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<p>AJ&nbsp;Bowen starts to realize that perhaps a cult living in a Central American jungle is not the safest place to walk into with a camera.</p>

AJ Bowen starts to realize that perhaps a cult living in a Central American jungle is not the safest place to walk into with a camera.

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Review: Ti West's creepy 'The Sacrament' plunges viewers into the heart of a suicide cult

How does the master of the indie slow-burn handle such potent material?

TORONTO - By the time I publish this review, there's a strong chance Magnolia will have closed their deal to pick up Ti West's new film "The Sacrament" for release, and if they do, I think that's a great match for the release model that they seem to be perfecting over there.

It would be unfair and reductive to simply call "The Sacrament" a horror film. Sure, Ti has made a name for himself as a master of the slow-burn with "The House Of The Devil" and "The Innkeepers," but even those films are totally different in terms of tone and style, and I think West deserves credit for the way he stretches in each new film. He is not repeating himself, something that already makes him stand apart from many guys who work in genre these days.

His new film is told from the point of view of a team of journalists from VICE who decide to join Patrick (Kentucker Audley), one of their photographers, as he heads into the jungle to see his sister Caroline (Amy Seimetz), who joined a community for sober living. Originally located in Mississippi, they left the United States, and he hasn't really heard from her since. Sam (AJ Bowen) and cameraman Jake (Joe Swanberg) accompany Patrick, and from the moment they arrive at the isolated camp, there is a sense of dread that West expertly draws out.

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Lisa Edelstein to star in Bravo's 'The Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce'

Lisa Edelstein to star in Bravo's "The Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce"
From Marti Noxon, the Bravo pilot will have the "House" alum play a self-help book author who hides her separation from her husband as she begins living the single life in L.A.

A Winston Churchill TV series is in the works, from the producer of "Downton Abbey"
"Young Titan" would focus on the early life of the famous British leader, from 1901 to 1915.

Ben Affleck to direct a Fox crime drama pilot
He'll helm the pilot for "The Middle Man," a '60s FBI drama set in Boston.

Isaiah Washington: My life fell apart after gay slur incident
Says the former "Grey's Anatomy" star: "After the incident at the Golden Globes, everything just fell apart. I lost everything. I couldn't afford to have an agent...I couldn't afford to have a publicist...I couldn't afford to continue."

Danny Glover to play Blair Underwood's dad on "Ironside"
He'll play Frank Ironside in a flashback sequence.

"Breaking Bad" Nazi: Stop calling it the worst shootout in history

Kevin Rankin, the Australian actor who famously played a white supremacist on "Justified," says: "It's unfair to say that it was the worst shoot-out in TV history when you don't know what the outcome is." PLUS: Aaron Paul tweets a "spoiler" photo: a Walt-Jesse-Skyler threesome, and watch Bryan Cranston's evolution as an actor.

"Castle" shooting around Nathan Fillion today due to his back problems
Fillion had to take today off to take care of his back.

Sarah Silverman took the age-related James Franco roast jokes personally
She tells W. Kamau Bell: "I'm the same age as fresh-faced new star W. Kamau Bell! I mean. I feel like it's a part of, as soon as you get -- a woman gets to an age where she has opinions and she's vital and she's strong...she's systematically shamed into hiding under a rock."

"Arrow" casts Grant Gustin as the Flash

The "Glee" vet has landed the role of Flash alter ego Barry Allen.

Check out new "American Horror Story" ads

"Coven" is on pins and needles.

TV will play a big role in Twitter's IPO
The timing of the IPO is perfect since the fall season is about to begin.

"Burn Notice" goes out on a season high
One million more watched the series finale than the penultimate episode.

"The Karate Kid's" William Zabka will be back on "HIMYM"

He'll reprise his role as himself in at least eight episodes next season. PLUS: Neil Patrick Harris brought his kids to the "HIMYM" set.

Tony Soprano's driver busted for possessing bogus $100 bills
Louis Gross, who appeared in several "Sopranos" episodes as Tony's driver, was freed on bail but is being locked up for another charge.

Check out "The Vampire Diaries" Season 5 poster
What is going on in this picture?

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<p>It's nice to know after 'The Master' that this guy is still in there somewhere.</p>

It's nice to know after 'The Master' that this guy is still in there somewhere.

