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<p>Jane Fonda at the 2013 Outfest Legacy Awards.</p>

Jane Fonda at the 2013 Outfest Legacy Awards.

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Jane Fonda steals the show from Lee Daniels at Outfest Legacy Awards

Plus: Did Raven-Symoné make her first 'out' appearance?

LOS ANGELES — If you've ever met Lee Daniels or seen an interview with him, you'd quickly ascertain that the director of "Precious" and "The Butler" is his own force of nature. He has a charisma and passion that has helped fuel his success as a filmmaker. So, to be fair, only a true diva could upstage him and especially on a night he's receiving a prestigious lifetime achievement award.

Enter Jane Fonda.

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Fingers crossed these contenders make the Spirit Awards nominations list

Fingers crossed these contenders make the Spirit Awards nominations list

This year's lot will be revealed on Tuesday morning

Tuesday morning Film Independent will announce this year's list of nominees for the 29th annual Spirit Awards. There are certainly a lot of opportunities to right some of the slights made by the Independent Film Project's list of Gotham Award nominees, revealed a few weeks ago, and plenty of considerations to be taken into account besides.

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<p>On &quot;Parenthood,&quot;&nbsp;Amber (Mae Whitman)&nbsp;and Zeek (Craig T. Nelson)&nbsp;hug.</p>

On "Parenthood," Amber (Mae Whitman) and Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) hug.

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Election Day'

The Bravermans go to the polls, Amber gets to sing and Julia visits Joel's office

A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I ride a horse to work...

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<p>Francis Lawrence seems excited to be the one steering the ship for 'The Hunger Games' franchise now.</p>

Francis Lawrence seems excited to be the one steering the ship for 'The Hunger Games' franchise now.

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Francis Lawrence on making Jennifer Lawrence angry in 'Catching Fire'

He's in charge for the rest of the series, and that's a good thing

After a full day of on-camera interviews about "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," there was a small reception at a nearby restaurant where I was invited so that I could spend a little more time talking to director Francis Lawrence.

When "Constantine" came out, I moderated a screening of the film at the Egyptian Theater, and I remember it being a particularly spirited Q&A afterwards. I liked Lawrence, and while I didn't think "Constantine" was a home run, there were plenty of things about it that I liked. I thought "I Am Legend" started strong but then deflated at a certain point. "Water For Elephants" was a low-key surprise, a film that felt genuinely meant even if it also was firmly entrenched in melodrama.

By far, the best thing he's directed so far is "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," simply because it works as a whole film in a way that none of the others have so far, and Lawrence's visual acumen is just the icing on the cake this time. The video you see embedded above was our first conversation about this movie, but at the reception, we had time to speak a little longer, and one of the first things he said was how happy he was to hear that I'd liked the film. He said that the feeling of the positive reviews starting to roll in was a enormous relief, because he felt like this was the best thing he'd done, and so far, his career has not been about critical acclaim.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Is Damon in danger?

Bonnie and Jeremy, um, register for classes, wink, nudge

This was an episode of highs and lows, not just for the characters but for us. There were story lines and character developments that were lovely or tragic (or both) and which made perfect sense. And then, there was Caroline. But we'll get to her in a moment.

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<p>Kevin Bacon of &quot;The Following&quot;</p>

Kevin Bacon of "The Following"

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FOX midseason shakeup impacts 'The Following,' 'Brooklyn,' 'Glee' and more

'Mindy Project' gets bumped around, while 'Rake' loses its post-NFL premiere
Remember that list of midseason scheduling moves that FOX announced back on October 25? Less than a month has passed, but on Thursday (November 21) afternoon, FOX issued a revised midseason schedule that renders much from previous editions obsolete.
 
FOX's new midseason schedule features good news for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," bad news for "Dads" and "The Mindy Project" and entirely too much news for anybody attempting to keep track of FOX's suddenly protean Tuesday lineup.
 
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<p>Chris Pratt's juggling a ton of work right now, but he seems to give his all to every new project.</p>

Chris Pratt's juggling a ton of work right now, but he seems to give his all to every new project.

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Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders on helping Vince Vaughn grow up in 'Delivery Man'

Two TV stars poised to break through in movies discuss their new one with us

Looking at the way careers work right now, it's hard to believe there was ever a time where television and movies were considered very separate things, and stars didn't really jump back and forth at will. If you were a TV star, that was what you did, and you weren't really considered a potential lead in big giant movies. These days, the line between film and television is nonexistent, and you have people who straddle both world comfortably. Just the other night, I was at the "Frozen" premiere, and Kristen Bell was there just long enough to hear the huge round of applause the audience gave the film when it concluded, and then she had to run make her call time to shoot for her series "House Of Lies" until dawn.

Both Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders have emerged as key parts of ensemble casts in well-liked TV comedies in the last few years, and they're each in the midst of very different careers in feature films. Well… not that different, I guess, considering they're each playing roles in the ongoing Marvel movie universe. Smulders had a small but featured role in "The Avengers" as Maria Hill, and we'll definitely be seeing her again in both "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron" at the very least. Pratt just recently wrapped his role as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, the leader of the very rowdy "Guardians Of The Galaxy," and I think it's very likely they could end up colliding at some point down the road with Hill and the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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<p>Ben (Adam Scott)&nbsp;enjoys a eureka moment on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Ben (Adam Scott) enjoys a eureka moment on "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Fluoride/The Cones of Dunshire'

Leslie battles Jamm twice in her final days as a councilwoman

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" double-feature coming up just as soon as my favorite book is "Downton Abbey"...

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Google Doodle 8-bit game celebrates 'Doctor Who's' 50th birthday


Google Doodle 8-bit game celebrates "Doctor Who's" 50th birthday
The Google Doodle, which goes live on Friday, allows you to play the Doctor through all 11 incarnations.


