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<p>Kellan Lutz and Kristin Stewart in &quot;The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.&quot;</p>

Kellan Lutz and Kristin Stewart in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2."

Credit: Summit Entertainment

Roundup: Why 'Twilight' beats 'Star Wars'

Also: 'Skyfall' and 'Lincoln' score, and Weinsteins' 'Populaire' lives up to its title

The cults surrounding "Twilight" and "Star Wars" may not look very similar, but what they do share is a near-evangelical belief in the cultural significance of their respective franchises. I wouldn't want to get in a fight with either of them -- let alone between them -- yet that's what UK critic Mark Kermode has done... and he's on the side of the Twi-hards. With "Breaking Dawn: Part 2" hitting screens this week, he isn't afraid to admit that he's excited. Claiming that most critics' dismissal of the series marks them as "out of touch," he adds: "I've had a lot more fun watching and arguing about the Twilight movies than I ever had with the Star Wars saga, that lumbering, narratively hobbled space opera which, we now learn, is to return to our screens for yet more boring instalments in the not too distant future."  Hey, I'm just the messenger. [The Guardian]

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Credit: Bravo

'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: 'Excess Breeds Success'

Kenya and Cynthia butt heads, but NeNe is above it all

As we all know, Kenya is the latest crazymaker on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and with NeNe prancing around bragging about her evolution from screamy mean girl to evolved and mature woman (let’s say it all together: yeah, right), we need a fresh dose of bitchy to keep this show afloat. If everyone starts behaving themselves, it’s going to be about as much fun as watching cute cat videos without the cats.  

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<p>Daniel Craig, Berenice Marlohe and director Sam Mendes at a photocall for &quot;Skyfall&quot;&nbsp;in Germany last month.</p>

Daniel Craig, Berenice Marlohe and director Sam Mendes at a photocall for "Skyfall" in Germany last month.

Credit: AP Photo/Gero Breloer

Now that you've seen 'Skyfall' - secrets revealed from Sam Mendes

Big revelations for fans of the biggest Bond ever

BEVERLY HILLS - Sam Mendes probably smiled this much in a long time. It's been almost 13 years since he won an Oscar for directing best picture winner "American Beauty" and the years since haven't always been as celebratory. "Road to Perdition," "Jarhead," "Revolutionary Road" and "Away We Go" all have their fans, but none of Mendes' follow ups reached the critical or moviegoer adoration that "Beauty" did. Who knew a 50-year-old franchise would be his ticket back to the top of the mountain?

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'Twilight' star Taylor Lautner calls his 'Breaking Dawn' imprinting a 'complicated and touchy thing'

'Twilight' star Taylor Lautner calls his 'Breaking Dawn' imprinting a 'complicated and touchy thing'

Author Stephenie Meyer was on-set to help make sense of things
No aspect of Stephenie Meyer's "Breaking Dawn" was subject to more scrutiny than the little matter of Jacob Black's "imprinting," which simultaneously cleaned up the "Twilight" saga's central love triangle, while simultaneously opening another can of potentially icky worms.
 
How the "Twilight" film franchise would handle the "imprinting" and how star Taylor Lautner would handle the strange turn of events has been one of the biggest questions for fans leading up to the Friday, November 16 release of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2."
 
Naturally and predictably, it was my first question for Lautner when I sat down with him a couple weeks ago. While he admits that imprinting is a "complicated and touchy thing," he credits Meyer's presence on set with helping him understand how to portray imprinting without coming across as problematic. 
 
In the conversation, Lautner also discusses working with young Mackenzie Foy and, in my favorite part of the interview, he goes into depth on what each of the franchise's four directors brought to their respective films. 
 
I've already posted my "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" interviews with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Expect more as we get closer to the premiere...
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<p>On &quot;Homeland,&quot;&nbsp;Saul (Mandy Patinkin) visits a prisoner.</p>

On "Homeland," Saul (Mandy Patinkin) visits a prisoner.

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Homeland' - 'The Clearing'

Brody goes to a party, and Saul visits an old friend

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as you let me pick my moment...

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<p>Albert (Clarke Peters)&nbsp;gets a treatment on &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;</p>

Albert (Clarke Peters) gets a treatment on "Tremé."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Tremé' - 'Don't You Leave Me Here'

Antoine, Janette, Annie and others struggle to stretch the limits of their talent

A quick review of tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as I wear Payless to a fine dining establishment...

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<p>Jaymes and James of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Jaymes and James of "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Off To See The Wizard'

Merely getting to Moscow causes serious complications for some teams
Oh, "The Amazing Race." 
 
