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<p>Miley and Britney on the SMS (Bangerz)&nbsp;cover art</p>

Miley and Britney on the SMS (Bangerz) cover art

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5 Observations from Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears' 'SMS (Bangerz)' cover art

Don' look too closely at Spears' hand

We don’t know if Miley Cyrus couldn’t stand for the spotlight to shift off of her for a minute or if she decided to smartly take advantage of the wave of publicity Britney Spears received after new single, “Work Bitch,” leaked yesterday, but Cyrus struck while the Spears iron was hot.  On Sunday night, she tweeted the cover for their duet, “SMS (Bangerz),” which is also the title track of Cyrus’s new album, out Oct. 4.

Here are five observations from the cover:
 

1. Both Spears and Cyrus are capable of posing with clothes on. Yes, Spears in in a mini dress and Cyrus is in a very short trench coat, but otherwise, both ladies are completely covered up... so much so, they could almost wear these outfits to church without melting the minute they approached the altar...as long as they didn't bend over.

2. Miley can pose without sticking out her tongue, though she clearly has to be doing something else with her mouth: in this case, pensively biting a nail

3. Miley may or may not be shooting us the bird. Check out the position of her middle finger on her left hand by he mouth. If so, it’s the subtlest gesture she’s ever made.

4. On the other hand, literally, Spears seems to be missing digits or is the victim of some bad photo shopping. She and Cyrus have both formed a circle with their thumb and index fingers, with Cyrus’s by her mouth and Spears forming a Junior Birdman monocle over her right eye, but try to find Spears’ other fingers on right hand other than her pinky (and possibly her fourth finger). It will start to weird you out if you look for too long.

5. The “SMS (Bangerz)” cover follows the same ‘Miami Vice”/‘80s pastel vibe of the album cover, and, in fact, features Cyrus in the same pose (just flipped) and with the same trees in the background. She’s working a theme or they really didn’t want to do different photo shoots.

What do you think of the "SMS (Bangerz)" cover?

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An animated Eric Hutchinson

An animated Eric Hutchinson

Exclusive: Download Eric Hutchinson's live album for free

Watch his hilarious animated video for 'Amsterdam/Shine on Me' here first

We at Hitfix are big fans of singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson. In fact, his 2012 top 10 hit, “Watching You Watch Him,” was our No. 5 single of 2012.

So we’re very excited to announce that Hutchinson is releasing a new live album, “Almost Solo In NYC,” today and, even better, it is free to the first 1 million fans. Take that Jay Z and Samsung.

Fans get a free download of "Almost Solo in NYC" by sharing it. Go to www.erichutchinson.com and click on the Pay with a Tweet button to unlock the free download.

“I couldn't sleep after the first show on The Almost Solo Tour, it was such a buzz doing the songs stripped and just hanging out with the audience. I wanted to do this forever. Just the audience and the music. So, I recorded a live album on the tour,” says Hutchinson. “I love the idea of giving this album away for free as a thank you to all the amazing people who have supported me through the years.”

Hutchinson recorded “Almost Solo in NYC”  last fall at City Winery during his sold-out tour of intimate venues. Accompanied only by longtime band member/multi-instrumentalist Elliott Blaufuss, Hutchinson ran through a number of his most beloved tunes from his first two albums, including “Rock & Roll, “OK, It’s Alright With Me,” and, of course, “Watching You Watch Him,” as well as a new song, “Shine On Me,’ and a cover of Police’s “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.”

The album also includes Hutchinson’s now famous between-song patter, including his tale of selling out to Red Lobster, “Watching You Eat Shrimp,” and his ode to annoying his New York neighbors as he wrote songs, “I’m A Foot Stomper.”

Hitfix is exclusively premiering the adorable and funny animated video for “Amsterdam/Shine On Me,” during which Hutchinson describes exactly what happened to him when he partook of a certain delight in the Dutch city, before launching into the new song.

To herald the release of “Almost Solo in NYC,” Hutchinson will play two gigs: Oct 3 at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley, and Oct. 9 at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall.

Almost Solo In New York City - Track Listing


1) Ok, It's Alright With Me
2) I'm a Foot Stomper *
3) Watching You Watch Him
4) Watching You Eat Shrimp *
5) Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
6) Emo in College *
7) Breakdown More
8) Outside Villanova
9) Amsterdam *
10) Shine On Me
11) Rock & Roll

*Spoken word tracks
 

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<p>Andre Braugher and Andy Samberg in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andre Braugher and Andy Samberg in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Review: FOX's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' a fun police comedy

The 'Parks and Recreation' team pit 'comedy McNulty' vs. the former Frank Pembleton

At this time of year, it's important to remind you that writing advance reviews of TV shows is often as much fortune-telling as science. We are usually asked to analyze the merits of a new series based on a single episode, maybe two if we're lucky, for all the new network shows. (Cable channels work on schedules that often have entire seasons in the can before they air; I have access to six episodes of Showtime's upcoming, very promising, "Masters of Sex," for instance.) So we can look at the pilot episode and say what works and what doesn't, but there's also a lot of mysticism and guesswork involved: Will the writers sidestep the five obvious pitfalls laid out for them? Can this actor do more with their character than they show here? Is there any story to tell beyond this episode, or is it all downhill from here?

