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<p>Daniel Craig's James Bond stands astride the past and the future in 'Skyfall,' the dazzling 50th anniversary film in one of the most successful film series of all time.</p>

Daniel Craig's James Bond stands astride the past and the future in 'Skyfall,' the dazzling 50th anniversary film in one of the most successful film series of all time.

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Review: 'Skyfall' represents a series high by humanizing the superhuman James Bond

Sam Mendes delivers a thrilling and fitting 50th anniversary chapter in the franchise

A James Bond movie is a mirror.

When I watch one Bond movie by itself, I can watch it as a movie by itself, but when I'm watching all of them in a row, it is like having a mirror that works almost like a time machine, that takes me back to a very specific year for each of the films.  You look at the Connery films, and the attitudes to spying, the color palette, the new relaxed sexuality and the tongue in cheek violence… it's all so very early '60s, so very British explosion, and that's one of the reasons I love those movies.  That's my particular aesthetic preference.  The movies in the transition years, like "Diamonds Are Forever" or "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," show the way pop culture was evolving, and as much as the movies imitated, they also innovated.  It was like a feedback loop.  

The Moore movies became more overt about it as they tried to fine-tune the formula.  "The Spy Who Loved Me" was the height of the disco era, the year of "Star Wars," and "Moonraker" was made not only after "Star Wars" but also after "Battlestar Galactica," and it seems to reflect what was going on in television as well as in movies.  "For Your Eyes Only" is a reinvention, and that was the early '80s, a chance to reinvent pop culture in the Reagan era.  And as that era curdled, so did the series, with "Octopussy" and "A View To A Kill" offering up bloated attitude and diminishing returns.  

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"Nashville"

"Nashville" 

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'Nashville' recap: 'Someday You'll Call My Name'

Rayna isn't the only one with big problems this week

It seems that this week everyone's either facing their demons or avoiding their demons. In either case, there are demons, so maybe this is more of a Halloween episode than I was expecting. 

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<p>Wednesday's &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Philippines' - 'Down and Dirty'

A muddy challenge leads to a very interesting pact between Tribes
Pre-credit sequence. Team Penner returns to camp. Suddenly, Katie has gone from a position of power atop an all-female alliance to "the bottom of the totem pole." "Compared to these big strong men, I'm looking like the weakest link," Katie says, vowing to work her magic. That magic begins with Katie telling Denise about the possibility of Penner having an Idol. She's turning her powers against Penner in the hopes of getting one step closer to the Merge.
 
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<p>Bradley Cooper in &quot;Silver Linings Playbook.&quot;</p>

Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook."

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The Long Shot: Pseu-pseu-studio

What counts as a 'studio movie' in the Oscar race these days?

“It's really... commercial,” a friend remarked to me as we left yesterday's screening of “Silver Linings Playbook,” a press-and-BAFTA mixer that was as warmly received as its buoyant Toronto debut had promised it would be. He said it with a hint of distaste, and he's not the only one resistant to its unapologetically Audience Award-y charms -- there are those who believe that a film dealing with tricky variations of mental illness and familial damage should perhaps make itself harder to like. Or just a little harder, period.

For my part, I joined the majority faction of those beguiled by the film. I delighted in the same free-jazz trick David O. Russell pulled so deftly with “The Fighter” two years ago: injecting tried-and-true narrative formula with agitated sociable energy, leaving the whole scrappier and more abrasive than most Hollywood journeymen would given the same script. It's a crowdpleaser that's at once comforting and unfamiliar as it hits its romantic comedy marks, giving its two superb leads plenty of space to see each other as emotional chaos slowly finds its way to order.

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Bruno Mars reveals 'Unorthodox Jukebox' cover art and track listing

Bruno Mars reveals 'Unorthodox Jukebox' cover art and track listing

We don't think that's him on the cover

Bruno Mars, who scored a knock-out punch as both the host and musical guest on last week’s “Saturday Night Live,” has released the cover art and track listing for “Unorthodox Jukebox,” his new album coming out Dec. 11. And it’s unorthodox to say the least.

The cover shot features a gorilla up against an old jukebox--- the kind that still played 45s. Sadly, we can’t tell what tunes are in the jukebox or what selection the gorilla is seeking, but it’s intriguing.There is a song on the album called "Gorilla," so maybe all will become clear later.

"Locked Out Of Heaven," the first single from "Unorthodox Jukebox," rises to No. 15 on this week's Billboard Hot 100.  Mars and his partners in the songwriting production team The Smeezingtons (Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine) executive produced the album. The Smeezingtons partners with other producers, including Jeff Bhasker, Mark Ronson, and Diplo, on the 10-track set.

Are we the only one who wants a banana now? 

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"Unorthodox Jukebox" tracklisting:

1) Young Girls
2) Locked Out Of Heaven
3) Gorilla
4) Treasure
5) Moonshine
6) When I Was Your Man
7) Natalie
8) Show Me
9) Money Make Her Smile
10) If I Knew


 

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<p>Psy</p>

Psy

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Does Psy finally knock Maroon 5 out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100?

