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'Sharknado 3' will strike 'The Feast Coast'
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'Sharknado 3' will strike 'The Feast Coast'

It’s official: Bethenny Frankel returning to 'Real Housewives of New York'

“Sharknado 3” will strike “the Feast Coast”
Multiple cities will be impacted by the next Sharknado, from Washington D.C. to Orlando, Florida.


It’s official: Bethenny Frankel returning to “Real Housewives of New York”
"I'm genuinely excited, with a side of slightly nervous, for my return to 'The Real Housewives of New York City,'” says Frankel, who appeared in the first three seasons.


Fox orders Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens”
The “genre-bending comedy-horror anthology series” will feature a new setting and storyline each season, much like Murphy’s “American Horror Story.”


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Moana
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Walt Disney Animation announces South Pacific-set 'Moana' for 2016

CG adventure will mark the studio's 56th feature

With only a few weeks left before Walt Disney Animation’s Marvel Comics adaptation “Big Hero 6” hits theaters, the studio has added another feature to its pipeline. The Mouse House revealed plans Monday for “Moana,” a CG-animated comedy-adventure about “a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest.”

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<p>Broncos QB Peyton Manning</p>

Broncos QB Peyton Manning

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TV Ratings: Peyton Manning's record-breaking night draws big Sunday numbers to NBC

NFL coverage also helps boost CBS and FOX

Fast National ratings for Sunday, October 19, 2014.

The Sunday Night Football game between the 49ers and Broncos drew big numbers  to NBC, driven in part by Denver QB Peyton Manning's pursuit of the NFL's TD-passing record.

It was NBC's best Sunday Night Football performance since the premiere, while other programming also had a big night.

Inflated by NFL overrun, FOX's comedies and CBS' dramas were up week-to-week. Also posting gains without football was ABC's "Once Upon a Time," while the network's later dramas were flat.

On to the numbers...

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Gwen Stefani says 'Baby Don't Lie' on new solo single
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Gwen Stefani says 'Baby Don't Lie' on new solo single

Musical Frankenstein doesn't yield anything distinctly Stefanian

Gwen Stefani's new solo single "Baby Don't Lie" is out, and it's running all over the place.

At first it threatens to be a gum-chewing M.I.A. hip-hop hybrid. Then it soars straight into Ellie Goulding dance-pop territory, and then mid-tempo love song with a hiccup at the end, plus a OneRepublic counter-melody on the tags after the chorus. Then Iggy Azalea's influence rears its head.

Well, at least the whiff of OneRepublic can be partly to all of the co-songwriters: Ryan Tedder, who worked with Benny Blanco and Noel Zancanella to write this sonic Frankenstein.

Tedder leads OneRepublic and Blanco -- who produced on OneRepublic's latest album "Native" -- could be a solid lead as to why anybody would ape the slack-voweled sounds of Iggy Azalea: he co-wrote pop-laden "Black Widow" for the Aussie rapper. Zancanella also co-wrote and co-produced for OneRepublic, and was behind Ellie Goulding's "Burn," plus a few tunes for acts like Maroon 5, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez.

Start connecting a bunch of those dots and you get a song that doesn't at all seem distinctly Gwen Stefani, except for her willingness to speak-sing without ever actually having to verge on rapping.

The No Doubt frontwoman still has a lot of power behind her voice and can still carry a decent melody when she's given one, namely the chorus here. But it's hardly a reintroduction to the personality behind "Hollaback Girl." This is a generic play for radio, without much fun or heart. I'm more eager to hear how a whole album would fare.

The music video for "Baby Don't Lie" will premiere tomorrow (Oct. 21).

"Baby Don't Lie" is Stefani's first new music as a solo artist since she released "The Sweet Escape" in 2006. No Doubt dropped their newest album in 2012. She is currently a judge on "The Voice."

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<p>Manhattan</p>

Manhattan

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Season finale review: 'Manhattan' - 'Perestroika'

Frank's victory is complete, while Charlie gets busted

Earlier this week, WGN America ordered a second season of "Manhattan," which pleased me and a number of you. A few thoughts on tonight's season finale, and season 1 as a whole, coming up just as soon as I run for town council...

