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Margaret Cho will lead TLC's 'All About Sex' late-night panel talk show
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Margaret Cho will lead TLC's 'All About Sex' late-night panel talk show

Olivia Munn blames female ex-'Newsroom' writer for making the rape storyline a controversy

Margaret Cho will lead TLC's “All About Sex” late-night panel talk show
Cho will be joined nightly by “Chelsea Lately” alum Heather McDonald, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and sex and relationship expert Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry.


Olivia Munn blames female ex-“Newsroom” writer for making the rape storyline a controversy
On “Watch What Happens Live,” Munn said of Alena Smith: “If you’re going to open your mouth, you might as well say something actually intelligent.”


Janice Dickinson says “South Park” shouldn’t be joking about Bill Cosby rape allegations
“Rape is no joking matter,” says the alleged Cosby victim, who hasn’t seen this week’s episode.


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Review: James Franco and Seth Rogen anchor the violently funny 'The Interview'
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Review: James Franco and Seth Rogen anchor the violently funny 'The Interview'

But Randall Park as Kim Jong-un steals the show

"The Interview" should not exist.

One of the things I find most interesting about the careers of comic actors is the way they make choices as their career gets into the ten or twenty or fifty year range. Comic performers have to evolve and grow over time if they hope to keep the audience engaged. In some cases, they keep distilling their essential identity until they are left with something that is almost reflexive, like Bill Murray, for example. In other cases, they just start shaking it up, throwing everything at the wall just to see what sticks.

Seth Rogen is still, relatively speaking, a young performer. Sure, he's been working since "Freaks and Geeks," but as a movie star, we're still talking about someone who hasn't reached the ten year mark. "Knocked Up" was 2007, and I still remember the conversations on the set of that film, where Judd Apatow was convinced that Rogen could carry a movie, even if the studio was still not sure.

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Ava DuVernay and Roger Ebert
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Watch 'Selma' director Ava DuVernay tell her Roger Ebert story from 'Life Itself'

The Golden Globe-nominated director recalls meeting the critic for the first time

If you still haven’t seen Steve James’ congenial "Life Itself"... get on that. Along with being a thorough look at film critic Roger Ebert’s life — the good, the bad, and the hilarious — it’s filled with anecdotes from creatives whose lives he touched over the years. A regular on almost every festival circuit, Ebert championed young filmmakers and earned friendships along the way. One such person: Ava DuVernay, who just earned a Best Director Golden Globe-nomination for her film "Selma"

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<p>Thursday&#39;s &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' leads CBS Thursday, tiny 'Gracepoint' finale bump

No 200th episode bump for FOX's 'Bones'

Fast National ratings for Thursday, December 11, 2014.

With "The Big Bang Theory" leading the way, CBS won every second of primetime in basically every key measure on Thursday. Or course, CBS also had the Thursday Night Football preemptions in both St. Louis and Phoenix, but the network will still have won Thursday regardless.

There were few other notables on a slow Thursday.

"Gracepoint" got a very tiny overall bump for its finale, while FOX's "Bones" was actually down 20 percent in its 200th episode. "Bad Judge," "A to Z," "Vampire Diaries" and "Reign" were up by a negligible 0.1 over either their last Fast National or Live total.

On to the numbers...

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Blackhat
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'Blackhat' trailer reminds us why the Sony hack is terrifying

A new look at Michael Mann’s cyber-thriller arrives as computer terrorism peaks

For nearly three-weeks, Sony Pictures has been fortifying security and watching confidential information spill into the cultural conversation after a hacker group calling itself the "Guardians of Peace" broke into the company’s computer systems with chaotic intent. It’s been a weird event to watch from the outside. The leak spawned fun tidbits (the idea that the "Jump Street" franchise may crossover with "Men in Black" sent the Internet into a tizzy) and sour revelations, personal correspondences scrutinized under a microscope. For many, the attack feels harmless — it’s just Hollywood after all! But pulling back to a macro view, the idea that the tap of a few buttons could cripple a major corporation is downright terrifying. What if the info didn’t feel so superfluous? What if criminally obtained knowledge flipped the state of the world forever? Welcome to the scenario revolving around Michael Mann’s new movie "Blackhat." There’s no way to ingest the film’s new trailer without considering the Sony hack. That’s probably a good thing.

