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<p>This probably didn't happen in primetime. I don't really care.</p>

This probably didn't happen in primetime. I don't really care.

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TV Ratings: ABC's 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' leads Tuesday night

NBC's Carson Daly special and CBS' repeats are second
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 31, 3013.
 
Happy New Year!
 
ABC's cumbersomely titled "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014" dominating the primetime component of Tuesday's New Year's Eve and presumably also dominated the late-night component as well.
 
NBC was second among young viewers with "A Toast to 2013!" and "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly," which NBC says was up significantly over last year's primetime portion, while CBS said "We don't need any stinkin' New Year's Eve programming" and finished second overall with a pile of repeats.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>The combination of Disney animation and Marvel's characters seems like a natural one, and we've got our fingers crossed that 'Big Hero 6' delivers on that potential.</p>

The combination of Disney animation and Marvel's characters seems like a natural one, and we've got our fingers crossed that 'Big Hero 6' delivers on that potential.

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New images from Marvel's risky movies 'Big Hero 6' and 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

Thanks to a great track record, Marvel's taking some chances in 2014

Marvel Studios must be a great place to work these days. They've got one of the best winning streaks in town, both creatively and commercially, and they're reaching a point where they can start to take more chances and try some things that would have been impossible earlier.

I kind of love that "Big Hero 6" image we've got at the top of this story, with Hiro Hamada and his robot Baymax sitting on top of a blimp looking down at the foggy San Fransokyo. Whether it's the fully-animated "Big Hero 6" or the Netflix experiment with "Jessica Jones" and "Daredevil," it's obvious that Disney is willing to try new things, and no project that they have right now better exemplifies that than James Gunn's "Guardians Of The Galaxy."

There's a new image that they've released today that gives us a good look at the five main characters in the movie. Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, a character who has some direct ties to the film's two main villains, Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace) and the visually-arresting Nebula (Karen Gillan). Chris Pratt, poised to become a giant movie star to my kids and their peers thanks to this movie, "The LEGO Movie" and "Jurassic World" all in a short period of time, plays Peter Quill, aka Star Lord. Quill is the lead in the film, and as a human being who has been taken to the far side of the galaxy to grow up, he is very much in search of some sense of home.

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"Oprah: Where Are They Now?"

 "Oprah: Where Are They Now?"

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Exclusive clip: Gary Busey explains his secret code for 'Oprah'

The Oscar nominee explains the message behind common words

Want a resolution to ring in 2014? Learn Gary Busey's approach to language, which really makes every sentence a lot more fun. In this exclusive clip from "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (airing Friday, Jan. 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET on OWN), catch up with the Oscar nominee and learn some of his definitions for words like "fun," "shame" and more. English has never been so awesome!

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<p>This may be from the Monday repeat of &quot;Mike &amp; Molly&quot;</p>

This may be from the Monday repeat of "Mike & Molly"

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TV Ratings: 'Mike & Molly' repeat paces CBS Monday win

Yup. Things are kinda slow.
Fast National ratings for Monday, December 30, 2013.
 
On the last Monday of 2013, the top show overall and in most key demos was a repeat of "Mike & Molly" on CBS. That tells you pretty much everything you need to know about a sluggish night dominated by CBS repeats.
 
There wasn't anything really notable on Monday, so let's go straight to the numbers.
 
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<p>Angela Lansbury at the Governors' Awards in November.</p>

Angela Lansbury at the Governors' Awards in November.

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Angela Lansbury ends a good year with a royal honor

The veteran actress now has a damehood to go with her honorary Oscar

It's been a pretty good year to be Angela Lansbury -- or Dame Angela Lansbury, should you now wish to address her as such. The 88-year-old actress is the most prominent film-related name on the annual New Year Honors list -- titles and citations presented by Queen Elizabeth II to those deemed worthy in any number of areas. For her services to the arts, Lansbury has been declared a DBE -- or Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, if you want to get wordy about it.

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<p>Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in &quot;Gravity.&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in "Gravity."

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Roundup: Is it time for two cinematography Oscars?

Also: U2 win Palm Springs award, and what's disappearing from Netflix?

With Emmanuel Lubezki almost certain to take the Best Cinematography Oscar for "Gravity," few will argue that he's well past due the award -- but many will take issue with the technical implications of such FX-integrated work being recognized in such a fashion. It's an issue that now surfaces on a near-annual basis (wins for "Avatar" and "Life of Pi," in particular, caused a stir), and filmmaker Jamie Stuart thinks it's time "to redefine what constitutes cinematography." Part of that movement, he says, should be to divide the Oscar into two awards: "one for conventional live-action cinematography, and another for CGI-based filmmaking," much as black-and-white and color work was recognized separately until 1967. He's not the first to advocate such a change. What do you think? [Indiewire]

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Does Brandi need rehab?

