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'Mad Men's' final season will be split in half -- 7 episodes in 2014, 7 in 2015


"Mad Men's" final season will be split in half -- 7 episodes in 2014, 7 in 2015
AMC is giving its first signature drama the "Breaking Bad" treatment, airing the final season over the next two springs.


Rosie O'Donnell joins Jennifer Lopez's "The Fosters"

She'll guest on three episodes of the ABC Family series as a foster care mentor.


"Jimmy Kimmel Live" will close down Hollywood Blvd for Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake
McCartney will sit down with Kimmel and perform on Monday, followed the next night by Timberlake.


MTV renews "Ridiculousness" and "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory"
They'll be back for a 4th and 6th season, respectively.

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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

Credit: FX

Watch: 'American Horror Story: Coven''s kiss of death teaser

See the poster slither, too

Time for another "American Horror Story: Coven" teaser! This one promises the kiss of death, though no one seems worse for wear in these 28 seconds of creep. Unless you count the snake. If this whets your appetite, so to speak, you can watch the season premiere Wed. Oct. 9 at 10:00 p.m. on FX. 

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<p>Richard Linklater at the Sundance Film&nbsp;Festival in&nbsp;January</p>

Richard Linklater at the Sundance Film Festival in January

Credit: AP Photo

Richard Linklater to receive Director Tribute at the Gotham Awards

The independent film awards ceremony takes place on Dec. 2

I often go back and watch "Slacker" just for the unencumbered burst of independent creativity. It has a different spirit than the films that came after it, films like "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction," etc., that would define the indie film movement.

And Linklater has maintained that spirit, setting up shop in Austin, Texas long before it was the posh thing to do. Free of the Hollywood ties even if he mingled with them from time to time. So if ever there was someone fit for an independent film fete, he's the guy. And with "Before Midnight" on the circuit this season, the Independent Filmmaker Project has seized the opportunity to honor him with a Director Tribute at the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards.

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<p>Cover art for 'Wise up Ghost'</p>

Cover art for 'Wise up Ghost'

Credit: Blue Note Records

Album Review: Elvis Costello & The Roots, 'Wise Up Ghost'

Colloboration haunts and grooves in equal measure

On “Wise Up Ghost,” Elvis Costello and the Roots make surprisingly compatible musical companions. 

From the first jagged synthetic rhythms that open the sinister-sounding “Walk Us Uptown,” it’s clear that there’s something special happening that unfurls through the course of 12 tracks.

The British singer/songwriter, known for his often snarling observations, and the Philadelphia hip-hop collective find an immediate groove that plays to both their strengths: Costello’s trenchant, biting words and complex melodies and The Roots’ imaginative and creative song construction that pulls in a wide array of influences.

[More after the jump...]

 

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<p>Bruce Dern and Will Forte in &quot;Nebraska.&quot;</p>

Bruce Dern and Will Forte in "Nebraska."

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Bruce Dern stares into the abyss in new 'Nebraska' trailer

Can the veteran make good on his Cannes win in Alexander Payne's latest?

Kris and I disagree on the merits of Alexander Payne's new dramedy "Nebraska," in which veteran Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Dern and "Saturday Night Live" alum Will Forte play a father and son mending their fractured relationship on a bittersweet road trip through the eponymous state.

Reviewing the film at Cannes, where Dern wound up winning the Best Actor award, I was left cold, saying that "Payne can't seem to decide if he's coddling these old-school Midwesterners for their rudely rustic values or sneering at the sheer narrowness of their worldview." Kris, on the other hand, really connected with it at Telluride a few weeks ago, praising it for "[ringing] a lot of genuine notes while never losing its sense of humor." One thing we both agreed on (where others don't) is that it's definitely a leading vehicle for Dern, who hasn't had a role this generous in decades. 

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'Dancing' gets ratings boost, 'Sleepy Hollow' scores for Fox


"Dancing" gets ratings boost, "Sleepy Hollow" scores for Fox
"Dancing with the Stars'" season premiere was up 28% from last year's all-star edition, while Fox drama "Sleepy Hollow" attracted 10 million viewers.


CNN and Tom Hanks team up for "The Sixties"
The 10-part documentary series will look back on the hectic decade. Hanks will produce and likely narrate the project.


James Gandolfini's "Sopranos" castmates show their support at the "Enough Said" premiere

Edie Falco and Aida Turturro were among last night's attendees.


"Homeland" moves filming from Israel to Morocco over Syria war concerns
Concerns over a potential war have raised tensions in Israel.


Fox tackles viral video sensation "The Fox"
A new promo will feature Fox stars singing the catchy dance song from Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis.


Bravo orders "Manzo'd with Children," a "Real Housewives of New Jersey" spinoff

Caroline Manzo and her family will be featured in Bravo's latest spinoff.


