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'Breaking Bad's' Jonathan Banks hired as a 'Community' prof

"Breaking Bad's" Jonathan Banks hired as a "Community" prof
Banks will appear in 11 episodes next season as "an intense criminology professor with a mysterious background in military and police work."

"Justified" pays a succinct tribute to executive producer Elmore Leonard
"We were blessed by the time we got to spend with him and we will miss him. Our thoughts are with his family. Take it easy, Elmore," said a statement from the cast and crew. "PS," they added. "We wrote longer versions of this statement, but as Elmore always said: Leave out the parts people tend to skip."

"True Blood" boss addresses Alexander Skarsgard's fate
Will he return next season? And what was he reaction to getting completely naked?

Nickelodeon "Fred" star Lucas Cruikshank comes out

Cruikshank, who turns 20 later this month, released a video today announcing he's gay, though his friends and family have known for years.

NBC enlists its stars to promote "Sunday Night Football"

Ken Jeong, Matt Lauer, Heidi Klum, Joan Rivers and Howie Mandel are among those who filmed promotional videos for "SNF."

Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi" to be remade for Latin American TV
Sony plans to make 70 episodes of the television version of the 1992 film.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'Real Housewives of Orange County': Is Gretchen a victim?

Vicki also acts strangely horrified by the very concept of marijuana

Well, this is a first, at least for me. Rarely do I watch "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and think, gee, poor Gretchen. But that thought occurred to me fleetingly during the second part of the show's season reunion, when it seemed that everyone else had gotten together and declared it Pile on Gretchen Day. Gretchen, of course, seems perfectly capable of screaming and yelling with the best of them, but when she dissolved into tears at the end of the episode, I had to think it had all been a little much. When those false eyelashes get saturated, they can stretch delicate, possibly Botoxed skin, people! Think! 

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Watch: You'll want to quit the gym once you see 'Boundless'

Two guys, five months and eight hellish races

Two athletes. Five months. Eight of the toughest races in the world. Oh, and one show. "Boundless" premieres on the Esquire Network Wed. Sept. 25 at 10:00 p.m., and it basically shows what two guys can do when they quit wasting time at the gym and go do fun stuff instead to stay fit. Athlete-pals Simon Donato and Paul “Turbo” Trebilcock run, climb, bike and do other exhausting things as part of this eight-part documentary series.  

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Watch: Avril Lavigne's new video for 'Rock N Roll'

Watch: Avril Lavigne's new video for 'Rock N Roll'

More Bearshark, please

If the Sony product placement at the very beginning of Avril Lavigne’s video for her new song, “Rock N Roll,” doesn’t stop you in your tracks, her stilted acting will.

Lavigne plays a comic book bad-ass come to life in a post-apocalyptic world. Call her "Mad Avril," if you will. Lavigne may be a lot of things—including a spunky, strong singer— but an actress is not one of them. It’s almost painful to watch her try to emote her way through her tough-girl antics.

[More after the jump...]


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Lindsay Lohan not a big draw for Oprah Winfrey Network

Lindsay Lohan not a big draw for Oprah Winfrey Network
About 892,000 viewers watched Lohan's first post-rehab interview, which pales in comparison to Oprah's other high-profile sit-downs.

Regis Philbin's Fox Sports 1 show debuts to mediocre ratings

"Crowd Goes Wild" got a 0.1 rating, which is about 114,000 households.

Judd Nelson joins "Nikita"

The Brat Packer will play an undercover operative in the final season.

Viewers are fleeing AMC's "Low Winter Sun"
The 2nd episode dropped from 2.5 million to 1.5 million. In the crucial 18-49 demo, viewership dropped by more than half.

Melanie Griffith headed to "Hawaii Five-0"

She'll play Scott Caan's mom. couldn't reach an "Idol" deal, so he's returning to "The Voice" UK for a 3rd season
He'll return as a coach alongside Tom Jones and possibly Kylie Minogue.

Rob Corddry will be back on "Community"
He'll reprise his role in the season premiere as Jeff's obnoxious friend from his law firm.

Ed Sheeran joins "The Voice"
He'll mentor Christina Aguilera's team.

Is "Game of Thrones" replacing King Joffrey's little brother?
The role of Prince Tommen Baratheon is being recast, according to, to age up the character. HBO has yet to confirm any casting changes.

Avril Lavigne makes out with Winnie Cooper
Watch Lavigne's new music video with "Wonder Years" star Danica McKellar.

"Outsourced" star Ben Rappaport lands on USA
He'll star in the comedy pilot "Love Is Dead."

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Exclusive: James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in new 'Enough Said' photos

Exclusive: James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in new 'Enough Said' photos

One of the Emmy winner's last films hits theaters next month

Exciting news, we're getting a new Nichole Holofcener film next month. Sad news, it features one of the last performances of the late, great James Gandolfini.

