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<p>Tessa (Jane Levy)&nbsp;celebrates her sweet sixteen on &quot;Suburgatory.</p>

Tessa (Jane Levy) celebrates her sweet sixteen on "Suburgatory.

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The Morning Round-Up: 'Up All Night,' 'Suburgatory' & 'Modern Family'

Reagan gets a new assistant, Tessa gets a fancy party and Phil gives Jay a massage

It's time for another morning round-up of reviews, with quick thoughts on, in order, "Up All Night," "Suburgatory" and "Modern Family," coming up just as soon as I send 25 women stricken with alopecia to Disney World...

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<p>Alex (Elisha Cuthbert)&nbsp;and Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.)&nbsp;on &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) on "Happy Endings."

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'Happy Endings' - 'Code War': Not on your (work) wife

The return of Max's high school girlfriend has ripple effects through the group

I'll get to the rest of the Wednesday comedies I watched in a little bit, but I'm enjoying "Happy Endings" so much these days that I feel it deserves its own space when I have the time to do so. A review of last night's episode coming up just as soon as I demonstrate that I'm no stranger to the three-hole punch...

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<p>Viola Davis in &quot;The Help.&quot;</p>

Viola Davis in "The Help."

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Oscarweb Round-up: 'The Help' is no laughing matter, says HFPA

Also: Ricky Gervais hosts the Globes and indie threats in the Best Actress race

Hey, has there been a more hilarious performance all year than Viola Davis's wackily oppressed, zanily bereaved maid in "The Help?" There has, you say? Whatever. Anyway, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is with you, as they've barred DreamWorks's planned strategy to campaign the film in the Musical/Comedy races at the Golden Globes. The Globes regularly make iffy calls in this department (particularly irksome is their insistence that biopics of musicians are in fact musicals), but this one isn't really up for debate, tonal shifts and amusing shit-pie hijinks notwithstanding. Not that this changes anything: the floor has always been clear for "The Artist" (which has its own darkly dramatic aspects, but comedy should never be simple) to triumph here. [Deadline]

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<p>Laura of &quot;America's Next Top Model&quot;</p>
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Laura of "America's Next Top Model"

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Exploring Greece'

Nigel Barker shoots the girls in a variety of Olympic poses
Dominique took the cheese in the Greek salad challenge, but it’s a whole new episode now, gurl. Angelea is ready to bring that fire she hasn’t seem to muster for the past three weeks. Laura knows that y’all caint have any doubt in y’alls mind, or y’all are gonna lose! And Lisa just wants Allison to go home already, because she looks, like, “dead.”
 Bring it on.
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<p>Sophie of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>
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Sophie of "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Running the Show'

Everybody talks about Big Moves, but did anybody make a Big Move?
Pre-credit sequence. It's Night 24 on Redemption Island and Jim is the latest Savaii bootee to stumble over to the shelter. "I thought we were supposed to be the Final 3," Keith says, looking at Jim and Ozzy. "That is a cult unlike any I've seen before," Jim says, highlighting Coach as the leader of the cult. For some reason, Ozzy thinks he told everybody this would happen. Did he? 
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"Top Chef Texas"

 "Top Chef Texas"

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Recap: 'Top Chef' - 'Quinceanera'

It's a slithery challenge when the chefs cook up snake

Time for the first elimination of one of the final 16! There's been a lot of bloodletting on the show thus far, but now that that ugly business is over, we can actually get down to business (and start picking fan favorites). Plus, we now have the online part of the show kicking in, which will allow eliminated chefs to cook again in an attempt to get back onto the show. It's like "Survivor"'s Redemption Island, but with food (and lots of it). I'm interested to see how this new, possibly improved show works, even if this does mean watching even more television on my tiny computer screen. I think if nothing else, the food quality this season is going to be pretty spectacular. Whether or not it's good television, I'll reserve judgment. It's not like we get to eat any of this stuff, anyway.

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<p>Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have a chat with HitFix's own Film Nerd 2.0 about their new film 'The Muppets'</p>

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have a chat with HitFix's own Film Nerd 2.0 about their new film 'The Muppets'

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Watch: Toshi and Kermit and Miss Piggy in the first-ever Film Nerd 2.0 interview

Be warned... there is more cute here than you can possibly imagine

The overwhelming response you all had to the recent special "Star Wars" series we did as part of Film Nerd 2.0 has been beyond anything I could have hoped for, and I am genuinely thankful for each and every response.  Today, though, I think I've got something even better for you.

For the last couple of years, Toshi's been coming with me to occasional press days because of timing and logistics, and each time, he's been intrigued by the entire process.  He's told me several times now that he wants to grow up to do the same thing that I do, and while I think that's a big choice for a six-year-old to make, I am in a unique position to occasionally put together opportunities that are very special.

For example, with "The Muppets" coming out this month, I had a pretty good idea that we'd be speaking with some of the classic characters as part of the press day, and sure enough, when the invite came in, I saw that one of the interviews was a double-header with Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy.

