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<p>Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum in &quot;Magic Mike.&quot;</p>

Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum in "Magic Mike."

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Casting Society of America nominees range from 'Argo' to 'Mud' to 'Magic Mike'

The Artios Awards for film, TV and theater will take place on November 18

Last month, the Academy's Board of Governors created a new branch for casting directors, 30 years after they were first invited to join the Academy. Few could argue that the move wasn't overdue, but there was more debate over the inevitable question that followed: should the Academy Awards have a category for Best Casting? There are arguments to be made in either direction, but I'd ultimately say no: casting is a highly skilled profession, but not a screen craft, and I don't think most Academy members are qualified to assess it. (Yes, most Academy members aren't qualified to assess sound editing either, but that's another discussion.)  

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Disney's 'Jett Jackson'/'Rizzoli & Isles' star Lee Thompson Young dies in an apparent suicide

Disney's "Jett Jackson"/"Rizzoli & Isles" star Lee Thompson Young dies in an apparent suicide

Young, 29, who played the title role on Disney Channel's "The Famous Jett Jackson" was found with what authorities believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Young was discovered after he failed to show up on the "Rizzoli & Isles" set, where he played  Detective Barry Frost.

Report: Dr. Luke is in talks to become "Idol's" 3rd judge

The 39-year-old former "SNL" guitarist who's created hits from Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone" to Katy Perry's "California Gurls" is in negotiations with "Idol" after talks with stalled.

NBC News' Chuck Todd praises GOP's NBC and CNN boycott over Hillary Clinton

The move is "smart," says the NBC News political director and White House correspondent, because it limits the number Republican debates.

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<p>'Well maybe I just don't feel like eating something THAT&nbsp;IS&nbsp;SMILING&nbsp;AT&nbsp;ME&nbsp;RIGHT&nbsp;NOW !'</p>

'Well maybe I just don't feel like eating something THAT IS SMILING AT ME RIGHT NOW !'

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Exclusive new 'Cloudy 2' poster features James Caan being chased by a BananaOstrich

Animated sequel looks delightfully silly

"This is James Caan's character Tim Lockwood being chased by our food animals known as the BananaOstrich."

Well, you just sold me a ticket, "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2."

The first "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" was one of those lovely little animation surprises, where something came together beautifully. Phil Lord and Chris Miller took the lovely but simple book by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett and turned it into a very fast-paced and sincere bit of animated surreality, full of wonderful goofball gags and a very sweet and sunny disposition. The first film ended with a victory for Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) and 'Baby' Brent (Andy Samberg) and Mayor Shelbourne (Bruce Campbell) and Earl Devereaux (Mr. T) and his son Cal (Bobb'e J. Thompson), and it felt like it had done a great job of making all the characters feel like a community.

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Kelly Clarkson reveals details for  'Wrapped in Red' holiday set
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Kelly Clarkson reveals details for 'Wrapped in Red' holiday set

She sprinkles new tunes amid the familiar

It’s a big fall for Kelly Clarkson. Not only is she getting married, but on Oct. 29, she’ll deliver a little bundle in the form of “Wrapped in Red,” a holiday album.

Clarkson announced the Christmas set way back in April, telling CMT Radio Live host Cody Allan, “I’ve been dying to make a Christmas record for more than a decade and I’m finally making one,” she says, but details had been scant until now.

“Wrapped In Red” will include two new holiday-themed tracks, “Underneath the Tree” and “Wrapped In Red,” as well as Clarkson’s covers of such standards as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “Run Run Rudolph,” and “Please Come Home For Christmas.” A full track listing is forthcoming.

“Underneath The Tree,” written by Clarkson and Greg Kurstin, who also produced the track, will be the first single. The cover for "Wrapped In Red" features an elegant profile shot of Clarkson, wrapped, appropriately enough, in red.

In the meantime, Clarkson’s one-off country single, “Tie It Up,” continues to garner country airplay and will remain a stand-alone single, for now. It will not be included on “Wrapped In Red” as a bonus track, according to her label, RCA.

The first "American Idol" winner is on tour with Maroon 5 through Oct. 6.

Are you as excited as Clarkson for her holiday album? 


