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MTV really did threaten to cut Daft Punk from VMAs if the band appeared on "Colbert"

MTV really did threaten to cut Daft Punk from VMAs if the band appeared on "Colbert"
Thanks to the MTV threats, Daft Punk pulled out of its "Colbert Report" on Monday, reports the NY Times, which details the "intense" negotiations between Comedy Central and MTV, both of which are owned by Viacom.

"Duck Dynasty" stars to make their acting debut on "Last Man Standing"

Si and Willie Robertson will appear in the season premiere.

"Mindy Project" nabs Glenn Howerton
The "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star will woo Mindy.

Tom Sizemore joins "The Red Road" on Sundance Channel

He'll co-star with Julianne Nicholson in a drama about a cop and his family.

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<p>Contrary to popular rumor, Neill Blomkamp did not play the bad guy in 'Pretty In Pink'</p>

Contrary to popular rumor, Neill Blomkamp did not play the bad guy in 'Pretty In Pink'

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Neill Blomkamp talks about how details matter when world-building for 'Elysium'

What is it that makes his worlds feel so real?

One of the things that was immediately apparent when I saw "District 9" for the first time is that Neill Blomkamp has a fantastic eye for detail. Everything about that movie is in service of selling the reality, and when I recently rewatched it, I found myself repeatedly laughing at the tactile sense of place that Blomkamp's films evoke.

In "Elysium," it's even more critical that environment serve as storyteller, and the decision to shoot in real Mexican dumps, using those to double as Los Angeles, is both bold and slightly terrifying. I can't imagine the stress of taking a movie star as well known as Matt Damon to a location shoot in a place where kidnapping is an industry, and there's no way I would have been able to stop thinking about John Wayne's health problems after shooting "The Conqueror" as I was running around that dump amidst toxic materials and wind machines. When you see how it all reads on film, though, Blomkamp made the right call. It doesn't feel like a set, like something put together by a production designer, but instead feels like what it is, a monument of human waste, built over time.

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<p>Sissy Spacek as the fictionalized Caril Ann Clair in &quot;Badlands.&quot;</p>

Sissy Spacek as the fictionalized Caril Ann Clair in "Badlands."

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Memories of 'Badlands' as real-life inspiration hits the headlines

70-year-old Caril Ann Clair injured and widowed in car crash

For whatever reason, a lot of elements have combined lately to make me think of Terrence Malick's "Badlands." It's never an unwelcome thought, of course: Malick's debut feature, which somewhat unbelievably celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, remains his coolest and crispest work. That's not necessarily to say it's his best, but this portrait of a kid couple's Midwestern massacre retains a bare, bony lyricism that cuts as close today as it must have in 1973; it's at once his oldest and youngest film.

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VH1 gives LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian a reality show

VH1 gives LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian a reality show

"LeAnn & Eddie" promises to "bring the truth and make fun of all the gossip."

Discovery insists it had nothing to do with the dead shark on a NYC subway train

Some have speculated that the shark was a Shark Week stunt.

CBS orders Steven Spielberg's "Extent" in hopes of getting another "Under the Dome"

The 13-episodes sci-fi series airing next summer revolves around a female astronaut who has a half-alien baby and a robot son.

TCM launching a classic film NYC bus tour
The NYC sightseeing buss tour will include such landmarks as the Empire State Building from "King Kong" and Grand Central Station from "North by Northwest."

Rachael Harris will play Chris Meloni's wife on "Surviving Jack"
She'll star in the Fox comedy pilot from Bill Lawrence.

Ali Fedotowsky is leaving "1st Look" for E! News
The former "Bachelorette" will become a correspondent for E! News. But she's taped enough "1st Look" episodes to last through the end of the year.

Bravo passes on a "Heathers" TV show
A TV series based on the 1989 Winona Ryder film has been talked about for four years.

Roma Maffia to visit "NCIS"

The "Nip/Tuck" alum will play a character who has history with Gibbs.

Jeffrey Tambor joins another Amazon comedy pilot in transgender role

His "Onion News Empire" pilot was rejected (but may land elsewhere), so he'll appear   in "Transparent."

Fox buys "Stuck" comedy from Rashida Jones
The "Parks and Rec" star will produce, but not star in, the comedy about a woman stuck in the rut.

Police investigate "Big Brother" star's child porn jokes
Cops were alerted after Spencer said, "I like to beat off to child porn."

