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Travel with The Civil Wars to Paris in new video, 'Dust To Dust'

Travel with The Civil Wars to Paris in new video, 'Dust To Dust'

That's one way to reunite the now-defunct pair

Not so very long ago, The Civil WarsJoy Williams and John Paul White actually liked each other and enjoyed each other’s company.

The now -defunct duo look back to that time in the video for “Dust To Dust,” the haunting second single from the pair’s sophomore self-titled set.  The video features what they claim to be found footage from a 2011 trip to Paris. Yeah, “found” footage, just like “Blair Witch Project” or “Paranormal Activity.” Watch them stroll in Paris. Enjoy the cafes and book stores vicariously.

Seriously, it’s a clever way to deal with how to create a video that still features the band members when the band members are no longer talking to each other.  I imagine future videos will have old concert footage or be conceptual.


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Fox renews 'Sleepy Hollow'

Fox renews "Sleepy Hollow"
The freshman drama, which is slated to run for 13 episodes this fall, has received an order for a 13-episode 2nd season.

"24: Die Another Day" will film in London

Jack Bauer is leaving the United States, with the action taking place in the UK.

"Breaking Bad's" R.J. Mitte joins "Switched at Birth"
He'll recur on the ABC Family series as a pre-med college student.

Exxon accuses FXX of stealing its logo

Exxon Mobile has filed suit against 21st Century Fox, claiming the new FXX logo with intrerlocking X's steals from the Exxon logo.

Miley Cyrus gets a "Ken Burns"-style documentary, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel
Watch the birth of twerk. PLUS: Miley's VMAs outfit is the most popular Halloween costume, Miley's MTV documentary was a "strategic hot mess," and Miley will have her first post-VMAs interview with Matt Lauer on "Today."

Amazon orders 3 new pilots, including 1 from Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman
The two cousins are collaborating on "Mozart in the Jungle," a drama on the sex and drugs world of the symphony.

Alec Baldwin deletes tweets attacking future MSNBC colleague Joe Scarborough
Read his anti-"Morning Joe" tweets. PLUS: Chris Matthews jokes about "Killing O'Reilly" on "Colbert Report."

Oprah is planning a lavish 60th birthday bash
Oprah Winfrey will celebrate the Big 6-0 in January.

You can watch Louis CK's PaleyFest chat tonight live online
PaleyFest will be livestreaming the interview starting at 9:20 p.m. ET.

ABC announces celeb-studded "David Blaine: Real or Magic" special
The 90-minute special will show Blaine performing for everybody from George W. Bush to Woody Allan to Katy Perry.

"Masters of Sex's" Michael Sheen is dating a VH1 star
He and "VH1 Morning Buzz" host Carrie Keagan are an item.

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Does Rihanna's 'Pour It Up' NSFW strip club video go too far?: Watch

Does Rihanna's 'Pour It Up' NSFW strip club video go too far?: Watch

The video has one purpose and it's not to admire her singing

Rihanna has shown no reluctance at all to show off her body in her seemingly endless parade of selfies on Instagram, so there shouldn’t be any shock value left in seeing her nearly nude in her new video for “Pour It Up,” a love letter to those girls working the stripper pole for a living.

Somehow, I still found myself surprised as Rihanna joined their ranks, twerking her G-string clad buttocks in the camera and spreading her legs and covering her crotch with her hands in a false sense of modesty  (or maybe she’s just saving that reveal for the next video).

Question why a young woman relies so much on her sexuality these days almost automatically gets one accused of  slut shaming or being a sex-negative feminist (one of the oddest terms I’ve ever heard).  But let’s call this video what it is: it’s a dimly lit video equivalent of a Playboy photo spread that is meant to serve the very same purpose for the boys and men who view it (I’m trying to be discreet here).  And we’re all supposed to scrape and bow and talk about how “artfully” it’s shot and pretend that it’s so very empowering for her to show off her body this way.

Rihanna has every right to use her body however she wants, but the fact that she wants to feature close-ups of her twerking ass giving a lap dance just seems sad to me. Her fans applaud her for pushing boundaries, but I see it more as another attempt to keep her name in the headlines one more day for something other than showing up late and drunk for her concerts. It's not pushing the envelope, it's pulling out the same old trick every time but just upping the ante. Soon there will be nothing left to uncover and we'll all move on to the next side show.

Rihanna doesn’t particularly want to be a role model, but she de facto is. And the message she sends to young girls over and over is your sexuality is your bargaining chip— not your intelligence, not your sense of humor, not even your talent— so work on developing that because that is your true currency and value in this world. That and remember to stretch before you attempt any of these moves at home.

What do you think of "Pour It Up?" 

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'Covert Affairs' renewed

"Covert Affairs" renewed

USA has picked up the spy drama for a 5th season.

