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Wednesday's "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'We're a Hot Mess'

Drew decides to take control. Is this a good idea?

Pre-credit sequence. When we left things, Coyopa had just weakened a weak tribe by booting the otherwise unappealing John Rocker. "We weren't winning anyways, so..." Alec says. "Kudos to the team," says Baylor, who thinks they'll be better with John Rocker's attitude removed. Dale admits that he let his social game slide and suspects he's toast if they lose again. Dale had a social game at some point?

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Ryan Gosling flirts with 'Doctor Strange' and 'Suicide Squad' for Marvel and DC
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Ryan Gosling flirts with 'Doctor Strange' and 'Suicide Squad' for Marvel and DC

Is he finally ready to play the blockbuster business?

Ryan Gosling does not strike me as the sort of actor who is going to sign up to do most big down-the-middle mainstream movies.

Little wonder. Starting your career as a Mouseketeer could probably sour anyone on plastic very, very quickly, and it feels like he's spent most of his career consciously reacting against that place where he started. From the moment I first took note of his work in the scathing, angry "The Believer," where he played a Jewish Neo-Nazi, he has been determined to mine some of the darker corners of human behavior for his work.

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Review: Michael Keaton soars as a troubled actor in the electrifying 'Birdman'
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Review: Michael Keaton soars as a troubled actor in the electrifying 'Birdman'

This one digs deep and hits hard

Starting with "Amores Perros," it has been obvious that Alejandro González Iñárritu is fascinated by the darkest corners of the human heart. It is easy to imagine that is the sum total of his gift as an artist is inflicting misery on these people he creates, but that's a misreading of his work. Yes, "21 Grams" and "Babel" and "Biutiful" are movies in which misery is as omnipresent as oxygen, but there is also proof that he believes in redemption and mercy and moments of grace, or at least the struggle towards those things. He has never found the balance between the light and the dark with quite the same skill as he does in his new film "Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)," and the result is one of the most thrilling pieces of film craft that I've seen so far this year.

Iñárritu worked with co-writers Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo to polish one of the year's densest, busiest screenplays. Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) begins the movie alone in his dressing room at the St. James Theater on Broadway. He is clad only in his tighty-whiteys, and he levitates a few feet above the ground. In his head, the voice of Birdman speaks, lambasting Riggan for the choices he's made, the choices he's about to make. It is a bold image, and sedate in a way that no other moment in the film is sedate. "Birdman" is not a quiet film, and everything about the work that Iñárritu does here is practically shouting in your face.

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Why picking Neil Patrick Harris as Oscar host was a smart move, despite looking like a safe choice
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Why picking Neil Patrick Harris as Oscar host was a smart move, despite looking like a safe choice

Rob Lowe to star in another NBC comedy pilot, playing a newly sober narcissist dad

Why picking Neil Patrick Harris as Oscar host was a smart move, despite looking like a safe choice
Harris is a veteran host, and veteran hosts usually do well hosting the Academy Awards. As Scott Feinberg points out, whenever the Academy has tried to think outside the box with hosts lacking hosting experience (Seth MacFarlane, James Franco and Anne Hathaway), it has always blown up in their face. "Hosting the Oscars is, we've learned, not a job that just any funny or famous person can do,” says Feinberg, who adds that Harris’ "humor is taste-tested with both the industry (he's revered by his colleagues and nobody's work as a Tonys or Emmys host has ever elicited fewer complaints in the room) and the public at-large.” PLUS: Watch Harris’ best hosting moments, and why Harris is a “meh” choice and the gig is a step back for him.


Rob Lowe to star in another NBC comedy pilot, playing a newly sober narcissist dad
The Peacock didn’t pick up his tennis sitcom “The Pro” earlier this year, yet Lowe is re-teaming with the same writers to play a father who decides to embrace fatherhood when his kids are teenagers.


HBO’s new stand-alone service: Burning questions, answered
Expect the new service to cost the same as it does for cable subscribers, about $15.


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Seth Rogen to reunite with Lisa Kudrow on 'The Comeback'
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Seth Rogen to reunite with Lisa Kudrow on 'The Comeback'

It’s about time Archie Panjabi leaves 'The Good Wife'

Seth Rogen to reunite with Lisa Kudrow on “The Comeback”
Rogen will play the fictional version of Kudrow’s antagonist “Paulie G”  on “The Comeback’s" show within a show. Kudrow and Rogen last appeared on screen together earlier this year in “Neighbors."


Will Neil Patrick Harris pave the way for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host the Oscars?
One thing that was perceived to hold Harris back -- besides him formerly being a CBS star — was that he had hosted too many other awards shows. But with Harris now hosting the Oscars, it can open up the prospect of the Academy Awards selecting Tina and Amy, who’ve been hosting the Oscars’ competitor, the Golden Globes.


