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<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot;&nbsp;real-life brothers Wood and Steve Harris play bad guy brothers opposite Timothy Olyphant.</p>

On "Justified," real-life brothers Wood and Steve Harris play bad guy brothers opposite Timothy Olyphant.

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Review: 'Justified' - 'The Kids Aren't All Right'

Raylan deals with two tough brothers and a young friend

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as Hitler has risen from the grave and is in my whorehouse...

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<p>Ward and Skye dig deeper into Skye's family mysteries on this week's new 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'</p>

Ward and Skye dig deeper into Skye's family mysteries on this week's new 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' pushes Skye's family mystery to the forefront this week

I know they're trying to make us care... but do we?

Considering last week's return from hiatus, "The Magical Place," was the hyped episode where we were promised important answers, it seems odd that this week's episode "Seeds" was far more persuasive at convincing me that there is actually something interesting happening in "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." at this point.

After all, last week pulled the typical "replace the question with more questions" move, but I think it did it through a sort of ham-handed ineptitude more than careful engineering. I think they felt like the end of that episode would be duly shocking and carry more weight than it did. While I think the image of the thing working on Coulson's brain was interesting, I don't think it was explained in a way that made it particularly compelling. If all it took to bring him back to life was Nick Fury demanding that they do even more surgeries on him than normal, that doesn't seem like a secret worth hiding. I get that they were worried about him recalling the massive traumatic pain and horror, and I know that there are surgeries that they are forced to do at times where the patient has to be awake, and that the accounts of those events can be horrifying. But it still just doesn't feel like it's enough of an answer or an interesting enough twist on the question.

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<p>Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Bet'

Peralta and Santiago's wager concludes, while Boyle and Holt both struggle with honesty

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" — or, I suppose I should say, of Golden Globe winner "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" — coming up just as soon as I take a seminar on hand-shaking...

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<p>Carlton Cuse</p>

Carlton Cuse

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Press Tour: Carlton Cuse teases first footage from 'The Strain'

'Lost' veteran promises you'll never look at vampires the same way again
Directed in pilot form by Guillermo del Toro, who also adapted from his novel with Chuck Hogan, "The Strain" won't premiere until July and there wasn't a finished episode to send critics. 
 
However, showrunner Carlton Cuse was sent before the TCA press tour audience as an emissary to answer a few questions and present the first teaser for the vampire drama.
 
"You'll never look at vampires the same way again," Cuse promises. "These are not sparkling, brooding dudes with fangs and romantic problems."
 
Cuse promises these are "really scary creatures" and notes, "This is a really original reimagining of vampire lore and I think it also says some things about the precariousness of our modern world."
 
How did the clips look?
 
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<p>&quot;American&nbsp;Hustle&quot;</p>

"American Hustle"

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Makeup and Hairstylists Guild nominates 'Lone Ranger,' 'American Hustle,' 'Bad Grandpa'

First time since 2004 the awards have been presented

The Makeup and Hairstylists Guild has not presented awards in nearly a decade. This year, however, IATSE Local 706 is dusting off the trophies and jumping back into the kudos circuit.

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'The Americans' will open Season 2 with a 'powerful, shocking and mildly humorous' sex scene


"The Americans" will open Season 2 with a "powerful, shocking and mildly humorous" sex scene
The cast and crew also revealed that Season 2 will focus more on the family and Margo Martindale will be back for several episodes. PLUS: What if CBS didn't pick up Martindale's "The Millers"?


Gillian Anderson to pen a series of sci-fi books
"The X Files" alum will co-write "EarthEnd Saga." "After nine years of living in a semi-science-fictional universe, I think I now have an ingrained knowledge and rhythm for it," she says.


Teen sensation Austin Mahone to make his network acting debut on "The Millers"
He'll guest as a young Nelson Franklin.


Peter Capaldi caught filming "Doctor Who" on a mechanical horse
The actor is afraid of real horses.


"Revenge" promotes Karine Vanasse

The French-Canadian actress will become a series regular.

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<p>Timothy Olyphant of &quot;Justified&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant of "Justified"

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'Justified' Season 5 Press Tour Live-Blog

Graham Yost, Timothy Olyphant and company discuss the penultimate season

We were never going to have troubles filling a TCA press tour panel for FX's "Justified," which started its fifth season last week, but Tuesday's (January 14) panel got an extra jolt when the network announced that next season will be the show's last.

At his executive session, John Landgraf said that the decision to end "Justified" came entirely from producer Graham Yost and star Timothy Olyphant. 

Let's get down to the business of learning why...

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<p>Parade Of Lights</p>

Parade Of Lights

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Exclusive Song Of The Day: Parade Of Lights' 'Golden' has Olympic ties

NBC includes the inspiring track in its latest Sochi 2014 promo

"Everybody get golden." The uplifting message is perfect for Parade Of Lights' upbeat dance-rock song, and especially pertinent for, say, the Olympics.

