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<p>Sarah Polley has every reason to smile now that her new film 'Stories We Tell' is opening</p>

Sarah Polley has every reason to smile now that her new film 'Stories We Tell' is opening

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Sarah Polley talks about the artistic freedom that led to her brilliant new 'Stories We Tell'

An interview with one of the most exciting young filmmakers working

These days, a number of my interviews are done by phone because I am juggling some complicated scheduling around the lives of my kids. It's just a fact of parenthood… you make space for all of their stuff because you have to. You do it no matter how hard it is, because it means something to them and you only get one shot at that.

At least, that's how I feel right now. I know people who have made that sort of effort and still managed to fumble things, and no matter how hard we want everything to work out for our lives and the lives of our kids, that's not always the case and we know that. And sometimes, the stories we tell ourselves or that we tell our kids are used to help paper over some sort of hurt, and we justify it by saying we're trying to avoid hurting them any more than is necessary.

What happens when you get away with a story for so long that you forget you told it, until someone else starts peeling away at the edges of it? What happens when you discover that something you've accepted as part of your daily life, one of the fundamental truths of your world, is simply not true?

All of this is dealt with in Sarah Polley's remarkable new film "Stories We Tell," which I gave a fairly breathless review earlier this year. The film is available now for you in a number of different ways, and I want to urge you to give it a try. It is as exciting in its own way as any of the summer blockbusters, and smarter than all of them rolled up into one.

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'HIMYM': Who's the new girl?


"HIMYM": Who's the new girl?

Newbie Cristin Milioti not only appeared in the Broadway musical "Once," but had brief roles on "The Sopranos" and "30 Rock."


Watch Christopher Meloni in Fox midseason comedy "Surviving Jack"
Fox also released the trailer for midseason drama "Gang Related." PLUS: Fox auto-tunes its fall lineup.


"Seinfeld" said goodbye 15 years ago today
Does "Seinfeld" still hold up 15 years later? Of course it does.


"Young and the Restless" will take its time to address the fate of Jeanne Cooper's character
When Cooper died, the writers had already finished scripts through July.


Did "Game of Thrones" show its worst-ever scene this week?
This torture has been dragging on for weeks.


Fox emphasizing year-round programming, plus shorter seasons

"We're not going to be confined to a traditional 22 episode" order for most shows, said Fox Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly. "There will be shows that play at 13, 15, 17. There's no magic number. Shows will premiere and stagger throughout the year." He added that he's tired of hearing the word "midseason" because shows are launched year-round.


"90210" has a happy ending, for the most part

The series finale wasn't so kind on one character.


Last year, NBC said "Animal Practice's" monkey was the best-testing character in years

This year, NBC says Michael J. Fox's comedy, Sean Hayes' sitcom and  James Spader's "Blacklist" were the best-testing shows in years. So is NBC's testing flawed? PLUS: Judging the new NBC shows.


"Homeland" casting directors: A lot of potential big-name "Brodys" rejected us
Talking about casting the five main characters, casting directors Junie Lowry-Johnson and Libby Goldstein say they want after a lot of big names for the Nicholas Brody role. But many feared playing a good guy turned bad guy.


Jere Burns loves being a TV badass
The "Justified" and "Bates Motel" guest star says: "There's nothing more fun than a crazy, really smart guy."


"Breaking Bad" creator lost sympathy for Walter White, then changed his mind
Vince Gilligan says his perception of Walters changed over the final eight episodes. "I’ve realized that judging the character is not a particularly fruitful endeavor on my part, and yet I have done that," he says. PLUS: "Breaking Bad" fan arrested digging for keys to the set.


Amy Poehler: "Ron Swanson is going to have a baby"

The "Parks and Rec" star joked about Ron's pregnancy. PLUS: Introducing "Tron Swanson," and the Ron Swanson Guide to Romance.


See Barbara Walters as a Playboy Bunny

In 1962, Walters wore the bunny suit for a segment on NBC.


Should it matter that Seth Meyers is another white male network late-night host?
Will the TV networks ever give a non-white male a chance to host a late-night show?


"SNL" should never bring back an alum 1 year after their departure
Kristen Wiig's many signature characters were too fresh in our memories, weighing down her homecoming. PLUS: 9 people banned from "SNL."