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<p>Oscar Isaac in &quot;Inside Llewyn&nbsp;Davis&quot;</p>

Oscar Isaac in "Inside Llewyn Davis"

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2013 New York Film Festival line-up unveiled: 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'The Invisible Woman,' 'The Wind Rises'

The fest ups its profile as a few awards films dodge Toronto and head for the City

The Coen Brothers, James Franco and Hayao Miyazaki are all headed to the Big Apple.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the main slate of selections for the 51st annual New York Film Festival, and it's another choice cross-section of top festival offerings from the year so far. Of immediate note, the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis," Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and J.C. Chandor's "All is Lost" will make the transition from Cannes to the City (via Telluride), but will skip Toronto, making their profile at this year's NYFF all the more significant.

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Demi Lovato joining 'Glee'

Demi Lovato joining "Glee"
She's set to play a struggling artist friend of Rachel's and Santana.

"Breaking Bad's" GPS coordinates lead to Albuquerque Studios

As Vince Gilligan notes, Albuquerque Studios is one of the AMC show's filming locations, one that looks to be in the middle of nowhere. PLUS: Watch Bryan Cranston's Preparation H ad from the 80s.

Sophie Turner got to adopt her "Game of Thrones" direwolf

After the dog was "executed" by King Joffrey, Sophia Turner (AKA Sansa Stark) was able to take the dog home with her.

HBO teases "Eastbound & Down" Season 4

Watch the "Phoenix Tease."

Lady Gaga will open the MTV VMAs

She'll perform her new single "Applause."

"24" alum Sarah Clarke headed to AMC
She'll star in "Line of Sight," playing the wife of an NTSB investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash.

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<p>Edda Magnason in &quot;Waltz For Monica.&quot;</p>

Edda Magnason in "Waltz For Monica."

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Swedish cinema sings on key at Way Out West fest

Major local productions jostle with the likes of Alicia Keys for audience attention

GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Every film festival comes with its own set of perks and difficulties, but I've only been to one so far where my chief scheduling challenge has been squeezing a Public Enemy gig in between a screening and an interview, wading in wellingtons across muddy parkland, through a sea of lanky twentysomethings in impossibly skinny jeans and Doc Martens, to do so. (It's still easier than traversing the Croisette in full flow, I'll have you know.)

Or where the evening's festivities have ended not at a midnight premiere or cocktail-suited industry party, but at a beery bolthole at 3am, watching the aptly named New York punk outfit Pissed Jeans tear the tiny stage a new one. Or, indeed, where you run into Alexander Skarsgard at the bar, and the off-duty star for once has nothing to promote but his love for Swedish electro-eccentrics The Knife. (Their daftly thrilling set later that evening, all boiler-suited dance troupes and disembodied vocals, more than justifies his enthusiasm.)

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<p>Lady Gaga in &quot;Applause&quot;</p>

Lady Gaga in "Applause"

New 'Applause' video: Watch me pull a Lady Gaga out of my hat

She'll do anything to earn your applause

Lady Gaga continues her one-woman performance art with the very theatrical video for “Applause,” which she premiered on “Good Morning America” today.

Shot primarily in black and white by Dutch photographers Inez & Vinoodh, “Applause” shows there is nothing Lady Gaga won’t do to get your attention, whether it’s catching a knife between her teeth, turning into a swan, popping out of a magician’s hat, dancing maniacally, or writhing around in a clam shell bikini. Because, damn it, she wants your “Applause,” but she is willing to work for it. 

There are art/film references aplenty from pop artist Jeff Koons, whom she mentions in the lyrics, to Fellini to even Janet Jackson’s Rolling Stone cover with someone else shielding her breasts.

[More after the jump...]


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<p>Lake Bell in her feature directorial debut, &quot;In A&nbsp;World...&quot;</p>

Lake Bell in her feature directorial debut, "In A World..."

