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<p>Melissa George's spy has to improvise in &quot;Hunted.&quot;</p>

Melissa George's spy has to improvise in "Hunted."

Credit: Cinemax

Review: Cinemax gets more complicated with spy drama 'Hunted'

Melissa George plays a private spy looking for revenge
When Cinemax decided to follow big brother HBO into the scripted drama business, it kept things safe and simple with "Strike Back." It was a continuation of a pre-existing show from the U.K. (albeit one where most of the cast and producers were replaced for the Cinemax version), a mix of sex and violence that fit perfectly with what people subscribe to the channel for, and its ambitions are small and easily attainable.
"Strike Back" has turned out to be a real pleasure, and now Cinemax has aimed higher with its second drama, "Hunted" (it premieres Friday night at 10).It's a wholly original series, and while there's still action and nudity, the storytelling is far more complex. The training wheels are off now, and the result is a show that wobbles far more frequently than its predecessor, but one that can get into a groove that demonstrates the value of risk-taking.
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<p>Joaquin Phoenix in &quot;The Master.&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Roundup: Phoenix on why awards season is 'bullshit'

Also: R.I.P. Koji Wakamatsu, and Mendes talks Bond

There may still be a question mark over how well "The Master" goes over with the Academy, but there's little doubt that Joaquin Phoenix is primed for a nomination (at least) for his blazing performance in it. When he gets it, however, it'll be without any help from the actor himself, who has made it quite clear he has no interest in the whole ritual of awards season whatsoever. His interview with Elvis Mitchell touches on many interesting areas, but here are his thoughts on the Oscar-chasing business: "I think it's total, utter bullshit, and I don't want to be a part of it. I don't believe in it... Pitting people against each other . . . It's the stupidest thing in the whole world. It was one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life when 'Walk the Line' was going through all the awards stuff and all that. I never want to have that experience again." Guess he won't be coming to the ceremony, then. [Interview

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<p>Helen Hunt talks about &quot;The Sessions.&quot;</p>

Helen Hunt talks about "The Sessions."

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Helen Hunt on the thrill of sex without shame in 'The Sessions'

If there's one movie she could leave behind it might be this one

BEVERLY HILLS - Helen Hunt may be incredibly nervous on the inside, but she projected an unexpected regal confidence during our short interview for her work in "The Sessions" last week. Obviously, playing a real life character is always daunting.  Playing a real life person who was a sexual surrogate to a disabled poet hoping to have his first sexual experience in his late 30's is something else.

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<p>The stars of FOX's &quot;New Girl&quot;</p>

The stars of FOX's "New Girl"

Credit: FOX

Baseball delay pushes 'X Factor,' 'New Girl' in FOX scheduling pile-up

Wednesday's truncated talent show episode shifts to next Tuesday
Mother Nature is a devious programming executive.
A simple rain delay in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series caused a pile-up that confused many viewers and will be rippling through FOX's schedule for weeks. 
With the game between the Giants and Cardinals on hold, but the chance of resumption hanging in the balance, FOX scrambled to fill programming on Wednesday, airing a smorgasbord of offerings including the pilot for "Ben and Kate," roughly an hour of the previously scheduled episode of "The X Factor" and a chunk of last week's "The Mindy Project."
When it became clear that the baseball game would return, FOX abruptly pulled the episode of "X Factor" half-way through the key episode meant to reveal the season's Top 16. This portion of "X Factor" aired on the East Coast and also, due to a technical issue, aired on the West Coast as a simulcast (in Pacific Time, FOX just aired last Wednesday's episode). 
FOX will now air the entirety of Wednesday's scheduled "X Factor" next Tuesday (the Thursday episode had already been preempted for baseball). In order to make way for two hours of "X Factor," FOX has now pulled the new episodes of "Raising Hope," "Ben and Kate," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" for a later date. "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" were already preempted this week due to the second Presidential Debate.
If you're keeping score at home, the Cardinals beat the Giants 3-1.
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'Nashville' recap: Juliette's claws are out but Rayna isn't giving up yet

The race for mayor is heating up, but Rayna could be the weak link

Yes, sometimes it sucks to be the Queen of Country, at least when you're Rayna James (Connie Britton). Even her own kids freak out at the prospect of seeing Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) shooting a video outside their car. Rayna has no choice but to bang down the door locks, but that isn't going to keep Juliette out of her life for long. Juliette, of course, has her heart set on being taken seriously as an artiste, and that means stealing away Rayna's righthand man, Deacon Clayborne (Charles Esten). While Juliette is clearly a pouty little brat through most of this episode, when she looks at Deacon and whispers, "I think something about you makes me want to grow up," I wonder if she just might be tougher for Rayna to run off than I'd hoped.

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"American Horror Story"

 "American Horror Story"

Credit: FX

Recap: 'American Horror Story' serves a mash-up of horror's greatest hits

Jessica Lange rips into another character with a dark past

Like a lot of people, I have mixed feelings about the whole Murphy/Falchuk oeuvre. Loved "Glee" for a while before losing interest, thought "Nip/Tuck" became too silly, can't stand "The New Normal." But I've got to say, one thing these guys pulled off that will always impress me is the game-changing idea of rebooting "American Horror Story" (second season premiere Wed. Oct. 17 at 10 p.m.) at the end of its first season. It's a move that could only happen on cable (or maybe the Internet, if you want to include Web series), but there are plenty of shows I wish had made the same decision. If this is ultimately the only lasting impact (and I hope it's lasting) the show has on the television landscape, I'll gladly call it an epic win. Whether or not the reboot is a success on its own terms, of course, remains to be seen. 

