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<p>Graham Skipper watches dailies from Vanessa Leigh's big scene in the film and has the same reaction everyone else did last night in the theater.</p>

Graham Skipper watches dailies from Vanessa Leigh's big scene in the film and has the same reaction everyone else did last night in the theater.

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Review: 'Almost Human' brings alien probes to the Ryerson for Midnight Madness

A perfect homage to '80s DIY-horror rocks the late night crowd

TORONTO - Joe Begos is a time traveler.

Oh, sure, he'll deny it, and he'll try to claim that "Almost Human" is a new film that he made with creative partner Josh Ethier and an enthusiastic cast including Graham Skipper and Vanessa Leigh, and he'll say that he shot it on a Red 4K camera and that his DI artist helped create a 16mm look for the thing, and he'll say it's a loving tribute to the DIY indie slasher films of the '80s, but I know the truth. This film was made in 1987 and then somehow Begos fell into a wormhole, got transported to the present day with his finished movie, and now he's passing it off with this elaborate cover story. I mean… which is more likely? My version, or the notion that this talented bunch of loonies pulled off this straight-faced an homage down to the smallest detail?

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<p>Jay Baruchel at the &quot;This Is The End &quot;&nbsp;premiere in June.</p>

Jay Baruchel at the "This Is The End " premiere in June.

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Jay Baruchel on 'Goon' sequel, when Batman met Commissioner Gordon on 'Robocop' and more

Plus: Does he really dislike Los Angeles?

TORONTO - Let's just call it as it is: Jay Baruchel is a freakin' cool dude. The self-described movie nerd took the train into Toronto Tuesday to help promote "The Art of the Steal," a new heist comedy that premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. And, thankfully, the 31-year-old Montreal resident is still as blunt and friendly as ever when talking to the press.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

Katy Perry's 'Roar' dominates Billboard Hot 100, Lorde and Avicii score big

Drake's lucky No. 13

Katy Perry’s “Roar” remains king of the chart jungle for a second week, as the track also tops many of the charts that determine Hot 100 position: streaming songs, on-demand songs and digital songs, while the song rises 6-2 on radio songs.

The upward mobility gives “Roar” a commanding lead of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, which remains at No. 2 for the second week, following its 12-week run at No. 1. (“Blurred Lines” beats “Roar” on one front: it is still receiving more radio airplay).

Several tunes reach new highs on the Top 10: New Zealand teenager Lorde scores her first Top 5 hit as multi-format smash, “Royals,” moves 8-3. Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake,” rises 5-4 to reach a new summit, while Avicii lands his first top 5 as well, as “Wake Me Up” moves 7-5.

There’s also upward movement in the lower half of the Top 10 as Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais’ “Summertime Sadness” leaps 10-6, also a new peak. Del Rey’s gain is Lady Gaga’s loss as “Applause” drops one to No. 7. Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, marches 12-8, marking the rapper's 13th Top 10 hit  Capitol Cities’ “Safe and Sound” moves back into the Top 10, inching 11-9, and Eminem’s “Berzerk” drops 3-10. While airplay for the track continues to increase, Eminem's tune falls based on a 48% drop in digital sales, according to Billboard.

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AMC greenlights 'Breaking Bad' spinoff 'Better Call Saul'


AMC greenlights "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul"
The Bob Odenkirk-starring prequel has been greenlit after lengthy negotiations. AMC and Sony released a statement saying "plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer." PLUS: Other networks were interested when AMC almost didn't take it.

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<p>Better call Saul?&nbsp;AMC&nbsp;and Sony moved one step closer to making a &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk.</p>

Better call Saul? AMC and Sony moved one step closer to making a "Breaking Bad" spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk.

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'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul' closer to reality

Series would take place before Saul Goodman ever met Walter White

The "Better Call Saul" spin-off from "Breaking Bad" has just moved one step closer to reality, as AMC has signed a licensing agreement with Sony (the studio that produces and owns "Breaking Bad") for the spin-off — which will be "a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White's lawyer."

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'The Simpsons' brings back Amy Poehler


"The Simpsons" brings back Amy Poehler
She'll reprise her role as Bart's future wife.