"Buffy" writers, "The Shield" writers and "The X-Files" writers reunite
Check out the "Buffy" reunion for The Hollywood Reporter, as well as "The Shield" reunion and "The X-Files" reunion.


Magic Johnson bringing 5 black women together for a late-night talk show

Johnson's Exhale network is set to launch the talk show "Aspire" next month.


"Mad Men" filmed in a real tiny plane
"It's tiny," says Kevin Rahm, who plays Ted Chaugh. "Literally, we barely fit in there. You had to watch your knees when you shut the door."


"Revenge" course-corrects with its Season 2 finale

The two-hour season-ender undid a lot of the damage from this season. PLUS: Meet "Revenge's" costume designer.


Watch "The Office's" David Brent teach guitar in his new web series
Ricky Gervais is releasing "Learn Guitar with David Brent."

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<p>Angelina Jolie at the Women in World Summit last month.</p>

Angelina Jolie at the Women in World Summit last month.

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Angelina Jolie has preventative double mastectomy due to cancer likelihood

The actress takes to the pages of The New York Times to tell her story

Via New York Times op-ed, actress Angelina Jolie had this to offer tonight:

"My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman…

"Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex."

Read the rest here.

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<p>Eddie and Erik of &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;</p>

Eddie and Erik of "Survivor: Caramoan"

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Interview: Erik Reichenbach and Eddie Fox talk 'Survivor: Caramoan'

The season's 5th and 4th place finishers discuss their experience
"Survivor: Caramoan" ended its season on Sunday (May 12) night with a satisfying winner, a loopy Final Tribal Council and surprises that started within seconds of the start of the episode.
 
Viewers didn't make it through the first commercial break before Favorite Erik Reichenbach collapsed on the path leaving Tribal Council and had to be pulled from the game. It was a move that was simultaneously shocking, but not wholly surprising, given that Erik had suffered an existential crisis in the previous episode and practically wished for an injury to free him from his "Survivor" shackles and the mocking coconuts.
 
Erik's abrupt departure made EMT Eddie Fox the least likely member of the Final 4, since he had been targeted almost from the beginning, when he was part of the Pretty Person's Alliance. Instead, episode after episode passed with Eddie being targeted, but then spared in favor of alternative targets and bigger blindsides.
 
Eddie's relief was short-lived and he was the last person sent home before the Final 3.
 
My last batch of "Survivor" exit interviews were broken into three groups. In this first interview, Erik & Eddie discuss the strategy that read as under-the-radar or passive, they discuss the pressure "Survivor" puts on Alpha Males and they also explain why they went after Sherri so hard at Final Tribal. Tomorrow I'll have the season's joint second/third place finishers. And then on Wednesday (or maybe Thursday, depending on scheduling) I'll have a relatively long chat with the season's winner.
 
Click through for Erik & Eddie's exit interview...
 
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<p>Did Stanley Kubrick give an assist on this one?</p>

Did Stanley Kubrick give an assist on this one?

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The best of space station astronaut Chris Hadfield's photos from orbit

Well, my favorites, anyway...

I struggled with posting this because it's not movie-related (or even entertainment-related) and it seems like a weird way to use HitFix resources, but the more I thought about it, the more I couldn't really resist. After all, "Star Trek Into Darkness" is set to hit theaters on Friday and capture the imaginations of space freaks the world over, while at the same time, we have the homecoming of Commander Chris Hadfield and company from a few months' stint on the International Space Station -- real-life heroes of the cosmos. And Hadfield in particular has been doing what I think is some Pulitzer Prize-worthy work up there. Let me explain...

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Christina Aguilera to return to 'The Voice'

Christina Aguilera to return to "The Voice"
After a season off, Aguilera will return next season with about the same salary, replacing Shakira.


"HIMYM" shocker

Producers ended the season with a blank slate.


"Real Housewives of NY" Season 6 confirmed, but only 4 cast members are signed on
LuAnn de Lesseps and Aviva Drescher are, at the moment, part of the Season 6 cast.


Fox developing a "Billy the Kid" limited series

After ordering two limited series today, Fox is teaming with Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson on a limited series on the notorious outlaw.


