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Are old movies more creative than new ones? A new study weighs in

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We could debate the question of “are old movies more creative than new ones?” for hours. Everyone has their preference in terms of a time period when movie-making was tops. But thanks to a new study by physicist Sameet Sreenivasan of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York (originally published in Nature Scientific Reports), we now have some data to add to the mix.

Surprisingly, what many consider to be their favorite time in film wasn’t necessarily the most creative. “You always hear about how the period from 1929 to 1950 was known as the Golden Age of Hollywood,” Sreenivasan told Wired. “There were big movies with big movie stars. But if you look at novelty at that time, you see a downward trend.”
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Horse_ebooks and Pronunciation Book: We try to explain what just happened

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It’s been 77 days, and something has definitely finally happened. What that something is exactly isn’t so clear. Popular Twitter account Horse_ebooks and YouTube channel Pronunciation Book released information today on a new art project/ alternate reality game (ARG) platform, Bear Stearns Bravo (BSB). It’s weird, cool, and more than a bit confusing, so we parse through the Interwebs to figure out just what this all is.
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Justin Timberlake's super-sized 'TKO': How many Hot 100 singles can you fit in it? PopWatch investigates!

Fans waited a very long time for Justin Timberlake’s return to music. And thanks to the length of his new songs, they can spend about the same amount of time listening to that music.

With a two-part album and songs like “Mirrors,” which has a run time of 8:06, and newest single “TKO” (7:04), Timberlake is quite literally squeezing every second of music out of his long-awaited return. But just how drastic are his song lengths? Are they that much longer than the biggest songs right now?

The short answer: Pretty much.

Below is a list of the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 along with the run time for each of the songs:
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Emmys by the numbers: The biggest nominees and winners of the past 10 years

It’s no secret that the Emmy Awards certainly have their favorites. Year after year, we can predict at least some of the names that will appear on the ballot. But how often do the shows and individuals on the Emmys “typical” ballot change? Who’s gotten the most Emmy nominations? What about wins?

We looked back over the past 10 years (2003-2013) and rounded up the shows and performers with the most wins and the  most nominations for each of the major categories. Not surprisingly, we ran into a lot of Mad Men, a fair amount of Tina Fey, a bit of Modern Family and only four instances of 24.

*Keep in mind that actors can choose which category they want to be in. For some of the actors, they chose a lead category one year and a supporting the other, so their number might not seem as high as it should. Also, some nominations include an actor being nominated for multiple shows between 2003 and 2013.
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'Breaking Bad' odds: Who will walk away with the money?

After Sunday’s traumatizing episode of Breaking Bad, we are now more confused than ever. So in our desperate search for answers, we have once again reached out to the experts. We already talked to an oddsmaker about everyone’s chances of survival — sorry, Hank — but what about the many other possibilities for how this show could end? Like what will happen with the money? Could Walt and/or Jesse actually end up behind bars?

Well, thanks to Rupert Adams, spokesman for William Hill, we have a few more numbers for you.

First up, what are the odds that (insert character) will walk away with the money?
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Internet, meet the new Harlem Shake. 'What does the fox say?' -- VIDEO

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Note to Seth Meyers: This is how you promote a talk show.

Norwegian talk show hosts Bård Ylvisåker and Vegard Ylvisåker have released the below music video, “The Fox,” as promotion for the new season of their show I Kveld med YLVIS, and if this addictive, silly video is any indication, you’re going to need to order a box set of the program stat.

To say much about this incredible song/music video would spoil the surprise, but let’s just say that the viral-ready tune, first discovered by Pleated-Jeans, combines the sexiness (?) of “Blurred Lines,” with the WTF-factor of “Get Lucky” and adds a little Old MacDonald (“What does the fox say?”) for good measure. It’s a song of summer that’s perfect for adults who love ragers and small children who enjoy animals. Basically, picture a Werewolf Bar Mitzvah that Mokiki crashed.

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Morning shows call Miley Cyrus 'disturbed,' declare Hannah Montana is 'dead'; everyone else thinks she's just being Miley

Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, is steaming mad at Miley Cyrus for her raunchy, twerk-festering VMA performance. So mad, that she hijacked the talk show’s opening minutes to spew a diatribe of the former Hannah Montana star, calling her among other things, ‘sick’ and ‘disturbed.’

While her co-hosts tried to steer the dialogue towards a general discussion of fallen Disney stars, Brzezinski wouldn’t let off her Miley-milieu:

“I wouldn’t make a joke out of it actually. That was really, really disturbing. That young lady, who is 20, is obviously deeply troubled, deeply disturbed, clearly has confidence issues, probably an eating disorder, and I don’t think anybody should have put her onstage. That was disgusting and embarrassing,” she added.

