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<p>Battle of the divas as Adele goes up against Lana Del Rey in the best song written for visual media category at the 56th Grammy Awards.</p>

Battle of the divas as Adele goes up against Lana Del Rey in the best song written for visual media category at the 56th Grammy Awards.

It's Adele vs. Lana Del Rey at the 2014 Grammys as 'Skyfall' and 'Gatsby' face off

Familiar and not-so familiar players in the film, TV and media categories

Adele won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her iconic ballad "Skyfall" from last year's 007 blockbuster, but will Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" end her winning streak at the 56th Grammy Awards?

Yes, it's unlikely, isn't it? Adele is royalty. She rarely loses.

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Fox cuts 'Dads' order


Fox cuts "Dads" order

The freshman comedy's 22-episode full-season order has been reduced to 19 episodes.

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<p>It's a darker, more dangerous Bilbo this time around.</p>

It's a darker, more dangerous Bilbo this time around.

Credit: Warner Bros/New Line

Review: 'The Hobbit' improves in every way with the thrilling 'Desolation Of Smaug'

Oh, yeah, these are adventure movies!

It's safe to say that there are very few positive reviews that have ever earned me the degree of truly furious e-mail that last year's review of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" did. Fans were furious at me for daring to give a Peter Jackson Middle Earth movie a B, and unwilling to entertain even the possibility that any of my issues with the movie were genuine. Once the film was released, though, general public opinion seemed to swing the other way and suddenly I started getting e-mail from people saying I'd been too kind, that I was in the tank for it, that I was somehow bending over backwards to give the film a good but not great review.

The truth is there are certain projects, certain series, there is no criticism that the fanbase wants to read, and there's no winning over an audience that is disinterested to begin with. These films are juggernauts, and they're going to be seen no matter what. Some might see that as an invitation to just phone it in and coast on former glories, but it doesn't feel to me like that's what happened here. I think Peter Jackson is putting himself and his amazing crew through just as rigorous and demanding an experience as he did on "Lord Of The Rings," if not more so. He is not resting on his laurels in any way. He couldn't, though. This is a much harder project to adapt, and looking at the differences between "Unexpected Journey" and this second film, "The Desolation Of Smaug," it's a pretty great practical lesson in how these kinds of films work.

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Analysis: How can 'Sound of Music' solve a problem like NBC Thursday?

Analysis: How can 'Sound of Music' solve a problem like NBC Thursday?

More ratings discussion, analysis and a video!
Once upon a time, NBC's Thursday was the envy of all of the networks, a steadily churning assortment of comedy and drama hits. Then, gradually, NBC's Thursday became an embarrassment, an assortment of critical darlings and turkeys united only in what seemed to be a strange quest to fall behind The CW among young viewers.
 
Frequently this fall, NBC has succeeded in that unintended goal, with "Parks and Recreation" and "Welcome to the Family" often looking up at "The Vampire Diaries" in several key demos.
 
This Thursday (December 5), however, NBC found a way back to the top of the heap and the network did so without relying on "The Voice" or the Olympics.
 
The Final National ratings are in for NBC's "The Sound of Music" and they are fairly massive. The Carrie Underwood-fronted musical rose slightly from Fast Nationals with a whopping 18.62 million viewers and stayed steady with a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49.
 
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ABC's '20/20' and CBS' '48 Hours' will be devoted to Nelson Mandela


ABC's "20/20" and CBS' "48 Hours" will be devoted to Nelson Mandela
Also paying tribute is History channel, which is re-airing "Miracle Rising: South Africa."


"Bunheads" alum Sutton Foster joins a TV Land pilot from Darren Star
On "Young," based on the novel, Foster will play a 40-something housewife who is able to pass herself off as a 20-something.


"Sound of Music Live" director defends Carrie Underwood: She was in a "lose-lose situation"
Former "SNL" director Beth McCarthy-Miller is glad there were very few problems, though she has read a few reviews. "I think it was a lose-lose situation for her because I think everyone had such memories of Julie Andrews," she says. "I think it’s so hard to try to recreate such an iconic role, but I was blown away by her, and I've never seen anyone work harder in my life." PLUS: Twitter made the whole event worthwhile, celebs became critics on Twitter, Cameron Diaz had a field day live-tweeting, more celebrity reaction, its unprofessionalism is what made it so great to watch, "Liesl" and "Gretl" slam the remake, and its success will lead to more big TV events.


