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<p>&quot;The Tale of Princess Kaguya&quot;</p>

"The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

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Studio Ghibli's 'Tale of Princess Kaguya' joins this year's Oscar race

Chloë Grace Moretz and Lucy Liu announced as part of English voice cast

The Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race is slowly coming together. Big dogs like "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "The LEGO Movie" have already bowed, while Fox ("The Book of Life") and Focus ("The Boxtrolls") have rolled out footage presentations in recent weeks to stay top of mind. One film we've been assuming would have a place in the 2014 line-up is GKIDS' "Tale of Princess Kaguya" from Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli. We were just waiting for a release date announcement — and now we have it.

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Review: 'Amelie' star Audrey Tautou lights up Michel Gondry's sweet and sad 'Mood Indigo'
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Review: 'Amelie' star Audrey Tautou lights up Michel Gondry's sweet and sad 'Mood Indigo'

It's no 'Eternal Sunshine,' but then again, what is?

From the moment it sputters to low-fi life, "Mood Indigo" is unmistakably the work of Michel Gondry, a sweet and sad little song of longing with the most visually inventive approach to emotion in any film this year. It is a strange surreal world that Gondry has created, one with no rules other than if someone in love starts coughing, that's not a good sign for them making it through to the end of the film.

Gondry is a romantic, no doubt about it, and he's also a guy who rejects the idea of living a "normal" life, meaning his lead character is a man-child who drifts through his days, his whole mind focused on whimsy and the ridiculous. The worst thing in the world in this film is the notion of getting trapped into doing a "normal" job. Gondry seems to view that as death. Sure, he's working from a novel by Boris Vian, but Gondry and co-writer Luc Bossi have crafted this as a film that plunges you into an interior landscape from the very start, a movie in which they hand-craft a reality to tell the story of Colin (Romain Duris) and Chloe (Audrey Tautou), lovers who have to grapple with sorrow when she develops a rare ailment.

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'SNL' dumps 2 more: Noël Wells and John Milhiser

“SNL” dumps 2 more: Noël Wells and John Milhiser
With Brooks Wheelan's departure, that means just half of the six featured players hired before last season survived to next season. Wells is famous for her Lena Dunham impression, while Milhiser had the least screen time of all the new cast members. Meanwhile, the future of writer-turned-featured player Mike O’Brien, who’s dating Weekend Update’s Cecily Strong, is up in the air, with the possibility of him returning to the writing staff, according to Deadline. PLUS: Jon Cryer will miss Milhiser, his impersonator.

Nasim Pedrad won't return to "SNL" due to "Mulaney"
Pedrad will still stay connected to Lorne Michaels, who's producing "Mulaney."

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Press tour: Why Karen Gillan can't be Scottish on 'Selfie'

The social media-themed 'Pygmalion' riff allegedly needs an American character at the center

Speaking in her native Scottish accent, Karen Gillan has one of the most charming and endearingly goofy voices in all of show business. So why on earth would "Suburgatory" alum Emily Kapnek — creator of "Selfie," a modern-day twist on "Pygmalion" starring Gillan as social media-obsessed Eliza and John Cho as Henry, the man who will turn her into a genuine lady — ask her to play the role as an American?

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ABC's Fall 2014 Premiere Week includes double-dose of 'Forever'

Shonda Rhimes Thursday and 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' get Premiere Weeks dates

On Tuesday (July 15) morning, ABC announced its premiere dates for Fall 2014, a plan that sees the network rolling most of its shows out in orderly fashion over the first two weeks of the Nielsen-set 2014-2015 season.

The major wrinkles in ABC's launch schedule are, at most, minor.

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Shonda Rhimes has no plans to end 'Grey’s Anatomy,' or to add a new character to 'Scandal'

Shonda Rhimes has no plans to end “Grey’s Anatomy,” or to add a new character to “Scandal”
Asked about ending “Grey’s,” which enters its 11th season next year, Rhimes responded: "Right now, as long as I am still interested in what happens next, I am not thinking about that.” She also said that there are no plans to add a new Gladiator in the wake of Columbus Short’s exit.

Shonda Rhimes didn’t consider a Twitter hashtag when coming up with the “How to Get Away With Murder” title
Should the hashtag be #HowToGetAwayWithMurder or #HTGAWM?

ABC defends its push for diverse shows
“When they come in with real specificity … when they bring you authentic, relatable stories, you really have no other choice than to pick them up,” ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee says. “When I watch ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ when I watch ‘Black-ish,’ when I watch ‘Cristela,’ I am one of those families.”

