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<p>I&nbsp;hope 'Encyclopedia Brown' spends most of his upcoming film just quoting the works of Irvine Walsh</p>

I hope 'Encyclopedia Brown' spends most of his upcoming film just quoting the works of Irvine Walsh

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Will Warner's 'Encyclopedia Brown' deal with school shootings and bullies?

The writer/director of 'The Dirties' is writing it now, so it's a fair question

I just recently reviewed "The Dirties," a film by Matthew Johnson, and I thought it was a smart and even-handed look at how easy it is, even in today's more aware environment, for the seriously broken and the deeply angry to plan and execute an attack on others. We love to tell ourselves that after 9/11 and Columbine and every other breach of our public safety in the last fifteen to twenty years that we have changed and we are safer and we are being more careful now. Nonsense, of course, and "The Dirties" was very good about showing the way people play into these breakdowns and the way bullying culture is allowed and even enabled.

To call him an unconventional choice to write "Encyclopedia Brown" is an understatement. I'm not actually sure what name recognition value there is in "Encyclopedia Brown" these days. My third grader reads a similar series assigned by his school called the "Jigsaw Jones" mysteries. Makes sense. Kids still do jigsaw puzzles, so the idea of a puzzle being something you have to piece together is a reference they'll get. An "encyclopedia," though, is pretty much an unknown idea to them. While I enjoyed the Donald Sobol books when I was young, I never really had any illusions about them being great stories or particularly character-driven.

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<p>Eminem's &quot;Rap God&quot;</p>

Eminem's "Rap God"

Listen: Eminem's new song 'Rap God' plus the 'MMLP2' tracklist featuring Rihanna

Is Eminem answering Kanye West and Jay Z's 'No Church' in kind with this god business?

"Why be a king when you could be a god?" Eminem asks at the end of six minutes of blazing fast-rap in new song "Rap God."

"What's a king to a god?" West asked in "No Church in the Wild," which has a killer hook and a loping verse trade-off.

They're both rhetorical question that touches on Kanye West's self-deification this year with "Yeezus" and his superstar collabo with Jay Z in Watch the Throne. So just what does Yeezy and Yeezus have to do with Eminem and "Rap God?"

Eminem's spent about 14 as hip-hop royalty, so it's curious he's only just now feeling those purple robes as a guilt god member. Using "lyrical acrobatic stunts," a renewed and self-aware double entredre of the term "faggot," a love letter to the rappers that made him and then hearkening his own song "We Made You," Marshall Mathers here is putting the leg in "legacy" so he has something to stand on when it comes to his place in rap heaven. While the maxi pad jokes remain unending -- seriously, and a Bill Clinton jab? -- his skills here are pristine and entertaining, even when he's poking fun at himself and rapping on hip-hop/pop tensions. After his flimsy hook, he goes: "I know the way to get [haters] motivated, I make elevating music / You make elevator music / 'Oh, he’s too mainstream,' well, that’s what they doing getting jealous, they confuse it / It’s not hip-hop, it’s pop, cause I found a hella way to fuse it / With rock, shock rap with Doc." It's like one big, glorious inside joke.

So what's the difference between a rap king and a rap god? Maybe it's someone who can make those jokes, and pull it off. "What's a rap god to a god?" may be the next question, hopefully answered in kind in the next Watch the Throne effort...

... or later on in Eminem's next album "Marshall Mathers LP 2," due on Nov. 5. Over the weekend Eminem also revealed the tracklist to "MMLP2," which features guest appearances from Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, fun.'s Nate Ruess and Sklar Grey. There's also a song on it called "Asshole," two recently revealed songs "Berzerk" and "Survival" and (you guessed it!) a skit. Check out the full tracklist below "Rap God."

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<p>I&nbsp;don't care what anyone says... Danny McBride's 'Nymphomaniac' poster is the best one.</p>

I don't care what anyone says... Danny McBride's 'Nymphomaniac' poster is the best one.

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Review: Kenny faces temptation in this week's 'Eastbound & Down'

Are they setting Kenny up for some real pain later this season?

"Okay, I can't take you seriously right now because you're dancing with a robot."

The third episode of what is rapidly evolving into my favorite season of "Eastbound and Down" deals primarily with the relationship between Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) and his wife April (Katy Mixon). From the opening scene in the parking lot after last week's triumphant "Sports Sesh" appearance to the final moments with Kenny and April laying in the early morning sun in a hotel room, everything this week examines why these two people are together and why it works.

