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Google is working on an online pay TV service

Google is working on an online pay TV service
Google has been talking to media companies about licensing their channels for a new service that would compete with satellite and cable TV.

Lea Michele is grieving alongside Cory Monteith's family
"They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together," the "Glee" star's rep said in a new statement.

Ellie Kemper to guest on "HIMYM"
"The Office" alum will appear in one episode as a wedding  guest at Barney and Robin's wedding.

"Secret Life of the American Teenager" star going topless
Shailene Woodley, 21, is baring her body for Interview magazine.

"Game of Thrones" reveals Season 4 directors
Creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss will direct the season premiere.

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<p>Nicolas Winding Refn and Cliff Martinez</p>

Nicolas Winding Refn and Cliff Martinez

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'Only God Forgives' director Nicolas Refn-Winding's next projects: An ad and a horror

Cliff Martinez also 'driving' a Grey Goose ad

AUSTIN - Composer Cliff Martinez and director Nicolas Winding Refn have one of the hottest non-romantic relationships in Hollywood, yielding spectacular results from their two recent feature collaborations, on "Drive" and "Only God Forgives." Their next endeavors together may make the bond even stronger.

Speaking to HitFix during press time for "Only God Forgives" -- out later this week -- Refn and Martinez revealed that they've worked on a Grey Goose commercial together. And Refn has a horror film among his "irons in the fire."

"Monogamy has its advantages. There's a creative telepathy. There are things he doesn't have to tell me, and I know his likes and dislikes, and as you work with someone repeatedly as we have, you're ale to go a little deeper each time," Martinez said. "And now we're doing a vodka commercial together."

"Oh, yeah, I sold out," Refn said after some chiding."I discovered I could go on making the films I want to make and make a good living by making commercials," having completed some fashion spots for houses like Gucci.

"I don't do things for money unless it's a lot of money," Martinez said as he smiled.

"But you like vodka," Refn said.

"I do like vodka. There's a concentration of short form of commercials..."

"They're home movies, small movies."

"He shoots a mean commercial," Martinez said, pointing to cohort. "This vodka commercial is every bit as stunning as film. I like that everything you have to say is in 30-60 seconds. It tells a big story in small amount of time."

The two didn't say when to expect the Grey Goose spot, but Refn went on to discuss what else he has planned after promoting "Only God Forgives." He briefly mentioned his "Barbarella" remake, but seemed even more eager to discuss a visual he's had in mind, for female-centric horror film.

"I like women a lot. I like to shoot women a lot..." A moment's pause. "Visually."

"I would like to do a horror movie. Men are less, women are more. I like women and I'd like to do something with sex, but not having it -- sex. Women all tied up in high heels. And that excites me, I think."

I asked the pair what exactly the horror premise would be. Refn shrugged in slow motion. I asked, at least, what color would the heels be. Another long pause.

"Nine inches." Martinez said. Refn laughed and nodded.

"I just thought it could be fun to do a horror movie and with just do women in it. I think I've done a lot with violent men. I loved working with [Kristin Scott Thomas]. I loved Carey [Mulligan] in 'Drive.'"

Is it about violent women?

"The whole idea of 'Only God Forgives' is to make a movie that takes place inside the womb of a woman. That's the mystery of life. And i wanted to make a movie of what it would be like living there [in the womb] and trying to survive," Refn said. "I'm still in the womb, and I would like to be born out of it and into the world of only women."

Martinez interjects with a little creative telepathy. "Maybe it can be a sequel. 'Only Drive Forgives.'"

"Only God Forgives" is out on Friday.

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Album review: Pet Shop Boys' 'Electric' sparks with intensity
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Album review: Pet Shop Boys' 'Electric' sparks with intensity

What are they doing covering Bruce Springsteen?

After last year’s  introspective “Elysium,” Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant return with “Electric,” an aggressively dance-oriented album of eight originals and one very interesting cover. This is an album to thump, not think, your way through.

The album marks the first time PSB have worked on a studio album with producer Stuart Price, best known for his work with Madonna and The Killers. Price has talked about combining “Old school synth and drum machine programming and new school computer mangling” for the album. That intent is clear from the the album’s opener, "Axis." An instrumental with a relentless rat-a-tat that looks back (think Herbie Hancock’s “Rocket”) and to the future at the same time.

