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Daniel Radcliffe, Brie Larson, Ben Kingsley
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Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley up the pedigree of Daniel Radcliffe-led 'Brooklyn Bridge'

A drama surrounding New York City's suspension landmark sets off awards alarms.

Daniel Radcliffe will win an Oscar, eventually. He's driven, he's eclectic, he's riding Leonardo DiCaprio-esque blockbuster momentum that he's happy to cash in for provocative material, and, most importantly, he's good. And getting better. Holding his own against Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Ralph Fiennes for a decade certainly helped.

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Oscar-nominee Virginia Madsen is mad as hell when it comes to 'Network,' film, and culture

The 'Sideways' star digs through Academy Film Archive to unearth a personal favorite.

Actress Virginia Madsen worries that we aren't doing "Network" justice. "It's one of those great films that isn't seen enough, isn't talked about enough," she admits in the latest installment of "Let's Go to the Movies," the Academy's wish fulfillment video series. When invited to pluck a print from the Academy archive to take in on the big screen, Madsen went straight for Sidney Lumet's 1976 TV news satire, a remnant of a bygone era when movies were political, dangerous, and as prickly as their film grain.

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Exclusive: A sneak peek behind the Bayhem in a clip from the 'Transformers' Blu-ray
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Exclusive: A sneak peek behind the Bayhem in a clip from the 'Transformers' Blu-ray

In one minute, you will see more explosions than a Boston fireworks display

When I ran my most recent Film Nerd 2.0, several of you e-mailed me to point out what seemed to be a glaring contradiction in things I'd published here.

"Why were you complaining about your kids watching the 'Transformers' movies? Don't you like those movies?"

It is safe to call my relationship to the movies complicated. I am not sure I would say I enjoy the third and the fourth films, but I am endlessly fascinated by them. The scale on which Michael Bay is working is so preposterous that it's easy to get numbed by it when you're watching the actual movies. As "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" prepares to hit home video, we've got a clip from some of the behind-the-scenes extras that serves as a reminder of just how much actual physical labor goes into creating those outsized images.

People tend to dismiss these movies based on all of the digital effects included in each one (among other reasons), but more of what is happening onscreen is practical than I sometimes remember. I am particularly impressed in this short one-minute clip by just how many cars they manage to drop from the sky. I'd like to think that's one guy's specialty, and right now, he is somewhere napping until Michael Bay needs him to launch a bus through the air again.

No matter what rating the movie actually carries, Bay's films all have an R-rated sheen to them. He can't help it. It's simply the prism through which he views things. Just the fact that it perpetually looks like everyone on his set is moments away from dying for real is enough to push them over the top.

By now, I suspect you know whether or not you're buying "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" on Blu-ray or DVD. Either way, starting your day with stuff blowing up is always a good choice. And because it's Bay, rest assured, the home-video release is a beast. Gigantic. Epic. This is a one-minute clip. There are over three hours of special features on the disc, which arrives in stores on September 30th.

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10 Burning Questions for Returning Fall TV Shows - 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' to 'Sleepy Hollow'

10 Burning Questions for Returning Fall TV Shows - 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' to 'Sleepy Hollow'

Can 'New Girl' bounce back? Will a non-pregnant Kerry Washington change 'Scandal'?

Much of the attention each fall is paid to new shows. Which new programs will break out from the pack and become hits? Which dud will suffer the ignominy of being the fall's first cancellation? Which shows will grow to become assets in the TV landscape and which shows wasted all of their good ideas in the first couple episodes?

But let's not forget the dozens of shows that are returning to networks and cable before the end of 2014, because there are some entice questions to be asked.

Could a show like "New Girl" or "Homeland" pass through last season's creative rough patches to become favorites again?

Could a show like "The Good Wife" squander last season's momentum after too many big twists last year?

Will early-season time period trickery hurt "The Big Bang Theory"? Will nine months off the air hurt "Sleepy Hollow"?

What's in store for the few shows already heading toward their series finales?

Sepinwall and I field many of the Big Questions for Returning Shows in this gallery.

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<p>Gillian Jacobs</p>

Gillian Jacobs

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Gillian Jacobs and Judd Apatow will make 'Love' on Netflix starting in 2016

Don't worry, 'Community' fans, this doesn't Britta up Season 6

It's official: Confirming reports that have been floating around since the summer, Netflix announced on Tuesday (September 16) that it has given a two-season commitment to the new comedy "Love," which comes from Judd Apatow, among other producers.

