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<p>&quot;Bunheads&quot;&nbsp;is over, but the TCA&nbsp;was able to give it an award tonight.</p>

"Bunheads" is over, but the TCA was able to give it an award tonight.

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'Breaking Bad,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' win big at TCA Awards

The TCA also recognized 'Big Bang Theory,' Tatiana Maslany, 'Bunheads,' Louis C.K. and more

It was a good night to be a TV critic, as the Television Critics Association bestowed its annual TCA Awards on an eclectic and very worthy collection of shows and individuals in a private ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.

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<p>'Soylent Green is people, you damn dirty apes!' 'You need to stop watching Chuck Heston films.' 'THERE&nbsp;ARE&nbsp;NOOO&nbsp;PHOOONES&nbsp;RINGING!' 'No, seriously. Stop.'</p>

'Soylent Green is people, you damn dirty apes!' 'You need to stop watching Chuck Heston films.' 'THERE ARE NOOO PHOOONES RINGING!' 'No, seriously. Stop.'

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Review: Matt Damon adds emotional weight to Neill Blomkamp's smart and unsubtle 'Elysium'

Remember when science-fiction had something to say?

Thank god for Neill Blomkamp.

I sincerely hope I never end up writing a news story about how Neill Blomkamp, struggling to recover after a series of films that didn't earn their money back, is now signing on to direct the reboot of the reboot of "Robocop" or some similar money-driven monstrosity. I hope he is able to follow his own particular vision for as long as he wants to, and that audiences turn up to support him enough that he is able to maintain his independence.

Also, before we get started, if this movie had been made in 1974, Charlton Heston would be playing the Matt Damon role. AND IT WOULD BE AWESOME.

Right now, my oldest son has declared himself "a science-fiction fan." He is in the shallow end of the baby pool right now in terms of what he's seen or read, but he spends days after each new science fiction book or movie just asking me questions, and most of them aren't about things he saw in the film, but things that were suggested by the movies and the books.

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<p>Robin Thicke</p>

Robin Thicke

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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' cuts clear path to No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200

Set is one of five new debuts in top 10

Robin Thicke will score his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 (to go along with his first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100) next week, as “Blurred Lines” is a shoo-in for the top spot as five new entries debut in the Top 10.

In addition to “Blurred Lines,” which is targeted to sell up to 140,000, according to Hits Daily Double, Five Finger Death Punch’s  “The Wrong Side Of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1,” which comes in at No. 2, will be the only other title to top the 100,000 mark. It is on track to sell between 100,000-105,000.

Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” will fight for the No. 3 spot with Tech N9ne’s new album, “Something Else,” with both slated to sell between 55,000-60,000.

Backstreet Boys’ “In A World Like This” bows at No. 5 (50,000-55,000) and pop group Emblem3’s “Nothing To Lose” at No. 7  (40,000-45,000).

Filling in the gaps are the soundtrack to Disney Channel’s “Teen Beach” at No. 6 (45,000-50,000), this week’s No. 1, Selena Gomez’s “Stars Dance,” which drops to No. 8 (30,000-35,000); the latest from Kidz Bop Kids, “Kids Bop 24,” at No. 9 (27,000-30,000) and Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s To The Good Times” at No. 10 (24,000-27,000).


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Ellen DeGeneres got Oscar-hosting gig in a whirlwind 48 hours

Ellen DeGeneres got Oscar-hosting gig in a whirlwind 48 hours
Ellen was pitched as Oscar host on Wednesday morning to the new Academy president. Ellen was called on Wednesday night and accepted Thursday morning.

Maura Tierney joins Showtime's "The Affair"
She'll play Dominic West's wife.

Blacked-out Time Warner customers can't access
CBS Time Warner customers affected by the blackout will see anti-Time Warner ads if they go to

Could Simon Cowell's baby boost "The X Factor" ratings?
The tabloid headlines could re-spark interest into the former "Idol" judge.

Jason Sudeikis returns to NBC on Sunday
He'll star in a series of NBC Sports soccer ads that will air during the NFL Hall of Fame game.

"American Horror Story: Coven" will have a feminist theme
Sarah Paulson will play Jessica Lange's daughter.

W. Kamau Bell can't compare himself to other talk show hosts
But he wishes he thought up "Slow Jam the News."

Fox buys "Fatrick," a comedy from "Don't Touch the B" creator, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
The comedy project revolves around a handsome 30-something named Patrick who's haunted by his child of being called "Fatrick."

Janina Gavankar is moving to another vampire show
The "True Blood" star is headed to "The Vampire Diaries."

"HIMYM" fan posts 10-hour video of him watching the "500 Miles" video
Over and over again.

