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<p>Misti and Jim in Friday&#39;s &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Misti and Jim in Friday's "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Hot Sexy Knights'

The teams are off to Malta where a challenging Detour yields a tight finish

Say this for "The Amazing Race": I went into Friday's episode tweeting that I didn't remember a thing that was happening this season after a week away for CBS to air a failed awards show and by the end of the episode, 55 minutes later, I was yelling at my screen and getting really anxious about the pending result.

No, I didn't get what I wanted when it came to the episode's elimination.

And no, it wasn't even all that great an episode, though it had great moments.

But when they want to, the "Amazing Race" editors can orchestrate a thrilling climax pitting ostensible heroes against clear villains and they can still make me care.

Let's talk about Friday's (November 21) night's "Amazing Race" episode and its exciting ending after the break...

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'The Cosby Show' has become 'weird' to watch
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'The Cosby Show' has become 'weird' to watch

'Homeland' casts a surprising role

“The Cosby Show” has become “weird” to watch
“Weird,” says James Poniewozik, “in a way that’s hard to shake.” That’s because Cosby became so intertwined with Cliff Huxtable that it’s hard to separate the two in the wake of the rape allegations. “It seems hard to hear what we’ve been hearing and not feel anything different when watching Cliff Huxtable making faces and dispensing wisdom,” says Poniewozik. "'Innocent until proven guilty’ is a standard for the courts, for good reason. But it’s not a standard for life. If what you know or hear about an artist affects the way you see their work, you can no more will yourself to feel otherwise than you can force yourself not to blink.” PLUS: Cosby is NOT Cliff Huxtable, Cosby is likely earning very little from “Cosby Show” reruns, a “Cosby Show” fan feels a sense of guilt watching the show now, and Cosby spoke Friday about the allegations: "I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos. People should fact check. People shouldn't have to go through that and shouldn't answer to innuendos."


“Homeland” casts a surprising role
A Tony-winning Broadway veteran may shake up the Showtime series.


Report: Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg had a nasty “View” backstage argument over the Bill Cosby story
According to the NY Daily News, the exchange left Rosie Perez in tears.


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Beyonce's song '7/11' is terrible. Beyonce's '7/11' music video is amazing.

Beyonce's song '7/11' is terrible. Beyonce's '7/11' music video is amazing.

Spinning while my hands up

Fresh off of me slagging Beyonce's "7/11" as a song, here is the "7/11" music video. It is amazing. Here, watch it.

Beyonce is just like you. You are just like Beyonce. When you have a nice hotel room, you trash it, you dance in your underwear, you spill your drink, you wear the first piece of crumpled clothing you can find at the foot of the bed and rock it. When your girlfriends come in, you know your phone is out faster than you can say "Flawless."

I have 100 favorite moments from this "homemade" masterpiece. Beyonce as a roomba. Beyonce as a Christmas present. Beyonce doing that jump-through-your-own-leg move and falling on her ass with a smile. That guy who's trying to escape the frame at 3:24. Phone foot. Undies pyramid.

She just had an intern to make her Precious Moments fresher. Fresher than you.

"7/11" is off of the platinum edition of the "Beyonce" album re-release, out Nov. 24.

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Warner Bros may gamble big on a four-movie 'Stand' from 'Fault In Our Stars' director
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Warner Bros may gamble big on a four-movie 'Stand' from 'Fault In Our Stars' director

Is someone really asking for this?

When you cover filmmaking and write about the business and the art of it, there are many times you find yourself criticizing a studio for choices that are being made, and sometimes, it starts to look like you're beating up on a particular studio or playing favorites. The truth is much less interesting, though. The truth is that I react to each project, each film, each announcement, as its own thing. I can't count the number of times I've disliked a film's marketing only to end up loving the movie itself, or vice versa, and it's taught me that each movie exists separate from the conversation around it.