NBC noticed. "Golden" is featured in the networks' newest promo commercial for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which first aired during the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday. Gold all around.

"Golden" is now available via iTunes and is the title track from the quartet's EP, due this spring. Its epic lead single “We’re The Kids” is already out: watch the video here or below. Get your pumping fist ready.

Parade Of Lights is touring this winter with stop-offs at the South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin in March.


 
Headlining tour dates:

1/29       Fullerton, CA                      The Slidebar Rock N Roll Kitchen
1/30       Sacramento, CA                Harlow’s
1/3         Bakersfield, CA Elements
2/1         Los Angeles, CA                TBA

On tour with Royal Teeth and Chappo:

2/22       Denver, CO                         Marquis Theater
2/25       Kansas City, MO               Czar
2/26       Minnespolis, MN             Triple Rock
2/27       Milwaukee, WI Mad Planet
2/28       Chicago, IL                           Bottom Lounge - Small Room
3/4         Columbus, OH   Basement
3/5         Cincinnati, OH    21st Century
3/6         St. Louis, MO     Demo

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Oscars will celebrate heroes


Oscars will celebrate heroes
The Academy Awards theme this year is heroes -- real-life heroes, superheroes, popular heroes and animated heroes.


"Bones" taps a new Squintern
"The Young and the Restless" vet Ignacio Serricchio will play a Cuban-born prominent forensic anthropologist who has to work his way up again.


TLC "Cheer Perfect" mom arrested for allegedly raping a minor

Andrea Clevenger, 34, is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy.


Roger Ebert documentary Kickstarter reaches its $150,000 goal

"Life Itself" will be based on Ebert's memoir.


"Real World Ex-Plosion" is up from Portland, but ranks as one of the franchise's lowest-ever premieres
About 950,000 watched the 29th season premiere.


"Archer" announces Kenny Loggins duet, country-themed soundtrack
Loggins will sing "Danger Zone" with Charlene.


CW placing an "Originals" ad mocking "Pretty Little Liars" on ABC Family

Watch the ad urging "PLL" fans to change the channel.


Does winning 2 Golden Globes boost "Brooklyn Nine-Nine's" chances for a 2nd season?

"We don't know, but it would be a pretty baller move of (Kevin Reilly, FOX Entertainment chairman) to cancel us today," says Mike Schur. PLUS: Why Super Bowl is unlikely to affect "Brooklyn's" ratings.


Jimmy Kimmel sends Juan Pablo to ask random people about "The Bachelor"
Most people didn't recognize that Juan Pablo was "The Bachelor."


Check out Mindy Kaling's college comic strips

Kaling created "Badly Drawn Girl" for the campus newspaper The Dartmouth.

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<p>&quot;Gravity's&quot;&nbsp;Dr.&nbsp;Ryan Stone was even nominated for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture!</p>

"Gravity's" Dr. Ryan Stone was even nominated for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture!

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'Gravity' (what else?) leads the way with eight Visual Effects Society nominations

'Pacific Rim,' 'The Hobbit' and 'Iron Man 3' not far behind

Speaking of visual effects, after the "World War Z" went over really well and newly designed tech for "Oblivion" was a major talking point at the Academy's visual effects bake-off presentation last weekend, I had been betting on each to slide into the final five Thursday morning. But then, neither landed a single nomination for the Visual Effects Society today, so maybe that'll call for some last-minute tinkering on my predictions.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

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Ranking Bruce Springsteen's 10 best albums

Is your favorite on the list?

It's a good day to be a Bruce Springsteen fan: His new album, "High Hopes," came out today and even if it's not chockful of winners, it's enough to tide us over until a true new studio album emerges. Plus, Springsteen & The E Street Band were announced as headliners for New Orleans' Jazz Fest in May, which could mean there is a U.S. tour coming, their first stateside outing since 2012.

I reviewed "High Hopes" last week, and now I'm looking back at what I consider to be the best 10 studio albums of Springsteen's career. I excluded live and compilation albums and, as with all things, this list is totally subjective. What struck me as I reviewed his 18 studio albums is how potent Springsteen's music was from the start and  it hasn't let up. My choices span 1973-2007 (that tells you two of them right there). Springsteen has been making meaningful, important, joyous music for more than 40 years, seldom succumbing to laziness or nostalgia.

Be sure to list your favorite albums below and take our poll.

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<p>Sarah Polley (right) on the set of &quot;Stories We Tell.&quot;</p>

Sarah Polley (right) on the set of "Stories We Tell."

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Sarah Polley, Joshua Oppenheimer among DGA doc nominees

Female directors dominate the list

Best Documentary Feature remains one of this year's most excitingly competitive Oscar races. While some titles -- notably two critics' favorites, Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" and Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" -- have emerged repeatedly in the precursor awards, you'd be hard pressed to name a clear frontrunner, while no inclusions or omissions from the Academy's 15-film shortlist would be truly shocking when the nominations are announced on Thursday. 

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