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<p>Taylor&nbsp;Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg and Ben&nbsp;Foster in &quot;Lone Survivor&quot;</p>

Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg and Ben Foster in "Lone Survivor"

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Mark Wahlberg and friends go to Afghanistan in the trailer for Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor'

Universal recently set the film up with an Oscar qualifying run

Back in June it was announced that Universal would be slating Peter Berg's Afghanistan drama "Lone Survivor" for an Oscar qualifying run. With only Ron Howard's "Rush" to work with otherwise (a film I hear is a knock-out), the studio needed the extra firepower.

The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch. A trailer has been released through Moviefone which gives it a commercial sheen. Who knows whether it will have the muscle to play the circuit, but Berg could sure use a palette cleanser after last year's "Battleship."

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Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will be exiting 'Parks and Rec'


Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will be exiting "Parks and Rec"

Both actors will leave together, with this season's 13th episode. No word yet on why they are leaving. PLUS: Lucy Lawless will be back for the season premiere.

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<p>One Direction</p>

One Direction

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One Direction bursts onto Billboard Hot 100 with 'Best Song Ever'

Does the quintet topple Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines?'

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth week, but the big news is that One Direction soars onto the chart at No. 2, with “Best Song Ever.”

Propelled largely by online video play (One Direction's tune set Vevo’s 1-day viewing record at 10.8 million), “Best Song Ever” becomes the boy band’s best chart rank as well: the quintet previously peaked at No. 3 with “Young,” while its breakthrough song, “What Makes You Beautiful,” reached No. 4.

One Direction’s debut pushes Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” down one to No. 3, which starts a cascading effect: Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” slides 3-4, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” slips 4-5 and Bruno Mars’ “Treasure”  descends 5-6.

Rounding out the Top 10, Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake,  rises 8-7, Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” moves up 9-8, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s former No. 1,“Can’t Hold Us,” falls three spots 6-9, while Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” featuring Nelly, also drops three places to No. 10. That’s the bad news, but the good news is the song remains at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs for a record-setting 22 weeks.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

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Is 'Roar' Katy Perry's first single from 'Prism?'

Which long-time Perry collaborators penned new track?

Is Katy Perry’s first single from “Prism” named “Roar?”  That seems to the speculative guess when all the clues are tallied.  Or at least Idolator thinks so.

Perry’s “Prism” comes out Oct. 22, according to a big, old gold-plated truck that made the rounds in Los Angeles on Monday, but news about the project has been guarded like Fort Knox.

There have been a few discreet hints: Dr. Luke coyly tweeted “and the new song stars with an “R”...” last week and when pressed if he was referring to the new Perry song, even more coyly answered “maybe ; -).”

Longtime Perry cohort/buddy/songwriter Bonnie McKee confirmed to Idolator that she wrote the first single (along with, allegedly, Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Perry). “Prism” will be Perry’s first album since 2010’s “Teenage Dream.”

And no, Perry’s beau will not be on the new album. Though she hinted at that possibility when asked by “Extra” during the “The Smurfs 2” premiere, by talking about their “collaborating,” when asked point blank if Mayer is on the record by E!, Perry replied, “He is not, actually.”

It’s been a big week for Perry: in addition to announcing her new album’s title and release date and “The Smurfs 2” opening this Friday, word came that Perry  has surpassed Lady Gaga as the most-followed person on Twitter, second only to Justin Bieber.


 

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<p>AMPAS</p>

AMPAS

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AMPAS approves new branch for casting directors

That brings the organization up to 17 branches

The Academy's Board of Governors has announced the creation of a new branch for casting directors, who began to be invited to Academy membership more than 30 years ago, many of them admitted as Members-at-Large. The decision was approved at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, July 30, which saw Cheryl Boone Isaacs nominated president of the Academy.

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<p>2012 Gotham Awards&nbsp;Afterparty at Andaz Wall Street</p>

2012 Gotham Awards Afterparty at Andaz Wall Street

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IFP sets 2013 Gotham Awards date and adds a few more categories

Last year's winners included 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' and 'Moonrise Kingdom'

The Independent Filmmaker Project has announced that the first true film awards show of the season, the Gotham Awards, will be held this year on Dec. 2. Not only that but a couple of new categories have been added to the mix.

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Nick Cannon reviving 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'


Nick Cannon reviving "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"
Cannon will take on the Robin Leach role when he reboots "Lifestyles" for the Style network.


"Glee" cast returns to work on Monday
Naya Rivera confirmed the return date during an appearance last night on Jimmy Kimmel. PLUS: Lea Michele wears a "Cory" necklace.


Danny Trejo joins Geroge Lopez's FX comedy

Trejo, most recently seen on "Sons of Anarchy," will play Lopez's Uncle Tio on "Saint George."


TLC announces "The Man With the 132 lb. Scrotum"
The British TV special follows Las Vegas resident Wesley Warren Jr., who has a medical condition that gives him a humongous scrotum -- watch the trailer.


Betsy Brandt was shocked to see her "Breaking Bad" hubby on "Under the Dome"

"At first I was like, 'What are you doing?'" she said to Dean Norris during the NY Times' "Breaking Bad" panel. "It felt like you were cheating on me...It was difficult. I was like, 'Stop that. Stop that right now."


