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Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' debut ties Conan O'Brien's "Tonight" launch


Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" debut ties Conan O'Brien's "Tonight" launch
Early numbers show Fallon's 11:35 debut was up from Jay Leno's 2nd "Tonight Show" launch in 2010. PLUS: Once banned by Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers returned to "Tonight" for the first time in more than 25 years.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey in &quot;Dallas Buyers Club.&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club."

Credit: Focus Features

Roundup: Is Matthew McConaughey this year's Julia Roberts?

Also: Daniel Day-Lewis to present at Oscars, and Steve McQueen's UN date

Matthew Eng makes the case for this year's Best Actor race boasting several parallels with the Best Actress race of 2000, likening Matthew McConaughey's Ron Woodroof to Julia Roberts' Erin Brockovich: Roberts and McConaughey’s performances force us to rethink the performer him/herself and to firmly reconsider their reliable if occasionally misguided talents, right at the moment when everyone began to wonder if that was all there is ... Much like McConaughey, Roberts’ nomination initially seems like a longtime celebrity going through the standard biopic motions [but both are] stellar, indelible examples of two time-tested and admittedly type-cast stars giving peak performances by using the vitality of their respective star personas." [The Film Experience]

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<p>Was Walter White from &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;a hero or a villain?</p>

Was Walter White from "Breaking Bad" a hero or a villain?

Credit: AMC

Heroes vs. Villains: Where does 'Breaking Bad's' Walter White fall?

Should Heisenberg count as a good guy forced to do bad things, or TV's worst monster?

The NCAA basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains. 

The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help.  There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we know then need to part of the battle royale. Do they fall in the Heroes bracket or the Villains bracket?

You decide.  You have 48 hours. Choose wisely.

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Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show debut packed with A-listers


Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" debut packed with A-listers

Watch a whole bunch of big names pay off Jimmy's $100 bet. PLUS: Will Smith & Jimmy present the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing, and Spike Lee directed the new "Tonight Show" opening.


Watch the "HIMYM" cast's complete Letterman Top 10
The Top 10 surprises from the final episode.

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Is everyone turning on Lisa?

Carlton may still be mad at Kyle, but everyone else is angry with Lisa

I understand why Lisa isn't everyone's cup of tea. Sometimes she sticks her nose where it isn't wanted (hey, that's how you stay on a reality TV show, people). She freezes out anyone she feels has wronged her (sorry, Kyle). But she's usually the one woman on the show who's able to step back, arch an eyebrow at the silliness of it all, and say something pithy about it. That counts for a lot given how many of these crazy ladies seem to think their tempests in teapots are real world problems. You didn't come to my expensive party! The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Is that a poor person? Eww!

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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor" 

Credit: ABC

'The Bachelor' recap: Did someone break Juan Pablo's heart?

Squabbling breaks out between two of the women, too

While I completely understand why so many people hated Sharleen, I have to admit I had a soft spot for her. Even though she seemed unduly tortured by the prospect of having a fling with a hot guy on national television (pfft, Sharleen, hardly anyone gets married after "The Bachelor"), I had to admire her ability to keep a clear head in the face of mental manipulation and her own primal instinct to fight for what appear to be limited resources (as in, Juan Pablo). She was attracted to him. She couldn't stop kissing him. But in the end, she knew she wanted something more.

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<p>Emily Browning seems to have survived the indignities of 'Pompeii' intact somehow</p>

Emily Browning seems to have survived the indignities of 'Pompeii' intact somehow

Credit: HitFix

Emily Browning on the misery of shooting 'Pompeii'

Plus watch how she reacts when we talk about Kiefer Sutherland

The first time I met Emily Browning was in an alley behind the original Alamo Drafthouse. She was sixteen at the time, playing younger for "Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events," and I was about to do a Q&A onstage at Butt-Numb-A-Thon with her and her co-star Liam Aiken. The two of them seemed a little bit overwhelmed from the trip in with the Paramount reps, and I think they were just about to kick off the international publicity jaunt for the film, something that was a different level of intensity that either of them had experienced before. We spent about ten minutes talking before we walked up the back stairs and onto the stage of the Drafthouse, and they both ended up doing great.

