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'Game of Thrones' stars to get huge raises for Season 7
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'Game of Thrones' stars to get huge raises for Season 7

'Sons of Anarchy' is taking over 'Conan'

“Game of Thrones” stars to get huge raises for Season 7
By Season 7, the “GoT” cast will be among the highest paid on cable TV, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which notes that the cast will be paid via a tier system, with the “A” tier including Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey. The “B” tier includes Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Natalie Dormer. UPDATE: The main stars are expected to earn close to $300,000 an episode.


“Sons of Anarchy” is taking over “Conan”
The Nov. 11 episode will feature series creator Kurt Sutter, along with Charlie Hunnam, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Smits, Drea de Matteo, Mark Boone Junior and more cast members to be named later.


Ellen launches “Ellentube”
Ellen DeGeneres' new video web site will allow users to upload “hilarious and family-friendly videos” that has to be cleared by Ellen’s staff before appearing on the site.


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Jake Gyllenhaal lost 20 pounds to become a coyote for 'Nightcrawler'

Jake Gyllenhaal lost 20 pounds to become a coyote for 'Nightcrawler'

Some details about his character's past need to remain a secret

Los Angeles has been the subject of too many films to mention. Some moviegoers may often wonder if Hollywood's gaze ever looks beyond Southern California or the New York Metro area. But every once in a while a filmmaker shows an unexpected side of the City of Angeles. It's the LA you don't see on Bravo reality shows, or in the formulaic studio flicks where every family lives in a beautiful home in Pacific Palisades (aka ritzy Santa Monica) while thirtysomething jr. executives can somehow afford a apartments right off Venice beach. That's just one (exclusive) part of the city. Recent releases such as "Sound of My Voice," "Drive," "Beginners" and now "Nightcrawler" have provided a peak into a different perspective of Los Angeles. Dan Gilroy's new thriller is particularly intriguing because, according to star Jake Gyllenhaal, the main character was inspired by the landscape of the city itself.

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<p>Madison Bumgarner</p>

Madison Bumgarner

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TV Ratings: World Series Game 7 dominates Wednesday for FOX

Final numbers won't be in until later, but America loved Madison Bumgarner

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

A thrilling Game 7 of the World Series led FOX to a Wednesday night ratings win as dominant as Madison Bumgarner's pitching performance in relief, while "Black-ish" was up from last week and "The Mysteries of Laura" continued to slip.

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<p>Mom</p>

Mom

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Review: CBS’ ‘Mom’ returns as one of network TV’s most unique comedies

Allison Janney’s Emmy-winning performance is only one highlight of this multi-cam dramedy
When I do my Take Me To The Pilots entries each summer, I try to make them an optimistic survey of the season's new network shows.
 
Yes, I tear a few awful pilots to shreds, but all appearances to the contrary, I'm a genuinely generous viewer of new shows, especially new comedies, since we all know that landing on solid footing is slightly easier for a drama pilot than a sitcom.
 
Whenever I look at a pilot, I say "What is the pilot? And what is the show it's likely to become?" And in that process, the multi-part third question, phrased in different ways, is, "What is the best version of this show and what is the worst version and which potential outcome is more likely?"
 
So I look at something like the "2 Broke Girls" pilot and I could acknowledge that if the show were to focus on Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, if it were to find a clear through-line and stop wallowing in the blatant racism, xenophobia and complacent humor of the diner scenes, it might become a good show.
 
I watched a solid three seasons of "2 Broke Girls" before giving up on its ability or desire to become that better version of itself. Michael Patrick King and company are content with lazy stereotypes and double entendres and... That's their business. 
 
When it came to CBS' "Mom," last summer I wrote, "A version of 'Mom' that I would watch would continue to keep the recovery thread as close to the surface as possible, because that melancholy shading would benefit [Anna] Faris and also benefit Allison Janney, who is fine here, but isn't asked to do nearly enough." And I compared it to "2 Broke Girls," as if to pre-guarantee my disappointment, to cover for my resignation.
 
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George Clooney

'Theory of Everything' writer to tackle George Clooney’s phone hacking scandal docudrama

Anthony McCarten will pierce the British tabloid saga.

Writer Anthony McCarten is having a very good year. The playwright and novelist spent ten years writing “The Theory of Everything,” developing Jane Hawking’s book ”Travelling to Infinity" into 2014’s critically acclaimed biopic. Festival and academy screening reactions suggest McCarten could see his first Oscar-nomination in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. And with its limited release imminent, the writer has found a follow-up to sink his teeth into project. He’ll collaborate with George Clooney on his next directorial effort.

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Ex Machina
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Domhnall Gleeson falls for Oscar Isaac’s lovebot in first 'Ex Machina' trailer

A24 will release ’28 Days Later’ screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut

I really one to see Alex Garland’s “Halo” movie. If anyone could abolish the video games-don’t-make-good-movie myths, Garland was a likely candidate. His science fiction writing is heady without drowning in self-importance. “28 Days Later” is a great film. “Never Let Me Go” flirts with all the right ideas and tones, even if it’s too dour for its own good. “Dredd” trounced low expectations with its tangibility and streamlined focus. Garland wrote a draft of “Halo” nearly a decade ago. It still sounds like the perfect match of writer and blockbustery source material. There’s little chance we’ll see his take, but it’s relevant because the first look at Garland’s directorial debut, “Ex Machina,” will only make you wish someone with this control over the genre could step into a mega-budgeted action movie. This trailer proves that Oscar Isaac yammering about Turing tests can be just as thrilling as any exploding-car setpiece.