Paul Giamatti and FX are teaming on an abolitionist limited series
The project will focus on John Brown and his raid on Harper's Ferry.


Teresa Giudice's attorney: She's being targeted because of her celebrity
"The government frequently targets high-profile people to draw attention to their prosecutorial efforts," says her lawyer, Henry Klingeman. "It's especially happening here." PLUS: Joe Giudice smacks a camera outside of court.


"The Soup" is going live for the 1st time for Episode 500
Joel McHale will do two different live shows, one for each coast.


Seth Meyers says he won't leave "SNL" until just before his "Late Night" gig starts
Does that mean he'll be on Weekend Update in 2014?


ABC renews "Celebrity Wife Swap"

Season 3 should air next year.


Adam Brody tackles "The O.C." questions on "Watch What Happens Live"
The Fox series is about to turn 10. It premiered Aug. 5, 2003.


Donald Glover releases a new Childish Gambino video teaser

This is why he's cutting down on "Community."


Watch an homage to "The Arsenio Hall Show"

Paul Scheer's "ArScheerio Paul Show" features Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Max Greenfield and others as famous '90s pop-culture celebrities.


More on CNBC's "scam artist handicapper" reality star

Steve Stevens, AKA Darin Notaro, is a convicted felon.


"Girls" gives Hannah a new co-worker

Amir Arison will appear in a multi-episode arc.


"Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." adding a "Ghost Whisperer" alum

David Conrad will recur on the ABC series.

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<p>David&nbsp;O.&nbsp;Russell promotes &quot;American Hustle&quot;&nbsp;on Good Morning America</p>

David O. Russell promotes "American Hustle" on Good Morning America

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David O. Russell brings the trailer for 'American Hustle' to Good Morning America

ABSCAM-inspired romp hits theaters in December

Well, you don't see this too often. Eschewing the usual Apple/Yahoo!/MSN launching pads, Sony premiered the trailer for David O. Russell's "American Hustle" on ABC's Good Morning America earlier today, with Russell on hand to talk about the movie.

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Obama to visit Jay Leno next week


Obama to visit Jay Leno next week
The president will stop by "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday for his first late-night talk show appearance since winning a 2nd term.

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Emmy Awards is trying to figure out a special Cory Monteith tribute


Emmy Awards is trying to figure out a special Cory Monteith tribute
The award show's producer says he feels pressure to find a way to honor the late "Glee" star. Monteith will likely get a tribute separate from the "In Memoriam" segment.


Jeffrey Tambor to visit "Raising Hope"

He'll enter the lives of the Chance family.


"Sharknado" merchandise going on sale

They include costumes, bags and games.


Nigella Lawson granted a quickie divorce
The TV chef's divorce was granted today after a 70-second hearing.


"MasterChef" star arrested after trying to beat up a Chicago cop

It took five police officers to take down former finalist Josh Marks.


France's "Survivor" will return following a contestant's death
"Koh-Lanta" will air an all-star edition next year.


"Community" releases a Greendale recruitment video
Starring Dean Pelton.


ABC taps "Flight" star Kelly Reilly for "The Black Box"

The British actress will play a mentally ill world-renowned neuroscientist in the ABC limited series.


Amanda Seyfried brings her dog on Letterman to do a Stupid Pet Trick
Watch Seyfried perform a trick her cute dog, Finn.


"Parks and Rec" wraps in London: See more pics
It's tourist Ron Swanson.

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Report: Simon Cowell is becoming a dad after getting his friend's wife pregnant


Report: Simon Cowell is becoming a dad after getting his friend's wife pregnant
Us Weekly reports that New York socialite Lauren Silverman is pregnant with Cowell's baby. Silverman is estranged from her husband.


Joy Behar didn't cry while taping her final "View" in advance

Behar's final day was taped Tuesday to air Aug. 9.


Watch Dan Aykroyd's epic "Late Night" entrance

It started with Aykroyd reviving his Blues Brothers persona.


Larry David tells Jimmy Kimmel: I canceled on you 1 year ago because I killed on another talk show

The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star explained that he couldn't kill in back-to-back talk show appearances. David also explained how "I love to get fired," and the two tried to reenact "Curb." PLUS: Adam Carolla says Kimmel will be "The New King of Late Night" for the next 20 years.


"Duck Dynasty" coming to British TV

Soon, UK viewers will be able to see what all the fuss is about.


"Idol" champ Kris Allen becomes a dad

He tweeted: "Happy Day!!!! My little stud was born today. Oliver is here people!"


Autumn Reeser is pregnant

The former "O.C." and "Last Resort" star is expecting her 2nd son.

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<p>Cheryl Boone Isaacs.</p>

Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs makes history as Academy's new president

She replaces Howard Koch

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences made history Tuesday night by electing its first African-American president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. The marketing and publicity veteran replaces Howard "Hawk" Koch who served one eventful year-long term. Isaacs is only the third woman to hold the position and the first since Fay Canin was president between 1979 and 1981.

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