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<p>One Direction</p>

One Direction

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Music Power Rankings: Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and One Direction lead this week's tally

'N Sync and Luke Bryan also make the list

1. Katy Perry: “Roar” roars up the chart, leaping from 85 to 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, largest on the back of selling more than 550,000 digital downloads, a career high for Perry.

2. Taylor Swift: She sets the record for most sellouts at Staples Center for a solo act at 11. The current album may be called “Red,” but she’s so in the black.

3. One Direction: The British boy band breaks the attendance record for “Today” concerts as 18,000 crowd into mid-town Manhattan. They are never going away, are they? 

4. Luke Bryan:
His “Crash My Party” crashes on the Billboard 200 with sales of 528,000, the third highest opening tally this year and the best by a country artist.

5. Ed Sheeran: He sells out his gig at Madison Square Garden. Not bad for Taylor Swift’s opening act.

6. Sara Bareilles:
Her single, “Brave,” which some are claiming Perry ripped off for “Roar,” gets a serious sales bump following the controversy. After peaking at No. 61 this Spring, it rebounded last week flying 66-41 on the Billboard Hot 100 from sales soaring from 28,000 to 51,000 in one week.

7. 'N Sync: The boy group gets ready to reunite for the first time in 10 years for Sunday’s Video Music Awards, but then we’ll have to say “bye, bye, bye” to them once again...

8. Madonna: She turns 55 and celebrates by getting grills on her teeth. Someone call AARP; It’s time for an intervention. 

9. Bon Jovi: Like pulling a band-aid off slowly, the process that has led to founding guitarist Richie Sambora leaving the band after 30 years started in April and allegedly came to a formal end this week (though neither party has confirmed it). Yes, the group is named after Jon Bon Jovi, but it’s always been a partnership to the fans. Whatever kept Sambora off this tour, we still hope it's only temporary.

10. Sid Bernstein: The man who brought the Beatles to America died at  95 earlier this week. We loved him, yeah, yeah, yeah.

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<p>Skyler White</p>

Skyler White

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Anna Gunn: 'Breaking Bad' fans have transferred their hatred of Skyler White to me

Anna Gunn: "Breaking Bad" fans have transferred their hatred of Skyler White to me
Writing in a New York Times Op-Ed, Gunn explains: "At some point on the message boards, the character of Skyler seemed to drop out of the conversation, and people transferred their negative feelings directly to me. The already harsh online comments became outright personal attacks. One such post read: 'Could somebody tell me where I can find Anna Gunn so I can kill her?' Besides being frightened (and taking steps to ensure my safety), I was also astonished: how had disliking a character spiraled into homicidal rage at the actress playing her?" PLUS: How Hank could put away Walter White, and "Breaking Bad's" science consultant explains why pure meth isn't really blue.

Report: "Hell's Kitchen" winner loses head chef job after testing positive for cocaine

Ja'Nel Witt, who was crowned winner last month, won't become head chef at Gordon Ramsay's Vegas restaurant but she'll get to keep her $250,000 salary.

MTV's VMAs is stuck in a midlife crisis
Older viewers are tuning in for "dangerous" acts, but none of the current acts scream "danger." PLUS: How the VMAs died, why the VMAs is the perfect awards show, what it's like to be a VMA writer, and how will Brooklyn impact this year's show?

Lea Michele wears a "Finn" necklace to "Glee" set
This week, she's filming the Cory Monteith tribute episode.

Ian Somerhalder: "I'm not thrilled" to see a "Vampire Diaries" spinoff

"I'm a selfish actor," says Somerhalder, who doesn't want to see some of the best "Vampire" characters moving on to "The Originals."

Angie Harmon breaks down in tears at Lee Thompson Young's memorial service
Young's "Rizzoli & Isles" came out for the service at Paramount Studios, where the show is filmed.

Les Miles, LSU's head college football coach, nearly starred in "Ghost Shark"

The grass-acting coach was supposed to play the mayor in the Syfy film -- until Hurricane Isaac delayed production. PLUS: "Ghost Shark" topped "Sharknado" in its first airing.