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Can Rihanna make it three weeks in a row atop the Billboard Hot 100?
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Can Rihanna make it three weeks in a row atop the Billboard Hot 100?

Why is Taylor Swift happy this week?

Rihanna’s enduring relationship with the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 continues as “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris logs its third week at the summit.

The single, the first track from Rihanna’s new album, “Talk That Talk,” out Nov. 21, gets some company as the next single from the set, “You Da One” debuts at No. 73.

Rihanna isn’t the only one with good news: Taylor Swift has three songs debut within the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100: “If This Was a Movie” starts at No. 10, while “Ours,” which she performed on the CMA Awards, arrives at  No. 13 (Tay-Tay’s favorite number) and “Superman” flies in at No. 26.  Why the activity?  In addition to the CMAs, last week marked the songs’ digital availability after being only physically available on the special edition “Speak Now” CD offered exclusively at Target, according to Billboard.

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<p>George Miller, seen here during the production of this week's new release 'Happy Feet Two,' is not only a guest on this week's podcast, but a major inspiration to our other guest, Evan Glodell</p>

George Miller, seen here during the production of this week's new release 'Happy Feet Two,' is not only a guest on this week's podcast, but a major inspiration to our other guest, Evan Glodell

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Listen: George Miller and Evan Glodell join us for a special Motion/Captured Podcast

The director of 'Road Warrior' and the filmmaker behind 'Bellflower' on one podcast?

This week's Motion/Captured Podcast is one of my very favorites we've done so far, and I owe it all to the fickle nature of film releases.

When I saw "Bellflower" at this year's Sundance Film Festival, one of the first things that made me fall in love with it was the way the film made subtle nods to George Miller's amazing "Mad Max 2," better known here in the US as "The Road Warrior."  Now, I've got Evan on the podcast to talk about the home video release of his film, and it just happened to be the same week that Miller's new film "Happy Feet Two" is arriving in theaters.

The way we handled the recording was by having Evan come out to the house on Sunday night to record the main body of the podcast, and then I talked to Miller by phone on Monday afternoon.  There's a great deal of give and take between the segments, and I think it's a really great conversation that unfolds as a result.

We've also got a call this week during our Movie God/Remake This! segment from Keven Van Den Brink, one of our regular callers now, and he's once again calling in from the Occupy Nashville site, so we talk a little bit about how that's going and how things have evolved since the last time we spoke to him.

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<p>LeRoy Bell of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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LeRoy Bell of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - Top 10 Performances Live-Blog

Paula's lone Group goes against Simon, L.A. and Nicole's full squads

Welcome to Wednesday (November 16) night's live-blog for "The X Factor."

We're about to spend two hours watching performances from this season's Top 10, but is it really necessary? Can't we all just agree that America hates Groups, send Lakoda Rayne packing. Then Paula can head off to spend the rest of her fall some place tropical and L.A. Reid, Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger's Boys, Girls and Over-30s can battle this out. 


Let's get to the show...

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star's wedding to become TV docu-series

Kim and Kroy's nauseatingly kute nuptials will air on Bravo

Were you secretly wishing you could have sopped up every moment of Kim and Kroy's kute wedding (can't think of an appropriate "K" word for nuptials, sorry)? No? Oh, well, Bravo is betting someone (or a lot of someones) are. Kim Zolciak’s extravagant (read: overpriced and tacky) wedding in a new docu-series titled “Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding.”  

For those of you who missed it on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," Kim and Kroy met a year ago, Kim got knocked up and the baby arrived prior to the wedding. All of that was documented on the show, but Bravo is blocking out special time for the all-important nuptials between Zociak and Kroy Biermann, Defensive End for the Atlanta Falcons. The only step left in their happy-ever-after is the wedding of Kim’s dreams. For more information, visit

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<p>Laurence and Zac and Speckles of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Laurence and Zac and Speckles of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Laurence & Zac talk 'The Amazing Race'

The father-son adventurers talk sewing, dancing and more
Father-son adventurers Laurence Sunderland and Zac Sunderland had a roller-coaster Leg on Sunday (Nov. 13) night's "Amazing Race."
As the episode began, Laurence and Zac made a gutsy decision to deviate from the travel plans booked by the producers, opting to go to Copenhagen via London, alone. That gamble resulted in a three-hour lead, which promptly vanished when nearly all of the teams were left waiting overnight for a church to open. 
Then they seemed to have put themselves in jeopardy when Zac struggled with a dancing Roadblock and they ran the risk of more difficulties when they were U-Turned by Bill & Cathi. But even after completing both ends of the Detour, Laurence and Zac seemed headed for safety due to a snakebitten leg for Jeremy & Sandy.
Instead, Laurence and Zac got lost going out of the Detour and weren't able to navigate themselves to the Pit Stop in time.
In our exit interview, Laurence & Zac discussed their team dynamic, Zac's dancing and Laurence's maligned sewing comments.
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