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<p>Telluride, Colorado</p>

Telluride, Colorado

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Telluride announces 40th anniversary festival celebration and creation of new venue

650-seat Werner Herzog Theatre pays tribute to fest's most famous regular

This September I'll be off to the mountains of Colorado for my fifth trip to the Telluride Film Festival. It's been a delightful excursion to start every season over that spread, though even in that short amount of time the crunch of other outlets descending on the space for an early look at potential awards players has been felt (and even I started going at a time when that escalation was already on the rise).

Excitement will be as high as ever this year as the festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with an extra day added to the long Labor Day weekend festivities. Not only that, but a new venue has been announced bearing the name of the fest's most famous regular, director Werner Herzog.

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<p>Tom Petty</p>

Tom Petty

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers visit venues big and small this summer

Schedule includes multiple dates at New York's Beacon Theater

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have already secured a headlining gig at this June’s Bonnaroo. Now we’re finding out what the band is doing for the rest of its summer vacation.

The sextet’s six-week tour will include, in addition to B-roo, appearances at The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala.;  the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del.; and Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

The band’s mixing it up this summer: in addition to the festival gigs, and a handful of arena shows, the Heartbreakers will play five nights at New York’s Beacon Theater,  May 20-26, and six nights at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theater, spanning June 3-11.

The Heartbreakers are in the midst of recording their first album since 2010’s “Mojo.” The new set will come out next year in Reprise Records.

The tour schedule is below. For more information, go to www.tompetty.com


May 16:  Ford Center, Evansville, Ind.
May 17-19: Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, Ala.
May 20, 21,23,25, 26: Beacon Theater, New York
June 3,4,6,8, 9, 11: Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
June 15: Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
June 13-16: Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, Tenn.
June 18: Budweiser Gardens, London, Ont.
June 20: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Penn.

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<p>Miles Teller, Justin Chon and Skylar Astin all celebrate a big night in the funny but familiar '21 &amp;&nbsp;Over'</p>

Miles Teller, Justin Chon and Skylar Astin all celebrate a big night in the funny but familiar '21 & Over'

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Review: '21 & Over' has some big laughs but covers a lot of familiar ground

At this point, binge-drinking is practically a genre

I think it's safe to say that if you've seen a trailer for "21 & Over," you know what you're in for when you see the film.  At 93 minutes, this is a brisk, rowdy bit of fun, and the closest comparison I can make to a recent film is the underseen and underappreciated "Sex Drive," another comedy that took a fairly familiar form and made it work with sheer force of personality.  I wasn't terribly surprised by anything in "21 & Over," but I appreciated the energy, the cast, and the near-constant attempts by the film to entertain.

Last year, there was much wringing of hands over the almost complete lack of a moral compass displayed by "Project X," and that seemed to me to be the point of the film.  I think there is always a sense by society that each new generation is the one that is going to burn the entire thing to the ground, and that fear is probably exasperated these days by the way pop culture absorbs the attitudes of youth.  I am not only confused by much of what appeals to teenagers today, I am actively irritated by it.  And again… that's the point.  It's not for me.  It doesn't speak to me or for me.  And when I watch movies about young people just turning 21 right now in the year 2013, I can't relate completely because my own coming of age was in a very different climate.  I look at the attitudes to sexuality and technology and a dozen different things and I realize that I am wildly out of sync with them in the details of how we live.

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<p>On Sunday's &quot;Shameless,&quot;&nbsp;Fiona (Emmy Rossum)&nbsp;and the kids go to court.</p>

On Sunday's "Shameless," Fiona (Emmy Rossum) and the kids go to court.

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HitFix First Look: 'Shameless' star Emmy Rossum on Fiona's day in court

An exclusive video and a chat with the Showtime drama's leading lady
Emmy Rossum is giving one of the best performances in all of television as fierce, wounded Fiona Gallagher on Showtime’s “Shameless.” She’s working for a network that has had a lot of success at promoting its actors for awards the last few years. Oh, and she has the word “Emmy” right there in her name. Yet despite this, Rossum and “Shameless” haven’t so much as sniffed any Emmy love as yet. Not even her two-time Emmy-winning co-star William H. Macy got a nomination for either of the series’ first two seasons.
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<p>Steven Spielberg</p>

Steven Spielberg

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Steven Spielberg named president of this year's Cannes Film Festival jury

The festival runs from 15 to 25 May

Hey, who needs a third Best Director win? On the heels of his Oscar night disappointment, Steven Spielberg received some solace in the form of a very different, though arguably no less prestigious, cinematic honor: he's been named the the president of the Competition jury at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. (Not that it will have come as a surprise to him, of course: he provisionally accepted the job when it was offered to him two years ago.) 

