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'(500) Days of Summer'; 'Homecoming'; Daughtry

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July 12, 2009|Denise Martin

Go talk about: "(500) Days of Summer"

Zooey Deschanel works her magic in this Sundance crowd-pleaser about a guy, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who falls hard for a girl who doesn't believe in love. The filmmakers warn in advance: "This is not a love story." And yet, it's the least cheesy, most original romantic comedy you'll see all year. (Friday)

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Or you could also talk about: "Homecoming"

Could be a hot mess, or just a mess: In this teenage takeoff on "Fatal Attraction," Mischa Barton plays a crazy stalker of a high schooler wreaking terror on her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend, played by "90210" starlet Jessica Stroup. (Friday)

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Most of you will want to talk about: Daughtry's "Leave This Town"

Will there be anything on the band's sophomore disc as amusing as "American Idol" alum-frontman Chris Daughtry's acoustic version of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face," which he happily posted a video of on Twitter ? Probably not. . . . (Tuesday)

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Euro pop fans will want to talk about: the documentary "Sounds Like Teen Spirit"

Because they'll already know that the predecessor to "American Idol," the long-running kitschfest "Eurovision Song Contest," has crowned the likes of ABBA and Celine Dion over the course of its 50-plus-year history. Jamie Jay Johnson's "Teen Spirit," which plays as part of Outfest 2009, tracks four hopefuls as they vie for the the "Junior Eurovision Song Contest" title. Highly recommended if you enjoyed "Spellbound." (Today)

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And speaking of reality shows . . . Want to be famous? Talk about:

The last chance to audition for Bravo's "The Untitled Art Project," which will bring together 13 aspiring artists to compete for a gallery tour and a sponsored national tour. Today's your last chance. Head over to LAXART between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for your shot. The series is from Sarah Jessica Parker and Magical Elves, the team behind "Project Runway" and "Top Chef." Today)

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Rise and shine! Get up early to talk about: Emmy nominations

E! will broadcast the nominations special at 5:30 a.m. -- and if the final seasons of "The Shield" and "Battlestar Galactica" are not acknowledged, . . . it will be like "The Wire" all over again. Sigh, Emmy voters. (Thursday)

-- Denise Martin

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