Syfy's re-imagined "Battlestar Galactica" turns 10

Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the miniseries that launched Ronald D. Moore's "Battlestar," which took on the War on Terror in "intellectually challenging or uncomfortable ways" during a time when sci-fi on television wasn't taken that serious, as Maureen Ryan notes. She adds: "I wouldn't make the argument that every episode is perfect -- nor would anyone associated with the show -- but I would argue that very few shows from the post-aughts Golden Age aimed higher and hit their chosen targets more consistently and more thrillingly."


"Mob Wives" star's husband sentenced to 7 years in prison
Alicia DiMichele, who just made her debut on the VH1 reality show, is married to Edward (Tall Guy) Garofalo, Jr., a mob enforcer who is being sent away in an extortion case.


Ex-"America's Next Top Model" director shot and killed in his home

James Marcus Howe was shot dead last week in a home invasion robbery.


Read the casting sheet for "NCIS: New Orleans"

There will be an Agent Pride on the 2nd "NCIS" spinoff.


Katy Perry to guest on "Kroll Show"
Also appearing with Nick Kroll on Season 2 are Craig Robinson, Jordan Peele, Jon Heder and Will Forte.


Don't believe reports that teens are rejecting TV
Today's average teenager watches about 3 hours of television per day.


Amber Tamblyn watches "Real Housewives" with hubby David Cross
"If I have any kind of guilty pleasure, it's 'The Real Housewives,'" says the "Two and a Half Men" star. "It's funny because my husband hates those programs—hates them—yet he'll come in and tell me, 'Why don’t you just turn this crap off,' and then stand there and watch it for like 20 minutes, and before you know it, he’s like, 'Oh, that’s not what she said! Kim is so crazy!'"


"Smash" musical to be performed this weekend

You have three chances to watch "Hit List."


"Arrow's" Greg Berlanti has perfected the formula for adapting comic books to TV
The longtime TV honcho behind "Everwood" and "Brothers & Sisters"  is "someone who honors, appreciates and really understands the form and the concept of these iconic characters," says Peter Roth, the head Warner Bros. TV.


Why does "The Twilight Zone" endure?
Artists from Rob Zombie to Kirk Hammett talk about the classic series as it's released in a new box set.


Posters for "Seinfeld" movie "Rochelle Rochelle" go up in NYC

Check out the credit section of the movie poster, containing many  "Seinfeld" shout-outs. PLUS: See Michael Richards' son.


"Survivor" winner Tina Wesson's son dies

Taylor Lee Collins, 25, whose sister, Katie, is also competing on this season of "Survivor" died in a car accident earlier this week.


Meet the person responsible for the sound on "Treme" and "The Wire"
On "Treme," sound editor Jennifer Ralston tries to capture the sound of New Orleans. On "The Wire," she had to work without a score.


Watch Chloe Sevigny in "Those Who Kill"
She plays a police detective on the A&E series debuting in March.


Lena Dunham interviews Judy Blume for a book

Turns out the author of books for children and young adults is a "Girls" fan.


See the new "Bates Motel" trailers

Watch Norman and his latest trophy.


New trend: TV stars pitching products tied to their shows

TV stars in the 50s did it, now TV stars of today are starting to hawk products connected to their shows.


BBC presents "Gangsta Granny"

Check out the trailer for the British TV special.


"Gilmore Girls" alums: Where are they now?

Whatever happened to Scott Patterson?


Introducing "Christmas Cats TV"

It's the most addictive livestream of the holidays. PLUS: Now out: "Downton Tabby" book.


Spencer Pratt has finished his USC degree 10 years after starting college
"I was busy being famous!" says the poli sci major.


McKayla Maroney was "obsessed" with "Bones"

The Olympic gymnast talks about winging her part on tonight's episode.


Phil Keoghan previews "The Amazing Race" finale

"I do think we have four very strong and determined teams left," he says. "This will be a very exciting final leg!" PLUS: What it's like to compete on "Amazing Race."


"Bonnie and Clyde": It's misogynistic and awful
The History/A&E/Lifetime miniseries is "an uninspired melding of Lifetime movie and biopic, with none of the virtues of a Lifetime movie (not campy enough) and none of the virtues of a biopic (it is egregiously fictionalized)," says Willa Paskin. PLUS: It's full of unrelenting mediocrity, and it could've been a lot worse.

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<p>Indiana Jones</p>

Indiana Jones

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Disney whips up a deal to purchase Indiana Jones from Paramount

So does this make Harrison Ford the new Mickey Mouse?

