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"Hoarding: Buried Alive"

 "Hoarding: Buried Alive"

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Exclusive: This house is really a killer on 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

After a woman dies, her adult children walk in on a nightmare mess

Tonight's episode of "Hoarding: Buried Alive" is called "This House Killed Her," so you know it's bad. How bad, you ask? Well, you can watch below if you're not sure. And you have a strong stomach. That would help. 

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The 2012-2013 Film Awards Circuit

The 2012-2013 Film Awards Circuit

Charting the winners and losers of this year's Oscar season

And that, as they say, is that. The 2012-2013 film awards season was, in so many words, exhilarating, competitive, contentious, record-breaking, precedent-setting and awe-inspiring. Whether your favorites won or didn't even get an invite to the dance, the whole of it was a journey with many twists and turns. In the end, Ben Affleck's "Argo" dominated the critics awards, the industry awards and, eventually, the Oscars. And even if things soon enough settled into a bit of predictability, getting there was a blast. So if you'd like to relive all of the craziness along the way, feel free to do so via the links below, charting the ups and downs throughout the season.

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<p>Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;and Jax McTavish (Steve Howey)&nbsp;in a scene from last night's &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Jax McTavish (Steve Howey) in a scene from last night's "New Girl."

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How a 'New Girl' script gets made

Story ideas don't always come easy, but the work is usually worth it for the great FOX comedy
"You must think we're such dummies," an exasperated J.J. Philbin tells me.

This is somewhere in the fourth of five hours I'll spend at the writers offices of "New Girl" late on a Friday afternoon in January, watching as the show's writers work on a story outline for "TinFinity," the 18th episode of the terrific FOX comedy's second season. (It aired last night.) As Philbin suggests, it has not been coming easily to them on this day.
 
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<p>Why did one of these Oscar winners come out looking better than the other when all was said and done?</p>

Why did one of these Oscar winners come out looking better than the other when all was said and done?

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Eight lessons learned from the 2012-2013 Awards Season

Let's keep Washington politics out of Oscar, shall we?

An unlikely awards season ended where it started.I had the pleasure of attending the first public screening of "Argo" at the Telluride Film Festival in September. Five months later, "Argo" pulled off a historical comeback to win the Best Picture prize many of us predicted it would take that sunny Labor day weekend. In the half a year between those moments, Hollywood managed to release six $100 million-plus-grossing best picture nominees (unthinkable at the beginning of the season) and make past controversies such as Melissa Leo's infamous for your consideration ads seem as inconsequential as a playground fight between two 5-year-olds. This season was serious and a battle of mammoth egos that won't long be forgotten. Thankfully, however, there are always lessons for pundits, studio executives, their likely still-stressed-out consultants and, most importantly, the powers at be at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Open up your books to page one, students, and let's review...

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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Do we really need an 8th season of 'The Real Housewives of Orange County'?

More importantly, can one new wife save the show?

So, we all know that "The Real Housewives of Orange County" will be returning for an 8th season on April 1 (insert for April Fool's Day joke here). The question is, how many of us care? And is plunking just one new housewife into the mix enough to keep this branch of the franches alive?

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'Jack the Giant Slayer' director Bryan Singer talks 3D, family films and 'X Men: Days of Future Past'

'Jack the Giant Slayer' director Bryan Singer talks 3D, family films and 'X Men: Days of Future Past'

Which aspects of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' were sacred?
RICHMOND, ENGLAND - I rushed in to interview with "Jack the Giant Slayer" director fresh off of shooting my musical stand-up (Check It Out Below) in front of Hampton Court Palace. 
 
I apologized for my cold hands, but Singer knows a thing or two about shooting in the frigid temperatures in Henry VIII's former residence. Much of "Jack the Giant Slayer" is shot on elaborate soundstages and using digital trickery, but several key outdoor and crowd scenes were shot in the  open spaces and courtyards around the palace, which justified the location of the film's recent junket and has added some historically confusing footnotes to the guided tours.
 
We chatted in a room decorated with a painting that Singer told me was one of the Queen's favorites, but it was unclear which Elizabeth was playing favorites with the Hampton art. 
 
You may have already seen Singer's interview-closing discussion of his approach to "X-Men: Days of Future Past," but we also talked about "Jack the Giant Slayer," including his approach to the classic fairy tale/legend,  the target age range for the new film and his learning curve with 3D technology.
 
Check out the full interview above and my interview with "Jack the Giant Slayer" stars Nicholas Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson.
 
"Jack the Giant Slayer" opens on Friday, March 1.
 
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<p>Theo James, Kevin Alejandro and Chi McBride in &quot;Golden Boy.&quot;</p>

Theo James, Kevin Alejandro and Chi McBride in "Golden Boy."

