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AMPAS approves new branch for casting directors

That brings the organization up to 17 branches

The Academy's Board of Governors has announced the creation of a new branch for casting directors, who began to be invited to Academy membership more than 30 years ago, many of them admitted as Members-at-Large. The decision was approved at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, July 30, which saw Cheryl Boone Isaacs nominated president of the Academy.

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<p>2012 Gotham Awards&nbsp;Afterparty at Andaz Wall Street</p>

2012 Gotham Awards Afterparty at Andaz Wall Street

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IFP sets 2013 Gotham Awards date and adds a few more categories

Last year's winners included 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' and 'Moonrise Kingdom'

The Independent Filmmaker Project has announced that the first true film awards show of the season, the Gotham Awards, will be held this year on Dec. 2. Not only that but a couple of new categories have been added to the mix.

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Nick Cannon reviving 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'

Nick Cannon reviving "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"
Cannon will take on the Robin Leach role when he reboots "Lifestyles" for the Style network.

"Glee" cast returns to work on Monday
Naya Rivera confirmed the return date during an appearance last night on Jimmy Kimmel. PLUS: Lea Michele wears a "Cory" necklace.

Danny Trejo joins Geroge Lopez's FX comedy

Trejo, most recently seen on "Sons of Anarchy," will play Lopez's Uncle Tio on "Saint George."

TLC announces "The Man With the 132 lb. Scrotum"
The British TV special follows Las Vegas resident Wesley Warren Jr., who has a medical condition that gives him a humongous scrotum -- watch the trailer.

Betsy Brandt was shocked to see her "Breaking Bad" hubby on "Under the Dome"

"At first I was like, 'What are you doing?'" she said to Dean Norris during the NY Times' "Breaking Bad" panel. "It felt like you were cheating on me...It was difficult. I was like, 'Stop that. Stop that right now."

Paul Giamatti and FX are teaming on an abolitionist limited series
The project will focus on John Brown and his raid on Harper's Ferry.

Teresa Giudice's attorney: She's being targeted because of her celebrity
"The government frequently targets high-profile people to draw attention to their prosecutorial efforts," says her lawyer, Henry Klingeman. "It's especially happening here." PLUS: Joe Giudice smacks a camera outside of court.

"The Soup" is going live for the 1st time for Episode 500
Joel McHale will do two different live shows, one for each coast.

Seth Meyers says he won't leave "SNL" until just before his "Late Night" gig starts
Does that mean he'll be on Weekend Update in 2014?

ABC renews "Celebrity Wife Swap"

Season 3 should air next year.

Adam Brody tackles "The O.C." questions on "Watch What Happens Live"
The Fox series is about to turn 10. It premiered Aug. 5, 2003.

Donald Glover releases a new Childish Gambino video teaser

This is why he's cutting down on "Community."

Watch an homage to "The Arsenio Hall Show"

Paul Scheer's "ArScheerio Paul Show" features Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Max Greenfield and others as famous '90s pop-culture celebrities.

More on CNBC's "scam artist handicapper" reality star

Steve Stevens, AKA Darin Notaro, is a convicted felon.

"Girls" gives Hannah a new co-worker

Amir Arison will appear in a multi-episode arc.

"Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." adding a "Ghost Whisperer" alum

David Conrad will recur on the ABC series.

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<p>David&nbsp;O.&nbsp;Russell promotes &quot;American Hustle&quot;&nbsp;on Good Morning America</p>

David O. Russell promotes "American Hustle" on Good Morning America

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David O. Russell brings the trailer for 'American Hustle' to Good Morning America

ABSCAM-inspired romp hits theaters in December

Well, you don't see this too often. Eschewing the usual Apple/Yahoo!/MSN launching pads, Sony premiered the trailer for David O. Russell's "American Hustle" on ABC's Good Morning America earlier today, with Russell on hand to talk about the movie.

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Obama to visit Jay Leno next week

Obama to visit Jay Leno next week
The president will stop by "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday for his first late-night talk show appearance since winning a 2nd term.

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Emmy Awards is trying to figure out a special Cory Monteith tribute

Emmy Awards is trying to figure out a special Cory Monteith tribute
The award show's producer says he feels pressure to find a way to honor the late "Glee" star. Monteith will likely get a tribute separate from the "In Memoriam" segment.

Jeffrey Tambor to visit "Raising Hope"

He'll enter the lives of the Chance family.

"Sharknado" merchandise going on sale

They include costumes, bags and games.

Nigella Lawson granted a quickie divorce
The TV chef's divorce was granted today after a 70-second hearing.

"MasterChef" star arrested after trying to beat up a Chicago cop

It took five police officers to take down former finalist Josh Marks.

France's "Survivor" will return following a contestant's death
"Koh-Lanta" will air an all-star edition next year.

"Community" releases a Greendale recruitment video
Starring Dean Pelton.

ABC taps "Flight" star Kelly Reilly for "The Black Box"

The British actress will play a mentally ill world-renowned neuroscientist in the ABC limited series.