In a move that should be a surprise to absolutely no one, Walt Disney Studios have acquired the rights to any future Indiana Jones movies, while Paramount Pictures will still own the first four movies. This has been pending since Lucasfilm was first purchased by Disney, but the rights to Indiana Jones have been separate and a complicated negotiation. Much like the Marvel deal, Paramount will continue to have a financial stake in any future Indiana Jones films, but as a silent partner.

Right now, Disney's full attention is obviously focused on "Star Wars Episode VII." After the amount of money they spent getting hold of the rights in the first place, it could be argued that there is no more important film for the studio to get right in the immediate future. The pressure on JJ Abrams must be enormous, and for Kathleen Kennedy, her future as the president of Lucasfilm Ltd. depends on her ability to manage the assets of the studio in a way that makes Disney feel like they're squeezing everything out of it that they can.

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AMC cancels "Low Winter Sun"


AMC cancels "Low Winter Sun"
The Detroit-set crime drama lost much of its viewership after debuting to 2.5 million after "Breaking Bad."


Fox delays "The Following's" return, expands "Sleepy Hollow" finale to 2 hours
"The Following" will return on Jan. 27, one week after "Sleepy Hollow's" finale.


"Scandal" taps Jon Tenney as Mellie's possible love interest
"The Closer" alum will recur during the final part of the season.

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<p>Mark Strong in &quot;Low Winter Sun.&quot;</p>

Mark Strong in "Low Winter Sun."

Credit: AMC

AMC cancels 'Low Winter Sun'

Detroit cop drama had low ratings, weak reviews

Surprising absolutely no one, AMC has canceled "Low Winter Sun," the Detroit-set cop drama that was ignored by viewers and dismissed by critics during its run this fall.

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Watch the Best Original Song lock 'Let it Go' from 'Frozen' sung by Idina Menzel

Watch the Best Original Song lock 'Let it Go' from 'Frozen' sung by Idina Menzel

Will we ever see the 'Wicked' star sing it live?

The Best Original Song Oscar race was effectively over after "Frozen's" massive box office take this past weekend. The film's critical acclaim and record Thanksgiving animated haul has put Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez's "Let it Go," sung by Tony Award winner Idina Menzel,  in the driver's seat to win the coveted Academy Award. In fact, Menzel's version of the song is actually outselling the Demi Lovato cover version on iTunes at the moment.

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<p>Nicole Beharie and Tom &nbsp;Mison of &quot;Sleepy Hollow&quot;</p>

Nicole Beharie and Tom  Mison of "Sleepy Hollow"

Credit: FOX

FOX gives 'Sleepy Hollow' a 2-hour finale, adjusts 'The Following' premiere again

It's the third January switcheroo in six weeks for FOX
In the third revision of its January schedule in less than six weeks, FOX has fiddled a little with the first season finale of "Sleepy Hollow" and the second season premiere of "The Following."
 
Try to contain your surprise.
 
FOX announced on Friday (December 6) afternoon that "Sleepy Hollow" will now have a two-hour finale airing from 8 to 10 p.m. on Monday, January 20. To make that possible, an encore of "Sleepy Hollow" will now air on January 6 after a new "Almost Human."
 
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Love burns brightly in Daft Punk's 'Instant Crush' video

Love burns brightly in Daft Punk's 'Instant Crush' video

The Strokes' Julian Casablancas does the heavy lifting here

Can a video be romantic and deeply creepy at the same time? Yes it can, especially if it’s Daft Punk’s new clip for “Instant Crush,” featuring Julian Casablancas. You’ll never look at museum dioramas the same way.

Taking a cue from “Night At the Museum,” the video “stars” two figures: a Napoleonic War soldier and the beautiful maiden he just happens to be positioned across from. Their tragic love story plays out in different parts of the museum and it’s a tribute to the video makers that even though the mannequins' expressions never change, the viewer totally feels the intense love between the two and the indignation the soldier feels for her during one pivotal scene.

In addition to singing the song, Casablancas does the heavy lifting here as the the helmeted duo are nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s The Strokes lead singer performing on a podium while the  life and death drama plays out.

I think it's one of the best videos of the year. What do you think of "Instant Crush?"
 

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'Scandal' Season 3 cut down to 18 episodes amid Kerry Washington pregnancy rumors


"Scandal" Season 3 cut down to 18 episodes amid Kerry Washington pregnancy rumors
The ABC drama was originally supposed to produce 22 episodes this season.


Another "Terminator" TV series is in the works

The new "Terminator" will be made in conjunction with the rebooted film franchise.


ESPN will release Ron Burgundy's "SportsCenter" interview with Peyton Manning
The interview, which was teased earlier this week and which was to have aired on Thursday, will be shown across all ESPN platforms.

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