"Super Fun Night" has strong debut, "Ironside" premieres weak
About 8.2 million tuned in for the Rebel Wilson comedy, while Blair Underwood's remake had NBC's lowest-ever fall drama debut in the 18-49 demo.

MTV orders a 25th season of "The Challenge"
"The Real World" spinoff will begin filming its 25th season this fall.

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<p>Rebel Wilson of &quot;Super Fun Night&quot;</p>

Rebel Wilson of "Super Fun Night"

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TV Ratings: 'Ironside' disappoints, 'Fun Night' is OK on competitive Wednesday

'Survivor' rises week-to-week to boost CBS
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, October 2, 2013.
Week-to-week gains for "Survivor" helped CBS tie for the Wednesday night crown among young viewers and combined with "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" to give the network an easy overall win.
After several nights of positives, NBC had plenty of bad news on Wednesday, with "Ironside" premiering to a dismal 1.4 among young viewers, "Revolution" taking a big slide overall and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" failing to maintain last week's renewed energy. 
ABC, meanwhile, saw a moderate decline for "Back in the Game," but got a good sampling for "Super Fun Night" and watched "Nashville" retain decently from last week's return.
And as for FOX? "X Factor" was basically steady with last week -- perhaps down a tick in the demo and up a hair overall -- which continues to count as better-than-expected news.
On to the numbers…
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<p>Behind the scenes of &quot;12&nbsp;Years a Slave.&quot;&nbsp;Will this be our crafts category juggernaut this year?</p>

Behind the scenes of "12 Years a Slave." Will this be our crafts category juggernaut this year?

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Tech Support: Kicking off crafts coverage of the 2013-2014 Oscar season

'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave' and 'The Monuments Men' look to be craft behemoths

Welcome back. It’s hard for me to truly appreciate that this is the eighth season of Tech Support here at In Contention (third in our association with HitFix). I’m pleased to say that this column has come a long way during this time, as has media coverage of below-the-line Oscar races as a whole.*

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<p>Tom Lennon in &quot;Sean Saves the World.&quot;</p>

Tom Lennon in "Sean Saves the World."

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Tom Lennon talks 'Sean Saves the World' and 'the mustache discount'

How does the 'Reno 911' alum benefit from his facial hair?
NBC’s “Sean Saves the World” (it debuts tonight at 9) is pretty much what you would expect it to be: a very loud (in both the performances and the laugh track) multi-cam sitcom in which Sean Hayes gets to do Sean Hayes things as a single dad who works for an online retail company.
The one part of the show that’s unexpected — and that I enjoyed the most — is Tom Lennon’s performance as Hayes’ evil, peculiar, mustachioed boss. At press tour, I spoke with the “Reno 911” alum and veteran screenwriter (he and frequent collaborator Ben Garant recently teamed up to co-direct “Hell Baby,” which Drew liked a lot) about being an acting gun for hire, his fondness for playing weirdoes and (with some input from his wife Jenny) the advantages of regrowing the old Lt. Dangle ‘stache.
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<p>Tom Hanks</p>

Tom Hanks

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Roundup: BAFTA hosts Tom Hanks' 'life in pictures'

Also: Tom Clancy in Hollywood, and who 2013's biggest films almost starred

Tom Hanks' two-pronged Oscar campaign this year seems to be going well enough on either side of the Atlantic, but the resurgent actor is really courting the British vote this year. He's the unofficial mascot of the BFI London Film Festival, appearing on the red carpet next Wednesday for the fest opener "Captain Phillips," and returning to close things out with the world premiere of "Saving Mr. Banks" on October 20. Before, then, meanwhile, he'll be the subject of a BAFTA 'Life in Pictures' tribute evening, where he'll discuss his career and his craft before a London audience. Previous luminaries to have been hosted in such a way include Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Cate Blanchett and Helen Mirren. Hanks has never won a competitive BAFTA, though he accepted an honorary award at BAFTA Los Angeles' Britannia Awards a few years back. [BAFTA]

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'Nashville' recap: Are Rayna and Juliette facing the same problem?

Deacon's hand isn't getting better, so what does his future hold?

Oh, last night's episode of "Nashville" started out with such promise, didn't it? First, Juliette meets with the new president of Edgehill Records, Jeff, and discovers she's no longer the bright shiny penny of the company. As we learn, he's a bean counter, and Juliette hasn't been moving enough beans lately. When she protests that she's simply growing into a "mature" new sound, Jeff snaps back that that sound isn't even besting Rayna James' sales numbers, so clearly, the mature audience isn't all that interested. Juliette fumes and storms out, which allows Rayna to storm right in. 

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How 'The West Wing' solved its government shutdown

How "The West Wing" solved its government shutdown

Can President Obama learn from President Bartlet?

Samuel L. Jackson wanted to make a  "S.H.I.E.L.D." cameo

"I'm still playing the same guy, it's the same process," he says. "I just show up and they turn the cameras on and we do it."