One of the things I love most about "Eastbound" is the way they pick the still for each week's opening title, and this week's was a complete winner. Katy Mixon's smile and her brilliantly dismissive "See you later, pumpkin!" in the midst of Steve Little's insane hand-shattering meltdown pretty much sums up right away how much deranged fun this season has been so far.

And if there's not a gallery of every one of those title card images, there should be. Get on that, Internet.

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Discovery Channel's 1st scripted series will tackle the mob

Discovery Channel's 1st scripted series will tackle the mob
"The Five Families," from the "Goodfellas" team of  Irwin Winkler and Nicholas Pileggi, will tell the story of the founding families of the mafia.

"The Good Wife" cuts Kalinda's new love interest
Actress Juliet Rylance was supposed to play the part, but her scenes have been cut from Season 5.

"Dr. Oz" viewer loses lawsuit after burning himself wearing rice-filled microwaved socks
A judge found that the TV doctor wasn't legally responsible for the burning incident.

"New Girl" reveals how Damon Wayans Jr. will return
One of the roommates will move out, paving the way for Coach to return.

"America's Got Talent" makeup artist sues the show
Jude Alcala, who primarily worked on Sharon Osbourne, claims she broke her foot when she fell through a hole on stage.

HBO teases Sarah Silverman's new special
"We Are Miracles" premieres Nov. 23.

"Doctor Who" books violent movie director Ben Wheatley
The director of "Kill List" and "Sightseers" will helm the first two episodes of the season. PLUS: Steven Moffat explains "Who's" regeneration theory.

Check out Nickelodeon's new family superhero comedy "The Thundermans"
The Thunderman family features twins, one good and the other evil.

Camille Grammer has a hysterectomy following cancer diagnosis
The former "Real Housewives" star is expected to make a full recovery after her endometrial cancer diagnosis.

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Pearl Jam's 10 best songs from 'Alive' to 'Sirens'

Pearl Jam's 10 best songs from 'Alive' to 'Sirens'

Did your favorite make the list?

Pearl Jam returns with its tenth studio album, “Lighting Bolt,” on Oct. 15, and based on what we’ve already heard, Eddie Vedder and Co. are yielding nothing to the ravages of time. People who dislike  Pearl Jam don’t like their sense of self-importance (even though that has definitely  waned over the years). Fans like me love that Pearl Jam knows that music matters, that it can reach those places in us that nothing else can and has the power to save us.

Here is my highly subjective countdown of Pearl Jam’s 10 best songs. Fans will notice a lack of songs here from the middle period of Pearl Jam’s career. I don’t know if they lost the thread a little or I lost interest—probably a bit of both—but “Binaural” and “Riot Act” are albums I seldom revisit.  My No. 1 choice  won’t be a surprise because there’s no denying this song’s potency and place in the heart of most Pearl Jam fans.

Read HitFix's review of new album "Lightning Bolt" here.

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<p>Mariah Carey</p>

Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey's new single 'The Art of Letting Go' arrives Nov. 11

Singer explains her absence in a letter to fans

Several months after “Beautiful,” her duet with Miguel, Mariah Carey will release a new single, “The Art of Letting Go,” on Nov. 11 via Facebook.  There will be a listening party at 11 a.m. ET for the song. That is the same day the Lady Gaga's "ArtPop" arrives.

At one point earlier this year, that was the title of Carey’s album, but since it has been delayed again since its scheduled July release date, that may have also changed.

Monday, Carey announced the song’s arrival on Facebook, adding, “This song is so person to me and I’m very excited to share this experience with you in such an intimate way.” Hmmm, sharing a song with your 13 million Facebook friends is intimate?

The news comes on top of a letter Carey released to fans on Friday, Oct. 11, updating fans on the album and her health following her shoulder injury, which has proved to be quite the setback.

In the letter, she write, “Getting through this injury has been the toughest experience of my life. It took me three months to get to this point but thank God I was able to recover and get my arm back. It's a huge deal, it should have taken eight months and even my doctors can't believe it.”

She adds that the album, which has no new release date,  is “one of the most important albums I’ve ever made in my life.”

Carey also recently announced that producer/longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri had joined her management team.

Here’s Carey’s letter in full:

Hiiii lambs!!

