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<p>The 50th annual&nbsp;New York&nbsp;Film&nbsp;Festival</p>

The 50th annual New York Film Festival

Credit: Film Society of Lincoln Center

'Amour,' 'Hyde Park on Hudson' and more set for 2012 NY fest

The 50th annual slate has been revealed

Okay, so, I said it yesterday, but to reiterate: a busy week for NYFF. Robert Zemeckis's "Flight," Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" and David Chase's "Not Fade Away" have been tapped for big world premieres, and today, the full line-up has been unveiled by Film Society of Lincoln Center.

As usual, there are some Cannes carry-overs, chief among them Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning "Amour." Also in the mix are Christian Mungiu's "Beyond the Hills," Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" and Pablo Larrain's "No," among others.

Continuing along the fall festival circuit will be Brian De Palma's "Passion" (already set for Toronto/Venice and a potential Telluride play, too), Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" (set for Toronto) and Olivier Assayas' "Something in the Air" (Venice). And there is another world premiere noted: Allan Berliner's "First Cousin Once Removed."

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"Glee"

"Glee"

Credit: Fox

Ryan Murphy tweets a peek at 'Glee' season four

The new trailer shows Sue's baby and Rachel's run-in with... Kate Hudson?

Ryan Murphy tweeted, "So exciting... Season Four, here we come!" along with a link to a promo for "Glee" on Wednesday, giving fans of the show a chance to see exactly what's new and different this year. The answer is, of course, almost everything. Sue (Jane Lynch) has had her baby, and she's working with Will (Matthew Morrison) to keep New Directions on track. Kurt (Chris Colfer) brings "The Glee Project"'s Alex Newell to the choir room, and Rachel (Lea Michele) faces off with her NYADA instructor Kate Hudson. But watch for yourself -- and remember to set your DVRs for "Glee"'s return on Thurs. Sept. 13, 9:00 p.m. on Fox. 

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<p>Mike Epps, Derek Luke &amp; Omari Hardwick</p>

Mike Epps, Derek Luke & Omari Hardwick

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Watch: Derek Luke reveals the inspiration for his character in 'Sparkle'

Why did Luke, Omari Hardwick and Mike Epps delay our interview?


Hitfix’s interview with the men of “Sparkle” got off to a late start. That’s because Mike Epps, Derek Luke and Omari Hardwick heard their female co-stars, Jordin Sparks, Tiki Sumpter, and Carmen Ejogo, were right down the hall at the Four Seasons and Luke and Hardwick wanted to run down,  say hello and dispense some hugs.

Our interview opens with my asking about what it was like on the set of Whitney Houston's last film since I’ve never had a junket stopped so the stars could go say hi to their co-stars.

“Sometimes when you finish a movie, you just kindly [feel will you] excuse yourself from the rest of my life’,” jokes Luke, adding that was definitely not the case on “Sparkle.” “This is...a continued friendship.”

Hardwick plays Levi, a guy who can’t really catch a break but who never loses his dignity because of the choices Hardwick made after he read the script. “I just brought what I thought my character would be better represented as, and that would be to play him honorable, to be elegant,” he says.

Epps plays Satin, a comedian who behaves very badly, in the comic’s darkest performance yet. “One of the advantages that I had was that they made it a comedian,” he says. (In the 1976 original movie, “Sparkle” is a gangster). “Now I’ve got a whole different take on what Satin is. Satin is insecure, he’s funny, he’s in a way, selfish... he wants everyone to accept him, he wants to be loved, and somewhere in his childhood he got hurt.”

Conversely, Luke’s character, artist manager Stix, seems emotionally healthy, whole and totally supportive of Sparks’ character, Sparkle. Such a role could be less than dynamic, but Luke kept him interesting, in part, because of whom he felt he was emulating: his father. “It was the same relationship between him and my mom as Stix had with Sparkle....knowing my dad, I was sort of trying to assume who he was.”

“Sparkle” opens Friday, Aug. 17. Check out our interview with the ladies here.

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<p>Philip Winchester in &quot;Strike Back.&quot;</p>

Philip Winchester in "Strike Back."

Credit: Cinemax

Review: Cinemax's 'Strike Back' returns, still kicking butt and taking names

Rhona Mitra joins the fun as Stonebridge and Scott reunite for more action

Early in the new season of Cinemax's action drama "Strike Back" (it returns tomorrow night at 10), soldier Damien Scott is asked how an American wound up as a key member of a British special forces unit.

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<p>If I ask him to say 'Yippee ki yay,' do you think he's going to get upset?</p>

If I ask him to say 'Yippee ki yay,' do you think he's going to get upset?

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Fantastic Fest announces wave two featuring 'Looper,' shock comedy and 'Holy Motors'

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will attend fest to support his new sci-fi adventure

September is starting to look like it may well end up being one of the best months of film viewing of my entire life between the Toronto International Film Festival's line-up and Fantastic Fest, which is still coming into focus.

This morning, the second wave of Fantastic Fest titles has been announced, and it continues to look like it's going to be a deep, crazy batch of movies.  Some of the titles that were announced today are exactly what I expected, and others are out of left field, which is the exact thing that I love about Fantastic Fest every year.  There are things I've seen at the festival that I'll never see again because they don't neatly fit into any distribution plan in the US right now.  I love going to a festival where it's not just about what's going to sell to a distributor.  It's great to see a festival that is programmed for the people that actually attend and not just as a promotional opportunity for a larger release pattern.

It also helps that Tim League and the amazing programmers he works with every year are completely out of their minds.