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Billy Boyd singing Edge of Night in Lord of the Rings
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'Rings' star will sing 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' credits song

Actor wrote the tune with series writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh

Billy Boyd’s performance of “Edge of Night” in “Return of the King” is among the most stirring sequences in Peter Jackson’s original “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. After Denethor (John Noble) requests a ditty, Boyd’s Pippin serenades the king’s court with the memorable, falsetto ballad. Adapted by screenwriter Philippa Boyens from J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem, “A Walking Song,” and scored by composer Howard Shore, Jackson juxtaposes the haunting melody with shots of Faramir (David Wenham) battling over Osgiliath. “Return of the King” won 11 Oscars at the 2004 Academy Awards, “Edge of Night” didn’t earn any love — Best Song honors that year went to another “Lord of the Rings” tune: Annie Lennox’s “Into the West.”

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Leviathan
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'Leviathan' takes top honors at the London Film Festival

Russia’s Best Foreign Language Film submission adds fest cred to its resume

On Sunday evening, the 58th BFI London Film Festival announced this year’s Festival Awards winners. Top honors went to Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan,” Russia’s Best Foreign Language Film submission.

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Jay Leno honored with Mark Twain Prize for Humor, feted by Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler
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Jay Leno honored with Mark Twain Prize for Humor, feted by Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler

Google changes Stephen Colbert's height to 5-10.5 after he complained he should be listed as 5-11

Jay Leno honored with Mark Twain Prize for Humor, feted by Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler
Seth Meyers, JB Smoove, Garth Brooks, Kristen Chenoweth, Kevin Eubanks and Wanda Sykes also helped honor Leno with the nation’s top humor prize Sunday night at the Kennedy Center. Chelsea Handler said in her tribute: “I never really said it to you, because you’re never really listening, but every single time I was on his show, he’d come back and ask me how I was doing, how was life. You made a difference in my life. I totally love you. And if you ever need anything from anyone, call Jimmy Fallon.” PLUS: Watch attendees try to impersonate Leno.


Google changes Stephen Colbert's height to 5-10.5 after he complained he should be listed as 5-11
Colbert ranted at Google last week on "The Colbert Report" for listing him as 5-10.


Shonda Rhimes slams tweeter upset her shows have too many “gay scenes”
"If you are suddenly discovering that Shondaland shows have scenes involving people who are gay, you are LATE TO THE PARTY,” Rhimes said in a series of tweets.

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<p>Miles Teller in &quot;Whiplash&quot;</p>

Miles Teller in "Whiplash"

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Off the Carpet: So let's talk about that crowded Best Actor Oscar race

If four spots are indeed spoken for, who gets the last seat at the table?

Let's start with a broad assessment that may or may not be true, but can be taken as close enough for the purposes of this column: there are four Best Actor slots spoken for. What are they? Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher," Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game," Michael Keaton in "Birdman" and Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything." Only one of those films, mind you, has opened and screened for the Academy ("Birdman"). But if I were a betting man, I'd say that quartet is secure. So who slides in besides?

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<p>Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in &quot;Birdman&quot;</p>

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in "Birdman"

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'Birdman' warmly received at Academy screening as Norton and company hold court

The film netted a sizable turnout at its official AMPAS exhibition Sunday

BEVERLY HILLS — Fox Searchlight's "Birdman" flew into limited release this weekend with a fantastic $103,750-per-screen average and plenty of Oscar potential. This comes on the heels of a New York press blitz built around a closing night New York Film Festival berth for the film and with the expectation for limited availability from the ensemble and key crew members during the upcoming awards season (and in lieu of a proper Los Angeles premiere, to boot). At the film's official Academy screening Sunday afternoon, Alejandro González Iñárritu's thematically rich, formally inventive opus drew a sizable turnout (800 or so people in the 1,000-seat venue) and a warm reception that seemed to indicate this one will do well with voters.

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<p>Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Strangers'

Rick's group meets Father Gabriel, and Bob runs into a familiar face

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I lead you into a trap so I can steal all your squirrels...

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<p>Boardwalk Empire</p>

Boardwalk Empire

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Friendless Child'

Nucky and Luciano go to war, and Nucky finally reads Gillian's letter

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I catch you in a good mood...

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