'In A World...' and my summer at the movies

Looking back on a mix of successful blockbusters and artful indies

On Saturday, I saw my sixth and almost certainly final movie of the summer: "In A World...," the indie comedy written by, directed by, and starring Lake Bell, about an aspiring voice actress trying to break into the male-dominated world of movie trailer narration. It is, as that description would suggest, a small movie, but also a smart, funny, and at times very poignant one. It also fits into a rich tradition of actors whom the business doesn't quite know what to do with — Bell tends to be cast as the strange woman the hero abandons for his true love interest — deciding that the best way to show what they can do is to write a showcase for themselves. Sylvester Stallone did it with "Rocky," Jon Favreau with "Swingers" (which was also showcasing his buddy Vince), Matt Damon and Ben Affleck with "Good Will Hunting," and here Bell has written the best part anyone's ever given her. There are the usual glitches of any first-time feature director, but Bell  demonstrates — and pardon the terrible pun, given the subject matter, but it's the best word that applies here — a real voice as both writer and director. It's a movie that's about something, in addition to having a lot of good jokes, a sweet romance, etc.

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Teresa Giudice prosecutors ask Bravo for unaired 'Real Housewives' footage

Teresa Giudice prosecutors ask Bravo for unaired "Real Housewives" footage

"For every hour that airs, there are more than 20 hours of unedited footage," a source tells the NY Daily News. "They shoot for three months and end up using only the footage that fits into the story line they want to focus on."

Happy 50th birthday, John Stamos!
The "Full House" star celebrates the Big 5-0 today, and last week he kicked off his birthday celebration at Outside Lands with his BFF, Bob Saget.

"Breaking Bad's" Betsy Brandt: "This is why I wanted to do a comedy!"

Intense episodes like last night's is why Brandt is now starring on "The Michael J. Fox Show." "With drama like this, after a while it's just not healthy," says Brandt, who has not seen the episode in which The Cousins shoot her TV husband. Brandt also talks about last night's interaction with Anna Gunn and the color purple. PLUS: Women drove this week's episode, "Breaking Bad's" final season seems "The Shield"-like, is Skyler running a long-con?, this episode neatly shook out the alliances, the opening was very Spielbergian, and "Talking Bad's" guests next week are Samuel L. Jackson and Bob Odenkirk.

D.L. Hughley: I'm doing an FX show about a radio show

Hughley, who in real life signed a deal last week to host his own radio show, will apparently bring his radio persona to the small screen.

Benedict Cumberbatch tells "Sherlock" paparazzi to "Go photograph Egypt"

The actor, wearing a hooded coat and sunglasses on set, held up a sign saying, "Go photograph Egypt and show the world something important."

Brian Williams writes about his knee replacement surgery

The NBC News anchor says his knee problems stem from playing high school football.

BitTorrent gets into the TV pilot business

Users of the torrent site will be able to decide whether or not a pilot is made.

"True Blood" ends the season with something rarely seen on TV

Watch the major spoiler from last night's episode. PLUS: Will "True Blood" go back to its roots?

"Homeland": Go behind the scenes of Season 3
Damian Lewis and Claire Danes talk about what's coming up.

Was Oprah's Lindsay Lohan interview actually revealing?
Oprah and Lindsay spent last night's interview live-tweeting each other positive thoughts.

Larry David golfs with Obama

The president ended his Martha's Vineyard vacation by golfing with the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star, but no pictures have been released.

"Girls" releases a Season 3 teaser full of behind-the-scenes photos

With some Instagrammed bikini shots.

Olivia Munn dislocates her shoulder in swing accident

"The Newsroom" star had her swing breaking captured on video.

Watch the "Once Upon a Time" Season 3 promo

The 3rd season kicks off Sept. 29. PLUS: ABC teases the first 30 seconds of "Revenge" Season 3.

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"True Blood"

 "True Blood"

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'True Blood' season finale recap: Will Sookie and Warlow wed?

The war between vamps and humans takes a new direction

Can you believe it's been a whole season of "True Blood"? I certainly can, as plot points and storylines have zinged past our heads like vases during a lovers' quarrel in a 1940s B movie. Though that's meant some shoddy character development and (especially in this episode) some false turns in the service of wrapping up a storyline, the good news is that this season finale sets us up for what could be a dark future, but one possibly more satisfying than this one.

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<p>Thomas Sadoski, John Gallagher Jr. and Olivia Munn in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Thomas Sadoski, John Gallagher Jr. and Olivia Munn in "The Newsroom."

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Review: 'The Newsroom' - 'One Step Too Many'

The 'News Night' staff enjoys a night out before Jerry makes a big edit

A quick review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I talk to someone who says he's seen eight reindeer...

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