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Ellen DeGeneres will host the Oscars for 2nd time


Ellen DeGeneres will host the Oscars for 2nd time

Ellen will return to Oscar-hosting duties for the first time since 2007, she announced on Twitter. "I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm," she said in a statement.

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13 Must-See acts at Lollapalooza 2013: Nine Inch Nails, Ghost BC, Postal Service

13 Must-See acts at Lollapalooza 2013: Nine Inch Nails, Ghost BC, Postal Service

Listen to music from Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Baroness and more

The 2013 edition of Lollapalooza kicks off today (2) at Chicago’s Grant Park. The Aug. 2-4 fest boasts a stellar line-up this year with such big names as Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix and Queens of the Stone Age, as well as cool developing acts like Chance the Rapper, Emeli Sande, Icona Pop, and Two Door Cinema Club. There are time conflicts galore for music fans, but to help muddle through, here’s our list of 13 Must-See Acts. And remember, if you can’t be there, Lollapalooza’s YouTube channel will live stream nearly two dozen performances.

Who is on your must-see list? 

 

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<p>Brian Cox and Kim Dickens in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Brian Cox and Kim Dickens in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episodes 8 & 9: 'Leviathan Smiles' & 'Amateur Night'

Wyatt Earp and the Pinkertons come to town, and the theater troupe invites the camp to perform

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.

We're doubling up on episodes 8 and 9 this week. Thoughts on episode both "Leviathan Smiles" and "Amateur Night" coming up just as soon as I distract the nations at large from my fiscal turpitudes and miasms...

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<p>Martin Mull, Giovanni Ribisi, Brenda Song and Seth Green in the &quot;Dads&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

Martin Mull, Giovanni Ribisi, Brenda Song and Seth Green in the "Dads" pilot.

Credit: FOX

Press Tour: 'Dads' cast, creators discuss offensive humor

Is the new Seth MacFarlane live-action sitcom racist?

Under any circumstances, the press tour panel for FOX's "Dads" was going to be an awkward affair. The live-action comedy from Seth MacFarlane and fellow "Family Guy" writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as best friends and business partners whose estranged fathers (Peter Riegert and Martin Mull) breeze into town and offend everyone with their old-school attitudes. Among other gags, it has Mull dubbing a boxing video game "Punch the Puerto Rican," has Riegert offended by being mistaken for the Eric Stoltz character in "Mask," and has Green and Ribisi convincing an employee played by Brenda Song to dress up like a giggling anime schoolgirl to impress a group of Asian investors.

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Simon Cowell: Last season's 'X Factor' was like a bad dinner party


Simon Cowell: Last season's "X Factor" was like a bad dinner party

Season 3, in contrast, is a "fun dinner party," Cowell told critics. Simon also responded to "The Voice's" claim that it's not about launching careers. "You're making a promise to contestants, you're going to turn them into a real live artist. You can't guarantee, but that is your commitment. Otherwise it’s a game show."  PLUS: Simon can't imagine returning to "Idol," the "X Factor" prize is being reduced from $5 million to $1 million, and Simon declined to talk about becoming a father.


Brian Williams to undergo knee surgery
The "NBC Nightly News" anchor announced tonight that's he's taking a leave of absence.


How difficult is writing subtitles for "Honey Boo Boo"?
Exec producer Sara Reddy, charged with the subtitling task, says: "They talk incredibly fast and they just skip over consonants and entire syllables," she says, adding: "I don't know why I have this gift, but I understand them perfectly, and I don’t think they need to be subtitled."


"Dads" producer: "We don't want this to be the racial-insult comedy show"
The Seth MacFarlane Fox sitcom has come under fire for its racial jokes, particularly one in which Brenda Song is asked to dress as a "sexy Asian schoolgirl." PLUS: Song defends schoolgirl outfit.


Can "Enlisted" pull off being a comedy about war?
The Fox comedy tried "really, really" hard not to become "mocking or disrespectful."


Why DogTV won't work
As Slate explains, the $4.99/month DirecTV channel that launches today looks to canines "like a slideshow powered by a dim strobe light."


What does the "Breaking Bad" trailer "Ozymandias" mean?
Why Walter White goes together with the 1918 poem.


Pakistani talk show gives away babies as prizes
Last month, "Amaan Ramazan" gave away two babies on live TV.


"Castle" paying homage to "Saved by the Bell"
An episode will revolve around the murder of an actor who plays a "Screech"-like character.


Read of Pauley Shore's rise and fall
Why "The Weasel" didn't make out of the '90s.


"SNL's" ticket lottery is now open

To sit in the "Saturday Night Live" audience any time next season, you must show your interest now.


Watch a "heartbreaking end to "Kids' Jeopardy!"
A boy held back tears after adding an extra "t" to Emancipation Proclamation."


Lena Dunham plans to stalk the "Scandal" cast at the Emmys

Last year, she says, she "ended up following Kerry Washington around for 10 hours without actually talking to her." PLUS: Assistant feeds Dunham on "Girls" set.


See 15 new "Boardwalk Empire" images from Season 4
Including new cast member Jeffrey Wright.


Why "Parks and Rec" will be fine without Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins
Both characters had been running out of steam. PLUS: 8 side characters who should be considered for the main cast.


Jason Segel has slimmed down for the final "HIMYM" season
"This time when I take my shirt off, I've made a promise to myself, it doesn't have to be funny," he says.


Food Network orders a kids' edition of "Rachael vs. Guy"
"Kid Cook-Off" debuts Sept. 8.