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Spike Jonze shows clips from new film 'Her' and looks back at his career at special TIFF Q&A

Director Kelly Reichardt makes a great moderator for a spirited afternoon

TORONTO - Normally during a film festival, it would be impossible to get me to take time out of my schedule to see sequences from an unreleased film and watch a Q&A with a filmmaker, but then again, not everyone is Spike Jonze.

The last time we spoke was at Sundance a few years ago, when he was in town to promote his short film about a robot who falls in love, "I'm Here." Based on the trailer for his new feature film, "Her," it looks like he may have had further thoughts along a similar line, and the promise of hearing a great conversation about his process and what got him back behind the camera for the first time since "Where The Wild Things Are" was too much for me to pass up.

The TIFF Bell Lightbox is a perfect venue for this sort of event. The rooms are fairly good-sized screening rooms, but they manage to create a feeling of intimacy when it comes to the Q&A part of things.

Kelly Reichardt was the moderator for the Q&A, which is a really lovely combination of filmmakers to take the stage. If you don't know Reichart's work, it wouldn't shock me. Her films are modest gems, beautifully nuanced and observational, not really built to compete for hype in a world of superhero movies and endless sequels. I can easily imagine Jonze as a big fan of films like "Wendy and Lucy," "Old Joy," and "Meek's Cutoff."

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<p>Woody&nbsp;Allen makes his one and only appearance at the Oscars in&nbsp;March of 2002.</p>

Woody Allen makes his one and only appearance at the Oscars in March of 2002.

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Woody Allen to receive HFPA's Cecil B. DeMille Award

Woody Allen to receive HFPA's Cecil B. DeMille Award

Woody Allen never does awards shows. When he popped up at the Oscars in 2002 in the wake of 9/11, it was a huge surprise, and a welcome one. He eschews this kind of stuff and has never been in attendance to accept any of the four Oscars or two Golden Globes he's received throughout his career.

So it's a little bit of a surprise that he's been bestowed -- however deservedly -- with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award. After all, the organization would surely like him to be on hand to actually accept the lifetime achievement honor. It would be a little strange for a big fete without the guy in the wings to accept and give a speech, etc. Nevertheless, whether he shows up or not, it's an inarguable tip of the hat.

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<p>Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison in &quot;Sleepy Hollow.&quot;</p>

Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison in "Sleepy Hollow."

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Review: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' isn't afraid to be crazy

The first new show of the fall season may be good or it may be terrible, but it's not boring

I honestly can't tell you if FOX's "Sleepy Hollow," the first new show of the 2013-14 network TV season, is good or bad — and I've already watched the pilot episode (which airs Monday at 9 p.m.) twice. I suspect it's bad, and that it will be proven to be bad over the course of its first season. But if it's bad, it's in a memorable, weird, fun way. It's a show that goes for broke, does not apologize for its excesses and is never, ever boring. In a freshman class full of forgettable new dramas, it stands out by virtue of embracing every possible way in which it could go awry, because ultimately being boring is worse than being bad.

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Proposed ABC drama asks: What if America lost the Revolutionary War?

Proposed ABC drama asks: What if America lost the Revolutionary War?
The alternative reality project, titled "The Thirteen," would be set in the present-day, with the Americans still fighting the British for freedom.

Ohio station apologizes to Julie Chen
The Dayton NBC affiliate that prompted Julie Chen to fix her eyes has said sorry, even though it's under new management from the time when Chen worked there in 1995.

Katie Couric denies she's replacing Barbara Walters on "The View"

She tweeted of the rumor: "It's totally not true and crazy how complete falsehoods get repeated. The world we live in I guess!"

Cher: I turned down Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony gig due to Russia's anti-gay laws
"I can't name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show," Cher tells a Canadian magazine.

Rosie O'Donnell makes a standup comedy comeback

Rosie last night worked a packed room at a comedy club in New York.

Gordon Ramsay to guest on "Phineas and Ferb"
Watch the Fox star lend his voice to the Disney Channel series.

See the "Scandal" Season 3 cast photo
Packed with many scandalous headlines.

"Jersey Shore" stars react to Seaside Heights boardwalk fire
"Damn Seaside again," tweeted Pauly D.

Alec Baldwin ending his WNYC podcast as he moves to MSNBC
The "Here's the Thing" podcast allowed Baldwin to hone his interviewing skills, which he'll use on his new talk show.

Check out "Revenge's" Season 3 poster
Featuring bloody bride Emily Thorne.

