt Lauria

He's expected to appear in about half of the Season 5 episodes.


Anna Camp: I auditioned to play Sookie Stackhouse

She says of her first "True Blood" audition: "We passed each other in the hallway, and I was like, 'Oh, Anna Paquin. She's totally going to get this.'"


Comedy Central trying the Louis CK model with $5 standup special downloads

The new offer applies 22 original specials.


Jerry Seinfeld tops Forbes' list of highest-earning comedians, Louis CK No. 5
Seinfeld makes $32 million a year, compared to $16 million for Louis CK and $11 million for Daniel Tosh.


Nickelodeon doubles "Sam & Cat's" order

The "iCarly"/"Victorious" spinoff will now have 40 episodes.

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<p>Charles Grounds and Rachel Griffiths in &quot;Camp.&quot;</p>

Charles Grounds and Rachel Griffiths in "Camp."

Credit: NBC

Series premiere review: 'Camp' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new NBC summer series?

I never finished my attempt at an advance review of NBC's "Camp," in part because I ran out of synonyms for "pleasant" after a while. I didn't mind the three episodes that I watched, and even laughed in a spot or two, but nor did any of it stick with me for more than a few seconds after I finished. Though I liked Rachel Griffiths and many of her fellow Aussies-as-Americans, the show seems to be neither fish nor fowl: too much adult nookie to necessarily be a youth-appeal series, and too much sex talk overall for it to be an option for the family to watch together. 10 p.m. seems the right hour for it; I'm just not sure what the target audience is, and I don't think the show does a great job of explaining how family camp here works, as opposed to it just being an excuse to have grown-ups and kids together every now and then.

For those who tuned in last night, what did you think? Did you find the Australian-ness of it all distracting, or did you not notice? And are you going to watch again?

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<p>The stars of FOX's &quot;Enlisted&quot;</p>

The stars of FOX's "Enlisted"

Credit: FOX

Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Enlisted'

Geoff Stults, Parker Young and Chris Lowell bring plenty of charm

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"Enlisted" (FOX)
Airs:Fridays at 9:30
The Pitch:"Stripes" by way of Carl Hiaasen
Quick Response: Kevin Biegel's semi-autobiographical military comedy about three brothers in a Rear Detachment Unit in Florida doesn't deliver many laughs, but it does yield a ton of charm and when it comes to a comedy pilot, I often don't ask for much more than that. All I want is a reassurance that spending a 22 minutes per week in this world will be pleasant and jovial and, in this case, I'm reasonably convinced. The core trio is quite strong. Geoff Stults continues to prove that he's always been a sitcom star trapped in a soap opera leading man's body, which probably isn't working out so poorly for him. Chris Lowell delivers always-welcome sarcasm, even if I may need a bit more convincing he's right for the Bill Murray or Chevy Chase role in this '80s-flavored (but not set) pilot. The breakout, though, is almost certainly Parker Young, who doesn't just prove that Ryan Shay was a repeatable phenomenon, but he continues to show that his lunkheaded good nature relies heavily enough on the "good nature" that the less-than-optimal IQ side never feels like caricature. I think Lowell might be a slight outlier in the trio's chemistry, but that could just be because his character is the skeptic of the group. Or maybe you just can't craft flawless chemistry in a pilot and I should just be satisfied that it's already this solid. Keith David is the other key piece of the main cast and Keith David is rarely short of awesome. While the supporting ensemble is definitely a work-in-progress, several of them got chuckles from me in the pilot, so maybe I'll have learned their names by midseason. It's hard to get a feel for the show's weekly approach to plot based on the pilot, which is initially premise-driven -- Stults' super-soldier gets in trouble in Afghanistan and returns home -- but has to add a barely considered shaggy-dog subplot involving War Games against random Italians to get to the finish line. It's intentionally a goof so that you can concentrate on the fraternal bonding and also affirm the VERY clear respect for our military that Biegel wants to maintain. With tens of thousands of US soldiers deployed in conflict zones around the world, you can tell this show doesn't want anybody to think there's minimizing or mockery afoot and it does that without ever feeling jingoistic. Like so many of this season's better new comedies, the pieces are already here to be likable and fun. With any luck, that'll evolve into being funny as it develops.
Desire To Watch Again: I'll be happy to watch this one again, but I wonder where we'll be watching it. "Enlisted" doesn't premiere until November and by that time, if there's any justice, "Dads" will have already flamed out. FOX knows "Raising Hope" can do OK numbers in that Tuesday 8 p.m. slot, but that could leave "Enlisted" without a comedy companion. "Surviving Jack" would make a reasonably good pair, but would FOX want to do a double-dose of new comedies on Friday? That would be odd. So we'll all just wait for "Dads" to fail to see what happens!

 

Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Blacklist' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The Tomorrow People' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Hostages' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Trophy Wife' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' 
All of my 2012 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2011 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2010 Take Me To The Pilots Entries

 

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<p>Diane Kruger and Ted Levine in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Diane Kruger and Ted Levine in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

Series premiere review: 'The Bridge' - 'Pilot'

The new FX drama kicks off with an unusual corpse left on the El Paso/Juárez border crossing

"The Bridge" debuted tonight on FX. I published a general review of the series yesterday, and I have a few specific thoughts on the pilot episode coming up just as soon as I make a white tiger my enemy...

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<p>Last year's Best Original&nbsp;Song winner Adele performs at the 85th annual Academy Awards in February.</p>

Last year's Best Original Song winner Adele performs at the 85th annual Academy Awards in February.

Credit: AP Photo

Academy announces concert event for original score and song Oscar nominees

Event will be held on February 27

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that this year's Oscar-nominated original scores and songs will be featured in a live concert on Thursday, February 27, three days before the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony.

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"Project Envy"

 "Project Envy"

Credit: Bravo

What the heck is 'Property Envy' anyway?

This bizarre little show is all about places you can't afford

Lately Bravo seems to have decided that the crappy, amateurish stuff we used to expect from public access programming has been overlooked too long. Who doesn't love talking heads nattering about nothing? Gosh, where have all the badly lit sets gone? The public wants an 80 year old woman dancing to Paul Anka songs in a bikini, dammit! Okay, Bravo hasn't snapped up that last one, but it's only a matter of time. 

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