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<p>Arcade Fire</p>

Arcade Fire

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Arcade Fire announces new album release date via Twitter

Apparently, they were just waiting for someone to say something nice

One of Arcade Fire’s twitter followers was definitely in the right place at the right time. Yesterday, one of the co-ed Canadian band’s fans simply tweeted, “@arcadefire you’re my favorite.”  And the band responded with way more than a simple “thanks” (though, being Canadian and, therefore, very polite, they did thank him).

The Montreal-based band spilled the release date for its new album as Oct. 29, and included two photos of a sphere and of the band that are almost suitable for framing or could be part of the album artwork. No word on the title yet.

The album will the the group’s first since 2010’s “The Suburbs,” which snagged album of the year at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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Arcade Fire had been previewing material over the last year, including a tune called “Crucified Again,” last November.  LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy is producing the new set.

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Comedy Central to air Bill Cosby's 1st TV special in 30 years


Comedy Central to air Bill Cosby's 1st TV special in 30 years
"Far From Finished," directed by Robert Townsend, will air on Nov. 24.


Syfy will re-air "Sharknado" next Thursday

Meanwhile, final numbers revealed that 1.369 million watched the Syfy special.


Play "The Newsroom" Bingo
Here's a fun way to keep up with Aaron Sorkin's Sorkinisms.


"Lost's" Henry Ian Cusick is heading back to Hawaii

He'll play a terrorist on the season premiere of "Hawaii Five-0."


A Bruce Lee TV project is in the works -- based on material written by Lee himself

"Fast & Furious" director Justin Lin is behind the project, a one-hour drama.

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Oprah lands Lindsay Lohan for a sit-down interview -- and a reality show


Oprah lands Lindsay Lohan for a sit-down interview -- and a reality show

Lindsay's interview will tape and air next month, while her eight-episode "docu-series" will be shown in 2014.

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Justin Timberlake's new song, 'Take Back The Night' in full: Listen
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Justin Timberlake's new song, 'Take Back The Night' in full: Listen

Plus, all the details on 'The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2'

After teasing a snippet of new single, “Take Back The Night,” Justin Timberlake unleashed the full 6-minute song today on YouTube.

The disco tune is the first single from “The 20/20 Experience- 2 of 2,” the sequel to “The 20/20 Experience,” which comes out Sept. 30.

[More after the jump...]

 

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A Twitter sensation, 'Sharknado' didn't get big ratings


A Twitter sensation, "Sharknado" didn't get big ratings

Preliminary numbers from the biggest cities show that just 1.4 million watched the Syfy event -- a bust by Syfy original standards. Still, Syfy paid very little for the movie, yet reaped tons of free publicity. PLUS: San Jose Sharks not happy with ESPN's "Sharknado" joke.

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Hulu sale canceled


Hulu sale canceled

Instead of selling the streaming website, the media companies who own Hulu have opted to invest $750 million in Hulu to boost its growth.


Anne Heche joins "The Michael J. Fox Show"
She'll play the news anchor at the TV station where Fox returns to work as a correspondent.


AMC teases "Breaking Bad's" final episodes
Is this all-new footage? PLUS: The cast talks Season 8.


"Big Brother" racism persists despite warnings from other housemates
Last night on the live feed, Aaryn was captured saying in a mock accent, "Whatchu gon do gurrl? Where’s yo class?"


"SVU" promotes Raul Esparza
Assistant DA Rafael Barba will become a regular next season.

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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Listen: CulturePop No. 21 - Troy DeVolld, 'Duck Dynasty,' Kardashians

If you have any interest in reality TV, you must listen to this

This week Melinda and I had the great pleasure of having reality TV producer Troy DeVolld ("Hollywood Game Night," "Basketball Wives") as our guest on the show. I think it's safe to say that both Melinda and I learned a lot about how our favorite (and least favorite) shows work. We also talked about the Kardashians. A lot. It's tremendously reassuring to learn that an expert in the field thinks that their fifteen minutes might someday tick out, too. 

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<p>Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in &quot;Philomena.&quot;</p>

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in "Philomena."

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Is Judi Dench in 'Philomena' the Weinsteins' secret weapon?

First glimpse of Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the adoption-themed dramedy

Looking ahead to the upcoming awards season, pundits are spoiled for choice when it comes to predicting the Weinstein Company's annual prize pony. But while obviously baity titles like "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (which just unveiled a teaser trailer today) and "August: Osage County" dominate that particular conversation -- along with established festival hit "Fruitvale Station" -- Stephen Frears's "Philomena" is quietly waiting to pounce, most likely at the fall festival season.

