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'Private Practice' is ending but will anyone notice?

Shonda Rhimes announces the end, but there's better soap to be had

Exactly no one was surprised on Friday when Shonda Rhimes announced that "Private Practice" would be riding off into the syndication sunset after episode 613. Fading ratings were already a tip-off (the debut episode raked in 14 million, while these days the show rarely cracks the 6 million mark), but the nail in the coffin was likely delivered when the star of the show, Kate Walsh (Addison), announced she was walking after 13 episodes. Rhimes claimed that making the decision came after some debate, but I can't imagine why. 

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<p>Dave Matthews Band</p>

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket and Train sign on for John Denver tribute set

Edward Sharpe, Brandi Carlile, and Lucinda Williams get into the spirit

Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Train and Brandi Carlile are among the artists paying tribute to John Denver on “John Denver: The Music Is You.”

The album, out in February on Matthews’ ATO Records,  also features Sharon Van Etten, Kathleen Edwards, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, all interpreting songs made famous by Denver, who died 15 years ago and remains best known for such hits as “Tale Me Home, Country Roads,” “Annie’s Song,”  and “Rocking Mountain High,” which, according to the developing set list, no one has claimed yet. We suggest  Zac Brown Band.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to environmental initiatives in Denver’s name.

Track Listing for John Denver: The Music Is You

“Take Me To Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews
“Leaving, on a Jet Plane” by My Morning Jacket
“Sunshine On My Shoulders” by Train
“Wooden Indian” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
“Some Days are Diamonds” by Amos Lee
(Song selection TBA) by Lucinda Williams
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Brandi Carlile
“Back Home Again” by Old Crow Medicine Show
“Darcy Farrow” by Josh Ritter and Barnstar
“All of My Memories” by Kathleen Edwards
“Prisoners” by J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten
“Annie's Song” by Brett Dennen and Milow
“Looking For Space” by Evan Dando
“Eagle and the Hawk” by Blind Pilot
 “I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” by Mary Chapin Carpenter

“Take Me To Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews
“Leaving, on a Jet Plane” by My Morning Jacket
“Sunshine On My Shoulders” by Train
“Wooden Indian” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
“Some Days are Diamonds” by Amos Lee
(Song selection TBA) by Lucinda Williams
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Brandi Carlile
“Back Home Again” by Old Crow Medicine Show
“Darcy Farrow” by Josh Ritter and Barnstar
“All of My Memories” by Kathleen Edwards
“Prisoners” by J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten
“Annie's Song” by Brett Dennen and Milow
“Looking For Space” by Evan Dando
“Eagle and the Hawk” by Blind Pilot
 “I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” by Mary Chapin Carpenter


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<p>Whoever that is in that suit, he sure is colorful.</p>

Whoever that is in that suit, he sure is colorful.

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Is it Iron Patriot, War Machine or Iron Man in new 'Iron Man 3' photo?

A week of hype for next summer's super sequel kicks off online

I have a feeling this week's trailer is only going to leave us with more questions, and honestly, this far out from release, that's all I want from "Iron Man 3."

This is the week where the hype campaign kicks off in earnest.  I thought they made a tremendous showing at Comic-Con, and the trailer will most likely be a shorter edited version of what we saw there, which promised a Tony Stark under stress and a Ben Kingsley Mandarin.  Entertainment Weekly has a shot of Kingsley's face today along with some hints about the character, part of the barrage of new images popping up in places like USA Today and Facebook.  Tonight/tomorrow morning is the arrival of the trailer, this morning was the one-sheet, and in the meantime, I need to know if we've got it all figured out as to which character we're seeing in one of the new publicity shots.

I remember when the character was photographed on-set this summer.  James Badge Dale, who has such a great and memorable scene in "Flight" this month, is onboard to play a character named Eric Savin who comic fans also know as "The Iron Patriot."  Many people saw those photos and immediately figured that had to be Dale in the armor, and that had to be the Iron Patriot.

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<p>Maroon 5</p>

Maroon 5

Maroon 5 sets 2013 North American tour

Group debuts new single on 'The Voice' on Nov. 8

The hardest working man in show business, Adam Levine, and his band mates in Maroon 5 will head out on a 2013 North American tour in February.  The band, whose single, “One More Night,” has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, will be joined by Neon Trees and Owl City on the 31-date outing.

