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"Beavis and Butt-Head"

 "Beavis and Butt-Head"

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HitFix Interview: Mike Judge talks about why 'Beavis and Butt-Head' are just the same

The creator of the cartoon reveals why now was the time to bring the boys back

A lot has changed since "Beavis and Butt-head" ran on MTV from 1993 to 1997 and became MTV's highest rated show. Creator Mike Judge went on to create the Fox series "King of the Hill," as well as the movies "Office Space" and "Idiocracy." But now Judge has returned to MTV and the series, which attracted the ire of critics (and even the negative attention of Congress). I talked to Judge during the TCAs and the laid-back Texan looked fit and relaxed (he credited surfing) and seemed happy to be back at work on the show that once left him burnt out fourteen years ago. 

A lot of people slammed "Beavis and Butt-Head back in the day.

On one hand, I feel like it was kind of unfairly attacked.   Well, it definitely was very unfairly attacked by a few people, like should have been sued for slander type attack. But then I think it was written off as something that it wasn’t, but the problem was that we had some episodes that weren’t so good; we were cranking them out really fast.  And like the first comic books were horrible; they kind of were guilty of what people accused it of, that I was saying it was not. I’m always like understanding of people who didn’t like it or get it right away, but you know, that’s different from this flat out slander, which did happen.  

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"Project Runway"
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Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'Finale, Part 2'

It's the big finale at Bryant Park - but who will win?

Okay, Josh M. can't win this. He can't. Please, someone tell me he can't win this thing! But if he does, maybe he and last year's winner, Gwetchen, can make a nightmare neon hustler/Aztec boho knockoff collection together. Which no one will buy. Seriously, though, the man has terrible taste. But the really unfortunate thing is I don't think Anya, who had been so strong all season, can pull it out and win this thing following her epic meltdown. Still, I can't look away. Just please, don't let Josh M. win! 

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Ghost World'

Halloween comes early as the dead visit Mystic Falls - and start causing trouble

Halloween comes to Mystic Falls early this year, as 'Ghost World' is all about, well, ghosts -- and none of that cute Casper stuff, either. Of course, some of these ghosts are more symbolic of our weary characters living in the past (hello, Elena!), but some are very, very real and tend to be angry. And violent. Hey, it wouldn't be "Vampire Diaries" without a little bloodshed, would it? 

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<p>Ben (Adam Scott)&nbsp;does not enjoy the party as much as April (Aubrey Plaza)&nbsp;and Andy (Chris Pratt)&nbsp;on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Ben (Adam Scott) does not enjoy the party as much as April (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy (Chris Pratt) on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Meet N Greet': Halloween headlock

Tom tries to hijack Leslie's party, while Ben and Andy wrestle at another one

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I quote Mary Pickford(*)...

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<p>Abed (Danny Pudi)&nbsp;and Britta (Gillian Jacobs)&nbsp;in one of seven &quot;Community&quot; Halloween stories.</p>

Abed (Danny Pudi) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) in one of seven "Community" Halloween stories.

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'Community' - 'Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps!': Cabin fever

For the second episode in a row, we get seven stories in one episode

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I'm comforted by your shiny hair and facial symmetry...

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<p>I think no matter what one believes about psychiatrists, Tom&nbsp;Cruise must be crazy to do his own stunts in this astonishing sequence from 'Mission:&nbsp;Impossible - Ghost Protocol'</p>

I think no matter what one believes about psychiatrists, Tom Cruise must be crazy to do his own stunts in this astonishing sequence from 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

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A sneak peek at Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' in IMAX

Plus, the brand-new trailer for this December's biggest action movie

Last week, I took a drive through hideous rush hour traffic from my house in Northridge all the way to the IMAX theater that used to be called The Bridge, near the airport.  And the crazy thing is that I didn't do it to see a whole film.  Nope.  I did it just so I could see 20 minutes of the new "Mission: Impossible" film on an IMAX screen.

And I regret nothing.

There's a new trailer for the film that is just now launching, and I'll have that embedded for you below.  First, though, let's set some of what you're going to see in context.

We saw two full sequences from he film, and producer Bryan Burk was on-hand to set up the two scenes for us.  He's Bad Robot's producer on the film, and I think it was smart for Cruise to reach out to Bad Robot even though JJ Abrams wasn't directing this one.  Burk and Abrams are very smart commercial producers, and Cruise had a very good experience with them on the last film.  Christopher McQuarrie, who also scripted "One Shot," the currently-shooting Reacher adaptation that Cruise is starring in, was the lead writer on the film, and then Bad Robot brought in Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, writers they loved from "Alias" and a ton of other TV credits.  They worked to once again make a "Mission: Impossible" film that feels different than any of the others in the series, something I like about the franchise.

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<p>If Zach Galifianakis seems pleased about his work in 'Puss In Boots,' he should be</p>

If Zach Galifianakis seems pleased about his work in 'Puss In Boots,' he should be

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Watch: Zach Galifianakis puts it all together as Humpty Dumpty in 'Puss In Boots'

We have a serious conversation about a very silly character

I'll just go ahead and say this up front:  I should have done this better.

I don't think it's a bad interview, per se, but I like Zach Galifianakis, both as an actor and as a comic, and I think he's one of those guys with a razor-sharp mind. I also think it's really easy to lose him in a conversation if you're not keeping him interested.  When you're at a junket, you're one of a parade of people who trot into the room in what must feel like a blur to the people sitting in that chair, and you don't really have a conversation.  You have the illusion of a conversation.  You have to hit the ground running and then hope you can get one or two good sound bites before they hustle you out the door for the next person.

