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Contender Countdown: With Oscar host locked now we wait for 'Interstellar'

Contender Countdown: With Oscar host locked now we wait for 'Interstellar'

At least we have McConaughey's Lincoln commercials to tide us over

Oscar finally has a host, Neil Patrick Harris, but does she have a frontrunner yet? Not really.

This has been a curious awards season so far in terms of the Best Picture race. There are a number of potential contenders that could win it all, but even the films that have already screened such as "The Imitation Game," "The Theory of Everything," "Birdman" and "Boyhood" haven't really separated themselves from the pack (not yet, anyway). That will all change when Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" begins to screen for critics, pundits and the industry soon.

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Stephen Colbert made a cameo at today Apple event as 'chief of secrecy'
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Stephen Colbert made a cameo at today Apple event as 'chief of secrecy'

'South Park' releases full Lorde parody song, apparently sung by Sia

Stephen Colbert made a cameo at today Apple event as "chief of secrecy"
Watch Colbert complain, over the phone, about his new title.


Joan Rivers’ official cause of death released
The coroner ruled that Rivers died due to lack of oxygen to the brain.  She was sedated with Propofol when she during the botched procedure on her throat.


“South Park” releases full Lorde parody song, apparently sung by Sia
Internet sleuths figured out that the voice sounds like Sia. She was even represented on the show. Even Lorde herself says Sia was involved. PLUS: “South Park” takes on Silicon Valley’s transportation war.


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<p>It&#39;s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown</p>

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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TV Ratings: 'Great Pumpkin' helps ABC split Wednesday with CBS

'Black-ish' viewing continues to fluctuate

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

CBS and ABC tied in the Wednesday ratings among young adults — CBS with its usual lineup, ABC swapping in animated holiday specials for its 8'clock sitcoms — though CBS handily won the night overall among total viewers.

For the night, CBS averaged a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49, and 9.29 million viewers overall, while ABC did a 2.1 with 6.51 million viewers. NBC was third (1.5, 7.5 million), followed by FOX (1.1, 3.39 million) and the CW (0.6, 1.94 million).

8 p.m. -- "Survivor" (2.3, 9.32 million viewers) won the hour for CBS, with "Toy Story of TERROR!" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" combining to be down slightly (2.0, 6.28 million) from "The Middle" and "The Goldbergs." "The Mysteries of Laura" was third for NBC (1.3, 8.52 million), followed by "Hell's Kitchen" on FOX (1.2, 3.66 million) and "Arrow" on the CW (0.8, 2.25 million).

9 p.m. -- ABC won the hour thanks to "Modern Family" (3.3, 9.46 million) and "Black-ish" (2.5, 6.92 million), which was down from last week but steady from the week before. CBS was second with "Criminal Minds" (2.4, 10.75 million), followed by "Law & Order: SVU" on NBC (1.7, 7.27 million), "Red Band Society" on FOX (0.9, 3.11 million), and a "The Flash" repeat on the CW (0.5, 1.63 million), that roughly equaled the debut audience for "Jane the Virgin" two nights earlier.

10 p.m. -- "Stalker" put CBS back in first place (1.7, 7.8 million), ahead of "Chicago PD" on NBC (1.6, 6.71 million) and "Nashville" on ABC (1.3, 5.08 million).

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.

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Unbroken
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You know the new 'Unbroken' trailer means business when it whips out M83

Angelina Jolie's uplifting WWII drama is ready to devour emotions.

“I'd made it this far and refused to give up, because all my life, I had always finished the race," wrote American World War II POW and Olympic long-distance runner Louis Zamperini in his autobiography "Devil at My Heels." It's a powerful line considering Zamperini's tragic life story, one the new trailer for "Unbroken" boils down the quote Sean Parker-style to its punchiest (and slightly nonsensical) bit: "All my life I had always finished the race." Sure, that sounds inspirational.

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'Twin Peaks' book will reveal what happened over the past 25 years
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'Twin Peaks' book will reveal what happened over the past 25 years

'Game of Thrones' confirms it’ll break its 'no flashbacks' rule next season

“Twin Peaks” book will reveal what happened over the past 25 years
Co-creator Mark Frost is behind "The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks,” which will offer a deeper look into the original series. It’s due out in late 2015. Frost said in a statement: “This has long been a dream project of mine that will bring a whole other aspect of the world of Twin Peaks to life, for old fans and new. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”


"It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” beat most new shows last night in the demo
In fact, only four shows beat the 48-year-old rerun in demo numbers.


“Game of Thrones” confirms it’ll break its “no flashbacks” rule next season
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announced the news this week in Spain: "Making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks. We already failed the first two, and this season we broke the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks."


