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"American Ninja Warrior"

"American Ninja Warrior"

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Exclusive clip: Who will beat the 'American Ninja Warrior' course?

Watch as a wily contestant emerges as a stand-out
It turns out "American Ninja Warrior" is tougher than you'd think given all the squishy padding involved. But so far, not one American has conquered the course -- even though hundreds have done tough things like run marathons, summited Mount Everest and gotten painful body modifications. That's right -- not one.
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Netflix star Kate Mara to present the Emmy nominees with 'Breaking Bad's' Aaron Paul


Netflix star Kate Mara to present the Emmy nominees with "Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul
The "House of Cards" star's involvement in the TV Academy's early-morning ceremony seems to be an acknowledgement that it is taking the Netflix challenge seriously. PLUS: See this year's Emmy poster.


"The X Files" to celebrate its 20th anniversary at Comic-Con, but David Duchovny isn't confirmed
Gillian Anderson will appear, though, with creator Chris Carter and "Breaking Bad's" Vince Gilligan, who was an "X Files" producer.


Read David Chase's eulogy for James Gandolfini
"Dear Jimmy," began the eulogy read by "The Sopranos" creator, who recalled one episode that never got made, with Tony Soprano stuck in the Meadowlands with no wallet, phone or car keys as Joan Osborne's "One of Us" began playing. PLUS: Check out images from this morning's funeral.


Ford cut down on its "American Idol" ad spending last season
The automaker has been a title sponsor since "Idol's" launch in 2002, but it appears that Ford is losing interest in the Fox reality competition.


Bill Hader would sometimes work a few days a week at "SNL" last season so he could film a movie
Hader tells Charlie Rose that Lorne Michaels let him film a movie with Larry David in Boston in the middle of last season. Hader would work on the film on Monday and Tuesday, get to 30 Rock for the table read on Wednesday, then go back to Boston on Thursday, then back to "SNL" for rehearsals and the live show.


Simon Cowell launching "Afghanistan's Got Talent"
Locals and even British troops will be allowed to audition.


TCM to air the 15-part "The Story of Film: An Odyssey"

The 15-week event will tell the story of cinema from a worldwide perspective.


Jimmy Kimmel messes with Justin Bieber fans
Kimmel sent his "Lie Witness News" reporter to interview Bieber fans outside a Bieber concert.

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<p>Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake in 'Inside Llewyn Davis.'</p>

Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake in 'Inside Llewyn Davis.'

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Justin Timberlake and Marcus Mumford on 'Inside Llewyn Davis' soundtrack

Bob Dylan and Carey Mulligan also on album produced by Coen Bros. and Burnett

Justin Timberlake, Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford, and Chris Thile all appear on the soundtrack for the Coen Bros.‘  “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Out Sept. 17, via Nonesuch Records, the 14-song compilation includes songs written specifically for and performed in the movie, as well as existing songs by such folkies as Dave Van Ronk to round out the story of a folk singer making his way in the nascent folk scene in Greenwich Village in the early ‘60s.

The movie, which stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Timberlake, won the Grand Prix at the Cannes International Film Festival. It opens in the U.S. on Dec. 6.

T Bone Burnett, who produced the soundtrack along with the Joel and Ethan Coen, told HitFix at Cannes that there will be a “series of shows” featuring music from the movie, but stopped short of calling it a full-blown tour.

Below is the "Inside Llewyn Davis' soundtrack listing

"Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" (Traditional; Arranged by Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett) – Oscar Isaac
"Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" (Traditional; Arranged by Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett) – Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac
"The Last Thing on My Mind" (Tom Paxton) – Stark Sands with Punch Brothers
"Five Hundred Miles" (Hedy West) – Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and Stark Sands
"Please Mr. Kennedy" (Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) – Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver
"Green, Green Rocky Road" (Len Chandler and Robert Kaufman) – Oscar Isaac
"The Death of Queen Jane" (Traditional; Arranged by Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett) – Oscar Isaac
"The Roving Gambler" (Traditional) – John Cohen with the Down Hill Strugglers
"The Shoals of Herring" (Ewan MacColl) – Oscar Isaac with Punch Brothers
"The Auld Triangle" (Brendan Behan) – Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake and Gabe Witcher
"The Storms Are on the Ocean" (A.P. Carter) – Nancy Blake
"Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song) (Traditional; Arranged by Oscar Isaac) – Oscar Isaac
"Farewell" (Bob Dylan) – Bob Dylan
"Green, Green Rocky Road" (Len Chandler and Robert Kaufman) – Dave Van Ronk





 

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<p>James Gandolfini.</p>

James Gandolfini.

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James Gandolfini eulogized by 'Sopranos' creator David Chase and friends and family

'The feeling was real,' Chase says of his leading man

NEW YORK -- They had been here so many times before, in funeral clothes, looking solemn, huddling close together. But that was fiction. This was real, and this was without the man who always stood at the center of those scripted gatherings, casting a giant shadow upon them.

This was "The Sopranos" cast and crew, and friends and family, coming together one more time to say goodbye to James Gandolfini.

