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Republicans vote to ban CNN and NBC from hosting the presidential primary debates

Republicans vote to ban CNN and NBC from hosting the presidential primary debates
The Republican National Committee is upset by the two networks making separate Hillary Clinton TV specials.

Asian American media watchdog urges Fox to reshoot the "racist" scenes on "Dads"

"Our community can't continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes," says the head of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans.

"Glee" releases its 1st Season 5 promo

As expected, there is no hint of Cory Monteith's passing.

Time Warner's CBS blackout could last until the NFL season begins

That means three more weeks without CBS programming.

Oprah has a slap-worthy debut on "Watch What Happens Live"

Watch her reenact a powerful scene from her new "Butler" movie.

ESPN wanted to give Seth Meyers a late-night show
In fact, it was Meyers' getting the "Late Night" gig that paved the way for Keith Olbermann to get his own late-night show. ESPN was interested in the "SNL" star after he successfully hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPYs.

FXX kicks off with a "Parks and Rec" Labor Day marathon
It'll be all "Parks" all day for the Sept. 2 "Treat Yo' Self" marathon.

TV Land orders "Younger" from Darren Starr

The "Sex and the City" creator is making a comedy about a suddenly single 40-something New Jersey mother.

Watch a preview of Regis Philbin's new Fox Sports 1 talk show
"Crowd Goes Wild" will go up against ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption."

John Oliver gets a proper "Daily Show" sendoff
Current and former correspondents said goodbye to Oliver the only way they know how: "Whatever power you thought you had ends in about six minutes," said Samantha Bee. PLUS: Oliver has become a "solid piece of manpower" at Comedy Central's disposal.

"Degrassi" shocker

Why did one cast member exit?

3 ABC Family shows are getting their own clothing line
The Crush by ABC Family collection will feature apparel from the cable network's three highest-rated shows: "The Fosters," "Switched at Birth" and "Twisted."

Watch a 3-minute "Game of Thrones" deleted scene with Tyrion Lannister
This footage was originally released at Comic-Con. PLUS: HBO star Jeff Garlin was very upset by the Red Wedding.

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Oscar Talk: 2013 so far, fall festival preview and a look to the season ahead

Oscar Talk: 2013 so far, fall festival preview and a look to the season ahead

Our first podcast of the season dives deep

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is broadcast in special installments throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

On the docket today…

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<p>Jim Beaver as Ellsworth in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Jim Beaver as Ellsworth in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 11: 'The Catbird Seat'

Hearst makes a direct strike, and Trixie attempts to respond in kind

For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.

While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.

Thoughts on episode 11, "The Catbird Seat," coming up just as soon as just as soon as I'm used as a weight to be dropped on villains from above...

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

'Big Brother' recap: It's Operation Bring the House Down!

Jessie decides to mix things up and fighting ensues

It's time for an elimination, and unfortunately the whole CBS/Time Warner nonsense has forced Dan to recruit me for Thursday. Before we begin, send good thoughts his way. A day without CBS and its affiliate stations is, in many ways, like a day without sunshine. Or at least an evening without "Big Brother." Or something. 

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<p>Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo on the set of &quot;Foxcatcher.&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo on the set of "Foxcatcher."

Credit: Sony Classics

Sony Classics brings 'Foxcatcher' into the Oscar season

Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell star in Bennett Miller's latest

Over the past few months, we've had a lot of queries from readers as to the release plans for Bennett Miller's star-studded, stranger-than-fiction biopic "Foxcatcher." The film has long looked like prime Oscar fodder, but it wasn't clear who would be distributing it, or whether it would be released this year at all. Back in June, Kris pondered its prospects, mentioning the possibility that the film could wind up as part of Sony Pictures Classics' 2013 awards slate.

And so it is. The speculation ended today with Sony Classics' announcement that they will be distributing "Foxcatcher," with a release date set for December 20.

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<p>Jeff Bridges stars as a legendary wizard who takes on a new apprentice in the film 'Seventh Son,' which Legendary may now release through Universal</p>

Jeff Bridges stars as a legendary wizard who takes on a new apprentice in the film 'Seventh Son,' which Legendary may now release through Universal

Credit: Legendary Pictures

Legendary takes 'Seventh Son' with them as they finalize their departure from Warner Bros.

'Godzilla' will still be released by Warner, though

If both Deadline and the Hollywood Reporter are using the word "divorce" in their coverage of what's going on between Legendary and Warner Bros. right now, I guess it's become pretty apparent to everyone now that this is going to get messy.

It's been very strange to watch the last six or seven months unfold. For the last few years, Warner and Legendary have seemed joined at the hip, and if you'd asked me in 2012 about the future of that relationship, I would have guessed that it was rock solid. So many of the biggest event films from the studio in the last five or six years have been co-produced by the two companies that it seemed to me like things would just keep on heading in that direction.

What we're starting to see now is a battle over the credit for those films, and it seems like it is very important for Legendary to establish what role they've played in the making of these films. "Pacific Rim," for example, was the first film that went from pitch to release with Legendary calling the shots across the board. If you like that film or if you hate that film, you ultimately have Legendary to thank. They were the ones who rolled the dice on the vision that Travis Beacham and Guillermo Del Toro presented them, and they backed the film completely.

