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<p>Ted Levine, Demi&aacute;n Bichir and Diane Kruger in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Ted Levine, Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger in "The Bridge."

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Calaca'

The killer targets a truckful of illegals, while Sonya rubs Marco's boss the wrong way

A review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I give you my lenticular business card...

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Is Aaryn still on the block after the Veto Competition?

Is Aaryn still on the block after the Veto Competition?

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'Big Brother' Recap: Romance battles greed as the veto competition looms

Helen turns on the waterworks to help backdoor Jeremy, but is she successful?

Hey there, “Big Brother” fans. With most of the HitFix staff currently in an insanely long line at Comic-Con, I’ll be filling in for a few days covering the show. I’ve spent the last few weeks watching the program with as much enjoyment as dread: while certain aspects of the show have been as compelling as ever, the sheer amount of bigoted hatred on display has dulled almost all pure enjoyment. Watching “Big Brother” has turned into hanging out at a family reunion with THAT RELATIVE who always spews the craziest nonsense at the loudest volumes. “Big Brother” isn’t above rigging the game in order to keep controversial players in the house as long as possible. But if Aaryn isn’t sitting with Julie Chen this Thursday (and my God what an interview THAT would be), I’d be shocked.

 
Then again, stranger things have happened in the show’s history, so far be it for me to put tons of stock in that prediction. Maybe she’ll win MVP and spark the country’s second Civil War. Anything can happen! So let’s find out, as I liveblog the next three episodes.
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<p>Sarah Polley in &quot;Stories We Tell.&quot;</p>

Sarah Polley in "Stories We Tell."

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'Stories We Tell,' 'Incendies' compete in Venice Days's Film of the Decade poll

Public invited to choose between 50 standouts from the Venice sidebar's history

The Venice Film Festival may be celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, but there's a separate, smaller milestone contained within it: the tenth birthday of the independent Venice Days sidebar. Founded in 2004 by an association of Italian filmmakers to showcase offbeat independent work  outside the main festival selection, Venice Days is effectively the festival's equivalent of the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes, and while it doesn't get as much publicity, a number of significant films have premiered there over the past decade.

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<p>Kings of Leon</p>

Kings of Leon

Listen: Kings of Leon's new single, 'Supersoaker' in full

First single from 'Mechanical Bull' has ringing guitars to spare

Kings of Leon’s new single, “Supersoaker” unleashes with a torrent of ringing acoustic guitars (sounding a little like Mumford & Sons) before drums come crashing in, followed by Caleb Followill’s impassioned vocal. He wants to see you, in case you didn't figure that out. It doesn't have much of a hook, but it's got great energy.

The song is the opening salvo from “Mechanical Bull,” the band’s sixth album, out Sept. 24.

The band, who have been performing the song on the road, will play “Supersoaker” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on July 22.


 

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<p>Lea Seydoux in &quot;Blue is the Warmest Color.&quot;</p>

Lea Seydoux in "Blue is the Warmest Color."

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Sundance Selects fails in plea against 'Blue' Oscar ineligibility

French distributors decide against changing release date in order to qualify

A couple of weeks ago, the news landed that this year's vastly acclaimed Palme d'Or winner, Abdellatif Kechiche's romantic drama "Blue is the Warmest Color," is ineligible to be the French entry in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The simple reason: its domestic release date falls nine days after the submission deadline, making it eligible for consideration in the category next year, but not this time round.

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Jerry O'Connell joins 'Veronica Mars' movie as 'Sheriff Lamb'


Jerry O'Connell joins "Veronica Mars" movie as "Sheriff Lamb"
Not Don Lamb, but Dan Lamb.

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<p>Robin Thicke</p>

Robin Thicke

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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' makes it 6 weeks atop Billboard Hot 100

With which song is it tied for longest run in 2013?

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” clearly stakes its claim on the spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the sixth week. The song ties Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, for the most weeks in the pole position in 2013.

Thicke isn’t the only one celebrating: Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s “Holy Grail” bows at No. 8, the only new track in the Top 10. The song comes from Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail, which nabs the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, according to Billboard.

“Lines” keeps Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” at No. 2 for the fifth consecutive week, while Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” stays at No. 3 and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” holds at No. 4.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” featuring Ray Dalton swaps places with Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” featuring Nelly, rising one spot to No. 5, while FGL slide to No. 6.

Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” increases in value as it move 8-7. Timberlake’s Mirrors” is No. 9 and Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s ‘While I’m Gone’) remains at No. 10.

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HitFix's 2013 Emmy Nomination Predictions

HitFix's 2013 Emmy Nomination Predictions

All of the predictions in 10 major categories
Last month, as Emmy nomination ballots went out, Sepinwall and I did our annual handicapping. Sepinwall discussed his personal favorites in each of 10 major categories, while I broke down the favorites and leading contenders. On Thursday (July 18) morning, we'll see how right I was and how happy Sepinwall gets to be.
 