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<p>Julianne Moore with her SAG&nbsp;Award in January for playing another politician in HBO's &quot;Game Change&quot;</p>

Julianne Moore with her SAG Award in January for playing another politician in HBO's "Game Change"

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Another prestige actor heading to the 'Hunger Games' cast?

The Francis Lawrence-directed sequels are stacking the deck as of late

Boy, make $400 million at the box office and everyone wants to hop on your franchise. Young Adult adaptation "The Hunger Games" hit last year and it hit big, making a bigger star of Jennifer Lawrence and establishing a giant money magnet for Lionsgate in the process. The sequels were immediately set up with Lawrence and co-stars Woody Harrelson and Josh Hutcherson returning, with director Francis Lawrence at the helm.

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<p>Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in &quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in "12 Years a Slave"

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Searchlight gives '12 Years a Slave' room to breathe

Steve McQueen's slavery drama will get an October 18 platform release

You can hear the Oscar gurgles percolating as studios have been showing films in hushed theaters looking for feedback and shuffling their schedules to find the right release dates for this and that. Soon the fall festival season will reveal what's what and it'll be a race to the finish among the players.

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HBO filming James Gandolfini's funeral for his family


HBO filming James Gandolfini's funeral for his family

The cable network is reportedly paying for today's funeral, but its footage won't be shown on TV. PLUS: "You were a good boy," David Chase says at Gandolfini's funeral.


Target is the latest company to dump Paula Deen
Says the retailer in a statement: ""We have made a decision to phase out the Paula Deen merchandise in our stores as well as on Target.com. Once the merchandise is sold out, we will not be replenishing inventory." PLUS: Home Depot also drops Deen, Martha Stewart feels sorry for Paula Deen, and a diabetes drug company drops Paula.


"The Daily Show" celebrates gay marriage
Jason Jones and Al Madrigal got "hitched."


"Big Brother" ties its lowest-rated premiere
About 6.3 million tuned in last night, matching the 2008 edition.


Scott Speedman joins Ryan Murphy's "Open" human sexuality drama pilot

The "Felicity" alum will play a sports marketing executive.


Discovery promoting "Shark Week" with the "death" of "Snuffy the Seal"

Is this ad offensive?


CW developing "Jane the Virgin," based on the Venezuelan telenovela
"Jane the Virgin," or "Juana La Virgen," revolves around a religious girl who's accidentally artificially inseminated.


"The Bible" surpasses 1 million in video sales
The History channel 10-parter has become the top selling miniseries ever.


Check out the poster for AMC's "Low Winter Sun"

The Detroit cop drama debuts with "Breaking Bad" on Aug. 11.


Leighton Meester & Adam Brody make their official debut as a couple
"The O.C."-"Gossip Girl" couple last night walked the red carpet at Brody's "Some Girl(s)" premiere.


Ovation picks up "Smash" reruns
The arts-themed channel will begin airing the failed NBC series on July 19.

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For Your Consideration: 15 deserving Oscar nominees from 2013 so far

For Your Consideration: 15 deserving Oscar nominees from 2013 so far

Lest they be forgotten, we'd like to remind the Academy of a few things

As the clock ticks down on June, so it does on the first half of 2013. It's funny how fast those first six months zip by. The Oscar season bleeds into the year, March rolls around and soon enough, the summer movie season arrives. Then Cannes and before you know it, the mid-way point.

How has the year stacked up so far? Personally, I've been consistently pleased, and I'm even somewhat satisfied with the blockbuster offerings of the hot months. Could anything we've seen so far show up on the Oscar radar at the end of the year? Time will tell, but I think there are some strong possibilities.

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<p>&quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;creator Matthew Weiner is one of the &quot;Difficult Men&quot;&nbsp;profiled in Brett Martin's new book.</p>

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner is one of the "Difficult Men" profiled in Brett Martin's new book.

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'Difficult Men' author Brett Martin on the era that gave us 'The Sopranos,' 'Mad Men' & more

What was it like to watch James Gandolfini act? Which creators were easier to get along with?

Over the years, it's given me no end of amusement to witness how often two different networks will develop what seems at first to be the exact same show in the exact same season, whether it's hospital dramas in Chicago ("ER" and "Chicago Hope" in 1994), adults traveling back in time to teenage years ("That Was Then..." and "Do Over" in 2002) or slackers with super powers ("Chuck" and "Reaper" in 2007). Even though many of these doppelgangers turn out to be fairly different in execution, something always seems fishy about the claims that the one show didn't know at first that the other existed, and that "there was just something in the air" that led to them both existing at the same time.

After recent events in my own life, I may have to start taking these claims at face value. As most of you know, I published a book last fall called "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever," about the transformation in television that happened as a result of groundbreaking new dramas like "The Sopranos," "The Wire" and "Deadwood." Very late in the process of writing it, I learned that another book about this same era, and many of these same shows, was in the works: "Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad," by magazine journalist and author Brett Martin.