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<p>&quot;The Act of Killing&quot;</p>

"The Act of Killing"

Credit: Drafthouse Films

Denmark's Oscar choice between 'The Hunt,' 'The Act of Killing' and 'Northwest'

Mads Mikkelsen drama is the safe bet, but the controversial doc would turn heads

As a rule, I don't tend to report on the shortlists of films being considered by individual countries for their Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission -- the process is protracted enough without dwelling on the films (many of them low-profile) that might enter the race. However, when the shortlist presents a choice as intriguing and diverse as the one revealed by Denmark's selection board this year, it's worth making an exception. The Danish Film Institute today announced that the final three films in the running are Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt," Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" and Michael Noer's "Northwest."

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'The Real World' returning to San Francisco 20 years later

"The Real World" returning to San Francisco 20 years later
Season 29 of the MTV reality show, airing in 2014, will be set in the home of the very memorable 1994 season. PLUS: Is this the final season?

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Watch: Rihanna's 'Right Now' featured in commercial... is a new album due?

Watch: Rihanna's 'Right Now' featured in commercial... is a new album due?

Hint: Justin Timberlake is associated with this brand, too

Rihanna's song "Right Now" from her last album "Unapologetic" is the soundtrack to a Budweiser commercial. No, that in itself is not big news, but the hint of things to come may be.

If you'll recall, Justin Timberlake made a very high-profile alliance with Budweiser, for their Platinum brew, which help amp up his and his single "Suit & Tie's" visibility on television. Jay Z did, as well, as he and Timberlake promoted their Legends Of Summer tour together. These were part of Bud's "Made for Music" campaign, which now includes a second spot from Rihanna since July.

"Right Now" is the seventh single off of Rihanna's "Unapologetic," but it was introduced as the single back in June. Right now (heh), we're looking down the barrel of a particularly busy autumn-into-holiday album season, with Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Drake, Timberlake and other chart-toppers having announced new releases leading up to Thanksgiving.

And if there's one artist that loves the holiday shopping season, it's Rihanna (and if there's one label, it's Def Jam): Ri-Ri's last four albums have been released in either the third or fourth week of November, around those Black Friday sales, with 2009's "Rated R," 2010's "Loud," 2011's "Talk That Talk" and 2012's "Unapologetic" arriving at Nos. 4, 3, 3 and 1, respectively, on The Billboard 200 chart. See a trend?

MTV Italy wrote earlier this month that Rihanna was plotting a new album for November. MTV U.S. didn't really run with that baton, though the rumor was strongly circulated. And there may be a good reason why the network didn't pick up with it here: those MTV VMAs, Aug. 25, seemingly has every big name on board as performers. The Daft Punk "surprise" has been spoiled since the "Colbert" snafu, so maybe Rihanna may roll in, too. (Or maybe One Direction, because the boy band has a stop soon in New York to promote their forthcoming 3D film "1D: This Is Us." Brooklyn is just a subway stop away...)

Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour starts back up overseas in September and ends Oct. 8. She has no domestic dates listed in the in-betweens.

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<p>Marco Beltrami</p>

Marco Beltrami

Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami on navigating his way through 'World War Z' and Brad Pitt

How did Tommy Lee Jones contribute to the 'WWZ' score?

POZNAN, POLAND—Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami recently found himself in a rather unenviable position, caught between “World War Z’s” producer/star Brad Pitt, director Marc Forster and Paramount Studios as the different factions clashed over the direction and tone of the zombie action pic.

He kept his head down and tried to serve all his masters, including writing two score for the same picture. Luckily, things normally go a little smoother for the Yale School of Music graduate, who broke into the business by scoring a number of horror movies, including “Scream,” “Scream 2,” Halloween H20,” “Resident Evil,” but has expanded to all genres. He has scored TV series, including “The Practice,” as well as “3:10 to Yuma,” “The Hurt Locker,” “A Good Day To Die Hard,” “Trouble With the Curve,” “The Wolverine,” and the upcoming remake  of “Carrie” and Tommy Lee Jones’ new film, “The Homesman.”

After teaching a master class at the Transatlantyk Festival here, Beltrami sat down with Hitfix to discuss navigating the “WWZ” waters and his upcoming projects.

You got hired for “Scream” in 1996, even though, by your own admission, you are not a horror movie fan. When you look at your resume there are a lot of horror movies on there. Have you become a fan?


But you continue to work in the genre, including scoring the forthcoming remake of “Carrie.”

See, a lot of the movies that I’ve done, I don’t consider them to be real horror movies. They’re not in the ‘Saw’ or torture-porn movie [style]. The “Scream” movies are over the top and there’s a lightness to them. “Carrie,” to me, is a weird coming of age story for a girl. But it’s like maybe it’s more of a drama about her that has turns bad, but I don’t see it as that horrific.

Did you reference any of the score from the 1976 movie when you did yours?

