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<p>Louis C.K. and Chloe Sevigny in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. and Chloe Sevigny in "Louie."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Louie' - 'Looking for Liz/Lilly Changes'

Louie searches for a former date and his older daughter

A quick review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I speak Slovenian...

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<p>Bruce Campbell and Jeffrey Donovan in the &quot;Burn Notice&quot;&nbsp;mid-season finale.</p>

Bruce Campbell and Jeffrey Donovan in the "Burn Notice" mid-season finale.

Credit: USA

Summer finale review: 'Burn Notice' - 'Desperate Times'

Mike and the team get very close to Nate's killer

A review of the "Burn Notice" mid-season finale coming up just as soon as I use sparkplugs as a substitute for diamonds...

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<p>Shane of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Shane of "Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Can Boogie survive?

Would Mike Boogie be able to turn the hamsters against Jenn?

I don't know about y'all, but I haven't been all that impressed by the intelligence of the hamsters on "Big Brother" this season. 

One way or the other, Thursday's (August 23) episode will make the end of one of the dumbest Head of Household reigns in recent memory. It wasn't that Dim-Bulb Pretty Boy Shane did the wrong thing with his nominations. When the opportunity to get rid of Mike Boogie and 21st Century William Katt Frank presents itself, you have to take it. But watching Shane justify his picks on Wednesday's episode was comically awkward, as he threw Britney under the bus and Britney tacitly threw Dan under the bus and Dan sat in stoic silence throwing himself under the bus. The lone beneficiary of all of the bus-throwing on Wednesday was Ian, whose status as undercover-weasel remains safe.

But how long would Anemic Harry Potter Ian be able to keep that secret? Would Boogie be able to convince enough people to vote Jenn out to survive another week? And how many combined sentient statements would Shane and Ashley -- Seriously, how have those two not hooked up yet? -- be able to make in an hour?

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<p>The Joy Formidable</p>
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The Joy Formidable

Song Of The Day: Joy Formidable back with explosive 'Wolf's Law'

Wait for it... wait for it...

Joy Formidable has one of those band names that fits its sound perfectly, like dogs that look like their owners.

So here's a wolf. Or "Wolf's Law." The music video is made of the stuff that's the core of those Inspiration Posters, all in black and white, while Ritzy Bryan's Welch vowels saturate her powerful voice and drapes all over this quiet-LOUD piece. They give a piano a good ride and then let the earth rise up and nearly implode. I half expected the "2001" star-child fetus to appear in the end.

"The band really wanted the film to translate the idea of a re-awakening and rebirth. We worked together to select a series of stills and moving imagery that showed the Real and the truth of nature. Through rhythmical editing we created a real symbiosis of imagery and music to evoke the powerful kinetic energy of life in all forms," said the video's director Cat Botibol.

"Wolf's Law" is the title track off the band's new album, due in 2013. The sophomore set is the follow-up to Joy Formidable's awesome 2011 album "The Big Roar."

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<p>Christina Aguilera</p>

Christina Aguilera

Listen to a leaked Christina Aguilera song about 'Your Body'

'I think you already know my name'

Guys, I'm sorry to do this to you, but it's worth warning you that there's a link to a Perez Hilton video below.

Phew. Got that out of the way.

Let's talk about Christina Aguilera, and her newly leaked -- or was it "leaked"? -- song "Your Body." The singer previously confirmed to Rolling Stone that "Your Body" would be the title to her next single, and here it is, a stunning song that seems to be lacking a master.

And Christina Aguilera is making it abundantly clear she wants to "f*ck ya body."

This one has the cool-headed, dance floor approach a la Enrique Iglesias to said sacking. I can already hear the radio edit: "All I wanna do is love your body." The simple, mindless four-on-the-floor refrain has Aguilera flaunting her famous pipes on either side with the verses. It sounds like she had fun recording, and that there's ample room for endless iterations and remixes. It's true: somebody's getting lucky, and it's you!

The song arrives suspiciously close to the Sept. 10 premiere of the new season of "The Voice," on which Aguilera will mount her judge's chair and now all we'll be thinking of when she does is that.

What do you think of this nasty little number?

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<p>Steven Tyler and Joe Perry</p>

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry

Credit: AP Photo

Listen: Aerosmith turns up the rock on new tune 'Lover Alot'

Veteran rock band bullets through track from forthcoming album

That’s what we were waiting for: Aerosmith released “Lover Alot,” a new tune from “Music From Another Dimenson.” today and it’s the kind of streamrolling rocker that made the band great.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Paul Rudd and Albert Brooks play father and son in Judd Apatow's new comedy, 'This Is 40'</p>

Paul Rudd and Albert Brooks play father and son in Judd Apatow's new comedy, 'This Is 40'

Credit: Universal Pictures

On-set with Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40,' we talk to Albert Brooks and Robert Smigel

Two very funny men step outside their comfort zones for Apatow's new comedy

It is increasingly uncommon to have a day on a set alone, with no other press, but with Judd Apatow's films, there is a long precedent that is on my side.  After all, I've visited him on all of his films, as well as many of the movies he's produced, and I've built a rapport with Judd and with many of the people who work on his films that makes it very easy to hit the ground running when it comes time to write about what he's working on.