Holofcener's first film since 2010's "Please Give," "Enough Said" introduces us to Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a divorced woman looking for love who strikes up an unexpected romantic relationship with a recently divorced man, Albert, played by Gandolfini. Unbeknownst to her, Albert is the ex-wife of her new friend Marianne played by longtime Holofcener collaborator Catherine Keener. Before she knows it, Eva is hearing all slew of negative aspects of Albert she'd never considered and it begins to affect her opinion of him. The official synopsis says "Enough Said" promises to take a look at the difficulties of maintaining or even finding a second long-term relationship.  And, judging by the trailer, there will be some laughs along the way.

The film will premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival next month and arrive in theaters only a few weeks later on Sept. 20.  So, it's coming around the corner rather quickly. 

Fox Searchlight provided HitFix with some exclusive images from the new movie including a sweet photo of Holofcener, Gandolfni and Louis-Dreyfuss sharing a laugh in-between filming. Check out the photos in the gallery embedded below as well as a new clip from the film at the top of this post.

What do you think of what you've seen so far of "Enough Said"?

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<p>'N Sync</p>

'N Sync

6 Things We'd Love To See at 'N Sync's VMA reunion this Sunday

How about a little mash-up of 'Mirrors' and 'This I Promise You?'

Following the New York Post’s report that ‘N Sync will reunite at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday (Aug. 25), speculation is running rampant about the boy band’s first performance together in 10 years.

MTV isn’t confirming, but the Post presents the news as fact (not that that makes it true), but Timberlake has already been announced as a performer (and recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award), so it would seem a cinch to get his former bandmates, J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, and Chris Kirkpatrick to join him.

The NY Post adds fuel to the fire by noting that the foursome were all at Timberlake and Jay Z’s Aug. 16 performance in Miami. What a perfect time to rehearse, right?  (On a separate note, we saw Fatone Aug. 15 in “Celebrity Autobiography” in Los Angeles — a show where actors read aloud from other celebrities’ autobiographies—and he was hilarious. Great comedic timing).

If the reunion is true, we hope it’s got more teeth than the Destiny’s Child Super Bowl reunion earlier this year.
Here are our six suggestions:

1. ‘N Sync covers Timberlake’s “Sexyback” with their trademark robotic dance moves, then segues into Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” with their beautiful harmonies. Or 'N Sync's "Gone" into "River" works.

2. The group recreates their  “Bye Bye Bye” video, complete with their performance as marionettes on a string and Chris Kirkpatrick’s bright orange jacket and the anti-gravity moves.

3. The boys perform a mash-up of “Mirrors” and “This I Promise You.” They’re both about finding a lasting love, right?

4. They are brave enough to come out with their hair styles from the “I Drive Myself Crazy” era. If you have scrubbed that from your brain, Chris Kirkpatrick was sporting the helicopter dreads on tops of his head (what was he thinking) and both Lance Bass and Justin Timberlake’s hair was so platinum blond it glowed in the dark.

5. They salute boy bands from the past, including the Jackson 5 (They could go from J5’s “I Want You Back” into their same-titled song) and New Kids on The Block’s “Step By Step.”

6. ‘N Sync starts with their own tune and then calls up the members of One Direction to officially pass the boy band torch, ending the performance with “Best Song Ever.”

 What do you want to see? 

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<p>Woody Allen and Mia Farrow in &quot;Hannah and Her Sisters.&quot;</p>

Woody Allen and Mia Farrow in "Hannah and Her Sisters."

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What if Woody Allen and Mia Farrow had stayed together?

How they might have fared without one of Hollywood's most acrimonious breakups

This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?

In the long and luridly storied history of Hollywood breakups, you'd be hard pressed to find an uglier one than the nuclear meltdown that occurred between Woody Allen and his longest-serving muse, Mia Farrow, in 1992. The quintessential New York writer-director and the Beverly Hills-born actress -- an industry princess who had already been married to Frank Sinatra and Andre Previn -- were an unlikely match when they got together in 1980, but their relationship proved a fruitful one, producing three children and 13 films together. Allen's a director known for reusing favorite actors, but not even former partner Diane Keaton approaches Farrow for the title of his most frequent collaborator: between such films as "Zelig," "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Alice" and their brilliant parting effort "Husbands and Wives" -- a film released in the heat of their breakup, and a brutally close-to-the-bone blueprint thereof. 

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Album Review: John Mayer's 'Paradise Valley' features a mature Mayer, Katy Perry and Frank Ocean
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Album Review: John Mayer's 'Paradise Valley' features a mature Mayer, Katy Perry and Frank Ocean

It's a graceful, heartfelt, musical ride

Whether it was life slapping him around a bit, his lengthy recovery from his vocal surgery, or just a general maturing, over the course of 2012’s excellent, underrated “Born and Raised” and “Paradise Valley,” John Mayer’s sturdy new album out today, Mayer has found his voice again. And a confidence that he never previously possessed.

Even though Mayer is only 35, he’s developed an old soul. He’s talked in interviews about not really fitting in at mainstream radio anymore and that may be true, but his former pop sheen has been replaced with something that sounds a lot like career longevity.

Almost everything on “Paradise Valley” has an unrushed, pleasing, timeless feel to it that never sounds forced. It’s tempting to use the word tasteful, if it weren’t now a polite synonym for boring and bland, which “Paradise Valley” is absolutely not.