Howard Stern's HowardTV is shutting down

The shock jock's In Demand TV channel will end at the end of the year. HowardTV, which launched in 2006, was the successor to Stern's E! show, which ended in 2005.


Rita Moreno to play grandma on "Welcome to the Family"
She'll make her debut on the NBC comedy in November.


"The Newsroom" finale down from last year
Season 2's finale attracted 1.7 million, compared to the 2.3 million who watched the last season-ender.


AMC releases a "Breaking Bad" thank you ad
"It was all in the chemistry."


"Under the Dome" doesn't answer all questions in season finale
Spoiler: They're still under the dome.


"NCIS: L.A." star Daniela Rush is having a baby with her co-star's older brother

Rush is expecting with David Olsen, brother of Eric Christian Olsen.

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"Dads"

 "Dads"

Credit: FOX

Interview: Seth Green talks 'Dads' controversy

The star says TV's role is to 'provocatively challenge audiences to evolve'

On the surface, "Dads" (premieres Tues. Sept. 17 at 8:00 p.m. on FOX) probably seemed like a basic, even family-friendly, sitcom. Best friends and video game company co-owners Warner (Seth Green) and Eli (Giovanni Ribisi) find their lives derailed when their respective fathers David (Peter Riegert) and Crawford (Martin Mull) move in with them. A home run, right? Not exactly. 

Given that Seth McFarlane is the brains behind the operation, it makes sense that buttons would be pushed. What might be more surprising is how unfunny the pilot is. While I wasn't laughing over the small penis jokes and cliched cracks about Asians and Puerto Ricans, nothing else struck me as particularly funny, either -- and apparently I'm not alone in yawning, as plenty of critics have given the show a firm thumbs-down. Still, no one can fault the talented cast doing their best with subpar material -- including Green. I spoke to Green after a heated panel at TCAs, and found his defense of the show more engaging than the show itself. Here's what he had to say about FOX traditions, "All in the Family" and why he thinks the naysayers just don't get it. 

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<p>Cover art for Katy Perry's 'Prism.'</p>

Cover art for Katy Perry's 'Prism.'

Credit: Capitol Records

Don't trifle with Katy Perry on new track 'Dark Horse': Listen

Juicy J spices up the song with his rap

Katy Perry unlocked another song from “Prism” at midnight on iTunes, unleashing “Dark Horse,” an atmospheric, spaced-out track featuring rapper Juicy J.

Perry continues the animal imagery started on “Prism’s” first single (and chart topper) “Roar,” as she compares herself to dark horse, although she uses the term in a slightly different meaning than the usual underdog meaning: “So you want to play with magic/boy you should know what you’re falling for/baby do you dare to do this because I’m coming at you like a dark horse,” she sings.

It’s not as out there (literally and figuratively) at “E.T.,” but it’s definitely not Perry’s standard pop with typical verse and chorus, though with its finger snaps and pulsating, hypnotic beat, it will certainly fit in at radio. Juicy J’s rap —outside of regrettable line “She cuts your heart out like Jeffrey Dahmer”—fits in smoothly, though makes the cut sound a little dated. I know it’s only been a little over a year since almost every pop track had a dropped-in rap out of seemingly nowhere, but we’ve already moved on from that somewhat. At least Juicy J’s rap fits in thematically, but for some reason, his heavily autotuned line, “There’s no going back,” takes me right back to  Psy saying “Gangnam Style.”

With both “Roar” and “Dark Horse,” Perry has presented songs about a woman regaining her power and overcoming vulnerability. It’s too soon to know if that’s where all of “Prism” is headed but it does sound like she’s pushing her own boundaries in a way that is commendable and in a way that shows growth, but still leaves plenty of the goofy Perry that people know and love (you only have to look at the adorable video for “Roar” to know that).

What do you think of “Dark Horse?”

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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio

Credit: AP Photo

Roundup: DiCaprio goes the presidential biopic route

Also: Wrapping Toronto, and NBR and AFI set awards dates

Leonardo DiCaprio, it seems, has never met a prestige biopic he didn't like. We've already seen his respective takes on Howard Hughes (which netted him an Oscar nod), J. Edgar Hoover and the somewhat less immediately recognizable Frank Abagnale Jr., and will soon see him as business shark turned motivational speaker Jordan Belfort in "The Wolf of Wall Street." Next up: Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the US, already played to Oscar-nominated affect by Alexander Knox in a 1944 biopic. DiCaprio will co-produce the new film, based on a recently published biography by Pulitzer Prize winner A. Scott Berg. No denying the star's conscientiousness and commitment, but would anyone else like to see him do a romantic comedy at some point? [Deadline

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Ricky Gervais is taking 'The Office's' David Brent on tour


Ricky Gervais is taking "The Office's" David Brent on tour
Gervais tweeted the news: "David Brent is going to do a couple of very cheap, very low key warm up gigs with Forgone Conclusion in London this October. Stay tuned."


