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<p>Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams in &quot;To the Wonder.&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams in "To the Wonder."

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Venice competition lineup includes Malick, De Palma, Assayas

'The Master' may appear as a late addition

The Venice Film Festival unveiled its lineup this afternoon, and it looks much as we expected it would -- but lest we sound too blasé, who would ever have thought a few years ago that we'd see Terrence Malick debuting two new features in consecutive years? Wonders will never cease, if you'll forgive the lousy pun. "To the Wonder" is obviously the film that most Lido-bound journos are salivating over, but festival director Antonio Barbera revealed that he has one title left to announce -- and the smart money is on it being Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."

Anderson's film, which hasn't -- yet -- turned up in the Toronto lineup, would represent a major coup for the Italian fest. Venice can't compete with Toronto for sheer star power, not least because it's a much smaller affair, but that selectiveness, plus its longstanding jury awards, comfortably give it the edge in prestige.

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<p>When you're trying to interview a group like this, your best bet is to cue up one question and just let them go.</p>

When you're trying to interview a group like this, your best bet is to cue up one question and just let them go.

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Watch Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade discuss 'The Watch'

And watch an interviewer scramble to cover his bases in four brief minutes

Interviewing a group of people is difficult under any circumstances.  Interviewing four very funny, very sharp comedians together is like trying to juggle water.  And when you factor in a time limit of less than five minutes, it's almost an exercise in futility.

Thankfully, I've got some sort of rapport built up with Jonah Hill and with Vince Vaughn from various encounters over the years.  I met Jonah for the first time on the set of "Superbad," and it's been a real pleasure running into him on various sets and at film festivals and at screenings and even on a Comic-Con panel over the last few years.  Vaughn has always struck me as a huge personality, and the first time we formally met was after the taping of the Ain't It Cool pilot for Comedy Central.  Jon Favreau was a guest on the show, and at our after party, Vaughn joined us, and being at a club for a wrap party with Vince Vaughn is exactly how you'd imagine being at a club for a wrap party with Vince Vaughn would be.

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"Big Brother"

"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Frank's nominations are revealed and more

Two hamsters are on the block, but will the POV save one of them?

My, how things have changed! Willie's gone, Britney's remaining teammates are on the ropes, Janelle's working with Boogie Mike, whom she loathes, and Frank is the king of his domain. Aren't you glad none of these people are in politics? They'd have blown up Switzerland, joined forces with North Korea and declared war on Mexico, just for kicks.

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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: 2 more dancers head home

Kick-ass performances can't save a pair of stellar dancers

So tonight's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" is going to be tough for me to assess based on having met so many of the dancers a few nights ago at the Fox press tour party. I didn't get to meet everyone (though yes, one of the people I spoke to is in the bottom this week -- FYI, I'll be writing up those interviews soon), but everyone I did meet was pretty adorable. I'd hate to see any of them go, as I still think this season may have the most consistently amazing dancers of the series. But, as we all know, only two can win this, so let's get to the dancing.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 140

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 140

Dan and Alan talk TCA Press Tour, 'Breaking Bad' and more
Happy Whatever-Day-Today-Is, Boys & Girls!
It's time for our third straight mid-week installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
Two weeks ago, we were delayed by the start of Comic-Con. Last week, we were delayed for the Emmy nominations. And this week, we were delayed by the start of the Television Critics Association press tour and the challenging of finding the necessary pocket of recording time.
In this week's gabfast, we discuss the first four days of press tour, we answer a few pieces of Comic-Con-based mail and we offer this week's reviews of "Breaking Bad" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
Today's breakdown:
TCA Press Tour (00:00:00 - 00:40:30)
Comic-Con Listener Mail (00:41:25 - 00:49:40)
"Breaking Bad" (00:49:40 - 01:03:20)
"Buffy the Vampire slayer" (01:03:25 - 01:13:30)
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 140: Press tour, 'Breaking Bad' & 'Buffy'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 140: Press tour, 'Breaking Bad' & 'Buffy'

Dan and Alan discuss the early doings for the Television Critics Association


Dan and I are at press tour together, which means it's time for an in-person installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. We're punchy enough that it took some prompting for Dan to remember what day it was, but we talked quite a bit about the tour so far, answered your mail and did the usual "Buffy" and "Breaking Bad" pieces.

The line-up: 

TCA Press Tour (00:00:00 - 00:40:30)
Comic-Con Listener Mail (00:41:25 - 00:49:40)
"Breaking Bad" (00:49:40 - 01:03:20)
"Buffy the Vampire slayer" (01:03:25 - 01:13:30)
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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<p>Ben Stiller took a moment at the press day for 'The Watch' to talk about the in-development sequel to his 2001 film, 'Zoolander'</p>

Ben Stiller took a moment at the press day for 'The Watch' to talk about the in-development sequel to his 2001 film, 'Zoolander'

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Ben Stiller talks about the progress on 'Zoolander 2'

It sounds like progress is being made on the long-anticipated sequel

When I sat down with the cast of "The Watch," they were all together as a group, which made it hard to ask people about their individual projects.

Even so, I was curious to see if Ben Stiller is any closer to kicking off production on "Zoolander 2," which he's been aggressively talking about on and off for the last few years.  The first film was a casualty of its post-9/11 release date, only finding an audience gradually once it came home.  That's not uncommon for comedies, especially comedies that are centered around big character choices.  Look at the way the "Austin Powers" films built in popularity, or the way "Macgruber" continues to gain in popularity over time.