Aasif Mandvi joins "Us & Them"
The former "Daily Show" star will recur as Alexis Bledel's best friend's "bedroom Beezlebub." PLUS: Warren Kole joins "Person of Interest."

David Hasselhoff sorry a store clerk was wounded trying to save his Cumberland Farms sign
"I am shocked & truly saddened about the Cumberland farms store clerk tragedy," The Hoff wrote on Twitter.

Mandy Patinkin: "I behaved abominably" on "Chicago Hope"
The "Homeland" star talks about his contentious past on shows like "Chicago Hope" and "Criminal Minds" -- and why he's different on "Homeland." "One of the greatest gifts that 'Homeland' has given me is it's affirming on a daily basis. I'm always with the script, walking around with this stuff 24/7, so my head's in a good place," he says.

"Judge Judy" stages a flash mob

Dozens of Judy clones in black robes celebrated Season 18.

Who should star in the "Reality Bites" TV show?

Shailene Woodley in Winona Ryder's role?

Why Screech should win "Celebrity Big Brother"
Turns out Dustin Diamond has a small following in the UK from "Saved by the Bell" reruns.

Rockmund Dunbar heads to "The Mentalist," Jaime Ray Newman to "Mind Games"

Dunbar's three-episode arc on the CBS drama could end up becoming permanent.

"NCIS: LA" celebrates 100 episodes
See the cake made in honor of the 100th episode, which began filming this week.

"Revolution" nabs Jim Beaver

The guest casting will reunite Beaver with "Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke.

Fox Sports 1 seems to prefer hiring blonde females
The new sports cable network is apparently using the Fox News model in its hiring of female talent.

"Jersey Shore" alum Deena Cortese launching a singing career
"I'm just doing this for myself, I'm giving it a shot. I'm going for it. I'm excited," she says in a newly posted YouTube video.

Ryan Murphy: "I've always been obsessed with main titles"
The "American Horror Story" mastermind explains the "art form" of his opening title sequences.

Saturday TV has become "ladies night"
Saturday nights have become the home to TV movies, and more than likely they are geared toward women.

"Project Runway" has got its groove back
Why this is the comeback season for the Lifetime reality show.

Richard Simmons finds new life on the Internet

The 65-year-old "Sweatin' to the Oldies" has begun to take advantage of the web and its viral possibilities, including making a music video called "Hair Do."

Ryan Seacrest sells late comedienne's sitcom script to NBC
"Me and My Needs" is based on the life of Judy Toll, who died in 2002 of cancer.

"Super Fun Night" stages a "Bridesmaids" reunion

Matt Lucas will reunite with Rebel Wilson on the ABC comedy.

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Final MTV Video Music Awards 2013 Predictions
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Final MTV Video Music Awards 2013 Predictions

It's Justin Timberlake vs. Robin Thicke vs. Miley Cyrus

Though all eyes will be on the performances at Sunday night's Video Music Awards, including watching Lady Gaga's live premiere of "Applause" and a rumored 'N Sync reunion, there will be plenty of Moonmen handed out at the annual MTV ceremony.

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the nominations with six each, but it's really coming down to a contest between Timberlake's "Mirrors" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" in many category. Here's how we see it going down.

MTV's VMA's will air live from Brooklyn's Barclays Arena starting at 9 p.m. E.T. They are tape delayed on the West Coast.  Look for complete coverage all night long on HitFix.

Check out our predictions in the embedded story gallery. Who do you think is going to win big Sunday night? Share your thoughts below.

