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"What Not to Wear"

 "What Not to Wear"

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Watch: 'What Not To Wear' reveals behind-the-scenes chaos

Could this be the first time ever the show doesn't get to the final reveal?

"What Not to Wear" is mixing it up on Friday (Aug. 23, 10:00 p.m. on TLC) with a first-time-ever behind the scenes episode. Given that the makeover candidate seems, at best, extremely reluctant to give up her all-camo wardrobe, this may have been an attempt to salvage a show that didn't end with a final reveal. It had to happen eventually, right? 

Viewers will get a glimpse at what goes into taping an episode of this long-running series, and will see what the producers and crew are saying behind the camera. This makeover also promises to be dramatic. I forecast tears!

Watch the clip from this week's episode of "What Not to Wear" below.

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

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in "Philomena."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Venice preview, part one: 'Philomena,' 'Child of God,' 'Stray Dogs,' 'Jealousy,' 'The Rooftop'

Our first overview of the titles competing for the Golden Lion at this year's fest

I can hardly believe we're at that point in the year already, but it's less than a week until Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" opens the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday -- kicking off a long, busy, hype-filled run of fall festivals, and in turn, priming us for the even longer, even busier, even more hype-filled awards season that lies ahead. As usual, I'll be in attendance at Venice, and this year, we've heard your requests for a more detailed festival preview than usual. Time is too short for me to preview the 20 Competition titles individually, as in my Cannes Check series. Each day for the next few days, however, I'll be casting an eye over a mixed selection of five Golden Lion contenders -- beginning today with the latest from Stephen Frears, James Franco, Tsai Ming-Liang, Philippe Garrel and Merzak Allouache.   

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Ben Stiller is remaking 'Reality Bites' as an NBC comedy

Ben Stiller is remaking "Reality Bites" as an NBC comedy
The Peacock hopes to tap into early '90s nostalgia by remaking the 1994 film directed by Stiller and starring Winona Rider and Ethan Hawke. Like the film, the TV show will be set in the pre-internet early '90s in Houston.

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<p>Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence in &quot;American Hustle.&quot;</p>

Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle."

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Oscar pundits set the field before festival madness begins

The Gurus are back and taking names

Ah, it's that time of year again. Do you feel it in the air? Pundits from coast to coast have been roughly awoken from their off-season slumber to groggily begin walking the long, tedious road to Oscar. There will be amazing moments of euphoria, oceans of tears, rivers of laughter, shocking upsets and devious betrayals, but eventually the Academy gods will come down from Mount Olympus (really, it's right around the corner from Hollywood) and proclaim who is truly worthy of their golden gifts.

That magical night is still a little less than, cough, seven, cough, months away. In the meantime, we have the first look at a consensus field from the ever prestigious…

Gurus of Gold.

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<p>Kendrick Lamar in &quot;Swimming Pools&quot;</p>

Kendrick Lamar in "Swimming Pools"

Countdown to MTV's Video Music Awards: Best Hip-Hop Video

Drake and Kendrick Lamar compete against themselves in strong category

As MTV’s 2013 Video Music Awards approach, we’ll countdown to the Aug. 25 ceremony, which airs live at 9 p.m. ET from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the nominations with six each, closely followed by Bruno Mars, Pink, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Thirty Seconds To Mars.

Among the artists performing on the show are Lady Gaga, who will open the awards; Timberlake (with a rumored ‘N Sync reunion), Mars, and Cyrus.

We’ll look at a different category each day leading up to Aug. 25.

Best Hip Hop Video

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"
Drake, "Started From The Bottom"
Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools (Drank)"
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, "F--kin' Problems"
J. Cole feat. Miguel, "Power Trip"

With its explorer theme, “Can’t Hold Us” is certainly the most ambitious of the five clips, and also the most uplifting. “Swimming Pools” is the most emotional. The gritty clip for “Power Trip” has a body count. “Started From The Bottom” is the funniest, and A$AP has the most booty, but is the least ambitious.

Who should win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Who will win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f. Ray Dalton,”Can’t Hold Us”

Previous Predictions:

Best Pop Video
Best Female Video
Best Male Video


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"Oddities: San Francisco"

 "Oddities: San Francisco"

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'Oddities: San Francisco' kicks off season two with a dead skunk

An expert who has pierced "everything imaginable" also appears

A second season of "Oddities: San Francisco" (Sat. at 9:00 p.m. on Science Channel) kicks off with two new episodes back-to-back, plus mechanical hands, dead skunks and all sorts of other awesome stuff. I mean, dead skunks, people. That's must-see TV, if you ask me.

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<p>You couldn't kill a Sharknado with that dinky arrow</p>

You couldn't kill a Sharknado with that dinky arrow

Credit: Syfy

TV Review: Syfy's 'Ghost Shark' is no 'Sharknado'