I'm so happy to be able to catch up with everybody here on Facebook. The last three months of my life have not been easy. Getting through this injury has been the toughest experience of my life. It took me three months to get to this point but thank God I was able to recover and get my arm back. It's a huge deal, it should have taken eight months and even my doctors can't believe it. It's been a long journey, the physical therapists have been incredible and I am very grateful to all of them for helping me.

When people expected me to go "Here I am, I'm back and everything's great!", it didn't happen because my hand was still in tremendous pain and it took this long for it to heal. I've been working day and night, and it took a lot of rest (though I did sneak in to the studio a couple o' times!) but I can finally say that I am on my way to a full recovery.

There's a lot of excitement that I'm going to reveal to you very soon, and sooner than you know it, you're going to understand why but more than that, you're going to feel what I've been feeling for the past- not three months- but three years.

This is, to me, one of the most important albums I've ever made in my life. If you're a lamb, a fan, or just a human being that needs to feel good, happy, sad, miserable, joyous... "I gotcha" (said like Roc- you haven't heard how he says it yet but you will soon, it's a complete+total classic!)

LYM!!!! --MC


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Sufjan Stevens writes Miley Cyrus a grammar/mash note

Sufjan Stevens writes Miley Cyrus a grammar/mash note

He loves her, but not her imperfect tense

First Sinead O’Connor, then Amanda Palmer and now Sufjan Stevens?

The indie musician is the latest to write a letter to Miley Cyrus, but his missive comes off a little bit like a mash note. Ostensibly, he’s criticizing her for her poor grammar choice, but he concludes the letter on an up note, calling her “the hottest cake in the pan.” It doesn’t even make sense since there’s usually only one cake per pan, but it’s an awesome compliment.

He loves her new album, “Bangerz,” and especially the track, “Get It Right,” but he just can’t get past her line, “I been laying in bed,” which should be “I have been lying in bed.” We feel you, Sufjan. We still can’t get past the line in Bryan Adams’ “Run To You” when he sings, “But that would change if she ever found out about you and I,” instead of “you and me.”

Stevens, who posted the letter on his website,  genially teaches her a little about the present perfect continuous tense and assures her that other great Southern writers like herself, including Faulkner, have gotten it wrong.

No response yet from Cyrus, but we have a feeling she’ll take a little more kindly to this criticism than to O’Connor’s.

Though he didn't feel compelled to write an open letter, Paul McCartney also weighed in on Cyrus, telling Sky News, "C'mon, we've seen worse than that!." I think he meant it as a compliment. Seriously, he added that he has no trouble letting his 10-year old daughter watch Cyrus, even her VMA performance: "I watched it [first], and you say, 'What's everyone shouting about?' I think it was only mildly wasn't explicit at all."  (h/t Rolling Stone)

Besides, nothing should get Cyrus down this week: come Wednesday, she will have the No. 1 album in the land as “Bangerz” debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Here is Stevens' note in full:

“Dear Miley. I can’t stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson. One particular line causes concern: “I been laying in this bed all night long.” Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object, i.e. “I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long.” Whatever. I’m not the best lyricist, but you know what I mean. #Get It Right The Next Time. But don’t worry, even Faulkner messed it up. We all make mistakes, and surely this isn’t your worst misdemeanor. But also, Miley, did you know the tense here is also totally wrong. Surely you’ve heard of Present Perfect Continuous Tense (I HAVE BEEN LYING in this bed all night long [hopefully getting some beauty sleep?]). It’s a weird, equivocal, almost purgatorial tense, not quite present, not quite past, not quite here, not quite there. Somewhere in between. I feel that way all the time. It kind of sucks. But I have a feeling your “present perfect continuous” involves a lot more excitement than mine. Anyway, doesn’t that also sum up your career right now? Present. Perfect. Continuous. And Tense. Intense? Girl, you work it like Mike Tyson. Miley, I love you because you’re the Queen, grammatically and anatomically speaking. And you’re the hottest cake in the pan. Don’t ever grow old. Live brightly before your fire fades into total darkness. XXOO Sufjan”


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'The Simpsons' teaming with 'Hello Kitty'

"The Simpsons" teaming with "Hello Kitty"

The two hit franchises will collaborate on a special line of products next year.

Susan Sarandon & daughter Eva Amurri to star in an NBC comedy together

They'll star in "Growing Ivy" in which Eva Amurri Martino will play a control freak who asks her mom to move in with her to help manage her life.

