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Should artists like Eddie Vedder and Selena Gomez speak out on war?

We let James Garner have the final say

Should artists express their views on the Israeli/Gaza conflict? Or on any divisive political matters at all? A number of artists have commented on recent current events and had to either back track or explain their messages.

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Exclusive new banner shows Brad Pitt and his 'Fury' tank crew close-up

Exclusive new banner shows Brad Pitt and his 'Fury' tank crew close-up

David Ayer's new film looks like an intense WWII experience

Whatever I thought "Fury" was going to be, that first trailer surprised me.

We've got an exclusive debut of the new banner for the movie today, and what it's selling, loud and clear, is the notion of this group of men who are stuck in this tank together. Brad Pitt, front and center. Michael Pena looked bruised and bloodied. Jon Bernthal, face like a fist, a live-action Popeye. Shia, haunted and huddled in that corner. And the new kid. Pretty much sums up what the movie looks to be.

We've turned a corner now in terms of how WWII is being captured on film. I think "Saving Private Ryan" was the demarcation line, the moment the shift began, and it's been interesting to watch how it's gone from being the simplest war to portray in black and white terms, the last "good" war, to now being more complex when we see it on film. It's no longer seen as a pure good thing, and I think that's a pretty remarkable evolution, all things considered.

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What films will screen or premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival?

What films will screen or premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival?

The Canadian filmmakers are easy to guess, but what about everyone else?

Early Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival will announce its initial wave of films for the 2014 edition of the festival. As usual, there will be a slew of films that have played at either Cannes or Sundance, a number of star-filled projects looking for distribution, some broader studio films that may or may not be awards season fodder and then, of course, the potential Oscar players.

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Robyn and Royksopp

Robyn and Royksopp's 'Do It Again' video: Head toward the light

The dance tune takes a much darker turn

Robyn and Royksopp’s dance tune, “Do It Again,” the title track from their joint EP,  is a slightly cautionary ditty about the things that feel so good that we do them again, even if they aren’t great for us.

The ambitious video, however, spins a much darker tale of addiction, forbidden love, rights suppression, and some other things that I still haven’t figured out… Those crazy Scandinavians!

Shot in Mexico in black and white, the Martin de Thurah-directed video leaves a lot to the viewers’ imagination as seemingly unrelated tales play out of activists fighting against an unexplained evil, a girl with an injured leg dealing with addiction, and some stolen artwork. There’s a timelessness to the clip that seems like it could take place anywhere from the ‘50s to present day.

So rather than try to interpret it, maybe it’s just best to enjoy the frenzy that seems to take over at various points in the clip as the beat takes over and the danger builds up. Maybe it’s all a fever dream. Just remember… head toward the light.

Interstitial footage of Robyn singing “Do It Again” is cut in with the narrative, while the two members of Royksopp appear in some of the crowd scenes.



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President Obama to visit 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' for the 1st time on Wednesday

President Obama to visit “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for the 1st time on Wednesday
Security will be tight this week since Kimmel tapes on busy Hollywood Blvd, according to TMZ. This will be Obama’s first visit on Kimmel's show. He previously appeared via satellite when he was a candidate amid the 2008 presidential campaign. UPDATE: ABC denies Obama is visiting Kimmel during his L.A. visit.

Lucy Lawless joins "Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
She may play a highly skilled agent named “Mary."

FX passes on Charlie Kaufman comedy “How & Why” starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes
The Oscar-winning writer’s comedy in which Cera plays Hawkes’ boss is already being shopped to other outlets, including Netflix, which has also passed.

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' will be less campy than 'Coven'

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” will be less campy than “Coven”
“Some years it’s going to be big and bright and brash and campy the way ‘Coven' is,” says FX CEO John Landgraf. "Other years it’s going to be dark and brooding—like ‘Asylum' was. I guess I would put 'Freak Show' half-way in between the two.”

FX boss: I think we can do “Fargo” Season 2 without any famous names
“I think it would be nice to have a movie star in the second cycle, but I don't think we need it,” says FX boss John Landgraf. “Frankly, I think we can do it with unknowns.” He added that newcomer Allison Tolman “brought as much to Fargo’s first installment as Billy Bob Thornton did.”

FX boss: “Justified” will get a “fitting” farewell, “Sons of Anarchy” creator’s next show will film in England
FX CEO John Landgraf also said that "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” 10th season will premiere in January. PLUS: Landgraf said W. Kamau Bell’s talk show lacked consistency: “It was brilliant sometimes."

Netflix has 4 Emmy nominations for a documentary that already earned an Oscar nomination
How is Egyptian revolution documentary “The Square” eligible for both?

Fall 2014 sitcom trend: Bearded Best Friend
“Mulaney” has a “BBF," and so does “Marry Me” and “A to Z.” “It’s strange that I keep seeing me in different TV shows,” says “Mulaney’s” BBF Zack Pearlman. "It’s funny that everybody caught on to the same trend, but I’m happy to be part of it.”

“The Simpsons” offers a taste of the “Simpsons World” App
The new “Simpsons” portal will allow you to watch any episode, or any of your favorite scenes.  You can even create “Simpsons” playlists.