And in case viewers really needed to be banged over their heads with her point: “The whole thing was cringe-worthy, but I feel bad for her. She is a mess. Someone needs to take care of her. Someone needs not to put her onstage and make a complete fool of herself,” Brzezinski went on.

And on: “It was pathetic, desperate, sick. She’s clearly disturbed that she needs to do that. And if I can just be very honest after having studied this for a lot of reasons, she doesn’t look healthy.”

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On the scene: One Direction fans wait days outside for entrance to 'Today' concert

Note to morning shows: You don’t want to mess with fangirls.

Hundreds of excited teenage girls have spent the past few days camped out at Rockefeller Center in New York City, eager to snag a spot at One Direction’s Today show concert taking place Friday morning. But when EW went to check out the scene around 5:00 p.m. Thursday night, the rain-drenched girls (and their moms!) at the front of the line weren’t exactly upbeat. The problem? Due to the out-of-control nature of so many people being contained in groups by metal rails, the guards seemingly got overwhelmed and had just given out wristbands (which gives the wearer VIP, front-of-the-crowd access) to fans who, according to some, had cut in line. The only thing worse than waiting out for two-plus nights to see Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson in person? Waiting out in the rain – and then not getting in.

A rep for the Today show clarified in an email to EW, “As we’ve done in the past, due to the tremendous response from fans, we handed out wrist bands on a first-come first-serve basis to give fans a break from having to wait in the line.  We needed to use this process per NYPD’s recommendation to alleviate street crowding.  We understand how exciting this is for fans and we want to accommodate as many as possible on the Plaza.  We apologize to those who did not receive wristbands, but hope they can stay and enjoy the show.”

“I love my daughter, but if I told you what I did to get here, you’d think I was crazy,” said visibly frustrated Marjory Pante, a mom to two excited teens. “I drove two hours from Cape May County [New Jersey], got on a bus, sat on a bus for two hours, booked a hotel room to stay overnight so my girls could take a shower before the show, and they weren’t even 300 people deep into this line and people cut the line today and got wristbands. … My daughters love [One Direction] and it’s breaking my heart that they spent the night out here, they’re probably going to end up sick. I turned down a job interview to come here, so I could have had a job! I’m unemployed and been trying to get a job and I had to turn down a job interview to come and do this.” READ FULL STORY

Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Awesome characters dying lame deaths

(Warning: We’re talking about pop culture deaths, so spoilers ahead!)

I’ll admit it: I fall for the bad guy. No, I’m not talking about romantically (unless your name is Ryan Atwood). What I mean is that I always end up rooting for the guy who seems invincible. For example, Dominic Toretto is one of my favorite movie characters. And actually, I do love him. So maybe this is romantically.

Regardless, I cheer for the guy who can’t be beat. On Breaking Bad, that was Mike (This case is definitely not romantic.). Back before Walt strapped bombs to wheelchairs, there was one guy who kept Gus Fring’s entire operation running smoothly. Mike was the guy you called if you needed help. He was the guy who was so calm and so smooth that cops could never pin anything on him. And he was the guy you didn’t want to piss off. He could walk into an entire warehouse by himself and kill everyone involved with only a handgun. And the guy was a grandfather, for goodness sake!

But when it came time for his death — why he had to die, I have NO idea — nothing seemed to add up for me.
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In the shadow of 'Breaking Bad,' 'Low Winter Sun' never stood a chance

Only in its second week, Low Winter Sun already seems to be on its way out. Sunday night’s episode brought in 1.467 million viewers with a rating of .5 for adults ages 18-49, down from 2.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating last week. It’s a sudden decline, and one that might not be the show’s fault.

From day one, Low Winter Sun has been not-so-subtly marketed as the next Breaking Bad. The poster reveals a bald man looking serious and reads “Good man. Cop. Killer.” Get it? It’s a good guy gone bad, just like Walter White. And in the promos for the show, we see that the killing is all about family. Again, not unlike Walt. Oh, did we mention that the killer has an accomplice we’re not sure he can trust? Also, hey, Gale!

At first glance, it makes sense to market Low Winter Sun this way. AMC knows that the audience that will be most likely to watch will be those who don’t change the channel after Breaking Bad, so why not give them another dark drama to enjoy, right? Wrong. It’s one thing to market a show as something similar, and it’s something else to market it as a sort of replacement. Perhaps that wasn’t AMC’s intention, but Breaking Bad is on the way out, so that’s how it comes across.
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