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<p>Can you write and record a theme song for the upcoming Firewall &amp;&nbsp;Iceberg video show?</p>

Can you write and record a theme song for the upcoming Firewall & Iceberg video show?

Contest: The Firewall & Iceberg video show needs a theme song!

Do you have the musical chops to introduce Dan and Alan's show?

From the beginning, Firewall & Iceberg has relied on audience feedback. We answer your questions most weeks. We took our name from a listener suggestion. A week ago, we asked for your feedback on the logo for a video version of the show that we're working on, hopefully to launch in October. (The winner, overwhelmingly, was the version with the classic color bars reminiscent of the audio podcast's logo.) And now we're hoping we have some musical geniuses in the audience who might want to provide the video show with a theme song.

Here's the deal: we need a 30-second music sample (and one that can also work at 10 seconds, depending on formatting issues that are still being discussed). It can have lyrics. It can have no lyrics. It can be heavy metal. Ska. Hip-hop. Barbershop. Whatever you think says "Firewall & Iceberg" (aka "Two guys bicker about TV") and is musical, send it to us. Dan and I will pick a winner, and that winner will be credited in the show, in addition to their song being played at the top.

Some legalese:

* Entrants must be the full rights owners of the song.

* Entrants must be willing to sign something granting HitFix the full rights to the song

* By submitting a song, you agree to the full contest rules which can be found here: Official rules.

All entries should be emailed to

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<p>Robin Thicke performing in Malaysia</p>

Robin Thicke performing in Malaysia

Credit: AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin

Robin Thicke sets tour dates for 2014

Jessie J and DJ Cassidy are onboard

Robin Thicke will take “Blurred Lines” on the road early next year.

The theater tour starts Feb. 21 at Atlanta’s Fox Theater, before wrapping five weeks and 15 dates later in March 29 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The tour is concentrated primarily on the east coast, although it does hit a few midwest cities before ending on the west coast. Missing? Cities like Los Angeles and any city in the south.

Opening the shows will be Jessie J and DJ Cassidy.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. If you feel like combining your love for Thicke with your love for good causes, Thicke has partnered with Tickets for Charity to sell specific seats with proceeds going to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Natural Resources Defense Council. Those can be found at

In related “Blurred Lines” news, co-writer (and performer) Pharrell told the Associated Press that he sees no similarity between the mega hit, which spent 12 weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100, and Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.” Thicke has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to preemptively rule that “Blurred Lines” does not infringe on the Gaye classic. “If you read music, all you have to do is read the sheet music. It’s completely different,” Pharrell said.

Robin Thicke Tour dates

February 21                        Atlanta, GA                         Fox Theatre
February 25                        Camden, NJ                        Susquehanna Bank Center                
February 27                        Washington, DC                Patriot Center
March 1                                Mashantucket, CT           MGM Grand Theatre
March 2                                Atlantic City, NJ                 Borgata
March 4                                Boston, MA                        Agannis Arena
March 7                                New York, NY                    Theatre at MSG
March 12                             Detroit, MI                          Fox Theatre
March 15                             St. Louis, MO                     Fox Theatre
March 20                             Austin, TX                            ACL Live at The Moody Theater
March 21                             Thackerville, OK                Winstar Casino      
March 23                             Denver, CO                         Fillmore Auditorium
March 26                             Seattle, WA                        WAMU Theater
March 27                             Vancouver, BC                  Rogers Arena
March 29                             San Francisco, CA             Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

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Read the 150 Miley Cyrus FCC complaints

Read the 150 Miley Cyrus FCC complaints
The FCC has no authority over MTV, but that didn't stop many viewers from objecting to her twerking.

"The X Factor" sees slight rise on Night 2

But ratings are still down dramatically from last year. PLUS: Simon Cowell sings.

"Today" unveils a new orange logo

The new "Today," launching Monday, will have a completely orange theme.

Does Barbara Walters denying Katie Couric will replace her on "The View" mean it's true?
Walters has been having recent credibility problems, from her retirement to Elisabeth Hasselbeck's exit. PLUS: Watch Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Fox News promo.

Mark Harmon reacts to Cote de Pablo's "NCIS" exit
"We've had a lot of changes," he told Arsenio Hall, "and we've managed to get better with the changes both in front of the camera and behind the camera. We have another change this year, with Cote leaving and it's up to this highly professional group to use that as a springboard, to improve and stay number one."