Rihanna scores her 23rd top 10 with 'Diamonds'

It’s the same old song on the Billboard Hot 100 this week as Maroon 5’s “One More Night” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style” hold at No. 1 and 2, respectively, for the fifth straight week.

It’s sweet justice for Maroon 5, who were locked out of the No. 1 spot earlier this year when Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” held “Payphone” at in the No. 2 spot for five weeks.

Fun.’s “Some Nights”rises one spot to No. 3, while Taylor Swift’s former No. 1,  “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” also slides up one to No. 4. Ke$ha’s Die Young”  gallops to No. 5 in its fourth week of release, up from  No. 8

Rounding out the bottom half of the top 10 are Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean and Alex Clare’s “Too Close,” which hold at No. 6 and No. 7. Rihanna’s “Diamonds” rises 11-8, making it the singer’s 23rd Top 10 hit.

Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)” leaps 12-9 and Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” slides 9-10.

Swift’s “State Of Grace,” the final track released from “Red” prior to the album’s Monday release, bows at No. 13, while Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” is locked out of the top 10, but at No. 15, it won’t be locked out for long.

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<p>.fun in &quot;Carry On&quot;</p>

.fun in "Carry On"

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Watch: fun.'s drinky 'Carry On' video arrives as band announces tour dates

Further proof that fun. love musicals

The band fun.'s "Carry On" always sounded like a drinking, transitional song from a musical. In their music video for the track, the band took the cue.

The three-piece pop-rockers take to the New York city twilight and to its pubs for shots and grinning shenanigans for the track, which is the third single from "Some Nights" (after solar eclipse "We Are Young" and the title track). The musical vibe is only helped by Nate Ruess' incessant suspender urges and everybody's textbook definition of "boyish charm." Where's the conflict for the second act?

The clip arrives in time for fun.'s tour dates announcement. The headlining stint starts Jan. 23 and runs through Feb. 16 and is a continuation of the group's fall/winter trek, many dates to which are already sold out. Tickets for the new shows -- excluding big 'uns like Radio City Music Hall -- go on sale on Oct. 26.

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<p>Gary and Will of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Gary and Will of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Gary & Will talk 'The Amazing Race'

Why it was important for the Super-Fans to respect the locals
If love for "The Amazing Race" were all it took to win "The Amazing Race," Gary Wojnar and Will Chiola would have had a longer and more successful run this season.
 
Instead, the two self-described Super-Fans capitalized on errors by other teams or errors by the cabbies driving other teams to narrowly escape three Legs, but on the fourth Leg, slowness finally got the best of Will & Gary.
 
In this week's exit interview the two Michigan substitute teachers and lifelong friends discuss how they prepared to fulfill their "Amazing Race" dream, what they learned about the realities of the "Amazing Race" experience and what they wish they'd seen and done.
 
They also discuss one of this season's running "Amazing Race" tropes, that of contestants blaming locals for their various failures.
 
Click through for the full conversation...
 
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John Goodman at the NYFF world premiere of "Flight"
John Goodman at the NYFF world premiere of "Flight"
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Interview: John Goodman on 'Argo,' 'Flight,' Eastwood and awards season wagging the dog

The actor is more prolific than ever

NEW YORK -- It's not like John Goodman hasn't been working consistently enough for a couple of decades, but the last two years have shown a stunning proliferation by anyone's measure. Last year he was featured in two eventual Best Picture nominees -- the Oscar-winning "The Artist" and Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" -- as well as a recurring role on TV's "Community."

This year he's following that up with roles in a trio of awards season hopefuls ("Argo," "Flight" and "Trouble with the Curve") as well as some voice work in Henry Selick's "ParaNorman," while 2013 will bring the antagonist of "The Hangover: Part III," some more voice work in the much-anticipated Pixar sequel "Monsters University" and his fifth collaboration with the Coen brothers ("Inside Llewyn Davis").

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2013 Best Supporting Actress Oscar Contenders: From Anne Hathaway to Sally Field

2013 Best Supporting Actress Oscar Contenders: From Anne Hathaway to Sally Field

How wide open is the category this year?

Now it's time for the supporting ladies. The actresses who usually steal the movie out from under their leading lady or gentleman co-stars.  And unlike the past few years, 2012 seems to be something of a wide open race at the moment.

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<p>Taylor Swift's &quot;Begin Again&quot;</p>

Taylor Swift's "Begin Again"

Watch: Taylor Swift finds amour in Paris in new 'Begin Again' video

Singer learns to love again

The City of Lights lives up to its reputation as the most romantic city in the world in Taylor Swift’s lovely, low-key video for “Begin Again.”

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Mae Whitman and Matt Lauria on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Mae Whitman and Matt Lauria on "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'I'll Be Right Here'

Kristina's surgery and Max's election happen at the same time

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I ask if you want tea...

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