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"Liz & Dick"

 "Liz & Dick"

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Lindsay Lohan looks crazy hot in poster for 'Liz & Dick'

The new Lifetime movie could be just the thing for Lohan

While Lindsay Lohan will probably always be a blonde (or, to go way back, a redhead) to most of us, judging from her poster for the Lifetime movie 'Liz & Dick' (currently set for November), Lohan pulls off jet black very, very well. Not only does she smolder in the new poster, it seems the role of Elizabeth Taylor was one she was meant to play. Just look at the text next to her.

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<p>Maroon 5</p>

Maroon 5

Maroon 5 takes 'One More Night' to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Pink and Fun. move up

Maroon 5 reaches the Billboard Hot 100 summit for the third time as “One More Night” rises 2-1 this week.
The second single from the band’s current album, “Overexposed,” achieves what first single “Payphone,” could not. That tune stalled at No. 2. Maroon 5’s previous chart toppers were 2007’s “Makes Me Wonder” and last year’s “Moves Like Jagger” featuring Christina Aguilera.

“One More Night” knocks Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” out of the top spot. The song spent three weeks at No. 1 and drops to No. 2 this week.

No new titles make their way into the Top 10 this week as last week’s slate shifts minimally. Fun.’s “Some Nights” rises one spot to No. 3, trading places with Flo Rida’s former No. 1, “Whistle,” which falls  to No. 4, according to Billboard.

Both Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and  Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean climb one spot each as “Blow Me” moves 6-5 and “As Long as You Love Me” 7-6.

Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” falls 5-7, Alex Clare’s “Too Close” inches 10-8,  Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s “Good Time” holds at No. 9 and Neon Trees’ “Everybody Talks”  drops 8-10.

Two songs will likely burst into the Top 10 next week: Psy’s “Gangnam Style” soars 64-11 this week, while Kayne West’s “Clique” featuring Jay-Z and Big Sean jumps 55-12.

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Ke$ha sets release date for new album, 'Warrior'

Star-studded album includes collabs with Patrick Carney, Iggy Pop and Wayne Coyne

Ke$ha will release, “Warrior,”  her sophomore full-length album Dec. 4.

Dr. Luke executive produced the party-til-you-puke performer’s set. Among Ke$ha’s collaborators are, Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Cirkut, Bonnie McKee, The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, Iggy Pop, The Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Ben Folds and Greg Kurstin.

Fans got a taste of the first single, “Die Young,” which Ke$ha co-wrote with fun.’s Nate Ruess, Dr. Luke, Blanco, and Cirkut, last week when she dropped two short clips of her whistling and performing the song in a Tokyo subway to no reaction from her fellow all. If the snot snippet was any indication, she is trying to leave her spoken lyrics about being a sodden party girl behind and turn into a full-fledged singer. (Her reformation began with her cover of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” last year for a Bob Dylan tribute for Amnesty International.)

“Warrior” is the follow-up to Ke$ha’s debut album, “Animal,” which sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide on the back of such hits as “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R.” A companion EP, “Cannibal,” came out in late 2010.

“I am so excited to finally share ‘Warrior’ with all of my amazing Animals,” Ke$ha said in a statement. “I’ve been working for a year on this new record and have collaborated with some of my idols. This process has been long and intense and I couldn’t be more stoked to share this music. I hope with ‘Warrior’ my fans get to know me in a much more raw and vulnerable way.


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"Top Chef"

 "Top Chef"

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'Top Chef' announces its new cheftestants for season 10 in Seattle

Wolfgang Puck joins the judges' table
'Top Chef' isn't back for its tenth season just yet (that will be Nov. 7 at 10:00 p.m.), but until then you can get started learning about the new cheftestants. Bravo has announced the 21 competing chefs who will be joining the show -- which includes celebrity judge Wolfgang Puck. Judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and Emeril Lagasse as well as Padma Lakshmi will also be back.
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<p>Can Giancarlo Esposito win an Emmy for playing Gus Fring?</p>

Can Giancarlo Esposito win an Emmy for playing Gus Fring?

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Emmys 2012 Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actor for Comedy & Drama

A stacked drama field finds two past winners, while 'Modern Family' dominates on comedy side

Dan and I are continuing our picks for who should and will win Emmys on Sunday night with the comedy and drama supporting actor categories.

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<p>The Beach Boys at the Grammy Museum</p>

The Beach Boys at the Grammy Museum

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Source: Mike Love did not want to continue Beach Boys tour with Brian Wilson

Wilson hopes to make new 'rock and roll' album with the band

Earlier this week, The Beach Boys announced that they would continue touring without Brian Wilson following the conclusion of the group’s tremendously successful 50th anniversary reunion tour later this month.

A source tells Hitfix that co-founder Mike Love made the decision to go on without Wilson and Al Jardine as part of the touring group.  “Brian and Al would love to continue,” the source says. “Mike Love does not.”

