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Australia wooing 'Modern Family'

Australia wooing "Modern Family"

The Australian Tourism Board is offering to pay the bills if "Modern Family" shoots a special episode Down Under.

"Big Bang Theory" gives Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch a raise

As contract negotiations for the rest of the cast commences, the two actresses are getting a pay bump -- at least double of the $20,000 to $30,000 an episode they were making.

Danica Patrick: Awards show host

The NASCAR star will co-host the American Country Awards with Trace Adkins.

"Grey's Anatomy" offers sneak peek at the season premiere
Does this nearly two-minute reveal who dies?

"Ax Men" star dies in helicopter crash
Bart Colantuono was transporting logs in Oregon when his helicopter went down.

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<p>Amy Poehler still doesn't have an Emmy for &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;&nbsp;This must change.</p>

Amy Poehler still doesn't have an Emmy for "Parks and Recreation." This must change.

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Emmys 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actress for Comedy/Drama

Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Claire Danes both repeat?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

Next up, we're dealing with the comedy and drama lead actress categories. The former includes three former winners for their nominated roles, while the latter has seven nominees due to ties, which will likely be rendered moot when Claire Danes repeats.

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'Bonnie & Clyde' miniseries will air on Lifetime, A&E and History channel simultaneously

"Bonnie & Clyde" miniseries will air on Lifetime, A&E and History channel simultaneously
The four-hour, two-part miniseries has been scheduled for Dec. 8 and 9.

Emmys to mark the 50th anniversary of JFK assassination and The Beatles on Ed Sullivan
Carrie Underwood will lead a performance on Sunday marking the music of the era.

"New Girl" books Taye Diggs
He'll play a ladies' man named Artie.

Tony Soprano's wardrobe going up for auction
Included in the auction is Tony's Fila tracksuit.

"WKRP in Cincinnati" turns 35
The classic CBS sitcom debuted on Sept. 18, 1978.

Jimmy Fallon's ad breaks will feature live improv comedy promoting Lexus
The unique ad strategy will use Twitter and other social media to inspire routines that will be shown during ad breaks.

Bill Clinton to visit Letterman for the 9th time
The ex-president will sit down with Dave for the first time in two years.

Can "Mad Men" cast members keep their mouths shut for a year after filming the finale?
The series finale being filmed one year before it airs could pose problems.

ABC buys "The Bounty" from the creator of "CSI"
Anthony Zuiker's latest project revolves around a nationwide manhunt for a killer.

"American Masters" creator jumps from PBS to HBO
Susan Lacy, who launched the acclaimed "American Masters" in 1986, is a big get for HBO's documentary unit. "I've long admired her film portraits, which have been consistently stellar over the years," says Sheila Nevins, who's in charge of HBO's documentaries.

Bravo announces November premiere dates
"Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills" returns with new cast members on Nov. 4. PLUS: Watch the Season 4 Beverly Hills "Real Housewives" trailer.

Rashida Jones dating an "SNL" writer

The "Parks and Rec" star is reportedly in a relationship with fellow Harvard alum Colin Jost.

Jerry Seinfeld imagines what "Seinfeld" characters would be like today
George, he says, "would probably have a wife and kids -- very normal, suburban. And he would be tortured."

"Downton Abbey" previews Lady Mary in Season 4
"She's very much within her own grief," says Joanne Froggatt.

"American Horror Story" unveils 4 new creepy posters
Including one with Angela Bassett's eyes scratched out.

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<p>&quot;American Horror Story: Coven&quot;</p>

"American Horror Story: Coven"

Credit: FX

'American Horror Story: Coven' releases four new images

See the spooky, witchy images from the new season

The enticing (but not revealing) images keep spilling from the vaults for FX's "American Horror Story: Coven." Today we get four new poster images, each one spookier than the last (although I'll say the spookiest has to be Voodoo Queen). Here they are. Consider yourself warned. And oh, remember that the show premieres Wed. Oct. 9 at 10:00 p.m. If you don't watch, there's a chance you will be cursed. Or something.

See the images below: 

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<p>Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in new images from&nbsp;&quot;Kill Your Darlings.&quot;</p>

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in new images from "Kill Your Darlings."