"Today" showed the 9/11 Moment of Silence ceremony this morning, unlike last year
During last year's Moment of Silence ceremony, "Today" aired an interview with Kris Jenner.


"Huell" from "Breaking Bad": "I've got a cult following, too – that's craziness"

Standup comic Lavell Crawford says of his growing fame on the AMC series: " Me and my wife and son went to California Pizza Kitchen in San Diego to get something to eat, and it was like everybody in the damn kitchen wanted a picture with me. A lot of brothers watch the show now, too, which is exciting because they didn't used to watch it."


Arsenio Hall's audience drops 30% for Night 2

Yet Hall beat other late-night shows in the important 18-49 demo, while tying Jay Leno in the 25-54 demo.


How "SNL" found its 5 new cast members
"SNL's" talent scouts began searching for new cast members in the spring. One impressed with her impression of a Vine video, while another did a dead-on Jon Cryer.


Ryan Seacrest's" "Million Second Quiz" not getting a big audience

Night 2 dipped from Monday's premiere, with 5.8 million tuning in.


Stephen Colbert devotes an entire "Colbert Report" to his book club
Last night's edition revolved around J.D. Salinger.


"The Voice" finalist Jamar Rogers hospitalized
The HIV-positive Season 2 contestant has a lung infection.


"Mad Men's" Kiernan Shipka plays a 13-year-old psychologist
Watch her counsel child stars for Funny or Die.


A NYC "Real World" house is for sale for $22 million
The West Village "apartmansion" used in the 2001 "Real World" edition was originally built in 1847.


Carly Pope joins "Tomorrow People"
The "Popular" alum will recur next season.


"The Killing" is one of a handful of twice-canceled shows
Others include "Southland," "7th Heaven" and "Futurama."


"Bunheads" star joins "The Affair"
Julia Goldani Telles will play Dominic West and Maura Tierney's oldest child on the Showtime pilot.


"Game of Thrones" inspires an 8-bit fan game
It's better than the real thing. PLUS: Look at what "King Joffrey" is holding up.


Ron Moore finds his "Outlander" leading actress
Irish actress Caitriona Balfe will take on the role of Claire Randall.

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<p>Colin&nbsp;Firth and Nicole Kidman in&nbsp;&quot;The Railway Man&quot;</p>

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in "The Railway Man"

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Toronto: Weinstein buys 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'The Railway Man'

Harvey continues to load up his 2014 slate

Harvey Weinstein is busy as ever this festival season. After picking up "Tracks" during Telluride/Venice and "Can a Song Save Your Life?" at Toronto, he's landed two more distribution deals up north as the festival begins to draw to a close.

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'Sons of Anarchy' had planned last night's shocking ending for years


"Sons of Anarchy" had planned last night's shocking ending for years
Says Kurt Sutter: The timing of it is somewhat controversial, but it is something I knew I wanted to do for a couple of years now, and I knew it would be a series of events that would have to (occur)… as we kind of slide towards the end of our mythology." PLUS: What was the point?, "Why delve into this anguished territory if the show's not going to do much with it?," it seems like a wasted opportunity, meet the young star of last night's episode, and parents were warned.


Jimmy Kimmel boasts about his hoax
Last night Kimmel played clips of the media reaction to his twerking girl on fire video. PLUS: Watch the outtakes.


John Krasinski to become a dad
The former "Office" star is expecting his first child with wife Emily Blunt.


Emily Deschanel's real-life husband joins the "Bones" wedding episode
Actor/writer David Hornsby will play a priest, but it's not clear if he'll play the priest.


Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake team up once again
Watch their take on the Evolution of End-Zone Dancing.


John Ritter died suddenly 10 years ago today
Kaley Cuoco remembered her "8 Simple Rules" co-star in a series of tweets this morning.

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<p>Cover art for Kings of Leon's new album, 'Mechanical Bull'</p>

Cover art for Kings of Leon's new album, 'Mechanical Bull'

Credit: RCA

Watch: Kings of Leon cover Robyn's 'Dancing On My Own'

Band also debuts new songs from 'Mechanical Bull'

Kings of Leon, whose new album, “Mechanical Bull, comes out Sept. 24, covered Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” a new twist yesterday on BBC Radio 1.

