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Ratings: X Factor Rises, Survivor Returns Down But Outdraws Simon & Co.

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Ratings: X Factor Rises, Survivor Returns Down But Outdraws Simon & Co.
Fox’s The X Factor, after having to split the singing show vote with NBC’s The Voice last week, this Wednesday enjoyed an uptick, drawing 9.4 million total viewers and a 3.4 rating, marking gains of 8 percent and a tenth of a point.

While X Factor led the night in the coveted 18-49 demo, it was the season premiere of Survivor: Philippines that drew the biggest crowd with 11.2 million total viewers — a 7 percent bump from last September and the long-running series’ best premiere audience in two years.

Related | Michael Slezak’s X Factor Recap: The Best and the Brightest

That said,
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6 Awesome TV Actors Who Failed On The Big Screen

You’ll tune in every week to see their bright, shining faces, but no one would blame you from running from the theaters when they’re newest pictures come out. The following is a list (though certainly not a definitive one) of a list of the wonderful actors and actresses who shine on the small screen, but can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to the opening week box office. Some names might just surprise you, as they did me when I did the necessary research. Love them or hate them (though, I’ll bet you love most of them), here are six fantastic television actors with hardly any good movies (if any).

Note: this list does not include roles in animated films, directing, writing, or producing credits, or cameos (playing themselves or another character). Television movies and mini-series do not count as cinematic endeavors. I ask
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This Week In DVD: August 16th

Welcome back to Fsr’s weekly look at new DVD releases hitting shelves both real and virtual! It’s a relatively slow release week with nothing worth buying, but there’s still a minor theme involving three historically solid directors whose latest work shows them to be in major slumps. Luc Besson, John Carpenter and Robert Redford, I’m looking at you. Other releases this week aside from The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, The Ward, and The Conspirator include Cary Fukunaga’s pretty but bland Jane Eyre, the hilarious clergy molestation comedy Priest, and the latest season of Showtime’s Dexter series. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Bang Bang Club Four photographers in South Africa become fast friends as they cover the bloodshed and warfare accompanying the end of apartheid. The film, based on a memoir by two of them, highlights
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The Best and the Brightest Movie Review

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The Best and the Brightest Movie Review
Title: The Best and the Brightest Director: Josh Shelov Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Bonnie Somerville, Amy Sedaris, Jenna Stern, Peter Serafinowicz, Christopher McDonald, Kate Mulgrew, Bridget Regan, John Hodgman, Stephen Park, Kelly Coffield Park Most big screen comedies — even a lot of independently mounted affairs — trade in the familiar, at least on a narrative level, operating under the assumption that audiences want to see witty banter and outlandish comeuppance visited upon recognizable scenarios that are easily transposed to a viewer’s own life, whether that’s workplace misery or the fickle nature of love. It’s unusual, then, to see something like The Best and the Brightest, a movie which eschews a more...
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New Release: The Best and the Brightest DVD

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The Best and the Brightest, a 2010 comedy film starring Neil Patrick Harris (TV’s How I Met Your Mother) and Bonnie Somerville (The Ugly Truth) about the extraordinary lengths a couple must go to in order to get their daughter into a New York City private kindergarten, is coming to DVD on Aug. 16 from New Video for a list price of $19.97.

Bridget Regan comes to grips with Neil Patrick Harris in The Best and the Brightest.

The “extraordinary lengths” develop after an eccentric consultant (Amy Sedaris, TV’s Strangers with Candy), wangles an interview for Jeff (Harris) and Samantha’s (Somerville) daughter via lying to the school board by claiming that Jeff is a renowned poet, when he’s actually a humble computer programmer. To keep his daughter’s chances alive, Jeff is forced to play the role of a raunchy “sexting” poet for the school’s senior administration.

Directed
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Trailer: Neil Patrick Harris' The Best and the Brightest Comedy

Today we have the trailer for "The Best and the Brightest" comedy, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Bonnie Somerville and Amy Sedaris. Check it out below. Plot: Set in the world of New York City's elite private kindergartens, the film centers on a young couple (Harris, Somerville) who have only recently moved into town and realizes the lengths they must go to in order to get their 5-year-old daughter into school. The new movie is directed by Josh Shelov and has yet to be picked up for distribution. Trailer: If you cannot see the player, click here.
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Neil Patrick Harris’ summer film on trailer

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: Neil Patrick Harris may be best known for his television roles on ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Doogie Howser M.D.’ but he’s also made plenty of movies from ‘Clara’s Heart’ opposite Whoopi Goldberg to his hilarious turns in the ‘Harold and Kumar’ flicks. He also got terrific reviews for the otherwise panned ‘Beastly’ earlier this year.

