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U2's new music video for 'Invisible' gets the Mark Romanek touch

U2's new music video for 'Invisible' gets the Mark Romanek touch

Is this a sneak peak into the look and life of the Irish band's next tour?

The music video to U2's "Invisible" is out, and it may be a little sneak-peak into the band's aspirations for their next live tour.

Bono's light-up, drop down mic has a big emphasis out of the black and white, shot by Mark Romanek; it's the rock band's first go-round with the director, who helmed a few little ditties including Nine Inch Nails' "Closer," Johnny Cash's "Hurt" and Michael Jackson's "Scream." So, yeah, the man loves his light. The bulb boards soar with movement behind the band and frontman Bono is able to navigate the catwalk in a sea of waving arms.

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<p>Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant had a competition to see who the prettiest person at the 'About Last Night' press day was, and they may have tied.</p>

Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant had a competition to see who the prettiest person at the 'About Last Night' press day was, and they may have tied.

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Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant on why scripts shouldn't be written 'black' or 'white'

And we discuss that obnoxious 'box-office' story that keeps coming up

For "About Last Night" to work, you have to buy into the relationship between Danny (Michael Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant), and that's not really a problem.

Part of it is because they just plain make sense on a visual level. They're both striking actors, but they're not kids, which makes a difference. Bryant has a sort of non-nonsense beauty on "Parenthood," and they didn't go overboard to change her for the film. They both seem like people who are at home in their skin, happy with who they are, and open to something good happening. This movie doesn't feel like a standard issue romantic comedy precisely because it's about grown-ups who are trying to do the right thing by themselves and by this person they invite into their lives. The fact that they seem like they're trying to do things right only makes it more significant when they can't pull it off.

When we talked about the film, I wanted to talk about the attitude of Leslye Headland's script and how it gave the actors such great stuff to play, and they were happy to discuss not only the script but the general chemistry they had as well.

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<p>Johnny Knoxville in makeup as Irving from &quot;Bad Grandpa.&quot;</p>

Johnny Knoxville in makeup as Irving from "Bad Grandpa."

'Bad Grandpa's' Irving on the Oscars, Helen Mirren and finding tail

Plus: Best makeup nominee talks skin in sunlight

Even after $102 million at the box office and an Academy Award nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, "Bad Grandpa's" Irving has just one thing on his mind: Yes, he still can't get enough tail.

Irving sat down with HitFix last week to talk about his neverending quest for tail, Billy's current status (let's just say he's under supervision), his affection for Helen Mirren and whether or not he has a ticket to the Oscars. It's an incredibly unconventional interview, but if you're a fan of "Bad Grandpa" you'll probably eat it up.

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<p>'Hey, did you see R.I.P.D.?' 'Yeah.' 'So what do we do about this?' 'Thank god Ryan Reynolds isn't in it.'</p>

'Hey, did you see R.I.P.D.?' 'Yeah.' 'So what do we do about this?' 'Thank god Ryan Reynolds isn't in it.'

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'Red' director Robert Schwentke signs on for the Shailene Woodley sequel 'Insurgent'

Should we take this as a cue to be nervous about the first film?

When "The Hunger Games" changed hands from Gary Ross to Francis Lawrence, there were nervous fans and plenty of reasons to be skeptical about Lawrence. After all, he's a guy who has made a number of studio movies now, and they haven't all been solid. In the end, "Catching Fire" felt like a refinement of the franchise, and I'm genuinely excited to see Lawrence handling the final two films in the series as well, but that mid-franchise creative shift can be nerve-wracking.

When Marvel ends up with a filmmaker they like and they start seeing dailies that work and a film starts coming together in the editing room, they are not above immediately hiring that filmmaker to do it again. The Russo Brothers are already hard at work on "Captain America 3," and if rumors are correct, James Gunn may be heading back to outer space again as soon as he turns in the first "Guardians Of The Galaxy." Of course, their biggest vote of confidence was in Joss Whedon, who started production on "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" today in Wakanda. Errrrr, South Africa.

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"Shahs of Sunset"

 "Shahs of Sunset"

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'Shahs of Sunset' season finale: Reza has a proposal for Adam

He isn't the one having a midlife crisis, though

The season finale of "Shahs of Sunset" was surprising for a lot of reasons, mostly because of what it wasn't. It wasn't a non-stop shrieking argument. It wasn't bubbling over with jealousy, resentment, hurt feelings or snarky judgment. While ostensibly the show was about Reza celebrating his 40th birthday with a blow-out celebration in Palm Springs, it wasn't much of a blow-out and everyone mostly behaved themselves -- even GG. Yes, I said GG. Would it be weird to call this episode sort of poignant? Maybe that's taking it too far. But let's just say everyone, not just Reza, is feeling the weight of the advancing years -- even if that just means furiously ignoring them.