[Yes, there's an old joke involving Marilyn Monroe's "Let's Make Love" that I want to make here, but I can't remember exactly how the joke went.]

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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;Dancing with the Stars&quot;</p>

Monday's "Dancing with the Stars"

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TV Ratings: 'Dancing' premiere, 'MasterChef' finale lead Monday

CBS' 'Under the Dome' rises week-to-week

Fast National ratings for Monday, September 15, 2014.

The 19th season premiere for ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" came in well below last September's return, but still dominated Monday night overall. ABC's "Castle" repeat in the 10 p.m. hour allowed FOX to move up for a primetime tie thanks to the season finale for "MasterChef."

"Dancing" was down by 23 percent from last fall's premiere, but a much acceptable eight percent from the most recently spring return. ABC wants to emphasize that this was the most watched series telecast since May. And of course it was.

CBS was second overall for the night thanks to a rising installment of "Under the Dome," while the "USA vs. the World" special episode of "American Ninja Warrior" carried NBC to third among young viewers.

On to the numbers...

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Rihanna to CBS: 'F*ck you'
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Rihanna to CBS: 'F*ck you'

Rihanna to CBS: "F*ck you”
"CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F--- you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this," Rihanna tweeted. "The audacity …” CBS pulled Rihanna and Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” from last week’s “Thursday Night Football” opener, and apparently wanted to use it this Thursday. No word if CBS will not use it after Rihanna’s tweet. PLUS: CBS and NFL punished Rihanna for being a domestic violence victim. UPDATE: CBS cuts ties with Rihanna after her tweet and will use theme music created internally for future "Thursday Night Football" broadcasts.


Craig Ferguson will visit 12:30 rival Seth Meyers tonight
With Ferguson on his way out, “The Late Late Show” host will stop by “Late Night.”


After "Community," Gillian Jacobs will star in Judd Apatow’s Netflix “Love” comedy
Jacobs and “Super Fun Night’s” Paul Rust will star "an unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships” that has already been picked up for two seasons.


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<p>Red Band Society</p>

Red Band Society

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Review: FOX's 'Red Band Society'

Can the new drama transcend some of its more 'Glee'-ish tics?

Among the main characters of FOX's new drama "Red Band Society" (Wednesday at 9 p.m.), two suffer from cancer, one needs a heart transplant, and one is in a prolonged coma.

All of them are 16 years old or younger.

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Barbra Streisand’s late-night return: She got to sit in Jimmy Fallon’s chair and show off her left profile
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Barbra Streisand’s late-night return: She got to sit in Jimmy Fallon’s chair and show off her left profile

Barbra Streisand’s late-night return: She got to sit in Jimmy Fallon’s chair and show off her left profile
Perhaps Streisand avoided late-night TV for 50 years because she couldn’t show her left profile, according to Roger Friedman: "I think I know the reason Barbra Streisand didn’t do late night TV for 50 years. The hosts wouldn’t let her sit with her left profile. Jimmy Fallon did. He let Barbra sit in his chair for the whole Tonight show tonight. She got her way, and her preferred profile. This is a big deal for Barbra, trust me.” PLUS: Watch Streisand and Fallon as Elvis sing a medley of duets.


Adam Lambert to fill in for Keith Urban as an “Idol” judge
The Season 8 runner-up will serve as guest-judge for the New York auditions as Urban and his wife Nicole Kidman deal with the death of her father.


“Dancing with the Stars” reunited Cheech & Chong
There were lots of pot references during Tommy Chong’s “Dancing” performance. PLUS: Ranking the contestants — and the awkwardness.


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Lamorne Morris and Hannah Simone talk puzzling, modeling and 'New Girl' Season 4

Lamorne Morris and Hannah Simone talk puzzling, modeling and 'New Girl' Season 4

Plus, more details on Winston's basketball career

Season 3 of "New Girl" was a season of transition for Hannah Simone's Cece and Lamorne Morris' Winston.

For Cece, the season began with her discovering that she was being cheated on and saw her giving up on her modeling aspirations to become, at least in the short term, a bartender, before she left on a romantic dalliance with a younger man.

Meanwhile, Winston began to come to terms with his thwarted hoop dreams and seemed to find at least a temporary calling as a potential police officer, while putting his own needs second to those of his cat. 

Last week, I sat down with Morris and Simone to talk about the season of quarterlife crisis and the impact of those changes on Cece and Winston this season.