"Hart of Dixie" books "Chuck's" Captain Awesome
Ryan McPartlin will reunite with Rachel Bilson the CW series.

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<p>Brie Larson and Kaitlyn Dever in &quot;Short Term 12&quot;</p>

Brie Larson and Kaitlyn Dever in "Short Term 12"

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On the dismissive attitude toward indie Oscar hopefuls

We see it every year but it's really bugging me this time around

I was thinking recently about something that really agitates me when it comes to the awards season, which is this notion that certain accomplishments are instinctively relegated to the "indie" bin of the Independent Spirit Awards or the Gotham Awards, like some ghetto of would-be Oscar contenders.

Every season when I have conversations with publicists and journalists about what's in the mix for awards, I tend to mention things like, oh, Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," or Woody Harrelson in "Rampart," to name a couple of examples. "Yeah but that's just Indie Spirits," someone will reply. And it bugs the ever-loving crap out of me.

I don't want to come off foolishly idealistic because we all know what's what, but why does it HAVE to be? Why can't that spotlight be shone? Why instinctively compartmentalize the season like that and not allow it to breathe a bit? I think we've always tried to be inclusive in our coverage rather than exclusive. Even if it's clear something isn't going to happen for this or that hopeful, we make it clear when they deserve to be in the ring. But others are far too quick to marginalize.

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Thomas Lennon

Thomas Lennon 

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Interview: Thomas Lennon gets naked, talks 'Franklin & Bash'

He's 'working past the hurt' with co-star Breckin Meyer

If you want to feel kind of lazy and possibly insecure about your own inability to finish a single load of laundry, talk to Thomas Lennon about his schedule. He's written a bunch of scripts with "The State" and "Reno 911" co-star Robert Ben Garant (look for their big screen takes on "Baywatch" and "Night at the Museum 3" soon). He's written a book, also with Garant, about how to break into Hollywood ("Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!") Plus, he shows up in, well, pretty much everything. He's also grown a most excellent mustache, which is more than enough, really. 

In addition to playing a mean boss this fall on the new NBC show "Sean Saves the World," he's a bounty hunter with self-control issues on "Franklin & Bash" tonight at 9:00 p.m. on TNT (if you missed that, don't worry -- he'll remind you). His secret? Being kind of compulsive, though perhaps not in a crippling O.C.D.-I-left-the-iron-on-and-must-wash-my-hands-400-times kind of way. He even carved a few minutes out of an admittedly crazy schedule to talk with me and take off his clothes (well, that's what he said, anyway; it was a phone interview). Here's what he had to say about his Hollywood and Vine doppleganger, his "feud" with Breckin Meyer, and leaving bun prints on Linda Lavin's car. 

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'NCIS' won't kill off Cote de Pablo's character

"NCIS" won't kill off Cote de Pablo's character
"It's not what this character deserves," exec producer Gary Glasberg says of Ziva. He also pointed out that another female character, Sasha Alexander’s Kate, was already killed off in Season 2.

Paul Reubens: Pee-wee Herman will make a TV comeback in 2014
Reubens wouldn't offer details in an interview with the L.A. Times, but the new show likely won't be an update on "Pee-wee's Playhouse."

Ken Marino will star in a comedy he's making for Fox

The "Party Down" alum has signed a deal for a husband-and-wife business comedy.

With the president as his guest, Jay Leno doesn't hold back on Obama jokes
"The Tonight Show" host reeled off several Obama jokes during last night's monologue.

"Big Brother" expands its jury
It'll be the largest ever this season, with nine members instead of seven.

Stephen Colbert urges Emmy voters to vote for his rivals
"It's not about Emmy, it's about Emm-us."

Juan Pablo, the first minority "Bachelor, doesn't look all that different from his predecessors
Juan Pablo Galavis is the first "non-Caucasian" "Bachelor," but "he looks pretty much like many Bachelors before him," notes Esther Zuckerman, who adds that "Galavis is a simple solution for ABC to get some good press when it comes to 'The Bachelor' and diversity."  And Dana Schuster points out he "looks so white he could easily slip into a Mitt Romney family photo."

"Sharknado's" Tara Reid proves she's not smart about sharks

As she revealed on "Shark After Dark."

Jason Dohring headed to "Tomorrow People"

The "Veronica Mars" alum will guest on the CW series.

"Game of Thrones" as the No. 1 most-pirated show is "better than an Emmy"
That's Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes' take on the hit show's piracy popularity: "We've been dealing with this for 20, 30 years—people sharing subs, running wires down the backs of apartment buildings. Our experience is that it leads to more paying subs. I think you're right that 'Game of Thrones' is the most pirated show in the world," he says. "That's better than an Emmy."