Richard Moll tries hard, but effort alone does not a 'Sharknado' make
I am writing this review of Syfy's "Ghost Shark" because I want to get the name "Sharknado" in a headline for SEO purposes.
It's exactly this sort of blatant opportunism that would make me feel just a tiny bit unclean were it not for the simple fact that the only people with more invested in linking "Ghost Shark" and "Sharknado" in audience minds than online headline hounds are the good people at Syfy. "Sharknado" was a phenomenon that Syfy knows it can't regularly reproduce. The Twitter maelstrom generated by the "Sharknado" premiere was nice, but the word-of-mouth tsunami that followed and that generated the increasingly popular repeat airings and the very real injection of a nonsensical meteorological concept into the vernacular were the true achievements for Syfy. And just because "Ghost Shark" is no "Sharknado" in terms of genuine or guilty pleasure hasn't stopped Syfy from attempting chum up the waters in the hope that viewers will confuse the one with the other. Heck, "Ghost Shark" premieres on Thursday (August 22) night after yet another "Sharknado" encore.
As an occasional viewer of Syfy original movies, I can verify that there are tiers. "Sharknado" featured four or five vaguely familiar actors looking for career resuscitation and special effects of a caliber such that you were frequently able to tell what the CG blobs were supposed to be and what they were supposed to be doing. Over the course of the "Sharknado" running time, there were between five and 10 moments in which I laughed out loud, either due to sheer goofy inspiration or marvelous, fully committed awfulness.
You think that those expectations represent a low bar for achievement. You think that way until you watch the average Syfy original movie and realize how easy it is to fill 82 minutes with little more than a gleefully mutated title and hints at a plot to justify that title. 
In the balance, "Sharknado" was somewhere in the vicinity of 50 percent great title and 50 percent execution, which is close to the Golden Ratio by Syfy standards. Anything more heavily weighted towards the title fails to deliver sustained buzz. Anything more heavily weighted towards execution costs more money than Syfy is willing to spend.
"Ghost Shark," in contrast, is probably closer to 75 or 80 percent "great title," with the execution lagging behind. That may not be better than some on the Syfy slate, but it's better than many and there are moments of fun here, even if they come way too early in the movie and set "Ghost Shark" up for a final act that fizzles.
[More after the break…]
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Showtime releases 'Homeland's' official Season 3 poster

Showtime releases "Homeland's" official Season 3 poster

This season's message: "Pledge Allegiance." PLUS: Watch "Homeland's" new "Haunted" trailer.

"The Neighbors" gets visit from Jerry Springer
The daytime talk show host will play a virtual moderator in the season premiere. PLUS: "The Office" UK's Lucy Davis will also guest-star.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck makes her "Fox & Friends" debut on Sept. 16
Fox News will use the occasion to introduce a brand-new set.

"Game of Thrones" meets "The Writers' Room"

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are guests on Monday's episode. PLUS: UK Actor Joseph Gatt cast in mysterious role.

Gia Allemand mourned at her funeral

The procession included a sign made of flowers spelling out "GIA."

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<p>&quot;Wait... <em>how many</em> sequels did you say we're doing?!&quot;</p>

"Wait... how many sequels did you say we're doing?!"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Steven Charles Gould has been chosen to write four 'Avatar' novels for James Cameron

The ambitious plan would complement the upcoming trilogy of sequels

One of the very best movie adaptation novels that I've ever read was written by Orson Scott Card, based on James Cameron's "The Abyss." He wrote three chapters of backstory for the main characters of Bud, Lindsey, and Coffey, and Cameron liked them so much he gave them to the actors to use as their backstory for the film.

Since it was written before Cameron hit the wall on budget and time, the novel was adapted using the original ending, so when I sat down in the theater, I had a pretty good idea of where the story was going, and I was shocked when the ending appeared to be lopped off for no apparent reason. It was infuriating, and for a while, I had real problems with the movie simply for that reason. I still think it's the one time Cameron has ever really hurt himself with an edit, and once the original ending was finished and restored for a home video release, it definitely changed the way the entire final third of the film played.

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<p>Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett in &quot;Oscar and Lucinda.&quot;</p>

Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett in "Oscar and Lucinda."

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Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes to receive Gala Tributes at NYFF

Fiennes' directorial effort 'The Invisible Woman' will also bow at the fest

Calling all "Oscar and Lucinda" fans! The New York Film Festival has a reunion of sorts for you. Back in 1997 -- one year before her star-making role in "Elizabeth," that little-seen Australian romantic drama announced 28-year-old newcomer Cate Blanchett to the moviegoing public; the striking actress was then an unknown quantity beside the headlining name of her more seasoned co-star Ralph Fiennes, by then a two-time Oscar nominee and high-end heart-throb.

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Rachel Zoe: 'The Rachel Zoe Project' is over

Rachel Zoe: "The Rachel Zoe Project" is over
"We've done five years. I think it's time to probably move on," she tells Capitol File magazine of her five-season Bravo reality show.

Aziz Ansari is writing his 1st book
The "Parks and Rec" star will not be writing a memoir. Instead, he'll talk to academics and investigate the modern-day single life.

Discovery remaking Civil War miniseries "North and South"
The miniseries about two families -- a Southern plantation family, a Northern factory-owning family -- is the next Discovery miniseries project. "North and South" originally aired on ABC in the 80s and 90s with Patrick Swayze.

Joan Rivers to star in "Romancing the Joan," a web reality TV parody
Eight bachelors will vie for Joan's affections in this "Bachelorette" parody.

Keith Carradine joins "The Following"

He'll play a trusted friend of Kevin Bacon's character.

Steven Moffat confirms "Doctor Who" can only regenerate 12 times

What does this mean for the "Who" franchise since Peter Capaldi is the 12th Doctor.

"Homeland's" "Abu Nazir" joins "Arrow"
Navid Negahban will play the villain Al-Owal in Season 2.

At age 19, Lena Dunham asked a sex advice columnist about being a virgin
Read her letter published in Time Out NY.

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<p>Audrey Tautou in &quot;Th&eacute;r&egrave;se.&quot;</p>

Audrey Tautou in "Thérèse."

Credit: MPI Media Group

Exclusive clip of Audrey Tautou in elegant French melodrama 'Thérèse'

Last year's Cannes closer opens in limited release tomorrow

While we're waiting for the breakout films of this year's Cannes Film Festival to make their way over to theaters -- in many cases, via the fall festival circuit -- we still have some unfinished business from Cannes 2012. Opening in limited release tomorrow is French period melodrama "Thérèse" (at different points dubbed "Thérèse Dequeyroux" or "Thérèse D"), which was the Closing Night film of last year's fest.

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