We also talked quite a bit about Winston's run of weekly peculiarities.

"I caught on probably once Max Greenfield said something out loud about it," Morris says.

And yes, the conversation contains plenty of talk about Winston's subpar basketball career and the allure of puzzling, complete with a brief chorus of the "Puzzling" song. 

The "New Girl" writers would do well to note that Morris and Simone are really funny together. 

"New Girl" premieres on Tuesday, September 16 night at 9 p.m. on FOX.

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Run The Jewels drop a new hip-hop track to have you saying 'Oh My'

Run The Jewels drop a new hip-hop track to have you saying 'Oh My'

Don't cry: El-P and Killer Mike are back

Run The Jewels are back with a track that will have you saying "Oh My."

The duo -- consisting of Killer Mike and El-P --  dropped "Oh My Darling Don't Cry" today via the Adult Swim Singles series, ahead of their next album "Run The Jewels 2" (that's "RTJ2" for those who wish to conserve characters.)

The songs from the AS singles program have included eyebrow-blazers from dance music pioneer Giorgio Moroder to metal men Mastodon to electronica composer Fatima Al Qadiri. You can hear the previously released song streams in the Soundcloud playlist below.

Run The Jewels has already released "Blockbuster Night Pt. 1" from #RTJ2; like their first self-titled album, this set will be out for free to fans, with the option to purchase on CD or vinyl.

Run The Jewels tour dates are below all the yummy streams.

Here are Run The Jewels' tour dates:

10/15 - College Station, TX - Boulevard 217 %
10/16 - Austin, TX - Red 7 %
10/18 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's %
10/20 - Little Rock, AR - Stickyz
10/21 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall %
10/22 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10/23 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco %
10/24 - Columbia, SC - Music Farm %
10/25 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm %
10/31 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *
11/1 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
11/2 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater *
11/3 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle *
11/4 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *
11/6 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
11/7 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/8 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's *
11/10 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
11/11 - La Jolla, CA - Porters Pub *
11/12 - Pomona, CA - Glass House *
11/14 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine +
11/15 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater *
11/17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
11/18 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre *
11/20 - Minneapolis, MN - First Line Music Café *
11/21 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
11/22 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
11/25 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews Hall *
11/26 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
11/27 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda *
11/28 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
11/29 - New York, NY - Stage 48 *
12/11 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
12/12 - London, UK - Koko
12/13 - Paris, FR - La Bellevilloise
12/15 - Oslo, NO - BLA
12/16 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Strand
12/19 - Copenhagen, DK - Pumpehuset
12/20 - Utrecht, NL - Tivoli Vredenburg
12/21 - Dublin, IE - Opium Rooms
12/30 - Lorne, AU - Falls Festival
12/31 - Marion Bay, AU - Falls Festival
1/1 - Sydney, AU - Field Day
1/2 - Byron Bay, AU - Falls Festival
1/4 - Busselton, AU - Southbound Festival
1/7 - Sydney, AU - Enmore Theatre ^
1/8 - Melbourne, AU - The Forum ^
1/9 - Brisbane, AU - Hi Fi ^
1/10 - Auckland, NZ - Town Hall ^

% Red Bull Sound Select show
* with Ratking & Despot
+ with Despot
^ with Joey Bada$$

 

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The new 'View': Bold, intelligent and kind of boring
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The new 'View': Bold, intelligent and kind of boring

The new “View”: Bold, intelligent and kind of boring
The revamped panel of “The View” is everything we’ve always wanted — problem is, that’s boring, says Kevin Fallon. “After so many years of vilifying Elisabeth Hasselbeck for her extreme conservative points of views, lampooning the harpy nature of the panel’s clucking hens, and clamoring for a roundtable of smart and respected hosts who never posed for Playboy, this current View is almost unrecognizable,” he says. "Yes, we got everything we thought we wanted in a new ‘View.' But now we should wonder whether we should have wanted it in the first place. Because this respectable, illuminating View was also—let’s face it—kind of boring.” PLUS: Nicolle Wallace is behaving too much like a political strategist, it was a flawed but promising start, and Rosie was barefoot.


“Utopia” gets a big DVR boost
The 2nd episode of the disappointing Fox reality show saw its 2nd episode ratings jump 56% when accounting for DVR viewership.


“True Detective” Season 2: Jessica Biel? Malin Akerman? Rosario Dawson?
According to The Wrap, those three are among seven actresses now vying for the Season 2 lead female role.


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