Browning was a seasoned pro by that point, though. She's been working in front of the camera since she was nine or ten years old on TV and in movies, and "Snicket" was the movie that was supposed to launch her to a new level of awareness. The film wasn't a monster hit, though, even with Paramount and Dreamworks pushing to try to make it into a "Harry Potter" style event. When I was chatting with her off-camera at the recent press day for Paul Anderson's "Pompeii," in which she plays the romantic lead opposite Kit Harrington, we talked about how they pretty much had to make the call the split second the first film came out to decide if they would make the rest of the books into films or not. Like "Potter," they would have had to shoot quickly to make sure the kids didn't age out of the series completely before they wrapped it up. It might have helped that they condensed three books from the series into that first film, but Brad Silberling's very stylized take on the books just didn't click with the mainstream, and it ended up being one of the one-and-done potential franchises that often happen.

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<p>Blake Shelton and Shakira</p>

Blake Shelton and Shakira

Blake Shelton records country duet with fellow 'Voice' mentor Shakira

Latin singer reveals more details about the song

Just as he did with fellow “The Voice” mentor, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton has recorded a duet with Shakira.

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<p>Marvel's starting to rev up the hype for their big summer gamble, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'</p>

Marvel's starting to rev up the hype for their big summer gamble, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

Credit: Marvel Studios

Star-Lord and his spaceship are front and center in new 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' images

This is just the warm-up for this week's new trailer

The ultimate public reaction to "Guardians Of The Galaxy" has been the subject of no small amount of chatter in the HitFix offices, and at this point, it's safe to say I am in the "it's going to sneak up on people and be a huge event" camp.

Sure, it helps that I've been to the set and I've talked to the people who made it and I have a bunch of stuff I can't share yet that has me feeling this way.

But beyond that, I think the stuff Marvel has shared with the public so far has been really appealing, and this is still just the tip of the iceberg. Just a little while ago, USA TODAY put up their exclusive sneak peek piece, a precursor to this week's official release of the trailer, and all three of the images they put up are, in my opinion, very exciting.

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Here's the 'HIMYM' cast presenting the Letterman Top 10


Here's the "HIMYM" cast presenting the Letterman Top 10

No. 3: "Someone finally points out that I don't sound like Bob Saget."

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<p>The Maiden Fair and also a Bear</p>

The Maiden Fair and also a Bear

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 3 DVD does right by The Red Wedding and more

Come for the seasons, stay for another charming Maisie/Sophie/Isaac commentary
The primary reason to get Season 3 of "Game of Thrones" on DVD when it drops on Tuesday (February 18) is, of course, Season 3 of "Game of Thrones."
 
HBO's George R.R. Martin adaptation has made my annual Top 10 list each year since it premiered and came in at No. 7 for 2013 in what was probably its strongest season.
 
Most of the Season 3 hype surrounded the long-awaited Red Wedding, which viewers were able to celebrate -- in a manner of speaking -- in the penultimate episode, "The Rains of Castamere." But that was hardly the only shocking standout in an admirably consistent season. There was the epic Daenerys-centric conclusion to "And Now His Watch Is Ended," the icy scaling of The Wall on "The Climb," long stretches of awesome scenes with Arya and The Hound, long stretches of awesome scenes with Brienne and Jamie, at least one epic butting-of-heads between Peter Dinklage and Dame Diana Rigg, several wargs, three dragons and one bear. And *then* there was The Red Wedding, which might have been the centerpiece of 2013's single best episode of television, were it not for "Breaking Bad."
 
If you skipped the season on HBO, either because you aren't a subscriber or you were waiting to binge, it's great stuff. And if you're already a fan of "Game of Thrones" and you like owning DVDs still -- there are a few of us out there -- you know that you probably want this one already and that's especially true if you're a Blu-Ray user, because the show's cinematography and visual effects look rather gorgeous in the format. 
 
That makes the DVD bonus features truly that: They're bonuses and after spending a day making my way through a slew of commentaries and behind-the-scenes featurettes, I'll just say that nothing here is essential, but there's an awful lot of good stuff that will supplement your enjoyment of the series, whether you're a fan of Martin's novels or you're choosing to experience Westeros primarily as a TV experience. At the very least, a deep dive into the bonus features will have you champing at the bit for new episodes, which are still a month-and-a-half away.
 
Click through for my review/overview of some of the bonus features. I'm going to probably spoil some things, so if you haven't watched Season 3 yet, you should just watch the season and then maybe check back here, if you happen to care still.
 
