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'Will & Grace' reunion: Megan Mullally to visit 'Sean Saves the World'


"Will & Grace" reunion: Megan Mullally to visit "Sean Saves the World"
She'll guest as Sean Hayes' sister.


Julie Andrews hasn't watched "The Sound of Music Live"
"Alas, I did not (see it)," she says. "I had a speaking engagement and I couldn't. But my kids did record it. I'll get around to it."


"SVU" is losing Captain Donald Cragen

Dann Florek filmed his final scenes last week.


"Bonnie and Clyde" drops on Night 2
After experiencing 9.8 million viewers on Night 1, about 7.3 million checked out the 2nd and concluding night of the A&E Networks' miniseries.


"Divorce Court" renewed through 2015

The long-running court show will continue on with Judge Lynn Toler.


NBC casts "Tin Man"
"Gossip Girl" vet Patrick Heusinger will play the title role of a robot accused of murder who's on the run.

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<p>Jeff Nichols' &quot;Mud&quot;&nbsp;also sparked for the group, picking up five nominations.</p>

Jeff Nichols' "Mud" also sparked for the group, picking up five nominations.

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'12 Years a Slave' dominates Phoenix Film Critics Society nominations

'Saving Mr. Banks' comes in a distant second

Another day, another regional critics group that dives full force into the "12 Years a Slave" tank. The film dominated the Phoenix Film Critics Society nominations today with 13 mentions. "Saving Mr. Banks" was a distant second nailing down nine, while "Gravity" picked up eight. Jeff Nichols' "Mud" also sparked for the group, picking up as many nominations as top Oscar players like "American Hustle" and "Captain Phillips." It showed up in the group's lengthy Best Picture/Top 10 list category as well as in Best Original Screenplay. Check out the full list below, and remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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NBC orders a 'Rosemary's Baby' miniseries


NBC orders a "Rosemary's Baby" miniseries
The four-hour miniseries will adapt the 1967 Ira Levin bestseller, which was made into a classic Roman Polanski film.


Kevin Pollak tapped to play Anna Faris' dad on "Mom"
He'll play Alvin Biletnikoff, the boyfriend who abandoned Allison Janney's character.


CBS honors Nelson Mandela by playing Toto's "Africa"

How inappropriate was the music from "CBS This Morning"?


"King of the Nerds" books Mayim Bialik, Jon Heder, Bill Nye and Kevin Sorbo
They'll guest-judge along with the returning George Takei.


FX teases "Justified" Season 5
Watch crows ruin Raylan's hat.


Tina Fey & Amy Poehler guest-edit Entertainment Weekly, enlist Jon Hamm
In the issue hitting stands next week, Fey assigned Jon Hamm to interview his former high school student, Ellie Kemper, whom he used to teach drama to in St. Louis.


Spencer Pratt: "The Hills" producers wanted me to leave Heidi Montag at the alter
In last night's Spencer & Heidi special on E!, the couple also revealed how they blew through $10 million.


"Family Guy" coming out with a mobile game

The game, due next year, will be free to download.


Terry Crews is writing a book called "Manhood"
Due in May, the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star will write about the "ups and downs of his life and twenty-five year marriage, including straight-talking advice for men and the women who love them."


Listen to Lea Michele's debut single

Here's an excerpt from the "Glee" star's "Cannonball."


Courteney Cox may be dating a member of Snow Patrol
The "Cougar Town" star was spotted recently getting cozy with the band's Johnny McDaid.


TCM to pay tribute to "Sound of Music" actress Eleanor Parker

The actress famous for playing the Baroness, who died yesterday at age 91, will get a full-day tribute on Dec. 17.

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<p>I'll bet Bryan Cranston wishes he was in a nice safe underground bunker cooking some meth right about now, eh?</p>

I'll bet Bryan Cranston wishes he was in a nice safe underground bunker cooking some meth right about now, eh?

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Bryan Cranston leads the fight as the 'Godzilla' trailer comes stomping online

Sometimes, quiet really is the best strategy

It's all about the tease.