"Girls" casts its first black female character

"Orange is the New Black's" Danielle Brooks says:  I will be the first Black woman to be on 'Girls,' so that's exciting for me."


How "Breaking Bad" filmed Walter White's horrifying phone call
Writer Moira Walley-Beckett and director Rion Johnson describe the challenges of shooting both Walt's and Skyler's side of the famous call. Says Walley-Beckett: "I personally feel like it wasn't open to interpretation." PLUS: That phone call seemed to be aimed at Skyler White haters, the bassist from Santana played a fireman, Steven Michael Quezada cracked jokes filming last night's episode, here is the barrel song, why Vince Gilligan did that to Hank, what "Ozymandias" means.


NBC will air a 30-minute Arcade Fire concert after the band's "SNL" appearance

The special will be shown immediately after "Saturday Night Live's" season premiere.


How will viewers juggle the Emmys with the penultimate "Breaking Bad," and the "Dexter" finale?
All three will be airing at the same time, along with the Steelers vs. Bear on NBC.


Andy Samberg recalls working on the Charlie Sheen version of "Spin City"
Samberg was a PA on the ABC sitcom, which filmed on the same lot that Samberg is shooting "Brooklyn-Nine-Nine" on.


Does Cory Monteith deserve a special Emmy tribute?

The late "Glee" actor's body of work doesn't compare to the other late TV people receiving special recognition this year.


All 3 "Big Brother" finalists have been fired for being racists

The finalists have been in an alliance called "the Exterminators." PLUS: "Big Brother" alum Britney Haynes' baby diagnosed with cancer.


"Two and a Half Men" hopes Amber Tamblyn brings debauchery back to the show

Her character is essentially the female Charlie Sheen.


Ellen meets "Orange is the New Black"

Watch "Ellen is the New Black."


"Arrow" goes shirtless to promote Season 2

See Colton Haynes' abs.


Michael J. Fox: Parkinson's made me a better actor
Says Fox: "That hesitation, that Parkinsonian affect, is an opportunity to just pause in a moment and collect as a character and respond to what’s happening and just gave me this kind of gravitas. It really gave me a new view of things."


Watch Bill Nye on "Dancing with the Stars"
It doesn't look like "The Science Guy" will last long on the ABC reality competition.


Check out Carrie Underwood's "Sound of Music" poster
Does she looked too photoshopped?

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<p>Saoirse Ronan in &quot;How I Live Now.&quot;</p>

Saoirse Ronan in "How I Live Now."

Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Saoirse Ronan compares Wes Anderson vs. Ryan Gosling behind the camera

From 'How I Live Now' to 'Grand Budapest Hotel' to 'How To Catch A Monster'

TORONTO - Saoirse Ronan has been in this business a long time. She may only be 19-years-old, but the best supporting actress nominee for "Atonement" has been a working actor for a decade.  She's already collaborated with filmmakers such as Joe Wright, Peter Jackson, Peter Weir, Neil Jordan and Gillian Armstrong. She's shot all over the globe and walked the red carpets at some of the greatest film festivals in the world.  Today, however, Ronan is lying on a couch in a downtown Toronto hotel room as we meet to discuss her latest endeavor, Kevin Macdonald's "How I Live Now."

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<p>I like it when Arnold plays to his age instead of trying to disguise it, and I can't wait to see how Cameron pictures him for 'Avatar 2'</p>

I like it when Arnold plays to his age instead of trying to disguise it, and I can't wait to see how Cameron pictures him for 'Avatar 2'

Credit: Summit Entertainment

Report: Arnold Schwarzenegger joining Cameron for bad guy role in 'Avatar 2'

It would be a welcome reunion, and opens up some interesting possibilities

Let's say El Mayimbe is correct. Let's say James Cameron has officially told Arnold Schwarzenegger to get ready to spend a year in New Zealand to shoot his role in the "Avatar" sequels as a bad guy in charge of leading Earth's forces back to Pandora to kick some Navi ass. Let's say the deal is done, the dates are set, and it's happening. If we accept all of that as a given, then I'd say this is about as exciting as casting news gets.

I have not been flipping out over the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to film after his time spent working in California state government. I liked "The Last Stand," sure, but I think he was the single most embarrassing thing about "The Expendables 2." I like many of the films he has starred in over the years, but I don't think he is the same person or the same actor today that he was in the '80s, and I don't think you can just step back in and pick up where you left off after a certain point in life. Arnold is older. He's physically different. He's gone through some pretty major life changes in that time. Why would we want him to try to be the same person he was 20 or even 30 years ago? I'd rather see him work with Cameron in some new way.

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