The Live Nation-produced arena tour opens at Columbus, Ohio’s Schottenstein Center on Feb. 13 and concludes April 6 outside Chicago at the Rosemont, Ill.-Allstate Arena. Tickets go on sale today for fan club members and to the general public on Oct. 27.

Levine will juggle his touring duties with his responsibilities as a coach on “The Voice,” which is already taping blind auditions for this Spring’s Season 4. He is also expanding into acting with roles on TV's "American Horror Story" and the upcoming film, "Can A Song Save Your Life." 

Maroon 5 will debut “Daylight,” the third single from current album, “Overexposed,” on “The Voice” on Nov. 8.

Maroon 5 Tour Dates

February 13                          Columbus, OH                     Schottenstein Center
February 14                          Detroit, MI                          The Palace of Auburn Hills
February 16                          New York, NY                      Madison Square Garden
February 17                          Manchester, NH                 Verizon Wireless Arena
February 19                          Toronto, ON                         Air Canada Centre
February 20                          Montreal, QC                     Bell Centre
February 22                          Uncasville, CT                      Mohegan Sun Arena
February 23                          East Rutherford, NJ           IZOD Center
February 25                          Grand Rapids, MI               Van Andel Arena
February 27                          Kansas City, MO                 Sprint Center
March 01                              Moline, IL                            iWireless Center
March 03                              Omaha, NE                           CenturyLink Center
March 04                              St. Paul, MN                         Xcel Energy Center
March 07                              Calgary, AB                         Scotiabank Saddledome
March 09                              Vancouver, BC                    Rogers Arena
March 11                              Seattle, WA                          Key Arena
March 13                             San Jose, CA                         HP Pavilion at San Jose
March 15                              Los Angeles, CA                  STAPLES Center
March 16                              Las Vegas, NV                    Mandalay Bay Events Center
March 19                              Houston, TX                         Toyota Center
 March 21                             Dallas, TX                             American Airlines Center
March 22                              Tulsa, OK                             BOK Center
March 24                              Nashville, TN                      Bridgestone Arena
March 26                              Birmingham, AL                  BJCC Arena
March 27                              Atlanta, GA                          Philips Arena
March 29                              Ft. Lauderdale, FL               BB&T Center
March 30                              Orlando, FL                         Amway Center
April 01                                  Jacksonville, FL                    Veterans Memorial Coliseum
April 03                                  Washington DC                   Verizon Center
April 04                                  Philadelphia, PA                  Wells Fargo Center
April 06                                  Rosemont, IL                       Allstate Arena

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<p>Claire Danes just got the good news:&nbsp;Showtime has renewed &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;for a third season.</p>

Claire Danes just got the good news: Showtime has renewed "Homeland" for a third season.

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Showtime renews 'Homeland' for season 3

Emmy-winning drama coming off its biggest numbers ever

In a no-brainer move on a day of no-brainer renewals, Showtime has ordered a third season of "Homeland."

The suspense drama is coming off a huge night at the Emmys, where it won awards for writing, stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, and for Outstanding Drama Series, ending a four-year "Mad Men" streak. Its ratings are up over last season, and Sunday night's episode (my review is here) averaged 1.75 million viewers for its 9 p.m. airing, the most-watched episode to date. Showtime estimates that across its platforms (including On Demand), the season 2 premiere has been seen by 5.7 million viewers.

"The Emmy wins for 'Homeland' have certainly set the stage for a great second season,” Showtime president Nevins said in a statement. "The writers, cast and crew of 'Homeland' continue to create a remarkably entertaining and suspenseful roller coaster ride, growing audiences week after week.  We can't wait for our viewers to experience what unfolds through the rest of season two.  Our partners at Fox 21 have been tremendous, and we are thrilled to begin the planning for 'Homeland's third season."

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<p>&quot;Searching for Sugar Man&quot;</p>

"Searching for Sugar Man"

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'Central Park Five,' 'Sugar Man,' 'Queen of Versailles' among IDA Award nominees

The documentary awards will be presented on December 7

The International Documentary Association Awards may be commonly labelled a precursor in the doc Oscar race, though that's not strictly the case -- as an independent-minded group, they frequently follow a very different path to the Academy's documentary branch. Last year, for example, their top prizewinner "Nostalgia for the Light" didn't crack the Academy's longlist, while eventual Oscar winner "Undefeated" wasn't tapped by the IDA. Would that more race saw this kind of divergence of opinion.