I haven't changed any of my formal predictions since last month. These were the first six slides in each gallery, even if I have serious reservations about a few of them -- Jenna Fischer? Hmmm... -- now. 
 
Check out the predictions and head to HitFix tomorrow morning for our full Emmy nomination coverage:
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Check out the four covers for Nine Inch Nails' 'Hesitation Marks'
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Check out the four covers for Nine Inch Nails' 'Hesitation Marks'

How many will you buy?

One album cover won’t cut it for Nine Inch Nails. The Trent Reznor-led band has released four album covers for its forthcoming album, “Hesitation Marks.”

Out Sept. 3, the album will be released with a digital cover (artwork titled “Turn And Burn”), standard CD cover (“Time and Again”), deluxe CD cover (“Cargo In The Blood”), and a vinyl cover (“Other Murmurs”).

I did not get this from looking at the various covers, but, apparently, “the mixed media works hover between anthropology and forensics, suggestive of transformation and regeneration,” according to a press release. They just look pretty and intriguing to me.

Take a look:



NIne Inch Nails


NIne Inch Nails


NIne Inch Nails

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<p>Jay-Z</p>

Jay-Z

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Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail' reigns on the Billboard 200

It's his 13th trip to the summit

In its first week available to non-Samsung customers, Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” sold 527,000 copies, enough to snag it the top spot on the Billboard 200 for the week and bragging rights to the second-biggest sales week for a debuting album.

The only title to beat “MCHG” comes from Jay-Z’s duet partner and touring mate, Justin Timberlake, whose “The 20/20 Experience” moved 968,000 units in its Spring bow. “MCHG” is Jay-Z’s 13th No. 1 album, extending his record for solo act with the most chart toppers.

“MCHG’s” launch at No. 1 marks the fourth consecutive week that a different rap album has topped the chart, a first in the Billboard 200’s history.

Two other albums start their Billboard 200 life this week: Ciara’s “Basic Instinct” comes in at No. 2, with 58,000 copies, while Skylar Grey’s set, “Don’t Look Down,” bows at No. 8 with 24,000 units sold, according to Billboard.
J Cole’s “Born Sinner” drops 1-3, while Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions’ and Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s To The Good Times” hold at 4 and 5 respectively.

Kanye West’s former No. 1, “Yeezus,” falls 3-6, Wale’s “The Gifted” drops 2-7, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” slides 7-9 and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” slips 8-10.

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Keith Olbermann: I'm not banned from talking politics on my new ESPN2 show


Keith Olbermann: I'm not banned from talking politics on my new  ESPN2 show
Contrary to a previous report, there's no contractual clause banning political discussion. But Olbermann can only address politics when it's related to sports. Says ESPN boss John Skipper: "Trayvon Martin is an excellent example; we expect Keith to have some point of view there. It only has to be responsible."


Cory Monteith did not die from a deadly strain of heroin

A police department not far from Vancouver released a statement saying it had noticed a number of ODs related to heroin containing fentanyl. But no fentanyl was found in Monteith's body. PLUS: Monteith was cremated on Tuesday, without his father present.


"Rookie Blue" renewed
The Canadian cop drama will be back for Season 5.


Why Dan Harmon was fired from "Community": Details of his erratic behavior revealed

He would disappear, he had an oddball leadership style, he would fall asleep during the day, he was an alcoholic and his writers resented him. "I wanted to kill myself constantly constantly," says Harmon. "It's not an exaggeration to say that every single day, I was the reason why everyone above me and everyone below me had a problem.


David Beckham to be featured in a new UK kids' show

He'll motivate kids via Sky Sports "Game Changers."


"The Millers" ads Nelson Franklin as a series regular

The "Veep" and "New Girl" vet will play Jayma Mays' husband.

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'The Office's' Rainn Wilson writing a book about his life -- not a 'memoir'


"The Office's" Rainn Wilson writing a book about his life -- not a "memoir"

"Despite what my publisher might say, I wouldn't call my book a memoir," the actor said in a statement. "If I were in my 80s, had cured a disease and survived a war, I would be entitled to write a memoir. No. The guy who is best known for playing a paper salesman with a bad haircut, tweeting fart jokes and starting a quirky spirituality Web site does not merit a 'memoir.'"


"The Meredith Vieira Show" sold to NBC stations
Vieira will likely take over "The Jeff Probst Show's" 2 pm timeslot.


"Bob's Burgers" becoming a comic book

The Fox animated series will unveil its comic book at Comic-Con.


Snooki is almost unrecognizably skinny
The "Jersey Shore" star says: "I work out in the gym seven days a week. I go with my trainer five days a week, I have a treadmill downstairs or I do crunches."


Regis Philbin tries out Google Glass
Says Reege: "It's not working!"


"Hostages" gags Toni Collette & Dylan McDermott
Check out the poster for the new CBS series.

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