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'Sharknado' director: 'If this is 'Star Wars,' then you've got to make 'Empire Strikes Back'


"Sharknado" director: "If this is 'Star Wars,' then you've got to make 'Empire Strikes Back'"
Anthony C. Ferrante last night reacted to the frenzy over his movie, and said he's ready to do a sequel. "I mean, what do you do after 'Sharknado'? You've got to up the ante. I don't want to compare this to 'Star Wars,' but if this is 'Star Wars,' then you’ve got to make 'Empire Strikes Back' — whatever version of that 'Empire Strikes Back' is of a 'Sharknado' sequel. Number twos are usually pretty damn good." PLUS: "Sharknado's" bizarre geography, 6 things about L.A. "Sharknado" got wrong and right, "Sharknado's" brilliance explained in Gifs and Vines, watch Ian Ziering talk "Sharknado," and more than 604,000 tweets were generated last night -- more than "Game of Thrones" Red Wedding.


Keith Olbermann could return to ESPN with a late-night talk show on ESPN2
According to the NY Daily News, Olbermann is in talks to host a New York-based talk show.


"Revenge" casts Justin Hartley as Victoria's long-lost son
The "Smallville" alum will appear in a multi-episode arc this season.


NBC's "Dracula" will be partnered with Van Helsing

"In our tale, Dracula and Van Helsing are actually partners," says exec producer Tony Krantz. "They've partnered up to fight a bigger bad, which is called The Order of the Dragon, a secret organization."


Honey Boo Boo goes to Washington

The TLC stars were photographed yesterday outside the White House.


See the "Clear History" posters, one for Larry David and another for Jon Hamm
Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, J.B. Smoove, Eva Mendes and Amy Ryan also each got their own poster for the HBO movie.


Jimmy Kimmel updates "Schoolhouse Rock's" "How a Bill Becomes Law"
Check out "You're Screwed." PLUS: Kimmel helps trick-shot toddler get revenge on Fox News host.


The original "Voice" judges are back together
Here's the first image from Season 5.


"Real Housewives" star Brandi Glanville now has a broken hand
It's been a tough week for the Bravo star after her wardrobe malfunction.


"Hollywood Game Night" has an okay debut

About 4.1 million watched the premiere of the celebrity-driven game show.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Mandela:&nbsp;Long Walk to&nbsp;Freedom&quot;</p>

A scene from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

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Hear the voice of Idris Elba's freedom fighter in the teaser trailer for 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Justin Chadwick's biopic is part of a loaded Weinstein Company slate

At the risk of sounding crass, one has to wonder how Nelson Mandela's current state of health will impact the upcoming film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba as the South African revolutionary. Thankfully things seem to be looking better for him than they were a week ago.

Meanwhile, Elba takes flight today with his first big leading role in "Pacific Rim," and The Weinstein Company has seized the opportunity to offer up a little tease of Justin Chadwick's film to go along with it. It isn't much. One helicopter shot of Mandela walking surrounded by children. It focuses more on Elba's accent as the actor speaks a monologue over the scene.

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<p>Cool movie, bro.</p>

Cool movie, bro.

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Tell us what you thought of 'Grown Ups 2'

...or anything else you might have seen this week

I have not seen "Grown Ups." I don't plan to see "Grown Ups 2." But hey, maybe you are. And maybe maybe you love it. And maybe you can change my mind. So hey, here's your challenge: convince me. And no silly "Isn't it your job to see everything?" talk (and no, it actually isn't, thank God). Or if you don't feel like building a case just tell us what you thought of the movie. And I'm assuming some of you will see it; it's going to win the box office this weekend, after all. Rifle off your take in the comments section below and go ahead and vote in our poll while you're at it. Also, if you've seen anything else you'd like to discuss, in theaters or at home or wherever, consider this an open thread to do so.

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<p>On &quot;Deadwood,&quot;&nbsp;Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe)&nbsp;gets an earful from George Hearst (Gerald McRaney).</p>

On "Deadwood," Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe) gets an earful from George Hearst (Gerald McRaney).

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 6: 'A Rich Find'

Aunt Lou's son rides into town, and George Hearst is not happy with anyone

For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.

While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.

Thoughts on episode 6, "A Rich Find," coming up just as soon as I finish showing water how to run downhill...

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