As Beach Boys fans know, this year’s 50th anniversary tour marked the first extended tour to include Wilson in decades. Love —alongside fellow Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and other musicians —has toured under the Beach Boys moniker for years.

Love addressed the issue in a press release put out Monday, which stated, “The 50th Reunion tour was designed to be a set tour with a beginning and an end to mark a special 50-year milestone for the band.”  "As we move on, Bruce and I look forward to performing live for Beach Boys fans everywhere," Love said in the statement. Today, a representative for Love added, "the number of concerts for the 50th anniversary tour was mutually agreed to by all the members, as was the album."

However, the band may be far from done. At a standing-room only Los Angeles event at the Grammy Museum Tuesday night with the entire group, Wilson said, “I wouldn’t mind getting together with Mike and guys and recording an exciting rock and roll album.” His comments drew enthusiastic applause from the fervent audience.  Later, another source told Hitfix that there are a number of incomplete songs left over from “That’s Why God Made The Radio” studio album released in June that Wilson plans to work on later this fall that could be part of a “rock and roll album.”

Love told the Los Angeles Times last night that he'd be interesting in recording another album, "if I could write some songs with Brian." 

Originally reluctant to take part in the 50th anniversary tour, Wilson has embraced the effort with gusto since the tour started this Spring. He told me in May, shortly after the tour started, “It’s a great moment in time to be on stage with the guys.” He has told other publications that he would like to continue touring with the band "indefinitely."

The Q&A at the Grammy Museum revolved more around the band’s illustrious past than its future, with guitarist David Marks talking about moving in across the street in Hawthorne, Calif. from the Wilson brothers —Brian, Carl and Dennis— when he was seven. “Before you know it, we’re touring around the country," he said. Love recounted a story about Marks, who spent his 13th birthday on the road with the group, discovering a bottle of vodka hidden in Love’s saxophone case and having to deal with Marks’ irate dad.

Wilson also recounted some well-known stories for the die-hards, including his reaction to hearing The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” album: “It made quite an impression. I went to the piano and started writing ‘God Only Knows’,” from “Pet Sounds.”

He also simplified the reason why it took decades for The Beach Boys’ incomplete set, “Smile,” the band’s intended follow-up to “Pet Sounds,” to come out. “We couldn’t finish ‘Smile.’ My collaborator and me were doing a lot of drugs,” he said. “It was too advanced and too avant garde. We shelved it for 35 years.” After Wilson’s wife and publicist encouraged him to revisit it, the finished work premiered in London in 2004.

The Beach Boys concluded the evening with a jubilant five-song acoustic set composed of “Surfer Girl,” “California Girls,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “Kokomo,” and “I Get Around.”

On Oct. 9, Capitol will release The Beach Boys “Greatest Hits,” as a continuing part of the 50th anniversary celebration.


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<p>Martin Freeman is Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's &quot;The Hobbit:&nbsp;An Unexpected Journey.&quot;</p>

Martin Freeman is Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

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Adventure and comedy await in new 'Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' trailer

Plus: Gandolf and Elrond foreshadow the danger that awaits

For months, industry buzz has centered on how Warner Bros. plans on marketing Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" more to families than the previous "Lord of the Rings" films.  Of course, "Rings" drew in tons of families and fans of all ages, but New Line's campaign at the time generally centered on the novels' epic and dramatic themes.  The primary goal was for audiences to take the world of Middle Earth seriously.  The "Lord" films would take you on a grand adventure, but there were dark and serious consequences at every turn. J.R.R. Tolkien's predecessor to the "Rings" books, "The Hobbit," has its scary moments, but was a little, well, lighter.  Warner Bros., MGM and New Line released the latest and perhaps final trailer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" this morning and that broader tone is starting to seep through.

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance" winners Chehon and Eliana

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'So You Think You Can Dance' winners Chehon and Eliana talk about the win

Eliana admits her routines with Cyrus had to be

Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Eliana Girard were announced as the winners of "So You Think You Can Dance" last night -- and no one seemed more surprised about this than Chehon and Eliana themselves. The two classically trained ballet dancers were not early favorites. Chehon seemed to be permanently stuck in the shadow of fan favorite Cyrus Spencer, the street dancer with no professional training who was never in the bottom three, while Eliana only seemed able to step into the spotlight once she was unpaired from Cyrus and later danced with all star Alex Wong. The winners spoke to reporters in a conference call about their unexpected wins, Cyrus, and why they think ballet is getting more respect this season.


