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<p>Sharni Vinson's only going to further cement her place in the horror firmament with her role in Mark Hartley's remake of 'Patrick'</p>

Sharni Vinson's only going to further cement her place in the horror firmament with her role in Mark Hartley's remake of 'Patrick'

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Review: Fantastic Fest 2013 opens with Mark Hartley's remake of the Aussie shocker 'Patrick'

Can the genre-loving documentarian make the jump to narrative features?

Mark Hartley has made two exceptional documentaries about the history of exploitation films, one called "Not Quite Hollywood" and the other called "Machete Maidens Unleashed!" The first examined the evolution of Australia's homegrown genre movies, and it was more than just a scholarly look at a list of movies. Hartley understood exactly why those films were so exciting, and he made a documentary that had the same sort of breathless energy that the films did, and he made a hell of a case for the significance of those films and those directors.

While I'm excited to see his next documentary, which will deal with the history of Canon Films, I'm equally excited about the notion that he took one of the films that he covered in "Not Quite Hollywood" and remade it. "Patrick" is one of those films that I knew by reputation more than anything, and after "Not Quite Hollywood" came out, it was one of the movies that got a US release to capitalize on its new notoriety. The original was directed by one of my favorite of the Aussies, Richard Franklin, and it's an effective movie with some smart script choices, solid performances across the board, and Franklin really knows how to screw with an audience. Released in 1978, it feels like a reaction to films like "Carrie" and "The Fury" with a comatose patient who wages a telekinetic battle against a nurse. Like "Road Games," the film seems to lean on Hitchcock at times, and that's just Franklin. There's a reason he was hired for "Psycho II," and he obviously has an enormous respect for the kind of classically built scares from a different age.

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<p>Stone Martin of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Stone Martin of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - Auditions #4

Still more auditions from Charleston and Los Angeles

Once again, thanks to FOX for coming through with a screener for tonight's "X Factor" auditions.

And also thanks to FOX for any "X Factor" episode that isn't two hours long.

Remembering that the time code for this recap will be based on screener time and not on episode time, click through for my full breakdown on Thursday's (September 19) hour.

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Mark Burnett pitching a reality show that would put the winner in space


Mark Burnett pitching a reality show that would put the winner in space
The winner would join Richard Branson on one of Virgin Galactic's first suborbital space flights.


Ken Jennings: How I'd fix NBC's confusing "Million Second Quiz"
"When I watched," he says, "it felt like they were making up rules on the fly. Mostly because they were."


Discovery gets "Gold Fever"
The makers of "The Men Who Built America" are putting out another documentary looking back at the California Gold Rush.


"The Walking Dead": Behind the scenes of Universal Studios zombie apocalypse attraction
Starting next week, visitors will be able to walk in the footsteps of the human survivors of the AMC show. PLUS: Lauren Cohan poses for Maxim.


MTV releases Miley Cyrus documentary trailer
"Miley: The Movement" airs Oct. 2.


Battle of "Seinfeld" Twitter accounts: "Modern Seinfeld" vs. "Seinfeld Current Day"
Two Twitter accounts have tried to transport "Seinfeld" to the present day. Only one succeeds.


"The Wonder Years": An appreciation of its nostalgia
Kevin Arnold & Co. seem to have a big influence on this year's crop of fall comedies.


"Breaking Bad's" Jesse Pinkman problem: Enough with the torture!
"This show has never passed up an opportunity to kick Jesse Pinkman when he's down," says Jessica Winter. "It's forever endeavoring to find new, more vigorous techniques for kicking him when he's down—through pirouettes of plot and calisthenics of character development—and new, pliant body regions to kick or, when the kicking is done, punch or stomp or split open bleeding. What horrible thing hasn’t happened to Jesse, perhaps repeatedly, over the last five seasons?" PLUS: Jesse Plemons is rooting for Walt, how Dean Norris filmed his final scene, listen to director's commentary on "Ozymandias,"  Betsy Brandt couldn't watch Hank's final moment, it took a while for Brandt to stop rooting for Walt, Badger narrates a Honey Badger video, why Walter White Apologists need to stop, Bryan Cranston says Jesse isn't such a good guy, and Hank Schrader was the "anti-anti-hero."