So with that in mind, I am not trying to beat up on Warner Bros. I think ambition is a great thing. Without ambition, there is no greatness. Mainstream filmmaking is a difficult balancing act between fiscal responsibility and artistic intent, and any time anyone navigates that the right way, I find it impressive. I hope that we look back at the upcoming run of DC films and say, "Wow, they did something really special and fun and gigantic." I hope we look back at the trilogy of upcoming JK Rowling "Fantastic Beasts" films and say, "That was a great and different extension of all things 'Potter,' and more fun than I would have expected." And now, I hope that when all is said and done, four movies based on Stephen King's "The Stand" is a creatively-driven choice that pays off and not one of the weirdest money grabs I've ever seen.

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Tina Fey’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” jumps from NBC to Netflix — with a 2nd-season renewal
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Tina Fey’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” jumps from NBC to Netflix — with a 2nd-season renewal

Tina Fey’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” jumps from NBC to Netflix — with a 2nd-season renewal
The comedy starring “The Office” alum Ellie Kemper as a woman escaping doomsday cult was supposed to premiere on NBC in midseason. Now it’ll debut on Netflix in March, with a two-season 26-episode order. PLUS: NBC didn't know what to do with the show, so it was sold off to Netflix.


“Marry Me” promotes Dan Bucatinsky
He’ll become a series regular on the NBC comedy.

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New Beyonce songs leak: 'Ring Off' is a triumph, hit skip on '7/11'

New Beyonce songs leak: 'Ring Off' is a triumph, hit skip on '7/11'

An ode to mama to shake up your weekend

"Now it all makes sense," Beyonce sings in her new song "Ring Off." "Always know that you’ve got a daughter / That’s so, so proud you took the high road."

"Ring Off" is one of two totally new songs that are included on Bey's self-titled album reissue, out on Nov. 24. It's easy to see why this song -- were it cut last year -- maybe wouldn't have made the initial cut of "Beyonce," released last December. "Ring Off" was off-brand for the landmark year adjacent to that ground-rattling release.

From spring of 2013 to the spring of this year, the singer and entertainer hoofed through her Mrs. Carter World Tour; the very title of the tour itself, as cheeky as it was, brought about the association that Beyonce is not Ms. Knowles, but instead used her year to celebrate being a wife, a new mother, a headliner with strings attached.

"Ring Off" is about divorce, of her mom Tina from her dad Matthew, and becomes an ode to the strength of her mother. Tina and Matthew had an allegedly nasty divorce in 2011 after he had an affair and a child with his mistress. Professionally, Beyonce had her own divorce from her dad-manager shortly thereafter.

That's two years to deal with parents' divorce, one that came after 31 years of marriage. Beyonce's daughter Blue Ivy was born about a year later.

Then Beyonce goes on a Mrs. Carter World Tour a year after that.

The topic of divorce as explored in hip-hop, pop and R&B could fill litters of books, but a pop star of Beyonce's caliber laying out her POV in her parents' divorce is pretty eye-opening, for several reasons. Beyonce famously keeps The Personal close to vest in her songs, and her "Beyonce" album explored more sensuality and togetherness, not separation. She's spent all of last year and 2014 battling or ignoring rumors that her own marriage to Jay-Z is on the rocks. And yet here is a clear-eyed, heart-felt ode, taking a side in her own family concluding: "We can still love again," that her mom is precious and deserves to one day get her swerve back.

This showing-your-hand isn't about Perfect Brand Beyonce, it's about The Actual Life Of Beyonce, which is why it may have not fit on "Beyonce." It would have arrived at a time to make gossip-mongers titter and, likely, Dec. 2013 was too early to pour all that out. My guess is that she sat with "Ring Off" for a good hearty minute. It's the antithesis to "Single Ladies," for those who got the ring on it, and for their own good, had to take it off.

Pile that sentiment on top of a sunny guitar riff that sits somewhere between 1975 and Mary J.'s "Real Love" and a deep, dark synth underbelly that lurks in the minor key, and you've got some stirring material from Queen B.

Which brings us to the other song to leak today, "7/11." Comparatively, this club throwaway isn't likely to move you, even physically. This literally could be any artist, it's like mad-libs for people who get bottle service.

"Beyonce," the platinum edition, is out on Nov. 24 and includes remixes of "Flawless" featuring Nicki Minaj, "Blow" with Pharrell and "Drunk In Love" with Jay-Z and Kanye, and more.

