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'The X Factor' throws out all voting results due to a 'graphics error'


"The X Factor" throws out all voting results due to a "graphics error"
Incorrect numbers were shown Wednesday, and as a result the contestants will have to re-perform their songs tonight.


Petition will force the White House to address Jimmy Kimmel's "Kill everyone in China" segment
More than 100,000 people have signed a White House petition asking the Obama administration to comment on the Kimmel segment in which a little boy says "Kill Everyone in China." The White House has to address all petitions that gathers 100,000 signatures in 30 days.


Watch Matt Lauer & Al Roker have prostate exams live on "Today"

Each procedure took about 35 seconds.


Is ABC developing a male "Golden Girls"?
Three guys in their 60s may get their own sitcom.


Netflix orders 4 Marvel live-action series, including "Daredevil"
Netflix will also show "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist" and "Luke Cage."


Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley make fun of Obamacare at the CMA Awards
Last night's spoof proved to be a hit. PLUS: CMAs has its best ratings in four years.


Boyfriend accused of beating an "Amish Mafia" star captured
Police arrested Imir R. Williams, who allegedly brutally beat up Esther Schmucker.

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<p>Expect both Luke Cage and Iron Fist to have more modern outfits in their upcoming Netflix series, even if Cage rocks the upside-down tiara like no one else.</p>

Expect both Luke Cage and Iron Fist to have more modern outfits in their upcoming Netflix series, even if Cage rocks the upside-down tiara like no one else.

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Marvel, Netflix to team up on Daredevil, Defenders and other new series

Four different series involving street-level heroes will begin debuting in 2015

Back when Disney first announced that Joss Whedon would be developing a TV series based on a Marvel Comics property, I speculated about which characters might work best for Whedon's sensibility, and for the realities of a television budget. Among the favorites: bitter superhero-turned-detective Jessica Jones, heroes for hire Luke Cage and Iron Fist, and off-beat non-team team The Defenders.

Whedon ultimately would get involved in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," which hasn't found itself creatively so far, but today Marvel and Netflix announced an ambitious partnership to produce four new series and one miniseries, involving all the characters mentioned above, plus Daredevil, whose rights reverted to Marvel earlier this year when Fox failed to get another movie into production in time.

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<p>Naomi Watts looking suitably worried in &quot;Adore.&quot;</p>

Naomi Watts looking suitably worried in "Adore."

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Roundup: A nightmare year for Naomi Watts

Also: The cult of 'The Counselor,' and a plea for non-suffering black characters

You've got to feel a bit for Naomi Watts. Her 2013 started so promisingly, with a second Oscar nomination for "The Impossible." She'd waited pretty long, and fought pretty hard, for it -- cue a second wind for her career, right? Wrong. Well, not yet, at any rate. Only days after the nomination announcement, Watts' silly romantic drama "Adore" (yes, the one where she and Robin Wright shag each other's sons) was laughed out of Sundance. And that wasn't the worst of it: once talked up as a possibility for Oscar nod #3, "Diana" has been humiliated by critics and ignored by audiences. And there was "Movie 43"... Nathaniel Rogers considers her briefly triumphant nightmare year, and wonders what she can do to put it behind her. [The Film Experience]

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<p>No, that's not Scarlett Johansson with &quot;Gravity&quot; director Alfonso Cuarón. It's Sandra Bullock. </p>

No, that's not Scarlett Johansson with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón. It's Sandra Bullock.

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'Gravity's' Alfonso Cuarón almost cast Scarlett Johansson in 'A Little Princess'

Another awards season orbit in LA

Alfonso Cuarón returned to Los Angeles this week as "Gravity" completes another awards season orbit. The critically acclaimed phenomenon is battling "12 Years a Slave" for this year's frontrunner status (not that either of them want it) and Warner Bros. took some time Tuesday night to celebrate the $428 million-plus global box office hit.

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<p>Zac Brown at the CMAs</p>

Zac Brown at the CMAs

Dave Grohl jams with Zac Brown Band on freewheeling 'Day for the Dead' on CMAs: Watch

Is this what their Grohl-produced album will sound like?