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Exclusive: Dane DeHaan and John C. Reilly wrestle with grief in deleted 'Life After Beth' scene
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Exclusive: Dane DeHaan and John C. Reilly wrestle with grief in deleted 'Life After Beth' scene

Plus: Win a signed poster by Aubrey Plaza and DeHaan

Dane DeHaan. Molly Shannon. And the great John C. Reilly. All of them in a great deal of pain. All of them mourning the loss of Beth (Aubrey Plaza).

So why is it funny?

"Life After Beth" is on its way to home video on October 21st, and there will be some deleted scenes included among the extra features on the disc. Today, we've got one of those scenes for you, and it comes from early in the film. At this point, Beth has died, and her boyfriend (DeHaan) and her parents (Shannon and Reilly) are still in shock, still trying to process what's happened.

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In the Heart of the Sea
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'In the Heart of the Sea' trailer: Chris Hemsworth survives a 'Moby Dick' disaster movie

Ron Howard dredges up his 'Apollo 13' instincts for the high seas adventure.

I never pictured Ron Howard as much of a Roland Emmerich guy, but that's the unexpected spirit exploding off the trailer for his latest film, "In the Heart of the Sea." The film tells the true story the American whaleship "Essex" and its ill-fated run-in with a mighty sperm whale in November 1820. The story became the basis for Herman Melville's contemplative novel "Moby Dick." Howard's version of the story looks more like that time the Kraken ate Jack Sparrow, a beefed up, seafaring 'Apollo 13.' That's not bad thing.

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<p>The Wire: Omar and the Bunk</p>

The Wire: Omar and the Bunk

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Watch 'The Wire' cast reunite at PaleyFest NY!

Omar, Bunk, Marlo, Prez, Kima, Carver, D'Angelo and Rawls, together again

The East Coast branch of the Paley Center is in the midst of PaleyFest New York, which started last weekend and will run through Sunday. Like its LA counterpart, the focus is mainly on current shows (and mainly ones that film in New York, or at least in parts east), but like its LA counterpart so often features, there's a special reunion, and I get to moderate it: "The Wire."

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<p>Michael Pe&ntilde;a of &quot;Gracepoint&quot;</p>

Michael Peña of "Gracepoint"

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Interview: Michael Peña on 'Gracepoint,' 'CHiPs,' 'Ant-Man' and more

One Q&A and one video interview and there's a lot he can't say

VICTORIA, BC and LOS ANGELES, CA. It's a double-dose of interviews with Michael Peña about his new FOX drama "Gracepoint."

Back in May, I sat down with Peña on the Vancouver Island set of the "Broadchurch" remake. 

At the time, the versatile actor, whose credits range from "End of Watch" to "Eastbound & Down" to the upcoming "Fury," didn't know the answer to the big mystery of "Gracepoint," specifically who killed his character's young son. 

By the time we talked on video in Los Angeles in August, Peña was a little bit more guarded about the show's mysteries, though he was much more willing to discuss his potential upcoming movie version of "CHiPs," which may or may not happen.

But it's nice to have both interviews available. In the print interview from the set, Peña discusses what attracted him to this particular television and his personal approach to the character, as a father himself. He also talks about how he imprinted parts of himself on Mark Solano.

And above, he talks about the things he can't say about the different tones of his various projects and a couple upcoming movie roles.

Check out the video above and the Q&A below.

"Gracepoint" airs its third episode on Thursday (October 16) night at 9 p.m. on FOX.

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<p>The Big Bang Theory</p>

The Big Bang Theory

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A la carte racing: CBS offers CBS All Access subscription service

Following yesterday's HBO news, does this mean the a la carte future is here?

Yesterday, HBO said our a la carte TV future was coming. Today, CBS said that it's already here.

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CBS launches a $5.99 monthly web subscription service
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CBS launches a $5.99 monthly web subscription service

ABC orders more scripts for 'Selfie,' 'Manhattan Love Story' and 'Forever'

CBS launches a $5.99 monthly web subscription service
“CBS All Access” will let you watch CBS programming live if you live in one of 14 cities where CBS owns the local stations. It will also give you access to CBS shows on demand.


Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly butt heads over "white privilege"
Watch them rumble on last night's "Daily Show."


ABC orders more scripts for “Selfie,” “Manhattan Love Story” and “Forever”
That means all of ABC’s new series have received "some sort of orders,” as Deadline put it, noting that “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder” were picked up last week.


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Pedro Pascal
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'Game of Thrones' star Pedro Pascal will sentence Jesus to death in the 'Ben-Hur' remake

Actor sets his intact-eyes on Pontius Pilate.

Movies give Pontius Pilate a bad wrap. Yes, he gave the orders to crucify Jesus Christ. But check canonical Biblical writing and one finds a tinge of reluctance, a man of power caving under the peoples' demands. Plus, would we still be talking about God's Son if Pilate didn't off him in the grisliest way possible? Silver linings.

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