Netflix orders a psychological thriller from the creators of "Damages"
Will a drama about a group of siblings become the next Netflix hit?

Viewers can taste the results from a Mark Burnett TNT reality cooking competition
"On the Menu" will literally put the winning dish on the menu after each episode.

"Arrested Development's" Jessica Walter will play Jamie Pressly's mom on TV Land
She'll star in "Jennifer Falls," in which Pressly plays a single mom who moves back in with her mother.

"Grey's Anatomy" bringing back Hector Elizondo

He's reprising his role as Callie's dad.

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<p>Regrettably, it seems Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, and Hugh Jackman will have to sex you up in regular 24 FPS 3D for next summer's 'X-Men:&nbsp;Days Of Future Past.'</p>

Regrettably, it seems Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, and Hugh Jackman will have to sex you up in regular 24 FPS 3D for next summer's 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past.'

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Sources say 'X-Men' will not appear in a 48 FPS 'Days Of Future Past'

It would be a huge moment for HFR if it happened

Despite Ain't It Cool's two sources saying that "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" is set to be released in the relatively new 48 FPS "HFR" process, multiple sources close to the production emphatically refuted those claims this morning. No one was willing to offer us any official comment at this time, but it was quite telling that one person I reached out to had not yet heard the story and another, when I explained it, seemed unsure what HFR was. Even the studio seemed a little surprised and confused by the story overall when contacted about it, hardly the slick denial that they normally have ready when they're not yet prepared to announce something.

To be clear, 20th Century Fox is not planning to release "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" in the HFR process.

If it were true, it would be big news. Right now, Peter Jackson is still the only major studio filmmaker who has been willing to shoot and release something in the format, and the response to last year's "Hobbit" release had me wondering if they were even going to bother putting out the other two films in the trilogy that way.

After all, it's one thing to release your movie in 2D and 3D. The post-production pipeline has been somewhat set up to accommodate those two choices. But 48 FPS is a whole new animal, and a far more aggressive aesthetic decision. I think there's absolutely room for HFR to be a part of big-budget blockbuster filmmaking, and it really does transform the experience completely. I'm personally happy that Dolby Atmos seems to be something the entire industry is starting to embrace, and much more emphatically than with HFR, because it's just as important that we continue to push the sound experience forward.

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<p>Andrew Lincoln in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Andrew Lincoln in "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

'The Walking Dead' returns to record ratings

Ratings higher than ever for the most popular show in basic cable history

You can't stop "The Walking Dead," which returned last night to its biggest ratings ever — an incredible 16.1 million viewers and a whopping 8.2 rating among adults 18-49.

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Sitthiphon Disamoe,  Thep Phongam and Sumrit Warin in "The Rocket."
Sitthiphon Disamoe, Thep Phongam and Sumrit Warin in "The Rocket."
Credit: Kino Lorber

Review: Australia's Oscar hopeful 'The Rocket' is a sticky but sweet survival tale

Child's-eye story offers lyricism with a dash of James Brown and fireworks

LONDON - Disenfranchised families, displaced by water, scouring an unaccommodating landscape for some semblance of home -- it's easy to see why the "Beasts of the Southern Wild" references surfaced when "The Rocket," a bright, appealing debut narrative feature from Australian documentarian Kim Mordaunt, blew up at Berlin and Tribeca earlier this year. As with most such loose-fitting comparisons -- useful when trying to articulate enthusiasm for something otherwise unfamiliar-looking -- they don't much describe or favor either film. Set in a post-Katrina South, "Beasts" used tragedy to immerse audiences into a state of positively unearthly social decay; set in a war-scarred Laos, "The Rocket," predicated on a bureaucratic rather than natural disaster, undercuts its exoticism with recognizable social comedy at every turn. It's a feel-good film that only momentarily pauses to feel otherwise.  

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'The Walking Dead' sets a new record with 16.1 million viewers

"The Walking Dead" sets a new record with 16.1 million viewers

That's way up from the 12.4 million who watched the Season 3 finale and the 10.9 million who saw the Season 3 premiere.

CW tones down masturbation scene in "Reign" pilot

A scene in the premiere shows the King of France helping a handmaiden pleasure herself.

CBS is remaking "The Cisco Kid"

Salma Hayek is behind a modern-day retelling of the classic Western.

Alec Baldwin gets big ratings for MSNBC, but not in the key demo

About 654,000 viewers checked out the premiere of "Up Late."

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