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<p>It's nice to see Kit Harington smiling for once instead of wearing the perma-scowl of Jon Snow on 'Game Of Thrones'</p>

It's nice to see Kit Harington smiling for once instead of wearing the perma-scowl of Jon Snow on 'Game Of Thrones'

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Kit Harington on the building anticipation between each season of 'Game Of Thrones'

Plus we talk about the physical builds behind the show's monster sets

Any time there's a TV show that becomes a sensation, particularly an HBO show, it seems like a matter of time before feature film casting agents start poaching that talent pool mercilessly.

Daenerys Targaryen herself, Emilia Clarke, for example, beat out some pretty stiff competition to play Sarah Connor in the upcoming "Terminator" rebootquel, which has got to lead to some interesting conversations whenever she's hanging around the sinister Cersei Lannister, Lena Headey, who already played the role for the Fox "Terminator" series. Maisie Williams is starting to book film work between seasons, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is working non-stop these days, Aidan Gillen was just in the much-discussed Sundance title "Calvary," and Richard Madden's already kicked off a new series, "Klondike," and wrapped work as Prince Charming in Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella," keeping him busy since the Red Wedding occurred.

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"Hoarding: Buried Alive"

 "Hoarding: Buried Alive"

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Father risks losing children on 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

In this clip, watch a realtor try to reason with a hoarder

In this week's episode of TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive," (Wed. Feb. 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET), we meet Geoffrey. Geoffrey has problems. A lot of bicycles, but problems. The single father of two is a compulsive hoarder who sold the family home of 46 years when the bank threatened foreclosure.

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<p>'The Mosquito Coast' gave River Phoenix a chance to study Harrison Ford up close, which paid off when he played him in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'</p>

'The Mosquito Coast' gave River Phoenix a chance to study Harrison Ford up close, which paid off when he played him in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'

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Movie Rehab: Harrison Ford goes mad in the jungle in Peter Weir's 'Mosquito Coast'

Why was his best performance rejected so completely by audiences?

It is the responsibility of the working film critic to not only offer opinion and context for the newest releases, but also to constantly champion and curate the films that matter, especially if they were misunderstood or poorly released or somehow handled badly the first time around.

Critics should take it upon themselves to rehabilitate the under-loved, to defend the wrongly-maligned, and rehab the films that need it; it is the only way film as a whole can be healthy.


It does not escape me that many of Peter Weir's best films were adapted from novels. In the case of "The Mosquito Coast," it's a Paul Schrader adaptation of a Paul Theroux novel, and Schrader may have been the exact right person to try to wrestle that material up onto the screen.

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Linda Cardellini to play Kyle Chandler's sister on Netflix


Linda Cardellini to play Kyle Chandler's sister on Netflix
The "Freaks and Geeks" alum has joined the Netflix thriller from the creators of "Damages."


Roger Ebert wanted Philip Seymour Hoffman to play him in a biopic
Chaz Ebert made the revelation at a screening last night for Roger Ebert's new documentary: "Roger always said, 'If you ever do a movie where you need someone to play me, I want Philip Seymour Hoffman.'"


TBS greenlights "Funniest Wins," a comedy competition starring Marlon Wayans

The comedy reality show will seek out the nation's funniest comedian.


"The Walking Dead's" Lauren Cohan to lend her voice to "Archer"

She'll play a character married to Fred Armisen.


Rebecca Romijn will host "Skin Wars" on GSN

The reality competition will seek the most talented body painter in the country.


Rainn Wilson poses naked with an NBC peacock
"Me and my old employer… We had some good times together..."

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<p>Leonardo&nbsp;DiCaprio and Martin&nbsp;Scorsese at the Golden&nbsp;Globes last month</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese at the Golden Globes last month

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'Wolf' nominees Scorsese and DiCaprio move forward on separate prestige projects

Could Richard Jewell be Jonah Hill's ticket to Best Actor recognition?

