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Katey Sagal and Jimmy Smits on 'Sons of Anarchy'

A rough week for Gemma (Katey Sagal) and Nero (Jimmy Smits) on 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'The Mad King'

It's officially just 'Melrose Place' with more motorcycles

Is Jax Teller actually the worst president in SAMCRO history or is he just an unfortunate victim of TV writers trapped in a twisted competition of "Look how far I can go!" absurdities?

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<p>Chloe Bennet is turning out to be cut from the same cloth as many earlier eminently crush-worthy characters in other Joss&nbsp;Whedon shows, and now we know where her loyalties lie after a strong episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'</p>

Chloe Bennet is turning out to be cut from the same cloth as many earlier eminently crush-worthy characters in other Joss Whedon shows, and now we know where her loyalties lie after a strong episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' introduces its first big bad guy from the comics in week three

It's safe to say we just saw the birth of Graviton

Heading into the third episode of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.", I'm struck by how many people have already written it off. With any TV series, I consider it amazing if they hit their full stride in the first year. My favorite Joss Whedon show took a full first season before it figured out what it was doing, and until the last few moments in season one of "Buffy," I don't think it was "Buffy" yet.

In addition, I think it's wrong to call this a Joss Whedon show. He's not managing it week to week, and he's not the showrunner. That's fine… he can't do everything, and so this creative team seems to me to be on a learning curve right now. Will they get "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." working perfectly? Beats me. Will I be willing to give them some time to work it out? Sure.

The opening this week featured a trucker who pretty much looks exactly like what I am afraid every trucker on the road looks like, with dark hollow eyes and a crazy meth stare. His tractor trailer truck is revealed to be part of a team of vehicles, and one of them, code-named "Little Girl," is suddenly flipped up into the air by something completely unseen. It happens to another SUV, and then to the trailer truck itself, and then after it's smashed, a small team of soldiers come running out from hiding and open the trailer, which turns out to be a lot more high-tech than it initially appeared. And inside? A prisoner who seems totally unsurprised to be rescued, greeting them with an annoyed "Are we there yet?"

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<p>Andy Samberg and Mary Elizabeth Ellis in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Mary Elizabeth Ellis in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'M.E. Time'

Jake hooks up with the coroner, and Terry paints a picture of Captain Holt

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I have sex on a futon in couch mode...

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Best Actress 2014: Oscar contenders include Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep

Best Actress 2014: Oscar contenders include Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep

Oscar vets face newcomers in a competitive year for the category

This year's Best Actress race is full of Oscar veterans, but there are also a fair amount of up-and-coming indie hopefuls, outsider foreign film players and fresh faces to the awards scene looking for their first trip to the Dolby Theater.

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Listen: New TLC song, 'Meant To Be'
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Listen: New TLC song, 'Meant To Be'

Tune will make you miss the old days

TLC honors the memory of Lisa R20;Left Eye” Lopes with new song “Meant To Be.”

“No matter what, it will always be us together,” the remaining members T-Boz and Rhonda “Chilli’ Thomas sing on the Ne-Yo penned track. Yes, it could be about romantic love, but it’s also a sweet song about the trio.

It’s a shame, however, that the mid-tempo song doesn’t hold up, despite the sweet message. Without being too harsh, the vocals sound pretty rough. Time has not been their friend. Plus the song, with its “Hey” background sounds like it’s trying to be wrongly contemparize what is meant to be an old school tune. . Ne-Yo  sounds like he's just trying to replicate their past hits instead of coming up with something memorable. Still, if you’ve been pining for new TLC, this will be a comfort to you.

The track is one of two new songs on “20,” a best-of set commemorating TLC’s 20th anniversary, as well as the trio’s VH1 movie.
 

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<p>Robin Weigert</p>

Robin Weigert

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Robin Weigert on leaving TV (and her inhibitions) behind in 'Concussion'

The Emmy-nominated actress is a revelation in the sexually charged indie

“Brave” is a word sorely overused by critics when describing any actor taking on a somewhat sexualized character – especially when they take off their clothing in the process. If the sexuality in question is LGBT, so much the “braver,” apparently. It's a word, then, that you may have read applied a few times to Robin Weigert's terrific performance as a dissatisfied lesbian wife and mother in Stacie Passon's sharp, sensual debut feature “Concussion” – released last Friday on the Weinsteins' TWC-Radius label.

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<p>Miley Cyrus on the &quot;Today&quot; show</p>

Miley Cyrus on the "Today" show

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3 on 3: Does Miley Cyrus finally leave her childhood behind with 'Bangerz?'

Is Miley Cyrus a punk artist?

Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” has a lock to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart next week and it is the defining album of the twerker’s career so far. But what will it mean for Cyrus going forward?

She’s already shown that she can captivate both the partying crowd, with first single “We Can’t Stop,” as well as the broken-hearted bunch, with ballad “Wrecking Ball.”  While all eyes have been on Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, is it time to say that there is a new Pop Princess in town?

3 on 3 features three HitFix editors tackling three questions about a project or artist. Today, Dave Lewis, Katie Hasty and I ponder Cyrus’s future and wave a fond goodbye, once and for all, to Hannah Montana.

Will “Bangerz” leave any memory of Hannah Montana in the dust?

Dave Lewis: Since "Montana" was aimed squarely at wee ones, there may be a generation who will always have a hard time seeing Cyrus as anything but the Disney Channel star. However, for the rest of us, her identity as "Montana" was hardly set in stone. No one remembers Mark Wahlberg as *just* Marky Mark, and Cyrus has already found enough success with her new persona that she won't face the same obstacles as, say, Vanilla Ice.

Katie Hasty: I think "Hannah Montana" still symbolically holds a place in Miley Cyrus' status as a pop singer and celebrity. Her previous album "Can't Be Tamed" had a lot of "grown up," adult-listening qualities, but her use of more childish imagery like teddy bears in ("We Can't Stop" and the MTV VMAs) and literally heading back to high school for "23" is purposely staging "Hannah" days up against her nude thongs, foul language and hip-hop production. As she said on "Saturday Night Live," "I'm not going to do Hannah Montana, but I can give you an update on what she’s been up to: she’s been murdered." Her Disney alter-ego hasn't vanished, it's only been upheld as a childhood drum on which Cyrus can now beat.

Melinda Newman: Yes. Cyrus herself declared Hannah Montana dead on “Saturday Night Live,” and Cyrus has done everything she can to besmirch the memory of her Disney character for the past few years, whether it was posing nearly nude, smoking from a bong, pole dancing, her VMA performance. Plus, most Hannah Montana fans have long outgrown their love for the show and are as eager as Cyrus, though perhaps not as aggressive about it, to put their Hannah years behind them.

Is Miley calling the shots or is she being played by producers and her record label?

Dave Lewis: This is a tougher question than it appears to be. Although she doesn't appear to be the completely compliant drone that O'Connor accused her of being, Cyrus' decision to play up her sexuality (if it indeed was her decision, as her defenders say) certainly wouldn't have met much
resistance from the execs raking in the cash every time she sticks out her tongue. She may be making the decisions, but they just happen to be the same decisions that execs have made with countless pop stars in the past.

Katie Hasty: Sinead O'Connor's open letters to Cyrus re-focused on the cold underbelly of the entertainment industry, which by and large shows little restraint on exploiting teenagers' and young women's sexuality for profit. Some women roll  with it, and some do not (and, hey, they're all allowed to change their mind, guys). That being said, Cyrus is 20 years old, and after the tightly controlled PR campaign that was her Disney life, she's ripe for a personal rebellion and obviously interested in expressing her sexuality. I don't think RCA texted Cyrus, "Nudez 4 T Richardson, y or n," but I'd be cautious to say Miley Cyrus' adoption of ratchet culture and riding on a wrecking ball naked were all her idea. There's a lab somewhere that's helping for all parties involved to come to the same conclusion.

Melinda Newman: Sinead O’Connor’s open letters to the contrary, for better or worse, Cyrus seems to be in complete control of what she’s doing. What she could use is some good advice and a few more people around her who aren’t yes-men. When someone’s star is so ascendent, it’s hard to find people who will do anything but scrape and bow in the star’s presence and preside in the echo chamber. Having said that, Cyrus has been a star since she was little and she may know her brand better than anyone. However, if she wants to appeal to more than fellow 20-year olds, she may want to listen to someone who’s not 20 and who isn’t dropping Molly and smoking pop at every opportunity.

One critic called Cyrus the "most punk artist" out today. Agree or disagree?

Dave Lewis: Since the term "Punk" hasn't really meant anything specific in more than 30 years (if it even meant anything specific in 1977), then,sure, making millions of dollars for yourself and for faceless corporate overlords while jumping on every new trend in sight is "punk." But it's also clearly not.

Katie Hasty: "Punk" being a highly subjective term these days, calling a major label-signed female pop star doing what major label-signed female pop stars are expected to do is hardly counter-cultural or fiercely independent. Punk makes me think Cyrus would stand for something: a subversion of norm, a way of life, a community standard. I see a hodge-podge of fun cultural references pinned on a performer with some raw talent struggling to know where to stick it.