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<p>&quot;Super Fun Night&quot;</p>

"Super Fun Night"

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Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Super Fun Night'

Rebel Wilson's bad American accent isn't the worst thing here

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"Super Fun Night" (ABC)
Airs:Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m.
The Pitch:Rebel Wilson, Rebel Wilson and Rebel Wilson.
Quick Response: One line of dialogue. That's all it would take to explain why Rebel Wilson's character in "Super Fun Night" is Australian, rather than American like her lifelong chums. It's "I remember when you first arrived at school." HARD CUT TO... Young Rebel Wilson walks into a school lunchroom wearing an assortment of Yahoo Serious memorabilia. "G'Day!" she says. Everybody in the lunchroom throws tater tots at her other than her two future friends. It need never be mentioned again. Ever. That way, it's totally acceptable for two American girls to have an Aussie bestie. And that way, it's totally acceptable for Rebel Wilson to use a native accent which is a not-incidental part of her comedic appeal. We don't laugh at her because she's Australian, but her comedic voice is based on her VOICE and her cadences and her linguistic rhythm and flow, all things that simply can't be replicated at the same time that Wilson is laboring -- or "labouring" as she'd spell it in her native accent -- with a voice that isn't her own. I can't say with certainty that the "Super Fun Night" pilot would be out-and-out funny if Wilson were Australian, but my certitude that it would be *funnier* is absolute. Look, making Wilson's character Australian wouldn't suddenly give Liza Lapira things to do that are amusing. I've almost always found Liza Lapira to be genuinely funny, but she's funny when playing certain types of characters. This may evolve into one of those characters, but it's not there yet (and I hope they steer away from the character Lapira played on "Don't Trust the B----," just for variety). And making Wilson's character Australian won't change that Lauren Ash's character comes across as perhaps too aggressive and underexplained to be funny (not that overexplaining makes things funny, but sometimes explaining helps make character actions seem organic, rather than forced). Actually, I should take that last bit out of the parenthetical, because what "Super Fun Night" feels, more than anything, is forced. The need to make us believe these three friends are colossal losers feels forced. The desire to show us how willing Rebel Wilson is to laugh at her weight feels forced. The only thing that may not be sufficiently forced is the attempt to convince viewers that the Rebel Wilson character is a capable attorney, as well as the outrageously awkward and unassimiliated person she is throughout. That might help. Instead, "Super Fun Night" is a 22 minute pilot that fails to properly establish its main character, her workplace or her core group of friends (or the overall world of the sitcom, since this pilot looks distressingly cheap, very nearly "Work It"-level cheap, though not quite). And, sadly, none of that would have been fixed merely by making Rebel's character Australian, so I don't know why that's my core complaint in this blurb. A bigger complaint is that I want to like the main character and her friends and, at least so far, I do not.
Desire To Watch Again: Somehow, I got the impression that ABC planned to reshoot and reconceive much of "Super Fun Night," so I had optimism about speedy fixes and excitement about seeing a new version of the pilot. At press tour, though, it became clear that although certain cosmetic changes are being made -- Kelen Coleman, who I actually kinda liked in the pilot is being replaced as the primary adversary -- this is the show the "Super Fun Night" team wants to be making. This worries me. I'll watch two or three more episodes both because I like Rebel Wilson and because, for the most part, I watch the shows after "Modern Family," but I'm more worried than anticipatory. People who don't even like Rebel Wilson when she's in her native form probably needn't bother at all.


Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Welcome to the Family' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Millers' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'The Goldbergs' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Ironside'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'We Are Men' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Almost Human' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Back in the Game' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Sean Saves the World' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Reign' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Crazy Ones' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Enlisted' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Blacklist' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The Tomorrow People' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Hostages' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Trophy Wife' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' 
All of my 2012 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2011 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2010 Take Me To The Pilots Entries


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<p>John Mayer</p>

John Mayer

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Can John Mayer top Luke Bryan on next week's Billboard 200?

It's a crazy week with five debuts in the top 10

Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” holds off five newcomers on next week’s Billboard 200 to remain at No 1 for a second straight week.

After selling a staggering 528,000 (2013’s 3rd best opening tally), Bryan will see his weekly total drop to between 165,000-175,000, but that’s still enough to keep him in pole position.

John Mayer’s excellent “Paradise Valley,”  which includes a duet with Katy Perry, comes closest to knocking Bryan off his perch, but will likely have to settle for runner-up, with sales of up to 155,000. His last album, 2012’s “Born and Raised,” bowed at No. 1.