All of which is a roundabout way of saying that FOX's police comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is one of my favorite new shows of the fall as much for what's promised down the road as for what's actually delivered in the episode you can see tomorrow night at 8:30. As comedy pilots go, it's not an instant classic — though those are far more rare in comedy than drama(*) — but there are enough promising signs, both on-screen and off, to suggest it can get there in time.

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<p>Nicole Kidman in &quot;Grace of Monaco.&quot;</p>

Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Nicole Kidman opens the princess diaries in international 'Grace of Monaco' teaser

Will the Weinsteins' biopic attract the Academy's attention?

Well, it's safe to say we can already strike one of this year's princess biopics from the list of Oscar contenders, with Oliver Hirschbiegel's "Diana," starring Naomi Watts, having been unveiled the week before last to across-the-board critical derision in the UK, where it opens on Friday. I have yet to see it myself, but have been assured even by more temperate colleagues that its chances of recovery are hovering around nil. I guess we now know why it skipped Toronto.

But can Watts' compatriot (and best pal) Nicole Kidman fare any better with her take on an iconic 20th-century royal? 

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<p>Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in &quot;12 Years a Slave.&quot;</p>

Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave."

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Roundup: Putting the brakes on '12 Years a Slave'

Also: Is the film made to engender white guilt?

The Toronto Film Festival always showers Oscar buzz on a critical and audience favorite, but I can't remember the last time a film was quite so aggressively elevated to frontrunner status as "12 Years a Slave" -- which had many rational critics and pundits going so far as to declare the Best Picture race over before it's begun. So just wait a minute, says Mark Harris: "It's a long road to the Oscars, and even if '12 Years a Slave' ends up crossing the finish line first, no movie makes it from September to February without hitting some speed bumps — other movies, backlash, op-ed page harrumphing, hype fatigue." "Argo" stealthily weathered those obstacles after emerging as the ordained frontrunner at Toronto last year; will "Slave" do the same? [Grantland

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Bob Newhart wins his 1st Emmy -- 51 years after his 1st nomination


Bob Newhart wins his 1st Emmy -- 51 years after his 1st nomination
A guest spot on "The Big Bang Theory" was responsible for Newhart's first Emmy Award. Newhart has been nominated for seven Emmys, the first for the original "The Bob Newhart Show" in 1962. PLUS: Read the complete list of Creative Arts Emmy winners, including Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Dan Bucatinsky, Melissa Leo and Carrie Preston.

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Cecily Strong to join 'SNL's' Weekend Update -- Seth Meyers may stay all season


Cecily Strong to join "SNL's" Weekend Update -- Seth Meyers may stay all season
Lorne Michaels also revealed he will be adding six new cast members, including newly named Brooks Wheelan, while demoting a newbie from last year: Tim Robinson. "Cecily, from the first show, was right there," Michaels says of naming the 2nd-year player co-anchor. As for Meyers, he'll work "Late Night" four nights a week -- unlike Jimmy Fallon -- and he may stick around to do Weekend Update for the rest of the season.


Ken Jennings: "The Million Second Quiz" invited me on, then canceled
He was all set to go, but then got a call that there was a "miscommunication."

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<p>Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in "The Newsroom."

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Season finale review: 'The Newsroom'

The staff of 'News Night' learns its fate in an episode that plays like a series finale

A review of "The Newsroom" season finale coming up just as soon as I get the Allman Brothers back together...

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<p>Skyler (Anna Gunn)&nbsp;tries to protect Holly in &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Skyler (Anna Gunn) tries to protect Holly in "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Ozymandias'

Things fall apart in the series' most devastating episode ever

A quick review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I sell that hideous crying clown...

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"Big Brother"

"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: The final three remember the good old times

It's a flashback-o-rama in this clip-centric episode

So, our final three is Andy, Spencer and Gina Marie. Who deserves to win? Good question. I think who you're rooting for at this point just depends on what you consider strong game play. Or, if you don't think any of them demonstrated exactly that, maybe you just toss up your hands in despair or pick a name out of a hat or something.

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<p>Jeffrey Wright joins &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;as Dr. Valentin Narcisse.</p>

Jeffrey Wright joins "Boardwalk Empire" as Dr. Valentin Narcisse.

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Resignation'

Jeffrey Wright makes a huge first impression as Dr. Valentin Narcisse

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as

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<p>Michael Fassbender and director Steve McQueen at the TIFF premiere of &quot;12 Years A&nbsp;Slave&quot;&nbsp;last week.</p>

Michael Fassbender and director Steve McQueen at the TIFF premiere of "12 Years A Slave" last week.

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'12 Years a Slave' wins the 2013 Toronto Film Festival People's Choice Award

'Silver Linings Playbook' won in 2012

Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" took another step on the long road to Oscar by winning the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award. The critically acclaimed adaptation of Solomon Northup's harrowing true story received a standing ovation after both its Telluride Film Festival and Toronto premieres and was long seen as the frontrunner for this year's honor. The win should immediately assist Fox Searchlight, who produced and is distributing the picture, in convincing moviegoers and Academy members who might be concerned with the brutality depicted in the film to actually go see it.

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