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<p>A scene from &quot;To the Wonder.&quot;</p>

A scene from "To the Wonder."

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Roundup: On the mastery of Emmanuel Lubezki

Also: Why Timberlake needs to give acting a rest, and Oscar doc overload

Right up there with Roger Deakins, Mexican master Emmanuel Lubezki is surely among the cinematographers most due for Oscar recognition: he'll surely get his sixth Oscar nomination for "Gravity," and this looks increasingly likely to be the year he finally takes the gold. Today's must-read is a Vulture "master class" with Lubezki, in which he talks us through five dazzling shots from his career, focusing exclusively on his partnerships with Alfonso Cuaron and Terrence Malick, including this year's gorgeous twofer of "Gravity" and "To the Wonder." Take note, Academy. [Vulture]

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'Scandal' tops Nielsen's 1st-ever Twitter TV Ratings

"Scandal" tops Nielsen's 1st-ever Twitter TV Ratings

Nielsen's Twitter TV Ratings debut also put the struggling "X Factor" in the Top 10.

NBC to air "Welcome to Sweden," a Swedish sitcom from Amy Poehler and her brother
The English-speaking comedy was originally commissioned for Swedish TV.

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the "Modern Family Feud"
Kimmel last night pitted The Pritchetts vs. The In-Laws. (Watch Part 2 and Part 3)

Jimmy Fallon switches accents with Paul McCartney
"This is awful!"

BBC News conducted a live TV interview with Cookie Monster
The "Sesame Street" star is joining a children's show on the CBBC.

Read an excerpt from the new "Johnny Carson" book

Carson's ex-lawyer Henry Bushkin reveals secrets of "The Tonight Show" legend in his book, which is due out next week.

Valerie Harper ends her "Dancing" run
"It has been absolutely wonderful, completely unique, like nothing else in the world," she said as she exited.

Shannon Sharpe wasn't happy with Jay Pharoah's "SNL" spoof of him
When the CBS "NFL Today" star was asked on Twitter if he saw the Weekend Update impression, he responded: "I did and wasn't impressed."

"Downton Abbey" fans outraged over this week's episode
ITV received more than 60 complaints over (spoiler!) a shocking scene.

Britney Spears on "Breaking Bad" finale: "I didn't like it at all"
Britney -- who has traded tweets with Aaron Paul -- found the series finale "really sad," adding: "I didn't think he should have died…maybe they'll do another episode where the ambulance comes and revives him." PLUS: Was "Breaking Bad" Darwinian?, see "Breaking Bad" as a text-based computer game, and who is getting the money from Badfinger sales?

"CSI" books Jordin Sparks
The "Idol" winner will play a murder victim.

In defense of "Homeland's" Dana Brody

It's still interesting to see a teenage girl deal with a father who committed treason.

"Once Upon a Time" boss calls "magic crotch" blunder "embarrassing" and "silly"
"It's embarrassing," says exec producer Edward Kitsis, "but at the same time, it’s so silly it's hard to take serious. It’s so obvious that somebody didn't realize what they were doing."

"Girls" finds a grandma for Hannah Horvath

June Squibb, 84, will take on the "Girls" role. She's most famous for playing Jack Nicholson's wife in "About Schmidt."

Claim: Dianna Agron was too hated to be invited to "Glee" Cory Monteith tribute

Ryan Murphy and Agron's former co-stars are said to "intensely dislike" her, according to RadarOnline. PLUS: Listen to all 6 songs from this week's tribute.

"Baywatch" stars reunite

Next year will be the lifeguard drama's 25th anniversary.

Watch a preview of "South Park's" George Zimmerman episode
"World War Zimmerman" airs Wednesday.

Adult Swim airing pilots from Paul Scheer and Tim & Eric

Scheer's "Filthy Sexy Teen$," a spoof of "Pretty Little Liars," will be shown later this month.

"Witches of East End" has a great debut

The Lifetime drama was on par with "Devious Maids."

Natalie Dormer returning to "Elementary"

The "Game of Thrones" star will reprise her role as Irene Adler/Moriarty.

TLC renews "The Next Great Baker"
The reality competition will be back for a 4th season.

"7th Heaven's" Barry Watson to star in an UP TV movie
He's joined the cast of "Far From Home."

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<p>Josh Radnor and Neil Patrick Harris in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Josh Radnor and Neil Patrick Harris in "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Broken Code'

Barney confronts Ted, Robin hates women, and Marshall appears in pillow form

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I discover our mutual hatred of the Boston Bruins...