Dr. Joyce Brothers, famed TV psychologist, dies at 85

The doctor with a frequent TV presence who once hosted "The Joyce Brothers Show" in the '50s on NBC came to fame by becoming the first woman to win "The $64,000 Question."

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Review: Vampire Weekend's new album 'Modern Vampires of the City'
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Review: Vampire Weekend's new album 'Modern Vampires of the City'

Choirs, harpisocord, the Eternal and -- or course -- glorious pop music

 

After three albums, Vampire Weekend officially have an evolved history. The band burst out the gate with their bounding pop self-titled, followed by the developing limbs of comparatively underwhelming “Contra” from 2010. With “Modern Vampires of the City,” their patterns of pop and full-witted lyricism have segued with orchestras, choirs, more electronic-based rhythms and years worth of new tales of age and spirit.
 
Gone are the beach bonfires of “Cape Kwassa Kwassa,” or throwback rock of “Kids Don’t Stand a chance.” Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig explains it in part on new song and grand standout “Step”: “Wisdom’s a gift but you trade it for youth / age is an honor, it’s still not the truth.”
 
The band’s always been lean, with most of their tracks in around 3-minutes, but they’re packing them tighter, and thematically they stick to the point. Rostam Batmanglij and Koenig spends “Modern Vampires” on topics of spirituality, personal ritual and aging (both his own and the era).
 
"Diane Young" (read: dyin' young) has Koenig’s voice pitch just like Jamie Lidell like it, fronting a weird funk-rock party band from the ‘50s, playing with the genre with both a smirk and a big toothy grin. His voice is used as an instrument on “Finger Back,” taking us to Jerusalem – apparently at the “falafel shop on 103rd and Broadway” – in a bevy of altar organs of the highest order. He also takes us to church in "Ya Hey", which is so keenly and specifically about God/all-gods: it doesn’t fall out of the wheelhouse, but is another way to revel in the exuberance of language in the solemnity of the subject matter. “Worship You” and “Everlasting Arms,” as you can imagine, has similar warped features, as he explores the space between master and servant, class and honor, just here on Earth.
 
What there is of story here is in New York (“slash San Francisco”), but also in the imagination of producers (band multi-instrumentalist) Batmanglij and Ariel Rechtshaid in the studio. “Worship You” transcends from being a novelty, coke-speed faux-folk-romper into a sophisticated time-traveler through synth frequencies and gurgling samples. The capture the chilly, the doomed romance of “Hannah Hunt,” having Koenig shouting his punny punchline "Though we live on the U.S. dollar / you and me we got our own sense of time”; they follow it with three songs of solid basslines that would have Talking Heads talking.
 
Every song has something hidden, or amplified and then suppressed underneath Koenig’s verbosity and kiddish range; the band sneaks in the fake baroque of a harpsichord and holy choirs on more than one occasion. There’s fantastical flourishes of tambourine and what sounds like a kick drum on a very sturdy moving box for successful midtempo rocker “Don’t Lie.” An upright piano clamors for attention on "Obvious Bicycle," the repeating verses and slight color changes of harmony-laden “Unbelievers” and a bastard crew of rhythmic noise from “Hudson,” which is equal parts coming-of-age and disenchantment.
 
This collection puts Vampire Weekend up and over more than three dozen studio song, enough to say when they’re ascending and when they’re maybe losing their edge. Result: “Modern Vampires” is sharp as hell, elegant and lusciously treated to give it a consistent sheen, even on the weirdos. This is a move up, even from their debut offering, even from their most obvious influences and New York landmarks. After an effort this complete and viciously fulfilling, It’s tough to imagine anything they’d wish to revise, leaving it to its listeners: with so much mood, humor, variety, challenges and, of course, glorious pop music, there's little I'd leave off or add on.

 

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<p>Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby in "How I Met Your Mother."

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Season finale review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Something New'

Ted, Lily and Marshall make travel plans for after Robin and Barney's wedding, and a new player enters the scene

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" finale coming up just as soon as I'm the crazy speakerphone judge...

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<p>Dierks Bentley</p>

Dierks Bentley

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Dierks Bentley looks inward for his next album, 'Riser'

Singer records some of seventh set on the road

Riser,” Dierks Bentley’s seventh album, out this fall, will focus on a number of personal topics, including his father’s death last spring.