The Followill  family slowed the track down and bolstered it with a trembling, fuzzy guitar background to give it an emotional heft.  It’s a little as if they crossed Roxy Music with the Swedish dance diva. There’s also something very cool about Caleb Followill’s gruff voice singing the line, “I’m not the girl you’re taking home.”

On BBC Radio 1, the group also previewed several new songs from the forthcoming album, including “Beautiful War” (embedded beneath the video),  “Family Tree,” and “Wait For Me.”

What do you think of Kings of Leon’s cover? They are just the latest act to do so. Check out these other versions by Fleet FoxesThe Duke Spirit, and Cher Lloyd.
 

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<p>Britney Spears, seen here at the 'Smurfs 2' premiere</p>

Britney Spears, seen here at the 'Smurfs 2' premiere

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Britney Spears will debut new single, 'Work Bitch,' on Sept. 16

Tune goes on sale on Sept. 17

As everyone’s been swinging back and forth like a pinata awaiting Britney Spears’ Sept. 17 news (Will it be a new single? Finally confirmation of her Las Vegas residency? A Las Vegas pizzeria?), Spears decided to break the news herself.

On Sept. 16, Spears’ new single, “Work Bitch,” according to a Spears tweet,  will premiere at 6 p.m. ET on Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio.com and at radio.  The track will go live on iTunes for digital download at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 17. So is that the news that the countdown clock on her website is moving toward?

Spears has already shot the video for “Work Bitch,” according to Rolling Stone, in the desert with director Ben Mor, with whom she worked on will.i.am’s “Scream And Shout”  clip. As you recall, earlier this week, Spears sent into the world two photos of herself, including one in a bikini, from the video shoot, proving that the “Work Bitch” singer had definitely been working out.

There’s still no word on an album release date, though with the single dropping next week, it’s likely that Spears will put out the album this year in order to take advantage of the fourth quarter holiday shopping season. We predict a November release date. And if not, we know that Spears will be appearing on someone else's album coming out this year: yesterday, Miley Cyrus released the track list for her Oct. 8 release, "Bangerz," revealing the title of her collaboration with Spears is "SMS (Bangerz)." 

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<p>Charlie Hunnam in &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Charlie Hunnam in "Sons of Anarchy."

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Review: 'Sons of Anarchy' season premiere shocker

Did Kurt Sutter take the violence too far last night, or is this the appropriate set-up for the series' final act?
“Sons of Anarchy” returned to TV last night. I’m no longer writing about the show weekly — Geoff Berkshire is again handling that duty for HitFix, and his take on the season premiere is here — but I had some thoughts on events near the end of the premiere. Lots of spoilers coming up just as soon as I have my grandmother’s knock...
 
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<p>Tiger doesn't even have to look at you to dole out punishment.</p>

Tiger doesn't even have to look at you to dole out punishment.

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Review: Keanu Reeves leaves a mark with the heartfelt martial arts film 'Man Of Tai Chi'

Only one word fits for this one: 'Whoa'

TORONTO - For the last two days, every time I've mentioned to someone that I planned to see the film "Man Of Tai Chi," which marks the directorial debut of Keanu Reeves, the reaction has been the same. Rolled eyes, some sort of joke, and a general attitude that there's no way they would end up joining me for the screening. At the screening tonight at the Ryerson, there was only one other journalist there that I recognized, despite this being the premiere with Reeves in attendance.

Your loss.

Shot in China, with a Chinese cast, and with the entire thing shot in Chinese with English subtitles, "Man Of Tai Chi" is a no-apologies martial arts film, a movie that features wall to wall fights that are shot and choreographed with such an obvious love for the genre and for the poetry of fighting that I was won over almost immediately. Chen Lin-Hu stars as Tiger Hu Chen, a modest student of Tai Chi master Yang (Yu Hai). Tiger works as a delivery guy for a Fed Ex-like company, and he trains for a tournament where he hopes to prove that Tai Chi is not just for exercise, but is a real martial art capable of defeating anything else. Even in the early training sequences, it's obvious that Tiger is impatient to learn, which is at direct odds with the teachings of his master. Even when they're in the midst of a practice fight, Tiger is always moving too fast, his master urging him to slow down, to find a meditative place within himself.

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