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NBC: We'd be foolish not to think about a future Olympics without Bob Costas


NBC: We'd be foolish not to think about a future Olympics without Bob Costas
"We said after Sochi we would start to think about what life after Bob might be," says NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, "whether post-Rio, post-Pyeongchang, post-Tokyo, whenever he does not want to do it anymore. It is a big time commitment for a host. It is tons of research, tons of preparation and a ton of time away from your family. Certainly, we would be foolish not to be thinking about what a succession might look like. That is part of my job." PLUS: NBC Olympics boss defends the Bode Miller interview, the New Yorker's David Remnick talks about his unique role, and Costas describes his 6 days off the air.


"The Bible" movie has edited out scenes of the Obama-looking Satan character
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey wanted to avoid the controversy from "The Bible" miniseries.


Nat Geo opts not to proceed with an "Act of Valor" TV series
The cable channel won't make a TV series based on the Navy SEAL movie so that it could concentrate on other scripted programming.


Jimmy Kimmel congratulates Jimmy Fallon, says he looks forward to them growing old as late-night competitors
"I look forward to doing this side-by-side until our suits look funny and our hair turns white #FalPals," Kimmel tweeted.


"RuPaul’s Drag Race" renewed for Season 7
The pickup comes before the Season 6 premiere.


Nat Geo planning a tribute to the "Snake Salvation" pastor who died from a snake bite
National Geographic will air a one-hour special in tribute to Jamie Coots.


"The Americans" sent the media a mysterious manila envelope

Here are the details from the Season 2 press kit.


HBO "Rome" creator: "Game of Thrones" learned from our mistakes

"They learned a lot from a business commercial sense, what not to do," says Bruno Heller of "Rome," which ran fro 2005-07. "'Rome' was the first show HBO shot out of country with large budget that was period. The mistakes we made are the mistakes 'Game of Thrones' learned from. Many of the directors and producers are the same. Thrones is a brilliant show, brilliantly executed."


"True Detective" creator was most excited about what Matthew McConaughey said in last night's episode
Nic Pizzolatto delves into "True Detective's" best episode yet. PLUS: "True Detective" is delving into new territory, and reading the 1895 book "The King in Yellow" will help you appreciate the show more.


The problem with "House of Cards": Frank Underwood's enemies don't understand politics
Also, says David Weigel, "the media are completely oblivious to how Underwood cheerfully manipulates them." PLUS: Don't look for any deep meaning in "House of Cards," in praise of THAT scene, and why Claire Underwood is a feminist warrior antihero.


Barbara Walters: I call my vibrator "a selfie"
The 84-year-old Walters tackled "self-love" on today's "The View."


What "The Walking Dead" can learn from "True Detective"
While the HBO series is opening more possibilities, we seem to be getting the same from the AMC zombie series. PLUS: Michael Cudlitz talks "Walking Dead."


Andrew Rannells: "Girls" called me and asked me back 45 minutes after NBC canceled "The New Normal"
"I was supposed to do one episode," he says, "the North Fork episode, and then, as luck would have it, the show that I was on, on NBC, 'The New Normal,' was canceled."


Why HBO isn't Netflix's "bitch"
Talk of an HBO vs. Netflix rivalry is overblown.


Watch Conan chat with Ken Burns for 1 hour
It's the latest episode of "Serious Jibber-Jabber" with Conan O'Brien.


"Sharknado" was a hot topic of conversation at this weekend's Storm Chaser convention
"ChaserCon" also paid tribute to the stars of "Storm Chasers" who died last year.


Bus promotional posters in Topeka, Kansas feature "Big Bang Theory's" Sheldon Cooper

"No bus pants needed!" says the poster.


BBC America teases "The Musketeers"

"The Three Musketeers"-inspired drama starring Peter Capaldi, Santiago Cabrera and "Skins" alum Luke Pasqualino, debuts in June.


"Star-Crossed" proves how CW shows are like nesting dolls

"At the center of each is a weepy young-adult melodrama," says Mike Hale, "hidden inside a vampire show, a superhero show or a costume drama. The latest, 'Star Crossed,' on Monday night, uses science fiction as its shell." PLUS: "Star-Crossed" sadly underestimates its teenage audience, and Aimee Teegarden picks her fave episode of the 13 she shot.

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