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio look to be going separate ways again with upcoming projects after the two have consistently collaborated on a number of projects over the last decade. With only 2011's "Hugo" as a brief reprieve, the director and star have cranked out five films since 2001 and there is surely more where that came from, but in the meantime, Scorsese's "Silence" is moving along with casting while DiCaprio has kick-started a new vehicle for his "Wolf of Wall Street" co-star Jonah Hill.

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'House of Cards' gets an early Season 3 renewal


"House of Cards" gets an early Season 3 renewal

Netflix confirmed the renewal, which comes before the launch of Season 2, after Robin Wright said this morning, "We start shooting Season 3 soon."

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'Monuments' man Matt Damon explains the tricky tone of George Clooney's latest

'Monuments' man Matt Damon explains the tricky tone of George Clooney's latest

And how did he like collaborating with Christopher Nolan on 'Interstellar?'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — I wrote recently about how "The Monuments Men" caught me a bit off guard for not diving full on into the baity nature of its premise. It's more of a character-driven thing, providing a lot of opportunity for intimate moments with its all-star cast.

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<p>Pharrell Williams</p>

Pharrell Williams

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Oscars to get 'Happy' with Pharrell Williams performance

The Grammy winner will perform his Oscar-nominated song on the show

While the "Alone Yet Not Alone" scandal has rather dominated the Best Original Song conversation since the nominees were announced, there's been some good news in the category this year -- for the first time in a while, it contains at least a couple of songs that the general public actually cares about. Top 40 hits may have dominated the Oscars in the 80s, but have largely disappeared from the race in recent years. "Skyfall" reversed the trend last year; this year, however, we have two certifiable pop hits: Idina Menzel's "Frozen" anthem "Let It Go," and Pharrell Williams' upbeat R&B track from "Despicable Me 2," "Happy."

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<p>Broken Bells</p>

Broken Bells

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Album review: Broken Bells' 'After the Disco' is a melancholy beauty

Danger Mouse and James Mercer come together for their second full set

On the excellent “After the Disco,” Broken Bells —aka Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer — wonder how we got here. Not physically, but metaphysically. Song after song on the synth pop-driven set asks hard questions for which there are no answers.

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'The Following' hits another low


"The Following" hits another low
Super Bowl ads didn't help the Kevin Bacon series.


BET's "Book of Negroes" miniseries to star Louis Gossett Jr, Cuba Gooding Jr, Aunjanue Ellis
Based on a 2007 book, the miniseries will follow a female slave as she's taken from West Africa to America.


"Little Couple" star Jen Arnold's cancer is in remission

Dr. Jennifer Arnold had been undergoing intensive chemotherapy to battle a rare form of cancer.


Puppy Bowl gets huge ratings, Kitten Bowl does decently, Fish Bowl was barely watched
The 10th Puppy Bowl attracted a record-setting 13.5 million total viewers, About 1 million watched the premiere of the inaugural Kitten Bowl, while 27,000 tuned in for Nat Geo's Fish Bowl.


"SNL" alum Victoria Jackson is running for public office

She's running as an independent for a county seat on a Tennessee commission.


"The Bachelor's" weird sex issues: The show is like a prudish pimp

This season, it's become harder for the show to mask its resemblance to an "unusually public escort service." PLUS: Meet Juan Pablo's stylist.


Netflix viewership went down then up during Super Bowl blowout

Traffic was down 20% in the first half. But as it became clear the game was a blowout, viewership levels went back to normal in the second half. PLUS: Many cable channels saw viewership soar after the game.


"Veronica Mars" cast members are live-tweeting old episodes
Each night, one cast member will live-tweet an episode at 8 pm ET.


John Stamos goes "bald"

The "Full House" star shared a photo on Instagram of him wearing a bald cap.


Lea Michele's memoir cover revealed
The "Glee" star is releasing "Brunette Ambition" on May 13.


"Under the Dome" adds "CSI:NY's" Eddie Cahill

"Misfits" alum Karla Crome will also join the cast in Season 2.


"Little House on the Prairie" star Richard Bull dies
Bull, 89, played shopkeeper Nels Oleson. Melissa Gilbert mourned his loss on Twitter: "Goodbye Richard working with you was such a joy but nearly as joyful as being your friend."