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<p>Martin&nbsp;Scorsese's &quot;The Wolf of Wall Street&quot;&nbsp;was a good bet for a secret screening at NYFF&nbsp;until its release date woes.</p>

Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was a good bet for a secret screening at NYFF until its release date woes.

Credit: Paramount Pictures

No (high profile) secret screening for NYFF this year?

The recently established tradition looks to be forgone in 2013

While films like "Hugo" and "Lincoln" may have received their first looks at the annual New York Film Festival via "secret screenings" in recent years, attendees can probably stop holding their breath for another surprise at the on-going 51st annual.

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Tom Mison in 'Sleepy Hollow'

Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and his fancy hat in 'Sleepy Hollow'

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'Sleepy Hollow' recap: 'The Lesser Key of Solomon'

Abbie faces off with her sister and the freaky demon gets a name

In case you haven't heard, "Sleepy Hollow" received some good news after last week's episode aired: Fox officially renewed the show for a second season.

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<p>&quot;League of Denial&quot;</p>

"League of Denial"

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TV Review: PBS' 'League of Denial' hits hard

'Frontline' documentary targets the NFL's handling of its concussion problem
On Sunday, like more than a few Americans, I spent a lot of my morning and afternoon watching football. 
I yelled at my TV as Tom Brady's wide receivers dropped one catchable pass after another. And when the Patriots were done losing in a rainy morass, I concentrated my attentions on my fantasy team and yelled at my TV as that squad went down in flames as well.
The fantasy thing already made me feel guilty anyway. Because of matchups, I was starting Michael Vick at quarterback, which ended up being a bad idea on several levels, but briefly left me rooting for Michael Vick.
Then I watched a screener for Frontline's "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" and felt even worse.
No matter how anybody tries portraying it, the antagonist in "League of Denial" isn't the sport of football, though it's hard to imagine any parent watching the two-hour special and not coming away with at least minor concerns regarding the long-term damaged caused by the inherent nature of the sport, regardless of what level it's played on. 
Football is portrayed as dangerous. Sure.
The NFL is portrayed as criminal, as either negligent or nefariously conspiratorial, and there's little doubt that people who watch "League of Denial" will have a hard time looking at Roger Goodell and Paul Tagliabue's empire in the same way, much less cheer on a punishingly hard hit with the same bloodthirsty vigor. 
But "League of Denial" isn't just an anti-NFL smear job. No, by refusing even cursory participation in "League of Denial," the NFL has pretty well smeared itself and the assumed causality of ESPN's decision to largely bail on the report has left its own bruises.
Like any good David & Goliath story, "League of Denial" correctly assumes that the hype machine has long worked in favor of the Goliath and it focuses on the myriad Davids in the attempts to learn more about connections between long-term brain injuries and football. That's why even though "League of Denial" will stir up anger and frustration and sadness, my dominant takeaway was compassion for the wounded athletes and their loved ones and admiration for the crusaders who, for the most part, don't want to bring the NFL down. No, the heroes of "League of Denial" are simply people who want to learn more, people who want the NFL to use its resources to gain knowledge, rather than concentrate its might on obfuscating. So "League of Denial" is disheartening, but it's also inspiring.
[Bit more after the break…]
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<p>I would love to be in one of the meetings where executives tell each other 'This could be our 'Star Wars'' just so I could see if I can control my laughter.</p>

I would love to be in one of the meetings where executives tell each other 'This could be our 'Star Wars'' just so I could see if I can control my laughter.

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'Masters Of The Universe' tries to find another screenwriter to make it work

A fool's mission if I've ever seen one

Columbia seems determined to get a new version of "Masters Of The Universe" into theaters, and I have to wonder who the audience is that they believe is eagerly anticipating this project.

Terry Rossio has been hired as the latest screenwriter to take a crack at the material, and while the story by Borys Kit at the Hollywood Reporter mentions that the project used to be called "Grayskull," that's actually a different incarnation of the film altogether. That was the 2008 version, developed by Joel Silver and written by Justin Marks. This new version, which is set to be produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch, had John M. Chu attached as director for a while. Basically, Chu seemed set to become the official caretaker of Things '80s Kids Loved, but it appears he is now off the film.

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<p>Sandra Bullock in Alfonso Cuaron's &quot;Gravity.&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity."

Credit: Warner Bros.