Erin Andrews reacts to her ascension to NFL on Fox’s No. 1 sideline reporter
"I know I have huge, huge shoes to fill,” she says of replacing Pam Oliver, adding: "I can't thank her enough for being a wonderful role model. This is not going to be easy for me."

“Selfie” creator sticks up for using a “provocative” word for her title
“It becomes a descriptive word for us,” says exec producer Emily Kapnek. "It felt natural to keep it as the title of the show.”

Watch “The Wonder Years” stars reunite
Cast members appeared together this morning on “GMA."

“Masters of Sex” returns slightly down, "Ray Donovan" has an impressive return
The Season 2 premiere attracted 825,000 viewers in its first airing Sunday. Meanwhile, "Ray Donovan's" numbers were about steady without the benefit of a "Dexter" lead-in.

ABC “a little disappointed” with “Rising Star’s” ratings
But ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee adds: “I think they learned on the roll extremely well, and the episodes now are really high quality.”

ABC pressed on why “The Goldbergs” isn’t more Jewish
Responded ABC’s Paul Lee: “I don’t think there’s anybody in the country who watches The Goldbergs who doesn’t think it’s a show about a Jewish family; I think it’s pretty explicit."

ABC regrets not airing spinoff “Wonderland” in “Once Upon a Time’s” timeslot
"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” might have stood a chance had it aired during “Once Upon a Time’s” hiatus, instead of on Thursday nights, said ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee. PLUS: There are no plans for a “Frozen” spinoff, and ABC is “loving” the new “Agents of SHIELD” scripts.

Joss Whedon follows up his “Buffy” drawing with a “Firefly” napkin drawing
Check out “Firefly: The New Lame Drawing."

"The Hotwives of Orlando” hits Hulu
Will the “Real Housewives” sendup starring Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal and Casey Wilson put Hulu on the map?

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Drake emulates JLo with his new album title

When can we expect his latest masterpiece?

Jennifer Lopez had “On The 6,” now Drake has  “Views From The 6.” That will be the title of his fourth studio album and follow up to 2013's "Nothing Was The Same."

The Toronto rapper confirmed the title today. As you may recall, in his new track “0 to 100/The Catch-Up,” which he released in June, he gave us an update on the goings on at OVO headquarters, as he ran down a list of his label’s artists who will have new sets coming out in Spring 2015, including himself.

Drake has a lot of his plate as Billboard notes: He hosts the ESPYS on ESPN tomorrow (16), two OVO artists, Majid Jordan and PartyNextDoor, will release albums July 29.

In August, OVO hosts its fifth festival in Toronto. Among the artists playing the Aug. 3-4 event are Drake and Outkast.  On Aug. 8, Drake goes on tour with Lil Wayne.

No word on what “Views From The 6” means, although speculation has been that it ties in with Toronto’s 416 area code.


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Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway dress in drag for Jenny Lewis' new music video

Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway dress in drag for Jenny Lewis' new music video

Read the personal and female-centric lyrics to the Beck-guesting tune

Today, Jenny Lewis' premiered the music video for her Beck-produced song "Just One of the Guys." It is silly to perfection. And it has more than just Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Brie Larson in drag to unpackage.

I think of Jenny Lewis as an artist whose spent a career surrounded by dudes. She started up with in Rilo Kiley at the age 22 with all-guys, toured with the Postal Service, written and recorded music with her boyfriend Johnathan Rice as Jenny & Johnny, works in an indie rock industry that is male-dominated. In her earliest career, she was a child actress, and now she writes scores and soundtracks for film. (Though, don't discount: she also recorded and toured with ladies The Watson Twins, who helped launch her as a solo act, a wonderful ensemble.)

In a lot of industries, being "just one of the guys" holds serious social capitol as a woman. This can take a variety of forms, but I think it whittles down to having a voice and being a hang that isn't perceptively different from males around you. The stereotypes: farting, drinking whiskey, talking about hot girls, low self-maintenance, Chuck Taylors, whatever.

In Lewis' video, dressing in drag means lampooning these cliches, but also offers social commentary to what the content of her song actually speaks to: "No matter how hard I try to be just one of the guys / there's a little something inside that won't let me... There's only one difference between you and me / when I look at myself all I can see / I'm just another lady without a baby."