Watch BBC America’s full trailer for “Intruders” starring Mira Sorvino
The drama about people chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others premieres Aug. 23.

“The Client List’s” Brian Hallisay joins “Revenge”
He’ll play a character named Ben, as he does currently on “Mistresses.”

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Credit: Open Road Films

Best Actor watch: Will 'Nightcrawler' be Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Taxi Driver?'

Louis Bloom looks for work in a new viral video

Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler," which I'm guessing will be part of the Toronto Film Festival's announcement tomorrow morning, is really looking fascinating to me from afar. "A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism" is already an intriguing enough logline, but this could be a real coming out for actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

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The Simpsons

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Press tour: FXX unveils Simpsons World portal to drooling critics

Website and app will offer easy access to view and share your favorite 'Simpsons' episodes and clips

One of FXX's promos for the channel's upcoming premiere of every "The Simpsons" repeat ever — not to mention a new website/app called Simpsons World that will allow fans to watch any episode, or clip, at any time — features a post-apocalyptic America where the world has fallen apart because people are too busy watching old "Simpsons" scenes to do anything else.

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Spoon's new 'Do You' video has some surprises in store

Everything becomes clearer toward the end


There’s a lot of excitement around the new Spoon album, “They Want My Soul,” much of it coming from catchy first single, “Do You.” In direct contrast to the song’s upbeat melody, the video is a bit of a downer.

Lead singer Britt Daniel, looking dazed and confused from a head wound, drives through a city at war, but despite the chaos, he’s moving at a very leisurely pace. About two minutes in, we realize he’d not alone: his companion is a teenage girl in the backseat. With her headphones on and her blasé expression, she seems even less concerned about the unfolding destruction.

Directed by Hiro Murai, the video is a case of not much to see and everything to see all at the same time…depending upon your view. If you can hang on until around the 3-minute mark, there’s an amusing pay-off. The video is part of Urban Outfitters' series of video clips. For bands looking for dollars to help underwrite their artistic endeavors: this is the way it's done. No product placement and yet Urban Outfitters, whose site houses the video, gets the coolness by association.

“They Want My Soul” comes out Aug. 5 and is the band’s first for Loma Vista Recordings after a long tenure on Merge Records.

Apocalyptic scenes are big again: check out last week’s video  for "War on the East Coast" from The New Photographers, that follows a somewhat similar visual approach to cities under siege.


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"The Imitation Game"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Benedict Cumberbatch cracks the code in two trailers for WWII drama 'The Imitation Game'

Plus: The film will kick off the 2014 BFI London Film Festival

I'm very curious to see how The Weinstein Company's Oscar slate pans out. There's a lot of promise but who knows how the variables will come together. The line-up stretches from the high profile (Tim Burton's "Big Eyes") to the somewhat obscure (Saul Dibb's "Suite Française"). Somewhere in between is Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game," which has always struck me as perhaps the most likely to succeed, as it were.

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Iñárritu's 'Birdman' to close 2014 New York Film Festival
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Iñárritu's 'Birdman' to close 2014 New York Film Festival

The film looks set to dominate the fall festival season

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" as the closing night film of the 52nd annual New York Film Festival, rounding up a string of high profile announcements that have included David Fincher's "Gone Girl" as the fest's opening night gala and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" as the centerpiece.

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FXX to air the longest-ever TV marathon: 522 'Simpsons' episodes, plus 'The Simpsons' movie

FXX to air the longest-ever TV marathon: 522 “Simpsons” episodes, plus “The Simpsons” movie
The marathon will go from 10 a.m. on Aug. 21 nonstop through 12 a.m. on Sept. 1.

FX: We'll be ready for Tracy Morgan’s sitcom whenever he's ready
"We're extremely encouraged by his progress and remain excited by his new show," says FX boss John Landgraf. "Whenever Tracy says he's ready to come back, we'll be ready to get going."

Bernadette Peters to guest on "Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”
She’ll play Janeane Garofalo’s mom.

ESPN is now showing video game tournaments
Not everybody was happy that ESPN2 over the weekend showed a preview of the grand finals of Dota 2's "The International.”

Laverne Cox compares her Emmy nomination to Sidney Poitier’s Oscar
The “Orange is the New Black” star talked about being the first transgender nominee this morning on “The View.”

Why do so many TV shows peak in Season 3?
Mike Schur of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Parks and Rec” has an explanation: "Everyone’s favorite seasons of shows are seasons two and three, because you’ve had a year to get to know them, and then you’re still in the honeymoon period where you go, ‘This is great!’ And then after season three, everyone starts to go, ‘Eh, that show’s not as interesting as it was anymore.’ And it’s like, ‘Well you’ve been watching it for three years.’”

“The Walking Dead” puts the entire cast in handcuffs
Check out the Comic-Con poster for Season 5.

John Oliver explains America’s broken prison system with puppets
Watch them sing an uplifting song about prisons.

“The Leftovers”: Ranking the 10 most-depressing moments (so far)
The Top 2 happened just last night.

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