Stop comparing 'Gravity' to 'Avatar' when it comes to Oscar

Not all apples and oranges are the same

After a film strikes a chord with moviegoers like "Gravity" did last weekend, it's easy to try and find analogies for it among previous Best Picture nominees or winners. One comparison that continues to be made is to James Cameron's 2009 game changer, "Avatar." Before we judge the merits of that argument, let's jog your brain and revisit some movie history, shall we?

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Watch: Judi Dench searches for her long-lost son in tearjerking 'Philomena' trailer
Credit: The Weinstein Company

Watch: Judi Dench searches for her long-lost son in tearjerking 'Philomena' trailer

Bonus: Hear the Oscar-winning actress break down 'Big Momma's House'

Always wanted to hear Judi Dench break down the plot of "Big Momma's House" but never thought you'd see the day? Well friends, the wait is over.

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Lady Gaga is nude on the cover of her new 'ARTPOP' album

Lady Gaga is nude on the cover of her new 'ARTPOP' album

Is it artful? Does it pop?

Lady Gaga has birthed the new album cover to her next album "ARTPOP."

The pop star poses nude as a plastic version of herself, fairly makeup-less, with lights shining down on her to make her eyes rather placid, if not downright tired. And I say tired because she is straddling a shining blue orb, to which she may have just performed coitus or given birth, the photographer's flash reflected back at us. She is gripping her breasts -- spheres censored -- an activity less sexual than protected. Renaissance and classical art is chopped and screwed in a sun's rays pattern behind the giant hot pink letters of her name.

The artwork is by Jeff Koons, who she name-checks in her latest single "Applause." Gaga Tweeted the lyrics in her reveal of the cover.


As the nation is having its Naked Miley Cyrus conversation, it's interesting to have yet another provocative image of solo female singers straddling balls that are not of the "Wrecking" variety. There's a celebrity awareness in this image, and while I don't think it's really all that pleasing, it wants to intimate a larger conversation about plastic "pop" music and the legacy of art before it.

Or all the songs could just sound like "Applause" and I'd be OK with that.

"ARTPOP" is out on Nov. 11.

Lady Gaga ARTPOP cover artwork

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<p>Chad Kroeger and Avril&nbsp;Lavigne</p>

Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne

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Newlyweds Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger duet on 'Let Me Go': Listen

Sad, subdued ballad brings out the best in both

Do newlyweds Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger make beautiful music together?

Well, that may be stretching it, but on their new duet, “Let Me Go,” they both bring out the best in each other and dial back on the bombast.

“Let Me Go,” which will be on Lavigne’s new album out in November, is light years better than first single, the snotty “Here’s To Never Growing Up” and rambunctious second single “Rock ‘N Roll.”

The piano/strings ballad is reminder that Lavigne can really sing, and she sounds so much better when she drops the vocal affectation that is on so many of her songs. Yes, the song sounds very ‘80s-ish, but, hey, if you’ve seen “The Goldbergs,” you know the ‘80s are back.

Kroeger shows admirable restraint on his one verse and if you’re not a Nickelback fan, the good news is that you only have to hear him for about 30 seconds and during a short call-and-response section. If you are a Nickelback fan, you may find yourself wishing for more Kroeger.

There's a very long, nearly 40-second fade that most radio stations will chop, but it's a nice outro.

I smell a huge AC hit.

What do you think of "Let Me Go?" 


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<p>Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are both flying high after this weekend's massive opening numbers for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'</p>

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are both flying high after this weekend's massive opening numbers for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'

Credit: Warner Bros.

3 on 3: Is 'Gravity' a game changer in Hollywood?

And what's next for Cuaron now that he's pulled off the impossible?
Sitting in my office at the new HitFix headquarters in Los Angeles, I can hear everyone chatting about "Gravity" as they discuss what they did over the weekend. This is one of those things that I've missed not being in an office environment since 1999, that Monday morning sense of what really landed with people and how they're reacting to whatever the biggest moments of pop culture are.
It makes perfect sense, then, that this afternoon's "3 On 3" would be about "Gravity" and what impact it might have on the industry and on Cuaron's career. Kris Tapley, Greg Ellwood, and Guy Lodge kicked around some thoughts on the film's awards prospects in the last "3 On 3," and today we're looking at some of the other questions that linger after the genuinely huge box-office weekend they had.
I don't often write about box-office, because I think the coverage of it is one of the reasons that conversations about films often feel like arguments over sports teams these days, but in this case, I'm curious to see if Cuaron is given real freedom after this, and even more importantly, if this opens any doors for other filmmakers. We each answered three questions, and you can see our answers below before heading to the comments sections, where I would love for you to share your own answers as well.
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