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<p>Tom Weston-Jones is an 1860s New York detective in &quot;Copper.&quot;</p>

Tom Weston-Jones is an 1860s New York detective in "Copper."

Credit: BBC America

Review: With 'Copper,' the 'Homicide' team goes back to 1864 New York

An intriguing setting, but the new Fontana/Levinson drama's not quite there yet
When I hear that Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson have a new cop show in the works, I pay attention. This is the team, after all, responsible for one of the greatest cop shows of all time, NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street."
 
When I hear that Fontana and Levinson's cop show is the first original drama for a cable channel, I pay attention. This is the team, after all, that gave HBO its first scripted drama in "Oz," the often-fascinating prison drama that in turn led to "The Sopranos," "The Wire," etc.
 
And when I hear that Fontana and Levinson's cop show is set in New York in 1864, I pay attention. The period is a familiar one from Westerns and Civil War stories, but in terms of what was happening back in the northeast — and also what urban policework was like in this long-ago period — it's ground that's only occasionally been trod.
 
So, yes, my anticipation was very high for Fontana, Levinson and Will Rokos's "Copper," which debuts on Sunday night at 10 on BBC America, a channel that until now was content to simply import content from the mothership in the U.K.
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<p>Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland and Matthew McConaughey in &quot;Mud.&quot;</p>

Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland and Matthew McConaughey in "Mud."

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Lionsgate and Roadside adopt 'Mud' for 2013

After a strong Cannes debut, the long wait for a distributor is over

A couple of weeks ago, I wondered why it was taking so long for Jeff Nichols' "Mud" -- an audience-pleasing, star-powered coming-of-age story with genre trappings -- to find a US distributor, after being so warmly received at the tail-end of the Cannes Film Festival. I closed by speculating that indie outfit Roadside Attractions was the sort of company that might be willing to take on the film, and steer it through an awards season where it could turn into a popular property.

Lo and behold, the news broke yesterday that Roadside, together with parent company Lionsgate, are all set to acquire US rights to the film -- but that they're only planning to release it in 2013. There's no word yet on when in the new year "Mud" is set to hit, but if they share my belief in its awards potential -- at the very least, it represents a decent Best Actor play for the currently resurgent Matthew McConaughey -- the wait could be rather a long one. Meanwhile, it still hasn't shown up in the Toronto Film Festival lineup.

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"Big Brother"

"Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

'Big Brother' recap: Will the power of veto shake up the game?

The hamsters duke it out in a Zingbot-themed challenge

So, Wil and Joe are on the block, and really, anything could happen. Someone could get backdoored (or at least that's what Dan keeps yapping about), Joe could lose his mind and smash in all the hamsters' heads while they're sleeping (can't rule it out), or Boogie could keel over from a heart attack or some age-related disease and throw off the game completely. So, let's get to it!

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<p>Green Day</p>

Green Day

Watch: Green Day surrounds themselves with models and ennui in video for 'Oh Love'

Is it a video or a Victoria's Secret commercial?

Green Day’s video for its new single, “Oh Love” may as well be retitled “Oh Lust,” although there’s nothing particularly sexy in the cliched clip that has the trio playing in a rehearsal space to a very select audience of tattooed models.

[More after the jump...]

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

"So You Think You Can Dance"

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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: The final 14 perform Mia Michaels' top routines

Ballet superstars Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt are the guest judges

The Olympics are over, so that means it's time for an all-new, all-live performance/elimination double header of "So You Think You Can Dance"! Cat is wearing Heidi hair to celebrate! Even better, the entire show is dedicated to the work of one choreographer: Mia Michaels. Oh, and four people (two guys, two gals) are going home. Yay. Not.

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

"So You Think You Can Dance"

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HitFix Interview: 'So You Think You Can Dance' hoofers talk short format, long days

Amelia, Dareian, Chehon, George and Will talk to HitFix

After a brief Olympic hiatus, "So You Think You Can Dance" is returning to the air tonight. I got a chance to talk to some of the competitors during the TCAs and discovered not everyone is thrilled with the new, shorter format, though everyone's thrilled to be doing what they love best -- dancing. Here's what Will Thomas, George Lawrence II, Amelia Lowe, Chehon Wespi-Tschop had to say about being accepted, the toughest genre, and why they aren't reading their critics.

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<p>&quot;Not Fade&nbsp;Away&quot;</p>

"Not Fade Away"

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Film Society taps David Chase's 'Not Fade Away' for centerpiece NYFF premiere

From 'The Sopranos' to the big screen and a Big Apple bow

It's been a busy week for Film Society of Lincoln Center, lining up the program for the 50th annual New York Film Festival. Announcements of "Life of Pi" and "Flight" as bookends to the fest already stood out as a major step forward where nabbing exclusive bows was concerned, and today, it's been revealed that "Not Fade Away" will see its world premiere as a centerpiece presentation.

David Chase's much-anticipated directorial debut tells the coming-of-age tale of a group of friends inspired to form their own rock band fronted by a gifted singer-songwriter. But talking with a publicist this week who's working on the film, it's also apparently very much about that moment in time when Chase and his friends moved to New York and realized there was a way of life as artists. And with a killer soundtrack to boot.

Chase, of course, made his name on the small screen with series like "Northern Exposure" and, most especially, "The Sopranos." It's nice that his first stab at the big screen will be an intimate portrait along these lines. "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini has a role in the film, which also stars Brad Garrett, Christopher McDonald and Bella Heathcote, among others.

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