Blame college students for killing cable

Many of today's college students are "cord nevers" -- people who've never paid for cable and have no plans to ever do so.


Watch HBO film gay-themed "Looking" in San Francisco
The comedy about three gay friends has been likened to a gay version of "Girls."


How "The Simpsons" fixed Apple's iPhone keyboard
A 1994 episode was key in helping Apple come up with its innovative iPhone keyboard design.


In defense of this season's "Survivor" twists
Even the return of Redemption Island is a great idea.


Gilbert Gottfried to guest-program TCM

Check out his pics for next month, including "The Conversation."


Is "Once Upon a Time" taking its fans for granted?
This year's promotion leaves a lot to be desired. PLUS: Watch the Season 3 extended promo.


"The Art of War" to become an English-language TV series, thanks to China and Japan
The two countries are teaming up for a TV version of Sun Tzu's classic book.


"Ghost Projekt" graphic novel getting an NBC remake
The graphic novel follows a UN inspector and a Russian agent who've teamed up.


Julie Chen denies having a nose job

Why does her nose look different in a photo taken nearly two decades ago? Chen says it's all makeup.


Read an oral history of The Groundlings, the comedy troupe that has fed "SNL"

The L.A.-based Groundlings was the training ground for Lisa Kudrow, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Pee-wee Herman, Phil Hartman, J.J. Abrams, Kathy Griffin, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Cheri Oteri, Jon Lovitz, Chris Kattan and many others.


TV costume designers are having a big impact on fashion

Many shows regard the fashion as an extra character.


HBO rejects '60s-set "The Missionary" from Malcolm Gladwell and Mark Wahlberg
The Cold War spy drama was to be set in '60s Berlin.


Lucy and Desi: The Advertising years
"I Love Lucy's" Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz also live on in advertising for cigarettes and banking.


Is Bill Nye's "Dancing" participation bad for science?
His scientist stereotypes may turn off future scientists. PLUS: Get a gift from The Science Guy.


USA going all out for "Modern Family's" syndication debut

The nearly $10 million rollout includes a special documentary, live events with the cast and elaborate TV spots. PLUS: See Jesse Tyler Ferguson's childhood photo.


"Key & Peele" takes on "Les Mis"

The musical epic gets parodied in the season premiere.


Watch what happens when Conan updates to iOS7

Chaos ensues.


Play the "New Girl" drinking game
Take a sip every time Nick makes a face.


"Full House's" Mr. Woodchuck is now faceless
What happened to Dave Coulier's puppet?


What is Joan Rivers doing on a scooter?
Is it a PR stunt or is she having trouble getting around?


"Idol" alum Allison Iraheta to spend 1 week on "The Tonight Show"
She'll sit in with Jay Leno's band.


Watch the gag reel for "Leverage" Season 5

The TNT series' final gag reel.

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<p>Scarlett Johansson trolls for prey in Jonathan Glazer's hypnotic 'Under The Skin'</p>

Scarlett Johansson trolls for prey in Jonathan Glazer's hypnotic 'Under The Skin'

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Review: Scarlett Johansson is riveting in Jonathan Glazer's hypnotic 'Under The Skin'

It may not be to everyone's taste, but there's no other film this year like it

The first real film festival I ever attended was Sundance in 2001. I remember one of the mornings we were there, we had to get up earlier than normal to drive the hour to Park City so we could then stand in line for over an hour just on the off chance that maybe we could make it in to see a screening at 8:30 in the morning. It turned out to be well worth it, though, when we got to see the first screening of Jonathan Glazer's "Sexy Beast," which seemed to make good on the promise Glazer had shown as a filmmaker when making amazing music videos.

That was twelve years ago, and we're just now seeing Glazer's third film as a director. He seems to be one of those guys who would rather focus on something he loves than just make as many films as possible, and as a result, when he does release a new film, you can count on it being something that he sincerely means as an artist. He doesn't seem remotely interested in courting commercial favor, which must drive the money guys crazy, but as long as he can find people who are willing to pay for his dark and haunting visions, I'll happily line up to see them.