It’s about time Archie Panjabi leaves “The Good Wife”
"Kalinda remains a kickass and reliable investigator in impressive boots,” says Willa Paskin, "but it has been a long time since we saw her do anything besides track down impossible information and sexually appeal to everyone she encounters, of either gender. Six seasons in, it’s easy to imagine that an actress might be looking for something meatier to play than 'low-burn smoldering.’” PLUS: Season 4 was when Kalinda started becoming less interesting, and how should Kalinda exit?


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Neil Patrick Harris to host the Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris to host the Oscars

'Bewitched' is also getting a remake

Neil Patrick Harris to host the Oscars
After twice hosting the Emmys and hosting the Tony Awards four times, Harris will finally host the Academy Awards. “We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” say producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan in a statement. “We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage.  To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.” PLUS: Watch Harris check it off his bucket list.


“Bewitched” is also getting a remake
The 1960s comedy, which turned 50 last month, is the latest old project to get a remake. “The Vow” writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein plan to create modern take on “Bewitched” with the help of Sony Pictures TV. “Bewitched” was already made a failed movie in 2005 with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris</p>

Neil Patrick Harris

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'Gone Girl's' Neil Patrick Harris to host the Oscars

He told HitFix nearly two years ago that he had no interest...things change!

Former Tony and Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris is extending his emcee portfolio to the Oscars: he's tapped to host the 87th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 22. Harris confirmed the news via Twitter like only he could...

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Big questions for every new movie in the 'Justice League' universe
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Big questions for every new movie in the 'Justice League' universe

They're both following Marvel and challenging them at the same time

When Ben Fritz began live-tweeting today's Warner Bros. stockholder's meeting and the details began to emerge about Warner's full planned line-up of superhero DC titles, fandom went crazy.

If you need any indicator of where Warner's heart is in all of this, consider that they could have easily made this announcement at the New York Comic-Con over the weekend in front of a room full of people who would have lost their minds to be getting all of this information in one massive info-dump. Instead, they did this for the shareholders to reassure them that they've got a plan.

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The Theory of Everything
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Watch Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones vindicate the existence of 'Theory of Everything'

Why the Stephen Hawking biopic isn't a mere science lesson.

"We all have the sense of Stephen Hawking, the icon," Eddie Redmayne says in an explanatory video for the science-minded biopic, "The Theory of Everything." What fewer people know, according to the Best Actor candidate, is the life before Hawking published "A Brief History of Time" catapulted the wheelchair-bound scientist to mainstream fame. For instance, Redmayne was not aware that Hawking's motor neuron disease only began inhibiting him while pursuing a doctorate in his twenties. We forgive you, Eddie — mostly because there's even more to discover in "Theory of Everything" than the straight-forward facts.

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Archie Panjabi is leaving 'The Good Wife' to star in her own TV show
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Archie Panjabi is leaving 'The Good Wife' to star in her own TV show

NBC scraps 'Mission Control' starring Krysten Ritter

Archie Panjabi is leaving “The Good Wife" to star in her own TV show
Kalinda will exit at the end of the season so that Panjabi could pursue her own TV series. Panjabi has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV to star in her own drama pilot sometime in 2015.


NBC scraps “Mission Control” starring Krysten Ritter
The ‘60s-set midseason workplace comedy starring Ritter as a strong woman who butts head at NASA with an astronaut amid the race to the moon won’t air due to casting issues. “Mission Control’s” producers included Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and “It’s Always Sunny’s” David Hornsby.


“The Facts of Life” alum Mindy Cohn to visit “Bones”
She’ll play Daisy’s "New Age-focused doula."


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<p>Jake Gyllenhaal</p>

Jake Gyllenhaal

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Jake Gyllenhaal says he heeded the universe's call with 'Enemy' and 'Nightcrawler'

'My focus has shifted to character.'

SANTA MONICA — Jake Gyllenhaal continues to move into an interesting stage in his career. His choices as of late have been outside the box, almost like the actor is searching for something. And indeed, spend a few minutes talking specifics with him, you'll quickly learn that's the case. He's marching to his own drum, eager to explore complexity in his performances, not just wear another character's skin for a little while.

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<p>&quot;Inherent Vice&quot;</p>

"Inherent Vice"

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'Inherent Vice' announced as Centerpiece Gala for 2014 AFI Fest

Also: A conversation with PTA is on the books

And the other shoe drops on AFI Fest's major galas as Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" has been announced as this year's centerpiece. The film will be presented at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 8, and the festival will also feature a conversation with Paul Thomas Anderson.

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