"Almost Human" insists it's a procedural "police drama"
The J.J. Abrams robot cop drama doesn't want to scare away viewers who don't like genre shows.


Tracy Morgan used to be a barbershop poster model
Check out the "30 Rock" star before he made it big.


FXX to air the Creative Arts Emmys
The annual ceremony had aired on ReelzChannel the past two years.


Bravo renews "Million Dollar Listing New York"
The 2nd-year reality show hit a series high recently.


Disney Junior going to space with "Miles from Tomorrowland"

The cartoon follows a young adventurer and his family as they travel through outer space.


TLC reenacts in-law horror stories
"Surviving the In-Laws" is cheap even TLC standards.


Check out Jimmy Kimmel as a child
He's wearing matching outfits with him mom.


"One Life To Live" and "All My Children" get season finale dates
Their first season on The Online Network will wrap on Aug. 19 and Sept. 2, respectively.


Watch the 1st episode of "Broadchurch"
The BBC drama that Fox is remaking is now available on BBC America's YouTube channel.

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<p>Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg breathe rowdy, enjoyable life into the buddy action comedy in '2 Guns'</p>

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg breathe rowdy, enjoyable life into the buddy action comedy in '2 Guns'

Credit: Universal Pictures

Review: '2 Guns' succeeds largely on the chemistry between Denzel and Wahlberg

Sometimes low-key and charming is enough

Sometimes, when you order a hamburger, all you want is a hamburger.

No one is going to accuse "2 Guns" of being some bold reinvention of the action genre, but it's a big jump forward for director Baltasar Kormakur. His previous American action film was "Contraband," also starring Mark Wahlberg, and honestly, it did nothing for me. I didn't hate it, but I also didn't care for it. The whole thing felt inert to me, which happens sometimes with studio films. You can tell that people threw all the resources in the world at something, but it just doesn't come to life. Those films are, in some ways, more frustrating than flat-out bad films, because it's hard to pinpoint where things went wrong.

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<p>This is just a random picture of Aaryn, because I don't want to spoil elimination.</p>

This is just a random picture of Aaryn, because I don't want to spoil elimination.

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday Results - Whose eviction ends Aaryn's reign?

Would Candice, Howard or Amanda go home?

Another Head of Household tenure will end for Aaryn on Thursday (August 1) night. 

Will the end of her reign see the departure of Amanda, Candice or Howard? Well, yes. Obviously. But which one? 

Let's find out, after the break...

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<p>Josh Brolin, looking less than Quasimodo-like.</p>

Josh Brolin, looking less than Quasimodo-like.

Credit: AP Photo/Jim Ross

Zhang Yimou circles Hollywood debut with Josh Brolin-starring 'Quasimodo'

The Chinese auteur might inherit a project once slated for Tim Burton

There are an awful lot of ifs, maybes and "in talks" still attached to this story, so don't get too excited (or bewildered) just yet, but it's certainly the least expected pre-production news of the day: veteran Chinese director Zhang Yimou is in the frame to direct his first Hollywood studio feature, "Quasimodo" -- obviously enough, a take on the oft-filmed Victor Hugo chestnut "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."

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"Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

 "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Press Tour: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' promises color-blind cast and fun guests

Andy Samberg plays a 'jackass' cop, but a talented one

While many of the questions about the workplace/cop comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" landed with the producers of the show during the FOX press tour panel for the show, more than a few were lobbed at the cast, which was peppered with familiar faces. Andre Braugher ("Homicide: Life on the Street") and Andy Samberg ("Saturday Night Live") were joined by retired NFL pro Terry Crews ("Bridesmaids"), Melissa Fumero ("Gossip Girl"), stand-up and writer Chesea Peretti ("Louie"), Joe Lo Truglio ("Reno 911") and Stephanie Beatriz ("Modern Family"). 

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15 potential awards players still looking for a home

15 potential awards players still looking for a home

As we inch closer to the season these movies are looking for distribution

You can hear the machinery clicking to life. We've moved into August, meaning the Telluride Film Festival is just four short weeks away. Trailers are landing, festival announcements are filling email inboxes and soon enough the awards season will be in full swing.

As we inch closer, however, there are still a number of films that, at least on paper, would appear to have a lot of awards season potential. Many of them are playing the early fall fests, Toronto in particular, given the market for product at that annual showcase. It's possible this studio or that decides some added firepower is needed and they go shopping for more Oscar players, but just as many will be scooped up for 2014 release.

With all that in mind, Guy and I have put our heads together to come up with a list of 15 that, at least to our eye, could figure into the race in some way big or small if acquired in a timely fashion. We've noted festival players, though in the case of Telluride -- as ever -- all we can do is guess. So we've hung a "maybe" out on a few in that regard.

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"Enlisted"

 "Enlisted"

Credit: FOX

Press Tour: FOX's 'Enlisted' will be 'intensely personal,' but silly, too

The show takes a shot at Bradley Cooper, but not the Army
The press tour panel for FOX's "Enlisted" seemed to, consciously or unconsciously, reflect the intended tone of the show: silly, then serious. Stars Geoff Stults (Pete Hill), Chris Lowell (Derrick Hill) and Parker Young (Randy Hill) traded barbs at such rapid speed it was hard to make out what was being said, much less who said what. Given that they're playing brothers, it seemed that connection carried over to real life. 
 
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Confirmed: New "Doctor Who" will be revealed live on Sunday


Confirmed: New "Doctor Who" will be revealed live on Sunday
BBC will air a "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" special at 7 pm UK time (2 pm ET and 11 am PT). Yes, it'll be broadcast on BBC America.

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