But this summer, Nph will have his biggest film role in years as a lead in the comedy ‘The Best and the Brightest.’

He plays a dad looking to get his daughter into a prestigious kindergarten in New York City. In order to impress school admissions officials, he pretends he’s a poet and ends up becoming the toast of the town.

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Watch! Neil Patrick Harris Talk Dirty in "The Best and the Brightest" Trailer

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It looks like Neil Patrick Harris is having a very busy year movie-wise what with the ghastly Beastly and the upcoming Smurf movie. Turns out he's got another movie coming out this summer called The Best and The Brightest about a married New York couple faced with the trauma of getting their kid into the right ... kindergarten.

It's a New York thing.

In an attempt to impress the "right" people, Jeff (Harris) pretends to be a poet which leads to a series of, well, watch the clip and see for yourself!

 
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'The Best and the Brightest' trailer: The dirty poetic stylings of Neil Patrick Harris

'The Best and the Brightest' trailer: The dirty poetic stylings of Neil Patrick Harris
Think kindergarten is just a place where little people learn when paste-eating is appropriate? Think again. To a certain subset of neurotic New York City parents, getting your kid into the right kindergarten is of paramount importance — because it’s the first step toward eventually winning admission to Harvard. Though the absurdity of Manhattan’s cutthroat admissions process has been covered before in both novels and a documentary, it hasn’t taken center stage in a major movie … until now.

The Best and the Brightest stars Neil Patrick Harris and Bonnie Somerville as a nice couple who just want to
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Neil Patrick Harris Cast As Singing Batman Villain

Neil Patrick Harris has been cast as a 'singing' batman villain in the animated series Batman: The Brave And The Bold. According to Buddy TV, the star of CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” will lend his smooth vocals as the ‘Music Meister’ the Dark Knight's foe in an episode in the coming season. Here is how series producer James Tucker described the character and plot to the folks at Buddy TV: “[He is a] former band camp nerd turned megalomaniac ... [The] plot itself is just a framework, an excuse to have everybody sing!” Clearly that will be hilarious and despite having never seen this animated Batman incarnation, the involvement of Nph has me looking forward to this release -- which will be previewed for attendees of Comic-Con in San Diego later this month. The episode titled 'Mayhem Of The Music Meister' will be shown during a panel discussion on June 24th in San Diego (which of course means a
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Two New Movies For Neil Patrick Harris

Fresh from rocking his stint as host of The Tonys – check out the hilarious closing number – the immensely talented Neil Patrick Harris has nabbed starring roles in not one, but two, upcoming flicks.The Artist Formerly Known As Doogie will take a lead role in Josh Shelov’s The Best And The Brightest, an indie comedy about a couple who move to New York and become involved in the world of private kindergartens… with hilarious results, we’re guessing.Harris will play the husband, while Bonnie Somerville is his social-climber wife. They join a cast that includes Amy Sedaris, John Hodgman, Bridget Regan, Kate Mulgrew, Christopher McDonald and, and this one we’re particularly pleased about, Darth Maul/Duane Benzie himself, Peter Serafinowicz. Good to see that he’s carving out something of a career Stateside.The second film on Nph’s to-do list during his summer hiatus from the excellent sitcom,
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Neil Patrick Harris books two films

Neil Patrick Harris books two films
Neil Patrick Harris has snagged two feature film roles: a starring gig in the indie farce "The Best and the Brightest" and a supporting role in CBS Films' "Beastly."

Co-written and directed by Josh Shelov, "Best" revolves around a couple from Delaware who move to New York's Upper East Side and enter the world of the city's private kindergartens.

Harris is playing the husband, who is not worried about his social status. Bonnie Somerville is on board as the class-aware wife. Also cast are Amy Sedaris, John Hodgman, Peter Serafinowicz, Bridget Regan, Kate Mulgrew and Christopher McDonald. Robert and Patricia Weiser are reteaming with Richard Schiffrin -- with whom they collaborated on the steroid documentary "Bigger Stronger Faster" -- to produce along with Nicholas Simon.

Shelov, who penned "Green Street Hooligans" and created the Espn series "Mayne Street," wrote the script with Michael Jaeger. Shooting recently began in Philadelphia.

In "Beastly,
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