Exclusive: Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in new 'Kill Your Darlings' photos

Sundance favorite tells forgotten story

If it's Fall movie season that means a number of festival favorites from earlier in the year are finally making their way to theaters.  One of those highlights is John Krokidas' "Kill Your Darlings" which received positive reviews out of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival before popping up again at Venice and Toronto over the past month.

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<p>Andy Nelson</p>

Andy Nelson

Credit: CAS/Holger Hoetzel

Cinema Audio Society honors Oscar-winning sound mixer Andy Nelson

'Les Mis' mixer will receive Career Achievement Award at February ceremony

It's been a pretty good year for veteran re-recording mixer Andy Nelson. First, he scooped a pair of Oscar nominations for "Lincoln" and "Les Miserables." Then, he won the Oscar itself -- the second of his career -- for the latter. Springtime brought us a high-profile showcase for his work in the form of "Star Trek Into Darkness." And now his professional guild, the Cinema Audio Society, has announced that he will receive their Career Achievement Award at their awards ceremony next year.

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<p>Ethan&nbsp;Hawke, Gwyneth&nbsp;Paltrow and Alfonso Cuar&oacute;n on the set of &quot;Great Expectations&quot;</p>

Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow and Alfonso Cuarón on the set of "Great Expectations"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Alfonso Cuarón remembers lessons learned on 1998's 'Great Expectations'

'I entered filmmaking with the innocent naiveté of Pip.'

Another day, another nibble from an interview with Alfonso Cuarón leading up to a larger piece dealing specifically with his work on the space spectacle "Gravity." Yesterday it was a quick take on his buddy Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim." Today, given the scale and high level of difficulty of a film like "Gravity," I found myself curious about the lessons Cuarón learned on 1998's "Great Expectations" and how they might have shaped the filmmaker he's become.

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' and 'Dads' do OK for Fox

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Dads" do OK for Fox
Both new Fox comedies didn't debut to big numbers, but they did improve upon their timeslots.

Netflix and FX vied for "Better Call Saul"
WGN America was also interested in the "Breaking Bad" spinoff, but Netflix really wanted it bad, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but AMC decided to go ahead with the prequel at the 11th hour.

Hulu picks up "Sherlock," "Doctor Who" and more British series

"Top Gear," "Torchwood," "Luther" and "Blackadder" will also join the online service.

Jon Stewart scorches CNN
Watch "The Daily Show" mock Monday's shooting rampage coverage. PLUS: Piers Morgan to Stewart: Worry about Jon Oliver, not CNN.

Allison Janney reenacts "The Jackal" on Arsenio Hall
Watch her perform her famous "West Wing" scene.

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<p>LL Cool J -- host of previous years' Grammy Nominations Concert Live </p>

LL Cool J -- host of previous years' Grammy Nominations Concert Live

'Grammy Nominations Concert Live' set for Dec. 6 on CBS

Find out who receives nomintations for the 2014 Grammy Awards

Nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards will be announced Friday, Dec. 6 on “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! —Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night” television special on CBS.

Airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the special marks the sixth time the nominations (or at least nominations in a few of the 1,859 Grammy categories) will be announced via a prime-time special. This marks the first time the show has been slotted on a Friday night, a ratings graveyard, although the thinking may be that folks are more amenable to music programming to kick off their weekend. The program, which will be beamed live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, combines performances from likely nominees with a reading of the nominees in a few categories  scattered in between. The full list of nominees goes up online on as soon as the show is over.

No word yet on who will host the Grammy Nomination Concert Live, but there’s a good chance that Grammy host LL Cool J (and “NCIS Los Angeles” star) will show up.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will take place Jan. 26, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center and will air on CBS. The Grammys are moved up this year a few weeks this year as not to compete with the Winter Olympics.

Eligibility for the 2014 Grammy Awards ends Sept. 18. Check out our gallery of potential best new artist contenders here.

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Fans petition for Gwar to replace Bruno Mars at Super Bowl halftime

Good luck with that

You may think Bruno Mars and Nickelback have nothing in common, but you’d be wrong. Remember two years ago when Nickelback haters started a petition to protest the Canadian band performing during halftime at the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions game on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit in 2011? 