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<p>Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper</p>

Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper

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Netflix saves 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' from pre-cancellation

Tina Fey-created comedy with Ellie Kemper gets two-season order

When NBC aired trailers for all its new shows at last spring's upfront, no new series had me more intrigued than "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a comedy from the "30 Rock" team of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, starring Ellie Kemper from "The Office" as a sheltered woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and tries to start life over in New York City. It wasn't on the fall schedule, nor was it talked about in any early midseason plans, and I had heard from several comedy veterans that NBC had no idea what to do with a show that was so weird and incompatible with whatever it is their comedy brand is now.

Well, NBC finally figured out what to do: they sold "Kimmy Schmidt" off to Netflix, which has made a two-year commitment to the series, with the first season debuting in March of 2015.

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'The Queen Latifah Show' canceled after 2 seasons
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'The Queen Latifah Show' canceled after 2 seasons

Adam Pally is leaving 'The Mindy Project'

“The Queen Latifah Show” canceled after 2 seasons
Queen Latifah announced the news on her Facebook page, telling her staff: ""Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed 'True Grit.!'"


Adam Pally is leaving “The Mindy Project”
According to TV Line, the “Happy Endings” alum will exit after this season’s 13th episode, which is when his contract expired. Pally, however, is expected to return as a guest-star on occasion. PLUS: Check out Julia Stiles on "Mindy."


Cheech Marin is coming to “Jane the Virgin”
He’ll play Jane’s abuelita Alba’s love interest.


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Disney to Plympton: Breaking down this year's Best Animated Short Film Oscar race

Disney to Plympton: Breaking down this year's Best Animated Short Film Oscar race

We've watched 'em all, so how will the dust settle?

This year's Best Animated Short Film Oscar race is, as ever, full of fetching displays of boundary-pushing technique and bold artistic voices. I sought out and watched all 10 of this year's contenders, announced recently by the Academy, from Disney's widely-viewed latest to an offering from the legendary Bill Plympton to new work from Oscar winners like William Joyce and Torill Kove. Let's just say I'm glad it's not my responsibility to whittle this down to five.

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This week's 'Ask Drew' examines the aggressive issue of Chris Nolan fanboys
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This week's 'Ask Drew' examines the aggressive issue of Chris Nolan fanboys

Plus a very smart edition of 'Movie God'

These are going to start playing a little shorter.

We're trying to turn each episode of "Ask Drew" into a fun little streamlined bullet fired directly into your brain pan. I can be a verbose SOB given even the slightest prompting, and part of the fun of "Ask Drew" is that I have no time to prepare for any of these questions. Because I can talk endlessly, though, when we do six or seven questions, these things start to get longer than they should be.

We cover some ground this week, too, with one of the highlights for me being a question about Christopher Nolan. It's interesting to me because of how it was phrased, and how clearly it's a case of perspective. How you feel about Chris Nolan's fans probably depends largely on just how enamored you are with Nolan's work yourself.

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<p>Rosamund Pike</p>

Rosamund Pike

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Rosamund Pike to receive Palm Springs Film Fest’s Breakthrough Performance Award

Could the 'Gone Girl' star crack the Best Actress top five?

Palm Springs: The place to be during Oscar season. The California town’s annual film festival is a hotbed of potential nominees, actors and actresses wrangled for speciality honors that amplify existing buzz. Currently receiving accolades from Palm Springs International Film Festival: Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), and J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"). Time for another name: Rosamund Pike.

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Spike TV orders 'Lip Sync Battle' from Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant
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Spike TV orders 'Lip Sync Battle' from Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant

2 black-themed cable channels pledge not to yank 'Cosby Show' reruns

Spike TV orders “Lip Sync Battle” from Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant
Much like on “The Tonight Show,” each "Lip Sync Battle" episode will feature celebrities — including Fallon, Krasinski and Merchant — battling it out for lip-sync supremacy.


2 black-themed cable channels pledge not to yank “Cosby Show” reruns
Magic Johnson’s ASPiRE Network and BET’s Centric tell TMZ they are not removing “Cosby Show” reruns in the wake of his rape allegations controversy.


James Corden tells Letterman his dad was stunned to learn of his 12:30 am timeslot
The future "Late Late Show" host's dad told him: Why not call it “The Early Early Show”?


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