Mayer’s title is one of four debuts in the top 5. Coming at at No. 3 will be “Three Kings” (65,000-70,000) from TGT, the new group composed of Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank; Jimmy Buffett’s “Songs From St. Somewhere” (55,000-60,000) at No. 4, and Earl Sweatshirt’s “Doris” at No. 5 (50,000-55,000).

Robin Thicke’s former No. 1, “Blurred Lines” (45,000-50,000) slips to No. 6, “Now That’s What I Call Music” is at No. 7 (35,000-40,000). Rapper A$AP Ferg bows at No. 8 with “Trap Love”  (30,000-35,000). Disney’s soundtrack for “Teen Beach” is at No. 9 (30,000-35,000) and Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” at No. 10 (27,000-30,000), according to Hits Daily Double.

Just missing the top 10 are two more debuts: the latest from the Tedeschi Trucks Band at No. 11 and singer/songwriter Ben Rector at No. 12.

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<p>Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck star in 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' one of the independent films involved in a very unusual filmmaker-driven promotion right now.</p>

Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck star in 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' one of the independent films involved in a very unusual filmmaker-driven promotion right now.

Credit: IFC Films

The director of 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' tries something crazy to promote his film

Why would he want you to see 'Drinking Buddies,' 'You're Next,' and 'Short Term 12' as well?

While I'm not sure I think this is the best weekend of movies all year, it is an unusually dense release weekend for good strong movies that I encourage you to see.

There's the Edgar Wright film "The World's End," which I liked a lot, and if you're a fan of the earlier movies that Edgar made with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, then by all means, make sure you see this one. I've been talking about "You're Next" for two full years now, and I absolutely encourage you to check it out. It's a fun spin on a familiar structure, and the cast really does kick the whole thing up to another level.

I've never been particularly excited about Joe Swanberg's films one way or another. I haven't flipped for them, but I'm also not particularly angered by them. I think "Drinking Buddies" is a big jump for him, though, in that it manages to be thematically sound, full of strongly drawn characters, and yet still maintain the spontaneous feeling that Swanberg seems to aim for in his work. I think the entire cast of "Drinking Buddies" is at the top of their game in the film. It's the most appealing role Olivia Wilde has ever had, and Anna Kendrick gets to play against how she's normally cast here, with both Ron Livingston and Jake Johnson doing very strong work as well.

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<p>Okay, okay, Sharni... you can have the big trailer. Gina Carano just threatened to break my thigh. You win.</p>

Okay, okay, Sharni... you can have the big trailer. Gina Carano just threatened to break my thigh. You win.

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'You're Next' star Sharni Vinson joins the cast of the female 'Expendables'

The cast seems great. Let's hope they have something to do.

So Sharni Vinson is set to join Katee Sackhoff, and Gina Carano in what is being called "the female 'Expendables'" by everyone writing about it?

You won't hear any argument from me.

I think Carano was a badass in "Haywire" and her fights with Michelle Rodriguez are one of the best things about "Furious Six." Sackhoff is great in "Riddick," and talking to her at Comic-Con this year, watching her on that remarkable "Women Who Kick Ass" panel, I'm impressed all over again.

For most people, today is their first chance to see Sharni Vinson in action. For those of us who have been talking about "You're Next" for the last two years, it's simply the inevitable next step that comes from people seeing what a spectacular "final girl" she makes. She gives an authentic performance, and when she snaps into action, you believe it.

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<p>Zac Efron in &quot;Parkland.&quot;</p>

Zac Efron in "Parkland."

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Venice preview, part two: 'The Wind Rises,' 'Parkland,' 'The Unknown Known,' 'L'intrepido,' 'Miss Violence'

Casting an eye over another five Golden Lion contenders

Continuing our preview of the 20 titles in the running for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, which kicks off next week. Today's selection includes new films from Hayao Miyazaki, Peter Landesman, Errol Morris, Alexandros Avranas and Gianni Amelio.