I have no doubt that when the new "Godzilla," directed by Gareth Edwards, arrives in theaters in May of 2014 that Godzilla will be seen onscreen extensively in some big giant crazy action sequences. None at all. When I had a long conversation one afternoon with Thomas Tull of Legendary Pictures way back at the start of this process, part of the attraction for him was getting Godzilla back onscreen and actually treating him like a character.

But for now, this first official trailer for the film is pure tease, and smartly handled. In particular, I love the way it starts. What I want most from this film is some sense of the awe we would feel if giant monsters suddenly woke up and started roaming the Earth, and it feels like they may have nailed that. Edwards wasn't the immediate choice to helm this film if you're just going by box-office accomplishments, but anyone who saw "Monsters" knows that he's very good at finding quiet moments even amidst chaos and mayhem.

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'The Sing-Off' returns big


"The Sing-Off" returns big
The Season 3 premiere was up over last year's finale.


"HIMYM" bringing back Ashley Williams
She'll return in the 19th episode of the season.


"Portlandia" will be back Feb. 27

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein used Instagram to announce  Season 4. Guest stars include Olivia Wilde, Maya Rudolph, Steve Buscemi, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum and Gus Van Zant.


VH1 to show all the "Happy Endings" episodes

All 57 episodes will air next year on Wednesdays, following a New Year's Eve marathon.


Carrie Bradshaw meets Carrie Bradshaw
Sarah Jessica Parker of "Sex and the City" fame finally got to meet "The Carrie Diaries" star AnnaSophia Robb on Monday.


Ex-"SYTYCD" judge Adam Shankman checks into rehab

His rep says he's "seeking treatment."


"Castle" casts Frances Fisher
She'll appear in a "Devil Wears Prada"-themed episode.


MTV names Miley Cyrus Artist of the Year
Her VMA performance was tops on the MTV website this year.

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<p>The judges on &quot;The Sing-Off&quot;</p>

The judges on "The Sing-Off"

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TV Ratings: Solid 'Sing-Off' return, 'The Voice' lead NBC on Monday

'Almost Human' ticks up, 'Sleepy Hollow' ticks down
Fast National ratings for Monday, December 9, 2013.
 
After a long absence, NBC's rebooted "The Sing-Off" returned to decent numbers and helped NBC cruise to Monday victories in all measures on a Monday laden with repeats and holiday programming.
 
FOX was the only other network with a full slate of new shows, as the network saw "Almost Human" get an encouraging bump (anything other than a decline would count as encouraging), though "Sleepy Hollow" was down slightly in its final new episode of 2013.
 
Meanwhile, The CW keeps airing these "IHeart Radio" specials and nobody keeps watching, with a One Direction hour the latest to tank.
 
[ABC had the football preemption in the Chicago market, which will likely lead to small declines in Finals.[
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio in &quot;The Wolf of Wall Street.&quot;</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street."

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Roundup: Schoonmaker's NSFW moments in editing 'Wolf of Wall Street'

Also: Inside the LAFCA vote, and Hollywood's most overpaid actors

The editing of "The Wolf of Wall Street" has been a long-running story, as Martin Scorsese's film scrambled to get in under the wire -- with reports of various running times (one as long as four hours) along the way. Three-time Oscar winner Thelma Schoonmaker, who is probably more informed than most on this matter, talks to Melena Ryzik about the "shaving down" process, the improvisations she reluctantly had to lose, and the awkward NSFW moments she encountered along the way. “This is a lot of sex and a lot of drugs. It was a bit of a shock at first. Sometimes people would come in the editing room and there’d be some outrageous image on the screen and I’d say, ‘Wait a minute, let me move that off.’” [New York Times]

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John Noble and Nicole Beharie in 'Sleepy Hollow'

Abbie would really like a story again on 'Sleepy Hollow,' please. (But, look! John Noble!)

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'Sleepy Hollow' recap: 'The Golem' - Not so merry Christmas

Ichabod investigates what happened to his son with a little help from John Noble's Sin Eater

"Sleepy Hollow" has built up enough good will at this point that it would be easy to dismiss a more uneven episode like "The Golem" with a shrug and a "Can't wait till next month!" Because, really, even if this wasn't the show's finest hour (and possibly its weakest yet), I still can't wait for the final three episodes next month.