Charlie Sheen is reportedly living with the porn star whom he scuffled with 3 years ago
Is Sheen having a "porn again romance" with Capri Anderson?

"The Bridge" will wrap up its murder mystery before the season is over
As for Season 2, exec producer Elwood Reid said, "There won’t be one big crime. We are not going to have the killer of the season every year."

Anna Faris: Chris Pratt talked me into doing "Mom"
Faris recalls: "I had left the ('Mom') script on the kitchen counter, and my husband picked it up. And he read the first page, and he said, 'Whatever you're doing, put it down right now.' He's like, 'This is you.' And it felt like that."

Joan Rivers says WGA "Fashion Police" hearing is "a bunch of bullsh*t"
"E! should hire Anthony Weiner to work with these people," she said in a statement. "He'd fit right in."

"Dads" should learn to do offensive comedy from "It's Always Sunny"

The Fox comedy should take lessons from its sibling cable network's sitcom.

Check out a "Golden Girls" scale model house
Filled with plenty of easter eggs.

CBS redeveloping Jim Gaffigan's comedy pilot

He'll once again play a happily married father of five.

Take a look at the 1940s-era set of TNT's "Lost Angels"
The Frank Darabont drama is based on the book "L.A. Noir."

Should "The Mindy Project" make Mindy Kaling's character likable?

Kalng says her character's selfishness might've been a mistake.

See the "Duck Dynasty" boys without their beards
Check out pics of them throughout the years.

Preview "Parks and Rec" on "The Writers' Room"

Monday's episode goes behind the scenes with Amy Poehler.

"Star Trek's" Michael Ansara dies

He played Kang in three different "Trek" series.

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Report Card: Grading the last 10 Academy Awards hosts

Report Card: Grading the last 10 Academy Awards hosts

With Ellen confirmed for next year, we size up every Oscar host of the new century

Well, AMPAS brass decided to end the speculation mercifully early this year, announcing Ellen DeGeneres as the host of next year's Academy Awards ceremony -- her second stab at one of showbiz's trickiest gigs, having first done the job to amiable effect back in 2007. And predictably enough, the news has met with a mixed response: for everyone who's happy to see DeGeneres return with her warm, non-confrontational approach, there's another (like our own Greg Ellwood) who thinks it's too conservative a choice.

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<p>Bradley&nbsp;Cooper (left) and Derek Cianfrance on the set of &quot;The Place Beyond the Pines&quot;</p>

Bradley Cooper (left) and Derek Cianfrance on the set of "The Place Beyond the Pines"

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Derek Cianfrance on the anxiety of legacy in 'The Place Beyond the Pines'

The film hits DVD/Blu-ray next week

I very rarely run a transcript/Q&A-style interview because, well, on one hand I think it's kind of lazy (not always). On the other, I'm a writer and I like to write, I like to paint a portrait of someone and use their words as tools toward those ends.

But sometimes you talk to someone whose every word you want to print, and filmmaker Derek Cianfrance is definitely one of those guys. The director of "The Place Beyond the Pines" has been making the rounds lately to discuss the film again as it heads for DVD/Blu-ray next week and so it was a great opportunity to finally see the film (I had missed it in theatrical) and talk to him about his vision for it.

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<p>The cast of &quot;Jayne Mansfield's Car.&quot;</p>

The cast of "Jayne Mansfield's Car."

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Billy Bob Thornton's ensemble drama 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' finally gets a trailer

Eighteen months after its Berlinale debut, the film hits theaters and VOD soon

Yesterday, Kris and I looked over a number of upcoming potential prestige films that, despite high-profile festival appointments, are still seeking a foothold in the distribution market. Today, coincidentally enough, a trailer has arrived that handily proves just how long the journey from a festival premiere to an actual release can be -- even for a relatively big-name project. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Billy Bob Thornton's "Jayne Mansfield's Car."

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U.S. album sales reach record lows

Can anything be done to staunch the bleeding?

Will this be the low point? U.S. album sales have hit a new low in the 22-year SoundScan era. For each of the past five weeks, total scans have been lower than 5 million, the longest stretch in SoundScan history.
Even worse, for the past two weeks, album sales hit consecutive record lows, according to Billboard. For the week ending July 21, total album sales were 4.71 million units. For the week ending July 28, they were 4.68 million.

As you know, album sales have been plummeting since 2000. While many in the industry tried to convince themselves that digital sales would make up for the falling physical sales, these numbers are sad proof that this is not the case. As CD sales continue to decline (sales are down 14.1 % so far in 2013 over 2012), digital sales are also slowing.  In the Q1 2013, digital sales were up 10.4%, but that figure slowed to 1.9% for the second quarter.