"Zoolander" is one of the strangest characters that Stiller ever played, and it will be interesting to see if a second film can take all the things people liked about that first film and expand on them in smart and surprising ways.  He's been working with Justin Theroux on a script for a while now, and we've heard occasional updates from him about the progress.

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"All the Right Moves"

"All the Right Moves"

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Exclusive: Preview 'SYTYCD' alum Travis Wall's new docu-series 'All the Right Moves'

'All the Right Moves' goes behind the scenes of the dance world

Who can resist watching skilled dancers do their thing? Oxygen is hoping the answer to that is no one, as they will be launching a new docu-series dedicated to the art on Tues. July 31 (9 p.m., 8 p.m. central). Here's your first taste of "All the Right Moves," which chronicles Emmy-nominated choreographer (and "So You Think You Can Dance" alum) Travis Wall's efforts to start a dance studio called Shaping Sound with his friends Teddy Forance (a "Dancing with the Stars" dancer), Nick Lazzarino ("SYTYCD" season 1) and Kyle Robinson (featured on "Dancing with the Stars"). I expect great dancing, tears and (given this clip) occasionally embarrassing full-body high fives. Works for me!

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<p>Carly Rae Jepsen at the Teen Choice Awards</p>

Carly Rae Jepsen at the Teen Choice Awards

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Carly Rae Jepsen breaks Lady Gaga's record on the Billboard Hot 100

What watershed moment does she reach?

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” spends its seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, further sealing its status as the song of the summer.

By remaining in the pole position, “Call” once again locks Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa out of the top spot. The tune stays at No. 2 for the sixth week, although it does remain No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart. 

Its continued strength at radio could mean that “Payphone” will finally ring in to the top slot next week, although it may have to fend off a charge from Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake,” which stays at No. 3.

Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” rises one spot to No. 4, swapping places with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra. Similarly, Flo Rida’s “Whistle” rises 7-6, switching spots with Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been.”  David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring Sia stays at No. 8, while Usher’s “Scream” rises one spot to No. 9, trading positions with Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).”

For folks who like to slice the chart pie finely, Jepsen’s seventh week at No. 1 means she has logged more time at No. 1 with a song than any other female solo artist in Interscope Records’ history. This week, “Maybe” surpasses Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which spent six weeks at No. 1, according to Billboard.


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<p>Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano co-star in the new romantic fable, 'Ruby Sparks'</p>

Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano co-star in the new romantic fable, 'Ruby Sparks'

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Review: 'Ruby Sparks' is charming and wise take on expectations and love

A big metaphor gives the cast and filmmakers room to explore ideas fully

"Ruby Sparks" does not exist in some vacuum of wholesale originality.  You could argue that the "Pygmalion" myth is just one of the many stories that have covered similar ground in the past, both narratively and thematically.  But the film takes a very grounded approach to its one big leap of fantasy, and the result is a film that offers up a warm and wise fable about the way we romanticize people at the start of a relationship, only to be disappointed as ugly, messy reality assures itself.

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris managed to earn a Best Picture Oscar nomination for their first film, but that was 2006, and this is their first film since then.  It's hard not to draw some parallel between them and Calvin Weir-Fields, played by Paul Dano, who was a successful novelist with an acclaimed first novel that was released before he was eighteen but who now finds himself crippled by writer's block.  He's been seeing Dr. Rosenthal (Elliott Gould) to try to figure out what's causing his block, but making no real progress.  Rosenthal asks him to try a writing exercise one day based on Calvin's confession that the main reason he got a dog was so that people would stop to play with the dog and give him a perfect excuse for conversation.  Rosenthal asks him to imagine someone stopping to play with the dog and write down the conversation, and when Calvin tries that, he imagines a girl.  No, he imagines "the" girl.  And once he starts, he suddenly can't stop.  He cranks out page after page, describing this girl in such detail that she starts to feel real to him.

And then, one morning, he wakes up and she's actually in his house.

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<p>Carly Rae Jepsen</p>

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen talks collabs with Justin Bieber and LMFAO's Red Foo

She's definitely looking beyond 'Call Me Maybe'

Carly Rae Jepsen is still riding atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “Call Me Maybe,” but her fans are clamoring to hear more about another song from the burgeoning pop princess: her collaboration with Justin Bieber for her debut album in the U.S. out in September.

Jepsen is signed to the label Bieber started with his manager, Scooter Braun, so it makes sense that they would work together.  She confirmed to MTV that they worked together on a track, but she’s keeping mum for now on other details about the duet. “The Justin song, i’m kind of sworn to secrecy on because I think we want to release it together at one moment,” she told MTV.  Jepsen previously revealed that the Bieber and Toby Gad wrote the tune and brought it to her to perform.

She would, however, spill on some of the other tracks, including a song called “This Kiss,” which she wrote with Matthew Koma and LMFAO’s Red Foo, which she describes as a blending of both her and LMFAO’s wild style.  Overall, she says the album is pop and dance pop.

As you know, Jepsen is current climbing the charts with another collaboration: “Good Time,” her duet with Owl City. Watch the video here.


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<p>The &quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;roommates try to explain the rules of True American to Dermot Mulroney.</p>

The "New Girl" roommates try to explain the rules of True American to Dermot Mulroney.

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Press Tour 2012: 'New Girl' producers lay down True American rules (sort of)

Do even Dave Finkel and Brett Baer know how to play the historical drinking game?

The rules and origins of True American, a drinking game glimpsed in a season 1 episode of FOX's "New Girl," are like shadows of a whisper of a rumor. Zooey Deschanel's Jess attempted to describe the game as "50 percent drinking game, 50 percent life-sized Candyland," but her roommates immediately disputed her math.

All fans of the show know for sure are the following:

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