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Series premiere: 'Golden Boy' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new CBS cop drama?

I posted my review of CBS' "Golden Boyearlier today. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in, what did you think? Does the flash-forward structure intrigue you, or did it just feel like window dressing on the latest CBS cop drama? Did you buy British actor Theo James as a New York cop, or will he always be Pamuk to you? (And does anyone else agree with Fienberg that he's just channeling Peter Gallagher's voice?) Did you like James together with Chi McBride? Did the Kevin Alejandro character seem like an interesting foil or a two-dimensional villain? Did you find the mystery interesting? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Raylan (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;and Shelby (Jim Beaver)&nbsp;in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Shelby (Jim Beaver) in "Justified."

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Outlaw'

Arlo runs into trouble, and Boyd moves against his rivals

A review of tonight's "Justified" just as soon as I plan to make it rain at the Lobster Box...

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Review: Atoms For Peace, 'AMOK'

Review: Atoms For Peace, 'AMOK'

Thom Yorke's supercrew of sticksmen makes for a complex listening experience

Atoms For Peace is the project name for Thom Yorke’s full band when he’s gone solo, and structurally the album “AMOK” shows he’s still its leader. For it, the Radiohead frontman assembled a mighty drum circle.

Nigel Godrich, Flea, Joey Waronker, Mauro Refosco and Yorke beat, tap, hum and stir their way through a mere nine songs for the album, which feels further abbreviated by it’s ultra-tidy sound. Every tapestry of rhythm churns at a similar clip, with small and short programmed drum sounds rarely stepping in the way of Yorke's falsetto and protracted vowels.
 
“Judge, Jury, Executioner,” one of the first songs farmed out from “AMOK,” still remains one of its highlights, in its odd time signature and recognizable, daunting chorus. Textural “Dropped” is a jaw-dropping array of punctuated rhythms and counter-rhythms, making it a dream for headphone listening; “Reverse Running” is similar, like a case-study in the use of panning and intricacies in stereo.
 
As expertly as the album’s played, there’s still the curse of over-thinking, when the attention to detail overpowers the longing for a lush, completed song. “Stuck Together Pieces” is one example of this, in that even its name implies useable segments merely glued together. Every time I hear “Unless,” I’ve forgotten I’ve even heard it before, and I then forget again.
 
Still, for fans of “Erase,” this will satisfy in layers, through first listens and repeated. These complex, highly detailed tracks may be skeletal at times, but intoxicating nonetheless.
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<p>Marcus Mumford and Justin Timberlake</p>

Marcus Mumford and Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake and Marcus Mumford duet for new Coen Brothers movie

Pair wrote track for 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Justin Timberlake is keeping it in the family. He appears in a small role as Carey Mulligan’s husband in the new Coen Brothers’ movie, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and now he and Mulligan’s real-life husband, Marcus Mumford, have recorded a song for the film’s soundtrack.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>&nbsp;Adele performs at the Oscars.</p>

 Adele performs at the Oscars.

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Adele, Shirley Bassey, and Barbra Streisand see post-Oscar sales bumps

'Les Miz,' 'Chicago' and 'Dreamgirls' also see boosts

Adele is taking more than an Oscar home from Feb. 24’s Academy Awards ceremony.  The winner for best original song for “Skyfall” will also see a big sales increase on Billboard’s digital download chart.

Billboard predicts that the James Bond theme could soar 45% in sales over last week, when it sold 36,000 copies.

Adele isn’t the only Bond girl to see a nice bounce:  Shirley Bassey, who deservedly earned a standing ovation from the audience for her performance of “Goldfinger,” will also see a huge increase in sales, with as much as a 275% increase in downloads for a tally up to 2000 copies.

Though never a singer of a Bond theme song (how did that happen?), Barbra Streisand’s theme from another classic movie, “The Way We Were,” will also see a rise, perhaps as high as 175%, following her performance of the tune during the In Memoriam segment of the evening. She sang in honor of the song’s co-writer and her close friend, Marvin Hamlisch, who died on Aug. 6.

Also seeing increases are the soundtracks from “Les Miserables,” “Chicago” and “Dreamgirls,” all of whom had featured songs performed during the show.

While some of the increases will be immediately apparent on the charts released tomorrow (Feb. 26), given that the charts close on Sunday night, some of the titles could see even bigger bumps the following week.

 

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<p>Seth MacFarlane on the Oscars.</p>

Seth MacFarlane on the Oscars.

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Oscars' Seth MacFarlane says 'No Way' to the idea of hosting again

'Family Guy' and 'Ted' creator has a full plate

Seth MacFarlane brought some new blood to the Academy Awards this year, to mixed reviews. Although ratings were strong, there doesn't seem to be much hope that the "Family Guy" and "Ted" creator will be seen emceeing the show again next year.

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