The claws come out at yet another 'starting over' dinner
Holy bananas. I am not sure I can stand to watch another episode of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" in which Brandi and Joyce get into it, especially as Brandi gets drunk and inarticulately hostile. While Joyce takes great pride in standing up to Brandi's bullying, after a certain point I just want someone to call an emergency treatment center to see if Brandi can be taken in for a 72 hour hold. There's drunken arguing, and then there's a cry for help, and I think Brandi may have just poured herself over the line between them.
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First Look: Christian Bale as Moses in Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'
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First Look: Christian Bale as Moses in Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

Biblical drama is slated for release next holiday season

Next year's holiday season has arrived a tad earlier than expected.

Our first look at Ridley Scott's "Exodus" (currently slated to hit theaters on Dec. 12, 2014) is certainly an eye-popping image, as the Biblical prophet Moses (Christian Bale) rides his horse into a scene that appears to feature an under-construction version of the Great Sphinx of Giza. Scripted by Steven Zaillian ("Moneyball," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") from an earlier draft by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper ("Accepted"), the forthcoming epic will focus on the Biblical exodus of the Israelite slaves from Egypt under Moses's leadership. It also stars Joel Edgerton as Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II, Aaron Paul as Israeli spy Joshua, Sigourney Weaver as Ramesses' mother Tuya, John Turturro as Ramesses' father Seti I and Ben Kingsley as a Hebrew scholar.

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Phil Robertson

 Phil Robertson

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Rethinking 'Duck Dynasty': What now?

Phil Robertson has his job back, but have we missed an opportunity?

In the time it's taken me to process the entire "Duck Dynasty" debacle surrounding Phil Robertson's admittedly inflammatory comments to GQ magazine, A&E has banned the star and reinstated him. Cracker Barrel vowed to stop selling "Duck Dynasty" product and flip-flopped on that, too. In the end, there's been much ado but nothing much has changed. 

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<p>Tom Hanks in &quot;Saving&nbsp;Mr. Banks&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks in "Saving Mr. Banks"

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'Saving Mr. Banks' production designer Michael Corenblith on bringing the world of Disney to life

Part of the magic of the movie is its recreation of a time and place

"Saving Mr. Banks" is currently delighting audiences with its take on Walt Disney, P.L. Travers and the making of "Mary Poppins." But part of the magic of the movie is the recreation of a time and place, and the individual in charge of the art department that brought that world to life is production designer Michael Corenblith.

Corenblith has worked with director John Lee Hancock since 2004's "The Alamo," which was a project of note at the time due to a 51-acre set that was the largest and most expensive set built in North America. Both proud natives of Texas, the two have had a deepening relationship that began on that first feature, which was a personal project for both. "It was amazing – the congruence of the way we saw," Corenblith says with a degree of marvel. "Our processes were immediately aligned. We began to grow in depth and complexity when we collaborated on 'The Blind Side.'"

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 4

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 4

Dan and Alan also look ahead to 2014's most anticipated premieres

Happy Monday, boys and girls! It's the last Firewall & Iceberg video show of the year. After a week off due to technical difficulties, Dan and I are back to look ahead to some of 2014's most promising premieres before we get into specific talk about three premieres: "Community," "Downton Abbey" and ABC's "The Assets." (Aka, Firewall & Iceberg: Accent Cops!) Plus, we look back on some of our favorite episodes of shows that didn't make our respective top 10s.

The time breakdown:

0:30 - TV Previews 2014

5:26 - Review: Community Returns
11:47 - Review: Downton Abbey
16:19 - Review: The Assets
21:37 - The Best Episodes of Non Top 10 Shows

As always, you can send us questions at firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.

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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio in &quot;The Wolf of Wall&nbsp;Street&quot;</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street"

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Leonardo DiCaprio says 'Wolf' critics 'missed the boat entirely'

The actor/producer responds to accusations that his latest work is a glorification

Martin Scorsese's latest film, "The Wolf of Wall Street," hit theaters over the holiday and was met with very interesting reactions. In some corners, it's an unqualified masterpiece, willfully overt and satirical in its depiction of greed and excess. In others, it's an irresponsible culprit that appears to be delighting in the wild ride it depicts.

For the film's producer and star Leonardo DiCaprio, it is a bit of both, as the sheer entertainment of the piece isn't meant to be at odds with its social indictment. That, in some ways, is the horror of it. But it certainly isn't the first Scorsese film to cause a stir upon release and it won't likely be the last.

DiCaprio recently spoke to HitFix about the high ambition of the project, the gobsmacked reaction it has received and how not just his work in "The Wolf of Wall Street," but his involvement in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" earlier this year and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" in 2012 have all been an examination of a shared theme: pursuit of a corrupted American dream.

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