With Zach, I feel like I never really found my way into the conversation, and the result is a perfectly pleasant five minutes or so, but that's not what I was hoping for.  I was hoping I'd engage him and draw something special out of him.  Nope.

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<p>Rhys Ifans stars as Edward de Vere in a scene from&nbsp;Roland Emmerich's &quot;Anonymous.&quot;</p>

Rhys Ifans stars as Edward de Vere in a scene from Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous."

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Interview: John Orloff on writing 'Anonymous' and controversy over Shakespearean authorship

Have we all been played? And is that what the film is really about?

Something like 20 years ago, screenwriter John Orloff happened upon an episode of PBS's "Frontline" about the authorship question surrounding the works of William Shakespeare. It was something he had never heard before, so, in those antiquated days of pre-internet, he took to the library for a little research.

There weren't a lot of books out at the time dedicated to the issue. He didn't then and he doesn't now have a definitive idea of who might have written the plays attributed to Shakespeare, even though the film bearing his own signature, "Anonymous," props up the Oxfordian theory (that Edward de Vere penned them). But Orloff is, if nothing else, certainly a believer that Shakespeare wasn't the guy.

"I think it's more about education and life experience, not class," he says. "To me, it's not that a man from a lower class could not achieve all of this. Ben Jonson was from a lower class. So was Marlowe. So were most playwrights of the time. But the difference between those people and Shakespeare is they were educated. And to me, it comes down to education and personal experience. And they’re kind of separate."

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Taking questions for 10/28 Oscar Talk

Taking questions for 10/28 Oscar Talk

Offer up your burning queries

Alright, you know the drill. Rifle off your need-to-knows and Anne and I will address as many as possible. Make 'em good! Oh, and FYI, try not to write a dissertation. Make it short and sweet. We don't need a lifetime of background. We have to read these on the air, after all. Now, hit me!


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<p>Giovanni Ribisi, Johnny Depp, and Michael Rispoli are more than likely up to no good if they're all together in a scene in 'The Rum Diary'</p>

Giovanni Ribisi, Johnny Depp, and Michael Rispoli are more than likely up to no good if they're all together in a scene in 'The Rum Diary'

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Review: Johnny Depp gives good Hunter in 'The Rum Diary'

His latest version of the acclaimed writer's work is a strong near-miss

"The Rum Diary" is not a very good book.

It's an early piece of work by Hunter S. Thompson, but anyone who picked it up looking for the voice that distinguished his classic work was likely disappointed.  He wrote it in his early 20s, and it went unpublished until 1998.  More than anything, it serves as a fascinating glimpse at a raw, unpolished talent, and it offers up some autobiographical details hidden amidst the twists and turns in the story of Paul Kemp, a reporter who moves from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico in order to kick off his career as a writer.

As a film, "The Rum Diary" is far more interesting, due in no small part to the collision of talent that it represents.  First, there's Johnny Depp, whose performance as Thompson in Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas" is positively inspired, a spooky case of near-possession where an actor absolutely channels a real-life figure.  The idea of seeing him play Thompson, or a Thompson stand-in, at an earlier point on his slow slide into self-medicated madness is undeniably appealing.  Then there's writer/director Bruce Robinson, whose "Withnail & I" is one of the greatest films of the '80s, and one of my very favorite British films of all time.  He hasn't made a movie since "Jennifer 8," a Hollywood misfire that killed his career dead, and from the moment he was announced as the man behind the camera, this became one of those films I almost refused to believe really existed.  The idea of Depp reaching out to Robinson, who was always Hunter's first choice to make a "Fear & Loathing" film, and somehow coaxing him out of retirement would be interesting enough even if it were just a straight adaptation of the book.

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<p>A scene from Steven&nbsp;Spielberg's &quot;War Horse&quot;</p>

A scene from Steven Spielberg's "War Horse"

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Tech Support: Best Pic hopefuls from 'War Horse' to 'Ides of March' highlight Best Film Editing

Other possibilities include art house fare like 'The Artist' and blocbuster entertainments like 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

Film editing is often difficult to judge because we never know what was left out of a feature. That said, the editors play an absolutely pivotal role in filmmaking: setting the pace and length of a film, giving it structure and flow, juxtaposition of imagery, the essence of what makes filmmaking a unique art form.

Last week I commented on how the costume designers are known for their willingness to look beyond a film’s quality, and how it is received in other categories, in choosing their nominees. I cannot grant the same compliment to the editors.

More than any other crafts category, the Best Film Editing nominees are overwhelmingly drawn from the Best Picture contenders. Prior to the expansion of that category to 10 nominees, usually three-to-five of the editing nods came out of the big race (2005 through 2007 being notable exceptions). In the last two years, all of the nominees were Best Picture nominees as well, given the widened field.

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<p>Kirsten Dunst, the anti-"Melancholia"</p>

Kirsten Dunst, the anti-"Melancholia"

Watch Kirsten Dunst do nothing in one of two R.E.M. vids for 'Belong'

Stark videos for 'We All Go Back to Where We Belong'

Dial-A-Poem poet John Giorno has worked with a number of literary and art mainstays over the years, including Andy Warhol. It seems we have Warhol's continuing influence to thank for R.E.M.'s "We All Go Back to Where We Belong" two music videos.

Actress Kirsten Dunst and John Giorno star in two separate videos, during which nothing happens in either. Really. Nothing warms my heart like an old man smiling as Giorno does in his twice. Dunst sits and plays coy.

The clips were shot in black and white, with high contrast, "an effect that Stipe describes as lending 'gravity and beauty' to the proceedings," reads a release.

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