When I got the call to drive down to the set of "This Is 40," I was told that they'd picked the day specifically so I would have a chance to talk to Albert Brooks.  That was a priority for me because of how much I adore his work.  I'd talked to Paul Rudd a few weeks earlier about how excited he was to have Brooks playing his father in the film.  Considering he had just finished a film where Jack Nicholson played his father, I told Rudd he was rapidly defining a very strange niche for himself as an actor, but one that seemed like it would be a lot of fun.

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Alicia Keys is on fire about new album, 'Girl On Fire'

Alicia Keys is on fire about new album, 'Girl On Fire'

No, the 'Hunger Games' reference was not intentional

Alicia Keys looks hot on the cover of her new album, “Girl On Fire.”  Clad in all black and looking like a cross between Cat Woman and The Avengers’ Black Widow, Keys looks ready to take on the world. And apparently she is: she tells  Entertainment Weekly that “the powerful feeling is what it’s all about.”

Out Nov. 27, the album “represents a new me in every way,” she says.

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<p>Matt Damon received the BFCA's Joel Siegel Award in 2011 for his humanitarian and charitable efforts.</p>

Matt Damon received the BFCA's Joel Siegel Award in 2011 for his humanitarian and charitable efforts.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Matt Damon and John Krasinski join the season in Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land'

Focus announces the fracking film will be released on December 28

Alright, make some room. Another potential Oscar play has joined the party.

We've been speculating for some time that either Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock" (Fox Searchlight), Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace" (Relativity) or Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" (Focus) could be last-minute additions to the season. Gervasi's film, it appears, is sticking with a 2013 launch, while Cooper's -- which came *this* close to peeking out this year -- will hold off as well.

But Focus has just announced that Van Sant's film, from a screenplay by Matt Damon and John Krasinski (based on a story by author Dave Eggers), will indeed hit the ground running in 2012. The film, starring Damon and Krasinski, along with Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt and Hal Holbrook, will miss the festival circuit but it's set for release New York and Los Angeles on December 28.

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<p>One Direction</p>

One Direction

One Direction plans November album release

First single, 'Live While We're Young,' out in October

One Direction is definitely striking while the boy band iron is hot.  In November, the British quintet will release a new album, less than eight months after its debut, “Up All Night,” came out in the U.S.

That album, which is the top-selling album in the U.S. released by an act in 2012,  is in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 23 weeks after its debut. It has sold more than 1.1 million copies.

The still-untitled album will be preceded by “Live While We’re Young,” the appropriately-titled first single, which comes out Oct. 1. Sevan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk wrote the tune; they are the same team responsible for the band’s breakthrough U.S. smash, “What Makes You Beautiful.” Also contributing to the new album are Dr. Luke, Ed Sheeran, Tom Fletcher, and Toby Gad.

As you’ll recall, One Direction already put tickets for is Spring 2013 U.S. tour on sale more than a year in advance. The U.K. portion includes nine shows at London’s O2 Arena.

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Oscars get 'Smash'-ed as Craig Zadan and Neil Meron set to produce 85th Academy Awards

Oscars get 'Smash'-ed as Craig Zadan and Neil Meron set to produce 85th Academy Awards

'Chicago' winners have long saught the gig

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this morning that Oscar winners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the 85th Academy Awards.  The best news about this announcement for fans of the grand daddy of all awards shows is that after two years Don Misher is no longer behind the scenes as an executive producer. Misher was part of the 83rd Academy Awards which is now considered one of the worst productions in the history of the event.

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<p>A scene from Tim Burton's &quot;Frankenweenie.&quot;</p>

A scene from Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie."

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

'Frankenweenie' to open 56th BFI London Film Festival

Tim Burton's animated feature will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest

The BFI London Film Festival has enjoyed mixed fortunes with its opening night slot in recent years. They lucked out in 2008 and 2009, securing highly anticipated world premieres in "Frost/Nixon" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox," attracting unprecedented international media attention to a festival that had never been noted for such publicity coups: its chief purpose, after all, is to bring the highlights of Cannes, Venice, Toronto and the like to local film buffs who don't have the luxury of festival-trotting for a living.

It was an exciting development, but it couldn't last: for the last two years, former LFF director Sandra Hebron kicked off the festival with films that had already premiered in Toronto. And while "Never Let Me Go" was a respectable choice -- if a bit on the glum side for curtain-raising duties -- last year's choice of Fernando Meirelles's dismal, critically savaged "360" (which only recently slumped in and out of US and UK cinemas) was calamitous.  

In that respect, Hebron set her Australian successor, Clare Stewart, a pretty low bar to clear. Happily, one needn't have seen "Frankenweenie" to know that she's done so pretty comfortably.

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