"Big Bang Theory" bringing back Leonard's mom
Christine Baranski will reprise her role.

Jay Leno addresses his fling with Sharon Osbourne: "Sharon gave me a 'heart-on'"
On last night's "Tonight Show," "The Talk's" Aisha Tyler presented Leno with a gift from Sharon.

Jeff Probst wants more early season "Survivor" players to return
The "Fans vs. Favorites" season didn't have anybody from Seasons 1 through 15. But Probst is glad to see old-school players on for next season.

ESPN's Brent Musberger recalls his awkward interview with Eminem
His wife told him, "Brent, at least you didn’t call him 'beautiful.'"

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<p>Michael Douglas as Liberace in &quot;Behind the Candelabra.&quot;</p>

Michael Douglas as Liberace in "Behind the Candelabra."

Credit: HBO

Emmys 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

Will 'Behind the Candelabra' star power trump the competition?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented next Sunday night, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

We'll begin the same way we did last year, by looking at the nominees for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, which features one show that still arguably doesn't belong here ("American Horror Story"), a huge commercial hit ("The Bible"), a couple of HBO films starring multiple Oscar winners ("Phil Spector" and "Behind the Candelabra"), a prestige cable miniseries that might have turned into an ongoing series if its ratings were better ("Political Animals"), and the start of Sundance Channel's impressive push into original scripted series ("Top of the Lake"):

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Could Katie Couric join 'The View'?

Could Katie Couric join "The View"?

The NY Daily News reports that if/when "Katie" is canceled, Couric could end up replacing Barbara Walters when she retires.

Conan O'Brien made his "Late Night" debut 20 years ago today
On Sept. 13, 1993, Conan O'Brien replaced David Letterman, beginning an unlikely journey through late-night, with a writers' room that included Louis CK, Robert Smigel, Bob Odenkirk and Dino Stamatopoulos (AKA Star-Burns from "Community"). Conan famously overcame his first rocky years, which included Howard Stern throwing him a cancelation party and roasting him with a puppet in 1994. To mark the 20th anniversary, Conan looked back at some of his famous "Late Night" bits, from Pimpbot 5000 to Clutch Cargo. PLUS: Watch Conan's 1st "Late Night" Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3, featuring John Goodman, Drew Barrymore and Tony Randall.

"Sons of Anarchy" creator blasts the Parents TV Council

"I would imagine these are not evil people," says Kurt Sutter. "But they are just not very intuitive or intelligent individuals. It's such a small and simple view of process. The fact that people want to be monitoring what my children watch is terrifying. There is no awareness of what is the bigger objective of that episodes, the bigger point of the narrative. And to me that's a really simplistic, dangerous view of anything, never mind the creative process."

Report: Selma Blair threatens lawsuit over "Anger Management" dismissal

According to TMZ, Blair is claiming wrongful termination.

"Burn Notice's" series finale, explained
Creator Matt Nix talks about the events of last night. PLUS: Will there be a spinoff? Was the final season too heavy?

"SVU" to tackle the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal

The "Law & Order" franchise is set to rip the former New York City mayoral candidate from the headlines, but with a Hispanic candidate.

Jimmy Kimmel puts his wife in a sketch with Jake Gyllenhaal
What happened when Jimmy lost his wedding ring?

Watch a preview of "Parks and Rec" in London with Heidi Klum

Here's the first promo of the one-hour season premiere.

Ranking Aaron Sorkin's work

From worst to best ("The West Wing").

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Jake Gyllenhaal compares the 'Prisoners' cast to playing on the Yankees

Jake Gyllenhaal compares the 'Prisoners' cast to playing on the Yankees

Obviously not this season's team

TORONTO - Like everyone, actors make good choices and bad choices in their career. At this moment, Jake Gyllenhaal is working on a string of great choices. Since the back-to-back 2010 misfires "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" and "Love & Other Drugs," he has starred in the well-respected box office hit "Source Code," earned critical acclaim for the surprise success "End of Watch" and should have one of the biggest hits of his career when the ensemble thriller "Prisoners" opens later this month. Plus, he recently took a major creative chance with "Enemy," an experimental drama he shot with his director Denis Villeneuve before they collaborated on "Prisoners." Both "Enemy" and "Prisoners" debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival where the Oscar nominee sat down to talk, mostly, about the latter.

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