Amanda Seyfried brings her dog on Letterman to do a Stupid Pet Trick
Watch Seyfried perform a trick her cute dog, Finn.

"Parks and Rec" wraps in London: See more pics
It's tourist Ron Swanson.

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Report: Simon Cowell is becoming a dad after getting his friend's wife pregnant

Report: Simon Cowell is becoming a dad after getting his friend's wife pregnant
Us Weekly reports that New York socialite Lauren Silverman is pregnant with Cowell's baby. Silverman is estranged from her husband.

Joy Behar didn't cry while taping her final "View" in advance

Behar's final day was taped Tuesday to air Aug. 9.

Watch Dan Aykroyd's epic "Late Night" entrance

It started with Aykroyd reviving his Blues Brothers persona.

Larry David tells Jimmy Kimmel: I canceled on you 1 year ago because I killed on another talk show

The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star explained that he couldn't kill in back-to-back talk show appearances. David also explained how "I love to get fired," and the two tried to reenact "Curb." PLUS: Adam Carolla says Kimmel will be "The New King of Late Night" for the next 20 years.

"Duck Dynasty" coming to British TV

Soon, UK viewers will be able to see what all the fuss is about.

"Idol" champ Kris Allen becomes a dad

He tweeted: "Happy Day!!!! My little stud was born today. Oliver is here people!"

Autumn Reeser is pregnant

The former "O.C." and "Last Resort" star is expecting her 2nd son.

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<p>Cheryl Boone Isaacs.</p>

Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs makes history as Academy's new president

She replaces Howard Koch

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences made history Tuesday night by electing its first African-American president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. The marketing and publicity veteran replaces Howard "Hawk" Koch who served one eventful year-long term. Isaacs is only the third woman to hold the position and the first since Fay Canin was president between 1979 and 1981.

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

Credit: Fox

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: The top 12 are chosen

After the dancers talk about their first performances, two dancers are cut

By the end of this episode, we'll be down to twelve dancers, which doesn't seem like a lot, does it? The good part about fewer dancers, however, is the opening number looks less like a riot out of "World War Z" and more like, well, dancing. And when the opening number is choreographed by Sonya Tayeh and Dmitry Chaplin? Well, then it really, really looks like dancing. 

Less smoke! But otherwise, this opener is a fabulous piece. I love the use of the stage, especially because we don't just see the dancers cycle through solos while everyone else performs in unison (and really, haven't we seen that enough already?). There's an architectural element to this that's really remarkable. And was that Malece on the swing? Loved it!

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The Flash will appear in 3 'Arrow' episodes before getting spun off

The Flash will appear in 3 "Arrow" episodes before getting spun off

The origin story of The Flash's Barry Allen will be told in the 8th, 9th and 20th episodes of the season.

Men love watching "Naked and Afraid"
The Discovery Channel reality show was No. 1 among males in the 25-54 and 18-49 demo on Sunday.

Which "Dexter" character merits a spinoff?
Many of "Dexter's" supporting characters haven't been particular strong.

David Boreanaz pitched a "Bones" cameo while hanging with Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr.
Prinze's guest spot came out of a poolside conversation, Gellar reveals.

Peek inside NYC's "Breaking Bad" museum exhibit

The small Museum Of The Moving Image exhibit features everything from Walter White's tighty whities to the pink bear that fell out of the sky. PLUS: Season 5, Part 1 could hit Netflix on Friday, Walter & Jesse get plush toys, go inside the writers' room, and who is Bryan Cranston?

CNBC sports betting reality show accused of being a fraud

Apparently nobody in Las Vegas has heard of Steve Stevens, the recently announced star of "Money Talks."

"Grey's Anatomy's" Sarah Ramirez joins Twitter

"You asked! Here she is!" says Shonda Rhimes.

"Masters of Sex" nudity stopped bothering the cast, eventually

"I never thought I would get so used to a naked woman in front of me, masturbating with a glass dildo," says Michael Sheen, who plays sex research pioneer William Masters.

Shark Week expecting a "Sharknado" bump

Says a Discovery exec: "Trust me, if you’re hearing people talk about it, we're talking about it as well."

Michael B. Jordan: I'm developing a basketball-themed show set in Detroit
The "Fruitvale Station" star and alum of "The Wire" and "Friday Night Lights" asked
ESPN's Bill Simmons
, "Why don't you produce one of my TV shows I've been working on?"

Watch Fox News' Shepard Smith rant about "True Blood"
See how he tied the HBO drama to the Royal Baby.

Check out famous movie directors and their forgotten TV projects
Woody Allen and Orson Welles are among those who dabbled in television.

Lifetime orders "Unreal" from Marti Noxon

The "Buffy" fave will helm a drama pilot going behind the scenes of a reality dating show.

Can CW survive without Netflix?
The Netflix model is "sorta" keeping the CW alive, but CW chief Mark Pedowitz says there are other options should Netflix and CW part ways.

"The Borgias" fans fly a plane over the TV press tour
Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins responded to the stunt by saying: "I feel bad about the money being spent."