I like Pino Donaggio’s score  a lot and it’s very thematic, but there wasn’t really a way I could put it in.

You scored this summer’s thriller “World War Z.” How did you keep from getting caught in the crosshairs after the director Marc Forster, Brad Pitt, and Paramount all clashed? Did you just keep your head down?

A lot of it was coaching from my agent. I just make everybody feel like they’re getting what they need, even though there’s a lot of different parties involved. It took a lot of extra work, but it felt like it was an important gig and it was worth doing what needed to be done to keep it. It would have been easier to throw up my hands, and say, ‘You know what? I’ve had enough’.”

Did you think about walking away?

Every day. I thought one of two things was going to happen: either I would get fired or [I’d say] “This is it. I couldn’t take it anymore, I’m going to walk away.” I felt like an alcoholic, I had to take it one day at a time (laughs). One note at a time.

You also had to create two scores? Right? A quieter score Brad Pitt wanted and a more dramatic one Paramount wanted.

Not quieter. Not necessarily quieter, but less epic. More of an intensity of hearing almost the rosin on the bow on the strings as opposed to when you have a big orchestra and it becomes more diffuse.

Paramount wanted the more dramatic score so you were  working at two different studios on two separate scores?

Right. So [we] ended with a combo of the two, and everybody was a happy. It could have been a combo and everybody hated everything, but it worked out.

For “World War Z,”  what kind of research did you do?

The first time I saw the movie, there was an opening scene in Philadelphia and then it cut to an Emergency Broadcast Signal. That struck me as the crux of the movie right there. And I thought there’s a way to musicalize it. [Beltrami’s assistant] Buck [Sanders] went out and got tuning forks and we experimented with how do you create that in the purest way.

The score also includes your playing havalina skulls. That was Tommy Lee Jones’ idea, right?

We were at dinner and he was working on “Lincoln” or something He was like, ‘What are you working on?” So I was telling him about it and that we were looking at ways of trying to get the sound of teeth gnashing because it’s such an important part of the movie: the mystery of zombies. He said, “Have you checked out the havalina?” and I said, “The what?” He lives in Texas and he’s very knowledgeable about everything. So that was great.

So did the sound of some of their teeth clacking some make it in?

Yeah, it’s there, but way in the background for the most part.

You worked with Tommy Lee Jones on the “Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” score and you’re working on his new directorial project now too. What can you say about that?

It’s called “The Homesman.” It’s a western period piece [with Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep and Jones]. They came to homestead the land in Oklahoma and so forth. It turns out it wasn’t uncommon for women to go crazy from not seeing people for days at a time or death and illness of the kids. Famine. Just the wind.

People talk about how intense Tommy Lee Jones is to work with? What’s your working relationship like with him?

He likes what I come up with. I think I sort of understand him when he’s talking. I very much enjoy working with him, He thinks totally outside of the box.

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Ex-'Idol' Justin Guarini: I skip meals to feed my kids

Ex-"Idol" Justin Guarini: I skip meals to feed my kids
In a posting on his website, the "Idol" Season 1 runner-up confesses that's he's hit some hard times.

Watch Amy Poehler play Adam Scott's stepmom
The "Parks and Rec" co-stars appear together in the movie "A.C.O.D." PLUS: Scott teases the 3rd installment of "The Greatest Event in Television History."

How Oprah's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" car stunt came together

Kimmel's people suggested the idea, and Ford was all too willing to give Oprah a car to give away. But Oprah had no idea which audience member she was going to pick -- until she picked her.

"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter's older brother seeking custody from his older sister
Jimmy Workman, who was a child star himself in the "Addams Family" movies, says his sister is a bad role model for the 15-year-old Winter.

Amy Schumer back to "Girls"

The Comedy Central star, who made a cameo last season, says she was filming today on the HBO series.

"Key & Peele" goes all out in Season 3 trailer

There will be at least one Mr. T impression next season.

Lifetime's Donatella Versace movie will feature Gina Gershon, Raquel Welch, Enrico Colantoni
Gershon will play the famous fashion icon in "House of Versace."

Check out Maggie Gyllenhaal in "The Honourable Woman"

The Sundance Channel miniseries is her biggest TV commitment to date.

See the 3rd "American Horror Story" teaser for "Coven"

Featuring a staircase.

Rachel Dratch to guest on "The Middle"
The "SNL" alum will play Brick's middle school principal.

"Home Improvement" brothers reunite

See how Zachery Ty Bryan and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, both age 31, look now.

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

Credit: Bravo

Is 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' getting too real as Teresa faces jail?

With the Giudices in legal hot water, will this add drama or be too much?

Season six of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" hasn't gotten the go-ahead from Bravo just yet, but if it does, we can guess at least one meaty topic that will be gossip fodder -- Teresa and Joe Giudice's legal problems. While the ladies have snarked back and forth over the seasons about who is in debt, who's declaring bankruptcy and who's just a piece of work, the latest disaster is much weightier than past ones. Joe Giudice could be deported (he was born in Italy) and both he and his wife are facing jail time. 

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