In case you’re wondering what Zac Brown Band’s new music, produced by Dave Grohl, will sound like, we got the first listen Wednesday night when the Foo Fighter joined ZBB to perform “Day For The Dead” at the CMA Awards.

The jam rock song has, appropriately enough, slight Grateful Dead-like guitar line, but with Grohl behind the drums, it quickly took on a hard rock vibe. It’s a chugging ramble of the song, especially at the 3-minute mark, when it goes into a round before slamming back into full-on rock mode, complete with fiddles.

In an edited version, the song could fit in at radio. No word yet on it if is a potential single.

Hitfix broke the news last week about Grohl producing Zac Brown Band
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Zac Brown Band weren't the only ones rocking out at the Country music awards ceremony: Eric Church introduced a new song, "The Outsiders," tonight that ha a wicked guitar solo straight out of a metal song in the middle.

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<p>Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood rock their Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus gear at the CMAs</p>

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood rock their Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus gear at the CMAs

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Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley skewer Miley Cyrus, Obamacare on CMA Awards

What rhymes with truck?

Even though Miley Cyrus's twerk heard around the world occurred more than two months ago at MTV's Video Music Awards, there was no way the CMA Award hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley were going to leave that alone. 

Paisley pretended to pull a muscle during their opening sketch and when he announced "I twerked my back," Underwood set him straight and before long, out came a foam finger and the pair has cleverly figured out a way to combine Cyrus and Robin Thicke's performance of "Blurred Lines" with Duck Dynasty to come up with "Duck Blind." 

The pair performed the parody and were shortly joined by members of "Duck Dynasty's" Robertson family, including Willie, who twerked up against a slightly unnerved Underwood.

They weren't done dissing Cyrus yet, however. Paisley thanked Taylor Swift for growing up in the public eye without resorting to "humping a teddy bear or grinding against Beetlejuice," in a reference to Thicke's black and white striped suit he wore on the VMAs. 

 

"Duck Blind" wasn't the only parody the pair performed. Country music artists by and large stay away from discussing politics, sex and  religion (other than to always thank God first when they win an award), but  Underwood and Paisley threw that dictate out the window when the pair -- hosting together for the sixth time -- skewered the computer issues that have plagued the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Performing “Obamacare by Morning” to the tune of George Strait’s classic “Amarillo By Morning,” they sat side by side at a laptop pretending to try to log on to the health care registration site.

The pair sang: “Obamacare by morning/why’s this taking so long?/I’m going to wind up with hemorrhoids if I sit here til dawn/We’ll have cataracts and dementia/oh this is getting on my last nerve/Obamacare by morning/over six people served."

In some ways, it was a risky move for a genre that usually plays it safe, especially when it comes to politics, although Paisley and Underwood are seen as so nice and good-natured by the country community and fans that they can get away with jokes that may seem too barbed when delivered by others.

Also, this is a generalization, but by-and-large, country fans are a fairly conservative lot, so poking fun at Obamacare’s registration woes is a little like preaching to the choir. Plus, while they made fun of the utter disaster that the online registration has been, they were careful to not criticize or applaud the actual plan.

Regardless, reaction on social media was swift with conservative organizations like The Heritage Foundation quickly linking to a video of the performance and country music fans positively chiming in on the song, although a few people Tweeted their displeasure

What do you think? Too much or just right? 

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<p>Aras and Vytas of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Aras and Vytas of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'Skin of My Teeth'

One player returns from Redemption and the Merge arrives
Pre-credit sequence. It's Night 18 at Galang. Vytas is overjoyed and announces how much trust he has in the group that has been emotionally incapable of voting for him. Vytas says that this is his group of five and he's ready for the Merge. "We're standing for a certain way of playing this game," Vytas says of the "moral" and "honest" way of playing the game that he's telling the women he's in favor of. Vytas is sure that he has his current tribe, plus Aras, plus Gervase, though Tina wants to advocate for Monica being ahead of Gervase in the alliance. Of course, Monica's not nearly as pleased to be No. 5 as Tina might have hoped and she admits that if, post-Merge, she gets a better offer, she'll have to consider it.
 