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<p>Greta Gerwig</p>

Greta Gerwig

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Greta Gerwig lands the lead in CBS' 'How I Met Your Dad'

'Frances Ha' star will serve as a producer-writer if it goes to series
The TV pilot season is in its early casting phases, but we already have our first genuine shocker. 
 
HitFix can confirm that indie film stalwart Greta Gerwig has landed the lead in CBS' high profile "How I Met Your Mother" not-exactly-spinoff, somewhat discordantly titled "How I Met Your Dad."
 
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<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot;&nbsp;Ava (Joelle Carter)&nbsp;moves to a new prison.</p>

On "Justified," Ava (Joelle Carter) moves to a new prison.

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Kill the Messenger'

Ava adjusts to prison, Art and Raylan work it out and the Crowes find work

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as we settle on a safe word...

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Greta Gerwig lands the lead in 'How I Met Your Dad'


Greta Gerwig lands the lead in "How I Met Your Dad"
Gerwig will play the female version of "How I Met Your Mother's" Ted Mosby, a woman named Sally, who is described as a "female Peter Pan."

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<p>Steve Martin meets his soul mate in a scene from the deeply silly 'The Man With Two Brains'</p>

Steve Martin meets his soul mate in a scene from the deeply silly 'The Man With Two Brains'

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Movie Rehab: Steve Martin's oddly underrated sci-fi/horror comedy 'The Man With Two Brains'

Why is this the least popular film he made with Carl Reiner?

It is the responsibility of the working film critic to not only offer opinion and context for the newest releases, but also to constantly champion and curate the films that matter, especially if they were misunderstood or poorly released or somehow handled badly the first time around.

Critics should take it upon themselves to rehabilitate the under-loved, to defend the wrongly-maligned, and rehab the films that need it; it is the only way film as a whole can be healthy.

"When I saw how slimy the human brain was, I knew that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life."

Genre parody is a very tricky business.

In general, laughter and scares seem like the perfect combination, and when people get it right, it can make for a very appealing rollercoaster ride. One of the things that I love about the collaborations between Carl Reiner and Steve Martin is that they seemed determined not to repeat themselves. In some ways, they strike me as not unlike Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, guys with fairly different comic sensibilities who came together and created a group of movies that are unlike anything either of them did on their own. I can't imagine "Blazing Saddles" or "The Producers" without Wilder, and I can't imagine he would have had the same luck with any other director that he did with Brooks on "Young Frankenstein." Martin and Reiner's "The Jerk" seemed to be drawn largely from the persona Martin had already created, but "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" was a great, strange movie experiment that Reiner had to nail in terms of every single visual detail if the joke was going to work at all.

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<p>Joaquin Phoenix performs &quot;The Moon Song&quot; in &quot;Her.&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix performs "The Moon Song" in "Her."

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Vampire Weekend frontman joins Karen O as Oscar campaign for 'Her' song ramps up

Does it have any chance at the Oscar?

I can't remember the last time there was this much active campaigning for the Best Original Song Oscar -- perhaps this is what happens when the music branch actually thinks to nominate a handful of decent songs. (And "Alone Yet Not Alone," but perhaps studios are capitalizing on the attention that scandal directed to the category in the first place.)

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<p>Linda Cardellini as Jess's sister Abby on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Linda Cardellini as Jess's sister Abby on "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Sister'

Linda Cardellini goes crazy as Jess' trainwreck of a sister

A quick review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as you've seen a girl who looks like me but with chaos in her eyes...

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<p>&quot;Song of the Sea&quot;</p>

"Song of the Sea"

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GKIDS eye another Oscar nod with Irish animated feature 'Song of the Sea'

Director Tomm Moore previously made the Oscar-nominated 'Secret of Kells'

They may never win the award itself, but independent animation distributors GKIDS have really settled into their role as the regular giant-slayers of the Best Animated Feature Oscar race: many pundits fail to give them due consideration when handicapping the category at nominations stage, yet their foreign titles have now repeatedly shown up at the expense of a studio heavyweight. They may have missed with a few shots on goal last year, but came back fighting this year, snaring a nod for French critics' pet "Ernest and Celestine" as Pixar's "Monsters University" failed to make the grade.

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