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'I am God,' Dan's apology, and other reasons we put up with Aaron Sorkin
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'I am God,' Dan's apology, and other reasons we put up with Aaron Sorkin

With 'The Newsroom' about to end, let's revisit Sorkin's better moments

On Sunday night, "The Newsroom" comes to an end — and with it, apparently, Aaron Sorkin's time in television.

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Ashton Kutcher seems to hint at Charlie Sheen returning for 'Two and a Half Men' finale
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Ashton Kutcher seems to hint at Charlie Sheen returning for 'Two and a Half Men' finale

Stephen Colbert interviews a dragon

Ashton Kutcher seems to hint at Charlie Sheen returning for “Two and a Half Men” finale
Ashton Kutcher seemed to hint to Ellen that Sheen will appear in the series finale in February. “I don't know if I'm allowed to talk about it,” he said. “I'm scared. Yeah, I'm a little terrified.” To which Ellen responded: “So Charlie comes back?,” Ellen asked, prompting Kutcher to grin sheepishly.


Stephen Colbert interviews a dragon
“The Hobbit’s” Smaug was Colbert’s CGI guest on Thursday. PLUS: Colbert is raffling off his desk, made of “100% genuine materials."


“Gracepoint” finale confirmed that it was no “Broadchurch"
Producers made a “wholly ridiculous change” from the British original. PLUS: What happened to the departure from the original series?, and “Gracepoint” co-showrunner talks about the finale.


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<p>The &quot;Gracepoint&quot; finale</p>

The "Gracepoint" finale

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Post-Mortem: Co-showrunner Dan Futterman weighs in on the 'Gracepoint' killer reveal

Who did it, why they did it and what 'Gracepoint' Season 2 would be like

The event series run of FOX's "Gracepoint" ended on Thursday (December 11) night and if you don't wanna know whodunnit, you'd better stop reading... now.

OK, really, I'm about to talk about the finale and its aftermath before segueing into my post-mortem chat with co-showrunner Dan Futterman... So you've been warned.

Oh and I guess the conversation and article spoil "Broadchurch" as well. It's a somewhat specific focus. Apologies...

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'Birdman' out front for Detroit critics, who also dig 'Babadook' and 'Whiplash'

'Birdman' out front for Detroit critics, who also dig 'Babadook' and 'Whiplash'

The critical darlings are coming into focus

Another critics announcement with "Birdman" leading the way. It's really starting to look like that film, "Boyhood" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" as the critical darlings of the year. All three had strong showings with the Detroit Film Critics Society, which also got nice and funky with some "Under the Skin" and "Whiplash" love throughout. Not to mention "The Babadook."

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'Nightcrawler' leads San Diego film critics nominations

'Nightcrawler' leads San Diego film critics nominations

Critics favorites 'Gone Girl' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' not far behind

Nice of the San Diego crowd to keep things interesting. "Nightcrawler" led the way with nominations from the SoCal group, picking up nine tips of the hat including for Riz Ahmed in Best Supporting Actor, which is neat. "Gone Girl" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" were a step behind with eight while "Birdman" and "Boyhood" grabbed seven apiece.

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'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest' lead St. Louis film critics nominations

'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest' lead St. Louis film critics nominations

More love for Carrie Coon and Tom Hardy

After "Birdman" had a great day leading the Golden Globe nominations, it has also turned around and led the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association's list along with "The Grand Budapest Hotel": each film had 10 mentions. "Boyhood" and "Gone Girl" picked up seven each. David Fincher's film was a bit of a homer, noted as a Missouri location shoot in the group's press release.

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Ava DuVernay is 'stunned' over her Golden Globe directing nod for 'Selma'

Ava DuVernay is 'stunned' over her Golden Globe directing nod for 'Selma'

Being first African-American woman nominee is 'bittersweet'

One of the nicest surprises from this morning's 2015 Golden Globe nominations was the love the Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed upon Ava DuVernay's "Selma." The dramatic story behind the historic 1965 Selma-to-Birmingham march earned four nominations including Best Picture - Drama, Best Original Song ("Glory" by John Legend and Common), Best Actor in a Drama (David Oyelowo) and Best Director (DuVernay). It's somewhat disheartening that DuVernay is only the fifth woman nominated by the HFPA (still more than the Academy Awards for the moment) and the first African-American one, but this sort of love for one of the best pictures of the year? We can only hope Oscar is listening.

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