"Boardwalk Empire" Vol. 2 soundtrack details revealed: Listen to Elvis Costello

Costello sang "It had to be You" for the HBO series.

"Captain Kangaroo's" puppeteer Cosmo Allegretti dies
Allegretti, 86, created and voiced characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear.

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<p>Michael Fassbender in &quot;The Counselor.&quot;</p>

Michael Fassbender in "The Counselor."

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Has Michael Fassbender been bad, asks trailer for Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'

Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem also star

It's been a while since a Ridley Scott film fully delivered on its pre-release promise: disagreement lingers as to what degree of disappointment "Prometheus" was, while the likes of "Robin Hood," "Body of Lies" and "A Good Year" languish largely unloved in his recent history. Still, given the sheer volume of talent involved, it's hard not to get a little excited for his upcoming thriller "The Counselor" -- not least because it represents the first time an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy has been filmed.

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<p>Joaquin Phoenix in &quot;Her&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"

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Joaquin Phoenix falls for a cyber Scarlett Johansson in the trailer for Spike Jonze's 'Her'

The film looks to be another fascinating meditation from a vital filmmaking voice

Spike Jonze has been firing on all cylinders since his 1999 debut "Being John Malkovich." Every new film is cause for excitement, whether awards are in the picture or not. His is a vital voice and his latest, "Her," promises to deliver another fresh stroke in the filmmaker's feature career.

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<p>From &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;</p>

From "Breaking Bad"

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Interview: 'Breaking Bad' composer Dave Porter talks Vince Gilligan and final season

Which TV series' scores does he most admire? What are his fave 'Bad' episodes?

POZNAN, POLAND: When “Breaking Bad” returns Sunday (11) for its final eight episodes, composer Dave Porter’s haunting theme will usher fans into Walter White’s life for one last go-round. Porter was here in Poland to teach a master class at Jan Kaczmarek’s Transatlantyk Festival, but will be back in Los Angeles in time to have a few friends over to watch along with the rest of us on Sunday night.

Up next for Porter will be a new series, which he can’t announce yet, but having only finished scoring “Breaking Bad” two weeks ago, right now Porter is looking forward to some down time. “August is going to be me and my two-year old playing in the backyard," he says. "I have to see him and get some sleep.”

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Jay Leno gets an Obama boost

Jay Leno gets an Obama boost
Last night's "Tonight Show" ratings were Leno's best since the last time the president visited his show.

Report: Paula Deen rejected "Dancing"

"The dance floor is not the appropriate forum for her," a source close to the former Food Network star tells Us Weekly.

"Dexter" boss on the series finale: "There will be people who hate it"
Exec producer Sara Colleton is expecting a polarizing reaction, but says, "to us, it feels right for our show and how we feel about it."

Back at work, Lea Michele tweets a photo from the "Glee" set
"Feels so good to be home," she wrote.

"Girls" adds Felicity Jones from "Spiderman 2"
Also appearing in Season 3: UK actor Richard E. Grant.

"Downton Abbey" cast talk about the future, plus P. Diddy

"The P Diddy video was certainly quite popular on the 'Downton' set," says Joanna Froggatt.

Nick Offerman does your summer reading
The "Parks and Rec" star has become a late-night staple, this time with Jimmy Kimmel.

Watch James Franco make out with James Franco

For his Comedy Central roast.

Steve Martin reads Conan's Top 10 list

Martin was "unaware" it's a Letterman bit.

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<p>Stephen Colbert</p>

Stephen Colbert

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Daft Punk was a no-show on 'Colbert Report': Watch Colbert explain why

MTV VMAs steal Stephen Colbert's thunder

Stephen Colbert set his comedy to "stun" last night as he blasted MTV Networks last night on "The Colbert Report" for putting the kibosh on Daft Punk's "surprise" appearance on the comedy show.

Colbert showed little restraint revealing that the MTV VMAs had booked Daft Punk for its Video Music Awards, set for Aug. 25, and that MTV/Logo group president Van Toffler wanted to put a stop to the French dance duo's appearance on the comedian's annual "Colbchella" hour of programming.

As previously reported, Daft Punk were booked to play their Song of the Summer "Get Lucky" on last night's "Colbert" (Aug. 6). Daft Punk had not yet been announced as performers at the VMAs.

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