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<p>Kate Upton at NBC's &quot;Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful&quot; thing</p>

Kate Upton at NBC's "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful" thing

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TV Ratings: 'Castle,' 'How I Met Your Mother' lead tight Monday, while NBC's 'Swimsuit' fizzles

'Intelligence' adds viewers without competition
Fast National ratings for Monday, February 3, 2014.
 
The key Monday ratings races are probably too tight to call after Fast Nationals, with "Castle" leading ABC to the slimmest of overall wins and "How I Met Your Mother" helping CBS post a tie among young viewers.
 
Well off the pace in third, FOX continued to get solid performances out of "Almost Human," which "The Following" continued its second season slide, albeit with only a tiny dip.
 
Meanwhile, NBC got weak numbers from its "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful" special, which came in far enough below the normal "Blacklist" numbers to help "Intelligence" continue a slow overall rise.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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Jimmy Fallon pens heartfelt 'Thank You Note' to Jay Leno


Jimmy Fallon pens heartfelt "Thank You Note" to Jay Leno
Fallon was a guest on last night "Tonight Show" where, instead of writing a sarcastic "Thank You Note," he opted to be sincere: "And finally, thank you Jay Leno, for carrying on the proud tradition of the Tonight Show host with such humor and class and for being nothing but gracious and generous to me over the past years. I will do my best to make you proud every single night." PLUS: Leno cracked some Fallon jokes during his monologue, and Leno had another night of big ratings last night.


Benedict Cumberbatch drops by "Sesame Street"

"Sherlock" meets his arch-nemesis, "Murray-arty."


Adult Swim is expanding to 8 pm

Starting March 31, the No. 1 block for adults 18-34 will kick off at 8 o'clock, instead of 9.


Flea denies any "trickery" during Super Bowl halftime performance

The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, who's accused of not playing live, tweeted cryptically last night: "No trickery. No choice, but no trickery."


Jerry Seinfeld on lack of diversity in comedy: "Who cares?"
Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" has featured mostly white males, and Seinfeld doesn't see a problem with that: "People think it's the census or something," Seinfeld tells Buzzfeed of the assertion that all pop culture should accurately reflect society. "This has gotta represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares? Funny is the world that I live in. You’re funny, I'm interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that." PLUS: In defense of Seinfeld's Super Bowl "Seinfeld" reunion, and Seinfeld wanted to create a show you could "put in your pocket."


Ryan Phillippe is poised to star in ABC's "Secrets & Lies"

The "Damages" alum is expected to play a father who becomes the prime suspect in a murder case when he finds a dead young boy.


Clay Aiken was trash-talked by his potential future GOP congressional opponent

North Carolina U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers pointed out that Aiken couldn't win "American Idol" or "Celebrity Apprentice." "As we know he doesn’t always fare all that well. He was runner up," she said, adding: "Apparently his performing career isn’t going so well and he’s bored."


After being dumped by HBO, Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" may find a TV home
The potential sci-fi TV series based on Gaiman's novel is getting help from FreemantleMedia, the company behind "American Idol."


Ken Marino joins Casey Wilson on ABC's "Marry Me"

The "Party Down" alum will play Wilson's fiance.


Adam Brody: I think "The O.C.'s" Seth Cohen would've died by now

"I think he'd be going down to Mexico and probably had a bad car accident," Brody tells Nylon magazine. "It wasn't any fault of his own, but yeah, knowing what I know now about Seth and his poor decision-making, that's my guess."


Stephen Colbert is expected to star in many more pistachio ads

He has signed on to be Wonderful Pistachios' pitchman for a full year.


Bravo to begin offering "Top Chef at Sea" cruise vacation packages

Ten ships will offer "Top Chef"-themed food and events.


Conan introduces Punxsutawney Dr. Phil
It's Groundhog Day, Conan-style. PLUS: Conan has an extended cut of Bob Dylan's Super Bowl ad.


Ellie Kemper's mom wasn't happy to see her guest-hosting "Ellen"
Her mom preferred Ellen instead.

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