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<p>Malcolm and Denise of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Malcolm and Denise of "Survivor"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'Survivor: Philippines' - 'Got My Swag Back'

Would Jeff Kent be outed? Would a player be removed? Drama!
Pre-credit sequence. So. Tired. Of. Team Formerly Russell. This has been four straight eliminations, including the man who gave the tribe his name. It's only Malcolm and Denise now. "I thought this might happen on Day 39," says a lonely Malcolm. He doesn't know what's coming next, though Denise suggests they may be split up and sent to opposite tribes. "Everyone loves an underdog," Malcolm predicts, suggesting we'd be wise not to count them out. Sorry, man. I'm kinda counting you out and hoping for a Merge or Shuffle or some other Game Event I can pointlessly capitalize.
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<p>&quot;Yes, right over there is the bed we're going to use. I have terrible, terrible plans for you. There is, after all, a reason they call it a 'rogering'.&quot;</p>

"Yes, right over there is the bed we're going to use. I have terrible, terrible plans for you. There is, after all, a reason they call it a 'rogering'."

Credit: 20th Century Fox Home Video/MGM/UA

James Bond Declassified: File #11 - 'Moonraker' leaves the world of reality behind

One of the low points in the series gets almost everything wrong

FILE #11: "Moonraker"

This series will trace the cinema history of James Bond, while also examining Ian Fleming's original novels as source material and examining how faithful (or not) the films have been to his work.

Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Screenplay by Christopher Wood
Produced by Albert R. Broccoli and William P. Cartlidge and Michael G. Wilson


James Bond / Roger Moore
Dr. Holly Goodhead / Lois Chiles
Hugo Drax / Michael Lonsdale
Jaws / Richard Kiel
Corrine Dufour / Corinne Clery
Sir Frederick Gray / Geoffrey Keen
Chang / Toshiro Suga
Manuela / Emily Bolton
Dolly / Blanche Ravalec
Col. Scott / Mike Marshall
M / Bernard Lee
Q / Desmond Llewelyn
Miss Moneypenny / Lois Maxwell


I get such a particular emotional surge seeing the Space Shuttle piggybacked on a plane.  The recent flybys here in LA were major events in my household, the slow drive across LA was reason enough to leave the house at a preposterously early hour on a Sunday morning, and if you get me started talking about the space program, it's hard to get me to shut up.  It is one of my favorite things, so imagine how space-crazy "Star Wars" fan me reacted when the sequel to "The Spy Who Loved Me" opened with the theft of the Space Shuttle, which hadn't actually launched yet.  Pretty much the perfect set-up for a Bond film for me, right?

Nine year old me would say yes.  Forty-two year old me, who just rewatched the movie, would not concur.

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<p>Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto in &quot;Suburgatory.&quot;</p>

Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto in "Suburgatory."

Credit: ABC

Season premiere review: 'Suburgatory' - 'Homecoming'

Tessa's back from New York, and Chatswin is still very much the same

"Suburgatory" is back for a second season, and I have a quick review coming up just as soon as I delete all your "Californication"s off the DVR...

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<p>Demi Lovato and Jennel Garcia of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Demi Lovato and Jennel Garcia of "The X Factor"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'The X Factor' - Judges' Homes #3 - Judgement Night

A bizarrely truncated episode is pulled after an hour when baseball resumes

Due to a rain delay at the National League Championship Series, tonight's "X Factor" was delayed indefinitely and I used the extra time to watch "Survivor: Philippines" (but not to write my recap) just yet. 

The episode, which inexplicably is being simulcast on the West Coast, started at 8:40 ET and 5:40 Pacific as I was still finishing watching "Survivor."

Now, I'm gonna do a semi-live-blog and see how fast I can catch up to actual (canned) live. This should be fun!

Click through to see who made it to the Top 16 and will get to compete in the live shows...

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Exclusive: Sean Lennon's score to new film, 'Alter Egos'
Credit: Chimera

Exclusive: Sean Lennon's score to new film, 'Alter Egos'

The sweeping soundtrack ranges from orchestral to surf

Sean Lennon exhibited near superhuman strength when it came to composing the score to “Alter Egos,” writer/director Jordan Galland’s new indie film.

The comedy, which opens at New York’s Cinema Village on Thursday, is about superheroes who fall from grace with ordinary citizens. The plot revolves around  a superhero who puts a mission in peril when he finds out his girlfriend is cheating on him with his own Alter Ego.

[More after the jump...]

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Tim Gunn and Kooan Kosuke

 Tim Gunn and Kooan Kosuke on "Project Runway"

Credit: Lifetime

Nina Garcia and Tim Gunn talk about the 'Project Runway' finale

Gunn is "enormously happy with the outcome of this season"

"Project Runway" fixtures Nina Garcia and Tim Gunn have wrapped up the show's tenth season (the finale on Lifetime airs Thurs. Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. ET), and the good news? While neither will give away any secrets about what happens, Gunn will only say he's "enormously happy with the outcome of this season," which I have to hope means Fabio threw out his pastel beachwear and started over. In any case, both Gunn and Garcia spoke to reporters in a conference call, revealing what the designers did after last week's disastrous Fashion Week preview, the winning designer Gunn didn't like and what they believe makes a "Project Runway" winner.

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