"The Wind Rises," directed by Hayao Miyazaki: It's been five years since the last Miyazaki-directed feature, "Ponyo," premiered in Competition at Venice -- and honestly, that sweet but unapologetically minor children's film wasn't enough to satisfy Miyazaki fans' cravings for over half a decade. Since the veteran Japanese animator ascended to festival auteur status (a promotion sealed when eventual Oscar-winner "Spirited Away" won the Golden Bear at Berlin), his work has arrived with crossover expectations that "Ponyo"'s gentle maritime charms couldn't quite fulfil. That looks likely to change with "The Wind Rises," a significant change of pace for the director, and one of the most ambitious projects of his big-dreaming career.

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TV Land cancels 'Happily Divorced'

TV Land cancels "Happily Divorced"
The Fran Drescher comedy won't be back for Season 3.

HBO deciding whether to end "True Blood" after next season

"That conversation is happening, but we don't have an answer yet," says showrunner Brian Buckner. He adds that he'll know next month, but won't reveal when viewers will know.

Alec Baldwin welcomes a baby girl
Baldwin's wife Hilaria gave birth to their first child today, Carmen Gabriela.

Here's your 1st look at Amber Tamblyn on "Two and a Half Men"

She's playing Charlie Harper's long-lost daughter.

Time Warner offering blacked-out customers free antennas
Also, Time Warner is offering $20 vouchers for antennas at Best Buy.

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<p>The films that Gilbert Taylor shot are positively overflowing with classic images and brilliant visual ideas, and 'A Hard Day's Night' could well be one of the most imitated movies ever made.</p>

The films that Gilbert Taylor shot are positively overflowing with classic images and brilliant visual ideas, and 'A Hard Day's Night' could well be one of the most imitated movies ever made.

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Gilbert Taylor, legendary photographer of 'Star Wars' and 'Hard Day's Night,' has passed away

Few cinematographers left behind more groundbreaking work

When you think of your favorite images from your favorite movies, I think it's a fair question to ask who you think is responsible for those images. More often than not, people praise the director for anything they like about a movie, and it is rare that the public even acknowledges that there are cinematographers, much less single one out for praise. I admit that when I visit a set, the guys I get most excited about meeting are the directors of photography. I think these guys are magicians, and the best of them have created things that have never existed anywhere, and they've made it look like all it took was a camera.

I always encourage people to check out "Visions Of Light," a beautiful documentary about the art of movie photography, and I love how the film puts some of the industry's giants front and center, tying them to their accomplishments and restoring some balance in terms of who we credit for those shared memories that have made movie fans of us all.

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"Breaking Amish: LA"

 "Breaking Amish: LA"

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Watch: What happens in Vegas stays there in 'Breaking Amish: LA'

The Amish seek strippers and gambling in Sin City

It turns out that being Amish doesn't preclude young people from swearing like rabid sailors, which is my takeaway from this clip from Sunday's episode of "Breaking Amish: LA" (Aug. 25, 10:00 p.m. on TLC). While some of the group wants to live it up in Las Vegas (think gambling and strippers), Matt thinks there's plenty of wholesome fun to be had in Sin City. Wholesome, yes. Fun, not really. 

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<p>Even Marvel Comics took a crack at 'The Stand'</p>

Even Marvel Comics took a crack at 'The Stand'

Credit: Marvel Comics

Scott Cooper signs to write and direct 'The Stand' as Ben Affleck moves on

It's an interesting choice by the studio

What matters most when it comes to finding a filmmaker to make "The Stand"?

Forget the question of whether or not we even want or need a new film version of "The Stand." That's one of those things where it really doesn't matter about "want" or "need," because it's in motion. Money has been spent. People are working to make it happen. And if that's the case, then the next question deals with finding the right person to tell the story.

I remember when George Romero was the guy who was attached to make this happen, and I remember how long that process took without finally yielding results. Rospo Pallenberg, the writer of "Excalibur," was the writer on the film, and they chipped away at it for years. That's back when Romero was still part of Laurel Entertainment, and every year they'd have their section of AFM ads where they promoted all the films they had in development, and every year, "The Stand" was part of that package.

Richard Rubenstein, the other side of the Laurel equation, was the one who eventually managed to wrestle the project onto TV, with Mick Garris taking the creative lead on that version.

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