Lewis is 38 years old. The video shows her taking a pregnancy test, she makes reference to her "ticking clock" and how "all our friends they get it on / But the girls are still staying young." Her age and her want/ability to bear children weighs on Lewis in this song, who acknowledges how "hard" she wants to be one of the guys while at the same time shrugging off the ageist tendencies of her "friends" as so-typical at best and sexist at worst. There are those outside forces and there are those inside her, as the "sister to my own sorrow."

And I don't think Lewis' selection of talent for her music video directorial debut is coincidence, either. Brie Larson, Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway (and collaborator-drummer-actress Tennessee Thomas) are fans of Lewis' work, but they can also be stand-ins for industry double standards. I think of Hathaway as ultra-feminine, and her famous tears for "Les Miserables" are recreated here as she apes as a dude. "Twilight" franchise star Kristen Stewart is an accidental celebrity in a lot of ways, and took the brunt of attacks over her romantic life's foibles. Brie Larson is a comedic and dramatic actress, who so far seems to actively avoid compromising roles that box her into one type of character or another.

So, yes, dressing them in (tacky) drag is funny on its face; it makes light what is heavy. But it's also a shot back at baby-making, "having it all" notions, topics rendered inapproachable "if I were a boy..." They're a crop of what ladies do and do not do, as the last lines of the song suggest.

Which takes it to some next-level sh*t debuting it on GQ, the self-proclaimed "authority on men." It's a deliberate choice -- a little bit of punking, a little of education, a little subtext, a little empowerment. (I find that emphasis of the article is on the "fun" of the shoot, and a light mention of how good Brie Larson looks as a bro.)

Aside from/because of/despite all that, it's a great tune to boot.

"Just One of the Guys," produced by and featuring Beck, is on Jenny Lewis' next solo album "Voyager," out on July 29.

Read the full lyrics below the video.

All our friends they get it on
But the girls are still staying young
if I get caught being rude in a conversation
with the child-bride on a summer vacation

No matter how hard I try to be just one of the guys
there's a little something inside that won't let me
no matter how hard I try to have an open mind
there's a little voice inside that prevents me

And how I live you got me here
locked in this bathroom full of tears
and I have begged for you and I have borrowed
but I've been the only sister to my own sorrow

No matter how hard I try to be just one of the guys
there's a little something inside that won't let me
no matter how hard I try to have an open mind
there's a little clock inside that keeps tickin'

There's only one difference between you and me
when I look at myself all I can see
I'm just another lady without a baby

No matter how hard I try to be just one of the guys
there's a little something inside that won't let me
no matter how hard I try to have an open mind
there's a little cop inside that prevents me

I'm not gonna break for you, I'm not gonna pray for you, I'm not gonna pay for you
that's not what ladies do

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Press tour: ABC goes diverse with 'Black-ish,' 'Cristela' & more

Not just minority stars, but minority creators like Shonda Rhimes and John Ridley

"If you look at shows now that seem to lack diversity, they actually feel dated. America doesn't look like that anymore, and people want to see an America that looks like where they live."

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ABC unveils fall premiere dates

ABC unveils fall premiere dates
“Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” return Sept. 25, and “Selfie” premieres Sept. 30.

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<p>Paul Lee</p>

Paul Lee

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Press Tour: July 2014 ABC Executive Session Live-Blog

Expect Paul Lee to dodge questions and talk about the ABC Brand and whatnot

Generally one of the most elusive of TV executives when it comes to TCA press tour candor -- The CW's Mark Pedowitz is a worthy challenger -- ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee may or may not have been saved by the success of "Resurrection," which somewhat salvaged a dismal spring of replacement failures.

Now Lee and ABC are looking forward to a fall that lacks a clear presumptive hit, though presumptive hit status only did a little for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." last year. And probably "How To Get Away With Murder" has the pedigree to succeed, while "Black-ish" has the lead-in to succeed.

Click through and follow along for Lee's full discussion of why the ABC Brand is still strong and why we're overstating the network's struggles last season.

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<p>&quot;Land Ho!&quot;</p>

"Land Ho!"

Exclusive: Listen to the 80s-inspired title track from Sundance hit 'Land Ho!'

Plus: Keegan DeWitt talks inspirations, from Billy Ocean to Fine Young Cannibals

We've only recently begun dusting off the Best Original Song contenders section and filling it out with prospective players in the upcoming Oscar race (though the ranking is arbitrary for the moment). You can bet the wonderful "Lost Stars" from "Begin Again" will be a force, and I imagine Stephen Sondheim's original offerings for "Into the Woods" will be in play, too. But another song that deserves to be in the thick of it is "Land Ho!," Keegan DeWitt's title track from Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz's Sundance sensation.

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