You so crazy! 
 
And yet... You also so predictable!
 
Sunday (November 11) night's episode of "The Amazing Race" was, for the most part, the best episode of the season. By a lot. It featured exactly the sort of travel intrigue that I usually relish, exactly the sort of genuinely challenging, but also amusing, tasks that I normally endorse and, in Moscow, one of those locations that's probably in my Top 5 of dream destinations. It also included both semi-amusing bickering between teams, but also ample warm-hearted unity between teams.
 
Total success, right?
 
And yet. 
 
And yet...
 
Comrade-in-arms Andy from RealityBlurred.com tweeted enthusiasm for the episode at 8:40 and I responded, "Unless/Until the episode gets ruined by an NEL, it's a pretty good Leg so far..."
 
Darn you, "The Amazing Race," for making me so distrustful of you, for making me so certain that if there's an ending to be blundered, you'll find a way to blunder it. Emmy winning juggernauts shouldn't have so much difficulty sticking the landing, but "The Amazing Race" does and watching Sunday's episode, I never felt for a second like there was going to be a satisfying resolution.
 
Click through for the full recap...
 
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<p>Andrea (Laurie Holden)&nbsp;and the Governor (David Morrissey)&nbsp;in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Andrea (Laurie Holden) and the Governor (David Morrissey) in "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Say the Word'

Rick and Michonne both have some killing to do, but for different reasons

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I do some one-armed push-ups...

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<p>Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson on "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'The Milkmaid's Lot'

Nucky tries to marshal his forces after the bombing, and Margaret ponders an exit

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as bible camp's canceled...

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<p>Chris Martin of Coldplay</p>

Chris Martin of Coldplay

Credit: AP Photo

Coldplay set to headline New Year's Eve gig with Jay-Z

British band adds two other year-end dates in the U.S.

Coldplay will close out 2012 in the U.S., spending New Year’s Eve co-headlining a show with Jay-Z at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center.

The group, who will release “Live 2012,” a concert film/live album on Nov. 19, will headline Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Dec. 29 and then play Barclay’s Center solo on Dec. 30 before their date with Jay-Z the next night.

The New Year’s Eve extends the nice little bromance between Coldplay and Jay-Z: the two acts shared a bill in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve 2010. More recently, Jay-Z joined Coldplay at the 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony in London.

Tickets for the Connecticut show go on sale Nov. 16, while the Brooklyn shows go on sale Nov. 17. 

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'Breaking Dawn' star Michael Sheen explains what drew him to Showtime's 'Masters of Sex'

'Breaking Dawn' star Michael Sheen explains what drew him to Showtime's 'Masters of Sex'

Sheen will follow his vampire role by playing sex expert William Masters
It's going to be a busy week of interviews for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2."
 
I've already posted my interviews with stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, but over the days leading up to the "Twilight" franchise's climax, you can expect to see conversations with Taylor Lautner, director Bill Condon and the Cullen pairings of Kellan Lutz & Jackson Rathbone and Elizabeth Reaser & Nikki Reed, plus Michael Sheen.
 
Sheen and I discuss his fantastic mustache before the video started rolling and I complimented him on his fantastic red velvet jacket afterwards and I had plenty of questions about his final film playing ageless vampire Aro, but I also made sure to ask a couple questions about Sheen's upcoming Showtime drama "Masters of Sex."
 
"Masters of Sex" stars Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as noted human sexuality scholars William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Michelle Ashford adapted the pilot from Thomas Maier's "Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love." I haven't seen the pilot, but the clips Showtime has screened for critics look like an intriguing mixture of emotional drama and kinda wacky dark, sexual comedy. 
 
In this little snippet from the Sheen interview, he discusses what drew him to the part and how he thinks the tone will develop once production begins in January.
 
Oh and the mustache is just for fun. It's not for "Masters of Sex." Yeah. I'm disappointed, too.
 
Stay tuned for all of this week's "Breaking Dawn" interviews.
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<p>Taran Killam and Anne Hathaway in a &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot;&nbsp;spoof of &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Taran Killam and Anne Hathaway in a "Saturday Night Live" spoof of "Homeland."

Credit: NBC

'Saturday Night Live' spoofs 'Homeland' with Anne Hathaway

Was Hathaway's crazy Claire Danes impression spot-on, or too easy?

I haven't seen the rest of the Anne Hathaway episode of "Saturday Night Live" yet, but when I heard that she had played Claire Danes in a "Homeland" parody, I knew which sketch I was going to start with. 

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