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<p>Jamal &amp; Leo of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Jamal & Leo of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Leo & Jamal talk 'The Amazing Race'

The Afghanimals discuss energy, Race ethics and more
This week's string of "Amazing Race" exit interviews begins with my chat with the freshly completed run's most polarizing team, Leo & Jamal. 
 
The self-described Afghanimals were the season's most reliably energetic and enthusiastic team and they made the season's most consistent alliance, working alongside Ice Queens Ally & Ashley from the very first Leg. 
 
Of course, while some fans loved that Afghanimal energy, certain rival teams criticized Leo & Jamal for excessive gamesmanship and occasional white lies. Travis & Nicole took particular exception to Leo & Jamal's ethics and it's obvious that months after filming wrapped, the Afghanimals are still irked by certain things that Nicole in particular did in those last few Legs. 
 
It's also obvious that Leo is frustrated by the way their "Amazing Race" run ended, specifically the inverted torso on a robot puzzle in Tokyo, a task he was doing himself while Nicole and Amy teamed up, a task that cost them a place in the final Leg and left them in fourth place. 
 
In their exit interview, Leo & Jamal talk about why they were viewed by other teams as a threat, how they kept their energy up and their version of "Amazing Race" ethics.
 
Click through for the full Q&A and stay tuned for the three finalists over the next few nights.
 
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Ranking Tom Hanks' 10 all-time greatest performances

Ranking Tom Hanks' 10 all-time greatest performances

Did 'Captain Phillips' or 'Saving Mr. Banks' make the cut?

It's probably not fair to say Tom Hanks has experienced a comeback over the past year. He's always been here. His side job as a movie and TV producer has just stolen some of his free time over the past decade or so. 2013 is a watershed for Hanks, however, with acclaimed performances in two Oscar contenders, "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks," now on his resume. "Phillips" has already earned over $100 million domestic, "Banks" is expected to be a major holiday hit and he could earn Academy Award nominations for both films. So on second thought, maybe it's a pseudo comeback.

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<p>It's already been a Frontline documentary, but now 'League Of Denial' may be on its way to the bigscreen as a dramatic feature as well.</p>

It's already been a Frontline documentary, but now 'League Of Denial' may be on its way to the bigscreen as a dramatic feature as well.

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Parkes/McDonald Productions takes up traumatic brain injury with 'League Of Denial'

Important nonfiction book has already inspired a doc

One of the most upsetting moments in Lucy Walker's new documentary "The Crash Reel" features Kevin Pearce, a world-class snowboarder who was waylaid on his way to the Olympics by a traumatic brain injury, talking to his parents about how he plans to return to snowboarding. This is on the heels of two full years of therapy that have obviously not restored him to anything like peak condition. Pearce seems completely set on going back to competition, and nothing his parents say seems to be eating to him. He's simply incapable of accepting the idea that his brain damage is permanent.

The subject of just how we've approached the health of players involved in full-contact sports is currently undergoing a culture-wide re-examination, and while sports fans might have to cope with some uncomfortable changes to the games that they love, it sounds like those changes have to happen.

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<p>Tom Cruise will once again fracture jaws and solve problems as Jack Reacher in 'Never Let Go' for writer/director Chris McQuarrie</p>

Tom Cruise will once again fracture jaws and solve problems as Jack Reacher in 'Never Let Go' for writer/director Chris McQuarrie

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Tom Cruise will return as Jack Reacher for Chris McQuarrie's 'Never Go Back'

How are Reacher fans feeling this time around?

There were few people more skeptical out the casting of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher than I was. I wrote about it several times during the production of the film, but when the film finally came out, I found myself won over by Christopher McQuarrie's excellent script and smart, sleek direction. It is a really good old-school action movie, and while Cruise isn't the Jack Reacher I see when I read the books, he's got an intensity that makes up for the physicality.

So when I read that Cruise and McQuarrie, who are currently gearing up for "Mission: Impossible 5," are now set to develop a sequel to "Jack Reacher," I am actually excited by the news. I'm a little baffled by the choice of book, though, and this time, my issue has nothing to do with Cruise and whether or not he's the same size as Reacher.

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