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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.

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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."

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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"

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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.
 
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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."

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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."

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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

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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."

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'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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<p>Rihanna and Anne Hathaway</p>

Rihanna and Anne Hathaway

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Anne Hathaway and Rihanna

Two 'SNL' favorites deliver a mixed bag, with more good than bad.
Anne Hathaway and musical guest Rihanna are our captains for tonight’s “Saturday Night Live”. Both have history with this show: this will be Hathaway’s third time hosting, and Rihana has appeared several times as both musical guest and sidekick for Adam Samberg’s “Shy Ronnie”. Without Samberg (or Digital Shorts, at least in their former incarnation), it seems that the likelihood of seeing Rihanna with a Tommy gun again seems unlikely. Oh well. What I do hope for? Hathaway in a “Les Jeunes de Paris” sketch. That’s not asking for much, is it?
 
Let’s break things down on a sketch by sketch basis. As always, I’ll grade each segment as a stand-alone piece. As always, you’ll express shock that comedy is a subjective experience yielding different viewpoints. The formula is set. The recipe is locked. Let’s do this.
 
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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Music Power Rankings: Taylor Swift, Madonna and Carly Rae Jepson top the list

Why is Jermaine Jackson on there?

1. Taylor Swift: “Red” has sold 1.5 million in two weeks, quickly catapulting the title to the top-selling album released in 2012. Swift takes on a whole new meaning.

2. The Civil Wars: After four years together and only one full-length album, the co-ed pair abruptly pull out of their European tour and announce a hiatus.  Where’s Abraham Lincoln when you need him?

3. Madonna:
This week she celebrates the 30th anniversary of her debut on the Billboard charts....she might just make it afterall.
 
4. Kendrick Lamar:
His album debuts at No. 2. As if that’s not enough, you know you’re hot when Lady Gaga leaks the version of “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” that didn’t make said album.

5. Christina Aguilera:
She recreates “Your Body” with only a phone, pencils and other office supplies. on “Jimmy Fallon.” Staples’s stock goes up 10%.

6. Grease:
  the ‘70s musical gets new love from both “Glee,” which kicks off a two-week story arc this week and, Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta). Will it be enough to catapult the soundtrack back onto the Billboard 200?

7. Diane Warren: The songwriting master options her 2,000-tune catalog for use for a Broadway musical.  Can we call it “Because You Loved Me, I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing?”

8. Carly Rae Jepsen:
You know you’ve arrived when a Ukranian singer accuses you for stealing “Call Me Maybe.” Sue me maybe?

9. Miley Cyrus:
She’s working with Pharrell Williams on her new album, which sounds like it will combine country and hip-hop. That really is Dirty South.

10. Jermaine Jackson:
No, it’s not really a power move, but it’s so bizarre that we wanted to bring it to your attention: This week, Jackson petitioned a court to change his name to Jermaine Jacksun for “artistic reasons.” Does his son, the fantastically named Jermajesty, approve?

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<p>Admiral Ackbar might not be one of our picks to get his own movie, but I'll bet he'd be lovely with some drawn butter and a squirt of lemon.</p>

Admiral Ackbar might not be one of our picks to get his own movie, but I'll bet he'd be lovely with some drawn butter and a squirt of lemon.

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We pick ten 'Star Wars' characters we'd love to see get their own movies

From Boba Fett to Yoda, we imagine various futures for the franchise

Remember… "Star Wars: Episode VII" won't be in theaters for three years.  Now look at how much energy has been spent writing about it all over the Internet in the two weeks since the Disney/Lucasfilm deal was announced.

That's gonna be one looooooong three years.

In some ways, the wait for the real "new face" of "Star Wars" is going to take even longer.  It's only after this next trilogy of films, after they've squeezed that last bit of juice out of the story of the Skywalkers, that they'll be able to start doing anything they want.  They will continue to produce "The Clone Wars" animated show and they may start making the "Star Wars: Underworld" series, or whatever it will finally be called, but they probably won't start exploring the weirder corners of the Universe until later.

If you're talking about making movies with younger versions of characters, like a pre-"A New Hope" Han Solo, then you're also probably talking about recasting the characters.  That's inevitable at this point, and I am positive that in my lifetime, I'll see new actors playing Solo, Luke Skywalker, and every other familiar face from the saga.

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<p>Daniel&nbsp;Craig in &quot;Skyfall&quot;</p>

Daniel Craig in "Skyfall"

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Tech Support: How an 0-34 trio of Oscar nominees helped make 'Skyfall' a sensation

Sound mixer Greg P. Russell, DP Roger Deakins and composer Thomas Newman are all eyeing their first win at the Oscars

When you stack up the Oscar records of cinematographer Roger Deakins, composer Thomas Newman and sound mixer Greg P. Russell, an amazing stat hits you in the face: 0-34. Three guys have gone to the Oscars 34 times and not once have they walked away with a trophy. And this year, each of them feature on one of the biggest critical and commercial hits of the year: Sam Mendes' "Skyfall."

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