All of which is to say that the IDA's nominations, announced this morning, aren't any kind of harbinger of Oscar glory, though some high-profile films made the cut in their top category, including "Searching for Sugar Man" (which caught Kris' fancy in the summer) "Queen of Versailles" and "Central Park Five" (which I reviewed out of the LFF last week).

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<p>Critics' Choice Movie Awards</p>

Critics' Choice Movie Awards

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18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards to air on The CW on January 10

Kudos will be dished the same day as the Oscar nominations announcement

After a number of years partnered with VH1 for its annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, the first televised film awards show of the season, the Broadcast Film Critics Association has announced that the 18th annual telecast will be broadcast on The CW network.

Also included in the announcement is the now-official date of January 10, 2013 for the show, which, yes, is the same day as the Oscar nominations. So there ought to be some interesting, awkward heartbreak on the red carpet for the inevitable BFCA nominees who were shafted by the Academy. This is the first time the awards are being held after the Oscar nominations announcement.

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<p>&quot;Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy&quot; received the award for Original Score of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards.</p>

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" received the award for Original Score of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards.

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'Tinker Tailor' composer Alberto Iglesias takes top honors at World Soundtrack Awards

The Spaniard beats out such rivals as John Williams and Alexandre Desplat

If you forget the current Oscar race for a minute, and cast your mind all the way back to the start of this year, you may recall that Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias nabbed what rather surprisingly turned out to be the only below-the-line nomination for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy."

He inevitably lost to Ludovic Bource for "The Artist," but I wasn't the only one who thought his moody, jazz-infused score for the British spy thriller deserved the win -- and not only because his tonally contrasting, predictably unnominated work on Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In" was equally strong.

Months later, Iglesias has received his due, winning Composer of the Year for both films (plus French thriller "The Monk") at the World Soundtrack Awards, presented this weekend at the Ghent International Film Festival in Belgium.

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<p>John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck in &quot;Argo.&quot;</p>

John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck in "Argo."

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Roundup: Audiences still eager for 'Argo'

Also: 'Mea Maxima Culpa' to play in Italy, and Sasha Stone's Oscar dirty dozen

"Paranormal Activity 4" may have topped the box office this weekend, but the story of the chart remains "Argo" -- which, by dipping just 15% to take $16.6 million, posted the strongest ever hold for a live-action film on a non-holiday weekend. Warner Bros. are said to be confident the film will reach at least $90 million domestically, which is a pretty extraordinary projection these days for a film about grown-ups in which nobody wears a cape. All of which underlines the immediate reaction I had upon finally seeing the film for myself last week: combining that strong populist appeal with old-fashioned craftsmanship, rousing political history and Hollywood insider lore, it's unequivocally the one to beat for Best Picture. [Variety]

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<p>James and Mark of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

James and Mark of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Funky Monkey'

Despite the misleading title, this episode includes no monkeys
I need a ruling on this, "Amazing Race" viewers:
Is the streak of "Amazing Race" Legs determined by cab failures over or is it alive at three?
Mostly, Sunday (October 21) night's "Amazing Race" episode was finally able to jettison a team that had been dead weight since the premiere, but I can't say with absolute confidence that a faulty piece of cab steering didn't play a major role.
My vote is "The streak is over and Sunday's Leg came down to ineptitude on the part of the Racers and not the driver," but if you want to take the opposing side, I can't necessarily argue.
We can discuss after the break...
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<p>Lucia Micarelli in &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;</p>

Lucia Micarelli in "Tremé."

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Review: 'Tremé' - 'I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say'

It's Christmas in New Orleans, but not everyone gets what they want

A quick review of tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as I explain the difference between a fiddle and a violin...

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<p>Claire Danes and Damian Lewis in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Claire Danes and Damian Lewis in "Homeland."

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'New Car Smell'

Carrie and Brody cross paths again in a pivotal hour

My review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as my plan is the same as your plan...

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