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<p>Kevin Zegers of &quot;Gracepoint&quot;</p>

Kevin Zegers of "Gracepoint"

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Interviewer: 'Gracepoint' co-star Kevin Zegers on opening the door to suspicion

Check out two different interviews with the 'Gossip Girl' veteran

VICTORIA, BC. The fifth episode of "Gracepoint," the one airing on FOX this Thursday (October 30) night, features an absolutely dynamic scene between Kevin Zegers and Nick Nolte, exactly the kind of superb acting that's capable of carrying "Gracepoint" even if it remains a nearly beat-for-beat copy of "Broadchurch." [Two more episodes of similarity before, as promised, things deviate in Episode 7.]

Of course, I didn't necessarily know about the scene or when it would fit into the "Gracepoint" order when I sat down with Zegers in May in a leaky tent next to the British Columbia beach being used to shoot promotional images.

Instead, we talked about the approach Zegers was taking to his character, fledgling journalist Owen Burke, that would make him different from his "Broadchurch" equivalent." Specifically, Zegers emphasized his willingness to play Owen as a possible suspect in the murder of Danny Solano, making him at least a plausible killer, if not a likely suspect.

When I met with Zegers and co-star Jessica Lucas in May, I'd seen that Nick Nolte scene and we were able to discuss it on video.

So as I did with Michael Peña a few weeks ago, I'm doubling up on Zegers and Lucas interviews this week. 

Above, you can watch the two actors discuss their role and, specifically, the intimidation of Mr. Nolte.

And below, you can read my Q&A with Zegers from the "Gracepoint" set. 

"Gracepoint" airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. on FOX.

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<p>Hitch, Greatest American Hero and Big</p>

Hitch, Greatest American Hero and Big

From 'Big' to 'Marley & Me': We weigh in on TV's remake fad

Does anyone want 'In Good Company: The Series'?

I generally pay as much attention to the broadcast network development season as I do to the baseball draft. Though the shows that actually survive development are much closer to airing chronologically than most baseball draftees are to the majors, the winnowing process is just as brutal in both cases. On average, a given network will hear 3-400 pitches a year, order scripts for 60-70 of them, make 8-12 pilots and put roughly between a half dozen and a dozen of them on the air. So I’ve usually found development not worth worrying about until shows are actually ordered to series and scheduled.

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'The Bachelor' will try to spice things up with a 3-hour live premiere
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'The Bachelor' will try to spice things up with a 3-hour live premiere

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's newly elected successor declines Jimmy Kimmel’s invitation

“The Bachelor” will try to spice things up with a 3-hour live premiere
The Jan. 5 season premiere will mix in taped segments, such as the limo arrivals, with Chris Harrison live with a studio audience joined by "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" alums offering commentary, according to TV Line. The live premiere may be a response to concerns that "Bachelor" Chris Soules is "boring" and "as exciting as watching soybeans grow."


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's newly elected successor declines Jimmy Kimmel’s invitation
John Tory, who was elected this week to replace Mayor Rob Ford, says he’s not going on the ABC talk show because “I’m not in show business.” He adds: Let’s talk (about) why I’m there. I’m there because the previous guy was the subject of jokes and all the sort of stuff and they’ll probably replay old tapes. I just don’t think we need to be repeating that.


Kyra Sedgwick to star in an HBO comedy, playing an ex-nun
The untitled project from the creator of "The New Adventures Of Old Christine” will focus on Sedgwick as a former nun who strikes out on her own to discover herself.


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FKA twigs' 'Video Girl' vid is a death row nightmare

FKA twigs' 'Video Girl' vid is a death row nightmare

Happy horror days

FKA twigs has made a haunting out of her music video for "Video Girl."

The song itself addresses a 19-year-old mother-of-two who "dances" on a camera for others to watch. It's an eerie, creeper of a song to begin with. The "watching" activity goes a step further in its accompanying new clip. 

FKA twigs herself looks on at an inmate being strapped down and killed by lethal injection. Initially, she is crying, alone, made cold by the activity as she watches through a window.

But then something flips, and she is in the execution room dancing by the bound man in stuttering strange steps. She starts crawling up on his table as he starts to go under due to the drugs, bodily taunting him as she straddles him and captures the mic hanging from the ceiling, which is documenting the sound of someone dying.

This is not a mating dance or a sexual advance. She is spookily exasperating him in his dying moments. She's either a victim of the criminal (appearing as a ghost), or someone affected by his crimes (appearing in his or her imagination), but either way FKA twigs makes moves to transcend from bystander to supernatural punisher. Powerful stuff. And pretty freaky. Happy Halloween.

"Video Girl" is on FKA twigs' album "LP1."

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Coens' 'Hail, Caesar!' gets a release date, Roger Deakins talks going back to film
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Coens' 'Hail, Caesar!' gets a release date, Roger Deakins talks going back to film

The film will steer clear of Oscar season with a Feb. 2016 opening

Universal Pictures has announced that the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!," starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes and Scarlett Johansson, among others, will be released on Feb. 5, 2016. That effectively removes it from much awards season discussion that year, but you could sort of gather that, given the subject matter and apparent tone of the film. Like "The Hudsucker Proxy," "The Big Lebowski" and "Burn After Reading" — romps that came after heady prestige pics like "Barton Fink," "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men" — "Hail, Caesar!" looks like the boys just having a bit of fun.

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<p>Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones at the Los Angeles premiere of &quot;The Theory of Everything&quot;</p>

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Theory of Everything"

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Eddie Redmayne admits Stephen Hawking's 'Brief History of Time' was a tough read

Plus: Felicity Jones on how 'The Theory of Everything' is like 'Man on Wire'

LOS ANGELES — Focus Features is circling the wagons with the release of James Marsh's Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything" imminent. Tuesday night's Los Angeles premiere was well-attended and response has the studio excited, while the film's stars, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, along with producer Lisa Bruce and screenwriter Anthony McCarten took part in a Wednesday afternoon luncheon in West Hollywood to bend the ear of select press.

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