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<p>At the end of 'Kick-Ass,' Christopher Mintz-Plasse made a major turn as a character, and it sounds like there's much more where that came from in 'Kick-Ass 2' next year</p>

At the end of 'Kick-Ass,' Christopher Mintz-Plasse made a major turn as a character, and it sounds like there's much more where that came from in 'Kick-Ass 2' next year

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Listen: A special Toronto podcast with Christopher Mintz-Plasse and the team behind 'Hellbenders'

A candid conversation with Clancy Brown was a festival highlight

Toronto may be in the rear view at this point, but this podcast I put together from interviews I conducted at the festival is, in my opinion, a great pleasure.  I'm always fairly upfront about how much I enjoy the overall atmosphere of the Midnight Madness screenings at the Ryerson.  I'm a firm believer that if you're going to write about the festival, you need to include those films in that time slot in the public venue.  That's the point.

When I saw that Chris Mintz-Plasse was working in Toronto, he seemed eager to try out something at the festival during his shooting schedule for "Kick-Ass 2."  When I first got to town, I posted that story about the Twitter feed that director Jeff Wadlow was using to reveal images from behind the scenes.  He's continued to post an image a day.  It's exactly the right amount of tease, and so far, he hasn't even remotely hinted at a spoiler.  He's been fairly jovial when discussing paparazzi photo leaks from the set.  It's been fun to observe.  Chris seemed fairly excited about the film, about the just-revealed casting of Jim Carrey in a key role, and about the evolution of his character from frustrated son to Red Mist to broken-hearted son to super villain.  The end of the first film made the biggest promise in regards to where he might be headed, and much of the large supporting cast is used to fill out his own personal team of super villains with a name so filthy, I'm fairly sure I'm not even allowed to print it with a**erisks taken out.

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<p>Ryan Bingham</p>

Ryan Bingham

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Oscar winner Ryan Bingham talks 'Tomorrowland' and writing a new soundtrack

Country and rock songwriter talks about life after 'Crazy Heart' and 'Weary Kind'

“It’s me, motherf*cker, I’m knocking on the door.” These are words not entirely unexpected from the same guy who took home a Grammy and an Oscar for “The Weary Kind” nearly three years ago. But the lyrics are indicative of at least the confrontational sound coming from “Tomorrowland,” Ryan Bingham’s new record and the first for his own label Axster Bingham Records. (The quoted track’s called “Guess Who’s Knocking.” Should have started with a spoiler alert.) 

The country and rock songwriter said in our interview that he spun a lot of records from the late ‘70s – the Clash, Bowie, Iggy Pop, Jimi Hendrix, Zeppelin – when making the set, out of a friend’s private, secluded home in Malibu. Punk rock records “opened the door, was a really big influence” on the final result, sussed out with co-producer Justin Stanley. He incorporated a lot more electric guitars, for one.
The bigger, more robust rock sonics could also be the reaction to Bingham’s own career legacy up until now. His co-writes with T Bone Burnett on the “Crazy Heart” soundtrack put him on the map, but for his more tender material.
“I write real personal stuff, and I played a lot of tours kinda stripped down and acoustic. After a while, it’s just hard to get through those songs every night. It’s hard to be that vulnerable,” he said. Over the couple of years that followed “Crazy Heart,” for one, both of his parents passed away.
“Now, playing shows with these [songs] are a lot of fun. I get to rock the f*ck out.”
And his touring and recorded successes are in tandem with his wife Anna Axster, half the namesake of the label. She helps to manage; she’s also at work creating a  feature film “A Country Called Home,” and Bingham will be writing the music for the movie.
“It’s a film about tolerance,” he said. It follows a young girl from a small town to her move to a bigger city, but some “family issues” follow her as she heads back home. Bingham said the story was inspired by his travels across middle America, touring with his wife in “places you wouldn’t visit when you go on a trip. “
The film is getting cast right now, and Bingham hopes it starts shooting in the spring. It would be his first original soundtrack since “Crazy Heart.”
Bingham will begin touring in support of “Tomorrowland” starting next week on Sept. 25. The album is out today (Sept. 18).


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Taking questions for 9/21 Oscar Talk

Taking questions for 9/21 Oscar Talk

Offer up your burning queries

You know the drill. Offer up your need-to-knows in the comments and we'll try to address a few questions at the end of this week's podcast. We will already be addressing Oscar's date changes, "Trouble with the Curve," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and foreign language submissions.

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Katey Sagal and Jimmy Smits in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Katey Sagal and Jimmy Smits in 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Authority Vested,' wedding bells and prison cells

More great moments from Jimmy Smits in a less sensationalistic installment

After last week's incendiary season premiere it's probably for the best that "Sons of Anarchy" reined things in a bit in episode 2. This was a relatively calm installment -- at least by "Sons" standards -- with no torture, no murder, a single car chase that was more exhilarating than ominous, and a major event in the lives of two characters handled with genuine affection.

The very best moment was simply two guys talking shop in the front seat of a pickup. Sure, they happened to be discussing illegal activities, but it was still a friendly and relaxed chat that demonstrated how strong "Sons" can be when it steps back from hyperactive plotting and lets its characters breathe.

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