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<p>Jesse Plemons, seen here on 'Breaking Bad,' may be in the race for a major role in the new 'Star Wars'</p>

Jesse Plemons, seen here on 'Breaking Bad,' may be in the race for a major role in the new 'Star Wars'

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Report: Jesse Plemons being eyed for role in JJ Abrams' 'Star Wars Episode VII'

Young 'Breaking Bad' star said to be heading to LA to discuss the part

One of the pleasures of the final two seasons of "Breaking Bad" was watching the evolution of Todd, the character played by Jesse Plemons. His All-American Opie Cunningham exterior hid a truly dark heart, and Plemons played the role beautifully.

He's been working for fourteen years, though. "Breaking Bad" may have seemed like a breakthrough moment for Plemons, but it's one that he's been building to for a while. He played young Matt Damon in "All The Pretty Horses" back in 2000, a damn fine piece of casting, and then he ended doing small roles on a lot of TV shows for a while before "Friday Night Lights" finally came along and he got the role of Landry Clarke.

TV has never been an issue for Plemons, and one of the things you learn as an actor when you're working in television is to commit for a long period of time, and anyone who signs on for "Star Wars Episode VII" is going to have to be ready to be associated with "Star Wars" for the rest of their life. I'm not sure you really can explain to someone just how big an impact something like "Star Wars" is going to have on their lives.

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Melissa McCarthy will host 'SNL' for the 3rd time on Super Bowl Eve


Melissa McCarthy will host "SNL" for the 3rd time on Super Bowl Eve
This will be the third "Saturday Night Live" season in a row featuring a Melissa McCarthy episode. McCarthy hosts on Feb. 1.


Brittany Snow lands on ABC as a chemistry teacher in "An American Education"
She'll co-star in the remake of the British comedy "Bad Education."

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the Fish Bowl

 the Fish Bowl

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Press Tour: Nat Geo WILD puts a fishy spin on the Super Bowl

If the Puppy Bowl is too cute for you, consider the Fish Bowl

If you hate football and just can't handle the cuteness of the Puppy Bowl, good news -- there's a programming option for you, too. On Sun. Feb. 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Nat Geo WILD will be offering the aquatic stylings of Goldie the Fish. 

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Nat Geo Wild's 'Fish Bowl' will take on the Super Bowl


Nat Geo Wild's "Fish Bowl" will take on the Super Bowl
Four hours of a goldfish in a bowl will be used to counterprogram the Super Bowl, as well as the Kitten Bowl and the Puppy Bowl.


CNN boss denies he's trying to hire Jay Leno or Ann Curry
"I know there's been a lot of talk about CNN looking for late-night programming, a late-night comedy show," Zucker told critics today. "That's really not a priority for us at this time. We have some other things I'd like to concentrate on first. "


Evander Holyfield evicted from "Celebrity Big Brother" after 1 week
Holyfield was the first housemate booted after a week in which he was accused of being homophobic while admitting today he punched a pregnant horse in the face. ("Celebrity Big Brother" runs three weeks.)


HBO: We're not making a "True Blood" movie
Stephen Moyer had hinted that a film might be in the works.


"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" vows to get to the bottom of the "Walter Mitty" leak

Producers are still not sure if the movie leak came from the show or not. "We are doing everything we can to find out and to make sure it never happens again," they say.


HBO planning a "Normal Heart" sequel
Ryan Murphy would be back if HBO does order a sequel to the Larry Kramer play.


"Breaking Bad's" final episodes will hit Netflix next month
The final eight arrive on Feb. 24.


NBC orders comedies from Casey Wilson and Rashida Jones
Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael are behind "Mason Twins," while Rashida Jones is working on "A To Z."


Tara Reid visiting "Melissa & Joey"
She'll hit it off with Joey Lawrence during her guest spot.


"Helix" is great sci-fi TV -- if you don't overthink it
The Syfy series starring Billy Campbell about a team of CDC scientists is good television, as long as you don't get bogged down in the details. PLUS: The first two hours go at a brisk, thrilling pace, and there's too much stupidity.


Fox's "Enlisted" is charming and sneakily funny

The military comedy isn't a show about war, says James Poniewozik. "What Enlisted is above all, and what makes it lovable, is a hybrid of the work-as-family sitcom and the family-as-family sitcom," he says. PLUS: It has a well thought-out premise and nicely sketched characters, and writers didn't want to make fun of soldiers.

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<p>Does &quot;Rush&quot;&nbsp;have enough gas in the tank to pick up a couple of nominations across the crafts?</p>

Does "Rush" have enough gas in the tank to pick up a couple of nominations across the crafts?

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Tech Support: Final predictions for Best Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design and Sound

Wrapping up one last look at the craft categories before next week's announcement

We're within a week of the big moment. Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday next week and we'll find out which films are the dominant forces throughout the Academy's various craft categories. Yesterday we began final Tech Support analysis of the field with the categories of Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Original Song and Visual Effects. Today we round out the field with the rest.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars" 

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Interview: 'Project Runway All Stars' talks tears, strategy

The win offers a chance for one designer to get to 'the next level'

So, spoiler alert -- I spoke to the winner of "Project Runway All Stars," and I can only say so much before I have to reveal the gender, so let's just say don't click to the story if you don't want to know.