Laura B easy on the cut, no mistakes allowed. Laura B arrives at Redemption Island, calling it "a hugely horrible, non-strategic move" that led her tribe to keep Vytas over her. Laura M and John both agree with Laura B that Vytas should have been the vote. The next morning, Tree-Mail on Redemption Island indicates that they're on to their last Duel, with the winner coming into the game. John says he's been training for the Duel for 12 days and he'll be disappointed with himself if he doesn't get back in. Laura M is determined to return to the game for Ciera. On to Redemption Island. The two tribes arrive, followed by the three Duelists. Jeff Probst sets the stakes. And we move on to... CREDITS!
 
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"Top Chef"

 "Top Chef"

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'Top Chef': Has the show hit a new low with the cream cheese challenge?

It's another misguided product placement episode

This season of "Top Chef" hasn't been very spicy. Yes, there has been literal spice (this is New Orleans, after all), but we've lacked chefs who are as colorful and creative as commentators as they are in the kitchen. When NIna grumbles of the recently eliminated Michael, "Boo Boo, you're a douche," it wasn't especially witty (and definitely wasn't nice), but at least someone got fired up about something other than andouille sausage.  

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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

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'American Horror Story: Coven' recap: 'Burn, Witch, Burn'

Can Zoe save the witches from a deadly enemy?

This week's episode of "American Horror Story: Coven" took a step in the right direction by reminding us that Zoe, for all her faults, can be proactive. She knows how to use a chainsaw. More importantly, she knows how to use her natural talents as a witch even more effectively than a chain saw (when your chainsaw runs out of gas, might as well toss it). Alas, she's been too busy saving lives and chopping up zombies to chase down Kyle, who's probably beating his head against a wall or eating someone, but all is forgiven… at least until next week.

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'New Girl' keeping Damon Wayans Jr. around for the rest of the season


"New Girl" keeping Damon Wayans Jr. around for the rest of the season

Coach's stint has been expanded from four episodes, and he'll be billed as a "special guest star."

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<p>Damon Wayans Jr. will be hanging with Zooey Deschanel for the rest of this &quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;season.</p>

Damon Wayans Jr. will be hanging with Zooey Deschanel for the rest of this "New Girl" season.

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Damon Wayans Jr. to stick with 'New Girl' all season

The cancellation of 'Happy Endings' allowed the reunion from the 'New Girl' pilot

Damon Wayans Jr. will be sticking around "New Girl" for the rest of this season.

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<p>Oscar Isaac and Justin Timberlake play folk singers in the early '60s in the new film 'Inside Llewyn Davis'</p>

Oscar Isaac and Justin Timberlake play folk singers in the early '60s in the new film 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

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Review: The Coen Bros deliver a charming look at early '60s folk music in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Oscar Isaac puts it all together in his best role yet

The release of a new film by Joel and Ethan Coen is one of those moments that I like to savor each time it happens precisely because none of us have any idea how many more of them we'll get. I feel like they have been on an amazing run recently, and if anything, they're getting more daring, more controlled, more impressive. Their films have a thematic density that is dazzling, and they never seem to be struggling to make something "important," instead simply following their own peculiar muse to consistently interesting effect.

Oscar Isaac stars as Llewyn Davis, a folk singer struggling at the fringe of the scene in Greenwich Village in 1961, and he's facing a moment that any artist who does not find immediate success must face at some point, the question of whether or not to continue working in a field where you are frustrated. Llewyn survives thanks to a complicated economy based on free cigarettes, sleeping on couches, and showing up somewhere just in time to get invited to stay for dinner, and he seems like he's on the verge of breaking through to real success. After all, he sees it happening to the people around him. His friends Jim (Justin Timberlake) and Jean (Carey Mulligan) are a real draw as a duo, and he feels like he's very close to having a moment of his own if he can just play the right gig.

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