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<p>Cate Blanchett at this week's UK premiere of &quot;Blue Jasmine.&quot;</p>

Cate Blanchett at this week's UK premiere of "Blue Jasmine."

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Cate Blanchett to make her directorial debut with 'The Dinner'

Oren Moverman will write the new adaptation of Herman Koch's bestseller

Cate Blanchett's superb, sure-to-be-Oscar-nominated performance in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" this summer marked a return of sorts to the big screen. She never went away, exactly, but her recent, sparse run of secondary and supporting roles (in the likes of "Hanna" and "Robin Hood") was a clear indication that the bulk of her attention was elsewhere -- at the Sydney Theater Company, to be precise, where she has acted as an artistic director for the last five years.  

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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Did 'Big Brother''s final three all deserve to be fired?

Andy, GinaMarie and Spencer all got the boot

It seems the fallout continues from the racist, homophobic and generally offensive comments made inside the "Big Brother" house this season. Now we know that not only have finalists Spencer and GinaMarie lost their jobs for the slurs they made (jury member Aaryn was also canned from her modeling agency), but so has the inoffensive Andy. Yes, Andy [warning: spoilers ahead].

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<p>Here's where Scarlett Johansson tries to figure out why I seem to have developed a stutter while trying to say the word 'porn' in front of her.</p>

Here's where Scarlett Johansson tries to figure out why I seem to have developed a stutter while trying to say the word 'porn' in front of her.

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Scarlett Johansson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the roles of love and porn in 'Don Jon'

The two stars discuss the big idea behind their new romantic comedy

I'm not entirely sure how I managed to broach the subject of porn during a conversation with Scarlett Johansson without the authorities becoming involved, but it all seems to have worked out in the end.

I hate the term "romantic comedy," because nine times out of ten, the films described with that term are neither romantic nor particularly funny. I have written before about how I feel like most studio "romantic" films sell a disturbing idea of adult relationships, and many of the characters in these films seem to have been dropped onto the Earth from somewhere else, completely untaught in the ways normal human beings behave.

"Don Jon," which was both written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, seems inordinately wise about human behavior, and in particular, I was struck by the way the film draws a direct parallel between the porn that Jon (Gordon-Levitt) watches non-stop and the romantic comedies that Barbara (Johansson) invests in so fully. In both cases, the film argues, the person who watches is giving themselves unrealistic expectations, and they use the entertainment in place of real life instead of working to find something genuine that will fulfill them.

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<p>'Go ahead... tell me again that you didn't like the end of 'Lost'. I&nbsp;dare you.'</p>

'Go ahead... tell me again that you didn't like the end of 'Lost'. I dare you.'

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Review: Affectionate Jim Thompson homage 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' is criminally good

Small-scale noir story still manages to pack a solid punch

The last film I saw at this year's Toronto Film Festival is also set to play Fantastic Fest in Austin, with the first screening set for this coming Sunday night. While a festival like Toronto is packed with so many giant titles that are given full publicity pushes by the studios releasing them, frequently drowning out anything anyone might write about smaller films, Fantastic Fest seems devoted to finding and showcasing the small gems. I expect "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" will do very well there, and I hope a canny distributor picks up this smart, brutal neo-noir, because it deserves an audience.

Written by Dutch Southern and directed by Simon and Zeke Hawkins, "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" tells a very familiar story in terms of the broad strokes. Sue (Mackenzie Davis) and B.J. (Logan Huffman) are a couple, which puts Bobby (Jeremy Allen White) in a tough spot. He's best friends with B.J., but he is madly in love with Sue. They all live in a very small Texas town, which means there's not a lot they can do to entertain themselves, leaving plenty of time for bad ideas. Both Bobby and Sue plan to leave for college just as soon as they can, and B.J. is starting to realize he's going to get left behind. One weekend, just for kicks, B.J. steals a fat stack of cash from the safe of Giff (Mark Pellegrino), the guy he and Bobby work for, and that sets off a chain of events that could destroy the fragile peace that they've all been working so hard to maintain.

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<p>Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos in &quot;Blue is the Warmest Color.&quot;</p>

Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos in "Blue is the Warmest Color."