“Riser” takes its title from a song called “I’m A Riser,” about recommitment. “Life in general has a way of knocking you down,” Bentley said in a statement. “It’s different reasons for different folks – could be personal reasons, could be family reasons, your job, drugs, alcohol. That song really applies to anybody that’s lived. There have always been those moments when we have to get back up and get on our feet.  They are defining moments…breakthrough moments.”

The album, produced by “Tip It On Back” co-writer Ross Copperman, was recorded in a variety of locales, including Bentley’s tour bus and Copperman’s house.  “It was important to get out of the studio and sing in different places, and to do it with other people in the room,” Bentley said. “That way, you have an audience and you get a sense of what’s working, what’s not working, when it’s feeling good, not feeling good. It brings a little more emotion and energy out of your voice.”

Bentley’s last album, “Home,” debuted at No. 1 on the country chart. He is on tour with Miranda Lambert through October.  He is opening a bar, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, in his native Arizona on July 4.
 




 

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<p>Yeah Yeah Yeahs</p>

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs and My Bloody Valentine headline FYF Fest 2013

Deerhunter and Beach House also on bill for Los Angeles event

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Bloody Valentine, TV on the Radio, and MGMT are among the acts that will headline the 10th FYF Fest, held Aug. 24-25 at Los Angeles State Historic Park. It will be MBV’s first U.S. show since 2009.

Other artists on the bill include Deerhunter, Beach House, Solange, Yo La Tengo, Devendra Banhart, The Breeders, Death Grips, Roky Erickson, Foxygen, Holy Ghost! and The Melvins.

Weekend passes, which go on sale on Thursday, start at $99. Day passes are $65.

The full lineup for FYF Fest 2013 is:

!!! (Chik Chik Chik)
Antwon
Baroness
Beach House
BICEP
Charles Bradley
Chelsea Wolfe
Classixx
Dan Deacon
Death Grips
Deerhunter
Delorean
Devendra Banhart
Eleanor Friedberger
Fear of Men
FLAG (Keith, Chuck, Dez, Billy & Stephen playing the songs of Black Flag)
Flume
Foxygen
Guards
Holy Ghost!
Horse Meat Disco
How to Dress Well
Jonathan Richman
Joyce Manor
Kurt Vile & the Violators
Les Savy Fav
Mac Demarco
METZ
MGMT
Mikal Cronin
My Bloody Valentine
Nosaj Thing
Omar Souleyman
Pional
Poolside
Roky Erickson
Shlohmo
Solange
Strfcker
The Breeders (Performing Last Splash)
The Melvins
The Orwells
The Underachievers
Thee Oh Sees
Title Fight
Toro y Moi
Touche Amore
TV on the Radio
Ty Segall
Washed Out
Waxahatchee
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yo La Tengo

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<p>Robin Wright is front and center as 'Robin Wright' in the new film 'The Congress'</p>

Robin Wright is front and center as 'Robin Wright' in the new film 'The Congress'

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Must Watch: First trailer for 'The Congress' is a mind-bending techno dream for Robin Wright

New animation/live-action hybrid from 'Waltz With Bashir' director looks crazy

I thought "Waltz With Bashir" was a gorgeous film. I didn't think it always hit the same heights dramatically that it did visually, but it was an intriguing way to give a fresh look to what is essentially a talking heads documentary.

Since then, I've been curious to see how filmmaker Ari Folman would follow up that picture. He decided to start with a Stanislaw Lem science-fiction novel, then adapt it loosely and use it to explore the notion of whether or not our essence is something that can be captured by a computer, much less recreated.

For years now, I've heard people in Los Angeles talking about the idea of scanning movie stars into computers, head to toe, as a way of allowing them to freeze themselves at a particular moment in time, using their digital model to appear in films while their physical form continues to age. We're not at that point yet, but it's something that people have been actively considering for a while, and the conversation raises any number of points about technology, ethics, performance, and what it is we respond to when we watch someone.

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Watch Fox's new show trailers


Watch Fox's new show trailers
Fox has released lengthy promos for "Us & Them," Seth MacFarlane's "Dads," Andy Samberg's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Greg Kinnear's "Rake,"  J.J. Abrams' "Almost Human," plus "Enlisted" and "Sleepy Hollow."
 

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