Don Was, who produced “Born And Raised” and co-produces with Mayer here, has created an intimacy that feels as if Mayer is playing in your living room. His vocals and his guitars are closely miked and there’s a lot of air around the notes. Just as the recording sounds unhurried, it also sounds blessedly uncrowded, a rarity these days. Most songs have wide open spaces to let the notes breathe and let the excellent musicianship shine through. 

Mayer has always had a ear tuned toward country and he lets it flourish on “You’re No One ‘Til Someone Lets You Down,” a Randy Newman-like amusing, yet pointed, look at love gone sour with an extremely pliant pedal steel solo by the master, Paul Franklin, as well as Chet Atkins-type playing by Mayer.

Franklin returns for another of “Paradise Valley’s” finest tracks, “Dear Marie,” a swaying, chugging country cut about looking up a lost love. “From time to time, I go looking for your photograph online/some kind of judge in Ohio is all I find,” Mayer sings. There’s a simple beauty and truth to the track.

The piano ballad, “I Will Be Lost (At Sea),” has a sure touch, anchored by Chuck Leavell’s gorgeous keyboards, and lyrically, it speaks of a certain redemption no matter how rough the water. It feels like that redemption may be here now for Mayer.

If you need more proof that this is not your Mayer of yore, he’s looking for longtime love on “Waitin’ On The Day,” a gentle ode to fidelity that is as far from “Your Body Is A Wonderland” as possible. Similarly, on the lilting “Who You Love,” featuring his current girlfriend and co-writer Katy Perry, Mayer and Perry address the joy of falling in love with someone when you least expect it. It’s sweet and deliberately non-showy, although Perry's giggle at the end is a little twee. Perry’s not the only love interest referenced here: first single, “Paper Doll” (with its of-the-moment Prancercising video) is rumored to be about Taylor Swift.

Other than Perry, the other high-wattage guest is Frank Ocean on “Wildfire,” a 88-second emotional track with Ocean on lead about a suicidal friend. A second “Wildfire” serves as Mayer’s response to Ocean’s song.

Mayer wrote all the tracks here except for Ocean’s “Wildfire,” and a southern fried cover of  the late JJ Cale’s “Call Me The Breeze,” which just drops off as if it were a first take. Like most of the songs here, Mayer’s clean, crisp guitar playing is surrounded with the lightest of accompaniment: drums, bass and keyboard. When the players are as accomplished as these, no further embellishment is needed.

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'CSI' bringing back Marg Helgenberger for Episode 300

"CSI" bringing back Marg Helgenberger for Episode 300

Catherine Willows hasn't been on "CSI" since departing halfway through Season 12.

TV star salaries revealed: Jon Stewart is No. 1 in late-night

Stewart currently makes $25 to $30 million a year, which puts him ahead of Letterman and Leno. Meanwhile, Ashton Kutcher is tops in the sitcom world and Mark Harmon is the highest-paid dramatic actor.

Fox rejects Asian-American media watchdog's request to pull "Dads"

In a letter, Fox execs wrote, "This is a show that will be evocative and will poke fun at stereotypes and bigotries -- sometimes through over-the-top, ridiculous situations."

Bryan Cranston was a member of his high school's chemistry club
Check out yearbook pics of the future "Breaking Bad" star.

Report: Larry David is America's richest comedian, followed by Jerry Seinfeld
According to a new study by Wealth-X, David is worth $900 million to Seinfeld's $800 million. David Letterman, Bill Cosby and Adam Sandler are in 3rd, 4th and 5th place.

Bill Rancic to star in a "Dirty Jobs"-like reality show

"The Apprentice" champ will tackle the world's most dangerous jobs on "Training Day."

"90210" alum Jessica Stroup joining "The Following"

She'll play Kevin Bacon's niece.

"True Blood's" season finale is down from last year
About 4.1 million watched this week's episode, which is also down from the season premiere.

James Franco teases a "New TV series about art Duuuh"
"They don't want me to say the channel yet, don't know why," he wrote on Instagram. "But I guess you'll find out Wednesday."

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Elmore Leonard dies at 87

Elmore Leonard dies at 87
The legendary author's crime novels inspired TV shows from FX's "Justified," starring Timothy Olyphant, to ABC's "Karen Sisco," starring Carla Gugino.

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What If Radiohead never released a pay-what-you-want album?

What If Radiohead never released a pay-what-you-want album?

'In Rainbows' was a revolution... for better or for worse?

This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?

By the time Radiohead had prepared and released their October 2007 album “In Rainbows,” the band had released six albums prior. All but one reached platinum status and they’d earned three top 3 albums on The Billboard 200. Radiohead had split with their record home EMI after 2003’s “Hail to the Thief” and yet continued to dominate on tour. Various members including Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood had also released solo and soundtrack projects: it was prime time to realize their value as an indie, thus time for some independent thinking. The British band released their next album “In Rainbows” digitally through their own website via a “pay-what-you-want” scheme. Fans could buy for $0.00. And Radiohead announced it only 10 days ahead of time. They later sold the album by licensing it to various labels, after the world poured out critical acclaim for the pay model (oh, and for the sound of it, too).
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