"Orange is the New Black" creator quickly corrects herself after calling it a "TV show"

"It's not a TV show — it's a streaming show," Jenji Kohan said at NY Paleyfest. PLUS: Taylor Schilling poses with her real-life counterpart, Piper Kerman.

Is "Lucky 7" about to be canceled?
The 2nd episode logged very, very low numbers this week.

We are living in the golden age of TV Theme Songs

As the Wall Street Journal notes, "In the age of binge-viewing, it's more important than ever that a theme song be catchy. Now that viewers can watch any show at any time, a familiar song can provide an anchor for a series and preserve the sense of ritual attached to following it."

How "Breaking Bad" filmed Walter White's final scene

Walter White in the lab was filmed first, as makeup artists were "uglying" up Aaron Paul. "I'm looking at the lab equipment as if I'm inspecting the troops. One last nod. One last look at the world of chemistry," Bryan Cranston tells Entertainment Weekly, which witnessed the death of Walter White. PLUS: New Mexico rejected giving "Breaking Bad" a loan in 2008, cast reveal which scenes they always wanted to shoot, 3 lessons from the finale, will "Breaking Bad" change the way TV shows end?, and can Aaron Paul become a movie star?.

Johnny Lewis may have fathered a child with a "Sons of Anarchy" guest actress
The court is trying to figure out how to split Lewis' $41,000 estate, and documents reveal that one possible beneficiary is the daughter of an actress who appeared on the FX series.

How "SVU" came up with its Paula Deen/Trayvon Martin mashup
Producers wanted to do a story about racial profiling in New York City, but the episode had to have a sex crime component.

"Heroes" creator Tim Kring to produce a high school drug use drama for CW

"Exp" would explore what happens when a foreign designer drug becomes prevalent in American high schools.

Howard Stern agrees to do Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
The shock jock said he'll be taping with Seinfeld today.

Academics delve into "SNL"
A new media studies book on "Saturday Night Live" tries to examine the NBC show via academics essays.

"The Bridge" is watched by more DVR viewers than live viewers

It's the most time-shifted show in FX history.

Did Fox make a mistake picking David Tennant for the American "Broadchurch" remake?
The former "Doctor Who" star's American accent has been criticized.

Check out "Game of Thrones" set photos

Emilia Clarke was spotted filming Season 4. PLUS: Sansa and Arya are BFFs in real life.

See Emily Deschanel in her "Bones" wedding dress
Deschanel says she picked the most "flattering" wedding dress, a $4,800 off-white gown by Romona Keveza.

Listen to "Real Housewives" stars sing without autotune
No, they cannot sing.

Is "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" the successor to "30 Rock"?
The heavy use of flashcuts is reminiscent of Tina Fey's NBC comedy.

How "Team Clinton" shut down CNN and NBC's Hillary Clinton projects
This is not the first time Bill and Hillary have wielded their clout against a media organization.

Spike TV greenlights "Frankenfood"
Contestants will compete to create great tasting flavor combinations.

"Cop Rock" is still considered a weird idea 23 years later
What was Steven Bochco thinking?

Tyler Labine headed to Hulu

The "Reaper" alum will star in a supernatural series called "Deadbeat."

"Step by Step" cast: Where are they now?
What is the cast of the '90s TGIF comedy up to these days?

"Super Fun Night" wants to be the "Freaks and Geeks" of sitcom hangout shows
Unfortunately for Rebel Wilson, her sitcom doesn't work and feels like the network is throwing a bunch of ideas at the wall. PLUS: It came out of the oven half-baked.

NBC's "Ironside" is weak, confusing, simpleminded

Blair Underwood's new detective show looks like a pointless remake. PLUS: It's no worse than your average cop show.

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<p>Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in &quot;The Dallas Buyer's Club.&quot; is this Focus Features last great movie for the foreseeable future?</p>

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in "The Dallas Buyer's Club." is this Focus Features last great movie for the foreseeable future?

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Contender Countdown: Turmoil in the Best Picture race?

Certainly not for 'Gravity,' '12 Years' or 'Captain Phillips'

Based on the events of the past week you'd think Tinseltown was on the edge of having some sort of dramatic breakdown. Let us count the ways...

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"Top Chef"

 "Top Chef"

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'Top Chef' recap: Alligators, turtle are on the menu in New Orleans

On the season premiere, chefs tackle unexpected proteins

"Top Chef" is back, and while some things are different (there's a cool TV in the stew room!), many things remain the same. Case in point: at this stage in the competition, there are too many cooks in the kitchen and not enough minutes in the show to get to know them all. So, let's not worry about who's who or where they're from. After all, one of the few chefs with an interesting backstory gets the boot before the show is over. Let's just hope the food continues to look delicious.

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