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'White House Down' star Maggie Gyllenhaal sure sounds interested in TV

'White House Down' star Maggie Gyllenhaal sure sounds interested in TV

Peter Sarsgaard's 'The Killing' gig starts the conversation
WASHINGTON, DC - In "White House Down," Maggie Gyllenhaal has what, for her, is a relatively unusual role.
 
As Special Agent Finnerty, Gyllenhaal is a tough-as-nails secret service agent whose task of protecting the president (Jamie Foxx) is complicated by a large-scale attack on the White House when she happens to be temporarily off-duty. It's a big summer blockbuster and, like most reporters, I made sure to talk with the indie favorite about that change of pace, but I also wanted to briefly talk with her about another possible change of pace, specifically the potential offered by TV.
 
I'll post the "White House Down" portion of the interview in the next couple days, but towards the end of the conversation, I used Gyllenhaal's husband Peter Sarsgaard, currently working a juicy gig on AMC's "The Killing" as a transition point. 
 
As you can tell, it sounds like Gyllenhaal is a fan of the medium and, after doing HBO's "The Corrections" pilot, it sure sounds like she's interested in (and possibly close to) exploring small screen options.
 
You'll hear at the end that the interview handlers tried to stop the interview due to time, but she made sure she at least finished her answer.
 
Check out the interview chunk above and you can join me in keeping an ear out for that hypothetical TV project Gyllenhaal can't discuss.
 
And remember that "White House Down" opens on Friday, June 28.
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<p>Richmond Arquette in &quot;This Is Martin Bonner.&quot;</p>

Richmond Arquette in "This Is Martin Bonner."

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Edinburgh Film Festival: 'This Is Martin Bonner' and 'Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction'

Two melancholy takes on ageing and loneliness among festival highlights

EDINBURGH - This year's trip to the Edinburgh Film Festival has been a brief, last-minute one. After three days of attempting to distil the highlights of artistic director Chris Fujiwara's defiantly independent-minded programming -- ranging from "The Conjuring" to "Leviathan" --, I'm heading home this evening, my festival experience over before it's even begun. (Tomorrow: off to Karlovy Vary.) Still, I'll be sharing the standouts with you in a couple of paired review pieces. First up: "This Is Martin Bonner," which begins its staggered release tomorrow, and "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction" -- which, it was announced yesterday, will be released in Los Angeles on September 13.

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James Gandolfini's widow, ex-wife gather at his wake


James Gandolfini's widow, ex-wife gather at his wake

The invitation-only wake is being held this evening.


Diddy could end up making a real "Downton Abbey" cameo

Julian Fellowes says he's considering a cameo role for Diddy after seeing "Downton Diddy." PLUS: Sip some "Downton" wine.


Here's the first official "Veronica Mars" movie photo
From behind the scenes.


Watch outtakes from "(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum"
Channing Tatum tells Jimmy Kimmel he can't get his song out of his head.


Ken Marino joins "Eastbound & Down"
He'll play a middle-aged athlete in eight episodes next season.


A "Knight Rider" movie is close to happening
The Weinstein Co. has ordered a script based on the '80s TV series. PLUS: David Hasselhoff getting his own comic book.


Accused murderer may have used "Breaking Bad" for inspiration
After police found the body of a dead woman in the suspect's acid-filled bathtub, they found a "Breaking Bad" episode in the DVD player with a similar scene. PLUS: Aaron Paul talks "Breaking Bad."


Amazon's 1st drama pilot is from "Treme's" co-creator
Eric Overmyer, who co-created "Treme" with David Simon, is working on "Bosch" based on Michael Connelly's LAPD homicide detective.


Horatio Sanz is helping put together the Mexican version of "SNL"
Sanz is serving as a consultant on "SNL Mexico," which is under development.


Whitney Cummings recalls figuring out "Whitney" was finished
She knew her sitcom's fate when she saw "The Voice" promos take over her show.


Eric Winter joins "Witches of East End"
He'll co-star with Jenna Dewan-Tatum on the Lifetime series.


NBC extends the option of John Stamos and 4 of his "I Am Victor" co-stars
The Peacock will likely reshoot the pilot in August.


Fox aiming to redo the pilot for Brittany Snow's "The Assistants"

The network has extended the options for Snow, Stephen Root and Catherine O'Hara.


Brazilian artist creates a "Gilmore Girls" town out of paper
Check out Bruna Salvador Conforto's take on Stars Hollow.


Watch Chris Rock on the Disney Channel

Rock makes a cameo on Friday's episode of "A.N.T. Farm."


Re-examining "Mad Men" Season 6
With the season over, how does the 6th season stack up as a whole? PLUS: "Mad Men" meets "The O.C.," and the style of Bob Benson.


A "Simpsons" bus is for sale for $1200
From "Springfield Elementary School."


"Pretty Little Liars'" Lucy Hale dating a "Revolution" star
"He is such a sweetheart," she says of Graham Rogers.


Lena Dunham reveals her fave Criterion movies
They include "The War Room" and "Broadcast News."


"Rizzoli & Isles" returns as cable's top summer series
The Season 4 premiere was up 20% over last year.

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