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Oscars 2014: 25 films to watch for

Oscars 2014: 25 films to watch for

Should George Clooney start staking out another spot on the mantle?

The engravings on Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Best Picture Oscars for "Argo" are still fresh and already the gears are spinning across the net on what to expect in the film awards season next year. Of course we were going to pile on.

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<p>Cochran of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Cochran of "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Caramoan' - 'There’s Gonna be Hell to Pay'

Miscommunications and a tricky strategy make for an interesting vote
Pre-credit sequence. The Fans return to camp after booting Allie. Eddie is confused. Matt is very proud at himself for choosing his side. "We are not friends. But we need each other to win," Reynold tells Matt and Sherri. Shamar is feeling gloat-y with Eddie and Reynold and also introducing certain viewers at home to the phrase "ace boon coon," which you probably don't want to start using with your friends if you weren't using it already. "The camp is totally in chaos," laments Laura, who wishes Shamar would chill. But Shamar isn't just ranting at the people who tried voting him out. He's also going off on Matt, whose vote helped save him and yelling at Julia, who was 100 percent invisible last week. "The part of Shamar that was fun has completely gone," Laura says. 
 
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"Top Chef: Seattle"

 "Top Chef: Seattle"

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'Top Chef: Seattle' recap: Will Brooke or Kristen win the 'Finale'?

Two excellent chefs do battle in front of a live audience

For the first time ever, the finale of "Top Chef" will take place in front of a live audience. Suddenly, "Top Chef" looks a lot like "Iron Chef." Not that that's a bad thing. I'm just happy that we have two women in the finals, which is so encouraging, and yes, well-deserved. I'm both Team Kristen and Team Brooke, though. I wish they could both win.

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<p>Keri Russell in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell in "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Comint'

When an asset starts to crack up, Phillip and Elizabeth have to foil surveillance on the Soviet embassy

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I hire you and your socks...

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<p>A placard held by a visual effects community protester at the Oscars on Sunday</p>

A placard held by a visual effects community protester at the Oscars on Sunday

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Tech Support: Visual Effects Society issues a 'call to action'

Executive director Eric Roth sends out a determined open letter

If you've paid any attention to the film industry the last few weeks, or maybe at least noticed green icons all over Facebook and Twitter, you're well aware of the on-going state of frustration within the visual effects community. HitFix's Drew McWeeny laid out a very compelling and considered piece this week examining why the industry playing chicken with these guys is a bad, bad idea, and the reportage on the "fragile underpinnings" of all of this really stems back to a David Cohen piece in Variety two weeks ago. In so many words, we're approaching a watershed moment.

With that in mind, Visual Effects Society Executive Director Eric Roth has issued an open letter and a "call to action," imploring government and, certainly, industry attention be paid to this post-production sector. "The amazing irony," he writes, "is that while 47 of the top 50 films of all time are visual effects driven and billions of dollars of profits are generated yearly, the actual people who create the work are becoming an endangered species in California."

Read the letter in its entirety below.

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<p>This is&nbsp;Juliana Chahayed. She's either a tiny girl or that's a big guitar</p>

This is Juliana Chahayed. She's either a tiny girl or that's a big guitar

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Sudden Death, Part 3 - 10 More Girls Perform

The ladies shined last week, will a new group continue the momentum?

Last week was a mixed bag on "American Idol."

On Wednesday, a group of 10 women, led by Angela Martin and Amber Holcomb, really shined. There were only a couple truly bad performances and I could have justified sending six or seven singers through.

On Thursday, a group of 10 men, led by nobody in particular, laid a huge egg. I wouldn't have let more than two or three of them advance.

Another group of 10 women will be hitting the Las Vegas stage on Wednesday (February 27) and while we've seen indications that a few of them are talented... Who knows? 

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<p>Tina Fey hosts the 2013 Golden Globes with her partner-in-crime, Amy Poehler.</p>

Tina Fey hosts the 2013 Golden Globes with her partner-in-crime, Amy Poehler.

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Tina Fey says 'no way' to hosting Oscars next year

Who will the Academy court for the gig?

Wanna host the 2014 Oscars?

Just a day after this year's controversial host Seth MacFarlane said there was "no way" he would do the gig again, "30 Rock" mastermind Tina Fey has expressed a similar disinterest in hosting next year's Academy Awards.

Just a few weeks ago, Fey and co-host Amy Poehler received rave reviews for emceeing the Golden Globes, but it appears that an Oscar-centric encore isn't in store.

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