Melinda Newman: That’s a ludicrous, laughable notion. She’s about as punk as Hannah Montana. A key element of punk is rebellion and there is nothing that Cyrus is rebelling against... other than clothes. She is not thwarting society’s norms in anyway, in fact, in many ways, she’s playing right into them.






 

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<p>The Lumineers</p>

The Lumineers

Watch: The Lumineers' gorgeous animated video for 'Submarines'

Folk-rockers go deep-sea diving

The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" put them on the map, but their newest single "Submarines" puts them under water.

Check out the acoustic-rockers' music video for the track, the third radio-pushed song from their self-titled album. Directed by longtime band collaborator Nicholas Sutton Bell, it's a fable-tastic journey under the sea. Keep your eyes peeled for the octopus, who is my favorite.

The Lumineers are on tour in the 'States through the end of the month, then head overseas to Europe in November, then head the other way overseas (Australia, Asia) in early 2014.

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Kris & Bruce Jenner separate after 22 years of marriage


Kris & Bruce Jenner separate after 22 years of marriage

The E! reality stars said in a statement to E!: "We are living separately and we are much happier this way."

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<p>Cassadee Pope &quot;Frame By Frame&quot;</p>

Cassadee Pope "Frame By Frame"

Album Review: 'The Voice' winner Cassadee Pope's 'Frame By Frame'

Can the Season Three winner be the first to score a hit?

Has “The Voice” finally produced a winner who will turn into a  true radio star?

Though “The Voice” now outdraws “American Idol,” unlike “Idol,” it has yet to produce an artist who has caught hold at radio. The coaches remain the stars of the show rather than the contestants. Season One and Two winners Javier Colon and Jermaine Paul gained no traction following their wins.

With Cassadee Pope, “The Voice” may have come up with a winner whose career extends beyond the end of the television season.

Pre- “The Voice,” Pope had a pop background with the group Hey Monday, who toured with such groups as Fall Out Boy and All Time Low. She also sang on a number of other artists’ songs, including The Cab, We The Kings, and Cobra Starship.

Now, she’s traded in her pop career for a country one... sort of.  “Frame By Frame,” out today, is such generic, slick country pop that the label’s intent to cross her over to pop given half the chance is painfully obvious. It’s all more the shame because Pope has a strong voice. It’s not particularly distinctive and she tends to sound like Taylor Swift a bit too much, but it’s powerful and rich.

Pope co-wrote five on the songs on here, but mainly relies on the top tier of songwriters here, including Max Martin and Shellback, best known for their work with Britney Spears, and Nathan Chapman, one of Swift’s main collaborators. That’s fine to bring in ringers, but when their songs sound like they could have gone to any number of female pop singers (“Proved You Wrong” sounds like it was written for Demi Lovato; first single, “Wasting All These Tears,” for Avril Lavigne), it’s time to look for something a little more distinctive.

Speaking of  “Wasting,” the tune is  No. 25 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. That would not be such a feat except for the chart is totally male dominated right now (she is only one of four women in the Top 30), so the fact that she has any traction is a positive sign.

It’s a shame that so much of the material is so cookie cutter, because when Pope turns personal, such as on “11,” a genuine song about how her life changed when her father deserted the family, she shows what she can do when she opens up. It’s emotional and it doesn’t sound like every other song on the radio. Similarly, “You Hear A Song,” a song about how hard girls are on themselves—  “I see a mess in the mirror/you see the girl of your dreams”—could resonate with young country female fans for its sweet sentiment.

Pope also has the push of CMT behind her: she stars in her own reality show on the cable outlet about her post- “The Voice” life as she navigates trying to make it as a solo artist.

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Jimmy Kimmel will try to settle his "feud" with Kanye West on Wednesday


Jimmy Kimmel will try to settle his "feud" with Kanye West on Wednesday
Kanye will appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Kimmel tweeted, adding: "(for real, yes and was it all a setup, no)"

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<p>Ben&nbsp;Stiller in &quot;The Secret Life of Walter Mitty&quot;</p>

Ben Stiller in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

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Second trailer for 'Walter Mitty' has a little more Ben Stiller flavor

The fantastical romance received mixed reviews at NYFF

There's a reason why teaser trailers are called just that -- they tease our imaginations with suggested possibilities, but tend to withhold the full picture. The initial teaser for Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" did a great job in that regard -- intriguing in its choice of sound and image, it provided several conflicting hints of where the romantic fantasy could go tonally. Now, with a complete trailer revealing more of the film to us -- well, those of us who haven't yet seen the whole thing at the New York Film Festival -- it would appear that "Walter Mitty" is slightly more straightforward than it initially appeared to be.

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