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<p>I&nbsp;wish they'd have released the image from this same scene where Affleck tries smiling for the cameras.</p>

I wish they'd have released the image from this same scene where Affleck tries smiling for the cameras.

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'Gone Girl' screenplay adaptation more faithful than Affleck interview suggests

Fans should be excited about the way Gillian Flynn adapted her own book

"Does any couple possibly know each other better than we do, right now?"

When Amy asks that question of Nick in Gillian Flynn's screenplay adaptation of her massively popular novel "Gone Girl," it's a genuinely provocative query. That's not a spoiler, either, because you have no idea where that happens on the timeline of the story of what happens between a married couple when the wife disappears on the morning of their fifth anniversary and all the evidence clearly makes it seem like the husband killed her.

I'll confess that it threw me at first when David Fincher signed on to make the film, because it seemed almost too popular a pick. Then again, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" sold a bazillion copies, so I guess this is within the same general wheelhouse. This week's cover story in "Entertainment Weekly" is built around interviews with Fincher, Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Gillian Flynn, and they make a pretty strong case for why this particular chemical match game might result in something special.

There's one quote in particular that has people really worked up, though. It's sort of a weird convoluted quote, though. It's David Fincher quoting Ben Affleck's reaction to Flynn's adaptation of her own work: "Ben was so shocked by it. He would say, 'This is a whole new third at! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.'"

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<p>Tom Morello</p>

Tom Morello

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Inspired by Springsteen, Tom Morello's ready to rock on solo album

His stint in the E Street Band paved the way

Becoming a temporary member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band has so inspired Tom Morello that he now intends to make his first solo rock record.

Though Morello certainly let his rock god out with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, his four solo sets have been gentler, folkier outings under the moniker The Nightwatchman.

After touring with Springsteen in Australia this past summer as the replacement for Steven Van Zandt, who was filming “Lilyhammer,”  Morello tells Billboard he was inspired to rock out. “The first time I ever sang with an electric guitar in my hands was 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' [with Springsteen] at the Anaheim (Calif.) Pond in 2008. Until then I'd kept my folk singing career and my electric guitar shredding career completely separate," Morello told Billboard. "It was on that (Anaheim) stage that I realized there might be a way to combine all the things I do as a songwriter and a guitar player, and this record is going to be that."

Morello has a number of songs already written but he’ll have to wait to hit the studio until he returns from playing South Africa, New Zealand and Australia (again)  with the E Street Band.  “I want to make the craziest guitar record that anyone’s ever heard,” he says.

Morello can be heard on Springsteen's new album, "High Hopes," out Jan. 14. The guitarist is on eight of the tracks.

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<p>A scene from &quot;The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.&quot;</p>

A scene from "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

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'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2' starts rolling, with Richard Gere on board

Judi Dench and Maggie Smith among the returning cast members

Love "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?" Love Richard Gere? Well, consider your day made. Fox Searchlight announced today that production on a sequel to the British feelgood hit from 2012 is officially under way in India, with Fox Searchlight once more backing the enterprise, and the first film's Oscar-nominated director John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love") back behind the camera.

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<p>Sarah Palin</p>

Sarah Palin

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Press Tour: Sarah Palin offers critics breakfast, Alaskan visit

Former Governor will have a show on Sportsman Channel
The last time Sarah Palin appeared at a Television Critics Association press tour, she upstage husband Todd's NBC reality show, but was herself upstaged by Crystal, the simian co-star of the short-lived alleged-comedy "Animal Practice."
 
On Friday (January 10) morning, Sarah Palin had the spotlight all to herself and successfully filled a Pasadena hotel ballroom even at 8 a.m. and even though she was appearing for a network -- Sportsman Channel -- few in the TCA room are even vaguely aware of. 
 
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<p>Joaquin Phoenix in &quot;Her.&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "Her."

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Georgia Film Critics Association falls for 'Her'

'12 Years a Slave' takes a trio of acting awards

The Georgia Film Critics' Association, who had one of the more interesting nomination lists of the circuit so far, have named Spike Jonze's "Her" the best film of the year., also handing it awards for Jonze's screenplay and Arcade Fire's score. Joaquin Phoenix initially tied with "12 Years a Slave" star Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor, but the latter was handed the win based on nomination votes; Ejiofor's co-stars Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o were also rewarded. Alas, the extensive love for "Upstream Color" at the nomination stage didn't result in any awards, though "Short Term 12" for Best Adapted Screenplay is an against-the-grain choice. Full list of winners after the jump; everything else at The Circuit.

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<p>&quot;About a Boy&quot;</p>

"About a Boy"

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NBC sets spring premieres for 'About a Boy,' 'Believe' and more

'Crisis' will air on Sunday nights post-'Believe'
Because I needed outside news to cover in the middle of an exhaustive cable day at the Television Critics Association press tour, NBC announced a slew of spring premieres on Friday (January 10). The newly announced premieres clear up most of the network's remaining programming mysteries for the 2013-2014 season.
 
The big beneficiaries of the new spring schedule are "Believe" and "About a Boy," which will both get boosts from the Olympics, "The Voice" or both.
 
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