“You don’t know you could own me,”  Tennant repeats over and over as “Bolshy” builds and builds to the breaking point. “Where you lead, my heart will go.”  The romance, or lack of, continues with the third cut.  Could anyone but the two intellectual dance boys from the U.K. get away with a pretentious title like “Love Is A Bourgeois Construct” and still have you dancing? The track combines the best of vintage PSB with a playfulness that’s irresistible. Awash in synths and ringing bells, Tennant declares he’s giving up on love. “It’s a blatant fallacy,” he opines over a persistent clang and and a rock bed that actually recalls Asia at times.

The whole exercise is by turns breathless and hypnotic (“Flourescent”) and melodically intoxicating (“Thursday” featuring Element). Remarkably, for a duo in its fourth decade, the sense of freshness the pair brings to the project is its greatest asset. Even when the subject matter isn’t sunny, there’s an inviting bounciness on every track.

And about that cover: Tennant and Lowe take on Bruce Springsteen’s anti-war song, “The Last To Die” and, against all odds, it works. Go figure.The bed of beats only adds to the urgency of the lyrics about both a traditional war and a domestic one.

This is the Pet Shop Boys' first album after coming out of a long relationship with Parlephone and they chose to release it on their own label, x2. Maybe the joyous noise is the sense of freedom, but however it was created, it's welcome.

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Cory Monteith died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol

Cory Monteith died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol
The coroner's office said the 31-year-old actor "died of a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol," adding: "There is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith's death was anything other than a most-tragic accident."

James Franco to guest on "The Mindy Project"
He'll play a doctor on the first two episodes of the season.

Nathan Fillion's contract dispute forces "Castle" to shut down for 1 day
The actor was a no-show today and is pushing for a four-day work week.

"Psych" books Tom Arnold
He'll guest as a paranormal police consultant.

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ABC unveils fall premiere dates

ABC unveils fall premiere dates
"Grey's Anatomy" returns with a two-hour season premiere, "Modern Family" with a one-hour premiere and we'll have to wait till Oct. 3 for "Scandal."

Danny McBride OK after "Eastbound & Down" roller skating mishap
McBride didn't suffer any serious injuries after slipping and falling, but he was sent to the hospital.

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<p>Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston may be smiling here, but their work in 'The Conjuring' is no laughing matter</p>

Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston may be smiling here, but their work in 'The Conjuring' is no laughing matter

Credit: HitFix

Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor discuss building a family in James Wan's 'The Conjuring'

You need actors this good to ground a movie this scary

Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor aren't really the first names that would leap to mind if you asked me to name horror stars, but that's precisely what makes them such potent casting in James Wan's terrifying "The Conjuring," which opens this Friday.

We held a special screening of the film a few weeks back, and Ron was good enough to come do the Q&A with me after the film. He's a great spokesman for the film and a really easy interview, all things considered. I think of Ron as one of those great utility actors, a guy you can plug in anywhere who will give you a grounded, honest performance. He's having a particularly great summer, though, between this and his work in Joe Swanberg's wise and well-observed "Drinking Buddies," and it's great talking to someone as they're in the middle of a completely deserved victory lap.

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<p>John&nbsp;Lithgow at the 2010 Primetime Emmy&nbsp;Awards</p>

John Lithgow at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards

Credit: AP Photo

John Lithgow joins the cast of Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

Yet another awesome ensemble has taken shape

The cast of Christopher Nolan's upcoming "Insterstellar" is, well, stellar. There are a handful of amazing ensembles out there these days, from "12 Years a Slave" to "Out of the Furnace," but this one is just jam-packed with prestige, movie stardom and just about anything you'd want out of a cast. And now we can add John Lithgow to the ever-expanding list.

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<p>Hugh&nbsp;Jackman in &quot;The Wolverine&quot;</p>

Hugh Jackman in "The Wolverine"

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Lucky 7: Seven actors who played the same role at least seven times

Hugh Jackman joins a select group with the upcoming 'Days of Future Past'

Comic-Con is on the way but I'm skipping out on San Diego entirely this year for various reasons -- none of them unfortunate. Meanwhile, James Mangold's "The Wolverine," one of at least 10 comic book adaptations hitting screens this year, is right around the corner.

The new film will be Hugh Jackman's sixth as the mutant Logan/Wolverine after "X-Men" (2000), "X2" (2003), "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006), "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (2009) and "X-Men: First Class" (2011). Not only that, but next year's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" will bring him into the rare air of a seventh portrayal, and as he told HitFix's Drew McWeeny in a recent interview, the actor is "not ready to give him up just yet."

All of this got me thinking: Who else has played a character seven times?

