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Kristen Bell headed to 'Parks and Rec'


Kristen Bell headed to "Parks and Rec"
The "Veronica Mars" star will play Ingrid, a council member from Eagleton. "She's Leslie’s equivalent, but richer and better dressed," says "Parks" co-creator Michael Schur.

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Listen: Pearl Jam's new single, 'Mind Your Manners,' will melt your brain

Listen: Pearl Jam's new single, 'Mind Your Manners,' will melt your brain

Track is first tune from upcoming album, 'Lightning Bolt'

First came word of a Pearl Jam tour on Monday, and today fans got the news they really wanted: a new Pearl Jam album, “Lightning Bolt,” will drop Oct. 15.

First single, “Mind Your Manners,” came out today and it’s a bullet-train, punk-rock rush of a song as Eddie Vedder sings about disillusionment and unlikely redemption. It ends with a cacophony of call-and-response vocals screaming “living hell.”

The song is anchored by Matt Cameron’s insistent, powerful drumming, a wily guitar solo, and Vedder’s intense vocals.  The single’s artwork, which features a gun, drops of blood and a rosary on a plate, heighten the drama.



And yes, Pearl Jam’s website, after featuring a countdown clock for the tour and then the album announcement, now has a countdown clock for the album release. It’s 94 days away as of July 11. 

Fans can pre-order the album on Pearljam.com, as well as on iTunes now.

Here's the cover art:

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<p>Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo</p>

Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo

Credit: AP Photo/Victoria Will

Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo reunite for Martin Luther King drama 'Selma'

The director and actor collaborated on 2012 Sundance winner 'Middle of Nowhere'

I wish nothing but the best for Ava DuVernay. If female filmmakers are already a regrettable minority in Hollywood, African-American female filmmakers are still practically novelties, so anyone working to bust that particular glass ceiling has my attention. Still, DuVernay deserves notice on her individual gifts alone: the writer-director's coolly assured breakthrough feature "Middle of Nowhere," which won her the Best Director prize at Sundance, was one of last year's most richly characterized, formally striking US microbudget indies. Furthermore, DuVernay's not only looking out for number one: the former film publicist is doing much to support other independent talents via her own distribution outlet, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement.

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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

Credit: AP Photo

'American Idol's' Adam Lambert joins 'Glee'

What role would you like to see him play?

Gleeks and Glamberts rejoice: Adam Lambert is joining the cast of “Glee” for the season 5 of the Fox series.

The show’s co-creator Ryan Murphy announced the news via Twitter, tweeting, “I am thrilled to announce that the super talented Adam Lambert is joining the cast of ‘Glee’ this fall.” Lambert has not commented via Twitter or otherwise.

It remains to be seen whether Lambert will play himself, as he did on “Pretty Little Liars,”  or a fictional character. He is the second “American Idol” contest to join the show: Jessica Sanchez had a two-episode role as a performer from a rival school last season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lambert is a known “Glee” fan. He told The Reporter last year that the series “really paints a picture of what it’s like to be an arts kid in high school... ‘Glee’ is really irresistible.”

What role would you like to see Lambert play on “Glee?”
We’d like him to be a substitute teacher who comes in an really shakes things up and threatens to take away New Directions from Mr. Schuster.

The move comes at a time when “Glee” is reinventing itself with a number of original cast members, including Heather Morris and Amber Riley, cutting back on their roles next season. Season 5 begins airing in September.


 

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'Sharknado' director: We're filling a void left by disappointing summer blockbusters


"Sharknado" director: We're filling a void left by disappointing summer blockbusters
Says director Anthony C. Ferrante: "All these summer movies out there that take themselves way too seriously—some of them are really good—but there's that sense of fun that I think audiences want every once in a while. We try to deliver." PLUS: Watch the full "Sharknado" trailer.


Carla Gugino joins M. Night Shyamalan's Fox event series
She'll play Matt Dillon's ex-Secret Service partner in "Wayward Pines."


"Big Brother" ratings rise again
After the racism and homophobia controversy, "Big Brother's" Wednesday ratings were up 18% from last week.


Letterman's "ESPN's Lowest Rated Show" Top 10 prompts a response from ESPN

ESPN finally responded to its 2nd quarter ratings decline after "The Late Show" Top 10 list.


DirecTV's Kate Walsh-Minka Kelly drama from Neil LaBute gets premiere date
The playwright's "Full Circle" debuts Oct. 9.


"Wild'N Out's" return gives MTV2 its best-ever ratings
About 1.1 million watched "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild'N Out."


"Big Bang Theory" is giving out "Bazinga!" bags with detachable cape

Take a look at the special bags from Comic-Con.


Check out "Elementary" filming in London

Crowds were told they were filming "a US TV show."


Jimmy Kimmel takes "A Look Hasselback" at Elisabeth's time on "The View"

Goodbye to "our TV friend, Liz."


See the "Grimm" zombie
Here's David Giuntoli in zombified makeup.


"Game of Thrones'" "King Joffrey" kisses a puppy
Is Jack Gleeson trying to rehabilitate his character's image?


Charlie Sheen name-drops Jon Cryer in his child support filing

Sheen used his former "Two and a Half Men" co-star as an example to stop supporting ex Brooke Mueller. PLUS: Sheen searches for the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.

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Kings of Leon set to release new single,  'Supersoaker'
Credit: KoL

Kings of Leon set to release new single, 'Supersoaker'

Track comes out July 17, followed by 'Jimmy Fallon' gig July 22

Kings of Leon will release its new single, “Supersoaker,” on July 17. The track is on “Mechanical Bull,” which comes out Sept. 24.

The news of the song’s choice to kick off the new set comes as no surprise as the band debuted the song at New York’s Governor’s Ball June 8 (after being rained out June 7). It sounds straight up KoL with a little rawness that suits the group.



The official television premiere of the song comes July 22 on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” That one wasn’t too hard to predict: Fallon breathlessly announced the album’s arrival in June.

Kings of Leon are currently on tour in Europe, but will come back to the U.S. for the Fallon date and for its Rock For Oklahoma charity concert on July 23 at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City. The concert, which will benefit tornado relief efforts in the Sooner state, will also feature Jackson Browne, Flaming Lips, and Built to Spill, and comes after other concert efforts featuring Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, and others.

“Mechanical Bull” is the group’s first album since 2010’s “Come Around Sundown.”


 

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<p>Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

Review: HBO's 'The Newsroom' returns for season 2

Aaron Sorkin makes some tweaks, but the cable news drama remains too smug for its own good

I've lost track of the number of times in the last year when a major news event — or, rather, the news media majorly bungling its coverage of that event — inspired my Twitter feed to explode with comments about how "The Newsroom" would turn this into an episode two seasons from now. With each mention, there was a clear sense that these repeated, institutionalized screw-ups — the misreading of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the torrent of erroneous information about the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, cable news completely ignoring the riveting, made-for-TV drama that was the recent Texas state legislature filibuster — were only proving "Newsroom" creator Aaron Sorkin correct in his thesis that the Fourth Estate has been badly failing the American people. Yet each one also came laced with jokes about the amazing power of 20/20 hindsight, about "News Night" producer Jim Harper conveniently having a second cousin once removed connected to the story, and about which Coldplay song would accompany the montage about a tragedy poorly-covered by the press.

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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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