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FX orders Donald Glover’s rap comedy pilot 'Atlanta'
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FX orders Donald Glover’s rap comedy pilot 'Atlanta'

Mark Cuban felt insulted by 'Shark Tank’s' salary, hacked Sony e-mails reveal

FX orders Donald Glover’s rap comedy pilot “Atlanta”
The former “Community” star will write, produce and star in the pilot, which has his character Earnest “Earn” Marks rediscovering his love of rap when his cousin hits the big time.


Mark Cuban felt insulted by “Shark Tank’s” salary, hacked Sony e-mails reveal
"Seriously?" he wrote in response to a deal that would pay him $30,000 an episode for Season 5. "No chance... this is beyond an insult and it shows no one cares about the investments I have made or the entrepreneurs. now it's really business.. I will negotiate like any other deal I would do. you may want to start cutting me out of the promos. m."


Reggie Watts will stay on “Comedy Bang! Bang!” before departing for James Corden’s "Late Late" show
Creator Scott Aukerman tweeted of Corden's new bandleader: "Reggie is sticking around thru the first half of 2015, during which he have planned a very fitting goodbye for him.”

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<p>The Night Shift</p>

The Night Shift

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'The Night Shift,' 'The Blacklist' & 'Undateable' lead NBC mid-season schedule

No more Thursday comedies, 'State of Affairs' done

NBC's semi-successful summer lineup has now become a core part of its winter/spring schedule, with "The Night Shift" and "Undateable" joining a crowded mid-season roster that will include "Allegiance," "The Slap," "A.D.," the return of "The Blacklist," and more.

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NBC announces midseason schedule, sets all-drama Thursday
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NBC announces midseason schedule, sets all-drama Thursday

NBC announces midseason schedule, sets all-drama Thursday
The Peacock’s midseason schedule is ditching the "Must-See TV" comedy staple as “The Slap,” “The Blacklist” and “Allegiance” will take over the night. PLUS: Summer series “The Night Shift” and “Undateable” will return for midseason.

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James Corden names Reggie Watts his 'Late Late Show' bandleader
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James Corden names Reggie Watts his 'Late Late Show' bandleader

'Parks and Rec' showrunner is tweeting images from the set thoughout today, the final day of shooting

James Corden names Reggie Watts his “Late Late Show” bandleader
The comedian/beatboxer/musician who is a “Comedy Bang! Bang!” regular will lead Corden’s band. Corden has also assembled his writing and producing team. PLUS: CBS pushes Corden’s debut from March 9 to March 23.


“Parks and Rec” showrunner is tweeting images from the set throughout today, the final day of shooting
Check out sentimental images from co-creator Mike Schur’s Twitter account.


Who was the homeless woman from the “Sons of Anarchy” finale?
Is she a ghost? Does she have something to do with “Hamlet”?


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Of monsters and ego: The best films of 2014

Of monsters and ego: The best films of 2014

A 'weak' year or not, there were fascinating nooks and crannies to explore

A "weak" year? It's subjective, really. And even then, it can mean a number of things. A weak year for Oscar films? OK, sure. That's just 6,000 people with a certain broad prestige taste, though. A weak year for the nuts and bolts of the trade? I've already argued not. A weak year for box office? I think we've long-proved that's a volatile game of up and down, so who cares? It's just what you like, man. And I liked some stuff.

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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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