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Palme d'Or winner 'Blue is the Warmest Color' gets a US trailer

The French romantic drama opens on October 25

It's been four months since I saw Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color" at Cannes -- whereupon it became, as it did for an awful lot of people, my favorite film of the festival. (Steven Spielberg's jury, of course, agreed.) The film's been burning pretty brightly in my mind ever since, but this expertly constructed US trailer brought that much more of it flooding back. Sundance Selects are taking a smart approach here, selling the film on evocative fragments of sound and image, and allowing viewers to find its raw emotional and physicals details for themselves.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus reflects on James Gandolfini and 'Enough Said'

Julia Louis-Dreyfus reflects on James Gandolfini and 'Enough Said'

Prestige dramedy off to a great start in limited release

Proving that positive reviews continue to have relevance in art house and limited releases, "Enough Said" debuted on four screens Wednesday to a strong $27,734 and $6,934 average. That midweek opening has to be very encouraging news for Fox Searchlight. The studio pushed up the release of the dramedy to September in hopes of taking advantage of a dearth in new prestige fare before a slew of awards season contenders hit theaters in October.  While director Nicole Holofcener certainly has her fans, it's the rave reviews from outlets such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Village Voice that will help drive a higher than expected five-day take. And, sadly, interest in seeing one of the last performances of the late, great James Gandolfini.

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Who will play Johnny Carson -- Steve Carell, Kevin Spacey or John Slattery?


Who will play Johnny Carson -- Steve Carell, Kevin Spacey or John Slattery?

"The Late Shift" author Bill Carter says those are some of the early names for the NBC miniseries, along with James Marsden, Greg Kinnear and David Hyde Pierce.


Emmy spoilers revealed
How will Neil Patrick Harris open Sunday's ceremony? PLUS: Final group of Emmy presenters announced, including Jimmy Fallon and Mindy Kaling.


"Community" celebrates "0 Emmy Nominations"
Check out the banner outside "Community's" Paramount Studios soundstage.


"Game of Thrones" visits "Sesame Street"
Watch Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey with the "Sesame" puppets.


TNT orders Steven Bochco's "Murder in the First" starring Taye Diggs

Diggs will play a San Francisco homicide detective in a series that follows one case over 10 episodes.


Fox buys hip-hop drama from "Lee Daniels' The Butler" team
Daniels and his "Butler" writer, Danny Strong, are behind the project, along with Brian Grazer.


See Kristen Bell on "Parks and Rec"
Here's the first look at Ingrid de Forest, the Leslie Knope of Eagleton. PLUS: Amy Poehler doesn't want Rashida Jones to leave.


Watch "The Good Wife's" Season 5 promo
"I'm in."


"Leverage's" Beth Riesgraf lands on "Killer Women"
She'll guest star on the ABC drama's 2nd episode.

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<p>Even if you're not crazy about the 3D, the clarity of the IMAX presentation of 'Wizard Of Oz' is dazzling, and a must-see for fans of the classic.</p>

Even if you're not crazy about the 3D, the clarity of the IMAX presentation of 'Wizard Of Oz' is dazzling, and a must-see for fans of the classic.

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The renovated Chinese Theater showcases 'Wizard Of Oz' in 3D and IMAX

How does the new theater hold up after being reworked so completely?

Los Angeles has a shockingly bad track record when it comes to protecting its own history, especially when it comes to the grand movie palaces that were built to worship the movies that drive everything else in the city. You would think that if there is anyplace on Earth where theaters would be treated as important historical landmarks, it would be LA, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Even since I moved here in 1990, I've seen major changes, and few of them have been for the better. The Avco Theater in Westwood was used for years as a proof-of-concept house for pretty much every major breakthrough that Dolby made, so it was the first house anywhere with Dolby Stereo, the first house anywhere with Dolby surround, the first house anywhere to use Dolby Digital. Seeing "Jurassic Park" there in 1993, it was definitely the best sound out of any of the big LA engagements, and for some reason, not long after that, Avco cut the giant historic downstairs auditorium in half, creating two smaller theaters that both tilt towards what used to be the center of a giant curved screens. It was so wrong headed that it didn't surprise me when the theater finally closed completely. The National is gone now, despite that being a great house that could have used some renovation instead of just shuttering the place completely.

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