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Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman

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Cloris Leachman talks Emmys, tire irons, Peter Pan and 'Raising Hope'

The Emmy winner could be headed for a tenth win

I hesitated before deciding to interview Cloris Leachman. Of course, her resume is intimidatingly impressive. The "Raising Hope" star has won an Oscar (for "The Last Picture Show") and nine Emmys (eight primetime, one daytime). She has played some of the most memorable roles in recent memory, including Phyllis on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and Frau Blucher in the film "Young Frankenstein." She's been the oldest contestant on "Dancing with the Stars," and heck, she even competed in the Miss America pageant (she was Miss Chicago). But her credits weren't what almost deterred me.

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Vancouver police: There's nothing to indicate Cory Monteith's death was due to illicit drug use

Vancouver police: There's nothing to indicate Cory Monteith's death was due to illicit drug use
It will take several days for toxicology results to come in. PLUS: Monteith reportedly led a double life.

"The Glee Project" officially canceled

Fox says the cancelation after two seasons has nothing to do with Cory Monteith's death.

PBS hints "Where In The World is Carmen Sandiego?" is coming back
See the clue dropped on the PBS Tumblr.

Whitney Cummings tears up as she recalls the "negative backlash" to her TV success

She tells Howard Stern that a lot of comics hated her when she had a bunch of TV shows on air.

"Saved by the Bell" musical is coming to NYC's Off-Broadway

"Bayside! The Musical!" describes itself as "the unauthorized musical parody of TV’s 'Saved By The Bell.'"

"Billy on the Street" renewed
Billy Eichner's Fuse series will be back next year.

Liev Schreiber to narrate PBS' comic book documentary
He'll also host "Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle."

Conan O'Brien will get a temporary sidekick when Andy Richter tapes his game show pilot

Jimmy Pardo, Conan's warm-up comedian, will fill in for Richter while he's away.

"Heroes" is coming back as a comic book
The new comic will tell the unofficial "Season 5" story of the canceled NBC series.

CW reviving magic show "Masters of Illusion"

The former MyNetworkTV show aired for three seasons.

Watch the "Teen Mom 3" trailer
Featuring four brand-new teen moms.

"King of the Hill's" "Principal Moss" dies

Actor Dennis Burkley was 67.

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Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn

Credit: Lifetime

Tim Gunn talks about the big changes to his role on 'Project Runway'

The mentor has a new role and can save a lucky designer - once

Even more than watching the clothes swish down the catwalk on "Project Runway," I love watching mentor extraordinaire Tim Gunn do this thing. When the show returns on Thurs. (July 18, 9:00 p.m. on Lifetime), the good news is that we'll be getting even more Gunn than before. This time around, his role is expanded -- not only does he present the models to the judges, he gets to talk to them about what he saw in the workroom. Plus, Gunn gets the chance to save a designer from elimination -- though this is a once-a-season opportunity. Gunn spoke to reporters in a conference call this week about his new job, whether or not he exercised his "save" -- and the first episode scandal over one model walking the runway showing enough skin to require pixelation.

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<p>The eponymous space station of &quot;Elysium,&quot;&nbsp;inspired in part by the work of Syd Mead</p>

The eponymous space station of "Elysium," inspired in part by the work of Syd Mead

Credit: Sony Pictures

On 'Elysium,' Syd Mead and science-fiction production design at the Oscars

It's far too rare that the genre is recognized by the designers branch

I'm pretty well stoked for Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium," which looks to put a bow on the summer spectacle season next month. And with Comic-Con around the corner, I'm reminded of that first screening of "District 9" four years ago and how much of a knock-out the experience was. I'm still shocked it managed to navigate the season and end up with Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay nominations. It's such an anomaly to me for that, even in an expanded Best Picture scenario.

Will "Elysium" be so fortunate? Time will tell. Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, it certainly has more A-list talent on board to get AMPAS members to take notice. Or it could just be another fantastic entry in sci-fi cinema, which has of late become mired in the same high-gloss franchise-mongering that manages to ruin just about everything. And that would be fine, too.

Over at Wired, Mark Yarm has cranked out a wonderful profile of Blomkamp in advance of the film's release. It's a thorough consideration of the young filmmaker, tracing his relationship with actor Sharlto Copley, his eventual partnership with Peter Jackson and the failed "Halo" project, the complete opposite mentality that went into "District 9" and "Elysium"'s likely place in a socio-political conversation. What caught my eye, though, was the involvement of futurist designer Syd Mead in the project. Sue me, I wasn't aware.

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