"How I Met Your Mother" celebrates Episode 200

Bob Saget joined the "HIMYM" cast to celebrate the 200th episode today with delicious cake. PLUS: The cast and crew got an "HIMYM" coloring book.


How "Mad Men," "Quantum Leap" and "The X Files" covered the JFK assassination
In one "Quantum Leap" episode, Dr. Sam Beckett leapt into the body of Lee Harvey Oswald.


"SNL" booked 12-1/2 white males for December
Amid "Saturday Night Live's" diversity controversy, every host and musical guest in December will be a white male -- everybody except One Direction's Zayn Malik, who is half-Pakistani.


"The Voice" has become a hit-maker, moreso than "American Idol"

Established acts like Robin Thicke have found "The Voice" to be the best promotional platform out there.


Ellen DeGeneres removes smoking from "Mad Men"

In honor of a day without smoking.


Jay Leno bandleader Rickey Minor is returning to "American Idol" as music director
Minor will be back next season after two years on "The Tonight Show." He replaces Ray Chew, who replaced him.


WGN America orders a Ten Commandments event series
The Weinstein Company-backed project hopes to have an A-list director direct each of the 10 episodes.


Why can't "The X Factor's" international success translate to United States?
Simon Cowell's reality show, which is in 45 countries, is a hit everywhere but here.


"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has a "fairly solid two-year plan"
But Jed Whedon cautions that nothing is set in stone.


Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon are getting big ratings as they near their transition
In fact, Leno this season is 51% up over Letterman in the 18-49 demo.


Watch a preview of "Bonnie & Clyde"

The A&E/Lifetime miniseries stars Emile Hirsch, Holliday Grainger, Sarah Hyland, William Hurt and Holly Hunter.


"Chuck" co-creator is working on a haunted house drama for Syfy

Chris Fedak's "The Woods" centers on a woman who returns to the haunted mansion where her sister disappeared from when they were kids.


Follow Vince Gilligan behind the scenes on "Breaking Bad"

Here's a featurette from the DVD set. PLUS: "Breaking Bad" soundtrack will be released in vinyl, and Bill Burr found Ted Beneke's check.


GOP congressman accused of being an "Alec Baldwin Republican"
Baldwin's name has become a slur in an Idaho congressional race.


"Eastbound & Down's" final moments, explained
"It was always part of the screenplay," says co-creator Jody Hill. "That's how we were going to frame the whole season and tie it up."


Robin Williams vs. Michael J. Fox
Which big-name star with a new sitcom chews up too much scenery?


Charisma Carpenter posts a pic of "Buffy's" 1st trip to Comic-Con

Where was Sarah Michelle Gellar?


Preview Mariah Carey's "American Dads" cameo
The diva plays a girl with a Southern twang.


Sarah Silverman answers questions on Reddit
Silverman recalls the time she tattooed a fan's leg. "I just tattooed a guy's leg with an actual needle. I put WWSD (what would Sarah do)."


Coming to TV: "Lifeforce"?
Colin Wilson's 1976 novel "The Space Vampires," which became the film "Lifeforce" in 1985, is set for a TV remake.


New film "The Robertsons" details "Duck Dynasty stars' struggles with alcoholism, suicidal thoughts
The film, made for a Christian group, goes into Phil's infidelity and Reed's suicidal thoughts. PLUS: New "Duck" book: "Everything's Better With a Beard."


"Survivor's" Aras is becoming a dad
Aras Baskauskas says his fiance is 12 weeks pregnant.


Curtis Stone is creating recipes based on "Arrested Development" and "House of Cards"
The "Top Chef Masters" host also came up with a drink inspired by "Orange is the New Black."


PBS visits "Nashville 2.0"
The Friday documentary looks into the "Rise of Americana."

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<p>Watch out for &quot;Bad Grandpa&quot;&nbsp;in this race. No, seriously...</p>

Watch out for "Bad Grandpa" in this race. No, seriously...

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Tech Support: Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar race features 'Rush,' 'The Butler' and... 'Bad Grandpa?'

Nothing's a sure thing in this year's stacked race

Welcome to the second year of Best "Makeup and Hairstyling." Last year’s long overdue official addition of hairstylists to the title of this category did not officially change anything; hairstylists had always been rewarded. But it was nice to see the recognition in the name.

Did that affect who was nominated? In this extremely unique category (with only three nominees), probably not, but one never knows as "Les Misérables" trumped "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "Hitchcock" for the win. This branch loves aging, monster makeup, period makeup and transforming famous actors into famous persons and there's plenty of all of that on display this season.

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<p>One Direction</p>

One Direction

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - Double Elimination and One Direction performs

Which acts didn't survive British Invasion night?

It's time for another Double Elimination "X Factor"!

And this week? One Direction performs. 

Follow along from home...

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Fox moving 'Glee' to Tuesdays, 'Mindy Project' going on hiatus


Fox moving "Glee" to Tuesdays, "Mindy Project" going on hiatus
Greg Kinnear's" "Rake" will take over "Glee's" Thursday timeslot in the spring. On Tuesdays, "Glee" will be followed by "New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." When the Andy Samberg comedy finishes its season, "The Mindy Project" will return on April 1. E! reports that Fox is still behind the Mindy Kaling sitcom. PLUS: "The Following" will get an NFC Championship game boost on Jan. 27.


Miley Cyrus will take over MTV on Saturday, her 21st birthday
MTV will devote much of Saturday to Miley, starting with "21 Candles: Miley’s MTV Moments."


Aaron Paul and "Big Love" girlfriend Amanda Seyfried will reunite on the big screen
The former "Breaking Bad" star has joined the new film "Fathers and Daughters."

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