Showtime's "Time of Death" will show terminally ill people in their final moments
Entertainment president David Nevins says of the documentary series: "This is not an easy show, but it is a subject I've always wanted to be able to explore in detail. And I know it will make for a powerful and compelling viewing experience."

"Raising Hope" getting syndicated
More than 140 markets have bought the Fox comedy for its syndication debut in 2014.

Kristen Bell not worried about getting back her pre-baby body
"I refused to worry about something I could not change, and I still refuse," says the "Veronica Mars" star in Redbook magazine. PLUS: Enrico Colantoni joins a Canadian medical drama.

"Orange is the New Black's" Crazy Eyes explains how she makes her eyes crazy
"When she's serious about anything—whether it's love or hate —it's all about her eyes," says actress Uzo Aduba. "If she's in love they get big. And if she's in hate they get really still and really focused and there's no movement at all." PLUS: Taryn Manning on being typecast as a crackhead.

Here's "New Girl's" poster for Season 3

Go behind-the-scenes of the photo shoot.

"The Originals'" vamps vs. "Vampire Diaries" vamps
Exec producer Julie Plec says the spinoff will feature more mature vampires. "'Originals' is a show that is not about struggling as a vampire, but reveling in it. It's about embracing vampirism," she says.

Watch the trailer for "Heroes of Cosplay"
The Syfy reality show debuts Aug. 13.

Cookie Monster tweets poetry

The "Sesame Street" star paid homage to William Carlos Williams.

See "Downton Abbey's" new servants, in costume

Here's Nigel Harman and Raquel Cassidy on set.

More ESPN woes: Ratings were down in July, too
The bad ratings news comes after ratings were down in the 2nd quarter.

Should "Dexter" have used "Lost's song"?
Why no other show should use Mama Cass' "Make Your Own Kind of Music."

Check out the 2nd "Simpsons" movie reference supercut

From Seasons 6 through 10.

Can "Falling Skies" overcome this frustrating season?
A revamped writing staff could save the Noah Wyle drama.

"Game of Thrones" star Joe Dempsie recalls his "Skins" past
"I think the fact that so many of the actors have gone on to do so many great things is probably the most satisfying part of the show's legacy," says Dempsie, who plays Gendry on the HBO drama.

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<p>Luminita Gheorghiu in &quot;Child's Pose.&quot;</p>

Luminita Gheorghiu in "Child's Pose."

Credit: Parada Film

The foreign Oscar race officially kicks off, as Romania enters 'Child's Pose'

Calin Peter Netzer's Berlinale Golden Bear winner was a unanimous selection

Well, the race is on. Officially, at any rate. We've been waiting for one country to open the floodgates on submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the deadline for which is almost exactly two months away, on October 1. It can be hard to keep pace with the process -- last year, a record 71 countries entered the race. But things have kicked off this year with an auspicious entry: Calin Peter Netzer's "Child's Pose," which THR reports was announced today as Romania's official submission.

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<p>Maggie Carey</p>

Maggie Carey

Watch: Director Maggie Carey talks 'To Do List,' John Hughes and the female orgasm

'Maggie, are you ever gonna make a movie we want to see?'

SAN DIEGO - "'Maggie, are you ever gonna make a movie we want to see?'"

"The To Do List" director Maggie Carey was talking about her parents, and their reaction to her describing her new film.

"And I said 'Probably not.' They wish I made a Ken Burns style documentary.'"

Carey used the term "earnest" over and over again as we discussed her very funny new film, which stars Aubrey Plaza as overachieving teenaged girl Brandy who is curious about sex. Like all other things in her life, everything's a goal to cross off of a literal list, even the vaunted "first time" of getting lucky.

"[Firsts] are always so awkward as a teenager, and there's an inherent humor about that," Carey said. "That's what's fun about the point of view on the film, is that you don't normally see an overachieving girl like this trying to tackle something that should be more... organic."

And precisely because the POV is female is also what makes "To Do" worth doing. Viewers are used to watching total squares trying to have their first sexual experience, but they're typically male. We've also got the backdrop of John Hughes' coming-of-agers like "16 Candles," which Carey loves. Her 1993-set "frank, honest" film doesn't look, sound or feel like those, because frankly and honestly, blowjobs, handjobs, masturbation, premature ejaculation, anal sex, car sex and the female orgasm are literally the touchstones of Brandy's own "coming of age" (no pun intended).

What age Brandy is arriving at is central to its plot. Her transition from high school to college is about experience, but also about the journey from getting laid to getting properly laid. It's not a perspective Carey sees much in movies today in part because it takes an amount of maturity and a lifting of male-female "double standards" to tell the story.

"[Brandy] is also 18," Carey said, noting that her heroine knows about condoms and birth control. "She's always in control, she's never taken advantage of."

Check out the rest of our interview, on hip-hop, college radio and pop in the era; Andy Samberg's grunge guy and her low, low budget; how sexual "firsts" are like war stories; ironing Grateful Dead t-shirts; her crush on Eddie Vedder; and how Aubrey Plaza's character is about to get awesome.

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