A new petition has started asking the NFL to replace Super Bowl XLVIV halftime performer Bruno Mars with heavy metal shock rockers Gwar, who perform in horror film/sci fi costumes and  have more than a little fondness for graphic, over-the-top performances.  More than 18,000 people have signed the petition, according to NME.

The idea is a hilarious one and maybe Mars can work up a rendition of “Gorilla” that would feature Gwar. "We don’t want another year of sitting around talking through a muted, boring NFL Super Bowl halftime show," wrote campaign founder Jeff Cantrell, who started the petition on "We want something different. We want a real spectacle that only Gwar can provide. Doesn't the NFL want more viewers? Don’t advertisers want more people paying attention? This way everyone wins." If pearl-clutching Super Bowl watchers still haven't gotten over Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction," imagine the fun they'd have with Gwar's cartoonish gory antics?

The Super Bowl takes place Feb. 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Maybe Mars can respond as Nickelback did with the help of comedian Paul Scheer and Funny Or Die with a similar clip. In the meantime, here's a little Gwar to get you going this Wednesday. Unlike Mars, Nickelback protesters didn't have  specific act in mind to replace them, although local heroes such as Bob Seger and Kid Rock were suggested, they just wanted Nickelback out.


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<p>Pedro Almodovar on the set of &quot;I'm So Excited!.&quot;</p>

Pedro Almodovar on the set of "I'm So Excited!."

Credit: Sony Classics

Roundup: Almodóvar to be honored at European Film Awards

Also: Towne joins 'Mad Men,' and the best of the worst of 'Diana'

It hasn't been the best professional year for Pedro Almodóvar, with his sex comedy "I'm So Excited!" having opened to some of the chilliest reviews of his career, bypassing the festival circuit in the process. (Unsurprisingly, Spain will not be putting it forward for Oscar consideration.) But here's a silver lining: he'll receive the European Achievement in World Cinema Award at this year's European Film Awards in December. ("I'm So Excited!" is also eligible for those, though this award suggests they're not anticipating any big wins there.) “I am very thankful for this award," says the director. "From its creation, the European Film Academy has been very generous with me and my closest collaborators... I share with them the joy of this award.” Almodóvar has five previous EFA wins to his credit, most recently for "Volver" in 2006. [EFA]  

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<p>The &quot;New Girl&quot; premiere. No puzzles.</p>

The "New Girl" premiere. No puzzles.

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'New Girl' Season 3 Premiere - Are you 'All In'?

Nick and Jess canoodle, while Winston does puzzles
[Normally, this would be Sepinwall's recap. Unfortunately, Alan is still well short of 100 percent and was unable to take his turn at the plate. Since "New Girl" is a show that I enjoy, I figured I'd pinch-hit. This will not be as good as Alan's recap would have been. How's the poem go? "I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be; Am an attendant lord, one that will do/ To swell a progress, start a scene or two." Or at least I can fill in for a "New Girl" premiere recap. Hopefully Sepinwall will be back soon.]
Thanks to "Sports Night," I'll always know the *worst* thing that can happen when a Will They/Won't They couple finally gets partnered up and seems on the verge of happiness. 
You'll recall that Casey and Dana spent a season flirting and trying to figure out their feelings for each other, but as we reached Season 2, it looked like the sailing might be smooth. So Aaron Sorkin decided that Dana decided that Casey was too close to his divorce and she didn't want to be a rebound, so she insisted that in order for them to be a couple, he'd have to date other women for six months first.
Ugh. Dana's dating plan was the worst.
So now whenever a TV couple gets together, as long as the woman doesn't immediately demand that her beau start dating other women, I consider that to be a big win.
In that light? It was a great "New Girl" premiere on Tuesday (September 17) night. 
Otherwise? Yeah. That was a little rough. FOX made most of its premieres available for critics to view beforehand and "New Girl" was strangely absent, following a season in which nearly every episode was posted early for review. After watching "All In," I'm much less surprised. [Had the "New Girl" premiere been up early, Sepinwall could have reviewed it, too.]
A few more thoughts on the "New Girl" premiere just as soon as I pull over for a piñata shaped like a monkey...
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