As a comparison, Billboard notes that sales dropped below 5 million for the week for the first time in 2010. That year, there were four weeks under the 5 million watermark, in 2011, two weeks; in 2012, three weeks. So far in 2013, there have been nine weeks, the last five of them in a row.

Of course, some of this can be attributed to a relatively weak summer release schedule that will heat back up in the fall with new albums from Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and more. Industry observers also cite the continuing decline in catalog album sales, which are down 8.8% from last year.

As CD sales continue to decline (sales are down 14.1 % so far in 2013 over 2012), digital sales are also slowing.  In  Q1 2013, digital sales were up 10.4%, but that figure slowed to 1.9% for the second quarter.

The larger question is how are streaming services siphoning off sales? Streaming revenue and subscribers continues to grow, although both Spotify and Pandora are losing money. Will a subscription or freemium service ever make up for the decline in sales? I can’t imagine it happening. And while Spotify likes to say it doesn’t hurt album sales, I know that I don’t buy as many albums as I used to, especially when I can stream them at the click of a mouse.

How low will they continue to go? Will we be writing stories about SoundScan numbers not reaching above 4 million for several weeks in a row this time next year?  While older consumers continue to purchase music, a recent MTV survey showed that 68% of kids thought music should be free.  As new distribution models evolve, such as Jay Z’s deal with Samsung, SoundScan may have to figure out more accurate ways to count sales (Remember, it didn’t count the 1 million copies of “Magna Carta Holy Grail” downloaded via Samsung), but even then, the numbers are still likely to plummet.

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'American Horror Story'

 'American Horror Story' 

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Press Tour: Details revealed about 'American Horror Story: Coven'

Look for historical witches and a mother-daughter relationship

It was a spellbinding panel of talent when FX presented the latest "AHS" installment, "American Horror Story: Coven." Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, and executive producer Tim Minear took the stage, being careful not to give away too much -- though that doesn't mean we didn't get a tantalizing glimpse of what to expect in season three. 

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'Sharknado' screenings sell out, prompting theaters to add more screenings

"Sharknado" screenings sell out, prompting theaters to add more screenings
Turns out the Syfy film is perfect for movie theaters. "You need full audience participation to truly appreciate a film like 'Sharknado,'" says a spokesperson for movie ticketing service Fandango.

Time Warner pulls the plug on all CBS-owned stations

Time Warner subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and other markets, as of 5 pm ET, have lost not only CBS but Showtime, TMC, Flix and the Smithsonian channel.

Kathy Bates: NBC treated "Harry's Law" like "sh*t"
"I think they treated us like s–t," the actress said today while promoting "American Horror Story: Coven." "They kicked us to the curb," she added, noting that "Harry's Law" had a lot of viewers.

"Sherlock": Watch the Season 3 teaser
John Watson has a mustache.

"Breaking Bad" Season 5 debuts on Netflix

There are nine days to catch up on the first eight episodes of the season.

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NBC dumps 'To Catch a Predator's' Chris Hansen

NBC dumps "To Catch a Predator's" Chris Hansen
Hansen had been with NBC News for 20 years, but the network opted not to renew his contract.

Seth Rogen named James Franco Roastmaster

Rogen will roast his longtime pal on Aug. 18 to air on Labor Day Weekend.

Did Raven-Symone come out?
The former "Cosby Show" kid tweeted, "I can finally get married! Yay government!" PLUS: The actress released a statement, saying she is "not currently getting married, but it is great to know I can now, should I wish to."

"Sons of Anarchy's" creator talks about a controversial scene in season premiere
"I've wanted to do that story for about three years," says Sutter. "I knew obviously it would be somewhat controversial but I feel like as much as I wouldn't do something just because it was controversial, I’m also not not going to do something because it’s controversial."

NBC teases "Parenthood's" return

"Discover what you've been missing."

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Watch: Kanye West remixes 'The Canyons' trailer with new music

Watch: Kanye West remixes 'The Canyons' trailer with new music

Also, Yeezy makes a surprise concert cameo that is off the hook: 'New Slaves'

There may be a few things that have blighted the release of director Paul Schrader's "The Canyons," including the trailer. Or maybe that's what Kanye West thought, so he and his arts company DONDA made a "Canyons" trailer remix, which includes new music from the hitmaker.

"The Canyons," starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen, was penned by West's pal Bret Easton Ellis; the "American Psycho" writer helped put together West's "American Psycho" parody promo video for his latest album "Yeezus." So this West "remix" essentially brought collaborators back together.

"The Canyons" hits theaters and iTunes VOD today. Check it out:

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